|From Illuminati to
Digerati, martial arts demos to art seminars, and collectibles to voice acting, panels and
discussions always bring out the best of anime and manga education. Here at Nan Desu Kan
8, LLNN managed to scope what excellent panels were being held and provide a short description
of what was covered.
Nan Desu Kan 8
| Karate Demonstration: Audience members got a great lesson in martial
arts as highly trained veterans of the local Karate club exhibited basic defense techniques,
offensive strikes, proper posture stances, full contact sparring sessions, breaking blocks of
wood, and more.
|| Airbrush and Model Make n'
Take: Got the will but not sure
about the way? Teachers were always available to help students of the plastic model
world step up to the airbrush gun and see their works come to life. Attendees learned
how to paint, assemble and finish their own Gundam model kits in a jiffy!
| Voice Actor's Inner Voice: Veteran voice actors answered numerous questions
about the wide world of anime voice acting. Topics featured differences between Japanese
and American voice acting, theatrical backgrounds, studio experiences, favorite anime
characters, keeping in touch through the VA community, and prospects of producing and
directing voice acting works.
|| Animated Story and Design
Intensive: Creating an anime
takes clear vision and absolute commitment, only if you don't get bogged down by the
details. Only the strong shall survive, but dedicated survivalists must always focus on
establishing an environment, making the audience care about the characters, establishing a
protagonist / antagonist conflict, and gaining value through actions and words, with examples
given by Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke.
| Ghosts, Gods, and Demons: Anime and manga are always filled with stories of
the supernatural, as life takes on new meaning when dealing with the unknown. Topics in
this session included philosophy of spiritual awareness, mythology, different religions, and
understanding the good and evil aspects of people around the world.
|| Brief History of Anime: Longtime veterans of the anime culture gave a brief
introspective into how anime started. Topics included Japan's post-isolation movement,
making a fresh start with Disney influences, going with a caucasian look of big expressive
eyes, and using stylish perspectives to make up for the limited animation. Examples
included Tetsujin 28, Mazinger Z, Astroboy, Lupin III, Gundam, and more.
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