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2017 Anime Banzai Convention Panel Line-Up

Artist: Hiraku9

10 Anime Of Which You Might Not Have Heard

Tired of always seeing the same type of anime, or just looking for something new to watch? Come see what great titles you might have missed!
Featuring: Samantha Stork

Actually Moving the Payload

Come join an interactive experience with Overwatch characters while playing games to train for Overwatch missions and successful objectives. Be prepared to move and make new allies – and enemies!
Featuring: Sara Thompson, Izzy Briones, Ali Meyers, and Rachel Skud

Anime Group Games

Come play classic group games, all with an anime twist. In this panel, you won’t just sit and watch. So join the fun! Win some prizes! Make some friends!
Featuring: Jessica Arthur

Appetizing Anime

How does a drawing of food make your mouth water? There are so many great scenes in anime with dishes that look delicious. Let us share some of our favorites as well as the recipes that inspired them.
Featuring: John Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, and Lindsay Starke

Artists’ Alley 101

Come join the Artists’ Alley Director and full-time vendor to learn about Artists’ Alley, how to participate, and the next steps in preparing a booth!
Featuring: Brittney Weiland

Artist: Jeff Jacobs

Ball Jointed Doll Meet

We get together to see each other’s dolls and talk about them, doll companies, clothing manufacturers, etc.
Featuring: Kris Olsen

Behind the Scenes with American Vocaloid

VOCALOID has become a staple of Japanese music culture. However, few are aware that the technology’s humble origins lie in the western regions of the world. At this panel, you will learn about the beginnings of VOCALOID with the first commercial English banks, and how the future of Vocaloid’s success as a musical phenomenon in the United States rests on the shoulders of Western producers and fans just like you.
Featuring: GUEST EmpathP

Berserk The Strongest Fantasy Manga

Come join us in a discussion of the best selling seinen manga in America, ranging from the gruesome Black Swordsman Arc to the latest high seas adventures!
Featuring: Sean Brown

The Best Anime You’ve Never Heard Of

Come join an Old-taku and watch clips from forgotten gems of the golden age, as well as some bright new diamonds in the rough.
Featuring: Aaron Lee Yeager

The Big O Objective-Based Narrative

We’ll be covering the simple steps of determining what your characters want and making sure their every line and every action is a pursuit of that desire.
Featuring: Author G. S. Denning

Black Butler Book of Circus Q&A

This is an interactive panel between the characters and the audience. It is to feel as if they have been invited backstage from the circus show to meet the troupe.
Featuring: Jackie Hogan, Jacob, Karessa, Jade, Faye, Yazmine, Aubrey, Morgen, Mitzy, Caitlin, Thea, and Jesse

Artist: Lorie Weikel

Black Butler Dancing Lesson

In-character dance lessons for those who want to learn how to waltz for the Formal Ball. On-hands dance lessons taught by Sebastian.
Featuring: Jackie Hogan, Jacob, Yazmine, Karessa, and Faye

Bleach The Good, the Bad, and Why It Got Cancelled

This is an examination of the Bleach series as a whole, from the South Society arc to the Quincy. What worked and what failed will all the considered to answer the question: could Bleach have been saved?
Featuring: Kelly Young

Bon Odori! Summer Festival Dance Lessons

This traditional summer festival has entertainment that is lively, colorful, and intriguing. Come learn some fun and easy dances performed at the local Obon Festival.
Featuring: Jenni Rhodes

Can You Write a Good Mary Sue?

We take an honest look at the Mary Sue trope – why it’s unpopular and if it has any redeeming qualities. We will also discuss how to improve character and plot in your stories.
Featuring: Tyla Sprouse

A Celebration of Harems

Six amazing people all want to date me? Um, yes! And can I have some more, please? Come join the discussion and clip show as we cover the best of the harem genre, and why we love it so much.
Featuring: Aaron Lee Yeager

Artist: Viktoriya Fajardo

Competitive Erotic Fanfiction 18+ only

Come join Anime Banzai’s version of the Nerdists “Competitive Erotic Fanfiction”. Hear three full-length stories and three short, on-the-spot stories of the audience’s choice!
Featuring: Andrew Neff

Cosplay 202

Everyone has been to a Cosplay 101, but now it is time for the next step. We will talk about contests, leveling up your cosplay with advanced techniques, and taking photos. See you there!
Featuring: Nicholas Adams and Kristen Milliner

Cosplay Acting 101

You have your cosplay. Yay! Now you have to bring the character to life. You’ll learn the basics of acting, improv, and how to perform on a stage. Learn from participating in games and demonstrations.
Featuring: Kimberly Butterfield and Jasmyne Calegory

Cosplay Confidence

Cosplay confidence is all about how everyone should feel comfortable and happy cosplaying.
Featuring: Hailee Shepherd and Mia Jones

Cosplay Connect We Unite, We Support

Our group and panel strives to present a workshop that will explore cosplay stories and team-building activities to strengthen the cosplay community system of support.
Featuring: Kira Coelho

Artist: NokaMocha

Cosplay Design Planning Out Materials, Budget, and Time

Looking at that character you want to create but have some questions? Unsure of where to start? Curious about how much it will cost? Wondering if you can do it in time? Join the discussion on how to budget for that dream cosplay.
Featuring: Mercedes Roberts, Renna Mira, and Sadee Hansen

Cosplay Feedback

Were you in the Cosplay Contest and notice something that could be improved? Have a question for the judges? Have an idea for next year that rocks? Come to this feedback panel and let your voice be heard! The director, judges, and Contest Staff will be there for this Q&A-style panel.
Featuring: Alpacosplay, Diana Tolin, and Pannon

Cosplay International! Cosplay around the World

Our panel of guests will discuss personal experiences cosplaying in other countries and with competitors from around the world, as well as give recommendations for putting your best foot forward abroad!
Featuring: Diana Tolin

Cosplay Pattern Making!

Can’t find a pattern for your cosplay? This is the panel for you! Learn how to modify existing patterns, or create them from scratch. Recommended for those already familiar with the basics of sewing.
Featuring: Renna Mira

Create the Impossible with Green Jello Cosplay

Ever wonder how to make, or even start, that impossible cosplay? Join Green Jello Cosplay, International Cosplay champs, as they share their creative process and answer your budding questions.
Featuring: Mercedes Robert, Shannon Deonier, and Melissa Spencer

Artist: Athena Colt

Creating Compelling Cosplay Performances A Two-Part Workshop

Creating cosplay performances can be daunting. This two-part workshop goes over ideas to help choose your costumes, music, venue, and number of cast in Hour One. Hour Two covers staging, movement, and Q&A.
Featuring: Diana Tolin

Crossplay Basics

We will be teaching how to cosplay a character of the opposite gender. We will provide live demonstrations and supplies. We will discuss how to contour, how to safely bind, and more for both male and female crossplays.
Featuring: Artemis and Jei

D&D – Game Mastering Q&A

Game Masters with many years of experience will take questions and each answer the questions simply, or discuss game stories and valid situations.
Featuring: Morgan Hubbart

Dare the Host Club!

Join the Ouran High School Host Club for a game of Truth or Dare, some Q&A, and maybe even a few dating games.
Featuring: Megan McBride, Chloe Pope, Lexi Dekustix, RC Grayson, Rosemary Sage, and Todd Derrick

Dating 101 with Kakashi Sensei

Ever needed dating advice on how to get that special someone to finally notice you? Kakashi is ready to help! Games, challenges, and a special guest appearance by Kabuto.
Featuring: Moonthara Alexis Lertsongkham

The End: A Vocaloid Opera Analysis

“The End” is an original electronic opera written by Keiichiro Shibuya and featuring Japanese VOCALOID Hatsune Miku. On the surface, the opera is a surrealist wonderland filled with vague shapes and confusing imagery. But in this panel, EmpathP will dig deeper into the images and music to find just a few of many possible interpretations of the opera’s message.
Featuring: GUEST EmpathP

Artist: Challin Holloway

F.A.C.E. Off!

Four fierce competitors locked in a room with their biggest fears: each other. All fighting for the title of victor. Who will emerge alive? Presented by Allied Countries Cosplay.
Featuring: Katy Burk, Sydney Gardner, Isabel Juliao-Martin, and Lacee Sorensen

Filming a Cosplay Music Video

Cosplay Music Videos (CMVs) are a fun way to show your cosplays to others while embodying the characters. We’ll discuss tips and tricks on what to do when filming your CMV as well as how to share it!
Featuring: Katie Parker, Jessica Weyman, Marii Fullmer, and Tianna Fullmer

From Anime to Idols

Sometimes it’s hard being an anime fan, especially when you realize some of your favorite anime characters look exactly like a Korean idol.
Featuring: Marta Ramirez and O’harah Sheffield

Fruits Basket Signs of the Zodiac

Who’s in the forest strolling? Fruits Basket characters! Come join us for Q&A about the legend of the Zodiac and games like none other than Fruits Basket!
Featuring: Sara Thompson, Izzy Briones, Ali Meyers, and Rachel Skud

Guide to Seinen and Josei

Come and join us as we explore the wonderful world of manga and anime targeted for adults. Works such as Goodnight Punpun, >20th Century Boys, Orange, and Chobits will be discussed.
Featuring: Kirsten Milliner and Nick Adams

Artist: Julia Black


Come join some of your favorite players for Q&A, challenges, dares, and much more!
Featuring: Moonthara Alexis Lertsongkham

Hallyu in Japan

The hallyu wave hit Japan 20 years ago, and now many Korean artists are promoting in Japan. To celebrate both cultures, we will feature them in a random dance play. Can you handle it?
Featuring: Marta Ramirez and O’harah Sheffield

High-Class Nerds Manga Club

The High-Class Nerds Manga Club is a book club that is three years strong. We have a list of recommended titles of manga for you to read!
Featuring: Katherine Traynor, Sage Snarr, Madeline Staley, and Chloe

How Diabolik Can Vampires Be?

Ever wonder what vampires do that make them evil daily? The Sakamaki brothers are the best to find out that answer.
Featuring: Rosemary Sage, Renee Watchmen, Elyssa Mayo, Angela Heinze, Cheltzie Bryant, and Alex Orchard

How to Critique Anime

Come to this panel to learn how to critically review anime. Learn what animation quality means, and how to talk about things you like and don’t like about a given anime.
Featuring: Josh Jones and Athena Colt

Artist: Kelsey Lamborn

How to Draw Anime

How to draw people in anime. Paper and pencil recommended!
Featuring: Heather England

How to Draw Anime: Advanced

Come learn tips and tricks to bring your art to the next level.
Featuring: Brittney Weiland

How to Get into the Video Game Industry

Come and hear from video game developers about how they broke into the industry, and get tips and tricks on a difficult but rewarding career path.
Featuring: Josh Jones

How to Get Your Senpei to Notice You in Ten Easy Steps

Get ready for a funny and satirical mock-advice panel on how to get your senpai to notice you in ten easy steps.
Featuring: Katilynn Denos


In this panel, we’ll be discussing the different cuisines of our favorite anime. Itadakimasu means “I humbly receive” but in mealtime settings, it roughly translates as “thanks for the food” or “let’s eat”.
Featuring: Carl Navales

Japanese in an Hour

This is not your basic phrasebook Japanese. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to ask and answer simple questions in Japanese and talk about what they have done or will do.
Featuring: Charlotte Meyer

Artist: Alexis Jones

Kimono & Kitsuke 101

A practical lesson on wearing and caring for kimono, their colorful past and bright future, as well as resources for furthering your knowledge of kimono and kitsuke.
Featuring: Felicia Olson and Theresa Schwartz

Let’s Form Voltron

Come chat up Team Voltron and ask all those questions you’ve been dying to get answered, along with discussions about the show!
Featuring: Jade Lindgren, Ashley Sudweeks, Jesse Winslow, Erin Whitemore, Ashlee Hatchet, and Bailey Butler

Level-Up Your Cosplay

Are you new to cosplay or looking for quick ways to improve your cosplay? In this panel you will get one-on-one advice about easy makeup and wig tips! Please join me as we build cosplay EXP.
Featuring: Alexandrea LeMonds

Live-Action Anime Adaptations Why so Difficult?

A comedic discussion of the difficulties of creating real life anime adaptations. Which anime series deserve an adaptation? Why? Who should do it?
Featuring: Stephan Watson

Love Live! Halloween Festival!!

Come join the members of µ’s for a spooktacular carnival filled with idol-themed games and Halloween howls! Play games to win prizes or just sit back and relax with the µ’s Q&A. We nico-need you!
Featuring: Danielle Root, Erin Asay, Eden Parkinson, Aubrey Donnelly, Haley Butcher, Natalie Millsap, Bethany Nunn, Natalie Nunn, and Sharlotte Mackert

Artist: Daniela Rodriguez

Make and Take Kitty Ears

The ever-popular crafting panel has returned, so come make your own set of kitty ears!
Featuring: Trena Driessen and John Driessen

Making Money with YouTube From Hobby to Career

Everything you need to know about making money on YouTube and Twitch, and how to turn your hobby into a full-time paid career! GhostWolf will cover ad revenue, contracts, networks, taxes, and more.
Featuring: GhostWolf and Loki

Managing the Madness Keeping Your Complex Plots from Chaos

Having trouble wrangling all your plot lines into a neat narrative? We’ll cover working multiple plot threads into your writing and how to keep them all going in the right direction.
Featuring: Carissa Thompson and Heather England

Mining Public Domain for Fun and Profit

The lesson for breaking into the industry is this: you can make your name and your first big publishing score by re-imagining a character or story that is already loved by thousands.
Featuring: Author G. S. Denning

Mirai Nikki, Black Butler

Panel will consist of the two anime/manga entitled Mirai Nikki and Kuroshitsuji. The panel is for both of these fandoms and allows anyone from these two or any other fandoms to join.
Featuring: Rylee Eggleston and Elizabeth Poole

Artist: Jenna Kemker

Miraculous Ladybug

Join Ladybug, Chat Noir, Adrien, and Marinette for a fun game of Truth or Dare, Q&A, and maybe even a few dating games.
Featuring: Megan McBride, Alyson Rose, Chloe Pope, and Sara Thompson

My Murder Academia My Hero Academia Murder Mystery

The UA students are learning how to find clues and work with the police when they stumble across an actual body … and the clues point to your class! Can you figure out who did it and become Number One?
Featuring: Carissa Thompson and Heather England

Newly-Hired Grim Reaper Dispatch Orientation

Newly-hired Grim Reapers are required to do the orientation to better understand what it takes to be a Grim Reaper. Skills will be tested to see if they are worthy of being a Grim Reaper.
Featuring: Rosemary Sage, Renee Watchmen, Elyssa Mayo, and Ronnie Tesch

Notable Anime from the 80s and 90s II The Wrath of Con!

We’re back! For those of you who want to get into older anime and want to learn of some great titles to start with, we have returned to give you more notable anime from the 80s and 90s.
Featuring: Matt Allen, Eric Allen, Zack Allen, and Jordan Hadley

One Piece Fan Panel

Join us as we discuss Eichiro Oda’s long-running manga/anime series – from the world it’s set in to what lies in store.
Featuring: Raymond Jesse Schluter

Artist: Jessica Robbins

One Punch Fans

Seen the anime? Read the manga? A lover of the original web comic? Don’t know anything at all? Well then, come and join us in talking about the most entertaining superhero story in ages.
Featuring: Sean Brown

Ouran High School Host Club Truth Or Dare and Q&A

Truth or dare games, Q&A, and audience games.
Featuring: Alison Vivian Seamans

RFA Host

The rfa got a crazy idea to do a host club. How would you like to join us?
Featuring: Oakley Savage

Reaper’s Rebellion Demo

Come one, come all to the Reaper’s Rebellion game demo panel! Enjoy the audience play-through with its doses of slightly-above mediocre humor, snarky battle design, and a tower full of mystery.
Featuring: Morgan Lakeotes

Ribbons 101

Want to learn about the new badge-ribbon craze? Come to this panel to learn how to participate, swap ribbons, and maybe earn some free ones!
Featuring: Renna Mira

Artist: Kimber McCall

RWBY Galore

Come join the RWBY crew for Q&A, Yang’s terrible puns, Ruby’s obsession for cookies, Blake’s kitty ears, games, and much more!
Featuring: Sara Thompson, Izzy Briones, Ali Meyers, and Rachel Skud

Schizophrenic Speed Date

We will be creating characters and developing them through conversation and role play. Bring characters you’re already working with or bring an open mind for new ones and flesh them out!
Featuring: Madison Warnock, Ashley Chapman, and Daniel Chapman


Three prop-makers made shields from their favorite series/games with different materials. They will share their final product and the creative process while also answering your prop-making questions.
Featuring: Mercedes Roberts, Johny Driessen, Zach Pickard, and Sadee Hansen

Spots On and Claws Out

Come interact with the infamous heroes Ladybug and Chat Noir, and discover all their hidden secrets.
Featuring: Jade Lindgren, Jesse Winslow, and Ashley Sudweeks

Super Fun Impression Time

Think you do the best impressions out of all your friends? Ever feel like a vocal contortionist? Put your skills to the test acting out scenarios with other con-goers, and make some friends along the way!
Featuring: David Joseph

Teddy Bear Speed Cosplay

Oh no! Our ten teddy bears aren’t ready for the convention! Can you (and up to two friends), using the supplies provided, help them get their cosplays ready? Prizes sponsored by OTAKU HAVEN Anime Store.
Featuring: Ben Sawyer and Kierra Sawyer

Artist: Lindsey Conroy

The Terrifying World of Psycho Pass

In a world where thoughts are crimes and you can be jailed for something you might eventually do, is anyone actually free?
Featuring: Aaron Lee Yeager

Visiting Japan

Japan is the best! Join us as we share our recommendations on how to get out there and what to do once you arrive in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Featuring: John Evans and Lindsay Evans


What started as a simple idea to share Western VOCALOIDs with the United States soon grew and expanded into VOCAMERICA: The Western VOCALOID Concert Project. Join EmpathP for an hour of Q&A and learn how the project was born, how it works, and what its future might be.
Featuring: GUEST EmpathP

Voltron: Legendary Defender Discussion and Q&A

Come meet the five defenders of the universe in this Q&A and discussion! We’ll have fun answering your questions and talking about our beloved Voltron team members.
Featuring: Kaitlyn Ghramm

Voltron Q&A

Come and ask the Voltron crew your most burning questions – and then watch us make fools of ourselves while we try to answer them! Wait … where’s Shiro?!
Featuring: Mystery Edwards, Mara Zicker, and Elizabeth Child

Artist: Kirsten Milliner

Welcome to Your Hero Academia! PLUS ULTRA!

Come for an interactive discussion on the wonderful, quirky world that is My Hero Academia. Compete in trivia games for the number one spot and all the assorted spoils that go with it!
Featuring: Carissa Thompson and Heather England

Western Religions in Anime

We will be going over different religions and how they apply to anime in different fandoms, and how Asia tends to view them.
Featuring: Heather England and Carissa Thompson

What in FABRICation? Choosing the Perfect Fabric for your Costume

A brief overview of choosing the perfect textiles for your creations. We’ll be discussing how to recognize the fiber content, weave, and weight of fabrics, and how it all affects what you’re sewing!
Featuring: Tifa Belle and Paige Warren

What’s New in Anime 2017

2017 has been another fantastic year for anime! Join the Anime Review Team and the Anime Happy Hour Podcast Crew to find out what’s new in anime and what you should be watching.
Featuring: John Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Starke, and Alex Unsicker

What’s New in Sailor Moon

Updates on what’s new in the Sailor Moon fandom: new Viz dub, Sailor Moon Crystal, merch, comics, musical, etc.!
Featuring: Jamie Davis

Artist: Mallory Daughety

The World of Vocaloid w/ Guest EmpathP

VOCALOID is a synthetic vocal software developed by Yamaha that has broken down the music barriers in Japan. VOCALOID idol Hatsune Miku has become an international superstar, with concerts shown everywhere from Japan to Taiwan to L.A. But what else is there when it comes to what exactly VOCALOID is? At this panel, you will learn the origins of the VOCALOID Program from its humble beginnings to its limitless future in the world of music production.
Featuring: GUEST EmpathP

Writing Consistent Psychosis in Villains

How to identify and write consistent psychological states-of-mind in villains, anti-heroes, and minions.
Featuring: Heather England, Carissa Thompson, and KC England

YouTube for Noobs The Basics of Running and Growing a Channel

Have you ever wanted to start a YouTube channel? Do you have one and want it to grow? Then come learn the tricks of the trade from full-time YouTuber GhostWolf!
Featuring: GhostWolf and Loki

Yuri!!! On ICE Figure Skating Facts & Fandom Fun

Presented by a life-long figure skater and a life-long speed-skater – all in cosplay. This is an all-ages informative Q&A on figure skating and a fandom/discussion panel, with the YOI trio leading!
Featuring: Chloe Kelson-Packer, Madelyn Slade Preston, and Shevonne Brown

Yuri!!! On ICE Q&A

Shall we skate? Come join your favorite skaters as they answer questions and spill their darkest secrets. Join us to play games, win prizes, and show off your skating knowledge!
Featuring: Jessica Weyman, Caroline Flood, Katie Parker, Lindsay Weyman, Leo, and Katlyn