Category Archives: Otakon

Otakon 2009 Video Teaser – Day 0

Notes:

According to an Otakon staffer who declined to name himself, lines will be long today.  Fewer people than expected got their prereg badges on Day 0.

I got a clip of Sonicwhammy and Koushi plugging Anime Press Your Luck, their panel on Saturday.

There is a lot of Bleach cosplay this year, if Day 0 is any indication.

Follow along at http://twitter.com/moritheil for breaking Otakon news.

Otakon schedule

Behold the wanderings of the mysterious moritheil!

Main Events

Friday, July 17, 2009

It's all up to you

11 AM Yutaka Yamamoto

1:30 PM Kikuko Inoue

6:30 PM Dinner at the Inner Harbor Pizza Uno (2 blocks from the con) – you’re all invited to meet me!

7:30 PM  MELL concert

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Vampire Knight hug

10AM Funimation Panel

11AM Masao Maruyama

3:30 PM Kanon Wakeshima Concert

Sunday, July 19, 2009

To Be Determined

This is a rough outline; you’ll find out where I was in the missing time when I file my report.  I typically don’t plan out anything at a convention, unless there’s a panel I must be at.

I look forward to meeting you all there!

VAMPS at Otakon 2009

VAMPS, the new project of HYDE and K.A.Z., had previously advertised a show at SONAR the day before Otakon. “Going to Otakon? Come early!” their ads urged. While at the time this struck several Anime Diet staff members as a clever bit of juxtaposition involving a shared demographic, we had yet to truly appreciate the lengths to which VAMPS would go to secure an American fanbase. Now Otakon has released more guest news, and VAMPS is putting in an appearance there as well.

Jim Vowles, Otakon’s head of Guests, Industry, and Press Relations,  commented, “I guess we must have made a good impression on HYDE a few years ago.  We’re delighted and flattered that they changed plans to
meet the fans.” HYDE previously appeared with L’Arc~en~Ciel at Otakon 2004.

As previously announced, Anime Diet will be covering Otakon 2009.  VAMPS will be at Otakon on Friday afternoon, with exact times and locations to be announced when their schedule is finalized.

Anime Diet @ Otakon 2009

In the early days of Anime Diet, our illustrious founder Mike covered every Otakon personally. With a heavy con load this year, it has fallen to newer writers to step up and cover Otakon 2009!

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It may seem a little early to be speaking of this July con, but some folks have been preparing since last August! I leave you with these classic words, “The flag has been planted, and world domination will surely follow! Look forward to our coverage.”

Otakon 2008 Video Diary – Saturday (Finally!)

At last, the belated Otakon 2008 video diary–starring special East Coast correspondent Sally–is online! The audio is not quite the greatest because all the footage was taken with a still camera’s video function (the only equipment we had on hand) though I have tried my best to fix it as much as possible. (Guiding subtitles have been added at times.) This mostly just consisted of interviews with cosplayers, one of our staple features, and some highlights from the Masquerade in the evening.

Saturday, unfortunately, was the only day we could get footage, so this is the whole thing. Next year, though…just wait. We’ve got big plans for our con coverage in 2009 which I will announce when it’s ready. See you then!

Anime Diet @ Otakon 2008: Yes, We’re There

Before I moved to the West Coast, I went to Otakon every year, but that ended in 2005. However, my staff and friends who are still in the East Coast have picked up the torch and are going to be covering Saturday and Sunday of Otakon 2008! There will be our trademark video interviews and plenty of cosplay pictures, as well as a few articles.

  • Saturday (today) will be handled by guest contributor Sally, who will be conducting video interviews, taking cosplay pictures, and talking about the Masquerade. She’s also cosplaying herself!
  • Sunday will be handled by our illustrious Rah’ra Clemens. He will be taking pictures and conducting written interviews (no video, alas).

That is what Anime Diet East is doing this weekend. The flag has been planted, and world domination will surely follow! Look forward to our coverage.