Panel Descriptions


Friday July 9, 2021 @ 10:00am EDT

Opening Ceremonies
Anime Lockdown Staff

Anime Lockdown is finally here!

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 11:00am EDT

Japanese Film and Television in the 1960s
Anime Commentary

This panel examines various productions released into theaters and on television in Japan in the “Golden Sixties,” ranging from anime to tokusatsu to Seijun Suzuki.

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 12:30pm EDT

Shojo Manga’s Lost Generation
Megan D
In the 1950s and 60s, a generation of talented young women helped transform shojo manga into the artform we know today, but have since fallen into obscurity. Who were they? What did they achieve? And how can two decades of manga history be so easily forgotten?

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 2:00pm EDT

Pure Illusion: Exploring Dreams and Memory In Anime


Dreams and memories: ephemeral, surreal, and fleeting; constantly slipping through our fingers, but essential to understanding who we are as individuals. What better medium to capture this ever-changing vision of reality than animation? We’ll look at how anime portrays dreams and memories, and uses them to tell its stories.

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 3:30pm EDT

Covering Fandom with Anime News Network’s Lynzee Loveridge

Lynzee Loveridge

A 10-year veteran of Anime News Network, executive editor Lynzee Loveridge has covered some of fandom’s biggest controversies, conventions, and personalities. In her first panel for Anime Lockdown, Lynzee will share her story of how she started at Anime News Network, pointers on how to conduct a compelling interview, the difficulties of investigative journalism, and take questions from writers and readers in the audience.

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 5:00pm EDT

Can’t Even Think Straight: Representing and Misrepresenting LGBTQIA+ Characters in Anime and Manga (2021 Extra Gay Edition)

The Skeleton Crew

A discourse on the real-life implications of queer media, covering topics like coding, erasure, recognition, constructs and the many other complexities of representation in fiction, as it plays out in anime and manga. TRANS RIGHTS!!

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 6:30pm EDT

Azuki: You Digital Manga Cafe

Azuki Staff

Join the staff of online manga service Azuki ( for a discussion of the latest titles and features available in our apps on iOS, Android, and Web. Be the first to hear about new licenses and announcements!

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 8:00pm EDT

A History of Anime on Cartoon Network: The Past 25 Years

Dustin Kopplin

Dustin will be discussing the history of anime being shown on Cartoon Network in the past 25 years by having years displayed, series that aired during that year, commercial/promotional clips and recorded scenes of certain anime that aired on Cartoon Network that people may or may not have ever seen.

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 9:30pm EDT

Giant Robo: Greatest Anime Ever?

Mike Toole

In 1954, a banking clerk quit his job for a very compelling reason: it didn’t leave him enough time to draw manga! The would-be cartoonist, Mitsuteru Yokoyama, would spend the coming decades assembling an astonishing string of hits, like Gigantor and Babel II. Decades later, a promising young director signed on to create an anniversary project celebrating Yokoyama’s work– and made one of the best anime OVAs ever. Join host Mike Toole for a look at the unlikely circumstances that led to the creation of Giant Robo, one of the anime medium’s classics.

Friday July 9, 2021 @ 11:00pm EDT

From Under the Bed: Horror in Anime and Manga

Xan Villanueva

Prepare to get nightmares as Xan of showcases some of the most horrifying anime to come out in the last 10 years.

Saturday July 10, 2021

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 11:00am EDT

There Are So Many People in Versailles Today! The French Revolution and the Rose of Versailles

Emma Wolfe

Join me in a discussion about the French Revolution and the accuracies and inaccuracies in the anime, Lady Oscar: the Rose of Versailles.

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 12:30pm EDT

Independent Scholarship in Anime Writing

Helen McCarthy

Helen will talk about her career as a solo writer, a collaborator and an independent scholar, She will look at her works, including her latest collaborative book on Leiji Matsumoto, and consider what gains can be made for author and readers in each working style.

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 2:00pm EDT

Companies That Knew Nothing About ANIME FAN WANTS

The Land of Obscusion

Various companies have licensed & released anime in English throughout the decades, but only some have managed to truly succeed at it & become fondly remembered by fans. These companies… did not. While not all terrible, these are the companies that failed to succeed for a wide variety of reasons, whether it’s incompetence, offering too niche a product, simple bad luck, or something more “illegal”.

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 3:30pm EDT

How it Began, How it’s Going – 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga

Erica Friedman

It’s the youngest genre of anime and manga, but Yuri has actually been around for 100 years. Find out where it came from, some of the key tropes and where its going now, 100 years later with Erica Friedman, founder of Yuricon and Okazu and author of an upcoming book on Yuri history.

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 5:00pm EDT

Anime Jeopardy

Miles Thomas

Join Miles Thomas from All the Anime for an exciting hour of anime themed Jeopardy!

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 6:30pm EDT

Anime Happy Hour

Niall Flanagan

Like many countries of the world Japan ain’t half fond of a drink, often an integral component in everything from wedding ceremonies to business dealings. Naturally this relationship is frequently expressed in pop cultural output, and this very panel shall explore some of the cool cartoons & comics inspired by the love of liquor. The sanctity of sake, battlin’ beer brewers and screen stars shilling suds await you behind the bar, so pull up a stool and grab a cold one!

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 8:00pm EDT

Anime Burger Time

Evan Minto

Back by popular demand! In this clip show, Evan Minto (Azuki, Ani-Gamers, Otaku USA, ANN) celebrates the many appearances of hamburgers in anime, from space vending machines to burger-shaped four-leaf clovers. Yes, really. NOTE: This is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Burger) event. Eat your burger while you watch!

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 9:30pm EDT

Psychic Song Girls & Super Robots: A Sakura Wars Retrospective

Samantha Ferreira

In 1996, Sega changed the gaming world forever, when they released Sakura Wars to instant success. Since that first installment, the series has become a cultural icon, which redefined the anime landscape through numerous sequels, spin-offs, and musicals that have enraptured fans across the globe. Psychic Song Girls & Super Robots: A Sakura Wars Retrospective traces the franchise’s history, from its early successes to its unlikely revival in 2019 and beyond. The panel also offers an analysis of the characters, influences, and tropes that were defined by the series.

Saturday July 10, 2021 @ 11:00pm EDT

Tentacles in Time: A Brief History of Anime’s Love Affair with Tentacles

Bella Blondeau, Russell Alterman, Preston McFarlin

You’ve heard the jokes. You know the cliches. But why, exactly, is hentai stuffed in every possible hole with tentacles? Take a journey back to the past, as your mostly irreverent and definitely intoxicated hosts walk you through the history of the humble tentacle – from it’s ukiyo-e origins to its unhinged modern counterparts!

SUNDAY JULY 11, 2021

SUNDAY JULY 11 2021 @ 11:00AM EDT

Evangelion: You Can (Not) Reference

NoS Anime

Evangelion is notable for its use of religious names and imagery despite a distinct lack of religious themes. Join NoS Anime as they delve into some of the most famous of these religious references. Discover the history behind these references and explore how much work Evangelion’s creators put into selecting them.

SUNDAY JULY 11 2021 @ 12:30PM EDT

Roundtable with Wonder Egg Priority International Animation Staff

Blou, FAR, & Nate A.M.

The industry is increasingly hiring international animators off Twitter to sate its ceaseless thirst for blood and genga. Come hear production assistants FAR and Blou talk about the history of web animation, the situation as it stands today, and their experience working on Wonder Egg Priority.

Sunday July 11, 2021 @ 2:00pm EDT

Q & A with Tatsuhiko Takimoto, the Creator of Welcome to the NHK

Tatsuhiko Takimoto

This is a pre-recorded 1-hour Q & A with Tatsuhiko Takimoto based on audience submitted questions.

SUNDAY JULY 11 2021 @ 3:30PM EDT

Making Sense of Our Convoluted Situation: Garzey’s Wing, 25 Years Later

Rex Nabours III (Beyond Electric Sheep)

A celebration of/much deeper-than-needed-probably deep dive into one of the most notorious OVAs of the 90’s.

SUNDAY JULY 11 2021 @ 5:00PM EDT

Ultraman in Animation

Kevin Derendorf

Trigger’s SSSS.Gridman and Netflix’s ULTRAMAN were some of most-watched new anime of 2019, but the Ultraman brand has had a long and interesting history being adapted into the worlds of Japanese comics and animation in the past. Several other cartoon incarnations of the classic characters are available for English-speakers already, while others remain obscure, even fifty-five years later. This panel will talk about some of the most noteworthy adaptations of the tokusatsu, as well as how the mainline Ultraman saga has both influenced and been influenced by the anime world.

SUNDAY JULY 11 2021 @ 6:30PM EDT

Anime Lockdown 2021 Closing Ceremonies

Anime Lockdown Staff

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Because I’m turning the stream off.