Friday Highlight/Competitions/GamesSoak in the atmosphere as we emulate a Japanese festival in Southampton! Stunning Sumo! Killer Kakigoori!! Come along and join in the fun & festivities!! Once you have had you fill of food and games, be entertained by the trademark Minami Meltdown game show!
Friday Highlight/Competitions/Games/ShowThe official welcome to Minami, Catch the latest announcements on events and the happenings of the weekend. This will be swiftly followed by our Japanese TV inspired Variety show! We have seen gopher samurai, we have seen street fighter community service, what will this year entail?
Amazing Asian Audio Sensation
Friday HighlightDJ Digi will be spinning the latest sounds from the East, Anime old and new as well as J/K Pop/Rock, requests are available upon request :P
Bring & Buy Room
ShoppingYou can buy things really cheap! You can sell things (just make sure they're really cheap). It's the black hole of anime and manga from yester-year; your only hope to navigate it is the team of gopher sherpas who live behind the desks (and work for Pocky).
ShoppingEach year the dealers come up with ever more creative ways to cram more goodies onto there tables – watch as Gurinder tries even higher stacks of Gundam kits, whilst Mr Ferengi from UP tries levitation.
Competitions/GamesOnce again, we have the wonderful crew from DDR:UK running our games room, one of the few permanent rooms at the con! Located at the ibis Hotel just across the main entrance of the Novotel Hotel, the games room is stocked with an impressive selection of games. Have fun and compete in competitions throughout the con.
ShowWe have one main anime video room.
Saturday Highlight/Cosplay/ShowThe biggest draw on Saturday night, the MASQUERADE! All those months of cutting, sewing, gluing, soldering (and sometimes welding) will come down to this one night! Will you be able to survive cosplayers who can’t see under all that cardboard and fabric crashing into you?
Saturday Highlight/ShoppingAfter the masquerade we hold our annual charity auction, in which people spend Far Too Much Money on Tat They Don't Need, but it's all right because It's For Charity.
Saturday HighlightWIFI Karaoke, the future is truly here! Preview tracks from your phone and dont miss a beat by check the play list for your tune! Oh you can sing along as well XD
Sunday HighlightMore in the style of Japanese school festivals themed cafés rather than Akihabara, come and enjoy a slice of cake and coffee/tea in the cosplay café where you'll find your lovely waiters or waitresses all in cosplay garb!
Sunday HighlightNeed some closure on the past 2 days? Did that really happen? What’s that drawing of? How much did we raise for charity? Closing ceremony is you one stop shop for answers. But don’t pack your bags and leave just yet cause there’s the... Kotatsu Lounge & Retro-oke!!!
Sunday Highlight/Competitions/GamesBack by popular demand, a Japanese inspired kotatsu lounges offers a space to crash, chat, meet new people and party away those post con blues. Play new and classic table top games...
Sunday HighlightRelive the blast from the past, flash back to your childhood memories while waiting at your tv screen to your favourite intos of yesteryear! Don’t you open that Trap Door...
Adventure Bastards Live
Competitions/GamesAdventure Bastards is a live theatrical comedic tabletop roleplaying event. With audience participation to help or hinder the team! We’ll be running a mystery set in 1920s america, so there’ll be costumes, props and maybe even animatronics.
Alice in Japan
Panel/TalkA video-augmented talk on the subject of how Alice in Wonderland reached Japan, and the impact on girl’s education, fashion and media.
Angel Aiko's Dystopian Make Up Hour
Cosplay/Panel/TalkMake up techniques that will help save you from looking drab in a dystopian future. Want to know how to fierce from running from boomers? Or how to make a scars look sexy?
Angel Aiko's Girl to Kyle Reiss Hour
Cosplay/Panel/TalkYou don’t have to be Sarah Connor to attend this girl to guy Kyle Reiss power hour! Grow stubble without time travel, dirty up in a clean way, oh and change gender without a splash of water.
Panel/TalkThese are the anime you watch and then ask yourself, “Did that just happen?” They’re so bad they’re actually, in their own way, brilliant. Now we would like to share the pain^H^H^H pleasure with you all! An hour of the weirdest hallucinations you will experience without trying illegal substances
Auction Item Viewing
ShoppingView the items we have to offer in our Charity Auction. This year the charity is the British Heart Foundation in memory of our Treasurer Ewan Chrystal who sadly was taken from us 6 years ago. So splash out on some cringe worthy hard to find memorabilia and save some lives to honour his memory, it’s what he would have wanted :D
Basic Kimono Dressing
Panel/TalkKomon along and try on Kimmon! Hack your Hakama and Pwn your Obi, this light-hearted panel/workshop is an interactive kimono discussion.
WorkshopLearn the ins and outs of traditional hand-drawn animation, then try your hands at the basics and make an animation of your own!
WorkshopA lifetime’s work for an instant of fame - such is the art of cel painting.
Comic Jam and Portfolio
WorkshopThe event will have a mix of materials and comic scripts/layouts for budding artists to work from to make their own comics. Our industry experts from Sweatdrop will also be on-hand to look at portfolios and give advice on artwork or creating comics.
WorkshopHCreate garments out of conbags, then decorate them if time allows it.
CosplayCapture the moment, the culmination of your cosplay creation here at the cosplay photo shoot! We have two sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Cow’s Arse III: Show Me Your MOOves!
Competitions/GamesYou know the drill by now - Anime Bullseye once again, hosted by a pair who should really know better by now, with some video gaming nonsense in the middle.
Credit Crunch Cosplay
Panel/TalkFrom charity shops to cardboard armour, Karen and Xae bring you experiences, ideas and techniques for creating jaw-dropping costumes at rock bottom prices, and give you a chance to share your own achievements.
Cyberpunk Laser Tag
Competitions/Games6 players duke it out with phasers in the arena, trying to score points without being hit themselves by the laser strikes of other players. Games will last around 5 to 7 mins each, with varying scenarios during the session.
D-I-Y Patterns for Sewing
Cosplay/WorkshopInterpret, search for and/or make your own patterns for clothing and cosplay.
Darkhorses: Side Characters vs The Leads
Panel/TalkA discussion on various anime and particularly the theme of side and/or minor characters in anime, and how they have at times become as popular if not more popular than the lead characters.
Cosplay/Panel/TalkA run down of different types of hand embroidery stitches and discussion of how to use machine software to create larger designs.
Fairy Wing Making
Cosplay/Panel/Talk/WorkshopBecome the very embodiment of the Minami Fairy and learn to construct wings in this panel / workshop! Guided by Starlight Glow's years of experience, learn to sprout wings from your spine (for your comfort this will involve a hand-crafted exoskeleton). To avoid disappointment arrive early as wings are limited.
Panel/Talk/WorkshopA bring-your-own-art-supplies panel with willing (fully clothed!) models.
Cosplay/Panel/Talk/WorkshopGet hands-on experience with some of the many different foams used in cosplay.
Ghost Story Evening
Panel/TalkIn the manner of a traditional Japanese story telling session, guests will be invited to share their tales of horror both real and fictional in a friendly and informal session. Who knows what will happen when the lights go out?
Panel/TalkEver been interested in giant robots? Ever wanted to build plastic miniatures? Ever wanted to learn how to spend all your hardearned cash on a lifelong hobby? Then you need Gundam!
Gundam Speed Building
Competitions/GamesGurinder needs to recruit Minami's finest Mech mechanics to build his undefeatable Gundam army!
Competitions/GamesPut your artistic skills to the test in this competition to meet the randomly generated brief... or just create something truly horrible to be showcased in the masquerade or closing ceremony.
Competitions/Games/CosplayThe masquerade needs repopulating due to the laser-eyed giant Totoro's that now ravage the planet!
Competitions/GamesInitial D eat your heart out! Circuit racing with Scalextric itasha.
It's Not All About the Mushi Stuff
Panel/TalkA presentation on the life and works of Osamu Tezuka, as a primer for beginners and a fun little talk for established fans, with a few bits of interesting trivia and unusual clips from early, arty, and late animation based on his works.
J-TV Game Shows WTF?
Panel/TalkA glorious look into the world of some of the funniest and weirdest Japanese TV game shows.
J-Pop Quiz - no knowledge required
Competitions/GamesNo knowledge required J-pop Quiz, just bring your butt, your ear lobes and an open mind :D
Jessabel's Artist Workshop
WorkshopAn event where you can ask questions about your own work, try out some different mediums for creating art and meet fellow artists. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring work/sketchbooks to show.
JoJo’s Bizarre Hour of Fun
Competitions/GamesMore than just and overview of the history of JoJo’s Bizarre adventure, also fun little quizzes and games. Also there will be sweets. Yes sweets! Sweets for participating and sweets for winning and maybe even prizes!
Competitions/GamesRegister your interest at Ops and prepare your self for the most intense 20-30 mins of the convention! Enter as a team of four, solve the clues and escape through the locked door before time runs out!
WorkshopJapanese candy kits are a fun way to make miniature kawaii things, and they taste lovely too! (Or they mostly taste of grape...) A hands-on candy experience!
Minami Con Panel
PanelIt's your event, so give us your feedback & tell us what you want next year! Your wish is our command. Or something like that :S
Name That Tune
Competitions/GamesThe popular anime music quiz returns once again, their knowledge to guess music team winning Origami Japanese piece until it Origami Original and Cosplay An exploration characters and aesthetic Pinata The Goal AND DESTROY Pub Quiz What Sake The bit your mouth to the do it. Shrinkie Make pendant fascinating some once again, where teams can use their knowledge of anime music to guess what anime the different music comes from, with the top team winning a prize.
WorkshopJapanese art where you fold a piece of paper a million times until it becomes a stegosaurus. Origami is fun.
Original Characters for Fun and Cosplay
Cosplay/Panel/TalkAn exploration into creating original characters from a narrative and aesthetic perspective.
Games/WorkshopThe Goal is simple.... BUILD THEM AND DESTROY THEM!!
Competitions/GamesWhat do pints mean? PRIZES!!
Panel/TalkThe bit where you put alcohol in your mouth in a different room to the one where you normally do it.
The Seven Sins of Hentai
Panel/TalkLast year we ripped into Yaoi, now it’s Hentai under scrutiny! An “expert” panel discuss ways that Hentai really DOESN’T hit the mark. (18+ only)
WorkshopMake your own phone charm, pendant or badge from this fascinating material, and get some ideas for incorporating it into your cosplay, tabletop gaming and other personal projects.
Panel/TalkA chance to eat a range of very random things from Japan. Some of which are technically food.
Studying Japanese Through Anime
Panel/Talk/WorkshopWant to learn Japanese but can’t pay attention in class? Would you rather be watching Anime with your friends? Then learn how to do both!
Competition/Games/Panel/TalkWeiss Schwarz is an anime character trading card game - We’ll show you how to play and give you the opportunity to fight to show their waifu’s superiority.
Competiton/GamesWerewolves vs Townsfolk! A bitey tabletop RPG session for everyone! Participate or just watch!
When Life Gives You Lemons
Panel/TalkMake Melons! Many Lemons presents the random funside of anime at the speed of sound!