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Game Over: A Fond Farewell to FanimeCon 2018

May 28, 2018

When the last panels end and the throngs of cosplayers pack their bags, when the Dealer’s Hall, Artist Alley, and the Gaming Hall close, there’s just one event left to experience. The Closing Ceremonies is the perfect save point to wrap up this year’s gaming-themed convention!

All the staff wish to sincerely thank you for coming and for helping to make FanimeCon the fun, lively, and welcoming convention that it is. We hope you have had a great time this year, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

The Closing Ceremonies will give us one more chance to share the joy of this amazing convention before the year-long wait for FanimeCon 2019. Say goodbye to our talented Guests of Honor and find out a few of the fun things we’ll be planning for our big 25th Anniversary next year! Please join us in SJCC Room 212 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Monday!

See you at FanimeCon 2019!

Welcome to the Black & White Ballroom!

May 27, 2018

Ladies, lords, and gentlefolk of FanimeCon! Tonight is your opportunity to bring out the debonair tuxedos, spectacular ball gowns, and exquisite formal cosplays for an evening of ballroom dancing! Black & White Ball is extending an invitation to all attendees to don their formal wear and join us this Sunday to celebrate our 11th anniversary by dancing the night away!

Not sure how to dance? Don’t know the difference between a Foxtrot and a Salsa? We have lessons all weekend and are here to help. All lessons are on a first come, first served basis, ranging from Argentine Tango to the Tokyo Polka, so sign up early! Lesson sessions will be held all weekend long leading up to the ball, morning to evening. We even have lessons planned for Sunday before the ball! Come join us in the Marriott San Jose Ballroom and learn how to dance!

Don’t have any formal wear ready? Idris’ Closet is here to act as your formal wear fairy godmother for the evening! All proceeds from Idris’ Closet will got the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they can be found all weekend in Willow Glen 2 and 3 in the Marriott hotel.

If formal wear isn’t your style or you want the chance to practice what you’ve learned in the dance lessons, then come to our Decompression Dance Party on Saturday! Whether you want to dance or just relax with friends, this informal event does not require formal clothings but heels must still be in accordance with the dress code. The Decompression Dance Party will be on Saturday from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am in the Marriott San Jose Ballroom.

So join us on Sunday at 6:00 pm in the Marriott San Jose Ballroom for a night to remember! Visit https://www.fanime.com/events/#black-and-white-ball to find out more, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sign-up for Overwatch Tournaments at FanimeCon!

May 27, 2018

Fans came together on Friday to cheer on our local Overwatch team, San Francisco Shock, as they went head to head with Houston Outlaws. Sponsored by San Francisco Shock, the viewing party was a first for FanimeCon. Fans filled the seats and more stood to watch the match, some sporting the team colors. Before the match, Houston Outlaws were just ahead of San Francisco Shock in the league standings, but Shock pulled out all the stops and achieved an incredible 4-0 win. The crowd went wild!

In the dystopian world of Overwatch, heroes must band together to maintain a crumbling peace. Each of the game’s many characters has a specialized role and their own unique abilities, but they reach their highest potential as part of a well coordinated team. If you have not yet discovered this exciting world, you are about to have a chance to see it up close because…

The Overwatch fun is not over! FanimeCon’s own Overwatch tournament is coming on Sunday. Sign-ups start at 11:00 am, and the tournament begins at 1:00 pm. Not ready to play? No problem! Watch the tournament streaming live on the big screen in the Asian Film Room with other fans, or on the Twitch page of our sponsor, San Francisco Shock.

Masquerade! Painted Faces on Parade

May 27, 2018

Love cosplay? Want to see the best in action? Don’t miss the Masquerade Cosplay Contest on Sunday, May 27th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the San Jose National Civic Auditorium!

FanimeCon’s annual Masquerade Cosplay Contest is an outstanding show of cosplays, dramatic and comedic performances, and dance routines. It’s a chance for cosplayers to make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay and win some cash prizes while they’re at it!

This year, the dynamic duo cosplay team Aicosu will reprise their role as MCs of the Masquerade. Sheila and Sylar, the couple who makes up Aicosu, are award winning master cosplayers and Guests of Honor at FanimeCon. Last year, they did a special performance at the Masquerade and we’re excited to see what they’ll do this year!

Every convention has a unique process for holding a cosplay contest. At FanimeCon, the competition has two main award categories: Craftsmanship and Performance. These awards are judged separately.

Craftsmanship is judged by the quality of the cosplay itself and it has three divisions: Open, Journeyman, and Novice. The Performance Awards go to the best performers by group and by individual. The performances include dramatic, comedic, and dance.

The doors open at 5:30 pm for seating. Seats cannot be reserved until everyone in line has taken a seat and you have been told to make yourself comfortable.

Catch nano at This Year’s MusicFest!

May 26, 2018

Rock out to the incredible sounds of this year’s MusicFest! MusicFest brings J-Pop, K-Pop, anisong, and more to FanimeCon each year, giving you a chance to meet the artists and hear them live in concert.

This year, we are honored to feature nano, a talented vocalist and lyricist known for switching flawlessly between Japanese and English. Anime fans may recognize nano’s voice from the theme songs of several series, including Btooom!, Phi-Brain – Puzzle of God: The Orpheus Order, Magical Girl Raising Project, Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, and more. Between live tours in Japan, they perform solo concerts overseas, packing stadiums as far away as Germany.

As FanimeCon’s musical guest of honor, nano will perform live for the first time in the country of their birth. The show starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday in the City National Civic (across the street from the Convention Center), and the cost is included in your FanimeCon badge. They will also have autograph sessions and a Q&A for FanimeCon attendees.

Cosplay Your Life!

May 26, 2018

How do you style a wig? What’s the best way recreate that anime look with makeup? How do I make shoes? This and every other question you ever had about cosplay will likely be covered by this year’s cosplay programming!

Your one-stop shop for everything related to cosplay will be SJCC Room 210A. It’s the magical Cosplay Hangout & Repair room which is devoted entirely to cosplay workshops and cosplay repair. The room is open from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

All throughout the weekend, there will be cosplay workshops on all ranges of topics. Ever had a wig that’s impossible to detangle? Go to the Detangling Wigs workshop! Can’t quite get that makeup right? There are multiple makeup workshops to help you master it! Want to make your own cosplay, but can’t sew? Get on over to a sewing workshop! There is a workshop for pretty much everything.

If your cosplay starts acting up or you’re just tired, be sure to stop by the cosplay repair station! You can fix your cosplay and cool off while listening to a workshop on the other side of the room.

Can’t decide what cosplay to wear on which day? Check out the Cosplay Gathering schedule to see when there’s a photoshoot so you can pose with other characters and meet fellow fans! There are gatherings from Sailor Moon, Hakuoki, Naruto, Fire Emblem, and Disney. It’s a great way to meet people from your favorite fandoms and get nice photos taken.

Cosplay Gatherings will be on the street level of the San Jose Convention Center in various spots throughout the convention. Check the schedule for the exact locations.

D&D, Ninjas, and Quidditch, Oh My!

May 26, 2018

Tired of sitting in a panel? Want to participate in some organized fun? Catch the shuttle or walk over to the DoubleTree Hotel for some awesome Interactive Events! Yes, you read that right. the DoubleTree Hotel. If you haven’t heard, FanimeCon has expanded to the DoubleTree Hotel this year for these totally awesome interactive events.

For those over 18, you can find the Late Night Game Room at the DoubleTree. You must bring a valid government issued ID to enter, because these games are not child friendly. There will be Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, NFSW, and more! Note: on Sunday, the location will be at the Hyatt Place at the same time.

Love Dungeons & Dragons? There are quite a few D&D 5e campaigns going on at the DoubleTree as well as some other role-playing campaigns. Put on your finest robe and wizard hat and step into the infinite realms of promise, power, and prestige this Friday and Saturday!

Low key wish you were a ninja? Join the Ninja Game Tournament! You learn to play Ninja Tag and then have the option to enter the tournament to win prizes and your name on the official plaque!

Enjoy a good session of people watching? Like taking pictures of people’s cosplays? Join the Cosplay Photo Scavenger Hunt where you take pictures of ten different cosplayers of different game genres from the list. There are prizes involved!

Harry Potter enthusiasts! Check out Saturday’s Muggle Quidditch lesson from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm from the Silicon Valley Vipers.

On Sunday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, there’s Cosplay Chess involving a Gallifreyan chess board and cosplay.

Skip on over to The Battlefield to participate in the lightsaber battle on Friday or in the Boffer War (Saturday). Don’t miss the archery demo on Friday involving live fire before the lightsaber battle. BYOL – Bring Your Own Lightsaber to the battle.

Get Your Dance On: Saturday Dance Tournaments

May 26, 2018

Have you always wanted to win a dance battle? Arcade Gaming has your back with Dance Game Tournaments!

Come to our DDR Extreme Pro Tournament and show us your moves! Sign-ups are open on Saturday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Gaming Hall. The DDR Extreme Pro Tournament preliminary round will be on Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with the Finals on Sunday from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm! Dance like there is no tomorrow for the chance to win big!

Not sure of your Pump It Up 2 Prime skill level? Save the stress and sweat for the competition, because this Saturday we will have lower, upper, and freestyle division tournaments! The Pump It Up 2 Prime Lower Division tournament will start things off on Saturday, running from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm with sign-ups starting at 12:00 pm in Arcade Gaming. The Pump It Up 2 Prime Freestyle Division Tournament will immediately follow, running from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm with sign-ups starting at 2:30 pm. Last but not least, the Pump it Up 2 Prime Upper Division Tournament will wrap up Saturday with sign-ups starting at 4:00 pm and the tournament itself running from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Not pumped up enough? Then bring a buddy to the Pump It Up 2 Prime Co-op Division Tournament on Sunday! Sign-ups will be open from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm with the tournament running from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Show us your moves!

If you prefer to get your groove on at home with your Xbox One, then eGaming has you covered with a Just Dance 2018 Tournament on Sunday! See our Gaming Hall Staff to sign up before the tournament starts at 2:00 pm for the chance to win cash prizes!

Friday Gaming Tournaments!

May 25, 2018

The Tabletop Gaming department is proud to announce that, in addition to all the amazing games you can check out to play, we will be hosting a variety of tournaments all weekend! To kick things off, the Giant Jenga tournament will have its Preliminary round on Friday at 4:00 pm in the Gaming Hall. Winners will advance to the Giant Jenga Finals on Saturday at 3:00pm. Come compete for your chance to win a 3D Printed Jenga Set!

Are card games more your style? Well, bring your deck because you’re in luck! Tabletop Gaming has several card game tournaments lined up for you!

We have three different tournament formats for Magic: The Gathering planned for the weekend: Modern on Friday at 5:00pm, Standard on Saturday at 1:00pm, and Commander on Sunday at 1:00pm. All Magic: The Gathering tournaments will take place in the Tournaments and Events Room and you will need to bring your own deck. Both the Modern and Standard tournaments will be 1 vs 1 Swiss Best style, while the Commander tournament will be in four player pods.

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game but didn’t know where to start? Join us in the Tournaments and Events Room on Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for a special Learn to Play session! This will prepare you for the Pokémon TCG tournaments on Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm, where you will have the chance to win “Forbidden Light” booster packs!

If the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is more your style, we have three tournaments lined up for the weekend! Come join us in the Tournaments and Events Room on Friday at 5:00 pm, Saturday at 5:00 pm, and Sunday at 1:00 pm for your chance to win “Flames of Destruction” booster packs! These tournaments will be 1 vs 1 Swiss Best and will follow the current card ban list.

Come Train at The Dojo!

May 25, 2018

Interested in the martial arts you see in your favorite movies and shows? Look no farther. The Dojo is where you want to be. The Twilight Knights, a fighting arts guild, will be at the convention helping teach all sorts of different styles of combat.

Got questions? The first event has the Twilight Knights hosting a Q&A session for any and all questions regarding weapons, styles, and combat.

Fans of weapons have plenty of choices! There are longsword, daggers, spear, and archery workshops. Don’t want to choose one specific weapon? There’s also a “Mixed Weapons Demo” where you can learn about using multiple weapon styles.

Want to learn basics of weaponless martial arts? There are multiple options there too. For the ladies there is a specially tailored self-defense class to learn some basic defense training. Check out the “Intro to Kung Fu” class, open to everyone, on Saturday and the morning yoga session on Sunday. All you tacticians out there can check out the “Battle Tips and Tactics” session on Saturday that’ll prepare you for that night’s boffer war.

Aren’t into fighting? Try out the “Basic Wood Carving” session! Take that class to learn how to whittle and produce something with your own hands.

Drop on by The Dojo at the Hilton Almaden during their hours or check the schedule for sessions of interest. The Dojo is open Friday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, and Monday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Take what you’ve learned and apply it in the Lightsaber Collegium (Friday) or in the Boffer War (Saturday) at The Battlefield (DoubleTree Siskiyou/Donner). Before the lightsaber battle, there is an archery demo including live fire on Friday so definitely check that out. BYOL – Bring Your Own Lightsaber to the battle. On both nights, The Battlefield is open from 6:00 pm – midnight.