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Friday, January 8
 

4:00pm

Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island Arc (Episodes 61-63)
Gon, a young boy who lives on Whale Island, dreams of becoming a Hunter like his father, who left when Gon was still young.

(From Hunterpedia): Gon, Killua, and Leorio return to help Kurapika’s recovery after the battle against the Phantom Troupe. Leorio and Kurapika leave again, returning the focus to Gon and Killua. Gon and Killua are able to join a team hired by the billionaire, Battera, to play the game. Gon and Killua are joined and later Nen-trained by Biscuit Krueger, a 57-year-old woman who looks like a 12-year-old girl, and is a master and experienced teacher of Nen. As the story progresses, a player nicknamed the Bomber is blowing other players up. Gon, Killua, and Biscuit team up with other players and take the Bomber out. The Phantom Troupe also travels to Greed Island, looking for a Nen-Remover to remove the Nen dagger on Chrollo Lucilfer put by Kurapika to null his powers.


Friday January 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

4:00pm

Mr. Osomatsu
Mr. Osomatsu is based off of the gag manga series Osomatsu-kun by Fujio Akatsuka, and ran from 1962 to 1969. The series features a set of sextuplets, the Matsuno brothers, with Osomatsu being the oldest brother and leader of the group.


Friday January 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

4:00pm

Polar Bear Cafe (Episodes 40-43)
Polar Bear’s café revolves around a Canadian white bear that quits his boring job and starts a cafeteria near a zoo.


Friday January 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

4:00pm

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father. - See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/#sthash.eBgcwvJG.dpuf


Friday January 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

4:00pm

Registration (UC Lobby)
Registration

Friday January 8, 2016 4:00pm - 8:00pm
University Center Lobby University Center

4:00pm

Arcade
Friday January 8, 2016 4:00pm - 8:30pm
University Center Lounge UC Lounge

4:00pm

Video Game Tournaments
Avylon, A Gamer Organization, will be hosting Super Smash Bros 4 for WiiUCompetitive Gaming Tournaments Registration begins at 4 and will close around 4:45 with the contests beginning promptly at 5:00 and ending at 8pm.
Specific rules on character restrictions or stage selections will be announced prior to the event. 
If anything changes before hand we will post it. 
For ALL GAMES please bring your own controller. Any brand or types is fine. We will have SOME on hand if people absolutely need them, but our supply is limited.Please however, treat our property responsibly.  PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER!_!
Super Smash bros 4 on WiiU:2 stock count, 6 min. Time Limitdouble Eliminationsingle games with the semi final being best 2 of 3final being best of 5 gamesIf the tournament runs too long it will be continued on Saturday at 4PM. Only open for Friday participants


Friday January 8, 2016 4:00pm - 8:30pm
Video Game Room (IC 437) Instructional Center Room 437

5:00pm

Donyatsu
Donyatsu is a cat-like, chocolate-coated donut creature living in an abandoned Shinjuku, Tokyo. Lots of strange fun with his yummy friends! Tastefully funny short stories with brand new characters not seen in the original!


Friday January 8, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

5:00pm

.hack//Roots
In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.


Friday January 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

5:00pm

Lovely Muuuuuuuco!
Based on the manga Itoshi no Muco by Takayuki Mizushina, Lovely Muuuuuuuco! tells the story of the Akita dog Muco, and its glassblower owner Komatsu-san. The manga launched in Kodansha’s Evening magazine in 2011, and ranked #6 on the 2013 list of “Top 15 Recommended Manga by Bookstores.”


Friday January 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

5:30pm

Wakakozake
Murasaki Wakako is a 26-year-old OL that loves nothing more than delicious food and drink. Wakako's favorite thing to do for relaxation is to go off by herself after work and go to various places to eat and drink, even if she's never been there before. The moment Wakako is able to taste the pairing between the food she wants to eat and the perfect accompanying drink, the happy sound of "Pshuuu" leaves her lips. Now, then. Where shall we drink tonight?


Friday January 8, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

5:30pm

Daman Mills Voice Actor Q&A
Daman Mills is a bit new to the Voice Acting world, he's also a fellow anime nerd himself, and he'd absolutely love to get to know each and every one of you! Got any questions about Voice Acting, what it's like in the booth, or how to get into the industry? Do you enjoy any shows he's been apart of such as Pokémon, Holy Knight, or Ladies versus Butlers? Then stop on by and join the voice monkey party! JUST DO IT!

Speakers
DM

Daman Mills

Voice Actor


Friday January 8, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

6:00pm

One Night Stand
The music of Mike Getsinger returns to KotoriCon for a second performance!

Speakers
avatar for One Night Stand

One Night Stand

Musical Guest
Im an aspiring musician, im open to all and any constructive criticism, i have a great and deep appreciation for my fans, family, friends, and loved ones. New, exciting, and inspiring music is my game and while being out there, im NOT like any other! Ask me about my new Christmas... Read More →


Friday January 8, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

6:00pm

Gunslinger Stratos
A.D. 2115 — the island nation once called Japan is now known as the “17th Far East Imperial City Management District.” The citizens were promised a life of peace in exchange for some of the comfort they were used to having. People believed their lives would never change and tomorrow will be the same as today. No one suspected the impending doom which their society was about to face…


Friday January 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

6:00pm

Sgt. Frog
Keroro is Sergeant Frog – the leader of a platoon of warriors sent to conquer planet Earth. But when the amphibious invaders discovered how much humans enjoy dissecting their comrades, the troops were scattered, the mission was aborted, and Keroro was abandoned. Now, this once proud soldier spends more time wielding a vacuum than he does the weapons of war. It’s a far cry from the glory of battle, but hey, at least he’s got his own room. And though the invasion may have slowed to a hop, Sergeant Frog still occasionally yearns to overcome his karaoke addiction and reassemble his troops.  Watch out world, the frogs are taking over.


Friday January 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

6:00pm

The Devil is a Part-Timer!
Foiled by a hero when he’s inches away from conquering the world, the devil finds himself in modern-day Tokyo. With no real-world skills to speak of, the devil is forced to make ends meet flipping burgers at a fast food joint! To stall any further plans of world domination, the hero tracks the devil’s trail and takes on the lowly tasks of a telemarketer.


Friday January 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

6:30pm

Pokémon Nintendo 3DS Party Panel!
Do you like Pokémon? I mean, come on, who doesn’t? So where can you go to get your anything and everything Pokémon fix at your all-time favorite place to be at a convention? A Pokémon Nintendo 3DS Party Panel of course! Join the voice actress for Jessie in Pokémon, Michele Knotz and all-around Pokémon expert Chris Smith for games, fun, contests, prizes, battles, sing-a-longs, and so much more! Trade with other Pokéfans, learn about breeding and battling, and play some awesome fun games for amazing prizes! If you’re a fan of Pokémon, and we know you are, you won’t want to miss this panel! Don’t forget to bring your Nintendo 3DS for special prizes! Finally, a panel where bringing your 3DS is required!

Speakers
avatar for James Carter Cathcart

James Carter Cathcart

Voice Actor, Duart Film and Video
New York/New Jersey – based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue, JCC performed... Read More →
MK

Michele Knotz

Voice Actor
JM

Jamie McGonnigal

Voice Actor
DM

Daman Mills

Voice Actor


Friday January 8, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

6:45pm

Kazha
The band’s name is taken from the vocalist Kazuha Oda's first name. The band was founded in Los Angeles California but debuted in Japan with the release of their first EP Breathe Through Your Dreams in September 2009. With the release of the first album Overture in 2010, Kazha made their USA debut performing at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco California and has been touring around the world​​

Speakers

Friday January 8, 2016 6:45pm - 7:15pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

7:00pm

Attack on Titan: Junior High
Your favorite characters from Attack on Titan are back in…junior high school? Adapted from the hit spinoff manga series – Attack on Titan: Junior High (written by Saki Nakagawa), this parody reimagines Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and other characters from the original manga as students and teachers at Titan Junior High School.


Friday January 8, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

7:00pm

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Based off of a light novel of the same name written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together and look for treasures in an underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. However, for Bell Cranel, fame and riches are secondary to what he wants to find the most: girls. He soon finds out though, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and winds up being the damsel in distress instead!


Friday January 8, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

7:00pm

JK-MESHI!
In Japanese, “JK” is an abbreviation for “joshi kousei”, or high school girl, and “meshi” means “cooked rice” or “meal”, so it is only suitable that the anime focuses on 3 high school girls, Reina, Ryoka, and Ruriko, who have mastered the art of cooking simple, B-class dishes called JK meshi.


Friday January 8, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

7:30pm

Way of the… Ninja? Weapons Combat & cutting demo
The sneaky martial arts of Japan's legendary spies, brought to life by professional martial artists. Watch us present the Way of the Ninja, mixing combat and comedy in a dizzying trip to 16th century Japan.


Friday January 8, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

8:30pm

The AsterPlace
The Asterplace “座・アスタープレイス”

is coming back Kotoricon 2016 with their brand new 2nd  full album “ Venus” ! 

The Asterplace is a New York City,USA based “Tokyo Melodic-Core x Japanese 
Anime Rock Band” . They bone in Tokyo,Japan and moved their base to New 
York City to be a supernova in music industry. They perform at worldwide Rock festivals & Anime/culture conventions, mostly in North America and Europe.
 
“The Asterplace” can be defined as creating beautiful music, much like the 
beauty of a flower blossoming each year, representing the beautiful melody the 
band’s music creates. As the sun shines upon the world, as the moonlight upon 
the atmosphere, The Asterplace projects their music to the world.

So far The Asterplace has performed at more than 50 conventions and festivals 
as musical guests. One of their performances at Napoli ComiCon 2014 & 2015 
in Italy are fresh memories that you can remind them easily as their 4th time 
Europe tour. 

In order to create their compositions with a whole new energy, they use diversity 
to produce each tune. This group’s tremendous dedication to their work is 
evident, as they are constantly working, practicing, and thinking about new 
pieces. They are never satisfied until perfection is reached. The mixed cultural 
and newfound movement of The Asterplace's music constantly surprises their 
audience. Their sound deletes the barrier between ethnicities and other common 
boundaries, leaving an everlasting impression. With a variety of style, they rock 
each show away, each time becoming more unique. Believing in “live” 
performances, The Asterplace includes everyone in a way that will get you 
involved in their phenomenal show throughout the entire day!

The Asterplace are :
KOTA ”Elen” TSUKIMOTO : Vocal / Guitar
YATSUMI “ Hime” MURAKAMI : Keyboard / Back vocal
Kenny “ YAMASAKI” Leong : Bass 
Shusuke “Shu” Inaba : Drums

Speakers
TA

The Asterplace

Musical Guest
The Asterplace “座・アスタープレイス”is coming back Kotoricon 2016 with their brand new 2nd full album “ Venus” ! The Asterplace is a New York City,USA based “Tokyo Melodic-Core x Japanese Anime Rock Band” . They bone in Tokyo,Japan and moved their base to New... Read More →


Friday January 8, 2016 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center
 
Saturday, January 9
 

9:00am

Tea Room (UC 901)
Enjoy a nice cup of tea and your time at KotoriCon 2016.

Saturday January 9, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tea Room (UC901) University Center Room 900

9:00am

Registration (UC Lobby)
Registration

Saturday January 9, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
University Center Lobby University Center

9:00am

Arcade
Saturday January 9, 2016 9:00am - 8:30pm
University Center Lounge UC Lounge

10:00am

Everything You Watch is the Same with Ian Rubin
Every story has the same structure. Ian Rubin hilariously takes you through the fun filled world of Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey," and teaches you about "The Monomyth," using Star Wars and going to the bathroom as a guide

Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

10:00am

Pokémon Panel
Prepare for trouble! Make it Quadruple! To protect Kotoricon from devastation; to unite all pokefans within our nation; to denounce conventions and truth and love; to extend your knowledge (of them!) to the stars above! Michele Knotz! James Cathcart! The Pokemon voice actors blast off at the speed of light - attend this panel or prepare to fight! Jamie McGonnigal and Daman Mills? That's right!
See what happens when Pokemon Voice Actors are actually in the same room at the same time! Blast Off your KotoriCon by heading straight to the Pokemon panel! 

Speakers
avatar for James Carter Cathcart

James Carter Cathcart

Voice Actor, Duart Film and Video
New York/New Jersey – based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue, JCC performed... Read More →
MK

Michele Knotz

Voice Actor
JM

Jamie McGonnigal

Voice Actor
DM

Daman Mills

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

10:00am

The Wonderful World of Ramune
Just what the heck is that soda with the marble in it? If you've ever been curious, or even thirsty, for knowledge about marble soda, or ramune, stop on by! Find out how ramune came to be, learn just how weird ramune can get, and even sample some for yourself! Bring your thirst!

Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

10:00am

Ben-To
Every day an epic struggle rages in grocery stores across Japan—the battle for half-priced bento boxes! Once the discount stickers go on, ravenous brawlers start throwing punches in a knockdown, drag-out war over who gets to take home the cheap eats. When a young, broke high school student named Sato joins the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club, he proves to be a rising talent in the world of insane food fights. But does he have what it takes to become the king of clearance cuisine? From the director of Black Cat comes a very different type of hunger games. Welcome to the world of Ben-To, where chopsticks are lethal weapons, the supermarket is a battleground, and there’s nothing more delicious than a deep-fried win.


Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

10:00am

Naruto Shippuden (Newest Episodes)
Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He's done well so far, but with the looming danger posed by the mysterious Akatsuki organization, Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits.


Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

10:00am

009 Re:Cyborg
From Kenji Kamiyama, the visionary director behind Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, comes a gripping, visually captivating sci-fi thriller. 

Many years ago, nine humans were captured and transformed into cyborgs for the purposes of becoming agents of evil. Instead, they rebelled; becoming champions of justice anytime the earth was in need. 

Now, in a post-9/11 world, the meaning of “justice” has become clouded. The cyborgs, untouched by time, and some without memory of their status as heroes, have since taken up lives as ordinary civilians. But when a mysterious force known only as “His Voice” compels people across the world to commit unspeakable acts of violence, even Cyborg 009, Joe Shimamura, falls victim to the irresistible faceless power. 

In an era when cyber-terrorism is rapidly advancing, how can the cyborgs combat an enemy that has no face and seemingly no motive?


Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

10:00am

Pokemon DS Tournament (IC 441)
Pokemon DS Tournament (VGC 2016 Rules)

Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 1:00pm
DS and Card Games (IC 441) Instructional Center Room 441

10:00am

The Danger Room
Lived any good stories lately?  Mystic Realms is a theatrical live-action role-playing group that has been putting on immersive events for over eighteen years.  One of the oldest in the country, their events span a range of genres from high fantasy to zombie apocalypse, horror to science-fiction, Super-heroes and more.  Mystic Realms presents their "Danger Room" at Kotoricon where you can live out a variety of adventures and genres using an easy to learn skill and combat system.  

Exhibitors
MR

Mystic Realms

Lived any good stories lately? Mystic Realms is a theatrical live-action role-playing group that has been putting on immersive events for over eighteen years. One of the oldest in the country, their events span a range of genres from high fantasy to zombie apocalypse, horror to... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
The Danger Room (IC 421) Instructional Center 421

10:00am

Video Games casual play
Avylon, A Gamer Organization, will be hosting our casual game play all day.Rules:-If you lose a game then pass your controller to the next person waiting. Only the winner keeps their seat.-Family friendly language only!  You will be removed for language and poor sportsmanship.-Volunteers are not to be in the game room unless on KotoriCon business.-Do not leave children under 13 unattended in the Game room-volunteers are asked not to hang out in the game room.
For ALL GAMES please bring your own controller. Any brand or types is fine. We will have SOME on hand if people absolutely need them, but our supply is limited.Please however, treat our property responsibly.  PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER!_!
Tournaments are on Friday evening. If the Super Snash Bros tournament runs too long on Friday it will be continued on Saturday at 4PM. Only open for Friday participants

Exhibitors
A

Avylon

Avylon, A Gamer Organization, will be hosting our video game room.


Saturday January 9, 2016 10:00am - 7:30pm
Video Game Room (IC 437) Instructional Center Room 437

10:30am

Katriel Paige - Traditional Treats
A panel that melds history with sweets. It goes into the history of ingredients like the two major types of red bean paste, an aside about tea (as many sweets were developed to go with tea), and up to more "modern" sweets like Sakuma Drops, chocolate, and Pocky. I also try to provide some ideas of where treats and ingredients can be found/bought. It debuted at Katsucon 2015 for their Japanese Cultural Institute/educational track.

Speakers
avatar for Katriel Paige

Katriel Paige

Katriel Paige grew up trying to research more about the puns in Sailor Moon. Since 2004, she has given presentations ranging from Japanese religion and philosophy, history, language, and cross-cultural culture trade - generally using examples from anime and manga. She has an MA in... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:20am
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

10:30am

Photobooth
Saturday January 9, 2016 10:30am - 5:30pm
Photobooth (CC Landing)

10:30am

Open Karaoke
Hosted by RCGC Music Society, Open Mic to anyone wishing to sing their hearts out! 


Also hosting Acoustic Sets for:

AsterPlace from 12:30 - 1:00


Kazha from 1:30 - 2:00

James Carter Cathcart from  3:00 - 3:30


followed by Cosplay Joes Holiday Concert at 6!

Saturday January 9, 2016 10:30am - 6:00pm
Music Room (IC 400) Instructional Center Room 400

10:30am

Artists Alley
Saturday January 9, 2016 10:30am - 7:30pm
Lobby of College Center College Center

10:30am

Dealers Room
Saturday January 9, 2016 10:30am - 7:30pm
Cafeteria (College Center) College Center

11:00am

Real Talk with Trailer Drake
 For many people, depression is a real issue.  Join Trailer Drake as he talks about his ongoing battle with depression and the steps he takes to overcome it.

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

11:00am

Con Survival Guide
Con survival, the most important part of any convention- getting through it and having fun. This panel is a refresher or a guide to new and old con goers to help them make the most of a full swing con weekend. 

Saturday January 9, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

11:00am

Understanding and Dealing with Con Drama
This panel presents some insight into con drama, how it starts, how it spreads, and how to effectively deal with it. As a counseling graduate student with an achieved bachelor's degree in clinical/counseling psych, this is an area of great interest for me. As such, I've compiled a presentation that looks at the causes and factors that contribute to con drama, psychological and counseling theories as they apply to convention drama, and strategies for effectively dealing with con drama. All of this is delivered with an entertaining and humorous presentation.

Saturday January 9, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

11:00am

Jamie McGonnigal - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from Jamie McGonnigal

Speakers
JM

Jamie McGonnigal

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

11:00am

Michele Knotz - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from Michele Knotz

Speakers
MK

Michele Knotz

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

11:00am

Wagnaria!!3
The family restaurant WAGNARIA stands by itself in Hokkaido. Get ready to dish up some wacky comedy together with Sota and his coworkers!


Saturday January 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

11:30am

Samurai Dan & Jillian - Autographs

Saturday January 9, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

11:30am

RWBY: Volume 3
RWBY is a new animated series from Rooster Teeth, directed by Monty Oum. The story focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.


Saturday January 9, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

11:30am

Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Z Abridged
Love Dragonball Z?  You'll love this.  Hate Dragonball Z?  You'll
love this even more.  Team Four Star has proven themselves one of the
best "Abridged" teams out there.  Come see their highly compressed and
highly hilarious parody of the venerable anime show.

Saturday January 9, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

11:30am

Greggo Presents: The Pokémon Game Show
Four players battle each other in a test of knowledge about all things Pokémon! Answering questions correctly gives them control of our game board where they will face all sorts of challenges! The winner has a shot at becoming immortalized as Champion of the con! About 90% of the questions will come from the first three generations of Pokémon games…be there at the beginning of the panel if you want a chance to play!

Speakers
avatar for Greggo

Greggo

Executive Producer, Greggo's Game Shows


Saturday January 9, 2016 11:30am - 1:20pm
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

12:00pm

Kotori no koe 小鳥の声 singing contest
The karaoke contest is on the Fine Arts Stage. Competitors will sing some of your favorites to close KotoriCon! Applicants were selected prior to KotoriCon. (The karaoke room is also open during the day for more heartwarming singers!)

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

12:00pm

Steven Universe Photoshoot
Time set aside for Steven Universe Fan Photoshoot 

Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Photoshoot MeetUp Room (UC 902) University Center Room 902

12:00pm

Brandon McLaren's Action Packed Q&A
He's been a power ranger, he's been a roughneck cop, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. If that's not enough, he's come all the way here just to see you. He might look intimidating, and that might be because he is, but Brandon's hosting this panel so any who want to can pick his brain about his life, his work, breaking into the business, and (almost) anything else that he'll feel like talking about. Don't be shy - ask him anything (just be cool about it)


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

12:00pm

Eating Well and Cheap at Anime Conventions
Do you find yourself hungry and/or eating nothing but garbage and instant ramen at conventions? Do you want to learn how to save money AND eat well at cons? Then come to Eating Well and Cheap at Conventions and learn how to keep your wallet and your belly full at con.

Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

12:00pm

Light Novels Adapations: From Durarara to Sword Art Online
Recently, a lot of anime series have not came from manga but from Light Novels such as Sword Art Online, Overlord, Durarara, and Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (DanMachi). But what are they, who do they target, who are their authors? Join us as we discuss some of the more popular light novels, their authors, and what makes them unique.

Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

12:00pm

'Trailer' Drake McWhorter - Autographs
Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

12:00pm

Daman Mills - Autographs
Speakers
DM

Daman Mills

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

12:00pm

Death note (Drama)
A teenager named Light Yagami, who finds a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, or death god. Once he discovers that any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, he begins to use it as a vigilante and bring justice to criminals. However, as criminals begin dropping dead left and right, the authorities become suspicious and turn to genius detective L to try and track down the killer. A deadly game of wits begins as Light tries to stay one step ahead of the police with Light hot on his heels on pursuit.


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

12:00pm

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father. - See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/#sthash.eBgcwvJG.dpuf


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
MiniCenter (College Center) College Center MiniCenter

12:00pm

Open Photoshoot Room
Come in and use this space to meet up with other attendees and take your own pictures.

Some Set Photoshoots are scheduled, please see Fan Photoshoot Section.
We also have a free photobooth in Artists Alley.  

Saturday January 9, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Photoshoot MeetUp Room (UC 902) University Center Room 902

12:30pm

AsterPlace Acoustic Set
Come watch the AsterPlace rock the stage in their acoustic set. 

Speakers
TA

The Asterplace

Musical Guest
The Asterplace “座・アスタープレイス”is coming back Kotoricon 2016 with their brand new 2nd full album “ Venus” ! The Asterplace is a New York City,USA based “Tokyo Melodic-Core x Japanese Anime Rock Band” . They bone in Tokyo,Japan and moved their base to New... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Music Room (IC 400) Instructional Center Room 400

12:30pm

+2 Comedy Stand Up
The Bad Boys of Nerd Comedy are back! Join +2 Comedy as they take the stage for Kotoricon 2016 with their next greatest installment of comedy! 

Speakers
2C

+2 Comedy

+2 Comedy is a trio or nerd comedians doing a stand up show covering a range of subjects from comic books to Anime to video games.


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

12:30pm

Yakitate!! Japan
Kazuma Azuma wants to make bread. Not just any kind of bread though. He wants to make a bread that represents Japan itself and can stand toe-to-toe with rice as a national food. Thanks to his legendary “Hands of the Sun,” unnaturally warm hands that allow dough to ferment faster, Kazuma's bread is like a slice of Heaven. And when the Pantasia Rookie Competition arrives, everyone will get a taste of his skill! Along with his friend Kawachi, he’ll go up against koala karate masters, Harvard bread scientists, samurai with rolling-pin swords and more as he bakes his way to glory!


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

12:30pm

Fairy Tail (Newest Episodes)
The story follows a teenage girl named Lucy Heartfilla who is determined to join the notorious magical Fairy Tail Guild. During a daring rescue, she encounters Natsu who is part of the guild and eventually offers her a place. They become teammates performing various missions for the Fairy Tail Guild. Be prepared for an action-packed adventure!


Saturday January 9, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

1:00pm

RWBY Photoshoot
Time set aside for RWBY Fan Photoshoot

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Photoshoot MeetUp Room (UC 902) University Center Room 902

1:00pm

Crossplay 101: It's a Trap!
The world of Cosplay has so many options... but why limit yourself to just one gender? Crossplay 101 will teach you all the basics you need to open up a whole new pool of characters to cosplay! Learn the tips and tricks of padding, binding, makeup, movement, posing, and all the little tips and tricks to getting started with crossplay.

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

1:00pm

Modern Directors Who are NOT Miyazaki
This Panel explores modern day anime directors who are not Miyazaki. This Panel will utilize different clips from different directors to compare and contrast their styles.  

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

1:00pm

James Carter Cathcart - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from James Carter Cathcart

Speakers
avatar for James Carter Cathcart

James Carter Cathcart

Voice Actor, Duart Film and Video
New York/New Jersey – based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue, JCC performed... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

1:00pm

Reuben Langdon - Autographs
Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

1:00pm

Pokémon Trading Card Game Tournament (VGC) (IC 441)
Pokémon Trading Card Game Tournament (VGC)

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
DS and Card Games (IC 441) Instructional Center Room 441

1:00pm

Ultraman X
As Ultra Flares from the sun blanket the Earth, Spark Dolls that had been hidden underground and in the sea are turned into monsters. In order to deal with the sudden outbreak of invading aliens, humanity arms itself with machines of super science and forms the defensive team Xio. 15 years later... A member of Xio, Oozora Daichi, hears a mysterious voice while in combat against a monster. "Unite..." Just as Daichi is on the verge of being obliterated by the creature, he finds himself bathed in a radiant light.


Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

1:00pm

Charity Auction hosted by Uncle Yo
Hosted by Uncle Yo, this popular event sends all funds raised to our Charities. Items are donated by the generous Dealers and Artists seen throughout the College Center.

**This year we are happy to announce we will be accepting Card payments for auction items!**



Speakers
UY

Uncle Yo

Performer


Saturday January 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

1:30pm

Hoh Daiko Taiko Drummers
Hoh Daiko Drummers are a group from Seabrook, New Jersey that began through teh Seabrook Buddhist Temple. Hoh daiko means "the way of the drums." The group has evolved from humble beginnings to the powerful drumming force it is today!


Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

1:30pm

Kazha acoustic set
Watch Kazha rock the stage with an Acoustic Set! This is an informal setting to get close to the band.

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Music Room (IC 400) Instructional Center Room 400

1:30pm

Character Creation: Don’t Just Be One—Make One! with Samurai Dan & Jillian
 We spend so much time dressing up and pretending to be someone else’s creation. That’s fun, but so is telling your own stories, with your own characters. Follow Samurai Dan’s guide to creating memorable characters and write unique stories of your own.


Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

1:30pm

Crash Course in Voice Acting: For Fun, not Profit
Join Scott Melzer from NoN.D.E. Fanfilms for an introduction to the
crazy world of voice acting.  We'll cover acting for amateur projects,
voice "method" acting, tips for building voices and staying
consistent, directing voice actors and creating voice sound effects

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

1:30pm

Mr.CreepyPasta - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from Mr.CreepyPasta

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

1:30pm

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
Shokugeki no Soma centers on Yukihira Soma, a middle school student who is determined to surpass his father’s culinary skills. One day, his father decides to close down their family restaurant and hone his skills in Europe. Before leaving he enrolls Soma in an elite culinary school that is extremely difficult to enter with a graduation rate of only 10 percent. Will Souma be able to improve his skills, or will the kitchen prove to be too hot?


Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

2:00pm

JoJo's Bizarre PhotoShoot
Fan Photoshoot for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Series. 

Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Photoshoot MeetUp Room (UC 902) University Center Room 902

2:00pm

Ian Rubin's Comedy Whatever Fun Show Yay!
Comedian, Actor, Hobbit. From New Jersey, Ian Rubin has been traveling all around the east coast, entertaining crowds of geeks, and constantly getting off-track with silly stories, random dancing, and getting his audience members on stage.  Embracing his Improv roots, this year Ian offers a completely interactive forum of non-stop fun and celebration of what we love most: Geeking out.   In a world filled with bullies, judgement, and stress, why not take an hour to celebrate Love and Joy this Kotoricon?  Not to mention, Ian is the greatest comedian ever.*

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

2:00pm

Real Life in Anime: Actual People, Places & Events with Patrick Drazen
Part of the fun of anime is its creation of fantasy worlds and fantastic creatures. But there's much more going on as well: natural disasters, destructive wars, people who really lived. Author Patrick Drazen offers a tour of the reality within even the Pokemon world.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Drazen

Patrick Drazen

Author, Stone Bridge Press
I'm old enough to have seen one of the earliest anime when it hit US theaters in 1961: "Alakazam the Great!", a retelling of the legend of the Monkey King and his journey to India. In the 80s, when VCRs and cable TV brought anime to the US, I rediscovered it, trying to find out what... Read More →



Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

2:00pm

Cosplay and Competitions - Go for it!
You're very proud of your cosplay, so what now? Have you ever thought about competing? It is not as daunting as you might think, and not just about winning. It can be a lot of fun and a way to meet other cosplayers.

Come join us as we discuss the differing types of competitions and what you can expect. Feel free to ask questions from those who run these events, have competed, and who have themselves been judges.

Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

2:00pm

'Trailer' Drake McWhorter
Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

2:00pm

Brandon McLaren Autographs
Autograph Session for Brandon McLaren


Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

2:00pm

Whose Line is it Anime!
Well, we might not have Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles, but who needs 'em! Most of us have seen the improvised television show, the games they play, and the laughs they bring us every time we watch it, but have you ever seen it like this? Six of your Kotoricon peers will be taking the mini-center stage to play a lot of those same games that will split your sides - with a particular flavor based on the anime, video games, and geek culture we all know and love. And did we mention that they'll be making everything up off the top of their head? And if they're lucky, maybe they'll have a special guest or two to help them out! What could possibly go wrong?

Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
MiniCenter (College Center) College Center MiniCenter

2:00pm

Concrete Revolutio
What if superhumans were real? Even better, what if every fabled superhuman existed at the same time, in the same place? Titans from outer space, life forms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations. In another Japan, it’s not just a question of “what if”—it’s a reality. Some of the superhumans choose to keep their identities a secret, while others bask in their superhuman fame. Jiro Hitoyoshi, member of the Superhuman Bureau, keeps track of their doings. From the creative force behind Fullmetal Alchemist, including director Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00) and writer Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), comes a new adventure with high-flying action.


Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

2:00pm

Mischievous Kiss - Love in Tokyo
Aihara Kotoko isn't very intelligent, and lacks ability in school. She is in class F, the least smartest class in her grade. Despite this, she has been in love with the schools most handsome, and most intelligent guy, Irie Naoki ever since she saw him give a speech at the high school entrance ceremony.


Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

2:00pm

SLAPDASH!
Thanks for tuning into SLAPDASH! The game show that puts cosplay against the clock! Contestants are separated into teams and try to make the best cosplay they can in under an hour. Yes, you heard me right, in under an hour! It's exciting! It's intense and anything can happen! Don't change the channel!

*Not everybody who attends will be able to compete, but everyone is welcome to spectate.  

Saturday January 9, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Workshops and Games (IC 443) Instructional Center Room 443

2:30pm

Pokemon Win Lose or Draw with Daman Mills
POKEMON WIN LOSE OR DRAW (Pictionary Type Game Show - Requires Teams) Hey you! Are you a fan of game shows? Do ya love you some Pokeymanz? Then come join us for a fantastically fun Pokémon version of "Win, Lose, or Draw"! This Pictionary influenced game is a participation panel where two teams will battle it out for a chance to bring home the glory! The team that guesses their artist's drawing of a randomly selected Pokémon correctly under the time limit will earn a PokéPoint, and the team with the most PokéPoints wins! And for those who bring their Nintendo 3DS with a Pokémon video game, perhaps there will be a little prize if your team is victorious.

Speakers
DM

Daman Mills

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

2:30pm

Chocobos Ate My Baby: A Final Fantasy Retrospective by Charles Dunbar
From last ditch creation to worldwide juggernaut, Final Fantasy has evolved time and again as each console generation has pushed the envelope in terms of technology. This panel explores the series' roots, its embracing of these new methods, and how storytelling has evolved alongside the presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Study of Anime
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime is but one. But it is certainly a large one. A lifelong fan, Charles has been attending conventions since his teenage years, and spent a chunk of his college career devoting copious amounts of free time to cultivating his fandom... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

2:30pm

Writing for Internet Horror with Mr CreepyPasta
The profession of writing has taken numerous twists and turns since the invention of the paper and pencil, but the idea of the starving author is going away. Why is that? The invention of the internet! Learn how to break into this medium and write for horror stories such as Creepy Pastas from MrCreepyPasta himself.

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

3:00pm

James Carter Cathcart Acoustic Set
He's not just a Voice Actor, hes an Artist! 

Speakers
avatar for James Carter Cathcart

James Carter Cathcart

Voice Actor, Duart Film and Video
New York/New Jersey – based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue, JCC performed... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Music Room (IC 400) Instructional Center Room 400

3:00pm

Danganronpa Photoshoot
Time Set aside for Danganronpa Fan Photoshoot. 

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Photoshoot MeetUp Room (UC 902) University Center Room 902

3:00pm

Kazha
The band’s name is taken from the vocalist Kazuha Oda's first name. The band was founded in Los Angeles California but debuted in Japan with the release of their first EP Breathe Through Your Dreams in September 2009. With the release of the first album Overture in 2010, Kazha made their USA debut performing at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco California and has been touring around the world​​

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

3:00pm

A World of Warrors: Fighting Games from the 90's to Today
It's time to tighten those headbands and slip on those gloves! We're covering as many different fighting games as we can as we take a look back at the golden age of arcade gaming! Everyone knows Street Fighter and Tekken. But what about Asura Blade? Power Instinct? Or maybe Waku Waku 7? The fighting game genre has been around for decades, and with the steady releases of new titles today, it's as alive and kicking as it's ever been. But with so many different series over the past few decades, it's easy to forget and even miss entire series. If you've ever wanted to jump into the scene, but didn't know where to start, this is the place to be. Every one from beginners to vets can find something cool to learn. So chain those combos and buffer that meter because it ain't over till it's over!

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

3:00pm

The Big Three: The Unification of Japan during the Sengoku Jidai
Take a step back to a time of conquest. Where the only one you could trust was the sword by your side. Where the cost of dominance cost blood, and steel was the steepest collector there was. This was the Sengoku Jidai, one of the most violent periods in Japanese history. Warlord against warlord, army against army, all vying for the power of the shogunate. But only one could cleave through chaos and instability to unite the land of the rising sun under one banner. Join us, today, to discover his name, and the legacy he left behind. 

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

3:00pm

Jamie McGonnigal - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from Jamie McGonnigal.

Speakers
JM

Jamie McGonnigal

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

3:00pm

Is the Order a Rabbit?
Kokoa arrives in a new town in spring to start high school. She gets lost and pops into a coffee shop called "Rabbit House", which turns out to be where she will live. All the characters are so cute - tiny but cool Chino, soldierly Lize, gentle and Japanese Chiyo, sophisticated but down-to-earth Sharo. They are joined by Chino's class mates Maya and Megu, and a regular at the shop, Mr. Blue-Mountain Aoyama. Everything is so cute every day at Rabbit House!


Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

3:00pm

One Piece (Newest Episodes)
Monkey. D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become the king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line and beyond, this is one captain who'll never give up until he's claimed the greatest treasure on Earth: the Legendary One Piece! 


Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

3:00pm

Destroy All Monsters (subbed)
The monsters are in revolt... and the world is at the bring of destruction! See Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Minilla, Kumonga Baragon, Gorosaurus, Manda, and Varan clash in all their titanic glory!


Saturday January 9, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

3:30pm

Katriel Paige - Bits of Victory Panel
Using tools like Twine and RPGMaker to construct interactive fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Katriel Paige

Katriel Paige

Katriel Paige grew up trying to research more about the puns in Sailor Moon. Since 2004, she has given presentations ranging from Japanese religion and philosophy, history, language, and cross-cultural culture trade - generally using examples from anime and manga. She has an MA in... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

3:30pm

Tokusatsu, Sentai and everything Power Rangers
Reuben Langdon has had a unique and flourishing carrier both in Japan and the U.S. Working within the Japanese world of Tokusatsu (specialized suit acting) and working in the US on Power Rangers. He has insight and experience as both and actor and a stunt performer for a number of different series, b-fighter Kabuto, power rangers: lost galaxy, light speed rescue, time force, and wild force. He has worked and trained with the international stunt team Alpha Stunts.

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

3:30pm

Samurai Dan & Jillian - Autographs

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

3:30pm

DEADSTAR :Original 3D Animated Series
Join the Director/Writer/Animator of the Deadstar Series and find out just how he does it! 

Deadstar is an animated science fiction adventure that follows Harrison, a man battling an undergroung drug syndicate to steal a rare, endangered flower. The flower may hold a key to the world's future, and to Harrison's redemption. I animate the entire show on my Mac computer at home, using the animation program Blender. I cast the voice actors through free voice over sites, and they send me their recordings through email. I decided to start this show after being a huge otaku for many years, starting with of course Dragonball Z. Although many of the scenes and characters are influenced from animes like Black Lagoon, Akira, and Ninja Scroll. I began developing this series in September 2011, and the first episode was released on October 21, 2012.

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
MiniCenter (College Center) College Center MiniCenter

3:30pm

Live, Love, LARP
"Live, Love, LARP is a movie that takes you into the fantastic world
of live action role-playing. It follows Mystic Realms, a community of
LARPers in Southern NJ, as they live out their characters in other
realms. Experience the thrill of combat, romance and drama, and always
remember that even if the players might want to kill each other in
game, they're still friends out of game!"

Saturday January 9, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

4:00pm

Dragon Jedi Lightsaber Combat Demo
Come and join Dragon Jedi in a display of spectacular lightsaber fights! Watch epic duels unfold as the Jedi and Sith battle for peace, power, and complete supremacy! 

Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

4:00pm

Sewing for Beginners
During the program, I will show a slide show on the projector showing pictures and videos of different stitches and how to sew them correctly. I'll be also showing how to work with a sewing machine properly and pass around costumes so attendees can examine the stitching and gain hands on knowledge and examples to make it easier for them to understand.
Also, I'll be reviewing what types of patterns cosplayers should use for costumes and what fabrics would be good choices for certain garments.

Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

4:00pm

James Carter Cathcart - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from James Carter Cathcart

Speakers
avatar for James Carter Cathcart

James Carter Cathcart

Voice Actor, Duart Film and Video
New York/New Jersey – based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue, JCC performed... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

4:00pm

Michele Knotz - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from Michele Knotz

Speakers
MK

Michele Knotz

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

4:00pm

Gourmet Girl Graffiti
The story follows Ryo, a middle school girl who lives by herself. She has a knack for cooking, and she makes friendships with everyone through her food. The cooking manga is "full of detailed cuisine art to whet the appetite." The "koufuku" in the title is wordplay on two Japanese homonyms — one which means "happiness" and another that means "appetite."


Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

4:00pm

Welcome To The Velvet Room: Your Guide To Persona
Prepare to burn your dread and reach out to the truth as Ross Faries of Paradiseandfaries and Dodger Of Zion walk you through the wonderful and weird world of the Persona games! Whether you're new to the series or you've danced with Shadows before, there will be something for everyone! This panel is guaranteed to significantly increase your Knowledge!

Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

4:00pm

Fold-a-Frog Race!
Origami is awesome! Making origami that you can move is even more awesome! Make your own frog and race it against others' in a froggy death defying obstacle course to see who wins! The top 3 frogs will win prizes and bragging rights!

Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Workshops and Games (IC 443) Instructional Center Room 443

4:00pm

DDR Tournament
Prove your dancing skills in some friendly one on one competition.

Saturday January 9, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Arcade - (University Center Lounge) University Center Lounge

4:30pm

Pokemon, Musicals, & Gay: Voice Actor & Activist Jamie McGonnigal
Jamie McGonnigal came to the first KotoriCon in 2010 when we were small and unknown. Jamie is a voice actor, actor, producer, activist and director. You have heard his voice in anime, video games including Barry in Pokemon and several voices in YuGiOh. He is the Community Director for the New Organizing Institute and a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com. He has been a driving force in campaigning for equality.

Speakers
JM

Jamie McGonnigal

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

4:30pm

Brandon McLaren Autographs
Autograph Session for Brandon McLaren


Saturday January 9, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

4:30pm

Digimon Adventure tri
It's been six years since that summer adventure when Taichi Yagami and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World. And nearly three years have passed since the final battle between Hikari Yagami's group and BelialVamdemon. As the peaceful days passed by, at some point the gate to the Digital World closed. Not even the DigiDestined know what caused this, and time alone continues to pass.


Saturday January 9, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

4:30pm

Greggo's Game Shows: Concentration
Two contestants compete to try to solve a rebus puzzle hidden behind 25 numbered squares.  In order to see the puzzle, they must eliminate the squares by matching hidden prizes behind them.  Solving the puzzle earns the contestant all the prizes they matched along the way and earns them a shot at the bonus round where they can win a bonus prize!

Speakers
avatar for Greggo

Greggo

Executive Producer, Greggo's Game Shows


Saturday January 9, 2016 4:30pm - 6:20pm
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

5:00pm

AsterPlace
The Asterplace “座・アスタープレイス”

is coming back Kotoricon 2016 with their brand new 2nd  full album “ Venus” ! 

The Asterplace is a New York City,USA based “Tokyo Melodic-Core x Japanese 
Anime Rock Band” . They bone in Tokyo,Japan and moved their base to New 
York City to be a supernova in music industry. They perform at worldwide Rock festivals & Anime/culture conventions, mostly in North America and Europe.
 
“The Asterplace” can be defined as creating beautiful music, much like the 
beauty of a flower blossoming each year, representing the beautiful melody the 
band’s music creates. As the sun shines upon the world, as the moonlight upon 
the atmosphere, The Asterplace projects their music to the world.

So far The Asterplace has performed at more than 50 conventions and festivals 
as musical guests. One of their performances at Napoli ComiCon 2014 & 2015 
in Italy are fresh memories that you can remind them easily as their 4th time 
Europe tour. 

In order to create their compositions with a whole new energy, they use diversity 
to produce each tune. This group’s tremendous dedication to their work is 
evident, as they are constantly working, practicing, and thinking about new 
pieces. They are never satisfied until perfection is reached. The mixed cultural 
and newfound movement of The Asterplace's music constantly surprises their 
audience. Their sound deletes the barrier between ethnicities and other common 
boundaries, leaving an everlasting impression. With a variety of style, they rock 
each show away, each time becoming more unique. Believing in “live” 
performances, The Asterplace includes everyone in a way that will get you 
involved in their phenomenal show throughout the entire day!

The Asterplace are :
KOTA ”Elen” TSUKIMOTO : Vocal / Guitar
YATSUMI “ Hime” MURAKAMI : Keyboard / Back vocal
Kenny “ YAMASAKI” Leong : Bass 
Shusuke “Shu” Inaba : Drums

Speakers
TA

The Asterplace

Musical Guest
The Asterplace “座・アスタープレイス”is coming back Kotoricon 2016 with their brand new 2nd full album “ Venus” ! The Asterplace is a New York City,USA based “Tokyo Melodic-Core x Japanese Anime Rock Band” . They bone in Tokyo,Japan and moved their base to New... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

5:00pm

Pepakura - The Art of Papercraft
Papercraft, or pepakura, is the art of turning a 3D model, often from a video game, into a real world paper model. Papercraft is a fun and inexpensive way to build and collect your favorite characters, and has also been adapted as a way to make cosplay armor and props. Join WhiteRakogis of Rakogis Papercraft (rakogispapercraft.deviantart.com) as he shows you all about the process of building a paper model, including both building and designing.

Saturday January 9, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

5:00pm

Daman Mills - Autographs
Speakers
DM

Daman Mills

Voice Actor


Saturday January 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

5:00pm

Mr.CreepyPasta - Autographs
Meet and get an autograph from Mr.CreepyPasta

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

5:00pm

Reuben Langdon - Autographs
Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autograph Room (College Center) College Center (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

5:00pm

Random Hero
Our protagonist – Kenta, played by Ryuta Sato – is a selfish, good-for-nothing type of individual, who can only think about his personal gain rather than the well-being of others. However, after a strange set of events he is given superpowers for only 10 minutes at a time. How will our self-indulging protagonist handle this power and rise above his basic convention of wisdom to become Random Hero in this season’s latest drama!


Saturday January 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

5:00pm

MY love STORY!!
Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him! (They always go for his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn! Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her… But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?


Saturday January 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

5:30pm

Ghosts of Old--and New--Japan with Patrick Drazen
From ancient times to episodes of "Pokemon", Japan has made room for ghosts as real, and for telling stories about them as its own art. Patrick Drazen tells of the old and the new--including ghost stories based on the 2011 Fukushima tsunami. Turn down the lights...

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Drazen

Patrick Drazen

Author, Stone Bridge Press
I'm old enough to have seen one of the earliest anime when it hit US theaters in 1961: "Alakazam the Great!", a retelling of the legend of the Monkey King and his journey to India. In the 80s, when VCRs and cable TV brought anime to the US, I rediscovered it, trying to find out what... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

5:30pm

James Carter Cathcart: Recollection of 4Kids
A voice actor's memory of the days when 4 kids entertainment went from fledgling production company to multi-studio, multi program king of Saturday morning cartoons.

Speakers
avatar for James Carter Cathcart

James Carter Cathcart

Voice Actor, Duart Film and Video
New York/New Jersey – based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue, JCC performed... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

5:30pm

'More Arcs, Less Filler' - Eastern Influences on Modern Western Animation
With shows like Avatar the Last Airbender, Steven Universe, and Gravity Falls airing, it can be said that children's animation in the west is entering a golden age. However, there are some things within these shows that will seem rather familiar to anime fans. Join us as we enjoy these shows and discuss their influences and just how crucial a part anime has played in revolutionizing what was once considered "Kids' Stuff."

Saturday January 9, 2016 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

6:00pm

Cosplay Joe's Holiday Concert
Come see this new singer in the geek performing arts do his concert featuring anime and sci fi Christmas parodies. Think of it as getting one last late Christmas present.


Saturday January 9, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Music Room (IC 400) Instructional Center Room 400

6:00pm

Uncle Yo
Join Uncle Yo for his popular geek humor. Get there early! This will fill up!

Speakers
UY

Uncle Yo

Performer


Saturday January 9, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

6:00pm

Zombies!: A Panel to Pick Your Brains
Calling all zombie-enthusiasts to a panel that seeks to discuss the history, classification, and even future speculation on zombies and their place in the world of the living. Here we will explore everything from zombie preparedness to the undead's place in modern media.

Saturday January 9, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

6:00pm

Ace of the Diamond (Newest Episodes)
I want to pitch to that mitt again... A meeting with catcher Kazuya Miyuki changed the 15-year-old Eijun Sawamura's life. He said goodbye to all his friends and knocked upon the door of Seidou, a prestigious baseball school, intent on testing his own strength. There, he met many proud baseball players who were betting everything on the sport! A classic tale, yet new and fresh. All the emotion and excitement of the popular baseball manga is at last coming to television in the form of an anime!


Saturday January 9, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

6:00pm

The Princess and the Pilot
The war between the Levamme Empire and the Amatsukami Imperium has been raging for years. In the midst of this struggle, the prince of the Levamme Empire declares his love for Juana del Moral and vows to end the war in one year, as part of his marriage proposal. When the Amatsukami catch wind of this, they assault the del Moral residence, targeting Juana's life. As a last-ditch effort to bring the prince his bride, the San Maltilia Airforce employs a mercenary of mixed blood—a bestado—to fly Juana to the prince in secret.


Saturday January 9, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 3 (IC 442) Instructional Center Room 442

6:30pm

Getting big on YouTube Q & A with Trailer Drake
Want to know how to get your YouTube channel rolling?  Want advice for dealing with trolls?  Trailer Drake and friends are going to be taking YOUR questions and hopefully be giving you answers!

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 6:30pm - 7:20pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

6:30pm

We Con Therefore We Are by Charles Dunbar
What does it mean to be an otaku? What counts as anime fandom in this day and age? And why do we see so much non-Asian flavor at cons? Much of the convention culture and dynamic has changed in the past 5+ years, and the con has changed with it, often beginning to mirror the idea of Convergence Theory as proposed by fan-scholar Henry Jenkins. This panel will highlight the changes in the fandom, how the internet has influenced the direction cons have taken, and will ask questions on where all this is going in the near-future. Healthy debate is encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Study of Anime
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime is but one. But it is certainly a large one. A lifelong fan, Charles has been attending conventions since his teenage years, and spent a chunk of his college career devoting copious amounts of free time to cultivating his fandom... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 6:30pm - 7:20pm
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

6:30pm

Fight Like a Girl!: The Anatomy of a Magical Girl Anime
From Sailor Moon to Madoka Magica, we have all seen or heard of at least one Magical Girl Anime. What makes these shows so successful, although their plot lines are so similar? What's good about these shows? What's not so good? How can I become a magical girl? And most importantly, what are a few Magical Girl animes you may have missed? All this and more will be covered during the panel, along with its influences on Western animation and animation around the world! 

Saturday January 9, 2016 6:30pm - 7:20pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

6:30pm

BONJOUR♪Sweet Love Patisserie
Sayuri Haruno dreams of becoming a pastry chef and enrolls in Fleurir Confectionary Academy, an elite school located in Tokyo’s trendy Aoyama district. At Fleurir, she finds herself surrounded by charming boys, each one distinctly unique... As Sayuri pours her heart and soul into making her dream a reality, she encounters many happenings…


Saturday January 9, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Video 2 (IC 444) Instructional Center Room 444

6:30pm

Registration (IC 420)
Registration

Saturday January 9, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Security & KotoriCon Operations (IC420) Instructional Center Room 420

6:30pm

Anime Fan Parody Block
Fan Parodies!  A two hour block of fake commercials, short spoofs,
live-action bits, abridged shows, twisted movie trailers, with lots of
Team Four Star thrown in for good measure.  Both classic fan parodies
from the 80's and 90's and brand new madness created by fans for your
amusement.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Melzer

Scott Melzer

Special Guest, NoN.D.E. Fanfilms
I am an anime fan parody director, having made "This Is Otakudom", "S.T.E.A.M.: The Movie" and "Fanboy Soze" for NoN.D.E. Fanfilms. A long-time LARPer, I am currently working on the film, "Live, Love, LARP" for Kawaii Films.


Saturday January 9, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

7:00pm

Way of the Samurai Stage Show—Sword Combat demo
The almost mystical martial arts of Japan's greatest warriors, brought to life by professional martial artists. Watch us present the Way of the Samurai, mixing combat and comedy in a dizzying trip to 16th century Japan.


Saturday January 9, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

7:00pm

Himouto! Umaru-chan
Umaru is a renowned beautiful 16-year-old girl in town, living with her elder brother Taihei. She acts a perfect sister with a kind heart, intelligence and popularity, who everybody admires. So who would believe how true Umaru is at home? Sleeping, gaming, watching TV, eating junk food, drinking cola… that's almost all she does at home, leaving all the housework to her brother.


Saturday January 9, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 1 (IC 404) Instructional Center Room 404

7:30pm

Creepy Pasta Storytime
Gather round the campfire boils and ghouls and MrCreepyPasta will tell you stories that will give you nightmares for years to come. Taken from stories around the internet and some of your favorites from Youtube, listen as the one and only blue man retells them in the iconic voice you've come to know and love. 

Speakers

Saturday January 9, 2016 7:30pm - 8:20pm
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

7:30pm

The Fox's Fire by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail reading her work of original fiction based on the kitsune legends.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Panelist, eSpec Books
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published... Read More →


Saturday January 9, 2016 7:30pm - 8:20pm
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

8:00pm

Anime Dating Game with +2 Comedy
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had the chance to go on a date with your favorite anime character? Well Anime Dating Game is your chance to make your dreamship happen!

Speakers
2C

+2 Comedy

+2 Comedy is a trio or nerd comedians doing a stand up show covering a range of subjects from comic books to Anime to video games.
NH

Noah Houlihan

+2 Comedy is the top geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They have appeared at over 60 conventions since 2010. Their 18+ panels have thrilled, educated, and intrigued audiences from Otakon to GKE Classic. 


Saturday January 9, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center