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AnimeNEXT
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Berryz Kobo at AnimeNEXT 2012
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Japanese culture
Venue Atlantic City Convention Center
Location Atlantic City, New Jersey
Country United States
First held 2002
Organizer Universal Animation, Inc.
Attendance 11,026 in 2018
Official website http://www.animenext.org/

AnimeNEXT (AN) is an annual three-day anime convention held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The convention was previously held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, and the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

Programming

The convention typically offers anime music video (AMV) screenings, cosplay chess, a dance, dealer's room, karaoke, panels, masquerade, video gaming, and video rooms.

History

The first convention in 2002 was put on with limited staffing and was planned in eight months. In 2008 parts of the convention were held in the parking garage below the Meadowlands Exposition Center. The convention then moved to the Garden State Exhibit Center, although it experienced crowding issues in 2012 with outdoor space used for lines. AnimeNEXT moved to the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey for 2016, with the deal lasting until 2020. The convention moved due to outgrowing the Garden State Exhibit Center. In 2016, the United States finals of the World Cosplay Summit were held at AnimeNEXT. Major communication and scheduling issues with panels occurred before and during the 2017 convention. Accusations of past staff member harassment were published in 2019, with former con chair Eric Torgersen being suspended in April.

AnimeNEXT 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the Atlantic City Convention Center would be used as one of six COVID-19 vaccination "mega sites" in the state of New Jersey. Due to this, AnimeNEXT 2021 would be transitioned into an online-only event, with plans to resume holding their physical event the following year.

Event history

Dates Location Attendance Guests
October 11–13, 2002 Crowne Plaza Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
1,071 Kia Asamiya, Robert Bricken, C.B. Cebulski, Richard Ian Cox, Robert DeJesus, Mike Hayes, Jamie McGonnigal, Kristen Nelson, Frank Pannone, Steve Pearl, Bill Rogers, Mike Sinterniklaas, Myriam Sirois, and Toshifumi Yoshida.
October 3–5, 2003 Rye Town Hilton
Rye Brook, New York
1,571 B! Machine, Steve Bennett, Chris Beveridge, Robert Bricken, C.B. Cebulski, Clark Cheng, Tiffany Grant, Wayne Grayson, Jon Guttierez, Daniel Kevin Harrison, Himawari, Takehiko Ito, Trish Ledoux, Rob Malda, Jamie McGonnigal, MegaZone, Kristen Nelson, Frank Pannone, Peelander-Z, Mike Pollock, Georgette Reilly, Bill Rogers, Jan Scott-Frazier, Trisha Lynn Sebastian, Mike Sinterniklaas, John Sirabella, Moneca Stori, James Arnold Taylor, Marc Thompson, Bill Timoney, Tom Wayland, David L. Williams, Barry Winston, and Toshifumi Yoshida.
June 18–20, 2004 Crowne Plaza Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
3,400 Alissyn Brock, Kelli Shayne Butler, C.B. Cebulski, Cosmicity, Richard Ian Cox, Edwin De La Cruz, Lauren Goodnight, Trish Ledoux, Rob Malda, Kenneth Robert Marlo, Matt K. Miller, Mari Morimoto, Merideth Mulroney, Lisa Ortiz, Stephen Pakula, Peelander-Z, Mike Pollock, Bill Rogers, Mike Sinterniklaas, The Spunks, Moneca Stori, Veronica Taylor, Marc Thompson, Matt Thorn, Tom Wayland, David L. Williams, Barry Winston, and Toshifumi Yoshida.
June 17–19, 2005 Meadowlands Exposition Center
Holiday Inn Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
4,200 Alissyn Brock, Akitaroh Daichi, Mark Diraison, Caitlin Glass, Lauren Goodnight, Wayne Grayson, Lance Heiskell, Mayumi Kobayashi, Trish Ledoux, Vic Mignogna, Sean Molyneaux, Merideth Mulroney, Ed Paul, Peelander-Z, Mike Pollock, Justin Sevakis, Uzuhi, Tom Wayland, David L. Williams, Kerry Williams, Travis Willingham, Reiko Yasuhara, and Toshifumi Yoshida.
June 16–18, 2006 Meadowlands Exposition Center
Holiday Inn Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
6,000 Laura Bailey, Colleen Clinkenbeard, D'espairsRay, Caitlin Glass, Lauren Goodnight, Wayne Grayson, Trish Ledoux, Masao Maruyama, Vic Mignogna, Mari Morimoto, Mike Pollock, Rintaro, Bill Rogers, Harold Sakuishi, Mike Sinterniklaas, Marc Thompson, Kari Wahlgren, David L. Williams, and Toshifumi Yoshida.
July 6–8, 2007 Meadowlands Exposition Center
Holiday Inn Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
7,100 12012, Eric Calderon, Daisuke Gomi, Wayne Grayson, Toyo Ikeda, Jonathan Klein, Michele Knotz, Mari Morimoto, Kensuke Okabayashi, Frank Pannone, Chris Patton, Ed Paul, Mike Pollock, Monica Rial, Bill Rogers, Mike Sinterniklaas, Gustavo Sorola, Tom Wayland, and Kathleen Zuelch.
June 20–22, 2008 Meadowlands Exposition Center
Holiday Inn Meadowlands
Secaucus, New Jersey
7,900 Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Leah Clark, Joe Digiorgi, Aidan Drummond, Brian Drummond, James Harknell, Michele Knotz, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Rich McNanna, Dallas Middaugh, Mari Morimoto, Kensuke Okabayashi, Rentrer en Soi, Bill Rogers, Brad Swaile, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Alison Viktorin, and Tom Wayland.
June 12–14, 2009 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset DoubleTree Hotel
Somerset, New Jersey
Shihan Carbonaro, Fake?, Wayne Grayson, Kyle Hebert, Michele Knotz, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Misako Rocks!, Mike Pollock, Stacie Renna, Bill Rogers, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Bill Timoney, Tom Wayland, and Toshifumi Yoshida.
June 18–20, 2010 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey
Greg Ayres, Martin Billany, Eirik Blackwolf, Gashicon, Kyle Hebert, Kenji Kamiyama, Anthony Kresky, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Kevin McKeever, Tony Oliver, Stacie Renna, Sleeping Samurai, Stereopony, and Uncle Yo
June 10–12, 2011 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey
Robert Axelrod, Greg Ayres, Chipocrite, Leah Clark, Joe Foering, Onezumi Hartstein, Kanon, Yu Kimura, Michele Knotz, Dave Lister, Scott A. Melzer, Vic Mignogna, Mix Speakers, Inc, Satoru Nakamura, Trina Nishimura, Promise Sisters, Matt Pyson, Bill Rogers, Takamasa Sakurai, Sixh, Uzuhi, Mike Wall, Tom Wayland, Steve Yun, and Tommy Yune.
June 8–10, 2012 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey
9,850 Berryz Kobo, Kevin Bolk, C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U., Chipocrite, Leah Clark, Kara Edwards, Bill Ellis, Toshihiro Fukuoka, Kyle Hebert, Michele Knotz, Dave Lister, Kevin McKeever, Dani O'Brien, Satsuki, and Z8 (Z-Ann).
June 7–9, 2013 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey
10,283 The Asterplace, Greg Ayres, C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U., Chris Cason, Chipocrite, Greg Houser, Akinori Isobe, Masumi Kano, Michele Knotz, Kevin McKeever, Mint, Moon Stream, Mike Pollock, Bill Rogers, Hiroshi Shimizu, Saki Tachibana, Mike Toole, Uncle Yo, Hiro Usuda, Sayo Yamamoto, Steve Yun, and Tommy Yune.
June 6–8, 2014 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey
11,940 C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U., Chipocrite, Charles Dunbar, Richard Epcar, Josh Grelle, Luna Haruna, Greg Houser, Kimura U, Jonathan Klein, Michele Knotz, Shigeto Koyama, Matthew Mercer, Gerald Rathkolb, Bill Rogers, ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D, Ellyn Stern, Daryl Surat, Alexis Tipton, and Hiromi Wakabayashi.
June 12–14, 2015 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey
14,500 Kira Buckland, C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U., Chipocrite, Charles Dunbar, Elisa, Flow, Todd Haberkorn, Naoto Hirooka, Takafumi Hori, Greg Houser, Michele Knotz, Shigeto Koyama, Matthew Lassiter, Brittany Lauda, Neil Nadelman, Tyson Rinehart, Jason Robinson, Bill Rogers, Sushio, Aya Suzuki, Marc Swint, Mike Toole, Uncle Yo, Vedetta Marie, Hiromi Wakabayashi.
June 10–12, 2016 Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, New Jersey
12,374 Akira Amemiya, C.R.A.Z.Y.O.T.A.K.U., Akitaroh Daichi, Charles Dunbar, Richard Epcar, Clarissa Graffeo, Todd Haberkorn, Rei Hiroe, Jonathan Klein, Megumi Kouno, Shigeto Koyama, Matthew Lassiter, Naoko Matsui, Helen McCarthy, Erica Mendez, Mint, Gerald Rathkolb, Bill Rogers, ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D, Ellyn Stern, Daryl Surat, Marc Swint, Mike Toole, Uncle Yo, Vedetta Marie, Hiromi Wakabayashi, and Zaq.
June 9-11, 2017 Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, New Jersey
12,733 Capcom Live!, Cosplay Pro-Wrestling, Zack Davisson, Charles Dunbar, Richard Epcar, Sandy Fox, Toshihiro Fukuoka, Shuhei Handa, Noriko Hidaka, Izumi Hirose, Noriko Ito, ITTO-Maru, Tomochi Kosaka, Shigeto Koyama, Lex Lang, Erica Lindbeck, Nao, Oblivion Dust, Takahiro Ogawa, Katriel Paige, Ellyn Stern, John Swasey, Junpei Tatenaka, Mike Toole, Reina Ueda, Uncle Yo, Viga, Hiromi Wakabayashi, Junko Yamanaka, and Yoh Yoshinari.
June 8-10, 2018 Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, New Jersey
11,026 All Off, Shinji Aramaki, Katelyn Barr, Johnny Yong Bosch, Caitlynn French, Kenji Kamiyama, Marina Kawano, Kyle McCarley, Mint, Bryce Papenbrook, Juliet Simmons, Bill Timoney, and U.
June 7-9, 2019 Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Zach Aguilar, Aimi, Erika Ando, Cellchrome, Richard Epcar, Sandy Fox, Toshihiro Fukuoka, Josh Grelle, Kohei Hattori, Akemi Hayashi, Itto-Maru, Hirokatsu Kihara, Lex Lang, LeChat, Max Mittelman, Shihori Nakane, Ellyn Stern, Andrew Upton, Hiroko Utsumi, and Ayumi Yamada.
June 11-13, 2021 Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Manga library

AnimeNEXT has taken their Manga library to other conventions, including Otakon and New York Comic Con.

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