Yuriko Yamaguchi

February 24, 2020

Yuriko Yamaguchi’s voice acting career started off with a bang in 1995, debuting in Neon Genesis Evangelion as Ritsuko Akagi, a role she will be reprising in the upcoming Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 film set to be released later this year. She has since voiced many memorable characters such as Nurse Joy in Pokémon, Vados in Dragon Ball Super, and of course, Nico Robin in ONE PIECE. Ms. Yamaguchi is affiliated with Aoni Production, and she is excited to meet all her fans at her first ever appearance at FanimeCon!


Gilles Poitras

February 05, 2020

Since retiring former librarian Gilles Poitras is using his expanded spare time to read manga, watch anime, research Japan, and take naps. He also hopes to have more visits to Tokyo a city which is the subject of his latest book, Tokyo Stroll, due out in August. The book is a guide to the best Tokyo neighborhoods to randomly wander about in. Currently, he is working on two other books at a far-too-slow pace.

After discovering world cinema and anime in college, Gilles began exploring what little was then known in English about anime. In 1990 he received a phone call from a friend who had discovered a new student club at U.C. Berkeley, Cal Animage Alpha, devoted to anime and began attending their meetings. He was hooked.

Since then, Gilles has written three books on anime; The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials and the Anime Companion 2. He has also written for NewType USA and Otaku USA, and was a member of the senior board of Mechademia.

Over the years he has done in-depth presentations on anime for many organizations -including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Smithsonian, and Pixar- as well as at many conventions. Gilles has been a long-time guest at FanimeCon, and this year he will offer fun and informative panels on traveling to Tokyo just in time for the 2020 Olympics, with a focus on food in Tokyo! Welcome back, Gilles!

Panels Submissions Open

January 20, 2020

Interested in hosting a panel at FanimeCon? Panels submissions are now open for FanimeCon 2020! Please see all the information on how to and what you need for submitting a panel idea at the Panelist Information page.

Panels submissions close March 16, 2020, so be sure to get your idea in before then!

FanimeCon Staff Open House on February 8th

January 15, 2020

Please join FanimeCon for our February 8th planning meeting and Open House! If you have ever been interested in being a part of the process of making FanimeCon happen, come to our next FanimeCon meeting. There you will have the opportunity to meet the staff, learn what we do, and find out more on how to join the FanimeCon family. All you need to bring is your smiling faces! You can exchange contact information with leadership or follow up with a staff application on Please keep an eye out for updates on the time and location on our Twitter account!

Stage Zero Now Accepting Applications

January 09, 2020

Stage Zero is now accepting applications for FanimeCon 2020 until March 31! Please see the Stage Zero page for details on how to apply.

Stage Zero is located in the middle of the concourse for your temporary entertainment needs. Do you have an idea for a performance, AMV, show, or some other fun activity? Apply to be on Stage Zero and show off your best work!

FanimeCon Housing Bookings Start January 15

January 08, 2020

FanimeCon Housing is opening soon!

All attendees who have registered for FanimeCon before 12:00 pm on January 7th, 2020, will receive a booking window notification e-mail on January 8th, 2020.

The 2020 FanimeCon Housing Booking Windows will be as follows:

  • January 15: 7:00 am to 9:59 am, 10:00 am to 12:59 pm, 1:00 pm – 3:59 pm
  • January 16: 7:00 am to 9:59 am, 10:00 am to 12:59 pm, 1:00 pm to 3:59 pm
  • January 17: 7:00 am to 9:59 am, 10:00 am to 12:59 pm, 1:00 pm to 3:59 pm

After 4:00 pm on January 17th, all attendees will be free to book Housing regardless of their registration date.

CMR Call Center staff will have access to the list of attendees who have registered prior to 12:00 pm on January 7th in order to better assist everyone who calls or emails.

FanimeCon 2020 Registration: 10/29 at 10:00 am PDT

October 28, 2019

Hello future attendees! FanimeCon Registration opens at 10:00 am PDT tomorrow, October 29. A previous post mistakenly said that FanimeCon registration would start at 12:00 pm PDT, and that post has been corrected to reflect the correct time. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.

We look forward to seeing you at FanimeCon 2020!

FanimeCon 2020 Registration Opens 10/29

October 17, 2019

Interested in attending FanimeCon 2020? Registration opens October 29 at 10:00 am PDT! The price for a full weekend is $75 through January 31.

Please take a look at the Registration FAQ for full pricing information and answers to common questions.

Artist Alley 2020 Applications Open

October 12, 2019

Artist Alley is now accepting applications!

If you have not done so already, you will need to create an account before you can submit an application. Otherwise, you’ll be able to continue through the Artist Alley registration process on the submissions site. Please visit the submissions page to either create an account or continue with the application process.

We will be accepting applications until October 14th, 12:00 pm PDT, or until 1,000 applications have been received.

For the latest information on FanimeCon Artist Alley, stay up to date on the FanimeCon Facebook and Twitter, and if you have any questions, you can check out the FAQ or email us at