CNAnime in Toronto, Canada, Aug 24 - 26, 2001
CNAnime took place from August 24 to August 26, 2001, in Toronto, Canada.
It was part of a convention in the style of Wondercon and San Diego Comic Con (main feature the exhibit hall, panels on the side) and shared the site with comic book and media sci-fi exhibitors and guests.
It's also called Canadian National Anime Expo.
The show as a whole was the Cdn National Expo. What was Winfit, though? Imagine a fitness competition with Microsoft Windows.
One of the two Japanese anime guests was mecha designer Mika Akitaka. He signed...
And he spoke at his panel.
The other Japanese anime guest was voice actor Yumi Tôma. Her roles include Deedlit in the Lodoss Island anime, Yui in Fushigi Yûgi, and Urd in Ah My Goddess. She spoke...
And she signed...
And Scott McNeil signed. Voice of Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, first Dragonball Z Piccolo before FUNimation, Wolverine in X-Men Evolution, Captain Harlock in Galaxy Express 999, Principal Kuno in Ranma 1/2.
Then he noticed the camera.
Scott McNeil posed for a photo op with a real-life version of one of the characters he plays, Duo Maxwell. So he's not Duo, but he plays one on TV.
Dragonball Z voice actors from FUNimation signed. It's Chris Sabat (voice of Vegeta and Piccolo among others) on the left, Eric Johnson (voice of Trunks) on the right.
And they spoke at their panel.
As a combined comics/media/anime con, there were media guests that included William Shatner (Captain Kirk in Star Trek). Oops, this isn't William Shatner but Aman Gupta, show coordinator of the Canadian National Expo.
The real William Shatner went head-to-head with Mika Akitaka.
The two then posed for a photo op in a more friendly fashion.
An attendee who couldn't make it into William Shatner's panel listened in through the doors.
Elsewhere, Toronto police provided protection for Mr. Shatner, while the RCMP were enforcing the law on pirate anime dealers in the exhibit floor. Hmm, looks like Officer B was shopping at the convention.
The occasional smiles James Doohan (Mr. Scott in Star Trek) showed to attendees were genuine. Perhaps the convention circuit is something he continues to enjoy.
A faithful CNAnime volunteer performs her line control duty at Mika Akitaka's autograph session. Notice the expression of confidence and calm on her face, while attendees waiting to get their autographs look a little more tense.
A rare image of Rinoa feasting on junk food. The rarity of such occasion was testament to how she is so skinny. The others were so amused at the occasion, and their wait for the Sailor Moon voice actors' signing passed quickly.
Anime cosplayers were quick to notice the camera and pose, as a casual shot intended to show the crowded backstage of Masquerade became an instant photo session.
Before being herded into the backstage hallway, Masquerade contestants all got their photos taken by the convention. Some people probably stood at the photo point with their own cameras to avoid the long Masquerade hours and see the costumers up close.
The docks offered a beautiful waterfront view of Toronto at night.
It looked best with a lady like Yumi Tôma.
It even made the punk Silver (CNAnime coordinator) look decent.
And Chris Sabat (left) and Scott McNeil (right) looked great, of course.
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Last modified: August 30, 2001.