Fanime 2017 Convention
The Fanime convention was held on Friday, May 26th to Monday, May 29th.
However there was also a Day Zero on Thursday for Pre-Paid attendees where they can go and pick up their badges and attend the few events going on.
I went on Thursday to pick up my badge and I noticed a HUGE difference from Fanime 2016. There was no line at all. They also introduced something new where you could check in your own badge by scanning your own QR code then it will feed out of a machine and a staff member will check your ID to confirm it’s you.
In the evening there were a few events open such as Swap Meet and Gaming Hall. I spent all my time in the Swap Meet and there were at least 150 people trying to sell their used goods.
On Friday the convention officially started and it began with Opening Ceremonies at Stage Zero, which is their stage right when you go upstairs to the convention. During this time I was actually at one of the official cosplay gatherings. This is where people from the same show, company, anime etc. can gather and take pictures together.
After the ceremony the Artist Alley and Dealers Hall opened up. I went to the Artist Alley first and there were around 300 artists selling their work. I had to stop myself from buying everything… The Artist Alley was always really crowded and can be hard to walk through, I think they need to give it a bigger space in the coming years. The Dealers Hall is where you can find the official merchandise and artists who have become a lot bigger.
Throughout the weekend there were panels that were held at the Fairmont hotel and in the convention center. Panels are where people can talk about a particular subject, have a Q and A with one of the special guests, and there are even hands on workshops. This isn’t really my thing so I didn’t attend any of them.
On Saturday they held their concert for musical guests X4, and their opening act Phoenix Ash at the San Jose Civic Center right across the street from the convention center.
The gaming was open 24/7 and they had an array of arcade machines there, console set ups, PC set ups, and board and card games there for you to play. They had tournaments going on for some video games and card games.
There were so many great cosplays and it’s nice to see the community come together for the different areas and work and volunteer together so they can put on this amazing event and help each other out. This convention has always been one of my favorites and this year did not disappoint. I look forward to going again next year where the the theme is Gaming!