was the start of something new, something grand, and something pretty
darn cool. It was the first annual Anime Expo held in 1992 at the
Red Lion Hotel in San Jose, California over July 3-6, taking up all four
days, and bringing in a total of 1750 attendees worldwide. This year was also the birth of the SPJA
(Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation) which partnered with
the Founders of Cal-Animage, CA West, U.S. Renditions, L.A.Hero, Viz
Communications, AnimeEigo, and Animag. Borne from the visions of
BayCon, San Diego Comicon, Project A-Kon, and AnimeCon91, Anime Expo
kicked off with a huge wealth of pioneering events and opportunities all
the fans, industry, and guests could enjoy. From multiple 24-hour
anime video rooms, art shows, autograph sessions, karaoke competitions,
awards ceremonies, guest receptions, costume competitions, and much
more, Anime Expo quickly became the established benchmark of what all
anime and manga conventions today want.
Please step back in time with us now as we present to you an exciting list of experiences brought back from our ancient time machine of memories of Anime Expo 1992.