That was pretty much everyone who was attending Fanimecon. Everyone was finishing up their cosplays before the con starts and it didn’t help much knowing that there’s that one dude that counts down all the days before the convention begins. But amidst all of the last minute works, me and all of the attendees are hyped as ever that the wait is over. Fanimecon 2015 has begun and we can’t wait to see what they have this year!
Thursday of Fanime week came in which meant it’s Day 0 and everyone can pick up their badges before the con begins the next day. I would wake up early finishing up all of my packing before meeting up with my friends for one last brunch close to home. Call it my last meal at home until Fanime ends. Afterwards, I would take a couple of my friends and would drive down to Downtown SJ from there where we would be headed to Fanimecon. What was difficult was that they had luggage of their own so fitting all of their stuff into my sedan was challenging. But with a little luggage tetris skills, we would be able to fit them all in. Now onwards to FanimeCon!
|En Route to FanimeCon 2015!|
|The line of Fanime registration. WHAT LINE????|
|View from the 2nd floor seeing the Fanime Registration Line. Need not worry, everyone is fine.|
When Swap Meet closed, I would check out the gaming hall that opened up during the day and I would play a couple of games including DDR and Technika while waiting for a friend playing League of Legends. I would also catch up with other friends that I haven’t seen in quite a while, even those I haven’t seen since last Fanime! It was a good reunion moment for us and I hoped to see them around at this year’s Fanime.
Now I didn’t have a hotel room for the con on this day, but a friend of mine was able to let me stay for the night in his house in San Jose. So I was able to take on the offer and just sleep at his place for the night before we checked into our hotel room the next day. But overall it has been a really busy first day. In fact, we didn’t sleep till 4am! It must be that hype for Fanime as it all begins tomorrow!
|First Selfie of Fanimecon 2015!|
We would wake up at 9am to arrive at the Marriott hotel at around 10am to check in. We would drive to the hotel driveway to drop off our stuff for the con. And we had a lot considering we were 3 people staying at a 4 day convention. We would take some time taking down our stuff holding up the driveway, sorry to the Marriott staff about that problem. We didn’t want to take Valet Parking there so we decided to drive the car to a parking lot in the area. Since all the closeby lots were all full of Fanime attendees, we parked over at the SJSU 4th street parking garage which was around 5 blocks from the convention center. Best of all, it’s free parking for the weekend!
Once parked, I would head back to the Marriott hotel where we would grab our hotel room keys and headed to our room to unpack and get into our cosplays for the day. On this day, I would dress up as a Genderbent Madoka Kaname from the anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. We had a full guys group with us but most of them decided to meet on day 3 of Fanime but a couple of the guys’ group and all of the female group decided to meet up on this day. The whole group would meet up and we would wander around the con for a while checking out Stage Zero and Dealer’s Hall as it opened up today at 2pm. But what surprised me about Dealer’s Hall was the huge massive line of people coming into the hall. The line was so huge that it stretched out all the way to where the midnight dance was. Looks like Linecon hasn’t left Fanime yet.
|Going Meguca today. Don't I look good in pink?|
|You're going the wrong way, May. (Photo Credit: Gregory Adam Kayabab)|
|Someone was cosplaying Billy Mays at Fanime. That's freaking awesome!|
|And here comes our First Hestia cosplayer (from Danmachi)|
Since I arrived late to our hotel room, I crashed for a couple hours as I wake up around 7am for a free breakfast that me and my roomates were able to grab since we stayed at a Fanime hotel. That was really convenient to start the day with a full breakfast before the con began. Around 10am, I would head straight to stage zero to see my friend perform in a K-Pop dance that he and his dance group have practiced for this con. The group performed pretty well and I was entertained with the K-pop music that they were dancing too. You can see video of the dance below (only the first two minutes):
Afterwards, I would change to my Donnel cosplay from the video game series Fire Emblem Awakening. I would head down to my friends who were also cosplaying from the game to be talking along to other people that I haven’t met before. It turns out they were cosplayers from the big group that we were trying to make for Fanime this year. We had most of the characters there and I had a chance to talk to them saying how well they made their cosplays and talk about the game and the relationships that happen in the game. Apparently, they pair Donnel with characters I haven’t thought about shipping him with. But overall it was just a fun time with making new friends and getting photos of our group as well. Oh and we were mostly hanging out at what I would call “Photogs corner” where all the photographers would set up their stations there and grab photos of cosplayers that they would find wandering around the front of the con or around this corner. You wouldn’t believe how many people wanted our photos when wandering around this area of the con. It looked like all of the photogs would be there, that I would like to grab a photog there if in case I want a shoot of a cosplay of mine.
|Group shot of our Fire Emblem Awakening cosplays. (Photo Credit: The Bui)|
We Fire Emblem cosplayers looking silly in the Pikakura booth!
I would later change out of my cosplay into regular clothes since I had no cosplay plans to do until later on in the night for the Persona midnight gathering. So what’s there to do? Well there was Musicfest that I should have gone to, but to be honest I wasn’t as hyped to go as I thought I would be. The headlining band was Back-On, who has performed theme songs for many animes including Eyeshield 21 and more recently Fairy Tail and Gundam Build Fighters. The only show I watched from this was Fairly Tail and that song was hype. But I had other obligations to go to which included me and a pool party with friends I haven’t met in a while. And even a hangout with my friends in their hotel room. I would miss Musicfest for the first time since 2012. Sad to hear I know, but let’s see if the headlining band next year will be someone I would recognize a whole lot more.
I would grab a little dinner out at Hogie’s Steak out before heading to the Persona Midnight gathering which was misleading this year. When I was changing out, I would receive a call from my friend wondering where I was. It was 11:30 when she called and I told her I was still dressing up. She told me the gathering was happening and when I heard that, I quickly dressed out and jetted my way to the gathering location at the Hub where the past Midnight gathering were held. This gathering wasn’t like 5 minutes long like last year’s. At least it was longer (actually 30 minutes) this time around. I would be able to meet up with everyone and would be in the last group shot of the gathering. Afterwards, I would be in a group and would be in a photoshoot with them for most of the night. We would take some serious photos as well as some silly ones. You guys will really like our JoJo posing one! Our group would do that for a while before checking back into our hotel room for bed as we get ready for the next day. But as you can see, it was another crazy day of cosplaying for most of the day. I do love the fact I was able to meet up with my old friends I haven’t met in a while as well as making new ones and hopefully cosplaying with them again soon. That so far has been a highlight for me at this con. I hope to see more of this in the next day.
|Our Persona 3 crew showcasing the Minakos of the group. (Photo Credit: Kevin Doty)|
|Monthly Girls' Nozaki Kun group|
Part 2 of my Fanime report will be coming up in a couple of days. Stay tuned!