Yuu Hayashi

March 07, 2024

Born on April 2nd in Kanagawa, Japan, Yuu Hayashi got his start as a child actor with the Gekidan Himawari theater group. He is currently affiliated with Ken Production where he voices anime and game characters, and also provides voices for Japanese language dubs. 

Mr. Hayashi’s most notable roles include Ryunosuke Tanaka in Haikyuu!!, Manjiro “Mikey” Sano in Tokyo Revengers, Michizo Tachihara in Bungo Stray Dogs, and Takuma Ino in Jujutsu Kaisen. He also has roles in MobPsycho 100, Banana Fish, Vinland Saga Season 2, Kuroko’s Basketball, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Go Rush!!

Aside from a successful voice acting career, Mr. Hayashi is also the vocalist for music unit SCREEN mode under the Lantis label. SCREEN mode has provided theme songs for Bungo Stray Dogs 2, Kuroko’s Basketball, Food Wars! The Second Plate, Gingitsune, and more.

FanimeCon 2024 is proud to host Yuu Hayashi’s first ever event appearance outside Asia!

Social Media
X – https://twitter.com/voice_singing
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/yuu_hayashi42/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/@tube2201

FanimeCon Hotel Block Opening Soon!

January 20, 2024

Get ready, hotel registration for FanimeCon 2024 is about to begin!

On January 23rd, e-mails will be sent to individuals who qualify for Priority Housing, based on when they registered.

Priority Housing opens on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, at 7 am PST.

General Housing opens on Friday, February 2nd at 4:00 pm PST. The link will be posted on our website as well as the main social media accounts.

Please be prepared! Have your housing credentials and any other important information ready when your booking window starts. Hotels are expected to sell out quickly. Contact CMR if you’re having trouble booking a room. They offer a hotel waiting list if the hotels are full

Visit Idris’ Closet & Win!

May 26, 2023

Idris’ Closet’s Hop to the Top: Origami Frog Game is back again this year, with brand new prizes! Come by Idris’ Closet for details and have your attendee badge ready to enter the giveaway! No purchases or donations are necessary to enter the giveaway. Additional ticket opportunities offered daily! Donations and purchases will not improve your chances of winning.

Convention Safety Initiative: Vaccination Checks

May 15, 2023

‼️Con is just around the corner!‼️

In order to pick up your badge, please make sure you have these three items for each person in your party:

  • Photo I.D. 
    • Please make sure the name on your I.D. matches the name on your proof of vaccination.
    • In the case of legal name changes where the name on the I.D. and the name on the vaccination records no longer match, you will need to bring another form of identification that links you to the proof of vaccination.
  • Face Mask
    • We will require all attendees, guests, and staff to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth in all FanimeCon indoor event spaces.
    • Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking; the mask must be worn between bites, sips, and taking medication. 
    • For cosplayers with large helmets/cosplay masks, a mask must be worn underneath the cosplay. 
    • We strongly recommend choosing a mask based on the CDC mask guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/types-of-masks.html).

For more information please refer to our COVID-19 Policy: https://www.fanime.com/news/covid-19-vaccination-policy/

Thanks for helping us keep our community safe!

FanimeCon Masquerade Contestant Registration Opens March 4 at Noon!

March 03, 2023

Each year, the FanimeCon Masquerade holds a cosplay contest featuring astounding cosplay, performances, and dance routines inspired by anime and manga as well as Asian films, video games, music stars, and more! The Masquerade is open to all FanimeCon attendees. Contestants can compete for cash and make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay!

Online Masquerade Contestant Application
(Opens March 4, 2023, at 12:00 pm PST)

Would you like to compete in the Masquerade Cosplay Contest? Please review the rules and eligibility criteria before you apply. If you have any questions, please contact masquerade@fanime.com.

Introducing our Masquerade Judges

Photo Credit: @BlizzardTerrak

The Wig Doctor entered the cosplay scene in 2004 and fell in love instantly. That love eventually turned into opportunities to work as a professional wig stylist for theater, private collections, and Epic Cosplay Wigs. The Wig Doctor can usually be found wherever there is a costume repair station, happily passing on her knowledge and bringing wigs back from the dead. She’s very excited to be judging at FanimeCon this year!

Photo Credit: Hazzel Swenson

A costumer for over 10 years, Lisa Levy A.K.A. Gone Batty Cosplay is excited to be providing craftsmanship judging for the FanimeCon 2023 Masquerade. From kimonos to armor, and full face makeup to full size wings she has skills in multiple facets of cosplay production. Lisa has been writing cosplay craftsmanship spotlights for The Geekly Grind since 2019. She is just batty about cosplay!

Photo Credit:@BlackWandPhotography

MaybeBabyCosplay is a Southern Californian cosplay duo with over a decade of costume making and competition experience. Self-taught in sewing, wig styling and prop making, they’re hyped for the return of the FanimeCon Masquerade!

 Stage Zero Applications are Now Open!

February 06, 2023

Stage Zero is now taking applications to perform for FanimeCon 2023! There’s space for all sorts of performances at Stage Zero, from dancing, musical performances, demonstrations, and more!

IMPORTANT: Stage Zero performers must be registered attendees or staff of FanimeCon 2023. Due to this year’s COVID-19 protocols, we will not be escorting performers who are unregistered to and from the stage. All performers will need to register for a FanimeCon 2023 badge.

Applications are due March 31, 2023. Check our page for more information!  

FanimeCon Hotel Block Opening Soon!

January 22, 2023

Get ready, hotel registration for FanimeCon 2023 is about to begin!

Starting on January 26th, e-mails will be sent out to individuals on the Priority Hotel Registration Block, based on when they registered. Those who have rolled over their registration from a previous year will also be included.

The Priority Hotel Registration Block starts on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 – the exact date and time will be specified in the email from CMR.

The normal Hotel Registration Block starts on Friday, February 3rd, 2023 at 4 PM. The link will be posted on our website as well as the main social media accounts.

Please have everything that you would need ready beforehand because hotel space will run out fast. You may contact CMR if you want to be added to the waitlist for any hotel.

2023 FanimeCon Open House: February 5th at the Guildhouse

January 13, 2023

We are happy to announce the 2023 FanimeCon Open House!

At the Open House, we will pull back the curtain to show you how we make FanimeCon happen with an all-volunteer roster. Meet our dedicated staff, learn how we do what we do, and win some prizes too! 

Hang out with us as we show you what it takes to put together FanimeCon – and how you can join our FanimeCon family.

(You can also join us now via apply.fanime.com and meet us on the day!)

The Open House will be held at the Guildhouse at 420 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113 on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Click here for directions to the Guildhouse.

See you there!

Announcing FanimeCon 2022 Schedule, Hours, and More!

May 18, 2022

We’re super excited that the FanimeCon 2022 schedule is now live! Check out all our events for 2022 at grid.fanime.com

Due to the unique planning challenges this year, FanimeCon 2022 will not be a 24 hour event. We hope to return to our usual hours in 2023. Our modified hours are: 

  • Thursday May 26 (Day 0): 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
  • Friday May 27 (Day 1): 9:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Saturday May 28 (Day 2): 9:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Sunday May 29 (Day 3): 9:00 am to 2:00 am
  • Monday May 30 (Day 4): 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Some events will not be in their usual rooms. A few events affected by this include Maid Cafe, all Panel Rooms, and Manga Lounge. 

The following events or departments are sleeping for 2022, meaning they are not occurring or putting on events. We’re looking forward to their return in 2023! 

  • Asano Taiko USA
  • Cosplay Chess
  • Cosplay Workshop panels
  • Fanime Music Videos (FMV) 
  • Fan Storage
  • Fan Events 
  • Video
  • Indie Video Games
  • Meet the Guests
  • MusicFest (But we still have a mini virtual MusicFest with Guest of Honor & 2.5D Musical Superstar Keisuke Ueda, who will be joining us for a virtual panel!)
  • Masquerade/Cosplay Contest
  • Silver Island 
  • Swap Meet
  • Speed Painting

Please note that these events will be operating under a limited capacity:

  • Info Desk (There is only one desk this year located in the SJCC near Stage Zero)
  • Cosplay Gathering (All gatherings will be outdoors)
  • Dance (Only one room this year in the SJCC Room 230)
  • Lost & Found (Limited hours, located in ConOps at the Hilton San Carlos)

Despite these changes, we are happy to unveil a brand new department operating this 2022: J-Fashion! They will have two fashion shows, a trunk show, and lots of panels and events so please check them out! 
While there are a lot of changes this year, there’s still a smorgasbord of things to see and do this year including: four panel tracks, all the events at Stage Zero, tons of exciting tournaments on our SAGE Stage, Artist Alley, Dealer’s Hall, Maid Cafe, the Black & White Ball, Karaoke, Speed Dating, our Charity Auction for the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area, and so much more. This is the perfect year to try new things and make all kinds of new memories at FanimeCon 2022!

See you soon!