2022 Panels


AMV Games
Panelist(s): Jessie
18+: No
Come join Jessie to play some games involving anime music videos! Win prizes using your memory and AMV trivia! Check out the Intro to AMVs panel from Tora-Connect 2021 on the Tora-Con Twitch channel to prepare... Yes, that will be on the test!



Cosplay Dating Game (All Ages)
Panelist(s): TaurusMoon & WeskerMadEye
18+: No
Are you trying to find that special someone? Are you looking for companionship? Are you wearing cosplay? Come join us in the Cosplay Dating Game, where eligible bachelors and bachelorettes from your favorite anime might just meet their perfect match! NOTE: This is a family-friendly event. Participants are not expected or obligated to actually go on real dates together.



Name That Anime Image
Panelist(s): Andrew Krawic
18+: No
The classic game show returns with hundreds of new images and even new ways to win! The game is simple: We show a screenshot from an anime and the first person to guess it correctly gets a point! The more answers you get right, the more chances to win! Everyone in the room can play so you could win a prize just by showing up!



Name that Anime Tune 2.0
Panelist(s): AttorneyAtMusic
18+: No
How well do you know your anime music? Quickly identify songs from an avalanche of openings, endings, inserts, and even some surprises as you compete against the room for prizes and glory! This year is going to be extra special!



Name That Video Game Tune!
Panelist(s): Jake
18+: No
Test your knowledge of video game music with the latest installment of Name That Video Game Tune! Join in for your chance to win prizes!



ULTIMATE Ultimate Werewolf: A Danganronpa Death Game
Panelist(s): Sid the Koma Kid
18+: No
Are you confident that YOU could survive a Danganronpa game? This is just the place to test those killing game skills! Danganronpa meets Ultimate Werewolf in this wild panel where ANYONE can die...and ANYONE can become the Blackened! Either way, you can win prizes, bragging rights, and burn an hour of your time!

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - Hey, You Got Mecha Anime in My RTS
Panelist(s): Kaylee
18+: No
Explore the world of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, a game that blends adventure, real time strategy, and 80s Sci fi into pure gold. 



A Panel Draws Near! An Introduction to the Dragon Quest Franchise
Panelist(s): Joe Porsela
18+: No
Are you wondering who those four Hero guys in Smash are? Join us as we go over the entire Dragon Quest franchise and the best places to jump in!



All About Godzilla
Panelist(s): Zach Swasta
18+: No
Help us celebrate nearly 7 decades of Japan's biggest Mon-Star; the one who helped bring Japanese pop culture to Western audiences. We'll be going over all his famous friends and biggest smash hits, including the recent Godzilla vs. Kong and Singular Point anime series.



Bungo Stray Dogs Unraveled 
Panelist(s): nikadoesanart
18+: No
Watch me explain Bungo Stray Dogs while any plot or adaptation inconsistencies make me slowly lose my sanity. You will be more than prepared for season 4! SPOILER WARNING for Bungo Stray Dogs.



Fanfiction 101
Panelist(s): Sailor-Toni
18+: No
Perfect for both first timers or for those who have been writing for years, Fanfiction 101 will go over what fanfiction is, its legal status, how to post fanfiction, how to get your fan work noticed, and general writing advice. There will be prizes and games for people to play.



Fruits Basket 101
Panelist(s): NATFreak
18+: No
Come enter the world of Fruits Basket where an orphaned girl meets a family with a special secret.



Furry Fandom Panel
Panelist(s): Mfalme Lion
18+: No
What are those animal costumes walking around? Come find out at the Furry Fandom Panel ran by a lion who’s been in the fandom for over 10 years!



History of FFXIV: From Studio-Killer to Killer App
Panelist(s): Kaylee
18+: No
Take a look at the history of the hit MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, from its rocky beginning to current success!



How To Survive Your First Tora-Con!
Panelist(s): Benjamin Allen & Devon Price
18+: No
First time? We’re here to help! Come learn the rules and details of surviving your first Tora-Con - pay close enough attention and you can win anime goodies in our Survival Quiz!



Legend of Heroes 101: The best games you're not playing
Panelist(s): Danny Schuhmacher
18+: No
Learn about what makes The Legend of Heroes series so unique and how to start playing. You'll also have a chance at winning a Steam code for the first game!



LGBT+ Representation In Anime and Manga
Panelist(s): Sevenzerosevens & Silverwolf
18+: No
As a member of the LGBT+ community, it can be hard to find anime or manga that is about our experiences. Join us to discuss the importance of the genre as a whole and examples of good, bad, and just okay representation.



Lolita 101
Panelist(s): Buffalo and Rochester Lolitas
18+: No
Frills, lace, and bows... oh my! From what makes a complete outfit to common fashion mistakes, come learn about Lolita fashion from members of the Buffalo and Rochester Lolita Community.



Managing Social Media for Cosplayers
Panelist(s): Kaelyn Beeman
18+: No
Everyone wants their cosplays to be popular on social media, but what happens if your page blows up overnight? Join YellowStarChild, a TikTok cosplayer with over 1.1 million followers and 41.2 million views, to learn how to grow your online presence safely and smartly! Learn about managing a large-scale cosplay social media page with topics such as growth-management, brand deals, fan interactions, streaming, mental health, and more from the perspective of someone who has lived through the ups and downs of it all.



Metal Gear Solid and You: The Most Confusing Hour of Your Life
Panelist(s): MACHINE GIRL
18+: Yes
Did you know that Big Boss was indirectly responsible for the creation of Doritos? Or that a bisexual vampire once dance-battled a cyborg with milk blood ? What about that time the president wore a Doc Ock suit with dual katanas? Come discover the absolute madness that is Hideo Kojima's flagship series, and brag to your friends about being able to tell the six Snakes apart. (Yes, there are six of them.)



Much more than your favorite opening: An introduction to J-Rock
Panelist(s): Ryan
18+: No
From Bleach to The Rising Of the Shield Hero, you can count on modern anime to have a rocking song attached to it. In this panel, I will discuss a brief overview of Japanese rock music and how a few bands and artists got attached to some of your favorite anime.



One Devious Witch Explains When They Cry and Why Witches are Real
Panelist(s): pixelateddreamscosplay
18+: Yes
Enter Ryukishi07's world filled with murders, mystery, and wacky hijinks! This panel will be going over Higurashi, Umineko, and more!



Plus-Size Tips and Tricks to Cosplay and Lolita 
Panelist(s): Jamie (jamscrtcl) 
18+: No
Being plus-size can be a challenge in cosplay and Lolita spaces. This panel provides resources on DIY tips and tricks to make or refurbish cosplays when purchasing them isn't an option. 



Realms in Pewter and Plastic: A Beginner's Guide to Painting Miniatures
Panelist(s): Toby Youngman
18+: No
Ever wanted to paint miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons or other tabletop games? Longtime painter and hobbyist Toby Youngman is here to teach you how to slay the gray and bring your fantasy worlds to life with just a little paint and desire. Stop by and learn how to take your D&D game to the next level!



Spirit Gun
Panelist(s): NATFreak
18+: No
Join us on a trip down memory lane as we look back at one of the greatest 90s animes of all time: Yu Yu Hakusho.



Stealing Hearts, or Winning Them?
Panelist(s): Kelsenator Cosplay
18+: No
The Phantom Thieves steal hearts with the use of their Personas, but could these Personas steal your heart? Join the Phantom Thieves in ranking every Persona in Persona 5 by how dateable they are. Dare to ask the question: Could these spirits get it? SPOILER WARNING for Persona 5.



The Critical Role Catch-Up Panel
Panelist(s): Sydney
18+: No
Want to get into Critical Role but don't have the time to watch 1000+ hours of content? A Critter who lacks the attention span to actually watch a full episode of Critical Role, but does stay on track with it, summarizes everything that has happened so far in all four campaigns.



The Killer Industry
Panelist(s):  Allister Jones
18+: No
Anime has grown to be one of the world's most popular animated mediums, but at what cost? Difficult working conditions and low wages have plagued the industry since its infancy. A professional animator takes a look at what our favorite studios are doing wrong and shares what we can do to help make things right.



Tokyo 101: Helpful Tips to Plan Your Trip!
Panelist(s): Meredith Lynn
18+: No
Have you ever wanted to visit Tokyo? Come learn helpful tips from two people who have been to Japan’s capital city! We’ll be covering topics from how to plan your itinerary, fun nerdy places to visit, cultural norms to be aware of, and more!



Two People Who Aren’t Dressed Up As Fire Emblem Characters Rate Fire Emblem Characters Correctly
Panelist(s): Bison
18+: No
The title says it all! Come join us and see why Chrom is F tier at best.



Yokai and Beyond: The Urban Legends and Ghost Stories of Japan
Panelist(s): Danny Schuhmacher
18+: No
Returning for the fourth time to Tora-Con, Urban Legends and Ghost Stories is back and better than ever! Come and listen to some of the oddest ghost stories, learn about the many yokai, and take in some urban myths that come from Japan.



You're Drawing Boobs Wrong
Panelist(s): Sally Jay Sparrow
18+: Yes
Do you like drawing lovely, suggestive ladies? Improve your understanding of lewd anatomy with some scathing humor and sarcasm to lighten the mood. If you're lucky, I'll even put your personal art (lovingly) on blast. 


Asian Dance Showcase
Panelist(s): Katherine
18+: No
Come watch an exciting show filled with talented performers 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! 



Cosplay Chess
Panelist(s):  RIT Cosplay Troupe
18+: No
Drama! Action! Suspense! A staple at Tora-Con since it began, dedicated performers from the RIT Cosplay Troupe put on the ultimate crossover show featuring characters from anime, games, and beyond battling to the death. Only one king can come out victorious!



Kaminari A Cappella
Panelist(s): Kaminari
18+: No
Kaminari is an a cappella group founded in 2015 that specializes in music originating from Japan! They perform all types of Japanese music ranging from J-Pop to Anime to Traditional Japanese Music!



Psychology "Experts" Analyze Your Favorite JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Characters
Panelist(s): Jake W.
18+: Yes
Hmm, yes. Good... And how does that character make you feel? Well, we'll get to the bottom of your filthy minds!



Two Criminals Describe the Plot of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean
Panelist(s): Clum
18+: No
Have you ever experienced the inside of a Florida prison? Well, with the power of anime, we will show you! This panel will be a follow-up to our previous Tora-Con panels!



WADAIKO Taiko Performance
Panelist(s): WADAIKO
18+: No
Taiko is the art of traditional Japanese drumming. Come see WADAIKO, Rochester's only taiko group, perform an exciting mix of traditional and modern songs!


Meetup: BJD Collectors
Host(s): Maddie Place
18+: No
This is for ball-joined doll (and vinyl doll) collectors! Let's take some photos together!



Meetup: Fighting Games
Host(s): The RIT Fighting Game Community
18+: No
The RIT Fighting Game Community will have a plethora of casual setups of many fighting games for anyone to hop on and play! Join in and play games like Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, Blazblue Central Fiction, Tekken 7, and more!



Meetup: My Hero Academia
Host(s): Fox in a Box Cosplay
18+: No
Heroes and villains alike, come down and make new friends! Photo ops will be greatly appreciated. 



Meetup: Pokémon
Host(s): Pokémon Trainer Z
18+: No
Calling all Pokémon and Trainers! Whether you're cosplaying a character or not, come connect with other Pokémon fans, battle and trade with each other on your Nintendo Switch, share your friend codes, and help us celebrate the franchise in the wake of Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.



Meetup: The Legend of Zelda
Host(s): Noah Camaione
18+: No
"Whether you’re a super fan, a more casual fan or completely new to the series, stop on by to meet other Zelda fans, share what you love, and partake in a round table discussion about all things Zelda!
(Zelda cosplay welcomed, but not required)"


ACS Maid Cafe
Panelist(s): Asian Cultural Society
18+: No
Treat yourself to some yummy snacks and drinks served to you by our adorable maids!



Arists Alley
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
Come check out talented artists from Rochester and beyond at the Artists Alley! From prints to homemade plushies, there's something for everyone!



Chainmaille Workshop
Panelist(s): RIT Metalworks
18+: No
Learn how to manipulate metal rings in order to create chainmaille projects! Bring your cosplay projects to the next level in this workshop. No experience is necessary, and all materials are provided!



Closing Ceremonies
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
Its the end of the day, but the fun doesn't stop yet! Join us for contest winner announcements, exciting information on Tora-Con 2023 and more!



CLOWNS 2: The Last Laugh
Panelist(s): Jim and Danny
18+: No
The sequel to the 2019 Tora-Con CLOWNS panel is here! Skippy Peterson and Scooter Jones will lead you into a world where magic and laughter brings us all together! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (from laughter), and hopefully won’t ask any difficult questions. 



Con Feedback
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
Had fun? Wish something was different? Wish something was better? Let us know at the con feed back! We value and take your words seriously to improve future Tora-Cons!



Cosplay Repair Station
Panelist(s): Bob the builder cosplayer
18+: No
Can we fix it? Yes! Hi all, Bob the Builder here! Got a rip in your costume? Broken prop? Need to freshen your make up or fix your wig? Well, you've come to the right place. I am here to assist you with your cosplay repairs so you can have a good day at the convention. If have any problems, don’t hesitate to stop by!



Game Room
Panelist(s): RIT EGS (Electronic Gaming Society) & RWAG (Rochester Wargamer Association and Guild)
18+: No
Whether you are looking for board games or video games, the Game Room has you covered! RWAG will be supplying a variety of board games. EGS will have a selection of top games to choose from including Virtual Reality, Mario Party, Jackbox Games, and more! All equipment is provided, but  attendees can also bring their own to set up.



Mascot Art Contest Gallery
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
View the amazing artwork featuring the beloved Tora-Con mascots that were submitted to this year's Mascot Art Contest!



MS Paint Shenanigans 
Panelist(s): iadontknow
18+: No
Join in for 60 minutes of non-stop badly-drawn MS Paint art. You draw the anime characters, we try to guess who it is! Win points and prizes for participating. Warning: Images drawn may ruin eyes and destroy innocence. This panel is not responsible for damages.



Open Mic Karaoke 
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
Sing your heart out on stage to your favorite tunes, anisong or otherwise! Order will be first come first served and all songs must be all-ages appropriate.



Opening Ceremonies
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
Come celebrate the beginning of Tora-Con 2022 with the very first panel! We'll be Introducing our guests, big events and more!



Tora-Con AMV Best in Show Exhibition
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
The AMV Contest Coordinator has dug deep into the digital archives of the Tora-Con AMV Contest! Come relive the contest's highlights by watching each of the Best in Show winners, starting from the very first contest in 2007!



Vendor Hall
Panelist(s): Tora-Con
18+: No
Stop by the Vendor Hall and pick up some great merchandise from our selection of fantastic retailers!