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24th August
written by Andrew Evans

Last weekend we attended Ani-Jam in Fresno, CA. We had a small crew there for Sat and Sun, and managed to stir up some trouble.

It was a pretty small con, but had everything you’d expect. We poked around the Dealer’s room, checked out the Artist’s Alley just outside. Team Lovehate had cars on display right outside the hotel and a nifty DJ booth set up for their custom tunes. Curiously, there was a separate dealer’s room for card games and related merchandise, which also served as a playground for Magic and Yugioh tournaments. There were rooms showing anime, a few panels from notable voice actors (and an interesting panel on Tohou), and a small but intimate game room featuring Smash Bros, Tekken, and for a little while Guitar Hero.

The con had an amazing music lineup. Akai Sky was there from San Francisco pulling out some US JRock. We also got to hang out a bit with the guys from All Ages, who are on tour with The Pillows later this year. The con hosted a dance from 7:00-10:00pm, which featured DJ Shinai dropping some meme-inspired samples and remixes of video games.

We ended up getting a suite room with no one nearby, so a party was in order. With some help from Team Lovehate we got some speakers and a DJ rig going, and didn’t get a single complaint from the hotel. No vodka fountain this time, but we think everyone had a lot of fun.

The staff at Ani-Jam were great, and we had a great time. We’ll be going back next year.

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