Otakuthon Manga Festival

14th edition

Otakuthon is Canada’s largest bilingual festival celebrating Japanese animation (anime), graphic novels (manga), gaming, and pop culture. The first of its kind in Montreal, Otakuthon is a full-fledged, bilingual anime convention that features a number of special guests as well as many panels, activities and events spotlighting all the aspects of the Japanese culture.

Otakuthon presents this year a brand new exciting concert program. The convention is proud to feature Hirano Yoshihisa, composer for several anime and video game soundtracks (Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, Ouran High School Host Club, Final Fantasy XIII, etc…). For the first time in North America, Yoshihisa will conduct an ensemble of 10 musicians for a rendition of his most loved works. Guests will also see the band FAKY, who chose Otakuthon 2019 to present their first J-POP show in Canada.

Japanese artist Takanori Nishikawa (T.M.Revolution) is a musician, signer, producer, actor and voice actor. He has been the lead singer of the group Abingdon Boys School since its formation in 2005. He now performs under the stage name T.M.Revolution (TMR). He will be making his first appearance on stage in Canada at Otakuthon this year. A concert not to be missed! Takanori Nishikawa has established his reputation with his catchy tracks, polished and fascinating concerts, and overwhelming live performances, while he consecutively released monstrous hits such as High Pressure, Hot Limit, White Breath, and Invoke. Since his debut, TMR has built a global fan base and reputation among Anime fans for his contributions to ending and opening themes to many notable anime and game series.

Convention attendees will also have the chance to meet voice actors Kyle McCarley (Mobile Suit Gundam, Durarara!!x2, God Eater 2 & 3), Derek Stephen Prince (Power Rangers, Digimon, Naruto, Kingdom Hearts), Erica Lindbeck (Heroes of the Storm, Sailor Moon, Persona 5, Mega Man 11) and Patrick Seitz (Code Geass, Kill la Kill, One Piece, Attack on Titan). Japanese voice actress and singer Rica Matsumoto will also be attending. She is known for singing Pokémon opening songs and also as the voices of young male characters like Satoshi (Ash) from Pokémon and Ryo and Yami Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh!

This year’s Friday programming will include an immersive bilingual role playing activity. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up and enjoy a buffet-style menu all while surrounded by cosplaying hosts, right out of My Hero Academia, Haikyuu!! or Bungou Stray Dogs.

The Otakuthon Cultural Society, which organizes the convention every year with the support of its many volunteers, was awarded in 2018 a certificate of commendation by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan for its contribution to the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Canada.

Friday August 16th, 2019 from 10 am to 3 am
Saturday August 17th, 2019 from 10 am to 3 am
Sunday August 18th, 2019 from 10 am to 6 pm

For more information and tickets visit: www.otakuthon.com

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