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8:00 AM on 08.24.2014

Otakon '14: Saori Hayami interview

At Otakon 2014 Japanator was fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with one of the most prolific voice actresses in otaku anime and games of the past several years. Saori Hayami appeared at the con on behalf of Aniplex and h...

Jeff Chuang

Otakon '14: Cosplay photo
Otakon '14: Cosplay
by Jeff Chuang

Otakon 2014 flew by last weekend, in usual form, cramming way more content than what one can expect within a simple weekend. The cosplayers are out and baffling the crowd. The local baseball program even talked about it, and what kind of pictures the broadcasters can take if they were perusing the convention halls.

At the East Coast's biggest cons, major franchises struck somewhat of a balance. No one show dominated the other, probably because with Sailor Moon making a comeback, there is a bandwagon for everyone. Check out the gallery below!

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2:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Otakon 2014 charms Baltimore this weekend

The biggest East Coast anime con, Otakon, happens this weekend. It'll be, for once, not deathly hot and humid in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, perhaps, but the weather wasn't ever going to stop anyone. As per usual a lot of gue...

Jeff Chuang

8:00 AM on 08.05.2014

Aw snap, Viz is hosting a Sailor Moon event at Otakon

Yikes! I almost forgot that Otakon's happening this weekend. Anyway, if you're planning to attend the con, Viz is having another Sailor Moon Day event, which happens to be almost similar to the one from Anime Expo '14. This t...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 01.09.2014

Anime Expo, Otakon continue to dominate biggest cons

Now that 2013 is over and done with, we can take a look at how all the cons stacked up last year. AnimeCons has all the numbers that each event self-reported, and that's the best metric we have to go on. Some of the cons are ...

Brad Rice

Otakon '13: An Interview with Oreimo's creators photo
Otakon '13: An Interview with Oreimo's creators
by Jeff Chuang

To get you ready for the world simulcast of the Oreimo OVAs on Saturday, Japanator chatted up the Oreimo guests at Otakon 2013--light novel author Tsukasa Fushimi, his editor Kazuma Miki, and the director of the anime series Hiroyuki Kanbe--right before the world premiere of the episodes at Otakon 20.

It's rather difficult to talk about Oreimo before you watch the somewhat controversial ending that was revealed via the recently released, last volume of the light novel. However these hard questions about incest just has to be asked, right? Who will you choose? More importantly, will the anime deviate from the novel?

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Otakon '13: Yoko Kanno and PIANO ME photo
Otakon '13: Yoko Kanno and PIANO ME
by Jeff Chuang

Otakon 2013 wrapped up with a big bang--a concert from Yoko Kanno, a home coming of sorts as she visited Otakon over a decade ago for the first time. In order to get into the concert, over the weekend the attendees had to line up for these clear-plastic concert passes that were not only great souvenirs but also goes to show how much this concert means to everyone involved.

On August 11th, 2013, Hall D of the Baltimore Convention Center transported from a very humid Baltimore full of cosplayers into a weird and alien world. Read about my experiences going through space and time with master composer, conductor, producer, pianist and performer Yoko Kanno, as she PIANO ME from here to the high nines.

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9:00 AM on 08.15.2013

Otakon '13: Chiaki Ishikawa concert

Chiaki Ishikawa, best known as the partner of anime theme song composer and producer Yuki Kajiura in See-Saw, performed a short set to open for Yoko Kanno's experimental piano concert at Otakon 2013. Japantor was there to bri...

Jeff Chuang

12:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Otakon '13: Cosplay part 2, and others

Otakon 2013, or Otakon 20, featured a room full of past Otakon wares, such as the badge selections and con t-shirts of years past, all the way up from Otakon 1 in 1994. For long-time goers it's a tunnel back in time. For new ...

Jeff Chuang

3:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Otakon 13': Funimation announcements

Funimation and Sunrise announced a slew of new acquisitions at Otakon. As you heard earlier today, the big announcement was Cowboy Bebop coming next year. The other announcements are as followed: Outlaw Star  Escaflowne:...

Josh Totman

1:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Streaming GET: Cowboy Bebop comes to Daisuki

Just in case you needed even more Cowboy Bebop news to brighten your day, you won't have to wait until the Blu-rays come out to get your fix of Spike and the gang. At Otakon this weekend announced that t...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Otakon 13': Sentai announcements

It's kind of odd that you get the announcements for US releases from the actual licencee. Sunrise announced that Sentai Filmworks has licenced the following titles: Sacred Seven The Big O The Big O II Argento Soma Betterman s...

Josh Totman