Panels

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Nova Jonesy

Welcome to the House with the Wisteria Family Crest! Your journey as an aspiring Demon Slayer has been long and hard, and it is time for a much needed break. Lucky for you, the kind family that runs this manor offers free lodging to Demon Slayers, and you are invited! Join Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke for the late night, fun overstay~!

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

Back by popular demand, now with bigger and bouncier boobs! Come see some more 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: Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: astroqueen

The heroes of Paris have decided to take a much needed break from their adventures and have decided to hold a short interview while on their vacation here in New York! However, trouble seems to follow Ladybug and Chat Noir no matter where they go, as they find their interview has been interrupted by Hawkmoth himself, plus some other...familiar faces.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: K Cody Hunt

Acting and Pokemon are both fun, but that's all they have in common, right? WRONG! Come see Cody detail the unexpected similarities between his two favorite pastimes and stay to find new ways to think about, enjoy, and potentially improve at YOUR favorite things!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Dani Walters

Come and join us for a fun game of anime-themed Kahoot! A Large variety of anime will be included, so come show off your anime knowledge!

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

So you've named the image and the tune, but can you name that anime when it's hiding in a totally different series? Prove you have the sharpest eye in the room by guessing that anime WITHIN the anime!

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

Dive into the other half of traveling to Japan, anime culture! Come hear about merchandise, nightlife, and your favorite anime's pilgrimage!

Type: Ongoing Event
18+: No
Panelist: Asian Culture Society

Asian Culture Society will be hosting an Asian Cafe! Join us to take a break from the Tora-Con excitement as we provide baked pastries and dance performances.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: nikmo cosplay

You've mastered going to local cons, but what about the ones that are...FAR AWAY? Come to this panel to learn about booking hotels, figuring out transportation, and how to budget for cons outside of your zip code!

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

There are a lot of anime-style cartoons like Avatar, Boondocks and RWBY. These are not those shows.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Milton Chow

From Sendai to Saga, Kumamoto to Kamakura, enjoy a glance at the lesser-known locales and regions of Japan, their culture, landmarks, and even where they may have appeared in your favourite anime. Perhaps you'll discover a new must-see place to add to your bucket list!

Type: Meet Up / Photoshoot
Fandom: Camp Camp
18+: No
Panelist: Samantha Shaw

Meet other Camp Camp fans and hopefully make new friends along the way!

Type: Interactive Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Emily

Come and learn chainmaille with the RIT Metalworks Club! No experience necessary and materials are provided.

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Jim and Danny

You know exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into. If not, that’s cool too. Skippy and Scooter will lead you on a journey of LAUGHING and LEARNING as we show you the latest in clown comedy, music, gossip and MORE.

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

A panel to chill and relax as we talk about our favorite K-pop songs, videos, biases, and more.

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

Come receive an introduction to Pokemon's official Video Game Championships (VGC) competitive format from two of the players on RIT's unofficial intercollegiate team. We'll cover getting into competitive, teambuilding, and high-level decision making strategies.

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Dan Oltmanns

Let audience prompts guide writers in a heated battle between creative minds and see who's "art" will come out on top! Contestants will write (bad) NSFW fanfiction based on the audience's ideas.

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

Let's be real, cosplay isn't from Japan. If you want to learn more about the history of cosplay and its TRUE origins, be sure to attend this panel.

Type: Meet Up / Photoshoot
Fandom: Cosplay+ Memes
18+: No
Panelist: The Great Bambluezled

Join your fellow cosplayers & bring your dankest memes as we come together for some hilarious photo-shoots & meme discussions, while making some awesome new friends along the way!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Colleen Millard

Come learn how to utilize sewing patterns and choose the right fabrics for your own custom cosplay projects!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Colleen Millard

Come learn basic sewing methods and techniques needed to create your own custom cosplays!

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

Come talk with other geeks about the show Critical Role, where a bunch of nerdy voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons. This isn't just for fans, but also others wanting to know what it's all about!

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

For those who are just getting into the crazy world of Dungeons and Dragons, to those who are veterans at playing the game; let two girls give some helpful tips from character creation to story immersion!

Type: Interactive Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: astroqueen

Choices were made. Lives were lost. And all your favorite characters are dead. The Danganronpa killing games are done and hope has triumphed. Well...sort of. In the living world, yes, all that has happened. However, Monokuma still has one idea left and it involves some of his favorite baddies coming together one last time for another killing game. Destination? Hell. Protagonist? You.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Michael Berger & Brian Sullivan

Digimon, digital monsters, digimon are the champions! But wait, what are they champions of? Why are they fighting? How did they get inside the computer in the first place? Join us as we do a deep dive into the anime, games, manga, and other media of the Digimon franchise to show just how vast its (computer) network really is. Finally, we'll take a look ahead and see what is on the horizon for this Mammothmon of a franchise. Once and for all we'll show you that Digimon is much more than a Pokemon knock-off!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: emergency safety: In/Out of cosplay

Do you know how to do CPR? What about knowing if your make-up is good or not? Come join us as we talk about safety in all areas of cosplay.

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

Do you need more than anime, video games, and movies to get your fix of sci-fi? Then look no further than with music! Discover the dystopian world of Ateria from Celldweller, The Armory Wars of Coheed and Cambria, a war between a corporation and rebels from Starset, and many more!

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: No
Panelist: KimchiCos

We're back again for another year of improv games and acting adventures! Join us and bring your sharpest wit and quickest clapbacks for an unforgettable acting experience.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Elissa Schaeffer

It's not always easy to find anime and manga for the youngest fans. Get some family-friendly ideas to introduce the next generation--and to enjoy yourself!

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

Have you ever wanted to wear your love for anime and fandoms in your every day life? Learn how to use your wardrobe to dress as your favorite characters both subtly and not-so-subtly!

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

Join terminallyCosplay as they discuss the psychic arts, their tools, and go into some basic reading skills. You may even have your fortunes read if fate allows it.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: The Exarch and Emet-Selch

Shadowbringers has brought a lot of changes to the Final Fantasy 14 raiding scene. Class changes, new bosses, and a lot more purple. You need a guide to help you get back into the swing of things. This isn't that guide, but these two idiots are trying their best so come down anyway for fun and discussion.

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

Come enjoy the slice-of-life manga that is Fruits Basket as we look back at major moments of the popular series.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Mfalme Lion

Learn about the furry fandom and how it grew to be what it is now. There will be a Q&A to wrap things up! Fursuits and fun included!

Type: Ongoing Event
18+: No
Panelist: RWAG & EGS

Stop by to play a game! The Rochester Wargaming Association and Guild (RWAG) will have their massive board game library on hand, and the Electronic Gaming Society (EGS) will be featuring a variety of video and virtual reality games throughout the convention.

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

It's time once again for the World Meeting, featuring many of your favourite landmasses as they join together to answer all your questions and...build a pillow fort? Grab your favourite slumber gear and get ready to join in for some not-so-sleepy-time shenanigans as we once again endeavor to drive Germany up a wall-- er, draw a circle of togetherness!

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

Learn to play the same Japanese mahjong seen in countless anime and manga! Rules, strategy, and resources to play on your own will be provided!

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

Learn to play WeiB Schwarz, Bushiroad's anime card game! There will be Free promo stuff for attendees!

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

Bushiroad's brand-new trading card game launched worldwide this month! Be one of the first to learn how to play this fast-paced anime game! There will be promos and giveaways!

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

Attending your first Tora-Con? Not sure how to navigate the craziness of a big convention scene? Struggling with first-time cosplayer jitters? Come to our panel and learn all about how to survive in this strange new world of wonderful weeaboo-ness from some Tora-Con veterans, including where to get food, how to stay safe, what goes into a cosplay emergency kit, and so much more! Pay close attention and do well in our Con-Quiz, and you might even win some prizes!

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

Identify the H is now 5 years old. The number 5 is my lucky number, so this year's IDH will be something special. It will be 2 game shows all in 1 glorious panel! (Be sure to bring an internet-connected device such as a smartphone to participate)

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

In the name of the moon, come and enjoy some 90s anime nostalgia as we look back at the original Sailor Moon anime.

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Kbunnybee

The improv 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 that are sure to be a hillarious good time. Cosplay is never required to enter, but you must be present at the start of the panel to participate.

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

Come and interview the pro heroes of My Hero Academia. Come ask them all your burning questions such as what it is like working in the industry and how they feel about their students. With so many heroes gathered, will villains make an appearance?

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Jessie & Adam

Traveling to Japan is ridiculously expensive! Or is it? Jessie and Adam have spent a combined total of 14 months visiting and living in Japan, and they are here to share their cost-cutting tips with you!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers

Join USA Today bestselling authors Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers to discuss storytelling fundamentals, different publishing outlets, and more on the craft of writing & storytelling.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers

Join USA Today bestselling authors Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers to discuss storytelling fundamentals, different publishing outlets, and more on the craft of writing & storytelling. This panel will focus primarily on the publication process over the writing/storytelling aspects.

Type: Meet Up / Photoshoot
Fandom: K-Pop
18+: No
Panelist: Murph

Come out and see how many dances you can do to your favorite K-pop songs! From BTS to BlackPink, come and jam out with us!

Type: Ongoing Event
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con

Sing our heart out to your favorite anime hits! We will be using the JoySound karaoke system to play songs from their extensive library.

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

Another elaborate Tamaki scheme! Join the Ouran High School Host Club for an hour packed with games, laughs, and typical Ouran shenanigans!j

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Duchess Lady Encaterina Scarlet

Come meet the Amtgard LARP Community located right here in Rochester and one of the largest in the Northeast! We will be discussing LARPing and all the ins and outs that come with it--including a fan favorite roleplay!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Homer is Where the Heart is Cosplay

Do you like Danganronpa? Do you like The Hunger Games? Have you ever been watching it and thought, "Hey, I could do that! And I could do it better!" Well now's your chance! Join us for an interactive improv experience with deadly minigames, randomized events, exciting prizes and this time, quirks to add to your chances! No game ends the same, good luck!

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Koda Drake

Join the RIT Art House as they create an anime based on all the wild ideas that exist in your head!

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Roche

Do you have no shame and want to show off your voice acting skills? Well good, because this is the panel for you! We will read through several hentai manga and some lucky (or unlucky) people will get the chance to show off their skills.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: The Duchy of Syrindale: Rochester Amtgard

Come learn about the Duchy of Syrindale, a live action roleplay (LARP) group. We will discuss LARP and roleplay, including character development. Attendees may even have a chance to show off their LARPing skills.

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

Let's take a look back on magical girl series as a whole such as the iconic Sailor Moon, the expectation-changing Madoka Magica, and more! Magical girls represent!

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Alexis & Colleen

Come test your knowledge on all things My Hero Academia in this Plus Ultra trivia panel!

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

Come join us once again for our annual My Hero Academia PJ Party! Teachers, students, pros, and even villains? All are welcome for this 18+ spectacular event.

Type: Meet Up / Photoshoot
Fandom: My Little Pony
18+: No
Panelist: PrincessPon3

Calling everypony! Come join us for some fun My Little Pony activities and discussions. The show may have ended, but Friendship will always be Magic.

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 gets 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 name 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 glory!

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

Test your knowledge of video game music in this free-for-all gameshow! Anyone can play, and prizes will be available!

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

Come see an analytic look at homosexuality, LGBTQ+ identities and culture in historical and contemporary Japanese society. Learn what has changed in the modern era, and the reasons why.

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

Have you ever wanted to learn about the outlandish and bizarre games conjured up by the peculiar Japanese game director, Suda51? With the release of his next big title, No More Heroes 3, right around the corner, why not come along and experience his history at this panel? This event will cover all of Suda's major releases from The Silver Case and Killer7 all the way to his most recent output, Travis Strikes Again.

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

By using the powers bestowed to me by Disney Channel (and Disney XD) crossover episodes, a new superhero team will be assembled from characters that *technically* exist within the MCU.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Average Chaos Cosplay

Join Average Chaos Cosplay for a short-handed version of a very long-winded guide on how to start cosplaying!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: nikmo cosplay

Learn how to take your fave character shrine on the go! Itabag basics will be covered: how/where to get a bag, best places to buy merch, and how to arrange your merch.

Type: Interactive Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Otonoki STARS

Come dance with the Love Live! idol group μ's as we perform and then teach you the choreographies to 3 Love Live! Songs!

Type: Ongoing Event
18+: No
Panelist: RIT Pokemon League

Come battle RIT's very own Pokemon Gym Leaders using the Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch games, or challenge us over Pokemon Showdown on your laptop or mobile device! Collect a real gym badge from each leader and get a chance to battle the Champion once you've collected all 8! Find us in the Field House and SAU buildings.

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

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? What kind of magic spell do you use? How do you get to Sesame Street? All these questions and more will be answered as we map out the connected timeline of the Jim Henson Universe!

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

Know how to play rock paper scissors? Perfect! Then come have a fun time taking on all comers in this epic tournament of luck, strategy, and inanimate objects!

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

I have the fanfiction you can read, and I have candy to give you if you read what I have. Featuring more readable pages in HD 1080p.

Type: Improv / Comedy Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Birdy (@nerdy.berdy)

"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: Interactive Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Derrick

Join us as we review a vast variety of power systems and then try to build your own! There will be creative challenges, constructive critique and potential prizes!

Type: Ongoing Event
18+: No
Panelist: Speedruns Rochester

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! Speedruns Rochester is back at Tora Con with another two-day speedrun marathon: Tora-Thon 3!

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

Bang! Come and dive back into the cases of spirit detective Yusuke Urameshi and his friends.

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

Learn how to spot bootlegs with the help of the folks from Hammergirl Anime! Detailed instructions on what to look for, both in dealers' rooms and online!

Type: Meet Up / Photoshoot
Fandom: Steven Universe
18+: No
Panelist: Jasper

Come hang out with you favorite uncorrupted gem and pink noodle at this Steven Universe meetup! Doodle with the pink noodle AND POSE WITH THE BIG BUFF CHEETO PUFF!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Matty_Joestar @nerdxlife

Looking for some new games? Join Matt and Dave as they go over games past and present that might have gone under your radar.

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

It's very common for tarot cards, a tool used by fortune tellers, to be used in games, movies, comics, and more. Come to this panel to hear about some of the worst representations in media, and what the cards really mean.

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Logan King

I stan one man! So much so that I decided to literally dedicate an entire panel to him. Come on down as we discuss about the Canadian actor and why we adore him so much.

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

Straight from the world of Remnant, see the RWBY gang again for some Q&A. We’ll also be bringing back our very popular Expedited Shipping game along with some new games too!

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

Join Paul Pescrillo from the fan site ToonamiFaithful.com as we talk Toonami past and present and also announce this year's winner for the Toonami Faithful Awards. T-Shirts from Adult Swim will also be given out, so don’t miss this panel. Note: T-Shirts are first come first serve.

Type: Ongoing Event
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con

Come participate in Tora-Con’s cross-convention scavenger hunt for the chance to win a prize! Visit the Con Quest booth near the Artist Alley/Vendors area in the Gordon Field House. The rules to play will be on the back of the game board you’ll receive. Con Quest will be open on both Saturday and Sunday.

Type: Ongoing Event
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con

While you are visiting the Field House, take a look at all of the fantastic works of art that were entered into this year's Mascot Art Contest!

Type: Performance
18+: No
Panelist: Emrys Riley

We welcome you to join tSuKI Idols’s first live debut as a perfect dream project! TSuKI is excited to bring you a mixed performance containing solos from each member, a group song and some k-pop dances as well!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Two Guys

A panel where two convicts warn you of the dangers of the prison system, gravity, and the greatest evil in all of Jojo, the state of Florida.

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: J.D. Kelly

From Trigun to Gundam, if there's one thing otaku love more than anything, it's correcting each other on anime facts. Come see if you can spot more incorrect statements than anyone else for a chance to win prizes.

Type: Q&A Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Fox in a Box Cosplay

The Hellsing Organization has opened their doors once again to the public for questions about vampires, monsters, and anti-tank rifles. Just don’t touch Alucard’s TV!

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

‌Do you think you know your anime? How about well enough to 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 / Comedy 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: Robert LePage

Come and join us for a fun game of Who's That Pokemon!? Come test your Pokemon knowledge and possibly win some prizes too!

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

Just like "Hunter X Hunter", we are back from hiatus! In this team-based trivia game, we’ll ask a question with a numerical answer, and based on the answers given you’ll place your wager chips on the answer you think could be right! Don't know the answer; take a wild guess and you could tip the odds in your favor! All questions will be based on various Jump manga series, and prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Teams will be formed at the panel (no sign-up required).

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Sergio Rivera

New to the Yakuza series, or a hardcore Kyodai? Come join us as we talk about the history of Sega’s popular action adventure series!

Type: Discussion / Info Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Allister Jones

The convention bubble has burst and everyone is on edge. Welcome to the dark side of con planning. (It's not just the host crying in fetal position for an hour, I promise.)