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Otakon 2013!
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Posted 8/11/13
Youthcom, you are probably correct. If there is room for improvement I'm happy to contribute. Lots of fun to participate this way!
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I was on the stream a few times this weekend at the actual convention. Everyone kept calling me Lil Wayne, Medium Wayne, Big Wayne. But everyone knew me as Jobber. lol I curled a bunch of people on screen so everyone could say that I actually do lift, bro lol. Maybe next con I'm at I can go on screen again and have some fun.
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Been attending Otakon since 2001. Overall it was another good year for Otakon in the record book for me. I especially liked the Otamuseum which had display cases and information boards chronicling the growth of Otakon from 1994 to the present. Looking back at the badge choices from previous years made me feel all nostalgic. They should've shown the program guides from the earlier years at the BCC. I peeked back once at an old pocket guide map I still have and it was hilarious when compared to how big Otakon is now.

Sadly though one of my favorite events, the AMV contest seemed pretty lack luster this year, nothing terribly memorable.

The return of Mystery Anime Theater 3000 made up for it however.

Oreimo OVA premiere was PACKED!! And if anyone from con-ops is reading this, don't let two lines start forming before the event and then suddenly declare that ONE of them is the actual line, the mad rush to that side could've killed someone! Once inside unfortunately the screen again was too low so everyone's heads were blocking the subtitles. Thank goodness I put in that time self studying Japanese as I was able to follow the story with just the audio and the top half of the screen! But being with thousands of people and hearing the reactions was priceless. Won't comment on the show though, that's a thread unto it's own.

Sword Art Online dub screening also packed more than I personally expected. And a tip for those people lining up to ask questions at the Q&A, do some research on first, WHO you're asking a question, and then what you're actually asking. Everyone knew the guests where the animation directors and character designers, but so many people asked the same question. "Where did you get the inspiration for the character designs?" I face-palmed so many times and felt so bad for the Japanese guests. Uhh....it was a light novel and the characters were already designed by an artist that Reki Kawahara knew...

As an older anime fan it's also interesting to watch the shifts in cosplay through the years. Hands down big ones this year were Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan. I'm sure there must've been a bigger photo shoot but the one I saw at the Aniplex booth in the dealer's room was hilarious when they called forward all the Kirito X Asuna copslayers!

In any case, will be looking forward to next year! I may not have the same wide-eyed enthusiasm I had as a newbie anime fan back in my younger years, but there's something about being a part of all that energy and fandom that keeps me coming back. Unless of course the lines just become so unmanageable that I may wait until it moves to DC!
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lol I was finn and I completely missed the crunchyroll live tv. They had to tell me and looked behind to notice I was on the screen. Good times.
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Good stuff...First Otakon for me, and I must say, besides all the lines, it was well worth it. Huge array of famous guests and all the people were awesome. Would love to go next year!
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I was on the stream Friday and Saturday for a long time. I was cosplaying LILY and had a really fun time hanging out with everyone.

But my stupid stepfather wouldnt let me go sunday cause practice is more important then a once a year con YEA RIGHT Anyway thanks guy for watching the stream. i had a blast being on it
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This was my second Otakon in as many years. If I could describe it in one word, that word would be "magical". I'd like to make my case that I had the greatest fan experience for a convention of all time.

Friday was, for the most part, physically challenging. I traveled from where I lived to the con early and didn't really sleep much the night before. The brutal weather made the wait at pre-registration really difficult. I did happen to meet video game YouTuber Chilled Chaos on line but I couldn't ask for his autograph in that situation. At the time that I should have eaten lunch, I went to the dealers' room instead and that threw me off for the rest of the day. I wound up ending my Friday early and going back to the hotel to rest up. I will say, I was thrilled when I saw the Homura Akemi "You Are Not Alone" scale figure for a really good price at the Daisuki booth. I quickly picked it up and it's now on my shelf in all its glory and beauty.

Saturday, I felt much better and paced myself as well as a person possibly can, given the size of Otakon. I had a Steins;Gate script signed by Tomokazu Seki (the voice of Daru). The Shinichiro Watanabe Q&A blew me away. I was there when he revealed Space Dandy to the world and that was quite the experience. Side note...I cannot believe that panel wasn't full. I waited for an hour thinking it would be hard to get in so to see those empty seats was quite disappointing. Nonetheless, I'm glad I waited to get in to such an amazing panel (more on this in a second). After lunch, I went to an excellent panel on PVC figures and then waltzed into the Funimation industry panel. The audience's reaction to the Sunrise acquisitions, and especially the Cowboy Bebop opening, was insane. After that, I went to the Shinichiro Watanabe autograph session. Now, there was a huge demand to meet him and from what I heard about Friday's autograph session, he did very few signatures and many people left empty-handed and disappointed. However, during the Q&A, I asked Mr. Watanabe a question and received a ticket that allowed me to bypass the line entirely. As it turned out, I was the first one to meet him during that session. He signed a production sketch I had of Jin from Samurai Champloo (which, along with my Steins;Gate script, became the Holy Grail of my anime collection). When he asked me where I found it, I replied "I have no idea." So...yeah, that happened. With my good fortune, I went to the dealers' room and immediately found a shop with one copy of the out-of-print anime Flag (the four singles and the collector's box). At that point, I was on cloud 9. I left to have dinner before coming back to the con late and going to the panel for Anime News Network's podcast (apparently, the audio for this wasn't recorded). I asked about Funimation's release strategy and that prompted Funimation's Lance Heiskell to do a jig on stage and answer my question. After that, I returned to the hotel and watched SAO on Toonami to put a ribbon on a surreal convention day.

Of course, there was Sunday. I got in the con late due to packing up and only stayed for three hours but in those three hours, I went to a panel on the anime industry, found a movie pamphlet for Evangelion 2.0 (I also have End and 3.0), and took in the atmosphere. By the way, about that YouTuber, Chilled Chaos? I didn't see him after that encounter on the pre-registration line during Otakon. I left the con to head for the ride home and walked through the Inner Harbor. Would you believe I find him there just chilling out in a Mario cosplay? I got his autograph and took a picture with him, the proverbial cherry on top. If he does a vlog on Otakon, look out for the one with a hat holding an iPad that says #NTN. That's me.

I swear everything in this entry actually happened. I take nothing for granted. I always enjoy going to anime conventions and having an awesome time. I don't know if I'll ever have another experience quite like Otakon 2013. All I know is the time I had there is something I'll cherish forever.
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@ksiri

"Oreimo OVA premiere was PACKED!! And if anyone from con-ops is reading this, don't let two lines start forming before the event and then suddenly declare that ONE of them is the actual line, the mad rush to that side could've killed someone!"

I don't know why there was two lines forming but I think Access Control (they handle lines and crowd control) should have just merged the two of them together somehow. In any case, there's pretty much nothing that can be done about really popular events (I'm sorry to say that, because I worked in AC during Otakon, but...it's true ;A;).



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Posted 8/27/13
Im sorry to bump but I was also at Otakon! I was at the Oreimo premiere, infact they did an unscheduled room clear and pissed everyon off. I was one of those people. Well in the end our third row seats turned into front row seats. It was pretty cool in the end even though it was a disaster waiting to get back in.

This was my first Otakon I plan to go again next year, it was fun for the most part. I intend to start making props and everyone on my first legit hand made costume. Otakon I was the female Pokemon x/y trainer holding a Fennekin, it was an outfit I kinda threw together.
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This event is over. Locked!
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