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Greetings!

I figured it would be nice if we had a thread to give our featured (and non-featured!) presenters some love, so Otakon knows who to invite back and why.  I didn't catch quite as many panels as years past, but...

+2 Comedy - Outstanding job as per usual with their "Beyond the Tentacle" series.  I'd be heartbroken if Otakon didn't bring them back again next year.  Also, they mentioned interest in additionally doing a comedy panel next year. Otakon should definitely look into that! More of these guys would be a major boon.

Study of Anime / Tengu Talks / Charles Dunbar - Not sure what they're going by nowadays on an official level, but their work is always amazing. The panels I caught were high energy, highly entertaining, and as per usual the most educational content around.  Really great stuff.

Mr. Creepy Pasta - Okay, this one baffles me a little.  Do not get me wrong. I loved his panels. I'm not entirely sure what it had to do with Japanese Culture / Anime though.  In the past, staff has said they won't get guests from Cosplay or other things to not being strictly related to culture, but then we get Mr. Creepy Pasta just reading us spooky stories without any Asian-culture theme whatsoever?  THAT said, this was not the presenters fault, and Mr. Creepy Pasta himself did an amazing job. His panel was a lot of fun, and I'd gladly do it again.

Shoestring Scientists - I caught my first panel of theirs ever about adult-themed 3D printing. I loved the mix of educational information and comedy they had.  Would love to see more of their work in the feature.  

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Here are the panels I went to: 

Effective Merch Collection: I, unfortunately, didn't get to the first 20 or so minutes of this, but I really liked it! Informative and helpful for getting hard to find items and lots of resources and tips on how to do so. 

Japanese Cuisine: More than Sushi and Ramen: Informative! Lots of different foods covered. 

Dark Horse Manga: Really happy to see Dark Horse here! I love the manga they publish. Great informative panel about their current offerings, new releases, and previews of some really cool projects in the works. I really want to pick up Hungry Ghosts (I had no idea Anthony Bourdain collaborated on a comic - looks cool!) and a new Yoshitaka Amano artbook. They gave away some prizes - I didn't win, but yay prizes! 

Memoirs of Mars: the AMVs of Cowboy Bebop: Nothing to complain about here. Cowboy Bebop and some good AMVs. A+

Anime Openings in Video Games for the New Millennium: Some really great eye candy and info about anime openings in video games from the 2000s. Lots of favorites I was familiar with were presented and a good amount of ones I wasn't! :)

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy: I was SO HAPPY to see this at Otakon this year. I may actually go see it again when it comes to Philadelphia. I have always loved Final Fantasy's music and the games. It was so beautiful to hear the music performed live, in person with orchestra AND a choir! The conductor was great, giving the audience some information about the pieces and getting everyone to sing along on One Winged Angel - that was really fun. I loved the graphics that went along with each song as well. Nobuo Uematsu was there as well! HOW AMAZING! He at one point was on stage to say a few words and then joined the concert. SOOOOOOO AMAZING! I knew this would be the highlight of Otakon for me this year. 

Diving into the Deep: Sexuality in Anime and Manga: This one was a little so-so for me. One of the presenters seemed super on top of things and the other one a bit tired and got super off topic and distracted. They did make it through their panel with some interesting info.

2 Girls 1 Spool 3D Printing After Dark: This panel was not just information about 3D printing, but had some great laughs and was really well done. The main presenter was amazing. 

Twenty Years Ago: Anime in 1998: A great panel to make me feel old!!! This was just a great big slice of nostalgic awesome-ness for me. I really started getting into anime around this time. A great curation of shows from around that time. 

Canceled Anime: Gone Before there Time: Another great curation of shows. I was familiar with some of them, but not the majority. Really cool to learn the backstory of why some shows were canceled. The presenter was A+. 

Beyond Your True Mind: The Rest of Megaten: I attended this last year and it was great to see some additions to new content added to the list (like the mobile game). My only critique (and this is me being a graphic designer who is VERY particular about presentations) PLEASE ADD MORE IMAGES! These games are so beautiful and have such good artwork. I love attending panels, but I just can't stand it when people just have a bulleted list to stare at. I really want to give a panel about making panel presentations lol. ANYWAY. Sorry I went off on a tangent which shouldn't reflect the content presented. I LOVE THIS PANEL. <3  The presenters are super knowledgeable 

Hello and Goodbye: Anime Openings and Endings: Some really great selections here old and new. It was fund when the audience started to sing along with some - looking at you Pokemon opening. Whatever anime had the ending with the character singing the Dragon Ball Z song was hilarious. Ended perfectly with Cowboy Bebop opening. Great presentation. 

For Boys By Girls: The Women Who Make Shounen Manga: Again, another one I could only catch the last half of. I wrote down some titles I was interested in. Informative and knowledgeable presenter. Please add more images. ;) 

Anime's Craziest Deaths: Always a highlight of Otakon for me and my friends. I don't know how he does it every year, but there's always new clips! He's an excellent presenter at any panel he's giving. Entertaining. Informative and hilarious. That Junji Ito clip is going to haunt my brain F.O.R.E.V.E.R.  

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I didn't get to go to any panels OR THE CONCERT on Sunday because of some friend drama and we had to leave early. :(

In general, lots of great panels, presenters - please add more images to your slides! ;) I will literally help you out if you message me. SOMEONE, PLEASE BRING BACK THE GAME SHOW! I miss it. :/ 

Otherwise, another great Otakon!!! 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, F00LY said:

 

Study of Anime / Tengu Talks / Charles Dunbar - Not sure what they're going by nowadays on an official level, but their work is always amazing. The panels I caught were high energy, highly entertaining, and as per usual the most educational content around.  Really great stuff.

 

He really knows his stuff. I've been to a handful of his panels. Always a pleasure. 

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Trigger Panels: Loved 'em. Informative, insightful. and the Q&A's were fun. So were the quiz shows (and I won something!). I also really loved the live drawing.

Charles Dunbar's panels: These were fantastic. He knows his stuff; his take on magical girls and apocalypses in anime were really fascinating.

South Korean bootlegs: Mike Toole is always a pleasure, but moreover, this was both funny and informative; it gave me something to appreciate about the South Korean animation industry that I never had before.

You're Wrong and You Should Feel Bad: Went on a lark. Funny and insightful. Manly Battleships showed their stuff.

Anime's Craziest Deaths: An Otakon staple. Always great.

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Aniplex of America Industry Panel: The Marketing Specialist did a really great job this year and presented a thorough panel on what Aniplex is up to.

SAO Summer Festival: This panel was amazing! Please, please persuade Aniplex to do something like this again next year!

2018: Because Kingdom Hearts 3 is More Real than Xion, Apparantly: This fan ran panel was pretty funny and insightful. Unfortunately I had to leave because my stomach got upset and needed to get to a bathroom ASAP. Hopefully there will be another one next year.

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Hirokatsu Kihara

what an amazing man! Went to his Saturday afternoon panel and it was easily one of the best in my fourteen years of Otakon.

I was expecting another typical guest panel with slides and a way too long Q&A after almost dozing off during another guest's a little earlier (I really respect the guy but I had a late night!)

Instead i came out energized and actually inspired (hard to do to me lately)

Kihara-san has both amazing presentation skills and a warm, eccentric (even for studio reps) personality.

He brought a massive collection of one of a kind early Ghibli production art and presented them to a group gathered around the panel stage almost as if I was back in one of my college studio classes. It was surreal to be so close to some of the most important pieces of animation history.

He had to cut the panel short for time though. Made me really regret missing his Friday panel and his Thursday presentation at The Library of Congress. But the press he made at the latter has me hopeful. He also seemed really entertained by the con. Hope you guys consider inviting him back some day :)

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21 hours ago, mellow-osity said:

Anime Openings in Video Games for the New Millennium: Some really great eye candy and info about anime openings in video games from the 2000s. Lots of favorites I was familiar with were presented and a good amount of ones I wasn't! :)

I was the one who did this panel, and thank you! It really helps encourage me to continue doing this panel, & I hope to be able to give it again next year, focusing on what we've gotten this past decade.

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2 minutes ago, LordGeo said:

I was the one who did this panel, and thank you! It really helps encourage me to continue doing this panel, & I hope to be able to give it again next year, focusing on what we've gotten this past decade.

Awesome! Yeah, I thought you did a great job. I would attend again! :D This was a favorite of some of my friends who attended with me as well. We had a good time reminiscing about some of the shows after the panel was over too. 

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First of all just want to say that as a panelist myself, I'm trying to offer constructive criticism and do not mean to upset or offend anyone with my comments. With that said, here's my thoughts on all the panels I attended at this year's Otakon:

Gundam Wing: A Retrospective- This was a really fun look back at one of the shows that originally got me into anime. Thought the team did a great job capturing the spirit of the show and especially what it felt like for those of us finding it on Cartoon Network all those years ago. Really well done panel.

Awesome Anime Openings: Mecha Edition- I honestly expected a little more background information on each opening than we got. The opening selection was fine but I thought we would get more background info on the show or the animation teams or (especially) the songs; it felt little more than "here's this anime, okay hit play". Would definitely try to improve the amount of information in the future.

Anime Openings in Video Games for the New Millennium- This to me was almost like a better version of the previous panel. There's nothing wrong with not having a PowerPoint and having a panel that's mostly video, but you gotta give some good information to set each video up. This panelist really hit the mark here, providing interesting information about the majority of his videos, especially on who was involved in animating each one. Really enjoyed this one.

Awesomely Bad Japanese Music Videos- This is a staple I never miss at Otakon, and it was just as awesome(ly bad) as always.

Japanese Pro Wrestling Primer- This definitely wasn't bad at all for what I think was the panelist's first try at a Japanese wrestling panel; I myself have been running the panels for several years now and have tried adjusting a lot of different aspects of it in hopes of finding a good balance, and it's not easy. If I had to offer critiques for what I would do differently if I was the panelist, mostly from my own experience: 1) Don't try to talk so much while your video clips are playing, or really don't do this at all if you can help it. This honestly goes for any panel, because as an audience member you can't listen to both things at the same time so you end up picking one or the other, and it hurts your ability to hear either. 2) Maybe try to cover a little bit less next time, as it felt like too much material for an hour to cover both the history of Japanese pro wrestling and the entire modern scene. But other than that I thought the panelist did a pretty solid job.

After These Messages: Japanese Video Game Commercials- Oh boy. This panel started 10 minutes late because the panelist's laptop wouldn't work with the equipment, so we had to wait for someone else to bring their laptop into the room to start the panel (at which point this poor person had a webpage with their juror information blasted to the entire large panel room, repeatedly I might add!). Once the panel got underway, it was literally just the guy hitting play on a bunch of commercials (streaming via Dropbox, which caused some frequent buffering issues on the videos to boot). He barely talked, and the few times he did talk we couldn't hear what he was saying at all. The commercials were in no particular order, were not introduced by the panelist with any context, and featured far too many uninteresting Japanese mobile game commercials (when I see this panel title I'm not really expecting mobile games). My advice to this panelist if he's able to return to the convention would be to cut back on the actual number of videos he plays (especially the mostly uninteresting mobile game videos), provide more background information on each one, and have them in more of an order that makes sense. Again, there's nothing wrong with a panel that's mostly video, but you need to introduce the clips and provide enough facts on each one, otherwise to the audience it looks like all you did was show up and hit play.

Worst English Dubs You'll Ever Find- This one in a lot of ways had the opposite problem of the above panel. Going in I was expecting a panel that was going to be mostly fun clips of terrible dubs, similar to the panel Mike Toole (used to? still does? haven't seen it on the schedule in a while) did called Dubs That Time Forgot. Mike would set up each clip of course but the panel was mostly made up of the funny video clips. Here, the problem I had with this panel was that they talked FAR too much before each clip. It was basically 5 minutes of talking to set up a 15 second bad dubbing clip, which to me is the wrong ratio for a panel like this. Not much of what they said was interesting (and it was hard to hear them in the back of the room, even though this was one of the smaller rooms) and frankly the bad dub clips simply do not require that much talking to set up. The volume level of the clips (once they were finally played) was so low that it would become instantly inaudible every time the audience laughed. And though this was out of the panelists' control, the fact that the panel next door to us (some kind of hentai comedy panel) could be heard having a much better time through the very thin walls, with people laughing and the panelists going nuts, didn't help matters either. Even after waiting in a long line to get in, I left after about 20 minutes. My advice to the panelists if they try this again: play your clips louder, and make them longer next time.

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AMV Mashups: some fun content, but showing 3-4 from the same show in a row and often times highly obscure shows where nobody there can appreciate the content, which is half the fun of these massive group watch events, really let the air out of the room. Near the end, some were just so blah that only a few people in the full room gave charity applause. Also, presentation is everything. The content was read directly off a script in between clips and it sounded every bit of it. This isn't bad in a lecture setting, but here it makes connecting with the audience impossible since they feed off presenter energy on these.

Taiko Drums (1st performance): still an excellent show. They did a great job working around the room-scheduling screw job and made the show work regardless. Give these guys a mat and a stage next time! Only panel attended where everyone performing looked legitimately happy to be doing what they are doing, and that happiness is contagious.

K-Pop dance workshop: this is the only workshop/panel that just fell completely flat for my sister and me. The idea was great but the execution needs work to pull off in a convention setting. Advice to panelists: when teaching a massive group of complete rookies in any context, prioritize eye contact on you the whole way through instead of turning the whole audience around right off. Starting off with the warmup "just follow along with us" had people smashing into each other, which was funny, but not all that productive. Crowd control is key too and frequently asking "does that make sense" and having the whole group devolve into laughing and talking just doesn't work. It's a con and everyone is there to have fun first and foremost, but you've gotta get a little tough when drill instructing. Most workshops I've been to have no issues telling the crowd to quiet down when they get rowdy so the event can progress, otherwise credibility crashes through the floor and people start leaving.

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Oh I forgot one!

39 Years of Gundam Anime: This was an awesome, awesome panel. Even coming at 12:15 am on Saturday, when I and most everyone else was completely exhausted (probably including the panelists, though they did a good job not showing it), this was probably my favorite panel of the entire convention (it's either this or the Gundam Wing one). They somehow managed to get through every mainline Gundam series, including even OVAs, in just an hour, and made it feel like a fun journey rather than a complete rushjob. Honestly I have no real feedback to offer because I thought it was nearly perfect. Bravo to both panelists!

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18 hours ago, Anti` said:

Hirokatsu Kihara

what an amazing man! Went to his Saturday afternoon panel and it was easily one of the best in my fourteen years of Otakon.

I was expecting another typical guest panel with slides and a way too long Q&A after almost dozing off during another guest's a little earlier (I really respect the guy but I had a late night!)

Instead i came out energized and actually inspired (hard to do to me lately)

Kihara-san has both amazing presentation skills and a warm, eccentric (even for studio reps) personality.

He brought a massive collection of one of a kind early Ghibli production art and presented them to a group gathered around the panel stage almost as if I was back in one of my college studio classes. It was surreal to be so close to some of the most important pieces of animation history.

He had to cut the panel short for time though. Made me really regret missing his Friday panel and his Thursday presentation at The Library of Congress. But the press he made at the latter has me hopeful. He also seemed really entertained by the con. Hope you guys consider inviting him back some day :)

Kihara-san is a force of nature. 

He made a point of doing a bit of his schpiel for guests and staff after hours, and consequently I have held in my hand one of my favorite anime scenes of all time (when Kiki takes off to fly again at the end of Kiki's Delivery Service).  We all loved him, and if he isn't back again in the next year or two it'll be either a massive mistake or a sad tragedy of scheduling.

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Hi yall!

I did a few panels. The Idols of Anime, The Boy Bands of Anime, Gamers in Anime, Youtube for Anime Fans, Weirdest Japanese Commercials and Love Live School Idol History. I hope you enjoyed them if you seen them!

I went to:

America! (According to Anime and Manga): FUNNY! But, please don't use embedded Youtube videos in panels. It's better to download the clip and play it from a folder or embed it in the Powerpoint. That way you wont have distracting ads in a panel. It's great that we have free wifi at the WCC, but you shouldn't rely on it for presenting a panel. Otherwise, it was funny!

Awesomely Bad J Music Videos: Always a treat. I wasn't there for all of it this year, but I always see it all when I can. FUNNY!

Wotagei 102: Wish I did a 101, but IT WAS SO FUN! After learning about the different types of cheers it turned into a anisong party! Wota dancing and glow sticks! A great way to end the night.

Anime Face Lift: I saw some of this. Great panel and I learned a ton about Osomatsu-kun. Wish I got to stay for Black Jack.

Love Live School Idol Panel: I love Love Live! I was worried their panel and mine would overlap a lot. Theirs was very different and they had info, experiences, and pictures from being a fan in Japan. They did a great job.

The Idolmaster: A Panel: They were new to paneling. They made a lot of rookies mistakes by using youtube embeds and too much text on slides. It was a bit late due to tech problems outside their control. But what made them unique is the performances they'd put on. One of the panelists was a dancer that can do many of the dances the idols do. Another was a cosplayer dressed to the theme of the panel. And they all were informative more at the beginning before the character portion. I couldn't stay for all of it since I was leaving soon, but with some polish they can become great panelists. Be sure to give them a shot next year if they submit.

Outsourced: The Japanese Animation of Western Cartoons: Wish I didn't miss part of this. Loved what I saw and it made me re-appreciate B:TAS and Cyber Six.

 

 

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AMV's With a Message: Some of the best AMV's I've ever seen.

Superheroes in Asian Film: A lot more entertaining than I had expected!

 

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Japan's Waning Pacifism: How the Erosion of Article 9 is Leading to the Remilitarization of Japan

This was a fantastic panel. I am a 46 year old Dad of other attendees, with let's say, anime-adjacent interests more than anime itself. So I go to the historical and cultural panels when I can. This was a great presentation, and I hope the young women who did it publish book versions of their research. I learned more in this hour about Pacific Rim history than I did in high school or college. 

Charles' Apocalyptic Panel

Just stellar, top to bottom - it is panels like these that help me find the deeper anime that I would like to check out. 

4Kids Horrors

Great panel, well researched and organized. I'm too old to have watched that era, and my kids are too young. Now I know why I was hesitant to get into anime at all: I was a young adult when this stuff was on the airwaves, representing the medium. 

David Bowie Panel

I wish I knew! We went back to our friend's house where we stayed because of the time, but I was so looking forward to this one. I am sure it was awesome. 

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2018: Because Kingdom Hearts 3 is More Real than Xion, Apparently: The most I laughed all weekend.  The panelists had excellent comedic timing to go with their highly amusing presentation (I'd love a copy of the slides).  Kingdom Hearts is a wonderful mess and it was great seeing such a loving roast of it.

Umeshu, Shochu, Whisky... Kanpai!: I consider myself something of a student of the subject matter, but this panel's host humbled me with his knowledge and experience.  He covered a huge range of topics in a short amount of time, and whipped up a powerful thirst while at it.  I'll be certain to attend his panels the next time I see him at a con.

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Ayyyy, I'm the guy who ran Graduating Gainax alongside Evan Minto. Obviously I can't comment on how good my own work was (I liked how it turned out), but from a presenter's point of view, the setup was really nice. The mics were working, the displays were legible from my position, the cables were all in place, and the audio was nice. The crew even dimmed the lights for us, probably because they noticed our slide color scheme was white on black. We got one of the larger rooms, and even though we didn't fill it very well, it was still probably the right choice. Both times I've run something Gainax related before – in way worse timeslots – it's filled the room to capacity.

Anyway, I regrettably couldn't see a single fan panel from start to finish this year due to my own schedule. Sorry! I'll still try to comment on what I can though.

>I caught the last bit of Jarvis Grey's Awesome Anime Openings - Mecha Edition. I'd say this was better than most "show some anime OP" style panels I've seen by way of the fact that he gave literally any commentary at all, so I don't have much real criticism. I know he was worried that it wouldn't meet east coast con standards, but I think it clears the bar. That said, I think a bit more commentary would really elevate it. For instance, for the Dangaioh OP, he could've talked about how most of the animation is by a guy named Masahito Yamashita, who was pretty influential and worked on a bunch of western cartoons outsourced to Japan, which could work as a lead in to the Silverhawks opening. (Did AWO's outsourced anime panel mention that one? The OP is rad ----.) Anyway, accept this guy's submissions if he ever comes back to the east coast.

>Shouji Kawamori's originality in mecha design panel was everything I could've hoped for. He really went into detail about his process and philosophy when it came to design, and was generally a very engaging speaker. Interestingly, he structured his presentation kinda like a fan panel about himself. Of course, Kawamori is a big enough name that he doesn't have to worry about what his industry handlers think, so it's probably easier for him to really have a free hand in how he approaches his panels compared to, say, his peer Kanetake Ebikawa.

>Speaking of which, Kanetake Ebikawa's panel was alright. The canned question format is pretty stale, but at least he was given free reign to talk about things other than what he was there to promote. I will never complain about any Japanese guest who isn't given the Pony Canyon treatment.

Incidentally, I'm obliged to point out that you should ask your Japanese guests to provide better panel names and descriptions. I'm aware that this is entirely on them, but if you're not already prodding them to do so on whatever application form they have to fill out, I suggest you start. Tattsun and Yoshihiro Watanabe learned this lesson, but I don't think anyone else has yet.

>You Yoshinari's live drawing panel was pretty sweet. This is a good format. I liked it when Higashiji did it back in '16, I liked it when Matsubara did it in '17, and I liked it here.

>I only saw the first part of Justin and Yuki's Makoto Shinkai: Life, Love, and Lessons Learned, but it was pretty decent. They went into Shinkai's history and style in a way that was satisfactorily deep and made decent use of visual examples. If I could make a recommendation to them, I'd say they would greatly benefit from a leaner style. The pace was dragging a bit, so even though the depth and content was good, the density was very low. Anyway, I know they're pretty prolific panelists, and don't need another endorsement. Keep having them back.

>Tatsuyuki Nagai's panel was great. He's an interesting guy, and his answers were excellent.

>Nobody needs feedback on the Discotek panel lol.

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Aside from the usual praise for the Discotek, Mike Toole and AWO panels:

Saint Seiya's Masami Kurumada: The Man Who Defined Shonen Action:  No joke, this might have been one of my favorite panels of the entire con.  I may be a little biased, as I've followed the presenter's blog for many years and Kurumada's his favorite mangaka ever so he was in his element.  Still, his panel was thorough, well-researched, entertaining, and novel.  I left knowing a lot more than I knew about Kurumada than when I came in.

Lipstick and Superpowers: The Femininity of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure:  I had a friend strongly recommend this one to me, as they had done it a few years previous, and I'm glad she did.  It handled the topic of gender norms/stereotypes and how the series defies them both in plot and visuals, and it struck a very fine balance between being informative and being loose and funny.  

Confessions of the Engaged: Utena's Influence on Shojo:  This was a good overview of some of the themes of Utena, but it would have done better to dig a little deeper into the influences on Utena and Utena's influences on other shows (particularly in what other members of its staff have done since).  Sadly, their actual presentation got borked by technical issues, but they managed quite well in spite of it.

The Beautiful Body Horror of Junji Ito:  I feel like this was halfway to becoming a really incredible panel.  While the presenter's main point was good (in how Ito turns the obsession with beauty into horror), she really needed to dig more into the feminist and/or gender themes behind both body horror as a concept and Ito's particular take on it (and to the presenter's credit, she acknowledged as much when others brought this up after the panel).  If she does that and makes a proper ending (instead of just an awkward stop), then I think she'll have a knockout presentation.  Clearly there's demand for the subject, as the nearly packed room would testify.

Eva Pilots, Rose Brides, and Puella Magi: Heroic Trauma and Anime:  I came in halfway through this one after the Ito panel ended early, and I wish I had been able to see the whole thing.  I was only able to see the portions on Utena and Madoka, but she covered the topic of how those characters dealt with trauma in very different ways in a manner that was academic enough to be satisfying but accessible enough to be understood.

For the Love of Folklore: A Fan Perspective on Rumiko Takahashi: While I appreciate the presenters' passion for the subject, they would benefit from fewer tangents and more structure.  Either they needed to focus on fewer topics per series or focus on fewer series overall.  Also, their slideshow was kind of slapdash - it needed more images to support their points and bring some visual variety.

Gattai! Mecha Anime of 198X: Zany and fun, but also informative.  You can't go wrong putting Tom Aznable on a mecha panel.  Points for the impromptu sing-alongs.  They apparently want to put together a 90s version, which I would eagerly see.

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Howdy, this is a weird question and it seemed like attention seeking, but I decided to ask it here anyway. 

 

So I pitched this panel and it wasn't approved at all, so I will post a summary here and ask y'all what you think of it , and whether it would have been successful or not. I know that's hard to tell from idea alone but eh. My biggest mistake, I think , was putting my Florida address as my address. I was going to pay my own expenses to get there, but I guess they thought I was too risky as an out of sate panelist.

 

The idea is simple: I am a half deaf person dealing with mental health issues. AKA, I'm like Shoko from Koe no Katachi but I can speak and hear well enough. I wanted to have a presentation of hearing loss / hearing aids and living with depression - ending with a Q and A for people to ask questions about any of these topics. 

 

What do you think of it? Would you be interested in watching it / participating?  Do you see any potential problems with it?

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I can't speak for Otakon, but I do think that they accept people from out-of-state as well.  I think the panel sounds like an interesting one for sure, but it also depends on how you presented it.  You say "I wanted to have a presentation of hearing loss / hearing aids and living with depression + Q&A", which, while related to an anime in the sense that you're both deaf, doesn't have much to do with the anime or asian-culture as you presented it here.  It would be like a chef coming and saying they want to do a panel about Italian cooking, because Food Wars is a thing.  There is a way to present it so its more related to the mission statement of Otakon, and you may have missed the mark, or they may have had a lot of other submissions. I'd try again!

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1 hour ago, ShiroNyako said:

What do you think of it? Would you be interested in watching it / participating?  Do you see any potential problems with it?

It's off topic, but I'm sure a mod will come along and split the thread. In the mean time, I'll just respond here.

I happen to know several presenters from Florida, so I don't think that's it. If I had to guess, I'd say your idea doesn't have enough to do with anime, or really Japanese culture and media in general. I'd be interested in hearing about what it's like to deal with those things, but this is an anime convention after all. Since you mentioned Koe no Katachi, perhaps you could make your panel more about how the manga and its anime adaptation portrays those things. Is there anything interesting you noticed about them that someone who doesn't deal with those problems might not have? The anime in particular is meticulous in its detail, so there's probably lots to talk about. Even if you just use the anime as a launching point for talking about how hearing loss and depression work in real life, that could be enough.

My only other point of advice is not to make the panel too much about your own life story. I know there was an "Aspergers and Anime" panel a few years back, and it was kind of a meme because the guy just talked about his life story for an hour. At least, that's what I've heard.

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6 minutes ago, Nate A.M. said:

It's off topic, but I'm sure a mod will come along and split the thread. In the mean time, I'll just respond here.

I happen to know several presenters from Florida, so I don't think that's it. If I had to guess, I'd say your idea doesn't have enough to do with anime, or really Japanese culture and media in general. I'd be interested in hearing about what it's like to deal with those things, but this is an anime convention after all. Since you mentioned Koe no Katachi, perhaps you could make your panel more about how the manga and its anime adaptation portrays those things. Is there anything interesting you noticed about either the manga or its adaptation that someone who doesn't deal with hearing loss or depression might not have? The anime in particular is meticulous in its detail, so there's probably lots to talk about. Even if you just use the anime as a launching point for talking about how hearing loss and depression work in real life, that could be enough.

My only other point of advice is not to make the panel too much about your own life story. I know there was an "Aspergers and Anime" panel a few years back, and it was kind of a meme because the guy just talked about his life story for an hour.

Ooooh this definetly helped give me ideas of how to change this and pitch it better next year so it doesn't become what you mentioned at the end ahaa, Thank you!

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4 minutes ago, ShiroNyako said:

Ooooh this definetly helped give me ideas of how to change this and pitch it better next year so it doesn't become what you mentioned at the end ahaa, Thank you!

No problem, friend. I hope to see you on the schedule.

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4 hours ago, Nate A.M. said:

It's off topic, but I'm sure a mod will come along and split the thread. In the mean time, I'll just respond here.

I happen to know several presenters from Florida, so I don't think that's it. If I had to guess, I'd say your idea doesn't have enough to do with anime, or really Japanese culture and media in general. I'd be interested in hearing about what it's like to deal with those things, but this is an anime convention after all. Since you mentioned Koe no Katachi, perhaps you could make your panel more about how the manga and its anime adaptation portrays those things. Is there anything interesting you noticed about them that someone who doesn't deal with those problems might not have? The anime in particular is meticulous in its detail, so there's probably lots to talk about. Even if you just use the anime as a launching point for talking about how hearing loss and depression work in real life, that could be enough.

My only other point of advice is not to make the panel too much about your own life story. I know there was an "Aspergers and Anime" panel a few years back, and it was kind of a meme because the guy just talked about his life story for an hour. At least, that's what I've heard.

I agree with the above. You can also use it as a jumping point to discuss the importance of representation of differently-abled people/characters/stories in media, and how this show (and maybe find some others) are helping to increase and solidify that representation and visibility.

I really like your idea! Definitely try again with a new pitch!

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Kumihimo Braiding Workshop - The presenter did a fantastic job! We entered the room, and she was just super organized and ready to go. There were little kits already placed at each seat with all the necessary supplies and an instruction sheet. As she was going through the instructions, she had slow-motion videos for each step playing on repeat on the screen, so it was really easy to follow along. If anyone had trouble, she had assistants also going through the room to help out. The project she chose was also really simple, so it was perfect for a beginner's workshop and fit just within the hour block the workshop was assigned. And we get a cool trinket to take home with us!

Amigurumi Basics: Pusheen - In total contrast to the Kumihimo Workshop, this was kind of a hot mess. There weren't enough supplies for everyone in the room. The instructions to make a Pusheen are anything but "basic," and the steps were also poorly-explained. Some of my friends have experience with amigurumi and crocheting, and even they were confused =/

Japanese Cuisine: More than Just Ramen - Informative panel. Presenters compiled a neat powerpoint presentation, but it wasn't anything ground-breaking. Everything they showed were things that most people are already acquainted with if they're watching anime. I think the presentation could be improved if they went into more obscure foods or picked out some of the regional differences between some of the foods. For a panel that wants to go into "more than just ___" it still felt like a generic Japanese food presentation.

Breaking Hero Stereotypes in Ghibli Films - I was actually really disappointed by this one. The panel was more or less a summary of some of Hayao Miyazaki's better-known films, and the way they were summarized really didn't make it sound like Ghibli had broken any stereotypes at all. They boiled the storylines down to "finding yourself, connecting with others" and those aren't new for a hero's journey. Whether it was just forgetting due to nerves or poor preparation, the presenters didn't seem very knowledgeable on their subject matter (i.e. forgetting Chihiro's name, not knowing the name of the castle in the sky). There's potential in this panel, since Studio Ghibli has definitely broken hero stereotypes in the protagonists (and antagonists) they've chosen. Next time, figure out what stereotypes you're going to talk about and draw up some concrete examples that defy those stereotypes (and also, actually know the names of crucial points. Write them down somewhere, for the brainfreeze emergency). Also, Studio Ghibli is more than just Hayao Miyazaki. I think Grave of the Fireflie's Seita deserves a shoutout in this category, at the very least.

+2 Comedy - 18+ panels are pretty much never my thing, but their Tentacles panel is always fun to go to just for their comedic value and the silly games they play. They mentioned that they'd like the chance to do an actual comedy panel. It'd be cool if Otakon could give them that shot next year.

Iyashikei Anime and the Joy of Doing Nothing - This was a nice, relaxing panel to go to first thing in the morning, right out of bed. Made me want to go back to sleep almost. But that's a good thing! The panel was fun and soothing, just like its subject matter, and the panelists covered lots of examples of Iyashikei while also delving into what makes an Iyashikei anime what it is. Definitely learned something new and am glad to know that there is a difference between iyashikei and slice of life. Unfortunately, my to-watch list is now much longer than it started.

New Anime for Older Fans - I go to this every year, just to save myself the trouble of wading through all the new possibilities each season. Got some good out of it, but wasn't that interested in most of the suggested titles.

All About Japanese Sweets - This was fun! They covered a lot of sweets, but didn't just do an endless list. They had a lot of fun with it, covered the history of some sweets, showed examples of regional varieties and special flavors, and went more in-depth than I've seen most food panels do. Now, I just have an urge to go to that specialty KitKat store T_T

Taiko Drum - (This was Sunday, fyi.) This panel/performance was a lot of fun. You can see the passion and joy that each of them has for their art, and they clearly have a lot of fun performing together. They set themselves up around the room, so the room was literally booming with sound, and it was really cool to see their choreography up close. Between songs, they took questions from the audience and went into the history behind taiko drumming and their own history. It was a lot of fun and super energizing. Would love to see them back again next year!

I think that's about it? I went to a few other ones too, and a few other ones were canceled, but these were the ones I really found myself thinking about after leaving the room.

P.S. Anyone know what happened to the Biology of MHA panel? It's still listed in my guidebook app, but everywhere else, it was replaced with a Higurashi panel?? Is my app bugged?

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15 hours ago, Poliwhirl said:

P.S. Anyone know what happened to the Biology of MHA panel? It's still listed in my guidebook app, but everywhere else, it was replaced with a Higurashi panel?? Is my app bugged?

I was wondering this too, but just assumed it got cancelled.

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18 hours ago, Poliwhirl said:

P.S. Anyone know what happened to the Biology of MHA panel? It's still listed in my guidebook app, but everywhere else, it was replaced with a Higurashi panel?? Is my app bugged?

If that was one of the panels being presented by Anime Science 101, he unfortunately couldn't make it to the convention.
He explains on Reddit:

"Hey sorry I couldn't make the convention, but I didn't expect my next teaching job to be teaching California or that the first day would be August 13th. The thunderstorms rolling through the area made things a little to dicy and I didn't want to miss or be late on the first day. Admin tends to frown on those things.

All of the content for the My Hero Academia panel is on the website, as is the vast majority of the Science of Mecha panel. I will be adding posts based on the gravity and PTSD panels in the near future. Also I am toying around with turning them into videos."

You can visit his website at http://www.animescience101.com

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On 8/14/2018 at 7:18 PM, viga said:

 America! (According to Anime and Manga): FUNNY! But, please don't use embedded Youtube videos in panels. It's better to download the clip and play it from a folder or embed it in the Powerpoint. That way you wont have distracting ads in a panel. It's great that we have free wifi at the WCC, but you shouldn't rely on it for presenting a panel. Otherwise, it was funny!

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I was one of the panelists and I won't disagree with you.  One I was bad and didn't make this a panel until the last minute (we were selected as a backup panel).  So, totally my bad there.  But I don't have PowerPoint so I made it in Google Slides not realizing that Slides won't let you embed a video from your computer.  If you do non-youtube videos it wants you to upload them to Google Drive and then they are still videos that have to stream from the net.  Again, all my bad.  I did make sure all the videos would play at the convention center but I hadn't even thought of ads because on my home computer I use an ad blocker. So, to save time when making it I just used the Youtube vids.  I hope to do this panel again at my local con, which at that point I will fix these issues (and hopefully have some more original clips). Sorry about that.  I am glad you found it funny though!

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1 hour ago, Brand said:

I was one of the panelists and I won't disagree with you.  One I was bad and didn't make this a panel until the last minute (we were selected as a backup panel).  So, totally my bad there.  But I don't have PowerPoint so I made it in Google Slides not realizing that Slides won't let you embed a video from your computer.  If you do non-youtube videos it wants you to upload them to Google Drive and then they are still videos that have to stream from the net.  Again, all my bad.  I did make sure all the videos would play at the convention center but I hadn't even thought of ads because on my home computer I use an ad blocker. So, to save time when making it I just used the Youtube vids.  I hope to do this panel again at my local con, which at that point I will fix these issues (and hopefully have some more original clips). Sorry about that.  I am glad you found it funny though!

Piece of feedback here from me is if you plan to do this one again, a lot of the clips chosen were great, things I've never seen and likely never would have found on my own.

That said, if you choose to use the Yugioh clips again, it might be worthwhile to limit the run time. The "In America" is funny once or twice but the joke is tortured when left to play out in its entirety in a panel setting. It being based on parody makes it tangentially related to the panel topic, but as I said, it's good fun, but mind the run time.

Potential topics for the future, and I apologize but I did need to duck out of the panel early so this may be cut out, but Obama specifically shows up quite a bit in some anime. Osomatsu san has a few moments, and Gintama is loaded with American gags (the foreigner, psychogun guy, (W)ill Smith who is also Obama (???) just to start. If they were there in the end, great! But otherwise, hunt some of that down as it would be a great way to shake up your panel for next time.

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On 8/17/2018 at 4:50 PM, robotzor said:

 Potential topics for the future, and I apologize but I did need to duck out of the panel early so this may be cut out, but Obama specifically shows up quite a bit in some anime. Osomatsu san has a few moments, and Gintama is loaded with American gags (the foreigner, psychogun guy, (W)ill Smith who is also Obama (???) just to start. If they were there in the end, great! But otherwise, hunt some of that down as it would be a great way to shake up your panel for next time. 

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Thank you! I'll look into those.

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Here's what I went to (in the approximate order I went to them in!)

Can You Catch Them All?: Fun presentation! I'd consider adding some video clips though

Sentai Filmworks: Ugh, I mean, most industry panels don't tend to be super fun (with a notable exception), but wow was Sentai's just extra awful this year. The thing must've lasted barely 15 minutes before it went to Q&A, they clearly didn't have enough material to fill the time as is. And it was basically just all trailers. The only "announcement" was that Land of the Lustrous was getting a dub, which was kind of inevitable anyway.

Patlabor: I'm already a fan of the series, but for those I went with that were either new or hadn't seen it, it made them want to watch it! Also, I didn't realize there was a live action show (even if it was... dubious in quality) or that 8 minute OVA! I enjoyed this one!

GKids: I think they're newer to the panel circuit, but they still gave a pretty good presentation! If anyone from GKids is reading this though, I'd love some more of your non-anime titles at your dealer's booth in the future! I wouldn't personally mind hearing some news about non-Japanese animation as well (I like animation from all over the world, which is what attracted me to GKids to begin with, so talking about non-anime things coming in the future works great for me)

The Legacy of Ryosuke Takahashi: Takahashi did a lot of work, I really wish the presenter had focused on more than just Layzner. Even if it was his most influential work, it also didn't really fill up all of the panel time. I would've personally liked some talk about FLAG, still possibly the only first person anime (minus a few shorts). Or maybe more talk on VOTOMs or a lot of his other series.

New anime for older fans: I've been to this panel in a past year and got some great recs so I kind of knew what I was getting into and it didn't disappoint! I'll be looking forward to it in future years! But it needs a bigger room next time.

22 Mecha & Robot for Grown Ups: I think this must've been misnamed or something, since it was more scifi manga (some with mechs, some without)

Worst English Dubs: Maybe I'm a masochist, but I feel like I've seen most all of them (or had definitely heard their dubs before) I mean, it's still a fun panel, but I also feel like there was a too much talking inbetween clips. Though interesting info, like how only the bad dub keeps doing C&Ds at Team Four Star is the sort of info I want to hear. Still, for an hour long presentation slot, I think a lot more than 7 terrible dubs exist out there.

Discotek: And once again, Discotek shows everyone how to do a damn industry panel! Seriously, you keep the energy up in the audience from the start and don't just shove everything new at the end, spread it out! And I love seeing how old titles and stuff are worked through to be restored and how brand new covers are made from damn near non-existent materials. And showing us things I had no clue were going to be on your releases (like the UK Nuku Nuku thing)! And none of that silly just playing trailers for stuff we already know about and have seen a dozen times online, actually new stuff! That didn't feel like an hour at all, it was just too exciting the whole time! If you've never been to a Discotek panel, go to one! It will change how you view industry panels can be run and just how to run great panels in general. The fact that this is industry (typically one of the most boring categories for panels, outside of new info) just blows my mind every single year!

Other activities I did:
Build a Bozu and otaku craft room: I totally forgot to pick mine up at the end! I love the idea though and might just want to see more variety of things to hot glue onto them in the future. And I loved having the display outside the room like that, prime for pictures! I'd only say that it might need a bigger room next year, seemed pretty cramped in there to me (I can't imagine what it'd be like at a more prime time)

Manga Library: Not a big fan of having the binders there. Sure, it's not a bad idea to have one as well, but going through and seeing the spines and picking up the books is way different. I understand the theft deterrent and have no problem leaving the badges though. I'd be ok with maybe the rarer manga being binder access only too. Selection isn't super good for me personally either. Other cons I've been to use the Carolina Manga Library and I honestly prefer them (better selection, better setup, imo)

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On 8/19/2018 at 12:04 AM, ashlynx said:

Other activities I did:

Build a Bozu and otaku craft room: I totally forgot to pick mine up at the end! I love the idea though and might just want to see more variety of things to hot glue onto them in the future. And I loved having the display outside the room like that, prime for pictures! I'd only say that it might need a bigger room next year, seemed pretty cramped in there to me (I can't imagine what it'd be like at a more prime time)

Hello! My name's Angela and I organized/presented the Makerspace along with the help of my group Bumble & Clove! Thanks so much for your feedback, it helps us grow and learn for future endeavors! I totally agree with you on the issue of room size - this was our first year and a trial run for the Makerspace, which is why we weren't given a large room right off the bat. Judging by how consistently busy we were, however, a larger room is in our sights for next year, definitely! This will make it easier for people to browse for supplies and move around the room in general, in addition to perhaps giving us more space to play with and add in other potential features.

Regarding supplies, we are always open to adding to what we offer, so if you have any specific suggestions or ideas, feel free to let me know (or PM me, if you'd like to discuss it there)! It was our original intention to limit how many "niche" craft supplies we had in the space, since our philosophy tends to be that limitation can often breed creativity (I forget where I heard that exact quote, but it holds true a lot of times), and we were interested in seeing what people could make with repurposed/recycled materials, which would also encourage people to create art from home using those same materials. That said, we could definitely benefit from adding in new supplies in the future; some people, for example, suggested needles and thread for sewing (we hesitated on this because we were nervous about the prospect of sharp needles getting lost underfoot or in random places), so we may include things like plastic needles that can be used in many different ways with many of our materials. We're super open-minded to what people suggest and are always looking ahead! Thanks again! :)

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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. :D (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.

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44 minutes ago, Revan said:

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.

Hi, just wanted to quickly correct you: these two panels were back to back but they were actually by two different presenters. I did the Joshi panel and one of the guys who does Awesomely Bad every year did the more general Japanese Pro Wrestling Primer.

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On 8/15/2018 at 9:11 PM, Brainchild said:

The Beautiful Body Horror of Junji Ito:  I feel like this was halfway to becoming a really incredible panel.  While the presenter's main point was good (in how Ito turns the obsession with beauty into horror), she really needed to dig more into the feminist and/or gender themes behind both body horror as a concept and Ito's particular take on it (and to the presenter's credit, she acknowledged as much when others brought this up after the panel).  If she does that and makes a proper ending (instead of just an awkward stop), then I think she'll have a knockout presentation.  Clearly there's demand for the subject, as the nearly packed room would testify.

 

wow i am so bummed i missed this!!!  darn!  i would love to see more "fringe" content like this--especially if it covered gender themes--explored at otakon (or at more cons in general)!

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