Starting next Thursday, August 7th, 2014, Baltimore, Maryland is turning Japanese. No, Zero’s aren’t circling Camden Yards, but Otakon 2014 is upon us. The Reel Film News team will be out in full force, covering the convention from all angles. Keep this space refreshed for the latest updates from Otakon 2014 in Baltimore, August 7th-10th.Anime enthusiasts from across the universe will descend on the Baltimore Convention Center. It’ll be a celebration, 21 years in the making. Over 100,000 Cosplayers, gamers and friends of an Otaku Generation attended last years festivities; making it the largest Otakon to date. From its humble beginnings in a rural Pennsylvania Days Inn, to one of North America’s longest running Anime conventions, Otakon isn’t only for die hard fans. It’s the best way to immerse yourself in Japanese and other East Asian cultures without the 20 flight. From sumo wrestling, sake tasting, concerts and more; Otakon 2014 looks to be the biggest one yet.
Each celebration gets increasingly bittersweet, as Otakon prepares to say goodbye to the Baltimore Convention Center. Its home since 1999, the BCC presents Otakorp, Inc. with a good problem to have. Otakon’s increasing popularity has outgrown Baltimore; and it will move back to Washington, D.C. At the end of last year’s con, it was announced that Otakon will move to the Walter Washington Convention Center, starting 2017.