Anime Expo said that it drew a record-breaking number of visitors for one of the largest fan conventions dedicated to Japanese pop culture held in North America. Next Anime Expo is already set to be held on July, 2013.
The event, held on June 29-July 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, recorded a turnstile attendance of over 130,000, including more than 49,400 unique attendees, the organizer said.
Launched in 1992, the con had a turnstile attendance of more than 128,000, including over 47,000 unique attendees last year.
It has been pointed out that Japanese manga and anime sales in North America have declined in recent years. But live events seem to remain popular among North American fans.
As it has in the past, Anime Expo this year offered a wide range of events and activities including talks, cosplay events, karaoke rooms, exhibition halls and a maid cafe. It also brought a host of special guests from Japan, including directors, animators, voice actors and actresses and producers.
Musicians such as Yuki Kajiura / Fiction Junction, LiSA and many other big artists also took the stage.
With many companies from Japan setting up their booths at the venue, the convention also serves as a forum for the business operators to promote their content.
Meanwhile, Otakon, the second largest anime convention in North America, also said it attracted a record-breaking number of visitors in 2012.
The event was held in the U.S. city of Baltimore on July 27-29, and had more than 32,000 attendees, exceeding the previous record of over 31,000 set in 2011.
The number of turnstile attendance is estimated to be around 100,000.
Anime Expo and Otakon seem to have lost steam they once had to expand rapidly. But the fact that the number of attendees is hovering at the high end is worth paying attention to.
Next Anime Expo is set to be held on July 4-July 7, 2013. The 20th Otakon is scheduled for August 9-11, 2013.
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