Black & White Ball

It’s time for an evening of elegance and fun at the Black & White Ball! Join us for our very special 10th anniversary by wearing your best formal wear or formal cosplay, and putting on your favorite dancing shoes.

Join us at our new location – the San Jose Ballroom in the Marriott Hotel on Sunday, May 28th at 6 p.m. 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. 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 the dress code here!
Please note: The dress code will be strictly enforced. Those with inappropriate attire will be denied entry.

Is there a certain song you would like to dance to? Do you have suggestions for our playlist? Submit your music requests on the forums or e-mail them to us at!
Please note: Our playlist is finalized in early May. If there is something you would like to hear, get your requests in as soon as you can for a better chance to hear it at 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 or visit the Facebook page.

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



This year the DJ application period will be open from NOW until December 31, 2016. Any applications received on or after January 1, 2017 will not be considered.

The application can be found here.

The DJ selection process has changed for 2017. In recent years we had lots of performers (44 in 2015 and 38 in 2016). In 2017 we will be selecting fewer DJs and possibly giving more time to those selected. This application is intended to provide you an opportunity to express your interest in performing at the FanimeCon 2017 Dance.

In 2016 we received the criticism that we had too much Big Room House, Trap, and Hardcore. Unfortunately, our selection pool was limited. In 2017, while we might pay special attention to an application that is not one of these genres, we expect DJs to apply with their best genre and one that they can give their best performance with regardless of set length. Please note that we have not yet decided which genres to focus on this year. It was quite a surprise in 2016 to have one of our trance DJs chased off the stage with the crowd chanting for “HIP HOP”.

Please remember that we expect all our DJs to actually beat match and mix, simply crossfading songs will not score points with the selection team.

This application has been posted to give applicants time to prepare, express interest, and the management team time to review interested candidates.

* Even though review criteria may change over the year, your application will be reviewed on the requirements stated at the time of your application.

  1. The DJ Selection process is open from NOW (Nov 2016) until December 31, 2016
  2. DJs/Performers are not considered to be staff members.
    1. DJs/Performers will have to obtain an official form of entry to the convention.
    2. Selected DJs are not compensated and will not receive a badge or money.
    3. Selected DJs will not receive any discounts on a FanimeCon Badge.
    4. Selected DJs will not be able to book an “opener” and are expected to perform their entire slot by themselves.

FanimeCon is a growing annual anime convention held at the San Jose Convention Center during Memorial Day Weekend. Every year there are more DJs interested in performing at the dance than spots available. The DJ Selection process has been put in place to create a fair system for offering performance time to members of FanimeCon while balancing the genres attendees are interested in and maintaining a performance standard.

The 2017 Dance Management Team’s mission is to successfully plan dance events during FanimeCon which promote a fun, safe, and enjoyable experience for attendees. These dance events must contribute to the overall success and support the growth of FanimeCon.

Once again, PLEASE NOTE that DJs and Performers will need to obtain their own entry to the convention.

Questions/comments regarding these provisions should be sent to

  • All Dance Staff positions and performers are on a volunteer basis (there is no financial compensation).
  • All Dance Staff positions and performers must adhere to the requirements, rules, and code of conduct for all FanimeCon Staff members and attendees.
  • DJs must have been selected through the DJ Selection Process (Exception: Industry and Guest of Honor DJs)
  • Staff participation or previous FanimeCon Performance experience will not guarantee a timeslot on the 2017 DJ Schedule.
    • Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2016
    • Application Requirements
      • Every applicant will be contacted by a Selection Committee member.
      • In Addition to the Application, DJs must provide:
        • A 30 Minute (minimum) mix of what they intend on playing if selected.
          They can provide the selection committee their submission by sending an email link or through an arrangement with the Selection Committee. This can be a link to a soundcloud, mixcloud, google drive, or file share site.
        • Submission of this mix gives the Dance Management Team your approval to use this mix in the future for promotion of the Dance Event.
      • Selections will be based on skill, music format, equipment used, participation, and contribution to FanimeCon.
      • Applicants under the age of 18 at the start of the 2017 event will not be considered.
      • The Dance Management Team will contact applicants between Jan and Feb
      • Final selections will be made and selected DJs will be notified by February 1, 2017.
      • DJs that were not selected will be notified on February 16, 2017.

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

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

FanimeCon hosts gaming tournaments to suit every gamer’s taste: classic card games, modern shooters, fighters, and many more. See how you match up against other FanimeCon attendees!

eGaming Tournaments
Tabletop Tournaments


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.


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!

MusicFest 2016 Policies
We are excited to have Da-iCE as our Guests of Honor this year, and in order to have a smooth and enjoyable weekend with our guests, please take note of some policies that will be in place during their events throughout the FanimeCon weekend!

Concert Showcase 
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Doors 6:15 p.m. || Start time: 7:00 p.m.

  • Photography OK (no flash)
  • Video OK

Q&A Panel
Sunday, May 29, 2016: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

  • Photography OK (no flash)
  • NO video.
  • NO extremely personal or vulgar questions.
  • NO autograph requests
  • NO selfie requests
  • NO hug requests
  • One question per person, per turn. If you wish to ask more than one question, you will need to line up again.
  • Please ask questions only & refrain from long commentaries. We’d like to give every fan a chance to ask their questions!

Autograph Sessions
Saturday, May 28, 2016: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 2016: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Photography OK (no flash) while in line ONLY.
    • NO selfie requests with members
    • NO selfie requests with the group as a whole.
    • NO photos while your merch is being signed.
  • NO video

Fan Gifts
If you wish to give gifts to the members of Da-iCE, we will collect them at Autograph Sessions only.

  • No perishable, raw, or homemade food.
  • No over-sized gifts (it will be difficult for them to take home!)
  • No beverages.

Official Merchandise & Special Photo Session
Kinokuniya will be Da-iCE’s vendor for their merchandise in the Dealer’s Hall and at Autograph Sessions. Goods include a photo set, T-shirts, totes, towels, iPhone cases, CDs, and DVDs!
Be sure to see the Kinokuniya Booth for a chance at participating in a special photo session with Da-iCE, to be held on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.! Tickets will be extremely limited for the event. More details to follow on Twitter!!

Speed Dating

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

NEW REQUIRED REGISTRATION for Speed Dating sessions will be open Friday, May 26th for Saturday sessions, and Saturday, May 27th for Sunday sessions. Forms will be available online (further details to follow at a later date), and participants will be selected via software-generated randomization.

LOCATION: All Speed Dating events will be held in rooms 211B/C/D in the SJCC.



  • Saturday 10-11 am
  • Sunday 10-11 am


  • Saturday 12-1:30 pm
  • Saturday 2-3:30 pm (LGBT only)
  • Saturday 4-5:30 pm
  • Sunday 12-1:30 pm
  • Sunday 2-3:30 pm (LGBT only)
  • Sunday 4-5:30 pm

WORKSHOP: What is Speed Dating? How does it work? Speed Dating 101 is designed for those that want more information about our events before participating. Learn the basics, practice with us, and get out all those butterflies before “the real deal!” Experience low-stakes “friend-dating” under the guidance of Speed Dating staff.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 am.

SESSIONS: Speed Dating sessions are offered only for 18+ attendees. Please bring a valid picture ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, state ID, etc). Rotate and converse with other singles while the Speed Dating staff coordinates your mutual matches!

Join us Saturday and Sunday, 12-1:30 pm and 4-5:30 pm

LGBT sessions are Saturday and Sunday, 2-3:30 pm.

Please email us at 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 are never going to revisit? Got anime merchandise you don’t want anymore? Be sure to sign up to sell at the Swap Meet and make some money on your old stuff! If you are 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 will open soon. Please check this page for more information closer to the convention.

Swap Meet 2017 will once again be held in the South Hall, located behind the convention center. Please check the official FanimeCon maps or ask a FanimeCon staff member if you need help locating South Hall.

Swap Meet 2017 will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 7:30 pm to 12:00 am and on Friday, May 26 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am (times potentially subject to change).

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

Amplified sound will not be allowed in South Hall as per San Jose Convention Center rules.

The final floor plan for Swap Meet is being finalized, but there is typically enough room for everyone who wants to sell at Swap Meet. The Swap Meet Seller’s Agreement for this year is still under review. We ask that you re-read the agreement once it is made available in case of any changes.

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.

We ask that you read the Seller’s Application form carefully, which will answer most of your questions about selling at Swap Meet.

Most applicants will qualify as “occasional sellers,” as long as you are not selling merchandise more than twice in a 12 month period, are not buying merchandise specifically for resale, and are not selling new merchandise. Sellers who buy merchandise for resale and are selling new merchandise are not allowed at the FanimeCon Swap Meet.

Unfortunately we cannot answer legal questions about your specific situation. If you think you might not qualify as an occasional seller, please follow the link on the Seller’s Application form for more information.

If you are not an occasional seller, please be sure to have a copy of your valid seller’s permit for staff to verify 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. It will be located in SJCC 211 on Saturday, starting at noon!

Closing Ceremonies

Unfortunately, FanimeCon has to come to an end at some point (and our staff need to enjoy their slumber). Join our staff and attendees at our Closing Ceremonies in the Karaoke Room (SJCC 212) on Monday at 3 p.m. and hear about FanimeCon 2017′s theme.