ENTER THE FIFTH REALM // 08.04 - 08.06.17

We Are AkaiCon

Rockets fly. Wormholes loop. Engines blaze. Let’s blast off to the fifth realm.

AkaiCon: The Fifth Realm is underway!

We return home to the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel to bring you Nashville’s premiere anime convention. August 4th through 6th of 2017.

We strive to offer everyone a weekend getaway with people they consider family and friends! We want everyone to feel a togetherness with others in the community and that they are not alone. We will offer a place for all to come and be themselves, or someone else for the weekend. We are a family, a community, and we will do everything in our power to make sure your weekend is full of fun, laughs, excitement, and togetherness.

Photos provided by The Fan’s POV.

GUESTS

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Phil Mizuno

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LittleKuriboh

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Steven D’Onofrio

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Marianne Miller

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50% DANGEROUS

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PixelPantz

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Peachy Parade

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Erika Harlacher

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Kay Bear

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Affliction Cosplay Photography

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Rachelle Heger

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Cosplay Kasterborous (with Cosplay-Senpai)

Local Guest Spotlight

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Venus Ann Serena

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Veloci-Rainbow

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DJ Remedy

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Aazera

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Sunnii.Day

MAIN STAGE EVENTS

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Cosplay Contest

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Club Rising Sun

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Cosplay After Dark

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KAWNPAI : LIVE!

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Geek Slam

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FASHION SHOW

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I JUST ARTED LIVE

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Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville

2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

For phone bookings, please call one of the following numbers:

615-313-1346
615-313-1381

Book Your Room

VENDOR AND ARTIST ALLEY

Please welcome our awesome artists and vendors!

Bat’s Baths
Lolita Dreamland
Viz K Japan
Mint Nite Designs
Daniel French Art and Leather
Seifers Stitches
Esclair Studios
Eve MiLady
Nattosoup
Cute Loot
Quiet Nova Studios
Stoopid Drawingz
The Emerald Dragon
LoliPopCakeShop
Bardic Kitty
Designs by a Kat

Far East Emporium
Comic Wreck
Brix and Clix
Animax
Anime Palace
Anime on Stage
Gamers4Gamers
Cordy’s Corner
Whispering Hollow Emporium
K.O.Fashions
OTP, LLC
Aardvark Tees
Fuzzy Dragon

SCHEDULE

Click the title of the panel or event to see a full description!

Saranghae Kpop: kpop hell

Hey guys if you like kpop or are wondering what it is come join us for some fun of watching videos, playing games and having trivia and discussion time. Winners of trivia will get small prizes

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

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Boxing with Sticks: An Intro to Belegarth

Are you interested in a sport that combines nerdy fun with a full body workout and instant stress relief? Of course you are! Come join us and learn all about Belegarth foam fighting, from the rules of the game to the history of the sport!

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

3rd Wheel Meet n Greet

The third wheel meet and greet is a laid back environment to encourage making new friends whether you feel left out of a group or are simply looking to meet new faces. Welcome to our judgement free zone!

2hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Props 101 with PixelPantz

“I need to make a prop but have no idea how.” “Where do I start?” “What do I need to make it?” Props can be the most entertaining part of your costume, but they can also be the most daunting. In Props 101, we teach you how to make blueprints from reference photos, make life size patterns, and walk you through the beginning basics on how to approach any prop! With these techniques you can make swords, guns, scissor blades, and more!

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Overwatch: Let’s Talk Heroes

Overwatch is something we all love and hold dear. It's the lifeblood for some. Do you want to know more about this series? Have a seat as I go into details over lore, gameplay, and future outcomes for this franchise. I'VE GOT YOU IN MY SIGHTS

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

LittleKuriboh After Dark (18+)

An unbridled look into the mind of a man who has spent the better half of a decade making fun of cartoons. Come ask LK your most creative questions with no PG-13 content to be seen!

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

The Good, The Bad, and the Cringe- LGBT+ Representation in Pop Culture (18+)

Was Yuri on Ice the greatest queer anime? Did Black Canary paint lesbians in a bad light in Arrow? Do you cringe every time Grell is hit with the M card? Come find out the Good, Bad, and Cringiest media that dips into LBGT Culture.

2hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

What Am I Doing Here? Conventions for first timers, parents, and guardians

Join one of the AkaiCon executive directors for an information panel catered to families and parents of a new generation of 'con kids'. We'll lightly discuss con culture history in North America and how to dip your toes into the vast world of fandom events as a year-round hobby.

1hr

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Why Won’t They Die?! Immortality in Anime and Manga

It’s more common for anime characters to die, but sometimes they just won’t kick the bucket. We’ll explore all the varieties and how it’s not always great for the mortally challenged.

1hr

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Welcome to the World of Thedas

Want to learn about the lore of Thedas? Talk theories with Hawke and Dorian?  Then, we shall welcome you to the World of Thedas.

1hr

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The World Could Use More Heroes: An Overwatch Panel

Come and watch your favorite shorts, discus new game moves, new characters, or just come and learn about the game!

1.5hrs

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Overwatch Lore with Veloci-Rainbow

Ever wonder what the characters of Overwatch did before the fall, and before the current time line, well ,look no further join in discussing what may be and what is in the Overwatch universe.

1hr

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The Fan’s POV: 10 Years of Fun

The Fan's POV started in 2007. This summer marks 10 years of us travel the country attending conventions, interviewing guests, filming cosplayers & making friends. Join us as we remember all the great times.

1hr

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RWBY:Fun Festival

Join the students of Beacon Academy in an hour of fun, interactive games and challenges!

1hr

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Late Night Doki Hour with Josh Wood

HELLLOOO AKAICON!! HEEEEEEE'SSSSSS BAAAAAAAAAAACCCCKKKKKK!!! Hello Akaicon its your host with the most Josh Wood coming at your panel dials from the futureeeeee ::finger wiggles:: So come see the best panel on the Akaicon late night!

1hr

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Philosophy of Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

A Rick and Morty fan panel. Discuss the hidden sci fi easter eggs and deeper philosophical gems of Rick and Morty and debate with us on season 3 theories.

1hr

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50 Shades of You’re Probably Doing It Wrong (18+)

A discussion and information panel comparing representations of kink in anime, manga and pop culture....compared to how they work in real life....hosted by a retired professional Dominatrix with over 25 years of experience.

1hr

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Late Night D’Awws with Rockin Robin

Wind down after a long con day with Robin watching all the cutesy stuff she found. everything from kittens to hamsters!

1.5hrs

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Bad FanFiction(18+)

You know that fic that was so badly written you had to share it with your friends?  Live readings, make-a-book, and audience participation await in this panel.  Cosplay Kasterborous featuring LittleKuriboh.  Rated 18+ for strong themes, strong language, and weak grammar.

1.5hrs

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How to Panel Better with Rockin Robin

Rockin' Robin has been doing this way too long to have not picked up a few tricks along the way. Head on over and learn a thing or two about presenting at cons.

1hr

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Fairy Law: Fairy Tail Fan Panel

New fans and old fans are welcome at this panel! We will cover as many aspects about Fairy tail as we discuss our favorite and least favorite parts of this amazing series!

1hr

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Godzilla: 60 Years of Being King

LET'S GET READY TO CRUMBLE!!!! Godzilla is coming to Akaicon but not to destroy or fight a giant creature, but to inform you about his amazing radioactive impact on popular culture. So sit back, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!, AND OH NO HE'S GOING TO DESTROY TOKYO OH NO ITS GODZILLA!

1hr

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Cosplay 101: Posing for Photography

A cosplayer and photographer’s guide to posing in the halls or even for a full photo shoot!

1hr

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Attack On Titan: Wings of Rebellion

"Wings of Rebellion", an Attack on Titan themed visual novel! Join us for a feature of our series and meet the Cast and Crew! "The past meets the present to haunt the Survey Corps! Witness as Marco Bodt tries to regain the trust of humanity upon his newfound identity as a Titan Shifter..."

1hr

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Boruto; Naruto Next Generations

Come and join the children of your favorite Leaf Village ninjas as they discuss what’s going these days in Konoha and what it really feels like to walk in the footsteps of some of the most famous shinobi the world has ever seen.

1hr

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How to Hide Yo’ Weeb with Rockin Robin

Please stop. Just stop.

1hr

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Dank Memes

Do you love memes? Does your friend loves memes? Then COME ON DOWN and lets all share our dankest of memes and create and explore the funniest of all memes!

1hr

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The Best Panel Ever ™

What's this one? I don't know, and Rockin' Robin probably doesn't either, BUT IT'S GONNA BE GREAT!

1hr

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Saranghae Kpop: Kpop XXX (18+)

Come and join us for a good kpop 18 plus filled time we will watch music videos, play games, and we even have a body roll contest! The winner will receive a special prize!

1hr

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CosRoast (18+)

Want to have you or your friends cosplay or character roasted? A panel of professional roasters will poke and prod at your character level persona and possibly your craftsmanship. All for the sake of a good time!

1hr

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Lamento: Beyond the Void (18+)

Come join us play the visual novel Lamento: Beyond the Void! -Yaoi Content-This is a popular visual novel that just recently received an English patch. It is from the creators of Dramatical Murder. We will discuss the game and hope to let people know about this long but very good visual novel from Japan.

1.5hrs

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Photography Behind the Scenes with Affliction Cosplay Photography

1hr

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Voice Acting Q+A with Erika Harlacher

Ask whatever you'd like to know about Erika's endeavors into the magical land of voice acting -- how she got started, what her day-to-day in the job looks like, how she gets into character, and other exciting totally not cliche things like that. As someone newer to the industry she's still learning herself, so let's all learn together!

1hr

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Autograph Session

1.5hrs

Outside Vendor Hall

Chopsticks: Use and Etiquette

A short informational panel on how to use a pair of chopsticks as well as the basics of the edict of their use. Chopsticks will be provided.

1hr

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RWBY:Abridged Panel

Join the members of Dust to Dust Productions, as we talk about writing and producing an abridged series, while our voice actors respond to questions in character.

1.5hrs

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Step to One! Sunshine Academy

Do you wanna be like Muse? Come join the girls from Aqours as they teach you the basics like dancing, singing, and idol charisma! Prizes will be awarded to the best idols!

1.5hrs

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

The List: The Panel

Come and see the panelists' top two choices in pre-determined topics and defend them. You the audience will be given the chance to also give ideas and help decide the final list.

1hr

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Attack on Theories

  Come discuss your theories on the hit sensation, Attack on Titan! Please be warned, this will be spoiler heavy. We will be delving into the manga and discussing our own theories and we would love to hear your theories! We will also be discussing the second season.

1.5hrs

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

So You Want to be a Jedi?

Join your local Knight and Master in undertaking the Force, meditation, and single handed lightsaber dueling. Warning: the Masters are not responsible for any and all Padawans who decide to turn to the Dark Side. Video/audio recording is encouraged.

1.5hours

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

Killing Me Softly: A Killing Stalking Panel (18+)

Graphic content-Come and join us to talk about the popular Korean Webcomic, Killing Stalking. We will discuss the characters and their stories as we hope to learn more about them. Newcomers welcome and fans alike.

1.5hrs

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On The Spot (18+)

Do you like improv games? Do you like Rooster Teeth? Then we have a panel for you! In this panel we will be playing our own game of the RT show On the Spot, an improv game show! There will be prizes to win (and maybe even your own Golden Gus). Even if you aren't familiar with RT, this should be fun for everyone, so why don't you stop on by? Come join us for our 18+ version!!

1hr

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OPENING CEREMONIES

Come meet the guests, the staff and have a glimpse into what AkaiCon has planned this weekend!

1.5hrs

MAIN EVENTS

LUPIN PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:HEROES NEVER DIE:AN OVERWATCH FILM

Join the cast and crew of Lupin Productions LLC as they show their fan raved Overwatch fan film  "Heroes Never Die" starring Mercy! Showing will be followed by a Q&A and premiere of a teaser trailer for their new fan film starring Widowmaker!

1hr

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PRETTY PRISM PARADE

Pretty Prism Parade is a celebration of idols and live performances! Come join special guests Peachy Parade as aspiring idols from all around work together to create varied and dazzling performances!

1.5hrs

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I JUST ARTED LIVE

Do you like anime and video games? Do you like alcohol? DO YOU LIKE ART?! Come join Steven D'Onofrio as he performs his web-show I JUST ARTED live! Steven will be making a signature nerd cocktail for him and his guests on stage. What happens after that? WELL JUST COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF! Whee!

1.5hrs

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AKAICON AFTER DARK PRESENTS: RISQUE COSPLAY CONTEST

AkaiCon is proud to announce our Cosplay After Dark Contest! This event is open to those who are 18 years of age or older, and has been a highlight of Friday night programming for 4 years strong! We welcome everyone to come and join in on the fun no matter who you are!!

2hrs

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Ins and Outs:Conventions (Legit Edition)

  Cons are pretty easy to get in. You can do that a lot of different ways, but this panel is about doing it and still contributing to the con and not being a jerk.

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Gender, What Gender? With Cosplay-Senpai

This panel highlights methods of using makeup, clothing styles, and body language to help you present yourself however you want.  Includes a drawing for a free binder from gc2b! Presented by Cosplay-Senpai.

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Sunset Dash:Dance Extravaganza!

Join Sunset Dash for their first ever live! Come out to see a wonderful performance, games, and fun hosted by local idol group Sunset Dash! There will be trivia!!

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Portrayal of Women and POCs in the Media with Marianne Miller

Join Marianne Miller in a discussion about the presence of women and POCs in video games, anime, and TV Shows. This panel focuses on the good examples of strong non-white/non-male character writing and explores specific ways we can focus on improving future roles.

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Beats, Buttons, and Bankrolls: An Intro to DJing

Becoming a DJ isn't as simple as it sounds. Local DJs Aazera and Remedy will host a discussion on starting out, give tips for beginners as well as answer questions and host a hands-on demo.

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

KidzBop Dance Party with Rockin Robin

This is exactly what you think it is, brought to you by exactly who you would expect. Special appearance by the Toys-Are-Us Symphonic Orchestra Rejects

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Idolize Me! An Online Idol Panel

CALLING ALL SINGERS! ★ Interested in joining the idol pop sensation known as "utaite" (or "YouTaite")? Join RARA to learn how to get involved in this online idol sensation! From VOCALOID to Chorus Battles and the equipment you need to get you there, this is the panel for you--Reach for the Stars! ★

1hr

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PhatDog Studios Abridging Panel

Come hangout with the cast and crew of PhatdogStudios those goofy bastards that made Log Horizon Abridged and enjoy the lulz!

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

J-Fusion Cardio Party!

Come join Vedetta in a fun hour of anime/kpop cardio fitness fun! Jam out with us to your favorite tunes while following easy to mirror dance/cardio steps! Bring some water and get ready to dance!

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Maid RPG(18+)

Rockin' Robin and friends are going to play the greatest RPG known to man in front of a live audience. Fancy butler suit not required for attendance.

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Erotic Macrame: Art Bondage (18+)

Artistic bondage you can actually do! Includes visual examples, hands on work, how to and live models. Door prize of a signed copy of the panelist’s newest book: Art Bondage: The Black Book.

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Ecchi Olympics (18+)

This competitive event is a series of bachelor/bachelorette party style games with anime, hentai, and general nerd fandom themes. Prizes will be awarded!

2hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

KPOP: New and Less- Known Groups

Are you getting tired of seeing the same old groups? Don't you just want to go deeper into KPOP? Then come check us out! You won't regret it!

1hr

FORUM WEST PANEL ROOM 2

Overwatch: Theories, Mains, Tips, and more!

Do you love Overwatch? Do you love everything from the plot, the theories, the ships, and the possibility of meeting other Overwatch lovers? Then this is the panel for you. Join Jesse McCree as he, and all of you Overwatch fans out there, discuss theories, meet other plays, tips to make you a PRO (is that a pro Genji?), and much much more! At the very end of the panel there will be a trivia held with a prize to who answers all the questions right!

1hr

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Cosplay Clue

Just like it sounds, we need cosplayers and their props to improvise their alibis, while the audience tries to deduce who the killer is!

1hr

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Star Wars:A History of the Force

The Force binds, guides us, and brings us together. But were did it come from who shoot first Jedi or Sith? Who were the Jedi and Sith? Is Dark Revan still canon?!! Well to the panel temple while our team of experts tell you about everything....before the dark times......before the Disney Empire…

1hr

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Fairy Tail Fanatics

Love the anime Fairy Tail? Come by and meet your favorite mages, play games and win prizes!

1.5hrs

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Rwby: Villains Of Remnant

Join the villains of RWBY in a discussion of evil plans and how to avoid having them foiled.

1hr

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Mario Party IRL

This is your chance to play a Mario Party game in real life! You'll get to answer trivia, play mini games and earn points toward your team's total. Bragging rights, glory, and prizes await; will you answer the call?  

2hrs

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Working in Fandom: The Conrunner Life

Have you ever wondered what it's like being in charge of a convention? This panel will introduce new and old attendees to what it's like working several conventions, making a career out of it, and why we continue to do what we do.

1.5hrs

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Story Time with ChiefDucky

Have an embarrassing story? Do you have a near-death experience you want to tell us? Tell me your stories and I'll definitely tell you mine. This is Story Time with Chief Ducky. Prepare yourself

1.5hrs

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Crochet Kink

Wanna get kinky with some yarn? Join me as I walk you through a NSFW crochet pattern. Bring your friends, NOT your family and especially your significant other for this late night adventure. Intermediate skill level required.

2hrs

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Kinky Roundtable Discussion (18+)

No matter your level of experience, from those heavily seasoned to those just curious, or even if you consider yourself "vanilla," join us for a round-table discussion where we can all share information about healthy kink lifestyle.

2hrs

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A Guide to Crossing Animals with Rockin Robin

Robin and Friends are going to take you through an adorable wonderland of animals and real estate

1hr

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Light Side Vs. Dark Side Debate

Ever wanted to hear a Jedi and Sith debate? Well now's your chance. Hear the arguments of the light side and dark side. Which side will you chose?  

1hr

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Voltron Legendary Defender with Veloci-Rainbow

Voltron : legendary defender A look back on the new DreamWorks and netflix series Voltron legendary defender, join us on talking about what voltron used to be and what it is today.

1hr

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Persona 5 with Erika Harlacher

Erika talks about their work on this awesome, action-packed video game! Come show your support, discuss favorite scenes, and maybe get some sneak peaks behind the scenes from the voice actors themselves.

1hr

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Crossplay 101: Female to Male

Learn the tips and tricks of transforming into your favorite character of the opposite sex from local Crossplayer, Venus Ann Serena.

1hr

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Photography 101: Interacting with a Model

For hobbyists or even professionals, here’s a guide to the do’s and don’ts of interacting with models and cosplayers.

1hr

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How to Own Your Inner Cosplay Diva with Venus Ann Serena

   

1hr

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Robin’s Rabid Rantings

You know what gets Robin steamed? Pretty much everything. Come suggest topics for Robin to scream and shout about.

1hr

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Yuri!! On Ice:Born to Make History with Cosplay-Senpai

This winter 2016 season show set a new standard for sports anime with its dedication to its source material, realistically flawed characters, and the destruction of queerbaiting and gender norms alike.  Join Viktor (askcosplaysenpai) and Yuri (ghostycraftercosplay), and Marianne Miller as we discuss this groundbreaking anime and its lasting effects on the industry.

1.5hrs

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LittleKuriboh Unabridged

Join LittleKuriboh, creator of Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged and expert beard grower, in a live Q&A session. There will also be video screenings and other Malarkey!

1.5hrs

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Otaku Jeopardy (18+)

Do you know your heroes, video games, anime, or pop culture? Otaku Jeopardy has everything crammed into one panel; however, there's a twist. There's an 18+ category that will either have you laughing out of your chairs, or staring in awe. Come find out which one you'll be doing!

2hrs

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Organization XIII Unchained (18+)

When Superior leaves, the Organization comes out to play! Come talk with your favorite bad guys about safe practices and be ready to freely ask us anything!

1.5hrs

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Bite-Size Anime- Animinisodes

Want to watch an anime short, but are bored of the usual fare? This panel looks at all manner of bizarre ideas for anime shorts, from a tennis club anime that barely involves the sport to sculpture idols.

1hr

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Let’s Be Idols! With Peachy Parade

Have idols inspired you? Do you want to meet your ideal self under the spotlight? ☆ We're here to help! ☆ Join Peachy Parade as we share our experiences and help guide you on your way to becoming successful idol(s)!

1hr

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On the Spot

Do you like improv games? Do you like Rooster Teeth? Then we have a panel for you! In this panel we will be playing our own game of the RT show On the Spot, an improve game show! There will be prizes to win (and maybe even your own Golden Gus). Even if you aren't familiar with RT, this should be fun for everyone, so why don't you stop on by?

1hr

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Mystery Showdown

Babies Vs M. Bison Hulk Vs His Weight In Bees It sounds ludicrous, right? GOOD. You'll be duking it out with the other team and explaining why your randomly picked hero will win. Oh, yeah. There's a bucket with 300+ names in it. GG and may it be in your favor!

1.5hrs

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The Art of Eyebrows

Bread Overlord Cosplay is here to show you the ins and outs of hiding your eyebrows, as well as provide tips and tricks to creating the perfect eyebrows for your cosplay!

1.5hrs

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We’re All in This Song and Dance Together

What Team? WILDCATS!! Come relive some of the best song and dances that East side has to offer. Get your head in the game with Troy Bolton and get your dance on.

1.5hrs

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So You Want to be an Intern? A Guide to Nightvale

The night is dark, the night is black, the night is alive. Welcome to Nightvale. Come sit, new interns, as Cecil, the voice of Nightvale, teaches you all the ropes of internship at the Nightvale Community Radio Station.

1hr

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What’s That Anime About?

Contestants get to describe what they think an anime is about based on just one image.  Make it funny

1hr

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Q & Gay with Steven D’Onofrio + Phil Mizuno

Come hang with Steven D'Onofrio and Phil Mizuno and get to know them better! NEW FRANDZ!

1hr

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Voltron Legendary Idiots with Veloci-Rainbow (18+)

Q & A with your favorite Paladins that are the defenders of the universe. Come in a join the madness that is Voltron. Join the paladins in talking about some images that they have kept secret.

1hr

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Let’s Talk Yaoi with Dirty Dee (18+)

Ever wondered what the difference between a seme and an uke is? What are these fangirls always yelling about? Why are we talking about ships when we are not on a boat? Come join us for the rundown on where to find all the yaoi goods. Cause sometimes boys love boys.

2hrs

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Unqualified Dating Advice (18+)

Ever wanted to try to date that super hot cosplayer? Well here's some dating advice from some people who aren't exactly qualified to give it to you.

1hr

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Autograph Session

1.5hrs

Outside Vendor Hall

AMV Contest

2hrs

MAIN EVENTS

50% Dangerous Fashion Show

Welcome to the 50%DANGEROUS 2017 Fashion Show! Join us as Akai Con and see the latest fashions and collaborative works from 50%DANGEROUS. Our latest collections feature dueling looks both punk and sweet!  It’s an event you won't want to miss featuring special musical performances by PEACHY PARADE! An event for all fans of fashion. Shop the runway at 50dangerous.com

1.5hrs

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Cosplay Contest

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Geek Slam

*Do you fancy yourself a shade thrower? Do you like to Cosplay, and salivate at the chance of roasting other characters across multiple fandoms?  Then look no further, and welcome to Geek Slam!* *If you think you have what it takes to compete in this battle of quick wit and outrageous humor, grab your favorite costume, and master your character’s voice, personality, and swagger. You’ll be dropped into a veritable Thunderdome of equally vicious Cosplayers, ready to fire their insults and clever one-liners right at you in 3-minute rounds. To survive, you’ll have to be funny, be in character, and get the crowd on your side.*

1.5hrs

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Akai After Dark- EDM Dance Party

4hrs

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Armor 101 with Pixel Pantz

So you’ve seen all these amazing armors floating around the internet but you have no idea how to do it yourself. This panel will be a quick overview of foam armor, worbla thermoplastic, wearable shapes, pattern making, and how to make everything stick to your actual body! This is the bare bones basics of armor making to get anyone started.

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Harry Potter Trivia

Come and join us for a fun filled time of Harry Potter trivia! Bring your friends and test your knowledge! You might even win a prize!

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Beginner Through Intermediate Crochet Workshop

Crochet cosplay presents! Intermediate Crochet Workshop! Join me as I walk us through a super geeky crochet pattern. Beginner to intermediate level crocheters welcomed. Hooks and yarn will be provided.

1.5hrs

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Rockin Robin’s Grand Finale

All good things must come to an end, but Robin is going out with a bang. Come celebrate Robin's final con with her to take a look at her life in cons and how it shaped her into who she is today.

1hr

INTERNATIONAL PANEL ROOM 1

Good Manga You Aren’t Even Aware Of!

If you’re looking for more manga to add to your reading list, this panel may be for you. There’s a lot of good manga out there that may or may not have been read or even known by a large audience. This may be because they were not advertised well, they didn’t get anime adaptations, no official translations, etc. Your host for this panel will go through a list of several he’s enjoyed in the hopes of expanding your manga horizon!

1hr

FORUM WEST PANEL ROOM 2

Branding Yourself with 50% Dangerous

Join Matt and Vedetta of 50%DANGEROUS in discussing your growing brand/business! Discuss online marketing techniques, explore ways to expand, guesting at conventions, and any questions you can think of. From websites to flyers, let’s figure out how to get you exposure!

1hr

FORUM WEST PANEL ROOM 2

How Does I Voice Act? w/Marianne Miller

Come and find out helpful tips on creating healthy voices with Marianne Miller, professional voice actor and trained singer. This panel focuses on techniques on creating different characters that sound believable without ruining your vocal chords.

1hr

FORUM WEST PANEL ROOM 2

How to Manga Studio with Veloci- Rainbow

Come learn the ins' and outs' of Manga Studio. We will be discussing short cuts and other secrets of manga studio and other drawing programs. We will also discuss the set up of comic book pages.

1hr

FORUM WEST PANEL ROOM 2

CONamaste

Has the con thrown your chi off? Are you feeling particularly stressed and can't seem to calm yourself? Come and let my soul honor your soul to heal. Come meditate, do some yoga, and recenter yourself!

2hrs

FORUM EAST PANEL ROOM 3

Prop Making with KayBear Cosplay

     

1hr

FORUM EAST PANEL ROOM 3

Character Talk with Erika Harlacher

Do you have a burning question for one of your favorite characters that you just *have* to know the answer to or you'll spontaneously combust? What are mystery croquettes really made of? How much hair gel *do* they use!? See what the english incarnations of those characters have to say about it!

1hr

FORUM EAST PANEL ROOM 3

Fun with Itabags

Are you interested in making an Itabag and don’t know where to start? Want to show off your bag and meetup with others interested in the ultimate in fandom bags?? Come out and talk itabags with us!

1hr

FORUM EAST PANEL ROOM 3

Religion for Otaku- Sacred Made Secular

Christianity, Judaism and Islam, among others, appear in anime and manga in one form or another. From symbolism, censorship, references to real religious figures and institutions as well as religious topics, we’ll look at how Japan portrays the West’s “exotic” religions in pop culture.

1hr

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

Before You Sew: What You Need To Know Before You Begin

Before you Sew: What you need to know before you begin. An in depth look at the different types of sewing supplies and techniques, their uses and why you need them.

1hr

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

Fire Emblem Fates

Let's talk about Fire Emblem Fates!

1hr

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

Nat20:Second Edition

Come learn how to homebrew your own system based on your favorite anime/game/book. Learn tips and skills to take your DMing to the next level.

1hr

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

Strange, Weird, and Creepy Vocaloids

Join us in an hour of the dark side of Vocaloid with the strangest videos that they have to offer.

1hr

EMBASSY WEST PANEL ROOM 4

PokeChurch: The Final CONgregation

Brother Doctor James is back at it one final time to spread the word and love of Arceus on your Sunday morning. Come for one last Shaymin.

1.5hrs

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KAWNPAI LIVE- CHARITY EVENT

  Steven D'Onofrio will be creating cocktails and getting doofy with other AkaiCon guests on stage to help raise money for a charity Steven is very passionate about: the True Colors Fund.   The True Colors Fund is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world where all young people can be their true selves.  

1.5hrs

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AKAICON PRESENTS: NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN EATING CONTEST

1.5hrs

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CLOSING CEREMONIES

1.5hrs

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REGISTRATION

Registration is now closed!

Badges WILL be available at the door!

WEEKEND BADGE: $45

FRIDAY BADGE: $30

SATURDAY BADGE: $30

SUNDAY BADGE: $20

See you soon, space pandas!