Panels

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Andrew Krawic

Let’s dig in deep to the story of the international anime & manga hit Shaman King as it overcame cancellations and restarts! Along the way we’ll present some actual production materials to show how the series and products were made. Even if you haven’t read or watched the series you’ll learn a bunch of interesting trivia along this roller-coaster ride of Shaman King over the last 20 years!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Nathan Holt

Come see animated breasts perform the impossible: bouncing while standing still, functioning as a weapon holder, and even swapping places. We apologize in advance for any trash talk about your waifus.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Erica Smyth

Come take a trip down memory lane as we look back at some of the greatest 90s anime like DBZ, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, and more.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Erica Smyth

An updated version of last year's fiery look at Fairy Tail. Come enjoy the magic and awesomeness of the greatest guild in Fiore!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: RetroRising

Ever want to put that anime knowledge to use? Here you can, and maybe even win some prizes!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Space-Time Adventures at RIT (STAR)

Artemis is an action-packed starship bridge simulator! Six players work together on different stations to complete navigation, trade, and combat objectives on their very own starship. Join us to play or watch, and rule the stars with your friends!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Ryan Spencer

I know how this looks but stay with me here. Every type of medium has to have some artistic value, and our good friend the Japanese adult cartoon is no different. In this hour of degeneracy I'll combine you with a barrage of cinematic and film theory combined with filthy, filthy cartoons. It's not your parents Film 101

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Michael Berger

For the past 22 years, BEMANI has been the leading developer of the most advanced rhythm games in the world. At this hybrid Q&A / fan meetup, we'll take any questions about our favorite music game makers! If you're a bit behind on your BEMANI lore, don't worry; we'll start the panel off with a quick recap of every active BEMANI franchise. This will be one panel to remember!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Julia

Homestuck, the beloved web comic, may of ended three years ago but the fandom lives on in the ashes (and through Hiveswap/Friendsim). Come to "Buckets of Memories" to discuss stories, experiences and the amazing web comic that is Homestuck.

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: RIT Metalworks

Learn how to make chainmaille! No experience or supplies required.

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Jim and Danny

What’s the one thing we all need a little more of in our stressful daily lives? That’s right, clowns. Well, you’re in luck because there are two semi-professional clowns who want to TURN THAT FROWN INSIDE OUT. There will be singing, dancing, laughing, crying, special guest appearances, and educational (AND ENTERTAINING) Public Service Announcements.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: William Coffey

An introduction to competitive Pokemon with tips, concepts, and strategies for playing both Smogon competitive singles and the official Video Game Championship doubles format.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: RiftwingDesigns

How can cosplay boost your self-confidence? Learn how dressing like characters that inspire you can make you feel more like them. And here's a secret: you don't have to spend a lot of time or money for this, either. Learn skills to dress for success and use cosplay to help you feel better every day!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Byaku-Cospay

Getting started on cosplay or want to review it? Let's talk about cosplay and how to keep yourself safe while doing it!

Type: Meetup
18+: No
Panelist: Maruchibs

Is it Thursday yet? It's not, but that doesn't mean there's no shenanigans! Come take pictures, discuss theories and make friends with other critters!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Alice Theibault

Deadman Wonderland is a delightfully gory sci-fi horror series. What many people don't know is that it's also a useful manual for how to survive challenging times.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Space-Time Adventures at RIT (STAR)

It's the grand finale of the Disney Death Battles series!  We looked at Disney Animation Studios, all Disney animated characters, and then every Disney-owned property.  There's only one more place to go: It's the ultimate showdown between the best of Disney and their DreamWorks counterparts.  Audience-submitted matchups will have their weapons, armor, and skills analyzed to determine who would win in a death battle!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Nyan Senpai

Do you wanna join Team Rocket? We are looking for new recruits for our team in the battle against trainers!

Type: Other Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Desirae Campbell

Join us as we save Monika. Yuri has awoken and taken control, and we need your help to get our old Yuri back!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Evan Misiorski

Electronic Gaming Society will be featuring a variety of games throughout the convention.

Type: Improv Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Geumanhaji Cosplay

Come join us for an adventure through the world of improv acting! You can participate, or just observe, but bring your sharpest wit and funniest clab backs for a good time!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Andrew Iacovino

Want to learn how to be a true eikon slayer? Want to be the coolest miqo'te in your free company? Just want to figure out how to do the newest raids and trials? Well, two cool dudes are here to teach you all about succeeding in Final Fantasy XIV. Just take it with a grain of salt.

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Hitman.Jonesy

Key characters from the world of Amestris have traveled through the Gate, and wound up in our world, to discuss politics, world affairs, science, diplomacy, warfare, and more!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Joe Porsella

Can sentient Poptarts band together to take down the Jolly Green Giant? Can Twinkie the Kid wrangle The Laughing Cow? Join us as we go through several food mascot matchups, with suggestions and help from the audience.

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Gideon Galley

Come and play some 18+ games with Furries. Lots of fun and chaos awaits!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Gideon Galley

What are those giant animals walking around? Learn about the Furry Fandom and the magic of Fursuiting!

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Mcsmartybluh

Come hang out with the absolute messiest cast in Danganronpa! Ask questions and play games with the characters of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Rebecca Hooper

A historically insightful look at why Hello Kitty is such an American icon and why so many Americans are obsessed with Japanese culture today. How did Japan's economic rise result in our fascination with all things anime, kawaii, and well, Japanese?

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Gunpla 101

Join us to learn the basics of building Gundam plastic models. We’ll go over everything you need to get started building your favorite mobile suits. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own kits and tools to work on, too!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Drake Albion

Did you buy any Gunpla in the Vendor's Area? Come here to build them or give others help!

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Lumina

Whether you cheer for Karasuno, shout Go Go Dateko, or want to meet the teams for the first time, come and hang out with your favorite volleyball children! Ask us questions, play some games and enjoy some shenanigans!

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Samantha Platek

The Hellsing Organization opens its doors once again for all your questions about vampires, monsters, and traitor butlers.  But now they’re bringing the party with Cards Against Humanity and a whole new slew of shenanigans.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Maple Honey Cosplay

The nations are back for another World Meeting, and they are ready to answer to you! Join us and ask those burning questions you've always wanted to know about while we fervently await the next comic installment!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Ryan Spencer

It's time to dive into the mysterious and occasional connections between the western cinema of Hollywood and anime. Discover the ways anime has taken queues from western cinema and vice-versa.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Kaylee Smerbeck

An introduction to the CG sleeper hit of 2017.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Luke Morgan

Support the actual creators of the shows and comics you love! This panel will teach you how to spot bootleg merchandise both in dealer's rooms and online.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Devon Price

New to conventions? Looking to reduce the stress of your first time at Tora-Con? Come to this panel to hear from Tora-Con veteran cosplayer Devon, and learn the tips and tricks of surviving and navigating the craziness of Tora-Con weekend!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: L-Dragon

Identify the H is back for its 4th year in a row! Featuring a brand new game system that allows the whole audience to play and bigger and better prizes. (Be sure to bring an internet-connected device such as a smartphone to participate)

Type: Improv Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Kbunny

The contest that judges you based on how much you can act like your character as opposed to how much you look like your character. Join us for 3 rounds of fun improv games, with eliminations at the end of each round, that will test just how well you can become your character. You must be present at the start of the panel to enter, cosplay is not required to enter.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Marissa Taylor

Do you enjoy My Hero Academia? Come join the Big 3 as they set up a mock interview for the first year students of UA with the press so they can learn how to handle real world media questions.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Felicia Fortunato

Too lazy to watch One Piece? This is the panel for you.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Ari

Have you ever wanted to have time to speak with your favorite hosts (without the outrageous prices)? Not to worry, Haruhi has gathered the "fabulous" hosts to visit Tora-Con!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Luke Morgan

Learn how to play Japanese Reach Mahjong, the most popular table game in Japan, just like in countless anime! Panel includes handouts, info on online resources, an in-depth tutorial, and will carry into a basic and intermediate strategy session and maybe even a few full games!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Luke Morgan

Come and learn how to play the excellent multi-anime collectible card game WeiB Schwarz, from the makers of Cardfight!! Vanguard! Over a hundred different popular anime, movie, and videogame licenses, a national tournament schedule culminating in free trips to Japan, and a completely translated online cardsleeve insert database, even people who don't know a bit of Japanese can play this super-popular worldwide CCG! Free promos and other giveaways!

Type: Improv Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Viv Solem

Want to make a zany anime pitch? We'll talk about the basic structures of the anime, take your suggestions for characters, story, length, style, etc, and even draw a few of the main characters that we came up with.

Type: Improv Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Roche

Don’t have any shame and want to show off your voice acting skills? Well good, then this is the panel just for you! We will read through several hentai mangas and some lucky (or unlucky) people will get the chance to show off their vocal skills.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Efrain J. De Jesus

Marvel has gotten really convoluted. Let's reboot it.

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Allister Jones

Do you have what it takes to run your very own anime convention? Come find out in this group-effort game with scenarios based on true convention [horror] stories!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Emily Chamberlain

Bust out your petticoats! A combined introductory and secondary course in Lolita Fashion. Intended for newcomers, and those who have started but are wondering where to go from there.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Pixelated Dreams

Have you ever been interested in magical girls? We'll be taking a look of how these tough, fabulous cuties have changed over the years.

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Asian Culture Society

Asian Culture Society will be hosting their annual Maid Cafe! Join them as they provide freshly baked pastries and dance performances in cute outfits, and take a cute snack break from your fun-packed day.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Alice Theibault

Mentally-ill and insane anime characters can be a lot of fun, but just how well do they represent life with a mental illness? The answer may surprise you.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Yawar Raza

Lots of us look back fondly at shows from our childhoods. What shows will kids today remember? Find out and discuss what some familiar franchises have been up to, what brand new series have aired, and what trends and patterns we're seeing in the genre. Revamped with added topics and updated with the many premieres since last year's panel!

Type: Meetup
18+:
Panelist: RiftwingDesigns

Join other fans of My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) for a meetup and photo shoot! If you like the show, manga, or just taking photos, you're welcome to stop by!

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Marissa Taylor

Come join the students of UA for the most Plus Ultra PJ party and ask us all of your most pressing questions! PJs are encouraged but not required!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Andrew Krawic

The classic game show returns for another year with an all new set of images! It’s simple: we show a screenshot from an anime, and the first person to guess it correctly wins a ticket! The more answers you get right, the more chances to win! We’ll have hundreds of screenshots without repeating any anime! Everyone in the room can play so you could win a prize just by showing up!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Andrew Krawic

It's the classic Name That Anime Image with a special twist! Rather than just being random images, they are separated into categories. Can you use the special theme to help identify the name of the anime based on the screenshot? Prizes will be awarded by raffle, and you get a ticket for just showing up!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: AttorneyAtMusic

Theme songs are an awesome part of the anime experience, but just how well can you remember what you've heard? Identify songs from among hundreds of series faster than anyone else for prizes and musical glory!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Jake Krajewski

From AAA to indie, from the NES to the modern day, compete and win prizes in this musical game!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comics

Zam! Wham! Wow! on Graphic Literacy & insight on Nancy Silberkleit school teacher's career path into the comic book industry!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Felicia Fortunato

Answer Naruto questions in funny ways and vote on the best answer! Bring phones and/or laptops to play along.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Meghan Parisi

Join us for a She-ra Q&A with trivia, prizes, and more!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Emily Elizabeth

Back by popular demand, your favorite healer is back for more Overwatch discussion! Meta, lore, Overwatch league, and more!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: RiftwingDesigns

Jump into the world of Boku no Hero Academia and join this discussion on what it means to be a hero. It’s not just about what quirk you have - it’s also about hard work, assertiveness, and understanding yourself. We hope these stories will motivate you to find the hero in you.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Kelly Jackson

Join us for a chat about how PreCure has become a Magical Girl icon thoughout the years and how we can bring more fans to get into the anime!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Pixelated Dreams

Do you know how to pop puyos and take care of tetriminoes? Come on down and prove your skills!

Type: Improv Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Ryan Spencer

Back for the third consecutive year, it's reading bad fanfiction! The panel where I gather and trim some select sections of some fine fanficiton, and the audience reads it in exchange for candy and a lack of self-respect. It's fun for the whole family, rated M for Mature.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: CadmiumCosplay

If you're broke and you have an affinity for recycling, this is how to make bits and props on a literal shoestring budget with stuff that might be literal trash. Following discussion is a fabric/notions & extra material swap, bring your extra stuff to trade with people!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Pokemon Gym Challenge

Come battle RIT's very own Pokemon Gym Leaders using the Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon 3DS games! Collect a real gym badge from each leader and get a chance to battle the Champion once you've collected all 8!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: RWAG

Play with RWAG's massive board game library!

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: John Bonn

Your friends from the world of Remnant are back again for a third year. Come join us for questions, answers, shipping, and our largest cast yet!

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Alexis Ross

In this live episode of the Setting the Record Queer Podcast, hosts Kaylee and Alexis sit down with KJ VanDyke and Alexandra Jo, artists' alley crafters, and Gwen Clark, competitive cosplayer, to talk about being LGBTQIA+ in the anime fandom world.

Type: Improv Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Anna Bones (@bitingbones)

“Sizzle It Up With Taako” is back and for his first show, he is teaching his friends how to make some magic in the kitchen! Come and witness Taako from TV in his fantasy cooking show!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: DM Teru

For those looking to start becoming a Dungeon Master for 5e D&D or ways to improve your current game! Grab your dice and get ready to roll out!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Destinyamber

Want to up your social media game? Learn how to best utilize platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and more.

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: plof27

Do you like video games? Come watch us push our favorite games to their limits in the name of beating them as quickly as possible! Come to Tora-Thon for two full days of speedrunning action featuring Rochester’s finest runners and some special guests!

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Sweettearsxiii

Come join your favorite Space Gems who have returned once again to answer all your questions! This time with a little twist.

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Colleen Millard

You've seen and loved them, but how well do you know Ghibli films? Come test your memory for a chance to win prizes at the Studio Ghibli Trivia Panel.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Dragunov404

Want a more authentic cosplay uniform or battle-rig? Cosplaying military veterans are here to teach how to improve your look by covering everything from materials used to the wear of the uniform itself and how to carry gear. Also featuring mil-surplus uniforms and gear for the curious and unsure to try on!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Efrain J. De Jesus

A look-through at the rise and fall of the big three Shonen Jump Manga.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Regina George

Four Characters. Two Secret Identities. And a whole lot of shipping. This is your chance to see all the different components of the love square interact with each other. Play games, ask questions, and die from excessive fangirling in the panel dedicated to probably the most blind ships in tv history.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Shoshana Rosenhouse

Breaking News: Paris’ favorite superheroes have just captured the villainous Hawkmoth! Come join us for this exclusive press conference where you can finally get all of your questions answered!

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Paul Pescrillo

ToonamiFaithful.com presents the Toonami Faithful Panel. We talk about Toonami’s history and possibly reveal some things. Follow us @toonaminews for more info.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con

Been a long time attendee of Tora-Con? Want to hear juicy stories from Tora-Con’s of the past? We’re wheeling out our “old-timers” to bring out some stories from the Tora-Con’s of years past!

Type: Improv Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Jacob Wolf

Do you enjoy Sky High? Oh sorry, My Hero Academia? Well then come on in as two dorks, one who has seen the show and read the manga and one who has only seen the first season, try their best to explain My Hero, thereby ruining it in the process.

Type: Other Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Callum McLaughlin

Two juvenile delinquents get superpowers and ruin everyone's day. A comedic review of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4.

Type: Improv Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Jacob Wolf

Who would win in a fight, Shaggy Blanco or Fred the Fish from Spongebob? What exactly is Joe Biden’s power level? From the makers of Joki Joki LIT-erature Club, join two serious fans as they discuss their favorite TV show and the power levels of their favorite characters.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Hunk Garrett

Come join the Paladins on one last wild ride through space! Come ask us questions and play a few games!

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: CubeCowCosplay

Ever thought to yourself "Wow, Voltron is a-" and just then you're hit with season 8 like a brick? Well us too! Spend some time with the Voltron Coalition and escape your feelings from the trauma.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Hex Idols

The Mystic Messanger boys and girls are back at it again! Instead of swooning them over  with pre-selected answers, you can swoon them over by participating in games, impressing them with your talents, and interacting with your favorite guys and girls.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: sayadear

Come learn about the broad genre of visual novels where players can romance anime boys!  At the end of the panel, there will be a short trivia game where you can win otome related merchandise from popular series.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: RiftwingDesigns

How do you play Pokémon? What Pokémon are on your team? Do you value power, or are you in it for the adventure? Or maybe you're just on Team Skull? In this panel, learn about how different player and Pokémon types tie in to personalities, using themes and the Myers-Briggs spectrum.

Type: Discussion/Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Erica Smyth

An in-depth look at the hit movie Dragon Ball Super Broly and how Toriyama makes a fan favorite character his own, as well as how it may effect where Super is heading next.

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Zach Michaels

A bunch of video games have been given poorly written descriptions, and we need YOUR help to figure out what the games are supposed to be! Join a bunch of random people to try and decipher these mysterious games. What the heck are they?

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Roche

Back again for a third year! How well do you think you know your anime? Can you figure out what series is being described using only a poorly written summary and some crappy stock photos that we found on the internet? If the answer is "yes", you may have bigger problems than this silly gameshow!

Type: Improv Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Andrew Krawic

Are you a psychic? Do you know what will happen in an anime series before it happens? Let’s put that to the test! We’ll play some clips from an anime you’ve never heard of and give you some ridiculous answers. One of them is right, but can you guess which one? You’ll just have to watch and find out! Everyone in the audience can play along, so be sure to bring your friends!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Sasuke

Think you're the strongest ninja in the village? Think you can lead them all? Prove it!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Robert LePage

Come join us for a fun game of Who's That Pokemon!? You may even win a prize.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Nox/illogicosplay

A Q&A with the members of Franchouchou plus a surprise dance performance, some games, and trivia!