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Anime Weekend Atlanta
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga
Venue Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Sheraton Suites Galleria
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Country United States
First held 1995
Organizer AWA LLC
Attendance 32,000 in 2018

Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) is an annual four-day anime convention held during September/October at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Cobb Galleria Centre, and Sheraton Suites Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia. The convention is the largest Southeastern anime convention.

Programming

The convention typically offers an Anime Music Video contest, Artists' Alley, concerts, costume contest, dances, Dealer's Room, fashion show, formal ball, game shows, karaoke, Maid Cafe, panels, RPG Gaming, tabletop gaming, Video Gaming, and Workshops. Anime Weekend Atlanta during the convention has 24-hour programming.

History

The Anime Music Video contest in 2001 had 200 plus entries. The AMV contest in 2003 took over three hours and had 300 plus entries. The Dealer's Room took up 72,000 square feet in 2007. Cartoon Network announced the end of its Toonami block during a panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2008. Loverin Tamburin could not enter the United States for their 2015 appearance due to visa issues. Anime Weekend Atlanta 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 27–29, 1995 Castlegate Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia
  Ed Hill, Bruce Lewis, Bill Mayo, and Vaughan Simmons.
October 11–13, 1996 Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North
Atlanta, Georgia
  Steve Bennett, Bruce Lewis, Bill Mayo, Neil Nadelman, and Robert Woodhead.
November 14–16, 1997 Atlanta Marriott North Central
Atlanta, Georgia
1,350 Amy Howard-Wilson.
October 9–11, 1998 Atlanta Marriott North Central
Atlanta, Georgia
1,400 Amy Howard-Wilson.
October 8–10, 1999 Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place
Duluth, Georgia
2,000 Ippongi Bang, Steve Bennett, Michael Brady, Jessica Calvello, C. Martin Croker, Peter Fernandez, Tiffany Grant, Ed Hill, Amy Howard-Wilson, Mari Iijima, Shimpei Itoh, Bruce Lewis, George Lowe, Mio Odagi, Tom Tweedy, and Brett Weaver.
October 6–8, 2000 Crowne Plaza-Atlanta Ravinia
Dunwoody, Georgia
2,700 Steve Bennett, Michael Brady, Jessica Calvello, C. Martin Croker, Tim Eldred, Peter Fernandez, Tiffany Grant, Ed Hill, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Bruce Lewis, Shaindle Minuk, Neil Nadelman, Corinne Orr, Lisa Ortiz, and Brett Weaver.
September 21–23, 2001 Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport
Georgia International Convention Center
College Park, Georgia
3,150 Jonathan Clements, Jason Douglas, Nickey Froberg, Tiffany Grant, Amy Howard-Wilson, and Brett Weaver.
September 27–29, 2002 Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport
Georgia International Convention Center
College Park, Georgia
  Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, Tim Eldred, Peter Fernandez, Nickey Froberg, Matt Greenfield, Amy Howard-Wilson, Bruce Lewis, Kelly Manison, Corinne Orr, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, John Sirabella, Doug Smith, Kira Vincent-Davis, Brett Weaver, and David L. Williams.
September 26–28, 2003 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
4,584 Steve Bennett, Jo Chen, Kelli Cousins, Robert DeJesus, Tim Eldred, Peter Fernandez, Nickey Froberg, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Allison Keith-Shipp, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Fred Ladd, Bruce Lewis, Jason Martin, Neil Nadelman, Toshio Okada, Corinne Orr, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, Kira Vincent-Davis, Brett Weaver, David L. Williams, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.
September 24–26, 2004 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
5,837 Christine Auten, Jonathan Clements, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Fred Gallagher, Lauren Goodnight, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Mari Iijima, Patrick Macias, Helen McCarthy, Vic Mignogna, Neil Nadelman, Fred Patten, Stephanie Sheh, Kari Wahlgren, David L. Williams, and Larissa Wolcott.
September 23–25, 2005 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
7,505 Greg Ayres, Jessica Boone, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Tim Eldred, Lisa Furukawa, Lauren Goodnight, Ed Hill, Carl Gustav Horn, Yoko Ishida, Vic Mignogna, Neil Nadelman, Mariela Ortiz, Peelander-Z, Fred Perry, Stan Sakai, Select Start, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, David L. Williams, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.
September 22–24, 2006 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
8,949 Masahiro Aizawa, Keitaro Arima, Luci Christian, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Lauren Goodnight, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Vic Mignogna, Neil Nadelman. Sasha Paysinger, Fred Perry, Monica Rial, Stephanie Sheh, Mike Sinterniklaas, TsuShiMaMiRe, David L. Williams, and Travis Willingham.
September 21–23, 2007 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
10,200 Greg Ayres, The Captains, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, The Emeralds, Lauren Goodnight, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Noboru Ishiguro, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Neil Nadelman, Peelander-Z, Monica Rial, Rikki Simons, Barbara Staples, David L. Williams, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.
September 19–21, 2008 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
11,101 Jennie Breeden, The Captains, Ashley Clark, Camilla d'Errico, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, The Emeralds, Peter Fernandez, Illich Guardiola, Yaya Han, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Patrick Macias, Vic Mignogna, Neil Nadelman, Corinne Orr, Peelander-Z, Fred Perry, PikaBelleChu, Monica Rial, Rikki Simons, Barbara Staples, Jonathan Tarbox, TsuShiMaMiRe, David L. Williams, Travis Willingham, David G. Wilson III, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.
September 18–20, 2009 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
11,717 Amazon Mandy, Troy Baker, Jennie Breeden, Ashley Clark, Camilla d'Errico, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Tim Eldred, Caitlin Glass, Yaya Han, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Helen McCarthy, Vic Mignogna, Misako Rocks!, Neil Nadelman, Omodaka, Outland Armour, Peelander-Z, PikaBelleChu, Rikki Simons, Jonathan Tarbox, David L. Williams, David G. Wilson III, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.
September 17–19, 2010 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
12,718 Shinji Aramaki, Laura Bailey, Jennie Breeden, Tim Eldred, Yaya Han, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Helen McCarthy, Vic Mignogna, Neil Nadelman, Lisa Ortiz, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Jonathan Tarbox, David L. Williams, Travis Willingham, David G. Wilson III, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.
September 30-October 2, 2011 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
12,499 Yoshitoshi ABe, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Tim Eldred, Todd Haberkorn, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Naoko Matsui, Vic Mignogna, Moon Stream, Neil Nadelman, Brina Palencia, Doug Smith, The Suzan, David L. Williams, David G. Wilson III, and Steve Yun.
September 28–30, 2012 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
13,472 Johnny Yong Bosch, Marie-Claude Bourbonnais, Jennie Breeden, Ed Chavez, Tim Eldred, Eyeshine, Yaya Han, heidi., Naoto Hirooka, Ryo Horikawa, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, You Kikkawa, Ayumi Kino, Vic Mignogna, Suzuko Mimori, Neil Nadelman, Trina Nishimura, Frederik L. Schodt, and David L. Williams.
September 27–29, 2013 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Sheraton Suites Galleria
Atlanta, Georgia
18,363 Akino, Yuu Asakawa, bless4, Jennie Breeden, Tim Eldred, Toshio Furukawa, Todd Haberkorn, Shunsuke Hasegawa, Carl Gustav Horn, Amy Howard-Wilson, Mitsuo Iwata, Vic Mignogna, Christopher "moot" Poole, Chris Sabat, Lisle Wilkerson, and David L. Williams.
September 26–28, 2014 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Sheraton Suites Galleria
Atlanta, Georgia
20,311 Toru Furuya, Yaya Han, Home Made Kazoku, Masumi Kano, Cherami Leigh, Loverin Tamburin, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Yūko Minaguchi, MIQ, Bryce Papenbrook, Svetlana Quindt, Shonen Knife, Junichi Suwabe, and J. Michael Tatum.
September 24–27, 2015 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Sheraton Suites Galleria
Atlanta, Georgia
25,107 Eir Aoi, Curtis Arnott, Linda Ballantyne, Fhána, Scott Frerichs, heidi., HigeDriver, K-ble Jungle, Kato*Fuku, Nick Landis, Loverin Tamburin, Cassandra Lee Morris, Neeko, Toby Proctor, Reika, Chris Sabat, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Stephanie Sheh, Mike Sinterniklaas, Kaiji Tang, Luna Tsukigami, Universe, Lisle Wilkerson, Mengo Yokoyari, and Yuyoyuppe.
September 29 - October 2, 2016 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
28,781 Zach Aguilar, Curtis Arnott, Johnny Yong Bosch, Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, Eyeshine, Sandy Fox, Scott Frerichs, GARNiDELiA, Todd Haberkorn, DJ HeavyGrinder, Joe Inoue, Jin-Machine, karory, Erik Scott Kimerer, Lex Lang, Matthew Lassiter, Riki "Riddle" LeCotey, Masaya Matsukaze, Vic Mignogna, Max Mittelman, Manabu Ono, Jez Roth, Chinatsu Taira, Soichiro Umemoto, Vedetta Marie, Sarah Anne Williams, and Yutaka Yamamoto.
September 28 - October 1, 2017 Renaissance Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
31,500 Laura Bailey, Martin Billany, Christine Marie Cabanos, Nobutoshi Canna, Andy Field, Jennifer Hale, Yaya Han, Luna Haruna, DJ HeavyGrinder, Ali Hillis, Kazuhiko Inoue, Matthew Lassiter, Erica Lindbeck, Toshio Maeda, Ian McGinty, Chie Nakamura, None Like Joshua, Brina Palencia, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Stephanie Sheh, Keith Silverstein, Mike Sinterniklaas, SkyBlew, Takaaki Suzuki, TeddyLoid, Kana Ueda, Vedetta Marie, Cristina Vee, and Travis Willingham.
September 20–23, 2018 Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
& Convention Center
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
32,000 Dante Basco, Bryson Baugus, Steve Blum, Kira Buckland, Ray Chase, Ben Creighton, Elisa, Andy Field, Scott Frerichs, Kanae Ito, Lauren Landa, Nick Landis, Matthew Lassiter, Brittany Lauda, Ai Maeda, Kyle McCarley, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Miyavi, Chris Niosi, None Like Joshua, ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D, Ayu Sakata, Anthony Sardinha, Juliet Simmons, Mike Sinterniklaa, Matilda Smedius, Micah Solusod, John Swasey, TeddyLoid, Vedetta Marie, and Lisle Wilkerson.
October 31 - November 3, 2019 Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
& Convention Center
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
Yuu Asakawa, Mashiro Ayano, Scott Gibbs, Tiffany Grant, Caleb Hyles, IA, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Christina Marie Kelly, Subaru Kimura, Matthew Lassiter, E. Jason Liebrecht, LM.C, Mana, Kayli Mills, Myth & Roid, nano, None Like Joshua, Adrian Petriw, TeddyLoid, Elias Toufexis, Vedetta Marie, David Wald, and Lisle Wilkerson.
October 28-31, 2021 Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
& Convention Center
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
October 27-30, 2022 Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
& Convention Center
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
October 26-29, 2023 Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
& Convention Center
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia
  • Lillard, Kevin. "Anime Weekend Atlanta". (November 2006) Newtype USA. p. 97.
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