Admirals Guide to Kancolle

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Wanting to earn your sea legs? Come learn from an experienced admiral about the ways of the very popular game/anime Kantai Collection! Want to know what Recipes produce the ships you want or just want to say our one ship is the best ship this is your place to do so as we will be covering everything from Bow to the Stern of Kancolle!


Anime: Spirituality and You

1 hour

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 will include what I have discovered in Anime such as One Piece, Full Metal Alchemist, and Avatar: The Last Airbender and will focus 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.


Badasses of Japanese History

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Japanese history is full of men and women who were far more badass than any anime characters. Come learn a little about some of the interesting members of Japanese history.


Banzai Arcade: AMA

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Thank you for attending Banzai Arcade this year! Now that we've finished asking you all the questions, its time for you to ask us some questions in this Banzai Arcade AMA with the creators.


Boardgames the Golden Age Arc

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Boardgames are going through a golden age with designer from all over the world designing the best games ever.So stop by try to win a game and learn about all the fun you could be having.


Creepers: How to Avoid Them

1 hour

Sponsored by Convention Therapy (Nerdth).

Photography OK, but no video recording.

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.


Eroge 101 (18+)

2 hours

Sponsored by Dollars AZ.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

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!


Evangelion Q E-SAKUGA

1 hour

No video recording or photography allowed.

Suitable for All Ages

This is a panel on SAKUGA, and a series of iBooks dedicated to SAKUGA (E-SAKUGA). Evangelion Q and Production I.G.(Ghost in the Shell)'s Giovanni's Island will be discussed. This will be about how anime is created, what makes it cool, and what makes it different from US animations. Talks about future plans on how to connect global fans with the creators and fans in Japan will also follow. The presenter is the chief translator of the E-SAKUGA series and Onebilling Inc.


Fanfiction Writing 101

1 hour

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

1 hour

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

1 hour

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

1 hour

Photography OK, but no video recording.

18+ (audience must be 18 or 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!


Fic W(rec)k

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Fan fiction is a transformative medium that allows reader and writers to make consumed media into more diverse narratives. This talk will explore the diversity, and lack thereof, in fan fiction through a feminist lens. This will focus on sexuality, characterization, and representation in fan fiction and how that informs queer culture, consent, and identity politics. This talk will discuss themes of sexuality and abuse as well as provide a recuperative reading for fan fiction.


Final Fantasy: The Epic

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Final Fantasy, the epic RPG series that was Squaresofts saving grace. Fans across the world fell in love with the stories, the characters, and even the music. What do we love about this series and what do not?! Join this fan panel of Final Fantasy appreciation.


From Fan To Pro

1 hour

Sponsored by Adobe.

Photography OK, but no video recording.

Suitable for All Ages

We'd all like yo use our hobbies in our careers - but doing so seems difficult. In reality, our hobbies give us a great set of tools to build better - and more fun - careers. Come find out how to leverage what you geek over to network, relocate, find new careers, and more.


How Anime Gets Made

1 hour

Sponsored by Ani-Gamers.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Sure, you watch anime, but do you know how it's made? Evan Minto of AniGamers.com and Otaku USA Magazine presents this in-depth look at the anime production process, showing how a project goes from an idea to a finished product. Topics include storyboarding, background art, voice acting, and of course, the actual process of animating the show, with an eye to how all these parts work together.


IDOL 101: Intro To J-Pop Idols

1 hour

Sponsored by A-To-J Connections.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Japanese idols and idol groups have taken the Japanese music scene by storm since their first appearance in the 80s and have attracted the attention of Western fans as well. Ever wonder what makes them tick and how they attract legions of devoted fans around the world? If so, join A-To-J Connections as they dissect various aspects of the "Idol equation" and examine topics like the fandom, the audition/graduation system, career-ending scandals and just what exactly it means to be an idol.


Is It Real!? Blade Basics

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Industry professionals talking about blades! With video of actual cut testing & demolition, how to tell "real" from "fake" and a Q&A for any bases that weren't covered.


Japanese 101: Anime Edition

1 hour

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. Instead of textbooks, let's learn grammar from light novels, pronunciation from anime, and the finer points of Japanese dialogue from manga. After all, learning is so much more fun when you can do it with the stuff you love. No Japanese experience required, and audience participation is encouraged!


Japanese Food: Foreign Impact

1 hour

Sponsored by Bento Anarchy.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

'Barbarian cuisine' had an enormous influence on the evolution of Japanese food starting with the court of Nobunaga Oda. This lecture will trace the mysteries, inspirations and fascinations of foreign foods through the 1600s to World War 2 from black markets and Mountain whale to curry rice, ramen and war-time culinary propaganda.


Japanese Food: Medieval Era

1 hour

Sponsored by Bento Anarchy.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

What the heck would a Daimyo or Samurai have eaten? In a tale surprisingly full of intrigue, romanticism and a ton of rules we will explore the unique evolution of a national cuisine. Japanese food from early history through the Medieval era is full of gastric heights in honzen dining, demon organ soup and unique 'table' manners. This lecture focuses on weird and wonderful cultural culinary traditions, many of which still influence modern Japanese food.


Lack of Manga in Comic Stores

1 hour

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.


Magikarp: A History

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Do you think you're an expert on Magikarp? Would you like to be? Now new and improved, Magikarp: A History is filled with even more Magikarp! Learn about everything from games to anime, trading cards to manga, and fish. We're going to be learning here, people. So bring a friend, strap yourself in, and enjoy the Magikarp ride of a lifetime.


Manga as Literature:Naruto

1 hour

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.


Moe Moe What?

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

"Moe" is an anime term that roughly means cute. But "moe" goes way deeper than that, and has been denied a precise definition since its appearance in the 90s. This panel will explore "moe" and its essential properties. After a brief introduction, we will delve into theories about "moe" and what "moe" can tells us about modern otaku, before opening the panel for discussion on some of the controversies surrounding "moe." Come join us and see how deep this rabbit hole goes.


Mythbusters: Anime Edition

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Is it really reasonable for anime characters to move so fast and jump so high? What about giant robots, magical girls, and time travel? Come join physics graduates Joe and Darvin as they take a look at how well anime adheres to the laws of physics. From the sane, to the far-fetched, to the absolutely ridiculous, anime will be scrutinized under the lens of modern science. No physics knowledge is assumed, but a feel for basic physics may make some things easier to understand.


Nerdcore 101: Geek Rap Intro

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Nerds got flow too. Not all hip hop strives to be top 40 or speak to lifestyles of the street. This panel will cover an array of artists, discuss what "Nerdcore" is, and hopefully broaden your musical horizons.


Networking As A Cosplayer

1 hour

Sponsored by Luluko.

Photography OK, but no video recording.

Suitable for All Ages

Ever wondered how you can easily meet awesome, talented people or just want to know why you should bother with a Facebook page? Then it's time you learned how to network! Join cosplayer and professional social media manager Luluko to learn the basics of effective networking.


Plan your Otaku Trip to Japan

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Returning for a second year! 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.


Plastic Idols to our Fandom

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Do you collect figures? Have you ever wanted to start? So they take over all of your shelf space? Well here is a fun filled informational rundown on the different types of figures, how spot bootlegs, and so much more.


Post-Con Depression

1 hour

Sponsored by Convention Therapy (Nerdth).

Photography OK, but no video recording.

Suitable for All Ages

So, it has been an awesome convention! You saw cool things and met new people but, alas, Sunday is in sight and after that... REAL life and the inevitable post-convention depression that comes with it! Join us as we delve into what depression is, how it ties in with Post-Con Depression, and some coping skills and techniques to help get you through the rough times. Veteran con-goers are strongly encouraged to share there experiences.


Puroresu: A Guide To NJPW

2 hours

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 NJPW the best anime this year? Let's YEAOOH!! and find out together in this guide to Japan's colorful pro wrestling circuit!


SSB4: Complete Compete

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

The Norcal Smash Cast, a group of Smash 4 community leaders in northern California, are getting together to give Fanime the inside scoop on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the competitive community that plays it. We'll be teaching new players how to join the community or how to get started on their own, as well as opening up the floor for a Q&A session at the end of the presentation. Let's get Smashing!


Starship Design for Sci-Fi

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

If you've ever wanted to design plausible starships and warships 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 Dark Side of Magical Girls

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Think all there is to Magical Girl series are sparkles and rainbows? Well, think again! Come take a closer look at the darker side of the genre, and why that dark side is actually a good thing.


The History of My Little Pony

1 hour

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 Magical Girl's Journey

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Great stories and characters are not created from whole cloth. Come talk about the role of the Hero's Journey as it pertains to Tsukino Usagi.


The Metal Gear Fan Panel

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Metal Gear, a long time staple of the Stealth Genre will have its 7th main release with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. With no release date in sight, we'd like to do a refresher course from its humble beginnings on the MSX Platform to the upcoming release of The Phantom Pain. We'll go over the development history,philosophy, and lore in each title. We'll also go under some of the more obscure tidbits of the series and about Hideo Kojima. At the end there will Q&A and prizes!


The Ocarina Panel w/Docjazz4

1 hour

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Youtuber and professional ocarina player David Erick Ramos will present different types of ocarinas and discuss their history, including how they made it into Nintendo's "Legend of Zelda" series. Come hear David perform your favorite video game and anime themes, ask questions, and bring your own ocarina for a live tutorial. All attendees will be entered to win a FREE ocarina.


Visual Novels from MangaGamer

1 hour

Sponsored by MangaGamer.com.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

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

Visual Novels are games with an interesting story and feature interaction with attractive anime characters. We will showcase the latest visual novel releases from MangaGamer.com!


Vocaloid 101

2 hours

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

Ever wonder why the iconic twin-tailed Hatsune Miku is so famous or what she even is? Have you heard the term "Vocaloid" thrown around but don't know what a Vocaloid is? Come learn and discuss about the basics of the Vocaloid fan-base, including explaining some of the biggest Vocaloids, some of the most popular Vocaloid music, and other major Vocaloid media. Great for beginners who want to learn more, and for fans who want to share their love of Vocaloids!


What the Heck is Touhou?

1 hour

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?


You're not a REAL geek!

1 hour

Sponsored by GSN Games.

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Suitable for All Ages

What constitutes a REAL geek? What are the lasting impacts of bullying against and within the geek community and what is the psychology behind it? How can we as open-minded members of the community help? Join me as we examine the impact of mainstream media on various geek/nerd subcultures and the evolution of bullying within. We'll discuss resources available for those being bullied as well as ways that we in the community can help!