How do you top an outstanding array of panels in 1999?  By holding even more panels in 2000!  That's exactly what Anime Central 2K did this year with so many forum events and discussions to attend, we couldn't go to them all!  But we did our best to capture as many as we could.  With the exploding popularity of English voice actors, DVDs, manga works, and computer graphics in anime, Anime Central 2K played host to a growing number of audience participation discussions and activity rooms sure to satiate the appetites of even the most hungry convention attendees.

Panels 5

Fan Fiction: popular with the numerous creative writers and storytelling gurus, moderators Ryan Mathews, Sean Gaffney, Gary Kleppe, Matthew Lewis, Mike Loader, and Nicole Manders discussed everything from the basics of good story development to constructing intricate plots from which an anime or manga could possibly evolve.
The Pokemon Call Part 2: moderated by "JigglyPuff Herder" Jason Jensen (left), another motley crew of Pokemon fan contestants excitedly competed for the ultimate Pokemon voice mastery title.  Challengers were basically assigned a random Pokemon character and told to voice it as if it were caught in a difficult situation, ranging from sleeping syndrome, caught with no voice, singing lullabies, etc.  Results were quite hilarious for which this panel remains quite popular amidst the current Pokemon hype.
Inside the Voice Actor's Studio: moderated by the lovely Megan Hollingshead and the always energetic and inspiring Crispin Freeman, attendees got a great chance to touch base with the voices behind their favorite anime characters from domestic-released anime titles such as Pokemon and Irresponsible Captain Tylor.  From early acting careers and lifelong struggles to see personal goals become reality, Crispin and Megan discussed their day-in-the-life scenarios at work as well as future prospects on being assigned great characters to voice.
Anime Online: moderated by "Zoner," Ryan Mathews, Roderick "HardKOR" Lee, and EX Online staff, discussions summarized the development of webzines and proper dispersement of anime information, usage of copyrighted materials, and research on how to write reviews and articles for the common online audience.

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