Preparing for Otakon 2023: What to Expect at the Convention
From July 28, 2023 to July 30, 2023 - Washington, DC, US - Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
Otakon is an annual festival of Asian pop culture and its fanbase (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, and so on). Otakon is organized and managed by the non-profit organization Otakorp, Inc. The Otakon 2023 edition will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC from July 28th to July 30th and in this article, you will discover everything they have prepared for you to savour the convention with your friends or relative. So let’s get started
Activities Awaiting you at the Otakon 2023 Anime Convention
We can’t possibly cover all there is to see and do at Otakon, but here’s a taste of what’s in store for you. Oakon 2023 has released the Schedule of Events closer to the convention dates, which will include all of the hours and places. The convention schedule is also available on your mobile devices via the Guidebook app.
1. AMV Contest
Come see a two-hour display of top-tier Anime Music Videos from all over the world as their creators participate in this year’s AMV Contest. Vote for your favorite AMVs on Friday and/or Saturday to help Otakon choose the winners. Ballots will be distributed. Cast your ballot at the AMV Theater’s ballot box.
View original and fan art, or submit and sell your own. Register as an artist and/or bidder, or simply stop by to explore the great items on offer from Otakon members. On Sunday, an exciting live auction will be placed.
At Otakon, you can meet hundreds of artists and see their work up close in Artist Alley. A diverse range of talent can be found there, giving this an excellent opportunity to get a head start on the artists of the future while also getting close to the ones of today. Come see your favorite artists, craftspeople, and online comic makers up close and personal, and learn how they make the things you enjoy.
The Dance is a dance party with DJs of all styles and cultures. The DJs spin everything from remixed pop songs to drum & bass, anime remixes, and everything in between on Friday and Saturday nights. If you want loud music, a lively crowd, and dancing all night, this is the place to be!
Come satiate your capitalist desires in the Dealers Room at Otakon! Vendors in the Dealers Room provide a wide range of anime-related and Asian pop culture products, as well as Otakon merchandise to commemorate your otaku-tinged weekend.
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Come unwind at the Otakon 2023 Otacafe, where you can either lounge out or perform. The stage will be open for open mic karaoke for the majority of the convention, and tables will be provided for mingling and dining.
Welcome to Otakon’s LARP! Where you may play as your favorite anime character in a game that combines improv acting with Let’s Pretend. A scenario and simple rules are supplied, yet it is the ultimate crossover.
The Lolita Garden is a place for Lolitas and fashionistas to unwind, socialize, and have fun. Lolita photo shoots, trade meetups, and other activities are planned for garden attendees. Members can play Lolita Bingo at night for a chance to win prizes! The Lolita Garden will be open throughout the weekend. All Otakon attendees are invited.
Lyra’s Formal Ball
The Lyra’s Otakon dressy Ball is a dressy event for all ages on Friday evening! Get ready for an evening filled with costumes, music, and dancing. You should dress to the nines!
Maids and Butlers are standing by to help any Master and Princess feel at ease. The shows are limited to 60 lucky members per performance.
Like the Anime Matsuri Convention, Otakon 2023 also hosts a manga library. It is an excellent spot to read that manga you’ve been meaning to read. There are hundreds of volumes of manga on the shelf, so you’re bound to find something that piques your curiosity. Librarians will be available to address any queries you may have. Some argue that the book is always better than the movie, while others argue that the manga is preferable to the anime. This is your opportunity to find out!
This is the spot for all you kids out there, parents with kids, and kids at heart! Several East Asian-inspired games and activities will be held throughout the weekend at Otakon, ranging from origami to hanging scrolls and karuta to Chinese checkers.
Competitors ranging from eager newcomers to seasoned experts will utilize every talent at their disposal to astonish and astound you with their outrageous costumes and even more outrageous skits!
Join Otakon for the best in cosplay photography by expert photographers who understand exactly what a cosplayer need. Immortalize your costume by contributing it to the Otakon archives for free and becoming a part of Otakon history!
Portable Kaiju Super Battle League
Come join the Portable Kaiju Super combat Leauge, take on Otakon combat masters, topple the Serrious Shi, and see if you have what it takes to be declared league Champion and have your name added to the Kaiju Cup.
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Melt your stress playing the latest video games all around the world at the Otakon 2023
Besides these activities awaiting you between the 28 and 30th of July, You will equally have the chance to meet popular anime artists, voice actors, cosplayers and design creators. Without wanting time, expect to see at least one of the artists below:
Kyoko Aiba – Mangaka / Illustrator
KDFoxx – Illustrator
JUST B – K-Pop Group
KingChris – TikTok Creator
Hidetaka Tenjin – Official Macross Visual Artist
SETOSNOOPLONG – TikTok Creator
Karina Acuna – TikTok Creator
Jose Estrada – TikTok Creator
Shota Nakama – Producer/Composer/Guitarist
YAIBA – J-Rock Band
Yasuharu Takanashi – Composer / Arranger
SUBSTANTIAL – Musician
Kouki – Musician
Senanan – Designer
Lexi Nieto – Voice Actor
Ricco Fajardo – Voice Actor
Ollie Barder – Creative Director / Editor-in-Chief / Writer / Interviewer
Shinji Aramaki – Director
Ryu Kawamura – Musician
Junko Iwao – Voice Actor
Mario Castañeda – Voice Actor
Colin Ryan – Actor
J Michael Tatum – Voice Actor
Brandon McInnis – Voice Actor
TouAmaLee – Voice Actor / Vocalist / VTuber
Bethan Walker – Voice Actor / Actress
Kaho Shibuya – Content Creator, Anisong DJ, Singer, and Published Author
Juan Felipe Sierra – Voice Actor
Romulo A Bernal – Voice Actor
Justin Cook – Voice Actor
Shoji Kawamori – Designer / Animator / Director
Natalie Van Sistine – Voice Actor
Megan Shipman – Voice Actor
Waki Kiyotaka – CG Producer
Yoshihiro Watanabe – Producer
Haruna Ikezawa – Voice Actor
Eri Kojima – Character Designer
Shingo Kiyomiya – Director
Yuji Yanase – Director
Kia Asamiya – Manga Artist
Runa Katagiri – Voice Actor
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