Events


Black & White Ball

It’s time for an evening of fun and elegance at the Ninth Annual Black & White Ball!

Put on your favorite dancing shoes and don your best formal wear or formal cosplay, then join us in Parkside Hall on Sunday, May 29th at 6 p.m. for great music, photography, and (of course) hours of dancing!

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

Not sure what to wear? Check out our dress code here.

Please note: The Dress Code will be strictly enforced – We will be denying entry to individuals wearing inappropriate attire.

Do you want to know more? Do you have additional questions? Visit our FAQ!

Is there a certain song you would like to dance to? Do you have any suggestions for our playlist? Submit your music requests at the forums!

Lesson Schedule:

Friday

11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hustle
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rumba
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Salsa
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Night Club Two Step
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Line Dance: Tokyo Polka
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Open Practice
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Merengue
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. East Coast Swing
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Waltz
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Argentine Tango
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. West Coast Swing
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Private Lessons

Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Private Lessons
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Foxtrot
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Merengue
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rumba
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Line Dance: Tokyo Polka
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Open Practice
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tango
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hustle
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Waltz
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. West Coast Swing
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Salsa
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. East Coast Swing
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Private Lessons
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Decompression

Sunday

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Argentine Tango
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cha Cha
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Night Club Two Step
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. East Coast Swing
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Waltz
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. The 2016 Black & White Ball

Unable to attend a lesson at its scheduled time? Want to learn a dance in a smaller group? Eager to learn more advanced moves? Check out our private lessons here!

New for 2016 are the Black & White Ball Workshops! These will be at the end of every lesson for those who have additional questions regarding the lessons or would like some help with other dance-related questions or practice. Check them out here!

Things to Remember:

  • Coat Check: Sorry, we won’t be offering a coat check. Please keep your personal belongings close by and avoid bringing too much with you, as the dance hall often reaches full capacity during the ball. FanimeCon is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.
  • Dance Etiquette: Please be courteous and respectful to others. If you want to decline a dance, please do so politely. There are also no restrictions on who can do the asking when it comes to requesting a dance!
  • Dance Lessons: The Black & White Ball staff will be providing group dance lessons, private dance lessons, and workshops every day up until the ball during FanimeCon. If you want a sneak peek of the steps that will be taught at the lessons or just want to refresh your memory before the ball, we’ve got videos of our instructors demonstrating steps for all the dances on FanimeCon’s YouTube channel!
  • Line of Dance: Since there will be others dancing on the floor with you, please be respectfully aware of other dancers. For traveling dances (waltz, tango, foxtrot), please travel in a counterclockwise direction (also known as line of dance). More experienced dancers should generally dance on the outer edge of the floor while more inexperienced dancers should dance closer to the center of the floor. If you choose to do a stationary dance (such as swing) during a line-of-dance song (such as foxtrot), you MUST dance in the center of the floor. Please help us prevent collisions!
  • Shoes: Please wear appropriate and comfortable shoes! Your feet will thank you by the end of the night. Dancing barefoot is not allowed. See the dress code for guidance.
  • Music: The playlist will be finalized before the ball, so no requests for songs will be taken during the event. If you would like to suggest a song for future years, please head over to the forums or email us at bwball@fanime.com!
  • Personal Hygiene: Since you’ll be in close contact with many people, please freshen up before coming to the ball. Breath mints are also appreciated!
  • Stay Hydrated: Since dancing is an intense activity, please be aware of your own health! In particular, remember to drink lots of water – we’ll be providing lots of it during the ball!

Cosplay Gatherings

The Cosplay Gatherings Department is in charge of officially sanctioning and assisting gatherings. The department also runs the Cosplay Hangout. This is where cosplayers can come cool off and fix their cosplays in a press free zone.

To find more information about Gatherings happening at FanimeCon, please visit the forums.


FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest

Each year, FanimeCon holds a cosplay contest on the San Jose Civic Stage, featuring astounding cosplays, performances, and dance routines from anime’s newest releases to old favorites and original designs. Contestants compete for cash and make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay.

FanimeCon 2016′s Masquerade will be held on Sunday, May 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the San Jose Civic Auditorium, also called The City National Civic. It is located at 135 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, California 95113, adjacent to the San Jose Tech Museum.

Show Program:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Doors open on Sunday May 29th at the San Jose Civic Auditorium
  • 6:00 p.m. – Opening announcements and introductions
  • 6:15 p.m. – Karaoke winner’s star performance
  • 6:20 p.m. – First half: entries 1-25
  • 7:30 p.m. – Intermission: 15 minute break to get up, stretch your legs and get ready for the second half
  • 7:45 p.m. – Second half: entries 26-55
  • 9:00 p.m. – Exposition performances
  • 9:30 p.m. – Extravaganza’s game show
  • ~10:30 p.m. – AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT

We use a no wait line system for the event. Please see the line rules on this page. Lastly, we have some basic rules for the audience here.

If you are looking to compete or participate in the show, the forms are available HERE. Please email all completed forms to cosplay@fanime.com.

Links


Dance

Location: SJCC Rooms 230, 231, 232, 233

When:

  • Day 0 (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
  • Day 1 (7 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
  • Day 2 (7 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
  • Day 3 (7 p.m. to 4 a.m.)

Important Changes in 2016:

  • All water dispensers will be located in room 233.
  • The entrance to the dance will be on the Almaden Terrace.
  • The Exhibit Hall 3 side hallway will be exit and wheelchair access only.
  • New Rule: All unattended items will be picked up and turned into lost & found. Do not leave items on or under chairs.

Notices:

Do not enter the dance if you do not wish to be subject to the following:

  • Crowd photo release form
  • Please be aware that by entering this area, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films and tapes for use in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, and you release FanimeCon, its successors, and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.
  • Photosensitivity and risk of seizure warning
  • Performances incorporating strobe and strobe-based effects.
  • Atmospheric effect warning: Performances might incorporate use of a haze machine.

Hydration Station Relocation:

For the FanimeCon 2016 Dance, hydration or water stations have been relocated from the hallway to room 233.

Age Restrictions:

The Dance is open to all ages. However, we suggest that children under the age of 13 be accompanied by a responsible adult. After 10 p.m. the lyrical content may not be suitable for those under 18.

Private Event Notice:

The FanimeCon Dance is a private event hosted for the attendees and members of FanimeCon. An official FanimeCon badge is required for entry on days 1, 2, and 3. Admission tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

Unattended Items:

All unattended items will be picked up and turned into Lost & Found.

Rules:

The FanimeCon Code of Conduct applies to the Dance with the following additional rules. Failure to comply will lead to ejection from the Dance and possible suspension of FanimeCon membership privileges.

  • Once you leave the dance event 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 stations are available inside.
  • Bags will not be allowed into the dance (even if it’s part of your cosplay.) Fan storage is available in the Hilton Market Room. Small purses, personal pouches, and storage components on cosplays are subject to inspection prior to being admitted into the dance.
  • Prescription medicine will not be allowed in the dance. Fan storage is available in the Hilton.
  • 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 are determined to be 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 (i.e. LED poi globes.)
  • No “laser gloves” or laser pointers will be allowed.
  • E-cigarette use or vaping inside the convention center is strictly prohibited and illegal. Vapes and e-cigarettes are not allowed into the Dance. If you are caught with one inside, you will be ejected.
  • Only authorized personnel are allowed on the stage.
  • No prop or coat check is available inside the dance. All unattended items will be picked up and turned into “lost and found”. Fan storage and lost & found is located in the Hilton.

DJ Performance Schedule:

Day 0
Room 231
10 p.m. to 11 p.m. DJ Sandman
11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Kaminari
12 a.m. to 1 a.m. eHash
1 a.m. to 2 a.m. PreyX

Day 0
Room 232
10 p.m. to 11 p.m. TBA
11 p.m. to 12 a.m. DJ X-Kun
12 a.m. to 1 a.m. Green Virus
1 a.m. to 2 a.m. DJ peterLo

Day 1
Main Room
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Kepik
10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Adapt
12 a.m. to 2 a.m. Dataslave
2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Komodo

Day 1
Theme room
7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. DJ Unicornita
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Big Room House/Melbourne (DJ X-Kun)
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Touhou (PreyX)
10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Trance (Brian Huynh)
11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hip Hop/Top 40s (Kepik)
1 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tech House (DJ Xonik)
2 a.m. to 4 a.m. The MEKNX

Day 1
Controller Room
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hardcore (DJ Ravecow)
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bass (Alan Soul)
10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dj Sandman
11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hardcore (Muzik Genesis)
1 a.m. to 2 a.m. Vocaloid (Revolution Boi)
2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Jcore/Anime Music (Piroko)
3 a.m. to 4 a.m. DJ peterLo

Day 2
Main Room
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Revolution Boi
10 p.m. to 12 a.m. 219 Boys
12 a.m. to 2 a.m. DJ eHash
2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Wooshay
3 a.m. to 4 a.m. TBA

Day 2
Theme Room
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. TBA
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hardcore (Dark0)
10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Kpop (DJ peterLo)
11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Hip Hop/Top 40s (DJ Sandman)
1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. EDM (Kaminari)

Day 2
Controller Room
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hardstyle/Jcore/Touhou (Green Virus)
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDM (Dead Kruiser)
10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. DJ Jesse Uppercut
11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. EDM (Badcat)
1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. EDM (DJ Kooba)
2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. DJ peterLo

Day 3
Main Room
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.  MajestiChris
10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Keoni
12 a.m. to 2 a.m. SEQUENCE
2 a.m. to 4 a.m. PreyX

Day 3
Theme Room
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Vocaloid (Revolution Boi)
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hardcore (Dark0)
10 p.m. to 12 a.m. DJ Peatz
12 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Hip Hop/Top 40s
1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. DJ eHash

Day 3
Controller Room
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hardstyle/Jcore/Touhou (Green Virus)
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDM (Dead Kruiser)
10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Bass (Alan Soul)
11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hardcore (DJ BJS)
1 a.m. to 2 a.m. Anime Music/Jcore (DJet0)
2 a.m. to 4 a.m. DJ peterLo


FMV Contest

Anime Music Videos (“AMV”) are one of the many highlights of anime cons, and FanimeCon’s is no exception! Our Fanime Music Videos (“FMVs”) competition showcases the best videos each year from fans around the world – literally! We’ve received and continue to receive entries from all over the country, regularly from Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Hungary, and Korea, among others. These talented editors compete in many categories from Action, Drama, Comedy, as well as Upbeat and Trailer.

The current list of prizes include gift cards for the top entry in each category as voted by the audience and the judges. The two groups then choose a “Best-In-Show” for each, and those entries also receive prizes.

Want to take a crack at it yourself? Give it a go! You can find the rules here.

After the show, we’ll also be holding an award ceremony where we’ll highlight the best videos and deliver the prizes to the winners in attendance.

Dates and locations TBD. If you have any questions, email us at fmv@fanime.com.


FanimeCon Game Show

The FanimeCon Game Show is back for another wonderful season of questions, contestants, prizes, and cash.

The Game Show is a collection of different games, all with the same goal: contestants play against each other in order to crown a winner.
Some of our games test strict trivia knowledge, while others require contestants to think on their feet.
We have luck games, skill games, quiz games, picture games, buzzer games, and improv games.

Our games cover hundreds of different topics, such as Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Sword Art Online, General Knowledge, TV, anime, Disney, old anime, new anime, video games, science fiction, Adult Swim, random topics, and so much more!
Even if you don’t know everything about everything, we always encourage people to try.

Almost all of our contestants are chosen directly from the audience.
So, if you have that right mix of trivia knowledge, lightning reflex, and quick improvisation skills, come join us for the fun.
We rotate our games every 30-45 minutes, so there are always plenty of chances to apply.
You might just get selected!

All contestants on stage are awarded prizes, from plushies to DVDs to gift cards.
Winners can advance to our jackpot rounds to win up to $500 in cash.
If you know your stuff, you might pay off your entire convention weekend.

The Fanime Game Show runs on Stage Zero in the SJCC Concourse, from 9 p.m. to midnight on Stage Zero.


Gaming Tournaments

Coming soon


Karaoke

Whether you sing in the shower or on the radio, you’re welcome to FanimeCon’s Karaoke room! Open from 2pm to 2am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, sign up for open mic Karaoke, participate in one of our amazing contests, or just come and listen to all the great singers! With our jaw-dropping catalog of over 9,000 anime, video game, J-Pop, K-Pop, and Disney songs (most with lyrics in both their native language and English) as well as a full American karaoke system, our database likely contains every song you have ever heard in your entire life.

Be sure to check out our enticing contests, too! With some great prizes and unique formats, your voice may win you big!

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

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

Karaoke Contest

How good is your singing, really? Can you hit the highest highs and the lowest lows? Can you carry a tune, or will you just be dragging it through the mud? FanimeCon’s Karaoke Contest is the place to find out how good you really are. Friday night, with Preliminary Rounds starting first and Final Rounds to follow (check schedule or sign for exact times), be at the Karaoke Room to have your chance for the sweet, sweet sound of victory.

Acoustikaraoke

Do you play a musical instrument? Show off your own original work or special arrangement of your favorite anime or video game song on stage at our Acoustikaraoke contest! Both (small) groups and solo acts are welcome to compete their talents against one another. Do not miss this amazing collection of FanimeCon’s most unique performances!

Karaoke Gong Show

Sunday evening begins the most foul Karaoke journey ever attempted on stage – the Karaoke Gong Show! If your skin is thick enough and your mind twisted enough, then you’ve got a fighting chance at being the dreaded Worst of Show! Yes that’s right, these performers have what it takes to entertain, to amuse and amaze our audience (and judges) with such unique and outlandish acts of comedy that they might completely defy any and all explanation. Due to how terrible these novelty acts (and the judges) are, this is an 18+ event.


Music Fest

Come rock out with some of Japan’s hottest musical acts around! MusicFest strives to provide fans with the chance to meet and interact with FanimeCon’s Musical Guests of Honor during Q&A Panels, autograph sessions, and of course, a high-energy concert!

Be sure to check back for more information on guests and event times.


Speed Dating

Where instant connections are made and sparks are ignited! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are only for 18+ singles who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love!

This year, we will be hosting Speed Dating workshops, sessions, and more. All FanimeCon attendees (18+) are welcomed to the Speed Dating 101 Workshops. For the Speed Dating Sessions, the selection and registration process will be a RANDOM NUMBER LOTTERY-BASED! Selection for participation is NOT guaranteed and occurs one hour prior to the speed dating session.

Speed Dating Registration will begin 1 hour before the event session. Come to rooms 211A/B/D in the SJCC for a chance to register and participate. Attendees may participate in the lottery up to max three times per day. Selected attendees may only go to one speed dating session as space is limited.

**NEW** FanimeCon Staff Only Speed Dating is available Friday 8 P.M. – 10 P.M. Lottery registration starts at 7 P.M. You must present a legitimate FanimeCon staff badge and ID (18+) to participate. Heterosexual and LGBT speed dating will be offered.

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, are offered Saturday and Sunday at 2 P.M. 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.) 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 those 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 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

SPEED DATING SESSIONS – The Real Deal Speed Dating! We are hosting three simultaneous rounds per 2-hour session, so come on by! Selected participation will be determined by random number lottery one hour before each event.

TIMES:
Friday **8 P.M. – 10 P.M. (STAFF ONLY)
Saturday 12 P.M. – 2 P.M., **2 P.M. – 4 P.M., 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.
Sunday 12 P.M. – 2 P.M., **2 P.M. – 4 P.M., 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.

** -LGBT sessions available. 
Heterosexual sessions offered at all times.
Please email us at speeddating@fanime.com for any questions/concerns or see us during our operating hours!


Swap Meet

Need to clear out some garage space? Have DVDs, games, or other things that you’re never going to revisit? Got anime merchandise you don’t want anymore? Be sure to sign up to sell at Swap Meet and make some money on your old stuff! If you’re looking to buy, Swap Meet sellers often have great deals and unexpected bargains on things you never knew you were looking for.

SWAP MEET REGISTRATION IS ALMOST READY TO OPEN: Unfortunately, there isn’t anything more specific than “soon”. Rest assured, we will give at least a day’s notice before registration opens. Also, since we didn’t have any problems last year with running out of room, I doubt that it will be an issue this year.

Swap Meet 2016 will once again be held in SOUTH HALL, the big tent-like building behind the convention center. Go out the East side of the convention center (the Marriott side) and take a right. It’s very hard to miss.

Swap Meet 2016 will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and on Friday, May 27 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Check-in for Sellers will begin about an hour and a half before doors open to the public.

As we are in South Hall again this year, that means we must once again say that amplified sound will not be allowed in Swap Meet.

Swap Meet spaces will be $40 per day per space.

Swap Meet spaces will be 14 feet wide by 6 feet deep.

The Swap Meet Seller’s Agreement is in final revision, but the rules are mostly the same as last year. There have been some changes, though, so be sure to read it over again.

All sellers at Swap Meet must fill out both the Seller’s Application form and sign the Rules and Guidelines. Please have these ready to go prior to arriving at the convention.

Seller’s Permits were a big question last year. Please read over the Seller Application form for more information. Short version is if you qualify as an “occasional seller,” then you simply need to fill out the Seller Application Form and mark yourself as an occasional seller. Occasional sellers are basically people who sell no more than twice in a 12 month period, don’t buy things specifically for resale, and are not selling new merchandise. Those last two requirements are prohibited by Swap Meet rules anyways. Be sure to look over the information and find out if you qualify as an occasional seller. Just remember, Swap Meet staff is not your attorney, and thus cannot necessarily answer legal questions about whether your specific situation qualifies as an occasional seller. If you think you might not qualify as an occasional seller, please follow the link on the form to get more information. If you know you don’t qualify as an occasional seller, please be sure to have a copy of your valid seller’s permit for staff to look at when you check in.


Opening Ceremonies

Come and watch us kickoff the 2016 Fanime convention. See the guests of honors, the chairs of Fanime, and various performances.


Speed painting

40 participants will have 45 min to paint a space marine (warhammer 40k) model that they will be able to keep with the best painted model receiving a prize. Participants will be required to bring their own paints and brushes.


Brush Off

Participants will bring in painted models that represent the best quality of their painting skills in three categories: small, medium ( a squad or small gundam 1/144 scale), and large (tank or large gundam 1/100-1/60 scale).


Ninja Game

Fanime’s first annual official ninja game tournament. First place will receive a trophy and a spot on the Fanime Ninja Heroes plaque.


Closing Ceremonies

More information to come