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Anime North convention - May 25-27
New Canadian, March 8th, 2001

Animated films from Japan have been reviewed and received very favourably in North America. In November 1999, three major Japanese animated films were being shown in Toronto area theatres, one being the Pokemon movie, Perfect Blue from the studio of celebrated animator/comic book artist Katsuhiro Ohtomo, and the much anticipated Princess Mononoke, that made its North American screening debut at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival.
At the conclusion of the Film Festival, a guest columnist in The National Post written by Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times states that while attending the 1999 Toronto International Film festival, Princess Mononoke (directed by popular Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki) became one of his favourite films.

Highlighting the newest and ever increasingly popular phenomenon of Japanese animation, Anime North ("Tonari no Toronto" - "My Neighbour Toronto") will return again for the year 2001. Due to the overwhelming success of the convention, the event has been moved to a larger venue at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, 901 Dixon Road, from May 25 to May 27, 2001. Anime North is Toronto's fan based/fan run convention.

The main events taking place will be the screening of the latest and most popular titles of Japanese animation, past and present, guests from North America and Japan, gaming rooms featuring Anime-related role-playing games, tournaments and demonstrations, discussion panels, an art show and charity auction (with proceed going to Hospital for Sick Children), Anime merchandise for sale, and the return of our live action video room highlighting some of the best action/fantasy/comedy/films from all over Asia.

Last year's convention was a big success as fans cam from all over North America, as well as England and Japan. This year's event is expected to be even more successful. The staff and participants are all fans of the genre as well as members of Anime clubs from Toronto, and outside the Greater Toronto area.

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