Press Releases

February 7, 2021

News for Anime Boston 2021:

Anime Boston 2021 Announces Cancellation of Event

Boston - Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced that it will be cancelling its 2021 convention at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on April 2 through 4, 2021.

On March 13, 2020 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a ban on all gatherings of 250 or more people in an effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Although there has been recent developments with vaccine rollouts, the large gathering ban is still in effect with no end date. Given the uncertainty of the restrictions, Anime Boston has been cancelled for the 2021 calendar year. Additional information can be found at

"We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy, and we encourage everyone to do their part in getting a vaccine when it is available to you," said Kristen Leiding, Convention Chair. "We hope to see you at a better time at the next Anime Boston, May 27 - 29, 2022."

About Anime Boston: With over 25,000 attendees in 2019, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2022 is scheduled for Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is the parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at