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  1. Mark your calendars, Pre-Registration for the Otakon 2019 Hall Costume Contest will go live on Saturday, June 15! The Hall Costume Contest is a contest that deals specifically with the quality and workmanship of the costume itself. There is no performance element - it is a quiet scheduled judging session where you speak to the judges and tell them about the details of your work. Awards are presented following the Masquerade Saturday Night and you will also have the option of showing off your costume in a catwalk onstage. Please note that you cannot compete with the same costume in both Hall Costume Contest and Masquerade. Find complete information here.
  2. A Japanese bilingual singer born in New York. In 2010, nano began sharing English covers of Japanese songs on sites such as YouTube and quickly received positive response from viewers around the world. In March, 2012, nano made a professional debut with the release of a 1st album “nanoir”. “nanoir” ranked in 10th in the Daily Oricon Charts on the first day of release. In 2015, the 3rd studio album “Rock on.” Was released, which reached 4th on the Oricon Daily Charts, creating a big movement in the field of J-pop. Following the debut in 2013, nano held a first Live Concert “Remember you color.” at the Shinkiba Studio Coast, which sold out 2,500 tickets within the first day. A Zepp Live Tour followed quickly after, and nano has been actively holding concerts both in Japan and Internationally. In 2015, nano’s first concert in Germany and Taiwan took place. In 2018, a sold out concert or 2,800 people was held in San Jose, America, nano’s first concert back in home-country. nano continues to reach out beyond borders, connecting people around the world through music.
  3. A VERY LIMITED number of VIP and Preferred Seating concert passes go on sale June 1 at 1:00pm! Watch social media and the Concerts page for how to purchase. So what concerts are we talking about? Friday 7/26, 4PM: Bradio Friday 7/26, 8PM: The Tribute to Nujabes (composer for Samurai Champloo) w/MINMI, Fat Jon, Substantial, Marcus D, Shing02, and EyeQ Sunday 7/28, 12PM: Diana Garnet & nano
  4. Washington D.C. native Diana Garnet is a rising star in the J-Pop and anime music scene, lending her dynamic, powerful vocals to many anime and game titles. A highly accomplished vocalist, Diana got her start winning “Best Foreign Singer of J-pop” in televised singing contest, Nodojiman The World: Spring 2013. She recently also took home the title of “Best Female Singer” from another televised singing competition, The Karaoke Battle. Her striking tone, expansive range, and formidable arsenal of techniques along with her unique perspective as one of the few foreign entertainers in the industry, come together to create a force to be reckoned with in Japan’s music scene. View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/
  5. Stephanie Panisello came to Los Angeles on vacation, and never left! Her thirst for adventure, passion for acting and love of video games has lead her to appear in over a dozen titles including: Doom, Evil Within 2, the Final Fantasy franchise, Blade 2: The Return of Evil, the Batman theme park ride Knight Flight as Poison Ivy, and the cinematic trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider as Lara Croft. View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/
  6. ATTENTION DJs!! ONE WEEK LEFT!! How would you like a chance to blast your awesome mixes at Otakon's highly popular Ota-Dance? Well now's the time! DJ applications for 2019 have now officially been opened to the public, so click the link below to sign up and show us what you've got! https://www.otakon.com/activities/dance/ All Applications must be submitted by May 4th
  7. ATTENTION DJs!! How would you like a chance to blast your awesome mixes at Otakon's highly popular Ota-Dance? Well now's the time! DJ applications for 2019 have now officially been opened to the public, so click the link below to sign up and show us what you've got! https://www.otakon.com/activities/dance/ All Applications must be submitted by May 4th.
  8. BRADIO is a funky band formed by Takaaki Shingyoji(Vo), Soichi Oyama(Gt), Ryosuke Sakai(Ba). Their music covers a wide variety of music genres such as Rock, Funk, R&B, Blues, and Latin. Those who love danceable funk music like Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire must listen to BRADIO. BRADIO was formed in a concept of adding a nice touch to entertainment. Led by the drum and bass which plays different sounds to each song, Vo SHINGYOUJ’s attractive soulful shout and sexy falsetto fascinate all the FUNKY PARTY PEOPLE.
  9. Ellyn began her acting career at the age of 12. She is a classically trained actress, voice actress, director and writer, whose career spans film, television and stage. She has voiced hundreds of characters in Games, Animation and Anime. Ellyn began with Robotech. She is Agatha of the Elite 4 in the Pokémon Generations”. She plays Elena Gotti in the new “LupinIII Blue Jacket Series” and other characters also. Some of her other roles include: Mrs. Tashio in "Skipbeat”, Masaki Kurosaki, Ichigo’s Mom in “Bleach”, Miyuki Goto Rossario in “Noein”, Rossario in “Wrinkles”, which she starred in with Martin Sheen and Matthew Bodine, and many more. Legendary Actor RICHARD EPCAR – is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 500 characters in Games, Animation and Anime. Best known as the voice of BATOU in Ghost in the Shell, The JOKER in several Batman games including INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US (Fighting Game of the Year!) RAIDEN in MORTAL KOMBAT, ANSEM in KINGDOM HEARTS, JOSEPH JOESTAR in JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, JIGEN in LUPIN the THIRD and AKUMA in STREET FIGHTER V, and many more. View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/
  10. Serena and Roxanne are best friends and training partners out of Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, NV. Serena is the first pro MMA female fighter with autism and Roxanne is a two season The Ultimate Fighter contestant. They are both huge anime fans and have attended Otakon in their youth. Roxanne is known for wearing cosplays to her weigh-ins. Roxanne lived and taught English in Japan where she also trained and fought professionally before returning to the USA to compete on TUF 18. Throughout her life she has trained in Taekwondo, Kenpo Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai. Serena has trained in Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Both women are instructors in BJJ. Both women are inspirations in a male dominate sport.
  11. Less than two weeks left to lock in your membership at the Early Bird rate! Register online today! https://www.otakon.com/register/
  12. From Animation to Anime to Video Games, Kari Wahlgren is one of the top voice actresses in Los Angeles. Her first role as Haruko in FLCL remains a fan favorite, and her voice can be heard in Emmy and Academy Award-winning animated films and TV shows. Major Animation Roles Include Chloe Carmichael in The Fairly Oddparents, Tigress in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Jessica/ Rick’s Spaceship in Rick and Morty, Shandra Jimenez in Gravity Falls, Sheena/Tigress in Carmen Sandiego, Bridget in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Zatanna in DC Super Hero Girls, Starfire in Justice League VS. Teen Titans movie, Starfire in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, and many more. View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/
  13. Elizabeth Maxwell is an accomplished actress, award-winning voice over artist, and life-long lover of all things geek. She made her debut in the dubbing world on the runaway hit anime series Attack on Titan (Ymir) and soon after took on the most recent incarnation of The Major in Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Motoko Kusanagi). Other popular anime titles include Dragon Ball Super (Caulifla/Kefla), My Hero Academia (Midnight), Noragami (Bishamon), Fairy Tail (Jenny Realight), Overlord (Albedo), Soul Eater Not! (Shaula Gorgon), Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic (Frances Midford), and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (Ayano Kosaka). View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guest/
  14. E. (Ernesto) Jason Liebrecht has been working as an actor & performing artist based in Austin, TX for over a decade. As a voice actor, he has voiced quite a range of characters; some favorites include (but are not limited to): Champa in Dragon Ball Super, Dabi in My Hero Academia, Beast Titan (& human ;) in Attack on Titan, Yato in Noragami, Suwa in Orange, Dr. John Watson in Empire of Corpses, Souhei in Wolf Children, Takizawa in Eden of the East, Hei/BK201 in Darker Than Black, Principal Ench in Shin Chan, Lavi & Millenium Earl in D. Gray-man, Train in Black Cat, Luck in Baccano!, and many more! View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guests/
  15. Erika Harlacher is a Los Angeles based voice actress in anime, video games, and cartoons. Some of her most notable roles include: Ann Takamaki (PERSONA 5), Violet Evergarden (VIOLET EVERGARDEN), Elizabeth Liones (SEVEN DEADLY SINS), Ruler aka Jeanne d'Arc (FATE/APOCRYPHA), Kyoko Kirigiri and Kaede Akamatsu (DANGANRONPA games), Kurapika (HUNTER X HUNTER), Yumeko Jabami (KAKEGURUI), Ami Kawashima (TORADORA!), Hailey Anne (YOKAI WATCH), Crusch Karsten (RE:ZERO), Sukuyo Mankanshoku (KILL LA KILL), and many more. View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guests/
  16. Hoping to present a Workshop or Panel at Otakon 2019, but missed the deadline? If so, good news! We are extending the deadline for Workshop applications until March 25. Please see our website for full details: https://www.otakon.com/activities/panels/ https://www.otakon.com/activities/workshops/
  17. Do you want to present a Panel or host a Workshop at Otakon 2019? Whether you’re brand new to Otakon or you’ve been coming for years, if you have a great deal of knowledge on a subject you would like to share with your fellow Otaku, we welcome your ideas! The deadline to submit Panel and Workshop applications is March 4th. Please see our website for full details: https://www.otakon.com/activities/panels/ https://www.otakon.com/activities/workshops/
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