New Anime Festival OtakuFest to be Held in Miami this August

Miami, Florida (April 17, 2019) — OtakuFest, a new 2-day anime and fan festival, is coming to the Miami Airport Convention Center on August 31st - September 1st, 2019. Presented by the Creative Director of Animate! Florida and Paradise City Comic Con, the festival will celebrate the best in Geek and Nerd culture including Anime, Animation, Cosplay, Gaming, Manga, Comics, Music, and more.

“After working in comic conventions for over 10 years, I'm excited and honored to be able to bring a new type of festival to Miami,” Winji Mesadieu, founder of OtakuFest, said. “My ultimate goal is to create an event that is both inclusive and entertaining for the South Florida community.” Mesadieu, who grew up on Martial Arts films and classic cartoon programs such as Toonami, Disney Afternoon, and Kids WB, is a self-identified “blerd” (i.e. black nerd). He hopes to encourage a community of diverse hyper-fans (known as otaku) through the creation of this festival.

OtakuFest expects to bring in 5,000 people over 2 days for its inaugural show. Attendees can enjoy over 100 hours of programming including celebrity Q&As, costume contests, industry panels, workshops, karaoke, dance parties, live music, gaming tournaments, and more.

Highlights Include:
*More than 70,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring over 200 booths and tables of vendors, celebrity guests, artists, cosplayers, and more.

*30,000 additional square feet of convention space which includes 3 entertainment stages, video gaming, and a dozen rooms for panels and screenings.

*Celebrity guests from some of the most popular anime series including Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, One Piece, Bleach, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tale, and much more.

*Voice acting stars from video games including Kingdom Hearts, Five Nights at Freddy's, the Catherine series, and Apex Legends.

*Stars from popular cartoons such as Scooby Doo Mystery Inc., The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Teen Titans, Avengers Assemble, Robot Chicken, and more.

*Several costume contests and events with thousands of dollars in prizes!

*And much more to be announced

OtakuFest tickets are on sale NOW. For a limited time, get 40% OFF general admission prices with promo code OTAKU40! Kids 9 and under are free. Follow OtakuFest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest news on guests, programming, contests, and discounts. For additional information go to

About OtakuFest:
OtakuFest is a new, two-day festival that celebrates Japanese culture with the best in Anime, Animation, Video Games, Cosplay, Gaming, Comics, Music and more. OtakuFest 2019 will take place on August 31st - September 1st at the Miami Airport Convention Center and will feature over 100 hours of programming including celebrity meet and greets, Q&As, costume contests, parties, workshops, video game tournaments, and more. Celebrities and cosplayers from the best anime and cartoons will be in attendance as well as some of the best artists and creators in the industry.

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