Otafest is an annual conference for anime enthusiasts which first started at the University of Calgary 1999.
Fans can show their passion and appreciation of the hobby, the music videos they have created, the art they have painted and show off the costumes they have made. You will see the latest shows and videos, as well as the fondest classics, and wii get to see anime on the big screen as well as a chance for the curious to see what it’s all about.
Otafest organizers have given a great list of must-see and must-do things to experience this weekend.
Live performances: From being part of a live comedy improv show to hearing Otafest Idol competitors belt out beautiful tunes, there’s a little something for everyone. See full programming schedule here
Play some games: Through the weekend when you’re at the convention you can head to the Anime Board Game Room for some Asian inspired board games and to even learn some new games.
Cosplayer photo-ops: People will be dressed up and roaming around Calgary this weekend, ready to snap pictures with fans. Catch them in the festival hall, Stephen Ave and Olympic Plaza on your stroll.
Watch some anime: Are you an old school classic or some new hits. From Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke to Yuri!!On Ice they’ll have it. If you’re crunched for time, you can stop by the Short Form Anime session for bite sized stories.