Do you love both anime and gaming? Well, you may have to make a choice next year, because the word is that both Anime Boston 2012 and PAX East 2012 will be taking place the same weekend, April 6-8; this is also Easter weekend. According to the Massachusetts Convention Authority’s calendar at http://www.mccahome.com/events.html, Anime Boston will be at the Hynes Convention Center, and PAX East will be at the Boston Convention and Expo Center. A discussion thread on Anime Boston’s forum at http://forums.animeboston.com/showtopic.php?tid/12281/ confirms the conflict (see also the equivalent PAX discussion at http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=138801).
Despite people’s suspicions, officials from both conventions have stated that the conflict is a matter of availability and logistics, and is not an attempt by PAX East to squash Anime Boston. The Easter Bunny has not been available for comment.