Otakon welcomes Director Takaharu Ozaki, Studio Shaft’s Kazuya Shiotsuki, and more

(Last Updated On: July 5, 2023)

Exciting news for anime fans! Otakon, the popular convention, is thrilled to announce the presence of renowned director Takaharu Ozaki and Studio Shaft’s talented Kazuya Shiotsuki.

Anime enthusiasts can look forward to engaging discussions, exclusive insights, and the opportunity to meet these creative minds behind some of our favorite shows. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity at Otakon!

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In the past week, the dedicated team behind Otakon 2023 unveiled an exciting lineup of esteemed guests who will grace the event:

  • Producer from Warner Bros. Japan Shinya Tsuruoka (BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy-, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)
  • Director Takaharu Ozaki (BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy-, Goblin Slayer)
  • Ikebana Master Naohiro Kasuya
  • Producer, game director, and scenario writer Takanobu Terada (Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector, Super Robot Wars Original Generation – The Animation)
  • Producer from TBS Sparkle Junichiro Tanaka (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World)
  • Screenwriter Keiichirō Ōchi (The Quintessential Quintuplets, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
  • Character designer and animator at Studio Shaft Kazuya Shiotsuki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, The Quintessential Quintuplets)

Otakon 2023 is slated for July 28-30 at the esteemed Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year’s extravaganza will be graced by renowned manga artist Kyoko Aiba, along with the esteemed presence of Macross artist Hidetaka Tenjin and the esteemed Macross anime director and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori.

Distinguished composer Ryū Kawamura shall also bless the occasion. Additional esteemed guests include the talented voice actress Junko Iwao, visionary mechanical designer and director Shinji Aramaki, maestro composer Yasuharu Takanashi, virtuoso composer Shota Nakama, and the electrifying rock ensemble -yaiba-, who shall set the stage ablaze with their performance. Notable presence shall also be bestowed upon the revered voice actress and accomplished author Haruna Ikezawa.

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Moreover, esteemed producers and a CG director from Orange shall grace the event, alongside gifted animators and artists from Maho Film. It is with great delight that the convention staff announced the esteemed presence of the president of Studio Trigger and an entourage of talented animators from the company.

On March 3, the event disclosed its COVID-19 guidelines for this year’s gathering. The revised policy states that attendees are not obliged to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination, as it adheres to “local and federal directives.”


Source | Press releases

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Mizo Lalthanmawia, from Mizoram, is a K-pop and K-drama fan who channels her passion for Korean culture into her part-time writing, aiming to captivate readers with her stories just as she's been captivated by Korean art.

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