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Animator and Director Hiroyuki Kanbe to Attend FanimeCon 2014 as Guest of Honor

Posted by | April 04, 2014

Debuting in 1988 as an animator, Hiroyuki Kanbe has worked on over 50 different titles and has a storied career in production on countless anime titles with his directorial debut on 2009’s VIPER’S CREED. Kanbe has also designed monsters for DEVIL SURVIVOR2 the ANIMATION, done storyboarding for Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Inari, KonKon, Koi Iroha, and noitaminA’s Silver Spoon.

With credits in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, YuYu Hakusho, Evangelion, Rurouni Kenshin, and Afro Samurai, Hiroyuki Kanbe has had a hand in producing some of the most memorable franchises in existence. But it is with his most recent directorial effort, on the fan favorite series, Ore no Imoto Ga Konnani Kawaii Wake Ga Nai that he was thrust into notoriety.

As a first time FanimeCon guest, we’re excited to have Hiroyuki Kanbe in attendance and are excited for his interaction with FanimeCon attendees. Programming for Hiroyuki Kanbe will be available at closer to the convention.

FanimeCon Announces HOME MADE KAZOKU as Headlining Act for MusicFest

Posted by | April 03, 2014

HOME MADE KAZOKU (formed in 1996) has been around for nearly two decades, and exploded on to the scene while on the country-wide Japan Club Tour in 2004. That year they signed on with the recording company, Ki/oon Records/Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Inc. and also released their first single, “SUMMER TIME MAGIC”. Anime fans will recognize HOME MADE KAZOKU from their music in various anime titles such as Eureka 7 (“Shonen Heart”), Naruto (“Shooting Star”), the theme song of Naruto Shippuden: the Movie (“NO RAIN NO RAINBOW”), and many more.

MICRO (“Small MC”), KURO (“Medium MC”), and DJ U-ICHI (“Large DJ”) released their first full album, “ROCK THE WORLD” in 2004 where it entered the Oricon charts at number 5, and remained in the top 20 for eight straight weeks. With 10 released albums and 20 singles, they have drawn numerous fans to their shows in Japan performing to sell-out audiences, including their own annual music festival called KazokuFes. Along with celebrating their 10th anniversary with their first ever best hits album (titled KAHOU~THE BEST OF HOME MADE KAZOKU), HOME MADE KAZOKU will also conclude their national tour in Japan right before they fly to FanimeCon.

FanimeCon is very excited to have HOME MADE KAZOKU and looks forward to their performance at this year’s MusicFest event as the headlining act. Programming information for HOME MADE KAZOKU will be available at as the convention draws near.

FanimeCon Announces Gilles Poitras and Hiroyuki Yamaga as Returning Guests of Honor

Posted by | April 03, 2014

Gilles is best known to previous FanimeCon attendees as a returning Guest of Honor, his works that have been published in NewType USA, Otaku USA, or by his three released books: The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, and The Anime Companion 2. He continues to be the Access Services Librarian at Golden Gate University and continues to stay up-to-date on all things manga, anime, and Japan.

Hiroyuki Yamaga continues to be a much honored guest of FanimeCon (since 1997) and will return to FanimeCon 2014 to host panels where he will discuss GAINAX and answer our attendee’s eager questions. He is credited for such titles as Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (director), Mahoromatic (director), Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise (director and writer), and will be writing/directing Aoki Uru (announced at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013).

20th Anniversary Fan Submissions!

Posted by | April 03, 2014

Hi FanimeCon Fans!

FanimeCon is turning 20 this year and in the tradition of “By Fans, For Fans” we would like everyone to be a part of the celebration! We are looking to you to share with us your favorite FanimeCon memories. There are 3 ways to do this:

1) PHOTO SUBMISSION: Send us digital pictures or scans of photos of your FanimeCon memories. Please include the year the photo was taken, and your name (and names of others in the photo) if you would like that included (E-mail subject line: #FanimeCon20Photo).

2) VIDEO SUBMISSION: Send us a 30-60 second video telling us your favorite FanimeCon memory, or tell us why you enjoy coming to the convention. Please remember FanimeCon is a family friendly con, so please be appropriate for a diverse crowd. If telling us a story about the convention, don’t forget to mention the year! (E-mail subject line: #FanimeCon20Video)

3) WRITTEN MEMORY SUBMISSION: Give us in just a few sentences your favorite FanimeCon Memory. Something simple we can put on a slide to be shown throughout the convention. Please let us know the year as well. (E-mail subject line: #FanimeCon20memory).
If you would like to tell us a story about an interaction with a Guest of Honor (i.e. meeting your favorite Manga-ka, or seeing a favorite band). Let us know in either form as well! (E-mail subject line: #FanimeCon20GOH)

So tell us your stories everyone! Please use the hashtags above to help us sort through the submission. If you have large files you can send us links to photo galleries if you prefer. We hope to see you at FanimeCon this year and we are so excited if you to be a part of our celebration!!!

Please send all submissions to (last day for submissions is May 3, 2014).

Welcome to the FanimeCon 2014 Website

Posted by | April 01, 2014

Welcome to the FanimeCon 2014 website! We are terribly sorry for the delay.

We have many announcements ready to be posted very soon (including guest of honor updates, exciting news for the new convention center space, and more!).