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Friday, March 11
 

4:00pm

Applying Acting into Cosplay
Come on over to learn about acting and cosplaying! Here, we will learn about being in character, posing for pictures, acting in skits, and much more! Audience participation is encouraged, so jump into performance cosplay with us and let's have some fun!

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cottonwood 1

4:00pm

Conventions 101
Looking for tips on surviving your weekend at Naka­-Kon? Come to Conventions 101 and hear all the tips you should know, whether you are a first­-timer or a convention veteran.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cottonwood 2

4:00pm

Foam Party
Let's get turned up on the many types and uses of foam in cosplay crafting, where to find it, and some tricks to using it well. It's not a dance party, but it is cosplay — which is just as fun.


Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cottonwood 3

4:00pm

How to Create Manga
Yoh Asakura shows you how to create your own manga and showcases his project, Densetsu no Mangaka!, which he has been working on for the past two years. From one artist to another, learn how to go about making your own manga!

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Leatherwood 1

4:00pm

One Piece 103
Come in and join us as we go over the latest arcs of “One Piece.” That’s right, we’re talking about what happens when the Straw Hats enter the "New World." This panel features special clips of this amazing show, as well as a discussion of theories over what the "D" means. Warning: May Contain Spoilers!


Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Leatherwood 2-3

4:00pm

Why You Should Be Watching New Japan Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling is Japan’s premiere professional wrestling promotion. Featuring such names as Shinsuke Nakamara, Kazuchika “The Rainmaker” Okada, and A.J. Styles, AKA “The Phenomenal One,” New Japan showcases some of the most glorious, violent wrestling ever seen in the sport. In this panel, you will learn a brief history of the promotion and what you need to know to start watching on New Japan live.

Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Maple

4:00pm

Charity Art Gallery Hours - Friday
Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Contest Registration Hours - Friday
Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Hawthorne

4:00pm

Vendor Room - Friday

Where can you and your friends go to get spirited away, to relax when you need a break, and also to shop for that bewitching art and memorabilia? Well, why not invade Naka-Kon's vendor room and artist alley, located in Exhibit Hall B? Welcome once again as we bring you the latest sought-after art and memorabilia from amazing artists and vendors from all over the country!

Once you have your new prize possessions in hand, we invite you to make your mark on our mural, located in the Otaku Room Lounge. For just a quarter, you can grab the marker of your choice AND donate to a very worthy cause. You and your friends are sure to have a supernatural good time and we look forward to seeing you here.


Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Game Room Hours - Friday
Friday March 11, 2016 4:00pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 12:00am
TBA

5:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Friday March 11, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom C

5:00pm

Cosplay Contest Registration Hours - Friday
Friday March 11, 2016 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom C

6:00pm

Erica Mendez
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 4:00 PM.

Friday March 11, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Autograph A

6:00pm

Mamoru Yokota Q&A
Mamoru Yokota has worked on variety of projects throughout his career as an illustrator, character designer, and producer, including anime, video games, card games, and live action works. This will be an open question-­and­-answer session where attendees can ask Yokota­-san about his many experiences and learn more about anime and the Japanese entertainment industry.

Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Cottonwood 1

6:00pm

Micah Off Mic
Come hear Micah wax eloquent about his life outside the booth, including (but not limited to) his love of drawing, cooking, “Rurouni Kenshin,” and his ever­-growing Transformers collection. He will not be waxing his legs, though…

Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Cottonwood 3

6:00pm

Waltz Lessons
Friday March 11, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Cottonwood 2

6:00pm

Kitsuke: The Art of Wearing Kimono
Join Hana, kimono enthusiast, for a brief lecture on how to wear kimono and an actual demonstration of dressing, from juban to completion. Learn what pieces are necessary to have a complete outfit, get a brief primer on the rules of formality and seasonality, and see how it all goes together. There will be a brief Q&A session at the end of the panel.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Leatherwood 1

6:30pm

Karen Strassman
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 4:30 PM.

Friday March 11, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Autograph B

6:30pm

Saké Taste Testing ¥ (21+)
(21+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

¥ Ticketed event. See your program book or website for more information

Friday March 11, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Maple

6:30pm

It Gets Better: Anime Con Edition
The "It Gets Better" project is 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 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.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom C

7:00pm

Drawing Workshop with Akira Fukaya: Characters
Want to hone your drawing skills and creativity? Please join Fukaya-­sensei in this fun workshop where attendees will be challenged to draw a character based on randomly selected characteristics, generated by the attendees themselves! This workshop aims to help attendees approach art from bold, new perspectives and to expand their imagination.

Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Leatherwood 2-3

7:30pm

Funimation Online
Take a look at the latest in streaming anime on Funimation.com. Watch nearly endless episodes of your favorite series, both subbed and dubbed, via apps on PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, Android, and more! Tweet using the hashtag #FunimationOnline for a chance to win prizes!

Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Cottonwood 3

7:30pm

Intro to Voice Acting with Karen Strassman & Erica Mendez
As has often been said, voice acting is a lot more complex than just making a "funny voice." This panel is an introduction to the different elements in creating characters that can touch an audience, compel them, move them to tears, make them laugh, delightfully endear them to the character, or simply make them want to hear that voice over and over again. Karen Strassman and Erica Mendez will bring in examples of characters and typical voiceover audition copy, and members of the audience will be invited to come up to the mic and try their hand (...or their voice) at it!


Friday March 11, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Cottonwood 1

7:30pm

Micah Solusod
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 5:30 PM.

Friday March 11, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Autograph A

8:00pm

Akira Fukaya Autographs
Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Leatherwood 2-3

8:00pm

Austin Tindle
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 6:00 PM.

Friday March 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Autograph B

8:00pm

Lolita Fashion Swap Meet
Buy, sell, or trade! Bring your unwanted Lolita fashion items to sell or trade, and possibly find something fantastic and new-­to-­you for your wardrobe! Swap, bring cash, or come prepared with your PayPal. (Please note: The panelist and convention are not responsible for individual transactions between attendees.)

Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Maple

8:00pm

Reviewing Anime: A Different Perspective
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes for the reviews of your favorite anime? Join me as I talk about my time writing for the popular online anime blog AniTAY and discuss both my review process and some of the interesting experiences I’ve had, including some of the more unique reactions I've seen in the comments!

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Leatherwood 1

8:00pm

Should I Cosplay That?
Come join in the discussion on how we can make cosplay inclusive and fun for everyone. The question has been in circulation a lot this past year, especially in regards to race, gender, and body and character accuracy.


Friday March 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Cottonwood 2

8:00pm

A New World Performance
Friday March 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Ballroom A-B

9:00pm

Greg Ayres
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 7:00 PM.

Friday March 11, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Autograph A

9:00pm

Webcomics and Stuff with Micah and Ayu
Have you ever wanted to make a comic? Write a book? Tell a story? Micah and Ayu hold Master’s degrees in MSU (Making Stuff Up) and they are here to answer your questions about creating original content.


Friday March 11, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Cottonwood 3

9:00pm

Iron Fic
Friday March 11, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Leatherwood 2-3

9:00pm

Human Anatomy for the Artist (18+)
Ever wonder why your drawings look wonky? Maybe it's because your anatomy is off. Come and learn the ins and outs of drawing the human body from a professional comic artist who is a human and has a body! There will be much pointing, much laughing, and much education.

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Cottonwood 1

9:30pm

9:30pm

One Panel Man
Come find out more about the man that saved anime — Saitama — and his S-­Rank hero squad. The panel includes Make­-Your­-Own-Saitama craft, Q&A with the cast, and even a date with Caped Baldy himself!

Friday March 11, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Cottonwood 2

9:30pm

Osamu Tezuka and Shigeru Mizuki: The Late, Great Pioneers of Modern Manga and Anime
Two postwar Japanese artists have significantly shaped the character, look and feel of modern manga and anime, and created iconic stories that every Japanese knows: Tezuka's half­-robot "Astro Boy," and Mizuki's one­-eyed Kitaro from "GeGeGe no Kitaro." Both creators experienced the horrors of World War II, which influenced their respective creative visions and gave them unique perspectives on Japan's postwar modernization. Tezuka expressed a faith in the future, pursuing science and technology as paths to world peace. Mizuki delved into the past, using traditional Japanese folk tales and ghost stories to understand the madness of modern life. We will explore the artwork and stories of these two major artists to discover how they influenced modern manga and anime to become so compelling and irresistible in our era.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Maple

9:30pm

Yo-­Kai Watch With Me
Have inexplicable events been happening in your life? Have you noticed strange occurrences? Maybe a yokai is to blame! Join the fiercest cat around, Jibanyan, and the loveable Komasan as they teach you about different yokai. Come and learn about Japan's newest craze, “Yo-­kai Watch.”


Friday March 11, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Leatherwood 1

10:30pm

Dance Party
Dance Party Rules
  1. No outside food or drink. This is OPCC policy. Water will be provided inside the dance.
  2. All you need to get in is your badge. Be prepared to show it to the volunteer at the door! It may be a long line, but if everyone cooperates and takes the time to go through one by one, we can check more quickly and get you in more smoothly than if a whole crowd rushes the doors.
  3. No bags are permitted in the dance. All bags must be left in a hotel room or vehicle. The volunteers at the doors of the Night Party will not watch bags or property, and are not responsible for property left outside of the Night Party unattended. This includes ALL bags, regardless of size. Store your purses, fanny packs, and clutches in your car or hotel room before you attend!
  4. Naka Kon's dress code and codes of conduct will be enforced inside the Night Party. The dress code can be found inside your program and will be available at the door. Large props are discouraged, as are the heavier forms of Poi and other fun (but potentially dangerous!) dance accessories. If you’re wondering what not to bring, ask yourself - if this accidentally hit someone, would it hurt them? Remember, this event is not age restricted. Keep it safe for our younger, smaller attendees you may not see while showing off your cool moves!
  5. If you cause a safety hazard with your props, you will be asked to remove them from the dance floor.
  6. Make it quick and easy for everyone at the end of the night. When the party is over, double check that you have everything you brought in! Please leave the OPCC promptly after the party, so that the staff can finish cleaning up and head home to their beds, too.


Friday March 11, 2016 10:30pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00am
Ballroom A-B

10:30pm

Funimation Peep Show (18+)
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh-so-NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the sexiest Funimation titles. Don’t forget to bring tissues for, you know, the nosebleeds. We encourage the audience to participate by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes.

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

Artists

Friday March 11, 2016 10:30pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00am
Cottonwood 3

11:00pm

Cosplay Photography
Join Believe It Productions and Dan's Forge as we discuss photography and camera techniques and how they apply to cosplaying.

Friday March 11, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 12:00am
Leatherwood 1

11:00pm

Owari no Seraph Fan Panel/Q&A
After a deadly virus sweeps the globe, only 10% of humanity is left to defend themselves from such creatures as the Four Horsemen of John, vampires, and the most dangerous of all...humans themselves. Join us in unraveling the mystery of the Seraph of the End with series discussions, role play question and answer, and ensuing hilarities!

Friday March 11, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 12:00am
Maple

11:00pm

100 Ghost Stories
Friday March 11, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00am
Leatherwood 2-3

11:00pm

Super Happy Yaoi Funtime (18+)
Back by popular demand (and we'd do it even if you told us not to), we proudly present SUPER HAPPY YAOI FUNTIME!! Come see the best and worst of yaoi! For your viewing pleasure, we’ll play two excellent yaoi OVAs, presented in MST3K­-style with hilarious commentary. Silly [possibly smexy ;)] door prizes, and maybe something special — who knows? Look out for Blue Snow!

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

Friday March 11, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00am
Cottonwood 2

11:30pm

Anime Nostalgia Power Hour
In the Anime Nostalgia Power Hour, also known as "Kids These Days," we'll examine the wonderful world of all the 90s and early 2000s anime that we grew up with and on. From watching Kids WB and Toonami to staying up past bedtime to watch Adult Swim, we'll revisit the anime that set the foundation for who we are today and probably induce a lot of secondhand embarrassment in the process. So, whether you're a new fan or an anime veteran, join us for a fun discussion of anime past.

Friday March 11, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 12:30am
Ballroom C

11:30pm

Anime to See Before You Die: The Bucket List (18+)
Anime can do a lot of things beyond entertain — it can make you laugh, cry, wonder, or look at things from different angles. It can even inspire! Prepare to be introduced to a slew of unique, thought provoking, off-­the­-wall, insane, or just plain bizarre anime films and series that are often overlooked. The best part? They are aimed at you: the adult anime fan! From the profane, minblowing“Detroit Metal City” to the solemn science vs. religion backdrop to “Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise,” this is anime that you'll regret never having seen! From love and sex, to addiction and illness, to war and loss, anime tackles it all and then some! Join us and start your own anime bucket list today!

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

Friday March 11, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday March 12, 2016 12:30am
Cottonwood 1
 
Saturday, March 12
 

9:00am

Cosplay Contest Registration Hours - Saturday
Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom C

9:00am

Contest Registration Hours - Saturday
Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Hawthorne

9:00am

Charity Art Gallery Hours - Saturday
Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00am - 8:00pm
TBA

10:00am

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

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Leatherwood 1

10:00am

Music (and Art) as Power in Japanese Anime
This panel explores the notion of music specifically, and art generally, as a source of power in apanese anime. The presentation touches on the cultural origins behind anime like “Macross” and Symphogear's use of music as a weapon, as well as the use of dance, calligraphy, and poetry for similar purposes in other anime.


Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Maple

10:00am

Robot Panel Z
Is there anything that truly touches the human spirit in all of us quite like giant robots? Come to this panel and find out what it is that makes giant robot anime so awesome: the physics-­defying designs, the hot blooded pilots, the cheesy theme songs, and more!

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Leatherwood 2-3

10:00am

So You Want To Build a Cosplay?
So you want to build a cosplay? Awesome! We’ll cover everything from the planning stages to budgeting, down to choosing the right pattern and fabrics for your project. We’ll also cover a few different types of stitches and finishing techniques that will help make your cosplay look its very best.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Cottonwood 3

10:00am

Karaoke Contest
Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cottonwood 1

10:00am

Yokai Gathering—Japanese Holiday Style!
Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cottonwood 2

10:00am

Vendor Room - Saturday

Where can you and your friends go to get spirited away, to relax when you need a break, and also to shop for that bewitching art and memorabilia? Well, why not invade Naka-Kon's vendor room and artist alley, located in Exhibit Hall B? Welcome once again as we bring you the latest sought-after art and memorabilia from amazing artists and vendors from all over the country!

Once you have your new prize possessions in hand, we invite you to make your mark on our mural, located in the Otaku Room Lounge. For just a quarter, you can grab the marker of your choice AND donate to a very worthy cause. You and your friends are sure to have a supernatural good time and we look forward to seeing you here.


Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

Game Room Hours - Saturday
Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00am - Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00am
TBA

11:00am

Cosplay Rehearsal
Saturday March 12, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom A-B

11:00am

New World
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 9:00 AM.

Saturday March 12, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph A

11:00am

Cosplay Rehearsal
Saturday March 12, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Ballroom C

11:30am

Life as an American in Tokyo
Tokyo is the world's most populous city, but it is also comparatively homogenous — populated mostly by Japanese who speak the same language, understand the same customs and modes of behavior, and often refer to non­-Japanese as “outside people.” So what is it like to live there on a daily basis as a perpetual outsider, charmed by the culture, but unable to fully join it? Author Roland Kelts, who is half Japanese, recounts his experiences as an outsider/insider, and explicates a culture that remains attractively, and somewhat bewilderingly, foreign to most Americans and other non-Japanese — who are nevertheless eager to know more, visiting in record numbers and sometimes choosing to move there.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Maple

11:30am

Mamoru Yokota Drawing Discussion Panel
Come witness Mamoru Yokota drawing in front of a live audience as he provides advice and suggestions to aspiring artists on how to draw characters and art for an anime production! Some of Yokota­san’s most well­known works include the anime film “Air,” the anime series “Death Note,” and the visual novel “Kanon.”

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Leatherwood 1

12:00pm

Maid Cafe Session 1 ¥
Saturday March 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Leatherwood 2-3

12:00pm

Soul 2 Soul: Micah Solusod Q&A
Come by and chat with Micah about what it's like talking to yourself in a dark padded room. From anime to video games, Micah will take all of your questions...and maybe even answer some.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cottonwood 3

12:00pm

Cosplay Contest
Saturday March 12, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A-B

12:30pm

Earthbound Papas Q&A
An open question-­and­-answer session with the 5 great members of Earthbound Papas — Nobuo Uematsu, Chihiro Fujioka, Michio Okamiya, Tsutomu Narita, and Yoshitaka Hirota. This is an opportunity to learn more about the band and ask your burning questions.


Saturday March 12, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cottonwood 1

12:30pm

Erica Mendez
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 10:30 AM.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Autograph B

1:00pm

Dance Lessons
Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cottonwood 2

1:00pm

Sharing the World of Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku, and Vocaloids in general, have become very popular in the past few years — so much so that Miku herself performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman” back in 2014. Despite all this success, there are still plenty of people who know nothing about her, or even what she is, exactly. Is she from a video game, an anime, a manga, or is she something else entirely? We'll be answering these questions and more! Even if you’re already a Vocaloid fan, stop by — you might learn something you didn't already know about the world's number one princess and her friends. Better yet, you might win some prizes!

Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Maple

1:00pm

Akira Fukaya Live Drawing
Join influential mangaka Akira Fukaya as he draws original manga art on a large canvas right in front of you. Come witness the creation of a piece of art from start to finish! Fukaya­sensei is known for his manga works “Akio Kikou Bali” (“Akio's Travel Story in Bali”), “Hakobiya Ken” (“Ken the Transporter”), “Spice Beam,” “Mitsurin Shonen ~ Jungle Boy,” and “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man.”

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Leatherwood 1

1:00pm

Cosplay Greenroom
Saturday March 12, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom C

1:30pm

Maid Cafe Session 2 ¥
Saturday March 12, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Leatherwood 2-3

1:30pm

Meet Austin Tindle
Come have a conversation with Austin Tindle, voice of Ken Kaneki in “Tokyo Ghoul.” You can talk about his life, career, getting into to voice acting, past characters, or, ya know, other stuff, too. If you don't have any questions, he'll probably just talk about himself. Or read Harry Potter out loud. Not “Goblet of Fire,” though.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cottonwood 3

1:30pm

Micah Solusod
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 11:30 AM.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Autograph A

2:00pm

Critical Hit Q&A
An open question­-and­-answer session with Jason Hayes and Michael Gluck, the founders of Critical Hit! Come join Jason and Michael to learn the history of the band and also what's in store for them.


Saturday March 12, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cottonwood 1

2:30pm

Karen Strassman
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 12:30 PM.


Saturday March 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Autograph B

2:30pm

Matsuri
Saturday March 12, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Cottonwood 2

3:00pm

Creating Visual Novels
Visual novels have long been a popular form of media in Japan, and they've been gaining an audience in the west. But did you know that you (yes, you!) can make a visual novel too? Join Ayu from sakevisual as we talk about the basics of making visual novels. We'll discuss planning, tools of the trade, working with a team, and all sorts of other fiddly bits. There will be free things!

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cottonwood 3

3:30pm

A New World Q&A
Please join Arnie Roth, the conductor of two critically acclaimed Final Fantasy musical experiences — A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY and Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY — in an open Q&A session. Learn the story behind the critically-acclaimed concert series and possibly discover what’s in store for the future.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Leatherwood 2-3

3:30pm

Lessons in Public Speaking
AKA “Austin stares at you while you talk.” Austin Tindle has been performing and speaking in public for over 10 years. This will be an interactive experience during which you will be brought up front, one by one, to take Austin's place as he sits in the audience and asks YOU questions. This will be a casual, judgment­-free zone and a great opportunity to learn the first step in becoming an actor.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cottonwood 1

3:30pm

Training in Anime: One Punch Man, Dragon Ball Z
This panel explains the notion of training, or “shugyo,” in Japanese anime, particularly how the protagonist of “One Punch Man,” Saitama, gained great power through training. The panel will also touch on how shugyo functions in other anime as a means for the protagonist to power themselves up.


Saturday March 12, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Maple

3:30pm

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

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Leatherwood 1

4:30pm

Go: Socialy Acceptable Stoning
Learn about the game of Go. Based on three simple rules, it inspires laughter and anger, love and obsession. Warning: may result in visions of whiny ghosts.

Saturday March 12, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cottonwood 3

4:30pm

Notice Me, Senpai!
Do you think you could make your senpai notice you? Or perhaps you think that you're senpai material and can avoid all the kouhais! Either way, this panel is for you! Come on by and try to get noticed or avoid noticing someone.


Saturday March 12, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cottonwood 2

4:30pm

Swim Trunks and Ravers and Bears, Oh My!!
Come join Greg Ayres as he answers question about projects old and new. You can be sure that he’ll talk about new projects, like “Free! Eternal Summer,” “Gangsta,” “Dramatical Murder,” and “Danganronpa” as well as talking about DJing and con life as himself. A fanboy till the end, whether voicing “pointy­haired boys” during the day, or shooting zombies at night (at least on his PS4), you can be sure Greg is having fun. There may even be a hint or two about some new projects yet to be announced, so don't miss it.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Ballroom C

5:00pm

Accents, Dialects, and Voice Acting
Karen Strassman has been a professional dialect coach for over 20 years and has coached hundreds of actors to do many different accents for TV, film, and voiceover. In this panel, she will give an introduction to learning accents and dialects, covering information about the nature of different dialects, where they come from, and the best ways to learn them. You will hear lots of fun examples and lots of really useful information, tricks, and tools.


Saturday March 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cottonwood 1

5:00pm

Kingdom Hearts: More to Come
With another year and another game release, we have come closer to the much anticipated final chapter of Xehanort. After a long journey of battling the Heartless to save some princesses and their worlds, taking on the Nobodies to prevent multi­-world domination, going back in time to see how it all started, and going into dreams to save sleeping worlds, it is now time to prepare for the finale. Join us to celebrate a series that is near and dear to all our hearts and get a chance to score some cool prizes.

Saturday March 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Leatherwood 2-3

5:30pm

Japanese Cuisine Panel ¥
Saturday March 12, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Maple

6:00pm

Down the Slippery Slope: An Introduction to Anime Figure Collecting
Have you been eyeing some of those anime figurines at the Exhibit Hall booth? Are you interested in learning more about figure collecting and how to start or expand your own collection? This panel will discuss the basics of this growing hobby to help get you started: a rundown of the different types of figures, an introduction to the most popular brands, where to buy the figures online and in person, and, perhaps most importantly, why anyone would even want to spend money on these little chunks of plastic.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Leatherwood 1

6:00pm

Jo Jo's Bizarre Fan Panel
Strike a Pose! “JoJo's Bizarre Adventure” is a crazy, one­-of-­a­-kind manga that has been running for over 30 years and is still gaining new fans today! Come find out what makes this manga so bizarre and celebrate the huge impact it’s had on modern anime, manga and more! We will try to keep it as spoiler­-free as possible, so come by and STAND PROUD!

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ballroom C

6:30pm

Critical Hit Concert
Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ballroom A-B

6:30pm

Digital Painting 101
Come learn the secrets of creating your own digital masterpieces with professional artist Amelie Belcher. Witness the secrets of painting backgrounds, light, shade, and why the burn and dodge tools are for suckers.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cottonwood 1

7:00pm

We Are Fairy Tail
Have you ever wanted to join a guild? Come join the strongest team in Fiore and discuss the trials and tribulations of being part of the strongest guild in Magnolia. Enjoy the antics of Team Fairy Tail as they lead you into the everlasting journey of a lifetime. Join us for games, prizes, and tons of fun! We are nakama...we are...FAIRY TAIL!


Saturday March 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Leatherwood 2-3

7:00pm

Charity Ball ¥

Naka-Kon cordially invites you to attend this year's​ Charity Ball! On Friday evening we will offer dance lessons for Naka-Kon attendees, and staff dancers will also be present to teach attendees during the event. ​This year we are pleased to include a photo-op area outside the ballroom. Feel free to bring your camera or phone to take a picture with our beautiful backdrop.

The Charity Ball is a ​ticketed event​, with a cap of 800 attendees​. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the website or at registration. All proceeds from the dance will go to Naka-Kon's chosen charities.

Please note, formal attire is required. See below for more information on dress code.

Charity Ball Highlights

Dance Cards

Each attendee will receive a dance card upon ​entering the ball. On each of these dance cards you’ll find descriptions. Find someone matching that description​ and ask them to dance with you. Following the dance, ask your dance partner to sign their name in that portion of your dance card with a pencil/pen.

Once you have a name for each description, give your dance card (with your name at the top) to a Staff Dancer to turn in. Names will be entered into a contest to be honored as part of the ball’s royal court. This will include a King (Ou), Queen (Joou), Prince (Ouji), and Princess (Hime). The royal court will also be presented with prizes and be asked to lead a dance toward the end of the ball.

Rose Exchange

During the ball, three dozen attendees will receive roses. We ask that you present that rose to someone you did not know before attending the ball. We ask that no one receive more than one rose, as it would be unfair. The purpose of this is solely to encourage people to mingle during the ball.

"Waltz to the Moon" Competition

Attendees are invited to partake in the first dance of the evening, which is also a competition. This contest will be the "Waltz to the Moon" dance, as seen in "Final Fantasy VIII". The winners will be chosen based on their accuracy and skill with this dance. Only the first 25 pairs will be allowed to enter, so be sure to sign up after entering the ball.

Staff Dancers

Naka-Kon staff members will be available to dance with attendees. They will be introduced at the beginning of the ball to help attendees identify who they are.

Should they be asked to dance, our staff members will say yes, so there is no fear of being turned down! Likewise, they may ask you to dance. You may say yes or no. Staff will also be available to teach you to waltz during the ball if you wish to learn.

Charity Ball Dress Code

For the Charity Ball, we encourage your cosplays and cross-plays! However, they must still follow the Naka-Kon and charity ball dress codes. (Remember that the dress code is gender-neutral.) Examples of appropriate cosplays and cross-plays include ball gowns, military dress uniforms, and historical costumes.

  1. All attendees must abide by the general dress code of Naka-Kon.
  2. Appropriate formal attire includes (but is not limited to):
    • Dresses, gowns, kimonos, Hanfu, saris, suits, tuxedos, kilts, etc.
  3. Shoes must be appropriately formal. This includes:
    • Dress shoes, oxfords, saddle shoes, high heels, shined boots, dance slippers, etc.
    • This excludes: ​Sneakers, Converse shoes, dirty boots, work boots, tactical boots, etc.
  4. Dresses, skirts, kilts, etc., are to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
  5. Leather, latex and fur may be used as accents on clothing, but should not make up your main outfit.
  6. No glow stick bracelets or other light-up accessories.
  7. No mascot outfits, fur suits, wings, weapons, or anything else that can interfere with dancing.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact ConEvents@naka-kon.com​.

¥ Ticketed event. See your program book or website for more information.

Saturday March 12, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cottonwood 2 & 3

7:30pm

Greg Ayres
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 5:30 PM.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Autograph A

7:30pm

Japanese Language Study and Anime
Hoping to use anime to supplement your study of the Japanese language? In this panel, Dustin Henrich and John Mackey of the JET Alumni Association present tips for using anime as a study aid when learning Japanese, as well as key pitfalls to avoid.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Leatherwood 1

8:00pm

Tokyo Ghoul Harmony Q&A
Come meet some of the denizens of the “Tokyo Ghoul” universe and find out what it's like to be a ghoul or a member of the CCG! Don't worry, we don't bite!

Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom C

8:00pm

Sake Tasting Session ¥ (21+)
(18+) (21+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

¥ Ticketed event. See your program book or website for more information.

Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Maple

8:00pm

Earthbound Papas Concert

Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom A-B

8:30pm

Austin Tindle
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 6:30 PM.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Autograph B

9:00pm

DON'T LOSE YOUR WAAAAY
Strap on your Kamui and come talk about “Kill la Kill” with Erica Mendez, voice of Ryuko Matoi! (Clothing required. Nudist Beach cosplay is, sadly, not allowed.)

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Leatherwood 1

9:00pm

Duelist Academy
Duelist Academy's newest semester starts again at Naka­-Kon! Attend the Academy to talk and ask about everything related to “Yu­-Gi­-Oh!”. Why does a gold ring turn you evil and compel you to hunt other gold items? What is Winged Kuriboh saying all the time? And when did we include Quetzalcoatl into the pantheon? All these questions and more will be answered. Don't worry, this year will be pass or fail rather than grading — the professor is still working on that duel doctorate.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Leatherwood 2-3

9:00pm

Greg Ayres – Raw & Uncensored (18+)
Join us for a raw Q&A session with a guest who is never shy about over-sharing. Come listen to true tales of con horror (some of which may have actually occurred at this convention) from years past, along with some uncensored re­-tellings of many stories that have had to be “softened” for a daytime audience. Please bring your ID, a sense of humor, and questions for this no­-holds­-barred panel.

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Cottonwood 1

9:30pm

Anime on the Stage!
Love theatre? Love anime? We’ve got a panel just for you! Join the discussion and immerse yourself in the world of theatrical anime in Anime on Stage!! From “Sailor Moon” to “Death Note,” from “The Prince of Tennis” to “Black Butler,” from stage shows to musicals, come and see clips of your favorite shows performed by live actors! (These shows are not performed live during this panel.)

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Maple

10:00pm

Critical Hit
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 4:30 AM.

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Autograph B

10:00pm

Earthbound Papas
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 4:30 PM.

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Autograph A

10:00pm

Get Wiggy With It
Welcome to the wonderful world of wigs. We’ll cover the basics of good­ versus bad­-quality wigs, where to buy good wigs, and how to wear, maintain, and care for them. We’ll also cover soft styling and hard styling — including death­defying spikes and those crazy loopy styles so loved by CLAMP.

Artists

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Cottonwood 2

10:00pm

Japanardy
So you can name every make and model of a Gundam just by looking at the thruster, and can perform every Sailor Scout pose on command. How well do you know the country that produced all of this stuff? Come test your knowledge about Japan at Japanardy! The player with the most points wins a trophy and a prize.


Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Cottonwood 3

10:00pm

Cosplay Combat
The Naka-­Kon Saturday night tradition is back for it's TENTH ANNUAL presentation! It's cosplayer vs. cosplayer in this very popular game. Will the dice be kind to you? Join Happy Sephy and find out!


Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00pm - Sunday March 13, 2016 1:00am
Ballroom C

10:30pm

Ask A Nation
Do England’s eyebrows really come to life when he’s sleeping? Does Hungary keep tabs on Austria? Who is the fairest of them all? Come visit with your favorite nations from “Hetalia: Axis Powers” to satisfy your curiosity.


Saturday March 12, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Leatherwood 2-3

10:30pm

Let's Make a Visual Novel!
Ayu and Micah are making a visual novel and you're invited! We're gonna do art! We're gonna do code! We're gonna write a story... probably. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CAN GO WRONG.


Saturday March 12, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Leatherwood 1

10:30pm

ULTRA Intro to Eroge 101 (18+)
If you want to learn more about the wonderful world of eroge and have a great time, this is the panel to attend! Information in this presentation will be suitable for beginners and enthusiasts alike, ranging from a definition of eroge, where to buy the games, and recommended eroge to play or avoid at all costs. To finish things off, we'll have a "Let's Play Eroge" section. Want to know who the secret co­host is? Come to the panel and find out!

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Cottonwood 1

11:00pm

Dance Party
Dance Party Rules
  1. No outside food or drink. This is OPCC policy. Water will be provided inside the dance.
  2. All you need to get in is your badge. Be prepared to show it to the volunteer at the door! It may be a long line, but if everyone cooperates and takes the time to go through one by one, we can check more quickly and get you in more smoothly than if a whole crowd rushes the doors.
  3. No bags are permitted in the dance. All bags must be left in a hotel room or vehicle. The volunteers at the doors of the Night Party will not watch bags or property, and are not responsible for property left outside of the Night Party unattended. This includes ALL bags, regardless of size. Store your purses, fanny packs, and clutches in your car or hotel room before you attend!
  4. Naka Kon's dress code and codes of conduct will be enforced inside the Night Party. The dress code can be found inside your program and will be available at the door. Large props are discouraged, as are the heavier forms of Poi and other fun (but potentially dangerous!) dance accessories. If you’re wondering what not to bring, ask yourself - if this accidentally hit someone, would it hurt them? Remember, this event is not age restricted. Keep it safe for our younger, smaller attendees you may not see while showing off your cool moves!
  5. If you cause a safety hazard with your props, you will be asked to remove them from the dance floor.
  6. Make it quick and easy for everyone at the end of the night. When the party is over, double check that you have everything you brought in! Please leave the OPCC promptly after the party, so that the staff can finish cleaning up and head home to their beds, too.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2016 11:00pm - Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30am
Ballroom A-B

11:30pm

Con Horror Stories (18+)
Hey...wanna hear a freaky, weird story? Sure ya do! Come on down to the late night Con Horror Stories with Amelie Belcher and Austin Tindle to hear some of the worst of the worst stories collected over the course of 10 years on the convention scene.

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.


Saturday March 12, 2016 11:30pm - Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30am
Cottonwood 3

12:00am

Adult AMV Contest 18+
Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
Cottonwood 1

12:00am

Giant Robot Anime Through the Ages
Mecha is one of the oldest and most recognizable genres of anime, but how did it get started, and how did it become what it is today? Follow the evolution of over five decades of robot anime in this informative panel!

Speakers

Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
Leatherwood 1

12:00am

Dramatic Reading of Terrible Fanfic Porn (18+)
Join Novacain as she takes you on a journey across the internet, where rule 34 reigns supreme, and nothing is sacred. You'll laugh, you might laugh­cry, but you'll never be able to look at Doritos the same way again.

(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.


Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00am - 1:30am
Cottonwood 2

12:00am

Old School Final Fantasy Part 3 Revised
While almost everyone has heard of Final Fantasy, many gamers have not played the original games in the Final Fantasy universes. My goal is to inform those interested in the older games and perhaps influence you to play these gems. I am proud to present Part 3 Revised, which will encompass Final Fantasy 7, Advent Children, and a discussion of the FF7 remake.


Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00am - 3:00am
Cottonwood 2 & 3

12:00am

Open Karaoke
Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00am - 3:00am
Maple
 
Sunday, March 13
 

10:00am

Burakumin: Japan's Hidden Class
Are you familiar with the “Untouchable” caste of India? Did you know that Japanese society has an equivalent? Class struggles and the cultural history of Japan's "Hidden/Untouchable" class, the Burakumin, will be presented in this lecture style panel. True stories will be presented about how this group of Japanese people developed and struggled through adversity, only to be almost entirely forgotten by modern history.

Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Maple

10:00am

Directing Anime and Video Games with Ayu Sakata
Do you have questions about voice acting? Ayu has responses (answers not guaranteed)! Come talk about dubs, video games, directing, and Ayu's favorite blends of tea (it totally matters).

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Cottonwood 3

10:00am

Guys Cosplay Too
Yoh Asakura has been cosplaying since 2013. His cosplays range from our DBZ favorite, Piccolo, to the wielder of the Triforce of Power, Ganondorf. However, he hasn't limited himself just because he is a guy! He's also tackled the genderless juggernaut of a gem, Jasper. Yoh is here to talk and encourage guys to come out and show off their own talents in the cosplay community, and prove that guys can rock a cosplay, too!

Speakers

Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Cottonwood 1

10:00am

History & Practice of Taiko Drumming
Please join members of the Three Trails Taiko group and the JET Alumni Association as they discuss about the history of the taiko, one of the oldest Japanese drum and percussion traditions.


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Leatherwood 1

10:00am

Lolita Fashion Show
Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom A-B

10:00am

The Strongest Panel! ¥
Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Cottonwood 2

10:00am

Drydock Blitzball
Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C

10:00am

Project Cosplay BJD
Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leatherwood 2-3

10:00am

Charity Art Gallery Hours - Sunday
Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
TBA

10:00am

Game Room Hours - Sunday
Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
TBA

10:00am

Vendor Room - Sunday

Where can you and your friends go to get spirited away, to relax when you need a break, and also to shop for that bewitching art and memorabilia? Well, why not invade Naka-Kon's vendor room and artist alley, located in Exhibit Hall B? Welcome once again as we bring you the latest sought-after art and memorabilia from amazing artists and vendors from all over the country!

Once you have your new prize possessions in hand, we invite you to make your mark on our mural, located in the Otaku Room Lounge. For just a quarter, you can grab the marker of your choice AND donate to a very worthy cause. You and your friends are sure to have a supernatural good time and we look forward to seeing you here.


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Erica Mendez
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 9:00 AM.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph B

11:00am

Micah Solusod
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 9:00 AM.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph A

11:30am

Anime Mythbusters 2016
Join us for the eighth year of putting anime scenarios to the test of SCIENCE! This panel may contain advanced math. But fear not! We'll break down what it all means for the world in the end…

Speakers

Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cottonwood 2

11:30am

Anime, Manga, Sushi, and Cosplay: How Japan Enchants the West
Japanese culture attracts Westerners in myriad forms. Anime and manga are loved by millions, many of whom seek to imitate the visual styles in their own artwork or to dress up as their favorite characters. Japanese food is considered one of the world's most sophisticated and healthy cuisines. Yet, 70 years ago, Japan was an enemy of the Western allies in World War II. What happened? This panel analyzes the elements of Japanese culture that Westerners find most appealing, from the minimalist elegance of its design and style to the libertarian playfulness of its sensibility. Ultimately, whether it’s the art of flower arranging (ikebana), the tea ceremony (chado/sado), karaoke, Hello Kitty, Pikachu, or cosplay, Japanese culture is participatory, interactive, and tailor-made for the 21st century. You make it happen.

Speakers

Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Maple

11:30am

The Life of an Artist
Pursuing the life of an artist allows you the pleasure of doing what you love for a living. However, such a life also requires a lot of focus, care and intention. Life is short and precious. Being able to spend your life doing the things that you love is such a wonderful goal...so how can you make your dream a reality? What qualities are needed to live life in such a way that you are not just "dreaming," but are actually taking concrete steps to do what you yearn to do? How do you balance your present reality with your dreams? How do you ground your dreams in reality and live a life that is truly fulfilling, brings you joy, and brings joy and inspiration to others? Join Karen for a provocative, magical, and even potentially life-­changing heart­-to-­heart conversation.


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cottonwood 3

11:30am

What's Underneath It All
Have you ever wondered just what’s underneath that fantastic cosplay, what makes it so fluffy, or what gives it that perfect shape? Well, this is the panel for you! We’ll go over building and gathering the proper support garments for your cosplay, including hoops, corsets, petticoats, and more.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Leatherwood 1

11:30am

Yu Yu Hakusho 10 Year Reunion
EBA presents the reunion that you have been waiting to see for a decade! Come find out how Yusuke Urameshi and the gang have been doing and what they have been up to for so many years.

Speakers

Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cottonwood 1

12:00pm

Benyamin Nuss Concert
Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom A-B

12:30pm

Ask Austin Tindle Weird Stuff
Life, the Universe, and Austin Tindle. Come ask any weird question you want. Serious or comedic, Austin will do his best to inject enlightenment and burst your brain. Wanna talk about PanGalactic Theism? Weird personal problems? Or maybe the reasons why toilet paper and the combustion engine are both outdated technology? Let's get real, y'all.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom C

12:30pm

Greg Ayres
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 10:30 AM.

Speakers

Sunday March 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Autograph B

12:30pm

Karen Strassman
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 10:30 AM.


Sunday March 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Autograph A

1:00pm

Armor Fabrication for Cosplay
Want to tackle cosplay armor, but not sure how to go about it? In this panel, Yoh Asakura will discuss what kind of materials to use and how they work. He will even have a small demonstration of how to bend material to your will! Now you, too, can safely make the best armor ever!

Speakers

Sunday March 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cottonwood 2

1:00pm

Drawing Workshop with Akira Fukaya: Characters
Want to hone your drawing skills and creativity? Please join Fukaya-­sensei in this fun workshop where attendees will be challenged to draw a character based on randomly selected characteristics, generated by the attendees themselves! This workshop aims to help attendees approach art from bold, new perspectives and to expand their imagination.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Leatherwood 1

1:00pm

Finishing Blow
So your cosplay axe is covered in papier-mâché and, consequently, so is most of your house. Now you’re ready to add those final touches to your props to make them look more like works of art than chunks of plaster. Pros and Cons Cosplay will (figuratively) walk you through the aisles of the hardware store and help you choose sandpaper, primers, paints, and sealers to finish up those pieces. Participants have an opportunity to win a prop featured during the panel!


Sunday March 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cottonwood 3

1:00pm

Lolita Tea Party ¥
Sunday March 13, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Leatherwood 2-3

1:30pm

An Hour With Erica
Ask Erica Mendez your burning questions about anime, video games, voice acting, or anything else that comes to your mind.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cottonwood 1

1:30pm

Naka Kon Swap Meet 2016
Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Maple

1:30pm

AMV Contest
Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A-B

2:00pm

Akira Fukaya Autographs
Sunday March 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Leatherwood 1

2:00pm

Austin Tindle
Tickets available in Exhibit Hall A at 12:00 PM.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph A

2:00pm

Those Wacky Japanese Commercials
Ah, commercials! Why does Japan make some of the most unusual and interesting commercials in the entire world? Join Happy Sephy as he presents his collection of the most interesting ads from Japan!


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom C

2:30pm

“Pay It Forward Player One": Giving Back to Fandom
While it’s great to sit back and enjoy being a fan, at some point, it can be more fun and rewarding to be an active part of creating that environment. Whether starting an anime club at your school, volunteering and staffing conventions, or organizing local meet ups, there are lots of ways that each of us can improve our fan community, while helping and having a blast along the way. Join Greg Ayres and maybe a few surprise guests as we talk about how to make that happen.

Sunday March 13, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cottonwood 2

2:30pm

Tripping the Anime Rift: Exploring Sci­-Fi in Anime
Anime and science fiction — two things that historically go hand­in­hand. Anime is rife with sci-­fi offerings. In this panel, we’ll explore the history of the science fiction genre in anime while also looking to the future and discussing what the medium has coming down the wormhole for us next. Androids, space exploration, time travel, and more are all there, waiting for you. Join us as we discover new titles and expand your space­time anime continuum!


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Cottonwood 3

3:00pm

Mamoru Yokota Drawing Discussion Panel
Come witness Mamoru Yokota drawing in front of a live audience as he provides advice and suggestions to aspiring artists on how to draw characters and art for an anime production! Some of Yokota­san’s most well­known works include the anime film “Air,” the anime series “Death Note,” and the visual novel “Kanon.”

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Leatherwood 1

3:00pm

Manga Studio 101
Come learn how to create your own manga on the cheap! Comic artist Amelie Belcher takes you step by step through the process of comic creation using Manga Studio.

Artists

Sunday March 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cottonwood 1

3:00pm

Sake Tasting Session ¥ (21+)
(18+) Badge and valid photo ID required to attend.

Sunday March 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Maple

4:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Sunday March 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom A-B

5:00pm

Convention Feedback
Sunday March 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Maple