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HokuProps

April 07, 2022

HokuProps is led by propmaker Chad Hoku and seamstress Sammy Hoku. Chad’s background in 3D has him designing cosplays digitally before utilizing different fabrication techniques to make armor, props, and all kinds of costume components. Sammy’s love for cosplay at a young age led her to study fashion and costume design as an adult, and she uses this knowledge to cover all sewn elements for their cosplay projects. HokuProps is best known for their Lionhardt cosplay which won grand prize at TwitchCon’s first Cosplay Contest in 2016 and for co-founding the Ultimate Online Cosplay Championship in 2020 with Tock Custom.

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J-Fashion Trunk Show & Designer Applications are Open!

April 06, 2022

J-Fashion Trunk Show and Fashion Designer applications are live! Please apply if you are interested in selling your J-Fashion garments and accessories in our Trunk Show or showcasing your works in the Fashion Show. Check out the J-Fashion webpage for more information and application links! The deadline for both applications is April 16th.

Alvin Zhou

April 04, 2022

Alvin Zhou is a video creator that enjoys showcasing genuine stories about food and the people who make it. He’s currently having a lot of fun cooking up different dishes from various anime for Anime with Alvin (a show on Babish Culinary Universe), creating short films about chefs in the restaurant industry, and every now and then, making little videos about the food he cooks at home on his personal channel. At night, Alvin loves playing video games (especially Genshin), browsing watch websites, watching movies/anime/Twitch, listening to NieR soundtracks, playing piano, and sometimes baking.

Fun fact: every day, Alvin eats half a box of spring mix for lunch. One of those big ones, too. He says it helps satisfy his voracious appetite, but his pleasure of eating out says otherwise. If you give Alvin a can of Spindrift, he will become your friend immediately. 

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Anime with Alvin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcLTe8MoAV4&list=PLopY4n17t8RAHz5OSGQP6I9z7UZqAZ4WW
Alvin’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsdD3quGf01RWABJt8wLe9g
Alvin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alvin.zhou/

Xanthe Huynh

March 31, 2022

Xanthe Huynh is a voice actor working out of Los Angeles. Her years of theater training aided her in the voice acting competition at Anime Expo called AX Idol, where she was discovered. After making it as a finalist, she was invited by Bang Zoom! Entertainment to come in for an audition and has been working since!

Some of her anime roles include Ai Narata (Kageki Shoujo), Menma (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day), Palla-Palla (Sailor Moon Eternal), Platelet (Cells at Work), Hanayo Koizumi (Love Live School Idol Project), Alluka (HunterxHunter), Hermit Mio (Edens Zero), Maquia (Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms), Ui (K-On!), Sachi (Sword Art Online), Yuna Yuki (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), Hidomi (FLCL: Progressive), Fuyumi (Blood Lad), Bebe/Nagisa (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion) Mato Kuroi/Black Rock Shooter (Black Rock Shooter), Momoi Satsuki (Kuroko’s Basketball) Keroli (Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-Kun), Siesta (The Detective is Already Dead), Mizuki (The Irregular at Magic High School), and Biwa (The Heike Story).

She’s also recognized for video games such as Haru Okumura (Persona 5), Marianne Von Edmond (Fire Emblem: Three Houses), Altina (The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel), Eir (Fire Emblem: Heroes), Kanon (Neo: The World Ends with You), Kyoko Amazawa (Lost Judgment), Meruru (Atelier Meruru), Willo (Paladins), Cooking Cat (A Hat in Time), Mystic Enchantress Nu Wa/ Spirit Guide Artio (SMITE), Vatista (BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle), Maestra (Phantom Breaker Omnia), Miwako (13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim), and Erika (Pokemon Masters).

Follow Xanthe on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @itsxanthor

More info can be found at XanthesVoice.com

Stage Zero Applications are Now Open!

March 29, 2022

Stage Zero is now taking applications to perform for FanimeCon 2022! There’s space for all sorts of performances at Stage Zero, from dancing, musical performances, demonstrations, and more!

This year, all Stage Zero performers must be registered attendees or staff of FanimeCon 2022. Due to this year’s COVID protocols, we will not be escorting performers who are unregistered to and from the stage.

Applications are due April 22nd, 2022. Check our page for more information!  https://www.fanime.com/exhibits/stage-zero/

Aoi Yuki
[Virtual Guest]

March 28, 2022

Born March 27 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, Aoi Yuki got her start as a child actor at age 4. Currently affiliated with Aoni Production, she got her first voice acting role at age 5, and has since risen to become one of the most recognizable names in anime.

Ms. Yuki has over a hundred credits to her name, including notable characters such as Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Tamaki Kotatsu (Fire Force), Tsuyu Asui (My Hero Academia), Tatsumaki (One-Punch Man), Diane (The Seven Deadly Sins), and Iris (Pokemon: Best Wishes!). Her game credits include several Fate/Grand Order characters, Futaba Sakura (Persona 5), Lumine (Genshin Impact), Taiho (Azur Lane), Lysithea (Fire Emblem: Three Houses), and Istina (Arknights).

In 2012, Ms. Yuki received the Best Actress Award at the Sixth Annual Seiyu Awards. We are excited to have Ms. Yuki make her first appearance at FanimeCon. Ms. Yuki will be making a virtual guest appearance at a pre-recorded panel where attendees can win special prizes! If you’d like to submit questions for her panel, please do so on the FanimeCon 2022 Twitter and Facebook posts by April 10th, 2022. Please send her lots of love!

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Maguma

March 21, 2022

Matthew “Maguma” Lewis is a 32 yr old cosplayer from Los Angeles, California. Since his very first convention at Anime Expo 2005, Maguma has found an overabundance of challenges, joy, and fulfillment in the world of cosplay! Throughout the years, he has participated in award-winning Masquerade performances, a variety of events, and many cosplay panels. Additionally, he has participated in cosplay centered TV shows, has worked with anime productions, video game companies, volunteered at conventions from coast to coast, and served as a member of the Executive Committee for Animé Los Angeles.

Outside of Cosplay, Maguma is a digital artist/character designer and very invested in the Fighting Game Community. This has led him to begin developing his very own fighting game, Burning Souls, combining his love of art and fighting game classics.

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COVID POLICY UPDATE

March 21, 2022

We are working hard to modify and update FanimeCon events to ensure the safety of our community attending the convention. FanimeCon 2022’s COVID-19 policies are below. 

  • 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.
    • Fully vaccinated means you received a booster shot after receiving either a two-dose Pfizer/Moderna vaccine series or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you are not yet eligible for a booster by May 12, 2022, you are considered fully vaccinated.
    • Booster Eligibility
      • Pfizer/Moderna: 5 months after completing the two-dose vaccine series. 
      • Johnson & Johnson: 2 months after the one-dose vaccine.
  • We are not allowing negative COVID-19 tests or medical or personal exemptions instead of being fully vaccinated.
  • Masks will be required in indoor event spaces and outside the convention center entrance. Please see CDC masking guidelines for the appropriate type of mask to wear. 
    • FanimeCon will require all attendees, guests, and staff to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all FanimeCon indoor event spaces. In addition to our indoor event space, masks will be required to be worn when outside in front of the San Jose Convention Center due to crowded conditions.
    • Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking; the mask must be worn between bites, sips, and taking medication. Exceptions are personal hotel rooms, designated eating or drinking areas, , or FanimeCon performers actively on stage performing. Designated eating and drinking areas will be clearly marked with signs.
    • Please follow masking policies for restaurants and other spaces operated by our facility partners. In accordance with California guidelines, policies will be posted at the entrance of each establishment.

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, and we will continue to implement additional policies beyond local, state, and federal minimums as needed for our community and convention. 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.

Last updated: March 19, 2022

  • Added definition of fully vaccinated
  • Added additional information on no exemptions to vaccination policy
  • Added additional information on masking requirements
  • Added clarification that FanimeCon is requiring additional COVID-19 policies above and beyond the minimum required by local, state, and federal agencies

VampyBitMe

March 17, 2022

VampyBitMe is back for her fifth year at FanimeCon!

Linda Le (a.k.a. VampyBitMe) grew up in Oklahoma before moving to California where was discovered by Kotobukiya and Danny Choo after being featured in OTACOOL 2. Since then her costumes have been a worldwide success! She has been featured on Marvel.com and CNN’s, “24 Hours in the Life of a Worldwide Cosplayer,” as well as partnering with Capcom, Bandai, DC, and various game companies in order to bring characters to life through cosplay.

She continues to travel the world excited to talk about armor making, building Gunpla, creating new art work and streaming her passions on Twitch. Currently Vampy is a Host for Bandai Namco Collectables Hobby as well as the Social and Community Manager for the new FPS title GUNDAM EVOLUTION. She loves meeting passionate people in all different walks of life, and loves to keep up the positivity in the hobby and gaming industry.

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Cherami Leigh

March 13, 2022

Cherami Leigh has been acting for over 20 years and has appeared on Friday Night Lights, Shameless, Chase, Bones, NCIS:LA and more. She also worked on Fast Food Nation, The Mist, The Hottest State, Not Cool, the Emmy winning film Temple Grandin, and played the young LeAnn Rimes in Holiday in Your Heart. She also starred in the faith-based film Beyond the Farthest Star. She has worked on over 50 video games and over 150 animated projects. Some of her roles include Curly Q and Nia in Doc McStuffins, Sae Kashiwagi in Peach Girl, Tamaki Kawazoe in Bamboo Blade, Patty Thompson in Soul Eater, Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail, Cecily Campbell in The Sacred Blacksmith, Asuna Yuuki in Sword Art Online, Sailor Venus in the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon, Plutia/Iris Heart in Hyperdimension Neptunia, Sarada Uchiha in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and Chloe in Pokémon Journeys: The Series. In video games, she voices Rottytops in the Shantae series, Gaige the Mechromancer in the Borderlands series, Minerva in The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Rhea in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Makoto Niijima in Persona 5 Royal and the Female V in Cyberpunk 2077 for which she received a BAFTA Award for Performer in a Leading Role nomination.

You can find her on social media at:

Twitter: @CheramiLeigh
Instagram: @clkstar