March 18-19, 2017, Santa Clara Marriott

Event List

Check out the Schedule Grid! AOD 2017 Map

Sat at 9 am
Scavenger Hunt
With AOD Staff
Sat at 9 am to 5 pm
The scavenger hunt will be a photo scavenger hunt, requiring you to take photos of specific items, characters, scenarios, and more! We have amazing prizes provided by Aitai☆Kuji from Japan, so don't miss out! You can pick up the scavenger hunt instruction sheet at Registration or the Scavenger Hunt table located next to Registration. All entries for the Saturday scavenger hunt are due by Saturday 5PM. Have fun and huntaway!
Sat at 10 am
Opening Ceremonies
With AOD Staff
Sat at 10 am to 11 am in Live Events 1

Be the first to meet all of our awesome Guests of Honor. You also get a preview of all the great music, events, panels, workshops, contests, artists, and prizes you'll be experiencing at AOD this weekend.

Bring along anyone who want to know what this whole Convention thing is about.  The Opening Ceremony is open to the public — no badge or registration is required.

Dealers Room and Artist Alley
Sat at 10 am to 6:30 pm in Exhibit Hall

Comes to the Exhibit Hall and check out an entire room of Dealers and Artists, showing off the latest anime goods, game merchandise, original creations, and artist works!

Foam Sword Fighting
Sat at 10 am to 6 pm in Outside Patio

Belegarth Medieval Combat Society is a fun, safe, and inexpensive sport where participants wear medieval or fantasy-themed clothing and fight with foam-padded weapons. The fighting is hard and fast and has, since 1979, refined into its own brand of martial art. The rules are easy to learn, and after a few practices, you'll be hooked! Come watch a demonstration, or take a few hacks yourself!

Saga of Tanya the Evil
Sat at 10 am to Noon in Video

It is June of the year CE 1923. A young girl with blond hair and blue eyes, Tanya Degurechaff, has entered the final curriculum of the Imperial Military Academy and is training at the third patrol line in the northern military district, the Norden Theater, as part of her service to the force. Her training, the first step toward a brilliant career as an aviation mage, should have gone off without a hitch... but things took an unexpected turn.

Sat at 11 am
Dubs Are Better Than Subs
With @FifthGenNotPkmn
Sat at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 1

Let's be honest, you've all been watching anime wrong. The community needs to give more respect to the wonderful voice actors who bring dub adaptations to life. In fact, anime is even better dubbed than subbed. From not having to read to being able to multi-task, we will explore the range of benefits offered by dubs, the superior anime viewing method.

Crossover Mania
With Steven Savage
Sat at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 2

Can you and your team construct the most insanely consistent anime/video game crossover ever? Find out in a friendly competition of crossover-building!

Sincerity in Animation
With Victor Navone (Animator at Pixar)
Sat at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 3

No video recording or photography allowed

Ever wondered how animators can create animated character that feel human? Veteran animator Victor Navone talks about classical acting techniques and how he uses them to take animated character performances to the next level. To illustrate these concepts, Victor will be showing clips from live action, animation, and his own work on Pixar films.

Vectors of Design
With Yawen Yu
Sat at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 4

Are you interested in vector graphics and Adobe Illustrator? Curious about how it can be another avenue of design? Not really sure what vector graphics is? We can help! This panel will provide an overview of Illustrator and the basics of vector design.

Sat at Noon
Street Fighter V Tournament
With AOD Staff
Sat at Noon to 2 pm in Console/Arcade Gaming

Come and play in our Street Fighter V Tournament!

YouTubing Like A BOSS
With Random Encounters
Sat at Noon to 1 pm in Live Events 1

Thinking about a cool career on YouTube? Learn the ins and outs of creating a popular YouTube channel, from writing and marketing to corporate networking and, of course, forging a relationship with your fans! ;)

Geek Professional Networking
With Steven Savage
Sat at Noon to 1 pm in Live Events 2

For people serious about geek careers. Whether you're an old pro or a new student, looking for talent for your Kickstarter, or seeking some new contracts, come together and connect! We're discussing careers, cooperation -- and seeing how some of us might team up in the future.

All About Cosplay Contests
With LyddiDesign Costumes
Sat at Noon to 1 pm in Live Events 3

These days cosplay contests are becoming more popular and varied. Sometimes it can be daunting to pick out which contest(s) to enter, especially if you are completely new to competing. In this panel we will primarily discuss the differences between various contest types, such as what to expect in judging, typical contest rules, how to choose and create a competitive ensemble, and what judges typically look for. And most importantly, how to be prepared to have the best experience for maximum fun!

LED Lighting for Cosplay
With Cherry Tea Girl
Sat at Noon to 1 pm in Live Events 4

Have you ever wondered how to incorporate LED lights to your cosplay costume for that one of a kind look? If so, this is the panel for you. Join Cherry Tea Girl, a veteran cosplayer of 14 years as she explains the basics of LED lighting, her techniques, and examples of her work over the years.

Autographs with Victor Navone
Sat at Noon to 1 pm in Autographs
Masamune-kun's Revenge
Sat at Noon to 2 pm in Video

"I've returned to this town for revenge!" Eight years ago, Makabe Masamune, a weak and chubby boy, was harshly rejected by the beautiful Adagaki Aki. Now, he's lost a ton of weight, changed his name, and returned as a handsome teenage boy... all to make the "Brutal Princess" Aki fall in love with him so that he can reject her just as harshly as she did.

Sat at 1 pm
Accessibility in Video Games
With Clint "Halfcoordinated" Lexa & Twitch.tv/Californithon
Sat at 1 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 1

Halfcoordinated captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers across the world with his unique one-handed speedrunning style, developed to combat the hemiparesis that limits the use of his right hand. Join him as he talks about life as a gamer, and how video games are working toward the goal of becoming accessible to all levels of ability.

A History of Zelda Music
With Jason Yu of "The Musical Narrative"
Sat at 1 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 2

Learn how the music of Zelda has evolved over the last 21 years. We'll trace various Themes and Motifs through the series' history, from the 1986 NES Classic to the newest installment, Breath of the Wild (spoiler-free!).

Soul 2 Soul-Micah Solusod Q&A
With Micah Solusod (artist at Painapple Studio)
Sat at 1 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 3

Stop by and chat with Micah about what it’s like talking to yourself in a dark padded room. From anime to video games, Micah will take all of your questions and maybe even answer some.

Comic & Manga Workshop
With Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold)
Sat at 1 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 4

Tommy Yune, a veteran of hit comic properties such as Speed Racer, Racer X, Robotech, Voltron, and Danger Girl: Kamikaze, covers modern production techniques of the industry and new options available to hopeful comic creators.

Autographs with Ken Pontac
Sat at 1 pm to 2 pm in Autographs
Sat at 2 pm
Guilty Gear Xrd Tournament
With AOD Staff
Sat at 2 pm to 4 pm in Console/Arcade Gaming

Come and play in our Guilty Gear Xrd Tournament!

Ti@Mi Live!
Sat at 2 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 1

Come watch another year of fun and exciting songs performed by the duo, Ti@Mi! With all the J-Pop Idol songs, Vocaloid songs and Anime songs, you better bring your hype!

Origins of Pokemon GO
With David Hollin (Technical Artist and Designer at Niantic, Inc.)
Sat at 2 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 2

Join Niantic Labs developer David Hollin as he discusses the origin story of Pokémon GO, and the stages of evolution it went through to become a finished game. In the beginning, it was not a surefire bet--very few people know just how risky of a game it was to make. It all began as an April Fool's joke, too!

Making Video Games is Awesome!
With Dom Nguyen, Jason Kim, and Andrew Schroeder
Sat at 2 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 3

Join game industry veterans Jason Kim (Telltale games), Dominic Nguyen (Electronic Arts), and Andrew Schroeder (Twitch.tv) as they talk about how much fun they've had working their dream jobs, and why you should follow your dreams! Topics will include how they got into the industry, why they stay, and their crowning achievements.

Sewing Your First Cosplay
With Carmilla Jo
Sat at 2 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 4

Want to sew your first cosplay, but don't know where to start? Award-winning cosplayer Carmilla Jo will guide you through the process, starting from choosing your character, to hunting discounts for fabrics, and tackling the sewing learning curve. Come learn from her experience and ask questions you may have!

Autographs with Kio Nachi
Sat at 2 pm to 2:30 pm in Autographs
Autographs with Micah Solusod
Sat at 2 pm to 3 pm in Autographs
Konosuba 2
Sat at 2 pm to 4 pm in Video

 After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him. Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long…

Sat at 3 pm
Ayakashi
Sat at 3 pm to 4 pm in Main Stage

Hi! We're Ayakashi, a Japanese pop/rock band based in San Francisco. We write original music but we usually play a couple anime covers at our shows as well. Our singer and bassist are Japanese natives and the rest of the band is from France, Malaysia, and US! We played at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown in April and we can't wait to share our music with more like-minded people. Please visit our website to listen to our music: 

p19 Live Art
With p19 (Artist)
Sat at 3 pm to 4 pm in Live Events 1

No video recording or photography allowed

Come check out p19 as she does a live drawing! Known for her works in KARAKARA, Himawari!! as well as AOD's catalogue and many more. Whether you are an aspiring illustrator or just an art aficionado you won't want to miss out!

Indie Game Development
With Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold) & Keith Kaisershot
Sat at 3 pm to 4 pm in Live Events 2

Industry veterans Tommy Yune (Robotech, The Journeyman Project) and Keith Kaisershot (Mega Man Legacy Collection) host a panel on the exciting world of independent game development covering tools available to budding studios and techniques to be seen in a crowded marketplace.

Musical REwrites
With Random Encounters
Sat at 3 pm to 4 pm in Live Events 3

Madlibs meets karaoke in this musical improv game hosted by Random Encounters, where their most popular songs are getting a wacky facelift! Come contribute silly new song lyrics for classic videos like FNAF THE MUSICAL and SENPAI NOTICE ME! The twist? Someone's gotta sing the new revisions once we're done...

Small Business Chit-Chat (16+)
With Phuong-Mai "PMBQ" Bui-Quang & Cain Ramirez
Sat at 3 pm to 4 pm in Live Events 4

Are you tired of your 9 to 5 daily grind and wish you could work on your business idea? Are you stumped and have no idea where to start? Join this panel discussion with experienced Bay Area small business owners! We’ll spill the beans on how/where to file your business, what operations costs are like, and how it _really_ feels to make all your friends jealous that you’re living the dream. We’re also geeks in fandom, so we totally get you!

Autographs with David Hollin
Sat at 3 pm to 4 pm in Autographs
Sat at 4 pm
BlazBlue: Central Fiction Tournament
With AOD Staff
Sat at 4 pm to 6 pm in Console/Arcade Gaming

Come and play in our BlazBlue: Central Fiction tournament!

The Completionist @ AOD 2017
With That One Video Gamer
Sat at 4 pm to 5 pm in Live Events 1

Hey Everyone! Welcome to another panel at AOD about The Completionist! Join Jirard Khalil The Completionist and head writer Alex Faciane as they talk about YouTube, the show, and what it's like to complete a game a week! Q and A to follow up in the panel!

VR Comics: First Look
With eigoMANGA
Sat at 4 pm to 5 pm in Live Events 2

First look to experience reading comics and manga in Virtual Reality. Engage in the digital comic Virtual Reality demo before it’s released to the public. The development team will discuss the technology and vision of experiencing comics and manga in Virtual Reality.

Networking With Photographers
With Carmilla Jo
Sat at 4 pm to 5 pm in Live Events 3

Cosplayers! Want to show off your hard work on your costumes with fabulous photos, but have no idea on how to find a photographer? With five years of modeling under her belt, cosplayer Carmilla Jo is here to guide you through meeting and working with photographers, and spotting the creeps you want to avoid.

Console Wars
With @FifthGenNotPkmn
Sat at 4 pm to 5 pm in Live Events 4

PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U.  Whatever happened to Pong and the Fairchild Channel F?  This panel will go over the basic history of video game consoles: from products designed in garages in Palo Alto to a multi-billion dollar industry.

Sailor Moon
Sat at 4 pm to 6 pm in Video

Come Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Sailor Moon with us!

Tsukino Usagi is an ordinary girl in junior high. However after a bad day, Usagi encounters a black cat that can talk! The cat, Luna, grants Usagi the power to transform into Sailor Moon, to protect the world from the Dark Kingdom and its ruler, Queen Beryl.

Sat at 4:30 pm
Autographs with p19, Suimya, and Pan
Sat at 4:30 pm to 5 pm in Autographs
Sat at 5 pm
Aivi and Surrashu
Sat at 5 pm to 6 pm in Main Stage

We're a girl/robot composing duo who make music for videogames and the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe. Come listen to us play piano/chiptune duets and songs from Steven Universe. We have some musical treats for you!

Fifth Gen Isn't Pokemon
With @FifthGenNotPkmn
Sat at 5 pm to 6 pm in Live Events 1

A critique of the creatures introduced in the fifth generation of 'Pokemon'. We will go over the mechanics, aesthetics, and lore to prove once and for all that the fifth generation of 'Pokemon' does not deserve to stand beside the greats of Pokemon past like Mr. Mime, Voltorb, and Muk.

Scavenger Hunt Awards
Sat at 5 pm to 5:30 pm in Live Events 2

We'll be announcing the Scavenger Hunt winners for Saturday.

Fansubbing for Dummies
With Doremi-fansubs
Sat at 5 pm to 6 pm in Live Events 3

Fansubbing veterans Doremi-fansubs presents an overlook on the whole fansubbing process, including a demo on translation, timing, encoding, and release distribution. A complete history on the evolution of fansubs will also be presented, from 2000 to 2014.

Intro to Manga w/MangaStart
With Phuong-Mai "PMBQ" Bui-Quang
Sat at 5 pm to 6 pm in Live Events 4

Have you ever wanted to create and learn about manga, the art of Japanese comics? This is the panel for perfect for you! Join professional manga artist PMBQ as she gives you a brief history of manga and teaches you how to draw a basic manga face and "chibi" (cute and small-bodied) characters. This class is geared towards beginning artists, parents, and anyone new to manga.

Sat at 6 pm
Overwatch Tournament
With AOD Staff
Sat at 6 pm to 8 pm in Console/Arcade Gaming

Overwatch makes its debut at AOD! Come and join the tournament.

All About Speedrunning
With Twitch.tv/Californithon
Sat at 6 pm to 7 pm in Live Events 1

What is Speedrunning? Why do people speedrun? Why is it so popular? Hear the answers from the addicts... I mean experts!

Card Games: Concept to Comiket
With Eric A. (sayumeki)
Sat at 6 pm to 7 pm in Live Events 2

Enjoy playing card/board games? Ever had ideas for games of your own? Come meet like-minded creators and hear about the work that goes into producing an indie card game, as the developers of 'Mischief Club' look back on their year-long project, and discuss resources, tools, lessons, and lens flares.

The Dex! Podcast...LIVE!
With The National Dex
Sat at 6 pm to 7:30 pm in Live Events 3

The Dex! Podcast is your weekly stop for Pokemon news, a lively discussion, too many hashtag jokes, and F-F-FANSWERS! Join Ace Trainer Alex and Alolan PokeKellz as they record and perform an exclusive AOD 2017 special live on stage!

MangaStart Art Demonstration
With Phuong-Mai "PMBQ" Bui-Quang
Sat at 6 pm to 7 pm in Live Events 4

Do you have trouble figuring out how to draw manga-style eyes, hair, hands, etc.? Professional Artist PMBQ is happy to break it all down for you. As a bonus she’ll even teach you how to draw a panda. Come to this panel with your sketchbook and questions!

Interviews With Monster Girls
Sat at 6 pm to 8 pm in Video

Succubi, dullahans, snow women and vampires... They're a little different from humans and called "demi-humans." Lately, they've been called "demis." This is a stimulating and heartful school demi-human comedy featuring those very unique "demis" and a high school teacher named Takahashi Tetsuo, who's highly interested in learning more about their daily lives and habits.

Sat at 6:30 pm
Masquerade
With AOD Staff
Sat at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Main Stage
A Cosplayer at AOD 2014

Masquerade is one of AOD's featured Main Stage events. Come see a very talented group of cosplayers competing for Best of Show, Best Production, and Best Craftsmanship awards.

 

Sat at 7 pm
How Anime Can Change Your Life
With Victoria Holden (@SailorBee) & Miles Thomas (@MilesExpress999)
Sat at 7 pm to 8 pm in Live Events 1

How can anime change your life? Notable anime figures Victoria Holden (@SailorBee) and Miles Thomas (@MilesExpress999) share their personal stories & observations through personal anecdotes and getting destroyed by living the anime life

Boruto
Sat at 7 pm to 9 pm in Live Events 2

Years have passed since Naruto and Sasuke teamed up to defeat Kaguya, the progenitor of chakra and the greatest threat the ninja world has ever faced. Times are now peaceful and the new generation of shinobi has not experienced the same hardships as its parents. Perhaps that is why Boruto would rather play video games than train. However, one passion does burn deep in this ninja boy’s heart, and that is the desire to defeat his father!

Settling for Catan
With @FifthGenNotPkmn
Sat at 7 pm to 8 pm in Live Events 4

Monopoly ruins families.  Risk is just an excuse to roll a bunch of dice.  Cards Against Humanity is only a way for you to think you a clever.  Catan isn't really that good.  Together, we will explore the wide-world of board games and what you should actually be playing.

Sat at 8 pm
Swap Meet
With AOD Staff
Sat at 8 pm to 10 pm

You know how some people hoard unbelievable amounts of stuff? Are you one of those people? Or are looking to become one? Well, then the Swap Meet is where you need to be. Any attendee who wants to sell items is welcome to purchase a Swap Meet ticket for $20 and set up camp. Then, when the doors burst open, all the other attendees flood the room, sifting through your old anime, comics, video games, and toys, looking for those special treasures.

Behind the Scenes of AGDQ
With AGDQ organizers & Twitch.tv/Californithon
Sat at 8 pm to 9 pm in Live Events 1

Ever wondered what happens off-camera at Awesome Games Done Quick? Join a group of the speedrunning event's coordinators as they share a behind-the-scenes look at the joys and pains of running a 168 hour video game marathon.

Karaoke
With AOD Staff
Sat at 8 pm to 12 am in Live Events 3

We have open mic karaoke, featuring your favorite anime, video game, j-rock/j-pop, and some k-pop songs! Sing your heart out and cheer your friends on!

Fandoms Are Cancer (16+)
With @FifthGenNotPkmn
Sat at 8 pm to 9 pm in Live Events 4

It's okay to like an anime.  It's okay to talk about that anime.  It's not okay to write a 25,000 word slashfic between two characters with no chemistry.  In this panel we'll cover what makes a fandom good or bad, and why it matters.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
Sat at 8 pm to 10 pm in Video

The year is 1999. Morioh, a normally quiet and peaceful town, has recently become a hotbed of strange activity. Jotaro Kuujou, now a marine biologist, heads to the mysterious town to meet Jousuke Higashikata. Along with the mild-mannered Koichi Hirose and the boisterous Okuyasu Nijimura, they begin investigating recent disappearances and other suspicious occurrences within Morioh. Aided by the power of Stands, the four men will encounter danger at every street corner, as it is up to them to unravel the town's secrets, before another occurs.

Sat at 9 pm
International Co-Productions
With Victoria Holden (@SailorBee) & Miles Thomas (@MilesExpress999)
Sat at 9 pm to 10:30 pm in Live Events 1

Anime’s audience goes far beyond the shores of Japan, and some of the most celebrated works abroad are co-funded and co-produced by foreign companies! Learn about this history and what it means for anime from Ghost in the Shell to Kiznaiver to Afro Samurai.

Happy Tree Friends
With Ken Pontac (writer/director)
Sat at 9 pm to 10 pm in Live Events 2

Remember the first time you saw Happy Tree Friends, before you knew what the joke was? You kind of wondered what your friend who said, “Dude! You have to check this out!†was so excited about. It was just a bunch of cute little animals doing stupid things until, suddenly…something happened and you got the joke. Series writers Ken Pontac and Warren Graff LOVE to see people get the joke for the first time, so bring a friend who’s never seen the show, and blow their minds a little.

Foundation Garments for Cosplay (16+)
With fabrickind
Sat at 9 pm to 10 pm in Live Events 4

This panel covers the often overlooked realm of what is worn underneath the costume. We will discuss both masculine and feminine undergarments for varying body types and across gender presentations (crossplay). Learn how the right foundation can help your cosplays lay smoother on your body, create an idealized "anime" figure, keep your privates private, and overall enhance your cosplay!

Sat at 9:30 pm
Lotus Juice
Sat at 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm in Main Stage

Are you ready for some Mass Destruction?! Legendary rapper Lotus Juice has landed at AOD to blow everyone away with his slick rhymes and remixes. Join LJ as he performs his greatest hits from video games (Persona series), anime (Soul Eater, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), and his solo albums (Only a Test, Carpe Diem). It's a Dark Hour you don't want to miss!

Sat at 10 pm
Literary Pop! (16+)
With Wonder Dave of Komedio
Sat at 10 pm to 11 pm in Live Events 2

Literature and pop culture collide as writers, comedians and storytellers share work inspired by their pop culture obsessions. This show features true stories, essays, spoken word and more from people who hold a deep connection to the cartoons and anime they love.

IDOL 18+: J-Pop Idols' Dark Side (18+)
With A-to-J Connections
Sat at 10 pm to 11:30 pm in Live Events 4

A-to-J Connections' popular "IDOL" panels continue with this look at the dark side of the idol industry! Besides genre-breaking groups like BiS and Kamen Joshi, we will also cover topics such as highly talked about scandals, the controversial nature of gravure, the dark side of the fandom, and the tragic fate of Okada Yukiko. Also be prepared to see some of the craziest idol videos ever!

Padak
Sat at 10 pm to 11:30 pm in Video

 Padak lives in the ocean freely. One day, Padak is caught in a fishing net and winds up in the fish tank of a korean seafood restaurant. In the fish tank, there's an old flatfish who has gained the respect of the other fishes due to his survival skills.

Padak doesn't give up his dream of going back to the ocean. He makes an attempt to escape and, because of this, the peace in the fish tank is broken. The conflict between Padak and the old flatfish deepens.

Sat at 10:30 pm
LOL at AOD (16+)
With K. Chheng
Sat at 10:30 pm to 12 am in Live Events 1

Pokélol, One-Punchline Man, Mobile Suit Pundam…call it what you want, you just won’t want to miss this Comedy Bebop. Local comics/fellow geeks will be Krillin the mic in this stand up comedy showcase in full cosplay featuring K. Chheng and friends!

Sat at 11 pm
Making Video Games is Awful!
With Dom Nguyen, Jason Kim, and Andrew Schroeder
Sat at 11 pm to 12 am in Live Events 2

Join game industry veterans Jason Kim (Telltale games), Dominic Nguyen (Electronic Arts), and Andrew Schroeder (Twitch.tv) as they share a bottle of whiskey and trade war stories about long hours, grueling release schedules, and the other consequences of chasing your dreams.

Sun at 9 am
Scavenger Hunt
With AOD Staff
Sun at 9 am to 3 pm
The scavenger hunt will be a photo scavenger hunt, requiring you to take photos of specific items, characters, scenarios, and more! We have amazing prizes provided by Aitai☆Kuji from Japan, so don't miss out! You can pick up the scavenger hunt instruction sheet at Registration or the Scavenger Hunt table located next to Registration. All entries for the Sunday scavenger hunt are due by Sunday 3PM. Have fun and huntaway!
Sun at 10 am
Speedrunning 101
With Golden of Twitch.tv
Sun at 10 am to 11 am in Live Events 1

In this interactive workshop, learn just how easy it is to learn the fundamental tricks and skills of speedrunning from the masters. Pick up a controller and find new ways to experience your favorite games, then go home and start impressing your friends!

How to Make Senpai Notice Me
With Random Encounters
Sun at 10 am to 11 am in Live Events 2

Getting Senpai to notice you is hard work -- especially when you produce an entire musical number to get his attention! Join Random Encounters as they take you behind the scenes of their popular Yandere Simulator song, and learn a few of the tricks they used to get Senpai -- as well as Yandere Dev and over 5 million YouTube viewers -- to notice them!

Writing for Animation
With Ken Pontac (writer/director) & Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold)
Sun at 10 am to 11 am in Live Events 3

The infinite void of the empty page, the crushing deadlines, the ridiculous demands of the network executives… does this sound like the life for you? Decide for yourself when cartoon veterans Ken Pontac and Tommy Yune overcome their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to relate their anus-clenching adventures in the bloody trenches of television and feature animation.

Self-Publishing Your Book
With Steven Savage
Sun at 10 am to 11 am in Live Events 4

Photography OK, but no video recording

Let's make your self-published book a reality - with the actual steps you need to take to get it done. From a starting idea to the final touches on formatting, this panel will cover the hands-on work to make your book real.

Dealers Room and Artist Alley
Sun at 10 am to 5 pm in Exhibit Hall

Comes to the Exhibit Hall and check out an entire room of Dealers and Artists, showing off the latest anime goods, game merchandise, original creations, and artist works!

Foam Sword Fighting (Sunday)
Sun at 10 am to 3 pm in Outside Patio

Belegarth Medieval Combat Society is a fun, safe, and inexpensive sport where participants wear medieval or fantasy-themed clothing and fight with foam-padded weapons. The fighting is hard and fast and has, since 1979, refined into its own brand of martial art. The rules are easy to learn, and after a few practices, you'll be hooked! Come watch a demonstration, or take a few hacks yourself!

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
Sun at 10 am to Noon in Video

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!

Sun at 11 am
Super Beard Bros @ AOD 2017
With The Super Beard Bros.
Sun at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 1

Join The Super Beard Bros Alex Faciane and Jirard Khalil as they play some of your favorite games live! Its going to be super tight.  Diet Peach Snapple is not included but feel free to bring your own.

LabZero Industry Panel
With LabZero Games (Skullgirls)
Sun at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 2

Lab Zero Games is an independent game development studio founded by the original team that brought you the acclaimed indie fighting game Skullgirls and is currently hard at work on Indivisible, a crowdfunded Metroidvania-RPG. Join them for a general Q&A and chat.

Animation Industry Q&A
With Victor Navone (Animator at Pixar)
Sun at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 3

No video recording or photography allowed

Are you are an aspiring animator or interested in animation? If so, come join Victor Navone as he answers all your questions concerning the animation industry, his experiences, and what you can do to become an animator.

Professional Art Career Tips
With Phuong-Mai "PMBQ" Bui-Quang
Sun at 11 am to Noon in Live Events 4

Yes, you can grow up and make a living be a webcomic artist, comic book artist, digital artist, mural artist, graphic designer, etc.  Professional artist PMBQ knows because she’s done (and is still doing!) all of those things! Come to this panel to learn tips on how to prep yourself for training and education as a professional artist.

Autographs with Ken Pontac and Tommy Yune
Sun at 11 am to Noon in Autographs
Sun at Noon
Overcooked Tournament
With AOD Staff
Sun at Noon to 2 pm in Console/Arcade Gaming

Overcooked makes its debut at AOD! Overcooked is a chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players. Working as a team, you and your fellow chefs must prepare, cook and serve up a variety of tasty orders before the baying customers storm out in a huff.

ai-dol
Sun at Noon to 1 pm in Live Events 1

Spreading our love for Asian idols through song and dance covers!

Hype and Online Communities
With David Hollin (Technical Artist and Designer at Niantic, Inc.)
Sun at Noon to 1 pm in Live Events 3

Having people hyped for your game is an awesome feeling, but it can also be extremely terrifying if it runs out of control. In a world where game developers can sneeze on stage and fans will micro-analyze and speculate what new feature the sneeze was alluding to, Pokémon GO developer David Hollin ponders ways harness the power of HYPE to drive player engagement, without letting it backfire horribly.

A Fake Artist Comes to AOD
With Micah Solusod (artist at Painapple Studio)
Sun at Noon to 1 pm in Live Events 4

Based on the Japanese game 'Ese Geijutsuka New York e Iku,' come watch guests attempt to collaborate on a work of art. The catch? One of them has no idea what they're drawing. Can you spot the fake artist?

Autographs with Victor Navone
Sun at Noon to 1 pm in Autographs
Autographs with p19, Suimya, and Pan
Sun at Noon to 12:30 pm in Autographs
Blue Excorcist: Kyoto Saga
Sun at Noon to 2 pm in Video

The ExWire of True Cross Academy are beset with shock and fear in the aftermath of discovering that one of their own classmates, Rin Okumura, is the son of Satan. But for the moment, they have more pressing concerns than that of Rin’s parentage: the left eye of the Impure King, a powerful demon, has been stolen from the academy’s Deep Keep. After an attempt is made to steal the right eye in Kyoto as well, Rin and the other ExWires are sent to investigate the mystery behind the Impure King and the ultimate goal of the thief.

Sun at 12:30 pm
Charity Auction
With AOD Staff
Sun at 12:30 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 2

AOD is proud to help raise funds for community causes. Our staff, our guests of honor, and our friends in the industry have all given their time and items to the Charity Auction. Each year, the items range from the unique, to the mysterious, to the out-of-print and the absolutely surprising. Posters, DVDs, signed artwork, video games, voice work, consoles, collectables, and even intangible things, it's all here. Place your bids at the Charity Auction and support a good cause! Read more about AOD's charity work. or see the items up for bid!

Sun at 1 pm
Basic Music Production
With Lotus Juice (Musician)
Sun at 1 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 1

Ever wonder how your music is made made? Join Lotus Juice as he discusses his experiences, the music industry, and how to create a music from scratch.

Planning your Cosplay
With fabrickind
Sun at 1 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 3

Ever wanted to cosplay someone, but had no idea how to begin? Join cosplayer fabrickind to learn about how to take that first step! Topics covered will include costume choice, breaking down the parts of a costume, buying vs. making, researching materials and methods, and budgeting time and money.

Robotech: A look to the Future
With Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold)
Sun at 1 pm to 2 pm in Live Events 4

Harmony Gold presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live action film in the works at Sony Pictures to the upcoming comics from Titan.

Autographs with David Hollin
Sun at 1 pm to 2 pm in Autographs
Autographs with Kio Nachi
Sun at 1 pm to 1:30 pm in Autographs
Sun at 2 pm
Team Hideo - A Theatrical Concert of Music from Anime & Video Games
Sun at 2 pm to 3 pm in Main Stage

Times have grown troubling for our musician heroes of The Shiny Mug. There's a new mayor in town, and a ban on performing music! The band is about to take action, but will they prevail and rock on--or will their music be silenced forever? Help us fight for free music in this "choose your own adventure" themed show featuring live input from YOU, the audience, and songs from Cowboy Bebop, Undertale, Darker Than Black, Super Mario, and Pokémon! Also--come pick up our NEW EP (years in the making!), available exclusively after the show. www.hideoconcert.com

 
Rocket League Tournament
With AOD Staff
Sun at 2 pm to 4 pm in Console/Arcade Gaming

Rocket League makes its debut at AOD! Soccer meets driving- Choose a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters to score amazing aerial goals and pull-off incredible game-changing saves!

Visual Novels w/Sekai Project
With Sekai Project
Sun at 2 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 2

Curious about Visual Novels? We will be diving into the world of VNs, answering some of your questions about the industry and providing a first-hand perspective. Joining us will be Kio Nachi, Pan, Suimya and p19 as well as exclusive announcements!

FNAF the Musical & More
With Random Encounters
Sun at 2 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 3

Whether it's Freddy Fazbear, Yandere-chan, or the cast of Undertale, Random Encounters thinks games make great musicals -- and they've brought some of their most popular work to prove it! WARNING: This panel contains catchy songs, Q&A, and dorky video game references. Lots of them.

DIR EN GREY: A Guide (16+)
With A-to-J Connections
Sun at 2 pm to 3 pm in Live Events 4

Starting from humble beginnings DIR EN GREY grew from one of the most popular visual kei bands in Japan to one of the biggest bands in the world with a sound all their own. This panel from A-to-J Connections takes a close look at one of the most extreme, unique bands from Japan by examining their history, music, videos, and their overall impact on the music scene both in Japan and beyond!

Autographs with Micah Solusod
Sun at 2 pm to 3 pm in Autographs
Gintama
Sun at 2 pm to 4 pm in Video

In a world where aliens have invaded Edo Period Japan, skyscrapers, trains and motor bikes have replaced the simple life of Earth’s inhabitants. One man however, still carries the soul of a samurai, Gintoki Sakata, otherwise known as Odd-Jobs Gin-san. As reckless as he is, Gintoki carries his own resolve and is ready to take on any challenge with his companions Shinpachi and Kagura.

Sun at 3 pm
We Played P5 and So Should U
With the AOD Phantom Thieves
Sun at 3 pm to 4 pm in Live Events 1

Persona 5 was delayed in the US, and we're sorry for that. But we'd still like to talk to you about how awesome the game is! Come join the AOD staff who've finished the game and can't wait to show you a lot of the game's history, style, and music!

Scavenger Hunt + Hall Cosplay Awards
Sun at 3 pm to 4 pm in Live Events 2

We'll be announcing Hall Cosplay Winners (for both days) and Sunday's Scavenger Hunt Winners.

Fun at the Falls panel
With Lialack Cosplays
Sun at 3 pm to 4:30 pm in Live Events 3

Join us for an awesome Gravity Falls character panel!  Meet your favorite characters,  ask them questions, give them dares, and even play some games. And tons of fun in between!

IDOL 3D: A Guide to J-Pop Idols
With A-to-J Connections
Sun at 3 pm to 4:30 pm in Live Events 4

Ever wonder what brought idol groups like AKB48 and Morning Musume '16 to the center of the Japanese music scene and how they attract legions of devoted fans around the world? If so, join A-to-J Connections as they dissect various aspects of the "idol equation" and examine topics such as important artists past and present, the fandom, the audition/graduation system, and just what exactly it means to be an idol!

Autographs with Lotus Juice
Sun at 3 pm to 4 pm in Autographs
Sun at 4 pm
Super Soul Bros.
Sun at 4 pm to 5 pm in Main Stage

The Super Soul Bros are a dynamic powerhouse of musicians, whose fusion of soulful jazz & funk meets the familiar melodies of your favorite classic video games. Formed in 2011 by keyboardist Robbie Benson, the Super Soul Bros have quickly gained notoriety for their intense musicianship and soulful re-imaginings of game soundtracks such as Mario Kart, Zelda, Pokémon and EarthBound. With sounds reminiscent of 70’s electric jazz era, Super Soul Bros’ nostalgic grooves and live energy is a force to behold, taking video game music to a whole new level.