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Panel Submissions are open until July 5th, 2021.

Guest Panel Descriptions 2021

DayTimeRoomGroupPanel NameShort Panel DescLong Panel Description
Sunday 9/41:00 pm - 2:30 pmStars at Night 1Sentai FilmworksVINLAND Saturday 9/4GAYou asked, and Sentai answered. Join us for a showing of the first three episodes of the much-anticipated VINLAND Saturday 9/4GA dub!You asked, and Sentai answered. Join us for a showing of the first three episodes of the much-anticipated VINLAND Saturday 9/4GA dub! If you like Vikings, swordplay, tales of revenge or riveting historical drama, then this is the anime series for you. Here’s what the story’s all about: “Young Thorfinn dreams of leaving behind the cold climate of Iceland and venturing into the great unknown. But when Viking sails appear on the horizon, the young boy is conscripted into a life of violence and brutality at the hands of merciless Viking Askalaad. With nothing left to him save revenge, Thorfinn swears vengeance against the man who slew his family, plunging headlong into a sprawling, blood-soaked, coming-of-age epic that marches to the drums of war.
Sunday 9/43:00 pm - 4:00 pmStars at Night 4The Geeky SeamtressSpandex 101Spandex is a commonly used cosplay fabric, but it's often seen as intimidating. In this presentation, we'll help you conquer your fears and embrace all things stretchy!Ready to embrace your inner superhero, but not sure where to start? Stop by this panel on spandex techniques and learn how to make bodysuits and more. Spandex often gets a bad rap for being difficult to work with, but with the right tools, it offers endless cosplay possibilities! This panel will cover fabric selection, base patterns and common alterations, tools of the trade, proper finishing techniques, how to sew spandex without a serger, and much more. Presented by The Geeky Seamstress.
Sunday 9/44:30 pm - 5:30 pmStars at Night 1MrCreepyPastaCreepyPasta MadLibsIt's Time to play a (EMOTION) Game of Mad Libs with you (ADJECTIVE) Host, MrCreepyPasta!It's Time to play a (EMOTION) Game of Mad Libs with you (ADJECTIVE) Host, MrCreepyPasta! This fun game has been going on for (NUMBER) years but this time around you get to (VERB) your very own (NOUN) to be then narrated by Youtube Horror Man himself. What's the scaried, Strangest, Silliest or (ADJECTIVE ENDING IN EST) Word you can think of?
Sunday 9/41:30 pm - 2:30 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HTenchi Muyo! Madness!Beyond the Tenchi we loved on Toonami lies a multiverse of extra content. Prequels, sequels, spinoffs, alternate timelines and even...magical girls?! So let's talk about it!Think you're a fan of Tenchi Muyo? Well, theTenchi Multiverse is even vaster than you think, and it goes WAY beyond what you may have seen on Toonami,stretching across more than half a dozen anime, and that’s not including the countless spinoffs, re -tellings, alternate continuities and an endless supply of supplemental material. Join Vitamin H as we chart a course through the OVAs, TV shows, the games, and more.
Sunday 9/44:30 pm - 5:30 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HTwisted Worlds of Junji ItoSpiral into horror as we explore the dark, disturbing dreams concocted by Japan's most unforgettable horror mangaka.Welcome to the world… or, rather, worlds of Japan’s most darkly inventive and disturbing manga author. A world where bandy-legged sideshow owners parade their cannibal children as living exhibits. A world where hideous young boys gulp down cooking oil like water. Fish that walk on metal legs, girls who mutate and grow like living fungus. Spirals in the air, horrors in the ocean, disembodied heads floating through the skies, a hole that was made for you in the side of a mountain. And above it all, a vast, living star that consumes everything it touches...
Sunday 9/410:00 am - 11:00 amStars at Night 4Vitamin HMahou Shoujo UniverseFor more than 50 years, we've been enchanted by the frilly pink badasses known as magical girls.But beneath their elegant exterior lies a complex and captivating history.For more than 50 years, we've been enchanted by the frilly pink badasses known as magical girls.But beneath their elegant exterior lies a complex and captivating history that's filled with all kinds of surprises. Join Vitamin H as we explore the universe of magical girls, from the early inspirations in American TV to the modern, ultra-slick shows that captivate audiences throughout the world.
Sunday 9/43:00 pm - 4:00 pmStars at Night 1YouTube Music Guests / Mason LiebermanMaking Music For Video Game CompaniesMeet the guests who made music for the official Nintendo game Legend of Zelda: Cadence of Hyrule and Smash Brothers, talk about working with Nintendo, and being a professional musician.Meet the guests who made music for the official Nintendo game Cadence of Hyrule, talk about working with Nintendo, and being a professional musician.
Saturday 9/42:30 pm - 4:30 pmTexas BallroomYouTube Music GuestsYoutube Concert
Saturday 9/410:00 pm - 11:30 pmLone Star BallroomVitamin HThe Ken Dolls Burlesque [18+]The Kendolls Burlesque Show features a variety of performers who come out and showcase their talents, to put on a sexy nerdlesque show.The Kendolls Burlesque Show features a variety of performers who come out and showcase their talents to put on an indulgent spectacle that is sure to leave audience members exhilarated and engaged. Come on out and experience the craze that The Kendollsare creating with their unique and thrilling nerdlesque performances that is sure to the the audience craving more.
Saturday 9/45:00 pm - 6:00 pmStars at Night 1Laura StahlWriting For AnimeAlong with being a VO for Anime and J-RPGs, Laura Stahl is also a professional script adapter. Laura gives an overview what it's like to adapt Anime dialogue from translation.Along with being a voice actor for Anime and JRPGs, Laura Stahl is also a professional script adapter. In this panel she gives an overview of what it’s like to adapt Anime dialogue from direct translation into what you hear in your favorite dubs! Find out how to balance the essence of the Japanese creator’s message with western sensibility, being true to the voice of each individual character, matching timing and rhythm of animation, and more.
Saturday 9/412:00 pm - 1:00 pmStars at Night 1Mason LiebermanI Have A Career Making Music For Anime & Video Games. AMA.Mason Lieberman is a professional video game and anime composer and recording artist for Beyblade and RWBY. He will give insight on the business being a music professional.Mason Lieberman is a professional video game and anime composer and recording artist for Beyblade and RWBY. He will give insight on the business being a music professional.
Saturday 9/43:30 pm - 4:30 pmStars at Night 1Amanda LeeMeet Amanda "AmaLee" LeeAmanda Lee, known as AmaLee, is a voice actress and vocalist, best known to her viewers as “LeeandLie” on YouTube. You can ask her some questions about her work.Amanda Lee, known as AmaLee, is a voice actress and vocalist, best known to her viewers as “LeeandLie” on YouTube. You can ask her some questions about her work.
Saturday 9/46:30 pm - 7:30 pmStars at Night 1YouTube Music GuestsYouTube Music Guests : Q&AYou saw them at the concert now you can talk to them in person. Ask your questions to Caleb, FamilyJules and Adrisaurus. You can even get some insight on making music.You saw them at the concert now you can talk to them in person. Ask your questions to Caleb, FamilyJules and Adrisaurus. You can even get some insight on making music.
Saturday 9/42:30 pm - 3:30 pmStars at Night 4Laura Stahl & Khoi DaoMeet The Cast Of Genshin ImpactMeet the voice of Barbara, Xinyan, and Albedo from the hit game Genshin Impact. They can talk about their work and all other burning questions.Meet the voice of Barbara, Xinyan, and Albedo from the hit game Genshin Impact. They can talk about their work and all other burning questions.
Saturday 9/45:30 pm - 6:30 pmStars at Night 4Xander MobusMeet Xander Mobus (Q&A)Xander Mobus is a voice over actor from LA. Come ask him about his in work in Persona 5 as The Protagonist, Super Smash Bros as Ren Amamiya and more.Xander Mobus is a voice-over actor from LA. Come ask him about his in work in Persona 5 as The Protagonist, Super Smash Bros as Ren Amamiya, Street Fighter V, Soul Calibur VI, One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100, Hunter x Hunter, Detective Pikachu, Erased, Boruto, Boruto’s Dad (aka Naruto) and more.
Saturday 9/48:30 pm - 9:30 pmStars at Night 4All GuestsQuiplash With Guests [16+]All participating convention guests come together to give some outlandish answers to the popular Jackbox Game, Quiplash! Everyone in the room can vote for the favorite answer.All participating convention guests come together to give some outlandish answers to the popular Jackbox Game, Quiplash! Everyone in the room can vote for the favorite answer.
Saturday 9/41:30 pm - 3:00 pm Stars at Night 4Chris HackneyBeginner's Gunpla with Chris HackneyOne of Chris’ favorite pastimes is to sit back and build a giant robot suit that can destroy a small army. Let's talk the basics of Gunpla, fav Gundam and maybe win a prize!One of Chris’ favorite pastimes is to sit back with some relaxing music and build a giant robot suit that can destroy a small army. But when he can't do that, he settles for a 1/100th scale model instead. Let's talk the basics of Gunpla, your favorite Gundam series, and maybe even a prize!
Saturday 9/410:00 pm - 11:30 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HToons That Go Bump In The Night [18+]A look at the darker side of anime,showcasing everything from gothic gloom to high-octane thrillers, traditional yokai to unspeakable Lovecraftian beasts.A look at the darker side of anime,showcasing everything from gothic gloom to high-octane thrillers, traditional yokai to unspeakable Lovecraftian beasts. Whether you're a seasoned horror fan who's looking for new nightmare fuel or just a regular otaku who'd like to try something different,there'll be something here for you to love.
Saturday 9/47:00 pm - 8:00 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HBut We're Both Girls! The Yuri ExperienceGirl meets girl, a tale as old as time... But behind these sweet sapphic stories lies a history of lesbian self-expression and changing views of queerness in Japan.A panel about the history of yuri manga. From classic "Class S" schoolgirl romance to the dark and angsty "Seinen Yuri" of the mid-2000s, and the "Will They? Won't They?" subtext of many modern shows. Like girls? Like girls kissing other girls? Like discovering new series, both good and bad? Come join us!
Saturday 9/41:00 pm - 2:00 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HGetting Ghibli With It"Japan's Disney" has given us countless classics filled with fantastical imagery and heartwarming stories. But behind the scenes is a tale of artistic struggle and strife...Getting Ghibli with it is an overview of Studio Ghibli's history, from its humble beginnings to its worldwide success. Along the way, we delve into the hopes and dreams of its founders, their creative disputes, and what this all means for the aspiring artists in the audience.
Saturday 9/44:00 pm - 5:00 pmStars at Night 4Sentai FilmworksSentai Filmworks Industry PanelGet the latest Sentai scoop! Join your hosts to learn more about Sentai’s latest releases, hottest simulcasts and moreGet the latest Sentai scoop! Join your hosts to learn more about Sentai’s latest releases, hottest simulcasts and more. A Cool Japan Fund portfolio company, Sentai is a leading global supplier of anime and official anime merchandise, distributing and curating one of the industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles. Sentai offers thousands of hours of content across both traditional and digital platforms and is dedicated to bringing captivating stories and iconic characters directly from Japan. With hit series that include MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Princess Tutu, Vinland Saga and Parasyte -the maxim-, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Bloom Into You, Revue Starlight and O Maidens in Your Savage Season, as well as classic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes and The Big O. For more information, visit www.sentai.com.
Saturday 9/48:00 pm - 9:30 pmStars at Night 1Team Four StarTeam Four Star [18+] Q&AHave some questions that are a little too spicy for the main Q&A? That's fine, you can ask here! Candid's the name of the game here!Inspired by a sultry, downright scandalous panel several years back with Travis Willingham and Brad Swaile getting busy in-character underneath a table, the TFS guys thought it might be idea to give their fans a panel where they don't have to watch their ****ing language.
Friday 9/37:00 pm - 8:00 pmLone Star BallroomKens DollsBurlesque 101: How to Get StartedThe Kendolls Burlesque Troupe features a variety of performers who come out and showcase their talents to put on an indulgent spectacle that is sure to leave audience members exhilarated and engaged. Join them as they show you how to get started in burlesque!
Friday 9/311:00 pm - 12:30 pmLone Star BallroomKens DollsThe Ken Dolls Burlesque [18+]The Kendolls Burlesque Show features a variety of performers who come out and showcase their talents to put on an indulgent spectacle that is sure to leave audience members exhilarated and engaged. Come on out and experience the craze that The Kendollsare creating with their unique and thrilling nerdlesque performances that is sure to the the audience craving more.
Friday 9/34:30 pm - 5:30 pmStars at Night 4Sentai FilmworksAHIRU NO SORA ScreeingLooking for your new favorite sports anime? Look no further when you join Sentai for a screening of the first two episodes of high-flying basketball anime AHIRU NO SORA!Looking for your new favorite sports anime? Look no further when you join Sentai for a screening of the first two episodes of high-flying basketball anime AHIRU NO SORA! Here’s what this stellar sports series is all about: “He may be short in stature, but Sora Kurumatani can soar and score on the basketball court! With a passion for the sport he inherited from his mother, Sora vows to her that he’ll take top prize at a high school basketball tournament… but there’s one problem. His new school’s basketball club has turned into a hangout for delinquents! Will Sora’s sheer tenacity and amazing three-point shooting change their minds and get the club up and running again?”
Friday 9/36:00 pm - 7:00 pmStars at Night 1Laura Stahl Ani-Madlibs! With Laura StahlRemember playing mad-libs with your friends? We’re going Otaku with it! Let’s twist scenes, scenarios, and characters from your fav anime by butchering grammar together!Remember playing mad-libs on long car rides with your friends? We’re going Otaku with it! Let’s twist classic scenes, scenarios, and characters from some of our favorite anime by butchering grammar together!
Friday 9/37:30 pm - 9:00 pmStars at Night 4Xander MobusPlay Dread with Xander Mobus and GuestsJoin voice actor Xander Mobus for some tabletop Roleplaying.Join voice actor Xander Mobus for some tabletop Roleplaying.
Friday 9/33:00 pm - 4:00 pmStars at Night 1Chris HackneyChris Hackney Q&AFavorite character? Memorable moments? Best places to eat in LA?! It's your time to ask Chris anything (within reason) you want+get the scoop straight from the horse's mouth!Favorite character? Memorable moments? Best places to eat in LA?! It's your time to ask Chris anything (within reason) you want and get the scoop straight from the horse's mouth! Come chill, ask your Q's, and let's learn about each other.
Friday 9/34:30 PM - 5:30 PMStars at Night 1All VO GuestsAnime & Video Gaming Voice Actor Q&ATalk to all of the Voice Actor guests about what it's like to work on your favorite anime and voice actor properties that you love.Talk to all of the Voice Actor guests about what it's like to work on your favorite anime and voice actor properties that you love.
Friday 9/33:30 pm - 5:00 pm302Southern Cospitality CosplaySo You Want To Enter A Cosplay ContestEntering a cosplay contest for the first time? Still not sure what to do? Southern Cospitality can help guide you through it!Southern Cospitality has been doing this a long time. We've competed in shows, we've judged shows, we've run shows. With a collective 20+ years under our belts, allow us to give you an idea of what to expect, and how to prepare yourself, in the world of cosplay competitions on the anime convention circuit. Especially attend this panel if you plan on entering the cosplay contest!
Friday 9/39:00 pm - 10:00 pmStars at Night 1Team Four StarTeam Four Star Q&AThe founders of Team Four Star (creators of Dragonball Z Abridged, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, and HFIL), Lanipator and KaiserNeko answer YOUR questions!The founders of Team Four Star (creators of Dragonball Z Abridged, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, Unabridged, and HFIL), Nick "Lanipator" Landis and Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs answer YOUR questions!
Friday 9/36:00 pm - 7:00 pmStars at Night 4MrCreepyPastaHorror Feudit's time to play Family Feud! But what's this twist?it's time to play Family Feud! But what's this twist? Two teams will be competent for wonderful prizes but the questions aren't exactly what mom and dad have answered before. We've surveyed 100 people to find out what are the best answers to the most gruesome situations! Can you guess them?
Friday 9/38:30 pm - 9:30 pmLone Star BallroomMrCreepyPastaCreepy Pasta StorytimeMrCreepyPasta will tell you stories that will give you nightmares for years to come.Gather round the campfire boils and ghouls and MrCreepyPasta will tell you stories that will give you nightmares for years to come. Taken from stories around the internet and some of your favorites from YouTube, listen as the one and only blue man retells them in the iconic voice you've come to know and love.
Friday 9/31:30 pm - 2:30 pmStars at Night 4Khoi DaoMeet Khoi DaoKhoi Dao is a cat owner and voice actor. Let's talk about Khoi work on Twitch, VO work, and cats.Khoi Dao is a cat owner and voice actor. Let's talk about Khoi work on Twitch, VO work, and cats.
Friday 9/310:00 pm - 11:30 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HHilarious Hentai Dubs HD [18+]Dive into a world of outrageous, over-the-top adult anime dubbing, now in glorious HD!* Bizarre innuendo, nonsensical plots, and the best (worst?) of English-dubbed hentai.Hilarious Hentai dubs is a carefully crafted montage of the raunchiest, most ridiculous dialog from English-dubbed hentai titles. We've taken footage from over a dozen different adult anime, cut out ALL the boring exposition, and most of the moaning, too. It's a nonstop comedy cavalcade of bizzare innuendo, contrived plots, shocking sex talk, and just general laugh out loud madness.
Friday 9/37:30 pm - 8:30 pmStars at Night 1Vitamin HThe Big Bad Bara Panel [18+]An introduction to Bara, the burlier big brother of modern "Boy's Love" manga. Made by and for gay men, this adult manga movement has a fascinating history and culture.A panel about geikomi, yaoi's older, beefier brother. Written by and for gay Japanese men, these stories feature guys who're bold, brash, bodacious and decidedly burly. If you're looking for an LGBT History panel with a heaping helping of gratuitous male nudity,you're sure to love this panel!
Friday 9/312:00 pm - 1:00 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HMeeting Your Digi DestinyDigi see? Digi hear? Digi know what's coming? A practically prodigious Digimon panel, covering the series' origins, its spinoffs, and it's coolest moments.Like so many of our favorite nostalgic shows,the Digimon franchise is unbelievably vast. Countless games, manga and anime series all tell a differen tstory about these amazing digital creatures. As always,Vitamin H is here to help you dive a little deeper into all things prodigious.
Friday 9/33:00 pm - 4:00 pmStars at Night 4Vitamin HOtome-Nia! Dating Games For GirlsAn intro to the world of otome games, from their fairytale-esque beginnings to blood-sucking samurai and birds with tragic backstories.A somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the world of otome games - dating games for girls. We look at the history of these games, the precursors that defined them, and the vast amounts of spinoffs the genre has spawned. Otome RPGs, Otome Rhythm Games, anime, iPhone games, and even… Choose-Your-Own-Adventure CDs?! Even those who aren’t huge fans of the genre are sure to enjoy this panel as we explore some of the most unique,inventive, and just plain weird stuff that otome games have to offer

Fan Panel Descriptions 2021

DayTimeRoomPanel NameShort Panel DescriptionLong Panel DescriptionPanel Rules or Guidelines
Friday 9/312:00 pm - 1:30 pm301Amazing Inexpensive Costuming You Can Do TooWatch a live demonstration of a costume being made. Melissa and her friends will use variety of new and used materials to make a beautiful anime costume before your eyes.Melissa Aylstock is a local costume designer (including bridal). She has designed and sold costumes for individual clients as well as renting out her own creations. She has been an avid seamstress since grade school. Her passion is designing costumes using fabric and notions from thrifting and clearance tables. Some of her favorite theme wear is anime, steampunk, and Victorian/Renaissance. In this workshop, she and her friends are going to be demonstrating the making of one complete anime costume from new and used materials. She will also show how to convert thrift shop finds into period outfits using trims and accessories. She will be offering tips on everything from; where to shop for new fabrics, what to look for in thrift shops, fabrics and trims to avoid, how to bargain at yard sales, and how to save a ton on buttons and trims.This is primarily a demonstration panel; however, some audience participation would be appreciated.
Friday 9/33:00 pm - 4:00 pm304Anime Catch 21The Blackjack trivia game with an animé twist! Test your knowledge and luck of the draw for a chance to win some cool prizes!The Game Show Alchemists are back for our 8th year at San Japan and hosting Animé Catch 21! Three contestants will be randomly chosen to test their knowledge in this trivia game with a Blackjack spin, based on the hit TV game show, for a chance to win some cool prizes! We encourage audience participation and have treats and prizes for the audience as well!- Three contestants will be randomly chosen from the audience. - There will be multiple rounds. Each contestant starts with one card. - With every correct trivia answer, contestants will control which contestant the next drawn card goes to. - The object is to get yourself a Blackjack (21) or make another contestant bust (go over 21). The contestant that does so will win the round and a prize. - Any question a contestant does not answer will be directed to the audience. An audience member that answers correctly wins goodies and chooses which contestant the next drawn card will go to. - There is no final round. This will continue until panel time runs out, so the more rounds a contestant wins, the more prizes the constant walks away with. - Have fun!
Friday 9/32:00 pm - 3:00 pm301Sketchy BusinessA variety of drawing games where we have friendly competition & team challenges pulled from various J & K variety shows. No drawing skills required.A variety of drawing games where we have friendly competition, team challenges, and a lot of laughs. The games have been pulled from various Japanese and Korean variety shows and modified for the full anime experience. No matter your drawing level join in the fun. Bad or good there is something for everyone. Prizes and entertainment included. Let’s get down to some sketchy business!To help keep everything clean, we will use disinfectant spray as well as providing disposable plastic gloves and hand sanitizer for your your convenience.
Friday 9/32:00 pm - 3 pm225A Career in Gaming & EsportsGet insight from San Antonio professionals who have made a career out of the games we love. We'll talk about how you can get involved, and strategies for success.eSports is becoming a huge part of our culture, and has shaped the way we see teams, organizations, and even brands. This panel will provide insightful perspective from San Antonio professionals who have made a career out of the games we love. We'll talk about the growth and effect of esports on everyday lifestyles, hear about strategies for success in a gaming career, and how you can get involved at a local level. Panelists Include: Ansley Partosa (Moderator) - Head of Greater Gaming Society Sam Elizondo - Director of Gaming and Esports - Tech Port San Antonio Kaitlin Teniente - Director of Esports at St. Mary's University Travis Yang - Head Esports Coach at TAMUSaturday 9/4 Edward Mayberry - Saturday 9/4PL Representative 2 St Mary's eSports Athletes
Friday 9/38:00 pm - 9:30 pm301Ultimate Werewolf; A Party Game for Liars!Feeling a little "Sus"? Come try Ultimate Werewolf, a similar Mafia-style game that shares the deception, deduction, and DEATH that you loved during the pandemic!During the quarentine, most people had a fun time getting frustrated over the popular mobile and PC game, Among Us. Now that we can get back in melee range, let's go a little old school with the table top party game, Ultimate Werewolf! Based on the original 1986 social deduction game, Ultimate Werewolf kicks it up a notch by adding more roles, more goals, and more fun! Game description: "Your quiet little 16th century village has suddenly become infested with some very unfriendly werewolves...can you and the other villagers find them before they eliminate everyone? Ultimate Werewolf is the ultimate party game for anywhere from 5 to 75 players of all ages. Each player has an agenda: as a villager, hunt down the werewolves; as a werewolf, convince the other villagers that you're innocent, while secretly eliminating those same villagers each night. Dozens of special roles are available to help both the villagers and the werewolves achieve their goals while thwarting their opponents." Each game can will be split into groups with a moderator and a break down of the rules to run a smooth game. Depending on your skill and will to win, Werewolf can last anywhere from 15 mins to over an hour, so be prepared! The game is ages 13+, but parents please be mindful that roleplay between adult and teen competitors may include crass language.Keep it civil, it's just a game! Unnecessary outbursts, tempertantrums, cheating, or past game revenge plots to ruin the current game will not be tolerated. Please handle game cards with care and respect.
Friday 9/37:00 pm - 8:00 pm302The Socially Distant Games!Games such as anime charades, telephone, mad libs, etc. will be played. Spectate or join in the chaos 🙂This panal will put a new spin on games that can be played in compliance with social distancing. Games such as anime charades, telephone, mad libs, etc. will be played. The hosts will provide instructions and necessary equipment to keep these games safe and fun for all. Spectate or join in the chaos 🙂Disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, and disposable plastic gloves will be available.
Friday 9/312:30 pm - 1:30 pm302Intro to ImprovAn introduction to the world of improv comedy where those who are learning what makes a good improv actor and how fast they can think of something on the fly.Have you ever wondered how funny you could be in the world of improv comedy? Welcome to Intro to Improv where we teach you random improv games to test your skills. Exercise games like "Hey, what are you doing," park bench, among others will see how funny you can be along with testing your skills for our comedy shows in the future. Join us for fun and hilarity.It'll be panel with questions and answers before trying out some exercise games. While we're in covid constraints, there will be no touching involved.
Friday 9/35:30 pm - 7:00 pmLone Star BallroomWhose Line is it Anyway?An improv comedy show where the games of Whose Line are performed by you. Games like Unlikely Superheroes, Scenes from a Hat, Party Quirks and more. Join us for laughs and funAn improv comedy show where the games of Whose Line is it anyway are performed by you. Come join in for classic games like Unlikely Superheroes, Scenes from a Hat, Party Quirks and more. Audience participation is required. Come join us for all the laughs and fun.An improv comedy show where the audience members are the improvisers. Participants will be given scenes to portray on the fly and come up with their best comedy skills. Everyone participating must be respectful to each other while on stage and due to covid constraints, there will be no touching involved.
Friday 9/312:00 pm - 1:00 pm304Initial D DiscussionIn this panel, we the fans will discuss our favorite moments, the moft wtf moments, and....which car was best *EUROBEAT INTENSIFIES*In this panel, we the fans will discuss our favorite moments, the moft wtf moments, and....which car was best *EUROBEAT INTENSIFIES*
Friday 9/35:30 pm - 7:30 pm301Gunpla: Expanding Your Quarantine HobbyJoin us as we dive deeper into the Gunpla hobby. We will be revisiting the basics as well as covering new easy to learn techniques that will take your model to the next level.During this past year you might have had plenty of downtime to start a new hobby or two. If Gunpla was one of those hobbies, then join us as we revisit some basics, as well introduce you to some new, easy to learn techniques that will make your little Gundam stand out! We will go over techniques such as weathering, battle damage, proper decal setting, custom panel scribing and more.
Friday 9/310:30 pm - 11:30 pmStars at Night 1Franco Cosplay Comedy: Pre-registered Thirst [18+]Enjoy Franco Cosplay Comedy's stand-up where he talks about the culture around cons, streams, cosplays and more that has been observed for 17 years going to events!Need to invest in an hour that you can laugh about or laugh to? Stop on by for Franco Cosplay Comedy's stand-up panel! Just because we had the "big pause" of going to cons doesn't mean there isn't anything to talk about! He will talk about how the culture of conventions, anime, cosplay, and streams have evolved, especially in the year 2020 and this year, to the pre-s*!tshow years that he's observed since 2004 (don't ask his age, he will cry). Over thirty, overweight and over this insanity, let him be a sobering and fun escape from spending the stimulus checks on body pillows and gallons of con water!1. All attendees entering this panel must show proof that you're 18 years of age and over. Government issued IDs and passports are valid. 2. Keep your masks on and stay six feet apart...your lovely comedian will do the same. 3. Be courteous to one another and yourself. 4. Any mess you make must be cleaned up after the show's over. Hiring janitors costs money, so do your part. 5.Enjoy the show!
Friday 9/35:00 pm - 6:00 pm303How to Build Your Body for CosplayThis panel will discuss how to approach fitness with body recomposition (gaining muscle, losing weight, etc.) in mind in order to adjust one’s appearance for cosplay.The world of fitness, in recent years, has become increasingly impacted by anime and nerd culture with everything from character inspired activewear to anime themed workout routines becoming increasingly popular. While it’s useful to be motivated by our favorite characters, we want to teach how to transform that motivation into tangible results. We will teach which fitness and nutrition principles can be applied to: - weight gain - weight loss - fat loss - muscle growth - strength development We will examine how to use the regimens of popular shonen protagonists to get real body recomposition results. We will also teach which methods may be unsafe and which trends, especially anime inspired fitness trends, are less effective for transformations. The presentation will end with Q&A to directly answer questions from attendees.This panel is made up of fitness and nutrition professionals with 12 certifications and 25 years of experience between the three of us. Feel free to ask questions, but we do not condone fat shaming or any type of body shaming. Each person's goals are either achievable or not achievable. They are not assigned value in terms of good or bad. Any information, advice, or recommendations provided are based on scientific studies and our experiences with our clients. We do not recommend implementing any changes without first talking to a professional about one's personal circumstances and goals. It is always best to consult your physician before beginning an exercise program or changing one's diet. Any lifestyle changes made based on or inspired by the information discussed during this panel is done at your own risk.
Friday 9/34:30 pm - 5:30 pm304AKGS: Card SharksAces are high, 2 are low, call the cards right, to win the dough, ON CARD SHARKS! AKGS presents the game show where opinions matter and all can change on a turn of a card.Aces are high, 2 are low, call the cards right, to win the dough, ON CARD SHARKS! AKGS presents the game show where opinions matter and all can change on a turn of a card. As seen on ABC this game show is for all who love risking things on chance We’ve asked 100 fans a series of survey questions prior to the show, and it’s up for you to correctly predict what those 100 people said! If you’re right, and then you play your cards right, you’ll have the chance to win lots of lovely loot! We’re looking for anybody who wants to play this game; make sure you’re there at the beginning of the show and you might be chosen!1. Do not yell out answers. 2. Be respectful of the contestants. (No booing or heckling of any sorts) 3. Have fun!! (For having fun you may get free swag!)
Friday 9/312:00 pm - 1:00 pmStars at Night 1AKGS: Three on a MatchAKGS presents a game show from yesteryear, three contestants answer true or false questions to earn money on our giant matching board! If you can make a match, you win!Alaska Game Shows proudly presents the game show that started it all. Three on a Match. In this game show from yesteryear, three contestants answer true or false questions to earn money on our giant matching board! If you can make a match, you win! The trivia questions are all 50/50, so anyone can have a chance to play!This is a game show with actual prizes on the line so a few ground rules for the audience: 1. Do not yell out answers. 2. Be respectful of the contestants. (No booing or heckling of any sorts) 3. Have fun!! (For having fun you may get free swag!)
Friday 9/310:00 pm - 11:00 pm3012 Idiots' Guide To Being An Ok Dungeon MasterEverything you need to get started on your first campaign and make sure that everyone has fun and that you don't get a bad review as a Dungeon Master on yelp.Stat sheets? Encounter design? Map Making? This isn't a game it's work! In this panel we'll go over everything you need to get started on your first campaign and make sure that everyone has fun and that you don't get a bad review as a Dungeon Master on yelp. We'll go over things like premade modules, crafting your own worlds, session 0's, what to do when you party inevitably wants to seduce the person they're meant to fight, and more.
Friday 9/31:30 pm - 2:30 pm304What Was I Thinking [Anime Edition]?!Grab your friend and put those psychic skills to the test! Earn fun prizes while competing against other pairs to answer one question: What was I thinking?!Is your bond as strong as Tanjiro & Nezuko? Or are you polar opposites like Misaki & Usui? Whether you're flowing to the same rhythm or opposites attract, let's see those mind- reading skills! Come witness this fun and interactive game show! Want to compete? Grab a buddy or get paired with a stranger! Three pairs will be chosen from the audience. Contestants will then compete against each other to see who has the best mind-reading skills and the strongest bonds. The goal is to guess what your partner would answer, earning points for each correct response. The audience stays heavily engaged as they are the ones who get to choose next question if they receive the question ball! If the question ball makes it's way to you, you can either choose from a list of provided questions written on the ball or ask an exciting question of your own! Whether you’re asking the questions or answering them, you’re bound to have a fun time!First & foremost, let's have fun! Please be respectful of one another. Contestants are not pre-selected. Three pairs will be chosen to compete at the beginning of the panel. Multiple rounds, if time allows.
Friday 9/37:00 pm - 8:00 pm225Convention CotillionWe will be teaching proper convention etiquette! After quarantining it’s important to brush up on social skills. Great for first-time attendees & long-time convention goers!San Japan is a first-time con for many. When you are new to anything, it’s difficult to know where to begin. We think a great place to start is with the rules for interacting fellow convention attendees. We are here to end permissionless photos, artist alley haggling, and consentless prop/wig touching! Even long-time convention goers might learn a thing or two. Overall, it will be a great chance to learn about what you can do to be a model con attendee and make conventions a great experience for everyone involved.No inappropriate behavior No disruptful behavior Keep your hands and feet to yourself
Friday 9/33:30 pm - 4:15 pm225SJ Minecraft 2020 - Meet the Phantoms!Meet the nerds who built the Henry B. González Convention Center in Minecraft! Let us regale you with tales of how we generally lost our minds while staring at cubes2020 - boy, what a year! So many events were canceled. But for one group of crazy people, it became a flurry of building in Minecraft as we prepared the HBG for all the nerdlings to come and play online! Join us for a behind-the-scenes look as we tell tales of our MC journey during the Summer of 2020. Then we open the floor to Q&A to answer all your burning questions, like, "What's in the room marked EMPLOYEES ONLY on the other side of Statue Hall?"Be kind. Don't swear. Don't slap the Villagers.
Friday 9/35:00 pm - 6:00 pm225Welcome to Game Dev! Presented By The GGSSaturday 9/4The Greater Gaming Society of San Antonio Welcomes you to our talk on what you can do with Game Development skills from Indie to Industry. Sharing our experiences and advice.The Greater Gaming Society of San Antonio Welcomes you to our talk on what you can do with Game Development skills from Indie to Industry. Sharing our experiences and advice. Learn about local Indie Studios and the events we run as well as how you can improve your skills.Q&A will be held the last 5 m of the Panel.
Friday 9/36:30 pm - 8:00 pm303An Otaku's Guide to Japanese HistorySamurai, swords, shoguns, and more! Come experience a crash course in Japanese history as seen through the lens of anime.Have you ever wondered about the history found within your favorite anime, video games, and other Japanese media? Who were the Shinsengumi? When exactly was the Taisho era? And what's up with that Oda Nobunaga guy? If so, then this is the panel for you! An Otaku’s Guide to Japanese History is a high-speed crash course that'll teach you everything you want to know about the tumultuous past of the Land of the Rising Sun! Join a history nerd and her otaku sidekick on a journey through the various eras and events of Japanese history--from the courtly poetry battles of Heian-era Kyoto to the actual bloody battles of the Sengoku...and beyond!N/A
Friday 9/38:30 pm - 10:00 pm303A Weeb's History of Political TheoryThis talk will be all you need to BS your way through a civics class by exploring the evolution of economic and political theory using popular examples from animeThis talk will explore the evolution of economic and political theory using popular examples from anime. From Bronze Age despots like the Fate series’ Gilgamesh, Hobbesian autocrats like Death Note’s Light Yagami, and liberal humanists like Legend of the Galactic Heroes’ Yang Wenli, this talk will be all you need to BS your way through a civics class.1. Please be respectful of others opinions and thoughts 2. Any questions will be taken at the end time permitted
Friday 9/312:00 pm - 1:30 pm225Five Colors: Super SentaiBefore Power Rangers there were the mighty Super Sentai, five color coded heroes standing against the forces of evil. Experience the history of the original fifteen squads.Before Power Rangers there were the mighty Super Sentai, five color coded heroes standing against the forces of evil. Diabolical aliens, ancient gods, terrible monsters, and even darker threats loom in the unknown. The world's forces that believe in justice assemble a team to strike back against the darkness. Prepare to meet the first fifteen teams and their sinister arch enemies.Our panels are very laid back, but please save full conversation subjects for outside the panel.
Friday 9/33:00 pm - 3:45 pmLone Star BallroomTroubadork - Geeky, Nerdy, Goofy Music for Geeky, Nerdy, Goofy PeopleGeeky, Nerdy, Goofy Music for Geeky, Nerdy, Goofy PeopleTobias the Adequate brings TROUBAORK - a decidedly geek-centric musical catastrophe - uh, show (yeah that's it a show) to San Japan with original songs about (but not limited to) caffeinated Kaiju, Lycanthrope dating, Folks you'd meet at Renfairs, the majesty of CHEESEHENGE, rogue dice, irritating otakus, Internet Fame, and Monotreme Mail Carriers. It is advised to avoid drinking beverages during the songs. Our current “snarfl beverage through nose during song” record is five times in one song (same person, we DID warn her). All ages welcome. He’s gonna do the show anyway, so you might as well watch!
Friday 9/310:30 pm - 11:30 pm304Put That Mouth To Good Use! [+18]Go against each other to come up w/ the funniest ways to turn ordinary anime dubs into hilarious H scenes! Think you've seen plenty of Hentai? Then come put that mouth to use!Put Your Mouth to Good Use is a game show style panel aimed at adults (18+) with clever and well meaning minds! Any fan of adult anime (and those looking to have a good laugh and win prizes) is welcome. Similar to abridged versions of our favorite animes, contestants will be able come up with witty (and preferably lewd) dubs in response to a character's regular line.
Friday 9/31:30 pm - 2:30 pmStars at Night 1Love is War: Ishigami takes the Council to an Anime Convention!Ishigami has brought the squad along for fun, but he doesn't know that a showdown's going to be thrown down?! Join in on the Student Council usual crazy shenanigans w/ prizes!In today's episode, Ishigami brings the student council to an anime convention! What he doesn't know is that Shinomiya and Shirogane have a plan already up there sleeves to get the other to confess first! Will one of them finally crack under the pressure in front of a live audience and accept their defeat, or will it flop once again leaving us on another comical cliff hanger?? Find out what happens in the Student Council room in this hilariously dramatic episode with fun raffle prizes from Fujiwara!
Friday 9/38:30 pm - 9:30 pm225The Legendary AMV Watchalong!Looking for a place to relax and watch Anime Music Videos? Join our panel to experience some of the funniest and most iconic AMVs created from the last decade!The Legendary AMV Watchalong will be jam-packed with some of the most notable Anime Music Videos created by your favorite editors! We will laugh, we might even cry, but most importantly we will enjoy an hour filled with incredible videos! There will be popular genres that everyone loves, including action, drama, and comedy. So sit back and relax as we showcase the best AMVs made over the years.
Friday 9/312:00 pm - 1:30 pm303Anime Ambush: What Have I Been Missing?!In this panel, we’ll outline the most notable anime to air in the past year or so. We’ll watch the OPs (or EDs) of the titles and discuss each of them!If you’ve ever tried watching the full slate of seasonal anime, you’ve likely noticed that it’s close to impossible, right? In this panel, we’ll outline the most notable (whether that means good or bad) anime to air in the past year or so. We’ll watch the OPs (or EDs) of the titles, lightly discuss each one and incorporate audience participation by asking your opinion.
Friday 9/310:00 pm - 11:30 pm302JoJo-pardyJoJo-pardy is the premier trivia game show centered on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.Do you think you know JoJo's? Is 'Walk Like an Egyptian' or 'Roundabout' the theme song to your life? Does everyone hate spending time with you because of it? Do you have nightmares about all the stuff Araki forgot? Is your back contorted because you simply can't stop JoJo-posing? If any of these apply to you, it's time to put up or shut up. JoJo-pardy is the premier trivia game show centered on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Compete with a team of people you probably haven't met before and potentially win prizes, some of which could be tangentially related to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure! Hosted by pixcelation and Alessandro of Zeroes to Heroes, this insane game show is coming closer because it simply can't beat you into the ground unless it does.
Friday 9/32:00 pm - 3:00 pm303The Physics of AnimeHave you ever seen something in an anime that made you ask, "Is that even scientifically possible?" Surprisingly, after a few exemptions, some of them do. Let's talk!Anime introduces us to some very new concepts and ideas. Some religious and cultural concepts are distinctly Japanese and help to broaden our social and cultural worldviews. Others, while familiar, may still be relatively new. One such concept is science. There are anime that are based firmly on science. “Dr. Stone” and “Cells at Work” are two excellent examples. While not grounded in science, other anime, especially those in the science fiction genre, include well-established physical principles. In some cases, these anime get the physics right when we allow for a few “miracle exemptions” first. In this panel, we will discuss some of these concepts in an in-depth yet beginner-friendly manner. We will discuss the 1) special relativity of Gatchaman and Gunbuster, and the Cosmic Microwave Background, 2) the time travel and Many-World’s Quantum Mechanics of Stein’s Gate, 3) Macross Space Folding and Protoculture, and a bit more. This panel is a one-hour romp which is one part physics lecture and one part geek-out session. Questions from the audience and discussions are encouraged. This panel is meant to be interactive, educational, and, most importantly, entertaining.This panel is an interactive lecture. Questions are welcomed and encouraged. We seek to discuss science as represented in anime. Arguments concerning religious or anti-religious biases are not welcome in this forum, as are derogatory statements of any kind.
Friday 9/33:30 pm - 5:00 pm301Make a Dating SimDo you have what it takes to creating a dating simulator? Come to this panel to find out!Every attendee has the opportunity to create a dating sim, typically involves a pen and paper. It's a step by step process from coming up with a character intro to creating the most outrageous ending known to man. In between segments, each brave soul will have the opportunity to summarize their concept ranging from typical girl next door wanting to confess her feelings to bizarre love triangles between a taco and a T-bone steak (yes, it was a concept) Usually at the end of the panel, I do giveaways for attendees who have put the most effort onto the dating sim, created the most weird original sim evah made, and a special prize for anyone who breaks the host (Note: I keep a straight-face most of the time, but there had been people who broke me including the time when Vegeta cosplayed as a Fairy Godmother)This is a PG-13 (ish) panel, so please refrain from any of the naughtier stuff. (And no, I won't discuss Redo Healer here in detail, so don't ask!) Try to be as original as possible. (No, I don't want to hear anything about Boku no Hero fanfics, k?) Don't be too dramatic about real life and stuff. (I already dealt with the most dramatic year ever: 2020.) None of that ethnic, gender, sexuality slurs please. (Especially you, Mr. Ex President)
Friday 9/31:00 pm - 1:45 pmLone Star BallroomAnime Gone Metal! (Or AniMetal)Guitar instrumental renditions of anime themes from the newer shows like Attack On Titan, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia... to the classics like Inuyasha, DBZ, and Yu-Gi-Oh!Graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Dual Bachelors' in Guitar Performance and Music Production; David Saborio is notorious for doing guitar remixes of TV shows, video games, and of course anime. In this panel he will be performing guitar driven renditions from the openings and soundtracks of shows including DBZ, World Trigger, Demon Slayer, Inuyasha, Attack On Titan, My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Super, Gintama and of course Yu-Gi-Oh! Plus a bonus performance of Dragon Force's 'Through the Fire and Flames' if the audience demands it.
Friday 9/33:30 pm - 4:30 pm303Daisy, Daisy: From The IBM 704 To Hatsune MikuLet's Talk Vocaloid History! They sing and dance, and millions are fans. But what's behind the tech? And where did Hatsune Miku come from?Vocaloids! They sing and dance and are known the world over! But they're just the most recent step in a long history of synthetic music and singing computers. We'll explore the origins of talking machines and computers and how synthetic music was born. Then, we'll talk about the history of speech synthesizers, and how they were made to sing. We'll also take a look at how Vocaloids actually turn computer data into music. That will round out the tech, but we still have to explain... why Miku? The worldwide success of the Vocaloid software can be traced back to a virtual girl with turquoise twintails singing on the Internet. How did Vocaloids like Miku, Kaito, Luka, and the whole cast of characters come to be? And what magic made them a success? It's not all dry dialog, there are some music videos both historical up to 2009, from a real IBM-702 to Vocaloid music videos. Afterward, we'll have some time for any questions, and for people to discuss their favorite Vocaloids, artists, and songs.
Friday 9/310:30 pm - 11:30 pm303Hentai History [18+]Ever wonder why naughty tentacles are so naughty? Come explore the socioeconomic and historic origins of hentai with The Tentacle Guy!This panel is a frank discussion of the history of hentai, covering the earliest origins in art, the rise of animation in Japan, and the inevitable use of the medium for adult entertainment. Come find out how the moving block printing press and a four decade long economic boom were responsible for brightly colored animated porn!Hentai History is absolutely not for anyone under 18!
Friday 9/32:00 pm - 3:00 pm302Sports Anime FestivalDo you like Haikyuu!!, Kuroko no Basket, Free, or just sports anime, in general? Join us while we play Jeopardy and other games with your favorite sport anime characters.We will be playing Jeopardy with Sports Anime injected into it. They are various categories like Teams, Special Moves, Characters etc. 3 Contestants will be picked from the audience vying to win. The winner gets a prize. The Audience gets to participates too and steal answers! It's very fun and interactive game that gets the whole audience/contestants playing.
Friday 9/36:00 pm - 7:00 pm304The Ultimate Avatar Quiz BowlHow well do you know the animated Avatar universe? Test your knowledge of both The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra against Zeroes To Heroes and see how you fare!Do you have what it takes to complete this quiz? Are you a bending master? Zeroes To Heroes brings back their Avatar Quiz! Dive deep into the Avatar series by answering questions from both The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra! Sorry Kyoshi novel readers...
Friday 9/35:30 pm - 6:30 pm302Prop Making for BeginnersProp making doesn't have to be expensive or difficult! Come learn the basics along with tools and materials that can help you get started on your own prop.Prop making made simple! Learn the basics of prop making to help get you started. As well as learn about a variety of tricks, tools, and materials to help you feel comfortable and ready to tackle your next project. This presentation will go through materials of different costs and difficulty to help you understand what might work best for you and your skill level. There is no single one way to make your prop and can include even materials you may have not thought of before!No yelling Raise your hand for questions Don't interrupt the speaker
Friday 9/39:00 pm - 10:00 pm304Double Tapioca's Encyclopedia of Anime Beef [18+]An end-all be-all to the question that's been haunting the anime community for years: where's the beef?Join Double Tapioca as we discuss the beefiest men and women in anime and what makes them so dang special in a world filled with any anime character one can imagine!
Friday 9/310:00 pm - 11:30 pm225Abridged Series with The Schmuck Squad[18+]Join the Schmuck Squad as they take you through the world of Internet Parodies. We will present some of our work like Goblin Slayer and Seven Deadly Sins Abridged and more!We will showcase some of our more popular work like Goblin Slayer Abridged, Seven Deadly Sins Abridged and Haikyuu Abridged. Throughout the panel, we will be providing some insight into what it takes to make an internet parody(i.e mics, equipment, networking). Lastly, we will have a Q/A for any leftover questions we did not address.
Saturday 9/411:30 am - 12:30 pm304Animé Wheel of FortuneThe classic Wheel of Fortune puzzle game with an animé twist! Prizes for contestants and door prizes for audience members as well!The Game Show Alchemists are back for our 8th year at San Japan hosting Animé Wheel of Fortune! Three contestants will be randomly chosen to try their hand at this puzzle game based on the hit TV game show for a chance to win some cool prizes! We encourage audience participation and have swag for the audience as well!- Wheel must be given a brisk (but not too forceful) spin - Buying a vowel costs 300 points - Turn passes if you guess the wrong letter, or land on BANKRUPT or LOSE A TURN - You may solve the puzzle at any time during your turn, as long as it is either before you spin, or after you spin and correctly guess a letter - Have fun!
Saturday 9/47:00 pm - 8:00 pm302Anime Sharēdo (charades) [18+]Love Anime? Love charades? You're in luck because we have both! Come show off your charade skills, have fun and win prizes!Come play charades in a judgment-free zone. Show off your acting skills. The main is goal is to have fun and have a great time! There will be prizes. Come as you are!Be fair, be polite, and be friendly. Wait to be selected to shout answer! Make noise for our contestants! DO NOT SHOUT THE ANSWERS! Raise your hand to answer.
Saturday 9/47:00 pm - 8:30 pm 301Waifu WarsYour favorite girl is the best girl, but other, wrong people disagree! Defend her honor in this tournament style debate event.Waifu Wars returns! You have a favorite show, right? And in that show, you have a favorite girl, right? She's the best. Of course she is. Unfortunately, other, very wrong, people disagree. It falls to you to defend her honor against all comers and challengers and prove that your waifu is the best girl. In this interactive tournament-style debate event, members of the audience volunteer their favorite character, their "waifu", to be placed in a tournament bracket. If their character makes it past the preliminary rounds, they will be called upon to defend her with logic and wit, explain why she is the best, and why the other person's waifu should go where she belongs - in the trash. The victor will have the honor of claiming the sacred Receptacle of Rejections, ensuring their waifu is safeguarded until the next Waifu Wars.Waifu Wars is an interactive tournament-esque event where the goal is to have fun (and ensure your Waifu avoids her ultimate fate). Come prepared with a character in mind and be ready to endure a gauntlet of mockery, random questions, and general rambunctiousness. The goal is to have fun, the rules are made up, and the points don't matter. Initial seeds will be determined by uninfluenced crowd vote. After this, the proponents of the advancing characters will be invited to come on stage and argue their Waifu's superiority to those they're pitted against. Voting is informal and based on crowd participation and the judge's opinion on who's done the best job of swaying the crowd.
Saturday 9/47:00 pm - 8:30 pmLone Star BallroomElectric Aura: A Cosplay Dragshow [18+]Drag isn't all about the glitz and glam, it's about nerding out and cosplaying your favorite character! Come see a LGBTQIA+ show filled with performers alikeElectric Aura is a Cosplay Drag Show started at San Japan 2019 to show that Drag isn't all just about the Rupaul Drag race hype, you can be as weird and nerdy as you want! We aim to have a diverse cast, showing off Burlesque to Pure Drag realness. A show geared toward showing how much we love a character, performing as such, and even having audience participation. We always have a game in the middle for audience members to get a chance to be a performer for the moment, being that this is a form of expression.
Saturday 9/44:00 pm - 5:00 pm301Into the Lens: Being in Front of the CameraThis panel will teach cosplayers about posing, angles, lighting, and working with a photography by a former professional model and a current professional photographer.Caitlin Chang is a former professional model and John Palmer is a professional photographer. We will be showing: - how angles and lighting can change your appearance with an interactive demonstration using volunteers - teaching simple tips and tricks on posing and expressions - how to work with photographers and build connections in the community - how to become comfortable in front of the camera - how to pose for different sexes, body types, and styles
Saturday 9/45:00 pm - 6:00 pm 303Pushing Boundaries: Queer Creators & CreationsLGBTQ comics is a rich and diverse media. Presented are profiles of key creators, past and present, who have significantly influenced and advanced the genreLGBTQ comics is a rich and diverse media that has played an important part in the community. Presented are profiles of key creators, past and present, representing the broad range of our community who have significantly influenced and advanced the genre and continue to do so today,
Saturday 9/44:30 pm - 5:30 pm 304Who Done It Among Us? SJCSIJoin the SJCSI! Someone's Acting Sus! Put your investigation skills to the test as you delve into the dark-side of the con with a mystery where fate lies in your hands!Join the SJCSI! Put your investigation skills to the test as you delve into the dark-side of the con with a mystery where fate lies in your hands! During these final moments of dark times and intensity, uncover the truth hidden within the convention grounds. From the randomly selected cast of suspects/witnesses, someone's acting sus! There's a criminal among us! :0Disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, and disposable plastic gloves will be available.
Saturday 9/48:30 pm - 9:30 pm302Whose Line is it Anyway? [18+]New games, challenging tasks, still the same laughs. So much fun to be had with mature content.An improv comedy show where the games of Whose Line is it anyway are performed by you. Come join in for games like Question This, Forward Reverse, Interrogation, and more. Audience participation is required. Come join us for all the laughs and fun.An improv comedy show where the audience members are the improvisers. Participants will be given scenes to showcase their best comedy skills. Everyone participating must be respectful to each other while on stage and due to covid constraints, there will be no touching involved.
Saturday 9/410:30 am - 11:15 amStars at Night 1How to be Good(ish) at BloggingAre you interested in starting a blog? Well, I’m kind of good(ish) at blogging, and I’d loved to share what I’ve been learning along the way!I’m good(ish) at a lot of things (cosplay, book reviews, traveling, dog-related stuff, etc), and I love to share my experiences with the world through my blog “Daphne(ish)”. Have you wanted to share what you’re good(ish) at with the world too through blogging?Be respectful. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Be prepared to learn and feel free to ask as many questions as you want!
Saturday 9/412:30 pm - 1:30 pmLone Star BallroomDeaconrap Live!DEACONRAP, The Otaku rapper from San Amtonio, HAS COME BACK!!! TO Saturday 9/4N JAPAN!!! Come join him as he performs songs off his new album and raffles off some awesome prizes!!!DEACONRAP, The Otaku rapper from San Amtonio, HAS COME BACK!!! TO Saturday 9/4N JAPAN!!! Come join him as he performs songs off his new album and raffles off some awesome prizes!!!
Saturday 9/46:30 pm - 7:30 pm303Furry 101A presentation about the who, what, were, and why of furries!Furries. You've seen them bouncing around at conventions like this one wearing their costumes and wondered: What is this furry thing all about? Am I a furry because I liked Zootopia? Where can I get a fursuit? Join Eduardo Soliz and some furry friends in a presentation that tells you what the big furry deal is. Bring your furry questions!Please be advised that sexuality and gender topics will be discussed.
Saturday 9/42:30 pm - 3:30 pm301How to Improve Your Cosplay BodLearn the basics of loving your body, losing fat, gaining muscle, and being all around healthier in your cosplay bod. Fitness challenges will be intermittent with medals!This panel will discuss appreciating your current body, healthy eating tips, how to lose fat, build muscle, and overall better health/fitness behaviors to get you lean like Mikasa or built like Almight. There will be a push-up, squat, and plank competition held throughout with a grand fitness challenge at the end for those interested in competing, a select few will have the chance to earn a medal. The panel will end with a health/fitness Q&A. ~'Brock Hard' Cosplay is a Certified Exercise Physiologist who will lead this panel to be Plus Ultra!
Saturday 9/411:30 am - 12:30 pm301Cosplay Crafting Step 1: PlanningTired of hot gluing costumes the night before the con? Forgot a piece of your cosplay at home again? Planning may be right for you. Recommended by (and for) 9/10 cosplayersYou’ve done it, arguably the hardest step in cosplay: choosing your character. Now what? It’s tempting to jump head first into buying foam, fabric, and LEDs, but there’s a step that can save you time, money, and hot glue. Planning! This panel goes over why you shouldn’t neglect the planning process, key elements to keep in mind through the construction journey, and organizational tools that can streamline your whole build.
Saturday 9/412:00 pm - 1:30 pmTexas BallroomJazz at the ConJazz at the Con is back and better than ever with a full lineup, excited to once again bring their talents to San Japan!Jazz at the Con is the latest project of saxophonist and group leader, Chad Lewis, along with members guitarist/vocalists Juan Villarreal and Seth Rudd, and drummer Jonathan Montelongo. Based out of the Brazoria County area, they perform an expansive catalog of songs spanning jazz, pop, anime and video game favorites, and everything in between. The group looks to bring a good time for their audience and, based off the reception they've received every year since the project's debut at San Japan 2018, they are ecstatic to return for another year.Minimal heckling is welcome We DO take requests (if we know it, and Careless Whisper will be reserved as a closer ONLY.) Sing along, if you wish Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show
Saturday 9/4Cosplay ShowTexas BallroomJazz at the Con (Cosplay Show Halftime Act)Jazz at the Con is back and better than ever with a full lineup, excited to once again bring their talents to San Japan!Jazz at the Con is the latest project of saxophonist and group leader, Chad Lewis, along with members guitarist/vocalists Juan Villarreal and Seth Rudd, and drummer Jonathan Montelongo. Based out of the Brazoria County area, they perform an expansive catalog of songs spanning jazz, pop, anime and video game favorites, and everything in between. The group looks to bring a good time for their audience and, based off the reception they've received every year since the project's debut at San Japan 2018, they are ecstatic to return for another year.Minimal heckling is welcome We DO take requests (if we know it, and Careless Whisper will be reserved as a closer ONLY.) Sing along, if you wish Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show
Saturday 9/42:30 pm - 4:00 pm304The "Worst" Cosplay ContestAn Interactive Parody of all those cosplay contest/reality game shows. Come for a good 90 minute laugh in The "Worst" Cosplay Contest.Do you Think you have the best cosplay? Do you think that you're the best of the best?! Well this show might not be for you! Returning to it's original Canadian 2010 roots enjoy this Interactive Parody of every cosplay contest, and reality game show. Providing an opportunity of making fun of the host, contestants, and judges. As you help crown the "Worst of the Worst" and celebrate the wonderful world of cosplay. With a special section for anyone to reminisce and talk about what's happened in the world, come and enjoy The "Worst" Cosplay Contest.This a full audience participation panel. If you want to be a contestant you can. If you want to be a judge you can. If you just want to watch you can. You the audience will decide the winner. This panel is designed at making fun of people but in good fun. NO derogatory, sexist, or mean spirited comments will be allowed at this event and will get you kicked out the panel IMMEDIATELY. You may boo and cheer but anything hurtful in nature will NOT be tolerated. We are here to have fun not hurt people.
Saturday 9/410:00 am - 11:00 am304To Be A Master: Pokemon JeopardyDo you want to be a Pokemon Master?! Show off your Pokemon knowledge in this fun and exciting jeopardy style Pokemon panel!Do you want to be a Pokemon Master?! Show off your Pokemon knowledge in this fun and exciting jeopardy style Pokemon panel! Including questions from every current generation, battle against other teams to win prizes! Everybody is welcome, so come on out, and let's go on an adventure.
Saturday 9/410:00 am - 11:00 am302Anime ZumbaCome dance to anime, gaming, and popular music with your friends at Anime Zumba! No experience necessary, and prizes will be given to attendees.Let's face it, anime and video games have the best music out there. So a certified Zumba Instructor (and fellow cosplayer/otaku) created a custom Zumba class just for you. Come dance off the ramen, Pocky, and Ramune that you had all weekend! Prizes will be given out at random to those who participate.1. Have fun! 2. Bring water (if allowed) and small towel. 3. Don't force yourself to make movements you aren't comfortable with. (don't twist your leg if you have a bad knee) 4. Comfortable clothes are recommended.
Saturday 9/410:00 pm - 11:30 pmStars at Night 1H or Not-H [18+]The beloved (by heathens) H or Not-H gameshow will challenge both your wits and real-life RNG power! Come by and take your 50/50 shot at a win while enjoying great fan art!Join your pals Coach and Lewdyboo as they take you on an adventure sure to cause a riot. Returning players will know what to expect, but for the new folks: H or Not-H is an 18+ gameshow where everyone is a winner! Loser is a mentality, winning is our reality! We think you know what H means, so we'll keep this description PG... Anyone is free to participate or simply enjoy the sights from the audience. The rules are simple! Participants (and the audience) will be shown a sliver of a piece of art, only the eyes of a subject, or subjects, will be visible. The player will decide if the full image is H- or Not-H! Every correct answer earns a raffle ticket (unrelated to and unusable in the larger con raffle, if applicable) for our hat drawing at the end of the panel. Participants will get THREE images to guess on, giving opportunity for up to 3 raffle tickets! Everyone who enters the room will receive a raffle ticket, so even the audience has a chance to win a prize. Participants have an opportunity to have up to FOUR! We'll do prize drawings near the end and send everyone off with a big boost of serotonin!Obey all convention rules! No photography or video recording! Respect your fellow humans! Have a good time!
Saturday 9/43:30 pm - 4:30 pm303Anime Cars with ItaParaEver wanted to have your favorite character on your car? Join ItaPara as they talk about the itasha (anime car) culture! Learn the ins and outs on how to make it a reality!ItaPara is a Texas-based itasha (anime car) club. Founded in 2016, ItaPara helped pioneered the growth of the itasha culture in Texas. Over the past 5 years, ItaPara has made many appearances in Texas conventions with their personal vehicles to share their passion for the itasha culture. This panel will educate individuals who are interested in getting their vehicles decorated in their favorite anime or video game character! Some topics we plan to talk about are: -What is itasha? -Different types of itasha -How much does it cost? -Living with an itasha (things to consider) -FAQs We hope you will be able to join us! We will be giving away a *Friday 9/3EE itasha hood design giveaway to 1 lucky attendee. Courtesy of "Setsuna Designs" *terms and conditions applyPlease be respectful to all presenters and attendees.
Saturday 9/412:00 pm - 1:30 pm303Weiss Schwarz: The Anime Card Game With VA Signed Shiny Cardboard WaifusWeiss Schwarz is an anime trading card game by Bushiroad with sets such as Saturday 9/4O, JoJo, and HoloLive (soonTM) Come learn and try out the TCG with a chance to win free prizes!Weiss Schwarz is a popular trading card game (TCG) created by Bushiroad featuring a multitude of different anime and anime adjacent media. Franchises in Weiss Schwarz include Adventure Time, HoloLive VTubers, RWBY (SoonTM) Fate Stay Night, Persona 5, JoJo's, Attack on Titan, and many more! The game features a fresh approach to TCGs focusing on probability, card counting, and managing deck states. However don't be daunted; the game is easy to pick up! Check out the main Texas Groups on Facebook: Austin: https://www.facebook.com/groups/atxweiss DFW: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190336674461523 Houston: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HouWS/ San Antonio: https://www.facebook.com/groups/292776448911199 Join our panelists from the Texas Weiss Schwarz community as they guide you through an overview of the game, followed by a look at the rules and mechanics, and ending with an interactive demo for participants as supplies allow. At the end, there will be a raffle for Weiss Schwarz prizes.1. Please feel free to ask questions! 2. Raffle tickets will be handed out at start, and prizes awarded at the end. 3. Interactive demos as time and supplies permits.
Saturday 9/411:30 am - 12:30 pm302TKD for All Ages!Come one come all and bring your punches with you! This class will provide the basics of Taekwondo and how to properly throw kicks and punches.Bring your fighting spirit with you in this action packed panel! We will go over basic punches, blocks, and kicks in this introduction to Taekwondo class! Great for the whole family, this is a great way to get everyone involved. Whether you are a world champion looking for a daytime warm up, or a true beginner, this class is for you!Please wear athletic clothing and tennis shoes
Saturday 9/45:30 pm - 6:30 pm302Self Defense for All Ages!Come and learn the basics of self defense! This panel will provide instruction for ages 8-88 on how to successfully defend yourself.Did you know that every one in five people will encounter a robbery or similar event in their lifetime? This panel will prepare anyone young or old, man or woman, to protect themselves and possibly someone else. Learn simple, easy, and effective techniques for all situations including grabs, chokes, and how to stay safe with general tips and tricks.Please wear athletic clothing if possible
Saturday 9/412:00 pm - 1:00 pm225BNHA Licensing ExamAs an aspiring hero, come test yourself to be licensed like all the other pros! Undergo a series of tests and games to see if you are worthy of getting your license.We will be hosting an interactive panel where the audience will be moving around for the duration of the panel. We will have them solving small games and following hidden clues with the panelists throughout the con floor. It will be simple riddles and games such as the newlywed game and a small scavenger hunt. It brings the panelist around the con and highlights on certain aspects found in the manga and show of Boku no Hero(strength, intelligence, cooperation, speed, and technique). Everyone will leave with a heroes provisional license made by the panelists and the first winner will get a prize.1. Don't run 2. Be kind to your panelists
Saturday 9/45:30 pm - 7:00 pm225Live Pokemon BattleYou have two teams of two. Pokemon and trainer improve battle against another Pokemon and trainer team in a tournament style setting to win.This is the way this works: You have two teams of two (one team member is the pokemon and the other is the trainer). The trainer must give the right commands to their pokemon in order for the pokemon to attack and the pokemon must take a hit if the trainer hasn't given a command to block or dodge. There battle should last up to three minutes. The Battles will be judged on how well the pokemon listen to its trainer, how the pokemon uses their move, and how much stamina your pokemon has.This is the way this works: You have two teams of two (one team member is the pokemon and the other is the trainer). The trainer must give the right commands to their pokemon in order for the pokemon to attack and the pokemon must take a hit if the trainer hasn't given a command to block or dodge. There battle should last up to three m. The Battles will be judged on how well the pokemon listen to its trainer, how the pokemon uses their move, and how much stamina your pokemon has.
Saturday 9/42:00 pm - 3:00 pm303One Piece: 20 Years of AdventureEiichiro Oda's masterwork has chronicled for more than 20 years. Witness the highlights of the swashbuckling adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and a cast of thousands!Eiichiro Oda's masterwork has chronicled for more than 20 years. Weve gone from a young boy's journey to waging war on entire governments, all in a race to find the greatest treasure the world has ever known and crown the Pirate King. Witness the highlights of the swashbuckling adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, his crew, and a cast of thousands!Our panels are very laid back, but please save full conversation subjects for outside the panel.
Saturday 9/411:30 am - 12:30 pmStars at Night 4Heroes on Both Sides: Criminals and DetectivesCrime and corruption are common place. The criminal and the detective, two sides of the same coin between antagonist and protagonist. It's a who's who of both along all media.Crime and corruption are common place. The criminal and the detective, two sides of the same coin between antagonist and protagonist. Everyone from Arsene Lupin to Conan Edogawa. It's a who's who of both along all media; be it games, anime, or even live action japanese shows.Our panels are very laid back, but please save full conversation subjects for outside the panel.
Saturday 9/41:00 pm - 2:00 pm301Contact Lenses for Cosplay & FashionAn informative introduction to contact lenses for cosplay and fashion, including where to purchase, how to care for, and how to to wear them!Contact lenses are a popular and integral part of cosplay these days, and it's just as important to utilize and treat them well for proper eye care. Come learn all you need to know about contacts, from what they are to where to find them!Please save all questions for the end of the presentation, where we can ask questions and share information with each other.
Saturday 9/410:00 pm - 11:30 pm303Doujinsh*t! [18+]Time traveling strippers! Self-aware anime girls! Come see the darkest and weirdest of it all in Doujinsh*t!As everyone knows, hentai comes in many forms and offers three times as many stories. Some? Masterpieces. Others? Decent enough. But occasionally one finds that diamond in the rough, a work that is just so odd that it begs to be shared with the world. Come join Double Tapioca in Doujinsh*t!, where we will dive into some of the oddest doujinshi, eroge, and anime that will have attendees begging the question: why?
Saturday 9/41:00 pm - 2:00 pm 304My Hero Academia Murder Mystery: Among Us EditionAn traitor has entered the mist of UA academy, it's up to you and your team to find out who the culprit is, before they take down everyone! Can you find this imposter?It is up to you as our brave detective to investigate the clues left behind from the traitor, and fight villains alongside the Heroes in order to capture the Killer! Will you find out who did it or will more heroes fall to the hands of evil!? Find out in this episode full of betrayals, secrets, hope, and laughs! Plus Ultra! (No MHA knowledge acquired)
Saturday 9/48:00 pm - 9:30 pm303Best of the Best: Studio SHAFT [18+]In this panel, we’ll discuss the infamous Studio SHAFT, including the rise of one of the most prolific styles in anime today, brought to us by Akiyuki Shinbo.It’s no joke that the number of anime studios actively making content is insane, but which of them can be qualified as the best? In this line of panels, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at one of many studios and the mark they left on the community — their history, key players, shining examples of their best work, and more! In this specific panel, we’ll discuss the infamous Studio SHAFT, including the rise of one of the most prolific styles in anime today, brought to us by the kingpin of directing himself, Akiyuki Shinbo.
Saturday 9/410:00 am - 11:30 am303Best of the Best: Kyoto AnimationIn this panel, we’ll discuss Kyoto Animation and the events that brought them from emotional titles such as Clannad and Kanon to sexy swimmy titles such as Free!It’s no joke that the number of anime studios actively making content is insane, but which of them can be qualified as the best? In this line of panels, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at one of many studios and the mark they left on the community — their history, key players, shining examples of their best work, and more! In this specific panel, we’ll discuss Kyoto Animation and the events that brought them from emotional titles such as Clannad and Kanon to sexy swimmy titles such as Free!
Saturday 9/410:00 pm - 11:30 pm225Nerd cosplay poetry slam [18+]Poeticus Flex, a nerd poetry collective, will bring a poetry slam showcase featuring poets in cosplay performing poems around nerdom pop-culture and anime.Poeticus Flex, a nerd poetry collective, will bring a poetry slam showcase featuring poets in cosplay performing poems around nerdom pop-culture and anime. Be ready to laugh and cry and judge poetry interactively in the audience. You may also participate if you are in cosplay with 3 original poems ready with topics in the genre. Meet the Poeticus Flex team and join us for words with nerds.Poeticus Flex, a nerd poetry collective, will bring a poetry slam showcase featuring poets in cosplay performing poems around nerdom pop-culture and anime. Be ready to laugh and cry and judge poetry interactively in the audience. You may also participate if you are in cosplay with 3 original poems ready with topics in the genre. Meet the Poeticus Flex team and join us for words with nerds.
Saturday 9/44:00 pm - 5:00 pm302Jojo's Bizarre PanelCome play some bizarre MadLibs with the part 4 crew and show off your knowledge of all that is Jojo as you compete to win some epic prizes in Jojo's Bizarre Trivia.The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure panel will consist of two separate trivias. The first one is a group trivia that consists of questions ranging from all parts that have been animated( Parts 1-5).Each group will have one white board and one panelist that will write down the answer that the group comes up with. Each correct answer gets a point. Whichever group has the most points is crowned the winner, and the group members will get to claim their prize. The second part of the trivia will be an individual one, where five random volunteers will come to compete in questions that will range from parts that are more manga based.(Parts 1-7). The questions will be much harder than the last but the prizes will be even greater.Please keep masks on at all times. Refrain from touching the equipment and panel members. No racial or inappropriate comments or else you will be asked to leave the panel. Be mindful of others, respect them. Follow all San Japan guidelines, failure to do so will have you removed from the panel.
Saturday 9/42:30 pm - 3:30 pm302Ultimate Cage Battle!It's time to bring your acting skills to the ultimate stage, the battlefield! Two teams of three will battle it out in epic combat for even more epic prizes!It's time for an evening of theater and live combat! Contestants will be pitted against each other in a battle to the death! Each contestant will summon three cosplayers chosen from the audience and command their most devastating special attacks to finish their opponent. But their fates are in the hands of the audience! Will they be given a second chance, or will the winner have to FINISH THEM! I hope you brought your acting pants, because each team will need to work together to hype up the crowd and climb the prize ladder. Do you have what it takes to climb to the top of the mountain and rule the cage? Show up and find out! -2 Contestants [summoners] -3 Cosplayers/each [summons] -Multiple rounds -Prize ladder -Audience votes winners -Special powers *All moves are simply acted/choreographed and no physical actions will be accepted against opponents [unless discussed beforehand] [You may choose to retreat with winnings or risk it all for greater prizes]1. DO NOT TOUCH SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT WISH TO BE TOUCHED! 2. All moves are acted out without physical violence similar to cosplay chess 3. Summoners will be chosen by the panelists. After being picked, Summoners will choose their fighters from the audience. (Cosplay is highly encouraged!) 4. Summoners will create an original idea to summon (jutsu summoning, pokeball, transmutation circle, etc.) and act it out. 5. The summoned fighers will then come out and listen to commands from their summoner (teams will be able to discuss attacks before each round) and they will perform that move 6. Audience applause will determine the winner! 7. Props may be used at 1/2 speed. 8. All three fighters will have a chance to fight on each team. 9. If someone doesn't want to be chosen while summoners are picking, THATS THEIR CHOICE no one is forced to play. 10. As always. Have fun guys. That's why were here, right?
Saturday 9/410:00 am - 11:30 am225Ultimate WerewolfUltimate Werewolf is a game of social deduction similar to Among us. Villagers are trying to eliminate all the Werewolves. And the Werewolves are trying to be the last alive.Ultimate Werewolf is an interactive game of deduction for two teams: Villagers and Werewolves. The Villagers don't know who the Werewolves are, and the Werewolves are trying to remain undiscovered while they slowly eliminate the Villagers one at a time.
Saturday 9/42:00 pm - 2:30 pmTexas BallroomAnime Gone Metal! (Or AniMetal) [YouTube Concert Opening Act]Guitar instrumental renditions of anime themes from the newer shows like Attack On Titan, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia... to the classics like Inuyasha, DBZ, and Yu-Gi-Oh!Graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Dual Bachelors' in Guitar Performance and Music Production; David Saborio is notorious for doing guitar remixes of TV shows, video games, and of course anime. In this panel he will be performing guitar driven renditions from the openings and soundtracks of shows including DBZ, World Trigger, Demon Slayer, Inuyasha, Attack On Titan, My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Super, Gintama and of course Yu-Gi-Oh! Plus a bonus performance of Dragon Force's 'Through the Fire and Flames' if the audience demands it.
Saturday 9/45:30 pm - 6:30 pm302Guess that KPOP Song!KPOP songs, how many do you know? By the first few beats? Come and test your knowledge and compete against other kpop stans to test your knowledge for prizes!KPOP songs, how many do you know? By the first few beats? From 1st gen to 4th gen, how many songs do you know? Come and test your knowledge and compete against other kpop stans to test your knowledge for prizes!
Saturday 9/410:30 pm - 11:15 pm301What do you mean anime isn't for kids?! [18+]Ever wondered if Anime is safe to watch for kids? Come to our panel and see and be assured that anime is perfectly safe for people of all agesEver wondered if Anime is safe to watch for kids? Come to our panel and see and be assured that anime is perfectly safe for people of all ages or is it? We know what you deviants want and we're here to provide the main course. So what on the menu you ask? Let's just say anime-filled will mature themes such as gore, violence, cussing, and a bit of ecchi sprinkled in.Be respectful of other attendies. Have fun.
Saturday 9/41:00 pm - 2:00 pm302Video Game TriviaHave you played all the games until your eyes bled? Do you miss glasses-pushing, knowledge-flexing in public? Test your mind in this third entry in Video Game Trivia!Do you think you have the knowledge to best even the wisest fact-checking, Fandom-wiki contributing, video-essay-making, subreddit-moderating gamers!? Time to put that knowledge to use in this third installment of Video Game Trivia! This trivia show will test all sorts of knowledge from guessing music, guessing scenes, guessing silhouettes/outlines, and various questions about all sorts of gaming genres. Also, you can win PRIZES! Not a contestant? That's okay, winning prizes is easier than getting a PS5* because even the AUDIENCE will get chances to win PRIZES! Come on down and let's see what you got! *PS5 is not a prize, that was a joke.- PARENTS: The games that may be discussed or shown will be rated from E (Everyone) to M (Mature). I will not play any scenes with swearing or suggestive themes. This will be as PG to PG13 friendly as possible. - AUDIENCE: DO NOT SHOUT OUT THE ANSWER AND/OR SPOIL! There will be some chances where the audience may participate and answer some questions! - CONTESTANTS: There will be four teams, each with three contestants. Use the whiteboard to write your team's answer and show it to the host. Allow enough time for us to record what answer you have selected. Score tally will be given at the end of each round/section. - Participation isn't first come, first serve so don't rush the seating. My assistants and myself will walk down the seating aisles and pick out at random for those raising their hands wishing to play. Again, don't worry if you didn't get picked, there will be a few audience follow-up questions and chances to win prizes!
Saturday 9/410:00 pm - 11:30 pm304Dark Midnight Metaverse Persona Game ShowStraight out of the Velvet Room, this Persona-filled game show has everything for you brave souls that want to play! From mascots that got spunk to deep-cut references!This game show, straight out of the Velvet Room, has everything for you brave souls that want to play! Questions from: ALL Persona MAIN entries, ALL of the spin-off games [excluding Japan only releases], and lovable mascots that got spunk! The categories will be: Name That Character; Location, Location, Location!; Play That Music Track; Who's That Voice Actor?; and Random Persona Trivia. Stop on by and challenge others with your Persona knowledge and win awesome prizes!The game show will consist of 25 questions to be answered ranging from the categories: Name That Character; Location, Location, Location!; Play That Music Track; Who's That Voice Actor?; and Random Persona Trivia. Five contestants can play. There are prizes for the top three contestants! Plus, if any of the top three places are tied, then there is a lightning round to act as the tiebreaker! Also, IF there is any time left, there's a bonus round where the fourth and fifth placed contestants as well as the audience can participate! One Last Thing, Absolutely No Help from the Audience!
Saturday 9/412:30 am - ???Lone Star BallroomHentai Fest with The Tentacle Guy [18+]That is not dead which can eternal lie, so come watch some hentai with the Tentacle Guy! We're back with more games, prizes and all the classic hentai you need!After a long cold slumber in our antediluvian crypts of cyclopean proportions, with only a thesaurus to keep us company, the tentacles are ready to return. This year Hentai Fest has raided the deepest deposits of bad adult anime to bring you the classics of the hoary old past, i.e. the 1980s! As always there will be games, prizes, surprises, and special guests in fancy disguises! So bring your friends and a change of pantsu and get ready to laugh, scream, and fidget awkwardly as you get close to strangers for the first time in a year to watch the worst of the worst of classic hentai!The First Rule of Hentai Fest is enthusiastic positive consent! Unless you have explicit and freely given permission, keep your hands, feet, pseudopods, tails, and tentacles to yourself! The Second Rule of Hentai Fest is enthusiastic positive consent! The things we're going to watch on screen are examples of what not to do. Real life isn't hentai, so we ask permission first and ensure that everyone is comfortable! Content Warnings: Hentai Fest will definitely have scenes of graphic sex and violence. Absolutely no one under 18 will be permitted. The hentai shown is a product of its time and culture and was designed to shock and offend. There is heavy use of gendered slurs and other offensive language. The purpose of hentai fest is to mock all of these things, not emulate them.
Saturday 9/47:30 pm - 9:30 pm225Lolita Horror StoriesWearing lolita is a strange experience and everyone has a story to tell! The audience is invited to share their tales during their life as a lolita.Wearing lolita is a strange experience and everyone has a story to tell! At this panel the audience will be invited to share their awkward, embarrassing, funny, or interesting experiences they've had during their life as a lolita.
Saturday 9/42:30 pm - 4:30 pm225Team Rocket's Training CampWE WANT YOU! Team Rocket is recruiting new grunts and we need you to show you’ve got what it takes to join our ranks. Prizes will be rewarded to trainees who impress us!WE WANT YOU! Team Rocket is coming to San Japan 12.5 and is looking to recruit new grunts! Show us you’ve got what it takes to become a member of the world’s greatest criminal organization by completing various activities that test your endurance through simple training exercises, deviousness, charisma, and of course pokémon knowledge. Prizes will be rewarded to trainees who catch the boss’ eye, so don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to become an agent of greatness!Due to the overwhelming support of Team Rocket, we encourage all potential grunts to ARRIVE EARLY to our training camp to ensure you snag one of our limited spots. While Giovanni wants to recruit as many members as possible, he values the health of our grunts & trainees and so has limited the amount of people admitted into each training session. (Multiple sessions will be held during the allotted panel time) Please follow our social media @teamrockettex for updates on “Team Rocket’s Training Camp" and general TRT happenings.
Saturday 9/49:00 pm - 10:00 pm301The Lost Art of Anime Theme Song AdaptationsAh the 90s, days filled with flannel shirts aplenty, AOL instant messages, and…adapted anime theme songs?!? Come and experience iconic adapted theme songs from classic anime.It wouldn't be a stretch to say that the opening and closing songs for each episode are an important reason to anime's popularity; it exposes viewers to musicians they may never have discovered on their own. Back in the stone ages of anime fandom, when fansubs ruled the day and the local Blockbuster would have a rather small section, tucked far away, that had an assortment of anime series and movies, a lot of the series that got brought over also did their own version of the Japanese opening and closing songs. Mostly the company doing the dubbing would just translate the lyrics and get an English singer, sometimes a voice actor or actress working on the series, but sometimes they would do their own interpretation of the song or record a completely new song from scratch that sounded nothing like the original Japanese song. Because nowadays when anime gets localized they keep the original songs, the adapted theme song is sort of a lost art from a bygone era, a cultural relic. As such, this panel is an opportunity to relive classic theme song adaptations from popular (and some not so popular) series, as well as introduce them to younger anime fans who may not be as familiar with some of these songs. So this panel can be outlined as follows: after a brief introduction, some basic terminology and the different categories of adapted theme songs will be provided. Examples of each category will be given alongside both the original and adapted song for listening. Next, culturally significant adapted theme songs will be discussed, and how they added to the value and influence of a series. Finally, an overview on the state of adapted theme songs in anime will be examined. Once the presentation portion of the panel is complete, audience members will be able to talk about their favorite adapted theme songs.No specific guidelines or rules to follow other than not being a boorish audience member. Let's all be nice to the panelists and audience and enjoy some classic adapted theme songs of from times past in anime history.
Saturday 9/410:00 pm - 11:30 pm302Cosplay Battle Chess [18+]18+ interactive chess game where cosplayers are the pieces and interact in big takedowns and deaths.Interactive game of chess where cosplayers fight it out with epic takedowns and deaths. If you want your 10 seconds of game, arrive early and sign up to be a piece in the game. See Darth Vader be downed by Pinkie Pie! See Kite scowl at Kirito over who had the better MMO anime! Cheer, boo, celebrate the improv violence!Arrive early to sign up as a piece. While this is 18+ we expect everyone to use some common sense as to comments and call outs. Consent is required for all interactions on and off the board. We have final say on whether or not to boot someone from the room and we will make sure it stays fun but safe.
Saturday 9/48:00 pm - 9:30 pm304PLUS ULTRA! My Hero Academia TriviaDo you have what it takes to be a hero? Are you ready to go Plus Ultra? Join Zeroes To Heroes as we test your knowledge of all four finished seasons and the two movies!Join Zeroes To Heroes and test your knowledge of the My Hero Academia anime series! Play in a team or be a beast and go solo. This quiz show will be covering all four completed seasons and the two movies of the anime. Spoilers from the manga will NOT be discussed at any time!
Saturday 9/410:00 am - 11:00 am 301How to Host an Anime ReviewLooking to run your own anime review at your spare time, while trying to build your creative skills and fanbase? This is the panel for you!This is a workshop panel for content creators who are looking to create their own anime review. I'm going to cover the basics on running an anime review, what equipment to use, the type of skills you need, and some of the common pitfalls to avoid.Respect other possible content creators, refrain from any inappropriate content, and please bring some questions.
Saturday 9/46:00 pm - 7:30 pm304The Mark of Mastery Kingdom Hearts Game ShowStraight out of Twilight Town, this Kingdom Hearts-filled game show has everything for you brave souls that want to play and Struggle! With characters you all know and love!This game show, straight out of Twilight Town, has everything for you brave souls that want to play and Struggle! Questions from the Kingdom Hearts series with popular characters throughout the series you all know and love! The categories will be: Characters? As If!; Worlds. Worlds? WORLDS!; Play That Music Track; Name That Voice Actor; and Random Kingdom Hearts Trivia. Stop on by and challenge others with your KH knowledge and win awesome prizes!The game show will consist of 25 questions to be answered ranging from the categories: Characters? As If!; Worlds. Worlds? WORLDS!; Play That Music Track; Name That Voice Actor; and Random Kingdom Hearts Trivia. Five contestants can play. There are prizes for the top three contestants! Plus, if any of the top three places are tied, then there is a lightning round to act as the tiebreaker! Also, IF there is any time left, there's a bonus round where the fourth and fifth placed contestants as well as the audience can participate! One Last Thing, Absolutely No Help from the Audience!
Sunday 9/54:30 pm - 6:00 pm225KPOP RANDOM DANCE PLAY! [AUSTINRDP]KPOP Dances, How many do you think you know? From Bigbang to BTS to ITZY, Come test your knowledge here and show off your dance!Ever seen those KPOP Random Dance Plays on youtube? Want to be in one? Here's your place! Come join us to show off your learned choreo from hit kpop groups such as bigbang, bts, twice, blackpink, itzy, and more! Here's your chance to shine on the dance floor and talk to fans with similar interests as you! Maybe even a new dance partner
Sunday 9/511:30 am - 12:30 pm304We-Booze: Guess that IntroThe cast will present a set of anime intro music and have audience try guess where its from. Prizes will be given to those that guess right.Each member of the We-Booze cast will bring a set of anime intro music and have audience members guess where that song is from. This will be followed up with a minor discussion of the series and why we picked it. Prizes will be given to those audience members that guess it right! Sit back and relax as we enjoy the good music!No cellphones! No Cheating! Be respectful those others!
Sunday 9/510:30 am - 12:30 amStars at Night 1Last Weeb Standing :3Your favorite (?) anime trivia show is back, and this time, we're going oldschool! Join us and flex those weeby muscles to prove you're the weebiest of them all!The world famous [citation needed] anime trivia show is back and this time we're going back the the weeaboo basics! Flex those weeby muscles and strut your vast anime knowledge to beat out your fellow weeaboos in this elimination trivia game to prove that you are the weebiest of the bunch!
Sunday 9/53:00 pm - 4:00 pm304Animé JeopardyThe classic Jeopardy game with an animé twist! Test your knowledge in this trivia game for a chance to win some cool prizes!The Game Show Alchemists are back for our 8th year at San Japan hosting Anime Jeopardy! Three contestants will be randomly chosen to test their knowledge in this trivia game based on the hit TV game show for a chance to win some cool prizes! We encourage audience participation and have treats for the audience as well!- Answers must be in the form of a question - We recommend waiting for the host to finish reading the clue before buzzing in to avoid premature buzzing only to not know the answer - Have fun!
Sunday 9/510:00 am - 11:00 am304Generally Anime: The Game Show!A comedic game show like structure that will engage the audience in challenges based on Japanese variety shows and anime themes. Audience VS Hosts! What could go wrong?Join us for a variety game show quiz! We have a comedic game show like structure that will engage the audience in guessing various anime characters, titles, and quotes with interactive challenges based on Japanese variety shows and anime themes. Various challenges based off of different anime will include friendly competition against the hosts and audience! Audience VS Hosts: What special task will the defeated party have to complete? Prizes will be given out throughout the panel!
Sunday 9/51:00 pm - 2:30 pm304Anime Name That Tune!Think you know music from anime? Come test your knowledge at Anime Name that Tune for fun and prizes!Anime Name that Tune is a fun interactive panel game. We play various music from Anime Openings, Endings, background music and even character songs from a variety of anime throughout history. Contestants try guessing what it's from for fun and prizes!
Sunday 9/510:00 am - 11:00 am225History of Home Video Games 1972-83Learn about what video games were like before the NES from someone who was there!Join Eduardo Soliz on a trip back to the 70s and 80s as he presents the early history of home video games. The first two generations of consoles will be covered, starting with Ralph Baer's Brown Box up to the Video Game Crash of 1983.
Sunday 9/55:00 pm - 5:45 pm302Bex's 1st Live Show!Do you like idols? Then bring your penlights and see Bex perform live! She'll be singing and dancing to popular j-pop songs, including songs from Vocaloid and Love Live!If you like idols, jpop, and/or live music, come on by to watch Bex perform at her 1st ever live show! Music will include Vocaloid and Love Live!, as well as other popular jpop and jrock songs. Bring your penlights and jam along as she sings and dances, bringing that sparkling, heart-pounding experience on stage!
Sunday 9/54:30 pm - 6:00 pm304The Pokemon Game Show: Sword & Shield EditionFour players battle each other in a test of knowledge about all thing Pokémon but only one will have a chance to be the Champion of San Japan!Four players battle each other in a test of knowledge about all things Pokémon! Answering questions correctly gives them control of our game board where they will face all sorts of challenges! The winner has a shot at becoming immortalized as Champion of the con! Plus for the 1st time ever, members of the audience will have a chance to win extra prizes and they compete in a Max Raid Battle! Questions will be a mix from all things Pokémon but primarily will focus on Sword & Shield.This is a game show with actual prizes on the line so a few ground rules for the audience: 1. Do not yell out answers. (If no one get the correct answer I will throw it out to the audience.) 2. Be respectful of the contestants. (No booing or heckling of any sorts) 3. Have fun!! (For having fun you may get free swag!)
Sunday 9/53:30 pm - 5:30 pmLone Star BallroomLolita & J-Fashion MarketLolita & J-fashion market and swap meet! Peruse the market place for items to buy, sell, or trade. All J-fashion welcome!A meetup to buy and sell gently used or new J-fashion items with other J-fashion enthusiasts!
Sunday 9/511:30 am - 12:15 pm225Fate/Gender OrderLearn how Fate/Grand Order, one of Japan's most popular mobile games, challenges the male-female gender binary.Fate is a series with a long history of playing fast and loose with gender, dating all the way back to Fate/Stay Night. It's no surprise that in Fate/Grand Order, which has become one of Japan's most popular mobile games, a handful of characters are not easily defined as male or female. This panel explores how the game challenges the gender binary.
Sunday 9/52:00 pm - 2:45 pm301In Defense of Moe: Why We Love Cute StuffFind out why people love to watch cute girls do cute things in this exploration of the concept of "moe" (pronounced MO-eh).Ever wondered why so many anime and manga series have adorable characters who you can't help but want to protect? This panel explores the concept of "moe" (pronounced MO-eh), its history, and why grown adults love to watch cute girls do cute things.
Sunday 9/512:00 pm - 1:00 pm302Love Notes: The Story ContinuesCome enjoy the continuation of the Next Chapter story at this idol performance and see what our favorite fairytale heroines have been up to in Love Notes: The Story Continues!Come enjoy the continuation of the Next Chapter story at this performance and see what our favorite fairytale heroines have been up to in, Love Notes: The Story Continues, hosted by Love Notes! Love Notes is a cosplay dance troupe originally formed in Austin, Texas. They began their idol journey with the hit anime series Love Live, then branched out to other series such as Osomatsu-san, Wake Up, Girls!, and Vocaloid. This past year they have been working on their own concept based off of fairytale heroines, bringing all types of dances and songs to the table in the process.
Sunday 9/51:30 pm - 2:30 pm302Tsugi no Party: Parfait Party Live in Concert!Retro idol duo Parfait Party is back with their 1st concert tour since 2019! Come for an hour of 80s idol songs, old school anime themes, & a live debut of original music!Continuing their efforts to spread retro Japanese media all over Texas, the ladies of Parfait Party are back and better than ever! Join them for their first concert tour since 2019 with 80s idol songs, old school anime themes, AND a sneak peek at some original music!Feel free to sing along to songs you know, and if you have penlights, bring them along to wave and cheer!
Sunday 9/511:30 am - 12:30 pm303Altering Clothing for CosplayWhether you make your own cosplays or alter them from a store, learning what to adjust can make a big difference on how well your costumes fit you! Learn a few basics here!This panel will cover way to hem and tailor your clothing in order to get a more fitted look. Whether from a cosplay shop or from a thrift store, every body fits clothes differently. Learn the basics to hem lines and what seams can be adjusted in order to get the fit you want from pants to dresses here.1. Raise your hand if you have a question 2. Do not speak over the speaker
Sunday 9/53:00 pm - 4:00 pm302Megami Maiden Festival Idol ShowcaseInterested in Idols? Maid Cafe? Japanese Culture? Come check out Megami Maiden Festival's Idol performance at San Japan!We are an idol group apart of Megami Maid Cafe based in Houston Texas. Our group does a variety of pop-up events, shows, and more! Come see our idol subunit perform live for you at San Japan and stay for Q&A, prizes, and personal interactions! We would love to meet all of you!
Sunday 9/51:00 pm - 2:00 pm225Reverse Pictionary: Anime Edition!Go head to head as you try to guess if we're drawing your best girl, which then turned out to be Goku?! We leave these hilarious drawing interpretations up to you!Team up to go head to head to convey the anime title or character to audience members! The team with the most points by the end of the panel will win the ultimate prize! Join us for the witty, cooky, and utterly hilarious reverse pictionary with an anime plot twist!
Sunday 9/52:30 pm - 4:00 pm303AMV Editors Panel!Love Anime Music Videos? This is the panel for you! Join SliceofLife and friends as we play games and give you tips for editing AMVs!Have you ever been interested in making AMVs, but don't know where to start? Now's your chance! Join San Japan's previous AMV contest winners as we guide you into the world of AMV editing. We will have some exciting games to play and even better prizes to give away! Our panelists will also give you the inside scoop on any tips or tricks to start out as an editor. Why not join in on the fun!
Sunday 9/510:00 am - 11:00 am302PAiDA Live in ConcertFormerly GalaxyGirl Paida, the otherworldly singer is back from Japan with a new album of original music and is here to put on a show for the people of San Japan!PAiDA is an otherworldly artist from Space City, Texas. In her quest to learn about humanity and help them adapt to something unknown, she's quite literally traveled the world and shared her galactic voice with the masses. Come join the experience as the takes the world to another dimension!Photos and videos are okay but not Flash photography. Wotagei and chants are welcome, but we ask to keep at a reasonable volume not to disturb neighboring events. Space near the stage is standing/dancing area, you are welcome to seating and resting in the chair away from the stage or on the sides.
Sunday 9/54:30 pm - 6:00 pm303Indie Impact: Free or Cheap Games That You (Probably) Haven’t Heard OfIn this panel, we’ll showcase several indie-and-AA-games, their trailers, and express to you whether they’re worth your money or not.In this modern age of gaming, where literally anyone can upload their shovelware to the internet, it takes a bit more curating to find the games worth playing. In this panel, we’ll showcase several indie-and-AA-games, their trailers, and express to you whether they’re worth your money or not.
Sunday 9/512:30 pm - 1:30 pm301Dungeonmasters AnonymousA presentation and Q/A by a 15 year veteran of DMing on managing Rule Lawyers, Munchkins, and disputes without falling back on falling rocks.A 12-step program for new and recovering Dungeonmaster and Storytellers looking for advice on managing difficult players, complex plotlines, and all that other stuff your players don't seem to respect. I'm a 15 year veteran of the dungeon screen, and I've seen just about every situation imaginable. I've run D&D 2, 4, and 5, Savage Worlds, Paranoia, and a few other smaller systems, both in long running campaigns and conventions. We'll go through my 12 step program in the first bit with general advice I've given to countless budding DMs, interspersed with some cool stories of campaigns gone by. Then we'll move into a Q and A session where DMs can ask questions and tell stories about their exploits.
Sunday 9/510:00 am - 11:00 am303Distressing Cosplay For Fun (and sometimes profit)Need to make something look dirty, worn, or battle damaged? Let Southern Cospitality show you what tools you need and demonstrate some techniques!Distressing your costumes can be scary. Tearing up your hard work, splattering it with who knows what, all in the name of making it look filthy or damaged. Southern Cospitality is here to take the fear away and show you how to do it! We’ll show you what tools you can use, what products are available, and how to keep yourself safe. We’ll even demonstrate a few techniques for you! Come find out how to get your costumes dirty the clean way!Feel free to ask questions during the panel and during demonstrations. Feel free to take pictures and video as well.
Sunday 9/51:00 pm - 2:00 pm303Menhera: The Fashion of CopingAn informational, sickly-cute presentation on one of Japan's fastest-growing and most widely misunderstood subcultures.From mental health forums to magical girls, menhera has been rocketed out of the hidden corners of the internet into mainstream J-Fashion and Japanese pop culture. Join us for an informational, sickly-cute presentation on one of Japan's fastest-growing and most widely misunderstood subcultures. Stay until the end for an open discussion and a surprise gift! (Limited number depending on attendance.)
Sunday 9/511:30 am - 1:00 pmStars at Night 4Pax Bisonica: A Street Fighter the Movie RoastLet's celebrate the infamous Street Fighter: the Movie with the Pax Bisonica, The 28 House's comedy edit of the 'classic' film. We'll watch together and maybe even laugh!We at the 28 House absolutely love Street Fighter: The Movie. We have prepared a comedy edit of the film that has been screened at conventions before in celebration of this infamous gem. Watch along with us as we revel in the blatant overacting and bizarre set pieces, peppering in a few extra jokes along the way. Video game movie adaptations have a somewhat bad reputation which this movie certainly helped cement, but that doesn't mean we can't love it. So, "Who wants to go home, and who wants to go with me!"Aside from general common courtesy, there are no rules at this panel.
Sunday 9/55:00 pm - 6:00 pm301The Otaku Attack: Let's All Roast Fiction [18+]We love fiction and all the characters within. We show our love by mercilessly making jokes about said characters. Let's all participate as we burn as many as we can!In the Otaku Attack, we choose a selection of fictional characters and make jokes at their expense. Audience members are all afforded a chance to get a turn at the mic and earn a laugh with their best burn. Many characters across all of fiction will be in the crossfire. Of course we love them, and this is how we show our love. Whichever joke gets the biggest laugh gets a prize. Come to our panel and let's see how much fun we can have!A fictional character (From Anime; Video Games; Movies; etc.) Will be presented as our subject. From there we give the audience an opportunity to step up to the mic and hit them with the best burn they can. Pens and paper are provided if people need to write the joke down first. Multiple characters can be chosen until we run out of time. We go on telling jokes for as long as we can. The moderator will maintain order and keep people from stepping too far out of line. Restrictions on jokes include: -No slurs pertaining to race, gender, identity, orientation, or sexuality. -No personal attacks against anyone else in the room. -No mic hogging. Everyone gets a turn. -Other infractions not listed above as the moderator determines. This is an over 18 panel so foul language is allowed. Don't be afraid if your joke bombs, that happens to everyone. Simply try to have fun!
Sunday 9/52:30 pm - 4:00 pm225Cosplay Battle ChessInteractive game of chess with cosplayers as pieces in a giant board. Epic deaths and takedowns with audience participation.Cosplay Battlechess is an interactive game of chess where cosplayers from the convention become pieces on our giant board and fight to the death for the amusement of the audience. Epic takedowns are not only welcome, but encouraged. Kill big, die big. Enjoy the improvised battles between pieces as the crowd cheers and shouts. Arrive early if you want to sign up to be a piece, masks required at all timesKeep the banter family friendly at this version. All interactions between pieces are to be consensual. Arrive early to sign up to be a piece
Sunday 9/510:30 am - 12:00 pm301Flight of the Crows! A Haikyuu!! QuizHow high can you fly, testing your knowledge of the Crows and the teams they face? School's in session and Zeroes To Heroes is calling you out! Are you up for the challenge?Are you a massive Haikyuu!! fan? Then this is the quiz for you! Test your knowledge against Zeroes To Heroes in this ultimate quiz show, spanning the entire anime's run! Play as a team or try your luck solo. Will you rise as a champion? Let's find out!
Sunday 9/53:30 pm - 4:30 pm301From Devil to Champion: Chinese Superheroes in American CultureA history of the struggle over the past century to turn Chinese representation away from the stereotype of the inscrutable monster to that of the iconic hero.In American superhero entertainment, diversity has been a thorny issue that the genre has coped with. Presented is how authentic Chinese representation, as with Asians in general, has struggled over the past near-century to turn away from the stereotype of the inscrutable monster to that of the iconic hero

Confirmation e-mails notifying that we received your panel submissions are immediately sent upon sending in your submission. If you do not receive an e-mail there’s a very chance high chance we did not receive your entry. We will not accept panel/event submissions for any reason whatsoever past July 9th so don’t be late. All fields with a * are required but we recommend to fill out every question.

The Fandom Meeting (Meetups) form is located here. Do Not use the event submission form for fandom meetings. The fan meeting form is open until July 25th. Please read over the Event Panel FAQ if you have any questions about submitting your panel/event.

POLICY ON 18+ PANELS

To answer the questions we get in about 18+ panels here will be the policies on it.

  • Everyone entering an 18+ panel must have a government-issued ID with their photo on it. This includes Drivers License, Miltary ID, Passport or Texas State ID. An expired ID is okay as long as it as your current birthday and your photo is on it.
  • We do not accept: Social Security Cards, School IDs or temporary Drivers License papers. No exceptions.
  • Everyone enter must be at least 18 years old. No children allowed in at all even if under 1 year old.
  • We do not allow Guardians or Parents over 18 to bring in their child/sibling under 18 years old at all for any reason whatsoever. No Exceptions.
  • You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the day in order to enter a panel.
  • If you can’t or will not show ID then you’re not allowed in at all even if you look 60.

Event Panel FAQ

Question Answer
If I receive a %50 / 75% discount code can I use it for a 1-day pass?No. Panelist discount codes will only work for 3-day Passes. There are NO exceptions given even if you're only attending/presenting for one day.
I absolutely must get in touch with Programming for a burning question. What should I do?As listed multiple times in the FAQ you can send an e-mail to programming(at)san-japan.org OR use our contact form which goes to the same person. If you need assistance then head to the Panelist Check-In booth before 6pm Friday/Saturday.
I missed the deadline to submit my panel. Can I submit it by e-mail or through this contact form? What about last minute fill in?Your panel submission will not be considered if you miss the deadline. We do not consider submissions submitted through our contact form or by e-mail. Please have your submission in by July 5th.
There's a lot of discussion about Character Q&A's. What is San Japan take on it?We decided that after years of seeing submissions that we're putting a ban on Character Q&As and variants. The reason for these decisions is based on the quality of these panels in the past and the feedback received from attendees which have not been favorable.
What changes are put in place?Here are some decisions about San Japan programming:
  • Programming for Saturday will be limited to one panel total per standard panelist. This is being enacted as just about every submission we get in wants their panel on that day. When we release the schedule we get flooded by messages saying it is schedule conflict causing us to nearly rewrite the entire Beta schedule. This will also allow us to put in a lot more variety on Saturday for panelists.

  • Friday will be limited to two panels total per standard panelist. There will be a much higher chance of approval if the panelist says they're willing to hold the panel on Sunday. There will not be any limit on the number of panels they can hold on Sunday. We are putting a much greater emphasis on Sunday programming.

  • We are no longer holding 17+ panels. All panels rated 18+ will require all attendees to show a government-issued picture ID in order to enter. We will not allow game demos as a panel. Game demos from a company must take place in the appropriate gaming section. We will try to send at least one mass email sent out to approved panelists along with posting a list of approved panels. It will be on the panelist to ensure they check their Spam mailbox. We have lowered the number of required hours down to TWO hours. In doing this we're only approving up to TWO badges per person.
I have my own equipment that I brought with me for my panel. Where can I store it?We do not allocate any space for storing personal items used for panels. Please make sure that you plan ahead and either have a hotel room or another storage option on-site. We are not liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged items that are left at San Japan.
Do you compensate a group beyond a comp badge to anyone?All groups who are not announced guests will only be offered a complimentary badge if they are approved and scheduled for at least 2 hours of programming. Groups who solicit their services requesting a room/booth/travel/payment to put on certain programming will be declined.
Someone else is helping me set up for the panel, how do I ensure they’re let in along with me?When checking in, note that you or your friend is helping out so a PANELIST ribbon is issued to both of you. This will let the staff member at the door know to let you in before the others.
I used the discount code but now I can't make it to San Japan. Do I get a refund?There will be not be any refunds for badges purchased using the discount code, nor will we allow you to transfer it to anyone.
I am a panelist but I don’t have a badge, how do I get into the panel room?Stop by Panel Check In at least 45 minutes before your panel set up time is scheduled to start. We will ensure you’re able to get into your assigned panel room first. Tenative Placement for Check-In is by the Hall 4B Entrance in the Convention Center right by Hall 4B Entrance.
I pre-registered for San Japan but then got approved for 2 hours of panels. Do I get a refund for my badge? Or reimbursed?We will not be issuing refunds to approved panelists who have already pre-registered for a convention badge. There will not be any exceptions.
When will the discount codes be distributed? Will it be before pre-reg ends?The codes will be distributed on August 27th, 2021.

We do not send out codes at the following times:
  • After your panel is submitted.
  • When we inform you that your panel is initially approved.
  • When PRE-REGISTRATION is open.
  • AFTER Pre-Registration closes.
  • When the BETA schedule is released.
  • Immediately after the FINAL schedule is released.

We can not stress this with a ton of emphasis due to panelists constantly e-mailing Programming: Panelist Codes are sent out on August 27th. We will send out a mass e-mail to all approved panelists with their panelist code. If you have not received your code by August 30th then you may contact Programming. Repeatedly asking for the code before August 27th will have severe effects on any future approvals.

Why is the maximum panel length 90 minutes?We want to give as many panelists as possible a chance to talk or put on an event at San Japan. We’ve run into issues over the years with people trying to put on 2-4 hour events with the sole intent of getting a free badge. Only selected long-time panelists who’ve shown multiple years of putting on quality panels will be granted extended run-times.
My panel is more than 90 minutes, what do I do?Please send multiple panel submissions split into 1 or 1.5 hours long. If you want to run an event that is longer than 90 minutes, you must contact us privately along with sending us your proposal, which we will discuss privately. We don't want to discourage great ideas from hitting our inbox. We have had some great ideas come through like a Persona event block so don't hesitate to contact us
What is the maximum panel length?We will only allow most fan panels/events to be up to 90 minutes long. If your panel/events require more than 90 minutes, then you will need to send multiple panel submissions. If your event includes a preliminary round then a finalist round, or if you would like to hold more than one session, you will need to submit multiple panels.
I want to run a console tournament, how do I submit it?E-mail gaming(at)san-japan.org in your interest to run a game tournament. Gaming tournaments do not count as panelist hours.
I want do a fan meeting (meetup), what do I do?Go to our Fandom Meeting (Meetup) form to fill it out. Fan Meetings do not count as panelist hours nor will a discount code be issued.
I only got approved for 1 - 1.5 hours, is there any kind of discount or incentive for panelists?Change answer to: Once panels have been approved and placed onto the final schedule, discount codes will be issued to panelists according to the below table. Codes will be sent by August 27th, 2021, which is after pre-registration has closed. Each panelist discount code can be used on up to two (2) regular 3-day badges. If your approved panel(s) requires more than two panelists, each additional panelist will need to purchase a badge at full price.

Approved Panel Time

Discount Amount 

Less than 1 hr

25%

1 hr

50%

1.5 hr

75%

2 hr

100%

What are some tips to get my panel/event approved?
  • Be original.

  • Character Panels are not accepted. This even includes Character Q&A variants so take that into major consideration. Asking for an exception will not be considered. We heavily recommend creating a Fandom Meeting to allow you to hold Character Q&As.

    We are not the only convention in Texas to take this stance on Character Q&As. Write a thorough description. 1-2 sentence descriptions with a generic panel title will most definitely get skipped. We need to know exactly what you have planned and how you are going to do it.

  • Make a good pitch. Tell us what will happen at your panel/event, and why attendees will want to come to it. Unique ideas will be given higher consideration. Remember that your description will end up in the program if you are approved. You want the attendees to be as excited about attending your panel as you are about organizing it. Grammar and spelling are very important if you are going to be addressing a crowd during a panel. It also helps to make a good first impression on those evaluating panel submissions.


We will shut down panels if the person lies on their application on the material shown at which they will be banned from all future programming forever.

Something came up. Who do I contact to let San Japan know I need to cancel on my panel?Use our contact form OR e-mail programming(at)san-japan.org to let Panels/Programming Team know, or find a staff member with a radio to get in contact with the Panels/Programming Team. The earlier you can let us know the better. Being a no-call/no-show at San Japan will greatly affect on being approved for any future panels. We do keep track of canceled panels.
What is the capacity of my panel room?This is to be determined. We will have a field in which you should list your expected capacity so that you’re scheduled in the right size room. Please try to be as accurate as possible, though we understand this can be difficult to calculate for new panels.
Where is a layout of the convention so I know where my panel is located?The layout will be posted in the Location page prior to the convention. During the convention, there will be a map in every program and posted in certain areas of the con. If you get lost you can go to one of the Info Desk locations for directions. The staff at the Panelist Check-In area can also direct you to your panel room.
What do I need to do to ensure I get the right setup?

Be as thorough as possible when filling out the tech section of your event submission. Forgetting to mention a projector or a certain kind of adapter will likely cause your panel to start late as our techs go off your original submission form when setting up.

Please do not presume that we will have adapters on-demand if you are using a phone, tablet or a proprietary device. We will have the basics for HDMI or VGA input along with 3.5"/headphone audio input on-hand but you will be required to bring your own adapters. You must bring all DisplayPort adapters. If you arrive at your panel then remember at that point you need an item, flag down any staff member and they will call in to have a part delivered. This request will be handled LAST if we have other technical needs that are being taken care of.

We will no longer provide OR tech setup tablets for panelists.

We do **not** provide tablets, laptops or electronic devices at all. We do **not** provide internet hotspots to panelists.

If you need internet access you will need to set that up yourself like setting up your phone as a hotspot. We can not make any exceptions at all for anyone.

Does San Japan offer internet access?No. If your panel requires internet access then you will need to bring your own hotspot or tether your phone. The internet in the HBG is not free in panel rooms, costs $15 for 700kb access which is too slow to stream anything.
How do I check-in for my panel?Panelist Check-In is marked on the convention map (TENTATIVE LOCATION: Hall 4B Entrance, HBG Convention Center). Once you arrive at check in, please give your name and the name of the panel you are running. The staff here will go over what you requested for your panel on your submission, and they can help with any last-minute needs. Please arrive no later than 45 minutes before your scheduled start time so that we have ample time to get you checked in, take care of any needs, and get you to your panel. Check-In will be open Thursday before the con. Please keep in mind that we keep track of every panelist that checks in (or doesn’t), and we will take this into consideration when selecting approved panelists next year.
Where do I pick up my comp or discounted panelist badge? Do I go to Registration?Panelists who receive a comp or discounted badge will pick up their badge at registration like a standard attendee. Once you have your badge, or if you don’t have a badge and are only attending San Japan to run your panel, please head to Panelist Check In to pick up your Panelist Ribbon.
How many panel/event hours do I need to put on to get a comp panelist badge?

Once panels have been approved and placed onto the final schedule, discount codes will be issued to panelists according to the below table. Codes will be sent by August 27th, 2021, which is after pre-registration has closed. Each panelist discount code can be used on up to two (2) regular 3-day badges. If your approved panel(s) requires more than two panelists, each additional panelist will need to purchase a badge at full price.


Approved Panel Time

Discount Amount

Less than 1 hr

25%

1 hr

50%

1.5 hr

75%

2 hr

100%

My panel was approved but I’m not on the beta schedule, what happened?Due to time and space restrictions, we sometimes approve panels that do not end up on the schedule. However, due to cancellations and other occurrences, we may contact an approved panelist, later on, to add them to the schedule. We encourage approved panelists to stay available until the final schedule is released.
When is the cut-off?All panel submissions must be made by July 5th at 10:59 PM Central Time.
Is my panel approved?We will e-mail all approved panels up to three weeks after panel submissions close. Approved Panelists will also receive an email confirmation. Approved panels do not guarantee placement on the final schedule. We are limited by the number of panel rooms and the schedule. Please do not e-mail us after you've sent in your panel submission to ask if you've been approved as this will have a major effect if you are approved at all.
Does it cost anything to run a panel? Is there a minimum age to run a panel?It does not cost anything to run a panel at San Japan. There is no minimum age to run a panel.
When will I know when my panel is approved or declined?We will have all approval and rejection emails sent out by July 9th, 2021. If you inquire before July 9th, 2021 if your panel has been approved then this will greatly affect your application status. If after July 10th that you have not received an e-mail (which will be sent out by mass email) then you may email programming(at)san-japan.org. If you are completely unsure then contact after July 9th, 2021 as you will be notified once again if it's approved, denied or on hold.
Can I see which panels have been approved?We will no longer list which panels have been approved as some panelists tend to drop out after they've been approved which will disappoint attendees. The final schedule will list the approved confirmed panels. Panel descriptions of approved panels will be posted by August 27th.