A Brief History of Anime—Brent P. Newhall of Otaku, No Video (ONVPodcast on YouTube) will take you on a hundred-year trip through the history of Japanese animation, from World War II propaganda through Astro Boy, Gundam, and Akira and up to the anime that’s changing the industry today.
AmiiboBro—Amiibos. Love them or hate them, they are undeniably THE thing many of us have hunted for over the past year and a half. It doesn’t look like the ride will slow down anytime soon. Join us to discuss the trials, tribulations, and frustrations in the Amiibo hunt. The only question you should be asking yourself is, “Do you even Amiibo, Bro?”
Anime and American Cinema—Many American film companies have made live action and animated adaptions of popular anime. Some you may have heard of (Dragon Ball: Evolution) and some you may never knew existed (Fist of the North Star). Most have been critical and financial flops. Join me as we take a look at what went wrong.
Anime or Hentai (18+)—Lots of times while watching anime targeted at children one might wonder how this is considered child-appropriate material. Come down and watch clips from both anime and hentai to test your skills of purity (or perversion).
Anime Openings Through The Decades—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!
Bad Fanfiction Bingo (18+)—A journey through the questionably popular, over-used, and tiresome fanfiction tropes and conventions in AO3. Visit different fandoms and see how quickly you can reach bingo.
Before An Unexpected Journey—Before An Unexpected Journey, anime played the field when Studio TOPCRAFT made the first offering of Middle Earth on screen. Long passed over by the regular otaku crowd, our investigative panelists would like to share a story with you of American company Rankin/Bass, TOPCRAFT, Tad Mochinaga, and the magical world called “Animagic.” [A Manly Battleships® Production]
Behind the Mask: Analyzing the Symbolism of Tokyo Ghoul—Tarot, checkerboard, nervous ticks…Ishida Sui carefully laces symbolism through the pages of Tokyo Ghoul, quietly whetting our appetite with veiled references and a subtle flick of the pen. Join us as we decipher the meaning behind the hidden messages.
But That’s NOT Anime!—Anime used to be easily recognized by its unique art style and origin from Japan. Now anime is a much broader concept, and titles like Avatar: The Last Airbender and RWBY have caused fans to ask the question: How do you define anime? Come explore titles both popular and obscure that fall into the grey areas of anime.
Diamonds in the Rough: Video Game Edition—Covering some less than stellar games/series that you should still give a chance despite their many flaws. Audience participation is encouraged!
DISORGAAAAAH Video Game Cartoons: (De)FireFlowered (18+)—From the co-creator of Super Mario Super Panel and some hobos off the street comes a new panel that delves further into the horrors that are television adaptations of video games. Watch these “classics,” play games, and don’t be afraid to give away your P-Wing. A collaborative creation of Disorganization XIII and Substandard Science.
Don’t Judge a Show By Its Cover: Good Anime with Odd Features—At first glance, plenty of anime out there look incredible. But some have one or two odd quirks that lead to them getting overlooked immediately. This panel will explain why you should always give shows a second chance—some might end up surprising you.
Doujinshi 101 (18+)—What are doujinshi? Join us for a trip through the storied history of Japanese fan comics. We’ll teach you about the origin of the art form, talk about some of the influential creators, discuss the modern legislature that has affected how doujinshi are distributed and written, and teach you how to go about buying doujinshi for yourself!
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, and we will discuss who would be the greatest servants for each class! (Spoilers for the show.)
Get Wrecked with the Survey Corps! (18+)—Unwind with the survey corps like never before with raw unfiltered facts straight from the horse’s mouth (and we don’t mean Jean). Ask your corps members your burning questions, no holds barred. Warning: we will be discussing current canon according to the manga, and possibly exploring meta territory. Get wrecked.
Girl Power: Feminism and the Magical Girl Genre—What could be better than girls teaming up to kick some butt? Fans of the magical girl genre probably can’t think of much. Come explore the different takes American and Japanese feminists have on everything from Sailor Moon to Kill la Kill.
Gotta Love that Abridged Series!—Do you like Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged? 50% off? Dragonball Z Abridged? Haven’t heard of any of these and want to know more? Come join us as we discuss some of the many different abridged series out there!
How Ink and Paint Come Alive: How Anime is Made—Brent P. Newhall (ONVPodcast on YouTube) takes you through the animation processes that bring your favorite anime to life, from initial meetings to key animation, all the way to voice recordings and sound effects.
Japanese Car Culture, Anime, And the Art of the Drift—From the very beginning of anime, flashy and fast cars have found their way into anime and pop culture. Join us as we look at the history of the Japanese car scene, its progression, and its worldwide legacy. We will also be exploring some of the many ties that car culture has had to anime and how the love of the automobile shines in popular art and media.
Jojo’s Influential Adventure: The Influence of JJBA on Anime and Games—Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, while being one of the most entertaining manga/shows of all time, isn’t just that. Because of its long running and storied success, it has become a powerhouse in the anime and gaming industry that many developers draw from. Here, we’ll look at what Jojo has influenced and what made it so… bizarre.
Kamen Rider Sampler Platter—Mode and Skeptic look into the slice of life known as tokusatsu. This genre includes the long-running Ultraman and Kamen Rider series. This blitz panel will give a flavor of everything in the Heisen era of KR.
Kingdom Hearts Series Fan Panel—Disney + Square = Kingdom Hearts. That’s simple enough, but Kingdom Hearts is anything but simple! Feel free to join our discussion of the many complicated plotlines of Kingdom Hearts (be warned: there will likely be spoilers). We’re also hosting a few small games with prizes, so be ready for a challenge!
Magi: Friendship, Magic, and Depravity—Bright colors, great characters, surprisingly smart writing…there are a lot of things to love in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Join us as we take a look at how Magi uses character driven storytelling and bright colors to explore friendship, fate, classism, evil, forgiveness, and what it means to be a good ruler.
Ouran Panel of Fabulousness—Welcome to the Ouran High School Host Club! We hope you’ll enjoy our fabulous panel full of games, Q&As, funny stories, and much more! We’ll also hold a fun raffle free of charge to everyone who attends the panel.
Phone a Prince—Otome gaming on smartphones: what games are available, which games you should get, and which ones you shouldn’t waste your time and money on.
Shounen Heroes—From the notorious Captain Luffy to power-hungry Yagami Light, and even tortured Shinji Ikari, let’s take a look at our beloved shounen protagonists, their strengths, flaws, and frustratingly annoying mottos. Believe it!
Speedrunning: The Art of Beating Games Fast—This panel is a 101 session on what speedrunning is and an introduction into some of the more well-known runs. Videos of some world-record breaking paces will be shown and any questions that can be answered about the community or the “sport” itself will be!
That Shouldn’t Fit (18+)—Like a Buick in a shotglass.
The Evangelion Fan Panel—This is for all those Evangelion fans who can’t seem to stop talking about the series. This is an open-discussion panel for the entire audience to talk about ANY aspect of Evangelion you can think of. It’s encouraged to come with questions or thoughts about the series as a whole, but listening in is fine as well!
The Garden of Words and Lessons—Makoto Shinkai’s most recent work, The Garden of Words, is one of his most famous. He presents a different look at many aspects of Japanese society and expectations. This panel is going to look at all the things that he was trying to tell his viewers and how he accomplished it.
The State of the Anime Community: Past, Present, & Future—This panel will be a discussion on the past, present, and future of the anime community. Come prepared to discuss all your opinions about the community’s state as well as bring an open mind.
This is Otakudom™: Fandom History and the American Otaku—It’s easy to take the fan world of the otaku for granted today. The medium of anime—once obscure—has become nearly mainstream in terms of public awareness and acceptability. The modern otaku doesn’t have to worry about the experiences of the anime of old. Drop by for a presentation on the history of the fandom, a talk on the different generations involved, and enjoy an investigation into the origins of the Otakudom you enjoy today. [A Manly Battleships® Production]
ToraDora: How to do Good Characters—ToraDora (aka the greatest love story ever told) still holds a spot as a rock solid romantic comedy, even though it was released 8 years ago. This panel is going to attempt to take a look at the characters and how they interacted with each other and why everything worked as well as it did.
Understanding Japan through Anime: Anime that Reveals Japanese Culture—Want to know more about the culture of Japan itself? Want to do it by watching anime? Brent P. Newhall (ONVPodcast on YouTube) shares anime series and movies that reveal real Japanese culture, from history to religion to everyday life.
Violent Japanimations From Japan: Hyperviolent Cartoons You Should be Watching (18+)—Remember when Blockbuster would stock child friendly anime like Totoro next to such violent masterpieces as Ninja Scroll and Legend of the Overfiend? We’re here to revel in the glory of the early days of anime when it was those crazy “violent Japanimations” that your mom didn’t want you to see.
Wait What Was Kingdom Hearts About Again?—Nine years ago, Disorganization XIII got their start on the convention circuit by presenting a panel about what might be in Kingdom Hearts 3. This year, Disorganization XIII returns to give you a panel about…what might be in Kingdom Hearts 3. What the heck has Tetsuya Nomura been doing all these years? Come and join us as we go over the incredibly convoluted plot of the Kingdom Hearts franchise.
What Makes a Villain?—From Joker to Dr. Wily, Griffith to Sauron, villains are the stuff that drive great stories. This panel will dissect great elements of villainy. What villains have worked, which ones have failed, or even which iterations of certain villains fell short.
When Subtitles Go Wrong—Adding subtitles into anime aren’t easy. There’s mistranslations, Japanese jokes that don’t work well in English, getting the timing and typesetting right, and having it make sense. This panel is going to be about all those times when the translations just don’t end up the right way.
Why Your Favorite Anime Got Made: The Business Behind the Animation and the Hard Numbers—Brent P. Newhall (ONVPodcast on YouTube) takes you through the business processes that bring your favorite anime to reality. Includes hard numbers on costs, prices, and the popularity of various media.