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AniFest 2019 Logo
AniFest 2018 logo
GenreAnime, Manga
VenueTorrance Cultural Arts Center
Location(s)Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Attendance1,883 (2018)
Organized byJCEG, INC.
Filing status501(c)3
Various activities shown at AniFest's outdoor plaza.

AniFest is an annual one-day anime convention held during spring at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in Torrance, California.[1] The convention's name is a portmanteau of 'anime' and 'festival'. AniFest was established in 2017 and has attracted more than two thousand guests per year.[2]

Events and Programming[edit]

The convention features anime screenings, Arcane maid cafe, artist alley, cosplay guests, dealers hall, fashion show, karaoke, panels, and video gaming.[3][4] The organization also invites local charities including Extra Life to fund-raise for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.[5]

Like other conventions, AniFest also has a vendor hall featuring a variety of artists and exhibitors. Attendees can find anime goods such as DVD video, cosplay merchandise, figurines, and other crafts.

Event sponsors include Aksys Games, Arcane Maid Cafe, Calpis, Meiji Dairy, Lumica Corporation, and Right Stuf Inc..


Fans of Japanese animation from an online Facebook group organized the one-day festival to be held in Torrance, CA.[6] The organization eventually formed into a 501(c)3 Non-profit charity.[7] AniFest is scheduled to return on March 23rd, 2019 with additional guests and increased indoor floor space.[8]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
May 5th, 2018 Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Torrance, California
1,883 (cap)Arcane Maid Cafe, Jason Paige, and Vertvixen.[9]


  1. "Calendar Meeting List | City of Torrance".
  2. "This Week in Torrance 18.18 HD - Torrance CitiCABLE - May 10 - 17, 2018".
  3. "New Anime Festival to hit Torrance California this May".
  4. "AniFest 2018 Anime Festival - First Year".
  5. "AniFest".
  6. "Lindsey Taylor".
  7. "New Japanese Anime Festival AniFest to be held in Torrance, CA". 2018-03-25.
  8. "Welcome to AniFest - Anime Convention".
  9. "AniFest 2018 Information".

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