Otakon Vegas announced that the convention, to be held January 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV, is welcoming JAM PROJECT as special guests for Opening Ceremonies. Newly announced guests also include veteran voice actors Toshio Furukawa and his wife, Shino Kakinuma. More after the jump.
In its first Japanese guest announcement, Otakon Vegas announced that the inaugural convention will be hosting mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki, best known as the creator of Rurouni Kenshin and novelist Kaworu Kurosaki. More after the jump.
Otakon, one of the longest running, largest anime conventions in North America, concluded its 20th event with major news about its future. Starting in 2017, and for at least its next five year venue contract, Otakon will be moving from Baltimore to Washington, DC. More after the jump.
This August's Otakon 20 is getting a very special guest in the form of director, screenwriter, and music producer Shinichiro Watanabe, best known for directing 1998's Cowboy Bebop. Read on for more.
Baltimore's Otakon announced that the event will be presenting renowned composer Yoko Kanno's (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) "Piano Me" at the event. For this concert, "the simple intimacy of one performer with one instrument will be enhanced by experimental live visuals that respond to her performance." Get a preview after the jump.
Otakon, one of the top anime conventions on America's east coast, will be going west. New event Otakon Vegas will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 3-5. More after the jump.
East coast anime convention titan Otakon has launched a Kickstarter to crowd-fund a video game that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the event. Beat 'em up Crisis Heart Brawlers: Clash at Otakon will feature voice actors Johnny Yong Bosch, Cristina Vee, Kyle Hebert, and Todd Haberkorn. Check out a new preview video after the jump.
When Japanese guests are hosted by American anime conventions, they typically indulge in some tourism. After attending Baltimore's Otakon, writer of Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero Gen Urobuchi visited the White House. They didn't invite him to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom. See what happened after the jump.
FUNimation's Otakon 2012 panel just ended, and the company had plenty to announce as far as licenses and upcoming releases are concerned. License announcements kicked off with Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar, and then quickly snowballed from there. One Piece, Fairy Tail, Akira, and much more past the jump!
Aniplex of America had a few things to share at its Otakon panel today, the biggest of which had to do with an upcoming Blu-ray release of the Durarara!! anime. That, more Blue Exorcist dub cast, and more after the jump!
Lots going on this weekend, what with Otakon 2012 taking over Baltimore's sweat-drenched streets. It's hot enough where I am, so I don't even want to think about how hot it is there. Anyone at the convention right now? Let us know after you peep the weekly news recap past the break!
A few cool things went down at this morning's Otakon panel for anime studio Satelight. In addition to showing unused, never-screened footage created for Macross F pachislot commercials, they revealed FUNimation's acquisition of streaming rights for the Aquarion EVOL anime. Read on for more!
NIS America announced the license of Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Umineko: When They Cry) at its Otakon panel this morning, with plans to release the series in two premium Blu-ray volumes this December. Read on for more!
Crunchyroll is adding a handful of new streams to its lineup, as announced at this year's Otakon panel. New additions include season one of Moyashimon, Angel Beats!, and Hell Girl season two. Read on for more!