Philcon, the world's longest-running conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, run by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, is November 16-18, 2018! We're very happy to be working with them to help put together a jam-packed schedule of programming for the Anime & Animation track!
Philcon is located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. While the full schedule is available here, we also wanted to give you a preview of what we hope you'll join us for. We also owe a big thanks to Funimation Entertainment who provided permissions for all of the great screenings that will take place.
First off, here is the programming you can expect as part of the Anime & Animation Track:
Fri 4:00 PM in Plaza I — Screening: Crest of the Stars
[TV-14] A massive, highly advanced alien civilization called the Abh Empire invades the human-inhabited planet of Martine. Seven years later, his son meets a spirited Abh princess who will guide him through an impending intergalactic war.
Fri 6:00 PM in Plaza I — From East to West: The Changing Face of Animation
For many years, one of the hallmarks of anime has been progressive story arcs where characters evolve across episodes and seasons. Compare this to episodic Western animation where status quo is king. However, due in part to Western animators who grew up on anime, this is beginning to change. This panel will examine how this and many other attributes of anime have influenced and inspired Western animation.
Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza I — Mobile Suit Lyrical Nanoha (Winning the War on Pants)
A look at the Mecha Genre's influence on "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha." Nanoha Takamachi's journey may have started with saving a talking ferret, but her world has more in common with that of Gundam Pilot Amuro Ray than that of other Magical Girls. Join us as we explore how the Nanoha franchise has taken inspiration from the Mecha genre.
Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza I — Venture Bros. Returns!
Fourteen years ago, an animated cartoon show on Adult Swim paved the way for the idea of a shared cross continuity entertainment universe. Blending elements from comics, pulp, science fiction, spy shows, Scooby Doo, and David Bowie and putting them against the backdrop of a failed Jet Age future...and now it's back!
Fri 9:00 PM in Plaza I — Anime Blinded Me with Science
When most people think of sci-fi anime they think of legendary giant robots, but some sci-fi anime gets the science more right than you may think!
Fri 10:00 PM in Plaza I — Anime Armaments & Toon Tactics
Join us as we discuss the all-too-rare accurate depictions of military hardware, tactics and strategy in animation.
Fri 11:00 PM in Plaza I — Bad Anime, Bad! 2018 Edition
The pain! Oh dear God, the pain!! How could you ever allow these shows to see the light of day?! Do you think sanity is overrated? Want utter oblivion to be your best friend? Strap yourselves in for the worst of the worst the animation industry has to offer!
Fri 11:59 PM in Plaza I — Screening: Hellsing
[TV-MA]The rogue vampire Alucard is the Hellsing Organization's deadliest instrument in its mission to protect the British Empire from undead ghouls and satanic freaks.
Sat 9:00 AM in Plaza I — Screening: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
[TV-14] Kyon is a cynical and sarcastic teenager. The first day of his first year of high school is filled with hopes of a normal school experience—hopes that are immediately dashed after meeting the beautiful and eccentric Haruhi Suzumiya. At Kyon’s accidental suggestion, she decides to create her own club dedicated to finding and observing life’s oddities—like the aliens, espers, and time travelers she believes walk among normal people.
Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza I — I Mustn't Run Away… (Winning the War on Pants)
Who is the best Evangelion Pilot? What do the last 2 episodes really mean? Is Hideaki Anno legitimately insane or just a misunderstood artist? Join us for an open debate and discussion on the groundbreaking anime "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
Sat 12:00 PM in Plaza I — Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 30th Anniversary
Join us as we remember the film that broke all the rules and set the benchmark for future movies. What made it so groundbreaking? Does it still hold up today?
Sat 1:00 PM in Plaza I — Social Progress at 24 Frames per Second
Many animations have been ahead of the social curve. Tezuka's Bagi protested animal experimentation in 1984. More recently, Golden Kamuy features an Ainu main character, while Code Geass depicts Japanese people being treated like Koreans have been treated in Japan. This panel will delve into the ways in which anime has challenged the social norms of Japan from the past to the present.
Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza I — Shoujo Manga that Breaks the Mold (Panel Geeks)
Shoujo manga is rife with tropes and clichés, yet it is the genre that introduced many to anime and manga. And while we enjoyed it, we’ve picked some of the best series that defy the genre while still being the light-hearted romantic comedies that we love.
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza I — Anime for Sci-Fi Fans
Do you keep walking by the "anime track", but aren't really sure about this anime stuff? Are you curious, but don't know where to start? This the panel for you! In this panel, we'll discuss some great series and movies for beginners to the anime, where you can watch them, and ways they may be both different and similar to traditional U.S. fare. Bring your favorite movie or genre, and we'll try find a show for you!
Sat 4:00 PM in Plaza I — Inuyasha: Feminism in a Feudal Fairy Tale (Panel Geeks)
Rumiko Takahashi’s hit series is beloved around the world for blending action, fantasy, and romance. Let’s take a closer look at the unique cast of women that fight demons, protect their loved ones, stand up for what’s right, and sometimes are as evil as Naraku himself.
Sat 5:30 PM in Plaza I —Screening: My Hero Academia
[TV-14] It’s an exciting age of heroes, where most people develop supernatural abilities known as Quirks. Bright-eyed kids like Izuku Midoriya — Deku for short — dream of the day they become champions of the people. There’s just one little problem standing in Deku’s way. In a world full of heroes, he’s Quirkless.
Sat 8:00 PM in Plaza I — The New Wave of Animated Royalty
Once upon a time in the West, the profession of "Princessing" was little more than glittering gowns, fuzzy woodland creatures, saccharine sing-a-longs and sporadic spunkiness. Enter the 21st Century: the next generation of animators, empowered by social change and raised on bolder, Eastern animated faire, has raised the bar for awe-inspiring animated royalty. Join us as we showcase examples, both Eastern and Western, of these heavy heads that wear the crown.
Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza I — Totally Subversive Toons
We all remember when cartoons were nice and safe for kids...or were they? Sift through the subtext and you can see how shocking and tradition-defying they were, and still are to this day.
Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza I — Tackling Sexuality and Gender Identity in Anime and Manga [18+] (Panel Geeks)
The spectrum of sexuality and gender identities are constantly being recalibrated and redefined. Let us help you understand with the helpful visual aid of some of your favorite characters. We invite everyone that wants to learn more about pan / bi / demi / ace sexualities, aromanticism, and intersex / trans / genderfluid gender identities.
Sat 11:30 PM in Plaza I - Screening: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199
[TV-14] Earth is on the verge of complete annihilation. Threatened by an intergalactic superpower known as Gamilas, humankind’s last hope for survival depends upon the generous assistance of another alien civilization - Iscandar. The Space Battleship Yamato - manned by a skilled, motivated crew and with advanced tech at its core - has only one year to seek out this planet and recover a device that could revitalize Earth.
Sun 9:00 AM in Plaza I —Screening: Wolf Children
[PG] Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.
Sun 11:00 AM in Plaza I — Should You Watch: Symphogear?
Join us for a fun hour where we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of Symphogear.
Sun 12:00 PM in Plaza I — Diversity in Anime and Manga (Panel Geeks)
Anime and manga hosts an entire rainbow of characters, from hair color to physical abilities. In this presentation, we focus on the range of characters that represent the diversity in all otaku—people of color, strong women, LGBTQ individuals, varied body types, and religious diversity.
Sun 1:30 PM in Plaza I - Screening: Izetta: The Last Witch
[TV-14] It’s 1940 and the world is in the throes of war. Germania has threatened to invade a small neighboring country, putting their princess in danger. But in the midst of it all, a mysterious power awakens. The last witch has come to the aid of the princess, combining magic and weaponry to take on enemies.
Sun 2:00 PM in Plaza IV — Roundtable: A Farewell to Adventure Time
A fond look back on the little show that could. Audience participation appreciated!
There will also be a variety of other panels and workshops, a vendor and artist room, a tabletop gaming lounge, an art show, a Friday night dance, and the Saturday night Masquerade.
If you're planning to attend, you can view registration information on Philcon's website. Discounts are available for students, children, teens, and active duty military.
More info is available on the Philcon website.
We hope to see you there!