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Animarathon 2015

Mar 21, 2015
Bowling Green, OH
Bowen Thompson Student Union
Bowling Green, OH
Con Statistics
Small (<1K)
Under 1K Attendees

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About Animarathon 2015

Animarathon is a family friendly one-day convention hosted by Anime in Northwest Ohio, the anime club at Bowling Green State University. First held in 2003 to celebrate ANO’s one-year anniversary, Animarathon celebrates any and all aspects of anime, related Japanese media, and the overall “nerd culture” that we’ve all come to know and love. Each year, Animarathon features a wide variety of events and performances, including video game tournaments, anime screenings, informational panels, a raffle, and of course, cosplay competitions. The Dealers’ Room is open throughout the day with excellent anime merchandise, as is the Artist Alley, which features dozens of talented artists. This year’s convention will also include the return of the Kids' Room, the Manga Reading Library, and the Kawaii Kafé, as well as performances by the Game and Anime Music Ensemble, and Hayabusa Taiko. Since its first incarnation in 2003, Animarathon has grown consistently. Starting with only 200 attendees, the addition of space, events, and panels over the years has garnered an incredible response, attendance increasing to over 3000 by Animarathon XII in 2014.
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Guests of Honor
  • Anime Screenings
  • Artist Alley
  • Board Games
  • Cosplay Events With Prizes
  • Dealer Room
  • Fan Panels
  • Guest Panels
  • Maid Cafe
  • Manga Library
  • Rave
  • Video Gaming
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Animarathon is categorized as a small anime convention. Small conventions are often a lot more intimate than medium-size and larger events, making it a lot easier to recognize people throughout the weekend and make new friends. Some smaller conventions have an extremely limited array of events with just 1 or 2 things happening at any given time, while others try to emulate larger cons with a ton of things happening throughout the weekend. Smaller events with under 200 people tend to have the fewest events, but conventions with over 700 attendees can still be very busy.

Small-sized conventions are often a staple for mostly local attendees who may live within a couple hours drive from the venue. However most attendees will still put a ton of time and effort into cosplaying, and there are often more cosplayers per person at a small convention than at the largest ones. These costumes may be more amateur, and there may be fewer wowza-level costumes overall.

Attending a small anime convention is usually very easy if you live nearby, however may not be worth the driving time if you live several hours away depending on your ability to make and find friends. If you make friends easily, even the smallest convention can become exciting. It is usually easier to get autographs and get into all the events at a smaller convention, and registration prices are usually very reasonable.

Tips for attending Animarathon

At a smaller convention, you will only have as much fun as you can make of it. Even if you are shy by nature, you're still very likely to make friends with people as long as you're open minded when attending. Coming in costume will help instantly, especially if other people are wearing cosplay from the same series. Often the people at local anime cons are extremely approachable and friendly, and even people who are not normally social will find that they fit in very well. If talking to people is not your strong suit, you are encouraged to attend as many events as possible, especially events where socializing is encouraged such as formal dances and interactive panels.