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Hey folks just starting a post for this annual huge convention in the heart of French Canada on the Eastside. Located at http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/home/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1481085852205687/ you can find info on the 3 day convention. The convention has lots to do from gaming rooms to concerts to panels!

Many guests are being announced at http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/guests/ from international Japanese guests like BACK-ON (did many themes like Air Gear), Atsuko Tanaka (Major Mokoto from Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX, Lisa Lisa from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) to English Voice Actors like Chris Cason (Mr. Popo and Tien on Dragon Ball Z), Sam Vincent (Gundam Seed, Bucky O'Hare) to cosplay guests like Virchan Puu and local performers and acts such as The 404s Improv Comedy Troupe, Yuri Comic creators Emily Willis & Ann Uland, and artist Mel Gosselin just to name a few!

So post if you're coming, as well as any post-convention reports here too as I plan to do. C'est magnifique!
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Posted 6/25/16
I will be there, it will be my first con ever, I'm really looking forward to it even though I don't know about any of the guests lol.
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Last year I was in Montreal for Heavy MTL on the same weekend and decided to skip the morning of one of the dates to go see FLOW at Otakuthon. What an amazing concert. Going to Otakuthon for the whole thing this year. BACK-ON and Ties & Ribbons promise for a great time, and I look forward to properly experiencing everything else the convention has to offer!
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I'll be volunteering there, its also gunna be my first time going hehe, pretty excited
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Posted 7/23/16
I goofed a bit and made a second post by mistake when I was updating. I let the moderators know to delete the copy post.

Just to update, Salut! One of the biggest North American and Canadian anime conventions is on the way with Otakuthon from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 5-7, 2016.

http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/home/

There will be tons of guests from the area to internationally such as Japanese band BACK-ON, Voice Actors Atsuko Tanaka (Major Mokoto, Lisa Lisa from JoJo's Bizarre Adeventure), Chris Cason (Tien and Mr. Popo from Dragon Ball Z), Sam Vincent (Gundam Seed's AthrunHikaru Shindo), Eric Stuart (Brock and James of Pokemon), Karen Strassman (Bleach's Momo and Soifon, Kallen of Code Geass), and many more!http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/guests/goh/

Come see many live events from the Idol Contest to Con Turnabout to The 404s Improv Comedy shows, many panels, the gaming rooms, video rooms, dance, Masquerade/Cosplay Summit, a Pokethon and huge exhibit hall just to name some of the many happenings. Crunchyroll recently got announced as an industry guest too so come see their events and more! http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/guests/industry_guests/#crunchyroll

As always a post convention report will be coming. All events are labelled for age groups and if they're English, French or bilingual so anyone can get in on the fun. Amusez tout le monde. Have fun! Whether it's your first time or return, there's something for everyone!
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Posted 7/25/16

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I'll be volunteering there, its also gunna be my first time going hehe, pretty excited

I was thinking about being a volunteer too, have you ever volunteered in similar events before?
I'm used to volunteer in obstacle race events but I have no idea what to expect from doing it at an anime con.
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Posted 7/25/16

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Chenryyy wrote:

I'll be volunteering there, its also gunna be my first time going hehe, pretty excited

I was thinking about being a volunteer too, have you ever volunteered in similar events before?
I'm used to volunteer in obstacle race events but I have no idea what to expect from doing it at an anime con.


I have not! I consider myself a relatively new but very enthusiastic person in this whole anime community thing, so I really don't know what to expect. Not many of my friends watch anime, so I hope I'll meet some people with similar interests there. Should be fun!
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Posted 7/26/16

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the_krock wrote:


Chenryyy wrote:

I'll be volunteering there, its also gunna be my first time going hehe, pretty excited

I was thinking about being a volunteer too, have you ever volunteered in similar events before?
I'm used to volunteer in obstacle race events but I have no idea what to expect from doing it at an anime con.


I have not! I consider myself a relatively new but very enthusiastic person in this whole anime community thing, so I really don't know what to expect. Not many of my friends watch anime, so I hope I'll meet some people with similar interests there. Should be fun!


Well I'm exactly in the same situation as you lol.
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First off to the_krock and Chenryyy welcome! I hope your volunteer experience and convention fun goes well! If you're looking for help check http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/volunteers/volunteer_faq/ for more info.

The full Otakuthon schedule’s up too at http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/news/2016-08-01/tentative-programming-schedule-now-available/ There's a bunch of things for many interest from panels like the Crunchyroll Panel on Saturday to Acts like Con Turnabout (Phoenix Wright cases crossed over to other anime and video game shows), and Fandom Improv Comedy by The 404s and the Idol Show, Fashion Show, Pokethon, and Masquerade just to name a few things. Of course there will be the aforementioned guests too, a big gaming room for both tabletop/CCGs and video games, cafes and much more! There is more than anime at conventions like these ones these days even if the main theme is anime. From Karaoke to the dealers room, artists' area and garage sale there's something for everyone! Have fun most of all!
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I took a look at the schedule and there seems to be lots of nice things to see/do. I really hope I'll be able to get enough time to enjoy everything.

I missed my shot for volunteering though, it took me too long to convince myself to try it and then when I was about to register last monday, registration was already closed. Anyway it will give me more time to roam around.
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Haha first day was pretty hectic, had an 8 hour volunteer shift but I got to spend some time around the anime man and misty chronixia during that time, it was pretty dope.
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Posted 8/9/16

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Haha first day was pretty hectic, had an 8 hour volunteer shift but I got to spend some time around the anime man and misty chronixia during that time, it was pretty dope.

I suppose volunteering was quite exhausting, there was so much people, I honestly wasn't expecting the event to gather that many otakus at the same place. It must have been nice meeting those Youtubers, their Q&A panel was so funny!

I really had an awesome weekend, I will be back next year for sure.
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Posted 8/9/16

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Chenryyy wrote:

Haha first day was pretty hectic, had an 8 hour volunteer shift but I got to spend some time around the anime man and misty chronixia during that time, it was pretty dope.

I suppose volunteering was quite exhausting, there was so much people, I honestly wasn't expecting the event to gather that many otakus at the same place. It must have been nice meeting those Youtubers, their Q&A panel was so funny!

I really had an awesome weekend, I will be back next year for sure.



-That's cool Chenryyy! I follow Misty too on his YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ChronexiaMisty and I believe it was due to meeting him at this convention in the past. Glad you had fun between the shifts!

-Yes the_krock it was a very good and busy weekend! Otaktuhon now is a top 10 North American Anime conventions and shows a lot of progress as fans change as does the industry, having a wide range of events and interests for everyone to enjoy.

Well I'm spent myself as this was the second weekend of conventions. I'll be taking some rest time to catch up at home on matters as well as things I missed the last 2 weeks (my poor queue on this site is bulging as I slowly work through it). Also seeing CR's panel was a blast again. Keep on enjoying conventions in the future and I'll have some post-convention reports for this and ConBravo coming in due time!
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Thanks for your patience and hope everyone's nicely recovered too from a wonderful weekend at the convention. Here is my post-convention report!

Otakuthon 2016 from August 5-7 in Montreal, QB at http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/home/

Welcome to the post-convention report for Otakuthon, now in the top 10 in attendance for conventions in North America and the 2nd largest one in Canada!

DAILY POST-CONVENTION RECAP

SATURDAY



The first 404s show was jammed packed already with the entire panel room full at its 200 seat capacity. The show began with talking about 99 things like waffle irons that had to deal with waffling bartenders. During the opening show, I gave a Press Conference where I was Gordon Ramsey admitting he’s a cannibal but I began it coming out as Donald Trump in my way of Press Conference speaking. Oddly those 2 worked well as cannibals...There were Moving People dealing with a Starbucks order with an extortionist (which somehow I mistook for something else so I’m learning!). Film Noir became a dungeon RPG and cheating to win by spinning through walls. The crowd’s props got involved too for an Infomercial on how to help sempai notice you, to Emotional Objects of pride, anger and lust. There were some excellent Sound Effects from audience participation as well, as everyone who helped on stage was so energetic and enthusiastic!

Many Random Lines were submitted by fans for scenes such as “A matrix which, when transposed, gives the same matrix, is known as a symmetric matrix”, “Why is the gum gone?”, “This is fun”, and the perfectly timed pair of lines “You spoony bard” followed by “My spoon is too big...” The Shrek Musical was presented with songs about keeping out of his swamp. There was also musical fun with telling the Bartender issues in song. Deadpool, a movie I need to get to seeing, was presented in a minute with some odd plot about a superintendent wanting his rent money so Colossus beat him up for Deadpool who was busy watching movies or slicing up bodies inside, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead wrote depressing poetry. That got sillier as cast members were voted out in Survivor format until 1 person (our pianist) presented the entire ordeal.

After the first show ended, I went to one of the Crunchyroll-hosted Panels done on the weekend afterwards, as well a portion of Con Turnabout where the French only case this time involved Fire Emblem. The former had a nice recap of the summer anime, most I’m watching at this time, and a big announcement of a huge conglomerate formation coming between Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and others at www.Vrv.co coming soon.

The Late Night Show felt so special with the appreciation for fans as well as my biggest road trip convention getting a farewell with a fellow 404s participant on stage for the wonderful fans. 1300+ filled the giant Events room which made for a boisterous crowd so loud it was deafening at times. I’m glad they liked and cheered, in a particular front row section of ladies, my “The Rising Sun” theme song for NXT Star and new champion Shinsuke Nakamura, as that was done as a personal choice for something I had wanted to do, but it was icing so many reacted so loudly with his signature YeaOH with me! Retiring as a 3 time LPS champ was fun too as I humbly bow out of what likely is my last long road trip to a convention as I wind down a career on the road!

SUNDAY



The Workshop was well attended again by a little over 30 attendees who just about all participated. They got to try some of the practice games such as rolling imaginary balls, clap focus and telling stories in a circle with Yes, And. A little mini-show was done as well at the end but with the attendees more involved as The 404s supported them, like in my case as a dead body to praise the sun or resurrect as a zombie as it turned out for Freeze Tag.

I attended part of the Anime Industry Panel being held by Crunchyroll’s Nate Anonymooo and Funimation’s Tara. It’s always good to hear from those in those jobs talk to the masses that might have people either interested in how it works or even curious to get hired and want to know what they’re getting into and with what qualifications would be needed.

The Finale Show was again a nicely packed group of attendees with 100 people that grew to about 260 once the show got going. At the Finale, Scenes from a Hat included What Superheroes do in change rooms at malls (noted were taking too long in there to stealing Walmart clothes as their new outfits and wearing them underneath their regular citizen clothing) to the next big sports anime (Ice Hockey for sure! Also there was Rock, Paper, and Scissors). There was a court case of Objection to defend dubs versus subs that somehow ended up talking about Singer sewing machines, Disney Princesses and how holding babies up counts as Lion King cosplay. We successfully told a story with the Alphabet in order about going to space and getting a shuttle door open!

A brand new game called Telephone told 4 scenes back to back with the same lines for hilarious results by the last “callers” having to deal with cemetery work. Another new idea was the “Three Cons, 1 Weekend” deal where The 404s were also in Edmonton for Animethon and in Vancouver for Anime Revolution! 2 games got filmed to exchange with each of the groups across Canada. The Eastside 404s got from Vancouver the News Reporter’s Green Screen where it was done inside the Gaming Room, while Edmonton supplied the first scene to view for Action Replay that the Eastside ended up doing as a parenting bonding moment by working out. The Eastside 404s also filmed for Green Screen a slow motion marathon with the line up at the Saturday Show, while the Action Replay scene was about loading bricks into a suitcase inside a hotel.

Some great participants for Pillars came on stage to help out a scene with their lines. The suggestion to see a Movie Trailer for the next Jurassic Park/World movie brought back Jeff Goldblum again and lots of screaming T-Rex dinosaurs. Dead Bodies got...interesting over mail orders for a family. Stand, Sit and Dabbing got pretty creative as well. A game show of Question This had quite a cast with Dracula’s cousin and implied thuggery involved and trying to reason category answers like Montreal. With an ending Irish Drinking Song about The 404s and during Scenes an impromptu Serenade to the cast’s musical director and pianist sent the crowd on their musical way to cap off the weekend!

It was a tremendous weekend and made the trips there and back in car that much more fun with the recollections of memories of the convention in the past and looking back at it going home.



BOUNTY OF FINDS

-I got a friend a set of buttons from 5 Night’s At Freddy’s from Sanshee at sanshee.tumblr.com, www.facebook.com/sansheemerch and on Twitter @teamsanshee since the game has stuck with me if scary.

-In the Dealer’s Room I also got from The Dice Bin of The Distribution Dude at http://distributiondude.com/my own scooped up choice of dice for my Steel Dice Bag purchased a while ago from Rice Hat Samurai and some to refill the D4’s box The 404s use for the Minefield Late Show game. I found and bought the Manaphy Mythical Collection for Pokémon: TCG from Game Keeper at www.gamekeeper.ca while Boutique Randolph at http://www.randolph.ca/ and www.facebook.com/boutiquerandolph.ca had the Shaymin one. I got some new Kill La Kill art playing cards from Conspiracy Comics at http://conspiracycomics.com/ Navito World also got in my order of an Onoda figure from Yowapeda and Funami Yui of Yuruyuri Nendoroid. I continued my T-Shirt purchases of late by getting a Gouken’s Shotokan Dojo T-shirt from Chop Shop Goods too.

-I also got a new game called Love Letter from the tabletop gaming room at http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/tabletop_gaming/ except I got the Batman version with a nice pouch and tokens.

-In the Artist Alley, I found Litten and Pikachu stickers from artist Claire Garu at http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/missgaryshop, as well as at http://chyshat.tumblr.com/ on http://facebook.com/theneverendinggartbook and on Twitter @clairegary64 as well as a Space Patrol Luluco with Nova and Midori postcard art from Adult Artist http://peachmaiden.com

-I received some Kirby Stickers from Nintendo. I got some giveaways from Bandai Namco of a mini-poster for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Eyes of Heaven and a Mini-Wall scroll for Project X Zone 2 which is a game I own.

-In a raffle I won an Otakon T-Shirt.

-Crunchyroll gave the welcome pack to every attendee, and a bracelet at their panels.

As always, I collect all videos of the Eastside 404s shows that can be found on the current ongoing Video Play Set at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcYrT6RatU-0pmYTbGwaTYziAt6quFRQh on my channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/trigunkwan

Check out this regularly updated public photo album of my convention photos (the newest photos are at the end pages of the album) 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/ as well as their many social media outlets like their Group Page at https://www.facebook.com/the404s and more YouTube videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/the404s

Thanks for reading and enjoying the convention report!
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Posted 8/26/16 , edited 8/28/16
I wasn't attracted by those 404 things so I didn't see anything related to it but hearing about it from you makes it seem like a lot of fun. I'll probably go take a look next year if I get the chance.

I also attended the anime industry panel, it was nice hearing about people actually working at those places. But at the same time it makes us understand that even if it's about anime, it's still a job.

You seem to have bought/won quite a lot of nice things too, I could easily have spent my yearly salary there if I didn't control myself lol.
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