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Otakon Sees a Bigger Turnout in 2019 and Announces 2020 Dates Set

The preliminary attendance numbers for Otakon 2019 have been released and it’s up from 2018. Announced at the Con Feedback panel, the number is 28,472 which beats 2018’s 28,116. They’ll be releasing more details and an official number in the next couple of weeks.

The convention began in 1994 where it had 350 unique individuals and 875 turnstile. The highest attendance was in 2013 with 34,211 unique individuals and 107,500 turnstile. Having taken place in Baltimore, the convention moved to Washington, DC in 2017 where it saw a dip in attendance from the previous year’s 29,113 individuals to 24,894. 2018 saw an increase to 28,116.

2019’s preliminary 28,472 would make it the sixth highest attended show so far.

Otakon is an annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture like anime, manga, music, movies, video games, and its fandom.

Otakon 2020 takes place from July 31 to August 2.

Otakon 2020

Otakon Teams with the Library of Congress for a Special Event

Anime for All,” a celebration of East Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration, will be held Thursday, July 25 through Friday, July 26, in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The film screening — along with a collection display of rare Japanese graphic art, a panel discussion on the emergence of Japanese hip-hop and a live Studio Ghibli performance — will showcase the evolution of Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern forms of expressions and overall pop-culture fandom. 

The events are free and open to the public. Tickets are available for some of the “Anime for All” activities, but are not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event-ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket. Entry is not guaranteed. 

Fans of anime, manga and Japanese pop culture have much to explore in the Library’s collections. The Prints and Photographs Division contains over 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo Period through the 21st century. The Asian Division’s collection is the largest repository of Japanese-language materials outside of Japan, totaling 1.2 million monograph volumes with a rare book collection exceeding 5,900 items dating as far back as the 8th century. The Serials and Government Publications Division houses over 140,000 comic books, including treasures such as the rare early English-language editions of “Astro Boy,” “Macross” and “Ultraman.”

Character Designer Ryoma Ebata to Be an Otakon Guest

Ryoma Ebata

Ryoma Ebata, character designer and director of key animation for the Winter 2019 TV anime “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

For most of his career, Ebata has worked as an animator, designer, as well as a unit director. The first time he was in charge of character designs was with “Busou Shinki.” He has been in charge of key animation for openings, endings, and the main areas for numerous titles such as “Absolute Duo,” “Dimension W,” “MACROSS FRONTIER,” and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica.”

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

Voice Actor Chikahiro Kobayashi Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Chikahiro Kobayashi

Chikahiro Kobayashi, who plays Ranga the Winter 2019 TV anime “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Kobayashi is active in a wide range of fields, mainly in the voice acting industry. In addition to voicing Ranga in “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” his other main roles include Saichi Sugimoto from “Golden Kamuy,” Toby Selwyn from “Violet Evergarden,” and Shirasakaki from “Mushibugyo.”

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

Assistant Director Atsushi Nakyama to Appear at Otakon

Atsushi Nakyama

Atsushi Nakyama, an assistant director who has previously filled several positions in the anime world, will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Born in 1974, Nakyama is assistant director for the Winter 2019 TV anime “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.”  He was unit director on “Knight’s & Magic” and other shows, as well as director of photography for “Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan,” “Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS,” and others. Nakayama provides storyboards, direction, photography, and other multifaceted work around the production studio. His first work as a director was “Absolute Duo.”

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

Nobunaga Shimazaki to Appear at Otakon

Nobunaga Shimazaki

Nobunaga Shimazaki, the voice behind Yuki Souma in “Fruits Basket” (2019), will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Associated with Aoni Productions, Shimazaki won Best Rookie Actor on the 7th Seiyu Awards. Besides his work in “Fruits Basket” (2019), you may be familiar with his work as Yuno in “Black Clover,” Shidou in “Date A Live,” Satoru in “Ace of Diamond,” Ritsuka Fujimaru in “Fate/Grand Order,” Haruka in “Free!,” Manato in “Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash,” Tsuguhito Yuta in “Kiznaiver,” Eugeo in “Sword Art Online: Alicization,” Corrin in “Fire Emblem Fates,” and Naoto Kurogane in “Blazblue.”

Otakorp Inc.has thanked Funimation and TV Tokyo for helping to bring Shimazaki to Otakon 2019.

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

Voice Actress Manaka Iwami Comes to Otakon as Guest

Manaka Iwami

Voice actress Manaka Iwami, who lends her talents to the 2019 “Fruits Basket,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

An accomplished voice actress, Iwami is affiliated with Pro-Fit. She won the Best New Actress Award at the 13th Seiyu Awards. You may know Iwami for her work as Chiaki Hoshinomori in “Gamers!,” Maquia in “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms,” and Tooru Honda in “Fruits Basket” (2019).

Otakorp Inc. has thanked Funimation and TV Tokyo for helping to bring Iwami to Otakon 2019. Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Voice Actor Makoto Furukawa to Be a Guest at Otakon

Makoto Furukawa

Voice actor Makoto Furukawa, who plays Hatsuharu Souma in “Fruits Basket” (2019) among other popular anime roles, will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Furukawa is known for both his work in anime and in video games. In addition to his role in the 2019 “Fruits Basket,” you may know Furukawa for his work as Achilles in “Fate/Apocrypha,” Tada Banri in “Golden Time,” Yutaro Kindaichi in “Haikyu!!,” Seiji Shishikura from “My Hero Academia,” Miyuki is “Kaguya-sama: Love is War,” Saitama in “One Punch Man,” Gustav in “Seven Deadly Sins,” Taiju in “Dr. Stone.”

Otakorp Inc. has thanked Funimation and TV Tokyo for helping to bring Furukawa to Otakon 2019. Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Producer Shoichi Hotta to Guest at Otakon

Shoichi Hotta

Shoichi Hotta, who produced “Laid-Back Camp” among other anime titles, will be a guest at Otakon 2019

Early in his career, Hotta, a Tokyo native, was involved in animation projects at an ad agency and a videogame company.  Then he entered the field of anime, working as a producer for such anime titles as “Is The Order a Rabbit,” “HaNaYaMaTa,” and “Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler.”  In 2018, he planned and produced the hit series “Laid-Back Camp.”  He currently works at DeNA, Co Ltd, where he is active in producing and creating a number of video and media mix projects.

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

Voice Actor Sayuri Hara to Be Otakon Guest

Sayuri Hara

Voice actor Sayuri Hara, who plays Chiaki Ogaki in “Laid-Back Camp,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Hara’s TV anime debut was in 2009, as Specula Ex Machina in “The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk.”  Her first regular cast member role was Rizumu Amamiya in “Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream” in 2011.  In addition to “Laid-Back Camp” (original title “Yuru Camp”), Hara’s main roles include Mio Honda from “The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls” and Sanae Nakazawa in “Captain Tsubasa” (2018).

A voice actor from the voice talent management firm 81 Produce, Hara was born in Tokyo. 

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

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