Developing a Visual Novel Game From Scratch

Developing a Visual Novel Game From Scratch

Presented by Nochi Studios, building a game from the ground up can seem like an unachievable task, but anything is possible with the right tools at your disposal! This panel will give you a chance to learn about the many aspects of game development and even ask your burning questions to our diverse team!

Panel Overview

Anybody can develop a visual novel game if they know where to start: All it takes is an idea. Nochi will be sharing our story starting from the very beginning, discussing topics like ideation to validation, how we took that idea and made it into a full-fledged game, and the many roadblocks we faced along the way. Our goal is to fit the theme of indie gaming to encourage people to create something from their ideas. Four of our team members (from various roles) will be present to give insight into the development process. This will also help demonstrate the many varying components and people who are vital to making a visual novel project possible.

Industry Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Industry Panel
  • “Developing a Visual Novel Game From Scratch”
    presented by Natalie Fang, Alexandra Mejia, Chloe Smith, Jonathan Liu.
Kiyo Tanimoto is appearing at PMX 2020.

Featured Cosplayer: Kiyo Tanimoto

Kiyo discusses his knowledge and experience in the realm of health & wellness by sharing his fitness journey to the audience and the methods to transform themselves into their ideal nutritional states.

Kiyo shares this discussion with Shou 翔 (Shou Cos) to provide the audience knowledge on developing healthy eating habits, balancing blood sugar levels, finding the right diet to fit the person, how to effectively read food nutritional labels, and more.

In addition to a healthy lifestyle, the importance of a healthy mindset is also discussed among the two cosplayers, as well as methods to develop and train a stronger mind so that any goal is accomplishable. Both Kiyo and Shou also share various fitness tips and exercise routines ideal for a beginner, intermediate, as well as an advanced fitness enthusiast.

Join Kiyo in this discussion with Shou 翔, a professional health, wellness, & fitness coach, fashion model, entertainer, motivational speaker, stage host, and cosplayer.

About Kiyo

Kiyo’s career lies in the software industry by profession, but takes on other creative paths such as photography, cosplay, fashion modeling, life coaching, and acting outside of it. He is most notably known for his cosplay portrayals as Shirogane “Shiro” Takeshi from Netflix’s Voltron, Hanzo Shimada from Overwatch, and Young Jiraiya from Naruto.

He’s a very big advocate for health and fitness in the cosplay community. Kiyo created a popular challenge in the community called “Cosplay Body Challenge” most recognized with the tag #cosbodchallenge back in early 2018. In his words he shares, “I created this challenge to promote self-positivity to those in the community with their fitness goals, by sharing the experience with others by taggings friends and anyone else, for a ‘collective’ goal-oriented effort. It’s a fun way of creating your own community to work out together, while striving to achieve your fitness goals.”

In 2017 he picked up his first camera and worked nonstop to learn the ways of the photographer. He’s worked with a lot of well known cosplayers behind the lens since then, eventually gaining a lot of interest to become a cosplayer himself. Kiyo has attended numerous conventions, mostly working professionally as a photographer. However, he’s known to also be in his cosplay while working the camera.

This is Kiyo’s first time hosting a panel, and in his words he says, “I’m really looking forward to speaking with you all. Let’s have a great time!”

Come and see Kiyo during PMX weekend, November 21 & 22.

Panel: Getting In Shape For Cosplay: Balancing your health, mental wellness, and personal fitness
Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    7PM – 8PM
  • Panel
  • “Getting In Shape For Cosplay: Balancing your health, mental wellness, and personal fitness”
    hosted by Shou.
  • Location
  • Facebook Live
Timora Talks featuring DaizyStripper at PMX

Timora Talks feat. DaizyStripper (presented by Chaotic Harmony)

DaizyStripper was formed in March 2007. Their songs have resonated with their listeners for many years, and the emotions they capture in their performances have contributed to their longevity. Their songs regularly hit the Oricon charts in their genre. Their 9th single, Setsubou no Freesia, was used as an ending song for Yu-gi-oh ZEXAL in 2011.

DaizyStripper is no stranger to performing overseas. They attended Animethon in Canada and Otakon in the USA. In a genre where bands often break up quickly, DaizyStripper has remained a strong unit for over thirteen years. Their songs are high energy and upbeat, and their aesthetic is vibrant and eye-catching. DaizyStripper is looking forward to making their first appearance at PMX, albeit virtually, and they are excited to meet their overseas fans.

Panel: Sunday, November 22
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  • Sunday, November 22
  • Panel
  • Timora Talks feat. DaizyStripper
    presented by Chaotic Harmony.


DaizyStripper music video:
DaizyStripper official website:
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Timora Talks featuring heidi. at PMX

Timora Talks feat. heidi. (presented by Chaotic Harmony)

heidi. debuted as a band on June 3rd, 2006. Their songs capture the hearts of the listeners with their expressive melodies and lyrics that go straight to the heart. In 2010, their singles Yokan and ∞Loop were used as the ending theme songs for the TBS anime Kaichou no Maid-sama. In 2011, their single Gekkou Showtime was the theme song for the movie Maebashi Visual Kei, and they not only provided the song but also appeared in the movie!

heidi. has a lot of experience performing overseas. They have toured in Europe and participated in events in the Philippines and the USA. Having been together as a band for over fourteen years, their stability is definitely one of their strong points. heidi. is very excited to be back at PMX, even just virtually, and they look forward to seeing all of their overseas fans again.

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Panel
  • Timora Talks feat. heidi.
    presented by Chaotic Harmony.
Writing for Animation: Animation Studio Pros Will Share Insights in Panel

Writing For Animation

Portfolio review sales will close at 11:30p.m. Pacific time November 29.

Akira “Mark” Fujita

Akira “Mark” Fujita has been working in the animation industry for 10 years. After starting in animation production on Bob’s Burgers, Animals, Scooby Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series he finally broke through to his true calling, and has been writing on Justice League Action, Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, and other shows at Netflix, Dreamworks, and Warner Bros.

Sapphire Sandalo

Sapphire Sandalo is an animator and podcaster in Los Angeles who’s written for short-form educational series in the digital space for channels such as Frederator and Skybound Entertainment. She created the web series and podcast “Something Scary” where she told both original and adapted ghost stories, accompanied by animation. She is a part-time professor at Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches a class about the importance of diversity and accurate representation in animation and entertainment. She is currently the creator and writer of “Stories With Sapphire”, a podcast that dives deep into paranormal stories and subjects.

Austin Curreri

Austin first freelanced as a writer for Frederator from August 2019 to December 2019, then was asked to join Frederator as a Writer and Production Intern. His other professional experiences include freelancing as a Production Assistant for NBC, Turner, and Major League Soccer. His personal work includes “Amasai and the Meaning of Evil”, which placed semifinalist in Screencraft’s 2019 Fellowship Competition and quarterfinalist in their 2019 Animation Competition, and “It’s All For You”, which placed quarterfinalist in the 2020 Animation Competition.

Writing Portfolio Review

Our writers for the “Writing for Animation” panel, are trying to raise money for “Doctor’s Without Borders”! You have the choice of either donating directly to “Doctors Without Borders”, or purchase a Writing portfolio review with one of our writers. All proceeds from review purchases will go directly to “Doctors Without Borders”.

To donate directly to “Doctor’s Without Borders”, go here:

To purchase a writing portfolio review, go here: (please note that this URL recently changed)

How To Purchase:

  • Click register.
  • Find the package you’d like to purchase.
  • Check out.
  • Our staff will email you the email address to send your writing to.

Portfolio review sales will close at 11:30p.m. Pacific time November 29.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions will be limited to writing samples, scripts, and pitches, with a 10 page limit.
  • Each submission will be assigned randomly to one of our writers from the panel.
  • Participants will be sent the email address to send their writing to after purchase confirmation.

Panel Description

Take part in a free live panel with writers: Akira “Mark” Fujita, Sapphire Sandalo, and Austin Curreri!

Hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu), join us as we discuss what it’s like to write for animation, their career journeys, and advice for industry hopefuls.

Panel Details

The panel will be streamed live on Twitch on November, 21, 2020 at 1PM Pacific time. Questions will be accepted during the live stream through chat.

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Panel
  • “Writing For Animation”
    hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu).


Akira “Mark” Fujita (panelist):
Sapphire Sandalo (panelist):
Austin Curreri (panelist):
Tiffy “IchigoTofu” Wang (host):
Elisa Phillips is appearing at PMX 2020.

Industry Guest: Elisa Phillips

Elisa Phillips has been working in TV Animation as both a Color and Character Designer since 2014. Among her credits are “Rick & Morty”, “Venture Bros”, and “Steven Universe”.

While attending Mt. San Antonio College in 2008, Elisa became interested in animation as a career path and pursued it passionately. After graduating, she animated web videos remotely for How It Works Media while teaching art for OC Art Studios, an after-school art program based in Orange County. During this time she also worked for Mt. San Antonio College as a part-time IT Lab Technician in the Art Department sharing her knowledge and experience with students while considering her next move. In 2014 she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Animation at Laguna College of Art + Design and received a half scholarship. Her plans changed when, after her first semester, she was tested and subsequently hired onto season 2 of Rick and Morty as a Color Designer.

Rick and Morty pushed to unionize during her first month making her a member of the Animation Guild (TAG). Wanting to learn more about how the union worked, she began joining committees and networking with involved union members and leadership. Today she sits on the union’s Executive Board, is a founding member of the Political Action Committee, and a TAG delegate to the past 3 years’ IATSE District 2 Conventions.

Panel Description

Take part in a free live panel with our industry guest Emmy Award winning Character Designer, Elisa Phillips. She is best known for her work on “Rick & Morty”, “Venture Bros.”, and “Steven Universe”.

Hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu), join us as we discuss Elisa’s career journey, advice for animation industry hopefuls, and what it’s like to make cartoons for a living!

Panel Details

The panel will be streamed live on Twitch on November, 21, 2020 at 4PM Pacific time. Questions will be accepted during the live stream through chat.

Character Design Live Demo

Want to know what it takes to become a lead character designer for the Emmy Award winning show “Rick and Morty”? Look no further! Sit in on a master live demo with Elisa Phillips, as she shows you the basics to character design for animation. This live demo will be livestreamed on PMX’s Twitch on Saturday November 21st, 2020 from 6-7PM Pacific time

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Panel
  • “Q&A with Elisa Phillips”
    hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu).
Character Design Live Demo: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Live Demo
  • Character Design with Elisa Phillips

Social Media Links

Elisa Phillips (panelist):
Tiffy “IchigoTofu” Wang (host):
Musician Stephanie Yanez to sing live at virtual PMX.

Stephanie Yanez Anisong/Jpop Music Performance

Stephanie Yanez is an Anime/Jpop artist who has been touring the US and Japan since she won AX Idol at Anime Expo and is known for releasing an original song “Ultimate Miku World” with Hatsune Miku for gaming site TinierMe. Stephanie has released numerous original albums and cover albums in Japanese and English which are all on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. She is also a TV/Internet personality and was seen on TV as the Tokyo Reporter for Anime Select’s Comcast On Demand documentary and series “Crazy Sexy Tokyo”.

Musician Stephanie Yanez to sing live at virtual PMX.Stephanie also does runway/print modeling and collaborates with many Japanese and American companies on various projects. She has worked with TinierMe, San-X, Crypton Future Media, galaxxxy, Sanrio, Aniplex, Geneon, IVE Sound, Broccoli, Gcrest, Victor Entertainment, Ingram, Her Universe, Hot Topic, Level-5, Nintendo, Yokai Watch, Loot Crate, GKIDS, Universal Home Entertainment, Viz Media, Tokyopop, Anime Selects, Comcast On Demand, ACDC Rag, Listen Flavor, Tune in Tokyo, NX on Netflix, Care Bears, Popkiller, Atsuko, Carpool Karaoke The Mic, Creatorsguild, etc.

Come and see Stephanie Yanez during PMX weekend, November 21 & 22.

Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    3PM – 3:30PM
  • Performance
  • Stephanie Yanez Anisong/Jpop Music Performance

Filipino Martial Arts Workshop

Pacific Media Expo presents a virtual workshop on Filipino Martial Arts…