After Mangacon, fans and companies began to create new events, with a growing public. Nowadays, there’s conventions in all states of the country, and you can see a list here.
In the state of São Paulo, there are at least one or two conventions per month, and it’s not unusual to both occur in the same day. Besides the large conventions, there are the smaller such as Animestorm, CosrockFest, AnimeParty, Anime Fantasy, among others.
Following, a list of the three most importants conventions of the state, realized for three different companies.
The most traditional convention in the Latin America, created in 1999 in the Fundação Cásper Libero. It’s first edition hold the amazing number of 6.000 people. In 2001 it was already considered an international convention, because caravans from other Latin American’s countries started to appear in the event.
Animecon had animes exhibition, thematic clubs, Pump machines and workshps with relevant national artists such Daniel HDR, in addition to tv shows hosts from national broadcasters. There was also several mangá, gashapons and another misc stands.
(Cosplayers meeting at the first edition of the con)
The older otakus still have good memories from this event, that had it’s apex when realized in the Colégio Marista Arquidiocesano between 2002 and 2006.
From 2007 the event was forced to change it’s location, so the number of goers decreases considerably. In 2012 the event has not been realized, but the organization promises great news for 2013.
In 2005 at the “Colégio Estadual Américo-Brasiliense”, in the ABC region, this event had it’s first edition, counting on 6.000 visitors.
Animabc started as a multi-thematic event, with thematic rooms that included Harry Potter and Star Wars as it’s until today. This event grew and changed places sometimes, it’s last edition was in FAINC and, in 2012, was considered the biggest event in the state of São Paulo.
With it’s first edition realized in 2003, it promised to be a great transition in anime events in the country, and in a little time, it turned into the biggest in the Latin America.
Anime Friends 2003
Was the first event to send international singers to anime conventions. Names such Wada Kouji, Akira Kushida, Kagrra and Jam Project went to the Anime Friends Stages.
(The event’s Pet with internation singers)
The event has the record number of visitors, according to the organização in the year of 2007 the expactation was about 120.000 visitors to the nine days of event, with caravans from countries as Chile, Angentina, USA and Canada.
(Anime Friends at Mart Center)
It was also one of the first conventions to realize it’s activities in a space turned to conventions, since almost every anime events in Brazil are still realized in schools and colleges. In the same year the event settled to make little events realized in the same space.
(Anime Friends, Level up’s stand)
In 2012, however, the event changed it’s location to a space with a 1/4 of the previous area, and once again was realized in a college. Many otakus protested and refused to go.
From this refusal, a otaku meeting was created, with 500 people in the Ibirapuera Park, according to the organization. Even though meetings of little groups of otakus was not rare, this number was really considerable, mainly for been settled in the same date that the last day of the Anime Friends, that’s usually more visited.
Since then, the number of meetings like that grew, and several of then is in the same dates than some events. The number of visitors has increased as well, helped by the social web that is the main channel of disclosure of this meetings, that are free of charge and in the outdoors.
Those meetings has also been becoming more and more atractive, because in addition to be accessible, them started to focus on activities to the visitors and them evem promote cosplay contestes. The cons companies should pay atention to this new situation and try to upgrade their atractions and spaces, under the risk of loosing public.
Pictures and Sources:
Anime Friends, PDF
thanks to Shion Carlos for the help