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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.

Stash Your Stuff at Con!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Need a place to put your things? The FanimeCon Fan Storage department allows con-goers a place to store their items with ease. As hotel checks fill up quickly or Dealer’s Hall purchases become cumbersome to manage, Fan Storage is here to help hotel staff and attendees alike. Located in the Hilton Market Room, just across from the Affinity Restaurant & Bar on the first floor of the Hilton Hotel, Fan Storage is open to all attendees, regardless of whether they are hotel guests or not. Fan Storage offers storage on a first-come-first-serve basis and charges two dollars per day for a coat or similar item on a hanger, three dollars per day for small and medium bags, and five dollars per day for large items (e.g., luggage or props) and flat rate boxes. The room will be open from Friday at 8:30 am until Monday at 3:30 pm.

Enter a By-Gone Alternative Era at Clockwork Alchemy!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up to share a most exciting occasion! Feast your eyes on a world driven by gears, inventors, and all things that steampunk. We bring you…Clockwork Alchemy!
Bring your special pair of goggles and be prepared to celebrate the last year of Clockwork Alchemy’s partnership with FanimeCon with a bang! From Guests of Honor to the Airship Kamehameha War Room, there is nothing but wonder and joy to see while strolling in your finest fancy duds.
There’s the Alchemist Tea Parlour chock full of good tea, wonderful treats, and amazing entertainment. Check out their acoustic set on Friday afternoon and maybe have your future told with tea leaves! Bring a friend or two and enjoy Clockwork Alchemy Classic Rooibos. After some very tasty tea, take a trip through the many exhibits.
The Caravan Tent is one such magical place, displaying the delights of the mysterious Far East, including belly dancers, flying carpets, and the stories of Silk Road lore.
If you’re interested in telegrams, the Aetheric Telegraph Office offers free telegram service! The messages you send via text to the company will be printed from an antique brass and glass machine. Send that special someone a nice message or maybe wake up a friend who slept in.
Whether your interest is Strangley Doesburg playing his accordion or Splendid Tea Pot Racing, come on down to Clockwork Alchemy for a grand old time!

This Way to Artist’s Alley

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Every fan knows the reason why they gather here at FanimeConto celebrate their favorite fandoms with fellow otaku! Show off your undying love and loyalty for your most cherished characters and series by collecting merchandise that you can put up on your walls to admire, pin onto your coats to impress fellow fans, and attach to your bags for your own viewing pleasure! All that official merchandise sometimes just doesn’t cut it for the ultimate fan, does it? What about your one true pairing that isn’t canon? Or your favorite character that just never gets enough screen time to earn their own poster? All the more reason to come check out the FanimeCon Artists Alley!

This is your chance to scavenge for unique gems you won’t be able to find elsewhere. Get ready to meet some of your favorite artists, and hunt for the newest exquisite fan swag! Were extremely proud to present such a talented group of artists this year who are eager to provide con-goers with wide selections of cool stuff covering all a wide variety of art styles and fandoms. Keep in mind that all the artwork is unique and exclusive to each sellerwhich is all the more reason to grab what you can while you can.

Out of luck and can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? Consider commissioning one of our skilled artists to craft a one of a kind piece for you. With over 250 artists participating, we’re positive you’ll find something you’ve just got to take home!

Welcome to the FanimeCon Ballroom!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

The Black & White Ball is unique to FanimeCon, and you truly do not want to miss out on this magical night!

This could very well be the first formal dance for some of our con-goers – or at least the first where ballroom dance is encouraged – but we understand that not everyone’s mastered the cha cha or the tango yet. Before you make your way to the sidelines to watch this magical moment pass you by, stop by one of our dance lessons! Black & White Ball’s staff has organized an extensive schedule of group dance lessons for FanimeCon attendees, in order to help polish up your moves for the big night.

There will be a large variety of dance techniques and styles being taught by professional instructors as well as dance competitors including salsa, line dance, tango, hustle, waltz, chacha, rumba, and many others. Private lessons will also be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out on this chance to widen your range of dance styles! Welcome to the world of Ballroom Dance!

Dance the Night Away at FanimeCon!

Posted by | May 26, 2017

Hold on to your LED glow products! Dance is back and just in time for Day One. The FanimeCon Dance invites you to experience four days and nights of Hip-hop, K-Pop, Anime-core, Freestyle, Hartstyle, and a wide selection of other genres. The lineup will feature the musical stylings of DJs such as Dumpster Fire, Jade, PeterLo, DeVere, RAYN, and djet0. Dance is an all-ages event before 10:00 pm, so keep language family friendly, keep the dance floor safe, and feel free to bring along younger dancers to join the party!

This year FanimeCon is also introducing of the K-Pop Dance Party from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the K-Pop Chorus Game, where you can share your love of the genre with fellow fans. Also new this year is the official B-Boy/Girl Hangout from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, which provides a space for dancers to hang out outside of the dance floor, bring your own music, and show off your moves. Dance is located in rooms 230-233 in the San Jose Convention Center, next to the Arcade and Gaming rooms in SJCC Hall Three on the Concourse level.