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Adobe: FanimeCon 2017 Sponsor

Posted by | April 24, 2017

FanimeCon is proud to announce Adobe as one of our main sponsors for 2017! To celebrate this, Adobe has created some special events for attendees.

On Thursday, May 25th from 4-6 pm, join three artists and illustrators from Adobe for a panel discussing and demonstrating their creative workflows, how anime is made, and more! Afterwards, mingle with the panelists during a social hour where food and drink will be served. Attendees will have their art on display on a rotating digital gallery! Sign up here.

On Friday, May 26th from 10 am to 2 pm, take a photowalk through downtown San Jose with Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Adobe’s Head of Outreach & Collaboration. He’ll walk you through the steps of shooting and processing photos, and all skill levels are welcome! You can sign up here.

For more information, check out our Events page!

2017 GunPla Builders World Cup

Posted by | April 21, 2017

Set your GP Base, it's time for a GunPla battle! FanimeCon has been selected to host one of the North American qualifiers for the 2017 Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC). The entry awarded “Best in Show” in FanimeCon's competition will move on to compete against other winners from the national qualifiers for the opportunity to represent North America in the finals in Japan.

To enter, fill out the entry form at http://bluefinbrands.com/events/gbwc/enter. Then bring your completed entries to the Bluefin booth (booth #1610) in the Dealer's Hall before 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 28 to enter. Entries will be displayed at the booth during the convention. Judging will take place and awards given out starting at 3:30 pm on Sunday, May 28 at the Bluefin booth. Please make sure to pick up your entries no later than 12 pm on Monday, May 29.

For rules, entry forms, and other contest details, check out: http://bluefinbrands.com/events/gbwc/rules

Fantastic Cosplays and Where to Find Them

Posted by | April 20, 2017

Cosplay Gatherings has a new room available for all cosplayers and photographers that come to the convention. Located next to the Cosplay Hangout & Repair, “Fantastic Cosplays and Where to Find Them” will be in Executive Ballroom 210A. The room will be an open space in the Convention Center set up for cosplay photographers to do studio set ups with access to power set ups, lighting, and more. This area is to help cosplayers and photographers get the perfect picture together in a controlled environment.

Aicosu

Posted by | April 20, 2017

Aicosu, the couple cosplay team of Sheila & Sylar, have been cosplaying collectively for nine years! With over 200 cosplays made and 50 conventions attended, they focus on bringing more than just cosplay to the community. They are known for answering all kinds of cosplay questions, and love teaching cosplayers of all skill levels in their panels and programming. Aicosu can be found on the convention floors, at their workshops, at their table, and are always open to discussing everything from cosplay construction to which Dragon Age game was the best.

This year, Aicosu will be returning to FanimeCon as the MCs of the Cosplay Masquerade! In addition to the Masquerade and their panels, Sheila and Sylar will be joining some of the cosplay gatherings (stay tuned to find out which ones!) and hanging out at their Artist Alley booth.

Erica Mendez

Posted by | April 18, 2017

Erica Mendez is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in Kill la Kill, Gon Freecss in Hunter x Hunter (2011), Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Nico Yazawa in Love Live!, and Yuuki Konno in Sword Art Online II.

Other notable animation credits include Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the new VIZ Media re-dub of Sailor Moon, Tsubaki in Your Lie in April, Akko Kagari in Little Witch Academia, Diane in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Kenya Kobayashi in Erased. She can also be heard in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, A Lull in the Sea, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Future Arc, Mob Psycho 100, Charlotte, Blood Lad, The Asterisk War, Aldnoah.Zero, Tamagotchi Friends, and original animations such as Lego Friends and Lalaloopsy.

Her video game works include Nagisa Shingetsu in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, Eryn in Fairy Fencer F, Saki Hoshino in Akiba’s Beat, and Naotora Ii in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. You can also hear her in other titles such as Street Fighter V, Skullgirls:2nd Encore, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, Xenoblade Chronicles X, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, Omega Quintet, Demon Gaze, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, The Witch and the Hundred Knight, Ar Nosurge, God Eater: Resurrection, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Dust: An Elysian Tail, and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.

You can also keep up with Erica’s role announcements and incoherent ramblings by following her on Twitter @tsunderica.

Shigeto Koyama

Posted by | April 13, 2017

Shigeto Koyama is an active designer in Japan's media industry. Making his debut in 2004 as mechanical designer and guest character designer for Aim for the Top 2 (Diebuster), he has participated in many notable titles ever since. Some of these titles include: HEROMAN, Eureka Seven, Gurren Lagann, STAR DRIVER, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Rebuild of Evangelion, KILL la KILL, and Big Hero 6.

In 2015, Koyama directed his first short film Obake-chan as one of the lineup titles for Studio khara's Japan Animator Expo project. He has been the art director for Good Smile Racing since 2014.

Please welcome back Shigeto Koyama for FanimeCon 2017!

X4

Posted by | April 10, 2017

X4 was formed in 2015 as a four member vocal and dance group in Osaka, Japan. The group was designed around Yuya Matsushita, an independent singer and actor specializing in J-Pop, who was previously signed with Sony Music. In February of 2015, their first album XVISION had reached #1 on the iTunes R&B chart despite being an indie release. This was quickly followed by a 20 date tour which sold out at most of the venues.

During a June 2015 live event at Unit in Daikanyama, the group announced that they had launched their own label XVISION under Teichiku Entertainment and were making their major record label debut. In the same month, their single “Koe Ni Shinagara” was released and got the #1 spot on the iTunes R&B chart. In July, the group embarked on their second nationwide tour, “X4 LIVE TOUR2015 -NEXTVISION-”. That October, their single “Killing Me” charted at #1 on the iTunes R&B list. “Killing Me” was the first and last single X4 released as a 4 member band, with member SJ departing shortly after.

In early 2016, X4 released a series of singles, starting with “obsession” in January, and then “IDKYN (I don’t know your name)” in February. Both reached the #1 spot on the iTunes R&B chart. March 2016 saw the release of “Party Up!!” with new members SHOTA and JUKIYA joining the group, plus a new tour.

X4’s first major record album, Funk,Dunk,Punk, was released in May 2016. It reached the 10th spot on ORICON’s Weekly album charts, followed by another tour. In December of 2016, their new single “KIZUNA” was released and the group’s first live concert video, “X4 LIVE TOUR 2016 –Funk,Dunk,Punk-” was released in January 2017.

X4’s latest album, Xross Mate, was released in March 2017. Currently, the group is gearing up for an 18 venue tour in April, to be called “X4 LIVE TOUR 2017”. From the group’s formation until now, every single they have released has hit #1 on the iTunes R&B music charts.

Fans may remember Yuya Matsushita as being a part of MusicFest in 2011. FanimeCon is proud to welcome Yuya Matsushita and the rest of X4 as the MusicFest headliner for 2017!

Hiroyasu Kobayashi

Posted by | April 07, 2017

Hiroyasu Kobayashi was born in 1972 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Kobayashi received his master's degree at Musashino Art University and started in the film industry as a matte painter before expanding his career as a CG artist. Kobayashi is the CGI director and production designer for the Evangelion New Theatrical Edition series, and is currently working on the fourth installment at Studio khara.

In 2015, Kobayashi directed the short film Cassette Girl as one of the lineup titles for Studio khara’s “Japan Animator Expo” project. It was featured in several film festivals, such as Seattle International Film Festival, Animamundi in Brazil, Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, and Canada Film Festival.

He also directed Gravity Rush: The Animation based on the popular video game, and also The Big Turnip, a special short introducing the history of Studio khara.

Hideo Ishikawa

Posted by | March 31, 2017

Hideo Ishikawa is a veteran Japanese voice actor affiliated with Aoni Production. Originally trained in opera, he later pursued a career in voice acting where he has provided voices for many memorable characters such as Itachi Uchiha (Naruto), Jushiro Ukitake (Bleach), Hideki Ide (Death Note), and Manabu Hara (Doukyusei -Classmates-). Mr. Ishikawa’s vocal talents can also be heard in video games including Auron, Squall Leonhart, and Cait Sith from the Final Fantasy series; Yugo in three Bloody Roar installments; Housei Toki in La Corda d’Oro; and more. FanimeCon is honored to host Mr. Ishikawa at his first appearance in the continental U.S.