One more week till the fated day! It’s one of the biggest anime conventions in North America that comes once a year, and that con’s name is Otakon! Otakon is an anime convention located in Baltimore, Maryland that’s been running since 1999.
For those of you attending the convention you may have a set plan and schedule on what you’re going to do at the con. For those of you who don’t, no worries! That’s what I’m here for.
Let’s take a look at some of the guests!
This year, Otakon has the biggest guest list I’ve ever seen in an anime convention. These guests include big names like:
- Cristina Vee (Voice of Homura Akemi from Madoka Magica)
- Vic Mignogna (Voice of Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist)
- Mike McFarland (Voice of Master Roshi from Dragon Ball)
- Kyle Hebert (Voice of Kamina from Gurren Lagann)
- Todd Habberkorn (Voice of Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man)
- Crispin Freeman (Voice of Itachi Uchiha from Naruto)
- Maile Flanagan (Voice of Naruto from Naruto)
The next list of people hail from Japan, the Shangri-la of all Otakus! Here’s the list of people I’d kill to see:
- Shingo Adachi (Character designer of Sword Art Online and Working!!)
- Tsukasa Fushimi (Author of the hit light novel and anime series Oreimo)
- Home Made Kazoku (Returning to Otakon! Created opening and ending themes for Eureka 7 and Naruto)
- Hiroyuki Kanbe (Director of Oreimo)
- Yoko Kanno (Returning to Otakon! Song composer for Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop)
- Tetsuya Kawakami (Chief Animation Director for Sword Art Online and Oreimo)
- Masao Maruyama (Founder of Madhouse Studios)
- Kazuma Miki (Editor of ASCII Media Works, publishing company of Sword Art Online and Oreimo)
- Tomokazu Seki (Returning to Otakon! Voice Actor for Gilgamesh from the Fate series and Kenichi from History’s Mightest Disciple Kenichi!)
- T.M Revolution (Returning to Otakon! Created opening and ending themes for series like Gundam Seed and Valvrave the Liberator)
- Shinichiro Watanabe (Returning to Otakon! Director of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo)
I’ve only just scratched the surface so far with the guest list and there are much more people to see as well!
Let’s get down to some events you should attend! This year, Otakon will be showing the last episodes of Oreimo 2. The author of Oreimo, the director of the anime, and the editor of the light novels will also be attending the event as well. Be one of the first people in the world to watch the final episodes of Oreimo!
Haven’t you always wanted a maid to attend to your every need? Go to the Otakon Maid Cafe to fulfill those dreams! At the maid cafe you can play board games, take pictures, eat, drink, and have your maid call you Goshujin-sama (Japanese for Master)!!!
Feel like taking a moment to listen to some hip music from your Otaku compatriots? Head over to Otaku Idol! You can witness the 10 chosen contestants battling it out on stage with the wonderful medium of music! Witness who stands out on top at Otaku Idol!
If you really want to go all out with the music, head over to some professional concerts! On Saturday, T.M Revolution and Home Made Kazoku will be performing on stage. Get the chance to listen to some nostalgic tunes from Gundam Seed, Naruto Shippuden, Sengoku Basara, and more! Yoko Kanno will also be holding a concert on Sunday. During her performance, she’ll be having the worldwide premiere of her project “Piano Me“. Yoko Kanno will show you the true meaning of human and instrument becoming one!
Do you have this huge bundle of cash taking up space in your wallet, and you have no idea what to do with it? Head over to the dealers room, the money eater from Hell! The enticing merchandise from around the world will entice you and your money. Buy some manga, anime, doujins, mugs, swords, body pillows, and more stuff you obviously don’t need but desire as an Otaku! Don’t worry, no one will blame you if you turn out penniless after this.
If you’re also feeling charitable, try donating some money at Otakon. Japan is still feeling the effects from the tsunami disaster a few years ago, so Otakon and Aniplex USA are coming together for a charity run to help with the relief. If you donate $5, you’ll be given this Limited Edition Otakon poster designed by the character designer of the Sword Art Online anime, Shingo Adachi!
This is your only chance to get this poster and won’t be available EVER again. So here’s a chance to spend your money on a good cause. This way, both you and people in Japan benefit from your money wasting!
There’s so much to do at Otakon I haven’t mentioned! LARPing, anime screenings, karaoke, panels, Artist Alley, games, AMVs, and etc. If you’re interested to see what else Otakon has to offer, go to their website here!
Now I’d love to join in on all the fun at Otakon, but unfortunately Anime Expo has squeezed me dry of all my assets. Hopefully you’ll be able to catch me at Anime Weekend Atlanta!