LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 10, 2012) – From Dragon Ball to Hetalia, this year’s highly anticipated summer event, AM2, June 15-17, 2012 that will be held in sunny Southern California (Anaheim, California) has it all for fans of anime and manga as the event unveils its tentative program schedule for 2012. More info and convention registration can be found at www.am2con.org
“With so much to do, there is something for everyone,” states Convention Representative Chase Wang, “Get your Passports today and join the fun!”
Current panels include (more to be announced soon):
HetaStuck Dating Game
A fun collaboration of two amazing comics – characters from both Homestuck and Hetalia are participating in the age old dating game! An audience member will be chosen for one of four different sessions, each containing either 3 females or 3 males from either series. Be warned, only the genders will be announced! The series itself will remain a surprise. Come along to watch, participate and just have fun as these two fandoms work together to bring a mini date/photo shoot to the lucky 4!
The Spirituality of Dragon Ball
Come learn about the spirituality, history, and martial arts culture of Dragon Ball. Discover what Ki is, learn how Chinese and Japanese culture inspired Akira Toriyama, and uncover the truth of the ancient martial arts that are displayed by Goku, Vegeta and the other Z-Warriors. 5,000 years of culture and history fused into an epic shonen battle manga… The secrets are finally revealed! From the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball book, Derek Padula.
Random Encounters Video Game Musicals
The otaku team responsible for tap-dancing Ganondorf and hyper-active singing Pikachu bring their showstopping video game parodies to AM2 for an hour of insane fun and nerdy musical bliss! Meet the team, learn their secrets and watch them run their popular Sonic the Hedgehog number live — this panel is truly a con-random encounter like no other!
The American Anime Otaku: Madoka Magica Review
Join the American Anime Otaku with a video presentation and review of the suprise hit anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Ask a Nation: Hetalia Panel
The perfect place to ask your favorite Axis Powers: Hetalia country an incriminating question, knowing full-well that they can’t leave the room running from you.
Japanese Mythological Beasties and Ghosts
This is a quick A-B-C introduction to mythological beasties and ghosts from Japanese folktales, legends, ghost stories, and religion. These fantastic creatures and ghosts are often recirculated in anime and manga. If you don’t know the difference between a “kappa” and a “tanuki,” then this presentation is for you!
HENSHIN! Saving Japan Since 1971
The panel discusses the history of Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman series, three of the Japan’s most popular franchises in Japanese TV history. The panel will feature short clips from each genre, as well as fan questions.
Who’s That Character?!
Remember the old days of Pokemon where before commercials, you’d see that “Who’s That Pokemon?!” screen with the blacked out image of the “mystery Pokemon”? Well think of this panel as something like that, but we’re going to asking about several characters from other anime series and video-games!
Anime Stand Up Comedy Explosion!
Come watch some of the funniest anime and nerd comics in the business make jokes about everything from Pokemon to Sailor Moon. Line up includes winners and finalists from Last Comic Standing competition, as well as regulars at the top comedy clubs in LA, Ventura, and San Francisco.
Open Q & A session with the Community Managers, and Producers of your favorite WarpPortal titles including: Ragnarok, Ragnarok II, ROSE, REQUIEM, Maestia, and Emil Chronicle.
PacSet Tours: Visit Japan!
If you’ve been dreaming of taking a trip to Japan, have we got the panel for you! Come learn about PacSet Tours, our Anime and Pop Culture tours to Japan, and how we’re trying to make a trip to Japan light on your wallet. Come for the information, stay for the bad jokes!
The End of Fandom As We Know It – The Ani.Me Panel
An hour devoted to the investigation of the extreme, the funny, the sad, and the humorous sides of fandom with your hosts Chris, Mike, and Evan. Dare to dream as we explore the goofy side of anime through clips, clips, and more clips.
Special Effects Makeup for Cosplay
Take your cosplay to a whole new reality! Learn from an industry professional how to create scars, burns, tattoos, rainbow skin, edible blood (in any colour) and more! There will be live demos occurring during the panel, so come ready to record.
Equestria LA Q&A
A forum where fans of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic can come and meet the staff of Equestria LA, the California brony convention, ask questions and make suggestions for EQLA 2012.
How To Draw: My Little Pony FiM
Learn to draw ponies just like the show from fan artists.
AM2 Stand Up Comedy Show
Otaku-nerd base comedy for everyone. 3-5 minutes of comedy based on funny anime jokes, convention experience and/or bad cosplay turnouts. It’s a 16+ panel.
My Little Pony: Voice Acting in the Fandom
Equestria LA presents: Voice acting in the fandom! Voice actresses from various popular brony animations and parodies will answer questions and give tips on how to voice your favorite ponies. Presenters include Rina-chan (APPLE/DRESS/MAGIC.MOV, Fighting is Magic, Message from Twilight Sparkle), Erica Mendez (Epic Cupcake/Pie Time, Starscream vs Rainbow Dash) and Hnilmik (Fighting is Magic). They may even answer questions as Twilight, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity!
Current AM2 Official Guests of Honor include Putumayo, Andrea Libman, Quinton Flynn, Sixh., Tara Strong and Toshihiro Kawamoto.
3 Day Passport Holders that also stay within the official hotel room block will be treated to a “private” panel/meet-and-greet with Guests of Honor during the convention—the official hotel is the Anaheim Hilton Hotel (AM2 guarantees the lowest hotel rates for the official hotel-any lower Anaheim Hilton room rates are honored as long as the attendee(s) are official Passport holders).
Please note that ALL Guest of Honor activities (i.e. panels, autographs, appearances, etc.) are ALL Passport preferred activities. There will also be a private Meet & Greet event for each Guest of Honor EXCLUSIVELY for Attendees that are 3 Day Passport Holders and Anaheim Hilton Room Block Attendees (room key proof is required).
Please note that ALL film premiere events (i.e. ACE ATTORNEY, KAIBUTSU-KUN, KAIJI 2, etc.) will consist of an initial First screening (Passport ONLY & Hotel Priority)
and a 2nd Screening (Passport Preferred & General Audience). All screenings are based upon seat availability.
Current Main Events include Masquerade and Sixh.’s Fashion Rock Opera Concert.
Attendees can avoid the anticipated huge lines at autographs, premiere screenings, workshops, main events, concerts and panels by purchasing a Passport fast pass for the event. The Passport fast pass will also provide holders with premier seating options at Main Events and at Concert events as well as major discounts with theme parks (including Disneyland and the grand opening of Cars Land, Knott’s Berry Farm, etc.), retailers and local restaurants. Bypass the lines and get your Passport today and experience the difference!
AM2 current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV’s, Arcade, Summer Festival, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Masquerade, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more!
Summer Festival performers include Ant1Nett, Brathzo, Icarus Kid, Kazha, Lucid and Momotoma and Yukie Dong.
AM2 Premieres, screenings and exclusive screenings include ACE ATTORNEY, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE STAR OF MILOS, KAIBUTSU-KUN THE MOVIE, KAIJI 2 and more!
Current Major Sponsors Include: Anime News Network and Snakebyte USA.
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Located in Anaheim, California – AM2, established in 2010, is a multi-day (3 days) 24 hour event with no general attendance/badge purchase requirement and is aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common interest in Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga. Nominal fees are charged for certain activities that attendees choose to participate in. AM2 will be held on June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim, California. More information can be found at www.am2con.org