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Embark on a journey into the fundamentals of Japanese language in this beginner-friendly panel. Learn essential phrases and vocabulary from Fujii Sensei that will set you on the path to fluency.
Shodo is the traditional Japanese art of calligraphy, known for its elegant brushwork and intricate ink strokes. Through Shodo, artists carefully express the beauty of Japanese characters and create harmonious compositions on paper.
Welcome to Opening Ceremonies, where we introduce you to the fabulous world of this weekend's convention! The wait is finally over, it's party time! Let's get the convention started! Join us as we introduce you to some of the convention's amazing guests, do a little housekeeping with rules and safety, and learn about all the fun events that will be taking place over the weekend!
It's the game show where every decision is a gamble and every move could be your last! It's the game show version of "Shut the Box," where answering anime trivia questions earn you a roll of our High Rollers dice! Knock off numbers, win prizes! Or force your opponent into a bad roll and knock them out of the game! Survive to the end to play the "Big Numbers" for the grand prize!
The Gamer Fuel Generation: A 2000s Pop Culture Lookback
For Millenials and Zoomers, our childhood was defined by the pop culture that was coming out during the late 90s to the early 2010s. However, what made those things so popular with us and what made them so of their time? Come join us for a deep dive into the gamer fuel generation, as we talk about video games, movies, music, and even early anime that all influenced us during this time.
So, You Have an Idea for a Book...
So, you want to write a book. You have an idea you really like. You’ve probably been thinking about it for a long time. When you’re bored, you come up with new characters, and new elements to add to it. Now here you are, a few years down the line, with this gigantic project that you have no idea how to start! That’s fine: Spend an hour with the authors from Words After Dark and we’ll show you how to make your daydream a reality.
Hellsing: Behind the Blood
Hellsing is more than just a fun bloodfest; layers of subtext are lost on the casual fan – and doubly lost on the casual English-speaking fan. Did you know Rip’s entire storyline was taken from the German opera she sings? That many of the characters came from earlier hentai works? We’ll take you behind the blood.
Legend of Zelda Trivia
The Legend of Zelda spans decades of games, media, lore, and more importantly, interesting trivia! Join us for a friendly trial of wits and knowledge throughout the franchise, both old and new! We will be having minor spoilers for all games, including Tears of the Kingdom. Even if you are unfamiliar, come join us and learn! Prove your power, wisdom, and courage, and the top 3 winners will receive prizes!
Hololive for Dummies
If you’ve heard about Hololive but are wondering “who are these 3D anime girls and why do people watch them?”, then this is the panel for you! Learn about the history on the company, it’s unique talents, and more! Wether you’re a hardcore fan that went far too down the rabbit hole or you want to go down it with them, join us for an hour of Vtuber trash!
Kiba Walker, Cole Feuchter, Gareth West
Animecon.org's Fabulous Date Auction (15+)
Are you looking for a date to the dance? A new friend to attend panels with? Or just looking to help raise money for good causes? A longstanding staple event for our conventions, the Fabulous Date Auction is a fun, interactive event where cosplayers are sold to the highest bidder - auctioned off by our Live Entertainment department! Meet new friends and help raise funds for charity in the process! We're auctioning dates to the formal ball dance that starts shortly after the date auction ends. Rules apply.
Looking to get into the game industry? Join Rick Heinz (Storytellers Forge, Geek & Sundry, GM Tips, Nerdist) and other insiders for a look at how to make your TTRPG or even submit and pitch your ideas to publishers. We cover everything from the blank page to launching your campaign to the public!
Keeping up with the Q Man! What's Quinton Flynn been working on lately? What makes the man tick? Come to a great panel with the fun and friendly Quinton Flynn.
D.I.C.K.Z (Genshin impact)
Come meet the members of the squad including diluc, childe, kaeya and zhongli in a fun dance off as well as some old fashioned games where there will be plenty of prizes and possibly embarrassments
Come join Greg Ayres as he answers question about all projects old and new. You can be sure he’ll be talking about New project like Haikyuu, Dragon Ball Super, Gangsta, Dramatical Murder, and Danganronpa as well as talking about DJ’ing and con life as himself. A fan boy till the end, whether voicing “pointy haired boys” during the day, or shooting zombies at night (at least on his PS4) you can be sure he’s having fun. There may even be a hint or two about some new projects yet to be announced, so don't miss it.
Closet Cosplay: 101
Ever seen cosplayers online, and all you can think is, “I want to do that too!”? But you don’t exactly want to break the bank? Have no fear, the Beta Bae’s are here! During this panel, we will go over closet cosplay and how you can turn ordinary clothes and items into a cosplay of your own.
Spider-man Q&A and Trivia!
This panal we are having Miles Moralis hosting, Gwen, Peter B parker, and Hobie! We have prizes such as stickers, pins, and much more. Ask any questions and test your spider-man knowledge! Meet many other spider-man fans and become friends, its your canon event!
Kyle Jones, Quinton Flynn, Greg Ayres, Jay Hickman
Jo Jo's Bizarre Adventure
The Newly Weebs Game
Do you think you know your partner, friend, or family member like the back of your hand? How about their favorite shows or pop culture references? If so come join us to play the Anim-ewlywed game a fun twist on the newlywed game where contestants team up to compete against other teams in order to see which pair knows each other the best! Join us for fun, laughs, and prizes!
How to go to Japan and find your waifu/husbando
Join us for an engaging discussion on finding love in Japan or otherwise. Discover the secrets of romance in the Land of the Rising Sun, blending cultural insights and practical tips. Whether you're an otaku seeking a partner or simply intrigued by Japanese dating culture, this panel offers a quick and informative dive into the world of love in and out of Japan.
Do you know your Japanese facts and history? How about certain trends and pop culture moments? Test your knowledge in this fun hour long panel hosted by Cole Feuchter. Win quizzes to get prizes! So let’s talk Japan!
You’ve got the dress, you’ve got the shoes, you’ve even got the date! (Or, maybe you've got the tie!) What else could you need? Yes! You now need the dance moves. Our professional dance instructors will teach you the art of social dancing so you can both meet new people and dance at the same time. No partner or previous experience required; just come ready to have a good time!
Get ready to match the stars! Six of our guests try to come up with silly answers to hilarious fill-in-the-blank questions. Contestants have to try to match them, and the contestant who does it the most often wins the game and goes on to the Super Match for nice prizes!
Oscar Seung, Career Nerd: From Bullied to Funimation/Netflix Actor
How did a loud, overweight, flamboyant, LGBT, Asian-American immigrant go from being bullied in school, to being a voice actor at Crunchyroll and a film actor on Netflix and Hulu? It all came down to three simple words: I. AM. ENOUGH. Come find out what he means and ask Oscar anything at his panel!
The Art Of Burlesque
Welcome to The Art Of Burlesque this will be a interactive panel where I go over what Burlesque is and show a demonstration and teach a free class of Burlesque. Make sure to bring comfortable clothes to change into you will not be stripping down for this.
Let’s Talk Video Games!
Do you enjoy video games? RPGs? J-RPGs? Adventure, Visual Novels, or Simulations? Have theories about the lore of a series? Something completely different? Come talk to the Live Entertainment panelists about your favorite video games!
The Ultimate Guide to Cosplay Competitions
New to the world of cosplay competitions? Let our head of cosplay KB walk you through everything you need to know about taking your cosplay to a competitive level. With experience competing, judging, and organizing cosplay competitions, we are hear to answer any questions you have!
Join voice actor Kiba Walker, or as he’s known in the Drag world as Salem Moon, as he goes through the process of turning himself into a drag queen. Who knows? Maybe he’ll use his makeup skills on a lucky volunteer! Learn the ins and outs of the drag industry with this interactive panel.
Oscar Seung, Kimberly Yates, Robert L. Mungle
The dapper gentlemen, the graceful women, the flowing gowns and the majestic music. What could be more magnificent than an exquisite fantasy ball! Come to join the beautifully dressed up cosplayers showing off their most regal outfits and elegant moves in a delightful evening of music and fun. Formal dress is required, so dress to impress. The minimum level of dresscode is business casual. We would like if you avoid jeans, open-toe shoes or sandals, shorts, tank tops, etc. This is a classy event.
Big Q’s Quince: Backstage Pass
Come one come all, to Quackitys Quinceanera! His biggest party only tonight! Only except you have a backstage pass to help out with setting up for this wonderful night tonight! Be joined with Quackity, Slimecicle, Luzu, Rubius, Roier, and even Cucurucho to help plan on what they should do to make this evening special for Quackity. Some fights and chaos might occur during this night of preparation, but that’s alright! As long as they have EVERYTHING for the party right? Come join us, we would enjoy some extra help we can get!
The Weird Side of Reality: Mysteries, Cryptids, and the Unexplained.
We all know there are things in this world that have yet to be explained. Who is the Mothman? What is going on in Area 51? Are our skies infested with flying saucers? All questions that deserve answers...answers that we are in no way prepared to give but come on down and we can talk some crazy outlandish stuff and see if we stumble on some kind of explanation. See you there folks and get ready to have your minds blown.
Join some of the convention's incredibly talented voice actors for a Karaoke sing-a-long panel. We'll sing some of our favorite songs, talk about some of our favorite music, and get the audience singing along with us!
EVA Foam Crafting 101
Come join RioFox.Cos for a walkthrough from start to finish on how to use EVA foam to make amazing props and armor!
K.K. Slider Q+A! Presented By Rebel And Cleric
Your favorite guitar-playing dog K.K. Slider is bringing PUNK and EMO to your favorite Anime Con near you! And he's bringing his close friend and trusty drummer, the red bug-loving chameleon Flick! After voyaging from Animal Village and playing shows in the Chicagoland area, they're swinging by Davenport, IA to play for their fans at Anime Zing! Soon, K.K. will be reaching his paws out for the entire Midwest, and hopefully, he'll be able to see you guys right there with him! Ask them questions about the band, their tour, the music, and of course their personal lives back on Animal Village. If you ask spicy questions, you will get spicy answers! Maybe if you're lucky, you'll get a song or two out of them, just as a little taste of what's to come for the concert! (Panel will be hosted by the Midwest Emo Chicago band "Rebel And Cleric".)
The Butler That Stole Christmas
Midwest Manor graciously invites you to join us for the annual Phantomhive Christmas party. All of your favorite Black Butler characters will be gathered to take your questions, dares, and even test your Black Butler knowledge. Join us for simply one hell of a panel!
Cosplay Pajama Party!! 6.0 (Holiday Edition)
Come join us for a safe, warm, welcoming space for anyone, whether you are looking for a space to relax and make new friends or need a space to unwind and are a little tired or overwhelmed! Put on your comfiest pajamas or continue to slay in your cosplay and join us for some holiday themed games and activities (and treats!) to finish off your day or a pit stop in your night.
Con & Otaku Horror Stories
You have seen, heard, done and witnessed things which crush your soul and leave you a little empty inside. Come and unburden your heavy soul - share your con & otaku related horror stories, hijinks, and general otaku dysfunction. Shock, horror, dismay, and hilarity will ensue!
Come join Gareth as he mesmerizes and hypnotizes for a good cause! This is a fundraiser for The Houston Methodist Transplant Center.
All Things Samurai: Samurai Dan takes the stage, willing to leave no stone unturned. The people managing our zen rock garden are really mad that he keeps turning their stones, please tell him to stop. Ask anything (SFW) and brace yourselves, the answers are coming fast and furious as a sword stroke!
Rap music about anime, comics and video games.
Sound Check: Rebel and Cleric
Winter Special with Muse!
It’s about that time of the year! Celebrate with Stardust Miracles their Winter special, featuring Muse! There will be dance performances, games, and even prizes! Will you be there cheering them on while they dance the day away in a winter wonderland? We hope to see you there!
Staff Plays Jackbox
Join the AnimeCon.Org staff in playing Jackbox party packs. Attendees can join the audience and watch as everything goes wrong and help us pick what games to play
Join some of our voice actors as they tell you tales of anime, conventions, and beyond in this 18-and-up panel!
This is a 90 min live action Japanese version of the movie Gamera II. It is recorded as a bunch of Texas rednecks. It was originally done as an extra on the original ADV release and is a rare find these days. This hilarious version of the classic monster movie was conceived by ADV director Kyle Jones. Filled with all kinds of silliness, this film will entertain all who watch. There is also a Q & A that follows.
Don't be THAT person: Dating & Life Coaching for Otaku
No one wants to hear your rant about how nice guys / girls finish last. Stop failing so much at interacting with other humanoids. Attend this tongue-in-cheek, humor laced FREE dating & life coaching session moderated by a team of adults who don’t suck at life, chock full of useful lessons and observations.
AA (Alcoholic Animaniacs) (18+)
We all know those tropes that stay in our brains and haunt us at 2am. The characters who we want to boo at. We all want to drink to forget them. But since we can’t always drink, we’re here to talk about them. Talk about the not so good, the really bad, and the super ugly.
characters and troupes
Pink war crimes to that’s a child
RECESS HOUR FUNTIME GAMES
Remember all those playground games you played when you were younger? This is that - but indoors, late at night, with teenagers and adults who have nothing better to do. Come join the Live Entertainment Department for some wholesome recess fun!
AnimeCon.org's Fabulous Dating Advice (18+)
Do you find yourself faltering with the ladies? Do you just not know how to whoo that special person? Our trained experts will show you how it's done! Dante will answer all your dating questions (among other ones)!
Cards Against Humanity With Samurai Dan and Jillian (18+)
Join Samurai Dan and Lady Jillian in a game of adults-only Cards Against Humanity. Try to guess what card they will pick... Will it be funny? Ironic? Overly true? Good luck!
A Chaotic Neutral Buldur's Gate 3 Panel (18+)
Have you spent the past few months glued to your computer playing DnD the videogame aka Baldur's Gate 3? Need to talk about your emotionally unavailible vampire boyfriend or ways to get this dang parasite out of your head?? Well you've come to the right place! Join us in a fun discussion of all things BG3! (18+ for language and adult content)
Which One Piece character is in that Vine? (18+)
Who would ski by in a giraffe costume? Who wants you to look at this graph? Join us as we play classic Vines and decide which One Piece character(s) they represent!
Get your energy out and work up a sweat in this heart-healthy epic dance party! Join AnimeCon.org's resident DJ Greg Ayres and many incredible guest performers as they help you waste the night away with an electric mix of hard-hitting and fun dance music. Experience the bass from the subwoofers as your face melts off thanks to such sick beats. We promise an experience filled with epic music, incredible sounds, and a great light show to boot. No bags allowed in. Strobe lights may be used.
The Sonic Degenerates: It’s Not Just Chris Chan
Out of all fandoms, the Sonic fandom seems to be the one that attracts the most..interesting people. Many people think of Chris Chan first, but the fandom rabbit hole goes deeper than that. Join us as we take a look at the worst of the worst of the blue blur’s fans!
Succubus 101 with Mistress Miki (18+)
Confused, interested, or just curious about alternate relationships? Perplexed, or even dumbfounded by lustful interactions in the bedroom? Come down to learn more about the nitty-gritty of everything in a safe educational space! Come with questions, play some games, and interact with the hosts! Don’t be shy and come on by to Succubus 101!
Late-night Games (18+)
Everyone has that character that they hardcore simp for and those that we wish never existed. Defend your waifu or plan a highly complex murder and join us for Smash or Pass and F*** Marry Kill. Audience participation is highly recommended. And who knows, maybe you will make some friends and have a sexual awakening/un-awakening. Come join us for some pre-rave fun.
It’s gonna be a good time
(Or is it)
Get your energy out and work up a sweat in this heart-healthy epic dance party! Join AnimeCon.org's resident DJ Greg Ayres and many incredible guest performers as they help you waste the night away with an electric mix of hard-hitting and fun dance music. Experience the bass from the subwoofers as your face melts off thanks to such sick beats. We promise an experience filled with epic music, incredible sounds, and a great light show to boot. No bags allowed in. Strobe lights may be used.
How to: Erotica (+18)
It’s Ao3s most popular search category and undoubtedly the reason twitter is still around: erotica! If you are an adult person who writes or is looking to write erotica, you can come hang out with Words After Dark and learn all the tricks of the trade. This panel has a history of being as hilarious as it is educational, so bring your best questions and let’s make some heat together!
Waifu Wars! (18+)
Who is your favorite Waifu? Where do they stack up against everyone else's Waifu? Are you ready to fight for your Waifu's honor? Join us to prove once and for all who are the Queens and who belongs in the trash!
HOUSE OF WAIFU (18+)
Are you harboring a deep secret about your beloved waifu or husbando? Perhaps you're yearning to justify your ever-growing collection of waifus. Maybe you've been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to introduce your real-life husbando to your cherished 2D beau? If any of these scenarios resonate with you, we invite you to join us on an exciting journey into the world of waifu and husbando appreciation at the HOUSE OF WAIFU, brought to you by ~ WHEREDAWAIFU
In the Army Now: Military Representations in Anime
Throughout the history of anime, many of them have dealt with the themes of war, militarism, and the results such conflicts can bring. In this panel, we look at the most famous instances in which warfare was depicted in anime and we will try to show what kind of perspective these anime were trying to bring when representing this side of humanity.
My Hero Academia
Saturday: 10:00am - 10:50am •
Twisted Wonderland takeover
On an island far in the seas two schools tower Night Raven College and Royal Sword Academy. Here many prospective sorcerers seek and hopefully become as great as the elites. However many mysteries and dangers are everywhere and within the walls of Night Raven does a bunch of students disappear on a cold winter night finding themselves in a land of no magic. Will you be swayed to follow them into the mirror or will you keep them at bay the choice is yours
Japanese Meditation and Breathwork
Find inner peace and serenity through the practice of Japanese meditation and breathwork. Discover ancient techniques and modern practices that will help you achieve a harmonious state of being.
Minecraft QSMP Eggstravaganza with Tallulah and Gegg
You're invited to Quesadilla Island! Join Minecraft QSMP's Tallulah and Gegg for a fun, lore-filled party. Enjoy a series of Q&A, games, prizes, and unpredictable fun, whether in cosplay, caught up in the lore, or just curious. All are welcome for this amazing eggstravaganza!
Special and Snowflake: An Original Character Panel
Writing characters is hard and complex, so come here and we'll answer all your questions. Our panelists have decades of experience between them on every aspect of character writing, and we'll use that experience to help you!
Con Alt Delete Pictionary
Is this a pigeon? What is that suppose to be? Oh I give up, just tell us!
Bring your best ideas and your worst drawing skills to play anime Pictionary!
Your Husbando Is Trash (A husbando bracket tournament)
Come one come all bring your husbandos and be prepared to defend them! In this bracket tournament style panel we will be bringing out the most favored men in anime and video games to duke it out until the one true husbando is found! Using both a premade list of your favorite 2D husbands and some audience suggestions we will be setting them up and voting them out. Do you think your fictional paramour has what it takes to come out on top? Come in and see the tell tale question be answered, do you really have the best husbando?
Spy x Family
Saturday: 11:00am - 11:50am •
Kacchan and Deku's Battle of the Crafts!
Join your favorite rival duo and their friends as they finally test who is the best!… Through an arts and crafts battle! Are you team Kacchan or team Deku? Can you answer enough questions to lead your team to victory and finish the craft? Well if you’re so confident then come on down and flex your MHA knowledge to collect all of your supplies to win! The winning team receives a special prize!
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Analyzing Famous Relationships in Anime
Seasoned relationship vets discuss some of the most famous relationships in anime & apply the lessons learned to real life.
Creativity & Mental Health
No matter what your brand of creativity is, it gets harder to make things the worse we’re feeling. Whether it’s finding projects impossible to start or being unable to commit to work we have ongoing, mental health affects everything we do and everything we make. Words After Dark are here to talk about how some of these hang-ups happen, and the ways you can compassionately help yourself work through them.
Archons: The power of the seven!
Do you want to find out the true power of the seven archons or at least the power of 4 of the seven then come tag along in our fun prize filled dance competition
Breathing life into your storytelling with Samurai Dan
Samurai Dan goes through the process of storytelling, beginning to end, hitting all points in between, from character creation to editing.
Robert L. Mungle, Quinton Flynn
Whose Line is it Anime? (13+)
Don't you love that wacky show "Whose line?" well come meet our expert improv actors! They'll make you roll on the floor, holding your sides in this silly interactive panel that is 100% true improv, no written scripts here!
Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:50pm •
City Pop (Japanese Retro 80s Pop) Panel
Discover Japan's musical golden age through the premiere of a never before seen screening of a video project documenting City Pop's rise throughout the past years into its current place among global pop culture. City Pop pioneer, Van Paugam, will be your guide on this trip through time, space, and memories of the future past. Expect discussion regarding Japanese City Pop Legends, Vinyl records, the nature of nostalgia, and the present state of City Pop in the west. Introduction: 5 Mins, Screening: 25 Mins, Post-Screening Talk: 5 min, Q&A: 15 min
Dating Advice from Yuri On Ice Voice Actor, Oscar Seung!
Who's ready for real talk? Relationships, dating, and marriage, OH MY. Let's de-mystify relationships together!
America’s most popular game show done fandom style! Everything from the television show is here…fun puzzles, a beautiful letter turner, and of course the big wheel itself! Spin the wheel, buy a vowel, solve the puzzle!
Junko Enoshima's Trial of Dispair
In Junko Enoshima's Trial of Despair, the tables are turned as the students discover that Junko is not the true mastermind behind the killing game. It is revealed that she was merely a pawn in a much larger scheme orchestrated by an unknown eternity.
Wig Styling 101
Want to get into cosplay but not sure where to start with that wig you ordered? Have no fear and come learn the easiest wig styling tips and tricks for beginners!
All Elite 101: A Completely Serious AEW Panel
You probably know what WWE is, but do you know about AEW? Wether you’re a newbie to the world of pro wrestling or a hardcore fan your whole life, come on down to this absolutely completely 100% serious lecture on all things AEW. We’ll talk about it’s history, the epic wrestlers on their roster, Burberry scarfed men gone wild, and very nice and evil wrestling demons (seriously I promise you this is gonna be completely normal and serious!
Kiba Walker, Cole Feuchter
Saturday: 1:00pm - 1:50pm •
Movimiento Nortaku: How anime has influenced Mexican Music
A new genre is taking over the anime convention scene! Come and find out how the anime fandom has inspired songs from Mexican artists in the genre of "Regional Mexicana"that are now popular dance numbers, covers, and ballads! Come and find out more about the subject with exclusive interviews from the artist themselves! This panel is constantly being updated!
Travel to Japan Readiness: Tips and advice for your first trip to Japan
Samurai; the ancient, majestic warrior class of Japan's 12th-19th centuries. In this main stage event the majestic, mystic, and poetic swordsmanship of Japan’s mighty warriors are brought to life with style and power. This authentic display includes an abundance of precision, skill, and of all things, humor. This fast-paced show mixes comedy and combat in a dizzying trip to 16th century Japan.
Let's Talk Anime BJDs!
Have you ever wanted to have your own ball-jointed buddies, but just don't know how to get started? Are you an experienced doll collector already, looking to make new friends? Do you just need more types of anime merch in your life? (There's always more.) Come join me and my BJDs to learn about the wonderful world of vinyl anime ball-jointed-dolls. Where fashion, fandom, sculpting, collecting, art, photography and more come together, all at 2ft tall. Take a look at some members of our Smartdoll and Dolfie-Dream collections, and get your burning questions answered! Feel free to bring along your own favorite dolls for a group photo. Collectors and Soon-to-be's are welcome!
Saturday: 2:00pm - 2:50pm •
Join one of the newest voices in the anime world while he plays Nonorelia, an exciting new visual novel and puzzle game!
First Time in Japan: Essential Words & Phrases to get by
Final Metal Gear Fantasy Hearts - Voiceover Q&A with Quinton Flynn
Quinton Flynn has done numerous anime and video game voices. Some of his most prominent voice roles include Reno, Axel, Raiden, and Doctor Riddles. Quinton’s voice has been burning up film and television since he first arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cleveland. He is an A-list voice actor, having played such famous animated characters as Jonny Quest, Spiderman, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon, Snowbell in Stuart Little, just to name a few. His television and film appearances include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King of Queens, Animaniacs, Woody Woodpecker, Robot Chicken, and many more. His best known roles in video game franchises have been his work providing the english voices of Raiden in the Metal Gear Solid series, Axel in Kingdom Hearts II, and Reno in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children the motion picture. If you’re hip to the anime scene you’ll know him as Iruka-sensei and Deidara in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Marcus Damon in Digimon Data Squad, and Carl in Blood+, to name a few.
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance is a all ages dance panel where I will be teaching all manners of line dancing. I am a firm believer dancing is for everyone and by the end of my panel you will leave with the knowledge of several line dances!
Class 1-A Holiday Party
The weather outside is frightful, and Kacchan’s mood is anything but delightful. Come join the students of class 1-A as they try to convince Katsuki to have fun with a joyous holiday celebration! With trivia with PRIZES, Q&A, and so much more, you are bound to get into the holiday spirit! See you there!
Rob Mungle leads a Q&A about being an anime voice actor. With over 100 IMDB credits, including Akame ga Kill!, Ghost Stories, Lady Death, and Excel Saga, he’s one of the most prolific in the business. Get the inside scoop on what happens in the sound booth, learn the inspiration behind your favorite character’s voices, and one lucky audience member will win a personalized voice mail greeting starring their favorite character!
Kyle Jones, Jay Hickman, Gareth West, Kimberly Yates
Saturday: 3:00pm - 3:50pm •
Voiceover From Home 101
Ever wanted to voice act but don't know how to even begin to do so? Thanks to the internet, it has gotten even easier for beginner voice actors to get into the industry! Learn from voice acting friends MariSkyVA, Sean M.D, and BroTibsVA as they walk you through their voiceover journeys online and provide ways for you to get started from the comfort of your own home! No experience required or necessary!
Welcome to the QSMP!!
Welcome to the Number one Isla Quesadilla Panel! This magnificent and majestic land is the perfect destination for human beings to enjoy relaxation and nature. Visit the incredible wildlife, Lush forests, towering mountains, and vast range of wildlife, travellers will be in a more enchanted and stunning landscape, from its huge mountains, to its wide rivers, Lush caves, traveler's will be amazed by this wonderful territory. This magnificent land is home to a land of paradise, there is nothing short of breathtaking, Come Visit us at this panel at located at Isla Quesidilla, we promise it’s worth your while…
How to pose: Poseing yourself and others
It Gets Better - Anime Con Edition with Greg Ayres
The "It Gets Better" project was created in response to a string of teen suicides by kids who were bullied because they were perceived to be gay. Sadly bullying is something that happens to one in four teens. In the past few years we've even seen an increase in bullying within our fandom. Join us as we share our stories, and talk about ways we can all help and Support each other and find the light at the end of the tunnel. It really does get better.
So You Want to be a Content Creator w/ Cole Feuchter
Join voice actor and Content Creator, Cole Feuchter, in a discussion about how he goes about creating content for his channel and his philosophy around creation, where/how it all started, and where it’s going next! He might even have some fun clips to show off too!
Honkai: Star Rail
Saturday: 4:00pm - 4:50pm •
Be a Voice Over Actor for a Day with Kimberly Yates and Gareth West
The audience will belead through a relaxation/energizing meditation which is a big part of the actor’s process that can also be used to relieve stress and anxiety in your everyday life! Volunteers will then work with text as if they are in the voice over booth. Kimberly and Gareth will coach the volunteers with acting tips that will be useful for everyone in the room. This is a great panel for anyone interested in becoming a voice over actor or anyone who wants to learn insider secrets, tips and tricks for the fun of it.
How to: Characters
Characters are not only the thing that draws most of us to the stories we love, they are also the thing that people have the most fun making! Join authors from Words After Dark and talk about making good guys and bad guys and how to strengthen your character’s presence on the page. Let’s make some OCs!
A Very Eri Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas Class 1A come and meet your favorite heroes from the awesome series of my hero academia as they have come for your enjoyment as we get ready for the holidays and we would like you to come join us for laughs, Q&A, and a chance to win cool prizes
The Grand Cosplay Contest is our mainstage costume and cosplay competition, featuring some of the most spectacular costumes around. Have an amazing cosplay? Think it's worthy of a prize or medal? Come and show it off in our mainstage costume and cosplay competition! Contestants are judged on workmanship and performance (complete rules can be found online or at the cosplay table) as they battle for the chance to qualify for the Cosplay World Crown and a free trip to Japan! Come watch some of the coolest cosplays and performances of the weekend grace the mainstage! Advanced registration is required if you want to compete.
Legend of Zelda
Saturday: 5:00pm - 5:50pm •
µ'sic 0 to 1: Forgotten Love Live! Lore
From its creation in 2010, Love Live! has gone from a simple animated music video to selling out massive stadium tours in Japan. But, between the magazines and manga, the series has changed a lot, and bits and pieces of the characters were left out of the anime. Join us as we cover some fun facts you may not know about the first two idol groups of Love Live!: µ's and Aqours! Bring your nesos!
No Nightingales at the Hyatt
Aziraphale, Crowley, and some of their colleagues would like to invite you to join them for a Nice and Appropriately Chill Panel where we all can recover from that humdinger of a season finale. There will be a Q&A session and some Good Omens Trivia where those who get answers correct can earn prizes!
OPW: Outtapocket Wrestling
All sports have had wild moments, but only professional wrestling can claim to be nothing but wild moments and here at Outtapocket Wrestling, we are determined to show you the greatest moments in pro wrestling ever captured. Come on down and we will show you an incredible card from the Attitude Era, to the Monday Night Wars, and even some stuff from modern AEW. DONT MISS IT!
The most disrespectful moments in anime history
Every anime character and anime show has so many disrespectful moments and black air force activity moments
Kpop random dance play
Join Sakura the cotton candy kitty for a fun time dancing to all your favorite kpop songs!
Get ready, it’s time for the game show with lots of Whammies and lots of Big Bucks! Three players will answer questions to earn spins on our big board which is loaded with goodies, prizes and cash to spend in our prize coffers, but be careful! There are also some Whammies that would love to take everything away! Only the player with the most bucks at the end of the game gets to keep it all and maybe come back next year and do it again!
Join Rick Heinz from Geek & Sundry and other Storytellers for a panel on Game Mastering tips and tricks. Find your style, learn player agency, and learn why you should never run a dream sequence. A one-stop shop for do's and don't's from those who have made every error.
Teaching Autism Awareness Thru Anime and My Little Pony
Many people with autism belong to the anime and My Little Pony fan communities. Listen to an anime and My Little Pony fan with autism discuss the reasons why people with autism enjoy anime and My Little Pony, issues people with autism can face at anime and My Little Pony conventions, and how the anime and My Little Pony fan communities can be more understanding of people with autism.
Geo squad: do you have any mora?
Come meet zhongli and his geo wielding companions in a fun friendly event where we will challenge each other with games Q&A and possibly some dancing!
A Mystreet Christmas
Hey guys, Aphmau here! Today my friends and I invite you to Mystreet's Christmas party! We will answer your questions, take on your dares, and have games that can result in YOU winning prizes. It'll be such a great time, but we need you to enjoy it with us! Don't miss this opportunity to talk to your favorite characters from Mystreet (minus Ein, of course) and have loads of fun! We hope you join us, but remember... don't forget to like and subscribe!! See you soon!
Generation Loss - The Games Experiment
Come one come all to showfall’s latest interactive show! Join Hero Ranboo, Taken Sneeg, and Villain Slimecicle in a journey of Generation Loss through games! Will you be a cold blooded killer in Mafia? or perhaps secure a victory in a game of Musical Chairs? Test your luck! if you dare >:)
King of Shinjuku
One on one with a 2009 internet personality turned visual kei hiphop artist. Ask anything and everything. From the streets of Shinjuku to you, AtJap13 is unfiltered and promoting his latest album as well as future projects. I'd you missed him in the summer, this is your chance to meet him before you can't!
Five Nights at Con Alt Delete
Welcome, superstar! Join Freddy Fazbear and the Glamrock Gang for fun, games, trivia (with prizes!!) and a presentation on how to join the pizzaplex staff. Rest assured—our shiny new Glamrock animatronics are 0% dangerous and 100% fun! We can’t wait to meet you, so join the animatronic family!
Do you like kazoos? Were you at the Kazoosment last year? Well we're back again and ready to blow your socks off. Learn how to play everyone's favorite instrument, the kazoo! If you don't have one, that's okay, we will provide. Mother Kazoo always provides for her Kazoolings.
The upper moon meeting
After 113 years, the upper moons of the twelve kizuki gets summoned to the infinity castle. However, the upper moons sees a hashira in the castle
Join Salem Moon and her cast of unconventional queens as they give you the drag show of a lifetime! All ages, nerdy themed, and all drag!
Spidey's Slumber Party
Join Team Spidey as they are up waaaaaay past their bedtime! With games, Q&A, and truth or dare even win some cool and some amazing prizes. So come in your jammies, and take a seat, because this is a slumber party you don't want to snooze on.
Con horror stories
Those of us who have been to multiple cons all know that sometimes things happen. The convention experience can be amazing but, there will usually be one thing that taints it. We are going to discuss our own personal experiences about times cons were not so fun.
SA/sexual harassment mentioned
Excessive drinking mentioned
Drug use mentioned
Kyusho Jitsu in Karate
A in depth look at pressure points used in all styles of Martial Arts and how to apply the movements from Katas.
What's new in LED lighting (for cosplay and modeling)
The Unhinged World of Wrestling Cartoons and Anime
With as big as a sport as wrestling is, it’s no surprise companies tried to get into the art of animation, but was it all good or just meaningless cash grabs? Join us as we take a deep dive into the world of animated wrestling media, featuring copious amount of Scooby Doo WWE crossovers, bootleg Robot Chicken toy tie in’s, and South Park rip offs!
The Good, the Bad, and the plain Weird from the voice acting world with Rob Mungle!
Rob Mungle has worked on shows for FUNimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. Talk with him about all kinds of anime stuff, including the good, the bad, and the weird.
When good dubs go bad! (18+) w/ Jay Hickman & Kyle Jones
When good dubs go bad!
Bad Webcomics and You (18+)
We all know fanfiction can be horrid but what if the fanfic writer fancies themselves an artist. That's when things get really interesting. Come on by and see the worst of what these would be Stan Lees consider the height of fan produced media. Get ready for a zappin good time!
An Ouran Slumber Extravaganza
Come join the members of the host club as they experience their first commoner slumber party. And it’s Haruhi’s job to make sure it’s as authentic as possible, per Tamaki’s orders. Strap in for some fun with games, trivia, Q&A, and more with prizes!
Join Isabelle in a gingerbread house building extravaganza! Your favorite secretary will provide you with all the delicious building materials you need to make your dream gingerbread house! Turn YOUR gingerbread house into a gingerbread home!
Your Waifu Is Trash (A waifu bracket tournament)
Come one come all bring your waifus and be prepared to defend them! In this bracket tournament style panel we will be bringing out the most favored women in anime and video games to duke it out until the one true waifu is found! Using both a premade list of your favorite 2D wives and some audience suggestions we will be setting them up and voting them out. Do you think your fictional paramour has what it takes to come out on top? Come in and see the tell tale question be answered, do you really have the best waifu?
Pitch Your Hentai (18+)
We're back yet again to take your pitches! Join our panel of judges as we find the pitches for the best hentai ideas of the con!
Dating Advice from Yuri On Ice Voice Actor, Oscar Seung! (18+)
Who's ready for real talk? Relationships, dating, and marriage, OH MY. Let's de-mystify relationships together! (18+ version)
Goro Akechi After Dark (18+)
Everybody's favorite prince detective Goro Akechi has taken time out of his busy schedule and is here to answer any and all questions. Whether it be questions about the well loved phantom thieves or something a bit more naughty, he'll give you all the juicy details. Christmas snacks will be available if you participate and ask a question!
Introducing every animal village's favorite guitar playing dog: K.K. Slider! He's coming to town to perform right here at your favorite anime convention! Catch him playing his best hits (K.K. Bubblegum, K.K. Cruisin, and K.K. Metal) and covering songs from your favorite shows such as: Naruto, Angry Video Game Nerd, Spongebob, and more! We encourage the crowd to sing along with K.K.! This panel cast involves the local Chicago band "Rebel And Cleric" who will also be playing their own originals as a live mixtape!
Join us for an incredible and fun Saturday night dance party as our DJs pump up the dance floor with epic electronic beats! AnimeCon.org's regular DJ Greg Ayres and a host of other talented entertainers will pack the house and bring down the roof with some great music to dance to. No bags allowed in. Strobe lights may be used.
Staff Plays Jackbox (18+)
Join the AnimeCon.Org staff in playing Jackbox party packs. Attendees can join the audience and watch as everything goes wrong and help us pick what games to play (18+ version)
Erotic Fanfic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure! (18+)
Which anime character is most likely to seduce Santa Claus? What naughty things might Tifa do with her shiny new materia? What if Luffy grew up and started an OnlyFans with Lady Tsunade? Prepare for an evening of anime fantasies, unexpected love connections, and kinky plot twists. Audience members collaborate and compete against our team of panelists to see who can create the most outrageous story. Our custom AI was trained on millions of data points and is ready to weave your suggestions into raunchy fanfic. Your decisions determine whether our characters end up in a spicy rendezvous or a hilarious disaster!
Intro To Hypnosis (18+)
The art of hypnosis has fascinated people for many years. Here, a certified hypnotist and her assistant will teach you all about hypnosis and how to do it. This is a class focusing on it in a kink context, and will also include talk of consent and other basic practices.
Anime Captions Against Humanity (18+)
Have a dirty mind or a clever way with words? Love the game Cards Against Humanity, or those soul-crushing demotivational posters on the internet? Come help create the best (or is it worst?) captions for anime screengrabs & illustrations. CRUSH YOUR COMPETITION, WIN AT LIFE.
Come test your anime knowledge, improvization, and teamwork in Anim-eopardy! Grab your friends and enjoy a game show full of laughs, excitement,and prizes! Compete with your friends, or against them, as you navigate our treacherous categories and hilarious 18+ section. Give it your all and take home the gold!
WHERE DA WAIFU WARS!? (18+)
Do you believe you possess the qualities required to claim the coveted title of CAD's WAIFU CHAMPION? Are you ready to go to great lengths to defend your waifu's honor? ... what about your husbando's? Presented by WHEREDAWAIFU, we invite you to partake in an epic showdown of wits and determination at "WHERE DA WAIFU WARS!?" Join us for a fierce battle, where you'll pit your mettle against fellow waifu warriors to determine who truly has the best waifus of them all! Only one shall emerge victorious as the ultimate - WAIFU CHAMPION! #wheredawaifu
Hentai Tags: Rank or Tank! (18+)
Are you cultured? Prove it! Come defend or object to some of the most popular and cursed hentai tags the internet has to offer!
TRY OUTS for Greggo's Game Shows: Sale of the Century!
In order to play in "Greggo's Game Shows: Sale of the Century!" you must attend this try out session!
Join us for another bout of queer shenanigans! Whether you are an open member of the LGBTQIAPD+ / SAGA community, still in the closet, supporting a friend, or just want to know more, check out our games panel to have some fun, meet new people, and leave with some awesome freebies!
How to: Worldbuilding
Great stories are made even better by taking place in great worlds. Learn how to make interesting, vivid worlds and talk about how those worlds influence the characters and plots you put in them. Hang out with Words After Dark and talk about history, fashion, culture, and all the other pieces you can use to make your worlds come alive.
A Discussion on Coping Skills and Conflict Resolution
An interactive psychoeducational panel on common mental health coping skills for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, panic attacks, bullying, and others. Conflict resolution skills will also be discussed as time permits.
El Anime, Japón, y tú! A Latino's perspective on the matter
Find out the long history Japan has with Mexico that dates back to the time of the Samurai which includes diplomatic and trade relationships! Japan calls it a “400 year old friendship”. Also, why was anime banned in Mexico during the 2000s? Also, are Spanish Dubs or English Dubs closer to the original Japanese? Who invented cacahuates japoneses? This and many more questions answered!
Get Your Hands Off Me! Self Defense w/ Samurai Dan
Join Samurai Dan and Jillian as they teach you all about the art of self defense!
Sunday: 11:00am - 11:50am •
Mahou Shoujo: It's Not Just All About Precure
It seems like most of the magical girl anime nowadays is either Precure or Madoka ripoffs, but this hasn’t always been the case. There have been many different series that have come out over the years, many of which have slipped under the radar of the U.S. audience. In this panel, I’ll be giving recommendations for some of my favorites of these lesser known gems to help diversify your anime choices.
Angst and Regret
Everyone remembers how they were in middle school, even if we prefer not to. There were certain shows that we watched that had us don our weeb merchandise and put on dark make-up or neon colored wigs. Join us as we explore the cringe of our weeb youth from 2007 to 2017!
How To Host A Panel
If you're looking at this description, you know what panels are. And you might be wondering, why would someone want to do that? How do I give a good one? What do I need to know to get my panel in? All these questions and more will be answered.
Dance for Your Life: Kpop RDP
Are you ready to dance for your life? Join your fellow Kpop fans in a Random Dance Play, where you can put your Kpop choreography skills to the test! All are welcome, whether you want to prove your skills, just wanna have fun dancing, or even watch your friends dance! Everyone is welcome to Dance The Night Away!!
How to: Plot!
Interested in writing your own book? Movie? Videogame? Comic? While it would be nice if making things was easy, we all know it isn’t! Come hang out with indie authors Words After Dark and learn about different methods of making a plot, helpful tricks to get unstuck, and what to do if you hate outlines.
Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:50pm •
An Anime and CADmas Music Recorder Concert
Watch a professional recorder player as he performs anime themes, TV show themes, Christmas and holiday melodies, and popular fan music, 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.
From My Hero Academia to Drag, Actor Q&A with Kiba Walker
Come ask voice actor Kiba Walker (MHA, Edens Zero, Genshin Impact, HoriMiya, Titan’s Bride) any questions you’d like! Ranging from beginnings, hardships, funny moments, or just what his favorite food is.
Famous cars in anime and how to do basic automotive maintenance
Read the title, my dudes. We're going to analyze famous cars in anime, and we're going to pepper liberally with some basic auto knowledge you should know but probably don't, so you can save money on headlight fluid to drop in the vendor room.
Twas the Night Before Hostclub
Are you a con attendee with too much time on your hands? Then come to the Ouran High School Host Club and allow us to entertain you! We will answer your questions and take your dares. We may even play some games if it means we can bring smiles to all of your lovely faces. Come down to Music Room 3 and see all of your favorite hosts, and Tamaki, as we entertain you to your heart's content. We will see you soon!
Jay Hickman, Kyle Jones, Quinton Flynn
Crossroads: A live D&D Adventure
Follow along with our colorful cast of characters as they journey through all your favorite anime, comics, games, and more. You may even get a chance to help! Who knows? Your roll could change everything!
Welcome to the Battleground of the Gods
A panel all about SMITE! Let's talk about our favorite meme builds, which gods we hate going up against and about the new updates. There's food now?
Vocaloid Dance Class
Come learn some fun dances and take part in some vocaloid trivia games!! For all ages and skill levels, yes that means you too!!
It’s the trivia game show that’s also conventions’ biggest bargain sale! Offering great prizes for next to nothing…if you’re the best player and the savviest shopper! Make it to the end game and you could take everything away if you’re lucky!
Try out is REQUIRED for participation. Please see schedule for more information.
Voice Actor Cole Feuchter invites you on a journey to experience The Legend of Zelda like never before; through his eyes. Learn how saving the Kingdom of Hyrule, in turn, saved him through his own personal *Link* to the franchise, while he explores the various themes of the games and the heroism of its leading man. All the while being accompanied by some of the most famous music in gaming history.
Lost, then Found: Successful Searches for Lost Media
Remember how the Internet erupted when the legendary banned Wicked Witch episode of Sesame Street was finally discovered? There are people who search every day for elusive pieces of forgotten media from the past. From a Spongebob Blink-182 music video to a biblical commercial for Subway, join us for some interesting stories of how bizarre and fascinating things have been discovered!
Gareth West, Kimberly Yates, Oscar Seung, Robert L. Mungle
bungo stray dog cosplay panel
in this panel the bungo stray stray dogs characters will be answering your questions and playing games which you the audience can participate alone in so look forward to a fun panel with your favorite bungo stray dogs characters
Filipino Martial Arts For Safer Otaku!
Safer otaku have more fun, it’s SCIENCE!!! Join the instructors from Amalgam Martial Academy as we reveal basic realities of human violence, and introduce the fundamentals of Filipino Martial arts to learn to deal with those realities. Bring your own cosplay melee weapons and join the fun!
Anime Appreciation Hour
Dive into the world of anime and share your cherished memories during "Anime Appreciation Hour." Join fellow fans as we explore the impact of this unique art form on our lives, discuss favorite series and characters, and bond over our shared passion. Whether you're a seasoned otaku or new to anime, this hour promises nostalgia, camaraderie, and a deeper appreciation for this timeless medium. Come celebrate the magic of anime with us! Brought to you by @wheredawwaifu
Kiba Walker, Cole Feuchter
Come out and cheer on your favorite performer, or perhaps take the stage yourself! All genres are welcome, but anime, jpop and kpop are strongly encouraged! While there will be limited in-person signups the day of idol, preregistering at Animeidol.net is strongly encouraged!
Come watch the five time award winning superheroes webseries ParaGenex
Come watch a new independent super heroes webseries that you will emerge in.
Did Kira Even Do Anything Wrong?
Let's talk about morality, tropes and cultural norms influencing storytelling in Eastern vs Western media.
"Evenings with Isabelle" Combating Anxiety and Depression with Animal Crossing and Fandom. A large number of anime and gaming fans deal with depression on a daily basis. In that daily struggle many of us have turned to gaming and online communities for comfort and cool down. From gamers kept company by “lets play” videos and online content creators, to acting mayors of towns filled with talking animals - come discuss how gaming and fandom have helped you through the rough patches of your day to day adventures.
Produce your Own Project w/ Kimberly Yates and Gareth West
Kimberly Yates and Gareth West have both produced many projects from the ground up and several that were vehicles for their own acting careers. You can do the same? They will explain where to begin, how to finish strong and everything in between, There will be a q and a where you can ask general questions or get help with any projects you may already be working on.
Con Swap Meet
Got old stuff? Want to trade it for other old stuff? Come to the swap meet and do just that.
Anemo squad: Thank Barbatos!
Come meet venti and his anemo wielding companions in a fun friendly event where we will challenge each other with games Q&A and possibly some dancing!
I can't draw Backgrounds. How do?
Not good at drawing Backgrounds. See Jerry's techniques to make simple BGs
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. It's that time when we say goodbye to the guests, artists, and new friends we've made over a fun filled convention weekend. Don't worry, there's always next year, but if you can't wait that long check out some of our other great conventions at www.animecon.org!