So last weekend I went to Otakon 21 up in Baltimore. This year, I was with my friends Chag and his waifu, who came all the way from the frozen wastes of Canada because I guess their local cons in the Toronto aren’t that great. Missed last year’s, so it was nice to pretend to have some sort of non-shitty life again. And now that I have a nice camera and a nice camera bag to go with it, I actually tried taking some pictures again, though I don’t think I’m very good at taking pictures of people or people cosplaying. I didn’t cosplay any myself, aside from the Horizon armband I wore for the duration of the con, but it’s one of those things where every time I go to Otakon, I end up wanting to cosplay. Maybe I’ll try being a FFXIV White Mage next time, seems like I could just buy most of the outfit online…
All these pictures, except the loot pics at the end, are all in chronological order, so that’s why they’ll seem to jump around randomly.
Then at around 7:00 AM Friday morning, this was just a small part of the line to pick up badges. Some people were a bit “a bloo bloo bloo lines” but I had a 3DS and the Street Passes just would not stop I’m good.
Aniplex was showing off the Figma Devil Homura prototype. With Goodsmile not coming like they apparently did last year, and Bluefin not having cases for some reason, this was the only figure thing being shown off.
Of course, I bought a bunch of shit, too, even though I didn’t really need to. But then, a bunch of money ended up going to food and parking, so it feels like I spent more on loot than I actually did. So now some loot pictures.
Amazingly, the only figure I actually bought at the con was Robot Damashii Extreme Gundam Leos. I almost didn’t get it, as it was hidden behind another RD in a spot in a booth I had overlooked in my initial Dealer’s Room sweep on Friday. The figure selection didn’t seem that great this year, besides tons of prize figures most vendors seemed to be focusing on stuff like Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and Power Rangers Figuarts. Not a lot of cutting-edge releases – I didn’t even see any Figma Shimakazes around. I also got that crab thing at a gift shop, since Baltimore uses a crab as a mascot for some reason and I’ve been wanting a GIANT ENEMY CRAB for my figures.
I’ve gotten a couple of new bags since the last time I was at a con, so I was finally able to get myself some keychains, Misaka Imouto and Satsuki, for the bags, and now all my bags are back in compliance of having one anime girl keychain on them.
I liked this show and a booth was selling it for $20, so I grabbed it since that’s cheaper than Amazon. I didn’t notice it was a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, though. I still think those things are stupid.
Music! The musicians performing at Otakon proper this year were ALTIMA and a guy from X Japan that goes by Yoshiki. I wasn’t able to get a CD from ALTIMA before they were sold out, but apparently they’ve got an album on iTunes I’ll have to get sometime. Yoshiki was there under the auspices of his classical concert tour, but the only CD being sold was that X Japan one so I guess he hasn’t released a CD of his classical stuff. Both were great shows, though, and quite enjoyable. Over the past few years I’ve picked up the habit of getting a random Touhou music CD (from the infamous porn booth, curiously enough, since they’ve always got a bunch of Touhou things alongside all the porn), so that one there is this year’s random selection, looks like it’s based on Undefined Fantastic Object. The last CD is another random purchase from one of the DJ’s that were doing things at the con and had a booth, a “video game remix” DJ, apparently.
Another thing I like to do every time I go to a convention is find an artbook to add to my collection. Sometimes I get something I recognize, sometimes I pick at random. This one was one of the randomly-selected ones, and it’s basically entirely a porn artbook. Donmai!
I’ve started to want a “boob mousepad” for a while now, and decided I’d try to find one at Otakon. This Sonico one turned out to be the only one I even saw in the Dealer’s Room, so I went with it. Pretty nice, though it’ll take some getting used to since it’s radically different from my normal setup. Someone called it “beautiful” as I was buying it so I guess that works out.
An 11×17 print of Reimu bought from Kaze-hime. Now I can finally use that last 11×17 frame I had lying around!
Otakon’s yearly t-shirt offering and a Kill la Kill shirt…which is actually apparently a women’s shirt. I didn’t realize it was such when I bought it because it wasn’t marked as such in any way, and unfortunately I am not a girl so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it.
My Canadian friends brought me this candy bar from their homeland because apparently it’s some kind of travesty that it’s not available in the States. It was alright, basically a large Kit Kat bar that tasted sort of like coffee.
I also went to Ikea on the way home and bought another Synas and some cinnamon rolls to stave off the loneliness and depression for a few more minutes.
Despite the problems they had, Otakon was fun, as usual. Hope to be able to continue going again next year! Maybe I’ll finally cosplay!