Otakuthon from August 16-18, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec at http://www.otakuthon.com/2013/home
The trip to Montreal kicked off again the 2013 edition of Otakuthon. After a Friday trip having fun seeing the countryside, the many pylons still sprouting up along the way, and arriving at the hotel stay over spot that was nicely next to the main building of the Palais des Congrès, the weekend was full of fun events at the huge anime convention.
This year there were three 404s shows: two on the Saturday that included the famous Late Night show, and a Sunday finale. There were over 10,000 attendees at the huge convention that filled the building that used at least 3 full floors of the Palais des Congrès. The first show on Saturday and last show on Sunday for The 404s were at capacity with rotating audiences that came and went that made up of about 400 people, while the famous Late Night Show had about 700 of the 900 Seats of the Theater filled, with others coming to see throughout the show.
For a little lineup view, here’s a filmed portion of the lineup about 35 minutes to show time:
The crowd was very involved with all of the jokes, references to everything from Free the anime to Bioshock Infinite the video game, and all the random antics in between. The newly added music during the Saturday shows had some great moments like a musical about undertaking, and a chess game was teased through Look/Look Away. Other scenes ranged from TV’s Manhunter spying on a Disney Princess’ home as she talked to deer and other woodland creatures, to the life of the lonely Maytag Washer Man inside his Dishwasher home where Homestuck cosplayers were scrubbed, yaoi kisses occurred and parents were accidentally killed with cutlery. It was literally a fun time too with a Party with an angel of God and a group of TUMBLR teens invited to get down like it is 1990 again, and the Masquerade was represented as a lot of Sherlock Holmes cosplayers limbo dancing with bad backs.
There were even new inventions like the emotion of Potato (in honour of the Attack on Titan anime), and learning that the American state of Louisiana had a lot of rats and killer mosquitoes while the state of Arkansas’ name originates from having so many saws and arks during a scene of Pillars where the fans helped with giving the actors such information. Oh but a new taboo word learned during Questions Only apparently is Otakon-it was as booed as the Toronto Maple Leafs mentioned last year! Oh and to fans concerned about Ein the Corgi from Cowboy Bebop, it’s ok he was left alive after the many Forward and Reverse replays of shooting him over and over again. Our constantly used horse for princess saving and Berserk re-enactments is fine too now, as is Sharknado who was created by various fabled winds at sea. And there was plenty of reference to the new anime Free that “swimming interest” likely saw a boost from the convention alone.
It was an easygoing time between shows with a couple of things to do and see. There was a new video gaming area where games like Blazblue: Continuum Shift, Persona 4 Arena, Super Smash Brothers Melee, Injustice: Gods Among Us (which I got to try for the first time and did decently with Harley Quinn even against power houses like Superman), Melty Blood, and even some older games like Virtua Soccer and lots of LAN computers too playing World of Warcraft. The Tabletop Gaming Room went all day and night long open for almost the entire weekend. It was fun learning new games like Zombie Dice, playing a couple of games of Magic the Gathering and watching a Big Eyes, Small Mouth RPG session for a bit. For other attendees they packed everything from the panels to the Dance to the Cosplay Cafe as well.
Here’s my big roundup of items I got this year:
*Otakuthon gave all attendees their guidebook in a nice tote bag with extras like Final Fantasy bookmarks and anime doorhangers.
*A Free Giveaway Sailor Mercury sticker that got added on my phone.
*From a regular shop I go to I bought from them an older Sailor Mercury PJ figure.
*Tons of collector card game material being likely the last time for the year to do so. I got lots of boosters for my 3 CCGs in Pokémon, Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh from the latest sets. I got my first proper play mat with the Battle Pack 2 Obelisk the Tormentor mini-mat that came with boosters too. To boost my decks as well got the Plasma Blast Pokémon Starter with the Genesect and the Bestial Strength Magic Starter. To top it off I got some new sleeves for all 3 games.
*Various treats like Hi-Chew, Dim Sum and BBQ Pork Buns from the local Chinatown Bakery nearby.
*Also brought home a “Sloshe” re-useable tumbler for drinks had on the weekend in the summer heat.
The nicest non-show or convention time was having a Shabu Shabu (Hot Pot) dinner with many friends and fans of The 404s along with some of The 404s crew. It was nice to unwind casually and socially after the first show and before the second one.
There are things that are nice on the trips and conventions to do outside the big events like shopping and swimming (the pool had a glass bottom to the lobby’s parking loop!), but hanging out with friends is indeed the best thing to do on any voyage, as simple as it sounds. Here’s to wonderful memories until the next time the road beckons for the next convention!
As always, I collect all videos of the Eastside 404s shows that can be found on the following playlists.
The Current Updated, Ongoing Video Set – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcYrT6RatU-3yzE7cdQuObMY2lv72Shcb
The Older First Sets of Videos - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2940D4CF10ED601B and
And here are a few different playlists for various convention videos, mixing conventions I’ve been to and others I liked seeing online: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL219D2649FE1180BE AND http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE273FEAC695D7A72&feature=mh_lolz
Finally, check out this regularly updated public photo album of my convention photos at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showphotoalbum?id=10061028
The latest events and links to The 404s can be found as well at the main website at http://the404s.com/
Here, there, everywhere! Online in random spurts when I can be!