Cosplay Guests of Honor Attending Cosplay Gatherings

May 21, 2017

Our cosplay guests of honor Aicosu and VampyBitMe will be attending cosplay gatherings this year!

Saturday, May 27:

  • Aicosu
    1:00–2:00 pm
    Nintendo gathering — The SLAB (outside the Hilton Hotel Bar)
  • VampyBitMe
    2:00–3:00 pm
    One Piece gathering — the tree area at the foot of the stairs by The SLAB

Sunday, May 28:

  • Aicosu
    12:00–1:00 pm
    Overwatch gathering — the Fallout Zone (outside alcove in front of Registration building)
  • VampyBitMe
    2:00–3:00 pm
    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure gathering — the tree area at the foot of the stairs by The SLAB

To see all official FanimeCon cosplay gatherings, visit the Cosplay Gathering listing page for more information.

Fanimaid Cafe Scavenger Hunt

May 20, 2017

In celebration of Fanimaid Café’s 10th anniversary, Fanimaid Café would like to engage our patrons through a fun, interactive activity that takes you through different areas of FanimeCon and encourages exploration of the many activity areas that the convention has to offer.

The scavenger hunt will require participants to find nine mini-maid prints hidden around the con. Patrons can pick up a scavenger card at the Info Desk or Fanimaid Café.

At each location, patrons will take a selfie with each mini-maid print and upload a collage of all nine selfies onto their Instagram by tagging #Fanimaid2017. Each day, the cafe will award 25 participants with prizes. The distribution of prizes would be as follows:

  1. First Prize: The first five participants per day will be awarded an exclusive Fanimaid enamel pin, a Fanimaid button, and an Instax picture with the Fanimaid Café maids.
  2. Second Prize: The following 10 participants will a Fanimaid button, and an Instax picture with the Fanimaid Café maids.
  3. Third Prize: The final 10 participants will receive only a free Instax picture with the Fanimaid Café maids.

Any participant who completes the Scavenger Hunt can get a free photo opportunity with the maids, who greet our patrons at the door.

Instructions to claim prizes will be included on the Scavenger Hunt Card in fine text, and online where available.

Prizes are subject to availability, can change, and are as supplies last. One (1) prize per Instagram account. All prizes are non-transferrable and have no cash value. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. Prizes can only be claimed at the Fanimaid Café on Saturday May 27th, 2017, or Sunday May 28th, 2017 during open cafe hours. Prizes must be picked up in-person to verify the mobile device, and all prize redemptions must be completed by May 28th or while supplies last.

FanimeCon is proud to announce Phoenix Ash as the opening act of MusicFest 2017!

May 19, 2017

Phoenix Ash is America’s own Japanese Rock band. As the sole Americans on the influential Plug Records label in Japan, Phoenix Ash is breaking musical and cultural barriers, fusing the essences of Japanese and American rock with their unique brand of infectious melodies and heart-pumping anthems.

To find out more about Phoenix Ash, click here.
To find out more information about MusicFest, click here.

Masquerade Sign Ups Now Open

May 17, 2017

Have a cosplay or cosplay group you want to show off at FanimeCon and potentially win a cash prize? Sign up for Masquerade, happening on Sunday May 28th! You can find more information and the forms here.

Adobe: FanimeCon 2017 Sponsor

April 24, 2017

FanimeCon is proud to announce Adobe as one of our main sponsors for 2017! To celebrate this, Adobe has created some special events for attendees.

On Thursday, May 25th from 4-6 pm, join three artists and illustrators from Adobe for a panel discussing and demonstrating their creative workflows, how anime is made, and more! Afterwards, mingle with the panelists during a social hour where food and drink will be served. Attendees will have their art on display on a rotating digital gallery! Sign up here.

On Friday, May 26th from 10 am to 2 pm, take a photowalk through downtown San Jose with Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Adobe’s Head of Outreach & Collaboration. He’ll walk you through the steps of shooting and processing photos, and all skill levels are welcome! You can sign up here.

For more information, check out our Events page!

2017 GunPla Builders World Cup

April 20, 2017

Set your GP Base, it's time for a GunPla battle! FanimeCon has been selected to host one of the North American qualifiers for the 2017 Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC). The entry awarded “Best in Show” in FanimeCon's competition will move on to compete against other winners from the national qualifiers for the opportunity to represent North America in the finals in Japan.

To enter, fill out the entry form at Then bring your completed entries to the Bluefin booth (booth #1610) in the Dealer's Hall before 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 28 to enter. Entries will be displayed at the booth during the convention. Judging will take place and awards given out starting at 3:30 pm on Sunday, May 28 at the Bluefin booth. Please make sure to pick up your entries no later than 12 pm on Monday, May 29.

For rules, entry forms, and other contest details, check out:

Fantastic Cosplays and Where to Find Them

April 13, 2017

Cosplay Gatherings has a new room available for all cosplayers and photographers that come to the convention. Located next to the Cosplay Hangout & Repair, “Fantastic Cosplays and Where to Find Them” will be in Executive Ballroom 210A. The room will be an open space in the Convention Center set up for cosplay photographers to do studio set ups with access to power set ups, lighting, and more. This area is to help cosplayers and photographers get the perfect picture together in a controlled environment.

Speed Dating Info

February 05, 2017

Looking for that special connection during FanimeCon 2017? Well, you’re in luck: speed dating will be at the convention! Find more information, dates, and times for dating sessions and workshops here. Starting this year, you’ll need to register for a session before joining one. More information about this process will be announced at a later date!