A Letter From The FanimeCon Chair

Posted by | May 28, 2014

It is time to sit back, grab your favorite beverage and remember what a great time you and 25,000 of your favorite friends just had. If you are thinking “Wait, what?” then you should probably register now for next year.

As you probably know by now, this was the last year for this year’s Chair Team. Personally, it has been a challenging, turbulent, and brilliant! journey. It is one that could not have happened without the great fans that we have. You fans are what this is all about. Thank you for your encouragement, dedication, correction, ideas and enthusiasm. As long as we have this FanimeCon can only continue to thrive.

I also want to take the time to thank all the staff. Each year we have over 1,000 people who volunteer their time over the entire year to make 4+ days in San Jose truly special. These people over the last 3 years have never stopped to amaze me, challenge me, and make me laugh. For this I want to thank every last one of them from the bottom of my heart. You guys rock!!!

Josh and Gary, my vice-chairs, are the people who truly kept everything going in the right direction. More than a few times they showed me the folly of my ways before things went too far to the Dark Side… Light Side? These two are truly unsung heroes. I can truly say that anything good that came out of the Chair Team was from them.

My stepping down is made much easier knowing who the next Chairman is going to be. As a “returning” Chair, his knowledge and experience are unparalleled. Point in fact, he taught me a lot both directly and by being able to follow his lead.

You are not getting rid of me that easily {insert evil laughter here}. I will still be around in the years to come. Nice try.


Last Minute Cosplay Event Changes

Posted by | May 24, 2014

Due to illness, the following cosplay events have been canceled: Saving the Moment, Special FX: Zombie Skin & Battle Wounds, Body Paint, and Airbrushing 101.

Three events have been added to fill the spots: Creepers, Social Anxiety, and Post-Con Depression.

You can find the details and times of the new events on the Cosplay Workshops page.

City Declares Fanime Day!

Posted by | May 23, 2014

Convention’s 20-Year Milestone to Generate Over $10.5M to the San Jose Community

SAN JOSE, CA (May 23, 2014) – The City of San Jose is declaring May 23, 2014 “Fanime Day” in recognition of the convention’s platinum anniversary. The City of San Jose, FanimeCon and Team San Jose officials today celebrated by kicking off the event with opening ceremonies at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. With more than 24,500 attendees, 6,000 hotel room nights booked, visitor spending on food, entertainment, lodging, shopping, sightseeing and local transit, FanimeCon is expected to generate an economic impact of $10.5 million in visitor’s spending to San Jose’s local economy.

“The City of San Jose is proud to proclaim ‘Fanime Day’ and partner with Team San Jose and FanimeCon to celebrate their impact on our local economy,” said Councilmember Pete Constant. “San Jose’s vibrant downtown, cultural offerings and diverse entertainment makes San Jose an excellent destination for FanimeCon’s attendees and fans.” Councilmember Constant issued the proclamation on behalf of Mayor Chuck Reed and members of the San Jose City Council, declaring May 23 “Fanime Day” at opening ceremonies that kick off the weekend’s events. Following the proclamation, the Japanese Consulate led a Coming of Age ceremony signifying Japan’s legal age of 20. FanimeCon, Northern California’s largest anime, manga, and related arts and cultures convention takes place May 23 – 26, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center.

“We’re delighted that the community values our event and we are thrilled with the results so far of this year’s convention. San Jose is a great destination and home for us.” said Milton Le, director of communications and marketing of FanimeCon. “Twenty years is a pivotal milestone for us and as one of the last three remaining Japantowns in the U.S., San Jose is a perfect location for our convention.”

This year’s beach-themed convention has paired a lineup of fan favorite events with a cast of renowned and emerging anime celebrities to provide a memorable experience for the convention’s 20th anniversary. This year’s guests of honor at FanimeCon include voice actors/actresses, animators, directors, returning guests of honor and many more.

“We appreciate the business this convention brings to San Jose year after year,” said Karolyn Kirchgesler, CEO of Team San Jose.” It’s great fun to see FanimeCon’s eccentric costumed characters transform downtown San Jose into a virtual anime set. Fans love how they can walk from the convention center to dining and entertainment, and locals love seeing what characters they might be sitting next to at San Jose restaurants, galleries and theaters.”

FanimeCon’s 2014 schedule of events includes a list of fan favorites:

  • This year’s MusicFest includes performances by headliner Home Made Kazoku, who anime fans will recognize from their music in various anime titles such as Eureka 7, Naruto, the theme song of Naruto Shippuden: the Movie, and many more. Also performing is Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist Raj Ramayya who has provided the soundtracks to several video games.
  • The 2014 Black and White Ball will take place May 25, 2014 at 6pm in Parkside Hall, where attendees can join fans in an elegant evening of mingling in either formal wear or formal cosplay.
  • Cosplay Spectacular a.k.a ‘Masquerade’ enchants and delights audiences with performers in full cosplay attire competing for awards at City National Civic.
  • The Fanime Game Show has a variety of games to offer at the main concourse giving fans an opportunity to display their knowledge of anime trivia, video games and general knowledge by competing for various prizes.

For more information on FanimeCon or to register for the convention, visit:
Additional information on San Jose can be found at:



FanimeCon is Northern California’s largest anime convention. Packed with videos, costumes, music, games, parties, tournaments, panels, and guests from around the world, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends. FanimeCon is “By Fans, For Fans”, and over 25,000 enthusiasts joined the fun at FanimeCon 2013. FanimeCon will return to downtown San Jose during Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2014. For more information, please visit

Team San Jose (TSJ)

Team San Jose, Inc. is an economic development organization and San Jose’s official Convention and Visitors Bureau, unifying the destination, hotels and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience. San Jose offers all you would expect from a big city destination with small town charm and serves as the gateway to Northern California attractions. Our company provides full management services for seven venues on behalf of the City of San Jose including the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Parkside Hall and South Hall and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, and City National Civic.

Registration During The Convention

Posted by | May 21, 2014

Registration for FanimeCon / Clockwork Alchemy 2014 is open throughout the duration of the convention!

Online Registration Times

Times when you are able to purchase the listed membership types online. All times in PDT

Full Weekend: until May 24th, 6 pm
Friday: only May 23rd, 12:01 am – 6 pm
Saturday: May 23rd, 8:30 pm – May 24th, 6 pm
Sunday: May 24th, 8:30 pm – May 25th, 6 pm
Monday: May 25th, 8:30 pm – May 26th, 11 am
Half Weekend (Sunday and Monday): May 24th, 8:30 pm – May 25th, 6 pm
Child (10 and under): until May 26th, 11 am

When you have finished registering online during our noted times for the specific membership types, please pick up your badges during our open hours on location here:

At-Con Registration/Pick-Up Times:

Friday: 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 7 pm
Monday: 8 am – 11:59 am

For more information, please visit the FAQ here:

If you wish you register, please go here:

2014 Guides!

Posted by | May 21, 2014

The FanimeCon and Clockwork Alchemy guides for 2014 have been published on

Please note the following issues/changes that have been found/changed since they went to print:

  • [Pocket Guide - FanimeCon] Registration’s opening hour on Thursday is incorrectly marked. They actually open at 3PM (not 3AM).
  • [Pocket Guide - FanimeCon] The Clockwork Alchemy pages are left in from when they went to print. Please ignore the upside pages and use the Clockwork Alchemy version to view their section.
  • [Pocket Guide - FanimeCon]  The Cosplay Spectacular is 4pm-7pm on Sunday.
  • [Pocket Guide - Clockwork Alchemy] Times on the right hand pages have AM/PM swapped incorrectly.
  • [Both Guides] The SJCC maps have incorrectly labeled a room as being the “Blood Drive.” We unfortunately, are not having a blood drive this year.

You can find them in the navigation menu under Essentials -> Guides.


Changing Volunteer Age Requirement for Minor Waiver Forms to 18

Posted by | May 17, 2014

We are sorry for the information prior that minors would not need to turn in a waiver form unless they are under the age of 16, but due to legal issues, it has now been changed that all minors under the age of 18 will need to turn in a signed minor waiver form along with the proper documentation.

We will offer this waiver form in the volunteers room however it will need a guardian signature, so if a guardian will not be present at the convention, please fill out the form prior. A PDF of the form can be found here.

Also take note that the form will require a copy of the guardian’s government issued ID as well as the minor’s own ID!

We are sorry for the inconvenience.


Takami Akai

Posted by | May 12, 2014

Born in 1961 at Yonago, Tottori, Mr. Akai would garner attention for his character design in the opening animation of the 20th Annual Japan National SF Convention (while a student at Osaka University of Arts). In addition, he directed live-action special-effects works such as “Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushū” as part of the amateur video production group DAICON FILM. The main staff of DAICON FILM went on to form GAINAX in the early 1980s.

Mr. Akai’s first works at GAINAX include such works as the company’s first PC game “Dennou Gakuen (CYBERNETIC Hi-SCHOOL)” and the trailblazing life simulation game “Princess Maker” series. In recent years, Mr. Akai can be found at the pop-culture festival “Yonago Eiga Jihen” (held in his hometown). Mr. Akai can be found directing and performing other roles for the event’s symbolic work “Daitokusatsu Kyohen Negiman” as well as working on original animation and producing.



Posted by | May 12, 2014

Noir has been featured in films as an actress and has narrated a variety of commercials. She also formed the musical unit, maRIONnetTe (with Yoshihito Onda, former producer/bassist of JUDY AND MARY) and Nobara Takemoto (novelist) for the anime series The Mystic Archives of Dantalian’s ending theme song (“yes, prisoner”). She is currently busy as the Marketing Director of GAINAX and writing the scenario for the comic, Sadon desu, serialized in Weekly Young Magazine. The illustrations for Sadon desu are drawn by Kyo Hatsuki.

This will be Noir’s first appearance at FanimeCon.

Switching To Group Registration

Posted by | May 05, 2014

[Update: Requests for group registration merges are now closed. You may now only create groups when you first pay and register for memberships.]

We heard your feedback! We have a workaround for those members that paid individually that would like to be in a group under 5 people. The workaround is located here: