The most popular parts of the anime convention scene are the panels and discussion groups that speak out for unique interests pertaining to the hobbyist in all of us.  This year at SakuraCon 2003, numerous panels packed in the crowds to listen in and emphasize fan participation.  In this section of the convention environment, we'll show you some of the exciting panels to be at throughout the busy weekend schedule.

SakuraCon 2003
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Voice Acting: American Voice Actresses Michelle Ruff and Hilary Haag lended their voice acting knowledge and expertise to the curious audience as topics included studio life, locations, styles of voices, vocal quality and background, theatrical experience, and emotional aspects of various anime characters.

Cel Collectors Gathering: JP Jouver led an informative cel panel covering the various costs, valuable shopping resources, CG concerns, post-production cels, and special edition reproductions for the collector market.  Also included were huge cel displays with cels from shows like Nausicaa, Tenchi Muyou, and Ranma 1/2.

Prop Construction: Enormous sci-fi fans Betty Bigelow, Dave Tacket, and Anita Taylor were panelists at this very helpful session to discuss and show off their latest works of art for the extremely dedicated costuming community.  Panelists showed how with simple found objects, anyone could design, build, and modify cool weapons to enhance the look of any costume for hall or stage use.  Topics also covered use of molds, Easter eggs, choices of paints, pipes, armor, making staffs, various tough glues, building for structural strength, and much more.

Guests of Honor Q&A: Japanese Guests of Honor were on hand at a Roundtable discussion to talk about their latest endeavors in the hot anime and manga industry.  Guests included Susumu Sakurai, Yukio Kikukawa, Hidakazu Shinamura, Yamakawa Yoshinobu, and Hiroshi Nagahama
Japan Exchange & Teaching Program (JET): If living in Japan is a challenge, try teaching English in Japan!  Panelists from the Pacific Northwest Chapter discussed various people and places to encounter, community classes, restaurants, shopping resources, and much more.

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