Pre-Otakon 2016: Sayonara Baltimore

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

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This is the year Otakon says goodbye to Baltimore.

One of this year’s most exciting guest is probably Kazuki Akane. Directing The Vision of Escaflowne alone probably enough to make him a tent-pole guest but his work on Heat Guy JNoein, Birdy the Mighty Decode and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled add some variety.

On top of that are some senior staff members from P.A. Works in attendance along with an exhibit. Nobuhiro Kikuchi, Kazuki Higashiji, and Kenji Horikawa will surely have a lot of insight into the studio behind CanaanThe Eccentric Family, and Shirobako.

The main players behind Under the Dog Jiro Ishii, Koji Morimoto, and Muneki Ogasawara should have a lot to say now that they have released their Kickstarted project. And speaking of Kickstarter, LeSean Thomas will also be a guest fresh off of the co-pro debut of the pilot for Cannon Busters. His experience in the western and eastern animation industry gives him a unique insight into animation production.

Kasumi Fukagawa’s work on mobile games should give her an extra dimension on top of her being a character designer. Shiro Dogu and Shunsuke Wada are an unknown quantity but they might have some enlightening information as employees of TakaOtacraft.

If you’re coming to Otakon this year, remember to party extra hard so we can properly send off the city that has welcomed the con for so many years, and say hello to the nation’s capital. Remember it is your last chance to eat some crab, make The Wire jokes, or get a bottle of ice cold water for a dollar when your at Otakon so make it count!

Be sure to attend Kate’s Panel!

Such Dog. Much Anime. Wow.
Saturday, 8:15PM, Panel 5


Our tentative schedule for the convention:

Friday
09:00AM Girl Power: Feminism and the Magical Girl Genre
10:15AM P.A.Works Autograph Session
12:00PM Jojo’s Posing School
02:00PM When Gundam Goes Bad
03:15PM Brave Series
04:30PM PA Works
05:45PM Jiro Ishii Q&A
07:00PM Haiku and Beyond
08:15PM Women in Anime
10:45PM History of Detective Conan

Saturday
09:00AM 1999: Otaku Time Machine
10:15AM Sports Anime History
10:15AM A Wizard Did It! The Mechanics of Fantasy in Anime and Literature
11:30AM Cannon Busters Exclusive Screening w/ LeSean Thomas
12:45PM MAPPA w/ Maruyama
02:00PM Awesome Women Making Anime
02:00PM Anime and Dice: Turning Cosplay into Roleplay
03:00PM Koji Morimoto Q&A
04:30PM TakaOtacraft: Otaku Craftsmen
05:45PM P.A.WORKS Anime Live Drawing: feat. Kazuki Higashiji
07:00PM Gattai! Giant Robots of 198X
08:15PM Such Dog. Much Anime. Wow.
08:15PM CLAMP Multiverse
09:30PM Victorian Japan
10:45PM Anime’s Appearances in Non-Anime
11:45PM Greater Uglier Manga

Sunday
09:00AM The Visual Novel: History of the Unrecognized Narrative Art
10:15AM 37 Years of Gundam Anime
12:00PM Gundam Thunderbolt w/ Q&A 
12:45PM Otakon: The Road to DC Panel
02:00PM Aniplex Gameshow Hosted by Team AoA
03:00PM Con Feedback Session

Otakon 2015: Fan Panels

hisui_icon_4040 Wowza. It was really interesting to see panels filled this year. It is one thing when something titled “Anime’s Greatest Train Wrecks” or “Nostalgia-O-Rama” gets a full house. Those are the sorts of panels that will always be filled with fans. The thing is there are a lot of panels that while well run are not usually that popular. But that was not the case this year. Many panels that would only be half filled other years were having to turn people away all through out the weekend. When I could not get into 70s Anime Funtime! you know that people were attending panels more than usual. As someone who does panels that is always encouraging to see. It gives me the impression I could run one of my Hayate panels and actually get an audience.

OK. That is just silly but it was still a great time for panels. I really hope this momentum keeps up next year as well.

narutaki_icon_4040 I’m pretty sure the whole of Ani-Twitter was running panels this year. Forcing everyone into hard choices throughout the con day. Continue reading

Otakon 2015: Artist Alley

narutaki_icon_4040 There is officially too much great stuff to see in Otakon’s Artist Alley. Even I, an experienced (!) con reporter, was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of works and wares vying for my attention. I ended up having to make sweeps of the alley looking for only this or only that in order to focus.

I encountered a good mix of artists I’ve come to recognize and buy from nearly every time I see them with plenty of new talent or those I haven’t yet become acquainted with.

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