News & Annoucements

Otakon welcomes producer TAKANORI MATSUOKA!

After Takanori Matsuoka joined PONY CANYON INC., he soon joined in the Japanese Anime Production Division, where he worked on many profitable projects of the company such as DEVIL SURVIVER 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.

Check out our website for his full bio and the list of Otakon 2017's announced guests.

Notice: Addition of Bag Inspection

At the recommendation of the venue, Otakon 2017 will require bag inspections upon entering the convention space at the Mt Vernon Place doors of the Walter E Washington Convention Center and the M1 level of the Marriott Marquis. We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption this may cause. The bag inspections will be conducted by a third party contractor, and we are working with them to streamline the process as much as possible. You can help by keeping your bag organized and accessible, and by making sure you are not bringing in anything you are not supposed to (our list of restricted policies can be found on our website at If you have any questions about the new procedures, you can contact our Access Control team at

Otakon will host a special screening of ANIME TAMAGO 2016!

Anime Tamago is a yearly project that is run by The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and is funded by the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs in order to support training animators.  Otakon is very proud to be hosting a special screening of the Anime Tamago 2016 project which includes the following anime shorts: Colorful Ninja Iromaki, Kacchikenee, Kaze no Matasaburo and UTOPA.

Read more on our Special Screenings page.

Otakon welcomes voice actor TYSON RINEHART!

Tyson is best known for his work in anime and video games. 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.

Check out our website for his full bio and the list of Otakon 2017's announced guests.