|FanimeCon 2004 had a
whole slew of panels, discussion groups, classroom gatherings, industry sessions, and Guest
Q&As to attend to throughout the weekend. Whether you were into voice acting or just
wanted to chit chat with your favorite fan artists, the panels and discussions were a great
way to educate yourself and see all the work that happens in the anime fan and industry
Japanese History and
Culture: Today's youth
culture is definitely growing up to become more aware of the of the differences between
America and Japan, sometimes embracing more of the respectful Japanese parts. Topics
included religious differences, references to eastern cultures in anime, using anime and
manga to learn some of the Japanese language, and get to know more about common things like
ramen, pachinko, and Shinto shrine priestesses.
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Anime for Parents: Parents
often don't get to see their kids engaged in cultural studies, especially that of anime and
manga. Panelist Gilles Poitras and fellow fans pointed out that the subculture of
anime and manga have helped in the departments of empowerment, self-esteem, communication
skills when talking to other fans, story writing skills for fanfics, technology for AMVs and
DVD watching, more respect for the females, and much more.
Tenchi Muyou GXP: Producer Hiroaki Inoue of Tenchi Muyou GXP highlighted the
characters, story development, and answered questions from the audience about all the latest
news concerning this big show. Fans of this series will have more to look forward to
as the series progresses, not unlike when Tenchi Muyou first broke ground and amazed the
audiences back in 1995.
Korean Manga: From Ragnarok to War of Genesis, artists from Korea are starting to gain
foothold into the vast field of anime and manga dominated by Japanese industry. Topics
of this panel included a huge influx of artists trained by schools and by working directly
on Japanese animation, more new Korean works coming out but not entirely marketed as Korean
due to market nervousness, and more.
Props by Hi
Impact: You've seen them
as Jin-Roh and more, and the artists themselves gave a highly advanced discussion about how
they built their works and how you can too! Topics included vaccuforming, resin
casting, making belts, straps, and helmets, experience in leather works, making big things
like guns, heavy suits, and designing for economy, comfort, and efficiency.
Largo: R U 1337? Great
Teacher Largo the insanely supreme ruler of all domesticated minions of Planet Fred in the
Megatokyo Universe gathered a huge fan audience for his especially funny monologue about all
things in the fan world and then some. If you ever get a chance to go to a GTL panel,
don't miss it!
[Panels and Discussions 1] [Panels and Discussions 2]