2012 Program Guide PDF

table of contents

















Letter from the Con Chair

Guests of Honor


Video Programming

Panels & Workshops

Artists’ Alley

Dealers’ Room

Room Directory


Where to Eat

Getting Around






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Anime Boston 2012

This weekend we're celebrating Anime Boston's

10th anniversary. We would never have reached this milestone year without our fabulous guests, the support and effort of our staff, and the overwhelming love and inspiration our attendees have provided over the last nine years. Thank you!




On behalf of the New England Anime Society, our honored guests and the entire Anime

Boston staff, it is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to Anime Boston 2012!

This year is particularly exciting, as we are celebrating our tenth anniversary. When I think back on 2002, when we were working to organize ourselves and plan for the first year of the convention, I’m still astounded at how much has the event has grown and developed.

Like a child, the convention “grew up” faster than we expected, and around it, we have lived ten years of life. For those of us who were there from the beginning this means ten years of marriages, children born, friends who have passed on, break-ups, falling in love, learning new things, losing some battles, and winning others. After more than ten years of convention work, we are not the same people now as we were in 2002; but, I believe that we are all a bit more worldly and stronger having had this experience with Anime Boston.

In a real way we grew up, in the way that adults can, alongside the convention.

How many of you, I wonder, have been with us these past ten years? How have your lives changed during that time and what impact did our three-day, yearly event have on you?

How many cherished convention memories do you carry, how many friends did you meet at Anime Boston and how many opportunities have you had to laugh and learn during those twenty seven days of Anime Boston goodness? How, in short, has Anime Boston changed you?

This year, I urge you to make the most of these three days. Meet some new people and share your interests, try out a couple panels that cover new-to-you topics and chat with the presenters, consider supporting to our charity efforts to improve the lives of others and talk to Anime Boston’s staff members if the opportunity presents itself – we’d love to hear about your experiences!

In a few short days our tenth convention will come to a close, bringing our total number of convention days to thirty – a whole month’s worth of Anime Boston experiences. In the span of our lives a month is usually a very small period of time, but what an effect it has had on us! It is my sincere hope that you, too, have been positively changed and charged by sharing this time with us. We couldn’t have this party without you!

Cheer and Warm Regards,

Andrea M. Finnin

Anime Boston Con Chairman

APRIL 6–8, 2012



japanese guests

A frequent contributor to the soundtracks of Nitroplus games,

Kanako Ito's vocal style is as powerful as it is diverse.

Haruko Momoi

Voice Actress, Singer and Composer

Her vocal tracks can be found on many TV, anime, PC game, PS2,

PSPS, and XBOX 360 soundtracks, including STEIN'S GATE, School


Armas, Lamento -BEYOND THE VOID-, Togainu no Chi / TRUE

BLOOD Myself: Yourself and Hatenkou Yuugi.

Haruko Momoi is a Japanese voice actress, a singer and a composer. She is also a prolific writer. Momoi established a selfproduced label, AKIHABA LOVE RECORDS, and began producing artists. Her voice work includes: "Steins;Gate" (VG) as Feiris

Nyannyan, "Seto no Hanayome" (OAV) as Seto San, "Prism Ark" (TV) as Filia, and "Tales of the Abyss" (TV) as Anise Tatlin…etc. She currently runs an irregularly scheduled live broadcast program called

"Dokusen! Moco Moco 60 Minutes" on Niko Niko Douka.

Momoi co-hosts a radio talk show called "THE WORKS" (FM79.5) and also host "Ere Uta!" (NHK Radio One). She is a columnist for several magazines and publications where she is able to showcase her multiple talents. As the original Queen of Akihabara and with the concept of "From Akihabara to the World!", Momoi has been actively traveling to North America, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

For the latest information, visit:

The Haruko Momoi Official Website www.rg-music.com/momoi

The Haruko Momoi Official Blog, Mo-Mo-Blo www.ameblo.jp/momoi-ktkr

In addition to multiple live tours of Japan, Kanako Ito has appeared at Brazil's "Sana 9" anime festival in 2009 and has performed as part of Japan's Animelo Summer Live from 2009 to 2011.

In 2011, she released her 2-Disc "Best" album "Thank you!" including her various anime and game theme songs.

Kanako Ito's appearance at Anime Boston will be her debut

American live performance.

Find out more about Kanako Ito at: www.japanfiles.com/kanakoito.html


Kanako Ito appears at Anime Boston by arrangement with

JapanFiles and Nitroplus / Digiturbo.


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Kanako Ito




Fashion Designer

Shotaro Kaizuka

Music Producer, Composer and Guitarist

Debuted with Sixh., a collaboration brand with designer IBI under h.NAOTO Brand. The fashion that MINT creates starts with a gothic aesthetic that has evolved into more decorative, ornamental ventures, emerging into an essence that is simple yet high fashion.

A MINT-esque look is unique and creative—a coupling of witticism and languid feeling.

Currently, MINT is independently focusing on his original fashion brand, MINTNeko. The brand, endorsed by many musicians in

Japan, is growing in popularity. MINTNeko is unfolding as a new character fashion brand.

Shotaro Kaizuka is a Japanese music producer, composer and guitarist. When he was at Waseda University (Tokyo), he started his career as a musician. He used to lived in the U.S. and he is a graduate in Film Scoring of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA).

When he was in Boston, he founded J-Pop/Rock bands/groups and organized concerts and recitals in New England area. He joined NIPPON COLUMBIA CO., LTD. (a.k.a. Columbia Records) in

2011 to bring Japanese music (J-Pop/Rock, anime and video game music, Idols, Visual-kei, and so on) to all over the world. NIPPON

COLUMBIA is the oldest record label in Japan and they celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2010. NIPPON COLUMBIA has released music of "DRAGON BALL", "THE [email protected]", "STRIKE WITCHES",

"GOSICK", and more.

NIPPON COLUMBIA (Japanese) www.columbia.jp

APRIL 6–8, 2012



japanese guests (cont.)

Tsutomu Narita

Composer and Arranger

Yoshitaka Suzuki

Composer and Arranger

Tsutomu Narita is a Japanese composer and arranger. He started playing piano when he was a child and he started composing music when he was 16 years old. He now works in various fields

- classical music, concert band, musical, Pop/Rock, etc. He often arranges music composed by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of

Final Fantasy Series. He is one of the leaders in new generation of

Japanese video game music industry.


"UNCHAINBLADES REXX" – Nintendo 3DS & PlayStation Portable


"Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy" – Concert

"GUIN SAGA" – Anime


"Xenoblade" – Nintendo Wii

"THE LAST STORY" v Nintendo Wii

"Lord of ARCANA" – PlayStation Portable

"The 3rd Birthday" – PlayStation Portable


Also, he plays keyboards and guitar for Nobuo Uematsu's band


Tsutomu Narita Official Website (Japanese) www.tsutomunarita.com

Yoshitaka Suzuki is a Japanese composer and arranger. His style is based on the techniques of Hollywood film scoring and he creates outstanding harmonies between music and video games. He has worked for very popular video game titles, such as Metal Gear

Solid and Final Fantasy. He is one of the leaders in new generation of Japanese video game music industry.


"Metal Gear Solid portable OPS"

"Metal Gear Solid 4"

"Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker"

"Metal Gear solid Arcade"


"Ace Combat Assault Horizon"

"Final Fantasy XIII-2"



"Final Fantasy XIII-2"


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north american guests

Takamasa Sakurai

Author and Cultural Adviser

Christopher Ayres

Voice Actor and Director

After graduating from Waseda University with a degree in Political

Economics, Takamasa Sakurai worked for a major publisher as a writer and an editor for many nonfiction books. At the same time,

Sakurai was also a radio program producer. At the beginning of the internet era, Sakurai, along with multiple universities, aggressively helped many students and professionals complete training to meet the increasing demands of website and mobile platform content producers and planners. Meanwhile, he plans and moderates several events for famous artists, movie directors, and business leaders.

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. Currently a voice actor for ADV

Films and FUNimation Entertainment, Ayres is also an ADR Director for ADV Films and Amusement Park Media. His first project at studio was the hit anime musical comedy The Nerima Daikon Brothers.

His other voice acting roles are Kei Kourono in Gantz, Suitengu in

Speed Grapher, Von Kampher in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full

Metal Panic? Fummofu, Johnny in One Piece, Sid in Devil May Cry,

Yusuf Ali Mesa in Yugo the Negotiator and Koji in Godanner.

Nowadays, as an author, a journalist, a corporate/government project consultant, and an event producer, Sakurai continues his field-based research on the role of Japanese pop culture, specifically animation and fashion on Japanese cultural diplomacy, as a life-long project. He is involved in pop culture diplomatic activities such as speaking in seminars and organizing fashion shows in 89 cities across 20 countries including Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Czech

Republic, Germany, France, Russia, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, China,

Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, USA,

Mexico, and Brazil.

Sakurai has been a general adviser on Japanese pop culture, an executive consultant on Japanese anime cultural diplomacy, an executive cultural counselor in the fashion sector, creative director of Kawaii Ambassadors (Ambassadors of Cuteness) for the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, leader of the Japan-China Youth Friendship Exchange Program, the judge for independent anime contests, and the jury for the World Cosplay Summit preliminary.

APRIL 6–8, 2012



north american guests (cont.)


Greg Ayres

Voice Actor and DJ

Caitlin Glass

Voice Actress and Director

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin' out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon

Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian

Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara,

Seikechi Tayama Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club,

Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in

DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis

Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in

Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention.

Glass can also be heard in BECK, Darker Than Black, Dragonaut:

The Resonance, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Kenichi, Mushi-shi,

Nabari no Ō, Ragnarok, Solty Rei, StrAIn, Tsubasa: RESERVoir

CHRoNiCLE, Welcome to the NHK and Witchblade, among many others.

When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind "the decks". A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the oppor- tunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

Best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist,

Caitlin Glass has been working in the anime industry since 2004 as a voice actress and ADR director. Most recently, she has played

Hanna Annafellows in Black Butler II, Eila in Strike Witches, Kyoko in Initial D: 4th Stage (FUNimation), Mawari in My Bride is a

Mermaid and Maya Ibuki in Neon Genesis Evangelion 1.0 You Are

(Not) Alone and 2.0 You May (Not) Advance. Other well-known roles include: Chachamaru & Chisame/Chiu in Negima, Deneve in

Claymore, Dhianeila in Heroic Age, Kaori in Kanon, Hiyono in Spiral,

LaLa in D.Gray Man, Miria in Baccano, Miss Anderson in Shinchan, Nerine in Shuffle!, Saya in Black Cat, Sumomo in Sergeant

Frog, Triela in Gunslinger Girl, Vivi in One Piece (FUNimation) and

Yakumo in School Rumble.

While he is proud of many of his roles, he's more than a little excited about his role on Anime Boston's Staff. Greg is thrilled to be Anime Boston's Dance Coordinator this year, and really looks forward to seeing you on the dance floor.

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Carli Mosier

Voice Actress

Keith Silverstein

Voice Actor

Voice actress Carli Mosier is excited to attend her second Anime

Boston. Mosier began developing her love of acting at age 6 and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. She attended the musical theatre program at the

University of Houston and continued on in film and stage productions throughout the Houston area.

In 2004, after years in the theatre, she began working at ADV Films, appearing in such shows as Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok as

Tsubasa Maijima and Godannar as Kei. However, she is best known for her performance as the sexy Detective Yukika in Nerima Daikon

Brothers. She also appears as Student Council President Yuri

Kurosu in Magikano and Daisy in Halo: Legends.

Keith Silverstein is a voice actor known primarily for his work in animation and video games. He got his start, voicing a number of original characters for Chuck Jones’ Timberwolf series. Since entering the world of Anime, he’s voiced Captain Gantu in “Disney's

Stitch”, Manji in "Blade of the Immortal”, and Johan in the SyFy series, “Monster”. In the video game world, Keith has worked on titles like “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, “The Darkness II”, “Transformers: War for Cybertron”, “Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty”, “Dynasty

Warriors 7” and “World of Warcraft,” as well as his recurring roles as Zasalamel in the “Soul Calibur” series, Hunk in the "Resident Evil

"games, and Vector, The Crocodile in the "Sonic, The Hedgehog" series. Keith is probably best known for his portrayal of Kimimaro on

"Naruto." Current projects Keith is working on include “Monsuno”,

“Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal”, “Bleach”, "Gundam Unicorn" and a number of secret high profile video games yet to be announced.

Mosier has also worked for Funimation, starting out there singing the closing credit song “Before Dawn” in One Piece and voicing smaller characters in Evangelion, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Sgt. Frog. She has also voiced Aunt Bitzi in Shin Chan,

Akira Yoshii in Baka and Test and Astraea in Heaven's Lost Property. She was mostly recently cast as the Narrator and Prophetess in Sentai FilmWorks’ Night Raid: 1931.

Keith has been a fan of Anime since watching Speed Racer and

Marine Boy as a child, and he’s honored to be visiting Anime

Boston for the first time.

For more info on Keith Silverstein visit his website: www.keithsilverstein.com

Or, check out "Keith Silverstein Voice Artist" on Facebook.

APRIL 6–8, 2012



north american guests (cont.)

Michael Sinterniklaas

Voice Actor and Director

Chris Smith

Voice Actor

Anime Boston is most excited to welcome back Michael Sinterniklaas.

An 18 year veteran of the Anime industry, Michael founded the recording studio NYAV Post LLC in 2000 which now has facilities in both New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Sinterniklaas has been busy at work this year recording Funshie in the new CARE BEARS series airing soon on the

Hub, as well as NARUTO, BLEACH, BAKUMAN, animated feature films

ZAMBEZIA with Samuel L. Jackson and WELCOME TO THE SPACE

SHOW, as well as the new Marvel Anime series X-MEN, BLADE and

IRON MAN, Capcom’s RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS and is just starting to record THE VENTURE BROS season five in which he plays Dean

Venture (the smart one)!

Last at Anime Boston in 2010, Chris Smith has had a couple very busy years. In gaming, it can be summed up in one word – Skyrim.

Chris is the voice of the evil Daedric Lord, Molag Bal, as well as the

Forsworn Bandit companion in 2011's Game of the Year. Beginning in March he'll be heard as Bren and Jon Ace in the American anime series Monsuno on Nickelodeon.

On the other side of the mic, Michael has been busy directing a new

PETER RABBIT series for Nickelodeon, CAT IN PARIS which was nominated for a best animated feature Oscar this year and a yet to be announced new fantasy series. Other recent credits include:ROBOTOMY staring Patton Oswalt, Lewis Black, Eliza Dushku, Gilbert Gottfried, Lil

Jon, Lisa Lampanelli, SPEED RACER for Cartoon Network and the feature film MIA AND THE MIGOO with John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg,

James Woods, Matthew Modine and Wallace Shawn.

In the world of anime, Michael starred as Kenji in the feature film

SUMMER WARS and has been directing Sunrise’s new hit GUNDAM

UNICORN. Other roles include Sasuke Sarutobi in SENGOKU BASARA, in EDEN OF THE EAST and producing and acting in Funimation’s two new SLAYERS series in the role of Xellos and Viz Media’s MONSTER.

His game credits include BASARA and FINAL FANTASY XIII in which he voiced the final boss, Orphan. Other voice work include TEENAGE





LEO and GLASS FLEET to name a few.

Other anime roles include Captain Bright Noa for Gundam: Unicorn, the latest in the Gundam franchise. He's also the voice of Major

Peter Soyuz in Full Metal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos, and Lucius Isaac for the Marvel anime adaption of Blade. He's Kinnosuke in DuRaRaRa, Matoko Kibune, Rose, and Wonderweiss in Bleach,

Headmaster Kaien Cross in Vampire Knight, Kittan in Gurren Lagann, Ishidate and Shuura in Naruto, and The Puppeteer in Ghost in the Shell. He's upwards of 25 characters apiece in Code Geass,

Monster, and Redline. Hanamoto-Sensei in Honey and Clover, The

Mikado in Moribito, Abe in Ghost Slayer Ayashi, and featured prominently in Twelve Kingdoms, Overman King Gainer, Tenjho

Tenghe, Gundam Force, Samurai Champloo, and a few dozen more.

He's also multiple roles in the upcoming big-screen remake of the

70's hit Gatcahman (G-Force/Battle of the Planets).

In the realm of live action, Michael lent his voice to the Russian blockbuster THE BLACK LIGHTNING as the lead Dima, and getting out of the booth for a stint, Michael got in front of the camera to shoot the feature film ANSWER THIS and is preparing for a new film by working on his guitar chops and growing his hair to never before seen lengths!!


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Karen Strassman

Voice Actress

Kirk Thornton

Voice Actor and Director

Karen Strassman has been privileged to have an extraordinarily rich career as an actress and voice-over artist. In voice-over, she has worked in nearly every aspect of the industry: radio and TV commercials, animation, narration, documentaries, promos, audio books, celebrity voice-matching and voice replacement, internet media, games, talking toys, CD-ROMs, dubbing, looping, and ADR.

Major clients have included: Disney, HBO, Sony, Universal Pictures,

Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, Sci-Fi,

Showtime, The CW, CBS, Klasky-Csupo, Viacom, Bandai, Pioneer,

Vivendi, Disneyland, Lancôme, L'Oréal, Clarins, Vidal Sassoon, Acura,

Kia, VU Games, Square Enix Co, Ltd, Ubisoft Entertainment, Technicolor, Hallmark, and Mattel.

Kirk Thornton comes to Boston with the cast of the new show

Monsuno, in which he plays Beyal, One Eyed Jack and Hargrave among others. A native of Oregon, he worked his way into anime taking the traditional path: classical actor training (University of

Washington) – Oregon Shakespearean Festival – New York off broadway and regional theatre – Los Angeles film and television – dry cleaners, where he met an anime director he had worked with in theatre.

Karen has been one of the leading v.o. talents in Paris for many years, could be heard as the voice for Air France, Euro-star, Disneyland

Paris and audio tours of the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. Some of Karen's favorite projects include: Monsuno, Winx Club, Bleach,

Monster, Huntik, Code Geass, IGPX, Rozen Maidens, Lucky Star,

Everquest, StarCraft 2, World of WarCraft, Red Faction Armageddon,

Persona, Ace Combat, Bioshock 2, Castlevania, Dead or Alive, Resident Evil, Rumble Roses, Final Fantasy, League of Legends, Mortal

Combat, Saboteur, Silent Hill, Star Wars: the Old Republic, Tony

Hawk, Valkyria, Van Helsing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Street

Fighter X Tekken TGS.

On camera, Karen has had the opportunity and delight to work in many locations throughout Europe, from artsy little indie projects to big productions with icons like Gerard Depardieu, Polanski, Merchant and Ivory... And some of her most recent credits in America include

Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives, House, Big

Time Rush, The Young and the Restless, Big Love, Monk, Touch, and she is presently recurring on Weeds as the quirky Jolene Waite.

Over 20 years in the trenches and some of the roles he has to show for it are Jin (Samurai Champloo), Don Patch (Bobobo),Tazuna

(Naruto), Saidoh (Bleach), Gabumon and Mummymon (Digimon),

Kuze (The Ghost In the Shell) and Blackjack (Blackjack). Other credits include Gungrave (Brandon Heat), Kikaider (Hattori),

Planates as Hachirota, IGPX as Mark, Duel (Dr. Sanada), Duel

Masters, Last Exile, Stellvia, Vandred, Heat Guy J, Love Hina,

Stelvia, Wolf’s Rain, Akira, The Mysterious Play, and Kenshin. His voice has also appeared in video games, such as Skyrim, Resident

Evil: Revelation, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Final Fantasy XIII-2,

Saints Row: The Third, Kingdom Hearts, Batman Arkham Asylum,

Kane & Lynch 2, Guild Wars 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Dragonage

2, Resident Evil Outbreak, Mission Impossible, Catherine and

Monsters Vs Aliens among others.

Kirk has directed the English dubs of S-CRY-ED, Gad Guard, Cosmo

Warrior Zero, Tsukihime, Mars Daybreak, Otogizoshi, and Destiny of Shrine Maiden all of which he was the lead script adapter and story editor. Some of the video games that he has directed are

Dirt 2, Operation Flashpoint, Tom Clancy’s Hawx, Are You Smarter

Than a 5th Grader, The Tale of Despereau, Enchanted Arms, Rogue

Galaxy, Samurai Champloo, Time Crisis 4 and WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 plus several soon to be released that he’s not at liberty to mention.

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north american guests


Keeping track of


Boston has never been easier!

Tom Wayland

Voice Actor and Director

Tom Wayland is proud to have made a long and successful career out of his most favorite things - acting, directing, and making raucous, loud rock and roll music. Tom has produced and/or directed hundreds of anime programs such as Now & Then, Here & There,

Revolutionary Girl Utena, Alien Nine, The World of Narue, Ichi the

Killer, Mew Mew Power, Magical Do Re Mi, GI Joe, and currently serves as the voice director on the hit series Pokemon.

Tom is also a very busy voice actor having appeared in hundreds of titles currently airing on Cartoon Network, Fox, WB, Nickelodeon or available on DVD including Yugi-oh 5Ds as Crow, Lester, and

Nervin, GI Joe as Stormshadow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as

Jammerhead, Pokemon as Flint, Reggie, Cress, Arceus, and numerous freaky little creatures, Ikki Tousen, Three Delivery, Yugi-oh GX,

Chaotic, One Piece, Mew Mew Power, Knight Hunters, Genshiken,

Gokusen, and keep an ear out for his work as one of the lead characters - Finn in Tai-Chi Chasers.

Tom’s work can also be seen or heard on various commercials, feature films, and audiobook projects including narrating Heavy

Metal legend Dave Mustaine’s autobiography – Mustaine: a Heavy

Metal Memoir, Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow’s autobiography Through My Eyes, and most recently lending his voice to the

Deadtime Stories series from Macmillan Publishing.


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The Masquerade is held on Saturday and involves skits performed by attendees that can either be dance, parody, drama, action, comedy, or anything their minds can think of! A panel of qualified judges will be selecting winners for the best performances and costumes. The Masquerade is the biggest event at Anime Boston and it is just as fun to watch as it is to be a part of. Advanced registration is required to compete. So whether on stage or in the audience, come show your support for the performers and for your favorite characters!


Anime Boston 2012 selected staff members will be circulating the halls with Staff Vote tickets which they will hand out to any exceptional cosplayers they see. If you collect three staff vote tickets, you can turn them in at

Masquerade Headquarters to receive a prize ribbon. There is a limit of one ribbon per costume, but the same cosplayer may win multiple ribbons for different costumes.

Masquerade Headquarters will be open

Friday, April 6 9:00am–8:00pm; Saturday,

April 7 9:00am–2:00pm; and Sunday, April 8

10:00am–3:00pm, to claim your prize ribbons.

No sign up is required for the Staff-Vote Hall

Costume Contest, and every costume at the convention is automatically eligible. Come on, cosplayers! Show us what you've got!

bachelors and beautiful bachelorettes from your favorite anime series compete to win an in-character date. The game has two separate sessions, a main all-ages one on

Saturday, and a special late night 18+ Yaoi/

Yuri session on Friday. New this year is a special Villains-Only Dating Game round, featuring everyone's favorite characters: the evil ones! Check the schedule for times and locations.

Catch the Barrel

Competition game played in the halls all weekend long, where cosplayers join teams and compete to get the most captures on prop barrels. Open to all cosplayers, no registration needed.

See the Masquerade Seating Policy on page 66 for information on Masquerade seating, tickets, and lining up for the event.

Hall Costume Contest

Another opportunity for competition, this contest allows cosplayers to sign up ahead of time to have their craftsmanship evaluated by a panel of experienced judges.

Advanced registration is required; no entries will be accepted at the door. Prizes for the best costumes and costume designs will be announced at the Masquerade on

Saturday night. Returning this year, Hall

Costume Contest participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Fashion show exhibition held during the Masquerade


Emergency Cosplay

Repair Station

Located at Masquerade Headquarters, the Emergency Cosplay Repair station provides a wide variety of craft supplies for cosplayers to use to repair damage done to costumes, hair and makeup during the convention. It may be used free of charge by any convention attendee.

Cosplay Chess

Sunday's main event is a giant onstage chess match with in-costume and incharacter attendees battling it out on stage at the direction of two chess masters. All may watch, but prior application is required to participate. This year's Chess theme is

Good vs. Evil. Check the schedule for times and location.

Staff-Vote Costume Contest

Here it is once again - Anime Boston's own version of a Hall Costume Contest, and when we say 'hall' we mean in the hall!

During the three days of the convention,

Anime Dating Game

Comedy event where attendees in-costume and in-character pose as handsome

Cosplot 2012

Our cosplay plot line, which is an ongoing story that progresses over the course of the con, with scenes played out at all major cosplay events. All may watch, but participants must have applied in advance to be selected. This year's cosplot theme is

Good vs. Evil.

Cosplay Panels

Panels and workshops run by experienced, award-winning cosplayers provide tips, demonstrations, techniques and anecdotes sure to improve anyone's cosplay. See Panels

and Workshops on page 26 for a run-down on this year’s cosplay panels.

Cosplay Death Match

Are you craving blood? Then get ready for

Anime Boston's first ever Death Match!

The Death Match is a contest in which two characters enter the stage, and only one leaves with their life. The victor is chosen via the crowds' deafening roars. The losing character is slaughtered by the winner in

EVENTS fierce combat. The winner moves on to the next round. Thirty 30 contestants from various anime, video games and manga will fight it out, leaving only one 1 fan favorite remaining. Check the schedule for times and location.

Cosplay Family Feud

Which anime convention brings you an in-character cosplay event pitting anime families against one another? Survey says....

Anime Boston! Come and cheer on your favorite family, group or team in this in-character battle of the wits! Cosplay "families" will compete against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a series of survey questions posed to the attendees of Anime Boston. Check the schedule for times and location.

Cosplay Scavenger Hunt

Anyone can play this relaxed in-the-halls

Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a Scavenger Hunt

Form from the Info Desk, which contains a list of cosplayers to look for and get signatures (or photos) from. Can you find all four members of a bishounen quartet?

How about a cyborg vampire? A male Duo

Maxwell cosplayer? You can play alone or on a team. The first five to complete the hunt and return completed forms to the Info Desk win a prize.


Anime Boston's Anime Music Video

Contest is an exhibition and competition of fan-created music videos with an anime theme. Videos are submitted from across the globe and narrowed down to a group of finalists. The finalist’s videos are screened before an audience at Anime Boston. The audience will vote for their favorite videos and the winners will be presented during the Masquerade intermission.

Anime Boston Best Of The Best

Anime Boston is proud to present 10 years of the best music videos you've ever seen!

Join us on a trip down memory lane as we play the winning videos of prior Anime Boston Music Video Contests on the big screen once more! See such favorites as Hello

Kitty, Hold Me Now and Atonement! It will be an event you will remember for ages!

Hentai AMV Contest (18+)

Anime Boston's Hentai Music Video contest is your worst nightmare. A no-holds barred hentai fun-fest!


Dances will be held on both Friday and

Saturday nights; please check the schedule for times.

Quick Tips from the

Dance Manager

• Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

You can still dress to impress, but keeping things comfortable will allow you to show people your moves on the dance floor for longer periods of time.

• Get in line early. Pre-dance lines have historically been ridiculously long. If you want to party early, get in line early.

• Stay hydrated. We will have as many water stations set up at the dance as possible. This year, you can help us keep the water flowing. We will be allowing each person to bring one sealed bottle of water.

"Sealed" means a bottle that still has its tamper-proof seal intact. Once opened, the bottle may not taken from the event room and brought back in.

• Do not over-exert yourself. It can be easy to get carried away dancing out all of your energy so that you faint. We would prefer it if you could leave on your own two legs instead of being carried out by the paramedics; we hope you see it that way, too.

• If you plan to dance near the speakers, wear ear-plugs. The sound system is really BIG and will be really LOUD. You can get ear plugs at a pharmacy, several of which are close to the convention center.

• Any personal belongings you bring to the dance are solely your responsibility. If you can, leave them in your hotel room or with a someone you know. Neither Anime

Boston nor any of its staff are responsible for any of your personal belongings.

• Wear shoes at all times. No telling what the attendees from the event before dropped on the floor and romping around the dance in bare feet is a recipe for serious injury. Some excited dancing otaku, with shoes on, might even stomp on your feet by accident. It is just safer to keep your shoes on. This is a convention-wide policy, by the way.

• Props are prohibited from the dance because they take up space people could be using for dancing. Frisbees and similar toys are prohibited because they can literally stop the dance if they hit any of the DJ equipment the wrong way; which is something we would very much prefer not to happen at all. Open containers are prohibited as well. Sorry, that includes

Nalgene bottles. We do allow a single sealed bottle of water though.

• Most importantly, stay safe and help others stay safe.

See the Dance Policy on page 65 .

the phoenix ball: rise from the ashes

Featuring the VGO String Quartet

Need to unwind after an event filled day at Anime Boston? Then why not spend the evening swaying to your anime and video game favorites, dressed to the nines! Come join us on for a sophisticated evening of excitement and rhythm at Anime Boston's

Phoenix Ball.

APRIL 6–8, 2012



Feel a little shy on the dance floor?

A beginner's ballroom dance class is planned earlier that day for those of you who would like to learn a few moves, meet potential dance partners, or just brush up on your technique. Check the schedule for times and location.

attire is all that is strictly required. Informal clothing such as T-shirts, jeans, sandals, sneakers, flip-flops, boots, platforms, flannel, etc. will not be permitted. Anime

Boston staff reserve the right to refuse admittance to attendees deemed inappropriately dressed, at their own discretion.


The Phoenix Charity Ball will be a limited capacity and ticketed event. Anyone who wishes to attend will need to sign up for a ticket beforehand. Tickets will cost $4,

and all proceeds go to the Central New

England chapter of the National Multiple

Sclerosis Society. The ticket charge is designed to continue Anime Boston's commitment to charity as well as reduce the number of people who reserved tickets "just in case" and then choose not to attend the ball—not necessarily to fund the ball itself.

Formal Western Attire (Female)

Those dressing in female formal wear

(regardless of his/her own gender) should wear at least semi-formal level dresses and appropriate dress shoes such as heels or dress flats. Sneakers, boots, or sandals will not be allowed. Dress hems should be at least knee length and individuals should avoid non-formal fabrics such as denim, leather and vinyl. While cotton is allowed, more formal fabrics such as satin or chiffon are encouraged. Those who do not wish to wear a dress may come dressed in a woman's pant suit.

Half of the tickets were available online, and the remainder will be made available at the convention. These tickets will go on sale the afternoon of Friday, April 6, exact time TDB. Attendees will only be allowed to line up a maximum of 30 minutes before ticketing opens. Each person in line will only be able to request one ticket, and must present their Anime Boston badge.

Formal Western Attire (Male)

Those wearing male attire (regardless of his/her own gender) should be neatly dressed in at minimum a button down shirt, slacks, dark colored jacket or blazer and tie. Suits and tuxedos are encouraged.

Individuals should wear formal shoes such as dress shoes or loafers. Sneakers, boots or platforms shoes will not be allowed.

Note: All those with tickets need to wear proper attire to the Ball, those with tickets but without formal clothing will be denied admittance.

Dress Code

Our Charity Ball, unlike its other dance counterparts, is a formal event. The dress code is Black Tie "invited". This means that attendees are encouraged to wear gowns and tuxedos, although semi-formal attire is acceptable. Cosplay is welcome, but must fit in with the formality of the occasion.

Formal Eastern Attire

Those wearing formal attire from Japan or other eastern countries should be clothed neatly and in full attire. For male clothing this means the full Haori-Hakama, for female clothing a formal Kimono such as the Furisode or Kurotomesode.

Those dressed in formal Japanese clothing may wear zori sandals with tabi socks for footwear. Geta sandals are difficult to dance in and thus not recommended. All other forms of sandals are not suitable for this event.

Whether you decide to come as Princess

Serenity or in your best kimono, you must dress in a manner befitting the occasion.

Although ball gowns and tuxedos are encouraged, a minimum of semi-formal

Formal Cosplay Attire

Cosplayers are certainly welcome at the

Ball! However we ask you please remember that it is a formal dance event first and foremost, and the dress code must still be


Anime Boston 2012 adhered to. Cosplay for men and women should resemble formal wear of the noncostume variety. For example: long gowns, formal military attire, etc. School uniforms, armor, chains, and excessive belts are all considered informal. Large props, wings, weapons, or anything that impairs your field of vision will not be allowed in the event as they are an impediment on the dance floor and may be broken or harm others. Anime

Boston reserves the right to ask for the removal of costume portions or props that are problematic.

For more information on the dress code, please check out www.animeboston.com/ events/dress_code.

For inspiration on formalizing your cosplay, please check out www.animeboston.com/ events/formal_dance_guide.

game shows

Anime Charades

Two words; second word, two syllables.

Sounds like... “parade”.

Anime Unscripted

The hit improv comedy event, Anime

Unscripted, has been an Anime Boston

Friday-night tradition since 2003. In this special Best of Anime Unscripted event, we'll be taking our favorite games from the last 10 years and giving some of our guests honor the opportunity to twist them in their own way. As always, there’s audience participation, too, and you might be part of the show!

Apples 2 Applezz

For the first time ever, we attempt to host the popular party game Apples to Apples with a full room, massive teams, and Anime

Boston flavor for ultimate glory.

Extreme Geek (18+)

The fifth year of finding out who’s willing to yell the loudest, be the lewdest, and in general make the biggest fool of themselves. An 18+ game show of catastrophic

EVENTS awesome. There will be an abundance of group and audience participation...something for anyone who loves a little bit of loony immaturity. It’s full of amazing! (That’s

what she said!)

Hyakunin Kuizu (Family Feud)

Hyakunin ni Kikimashita! Do you know

Family Feud? Here’s the Japanese style.

Two teams will take each other on to see which has the bigger bond of glorious friendship. Or not. Maybe just to see who knows more. Themed teams encouraged.

Japanime Squares

It’s Hollywood Squares...anime style! Nine anime-related “celebrities” answer questions as contestants picked from the audience play Tic-Tac-Toe. The object is for the contestants to get three squares in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. They only win the square if they can figure out if the celebrity they picked is giving a correct answer or making one up.


Find your inner artist and come join us for the hilarity: Pictionary, anime-style! Using

Adobeshop and a laptop, contestants will be challenged to draw anime-related subjects from simple (panda) to complex


Token Trivia

Do you know how many Dragonball Z episodes there are? How many conventions

Greg Ayres has attended? Even if you don't know the answers, you can guess, right?

That’s all you need to do. Guess which team picked the closest answer to get points.

The team with the most points in the end is the winner! This is a new game show and we're thrilled to be presenting it for the first time at Anime Boston 2012.

Tokyo Turf Wars

Upon arrival, you will be sorted into one of two groups. Which group will win? Trivia, physical challenges, wacky games, and more.

Do you know your Japanimation? PROVE IT!

An all-ages all out war of the masses where only one side can be victorious! Turf Wars,

Year One: the line has been drawn!

Trivia For All

Join us for Trivia For All, the game show where EVERYONE gets to play! Based on popular pub trivia games, up to 30 teams of 1 to 6 players will compete in multiple rounds to see who knows the most about the world of anime and manga.


Sit in the lounge and relax, or strengthen your vocal cords in front of your friends. We have a large library of music and can print most lyrics. It is always a good idea, though, to bring your own CD/Audio player with you if there is a song you really want to sing.

Karaoke Shuffle

Friday, April 6: 5:00pm–8:00pm

Ten contestants will test their luck against a list of pre-selected music. They will need talent, improvisational skills, and the ability to endure hardship in order to survive. Roll the dice and take a chance against fate!

live gaming

Live Gaming is headquartered in the Berkeley and Fairfax rooms on the 3rd Floor of the

Sheraton Hotel. We have a library of over

50 board games to select from and play in the Live Gaming room. For events schedules and demos, please check the following listings, or www.animeboston.com/events/ live_gaming for last-minute event additions.

For more information on any of the games, drop by Live Gaming, or check out www.


Live Gaming Hours:

Friday, April 6: 9:00am–3:00am

Saturday, April 7: 9:00am–3:00am

Sunday, April 8: 9:00am–3:00pm

Magic the Gathering Events

Friday-Sunday: Live Gaming hours


Friday and Saturday: 9:00am–11:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am–11:00pm

Karaoke Contest

Saturday, April 7: 6:00pm–9:00pm

Ten contestants will be chosen (five preregistered and five at con) to perform their

(hopefully) practiced song. They may bring what they need to survive, but they only get one shot at karaoke glory! This time you decide.

Fill & Fire: 8-man Innistrad Booster Draft.

Entry Fee: $15. Prize Support: 1st = 8 packs,

2nd = 4 packs, 3rd/4th = 2 packs each

Fill & Fire: 8-man Innistrad Sealed Deck (3

Innistrad/3 Dark Ascension).

Entry Fee: $20. Prize Support: 1st = 8 packs,

2nd = 4 packs, 3rd/4th = 2 packs each

Contestants will be judged by the audience, ballots will be provided.

Fill & Fire: 4-man Commander (EDH) Chaos.

Entry Fee $5. Prize Support: 2 packs each time you eliminate a player

Open Karaoke Guidelines: Songs allowed are mainly from anime, Japanese movies, games and music related to Japan. J-pop/ rock/hip-hop are allowed, in addition to

K-pop. You may sing songs in English that are Japanese in origin/translated/dubbed.

As for length, keep in mind your fellow attendees.

Fill & Fire: 8-man Standard Constructed -

Single Elimination. Entry Fee: $5. Prize

Support: 1st = 8 packs, 2nd = 4 packs

Fill & Fire: 8-man Legacy Constructed -

Single Elimination. Entry Fee: $5. Prize

Support: 1st = 8 packs, 2nd = 4 packs

Karaoke Hours:

Friday, April 6: 9:00am–12:00am

Saturday, April 7: 9:00am–12:00am

Sunday, April 8: 10:00am–4:00pm

Fill & Fire: 8-man Modern Constructed -

Single Elimination. Entry Fee: $5. Prize

Support: 1st = 8 packs, 2nd = 4 packs

APRIL 6–8, 2012



Steve Jackson Games MiBs

FridaySunday: Live Gaming hours

Event Leaders: Various

Play your favorites like Munchkin, Frag!,

Revolution, Chez Dork, Chez Geek, Illuminati,

SPANC, and more! The MiBs are running tournaments and demos all day. Win some awesome prizes and make some new friends (or enemies).

D&D 4e Essentials:

Children of the Snake God

Friday: 3:00pm–7:00pm

Event Leader: Mary Lindholm

In the wasteland Xa Deshret, our heroes find the Lost Oasis of Septah-Bashu, which is under the power of an evil priest belonging to a villainous race of serpent men. No experience necessary, characters provided.

3-6 players.

Learn to Play Games with Kevin

Friday and Saturday: 9:00am9:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am 3:00pm

Event Leader: Kevin Menezes

Kevin is available to teach you how to play:

Ca$h & Guns, 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan,

No Thanks, Wizard, Dominion, Tanto Cuore,

Ascension, Citadels, Fluxx, Resident Evil

Card Game, Tsuro, and Oshi.

Learn to Play Games with Emilio

Friday and Saturday: 3:00pm3:00am

Sunday: 11:00am3:00pm

Event Leader: Emilio Torres

Emilio is available to teach you how to play: Ca$h & Guns, Power Grid, Betrayal at House on the Hill, No Thanks, Dominion,

Tanto Cuore, Ascension, Citadels, Fluxx,

Resident Evil Card Game, Tsuro, Oshi.

Arkham Horror

Saturday: 3:00pm–7:00pm

Event Leader: Shane McCarthy

A co-op adventure game themed around

H.P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Choose from 16 Investigators and take to the streets of Arkham to prevent an Ancient

One from breaking into our world. Acquire skills, allies, weapons, and spells to fight monsters and close portals to other dimensions in order to save the world!

D&D 4e: The Lost Cistern of

Aravek (Dark Sun)

Friday: 9:00pm1:00am

Event Leader: James Carpio

A remarkable device has been discovered in the wastes near the city-state of Tyr.

Journey through harsh desert land, brave fierce monsters, and retrieve the cistern before your enemies. Can you bring a font of life-giving water to a parched populace, or will you succumb to the many dangers?

No experience necessary, characters provided. 3-6 players.

D&D 4e Essentials:

The Scorpion Queen

Saturday: 3:00pm7:00pm

Event Leader: Mary Lindholm

The village of Roblach is under siege by mysterious forces. Sandbars emerge in its river, draught plagues its wells and fields, giant scorpions terrorize its livestock, and its villagers go missing. Roblach’s citizens ask the PCs to investigate the malediction and save their community from destruction. No experience necessary, characters provided. 3-6 players.

Big Eyes Small Mouth, 3rd ed:

"Saviors of a Dying Age"

Friday: 3:00pm7:00pm

Event Leader: Anthony Medeiros

The UN Force team has finally tracked down the last of the traitorous Imminent Command, and will not let their leader and her alien allies escape again. Pre-generated characters provided. This game uses Big Eyes, Small

Mouth, 3rd edition rules. Room for 8 players.


Anime Boston 2012

Doctor Who Adventures in

Time and Space: "Saving Time"

Sunday: 11:00am–3:00 pm

Event Leader: Anthony Medeiros

The Pathfinder (and her companions) crash a party hosted by the LifeTech company celebrating Daylight Savings Time with a state-of-the-art "life clock," which could change the future of mankind. This game uses the "Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space" RPG rules. Characters provided for up to 6 players.

Doctor Who Adventures in

Time and Space: "Terror Cotta"

Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm

Event Leader: Anthony Medeiros

The Time Lady—known as The Pathfinder— and her companions materialize at the excavation site of the Terra Cotta army.

They soon discover there is more to these ancient warriors than just hardened clay.

This game uses the "Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space" RPG rules. Room for 6 players, characters provided.

Dominion: Deck Building Game

Saturday: 10:00am2:00pm

Event Leader: Scott Smallbeck

You are a monarch ruling over a small, pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens.

Unlike your predecessors, you have other ambitions! Each player starts with an identical, small deck of cards, and "buys" cards as they can afford them. The players construct their decks through card selection and strategy, striving for the most efficient path to victory. 1-4 players.

Frag! Gold Edition

Sunday: 1:00pm3:00pm

Event Leader: Shane McCarthy

Game starts. Enemy in sight. Frag him! Grab his stuff! Run! Get a bigger gun! There he is again! Frag him! Run, you're hit! You're down. Respawn! Start again! Frag is a computer game without the computer – a tabletop "first-person shooter." Draw cards for weapons, armor, and gadgets. Move through the blood spatters to restore your own health! If you die, you respawn and come back shooting!

Last Night on Earth

Friday: 9:00pm–1:00am

Event Leader: Shane McCarthy

A survival horror board game that pits small-town Heroes against a limitless horde of Zombies. Play as either Heroes or as Zombies. Random town layouts and different scenarios add lots of replay value.

A fast-paced game with easy to learn rules allows players to jump right into the action; strategic depth and strong cooperative play keeps the game interesting.


Learn to Play GURPS

Sunday: 11:00am–3:00pm

Event Leader: James Carpio

You could be an elf hero fighting for the forces of good; a shadowy femme fatale on a deep-cover mission; a futuristic swashbuckler carving up foes with a sword in his hand and a beautiful woman by his side; or anything else! Explore an ancient temple that appears every 1,000 years. Are there treasures to be had, or does it hide an ugly secret? Uses the

GURPS light rule set. No experience necessary, characters provided. 3-6 players.

Munchkin Quest

Saturday: 9:00pm–1:00am

Event Leader: Shane McCarthy

Build your dungeon—one room at a time—from 24 double-sided tiles. Fill it with monster standies, and let your munchkins run amok! Cooperate with the whole group, adventure with a partner, or strike out on your own. Battle monsters for personal gain or send them after your friends. Reach

Level 10 and get out alive—if you can.

Learn to Play Pathfinder

Friday: 10:00am–2:00pm

Event Leader: James Carpio

Take your first step into a world of fantasy adventure! Simple rules to create and customize your own hero, and a robust system to run them through challenging adventures and deadly battles against villainous goblins, dragons, and more! No experience necessary, characters provided.

3-6 players.

Pathfinder: Master of the

Fallen Fortress

Saturday: 3:00pm7:00pm

Event Leader: James Carpio

An earthquake opens a ruined siege castle outside Absalom, exposing its mysteries and treasures for the first time in centuries to ambitious adventurers... but a new

Master has claimed the Fallen Fortress as his own. What ancient dangers and fresh threats will the PCs find inside its shattered walls? No experience necessary, characters provided. 3-6 players.

Maid RPG (18+)

Saturday: 9:00pm1:00am

Event Leader: James Carpio

A comedic, anime-themed tabletop RPG. Very easy-to-learn, rules-light system. Random events drive the story forward. You’ll be playing the game with friends only 15 minutes after opening the book. Maid is the first Japanese role-playing game to be translated and released in English. No experience necessary, characters provided. 3-6 players.

Really Bad Idea: CthulhuTech RPG

Saturday: 9:00pm–1:00am

Event Leader: Scott Smallbeck

The Migou are aliens determined to enslave humanity, but now is the time to strike back! Players are briefed and launch an all-out Mecha assault to retake Juneau, a victory for the Human race. A high-energy

RPG in the spirit of Robotech, Evangelion, and Lovecraftian horror.. No experience necessary, characters provided. 3-6 players.

Mouse Guard RPG

Friday and Saturday: 10:00am–2:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am–3:00pm

Event Leader: Mary Lindholm

Join the Mouse Guard and defend the

Mouse Territories against dangers in this

RPG based on the acclaimed comic book series! Players form their own patrol, and the Game Master tries to thwart them on missions via weather, animals, and the wilderness. Designed by Origins Awardwinning game designer Luke Crane. No experience necessary, characters provided.

3-4 players.

Red Dragon Inn

Friday: 3:00pm7:00pm

Event Leader: Shane McCarthy

You and your friends are a party of heroic, fantasy adventurers. You've raided the dungeon, killed the monsters, and taken their treasure. At the Red Dragon Inn, you spend the night drinking, gambling, and roughhousing in celebration of your victory.

The last person sober enough to hold onto his Gold Coins wins the game!

Shadowrun Missions: AB

2070: Post-Apocalyptic

Friday: 3:00pm–7:00pm

Event Leader: J.R.

Your team is hired to clean up problems centered around a popular convention. Can you save the day without freaking out the normals? A 4th Edition Shadowrun mission designed for 6 players using pre-generated characters. All materials provided. Runs 4 hours. No experience required.

Shadowrun Missions: Garage Sale

Sunday: 11:00am–3:00pm

Event Leader: J.R.

How often do you get hired to steal something as fun as a tank? This is a 4th Edition

Shadowrun mission designed for 6 players.

Pre-generated characters available, or bring your own 400BP character. All materials provided. Run 4 hours. No experience is required.

Shadowrun Missions:

Imaginary Friends

Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Event Leader: J.R.

Having imaginary friends is usually a harmless part of growing up. In 2072, it can complicate your life. This is a 4th Edition

Shadowrun mission designed for 6 players.

Pre-generated characters available, or bring your own 400BP character. All materials provided. Runs 4 hours. No experience required.

Shadowrun Missions: Xolotl's Box

Saturday: 10:00am–2:00pm

Event Leader: J.R.

The job sounded easy: Break into a research facility and steal a box. Unfortunately, getting away with it was anything but. A 4th

Edition Shadowrun mission designed for

6 players using pre-generated characters.

All materials provided. Runs 4 hours. No experience required.

APRIL 6–8, 2012



Star Wars Saga: Star Wars

Saga Edition RPG

Sunday: 11:00am–3:00pm

Event Leader: Scott Smallbeck

This new edition combines all six feature films with a revision of the rule, making it easier to learn and improving overall game experience. Includes new character abilities and options, a world gazetteer, statistics for key characters, and guidelines on how to use miniatures and battle maps in play. No experience necessary, characters provided. 3-6 players.

video games

Presented by

Tanto Cuore: Deck Building


Friday: 3:00pm7:00pm

Event Leader: Scott Smallbeck

A competitive deck-building game of lovely maids, sly smiles, and hard choices.

Players employ cute maids and fill out their

“house” (card deck). Watch out: the maids can get sick or get bad habits! The player with the best collection of maids by the end, wins! Games last 45 min–1 hour. Easy to pick up and play. 2-4 players.

World of Darkness: Changeling:

The Lost - "Les Fleurs du Mal”

Saturday: 10:00am 2:00pm

Will a newly-found changeling provide the answer to the mystery of a rumored cult, or only raise more questions? Uses the new World of Darkness "Changeling: The

Lost" rules. Characters provided for up to

8 players.

AB chibizone

Attention Anime Boston Families: Parents with kids age 3-12, please come visit the

Anime Boston Chibi Zone on the Hynes 2nd

Floor, Room 209. This stay-and-play area is available for supervised children to relax away from the hustle of the convention.

Alliance prides itself in being as helpful to a convention as they are proficient in running a game room.

When you have the Alliance on your side, the party gets kicked up a notch.

Keep up with Nexus Gaming Alliance on their website: www.NGAGamers.com

The Nexus Gaming Alliance, formed in

2010, are a combination of various talents brought together to form the ultimate experience in gaming and bring it to all sorts of events around the country. It doesn’t matter if it’s a birthday party or if it’s one of the largest conventions in the country; the NGA is proud to take on any challenge a customer brings to us and provide their attendees with the best experience they’ve had.

The NGA’s collection is a testament to their adamant love for collecting current and next-generation systems as much as their classic companions, bringing every nostalgic experience to the table as humanly possible with the range and variety in their systems. They also made sure to purchase arcade machines to help bring the experience of an arcade to all of those who missed out on some of the more glorious days of gaming. What sets them apart is the way the NGA also can host a tournament on almost any video game in their collection, making them as versatile as their collection.

The Nexus Gaming Alliance will be once again hosting the video gaming arena for Anime Boston 2012! The NGA will use its experience and dedication to provide the ultimate gaming experience for our attendees. In addition to providing both classic and next-generation consoles, they will also be running many tournaments throughout the weekend. Get ready for tournaments such as Modern Warfare

3, Gears 3, Super Street Fighter: 2012 and

Smash Brothers: Brawl!

Video Games are located in Hall C on the

Hynes 2nd Floor.

Video Games Hours:

Friday, April 6: 10:00am–2:00am

Saturday, April 7: 10:00am–2:00am

Sunday, April 8: 10:00am–4:00pm

swap meet

The Alliance’s professional event managers have over ten years of experience in the field and are able to cater to a large variety of other specializations for a convention’s needs. With the board of directors consisting of someone who has run a convention, someone who has been acclaimed as a professional gamer and someone who specializes in entertainment engineering, combined they have managed to experience every situation imaginable– even some you wouldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams. When they arrive at a convention, there isn’t a situation or an area of expertise they aren’t able to handle in the case of an emergency. The Nexus Gaming

Is there something you bought which only caused you to realize you would rather have something else? Is an extra copy of a book or a video floating around your home because you didn’t remember that you already had it in your collection? Are you certain there is someone that could benefit from owning your VHS copy of Odin more than you? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions—ESPECIALLY the one about Odin—or even if you cannot answer

“yes,” but are just really lonely, the Swap

Meet may be the place for you.

There are a few rules to the Anime Boston

Swap Meet, but they are not too hard to remember.


Anime Boston 2012


1. NO BOOTLEGS. If you have ever ended up with something you didn’t realize wasn’t legit, you’ve probably felt ripped off. Crummy “all region” HK DVD sets, soundtracks with lousy color photocopied liners, offcolor wall scrolls, repro trading cards, and the list goes on. If you’ve felt ripped off by this stuff, do your fellow convention attendees a favor and don’t pass this stuff on to them. If you’ve got any questions about the authenticity of something, find a staff member and ask for help.

2. NO WEAPONS. No matter what the material, if it resembles a weapon, please do not bring it to trade. This includes wooden practice swords and things that might otherwise be called “cosplay accessories.”

This is not negotiable!

3. NO FOOD OR DRINKS FOR TRADE. This might seem odd, but don’t bring any food or drinks to trade to people unless you manufacture and package the food or drinks and wrap them individually in specifically marked trial-size packages for promotional use and not for resale. You don’t want to find yourself on the wrong side of the convention center’s catering contract.



LEGALLY VIEW THEM. If your favorite naughty video has served its purpose and you’d like to find it a new home, make completely sure someone that’s interested in it is at least 18 years of age. That’s the law and it should probably be common sense by now.

You’ll probably have the most fun by trading things, but you can also show up just to look around at what other people have to trade. Come and see what’s going on in the

Swap Meet. Check the most recent convention schedule for the time and location of the Swap Meet.

charity auction

The Charity Auction will once again take place at Anime Boston. All proceeds go towards the National Multiple Sclerosis

Society. Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. Currently, there are approximately 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States diagnosed with MS, and approximately 200 new cases are diagnosed each week.

This year, we will be selling raffle tickets for our baskets at our new table in the dealers’ room, so be sure to stop by and visit us!

The auction itself has tons of other cool biddable items, including signed swag and a lifetime pass to Anime Boston! will also be available for purchase so you can sip your “A-Chan” or “B-Kun” drink in style! This event is restricted to attendees

age 21 and over. Valid ID is required for entry.

blood drive

Please give the gift of life! Our American Red

Cross Blood Drive, courtesy of the Heinlein

Society, will be Friday and Saturday in the

Gardner, Hampton, and Exeter Rooms on the Sheraton 3rd Floor. Come see us at your convenience during the con to learn about eligibility and to sign up.

Blood Drive Hours:

Friday, April 6: 12:00pm–5:00pm

Saturday, April 7: 10:00am–3:00pm

anime boston museum

Take a look at the convention's past! To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, the staff and friends of Anime Boston have gathered together many items from the convention's illustrious history to display. Stop by and see t-shirts, program guidebooks and other paraphernalia from years bygone, including the baseball bat autographed by many past

Anime Boston guests!

The Anime Boston Museum is located in the

Jefferson Room on the Sheraton 3rd Floor.

kanno's jazz bar

A 21+ Lounge Event

Yoko Kanno may not be there in person, but her brilliant music will be! So sit back and relax with a drink as you let the music soothe your troubles away. Enjoy one of our Anime Boston signature cocktails at the cash bar, or just munch on some table snacks while hiding from the younger crowd. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, special commemorative cocktail glasses

the Todd

MacDonald memorial manga library

Todd MacDonald was a dedicated Anime

Boston staffer from 2003–2009 who loved to read as much as he loved anime. We have renamed the Manga Library in his honor as a way of saying thank you to him for all that he had done for our convention. When you need a quiet place to read all that manga you have scored from the Dealer’s Room or anytime you would simply like to read something new, the Manga Library is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the convention. The Todd MacDonald

Memorial Manga Library has a new location this year: the Commonwealth Ballroom on the 3rd Floor of the Sheraton.

Manga Library Hours:

Friday, April 6: 10:00am–12:00am

Saturday, April 7: 10:00am–12:00am

Sunday, April 8: 9:00am–2:00pm

APRIL 6–8, 2012



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NOTE: Video programming may have last-minute changes and cancellations. Some titles shown at the convention may not be listed in the program guidebook. The most recent schedule and detailed title descriptions are available on www.animeboston.com, the video screens outside of rooms, and

Anime Boston’s Guidebook mobile app. Daily updated printed schedules will not be available.

post-apocalyptic anime

Chrome Shelled



Darker than Black


Monsters formed from pollution threaten the future of humanity.

A band of—Who else?—spunky school kids comes together to battle them and save the world.

A giant black wall called the

“Hell’s Gate” has engulfed much of Tokyo, bringing with it a collection of psychic agents fighting to unlock its mysteries.

And there’s a talking cat.

Desert Punk


Japan has been turned into a desert wasteland, and vertically-challenged Sunabozu tries to eke out a living as a bounty hunter—that is, when he’s not distracted by women.

Evangelion 1.11


The original Evangelion TV series made better! Faster!

Stronger! A condensed take on the first six episodes, with improved animation and enough rearranged plot points for fanboys to mull over for years to come.

Evangelion 2.22


An Evangelion fanfic, of sorts.

Forget everything about the TV series, and sit back and enjoy the giant fighting robots and

Shinji whining that we all know and love.

Fist of the North Star


Mutant fighters vie for dominance in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, using the powers of ancient martial arts, manly tears, and a lot of screaming.

A shounen classic.

Gurren Lagann



YOUR DRILL! Another puberty allegory from Gainax featuring giant fighting robots and plenty of fanservice. Think of it as a very colorful Evangelion—IN




An environmental disaster eradicates the world’s male population, leading to a battle over the fate of humanity—and, of course, lots of yuri.

Now and Then,

Here and There


A Japanese schoolboy learns about the horrors of war, genocide, and child exploitation. Prepare to have your soul crushed.


~Spirits of the Past~


A young boy awakens a girl from suspended animation, and together they fight to keep modern civilization and nature in balance.



A prizefighter with robotic limbs is drawn into the battle for control of a futuristic underground society.

Trigun TV


Vash the Stampede is a doughnut-loving pacifist gunman with

60 billion double dollar bounty on his head. A perfect gateway anime you probably remember from Adult Swim.

APRIL 6–8, 2012




Badlands Rumble


Trinity Blood


A bank robber’s bounty brings together a thousand hired guns and threatens the peace of a sleepy town. True to his motto,

Vash the Stampede tries to keep the “love and peace.”

Battle priests, vampire pretty boys, the Vatican, and lots of long, flowing hair. I don’t understand it either, but it’s awesome!

additional video programming

Descriptions are available on www.animeboston.com and Anime Boston’s Guidebook mobile app.


comedy, romance, slice of life


Blue Gender

mecha, adventure, military



comedy, romance, sci-fi


Angel Beats!

comedy, action, girls with guns


Brighter than the

Dawning Blue

comedy, fantasy, romance


Corpse Princess

action, supernatural, girls with guns


Arakawa Under the Bridge

comedy, surreal, slice of life


Broken Blade

action, fantasy, mecha


Baka and Test

comedy, romance, fanservice


Battle Royale

(Director's Cut)

action, horror


Black Butler

bishounen, supernatural


Blue Drop

drama, mystery, sci-fi


Cowboy Bebop

space western, smooth jazz


Case Closed

mystery, comedy, adventure


Dance in the

Vampire Bund

action, horror, romance


Casshern Sins

sci-fi, action, robots



action, cyberpunk, harem




action, horror, sci-fi, survival



romance, comedy



supernatural, ridiculous fighting, cute boys


Chrono Crusade

action, comedy, drama


Eden of the East

psychological, mystery, romance


Eureka Seven

sci-fi, mecha, action


Fairy Tail

shounen, action, magic


Fate/stay night

action, fantasy, harem



action, fantasy


Fullmetal Alchemist:


action, adventure, fantasy


Fullmetal Alchemist Movie

action, adventure, fantasy


Fushigi Yuugi

romance, adventure, magic


Gakuen Alice

magical girl, comedy


Blue Exorcist

action, supernatural



Anime Boston 2012

Coffee Samurai

Korean anime, comedy


ef: a tale of memories

psychological, supernatural



action, mecha, sci-fi




drama, sci-fi, mecha



fantasy, online gaming


Hoshizora Kiseki

romance, sci-fi, ecchi


Kasimasi – Girl Meets Girl

genderswap, yuri, sci-fi



mystery, sci-fi


Papillon Rose

magical girl, ecchi


Rosario + Vampire

comedy, supernatural, fanservice



comedy, slice of life, otaku


Guin Saga

adventure, fantasy


Gundam 00

action, mecha


Gundam 00 Movie

action, mecha


Gundam Unicorn

action, mecha


House of Five Leaves

drama, samuari, shounen-ai


Puella Magi Madoka Magica

magical girl, psychological, soul-crushing


Iria – Zeiram the Animation

adventure, sci-fi


Mardock Scramble

drama, sci-fi, cyborgs



comedy, music, slice of life


Mirage of Blaze

supernatural, yaoi


Kaleido Star

drama, awesome gymnastics


My Bride is a Mermaid

romance, comedy, harem


Kanokon: The Girl

Who Cried Fox

comedy, ecchi, harem



comedy, drama, otaku


Gunslinger Girls

action, drama, girls with guns



romance, drama, moe


Outlaw Star

space western, comedy


Sengoku Basara:

Samurai Kings

samurais, ridiculous fighting, not-historical


Star Driver

sci-fi, fanservice, mecha



sci-fi, psychological, time travel


Soul Eater

shounen, action, comedy


Squid Girl

comedy, slice of life, cute



comedy, slice of life, romance


Hayate the Combat Butler

action, comedy, harem


Heavens Lost Property

comedy, romance, ecchi


Hell Girl

horror, supernatural


Hetalia TV

comedy, history, cute boys


Hetalia: Paint it White

comedy, history, cute boys



action, fantasy, ninjas


Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

assassins, psychological


Kimi ni Todoke –

From Me to You

romance, slice of life


Princess Jellyfish

comedy, slice of life, romance


Kujibiki Unbalance

comedy, romance, sci-fi


Last Exile

action, adventure, airships


Princess Resurrection

comedy, supernatural, maids


Rurouni Kenshin

action, samurai, historical


Revolutionary Girl Utena


shoujo, action, surreal,



The World God Only Knows

comedy, supernatural, moe


Yamada's First Time

comedy, romance, ecchi


Yozakura Quartet

action, supernatural, harem


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NOTE: Panels and workshops may have last-minute changes and cancellations. Some panels at the convention may not be listed in the program guidebook. The most recent schedule and detailed panel descriptions are available on www.animeboston.com, the video screens outside of rooms, and

Anime Boston’s Guidebook mobile app. Daily updated printed schedules will not be available.

Restricted to attendees age 18 and over.

Government-issued ID is required for entry.

Post-Apocalyptic theme panels

All The Mecha You'll

Ever Need

Doug Wilder, Dragonmaster

Lou, Sophia Thomas

Prepare yourself: The panel

FOR die-hard giant robot fans

BY die-hard giant robot fans.

Come ready to laugh and possibly to win some awesome mecha prizes!

Americans in Anime:


Clarissa Graffeo, Daryl Surat,

Gerald Rathkolb

Japanese people don't have a clue what Americans are like...

OR DO THEY? Come marvel and/or be offended at how the

Japanese depict the USA in their entertainment!

...And It's Live Action!

The Films of Minoru


Constantine Teig von Hoffman,

Greg Teig von Hoffman,

Jennifer Teig von Hoffman

Serial-killer koala salary-man?

Crime-fighting toupee? Worldclass squid wrestler? These films and many more will be discussed!

Anime Clubs

Jennifer Fu

Part history and part how-to, this panel covers the state of anime clubs today and how (not) to run one, with anecdotes from officers of local clubs.

Anime Con Survival

(2012 AB Staff End of the World Edition)

Jen Legay (Security Auditor


Know your routes, where to go, what to do, etc. Hints and tips from staff to make Anime Boston 2012 one of the best yet!

Anime Fans in Anime!

Clarissa Graffeo, Daryl Surat,

Gerald Rathkolb

Anime World Order guides you through a look at the depiction of anime fans within anime itself.

Anime Happiness

Edgukated, Molly

Ever wonder why your favorite character is so happy (or sad)?

Here we look at anime happiness and how it applies to our daily lives.

Anime Hell

Daryl Surat, El Santo,

Mike Toole

The con! The con! The con is on FIRE with a free-form stream of animation, fan films, trailers, and other crap. It's not all anime, but it's all HELL!

Anime Miserables

Froborr, Viga

Les Miserables, a beloved musical, novel and anime?

We're taking a look at what

Japan did with the famous

Victor Hugo novel.

Asian Music Fusion

CJ, Kayla, Kimmi

Join us for our 6th year! We'll be discussing some of your favorite musical groups from all over Asia & possibly introduce you to some new artists!

Anime Music Videos


Alberto Gonzales,

BasharOfTheAges, dokool,

Kiarrens, LantisEscudo,


Anime Music Videos 101: Do’s,

Don'ts, and Demonstrations

Anime Music Videos


Alberto Gonzales,

BasharOfTheAges, dokool,

Kiarrens, LantisEscudo,


Anime Music Videos 201

We are living, living in the eighties

We still fight, fighting in the eighties


Anime Boston 2012



Gina Biggs

Audience questions will be answered by the Artist/Webcomic panelists.


Bad Anime, Bad!!

Brian T. Price

The End of Times is upon us!

If you want utter oblivion to be your best friend, strap yourselves in for the worst the animation industry has to offer.

Basic World Building

Kel McDonald

A look at world building through storytelling in both a realistic and fantastical setting.

Beyond Bleeps and Bloops:

An Introduction to VG Music


Do you like music in video games but want to know more about them. Get out of the OC

Remix rut and experience new music you will like.

Braver than


The Brave Series

Sophia Thomas

Ever thought Transformers could have been just a bit cooler? Come visit this panel for a look at the Brave series which delivers just that.

Building Gundams with Overnight

Security: Mk II

Adam Loehmann,

Nick McGraw,

Overnight Security

Have some free time on

Sunday? We're back for another year of gundams in the morning!

Building Mecha

Model Kits: A Total

Beginner's Guide

Clarissa Graffeo, Daryl Surat,

Gerald Rathkolb

A total beginner's guide to the world of mecha model kits.

Hosted by Anime World Order.

Chaotic Kiss:

Transgender Manga and Discussion Panel

Michelle Pinard

Chaotic Kiss is the leading transgender comic in New

England and has been touring the anime, comic, and LGBT convention circuit since 2006.

The Chibi Project's

10th Year


Jekka, PatrickD

The Chibi Project returns for the

10th year to conduct an experiment which will put previous experiments to shame! You absolutely cannot miss this!

Cosplay Court Case


Returning for its 6th year! Join the fun and see if you have what it takes to be in this audience run improv court case.

Cosplay on a Dime


Cosplay doesn’t have to be expensive. With 10+ years of experience, I’ve always found a way to save more pennies for the dealers room!

Crossplay Tips and

Tricks (All Ages Demo)


Boys dressed as girls? Girls dressed as boys? Want to try, but not sure where to start? Or want to take your gender-bending to a whole new level? Come learn some sneaky secrets and share your own ideas.

Crossplay Tips and Tricks


Boys dressed as girls? Girls dressed as boys? Want to try, but not sure where to start? Or want to take your gender-bending to a whole new level? Come learn some sneaky secrets and share your own ideas.

Culinary Manga

Erin Finnegan, Noah,

Sam Kusek

There are hundreds of manga titles about cooking and eating in Japan. Is it possible to learn to cook from manga? Drool over drawings of food!

Days of the Wolves of

Mibu: Shinsengumi!

Jennifer Yoo

Their swords were feared by countless enemies. Their names were carved in the hearts of many. But just who were these

Shinsengumi? Find out here!

Designing Mecha for Games

David White

How I design robots and mecha for games. Includes drawings and digital images from games I have worked on. Talk about the process, and aesthetics.

APRIL 6–8, 2012



Diamonds in the


Rym, Scott Rubin

People give terrible anime advice: you already know this!

But there's no way to find the more obscure gems out there without it. GeekNights can help!

The Dreamer Meetup

Lora Innes

Meet up with other fans and the artist of The Dreamer.

Dry Facts About Sake


Discover the role that sake, a beverage brewed from rice mash, plays in anime and manga.

Dubs that Time


Mike Toole

It's back! Join host Mike Toole for a 100% all-new, all-different look back at the wildest, weirdest, and best forgotten Englishdubbed anime!





Learn about the creative influences that were woven together to create Neon Genesis

Evangelion, one of anime's most important and influential works.

Evangelion, WTF?



A collection of various unusual bits of Evangelion fandom, some funny, some weird, but all

"WTF?" Come and have a laugh at the expense of Evangelion.

Evolution of the

Giant Robot

David White

Discuss the progression of mecha designs throughout the decades.

The Family That

Geeks Together

Stays Together

Constantine Teig von Hoffman,

Greg Teig von Hoffman,

Jennifer Teig von Hoffman

An actual family (parents and teen son) talk about their love of anime and cosplay, offering tips on bridging the generation gap from both sides.

The Fandom Post


Chris Beveridge

A look at anime, manga and the

US industry from the folks at

Fandom Post.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Anime

Video Games

Alan "Magnus Rex" Goguen,

Alexander Berube,

Jacob Nickerson

Two great things? Anime and

Video Games! Join us as we explore the best, craziest, and worst of Anime Video Games!

Great Anime


Clarissa Graffeo, Daryl Surat,

Gerald Rathkolb

The Anime World Order Podcast shows the best anime openings, combining the best music and animation in to one package.

Hentai Worth



Several hentai anime titles with incredible art and stories, and some hilarious ones to spice things up. Also, the panelists talk about how they discovered hentai and what keeps them coming back.

Hetalia: Fear and

Loathing in Leningrad

Philip Cherry

A raging madman discusses history with humor, door prizes, and weeping.

The Honor of a

Greater Power:

Activism and Politics in Gundam

Charles Dunbar, Doug

Wilder, gundamguy

Gundam often infuses its story with socially charged elements.

This panel looks into some of the common and controversial ones.

How Is This Con

Different From All

Other Cons? An

Otaku Passover

HG Revolution, Vethica

The Jewish population in Japan is small, but Jewish culture has influenced Japanese politics, theater, anime, and memes.

Learn more this Passover!

How to Get

Yourself to Japan

Andrew Marston,

Lori Marston

Everything you need to know to get yourself to Japan for life

(or even a vacation). Topics covered: happy travel, language learning, visas and more.


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How to Make an

Anime Video Game X:

A New Beginning

Alexander Tambascia, Erika

Shore, Gary Synder, Jessi

Nowack, Jess Poepsel, Joy

Bergmann Tambascoa,

Robert Brown III

How to make an anime video game.

How to Make

Dialogue Balloons

Less Confusing

Emily Gaskill

Discussion with Featured Artist about dialogue, story flow, and layout in Western-style manga.

The “How to Run a

Panel” Panel

Rym, Scott Rubin

It takes more than just a good idea to run a good panel.

Professional lecturers Rym and Scott are here to show you exactly what it takes!

How to Script a

Comic Page

Emily Gaskill

Discussion with this Featured

Artist about effective ways of telling a story on the page.

Latin Latin Madoka

More Latin: Reading

Exactly Enough into

Puella Magi

Froborr, Viga

Latin Latin Madoka More Latin

Let's Design a Mecha

David White

Use audience participation to design a mecha during the panel and I’ll draw it as we go along. Final drawing can be given to one of the attendees.

LGBT Manga and Anime

Miss Arel, Nicole Peterson,

Jenn Doyle, Ursula Wood

Come learn about some wonderful manga and anime by and about Japan’s LGBT community.

(NOT a yaoi/yuri panel.)

Lifting the Veil


From "Twilight of the Cockroaches" to "Saikano," survey the apocalyse in anime and manga.

Lolita Fashion: Style for the Frilly Masses

Ashley, Carrie

Lolita: frills, bows, lace, metal studs, top hats, knee-high socks— something for everyone! Come enjoy the powerpoint, raffle, and fashion show! ♥

Make a Plushie Ninja


$6.00 per student.

All skill levels welcome.

Ages 13+, or bring a parent or guardian, please.

Make Your

Game NOW!

Dave Lister

Bring your Nintendo DS!

Dragon's Den and Studio Nasu shows you how take your game idea and make it real.

Making Comics with

Paper Wings

Lora Innes

Discussion with podcast group

Paper Wings about making comics.

Making Plushie



$5.00 per student.

All skill levels welcome.

Ages 13+, or bring a parent or guardian, please.

The Meiji Era:

A Japanese Industrial


Lucretia Dearfour

A historical presentation about the technological developments during the Meiji Reconstruction

Period, and how Japan’s Industrial Revolution has influenced its media and pop culture.

Metal Gear Science

Abdou, Alex G., Iroquois

Pliskin, Mara K

This is a panel that explores the science aspect of the science fiction game series Metal Gear.

More Than a

Character: Bring

Your Creations to Life

Kevin Kincheloe

A discussion on creating original characters, refining their designs, and developing their personalities and stories.

APRIL 6–8, 2012



More Than a Setting:

Creating a Living


Kevin Kincheloe

Designing an interesting place for the characters to live. Crafting landscapes and locations with a life and history of their own.

Motivational Anime

Rym, Scott Rubin

Drops of God gets you into wine? Initial D gets you a speeding ticket? There's something to that "shounen-fighting + some thing" formula!


Anime Edition

Rukan Shao, Zhao Chen

Two physics graduates talk about the physics of anime.

What's possible, what's improbable, and what's absolutely ridiculous? Come and find out.

Nanda Korya!

Deciphering Manga


Adrienne C.

Confused by kanji? Stumped by slang? Dying from dialectical dialogue? Students of Japanese, let me show you how your drill can pierce the heavens!

The One Piece

Podcast Panel

Ed Lang, Jason Sackel,

Steve Yurko, Zach Logan

We discuss One Piece and answer your questions. Giving out some cool prizes!

Owarai Revisited:

Classical Japanese


Geoff Tebbetts

Laughter is the best medicine, no matter what language it is in or what era it comes from. This panel will show you the older styles of Japan's comedy.

A Parent's Guide to

Anime Conventions

Lisa Sussenberger

For all parents who would like more information on an anime convention and what their children will be attending.

Questions answered.

Philosophy in

Gurren Lagann

your humble guide

What, exactly, is Gurren

Lagann? Is it just 27 episodes of mindless robot battles? Or is there something more to it?

Find out here!

Pika Pika!

Light Graffiti

Ed Demaso, Jed Jeng,

Peter McCarthy

Glowing messages and art floating in mid-air! We provide the lights and you make the art! Join us in creating our own masterpiece!

Planning Your Manga

Ed Sutherland

Learn and discuss methods of taking a general concept and turning it into a mangaformatted story, ready for script development and drawing.

Plushie Workshop


$10.00 per student,

$5.00 each additional kit.

All skill levels welcome.

Ages 13+, or bring a parent or guardian, please.

Pokemon Nintendo

DS Party

Dave Lister

FUN! Tips on breeding, training, etc. How to legitimitely chain and catch shinies! Trivia!

Music! Contests! Prizes! Free



Anime and Manga

Dan Gaspari, Erin Finnegan,


In honor of this year's theme, we'll discuss post-apocalyptic anime and manga. We'll cover the classics and some of the more unique series out there.

Puella Magi Madoka

Magica: The First True



Christian Daly

The case will be made that

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a true response to Neon Genesis Evangelion and advances the medium. Spoilers abound.

Rapid Prototyping and Cosplay

Brian Chan, Brian Diaz,

Jeff Bezanson

Intro to using laser cutting, 3D printing, waterjet and other high-tech methods to make costumes.



On Atomic Bomb

Paintings, Anime, and 3/11

Sebastian Schmidt-Tomczak

How can a catastrophic event be rendered visually? Learn how paintings of the atomic bomb can help us understand representations of catastrophes.


Anime Boston 2012


Risembool Rangers

Edokun, LilEdo,

Yuna Of Paradise!

Back for it's 5th year the Risembool Rangers are ready for world domination again. Come join us as we goof off and show how fun being a ranger can be!

Robert Quill

Robert Quill

Robert Quill, Artist for Hire, talks about his adventures over the

20 years he's been in business.

Romance Anime:

Affecting the Hearts of Us All

Alan "Magnus Rex" Goguen,

Tyler Steigelman

Love them or hate them,

Romance plays a big role many animes today. Join us as we discuss and recommend our best and brightest findings.

Sailor Moon Panel


The year for Sailor Moon fans!

With the new manga release, merchandise and fan movies, there will be plenty to be discussed in this fan run panel.

Sketch Battle!

Amasugiru, OneOfTwo

4 Artists, 4 pieces of artwork, and YOU decide what they draw! Put Artists head to head in this fast paced event! They are at your Mercy.

Smash Hits of

Korean Animation

Mike Toole

You've seen the bizarre knockoffs ("Space Thunder Kids"), now learn the remarkable true story of South Korean animation and its relationship to anime!

So, You Wanna

Staff an Anime Con:

Version Staff


Jen Legay (Security Auditor


Staffing this convention is a blast! Check us out! Hear 10 years of adventures. Trust me,

I'm a doctor!

Survival Japanese

Zhao Chen

A down and dirty crash course in introductory Japanese, for those with little to no Japanese experience.

Swordsmanship from

Around the World

David Lee

Learn basic swordsmanship from around the world! You will see the weapons and techniques used on the battlefield from long ago to sports clubs today.

Taiko: The Art of

Japanese Drumming

Ger Tysk, Shane Tysk,

Tanya Downer

Learn about Japanese drumming from local taiko group

Odaiko New England, and come try it out for yourself!

Ten Years of Anime

Boston Leadership:

Wrangling the Nerd


Adam Ferraro, Andrea

Finnin, Keith Kyzivat, Patrick

Delahanty, Victor Lee

Ten year's worth of Anime Boston's leadership will tell stories about their tenure and answer your questions.

Tokusatsu: Heroes and Monsters of

Japanese Television

Bob Skerry, Jones, Ted

Super What-tai? Kamen Who?

This is a primer on the various shows in Japan that fall under

Live Action Special Effects, or


Touhou Project

Kilgamayan, Murein,

Reddyne, Solamarle

We’re back! New and existing fans alike will be captivated by the beautiful bullet patterns, music, and all-female cast of this one-man shmup series!

Tribute to Cartoon

Network's TOONAMI

Anna Paratore

This Panel is a majorily awesome tribute to TOONAMI, run very much like 'Double Dare' and full of trivia and performance contests.

Vocaloid: The Musical


Edgukated, Molly

Vocaloid: The Virtual Singers.

They only sang in English and

Japanese, but now they sing in Spanish and Korean, too.

Vocaloid 3 is in full swing with over 16 new Vocaloids!

Webcomics 101

Gina Biggs

Starting out in Webcomics creation/distribution.

APRIL 6–8, 2012



What the DRR??

Izaya Orihara, Lisa Wu,

Masaomi Kida, Shizuo


Curious about Durarara?

Interested in the show, characters, trivia games, and... vending machines? Come join for fun outside the streets of


Omae wa mou, shin de iru

guest & industry panels

Dragon Age World

Premiere and Panel

FUNimation Entertainment

Premiere of the new Dragon

Age film and Q&A with the voice actors and production staff.

Matte! Matte!


Anime Boston Staff and


Join our esteemed panelists for this fun-filled quiz show based on

NPR's Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!


Industry Panel

FUNimation Entertainment



FUNimation Entertainment

MECHA Software

How to Audition


Diva Wilson, Geoff Beebe,

Jessi Nowack, Jess Poepsel,

Joy Bergmann Tambascoa,

Whitney Holman

To help people to be successful at MECHA Software Auditions.

FUNimation Sneak Peeks

FUNimation Entertainment

History of Games

Keith Silverstein

Video games didn’t always have so much to say. Join voice artist, Keith Silverstein as “The History of Voice Over in Video Games” panel takes a humorous look at the origin of voice work in the game industry, and follows it’s rocky path to the present day. Get insider info behind some of the games he’s worked on, as well as a glimpse into the future. You don’t want to miss this one! (There may be prizes…wink, wink.)

MECHA Software

How to Build a

Portfolio Panel

Geoff Beebe,

Joy Bergmann Tambascoa,

Michael Cook

How to build a portfolio to work as an artist for a video game company.

MECHA Software

How to Model Panel

Alexander Tambascia, Joy

Bergmann Tambascoa,

Michael Cook, Whitney


Learn how to become a model for the video game industry.

Jrock Industry Panel

Tainted Reality

MECHA Software, LLC


Alexander Tambascia, Geoff

Beebe, Jessi Nowack, Jess

Poepsel, Joy Bergmann

Tambascoa, Michael Cook,

Whitney Holman

Open auditions for voice actors, models, programmers, and writers. Participants must be 18+ to audition.

Monsuno Panel

Come join us for a discussion of the hit new show "Monsuno" with the people behind it.

Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks

Tainted Reality /

Fixer Panel

Tainted Reality

Takamasa Sakurai

Tainted Reality

Japanese guest


Anime Boston 2012


Welcome back to another year of the Artists’ Alley!

If you have some free time, are just browsing, or are even looking for someone or something in particular, this is the place to go for original artwork and fan art! The artists are friendly and the variety is incredible!

You can find this year’s Alley located in Ballroom B and C on the 3rd Floor of the Hynes Convention Center. We are pleased to be sharing this gigantic room with the Art Show again this year. We also have a great variety of Featured

Artists this year, all of whom will be doing various panels throughout the weekend.

If you have any questions or trouble, the Artists’ Alley staff can be found at the Info Desk just inside the entrance to

Ballroom B. Staff includes Artists’ Alley Manager Nikki O’Shea, as well as the Art Track Coordinator Kathy Lawton.

Other staffers will include Gabriel Fequiere, Jr., Ezra Cudjoe, and more.

rules for the attendees

These are common sense rules, but every now and then it is good to have a refresher.

Please take the time to read.

Food and Drink

No open food or drink is allowed in the Alley except by the artists (or staff). Attendees are not allowed to eat in the Artists’ Alley.

Empty Tables

You will not feel free to sit down, sit behind, take chairs, put your stuff on, start eating on, or do anything that would otherwise tie up what may appear to be an empty table.

You did not pay for the table, and when the artist who paid for the table does show up, he/she has the right to assume it will be clean and immediately available.

If you want to sell art and do not have space in the Alley, you will not set up on the floor or in the hall – this is a traffic hazard.

Check with Artists’ Alley staff if you want space; some space may be available. The

Artists Alley info desk will be right inside the first set of main doors to the Alley (on your right as you come in).


Do not stop to take pictures of cosplayers

(exception – the cosplayer is an artist and you’ve asked permission) in the Alley. This will cause any number of traffic jams; please ask to take the photo outside the Alley.

No video taping any artists’ displays and/or art without permission .

Do not block tables. If you are looking at art on table A, it is not fair to block off table B from people who might wish to look at their display.

Do not place your bags on the tables. Every inch is often used for display and doing so will discourage others from looking.

The Artists

Feel free to “bother” the artists, that is why they are here. But do not hassle or harass them.

Above all else, no photographing the art – either by regular camera, digital camera, handheld game cameras (such as the Nintendo DSI), or your phone camera. This is considered stealing even if it’s for personal use. If you like something, please consider buying it. Some of these folks are trying to make a living.

Please be respectful to the artists at all times. If you have a problem or issue, please don’t cause a scene; instead, report it to the Artists Alley Info Desk.

Please listen to the staff.

All other Anime Boston convention rules apply. (See the Rules section on page 61.)


Do not congregate in the doorways. Come in, step aside, and let traffic go through.

Enjoy yourselves and have a good time at the con.

Do not block the aisles. If you are just standing and talking, please find another place to do so.

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artists’ alley & art show map artists’ alley hours

(for attendees)

Friday: 10:00am–10:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am–10:30pm

Sunday: 9:00am–4:00pm


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Please use the map as a handy way to keep track of those artists whose work you liked or those artists you’ve already paid for a custom picture. Write down their emails, which table they’re at, and their names.

We hope that you will enjoy this year’s Artists’ Alley!


featured artists

Gina Biggs



Table 21

Gina Biggs is a freelance artist and comic creator. She has been creating comics for over fourteen years. She runs www.strawberrycomics.com, an all-female group of creators banding together to help promote women in the comic industry as well as the neglected and often overlooked genre of love and romance in the medium.

She also runs www.filthyfigments.com, which features erotic comics by a lineup of all-women creators.

Gina’s current work is the romantic webcomic series, Red String. The series has been running since 2003 and the first three volumes are published by Dark Horse

Comics. She also collaborates on Erstwhile, a series adapting the lesser know Grimm’s fairytales into comic form.

Jennifer Doyle


Table 42

Emily Gaskill




Jennifer Doyle (aka theyoungdoyler) is an aspiring artist who is currently studying

History at Macalester College. When there aren’t essays to be written, Jenn writes and draws the webcomic, Knights-Errant.

Though Knights-Errant isn’t strictly historical, it attempts to realistically address sexual and religious politics from Renaissance

Europe and the Arab World in a darkly comedic way.

Table 9

Emily H.W. Gaskill is a graduate from UC

Davis with a BA in Art Studio who spent the ten years after graduation doing very little art. She has spent her more recent time attempting to find her artistic muse and her abilities again, and is happy to say she feels that she is on the road back to creativity.

She is the Artist/Writer for the Web Comic

“The Wand and The Sword” which can be found at www.wandandsword.com and she is known as both dragondoodle and girl-nherhorse on DeviantArt.

Anime Boston is proud to present our Featured

Artists for 2012. In honor of our 10th Anniversary, we are showcasing 10 fantastic artists.

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featured artists (cont.)

Lora Innes



Kevin Kincheloe

Table 40

Dave Lister




Twitter @studionasu

Table 30

Lora Innes began her critically acclaimed historical fiction work, The Dreamer, as a webcomic in 2007 and it quickly grew a large, devoted following online. IDW

Publishing has released two graphic novel collections of celebrated webcomic. The

Dreamer has been nominated for three

Harvey Awards, and it was also nominated in the 2010 Cybils Awards and won the 2009

S.P.A.C.E. Prize. The Dreamer is the story of

17-year-old high schooler Beatrice Whaley.

Every night when she falls asleep, she wakes up in the middle of the Revolutionary War.

Kevin Kincheloe is as hard to describe as his name is to pronounce. An unusual combination of nature hippie, fantasy artist, and computer nerd. One day you might spot him wandering barefoot in the woods of the

Midwest, then the next day he’s rocking out on music and PC games. He’s 100% artist in all areas of his life, though, and has been since before he could talk. His drawing style is something that occurred naturally when he decided not to have a “style” and just draw whatever came out of his pencil. Elements of anime, fantasy, cartoon, and who knows what else have all smelted together into something he likes to call his own.

Table 7

Some say that Dave Lister is made of

Legos. This is false. Composed mostly of coffee, Dave has learned to work without unnecessary things like sleep (though this may also be speculation, as he is often observed face-down on his laptop). Dave got his roots in the industry by accidentally creating the webcomic, Paradox Lost in early 2000. Though it was intended simply to be a means for Dave to polish his art and writing skills, its success led to the founding of Studio Nasu. Since then, Dave has written, illustrated, and composed music for comics, magazines, retailers, video games, children’s books, websites, and radio stations.

Lora Innes is currently working on writing a graphic novel trilogy about the Civil War for an upcoming television event, To Appomattox.

She also co-hosts the Paper Wings podcast with Disney Visual Development artist,

Chris Oatley, which is how to make and monetize your creator-owned comics and graphic novels!

A character creator and world builder at heart, Kevin’s brain is packed full of strange lands and interesting people, some of which have been growing in his mind for over ten years, with new faces popping up all time. His creations make their way into the real world in the form of drawings, stories, comics, digital paintings, and occasionally 3D animation. A jack of all trades, who will never call himself a master of anything, for there is always room to improve.

Come visit the Studio Nasu table to see some of Dave’s latest projects, including

Conception Complex, a new Japanese band whose US CD release, Liberation Key is produced by Studio Nasu. Also check out the newest video game releases, Protostar and Sweet Adventure, playable right at the table!


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Kel McDonald

Table 41

Kel is a comic book artist who mostly sits at her drawing table working because the outside world is scary. She’s been doing

Sorcery 101 for the past 6 years.

Michelle Pinard


Table 57

David White


Table 32

Michelle Pinard is the creator of MKT

Productions, a New England based manga studio that is known for original works that focus on gender identity. Using the manga medium to create identifiable and compelling transgender characters, she has advanced her studio’s mission to promote understanding of transgender issues.

Since 2005, she has been touring the anime, comic, and LGBT convention circuit with her hit debut title, Chaotic Kiss.

Chaotic Kiss is a romantic-comedy-drama all about Sydney, a transgender girl who loves anime, fashion, and works at a maid cafe in Harvard Square. MKT Productions will release the third book of this series at

Anime Boston. Many of her readers have remarked on how her comics have changed the way they think about gender in positive and intriguing ways. An introduction to the series as well as artwork, updates, and more is available at www.chaotickiss.com.

David White is a Western Massachusetts- based artist who specializes in designing giant robots, or mecha, for video games and books. David has contributed concept art to over 15 games including Transformers: War for Cybertron, Mechwarrior 4: Black Knight, and Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries. He has also contributed artwork to many popular

“how to draw” books Such as Anime Mania,

Mecha Mania, Manga Mania: Video Games,

50 Fantasy Vehicles to Draw and Paint, and

50 Robots to Draw and Paint. Battletech fans may recognize David’s mecha designs from books such as Technical Readout:

3085 and Technical Readout: Prototypes.

When not drawing robots, David illustrates children’s books for Scholastic and comics for LEGO Magazine.

Visit Anime Boston's resident artist Ashley Riot at Table 5!

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featured artists


Julie Wright



Table 31

Julie Wright is a recent graduate of the

Columbus College of Art and Design. She hit the ground running, picking up work as a colorist for both independent studios and well-known publishers. Each week she adds her own touch to the popular webcomic “The Dreamer” by Lora Innes, also in print through IDW. Julie also has two personal comic projects which will debut online at the beginning of next year.

Sterblichkeit (Mortality) is a WWII graphic novel which explores the choices its cast of characters make and the consequences that ensue. She takes a notably different direction with her second project, Iannua, a fantasy piece in a Victorian setting where magic is commonplace and technology is considered aberrant.

When she isn’t at her computer, Julie travels around the globe attending comic book and anime conventions. She is also an avid cosplayer, having an entire closet at home dedicated to past and present projects.


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artists’ alley activites

Check for Artists’ Alley Activities at the

Artists’ Alley Info Desk.

art show

The Art Show is a showcase for artists to display their work to the Anime Boston community. It is conveniently located next to the Artists’ Alley, in Ballrooms B and C on the Hynes 2nd Floor.

Art Show Hours:

Friday: 10:00am–6:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm

Saturday Auction: 5:00pm–6:00pm

Sunday Winner Pick-Up: 10:00am–12:00pm

Sunday Artist Pick-Up: 12:00pm–3:00pm

If you would like to display a piece of artwork you have created, or if you are an agent of an artist that would like to place their work on display, please contact the Art Show staff regarding availability of space. All terms and policies will be available for review at the

Art Show.

Silent Auction

On Saturday, just before the Art Show closes (5:00pm) there will be a silent auction for any piece of art that has 4 bids. Each piece will be displayed to the assembled crowd and any interested party will be given a piece of paper to write their final bid on. The top bidder will pay $1 more than the next highest bidder for the piece.

(Example: Art enthusiasts A-chan and B-kun both want the same piece of art. A-chan bids $45 and B-kun bids $80. B-kun wins the piece for $46.)

featured artists panels

Check out Panels and Workshops on page 26 for a run-down of panels hosted by this year's

Featured Artists.


See the Dealers’ Room Rules on page 63.

dealers’ room map dealers’ room hours

(for attendees)

Friday: 12:00pm–7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am–7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am–3:00pm

APRIL 6–8, 2012


8th Day Anime

Afterimages of Ghostfire

Alicia's Anime

Alik's Cosplay


Anime Bento

Anime Castle

Anime Fan Zone

Anime Gift

Anime Palace

Anime Pavilion

Anime Remix

Anime Sekai

Anime USA

Anime World


Arda Wigs

Asylum Anime

Athena's Wink

Best Anime Shop

Black Knight Comics


Cartoon Passion




Consulate of Japan

Crazyheads - by Punch Brand

Crimson Chain Leather Works


Derek Benz

Discotek Media


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dealers’ room directory

The Dealer’s Room map and directory are also available on www.animeboston.com and Anime Boston’s

Guidebook mobile app.

5 Hour Energy 542


















Emrys Handcrafted Fynery

/RH Mardigan Enterprises

Evo Anime







Flipside/Mystic Revolution Comics 256

Foam Brain Games




Future Imperfect

Gaming and Anime

Geek Chic Apparel

Glitch Gaming Apparel

Greentea Designs h.NAOTO

Harbinger Entertainment



Harrison's Comics and Collectibles 382

Head Kandi 467

Hen Da Ne!

Heretic City













HKT/Mugen Toys

Hobby Fan

Ichigo Black

Image Anime

Imagine That… Galleries





424, 463 Interrobang Studios

100 IT Cosplay





Japan Society


Kanako Ito/Japan Files

Kawaii Gifts

Lemonbrat Stufios

Level Up Studios/Halolz.com

Media Blasters

Morlock Enterprises
















Neko-Jin Designs 357

New England Comics

OffWorld Designs




Pegasus Publishing


Random Fandom

Robert Quill, Artist for Hire



Science Fiction Continuum

Section 23 Films

Shark Robot

Short Army

Signature Imports

Son of Sandlar

Stuffed Sushi

Sun Anime

Tainted Reality

Tee Turtle

The Blonde Swan

The Dragon's Lair

The Five Wits

The Lady and The Leopard

The Wizard's Wagon


Trilogy Comics

Vertical Publishing


Yes Anime

Yote Cosplay Shop

Zombie Buddy Productions



































AB ChibiZone

Anime Boston Museum

Artists’ Alley and Art Show



Blood Drive

Club Meetup Room

Convention Operations

Convention Row


Dealers' Room

First Aid

Hall D

Information Desk



Live Gaming

Luggage Storage (Sunday Only)

Masquerade HQ

Phoenix Ball

Overnight Security /

Convention Operations

Panel 107

Panel 202

Panel 206

Panel 208

Panel 302/304

Panel 306



Hynes 2nd Floor

Sheraton 3rd Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Sheraton 3rd Floor

Sheraton 3rd Floor

Sheraton 3rd Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Sheraton 2nd Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Sheraton 2nd Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor

Sheraton 3rd Floor

Sheraton 2nd Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Sheraton 2nd Floor


Room 209


Ballrooms B and C

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Beacon C (Line-Up in Beacon A and B)

Beacon H (Line-Up in Beacon F and G)

Hampton, Exeter, and Gardner

Room 104

Room 108

Outside Exhibit Hall A

Enter through Republic Foyer

Exhibit Halls A and B

Hynes 1st Floor, Outside Exhibit Hall A

(Please contact any staff member for assistance)

Exhibit Hall D

Top of the Escalators on the Right

Hallway outside Republic and Independence Ballrooms

Room 310

Berkeley and Fairfax


Room 101

Grand Ballroom, Independence Ballroom,

Liberty Ballrooms A and B

Liberty Ballroom C Sheraton 2nd Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor

Room 107

Room 202

Room 206

Room 208

Room 302/304

Room 306

Room Directory continued on next page

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Panel 309

Panel A

Panel Constitution

Parents' Seating Room

Photography Suite

Programming Operations

Hynes 3rd Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor

Sheraton 2nd Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor


Security (Weapons Check)

Sheraton 2nd Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Technical/Programming Operations

Hynes 2nd Floor

Todd MacDonald Memorial

Manga Library

Video 103

Sheraton 3rd Floor

Video 203

Video 207

Video 210 HD

Video 311 5.1 Sound

Video 312 HD

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor

Video Games

Volunteer HQ

Workshop 313

Hynes 2nd Floor

Hynes 1st Floor

Hynes 3rd Floor


Room 309

Ballroom A

Constitution Ballroom

Room 111

Room 102

Room 200

Back Bay Ballroom

Room 109

Room 200

Commonwealth Ballroom

Room 103

Room 203

Room 207

Room 210

Room 311

Room 312

Exhibit Hall C

Room 110

Room 313

Please contact Hynes or Sheraton Security for ALL Lost and Found


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Maps are also available on www.animeboston.com and Anime Boston’s Guidebook mobile app.

hynes convention center

1st floor

Prudential Plaza Entrance


AB Info




Public Safety







Exhibit Hall A








(Lower Level)






























Sidewalk (Lower Level)



Exhibit Hall B


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hynes convention center

2nd floor





Veterans Memorial



Exhibit Hall C


Exhibit Hall D


AB Info




(Lower Level)




















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hynes convention center

3rd floor





Ballrooms B & C


Veterans Memorial






(Lower Level)


Ballroom A



















AB Info


APRIL 6–8, 2012



sheraton hotel

2nd floor

Prudential Plaza




Republic Ballroom


AB Info Desk



Ballroom East




Ballroom West



Grand Ballroom

Liberty Ballrooms A & B OVERNIGHT




Liberty Ballroom C

Stairs to



Stairs to 3rd Floor

Escalator to

Sheraton Lobby


Constitution Ballroom



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sheraton hotel

3rd floor



AB Info Desk


Beacon C


Beacon H




Beacon A & B




Beacon F & G













North Tower elevators



Stairs to 2nd Floor








Stairs to

2nd Floor

South elevators

APRIL 6–8, 2012



prudential center map


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boston area map


APRIL 6–8, 2012





Type of Food


Hours of Operation


$ = Under $10

$$ = $10-15


Price / Credit Cards


$$$ = $15-20

$$$$ = $20 and over


V = Visa

MC = Mastercard

AE = American Express

All = All major

credit cards


Take-Out Available

Vegetarian (Ovo-

Lacto) Available

Wifi Access



Bar/Alcohol Served

Delivers to Hotel




Friday: 10:00am–8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am–8:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am–5:00pm


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in the prudential center

NEW THIS YEAR: Several eateries in the

Prudential Center will have extended hours for the convention. Please refer to the list below. For additional places and updates on hours, check out www.animeboston.com/location/food.

Refer to the corresponding letters on the

Prudential Center Mall map on page 48 for directions and locations.

K9. Ben & Jerry’s

Ice Cream

Terrace Food Court

Normal Hours: M-SA 11am-9pm,

SU 11am-7pm


$ / All

Extended Convention Hours

Friday 11am-11:15pm

Saturday 11am-11:15pm

Sunday 11am-7:15pm

K5. Boston Chowda

Soup and Stuff

Terrace Food Court

Normal Hours: M-SA 11am-9pm,

SU 11am-7pm


$ / All

Extended Convention Hours

Friday 10am-11pm

Saturday 10am-11pm

Sunday 10am-7pm

E. Dunkin’ Donuts


Prudential Center Mall

Normal Hours: M-F 6am-10pm,

SA 8am-10pm, SU 8am-7pm


$ / No Credit Cards

Extended Convention Hours

Thursday 6am-12am

Friday 6am-12am

Saturday 6am-12am

Sunday 6am-7pm

K6. Flamers


Terrace Food Court

Normal Hours: M-F 7am-9pm,

SA 8am-9pm, SU 9am-7pm


$ / No Credit Cards

Extended Convention Hours

Friday 7am-11pm

Saturday 7am-11pm

Sunday 7am-7pm


K7. Gourmet India


Terrace Food Court

Normal Hours: M-SA 11:30am-

9pm, SU 11am-6pm

K10. Paradise Bakery Cafe

Bakery, Sandwiches

Terrace Food Court

Normal Hours: M-F 7am-9pm,

SA 8am-9pm, SU 9am-7pm


$ / All

Extended Convention Hours

Friday 10am-11pm

Saturday 10am-11pm

Sunday 10am-7pm


$ / All

Extended Convention Hours

Friday 7am-11pm

Saturday 7am-11pm



F. Tossed

Salads, Sandwiches

Prudential Center Mall

Normal Hours: M-SA 11am-9pm,

SU 11am-7pm


$-$$ / All

Extended Convention Hours

Friday 7am-11pm

Saturday 7am-11pm

Sunday 7am-7pm

A. Sel de la Terre


Mandarin Oriental Hotel

(entrance on Boylston Street)

SU-SA 11am-11pm (bar 11am-1am)

B. L’Espalier

Modern New England French

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

(entrance on Boylston Street)

SU 12pm-10pm, M-SA 11am-10:30pm

*A. M Bar and Lounge


Mandarin Oriental Hotel

(entrance on Boylston Street)

SU-W 11a-1a, TH-SA 11am-2am

(Food until 11p)

C. Legal Sea Foods


Prudential Center Mall

M-SA 11am-10:30pm, SU 12-10pm


$$-$$$ / All


$$$-$$$$ / All

tie + jacket bar


$$$ / All


$$ / All

D. Top of the Hub

American, Seafood

Prudential Center Mall

SU-W 12pm-1am,

TH-SA 11:30am-2am


$$$$ / All

L on the Prudential Center Map (page 48)

Asian Noodle Shop

Prudential Center Mall

Normal Hours: SU 11am-10pm,

M-W 11am-10pm,

TH-SA 11am-11pm

G. Au Bon Pain

Bakery, Sandwiches

Prudential Center Mall

M-F 6am-9pm, SA 7am-pm,

SU 7am-6pm

H. Starbucks Coffee


Sheraton Hotel

M-SA 6am-9pm, SU 6am-6pm

I. Sidebar

Bar, Grill

Sheraton Hotel

SU-SA 11am-1:30am

(food until 12am)


$$-$$$ / All


Friday: 11:00am-11:30pm

Saturday: 11:00am-11:30pm

Sunday: 11:00am-11:30pm


$ / All


$ / All


$$ / All

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J. Apropos


Sheraton Hotel

SU-SA 6am-11:15am


$$ / All

K1. Qdoba Mexican Grill


Terrace Food Court

M-SA 10am-9pm, SU 10am-7pm


$ / All

K2. Panda Express


Terrace Food Court

M-SA 10am-9pm, SU 11am-7pm


$ / All

*B. Cheeseboy

Grilled Cheese

Terrace Food Court

M-SA 10am-9pm, SU 11am-7pm


$ / All

K3. Pizzeria Regina


Terrace Food Court

M-SA 11am-9pm, SU 11am-7pm


$ / All

K4. Poulet Rotisserie


Terrace Food Court

M-SA 10:30am-9pm,

SU 11am-7pm

K8. Saku Japan


Terrace Food Court

M-SA 10am-9pm, SU 11am-7pm


$ / All


$ / No Credit Cards

Q. The Cheesecake Factory

American, Dessert

Prudential Center Mall

M-TH 11:30am-11:30pm, F-SA

11:30am-12:30pm, SU 10am-11pm

R. Barnes & Noble Cafe


Prudential Center Mall

M-F 7am-11pm, SA 8am-11pm,

SU 9am-9pm


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$$ / All


$ / All

*C. Pinkberry

Frozen Yogurt

Prudential Center Mall

M-SA 9am–11pm, SU 9am-10pm


$ / All

M. California Pizza Kitchen


Prudential Center Mall

SU-TH 11:30am-10pm,

F-SA 11:30am-11pm

N. P.F. Chang’s


Prudential Center Mall

SU-TH 11am-11pm,

F-SA 11am-12am

O. Sweet Treats


Prudential Center Mall

M-TH 11 am-9pm,

F-SA 11am-9:15pm, SU 11am-6pm

P. Cold Stone Creamery

Ice Cream

Prudential Center Mall

SU-TH 12pm-10pm, F-SA 12-11pm


$-$$ / All


$$$ / All




$ / All

S. 5 Napkins Burger


Prudential Center Mall

M-TH 11:30am-11pm, F 11:30am-12am,

SA 11am-12am, SU 11am-11pm


$$-$$$ / All

in the area

Refer to the corresponding letters and numbers on the Boston area map on page 49 for directions and locations.


$$$ / All

1. Uni


Eliot Hotel

SU-TH 5:30pm-10pm,

F-SA 5:30pm-10:30pm

1. Clio


Eliot Hotel

M-TH 5:30pm-10pm,

F-SA 5:30pm-10:30pm


$$$-$$$$ / All

2. Bhindi Bazaar


95 Massachusetts Avenue

11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm


$$-$$$ / All

*D. Mass Ave Tavern


94 Massachusetts Avenue

M-F 4pm-1am, SA-SU 11:30am-1am


$$ / All

3. Island Hopper


91 Massachusetts Avenue

SU 12pm-11pm, M-TH 11:30am-

11pm, F-SA 11:30am-12am

4. The Other Side


407 Newbury Street

M-W 11:30am-12am, TH-F

11:30am-2am, SA-SU 9am-2am

5. Capital Grille


900 Boylston Street

M-F 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm,

TH-F 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm,

SA 5pm-11pm, SU 4pm-9pm

6. JP Licks

Ice Cream

352 Newbury Street



$$-$$$ / V, MC, AE


$ / No Credit Cards


$$$$ / All


$ / All

7. Trident Booksellers & Cafá

Café, Diner

338 Newbury Street



$-$$ / V, MC, AE

8. Sonsie

Italian, American

327 Newbury Street



$$$ / All

9. Steve’s Greek Cuisine

Greek, Diner

316 Newbury Street

M-SA 7am-11pm, SU 10am-10pm


$-$$ / All


*E. Berry Line

Frozen Yogurt/Café

303 Newbury Street

SU-SA 11am-10pm


$ / All

10. Pinkberry

Frozen Yogurt

288 Newbury Street

SU-TH 10am-11pm, F-SU 10am-12am



11. Emack & Bolio’s

Ice Cream

290 Newbury Street

SU-TH 12pm-10pm, F-SA 11am-11pm


$ / No Credit Cards

12. Espresso Royale Caffe


286 Newbury Street

M-SA 7am-11pm, SU 7am-5:30pm


$$ / All

13. Cafeteria Boston

Mediterranean, Italian

279A Newbury Street

W 11:30am-11:30pm,

TH-Sa 11:30am-12:30am

14. Charley’s


284 Newbury Street

M-SA 11:30am-12am,

SU 11am-11pm

15. Kashmir


279 Newbury Street



$-$$ / No Credit Cards


$$$ / All


$$-$$$ / All

16. B.Good


272 Newbury Street

M-TH 11:30am-10pm, F-SA

11:30am-11pm, SU 12pm-10pm

*F. Itadaki


269 Newbury Street

M-F 11:30am-1am,

SA-SU 10:30am-1am


$-$$ / All


$$-$$$ / All

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17. Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar


266 Newbury Street

M-F 5:30pm-10pm, SA 12pm-

11pm, SU 12pm-10pm

18. Bottega Fiorentina

Cafe, Italian

264 Newbury Street

M-SA 11am-8:30pm, SU 11am-6pm


$$ / All


$-$$ / All

19. La Voile


259 Newbury Street

M-TH 5pm-10pm, F-SA 12pm-3pm,

5pm-10:30pm, SU 2pm-4pm, 5pm-9pm


$$$ / All

19. The Creperie on Newbury


259 Newbury Street

SU-SA 11am-10pm


$$ / All

*G. Mumbai Chopstix

Indian Chinese

254 Newbury Street

SU-SA 11:30am-11pm


$-$$$ / All

20. Boloco

American, Mexican

247 Newbury Street



$-$$ / All

21. Ciao Bella


240A Newbury Street

SU-W 11am-11pm,

TH-SA 11am-11:45pm

22. Scoozi

Italian, Pizza

237 Newbury Street

SU-W 11am-10pm,

TH-SA 11am-11pm


$$$-$$$$ / All


$$ / All

23. Sweet Cupcakes

Bakery, Cafe

225 Newbury Street

M-TH 11am-9pm, F-SA 11am-

10pm, SU 12pm-9pm


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$$ / All

24. Bostone Pizza

Pizza, Subs

225 Newbury Street

M-SA 11am-10pm, SU 2pm-9:30pm


$ / All


$$-$$$ / All

25. Piattini

Small Plate Italian

226 Newbury Street


*H. Umai Sushi


224 Newbury Street

M-SA 11:15am-9:45pm


$$-$$$ / All

26. Upper Crust Pizza

Specialty Pizza

222 Newbury Street

SU-W 11:30am-10pm, TH 11:30am-

10:30pm, F-SA 11:30am-11pm

*I. Tasti D-lite

Soft Serve Dairy

205 Newbury Street

M-SA 11:30am-10pm, SA 12pm-10pm


$$-$$$ / All


$ / All

27. Joe’s American Bar & Grill


279 Dartmouth Street

M-F 11:30am-12am,

SA-SU 9am-12am

28. Stephanie’s on Newbury


190 Newbury Street

M-SA 11:30am-11pm, SU 10am-10pm


$$-$$$ / All


$$$ / All

29. Starbucks Coffee


165 Newbury Street



$ / All

30. Ben & Jerry’s

Ice Cream

174 Newbury Street

SU-TH 10:30am-11pm,

F-SA 10:30am-12am


$$ / All

31. Papa Razzi


159 Newbury Street

SU-W 11:30am-11pm,

TH-SA 11:30am-12am

32. Met Back Bay


279 Dartmouth Street

M-TH 11am-4pm, 5pm-10pm, F-SA

11am-4pm, 5pm-11pm, SU 4pm-9pm

33. Snappy Sushi


144 Newbury Street

SU-W 12pm-9pm,

TH-SA 12pm-9:45pm

34. Lolita


271 Dartmouth Street

SU-TH 5pm-11pm, F 5pm-1am,

SA 5pm-2am

35. Burger King

Fast Food

553 Boylston Street

M-SA 6:30am-11pm, SU 8am-11pm


$$-$$$ / All


$$-$$$ / All


$-$$$ / V, MC


$$$ / All


$ / All

36. Wendy’s

Fast Food

551 Boylston Street

M-TH 9am-1pm, F-SA 9am-12am,

SU 10am-11pm

37. Finagle-a-Bagel


535 Boylston Street

M-F 6am-8pm, SA-SU 7am-6pm


$ / All


$-$$ / All

38. Bangkok Blue


651 Boylston Street

M-TH 11:30am-10pm, F-SA

11:30am-11pm, SU 12pm-10pm

39. Morton’s


699 Boylston Street

M-SA 5:30pm-11pm, SU 5pm-10pm


$$ / All


$$$$ / All


40. City Table

American, Tavern

65 Exeter Street

M-TH 6:30pm-12pm, SA 7am-2pm,

SU 7am-2pm, SA-SU 5pm-1am

41. Sólás Irish Pub

Irish Pub

710 Boylston Street



$$-$$$ / All


$$-$$$ / All

42. Dunkin’ Donuts

Donuts, Coffee

716 Boylston Street

M-F 5am-12am, SA-SU 6am-12am


$ / No Credit Cards

43. Typhoon


725 Boylston Street

S-TH 11:30am-11:30pm,

F-SA 11:30am-1am

44. Uno Chicago Grill

American, Pizza

731 Boylston Street

M-TH 11am-12am, F-SA 11am-

12:30am, SU 12pm-11pm

*J. Max Brenner


745 Boylston Street

M-F 11:30am-12am,

SA-SU 10am-12am

45. Starbucks


756 Boylston Street


*K. Forum


755 Boylston Street

M-SA 11am-1am, SU 10am-1am


$-$$ / All


$-$$ / All


$$$-$$$$ / All


$$ / All


$$$-$$$$ / All

46. Atlantic Fish Company


761 Boylston Street

SU-TH 11:30am-11pm,

F-SA 11:30am-12am


$$$ / All

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47. Abe & Louie’s


793 Boylston Street

M-TH 11:30am-11pm, F 11:30am-12am,

SA 11am-12am, SU 11am-11pm


$$$$ / All

48. Samurai Boston


827 Boylston Street



$$$ / All

49. Chilli Duck


829 Boylston Street



$-$$ / All

50. Back Bay Social Club

American, Bar

867 Boylston Street

11am-4pm, M-SA 5pm-1:30am,

SU 5pm-10pm

51. Whiskey’s

Bar, Pub, American

885 Boylston Street

M-TH 11:30am-11pm, F 11:30am-11:30pm,

SA 10am-11:30pm, SU 10am-11pm


$$$$ / All


$-$$ / All

56. McGreevy’s

Tavern, Bar

911 Boylston Street

M-F 11am-2am, (food) 11am-11pm

57. Cactus Club


939 Boylston Street

S-TH 11:30am-10pm,

F-SA 11:30am-2am

58. Men Tei Japanese Noodle Shop


66 Hereford Street

SU-TH 11:30am-9pm,

F-SA 11:30am-9:30pm

59. Dillon’s Restaurant


955 Boylston Street

M-F 11am-2am, SA-SU 10am-2am

60. B-Good

American, Burger, Fast Food

137 Massachusetts Avenue

M-SA 11am-9pm, Su 11am-8pm


$$ / All


$$ / All


$ / No Credit Cards


$$ / All


$ / All

52. Towne Stove + Spirits


900 Boylston Street


$$$$ / All

M-F 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm,

TH-F 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm, SA 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm, SU 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm


$-$$ / All

53. Café Jaffa

American, Greek, Middle Eastern

48 Gloucester Street

M-TH 11am-10:30pm, F-SA

11am-11pm, SU 1pm-10pm

54. Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant


903 Boylston Street



$-$$ / All

61. Spike’s Junkyard Dogs


1076 Boylston Street

M-W 11am-1am, TH-SA 11am-2am

62. Boloco

American, Mexican

1080 Boylston Street

SU-TH 7am-11pm, F-SA 7am-2am


$ / No Credit Cards


$-$$ / All

63. Pavement


1096 Boylston Street

M-F 7am-11pm, SA-SU 8am-11pm


$-$$ / All

55. The Pour House

American, Bar

909 Boylston St

11:30am-1:30am (21+ After 8pm)


$-$$ / All

64. Teriyaki House

Japanese, Chinese

1110 Boylston Street

SU-TF 11am-12am,

F-SA 11am-2am


$-$$ / All


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65. Little Steve’s Pizzeria

Pizza, Fast Food

1114 Boylston Street



$-$$ / All online ordering

66. Pad Thai Cafe


1116 Boylston Street

M-F 11:30am-11pm, SA 12pm-

11pm, SU 12pm-10:30pm

67. Subway/Haagen-Dazs

Fast Food

1172 Boylston Street

M-W 7am-12am, TH-SA 7am-

2am, SU 7am-10pm

68. Crazy Dough’s


1124 Boylston Street

M-W 11am-11pm, TH-SU 11am-2am

69. Bukowski’s Tavern

Brew Pub, Burgers

50 Dalton Street

M-SA 11:30am-2am, SU 12pm-12am


$ / No Credit Cards


$ / All


$-$$ / All


$-$$ / No Credit Cards

70. Summer Shack


50 Dalton Street

SU-TH 11:30am-10pm,

F-SA 11:30am-1am

72. Wendy’s

Fast Food

157A Massachusetts Avenue



$-$$$ / All

$ / All

74. Dunkin’ Donuts

Donuts, Coffee

153 Massachusetts Avenue



$ / All

75. Brasserie Jo


Colonnade Hotel


$$-$$$ / All

M-F 6:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm,

SA 7am-3pm, 5pm-11pm, SU 7am-3pm, 5pm-10pm


76. Haru


55 Huntington Avenue

SU-M 11:30am-11pm,

T-SA 11:30am-12am

77. Starbucks Coffee


Marriott Hotel

SU-TH 6am-8pm, F-SA 6am-9pm


$$-$$$ / All


$ / All

78. Champions Sports Bar


Marriott Hotel

SU-TH 11:30am-12:45am,

F-SA 11:30am-1:45am

79. Au Bon Pain

Bakery, Sandwiches

Copley Place Mall

M-SA 10am-9pm, SU 11am-6pm

80. Turner Fisheries


Westin Hotel

M-TH 11:30am-10pm, F-SA 11:30am-

11pm, SU 11am-3pm (brunch)


$$ / All


$-$$ / All


$$$ / All

81. Osushi


Westin Hotel

M-SA 11:30am-11pm,

SU 11:30am-10pm


$$$ / All

Remember the 5-2-1 Rule!

Each day of the convention, get at least 5 hours of sleep, eat at least

2 full meals, and take 1 shower.

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banks, atms, stores & other services

Refer to the correspcnding letters on the Prudential Center map on page 48 and the Boston area map on page 49 for directions and locations.

S1. Cherry Mart

Japanese Market

349 Newbury Street

SU-SA 11:30am-10pm

S2. Deluca’s Market


293 Newbury Street

SU 7am-9pm, M-SA 7am-10pm



240 Newbury Street


S4. 7-Eleven


261 Dartmouth Street

24 hours



585 Boylston Street

24 hours

S11. Shaw’s Supermarket


Huntington Avenue

24 hours

S6. Sugar Heaven

Candy Shop

669 Boylston Street


S7. Tedeschi


717 Boylston Street

24 hours

S8. Walgreens


841 Boylston Street

24 hours

S9. Trader Joe’s


899 Boylston Street


S10. Tedeschi


141 Massachusetts Avenue

24 hours

B6. Sovereign Bank


Prudential Center Mall

M-F 9am-6pm

S12. Teavana


Prudential Center Mall

M-F 9am-9pm, SA 10am-9pm,

SU 11am-6pm

B1. Citibank


491 Boylston Street

M-W 8:30am-5pm, TH-F 8:30am-

6pm, SA 9am-3pm

B2. TD Bank


535 Boylston Street

M-F 8am-7pm, SA 8am-3pm,

SU 11am-4pm

B3. Citizen’s Bank


607 Boylston Street


B8. Citizens Bank


Prudential Center Mall


B9. People’s United Bank


Prudential Center Mall

M-F 9am-7pm, SA-SU 10am-6pm

B7. Bank of America


Prudential Center Mall


B4. Travelex

Money Exchange

745 Boylston Street

M-F 9am-7pm, SA-SU 10am-6pm

B5. Bank of America


855 Boylston Street

M-F 9am-4:30pm, SA 9am-12pm

B8. Citizens Bank


Prudential Center Mall


U.S. Post Office

Post Office

Prudential Center Mall

M-F 8am-6pm, SA 8am-2pm

C1. St. Francis Chapel


Prudential Center Mall


Join us again next year!


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PO Box 60 • Randolph, MA 02368-0060 • Phone: 1-781-986-2653 • Fax 1-781-986-2656 • email: [email protected]


taking the subway

There are three T stations near the Hynes Convention Center complex.


Anime Boston 2012

mbta subway map

Green Line “B,” “C,” or “D”

trolley to the Hynes/ICA stop.

When you exit the station, go left on Massachusetts Avenue and left onto Boylston Street.

The Hynes Convention Center will be on your right.

Green Line “E” trolley to the

Prudential Center stop. Go up the escalators into the

Prudential Center Mall. Follow the signs towards the Hynes and Sheraton.

Orange Line to the Back Bay stop. Walk across the street to

Copley Place. Walk through the convention center complex to the Hynes and Sheraton.

If you are coming to Boston via commuter rail, it provides service to a number of T stops such as North Station, South

Station, Porter Square, and

Back Bay.

Maps and schedules are available on the MBTA web site, mbta.com.

Tourist Note: Boston’s subway system is known as “The T.”

It’s short for “MBTA,” which is short for “Massachusetts Bay

Transit Authority.” All T stations, stops, and vehicles are marked with this symbol:


Line D

Green Line B

Green Line C

Red Line

Green Line E

Orange Line

Red Line


subway fare

Green Line


Per Trip $2.00 (Charlie Ticket or cash on board), $1.70 (Charlie Card)

Blue Line

1-Day Pass $9.00 for unlimited rides

Week (7-Day) Pass $15.00 for unlimited rides

Subway tickets and passes are available for purchase at most T stations.

Orange Line

Blue Line

Red Line


taxi services

Boston Cab 617-536-5010

Checker Cab 617-536-7000

City Cab 617-536-510

Independent Cab 617-269-4444

Metro Cab 617-782-5500

Town Taxi 617-536-5000

The rate is $2.60 for the first 1/7th mile or less and $0.40 for each additional mile after the first 1/7th mile. Don’t forget to tip your taxi driver!


general rules of conduct

6.Rollerblades, skates, skateboards, scooters, “wheelies” and bicycles are prohibited in the convention center and in the hotel.

1. Attendees are at their own risk with respect to the dangers incidental to Anime

Boston, including personal injury. Acceptance of your membership constitutes consent to the use of the wearer’s image or likeness in any recording, transmission, or reproduction of Anime Boston and consent to ejection without refund for inappropriate behavior or failure to comply with the

Anime Boston Rules of Conduct.

7. Offensive and/or revealing attire is

prohibited. We kindly ask that people refrain from wearing clothing (including costumes) that would be inappropriate in public. Shoes are required at all times.

Shirts are required in the Prudential Mall,

Sheraton Hotel lobby, and all areas where food is served.

2. Please be kind and courteous to your fellow attendees, guests, dealers, and

staff at all times. Disruptive behavior that disturbs others is not allowed. This includes running, screaming, yelling, playing loud music (see the new Personal Radio Policy

for more information), horseplay, unsolicited physical contact, or any other such behavior as deemed disruptive by convention staff.

8. Anime Boston prohibits signs or other materials that can be interpreted as

solicitation or panhandling. This includes signs such as “Hugs for a Quarter,” “Free

Glomps,” or “Donate to a Poor Catgirl.” As a result, all signs will be confiscated and may be destroyed by Anime Boston staff.

Exceptions may be made if it can be proved that a sign is part of a costume, such as a screen capture from the show with the text on the sign. (Photoshop edits do not count.)

3. Please treat the convention facilities

with respect. The Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel are wonderful convention facilities and we would like to keep them that way. Anyone who defaces or damages hotel, convention center, or

Anime Boston property will be responsible for repair or replacement.

9. The New England Anime Society, Inc.,

Anime Boston, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Hynes Convention Center, and the Sheraton Boston Hotel are not liable for any missing belongings.

Please keep a close eye on your items. If you should lose something please contact

Hynes or Sheraton security.

4. Please keep the hallways, aisles, and

doorways clear. While it’s wonderful to stand and talk with friends, please do so in a manner that does not obstruct the flow of traffic.

10. Do not leave your bags unattended!

Any bag left unattended will be turned over to the appropriate authorities. This may include the Hynes Convention Center, the

Sheraton Boston Hotel, the Boston Police, the Boston Fire Department and/or the

Massachusetts State Police.

5. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are prohibited in the convention and in the general

areas of the hotel. See our Drug & Alcohol

Policy for more information.

11. Due to the relatively close quarters of the Dealers’ Room, Anime Boston encourages people to leave bags and backpacks

in their hotel room or car. In the interest of safety, any bookbags, briefcases, suitcases, cosplay accessories, or other items deemed unwieldy by the security staff may be temporary held by security.

12. Remember that the Sheraton is a hotel.

As such it is customary to tip the employees if they perform a service for you. (See our

Tipping Guide at www.animeboston.com/

location/tipping for more information.)

However, please remember that tipping is based upon good service. If a hotel employee is rude or antagonistic towards you, please inform convention operations.

13. Function rooms have a limited amount of space and it may become necessary to wait in line prior to entry into some events

or areas. Please be patient and understanding with us. We will do our best to accommodate as many people as we can as quickly as possible. Do not line up more than two hours before an event (30 minutes for autograph sessions).

14. Disabled persons, staff, on-duty volunteers, convention guests of honor, and dealers are not required to stand in line

for entry into any Event Room. If you have any questions, please contact convention security.

15. Shoplifting is a crime. It is not tolerated and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Shoplifters will have their badge revoked without refund, be removed from the convention and may possibly be banned from attending Anime Boston in the future.

16. Anime Boston staff reserve the right to revoke your convention membership and eject anyone at anytime from the convention without a refund.

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17. Please follow the directions of the

Anime Boston staff and security. Anyone who refuses to comply with any reasonable requests asked by any member of Anime

Boston staff/security or Hynes/Sheraton staff/security will be subject to removal.

18. If you have any problems, questions, or

concerns, please contact an Anime Boston staff member. They will be happy to assist you.

drug and alcohol policy







Anime Boston and the New England Anime

Society (NEAS) DO NOT authorize or endorse the use of drugs while engaging in any convention activities or in areas in use by the convention. We reserve the right to revoke convention membership without refund for any reason, including the discovery of an attendee under the influence of illegal substances. Anime

Boston staff will support all applicable local, state, and federal laws regarding illegal substances. The convention will contact local law enforcement for issues of suspected drug use. This includes the possession of pharmaceuticals without a prescription.





The legal age for drinking alcohol is 21. Our over 21 attendees are allowed to consume alcohol outside of the convention area in a responsible, civilized manner. We require that our under 21 attendees refrain from drinking at our convention.

registration policy

Anime Boston and the NEAS prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public areas in use by the convention. We will follow all convention center and hotel guidelines regarding consumption of alcohol in shared public areas.

If convention staff finds an attendee over the age of 21 drinking in a convention area, the convention staff will ask them to take their beverage to their room. If they are not a registered guest of the hotel, the convention or hotel staff will ask that they discard their beverage. If the convention suspects an attendee over the age of 21 is intoxicated, the proper authorities will be notified to perform an evaluation.

These policies apply to all attendees, whether they preregister or purchase a membership at the door.

1. All attendees agree to comply with

Anime Boston rules and policies, the directions of Anime Boston, Hynes, and Sheraton staff, and all applicable Massachusetts,

Federal, and local laws.

2. An attendee may have membership revoked and be expelled from the premises for any reason at the sole discretion of

Anime Boston staff. No refund will be given in the event of such expulsion.

Anime Boston and the NEAS will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding underage drinking. If convention staff suspects an attendee under the age of

21 is drinking or intoxicated, a staff member will contact the proper authorities. Anime

Boston and the NEAS DO NOT authorize, endorse, or condone underage drinking under any circumstances.

Although the convention does not prohibit

"Room Parties", we encourage all hosts to be responsible for their party and their guests.

Convention security staff will be active in ensuring that your party does not infringe on the other guests of the convention and the guests of the hotel. We remind you that the legal drinking age is 21 in Massachusetts. We encourage you to enjoy your parties thoroughly, but also responsibly.

3. Attendees agree to allow photographs

and/or video with their likeness to be used by Anime Boston or the New England

Anime Society for promotional purposes.

4. Attendees agree to provide complete

and accurate registration information.

Anime Boston is not responsible if an attendee cannot be contacted with the information provided.

5. Membership is non-refundable and

non-transferable. Badges and membership may not be resold. Staff reserve the right to check ID for anyone they suspect is carrying a badge that is not their own.

6. Badges must be worn and visible at all times for access to convention events.

Each attendee must retain possession of his or her own badge for the duration of the convention and may not loan or give the badge to anyone else except as directed by

Anime Boston staff.

7. No replacement will be provided for

lost badges; a new membership must be purchased at the full rate. Damaged badges


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RULES may be replaced at the discretion of the

Director of Registration (bring the pieces to


8. Anime Boston reserves the right to

censor or refuse badge names that may be considered obscene, vulgar, or otherwise offensive or inappropriate. Such determination will be made at the sole discretion of

Anime Boston staff.

will be removed from the convention and may be banned from future Anime Boston and New England Anime Society events.

15. Any attempt to compromise the security of the registration process or gain unau-

thorized access to attendee data will result in loss of access to the registration system, loss of Anime Boston 2012 registration without refund, and possible legal action.

7. If you suspect that you have purchased a bootlegged or counterfeited item of any

kind, please contact the Exhibits Division

Director or Dealers’ Room staff at the

Operations booth nearest the exit to the

Main Lobby in Hall A.

weapons policy

9. The only valid registration rates are

those posted on the registration website


No discounts will be given except as listed there.

16. These policies may be modified at any time, as deemed necessary by Anime

Boston 2012.

Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

10. Badges are only available for pickup during listed registration hours, and only at

the convention. Badges will not be mailed.

No badges of any sort will be issued other than during the listed registration hours:

dealers’ room rules

Registration Hours

Thursday, April 5: 4:00pm–10:00pm

(Pre-registered members ONLY)

Friday, April 6: 8:00am–8:00pm

Saturday, April 7: 8:00am–8:00pm

Sunday, April 8: 8:00am –12:00pm

1. Disruptive behavior that disturbs other

attendees or dealers is not allowed. This includes running, screaming, yelling, horseplay or any other behavior deemed disruptive by convention staff.

11. Valid photo ID is required for badge

pickup. Minors without ID may pick up their badges with the accompaniment of a parent or legal guardian. Government issued IDs are not required for 18+ attendees to pick up badges but are still required for 18+ events.

12. Each attendee must pick up his/her

own badge. Party leaders are no longer allowed to pick up badges for members of their party.

13. Child attendees (under age 13 at time of the convention) must be registered at the

same time as a paying 18+ adult member, who must accompany them at the time of badge pickup.

2. Please be kind and courteous to your fellow attendees, dealers, and convention staff at all times.

3. Do not block aisles with photography.

4. Shoplifting is a crime. Under no circumstances will it be tolerated, and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

5. Please follow the directions of the convention staff and convention security.

They are there to make your experience more enjoyable, not to hinder or hurt you.

Anyone who refuses to cooperate with either convention staff or convention security will be subject to removal from the convention.

14. Any person found attempting to forge a

membership badge, or presenting forged ID,

6. If you have any problems, questions or concerns, please contact the Dealers’

Room staff. They will be happy to assist you.

This policy is in effect to provide a safe and fun environment for Anime Boston Attendees,

Guests, and Staff/Security.

Please adhere to the following rules and regulations.

Anyone not following the rules and regulations will be dealt with on site by Anime Boston


Brief Overview

Anime Boston prohibits the following:

• Weapons prohibited under Massachusetts

Law & MCCA/Hynes policy

• Real guns (working, disabled, or otherwise)

• Practice swords including bokens and kendo bamboo practice swords

• Chains, leashes, spikes, whips (metal or leather), dog collars attached to humans

• Metal blades (knives, swords, sharp wings, etc.)

• Projectile weapons (pellet guns, airsoft rifles, pistols, disc guns, paintball markers, etc.)

• Loaded water pistols or other liquid


• Any other potentially harmful weapon/ prop as determined by Anime Boston


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• Laser pointers, laser-aiming devices, or similar devices, may not be used in public, unless you are officially sanctioned to lead or present a convention seminar, workshop, display, or other conventionsanctioned event in which a laser is needed




The Boston Police Department will treat anyone carrying realistic looking guns as a REAL THREAT AND WILL TAKE SERIOUS

ACTION! Anime Boston will not be held liable for any injury, incarceration, or death that may result from violation of this rule. If you have a prop that meets this description and you would like to bring it to Anime

Boston, please carry it to the convention center in a bag. In this day and age you can not be too careful. Again PLEASE use common sense.

Security is not able to pre-approve weapons and props before the convention.

A determination can only be made after actually handling and inspecting the object in question.

Full Policy

MCCA Policy

(Hynes Convention Center)

MCCA (Hynes) Weapons Policy (Page C12 of the Event Guide)

MCCA (Hynes) Weapons Policy (Page C12 of the

Event Guide): “Weapons of any type, functional or non-functional, such as firearms, swords, knives, throwing knives, crossbows, stars, bows, boomerangs, darts, tazers, etc. are strictly prohibited within MCCA facilities. The MCCA reserves the right to revoke the use of replica weapons within

MCCA facilities at anytime, without warning.”

Massachusetts Law

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269,

Section 10, Paragraph B

Whoever, except as provided by law, carries on his person, or carries on his person or under his control in a vehicle, any stiletto, dagger or a device or case which enables a knife with a locking blade to be drawn at a locked position, any ballistic knife, or any knife with a detachable blade capable of being propelled by any mechanism, dirk knife, any knife having a double-edged blade, or a switch knife, or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which the blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches, or a sling shot, blowgun, blackjack, metallic knuckles or knuckles of any substance which could be put to the same use with the same or similar effect as metallic knuckles, nunchaku, zoobow, also known as klackers or kung fu sticks, or any similar weapon consisting of two sticks of wood, plastic or metal connected at one end by a length of rope, chain, wire or leather, a shuriken or any similar pointed star like object intended to injure a person when thrown, or any armband, made with leather which has metallic spikes, points or studs or any similar device made from any other substance or a cestus or similar material weighted with metal or other substance and worn on the hand, or a manrikigusari or similar length of chain having weighted ends; or whoever, when arrested upon a warrant for an alleged crime, or when arrested while committing a breach or disturbance of the public peace, is armed with or has on his person, or has on his person or under his control in a vehicle, a billy or other dangerous weapon other than those herein mentioned and those mentioned in paragraph (a), shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two and one-half years nor more than five years in the state prison, or for not less than six months nor more than two and onehalf years in a jail or house of correction, except that, if the court finds that the defendant has not been previously convicted of a felony, he may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and onehalf years in a jail or house of correction.

Peace Bonding

Anime Boston Staff will ask any attendee found in possession of a potential weapon, that has not been peace bonded by Security, to take it to Security Headquarters for approval. Anyone who has a weapon or prop that could possibly viewed as dangerous

(even a little bit) needs to visit Security headquarters to have it approved and, if necessary, peace bound.

Peace bonding means that you allow us to put a bright-colored plastic tie on your

“weapon” indicating that it has been judged relatively harmless and/or is being bound into a holder of some sort that renders it so.

These ties can only be removed by cutting them, making it obvious if tampering should occur, Security will deal with repeated offenses accordingly, up to and including ejection from the convention without refund.

Any weapons that are not approved and/or cannot be peace bound, will be held in the

AB Security headquarters office until you leave the convention or can be stored in the safety of your hotel room or vehicle. Each item will be judged individually.

Horseplay of any kind, whether participants are consenting parties or not, with weapons will not be tolerated. All persons involved may be penalized depending upon the nature or severity of the offense. All complaints of behavior of this nature will be dealt with immediately by Anime Boston Staff/Security.


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autograph policy

6. Attendees are welcome to take photo-

graphs of the guests, but we ask that they please refrain from asking the guests to come around the table for a posed shot.

In an effort to predict wait times for autograph lines and to allow our attendees and guests to have as much fun as possible at Anime Boston, the following guidelines should be observed.

7. Attendees participating in disruptive or rude behavior may be asked to leave the autograph area.

dance policy

1. The first one hundred attendees in line for a given autograph session will receive

tickets just prior to start of the session. This ticket guarantees an autograph in either the current session or, if need be, an overflow session later in the convention. Overflow autograph session times will be available at the information desks.

2. Anyone past the one hundred mark will not receive a ticket. Individuals without tickets are not guaranteed an autograph.

Whether or not they receive an autograph depends on how quickly the line moves during the allotted time. Individuals without tickets may not attend scheduled overflow sessions.

3. Anime Boston reserves the right to end the line to keep events (and guests) on schedule.

4. Attendees are not allowed to line up for an autograph session more than 30 minutes

before the scheduled start time. Attendees gathering in the vicinity of the autograph room before that time will be asked to disperse.

5. To keep the line moving, we request that attendees bring absolutely no more than

two items to be signed. Items should also be prepared for signing. For example, DVD inserts should be removed from the case and posters should be unrolled.





The legal age for drinking alcohol is 21. Our over 21 attendees are allowed to consume alcohol outside of the convention area in a responsible, civilized manner. We require that our under 21 attendees refrain from drinking at our convention.

This policy is in effect to maintain a safe and fun environment for Anime Boston attendees, guests and staff/security. Please adhere to the following rules and regulations. Anyone not following the rules and regulations will be dealt with on site by Anime Boston Staff/Security.

1. Only Anime Boston Attendees & Staff with their badge visibly seen on their

person are allowed access. Anyone without their badge will not be allowed access.

Anime Boston and the New England Anime

Society (NEAS) prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public areas in use by the convention. Follow all convention center and hotel guidelines regarding consumption of alcohol in shared public areas.

If convention staff suspects an attendee under the age of 21 to be drinking or intoxicated, a staff member will contact the proper authorities. Anime Boston and the NEAS DO NOT authorize, endorse, or condone underage drinking under any circumstances. We will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding underage drinking.

2. Appropriate attire must be worn at all times; this includes shirts/tops, pants/

skirts and shoes. Please keep these on for the duration of the dance for your safety.

3. No bottles (glass or plastic), cans, or containers of any kind will be allowed in

the dance. Water is provided by the hotel. If a water dispenser is empty, please inform the staff immediately.

5. No backpacks, bags, props, or purses larger than 8” in any dimension can be brought into the dance.

6. All dance attendees are subject to voluntary search for contraband (weapons, drugs, alcohol, and other illegal or prohibited materials) by an authorized Anime

Boston Staff Member. Participants shall be notified through clearly posted signs at the dance entrance and in the dance. You have the right to refuse, but will not be allowed to enter the room with these items.

4. Individuals who are disruptive, appear to be intoxicated, or who behave in anyway that jeopardizes the safety of others will be ejected from the dance and will not be

allowed to return. Any of the above behaviors may result in the loss of your Anime

Boston Membership and removal from the convention, upon decision of

Anime Boston Staff.

7. Anime Boston is not responsible for attendees’ belongings left outside, beside, or near the entrance to the dance or belongings left in the dance itself.

8. When break-dancing, stringing etc,

please only do so in the designated areas that will be marked upon entry of the dance.

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9. Moshing and conga lines are strictly

prohibited. NO miscellaneous body parts are allowed on the main dance floor other than feet. This is a PG-13 event.

hotel code of conduct for attendees masquerade seating policy

In order to streamline seating for the Masquerade, Anime

Boston uses a ticket system.

Tickets will be FREE to all attendees and handed out while supplies last on Saturday,

April 7th, starting at 9:00am. The ticketing table is located in front of Rooms 108 and

109 on the 1st Floor of the Hynes.

There will be three types of tickets:

Anime Boston attendees and staff must take the issue of security very seriously to ensure a safe, successful convention. Two of the primary security concerns are providing attendee safety, and protecting hotel property; therefore, Anime Boston staff and the convention hotels have established the following guidelines for conduct:

• Auditorium Floor

• Auditorium Balcony

One ticket will be issued per person and it guarantees the ticket holder a seat in that area. Anime Boston is not responsible for lost/misplaced tickets; however, if tickets are lost, seats may be available after those with tickets have been seated.

Attendees will not be allowed to line up for the Masquerade until two hours before seating time. There will be a line for each

ticket type:

• Auditorium Floor ticket holders will line up outside of the Auditorium entrance

• Auditorium Balcony ticket holders will line up on the Hynes 3rd Floor along the windows


The above rules supplement those dictated by United States Code, laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and laws and ordinances of the City of Boston, hotel policy, and Anime Boston’s group policy.

Violation of any of the above rules will result in the expulsion of the attendee(s) that violate these rules. Anime Boston attendees are responsible for their actions.

The Sheraton has authorized Anime Boston security to exercise appropriate supervision of attendees. Anime Boston security staff will only enter into attendees’ rooms when hotel approved security requests their assistance through a member of the

Anime Boston Executive Staff, the Facilities

Liaison, Anime Boston Security Managers, or Assistant Security Managers. Anime

Boston security staff are not authorized, permitted, or trained to touch or physically search attendees.

1. If you are responsible for any malicious damage to hotel property or endanger your own safety or the safety of any other person at the hotel, you, and potentially your hotel roommates, will immediately be expelled from the hotel and Anime Boston.

Each attendee will be held legally and financially responsible for any damage to his or her hotel room. The hotel management may choose to prosecute people who damage property in any way.

personal sound device policy

Anime Boston is an all-ages family-friendly event, and it is our intention to make this a pleasant experience for everyone.

2. Theft of hotel, attendee, or other hotel guest property is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

3. Noise level must be kept to a minimum at all times, and attendees must not disturb

other hotel guests. Hotel policies state that persons causing excessive noise or disturbing other guests will be asked to leave the hotel. The hotel will employ a three strikes policy. Each hotel room will receive two warnings. Upon the third complaint, the hotel reserves the right to eject the person(s) causing excessive noise and Anime Boston will confiscate convention badges. These persons will not be permitted to register for future Anime

Boston events.

Recently, there has been a trend of attendees using their personal radios or external speakers for their portable media devices in the hallways. Unfortunately, this has been disruptive to programming events and has created traffic problems. Should you choose to use a personal sound device, we ask you to be respectful of others— including those in the rooms around you.

If a member of Anime Boston or event facilities staff asks you to turn the volume down, please do so. If you see a large crowd of people, please consider waiting to start your performance until after it has cleared.


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Those who wish to see your performance will enjoy it much more if they are not being jostled by people walking through the area.

Should an attendee be asked three times to comply and fail, then the attendee will be asked to leave the convention, possibly forfeit their badge and in extreme cases may be banned from all future NEAS Events.

Anime Boston’s sound policies are based on civil guidelines put forth by the City of

Boston as shown in the following:

16-26.1 General Prohibition and Definitions.

No person shall make or cause to be made any unreasonable or excessive noise in the city, by whatever means or from whatever means or from whatever source. As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings: a. dBa shall mean A-weighted sound level in decibels, as measured by a general purpose sound level meter complying with the provisions of the American National Standard Institute,

“Specifications far Sound Level Meter (ANSI SIR

19711)”, properly calibrated, and operated on the

“A” weighting network b. Load amplification device or similar equipment shall mean a radio, television, phonograph, stereo, record player, tape player, cassette player, compact disc player, loud speaker, or sound amplifier which is operated in such a manner that it creates unreasonable or excessive noise.

c. Unreasonable or excessive noise shall mean

1. Noise measured in excess of 50 dBa between the hours of 11:00 p.m.. and 7:00 a.m.., or in excess of 70 dBa at all other hours; or

2. In the absence of an applicable noise level standard or regulation of the Air Pollution control commission, any noise plainly audible at a distance of three hundred (300) feet or, in the case of loud amplification devices of similar equipment, noise plainly audible at a distance of one hundred

(100) feet from its source by a person of normal hearing. lord. Tl4 § 354; Ord, 1991 c. 4 § ii”


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Hynes 110

want to volunteer for anime boston?

If you didn’t sign up online to volunteer before the convention, you can still sign up at

Anime Boston.

1. When you arrive at the convention, go straight to the Volunteer Headquarters

(VHQ). If you are signing up as a volunteer at the convention, remember to bring a

valid photo ID that has your name and

birthdate on it—no exceptions for this will be made. You will be filled in on anything and everything you need to know as a volunteer as well as given everything you need to get started. You will also receive your assignment/shift. Off you go!

what do volunteers do?

Event/Random Meetings: The exact times of these are pretty last minute and are announced and posted in the VHQ during the convention. Please keep your ears and eyes open for such meeting announcements while volunteering.

Volunteers do whatever is needed and necessary to keep the convention gears welloiled and cranking. Here are but some of the duties we are responsible for:

Gifts and Prizes

Have fast hands? You can assist Registration in bagging, ID assembly, and managing the attendees!

Have eyes of a hawk? Help check badges at various panels and events!

Have tech know-how? Help the Tech

Department in making things dazzle!

Good deeds never go unrewarded, and here in Volunteers we make sure you get shinies for your hard work. For every 4 hours you volunteer you get a gift (4, 8, and

12-hour mark). An exclusive Anime Boston

2012 t-shirt is rewarded when you volunteer

12 hours. It is also a tradition here in

Volunteers that we give prizes to those who went above and beyond the call of duty as a volunteer. How these prizes are won are kept secret and are only revealed only during the convention.

Always been told you can’t sit still by your

teachers? Use that energy, and become a runner/gopher for supplies needed by the staff!

So, Are You Ready?

Always wanted to become a super hero?

Well now you can in the eyes of the staffers here at the convention! When you have over 10,000 people to manage, any extra help you give, no matter how small, makes you a hero here at Anime Boston!

Additional information will be available during our orientation meetings and anytime at the VHQ during the convention. If you’re ready to take your first step and climb aboard, visit our VHQ at the con! Good luck!


All meetings are mandatory and are held in the VHQ

(Hynes 110).

For more information on volunteering, check out www.animeboston.com/ about/volunteering, or visit the Volunteer Headquarters on the Hynes 1st Floor in

Room 110.

2. When you are done with your assignment/ shift, return to the VHQ to check back in. You will be signed off by one of the VHQ staff that you have completed your shift. You can then take a break or go on to your next assignment. Lather, rinse, repeat!


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Orientation Meeting: There are two available times in which you can attend the orientation meeting: Thursday, April 5 at

7:00pm or Friday, April 6 at 9:00am. If you can’t make it to either of these meetings, please inform VHQ staff when you first check in and we will will brief you on what the meeting covered.

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executive staff

Convention Chairman

Andrea Finnin


Victor Lee


Kate Harrison


DaveJ Lyons

Assistant Treasurer

Joseph Hensey

Treasury Staff

Jessica Brisson

Rick Kovalcik

Michael Lavoie

Stacy Ploskonka

Derek Richter

Erik Towns

Executive Advisory


Nicole Acevedo

Luis Arruda

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Adam Loehmann

Stephanie Simpson-White

Doug Wilder

C. Elliott Wong exhibits

Director of Exhibits

Christian Daly

Art Show Manager

Christopher Durej

Assistant Art Show


Daniel Barry

Art Show Staff

Nichol Ashworth

Scott Niblock

Benjamin Nieves

Artists’ Alley Manager

Nicole O’Shea Bean

Artists’ Alley Art Track


Kathy Lawton

Artists’ Alley Staff

Alexander Cardin

Ezra Cudjoe

Gabriel Fequiere Jr.

Samantha Gillogly

Dealers’ Room Manager

Christian Daly

Dealers’ Room Staff

Marcel Alexander

Jeff Guarnieri

Brian Hargraves

Anthony Linkens guest relations

Director of Guest


Andyi Richter

Assistant Director of

Guest Relations

Ken Wallen

Green Room Manager

Pamela Larson

Green Room Staff

Mary Dumas

Jennifer Duschak

Heather Williams

Japanese Guest

Relations Manager

Stephanie Simpson-White

Japanese Guest Liaisons

Szu-Yu Huang

North American

Guest Relations Manager

Suzanne Rozier

North American

Guest Liasions

Megan Brown

Larry Furry

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Christina Kim

Erin Lynch

Kevin Motley

Jessica Newey

Eric Pescatore

Thomas Stidman

Joshua Whitman operations

Director of Operations

Mary Kaplan

Assistant Director of


Kristen Guzofski


Operations Staff

Louis Beck

Nick Bennett-Zendzian

Natalie Hazen

Samantha Normandin

Robin Vial

Tom Wang

Assistant to the

Director of Operations

Ian McDermott

Facilities Liaison

Doug Wilder

Security Manager

Shamus Mahan

Security Auditors

Matthew Darling

Jen Legay

Assistant Security


Adam Burdick

Todd Cochran

Nicole Kolosha

Jason Laferte

Danny Lee

Adam Loehmann

Guilherme Machado

Alice Tanzer

Security Staff

Edward Asencios

Mohan Aaron Bayona

Derek Bernardo

Dan Beshai

Adrien Boulanger

Christopher Cardone

Andrea Carney

Elizabeth Castle

James Cavaliere

Andrew Clapper

Lindsey Curran

Maggie DeSantis

Nicholas Down

Katherine Dufault

Moira Dufault

Jennifer Henzie

Loren Golubic-Campbell

Frank Gray

Amanda Grek

Cody Hamilton

Keith Hardin

Damien Harris

Jaren Haskins

Ray Huang

David Huapaya

Cameron Hunt

Mandy Ing

Rachel Jarnes

Michail Jewett

Daniel Jones

Kiara Jones

Richard Jones

Benjamin Kenison

Robert Lane

Kelly Lightle

Chasity Martinez

Zack Mastrangelo

Nicholas McGraw

Tim McKenzie

Michael Meehan

Jonathan Mendoza

Molly Mercado

Ryan Moschetti

Paige Murray

Fred Ng

Kim Norton

David Pham

Peter Pham

Glenn Picone

Gabriel Poonpurmsiri

Nick Raymond

Joey Robinson

Heather Rocha

Nelson Rodriguez

Sararith Roeung

Angelica Ruiz

Latia Santos

Kevin Robbins

Shawn Sheehan

Kirsten Sonntag

Jason Tan

Phi Tran

Erica Ventus

Timothy Westover

Kevin White

David Yanolatos

Information Desk


C. Elliot Wong

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Assistant Information

Desk Managers

Joe Lee

Heather Nabbefeld

Information Desk Staff

Virginia Baker

Samantha Cella

Denise Childs

Kayla Feudner

Brian Leung

Matthew McCarron

Tiffani Pearson

Staff Supply Manager

Thomas Wilder programming


Assistant Masquerade


Lyndsey Luther

Masquerade Staff

Heather Barr

Timothy Bickford

Amanda Graves

Mitch Stern

Hall Cosplay Coordinator

John Dauphinais

Cosplay Photographer

Alana Gordon

Cosplay Photography


Eric Socia

Charity Auction Staff

Scott Bakalyar

Dance Coordinator

Greg Ayres

Formal Dance


Amy Caluori

Hope McChesney

Formal Dance Staff

Andrew Lee

Tyler Vandrell

Game Show Coordinator

Patrick Delahanty

Volunteer Manager

Steven Wong

Senior Volunteer


Aaron Gibson

Cynthia Kan

Phi Nguyen

Richard Pakpreo

Bailey Walker

Hall Cosplay Staff

Brianna Allen

Rachel Wright

Masquerade Emcee

James Murphy

Game Show Staff

Jekka Cormier

Mick Pratt

Julie York

Ryan York

Karaoke Manager

Peter Birbuet

Junior Volunteer


Al Wong


Operations Staff

Tiffany Coole

Jed Jeng

Jacqueline Lavache

Cosplay Games


Ada Palmer

Assistant Cosplay Games


Lyndsey Luther

Karaoke Staff

Brian Auxier

Zaidee Everett

Heather Kiselica

Stephany Merola

D.J. Wilsey

Director of Programming

Nick Amento

Assistant Director of


Keith Kyzivat

21+ Lounge Manager

Rebecca Irvin Lee

21+ Lounge Staff

Lizz Bramlett

Masquerade Coordinator

Andrew Reckers

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Cosplay Games Staff

Brian Hulse

Alessandro La Porta

William Tringali

Live Gaming Manager

Mathew Daigle

Manga Librarian

Rachel Carter

Cosplot Staff

Daniel Chaplin

Leanne Foreaker

Dustin Hennessey

Anime Music Video Contest


Adam Ferraro

Charity Auction Coordinator

Jenna Leary

Assistant Manga Librarian

Danica Kwan

Manga Library Staff

Riley Hart

Teresa Payton

Panel Programming


Luis Arruda

Assistant Charity Auction


Lillian Bakalyar

Charity Auction MC

Jody Ross

Video Gaming Manager

Nexus Gaming

Video Programming


Michael Ray

AB Museum Curator

C. Elliot Wong

This was a triumph.

I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS!

public relations

Director of

Public Relations

Tuan Pham

Assistant Director of

Public Relations

Hope McChesney

Creative Media Manager

Ian McDermott

Assistant Creative

Media Manager

Jason Clark

Creative Media Staff

William Andrews

Richard Baldovin

Kim Bertelson

Seth Bloom

Peter Franklin

Jason Jones

Josef Locastro

Patrick Marcoux

James Murphy

Lauren Orsini

Erika Weatherbee

Publications Manager

Nicole Peterson

Copy Editor

Stefanie St. John

Art Coordinator

Mara Karapetian

Lead Blogger

Mike Fenn

Blog Reporter

Andrew Hoffman

Photographer Coordinator

David Ng

Photography Staff

Zhanyi Jiang

James Mandeville


Regan Cerato

Jordan Persson

Merchandising Manager

Kerry Walker


Merchandising Staff

Amy Abo

Rebecca Dow

Kate Harrison

Margaret Harrison

Stefanie St. John

Press Liaison

Jamison Chew

Theme Coordinator

Matthew Miller

Theme Staff

Kelley Kullman

Allison Mulattieri

Stephanie Simpson-White

Staff Artist

Jon Kneeland

Ashley Riot


Chris O’Connell

Assistant Webmaster

Kerry Walker registration

Director of Registration

Elisa Arteche

Assistant Director of


Andrew Davis

Registration Outreach


Jennifer McDonald

Registration Outreach Staff

Edward Demaso

Peter McCarthy

Registration Resources


Philip Cherry

Tyler Vandrell

Registration Customer

Service Manager

Kenneth Olson

Assistant Registration

Customer Service Manager

Vu Tran

Registration Customer

Service Staff

Jesse Moseley

Tyler Santinelli

Registration Chief of Staff

Elaine Lee

Registration Staff

Emylee Aucoin

Justin Bache

Shapale Boykins

Chin-Yu Chen

Winnie Chen

Nicole Estabrooks

Charmaine Faluszczak

Matthew Fontaine

Daniel Gomez

Patricia Goon

Savious Harrell

Sheri Goodwin

David Milgate

Elizabeth Oppenheim

Teresa Perkins

Heather Rockwood

David Sloan

Skye Souter

Jian Torres-Jones

Cassandra Wolanski technical operations

Director of Technical


Michael Lee

Assistant Director of

Technical Operations

Jeff Reckers

Assistants to the Director of Technical Operations

Trevor Bates

Tech Ops Desk Manager

Desmond Wooten

Tech Ops Desk Staff

Lauren Gallo

Miko Hidaka

Jibran Malek

Joseph Telensky


Communications Technical

Logistics Coordinator

Elizabeth DeFalco

Audrey Vogt

Convention Computer and Networking Technical


Connor Lee

Andrew Reckers

Todd Whitney

Technical Chief of Staff

Marian McBrine

Christopher Ojeda

Donovyn Pickler

Jillian Rapoza

Will Romey

Rose Roseleni

Laura Souza

Steven Tepper

Seng Ung lawrence whitten

Corey Wilson

Stephen Wortman Special Projects

Technical Staff

Steven Amaral

Matthew Fries

Ben Warmus

Panel Technical


Michael Cox

Richard Ralston

Senior Technical Staff

Omega Au

Wai Ming Chan

John Doyle

Rob Hines Jr.

Chris Hoey

Jonathan Hunt

Tom Keenan

Bo Guo Luu

Imran Malek

Chandler Marshall

Andrew McCarron

Alina Mohit

Jose Torres

Caleb Zelazny

Video Technical


Bryce Caron

Nabil Samuel

Auditorim Coordinators

Robert Babcock

Scott Foster

Jarrod Jahoda

Hall D Coordinators

James Flynn

Kyle Gibbons

David Green

Junior Technical Staff

Chayrel Adames

Deanna Allard

Kevin Almeida

Melissa Asiamah

Erika Berntson

John Callahan

Meagan Carbonneau

Alex Chao

Michael Chau

David Cordeiro

Godfrey David

Angela DeFalco

Nadia Elbaar

Jefferson Eng

Fred Engelhardt

Alicia Galevi

Jason Griffin

Robert Hannon

Brian Leason

Kyle MacBeth

Kelsey MacLeod

Kristofer McEwing

Allen Messier

Tucker Morgan

Nayan Naidoo

Patrick Nee

Live Video

Production Manager

Nicole Acevedo

Live Video Production Staff

Michael Carroll

Adam Cornwell

Alexander Gingerich

Richard Joseph

Jaimee Kalishman

Ernie Layug

Jamie Merz

Jack Placidi

Michelle Ross

Ariana Sigel

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Wain (glyphish.com), and used under Creative Commons.

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