Otakon Vegas

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Otakon Vegas
Official Otakon Vegas Logo.jpg
Official Otakon Vegas Logo.
Status Active
Genre Anime, East Asian popular culture[1]
Venue Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Location(s) Las Vegas, Nevada
Country United States
Inaugurated 2014
Attendance 2,243[2]
Organized by Otakorp, Inc.
Filing status 501(c)(3)
Otakon Vegas

Otakon Vegas (/ˈtəkɒn/ OH-tə-kon) is a three-day anime convention held during January at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The convention is organized by Otakorp, the group behind Otakon.[3]


The convention typically offers an artist alley, concerts, dealer's room, and panels.[4] One of the new programming experiments at Otakon Vegas demonstrated Sumo wrestling.[4][5]


Otakorp announced in early 2013 a new convention would be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada where they hope to create a smaller convention and test new ideas.[3][6] Otakon has had issues where new test content has been too successful such as the 2012 Maid Cafe.[7] Representatives from Las Vegas first approached Otakorp about moving Otakon from Baltimore to Las Vegas.[7] Expansion to Vegas was also chosen due to Otakon reaching capacity in Baltimore, along with Vegas being accessible with affordable transportation and several hotel/food options.[7][8] January dates were chosen for the reason attendees should be less busy.[7] Concerns were raised about the location due the existence of two conventions in the Las Vegas area.[9]

The convention's first year in 2014 featured more than 70 hours of programming.[4] JAM Project appeared at 2015's opening ceremony while on the ANISONG World Tour Lantis Festival in Las Vegas.[10]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
January 3–5, 2014 Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Masahiro Ando, Zach Bolton, Richard Epcar, Kelly Gneiting, Riichiro Inagaki, Kaoru Kurosaki, Jamie Marchi, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Sayaka Sasaki, Frederik L. Schodt, Ian Sinclair, Ellyn Stern, and Byambajav Ulambayaryn.[12]
January 16–18, 2015[11][13] Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Steven Blum, Toshio Furukawa, JAM Project, Shino Kakinuma, Wendee Lee, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Lisa Ortiz, and Sushio.[14]
January 15–17, 2016 Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
2,243[2] Sandy Fox, Todd Haberkorn, Lex Lang, Erica Mendez, Vic Mignogna, and Jason Charles Miller.[2]
January 13–15, 2017[15] Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Labrador, Jorge (2013-02-25). "Otakon to bring anime fans to Vegas in 2014". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Otakon Vegas 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Otakon Spin-Off Convention in Vegas Planned for January". Anime News Network. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  4. ^ a b c Bamboo Dong; Christopher Macdonald (2014-01-06). "Otakon Vegas 2014". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  5. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2013-08-12). "Otakon 2013 Closing Ceremonies". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  6. ^ "Baltimore's Otakon to host Otakon Vegas in January 2014". The Asahi Shimbun. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  7. ^ a b c d "ANNCast Bro-takon". Anime News Network. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  8. ^ Noorinejad, Florence (2013-02-21). "Otakon goes Vegas, adding festival outside Baltimore". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  9. ^ "AnimeCons TV - February 2013 Feedback". AnimeCons.com. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  10. ^ Dong, Bamboo (2015-01-21). "Otakon Vegas 2015". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  11. ^ a b "Otakon Vegas 2015 Slated for January 16-18 (updated)". Anime News Network. 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  12. ^ "Otakon Vegas 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  13. ^ Labrador, Jorge (2014-01-07). "2014 Otakon photos: 'It's about bringing East and West together' at Planet Hollywood anime event". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  14. ^ a b "Otakon Vegas 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-01-20. 
  15. ^ "Otakon Vegas 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 

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