Otakon 2013 Roundup: A Little Manga, A Lot of Anime, And Otakon Is On The Move

All eyes in the anime and manga world were turned on Baltimore this past weekend, as almost 35,000 people swarmed to the Baltimore Convention Center for Otakon. Here’s a roundup of the weekend’s news:

Otakon Is Moving: Let’s start with some news about the con itself: Otakon will move from its current home at the Baltimore Convention Center to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, in 2017. The reason: The con has outgrown the BCC; this year’s attendance was just shy of 35,000, and as Otakon chairman Terry Chu told ANN, “It’s bursting at the seams when we look at the place we’re in.”

Vertical Adds a New Fumi Yoshinaga Title: The publisher Vertical, Inc., announced a new manga license, Fumi Yoshinaga’s “What Did You Eat Yesterday?” It’s a slice-of-life manga that tells the story of two lovers through the food they cook and eat together. It runs in Kodansha’s “Morning” magazine, and it has been nominated for a number of awards; there are seven volumes out in Japan so far. Yoshinaga is the creator of another great men-and-food manga, “Antique Bakery,” as well as a slew of other yaoi manga and the foodie one-shot “Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!” Aside from that, the Vertical panel focused on upcoming releases; ANN has a complete panel report.

Viz Takes the Omnibus Route with Monster: Viz also devoted most of its panel to previously announced releases, but there was one juicy tidbit: They will reprint Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster” in two-for-one ominbus format. Viz will also release the Ranma 1/2 anime on DVD and Blu-Ray; they announced at Comic-Con in San Diego that they would be reprinting the manga series in right-to-left format.

Anime News: The anime companies were busy as well; this isn’t my strong suit, but here’s a quick list of announcements.

“Cowboy Bebop” director Shinichiro Watanabe revealed that he is directing the anime “Space Dandy” for the anime studio BONES.

Aniplex has licensed “Kill la Kill,” which it will stream this fall and then release for home video.

Funimation had a host of new titles to announce, including “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion,” “Crest of the Stars,” “Tales of the Abyss,” and a notable license rescue—”Cowboy Bebop.” The anime streaming service Daisuki announced that it would be streaming “Cowboy Bebop” before Funimation releases it for home video next year.

Sentai had more, including “The Girl Who Leapt Through Space” and “Sacred Seven.”

And here’s another license rescue: Viz will stream “Gurren Lagann” via its Neon Alley service this fall.