Panels and Events



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  • FRIDAY 11/15


    Opening Ceremonies

    2-3pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress)

    Come be apart of Anime Iwai as we kick off our weekend of fun!  We’ll introduce you to our fabulous guests, tell you what you’ll see throughout the convention, and of course meet your Senpai (NOTICE ME!).  


    Two Rooms & a BOOM! 

    2-4pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)

    Are you the BOMBER OR THE PRESIDENT? Red team or Blue team or team meh? This game of espionage and intrigue? Simple objective if you’re the bomber you want to be in the same room as the president and if you’re the president you wanna be in the opposite room!!! Not either? No problem! There is a role for EVERYBODY!! 


    Meet the Guests w/Carol 

    3-4pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    You’ve seen them on the interwebs and in your favorite anime, but now they are here at your favorite convention, Anime Iwai! Join Carol Senpai as she introduces you to: Tiffany Grant (Original voice of Asuka Langley in Evangelion), Derek Stephen Prince (voice of Vexen in the Kingdom Hearts franchise), Michael  Sinterniklaas (voice of Taki Tachibana in Your Name) 3000 Brigade, 8-Bit Wave, Nerds Know, Project Shooting Stars, & Shaken not Stirred Burlesque. 


    Nerds Know Presents: A Panel on Panels

    3-4pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Now that you have had a blast with Nerds Know at all of our amazing panels, would you like to host your own one day but don’t have a clue where to start? Well in this hour we will give you some of our sage advice and tips on how to host your own panel!


    Traveling Overseas to Taiwan or Japan

    3-4pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Detailed information about traveling overseas to Taiwan or Japan. How to travel, what to look for and how to avoid issues. There will be sugar coating the traveling of Taiwan or Japan and also salt coating on why you should or should not travel.


    Build It: Resin Koi Ponds ($5 Material Fee) 

    3-5pm: Special Events (insert room here)

    Come join Clockwork Carousel to make your own miniature koi pond while learning the basics of working with resin. Resin is a very useful material for cosplay and prop making as it can be lightweight and made to glow or even look like stone. Each kit will include a container for your pond, small koi fish, and small decorations for your pond. You are welcome to bring your own small items to add to your koi pond if you choose though if the resin reacts poorly to your added item(s) we will not be able to offer you a refund. Please keep in mind anything you add to resin is permanent and the containers are small. •Everyone is welcome to join us and learn how to work with resin though we recommend that guests under the age of 13 have an adult accompany them. • There will be a material fee of $5 per person to make a koi pond



    Lip Sync in Cosplay Royale! 

    4-5pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress)

    This panel welcomes Cosplayers to participate and enjoy a Battle of Lip Syncing Cosplayers! Hosted by DanAsian Cosplay and a selected table of judges; Contestants will go through 3 rounds of Lip Syncing for the BEST Lip Sync Cosplayer of the Night! We want to see your character in the performance, and a boat load of stage presence. SHOW YOUR BEST BUT ALWAYS HAVE FUN!


    Cosplay Maintenance

    4-5pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Do you want to look and smell your best in a costume before you hit the convention floor? Ever find a mysterious stain on your cosplay and not sure how to get it out? Do you have a mix-matched types of fabric that can't be cleaned in the same way? This is is how to clean and repair your cosplays for the next convention. As well as tips and tricks for creating your cosplays for easy washing and repairs. 


    Nerds Know Presents: Old School Anime New School Kids Would Like

    4-5pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Just about every other new anime these days seems to be some variant of a school girl anime. Don’t get us wrong, a lot of them are great. But Nerds Know remembers the old school shows that the new school kids would love! Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Magic Knight Rayearth are just a few of the amazing classics we will introduce to the next generation of Otaku!


    Fractal Spaces: Start Your Engine

    4-5pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    On your mark... get set... Go! Strap in for a crash course in Anime Iwai’s exclusive interactive live action role playing game! Join the Master of Ceremonies and The Judge as they lay out the track for this year’s competition, sign up for your teams and meet your fellow racers. Games and puzzles to follow!



    3000 Brigade Presents: Pun Panel 3000

    5-6pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    Love puns, hate puns, can't help your yourself from making puns? This is the punel for you. Come get your pun on and dare to share! Hosted by the 3KB's Brian & Jason


    Special FX Makeup w/NSCosplay
    5-6pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    Discussion about Theatrical and Special Effects makeup techniques used in industry theater and film that you can use for your costumes and cosplay. We'll be covering everything from Contour to basic Mold making. 


    WTH Sailor Moon!?!?!?! w/Mew21

    5-6pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    The 90s run of Sailor Moon is truly a gift from the anime Gods. So many memorable lines, so many endless gifs and memes have come from it. But have you ever really thought of just how strange or funny some of those moments are? Join two Sailor Moon fanatics for a hilarious look at moments from the show


    Tiffany Grant Q&A 

    5-6pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Come ask questions about (nearly) any topic under the sun with the one and only Tiffany Grant!  The answers may surprise you.


    Nerds Know Presents: Cos-Box 

    6-7:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    Who hasn’t been in the dreaded costume crunch? Just a week until the con and you have to finish your latest costume! Well this competition takes con crunch to the next level! You will be given just 45 minutes to construct a costume for our panel of judges during your best runway walk. The catch? You can only use the random materials provided in our Cos Box!


    Representation in Anime w/Michael Sinterniklaas

    6-7pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)

    Veteran English dub ADR director (and admitted white guy) Michael Sinterniklaas discusses casting with diversity and inclusivity in mind, including his work on the critically-acclaimed Promare and A Silent Voice, as well as the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated Mirai.




    Moshi Melon: Artist Alley Scavenger Hunt

    6-6:30pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)

    Join the Moshi’s as we go on an epic journey & quest through the Anime Iwai Artist Alley!  You’ll see gadgets & gizmos a plenty as you wander through our vendor hall in this awesome game of FIND IT! 


    Koto & Whiskey (21+ ONLY)

    6-8pm: Special Events (insert name here) **Premium Event**

    Soothing sounds & crisp spirits await you in Anime Iwai’s most popular premium event.  Join Senpai as we take a journey through Japan with some of their best whiskey that the Far East has to offer.  While you sit back and have a sip (or two) we welcome Rob via livestream for some live Koto music. It is sure to be an event of a lifetime. 


    Moshi Melon: Artist Alley 101

    6:30-7:30pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Ever wanted to sell your wares at a local convention? Have an artistic talent that you simply shouldn’t hide anymore? Well it’s time for you to learn from the best! Join Moshi Melon as we go through the ins & outs of the convention artists alley!  We’ll teach you tips, tricks, and so much more! 


    KPop Random Dance Game 

    6:30-7:30pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Love KPop? Love Dancing? Well if you’ve got one hour to kill come join us in a KPop Random Dance Game! 


    3000 Brigade Presents: Iwai-Vor Series 2019

    7-8pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    A Tag Team Throwdown where you and a partner can pummel your way through the competition to win the Championship Belt in some old school N64 Wrestling games! There will be thrills. Chills, spills, and maybe one of the commentators will wear a silly costume! Flashy outfits & ridiculous promo cutting encouraged. 


    Moshi Melon: The End Artist Alley Scavenger Hunt

    7:30-8pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)

    Our time might have come to an end, but the adventure will last a lifetime.  Join the Moshi Girls as we end our amazing scavenger hunt! 


    Nerds Know Presents: Japanese Mythology, Folktales, & Urban Legends

    8-9pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    Have you seen “Yokai Watch” or played “Okami” and wondered what was going on? Or perhaps were curious about the deeper meanings of just about everything going on in “Spirited Away.” Well in this panel we peel back some of the mysteries of Japanese mythology and how they relate and appear in the anime we love. After all Japanese mythology is a collection of proper mythos, regional folktales, and even modern urban-myth based legends. Don’t miss out on this ones fans, it’s a legendary experience!



    Kingdom Hearts 3 Roast w/NSCosplay 

    8-9pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    "Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by Tetsuya  Nomura"; join us for an open forum panel where fans can come together and tell what they appreciated or not out of the newest game in the franchise. Anything is open from development, interviews, to plot hooks. SPOILER FRIENDLY; PRIZE GIVEAWAY


    3000 Brigade Presents: Ask a T-Girl (PG-13)

    8-9pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Trans, Straight, Gay, Bi, just curious, or need support, come by and spend some time with JJ, the T-Girl. The panel is open to anyone who wants to ask questions, no matter how offensive or "stupid" they might be. Nothing is off the table. Are you yourself trans and need a little advice or want to offer support to your fellow humans? Topics could get quite graphic, so come prepared for a respectful conversation.


    Driver’s Seat D&D (brought to you by Iwai Quest) 

    8-9pm: Special Events (insert room number here) 

    Join the Iwai Quest Team for fantasy misadventures in an improvisational version of the world’s most popular tabletop RPG! Enjoy a good show at the expense of our GMs and maybe steal a point or two for your Fractal Spaces team!


    Anime Iwai Launch Party~!

    8:30pm-10:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    Start off your weekend with the best party in town! Make friends, mingle with specials guests, and maybe live on a prayer because you're halfway there with some karaoke!  It’s a fun way to launch the weekend and the staff of Anime Iwai hope to see you there. 


    The Kink Panel (18+ ONLY)

    9-10pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Join Isadora in an honest judgment free group discussion. We will explore various kinks and fetishes and find the answers to your kinky questions. Experience the debut of “Kink BINGO”, an interactive game where kinksters can have fun sharing their favorite kinks. This is the perfect panel to share your raunchy stories in a judgment free zone! 


    Shino & Friends w/Derek Stephen Prince (18+ ONLY)

    9-10:30pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Attendees, now is your chance to ask Shino or any other character Derek has voiced an 18+ question. Depending on the card you pick, the character answers the question, or reads from a fan-fiction based erotic novel about Shino Aburame. Prepare to have your childhoods ruined (in a good way, of course).


    A Crap Guide to D&D: A DM’s Lament 

    9-10pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Want to get into table-top gaming like D&D? Don't know where to start? Got a whole world in your head but no plot or a plot with no world? Well you're in luck! Join us for a crap guide into the tabletop world. During this hour we will cover world building, plot design, game hooks, overcoming obstacles, and how to build a character backstory that doesn't include daddy issues


    Speed Friending

    9-10pm: Special Events (insert room here) 

    New to the con? Looking for some new friends? Well then join the Anime Iwai crew for the best and most inclusive event since conventions existed.  Have some fun, laughs some laughs, and meet your new best friend. 


    AMV Pool Party

    9-11pm: Hotel Pool (Outside) 

    Grab that swim suite because it’s time for the beach episode of the con.  No, not that episode! It’s time to catch some moon-rays and watch some of the best AMVs that the internet has to offer. 


    Convention Horror Stories w/Paladin Mabel (18+ ONLY) 

    10-11pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Have you ever had something crazy happen to you at a con? Here is your chance to share your stories! Join Paladin Mabel for an interactive panel where you can share the craziest convention horror stories you may have. Oh, there will be tea!


    Adult Anonymous Adventure (18+ ONLY)

    10pm-12am: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)

    Contestants form teams and compete in various adventures to win prizes and the coveted title of "Cucumber Royalty. Everyone participates!


    The Alternative 

    10pm-12am: Special Events (Insert Room number here) 

    Want to stay up past your bedtime? We've got your alternative entertainment! No, not THAT alternative, there's no ID check required. Group games, trivia and activities to feed your inner child.


    Shaken not Stirred Burlesque Presents: Netflix & Thrills Burlesque Revue (18+ ONLY)

    11pm-1am: Main Events (Grand Cypress) **No Bags, Photography, or Video**

    Your favorite Burlesque Babes are back in this new binge-worthy burlesque show: Netflix and Thrills! Our dazzling dancers are bringing your small screen streaming faves to the Iwai stage in this 1.5 hour burlesque love letter to all things Netflix, plus a chance to win fabulous prizes! 18+ only, No Large Bags, No Photo or Video During Show.


    Fursona 19: The Furry Panel (18+ ONLY)

    11pm-12am: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Spread your wings & shake your tail in this judgement free panel where you can express your inner animal.  Join fellow furries and convention veterans as they talk about this convention subculture, experience a live fursona drawing, and make friends through interactive games & icebreakers. 


    Nerds Know Presents: Weeb Wars Anime vs. 

    11pm-12am: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Ever wonder who would win if Batman got into a fight with Iron Man? Well Nerds Know has been wondering this about characters from just about every fandom in existence. So we are going to set up the matchups and you’re going to decide the winners!


    Saturday 11/16

    Nerds Know Presents: Saturday Morning Cartoons

    10-11am: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Remember back in the day when the only thing needed to wake up were some good cartoons? Well Nerds Know does! Come join us for an hour of nostalgia as we watch some of the greatest shows in 90s cartoon history. Oh and don’t worry, we didn’t forget the commercials!


    Fractal Spaces: Lap Two 

    10-11am: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    The heat is on! Catch up on results from yesterday and get a head start on today’s quests. Master of Ceremonies Wren and The Judge will be on hand to debrief racers and there will be a special meet and greet from former Ace Racer, Admiral Hawk.


    Anime Food vs Real Food

    10am-12pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Anime may entice you with foods that may only exist in anime, but many of the foods shown can actually be recreate in real life. Join cosplay kenny for a food adventure your tongues won't be able to handle. 


    Nerds know Presents: Japanese Holidays: A Year in Japan 

    11am-12pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    So why does it seem like there is always and outdoor festival going on in anime? What exactly is this “Golden Week?” Join Nerds Know as we go month by month and visit all of Japan’s major holidays and explain all the stuff you were wondering about in just about every school girl anime and beyond.


    Gender in Cosplay 

    11am-12pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    You ever wonder, “Hey, what the heck does gender have to do with cosplay?” Or maybe you’ve thought “Crossplay? Genderbending? What kinda funky stuff IS THIS?!” Well fear NOT! We’ve got all the verbal tools to inform you of gender in cosplay, inclusivity in the cosplay world, and costuming tips.


    Cafe Kira Hoshi Maid Cafe

    11:30am-12:30pm: Special Events (Insert Room Here) *Premium Event* 

    1-2pm: Special Events (Insert Room Here) *Premium Event* 

    Welcome to Cafe Kira Hoshi's 6th birthday party! Come join our maids and butlers as we celebrate all the memories we've "maid" together. We'll have snacks, drinks, and games, but we can't start this party without you! Be sure to RSVP and get your tickets online through the Cafe kira hoshi website


    Magical Girls Got Talent 

    11am-12:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    Join the Cardcaptor Guardians for a Magical Girl (and Boy!) Event where we teach hopefuls the tricks of the trade! This will be an audience-based game show where you get to play games for prizes and vote for your favorite contestant!


    Nerds Know Presents: The Disney Sing-ALong 

    12-1pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    It’s time to “Let it Go,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Go the Distance” with Nerds Know as we take turns jamming out to the best Disney songs ever! So don’t be shy and pick up the mic and sing along with us!


    Geeks of Color 

    12-1pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Join Mina Tomoe for a roundtable discussion on being a person of color in the geek community. 


    Two Rooms and a BOOM! 

    12-2pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Are you the BOMBER OR THE PRESIDENT? Red team or Blue team or team meh? This game of espionage and intrigue? Simple objective if your the bomber u want to be in the same room as the president and if your the president you wanna be in the opposite room!!! Not either no problem there is a role for EVERYBODY!! 


    I <3 That Era!: Nickelodeon Edition 

    1-2pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)

    Join us for a splat of a time as we go through many things of Nickelodeon.


    Speed Friending 

    1-2pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    New to the con? Looking for some new friends? Well then join the Anime Iwai crew for the best and most inclusive event since conventions existed.  Have some fun, laughs some laughs, and meet your new best friend. 


    Cafe Kira Hoshi Maid Cafe

    1-2pm: Special Events (Insert Room Here) *Premium Event* 

    Welcome to Cafe Kira Hoshi's 6th birthday party! Come join our maids and butlers as we celebrate all the memories we've "maid" together. We'll have snacks, drinks, and games, but we can't start this party without you! Be sure to RSVP and get your tickets online through the Cafe kira hoshi website


    8-Bit Wave: LIVE! 

    1:30-2:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    Come experience the 8 Bit Wave band as they perform Video Game and Anime Music in a theatrical experience that syncs the music to gameplay and popular anime scenes shown on screen.

    Pattern Making & Modification for Cosplay
    2-3pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    Learn the basics of patterns for sewing cosplay! Techniques discussed include draping patterns (fabric and duct tape methods), drafting flat patterns, modifying pre-existing patterns to match character design and solving basic fit issues. 

    How to Become a Foamsmith
    2-3pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)
    Learn how to work with foam to bring your cosplans to life! This panel will go over the basics of working with different kinds of foam, and other materials, to create various props, armors, and other cosplay!

    Moshi Melon: Artist Alley Scavenger Hunt

    2-2:30pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)

    Join the Moshi’s as we go on an epic journey & quest through the Anime Iwai Artist Alley!  You’ll see gadgets & gizmos a plenty as you wander through our vendor hall in this awesome game of FIND IT!


    Moshi Melon: Artist Alley 101

    2:30-3:30pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Ever wanted to sell your wares at a local convention? Have an artistic talent that you simply shouldn’t hide anymore? Well it’s time for you to learn from the best! Join Moshi Melon as we go through the ins & outs of the convention artists alley!  We’ll teach you tips, tricks, and so much more! 


    Koto & Whiskey (21+ ONLY)

    6-8pm: Special Events (insert room number here) **Premium Event**

    Soothing sounds & crisp spirits await you in Anime Iwai’s most popular premium event.  Join Senpai as we take a journey through Japan with some of their best whiskey that the Far East has to offer.  While you sit back and have a sip (or two) we welcome Rob via livestream for Koto music. It is sure to be an event of a lifetime.  ((Please note that the Koto portion of the event is previously recorded from the Friday session)) 


    K-Pop Showcase

    3-4pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    The Anime Iwai K-POP Showcase is making its comeback, featuring some of South Florida's most talented dance cover groups and performers! Watch as they try to catch your "Fancy" and make your hearts go "Umpah Umpah"!


    Making Videos! The First Big Step w/MrCakeDragonMan

    3-4pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Here in this Panel, 6 year YouTube veteran MrCakeDragonMan will be teaching you the ins and outs of how to make YouTube videos, how to make ideas for said videos, and all the other behind the scenes issues for each certain category!



    Jeopardy w/Derek Stephen Prince

    3-4pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Attendees, if you can answer enough questions correctly on the categories of Digimon, Other Anime, Live Action Dubbing, Original Animation and Personal Life you can win a free 8x10. This is a $20 value!



     Moshi Melon: The End of Artist Alley Scavenger Hunt

    3:30-4pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)

    Our time might have come to an end, but the adventure will last a lifetime.  Join the Moshi Girls as we end our amazing scavenger hunt! 


    Meet Michael Sinterniklaas

    4-5pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Voice actor Michael is known for Taki (Your Name), Jyushimatsu (Osomatsu Brothers), Kenji (Summer Wars), Angelo (Gundam Unicorn), Dark Magician and Mahad (YuGiOh), Sarutobi Sasuke (Sengoku Basara), Sora and Utakata (Naruto), Nnoitra, Luppi, Ikkaku, Wonderweiss (Bleach), Dean Venture (The Venture Bros), and more.




    Tips for Self-Publishing 

    4-5pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    This panel is for everyone who has ever wanted to self-publish a book. I will go into detail on the costs to self-publish, what types of advertising has worked for me and what hasn't worked, and my advice for those looking to start their self-publishing journey. 


    Meet the Musicians of 8-Bit Wave

    4-5pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)

    Join 8 Bit Wave as they answer questions about their music, video games, anime, and much more!

    Beginner Burlesque w/Shaken not Stirred 

    4-5pm: Special Events (Insert Room Name Here) *Premium Event

    Join Shaken not Stirred Burlesque for a burlesque dance workshop perfect for beginners or dance lovers of all experience levels. All genders welcome, flexible clothing recommended and don't forget to stay hydrated!  Class space is limited, so sign up now! Due to the nature of this class, this event is 16+ only.


    3000 Brigade Presents: Detective Toad Radio Show 

    4:30-5:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    Do you like podcasts and want to start your own? Do you hate podcasts and think they're lame? Either way this is the panel for you. Unlike any podcasts you have seen, because usually podcasts are listened to, the 3000 Brigade needs your help in their all new podcast adventure. There is a murder mystery in the Nintendo universe and the 3KB wants to let you in on the action. Join us for this live ridiculous recording and find out who done it! It's Nintendo Noir at it's finest and it dares to answer the question, "Do I have to?" If you want to laugh, be entertained, or just rest your aching cosplay feet from those painful shoes come to this one of a kind panel. This panel has everything. There will be places to sit, wildly inappropriate behavior, and people who should have made better life choices! It promises to be awkward and memorable. The New York Times says " It's sure to be ecstasy for your ear holes!" What more could you ask for?


    MegaBrawlStars Live! Anime Edition

    5-6pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    An entertaining showcase of Anime character feats of strength and endurance, that allows for fans in the crowd to chime in (if they so choose), and ultimately decide the winner of each matchup. Packed the room with Anime fans last year, and we hope we can make Chidori strike twice!


    Hardcore Nerdcore Punk Rock w/Rhythm Bastard 

    5-6pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Want to take a break from the K-Pop and whatever some rando is blasting on their portable speakers in the hall and JUST ROCK THE F--K OUT?

    Rhythm Bastard's been shredding the Florida Con scene for several years, and his brand of Hardcore Nerdcore Punk Rock has opened up pits in panels rooms a plenty.  So if you're the kind of person that wishes they had LAN Parties on the Warped Tour, this is 100% your jam.


    Tiffany Grant Presents: Live Commentary from Evangelion 

    5-6pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Gain insight into the production of an episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion by hearing from the people who helped create the English language version of the show.


    Idolsona? What's That? It's an Idolsona Party Game! w/Project Shooting Stars

    5-6pm: Special Events (Insert Room Name Here) 

    Our interactive panel is sure to be out of this world as you play games, win prizes, and learn about Idol group activities with the members of Project Shooting Stars!


    Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest

    5:30-6:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    It’s time for the main event!  Join Anime Iwai at the main stage as costumes from all genres and skill levels take the stage in the hopes of taking home the grand prize: Cricut Explore Air 2! 


    Otaku Island: The Anime Community of Cuba 

    6-7pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Nestled only 90 miles off of the Florida coast lies the island nation of Cuba. Despite being associated with political controversy, it hasn’t stopped the island from the influx of global pop culture. Learn about their rapidly growing anime/ cosplay community and what the youths of Cuba face for embracing their fandom. 


    Farewell Gintama 

    6-7pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    It's been 15 years of manga, anime episodes & movies, along with 2 live action movies, it's time to bid farewell to a beloved shounen series! Join me as we delve into the setting, plot, timeline and character developments of Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura, the Shinsengumi and many more that were integral to making an action/adventure/comedy/gag/historical series, this timeless


    Let’s Get Strange! A Very 80s Party! 

    6-8pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) 

    Join the Stranger Things kids as they dance the night away and discuss what it's like fighting monsters! Ask them questions, dance with them, and most importantly, get a chance to feel what parties were like back in 1985! Put on your neon tights, tease your hair up to the heavens, and put on those pumps, because it's time to get this party started!


    I <3 That Era!: Running in the 90s

    7-8pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    Join us as we go "back in the day" to the era of your childhood and see what made the 90's all that.


    Chat The Venture Bros with a Venture Bro!

    7-8pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Michael Sinterniklaas (Dean Venture) takes your questions and discusses his voiceover and ADR director work on Adult Swim's longest-running original series.


    UA Homecoming: Roaring in the 2020s

    7:30-9:30pm: Special Events (Insert Room Name Here) 

    Join the students of UA High School for a homecoming dance you will never forget. Mingle with aspiring and pro heroes alike, but beware, there may be villains in hiding! Anyone is welcome to attend, and formal cosplay is highly encouraged. We will be crowning the Homecoming Hero and Heroine!


    Pre-Show/Doors Open for 3KB Live! 

    7:30-8pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    It’s almost time everyone! Please proceed in an orderly fashion to Main Events for The 3000 Brigade Presents: 3KB Live! There may be song, there may be dance, but there won’t be seats once the show starts so grab ‘em while you can! 


    The 3000 Brigade Presents: 3KB Live! 

    8-9:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) 

    It’s 3KB Live! Your favorite troupe of cosplay actors are back and ready with a whole new show filled with your favorite video game and pop culture characters. Want to know more? Make sure to get a seat early to find out this season’s crazy plot.


    Traveling, Living, & Working in Japan 

    8-9pm: Panel Rooms 1 (Everglades) 

    Have you ever wanted to living in Japan? Well come learn ways to surviving Japan without knowing Japanese, learning about cultural barriers, how to find employment, and the visa/paperwork process necessary to live there. A short Q&A at the end! 


    TheOpenHouseGamer Live Recording of Backseat Gaming

    8-9pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass) 

    Ever wanted to be in a lets play on a gaming channel? You're in luck. Join the TheOpenHouseGamer crew in a recording of The Jackbox party pack. 


    Cosplay, Burlesque, & Everything Inbetween w/Shaken not Stirred 

    8-9pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)

    Join Shaken not Stirred Burlesque for a chance to get up-close & personal with your favorite dazzling dancers as they host this Q&A Panel, filled with tantalizing tales from the stage and beyond. Due to the nature of this panel, this event is 16+ only (unless accompanied by an adult).

    Whose Line is it Anyway: Con Edition (18+ ONLY)

    9-10pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades) 

    It’s Whose Line is it Anyway but with a Twist & audience participation is a MUST! Let’s not forget that it’s 18+ so let the innuendo’s role and the improv to truly shine! 


    TWERK IT ALL (18+ ONLY)

    9-10pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)

    Twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk! We wanna see you twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk! In your cosplay or a shirt (with bottoms!) shirt shirt shirt shirt! Misbehave too much and you gonna learn learn learn. So you think you can Twerk? Show us! It’s all going to be a Sexy Experience.

    3000 Brigade Meet & Greet
    9:30-10:30pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    You just watched them live on stage and now they’re ready to answer all of your burning questions!  Come hang out with the 3000 Brigade and relive all of the moments with the cast & crew of this amazing performance group. 

    Doors Open! ID’s at the Ready!
    10-10:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress)
    We’re just moments away from our grandest of 18+ events: Animania Burlesque Revue & Hentai Fest!  Please have your ID ready & remember, NO BAGS, and NO PHONES! 

    Writing Erotica (18+ ONLY)
    10-11pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    Craft a sultry story during this interactive writing panel with Isadora. Learn different tips and tricks to writing erotica successfully and work together to create a scene. 18 + for content, This panel is run in a safe and judgment free setting with audience participation encouraged!

    Trivia Murder Party: #2Spooky4Iwai
    10-11pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)
    Come join S15 Costuming and others for a fun game of Trivia Murder Party, a deadly quiz show where you match wits with a trivia-obsessed killer. Anyone can play along, just use your phone to go to Jackbox.tv, input the code on screen, and join in on the action!

    You Can Rave About it: The Anime Iwai Rave Party~!
    10pm-1am: Special Events (place room name here)
    You can rave about it, the power of destiny~! Grab your glow gear and dance the night away at Anime Iwai’s Rave Party. 

    Animania Burlesque Revue w/Shaken not Stirred (18+ ONLY)
    10:30-11pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress) *No Bags, phones, photography or video*
    Shaken not Stirred Burlesque is drawing a crowd with Animania, a fun fandom burlesque show featuring tantalizing toons & alluring anime!! Tune in for thirty minutes of nerdy naughtiness plus a chance to win fabulous prizes! The Event is 18+ only. No Bags, No Photography or Video during the show. 

    Hentai Variety Show (18+ ONLY)
    11pm-1am: Main Events (Grand Cypress) *No Bags, phones, photography or video*
    Florida's original 18+ costume contest and stage show has returned and will be harder, better, faster, and stronger than ever before! WARNING: NO CAMERAS, CELLPHONES, or BAGS of any kind will be allowed in past our doors. Bring your photo ID!

    Drawing Erotica (18+ ONLY)
    11pm-12am: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    Help Isadora create a naughty piece of art in this interactive art panel. Learn different tips and tricks to drawing erotica successfully and work together to create a scene. 18 + for content, This panel is run in a safe and judgment free setting with audience participation encouraged!

    Nerds Know Presents: The Iwai Midnight Run
    11pm-1am: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)
    Before Adult Swim it was all about the Toonami Midnight Run! Join Nerds Know as we take a trip back in time and watch the first episodes of some of the best anime that Toonami had to offer back in the day. 

    Anime Iwai Karaoke Party~!
    11pm-1am: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    WHOA! WE’RE HALFWAY THERE! WHOOOAAA! LIVING ON A PRAYER!  It’s time to play some tune and sing harder than we do in the comfort of our home. Off key? No problem! Tone deaf? We don’t care! Belt out your favorite songs into the wee hours of the morning! 

    Cats, Coffee, & Kigus
    9-10am: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic) **Weekend Badge Holder Exclusive**
    Roll out of bed in your comfiest outfit and join us for a compilation of cat videos and complimentary coffee.

    Fiction to Fact: Translating Screen & Page to Cosplay
    10-11am: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    That costume may look amazing on screen, but how do you translate it to real life? Especially, when costume materials on screen seem to defy the laws of physics? In this panel, we will discuss and present scratch builds from both animated and live-action movies and television shows. Topics will include deciphering materials, scaling, proportioning, tips for thrifting or construction, and more. 

    Fractal Spaces: Final Lap
    10-11am: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)
    As our game draws to a close, take this final chance to catch up on Fractal Spaces: Rush and score extra points for your team. Play games, solve puzzles, secure the lead!  Results will be announced during closing ceremonies so be sure to stick with us to the end! 

    Con-Play
    10-11am: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    Settling down this Sunday. Let’s play some games with DanAsian! Tons of games with Otaku-Word, What’s that Fandom, 4 Corners, Heads up, and as much as we can fit into an hour! Sit down and relax all before the day ends.

    Anime Iwai Food Wars: Reheated
    11am-1pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress)
    Come to Food Wars: Reheated and partake in person to a hotel room themed Iron Chef competition! Watch our previous contestants battle for redemption after last year's competition was unable to crown a winner! Our chefs will creatively assemble dishes with unique tools based on the competition's limitations to simulate cooking a meal in a convention hotel room!

    Cosplay Portfolio Review w/NSCosplay
    11am-1pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    Did you compete in the craftsmanship competition? Would you like your work reviewed? Have a chance to sit down with the judges and talk about some key pointers to better your skills in a quick portfolio review. 

    Foam Craft & Working with Thermoplastics
    11am-12pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)
    A fully moldable material, thermoplastics have become a staple in costuming and cosplay. We will work through the basic steps of constructing an accessory and provide examples of finished projects. We will also delve into the versatile world of foam crafting. Learn basic techniques for building and finishing EVA foam and best practices to make your project stand out in the crowd. I (Violet) have been teaching this panel for 3 years running at MegaCon Orlando and am over the moon to bring it to Anime Iwai! 

    Nerds Know Presents: Weird Trivia for Weird Prizes
    11am-12pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    Are you looking for a clever trivia panel on your “single” favorite show with some really amazing prizes? If you are...this is not the panel for you! No no! This trivia contest is full of the weirdest and worst trivia from just about every topic you can think of from anime to books to arithmetic! The prizes? Some of the weirdest stuff we’ve ever come across! So join us for an hour of laughs, weird trivia, and even weirder prizes!

    Theme Song Guessing Game
    12-1pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)
    The Theme Song Guessing Game is a challenge in which the host will play songs from various genres of TV shows, animes, movies, video games, and musicals for the participants to guess. The game itself is comprised of 3 rounds, varying in difficulty. The 10 participants with the most points at the end of round 3 will each receive a prize!

    Tiffany Grant presents: ADR Script Writing 12-1pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    Hey!  Why would they change that?!" Come find out what it takes to adapt a translation into a script used for dubbing. 

    The Chamise: Anime Iwai's Executive Teahouse
    12-2pm: Special Events (Insert Room Name Here) *Premium Event*
    Participate in a traditional Japanese-inspired tea ceremony with games, while our musician plays koto in the background. Event length is one and a half hours. Food and tea will be served. Everyone must wear traditional attire, either bring your own outfit or choose from a collection generously loaned to us for the day. 

    PDC, Go Away!
    1-2pm: Panel Room 1 (Everglades)
    Post Con Depression, everyone goes through it but you don’t have to be alone. As the convention ends we pack up and say our goodbyes. Let’s join together for one last Hurrah! Learn about PCD and how to cope, what to do while waiting for the next convention, and the acceptance that the chaos will start up all over again. We will share what we cherish about Supercon, it’s just one last fun event to miss when it’s all over. But Hey! We shared some smiles!

    Everything Digimon w/Derek Stephen Prince
    1-2pm: Panel Room 2 (Sawgrass)
    Attendees, celebrate 20 years of Digimon Adventure 01 with Derek, as well as ask questions about any other Digimon series he voiced. (He’s been in all seasons except 5.)

    3000 Brigade Presents: Oh What a Feeling, Dance!
    1-2pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    Have a lip sync battle coming up and need some moves? Come and join the 3KB, with special appearances by B12, for a groovy time.

    Rush into the Stars! A Project Shooting Stars Live!
    1:30-2:30pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress)
    Feel the rush with Project Shooting Stars! Come one, come all, and get those lightsticks ready to cheer as we put on an Aqours show for you! Fan or not this performance is sure to be an entertaining experience for anyone attending Anime Iwai Rush!

    MTG: Intro to Commander w/Senpai
    2-3pm: Panel Room 1 (Sawgrass)
    Commander is now hailed as the favorite format of magic the gathering, It’s also senpai’s favorite format too. Come, let’s talk about Commander and why it has become the most played, most discussed, and why senpai can’t stop making decks.

    Miku Miku Party!
    2-3pm: Panel Room 2 (Everglades)
    Have fun with Hatsune Miku at the first ever Miku Miku Party! Join us for performances, audience games, sing-alongs, and more! Performances by @neon.kai with help from @cntryclwn.

    3000 Brigade Presents: Smash Game 3000
    2-3pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    It's the 3KB's take on the classic Match/Snatch Game. Come and enjoy the hilarity sure to happen when your favorite Brigaders do impersonations of their favorite celebrities in the classic fill-in-the-blank game.

    Character Creation in Literature
    3-4pm: Panel Room 1 (Sawgrass)
    Come learn how to fully round out and create your own fleshed out and original characters here! Learn to implement and shape your characters into your own original universes.

    Learn Japanese: 2000+ Kanji in Less than Two Years
    3-4pm: Panel Room 2 (Everglades)
    Ever wanted to read Japanese but became overwhelmed with the 2000+ BASIC kanji? Luckily, there's a fast & efficient way to learn! This panel teaches mnemonics and the Spaced Repetition System (SRS). By the end you'll have learned at least 3 new kanji and a fast way to speed up your Japanese learning! (Hiragana knowledge NOT required for this panel)

    Nerds Know Presents: Cosplay a History
    3-4pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    Come with us on a journey into the origins of cosplay in the US and explore how it has evolved to what it is today. From the first sci-fi con to today’s SDCC. In addition to its US roots, we will examine how Japan adapted cosplay for itself and compare how cultural differences manifest themselves in the amazing hobby known as cosplay.

    Anime Iwai Cosplay Runway Madness!
    3:30-5pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress)
    Already planning on wearing your hand-made Donyatsu/Tokyo Ghoul crossplay mashup costume to Anime Iwai: Soar? Register for one of our costume contests for a chance to earn some recognition and sweet prizes in the process!

    Premium Event: Burlesque Basics w/Shaken not Stirred
    3:30-4:30pm: Special Events (Insert Room Name Here)
    Join Shaken not Stirred Burlesque for a burlesque dance workshop focusing on the basic building blocks of burlesque performance. This sultry class is designed for limited mobility students but suitable for all, and there is an early sign-in for attendees with mobility issues.  All genders welcome, flexible clothing recommended and don't forget to stay hydrated! Class space is limited, so sign up now! Due to the nature of this class, this event is 16+ only.

    Nerds Know Presets: Cels at Work: Animation by Design
    4-5pm: Panel Room 1 (Sawgrass)
    Join Nerds Know as we dive deep into the anime production world. Learn about the different art steps used to create your favorite shows & even how to begin collecting it!

    Project Shooting Stars Meet & Greet
    4-5pm: Panel Room 3 (Atlantic)
    Did you see the Rush to the stars live? Did you attend the idolsona game party? Just can't get enough of the shining supernovas of Project Shooting Stars? Come unwind and hang out with some of our members after the end of our show, and score some official PSS merch! This is a free space to hang out and talk about idols, dancing, ask questions and take pictures with us as we close out the weekend

    Closing Ceremonies
    5-6pm: Main Events (Grand Cypress)
    Our time has come to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime. Join the Anime Iwai staff, guests, and volunteers to share our memories, make a suggestion, and possibly learn about what’s to come next year.