Otakon.Online to Take Place August 1, 2020

A special online version of Otakon will take place Saturday, August 1, 2020, featuring special guests, content and events. Otakon.Online will broadcast from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time across six different channels. The event is free.

The complete schedule can be found at: https://www.otakon.com/schedule/online/ and will contain links to the channels for viewing.

A number of notable events are planned, including a special showing of the Netflix original series, Carole & Tuesday, followed by interviews and a question-and-answer session with Shinichiro Watanabe, chief director; and Motonobu Hori, director. In addition, expect a musical performance by Celeina Ann, who sings as Tuesday Simmons in Carole & Tuesday and also wrote and recorded music for her character’s musical performances.

Composer Kaoru Wada will discuss his work on the upcoming Inuyasha sequel, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon.

The Japanese Embassy of Washington, D.C. will present a talk on The Legend of Zelda, explaining how the popular video game series has been heavily inspired by Japanese myths, legends, and religious traditions, both ancient and contemporary.

Producer Shintarō Tani will introduce and discuss the development of Monster Girl Doctor, the newest anime from Bandai Namco Arts.

Yuki Hayashi, a composer known for his work on TV dramas, anime, and movies, will discuss his work. Some of his most famous anime projects include My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!, Pokemon Journeys, and Death Parade. Hayashi will especially focus on his work composing music for the movie My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising.

Super Art Fight! is returning to Otakon this year with their signature artist-combat-creative-throwdown.

After a several year hiatus, Otakon is thrilled to have Mystery Anime Theater 3000 back, to share the very worst of the worst anime that’s ever been produced.

Finally, Otakon will co-op up with United Gaming League on a series of signature video game competitions.

Otakon Online 2020 Announces Carole & Tuesday Online Panel Discussion

Shinichiro Watanabe, Motonobu Hori, and Celeina Ann to hold online panel discussion at Otakon Online 2020.

Otakon, the largest anime event in North America, was scheduled to take place in Washington D.C. in August 2020. However, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, it will instead be held online on August 1, 2020 under the name “Otakon Online 2020.” Supervising Director Shinichiro Watanabe, Director Motonobu Hori, and singer-songwriter Celeina Ann will be holding an online panel discussion at this event. In addition to talking about the anime and taking questions, Celeina Ann will also be giving a performance. Since this will be an online event, fans from all over the world can tune in.

Carole & Tuesday Online Panel Discussion
Date: August 1, 2020 (Saturday) at 11:00 (local time)
Participants: Shinichiro Watanabe, Motonobu Hori, Celeina Ann
URL: https://www.twitch.tv/otakon

Otakon Announces Online Event for August 1, 2020

Otakon has announced on its official YouTube channel that it will be hosting the online event “Otakon.Online” on August 1, 2020. The virtual convention will be a day-long event comprising of interviews, panels, workshops, music events, and gaming events.

Otakon will stream the event for free and will release more details about the event on its YouTube channel over the course of the next month.

The staff of Otakon announced on April 27, 2020 that this year’s event is cancelled due to the planned use of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. as a field hospital in response to COVID-19.

Source: ANN

Otakon Cancels Its 2020 Convention Due to COVID-19

The staff of Otakon has announced that this year’s event is cancelled due to the planned use of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. as a field hospital in response to COVID-19. The Army Corps of Engineers announced on April 17, 2020 that it will convert the convention center into a field hospital for COVID-19 patients, and the facility will not be available for Otakon due to the anticipated duration of its upcoming hospital use.

Otakorp stated the staff “looked at every possibility, including alternate dates and a reduced-size event, but the reality is that it will not be possible to hold a successful, fun, and most importantly, safe event in 2020.”

All registrations for the 2020 event will automatically transfer to next year’s event, which is scheduled for August 6-8, 2021 at the same location. Otakorp is allowing an exception to its no-refund policy, and registrants unable to attnd next year may apply online for a refund by May 31, 2020. Dealers and artists may also transfer their registrations to next year or request refunds. Additionally, all hotel reservations made through Otakon’s housing partner will be cancelled with refunds offered automatically.

This year’s Otakon was scheduled for July 31-August 2, 2020.

Source: ANN

Otakon Announces Naoki Yoshibe as Guest

Otakon has announced that animator and director Naoki Yoshibe will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Yoshibe worked at Kamikaze Doga Ltd. from 2011 to 2016. Among Yoshibe’s credits were directing the opening sequences to such anime as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and GATCHAMAN CROWDS. More recently, Yoshibe directed Hanebado! and the MIX opening sequence.

Starting in 2019, Yoshibe is working at Orange Ltd. for a new series as assistant director and on a short piece as director.

Otakon will be taking place July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon Announces Yoshihiro Watanabe as Guest

Otakon has announced that anime producer Yoshihiro Watanabe will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Watanabe is a producer at animation Studio Orange Ltd. and is currently assisting the production of BEASTARS and developing future projects.

Watanabe grew up in America but after college, by what he considers “weird fate,” he began working for studio Madhouse Inc.. After leaving Madhouse, Watanabe became a freelance producer/coordinator and worked closely with studio P.A. WORKS.

Otakon will be taking place July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon Announces Kirk Thornton as Guest

Otakon has announced that voice actor Kirk Thornton will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Thornton’s major roles include Brandon Heat in Gungrave, Hotohori in Fushigi Yūgi, Jin in Samurai Champloo, Hajime Saito in Rurouni Kenshin, Jet Link in Cyborg 009, Don Patch in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and numerous Digimon. Additionally, Thornton co-directed for the Bleach anime series and also serves as the narrator.

Otakon will be taking place July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon to Screen the Promare Anime Film

Otakon has announced that it will screen Studio Trigger and XFlag’s Promare anime film. The convention had previously revealed that it will host Studio Trigger staff members Hiromi Wakabayashi, Shigeto Koyama, and Hiroyuki Imaishi, who are the creative producer, character and mechanical designer, and director of Promare, respectively.

GKIDS had announced in June 2019 that it has licensed Promare for release in North America. The company will hold a premiere event for the film on September 17 and 19, 2019, and the film will then open in select theaters on September 20, 2019.

Otakon will be taking place July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Source: ANN

Otakon to Host Staff and Voice Actor From That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Otakon has announced that animator and episode director Atsushi Nakayama, character designer and animation director Ryouma Ebata, and voice actor Chikahiro Kobayashi will be guests at their upcoming convention. All three worked on the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime.

Otakon will be taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from July 26-28, 2019.

Source: ANN

Otakon to Host Three Voice Actors from the Fruits Basket Anime

Otakon has announced that the event will host Fruits Basket voice actors Makoto Furukawa (Hatsuharu Soma), Manaka Iwami (Tohru Honda), and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuki Soma).

Furukaw’s other credits include One-Punch Man (Saitama), That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Benimaru), Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life (Michitaka Sakai), Aldnoah.Zero (Shigou Kakei), Banana Fish (Shorter Wong), Fate/Apocrypha (Rider of Red), and Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Miyuki Shirogane).

Iwami’s other credits include Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms (Maquia), Gamers! (Chiaki Hoshinomori), Children of the Whales (Lycos), revisions (Marin Temari), WorldEnd (Lakhesh), Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- (Chibi), and Tada Never Falls in Love (Teresa Wagner).

Shimazaki’s other credits include your name. (Tsukasa Fujii), Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (Haruka Nanase), Black Clover (Yuno), Date A Live (Shido Itsuka), STARMYU (Riku Ageha), My Love Story!! (Makoto Sunakawa), and World Trigger (Hyuse).

Otakon will be taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from July 26-28, 2019.

Source: ANN