The Amazing Story of a Grassroots Anime Convention

It was such a fun time!

Another Castle

Image: Keith Yatsuhashi Image: Keith Yatsuhashi

Organizing a convention is a Herculean undertaking. Planning takes months, set up slightly less. The day itself requires constant management: everything from registration to food and housekeeping to maintaining the schedule. Trade show and convention organization is big business–whole careers are dedicated to it; it’s an industry all to itself. So, when a pair of high school students from Pembroke, New Hampshire successfully opened the doors to their second annual anime convention last month, science fiction/fantasy fans everywhere should stand up and give them a round of applause.

“If you have a vision, you can do great things,” says Pembroke Academy’s anime club president, (since these are high school students, Another Castle has decided to keep the names private). That vision began in 2011 when two Pembroke Academy freshman decided to revive the school’s anime club. “At first, the club wasn’t looked at fondly by the teachers and…

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