About AX

Anime Expo (AX) started in 1991 as “Anime Con” by the members of UC Berkeley’s anime club, Cal Animage Alpha. While AX has grown drastically over the years, the core goal has remained the same: to welcome attendees for a fun and memorable experience. Each year, Anime Expo brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. Anime Expo is organized by SPJA, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the world through Japanese animation and culture.

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AX Throughout the Years

  • AnimeCon 1991

    Inaugural event takes place at Red Lion Inn in San Jose, CA

  • 1992

    Anime Expo is incorporated

  • 1994

    AX moves to Southern California

  • 2001

    First year in a convention center; attendance exceeds 10,000

  • 2001-2002

    Long Beach Convention Center

  • 2003-2006

    Anaheim Convention Center

  • 2004

    Attendance exceeds 25,000

  • 2007

    Gackt, Yoshiki(X-Japan), Miyavi, and Sugizo(lunaSea) com together as S.K.I.N for first and only performance

  • 2008

    AX moves to Los Angeles Convention Center

  • 2011

    Hatsune Miku debut US performance at Microsoft Theater

  • 2012

    Attendance exceeds 50,000

  • 2016

    Attendance exceeds 100,000
    AX hosts the world premiere of Your Name

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