Manga, anime, and gaming enthusiasts from all over the United States (and overseas) descended upon San Jose, CA for FanimeCon 2018 last month. One of the more popular fan conventions in the Bay Area for the past 24 years, FanimeCon has always been a big social gathering for fellow geeks and nerds to share their common interests and hang out with one another for four days straight of 24-hour action every Memorial Day weekend at the San Jose Convention Center. Whether it be for 24-hour gaming, buying collectibles or anime and gaming art in the artist alley, partying it up the Fanime dance/rave with other con-goers, or watching all sorts of anime and live-action Asian films, there’s is always something to do at any given time for anyone attending this event, every year.
Of course when it comes to big conventions such as FanimeCon, there is a huge turnout for cosplay — that is, people dressing up as their favorite character from a certain manga, anime, film, comic, or other media, usually hand-made by the person donning the outfit. This increasingly-popular hobby has become more mainstream and even accepted as a viable career choice with certain cosplayers such as VampyBitme and Yaya Han becoming famous for their cosplay craftsmanship on social media, and regularly attending anime conventions and fighting game community events to sign autographs and have panel discussions with fans.
Speaking of fighting games: there was a decent-sized gathering of cosplayers during FanimeCon weekend dressed up as characters from various fighting game series such as Street Fighter, King of Fighters, Tekken, Inustice, Mortal Kombat, Guilty Gear, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Super Smash Bros. I managed to take some photos of this gathering — as well as some others that I took around the convention center — which you can check out in the gallery slideshow below.
There are also more photos from the fighting game gathering at Sturdy Pine on Facebook which you can view as well.