Partnership with Embassy of Japan Brings Olympic Torch, Special Content to Otakon

Thanks to a partnership with the Embassy of Japan, Otakon 2021 members will get a chance to take a picture with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch, as well as participate in Japanese cultural events throughout the day on Saturday, August 7, 2021, including a kabuki lecture and demonstration, and a screening of the anime film Ride Your Wave.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch can be viewed, and photos taken, at the Embassy of Japan booth in the Dealers Room. The Otakon Dealers Room is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, August, 6, 2021; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2021.

Also on Saturday, the Embassy’s Japan Information & Culture Center will be offering a special screening of the anime film Ride Your Wave (2020) starting at 2 p.m. From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, the deeply emotional film applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. Surf-loving college student Hinako must find joy and purpose in life again, after a terrible tragedy results in the death of her firefighter boyfriend Minato.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Professor Kirk Kanesaka will present a kabuki lecture and demonstration. Kabuki theater has remained for centuries one of Japan’s most dramatic and colorful storytelling forms, and at points in Japanese history, its fandom rivaled that of manga and anime for passion. Professor Kanesaka will introduce authentic Japanese kabuki from its earliest origins in Japanese mythology and its establishment as a popular theatrical form in Japan’s Edo period. He will explain the different roles, from tachiyaku to onnagata, as well as the stage and stagecraft involved. He will show how its daring costumes influenced Tokyo fashions over the years, how its heightened drama influenced modern popular culture, and how it has maintained its vitality up to the present day. In addition to his talk, Professor Kanesaka will perform scenes from Fujimusume Kudoki (The Love Lament of the Wisteria Maiden) and Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees) in su, i.e. sans makeup and costume, and he may even teach the audience how to do the same. The demonstration will conclude with a Q&A session.

In addition, officials from the Embassy of Japan will participate in Opening Ceremonies and will present the Masquerade Award at the cosplay competition.

Otakon 2021 to Broadcast Live from Convention

For the first time, Otakorp Inc. will give viewers live insights from the convention floor during Otakon 2021. The coverage is free to everyone and will be hosted on Otakon’s Twitch channel (Twitch.tv/Otakon).

Throughout the weekend, select events hosted in Panel 1 will be broadcast live, or on tape delay. In addition, the live show “Otakon Connection” will provide additional insight into the Otakon 2021 weekend. This will be the first time Otakon will provide streaming events from the convention floor live in an official capacity. The success of last year’s Otakon.Online demonstrated the value of an online presence to Otakon members and potential members.

In addition, the live coverage will make the convention accessible to those who cannot attend this year. Streaming to Twitch will help expand the audience beyond those who can come to Washington, D.C., thus allowing Otakorp to extend the reach of its mission.

Otakon Announces Suzie Yeung as Guest

Otakon has announced that voice actress Suzie Yeung will be a guest at its upcoming convention. Her anime credits include Kemono Friends, Attack on Titan, Appare-Ranman!, Back Arrow, By the Grace of the Gods, Cells at Work! Code Black, A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Gleipnir, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, Rent-A-Girlfriend, Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld Part 2, and 86.

Otakon will be taking place August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

Otakon Announces Aleks Le as Guest

Otakon has announced that voice actor Aleks Le will be a guest at their upcoming convention. Le’s anime credits include Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Tokyo Revengers.

Moving to the United States as a child, Le taught himself English through cartoons and video games, and fell in love with voice acting, which he pursued after moving to Los Angeles. When he isn’t voicing the next cool character, he can be found drawing, streaming, doing both at the same time, or dutifully serving his cat masters.

Otakon will be taking place August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

Otakon Announces Zach Aguilar as Guest

Otakon has announced that Zach Aguilar, voice actor with a variety of well-known roles including Tanjiro in Demon Slayer, will be a guest at this year’s convention.

As one of the youngest talents in the industry, Zach Aguilar is an LA-based voice actor known for being a vocal “chameleon”. His roles include: Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Tanjiro from Demon Slayer, Koichi from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, Genos from One-Punch Man, Sieg from Fate/Apocrypha, Arthur Pendragon from The Seven Deadly Sins, Ota from AI: The Somnium Files, Otto from Re:Zero, Kunihiro in Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu, and Nikaido from March comes in like a lion to name a few.

Zach can also be heard in projects like Sword Art Online, Pokemon Masters, Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Aldnoah.Zero, One Piece, Carole and Tuesday, Fire Emblem: Heroes, Skip Beat!, Judgement, Beyblade Burst, Kakegurui, and more.

When he’s not in the booth, Zach can be found streaming on Twitch at Twitch.tv/airzach and tweeting about pineapple pizza at twitter.com/airzach

Otakon Announces Abby Trott as Guest

Otakon has announced that Abby Trott, a voice actor and singer best known for portraying Nezuko in Demon Slayer, will be a guest at this year’s Otakon.

Abby Trott is an actor/singer from Attleboro, Massachusetts. She has lived and worked in Tokyo and New York City, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Not only is Abby known for portraying Nezuko in Demon Slayer, but also as Annette in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Ivy in Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego, Windblade in the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy, and singing the English version of “Lifelight,” the theme for Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Some of her other roles in anime include Mezato Ichi in Mob Psycho 100, Machi in Hunter x Hunter, and Veronica Liones in Seven Deadly Sins.

When she isn’t talking, singing, or screaming into a microphone, Abby likes to spend her time playing shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and chatting with her cats (French pun intended).

Otakon Announces Ricco Fajardo as Guest

Otakon has announced that voice actor Ricco Fajardo will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Fajardo can be heard as Mirio in My Hero Academia; Taiju in Dr. Stone; Nozel in Black Clover; Kotaro in Zombie Land Saga; Genkins in Red vs Blue; God in The Cyanide & Happiness Show; Achilles in Smite; and Corvus in Paladins.

Recently, you can also see him on-screen in Hulu’s Cruel Summer and CW’s Walker.

Fajrdo studied acting and received his MFA from SMU and his B.A. from UC Irvine. He spends his free time practicing parkour in Dallas, Texas, alongside his cats Rocky, Ollie and Belle.

Otakon Announces Anne Yatco as a Guest

Otakon has announced that voice actress Anne Yatco will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Yatco is a Filipino American actress and former Midwesterner who transitioned a childhood dream of being the voice of a Disney princess into the reality of being a working voice actor. Along the way, she got a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, an MFA in acting, and had a career as a forensic scientist.

In anime, Yatco is the English voice of Nobara Kugisaki in Jujutsu Kaisen; Lola in The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter; and Hamamoto in Penguin Highway. She also voiced various characters in High-Rise Invasion, BNA: Brand New Animal, DEVILMAN crybaby, Violet Evergarden, Forest of Piano, Lost Song, Ultramarine Magmell, Kuromukuro, ID-0, Knights of Sidonia, and Blame!

In video games, she is the voice of Kurumi in the upcoming Naraka Bladepoint; Eda and Solitaria in Epic Seven; Kainin in Onmyoji Arena; Marianne and Favi in Guardian Tales; and Rosie Wong in Wasteland 3.

Additionally, Yatco is in the upcoming scripted sci-fi podcast Solar, starring Alan Cumming and Stephanie Beatriz.

Otakon will be taking place August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon Announces Kaiji Tang as Guest

Otakon has announced that voice actor Kaiji Tang will be a guest at its upcoming convention.

Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles since 2007. In the world of videogames, he has performed such roles as Ichiban Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon; Eustace in Granblue Fantasy: Versus; Faust in Guilty Gear; Munehisa Iwai in Persona 5; Takatoshi Hijiyama in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim; Akatsuki in Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle; Owain in Fire Emblem: Awakening; Detective Pikachu in Detective Pikachu 3DS; Jann Lee in Dead or Alive 5; Gaius Worzel in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel; Gonta Gokuhara in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony; Fang in Fairy Fencer F; Moma Kumakura in AI: The Somnium Files; and Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage.

When it comes to anime, you can hear him in such roles as Satoru Gojo in Jujutsu Kaisen; Osamu Dazai in Bungo Stray Dogs; Joe in Megalobox; Sanemi Shinazugawa in Demon Slayer; Guts in Berserk 2016; Ohma Tokita in Kengan Ashura; Archer in Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works; Tsumugu Kinagase in Kill la Kill; Retsu in Baki; Poppo in anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Bill in BEASTARS; and Hendricksen in The Seven Deadly Sins.

Otakon will be taking place August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon Announces Adam McArthur as Guest

Otakon has announced that Adam McArthur, the voice actor best known as the voice of Marco Diaz on the hit Disney show Star vs. the Forces of Evil, will be a guest for Otakon 2021.

McArthur currently voices the main protagonist, Yuji Itadori in the 2020 Crunchyroll Awards Anime of the Year, Jujutsu Kaisen. His voice can also be heard in numerous other TV shows and video games, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Far Cry 5, and Final Fantasy XV: Comrades.

Otakon will be taking place August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.