Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Otakon says "Ohayo gozaimasu Baltimore!"

For three days, the world of anime and pop culture will revolve around Baltimore.

While Artscape takes over the Station North district this weekend, over 27,000 attendees are expected at the Baltimore Convention Center for Otakon 16, where intricate costumes and a frenetic, festival atmosphere will turn downtown into a colorful display of cutting edge Japanese pop culture.

Guests include voice actors Crispin Freeman ("Hellsing", "Howl's Moving Castle"), Kikuko Inoue (Oh My Goddess, Ranma 1/2), Mike McFarland (Dragonball, Lupin the Third), Tony Oliver (Bleach, Eureka Seven), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Naruto, Cowboy Bebop), director/producers Noboru Ishiguro (Space Battleship Yamato, Macross), Yukio Kikukawa (Legend of the Galactic Heroes), Masao Maruyama, founder of Madhouse Studios (Death Note, Vampire Hunter D, Urusei Yatsura, Red Line), and musical guests MELL and VAMPS.

Those not watching guest panels, attending concerts or mingling with the crowds will have their pick of video game rooms, shopping, crafts, costume contests, role playing games, dances, workshops, art shows and seven screening rooms showing a wide variety of anime and Asian fare, running from 8:30 am to 2:00 am Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Sunday.

For more info: otakon.com, Otakon events schedule

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