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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.

Drop by the Dress Stop on Your Way to the Ball!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Havent found that spectacular suit or gown youve been wanting to wear to the Black & White Ball or having trouble with our dress code but lacking the time or resources to find something new? No worries! Stop by our very own formal wear thrift shop that will be open to all those in need of finding just the right apparel at affordable prices. Orperhaps you have some old formal wear from years gone by, sitting untouched in the back of your closet that you may have considered tossing out. Consider dropping by to donate them to Idriss Closet for the next person who may be looking for just that. You will be putting them to good use as proceeds will go directly towards charity!

The friendly staff at Idriss closet will be happy to assist you during our operating hours on Fridays from 3 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 7 pm. We will also be open Monday morning for donations.

Rock Out to Bands at MusicFest!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Come party at MusicFest where some of the hottest bands from Japan will be gathering to perform an exhilarating array of songs for anime and music fans alike! MusicFest showcases a variety of music including J-pop, J-rock, Anisong, VK, and many others aiming to satisfy all musical tastes of our partygoers. Phoenix Ash, Americas very own Japanese rock band that focuses on combining the elements of Japanese and American rock is the opening act this year. Joining us also will be our Guests of Honor X4a four-member band from Osaka, Japan featuring Yuya Matsushita. Fans may remember Yuya, who performed for us back in 2011. MusicFest will also provide our fans with a chance to meet our Guests of Honor at Q&A panels as well as autograph sessions throughout the weekend, so keep an eye out for those events!

Find Your OTL at FanimeCon Speed Dating!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Calling all single con-goers — Speed Dating is your chance to find with your perfect nerd soulmate at FanimeCon! This 18+ event caters to singles of all kinds, including sessions for LGBT attendees and practice workshops. Participants will be randomly selected from the submitted entry forms, which you can find online at date.fanime.com, 24 hours prior to your session of choice. After that, who knows what could happen? Sessions run on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, and 4:00 pm-5:30 pm, with LGBT only sessions from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

If you are new to speed dating, you can also join in the Speed Dating 101 Workshop to find out more. On Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, you can practice the basics with staffers and friends, including a “friend dating” practice round, where you can overcome your pre-Speed Dating jitters and master all the right ways to become one smooth operator.

Meet your match this weekend at Speed Dating, located in SJCC rooms 211B/C/D!

Come Celebrate Fanimaid Café’s 10th Anniversary!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

“Okaerinasaimase goshujinsama!” The welcome used at all maid cafés including FanimeCon 2017’s Fanimaid Café! As you walk into the Café, take the stress of the day off and enjoy the wonderful entertainment that will commence!

What is a maid café? Particularly the Fanimaid Café? It is a place of fun, good food, and the relaxing atmosphere that only maids can provide! The maids are there to help you enjoy your time at the café with special performances and delicious food with moé charms. The Fanimaid Café is located at Club Regent in The Fairmont hotel and is open from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Check your Program Guide to plan accordingly.

Come down to Stage Zero and see the Fanimaid*LIVE event! This includes a Chekis Polaroid Giveaway. And if you come early to the café, you can get a special Shinkansen ticket to the front of the line.

Come celebrate our 10th year with us!

Hit a High Note at Karaoke

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Do you think you have what it takes to out-sing the competition? It doesn’t matter, because FanimeCon offers barrels of karaoke fun for every range and type of musical talent. Whether you want to sing terribly with friends, belt out powerhouse notes in one of the Karaoke contests, have an instrumental talent you want to show off, or just want to see the show for yourself, the Karaoke room is open to you to enjoy it all! With a catalog of over 9,000 songs from anime, video game, and Disney soundtracks, as well as the greatest hits from your favorite J-Pop, K-Pop, and American music stars. No matter what your tastes, Karaoke can find the song for you.

The Karaoke Contest begins its first round on Friday at 6:00 pm, with finals at 9:00 pm, in which singers battle for victory and prizes before a live audience. The Acoustikaraoke contest begins Saturday at 4:00 pm, where instrumental artists (solo or group) perform original work or covers of their favorite anime and video game songs, and go head-to-head in a series of unique and talented performances. After dark, the Karaoke Gong Show brings the laughs starting Sunday at 10:00 pm. This 18+ event features participants going to bizarre and hilarious lengths to be crowned Worst of Show. Between these contests, the Karaoke room offers ongoing open mic karaoke, so no one misses out on a chance to simply kick back and have fun.

You can find the karaoke room open from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am Friday through Sunday, located in room 212 on the Concourse level, just across from the autograph rooms.