Any gripes that I'll express about Anime Boston 2009 are coming from the perspective of someone who has little interest in a number of the fundamental building blocks of an anime convention, such as musical performances, or, for that matter, being around throngs of young anime fans. The North East's premiere anime convention was a well optimized, well run example of the modern American anime event, with something for everyone and plenty for the above mentioned high school/undergrad aged fan. Accepting what anime conventions are, rather than lamenting what they aren't, and probably couldn't be, I'd say that Anime Boston 2009 was an extemporary occasion. The most notable change over last year's Anime Boston was that '09 avoided a repeat of the prior iteration's fiasco with registration, in which people were waiting for 4, 8, if you believe the accounts 10 or 12, hours to enter the event. This year, organizers at New England Anime Society contracted Expo Logic as its registration vendor in place of a proprietary system. "What this means for registration is that we will now have a professional built on-site database along with super fast registration equipment," said Jackie Lavache, Director of Registration for Anime Boston. "We will have access to better technology as well as on-hand professionals to keep things running smoothly." Using the same line for press registration pickup and customer service proved to be a minor nuisance for me personally, but from what I could tell, the general registration process functioned efficiently. I don't remember the metric I heard for people-processing, but I don't remember hearing any complaints either. The convention grew from 14,339 attendees to 15,438, attracted them on a weekend shared by Raleigh, NC's Animazement, Orlando's final JACON, Toronto's Anime North and San Jose's FanimeCon, and proceeded smoothly.