Panel Descriptions

Art by Shawn King
Art by Shawn King

Saturday Aug 1

8:00-8:55am      Central time

Opening Ceremonies

Join the Staff of AnimeIowa as they welcome you to the 24th Annual convention.  Even though we can’t be together, we are together-apart and going to have a great weekend.

On DiscordHost: AnimeIowa Executives

9:00-9:55am      Central time

Japanese Mask Presentation

A presentation that will cover a number of Japanese Omen Masks that can be found in Japanese festivals.

On DiscoreHost: Tanis S.

10:00-10:55am   Central time

100 Word Dash: A Fanfiction Contest     

Come test your writing skills.
Participants have one hour to write a 100 word drabble.

On Discord – Host: Amy W.

10:00-10:55am   Central time

Japanese in an Hour

This is not your basic phrasebook Japanese. You can get that from a phrasebook. A short list of nouns and verbs will be given, and basic sentence structure will be taught. Japanese pronunciation is also included. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to ask and answer simple questions in Japanese and talk about what they have done or will do. Limited seating available. Email to reserve your seat today

On Zoom – Host: Charlotte M

10:00am-12:15pm     Central time

“A Silent Voice” Watch Party

Watch “A Silent Voice” with us on Netflix. A former class bully reaches out to the deaf girl he had tormented in grade school. He feels unworthy of redemption but tries to make things right.
Must have a Netflix subscription to join.

On Netflix – Host: Zummy

11:00-11:10am   Central time

Café Ai: Let’s go on a picnic with the Maids

In this video short you are the guest of honor at a picnic especially for you. Watch from a 1st person perspective as you attend a picnic on a beautiful summer’s day with two of the gracious maids from the AnimeIowa Cafe AI.

On Discord – Hosts:  Maid Ogawa & Maid Kikki

11:00-11:30am   Café Ai Central time

Café Ai at AnimeIowa is a fun event for all ages inspired by the maid cafés in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan. When you are here, your personal staff of maids will greet you as Lord or Lady. Maid personalities represent different tropes you might see in anime. This year you may attend Café Ai through Zoom! Attendance will be limited so please RSVP by emailing us at to reserve your place at the virtual table! Attendance will be first come, first serve and admission is limited. You will need to bring your own drink and snacks to this event.
Your maids will entertain you with a love spell for your snack, games, and a dance.

On Zoom – Hosts: Bonnie A. & the AnimeIowa Maids

11:10-11:30am   Central time

How To Make Ramen

Learn how to make ramen at home in this cooking demo!

On Discord – Host: The Penticoffs

11:30-11:55am   Central time

Children’s Stories

12:00-12:55pm  Central time

History of Gunpla

In this panel we will cover the history of the Gundam model building hobby. Covering the very first kits and the updates to the models and various lines of models until current.

On Discord – Dylan B.

1:00-1:55pm      Central time

Gongfu with Uncle Iroh 

Spend time with everyone’s favorite fire-bending uncle and learn about gongfu, the Chinese tea ceremony.

On Discord – Phillip M. aka Ninja Phil

1:00-3:00pm      Central time

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” Watch Party

Watch “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” with us on Netflix. Ordinary girl Mary picks an extraordinary flower and travels to Endor College, a school for magic. But its foremost teachers have a sinister plan.
Must have a Netflix subscription to join.

On Netflix – Host: Brianna

2:00-2:55pm      Central time

Digimon: The Movie on Blake & Spencer Get Jumped Live!

Relive the absolute classic that is the dubbed Digimon movie from the year 2000. Hosts Blake and Spencer will summarize, discuss, admire, and mock all this amazing, glorious Digital Monsters goodness.

On Discord – Host: Spencer M.

2:30-???pm       Central time

League of Disposable Ninja: Redux

AnimeIowa has returned home, and with it the dread shinobi of the LoDN. Find out what it takes to be a convention Ninja, lose a limb, win fabulous prizes!

On Discord – Host: Phillip M. aka Ninja Phil

3:00-3:55pm      Central time

Cosplaying While Black

Involved in this panel are Chicago- based POC (person of color) Cosplayers where we discuss the struggles and triumphs of a POC cosplayer. We explore many topics such as race identity in the community, brown/black face controversary in the community, and discuss ways to speak encouragement into the community making it more comfortable for future POC and NON POC cosplayers. THIS PANEL IS FOR ALL COSPLAYERS AND NON COSPLAYERS both POC AND NON-POC. If you are willing to be educated, we are willing to pass on the knowledge.

On Discord – Host: Chloe M.

3:30-5:30pm      Central time

“Demon Slayer” Episodes 1-4 Watch Party

Watch “Demon Slayer” episodes 1-4 with us on Crunchy Roll. A family is attacked by demons and only two members survive – Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko, who is turning into a demon slowly. Tanjiro sets out to become a demon slayer to avenge his family and cure his sister.
Must have a Crunchy Roll subscription to join.

On Crunchy Roll – Host: Vikram

4:00-4:55pm      Central time

Gunpla 101

We will show you the basics to assemble a Gundam model out of the box and show you some basic clean up techniques to make it look as good as possible.

On Discord – Host: Dylan B.

5:00-5:55pm      Central time

Crusher’s Rockin’ Q&A and Vocaloid Panel

Due to Technical Difficulties this Panel has been rescheduled to Sunday at 11AM

6:00-6:10pm      Central time

J-Fashion Show Runway

Join us for a live stream of the prerecorded AnimeIowa fashion show. The show is made from clips submitted by people just like you and me. They are from area communities and are passionate about their J-fashions.

On Discord – Host: Bonnie A.

6:00-8:00pm      Central time

“Black Clover” Episodes 1-4 Watch Party

Watch “Black Clover” episodes 1-4 with us on Crunchy Roll. Asta and Yuno are orphans raised in the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom. In a world where people are born with magic, Asta was born without any. Additionally, in their coming of age ceremony, Yuno receives a rare four-leaf clover grimoire, like the original Magic Emperor.
Must have a Crunchy Roll subscription to join.

On Crunchy Roll – Host:

6:10-6:25pm      Central time

Children’s Stories

6:30-7:25pm      Central time

S*** Cosplayers Say

From the podcast of the same name comes the best of the worst cosplay and convention related questions. Join La Vie Cosplay as we explore the depths of the internet and examine the crazy of fandom life. You’re not gonna believe what some people say! Or what people think they can attach to their bodies with hot glue……”

On Discord – Host:  Cosplay
Guests-of-Honor La Vie Cosplay

7:30pm-???       Central time


On Discord – Host: AI Cosplay Team

8:00pm-???       Central time


Party in your own Home!

On Discord – Host and your DJ for the night: Brian J.

Sunday Aug 2

8:00-8:55am      Central time

How Kimono Are Made

An in-depth exploration of how traditional kimono are constructed.

On Discord – Host & longtime Marketplace Vendor: Tangerine Mt.

9:00-9:55am      Central time

Doll Collecting 101

Ever wonder what the deal is with those dolls people carry around conventions? Thinking about starting your own collection but don’t know where to start? Answers can be found here! The main focus will be on resin ball jointed dolls, but we’ll also briefly cover other types. Also since this is a virtual panel you’ll be able to see and ask questions about any of the 200+ dolls in my collection.

On Discord – Host: Nikki B.

10:00-10:55        Central time

How to Japan

On Discord – Host & proprietor of Anime Fast Food: John S.

10:00am-12:00pm     Central time

“Cardcaptor Sakura” Episodes 1-4 Watch Party  

Watch “Cardcaptor Sakura” episodes 1-4 with us on Netflix. After a young girl breaks the seal of a magical book, releasing the spirits of the cards inside, she must become a “Cardcaptor” and retrieve them.
Must have a Netflix subscription to join.

On Netflix – Host: Tongo Jeff

11:00-11:55am   Central time

Crusher’s Rockin’ Q&A and Vocaloid Panel

Rescheduled from Saturday.
Curious about Vocaloid / UTAU / other voice synthesizer work? Want to know what it’s like to make music and art for a living? Find out, meet fellow fans, or discover something new.

On Discord – Host: Guest-of-Honor
Cien Miller.

12:00-12:30pm  Central time

How to Wear Kimono

Learn how to properly wear kimono in this how-to.

On Discord – Host & longtime Marketplace Vendor: Tangerine Mt.

1:00-1:55pm      Central time

Advanced Gunpla Building

In this panel we will show you how to add even more detail to your kit. Everything from water slide decals to weathering!

On Discord – Host: Dylan B

1:00-3:00pm      Central time

“Fate/Apocrypha” Episodes 1-4 Watch Party

Watch “Fate/Apocrypha” with us on Netflix. The theft of the Greater Grail form Fuyuki City leads to a splintered timeline in which the Great Holy Grail War is waged on an unprecedented scale.
Must have a Netflix subscription to join.

On Netflix – Host: Brianna

2:00-2:55pm      Central time

Art Show Gallery Tour

One of the best parts of the convention is bidding on and bringing home wonderful art pieces from the Art show and Auction. Join us to take a look at the art and artists who entered our online-virtual Art Show.

On Discord – Host: AnimeIowa Art Show

3:00-3:55pm      Central time

EGL Tea Party

See the Special Event Panels page for more information on attending the EGL tea party.

On Zoom – Host: Bonnie A.

3:00-3:55pm      Central time

Pokemon in Polymer Clay: Sculpting Follow Along

Ever wanted to try sculpting in clay but didn’t know where to start? Polymer clay is a versatile, beginner-friendly medium for those looking to make figurines or jewelry. Join Lindy of How Many Dragons as she walks through the process of sculpting a Charizard from start to finish. Questions and curiosity welcomed!

Materials list is as follows:

Colored polymer clay –
orange, teal, light yellow, red.
Small beads for eyes.
Tools for cutting, rolling flat sheets, and smoothing clay.

Acrylic paint.
Clay glaze.

On Discord – Host: Linda of
How Many Dragons

3:30-5:30pm      Central time

“Digimon: Adventure 2020” Episodes 1-4 Watch Party    

Watch “Digimon: Adventure 2020” with us on Crunchy Roll. This is the new remake where kids who received a strange device transports them inside the Digimon world, where they find their partner to go on an adventure to save both Real and Digital world. Every Digimon has their own unique ability and have the capability to evolve.
Must have a Crunchy Roll subscription to join.

On Crunchy Roll – Host: Brianna

4:00-4:55pm      Central time

Pattern Making and Downscaling for Dolls

Have you ever wanted to make cosplays or clothing for dolls, plushies, etc? Don’t know where to start on finding tiny patterns or how to choose materials? Want to learn pattern alteration skills that can also be applied to sewing for people? This is the panel for you! We will be talking mostly about sources and scaling of patterns, but will also delve in to design, material selection, and special techniques for sewing very small clothing.

On Discord – Host: Nikki B.

5:00-5:55pm      Central time

Right Stuff Panel

Right Stuf will be holding its annual panel with updates on Anime

On Discord – Host: Right Stuf

6:00-6:55pm      Central time

DIY Doll Dress Form        

Learn how to make you own doll dress form so making their clothes is even easier.

On Discord – Host: Elizabeth S.

6:00-8:00pm      Central time

“Sailor Moon Crystal” Episodes 1-4 Watch Party

Watch “Sailor Moon Crystal” episodes 1-4 with us on Crunchy Roll. This is the remake where Sailor Moon discovers who she is and learns how to use her powers. She also meets her new friends/allies, who become other Sailor Scouts, each with planet/elemental powers.
Must have a Crunchy Roll subscription to join.

On Crunchy Roll – Host: Vikram

7:00-7:55pm      Central time

Lolita 102: Leveling Up Your Lolita Fashion

Learn how to tie the perfect waist bows, pose, edit photos, find deals on brand, coordinate colors and themes, care for your clothing, use Taobao, and build the wardrobe of your dreams!

On Discord – Host: Susie N.

8:00-8:55pm      Central time

A Narration of 5 Japanese Ghost Stories

Tune in to hear 5 Ghost Stories, a.k.a Kaidan, that you may not have heard before, all stemming from tales long told in old Japan. Listen in as our storyteller takes you on a mysterious journey.

On Discord – Host: Lindsay M.

9:00-9:55pm      Central time

Closing Ceremonies

Wrap up the weekend’s fun with the staff of AnimeIowa.  Help us put 2020 to bed and look forward to 2021!

On Discord Host: AnimeIowa Staff