Hello from Manga Planet! We are here to introduce again another anime convention: Otakon, one of the largest conventions of its kind on the East Coast of the United States.
What is Otakon?
Otakon is an annual event where enthusiasts of Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, and videogames) gather and get to bask in the presence of fandom-related guests and other fans. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the convention in 2019, Otakon has grown from an event with four anime fans as staff members to a convention with a whopping 800 dedicated volunteers.
Located in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, the convention is conveniently located near three major international airports, making it more accessible for foreign and local visitors alike.
Activities at Otakon
Otakon boasts of a variety of activities, making sure to cater its very diverse audience.
Annually, Otakon provides an opportunity for fans to meet a variety of industry-related guests, ranging from video game composers like Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy fame to American voice talents like Johnny Yong Bosch.
For fans of idols and their music, there’s a stage, where idols perform live and wotagei-ing to your heart’s content is highly encouraged. For those who prefer their anime music rave style, there’s the Otakurave — a perfect opportunity to get your groove on with animusic all night long! Those who would want something more formal also get their opportunity to dance, as Otakon has Lyra’s Formal Ball! There’s also the Lip Sync for your Cosplay where cosplayers get to have fun lip singing to their favorite tunes while in cosplay.
Of course, no convention would be complete without cosplay. The Masquerade is where cosplayers get to perform intricate skits while donning their cosplay gear! The cosplay Hall Costume Contest provides an opportunity to show off their costumes without having to perform on stage! For those interested in joining photoshoots, the Otakon Cosplay Coordination is there to help with the facilitation of photoshoots in the 3 locations within WEWCC. There’s also Jez Roth’s Project Cosplay, where designers put together outfits on the fly based on the theme given.
Otakon also offers a unique maid cafe experience where you can watch a one-of-a-kind show performed by the maids of the cafe! Not only do these maids serve refreshments, they also provide good entertainment!
AnimeNEXT’s Manga Library inside the con provides a place where you can read manga in between events. They also have librarians who can help you if you have any questions about the manga inside the library!
All in all, Otakon is a unique Asian pop culture experience worth having, it has something for every kind of Asian pop-culture enthusiast and it only gets better each year.
Otakon 2020 Details
|Dates||July 31-August 2, 2020|
|Place||Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC (801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC)|
Next week, we will be publishing our interview with Otakorp, Inc., the organizers of Otakon!
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