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Otakuthon was originally an annual Otaku Anime Marathon, where many local Montreal fans would get together to watch through an entire day filled with high quality features playing on some of the best audio-visual equipment. The tradition is carried on, where we showcase a wide selection to give all viewers something to enjoy. There are screenings including older classics, little-known wonders, popular picks (to introduce your friends to), and even some of the most contemporary and cutting-edge titles.


From Lucky Stars to Mighty Mice, we invite each of you to take part in any number of our contests during your stay at Otakuthon. Impress everyone with whatever you've got to win any of our prize packs.


Join a panel discussion and network yourself into meeting and sharing with like-minded friends. Enlist into a workshop to get some hands-on experience learning something wonderful.

Otakuthon will be offering whispering translation for panels, more details here.


Keep your trigger-finger(s) joy-happy at Otakuthon's video gaming section. Otakuthon will have lots of multi-player titles that will keep the crowd cheering as players square off against each other in contests of skill, sheer luck, and even of foreign languages! Table-top games, such as TCGs, RPGs, Go, and Shogi will also be available.


Think you have a great costume and want to show it off? The masquerade gives you a chance to do it on stage in a really big way! Whether it be a walk-on or a skit, by yourself or as a group, show off your costumes to the rest of the world and to our panel of experienced cosplayer judges who will decide the winners and present awards based on best costumes and presentations.

Even if you’re not costumed, come and cheer the labor of dozens cosplayers as they show off their hard work.

Otakuthon Idol

Otakuthon Idol is a contest which is looking to bring out the next Miyavi or the next KOTOKO that is sleeping inside you! If you are lucky to be one of the selected participants, you could sing on stage and have the chance of winning the title "Otakuthon Idol 2010".  To participate, you must learn a Japanese song by heart and be present at the auditions.  You will then be able to perform in front of our judges, who will evaluate your performance.  Don't forget to bring a compact disc containing the karaoke version of your song!

Complete rules and details here.
If you aren't interested in singing, you could always attend the show where our participants will try their best to entertain you.  But more importantly, don't forget to bring along your friends!

Cosplay Chess

Cosplay Chess

Remember the full-sized Harry Potter Chess match where the pieces actually fight each other? Now you get to see it with your favorite anime characters. With cosplayers posing as chess pieces on a man-sized board, each encounter is an epic clash between your favourite characters. Don’t miss this chess game – it’s the way chess was meant to be played!

Complete rules and details here.

Fashion Show

Do you like to create and wear clothes inspired by Japanese fashion?

Otakuthon is proud to present the Fashion Show! In its first year, it is a fashion parade that brings together three different categories:  Lolita, J-Pop/J-Rock/Visual-Kei and Traditional.

Everyone is invited to come watch this event!

Otakuthon AMV Contest Screening

The Otakuthon AMV Contest Screening will be presenting the top entries of each category of the Otakuthon AMV Contest. Come see the variety of action, drama, comedy, and special effects of these original AMVs as the winner is decided. Not only will you get to see the best of the best, but you will get to vote for the best of the best and help choose the real winners of the Otakuthon AMV Contest!

Complete rules and details here.

Otaku Anime Manga Library

Need a nice quite spot to relax during the convention after running around all day? Come drop by the manga library room where you can sit back and read a large variety of manga at your own leisure. Sponsored by Otaku Anime of Concordia University, this library will showcase the club's entire manga collection.  A list of titles can be found at:

If you're interested in lending some of your own manga collection not found on this list, please contact the Manga Library director at

Cosplay Café

Otakuthon will be hosting a cosplay café where attendees can kick back and enjoy Japanese snacks, meals, desserts and drinks. Hosted by our bishie and kawaii cosplayers, of course!

Free Hugs Zone

Hugs are in the air! You asked for it, now you got it! Yes, that's right, your own hugging space! The Cosplay Cafe’s terrace will be designated as a “free hugs zone” except during specific times (ex.: during the fireworks). This designated area is perfect for free huggers since it has lots of space to gather a lot of huggers.

Art Gallery

The art gallery will exhibit a compilation of fine works of art in the anime genre. Displays include our annual gallery contest entries plus silent auctions consisting of high quality pieces of finest submissions and originals (non-digital).

Fireworks (La Ronde)

For your viewing pleasure (and weather permitting, of course), the 7th floor terrace will be opened for watching the La Ronde fireworks over Saturday, August 14th, 2010 at 10:00pm.

Saturday Night Dance

DJ United Forces presents: Get ready for a night full of Euro Power! Bring your friends and dance to some of the worlds best dance music! Also get ready for special guests, Vic Mignogna, Ariel.C, Dance Dance Revolution's Melody & Mezzo and the newest band to be introduced by Viverus Studios and DiCaster Management, J-Mi & Midi-D! The night just keeps getting better as you dance to non-stop LIVE mixes by DJ United Forces! See you all there!