Originally Posted by kuroki-neko
Eh sakura con just keeps getting more and more taken away from it. Do they also mean the anime dating game?
Yes it is the Anime Dating Game MA panel that has been discontinued. Speed Dating is still allowed.
To my understanding these two panels (Anime Dating Game MA/Anime Swimsuit Contest) both had previous years of violations and were not able to fix these issues and have been discontinued.
I have never been to the Anime Dating Game, but I have been to the Anime Swimsuit Contest in both 2012 and 2013. The contest in 2012 was very fun and entertaining. It had a comedy aspect to it that was quite charming (the winner was a life-size trio of Diglets with a sewn on bikinis.) I had a blast in 2012 and didn't notice any violations that I know of...However in 2013 things took a turn...There was an instance of a Jean Gray cosplayer taking her top off as well as another girl in a thong (both violations). There were lap dances and strip teases; which are not in violation but were so different from 2012s comedy acts. I was a bit disappointed because of the fun I had in 2012 watching the contest was not so much present in 2013 at all.
This isn't the fault of the panel runners however. The contestants choose their talents and costumes and actions in the contest so it was just a bit lack luster last year. The panel runners must have made some mistakes though that I am not aware of as an outside con-goer with no behind the scenes knowledge.
Sad the Swimsuit Contest is gone but there are other panels to fill my interest, and I understand somewhat why these two panels had to go. If they violated rules for numerous years they were putting Sakura Con on the spot. I just hope that not too many panels get the boot...Fan panels are a huge part of conventions and something I enjoy a great deal.