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Otakon’s Attendence Grows, Up Nearly 5,000 From the Previous Year

The official attendance for Otakon 2018 has bounced back up from a slower year, Otakorp Inc. has announced. The final number, including all departments, is 29,293.

The number is up roughly 5,000 from the 2017 final number of 24,894. The final 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.

Significantly, the total number of paid registrations — 26,590 — exceeds last year’s total
attendance numbers, according to convention president Andrew Zerrlaut.

This was the second year the convention was held in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2019 will be held from July 26 to 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
Washington, D.C.

The Library of Congress Declares “Anime for All” With a New Exhibit Timed for Otakon

A display of Japanese woodblock prints and medieval picture scrolls, a family-friendly cosplay workshop and a free talk with famed Japanese writer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will highlight the Library of Congress’ series of events being presented in conjunction with Otakon, Washington, D.C.’s annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom.

Anime for All,” a celebration of east-Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 10 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. The series of events will showcase Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern day forms of art and will seek to illuminate how Japan’s ancient history has played a significant role in pop-culture and how it continues to inspire creativity in the arts.

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.”

The series will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 11 with a panel discussion featuring Library of Congress experts on various ways Otakon audiences can connect with the Library of Congress and its resources. The speakers will share some of the east-Asian treasures that are available on-site and online at the Library and how they can engage with these materials. The U.S. Copyright Office will provide information on how to create works inspired by our collection items without infringement and methods to protect intellectual property. An Otakon 2018 ticket is required for attendance.

The programming includes:

Wednesday, Aug. 8
11 a.m., Great Hall, first floor

Pop Up Performance
Visitors are invited to stop in the Library’s Great Hall for a performance from Japanese musical talents, The Washington Toho Koto Society. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information. 


Thursday, Aug. 9
10 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., Whittall Pavilion, ground floor
“Anime for All” Display
This display will trace the history of Japanese graphic arts and storytelling into the modern day. Visitors will see examples of medieval picture scrolls, depicting legends of heroic monks and tales of anthropomorphic animals, that experts consider to be among the earliest examples of manga in history. Also on display are illustrations of yokai, supernatural monsters from Japanese folklore that inspire modern day creatures in manga and anime, and the woodcut figure of Hangaku Gozen, a historical woman warrior in full armor on a rearing horse. Fans of mecha will encounter the first English translations of “Robotech,” and enjoy the manga adaptation of Ghibli Studios’ “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.” Visitors can also explore how graphically represented stories evolved from religious origins into popular tales of samurai heroism and, ultimately, the modern day renditions enjoyed around the globe. No tickets required.


11 a.m. — 4 p.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor
Cosplay Workshop
Cosplayers will demonstrate how they develop characters. Families are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.


11:30 a.m. — noon, Young Readers Center, ground floor
Cosplay Demonstration
Library of Congress Young Readers Center staff and cosplayers will give a demonstration on how to create a manga drawing. Families are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
NOTE: Participants must comply with Cosplay & Costume Weapons Guidelines, below.


1 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor
Film Screening
“The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” a film by Isao Takahata. This film is rated PG. 


5 p.m. — 6 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor
Kihara Hirokatsu, LIVE
Studio Ghibli writer, producer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will discuss his experience in Japanese anime production and the inspirations for his latest projects. Hirokatsu will give the talk in Japanese with an English interpreter. Free and open to the public. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information. 

At sundown, north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building

Film Screening
“Superman” (1978) (2017 National Film Registry)
Presented part of the Library’s “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” series. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Superman cosplay. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information. 

NOTE: Participants must comply with Cosplay & Costume Weapons Guidelines, below.


Friday, Aug. 10         

10:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor 

Japanese Story Time
The Young Readers Center hosts story time for babies and toddlers about Japanese culture, featuring Japanese stories, music, and art. All children and teens under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Space is limited and is available at first come, first served basis.


Saturday, Aug. 11 

2 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Library of Congress at Otakon *

Join Library of Congress staff members for a panel discussion about the east-Asian collections held at the Library. Panelists will share highlights of the collections, provide insights on the how you can access the collection items and share how attendees can protect their intellectual property.
* Otakon 2018 ticket required for attendance. For more information on Otakon, visit the site.


Cosplay and Costume Weapons Guidelines

The following guidelines of the U.S. Capitol Police will apply:


  • Weapons and replicas of weapons are generally prohibited on Capitol Grounds.  Participants should not attempt to enter any building on Capitol Grounds other than the specific event locations while in possession of a fake or “Costume Weapon.”
  • Costume Weapons will be inspected by the U.S. Capitol Police prior to entry into any of the event locations.
  • For operational and security reasons, guests may not enter any of the event locations or pass through screening while wearing masks or with their faces covered in any way that would obscure identification.
  • Wearing masks on Capitol Grounds is permitted at the discretion of the United States Capitol Police. If directed, participants must immediately remove costume masks.

Actor Josh Grelle to Be Otakon Guest

Actor Josh Grelle, who has over 200 voice credits, including Armin in “Attack on Titan” and Yuri Katsuki in “Yuri on Ice,” will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Grelle, a self-described “lifelong geek,” has played a variety of roles in his over 10 years of voice acting, including Armin in “Attack on Titan”; Yuri Katsuki in “Yuri on Ice”; Kuranosuke in “Princess Jellyfish”; Sadao Maou in “The Devil is a Part-Timer”; Toyohisa in “Drifters”; Tyrian in “RWBY”; Kenichi in “Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple”; and Zen in “Snow White with the Red Hair.”

He has also lent his voice to many video game properties: Ludgere in “Tales of Xillia 2”; Demigra in “Dragonball Xenoverse” and Captain Kalaw in “Freedom Planet 2,” to name a few.

When he isn’t behind the mic, Grelle can usually be found writing scripts for the English adaptations of many FUNimation and BangZoom! Productions, such as “Fairy Tail,” “Tokyo Ghoul,” “Overlord,” and “Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.”

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Actor Johnny Yong Bosch Added as an Otakon Guest

Actor Johnny Yong Bosch — best known as the Black Ranger on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Vash in “Trigun”; Renton in “Eureka Seven”; Lelouch in “Code Geass”; Yukio in “Blue Exorcist” and Nero in “Devil May Cry 4” –will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future “Power Rangers” seasons.

After “Power Rangers,” Bosch became involved in voice-over work for various titles. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in “Trigun.” He later went on to play the voices of Kaneda in “Akira”; Renton in “Eureka Seven”; Albert in “The Count of Monte Cristo”; Kiba in “Wolf’s Rain”; Itsuki in “The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya”; Ichigo Kurosaki in “Bleach”; Lelouch Lamperouge in “Code Geass”; Izaya in “Durarara”; Guren in “Tenkai Knights”; Yukio in “Blue Exorcist”; Sasori in “Naruto”; Nobita in “Doraemon”; Artemis in “Sailor Moon”; Nagate in the Netflix original “Knights of Sidonia”; Nate in “Yokai Watch,” and many more.

His voice can also be heard in numerous video games, providing voices for Nero in “Devil May Cry 4”; Kuhn in “.hack//G.U.”; Adachi/Narukami in “Persona 4”; Almaz in “Disgaea 3”; Emil in “Tales of Symphonia”; Guy in “Tales of the Abyss”; Firion in “Dissidia Final Fantasy”; Bumblebee in “Transformers: War for Cybertron”; Yang in “Street Fighter IV”; Zero in “Marvel vs. Capcom 3”; Yukimura in “Sengoku Basara”; Torian Cadera in “Star Wars: The Old Republic”; and Kung Jin in “Mortal Kombat X.”

Bosch is also the frontman for the band Eyeshine, the winners of Ford Motor Company’s worldwide band search and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was. They’ve played Warped Tour and Ernie Ball’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call of Duty Endowment project. Eyeshine is also known for recording the song “Love Psalm” with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for the game “Silent Hill: Book of Memories.”

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Director Tatsuyuki Nagai Added to Otakon Guest List

Tatsuyuki Nagai, director of animated movies and TV series, will be a guest at Otakon 2018, according to Otakorp Inc.

Nagai is known for “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans” and “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day,” among many other titles.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Mechanical Designer Kanetake Ebikawa to Be Otakon Guest

Otakorp Inc. has announced that mechanical designer Kanetake Ebikawa will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Ebikawa worked on such renowned titles as “Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans,” “Mobile Suit Gundam 00” and “Full Metal Panic!” among many others.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Actor Kyle McCarley Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Kyle McCarley, who has played roles in many anime and video game titles, including “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans,” will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

McCarley’s notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans“; Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in “Mob Psycho 100”; Koku in “B: The Beginning”; Ryo in “Devilman Crybaby”; Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in “Cyborg 009: Call of Justice”; Aoba Kuronuma in “Durarara!!x2”; Shinji Matou in “Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works”; Ryota Watari in “Your Lie in April”; Helbram in “Seven Deadly Sins”; Claudia Hodgins in “Violet Evergarden”; Gran in “Granblue Fantasy: The Animation”; Kirii in “Blame!”; Joichiro Nishi in “Gantz: O”; Silas Norman in “The Asterisk War”; and Ikuya Ogura in “Ajin: Demi-Human.”

His video game credits include Android 9S in “NieR: Automata”; Alm in “Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia”; Hyde from “Under Night In-Birth” in “BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle“; the Pot O’ Gold Fafnir and Playmaker Ne Zha skins in “SMITE”; Zeroken in “Disgaea 5”; Daniel in “Unepic”; Seilong and Kir in “Summon Night 6”; Oz, the Trickster in “Atlas Reactor,” and various characters in “Final Fantasy XV,” “Tales of Berseria,” “God Eater 2: Rage Burst,” “Grand Kingdom” and “Omega Quintet.”

McCarley grew up in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing “World of Warcraft” with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he pursued that passion through a career in voice acting. Kyle can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and as even a talking toy plunger.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Studio Trigger President Masahiko Otsuka to Be Otakon Guest

Otakorp Inc. has announced that the president of Studio Trigger, Masahiko Otsuka, will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Initially working in the live-action film industry, Otsuka joined the animation industry as assistant director for Studio Ghibli’s “Pom Poko” in 1992. He then moved on to Studio Gainax; participating in many acclaimed titles such as “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (episode director) and “Gurren Lagann” (co-director).

In 2011, Otsuka and Hiroyuki Imaishi left Gainax to establish their own animation company, Studio Trigger. Otsuka’s most recent works include “Kill la Kill” and the “Little Witch Academia” series.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Animator Yoh Yoshinari to Be Otakon Guest

Animator Yoh Yoshinari of Studio Trigger will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Yoh Yoshinari made his debut as chief key animator in the critically-acclaimed animation series “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” He has participated in many other popular titles such as “Gurren Lagann” as mechanical design, and “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” as a concept artist. Upon becoming a full-time staff of Studio Trigger, he produced his first full-length anime, Little Witch Academia, and participated in Trigger’s first television series “Kill la Kill” as main set design.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Animation Producer Naoko Tsutsumi to Be Otakon Guest

Animation producer Naoko Tsutsumi will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Starting her career in the animation industry at Gainax in 2004, Naoko Tsutsumi is one of the earliest member to join Studio Trigger. As an animation producer, she has produced many notable titles such as “Kill la Kill,” “Little Witch Academia” (2013, 2015, and television series), and “Kiznaiver.”

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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