|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.
Cosplay Men in
Tights: It's a family
affair! Cosplay panelists Widya Santoso, Melissa Quinn, and Dave Tucket discussed the
expanding roles of men in the cosplay fandom. Topics included action players, video
games, being manly decorations for female cosplayers, and favorite male characters to
cosplay like Captain Avatar, Van, Gundam pilots, and video game characters.
Anime at the Improv: Fandom doesn't get any funnier as the panel exhibited
the best of the funniest ever displays of improvisation bravado and looniess. Daring
topics to poke fun at included Gundam Wing, Fushigi Yugi, bishounens in anime, magical girl
cries, gay confessions, Inuyasha, Love Hina, Slayers, Ranma 1/2, and much more.
Metallurgy of the
Japanese Sword: Metallurgist
and swordsman Guy Letoureau talked about the physics and chemistry behind those fabulous
Japanese swords of myths, legends, and reality. Topics included basic smelting, molten
steel forms, coloring, recognizing carbon content, and family names attached to various
AX Tokyo 2004: Planning and logistic is on for the biggest challenge ever for both Japanese
and American anime convention staffers. AX Tokyo will be held in January 16-18, 2004
in Sunshine City, Tokyo. Topics included cosplay events, guests of honor, panels,
workshops, hotels, transportation packages for Americans, and a packed schedule unlike any
con ever conceived.
and discussions held throughout the weekend included:
Anime Club Gathering, Model Construction, Cosplay 101, Preparing for
Cosplay Presentations, Shitajiki Pencil Boards, Bonsai, Webcomicry: Staging the Screen,
Super Techno Arts, Urban Vision, Manga Entertainment, Anime RPGs, Japanese Slang, Parents
Guide to Anime, Anime on the Internet, Impact of "Hikaru no Go" on the Growth of
Go, Traveling in Japan, Understanding Cultural References in Anime, Introduction to Shoujo
Roleplaying, Otaku Mocumentary, Anime Music Guessing Game, XYZ and You, AD Vision, Pioneer
Entertainment, Cosplay 201, Metal Casting for Cosplay, Funimation, Dark Horse, Anime trading
Cards and Swap Meet, Martial Arts: Open Discussion, ANCEA General Meeting, Japanese
Woodblock Prints, Costuming on the Cheap, and much more.
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