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2nd June
2011
written by Andrew Evans

Fanime, Norther California’s largest anime convention, was a major success this year. As usual, we avoided the panels and major con events in favor of running into people randomly, partying like rock stars, and cosplaying for the fun of it. We roomed at the Mariott, which turned out to be party central. Our room party was on the same floor / hall as two others. If you want a good night’s sleep at Fanime, check out the Fairmont hotel and not the Mariott.

Fanime this year showed a significant crack-down on policies. We had trouble establishing our press credentials due to some site / database issues, and the Fanime staff were erring on the side of not handing out press passes. While we were eventually able to get the site back up and get our badges, this was a different story than previous years where press admission has been very friendly and understanding.

Rovers were very strict this year about peace-bonding weaponry – we weren’t in the convention center for ten minutes before a coterie of four different rovers converged on our WWII Captain America to demand inspection of his gun. They must have thought he was going to start shooting right there. Then, after we were rushed to con ops to get the weapon inspected, it was rejected as “too realistic.” This was a real WWII M1-Garand rifle stock with a solid wooden dowel substituted for the barrel. It looked good, but was obviously fake. Finally, nothing with the word “police” nor anything cop-like was allowed – again, less than a ten minute response time for our unfortunate Chris Redfield cosplayer. Be very careful what kind of cosplay you wear to Fanime (if you wear one at all), and be sure to read the rules like a lawyer.

Fanime events were as great as you would expect. There was something fun to watch at all hours on Stage 0. The raves were well-done with a variety of electronic music genres. The black-and-white formal ball declined our resident waltz-master’s real, honest-to-god waltz dancing shoes because “they didn’t look real.” We missed the masquerade and concert due to some shenanigans in our hotel room, so no report there, but we heard good things. The game room was typical, with lots of paid dancing and fighting arcade games, and console, board and card games of all stripes.

We threw a party every single night at Fanime to get the word out there about our site. We had a new addition to the host team this time – a Vodka fountain we nicknamed “Farva.” Look for it at our next con party! We got shut down by hotel security on Saturday night for being too loud, after party manager Chris had to escort a stumbling bro from another party back to his room. We started up again on Sunday, though, undeterred. If you like meeting cosplayers, hosts, con managers and industry pros, definitely hit up the next Con Crasher party – follow us on Twitter for all the details!

Finally, we got to take some pictures and hand out stickers for our friends at Ani.me – if you haven’t checked out their site yet, now’s the time!

We’ll definitely be at Fanime again next year after the great time we had this year. Will you be joining us? Let us know in the comments!