Major Events

Type: Dance
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con, Feature DJ RPG, Mike Saint-Jules, & The D

Our dance is back and open to ALL attendees! DJs RPG, The D are joined by Mike St Jules to keep you moving all evening to an array of different music genres. Come immerse your senses in the energy of pulsing sound, flashing lights, and entrancing visualizations--and dance the night away!

AMV Contest
Type: Contest
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con (Jessie Cornwell)

Our annual AMV Contest has returned with a new selection of anime music videos for you to enjoy! Editors from our local area, across the country, and even around the world will be competing for YOUR vote on who will win one of the category awards or even the prestigious Best in Show award!

AMV Iron Chef
Type: Contest
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con (Jessie Cornwell)

Usually creating an anime music video takes a lot of time and careful thought. In this zany contest, however, some unsuspecting editors will be given just two hours and a surprise set of "ingredients" to whip up the best AMV possible! As our editors toil away, audience members can participate in fun mini-games (with prizes!) and will also vote on who wins the title of AMV Iron Chef! Click here to preview the rules for this event.

Type: Showing / Q&A Panel
18+: No
Panelist: RIT Animation Club

Our annual AMV Contest has returned with a new selection of anime music videos for you to enjoy! Editors from our local area, across the country, and even around the world will be competing for YOUR vote on who will win one of the category awards or even the prestigious Best in Show award!

AniParty
Type: Dance
18+: No
Panelist: DJ Dekimasen & AniParty

AniParty is the premier U.S. anime song (anisong) DJ club event which draws influence from the “anikura” (アニクラ) subculture of music nightclub event, popularized in Akihabara, Tokyo. Anikura centers around “Akiba-kei” genre of music, which is a mixture of anime songs (OPs, EDs, and insert songs to anime series’, video games , and visual novels), otaku-centric J-Pop, idol music, as well as popular fan-created works such as Vocaloid and Touhou.

Anikura has seen a massive surge in popularity over the recent years with multiple events every weekend in nightclubs across all of Japan. The goal of AniParty is to create an authentic, faithful anikura experience for North American fans of anime, anisong, J-Pop, and J-idol culture.

Learn more about AniParty at https://anisongparty.wordpress.com

Asian Dance Showcase
Type: Performance
18+: No
Panelist: Zeylia Wing

Come watch an exciting dance show filled with talented dancers dancing to all your favorite Asian pop culture songs including Kpop, Jpop, Vocaloid, and Idol dances! This is not a contest, but a showcase for fun comprised of dancers of all skill levels that have signed up beforehand to perform on stage for you. So bring your penlights and glowsticks if you have them! Wotagei calls are welcome and cheer on your dancers!

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

Let’s close out this year of Tora-Con with a bang! We’ll reveal the contest winners from throughout the convention, give shout-outs to those people who make Tora-Con happen, and also give a sneak peek at what we have planned for next year!

(There is no room clear prior to this event, so feel free to come in early and give us some feedback!)

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

Even after all these years, there is still room to improve! We’ll have some of our Tora-Con staff on stage to answer your questions about Tora-Con and take your suggestions to improve for the next year.

Type: Contest
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con (Ian Lee)

The most dedicated cosplayers of Tora-Con take the stage! Comedian Uncle Yo will be our host as we revel in a display of incredible costumes and performances in the ultimate test of cosplay for both veterans and newcomers alike. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the contest.

Type: Performance
18+: No
Panelist: RIT Cosplay Troupe

Dedicated performers from the RIT Cosplay Troupe put on the ultimate crossover show featuring characters from anime, games, and beyond battling to the death.

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: No
Panelist: Epic-Paopu

Find your one true love! Contestants compete to win the heart of the bachelor or bachelorette.

Type: Game-Show Panel
18+: Yes
Panelist: Epic-Paopu

Find your one true love! Contestants compete to win the heart of the bachelor or bachelorette, after dark~

Type: Contest / Performance
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con, featuring Bear Sailor Moon

Our inaugural Cosplay Lip Sync Tournament has arrived! Enjoy performances by your favorite characters and cheer for your favorites to advance to the final battle. Hosted by your beloved Tora-Con mascot Sugi and the stunning Bear Sailor Moon!

Type: Contest / Performance
18+: No
Panelist: Tora-Con (Steven Cho)

The finalists of the Idol Singing Contest perform their favorite Japanese songs live on stage, but only one will earn the title of Tora-Con Idol! Join the audience to witness the spectacular performance and vote for your favorites!

Type: Performance
18+: No
Panelist: RIT Kaminari

Kaminari A Cappella performs Japanese music ranging from Anime themes, to Jpop to even Video Games, all with only our voices!

Type: Performance
18+: No
Panelist: RIT Kendo Club

Join the RIT Kendo Club in a live demonstration about the traditional Japanese art of sword fighting. We will be showing various aspects of kendo, including strikes, traditional wear and armor, and basic etiquette.

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

Welcome to Tora-Con! Start your day by learning what’s new to this year, hearing about some awesome panels to look forward to, and having your questions answered by a panel of Tora-Con staff.

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

Saturday at Tora-Con will be great. Sunday is going to be phenomenal! Wake up early and board the hype train as we break down all of Sunday's awesome events with some of the Tora-Con staff!

Type: Performance
18+: No
Panelist: Shihori Nakane

Shihori, the composer and songwriter of your favorite songs from Fairy Tail, Macross Frontier, The Irregular at Magic High School and more will be performing Saturday night at Tora-Con!

Type: Performance
18+: No
Panelist: WADAIKO

WADAIKO, 和大虎, is Rochester's only taiko group. Taiko is the art of Japanese performance drumming. Based at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the group performs both traditional and modern pieces. WADAIKO's mission is to share the art of taiko, Japanese performance drumming, and to raise interest in both Japanese music and culture. Even if you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you can still feel the vibrations to enjoy the rhythms!