P.A WORKS 15th Anniversary Exhibit Comes to Otakon 2016 Along with TakaOtacraft

Baltimore, MD (July 29, 2016) – P.A.WORKS held a 15th Anniversary Exhibit in Japan this spring and again in Los Angeles in early summer. With help from Otakorp, Inc., P.A.WORKS is bringing the same exhibit to Otakon 2016 in Baltimore! Come join Kenji Horikawa, Nobuhiro Kikuchi, and Kazuki Higashiji to celebrate the 15th year of the animation studio. The exhibit will feature production artworks and items used in P.A.WORKS anime productions. Special art pieces by TakaOtacraft will also be featured, including a piece they made just for Otakon based on P.A.WORKS' newest animation series, “Kuromukuro”.

P.A.WORKS was founded in 2000 by Kenji Horikawa in Nanto, Toyama, Japan. The animation studio is famous for their creative TV series such as "Haruchika", "Charlotte", "Shirobako", "The Eccentric Family", "Hanasaku Iroha: Blossoms for Tomorrow", "Another", "Angel Beats!", and "Kuromukuro", soon to stream on Netflix.

Takaoka City, Toyama, Japan possesses the highest standard for skilled craftsmen. TakaOtacraft, established in March 2013, was formed by a group of young craftsmen who love popular culture such as anime, manga, and games. TakaOtacraft has successfully fused otaku culture with the traditional craftsmanship of Takaoka. Since its establishment, TakaOtacraft has created many works, such as a wind chime based on the shooting game “Twinbee”, a bust statue based on the 2014 version of “Godzilla”, and traditional boys' May Festival dolls based on the popular robot anime, “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”.

TakaOtacraft's members include a variety of craftsmen such as engravers, metal casters, modelists, and painters. These are serious craftsmen who are also hardcore fans of anime, manga and games. They collect toys and figures, watch anime, and attend concerts. When these diverse skills are combined, something amazing happens.

At Otakon, TakaOtacraft will exhibit their work in collaboration with P.A.WORKS 15th Anniversary Exhibit. TakaOtacraft will be exhibiting traditional craft art pieces with otaku themes.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-third year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp
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