Third Impact Anime at Hamacon 9


Being native to North Carolina, Hamacon in Huntsville, Alabama is a little outside our usual coverage, but we were very excited to be invited out to this event! The oppressive summer humidity was chilled by the numerous events and amazing cosplayers all weekend, to say nothing about the actual air conditioning that worked overtime all three days. Third Impact Anime ran several panels during Hamacon—below are relevant playlists of what we showed.

2018 Anime In Review (So Far)

In this panel, we reviewed the new anime we have been watching this year, focusing on the ones that will have a place in the anime canon. This panel will evolve as the year continues, but for now, the titles we talked about were:

As always, we’d love to hear from you if you feel other titles should be mentioned in the future.

10 Anime Movies You May Have Missed

With all the new series that come out every season, on top of all the series you mean to catch up on, it’s understandable that you’re going to miss quite a lot. Until recently, anime movies didn’t get a lot of mainstream publicity if they weren’t by someone who worked on a Ghibli film. In this panel, Austin revisited ten great movies, both old and new, that anyone might have skipped over in the rush of anime consumption.

Beyond Miyazaki: Anime Creators You Should Know

As the name implies, many “newbie” anime fans know of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, not much more when it comes to anime creators. This panel is a primer to the big names in the industry as of 2018. While such a panel could be several hours long with no end in sight, we only have a single hour for this one, so it is condensed to be the major players, the ones you’ll hear about in “The Discourse” the most often.


  • Isao Takahata
  • Makoto Shinkai
  • Sayo Yamamoto
  • Satoshi Kon
  • Mamoru Hosoda
  • Mari Okada
  • Rie Matsumoto


  • Trigger
  • Kyoto Animation
  • Science Saru

Iyashikei: Anime For Your Soul

When most people talk of anime genres, they mention well-known terms like shounen, magical girl, and mecha. In recent years, we’ve had a surge of new ones that don’t quite fit in the traditional molds, with iyashikei being on of them. The word itself means “healing,” and refers to anime with little-to-no-tension, slice-of-life narratives, and easy-on-the-eyes art designs. In this panel, Andrew gave a further breakdown of iyashikei and recommended a few series to jump into if you’re new to the genre:

Did you catch any of our panels at Hamacon? Want to give us some suggestions, criticisms, or words of praise? Feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to us on social media! We’d love to hear from you!


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