News & Annoucements

Capital Area Budokai Interactive Workshop Sign Ups Open

Are you interested in participating in one of several exciting events hosted by Capital Area Budokai? If so, read on! Capital Area Budokai will be hosting 4 workshops at Otakon 2019. Participation in each session will be limited to participants selected via this web form. Sing ups end at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23

Details: 

All 4 events will take place in Workshop 3 (WEWCC 146A) 

Friday, July 26, 2019 Saturday, July 27 2019
Session #1: Art of the Staff– 3:00pm-4:00pm 
Session #2: Art of the Sword -4:30-5:30pm 
Session #3: Japanese Fencing Seminar–8:00-9:00pm 
Session #4: Art of the Sword–9:30pm-10:30pm

 

While all are welcome to attend, participation in each session will be limited to participants selected via the Sign up form Here.  Participants must be 18 or older

Fruits Basket Seiyuu Meet-and-Greet at Otakon 2019

Three of the Japanese voice actors for the 2019 Fruits Basket anime will be attending Otakon 2019, and here’s your chance to meet them and get an item autographed!

Through a special arrangement with our partners at Funimation, 3 Japanese voice actors for Fruits Basket, Manaka Iwami (Tohru Honda), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuki Soma), and Makoto Furukawa (Hatsuharu Soma) will be holding a special meet and greet session for an autograph board at Otakon 2019! This is a ticket-only event courtesy of Funimation.

For details on how to attend this EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED signing opportunity, check the event web page here

Please Welcome Kirk Thornton to Otakon 2019

Kirk’s major roles include Brandon Heat in Gungrave, Hotohori in Fushigi Yūgi, Jin in Samurai Champloo, Hajime Saito in Rurouni Kenshin, Jet Link in Cyborg 009, Don Patch in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and numerous Digimon. Additionally, Kirk co-directed for the popular anime series Bleach and also serves as the narrator. In video games, he voices Number VII Organization XIII member Saïx in the Kingdom Hearts series and Shadow the Hedgehog in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/

Please Welcome Steve Bennett to Otakon 2019

Steve Bennett worked on anime in Tokyo with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma in the 1980s. He worked on series like Urusei Yatsura and Yamamoto, before returning to the States.

Steve was with Studio Ironcat, a manga-publication company, from 1997 to 2004. He’s worked on several web comics, including The Angel of St. Thomas and Baba Bhalu. And he’s attended a zillion conventions, teaching cel painting classes and drawing on anything that moves. Steve has also done guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, and the Freer Gallery of Art.

Currently, Steve is working on commissioned projects. He and Nikki are starting their new adventure at www.bennettcreativeservices.com. Steve is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at Otakon!

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/

Please Welcome Jen Cohn to Otakon 2019

Jen Cohn is best known for her role voicing ‘Pharah’ in Overwatch. She’s also the voice of 'Lord Zash' in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and of  Zuko and Azula's mother ‘Ursa' in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Jen’s other voice credits include characters in Turbo, Word Girl, Assy McGee, and a bunch of versions of Grand Theft Auto. When not doing voiceovers for video games, animation, and commercials, Jen can be found acting onscreen, writing and producing, and running around New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, where she trend scouts and consults new brands. Her favorite gig is being mom to her awesome son Mickey. She lives in New York City. 

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/

Please Welcome nano to Otakon 2019

A Japanese bilingual singer born in New York. In 2010, nano began sharing English covers of Japanese songs on sites such as YouTube and quickly received positive response from viewers around the world.  In March, 2012, nano made a professional debut with the release of a 1st album “nanoir”. “nanoir” ranked in 10th in the Daily Oricon Charts on the first day of release.  In 2015, the 3rd studio album “Rock on.” Was released, which reached 4th on the Oricon Daily Charts, creating a big movement in the field of J-pop. Following the debut in 2013, nano held a first Live Concert “Remember you color.” at the Shinkiba Studio Coast, which sold out 2,500 tickets within the first day.  A Zepp Live Tour followed quickly after, and nano has been actively holding concerts both in Japan and Internationally. In 2015, nano’s first concert in Germany and Taiwan took place. In 2018, a sold out concert or 2,800 people was held in San Jose, America, nano’s first concert back in home-country.  nano continues to reach out beyond borders, connecting people around the world through music.