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The final Otakon 2022 numbers have been released!

Otakon

In the second year back since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the attendance for Otakon 2022 reached a record-breaking number of more than 40,000 memberships, Otakorp Inc. has announced. This makes Otakon among the largest events to be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to date.

This year’s total is roughly a 56 percent increase over 2021, when Otakon saw 25,545 unique memberships. Even against Otakon’s 2019 numbers (28,472), before the COVID pandemic, that represents a 40 percent increase.

Previously, the highest year for Otakon attendance was in 2013, when the convention reached 34,211 memberships.

Brian Cutler, the Otakon 2022 Con Chair, said:

This year we saw an amazing increase in attendance. Our membership jump was the largest increase in the last 20 years. Our all-volunteer organization really tries to keep things fresh at the event, and we have been working on events that came to fruition this year following several years of planning. We hope to continue this trend with new and exciting events in the years to come, but really want to thank our attendees for their patience and support this year as we continue to grow.

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

The final number may be adjusted slightly after audits are conducted to ensure accuracy. Updated numbers, when completed, will appear on the Events Statistics page on the official Otakon website

To ensure safety, Otakorp Inc. continued to require masks at Otakon 2022. This year, all present were also required to present either proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Otakon 2023 will be held from July 28 to 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2022 sees a record-breaking year

Otakon

In the second year back since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the attendance for Otakon 2022 reached a record-breaking number of more than 40,000 memberships, Otakorp Inc. has announced. This makes Otakon among the largest events to be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to date.

This year’s total is roughly a 36 percent increase over 2021. Previously, the highest year for Otakon attendance was in 2013, when the convention reached 34,211 memberships.

Brian Cutler, the Otakon 2022 Con Chair, said:

This year we saw an amazing increase in attendance. Our membership jump was the largest increase in the last 20 years. Our all-volunteer organization really tries to keep things fresh at the event, and we have been working on events that came to fruition this year following several years of planning. We hope to continue this trend with new and exciting events in the years to come, but really want to thank our attendees for their patience and support this year as we continue to grow.

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

The final number may be adjusted slightly after audits are conducted to ensure accuracy. Updated numbers, when completed, will appear on the Events Statistics page on the official Otakon website

To ensure safety, Otakorp Inc. continued to require masks at Otakon 2022. This year, all present were also required to present either proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Otakon 2023 will be held from July 28 to 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Yoh Yoshinari has been added to the Otakon 2022 guest roster

Yoh Yoshinari

Yoh Yoshinari, a renowned animation director, illustrator and character designer, will be a guest at Otakon 2022.

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971, Yoshinari made his debut at Gainax. Yoshinari is currently one of the key figures at Studio Trigger.

As an animator, Yoshinari has taken part in numerous notable titles such as “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “FLCL.” For “Gurren Lagann,” he was responsible for the mechanical designs. He has even filled the role of concept designs for titles such as “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” and “Kill la Kill.”

Since his transition to Studio Trigger, Yoshinari has directed two titles, “Little Witch Academia” and “BNA,” and he will be designing the main characters for Trigger’s latest project, “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.”

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Hiromi Wakabayashi will be a Guest at Otakon 2022

Hiromi Wakabayashi

Hiromi Wakabayashi of Studio Trigger will be a guest at Otakon 2022.

Previously a member of Studio Gainax, Wakabayashi has been involved in several works with Hiroyuki Imaishi, most notably “Gurren Lagann” on design production. He also contributed to “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” as co-creator, writer, and episodic director.

After making the transition to Studio Trigger, Wakabayashi has been actively involved in the production of “Kill la Kill,” “Space Patrol Luluco,” and “Promare” as creative director and music producer. He has also filled in roles as script and art director for the “Star Wars: Visions” episode, “The Twins.”

Wakabayashi is taking part in the production as creative support for Trigger’s most recent project, “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.”

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Toshio Furukawa has been added to Guest Roster for Otakon 2022

Toshio Furukawa

Voice actor Toshio Furukawa will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according. He is primarily known for his roles in such popular series as “Dragon Ball” and “One Piece.”

Furukawa has played Piccolo in the “Dragon Ball” series; Portgas D. Ace in “One Piece”; Kai Shinden in “Mobile Suit Gundam” series; and Ataru Moroboshi in “Urusei Yatsura,” just to name a few of the most well known characters. He always goes the extra mile in acting, making a point to thoroughly consider why the character is played by him, and aiming to show the masculine strength, as well as the character’s gentler, sensitive side.

He also heads the acting school for Aoni production, Aoni Juku, and strives to train young talents to carry the industry into the future.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Shino Kakinuma will be a Guest at Otakon 2022

Shino Kakinuma

Voice actress Shino Kakinuma will be a guest at Otakon 2022.

Kakinuma has played numerous key characters in popular series, including Naru Osaka in “Sailor Moon”; and Videl and Pan in “Dragon Ball” series. She aims to play believable and authentic characters.

She is also the wife of Toshio Furukawa, and the two are well-known as an ideal couple.

Drawing from her experience as a former stage actor, she now spends part of her time teaching a class on the basics of expressing emotions to young talents at the Aoni Production’s acting school, Aoni Juku.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Motonobu Hori to Be Guest at Otakon 2022

Motonobu Hori will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. He is the director of the Netflix anime series, “Carole & Tuesday.”

Hori is an anime director and character designer. He has worked as the character designer of “BECK” and as the director for “Carole & Tuesday” and “Super Crooks.”

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Motonobu Hori

Singer Celeina Ann is a Otakon 2022 guest

Celeina Ann

Singer Celeina Ann will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. She is known as the singer voice for Tuesday on the Netflix anime series, “Carole & Tuesday.”

An American-Japanese singer songwriter, born in Japan, she started her YouTube channel “Celeina Ann’s Channel” in 2014, where she uploaded covers of her favorite pop songs.

In 2015, she released her very first EP, “We Are One,” which reached No. 4 on the iTunes Japan album chart.

In 2019 EP “Nightfall” with DJ Okawari was released, followed by 13 headliner shows at 10 cities in China and two cities in Japan.

Celeina Ann has collaborated with such brands as Ben Davis, Clinique, Fiat, Casio and others. Her long-awaited second album is now in production.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Yoshihiro Watanabe is coming to Otakon 2022

Yoshihiro Watanabe

Yoshihiro Watanabe will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. Nabe is a producer at Orange and is currently working on “Trigun Stampede” as its business producer.

Born in 1982 in Japan, Nabe grew up in Los Angeles. After graduating from college, he joined the U.S. branch of the animation studio Madhouse. Throughout his early years in the anime industry, under legendary Masao Maruyama’s mentorship, Nabe gained unique international production experience, ranging from live-action to international collaboration projects.

Nabe’s career involves a range of shows and roles: “BEASTARS” (2021, Orange, Business Producer), “Godzilla S.P.” (2021, Orange, Business Producer), “League of Legends: New Journey Short” (2019, P.A.Works, Creative Producer), “Eccentric Family 2” (2017, P.A. Works, Business Producer).

Nabe is currently with Orange and is producing range of future shows, including “BEASTARS,” season 3.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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