Manga Mavericks Goes to Washington! We headed down to our nation’s capital to congregate with our fellow weebs at the one-and-only otaku convention, Otakon! Was making Otakon our first convention to attend since the pandemic began a wise decision? Was attending a convention while we’re still in a global pandemic a good idea to begin with? Probably not, but we went as press, and we’re obligated to talk about in another one of our signature overly long and needlessly meticulous convention podcasts that comes out a month after the convention is over baybee!!!
Con you believe it? Well, you Ota!!
00:00 – In Memoriam: Masami Suda and Fredd Ladd
03:00 – Intro
04:11 – Otakon 2021 Attendance
05:11 – Anime Expo plans 2022 Event
05:38 – Anime NYC News
06:58 – Community Shout-Outs:
- Anime World Order on Otakon
- Reverse Thieves Podcast on Otakon
- ANN Report on Otakon 2021
- Anime Herald on Otakon 2021
- Kbnet on their Otakon experience
- Anime Feminist Interviews with Anne Yatco & Suzie Yeung
- Sloan’s Otakon Cosplay video
- Sakura Wars Retrospective
- Companies that knew nothing of anime fan wants
- ANNcast on the Crimson Star Media debacle
- Azuki: Your Digital Manga Cafe
- Shojo Manga’s Lost Generation
- Anime Rest Stop Podcast on Project A-Ko, Interview with Denpa
- Otaku USA on how while Conventions have returned, streaming needs to stay
- Mike Toole on Fred Ladd
Otakon 2021 Con Report!:
14:20 – Introducing Otakon
16:07 – First Impressions and Previous Experiences with Otakon
17:59 – Day 0 in Maryland
19:07 – Overall Thoughts on Otakon 2021
27:08 – COVID-19 Precautions & Procedures
37:10 – Otakon Staff
39:00 – Thoughts on The Suicide Squad
43:27 – Travel & Con Fatigue
44:55 – Food Offerings at Otakon
52:41 – The Best Openings for Shows You Probably Didn’t See
57:10 – The Art of the Eyecatch
1:02:38 – DENPA Manga Industry Panel
1:08:55 – Sakura Wars Retrospective Panel
1:10:24 – Dealers Room
1:28:45 – The Art of Voice Over with Laura Post
1:34:50 – Japanese Conversations with Abby Trott
1:42:43 – Interview Cancellations
1:44:06 – Day 1 Wrap-Up & Leto’s Pizza
1:47:06 – DC Metro Transit
1:48:17 – Artist Alley
1:55:50 – Dealers Room Part 2
2:00:41 – Manga Masters: Kentaro Miura
2:02:44 – AnimEigo Panel
2:09:01 – Project A-ko Remastered Screening
2:15:47 – Skin-Deep: Diversity in Japanese Culture
2:21:01 – Discotek Industry Panel
2:36:06 – Dinner at Nando’s & Day 2 Wrap-Up
2:40:45 – Otakon Exhibits
2:42:34 – Otakon Cosplay
2:48:35 – Intro to Josei
2:52:07 – Industry Roundup Panel
2:55:10 – Dealers Room Part 3
2:58:45 – The Wonderful World of Yaz
3:01:30 – Companies That Knew Nothing of Anime Fan Wants
3:07:43 – Orange’s “Home” Screening & Making-Of Panel
3:12:04 – Post-Con Dinner at Bon-chan’s
3:12:46 – Final Thoughts on Otakon 2021
3:17:57 – Wrap-Up
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