KotoriCon, the "Little Anime Con with a Big Heart," returns for the ninth year to Rowan College at Gloucester County's (RCGC) campus on Friday, Jan. 5, from 4 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Hosted by RCGC's Japanese Anime Guild – a popular club on campus – the convention celebrates Japanese animation and culture while giving back to local and international charities. This year's festivities will include cosplay, live music, panel presentations, famous voice actors, live-action roleplaying, screenings of Japanese animated series and various crafting dealers and artists.
Entertainment is just around the corner at Kotoricon, which boasts a wide array of panels and musical performances. Hoh Daiko, a Taiko drumming group from the Seabrook Buddhist Temple, will be starting off Saturday's festivities with energetic rhythms and beats. Japanese rock bands, The Asterplace and Kazha, are slated to take the stage both Friday night and Saturday. A new addition this year, Korean band The Slants are flying in to perform an all-acoustic set along with a panel about their victory against the Supreme Court to use their band name. New York-based string quartet Spellbound Strings will also be joining the musical line up with their unique arrangements of anime and video game based pieces.
Fans of all ages can participate in panels featuring vocal talents such as: James Carter Cathcart, Natalie Hoover, Michele Knotz, Michaela Laws, Jamie McGonnagal, Daman Mills, and Alejandro Saab, who use their talents in many dubbed anime, games and other projects. Alongside these panels are various workshops, fan panels and games.
The true highlight of the event is the Charity Auction, where dealers, artists and guests donate items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the Charity Auction, alongside vendors' fees and ticket sales, will benefit Liberty in North Korea, the Seabrook Buddhist Temple, Mothers Matter and the KotoriCon Scholarship Endowment.
Tickets are on sale for $35.81 per person at kotoricon.org and are available for online purchase prior to the event. Tickets will not be available at the door. Children 8 years old and younger will be admitted free of charge. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
KotoriCon is a proud member of the IAEO, the International Association for Otaku Expos, which recognizes conventions for their dedication to Japanese culture. For more information about KotoriCon, please visit their website at kotoricon.org and follow @Kotoricon on twitter. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road, just off of Exit 56 of Route 55.