FanimeCon

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FanimeCon
Capcom & SNK cosplayers at FanimeCon 2010-05-30 1.JPG
Cosplayers at FanimeCon 2010
Status Active
Genre Anime, Japanese popular culture[1]
Venue San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Location(s) San Jose, California
Country United States
Inaugurated 1994
Attendance 25,542 in 2013[2]
Organized by Anime Resource Group (ARG)[3][4]
Website
http://www.fanime.com/

FanimeCon is an annual four day anime convention held during May at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California over Memorial Day weekend.[5] It was the 5th largest North American anime convention in 2013, but not ranked in 2014 due to its attendance being shared with the steampunk convention Clockwork Alchemy.[6][7]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers a AMV contest, artist's alley, contests, cosplay chess, dances, dealer's room, formal ball, game room (arcade, console, PC, and tabletop), karaoke, maid cafe, masquerade, panels, screenings, a swap meet, tournaments, and workshops.[5][8][9][10] The convention offers 24 hour programming, including gaming and video.[9][11]

FanimeCon held a art auction for the charity Habitat for Humanity in 2004.[12] Charities that FanimeCon supported in 2011 included the American Red Cross of Silicon Valley, APA Family Support Services of San Francisco, Cancer Support Community, and Japanese Red Cross Society.[4]

History[edit]

FanimeCon was first held in 1994 at California State University, Hayward, being run by several anime clubs.[8] Foothill College would also host the convention until moving to the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose for 1999.[5][13] From 2000-2003 the Santa Clara Convention Center hosted FanimeCon. In 2004, FanimeCon moved to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.[5] Problems with the convention in 2009 included Christan protests and over purchasing of artist alley tables, with the protestors also returning in 2010.[5][14] In 2011, Saturday saw three hour registration waits, problems with the convention not using a printed schedule, outside religious protestors, and the Marriott fire alarm being pulled on Monday morning.[9][15] Registration was affected in 2012 by an power outage.[11] FanimeCon's 20th anniversary in 2014 was marked by San Jose having Fanime Day on May 23, 2014.[16] The masquerade in 2015 suffered from technical issues.[17]

The convention in 2004 brought $5 million to the local economy, growing to a estimated 8.7 million in 2013, and 10.5 million in 2014.[3][16][18]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
June 19, 1994[19] California State University, Hayward
Hayward, California
200
February 25, 1995 California State University, Hayward
Hayward, California
350 Carl Gustav Horn and Frederik L. Schodt.[20]
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.[21]
March 8, 1997 Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, California
1,200 Allen Hastings, Carl Gustav Horn, Frederik L. Schodt, Toren Smith, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[22]
February 14–15, 1998 Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, California
1,700 Allen Hastings, Kuni Kimura, Scott McNeil, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[23]
March 19–21, 1999 Wyndham Hotel[5]
San Jose, California
2,000 Steve Bennett, Allen Hastings, Mari Iijima, Gilles Poitras, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[24]
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.[25]
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.[26]
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.[27]
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.[28]
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.[29]
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.[30]
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.[31]
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.[32]
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.[33]
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.[34]
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.[35]
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.[36]
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.[37]
May 24–27, 2013 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
25,542 Darrel Guilbeau, Tsuyoshi Nonaka, Gilles Poitras, ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D, Hiroyuki Yamaga,[2] 7!!, Takahiro Omori, and Yumi Sato.[38]
May 23–26, 2014 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
Takami Akai, Kira Buckland, Home Made Kazoku, Hiroyuki Kanbe, Noir, Gilles Poitras, Raj Ramayya, Chantal Strand, J. Michael Tatum, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[39]
May 22–25, 2015 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California
Back-On, Chalk Twins, Mel Hoppe, Ai Nonaka, Gilles Poitras, Cindy Robinson, Patrick Seitz, Christopher Smith, Kazuhiro Soeta, and Hiroyuki Yamaga.[40]

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