Over the course of one year, there are hundreds of conventions going on in all parts of the world and for different subject matters. Most are popularly known for anime and video games and there are some for genres like science fiction or even books. E3 will be the biggest talk of the town and for good reason however one special convention, which I will be covering this year, is Otakon 2011! This will be my second year going and the first time I will be doing coverage for all of our Lvl1 viewers.
Otakon is one of the biggest anime and video game conventions on the East Coast of the US and filled with memorabilia, previews, seminars/panels and even contests like for best cosplay! And for those of you that don’t know, cosplay, also known as “costume play”, is when fans dress up in costumes of their favorite characters or certain things from an anime, cartoon or video game that they like. I’ll definitely be participating in that!
Otakon happens in Baltimore, Maryland from July 29 to July 31 (basically the last weekend of the month). Another great thing about Otakon 2011 will be the events to help out Japan after the terrible earthquake and tsunami. So please be sure to do your random act of kindness and check out the Otakon site for some suggestions of how you can help.
Oh and did I forget to mention that there will be special guests? Silly me! Some guests will include: Chemistry (their US debut!) who made music for FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and OVA of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, voice actor Tony Oliver (you’ll probably know him from the English dub of Robotech), voice actor Lisa Ortiz (one of her best known roles was Joey’s sister, Serenity in the English dub of Yu-gi-oh!) and there are sure to be many more!
If you would like to see more updates on more information as it gets posted, please be sure to check here! If you want to see even more information and possibly get a ticket to attend, please be sure to visit www.otakon.com!