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The California Conventions Blog an independent anime & comic conventions blog. Our mission is to provide anime convention coverage from an average attendee's point of view.

Updated: 2018-04-16T04:40:50.532-07:00


Anime Los Angeles 2018: Tally's Report


First and foremost, I wish to apologize for the late entry of this report. I have recently started a new job, so most of my time has been taken to work, and nothing else. So, again, I do apologize for this late entry.

Now, before I actually get into this review, please do know that I have every ounce of respect for those who run conventions. More so, the volunteers who dedicate their convention time to making the convention a success.
What will be written below is my personal opinion, my view on the convention, and I am aware that others may not share my view. You may take my words any which way you'd like.

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Nate's Report: Fanime 2017


Well it has been quite a while since my last report in Sakuracon 2017. Well actually that was just a month ago that Sakuracon happened. And now it's the month of May and the beginning of the convention season. The big conventions are happening all over the country and it's the perfect time to attend since mostly everyone is free from school. And it all begins here in the Bay Area in the heart of San Jose. Yes, its that time of year again. Welcome to Fanimecon 2017! This will be my 8th year in attendance and hoping for another awesome year at my local con!
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Ray Reports: Fanime(Con) 2017


FanimeCon, as those reading this blog may already know, is the largest anime-focused convention in Northern California, held annually on Memorial Day Weekend at the San Jose Convention Center.

Its longstanding gimmick has been its mantra of "By Fans, For Fans," with minimal industry presence compared to other conventions of similar attendance size such as Sakura-Con, ACen, and Anime Boston. Can this convention continue to really thrive the way it does in its current state, especially for longtime customers like myself? To give an honest answer: Maybe. Maybe not.

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Tally's Report: Fanime 2017


Fanime Con. By Fans, for fans. It is no lie that this convention his held every Memorial Day weekend, thus making it a well-known and popular convention. it is run by fans, for the fans. The location for the convention is the San Jose Convention Center.Now, for some attendees, myself included, drive in or fly from various locations around the United States for this specific convention. If the hype on the ride to San Jose doesn't get you, seeing fellow cosplayers always does.I will not lie. This convention was amazing. It wasn't just the special guests, but atmosphere is enough to make this convention worth the long drive/flight. The aura at this convention is warm and welcoming, unlike some popular California conventions during the Summer. Sure, this convention isn't perfect, and most conventions are as there is always some kind of flaw or two, but this has been one of the more enjoyable cons I've attended since I started going to conventions.Being a twenty-four hour con is a perk. There is always something to do at any given time of the day. From panels to karaoke, it is easy to see why this convention is popular among the cosplay community.This year's guests were beyond amazing. How this convention books their guests is astounding. Doug Walker, The Nostalgia Critic, know for reviewing bad movies, was one of the guests this year. Other guests included Erica Mendez, Chris Carson, and Lauren Landa were just the tip of the iceberg. The three mentioned are American voice actors. They've played roles everyone in the anime community knows. For example, Erica Mendez is known for her role as Ryuko Matoi in Kill la Kill and Nico Yazawa from Love Live!. Chris Carson is best known for his role as Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan from Dragon Ball Z and Holy Roman Empire from Hetalia: Axis Powers. Along with Erica Menzez, the two have worked together in one of the newest Gundam series Iron-Blooded Orphans. Lauren Landa is known as Kyoko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Leia Rolando in Tales of Xillia/Xillia 2 and Annie Leonhart from Attack on Titan. Two of the big name guests that caught my attention were Kanae Ito and Hideo Ishikawa. Kanae Ito works with Aoni Production. She is known for her role as Yui from Sword Art Online. Hideo Ishikawa is a veteran Japanese voice actor. He is affiliated with Aoni Production as well. He is known for many roles. However, Itachi Uchiha from Naruto is one of his biggest roles. However, while I know him as Itachi, what caught my eye the most was the fact he is Squal Leonhart. Being a fan of Final Fantasy VIII, this is what made my decision to get the Final Fantasy VIII official guide book signed. Below is the picture of the page he autographed.Funny story. There was a mishap on the day I was going to get an autograph, everybody who wanted Kanae Ito's autograph, as her session was the same time as Hideo Ishikawa's session, arrived at the same time, causing a huge fall back. A few others and I had secretly started a line inside the karaoke room around 4:15 pm, as that was the time we were told to start lining up for the 4:30 pm autograph session. There was a limit as to how many people could get in, so no doubt people were turned away due to the limit. The staff handled the situation in a professional manner, despite the matter that had occurred.X4 was this year's musical guest. The group formed in 2015 as a four member voca and dance group from Osaka, Japan. One of their members, Yuya Matsushita was a part of MusicFest in 2011.Well-known cosplayers were invited as well. Vampy Bit Me and Aicosu attended the convention. Vampy Bit Me, or Linda Le, is quite famous. She has been featured on Her latest cosplay collaboration was was at PAX East as D.Va from Overwatch. Sheila and Sylar, the cosplay team of Aicosu, were the MCs of the Cosplay Masquerade. The couple have traveled and attended to 50 conventions and made over 200 cosplays. They are known to answering questions about cosplay. Quite helpful for those star[...]

Matthew's Sakura-Con 2017 Report: Part 1 - Prologue + Day Zero


Columbia Center from street level looking up
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Matthew Reports - Shawnanigans Presents FFF: Foolish Fools in a Fools Tournament


With SakuraCon two weeks ahead, I needed to "warm up" and get back into the groove of reporting as well as editing both photos and videos before heading out to Seattle Easter weekend. And what better place to do that is at a...

Pump it Up tournament?


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Animation On Display 2017


Hello again, AOD, it's been another year and another show. How have things changed? Were they better, or did the con take a turn for the worse? Let's take a look at this year's convention and see how it went.

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Anime Los Angeles 2017: Tally's Review


Anime Los Angeles is one of California's best conventions, starting January 26th for day zero, if anyone counts day zero, and ending the 29th. The previous year, ALA had a new chairman. Mr. Alec Orrock worked under the chairman, until 2016 when the (former) chairman stepped down. With the convention moving from Los Angeles two years ago to Ontario, California, convention attendees had hoped for a new direction for the convention, and while last year's convention had a few issues, those issues were fixed this year. Though, there may have been some behind the scenes issues that were fixed temporarily, but I will not go into that.
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10 Years of the California Conventions Blog, Part 2 - FanimeCon 2007, Part 2


That feel when you arrived at the Gay Bar (Screencap: YouTube/acparadise)
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10 Years of the California Conventions Blog, Part 1 - FanimeCon 2007, Part 1


The old fountains at the San Jose Convention Center. Taken in 2008 because there were no photos from 2007.
2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the California Conventions Blog, although when my idea of convention reporting came around it was just me and a couple of people that I knew from my local community college that were organizing a trip to San Jose to this convention known as FanimeCon. Back then, the blog I started had my name on it because it was my experiences, my story that I wanted to share about the things I saw, touched, felt, and ate throughout a given convention weekend.

To start off this celebration of a long journey, we begin where it all started ten years ago.
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Tally's Report: Akiba Fest 2016


Good evening, dear readers. It is time again for a special event review. The event in question is none other than Akiba Fest.

Akiba Fest was held by Aniplex October 15-16 in Little Tokyo, CA. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the sixteenth. So, please forgive me for missing the first day of the event. However, I observed the event and its attendees for that day. The following written below is my review for the event.

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It's sad how two of the California Convention Blog's staples are closing this year: twitterfeed, and the used-to-used to be known as the Radisson Hotel.
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SacAnime Summer 2016 Community Review - My Personal Experience and Opinion of SacAnime by Austin


A panoramic of the autograph line. (Photo Credit: Matthew Miranda)
Editor's Note: The second in our community review series comes from Austin Guerra and focuses on a convention that embodies the origins of the California Conventions Blog: SacAnime.

Wow, where to begin? I can start by saying that I honestly had a great time at SacAnime even though I spent most of my time in the Exhibit Hall. I am still a rookie when it comes to conventions, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a good time or have an honest opinion on how the con was ran. I think the best place to start is with the positives on the con.
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Matthew Previews SacAnime Summer 2016 - Pokemon GO Primer Edition


Figure 1.1 An overview of the convention center area and Capitol Park
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Ryan Reports Anime Expo 2016: Day 1 - My Con, Your Coverage


A overhead view of the Day One crowd forming
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Nate Reports: Anime Expo 2016 (Days 3-4, #PostAX, Review)


Part 2 of my Anime Expo 2016 report continues here!

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Ryan's AX 2016 Report - Day Zero: Return of the Mac


The concourse level at Anime Expo
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