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Welcome................................................................. 4 About Us, Mission Statement, Con History............................... 4 Letter from our Chairman.......................................................... 5

General Info & Maps....................... 6 Convention Hours & Directories................................................ 6 Henry B. Convention Center Map.............................................. 8 Grand Hyatt Hotel Map............................................................. 9 Dealer Room Map................................................................... 10 Artist Alley Map....................................................................... 11 Places to Eat............................................................................ 12 Photography Locations............................................................ 13

Rules & Policies....................................... 14 Merchandise.................................................. 16 Programming Information............. 18

Cosplay Show.......................................................................... 18 Electronic Gaming................................................................... 20 Craft Room & Karaoke Hours................................................... 20 Tabletop Gaming..................................................................... 23 Panel Descriptions................................................................... 24 Manga Library Hours...............................................................36

Guests of Honor..................................... 38

Voice Over Guests................................................................... 38 Music Guests........................................................................... 41 Fashion & Art Guests............................................................... 41 Special Guests......................................................................... 45 Featured Guests...................................................................... 46 Electronic Dance Music DJs .................................................... 47

Autographs.................................................. 48 Credits.............................................................. 50

Our Staff.................................................................................. 50 Special Thanks......................................................................... 51 *Front cover art created by Trauma Tize (Artist Alley - C14)* *Back cover art created by Matt Herms*

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About Us

Mission Statement

San Japan, LLC, formed in fall 2005, is a fanrun organization tasked with providing a yearly Japanese Anime Focused Convention, which supplies high-quality education and entertainment for our attendees in a safe and fun environment. Along with that, we also promote the acceptance and appreciation of anime as well as other participating fandoms in South Texas. The inaugural three-day convention was held in San Antonio, Texas on August 8-10, 2008.

Our mission is to provide an opportunity for all participating cultures and participants to come together in appreciation of Japanese animation and other unique aspects from surrounding Asian and fan cultures, which associate with this convention event.

Convention History San Japan was started in late 2005 by a collective group of volunteers who wanted to work together in bringing a different type of Japanese fan and animation convention to San Antonio, Texas. A hotel host location was decided by the original management and planning was started to work on San Japan [1.0] with the initial intention to debut in July 2007. However, due to issues with the chosen host location, it was decided by the acting chairman to postpone the event to ensure that San Japan made a grand debut which the attendees deserve in the Alamo City. To make up for the postponement, a one-day event was organized at Our Lady of the Lake University called San Japan: Zero Day Anime to give people a sample of what to expect from the main convention. Over 800 people attended this event. This event was later spun off to be its own convention which is now run by the Mizuumi Anime Club called Mizuumi-Con. It was decided for the grand debut convention to be held at simultaneous locations at the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium and El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel to be held in August 2008. After an additional year of planning, San Japan 1.5 premiered on the San Antonio Riverwalk. It was a success with over 3500 attendees at the convention. Afterward, planning was immediately started for the second year which was called San Japan 2.x. This convention happened in mid-August 2009 with 4003 attendees. In its next two subsequent years, upon moving to another location at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Japan showed continued growth with attendance reaching nearly 7000 attendees by 2011. Starting in 2012, San Japan moved to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel. It is the largest hotel and convention center within the San Antonio city limits. This will be San Japan’s permanent location with conventions already contracted until at least 2018.

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Letter from our Chairman Dave "Proz" Henkin Convention Chairman It begins again. Going into seven years of San Japan, our third year at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, we have amassed a large following. It is hard to believe it all started as a small one-day con at a university (which later spun off into Mizuumi-Con). We paid our dues by spending a couple of years ‘in the basement’ of the Municipal Auditorium. Next we moved south, progressed into the Marriott Rivercenter, then finally moved into our ultimate home at the Convention Center. We were the first large fandom-convention in San Antonio to reach the HBG where others took notice. Each year, the expectation is to grow bigger and we hope we didn’t disappoint. We’ve brought more to the table by shifting the Dealer’s Room into its own Exhibition Hall. The Fashion and Lolita tracks have been added to the programming schedule. We’ve picked up the Lila Cockrell Theatre to make this year’s Cosplay Show a true spectacle. We even managed to add a heck of a lot more to the Game Room this year. We somehow were able to book the composer of Silent Hill to fly out from Japan and bring the sounds of survival horror to the Alamo City. It has been a difficult year. There were bumps in planning but thanks to our fans we didn’t even stop. You have told your friends about how well we put together San Japan and we appreciate it. San Antonio has been one of the greatest cities to work with in putting together a convention. The community has been nothing but extremely supportive as they want to put on a great show. The staff works tirelessly all year long to put on this great convention for one long weekend. It is not common- in this fandom -to grow to over 10,000 people in such a short amount of time. Whether you’re from the city or visiting from away, we highly recommend taking advantage of the surrounding neighborhood like Hemisfair Park and The River Walk. If “normies” ask for your picture or ask what’s going on, be sure to be courteous and direct them to the convention. You might just introduce a new person to the fandom. We plan to be around for quite some time. Arrangements have already been made with the city of San Antonio and we’re set with dates up to 2018. You’ll need to come to Closing Ceremonies to hear them. Things will be shifting in 2016 and we hope you’ll share the word. Thank you for your constant support. San Japan hopes to be another fun wellrounded convention where all types can let go of the real world and have fun in the fandom of their desires. Welcome to San Japan: Samurai 7, San Antonio’s Largest Anime Convention. Welcome to the Con.

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Hours Thursday Registration

& Directory West Registration

5PM - 11PM

Friday

Registration West Registration 9AM - 9:30PM Artist Alley Exhibit Hall A 9:30AM - 11PM Tabletop Exhibit Hall A 9:30AM - 9PM Gaming Gallery Exhibit Hall A 10AM - 11PM Grand Hyatt N/A 24 Hours Dealer Room Exhibit Hall A 10:30AM [Gold Pass] 11AM [General] - 7:30PM

Saturday Registration Artist Alley Tabletop Gaming Gallery Dealer Room

Sunday

Registration Dealer Room Artist Alley Tabletop Gaming Gallery Grand Hyatt

West Registration Exhibit Hall A Exhibit Hall A Exhibit Hall A Exhibit Hall A

9AM - 9:30PM 9:30AM - 11PM 9:30AM - 9PM 10AM - 11PM 9:30AM [Gold Pass] 10 AM [General] - 7:30PM

West Registration Exhibit Hall B Exhibit Hall A Exhibit Hall A Exhibit Hall A N/A

10AM - 3PM 10AM [General] - 4:00PM 9:30AM - 5PM 9:30AM - 5PM 10AM - 5PM Closes at 5PM

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Room Arcade/ Console

Location

Room

Hall A Gallery

Craft Room

Artist Alley

Exhibit Hall A

Art Show

Exhibit Hall A

Autographs

Exhibit Hall A

Ballroom B

Ballroom B

Cosplay Show & PokeBattle! (Saturday) 

Lila Cockrell Theatre

Dealers Room

Exhibit Hall B

HBG Info Desk

West Reg.

Lost & Found

West Reg.

Manga Library

Room 101

Meetup Room

Room 203

Merchandise

West Reg

Panel 001

Room 001

Panel 102

Location

Mission B

Hotel Info Desk

2nd Floor

Maid Cafe

Bowie

Main Events

Lone Star Ballroom

Late Night Tabletop

Mission B

Room

Location

Cosplay Sign-in

Bonham B

Cosplay Live Action Hall Sign-up

Bonham B

Cosplay Repair Area

Bonham B

Room 102

Crunchyroll Videos

Bonham C

Panel 103

Room 103

Classic J-Pop

3rd Floor

Panel 204

Room 204

Karaoke

Bonham E

PC LAN

Exhibit Hall A

Photoshoot Areas

Exhibit Hall A

Late Night Gaming

Bonham B

Registration

West Reg.

Panel Presidio

Presidio

Tabletop Gaming

Exhibit Hall A

Panel Travis A

Travis A

Tokusatsu Video Room

Room 002

Panel Travis D

Travis D

Video Room HD

Room 003

24 Hour Video Room Independence

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Venue Maps

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Dealer Room

D5-E5 E9 B34-B36 C12-C13 A8-A11 A1-A4 B10-B13 D13-D14 B43-B44 C30-C31 B19-B20, B53-B54 A12-A14 B1-B4 E10-E12 A5-A6, B8-B9 C28 D1 C14 B32,B41 B14-B16 C22 B7 C15-C17 B24 C21-C22 A15-A18 D2-D3 B39-B40 B23,B50, E1-E2 B45

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168 DragonTrading ACI Services Anime Depot Anime Palace Anime Pavilion Anime Pop Anime Remix Anime Tokyo Antartic Press Bad Wolf Trading Best Anime Shop Best Anime Shop BowenDragon1 Cartoon Passion Cordy’s Corner Collector’s Universe And Anime Collector’s Universe And Anime Comics Unlimited Creepy Classics Digital Discs Discotek Media Eagle Anime Enhanced Dream Wear Epic Cosplay Far East Emporium Fuzuumi Game Over VideoGames Global Anime Greentea Design Hen Da Ne Hobbyfan Hobbyfan Holy Cow Anime

D4 B38-B39 B33 B49 C10 C5-C9 C35-C36 B5 E14 B46-B48 D10 B6 B28,B29 A12 B51-B52 E3-E4 B17-B18 E6-E8 C36 D6-D9 B25-B27 C33 C19-C20 C29 B49 B21-B22 C32 C1-C4 C24-C27 B30-B31 B42 E14 C18

IT Cosplay J-Pop House JPNToys c/o Nextep Kampai Kimono Kawaii Gifts Kpoppin’ USA La’ De’ Da’s Level Up Studios Loyal K.N.G. Media Blasters Myth Adventures Nine Tails Octane Toys Ooples Pan-Gaia Designs Pawstar Pegasus Publishing Pix Posters Prince Pez Addictions Purple Plum Inc Ric & Ric Otaku Cafe Roll2Play Sanshee Socal Belts TeeNinjas The Anime Jutsu Tokens ToyMatrix ToysLogic Wayne’s Comic Closet White Lightning Productions Wulf’s Toys Yuki Pearl Trading

Featured Section Funimation (Sponsor) Alamo City Comic Con W/Drape Angelic Pretty USA FG1-FG2 HamletMachine FG3-FG4 PowerGlove / Kieran Strange FG5-FG6 Amelie Belcher FG7-FG8 LittleKuriboh FG9 Fred Wood / The Bancast FG10 Ushicon / Brony Fan Fair FG11 Mizuumi-Con Entrance

Exit

Convention Alley Section

CA1 CA2 CA3 CA4 CA5 CA6 CA7 CA8 CA9 CA10 CA11 CA12 CA13 CA14 CA15 CA16 CA17 CA18 CA19

Sherwood Forest Anime Matsuri Monstercon Omnicon AnimeFest Realmscon Anime North Texas Ikkicon Kaede Anime Convention Delta H Con Izumicon Extra Life San Antonio Guide K.O.T.A/Heroes & Villains of Cosplay Mecha Gorilla Amtguard Ghostbusters SATX Bexar Co. BiblioTech Digital Library Doctor Who Fans Unite SSCOT


Artist Alley

A1 Kat A2 Joel’s Illustrated Portraits A3 Ladre A4 MildKat A5 Afro Horse A6 srsbusines A7 radtastical A8 The Croc Shop A9 Missy Pena A10 Mojgon A11 ejwp Artisan Designs A12 Oxygen Impulse Studios A13 Studio Sweet A14 Jinzilla A15 Yanimator Illustration A16 alicechan B1 idrawrainbows B2 Marshmallow Jelly B3 Tachiik B4 Angry Panda Gin B5 YoSoyJaponesa B6 Elise Trinh B7 sypri art B8 LissyFishy B9 Mukeiroyalty B10 Yorozuya K B11 Blue B12 Myku B13 chaoticHARMONY B14 Skim B15 E.K. Weaver B16 Deerlet Design

C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10 C11 C12 C13 C14 C15 C16 D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16

battlerobots! sin beep boop Bing Lin DANIELLE SYLVAN Darling Bird Creations Jimbobox John Yume Kat Girl Crochet Miooo Kyoryu Red lilycli Shimizu Design Trauma Tize Zyeph art zzyzzyy Nayuki Negative Space Mixed Mayhem Studios Mini Commish MALLIUS niseno JamSammich Jean Liang nikufei Scuttlebutt Ink shojomonsta Sewn Together Reflections TrenoNights Jenny Park Vanilla-Cupcake Moriam Art

E1 LUCIDSKY E2 Lulu Lin E3 Lycorine E4 Rainarc E5 Rally Aly Art and Design E6 retro dynamite E7 Rise Again Productions E8 Sunni Studios E9 SUPAHHNAN E10 Maya Kern E11 YoshisPirates E12 Chanp Art E13 Zeiva E14 Starmine E15 syunrii E16 T-Block F1 Precious Bbyz F2 Princess Pearl F3 Punkdworks F4 Radiant Grey F5 Radiuszero F6 Rockin’ Robin F7 Rowans Originals F8 SaBasse/Stephanie Bassett Sarus Design Art Inc. F9 F10 winged phallus F11 WhiteOblivion F12 Marcotte Studios F13 Teaat2am F14 Texas Roll Mafia F15 enduro F16 Evil Pastry Studios

G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11 G12 G13 G14 G15 G16 G17 G18 G19 G20 H1 H2 H3 H4 H5 H6 H7 H8 H9 H10 H11 H12 H13 H14 H15 H16

Faye’s Realm Finni Foolish Mortal frostyshark Haku Hanna Honey Drops Hoshikko Ink Threads & Yarn ToriKat inu creations Jafantasyart Chrislea Christa Deason The Art of Nikki Ward & Jeena Pepersack Deverish Workshop dream cosplays DREAMGEAR STUDIOS peripyrus baimon Allison Stanley Allyson Schroy Cinnamoron CitrusCandy Designs Cute ‘n’ Deadly Cynthia Conner Studios Blue Vanilla Studios Artistic Oddities Astrollation Bad Creations Little Blob of Green, LLC RESERVED RESERVED RESERVED RESERVED RESERVED

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Places to Eat San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel

Rivercenter Mall Restaurants

Available Delivery to Hotel

Perks Coffee & More [$] Open 24 Hours Ruth Chris’s Steak House [$$] Bar Rojo [$-$$] (Sushi served in Bar Rojo during the evening)

Chili’s [$-$$] Fogo de Chão [$$$] Hooter’s [$$] Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano [$$] Maria Mia’s Mexican Restaurant [$$] Tony Roma’s Ribs [$$]

Domino’s [$-$$] (210) 527-9505 Open until 2:00am Order online: dominos.com Papa John’s [$$] (210) 224-7272 Open until 1:00am Order online: papajohns.com Pizza Hut [$$] (210) 798-4800 Open until 12:00am Order online: pizzahut.com Pizzaritas [$-$$] (210) 293-7482 Open until 10:30pm Order online: www.pizzaritas.com King’s Palace (Chinese) [$-$$] (210) 824-0279 / 824-6878 Open until 9:30pm Thai Lao Orchid (Thai) [$$] (210) 442-8110 Open until 8:00pm Sushi Zushi [$$] (210) 472-2900 Open until 11:00pm Order online: www.sushizushi.com Jimmy John’s [$] (210) 222-1444 Open until 9:00pm Order online: www.jimmyjohns.com Delivery Market [$$] (210) 226-2400 Open until 10:00pm Order online: www.deliverymarketsa.com

Driving Distance of Hotel (<5 miles)

Rivercenter Mall Food Court

Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe [$] 918 N Main Open 24 Hours San Antonio’s Pig Stand [$-$$] 1508 Broadway St Open 24Hrs Friday/Saturday IHOP [$$] 3820 Broadway St Open 24 Hours Mi Tierra [$$] 218 Produce Way Open 24 Hours Alamo Eat Street Bar [$-$$] 609 S Alamo St 5:00pm - 2:00am Fri/Sat

Bourbon Street Cafe (Cajun) Luciano (Pizza/Pasta) Cinnabon (Pastry) Dairy Queen/Orange Julius (Hamburgers) Gourmet Kabob House (Mediterranean) IHOP Express (Breakfast) Little Tokyo (Japanese) Marble Slab Creamery (Ice Cream) Side Wok Café (Chinese Food) Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken (Soul Food) Starbucks (Coffee) Time Out Corner Store (Snacks/Drinks/Beer) Tutti Frutti (Frozen Yogurt)

Walking Distance of Hotel (<.5 miles) McDonald’s [$] 101 Alamo Plaza Open until 10:00pm Schilo’s Delicatessen [$] 428 E Commerce St Open until 8:30pm (Staff Favorite) Subway [$] 109 Alamo Plaza Open until 10:00pm Fuddrucker’s [$] 115 Alamo Plaza Open until 10:00pm Iron Cactus [$$] 200 E River Walk St Open until 11:00pm

Casa Rio [$$] 430 E Commerce St Open until 9:00pm Whataburger [$] 412 E Commerce St Open 24 Hours (High traffic at all hours) Denny’s [$-$$] 903 E Commerce St Open 24 Hours (High traffic at all hours) The Original Mexican Restaurant [$$] 528 E River Walk St Open 24 Hours

$ = Cheap - Less than $10

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$$ = Moderate - $11 to $30

Pat O’Brien’s [$$] 121 Alamo Plaza Open until 2:00am Zocca Cuisine d’Italia [$$] 420 W Market St Open until 2:00am Moses Rose’s Hideout [$] 518 E Houston St Open until 2:00am Esquire Tavern [$$] 155 E Commerce St Open until 2:00am Barriba Cantina [$$] 111 W Crockett Open until 2:00am

$$$ = Pricey - $31 to $60


Photo Locations Want to find that perfect shot for your or your group? Here are some places in the immediate area to consider.

Located in front of the Marriott Riverwalk on the river level.

Bridge area located right next to Tower of the Americas in Hemisfair Park.

Water fountains nearby Tower of Americas in Hemisfair park.

The bridge on the river level that goes over the river from the Grand Hyatt to the HBG Convention Center.

Misting water and wading pool in Hemisfair Park by the Tower of the Americas.

Right by the Grand Hyatt on the river level.

Cascading water and stage by Tower of the Americas in Hemisfair Park.

The bridge located in the center of Rivercenter Mall at the river level.

Pathway above the fountains in Hemisfair Park by the Tower of Americas.

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General Rules & Behavior Guidelines

1. A valid badge must be purchased and worn openly at all times. Anyone without a badge visibly displayed on the con floor will be asked to leave. Any person without a valid badge will not be permitted entry into events, vending spaces, or other key convention areas. 2. By purchasing or obtaining a badge you agree to adhere to all the rules and policies outlined in this program book.

committed to reporting any dangerous or illegal acts to the proper authorities. 12. Locals, tourists, and others not involved in the convention will naturally be curious about the convention and its attendees. Treat these individuals with courtesy and respect. Our convention has an excellent reputation in the city of San Antonio because of our excellent attendees.

3. Only ADA working animals with proper identification are allowed in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Grand Hyatt is a pet-friendly hotel. Cats and dogs under 50lbs will be permitted in the hotel with permission from hotel staff.

Props & Weapons 1. No live weaponry such as edged steel, non-replica firearms, or functional projectile weaponry is permitted in convention spaces at any time. Convention staff reserve the right to inspect any prop or weaponry at any time.

4. No alcohol or drugs are permitted in convention spaces at any time. Guests under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to return to their rooms. Refusal to return to your room may result in action by the San Antonio Police Department and removal from the convention.

2. All props must be examined and approved by the safety desk immediately upon entering any convention or hotel spaces. Unchecked weaponry will be directed to the safety desk. Repeated failures to have weaponry approved will result in expulsion from the convention.

5. Shoes must be worn at all times in convention spaces. “Barefoot” cosplays must wear shoes or non open-toe lyricals, however they may be removed for photographs. 6. No sleeping is permitted in any convention spaces including lobbies, hallways, vendor spaces, and gaming areas. 7. While waiting for an event, form a single-file orderly line under the direction of convention volunteers and/or staff. Cosplayers taking pictures are encouraged to move to the side of the hallway or find an open space where they will not impede the flow of traffic. Sitting against hallway walls is not permitted at any time. 8. Follow all convention staff, convention volunteer, hotel staff and convention center staff instructions. Treat staff and volunteers with respect and courtesy. If a problem arises with a convention volunteer, seek out Safety and report the issue immediately. 9. Do not move or tamper with hotel property or equipment including lobby chairs, couches, curtains, doors, windows, etc. Do not move or tamper with convention property including tables, microphones, video equipment, etc. If you require assistance with convention or hotel property, ask a member of convention staff. 10. Do not affix signs, posters, banners or anything else to walls, doors, windows or floors in the convention or hotel space. 11. Mistreatment of other guests is prohibited. Complaints of harassment, stalking, bullying, glomping and mobbing will be investigated and may result in expulsion from the convention. San Japan has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and discrimination. San Japan is

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3. All projectile weaponry including but not limited to Airsoft, Nerf and paintball weaponry must be unloaded, trigger-locked, and must have the barrel plugged. Bright orange barrel plugs are required. 4. All weapons purchased in vendor spaces must immediately be transported in the box or packaging to the attendee’s hotel room or vehicle and left there for the duration of the convention. 5. No swinging, play fighting, firing projectiles, or throwing of any kind will be permitted at any time. Violation of this rule will result in possible expulsion from the convention. San Japan Dress Code 1. San Japan is a family-friendly convention. Excessively revealing clothing or costumes are not permitted. Private areas must be covered with opaque cloth at all times. Attendees in excessively revealing attire will be asked to change. 2. Convention spaces have a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy. Because of this, shirts and shoes must be worn at all times and may only be removed for photographs. 3. No profanity or graphic sexual imagery may be displayed on costumes or clothing.


Autographs Policy Gold Pass holders do not have front of the line access for autographs. A special VIP autograph session will be held on Sunday of the convention. In an effort to predict wait times for autograph lines and to allow our attendees and guests to have as much fun as possible at San Japan, the following guidelines should be observed. 1. The first one hundred (100) attendees in line for a given autograph session will receive tickets just prior to start of the session. 2. Anyone past the one hundred (100) mark will not receive a ticket. Whether or not they receive an autograph depends on how quickly the line moves during the allotted time. Individuals without tickets may not attend scheduled overflow sessions. 3. San Japan reserves the right to end the line to keep events (and guests) on schedule. 4. Attendees are not allowed to line up for an autograph session more than 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. Attendees gathering in the vicinity of the autograph room before that time will be asked to disperse. 5. To keep the line moving, we request that attendees bring absolutely no more than two items to be signed. Items should also be prepared for signing. For example, DVD inserts should be removed from the case and posters should be unrolled. 6. Attendees are welcome to take photographs of the guests, but we ask that they please refrain from asking the guests to come around the table for a posed shot. 7. Attendees participating in disruptive or rude behavior may be asked to leave the autograph area. Rivercenter Mall San Japan is close to the Rivercenter Mall, which has a great food court on the bottom floor and plenty of shops. The Mall has asked that we share these basic guidelines with our attendees. Before entering the Rivercenter mall, please know: 1. Cosplay props are not allowed. 2. Masks are not allowed. 3. Face paint is not allowed.

Events & Lines 1. Keep lines single-file, and stay close to walls/barricades. 2. Do not block doorways with the line. 3. No cutting under any circumstances. Friends may not save your spot in line for you. 4. Occasionally, convention staff and volunteers need to speak loudly enough that the entire line hears the instructions. Convention staff and volunteers are not yelling at you. 5. For events with seats, completely fill in all seats and do not leave any empty seats. You may not be able to sit next to all members of your party. 6. Event specific rules will be announced at the start of the event. Please listen carefully to all event rules. 7. Convention staff reserves the right to ask any attendee to leave if they are being disruptive or not following the rules. Attendees that do not listen to staff instructions may be expelled from the convention. Dance / Electronic Music Rules 1. No alcohol or drugs are permitted in the dance at any time. 2. Handbags are subject to search, and bags larger than a handbag are not permitted inside dance spaces. 3. Staff will not watch over bags, jackets, or other loose items you do not wish to bring to the dance floor. San Japan assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen property. 4. Staff may initiate a search for alcohol or drugs at any time. 5. Stringing is allowed only in designated areas. Do not string close to other stringers. Unsafe situations may result in loss of the stringing area and stringing privileges. 6. No bulky cosplay or large props are allowed in the dance space. 7. Shoes must be worn at all times in the dance space. 8.There is a zero-harassment policy enforced (do not grind on people who do not consent to it). There will not be a warning given. There will be an immediate expulsion from the dance with badge revoked if you attempt to sneak back in. 9.Attendees are not allowed on stage unless asked. 10.Attendees are not allowed to jump off the stage.

It is your responsibility to not break these simple rules or you will be kicked out of the mall!

Applicable To Both Men and Women.

NO CHEEKS!

The Rivercenter Mall also has some other general rules that apply to all patrons and these rules can be found on their website: shoprivercenter.com/about/security and are subject to change without notice.

FLIP FLOPS! (AT LEAST)

NO UNDERBOOB

LEOTARD, BOY SHORTS or BOXER BREIFS

NO CHEEKS!

EDM Dress Code Visual

NO SIDEBOOB

San Japan will not hold onto or store any cosplay items either. Find a friend to hold your item or store it in your hotel room before entering the mall.

NO SIDEBOOB

OPEN BACK OKAY!

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All San Japan 7 merchandise is available for purchase at West Registration over at our Merch Section located by Exhibit Hall A!

Tote Bags

Tumblers

$7 each

$10 each

Pin Buttons

Pens

$5 each

$1 each

Water Bottles

Keychains

$5 each

$7 each

Messenger Bags $25 each

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T-shirts $20 S-XL $23 2XL $24 3XL $25 4XL $30 5XL Samurai T-Shirt Art By SKim (B14)

Titan T-Shirt Art By TeeNinjas

Posters $5 each

Art By Jinzilla (Artist Alley - A14)

Art By Chris “Oz” Fulton

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Cosplay Show Overview & Sportsmanship

Classes

The San Japan Cosplay Show is dedicated to excellence in costume replication. Costumes may be of either Western or Eastern origin, and may be from anime, manga, video games, live-action shows or movies, webcomics, web series, etc. “Crossover” characters are permitted, as well as artbook variants or costume designs based on fan works (such as fanart). All cosplay MUST have source material of some kind. Original designs with no published source material are not permitted.

Youth: For entrants 12 and under to compete among their own age group. Normal craftsmanship rules apply, however the cosplayer can have parents or relatives assist them in making their costume. All competitors in this division receive a participation award.

The San Japan cosplay show divides entrants into four competitive classes and two performance divisions. While entrants may enter in any class they qualify for, judges reserve the right to change a competitor’s class at any time. Entrants may only enter one class and one division.

cosplaying over a year, or competitors who have won the following awards: Best Craftsmanship (Hall or Stage)Best Performance (Stage) Best Runner-Up (Hall or Stage)

Class restrictions are strictly enforced. If any competitor is found to have entered a class below their skill level, the competitor will be immediately moved to a higher class. If a competitor is found to have intentionally entered a class below their skill level (also known as sandbagging), the competitor risks immediate disqualification. San Japan encourages competitors to bring costumes to our competition that have not previously won awards. However, we will accept those costumes that have only won awards at conventions of a smaller size (calculated by attendance) than San Japan. Any entrant found to be entering a costume which has previously taken a major award at a larger convention (also known as sandbagging) will be immediately disqualified, and risks being barred from future competitions. When entrants are in the cosplay room, in pre-judging panels, and backstage for the show, the staff and judges monitor their sportsmanship. Rude remarks, put-downs, or other unsportsmanlike conduct will have consequences. Egregious cases may result in immediate disqualification. Respect the staff, the judges, and your fellow competitors. Competitors will not be notified if they have been disqualified, and judges are not permitted to discuss the judging process or the results. This is to protect entrants, judges, and staff, as well as to maintain the professionalism of the contest.

Eligibilty Entrants may not be a member of San Japan staff. Entrants may not enter the same costume in the stage show and the hall cosplay.

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Novice: For first-year competitors and competitors who have only won judge’s awards. Journeyman: For competitors who have been

Master: For competitors who are professional

seamstresses, tailors or costumers, or competitors who have won the following awards: Best in Class (Hall or Stage)Best in Division (Hall or Stage) Best in Show (Hall or Stage)

Divisions Walk-on: Competitors have 30 seconds of stage time beginning when the competitor crosses onto the staging area from backstage. Competitors are allowed custom audio. Audio must be music and is preferred to be from the series being cosplayed. No microphones will be available for walk-on competitors. Competitors are highly encouraged to upload or submit files in .MP3 format when signing up for the competition. Tracks are limited to 1:00 in length and may be cut or faded. No YouTube rips are allowed due to low-quality output. Staff may contact you about your file if it is too low-quality for stage. If you do not submit custom audio, music will be chosen for you. Audio must be rated TV-PG. Entrants with bulky costumes or other concerns crossing stage will be alotted time within reason to clear the stage outside of their 30 second performance window. Skit: Competitors have 3:30 of stage time beginning

when their audio starts or when entrants begin speaking. All introductions, if applicable, must be made by the MC. All skits must submit scripts in advance to be screened by staff on content, coherence, originality, and entertainment value. Pure dance skits without original choreography will be declined unless applicable to the series being cosplayed (IE Vocaloid). Skits are highly encouraged to submit prerecorded audio, as microphones will not be available. Skit entrants may be contacted if their audio is too low-quality for stage.


Craftsmanship

Cosplay Sign- up & Pre -Judging

1. All competitors are required to construct their own costumes. No store-bought costumes are allowed in the show.

1. All competitors, including on-line signups, are required to be pre-judged before the cosplay contest begins. Prejudging times are listed below for Friday and Saturday.

2. If the competitor’s costume was constructed by a third party, the third party must be present at the competition. The third party, not the model, will be eligible for all awards.

2. At the time of pre-judging, the costume may be brought in on a hanger and is not required to be worn.

3. Some costumes of simplistic design may raise questions about whether “enough” of the costume was constructed by the competitor. As a general rule, at least 75% of the costume must be constructed or heavily modified by the competitor. Borderline costumes will be accepted or declined by staff or judges on a case-by-case basis.

Sign-Up

4. Cosplay staff and judges may disqualify any entrant at any time for not meeting craftsmanship requirements. 5. Craftsmanship requirements may be waived for skit entries only.

3. Competitors who have not been pre-judged when lineup begins for the competition will be disqualified.

Friday 7/18 - 9AM-4PM Saturday 7/19 - 9AM-2PM Location: Bonham B Room - Grand Hyatt Hotel - 3rd Floor

REQUIRED Pre-Judging Friday 7/18 - 2PM-4PM Saturday 7/19 - 10AM-12PM, 2PM-4PM Location: Independence Room - Grand Hyatt - 3rd Floor

Stage Rules

Awards

1. All walk-on entries, skit performances and costumes must conform to a TV-PG rating. No nudity, foul language, sexual content or references to drugs or alcohol are permitted.

Judge’s Awards: Personal awards acknowledging costumes favored by a particular judge. The number of judge’s awards will be announced when judges are announced.

2. All skits must be submitted with a script that will be pre-screened for content. The staff and the judges reserve the right to decline any skit for lack of original content, incoherent scripting or dialog, or lack of entertainment value. All skit entries are strongly encouraged to use prerecorded audio.

Best Youth: This award is given to the overall best entrant into the youth division, judged on both craftsmanship and stage presentation. Best Craftsmanship: This award is given to entrants who exemplify excellence in craftsmanship. There are three craftsmanship awards; Novice, Journeyman and Master.

3. Competitors are required to have at least one foot on the stage at all times. Absolutely no jumping, tumbling or stunts are allowed. Special permission for dance moves which require both feet to leave the stage must be obtained from the staff in advance. Stunts performed without prior permission will result in disqualification.

Best Performance: This award is given to entrants who exemplify excellence in presentation on stage. There are six performance awards; Novice, Journeyman and Master in the Walk-on and Skit divisions.

5. There is absolutely no flash powder, liquid, food, projectile or swinging weaponry allowed on stage at any time. Anything a competitor brings on stage with them must leave stage with them. This is not our stage. Please be respectful of the space.

Best in Class: Winners exemplify the best combination of craftsmanship and performance. There are three best in class awards; Novice, Journeyman and Master. The winners of these awards will be presented with $100 in VISA Gift Cards.

6. Competitors must arrive on time for lineup and seating. Competitors arriving more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified from the competition. If an emergency arises, please contact the staff.

Best in Show: The cosplayer or group selected for best in show represents the best in craftsmanship and performance across all classes and divisions. There is only one Best in Show award. The winner of this award will be presented with $500 in VISA Gift Cards.

7. Group entries are limited to 8 people.

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Electronic Gaming Friday

Saturday

Wii

Wii

Super Smash Bros Melee 1v1 Time: 5 PM Cost: $5

Super Smash Bros Brawl 2v2 Time: 5 PM Cost: $10

Smash Project M Time: 1 PM Cost: $5

Super Smash Bros Brawl 1v1 Time: 1 PM Cost: $10

PS3

XBOX 360

XBOX 360

ULTRA Street Fighter IV Time: 2 PM Cost: $5

Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 Time: 5 PM Cost: FREE

King of Fighters XIII Time: 1 PM Cost: $5

Gears of War 3 Time: 1 PM Cost: $5

Sunday Wii

Mario Kart Wii Time: 1 PM Cost: FREE

Nintendo 3DS

PokĂŠmon X & Y Time: 2 PM Cost: FREE

PC

Minecraft SPLEEF Time: 3 PM Cost: FREE

Blazblue Time: 3 PM Cost: $5

Halo 4 Time: 3 PM Cost: $5

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Time: 4 PM Cost: $5

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Time: 5 PM Cost: $5

Injustice Time: 6 PM Cost: $5

Call of Duty: Ghosts Time: 7 PM Cost: $5

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Time: 7 PM Cost: $5

All Console Game Tournaments are located in the Gallery attached to Hall A in the Convention Center.

XBOX ONE

Killer Instinct Time: 5 PM Cost: $5

Craft Room Located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Room Mission B.

Friday / Saturday

Sunday

10 AM - 6 PM

10 AM - 4 PM

Karaoke Located on the 3rd floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Room Bonham E.

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Friday

Saturday

Sunday

12 PM - 4:30 PM

10 AM - 4:30 PM

11 AM - 4 PM


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Tabletop Tournaments Sponsored by Heroes & Fantasies

Friday HeroClix

2 PM / 4 PM / 6 PM Cost: $10 Style: Battle Royale Gravity Feed Sealed Tournament Recieve: 3 gravity feed boosters of your choice 3 PM / 5 PM Cost: $15 Style: Constructed (50%/50% Sealed) 400pt Recieve: 3 gravity feed boosters of your choice

Magic the Gathering

1 PM Style: Standard Win-A-Box (Min. 8 player sign-up) Cost: $15 4 PM Style: Standard Win-A-Box (Min. 8 player sign-up) Cost: $15 7 PM Style: M15 Launch Sealed Tournament Cost: $30

Yu-Gi-Oh!

12 PM - 5 PM Cost: $12 Style: Win-A-Mat (Will start upon 8 player sign-up) Receive: 3 Booster Packs Upon Entry 6 PM Cost: $5 Style: Advanced Format Receive: Prizes based on # of Players

Saturday HeroClix

12:30 PM / 5 PM Cost: $30 Style: Sealed 300PT (Grand prize: Cyclops Phoenix Figure, The Serpent)

Magic the Gathering 12 PM / 2 PM / 4 PM / 7 PM Style: M15 Launch Sealed Tournament Cost: $30 Receive: 3 Booster Packs Upon Entry at 12 PM game 1 PM / 3 PM / 5 PM / 7 PM Style: Conspiracy 3-Pack Draft Cost: $15 Receive: Four man pod free for all

Yu-Gi-Oh!

11 AM - 1 PM / 5 PM - 9 PM Cost: $12 Style: Win-A-Mat (Min. 8 player sign-up) Recieve: 3 Booster Packs Upon Entry 2 PM Cost: $5 Style: Advanced Format (Table Top Mat Grand Prize / Mininum 20 Players) Recieve: Astral pack upon entry

All card game tournaments will take place in the back of Hall A in the Convention Center.

Sunday HeroClix

Magic the Gathering

1 PM / 2 PM Cost: $10 Style: Battle Royale Gravity Feed Sealed Receive: 3 gravity feed boosters of your choice

12 PM Style: M15 Launch Sealed Tournament Cost: $30

3 PM Cost: $10 Style: Constructed 400pt Receive: 3 gravity feed boosters of your choice

Yu-Gi-Oh! 1 PM - 4 PM Cost: $12 Style: Win-A-Mat (Min. 8 player sign-up)

1 PM / 3 PM / 4 PM Style: Conspiracy 3-Pack Draft Cost: $15

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Panels Please reference convention schedule of events for panel times and locations.

50lbs of Baggage

Conventions take place all over the world, and not everyone is lucky enough to live within commuting distance. Road trips, connecting flights, and extended stays; how to bring your creations along.

All-Ages Panel

A Gentleman's Duel Steampunk / Victorian combatives

This class covers the culture, weapons, and skills of dueling and self-defense with weapons from the Renaissance to Victorian times. Rapiers, pistols, canes, fists, and more will be covered!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

A History of Epic Anime and Video Game Soundtracks

Do you have a favorite anime or video game music track that you listen to over and over again? This panel is all about music in anime and video games! We'll listen to hidden gems and popular tracks!

All-Ages Panel

A story of the Postive Side of video game playing

A story about how video games can be a positive influence, as well as help you in your time of trouble.

All-Ages Panel

All Cosplayers are Equal

Come meet 007 and PHG as they inform you about their site and get your photo taken so YOU can be featured on All Cosplayers are Equal!

All-Ages Panel

AMV Contest

Come see the entrants of this year's San Japan AMV contest! Our judges will be screening the entries for your viewing pleasure, and will also be determining the winners! Presented by Florida Whammy.

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Anime Club Summit: Program Planning, Campus Involvement, & Best Practices

Open to all members of collegiate anime clubs or anyone interested in joining/starting one. In this panel groups will discuss how they plan club programming and share their best practices.

All-Ages Panel

Anime Club Summit: Recruitment and Fundraising

Open to any member of a collegiate anime club or anyone interested in joining/starting one. This is a mediated discussion on the best methods of recruiting membership and club fundraising.

All-Ages Panel

Anime Confessional

Have a confession about being a fan of anything? Want to hear others confessions or share your own? Anime Confessional would be perfect for you.

All-Ages Panel

AnimĂŠ Jeopardy

Anime Jeopardy is back! Test your knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format for great prizes and fun! Audience members get involved as well, so everyone has a chance to win something!

All-Ages Panel

Anime Murder Mystery

A live Murder Mystery Game with a twist. Come and try to figure out who is the murderer through clues and questions from the audience, or sit back and watch the show.

All-Ages Panel

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Anime Press Your Luck

The whammies are coming, the whammies are coming! It's coming to me now; I see big bucks in your future! Can you beat the whammy, or will he strike again and take more winnings back to the warehouse?

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Anime Zumba

Love to dance? Always wondered what Zumba was like? This panel brings together popular and anime songs with dancing to give you a new Zumba experience. So get ready to have fun and Zumba!

All-Ages Panel

Are you smarter than Sheldon Cooper?

Based off of the popular game show, Are you smarter than a 5th grader?, this panel will focus its questions and categories based on the Comedy hit: The Big Bang Theory! Seasons 1-7.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Asian Horror Movie Panel

Turn off the lights, it's time for a scary good time! Come to the Asian Horror Panel to enjoy a movie and round table discussion about the genre.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Assassin's Creed -- On and Off the Console

Ezio can do pull-ups all day with 50 lbs of armor and weapons. Hawks scream when he dives into hay stacks. We will look at knife fighting, sword-fighting, and parkour -- aimed at training like Ezio.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Atomic Daisy Underground PokĂŠmon League!

Battle your way through elite GYM leaders! Defeat them all to receive the San Japan Pokemon Badge! Bring your Nintendo 3DS plus Pokemon X/Y for the challenge!

All-Ages Panel

Bad Fanfiction Reading (NC-17)

Comedic readings of bad fan fictions(Provided by us, or requested by audience). Audience chooses the voice of each character to be read in and is welcomed to participate as well. (NC-17 Rated)

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

BJD Addicts

Are you into the BJD hobby? Ready for some reverse Q&A? Get ready to have fun in this interactive panel where we ask some prompt questions regarding the hobby! Step up and share your thoughts.

All-Ages Panel

BJD Basics

What is a BJD? A BJD is a ball jointed doll typically made in Asia that you can customize to look like any character you want! If you want to learn more about the basics this is your panel to visit.

All-Ages Panel

Body and Fitness: Impact For Good Cosplay

Want to lose weight, gain weight, or get Goku-ripped? We can help get you started! We'll discuss fitness, nutrition, and bodyshaping towards specific goals and cosplays in mind.

All-Ages Panel

Body Paint with The Syrins

Learn how to body paint for any cosplay, whether it is for homestuck, a dark elf, or for body art. Watch, learn and discuss with others as we demonstrate the art of body paint.

All-Ages Panel

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Panels Cont. Body Types and Cosplay

Body type can be an important factor in choosing a character, whether you share a body type with them or not. Learn about different body types and how to manipulate them for your cosplay.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Classic J-Pop Vinyl Exhibit

Curious on what songs were the hits in Japan during the 60s, 70s and 80s? Wanna know the artists that predate the J-Pop you know and love? Come and hear them all played on the original vinyl records!

All-Ages Panel

Closet Cosplay: The Art of Altering

Have a cosplay that you don't want to make from scratch? Look no further! Join PMP as we discuss the varying methods of altering thrift shop or closet clothing to fit your cosplay needs! See you there!

All-Ages Panel

Con Basics

There's a few things new and old convention attendees should need to know in order to enjoy a safe and full con weekend.

All-Ages Panel

Convention and Cosplay Horror Stories

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times -- we're here to talk about the latter.

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Cosplay 101

Cosplay: that one weird hobby where everyone dresses up in funny clothes. Wanna know where to start? Members of Southern Cospitality are here to help.

All-Ages Panel

Cosplay Battle chess and Checkers

Interactive chess game with cosplay performing as pieces. Also new Battle Checkers! Faster and with MULTIKILLS! Bring your energy and your gameface!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Cosplay Dating Game

Come and watch your favorite characters take a shot at random love! Who will they choose and who's heart will they break?

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Cosplay Horror Stories (17+)

In this possibly informative panel a group of veteran cosplayers will share tales of horror from blood loss to burn wounds, all in the name of cosplay. Fell free to bring your own stories too!

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Cosplay Modeling 101 - It's all in the Presentation

Creating cosplay is hard enough! Let's make the presentation a little bit easier with tips and tricks from a cosplay of 16 years on how to pose for camera to show your best side from all sides!

All-Ages Panel

Cosplay Stencil Workshop

This workshop will teach you how to create a custom stencil and use it to paint designs on fabric. This is a hands on demo, you get to keep what you make!

All-Ages Panel

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Cosplay Swap Meet

Got a retired cosplay or just some props, wigs, or extra materials lying around? Why not meet with other cosplayers and trade those unwanted cosplay items for something new?

All-Ages Panel

Cosplay's Evolving Place And Influence In Their Society

A presentation and discussion about cosplay's place and influence in society. We will explore its origins, definition(s), evolution and challenges.

All-Ages Panel

Cult Movies with Unnecessary Commentary

In this panel we'll be watching clips from a wide variety of cult classics, while simultaneously discussing the films in a way that we hope will make you laugh

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

D20 Girls Present: Blogging for Conventions and Nerd Culture

Have you ever wondered what it takes to blog or vlog about conventions and all things geeky? Then take a seat and pull out your wands, the D20 Girls of Texas will show you how its done!

All-Ages Panel

Dance Lessons by The Syrins

Learn exciting new dances such as hip hop, industrial, tecktonik, shuffle and more! Everyone is welcome whether you have had years of experience or your first time dancing!

All-Ages Panel

Dogs Cosplay 101

Your furry friend is more than just some prop, they're your cosplay partner! Learn the first steps to making a cosplay experience enjoyable for you and your four legged friend.

All-Ages Panel

Eternal Productions presents a Supernatural fanmade Web Series

Eternal Productions is beginning a new YouTube web-series inspired by the show Supernatural. We will be discussing how the production company started off and how we'll go about filming

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Everyone is John LIVE - San Japan Edition

In this competitive roleplaying game, players role play as voices inside John's head and bid for control over John's body to complete their obsessions. Performed live, who knows what will happen?

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Video Games But Were Afraid To Ask

Are you a fan of video games & have questions about the industry? Ask your burning questions to developers, YouTube stars & members of the gaming press. Stick around for a chance to win free games!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

First Person Shooters: A Retrospective History

Call of Duty, Titanfall, Battlefield... all of these names instantly make you think shooter games. This panel will show you the history of the genre and show you some notable and overlooked games too!

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

FtM Crossplay: Advanced and In Depth

Feminine to Masculine crossplay, from head to toe. We will discuss everything from binding to packing. Hosted by an experienced drag king/crossplayer, includes in person transformation.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

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Panels Cont. FUNimation Industry

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest anime distributor--FUNimation.

All-Ages Panel

FUNimation Peep Show

Guaranteed to be a good time that's oh so NSFW. Watch some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles. Don't forget to bring some tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds

Adult Content / Adult Material (18+)

FUNimation Previews

Extended clips and trailers from FUNimation. Come see extended clips and trailers for some of the hottest anime series from FUNimation!

All-Ages Panel

FWE's Cosplay Improv

It's FWE's take on Whose Line where the points don't matter and the content's filler just like an episode of DragonBall Z! Come join us on stage as we act out crazy scenes with YOU, our audience!

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

FWE's Electronica Dance Musical Chairs

You've heard of musical chairs before, well we put a new spin on it were you have chance to pick the next song!!! This isn't your regular musical chairs... we also have thrown trivia in as well!

All-Ages Panel

FWE's Welcome to Game Shows

COME ON DOWN!!! You might be the next contestant on one of Florida Whammy's Game Shows this weekend! Swing on in as we tell you what to expect this weekend! You might even win a prize just for coming!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Game of Thrones -- Get in a swordfight!

George RR Martin was inspired by Tolkien, the War of the Roses, Bernard Cornwell, etc. This class teaches you hands-on how real 15th century knights fought -- the basis for the GoT characters.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Gentle And Not So Gentle Arts: Modern Martial Arts And Japanese Culture

Did you know that one of Japan's best judo olympians based her look on a manga character? That Japan got MMA ten years before the UFC debuted? Ever wanted to know how to sort a legitimate teacher form.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Group Cosplay 101

Sick of cosplaying alone and want to start a group? Well you've come to the right place! Learn the ins and outs of running your own group as well as how to deal with the dreaded group drama!

All-Ages Panel

Hand Sewing 101 Workshop

Interested in having that perfect finish? Come get hands on experience on how to add a variety of closures and finish a variety of hand stitches for your next project.

All-Ages Panel

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Hetalia Quiz Show

Who will be crowned the ultimate fan of Hetalia this year? It could be you! Come try and take part or watch contestants compete to become San-Japan 2014's Ultimate Hetalia Fan!

All-Ages Panel

High Rollers

Come test your knowledge of trivia and your luck of dice in this fast paced game that can quickly add up to tons of prizes if your rolls are lucky and you don't strike out! It's High Rollers!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Hilarious Hentai Dubs

Experience the world of outrageously over-the-top adult anime voice acting as we explore some of the most unintentionally hilarious hentai dubs.

Adult Content / Adult Material (18+)

Hitbox presents: Cons Against Humanity

Our British/Canadian guests Kieran Strange and Sarah Adams bring on of their favorite games to San Japan in this epic 18+ panel! Come along and enjoy the ultimate party game for horrible people!

Adult Content / Adult Material (18+)

Hitbox presents: So You Wanna Be A Famous Cosplayer?

Social media junkie Kieran Strange and renowned Canadian cosplayer Sarah "Smare" Adams run you through some basic cosplay tips and how to successfully get yourself out there onto the world wide webz!

All-Ages Panel

Horrible Fanfiction Theater

In this panel, we read aloud some of the worst fan fictions we've come across on fanfiction.net Attendees are encouraged to bring us bad fictions to read aloud as well.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

How to Find Your Anime

This panel will help you find that anime you've always been looking for, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a beginner or not. I will be showing anime clips and discussing on helping you find that "perfect" anime show.

All-Ages Panel

How to Publish your Writing as an E-Book

Have you written something that you would like to try to sell? Self-published author Eduardo Soliz can show you how to sell your book on Kindles and iPads and even Nooks!

All-Ages Panel

How To Run a Fun and Inviting Anime Club

We've all heard horror stories, but gatherings of Anime and Manga enthusiasts need not be terror they end up being. So let's go over a few general rules to make your club more fun and inviting!

All-Ages Panel

How to Run a Panel

Running a panel or an event at a convention is no walk in the park, but not impossible! Come learn the basics of panels and how to take the first steps of running your own.

All-Ages Panel

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Panels Cont. Inclusive Cosplay: The Art of Adaptation and Accessibility

Cosplay is fun. Cosplay is entertaining. Cosplay is an art form. And the best part is, anyone can do it! But as it grows in appeal, how can we ensure that it remains open to everyone?

All-Ages Panel

Iron Artist 18+

Much like Iron Chef, iron artist puts artists of all levels on the spot to show their stuff with random topics to draw.

Adult Content / Adult Material (18+)

Iron Artist PG13

Much like Iron Chef, iron artist puts artists of all levels on the spot to show their stuff with random topics to draw.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Japanese Folktales

A reading of various Japanese Folktales.

All-Ages Panel

Japanese Street Fashion

Come learn about all of the various current Japanese street fashions, their origins, and how to get started in those fashions! From Gyaru to Shiro-nuri, come learn about all of the hot fashions!

All-Ages Panel

Japanese Weapons: Fact and Fiction

The full range of Japanese fighting arts goes far beyond what you see in film. This panel will show the variety of fighting styles possible with a katana, as well as several other weapons.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

JoJo's Bizarre Panel Adventure

One of the longest running and most iconic manga (and now anime) series in the industry has something of a cult following in the US. Come see what all the hype is about and learn about the series!

All-Ages Panel

Judge an Anime by it`s Cover

Are you good at figuring out plotlines in anime? Can you figure out a story by the cover? Just try and guess these title-less covers as if you have seen them in a game show format.

All-Ages Panel

K-Pop Karaoke & Dance

K-pop Karaoke & Dance is just like regular karaoke but catered to the ever growing Kpop fandom. Participants will be given the chance to sing their favorite kpop song or just dance along if they want.

All-Ages Panel

Katara's Relaxation Yoga

Ever feel tired at a Convention after the 1st day? With a 50 minute session of yoga and 10 minutes of meditation, w/ Katara, you'll be re-energized again because even a 10 min meditation = 30 min nap!

All-Ages Panel

Khet 2.0- The Laser Game: San Antonio City Championships

Khet 2.0- The Laser Game is a board game similar to chess, but with an Egyptian theme, and played using real lasers and mirrors!

All-Ages Panel

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K-pop: Do Games Idol Style

Come and join us to play K-Pop Variety Games! Come test your knowledge of K-pop to win anything from a sticker, bracelet, korean food, or even a bigger prize like a album or poster!

All-Ages Panel

Learn MikuMikuDance! Your Chance to Make Videos Instead of Watching Them

MikuMikuDance is free animation software used to make Vocaloid/Touhou videos seen on YouTube and NicoNicoDouga. Attendees will learn the basics of downloading and using this wonderful software.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Let's Dance!! with Asian Pop Society

We are the Asian Pop Society, based out of San Antonio College and specializing in Japanese and Korean pop dances. Come out and watch us perform--then, come learn to dance right along with us!

All-Ages Panel

Let's Dance!

If you are the type of person who likes to watch dance covers on the interwebz and definitely do some dancing of your own, come dance with us! Bring your favorite J-pop/K-pop songs and let's boogie!

All-Ages Panel

LGBT themes in Anime and Manga

Returning from last year, this panel will discuss LGBT-relevant themes, characters, and series from Japan. Everyone is encouraged to attend, regardless if you are or are not LGBT yourself!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Light Saber Demonstrations Dueling Forms and Styles

Lightsaber Demonstrations: Dueling Forms and Styles. Enjoy demonstrations of light saber dueling presented by the Knights of the Alamo (KOTA). Discuss saber types as well as the forms and styles used

All-Ages Panel

Lolita Fashion Show

A Lolita Fashion Show, displaying some of the most iconic substyles of lolita in a runway-style event. Come see our magnificent display of frills, bows and petticoats!

All-Ages Panel

Lolita Fashion Swap Meet

Have some Lolita or other J fashion items that don't quite fit? Want to try a different style but have too much of the same? Bring your unwanted J Fashion items for bartering and trading only!

All-Ages Panel

Lolita Meet Up

Come join San Antonio Lolitas for a fun meet! Activities include: guests voted best dressed contest, fun filled games with prizes, and a Lolita fashion trivia.

All-Ages Panel

Make Your Own Visual Novels With Ren'Py!

Have you ever wanted to make your own Visual Novels, but have little to no programming skill? Let me introduce you to a simple (and FREE) development kit intended for creators of any skill level!

All-Ages Panel

Makeup Fit for a Queen: For all your Cosplay and Crossplay Needs

If makeup isn't your forte then join us as we cover the basics of highlighting and contouring to help make a face look more masculine or feminine for your cosplay and crossplay needs.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

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Panels Cont. Masquerade Ballroom Dance Lessons

Wanting to learn how to dance in a ballroom setting, or are you wanting to learn dances for the masquerade at San Japan? This panel has it; Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Mambo, and Swing.

All-Ages Panel

MtF Crossplay: Advanced and In-Depth

Sister panel to FtM Crossplay, we will cover the masculine to feminine transformation from wig to heel for cosplayers. Will include makeup, padding, wigs, and more, and an in person transformation.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Nerdcore Comedy

Stand-Up comedy for the nerd and nerd at heart! Award winning comics perform their geek-centric humor for their third San Japan!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Not-So-Creepy Pasta With Cheese

Hyper realistic blood on an NES game!? ? 90's childhood suicide. avi ….Wait WHAT!? Yup.exe, lets comedically read and dissect the cliched creepypasta stories which take a complete turn away from creepy

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

OBJECTION! Ace Attorney Panel

Join Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, and Missile for mock trials, quizzes, prizes, and more!

All-Ages Panel

OC's, Mary Sues, and Cliches- Oh My!

Do you like making original characters? Did you ever want to learn how to make a great fan character? Join your hosts and their mascot, Bob the Necromancer, as we show you all the tips of making OC's!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

OriginalGamer.com Presents Video Game Jeopardy!

Think you know video games? Prove it. Players will be randomly selected to compete for free games by showcasing their video game knowledge. Audience members can also participate and win free games!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Otaku Acoustic

Listen to renditions of your favorite songs while you explore all that the con has to offer by this nerdy/geeky cover band.

All-Ages Panel

Philosophy in Anime

For a medium that is mostly known for giant robots, anime sure touches on a lot of quite deep themes. So, let's expand a little; let's experiment with thought.

All-Ages Panel

Poké-Battle LIVE

Teams of one trainer and one cosplay Pokemon role-play battle against each other in a life size arena. This is based off the show, not the game, and we duel until there is one champion team!

All-Ages Panel

Poké-Battle LIVE (Jr. Division)

Teams of one trainer and one cosplay Pokémon role-play battle against each other in a life size arena. This is based off the show, not the game, and we duel until there is one champion team!

All-Ages Panel

Pokémon Movie Live Riffing

Nothing is sacred, not Pikachu, not the healing tears of friendship. Sit down and air out your pokeballs as your childhood is destroyed in this live comedic riffing of The Pokémon Movie.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

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Pony Character Analysis

You can tell a lot about Pinkie Pie just from looking at her, the same can be said of nearly all the ponies, but why is that? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discuss it, and maybe find out which pony has the best physiognomy.

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Pose-Off

Two Individuals or Teams do battle against each other in an epic posing contest to see who is the most superior in the art of stance! Who will be the one master of posing to rule them all?!

All-Ages Panel

Princess Cosplay: Hoopskirts and More! Practicality, Accuracy, and Poise.

Princesses have the most complex and challenging oufits known to cosplay-kind. So this panel will teach you how to: choose/make your dress, wear a hoopskirt, complete the look and act royal.

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Prop and Armor Building 101: Building the Dream

Basic Armor and prop building from a seasoned veteran! Learn tips and tricks to concur even the trickiest and biggest of props!"

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Psychology of Nerdery: Conformity and Delusion

Looking into the nerd brain and how it relates to psychology. Focus on the effects of social media, obsession, and grouppromotion of deviant behavior. Or, how being a weeaboo is bad for you.

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Retro Arcade Machine! Let's get started in building one!

Want your very own arcade machine, but don't know where to start? Come on down here and I will provide tips and instructions to get you started, whether you want to build one or buy a whole set!

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San Antonio Texas Lolita presents: J-FASHION SHOW

San Antonio Texas Lolitas presents a fashion show extravaganza! Showcasing lolita, fairy kei, and street fashion from Japan!

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San Japun: An Impromptu Comedy Show

In this pun-themed comedy show we will be sharing stories and life with the soul purpose of making you laugh and groan. Audience participation is encouraged, but not required.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Secret Mysteries of Life and Fan Films

Want to produce your own fan films? Join us as we debunk the myths and state the facts to help you along the road of videography!

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Seven Samurai and Beyond: The Works of Akira Kurosawa

Join Vitamin H as we explore the career of Japan's first visionary director and the samurai, delinquents, and dreams that continue to inspire filmmakers around the world even today.

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Sewing for Beginners (And We Mean Beginners)

Ever wanted to learn how to hand sew? Or learn the basics of a sewing machine? Have we got the panel for you! Come join PMP as we discuss the basics of sewing for beginners!

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Silent Hill 101

Fan of the Silent Hill series? Ever wondered what the hype is about? Come put those questions to rest, at the Silent Hill 101 panel~!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

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Panels Cont. Sketching the Human Form: From Cutesy to Comics

Call your style what you want to, but there are basic rules to drawing the human form. This panel will demonstrate how to approach proportion and faces in western comic art & various anime styles.

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Star Wars: Past, Present and Future

A Star Wars presentation and discussion on the phenomena's past, present and future in all its forms. We will explore the encompassing aspects of the movies, the books, and the games.

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Steampunk: Victorian Style and Beyond

Steampunk is a constantly growing culture, taking in anyone who's willing to listen. With the proper know-how, we hope to expand the culture beyond the popular Victorian style. The sky's the limit!

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Super High School-Level Panel

Join the Dangan Ronpa cast in an interactive investigation and trial! You cast judgment and must decide on who you think the culprit is. The fate of the characters is in your hands!

All-Ages Panel

Supernatural Slumber Party 3: No Rest for the Wicked

A fun party for angels, demons, monsters and hunters to play traditional human party games and watch episodes of Supernatural :)

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

SuperWhoLock Fan Panel

Supernatural, Doctor Who, and BBC Sherlock all in one panel?! Games with prizes and Q&A, this is an event that's fun for everyone!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Surviving a Mecha Attack

Uncle Yo presents this parody of public safety announcements is meant to prepare YOU, the average Joe, for the inevitable, real life threat of giant, fictitious robots.

All-Ages Panel

Swap Meet

Bring anything you want to trade for new items. No cash or currency trades allowed, only item for item.

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Takashi Miike Bites The World

Yakuza. Violence. Madness. Sing-a-longs? Come see a few of the many faces of Japan's mad dog director, who's made everything from Ichi The Killer to the Phoenix Wright movie.

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Taking an Aesthetic approach to video games

Did you ever play a game that had visual that stuck with you, perhaps independent of the graphical quality? This was likely because of aesthetics, lets discuss aesthetics and video games.

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Tastefully Risque

Discuss how to appropriately dress sexy/classy, what to wear at the dance, making your cosplay acceptable in a conservative environment, attendee etiquette, personal boondaries and prejudices

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Teach Me How To Toku

Our panel addresses the film and television genre from Japan known as tokusatsu. The 1954 release of Godzilla gave the world tokusatsu, and we're entering it's 60th year.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

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The $100,000 Pyramid

Do you think you can guess a subject based on clues a partner or stranger give you and climb the $100,000 Pyramid? Can you beat our Mystery 7? Come find out and win some cool prizes on Pyramid!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

The Art of Cosplay

Seamstresses, commission artists, prop builders, cosplayers and photographers. With so many contributions to the cosplay world, it's good to show appreciation for every facet of the hobby.

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The Bancast Live at San Japan: Foreign Objects

The Bancast is back for the fourth year, Join Fred, Levi, Mike, PsyGuy, and Little Kuriboh for ridiculous chatter about hypothetical situations and embarrassing memories.

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen: the CrowdSourced RPG

Join comedian Uncle Yo in the competitive story-telling RPG "Baron Munchausen," where your greatest tale of adventure may be altered by any of your fellow barons.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

The K-pop Variety Games

With audience participation you can play games that are often seen on popular Korean variety show. Test your K-pop knowledge, win prizes and make new friends all here at the K-pop Variety Games!

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

The Nerding Instinct Podcast- San Japan edition!

The first live appearance of the Nerding Instinct Podcast! Join Mike Brown, Myke Hritz, and Bonnie Hritz, your Nerd Who Say NI, as we fly our geek flags and united the Geek Tribes.

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

The Twisted Horror of Junji Ito

Welcome to the worldâ&#x20AC;Śor, rather, worlds of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most darkly inventive and disturbing mangaka. From fish that walk on rusted legs to girls who never die, the madness is sure to consume you.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

THEY'RE NOT POWER RANGERS: An Intro to Tokusatsu

Tokusatsu is a diverse genre of filmmaking that was never truly done justice in its imports to America. We'd like to show you some highlights of the genre and some starting points for getting into it.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Too Good to be Through

Don't keep that old cosplay in the closet or throw that old wig away. There's so much you can do with recycling old cosplays! Come learn a few nifty ways how.

All-Ages Panel

Toons that Go Bump in the Night

A look at the darker side of anime, showcasing everything from gothic gloom to high-octane thrillers, from traditional yokai to eldritch alien horrors. Prepare to be scared.

R-Rated Discussions / Material (17+)

Transformative Theatrical Makeup and Cosplay

A panel for those who are looking to take their cosplaying to that next level by learning theatrical and SFX makeup techniques to transform themselves from a person to a character.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Uncle Yo Presents HP Lovecraft: Legacy of Tentacles

Author HP Lovecraft created the C'thulu Mythos and laid the grounds for generations of American sci-fi, horror, board games, and films. Uncle Yo invites you to learn about his life, works, and legacy.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

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Panels Cont. Uncle Yo's Magical Girl Bootcamp

Are you man enough to put on a skirt and fight the forces of darkness?! Of course you are! Join Uncle Yo in this breakdown of the training and legacy of the few, the proud, the glittered.

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Uncle Yo's Stand-up Comedy for Geeks

Uncle Yo, the Otaku comedian premieres at San Japan to redefine the American fan. When conventions become Tumblr: the LARP, this funny man is ready to put your fandom to the test.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Welcome to Gensokyo

An introduction to the Touhou Project series and its community. We will discuss topics including the series’ history, points of appeal, doujinshi circles and the impact of the fandom.

All-Ages Panel

Welcome to the Velvet Room.

A Velvet Room and Persona Arena are here for eager contestants to try their luck and skill. Discover your Persona. Seek your true power. Fulfill your destiny.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Do you have what it takes to answer 15 increasingly difficult questions and become our first ever Otaku Millionaire?! We've got questions ranging from SAO to 4chan, so Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Who Wants to Be an Otaku?

Welcome to Who Wants to Be an Otaku?!, the animé trivia game based on the popular "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"! The more tiers you reach, the bigger the prize you get! Audience can win too!

All-Ages Panel

Whose Line Is It Anime?

A comedy improv show based on television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Contestants who wish to participate are given a slew of fandom-themed scenarios to act out in as hilarious a manner as possible!

Adult Content / Adult Material (18+)

Wigs for Beginners

New to Cosplay? Don't know a wig cap from a wig head? No problem! Let us help you out. Join us as we go over the basics of wigs and wig care in this beginners panel over the care and keeping of wigs.

All-Ages Panel

WTF: What The Film?

Think you know just how weird Japanese cinema can be? Join us as we show you some our favorite films that make you go "... Huh?" (13+)

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

WTNV Listening Panel

Citizens are welcomed to join us and listen to Night Vale's past radio broadcasts. We're even offering special prizes for those with good memories of the show. Unless you've been re-educated already.

PG-13 Rated Discussions / Material (13+)

Manga Library Located in Room 101 in the Convention Center. Sponsored by the SAPL. 210 Teen Services

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Voice Over Guests MATTHEW MERCER Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games. His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Gundahar in KNACK, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia, Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Walter in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Rihan Nura in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Tygra in Cartoon Network’s Thundercats, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Reapmon/Beelzemon in Digimon Fusion, and many other projects you are welcome to look up online. Lisa Ortiz Lisa Ortiz’s career as a voice over artist began under the shroud of an attempted auto larceny gone awry. Luckily for her, and for her sibling the perpetrator in question, the car battery died. (No seriously, my brother tried to steal my car. That’s how I got into anime. Just ask me. I’ll tell you.). Most famous for her role as Lina Inverse (which she reprised for Slayers Evolution), and Amy Rose in Sonic the Hedgehog. She began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War and since then she has gone on to record dozens of anime, series, audiobooks, video games, and films as well as eventually moving behind the microphone as a Producer, Director and Adapter. Her work has appeared in Film festivals as well as on television, and she can currently be heard as Oshawott in Pokemon Black and White, Anna in Berserk, Cabiria/ Miki in Angel’s Friends, as well as a bunch of upcoming video games she will hopefully be able to talk about soon (fingers crossed).

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Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she portrayed “Major Motoko Kusanagi” in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. She will also be voicing the “Female Crusader” in the Diablo III Expansion. You can also hear her as “Abagail Brand” in The Avengers, “Sei” in Alpha Protocol and “Nora” in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are “Cornelia” in Code Geas, “Kurenai” from Naruto, “Julia” from Cowboy Bebop, “Helba” and “Bordeau” from .hack, “Jagura” from Wolf’s Rain and “Caroline” from Vampire Hunter D. As a director, Mary Elizabeth has been directing Naruto for almost 8 years for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for best director. She is currently directing Penn Zero Part Time Hero for Disney XD, Tenkai Knights for Cartoon Network and Digimon Fusion for Nickelodeon. She also directed Norman Reedus in Iron Man: Rise of the Technovores for Marvel as well as Blade and X-Men. She directed the original series Boing and Wild Animal Babies. Mary Elizabeth co directed Marvel’s Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men and Blade for G4. She has directed the 4 Naruto Movies as well as Stitch!, Cowboy Bebop the series, Cowbovy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Wolf’s Rain, Digimon seasons 3 and 4, the movie Appleseed and was a co-writer for the American adaptation of Metropolis. She also directed the original animated series Gormiti Lords of Nature for Cartoon Network. Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movies Julia X and Silent Hill as well as the games: Shadows of the Damned, Silent Hill 3, 4, 5, Origins, Downpour, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories which she co-directed as well as Book of Memories and the rerelease of Silent Hill 2/3 which she directed. For the gaming world she directed Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman as well as the rest of the original cast in the Afro Samurai game. She also directed the entire cast of iCarly for their interactive game. Mary Elizabeth has directed the voice work for Soul Calibur Legends, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Devil May Cry 3, 3.5 and 4, Spyhunter, the Naruto Clash of Ninja and Ultimate Ninja series, as well being second director for Kung Fu Panda.

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Voice Over Guests Cont. Lauren Landa Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lauren first began acting at the age of 11 in the stage production of Annie, and continued with shows including; Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, Comic Potential. As well as being Assistant Director for stage productions such as: Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, Batboy the Musical, as well as the Greek comedy, Lysistrata. Within that world behind the Mic: she is most known for roles such as the ninja beauty, Kasumi in “Dead or Alive 5, The sexy Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting games “BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger” as well as the sequels “BlazBlue: Continuum Shift”, and “Continuum Shift Extend”, “Chrono Phantasma“, The badass Kyoko Sakura in “Madoka Magica”, The enthusiastic Yan Leixia in “Soul Calibur V”, the deadly Little Queen in “Tales of Graces”, The valley girl racer in pink, Boiboi in “REDLINE”, The adorable zombie Squigly in “Skullgirls“, Kind hearted Leia in “Tales of Xillia“, the innocent Chubo Sonken in “Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and most recently, The quiet and even more badass Annie Leonhardt in the hit Anime series “Attack on Titan“! She has had several roles in anime and video games such as: Leeza, (Blazing Souls Accelate), Arf and Chrono Harlaown (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha/ A’s), Kirche Van Zerbst, (Familiar Of Zero) Aegil, Cotton, Sasha (Rondo of Swords), Lila (Summon Night Twin Age), Rina (Luminous Arc 2), Yoko (Sakichi Satô’s Tokyo Zombie) Sy-Fy channel’s anime addition (Monster) and more!

Chris Ayres Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a voice actor for Sentai Film Works and FUNIMATION Entertainment. Chris has also worked as an A.D.R. Director for ADV FILMS, and Amusement Park Media, and is currently directing for Sentai Film Works. As an A.D.R. Director his credits include: EF~A TALE OF MEMORIES, EF~ A TALE OF MELODIES, NIGHT RAID 1931, THE NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, XENOSAGA: The Animation, MAGIKANO, MERMAID MELODY PITCHI PITCHI PITCH and he served as co-director with Matt Greenfield on THE WALL FLOWER. He has also served as ADR writer on many of those shows as well as the soon to be released DREAM EATER MERRY. Some of the roles as a voice actor Chris is best known for are Kei Kourono in Gantz, Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, The Covenant Commander in Halo: Legends, Von Kampfer in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Prince Soma in Black Butler, Yaminami in Peacmaker, Takada Shingin in Sengoku Basara, DJ Plugman in Air Gear and Sid in Devil May Cry. His voice can also be heard in Elfin Lied, Golgo 13, Claymore, Godanner, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Diamond Daydreams and Fairy Tale to name a few. He can also be heard as the villain Wagram in the Square Enix video game The Last Remnant. Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop ‘Mock Combat for Cosplay’ to many conventions. You can learn more about Chris by visiting his website www.christopherayres-va.com.

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Music Guests Kieran Strange Kieran Strange is a quirky, dynamic young artist blending pop sensibilities, edgy guitars, and synthesized electronic sounds into her own personal brand of British nerd-rock. She left her parents, family, and small fishing village in southern England at the tender age of seventeen in order to follow her heart and chase her dreams of making music, all the while singing about girl crushes, zombies, and video games. Bullied viciously at school for her social awkwardness and geeky hobbies, Kieran found the strength to channel her eccentric personality into her music and art. She fully embraces who she is and has been a pillar of strength for many of her fans to do the same, promoting self-worth and self-confidence, and encouraging them to follow their dreams just as she has done. As she stands firmly as a voice for the different and discarded, very open about her support of autism and mental health awareness, Kieran’s die-hard fans have coined themselves the #Strangers and have already made their mark on the world by voting Miss Strange a final ballot nominee in the Shorty Awards (Twitter and social media) three years running. Nerds, geeks, gamers, costuming addicts, fantasy fans and many more have counted themselves a member of the #Strangers’ ranks, and their numbers span right across the globe. When she isn’t rocking the stage, solo or with her band, Kieran can usually be found up to her elbows in fabric and latex weaponry, enjoying her hobbies of crafting and costuming. She’s a selfproclaimed ‘crazy cat mum’, and laughs at her own addiction to Dungeons & Dragons and other roleplaying games. She has recently been delving into another childhood dream and is working on developing her first online retro-style video game. She also enjoys Youtubing and cosplaying with fellow musician Sarah Adams via their geek-centric lifestyle blog, Hitbox.

Powerglove Powerglove is an instrumental heavy metal band from Arlington, Massachusetts that performs remixes of video game, cartoon, and movie theme music. They currently have three releases, the EP entitled “Total Pwnage,” the full-length “Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man” and their most recent US album “Saturday Morning Apocalypse”. Powerglove released a Japan-only album entitled “TV Game Metal”, featuring remixed and re-recorded versions of their older songs through Marquee/Avalon Records in 2012. They will be recording their next full-length album, which will return to their video game cover roots to be released in 2013. Powerglove is predominately influenced by European and Japanese power metal bands, but uses many elements from death metal, black metal and thrash. Though the band is instrumental they have recently collaborated with Sonata Arctica vocalist Tony Kakko on two songs. The band’s name comes from the name of a Nintendo product which was worn as a glove to control video games.

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Music Guests Cont. Akira Yamaoka Mr. Yamaoka joined Konami on September 21, 1993, after previously being a freelance music composer. He is most well known for his work for the Silent Hill series of video games for which he composed the music and sound effects in most Silent Hill series. His use of non-traditional instruments, atonal minimalism, and sudden changes in volume and tempo were highly influential in the development of the original game and lead to him becoming the main producer on the series with Silent Hill 3. Despite his enhanced role in Silent Hill 3, as well as Silent Hill 4: The Room, he continued to compose the musical score and design the audio for the series. Akira Yamaoka continues developing the remaining Origins, Homecoming and Shattered Memories games. Yamaoka’s sound commonly contains strong melancholy undertones and generally identifies with the dark ambient, industrial, trip-hop and rock genres. Since Silent Hill 3, he also started working in collaboration with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Joe Romersa for vocal compositions. Much of his work from previous titles has been compiled for the 2006 Silent Hill movie adaptation, directed by Christophe Gans. His music from Silent Hill 2 was performed live in 2005 at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany. Yamaoka also performed music from Silent Hill at the world-premiere of Play! A Video Game Symphony on , 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, and accompanied the orchestra with an electric seven-string guitar. He also composed songs for KONAMI’s Bemani series, which has also featured tracks from Silent Hill. His first original album, iFUTURELIST, was released in January 2006. He also wrote the theme of 101%, the main show of the French TV channel Nolife. His later works expanded outside the gaming world, such as the TV Drama “Meitantei-no-Okite”, Silent Hill live action film and other Hollywood films. A big thanks to Saboten-Con for making this possible. The Silent Hill Band Akira Yamaoka, the composer of the first seven Silent Hill video games, Shadows Of The Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, will be performing in The Silent Hill Band. The remaining line-up of the band features vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, a longtime regular on Silent Hill soundtracks. Drums are to be performed by Israel Ulloa.

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David “Docjazz4” Ramos David was introduced to the Ocarina through the 1998 N64 classic, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”. Since receiving his first Ocarina back in 2000, David has gained a large online following with over 40,000,000 video views on Youtube. With a collection of over 100 ocarinas from the last 150 years, David enjoys educating the public on the history and development of the ocarina, as well as teaching his ocarina students how to make the most of their flutes and music education. In 2009, David initiated the first major US Ocarina Gathering, held in Seattle, WA. It was hosted by Sandi and Richard Schmidt of Clayzeness Whistleworks and sponsored by Songbird Ocarinas and SMule Inc. He also attended the 2011 Ocarina Festival in Budrio, Italy and hopes to bring a similar international festival to the United States in the next 5 years. His first full-length studio album, “Leave Luck to Heaven” is now available on iTunes and Loudr.fm, with a physical CD available at docjazz4.com

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Fashion and Art Guests Angelic Pretty USA + Harajuku Hearts Founded in 1979, Angelic Pretty has been a constant presence for years with fifteen stores total Japan, and San Francisco. As a brand known for it’s characteristic “Pop & Cute” style reminiscent of the princess in every girl, Angelic Pretty’s collections and designs have quickly become a favorite among enthusiasts even outside of Japan.

HamletMachine HamletMachine is a webcomic artist from NYC who likes robots and Shakespeare. Their comic, Starfighter, is a sci-fi adult webcomic about a Navigator, Abel, who becomes romantically involved with his new, intimidating Fighter, Cain, during their mission to confront the alien threat facing their world. The webcomic contains graphic sexual visuals, sci-fi themes, and a distinct, striking art style that has made it globally popular.

Amelie Belcher Amelie “Ami-Chan” Belcher was born in Baton-Bloody-Boring-Rouge Louisiana where the combination of chemical plant fumes and river water did major damage to her fragile little mind at an early age. By all accounts, she started drawing at the age of five (when she figured out that the pencil goes on the paper and not up your nose) and didn’t stop drawing until she ran out of paper…twenty years later. She is the artist behind the manga “Loud Snow” and the web comics “the real life adventures of Ami-chan” and more recently ”Bounty Haunters”. She now travels the country selling her award winning art, doing one of a kind commissions for con goers, giving the best panels on earth, and being paid tribute to by her army of fans known as the “Ami Army”.

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Special Guests Martin Billany Martin Billany, better known by his screen name LittleKuriboh (or CardGames FTW), is the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, a parody of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, and was the first to make an abridged series. Martin is considered the godfather of the abridged age. He has thus far produced no less than 60 episodes, a spinoff, a prequel, a christmas special and two movies, creating a cultural phenomenon in the anime world. In addition to playing nearly every character in his own series, he has made cameos in the Death Note, Naruto, Sonic X, Trinity Blood, Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist and Sailor Moon abridged series. Team Four Star Team Four Star is a fan-based parody group, conceived in 2008 by Scott Frerichs, Nick Landis,Curtis Arnott, and Lawrence Simpson. It’s main production, DragonBall Z Abridged, started humbly. Over five years, several conventions, and nearly a million subscribers on Youtube, they have found themselves humbled and excited at what the future holds. With no signs of stopping and aspirations high, they’re all excited for the future and hope to continue to grow, produce, and explore a medium that has brought them, and many of the followers, joy.

Mr. CreepyPasta MrCreepyPasta is the well known figure from Youtube who spends each week telling internet micro-fiction stories known as creepy pasta. With nearly 500,000 subscribers and 500 individual stories of spine tingling horror, he’s rocketed to his status with incredible speed. Joining him for the darkest and scariest of panels during this San Japan are CreepyPastaJr and MissShadowLovely known for their videos of SCP files and involvement in the creepy pasta community

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Featured Guests Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer From Otakon to Anime Expo, Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer teleports conventions, performing his unique brand of geek-specific stand-up comedy. Panel leader, Cosplay Masquerade MC, playwright, puppeteer and podcaster, Yo goes where he is needed to celebrate fandoms, welcome newcomers, and promote equality. You can hear him voice every dog and trainer in the Android game “Top Dog: Lucky’s Charm.” He is the self-published author of “The Anime Convention Survival Guide” as a single on Amazon as well as the roast of the 1996 Doctor Who movie starring the 8th Doctor on iTunes. His latest puppet-based fantasy comedy series, “Dungeon Crawlers,” is premiering this year on Youtube. Every Monday his podcast, “We are the Geek” tackles current issues within fandoms, reviews shows and features up-and-coming fan-lebrities as Yo. His two latest albums, Ecto-Kitt-Lorean and Matching Hair Clips are ready for download at Amazon and iTunes. His web work can be viewed with cameo on several Nostalgia Critic reviews, including starring in the 5th Anniversary short for Thatguywiththeglasses. com, DragonBored. Yo was also featured on SchnozMan and Hole Punch as florist sociopath and super-villain, Jeff Regean. Sleeping Samurai Sleeping Samurai, founded in 2007, brings Interactive Entertainment to conventions across the country. Event attendees participate in foam weapon battles, tournaments, instructional panels, training sessions and more. We sell handmade foam weapons created by our staff – made to simulate historically accurate, Asian-inspired weapons. Custom & Fantasy weapon orders available!

Fred “Trunks” Wood Fred “Trunks” Wood is an artist, game developer, and web personality. In 2004 he co-founded the Webcomic “The Wild Adventures of Trunks & Soto”, following it up in 2010 with “Sure to be Ban’D”. Now he’s joined by two of his best friends (Levi Southerlan and Michael DeVillar) “every” week for the podcast, The Bancast, which has done 3 live shows here at San Japan, and doing their fourth this year. Fred also recently released his first commercially successful game “Love” on the PC gaming service Steam. He’s also the creator of the most ridiculous invention of all time, the Mini Flipping Table.

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Florida Whammy Entertainment Formed in 2008 under the name “The Game Show Gurus”, Florida Whammy Entertainment is a not-for-profit professional organization that designs, creates, operates, and performs various interactive entertainment events for conventions. Specializing in Game Shows, their highly experienced team of programmers, artists, animators, writers, hosts, announcers, production assistants, researchers and producers have created and developed shows and programming for a number of regionally and nationally known fan conventions and events focusing and specializing in a variety of genres in popular culture, Japanese culture, Otaku culture, and other various cultures and fandoms. Florida Whammy Entertainment has been producing panels and shows across Florida and the southern and eastern US for the past 7 years! With that much experience, there hardly isn’t a thing that FWE hasn’t done or is certainly planning to do in the near future! FWE is led by a supervisory Board of Directors which consists of currently 5 people who are in charge of 3 divisions within the team. FWE is also backed by a support team of over 20 individuals who lend their time and talent to helping FWE achieve its mission statement of bringing quality game shows to conventions across the country. Florida Whammy Entertainment strives to provide an entertainment experience that will leave participants and audience members with a lasting impression on both FWE and the host convention/venue/show that they are at, and is proud to have been a part of this community for a long time, and hopes to be hosting game shows and other interactive entertainment for a long time to come!!

EDM DJs These are the DJs performing at our Electronic Dance on Friday and Saturday night at San Japan 7 (12a-4a, Lone Star Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt): • DJ Simstim - soundcloud.com/djsimstim • DJ Void - facebook.com/jasonvoid • Espre - espremusic.com • Apex Predicate - soundcloud.com/apex-predicate • Arc Angel / AJ Osborne - area512ent.com | VJ +10hp

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Hassle Free Printing We Take Printing Seriously…Not Ourselves.

Plant tours available!

Call 210-804-0390 for Special Online Pricing 5,000 postcards $149 10,000 flyers $349 1,000 magazines $995 (16 pages, 60# paper)

Visit us at www.shweiki.com CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE YOUR PLANT TOUR 210-804-0390 • Email samplEs@shwEiki for a frEE quotE or call 512-480-0860

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Staff Dave “Proz” Henkin Main Convention Chairman

Jackie Naehrig Artist Alley Coordinator

Jason “Jay” Perez Events Director / Co-Chairman

Emma Glover Cosplay Coordinator

Lauren “Shewolf” Heacker HR Director

S. David Ramirez Community Relations Director

Matt “Comter” Zeisler regIT, LLC Registration Contact

Adrian “Bear” Padilla Amir Small Dealer Room Liaison

Ken Wallen Guest Relations Director

“Tall” Chris Johnson Artshow Coordinator

Levi Hampton Night Events Director

Meghan Olivarez Hotel Info Desk Coordinator

Alyssa Kirk Formal Masquerade Event Coordinator

Sarah “Sai” Kimmey Convention Center Info Desk Coordinator

Sethos Johns Joe Sparks Event Coordinator

Katy Tunks Operations Director

Daniel L Bottoms Video Room Coordinator David “FishHouse” Arjona Electronic Gaming Coordinator Cesar Trujillo Lead Tech Coordinator Ricardo Lepe Gaming Director Melody Fischer Crafts/Kids Room Coordinator

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Chris “Kuri” Chapman Karaoke Manager Vince Guzman Chimaeracon Table Top Group Bryan Perez Sean Fleck Facilities Coordinators

Craige Howlett Convention Adviser Kristen “Kat” Nesbitt Art Director Communications Manager Michael Hicks Support Director Joshua “Rambo” Thomas Move In/Out Coordinator Randy Gray DJ Coordinator Samantha O’Leary & Tori Johnson Maid Cafe Managers Derrick Smith Main Events Coordinator Thomas “Eddo” Fort Merch Manager Rudy Alba Personal Assistant Alyssa “Aly” Cox Panelist Coordinator Zackary Maples Late Night Gaming Coordinator Tressa Kirk Convention Runner Manager Samantha Guzman Morale Coordinator

Mark Adams Con Suite Coordinator

Mike Rios Martinez Tech Dispacher Coordinator

Brianne “Bri” Coleman Marketing Consultant

Miguel “Moose” Rodriguez Hotel Operations Coordinator


Special Thanks

Program Book Designers: Veronna Corral, Alexis Vega, and David Reveles. Please contact them at epvda1@gmail.com for design commission inquiries!

Special Thanks To The Following People/Groups For Their Support: A Jinnie McManus, Michael Loredo, Chris Solis, Tara McKinney, Ryan Kim, Our Lady Of The Lake University, Dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lair, Nine-Tails, Justin Surface, Stuart Hamblin, Tod Kennedy, Angela Camarillo, San Antonio River Authority, Brianne Coleman, Alysia Roden, Ric & Ric Otaku Cafe, Apple De La Fuente, Brandon Alexander, Teresa Mairon, Akira Negi, Corrine Howlett, Ikkicon, AnimeFest, Omnicon, Otakon, A-Kon, Anime Matsuri, Anime Boston, Mizuumi-con, Alamo City Comic Con, Christopher Pagonis, Peter C. Jiang, Jinzilla, Darrell Hoberer, Wonderlands of America Mall, Area 512 Entertainment, Jennifer Shea, Eric Graybeard, Greg Simone, Ushicon, Patrick Delahanty & Animecons.com, San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio CVB, UTSA Culture Center, freepik.com for the program book icons, and many more. Special Thanks To Our Sponsors: Funimation, Crunchyroll, Stone Bridge Press, Antarctic Press, Heroes & Fantasies and Ultra Arcade.

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