FanimeCon

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FanimeCon
In front of SJ Convention Ctr during FanimeCon 2010-05-30 4.JPG
The scene in front of McEnery Convention Center on May 30, 2010
Status Active
Venue San Jose McEnery Convention Center Coordinates: 37°19′46″N 121°53′19″W / 37.3294°N 121.8886°W / 37.3294; -121.8886
Location(s) San Jose, California
Country United States
Inaugurated 1994
Attendance 25,542 in 2013[1]
Website
http://www.fanime.com/

FanimeCon (also known as simply Fanime) is an annual anime convention run by the Anime Resource Group (ARG). It is the largest anime convention in Northern California [2] and the 5th largest North American anime convention as of 2013.[3] Originally conceived by Aaron Pilgrim, Jay Onda and Dennis Jann as a gathering of local anime clubs in Northern California, the first one was held at California State University, Hayward. The anime clubs at that first Fanime were Beefbowl Anime, Chabot Anime, Foothill Anime and No-Name Anime.

Later, it was held at the Foothill College campus in Los Altos Hills, and it then moved to the Santa Clara Convention Center. In 2004, FanimeCon was held in the San Jose Convention Center over Memorial Day weekend where it generated more than $5M in local economic impact.[4] The convention continues to be held annually at that location.

Programming[edit]

FanimeCon features events including a meet the guests reception ("The Yamaga Party"), artist's alley, a masquerade ("Cosplay Spectacular"), AMV contest, three dealers rooms, game show, karaoke, video gaming, tabletop gaming, dances, and musical performances ("MusicFest"). Big attractions include celebrity guests, such as Hiroyuki Yamaga, the Japanese writer-director-producer famous for the film The Wings of Honneamise.[5] There are also panels scheduled on a wide range of topics including anime blogs, pocky, and how to make shoes and boots for costumes. FanimeCon also includes round-the-clock video programming.[6]

History[edit]

Cosplayers at FanimeCon 2010 portraying characters from Street Fighter and The King of Fighters during a photo shoot.

FanimeCon was first held on June 19, 1994 at California State University, Hayward in Hayward, California as a free anime convention. FanimeCon stayed at California State University until 1996 when the convention moved to Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. Anime Resource Group (ARG) was formed the same year as the parent organization.[7] 1996 was also the first year the convention became a paid event.[8]

Hiroyuki Yamaga became FanimeCon's first Japanese guest of honor in 1997. The programming expanded to include an art show, a cosplay show, an anime game show, and live music. In 1998 FanimeCon expanded to two days and became a three day convention the following year. FanimeCon moved to the Santa Clara Convention Center in 2000 where it stayed for four years before moving to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in 2004.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
June 19, 1994[9] California State University, Hayward
Hayward, California
200
February 25, 1995 California State University, Hayward
Hayward, California
350 Carl Gustav Horn and Frederik L. Schodt.[10]
February 14, 1996 Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, California
775 Greg Espinoza, Allen Hastings, Carl Gustav Horn, Frederik L. Schodt, Toren Smith, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[11]
March 8, 1997 Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, California
1,200 Allen Hastings, Carl Gustav Horn, Frederik L. Schodt, Toren Smith, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[12]
February 14–15, 1998 Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, California
1,700 Allen Hastings, Kuni Kimura, Scott McNeil, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[13]
March 19–21, 1999 La Baron Hotel
San Jose, California
2,000 Steve Bennett, Allen Hastings, Mari Iijima, Gilles Poitras, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[14]
February 24–27, 2000 Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California
2,300 Steve Bennett, Allen Hastings, Mari Iijima, Fred Patten, Gilles Poitras, Stan Sakai, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[15]
March 30 – April 1, 2001 Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California
3,500 Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Allen Hastings, Mari Iijima, Taliesin Jaffe, Jonathan C. Osborne, Fred Patten, Stan Sakai, Frederik L. Schodt, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[16]
April 26–28, 2002 Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California
4,600 Takami Akai, Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Carl Gustav Horn, Mari Iijima, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[17]
June 20–22, 2003 Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California
5,400 13-37, B! Machine, Laura Bailey, Steve Bennett, Blood, Akitaroh Daichi, Rebecca Forstadt, Allen Hastings, Sato Hiroki, Tsurumaki Kazuya, Kawamura Maria, Matt K. Miller, DJ MPU, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, Kristine Sa, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Secret Secret, Stephanie Sheh, Kari Wahlgren, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Reiko Yasuhara, and Takeda Yasuhiro.[18]
May 28–31, 2004 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
6,122 The Beautiful Losers, Blood, Camino, Duel Jewel, Fred Gallagher, Allen Hastings, Akemi Hayashi, You Higuri, Hiroaki Inoue, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, Frederik L. Schodt, Nami Tamaki, J. Shanon Weaver, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[19]
May 27–30, 2005 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
10,438 Steve Bennett, Kumiko Kato, Ric Meyers, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, Ramen and Rice, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Maria Yamamoto, and ZZ.[20]
May 26–29, 2006 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
10,000 Akai SKY, Goofy Style, Kamijo, Ryoichi Koga, Miami, Takahiro Mizushima, Mothercoat, Ric Meyers, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, Poplar, Rooster Teeth Productions, Asami Sanada, Swinging Popsicle, Kazuhiro Takamura, Up Hold, USA Musume, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[21]
May 25–28, 2007 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
12,000 Crack 6, Greg Dean, Ryan Gavigan, Carl Gustav Horn, Mari Iijima, Sekihiko Inui, Karma Shenjing, Reuben Langdon, Derek Liu, Mechanical Panda, Ric Meyers, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, Asami Sanada, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and ZZ.[22]
May 23–26, 2008 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
14,926 An Cafe, Ryan Gavigan, Carl Gustav Horn, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Reuben Langdon, Ric Meyers, Maika Netsu, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, Dan Southworth, and Richard Waugh.[23]
May 22–25, 2009 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
15,000 Keith Burgess, Ryan Gavigan, Carl Gustav Horn, Ken Lally, Reuben Langdon, Patricia Ja Lee, Ric Meyers, Haruko Momoi, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[24]
May 28–31, 2010 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
16,000 Karen Dyer, Flow, Ryan Gavigan, Carl Gustav Horn, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Reuben Langdon, LM.C, Ric Meyers, Haruko Momoi, Toshimichi Mori, Jonathan C. Osborne, Gilles Poitras, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and Mamoru Yokota.[25]
May 27–30, 2011 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
20,880 Flow, Tohru Furuya, Gashicon, Ryusuke Hamamoto, Yoshiki Hayashi, Fumio Iida, Yuya Matsushita, Ric Meyers, Seiji Mizushima, Haruko Momoi, Gilles Poitras, Mamoru Yokota, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu.[26]
May 25–28, 2012 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
21,000 Mai Aizawa, Kia Asamiya, Igaguri Chiba, Shigeto Koyama, Ric Meyers, Gilles Poitras, David Vincent, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and Mamoru Yokota.[27]
May 24–27, 2013 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
25,542 ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D,[1] Tsuyoshi Nonaka, 7!!, Takahiro Omori, Yumi Sato, Chris Patton, and Gilles Poitras.[28]
May 23-26, 2014[29] San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Antonucci, Mike (2007-05-17). "Games, anime, sci-fi conventions invade Bay Area". San Jose Mercury News. 
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Convention reports[edit]