Our History

Our Story

Animé LA (2005) was sponsored by San Diego Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SDSFC).

Animé Los Angeles (2006-present) is sponsored by Institute for Specialized Literature, Inc. (ISL), an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

“Animé Los Angeles” mascot (the girl in the yellow outfit) design created by Yukiko Green, used with permission.

Animé Los Angeles logo and design scheme created by Evan James IV, used with permission.

2005: Animé LA. Held 28-30 January 2005 at Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys CA. Guest of Honor: Caroline Curtis; Fan GoH: Fred Patten; Special Guest: Jerry “Sprite Monkey” Koudelik; Toastmaster: Tadao Tomomatsu. Total attending members: 616.

2006: Animé Los Angeles 2. Held 27-29 January 2006 at Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys CA. Professional GoH: Hiroaki Inoue; Artist GoH: Phuong-Mai “PMBQ” Bui-Quang; Fan GoHs: Karisu-sama and Richard Man; TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Star Wars Day. Total attending members: 1346.

2007: Animé Los Angeles 3. Held 26-28 January 2007 at Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys CA. Professional GoH: Svetlana Chmakova; Special Guest: J. Dee Du Puy; TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Total attending members: 1875.

2008: Animé Los Angeles 4. Held 4-6 January 2008 at Hilton Burbank Airport, Burbank CA. Voice Actor GoH: Vic Mignogna; Artist GoH: Bryan Wong; TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Wings. Total attending members: 2509.

2009: Animé Los Angeles 5. Held 2-4 January at Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA. Voice Actor GoH: Johnny Yong Bosch; Editor GoH: Zac Bertschy; Artist GoH: Scott “VG Cats” Ramsoomair; Fan GoH: Kevin “Fansview.com” Lillard; TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Total attending members: 2851.

2010: Animé Los Angeles 6. 8-10 January at Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA. Voice Actor GoH: Kyle Hebert; Music GoH: The Spoony Bards; Artist GoH: Jessica Gaona; Fan GoH: “Bekka the Alice” (Becca Feiner, née Becca Norman); TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Steampunk. Total attending members: 3209.

2011: Animé Los Angeles 7. Held 7-9 January at Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA. Voice Actor GoH: Patrick Seitz; Director GoH: Taliesin Jaffe; Artist GoH: Gina Biggs; Fan GoH: Helen McCarthy;TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Japanese New Year’s. Total attending members: 3598.

2012: Animé Los Angeles 8. Held 6-8 January at Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA. Artist GoH: Stan Sakai; Voice Actor GoH: Chris Cason; Fan GoH: Dave Merrill; TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Supermecha Sunday. Total attending members: 4209.

2013: Animé Los Angeles 9. Held 4-6 January at Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA. Voice Actor/Director GoH: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Voice Actor/Director GoH: Richard Epcar, Artist GoH: M. Alice LeGrow, Fan GoH: Meri Davis, Toastmaster: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Victorian Gothic. Total attending members: 5001

2014: Animé Los Angeles 10. Held 10-12 January at Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA.. Translator GoH: Neil Nadelman, Artist GoH: Aimee Major Steinberger, Fan GoH: Parlé Productions, Toastmaster: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: …In Space! Total attending members: 4583

2015: Animé Los Angeles 11. Held 9-11 January 2015 at Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA. Editor GoH: Carl Horn, Fan GoH: Liz Ohanesian,Voice Actor GoH: Matthew Mercer, Voice Actor GoH: David Vincent, Toastmaster: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Magical Girls and Boys. Total attending members: 4702

2016: Animé Los Angeles 12. Held (28) 29-31 January 2016 at Ontario Convention Center and Radisson Ontario Airport, Ontario, CA. Voice Actor GoH: Todd Haberkorn & Stephanie Sheh, ADR Director/VA GoH: Caitlin Glass, Artist GoH: Alicja Chrena Chakravarti, Fan GoH: Lionel Lum, Toastmaster: Tadao Tomomatsu. Sunday theme: Idols. Total attending members: 8098

2017: Animé Los Angeles 13. Held (26) 27-29 January 2017 at Ontario Convention Center and Radisson Ontario Airport, Ontario, CA.  Guests: Brian Beacock, Pierre Bernard Jr., Edward Bosco, Jeff Burns, Chocolate Covered Cosplay, Mary Claypool, Les E. Claypool III, Richard Epcar, Victor Frost, Darrel Guilbeau, Hiroaki Inoue, Lauren Landa, Mela Lee, Erica Lindbeck, Jason Charles Miller, Sean O’Mara, Cindy Robinson, Tara Sands, Christopher Smith, Ellyn Stern, Cristina Vee, Stephen Weese, Ezra Weisz, Jason Wishnov.
Toastmaster: Tadao Tomomatsu. Theme: Pirates! Total attending members: 8954

2018: Animé Los Angeles 14. Held 25-28 January 2018 at Ontario Convention Center and Ontario Convention & Airport Hotel (formerly Radisson), Ontario, CA.
Guests: Pierre Bernard Jr., Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, Zach Callison, Chocolate Covered Cosplay, Mary Claypool, Les E. Claypool III, Fon Davis, Melissa Fahn, Victor Frost, Bonnie Gordon, Jacob Grady, Marc Handler, Grant Imahara, Xander Jeanneret, Wendee Lee, Lolita Dark, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Danielle McRae, Midnight Shinigami, Jeff Nimoy, Derek Stephen Prince, Raj Ramayya, Lia Sargent, Paul St. Peter, Skip Stellrecht, Ezra Weisz, Suzu Momoi, Rimma Doi, Stephanie Yanez, Richard Neil
Theme: Sports;  Total attendance:  11360

2019: Animé Los Angeles 15. Held 10-13 January 2019 at Ontario Convention Center and DoubleTree Ontario Airport, Ontario, CA.
Guests: Christopher Wehkamp, Kristen McGuire, Bryan Forrest, Roland Kelts, Victor Frost, Chris Tergliafera, Les Claypool III, Mary Claypool, David Matranga, Todd Haberkorn, Ezra Weisz, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Eric Vale, Skip Stellrecht, Clifford Chapin, Justin Briner, Love & Justice, Kyle McCarley, Morgan Berry, Mitch Iverson, Dorothy Fahn, Melissa Fahn, Chocolate Covered Cosplay, Suzu Momoi, Lemar Harris, Rimma Doi, Pierre Bernard Jr, Joe Ochman, Lauren Matesic, Richard Neil, Utahime Cosplay, A to J Connections, Elizabeth Rage, Alex Drastal, Edgar Mayoral, Alexander Ward, Fanvibe Podcast, Fon Davis, Imperial Knights, Kelton Ching, Leo Camacho, Steve Winsett, TLX, Tony Swatton
Theme: Heroes;  Total attendance:  11760

2020: Animé Los Angeles 16. To be held 9-12 January 2020 at Ontario Convention Center and DoubleTree Ontario Airport, Ontario, CA.  Theme: School

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