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Announcing FanimeCon 2022!

January 19, 2022

Hi everyone! We hope you are safe and doing well. With the start of the new year, we are sharing our plans for FanimeCon 2022. Our staff has been hard at work planning for this year’s FanimeCon, and we’d like to recognize and thank them for their efforts during these difficult years, as we are an entirely volunteer-run convention, by fans for fans. 

We are planning for FanimeCon 2022 to take place in person in Downtown San Jose on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2022. We’ve gone through a lot of changes these past few years, and so your favorite con may be different this year. 

COVID-19 Policies

We are working hard to modify and update FanimeCon events to ensure the safety of our community attending the convention. At this time, we’d like to share the following COVID-19 policies for FanimeCon 2022. 

  • Everyone attending FanimeCon 2022 must be fully vaccinated prior to May 26, 2022. This means you will need the final vaccine dose 14 days prior to the convention, which is on or before May 12, 2022.
  • Masks will be required to be worn in indoor event spaces and outside the convention center entrance. Please see CDC masking guidelines for the appropriate type of mask to wear. 

We will be following up on how you can verify your vaccination status in the coming months. 

Our COVID-19 policies are based on the guidelines of the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the California Public Health Department, and the CDC. FanimeCon has been closely monitoring the evolving public health situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will update our community when changes to our COVID-19 policies arise. 

We ask for your help in following our COVID-19 policies and your understanding as we are all navigating this unique year at FanimeCon.

Registration is open

Registration for FanimeCon 2022 is open. You can register at this link. If you have any questions regarding registration, please check out the Registration FAQ


FanimeCon Housing will be opening soon!
It has opened and the link can be found on our front page!

All attendees who had their pre-registration rolled over from FanimeCon 2020 will receive a priority booking window notification on January 13, 2022. Booking windows will start on January 19, 2022 and conclude on January 21, 2022. 

After 4pm on January 21, 2022, all attendees will be free to book housing regardless of their registration date. 

How to Contact Us

For questions about registration, please reach out to the Registration staff at registration@fanime.com

For dealers, artists, and programming participants, the relevant departments will be reaching out (or have already) and will be making announcements about how to participate in FanimeCon 2022. Please reach out to your contacts if you have any questions. 

For questions about COVID-19 guidelines or other general questions, please reach out via email at feedback@fanime.com or feedback.fanime.com. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at FanimeCon 2022. Until then, we hope you and your families stay safe and healthy. 

Erica Eco, Alicia Chow, and Camille Roderiguez
FanimeCon 2022 Chair Team

Virtual FanimeCon 2021 – Day 2 – First FULL DAY

May 29, 2021

Good morning from the FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team!   We are super excited about our first full day at Virtual FanimeCon 2021! What do you have on your agenda today?
The clock is ticking down on the Midorikawa Autograph Giveaway. Make sure you sign up!
Be sure to check out our eGaming Tournaments!
Take a stroll through our Dealers Hall and Artist Alley!
While you are there, don’t forget to check out the Fanime schwag at OffWorld’s BLOWOUT sale (now closed)!
Remember, the Code of Conduct keeps us safe and happy. We are here for you in the ConOPs Session, by PMing “ConOps | Fanime Staff”, or by texting us – (385) FOR-FANS (367-3267).

Thanks and have a great day!
The FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team

Goodbye, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Good Night

May 27, 2019

All parties must eventually end, including FanimeCon. As last calls ring out through Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley, cosplayers and fans alike must start packing up their cosplay and purchases to travel back to their everyday lives. We have one last event to close out this celebratory weekend: Closing Ceremonies!

Please join FanimeCon in saying farewell to our wonderful Silver Celebration! We hope you had an excellent time exploring all the events, panels, and entertainment throughout the convention halls and Silver Island. Closing Ceremonies will be on Monday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in SJCC Room 212. Here you can see highlights from the convention and announcements for next year’s FanimeCon, including our next theme!

FanimeCon staff would like to thank all the fans again for joining us in commemorating our 25th Anniversary! Farewell con-goers, we will see you again next year!

Another Year, Another FMV Awards Ceremony

May 27, 2019

We’ve watched the submissions, we’ve tallied the votes, and we’re ready to show you the best Anime Music Video this side of the convention hall! These AMVs are the best of the best, and have been submitted from all over the world! We even have multiple categories of AMV, ranging from action, to comedy, to trailers. Finish off the con with style by meeting up with us to celebrate those who have won in the official awards ceremony.

The AMV Award Ceremony will take place at Stage Zero. The winners will be announced starting at 2:00 pm.

Let’s Go to Dealer’s Hall! Today!

May 27, 2019

Time to finish strong! Today is your last chance to pick up that print you’ve been eyeing and the figure you’ve been drooling over. Take advantage of those clearance deals and fill your luggage with merch! As a reminder, the Dealer’s Hall is in the San Jose Convention Center, in Hall 1 & 2. The Artist Alley is in Room 220 across the Concourse. The Artist Alley and Dealer’s Hall both open at 10:00 am, and close for good at 3:00 pm. Get those deals before it’s too late!

Keep Your Bags Safe with Fan Storage!

May 27, 2019

Alas, it’s the last day of the con. It’s bittersweet, for sure. We can put your mind at ease in one area though, because Fan Storage will be open from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm so you can enjoy the last hours of the con without lugging around your suitcases. The hotel checks tend to fill up quickly, so we got you covered!

For a small fee, you can store your bags in a secure location at the Hilton Market Room on the first floor of the Hilton Hotel next to the Affinity Restaurant & Bar.

See the Best of Cosplay at the Masquerade!

May 25, 2019

Love cosplay? Want to see the best of cosplay in action? Don’t miss the Masquerade Cosplay Contest on Sunday, May 26th from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the San Jose National Civic Auditorium!

FanimeCon’s annual Masquerade Cosplay Contest is an outstanding show of cosplay; 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 for the third year in a row. Sheila and Sylar, the couple who make up Aicosu, are award winning master cosplayers and Guests of Honor at FanimeCon. They always do 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 judges 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 people to begin taking their seats. Seats cannot be reserved until everyone in line has taken a seat and you have been told to make yourself comfortable.

We’ve Got Elegance Here at FanimeCon!

May 24, 2019

For those who love to dance, FanimeCon has ALL the options! Aside from the nightly FanimeCon Dance, there is the formal Black & White Ball on Sunday night at 6:00 pm where attendees will show off their moves. Bringing your own partner is optional.

One thing to know: the Black & White Ball is a formal attire ball with a dress code. Check the Black & White Ball Dress Code page on the website, and if your outfit doesn’t quite work, check out Idris’ Closet!

All throughout the weekend, the Black & White Ball team will be offering dance lessons in a variety of styles. Don’t worry if you’ve never done a tango because you can take one of the group lessons or sign up for a private lesson. Check online for the Black & White Ball lesson schedule.

If formal wear is not your thing, but you can’t stop and won’t stop dancing, or you just want to get more practice in, make sure to go to the Decompression Dance Party on Saturday at 10:00 pm in the San Jose Marriott’s San Jose Ballroom.

Don’t have anything formal or want to sell your formal wear? Be sure to swing by Idris’ Closet for clothing sales and to enter their Disneyland ticket drawing! Idris’ Closet is located at the San Jose Marriott in Willow Glen 2 & 3. All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish® foundation.

Still can’t get enough of dancing? Be sure to swing by Stage Zero throughout the weekend to check out the dance challenges and competitions. Check out the FAQ page for more info!

Is It Wrong to Pick up Dakis at Silver Island?

May 24, 2019

Buckle up, FanimeCon is trying something new this year for the 18+ crowd! The Doubletree Hotel will be hosting Silver Island, your prime adult entertainment destination featuring uncensored shopping, hentai viewing (including yaoi!), an adult gaming room, and much, MUCH more. Silver Island will be in operation Friday through Sunday, from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Silver Island is absolutely chock full of fantastic events that will keep you and your friends entertained into the night including a wide array of games! Those who aren’t faint of heart can try the What’s in the BOX?! game and try to guess what it is they’re being asked to blindly touch, or try their luck with Let’s Make a Deal! And as part of our Silver Celebration, we’re also bringing back the wildly popular Casino, where you can try your hand at classics like poker, blackjack, and more.

There’s enough steamy content on the Island to give anyone the vapours, so bring yourself back to life with some awesome munchies, courtesy of the food trucks of Moveable Feast! Friday will feature Twister Truck, Saturday will be 333 Truck, and West Poke will close out the festivities on Sunday!

But how does one get to the fabled Silver Island? Not to worry! A shuttle bus will take you to Doubletree Hotel and back free of charge, 24 hours a day! Check out the routes and schedule (as well as more general details) here!

In order to be a part of any of the festivities, you MUST present a valid, unexpired government ID. This could be a Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, and/or Passport. No bicycles allowed on the shuttle, please!

If the Prize is Right, Come on Down!

May 24, 2019

Have you ever had a discussion regarding the ramifications of Chibiusa’s time travel in Sailor Moon? Did you once write an essay on the origins of the Konami Code? Maybe you even memorized all the episode names in One Piece. If this sounds like you, then you are a perfect fit for the FanimeCon Game Show!

The FanimeCon Game Show is a collection of different contests where you can be awarded prizes, all you have to do is win! Some games require a quick trigger finger and the right video game knowledge, while others only require you to be able to read a room and correctly predict what the audience is thinking. If you think you have the right ratio of random trivia knowledge, reflexes quicker than Vash the Stampede, and quick improv skills then come on down and show us your stuff!

Games will be running throughout the weekend, and will be rotating every hour! This gives you plenty of chances to give it a shot.

All contestants on stage are awarded an assortment of prizes running from gift cards to unique merchandise. Winners can advance to our final game where they can win up to $500 in cash – Or they can risk it all for a chance at our special $1000 jackpot!

Locations and Times:

Stage Zero: San Jose Convention Center – Stage Zero
Friday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Games Presentation Stage: San Jose Convention Center – Hall 3
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm