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Friday, May 4
 

11:00am EDT

The Hunt For The Tuatha de Danaan: Connections between Full Metal Panic and the literary works of Tom Clancy
Despite being set in a world where large Mecha dominate the battlefield and technology is derived from the visions of psychics, Full Metal Panic draws heavy inspiration from the works of the late author Tom Clancy, especially those works set within his "Ryanverse". Join us as we explore the connections between these 2 fictional universes_x000D_

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


Friday May 4, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:30pm EDT

Anime Chemistry 101
The properties of substances and how they react with each other. Also known as does explosive and how big of a boom does it make at least according to my 9th graders. So just how a big a boom can the substances in anime make or not make. Just what the heck is sakuradite or gundaranium.

Speakers
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Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Friday May 4, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:15pm EDT

The Biology of monster girls
Monster girls are a common trope in anime, especially in the more recent seasons. So why don't we take a look to see just how their biology might or might not work in the real world. If you liked Interviews with Monster girls, The Daily lives of Monster girls, or A Centaurs Life then this panel is for you.

Speakers
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Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Friday May 4, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

3:15pm EDT

Genderqueer Representation in Anime
Compared to other forms of media, many forms of Japanese entertainment (including anime and manga) have been forerunners in the representation of genderqueer characters, however there are still many problems to be faced. In this presentation, we will discuss how genderqueer characters are currently represented and what improvements can be made.

Speakers
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Channy and Ryan

TeamJupiterDrops
Cosplay duo fighting gerblins and collecting dragons.


Friday May 4, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

4:30pm EDT

Sake 101
Sake is the definitive alcoholic drink of Japan, but just what the heck is it. Come and learn some of the history behind Sake, including how it is made, and how to drink it.

Speakers
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Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Friday May 4, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:30pm EDT

The Pokemon Anime: The 20 Year Global Evolution
As the Pokemon Anime has hit its 20th anniversary, this panel celebrates both it's story/character/art evolution and the impact it has had on anime's globalization.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:15pm EDT

Ask Phil LaMarr Anything! (Legal)
Sweet Yeti of the Serengeti! It's finally your chance to ask Samurai Jack, Wilt, Green Lantern, Static, Hermes Conrad, and/or that one character from that one episode of MadTV (you know the one), that question that's been burning inside you!

Speakers
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Women... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 8:15pm - 9:15pm EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:45pm EDT

Giant Robots: Crushing your Misconceptions
What's the first thing that springs to mind when you think of giant robots? Is it metal monsters hammering at each other? Overpowered machines that stomp through problems without rhyme or reason? This panels will explore these tropes and misconceptions and look at their origin in mecha anime and manga.

Speakers
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Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Friday May 4, 2018 8:45pm - 9:45pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:00pm EDT

The Good, The Bad, and The Duwang: A Brief History of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
A humorous and informative look at the "Bizarre" history behind one of Japan's biggest series. Join the Admins of JoeyJojo's Wacky Trip as they talk about:_x000D_
The Unreleased Phantom Blood Movie and where it might be found, How an animation mistake almost caused a boycott of Japan, and the Duwang translation and who really made it.


Friday May 4, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:15pm EDT

Diamonds in the Rough: Videogame Edition (side order of J-RPGs)
Covering some less than stellar games/series that you should still give a chance despite their many flaws with a particular focus on several JRPG games/series. Audience participation is encouraged!

Speakers
avatar for dj Date Masamune

dj Date Masamune

Staff, Communications
Just a humble cosplayer who loves to do panels...& loves Gauron ^.^;


Friday May 4, 2018 10:15pm - 11:45pm EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:15pm EDT

Of Duelists and Drunkards [18+]
Who knows what time it is? If you find your way into this room, brace yourself for a unique experience in the true convention variety show! Skits, stories, and surprises are to be had! You never know what's going to happen at the original latenight variety show panel! Members of the Fleet are here to indulge with you in whiling away an hour of time. Rosebud is the sled, there aren't actually any duelists, and there was this one time involving a closet… Wait, where are my shoes? [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
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Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front... Read More →
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Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


Friday May 4, 2018 11:15pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:15am EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]
 
Saturday, May 5
 

12:30am EDT

Rejoice, Zenkaikon, Your Wish Will Be Granted: A Type Moon and Nasuverse Panel [18+]
Can Shiki Kill Servants? Is Being Lancer Suffering? Join us as we discuss Mana Transfers, Chairs that need to die, and all other things Type Moon._x000D_

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks

James Hicks

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!
JH

James Hicks

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:15am EDT

Anime Openers from Around the World
You've heard the English "translations" of the openers to shows like Dragon Ball or Initial D, but did you ever wonder what they did with them in German? Or Arabic? Anime is shown around the world, and everyone has a different (but not necessarily good) take on the music.

Speakers
avatar for Rym DeCoster

Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
Producer and Host of GeekNights. Game design and UX professional. Regular lecturer at conventions like the Penny Arcade Expo and MAGFest.


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30am EDT

1990's Anime: A decade of hits!
After the wild and crazy 1980's, the 1990's calmed down and produced some of the greatest anime that is still relevant today. Come to this panel and we'll show you some of the best...and worst of the 1990's.

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Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:30am EDT

Nautical Nonsense: A look into Japanese Naval History and the Anime It Spawned
From Kantai Collection to Arpeggio of Blue Steel to Space Battleship Yamato, the history of the Japanese Navy has inspired many beloved Anime. Join us as we discuss these series and the history that inspired them.

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:00pm EDT

The science of Mecha
Mobile suits, hard suits, giant robots, there are a wide range of mecha in anime, but how do they actually work. If you are interested in some of the real world science at work in your favorite mecha anime then come and find out.

Speakers
avatar for Anime Science 101

Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:15pm EDT

The Road to Becoming a Magical Girl
It's more than frills and lace that makes the Magical Girl. From mythical origins to transformations to cultural cues, this panel explores the idea of the Maho Shojo, where she evolved from, and the significance of her journey.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:30pm EDT

Disney Smisney: Exploring other Western Animation Studios
Like most 90s kids, we grew up watching Disney movies and loved them. But, as we got older, we explored other western animation studios(like Laika and Dreamworks) and found that they are pushing the envelope on animated films in ways Disney never has. So, join us as we highlight these studios, make digs on Disney, and discuss the future of cinematic animation.

Speakers
LB

Lauren Bellamy

Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel Geeks... Read More →
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Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel Geeks... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:15pm EDT

Whadda You Know Mullet: A Voltron Panel
Take five space explorers, add a dash of royalty and a pinch of humor, stir well and form Voltron. This panel will take a look at the history of the franchise. From its beginnings in 1984 to the reboot that's taking the fandom by storm. Plus, all the versions in between. So activate those interlocks, connect your dynotherms, make sure your infracels are up, and point your mega-thrusters to go._x000D_


Saturday May 5, 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

5:30pm EDT

Yuri on Ice: Breaking the Yaoi Mold
Yuri On Ice was a smash success, breaking records for its genre. Its stellar performance comes from a delicate mixture of progressive choices combined with "safe" compromises. Learn the surprising history of what inspired it and the cultural context you may not know within this new classic!

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Saturday May 5, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

6:45pm EDT

Underrated Anime you should see
There are must-see anime that are classics for all time. But there are also excellent shows that are overlooked in the top 10 lists and review sites of the world. Join GeekNights for an exploration of the top anime that are forgotten, lost, or just never talked about!

Speakers
avatar for Rym DeCoster

Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
Producer and Host of GeekNights. Game design and UX professional. Regular lecturer at conventions like the Penny Arcade Expo and MAGFest.


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:00pm EDT

Americanized Anime
Before anyone knew what "anime" was, they were just cartoons that weren't American enough. Join Children Driving Robots as we take a look at the different ways that anime was adapted over the years to Americanize them and why. 'murica!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone

Jason Buffone

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:00pm EDT

You're Wrong & You Should Feel Bad! [18+]
Sure, we love to rag on shows like Bleach and Naruto. It's all good fun. We can be secure in good shows like Cowboy Bebop and others, right? Right? WRONG! If you're ready to see your favorite things get deconstructed in the most vicious ways possible, or if you just want to see some hipster otaku get really angry over the trashing of their favorite show, this is the panel for you! You like that highly rated show? Well, YOU'RE WRONG! & YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD! [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front... Read More →
S

Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]
 
Sunday, May 6
 

12:45am EDT

Anime Does Anime: How Anime Reflects On Itself Within The Medium [18+]
What does anime think about itself? There are many instances of anime having an episode, segment, or even a quick gag that gives us some insights into how anime is made in Japan. We take a look at these moments when anime has gone meta to see what we can learn about the animation process and the environment it is made in.

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 12:45am - 1:45am EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:00am EDT

Kanada Style! An intro to the godfather of "Sakuga"
A look into the most important animator in anime who went on to influence an entire generation into what is known as the Kanada school of animation. This Kanada style animation is one of the earliest known examples of what is now known as "Sakuga".

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00am EDT

To Err is to Gundam
From Newtypes to innovators, from the One Year War to the Calamity War, and from the Zero system to the Destiny system. Each Gundam timeline presents it’s own philosophy in the ways that humanity can transcend, and how war directly impacts that ability. Join us as we take a look at each series’ outlook on transcendence and war. 

Speakers
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:15am EDT

That Ship has Sailed
Anchor your "ship" and hop onto dry land! Join us as we take a fun look into the realm of "Shipping". Find out what makes us ship certain characters regardless of age, race, or even story! This panel has been updated to bring you the latest and greatest in pairings. Did your OTP make the cut? This is an audience participation panel, so be prepared to join in._x000D_

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Sunday May 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

2:45pm EDT

Sensei-ship: What Anime Teaches Us About Teaching
What do assassination, performing alchemy, protecting Earth, fighting monsters, and being a ninja have in common? If you said “good teachers”, you were correct! A+ for you! Wait… that's not what you were going to say? You may change your mind when you join certified educators and otaku Kaitlyn Stanton and RedKunoichi to investigate anime's greatest teachers. Class is now in session!

Speakers
avatar for Alpha Betty

Alpha Betty

I’m a third and fourth grade teacher who also happens to be a major otaku. The intersection of those two traits gets pretty interesting!


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]
 


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