Virtual Panels

Friday, May 28

How to Write and Create Manga
Friday, May 28, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel Room 2

Join the eigoMANGA team of manga creators to discuss the fundamentals of manga outlines, scripting writing, and overall storytelling.    

Anime Jams with Soneji
Friday, May 28, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Portland-based saxophonist Soneji is known for his anime sax covers on YouTube, most notably his cover of “Fukashigi no Karte” from the 2018 anime Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. He has also played saxophone for some bigger cover artists such as Mr. Goatee, Vulkain, and Caitlyn Myers. For FanimeCon, he plans on playing a set of anime songs that you know and love with his close friend Frankie Bryant on guitar. Come hang and jam out!   

Jackbox with Team CWF
Friday, May 28, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Panel Room 1

Watch your favorite CWF Wrestlers clash in some of the most well-known games the internet has to offer.

A History of Code Geass
Friday, May 28, 2021
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Panel Room 2

To celebrate ten more years of Code Geass, join Stephen Hero, co-host of the Mechinations podcast, as he reviews the production history of this landmark series. There will even be prizes! See you at the soup store!

DIY Cosplay Shoots in the Wild
Friday, May 28, 2021
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Can’t get a cosplay photographer? Want to yeet yourself into the woods and come back with great photos? Join veteran cosplayer Fabrickind to learn about the logistics, safety, and basic photography know-how for solo location shoots. Get those self-timers and tripods ready!

The Fabulous Forty-Niners
Friday, May 28, 2021
10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Panel Room 2
Suitable for audiences 16+

In the 1970’s, a group of young women changed shoujo manga forever with their radical new styles of story and art. This panel examines who these women were, the innovations they made to shoujo manga, and the legacy their works have left on manga and fan culture in Japan.                                                                               

Psychology in AI: Somnium Files
Friday, May 28, 2021
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Panel Room 1
Suitable for audiences 16+

In this evolution of the “Trauma In…” series, the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network (CSSN) guides you through a reading of psychological trials and traumas of characters in the visual novel AI:The Somnium Files by Kotaro Uchikoshi, creator of the Zero Escape series. We note plot spoilers well ahead of time and provide resources for anyone who may be interested in learning more about psychology, as well as for anyone who needs guidance post-trauma.          

Waifu Warfare
Friday, May 28, 2021
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Panel Room 3
Suitable for audiences 16+

This panel “aims” to please. Video games and anime have a genre of military-themed waifus. We will discuss games like Azur Lane, Kantai Collection, Girls Frontline, and more. We will also discuss our best girls and waifus and why.


Saturday, May 29

History of EGL Fashion
Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am
J-Fashion Webinar Room

Have you ever been curious about the origins of EGL fashion? Or maybe you already wear it and would just like more knowledge about its history. Join us for a deep dive on one of the most recognizable J-Fashion styles through the years! We will be covering a range of topics from resources and the trends throughout the years.
Hosted By: Obsixwi and Purestmaiden

Geeky Productivity
Saturday, May 29, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Room 1

We’ve all had a tough year, but we also want to keep our creative projects going. Steven Savage, a professional Program Manager, speaks on Agile methods and how we can stay focused, stay active, and stay sane.

How to Make J.F.C.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Chef Chizuru Okamoto shows the audience how to make Okamoto Kitchen’s Japan Fried Chicken dish at home. 

Shoujo Manga’s Lost Generation
Saturday, May 29, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Panel Room 2

Many manga readers presume that shoujo manga got its start in the 1970s with the Magnificent 49ers. In truth, there was an entire generation of young women who helped transform shoujo manga into the art form we know today. Who were these women, and why has this generation of artists fallen into obscurity?

Live Action Adaptation = BAD?
Saturday, May 29, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Panel Room 4

Love them or hate them, live action adaptations of anime and games will keep happening, and often with a number of problems. What are these problems and why do they manifest themselves so often? How can these issues be curbed in the future? And what can we as a community do to help the studios not fall into past mistakes, and to create movies or TV adaptations that actually represent their original forms well?

Romantic Values in Shoujo
Saturday, May 29, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel Room 1

Every country has its own “rule book” when it comes to love. Japan is no different. In this session, from the “kabedon” to “amae”, we will explore some of the popular love tropes in shoujo anime and manga. This session isn’t going to teach you how to flirt, but it will help you gain a better understanding of some of the romantic core values in shoujo that we fangirl/fanboy over.   

Cosplay Photography Quickstart
Saturday, May 29, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel Room 3

A quickstart guide to getting great cosplay photos at a convention. We’ll cover what kind of camera and equipment to buy, what camera settings to use, and how to setup your shots with common situations at a convention.        

J-Fashion Designer Showcase
Saturday, May 29, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
J-Fashion Webinar Room

Join us for a virtual showcase featuring independent J-Fashion designers in video form! This fashion show will consist of footage submitted by our participating designers of their latest collections – tune in to see exclusive clips from your favorite indie J-Fashion brands from all over the world. See the designer list here!

A Librarian’s Opinion on New Manga
Saturday, May 29, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel Room 4

Want to find out about the newest manga coming out in 2021 and 2022? Look no further – this panel is presented by a collection development librarian who is always looking ahead to see what is coming next to the manga publishing industry. Whether you are a fellow librarian, a book buyer, or just a manga lover, drop in to learn about the most exciting, underrated, and continuing series you missed out on coming your way soon!

How Anime is Made
Saturday, May 29, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel Room 2

Sure, you watch anime, but do you know how it’s made? Evan Minto (Anime News Network, Otaku USA, Ani-Gamers) 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.

J-Fashion Sewing: Shirring
Saturday, May 29, 2021
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
J-Fashion Webinar Room

J-Fashion Designer Halley from The Black Ribbon walks through a few of her favorite methods of adding stretch panels to garments.

Anime and Pro Wrestling
Saturday, May 29, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Panel Room 1

The world of cosplay, pro wrestling, and anime has a lot more in common than you would think! In this educational panel, the CWF team will let you know how exactly these fandoms intersect.

Cosplay Photography 101
Saturday, May 29, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Join ATP Photography for a deep dive into the characteristics of cosplay photography! Learn some advice and tips for doing a successful cosplay photo shoot, and hear stories from past photo shoots.

Name That Anime Tune
Saturday, May 29, 2021
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel Room 2

The iconic game show just got an anime twist! Contestants will be chosen from the audience to identify anime from snippets of their openings, endings, or soundtrack music. The first person to chime in with the correct title will be awarded points based on how quickly they’re able to answer. The contestant with the most points at the end of 15 rounds will win a prize! Anyone with a love of anime music, regardless of familiarity, is encouraged to participate!

Japan’s Media Culture of Food
Saturday, May 29, 2021
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel Room 4

Food is a big part of Japanese culture, especially in modern times. How does food get shown in modern Japanese media such as manga, anime, games, etc? How and where can you experience the same food that you see in Japanese media? Also, what tactics are there for you to become the chef that you see in that media?

Lolita Fashion 101
Saturday, May 29, 2021
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
J-Fashion Webinar Room

Lolita is the name of a popular Japanese Street Fashion known around the world. It originated as a subculture that was shaped through music, art, literature, and fashion. This 101 panel will help attendees discover various brands and stores that carry this gorgeous unique fashion, as well as places to shop, tips on how to build a basic wardrobe, sub-styles, and how to get inspired. There will be a Q&A session at the end.
Hosted By: Cursed Kaiser

Cthulhu for President!
Saturday, May 29, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel Room 1
Suitable for audiences 16+

Cthulhu for President! So what if we lost last year’s election, the longest running campaign in Anime convention history continues! Come learn how Cthulhu will Make America Crazy Again! Cthulhu for President!

#APM Diversity Panel
Saturday, May 29, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Our 4th annual discussion panel on nerdy spaces that should be more welcoming for black, POC, and the LGBTQ+. This is an event to create and reinforce dialogue that is long overdue. We invite all concerned like-minded convention goers to join in for an educational and empowering session to clarify the air.

Anime/VGM Jams with UDT
Saturday, May 29, 2021
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Panel Room 1
Suitable for audiences 16+

Under the Deku Tree (UDT, for short), a fusion ensemble based in Portland, OR, is known for their jams of well-known video game and anime charts that you know and love! Led by tenor saxophonist, Soneji (@justsoneji), with some of Portland’s upcoming jazz musicians, UDT plans to bring on the funk to FanimeCon with their charts (some smooth and some blazing hot). Come listen to them for a groovin’ time!

The Wonderful World of Idols
Saturday, May 29, 2021
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Panel Room 2

With so much anime focused on pop idols coming out in recent years, one probably wonders what goes on in the real life arena of Japanese pop idols. In this panel, we’ll dive into the definition of an idol and what has made these enduring staples of Japanese pop culture so enthralling since the 1970s!

Jeopardy! for AnimeCon Geeks
Saturday, May 29, 2021
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Panel Room 4

All you geeks that spend hours researching every fact about your favorite franchises: now is your time to shine! A contest between hardcore ‘know-it-alls’ is going down at FanimeCon 2021. Jeopardy! for AnimeCon Geeks will test contestants on a wide variety of geek topics. This is a full 61-question session of Jeopardy!, complete with Daily Doubles, Final Jeopardy, and always remember to answer in the form of a question! Come early for your chance to participate! 

26 Years of Gundam Wing
Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Turn back the clock to the mid-90’s, and party on with Two Mix and pretty boy pilots. We will discuss the impact this alternate universe series had on the North American Gundam fandom from gunpla going mainstream, boys love, and more. Prepare to celebrate 25+ years of Gundam Wing!

A Digital Demon Anime Review
Saturday, May 29, 2021
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Panels 1
Suitable for audiences 16+

Watch Glitch the Digital Demon review anime with his weird humor. Just like his YouTube show, but in real time!

Macross Flashback 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
11:00 pm – 12:00 am
Panel Room 2

Longtime Macross content contributors and event organizers will discuss the impact of Super Dimension Fortress Macross and its unique combination of mecha sci-fi action and pop-idol music. The extensive history of the Macross franchise, along with recent developments, are sure to be of interest to all anime fans. Joining the panel as special guests will be representatives from Creative Sphere Inc, whose localization credits include the recent Macross Delta TV series, movie, and concerts.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Self-Publishing for Authors!
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Room 1

You too can self-publish! This panel takes actual experience and turns it into advice you can use to get your own book out! A guide to self-publishing that covers all aspects people will need to know, from picking a method to editing. Downloadable handouts will be provided.

Saint’s Power is Imposter Syndrome
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Room 4

Two talks for the price of one! We start this discussion by analyzing the popular light novel and manga The Saint’s Power Is Omnipotent, exploring how the protagonist Sei experiences and conquers imposter syndrome and then expand to offer tips on how you can overcome your own imposter syndrome. We then pivot to discuss and speculate on how and why the Spring 2021 anime adaptation differs from the source material, including audience targeting and cultural demographic norms.

Anime OPs in Video Games
Sunday, May 30, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Panel Room 2

A chronological look at a variety of anime OP sequences seen in video games, from the early ‘90s to the modern day. See how far we’ve come!

LadyBlerds at Fanime
Sunday, May 30, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Panel Room 3

LadyBlerdsSingstheBlues is a South Bay podcast hosted by two phat beauty queens who talk about current events and nerdisms. Sometimes V and Kylie TooSmart will be making their public debut at FanimeCon as they cover popular anime and how black people influenced the true development of adding more inclusion and accurate depictions of black people in current day animations.

The “Asian Identity” in Anime
Sunday, May 30, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel Room 1
Suitable for audiences 16+

Let’s face it: Anime has taken over the world, resulting in a growing international fanbase. With that in mind, anime has shaped how foreigners see the Asian identity, resulting in some controversial stereotypes. In this session, we will explore these stereotypes and how they might affect our perspectives on Asian ethnicities.       

Anime in the Era of VR
Sunday, May 30, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel Room 4

Anime and manga are great mediums of expression, and the stories they tell can be very hard to tell in any other medium. One genre that has been a part of anime and manga for a long time is virtual reality. Now that we have VR, how will that affect anime and Manga about VR? How will those series affect the development of VR tech? What new creations can come about when you bring anime and manga into VR?

Photography for Cosplayers
Sunday, May 30, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel Room 2

Take control of your photos! In this panel we will discuss issues of cosplayer safety and consent, how to take your own photos without working with a photographer, a posing guide, and what you can do to improve your photos.

Anime Saved My Life
Sunday, May 30, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Fandom should be a place of comfort. In this presentation, we discuss how anime has become a coping mechanism and an exploration of self-discovery in youth. We will talk about how convention culture, online communities, and college anime clubs have also been instrumental in finding “our people.”

Formal Attire Defined
Sunday, May 30, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
J-Fashion Webinar Room

Getting the details right can make or break a formal outfit. Geared towards artists and cosplayers who are often recreating looks where the details might not be clear. Learn about the items that constitute traditional formal wear and how to wear them properly from Jason R. Merrill of Blackbird Finery.
Hosted By: Jason R. Merrill of Blackbird Finery

History of Shounen Action Manga
Sunday, May 30, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Panel Room 1

From the early manga that influenced all others, to the early sports and action manga that set the prototypical standards, to the early Shonen Jump hits that took things to the next level, and to the world renowned manga that brought the genre to the world at large, this panel will show everyone that Dragon Ball and Fist of the North Star did NOT establish what we all love about shounen action, but rather stood on the shoulders of the giants that came before them.

Chicken Soup for Burning Souls
Sunday, May 30, 2021
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel Room 2

“Chicken Soup for Burning Souls: Positive Masculinity in Anime” is a look at the characters who are all about doing the right thing, and how we can do the same in our own lives.

5th Gen is Not Pokemon
Sunday, May 30, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Panel Room 3
Suitable for audiences 16+

The 5th generation of Pokemon introduced a lot of new concepts to the series like ripping off their previous aesthetic designs, min-maxing stats to optimize the removal of actual Pokemon from competitive play, and whatever Garbador is. When it comes down to it the abominations that were introduced in Pokemon Black and White are nowhere near as majestic as classic Pokemon like Muk, Mr. Mime, and Electrode.

How to Attend a J-Fashion Meet
Sunday, May 30, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
J-Fashion Webinar Room

Wondering how best to socialize with your fellow J-Fashionistas after a year of seeing nobody? New to the J-Fashion community and wondering how to interact with your local comm? Emma and Jessica will help guide you on the etiquette of attending J-Fashion meetups!
Hosted By: Obsixwi and Nycticeivs

Make Mine Mecha
Sunday, May 30, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel Room 1

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

A Guide Through Isekai Series
Sunday, May 30, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Isekai are quite the topic these days. What is it about this style of story, whether you consider it a genre or not, that has captured the modern era of anime fans, manga writers, and animators? For those who want to go deeper, what are some series that you should look out for in the upcoming years? What isekai do you, the fans, want to come into existence?

Hella Big Skirts
Sunday, May 30, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel Room 4

Ever wonder how to make a hella big skirt? Wondering how to keep said skirt puffy? Join cosplayer fabrickind to learn the ins and outs of patterning, sewing, and supporting the big, fluffy skirts of your dreams!

Digital J-Fashion Content
Sunday, May 30, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
J-Fashion Webinar Room

This panel will give an overview of currently available digital J-Fashion content. We will cover both informative and entertaining content across various formats, such as YouTube and blogs, as well as highlight many content creators you can learn from and enjoy.
Hosted By: Mindy

Fireside Chat with Andre Pena
Sunday, May 30, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Panel Room 2
Suitable for audiences 16+

Come to a cozy and comfortable fireside chat with Andre Pena, longtime panelist and staffer at FanimeCon. Host of Cthulhu for President, Bad Hentai, Midnight Madness and Hentai Music Videos, Andre has been going to FanimeCon since 2001 (or 2000, he can’t remember) and has lots of stories to share. This laid back panel will be relaxing and entertaining, so come spend some time by the fire.

CWF Ultimate Fantasy Booking Federation
Sunday, May 30, 2021
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Panel Room 1
Suitable for audiences 16+

The UFBF (Ultimate Fantasy Booking Federation) has “Card subject to change” take on a whole new meaning. Team CWF plays out some of the craziest matches submitted by the community!

Anime Before Astro Boy
Sunday, May 30, 2021
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Panel Room 3

Think Astro Boy was the first anime? Not so fast! Before anime’s TV debut there were countless failed experiments, short films, and propaganda pieces. Evan Minto (Anime News Network, Otaku USA, Ani-Gamers) explores the fascinating history of anime in the first half of the 20th century.

Convention Stories
Sunday, May 30, 2021
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Panel Room 2

An opportunity to hear some interesting stories from people who attend conventions professionally (be it as media, a volunteer, working a booth, or hosting a panel). At the same time, you will get the chance to share your own favorite moments at a convention.

Cosplay Anywhere Summer Fest!
Sunday, May 30, 2021
10:00 pm – 12:00 am
Panel Room 3

Come watch or play simple games. This edition’s theme is Summer Festival, where we attend a virtual Japanese Festival created from your suggestions. Experience for yourself the unique community-making space that harnesses the intimacy of theatre and the magic of nerdom. Cosplay is encouraged, but you’ll still have fun without one!

Make Anime Great Again
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:00 pm – 12:00 am
Panel Room 1
Suitable for audiences 16+

When anime was first invented by Carl Barks it was good, wholesome, and pure. In the 90’s we saw the invention of love triangles, tournaments, and magical girls. Now anime is mostly just three moe blobs fighting for the affection of the same author-insert sword-boy. What happened?

The Story of Animerama
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:00 pm – 12:00 am
Panel Room 2
Suitable for audiences 16+

This is the story of the Animerama trilogy: 1001 Nights, Cleopatra, and Belladonna of Sadness. Osamu Tezuka created them in the hopes of making anime specifically for adults.  Learn how their troubled production ruined his studio, nearly wrecked his career, and changed the course of anime history.