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Otakon Announces 2017 Attendance Numbers

After pulling in the final numbers from all departments, Otakorp Inc. has announced the official attendance for Otakon 2017. The final number is 24,894.

This number includes total memberships/attendees, both pre-registered and at door, as well as staff, dealers, artists, industry, contractors, guests, the Anime World Matsuri and members of the registered press.

While this number is down from last year, this was the first year in a new location, and the Otakon leadership has hopes for future growth. From 1999 to 2016, Otakon had been held in the Baltimore Convention Center and in 2017 held the convention at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.


Otakon 2018 will be held from August 10 to 12 in Washington DC.


VIZ Media Acquires the Mr. Osomatsu Anime Series

VIZ Media brings the hilarious story of six quirky siblings to North and Latin American audiences as it expands its anime catalog with the acquisition of Mr. Osomatsu. VIZ Media announced the news during its official panel held this past weekend during Otakon 2017.

Inspired by the classic manga series Osomatsu-Kun created by Fujio Akatsuka, Mr. Osomatsu is animated by Studio Pierrot, which also produced the massively successful Bleach and Naruto anime series. VIZ Media has acquired the digital streaming, EST, home video and merchandise rights for Mr. Osomatsu. Season One of the series was originally broadcast in Japan in 2015-2016, and Season Two is slated to start this Fall.

Forget double the fun because here’s a series that amps up the insanity six silly ways! The Matsuno sextuplets are quite a bunch. One’s always hanging out at the local Pachinko joint, one un-ironically wears sequined pants, one is a total otaku with a fancy for idols while another brother would rather just loaf around with some cats and his own ennui. The fifth brother loves baseball but was probably dropped on his head a couple times and then there’s the youngest, who really leans into that sweet baby brother angle, if you know what we mean. None of them have jobs, but they do have one heck of a tab run up at the local Oden stand! With so many brothers with too much time on their hands, there’s sure to be some crazy (and raunchy) adventures!

VIZ Media Announces New Manga and Anime Acquisitions at Otakon

VIZ Media thrilled audiences during its official panel held this past weekend at Otakon 2017 as it detailed a variety of new publishing acquisitions.

The titles set for publication beginning in early 2018 include the shojo series Takane & Hana, a hilarious romance about a courtship of opposites; as well as The Young Master’s Revenge, a shojo romantic comedy featuring a conniving boy who schemes to make a troublesome girl fall in love with him.

Also announced was The Art of the Secret World of Arrietty, a print-only hardcover edition set for release next Spring that will feature an extensive collection of production and concept art and other insights into the acclaimed film by Studio Ghibli.

VIZ Media also revealed plans to publish a volume of RWBY prequel stories based on the mega-popular RWBY animated series from Rooster Teeth. Previously available in the digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump, the RWBY manga is written and illustrated by Shirow Miwa.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts February 2018

After her older sister refuses to go to an arranged marriage meeting with Takane Saibara, the heir to a vast business fortune, high schooler Hana Nonomura agrees to be her stand-in to save face for the family. But what happens when Hana meets Takane is the sparking of a bitter rivalry and the stirrings of an even stronger romance!


Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts March 2018

When Leo was a young boy, he had his pride torn to shreds by Tenma, a girl from a wealthy background who was always getting him into trouble. Now, years after his father’s successful clothing business has made him the heir to a fortune, he searches out Tenma to enact a dastardly plan – he’ll get his revenge by making her fall in love with him!


Debuts March 2018

Co-founded by the legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli films have enthralled and enchanted audiences across the world. THE ART OF THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY gives fans the opportunity to follow this landmark film from initial concept to the silver screen, thanks to hundreds of sketches, concept drawings, and animation cels, plus in-depth interviews with the creators.


Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts January 2018

An action-packed prequel story to the global hit animation series from Rooster Teeth. When the people of Remnant aren’t fighting monsters, they still find conflict among themselves. Now they are at fierce odds. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are Team RWBY. Together they are learning the deadly craft of hunting the monstrous species known as the Grimm.

Shimba Tsuchiya to Be Guest at Otakon 2017

Voice actor Shimba Tsuchiya will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

Tsuchiya works as both an actor and a voice artist. He starred in his first animated television series as Tatara Fujita in “Welcome to the Ballroom.”  Other notable works include animated television series “Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou” (as Tsutomu Goshiki); “The Dragon Dentist” (as Toreshi); and the play “Ehon Gappo Ga Tsuji” (as Gunzo Moriyama and Onui).

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Shimba Tsuchiya

Tyson Rinehart to be Otakon 2017 Guest

Voice actor Tyson Rinehart, known for his work in anime and video games, will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

His breakout role was as lovable hacker Daru in cult-favorite “Steins;Gate.” Other notable anime roles include Taira in “All Out!!,” Yamada in “Danganronpa: The Animation,” Okuninushi in “Kamisama Kiss 2,” Australia in “Hetalia: The Beautiful World,” as well as Dice in “One Piece Film: Gold.”

His work in video games includes Cabrakan from the video game “SMITE,” and Hogarth in “Orcs Must Die! Unchained.”

Rinehart also works as a scriptwriter for Funimation, providing English language dialogue for shows like “Attack on Titan,” “High School DxD,” “Puzzle & Dragons X,” “Prison School,” and more.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Tetsuya Kinoshita to Be Guest at Otakon 2017

Producer Tetsuya Kinoshita, who has worked as a producer for many anime films, will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

Born in 1976, Kinoshita joined Production I.G in 2001. He served as the production manager of the animation part in the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and the animated television series “Otogi Zoshi.” Kinoshita subsequently joined Pony Canyon Inc. in 2005 and began his work as a producer in animation films from “Shinreigari: Ghost Hound.” His workSengoku Basara” was made into an animated feature film, becoming one of the most popular animated television series in Japan. His work as producer on “Musashi: The Dream Of The Last Samurai” (2009), the animated feature film created and written by Mamoru Oshii, led him to serve as a producer in the animated feature film “28 1/2 Mousou no kyojin,” directed by Oshii.

The animated television seriesAttack On Titan,” on which he worked as a producer, was a huge success, with season 2 currently airing in Japan (as of May, 2017). “Attack on Titan” has also developed into a two-part live action film. One of his works, “Yuki Yuna is a Hero,” became a three-part feature film, with its latest film, part two, currently screening in Japan (as of May 2017). The sequel of the film is set to air as an animated television series in October. Kinoshita has done numerous works as a producer, such as “From the New World,” “The Rolling Girls” and “Etotama.” His latest work, “Welcome to the Ballroom,” began airing from July.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Takanori Matsuoka is Coming to Otakon 2017

Producer Takanori Matsuoka, who has worked on many projects with Pony Canyon Inc., will be a guest at Otakon 2017 which takes place August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Soon after Matsuoka joined Pony Canyon Inc., he joined the Japanese Anime Production Division, where he worked on many profitable projects of the company, such as “Devil Survivor 2: The Animation” and ”Rokka” as a publicity producer; and “Show by Rock!”; “Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun”; and ”Sanrio Boys” as a producer.  Having experienced various anime projects in Japan, he is now interested in international co-production with oversea companies.

“Man at Arms” Craftsmen to Return to Otakon

The master craftsmen behind the TV series “Man at Arms:  The Art of War” — Matt Stagmer, Ilya Alekseyev, and Bill Collison — will be guests at Otakon 2017 which takes place from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C..

Stagmer, host and bladesmith, has been making swords for 19 years. He is the lead blade grinder at Baltimore Knife and Sword. In the summer of 2014, he began hosting the hit web series “Man at Arms: Reforged.” Teamed with other talented craftsmen, he brings to life the most requested fantasy arms and armor from your favorite video games, anime, and other pop culture genres. In 2017 he became the host of the TV show “Man at Arms: The Art of War,” starring alongside Danny Trejo to make history’s most devastating weapons.

Alekseyev was born in Troitsk, Russia. From an early age, he developed a liking for the art and craftsmanship of bladed weapons. He likes to bring his background in art history, Asian studies, and philosophy into his craft. Alekseyev is currently an armourer working with Baltimore Knife and Sword as well as one of the product designers. Among the skills that he brings to the Man at Arms project are his expertise in armour, damascus steel, bloomery steel, and engraving.

Collison has been working with Baltimore Knife and Sword off and on for the past 20 years and on a full-time bases for the past two years grinding blades. His craftsman background started in armor making and progressed into casting, mold making and heat treating. His knowledge with sheet metal work has made it easy to transition into prop armor and costuming. He has worked with the Freelancers as their jousting armorer for 17 years and has a background in martial arts as well as the SCA. Collison is contributing smith on both of the “Man at Arms” series (TV & YouTube).

Chris Niosi to Be a Guest at Otakon


Animation artist, creator and voice actor Chris Niosi will be a guest at Otakon 2017 taking place this coming weekend.

In the anime world, Chris Niosi’s voice credits include the likes of Reigen Arataka in “Mob Psycho 100”; Dezel in “Tales of Zestiria”; Garma Zabi in “Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin”; Lagos in “Patema Inverted”; as well as various characters in the “Pokemon” franchise. Most recently another anime he voiced was Pegasus/Helios in Viz Media’s upcoming uncut dub of “Sailor Moon SuperS.”

Also known on the internet as “Kirbopher,” Niosi has been producing animated shorts and shows since 2004 on sites like Newgrounds and YouTube. His biggest claim to fame is his web series “TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise,” which ran for 16 episodes. Another thing old-school fans might recognize his Flash cartoons “Super Freakin’ Parody Rangers,” “NiN10Doh!” and his two musical Super Mario RPG animations, “Rawest Forest” and “Waltz of the Forest.” You might have also seen his animation work on games like “Skullgirls” and “A Hat in Time”! Currently, he’s producing YouTube vlogs called “Kirblogs,” doing freelance, recording voiceover and working on his very first video game project.

Niosi first attended Otakon in 2005 as a regular attendee!

Otakon 2017 will be held August 11-13, 2017 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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