Regular Panels

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37 Years of Gundam Anime
Haven’t watched all 37 years of Gundam yet? Do you feel overwhelmed and not know where to start? Join us as Gunpla 101 covers the best and worst of Gundam-detailing those awesome highlights and unintentionally hilarious lowlights-to get you caught up.

Presented by: Gunpla 101

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

4th Annual Katsucon Pokémon Game Show
Calling all trainers of all ages!!

Do you have what it takes to earn the title of Pokémon Master? Then test your knowledge and luck at the 4th Annual Katsucon Pokémon Game Show for the chance to battle other trainers in games that cover the entire 21 year history of Pokémon, from the games to the anime and beyond!

Presented by: JonnyStarwind & His Pokémon Experts

Length: 120 min (2 hr)

A Cosplayer’s Introduction to Kimono and Wafuku
For every cosplayer who’s wanted to do that really pretty kimono or yukata (or any other outfit based on traditional Japanese clothing), but has no idea where to start. This panel seeks to introduce cosplayers to the basic components of traditional Japanese clothing, including proper garment terminology, the layers (and tools) that go into properly wearing a kimono, and what to pay attention to (like seams and measurements!) when making one of your own.

Presented by: Duklyon Cosplay

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

An Intro to Leatherwork
Learn the basics of leatherworking in this panel! Mikomi will be talking about the different types of leather, different grades, how to dye leather, how to tool leather, and how to wet mold leather.

Presented by: Mikomi Chan

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Anime & Manga for the LGBT Audience
When you think of LGBT people in anime or manga, “yaoi” and “yuri” come to mind – featuring gay people, but written for straight audiences! But anime & manga for LGBT audiences DO exist! Come learn about some LGBT positive titles, where to find them, and what exactly sets them apart from the others.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Anime Amazons
Strong comes in more ways than one and over the years we’ve seen exactly how. Join us again as we say goodbye to the damsel in distress! Follow the evolution of women warriors as we look at both new and old examples and find out exactly how they relate to women today. Join our discussion of everyone’s favorite magical girls, swordswomen, and lady ninjas, from past to present, popular to obscure. Chime in as we cover Kill-la-Kill, Magic Knight Rayearth, and more!

Presented by: Rose of Battle

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Anime in the Developing World
In the global anime community we often overlook the developing nations in regards to anime culture and consumption. Join us as we journey around the developing world from Southeast Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America exploring the economics and culture of anime within the developing world.

Presented by: Zoli Goldblatt

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Anime Name That Tune
Think you know your anime music? Would you be able to buzz in before four other people? Anime Name That Tune is back with more music from the past and present. We play the songs, you give the name of the anime; simple as that.

We’re mixing up the format this year! Be prepared for a random set of categories! And maybe some bonus candy for dancers.

Presented by: Mighty Muckie Productions

Length: 120 min (2 hr)

Anime The 1980s in the year 1986 to 1987
We look back at the 1980s in the years 1986-87 and some of the great anime that come out that decade. Fist of the North Star, Castle of the Sky, Dragon Ball Z the movie 1, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Urusei Yatsura. We will discuss the impact these anime had on the gene and where they stand 30 years later.

Presented by: Longunderwearman, Blogger, Comics, Superheros, and Cosplay

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Anime Vendors Are Serious “Business”
A big part of any anime convention, the dealer’s room is where fans find that collectible figure, the newest DVD releases, some great items for their cosplay, or even that awesome looking wall scroll. Vendors from all over the country look to sell their products to you, the fans, their customers. Now’s your chance to find out more about what we do and the hard work that goes along with being a vendor. Ever thought about starting your own business selling anime related merchandise? We just might have answers, some tricks of the trade, and even survival tips for you.

Presented by: Collectors Anime LLC

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Anime’s “Greatest” Parents
Anime has always been home to some really interesting moms and dads. But which parents have stood out as the best of the worst? Join CapsKat Cosplay and friends as we count down our top 10 Worst Anime Parents, as well as celebrate the ones who don’t force their kids into giant robots.

Presented by: CapsKat Cosplay & Friends

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Anime’s Culinary World with Captain Food Science
Ever see a plate of food come in an anime and go “That’s really oishii desu”? Well this is the right panel for you! Come explore the science behind the dishes in anime such as Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma and Yakitate!! Japan with an authentic food scientist. Prizes and culinary monstrosities await!

Presented by: Captain Food Science

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Battle Damage for Cosplay: Weathering 101
Have you battled dragons, stormed kingdoms, saved the world? Well show people with awesome battle damaged costumes! Join experienced cosplayers for a discussion of simple and affordable weathering techniques to add character & dimension to your costumes, armor, & props.

Presented by: Cosplay Crunch Crew

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Broken Teams, Robot Parts, and Missing Headmasters? Oh no.
Beacon Academy has fallen and the city of Vale is nothing but a nest for Grimm. In the aftermath of a tournament gone wrong, our heroes are left to face a series of daunting tasks and new, dangerous enemies: coping with loss, rebuilding a city, and the general chaos associated with a widespread Presented by: Grimm invasion.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

By Land, Sea, and Air: The Anime Side of War
What do magical girls with propellers attached to their legs, a gluttonous archer whose arrows become planes when shot, and high-school tankery clubs all have in common? They are major points of various anime series based around the events and equipment of World War II. In this panel, we examine the ways that war is portrayed in anime and why it is portrayed in the manners that it is.

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Color Theory & Cosplay with Kurenai Kiba
Cosplay is an art form so treat it like artwork! We will be going over basic color theory and the right color choices for your cosplay from enhancing your makeup job to finding that right pop of color of fabric when taking a creative turn on your cosplay adaptation. Learn to pull from the source of the character you will become. We’ll be going through some ideas in a group discussion at the end to better help you with future projects to make your 2d character a 3d reality.

Presented by: Kurenai Kiba

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Confessions of K-Drama Binge Watcher
New to Korean Drama (K-Drama)? Seen the category on Netflix or Hulu, but never bothered with it? Casual watcher? Really invested, and looking for someone to fangirl with? Whatever type of watcher you are, join TV junkie and binge watcher, Becky, as she helps you navigate your way through K-Dramas of past and present.

Presented by: Becky

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Confessions of a Crazed Fangirl
Let’s face it, most of us have dedicated ourselves to fandom in fun, unique ways, from writing fanfiction to cosplaying at cons, but sometimes we go a little farther then we should. Everyone has their own crazy stories, so join us in reminiscing on the good, the bad, and the hilarious side of media obsession. I won’t repeat yours if you don’t repeat mine!

Presented by: Xaina Cosplays

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Convention Photography, Do’s & Don’ts
So we all have a camera phone, and some of us still use our old point and shoots, but do you /really/ know how to get the best use out of that camera? Come on down to learn all about how to use your camera to get the best photo you’ve ever taken of a cosplayer, and really make their costume shine. You will leave being able to take much more memorable photos, without any fancy equipment.

Presented by: Bejuled cosplay

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Cool things a guy named Noboru Ishiguro did
Noboru Ishiguro: director of Yamato and Macross! Inventor of the OVA! The man who made anime fandom in the west! The breathless (and perhaps misleading) accolades roll off the tongue, but his career is a lot more interesting than a list of accolades. You should come learn about it.

Presented by: Nate A.M.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Cosplay and Con-going Safety 101
Interested in binding? Curious about circle lenses? Still forgetting your health during the con hype? A small panel of experienced cosplayers discuss common yet dangerous costuming practices to avoid, maintaining self-care during a con (especially with chronic illness), and tips on navigating personal safety i.e. first-time photoshoots and handling con creeps! There will be Q&A at the end for specific questions.

Presented by: Parabound Cosplay

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Cosplay Shenanigans: Armor 101
Learn the basics or sharpen your knowledge of how to build armor for cosplay.

Ichigo Gami will teach you tips and tricks for taking your cosplay to the next level. Feel free to bring paper and pencils for notes as well as any questions you might have.

Presented by: Ichigo Gami

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Defaming the Sacred!: Critiques on Popular Anime
This panel will be taking a super critical look at some of the most beloved & popular anime that have come out in the past & recently. In this panel, feelz are defamed, beloved series are ruined forever, & people’s buttons will be pressed, so bring lots of tolerance, open-mindedness, & the willingness to hear less than stellar things about your favorite series of all time.

Presented by: dj Date Masamune

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Delving Into the World of Japanese Music
Ever hear a song in an anime but just can’t remember the artist? Or maybe you want to get into Japanese music like JPop or JRock but you don’t know how? Then this is the panel for you! Learn all about modern Japanese music and how *you* can get involved!

Presented by: Shady Rainbows Cosplay Group

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Fanfiction 101
Can’t seem to get the readership you want? Having trouble figuring out why all of your reviews are negative? Join Priapella Corp to learn how to avoid clichés, improve your writing, and make your fanfic stand out.

Presented by: Priapella Corp

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Fast Battleships and Fast Women: Kantai Collection and History
From a beginning as a humble browser game to a growing media juggernaut featuring manga series, multi-season anime adaptations, and seemingly limitless quantities of fan art, Kantai Collection has garnered fans across the globe. Blending historical references with Japan’s classic moe anthropomorphism, seems to be Kadokawa’s winning combination, but what’s the real story of these ships? Join us for a look at Japan’s naval history and its seemingly never-ending obsession with its naval lineage, from Presented by: Space Battleship Yamato to Konpeki no Kantai.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Fate/Servant Theory
Who would be the greatest servant of all time? Who would be the worst? Fate/Zero and Unlimited Blade Works are about servants from history fighting a war for the Holy Grail. Come join us as we discuss what you need to keep in mind for summoning a servant! Some heroes from history could be amazing, and others, the worst. Bring your ideas! (Mild spoilers for the show).

Presented by: Gilgafresh

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Fate/Stay Night and Type Moon: A World of Magic and Mystery
We will be discussing the various works and properties of Type Moon, their relationship to each other, and their recent resurgence with the animation studio Ufotable. Join us as we explore the inner machinations of thaumaturgy, divinity, and demon hunters. Learn about the summoning of ancient heroes, such as King Arthur and Alexander the Great to the modern era as they fight for the Holy Grail. The Nasuverse is a large and exciting place and we have much to discuss!

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of a Strategy Game
Join us as we discuss the history of one of the most prominent tactical RPG games to date, how it has changed over time, where it will go, and its impact on the gaming industry as a whole.

Presented by: Greil Mercenaries

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

From the Neck Up: Cosplay Beginner’s Guide
You’ve got your first costume, but now you’re ready to take the next step into the transformation process of cosplay: buying a wig, wearing colored contacts, and doing transformative makeup. We’re here to help you get started with a quick tutorial on basic wig styling, makeup application, and contact lens safety.

Presented by: Duklyon Cosplay

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

GunPla 101: Building your first Gundam
Introduction to the basics of building Gundam figurines. Sets and tools will be provided.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

H.P. Lovecraft’s Influence on Anime
Eisner Award-nominated comics, anime, and pulp historian Nathan Vernon Madison provides an overview of the works and career of Howard Philips Lovecraft and his influence on the world of anime and manga; from the earliest appearance of Lovecraft in Japan to the myriad film and anime series that are homages to, or inspired by, his mythos.

Presented by: Nathan Vernon Madison

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

He Is A Char: A Tribute to Gundam’s Most Famous Masked Man
Who is that masked man, anyway? Join Gunpla 101 in a deep dive into the enigmatic aliases, identities and motivations of Gundam’s most iconic antagonist. Learn about how one character resonated so strongly with fans that he inspired dozens of copies and clones. Come to watch comedic, tragic, and inspirational clips as we appreciate Gundam’s most interesting man.

Presented by: Gunpla 101

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Hidden Leaf Shinobi Yoga
Friends of Naruto are welcome to take their shinobi training to the next level. Shinobi’s will experience an all-level yoga class that will help balance and restore their chakra to help fight of the Akatsuki. Class will include poses inspired by our favorite Naruto Shippuden characters and includes poses built for ninjutsu, genjutsu and taijutsu. Once your jutsu practice is complete training will start on learning the ways of Sage Mode through meditation and savasana. All are welcome to join and yoga mats are not needed. For more information about Sean go to www.seanfraseryoga.com.

Presented by: Sean

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Hunter x Hunter – What now?
Many were sad and disappointed when Togashi announced that he would be taking an indefinite hiatus and that the anime would be coming to an end. Hunter x Hunter has inspired many and the story isn’t technically finished. What now? Will the project be dropped due to Togashi’s continuing health issues or will he eventually continue and expand the Hunter x Hunter universe? Come listen to possible plot theories and debate the future of this incredible series.

Presented by: Lexy T & Jake T

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Intro to Josei
Josei, or anime and manga targeting adult women, is a little known genre that encompasses stories from the darkly passionate to the brightly uplifting. McKenzie and Erin introduce the genre and recommend titles, from the classic to the contemporary,

offering a widespread and diverse group of examples of this often overlooked demographic.

Presented by: McKenzie Barton & Erin Wohler

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Is Marth in This Game? A Crash Course in Fire Emblem
Never played a Fire Emblem game, but love Marth, Roy, and the rest in Smash? Played Fates and can’t get enough? Long time series veteran hoping to see more obascule games? This is the panel for you. Join us for a history of FE from the very first game to the newest entries.

Presented by: Altair Cosplay

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

IT CAME FROM TOEI
Toei is a name that most fans associate with only kiddy fare like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball. But Toei has made produced far more and influenced many of the industry’s best directors, animators, and more. Join us as we look at over 60 years of Toei’s past, their greatest hits, and names to watch out for.

Presented by: Helen from the OASG

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Japanese Idol: Exploring the World of Male Idols
Not all idols are animated. Come explore the very shiny world of Japanese Male Idols! We’ll discuss their history, influence and what it means to be a fan of idols! Of course there will be LOTS of video examples so come ready to fangirl! Special focus will be placed on Johnny’s Entertainment.

Presented by: Christy Lou

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Jazz, Rock, and… Moe?! Anime for Musicians!
Are you a rockstar? There’s an anime for you! Were you in high school marching band? There’s an anime for that. Love to sit back and listen to jazz? You aren’t left out! Come find out what anime has to offer for musicians!

Presented by: Kiira Fox

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Do you even Pose!?
It’s time to find out who’s just a poser, and who’s a POSER (ゴゴゴ)! Join us for a few lessons in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, namely what’s up with those poses? Why are they drawn that way? What are the inspirations? And then the tough part, how to do those poses!

Presented by: JoJo’s Bizarre Cosplay East Coast

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Keyblade Jeopardy
Think you know the deepest secrets of the Kingdom Hearts series? Attend for a chance to compete or watch an intense game of jeopardy. All participants win nerdy prizes!

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

LGBTQ Representation in Sailor Moon
Come help us explore the diverse LGBTQ cast of Sailor Moon! From the 90’s anime and the manga to the English dub and Sailor Moon Crystal, we’ll examine the range of LGBTQ representation across Sailor Moon’s many adaptations. Join us as we remember the best (and worst – we’re looking at you, cousins) Sailor Moon has to offer, and discuss all the great queer characters you know and maybe some you didn’t!

Presented by: Laurabel Cosplay, Specters Cosplay, & Magneticjade Cosplay & Photography

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Madoka Magica: Read the fine print
Kyubey offers girls a chance for a wish in exchange for becoming Magical Girls, but what’s the catch? Secrets, lies and tragedy is what awaits the girls in Madoka Magica.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Magi: Friendship, Magic, and Depravity
Open Sesame! Join us as we take a look at how Magi uses character driven storytelling and bright colors to explore friendship, fate, evil, forgiveness, and what it means to be a good ruler.

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Man at Arms: Reforged
Matt and Ilya will lead an informal discussion about Man at Arms behind the scenes.

Presented by: Man at Arms

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Moe Military
From moe anthromopomorphizations of war machines to cute animals going to war, join us as we take a look at military themed Moe Anime ranging from Girls Und Panzer to Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors.

Presented by: Winning The War On Pants

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

My Hero Academia Trivia Show
Come join Deku and his classmates for a fun night of trivia based off the show My Hero Academia! Team up with fellow participants to answer questions and have a chance to win some PLUS ULTRA prizes!

Presented by: Cellaira

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

One Hell of a Panel
A discussion panel about kuroshitsuji or Black Butler bringing in everything from anime to manga to floating theories.

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Overwatch Q&A Panel
Get out your Doritos kids! Ask your favorite Heroes from Overwatch questions about their ultimates, their past, and the future of Overwatch!

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Phantasy Star: 30 Years of Sega’s RPG Series
Spanning an astonishing 17 platforms over its 30 year life, the Phantasy Star series is still one of Sega’s most well-known and loved franchises. This panel will feature the many iterations of this series, from the groundbreaking original entry on the Sega Master System of 1987 to the MMORPGs of the 2000s and what sets them apart from their peers.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Prop Mold Making and Casting 101: A Beginner’s Guide to RESINating with your Cosplay
Ever wanted to expand your cosplaying bag of tricks? Come learn the basic skills and techniques needed to begin making silicone molds and resin castings of props. The panel will cover topics from “what materials to use?” to “proper methodology,” all the while going through each process step by step!

Presented by: BlakAnubis

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Running Photo Meetups 101
Do you want to run a cosplay photo meetup at a convention? Do you want your meetup to be a success? From advertising to improvisation to masking tape to vocal techniques, we’ll give you all our best tips and strategies for running a fun, successful photo meetup that’ll keep people coming back for more!

Presented by: Many Worlds Cosplay

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Skin Deep: A Look at Diversity in Japanese Pop Culture
Join us as we showcase the many characters and properties that are the epitome of cultural and racial diversity in anime, manga, and video games. This panel will delve into the historical origins of the way various people are represented as we methodically show you why race is only Skin Deep.

Presented by: The Anime Rest Stop

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

So Sue Me! (A Look At Copyright Law and Fandom)
Join the US Department of Anime as we discuss the basics of intellectual property right protections, what they mean for artists, writers, and creators in the world of fandom, and how developments in domestic and international policy might affect them.

Presented by: U.S. Department of Anime

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

So You Want to Play a Game?
Not all games are made equal. Most are simple, trivial things, where there is little consequence for winning or losing. Then there are those with the ultimate stakes, where losing the game means losing your life. The only rules of the game are kill or be killed. Come and join us as we watch man struggle to survive in sadistic games of death. Come as we discuss such works as Gantz, Btooom!, Mirai Nikki, and Battle Royale. Whether you fancy yourself as a player, an observer, or a game master, these games of survival are captivating for everyone. There is nothing greater than man’s will to live, so join us as we examine the face of death and the shadow it casts on the game board.

Presented by: Eddie Smith

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Sports Bras Over Athletic Cups: The Ladies of Sports Anime
Have you found yourself watching a sports anime and felt like the girls seem to be pushed aside? Are you looking for recommendations about girls playing and forming team bonds together? Come join in on a discussion about girls in sports anime. Find out about the women that play important rolls in the shows we already know and love, and discover some great gems you might have missed. Let’s talk about girl power!

Presented by: Dokuhan

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Tales of Tales!
Having recently passed the two-decade mark, a considerable benchmark for any video game franchise, the “Tales of” Series continues to entice gamers. This spoiler-free panel explores the evolution of battle systems, in-game affection, quirky characters, and long-form storytelling innate to these vast and delightfully designed JRPGs. Whether you’re a veteran of the Tales games or are seeking new fulfillment beyond your finalist of fantasies, we’ve got you covered from A(byss) to Z(estiria).

Presented by: Buns on Buns Cosplay

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Talking Plus Sized Cosplay
Join some of the representatives from Big Beautiful Cosplayers, a social media account dedicated to promoting plus sized cosplay, as they not only talk about how to over come negativity at cons and online but also go in depth about costume construction and modeling for people with larger figures. So please stop by for tips, tricks and stories told by these larger then life men and woman.

Presented by: Big Beautiful Cosplayers

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

The 2016 Anime Season in Review 2016
had its ups and downs with its anime lineup. Let’s take a look at what made 2016, such as Re:Zero, Orange, Konosuba, Kiznaiver, and more!

Presented by: Kiira Fox

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The Dark Side of the Anime Industry
Anime brings a lot of people a lot of joy. But just like with anything, there’s good and there’s bad. This panel will attempt to look at some of the darker instances of events occurring that you may not have head of before.

Presented by: Justin Coale

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The Evangelion Fan Panel
Back again for 2017, The Evangelion Fan Panel is for all fans new and old of Evangelion to discuss the show to their heart’s content. From the original series, to fan theories, to Hideaki Anno himself.

This is an open-discussion panel, so feel free to speak up.

Presented by: Justin Coale

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The Future of Video Ops
Many people have wondered why anime conventions still have video rooms, when almost everything is available to the fans through streaming services. Join our Video Ops Department Head, Jeremy Soria, as he explains why video rooms are still an important component of the anime convention experience, the process on scheduling video rooms for the convention, and why streaming services should be embraced by other conventions to keep the anime presence strong.

Presented by: Jeremy Soria

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The History of Anime Opening/Closing Themes
Do you like Anime Openings and Closings? Then you will love this panel! Come see the origins of the Opening theme, how it progressed through history, and see where Openings and Closings stand in recent years.

Presented by: Cosplay Joe

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The One Who Shines in the Darkness
In 2005, the Golden Knight debuted on TV Tokyo. Years later, it has received multiple TV sequel series, several spin-offs and movies, and two anime series. Who is the Golden Knight and what is the world he inhabits? What are the horrors that he fights against? Why has the GARO franchise continued to succeed? What does it have to say about the nature of humanity? Is there truly darkness, and if so, what light can hope to pierce through it? This panel is designed to be both an introduction to the franchise and an exploration of the lore. Ardent viewers and newcomers alike are welcome.

Presented by: Eddie Smith

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The Otaku’s Guide to the Japanese Arcade
So you’re finally going to Japan! And a must do for any anime fan is the Japanese Arcade. With crane games full of the latest anime goodies and cool games it’s a great place for any otaku. But for the uninformed the experience can be overwhelming. Join us as we talk through what to expect, what to avoid, and how to save money and make the most out of your arcade experience!

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The People Behind the Shows: The Staff of Anime
Anime shows get lauded and celebrated time and time again, but unfortunately when it comes to the staff behind the shows many people seem to be in the dark. This panel will attempt to highlight some of the best talent in the industry that you may not have heard of, focusing primarily on non-voice actors.

Presented by: Justin Coale

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The State of the Anime Community: Past, Present, & Future
This panel will be a discussion on the past, present, & future of the anime community. Is it becoming too densely populated with youngsters? Are fans running the anime industry into the ground? Are some fans ‘gatekeeping’? Is older anime generally of better quality than newer anime or vice versa? Are fandoms ruining everything? Are people too protective of their precious OTPs?

What other things do you want to discuss? Come prepared to discuss all your opinions about this community’s state as well as bring an open mind.

Presented by: dj Date Masamune

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

The World of Vocaloids with EmpathP
VOCALOID is a synthetic vocal software developed by Yamaha that has broken down the music barriers in Japan. But what else is there when it comes to what exactly VOCALOID is? At this panel you will learn the origins of the VOCALOID Program from its humble beginnings to its limitless future in the world of music production.

Presented by: EmpathP

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Thrill of the Frills: Introduction to Japanese Lolita
Have you ever seen those frilly people in the dresses? Have you heard of lolita and been too scared to find out? Welcome to Thrill of the Frills and have Nyk Creations explain to you the magic of lolita. Come with minds ready for learning and maybe getting some knowledge on bows and lace.

Presented by: Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment – Promiscuous Paradox

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Transformations That Get Us Hype
we will be looking at and sharing some of our favorite transformations in video games and anime.

Presented by: DoomTastic!!!

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Translating 2D into 3D (Basics): The Struggles of Creating Cosplays with Cartoon Physics
We’ve all been there; you’ve found this amazing character and design. Then you go to start making it and realize there’s no way to get things to lay like that in real life or defy the laws of gravity. This panel cover a wide variety of basic topics such as patterning, casting, wigs and the different tools that will help you achieve that animated look.

Presented by: MEW21 Cosplay

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Understanding and Dealing with Con Drama?
Do you find yourself dealing with unnecessary amounts of drama at cons? Does it hurt your con experience? Do you want to learn how to fight this force of evil that ruins conventions for all of us? If so, come to Understanding and Dealing with Con Drama and learn how to stand strong in the face of con drama. Here you will gain insight into how convention drama starts, and with this newfound power gain the strength and knowhow to prevent it before it starts and bring it to a safe resolution. Come join us; you’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you might cry a little, and in the end you’ll come out stronger for it!

Presented by: Longunderwearman, Blogger, Comics, Superheros, and Cosplay

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Unsettling Pokemon Questions and Answers
What goes on inside a pokeball? Where did Cubone get its skull? What’s up with ghost types? The Pokemon games have left players with tons of disturbing questions, but not many answers. We’ll ask the most unsettling Pokemon questions, what we think the answers are– and what YOU think too!

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Voice Acting on a Budget
This event is meant to showcase and help out those that want to get into voice acting on the Internet but don’t have the knowledge and funds to make the purchase. These will include examples of computer applications you can use to make videos, microphone equipment that are within the budget range, and actually clearing some confusion to what people really need when they get into voice acting. It will cover a lot of Questions people are wondering when they are starting off to get a nice setup in the comforts of there own home (will include sample of the purchase on stage).

Presented by: GaoGaiKingTheGreatVA

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

What is a Sword Boy? The Touken Ranbu Phenomenon
Have you heard some weird talk of ‘sword boys’ and what exactly it is? Well, throw in Japanese history, time traveling, and anthropomorphized bishounen swords, and you get Touken Ranbu. Since its debut in January 2015, it has a large following in Japan and its growing influence in the West.

Presented by: Peachy

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

What Makes An OP Grabbing?!
We’ve all experienced it: the opening that never gets out of our heads. In this panel, we’ll talk about what makes an opening great visually and aurally. Visually, what depicts a show perfectly and gets you ready to watch it? Aurally, what parts of the music build on each other? We’ll answer these questions and more!

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Rise of Otoge
Are Otoge on the rise in the West? “Otoge,” (short for “otome,” or “girls’” games, also known as visual novel dating simulators) have had a large market in Japan for years. Though many titles have tried and failed to have success in an English-speaking market, thanks to cellphone apps like Shall We Date? and Mystic Messenger, and localization for titles likeHatoful Boyfriend, Hakuōki, and Amnesia, has their time finally come? In this panel, we’ll discuss previous attempts at official otoge translations, the underground fanbase trying to spread the love, and the otoge successes of today in order to try and see into the future of otoge in the West.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Whadda you know, Mullet! A Voltron Panel
Take five space explorers, add a dash of royalty and a pinch of humor, stir well and form Voltron. This panel will take a look at the history of the franchise. From its beginnings in 1984 to the reboot that’s taking the fandom by storm. Plus, all the versions in between. So activate those interlocks, connect your dynotherms, make sure your infracels are up, and point your mega-thrusters to go.

Presented by: Marika Levine

Length: 120 min (2 hr)

When They Cry: Dissecting Higurashi and Umineko
A look into the When They Cry series by 07th_Expansion. Join us as we dive into the lore behind the meta-world fragments and explore the connections between the series. Argue with us over the existence of an Unknown Person X or the mysterious Hinamizawa Syndrome.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Who Wants to Be an Anime Millionaire?
Become Katsucon 2017’s biggest high roller on Who Wants to Be an Anime Millionaire! Returning for its fourth year, compete against the clock in a test of anime-themed trivia to win prizes* and bragging rights! Featuring some of anime game shows’ hardest questions and special themed challenges to raise the stakes and win big! Join us!

*1 million USD not guaranteed as actual prize. We are broke nerds trying our best.

Presented by: Parabound Cosplay

Length: 90 min (1.5 hr)

Who’s the Team Mom? Character Archetypes in Sports Anime
One of the best things about Sports anime is the characters. We love to see teamwork and rivalries in action, and the wacky shenanigans off the court. From the genki guy to the jaded coach, they never fail to get us hype.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Why You Should Give Up Anime and Devote Your Life to Idol Boy Games
Have you been scrolling through Twitter or Tumblr recently and noticed a heckton of “I-Chu” or something called “The Five Oddballs?” Well, it’s no coincidence. “Idol Boy Games,” or cell phone apps about 2D male idols, are the hottest fangirl phenomenon to hit Japan, and they’re trickling into the West. While Ensemble Stars and Idolish7 may be niche now, many predict upcoming anime adaptations will put them front and center Westside. Join us as we talk about what these games are, how to play (even if you don’t know Japanese), their controversies, and why fangirls just can’t get enough.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Why You Should Read the One-Punch Man Webcomic
When the anime One-Punch Man was released, many anime fans fell in love. Seeking out more media, most people stumbled upon the manga, illustrated by the artist Yusuke Murata, but some of THOSE people discovered there was an original webcomic. But if there’s a manga, why read the webcomic? Isn’t the art bad, anyway? Well, that’s where I come in, with my handy panel. Hear about the history of One-Punch Man, the creator ONE, why it’s so notorious for being ‘badly drawn’, and why you should read it anyway.

Presented by: Naeem

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

You Won’t BELIEVE Which Video Games Have Anime Adaptations!
From emotional adaptations like Dangan Ronpa and Clannad to worldbuilding feats like Final Fantasy and Gunslinger Stratos, many beloved video game franchises have used anime to reach a wider audience and expand upon their lore. But does it work? Join us as we analyze the successes and pitfalls of games that have utilized the anime medium, and what this process of adaptation means for both industries.

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Your Hosts In Wonderland
Join your favorite hosts from Ouran High School Host Club as they take you on an adventure through Wonderland. Enjoy a musical exploration of the Topsy turvy land with games, trivia, and of course, candy!

Presented by: Apple flavored Cosplay

Length: 120 min (2 hr)

Yu Yu Hakusho: Dead or Alive
Yu Yu Hakusho is a hit anime and manga from the early 90’s. Due to recent resurgence in popularity, we are going to be discussing what it’s like to be a Yu Yu Hakusho fan in 2017, Inconsistencies in the story, anime and manga differences (And why they are Important), and the future of the series!

Presented by: Reikai Tantei Files

Length: 60 min (1 hr)

Zoku Natsume’s Panel of Friends
There were sad days, and painful ones, and there may be more. Even so, they’re treasured days that I’ll never forget.” Natsume Takashi can see youkai despite the people around him. When he inherits a book of youkai names from his deceased grandmother, he quickly discovers that with these names comes power and change, and his own journey of self-discovery.

A revamped general info panel in celebration of Season 5 in Autumn 2016.

Presented by: Peachy

Length: 60 min (1 hr)