I finally have a little time to look at the notes I took on the panels I saw and my impressions of them. Disclaimer: There were some panels that I didn't catch completely. I'll mention that in my assessment if applicable. And, of course, these are all my opinions / observations, but they should be accepted as gospel truth by all who read them. (N.B. I hope these spoiler blocks work correctly and split them up by day.)
Superheroes in Asian Film / One Man Army - I put these together because they were both presented by filmsmash. I go to their panels to watch the clips, as opposed to looking for in-depth analysis. That being said, the clips are always fun. The Road to Becoming a Magical Girl -This panel talked about how different characters in anime qualify as 'Magical Girls', even if the trappings are different. It also went into the differentiation between a Magical Girl and a Magical Warrior. America in Anime - This was about how America is presented in various anime, including such broad stereotypes as 'Americans curse in every other word they say.' This one got better a little ways into the panel, as it went from primarily showing clips to more explaining about the misconceptions. (Though the one about the woman who microwaved her cat and then sued the company for not warning people not to microwave cats is totally believable.) The downside was that this panel was fairly short , at roughly 35 minutes. Awesome Anime Openings, Mecha Edition - Exactly what it says on the tin: a selection of openings from various mecha anime, including the parody opening Macross SD. A panel just for showing videos, not really conveying information. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, though. Awesomely Bad JMVs - I walked in on this about halfway through, and it wasn't exactly a panel, but this had me asking W.T. actual F. was going on with them. While I was laughing my @$$ off. The one with the soccer player with his family at gunpoint had the whole room in a laugh riot. The Hunt for the Tuatha de Danaan: Connections between Full Metal Panic and the Works of Tom Clancy - This one was...okay. I got the impression at times that the presenter had less of a script and more of an outline by the pauses in presentation. I'm not very conversant with FMP, so some of the connections made went by me. Joshi: Japanese Women's Pro Wrestling / Japanese Pro Wrestling Primer - (Same presenter) I didn't catch all of these, but I was curious how Japanese wrestling compared and contrasted to pro wrestling - both in wrestling and scripting. (I never knew that the Japanese had an 'idol star' style of wrestling.)The segment where one wrestler fought against a dummy for almost 8 minutes was worth the price of admission alone. My Hero Academia and the Subversion of the Superhero Trope - Some early technical issues delayed the panel, and the presenters were somewhat hesitant at first (this being the first time) but gained confidence as the hour went on. The panel itself was about MHA and how it both reflects and inverts the tropes of modern superhero comics and the Hero's Journey of Campbell.
Cancelled Anime: Gone Before Their Time - (I missed some of this to catch the AMV contest.) A well-filled first panel of the day, it went into how some anime were able to have an ending while others never got a chance for closure. The part I saw primarily focused on shows from the 90s. Saint Seiya's Masami Kurumada: The Man Who Defined Shonen Action - (Caught the latter half of this one.) I don't know much of the man's work outside of Saint Seiya, but this panel gave an overview of his other works and how he imported characters, plots, etc. from earlier projects into later ones. Food Wars W/ Yuji Matsukura! - (Again, missed a good bit of this one.) The guest really enjoys his work and appreciates the fans. He was amiable and amusing during the session. Gamers in Anime - I have to confess that I went to this one because New Anime for Older Fans was full. I'm glad I did, though, as this was a funny panel that looked at more than just video games and Yu-Gi-Oh. Anime Face Lift: Remakes and Revivals Over the Decades - A panel that seems apropos in light of the trend of remaking anything and everything under the sun. It looked at Osomatsu-kun, Black Jack, and Astro Boy in different incarnations over the years.
Dawn of the Rising Sun II: Land of the Samurai - A look at the rise of the samurai from their start through the Sengoku period and the Tokugawa Shogunate. An informative panel but there was something that detracted from my enjoyment of it. Americanization in Anime: The History and Horrors of 4Kids Entertainment - And ending my trip through Otakon was this panel. It really was hilarious to see how far 4Kids would go to remove Japanese references from the various anime. In its own way, its popularity was a downside for me - I can't say that being forced to move from a good view of things to watching the back of someone's head is on my list of 'Favorite Activities at Otakon'. Just because I understand the reason doesn't mean I have to like it.
TL; DR - Overall I liked the panels - some more than others, but there weren't any where I walked out. (I have done this at times.) I would have liked to get to a few (New Anime for Older Fans, Anime and the Survellience State, Otakorp and You: Demographics and Financials) but they were either full or not viable due to schedules. (I had an afternoon train to catch.) I appreciate the effort the presenters made to bring these panels to Otakon this year, and look forward to seeing more next year.