Events


Black & White Ball

It’s FanimeCon’s 20th Anniversary and that means another evening of fun and elegance at the 2014 Black and White Ball! Put on your favorite dancing shoes and don your best formal wear or formal cosplay. Join us in Parkside Hall on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm for great music, beautiful photographs, and (of course) hours of dancing!

Not sure how to dance? Don’t worry: The Black & White Ball staff will be offering group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball. A handful of private lessons will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up early during the con! A lesson schedule will be available at con.

Not sure what to wear? Check out out dress code.
If you have any additional question about the Black & White Ball, see our FAQ


Chopped Cosplay: Attack on Titan!

Where can you find a competitive team-cosplay construction competition? Right here at FanimeCon 2014, Saturday night in “The Hub” (G4) at 6:00 pm of course!

Our recipe is simple: take Food Network’s Chopped and mix in an equal portion of cosplay costume construction. Then add a pinch of Iron Chef and a dash of crazy and mix well. Sprinkle it with fun and prizes and you have CHOPPED COSPLAY! Join the insanity as four teams battle in this team elimination competition to see who the last one standing is!

Round by round the teams will be presented with the challenging task of completing a portion of a character from Attack on Titan. To spice things up, the teams need to incorporate in each round a bizarre series of “secret ingredients” into their cosplay. The teams will be judged on: character likeness, presentation, techniques and/or ingenuity each round and one team will be eliminated till the final two battle it out!

We haven’t forgotten our audience either! Our hosts will entertain and maybe challenge you along the way so you will never know what’s coming next! Watch cosplay in a whole new light as we dish up this fun yet competitive show in “The Hub” Saturday at 6:00 pm.

Chopped Cosplay Team Application
FanimeCon forums


Cosplay Gatherings

Are you new to FanimeCon with a cosplay to show off? Looking for other cosplayers from the same title? Or maybe you just want to see the cosplayer groups of your favorite anime, manga, or game? Come hangout with other cosplay enthusiasts and see the best that everyone has to offer.

2014 Cosplay Gatherings List and Locations

Find out more on our FanimeCon forums.

Check out this year’s cosplay workshops and events!


Cosplay Spectacular

Cosplay Spectacular an event for fans that live to be on stage! Whether you enjoy dressing up or just want to enjoy the show, this is one event that shouldn’t be missed. Also known as “Masquerade” this show enchants and delights audiences of all ages. Performers, in full cosplay attire, will compete on stage for awards on craftsmanship and theatrical talent, not to mention a bit of fame! Be apart of the drama, comedy, and choreography at the San Jose Civic Auditorium this Memorial Day weekend. There are contests, prizes, and A LOT of cosplay!

Cosplay Masquerade 2014 Competition Rules
Cosplay Masquerade 2014 Registration Info


Dance

Dance will be returning to FanimeCon 2014! Check here for date and location details for our “Pajama Party” and evening dances!

All FanimeCon rules and Code of Conduct apply to the Dance. Failure to comply will lead to ejection from the dance and possibly the suspension of FanimeCon membership privileges.

Badges will be marked identifying individuals who are ejected from the dance and will not be allowed back in that day. Ejection from the dance twice will result in removal of dance attendance privileges for 2014.

  • The Dance for 2014 is open to all ages. However, we suggest that children under the age of 13 be accompanied by a responsible adult. We also advise that after 11pm the lyrical content may not be suitable for those under 13.
  • The FanimeCon Dance is a private event hosted for the attendees and members of FanimeCon. An of­ficial FanimeCon badge is required for entry.
  • Once you leave the dance area, you will have to wait in line to re-enter.
  • Attendees may be subject to a precursory security check.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed in the dance. Sealed containers (even purchased in the dealer’s hall) will not be allowed in. Water is available inside.
  • Physical and/or verbal harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Large props will not be allowed in the dance (larger than 24 inches). Attendees might be asked to put away props of any size if they represent a potential danger to others.
  • Chemical-based glow products (I.E. glow sticks, necklaces, or bracelets) are not allowed in the dance, but LED-based lighting utilities are allowed as long as they do not represent an immediate danger to others.
  • No “Laser Gloves” or laser pointers will be allowed.
  • E-Cigarette use inside the convention center is strictly prohibited and “vaping” or e-cigarette paraphernalia is not allowed in to the dance.
  • Only authorized personnel are allowed on the stage.
  • No prop or coat-check is available inside the dance; personal property left unattended is at your own risk.


FMV Contest

Everyone loves AMV’s. This contest showcases the best from each year from fans around the world… literally. We get entries from all over the country, but we regularly get entries from Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Hungary, and even Korea as well. Not only that, but as a voting audience member you get to help decide the winners of the Audience Awards. You get to shape what people will create by telling the AMV community what you like to see the most.

You can find the rules here: http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,19026.0.html


Game Show

The Fanime Game Show is back for another season on Stage Zero on the main Concourse! We have returned for our 16th season, and are ready to give away lots of prizes.

We have lots of games ready to go, some of our favorite formats, and a few new entries. The different rounds span anime trivia, video games, and general knowledge. We have a few “secret” themed shows for those who know a lot about one particular series. Each game involves a different mix of strategy, knowledge, and luck. As long as you know things, you have a chance of winning it all.

As always, we choose our contestants right from the audience. Are you fast on the buzzer? Are you full of trivia knowledge? Do you like getting on stage? Are you willing to have a good time in front of an enthusiastic audience? Do you like winning things? Then stop by the Game Show and become a contestant.

We have lots of valuable prizes to give away. Plushies, box sets, figures, gift cards, and more! Every person that plays in our games will win something, and may walk away with something nice.

On top of that, the winner of each day will be able to play our new bonus round, and can win several hundred dollars in cash. Clear 21 questions in the time limit, and you can be one of the biggest winners in Fanime Game Show history.
If you are fast enough, know enough, and are lucky enough, you may wind up that much richer, just for answering questions!


Gaming Tournaments

FanimeCon will host gaming tournaments to suite every gamer’s taste. Classic platformer, modern shooter, fighters, and many more. See how you match up against other FanimeCon attendees!

Please consult the main Gaming Hall Page for tournament schedules.


Karaoke

Whether you sing in the shower every day or you just like to hang out and enjoy music, the FanimeCon Karaoke room is the place to be!

In addition to our ongoing open mic karaoke, FanimeCon features three karaoke events:

  • The Main Karaoke Contest
  • The Acoustikaraoke! Contest
  • The Gong Show!

Keep an eye on this page for contest details and signup information!


Music Fest

MusicFest brings the best artists & bands from Japan each year to rock out with anime & music fans at an exciting, heart-pounding concert. From JPOP to JROCK, Anisong to VK, MusicFest aims to showcase a plethora of amazing talents to satisfy every musical taste.

Join MusicFest’s 2014 Guests of Honor, HOME MADE KAZOKU and Raj Ramayya, on Saturday, May 24th at the City National Civic! Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Also be sure to catch each Guest of Honor’s panels & autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for details.


Speed Dating

Where instant connections are made and sparks are ignited! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are for 18+ singles only who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love! This 2014 year, we will be hosting Speed Dating 101 workshops and Speed Dating sessions. All FanimeCon attendees (18+) are welcomed to the workshops, and the sessions will be first-come, first-serve wait (no pre-registration required). We provide heterosexual and queer friendly, gender-neutral (LGBT) speed dating sessions. LGBT sessions include gay/queer males, lesbian/queer females, and bisexual/pansexual folks. Picture IDs will be checked at the door to verify age. Please bring a valid picture ID that indicates your birthday (passport, driver’s license, state id, etc) so we can verify that you are 18+. There are no exceptions to the ID requirement.

Speed Dating 101 Workshop — What IS Speed Dating? How does it even work? Where can I get some practice? This workshop addresses all the curious questions and demystifies the process for you. Learn the basics and practice with us. Join us for a fun time and great laughs as we present Speed Dating 101!

Times:
Saturday 10AM – 11AM
Sunday 10AM – 11AM

Location: Marriott Hotel, Salon Rooms V and VI

Speed Dating Event Sessions – The Real Deal Speed Dating! We are hosting two rounds per 2-hour session, so come on by!

Times:
Saturday 12PM-2PM, *2PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM
Sunday 12PM-2PM, *2PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM
* LGBT Sessions will be offered Saturday 2-4PM and Sunday 2-4PM.

Location: Marriott Hotel, Salon Rooms V and VI

More information will be made available, as we get closer to FanimeCon. Please check the official FanimeCon website and FanimeCon forums for the latest updates and announcements.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please post them on the forums or email us at speeddating@fanime.com.


Swap Meet

Want to find great deals on merchandise from older series? Looking to clear your garage full of anime merchandise that you no longer use? Then the Swap Meet is the place for you! Come join fellow fans that want to buy, sell, or trade all types of used or mint, in-box goods at the FanimeCon Swap Meet! Many sellers offer unusual or out-of-print items, and often you can find some very special goods at reasonable prices. Remember, cash or barter are the only accepted payment methods for Swap Meet, and a government-issued ID with a photo and proof of age is required for anything marked 18+.

Swap Meet will be held on Thursday and Friday night, from 7:30PM to midnight, in the San Jose Civic Center! (The Civic Center is across the street from the San Jose Convention Center.)