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Otakon '17: Anisong World Matsuri summons Yousei Teikoku

We still have a long way to go before Otakon '17 is upon us, and a new group has been added to their Anisong World Matsuri event. For their fourth announcement, Yousei Teikoku are making their debut at the con. In other words, their music s...

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T.M. Revolution to ignite Otakon '17: Anisong World Matsuri

I turn around for one moment and the Anisong World Matsuri event at Otakon '17 has added another singer to their roster, as T.M. Revolution gets ready to ignite everyone's souls this August. From the looks of it, this special event is shapi...

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FLOW joins Otakon '17: Anisong World Matsuri's roster

It was only a matter of time until we got to hear more about rest of the performances at the Anisong World Matsuri event at Otakon '17. This time, FLOW is on the list of singers who'll perform at the con. Considering that they did Tales of ...

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Catch JAM Project at Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon '17

With 2017 marking the Otakon anime convention's debut in Washington, D.C., an interesting bit of news drops our way as the event's group join forces with the Anisong World Matsuri to bring us the con's musical performances. The nice part ab...

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MangaGamer announces two Rance titles, Sona-Nyl, and more

I may not have gotten the chance to dive into more traditional visual novel titles, but I still enjoy keeping with the stuff that gets announced for the West. That way, I have an idea on which games to jump on when I get the chance to consu...

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Fireball: Lisa Ortiz heads to Otakon '16

It may not be the month of August yet, but that isn't stopping the folks at Otakon from making more guest-related announcements. This time around, Voice Actress Lisa Ortiz (the Slayers TV series' Lina, Lodoss War's Deedlit) is making a...

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Rejoice: LeSean Thomas is heading to Otakon '16

If you missed out on meeting LeSean Thomas (Batman Brave and the Bold's Storyboard Artist, The Boondocks Season 1's Designer) at last year's Anime Expo, the gang at Otakon are having him as a guest this year; thus giving people another chan...

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Otakon 2015 is upon us!

Otakon 2015 is upon us! East Coast's largest anime con will roll out in full force tomorrow and throughout the weekend. As if it's easing its way into a 4-day event, Otakon's Matsuri even starred Back-On to perform some songs to get things ...

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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 had a killer iti...

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Otakon '14: Cosplay

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 pi...

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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 guests are marchin...

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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 time around, Viz...

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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 not entirely ac...

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Otakon '13: An Interview with Oreimo's creators

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 K...

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Otakon '13: Yoko Kanno and PIANO ME

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 ...

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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 bring you these sn...

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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 Otakon attendee...

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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: The Movie ...

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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 they'll be strea...

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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-CRY-ed Z-Mind ...

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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 project to the ma...

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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 revealed that they ...

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Otakon '13: Cosplay

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 cosplaye...

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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 this year a speci...

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Huzzah! Otakon to screen Eva 3.0 and live-action RuroKen

I was just getting over my depression of not getting to see Yoko Kanno and Shinichiro Watanabe at Otakon 20, and now you hit me with this new chain of events! Not only will you get to see Evangelion 3.0 and the live-action Rurouni Kenshin m...

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Rejoice! Shinichiro Watanabe is attending Otakon 2013

Why must you torture me, Otakon?! Oh wait, I promised that I was going to control myself this time around. At this rate, it's becoming harder for me to restrain myself, since Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) will be atte...

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Rejoice! Yoko Kanno to bless Otakon 2013 with her music

Every time I hear about an announcement related to a major con, I begin to think that the gods of fate are planning to bring despair upon me. But mark my words, I will find a way to break this curse, so that I can travel to these cons and ...

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Otakon announces Otakon Vegas in 2014

Well, if this isn't an interesting bit of news: Otakon has announced that they're launching a second con in Las Vegas starting in 2014. Set to take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on January 3-5, Otakon is likely looking to ...


Otakon '12: Gen Urobuchi interview

Japanator scored an one-on-one interview with Gen Urobuchi! I was able to get a short interview with the creator of Fate/Zero and the collaborator of Madoka Magica and ask a few questions about his outlook in writing for anime and how he go...


Otakon '12: Aya Hirano solo live

One of the biggest draw at this year's Otakon down in Baltimore is Aya Hirano. The singer-personality-seiyuu talent showed off her renewed poise and mesmerized the masses this past weekend, and part of that is her very first solo live in Am...


Licensing GET: Aquarion EVOL and Umineko go west

It seems the folk at Otakon have been busy nattering away at the panels, as we've got word of two new acquisitions. The first, and perhaps less exciting of the two, is that Aquarion EVOL has been licensed by Funimation. However, the li...


Otakon 2012 brings Kpop, Urobuchi, Aya Hirano and more

Otakon is right around the corner. This year the con management began its guest announcement back in April, but the guest list didn't begin to fill until June and it only finished last week. Thankfully, this year's guest list is longer than...


Otakon announces Aya Hirano as first big guest

It's summer con season, which means in addition to the never-ending slew of events, there's a bombardment of announcements regarding con guest after con guest. Anime Expo has announced most of their big guns, so it's up to Otakon to steal w...


Dragon Zord! Jason David Frank will morph at Otakon 2012

Otakon better have their construction team ready, because the Green Ranger and the Dragon Zord are going to tear up Otakon this year. Super Sentai and Power Rangers may have their differences, but Sentai has never had a recurring character ...


Otakon 11: Makoto Shinkai press panel interview

Long delayed, but nonetheless, here is the first part of a series of write-up promised about a man who waxed poetic about loving at a distance in anime film. You might know him as Makoto Shinkai, but I know him as a humble guy trying to mak...


Otakon 11: a foray into Artist Alley

  We're finally up to the last video out of this year's Otakon and it was a hoot to shoot. Kristina and I walked around Artist Alley, a room filled to the brim with artists peddling their wares. While that may seem pretty shallow, yo...


Otakon 11: Cosplay extravaganza

Sorry that took a bit longer to edit together, but it's finally done! As with any convention, cosplay is an integral part to the whole experience. Whether you're in an outfit, watch people walk by or taking photos yourself, without cosplay ...


Otakon 11: Cosplay Burlesque

If you went to Otakon last year, one of the main attractions on Saturday was the Cosplay Burlesque show. Quite simply, attractive people in various costumes went on stage, danced to an appropriate song and stripped down to their skivvys. I ...


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