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Aug 6 - 8, 2021
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Otakon is an annual three-day anime convention held during July/August. The convention focuses on East Asian popular culture (primarily anime, manga, music, and cinema) and its fandom. The name is a portmanteau derived from convention and the Japanese word otaku. Otakon is one of the longest-running anime conventions in the United States and is the 9th largest North American anime convention as of 2017.

Typical Otakon programming includes anime and live action East Asian films shown on big screens in multiple video rooms. Fan-produced content including fan-parodies and anime music videos (AMVs) are also shown.

Panels and workshops are held on subjects such as voice acting, how to draw manga, and Japanese culture. Industry professionals announce new acquisitions, and expert guests discuss or show tricks of their trade and field questions from the audience. Many panels and workshops are conducted by fans rather than pros. The convention also includes cosplay and a skit-based Masquerade show.

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