In the month of May, the stage is set for conventions to conventions to storm in as holidays and summer nears!
With Fanime fully establishing its pace where it is a con that knows what it offers, we used 2018 as an opportunity to use a new attendee perspective as the growth and success of a con is mixed from a multitude of factors such as guests events and fun things to do.
Fanime 2018 already adapted to improvements with 2017, making more use of the Doubletree Hotel to host new events such as the JoJo Bizarre Adventure themed Escape Room. Fun events like these provide proactive activities for attendees to complement a fun series.
After checking into the main hall, Fanime still uses 3 main halls: dealers hall for merchandise from industry and vendors, artist alley for art, and the gaming hall open all day to play. These 3 locations give a core centralized location where an attendee can branch out to specific events meetups concerts panels food hotels and just about everything after venturing through the convention center.
Cosplay in the hallways were colorful and varied, reflective of anime manga novels and games of different eras. The passion is so dedicated and high quality there’s a dedicated lounge and department to address any needs and enhance the overall experience.
Our major interview goal was Satomi Sato who we were not able to get an interview of. This comes as no surprise as her panel had quite a large audience. Conversation topics and Q&A ranged from American cons having more cosplay, everyone recommending hamburgers to eat here, and places desired to be visited include Google, Apple, and Facebook. For work related questions such as the difference between anime and game voice acting, anime you are in the studio with others and can adapt to one another while on a game recording is done separately.
Every convention should have a driving force for each attendee to want to attend for. One of the strongest cases is a good music concert and Fanime delivers, using the City National Civic to host a wonderful performance.
As for attendees old and new alike, there’s always familiar faces or new exploration to do at Fanime. Focus on interests, explore interesting events, chill out in an anime playing room and see a series that may be of interest. There’s so much to do in fanime that even a full four day event will feel just enough to satisfy the Memorial Day weekend.
2019 will mark Fanime’s 25th anniversary since their inception in 1994. Look forward to it being extra special.