The Fanime Charity auction has been around for awhile and every year items are sold off for an important cause. This year’s beneficiary was the Red Cross. The auction was hosted by Ric Meyers, who is a martial arts expert and has hosted Fanime for a couple of years. There were many items up for auction. While most items go for a little less then a hundred dollars, there were some that went up to a couple of hundred dollars. Of course these items are original art pieces and sketches. There were other items that were interesting including an acoustic guitar, tambourine, and a cow bell. All three instruments were sold with signatures of all the musical guests at this year's Fanime including Flow, LM.C and Halko Momoi. Probably the most interesting item sold was a unique figure that went on a special trip to Japan. Last year, the figure was sent to studio GAINAX and has returned this year to Fanime. The figure comes with a complete set of signatures from various artists and animators from the studio. In addition, pictures of characters from various GAINAX series and signed character accessories were included in the auction. The charity auction is always an interesting event to attend. The reactions of fans to high bidding is quite amusing. Charity auction is one way for otakus to do something good for the society instead of spending all of their money on items without a cause.
Ric Meyers and assistant showing off the art
Special figure from GAINAX
Guitar signed by musical guest
This piece of art went for 600 dollars!