Packing in the attendees, every panel, event, or activity offered something to learn from, whether you were into the discussion subject or not, as shown below with a brief description of each session.  This weekend's explorations delved straight into the heart of current fandom interests, reminiscing about all of the awesome anime con circuit, as well as new and exciting venues to focus on for the next year.

Anime Expo New York
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Guests of Honor Panels: Crowded to the walls with standing room only at many times, the guest focus panels held exclusive Q&A sessions all weekend for the excited convention attendees wishing to speak to their mentors and anime gods.  Discussions included favorite characters, new projects, questions about existing anime characters, how they became involved in the anime industry, schools they went to, day in the life of anime work, worldwide travels, what they thought of anime fans in America (good things!), and balancing it out with their personal lives.  Guests of Honor for the weekend's scheduled sessions included: Shinichiro Watanabe, Yoko Kanno, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Atsushi Takeuchi, Tommy Ohtuksa, Yoshihiro Komada, Taro Maki, Koji Sugiura, Noburo Ishiguro, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Akitaroh Daichi, Takao Koyama.

Manga Entertainment: Keith Burgess talked about future projects, answered fan concerns about DVD extras, and announced new releases including Tokyo Revelation, End of Evangelion the Movie, Street Fighter 2, Astroboy, Red Hawk and many more.

Webcomics: Moderated by Josh Mirman, webcomic creators from various schools of visual arts in Hong Kong, New Jersey, Canada, and Boston gathered to talk about dreams of manga prints, anime fandom, freelancing, plans to continue after college, and additional portals from which to find new webcomics.

Overview of the Japanese Language: Roehl Sybing led a comprehensive class on teaching the audience on complicated grammar of Japanese as well as proper usage of honorifics, formal vs. informal speaking, nuances, familiar greetings and common phrases.
TokyoPop: Representatives were on hand to cover the audience questions on updates and new releases like Initial D's naming conventions, balance between the hardcore fans and mainstream markets, overseas distribution challenges and obstacles, and thoughts and plans for the future.

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