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Erica Eco Chair of FanimeCon 2023
Welcome to FanimeCon 2023! We’re so excited to send you this year’s FanimeCon, a fan-made love letter to all things Japanese anime and culture. This year’s theme is postal service! Post offices, delivery, mail, and stationary are threaded through many anime and real life, such as Violet Evergarden and Kiki’s Delivery Service, or the cute stationary and postcards from far off places we send and receive. We’re excited to see how this theme has evolved as we planned for 2023 and are eager to share it with you. We are thrilled to be welcoming back many events to FanimeCon 2023, including Masquerade, Music Fest, Silver Island, Swap Meet, Video Rooms, and so much more!
With an all-volunteer staff (yes, even me!), FanimeCon is truly by fans, for fans. We depend on our fan community to staff one of the largest anime conventions in the United States. If you have some time to spare, consider volunteering for FanimeCon by taking a stroll to Volunteers and signing up for a few hours. We’re deeply grateful and appreciative to all of our staff and volunteers who donate even just an hour to help us put on FanimeCon!
Thank you all in advance for taking one more year to follow some extra precautions to keep our community safe as we gather together. Everyone did such a great job last year in doing their best to follow our policies, and we are so grateful for your patience and grace as we continue them for one more year.Alicia Chow
Vice-Chair of FanimeCon 2023
I hope this letter finds you well. We’re so happy that you all decided to join us this year! I’m writing this while imagining all the amazing cosplays that we’ll see around the Idea Tree, the incredible events and programming happening all throughout the convention spaces, and the wonderful items for sale in our Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley. We’re excited to see our amazing community return to hang out and catch up on what has been going on over the past year, while enjoying the themed programming that FanimeCon has delivered this year. We can’t wait to see what cosplays and props show up at con! With the many anime, manga, and video games within the envelope of the post office theme, we’re sure that it was a fun and challenging experience choosing between them all for a single weekend. Thank you to our incredible Guests of Honor for choosing to come spend time with us at FanimeCon. We know that they will be good carriers of fun and enjoyment for our wonderful attendees! Last but not least,
thank you to our staff of volunteers for all of the amazing work that they continue to do that makes this show possible. We could not do this without them!
We hope that everything will be worth writing home about and will be stamped in your memory!
P.S. Some people have complained about my post office jokes. I might need to work on my delivery.
Chair Staff of FanimeCon 2023
My dear friend,
How are you? It has been a year since I last wrote to you, and I would like to let you know that FanimeCon’s theme this year is postal service!
You may expect returning favorites in this year’s care package–whether it is a friendly face at Swap Meet, a performance at the Masquerade, Video Rooms at the DoubleTree, or a titillating evening at Silver Island.
The same well-loved friends will be there when you come back, too. Maid Café, Black & White Ball, Gaming Hall, Cosplay Gatherings, J-Fashion, Stage Zero… Everyone, including our illustrious Guests of Honor, will be at postcardworthy spots, happily awaiting your arrival.
And of course, Artist Alley and Dealer’s Hall will still have a lovely array of stationary picks for you to finally write that letter to you-know-who!
I will be waiting for you at our usual place. See you at FanimeCon 2023!
Staff of FanimeCon 2023
To whomever it may concern,
Whether you say Yuubinkyoku (郵便局), Posto ofisu (ポスト オフィス), or post office, we have all encountered mail in some way, shape, or form through the post office. In the USA, we have our wonderful United States Postal Service (USPS), but in Japan, the post office went through many iterations and as of 2007 is known as the Nippon Yūsei Kabushiki Gaisha. While the Japanese post office may have changed, FanimeCon is returning with all the stuff you love – and then some! With the post office as our theme this year, we aim to deliver a plethora of events back in action!
To begin with, Silver Island is making a comeback this year for everyone who missed an adult twinge in the night. Alongside them is our wonderful Video Department to showcase all the newest, oldest, and wackiest anime for yourFans, For Fans
eyes to feast. “Cooing” along (Get it? Carrier pigeons? Only me? Okay...) for all our cosplayers, the Cosplay Masquerade flies back in with Aicosu hosting the show and presenting us with all the amazing cosplays that you all have to offer! Last, but not least, Swap Meet returns for anyone and everyone who wants to clean out their collections while making an extra buck to spend on all the new merch over in the Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley!
These events are just at the top of the “Fanimail” box! There are plenty more to enjoy, laugh at, and feel right at home with throughout your stay at FanimeCon! And a big, wonderful thank you to all our staff and volunteers, who are what make FanimeCon “By Fans, For Fans." Safe Travels and Deliveries!
CSI: Convention Safety Initiative
To keep FanimeCon safe and healthy, we will require anyone who enters any FanimeCon space to wear their badge and adhere to our 2023 COVID-19 policy. This will be enforced for the duration of FanimeCon 2023.
FanimeCon has grown substantially from small anime club roots to one of the largest anime conventions in North America. Along the way, we’ve experienced growing pains like any other convention or event. We kindly request your continued patience and wholeheartedly welcome any and all feedback during these times of change. Our primary goal has always been and always will be to facilitate as safe and healthy an environment as possible. By implementing our CSI, we hope to work towards continuing and improving on that mission. So again, thank you all, and we hope you have an amazing and safe time at FanimeCon!
To make it easy on our badge checkers, please hold your badge and proof of COVID-19 policy compliance out so they can be easily read. The easier it is for FanimeCon staff to see your badge, the faster the line will move! In the interest of health, please don't let anyone touch your badge except for FanimeCon staff and security. Thank you!
FanimeCon COVID-19 Policies
This year, everyone attending FanimeCon 2023 must be fully vaccinated prior to May 25, 2023. This means all attendees, guests, and staff will need all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster. We are not allowing negative COVID-19 tests or medical or personal exemptions instead of being fully vaccinated, including children under six months old who are not eligible to be vaccinated. We hope that we will be able to welcome everyone back in a future year.
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 spaces, 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 include personal hotel rooms; designated eating and 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.
Guests of HonorArt by Finni Chang
Keisuke Ueda is an actor and singer primarily active on stage, particularly in 2.5 Dimensional Musicals: stage shows based on anime, manga, and games. Since his debut in 2007, he has portrayed such popular characters as Sangaku Manami ( Yowamushi Pedal ), Japan ( Hetalia ), Chuya Nakahara ( Bungo Stray Dogs ), Hisoka Mikage ( MANKAI STAGE 「A3! 」 ), Zenitsu Agatsuma (Stage Play: Demon Slayer ), Yuma Kuga ( World Trigger the Stage), Vanitas ( The Case Study of Vanitas ), and Chifuyu Matsuno ( Tokyo Revengers: Bloody Halloween ), among others.
In addition to acting in over 100 stage productions throughout his career, he has also appeared in TV dramas and live-action movies, lent his voice to anime and games, and last year made his directorial debut with an original play, Hajimari no Curtain Call ~Your Note~ . As a voice actor, he is best known as Heine Wittgenstein in the anime The Royal Tutor , whose voice cast also reprised their roles in the 2.5D musical version.
Mr. Ueda debuted as a solo artist in 2018 with the single, “START LINE ~Toki no Wadachi~” and has released three albums since then. His latest album, RE , came out on CD and streaming services in March this year. His first
cover album, RE features songs associated with some of his many projects including GRANRODEO’s “Passion” (used for Bungo Stray Dogs on stage–STORM BRINGER ), Shogo Sakamoto’s “Shoppai Namida” (the theme song for The Royal Tutor ), and “Kamisama no Shizuku” from the musical Hetalia .
After appearing as a virtual guest last year, Mr. Ueda returns to FanimeCon in person, performing for the first time outside of Japan at MusicFest!
guests of honor
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 nomination for a BAFTA Award for Performer in a Leading Role. FanimeCon is happy to welcome Cherami to FanimeCon 2023 once again after she was unable to attend last year!
Kyle McCarley grew up (but not really) in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his Theater degree at the University of Southern California, he decided to further pursue that passion in the form of a career in voice acting. Kyle’s voice can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and even a talking toy plunger.
Notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob
Psycho 100, Narancia Ghirga in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Hirohito
Tadano in Komi Can’t Communicate, Red Blood Cell AA2153 in Cells at Work! Code Black, Koku in B: The Beginning, Ryo in Devilman
Crybaby, Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, Aoba Kuronuma in Durarara!!x2, Shinji Matou in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Ryota
Watari in Your Lie in April, Helbram in Seven Deadly Sins, Claudia
Hodgins in Violet Evergarden
John Steinbeck in Bungo Stray
Dogs, Iruka Umino in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Gran in Granblue Fantasy: The Animation, Kirii in Blame!
Joichiro Nishi in Gantz: O, Silas Norman in The Asterisk War, and Ikuya Ogura in Ajin: Demi-Human. Kyle also voiced the role of Simon in Cartoon Network’s Infinity Train and Red Son in LEGO Monkie Kid.
Kyle’s video game credits include Android 9S in NieR: Automata , Alm in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia , Harry Potter in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , Lugh in Redemption Reapers , Wataru in Scarlet Nexus , Hal in Astral Chain , Zeke in God Eater 3 , Gatekeeper in Fire Emblem: Three Houses , Ei Sekigahara in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim , Baron in Shadowverse , Wizard Cookie in Cookie Run Kingdom , Hyde from Under Night In-Birth in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle , Zeroken in Disgaea 5 , Haruto Higurashi in Zanki Zero: Last Beginning , Daniel in Unepic , Seilong and Kir in Summon Night 6 , and various characters in Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Last of Us Part 2, Legends
of Runeterra, Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Berseria, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Grand Kingdom, and Omega Quintet.
Kyle also moonlights as a board game streamer as the host of The Board & Barrel .
guests of honor
Hirokatsu Kihara is a highly accomplished industry veteran with a career spanning several decades. He began his journey as a production coordinator for the anime movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and quickly caught the attention of director Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki then headhunted Kihara to join the team at Studio Ghibli.
During his time at Studio Ghibli, Kihara worked closely with Miyazaki and played an integral role in the production of several critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service
After leaving Studio Ghibli, Kihara opened a new chapter in his career as a scary story author. He has written many scary stories that have
been adapted into TV series and movies. Kihara's most significant project in recent years is a collaboration book with horror manga artist Junji Ito, titled Mimi-no-Kaidan. The book has been translated into seven different languages and has gained a cult following.
FanimeCon would like to welcome Kihara as a Guest of Honor for the first time! This year marks the 35th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro, one of his most popular films, and we are very excited to celebrate with him. Check out his panels for in depth animation talk, or snag an autograph from him!
Jirard Khalil, better known as The Completionist, has completed hundreds of games over the years on YouTube and Twitch. He’s helped raise millions of dollars for several charities such as Direct Relief, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Open Hand Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Water.org, and so many more. Jirard was a part of the reboot of G4TV in 2021 as one
of the main hosts of X-Play, and also created a narrative show called God of Work. More recently, Jirard is starting to branch over into game development as a producer and game tester. Jirard is very happy to be returning to FanimeCon for another year of gaming!
Linda Le aka VampyBitMe is a cosplayer originally from a small town in Oklahoma, who now resides in California. She was discovered by Japanese company Kotobukiya and featured in OTACOOL 2 by Danny Choo, where her costumes became a worldwide success! Since then, she has been featured on Marvel.com; partnered with Capcom, Bandai, DC, and other game companies; as well as featured on CNN in "24 Hours in the Life of a Worldwide Cosplayer.” She continues to travel the world for cosplay and game events, excitedly talking about armor making, building Gunpla, creating
Jordana Robinson started Mossbadger in 2012 when her interests in Lolita fashion and textile design inevitably led her to want to create her own custom printed fabric and accessories. Her prints and designs are influenced by symbology, folklore, history, and magic—especially fairy stories of witches and woodland creatures. She uses a mix of silkscreen printing and digital textile design to bring her prints to life, as well as millinery techniques and resin casting for unique
accessories needed to complete the look. She has shown her designs at conventions and fashion events in the United States, Europe, and Japan. FanimeCon would like to welcome Jordana as our first ever J-Fashion Guest of Honor! Throughout the weekend, you’ll be able to find her at our various J-Fashion events such as the fashion shows, the Coordinate Contest, and selling her fantastical designs at the Trunk Show. Jordana will also be hosting interactive panels for fans of Lolita and J-Fashion.
JORDANA ROBINSON VAMPYBITME
new artwork, 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 first-person team shooter title GUNDAM EVOLUTION. She was recently announced as a feature Elite General Trooper Card in the latest Like a Dragon: Ishin! video game.
FanimeCon is excited to see long-time fan-favorite VampyBitMe return for another year of amazing panels, workshops, and more!
Darling and Sylar, known together as Aicosu, believe that cosplay should be cheap, easy, and accessible for everyone, and strive to make that a reality through their craft.
Aicosu ( 愛コス, aikosu) is a portmanteau of the Japanese translation of Love ( 愛 ) Cosplay (コ スプレ ) or Lover's Cosplay. Darling and Sylar formed Aicosu in 2009 after meeting at a convention.
After 15 years cosplaying together they have attended over 100 conventions, made over 200 cosplays, Masters accolades, and a myriad of panels and workshops. You're likely to see them on the Concourse, hosting the Cosplay
Masquerade, or tabling at Artist Alley, ready to answer any question!
FanimeCon is excited to have our favorite cosplay couple back again in 2023.
Yashafluff, also known as Yasha, is a cosplayer who has been part of the community for over ten years. She is a strong advocate for cosplay as a hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter their skill level, age, or current chapter in life. Yasha’s cosplay journey has taken her to conventions around the world, and she has had the opportunity to work with gaming companies
like Yostar and Hoyoverse. Her passion for the art of cosplay makes itself clear through the extensive planning she puts in prior to every photoshoot, where she pushes herself to achieve the highest level of accuracy so she can bring her favorite characters to life. Her specialties are cosplay makeup and wig styling.
After being asked for many years to share makeup tips, she finally has the opportunity to teach at FanimeCon!
Gilles was born in Quebec, Canada and raised in a farm town in Northern California. He played with Japanese wooden toys bought at the corner store, watched girls at school do origami, and played various games that few of the kids knew were from Japan. In high school he became a fan of world cinema, leading him to explore what little was known in English about anime in grad school. One day at work he received a phone call from a friend who had discovered a new student club at U.C. Berkeley, Cal Animage Alpha, devoted to anime. For years he attended regularly and became irrevocably hooked on anime and manga.
He has written three books on anime and articles for various magazines. For several years he also sat on the senior board of Mechademia, an annual scholarly anthology of essays on anime, manga, and fan culture. He has done presentations on anime for various Japan–US friendship
groups, libraries, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, conventions, librarians, the Smithsonian, and once even taught an eight week course on the subject for Pixar staff.
In his spare time he reads manga, watches anime, and researches Japan. He often visits Tokyo, a city he is so interested in that he has been called a Tokyo otaku by a friend who lived there.
This eventually led to his latest book Tokyo Stroll, a guide to 22 interesting neighborhoods to wander about in.
Gilles has been a long-time guest of FanimeCon, beloved by many attendees for his intimate knowledge of anime, manga, and traveling to Japan. FanimeCon is happy to have him join us once again for more stellar panels and events!
Lost & Found
Code of Conduct
The FanimeCon Props Policy
Rules & Limitations
Registration is the first place to go when you arrive at FanimeCon. This is where you pick up your badge for fully paid online registration, or to register and pay for membership at the convention. Please consult fanime.com/registration-faq or the FanimeCon Pocket Guide for the Registration FAQs and hours.
Lost Badge Policy
In the event that you lose or misplace your badge, please check with Lost & Found to see if it has been found and returned. If your badge has not been returned, then you may request a replacement badge. The cost of the first reprint is $50 for a full or half-weekend badge or $35 for a single day badge. If you lose or misplace your badge a second time (assuming it has not been returned to Lost & Found), you will be charged the full, at-con price for a badge replacement. A replacement badge will invalidate your original badge, and there are NO refunds for your replacement badge, if you should find your original badge.
Industry and Press
SJCC – Room 114
Professional Registration (ProReg) handles badges for members of the press covering FanimeCon, as well as creators, executives, and marketing personnel in the anime, manga, and related industries. Unfortunately, ProReg for FanimeCon 2023 is only available for pre-registration this year and will not be available at the convention itself. Please see the ProReg FAQ on the FanimeCon website for more information.
Info Desk is back and ready to help you navigate FanimeCon! This year we will have a desk at Stage Zero and at Registration to help answer your
questions, direct you to where you need to go, and to help you have the best time at FanimeCon!
This year we ask that you please keep your face mask on when interacting with our staff as we work to assist you. As always: you’ve got questions, we have the answers!
Marriott – Silicon Valley Room
Thursday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Monday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
FanimeCon needs your help!
Volunteer for only 20 hours and get a full reimbursement on your weekend badge! Badge reimbursements are also available for half weekend and single day badges*.
Volunteers are wanted at all hours and in virtually all departments! Stop by and find a schedule that works for you. Must have a FanimeCon attendee badge and be at least 13 years of age to volunteer**. Individuals below the age of 18 must have a minor waiver form completed with a photocopy of your legal guardian's ID to register to be a volunteer. Minors must have a government-issued ID or school ID as well.
Volunteering requirement per age range:
*18 and up:
Full weekend: 20 hours.
Half weekend: 10 hours.
Single day: 5 hours.
Full weekend: 16 hours.
Half weekend: 8 hours.
Single day: 4 hours.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and San Jose Police Department (SJPD) officers are always available on-site. If any emergencies occur, please contact
Convention Operations (ConOps is located in the Hilton Hotel on the second floor) or the nearest Staff member as soon as possible.
Lost & Found
Lost & Found is just that – where you go to look for (or turn in!) any lost items. If you’ve found something, please bring it to us and we’ll hold onto it! If you’ve lost something, please stop by and describe it to us. With any luck, someone’s turned it in! This department can be found on the second floor of the Hilton San Jose in the San Carlos room with ConOps. Note: Please be patient when trying to track down something you’ve lost. Many people who find a lost item or badge turn it in when they have a chance, which is not always right when they find it or when you’ve lost it. FanimeCon Lost & Found turns over all items to the San Jose Convention Center after the convention. The SJCC will hold the items for three months. Please get in touch with Lost & Found after the convention at lost@fanime. com for the SJCC contact information. Please don’t email us during the convention; we will be busy reuniting attendees with their items.
While you are at FanimeCon, always remember to be respectful of others by not invading their personal space, such as not touching people or their property. Always remember to ask others if it is ok to take their picture. Cosplay is not consent. Remember to be considerate and never block traffic. If you are looking to take a photo of a cosplay, kindly ask the cosplayer if they are ok stepping out of the traffic flow to take the photo. Keep FanimeCon a fun and safe place for everyone.
Please note that the Autographs queuing process was completely overhauled in 2022. If you did not attend last year, make sure you check the FanimeCon website for info about our new system and policies, or come to the Autographs area and an Autographs staff member will be happy to assist!
FanimeCon has designated a special area for our attendees and Guests of Honor to create cherished memories and obtain autographs. The schedule (found online and in your Pocket Guide!) will have the times and places where our Guests of Honor will sign autographs. Please keep social distancing and our other new policies in mind when attending autograph sessions. Remember, these people are our guests and should be treated with the utmost respect. Kindness and smiles go a long way! Have fun and enjoy your time with this year's Guests of Honor!
The San Jose Convention Center now offers a Lactation Room on the second floor of the Convention Center, outside Artist Alley near the bathrooms. It is available during the operating hours of the convention to all who require the space. If you have any difficulty accessing or using the room, please find the nearest staffer and ask for assistance.
Marriott San Carlos Room
Tired of lugging your heavy backpacks and cumbersome cosplay? Need some place to keep your Artist Alley swag and Dealer’s Hall loot for a bit? Heading to the Black & White Ball or Dance, but don’t have a place to put your jackets? Fan Storage will gladly hold any items: coats, cosplays, props, luggage, small items – you name it! For a small fee, you can store yourBy Fans, For Fans
belongings in a safe place and pick them up when you like – just stop by the Fan Storage room! Now available at the first floor of the Marriott Hotel!
Policy Relations is a department that works with Convention Security to address and resolve safety concerns during the convention. If you or someone you know feels unsafe for any reason, we encourage you to notify any FanimeCon staff or Convention Security staff and we will do everything in our power to assist you. You can also reach us by sending a TEXT to 1 (414) FANIME1 (1-414-326-4631).
Code of Conduct Introduction
FanimeCon is committed to providing a safe environment for our attendees and staff. The Code of Conduct outlined below details the expected behavior our attendees and staff must adhere to. By attending FanimeCon, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct. All attendees and staff must follow the FanimeCon 2023 COVID-19 Policy. By attending FanimeCon 2023, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to the exposure of COVID-19. For more information regarding the COVID-19 Policy, please check the FanimeCon website.
FanimeCon badges are the physical representation of the ticket that attendees have purchased and are the property of FanimeCon for the duration of FanimeCon. You will need to show your badge at designated checkpoints to enter Convention Center space.
• Badges must be worn on your person, above the waist, and easily visible while in Convention Center space
• Badges are non-transferable.
• Badges may not be duplicated or altered.
• Badges may be revoked at any time by qualified Security and FanimeCon staff members. Entry to events will be denied if a badge is revoked.
The San Jose Convention Center, Cultural Facilities, and surrounding hotels have hosted FanimeCon for many years. To promote good relations with these entities, please respect the facilities by leaving them and any equipment in the same condition as you found them.
• Keep all aisles, exits, fire safety devices, and concession stands clean, visible, and unobstructed.
• Do not affix anything to any surface, including walls, doors, panels, and columns, in the Convention Center space.
• Do not use the white courtesy phones in Convention Center space. The white phones do not provide outside telephone service; they are used only to contact emergency services or Convention Center personnel.
• Do not move or tamper with any furniture or equipment. Inform Convention Operations staff if anything should be moved or repaired.
• Do not use any electrical outlets in the Convention Center.
• Only individuals with disabilities or prior approval from Convention Operations may use transportation devices indoors.
• Shoes must be worn at all times.
• Pets and companion animals are not allowed inside Convention Center space. FanimeCon complies with the ADA Guidelines, which define a Service Animal. A Service Animal must be trained to aid a person with a disability.
The following items are prohibited. Additional items may be added to this list by FanimeCon at any time.
• Glitter, gum, confetti, and balloons.
• Smoking devices, such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, pipes, and bongs.
• Illegal substances.
• Skateboards, bicycles, scooters, roller-blades, and other non-medical wheeled devices.
• Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other remote-control vehicles.
• Laser pointers, fog machines, strobe lights, and other devices that produce disruptive lights.
• Megaphones and devices that produce disruptive noises.
• Outside food and drink may not be sold or distributed on the premises without prior permission, licenses, permits, and insurance.
• Signs that contain profanity, that are not part of a cosplay, or that solicit goods or services.
FanimeCon wants to ensure a safe and fun convention for everyone. Please utilize good judgment, be respectful, and show courtesy to everyone around you. This includes Guests of Honor; Convention Center and hotel personnel; FanimeCon staff; and fellow attendees.
• Cosplay is not consent. Do not hug, touch, or photograph anyone without receiving permission.
• Comply with the FanimeCon Props Policy. Get all props Peace-bonded. Do not brandish props in a threatening manner.
• Be respectful to other attendees and staff. Treat others how you would want to be treated.
• Respect everyone’s personal space. Move carefully through the Convention Center space and maintain a flow of traffic. Be mindful of props and do not run indoors.
• Do not verbally attack, abuse, harass, or threaten anyone regarding their race, religion, political views, gender, orientation, age, or other protected attributes. Personal attacks and harassment are not allowed. Bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice are not allowed.
• Comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations at all times.
• No disorderly conduct such as loitering, public intoxication, indecent exposure, begging, or soliciting.
• FanimeCon is a dry convention. Alcohol, drugs,
and illegal substances are prohibited in Convention Center space. Intoxication is not tolerated in Convention Center space. Do not sell or distribute alcohol to minors.
• Do not smoke or vape inside any public buildings or within 25 feet of any entrance.
• Re-sale of hotel rooms is strictly prohibited.
*Convention Center Space includes, but is not limited to: the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose Marriott, Hilton San Jose, Civic Auditorium, South Hall, Signia Hilton San Jose, DoubleTree San Jose, and the Idea Tree.
FanimeCon reserves the right to modify the Code of Conduct at any time.
Attendee Relations is here to help with all things attendee-related. We help manage crowds and line control while also answering attendee’s questions. In addition, we handle Peace-bonding to ensure that everyone is safe on the convention floor with props and costumes.You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The FanimeCon Props Policy
Thursday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Peace-bonding Station: The Peace-bonding Station is located near Registration.
FanimeCon reserves the right to modify or update this policy at any time and without prior notice. Your FanimeCon badge means that you agree to comply with this Props Policy. You further understand and agree that, for your own safety and the safety of everyone at FanimeCon, designated staff members have the absolute and immediate discretion and right to inspect your costume, props, weapons, and any other item you bring to the convention. We may temporarily or permanently remove any attendee’s Peace-bond at our sole and absolute discretion at any time for violating this Props Policy.
• Your prop must accompany the costume that you are wearing in order to be Peace-bonded.
• Canes and other assistive devices do not require Peace-bonding and are allowed in badge-restricted areas.
• No prop that is designed primarily as a weapon (such as a sword, staff, or club) may be made of metal, regardless of how sharp or dull the prop may be.
– Props with metal decoration or adornment will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
• No firearms, airsoft weapons, replicas of guns, or props that use components of these in their construction are allowed.By Fans, For Fans 16
– Any prop gun must look like a prop from 50 feet away. This is for your safety and for the safety of our other attendees.
– Gun and firearm-style props must have an orange tip, plus two other orange bands.
• No functional bows and arrows.
• No metal or wood bats, metal pipes, or long metal chains.
• Props should not be made of glass or contain glass components.
– This includes, but is not limited to, bottles, glass tubes, solid glass statues, etc.
• Any item that is designed or manufactured with the intent to cause bodily injury or death, any item that is illegal in the state of California, or any other item that appears dangerous or may pose a risk of harm will not be allowed on the premises. This will be up to the sole discretion of qualified FanimeCon staff.
• No smoke machines are allowed within the Convention Center.
• Any lights that blink rapidly or brightly enough that they disturb other attendees should not be included in props. Lights that slowly transition from one color to another or gradually increase in brightness overtime will be judged on a caseby-case basis.
– Lightsabers are allowed but you must be careful with them.
• Operating a prop to shoot an object of any material is not allowed at FanimeCon and will result in your Peace-bond being removed.
We may revoke the Peace-bonding at any time at our sole discretion. For example, we will revoke approval if you use or brandish the item in an inappropriate fashion (such as play fighting, swinging the weapon around,
or if someone is hit intentionally or otherwise). We will also revoke approval if we receive complaints about the way you are using or displaying your prop, or if you tamper with the Peace-bonding used to show that your prop has been tagged. If your Peace-bond is revoked, you will need to take the prop off of convention property immediately.
Peace-bonded Weapons at the Event
You may display your prop weapons only as costume pieces. Do not swing or brandish your prop weapon in any way that could be considered unsafe or threatening. You may pose with a prop weapon in a brandishing manner, so long as no reasonable person would interpret it as anything but a pose for dramatic effect. FanimeCon staff or FanimeCon management may stop your posed brandishing at their sole discretion. Current U.S. military uniforms, costumes that may be confused with law enforcement, or other emergency response personnel are not permitted at FanimeCon.
If You Buy Props or Weapons at the Convention
• If you buy a weapon in the Dealer’s Hall, it needs to stay taped in its box and taken off convention property as soon as possible. Live steel will not be Peace-bonded.
• If you buy a prop at FanimeCon, you may have it tagged with a Peacebond as long as it belongs with the cosplay you are currently wearing and follows the Props Policy. If not, the prop needs to be removed from
the premises and taken to your hotel room or car.
FanimeCon Costume Rules & Limitations
• All con attendees must wear shoes at all times while in official convention space. This includes, but is not limited to, the: San Jose Convention Center, Marriott, Hilton, Signia by Hilton, Civic Center, DoubleTree, and Parkside Hall. Even if a character goes barefoot, the cosplayer must wear shoes.
• Costumes and daily wear shall not expose the body in such a way as to be deemed indecent exposure under California and City of San Jose ordinances. Private parts must be covered in an opaque material and not be subject to slippage or gaps. Liquid Latex or other conformal body coatings will be judged on a caseby-case basis.
• All costumes worn within the Convention Center must fit through a standard doorway.
• No costume may generate odor, smoke, or fog, or have overly bright or flashing lights.
• All costumes with limited visibility and/or movement must have a handler to assist with crowd navigation and safety. This also applies to costumes with large wings or other oversized elements.
• No costumes may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.
• Official flags must be respected and cannot be worn as part of a costume. They must be on a flagpole. Homemade or unofficial flags are exempt from this rule.
Black & White Ball
EVENTSArt by Nancy Tsai
Stage Zero (SJCC Concourse)
Friday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
It’s time to officially kick off the longawaited return of FanimeCon! Come by to hear about some of our special events, see our Guests of Honor, and watch some exciting performances!
SJCC – West Lobby
Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Reservations start at 8:00 am each day.
Saturday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様 ♡ Okaerinasaimase, Goshujin-
Welcome to FanimeCon's very own Fanimaid Café, the most amazing themed cafe experience we have to offer! Enjoy delicious food enchanted with moe charms, play tabletop games with your maid, and watch our spectacular stage performances!
Fanimaid Café features in-cafe performances and stage games, as well as the Fanimaid★LIVE Showcase at Stage Zero. Don't miss out on all the exciting events we have this year, including the cheki Polaroid Giveaway for the first 50 reservations on Saturday and Sunday.
Book online and see what the magic of FanimeCon's maid cafe is all about!
In a world crammed with attendees, artists, dealers, and cosplayers, where can one turn for a moment of relief, information, and entertainment? Stage Zero, of course! Located in the middle of the Upper Concourse at the San Jose Convention Center, Stage Zero returns, providing relaxation and entertainment for everyone at FanimeCon! Stage Zero is also your information nerve center for the rest of the convention thanks to our talented staff. So don’t be afraid to take a load off for a bit and experience the wonder that is Stage Zero.
Hilton – University Room
Friday: 9:00 am –11:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am –11:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am –11:00 pm
Do you ever miss that feeling of parchment on your fingers as you turn the pages of a manga? That nostalgic smell of a library full of books to choose from? If you do or if you just want to kill some time waiting for a panel, come down to Manga Lounge and check out up to three books at a time! We have a lounge to relax in with chairs, bean bags, and cushions. There's also a donation area if you are downsizing your collection, and an exchange area where you can swap your old books for ones you haven’t read yet!
Ask our staff for recommendations, help finding your favorite titles, or just come say hi! If you’re interested in joining our staff next year, let us know!
Speed Dating (18+)
SJCC – Rooms 211 A/B/C/D
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (LGBTQIA+ only)
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where instant connections are made and sparks are ignited! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are for 18+ singles who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love!
Registration will take place online at date.fanime.com
Forms will be available for 24 hours prior to the session(s).
• For Saturday: May 27 sessions: Forms available Friday, May 26, from 12:00 am to 10:00 pm.
• For Sunday: May 28 sessions: Forms available Saturday: May 27, from 12:00 am to 10:00 pm.
NOTE: Submitting a form does not guarantee a seat to participate. Participants will be randomly selected from the submitted forms, and will receive one email to confirm receipt and another to confirm admittance. In the event of no-shows, a walk-in line for sessions will also be available for attendees that were not selected or did not pre-register. Again, this does not guarantee anyone a seat. Speed dating will be reducing the number of participants allowed this year as a means to minimize the risk of COVID-19.
As a special reminder:
• Our event does not provide water or snacks! It is your responsibility to bring your own!
• This is an 18+ event, please bring a valid photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, state ID, etc.).
Speed Dating 101 Workshop
SJCC – Room 211D
Friday: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
What is Speed Dating? How does it work? Speed Dating 101 is designed for those that want more information about our events before participating. Learn the basics, practice with us, and
get all the butterflies out before the real deal! Experience low-stakes “frienddating” under the guidance of Speed Dating staff.
Party Quiz: the Official Game Show of FanimeCon
Friday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
We're back! Now called "Party Quiz," we've been the official game show of FanimeCon for over two decades. Each of our hour-long shows feature a different format. Some of our games test your reflexes, where the fastest buzzer will have an advantage. Others require deep memory mastery, while others will require contestants to spot the smallest detail. We also have picture rounds, category rounds, spelling rounds, and maybe even a drawing round or two.
Contestants will be quizzed on a medley of topics including anime, video games, and general knowledge. A single game might run from Bleach to Bayonetta to BTS, from Fullmetal Alchemist to Final Fantasy to french fries. How is your RPG lore? Have you brushed up on your favorite classic anime series? Do you know your world capitals? You never know what might come up during the games. Players who score well can walk away with prizes such as plushies, gift cards, and figures. In addition, each day concludes with a jackpot round. Contestants can win hundreds of dollars in actual cash if they are fast and lucky enough. We've given away hundreds during each show before, and we're looking to do it again!
We select all of our contestants from the audience, so just show up, and you can play and win! Come on up and show off your knowledge!
The Party Quiz will be running on Stage Zero in the San Jose Convention Center Friday, Saturday: and Sunday night.By Fans, For Fans
Party Quiz: Games With Guests
Saturday: 7:30 pm
As a special event, one of our rounds will feature some of our Guests of Honor as contestants. Not only will they be competing for the championship among their fellow guests, but they will also be playing to win prizes for selected members of the audience. Cheer them on and you might win as well!
Last year, our guests handled trivia questions, demonstrated their dexterity, and created some impressive displays of art, all within a single hour show. What will happen this year? Come on down and find out!
SJCC – Grand Ballroom
Friday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Beyond entertainment, anime and manga has inspired many individuals to express their creativity in a variety of ways. Explore the Artist Alley to find unique pieces from illustrated prints to doujinshi to costume accessories from hundreds of budding artists from around the world! Chat with the creators to find out about the nuances of their work and appreciate the tremendous effort they put into their craft.
Searching for something that is one-ofa-kind? Discover artists who may take commissions or even sign their work for you! At Artist Alley, you can support small businesses, cultivate FanimeCon’s art community, and visit our center of creativity unleashed!
SJCC – Grand Ballroom
Curious about the graphic design and art that appears around the convention center, on your badge, and in the book that you're holding right now?
Wondering who these cool characters are? Find the official FanimeCon Creative Team in the Artist Alley near the staff table to find out more!
SJCC – Hall 1 & 2
Friday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Can't afford a trip to Japan? Don't trust online shops because of counterfeits? Want to impress that special otaku with a surprise gift? Welcome to our Dealer's Hall – where we bring Akihabara to YOU! Here, you can shop from a vast array of merchandise from over 100 vendors of anime, manga, gaming, fashion, and much more! In the back of the Hall, we have tasty food available for purchase, as well as a chill area to relax between expeditions through all the great treasures.
SJCC – Hall 2
FanimeCon is proud to announce that we will be working with our long-time charity partner Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area again this year! Make-AWish® Greater Bay Area has been a part of FanimeCon since 2013 and will be supported by funds generated by our Silent Auction (taking place in the Dealer's Hall), our Live Auction (Sunday: 4:00 pm at Stage Zero), and our Putt Putt Golf Challenge (located in the Dealer's Hall). We are also working on other ways to help FanimeCon give more back to the community. Thanks to all of the attendees for your support of our continued partnership with Make-AWish® Greater Bay Area!!
SJCC – Hall 3
Welcome back to the Gaming Hall, attendees!
We are back with classic and new gaming experiences for 2023 in the
Gaming Hall! The Gaming Hall will be open Thursday through Monday: offering hours of gaming experiences to be had with friends, both new and old! The Gaming Hall offers arcade, console, PC, and tabletop games for players of all ages and skill levels. In addition, the Gaming Stage is located within the Gaming Hall, and will be showcasing select tournaments and attendee engagement events!
Events and tournaments are free of charge! Sign-ups are located at the eGaming or Tabletop desks. For listings, information, and the latest updates, please consult the Pocket Guide, the staff inside the Gaming Hall, or the websites below:
Facebook: facebook.com/ FanimeConGaming
You can also access information through the FanimeCon mobile app!
Gaming Hall Rules
Please follow the FanimeCon 2023 Code of Conduct at all times in the Gaming Hall. FanimeCon staff reserves the right to modify the rules below at any time and at our discretion.
COVID-19 Location Specific Rules & Information
• Masks: Masks must be worn inside the Gaming Hall, as per the 2023 Code of Conduct.
– You may remove your mask for brief moments for bites of food, taking sips of your drink, and taking medication.
• Hand Sanitizers: Hand sanitizer stations will be available at all Gaming Operations Desks.
– We recommend hand sanitizer use and/or washing your hands before and after playing games.
– Please notify a staffer if a hand sanitizer station is not functional or empty.
• The Gaming Hall is a harassment-free zone. Please be a good human being!
• If you feel unsafe or need to report a problem, please flag any FanimeCon staff member and they can assist you.
• If you are unable to flag a FanimeCon staffer, please contact ConOps.
– ConOps is located in the Hilton Hotel, San Carlos Room (Second Floor).
– Contact information for ConOps is located on the back of your 2023 badge.
• Gaming Hall staff reserve the right to ask attendees to leave the Gaming Hall due to safety concerns and/or potential Code of Conduct violations.
– This extends to our events and tournaments, and particularly to unsportsmanlike conduct and event disruption.
– This can result in being removed from the current event or tournament.
– Additionally, person(s) may be banned from participating in future gaming events.
– Staff reserve the right to call in security if required.
• Please consume any food and drink purchased from the concession stands at designated eating areas only.
– See “Prohibited Items & Actions” for specific exceptions.
• Please do not tamper with or move any equipment, tables, chairs, or barriers.
– Please inform a Gaming Hall staffer if there is a malfunction or non-optimal gameplay on any equipment.
– Please also do not attempt to fix the problem – we have qualified staff to troubleshoot problems.
• Gaming Hall staff reserve the right to limit capacity at any time to enforce safety protocols required by the venue.
– Please cooperate with our staff if we have to limit capacity.
Gaming Station Rules
• “Gaming station” refers to any Arcade, Tabletop table, or eGaming location.
• Events and Tournaments are free of charge. Sign-ups and information are located at the eGaming or Tabletop desks.
– Please arrive 20-30 minutes early before any event for check in!
– Registration for any eGaming tournament event will close two hours before event start time, to ensure fair seeding!
• There will be no waitlist for these tournaments.
• If you are unable to participate after signing up, please return to the eGaming tournament desk and inform staff.
• Any input device for tournament use may be subject to inspection by tournament organizers, to ensure competitive integrity.
– Trading Card Game Tournaments are located in the TCG Game Room, located in the Hilton–Almaden Ballroom.
• eGaming: “Bring Your Own Controller” (BYOC) + Joystick/ Input Device, etc.
– Attendees may use their own controller or input devices for certain console stations.
– Please ask the eGaming front desk for more information and permission.
• Concession Stand: Please consume any food and drink purchased at the concession stands at designated eating areas only.
• Room Capacity: Games Management reserves the right to limit capacity at any time to enforce safety protocols required by the venue.
– Please cooperate with our staff if we have to limit capacity.
Prohibited Items & Actions
• E-cigarettes/vaping devices.
• R.C. vehicles and drones of all types.
• Hoverboards, skateboards, bikes, and scooters.
– ADA-compliant movement assistance items are allowed.
• Money matches and gambling-type activities with real money.
• Unsafe movement or crowding actions (Playing Ninja or crowding the arcade area).
• Food and drinks at any gaming stations.
– Specific exceptions:
• Eating at a designated eating area in the concessions area.
• Sealed containers are allowed.
• Coffee, tea, and boba tea.
Gaming Event Stage
SJCC – Hall 3
Thursday 6:00 pm – Monday 3:00 pm
The Gaming Event Stage is looking to deliver some high quality entertainment to all FanimeCon attendees! Looking to have some fun and a good time? Or maybe you’re back with a vengeance to prove you’re the best! We feature, host, and commentate on recreational and competitive games alike! Take a look in your Pocket Guide to see all of the tournaments and events, or if a Guest of Honor is hosting one so you don’t miss out!
Recreational events start as early as 9:00 am, ranging from chaotic multiplayer games like Duck Game and Moving Out, to competitive multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros: Ultimate and Mario Kart 8. In the twilight hours (until 1:00 am), we’ll be hosting Jackbox Party Pack games to help you wind down and have a good laugh. From afternoon until evening, we will be broadcasting the convention’s top talent as they compete for prizes and glory! Can’t come by and watch? VisitBy Fans, For Fans
the official FanimeCon Twitch channel (twitch.tv/FanimeCon) for the live broadcast or to watch recordings of all of the fun shenanigans!
SJCC Hall 3
Need a break from walking around the con? Did someone just challenge you to a DDR dance off? Looking to relive the nostalgia of arcades from back in the day?
Head on down to the Gaming Hall and check out the Arcade area, presented by Game Saru! It's free to play and open to all attendees!
We are also having arcade tournaments hosted by the community–please check the Arcade section on the FanimeCon website or app for details and sign-up location.
Please limit your play to one game per person when a line is present. Shoes must be worn at all times while inside the Gaming Hall. We highly recommend using hand sanitizer (or washing your hands) before and after playing games.
Please see additional rules located in the Arcade Area in the Gaming Hall.
SJCC – Hall 3
This year, eGaming is sure to deliver a rich gaming hall experience for all types of gamers. Are you a PC gamer? Feel free to come by our LAN sector, stocked with computers and classic LAN cafe games like Starcraft: Brood War and League of Legends. Are you a console gamer? This year, eGaming is pleased to announce that we will have more consoles, bigger tournaments, and a brand new dedicated tournament stage on top of casual console freeplay throughout the weekend!
This year's tournaments will be sure to pique the competitive spirit of many FanimeCon attendees. Race against your friends and make some new ones in Mario Kart 8: Deluxe! Clash with and watch some of the best in Guilty Gear:
Strive! Smash your way to victory in the 1v1 Super Smash Bros: Ultimate! We're not going to sugarcoat it, but this year's Tekken 7 tournament is sure to deliver on the hype and action.
In addition to the main brackets for each of the featured games, we are introducing pop-up brackets! These will be smaller brackets that happen more frequently throughout the weekend. Have an ear out as we announce them in the Gaming Hall!
All of this, and more, will be happening at FanimeCon 2023!
SJCC Hall 3
Looking for something fun to do? Come hang out in Tabletop!
We’ve got game demos, mahjong, and D&D one shots running throughout the weekend. There are board games for all ages and numbers of players! Need a suggestion? Our staff can help you find a game to check out!
You must have a valid photo ID in order to check out a tabletop game. Rented games must remain at the Tabletop Area inside the Gaming Hall.
For a full list of rules for tabletop game rentals, please see the Tabletop Help Desk in the Gaming Hall, or look us up on the FanimeCon website at fanime. com/exhibits/gaming/tabletopgaming.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Legends Comics & Games is once again partnering with the Tabletop department to bring you a room dedicated for people looking for a place to play card games! We are hosting various trading card game tournaments, so make sure to come check us out! You must bring your own deck to participate in tournaments. For a complete schedule of tournaments and operation hours, please visit the Tabletop Tournaments
Room in the Hilton, the Tabletop Desk in the Gaming Hall, or look us up on the FanimeCon website at fanime. com/exhibits/gaming/tabletopgaming
Swap Meet South Hall
Thursday: 7:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 pm
Swap Meet is back! FanimeCon is happy to announce the return of Swap Meet on Thursday and Friday night. Sign up to sell and bring all the anime stuff you’ve been collecting since 2019 to sell to your fellow fans. If you’re looking for the rare thing you can’t find in Dealer’s Hall, come by Swap Meet to see if one of your fellow attendees has what you’re looking for! Unlike previous years, Swap Meet will be badged on both Thursday and Friday so please remember to bring your badge with you to get in. Swap Meet will be held in the South Hall again this year on Thursday and Friday nights. Doors open at 7:30 pm on Thursday and 8:00 pm on Friday. Be sure to swing by!
Do you want to see more cosplay from your favorite series? Then FanimeCon's Cosplay Gatherings are meant for you! We have dozens of gatherings organized and run by cosplayers, for cosplayers, bringing together fandoms such as Disney, Shonen Jump, Marvel, and more! You can find more info at the Cosplay Gatherings table near the entrance to the Convention Center or on the FanimeCon website!
Friday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
This is your one stop shop for making your cosplay experience a BLAST at FanimeCon! Not only do we host official Cosplay Gatherings with
professional photographers, but we also have a Cosplay Lounge! We’ve got you covered with our stock of materials like sewing kits and hot glue just in case you have a cosplay emergency. Our lounge is also a nopress zone, so come by to rest after posing and walking around all day!
Elegant Fashion Show
Hyatt Place – Salon 1 & 2
Saturday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Join us for a J-Fashion runway show featuring elegant and historicallyinspired styles such as lolita fashion, EGA, ouji, otome, and natural kei.
Pop! Fashion Show
Hyatt Place – Salon 1 & 2
Sunday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Our Pop! Fashion Show will feature styles such as fairy kei, decora, menhera, and gyaru. These styles are often characterized by their use of color and prints!
Hyatt Place – Salon 3
Friday: 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Monday:11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come visit our Trunk Show to shop the runway, see J-Fashion garments and accessories up-close, and chat with designers!
J-Fashion Community Events
J-Fashion Fashion Walk & The Atelier: Handmade Coordinate Contest
Hyatt Place – Salon 1 & 2 Saturday: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 7:00 pm participant call-time
Come watch J-Fashion enthusiasts strut the runway in their best outfits. This is the
place to flaunt your personal style! The Atelier is the handmade contest portion of the event where competitors can show off J-Fashion outfits of their own creation for the chance to win prizes! Participation for both events is open to all J-Fashion styles. Please sign up with J-Fashion Staff in the Hyatt Place lobby.
J-Fashion Game Night
Hyatt Place – Salon 1 & 2
Sunday: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Join us for a casual social game night! Bring your own board games and consoles, or just show up for a fun time. J-Fashion or kigurumi attire encouraged!
Whether you sing in the shower or on the radio, you're welcome on FanimeCon's Karaoke stage, presented by the Karaoke Kaizokudan! Queue up for Open Mic Karaoke, participate in one of our amazing contests, or just take a seat and chill to the music!
Please note that for FanimeCon 2023, a mask that covers both your mouth and nose is required at all times in the karaoke room, including during your performance.
Open Mic Karaoke
SJCC – Room 212
Friday: 11:00 pm – 2:00 am
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm; 11:00 pm – 2:00 am
Monday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
End-of-con group singalong, Monday at 2:00 pm
With our catalog of over 9,000 anime, video game, J-Pop, K-Pop, and Disney songs (with lyrics in both their native language and English), plus a full American karaoke system, AND the ability to plug in your own music, our karaoke setup has it all! Besides Open Mic Karaoke, we also run scheduled contests with fabulous prizes.
The Karaoke Contest
SJCC – Room 212
Check-in and At-con Signups:
Friday 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Friday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Join us for FanimeCon’s brightest showcase of singing talent!
Contestants perform two rounds of their favorite anime, game, or fandom music, and hope to make the Top Ten to compete in the Final Round. Winner walks away with a cash prize and a spotlight at the Masquerade! It all begins on Friday night.
Top Three win up to $150 in cash!
• Sign up online: kkd.ninja/fanime or in person: Friday 3:00 pm.
• Contestants must check in before the Preliminary Round begins.
UKFC: Ultimate Karaoke Fighting Championship
Saturday: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
This karaoke game show is less about voice and more about guts!! Can you sing tunes from Sonic while running around at the speed of sound??
Can you fake an idol dance routine on the spot? How good are you at animal sounds?? Go head-to-head in a tournament bracket of comedic, music-based challenges that utilize every note in our songbook and every prop in our closet. You might even win some sweet cash prizes on the road to victory!
• Sign up for this contest by showing up at 9:00 pm!
SJCC – Room 212
Saturday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Musicians and music-lovers wanted! Come and vibe to FanimeCon’s most delightful showcase of musical talent. Performers, show off your ownBy Fans, For Fans 24
original work or special arrangement of an anime or video game song! We encourage you to play any musical instruments you can bring to the stage. Both solo acts and groups are welcome. Best in Show wins $100 in cash!
• Sign up online: kkd.ninja/ fanime
Fanimaid ☆ Karaoke
SJCC – Room 212
Sunday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kick back and let loose this evening with Fanimaids! After the Maid Café has closed for the day, our maids are here to unwind at this totally fun, totally informal karaoke hour. Join us in singing, shouting, and bopping along to our favorite anime tunes! Open to all, no tickets required.
Dumpster Fire Talent Show (15+)
SJCC – Room 212
Sunday 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The contest formerly known as Gong Show!
Do you have an act that doesn’t fit anywhere else? A funny talent no one has ever done before? From original musicals about your catgirl mermaid OC, to ketchup and mustard Vocaloid beach parties, to Top Gun fighter jet slash fanfiction – after 15 years of this we have seen it all. And we want to see more. We’re looking for offbeat comedy that can commit to the bit: it doesn’t have to be good, but it ought to be cursed. If that sounds like a fun time, stay for the show! Or even better: compete for the infamous Worst in Show award!
Top Three win cash, and everyone gets a participation trophy!
• Sign up online: kkd.ninja/ fanime
Fan Events K-Pop Random Dance Play
Come join your fellow K-Pop fans as we dance to our favorite songs. Show off your skills or just have fun while enjoying the blend of the old and new in this mix put together by Nocturne Dance!
Cosplay Anywhere @ Summer Fest
Improv meets Anime. Cosplay Anywhere is a community-building, friendshipmaking, think-on-your-feet, messy, laugh-out-loud EXPERIENCE that you can engage in at your level of comfort. You can participate in games, provide suggestions, or simply watch in the audience. It’s essentially a series of theater games built around the theme of Summer Festival. Cosplay is welcomed, but not mandatory.
Do you like anime? Do you like video games? Do you like cosplay? Well, do we have an event for you! Come join
Minigame Extravaganza Palooza Royalty! Do you have what it takes to conquer the challenges and claim the PRIZES (yes, prizes!) that await?
K-Pop Dance Party
The K-Pop Dance Party is back at FanimeCon and better than ever! Come join us as we host a random dance play and more fun K-Pop events! There are plenty of chances to win prizes, so don’t miss out!
Love Live Random Play Dance
Idolize Project is here to bring FanimeCon’s first Love Live dance play! Grab your dance shoes, and turn on those penlights as we play songs from across the Love Live franchise. From Muse to Liella, you’re bound to find a song you know.
SJCC – Room 230
Friday – Sunday: 8:00 pm – 2:00 am
FanimeCon’s Dance Hall is back! This year we’ll be bringing you a brand new lineup featuring fresh faces who have the tunes to get you grooving all night long. These folks may be new to FanimeCon but they’ve definitely made a name for themselves in The Bay Area music scene.
The Dance Hall will start at 8:00 pm with a variety of DJs, who will bring you all kinds of music ranging anywhere from House, Disco, Trap… maybe even your favorite anime tracks!
Our line up consists of hand-selected artists from Bay Area Music Collective, Boots N’ Cats Entertainment, Crash Course, Twitch Streaming Sensations, and a few returning veterans. We hope to see you all there!
Some of our featured artists include: ALIMAHM00D, D!LEMMA, DJ COLBURN, LUONGEVITY, NICO.
SWEATS, DJ SEF CAT, DOZAGE, DJ SANDMAN, DJ MELODICVERSE
Dance Hall Rules
All FanimeCon rules and Code of Conduct apply to attendees of the FanimeCon Dance, with the following additions:
• Attendees are subject to a precursory security check (please have ID and Badge ready).
• Only small bags for personal items (phone, wallet, keys) are allowed.
• NO large bags or totes allowed (we want a lot of space on the dance floor for you to boogie!).
• No bags allowed on the floor (we don’t want anyone tripping on them while groovin’).
• Once you leave the Dance Area, please get back in line to re-enter.
• No outside food or beverages are allowed in the Dance Area.
• Cosplay is encouraged but be mindful of large props. Staff may ask you to set them aside when dancing.
• Physical and/or verbal harassment of any kind will NOT be tolerated. This includes taunting.
• Chemical-based glow products (i.e. glow sticks, necklaces, or bracelets) are not allowed in the Dance Area.
• LED-based lighting products are allowed as long as they do not represent a danger to other attendees.
• NO laser pointers will be allowed.
• Unattended items found at the Dance will be held at the Dance Ops desk until the Dance ends each night. After that time, items will be relocated to Lost & Found.
Dance Floor Principles
Inclusion – All fans of music and dancing should feel welcomed.
Safety – Please look after your fellow fans. Co-Creation – FanimeCon is put on By Fans, For Fans such as yourself! This couldn’t be possible without you.
The one golden principle – Don’t Be That Person who ruins the fun for everyone.
The Dance Area is a high traffic area and attending can increase chances of coming in contact with COVID-19. While precautions and high ventilation systems are in place, this does not guarantee a 100% safe environment. For this reason, FanimeCon COVID-19 policies will be strictly enforced in the Dance Area. If you are found to be in violation of these policies, you will be asked to leave with or without warning. Capacity will be limited during this time and doors to the outside terrace will remain open to provide ventilation. Social distancing will be recommended in the Dance Area and you may be asked to spread out. Dance staff or Security will give you instructions and you will be required to follow all directions given or be asked to leave.
Private Event Notice
The FanimeCon Dance is a private event hosted for the attendees of FanimeCon. An official FanimeCon badge is required for entry. A FanimeCon badge cannot be obtained at the entrance to the Dance Area and may not be available for purchase during Dance event hours. FanimeCon badges must be purchased at Registration during normal Registration hours (please visit fanime.com or ask the Info Desk for Registration hours).
Crowd Photo Release Form
Please be aware that by entering this area, you consent to having your voice, name, and/or likeness used without compensation in any and all media, including films and tapes, whether now known or hereafter devised in perpetuity. And that you release FanimeCon, its successors, and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.
Photosensitivity and Risk of Seizure Warning
Performances may incorporate strobe and strobe-based effects.
Atmospheric Effect Warning
Performances might incorporate use of a haze machine.
The Dance is open to all ages, but a responsible adult should accompany children under the age of 13. After 10:00 pm, the lyrical content may not be suitable for those under 18.
FanimeCon wants our attendees, guests, and staff to feel comfortable and safe when attending the Dance. To ensure the safety of our Dance attendees and staff, bags of any kind may be subject to inspection prior to entering the Dance Area. All unattended items will be left at your own risk. There are no spaces inside the Dance Area that are considered safe and secure for people to store their items.
Marriott – Willow Glen 2 & 3
Friday: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am – 12:00 am
Monday: Open in the morning for donations
Want to go to Black & White Ball, but don't have anything to wear? Do you have formal wear collecting dust in your closet? Having issues decoding the Black & White Ball dress code? Our helpful staff at Idris' Closet can give you a hand! Idris' Closet is a formal wear thrift shop that will be open during
FanimeCon to help with your Black & White Ball needs!
Our giveaway is back again this year with brand new prizes! Stop 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. Donations and purchases will not improve your chances of winning.
From J-Pop to J-Rock, Anisong to VK, and beyond, MusicFest aims to showcase a variety of amazing talents from Japan at an exciting and adrenaline-pumping concert! Also be sure to catch each Guest of Honor’s panels and autograph sessions.
Please note that MusicFest will be following all FanimeCon COVID-19 policies at our events, including indoor masking.
San Jose City National Civic Auditorium–across the street from SJCC
Sunday: 5:30 pm (Doors open) Sunday: 6:00 pm (Performances Start)
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.
Returning to emcee the Masquerade in 2023 are our Guests of Honor, AICOSU. AICOSU are a couple cosplay team who focus on bringing more than just cosplay to the community. They are a duo you do NOT want to miss! Check out their panels throughout the weekend, stop by their booth in the Artist Alley, and then see them at the Masquerade on masking.
Panels 1–SJCC LL21A:E
Monday: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Another FanimeCon has come to a close. Let’s wrap up the con together and say farewell until next year!Fans, For Fans
San Jose Marriott – Ballroom
Sunday 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
It’s time for an evening of elegance and fun at the Black & White Ball! Join us on Sunday night for an exciting evening by wearing your best formal wear, formal cosplay, or lolita fashion along with your favorite dancing shoes. Get excited for great music, photography, and (of course) hours of dancing!
Want even more dancing?
There will be dancing all weekend, from performances and challenges at Stage Zero to a Decompression Dance Party – an informal social dance on Saturday for everyone to have fun and practice what they learned in a casual setting. There’s no need to dress up, but dress code rules regarding heels still apply (see below).
Not sure how to dance?
The Black & White Ball offers group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball! Private lessons will also be offered on a first come, first served basis throughout the weekend, so sign up during the con!
Don’t have something that fits within the dress code?
Can’t find anything to wear? Want to donate old formal wear to help out a good cause? Head on over to Idris’ Closet to find whatever you may need at an affordable price! All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
Black & White Ball Dress Code
The dress code for the Black & White Ball is formal. For more details, please follow the guidelines in the dress code below. Cosplay and lolita are allowed as long as the attire fits within the guidelines listed below.
As stated in the Code of Conduct, face masks will be required during the Black & White Ball. Please note: While the coat check is returning this year, please store your valuables (large bags, props, etc.) in a safe location before coming to the Black & White Ball.
Tops: Button-up long-sleeve shirts • Button-up short-sleeve shirts • Blouses
• Dress jackets • Evening jackets • Suit jackets • Formal vests
Bottoms: Dress pants • Slacks • Khakis • Chinos • Leggings worn under appropriate dresses/skirts • Lolita ouji-style formal shorts that meet the dress/skirt length requirement
Dresses/Skirts: Evening Gowns • Dresses/skirts that reach the top of the knee cap • Dresses/skirts with a sheer (see-through) layer that reaches to the top of the knee must also have an opaque (not see-through) layer that extends to fingertip length (at minimum)
• Formal hats
T-shirts • Tank tops • Muscle shirts • Tube tops • Ripped shirts • Not wearing a shirt
Jeans/denim of any kind • Shorts and cutoffs • Ripped pants • Athletic pants • Sweatpants • Leggings not worn under appropriate dresses/skirt
Dresses/skirts that are higher than the top of the knee cap • Dresses/ skirts with a sheer (see-through) layer that reaches to the top of the knee but does not have an opaque (not see-through) layer that extends to fingertip length (at minimum)
• Accessories with excessive dangling objects
Shoes: Dress shoes
• Ballroom-dance shoes
• Dress boots • Flats • Clean shoes with no visible logos • Character shoes • Formal sandals with straps to secure the heel
If your shoes have heels/platform of any kind, they must be…
• Heels that are 4” or lower (including platform)
• Heels that are the size of/larger than a nickel in diameter at the tip
Shoes with large, visible logos (ie. Nike “swoosh”) • Athletic sneakers/ tennis shoes • Birkenstocks • Uggs • Crocs • Clogs • Flip-flops • Bare feet
• Slipper-type shoes
If your shoes have heels/platform of any kind, they cannot be…
• Heels over 4” (including platform)
• Stiletto heels (narrow-tipped heels that are less than a nickel in diameter at the tip
* The Dress Code will be strictly enforced–we will be denying entry to individuals wearing inappropriate attire. Individuals who repeatedly disobey the dress code after entry will be asked to leave the event.
If you have any specific questions relating to the dress code or would like to know whether or not the outfit you’re planning to wear is appropriate, please email us at email@example.com
Video Room Events
Adult Video Programming
Adult Gaming Room
Adult Manga Lounge
Stage of Stars Legend
(16+) Panels with topics geared toward a suggested age group.
(18+) Panels with topics geared toward an older audience.
Identification (driver’s license, ID card, passport, etc.) is required.
Video/Silver islandArt by Nancy Tsai
Friday–Sunday: 10:00 am –10:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
It’s time for FanimeCon’s legendary video programming to return! Come and join us at the DoubleTree and overindulge yourself in your favorite anime. Visit our three rooms jampacked with a variety of shows and special FanimeCon Programming. We can’t wait to see you there. No video recording is allowed during screenings.
FanimeCon has long been a fan of AMVs and the people who make them. We here at Video Programming like to give AMVs the time they deserve in the spotlight by showcasing AMVs in many events during the con. So come and cheer for AMVs and their creators!
Video Room Events
FanimeCon Short Film Showcase
After 16 amazing years of programming, FanimeCon’s hit Short Film Showcase is gearing up for another exciting exhibition! Come and be a part of FanimeCon’s version of Spike and Mike Festivals, showing some of the finest in animation, music videos, and commercials.
Abridged Series Screenings
Following the satire and comedy tradition of Mystery Science Theater 3000, these anime abridged shows hold nothing sacred as they poke at plot holes and have a good laugh. First proposed by our attendees, FanimeCon introduced this room a few years ago and we have never looked back! We welcome you to join us in watching these fan-made parodies, which are often the most ridiculous
things you could ever imagine from your favorite shows! So pull up a chair and prepare to bust a gut!
Classic Anime Hell
Come and see a classic screening from the past depths of Anime Hell. Will you see Forklift Driver Klaus –The First Day on the Job? Will Hard Gay make an appearance or will he be rejected by Don Hertzfeldt? Well, you’ll just have to come on in to the mouth of madness to see...
Anime Hell is a free-form video presentation featuring short film clips, commercials, failed pilots, amateur films, found video, instructional and educational films, music videos, and film trailers from Japan and elsewhere. Unfunny cable TV clip shows cannot compare to the live group fun of Anime Hell!
Silver Island (18+)
Friday–Sunday: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am A mature destination.
After the success of FanimeCon’s Silver Anniversary in 2019, we would like to announce the return of Silver Island, an area for older and mature audiences! A place where you can enjoy all the exclusive mature, age-restricted programming you desire. To visit Silver Island, step aboard the shuttle service to the DoubleTree from the Convention Center area.
You must be 18 years or older, and have a valid, unexpired government issued photo ID in order to be admitted to any of the programming at Silver Island. Valid Government-issued IDs (must not be expired).
• Driver’s License
• State ID
• Military ID
School IDs, library cards, insurance cards, and other forms of IDs are not acceptable. No exceptions.
Adult Video Programming (18+)
Our infamous Hentai Nights return to FanimeCon! Moans, groans, and panting from both the audience and the screen! Three scintillating nights of tentacles, school girls, and so much more!
Accompanying Hentai Nights at Silver Island is Video Programming’s Midnight Madness and Hentai Music Videos! From the serious to the silly, sensual to smut, be ready for MST3Kstyle commentary from the community, and don’t be afraid to join in some of the chants.
Adult Gaming Room (18+)
Come join us in the Late Night Mature Gaming Room! Here you can enjoy games with more mature themes not available in the Gaming Hall. We have Cards Against Humanity, Dead of Winter Crossroads, Tentacle Bento, and more!
Late Night Mature Gaming Room Game Check-Out Policy
Present your valid government-issued ID and FanimeCon badge with matching names.
Temporarily hand over your FanimeCon badge to Tabletop Staff. Upon returning the game in the condition in which it was received and verification of your ID, your FanimeCon badge will be returned. Only one game may be checked out per individual.
While renting games, please adhere to the following:
• Handle these items with respect and return them in the same condition in
which you received them with all pieces intact.
• Keep food and drink away from the playing area. (Sealed water containers are allowed.)
• Return the game on request for tournament or special event use.
• Observe the Gaming Hall Rules and the FanimeCon 2023 Code of Conduct.
Adult Manga Lounge (18+)
Play at FanimeCon all day and then relax with us into the late night at our new Silver Island manga lounge extension! Come and browse our modest selection of 18+ books, featuring Yaoi, Yuri, and BL. Take a break from the more rowdy spaces of our little island getaway!
A new offering for 2023, find us upstairs at the DoubleTree across from Adult Video Programming!
Night Market (18+)
We understand wanting to take a peek at what is under those squares of post-it notes on the posters in the Main Exhibit Hall or how embarrassing it is to inquire about the vendor concerning THOSE books hidden away under the tables. At the Silver Island’s Night Market, you can shop well into the late hours for all the R-rated materials your heart desires! No more post-it notes!
Stage of Stars (18+)
Ever wanted your own spotlight? Come join us for three nights of Anything Goes Programming on a stage! Games, performances, discussions, and demonstrations that are not normally talked about are welcomed here! From raunchy to retro, there’s something for everyone at this adult-only stage!
Guest of Honor Panels
(16+) Panels with topics geared toward a suggested age group.
(18+) Panels with topics geared toward an older audience. Identification (driver’s license, ID card, passport, etc.) is required.Art by Elda The
Guest of Honor Panels
Anime and Manga for Parents
Want to deepen your knowledge about anime and manga? Come discuss various aspects of Japanese media with Guest of Honor and anime historian Gilles Poitras.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to cosplay, you just have to be creative! Guest of Honor VampyBitMe shares her tips and tricks on costeffective cosplays.
Cosplay Makeup 101
Want to become your favorite character in real life? Learn cosplay makeup basics such as prep, products, and technique from Guest of Honor and cosplayer Yashafluff!
Guests of Honor Aicosu, a married cosplay team of 14+ years, share their experiences and tips on switching up your dynamic and cosplaying together with your partner!
From Fan to Tokyo Explorer
Guest of Honor Gilles Poitras discusses how shaping his Tokyo visits around anime and manga gave him a new view of the city, resulting in his new book Tokyo Stroll
Gundam/Gunpla is for Everyone!
Guest of Honor VampyBitMe discusses all things Gundam/Gunpla related, sharing her recommendations on kits, tools, and a lot more! She’ll also be hosting giveaways!
Hilarious Hentai Read Along! 18+
Come look at naughty hentai doujinshi while Guests of Honor Aicosu voice act the dialogue and sound effects, which will change based on audience suggestions!
Join Guest of Honor Hirokatsu Kihara as he discusses his work in horror, including collaborative work with renowned horror manga artist Junji Ito.
Join Guest of Honor Jordana Robinson from Mossbadger for a fun fashion game with audience participation. Show off your coordinates and win prizes!
Love & Light with Cherami Leigh
Slow down and take a breath with Guest of Honor Cherami Leigh as she leads us through some intentional reflection on things that bring us love, light, and joy.
Make Rosettes with Mossbadger
Craft with Guest of Honor Jordana from Mossbadger as she shows you how to make rosette brooch clips, a cute accessory for your J-Fashion coordinate. Limited seats!
Mario Maker Mayhem
Join Guests of Honor Alex and Jirard of the Super Beard Bros. as they play the hardest Mario Maker 2 levels they can find! You might be able to play and win prizes too!
Photoshoots: A Cosplayer's Guide
Photo shoots aren't about being photogenic, they're about planning! Learn the workings behind a successful shoot from Guest of Honor and cosplayer Yashafluff.
Q&A with Cherami Leigh
Guest of Honor Cherami Leigh has voiced for Sailor Moon, Fairy Tail, Persona 5, Kotaro Lives Alone, and more. Bring your questions, and she'll answer them!
Q&A with Keisuke Ueda
Bring your questions and get to know more about MusicFest headliner, singer, and 2.5D stage and voice actor Guest of Honor Keisuke Ueda!
Q&A with Kyle McCarley
Come meet Guest of Honor Kyle McCarley, a voice actor known for his roles in Mobile Suit Gundam: IronBlooded Orphans, Mob Psycho 100, and NieR: Automata!
Studio Ghibli: 35 Years with Totoro
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro with Guest of Honor Hirokatsu Kihara! Mr. Kihara will also discuss his work on other Ghibli classics.
Support for New Dungeon Masters
Guests of Honor Aicosu have good news for you – being a Dungeon Master is not hard and it's a LOT of fun! Come to this panel and they'll show you how!
The BnB: Board Games with GoHs
Guest of Honor and voice actor Kyle McCarley hosts The Board and Barrel show he streams on Twitch, except this time it’s live in-person, with other FanimeCon Guests of Honor!
The Completionist Q&A
Guest of Honor Jirard "The Completionist" Khalil has spent 12+ years beating games to 100% and making videos about it. Come and meet the man himself!
Tokyo the Cheap & Easy Way
Visiting Tokyo is not expensive or complex, and navigating the city can be simple once you know what you’re doing. Come and find out how you can cut costs and easily explore Tokyo!
Twitch Tech Talk
Guest of Honor and voice actor Kyle McCarley shows you how he does things on his Twitch channel! Learn some new tricks and get a glimpse behind the curtain.
California Cosplay Gala
Learn about the intertwining world of cosplay and dance through California Cosplay Gala, the premiere cosplay dance organizer!
Create and Publish Your Manga
eigoMANGA's team will hold a tutorial workshop to teach how to create, publish, and release your own manga.
Dark Horse Manga
Dark Horse titles include Innocent, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Mob Psycho 100, Berserk, Emanon, and more. Come by and bring your questions!
eigoMANGA's development team will host a panel to discuss anime/manga app development for mobile devices.
eigoMANGA Industry Panel
The eigoMANGA team has come together to discuss upcoming manga, games, apps, and animation projects. Come win manga prizes!
Altering Lolita Fashion
Want to alter lolita for fit and fashion? Join veteran lolitas Fabrickind and Hairspring to learn to embellish, tailor, upgrade, and combine garments.
Get the Look—Anime Edition!
Want to dress like your favorite character? Join Japanese fashion experts Jenna and Kelp as they match up real-life garments to fictional fashion!
How To Tie A Perfect Bow
Can’t get your bow picture perfect? Drop in for a quick lesson on how to tie a perfect bow!
Learn to Tie an Obi!
We will be learning to tie casual style obis! Bring your own, or try one of the ones provided! No kimono/yukata dressing instructions, obi tying only!
Let's Draw J-Fashion!
Want to practice drawing J-Fashion and Kawaii things? Join this chill drawing workshop! Some supplies provided. All skill levels welcome!
Lolita Fashion 101
Interested in lolita fashion but don’t know where to start? Come learn the basics in this 101 panel!
Materials For Lolita Fashion
Want to get started sewing your own lolita fashion? Join Fabrickind to learn which fabrics and trims will get you all frilled up!
Metamorphose temps de fille – Coordinate Commentary
Lolita fashion brand Metamorphose comments on outfits submitted by fans! Please note that this panel is pre-recorded.
Metamorphose temps de fille – Design Ranking
Lolita fashion brand Metamorphose reviews and comments on ranking of popular designs chosen by fans! Please note that this panel is pre-recorded.
Got the perfect outfit but not sure what to do for the perfect photo? Come get some posing tips for looking your best!
Help design the ultimate lolita fashion print! This is an interactive panel where the audience can pick and draw print elements to create a new design.
Sneak Peak: Haenuli Design
Haenuli has been a lolita fashion designer and illustrator for 16+ years. Join us for a sneak peak of her newest designs and a live virtual Q&A session!
You've Got Mail!
Ever wondered how to order fashion from Japan? Curious about mail forwarding? Have questions about shipping? Hosts Seams and Jenna will answer it all!
4Kids: More Good, Bad, & Ugly
Love 'em or hate 'em, 4Kids changed the Western anime community 4ever. Join us as we take another extended look back on their controversial legacy.
A Brief History of Kotodama 18+
Performance artist and comedian
Vanessa Moonrot returns to FanimeCon for another round of avant-garde standup comedy nobody technically asked for.
A Guide Through Isekai Series 16+
Isekai has taken the world of anime by storm, but if you dig deeper you can find so much more to it than just a genre–you can find isekai.
A Kojima Fan Panel: MGS to DS2 16+
Hideo Kojima has announced Death Stranding 2 and we'll talk about his gameography, life, podcast, and essay collection.
A Queer History of Fandom
From Trekkie zines to Xena and Gabrielle, and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to "Don't Like, Don't Read," we explore the history of queer creations in fandom.
A Queer History of Video Games
A mostly spoiler-free walkthrough of gender and romance in video games, from mainstream to the indie scene.
An Intro to Magical Girls
Join A-to-J Connections as they dissect all things magical girl and discuss the genre’s history, core themes, and several of the most popular titles.
An Uncensored Hentai Review! 18+
Glitch the Digital Demon welcomes you to hentai reviews, skits, prizes, stupid questions, and more! Just like his online show but uncensored!
Anime and Black Culture 16+
Anime and Black culture often go hand in hand. Come have a blast learning, talking, and debating things related to anime and Black culture.
Anime Survivor 16+
Survivor is a reality television show where people vote each other off of an island until one remains. This is that but with Ash Ketchum and Kirito.
Anime to See Before You Die 18+
Thought-provoking, bizarre, and historically significant anime covering mature subjects. This is anime for the adult fan!
Anime Unpopular Opinions 16+
Do you have an unpopular opinion in anime, gaming, or fandom? Vent, rant, and be heard in this support group for fans with underrepresented views!
Revolting, unpleasant, and sometimes downright evil. These aren’t your average run-of-the-mill jerks. These are: Anime’s. Biggest. A**holes.
Anime's Fiercest Females
Anime has had many strong female protagonists through the years. Get acquainted with the passionate, tough, and daring ladies of anime in this panel!
Ash Can’t Catchum 16+
Ash Ketchum took, like, 20 years to defeat the Pokémon League – something most of us can do in less than 20 hours.
Bad Fanfiction 18+
We're back with more plot holes and perversions. Come see if you can make it through two hours of the worst fanfiction the Internet has to offer.
Bad Hentai 18+
Year seven! Bad animation, terrible voice acting, hamsters as a unit of measure, and things that should not be seen! This panel shouldn't be this popular.
Ready to discuss what makes Berserk the epic story that it is? Over 30 years after the manga’s inception, gather with your own band: the fans of BERSERK
Bioengineered Catgirls & You! 16+
Join “Dogtor” Ben in a meme-filled and semi-scientific journey into the science behind gene editing and the possible future of catgirls/boys.
California Anime Eating & Adventures
Join me, Ann Tran, six year Gold Yelp Elite and 19th most influential in North America, for a review of all the must-stops, shops, and anime eats in California!
Check out this panel about the Japanese City Pop genre, vinyl, and culture from the 1970s and 1980s!
Without video games, all we would have are Skip-Its and sticks with hoops, so let’s talk about the history of video games, from Magnavox to Microsoft.
Convention Stories 16+
A chance to hear stories from people who attend conventions as professionals while also having the opportunity to share your own stories.
Cup Noodles: Beyond Styrofoam
We slurp our way through Nissin’s extensive history of product placement, including manga about the king of ramen: CUP NOODLES!
Cosplay Wrestling Federation: Fanimania
Get ready for the biggest show in Anime Sports Entertainment, now expanded across two nights! Join us ringside as our wrestlers go head-to-head to settle personal rivalries and see who will win the CWF Heavyweight Championship!
Creative Commons and Your Art
Creative Commons is a great tool for artists, but can often be confusing to understand. I will try to help you unravel CC for your art.
Cthulhu for President! 16+ Cthulhu for President! Why choose the lesser evil? The longest running campaign in anime convention history continues!
DIO Did Nothing Wrong 16+
You expected the Joestars to be the protagonists, but it was I, DIO! Vile Speedwagon Foundation propaganda has sullied my name for too long. WRYYYY!
Do Your Choices Matter? 16+
Interactive video games give you the chance to direct the story…or do they? How branching are these narratives, anyway?
Dragon Age Otome 18+
Play everyone's favorite fantasy dating sim in real life. Audience members can win a "date" with their favorite Dragon Age characters and other prizes.
Extremely Hard Anime Quiz 16+
This is a multiple-choice, open-book, takehome quiz that begins on the website three weeks before the con. Look up anything you want to get the answers.
Fifth Gen Isn't Pokémon 16+ Machamp? Pokémon. Charizard? Pokémon. Keldeo? Someone’s sick idea of fanart.
Frontchill: Stories & Games 16+
Become Frontchill Fam! Join a group of storytelling enthusiasts at this introduction to a channel celebrating tabletop roleplaying games, board games, video games, and overall meta.
Game Translation Gone Wrong
Exploring the history of quirky, silly, and funny mistranslations in video game history over the past four decades.
Intro to Japanese Mahjong
Seen the Saki and Akagi anime? Ever wanted to learn Japanese Mahjong? Here's your chance! After this panel, jump right in and play in the gaming hall!
Intro to Masquerades
Ever considered competing in a masquerade? Showcase your cosplay or flex your acting with top skills! Learn how to prepare for the stage and put your best work forward!
Intro to Tokusatsu
Discover the insane world of Tokusatsu! Learn the origins of Godzilla, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and more!
Japan’s Media Culture of Food
Food is a big part of Japanese culture. How is it portrayed in Japanese media, and how can you achieve the same experience outside of Japan?
Kinky Side to Anime Explained 18+
Seen some kinky stuff in anime? Wanna talk and learn about it in a fun way? Welcome to the "Kinky Side to Anime Explained.”
K-Pop’s Second Gen Paved the Way
K-Pop’s second generation was one of K-Pop’s most beloved eras, and that set the stage for K-Pop’s explosion in the third and now fourth generations.
Learning History Through Anime
Want to claim being a weeb is educational? Come and learn about the lesser-known historical settings and inspirations of various anime, manga, and games!
Let's Talk About Harems 16+
Harem is the least realistic genre of anime – when was the last time one girl was interested in you, let alone five?
Have you watched Madoka Magica but haven't had enough of the series'
amazing story? Come join our panel for discussions and trivia with prizes!
Magic in Anime 16+
Join the Horn and Cauldron podcast duo as we rant, review, and analyze the magics, systems, and creatures of three different awesome anime series.
Make Anime Great Again 16+
When anime was first invented by Carl Barks, it was good, wholesome, and full of tournament arcs. Now it's just a bunch of moe blobs. What happened?
Make My Pokédex
Swing by our interactive game show where players create unique, neverbefore-seen Pokémon through drawing and improv games.
Marketing & Selling Your Craft 16+
So you made fanart…now what? Chat with two professionals across music, art, and content creation on how to create, market, and monetize your work.
Modern Relationships in Anime 16+
From winning the girl to entering into a healthy relationship, romantic dynamics in anime have changed, and Nakama Podcast is here to talk about it!
More Than City Pop
Join A-to-J Connections as we examine the various bands, genres, and songs that helped define one of the most memorable decades in J-Pop: The ‘80s.
Music of The Lost Decade
Join A-to-J Connections as we take a look at what really topped the Japanese music charts in the transitional "lost" decade: The ‘90s.
Mythology of Summons
Learn about the mythology that inspired the summons of Final Fantasy
Name That Anime Tune
Think you're an anime music maestro? Put your skills to the test in this game show! Quickly identify anime by their OP, ED, or OST songs to win prizes!
Nerdcore Is Not Dead! 16+
A primer on Nerdcore Hip Hop and other geeky rappers intended to whet the appetite of the discerning lyric fiend.
Neurotechnology in Anime
Learn about the neurotech in anime like Ghost in the Shell, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and Paprika! Is it possible? Does it already exist? Come find out!
Nothing But JAV 18+
Join A-to-J Connections as we dive into the world of Japanese Adult Video, and examine what makes it unique compared to adult content overseas!
Oh the (Animated)
Ultra-violence. Demons. Psychological thrillers… Sink your fangs into titles old and new as we explore the darkness that anime has to offer!
Otaku Comedy Tournament 16+
A comedy competition to find the best amateur stand-up comic at FanimeCon! Contestants will have two minutes to impress the judges. Top Eight will go head-to-head in the finals to find the funniest otaku at FanimeCon!
PBS: The Secret Anime Channel 16+
Anime on PBS? Pre-internet crowdsourcing? Come join Nick Redman for a history lesson in how anime was distributed and broadcast around the Bay Area.
Playing to…Win? 16+
Fighting games are for everyone! A unique experience on learning that winning isn't everything and how having the right mindset helps.
Pokémon: Mommy & Daddy Version 18+
Prepare for trouble! The OG late night 18+ Pokémon game show returns to FanimeCon! Join us for games, #$%!, and glorious humiliation. DEGENERATES ONLY!
Queerness and Magical Girls 16+
What is it about the mahou shoujo genre that so often inspires queerness? What is it about queer girls that’s just so darn magical? Join us to find out!
Realities of Quality Assurance Testing 18+
Ever wanted to be a game tester? This panel will show you the ups and downs in the development process of AAA video games.
Romantic Values in Shoujo 16+
From kabedon to amae, we will explore popular love tropes in shoujo anime and manga.
The annual 2023 Self-Publishing panel shares timeless advice and up-to-date information on how to get your books out your way.
Sewing Stretch Fabric
Want to sew stretch fabrics but find it daunting? Silencedrowns and Fabrickind will teach patterning, sewing, and fabric choice for knits.
Ship or Skip 16+
Present your favorite ship and see if it hits or misses at this audience-oriented panel!
Anyone is allowed up, so come and rep your favorite couple!
Skill Check! First Rap RPG! 16+
If you enjoy tabletop role-playing and hip-hop, this is the adventure for you! We are bringing our best freestyle rappers to entertain!
Sonic: An Unfortunate History 16+
Sonic the Hedgehog was once one of the titans of the gaming industry, but now he’s just a bad meme and a lot of really disturbing fan art.
Sumo! You Should Watch
There has never been a better time to start watching sumo! Come learn more about one of Japan's national sports!
The Hero's Journey
How do shounen and shoujo main characters differ from American comics, and why do we love them?
The Isekai Renaissance
“Another world” stories were once pure escapism in a fantasy world, but now focus on real-life skills and elevating the mundane. Nakama Podcast is here to show how that advanced the Isekai genre.
Vintage Anime – Name That Year
A celebration of classic anime! Attendees compete to identify pre-2001 anime openings with their respective year. Two full sessions in a single panel!
Ever wondered how VTubers control their avatars? Interested in starting VTubing yourself? Find out the programs and hardware involved in VTubing!
Waluigi Time! 16+
Waluigi hasn’t had his own game, so we won the rights for the character off Miyamoto in a game of Mario Tennis and are ready to get to work.
Weathering with You(r Cosplay)
SuncakeMooncake Cosplay will discuss how to keep your cosplays comfy and cool (or warm), while still looking your best in all weather situations!
Which Mechs Would Work?
Join Marine and Iraq War veteran Dave as he explores which robots from anime, film, and games could realistically be assets in combat.
011ybits Pixel Art..........................305
168 Dragon Trading.....................310
All Items From Akihabara..............111
Anime Los Angeles (ALA)...............815
Anime Palace.......................610, 806
Arsenic x Cyanide.........................006
Black Cat Jewelry & Gifts...............928
Cards & Comics Central................706
Closet Geek LLC............................002
Collectors Universe & Anime ....504, 702
Creative Offset LLC........................414
Cupcakes and Switchblades.........1122
Cutie Pop Nail Shop......................119
The Daki Booth...........................1224
Electro Flash Media.......................102
sjcc Hall 1 2
FanimeCon – Charity.....................016
FanimeCon Dealer Ops.................007
FanimeCon Guest of Honor............124
FanimeCon Guest of Honor: Cherami Leigh.........................126
Fantastic Fam........................302, 602
Haneda Project, LLC......................915
Hero Wares and Supplies............1110
Just Flip TCG...............................1030
Kitty Kafe............................902, 1006
Komorebi Japan LLC......................203
Kuroheim Item Shop......................421
LA Gundam Hobby.......................206
Lewd Complex LLC......................1227
Magic and Monsters......................211
Magical Girl Bella.......................1025
Mega Negi...................326, 403, 615
Neo Happyland Co.....................1210
Pac West Kimono..........................010
Shark Robot..........................320, 924
Solis Game Studio.......................1002
Studio Artelier.....................905, 1020
Sugar Clay Cafe...........................705
Surf City Etching.........................1208
Tee Turtle Fandoms........................120
Tee Turtle LLC..............................1124
Toy Arena Inc.............................1214
Toylet Anime King.......................1114
Toys Logic.............................714, 805
Warui Karma LLC.......................1118
The Yaoi Army............................1128
Yen Pen Art..................................926
Yostar Of cial Store....................1106
Hall 3 sjcc
Benjamin L. (Head)
Lisa L. (Head)
Milton L. (Co-Head)
Michael L. (Co-Head)
Aaron A. (Second)
Amanda C. (Head)
Jessica C. (Second)
Nancy T. (Head)
Milton L. (Co-Head)
Steve Y. (Co-Head)
Sam W. (Head)
John L. (Head)
Milton L. (Head)
Ahmed B. (Head)
Scott R. (Head)
Charity Kat C. (Co-Head)
Candice L. (Co-Head)
Tina S. (Co-Head)
Aaron L. (Co-Head)
Andrew L. (Co-Head)
Michelle L. (Second)
Timothy D. (Head)
Sea K. (Second)
Andrew L. (Head)
Ashley V. (Lead)
Aaron L. (Head)
Phyllis D. (Co-Head)
Daniella O. (Co-Head)
Phyllis D. (Head)
Ninarose R. (Second)
Drake C. (Lead)
Scott R. (Head)
Bev S. (Co-Head)
Miko E. (Second)
Ian M. (Second)
Felicito S. (Second)
Ali M. (Head)
Lynn T. (Lead)
Scott R. (Head)
Albert T. (Head)
Maria C. (Second)
Linda D. (Second)
Sarah M. (Second)
Henley S. (Second)
Kevin W. (Second)
Tommy P. (Head)
Charleett R. (Second)
Valerie S. (Second)
Elliot T. (Second)
Tiffany P. (Head)
Diane K. (Second)
Ian P. (Second)
Jenna G. (Lead)
Adrian O. (Lead)
Bryan C. (Head)
Adrienne A. (Second)
Sydney M. (Second)
Ronna P. (Second)
Paul N. (Lead)
Tommy Z. (Lead)
Caitlin B. (Head)
Rena W. (Head)
Caitlin P. (Second)
Matthew M. (Head)
Ty A. (Second)
Justice B. (Second)
Patricia B. (Second)
London P. (Second)
Jerry G. (Head)
Fanime Music Video
Sarah F. (Head)
Felicito S. (Head)
Richard C. (Second)
Ariana J. (Second)
Jorge S. (Second)
Steven P. (Head)
Sylvie H. (Second)
Warren L. (Second)
Kiyah N. (Second)
Justin T. (Second)
Nate A. (Lead)
Panda B. (Lead)
Paien C. (Lead)
Connor D. (Lead)
Rene F. (Lead)
Edgar P. (Lead)
Gadi S. (Lead)
Diego S. (Lead)
Manny T. (Lead)
Erin W. (Lead)
Jonathan G. (Co-Head)
Jennifer I. (Co-Head)
Cassandra C. (Second)
Sarah F. (Second)
Albert L. (Second)
Samantha V. (Second)
Alex E. (Co-Head)
Gayle Q. (Co-Head)
Erik H. (Second)
Alex W. (Second)
Scott G. (Head)
Jimmy M. (Second)
Mark W. (Head)
Bernice C. (Second)
Ryan S. (Lead)
Jinni P. (Head)
Yvonne L. (Second)
Scott M. (Second)
Michael G. (Head)
Jeanina C. (Second)
Annie Y. (Second)
Viet N. Francisco N.
Ashlee T. Carolina T.
Daniella O. (Head)
Brianna G. (Lead)
Nicole M. (Lead)
Edmond C. (Second)
Keith H. (Second)
Kenneth L. (Second)
Liz T. (Head)
Aaron P. Michelle R.
Rebecca K. (Head)
Minjae K. (Second)
Matthew T. (Second)
Isabel B. (Lead)
Black and White Ball
Rebecca K. (Head)
Julia E. (Second)
Mirabel M. (Second)
Total N. (Second)
Victoria N. (Second)
Trickssi B. (Lead)
Robeson B. (Lead)
Tor H. (Lead)
Brandon H. (Lead)
Christine H. (Lead)
Darryl H. (Lead)
Andy H. (Lead)
Jackie K. (Lead)
Carissa K. (Lead)
Christopher L. (Lead)
Lillian L. (Lead)
Jim N. (Lead)
Ryan S. (Lead)
Allison S. (Lead)
T. Tammy T.
Chien-Kai W. Benson W.
W. Ashuka X.
Z. Masquerade Marisa P. (Head) Chris B. (Second)
Carmelo C. (Second)
Debra F. (Second) Katrina L. (Lead) Madelynn A.
C. Anna T.
Jessica T. (Head)
Mani D. (Second)
Mindy P. (Lead)
Michael S. (Head)
Jenna S. (Second)
William C. (Head)
Monica N. (Second)
Miguel V. (Second)
Ellena M. (Second)
Rosina T. (Second)
Julia W. (Second)
Staff Events and Appreciation
Ernesto E. (Head)
Che-lin H. (Head)
Antonio E. (Second)
D. Elisabeth D.
L. Annika P. Cian R.
Thrift Shop Taylor B. (Head)
Cheyenne C. (Second) Christine C. Wednesday F. Ana S.
Tye L. (Head)
Ai N. (Co-Head) Maggie C. (Second) Ansel C. Manomay D. Carlos G. Luis G. Ryder G. JULIAN H. Alex H.
H. Leland L.
L. Tami M.
M. Thao N. Suzu N.
Q. Michael T.
T. Wren W.
Wendell N. (Head)
Ali S. (Second)
Samuel D. (Lead)
Jessica D. (Lead)
Rachell S. (Lead)
Jamie S. (Lead)
Celina C. (Head)
Erik A. (Second)
Christopher K. (Second)
Jennifer M. (Lead)
Kathy M. (Lead)
Shannon T. (Lead)
Kevin W. (Head)
Daniel R. (Second)
Lost and Found
Christine A. (Head)
Drew Y. (Second)
Monica N. (Head)
Stephanie D. (Second)
Jose E. (Second)
David T. (Second)
August V. (Second)
Peter D. (Co-Head)
Nhi P. (Co-Head)
Jarrett J. (Second)
Leanne T. (Second)
Tim C. (Lead)
Karen C. (Lead)
Stephanie D. (Co-Head)
David T. (Co-Head)
Matthew M. (Second)
Gary G. (Head)
Isobel M. (Second)
Adult Manga Lounge
Kelseyrose A. (Second)
Isobel M. (Head)
Soo S. (Co-Head)
Stage of Stars
Kai L. (Head)
Po-Hsun C. (Second)
Will W. (Head)
Marcus R. (Co-Head)
Kalen F. (Second)
Nanette L. (Second)
Robert S. (Second)
Carlos P. (Head)
Erin W. (Co-Head)
Foundation for Anime and Niche Subcultures
Board of Directors
Che-lin H. (Co-Head)
Milton L. (Co-Head)
Sam W. (Co-Head)
Will W. (Co-Head)
Eric W. (Co-Head)
James L. (Head)
Ashley W. (Head)
Joyce L. (Second)
Hillary M. (Head)
Sarah M. (Second)
Scott R. (Head)
Claudia T. (Second)
Scott R. (Head)
Maria D. (Co-Head)
Nikki D. (Co-Head)