News & Annoucements

Otakon's official statement regarding proposed rally near the convention

Hello Otakon Community,

We are reaching out to notify you that we are aware of the proposed rally which would be located between 1-2 miles away from the Walter E. Convention Center. The information that we have received from DC is that the rally will be well monitored as to have minimal or no effect on Otakon.

We assure you, the Otakon Community, that your welfare and safety is our number one priority during the convention along with having an enjoyable time. Currently, we are discussing and closely monitoring the situation. We will take action to help promote a healthy experience for all of our members.

We, at the Otakon Convention ask that you please take time to plan accordingly for your travel and time with us, and that you please read over the following; Otakon Convention Safety, Convention Safety Tips, and Washington, D.C. Safety Information.

Thank you everyone for passionately participating in our mission to appreciate and promote Asian Culture, and ensuring that the community is having a fun and safe time.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

Take care and best regards,

Otakorp, Inc. Board of Directors
Otakon Convention Staff

Otakon is happy to welcome TATSUYUKI NAGAI and KANETAKE EBIKAWA

Otakon is excited to announce Director Tatsuyuki Nagai and Mechanical Designer Kanetake Ebikawa will be joining us this year!

Nagai-san is a director for animated movies and TV series and you may know him for Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans and "anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day among many other titles.  Ebikawa-san is a Mechanical Designer who created the mecha designs for Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Full Metal Panic! among many others.

Otakorp would like to thank Sunrise Inc. for helping us bring out this guests!

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at:

Otakon is excited to announce MASAHIKO OTSUKA is joining us this year!

Otakon is excited to announce Masahiko Otsuka President of Studio TRIGGER will be joining us this year!  Initially working in the live-action film industry, Masahiko 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 well acclaimed titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion (episode director) and GURREN LAGANN (co-director).  In 2011, Masahiko 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.

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at:

Otakon is pleased to welcome CHERAMI LEIGH

Cherami Leigh will be joining us at Otakon 2018. You may know her as “Lucy” in Fairy Tail, “Asuna” in Sword Art Online, “Kudelia” in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, “A2” in Nier Automata, “Makoto” in the Persona 5. Otakorp would like to thank Aniplex for helping us bring Cherami!

Find the complete list of guests coming to Otakon 2018 here