PLAN YOUR WEEKEND! The Florida Anime Experience 2016 Schedule is posted.

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Here is the complete Florida Anime Experience 2016 Schedule. Please note that (like all conventions) the schedule is subject to change.  Any changes will be posted at the convention.


FRIDAY (10:30a to 12:30a Saturday)

10:30 AM, Manga Library Opens – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
When workshops aren’t taking place in this room, swing by for a large variety of popular manga to read and enjoy. Please be courteous and return the manga to the shelf when you’re done reading, and avoid being loud for fellow readers!

10:30 AM, Registration Opens – REGISTRATION DESK (NORTH & SOUTH)
Pick up your lanyard (3-Day) or wristband (1-Day) for admission for to Florida Anime Experience 2016! The first 2,000 attendees get a swag bag full of goodies. Details: www.FloridaAnime.com/Tickets

10:30 AM, Video Game Room Opens – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Part museum, part gaming experience: the Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room showcases imported Japanese video games and game systems – many of which have never made it to the United States! Check out this unique experience all day long.

10:45 AM, Fairy Tale (Episodes 1-3) – MAIN EVENTS
TV-14. Dubbed. When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

10:45 AM, Sailor Moon Crystal (Episodes 1-3) – CHIBI EVENTS
TV-PG. Dubbed. Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

12:00 PM, Anime Name That Tune – MAIN EVENTS
How well do you know anime theme music? Come participate in Anime Name That Tune! Anyone can play! Be prepared for opening themes! Closing Themes! Those dastardly insert songs that you’d only recognize if you actually watched the show! Prizes will be awarded as well. (90 Minutes)

12:00 PM, Artist Alley Opens – ARTIST ALLEY (EAST & WEST)
Check out and buy art from local talent in the Florida Anime Experience Artist Alley!

12:00 PM, Evangelion’s Symbolism: You Can(not) Reference – CHIBI EVENTS
Neon Genesis Evangelion is considered one of the most influential anime of all time. Join the panelists from NoS Anime as they look into some of the major religious references that Evangelion utilizes for its imagery. They look at the historical connections, original Hebrew names, etc. in a secular setting to see how well (or poorly?) Eva’s creators, Gainax, selected their references.

12:00 PM, Intro to Worbla for Cosplay – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Worbla! The futuristic thermoplastic modeling material that has everyone talking! And now? You can learn it at Florida Anime Experience! Do you want to add dimension to your cosplay or make realistic-looking armor designed to take your costume to the next level? Join Tayrex Cosplay as she walks you through the ins and outs of Worbla’s Finest Art, shares tips and techniques for getting started, and shows you how it can be used for almost any cosplay or artistic prop that your creative mind can imagine!

12:00 PM, Vendors Room Opens – VENDORS ROOM
What anime convention experience is complete without shopping? We’ve doubled the size of the Vendors Room compared to last year – so fans will have a larger variety of shopping options!

1:00 PM, Anime Death Match! – CHIBI EVENTS
Who would win when your favorite anime heroes and villains are pitted against each other in a fight to the death? Come choose your side as we present different fight scenarios, and defend your favorite characters and give their opponents a verbal smackdown of logic and reasoning!

1:30 PM, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (Episodes 1-3) – MAIN EVENTS
TV-14. Subbed. Edward and Alphonse Elric’s reckless disregard for alchemy’s fundamental laws ripped half of Ed’s limbs from his body and left Al’s soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher’s Stone, a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways.

2:00 PM, Explore the World of Anime Music with Wendi Shi – MAIN EVENTS
Meet Wendi Shi, a New Age musician who composes anime and fantasy-themed music. Her albums “Autumn” and “Songs from Distant Lands” are available in over 95 countries. As an Eastern girl raised in a Western world, Wendi incorporates cultural elements from over the world in her music and art. She finds inspirations from many things in life and recreates them musically. www.youtube.com/wendishimusic

2:00 PM, How to Play Cardfight!! Vanguard – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Cardfight!! Vanguard (カードファイト!! ヴァンガード) is a Japanese media franchise created in collaboration among Akira Itō (Yu-Gi-Oh! R), Satoshi Nakamura (Duel Masters), and Bushiroad president Takāki Kidani. An anime television series was produced by TMS Entertainment and aired in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2011. An official trading card game by Bushiroad was released shortly after. Swing by and learn how to play this amazing game!

2:00 PM, Arcana Hearts 3 (Xbox 360) Tournament – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Arcana Heart 3 is a 2009 2D arcade fighting game developed by Examu and published by Arc System Works. It is the third entry in the Arcana Heart series – but was never released on the Xbox 360 in the United States. Player slots are limited to 16 (with a standby list – time pending) and there are prizes! Players interested in participating should be in Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room at 1:45 PM to sign up.

3:00 PM, Japan Stories! with Steve Bennett – MAIN EVENTS
Steve was born at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. He later moved to the States, but in December, 2008, Steve and his wife Nikki moved back to Japan and only recently returned. Join Steve for an hour of tall tales and colorful adventures from his time living in the land of otaku.

3:00 PM, We Love (Asian) Drama! – CHIBI EVENTS
You know that Japan doesn’t only make cartoons, right? Sometimes they have real people instead of animated people in their shows about high school. The Ass Backwards Anime Podcast is here to show you some of the best (in our opinion) live-action dramas Japan has to offer. Even though we are an anime podcast, we love drama.

4:00 PM, Hanayamata (Episodes 1-2) – CHIBI EVENTS
TV-14. Created in Kochi in 1954, Yosakoi incorporates modern music and classic Japanese dance into a unique fusion performed in teams. However, while Yosakoi has become a growing phenomenon with huge festivals held across Japan, it’s never been more than a blip on high school student Naru Sekia’s cultural radar. Not that much has ever really grabbed Naru’s attention. She’s average in grades, average in sports and in art… really, the only thing that has ever caught her fancy is reading fairy tales. Until the day she encounters her own personal “fairy”: Hana, an American exchange student who is determined to start a Yosakoi dancing club at their school.

4:00 PM, Official NINTENDO Promo and Meet & Greet! – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Swing by the Florida Anime Experience video game Friday afternoon to meet with the Orlando representative for Nintendo of America. Find out news, updates, and ask questions about your favorite Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles. Who knows… you may even walk away with some free swag!

4:00 PM, Opening Ceremonies – MAIN EVENTS
This is the part of the convention where we say hi, answer questions, point out highlights, and give away free stuff. That’s right: FREE STUFF. Swing by and help us kick of Florida Anime Experience YEAR 6!

5:00 PM, Body Airbrushing: Easier than you think! – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Come and learn about how to change your skin color easily with AmazonMandy! She will break down the intimidating process into easy to understand steps and tips from her own trial and errors!

5:00 PM, Real Life Social Difficulties (Reflected in Anime) – CHIBI EVENTS
Art often reflects life – but we don’t always notice it. Join this panel discussion for an intriguing look at how Anime deals with social difficulties and explores if/how anime can help in real life.

5:00 PM, Q&A with Kate Oxley: voice of Akane from Psycho-Pass! – MAIN EVENTS
Kate Oxley is best known for her roles in movies and series such as Psycho-Pass (Akane Tsunemori), Darker Than Black (Misaki Kirihara), Shin-Chan (Lollipop), Dragon Ball(Pasta), One Piece (Carrot), Negima (Makie Sasaki), Peach Girl (Momo Adachi), and Full Metal Alchemist (Catherine Elle Armstrong). Join her for this Q&A about her work in anime and entertainment!

6:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Kate Oxley – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

6:00 PM, Asia Trend Presents: Gateway to Japanese Language – CHIBI EVENTS
Join Izumi Sakurada, director of the Y.E.S.S. Center in Orlando and owner of Japanese Lesson 34747, for this basic introduction to the Japanese language. Walk away with a rudimentary understanding of the differences between English and Japanese language structure, and learn where you can get involved with more local classes!

6:00 PM, Caitlin Glass Q&A – MAIN EVENTS
Voice actress and ADR director Caitlin Glass (Winry in FMA, Haruhi in Ouran) answers all your burning questions about voice acting, directing, singing, fandom, nerdiness and just generally whatever you want! Come bring your Q’s and she’ll provide the A’s… and often, free schwag, too!

6:00 PM, Nintendo 3DS Streetpass Meetup… Official Nintendo Edition! – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Streetpass Meetups are a staple of anime conventions – but have you ever gone to a Streetpass Meetup WITH Nintendo? Swing by the Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room and join other Nintendo 3DS gamers. Show off your Nintendo 3DS (or 3DS XL) and collect puzzle pieces and other gaming goodness.

7:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Caitlin Glass – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

7:00 PM, Cel Painting Workshop w/Steve Bennett! – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Florida Anime Experience will provide the acrylic paint, brushes, cels, and supplies…and “Uncle” Steve Bennett! You provide the creativity. A staple of anime conventions in the early 2000s, Steve’s Cel Painting Workshop is part arts and crafts and part storytelling. Learn what it’s like to work in the classic (pre-CGI) animation industry as an artist! PREMIUM EVENT: Space is limited, and an additional ticket must be purchased in advance at Event Registration for $5 to cover your cel/supplies. (2 Hours)

7:00 PM, Noise Complaint Presents: A Night of Anime Tap Dance! – MAIN EVENTS
Noise Complaint is a group of professional tap dancers who perform full sets of choreographed dances as characters from your favorite Anime shows and video games. Noise Complaint’s dances are choreographed using music that is either directly taken from or inspired by currently trending or favorite Anime and Video Games. For this show, these awesome dancers will tell stories from the worlds of Fairy Tail and Sailor Moon through classical and rhythmic tap dance choreography, incidental improv acting and hilarious antics. This is surely a fan-favorite show that shouldn’t be missed!

7:00 PM, One Piece Film Z (Movie) – CHIBI EVENTS
TV-14. Dubbed. Get ready for latest, full-length feature film in the on-going, pirate epic, One Piece. Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines’ trump card, the “Dyna Stones,” have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral “Z”, now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat “Z” and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this mad man?

8:00 PM, Registration Closes – REGISTRATION DESK (NORTH & SOUTH)
Registration is closed for the day. If you arrive after this point, speak to a staff member about buying a pass. If you are pre-registered, you will not be able to pick up your badge until the next day.

8:00 PM, Vendors Room Closes – VENDORS ROOM
No more shopping! Come back tomorrow for more vendory room goodness.

8:30 PM, Japanese Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament – MAIN EVENTS
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to WIN against other Super Smash Bros. Dairantō Smash Brothers players? The game’s the same – but slightly different; just enough to make it more challenging. Player slots are limited to 32 (with a standby list – time pending) and a $100 Cash Prize goes to the winner! Players interested in participating should be in Florida Anime Experience Main Events at 8:00 PM to sign up. The tournament begins at 8:30 PM with the audience watching on the big screen! Questions? kalebbroo@gmail.com

9:00 PM, Artist Alley Closes – ARTIST ALLEY (EAST & WEST)
Our talented artists will be packing up for the night. Come back and see them tomorrow!

9:00 PM How to: Japanese Onsen – CHIBI EVENTS
Onsen, Japanese bath houses, are a unique part of Japanese culture. It’s seen in anime all the time, but how much can you expect real onsen to be like anime? The hosts of the AAAPodcast discuss what it’s like to be a foreigner in an onsen and how to properly enjoy the baths.

10:00 PM Anime Scene It (18+ Version; ID Required) – CHIBI EVENTS
[Content of a mature nature; Parental discretion is advised.] Think you know anime? Well what about hentai? Are you brave enough to stand up and admit your pervy knowledge while competing against others? If so, come to Anime Scene It 18+ – guaranteed to challenge even the most perverted hentai fan! You and your team will go up against three other teams in a game that will keep you talking long after it is over and will make you come back next time . Attendees must 18 or older only. ID check at the door.

11:00 PM, The Panel About Nothing – CHIBI EVENTS
[Content of a mature nature; Parental discretion is advised.] Join Angie & “Tentacle” Chris Duplis as they continue the our annual tradition of adding a panel to the Florida Anime Experience schedule… about NOTHING! Prizes, costumes, and (of course) wolves galore. If you’re looking for more detail beyond that in this description, you obviously missed the point of the title.

11:30 PM, Psycho-Pass (Episodes 1-2) – MAIN EVENTS
TV-MA. Dubbed. In the future, even just thinking about a crime is enough to make you guilty – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Detectives work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, and Inspectors make sure their partners don’t cross the fine line between good and evil. The great equalizer in the war against thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the probability that a citizen will turn criminal. There are no trials. Only Enforcers, Inspectors, and the Dominator. Commit a crime in your mind – and the Dominator will make sure you pay the ultimate price.

11:59 PM, Manga Library Closes – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
No more reading today. Come back tomorrow!

11:59 PM, Video Game Room Closes – VIDEO GAME ROOM
No more video games today. Our systems need a nap. Come back tomorrow!


SATURDAY (10:00a to 1:00a Sunday)

10:00 AM, Magic User’s Club (Episodes 1-2) – CHIBI EVENTS
TV-14. The Magic User’s Club is a group of five well-meaning misfits who do more than card tricks – they can use actual magic. And with that magic, they managed to defeat a giant ship from outer space! But their close encounter left an enormous cherry blossom tree right in the middle of the city. It’s so big that it blocks out the sun!

10:00 AM, Manga Library Opens – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
When workshops aren’t taking place in this room, swing by for a large variety of popular manga to read and enjoy. Please be courteous and return the manga to the shelf when you’re done reading, and avoid being loud for fellow readers!

10:00 AM, Registration Opens – REGISTRATION DESK (NORTH & SOUTH)
Pick up your lanyard (3-Day) or wristband (1-Day) for admission for to Florida Anime Experience 2016! The first 2,000 attendees get a swag bag full of goodies. Details: www.FloridaAnime.com/Tickets

10:00 AM, Soul Eater (Episodes 1-2) – MAIN EVENTS
TV-14. Maka is a Meister and Soul is her Weapon. As students at the Grim Reaper’s Death Weapon Meister Academy, their study habits couldn’t be more different. But in battle against the supernatural forces of evil, they’re a freakin’ lethal team. That’s when Soul transforms literally into a razor-sharp scythe, and every defeated wicked soul he sucks down makes him more deadly. That’s when Maka unleashes the merciless slayer within, wielding her partner and dropping monsters.

10:00 AM, Video Game Room Opens – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Part museum, part gaming experience: the Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room showcases imported Japanese video games and game systems – many of which have never made it to the United States! Check out this unique experience all day long.

11:00 AM, Anime Scene It – MAIN EVENTS
Do you know your anime? Well come show your skills at this scene it inspired game show that’s all about anime! 4 teams of 4 will compete against each other in an extreme competition that test their knowledge on everything anime. So come and try to win for prizes, for glory, and the chance to call yourself the biggest anime nerd there is!

11:00 AM, Yoga for Cosplayers – CHIBI EVENTS
Show up in comfortable clothes (not in costume) and enjoy a yoga session designed with cosplayers in mind! Stretch your muscles and get centered before jumping into a full day of Florida Anime Experience in your favorite costume. NOTE: A waiver will be provided and must be signed before participating. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the form.

12:00 PM, Artist Alley Opens – ARTIST ALLEY (EAST & WEST)
Check out and buy art from local talent in the Florida Anime Experience Artist Alley!

12:00 PM, Asia Trend Presents: Kamishibai Storytelling – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Kamishibai or “Paper-theatre” is form of vibrant street storytelling. It was very popular throughout urban Japan from 1920’s to the 1950’s – before the advent of television and video games. Join Izumi Sakurada from Asia Trend as she shares the tales of Momotaro-Peach Boy, Amaterasu-Sun Goddess, and Omusubi Kororin-Rolling Riceball. This is a wonderful all ages presentation!

12:00 PM, Rave Groove Adventure (Gamecube) Tournament – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Now you can fight as your favorite character from the anime Rave Master. In Rave Groove Adventure, you must defeat your enemies with your arsenal of weapons, attack combos, and special moves. Player slots are limited to 16 (with a standby list – time pending) and there are prizes! Players interested in participating should be in Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room at 11:45 AM to sign up. (2 Hours)

12:00 PM, So You Think You Can Voice Act? (with Caitlin Glass) – MAIN EVENTS
Fancy yourself a voice actor? Come test your skills against other hopefuls at this interactive panel. Join voice actress and ADR director Caitlin Glass as she walks you through the audition process using real audition material from some of your favorite titles. Learn what to do and what not to do in an audition situation and get great tips!

12:00 PM, Traveling to Japan for $3,500 or Less – CHIBI EVENTS
Having an epic anime-filled time in Japan doesn’t need to be expensive. For $3,500 (or less) the hosts of the AAAPodcast break down how you can have an amazing trip and travel across Japan to see all the sights.

12:00 PM, Vendors Room Opens – VENDORS ROOM
What anime convention experience is complete without shopping? We’ve doubled the size of the Vendors Room compared to last year – so fans will have a larger variety of shopping options!

1:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Caitlin Glass – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

1:00 PM, Cositivity: Keeping the play in Cosplay! – MAIN EVENTS
AmazonMandy holds an open discussion about navigating the sometimes complex social dynamics of cosplay. Talk about your own experiences, why people slander others, how to deal with it, and how to make the entire community a better place!

1:00 PM, Got Gundam? What to Watch in this Expansive Franchise – CHIBI EVENTS
Whether you’ve been watching Gundam since the seventies – or you’ve just now heard of it, this panel is for you! Join the panelists from NoS Anime as they take a look at the different Gundam series and offer viewing suggestions for all. This is a great opportunity to learn about (or learn more about!) this pivotal franchise that has influenced that anime mech genre for decades.

1:00 PM, Origami Workshop – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Alvin “Al” Aki’s origami is regularly featured in the Orlando Public Library and he has hosted workshops regarding the Japanese art form across Central Florida for a number of years. Mr. Aki brings his locally renowned class to Florida Anime Experience for a third year – introducing attendees of all ages to this engaging and entertaining part of Japanese culture. This workshop is included with your admission to Florida Anime Experience 2016 and supplies are provided. This workshop ends at 2:30 PM.

2:00 PM, Just A Gintama Panel – CHIBI EVENTS
Heard of Gintama? No? Yeah, that makes sense. Well, the anime just ended (again) so now is a great a time as any to learn what this series is about. The Ass Backwards Anime Podcast is here to tell you why this show about clearly insane people is worth your time. Come and see why this hidden gem from the Shonen Jump catalog is not just one series, it’s every series.

2:00 PM, Play Tanto Coure with Maid Cafe Mikkusu! – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Tanto Cuore is a Japanese deck-building card game! Each player plays as the Lord of a mansion and hires maids to fill out their house to become the King of Maids! The end goal is simple enough, the player who has the most Victory Points at the end of the game wins! Players acquire Victory Points by employing a variety of maids and “Love” cards that allow for different strategies. Come learn how to play this game in our Game Room with the Maids of Maid Cafe! (2 Hours)

2:00 PM, Q&A with Kate Oxley: voice of Akane from Psycho-Pass! – MAIN EVENTS
Kate Oxley is best known for her roles in movies and series such as Psycho-Pass (Akane Tsunemori), Darker Than Black (Misaki Kirihara), Shin-Chan (Lollipop), Dragon Ball(Pasta), One Piece (Carrot), Negima (Makie Sasaki), Peach Girl (Momo Adachi), and Full Metal Alchemist (Catherine Elle Armstrong). Join her for this Q&A about her work in anime and entertainment!

3:00 PM, Anime Convention Stories! with Steve Bennett – CHIBI EVENTS
In 1994, Steve attended his first US convention–Katsucon 1. Since then, Steve has been a guest at dozens HUNDREDS of anime conventions all across the United States. Join him for an hour of stories about his over two decades on the anime convention circuit.

3:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Kate Oxley – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

3:00 PM, Costume Contest Sign Up & Pre-Judging – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
The Florida Anime Experience Costume Contest is a chance for costume enthusiasts to show off their hard work and passion for dressing up like popular anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture inspired characters. You must stop by to be pre-judged between 3:00 PM and 4:45 PM on Saturday of the convention. Complete details: www.floridaanime.com/costume

3:00 PM, Demonstration of Traditional & Modern Japanese Martial Arts – MAIN EVENTS
Join Metro Orlando Judo Kai for a live presentation on stage featuring demonstrations of Bujutsu, the Classical Japanese Martial Arts, as well as a demonstration of Bujutsu’s successor forms known as Gendai Budo, or Modern Martial Arts. The focus of the Gendai Budo demonstrations will be on the modern Martial Art and Olympic Sport of Kodokan Judo. Techniques of ancient Japanese combat, with and without weapons, will be demonstrated and explained, followed by a demonstration of techniques used in modern combat sports such as Judo. Metro Orlando Judo Kai is a Florida not for profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of Kodokan Judo as well as education, sports, and culture. Metro Orlando Judo Kai has a well established relationship with the Tokai University Judo program, which is the number one ranked university Judo program in Japan, and who has produced some of the world’s greatest Judo competitors. Metro Orlando Judo Kai has an international array of instructors coming from Japan, Korea, Europe, the Middle East, Brazil, and of course the USA. Metro Orlando Judo Kai operates their program out of the USA Wrestling Southeast Regional Training Center, which is an official training center for the US Olympic Wrestling program.

4:00 PM, Religion in Anime – CHIBI EVENTS
As any well versed anime fan will tell you, Neon Genesis Evangelion (and the subsequent movies) are ubiquitous with religious symbolism – specifically Christianity and old Hebrew. Student Ministry and LifeGroups pastor Tony Talavera from Sanctuary Church presents this discussion about Angels and Evas and how Hideaki Anno and his team managed to infuse one of the greatest anime of all time with meaning and symbolism from one of the largest religions in the world.

4:30 PM, Anime Industry Roundtable (Featuring the Guests of FAE 2016) – MAIN EVENTS
This is *the* panel to see at this year’s FAE! We have put together an ADR Director (Caitlin Glass), Animator (Steve Bennett), Distributor (Robert Woodhead), and Voice Actor (Kate Oxley) in a roundtable Q&A presentation about working in the various facets of the anime industry. Bring your questions!

5:00 PM, Anime Page-turners – CHIBI EVENTS
There’s a surprising amount of connections between anime and books. From bookish characters, to anime that take place in libraries, to light novels… Join bestselling Young Adult author, and AAAPodcast host, Elise Kova to talk about overlaps between books and anime.

5:30 PM, Otaku no Video presentation (w/ Intro from Robert Woodhead) – MAIN EVENTS
Join Robert Woodhead from AnimEigo as he talks about the history of this seminal anime OVA – from its inception in Japan to the most recent process of remastering it for U.S. release via Kickstarter. Video is PG-13. Somewhat based on the real story of how Gainax was founded, Otaku no Video addresses all aspects of an otaku lifestyle. Ken Kubo is a young man living an average life until he is dragged into a group of otaku. Slowly, he becomes more like them until he decides to abandon his former life to become king of otaku—the otaking! (2 Hours)

6:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Kate Oxley – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

6:00 PM, Bonsai Tree Workshop – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Hosted by the Central Florida Bonsai Club (www.centralfloridabonsaiclub.com) – Bonsai (盆栽) is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Each participant will be provided with a small tree, live instructions, and supplies for pruning & styling. The bonsai tree and pot will be your to take home! PREMIUM EVENT: Space is limited, and an additional ticket ($15) must be purchased in advance at Event Registration. (Class ends after 3 hours, but it will take less time in most cases.)

6:00 PM, Maid Cafes 101 – CHIBI EVENTS
The Americanization of Japanese Maid Cafes seems to have created a “lost in translation” situation at most anime cons. Less sexy and more sweet, authentic Japanese maid cafes are a unique experience that can only be described as a bombardment of cute. Join the maids from Maid Cafe Mikkusu as they explain the history and charm behind the cafes from Akihabara, Japan!

6:00 PM, Nintendo 3DS Streetpass Meetup – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Swing by the Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room and join other Nintendo 3DS gamers for this scheduled gathering. Show off your Nintendo 3DS (or 3DS XL) and collect puzzle pieces and other gaming goodness.

7:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Caitlin Glass – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

7:00 PM, Sakuranatsu LoveLive! Cosplay Concert – CHIBI EVENTS
Presented by the Sakuranatsu Japanese Art Club. “We have performed as characters from Love Live all over our community!At Florida Anime Experience we will have a variety of dances and speeches that we will be very excited to show the wonderful people who came out for this convention.”

7:00 PM, All-Star! Dairantou Smash Bros. (Super Smash Bros.) N64 Tournament – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Play the classic Smash Bros. game in Japanese… for prizes! Player slots are limited to 32 (with a standby list – time pending). Players interested in participating should be in Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room at 6:45 PM to sign up. (2 Hours)

8:00 PM, Costume Contest – MAIN EVENTS
The Florida Anime Experience Costume Contest is a chance for costume enthusiasts to show off their hard work and passion for dressing up like popular anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture inspired characters. Entrants must have been pre-judged earlier in the day (see schedule). Entrants should arrive at 7:30 PM. Hosted by Steve Bennett! Complete details: www.floridaanime.com/costume

3:00 PM, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F (Movie) – CHIBI EVENTS
TV-PG. Subbed. Even the complete obliteration of his physical form can’t stop the galaxy’s most evil overlord. After years in spiritual purgatory, Frieza has been resurrected and plans to take his revenge on the Z Fighters of Earth. Facing off against Frieza’s powerful new form and his army of 1,000 soldiers, Goku and Vegeta must reach new levels of strength in order to protect Earth from their vengeful nemesis.

9:00 PM, Noise Complaint Live (During the Costume Contest) – MAIN EVENTS
What better way to pass the time while the Costume Contest judges deliberate than with a performance from cosplay dance troupe Noise Complaint! Enjoy an encore presentation of this high energy stage presentation that will convince you that, too, can dance in your favorite cosplay.

10:00 PM, Ouran High School Host Club Slumber Party (w/ Caitlin Glass) – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Join host Caitlin Glass for bloopers, games, sugary cereal, and of course, Ouran! Wear your PJs or your Ouran cosplay and come party the Haruhi way- commoner style! That means free stuff! Don’t miss it! NOTE: Cereal and milk will be available on first come/first serve basis! (2 Hours)

10:00 PM, Walking through Death Country: Buddhist Pilgrimage in Japan – CHIBI EVENTS
Have you ever wanted to walk in a 750-mile circle for weeks on end? For thousands of people, this is life on the Shikoku Henro, Japan’s most popular religious pilgrimage. These pilgrims are said to be “dead to the world” and death symbolism colors much of the experience. Join a former pilgrim as he recounts visiting the 88 Buddhist temples of Kobo Daishi and answers the big questions: What’s the appeal? How did it start? Why are you carrying your own coffin?

10:30 PM, Nerdy Karaoke – MAIN EVENTS
[Content of a mature nature; Parental discretion is advised.] Karaoke (カラオケ) is a form of interactive entertainment or video game in which an amateur singer sings along with recorded music (a music video) using a microphone and public address system. In Japan – American pop songs are EXTREMELY popular in Karaoke Bars since it gives people a chance to practice English. SO – we’re hauling Nerdy Karaoke (from The Geek Easy in Winter Park) onto our stage at Florida Anime Experience again this year! This event will feature a cash bar.

11:00 PM, “Many Breasts Inside” – The Culture of Japanese Sex Clubs (18+ Only; ID Required) – CHIBI EVENTS
[Content of a mature nature; Parental discretion is advised.] True tales from two hosts of the AAAPodcast’s explorations into the seedy underbelly of Tokyo. Bring your government-issued ID, we’ll be checking at the door, because things are going to get a little (a lot) vulgar in this panel room.

11:59 PM, Psycho-Pass 2 (Episodes 1-2) – CHIBI EVENTS
TV-MA. Dubbed. It’s been a little over a year since Inspector Akane Tsunemori chose to put her faith in the Sibyl System and keep its true nature a secret. Assigned to a new division with a few familiar faces, Akane and her team of Inspectors and Enforcers are charged with upholding the law in a society where just thinking about a crime is enough to get you locked away forever—or executed on the spot. Just as Akane settles into her new routine, a terrorist bombing in the center of the city shakes the System to its core and launches an investigation that uncovers a network of latent criminals who claim their leader has the power to lower their crime coefficients…

1:00 AM Sunday Morning, Manga Library Closes – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
No more reading for now. Come back later!

1:00 AM Sunday Morning, Video Game Room Closes – VIDEO GAME ROOM
No more video games for now. Our systems need a nap. Come back later!


SUNDAY (10:00a to 6:00p)

10:00 AM, Manga Library Opens – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
When workshops aren’t taking place in this room, swing by for a large variety of popular manga to read and enjoy. Please be courteous and return the manga to the shelf when you’re done reading, and avoid being loud for fellow readers!

10:00 AM, Registration Opens – REGISTRATION DESK (NORTH & SOUTH)
Pick up your lanyard (3-Day) or wristband (1-Day) for admission for to Florida Anime Experience 2016! The first 2,000 attendees get a swag bag full of goodies. Details: www.FloridaAnime.com/Tickets

10:00 AM, Sailor Moon (Episodes 1-2) – MAIN EVENTS
TV-PG. Dubbed. Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, guardian of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth’s only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!

10:00 AM, Sgt. Frog (Episodes 1-2) – CHIBI EVENTS
TV-PG. Dubbed. Keroro is Sergeant Frog – the leader of a platoon of warriors sent to conquer planet Earth. But when the amphibious invaders discovered how much humans enjoy dissecting their comrades, the troops were scattered, the mission was aborted, and Keroro was abandoned. Now, this once proud soldier spends more time wielding a vacuum than he does the weapons of war. It’s a far cry from the glory of battle, but hey, at least he’s got his own room.

10:00 AM, Video Game Room Opens – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Part museum, part gaming experience: the Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room showcases imported Japanese video games and game systems – many of which have never made it to the United States! Check out this unique experience all day long.

11:00 AM – Anime Yoga: Strike a Pose! – CHIBI EVENTS
Kick off your day the anime way! Come in comfortable clothes for a yoga session that presents poses and stretches themed after popular anime and characters. Perfect holding common poses used when presenting costumes on stage or during photo shoots. This is a great way to kick off your convention day and learn something new at the same time. NOTE: A waiver will be provided and must be signed before participating. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the form.

11:00 AM, Artist Alley Opens – ARTIST ALLEY (EAST & WEST)
Check out and buy art from local talent in the Florida Anime Experience Artist Alley!

11:00 AM, Steve Bennett Q&A – MAIN EVENTS
Who is Steve Bennett? Why is he at this anime convention? What does he have to do with manga and Japanese animation? Are those rumors I read on the Internet true? ASK HIM YOURSELF! Join Steve for a Q&A session about his work in the industry, Japan, and whatever else comes to his mind Sunday morning at a con.

11:00 AM, Vendors Room Opens – VENDORS ROOM
What anime convention experience is complete without shopping? We’ve doubled the size of the Vendors Room compared to last year – so fans will have a larger variety of shopping options!

12:00 PM, Origami Workshop – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Alvin “Al” Aki’s origami is regularly featured in the Orlando Public Library and he has hosted workshops regarding the Japanese art form across Central Florida for a number of years. Mr. Aki brings his locally renowned class to Florida Anime Experience for a third year – introducing attendees of all ages to this engaging and entertaining part of Japanese culture. This workshop is included with your admission to Florida Anime Experience 2016 and supplies are provided. This workshop ends at 1:30 PM.

12:00 PM, Q&A with Kate Oxley: voice of Akane from Psycho-Pass! – MAIN EVENTS
Kate Oxley is best known for her roles in movies and series such as Psycho-Pass (Akane Tsunemori), Darker Than Black (Misaki Kirihara), Shin-Chan (Lollipop), Dragon Ball(Pasta), One Piece (Carrot), Negima (Makie Sasaki), Peach Girl (Momo Adachi), and Full Metal Alchemist (Catherine Elle Armstrong). Join her for this Q&A about her work in anime and entertainment!

12:00 PM, The Used Prize Anime Game Show! – CHIBI EVENTS
You’re an anime expert and it’s time to show your friends. Multiple rounds with all kinds of anime trivia, lots of players, and prizes. So what if the prizes are gently used? This is more about showing your anime dominance! Brought to you by the anime-obsessed hosts at the AAAPodcast.

12:30 PM, Sailor Moon SuperS: Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen (Playstation) Tournament – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Fight for love, justice, and prizes! This is the legendary(?) Sailor Moon fighting game for the original Playstation. Battle it out with your favorite Sailor Scout. Player slots are limited to 8 (with a standby list – time pending). Players interested in participating should be in Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room at 12:15 PM to sign up. (90 Minutes)

1:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Kate Oxley – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

1:00 PM, Caitlin Glass Q&A – MAIN EVENTS
Voice actress and ADR director Caitlin Glass (Winry in FMA, Haruhi in Ouran) answers all your burning questions about voice acting, directing, singing, fandom, nerdiness and just generally whatever you want! Come bring your Q’s and she’ll provide the A’s… and often, free schwag, too!

1:00 PM, One Piece: The Halfway Point – CHIBI EVENTS
One Piece seems to be that series that may never have an end in sight. Now, after nearly two decades, we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The Ass Backwards Anime Podcast is here to talk with you about where this series has gone and where it can possibly go. Just so you know, there will be spoilers.

2:00 PM, Anime Music Video (AMV) Contest – MAIN EVENTS
Like music? Like Japanese cartoons? Put them both together and you get THIS CONTEST! Swing by and see the winners of a competition that rests heavily on a television channel concept from the eighties that has long since lost its way…

2:00 PM, Autograph Signing: Caitlin Glass – VENDORS ROOM
Get up to two (2) items signed by the voice dozens of popular anime including Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist! Please note that the line will be cut off when capacity of the one hour signing has been reached. Please check the schedule for other autograph times.

2:00 PM, Gundam 101: Canonical History – CHIBI EVENTS
Let’s face it: it’s difficult to determine a functional “canon” to the extensive Gundam franchise. The team from Nos Anime reviews this with a special focus being given to the original (Universal Century) timeline. Bring your notebooks and mech questions!

2:00 PM, Maid Cafe Mikkusu – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
Maid cafés (メイド喫茶 ) are a subcategory of cosplay restaurants found predominantly in Japan. In these cafés, waitresses dressed in maid uniforms act as servants, and treat customers as masters (and mistresses) in a private home, rather than as café patrons. We’re proud to host another maid cafe at Florida Anime Experience that is both authentic to the Japanese style AND appropriate for all ages. PREMIUM EVENT: Space is limited, and an additional ticket must be purchased in advance at Event Registration for $15. Each ticket includes a large cupcake and coffee/tea during your experience. (2 Hours)

3:00 PM, Kickstarting Anime with AnimEigo – MAIN EVENTS
Join AnimEigo co-founder Robert Woodhead for this discussion about the successful connection between Kickstarter and anime! Robert has helped bring classic titles like Bubblegum Crisis and Otaku no Video to Blu-ray via crowdfunding, and is currently working on doing the same with the popular title Riding Bean. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the “behind the scenes” for fans of crowdfunding and the anime industry!

3:00 PM, Nintendo 3DS Streetpass Meetup – VIDEO GAME ROOM
Swing by the Florida Anime Experience Video Game Room and join other Nintendo 3DS gamers for this scheduled gathering. Show off your Nintendo 3DS (or 3DS XL) and collect puzzle pieces and other gaming goodness.

3:00 PM, Running a Hobby Business – CHIBI EVENTS
In this panel, AmazonMandy walks you through how to start, maintain, and excel at running a business for yourself, be it on the side, or full time. Whether you’re looking to make and sell tails, corsets, or talent, she’ll explain the do’s and don’ts, from professionalism with customers to paying taxes!

4:00 PM, Artist Alley Closes – ARTIST ALLEY (EAST & WEST)
Our talented artists will be packing up for the weekend. See you at Florida Anime Experience 2017!

4:00 PM, Registration Closes – REGISTRATION DESK (NORTH & SOUTH)
Thanks for coming to Florida Anime Experience! Be sure to stop by Closing Ceremonie at 5:00 PM for new about 2017!

4:00 PM, Teaching English in Japan. The. True. Story. – CHIBI EVENTS
Many people use the opportunity to teach English in Japan as a way to live in the land of the rising sun. But it’s not all cute school children and teacher’s rooms… There’s things to look out for and horror stories to be shared. Having done it, the hosts of the AAAPodcast share their personal experiences.

4:00 PM, Tentacle Chris’s Excellent Charity Auction (Benefiting Toys For Tots) – MAIN EVENTS
“Tentacle” Chris Duplis loves Christmas… so much so that he thinks about it all year long. In 2015, he started a personal mission to raise money and toys for Toy For Tots to help spread holiday cheer in Central Florida and raised almost $3500 in donations. Well, this year we’re helping him kick things off early by hosting a charity auction at the convention as he tries to DOUBLE THAT AMOUNT! (That’s right, folks: $7000.) Anime collectibles, autographs, and MORE will be available – so don’t miss out! (NOTE: want to donate an item to the auction? Email christopherduplis@gmail.com)

4:00 PM, Vendors Room Closes – VENDORS ROOM
No more shopping! See you at Florida Anime Experience 2017!

5:00 PM, Closing Ceremonies – MAIN EVENTS
Another year in the books for Florida’s anime convention about ANIME! Swing by for good-byes, lost and found, questions, answers, and maybe even some free stuff.

5:00 PM, Manga Library Closes – MANGA LIBRARY/WORKSHOPS
We’re done. Swing by closing ceremonies – and see you in 2017!

5:00 PM, Video Game Room Closes – VIDEO GAME ROOM
We’ve turned off the TVs and power strips. Time for the Japanese gaming goodness to take a break until 2017. See you next year!