Panel Descriptions

 

Panel Programming 2017 Events and Descriptions

Below is the list of all 2017 fan run panel descriptions. All panels are organized alphabetically by title. The Guidebook app will be available for the 20th anniversary so you can download our schedule and create your to-do plan for the weekend.

Children’s Programming

An Anime Music Recorder Concert 14-

05/20/17; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Watch a professional recorder player as he performs anime themes, TV show themes, video game music, popular fan music, and rave melodies, all on his recorder. A Q+A session will follow after the performance, where he will discuss how he adapts music onto the recorder for performance.

 

Cards For Kit 14-

05/19/17; 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We are celebrating Kit’s birthday! Come make him a special birthday card!

 

Geisha Girl/Dragon Masks 14-

05/19/17; 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come hang out with the Children’s Programming crew and make a Geisha Girl or Dragon mask!

 

Japanese Fans 14-

05/19/17; 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come hang out with the Children’s Programming crew and decorate a Japanese Fan!

 

Japanese Inspired Arts and Crafts 14-

05/19/17; 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come join us to make a variety of Japanese inspired crafts. Each attendee can make up to three fun and unique crafts!

 

Kendama 14-

05/20/17; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come hang out with the Children’s Programming crew and learn about the children’s toy, Kendama! Bring your own or borrow one of ours as we explore the art of Kendama!

 

Kit’s Birthday Party 14-

05/20/17; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come help us surprise Kit for his birthday! There will be lots of fun and games to go around!

 

Mini-Geek Storytime 14-

05/19/17; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A great time for parents to bring their children for a break during the convention. Panelist will read one or two Japanese folktales and have corresponding coloring pages and crafts for kids to enjoy.

 

Open Craft Time 14-

05/19/17; 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come spend some time relaxing with your kid(s) and coloring, making a perler bead design or any of our other crafts!

 

Otedama 14-

05/19/17; 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come learn about Otedama, a traditional Japanese children’s game!

 

Story Time: Traditional Japanese Stories 14-

05/21/17; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come enjoy an exciting retelling of classic Japanese folktales and children’s stories!

Guest Panels

A New World Q&A with Masashi Hamauzu and Eric Roth

05/21/17; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Stick around after the A New World concert for the Q&A session with FINAL FANTASY composer Masashi Hamauzu and conductor Eric Roth!

 

An Encounter with Alexis Tipton

05/19/17; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An encounter with Alexis Tipton – Sit back and learn more about what makes Alexis the special performer she is. Discuss her latest accomplishments and more!

 

An Encounter with Nabeshin

05/19/17; 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An encounter with Nabeshin – We all know him from Excel Saga, but the icon with the afro is so much more. Spend some time with one of ACen’s fan favorites!

 

Cosplay History with Helen McCarthy

05/20/17; 8:30 PM – 9:30 AM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Don’t miss this talk, as there is quite some interesting information on how Cosplay began and on various things surrounding Cosplay. The talk will be about the early days of Cosplay in the Yayoi era of Japan and conclude with present day Cosplay.
At the end, there will be a possibility to ask questions of Helen about Cosplay or anything else.

 

Fashion Showcase: GOUK

05/19/17; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join us for a Fashion Showcase featuring the designs of GOUK!

 

Fashion Showcase: Putumayo

05/20/17; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Known for their uniquely illustrated Lolita and punk-themed outfits, that no other brand can offer, Putumayo, has also expanded and evolved their brand to include “School Style” and “Gothic Style” themed fashion lines which add to the uniqueness of Harajuku trends.

 

From TV to Stage To Video Game

05/20/17; 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Let’s talk the difference between stage, film, TV and voice acting from anime to games & more with Emily Neves, Alexis Tipton and Tony Oliver. You got questions about how to make different aspects of this industry rock, these are the people to listen to!

 

Fun with Micah Solusod

05/19/17; 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Fun with Micah Solusod – Micah is an amazing artist in all ways. He draws beautiful manga and is the American voice of so many of our favorites. He is happy to discuss most any anime that he has voiced and will amaze you with the wonders of his career.

 

Get to Know Crispin Freeman

05/20/17; 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Get to know Crispin Freeman – Crispin is an accomplished voice actor, director, coach and scholar.

 

Get to know Tony Oliver

05/19/17; 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Get to know Tony Oliver – Back again is Tony Oliver. He has lent his voice in many things including anime, video games and movie titles. We are always happy to sit and listen to Tony and his describes his work in the industry.

 

IMERUAT Meet & Greet

05/20/17; 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Grand Foyer; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

After the IMERUAT concert, head out to the foyer area to purchase merchandise, chat with composer Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina, and get autographs!

 

John & Micah Dragonball-A-Ganza

05/21/17; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

John Swasey & Micah Solusod; This Dragonball Z panel is not to be missed, just Saiyan!

 

Join John Swasey

05/19/17; 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join John Swasey – From Gendo Ikari through Gundurua, John has been a premiere voice actor with so much to offer. Come join him and discuss his extraordinary and exciting career.

 

Late Night with Nabeshin (18+)

05/20/17; 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join Shinichi Watanabe, better known as Nabeshin, in this Late night Q&A on his direction career or, well, anything else you want it to be about!

 

Learn About Helen McCarthy

05/19/17; 4:00 PM – 6:40 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Learn about Helen McCarthy – As the author of numerous anime reference books, Helen is wonder to have a conversation with. She is so much more! Her Haiku are a daily ritual for many of social media followers & friends. Come and enjoy!

 

Mad Libs with Emily Neves (18+)

05/19/07; 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Playing Mad Libs, a word game where you fill in the blanks with Emily Neves. Enjoy this 18+ panel and make suggestions for filling in the blanks and she will read the final products as one of the characters which you will vote for.

 

Meet Emily Neves

05/20/17; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Meet Emily Neves – Come and meet the diverse and exhilarating Emily Neves.

 

Meet the Synergy DJs!

05/19/17; 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

What?! Taku Takahashi? TeddyLoid? Kors K? DJ WILDPARTY? lapix? C-Show? YUC’e? murAta Yuzi? And maybe DJ Domo, too?! It’s just too much! Anyway, come have a chat with the Synergy DJs before the party!

 

Meet Toru Furuya

05/20/17; 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Meet the man behind the mask and so much more! Come celebrate Furuya’s 50 year anniversary in the anime industry with him in person!

 

Open Q&A with IMERUAT

05/21/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

You saw their concert on Friday, now come ask composer Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina about everything from FINAL FANTASY to Ainu culture!

 

Q&A with May’n

05/19/17; 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Open Q&A with May’n! Don’t miss your chance to interact with May’n before her Saturday concert!

 

Stump the experts with Helen McCarthy and Crispin Freeman

05/20/17; 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Pose your questions to see if you can stump the experts Crispin Freeman and Helen McCarthy!

 

The Mythology of Anime with Crispin Freeman

05/21/17; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Mystics, Priestesses and Warrior Women is about the hero journey from a woman’s perspective. Specifically, it looks at the different types of female hero journeys in American and Japanese animation and how there are avenues for exploring the female hero journey in the East that are unavailable in the West. These different types of female hero journeys have their basis in the different mystical religious traditions of each country. These different concepts of mysticism East and West give rise either to Magical Girl or the Princess archetypes in animation. To wrap it all up, he will explore how these different archetypes manifest and are subverted in the anime, “Revolutionary Girl Utena”.

 

The New Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins

05/20/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The new Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins
Come and discuss the fun facts and interesting new story of Rurouni Kenshin in Part 1: The Origins … A new take on one of anime’s fan favorites with Alexis Tipton, John Swasey & Micah Solusod.

 

Toru Furuya: TBD

05/21/17; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Toru Furuya panel to be determined.

Industry Panels

BangZoom! Audio Engineering Panel

05/20/17; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you interested in recording, mixing, localizing anime and other audio? This experience is your chance to gain an insight into anime dubbing from the audio perspective. Don’t miss out!

 

BangZoom! Inside the Voice Actors’ Studio Panel

05/19/17; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come see what it is like to work with the Voice Actors behind the scenes, including once in a life time experiences.

 

Crunchyroll Industry Panel

05/20/17; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Hear about all the latest and greatest anime & manga coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source.

 

Crunchyroll Simulcast Preview Panel

05/19/17; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Looking for something new to watch this season? Want to hear about the hottest new anime from Japan? Then this is the panel for you! Join Crunchyroll as they highlight some of the latest anime hitting this simulcast season.

 

Denpasoft: Erecting A Market And The Rise Of Adult Gaming (18+)

05/20/17; 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join the Denpasoft crew as we play soft jazz, set up some scented oils and talk about adult gaming in Japan and our latest titles coming to the U.S.

 

Funimation Favorites

05/20/17; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join Funimation staff as we take a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your Funimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FunimationFave and you could win a prize!

 

Funimation Industry Panel

05/19/17; 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+)

05/19/17; 10:30 PM – 11:59 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

 

How to Audition: Tips & Workshop

05/19/17; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you ever wondered about what happens behind the scenes from a production point of view covering the process of Auditioning? Come on in and experience this opportunity including live feedback from our casting director!

 

Official Gaia Online Panel

05/20/17; 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Official Gaia Online Panel

 

Official SAILOR MOON Panel

05/20/17; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

 

Sentai Premier-Dub

05/20/17; 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

 

 

Vertical Comics 2017

05/21/17; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Vertical returns to Anime Central after one of the NYC based publisher’s biggest years yet. Fresh off the debut of Flying Witch and following releases of hits such as Nichijou, Gundam the Origin and BLAME! Vertical will reveal their 2017 catalog and share their wisdom of the manga industry.

 

Visual Novels with Sekai Project

05/20/17; 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

If you’re interested in Visual Novels or you’re a longtime fan, then join Sekai Project as we take you through the world of Japanese Mixed Media, discuss about the current status of the Visual Novel market and cry about the ending to your favorite nakige.

 

VIZ Media Industry Panel

05/19/17; 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join the VIZ Media crew to celebrate some of your favorite titles like ONE-PUNCH MAN, TOKYO GHOUL and SAILOR MOON. There might even be jokes and prizes!

 

Working in the Anime Industry

05/21/17; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Want to know what it’s like working in the anime industry? Have questions for people who work in the anime industry? Then this is the panel for you! Join Crunchyroll and possible other industry reps as they discuss what it is like working in the crazy world of anime.

 

Fan Panels

*Sparkle and Lashes* : Makeup Panel

05/19/17; 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Feel like you just can’t be as cute as your waifu? Want to look as anime as possible? Come up your cosplay game and learn the tricks of smoothing your skin, shaping your eyes, and more!

 

3D Printing for Cosplay

05/20/17; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

You’ve heard of 3D printing, but have you ever considered using it for cosplay? Sanddiver Studios will explain how you can use this technology to help enhance cosplay props and accessories. We will cover printer selection and options, modelling basics, and how to finish your creations.

 

A Thoroughly Uncomfortable Experience. 10/10

05/21/17; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Video games are a fantastic storytelling and emotion-evoking medium. Often we talk about positive feelings like confidence and fun, but what about negative feelings like frustration and discomfort? Join us as we talk about how important these negative emotions are to the gaming experience.

 

Adaptations Across Countries

05/20/17; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

What happens when a story gets adapted for a country other than it origin? Come and check out some like Samurai Pizza Cats, Power Rangers, and Doctor Who.

 

Agepoyo! Gyaru 101

05/20/17; 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Learn a brief history of the Japanese street fashion known as Gyaru and get a head start on your journey to become the gyaru you always dreamed of being. We’ll go over general do’s & don’ts, learn about different substyles and about hair and makeup techniques

 

Amateratsu’s Descendant on the sea

05/20/17; 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Imperial Japanese Navy once has been one of the best naval in the world. A detailed analysis of Japan’s Navy in comparison with other countries’s before and during The Pacific War: strategy, campaign, equipment and important figures. Various references to Games and Animes with the most focus on Kantai Collection.

 

An Introduction Touken Ranbu

05/20/17; 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This panel deliver a brief yet comprehensive overview of the Touken Ranbu franchise, covering its various facets of media. Attendees can also partake in an quiz like activity with the chance to win small prizes.

 

Anime Academy Awards 18+

05/19/17; 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you ever wanted to attend a red carpet experience where your favorite anime or character gets a chance to win some really pointless awards such as “Best Fanservice” or “Most OP Character”? If so come check out our irreverent show. Formal Dress not required.

 

Anime FAILS!

05/20/17; 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come celebrate some of anime’s most ridiculous moments – characters screwing up, bad luck, and things going incredibly wrong, with hilarious results. Inspired by “The Daily Show” and Rooster Teeth’s “Fails of the Weak,” I show various clips and offer commentary along the way, with occasional audience participation and games.

 

Anime Improv Comedy

05/19/17; 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Interested in the basics of theatrical improvisation? Fans of Whose Line is it Anyway and SNL? Come to a basic workshop on the building blocks that make an improv scene with a great twist of anime. We will be performing scenes and teaching how to improv.

 

Anime Jeopardy

05/20/17; 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Do you think you know Anime? Did you answer that in the form of a question? Then come on down and enjoy this classic game with an anime twist.

 

Anime Killed the Manga Star

05/20/17; 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Not all manga gets the chance to be anime (let alone good anime!), find out about some gems you might have missed.

 

Anime Name that Tune

05/21/17; 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Do you think you know anime music? Then come and test your knowledge at Anime Name that Tune, where we’ll decide the best and brightest and guessing opening and closing themes. And if you don’t want to compete, it’s also fun to watch. Winners will receive prizes!

 

Anime on Blu-ray: Is It Worth It?

05/21/17; 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Do you know what you’re getting when you buy a Blu-ray or DVD of your favorite anime? What do you gain by owning a physical copy? What you’re paying may get you more than you bargained for with visual changes you won’t believe.

 

Anime OP/ED Roulette!

05/19/17; 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A completely random showcase of OPs and EDs determined by you and the ACEN gods. Come pick numbers out of a hat, flip coins, and roll dice and help shape the fate of the panel. Will it be good or bad? Come and find out!

 

Anime Openings Through the Decades

05/20/17; 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The opening is always when a show puts its best foot forward to grab the viewer’s attention. Join us as we take a look at some of the best openings from the past 40 years!

 

Anime Physics Fails – Family Friendly

05/20/17; 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

(Re)Introducing the Family Friendly version of our usual panel returning after a brief intermission, minus some swearing and squick. We will mock anime that make egregious fails of physics and physiology in a PG-13 manner. Adults, check out our other panel.

 

Anime Physics Fails 18+

05/20/17; 10:45 PM – 12:00 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Returning after a year hiatus, come join us for an infotainment panel where we look at some tropes for physics fails and laugh at them, and also cover some anime that do things well.

 

Anime Pitch Contest

05/21/17; 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The hosts of the UGO podcasts want to hear some pitches for their fictional anime network. Construct a awesome name for your show with a provided hand of title cards in order to fit the premises we provide, then pitch it to us and you will receive a prize!

 

Anime Price is Right

05/21/17; 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come on DOWN!! You may be the next contestant on this classic game show with an anime twist!

 

Anime Taboo Game

05/20/17; 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Hurry! Can you describe Bleach without using Ichigo, Soul Reaper, BANKAI, and Laundry in 20 seconds? How many animes can you describe to your team without using certain words? Prizes will be available. Join us for our 2nd year!

 

Asian Style Archery

05/20/17; 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This panel and discussion will help you unravel the mysteries of Asian archery, whether you just want an accurate cosplay or would like to take part in the ancient sport. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Turk/Hun bows and styles will be covered.

 

Ask A Nation: Hetalia

05/20/17; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Here you’ll get to ask nations from all around the world questions and not to mention give them some dares! Meet your favorite countries and have a great time!

 

Attack on Q&A

05/19/17; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join the Scout Regiment for an hour of shenanigans sure to make even Humanity’s Strongest smile just a little. Packed with plenty of improv games and a Q&A session, you’ll not want to miss out.

 

Autism in the Anime Fan Community

05/20/17; 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Many people with autism are members of the anime fan community. Listen to an anime fan with autism discuss unique reasons why people with autism enjoy anime, issues people with autism can face at anime cons, and how anime fans can become more accepting of their fellow fans with autism.

 

Be Your True Mind: A Persona Panel

05/19/17; 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Your favorite Shin Megami Tensei: Persona panel returning again this year! Covering the history and future of one of the finest JRPG franchises! Come to enjoy analysis, discussion, and all the fun of your favorite Persona games, packed into one panel!

 

Beginner Japanese Speaking Workshop

05/21/17; 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We’ll be doing activities that help us practice some Japanese pronunciation, beginner vocabulary, and some conversation. These activities were designed from my experience as an assistant English teacher while I was in Japan.

 

Beyond Your True Mind: The Rest of Megaten

05/20/17; 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

So you’ve mastered Persona3, got the gold in Persona4, and stolen their Hearts in Persona5. Now it’s time to summon those demons with your cell phone, or to become one yourself. Come explore the rest of the Megaten series. Featuring many forgotten Personas and Dante from Devil May Cry!

 

Big Kenshiro Panel: Raider Fashion Outlet

05/21/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The Fist of the North Star is a martial art that targets the off switch that makes people explode. Did you also know that somewhere in the wasteland is a factory producing matching neon half-shirts and mohawk wax? You are already planning to attend this panel.

 

Bookbuilding:Write & Publish Like A Pro

05/20/17; 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Walk through the options of writing and both traditional and self-publishing with an eye to building a successful career. Get professional advice on choosing a path, staying legal, formatting, choosing distribution, avoiding con artists, and marketing. Bonus: 3.5 additional hours of free recorded useful webinars to attendees.

 

Building Your Self-Esteem in Cosplay

05/20/17; 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you ever been told you shouldn’t cosplay someone because of your looks, height, weight, or skin color? We’re here to tell you otherwise. Join the Cosplay Corps as we talk about ways to boost your self- esteem and self-worth in cosplay.

 

Captains’ Corner! A Haikyuu captains panel.

05/19/17; 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We like sports and we don’t care who knows. It’s why we play volleyball, duh! Come visit Daichi, Oikawa, Michimiya, Kuroo, Bokuto, Terushima, and others. Come ask us questions, play games…just don’t ask Daishou about snakes… Q&A, trivia, games, and prizes included!

 

Chicago’s Anime Scene: 29 Truths; 1 Lie

05/19/17; 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Many Chicagoans are unfamiliar with our thriving anime community supported by larger geek and Japanese culture networks across town. Join us for a humorous, informative presentation featuring the recent ramen boom, Japanese shop openings, pro-anime theaters, and ways to enjoy the best of Japan in our own backyard!

 

Come Idle at Our Aikatsu Panel!

05/19/17; 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Aikatsu is the end result of taking all of the things that made THE iDOLM@STER great and applying it to a little girls’ show. And you might not even know of this amazing gem because Bandai’s been hiding it from you on purpose. We’re here to ?x that.

 

Comic Market: The Ins and Outs

05/21/17; 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join our panel to learn about Comic Market (Comiket), the oldest doujinshi event in Japan. We will discuss its history, details, and provide a brief guide on how to attend the event yourself!

 

Conversations on Under Appreciated Manga

05/20/17; 10:15 PM – 11:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Members of AnimeChicago’s Manga Jam book club start a conversation on what manga we love to read. Going beyond the standard shounen action series or the shoujo romance we are going to recommend works that show the sheer diversity of Japans take on the comics medium.

 

Cosplay in Action

05/19/17; 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

You’ve got your cosplay. You’ve styled your wig. You look amazing! …now what? We’re is here to help, whether you’re preparing to take the stage in the masquerade or just want to find ways to make your hall shots shine! Get tips on posing, con survival, and emergency costume repair.

 

Cosplay on a Shoestring

05/20/17; 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

So, you want to cosplay, but you have no skills, no money, and very little time. Let us teach you the basic skills you need, and show you easy steps and shortcuts to getting your very own cosplay made. Whether your a first-timer or just still learning, we can help!

 

Cosplay Pics: Posing In Costume

05/19/17; 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Want to look better in your cosplay photos? Want to make quick hallway snapshops look as good as a staged photoshoot? It’s possible with a little practice! Learn the secrets of creating flattering, realistic, and dynamic poses for any character.

 

Cosplay Positivity

05/19/17; 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We will be discussing topics ranging from loving yourself and your cosplay to convention and cosplay etiquette to more serious topics such as harassment and racism in the community. Cosplayer and non- cosplayers alike are welcome and we welcome people from every background.

 

Costume Construction Basics

05/21/17; 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Don’t know a button from a bobbin? Not to worry! This panel will take you through the very basics of costume construction, from basic equipment to fabric selection.

 

Daddy Guren’s DemonPowerHour:Owari no Seraph

05/19/17; 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Wanna play truth or dare with the characters of Owari? Do you want to see your favorite fanfics badly narrated and acted out for you? We’re all emotionally distraught over the monthly manga updates, but Daddy Guren has everything you need, so come on by!

 

Dangan Jeopardy: Trigger Happy Game Show

05/19/17; 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come on, come all! The most heart wrenching, hope fulfilling, and despair-inducing event around the block…is here! Join Naegi and Nanami as you work together and test your skills of everything danganronpa to win some sweet prizes and defeat despair… or will you fall deep into it? Spoilers beware!

 

Dangan Ronpa: Super High School Level Panel

05/20/17; 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

From Students with ultimate talents trapped in a killing game to survivors of a post-apocalyptic future trying to recover from despair. Join us as we navigate through the videogames to anime to manga to novels explore the world of Dangan Ronpa.

 

Dating Advice with Viktor Nikiforov

05/19/17; 11:45 PM – 1:15 AM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you missing love in your life and need to woo a special someone? Viktor with the help of his lovely assistant Yuuri Katsuki will be more than willing to answer any questions on love and relationships from the audience. There are no limits to what Viktor will answer!

 

Death Note Mafia

05/20/17; 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Death Note characters take the roles of this party game where you must work with a team who could betray you at any time. The rules will be explained, so prior knowledge of the game is not necessary. Can the investigators defeat Kira without falling prey to the Death Note?

 

Digimon: From Adventure to Appmon

05/19/17; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

After seven seasons and 300+ episodes, what’s the true verdict on Digimon? We’ve dissected every moment in every season. Join us for a retrospective of the series, characters and stories we love, with time for an open discussion, including the ongoing revival Digimon Adventure tri. and Digimon Universe Applimonsters.

 

DIY Lolita Accessories

05/19/17; 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Being a doing-it-yourself Lolita is easy. See how you can make accessories to complement your favorite outfits from materials you can find at fabric and thrift stores. Capture the latest looks for a fraction of the cost.

 

DIY Lolita Outfits

05/19/17; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Create a beautiful Lolita outfit without spending a fortune. You can make your own blouses, bloomers, parasols, petticoats and more. Learn how doing-it-yourself is easy and fun.

 

DRAMAtically and Murderously Yours

05/20/17; 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A ship has come from the previously unknown island of Midorijima. On it is a group of people who became known as Dramatical Murder. Aoba and his friends are on a search for someone who disappeared long ago. On the way antics ensure and they will welcome all questions

 

Dubbed Hentai is the Best Hentai! 18+

05/20/17; 12:00 AM – 2:30 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We all know that porn acting is bad, and anime is no exception. Join us for a look at some of the worst(best) hentai dubs.

 

Embracing Your Inner Geek and Creating throu

05/21/17; 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ever feel like your geeky side is kind of lame? Trying to put all your geeky stuff into boxes and sell it?! Well we’re here to talk about accepting your inner geek, and the struggles involved. It’s a creative side of you that can really help create great art!

 

Enhance your cosplay through movement!

05/21/17; 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Bring your characters, get on your feet and turn the written word and drawn picture into 3D action. Explore the use of levels, gait, weight distribution, and leading body parts to expand your movement abilities and create an engaging spectacle to bring your look to life. Presented by Cheryl Friedman

 

Eurobeat Paradise: Learn Para Para!

05/19/17; 11:45 PM – 1:15 AM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Love Eurobeat and ParaPara but not sure where to start? Come experience a slice of Japanese club and gyaru culture and learn about the parapara dance style and its origins, and be taught one of the most famous parapara routines ever! Can you feel the Beat?

 

Everyday Panels with Monster Girls

05/20/17; 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

In this panel we will discuss the roots of the Monster Girl genre and take a look at the important writers, artists, manga, and anime that have made the genre what it is today.

 

Everything Kpop

05/20/17; 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Love Kpop, but not a dancer? We got you! Come join us for some fun and games, and win some prizes!

 

Everything Nintendo: Season of the Switch

05/19/17; 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join us for a panel on our favorite fun-loving video game company featuring discussion on Nintendo’s newest machine, their critically acclaimed video games, and their role in the industry. There will be games, prizes, and most of all, fun! So let’s-a-go, ACEN!

 

Fall of Japan: A Nations in Trouble

05/20/17; 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The nation of Japan is in trouble: a falling population, a break down in personal relationships between men and woman, and an out of control economic situation. This informative panel will break down the unique (and not unique) challenges that Japan faces in 2017.

 

Fanfiction Panel

05/20/17; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

You’ve always wondered about the path not taken for your favorite characters. So, you’ve decided to write a fanfiction. Here, we discuss general guidelines, pitfalls and anything else that comes up with our experienced writers. No razzing, all ages, all are welcome.

 

Feel Good Animation

05/19/17; 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Felling down? a bit sad? sense the impending doom of post-con depression? Well, we have series that never fail to brighten our spirits! Come get the warm fuzzies and tell about your own favorite anime!

 

Feels Trip

05/19/17; 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come join us for another round of obliterating your feels at the panel voted most likely to ruin your day.

 

Final Chapter Prologue: Kingdom Hearts 101.8

05/19/17; 11:15 PM – 12:45 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Catch up on the complete story of Kingdom Hearts! Between 7 lights, 13 darkness, and 11 games it can be easy to lose track of what the heck is even going on in Nomura’s wild ride, so join us on our journey as we prepare you for Sora’s final(?) chapter

 

Final Fantasy I-VI: Mages Through the Ages

05/20/17; 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A look back at Final Fantasy’s humble beginnings on the NES and SNES. Game overviews, comparisons, and general discussion on the first 6 chronological releases.

 

Fire Emblem: Lords, Swords, and S-Supports

05/19/17; 10:30 PM – 11:45 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you heard of Marth, Ike, and/or Robin? Ever wonder what they are from and what their games are like? Are you already a fan of the series? Come to this panel and find out all you need to know and more about Fire Emblem!

 

Fist of the North Star Panel

05/20/17; 11:15 PM – 12:45 AM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Omae wa mo shinderu. Translation: You’re already dead. In this panel, we’ll be talking about the wonderful 80’s anime Fist of the North Star. Talking about the anime, the games, the characters, everything!!

 

Flora and Fauna of Japan

05/19/17; 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Last year was so much fun, let’s do it again! Learn about interesting animals and plants from Japan from former elementary school teacher Kaitlin R. Branch! We’ll also draw even more monsters this year to display to the rest of the convention!

 

Free: 50% Off – The Rin Quilt Exists

05/20/17; 9:00 PM – 10:45 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Nitori invites you to obsess over his favorite bi-pedal shark senpai with a nearly-full cast in which shenanigans, unrequited love, and a blood covered Nagisa. Also, is Haru talking to himself again?

 

Free: Eternal Yaoi 18+

05/19/17; 9:45 PM – 11:45 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Kou is back at it again with gay boys! This year, Kou has a cohost for her shenanigans. When a manager and a playboy get together, the swim teams will suffer. Come find out what happens in the locker rooms~

 

Freudian Analysis: FLCL 18+

05/19/17; 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Sigmund Freud was one a famously applauded psychological pioneer; however, he also chewed cocaine leaves like a koala eats eucalyptus and thought up the Oedipal Complex. So, let’s enjoy some outdated science about wildly inappropriate things!

 

Game Design – The Crash Course

05/19/17; 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

No programing skills, no artistic talent, no problem. Technology has gotten to the point where any one can design and publish there own tabletop and video games.

 

Gangs of Japan: The Yakuza Panel

05/20/17; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

For centuries, the Yakuza have controlled the Japanese criminal underworld through violence, extortion and murder. Learn the history, brutal tactics and illegal dealings of the world’s oldest criminal organizations.

 

Geared Up Gijinkas

05/19/17; 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ever wanted to cosplay your favourite furry character but don’t wanna do a fursuit? Maybe you’ve seen the detailed humanoid designs and wanted to make your own but are a little stuck. Join in as we discuss “what is a gijinka?” and multiple ways on designing one!

 

Gender Identity in Anime

05/19/17; 8:15 PM – 9:45 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A brief history on transgender people in Japan as well as transgender characters in anime.

 

Girls’ Generation Dance Tutorial

05/19/17; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ever wanted to be able to dance like a Kpop star? Now’s your chance to learn some of Girls’ Generation’s top dance moves! Join Stella as she teaches some of the choruses and dance breaks for some of their hit kpop songs!

 

Godzilla vs. Anime

05/20/17; 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Evangelion’s Hideaki Anno, Akira’s Katsuhiro Otomo, and Madoka Magica’s Gen Urobuchi have all worked on one of Japan’s most iconic series: the Godzilla franchise. This panel looks at them, and other great directors, writers, composers, and mangaka who cross over between the anime world and the King of the Monsters.

 

Good Morning Morioh Cho! A JJBA Q+A Panel

05/19/17; 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come and join Josuke and the rest of the Morioh (duwang) squad for an exclusive Morioh Cho Radio Interview! Q+A to answer all of your burning questions and maybe request some MENACING dares! Fun prizes might be involved 😉

 

Good, Bad, & Ugly: Anime Endings

05/20/17; 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Help us decide which animeendings give you the feels, and which you have no problem skipping. We’ll examine what makes a good ending and create a ranking list. You may even get to choose which endings we watch – and get a prize!

 

Good, Bad, & Ugly: Anime Openings

05/20/17; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Help us decide which anime openings create the perfect hook, and which require eye-bleach. We’ll examine what makes a good intro and also continue the ranking from last year. You may even get to choose which openings we watch – and get a prize!

 

Guide to Hero and Villian Archetypes

05/21/17; 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Writing believable, three-dimensional characters is essential for any work of fiction. Join Rocco Ryg, author of the Onryo Saga, as he reveals the various archetypes of heroes and villains that will enhance your writing and help you connect to your readers.

 

H.P. Lovecraft and Japanese Pop Culture

05/19/17; 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Howard Phillips Lovecraft is one of the most influential horror writers in history and left an undeniable mark upon Japanese pop culture. Join us to discuss how many of his themes have become a staple in anime, manga, video games, and horror. Ancient monstrosities, forbidden knowledge, and yes,tentacles…

 

Haikyuutes 18+

05/20/17; 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The first year manager of Karasuno has gathered the volleyball stars for a late night get together. Tensions are high with graduation right around the corner! Watch the third years blow off some steam and teach their first years!

 

Hentai Hell 18+

05/19/17; 9:45 PM – 11:45 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come join us for a two hour journey as we make fun of some of the most bizarre 18+ material on the planet. Featuring tentacles, bad hentai dubs, and men in horse masks, prepare to be very confused and hopefully entertained.

 

Hentai Voice Over 18+

05/20/17; 8:45 PM – 10:45 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ever wanted to voice your own hentai scene? Well now you have the chance to. Turn into the sexy voice you know you have. 18+

 

Hentai: Does This Work For You 18+

05/21/17; 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Do you think all adult content is the same? Take a look at some of the most popular and weirdest cliches and tropes of Hentai entertainment from amateur fan-fiction to professional animation. Come laugh with us at the insanity of what clicks for you and what outrages you.

 

Hentarmageddon 18+

05/20/17; 1:15 AM – 3:45 AM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? You will. In your lap. …uh, where the ACEN PROGRAM is. Join us for HENTARMAGEDDON EPISODE VII: THE PORN AWAKENS! The band’s back together, and they’ve brought all your favorites with them: Movies. Games. Prizes. And enough chat about smut to make you happily uncomfortable. The porn…it’s calling to you. Just let it in!

 

Her Legs are HOW Long?

05/21/17; 2:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join Karmada Arts for an interactive class on drawing people! The first half of the panel we’ll discuss proportions, and show examples from comics and animation, and the second half we’ll do some follow-along exercises! Sketchbooks are encouraged, but paper and pencils will be available for those who need them.

 

Hidden Tarot Card Symbolism in Tokyo Ghoul

05/20/17; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Humans, ghouls, and human-ghoul hybrids are all once again invited to join us in discussing the Tokyo Ghoul manga and its many hidden tarot card references! Come learn even more about these cards and their role in this popular horror series. Games! Prizes! Spoilers!

 

History of Japanese Fighting Games

05/20/17; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We will discuss the earliest Japanese fighting game, Karate Champ and how the fighting games have evolved into complex battles of strategy and finesse.

 

History of Japanese Pro Wrestling

05/20/17; 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come join us as we talk about the history of Japanese professional wrestling, from it’s inception in the 1950s, up to now.

 

How do I make X?’ – Research for Cosplay

05/21/17; 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have a costume you want to make, but you’re not sure where to start? We’ll be talking about how to gather references, break a costume down into individual components, figure out what parts should be made out of, find patterns, and more!

 

How to Diagnose Your Anime Taste

05/21/17; 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you ever started a show based on the promising premise/studio/director, only to be disappointed? Then you probably just weren’t looking at the right things! Come to this panel, where we explore why we like what we like. Together, we will gain a new awareness of how art affects us.

 

How to Make your Own Comics and Manga!

05/20/17; 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

It’s never been harder to be published, but it’s never been easier to make a comic. Learn everything you need to know about making your ideas into stories, from conception in your head to holding a psychical copy of your book in your hand!

 

How to Make Your Own Video Game

05/19/17; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Understand how video games are made and how to make a career out of your games.

 

How to Pick a Sewing Machine

05/20/17; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Want to get the best cosplay? Using the right tools helps the best, we’ll discuss brand, questions you should ask and what you want to look for to get a machine that won’t have you tearing out your hair. We will have a demonstration of machine embroidery at the end.

 

How to Talk to Your Parents about Anime

05/19/17; 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you frustrated by your family’s ignorance or dismissal of anime? Join David Rothman, author of Parent’s Guide to Anime, for this informative panel where he explains how to talk to your parents about anime and manga (Note: This panel is rated PG for discussion of adult content).

 

I’ve Been Transported to a New World? Again?

05/19/17; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A panel all about the Reincarnation/New World genre of light novels, manga, and anime. Learn in-depth about the genre’s history, its tropes and archetypes, the good and bad of the genre, and what series to read/watch if you really wanna launch yourself into the ever-growing phenomenon!

 

Improv, I Choose You!

05/19/17; 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

You can see an improv show and you can BE the improv show! Staring with a small workshop, learn improv techniques and then show them off in the same now family friendly panel. A great opportunity for anyone interested in improv, whether you are master or a new trainer!

 

Improving Your Japanese Mahjong Play

05/21/17; 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This is for players, who have played a number of mahjong games. Some topics regarding tactics, strategy, and game situations are covered. As a recommended prerequisite, players must at least know the yaku. Actual game play scenarios will be used and discussed.

 

In Good Spirit: Japan’s Finest Liquors

05/19/17; 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This panel takes an in-depth and spirited look at the many well-crafted drinks Japan has to offer. From craft beer to whiskey to sake, we take a historical yet fun approach to Japan’s alcohol business.

 

Intro to Dual Wielding

05/20/17; 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you interested in learning about how to actually dual wield? Warning: Kirito isn’t very good at it. We will discuss rapier and dagger, lance and shortsword, dual swords, dual axes, and more! Panelists will also engage in boffer battle for your entertainment!

 

Intro to Guilty Gear

05/21/17; 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Welcome to Guilty Gear! Learn about the Guilty Gear lore, and the games in the series. Find out how you can get better in Guilty Gear Xrd and pick up tips from other fellow players!

 

Intro to Jpop Dancing with Michi!Project

05/19/17; 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come and join the fun! We will be teaching a couple of dances both easy and exciting to dance along to! There will be trivia and dance games throughout the panel as well, giving participants the chance to win some cool prizes. Be sure to come prepare to move!

 

Intro to Shibari

05/20/17; 1:15 AM – 4:00 AM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This will be a beginners 101 class covering a brief history of the art of Japanese rope bondage. Covering safety, negotiation practices, communication, as well as some beginner ties. Bring rope and a partner if possible

 

Introducing Japanese Mahjong to America

05/19/17; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An introductory presentation on Japanese Mahjong and its growth in America. Game aspects and its general spread in America will be covered. If time allows, an introductory on-screen demonstration of the game will be played. Anyone interested to learn the game are welcome.

 

ISA: Chumps Stump You – The 7th Raid

05/19/17; 9:45 PM – 12:30 AM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

“The Chumps” are back for another round of anime and video game trivia. Answer multiple choice questions (or outguess your competition!) and you can walk away with some neat swag.

 

ISA: Inhale My Panel Enragement Child! [18+]

05/20/17; 11:00 PM – 1:45 AM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come join “The Chumps” for a night of debauchery as we explore such questions as, “Name that [appendage]”, “Girl or Trap?”, and our ever popular, “When One Anime Goes Down on Another Anime…”. Prove you have a dirty mind (as we have!), and walk away with swag.

 

It’s a sale today! One Punch Man/Mob panel

05/20/17; 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Saitama the strongest hero! He can beat anyone with one punch! But everything is boring! Mob a powerful psychic who is a prodigy! But he’s awkward and unpopular! Join us as we talk about works from the author ONE and Yusuke Murata

 

J-Rock Crash Table

05/20/17; 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join our table for an amped up journey into the J-Rock community and dive in to some of Japan’s hottest bands and fanbases. Watch music videos, discuss touchy topics, and find new music to become obsessed with for the rest of your con!

 

Japan’s Wild(er) Side 18+

05/19/17; 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A look at the strange and sometimes “perverted” side of contemporary Japanese culture. AV/porn, sex clubs, love hotels, bizarre trends, and weird reactions to western culture.

 

Japanese Folklore & Mythology: A Primer

05/21/17; 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Get the most from your anime, manga, and Asian cinema experience when you understand the cultural background! Learn the basics of Japanese mythology in this folklore primer, see examples and discuss Western influence — in both directions.

 

Japanese Language Basics

05/20/17; 12:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Thinking about learning Japanese? This panel will explore the differences between English and Japanese, give beginners a demo lesson on speaking Japanese, and offer some advice on how to study the language on your own time. Come join in for a fun time!

 

JoJo’s Bizarre Panel 3: Stardust Panelists

05/21/17; 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

For over 25 year’s, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has become one of the most popular and unique manga series. Join us as we talk about the manga, the anime, Hirohiko Araki’s other works, and strike some fabulous poses.

 

JoJo’s Bizarre Beauty Pageant

05/19/17; 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Awaken, my pageant contestants! What makes JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure great? Is it the stand battles? The powers? The story? NO! It’s the fabulousness! Compete with your fellow stand users as you fight with both your stands AND your fashion sense!

 

Jrock Heaven

05/20/17; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ready to go beyond anime openings? Whether you have never listened to Japanese Rock and are looking for an entrance to the genre or you are a veteran hoping to find some something new, come join the staff from Monochrome-Heaven.com Jrock Forum. Let’s have fun and expand your musical tastes!

 

K-Dramas: A fangirl’s journey

05/19/17; 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you heard your friends talk about Korean Dramas and denied yourself the opportunity to watch them! Join us as we discuss amazing shows to watch, play a few games, and squeal over the best reveals from our favorite shows! Spoilers may be here!

 

Koreo Party: KPOP Dance Party

05/19/17; 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Want to learn the hottest moves from KPOP? Party with other KPOP fans with some random KPOP dancing from BTS, Twice, EXO, etc.? Party with Koreo Party at this panel! Brought to you by HallyuCon Chicago. We also offer KPOP dance lessons every weekend.

 

Learn to Dance with Love Live!

05/19/17; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come join the members of u’s Pleiades Project to learn dances from the hit series, Love Live! We’ll take you No Brand Girls on a Wonderful Rush as we experience a Snow Halation together while singing our Sunny Day Song!

 

Let’s Form a Stand Alone Complex!

05/20/17; 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A discussion diving into the philosophy of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Using Western and Eastern perspectives, we will analyze GITS: SAC addressing various philosophers like John Searle, Jaegwon Kim, and Arthur Koestler.

 

Let’s Make History! A Yuri!!! On Ice Q&A 18+

05/20/17; 11:45 PM – 1:45 AM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come and ask your favorite Yuri!!! on Ice character anything you want to know! Or even dare them to do whatever you want! Let’s have some good, not so clean fun!

 

Let’s Play K-Pop Trivia!

05/19/17; 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This panel is to test K-Pop fans knowledge and put them against one another to see who reigns supreme! Winners of each round will take home prizes.

 

Let’s Play Oregon Trail 18+!

05/19/17; 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Back and all-new for 2017! It’s late, and you’ve exhausted the video room. What’s a con-goer to do? Ford the river and get some dysentery in a crazy round of 18+ communal Oregon Trail! We’ve got prizes and many ways to make this journey to the Northwest unlike any other.

 

Let’s Speak Japanese

05/20/17; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This workshop/class/lesson is based on an English lesson I did for Japanese elementary school students in Japan. Of course, instead of English, we’ll be practicing Japanese. We’ll learn some colors/animals and finish off with a simple activity where we have a simple conversation with partners.

 

Let’s Watch Sailor Moon

05/20/17; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Sailor Moon is a great show… but it is also pretty goofy. Join us as we laugh our way through some of the franchise silliest moments; including the original 90’s Sailor Moon dub and the production troubles of first broadcast of Sailor Moon Crystal. Fun and informative.

 

Love Live! Sunshine with you!

05/21/17; 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join a few of the Aqours members as they answer questions, play games, test your trivia, and spread happiness to all! Come dance and interact with the idols, and meet others who share the same passion and love that you do! A fun interactive panel for all ? Aquors Out!

 

Mad Props: From Concept to Completion

05/20/17; 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Looking to learn about creating awesome props? We’ve got you covered on taking a vague idea through the steps to completion! “Bonus” section on dealing with propFAILZ.

 

Madoka & Rebellion: A Literary Analysis

05/20/17; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An in-depth look at the literary inspirations and influences of the hit show Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its sequel movie The Rebellion Story. From its Faustian Characters to its Buddhist ideals, this panel looks at its direct predecessors, influences, and the common themes touched on by this anime.

 

Magical Girls: What are they?

05/19/17; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you ever wanted to fight evil by moonlight? Or collect the Clow? What about traveling back in time to save a friend? Well we that’s not in the contract but join us in learning where these magical girls come from and I promise, no transformations!

 

Makeup 101

05/19/17; 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you new to the world of makeup and in need of some help? Then come hang out with us while we explore the crazy and sometimes overwhelming world of makeup! We’ll go over the basics for our newbies, including makeup tools, product recommendations, and tricks of the trade.

 

Making Originial Characters and Universes

05/20/17; 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We are back for our fourth year baby!!! I shall show you the ropes on how to make good and effective original characters.

 

Making Originial Characters and Universes 2

05/20/17; 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Every good panel has a sequel. Here is my sequel. We’ll expand on a few more topics and bring up other points I didn’t talk about in part one.

 

Making Webcomics

05/20/17; 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ever read a comic on the internet and said, “Hey, I’d like to do that!” Well, here’s your chance to learn how. Harvey Award nominated webcomic creator Trevor Mueller has over 11 years experience in webcomics, and he wants to share his knowledge with you!

 

Manga Makers: Creators of Manga You Love

05/19/17; 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come check out a showcase of some of the coolest manga writers and drawers in the business, from Yusuke Murata (Eyeshield 21, One Punch Man) to Kaoru Mori (Emma, A Bride’s Story) and many more in between.

 

Manly Screaming Mecha Pilots

05/20/17; 9:15 PM – 10:45 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This Hand of Mine Glows with an awesome Power! Join in as we discuss the manliest of the men from your favorite mecha series. From Gurren Lagann to G Gundam; From Gunbuster to Mazinger Z, Let’s leave the the mech behind as we explore the manliness within!

 

Mario Party In Real Life!

05/21/17; 9:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come watch the shenanigans or be a lucky volunteer who runs through the minigames of this beloved series for a chance at eternal glory and earthly prizes. If you want to try Cast Away and Face Lift in real life this is the panel for you! New minigames this

 

Martial Arts History

05/21/17; 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The Martial Arts are comprised of varying cultural backgrounds, concepts, and techniques. Explore the progression of humanity’s fighting disciplines throughout the ages with a discussion on the who, what, where, when, and why.

 

Marvelous Manga: A Brief Intro

05/20/17; 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

If you’re mystified by manga, bemused by backwards books, or curious about collections, this is the panel for you. We’ll a look through history and genres, as well as authors and series that define all that come after and defied all that came before.

 

Master of Horror: The Works of Junji Ito

05/20/17; 1:45 AM – 2:45 AM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Junji Ito is a Japanese Horror artist who has a distinctive style. He is chilling, detailed, and disturbing. In this panel, we will go over common themes in his work, explore different stories and appreciate his uniqueness.

 

Maximum Weeaboo: Make Anime Great Again

05/20/17; 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Maximum Weeaboo Goes Forth as we attempt to figure out what’s good, what’s bad, and how we can Make Anime Great Again.

 

Metal Gear and US History!

05/19/17; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Explore the Metal Gear series and it’s connection to modern American history!

 

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: More Giant Robots!

05/20/17; 11:15 PM – 12:45 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Welcome to the second installment of the Mobile Suit Gundam panel that aims to inform, educate, make you laugh and explain the in and outs of this wonderful nearly 40 year franchise. This time with no minovsky particles!

 

Monokuma Mystery : Taking out the Trash!

05/20/17; 7:45 PM – 10:15 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Upupupupu! Discover whodunnit is in this year’s Mystery! There will be thrills, chills and… monokumas (prizes)! We’ll pick 4 teams of 4-5 players at random; our teams will then investigate our murder scene, talk to NPC to gain truth bullets and then participate in a class trial!

 

Moomin Mania!

05/19/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Just what is a Moomin? If you’ve shopped at any Japanese store, you’ve seen these characters, now come and learn all about them! Panel will include an overview of the Moomins, their world, characters and popularity in Japan.

 

More Than Just Gangnam Style: Kpop Dance!

05/19/17; 8:15 PM – 10:45 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Back again for another year of flailing to the beat! Come learn your favorite Kpop dances, play some games, and fangirl it out.

 

Music, Culture, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

05/20/17; 12:45 AM – 2:15 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

ORAORAORA! For 30 years Jojo’s Bizarre has inspired and confused people through out ZA WARUDO! References to music and pop culture are a big part of what makes this series great, so join in as we talk about Bands, Stands and other stuff!

 

Muv-Luv: Eight More Minutes of Death

05/20/17; 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Thanks to Steam and a million-dollar Kickstarter, the Muv-Luv visual novels are now legally available in English. Our Muv-Luv experts will discuss the main VN trilogy, anime spinoffs like Schwarzesmarken, and what’s next for the franchise.

 

My Boyfriend is a Pilot? An Intro to Macross

05/19/17; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

For over 30 years the Macross franchise has been one of the most prominent mecha series to come from Japan but where exactly do you start? Come and join us as we look back on the franchises history and appreciate DECULTURE!

 

My Ghost Whispers, Therefore I am

05/20/17; 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A discussion diving into the philosophy of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell films, and Ghost in the Shell: Arise. Using a western and eastern perspective, we will analyze these works addressing philosophers like Hajime Nakamura, Kubler Ross, and John Locke.

 

My Visual Novel Can’t be This Fun

05/19/17; 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Visual Novel is always a bizarre creature, isn’t it? A strange hybrid creature of game and literature. The interactive panel will discuss various topics on visual novel, including the appeals, the trends, the creation and the localization. What ending awaits you along this decision making journey? We shall find out!

 

Mythology in Manga & Anime: Asian

05/20/17; 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Legends, gods, and demons run rampant throughout manga and anime. The mythos is drawn from all around the world, impacting stories and characters. Join us as we take an in-depth look at different mythos and how they’ve helped shape the stories we love. Part 2 of 2.

 

Mythology in Manga & Anime: Western

05/19/17; 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Legends, gods, and demons run rampant throughout manga and anime. The mythos is drawn from all around the world, impacting stories and characters. Join us as we take an in-depth look at different mythos and how they’ve helped shape the stories we love. Part 1 of 2.

 

Mµgical Wedding -Love Live!-

05/20/17; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join Honoka, Umi, Kotori, Rin, Hanayo, Maki, Nico, Eli, and Nozomi as your favorite members from Muse! Join them as they dance, do a Q&A, and have fun over all!

 

Naruto: Ask a Shinobi

05/20/17; 2:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Tobi and friends get together with Naruto fans for a good time with some Q&A sessions, Improv and reenactment of great Naruto moments as well as Truth or Dare. A great time with Naruto fans and cosplayers like you. Tobi’s a Good Boy!!!

 

Nice Boat! Nico Nico Memes of Days Past

05/21/17; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Who stole the precious thing? How do I Geddan?? Whether you remember your hours spent watching Red Zone MADs, or only recognize the words “Nico Nico” from a certain idol anime, join in the adventure of navigating through the surreal world of video memes that Nico Nico Douga made legendary!

 

Ode to the Goddess

05/19/17; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A look in to the world of Hyrule and the Legend of Zelda. We will look at the music, mythology and artworks of this iconic series. Will also include trivia and games.

 

Oración Says & Fairy Tails

05/19/17; 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A Fairy Tail anime panel with rivia, and an innuendo contest of course starring members of the Oracion Seis and Fairy Tail Guilds.

 

Otaku Rap/Hip-Hop 101

05/20/17; 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rap and Hip-Hop about or inspired by Otaku and Anime Cultures. It is an evolving genre and is on the rise to taking over. Jump on the wave and learn about this new evolving genre of music that will take the world by storm.

 

Otome Obsessed: You have HOW MANY boyfriends

05/20/17; 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ever wonder what it would be like to have multiple boyfriends that exist only for you? Welcome to the land of otome, dating sims for girls! Includes a discussion of available games, anime, and the types of characters you’ll fall in love with. (Ninjas, Demons, and Princes, oh my!)

 

Pandora Hearts Pop Quiz!

05/21/17; 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come join Gilbert Nightray and company to test your Pandora Hearts knowledge and play games to earn prizes! We hope this won’t be a complete Catastrophe…but our last panel was the Catalyst toward the formation of this one. As the series is complete, be wary of spoilers! Signed, Oz

 

Patterns Lie! And Other Useful Sewing Facts

05/21/17; 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Learning to sew can be daunting, especially if you’ve never had formal instruction. We’re here to help! We’ll cover selecting and reading a pattern, choosing fabric, cutting, pinning, sewing, pressing, finishing hems, and more — all without complicated sewing terminology! Bring your questions!

 

Photoshop Paint Tool Sai & Clip Paint Studio

05/19/17; 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come discuss digital coloring with the International School of Comics, Chicago!

 

Pitch Your Show!

05/21/17; 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have an anime idea? Of course you do! You’ve got 30 seconds to pitch it here, and have it judged! The best entries will be pitted against each other to crown the best pitch of ACEN!

 

Pokemon BinGo! 14-

05/20/17; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 10; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Pokemon Bingo running in conjunction with Children’s Programming! Pikachu Mascot Prizes by Scott and Victoria Hinds (Plushies, Cards, etc.)

 

Portfolio Reviews and Critiques

05/21/17; 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you an artist? Come join the International School of Comics and let them take a look at your portfolio! They will provide you with honest feedback and suggestions!

 

Princess Tutu Panel

05/19/17; 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An introduction to Princess Tutu and a look into the creation of the story, music and the ballet tie-ins that all come together to create this magical girl anime. Please don’t be late, the ballet’s about to start.

 

Professor Juniper’s After Dark Special

05/20/17; 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A parody of late night talk shows with a unique Pokémon flavor, starring Professor Juniper as your host! Experience hot topics, fashion, and trends, we’ll have it all! Mischievousness and cheek await all those who come!

 

Professor Juniper’s Pokémology

05/21/17; 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A look at the fun and exciting world of Pokémon! Join us for a delightful insight into facets of the Pokémon universe few dare to tread. Afterwards, come play awesome Pokémon themed games and enter our cosplay contest!

 

Queer Webcomics: Coming out of the Internet

05/19/17; 11:45 PM – 12:45 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

While print comics are still mired in the politics of the publishing industry, webcomics, which are published independently online, have found it easier to show a fuller rainbow. We’ll talk about some comics, both good and bad, that feature characters who identify all over the LGBTQIAAP+ spectrum.

 

Restricted Rock Paper Scissors 18+

05/19/17; 10:45 PM – 11:45 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

As seen in Kaiji! Place your fates into a game of wits, luck, and survival! In just one night, you can win MILLIONS (of imaginary yen)! But be prepared… this game has a dark side. Don’t ask what happens if you lose

 

Rink Talk: A Yuri!!! on Ice Fan Panel

05/20/17; 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

While your panelists have been fans of Yuri!!! on Ice since it premiered, they’ve been diehard figure skating fans their entire lives. Come learn the difference between a flip and a lutz and talk about how YOI intersects with the sport that inspired it.

 

Royal’s Pooltime Jubilee

05/19/17; 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Royal is proud to bring our panel back to your lovely town. We have been so glad to answer your question and bring new themes to your lovely eyes. This next theme is poolside lounge where we will give you prizes and joys.

 

Saga of the Senshi

05/20/17; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you an old moonie or a new star seed? Come and get acquainted with the Sailor Moon franchise as a whole- from manga to current anime. Discuss your theories, connections, and overall love for one of the magical girl genre’s pivotal series.

 

Self-Publishing 101

05/19/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ever wanted to publish your own book or manga? Come and learn about the wonderful world of self-publishing and get your questions answered about writing, editing, distributing, and marketing.

 

Seven Deadly Sins: Ask The Guys

05/20/17; 12:00 AM – 1:30 AM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come hang out with everyone’s favorite sins, and three other guys, as we answer all the questions you’re dying to know. Meliodas is in charge so hopefully Hawk can keep him under control….

 

Sex, Biology and Anime

05/20/17; 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come learn about why anime characters are so darn hot. The answer lies in biological triggers behind attraction. Come see how they manifest in anime and hentai.

 

Show, Not Tell! Writing Workshop at ACEN

05/20/17; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Kaitlin R. Branch runs a writing workshop focusing on one of the most common refrains in creative writing: show, don’t tell! Using examples, clips, and pics from anime, we’ll get some writing done yet this weekend. Please bring your own notebook and pen or computer!

 

So You Wanna Be A Youtaite?

05/21/17; 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Jubyphonic, Ashe, and Amalee. What thing do these three have in common? They’re youtaites! Whether you don’t know what one is, just starting out, or wanting to pick up on some new tips, join Megumi Ai as she talks about singing and the world of youtaites!

 

So You Want to Tune a Vocaloid?

05/19/17; 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Have you ever wanted to produce Vocaloid music, but you don’t know where to start? This panel will teach people of all levels of experience everything they need to know about the usage of the musical sensation that has swept the anime community!

 

Sports Bras Over Athletic Cups

05/19/17; 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A tribute to the women of sports anime and the shows they star in.

 

Taboo Topics in the Mainstream

05/20/17; 11:45 PM – 1:15 AM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

From the minds that brought you Revolution of Evangelion, comes a panel taking a look at mainstream anime titles that brought some questionable content into popularity. We delve into the how and why these topics were applied to their shows.

 

Tale from Japan

05/21/17; 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join us for an All-Ages panel that tells three famous tales from Japanese folklore. two from the famous Kwaidan, and an oldy but goodie: Kaguya-Hima / Princess Kaguya

 

Tales of Pajama Party!

05/19/17; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Welcome to the Tales of Pajama Party! We will have themed games, prizes, and discussion of the “Tales of” video game series! Pajamas and “Tales of” cosplays are highly encouraged!

 

Tessen-Jutsu: Martial Art of the Fan

05/19/17; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Tessen-Jutsu or Fan Technique is the martial art practice involving…you guessed it a fan. Learn about the history and practicality of this ordinary device, then learn how to use one yourself.

 

The Anime Dating Game

05/20/17; 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This isn’t your average Dating Show. Quirky characters from the audience line up to meet their would be soulmate meanwhile the lucky bachelor or bachelorette tries to guess what weird personality trait each of the contestants have. Come join this fun parody of the Dating Game.

 

The Bad Anime Panel

05/19/17; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join us again as we make fun of the worst anime ever made! Giant ducks? Roller skate wearing midgets? Psychic Indians? We’ve got them! Come to our panel, and you too will learn what happens when you mix spirits with sulfuric acid.

 

THE BLACK OTAKU PANEL OUTLINE

05/20/17; 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The life and times of a brown woman raised on Japanese culture. A no-frills exploration of racism, the “black experience” in Japan, and finding acceptance in the black-nerd community.

 

The Con-Men Comedy Hour

05/19/17; 8:45 PM – 10:15 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The Con-Men Comedy Hour is an hour long variety show of games and stand-up comedy. The first half of the show will feature three rounds of game show style competition, and the second half of the show will feature three sets of stand-up comedy.

 

The Early History of GAINAX: 1981-1994

05/19/17; 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Before GAINAX was a household name in the anime community they were formed by 7 college students. Come and learn about the early years of one of the most acclaimed anime studios!

 

The First Twilight: An Umineko Gameboard

05/20/17; 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Will the murders ever stop? Can you solve who the culprit is before it is too late? This murder mystery panel will take your all to beat the witch Beatrice.

 

The Gentleman’s Thief: Lupin the 3rd panel

05/20/17; 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

In this panel, we will be discussing the world’s greatest thief, Arsene Lupin the 3rd. We’ll talk about the origins of the manga, the early anime, all the movies released. We’ll also be talking about his gang and Zenigata.

 

The Myths and Legends of Fate/Stay Night

05/19/17; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Fate/Stay Night often reinvents historical myth, but what can the original stories tell us about our favorite characters? Join us for a discussion of this legendary anime and leave with a new appreciation for Caster’s love life, Saber’s betrayal, and the Epic of Gilgamesh.

 

The Now and Future of Visual Novels 18+

05/20/17; 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

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

 

The Ocarina Panel w/David Erick Ramos

05/19/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Youtuber and professional ocarinist 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.

 

The Physics of JoJo

05/19/17; 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

JoJo’s physics seem outlandish at times, and grounded at other. Join us as we go over what is really possible inside the world of JoJo while running a few calculations along with it. How many seconds could you move in the frozen time?

 

The Rich Cultural History of Dogs in Anime

05/19/17; 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come. Sit. Stay. Discuss with us, the grand philosophical and moral statements made by great canines throughout the history of anime. Find out the top 100 dogs of the rising sun in the 1st annual “Good Boy” Awards. Learn why a penguin is a dog but a cat isn’t.

 

The Science of Giant Fighting Robots

05/20/17; 11:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Enter the world of your favorite mecha, and learn about the science behind giant robots. From the reasonable to the absurd, we’ll explore why these suits don’t exist, and perhaps how they could!

 

The Sohma Curse: A Metaphor for Autism

05/21/17; 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The Autism community has a rich spectrum that gets narrowly stereotyped in television media. Fruits Basket does a wonderful job of expressing this spectrum and breaking away from tired stereotypes of antisocial nerds.

 

The State of J-Pop

05/20/17; 12:45 AM – 1:45 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Can’t tell your AKB from your HKT? Want to buy that catchy tune you heard in an anime only to realize it’s nowhere to be found? You’re not alone. Let’s discuss the current state of J-Pop.

 

The Three Rings of Kuroshitsuji

05/21/17; 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

1Have any questions for your favorite Black Butler characters? Come join us for games and a Q&A, and if you’re lucky you might win a prize. PG 13, Parental Advisory

 

The Universe of Type Moon

05/20/17; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This is a comprehensive panel covering the extended universe of the works created by the company Type-Moon. Connections between novels, games, and other adaptations will be made with the purpose of explaining how even seemingly unrelated works build off of each other to paint an intricate universe.

 

This Is A Game?! Encountering Strange Games

05/19/17; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

You may know of quirky games like Katamari Damacy but have you ever heard of Dong Dong Never Die, Typing of the Dead or the hit-game Tokyo Bus Driver? We’re going to showcase games that’ll make you ask, “This is a game?!”?

 

Time in a Box:Tips for Comic Panel Layouts

05/20/17; 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A picture’s worth a thousand words, but a terrible layout spells disaster! Join Karmada Arts for a discussion panel about comic panel layouts and composition. Whether you’re drawing a single comic strip or a full chapter book, this panel will help you tell your story your way!

 

Together We Ride: A Fire Emblem Panel

05/20/17; 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Fire Emblem is a long running tactical video game series famous for its characters and final deaths. Not sure where to start? We’ll cover all of the games in the franchise and discuss their significance. Yes, Prince Marth is in a lot of these.

 

Tokusatsu Tropes

05/19/17; 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

In certain live action shows, such as in anime, one can start to notice similarities in such topics like themes and locations. We’ll discuss tropes old and new, and especially unique to tokusatsu and how much we love or hate them.

 

Toonami Forever

05/20/17; 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Racing home after school to catch the next episode of Dragon Ball Z or staying up late to watch the new line up, Toonami was the first introduction to anime for a generation and continues to this day.

 

Top Gun The Musical: Do You Remember Macross

05/20/17; 10:45 PM – 11:45 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Can you sing so hard your aliens explode? Yes but also we shoot them with giant robots that turn into jets. Roy What? Robotech will not be discussed as per our restraining order. Sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Piloting.

 

Traditional Japanese Clothing For Cosplayers

05/20/17; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An overview of traditional Japanese clothing, from the Heian era to the present day, with an emphasis on fabrics, construction techniques, and how cosplayers in the West can replicate these garments without going broke in the process. Questions more than welcome!

 

Turnabout Anime Justice!

05/19/17; 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Inspired by the Phoenix Wright games, volunteers help deliver justice by cross-examining witness testimonies to find the truth! This is an interactive panel, so be ready to ask questions and have fun! This year’s case features the actual Phoenix Wright cast themselves, since there’s now an anime for it!

 

Turnabout Murder Mystery

05/19/17; 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

OBJECTION! A victim is found deep in the forest of Haunted Doll Island. Can you aid our Ace Attorney in defending his client, or will they meet the same fate as the victim? 4 teams will battle it out in court with evidence and objections for prizes!

 

Ultraman Heroes and Where To Find Them

05/19/17; 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Shuwatch! Ultraman, first started byEiji Tsuburaya in 1966, is still appearing all over Japan, and now are making their way overseas. Have questions about any tv shows or movies, or want to join in on discussion, join us and

 

Underwatched Anime You Will Love

05/21/17; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

With over 100 new anime series released every year, it’s easy for stellar anime to get lost in the shuffle. In this panel, we’ll introduce (without spoiling) anime from a variety of genre such as Action, Sci Fi/Mecha, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, What Am I Watching? and Horror.

 

Victorian Japan

05/19/17; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

From samurai to steamships, the Meiji Period (1868-1912) was one of the most unique and extraordinary times in Japanese history. Come to find out more about Japan’s rapid (and dangerous) industrialization as well as the anime and video games set during this fascinating time!

 

Viking Storytime

05/21/17; 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 12; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Thor and Loki have so many more stories than “flying” hammers and big horned helmets. Some tales may even sound eerily familiar in your anime plot. Presented by Michael Fuchs, Lead Writer of RenQuest, and Kody Raslawski, Bristol Renaissance Faire.

 

Violent Japanimations From Japan

05/20/17; 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Remember when Blockbuster would stock child friendly anime like Totoro next to such violent masterpieces like Ninja Scroll and Demon City Shinjuku? We’re here to revel in those days when they were those “Violent Japanimations” that you mom didn’t want you to see!

 

Vocaloid Trivia

05/19/17; 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

How well do you know Vocaloid? Come on down and test your knowledge, here at Vocaloid Trivia!

 

Voice Acting Industry: How to Get In!

05/20/17; 9:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel Room 7; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join Evan, Sheila, and Michaela, as they break down the process of what it takes to actually break into the industry of professional voice acting!

 

Waifu Wars 3D – Cuckers Beyond Time

05/19/17; 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Remember WW1 and/or WW2? No? Well, welcome to WW3, where we will go over things of and about the “waifu”, including why yours is TRASH, and scientifically determine who the best waifu of all time forever times infinity plus 1 is.

 

We Dig Giant Robots

05/21/17; 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

From ancient legend to modern fiction, explore the evolution of language, mythology and stories that have brought us to the current state of the genre.

 

Weigh Anchor! A Kantai Collection Panel

05/20/17; 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join our panel to learn about Kantai Collection, one of Japan’s most popular online games! Learn how to become an admiral yourself, and create your own armada of warships!

 

Welcome to the Ouran Host Club!

05/20/17; 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 13; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Jump into one of your favorite animes and become a guest at the Ouran Host Club! Come and sit down with your favorite character and be hosted! The Ouran Host Club will be waiting for you. We’ll see you then!

 

Western Style Archery

05/21/17; 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This panel will focus on western styles of archery and bows and their role in archery cosplay and the sport itself! Parents are encouraged to bring the kids as we’ll be discussing at what age children can start practicing archery, how to get started, cosplay and much more!

 

Where in the World is Your Anime?

05/20/17; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

A high school in Japan. A cafe in Japan. A secret government research facility…in Japan. The settings in anime can get a little stale. Sometimes, it’s nice to squint past the rising sun. Audience participation is encouraged on this trip around the globe.

 

Whimsical Pictures: History of Manga

05/21/17; 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Japanese comics have enriched our lives and challenged the American industry… but where does Japan’s unique comics culture come from? Join me on a whirlwind tour from ancient Japan to the present, from the beginnings of comics to the global industry of today.

 

Who made that? Directors in Anime

05/21/17; 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Many anime like Ghost in the Shell or Yuri on Ice have something in common – a singular vision from a creator. Join us as we look at some of the most unique creators in the world of anime who have helped make it distinct from all other animation.

 

Who’s That Pokemon?

05/19/17; 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Panel Room 14; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Are you the very best like no one ever was? Using the Pokedex text entries from the video games, we will test contestants from the audience to see who really does know that Pokemon! Prizes will be awarded.

 

Whose Line Is It Anime!

05/19/17; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Whose Line is It Anime is a fun, family friendly event for kid’s and adults of all ages. Crowd participation is a must for our otaku themed activities such as Never Ending Questions, The Dating Game, and Scenes from a Hat.

 

Why Fie? Oaths, Curses and Insults, Oh MY!

05/21/17; 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Learn and explore how Elizabethans threw curses at one another. Who was allowed to say what? Don’t know the difference between an Oath, Curse and Insult? Come, find out, and sling the best insult since 1599! Taught by Stephnie Buford, Bristol Renaissance Faire.

 

Why Saber-face?: Type Moon and Anime History

05/20/17; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

This is NOT a panel about if Shiki can defeat a servant, but to explore one subject: the tie between modern anime history and Type Moon. Whether you are fan of Nasuverse or simply lover of trpg, light novel, visual novel, doujinshi, and mobage etc, this is one for you.

 

Write and Sell Your Anime eBook

05/19/17; 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Do you have a story you want to share with the world without agents or publishers? Then write an eBook. Every year, countless amateur authors publish on Kindle and Nook. Join Rocco Ryg, author of the Onryo Saga, as he shows you how to write and sell your work.

 

WTF is Hentai: Dawn of a New Ero

05/21/17; 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Panel Room 5; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Hentai has come a long way: the quality is up and the amount of titles are endless. The history of the erotic industry is vast, and I’m gonna take you on a tour of the wild world of hentai.

 

Yaoi and You: A Feminist Perspective

05/19/17; 10:15 PM – 11:15 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Yaoi is a genre driven predominantly by women, both as content creators and consumers. In this panel, we explore common tropes and their relationship to “rape culture”. We hope for a meaningful dialogue to answer an important question: Can a feminist really enjoy boy love?

 

Yugioh: Saving The World With Card Games

05/19/17; 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Panel Room 6; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Come review over 20 years of Yugioh including over 7 anime series, 5 manga series, dozens of videogames, and of course one of the most popular card games in the world. Come bond with your fellow fans through all the precious times and ridiculous moments.

 

Yuri on Ice: Characterization Done Right!

05/19/17; 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 8; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

We will be discussing the characters in “Yuri on Ice” with a focus on learning how to create better characters. This panel is for writers who struggle to develop characters and anime fans who just want to learn more about characterization.

 

YURI!!! on Ice: A Revolutionary Treasure

05/19/17; 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Panel Room 15; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Containing much more than an acclaimed romance, YURI!!! on Ice is a well-constructed artistic work deserving of celebration and academic and dramaturgical analysis. An audio/visual collaborative lecture (including a History Maker AMV made by the panelists) presented by an artist and a theatre degree graduate. Pencils and notepads provided!