Informative panels and discussions involving the growing trend of anime and manga within the United States ran the usual track, coupling together favorite industry guests and fans reminiscing great stories and community concerns. 

SugoiCon 2000
Panels 3

Ms. Akira Gajou with Studio IronCat: Doug Smith (left), Rika Takahashi (second left), and Steve Bennett (second right) assist Ms. Akira Gajou (center) in her Q&A session with IronCat fans about her manga works Love Touch and Love Drive, both published by Studio IronCat.  Ms. Gajou remarked about the constant confusion with her name; most fans think she is male.  Major topics covered artistic restrictions in Japan, body proportions, meticulous facial expressions, and avoiding stories that might conflict with real-life incidents.  I Can't Believed I Watched That!: Moderators Dave Merrill, Neil Nadelman, and Ryan Gavigan shared amusing horror stories with the audience about the worst dubbed or original anime shows they still have nightmares about.  Shows mentioned were dubbed GalForce, Yamato 2040, new Sol Bianca, too much Tenchi Muyou, DynaMan, Star Sheriff, Macron 1, the first dubbed Wings of Honneamise (Star Quest), and others. 
Cross Influence (Anime vs. the Media): Moderators including Bruce Lewis (center) and Ryan Gavigan (right) discussed the culture shock differences between Japan and the United States concerning the exploding anime market demand and how it is properly accepted.  Topics also covered how the strong male character is vanishing giving way to more female-dominated shows, merchandise vs. quality stories that need no toys or gimmicks to increase viewer ratings or revenue, and facts about anime history: anime has been around for as long as Disney animation itself.  Also mentioned were favorite old anime shows that aired in the US for a long time: AstroBoy, Kimba, Marine Boy, Shogun Warrior, ThunderCats, and Silverhawks, etc. RETAS and the Anime You Love: Industry animation pioneer Scott Frazier led a workshop/discussion into introducing RETAS (www.retas.com) animation software for next-generation digital layout and animation.  RETAS offers quality that is on par with broadcast television, commercial, or OAV quality and costs much less than Animo which is geared for the bleeding edge movie film quality animators. The software is Windows and Mac-compliant and offers a wide range of features such as PAL/NTSC formats, widescreen, organized clip and layers layouts and compatibility with Adobe AfterEffects filters and high-end Wacom digital LCD tablets and software.
Cosplay Judging: OK, so it's not really a panel, but worthy of being mentioned was the SugoiCon 2000 Cosplay Contest that gathered inside the Main Programming room with fan and cosplay photography resuming outside onto the terrace.  Contestants were judged by craftsmanship of materials and looking in character for what was being worn. Anime and TV Ratings: Discussion involved topics of how Americans are slowly taking in Japanese anime and manga with such shows like Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and Magic Knight Rayearth, and moving away from the notion that all anime is like Urotsukidoji or some other form of bizarre anime.  With increased awareness and good intentions from the fan groups, anime is expanding further into the markets with more quality releases and in turn, helping revenue growth for the Japanese anime industry.

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