Below you will find the panel schedule for both days. There will be exciting topics and sessions on both days that discuss perspectives, history, influences, the music of, and cosplay influenced by anime – and more! Panels will take place in the Terrace Room

Scroll below for links to more detailed descriptions of each session! Panel programming subject to change without notice.

Saturday, November 18 Schedule
Sunday, November 19 Schedule

Saturday, November 18 Panel Schedule

General Panels

11:00 am

12:00 pm

12:30 pm

1:30 pm

2:00 pm

3:00 pm

3:30 pm

4:30 pm

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:30 pm

How To Get Started in Cosplay

11:00 am – 12:00 pm (60 min)
General Panels
Jayia Nicole will discuss how to get started in cosplay, affordable cosplay ideas, how to start your brand, be comfortable on socials, interacting with other cosplayers and more.

Anime: The Origins

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (60 min)
General Panels
Sixty years ago today, a Mighty Atom soared across Japanese television, ushering in the dawn of our favorite medium. Within five years most of the familiar subgenres had been spawned: giant robot, magical girl, bakemono, shounen. But there were also a bunch of oddballs. Blast back in time to learn the lore and see snippets from the constellation of anime Japan produced in the Swinging Sixties—most of which are available and worth watching today!

From Another World: A Brief History of Isekai Anime

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (60 min)
General Panels
An interactive, informative panel about the history of isekai anime presented by lifelong isekai fan and cosplayer The Fashionable Cupcake. A solo lecture-style panel with slideshow and audience interaction throughout with quizzes, questions, and more!

How Japanese Street Racing Fused With Anime Became A Cultural Phenomenon!

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (60 min)
General Panels
Cars N’ Anime San Diego presents the ultimate culture clash of motorsports and Japanese animation! Inspired by the golden era of 90’s to 2000’s anime and Japanese car culture, Cars N’ Anime San Diego seeks to build on those legacies. Motorsports fans addicted to anime are the ultimate curators for this hybrid culture!

More Than City Pop: A Guide to Japanese Pop In The 80s

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (60 min)
General Panels
A-to-J Connections presents: The recent popularity of City Pop has brought new eyes to the world of Japanese Pop in the 80s. Join A-to-J Connections as we examine the various bands, genres, and songs that helped define one of the most memorable decades in music. Chart toppers like Akemi Ishii, THE CHECKERS, Hikaru GENJI, REBECCA, and Anzen Chitai cross paths with City Pop artists like ANRI, Akira Terao, Mariya Takeuchi, and MANY others! Chances are you’ll discover something new, or you can just stop by for all the great music!

Music of The Lost Decade: A Guide to Japanese Pop In The 90s

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (60 min)
General Panels
A-to-J Connections presents: The 90s in Japan were marred by economic turmoil and recession. Despite this, the “Lost Decade” would produce some of the most popular music ever in Japan. Join A-to-J Connections as we take a look at what topped the charts in the 90s, and check out music not often heard outside of Japan. Artists like KAN, Kome Kome CLUB, Mr.Children, KinKi Kids, GLAY, and more will be discussed along with their many record-breaking songs. Stop by to possibly learn something new, and stay for the awesome music!

Cosplay Karaoke

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (150 min)
General Panels
Jayia Cloyd 1

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

coming soon


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
cars n anime
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
A-to-J Logo (with BG)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A-to-J Logo (with BG)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm