Masquerade! Painted Faces on Parade

May 27, 2018

Love cosplay? Want to see the best in action? Don’t miss the Masquerade Cosplay Contest on Sunday, May 27th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the San Jose National Civic Auditorium!

FanimeCon’s annual Masquerade Cosplay Contest is an outstanding show of cosplays, 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. Sheila and Sylar, the couple who makes up Aicosu, are award winning master cosplayers and Guests of Honor at FanimeCon. Last year, they did 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 is judged 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 seating. Seats cannot be reserved until everyone in line has taken a seat and you have been told to make yourself comfortable.

Catch nano at This Year’s MusicFest!

May 26, 2018

Rock out to the incredible sounds of this year’s MusicFest! MusicFest brings J-Pop, K-Pop, anisong, and more to FanimeCon each year, giving you a chance to meet the artists and hear them live in concert.

This year, we are honored to feature nano, a talented vocalist and lyricist known for switching flawlessly between Japanese and English. Anime fans may recognize nano’s voice from the theme songs of several series, including Btooom!, Phi-Brain – Puzzle of God: The Orpheus Order, Magical Girl Raising Project, Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, and more. Between live tours in Japan, they perform solo concerts overseas, packing stadiums as far away as Germany.

As FanimeCon’s musical guest of honor, nano will perform live for the first time in the country of their birth. The show starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday in the City National Civic (across the street from the Convention Center), and the cost is included in your FanimeCon badge. They will also have autograph sessions and a Q&A for FanimeCon attendees.

Cosplay Your Life!

May 26, 2018

How do you style a wig? What’s the best way recreate that anime look with makeup? How do I make shoes? This and every other question you ever had about cosplay will likely be covered by this year’s cosplay programming!

Your one-stop shop for everything related to cosplay will be SJCC Room 210A. It’s the magical Cosplay Hangout & Repair room which is devoted entirely to cosplay workshops and cosplay repair. The room is open from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

All throughout the weekend, there will be cosplay workshops on all ranges of topics. Ever had a wig that’s impossible to detangle? Go to the Detangling Wigs workshop! Can’t quite get that makeup right? There are multiple makeup workshops to help you master it! Want to make your own cosplay, but can’t sew? Get on over to a sewing workshop! There is a workshop for pretty much everything.

If your cosplay starts acting up or you’re just tired, be sure to stop by the cosplay repair station! You can fix your cosplay and cool off while listening to a workshop on the other side of the room.

Can’t decide what cosplay to wear on which day? Check out the Cosplay Gathering schedule to see when there’s a photoshoot so you can pose with other characters and meet fellow fans! There are gatherings from Sailor Moon, Hakuoki, Naruto, Fire Emblem, and Disney. It’s a great way to meet people from your favorite fandoms and get nice photos taken.

Cosplay Gatherings will be on the street level of the San Jose Convention Center in various spots throughout the convention. Check the schedule for the exact locations.

D&D, Ninjas, and Quidditch, Oh My!

May 26, 2018

Tired of sitting in a panel? Want to participate in some organized fun? Catch the shuttle or walk over to the DoubleTree Hotel for some awesome Interactive Events! Yes, you read that right. the DoubleTree Hotel. If you haven’t heard, FanimeCon has expanded to the DoubleTree Hotel this year for these totally awesome interactive events.

For those over 18, you can find the Late Night Game Room at the DoubleTree. You must bring a valid government issued ID to enter, because these games are not child friendly. There will be Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, NFSW, and more! Note: on Sunday, the location will be at the Hyatt Place at the same time.

Love Dungeons & Dragons? There are quite a few D&D 5e campaigns going on at the DoubleTree as well as some other role-playing campaigns. Put on your finest robe and wizard hat and step into the infinite realms of promise, power, and prestige this Friday and Saturday!

Low key wish you were a ninja? Join the Ninja Game Tournament! You learn to play Ninja Tag and then have the option to enter the tournament to win prizes and your name on the official plaque!

Enjoy a good session of people watching? Like taking pictures of people’s cosplays? Join the Cosplay Photo Scavenger Hunt where you take pictures of ten different cosplayers of different game genres from the list. There are prizes involved!

Harry Potter enthusiasts! Check out Saturday’s Muggle Quidditch lesson from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm from the Silicon Valley Vipers.

On Sunday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, there’s Cosplay Chess involving a Gallifreyan chess board and cosplay.

Skip on over to The Battlefield to participate in the lightsaber battle on Friday or in the Boffer War (Saturday). Don’t miss the archery demo on Friday involving live fire before the lightsaber battle. BYOL – Bring Your Own Lightsaber to the battle.

Get Your Dance On: Saturday Dance Tournaments

May 26, 2018

Have you always wanted to win a dance battle? Arcade Gaming has your back with Dance Game Tournaments!

Come to our DDR Extreme Pro Tournament and show us your moves! Sign-ups are open on Saturday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Gaming Hall. The DDR Extreme Pro Tournament preliminary round will be on Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with the Finals on Sunday from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm! Dance like there is no tomorrow for the chance to win big!

Not sure of your Pump It Up 2 Prime skill level? Save the stress and sweat for the competition, because this Saturday we will have lower, upper, and freestyle division tournaments! The Pump It Up 2 Prime Lower Division tournament will start things off on Saturday, running from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm with sign-ups starting at 12:00 pm in Arcade Gaming. The Pump It Up 2 Prime Freestyle Division Tournament will immediately follow, running from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm with sign-ups starting at 2:30 pm. Last but not least, the Pump it Up 2 Prime Upper Division Tournament will wrap up Saturday with sign-ups starting at 4:00 pm and the tournament itself running from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Not pumped up enough? Then bring a buddy to the Pump It Up 2 Prime Co-op Division Tournament on Sunday! Sign-ups will be open from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm with the tournament running from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Show us your moves!

If you prefer to get your groove on at home with your Xbox One, then eGaming has you covered with a Just Dance 2018 Tournament on Sunday! See our Gaming Hall Staff to sign up before the tournament starts at 2:00 pm for the chance to win cash prizes!

Friday Gaming Tournaments!

May 25, 2018

The Tabletop Gaming department is proud to announce that, in addition to all the amazing games you can check out to play, we will be hosting a variety of tournaments all weekend! To kick things off, the Giant Jenga tournament will have its Preliminary round on Friday at 4:00 pm in the Gaming Hall. Winners will advance to the Giant Jenga Finals on Saturday at 3:00pm. Come compete for your chance to win a 3D Printed Jenga Set!

Are card games more your style? Well, bring your deck because you’re in luck! Tabletop Gaming has several card game tournaments lined up for you!

We have three different tournament formats for Magic: The Gathering planned for the weekend: Modern on Friday at 5:00pm, Standard on Saturday at 1:00pm, and Commander on Sunday at 1:00pm. All Magic: The Gathering tournaments will take place in the Tournaments and Events Room and you will need to bring your own deck. Both the Modern and Standard tournaments will be 1 vs 1 Swiss Best style, while the Commander tournament will be in four player pods.

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game but didn’t know where to start? Join us in the Tournaments and Events Room on Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for a special Learn to Play session! This will prepare you for the Pokémon TCG tournaments on Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm, where you will have the chance to win “Forbidden Light” booster packs!

If the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is more your style, we have three tournaments lined up for the weekend! Come join us in the Tournaments and Events Room on Friday at 5:00 pm, Saturday at 5:00 pm, and Sunday at 1:00 pm for your chance to win “Flames of Destruction” booster packs! These tournaments will be 1 vs 1 Swiss Best and will follow the current card ban list.

Come Train at The Dojo!

May 25, 2018

Interested in the martial arts you see in your favorite movies and shows? Look no farther. The Dojo is where you want to be. The Twilight Knights, a fighting arts guild, will be at the convention helping teach all sorts of different styles of combat.

Got questions? The first event has the Twilight Knights hosting a Q&A session for any and all questions regarding weapons, styles, and combat.

Fans of weapons have plenty of choices! There are longsword, daggers, spear, and archery workshops. Don’t want to choose one specific weapon? There’s also a “Mixed Weapons Demo” where you can learn about using multiple weapon styles.

Want to learn basics of weaponless martial arts? There are multiple options there too. For the ladies there is a specially tailored self-defense class to learn some basic defense training. Check out the “Intro to Kung Fu” class, open to everyone, on Saturday and the morning yoga session on Sunday. All you tacticians out there can check out the “Battle Tips and Tactics” session on Saturday that’ll prepare you for that night’s boffer war.

Aren’t into fighting? Try out the “Basic Wood Carving” session! Take that class to learn how to whittle and produce something with your own hands.

Drop on by The Dojo at the Hilton Almaden during their hours or check the schedule for sessions of interest. The Dojo is open Friday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, and Monday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Take what you’ve learned and apply it in the Lightsaber Collegium (Friday) or in the Boffer War (Saturday) at The Battlefield (DoubleTree Siskiyou/Donner). Before the lightsaber battle, there is an archery demo including live fire on Friday so definitely check that out. BYOL – Bring Your Own Lightsaber to the battle. On both nights, The Battlefield is open from 6:00 pm – midnight.

Stand Up for Your Friends in Jojo’s Bizarre Escape Game!

May 25, 2018

Can you use your supernatural powers to save the day? JOJO’S BIZARRE ESCAPE: THE HOTEL is your chance to thwart a mysterious villain before he kills you and your team. Come with five friends, or join a team and make new friends! Manifest your very own Stand to stop DIO’s murderous minion!

This new story is from the strange and amazing universe of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Stardust Crusaders, but you can play without any knowledge of the show. Featuring an original character authorized by manga author Hirohiko Araki, the game will challenge long-time fans and newcomers alike!

The story begins when Hotel Haboob suddenly shifts into a deadly labyrinth with you inside! You have one hour to live—unless you can discover your enemy’s secret and escape the trap!

Join the fun at the DoubleTree Hotel! Tickets are $28 for FanimeCon attendees and $38 for non-attendees. Reserve your tickets online at or buy them at the door while supplies last.

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot at Karaoke Stardom!

May 25, 2018

In addition to open mic karaoke, FanimeCon has not one, not two, but three different karaoke contests this weekend!

If you want to dazzle the audience with your voice and compete for victory (and prizes), the Karaoke Contest has you covered! The Preliminary Round starts on Friday at 6:00 pm and the Final Round starts at 9:00 pm.

And if you’ve got some killer instrumental skills in addition to a great voice, we’ve got you covered with Acoustikaraoke! This is your chance to perform covers or arrangements of your favorite songs from anime and video games, or amaze us with an original composition! Both groups and solo acts are welcome, and sign-ups will be available all weekend before the contest starts on Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Karaoke Gong Show contest, where the goal is to earn the dreaded Worst of Show! Can you be the very worst, like no one ever was? Do you have what it takes to amuse and horrify the audience (and judges)? Sign-ups will be available all weekend before the contest starts at 10:00 pm on Sunday. Keep in mind that this is an 18+ event!

Between contests, the Karaoke room will have open mic karaoke available for all your karaoke needs with an extensive song list that covers not just anime, video games, and J-Pop, but so much more. The Karaoke room is located in room 212 on the Concourse level of the SJCC and will be open from 3:00 pm to 2:00 am Friday through Sunday.

DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING a.k.a. Yuyoyuppe Update

May 24, 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances, DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING a.k.a. Yuyoyuppe will be unable to attend FanimeCon. We hope you still look forward to MusicFest with nano on Saturday night.