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Announcing FanimeCon 2022 Schedule, Hours, and More!

May 18, 2022

We’re super excited that the FanimeCon 2022 schedule is now live! Check out all our events for 2022 at grid.fanime.com

Due to the unique planning challenges this year, FanimeCon 2022 will not be a 24 hour event. We hope to return to our usual hours in 2023. Our modified hours are: 

  • Thursday May 26 (Day 0): 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
  • Friday May 27 (Day 1): 9:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Saturday May 28 (Day 2): 9:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Sunday May 29 (Day 3): 9:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Monday May 30 (Day 4): 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Some events will not be in their usual rooms. A few events affected by this include Maid Cafe, all Panel Rooms, and Manga Lounge. 

The following events or departments are sleeping for 2022, meaning they are not occurring or putting on events. We’re looking forward to their return in 2023! 

  • Asano Taiko USA
  • Cosplay Chess
  • Cosplay Workshop panels
  • Fanime Music Videos (FMV) 
  • Fan Storage
  • Fan Events 
  • Video
  • Indie Video Games
  • Meet the Guests
  • MusicFest (But we still have a mini virtual MusicFest with Guest of Honor & 2.5D Musical Superstar Keisuke Ueda, who will be joining us for a virtual panel!)
  • Masquerade/Cosplay Contest
  • Silver Island 
  • Swap Meet
  • Speed Painting

Please note that these events will be operating under a limited capacity:

  • Info Desk (There is only one desk this year located in the SJCC near Stage Zero)
  • Cosplay Gathering (All gatherings will be outdoors)
  • Dance (Only one room this year in the SJCC Room 230)
  • Lost & Found (Limited hours, located in ConOps at the Hilton San Carlos)

Despite these changes, we are happy to unveil a brand new department operating this 2022: J-Fashion! They will have two fashion shows, a trunk show, and lots of panels and events so please check them out! 
While there are a lot of changes this year, there’s still a smorgasbord of things to see and do this year including: four panel tracks, all the events at Stage Zero, tons of exciting tournaments on our SAGE Stage, Artist Alley, Dealer’s Hall, Maid Cafe, the Black & White Ball, Karaoke, Speed Dating, our Charity Auction for the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area, and so much more. This is the perfect year to try new things and make all kinds of new memories at FanimeCon 2022!

See you soon!

Manga Lounge returns for FanimeCon 2022!

May 15, 2022

We’ve all had a hard few years, but now that FanimeCon is back again, we are here to help you unwind with some delicious manga while you’re at con!

Whether you’re looking for manga in English, Japanese, or even Chinese, we hope to see you at the Lounge. You can browse and read your way through our thousands of books or even trade in your old volumes for new volumes to read! Manga Lounge will be open Friday-Sunday, 9:00 am to 11:00 pm!

Cherami Leigh Unable to Attend FanimeCon 2022

May 07, 2022

We are sad to announce that Cherami Leigh, one of our voice acting Guests of Honor, is no longer able to attend FanimeCon 2022 due to scheduling conflicts. Apologies to all our attendees who were looking forward to meeting Cherami this year, we know there were several of you out there who were very excited to have her join us at FanimeCon 2022.

With any luck, we’ll be able to invite Cherami to FanimeCon as a Guest of Honor again in the near future. Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you’ll enjoy the rest of our Guests of Honor line-up!

SmashGG Tournament Registration is Now Open!

May 02, 2022

The 2022 FanimeCon eGaming SmashGG page and the pre-con tournament registration is now live. Compete for a chance to win a part of the $3000 prize pot!

Registration is open until Sunday, May 15th, 2022 at 12:01 am for the following titles:

  • Guilty Gear -Strive-
  • The King of Fighters XV
  • Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
  • SoulCalibur VI
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Singles & Doubles)
  • Tekken 7

You can register for these events on this page: https://smash.gg/tournament/fanimecon-2022/

Missed out on pre-con registration? Do not worry! All leftover registration spots (and all other tournament titles not mentioned) will be offered in the Gaming Hall in Hall 3. Ask the eGaming Console Front Desk to sign-up!

Visit the eGaming page for more information on tournaments and events.

*FanimeCon 2022 badge is required to participate on-site.
**During finals on the Top Eight Gaming Stage, stage participants and staff will be required to use masks at all times, as per convention policies.

FanimeCon Partnering with CLEAR to Verify Vaccination Status Prior to Badge Pick Up

May 02, 2022

FanimeCon has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass to provide verification of your vaccination status in order to pick up your badge. Please complete your Health Pass before arriving at FanimeCon to avoid delays in picking up your badge at Registration! To get started, download the CLEAR app and enroll for free here:  https://clear.app.link/fanimecon

For the most efficient experience possible, all attendees ages 14 and up should sign up for CLEAR and complete their proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and any booster shots they are eligible for,  before arriving. For details on how to complete your CLEAR Health Pass please see the instructions below:

For attendees ages 18 and up

  1. Download the CLEAR app and tap the white Health Pass tile.
  2. Select ‘Events’ and scroll to locate FanimeCon.
  3. Easily enroll and verify your identity with a quick selfie.
  4. Follow the prompts to select your screening type. Complete your proof of vaccination and booster.
  5. Before you arrive, reopen the Health Pass tile and produce your pass. Be ready to show upon arrival.

Attendees ages 14 to 17 will need a parent or guardian to set up a CLEAR account for them. 

Parents/Guardians: 

  1. Download the CLEAR app on your mobile device. 
  2. Open the CLEAR app.
  3. Tap on the profile icon on the bottom right corner. 
  4. Under “My Account”, tap “Accounts for Minors.” 
  5. Follow the prompts to create a minor account.

Attendees: 

  1. Once the minor account is created, you can download the CLEAR app on your mobile device. 
  2. Log into the account created by your parent/guardian and finish setting up your account, including a selfie and proof of vaccination. 
  3. Under Events, tap on FanimeCon to get your health pass

Attendees 13 years of age and younger: 

You will need to bring your proof of vaccination to have your information manually verified before entering Registration to pick up your badge. 

Trust and transparency are our partner CLEAR’s top priority, and with Health Pass, users are always in control of their health information. You can read more details about this in CLEAR’s Privacy Policy here.

  If you have any questions about enrolling in CLEAR, please reach out to memberservices@clearme.com or tap “Get In Touch” in the app for assistance. 

At Con Registration and Pre-Registration Badge Pickup Changes

Starting at FanimeCon 2022, we will be using a Virtual Line app to ensure that attendees will have the flexibility to enjoy more of the convention without spending a lot of time in a crowded area. Because of this, the process for getting into the convention center to pick up your badge will be different from previous years. 

To start the process, you will need to join the virtual line for At Con Registration by scanning the QR Code found at any entrance to the convention center. Once you receive an email saying it’s your turn to pick up your badge, you should walk to the front entrance of the convention center and look for the Dancing FanimeCon Sign. From there you will have your vaccination status checked by showing your CLEAR Health Pass or proof of vaccination and a photo ID. You will be provided a wristband showing that your vaccination status has been verified. Then, you will be allowed to enter the convention center to pick up your badge.

Keisuke Ueda

April 26, 2022

Keisuke Ueda is an actor and singer best known for his performances on stage, particularly in “2.5 Dimensional Musicals,” stage shows based on 2D media such as anime and manga.  Born on September 5, 1989 in Osaka, he landed his first lead role in 2007, in a musical adaptation of Shonen Onmyoji.

Since then, Mr. Ueda has played a central role in numerous stage productions. His notable characters include Sangaku Manami (Yowamushi Pedal), Japan (Hetalia), Choromatsu (Osomatsu-san), Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer), and Yuma Kuga (World Trigger), among others. Most recently, he could be seen on stage as Chifuyu Matsuno in Tokyo Revengers: Bloody Halloween, and Hisoka Mikage in MANKAI STAGE “A3!” ACT 2 ~ Spring 2022~.

In addition to acting on stage, Mr. Ueda has expanded his activities to include roles in TV dramas and movies, and voice acting in anime and games. Notably, he provided the voice for Heine Wittgenstein in the anime, The Royal Tutor, as well as portraying him on stage in the musical adaptation.

Though already active as a singer through musicals, he made his major debut as a solo artist in 2018 with his first single, “START LINE ~Toki no Wadachi~.” He followed this with the release of two albums: Voice of.. in 2019, and canvas in 2021.

This June, Mr. Ueda will once again be reprising his role as Chuya Nakahara in the stage play, Bungo Stray Dogs: STORM BRINGER. He will be joining FanimeCon for the first time as a virtual guest via a pre-recorded panel. Come and learn more about the world of 2.5D musicals and get a chance to win special prizes!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/uechan_0905

Official Information: https://twitter.com/NiconicoUeda

David Vincent

April 11, 2022

David Vincent is an award-winning professional voice actor and TV producer based in Los Angeles. He has lent his voice to hundreds of animations including series, movies, and video games, as well as guest star appearances on hit TV shows such as The Mentalist and NCIS. His recent roles are Kento Nanami in Jujutsu Kaisen, and as the Talking Sailor Uniform SENKETSU, on the hit TV Series KILL LA KILL airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. He can also be heard in the mega-hit video game SUPER SMASH BROS. as the character Robin, who he also plays in Fire Emblem: Awakening. David is a lead talent behind the virtual signing platform Streamily.

David’s other well-known credits include:
Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez in BLEACH
Gilgamesh in FATE / ZERO
Gilgamesh in FATE/STAY NIGHT: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS
Li Xingke in CODE GEASS
Gaia in MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN II
Narrator in JOJO’S BIZZARE ADVENTURE
Van in GUN X SWORD
Seiji in DURARARA!!
Arthur Auguste Angel in BLUE EXORCIST
Duval in ONE PIECE
Rebel Alliance voices in STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT
Jin Kisaragi and Hakumen in the hit video game and Anime series BLAZBLUE
Marshall Law and Forest Law in the hit video game franchise TEKKEN
T-Hawk in the STREET FIGHTER video game franchise
Raymond Vester in RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS
Richter Belmont in CASTLEVANIA
Keiss in FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS

Social:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidvincentva/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidvincentva
Streamily: https://streamily.com/davidvincent

HokuProps

April 07, 2022

HokuProps is led by propmaker Chad Hoku and seamstress Sammy Hoku. Chad’s background in 3D has him designing cosplays digitally before utilizing different fabrication techniques to make armor, props, and all kinds of costume components. Sammy’s love for cosplay at a young age led her to study fashion and costume design as an adult, and she uses this knowledge to cover all sewn elements for their cosplay projects. HokuProps is best known for their Lionhardt cosplay which won grand prize at TwitchCon’s first Cosplay Contest in 2016 and for co-founding the Ultimate Online Cosplay Championship in 2020 with Tock Custom.

Social Media:
Twitter
Instagram
Youtube
Tiktok

J-Fashion Trunk Show & Designer Applications are Open!

April 06, 2022

J-Fashion Trunk Show and Fashion Designer applications are live! Please apply if you are interested in selling your J-Fashion garments and accessories in our Trunk Show or showcasing your works in the Fashion Show. Check out the J-Fashion webpage for more information and application links! The deadline for both applications is April 16th.

Alvin Zhou

April 04, 2022

Alvin Zhou is a video creator that enjoys showcasing genuine stories about food and the people who make it. He’s currently having a lot of fun cooking up different dishes from various anime for Anime with Alvin (a show on Babish Culinary Universe), creating short films about chefs in the restaurant industry, and every now and then, making little videos about the food he cooks at home on his personal channel. At night, Alvin loves playing video games (especially Genshin), browsing watch websites, watching movies/anime/Twitch, listening to NieR soundtracks, playing piano, and sometimes baking.

Fun fact: every day, Alvin eats half a box of spring mix for lunch. One of those big ones, too. He says it helps satisfy his voracious appetite, but his pleasure of eating out says otherwise. If you give Alvin a can of Spindrift, he will become your friend immediately. 

Social Media:
Anime with Alvin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcLTe8MoAV4&list=PLopY4n17t8RAHz5OSGQP6I9z7UZqAZ4WW
Alvin’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsdD3quGf01RWABJt8wLe9g
Alvin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alvin.zhou/