OTAQUEST announces partnership with Anime Central and additional programming for OTAQUEST CONNECT
Tokyo, Japan (July 21, 2020) – OTAQUEST is excited to announce their partnership with the Midwest Animation Promotion Society (M.A.P.S.) for their upcoming online convention event, OTAQUEST CONNECT. In addition, OTAQUEST is proud to reveal OTAQUEST // PLUGGED IN, an online musical event taking place during OTAQUEST CONNECT on Saturday August 15th, alongside an additional concert program on Sunday August 16th.
OTAQUEST CONNECT Powered by Anime Central will feature luminaries from the anime, music, and video game industries. OTAQUEST CONNECT will bring the convention experience to fans online, with new exclusive interviews and panels featuring creative guests like Cowboy Bebop and Escaflowne composer, Yoko Kanno; director of the acclaimed Yakuza video game series, Toshihiro Nagoshi; director of Appleseed and Evangelion: Another Impact, Shinji Aramaki; and the mangaka of BEASTARS, Paru Itagaki, just to name a few.
An additional event OTAQUEST is pleased to announce for OTAQUEST CONNECT, is OTAQUEST // PLUGGED IN, a streaming music event featuring some of the hottest talent from Japan’s club music scene. Capping off Saturday night, viewers can catch ☆Taku Takahashi, Alan Shirahama, LADY’S ONLY, YUC’e, KOTONOHOUSE, with additional DJs to be announced. The music then continues onto Sunday evening with an additional concert segment featuring performances from Japanese all-girl rock band GIRLFRIEND, voice actor & singer Sasaki Rico, and dance/vocal J-Pop group Chuning Candy!
OTAQUEST CONNECT will take place online on Saturday, August 15th, and Sunday August 16th, giving fans direct access to what is happening in the creative industries in Japan. Fans can participate online by going to www.otaquest.com/connect/ for more details, scheduling, and guest announcements as they happen.
ABOUT OTAQUEST: Created by industry veterans Taku Takahashi (m-flo, block.fm, producer for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Space Dandy, and more) and Eddie Lehecka (Attack The Music, bemanistyle.com), OTAQUEST is a platform focused on the mission of delivering Japanese pop & subculture news and information to English speaking fans around the world. Utilizing exclusive creator interviews, editorial, video content, and live events, OTAQUEST provides an up to date look at relevant topics in Japanese pop culture directly from its home base in Tokyo.
ABOUT ANIME CENTRAL: Anime Central (http://www.acen.org) is the Midwest’s largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention. The convention is currently held in Rosemont, IL, just outside of Chicago and 5 minutes from O’Hare Airport. As part of its mission, Anime Central brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and U.S. sectors of the animation and manga industries, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture. Anime Central is sponsored by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society, a registered 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization.