Anime World Order Show # 201 – Otakon 2021 Report with Evan Minto

We are joined by Evan Minto of the newly launched digital manga service Azuki as well as the Ani-Gamers podcast to recap Otakon 2021, which we all attended. How are anime conventions faring in what was supposed to be the tail end of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Normally we’d have like, show notes where we detail the segments and offer some timestamps, but this whole episode is about the anime convention as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic, what prompted conventions to reopen, what safety measures were and were not followed by whom, etc. We can try and break it down, I guess:

0:00 – 31:00: Catching up with Evan, giving background information on COVID-19, conventions shutting down, Otakon proceeding in 2021, what prompted our decision to attend instead of cancel, etc.

This “Welcome Back” was all over the place in the con.
Panel room for "Openings to Show you (Probably) Didn't See"
At least the people in our panels were fully masked.
A celebrity was in the dealer’s room

31:00 – 1:23:37: Panels and live events which we attended, WOOO LEDICOMI YEAHHHHH BABY

Promo: Right Stuf Anime (1:23:37 – 1:25:52)
Interested in a reprint of Aria: The Masterpiece by Akari Mizunashi? Right Stuf is taking a survey to gauge potential interest in a reprint of select volumes or potentially the entire series, so head on over there and fill it out if you are interested. You can also preorder new releases for 25% off, such as Lupin the Third: Part V, which instead of being released in two parts as originally planned is now going to be one complete set. There are also weekly sales; as of this writing, Viz titles are on sale so if you were wanting to pick up those Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure limited editions now is your chance.

1:25:52 – Dealer’s Room, Artist Alley, closing thoughts

This was Artist Alley as it was sort of winding down on Saturday night. Still pretty crowded…

List of Titles Shown at Otakon 2021

It’s not a new episode, and we did miss posting one for July, but for those of you who attended Otakon 2021, here’s a list of the titles shown during our panels. We did say we’d put this up so you wouldn’t have to write everything down, didn’t we? If you liked what you heard, we’ve done plenty of anime reviews over the past sixteen years so take a look at our Review Index. The Otakon staff look at their message board to help determine who to bring back next year, so if you liked what you saw, please let them know here!

Thirty Years Ago: Anime in 1991
Otaku no Video
Here is Greenwood
Brave of the Sun Fighbird
Dear Brother
Detonator Orgun
Silent Mobius: The Motion Picture
Mobile Suit Gundam: F91 (you can listen to Eternal Wind here)
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Blazing Transfer Student
Mermaid’s Forest (you can listen to Born to Love You here, which I didn’t play during the panel but you should do it anyway)
3×3 Eyes
Only Yesterday
Roujin Z
Rg Veda
Reporter Blues

The Best Openings for Shows You (Probably) Didn’t See (list mostly in order now! Maybe we didn’t actually run Hitoribocchi)
Dear Brother
Girls Last Tour
Samurai Flamenco
Metal Fighter Miku
Getter Robo Arc
Hakumei and Mikochi
Flip Flappers
Maico 2010
Rainbow – Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin (“The Seven from Compound Two, Cell Six”)
Stage! Dream Days
Aim for the Ace
Reporter Blues
Kaiketsu Zorro
Double Decker! Doug and Kirill
Prefectural Earth Defense Force
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Galactic Patrol Lensman
Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
Future Police Urashiman
Idol Project
Towards the Terra
Armor Hunter Mellowlink
Blue Reflection Ray
Nobody’s Boy Remi
Sunday Without God

We also did History of Hentai in English, though we’re not so sure if we should post that list or not. It’s risky to attempt to do Twitch versions of our panels, though it appears that Otakon did stream panels that were held in Panel Room 1 without major incident. Then again, we’re primarily playing videos of stuff we don’t own and talking over them. Perhaps we’d just get no VOD replay? With our luck it’d be a copyright strike…