Otakuthon – from a Concordia basement to the mainstream

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WATCH ABOVE: It started out as a small university film club. Now 10 years later, the anime convention “Otakuthon” has grown into the province’s largest festival of its kind. Billy Shields reports.

MONTREAL – One of Montreal’s most interesting —; and overlooked —; gatherings of the summer festival season is wrapping up its tenth edition Sunday afternoon.

Otakuthon will likely end up seeing a weekend attendance of more than 20,000 people, which is 3,000 more than last year.

It’s the 10th anniversary of #Otakuthon. This is Alona Varavenko… Her cat ears move. @Global_Montreal pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/Sa6LvEiNGV

— Billy Shields (@billyshields) August 9, 2015

Otakuthon started out a decade ago as the Otaku Anime Film Club at Concordia University.

The founders of the conference were students in the club.

“Then they graduated,” said Christine Lee, the conference spokesperson.

“They moved onto making a real convention, a real anime convention —; a Japanese pop culture convention.”

Organizers say Otakuthon is now the second-largest gathering of its kind in Canada, and about 20,000 people attended this weekend.

#Otakuthon grew out of Otaku Anime Club, which started out as a Japanese movie club at Concordia. @Global_Montreal pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/hs9D8OceZI

— Billy Shields (@billyshields) August 9, 2015

Cosplay is huge at a convention like this. And it seemed like roughly half the crowd came dressed as a character from a video game.

Cosplay is huge here… I can recognize a lot of characters but not everyone. For instance… @Global_Montreal pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/sKQkXyfBzD

— Billy Shields (@billyshields) August 9, 2015

Some characters were more recognizable than others.

One woman in this group, Julie St-Louis, dressed up as “Zero Samus” from Metroid. Sewed outfit. @Global_Montreal pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/t3Nm4LHYDs

— Billy Shields (@billyshields) August 9, 2015


There were several sections of the conference, a cinema, a video game room, an anime and manga section, and a room with board games, not to be confused with conventional popular games like Monopoly or Battleship.

“One of the most popular is King of Tokyo, it’s a game where you are a big monster such as Godzilla and you fight to gain control of Tokyo,” said Sylvain Trottier, an organizer in charge of the board game section.

Not all the participants are millennials who spend hours playing Super Smash Bros. Leslie Shand, for instance, is a retired programmer from Ottawa. It’s his fifth Otakuthon. Over the years he’s seen it grow:

“There’s a theme almost anyone can enjoy if they want to.” 

*Contrary to what was previously reported, it took Gabriel Provost 70 to 100 hours, not 7,200 to build his costume.

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