Panels! Panels! Panels! More panels than you can shake a stick at and then some! Anime Central 2004 offered a huge variety of panels galore featuring many esteemed Guests of Honor, noted fans, and industry representatives from the domestic anime kingdoms all heading healthy discussions on various exciting topics ranging from new shows, fan activities, industry follow-ups, and other forms of fan entertainment lasting all throughout the day. Packed full of attendees, every single panel or activity offered something to learn from. If only school or work meetings were this stimulating.

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Wig and Hair Workshop: Monica Rial and Emily DeJesus know all about hair care when it comes to wigs, so if you've got problems, then this was your place to be!  Discussion featured uses of sprays, carrying cases, styling tools, wig anchors, wig tape, spirit gum, going to anime conventions, buying the right wig for your head size, and much more.

Pretty Girl Sailor Moon: Once the "in" thing, then an "out" thing, and now it's back "in", Sailor Moon is taking the world by storm, and fans of the new live action show delved into the characters, episode updates, new download sites like, gushing over the costumes and cool new monsters, the cool fight scenes, and overall agreement that the series is definitely much better done this time around.

Initial D: What is Drifting?: You've heard the ties squealing and seen the gravity defying spinning, and now you can educated yourself about a new law of physics!  Experienced drifters talked about the art of night touging, also known as mountain drifting at night, pointing out car types, automobile physics, different mountain routes tested, applying the rules of in-car cameras, using heavy security in the audiences, and much more.

Imbrium Studios: Writing for Manga: Aspiring manga artists gathered here to review or bone up on their skills in this workshop.  Topics covered character development, reading lots of fanfiction for good practice on applying imagery, learning to take constructive criticism, knowing where to improve your story developments, pacing your developments, and much more.

Inside the Seiyuu Studio with Chiwa Saito: Japanese voice actress Chiwa Saito currently stars as voice of Anita, the youngest of the Paper Sisters from Read or Die anime, and she talked about her voice experiences with her fans at this panel.  Topics covered her studio work, working with Romi Paku in Samurai Seven, her personal favorite characters from Read or Die, memorable scenes, and her roles on Last Exile and Kokoro's Library.
J-Rock Crash Course: Let's face it, not everyone knows about J-Rock and if that icludes you, then it's time to take that crash course!  Topics in this speed version crammed in all the basics you needed with sound clips, origins of J-Rock, music videos showing the different visual styles and performances, and discussions about the various big groups like L'arc en Ciel, X-Japan, Dir en Grey, Nanase Aikawa, Malice Mizer, and much more.

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