Panel and Event Schedule

Thank you to everyone who submitted programming for Taiyou Con 2018.

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Panel Descriptions:

3D Printing for Cosplay

Kyle Thomas
Ballroom G – Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm
An introduction to 3D printing for cosplay and prop making. I will discuss modeling, printing, finishing, and take questions.

5000 Hours in MSPaint!!

Dowase Entertainment
Theatre – Sunday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
We had some free time on our hands so we decided to draw some of our favorite anime scenes in MS PAINT! Think you can decipher our cryptic masterpieces for a chance at a prize?

A Game of SMASH: After dark! (18+)

Unnecessary D. Team
Ballroom A – Friday 12:00am – 2:00am
Get ready to ‘SHOW ME YOUR MOVES’ in this adult twist to SMASH BROS: After Dark! Come join your favorite SMASH bros characters for a night of fun, sexy and enlightening mini games. Have what it takes to be the SMASH CHAMP!? Answer some trivia, discuss the Smash bros series, and get ‘TIED UP’ with Bayonetta! Are you ‘REALLY FEELING IT’ enough to take on A boss challenge or two? ‘PREPARE YOURSELVES’ for an evening of games, prizes, and loads of SMASH fun! SMASH BROS STYLE!

AMV 101

SwiftKill Cosplay
Palo Verde II – Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Have you ever wanted to make an AMV but didn’t know where to start? Then come join us at AMV 101! We’ll go over the basics of what goes into AMVs as well as video editing!

Acrylic academy

Garrick and Jackie Backer of KnowOne’s Designs
Ballroom F – Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Learn to use acrylic paints better for cosplay. Safe and non toxic they are a very flexible material and able to be used across a wide array of mediums.

Aikatsu Stars! 101

AZ Aikatsu! Cosplay
Ballroom B – Sunday 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Aikatsu Stars! is starting to get popular in Japan! Join us as we give you all the details on the idol world of Aikatsu Stars!

Aikatsu! You-katsu! We-katsu!

AZ Aikatsu! Cosplay
Ballroom A – Friday 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Want to know more about an anime that’s super popular in Japan, Indonesia, China, and more? Come join us! We’ll explain about the ever expanding world of Aikatsu!

Aikatsu! You-katsu! We-katsu! PART 2

AZ Aikatsu! Cosplay
Ballroom B – Sunday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
You heard all about it, now let’s go deeper! Join us as we go into depth with Aikatsu!

American Cartoons: Japanese Dubs!

Supa Lani Chan
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
We’re always so used to the Japanese animation with English dubs. Now it’s time to turn the tables. Let’s take a look at how American cartoons sound and translate into Japanese!

Anime Anonymous

Anime Anonymous
Palo Verde II – Friday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Anime Anonymous brings together people with similar interests and feelings towards anime, manga and anime RPGs. This is a meet-up/discussion group panel that will discuss the feelings fans will experience when watching anime, reading manga and playing through anime related games. Attendees are strongly encouraged to participate in this interactive panel that will, in turn, create new relationships and bonds between fans that have common anime interests.

Anime Anonymous 18+

Anime Anonymous
Palo Verde II – Saturday 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Anime Anonymous brings together people with similar interests and feelings towards anime/hentai, manga/doujin, RPGs/VNs and more! This is a meet-up/discussion group panel that will discuss the feelings fans will experience when watching anime/hentai, reading manga/doujins and playing through anime related games/VNs. Attendees are strongly encouraged to participate in this interactive panel that will, in turn, create new relationships and bonds between fans that have common anime interests.

Anime Collecting 101: Rags to Riches

Boogiepope
Pomeroy Robson – Sunday 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Is there a Holy Grail series missing from your collection? Wishing you could find it at a lower price? This panel will show the best ways to track down rare or desired titles at a fraction of their current asking price.

Anime Dating Game (18+)

Yuhki Kaneta
Palo Verde III – Saturday 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Are you ronery? If so, join fellow Con-goers who follow their hearts to this panel where we pair one lucky bachelor(ette) with one of three luck contestants.

Anime Game Adaptations: The Good, The Bad, And The Horrifyingly Ugly.

RisingJericho
Pomeroy Robson – Saturday 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Analyzing modern and classic anime-to-video game adaptations, RisingJericho runs down what these games need to be locked firmly in your console for years to come.

Anime Scavenger Hunt!

Weaboo.png
Ballroom A – Sunday 11:00am – 12:00pm
Think you know your way around the vendor hall? Come join Weaboo.png’s very own scavenger hunt! We’ll be taking the most iconic parts of a convention and seeing how fast you can find them! Don’t wanna run around? Sit down, relax and play Anime Bingo with us! Prizes and fun included!

Anime Science

Keyrunners Panelist Group
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Science! In the real world, it can help us understand the world around us. In anime, it helps define anime characters and gives us a good idea of what might happen!

Anime Taboo Game Show

Bao’s Kitchen
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 10:30pm – 11:30pm
Put your anime knowledge against others in this game of taboo. Guess the word before the other team to claim the title: Champion of taboo

Anime Tinder (18+)

Weaboo.png
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Just like tinder but with anime! Figure out what your anime crush would put in their bio and see if you two are a perfect match!

Anime Worth Your Time

Overly Critical Otakus
Palo Verde II – Friday 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Are you looking for good anime to watch? Are you put off by the Narutos, Cleaning Products and Posing Muscle Men named JoJo? Take advantage of this panel and expand your horizons.

Aqours 1st Live Concert Viewing

Johhnycakes
Ballroom B – Friday 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Aqours have made their live debut and we are ready to share it with you!! Bring your penlights to cheer on your best girl as she dances her heart out on stage.

Asian Skincare and Beauty

Tekkiru
Crimson Sirrine – Sunday 11:00am – 12:00pm
Come learn all about the wonders of Asian skincare and why it’s so popular! We’ll be raffling out prizes at the end!

BICYCLE ANIME HELL

アリゾナ州立大学自転車クラブ
Ballroom E – Sunday 12:30pm – 1:30pm
An academic-ish look into how cycling became and has always been the sport of choice for otaku, both overseas and locally. Yes, we will talk about Yowapeda.

Beginners Guide to the (Not So) Wonderful World of Berserk

Modes of Entertainment
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Griffith did nothing wrong! Ever heard of Berserk? No? Perfect. We will be your guides to the gritty, grimy, and horrifying world of Berserk. Beginning in 1988, Berserk is timeless classic in the Dark Fantasy Genre and has had a manga, 2 anime, 3 movie adaptations, and several games. We hope to introduce you to work of fiction that has inspired thousands and will make you ask, Is that a berserk reference?

Blurry Rick F’s Up Anime (18+)

There Is No Film
Palo Verde III – Friday 9:00pm – 11:30pm
Have you heard of Backroom Casting Couch or just want a really good laugh? Come join us as we will be showcasing anime being re-dubbed with the most hilarious casting director in porn, “Rick”. He will be talking to various anime girls, who knows, maybe he’ll be seducing one of your waifus.

BottomFeedr: Are you a Kid or a Squid???? Reel in to find out!!

MissFryingPan and Spudenski
Crimson Sirrine – Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Take the BottomFeedr Quiz and sea who you really are. A kid, a squid, or pool-sibly something else?? Every choice you decide will ink-pact your final results, so choose carpfully.

Boys love you have never heard of (18+)

Pinkupop
Ballroom E – Friday 10:30pm – 11:30pm
We have all heard of Junjou Romantica and Dramatical Murder, but what if we could find a great BL story just for you! Join me in the dark depths of the BL world, where we will show you some of our favorite BL that you may never have heard of.

Budget Cosplays

Lady Bisha
Ballroom G – Sunday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Budgeting cosplays can be tough especially when everything is so expensive. I’m here to help you save money by budgeting these cosplays through trusted websites, cheap tricks that work, and how to keep your cosplay in budget. I will cover both making and buying cosplay online so you have money left over for that merchandise and that con ticket you’ll need.

Chris Hansen’s Kawaii Ambush (18+)

There Is No Film
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Remember the good ol’ days when “To Catch A Predator” was on fake news TV? Well the mastermind behind it all, Chris Hansen has set up a trap for all you ecchi perverts! Enjoy a clip show of moment where your favorite anime perverts get busted trying to hit on moe girls.

Competitive Pokemon 101

AZ Midnight Channel
Ballroom E – Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wanna be the best there ever was? Start battling today to claim your rightful place! Join us as we talk about basics and advanced techniques of the Pokemon core series!

Con Cooking Papa

Keyrunners Panelist Group
Ballroom B – Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Starving? Only have scraps in your hotel room? Learn to piece those scraps together to make some super tasty foods!

Cosplay 102

ThermoCosplay
Ballroom F – Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Come join ThermoCosplay and StevieSpade Cosplay as they elaborate upon the basics of cosplay crafting and discuss advanced materials, safety and how to overcome cosplay obstacles.

Cosplay For All Sizes

KatDensetsu
Pomeroy Robson – Saturday 11:30pm – 12:30 pm
No matter your size cosplay is for you! Learn to obtain confidence in the cosplay you wear. Find ways to alter clothing and patterns to fit your unique shape.

Cosplay Photographers – Why You Need One

Schyler Anderson Photography
Pomeroy Robson – Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Schyler Anderson Photography, MaeDae Cosplay, and Chiaroscuro Costume to learn everything you need to know about working with a professional photographer!

Cosplay/Crossplay 101

AmaraSama
Ballroom F – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Are you new to cosplaying and wondering how to move forward? Come learn helpful tips for beginners, or share some tips of your own to help others.

Cutthroat Kitchen: Cosplay Edition

Jaegerhardt Cosplay
Theatre – Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Four contestants go head to head in an epic battle to create the perfect cosplay while navigating around Audience Sabotages.

DRAGONBALL Z

NerdRage
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join NerdRage in Another Iteration Of The Best DragonBall panel in Universe 7. Featuring Trivia, Community shorts and the Million Man Scream show us your inner saiyan.

Dabtron

Cosplay Dorks
Pomeroy Robson – Sunday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join Voltron for some minigames and memes. Telephone, charades and more with your favourite paladins. Lance will dab for you! All ships welcome.

Death Note: Another Analysis

Baby Dokis
Ballroom E – Friday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We all know about Death Note, but what about the infamous killer Beyond Birthday? Join Baby Dokis for an analysis of the light novel Death Note: The LABB Murder Cases. All fans welcome!

Designing a Custom Cosplay to fit your needs

The Fancy Bros
Palo Verde II – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ever wanted to cosplay a character but the outfit was too complicated or not within your budget/timeframe? The members of The Fancy Bros will show you how to while staying time/budget friendly!

Disappointing Anime and Adaptations

Dowase Entertainment
Ballroom A – Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Have you ever watched an anime that flat out disappointed you? Has there been an adaptation of your favorite manga that didn’t meet your expectations? Come join Dowase Entertainment as we explore our latest disappointments, and allow you all to come explain your biggest disappointments as well!

Dubbing Hentai 101 +18

Dj
Ballroom F – Saturday 11:30 pm – 2:00 am
This is going to be as the title says and creating weird noises in hentai that aren’t already put in like doing a strange moan as smegal from Lord of the Rings or Vadar from Star wars. It’s a basic funny panel of friends who make fun of the voice acting and how silly it sounds at points. 18+

Dyeing 101

Lunar Lyn & NyuNyu
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Can’t find the right color fabric, trim, or wig? Join us and learn some basics on dyeing! We’ll have examples of the different types of dyes available in craft stores and will be discussing the easiest way to use them so you can achieve the look you want for your future cosplay!

Embellishing Costumes

Lunar Lyn & NyuNyu
Pomeroy Robson – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Little details can really make a costume. Join us as we share our favorite techniques for embellishing our favorite pieces, including custom bias tape, ruffles, beading, rhinestones, and more!

Fairy Tail Ultimate Test

CINOCosplay
Theatre – Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Fairy Tail guild is back! There’s a lot of shenanigans and fun bound to happen. Join your favorite wizards and find out their darkest secrets and have some well-deserved fun.

Family Feud -Anime Edition-

Dowase Entertainment
Theatre – Friday 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Do you think you have what it takes to guess what people answer when it comes to basic anime and video game questions? Do you want to win awesome prizes and candy? Come join Dowase Entertainment as we bring you Family Feud -Anime Edition-!

Fashion and Anime

Sweet Pastel Princess
Crimson Sirrine – Friday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
You’ve always envied the clothes of anime characters, but are they actually wearing Gucci? Join us as we discuss how the fashion industry influences anime and vice-versa.

Fate/Historia – A History of the Fate/Stay Night franchises

Project Nailbat
Ballroom G – Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
If you are confused about anything about the Fate franchises then join us where we discuss everything from the original visual novel to the currently airing anime

Feel-Good Hour: Conventions & Cosplay

AmaraSama and NoaCosplay
Ballroom A – Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This panel is to serve as a reminder of good experiences in this sometimes stressful past-time. Come share your stories and hear the stories of others reminding all of us what makes this hobby such a fun and worthwhile experience!

Fifty Years Of Fandom: An Interactive History

Ninalyn
Palo Verde III – Sunday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fandom has changed a lot in 50 years. In this museum, see what fandom looked like—then and now! [This panel has no “start” time. Come in whenever you please!]

Fighting Game Lore

Project Nailbat
Ballroom E – Saturday 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Everyone knows fighting games mostly for their gameplay, but how about the story? Join us as we’ll discuss the lore of several games that most may not even know.

Figure Collecting 101

FatedHero
Palo Verde III – Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
I will help you with the basics in having a figure collection. Cleaning, cases, lights, and the know how to order them and spot bootlegs to keep yourself safe. Q&A for those that have specific questions and a show and tell of my collection for a look at a large number of them.

Final Fantasy TCG Deckbuilding

LV100
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Come and learn how to play the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, get deckbuilding tips, and learn about various strategies, as well as where to play.

Final Fantasy: The Chronicle of the Fandom.

Terry Fedder
Ballroom G – Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Do you like Final Fantasy? Well come talk about it and let us know why you do or don’t. Come express your fandom of Final Fantasy.

Final Fiendish 15 of Fantasy

The Cookie Crusaders
Crimson Sirrine – Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Since 1987 Final Fantasy has been dishing out some pretty nasty fiends… But who is so vile, so cunning, so diabolical, so s𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 to rank as the top Fiend of Final Fantasy?! Join as we list off all their accomplishments and decide who’s the baddest of them all! Who will Rank #1 out of the top 15!?

Finding Love as an Otaku

Overly Critical Otakus
Ballroom A – Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Do you want to find your waifu in real laifu or your husbando in Orlando? Come on down to this panel and talk among people with your same situation(s) and learn a thing or two from both the panelists and the attendees in the crowd!

Fitness for cosplay & lifestyles

Triforce Spartans
Ballroom G – Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Chiba and his friends will be available to give tips on diet, motivation, routines and regimen for people looking to get more fit, lose that belly fat, have more energy or keeping those thighs tight!

From concept to creation

Four horseman of the cospocalypse
Ballroom E – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Taking a costume concept and turning it into reality. Looking at previous characters we have made into physical costumes and diving into the physical process of planning, materials, design elements, etc

Fujoshi Hour: Shipping Addition

Weaboo.png
Ballroom F – Friday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fan girls of all ages have their own OTPs and we’re here to hear them! Ever want to fangirl without fear of judgment and make new friends? Want to tell us your OTP? Come and join the Fujoshi half of Weaboo.png!

Granblue Fantasy The Panel

STROH BOYZ
Ballroom B – Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Have you ever wondered about what the widely popular mobile game Granblue Fantasy is? Have that one friend who wont stop talking about it? Well come learn tips and tricks and what Granblue fantasy is all about from some of the members of the legendary crew the Stroh Boyz!

Guide to F’d Up Hentai

Mahou Shoujo Defense Force
Ballroom E – Saturday 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
Join the M.S.D.F. for a look at the darker side of Hentai.

Gundam 101

RTC
Palo Verde II – Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Newtypes, Minovsky Particles, Universal Century, Gundanium. Have you seen or heard these words while people are conversing about Gundam? Do you have any idea what they mean? This is the panel for you to help you out to know the basics of Gundam and to even know where to start watching in this massive and important series in anime.

Hentai figures

FatedHero
Ballroom D – Friday 12:00 am- 2:00 pm
Super naughty figures and the many removable pieces. There are many figures out there so why cant some be anatomically correct but with hentai proportions. Let’s dive into the the awesomeness that is sexy plastic figures.

History of Fire Emblem

Project Nailbat
Pomeroy Robson – Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to our panel to learn more about the entire history about Fire Emblem. From where it began all the way to the new games that came out this year

Horror Manga

Gena
Ballroom F – Friday 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Maybe you’ve heard of Junji Ito but are interested in learning about some more Horror manga artists or have no experience and are just interested in getting into it. Come and learn about various horror manga artists.

How to Make Big Cosplay Props

Schrei205
Ballroom E – Friday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are you looking to cosplay a character with a ridiculous choice of weaponry? Do you want to learn how to make that 6ft tall axe, ~43in long gun, or that 5ft long bow? Come learn how Schrei205 has tackled these tasks, and learn what do as well as what not to do!

How to Survive a Con Weekend 101

Mahou Shoujo Defense Force
Palo Verde III – Friday 12:00 am – 1:00 pm
Are you a newcomer to anime conventions wondering how you’ll ever make it through an entire 3-4 day con? Are you a convention veteran wondering if there is a more effective way to make the most out of your con weekend? Well join the M.S.D.F and discover all the tricks to surviving the madness of a con weekend.

How to Write an Effective Game Review

Gamer.Best
Ballroom G – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Join the professional game reviewers of Gamer.Best as they discuss the best tips for providing a coherent game review, beyond “this game sucks.

Idol Workshop

AZ Aikatsu! Cosplay & AZ PriPara Cosplay
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Are you ready to be an idol? Come to our workshop! We’ll teach you the basics of how to be the perfect idol!

Intro to Foam Armor

le petit fromage
Pomeroy Robson – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
EVA foam is one of most talked about materials in cosplay today. Whether you are wanting to brush up on your technique or ready to dive in for the first time, this panel will go over the need-to-know tips and tricks for your first (or second or third) foray into EVA foam armor making.

Intro to Impov!

CinoCosplay
Ballroom F – Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Do you wanna know how to do Improv?!?! Well we know the basics this is an overview on how to do that! Anyone is free to come and bring their own skills to the panel!

Intro to the world of Eureka Seven

PacificSkyfish
Ballroom E – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Come learn about the award winning series Eureka Seven and all the aspects of its franchise that has kept it alive and flourishing for 12 years now! Whether you’re a long time fan or just learning about Eureka Seven come and enjoy the company of others who love this amazing series made by Bones Studios!

Introduction to Shin Megami Tensei

Heretic Mansion
Ballroom F – Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Welcome to the world of Shin Megami Tensei. Are you a Persona fan that’s been curious about those other games that other fans talk about? Or are you new to the series as a whole? All are welcome to come and be introduced to the legendary franchise that is Shin Megami Tensei. Become familiar with the games, the stories, the demons, the alignments, the gameplay, and the history of the epic franchise that gave birth to Persona, and the monster-collecting genre.

Japanese Symbolism

Gena
Ballroom E – Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Symbolism is a huge part of Japanese culture, anime and manga, come learn about it and gain some insight into your favorite anime or manga.

Jeopardy: Kingdom Hearts Edition

The Cookie Crusaders
Palo Verde III – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is the must see panel of Taiyou. What is “Kingdom Hearts: Jeopardy!”? That is correct! It’s time to test your knowledge of Kingdom Hearts for glory and prizes!

K-Pop in 2017

Johhnycakes
Ballroom E – Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Come review some of the best and biggest acts in K-Pop from last year!!

Kawaii AMVs (18+)

There Is No Film
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Are you sick of the typical AMVs that only has Naruto and Bleach content with mediocre music? Then you’ve come to the right place! The AMVs we’ll be showing are all created by us, so we worked a lot of hours to bring you all your favorite Ecchi and Kawaii girls mixed in with a variety a music. So whether you’re stuck in the ’90s or a millennial, you’ll enjoy your time.

Key’s Declassified Con Survival guide

Keyrunners Panelist Group
Crimson Sirrine – Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hi, I’m Key and I have some tips to help you survive con! *cue intro music*

Kid Friendly Anime

Keyrunners Panelist Group
Ballroom B – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Having trouble with all that anime? Is your kid more anime-savvy than you? Join Key as he helps you find some wholesome and exciting anime for the whole family

LIGHT MUSIC CLUB

Keyrunners Panelist group
Palo Verde II – Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Are you a high school student? Do you have hidden or undiscovered talents as a musician? Does your life have the potential for drama and or hiijinks? Then LIGHT MUSIC IS FOR YOU!

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart: D.Gray-Man Theory Discussion

The Millennium Earl
Ballroom E – Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
D.Gray-man is a dark and morbid series that many love and adore, but the hiatus is simply killing us all! What better way to cope than to join together and discuss the questions yet to be answered?

Let’s Play Channel A

Anime Anonymous
Palo Verde II – Sunday 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Anime Anonymous invites you all to join in and play the card game Channel A! Players from Anime Anonymous will pitch you, the producer, the next hot up and coming anime series. The audience will get to decide who’s anime pitch is the best!

Let’s Play an Eroge! (18+)

DollarsAZ
Ballroom G – Friday 12:00 am – 2:00 am
No kids allowed as we play one of many adult visual novels!

MEGA MAN HOUR!

Unnecessary D. Team
Ballroom A – Friday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All things MEGA MAN! Who is best MAN!? MEGA MAN! MEGA MAN! Come discuss who is best Mega man and talk about all things within the MEGA MAN universe. Why is MEGA MAN the best character in smash? When are we getting a remake of Mega Man x?! Why are Mega man and his friends named after home appliances!? Come listen to some sweet Mega Music with us! MEGA MAN HOUR! come prepared with your Mega-Buster thinking cap on because we will be giving out a MEGA prize! Join us for one MEGA hour of all things MEGA MAN! *Pew Pew*

MTG Friday Night Magic Etiquette

5 Color Combo
Ballroom G – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Etiquette for Magic: The Gathering Tournaments including rules, how to interact with players, game procedure, polite do’s & don’ts and more!

MTG Lore

5 Color Combo
Palo Verde III – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Explore the background narrative to Magic: The Gathering. Find out why Jace lost his memory, and if Liliana will ever be free of her demons… in MTG Lore!

Macross Chronicles

Risu no Ninja
Palo Verde II – Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join your host Mirage in celebrating this epic series with 35 years of history! Long time fans and newcomers alike are welcome to attend for an overview of the series and its impact on the anime world, interactive discussion about what makes it so amazing, and trivia (with chances to win prizes) at the end! Deculture!

Magic: The Gathering 101

5 Color Combo
Crimson Sirrine – Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ever see people playing Magic: The Gathering and wonder how to get started? Here we will explain this world popular tabletop trading card game for beginners.

Making fun of Hentai 101 18+

Uncle Yuhki,DJ and the Praiser’s
Ballroom F – Friday 12:00 am – 2:00 am
The panel that was forsaken to be Making fun of Hentai 101 and now been brought back to life with a following know as the “Praiser’s”… but don’t let that scare you. This is a panel that is making fun of hentai, from art style, to the way its dubbed, to the way they show the “Action” on screen.

Mario’s 18+ Party

Unnecessary D. Team
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 9:00pm – 11:30 pm
HERE WE GO!” Get ready for some Mario Party action like you have never experienced before! Join Mario, Peach, Bowser, Shy guy and friends for an hour
filled with fun times, sexy mini-games and Bowser’s koopa Bunnies? Come on down and join in on the FUN! Have what it takes to Sumo wrestle Bowser and
his koopalings? Play Peek-A-Boo with our Boo ghosts and more! We got Prizes! We got Candy! Roll the dice, It’s SHOW TIME!

Matsuno Family Feud!

PrincexDan Productions
Theatre – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join your host Karamatsu and battle against his other 5 brothers in a classic game of family feud! There will be prizes, a short QnA to kick things off, and a lot of fun to be had! This panel requires audience participation, and due to the nature of the orignal show it is marked PG-16!

Memeology- The Study of Memez

CosplayerGoesTo…
Theatre – Sunday 12:30 am – 1:30 pm
Do you think you know memes? Are you a Meme Lord? Put your skills to the test in this quiz show of memes beyond your dreams! Answer questions from all kinds of internet memes and prove your dominance!

Miss Kobayashi’s Q&A

Renic X
Ballroom A – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Do you want to know Fafnir’s favorite game or if Tohru has every successfully served Kobayashi dragon tail? You’re in luck because Miss Kobayashi and the dragons have come to crash Taiyoucon and answer your questions.

My Hero Crash Course!

Gourd Lords
Palo Verde III – Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Become a U.A. High graduate in JUST ONE SESSION! Discover your quirk, design your own hero outfit, get a hero name, and compete like a champion to win fun prizes in this panel instructed by some of your favorite My Hero Academia characters. Every graduate will receive an official U.A. High Diploma. This cram school is all you need to become truly PLUS ULTRA!

Mystic Messenger .::MC Auditions::.

Royal Cosplay Studios
Palo Verde II – Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RFA is holding auditions for a new MC! Do you have what it takes to step up and take the challenge in this fun & exciting gameshow where you must impress the characters? Then come join the party and try not to break any hearts!~ After all, no one wants a bad end.

Name that Anime Tune!!

Dowase Entertainment
Theatre – Saturday 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Think you know anime openings, iconic video game songs, or cartoon intros? Have we the challenge for you! Come join Dowase Entertainment and test your knowledge against others in this fast paced trivia game!! Prizes and bragging rights are all up for grabs!!

Old School Anime Time

Terry Fedder
Ballroom G – Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Come one, come all, I have story to tell you about. Come talk about old school anime that not many people know about or heard ever.

Overwatch: with a pinch of SALT

Unnecessary D. Team
Ballroom B – Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Come talk Overwatch with us! Let’s discuss about the wonderful world that we know as OVERSALT. How hard did you rage quit during a game? Got an a-MEI-zing story to tell us? Tell us how you danced on the payload while watching your entire team get wiped by a D.VA Ult. We want to hear!

ParaPara Paradise

ts0ni
Palo Verde II – Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Return of the Para!
Are you ready to dance?! Run by a local gal cir, we will show you how to dance this synchronized style that has been rock steady in the club scenes since the late 80’s in Japan. There’ll be a brief overview of the history, a bit how it ties into the gyaru scene, and show you how to dance to popular para para dances!

Pokemon Alternatives

Compass
Ballroom G – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Are you tired of Pokemon? Have the last few games not excited you? Need a new monster catching game? We’ll discuss some competitor games to Pokemon.

Pokemon Conspiracies

Compass
Palo Verde III – Saturday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Put on your tinfoil hat and rev up your Tor browser, because it’s time to discuss some Pokemon fan theories that may change your perspective.

Pokemon Pictionary

CookiePlay
Theatre – Saturday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Now is your chance! Test your Poke-knowledge in the ultimate trainer draw-off. From Kanto to Alola, all trainers of every level are welcome. 22 teams of two battle for the ultimate Pokemon prize pack.

Propmaking for beginners

Nora Cerburas
Palo Verde III – Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A brief introduction to prop making, going over safety, materials, and strategies

Puroresu: A Guide to Japanese Wrestling

theinFAMOUSassassin
Ballroom G – Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Pro-Wrestling is among one of the biggest phenomenons in the world, even in Japan. What makes Japanese Pro Wrestling so unique? We will be looking at the basic overviews of the sport, the differences between its American counterpart and how it has grown into the popular sport it is today.

Rage Quitters Anonymous

AZ Midnight Channel
Ballroom B – Friday 12:00 am – 2:00 pm
Too many broken controllers? Ever toss your keyboard through your monitor? Do you often get pulsating veins on the forehead? Then you may have a rage problem! Midnight Channel is back and we want to hear your best rage stories!

RarePair if you Dare

Baby Dokis
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are your ships so rare that YOU ARE the entire fandom? Come discuss all the cute couples that almost no one else considers! Share strifes and joys of RarePair ships, and finally feel validated.

Ready Gamer One: Breaking into Games Journalism

Gamer.Best
Ballroom E – Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Do you dream of being a video game reviewer? Have a blog, but not sure where to go from there? Learn how to enter the world of games journalism, and what to do (or not do) once you’re in.

Retro Anime

ThermoCosplay
Ballroom A – Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Come watch some anime! ThermoCosplay and StevieSpade Cosplay talk about their favorite animes from the 80s and 90s. We’ll present clips on each anime and talk about how themes have changed over the ages. Have an anime you want to watch? Shout it out and we’ll take a look. NOTE: This is ONLY anime that started before 2000.

SFX Makeup Basics

Norcerburas and Eonevangel
Palo Verde III – Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
A basic introduction into the world of SFX makeup art, from gore to avant garde!

Screaming about mobile games

Molly
Crimson Sirrine – Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Whether it’s Love Live, Mystic Messenger, Fate/Grand Order, or any other phone games, we all have our ups and downs with them. Come join us and talk about your best and worst scouting stories, the one enemy you can’t beat, and that one game that’s only in Japanese that your friends won’t play with you.

Shintoism

Gena
Palo Verde III – Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Japan’s indigenous religion is still deeply ingrained in modern Japan. Learn about it’s impact on Japanese culture and anime/manga.

So You Want To Be A “Let’s Player”?

RisingJericho
Palo Verde III – Friday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A duo of Let’s Players by the name of RisingJericho with 5 years of experience will teach you everything you need to know about how to become successful “Let’s Players” yourselves.

So You Want To Be A Panelist?

CookiePlay
Ballroom F – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ever thought about submitting panels to a con but couldn’t find the right topic? Got any question about how to further engage your audience? From Anime and Manga, to Gaming, to Cosplay help, and even Western Media, we’ve covered it all and we’re here to help! Stop by and we’ll share our tips and tricks to making your panel the best it can be.

So You Want to Be a Tryhard?

Schrei205
Ballroom A – Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Have you been a casual for far too long and want to step up your game? Come listen to some veteran gamers talk about their experience raiding in hardcore World of Warcraft guilds and pushing high ranks in Overwatch, League of Legends, and PUBG! We’ll also offer tips so you can git gud!

Taiyou Con Gym Leaders

Taiyou Con Gym Leaders
Crimson Sirrine – Friday 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Do you love Pokemon? Want to test your battling skills? Then come meet and fight the Taiyou Con Gym Leaders. Don’t worry though, if can’t make it to the panel you can always find us wandering around the con. Every winner gets a badge (ribbon).

Ten Best Clandestine Animes!

RTC
Palo Verde III – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Become the envy of all Otaku by learning about all of the coolest obscure anime. We’ll share the 10 animes that you should have seen and will need to know to show your true anime awesomeness! The password is “Otaking”.

That Game is Bad (And You Should Feel Bad) [18+]

True Damage Productions
Ballroom E – Friday 12:00 am – 2:00 am
Chances are, you’re under the impression that your favorite video game is good. True Damage Productions is here to tell you why you’re wrong! No game is sacred, not even our favorites. We’re here to share the harsh truth and have lots of laughs while doing it!

The Bob Ross Mario Paint Challenge!

Supa Lani Chan
Ballroom F – Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Enjoy a nice and serene time as we go on a painting voyage with Bob Ross……..and Mario Paint! Inspired by the videos of Vinesauce, now it’s your turn! Come on down to paint happy little mushrooms and koopas! Partner up with friends and follow the instructions of Bob Ross as we attempt to recreate some of his greatest works with Mario Paint! …and remember, there are no mistakes! Just happy accidents!

The Cringe Hour 18+

Weaboo.png
Ballroom A – Friday 10:30 pm -11:30 pm
We’ve all spent way too many hours on the internet and seen some weird stuff. Well why not come see OUR weird stuff? Why not even share your own stories? Maybe even win a prize? Come join Weaboo while we explore it all together!

The Ghibli Alternative

CookiePlay
Palo Verde II – Saturday 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
You love Ghibli. But you’ve watched and re-watched their movies dozens of times, so what now? The year is 2017 and there are so many outstanding Japanese animated films. We bring to you a comprehensive panel introducing a few of Japan’s leading animated films and their directors.

The Gyaru Boom

Lexi Magnuson
Ballroom F – Friday 3:00 pm – 4 :00 pm
From ganguro to himekaji– Come learn about the origins and evolution of gyaru and where this subculture is going now.

The Lost Oddities of the PS1 (the Squeakquel)

Jon Cantrell
Ballroom B – Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A look into some of the weirdest and most unique PS1 game lost to time.

The Quindecim

Zachy Lost
Pomeroy Robson – Saturday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
When a person dies, they are either sent to be reincarnated or are sent to purgatory to decide where a person’s soul is sent they judged by arbiters through what is called a Death Game, this year! At Taiyou Con The Quindecim Bar of the 15th floor is brought to you along with it’s arbiter Decim to play different kinds of games, instead of Death Games, there will be Party Games! Complete with prizes for lucky winners! People of all ages are invited!

The Rebirth Of Mana

The Cookie Crusaders
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The announcement of 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘖𝘧 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘢 Remake you might be wondering what the buzz is all about. Well fear not because The Cookie Crusaders have all the details to bring you up to speed. Lore, gameplay, and even some tips n’ tricks!

The Secret to Successful Cosplay Groups

Lunar Lyn & NyuNyu
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
There’s nothing more exciting for a cosplayer than being part of a big group – and nothing more disappointing that when it all falls apart. Want to know the magic behind coordinating a successful cosplay group? Come learn from veteran cosplayers who know how to make it work!

The SpongeBob SquarePants Sing-Along!

Supa Lani Chan
Pomeroy Robson – Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Are ya’ ready kids? I can’t hear you! Come on in and sing along with Spongebob and friends in an hour of music and fond memories of our yellow absorbent friend!

The Yaoi Panel!

Tsunderecosplay
Ballroom A – Friday 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Come and join us Fujoshis and Fudanshis to our Yaoi galore panel. Where we will talk about the hottest scenes in Yaoi manga and anime and win unexpected prices.

Twitch vs cosplay

Kai and kup happy hour
Ballroom G – Friday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wanting to make it big in the Twitch world? Tired of everything you doing just not working? Well, come join us will show you the do’s and don’ts of how to Twitch right and how to get your Twitch going.

Um, Actually! The Competition of Nerdy Correction

Keyrunners Panelist Group
Theatre – Saturday 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
From Anime to Card Games based on Anime, Otaku are passionate about alot of things, but the one thing they all love more than anything else is correcting people

Uncle Yuhki’s Story Hour. (18+)

Yuhki Kaneta
Ballroom B – Friday 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Enjoy a wonderful sit in a panel where you can talk about anything and everything- like life, love, hate, war, bondage, octopi, fandoms- YOU NAME IT!

Utilizing the Ordinary for your Cosplay Photography

Peach Girl Photography
Ballroom F – Friday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come learn about creating entirely new worlds out of everyday places for your cosplay photography!

Versus!

Modes of Entertainment
Palo Verde III – Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!!!!!!!!! Ben 10 versus Goku, Galactus vs Gurren Lagann, Kana the Dragon vs Eromanga Sensei, 2B vs Raiden! Anything is possible in this debate style panel. Outwit your opponent with superior knowledge of your characters skills, powers, and feats. Audience participation is encouraged, the more crazy the combatants the better.

Video Game Story Time

True Damage Productions
Palo Verde III – Saturday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Remember that awesome Pentakill? What about that time your friend got so mad at a game he took your wii to his room and threw it in his mini fridge? Got any other juicy stories? Well come join True Damage as they go over some of their favorite stories while inviting you to do the same we will all get a good laugh.

Virtual Reality: Introduction for Gamers

Russ Magnuson
Theatre – Saturday 11:30 pm – 12:30 pm
Virtual Reality: Introduction and resources for gamers. Win a pair of VR goggles!

Vocaloid Gakuen: All You Need To Know

Katnipmapleleaf
Ballroom G – Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Are you interested or already in the Vocaloid fandom? Want to learn more about it? Well, this panel is for you! You’ll learn about different vocaloids, songs, and games! Have fun listening to music, singing along, and playing vocaloid themed party games with prizes!

Waifu 4 Laifu

Overly Critical Otakus
Ballroom G – Friday 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Don’t be scared to come in and share your favorite waifu, what kind of anime girl OR guy you absolutely can’t live without. We’re all ears and we’re all here to confess the shamelessness of being a real otaku.

Waifu Wars

DollarsAZ
Ballroom D – Friday 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Defend your waifu’s honor against fellow contestants!

Was Netflix’s Death Note Really That Bad?

Zachy Lost
Ballroom G – Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Blasphemy! Zachy Lost Light Yagami cosplayer and Death Note fan is here to defend the recent Death Note movie released by Netflix by asking is it really that bad? Come give your thoughts whether or not you think the film has any merit! And everyone can rage together!

Weebspeak

Overly Critical Otakus
Ballroom E – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Anime is weird and fans can be weirder! Whether you’re obsessed or somewhat interested in anime, this panel is a fantastic chance to learn and talk about things about Anime that you’ve always wondered about!

Welcome to the SALT mines (Virtual Arena)

Unnecessary D. Team
Ballroom F – Saturday 11:00 pm – 2:00 am
Welcome to the SALT mines, come watch your favorite anime/video game characters fight it out on multiple-epic Mugen-like arenas. Will Super Saiyan Goku have what it takes to bring down Megatron, leader of the Deceptacons? Will Naruto have the guts to face Master Chief in a 1vs1 death match!? Prizes for each round! Survive all rounds, make it to the top, and claim ultimate victory!

What Makes Japanese Horror SO Terrifying

Modes of Entertainment
Pomeroy Robson – Saturday 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
A bloody doll, whispers in the dark, a dirty grimy hand opening your window. We take you down the rabbit hole of the macabre and introduce you to the hellish work of Junji Ito a master of Japanese Horror. Enjoy.

Wheel of Fortune

Project Nailbat
Theatre – Friday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Take a spin at the wheel and try to solve the puzzle based on the hit TV game show only with an anime and video gaming twist! It’s Wheel of Fortune

Who’s that Mon?

Compass
Theatre – Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Do you think you could recognize a lot of video game monsters? Come test your knowledge at this quiz game in the style of “Who’s That Pokemon?”.

Whose line is it Anime?

Yuhki Kaneta
Palo Verde III – Saturday 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Uncle Yuhki is hosting a lovely anime and video game twist on the classic improv show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”.

Why Aren’t You Roleplaying?

True Damage Productions
Crimson Sirrine – Saturday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TDP wants you to start playing tabletop RPGs! Let us give you whatever knowledge you need to start playing one of the many amazing games on the market. We’ll focus on how to get a group together, pick a game to your liking and getting started! If you already roleplay we’ll show you how to expand your horizons, get some more anime style RPG on or something completely bizarre!

Why Watch the OP?

Dowase Entertainment
Pomeroy Robson – Saturday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Anime OPs have been around for quite some time, and they contain a lot of information in them. Not only are they fun to watch, full of fantastic music, and quick to catch one’s attention, but these openings also contain numerous elements to attract and push the series even beyond its limits. Come join Dowase Entertainment as we explain what goes into these short clips and why you should watch them!

Wonderful Wigs and Where To Find Them

CookiePlay
Ballroom G – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Do you need a wig but don’t know where to find them? Are you tired of getting lackluster wigs? Do you think the only place to buy wigs is from a party store? Then come learn about the best places to buy high quality wigs and how to learn what you should be looking for in a wig.

Writer Portfolio Reviews

Gamer.Best
Ballroom F – Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Gamer.Best shares several tips and tools to take your portfolio to the next level. To have your writing portfolio reviewed by professional editors (for free!), please bring hard copies and arrive at the start of the panel to sign up.

You Can’t Handle Me

LilyBat Cosplay and Toggle Photography
Ballroom B – Friday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
LilyBat & Toggle go over being a Cosplay Handler. Topics include: who needs a handler, what makes a strong team, and what to do a con or photoshoot.

You’re waifu a Sh*t

Mahou Shoujo Defense Force
Crimson Sirrine – Friday 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Have you ever looked at someone’s waifu and just say, “What is your point?” Join the M.S.D.F for a discussion about the worst waifu in Anime.

Youth Can Draw, Too!

KatDensetsu
Palo Verde III – Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
When it comes to art, age doesn’t matter, anyone can be an artist! Kids can learn and draw like anime at this family friendly environment. Hosted by KatDensetsu!