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Category – Otakon 2017

Thank you from the Con Chair and Attendance Numbers

"Well everyone, our first of many years in DC has come and gone and we couldn’t be more happy!  Our numbers were down this year, but we look forward to the growth that DC allows us and we look forward to continuing to bring you the best convention we can!  Thanks for a wonderful 2017 and see you in 2018!"

-- John Gltuh, Otakon 2017 Convention Chair

After pulling in the final numbers from all departments, Otakorp Inc. is ready to announce the official attendance for Otakon 2017. The final number is: 24,894.

WE ARE X at Otakon!

Otakon is proud to announce X Japan, Japan’s biggest rock band, will be part of Otakon in two ways this year! Led by Yoshiki (, composer, classically-trained pianist, and rock drummer, X Japan has sold 30 million singles and albums combined and sold-out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times.  Further, Yoshiki and X Japan have contributed music to several historic anime titles, including X, X – X2 Double X, Buddha: The Great Departure, and Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary.

Now the band's popularity is spreading throughout the world, with a sold-out World Tour, performances in North …

Otakon welcomes animation artist, creator, & voice actor CHRIS NIOSI

In the anime world, his credits include the likes of Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100), Dezel (Tales of Zestiria), Garma Zabi (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin), Lagos (Patema Inverted), as well as various characters in the Pokemon franchise and most recently, Pegasus/Helios in Viz Media's upcoming uncut dub of "Sailor Moon SuperS".

View Chris' full bio on our website and the full list of Otakon 2017's announced guests.


The master bladesmiths from Baltimore Knife and Sword are returing to Otakon this year!

Matt Stagmer is the host of the hit web series MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED and the TV show MAN AT ARMS: The Art of War.  Ilya Alekseyev is currently an Armourer working with Baltimore Knife and Sword as well as one of the product designers.  Bill Collison is a contributing smith on both MAN AT ARMS series (TV & YouTube).


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 …

Otakon welcomes producer TETSUYA KINOSHITA!

Tetsuya Kinoshita got his start serving as the production manager of the animation part in the film Kill Bill: Volume 1 and the animated television series Otogi Zoshi. Since then, he as worked as a producer on the animated television series ATTACK ON TITAN was a huge success, with season 2 currently airing in Japan).  Another one of his works, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, became a three-part feature film, with its latest film part 2 currently screening in Japan.  His latest work Welcome to the Ballroom began airing in July.

Check out our website for his full bio …