Pre-Otakon 2018: Otakon EVOL and the Super Dimensional Mugen Attack

(note: No Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up or All Points Bulletin this week)


Be sure to attend Our Panel!

New Anime for Older Fans
Saturday, 5:45PM, Panel 4 – (WEWCC 151A)

2018 is the year of The Mecha at Otakon. Many of the guests are mecha related, and there are a whole slew of mecha panels and workshops every day.  Shoji Kawamori’s work on Macross and The Vision of Escaflowne alone could give a convention a robotic atmosphere but Nobutoshi CannaKanetake EbikawaMasaya MatsukazeTatsuyuki Nagai, Yoh YoshinariToshifumi Yoshida, and Masahiko Otsuka make it a mecha matsuri. In addition, there’s two Final Fantasy concerts, a healthy lineup of other guests, lots of non-mecha programming, and many of the people behind Mystic Messenger. So there is a smorgasbord of content for robot fans but enough for everyone else as well.

Beyond that, we are very curious to see how Otakon settles into DC in its second year. It will be interesting to see how many fans come back now that Otakon has shown that its first year in DC went well, how many new people come out thanks to positive buzz, and what Otakon does differently to capture the attention of fandom in general.

Our tentative schedule for the convention:

09:00 AM Fate/Stay Confused
09:00 AM Transformers: The Birds & The Bumblebees
10:15 AM Toshifumi Yoshida Q&A
10:15 AM Gundam Wing: A Retrospective
12:45 PM ProZD Q&A
01:00 PM Nobutoshi Canna Autograph
01:00 PM Kanetake Ebikawa Autograph
01:00 PM Shoji Kawamori Autograph
02:20 PM Hiroatsu Kihara Q&A
03:15 PM Shoji Kawamori Q&A
04:00 PM Anime Magical Girl Photoshoot
04:30 PM Nobutoshi Canna Q&A
05:00 PM My Hero Academia Photoshoot
05:45 PM Kanetake Ebikawa Panel
07:00 PM The Science of Mecha
07:00 PM Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy
08:30 PM Glittering Courtesans and Illustrious Geisha: The Working Women of Yoshiwara [18+]
08:45 PM For the Love of Folklore: A Fan Perspective on Rumiko Takahashi
09:30 PM The Evolution of Action Shōnen
10:45 PM A Brief History of Mecha: The Changing Symbolism of Giant Robots Over 50 Years
12:00 AM Panel Of The Galactic Heroes : A New Thesis

09:00 AM Mecha Fight Club: Discussions in Giant Robots
09:00 AM Cancelled Anime: Gone Before Their Time
10:15 AM A Look Inside Studio Pierrot
11:00 AM Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Photoshoot
11:30 AM PTSD in anime- Why all mecha pilots need therapy
12:15 PM Little Witch Academia Live Drawing
12:45 PM Apocalypse in Anime
02:30 PM Hi Score Girl Premiere
03:15 PM Firearms of the Empire of Japan
04:30 PM History of Mecha Pt. 1: The 60s & 70s
05:45 PM New Anime for Older Fans
07:00 PM Anime Face Lift: Remakes and Revivals Over the Decades
08:15 PM Fate/Stay Night and Type Moon: A World of Magic and Mystery
08:15 PM For Boys By Girls: The Women Who Make Shounen Manga
09:30 PM Coats, Steel, and Pixie-Cuts: The Life & Times of Nightow
10:45 PM Gattai! Mecha Anime of 198X

09:00 AM The Ultimate Tanaka Yoshiki Fan Panel
09:00 AM Dawn of the Rising Sun: Japan Before the Samurai
10:15 AM Yuri on Ice vs. Figure Skating
10:15 AM Tatsuyuki Nagai Q&A
11:30 AM Otakorp and You: Demographics and Financials
12:00 PM Maid for You – The Art of Table Talk & Japanese TTRPGs
02:00 PM Anime’s Inside Jokes and Cultural References Explained 
02:00 PM A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy
03:00 PM Closing Ceremonies
04:00 PM Con Feedback Session


Most Wanted: July 2018

In these posts, we’ll highlight some of our recommended new U.S. manga and anime releases. The Line-up posts have helped record what gets licensed (among other things), while Most Wanted will help to record when those licenses actually come out. We might even throw in a light novel or game from time to time.

These lists are as much for you as they are for us. Let us know what you are most looking forward to picking up!

The July 2018 Line-Up

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, novel, and artbook licenses for the U.S. It also lists new streaming/broadcasting announcements and posted crowdfunding projects available to U.S. residents. And finally, it includes anime/manga projects and live-action anime/manga adaptation announcements from Japan.

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