Otakon 20 to Premiere Wolf Children with Mike McFarland

Otakon to Premiere Funimation’s Wolf Children with Director and Voice Actor Mike McFarland

wolfchildren_poster2_1_flat-smallerBaltimore, MD (June 27, 2013) – Otakorp, Inc. welcomes ADR director and voice actor Mike McFarland as a guest for Otakon 2013 along with the premiere of Funimation’s North American dub of the critically acclaimed Wolf Children.

Wolf Children is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars). This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half human, half wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself and her children. Wolf Children was the winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

Mike McFarland, who directed the North American dub, will be on hand for the premiere and as a guest throughout the weekend. McFarland also directed the acclaimed dub of Hosoda’s previous work, Summer Wars, as well as those for Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece, and Rebuild of Evangelion. He last appeared at Otakon in 2009.

Otakon 2013 will be held August 9-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twentieth 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 32,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 89,000 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.

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