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2017 Masquerade Winners

Posted by | June 04, 2017

FanimeCon is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Masquerade Cosplay Contest:

Best in Show – Mr. Perfect Cell
Best in Craftsmanship – Scorpion
Best in the Journeyman Division – White light
Best in Craftsmanship, Journeyman Division – Persona Lucia
Best in the Novice Division – Mei Ling Zhou
Best in Craftsmanship, Novice Division – Tornado Of Terror
Best in Craftsmanship, Novice Division – D.VA Meka
Most Original – Bacterial Contamination
Best Dramatic Group – Tsubasa in the World of Cards
Best Dramatic individual – Twilight Princess Sheik
Best Comedic Individual – Scaramouche, the Merciless
Best Comedic Group – Noctis & Friends Sing-a-long Adventure
Judges Choice, Novice Division – Vile by Alex Zuma
Judges Choice, Journeyman Division – Bayonette 2
Judges Choice, Open Division – Scorpion
Judges Choice, Craftsmanship – Lauren as Saber
Judges Choice, Craftsmanship – Hanzo Shimada
Honorable Mention for for Craftsmanship – Kill la Kill
Honorable Mention for Powerful Writing – Maids are better as Dragons
Honorable Mention for Characterization – Worm Squad
Honorable Mention for for Kill Streak – Elements of Wushu

2017 FMV Contest Winners

Posted by | May 31, 2017

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Fanime Music Video contest!

Best Action: Numinous by MrNosec
Best Drama: Colors by Nekokitkat
Best Trailer: Yuri On Ice: The Honest Trailer by Maboroshi Studio
Best Upbeat: Mahoupocalypse by Celia Phantomhive
Best Comedy: One Horn Man by King Redeem

Judges’ Best In Show: Numinous by MrNosec
Audience Best In Show: Yuri On Ice: The Honest Trailer by Maboroshi Studio

Thank you to all who participated, and see you next year!

Caitlin Glass

Posted by | May 29, 2017

A voice actress and ADR director, best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. In 2008, Caitlin directed the widely popular, fan-favorite Ouran High School Host Club as well as voicing the protagonist of the show, Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin also lends her voice to Vados in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Rose in Tales of Zestiria, Elma in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Thorn in Battleborn, and Cammy White & Decapre in the Street Fighter IV & V series of video games.

Other well-known roles include Maki in Love Live! School Idol Project, Lilia in Yuri!!! on ICE, Mina Ashido in My Hero Academia, Vivi in One Piece, Evergreen in Fairy Tail, Petra in Attack on Titan, Diancie in Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, Hannah in Black Butler II, Miria in Baccano!, Kimi in Tokyo Ghoul, Satellizer in Freezing, Retoree in Show By Rock!!, Kirigiri in Danganronpa: The Animation, Miho Amakata in Free!, and Kim in Soul Eater.

You’ll also hear her as Hitomi in Funimation’s new dub for Escaflowne and Kyoko in Skip Beat!, coming soon from Pied Piper, Inc.

In recent years, Caitlin has added roles to her already prolific list of anime voices in Absolute Duo, Akiba’s Trip, Alderamin on the Sky, ALL OUT!, Assassination Classroom, BlazBlu Alter Memory, Chain Chronicle, D-Frag!, Gangsta, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Maria the Virgin Witch, Masamune-Kun’s Revenge, Mikagura School Suite, Noragami Aragoto, No-Rin, Orange, ReLIFE, The Rolling Girls, Space Dandy, Tokyo Ravens, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, selector infected WIXOSS, and Yurikuma Arashi.

Caitlin’s other directing credits include Love Live! Sunshine!!, Suzuka, Fuuka, One Piece, Riddle Story of Devil, Show by Rock!!, Noragami Aragoto, Garo The Animation, Garo: Crimson Moon, Prince of Stride: Alternative, Shonen Maid, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, all as an ADR Director for Funimation Entertainment. She has also lent her adaptive writing skills to Bang Zoom! Entertainment for such titles as Love Live! School Idol Project, Durarara!!x2 Ten, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, A Lull in the Sea, and The Asterisk War.

For a complete list of her work, check out www.animenewsnetwork.com.

Follow Caitlin! @caitlinsvoice on Twitter, glasscaitlin on Instagram and Caitlin Glass Voice Actor on Facebook.

Last Chance to Shop!

Posted by | May 29, 2017

As the convention draws to a close, today is your last chance to go to the Dealers Hall or Artist Alley, and find the last few treasures you missed, and perhaps a couple of bargains too! You can also visit OffWorld designs for official FanimeCon merchandise. The Dealers Hall and Artist Alley will be open on Monday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Say Goodbye at Closing Ceremonies

Posted by | May 29, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when FanimeCon must come to an end. The cosplayers and fans who brought life into the convention since Day Zero begin to pack their bags, ready to venture back out into the world living their normal lives. Last calls ring out for purchases in the Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley. Now begins the Closing Ceremonies.

Join FanimeCon staff and attendees in saying goodbye to this year’s School of Magic! We hope you all had a good time perusing our events, panels, and other entertainments! Closing Ceremonies begins on Monday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in SJCC Room 212! You will see pictures of the convention and learn about other exciting announcements for next year’s convention.

The staff here at FanimeCon thank all the fans for once again making FanimeCon enjoyable and a place where anyone can feel accepted, connected and loved.

Goodbye con-goers… We will see you next year!

Bluefin Speed Painting Contest Winners!

Posted by | May 28, 2017

Gunpla painters congregated in the Gaming Hall this Sunday to participate in the Bluefin Speed Painting contest at FanimeCon.

Contestants were given brushes and paints, but could also bring their own materials to complete their models over the course of two hours. While the event started at 11:30 am, some contestants trickled in as others began painting.

Some might think the contest would be more for experienced painters, but many novices used the event to dip their toes into the Gunpla painting world.

When asked about the contest, Randyn Gries said it was “an interesting fun thing to do for a couple of hours. Never done this before!”

Another contestant, Emily Wu, said, “I get to take the model home, I think this is fun!”

As the colors of the Gundam models began to change from a dark gray to a multi-colored mobile suit full of theme and life, some painters would take pieces apart and paint them individually, while others kept their Gundam intact as they worked. Each method reflected the talents of the individual painters.

Finally, each contestant placed their Gundam on the main table for display awaiting the judge’s final decision, and people gathered to take photos of the finished models. A Bluefin judge carefully looked over each painstakingly created model and declared four winners:

1st Place: David Villarreal

2nd Place: Makus Schultz

3rd Place: Eric Espiritu

4th Place: Bobby Moore

Each winner was given model sets as prizes, and all contestants got to take home the Gunpla model they had painted. A big thanks to Bluefin for helping bring this fun and exciting event to FanimeCon!

Come Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Black & White Ball!

Posted by | May 28, 2017

Lords and ladies of FanimeCon! Now is the time to don your finest tuxes, fancy dresses, and formal cosplays and hit the ballroom! Enjoy an elegant evening out, courtesy of the Black & White Ball. This year, we celebrate the Black & White Ball’s 10th anniversary, looking back to the first Ball of our infancy in 2007, and raising a glass to high hopes for all future Black & White Balls to come. In honor of the 10th anniversary, this weekend will be filled with dance performances and challenges, along with an informal social dance known as the decompression dance party. You can also commemorate the event by getting your official “prom” photo taken by Mynessa Photography.

Can’t dance? Try any lesson on us, on a first-come, first serve basis, ranging from the Hustle to Tokyo Polka, so sign up early! Lesson sessions are held all weekend long leading up to the ball, starting in the morning and running into the evening (or, on Sunday, until the ball.) Don’t have any formal wear? Idris’ Closet is your formal wear fairy godmother for the evening, and all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and can be found all weekend in Marriott Willow Glen 2 and 3.

Our decompression dance party also offers a more informal venue for all who just want to practice what they learned in lessons and relax with friends. While no formality is needed here, heels must still be in accordance with dress code.

So join us for a night to remember on Sunday at 6:00 pm, for the first time ever in the Marriott’s San Jose Ballroom, or at any one of our lessons in the same location. Visit https://www.fanime.com/events/#black-and-white-ball today to find out more, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Experience Cosplay Magic at the FanimeCon Masquerade!

Posted by | May 28, 2017

FanimeCon wouldn’t be the same without the extravaganza that is the FanimeCon Masquerade. See the best of the best, with cosplay from fandoms new and old, as they gather for this one-of-a-kind competition. Dancers, actors, and above all, cosplayers, take to the stage in a show of the ages to compete for cash and cosplay community glory! The pageantry begins a performance from the winner of last night’s karaoke contest and introductions by the stellar cosplay Guests of Honor Aicosu, followed by 55 star performances from amazing cosplayers. After some exposition performances, the judges will crown the winners!

Doors open on 5:30 pm on Sunday and the Masquerade starts at 6:00 pm. See the show at the one and only San Jose Civic Center Auditorium (also known as the City National Civic,) across the street from the Convention Center and adjacent to the San Jose Tech Museum.

FanimeCon’s Almost Over! Here’s How to Pack for the Trip Home

Posted by | May 28, 2017

Written by Eric Ransom

It’s Day Three. You’ve woken up early to get ready for the next cosplay gathering in four hours, but you want to buy some more things at Artist Alley and Dealer’s Hall. Three hours later, your cosplay is complete with an hour left spare. Time for shopping!!! Your precious loot is carried in both arms with a bag in each hand while you struggle to get on the elevator since every floor in the hotel is full of bodies trying to get to the lower floor. Making it back to your hotel room with 15 minutes to spare, you realize…how am I going to fit all this into my suitcase tomorrow?!

I assure you, you can do it! There are many methods out there to save space while packing, but the ones I have found that are most efficient (and used by the military) involve bundle packing. Although there are no visuals here, check out these YouTube videos:

Von Malegowski’s- How to Pack Clothes for Traveling

This method uses an approach similar to what the military uses to pack their A-bags (one big canvas bag) and duffle bags. The clothes are folded into rectangles and rolled up tight to minimize space in your suitcase. The use of rubber bands in Malegowski’s video is by your own choice to keep your clothes from unraveling.

NBC News- Bundle Packing for Wrinkle Free Clothes

A method that does not consist of having to consistently roll clothes into a pill form, has you fold clothes by layers. First the shirts, then the pants, then outer wear. This make’s one big square, but it has five days’ worth of clothes ready to go. Make sure nothing is in the center of the bundle that is sensitive. If you are taking a plane, I do not recommend this method since TSA might undo the whole bundle.

Toby Lerone- How to Fit a Full Outfit Into Your Socks

This is one of my favorite methods! I saved a lot of space in my small duffle bag and didn’t rip it to death over-packing. You can approach this in any way you feel fit since there is more than one way to do this. Lerone has his t-shirt out first, then his pants, underwear, and socks laid across the top of the folded pants. Roll the pants with the other contents folded from the bottom up tightly. Once rolled, take the socks that are sticking out and wrap them around the rolled up bundle of clothes making a pill form.

You should now have enough space in your bags for anything you purchased at the convention! Except maybe the Tetsusaiga or the Gunblade…

If you need to store your bags before heading back home on Monday, your hotels should provide a luggage room, or you can bring them to Fan Storage in the Hilton.

Manga Lounge and Chill

Posted by | May 26, 2017

In the eye of the convention storm is the manga lounge, an oasis of quiet where you can kick back and sink into your favorite manga. Whether you are looking for something to do between panels, want to discover new manga authors and artists, or catch up on your favorite titles, the lounge is here to accommodate you. Equipped with comfy chairs to relax on and a library of manga donated by fans like you, this is the place to chill. You can find the Manga Lounge in the Fairmont San Jose, located in the Piedmont room on the second floor. The Mange Lounge is open from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm Friday through Sunday, and on Monday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.