Animecon came back in Rotterdam after twenty years and it was bigger than ever. The festival for fans of Japanese games and anime once started in a room of the Rotterdam Holiday Inn (nowadays the Inntel Hotel). The event now attracts thousands of visitors and is big enough for Ahoy.
Rotterdam Comic-Con, which was planned for May 2019, was unfortunately postponed until next year. But there is also some good news for lovers of cosplaying; AnimeCon, which was scheduled for a month later, in Rotterdam Ahoy, took place as planned.
AnimeCon in the Netherlands
AnimeCon is the largest and longest running Anime festival in the Netherlands. It has been held since 1999 and is organized by the volunteers of the J-POP Foundation. The event organizers expect around 20.000 visitors to immerse themselves in a world of anime and manga.
The anime, cosplay and game festival has grown over the years into a fair with an area of more than 15 thousand square meters. Though five rooms are filled, the Rotterdam Ahoy complex still has a lot of space for further growth of the conference in the coming years. Besides the area for food, games and movies, you can also go singing in the karaoke corner and shop for J-pop items in the Dealer Room.
People from Rotterdam and other cities all come together to enjoy lectures, workshops, releases, cosplay competitions and of course to chat with other fans about their favourite anime. For anyone with an interest in Japan, but also other Asian countries, there is something to do at Animecon.
AnimeCon is best known for the colourful visitors who dress up these days as their favourite character from a series, film or game. On the other hand, the big difference with the Rotterdam Comic-Con is the lack of photo shoots, signature sessions and panels with famous Hollywood stars.
We hope the festival will be back in Rotterdam in 2020.
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