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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 Daisuki.net 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

7:00 PM on 08.10.2013

Otakon '13: Shinichiro Watanabe unveils his new series

[Update: Jeff's recording of the Space Dandy trailer has been added to the post.] I knew that it was a great sign when Shinichiro Watanabe decided to appear at Otakon, and what perfect way to do so by revealing his newest pr...

Salvador GRodiles

3:30 PM on 08.10.2013

Otakon '13: Aniplex licenses KILL la KILL

[Update: Aniplex's Press Release on their  KILL la KILL license has been added.] Well, it looks like Imaishi's upcoming title is in a bit of a predicament here, folks. During this year's Otakon, Aniplex USA has reve...

Salvador GRodiles

Otakon '13: Cosplay  photo
Otakon '13: Cosplay
by Jeff Chuang

Otakon 2013 is underway and it's a big deal. The local hotels and restaurants is decked out with Otakon-themed menu items, pins, and doing their best to make Otakon 20th one of the best experiences in my memory of past Otakons. The cosplayers were out early and often since Thursday and things are just getting into gear on Friday.

Check out the gallery of some sample cosplays over the day. I have a weakspot against Vividred Operations, so you'll have to forgive the bias here. Whatever they're doing, they're doing a great job of it. As for general trends, Otakon is also shaping up to be another Jaeger party. Sally forth, Attack on Titan cosplayers!

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8:01 AM on 08.08.2013

Otakon 2013 lineup and last minute details

August 9th through 11th mark the 20th Otakon, one of the longest-running anime cons in the USA. The lineup this year has been teased thoroughly throughout the past year as the rather talkative staff of Otakon tries to make th...

Jeff Chuang