Events


Asano Taiko US

Asano Taiko US will not be making an appearance at FanimeCon 2022. We hope to have them join us again in 2023!

Asano Taiko US is a Taiko organization all the way from Torrance, California. Join us at Opening Ceremonies to watch their amazing performance and take advantage of the opportunity to try something new at one of their Taiko workshops!


Black & White Ball

You are cordially invited to a memorable weekend with the Black & White Ball! Put on those dancing shoes and join us for lessons, demonstrations, and (of course) two evenings filled with dancing!

For more information, visit the Black & White Ball page.

Have questions about the Black & White Ball? Want to know more?

Check out our FAQ!

Have any song suggestions for the Decompression Dance Party or the Black & White Ball? Want to know what you can dance to a certain song?

Email us at bwball@fanime.com


Closing Ceremonies

Another FanimeCon has come to a close. Let’s wrap up the con together and say farewell until next year!

Join us in Panels 1 on Monday from 2:00 – 4:30 pm!

Please note: Doors will open at 2:00 pm.


Cosplay Chess

Cosplay Chess will not be happening at FanimeCon 2022. We hope to have it back on the schedule in 2023!

Welcome to FanimeCon Cosplay Chess! Come see a one-of-a-kind chess performance where characters come alive and fight to the death with charm, wit, and comedy.


Cosplay Gatherings

The Cosplay Gatherings department is in charge of officially sanctioning and assisting Cosplay Gatherings. In addition to organizing gatherings, we also run the Cosplay Hangout and Repair Room, where cosplayers can come cool off and fix their cosplays in a press free zone.

To find more information about Cosplay Gatherings happening at FanimeCon, please visit the forums or visit our Facebook page.

Cosplay Gathering Listing


Cosplay Photo Scavenger Hunt

The Cosplay Photo Scavenger Hunt will not be happening at FanimeCon 2022. We hope to have it back on the schedule in 2023!

Come join the second Cosplay photo hunt! This year the hunters will be searching for cosplayers dressed as the themes from previous years. Participants will need to find 10 cosplayers of different FanimeCon years’ themes from our list, take a picture, and return to the Scavenger Hunt judge! The first hunters to complete the challenge will win prizes! Participants will need a camera or smartphone.


FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest

Regretfully, Masquerade will not be held in 2022 due to the unique limitations created by COVID-19.

We are planning an amazing return in 2023. Even without the Masquerade, we know that just being back in person for FanimeCon 2022 will be such a wonderful experience for everyone! Please enjoy all the Gatherings and hall cosplay this year, and start planning that skit and/or craftsmanship entry in advance for Masquerade 2023!

If you have any questions you can e-mail us at masquerade@fanime.com.

Thanks for your understanding during this year. We miss all our Masquerade cosplayers!


Dance

Hip-hop, K-Pop, Anime-core, J-core, Freestyle, Hartstyle — if you’ve heard of it, FanimeCon Dance has got it! Dance the night (and day!) away Thursday through Monday during the con. DJs from all over put on sets that are sure to please fans of all genres of music!

Please make sure to read and follow the FanimeCon Dance rules and notices as well as the FanimeCon Code of Conduct — these are strictly enforced.

Hydration and water stations will be available.

The Dance schedule is now live! See the Dance Schedule page for what DJs are playing each night and room. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.


FMV Contest

Fanime Music Videos and AMVs will not be making an appearance in 2022 at FanimeCon. Please check in 2023 for updates on your events. Hope to see you next year!

Anime Music Videos (AMVs) are one of the many highlights of anime cons, and FanimeCon’s is no exception! Our FanimeCon Music Video (FMV) competition showcases the best videos each year from fans around the world — literally! We’ve received entries from all over the country as well as Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Hungary, Korea, and others. These talented editors compete in many categories including Action, Drama, and Comedy as well as Upbeat and Trailer.

If you are interested in watching the FMV show on Saturday, tickets will be passed out at noon on Saturday near the Marathon Room. One ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. The ticket line will form at 11:30 am; no line forming will be allowed until then. On Sunday, an encore of the contest will be shown and no tickets are required.

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

FanimeCon is no longer accepting FMV Contest entries! Thank you to all that have applied.

If you have any questions, email us at fmv@fanime.com.


Party Quiz: the Official Game Show of FanimeCon

Stage Zero

  • Friday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’re back with a new name!

This year, we’re going beyond just quizzes to all sorts of games. Some of our games will be on-the-buzzer, where the fastest reaction will have an advantage. Some of our games will need you to guess answers from our surveys. We’re also going to have picture rounds, category rounds, timed rounds, and maybe even a drawing round or two.

Contestants will be quizzed on a medley of topics including anime, video games, and general knowledge. A single game might run from Bleach to Bayonetta to BTS, from Fullmetal Alchemist to Final Fantasy to french fries. Have you been keeping track of all of the anime series during lockdown?  Are you a fighting game specialist? Do you know your world capitals?  You never know what might come up during the games.

Players that score well can walk away with prizes such as plushies, gift cards, and figures. In addition, each day concludes with a jackpot round. Contestants can win hundreds of dollars in actual cash if they are fast enough and lucky enough. We’ve given away hundreds during each show in previous years, and we’re looking to do it again!

We select all of our contestants from the audience, so just show up and you can play and win! Come on up, and show off your knowledge!

The Party Quiz will be running on Stage Zero in the San Jose Convention Center, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. 

Party Quiz: Games With Guests

Stage Zero

Saturday: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As a special event, one of our rounds will feature some of our Guests of Honor as contestants.  Not only will they be competing for the honor of besting their fellow guests, but they will also be playing to win prizes for selected members of the audience! Please check the website or the Pocket Guide for more information.


Karaoke

FanimeCon Karaoke is pleased to announce our return for the 2022 season. Please note that masks will be required at all times in the Karaoke room including when singing

Whether you sing in the shower or on the radio, you’re welcome on FanimeCon’s karaoke stage! With our catalog of literally over 9000 anime, video game, J-Pop, & K-Pop songs, plus a full American karaoke system, AND the ability to plug in your own tunes, our karaoke setup has it all. Don’t forget to check out our fun karaoke contests, where your voice may win you big!

When we’re not running Open Mic Karaoke, FanimeCon features four scheduled contests:

  • The Karaoke Contest
  • UKFC: Ultimate Karaoke Fighting Championship
  • Acoustikaraoke! Contest
  • Karaoke Gong Show!

The Karaoke Contest

Are you a talented singer prepared to give it your all on-stage? Can you hit the highest highs and the lowest lows? Can you carry a tune, or does the tune carry you? A FanimeCon staple, the Karaoke Contest is a chance for singers to put on a great show and for fans of all stripes to see some incredible performances. The contest begins on Friday evening and is conducted in two rounds that continue through the night. Competitors can sign-up online before the con on the Fanime Forums, or in person on Friday afternoon. Contest rules apply and space is limited.

UKFC: Ultimate Karaoke Fighting Championship

This is a contest that’s less about voice, and more about guts!! Can you sing something from Sonic while running like Sonic? Can you fake an idol dance routine on the spot? And do you even want to know what happens when we bring out The Ball Pit? In the UKFC, Contestants face off in a tournament bracket of hilarious, music-based challenges that utilize every surprise in our songbook and every prop in our closet — literally. Contestants will be selected from the audience at the start of our game, so come early! Only one will claim the Championship Title at this very special FanimeCon premiere of the infamous UKFC!!

Acoustikaraoke! Contest

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 solo acts and small groups are welcome. Sign-ups are open in the Karaoke Room all weekend before the event. Do not miss this delightful collection of FanimeCon’s most unique performances!

Karaoke Gong Show (18+ to Participate; Suggested Audience: 15+)

Sunday night begins with 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 winning the dreaded Worst of Show! Contestants will attempt to entertain, amuse, and amaze our audience (and judges) with unique and outlandish novelty acts that completely defy explanation! Sign-ups are open at the Karaoke Room all weekend before the event. Due to the unique nature of some of the contestant content, participation is only open to those ages 18 and older, and we recommend audience members be older than 15.


MusicFest

The MusicFest concert is on hiatus for FanimeCon 2022. However, we will still have a Musical Guest of Honor! Come see them at one of our virtual panel events!

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! This is all included with your FanimeCon badge.


Opening Ceremonies

It’s time to officially kick off the long-awaited return of FanimeCon! Come by to hear about some of our special events, see our Guests of Honor, and watch some exciting performances!

Join us at Stage Zero on Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm!


Speed Dating

The place where instant connections are made and sparks ignited since 2011! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are for 18 and over singles who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love!

Workshops

What is Speed Dating? How does it work? Speed Dating 101 is designed for those who want to find out more 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. We will also be raffling speed dating fast passes!

Sessions

Speed Dating sessions are only offered for attendees 18 years and older. Rotate between conversations with other singles while the Speed Dating staff coordinate your mutual matches! We also offer LGBT sessions.

Visit Speed Dating’s web page to learn more!


Speed Painting/Learning to Paint

Speed Painting will not be happening at FanimeCon 2022. We hope to have it back on the schedule in 2023!

Do you have what it takes to paint a model in one hour? Join our Speed Painting contest and find out! There will be a small session before the event that will show you some quick and easy steps that may give you a leg up on the competition!


Swap Meet

Unfortunately, Swap Meet will not part of FanimeCon 2022 as we are unable to get the space and timing to work out. We look forward to seeing you in 2023, with all the stuff you want to get rid of after the pandemic!

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.

If you have any questions regarding Swap Meet registration, please send them to swapmeet@fanime.com or post on the FanimeCon Forums where Swap Meet staff or fellow attendees can answer.

Swap Meet Rules

Unfortunately, Swap Meet will not part of FanimeCon 2022 as we are unable to get the space and timing to work out. We look forward to seeing you in 2023, with all the stuff you want to get rid of after the pandemic!

Here are the rules and regulations for both selling at and buying at Swap Meet this year:

  • Official stores and dealers, as well as their employees, are prohibited from selling at the Swap Meet. Individuals with Guest of Honor or Dealers badge are prohibited from selling at the Swap Meet. Individuals with a professional (Press/Industry) badge may sell at Swap Meet, but may only sell personal items and nothing provided by or related to their employer.
  • If your sale items differ from what you declare when applying for a Swap Meet space you will forfeit your spot to a member on the Wait List.
  • A maximum of 1 long box (L 27.25 x W 7.5 x H 10.8) of adult material is permitted, and it must be covered with an opaque lid and clearly marked indicating the contents. The seller must verify government-issued IDs of all customers to ensure they are 18 years of age or older before they are allowed to look at adult materials. The sale of adult goods to minors is prohibited.
  • You may only register for one space per day, and a maximum of two people may share a space. Both people in the space must be registered for that space. You may not have someone else register an additional space for you.
  • You or your partner must be present in your registered space the entire duration of the Swap Meet, or until you have decided to close up for the evening. In the event that a space is vacated for the evening it is not to be occupied and must remain empty. You may not vacate a space to allow another seller to sell there. You must have all of your items with you when you check in, and you will not be permitted to bring in additional goods after you have been escorted to your space at the Swap Meet.
  • Shelving, clothing racks, tables, and anything which might block or obscure the view of other vendors, buyers, security, or staff, is strictly prohibited. Taping or pinning items to the walls is strictly prohibited. Unlicensed, bootleg, or counterfeit goods are prohibited (e.g. SM, Everanime, Aliors, Elfin, fansubs, etc). No amplified sound will be permitted.
  • The sale of all real weapons and explosives are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to all projectile weapons (such as airsoft or bb/pellet guns, bows, crossbows, and firearms), live steel, metal/wooden baseball bats, metal kunai, incendiary devices, lasers, laser pointers, paddles, whips, floggers, brass knuckles, butterfly knives, concealed blades, throwing stars, tonfa, saps, clubs, nunchaku, sai, tessen, jitte, and metal or glass props. Additionally, any prop weapons which are suitably realistic enough that they could be mistaken for a real weapon are also prohibited.
  • Cosplay items are limited to used clothing goods (ie. Cospa brand) cosplay weapons and wigs. Crafted accessory items (ie. Jewelry) are subject to Swap Meet staff approval.
  • Swap Meet staff has the final approval on all goods allowed at the Swap Meet, and that all items will be reviewed before they are brought into the Swap Meet.
    Swap Meet spaces may be assigned at random, and Swap Meet staff cannot make any guarantee that sellers can be placed next to other specified sellers.
  • Swap meet sellers may request a refund if they decide they do not wish to sell.  The last day refunds can be requested is Monday, May 18, 2020.  Any refund requested after that will only be granted at the discretion of FanimeCon staff and only in unusual circumstances. Refunds shall be issued within 90 days after May 27, 2020.  Do not reverse payment on your own.
  • Violation of these rules or otherwise causing a disturbance is grounds for removal as a participant from the Swap Meet and may result in a ban from future Swap Meet participation.
  • Any questions regarding the interpretation of the rules are subject to the discretion of Swap Meet and FanimeCon staff.