For a change there are Otaku happenings some place other than Japan, this time it’s the USA’s turn! The Baltimore Convention Centre is getting ready to host Otakon ’11, a 3 day convention that celebrates anime, manga and all facets of Otaku goodness. And for the 18th year running, this one promises to be bigger and better than ever with the announcement of a few more special and distinguished guests.
Fresh off a visit to our shores via the Distant Worlds performance in Sydney, it’ll be no other than famed Final Fantasy composer himself, Nobuo Uematsu. Uemastsu-San has achieved worldwide recognition and countless awards for his contribution to the Final Fantasy franchise, amongst others, for creating haunting and memorable pieces of orchestral music.
Producer Atsuhiro Iwakami will also be in attendance showcasing his latest effort, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a story of an 8th grader girl, Madoka Kaname, who one day has an encounter that will change her life forever. An encounter that will open the door to a world filled with witches and other magical girls.
And another guest, and one that I’m mostly excited about and would love to meet is, Toshihiro Fukuoka who is an editor over at “Tokyo Kawaii Magazine” and also heads up as Chief Executive Editor of “ASCII Weekly Magazine”. These are two publications that I regularly frequent and are always filled with great Otaku and Japanese entertainment news. He is also the producer behind the recent mind blowing spectacle that was Mikunopolis, the Hatsune Miku concert at AX ’11.
Otakon ’11 kicks off proceedings on the 29th of July and runs until 31st of July making it a must add for your calendar if you’ll be in the States during this time, go and check it, take some pics and then email some, mm k? 🙂