News & Annoucements

Category – Guests

Reserved Concert Seating on Sale Saturday July 10th

We’re very excited to have announced our concert line up for this year, as well as the return of Eric Roth.  Access to all of these concerts is included with your Otakon Membership at no extra charge, so if you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for!?  We are offering a limited number of Reserved Seating Passes for each individual concert.

A limited number of reserved seating passes will go on sale:

  • Saturday, July 10th at 11AM for OPENWORLD: Video Game Music Live in Concert
  • Saturday, July 10th at Noon for The Band Returns: J-MUSIC Ensemble LIVE!

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Otakon is excited to welcome HELLCATPUNKS for Otakon 2020

The HELLCATPUNKS  fashion brand takes inspiration from the 1970s London fashion scene, including punk rocker styles like bondage pants, and resizes them into a more modern style. HELLCATPUNKS went international with an exhibition of their girly-punk style in London in 2008. Since then, the brand has expanded far beyond Japan, and their clothes are now available in 30 international stores.

See our entire guest line up here

Please Welcome Steve Blum & Mary McGlynn to Otakon 2020

Mary Elizabeth started as a voice director of Anime dubs with Cowboy Bebop, Digimon Tamers, Wolf’s Rain, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden and Glitter Force. She then moved on to dialogue directing for original animation and is currently voice directing She-Ra: Princesses of Power, Star Wars Resistance, Tangled: The Series and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz as well as 4 new shows that have yet to be announced. She also directed the VO on Billy Dilley’s Super Subterranean Summer and Penn Zero: Part Time Hero for Disney. She has directed the 6 Naruto Movies and received the SPJA award for …

Please Welcome Takahiro Izutani for Otakon 2020

Takahiro Izutani is a video game composer and guitarist. He has lent his expertise to soundtracks for games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Outside of games, he has collaborated with many artists on music and music videos, including Ayumi Hamasaki. In 2014, he joined Brave Wave Productions as a member and in 2017, he released his first solo album, Lingua Franca, under the artist name Dugo.

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

Please Welcome Harumi Fujita for Otakon 2020

Harumi Fujita was born in Osaka, Japan. After graduating from music school, she joined Osaka-based SNK in 1983, where she composed for Mad Crasher. She moved to Capcom shortly thereafter, where she worked on iconic franchises like Ghosts ’n Goblins, Bionic Commander, Chip ’n Dale, Final Fight and Mega Man 3. She became independent going into the 1990s, and worked on titles like Tomba!, PULSTAR and BLAZING STAR. More recently, she composed for Spidersaurs with WayForward. Today, Fujita enjoys travel and working on music for games and other media with her son, who is a mixing engineer.

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Please Welcome Alexander Aniel for Otakon 2020

Alexander Aniel is the co-founder of Japanese music label Brave Wave Productions. Originally from San Francisco, he moved to Tokyo in 2007 partly out of a passion for games and travel. At Brave Wave, he assists artists such as Manami Matsumae, Harumi Fujita and Takahiro Izutani in getting connected with game developers around the world, and well as attending various international events such as High Score. Alex also works for Limited Run Games as Business Development Manager for Japanese developers/publishers.

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

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 …