A Brief History of MLP

Panels 1 :: Sunday -- 17:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

My Little Pony didn't begin or end with Friendship is Magic. Learn about the history of these horses of a different color from the first generation to the latest! Warning: panel may contain singing and A Very Minty Christmas.


Artist Alley: Survival Guide

**This panel has been canceled**

1 hour

Sponsored by Paradox Punch.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Have you ever walked into artist alley frustrated? Tired? Confused? Curious about the 'dark side' of artist alley? This is the survival guide to staying alive and sane before and after a convention. Topics include dealing with bad customers, emergency procedures, health, and more!


Bad-asses of Japanese History

Panels 3 :: Sunday -- 17:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Sure, you've heard of Goku, Kenshin, Naruto and other bad-asses of Anime, but did you know that there are far more interesting characters from Japanese History? Come and learn some knowledge about some of the best known characters from Japanese history.


Banzai Arcade: AMA / Making Of

Panels 1 :: Monday -- 0:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

We've been doing Banzai Arcade for so many years, I lost count. I think this will 7 years now. We've finished the gameshow, now let's hear what the audience has to say at this AMA. We'll also show you some of the behind-the-scenes work we do.


Beautiful Backgrounds of Anime

Panels 2 :: Sunday -- 10:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Ani-Gamers.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

When watching anime, we often forget about the amazing work of background artists. Evan Minto of AniGamers.com and Otaku USA Magazine walks you through the overlooked world of anime background art, examining the work of a number of artists representing myriad time periods and visual styles.


Comedy Workshop!

Panels 4 :: Friday -- 19:00

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

This is a workshop for the casual comedian who is thinking about becoming a well practiced one. This panel will allow you to practice three minutes of your material and be critique by a few comedians who have done it for years.


Cosfit

Panels 2 :: Saturday -- 19:00

2 hours

Photography OK, but no video recording.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Gender, body type, and skin color don??t matter in cosplay. You should always go as a character you love! Cosplay can however be a great motivator to get into the best shape of your life! Come on down and hear some stories and tips from cosplayers working toward personal fitness!


Cosplay Characcter Acting

Panels 2 :: Friday -- 15:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Having trouble trying to get into your character's mindset when posing for pictures? Are you looking for ways to add another layer of immersion to your cosplay? Learn the basics of building a character so you can take the cosplaying experience to the next level.


Cosplay, History, and You!

Panels 4 :: Saturday -- 21:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

History is a chronicle of the greatest people who have ever lived. Come and hear the stories of a few of these great men and women, and what you need to know in order to cosplay these titans of history.


Epic Resume Go!

Panels 4 :: Sunday -- 9:00

1 hour

Photography OK, but no video recording.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

You're a creative person looking for that right job - but a resume just bores you. Not anymore! Dive into creating a resume as a creative act!


Eroge 101's

Panels 4 :: Friday -- 22:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Dollars AZ.

Photography OK, but no video recording.

18+ (audience must be 18 or over, ID will be checked)

Want to dive into eroge but not truly understanding what eroge is? Come learn the basics of the exciting genre with some eroge experts about what a good starting point is as well as some of our favorites!


Fan Art 101:Sex, Money, & Fame

Panels 4 :: Saturday -- 14:00

1 hour

Sponsored by ArtCorgi.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

You love fan art, but do you understand its origins, power, and influence? Join us as we delve into the world of fan art- from its early origins to its widespread adoption, sexualization, monetization, and celebration within the anime and manga realm.


FanimeCon Staff Artist Q&A

Panels 4 :: Sunday -- 21:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Join FanimeCon??s official creative team for insights into how we develop the visuals and character designs for the convention.


Female Characters in Anime

Panels 3 :: Friday -- 18:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Are you making your own manga but aren??t sure about your female characters? This panel will teach you how to build a character that your audience will cheer for. Topics covered include gender, character building, storytelling, and examples of well-written characters from shows you know and love.


Figure Collecting For Noobs

Panels 4 :: Monday -- 13:00

1 hour

Photography OK, but no video recording.

Suitable for All Ages

If you've ever been heartbroken after you bought a knockoff or tried to find a sold-out figure you never before knew existed, this is the panel for you. Cosplayer and figure collector Luluko is here to give you tips on starting your own harem of beautiful, expensive plastic.


Hetalia Historical Derps

Panels 2 :: Saturday -- 12:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Love history? Love Hetalia? Love learning about the derpy moments history tries to hide? Then come on down because this panel is for everyone! We will be presenting embarrassing historical moments you didn't learn in school and facts not covered in Hetalia that will have you falling off your chair!


History is not boring!

Panels 1 :: Monday -- 11:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Are you of the mind that nobody from history is truly worth cosplaying? Prepare to have your mind blown. This presentation will feature an unstoppable onslaught of the most hardcore vikings, samurai, pirates, and mad scientists to ever write their names on the bathroom stall of history!


Intro to Kantai Collection

Panels 3 :: Friday -- 20:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

A general overview of the new game Kantai Collection. Its rapid rise in popularity, how to play, how it blew up in Japanese culture, the characters and background of this new hit sub-culture.


Introducing Studio Trigger

Panels 3 :: Saturday -- 17:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Ani-Gamers.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

There's a new anime studio in town: Trigger. Founded by former Gainax (Gurren Lagann) directors in 2011, the studio made Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, and Inferno Cop last year. Evan Minto of AniGamers.com and Otaku USA Magazine walks you through the past, present, and future of Trigger.


Learn to Make Cosplay & Props

Panels 4 :: Saturday -- 9:00

2 hours

Sponsored by GNB COSPLAY & C2 PROPS.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Want to learn how to create your own cosplay and props? Not sure what supplies to buy? Where to shop? Well Ginger & Chloe are here to help! We will discuss how to begin and how to make your costumes and props look professionally made. There will be a Q&A at the end, so bring questions!


Magikarp: A History

Panels 2 :: Sunday -- 19:00

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Join us to learn about everyone's favorite Pokemon: Magikarp! We discuss Magikarp's in-game capabilities, how to utilize it in battle, its most notable anime appearances, and more! If you've seen us before, come by again, we're always adding new info!


Most Hilarious Bootlegs

Panels 2 :: Sunday -- 13:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Any collector of anime merchandise - be it figures, DVDs, CDs, posters, even books and cosplay goods - is aware of the scourge of counterfeits. We'll information on avoiding buying bootleg merchandise while also presenting the most amusingly (and sometimes terrifyingly) inept examples of fakery.


Nerd Courting

Panels 1 :: Friday -- 21:00

3 hours

Photography OK, but no video recording.

18+ (audience must be 18 or over, ID will be checked)

Dating and relationships are complicated. Nerd Courting is about exploring dating in the Nerd community and understanding what makes it so different for us. With humorous personal stories and Q&A throughout, we will cover first glance to first base, and everything beyond and in between! 18+


Osaka: Comedy,Tragedy & Drama

Panels 2 :: Monday -- 12:00

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Osaka: Having a delightful meal of takoyaki while listening to the stories of an aunt, when she ain??t even your aunt. But honestly?Want to laugh at manzai comedy? Understand the feared Yakuza? Have the nande yanen to every awkward moment you face at Fanime? Come on down and walk the Osaka strut!


Perpetual Motion's Games

Panels 4 :: Saturday -- 19:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Perpetual Motion Entertainment.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Come to find out about our anime-inspired games - including the strategic space combat game Orbital Knights, the latest info on the Bliss Stage Visual Novel (and the second edition of the tabletop game), Rise of the Undead Infection, and more!


Philosophy in Anime

Panels 3 :: Monday -- 10:00

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

It's back for its second year! Does the anime you watch ever cause you to think deeply about the world, the meaning of life, or good and evil? Come learn about real-world philosophies and how they apply to your favorite shows!


Planning your Trip to Japan

Panels 3 :: Monday -- 12:00

1 hour

Sponsored by NA.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

A practical presentation and Q&A on planning your first otaku trip to Japan. Learn about the myriad of stores, hobby spots, and landmarks that cater to fanboys/fangirls. See video clips and hear advice on custom itineraries. Presented by a veteran Otaku traveler.


Religion in Anime

Panels 3 :: Monday -- 13:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Arizona Midnight Channel.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

What Anime have you seen that stood out to you as having religious or spiritual implications? Or as using, or perhaps misusing, religious or spiritual symbols? Join The Midnight Channel as we discuss the importance of world religions in various anime and manga.


Starship Design for Sci-Fi

Panels 3 :: Sunday -- 20:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Ever wanted to write something set in space - and get it right? And why is the fact that there is no air in space so vitally important? Come to this panel for a brief layman's discussion on the science of starship engineering, with examples from the panelist's own work and from popular sci-fi!


The Changing Faces of Anime

Panels 1 :: Monday -- 10:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Anime and manga have seen their fair share of looks and feels throughout the years, but few aspects stand out in the same way as the faces of their characters. Join Evan Minto of AniGamers.com for an examination of over 60 years of anime character designs, from Astro Boy all the way to K-ON!


The Dark Side of Magical Girls

Panels 2 :: Friday -- 19:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Think magical girl shows are just pink and fluffy? Well, think again! Come take a look at the darker themes present in magical girl series, how they connect to similar themes in other series (and the real world), and how those themes aren't necessarily bad.


The Magical Girl's Journey

Panels 1 :: Saturday -- 9:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Every hero has a journey filled with trials and tribulations on their path to success, and magical girls are no exception. Come and take a peek at the steps in this mythical journey, from start to finish.


The Reality of Writing

Panels 4 :: Monday -- 10:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Ryvah.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Hosted by the published author Michael Leonard, this is an in-depth look at what you need to succeed at publishing today, how to avoid common mistakes, how to establish proper expectations of yourself, and a cost analysis of e-books, self published books, and traditional publications.


The Yugioh! Fan Panel

Panels 4 :: Sunday -- 16:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Do you love Yugioh, in all it's forms? In honor of a series that's spanned more than 16 years, join us for an exciting panel filled with the latest info, videos, games, merchandise, and the card-wielding heroes who have proved that heart and courage comes in all shapes and sizes!


Touhou Project Fun Panel

Panels 2 :: Saturday -- 16:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Experience the phenomena of Touhou Project Fandom. See how its derivative works (fan-games, cosplay, music videos) have spread beyond Japan into a global movement, surpassing Vocaloid & Hetalia fandom. Fans old and new will see the latest fan videos using MikuMiku Dance technology.


Visually Stunning Anime

Panels 4 :: Friday -- 21:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Arizona Midnight Channel.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Animation is an art form, there is no denying this. But there are some series that make the others seem like crayon drawings on the fridge! Join the Midnight Channel as we explore the most beautiful and unique pieces of animation out of Japan, covering box offices successes, to obscure hidden gems.


Vocaloid: The Fan Phenomenon

Panels 2 :: Saturday -- 13:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Vocaloid: is it an anime, manga, or game? How did it become an international sensation? Come see what the buzz is all about, and maybe you'll even become a fan yourself!


What is Super Sentai?

Panels 4 :: Saturday -- 22:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

You've heard of Power Rangers, right? Did you know that the popular superhero franchise actually came from Japan? Join us as we explain what Super Sentai is, how it began, and give brief descriptions on each show!


What the Heck is Touhou?

Panels 2 :: Sunday -- 17:00

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

You've seen it, you heard it, and you watched it on YouTube, Pixiv, and NicoNico Douga, and at conventions like Comiket. Why is it the most popular fan franchise in internet history?


What's Wrong With Nintendo?

Panels 1 :: Saturday -- 21:00

2 hours

Sponsored by GameTrailers.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Now that we've given Square Enix and Capcom the royal treatment, it's time to focus our attention on another Japanese game company in distress: Nintendo. The Big N's latest console, the Wii U, is on track to become the next Dreamcast. It's time to give Nintendo some tough love.


WTF Anime 4 You!

Panels 2 :: Sunday -- 21:00

1 hour

Sponsored by Arizona Midnight Channel.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Oh my Glob! Did you hear, Japan is a crazy place, and it always is full of surprises. But sometimes, they make things make you go WTF. Join the Midnight Channel on a roller coaster of CRAZY ANIME


You're not a REAL geek!

Panels 3 :: Sunday -- 10:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

What constitutes a REAL geek? Why are women continuously expected to "prove" that they are REAL gamers? Why do both genders feel a pressure to be REAL programmers (esp. in the games industry)? I hope to discuss and dissect some REAL examples, and raise awareness against geek-on-geek bullying.


Yugioh 5DXAL-V Fanpanel

Panels 4 :: Saturday -- 16:00

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Join in on the final year of Yugioh 5DXAL-V fanpanel! The V is for Arc-V, the newest series! What's up with the Meta? Have no idea what's going on in the anime? Come in to get all your BURNING SOUL questions answered, as well as Yuginews, games, trivia, prizes and more! Free poster to all attendees!