FanimeCon 2020 Deferred to 2021

April 13, 2020

Dear FanimeCon Community,

On behalf of the FanimeCon staff, I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. 

We are reaching out to you today to announce that FanimeCon will be deferred to May 28-31st, 2021. We thank you for your patience while we worked to establish a healthy and safe solution for the convention in the midst of a pandemic. Until recently, we did not have a viable solution, but with the hard work of our partner management team, we were able to come to this resolution.

Those that have pre-registered for FanimeCon will have their tickets automatically deferred to 2021. A confirmation for FanimeCon 2021 will be sent out prior to the launch date, in Fall of 2020. FanimeCon is operated by the non-profit Foundation for Anime and Niche Sub-cultures (FANS) and all revenue goes back into our events’ operational costs. By deferring your ticket to 2021, you help us remain financially stable and cover expenses we have already incurred this year.

Hotel rooms reserved through the FanimeCon block will be automatically cancelled without penalty. Hotel room selection windows for FanimeCon 2021 will remain the same and will be based on your FanimeCon 2020 registration time. Reservations made directly through a hotel or a third party vendor must be cancelled directly with that hotel or vendor.

Exhibitors in our 2020 Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley should expect communication from those departments in the coming days.

Programming participants, such as Panels, Cosplay Gatherings, and other events, should expect communication from those departments in the coming weeks.

We are working to inform the community as soon as possible. Please bear with us as we continue to organize the logistics and disseminate information concerning the impact to the many who make this convention possible.

Thank you to our hosts at Team San Jose, the City of San Jose, and our partner hotels for diligently working with us to offer this resolution to our attendees. We would also like to thank our attendees, staff, volunteers, Guests of Honor, vendors, partners, artists, dealers, and panelists for all the passion, effort, and faith you put into this community. There are innumerable elements that come together to make a convention possible. Even during the “normal” times, it takes immense effort to have these elements to align, let alone during these uncertain times.

Anyone would be hard pressed to find someone in this world not touched by this pandemic. We hope that you remain safe and healthy (physically and mentally) in the coming weeks and months of this crisis. We hope that come May 28-31, 2021, our world will be in a more stable place and that we may once again celebrate with this wonderful community that you have helped us create in and around FanimeCon.

Until then, please continue to monitor updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and your local government for news and guidance on the pandemic. If you have any questions, please see our FAQ page, or if you have feedback, please let us know at or Your questions and comments would be best served through this avenue compared to calling the phone numbers listed at our registration partner. Please do not call the phone numbers listed on the web page of our registration partner, CMR.

Thank you,

Eric Wu
FanimeCon Chairman,
on behalf of the FanimeCon Staff

COVID-19 Update from FanimeCon Chair

March 22, 2020

To the FanimeCon Community,

On behalf of the FanimeCon staff, I hope you and your loved ones are safe during this tumultuous time and are able to address the challenges that lie ahead. The FanimeCon staff is made up of volunteer staff primarily located in the Bay Area, so our focus has currently been on the well-being of all of our families and ourselves. However, we also recognize that we serve a very important role to the larger FanimeCon Community.

During this unprecedented COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, FanimeCon is taking all precautionary measures, with guidance from the CDC, WHO, local health officials, and other appropriate government and health organizations, to protect our Fans, staff, and community. It is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize the health and well-being of the FanimeCon community, while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus.

We are working with our partners to monitor the potential impact that COVID-19 may have on FanimeCon 2020. In the inevitable aftermath of this unusual period of social isolation, we hope to host the convention as a place for our community to heal and come together once again. We are taking the optimistic view that the situation will improve by Memorial Day so we can offer a safe and fun event to continue to serve the FanimeCon Fans. Please understand that there may be some changes to programming in order to maintain a healthy environment and accommodate changes in scope. We will continue to make decisions informed by the latest fact-based information, and we will adhere to any and all policies set forth by the Santa Clara Public Health Department.

We ask you to join us in continuing to monitor updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Santa Clara Public Health Department for their assessments on the outbreak. We will keep you in the loop on any updates or changes. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know here: and

Thank you,

Eric Wu
FanimeCon Chairman,
on behalf of the FanimeCon Staff.

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