AnimagiC

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Convention
Name: AnimagiC
Dates: 1999-ongoing
Frequency: annual
Location: Koblenz, since 2006 in Bonn
Type: procon
Focus: animanga, cosplay
Organization: OVA Films, Animagine GmbH
Founder:
Founding Date: 1999
URL: Official Homepage (German)
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The AnimagiC (also Animagic and often just called Ani by fans) is a German annual convention for animanga fans and one of the largest of its kind in the German-speaking regions, organized by the publishing company (first OVA Films, then Animagine GmbH) behind the special interest magazine AnimaniA.

Overview

The event takes place every year in Summer (end of July/beginning of August) and over a span of three days (Friday to Sunday).

The convention focuses on Japanese popular culture and attracts fans of anime, manga, J-Rock, Visual Kei and cosplay. Anime and films are shown in video rooms, a games room and role playing, a Bring&Buy (flea market) and a Dealer's Room are part of what AnimagiC has to offer every year. The convention is known to invite japanese guests of honor, give room to various concerts and showacts (especially popular fanish cosplay show acts that have become a tradition on German anime conventions), and host different workshops.

There usually is a cosplay contest on the main stage and since 2009 it also holds one of the preliminaries for the German Cosplay Championship (DCM).

History

From 1999 to 2005 AnimagiC took place in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle in Koblenz. Due to growing a growing number in visitors the event soon outgrew the Rhein-Mosel-Halle and the event spread to additional premises like the Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliches Schloss), two cinemas and the club Circus Maximus.

When the event could no longer use the Electoral Palace it was relocated to Bonn, where it takes place in the Beethovenhalle.

The total number of visitors of the three day event currently is around 15.000. [1]

Outdoor event and controversy

Since the event has been held in Bonn, guests and especially cosplayers have gathered around the Beethovenhalle. Many visitors who did not get a ticket came to meet up with friends and fellow cosplayers and had access to the lawn in front of the premises and could make use of the booths outside (selling food and more) or even experience one of the outdoor taiko performances.

Since 2011 the lawn in front of the Beethovenhalle is closed off from the public and an official part of the convention premises and it’s possible to buy a special outdoor ticket to access it. The organizers explained that this was due to some incidents of vandalism and untoward behaviour from passers-by and onlookers and due to a rise in pickpocketing.[2]

The fence now surrounding the premises was not welcomed by everybody and some people complained about it in different places and especially in the animexx event forum for AnimagiC 2011. [3]

Shinji Schneider integretaed the story into his stand up comedy into his next performance at CosDay one week after AnimagiC 2011. [4]

1999

06.08. - 08.08.1999 - Koblenz.

2000

07.07. - 09.07.2000 - Koblenz.

2001

15.06. - 17.06.2001 - Koblenz.

2002

14.06. - 16.06.2002 - Koblenz

2003

25.07. - 27.07.2003 - Koblenz.

2004

23.07. - 25.07.2004 - Koblenz.

2005

29.07. - 31.07.2005 - Koblenz.

2006

28.07. - 30.07.2006 - Bonn.

2007

27.07. - 29.07.2007 - Bonn..

2008

01.08. - 03.08.2008 - Bonn.

Special Exhibition “40 years JUMP” on the convention grounds.

Guests: Takashi Okazaki - Shinji Aramaki - Koh Kawarajima - Katsura Hoshino - Fuminori Kizaki - Hiroya Iijima - Masahiko Minami - Kenji Kamiyama - Anike Hage(Gothik Sports)- Anna Hollmann (Stupid Story) - Judith Park(Y-Square) - Rebecca Jeltsch( A Demons Kiss) - Laura Müller (Alle Guten Geister) - Alexandra Völker(Catwalk) - Diana Liesaus(Musouka) - Nana Kitade

Showacts and fanish groups:

2009

31.07. - 02.08.2009, Bonn,.

2010

30.07. - 01.08.2010, Bonn.

2011

29.07. - 31.07.2011 - Bonn.

2012

27.07. - 29.07.2012 - Bonn.

Guests: Atsuhiro Iwakami - Anna Hollmann - David Füleki - Dennis Saemann - Evelyne Bösch - Hideo Baba - Inga Steinmetz - Janine Sander - Kalafina - Kanako Ito - Katja Kober - Kanan Minami - Markus Haase - Martin Geier - Martina Peters - Natalie Wormsbecher - Nina Amerschläger - Renate Kaiser - Rieke Werner - Shoji Sato - Takaki Kosaka -Tomonori Ochikoshi

Showacts and fanish groups: Daijoubu - Eden Films - KIRA KIRA HIKARU - K!SEKI - ONGAKU NO KARA - PROJECT AT - Shiroku - Tsuki no Senshi (TNS) - X‘N‘Y DANCECREW

2013

Animagic 2013 will be held 26.07. - 28.07.2013 in Bonn.

References

  1. AnimagC Offical Site, accessed 13. December 2012
  2. Ein Tag auf der AnimagiC ehh… ZaunimagiC!
  3. Animagic 2011 Event Forum
  4. Cosday 2 - Ein Schneider berichtet (German), accessed 12.12.2012.