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Title: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Luca Cantellano on May 31, 2011, 09:12:45 AM
For those of us that just can't wait to brainstorm our ideas for Fanime 2012's theme, post your ideas and thoughts here, for now.

I noticed there wasn't a thread yet, so I guessed there might be a few people dying to share their thoughts to save for later~ ♥


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Luca's Theme Ideas:
Taking into perspective what we have done for previous years, I like the "subculture" themes.
I don't remember all the previous years, so here is my list of ideas!


Lolita {Gothic & Sweet} -a victorian twist
♥"Otherkin" {elven, fairies, sprites, aliens, dragons, angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, etc...} -celebrateing all creatures not human
Pokémon -not only is it a part of so many childhoods and game-obsessions, it has its own subculture...
Cybergoth -bringing cyberpunk, goth, and raver together
J/K-pop -K-pop is flying across the world at record speed. Why not celebrate our J-pop and K-pop idols? Can you imagine the added excitement for the concert??
Harajuku {Lolita, Gyaruo, Kogal, ... etc.} -celebrating the fashions of Japan
Visual Kei -yet another subculture of Nihon! Of course, this could easily be a part of the previously mentioned "J/K-pop"
Dolly Kei -"EHHH?!" Yes, for those who haven't heard, there is a Dolly Kei! I know alot are probably confused, since you may or may not keep up with japanese fashions/subcultures, but here is wiki's input: "a newly-emerging style based on Japan's view of the Middle Ages and European fairy tales, especially the Brothers Grimm. It includes a lot of vintage skirts, dresses, etc., and sometimes has religious symbols."
PARA PARA!! -okay, not serious about this one... I just thought it would be fun if everyone started dancing like Para Para! Okay, this is a type of dance where everyone does the same movements... like synchronized dancing! ♥


I'm not saying we have input... But maybe we could help the people that actually make the decisions? I know that it's hard to decide on something for Fanime, not knowing whether or not the con-goers will agree with the decision...

EDIT:
During the closing ceremony, they announced the 2012 theme as being 'Sports'.

What are your ideas for the sports theme, guys? :D
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: Persona on May 31, 2011, 11:16:03 AM
Oooh! I didn't know we had input on the themes -- I don't have a huge opinion on them even though it's fun to see the art, but here are some of mine:

!! Magical girl/boy -- because it needs a revival !!
Dolls/Puppets/Marionettes -- like old Victorian/porcelain dolls, not BJDs, although all types should be represented I s'pose
Stage/theatre tropes -- like Harlequin/Columbine, Noh, Kabuki etc
"Film" -- Westerns, Samurai flicks, good cop/bad cop, etc
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: chifunii on May 31, 2011, 01:34:22 PM
I would love to see a folklore theme...
Read: Kappa.
I love the river monster. xD
Okami, and other Japanese gods/goddesses/deities would be fun~

An underwater theme would be cool too, though I wouldn't see the relevance in that. :)
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: otakuya on May 31, 2011, 02:08:50 PM
Around the World = celebrate diversity of Fanime (all of the different flags I saw at '11)

Fanime 500 = the con is on the same weekend as the Indy 500, Monaco Grand Prix, and Coke 600 (hint: race queens and grid girls)

Under the Sea = chifunii's underwater idea I like (tie-in with the SJ Sharks, too? :) )

Armageddon/Apocalypse = it is 2012, nuff said

Hero/Superheroes

Social Network



For those that don't know, heres what the past themes were:
2011-steampunk
2010-fantasy rpg
2009-music
2008-feudal Japan
2007-space odyssey
2006-cyberpunk
2005-students in the city (SJSU)
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: Arkham on May 31, 2011, 04:25:42 PM
During the closing ceremony, they announced the 2012 theme as being 'Sports'.

Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: L0Lpants on May 31, 2011, 04:31:47 PM
During the closing ceremony, they announced the 2012 theme as being 'Sports'.



They sure did. Finally, a legitimate excuse to don all my Sharks hockey gear. Black armor Pavelski jersey, bitches!!
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: AbsolutelyCursed on May 31, 2011, 05:29:50 PM
Time to explore doing an Eyeshield 21 cosplay
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: otakuya on May 31, 2011, 05:32:34 PM
During the closing ceremony, they announced the 2012 theme as being 'Sports'.
Oh ok, never mind then! Hi Five!
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: Alyxiane on May 31, 2011, 05:43:55 PM
During the closing ceremony, they announced the 2012 theme as being 'Sports'.


I now have the strong urge to cosplay SNSD in their Oh! MV. (They're cheerleaders!) >w>
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: bahamutknightzero on May 31, 2011, 08:24:19 PM
I can see a good amount of soccer cosplays based off this next year
Title: Re: Theme Ideas for Fanime 2012 {Brainstorming}
Post by: Luca Cantellano on May 31, 2011, 08:41:23 PM
I can see a good amount of soccer cosplays based off this next year

I totally agree! And hetalia cosplayers will be their soccer versions! Oh my
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: kookiekween99 on May 31, 2011, 08:56:29 PM
Don't really like the theme of Sports. Doesn't really seem nerdy to me. But that's just my opinion.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: questionette on May 31, 2011, 09:08:29 PM
I would love to see an "otherkin" theme personally :D
or maybe a machina theme because of the supposed apocalypse? :O
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: otakuya on May 31, 2011, 09:21:51 PM
Prince of Tennis, Slam Dunk! (basketball), Dan Doh! (golf), and Battle Athletes (track & field) are the only sports-dominated anime titles I can think of (I know there are more). I honestly like the idea; a change of pace of cosplay and fashion, imo.


Anyone noticed that next year is also the London Olympics?
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Alyxiane on May 31, 2011, 09:48:13 PM
^ I can imagine the slight increase of England cosplayers now with that knowledge. :P

Sports is an interesting theme to tackle. (No pun intended!) I wonder what people would do other than donning sports jerseys and/or cosplaying the sports-central titles. o.O
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: otakuya on May 31, 2011, 09:54:32 PM
Obviously, there would have to be some sort of 'sports festival' at Fanime, like the ones you usually see in many high school anime. Of course, there aren't many sports-based anime, but if there can be steampunk Disney, there can be Bleach basketball or Final Fantasy football (get it?!)
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: dealerJason on May 31, 2011, 11:54:32 PM
I have to say, the boys at Stage Zero, Mr. Rob Miles, and myself and been planning for Sports as a them for 3 years now.  We have been dying for the chance to sink our teeth into this.

Think of all the great sports themed anime.  I mean, is not catching Pokemon a sport? 
Let's break it down (sorry Kevin)
Prince of Tennis-Unquestionably huge anime with its own live show!
Slam Dunk-The penultimate anime about Basketball that spawned so many titles

Hockey?  You got it!
Go!! Southern Ice Hockey Club
My Heavenly Hockey Club

There has been boxing anime, baseball anime with most coming from Manga.

So, I know most of Fanime is not necessarily sportsmen, but most have appreciated a sports anime or two.

Now you will have to excuse me, I need to catch up on Eyeshield 21, my football anime!
 
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Mango Bunny on June 01, 2011, 05:38:32 PM
Eww, icky theme.

But...

PE bloomers/buruma?

HMMHMM?
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: chifunii on June 01, 2011, 06:20:14 PM
If the weather is going to be as cold as it was this year, the sports theme is going to justify the fact that I'll be wearing sweatpants all four days...

I vote underwater for 2013 then, if we don't die next year >>;
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: SweetNiar on June 01, 2011, 06:40:21 PM
how about FLCL baseball cosplay? XD
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Alyxiane on June 01, 2011, 06:54:54 PM
I vote underwater for 2013 then, if we don't die next year >>;
I second this. Fits perfectly for my planned OC mermaid assassin cosplay. O_O
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Mr. Wendell on June 03, 2011, 03:57:15 PM
I have to say, the boys at Stage Zero, Mr. Rob Miles, and myself and been planning for Sports as a them for 3 years now.  We have been dying for the chance to sink our teeth into this.

Think of all the great sports themed anime.  I mean, is not catching Pokemon a sport? 
Let's break it down (sorry Kevin)
Prince of Tennis-Unquestionably huge anime with its own live show!
Slam Dunk-The penultimate anime about Basketball that spawned so many titles

Hockey?  You got it!
Go!! Southern Ice Hockey Club
My Heavenly Hockey Club

There has been boxing anime, baseball anime with most coming from Manga.

So, I know most of Fanime is not necessarily sportsmen, but most have appreciated a sports anime or two.

Now you will have to excuse me, I need to catch up on Eyeshield 21, my football anime!
 

Don't forget the soccer inspired animes of Captain Tsubasa and Giant Killing...

Also, remember, 2012 is also a Summer Olympics year...  you know what that means, a parade of nations!  Yeah, I'm talking to you Hetalians.  I trust you can do something inspired out of that.

My mind is going nuts over ideas for the Sports theme.  My Stage Zero folks would love to work with our fellow FanimeCon staff as soon as possible (that is after we've recovered from this year! ;) ) to make Sports for 2012 an amazing and memorable theme that attendees won't forget.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Usaku on June 12, 2011, 12:56:53 PM
Hi guys! I'm the gal who handles picking and pitching the themes to the chair and marketing teams for each year. First off, I want to say I'm really excited you guys have taken the time to create a feedback thread on this. I didn't know people were that involved in our themes, since it usually sticks to just the artwork and visual image of the con. Hopefully it's something we can work on integrating into more events (love the parade of nations idea). I really wanted a mystery-themed stamp rally for the Steampunk theme but we couldn't get it off the ground. I think our folks at Stage Zero will fo a great job integrating sports, though, cause they are pumped!

We picked the sports theme to tie into a genre of anime we haven't yet covered (as a well-loved sub-genre of anime, it's pretty nerdy) AND with the 2012 Olympics. For this reason, the characters will actually be depicted in Olympic sport uniforms (swim suits, etc) and Team Fanime track suits as well. Sports each character will represent are tennis (Prince of Tennis), beach volley ball (DOA), soccer (Inazuma Eleven), rythmic gymnastics (Ranma and several other anime feature this sport), and track & field (Battle Athletes). However, any sport is welcome for cosplay and fun! :)

I'm loving some of the suggestions here... especially folklore, Fanime 500 (go, Speedracer!), and under the sea. I'm definitely adding those to the pool of ideas! As for K/J-pop and visual kei.. we did rock/pop music in 2009, so though Visual Kei is more extreme in costuming, those would be too close. Similar thing for Cybergoth. Our cyberpunk theme was actually infused with a bit of gothic lolita style (doing an over-the-top sweet lolita theme would still be valid, though). Pokemon is an actual licensed title, so there would be a very fine legal line to walk between parody and copyright. It's also a very specific thing that people are attached to. I like to keep the themes a bit more generalized. Dolly kei would be neat for a "Fairy Tale" theme, though! To the person who suggested dolls.. though you mention Victorian dolls, a BJD theme IS in my pool of ideas. :) Trying to keep it more closely associated to Asian culture, hence the BJD focus.

Keep the suggestions coming.. I like to brainstorm all year for coming years, and keep a running tab of my favorite ideas in a notepad file. :)
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Salty Pearl on June 13, 2011, 10:14:16 PM
I'd appreciate an oshare - kei theme with more neon/acid styles
 or maybe
a Studio Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki tribute ? 
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: ratcabob on June 14, 2011, 09:36:17 AM
I love that "Otherkin" idea as I don't think FanimeCon has ever gone that route before! Not only would it be great for pokemon and fantasy cosplayers, but it could also bring more cosplayers of creatures like Kappas, game mascots, and even more anthropomorphized versions of non-human characters (like the AWESOME Glados girls from Portal that came this year). It has potential for much inspiration with the fanbase in my opinion. :)
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: c2chaos on July 08, 2011, 09:31:18 AM
Japanese school swimsuits.
*nosebleed*
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: heeroyuy135 on July 31, 2011, 11:31:59 PM
What if we got some custom-made sports jerseys for next year's Fanime? We could get some for all kinds of sports, from baseball to football to basketball to soccer to even paintball!
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: otakuya on August 04, 2011, 04:53:12 PM
Back to the 'sports' theme:
Maybe have a cover "athlete" contest? lol
(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt55/dcvanta/eafanime.jpg)
Cuz i was bored. Don't shoot me for logo use
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: CosplayDevotee on August 04, 2011, 11:27:51 PM
I understand the theme since they want it to go w/ the olympics, but I really can't think of any cosplay besides the obvious (prince of tennis etc...) that would go w/ it. The convention if just going to be overrun w/ Hetalia ppl again. Great cosplays and all, but after seeing your 15th Germany and 18th America its like...ugh. But hey, I'm open to this, probably will just go as my normal cosplays.

I thought it would be funny to do "slumber party" for 2013. I've already seen characters in PJ's. Just a thought.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: The Sea-Faring Otaku on August 05, 2011, 09:53:21 AM
I'm really starting to like this theme. People are coming up with great ideas. For instance, the Summer Olympics tie-in. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Ska_Kitti on August 08, 2011, 11:59:35 AM
Dokuban, Slam Dunk, Princess Nine, Battle Athletes, hmm... There are plenty more unless you alter an existing cosplay to fit the theme~
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: PyronIkari on August 08, 2011, 01:17:17 PM
Sports as a theme, is more than just physical sports remember.

Anime like baka-test where the sport is education. Racing series, things like Pokemon(cock-fighter 2000), Yu-gi-oh are all sports.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: CosplayDevotee on August 11, 2011, 08:51:05 PM
Sports as a theme, is more than just physical sports remember.

Anime like baka-test where the sport is education. Racing series, things like Pokemon(cock-fighter 2000), Yu-gi-oh are all sports.
Oh...duh *knocks her head* Yes definately, I didn't even think of that. Thanks for some of those examples. ^_^

I already cosplayed as Eevee last year, could be fun to twist that to a sports theme.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: catherine on August 14, 2011, 05:01:23 PM
sports is a good one. I think pirates is a good theme for fanime. I know there's a few pirates anime out there, so fan can easy cosplay them. One Piece. Or maybe Cowboy. There's Cowboy Bebop and Tagun. Just ideas.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: BunofGovt on August 16, 2011, 07:55:09 PM
'Whistle' is one soccer anime/manga.

Yeah, you can always cosplay your favorite series in a sports theme.  The Cherry Blossom viewing episode from Gintama and the epic jan-ken-pon battle.

EDIT:  we should have Radio Exercises each morning of con!!!
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: InfinityThief on August 17, 2011, 12:18:14 AM
If the theme is sports...Eh...I would suggest Soccer because most of the world plays Soccer or as the rest of the world calls it football. I would be much more eager to suggest this if it was closer to the next FIFA World Cup.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: DeviousArtist on September 10, 2011, 12:06:50 PM
While i'm glad that next year will be sports and not apocalyptic ( as that may be offensive to Mayas and there are at least 3 registered at this con: me, my sister, and my friend ) I also have a suggestion for future years:

OCs/character redentions: because I know a lot of us are dying to make costumes for that.
East meets West: western characters with whatever anime twist you like ( Phineas and Ferb, Futurama, Avenue Q, and so on... ) And because Disney already took advantage of that in KH.
Fusona: because everyone has one.
And I like that Pokemon idea. It really does have it's own culture and it's not just for little kids.

Well I hope fanime takes this into account as i and many others would like to have a say in this.


EDIT: I have to say I think my favorite of all my suggestions is the east meets west. If people don't think it's that stupid, I'd really appreciate some support on that topic.
Hi guys! I'm the gal who handles picking and pitching the themes to the chair and marketing teams for each year. First off, I want to say I'm really excited you guys have taken the time to create a feedback thread on this. I didn't know people were that involved in our themes, since it usually sticks to just the artwork and visual image of the con. Hopefully it's something we can work on integrating into more events (love the parade of nations idea). I really wanted a mystery-themed stamp rally for the Steampunk theme but we couldn't get it off the ground. I think our folks at Stage Zero will fo a great job integrating sports, though, cause they are pumped!

We picked the sports theme to tie into a genre of anime we haven't yet covered (as a well-loved sub-genre of anime, it's pretty nerdy) AND with the 2012 Olympics. For this reason, the characters will actually be depicted in Olympic sport uniforms (swim suits, etc) and Team Fanime track suits as well. Sports each character will represent are tennis (Prince of Tennis), beach volley ball (DOA), soccer (Inazuma Eleven), rythmic gymnastics (Ranma and several other anime feature this sport), and track & field (Battle Athletes). However, any sport is welcome for cosplay and fun! :)

I'm loving some of the suggestions here... especially folklore, Fanime 500 (go, Speedracer!), and under the sea. I'm definitely adding those to the pool of ideas! As for K/J-pop and visual kei.. we did rock/pop music in 2009, so though Visual Kei is more extreme in costuming, those would be too close. Similar thing for Cybergoth. Our cyberpunk theme was actually infused with a bit of gothic lolita style (doing an over-the-top sweet lolita theme would still be valid, though). Pokemon is an actual licensed title, so there would be a very fine legal line to walk between parody and copyright. It's also a very specific thing that people are attached to. I like to keep the themes a bit more generalized. Dolly kei would be neat for a "Fairy Tale" theme, though! To the person who suggested dolls.. though you mention Victorian dolls, a BJD theme IS in my pool of ideas. :) Trying to keep it more closely associated to Asian culture, hence the BJD focus.

Keep the suggestions coming.. I like to brainstorm all year for coming years, and keep a running tab of my favorite ideas in a notepad file. :)
and while it isn't exactly Asian culture, I'm just interested to see if we can mix asian culture into western cartoons.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: sidhechild on October 03, 2011, 07:47:20 PM
we should do otherkin for sure!
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: OtakuMcGreevy on October 08, 2011, 05:47:05 PM
Well, I really liked how last year's Steampunk had a variety of options for both genders, so it'd be cool to do something like that in '12
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Admiral Donuts on October 10, 2011, 05:56:06 AM
I think it's an awesome theme. Just wish I still had my many referee jerseys.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Angelx624 on November 25, 2011, 07:36:28 AM
Why am I suddenly a bit tempted to do a cheerleader!Grell cosplay~?? >A>"

NO, I HAVE ENOUGH. DX
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Alyxiane on November 25, 2011, 10:25:03 PM
Why am I suddenly a bit tempted to do a cheerleader!Grell cosplay~?? >A>"

NO, I HAVE ENOUGH. DX
FFFFF I SAY GO FOR IT. XD
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Angelx624 on November 29, 2011, 03:28:12 PM
Why am I suddenly a bit tempted to do a cheerleader!Grell cosplay~?? >A>"

NO, I HAVE ENOUGH. DX
FFFFF I SAY GO FOR IT. XD
We will have to see~ :P
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: ministrychick77 on December 28, 2011, 02:14:42 AM
So... Since the theme is "sports".. Wrestling cosplay would work, right?
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: MPLe on December 28, 2011, 03:30:14 AM
So... Since the theme is "sports".. Wrestling cosplay would work, right?

You don't *have* to cosplay as something that fits the theme. =P
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: ministrychick77 on December 28, 2011, 12:37:15 PM
So... Since the theme is "sports".. Wrestling cosplay would work, right?

You don't *have* to cosplay as something that fits the theme. =P

i figured... but i love wrestling anyway... plus i have other ideas for different days. this is my first big con, so i'm just checking to make sure it'd be ok.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Asagilover on January 23, 2012, 10:22:56 PM
Here are some themes I thought of for the next year 2013
* Angels and Demons theme
* Prince and Princesses theme
* An Elemental theme: Earth, Wind(air), Fire, Water
* A Seasonal theme: Autumn, Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
* A Bounty Hunter theme
* An afterlife theme: the undead, supernatural, etc.
* Around the world theme
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: kazesenken on February 14, 2012, 04:05:52 PM
I wonder if it's possible to have any creative events that imitate those seen in 'sports festivals' for high schools in Japan that you see in anime.  And then add prizes for the winners?
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: EJAY420 on February 14, 2012, 08:41:51 PM
paranormal theme. comic/manga theme. future theme.  multi universe theme. crossover theme (theme vs theme/year vs year).  something more than just sports.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Freedom Op666 on February 19, 2012, 01:59:43 PM
I like the idea of a Pokemon theme for this year. It would make a scavenger hunt really fun. ;)
I would love to have a pokemon themed "badge" this year too. Just sayin.
Title: Re: Theme for Fanime 2012
Post by: Makise09 on February 27, 2012, 10:21:01 PM
'Whistle' is one soccer anime/manga.

Yeah, you can always cosplay your favorite series in a sports theme.  The Cherry Blossom viewing episode from Gintama and the epic jan-ken-pon battle.

EDIT:  we should have Radio Exercises each morning of con!!!

Yeah! That would be so fun to see thousands of people doing the exercises at the same time  :D I bet it would take a lot of organizing, but if it happened I would definitely join in.