Anime Academia is the parent organization for Coast Con. Prior to becoming Anime Academia, it was regular run-of-the-mill anime club founded in 2014 by Edgar Hernandez. It was re-branded a year later from a generic anime club to Anime Academia in the Spring of 2015 under Edgar Hernandez, Carlee Hackett and Giselle Sanchez. With it’s new mission statement to be more than just a regular anime club, Anime Academia set out to provides events and gatherings for the anime and cosplay community in Orange County. From weekly club meetings to holiday gatherings including Halloween and Christmas to themed gatherings celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, Anime Academia eventually set its sights on creating its own convention. After some rigorous planning, Coast Con came to fruition in May of 2016.