History

At this time we are preparing for our 18th festival as The J-POP Foundation.
Details about this festival are located at the dedicated website www.animecon.nl.
This is however not the 18th festival we are organizing, we did a lot more.

Our previous events were (in reverse chronological order):

Anime 2015 (J-POP Foundation – nr. 17)

Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: June 2015
Number of visitors: Friday 3.600, Saturday 5.300, Sunday 3.900, i.e. approximately 12.700 visits over three days by more than 6.600 unique visitors
Special: BACK-ON came over from Japan, the first edition of Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup, Kukoru, Minemes, Reika, Shappi, Tsubaki and Wirru as cosplay judges, 7 caterers offered a wide variety of Japanese food, American Wrestling!
Event program: the 2015 event program on line.

Anime 2014 (J-POP Foundation – nr. 16)

Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: June 2014
Number of visitors: Friday 3.000, Saturday 4.800, Sunday 3.200, i.e. approximately 11.000 visits over three days by more than 5.700 unique visitors
Special: Kotoko came over from Japan, Origa from Russia, Kamui, Reika, TaeYeon Kim and Yaya Han as cosplay judges, Hideo Baba and Helen McCarthy as special guest, the Alfred J. Kwak exhibition and performance, the first figure exhibition.
Event program: the 2014 event program on line.

Anime 2013 (J-POP Foundation – nr. 15)

Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: May 2013
Number of visitors: Friday 2.600, Saturday 3.500, Sunday 2.700, i.e. approximately 8.800 visits over three days by more than 4.500 unique visitors
Special: Altima came over from Japan, Dutch preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit, EuroCosplay, the European Cosplay Gathering, Yamato Cup and CICAF. Taji the chef’s Sushi workshop, the Anime Prom and a full fledged combat dojo.
Event program: the 2013 event program on line.

Anime 2012 (J-POP Foundation – nr. 14)

Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2012
Number of visitors: Friday 1.500, Saturday 2.000, Sunday 1.400, i.e. approximately 4.900 visits over three days by more than 2.450 unique visitors
Special: m.o.v.e and Tom Nagae came over from Japan, Dutch preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit, EuroCosplay and the European Cosplay Gathering, the second Dutch Manga Awards, Helen McCarthy, Lizemijn Libgott, Martin Lodewijk and Sytse Algera as special guests.
Event program: the 2012 event program on line.

Anime 2011 (J-POP Foundation – nr. 13)

Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2011
Number of visitors: Friday 1.450, Saturday 2.000, Sunday 1.450, i.e. approximately 4.900 visits over three days by more than 2.450 unique visitors
Special: Aural Vampire came over from Japan, Dutch preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit, EuroCosplay and the European Cosplay Gathering, the first Dutch Manga Awards, all video rooms were in high definition video, Arie van Kooten as special guest.
Event program: the 2011 event program (still on-line for the first time).

Anime 2010 (J-POP Foundation – nr 12)
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2010
Number of visitors: over 1800
Special: Surround sound in all Video Rooms – Two live bands – Preliminaries for EuroCosplay in London
Guest: Helen McCarthy

Anime 2009 (J-POP Foundation – nr 11)
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2009
Number of visitors: over 1700

Anime 2008 (J-POP Foundation – nr 10)
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2008
Number of visitors: over 1350

Anime 2007 (J-POP Foundation – nr 9)
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: June 2007
Number of visitors: around 1350

Anime 2006 (J-POP Foundation – nr 8)
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: June 2006
Number of visitors: ~1300

Anime 2005 (J-POP Foundation – nr 7)
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2005
Number of visitors: 1157
Special: Karaoke night and secondary dealer room

Anime 2004 (J-POP Foundation – nr 6)
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2004
Number of visitors: 1043
Special: Real 750-seat theatre with 5.1 sound, even bigger dealer and game room, 4th video room
Guests: Mr. Tatsuo Sato and Mr. Takatoshi Chino (Studio Xebec)

Anime 2003 (J-POP Foundation – nr 5)

Location: Haarlem, Hotel Haarlem-Zuid
Date: February 2003
Number of visitors: 770
Special: Bigger dealer room, No special guests

Anime 2002 (J-POP Foundation – nr 4)
Location: Veldhoven, Koningshof
Date: February 2002
Number of visitors: 524
Special: 2*5.1 sound system, first cosplay contest. No special guests

Anime 2001 (J-POP Foundation – nr 3)
Location: Veldhoven, Koningshof
Date: February 2001
Number of visitors: 382

Anime 2000 (J-POP Foundation – nr 2)
Location: Veldhoven, Koningshof
Date: February 2000
Number of visitors: 300+
Special: Kenji Horikawa as a guest (Producer Jinroh, Popolocrois, Arc the Lad)

Anime 1999 (J-POP Foundation – nr 1)
Location: Rotterdam, Holiday Inn
Date: February 1999
Number of visitors: 208
Special: First real con, guests from Xebec and Bandai

Made in Japan – Animation film cycle (co organized by AWH)
Location: Maastricht
Date: 1998
Number of visitors: Unknown
Special: Organized in a film theatre

Summer of Anime (AWH and DAS)
Location: Den Bosh
Date: 1998
Number of visitors: 150+
Special: First 2 day event

Second Impact (AWH)
Location: Maastricht
Date: 1998
Number of visitors: Between 100 and 150
Special: Sales people from Pioneer UK and Dynamic Benelux

Famicon III (DAS)
Location: Den Bosch
Date: 1997
Number of visitors: 110

Nacht van de grote Anime (AWH)
Location: Maastricht
Date: 1997
Number of visitors: 40

Famicon II (DAS)
Location: Den Bosch
Date: 1996
Number of visitors: 80

Famicon (festival named after the FaniManga fanzine) (DAS)
Location: Papendrecht, The Netherlands
Date: 1995
Number of visitors: 32 (including an American)