After LA it was time for Baltimore to sizzle with anime and manga fans from across USA. The Otakon convention took place at the Baltimore convention center in July to celebrate all things anime and manga. More than 30,000 thronged Baltimore City for three days and dedicated themselves to cosplay (costume play). This annual fest is the biggest among manga fans, and is a hub for the big names in anime voice actors, manga publishers, and anime artists.
The name Otakon originates from the Japanese term Otaku; and as you must know it is an insult, tantamount with a geek or social awkward person. However, in the US it means a totally different word with an absolute vibrant meaning to it. And as Otakon describes itself as a “convention of Otaku generation,” it is the biggest tribute to the anime and manga fans.
The convention saw panels like the “Pokeholics Anonymous”, screenings of anime films, and video game tournaments.
At the vendor’s hall all things manga and anime, cosplay wear, swords, Japanese items, corsets, etc were available for sale. Mostly all that we take for granted in Japan was special and iconic at the convention. The popular K-pop group VIXX played at the convention, delving into the latest fad in Japan. The Matsuri festival was also celebrated with much gusto.
[Via Washington Times]