Anime and True Crime

Hosted by Tog

Friday, 10:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 4

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Photography OK, but no video recording.

AKA "My Favorite Animurder"
Love anime? Fan of true crime? This is the panel for you! Learn how anime and manga has been tied to doomsday cults, murder, and more.


Anime Goes to Hollywood

Hosted by Evan Minto

Saturday, 8:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Alita, Ghost in the Shell, Death Note, Your Name, Gundam, and much more! For better or worse, anime and manga are getting the Hollywood treatment. In this panel, Evan Minto (Otaku USA, Ani-Gamers, Crunchyroll) reviews the previous attempts to adapt anime/manga properties and looks at the projects on the horizon.


Anime Shorts: Tiny Big Ideas

Hosted by BokuSatchii

Saturday, 1:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 4

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Shorts are a playground for anime's brightest minds and wildest ideas. Explore anime's weird side in the fun and innovative world of anime shorts!


Anime to See Before You Die

Hosted by MoNgR3L

Saturday, 9:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 2

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

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Prepare to be introduced to a slew of unique, thought provoking, off-the-wall crazy, or outright 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 Honnêamise", this is anime you'll regret never having seen! Love & Sex, Addiction, Illness, War… Anime tackles it all. Start your own anime bucket list today!


Anime's Fiercest Females

Hosted by MoNgR3L

Sunday, 7:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

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!


Beyond Cosplay Is Not Consent

Hosted by Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN)

Saturday, 1:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Photography OK, but no video recording.

Our convention community has a real problem with harassment, but "Cosplay Is Not Consent" has not been fixing that OR the stalking, abuse, and assault that can occur. The Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN) would like to show you what's really going on as a result of that phrase and offer solutions for today's conventions and online experiences. #WeBelieveYou and your voice matters for safer, more enjoyable conventions for everyone, not just cosplayers.


Bring Your Game to Local Cons

Hosted by 8Bit/Digi

Saturday, 12:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 4

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Due to presence of major developers, publishers, along with being the home to some of the best schools for game development, the Bay Area has a rich indie game community. However, they too often try to promote their work at major conventions while ignoring the local ones. This is a look at why indie studios should take advantage of local fan conventions as means to promote their game instead of gambling at the hopes of getting noticed at a major convention.


Call of Kawaii: Waifu Warfare

Hosted by Scarlet Rhapsody

Friday, 10:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

By land, by sea, by air! Waifus need you! Kantai Collection, Girly Air Force, Girls Und Panzer, Azur Lane, and more! Learn more about anime and video games that have spawned a world of waifus in warships, tanks, and more.


Cooking With Anime

Hosted by Emily Bushman

Saturday, 11:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 1

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Photography OK, but no video recording.

*smooches fingers* Delicious! Join Emily, creator of the Yum! Penguin Snacks anime food blog and the Cooking With Anime Crunchyroll Feature column as she guides you through her anime food creative process, touches on some delicious anime food morsels, and reveals some behind-the-scenes secrets, mistakes, and happy accidents. Come hungry, leave happy (just kidding, we're not giving out food, but we will give you some great ideas for what to eat next.)


Deconstructing Kon

Hosted by MoNgR3L

Monday, 12:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

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 and 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.


Developing Anime Mobile Apps

Hosted by eigoMANGA

Saturday, 3:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

eigoMANGA's development team will host a panel to discuss manga/anime app development for the iPhone and Android, referencing their experiences from developing and releasing the mobile virtual reality app ComX VR and media streaming app Comic Climax.


Dreams and Memory in Anime

Hosted by BokuSatchii

Sunday, 3:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 4

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Dreams and memories: ephemeral flashes of mental imagery whose surreal and fleeting presence is constantly slipping through our fingers, but which are essential to understanding who we are as individuals. What better medium to capture this loose and ever-changing vision of reality than animation? In this panel, we'll look at some of the ways anime portrays dreams and memories, and how it uses them to tell its stories.


Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

Hosted by A-to-J Connections

Friday, 11:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

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

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Literature, art, music, and more have been influenced by the movement known as "eroguro". The words "erotic" and "grotesque" take on new meanings here and create something unique in style and distinctly Japanese in execution. Join A-to-J Connections as we take apart eroguro and examine its roots and history while also showing you some of the craziest pics and videos you?ll ever see! Join us for an 18+ that truly earns that distinction!


Fanfic 101: Intro to Writing

Hosted by One Amahira and Firefury Amahira

Friday, 3:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Are you a fanfiction writer looking to improve your writing, or a reader looking for pointers before picking up the habit? Fanfic 101 covers the basics of story writing: developing a plot, expanding on the source material, how to set scenes inside that world, and how to publish it online. This is panel is geared for beginners and intermediate writers but all are welcome. Questions are welcome during the panel. Free copies of the Fanfiction Writer's Quick Reference Guide will be available.


Fanfic 120: Free for All

Hosted by One Amahira and Firefury Amahira

Monday, 11:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

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! Or follow up on a subject from earlier panels. Join us for this laid-back end of convention open discussion and bounce ideas around with fellow writers.


Fanfic 201: Writing Characters

Hosted by One Amahira and Firefury Amahira

Saturday, 2:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Characters are essential to any story. Fanfic 201 covers everything to do with character design and development. From canon characters to new characters and everything in between! Learn how to expand on canon characters, create new characters, and develop your antagonists. Also learn what a "Mary Sue" is and how to avoid making one. Open discussion and questions are encouraged.


Fanfic 369: Writing Erotica

Hosted by One Amahira and Firefury Amahira

Sunday, 9:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Always wanted to try writing erotica, but unsure where to start? This beginner friendly panel will cover anatomic basics, how to outline a scene, and more. Learn how your characters and target audience will influence your word choices, deal with unrealistic fictional anatomy, and avoid popular misconceptions. It's a perfect introduction for inexperienced authors. An 18+ writing guide will be available covering all panel material.


Geeky Productivity

Hosted by Steven Savage

Saturday, 10:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 4

Suitable for All Ages

Photography OK, but no video recording.

We've got a lot going on with our cosplays, art, self-publishing, and more. How can we be more productive and less stressed? Steven Savage, a professional manager and Scrum Master, shares his tips!


History of Lupin III

Hosted by Scarlet Rhapsody

Saturday, 3:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 1

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

From the mind of Monkey Punch one of the most popular characters in Japanese pop culture was born. Scarlet Rhapsody's own resident Lupin fanboy, Jared, hosts a panel that explores the good, bad, and silly of this long-running Japanese hit series.

The panel consists of an overview of the series history, the long (and sad) history of Lupin in the US, and fun clips from the long-running series.


How to Win at Prize-Machines

Sunday, 9:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Become a claw-game master! Check out this panel for a guide on how to win at prize-machines! Learn the different categories of machines, the strategies and techniques, and tips for game-center locations in Tokyo.


In Defense of CG Anime

Hosted by Evan Minto

Friday, 7:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Computer-generated, or CG, animation gets a bad rap among anime fans, but it is gaining traction now thanks to shows like Land of the Lustrous. Join Evan Minto (Otaku USA, Ani-Gamers, Crunchyroll) as he showcases CG anime that actually looks good!


Intro to Cygames and Granblue Fantasy

Hosted by Granblue_En

Friday, 5:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Rage of Bahamut; Granblue Fantasy; Shadowverse; Dragalia Lost—these titles may sound familiar to you, and they are all linked through one company, Cygames! A company with massive influence in Japan, they are starting to make their name known in the West. We'll be diving into some of their most well-known titles, with an emphasis on Granblue Fantasy, and why you should be paying attention to them.


J-Fashion Show

Hosted by The Black Ribbon

Saturday, 1:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 1

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

The FanimeCon 2019 J-fashion Show featuring a variety of Japanese Pop fashions including Fairy-kei, Decora, Gothic Lolita, and others! We continue to bring you the best indie fashion for you to experience first-hand and get to preview some unique designs and collections.


Kimoi & Kowai: The Un-Kawaii

Hosted by Sayan Lala

Friday, 8:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 4

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Kawaii and cute are inseparable from Japan. But there are many aspects which can be disgusting, creepy, and absolutely horrifying. From the bone-chilling murders and ghost stories in Japan to the back-alleys selling used panties, Japan is truly filled with many and totally un-kawaii things. This is the Kimoi & Kowai of Japan.


Kimono 101: A Practical Guide

Sunday, 3:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Come learn the basics of modern kimono!

We'll go over everything you need to know in order to get started identifying, wearing, and purchasing kimono.

This knowledge will also help you level up the authenticity of your art and/or cosplay!


Kingdom Hearts: A Retrospective

Saturday, 10:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 1

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

In Kingdom Hearts: A Hilarious Retrospective, we'll go over the entire Kingdom Hearts timeline with a comedic take! Do you find the plot of Kingdom Hearts to be confusing, convoluted, or just plain crazy?! Did Kingdom Hearts 3 leave you with more questions than answers? Whether you're a veteran of the series, only played 1, 2, and 3, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, this panel is for you! Grab your Keyblades and prepare to laugh as we take a look back at one of gaming's craziest timelines: Kingdom Hearts!


Lain: 20 Years of Present Day

Hosted by MoNgR3L & BokuSatchii

Sunday, 5:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Serial Experiments Lain was a series that landed at the perfect time; influencing and inspiring countless anime fans. Twenty-plus years after "Present Day, Present Time", come together with other fans of this unique and historically significant cyberpunk title to discuss what makes it great and why it resonates with anime fandom. Otaku Studies scholar and Lain fan Lawrence Eng of "Thought Experiments Lain" joins us for this special FanimeCon presentation! (https://www.cjas.org/~leng/open.htm)


Let's Talk Cosplay Harassment

Hosted by Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN)

Sunday, 12:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Photography OK, but no video recording.

Cosplayers: have you ever been stalked, harassed, or bullied and felt like you were alone? What about abused or even sexually assaulted by someone in our community? This is a workshop for people who identify with the above to have a discussion with the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN) about their experiences and discover resources for healing as well as bettering the nerd sphere. Every convention is someone's #MeToo, and we're here to remind you that you're not alone and #WeBelieveYou.


Make Mine Mecha

Hosted by Scarlet Rhapsody

Friday, 3:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 1

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

From the early days of Tetsujin-28 to the inescapable Evangelion, Super Robots have defined anime. This panel will explore the longtime history of the super robot genre spanning from the late 1960s to modern day and how each title built the world of giant robots fighting monsters (and other robots).


Nerd Courting

Saturday, 9:00 pm, 3 hours

Panels 3

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

Photography OK, but no video recording.

We're here to take a deeper look at Dating and Relationships. Nerd Courting is about exploring dating specifically in the Nerd community and understanding what makes it so different and challenging for us. With advice, funny stories, and Q&A throughout, we will cover the intricate and fascinating world of dating! 18+ only because we will also be covering the more adult side of relationships. THIS IS NOT SPEED DATING. This is about learning to be better at all aspects of relationships.


Oh the (Animated) Horror!

Hosted by MoNgR3L

Friday, 10:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

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

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

It's baaaack… and it's here for YOU! "The (Animated) Horror!" has returned to haunt the halls of FanimeCon and bring you the finest the medium has to offer in all things twisted and evil. Monsters, mind-scarring trauma, the supernatural, the gruesome, the truly demented; it's all here. Come join us, and sink your fangs into the dark side of anime!


Osaka: Comedy & Horror of Japan

Hosted by Sayan Lala

Sunday, 8:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 4

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Japan and anime has some of the most "kawaii" and WEIRDEST things out there. Now, here to spice your understanding of Japan a little bit more, this panel will show you some of the unkawaii and flat out funny sides of Japan. From the stomach hurting jokes of Manzai to the vicious crimes of the Yakuza, it's all waiting for you here in this panel about the coolest town in Japan: Osaka. And yeah—we'll talk about Azumanga Daioh's Osaka as well if you insist. Just come on by.


Otaku-Shopping in Tokyo

Saturday, 9:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 1

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Planning a trip to Tokyo? There's more to anime shopping than Akihabara! Check out this panel for an ex-local's tips for merch-shopping in Tokyo! Learn the "dos and don'ts" of merch-shopping and the best locations for official (and unofficial) merchandise!


Puroresu: A Guide to NJPW

Sunday, 4:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 4

Suitable for All Ages

No video recording or photography allowed.

Who is that mysterious masked horse? How hunky are those oily boys? Why is that air-guitaring buff man's hair so beautiful? Find out in this guide to Japan's biggest pro wrestling promotion, New Japan Pro Wrestling!


Queerness and Magical Girls

Hosted by Yurizoku

Saturday, 7:00 pm, 2 hours

Panels 3

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

What is it about the mahou shoujo genre that lends itself so easily to queerness? What is it about queer girls that's just so darn magic? Join us as we look at ideas of "otherness" and fractured (secret) identities, as well as at various staples of the mahou shoujo genre, such as the transformation sequence—all analyzed through a queer lens. If you enjoyed 2017's "Yuri (GL) through the Ages" or 2018's "Choose Your Own Yuri Adventure", you definitely won't want to miss this!


Radicals of Anime & Manga

Hosted by Evan Minto

Saturday, 5:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 3

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Anime and manga may appear apolitical at times, but both mediums have a long history of left-wing politics, including socialism, feminism, and more. Evan Minto (Otaku USA, Ani-Gamers, Crunchyroll) reveals the untold story of some of anime and manga's most notable political radicals, including a few VERY familiar faces.


Self-Publishing For Authors!

Hosted by Steven Savage

Sunday, 12:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 4

Suitable for All Ages

Photography OK, but no video recording.

FanimeCon's Self-Publishing panel is back! Want to self-publish your book, comic, or game? Experienced self-publishers from the Bay Area will help you understand the options, choose the right software, and get ready to self-publish!


The Academia of My Heroes

Hosted by ESUHSD

Monday, 10:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 4

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

With years of storytelling under our belts, it is no surprise that heroes rise to the occasion in the tales we enjoy. But how do we find that enjoyment, and why do these stories transcend for mass appeal? Join a local high school teacher to discuss the literary merits of some of your favorite characters, learn some new ideas, confirm some long held beliefs, and challenge the depths of your interests.


The History of Anime Tropes

Friday, 6:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Which anime first featured a "beach episode" or a kid running to school with toast in their mouth? Tropes have inserted themselves into our favorite shows, and can plague, enhance, or provide some comic relief. Come and learn the history behind some of your favorite anime tropes.


The Legend of Shenmue

Friday, 3:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 2

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Shenmue 3 is coming out in September, 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.


Up-And-Coming Anime Directors

Hosted by BokuSatchii

Friday, 7:00 pm, 1 hour

Panels 1

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Yuri on Ice, Devilman, Mob Psycho, Your Name, A Silent Voice—so much of the last few years' most exciting new anime was made by a wave of young and up-and-coming directors. Let's take a look at the rising stars who made these titles and more, and see what makes them worth keeping an eye on!


Zoology of Pokémon

Sunday, 9:00 am, 1 hour

Panels 1

Suitable for All Ages

No restrictions on video recording or photography.

Pokémon has been a beloved franchise born out of the interest to explore nature and the life that inhabits it. This panel takes a look at several Pokémon and the real life animals that inspired them. A sample of several Pokémon will be examined through the animals they are based on and the unique and amazing powers these real life creatures possess.