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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!

Keisuke Ueda
[Virtual Guest]

April 26, 2022

Keisuke Ueda is an actor and singer best known for his performances on stage, particularly in “2.5 Dimensional Musicals,” stage shows based on 2D media such as anime and manga.  Born on September 5, 1989 in Osaka, he landed his first lead role in 2007, in a musical adaptation of Shonen Onmyoji.

Since then, Mr. Ueda has played a central role in numerous stage productions. His notable characters include Sangaku Manami (Yowamushi Pedal), Japan (Hetalia), Choromatsu (Osomatsu-san), Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer), and Yuma Kuga (World Trigger), among others. Most recently, he could be seen on stage as Chifuyu Matsuno in Tokyo Revengers: Bloody Halloween, and Hisoka Mikage in MANKAI STAGE “A3!” ACT 2 ~ Spring 2022~.

In addition to acting on stage, Mr. Ueda has expanded his activities to include roles in TV dramas and movies, and voice acting in anime and games. Notably, he provided the voice for Heine Wittgenstein in the anime, The Royal Tutor, as well as portraying him on stage in the musical adaptation.

Though already active as a singer through musicals, he made his major debut as a solo artist in 2018 with his first single, “START LINE ~Toki no Wadachi~.” He followed this with the release of two albums: Voice of.. in 2019, and canvas in 2021.

This June, Mr. Ueda will once again be reprising his role as Chuya Nakahara in the stage play, Bungo Stray Dogs: STORM BRINGER. He will be joining FanimeCon for the first time as a virtual guest via a pre-recorded panel. Come and learn more about the world of 2.5D musicals and get a chance to win special prizes!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/uechan_0905

Official Information: https://twitter.com/NiconicoUeda

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.

Social Media:
Twitter
Instagram
Youtube
Tiktok

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

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

FanimeCon 2022 Artist Alley has begun!

January 25, 2022

Calling all Artists!

Sharpen your pencils and shuffle those portfolios! It’s that time of year again!

Account Creation for FanimeCon’s 2022 Artist Alley has begun!

Account creation allows prospective Artist Alley applicants the opportunity to prepare their account and portfolio before we accept submissions.

This feature will be open for a week before application submissions, starting TODAY. Applications will be accepted from January 30th, 8:00 am (PDT) through January 31st  8:00pm (PDT).

Artist Alley Staff has prepared some helpful hints and tips as you create your account to help you prepare your application for submission. While you do not have to create an account in advance, we highly recommend taking advantage of it to best prepare!

Create your account here now!

For the latest information on FanimeCon Artist Alley, stay up to date on the FanimeCon Facebook and Twitter, and if you have any questions, you can check out the FAQ or email us at artistalley@fanime.com.

FanimeCon 2022 Registration is Open!

June 10, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended Virtual FanimeCon 2021! We definitely felt all the love and community that all of you bring to con each and every year, and that makes us even more excited for FanimeCon 2022!

Because of that, we’re excited to announce that registration is already open for FanimeCon 2022! Please click here to register for next year’s exciting event.

Virtual FanimeCon 2021 – Day 2 – First FULL DAY

May 29, 2021

Good morning from the FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team!   We are super excited about our first full day at Virtual FanimeCon 2021! What do you have on your agenda today?
The clock is ticking down on the Midorikawa Autograph Giveaway. Make sure you sign up!
Be sure to check out our eGaming Tournaments!
Take a stroll through our Dealers Hall and Artist Alley!
While you are there, don’t forget to check out the Fanime schwag at OffWorld’s BLOWOUT sale (now closed)!
Remember, the Code of Conduct keeps us safe and happy. We are here for you in the ConOPs Session, by PMing “ConOps | Fanime Staff”, or by texting us – (385) FOR-FANS (367-3267).

Thanks and have a great day!
The FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team

Hello from the FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team!

May 28, 2021

Welcome to Day 1!

We hope that you have added today’s events to your agenda on Whova!

Have you signed up for the Midorikawa Autograph Giveaway?
eGaming is hosting four tournaments for Virtual 2021! Please check out the announcement in the Whova app for more! And if you’ve missed anything, head to https://grid.fanime.com/!

Have a question? Check in with Info Desk on your Whova agenda. The wonderful Info Desk staffers will be happy to help you with any of your Virtual FanimeCon 2021 needs, just like they do every year at con!

See something troubling? Virtual (not in-person) meetups not to your liking? Report it to ConOps! Visit the ConOPs Session, message “Operations Staff”, text us! (385) FOR-FANS (367-3267). The Code of Conduct details the expected behavior all our attendees and staff must adhere to.

If you are not able to access the FanimeCon Whova event, you can also email registration@fanime.com or send a text message to (385) FOR-FANS (367-3267) for further assistance.

 Thank you and have fun today!