Could there ever be an exclusively Sailor Moon convention?

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blondibear_17

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I was recently thinking about Kameha Con which is an exclusively Dragon Ball convention and how it's having it's first one this year and I was pondering if it would ever be possible for there to be an exclusively Sailor Moon con in the U.S? Obviously Dragon Ball is way more popular right now because but is Sailor Moon that far behind? Yay or nay? I feel like there is no reason there couldn't be I mean I feel like Anime Expo 2014 was pretty close to where an event like that should be. They had almost all the OG dub voice actors the new ones and Jennifer Cihi. Could you ever imagine something quite like this being a thing?
 
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I went to a Sailor Moon-centered convention in NYC in 2013 called Senshi Matsuri. It was a really small affair, but it was fun. They were thinking of doing it again but have it in a hotel instead of a rec center. I think they wanted to do something in 2017, but I haven't heard anything about it. I'm guessing it might be dead in the water. Conventions are a lot of work!
 
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There's one that I go to called Sailor Moon Celebration but it recently expanded to strong female characters in general which I think is a bit of a shame. Sailor Moon deserves her own con.

Edit: my bad you meant the U.S. If you don't mind coming to Toronto it's a lot of fun :)
 

blondibear_17

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There's one that I go to called Sailor Moon Celebration but it recently expanded to strong female characters in general which I think is a bit of a shame. Sailor Moon deserves her own con.

Edit: my bad you meant the U.S. If you don't mind coming to Toronto it's a lot of fun :)
I have been meaning to visit Canada eventually to go to some kind of convention so maybe one day I will check it out. I guess maybe I am being greedy though. I mean Sailor Moon is popular enough at all the conventions that I may just be acting a big spoiled I was just day dreaming about the possibilities for guests.
 
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I have been meaning to visit Canada eventually to go to some kind of convention so maybe one day I will check it out. I guess maybe I am being greedy though. I mean Sailor Moon is popular enough at all the conventions that I may just be acting a big spoiled I was just day dreaming about the possibilities for guests.
To be honest I'd be up with a Moonie convention. Anime is still very small in Australia but I do know that Sailor Moon rather popular so a Sailor Moon convention is would be a great idea. Honestly I'd jump at the chance to go to a Sailor Moon convention.
 

Neon Genesis

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The biggest issue would be deciding on a location for the con to get the most number of people to come especially because you also have a lot of Sailor Moon fans in Canada and not just the U.S. especially since Canada is where the series originally premiered in North America.
 
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I was recently thinking about Kameha Con which is an exclusively Dragon Ball convention and how it's having it's first one this year and I was pondering if it would ever be possible for there to be an exclusively Sailor Moon con in the U.S? Obviously Dragon Ball is way more popular right now because but is Sailor Moon that far behind? Yay or nay? I feel like there is no reason there couldn't be I mean I feel like Anime Expo 2014 was pretty close to where an event like that should be. They had almost all the OG dub voice actors the new ones and Jennifer Cihi. Could you ever imagine something quite like this being a thing?
Time to be a Debbie Downer. No, I don't think there will ever be an exclusively Sailor Moon convention in North America at this rate, because Sailor Moon...is not that popular and probably never will be that popular again.

It's definitely iconic, an anime classic, and has a lot of nostalgia power and hyper-devoted fans, but as far as a widespread fanbase enough to pay for a convention...nope. There are a few people devoted enough to pay for triple digit dollar tickets, but not enough who would pay for double digit dollar tickets.

Sailor Moon is objectively less popular in North America now with a new dub and a new anime than it was even before the anime license was announced. After the spike in mid-2014, it's actually lower than it was before the 2011 re-release of the manga. To think, this is in possibly the zenith of the age of superheroes, supernatural, and general geekdom.

That doesn't mean things can't change. As a brand, Sailor Moon has a lot of strength and could be revived, but it would take enormous change for that to happen, and until then, there will be no convention, as no one is going to go into their pocket, pay for the stays of the celebrities and the venue, all for a limited return. And no artist or seller will go to a convention where they can't recoup the cost of a table.
 

Neon Genesis

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I would say the biggest issue rather than popularity is finding a location that has a high concentration of fans when most fans are spread out all over the place. The Sailor Moon events at Anime Expo are probably the closest we'll have to a Sailor Moon convention.
 
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blondibear_17

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I would say the biggest issue rather than popularity is finding a location that has a high concentration of fans when most fans are spread out all over the place. The Sailor Moon events at Anime Expo are probably the closest we'll have to a Sailor Moon convention.
I spent so much time waiting in lines for things I didn't get to enjoy it. I would never go to a convention like AX again too crowded. Smaller conventions closer to home are better.
 
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I would say the biggest issue rather than popularity is finding a location that has a high concentration of fans when most fans are spread out all over the place. The Sailor Moon events at Anime Expo are probably the closest we'll have to a Sailor Moon convention.
That most fans are spread out instead of concentrated is a sign of a lack of popularity.

Generally, the more popular something is, the more the distribution of fans reflects the general population. By contrast if something is niche, it is less likely to be evenly distributed through the population.

If Sailor Moon were more popular, you wouldn't have to worry about getting a concentration of fans, as the fans would concentrate on the same population centers that non-fans do.

I spent so much time waiting in lines for things I didn't get to enjoy it. I would never go to a convention like AX again too crowded. Smaller conventions closer to home are better.
I prefer smaller conventions, but unfortunately these are going by the wayside in smaller markets. From what I can tell, everything is getting concentrated at the coasts and the big cities in the south; if you're in a mid-sized city in Middle America, you're getting squeezed out.