What was Fanime 2015 like?

As per usual, Fanime rolled around this year starting May 22nd and ending May 25th. I have been going for a while now, and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year. However, since my first visit the convention itself has changed a lot. Last year, I had yet to notice some of the changes. But this year, I definitely took note of the differences compared to the previous conventions. There are pros, and there are cons. So let’s get straight into it.

First off, let’s start off with a pro. There were more people there this year than there ever has been in the history of Fanime. That fact alone means there were way more cosplayers, which was great to see. But on top of that, it just made the entire experience fun!

There is a downside to that many people, though. Everything was just so crowded! I mean, I can’t expect any less because Fanime gets bigger every year and compared to Comic-Con, that was nothing. But I am curious as to what they will do next year about space. It wasn’t too bad, but in a few years I wonder.

Snow White - NR

This year there were also more strict rules regarding entering panels, dances, and peace bonding. Last year I was able to take a bag into the dance, but this year I was stopped before even getting in line to go. This really sucked because I was ill and had medicine and water in my bag. Not to mention the fact I needed to have my ID with me, as well as some press attributes to get some pictures from inside! Unfortunately, I didn’t even get to go inside because I had my bag on me and didn’t want to just leave it out in the open. I do understand their reasoning, but I also think it wouldn’t hurt to check people’s bag before attending the rave. It may be a hassle but for those people who need their bags with them, it will save them.

As far as peace bonding goes, I heard a lot of stuff about how rude the staff was and how difficult they made it to carry around a prop. I didn’t cosplay this year round, but I used to and back then I understood what I could and couldn’t bring and why. This year, someone had to get a yoyo peace bonded. That seems a bit ridiculous to me. Although the staff do a very good job at taking precaution and making sure that no one is going to get hurt, peace bonding a yoyo seems a bit out of line.

Another pro is that the staff seemed to organized their events and traffic in general a bit better than the previous years. I feel as if they knew more people were going to attend and took that into account. That was a good thing because I didn’t feel all over the place, like I did a few years back.

Magikarp - NR

Personally, one of my favorite things about Fanime is the nightlife and the friends who go along with it. It has always been a fun con for me, and I look forward to it every single year. Sadly, I got sick and didn’t get to experience much of the fun stuff at night, but for the short moments I did, it was way better than ever before. No drama, no running around like a mad man, no crappy stuff! It was perfect, and I would honestly recommend going just for the nightlife.

Besides all of that, there wasn’t much of a difference compared to Fanime in 2012, 2013, and 2014. There were pros and cons, but overall I had a good time even if I had to end it shortly due to being ill. Fanime always leaves me looking forward to next year, and I’m hoping that Fanime 2016 is the best one yet! Let’s just revoke the bag policy and yoyo peace bonding, okay?

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You may or may not have seen me dancing around on our YouTube channel. I really love psychology and dissecting shows/film. Also your token anime nerd.