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Hi, thanks for attending!

Here was the list:

Mardock Scramble: A girl in witness protection is teamed up with a shape changing weapon to protect her so she can testify in court. Assassins ensue.

Lupin III - The Woman Named Fujiko Mine: A stylish remake of the classic Lupin series focusing on the sexy and dangerous female thief Fujiko.

The Garden of Sinners: A girl who can kill anything investigates a series of supernatural occurrences.

The Daily Lives of High School Boys: The ACTUAL silly conversations teenage boys have with each other.

Arakawa Under the Bridge: An anal rich boy is indebted to live under a bridge with an insane commune of homeless people.

Level E: The spirit of 4chan is an alien prince that just messes with humanity.

Jormungand: A band of arms dealers takes in child solider and throws him into conflicts around the world.

Rideback: Transforming robot motorcycles draw a former ballerina into a world of racing and political revolution.

Sword of the Stranger: A samurai who refuses to draw his sword must defend a boy from international assassins in ancient Japan. Also a bad ass dog.

Princess Jellyfish: A house of otaku women collide with a trendy crossdressing guy who vows to save their home (and maybe even their virgin souls).

Nodame Cantabile: A messy piano student falls for an uptight wannabe conductor as they try to have careers in classical music.

Spice and Wolf: Medieval trade is spiced up with a sexy wolf goddess trying to find her home.

Tiger and Bunny: American-style superheroes defend their city on a reality TV series.

Michiko and Hatchin: An escaped prisoner kidnaps her daughter to go on a road trip to find her husband in South America.

Astro Fighter Sunred: The world’s worst hero fighting bargain bin monsters in an Adult Swim-style comedy.

Natsume’s Book of Friends: A boy who can see spirits must clean up the mess his grandmother made with the help of powerful cat spirit.

House of Five Leaves: A shluppy samurai is reluctantly inducted into a kidnapping ring during the Edo period.

Space Brothers: Two brothers have a friendly rivalry to become astronauts and explore the galaxy.

Fate/Zero: Wizards summon historical champions to fight for the Holy Grail.

Guin Saga: A masked warrior must save a pair of exiled royals as he tries to regain his memories.

Broken Blade: A simple farmer becomes a mecha pilot to save his medieval kingdom that is being invaded.

Summer Wars: When the global omnipresent online interface of OZ is hacked, one eccentric family and their unexpected guest is caught in the middle.

Time of Eve: In a future where robots are almost human, what is the measure of a man?

Redline: A car race in space on a militarized planet that is trying to prevent the underground event.

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The Anime Openings panel was one I was a bit unsure about attending since I'm already confirmed to be running one at Shutocon (I didn't want to steal anything from them, haha). But I shouldn't have been worried; I saw plenty of new and interesting things and I have some already in mind for my panel that weren't shown, anyway. I don't know why I love anime intros so much but I watched the whole panel and it certainly didn't feel 90 minutes long. Also, thanks for doing the Tsuritama intro! My friend and I were cosplaying it and doing the dance along with the clip XD

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The first panel that I went to was the Videogames as Literature panel. I like more academic stuff like that, and I was disappointed that there wasn't more of it.

I also thought that the Sexism in Anime panel was cool. The major problem with it was actually the audience, a lot of whom apparently thought that sexism was a joke.

The Sugar and Old Spice panel about yaoi was just awful. It was actually so bad that it made me want to leave earlier than I had initially planned and not stick around for the LGBTQ in Anime panel. It may not be fair for me to criticize it, though, because I'm not its target audience; I'm an actual gay man.

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After 3 attempts to get it on the schedule, I was pleased to finally be able to present the Hetalia History panel this year. I think it went very well, and over a dozen people hung around afterward to ask various questions, and even to get my autograph! I think a few younger members of the audience may have been disappointed that the panel includes a lot of live-action video clips from both dramas and documentaries to illustrate the various history references, when they might have been expecting the more common Hetalia fan panel consisting of more kids in costumes making jokes. But the overwhelming majority of the audience seemed to stick around for the full 2 hours, and seemed to enjoy it. But I'd be interested in hearing any specific feedback from any attendees.

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I was wondering what happened to Anime Name That Tune? It was my favorite panel of all time tongue.png . But in other news, I liked all the panels I went to (ex. Anime Price is Right, Iron Editor), and I especially liked that Voice Actors After Dark started on time this year, it was great having an extra (30?) minutes of the panel. I do have one comment though, the way the seating went in some of the larger panels (like Anime Price is Right) was done horribly...It's not fair for the people who have waited 1hour+ to get seated in the very back while others who have waited for half of that time (30-45mins) get to sit in the front. Instead of having seating go vertically, it should be horizontally, just so that everybody sits according to the amount of time they waited. But all in all I loved everything that the panels offered this year and I am looking forward to next year already.

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The only (fan run) panel I attended was Beyond Castles, Forests and Bath Houses: Politics and Philosophy in the films of Studio Ghibli, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I always saw myself as an advanced Ghibli fan, and I found myself learning a bunch of new things about the studio/Miyazaki himself. The panelist definitely knew what he was talking about, and was great at handling a room as large as Panel 3. Plus the video he showed us at the very end was hysterical/scarred me for life!

I also attended Gen Urobuchi's Q&A, and the panel for the English VA's of Madoka Magica. The latter felt like it fell short, and some of what happened there seemed to be switched with the Madoka Magica Finale Screening that had happened minutes prior. Both panels were fantastic though.

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I attended 2 workshops this Otakon (no panels), the Hanafuda workshop, and "So you think you can burlesque?". The Hanafuda workshop was great, and highly informative. I was already familiar with the cards, and some of the games that can be played with them, but they also went into the history of it all. They touched on Nintendo's creation and function as a provider of playing cards, the meaning of the different images on the cards, and some generally neat facts that aren't commonly explained. The presenters were knowledgeable and entertaining, and the little trivia breaks gave people a chance to win various trinkets. We barely made it into the workshop, as the room was rather small, but had a wonderful time once inside.

The burlesque workshop was presented by members of Cosplay Burlesque. As such, we knew we had to be there at least 1.5 hours early if we wanted a good seat. We got there 2 hours early, and the line was already long enough to fill 1/3 of the room. We spent most of that time explaining to people that it was just a workshop, and not the show, as many people were expecting to see a show. Because of that, the line filled and emptied several times over the following half hour. When the staff came to manage the line, they looked like they were about to have a heart attack. About an hour before it was to start, I stepped out of line momentarily to take a picture of one of the performers/presenters. I looked around the corner, and I could not see the end of the line. The good thing is that the staff started filling the room early, and the workshop started vaguely on time. The workshop itself was a mix of informational and functional, alternating between Q&A, information/instruction, and demonstration/performance segments. It was an interactive and engaging event. Even my mother joined in when they asked everyone to attempt a simple series of dance steps.

Both workshops were excellent, and I'd recommend attending them if they are held again. However, I also recommend that Cosplay Burlesque be brought back to do a show next year. I cannot count how many people came, 1-2 hours early, only to leave disappointed when they realized there wasn't a show this year. Those who stayed appeared to enjoy the workshop, but it's still not the same as catching the show. One of my friends brought her boyfriend to Otakon specifically so she could attend the show with him, and was quite sad to find it wasn't happening. She had assumed that their not being on the panel schedule meant they had been moved to Main Events, or some other, larger, venue. I don't have any numbers, but I know she was not alone in that assumption. The show is an event that was sorely missed.

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Due to my own scheduling stupidity, I didn't get to attend many panels. One I DID get to attend was the "So You Want To Be A Voice Actor?" workshop. The workshop was VERY interesting in the information it put out. The one thing the professional actors on the panel worked hard to dispel was the idea that a voice actor needed to be able to do a lot of different voices to be successful. Instead, they stressed that the ability to ACT with a single voice was a much more valued skill than being able to present ten different voices. The highlight of the workshop was when the panel took some audience volunteers through a casting call, culminating with the "winners" being directed to read a segment of a script from a game that will be released in the coming month. THEN the panel lead announced he actually had a clip from the game of that same script segment and showed the audience how those lines (that we'd been hearing over and over for the last half hour) came to life in the game. Very cool and if they come back next year, I recommend it!

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For anyone still curious, we've found out why my laptop was not taking the DVI feed to display on the screens during Anime Game Show Super Show. Apparently, the driver that supports the DVI feed was out of date. I've never run into that problem before, and since it was also the first time I'd ever tried to use my present laptop for this, nor even knew there was a driver for it, I'd have never known to look for it.

The problem is fixed now, though, and everything works fine. Hope you had a good time with Feud and the other games in spite of that.

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Let's see, I didn't go to as many panels as I usually do since panels are one of the main reasons I go to cons. Like Daryl, I ran into the problem of having a bunch of stuff I was interested in going up against each other followed by large gaps of nothing.

Friday:

-Anime New Network Panel - As fun and informative as last year.

-Hangry & Angry fashion show/Gashicon Q/A - Very awesome!

-Jason David Frank Q/A - He's a really funny and personable guy and I still can't get over how the very first question asked was the exact question I was going to ask and even referenced my question to Johnny Young Bosch last year about the pranks pulled on the set of Power Rangers (yes that was my question last year ^_^).

-Otakon Game Show - I really like how the audience can participate with SMS but all the difficulties with it got frustrating because I thought it was a problem with my phone specifically since my service kept going in and out. I generally really like the Game Show but some of those sexy categories were trite and just a pain to get through. And sorry to say, but after four years of the Magical Girl category I'm officially sick of it since the answers are always either magical girl or both, it's never porn!

-Anime's Craziest Deaths - Just as awesome as last year's panel and having it in Panel 3 worked out a lot better than the Hilton.

Saturday:

-Across the Stage... - Loved this panel! As a theatre major myself I was most interested in this one and it certainly didn't disappoint! The panelists certainly knew their subject, kept it interesting as well as informative and they weren't just reading from a script. They also had pictures and video clips and their presentation at the end was awesome!

-Aya Hirano Q/A - Ok I'll admit I was one of the JDF fans that sat in this panel just to make sure I got into his, but I did enjoy Ms. Hirano's Q/A and was glad I went to it.

-Second Jason David Frank Q/A - The Awesome Sheet called this panel Jason David Frank Martial which I assumed meant he was going to do a demonstration of some sort but it turned out to be another Q/A. Which was fine since it was mostly different questions asked and answers given, but I was just wondering what exactly this panel was supposed to be.

-Lupin III: Found this to be a very informative and fun panel since I'm really only familiar with the second Lupin series and a couple movies. Very well done despite the timing mishap.

Sunday:

-Japan Rock Music: The only panel I went to that was pretty meh to me. Granted I got to this one late so I missed the first half of it but it didn't seem like the panelist had a set plan for it. I know the mini-guide said it was just straight up j-rock music but what I saw was the panelist basically hunting and pecking through a playlist of videos without any rhyme or reason why he was playing such and such video.

I wanted to go to the Toonami and Price is Right panels but I saw the lines and was just like screw it.

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I thought all the panels I went to were good to great, but I did have a little criticism for some (specifically LOL and Go Go Gijinka). It was really distracting that you didn't have your slides/videos in order and kept flipping back and forth looking for what you wanted to show next and asking each other if this or that is what you wanted to show. It felt like you weren't prepared.

Also, the Gijinka panel was a really good idea, and I think focusing primarily on Pokemon cosplay was fine since that's what the presenters were most familiar with and it's a good source of examples, but please please please don't assume everyone in the audience is a Pokemon fan and knows what all the characters look like. Since the intent was to show how to take a non-human character and turn it into a human-based costume, showing what the character actually looks like is kind of important to seeing what was adapted. Don't tell me "I'm and evie (sp?)." I have no idea what that means; show me a picture. Don't ask me "you know how this character has ears that look like leaves?" because my answer is honestly, no I have no idea. Like I said, I thought the panel was a good idea and not really bad, and focusing on just one series for examples was fine, but actually showing examples would have made it a little more helpful and worthwhile than just showing the costume and having the audience guess at how recognizable it is as the actual character.

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My wife and I had planned to go to a lot of panels, but only managed to make it to six. Fortunately, almost all of them were a good time:

Traveling to Japan - It was good to hear specific advice from someone who's in a position to know (for instance, the recommendation of the fish market on your first morning in Tokyo, to deal with jet lag). The breakdown of the cost of a ~1.5 week trip to Japan was extremely useful, too. It would have been nice if there had been more time for questions, but overall, a good panel.

Spirits, Wheels, and Borrowed Gods - Another good panel! Charles Dunbar had a lot of information to convey - watching was a bit like drinking from the fire hose - and we learned a good deal. I hadn't had an opportunity to attend an academic anime panel prior to this, and I liked what I saw.

New Anime for Older Fans - We were happy to see this on the schedule, as we fit the bill of "older fans". The panelists were smart to run clips of their top pick in each category, rather than just list a bunch of titles (though the printed lists distributed at the end were much appreciated). Really, the only complaint I had was that the seating made it hard to see the screen (it might have been better if the chairs were a little offset from the previous row), but that's hardly the fault of the panelists. Bonus points for mentioning "Straight from Japan/Not kid's stuff".

(Voice Actors After Dark - This one is parenthetical because we didn't actually make it inside; when we showed up, a staffer told us not to bother getting in line, as we wouldn't make it in. However, people who arrived after us WERE able to get in, so 1) lesson learned, better to just get in line, and 2) line management at Otakon has some room for improvement.)

Anime's Craziest Deaths - For me, this was easily the highlight of Otakon. The clips shown were really entertaining, and represented a surprisingly varied mix of anime sub-genres. Daryl did a great job with the running commentary; he had a good presence for this kind of panel, and his comedic timing was spot-on.

The "Art" of Fanservice - A very interesting and well-structured panel. Setting things up to flow historically worked well, and seeing the Cutey Honey OAV intro was great - it took me back to the days of seeing it while watching the previews on Evangelion VHS tapes. My wife appreciated the "fanservice for ladies" bits. She's now eager to watch Star Driver and Uta no Prince-sama, so, intentional or not, the panel certainly was effective. Gerald's delivery was a little choppy in the beginning (maybe he just needed to practice it some more?), but that's really my only complaint.

Josei, Shojo for Adults - Not very good. The titles of the works shown often weren't printed on the slides, and as the panelist tended to mumble through them, we couldn't tell what was being recommended to us. Also, it wasn't entirely clear which of the works could be acquired legally. I felt that throwing the panel open to questions after half an hour wasn't a good use of time - more time could have been spent exploring what made each recommended title worth looking into, and questions from the audience are really only useful when the presenter is an expert on the subject. Not the worst panel we had ever been to, but lots of room to improve.

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I don't know how to put this, I really enjoyed Cosplay Dos and Big Don'ts, and not just because I was one of 2 people who won a prize. But as a matter of I'm still hoping to hear from the moderator, who promised she would send an email about the prize that night and hasn't yet. If anyone knows that moderator could you ask her to send me a pm here? Thanks.

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You should let us know what songs there are biggrin.png please?!?!

Hey everyone! kayla here-- I was one of the main panelists on the Kpop vs. Jpop panel on Saturday!

here's the video:

et me know what you thought of panel/your ideas for improvement/suggestions for songs or whatever! I had a great time this year biggrin.png

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So... I went to the new Panel Survey page mentioned in the website RSS feed, and I realized I did not attend a SINGLE panel for 2012 - only workshops. What are the odds? I'm going to have to do better next year.

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So... I went to the new Panel Survey page mentioned in the website RSS feed, and I realized I did not attend a SINGLE panel for 2012 - only workshops. What are the odds? I'm going to have to do better next year.

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Tokusatsu: Japan's Justice League - The main host had an amazing Japanese Spider-Man costume! His material was pretty OK, but was presented completely unstructured - he just played bits (mainly OP sequences) from a huge variety of shows, with little explanation or commentary. I'd like to see a toku panel with a little more information, as I don't know too much about the genre. I definitely had fun, though.

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The only things I went to were the Viz panel, the Kakihara Tetsuya Q&A, the Hirano Aya Q&A, the VIXX Q&A, the Funimation Q&A, and the Intro to K-pop Q&A.

As the Intro to K-pop was the only fan panel I went to, I guess it was okay overall. The girls didn't really know what they were talking about and provided a lot of useless information/didn't cover enough groups. Plus the sound system in the room (Panel 4, in the Hilton) really sucked and I couldn't hear them or the music very well.

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I guess this is the best place to put this: though I enjoyed the Cosplays Do and Donts panel, I'm now upset that the panelist has not come through with the prize she promised for having, in her and her co-panelist's opinion, the best cosplay, along with another winner. She promised pocky for everyone who attended in the guidebook and didn't deliver on that either.

When I addressed this with panel ops via email, they (eventually) said they would give my contact info to the panelist, but they (understandably) couldn't guarantee that she would reply. It's been almost a month now and no contact from her at all.

So I've pretty much given up on ever hearing from her and would like to say to panel ops: if a panelist can't deliver on what they promise, they should not be invited back as a panelist.

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no, not the pocky - puh-leeze. i can buy pocky any day i want. and i doubt she was going to give every person a whole box, anyway. But she specifically wrote that everyone would get pocky and i believe she did that to entice people to attend. when it was over, there were quite a few people who were upset because they didn't get what they were promised saying that was the reason they came.

i'm upset because the other winner and I were promised a prize, something that was going to be made by the panelist, and *I* haven't heard anything.

However, life goes on, and if she *does* get a panel in the future - no matter the enticement, I'll know better.

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But she specifically wrote that everyone would get pocky and i believe she did that to entice people to attend.

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The only things I went to were the Viz panel, the Kakihara Tetsuya Q&A, the Hirano Aya Q&A, the VIXX Q&A, the Funimation Q&A, and the Intro to K-pop Q&A.

As the Intro to K-pop was the only fan panel I went to, I guess it was okay overall. The girls didn't really know what they were talking about and provided a lot of useless information/didn't cover enough groups. Plus the sound system in the room (Panel 4, in the Hilton) really sucked and I couldn't hear them or the music very well.

Head panelist of Intro to K-pop panel here. I'm very sorry you didn't enjoy our panel very much. We try our best to provide only beginner information for people who are just getting into k-pop with only the occasional joke to entertain the dedicated fan. We also cover as many groups as we can while providing enough time to talk about them all as well as leaving time for questions. I can't really say much about the sound system since I can only assume it sounded differently from up on the panel table and it was kinda out of my hands. We will try to improve our panel every time we present so thank you for the feedback.

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My favorite panel was the Japanese and K-drama ones. A lot of the panels I went to seemed to be mostly straightforward informational, but this felt like stuff I couldn't just look up on wikipedia. It's why I left the Tezuka panel halfway through, as a huge Tezuka fan, I wasn't actually learning anything new or being engaged. The J/K drama panel also had video clips of just the right length, long enough to show me if I would or wouldn't be interested in checking a series out. And the panel seemed neither rushed nor too slow, pacing was great. And it had handouts, yay! Wish I had known they had a connected panel the day before, but the information they covered on it was on the handout, so that was nice.

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generally dislike fan panels, unless it is run by a professional or someone who actually worked in the industry because if it is run by someone like u and me off the street the info they have is never new and stuff i can readily pull from the internet, they offer no great insight and just give off their own opinions. i really dislike when ppl try to be funny and just come off seeming stupid even tho they get a few chuckles here and there it just comes off as immature banter to me.

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Here are some notes on the panels that I attended this year:

Sugoi! The Awesome Power of J-Rock and J-Pop

- I have been a fan of Japanese music for the past decade and always try to attend panels on the subject, regardless of whether I am interested in the particular artists/bands that end up being covered. If I had to guess, it seemed fairly obvious that this was the host's first time hosting a panel (at least first time on this subject) and the direction was strange to me. For example, early on he played a clip showcasing a recent Top 10 ranking of the Oricon chart followed by the same for the US Billboard chart... and didn't really explain the point he was trying to make with that. After which he went into briefly (and somewhat inaccurate) history of pop music in Japan, going from talking about post-war music trends... to immediately talking about the grunge music scene during the 90's in the US? After that he put up a slide of Suge Knight and I suppose was trying to bring up the issue of yakuza/talent agencies controlling music industries... but at 1:30am it really wasn't hitting home for me, so I decided to go home. I appreciated the host's interest in the subject of Japanese music and I hope that he gets the chance to hone his presentation for future conventions.

 

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Hi everyone! 

 

I was the main panelist of "Those Five Anime You Pretend You Know (But You Really Know Nothing About)" and was wondering if anyone has a video of any part of it, or any feedback for me at all? It was my first time paneling, so I just want to hear what you guys think, and know what I can work on in the future! :)

 

My tumblr is blakkats, in case anyone wants to contact me there instead! :)

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