Anime Shopping from Japan

Saturday, 9:00 AM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Have you ever found yourself wanting an item from your favorite anime, but find that you do not know where or how to search for that item? Or do you think your local anime store does not carry the goods you want? Well I can show you some of the best websites and storefronts to buy anime goods from. This also includes how to buy stuff from Japanese websites that do not ship internationally, AKA getting a Japanese shipping account.


Anime to See Before You Die

Saturday, 9:00 PM, 2 hours

Panels 1

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

18+ (restricted to those 18 and over, ID will be checked)

Prepare to be introduced to a slew of unique, thought provoking, off-the-wall crazy, or just plain bizarre anime that are often over-looked. The best part? They're aimed at you: the adult anime fan! From the foul-mouthed, blow-your-mind "Detroit Metal City", to the serious science vs. religion backdrop of "The Wings of Honneamise", this is anime you'll regret never having seen! Love & Sex, Addiction, Illness, War... Anime tackles it all. Join us and start your own anime bucket list today!


Anime's Fiercest Females

Sunday, 3:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Anime lacks strong female leads, you say? Not so! The women showcased in this panel are sword-swingers and gunslingers, leaders, and passionate believers. There are many measures of strength, and in anime (as in real life), you'll see them all. Get acquainted with the passionate, tough, and daring ladies of anime in this panel. Sometimes, you find that the lady IS the tiger!


Anime: Spirituality and You

Saturday, 6:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 2

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Anime has been presenting us spiritual concepts for a long time. Acupuncture, yoga, and tai chi all involve energy and spirituality. This presentation includes what I have discovered in Anime such as Hunter X Hunter, Full Metal Alchemist, and Avatar: The Last Airbender and focuses on my favorite one, Naruto. There will also be an interactive energy demonstration which will teach you how to feel energy with your hands, and I'll talk about some of the ways you can use this ability to help others.


Back in my Day Anime

Sunday, 10:00 AM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Do you miss shows and OVAs like Fushigi Yuugi, Hikaru No Go, or Iria Zeiram? We do too! The past is blasting back with the return of old properties with new faces. We want to talk about those and some that probably deserve another look. Come join us, share, and maybe even convince a few people to dust off or dig up some personal favorites.


Books for Learning about Japan

Sunday, 7:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Japan is an incredibly complex culture, and many books have been written about it. Come learn about some of the best books for a wide range of topics. Get ideas for books about Sushi, Sumo, History, Crime, Ramen and many other topics!


Cosplay, History, and You!

Saturday, 6:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Do you fancy yourself as Ragnar, holding dominion over the viking lands? Perhaps as Genghis Khan leading the Mongol hordes out of Asia? Maybe Gan Xing or Ching Shih, the infamous pirates turned warlord? Then this panel is for you. Come and hear the ins and outs of cosplaying historic figures. Indulge in some hardcore history, less-than-hardcore pattern and material guidelines, and a questionnaire to fill in any gaping knowledge wounds.


Creating Your Own Card Games

Sunday, 5:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Enjoy playing card/board games? Ever had ideas for games of your own? Come hear about the work that goes into producing an independent table game, from one nearly a year in development. Learn about some of the resources and tools available for budding developers, and maybe make some connections too!


Dealing with Creepers

Hosted by Nerdth

Saturday, 6:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Being creeped on at the convention? Not sure how to interact without coming off like a creeper? We have been in your shoes enough times to help you through these frustrating circumstances. Come to our panel to find out tips and techniques to help you avoid creepers while learning how to not (accidentally) become one yourself.


Deconstructing Kon

Saturday, 1:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Anime director Satoshi Kon was a master of his craft. The man responsible for critically acclaimed anime such as Paprika, Paranoia Agent, and Perfect Blue had an all too brief, but incredibly powerful catalog of work in his career. Whether you are just now discovering Satoshi Kon, or want to relive / discuss his works with others: join us for an hour as we delve into the man, talk about his works, the techniques he employed, and show clips from his full anime filmography.


Fanfiction Writing 101

Friday, 5:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Are you a fanfiction writer looking to improve your writing, or a reader looking for pointers before picking up the habit? Fanfiction Writing 101 covers the basics of story writing: developing a plot, creating a world, how to set scenes inside it, and how to publish it online. Free copies of the Fanfic Writers' Quick Reference Guide courtesy of You-fic.net.


Fanfiction Writing 120

Monday, 11:00 AM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Still have nagging questions about fanfiction and need some answers? We've got answers! Learn how to handle reviews, create eye-catching story summaries, fine-tune your formatting, juggle fan-generated lore, and more! So bring any and all fanfiction related questions for open discussion!


Fanfiction Writing 201

Saturday, 1:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Characters are essential to any story. Fanfiction Writing 201 covers how to work with and further develop canon characters; how to create and develop original main, secondary, and antagonist characters; and ways to avoid common pitfalls associated with the dreaded Mary Sue.


Fanfiction Writing 369

Sunday, 9:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

18+ (restricted to those 18 and over, ID will be checked)

Do you feel like your stories fall flat and just can't keep it up, leaving your readers unsatisfied? Fanfiction Writing 369 will strip away the mysteries and give you the knowledge you need to finish the job! It's a perfect introduction for inexperienced authors. Be prepared to take notes! Now revised to spend less time on anatomy and more on writing!


Gaming Channel Tips/Tricks

Friday, 11:00 PM, 2 hours

Panels 4

Photography OK, but no video recording.

Suitable for All Ages

Learn some methods to make gaming videos! While gaming will be the primary focus, many tips can be applied broadly to video editing as a whole.


Hideo Kojima Panel

Saturday, 7:00 PM, 2 hours

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Hideo Kojima, one of Japanese video gaming's few auteurs has been a hot topic for video gaming last year. For 30 years has shepherded the Metal Gear series. Since that was his main body of work this panel will focus on his more obscure games in his career such as Policenauts. We'll also go over his life, inspirations, and as well as the new Kojima Productions and his partnership with Sony. As usual, there will be guest appearances, commentary, trivia, and videos.


Improv 101/Workshop

Hosted by Fully Unscripted

Sunday, 11:00 AM, 2 hours

Panels 1

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Fully Unscripted presents everything you need to know to get started in improvisational acting. These skills will work for long-form, short-form, scripted acting, and even help you in life. Think you're not funny? No problem! Ask questions, play games, and have fun.


Introducing Soubi Yamamoto

Saturday, 8:00 PM, 1 hour

Video Main

Photography OK, but no video recording.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Soubi Yamamoto got her start young, and has since made several shorts and series that may have flown under the radar of anime fans until now. Join us as we take a peek at some of Yamamoto-san's best works including the full 30 minutes of her bittersweet Boys Love OVA "This Boy Caught a Merman." graciously presented with permissions from Sentai Filmworks.


Is It Real!? + The Loadout

Friday, 6:00 PM, 2 hours

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

The Sword Panel Returns! Get the low down on steel weaponry from experienced professionals. Now with a section on safety and prop carry for cosplay, as well as extended Q&A.


Japanese 101: Anime Edition

Saturday, 5:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

An introduction to the Japanese language with a twist: almost all the language discussion will come from anime, manga, light novels, and all the other media we hold so dear. Prepare for a broad, fast-paced, crazy overview of around *a year's worth* of Japanese grammar and language structure, but all presented through examples from otaku culture. After all, learning is so much more fun when you can do it with the stuff you love. No Japanese experience required; learners at all levels are welcome!


Japanese 102: Anime Edition

Sunday, 4:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

A fast-paced introduction to intermediate Japanese with a twist: almost all the language discussion will come from anime, manga, light novels, and all the other media we hold so dear. We will be covering many topics that are generally taught in second-year University Japanese. A direct continuation of Japanese 101: Anime Edition.


Lack of Manga in Comic Stores

Sunday, 1:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Since the Tokyopop boom manga representation on comic store shelves has become spotty at best. Dealing with a fear of unmovable inventory, general lack of knowledge, and an inconsistent primary distributor, comic stores often ignore manga as viable additions to their selection. This panel explores the comic store's relationship with the English manga industry from an insider's perspective, examining publishers, distribution, book availability, how fans can help, and more.


Manga as Literature: Naruto

Hosted by @RPGAdventurers

Monday, 10:00 AM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

With a focus on Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto, we will talk about how the medium of manga can be used as literature. For those of you who have always felt that the books you read are more than just stories, this is a great panel to learn new ways to identify what you know, ask some edifying questions or simply confirm your beliefs.


Narutrition

Friday, 3:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Learn how to navigate the convention food scene! Get tips and tricks from a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with more than 10 years of con experience. Show off your nutrition knowledge to win prizes. From how to prepare for your hotel room stay to how to prevent dehydration while in a full fursuit, you'll learn all about how to keep healthy and well fed so you can make the most of your Fanime experience!


Oh the (Animated) Horror!

Friday, 10:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

18+ (restricted to those 18 and over, ID will be checked)

The horror genre in anime has something for everyone, and we're out to prove it. Looking for demons? Ghostly hauntings? Sophisticated scare-tactics? Or maybe some good old blood-and-guts gore? We've got it here. Get your 'ghoul' on as we discover new titles and revisit some anime horror classics. Come join us as we explore the darkness that anime has to offer...


Otome in the USA

Sunday, 9:00 AM, 1 hour

Panels 1

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Visual novels geared at a female audience, the genre is slowly picking up speed in the US. Come see what options otome fans have in terms of playing English licensed games and get a rundown of all the anime based on some of otome's biggest hits.


Post-Con Depression

Hosted by Nerdth

Sunday, 7:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Join us as we delve into the inevitable Post-Con Depression. What is it? What are some coping skills and techniques we can use to lesson it? What experiences have others had to help us with it?


Promote Your Book!

Saturday, 11:00 AM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Today's book publishing industry is flooded with new authors. Learn how to break into all the markets and really get noticed. Bring all your questions and get serious answers!


Puroresu: A Guide to NJPW

Saturday, 7:00 PM, 2 hours

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

What's the High-Fly-Flow? Who is the Rainmaker, and why does he make it rain? Why is New Japan Pro Wrestling the best anime this year? Let's YEAOOH!! and find out together in this guide to Japan's colorful pro wrestling circuit!


Sewing Lolita

Sunday, 11:00 AM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Join us for a presentation on how to sew lolita garments hosted by Ivy of Ivy Frozen Productions and Halley of The Black Ribbon. We'll cover how to get started and some tips and tricks for those of you a little more advanced. We'll have some new things for those who've joined us previously. Bring any lolita sewing questions you have.


Social Anxiety Cons and Beyond

Hosted by Nerdth

Sunday, 3:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Social Anxiety affects a great deal of us, either we ourselves have had issues with this or we know friends or loved ones who have. At conventions this anxiety is constantly at odds with our desire to be around the people and event we love. In this panel we talk about what social anxiety is, the symptoms and also some coping skills and techniques to help us handle the anxiety throughout out the convention and life itself.


Starship Design for Sci-Fi

Sunday, 8:00 PM, 2 hours

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

If you've ever wanted to design plausible starships and technology for your science fiction story but had no idea where to begin, this is the panel for you. We'll go over the current science of space travel, including current theories on possible methods of faster-than-light travel; weapons, defenses, and sensors; fighters and battlesuits; and more!


The Golden Age of Table Gaming

Sunday, 6:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

In recent years, tabletop gaming has seen an incredible rise in popularity and sales, but why should you care about games that aren't video games? Come to The Golden Age of Table Gaming if you want to understand why tabletop gaming is more important to the game industry then ever before, and the games and fun that you might be missing out on.


The History of My Little Pony

Saturday, 3:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 1

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Did you know that Tirac is a reboot of a villain from the 80's cartoon? Or that Pinkie Pie was originally supposed to be a pegasus named Surprise? Dare you witness the horror of Gen 3? Let us take you on a tour of the horses of a different color, from the very first toys through four generations to the present! WARNING: May contain singing.


The Legend of Shenmue

Friday, 7:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 1

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Shenmue 3 was a dream that came true last year, but for the uninitiated the first 2 have been coveted as legendary Yu Suzuki's masterworks. This hallmark of Japanese gaming as well as open world titles, quick time events and the original was one of the most expensive video games at the time. Join us as we guide you through the first 2 titles that appeared on the Sega Dreamcast and Xbox. We'll also cover the man himself, Yu Suzuki as well as the development history.


Touring Japan

Hosted by All Japan Tours

Saturday, 3:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 4

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Have your ever wondered if it is easier to travel to Japan on your own or through a travel agency? Well join us and find out.


Tripping the Anime Rift

Sunday, 8:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Anime and Science Fiction: two things that historically go hand-in-hand. Anime is rife with sci-fi offerings. In this panel we'll explore the history of the science fiction genre in anime while also looking to the future and discussing what the medium has coming down the worm-hole for us next. Androids, space exploration, time travel, cyber-punk and more. It's all there, and it's all waiting for you. Join us in discovering new titles and expand your space-time anime continuum!


Weird Retrogaming Anime

Sunday, 11:00 AM, 2 hours

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Retrogames are awesome! Classic anime is awesome! What happens when you combine the two? You get some of the weirdest features in anime and gaming history! See a bizarre interpretation of Mario and friends, witness the Japanese equivalent of Captain N, watch shooters like Star Soldier and Life Force come to life... plus many more surprises!


You're not a REAL geek!

Sunday, 6:00 PM, 1 hour

Panels 3

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

This panel will give a brief psych 101 level overview of some principles that are widely accepted in the social sciences, and how they relate to self-esteem. We'll also discuss four different types of bullying, Impostor Syndrome, the rise of mainstream media attention, scientific studies, and professional geekdom. The goal is to circulate more ideas on how we as geeks can be more inclusive, positive people towards others and, most importantly, ourselves.