The staff of Otakon 2023 has announced that the event will host composer Yasuharu Takanashi as a guest. The event also announced that it will host composer Shota Nakama and rock ensemble -yaiba-, who will perform.
Takanashi composed music for anime such as Naruto Shippuden, Fairy Tail, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Kengan Ashura, Fresh Pretty Cure, Heartcatch Precure!, Suite Precure, Smile Precure!, Ikki Tousen, Hell Girl, Gantz, Log Horizon, The Testament of Sister New Devil, ēlDLIVE, GeGeGe no Kitarō, and Zombie Land Saga. Takanashi won the JASRAC International Award six times. He is also the leader of -yaiba-.
-yaiba- is a rock ensemble that fuses orchestral rock music with Japanese traditional instruments. The group consists of Takanashi (keyboard), Hiroshi Motofuji (Japanese taiko drums), Kenji Fujisawa (guitar), as well as several other musicians.
Nakama contributed music for games like Final Fantasy XV and anime such as The Rising of The Shield Hero. He is the founder of Video Game Orchestra (VGO), and he directed the Sonic the Hedgehog Anniversary Concert.
Otakon is scheduled to take place July 28-30, 2023 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.