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  2. Still looking for that perfect gift for that hard to shop for Otaku, or maybe a little something special for yourself? Well good news! Our volunteer Ota-elves have been scrambling and we're excited to be able to open member registration for Otakon 2019 this Wednesday, December 19th at 11am Eastern. Register early to lock in the special "early bird" discount rate. Learn more at our website and join us July 26-28, 2019!
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  4. Fadamor

    Aviation Otaku, any here?

    Licensed private pilot here. Not current because... $140.00/hr to rent a plane "wet". I'll get back into flying after I win the lottery.
  5. Am not sure if someone's already mentioned this, but, the Warner Theater (Washington DC) is going to have "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon -- The Super Live" on Sunday March 24, 2019, at 7pm. I don't know too much about Sailor Moon, but with live performers, it sure looks pretty cool! (Webpage: warnertheatredc.com)
  6. Noel

    Aviation Otaku, any here?

    Not quite but I work with a lot of pilots Sent from my SM-T820 using Tapatalk
  7. Peter L.W.

    Aviation Otaku, any here?

    Hi, Hi. This is a long shot: Is anyone into aviation? I'm researching homebuilt, kit planes. Maybe a Light Sports category. Likely a home built since I don't have $$$,$$$.$$. Secondary quest: I'm trying to find a full template for a Rutan Defiant. Several hundred plans were sold from 74 to mid 80s but only 19 were built (According to FAA records of ones that were registered and flown) and 18 left in the wild.
  8. Last week
  9. Animu_Sushi

    The Otakon 2019 Guest Request Thread

    A guest I would LOVE to see is a voice actor named Imari Williams. Imari works in California and has worked on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Megalobox, Transformers Reacue Bots, HunterxHunter, Fortnite, and many more I can’t remeber at the moment. Imari is very talented and I have been wanting to meet him for some time now and I think he would be a great choice as guest for Otakon.
  10. Earlier
  11. StarCreator

    Arcades thread the third

    GU seems to have run into an issue with their game licensing and have had their arcade section shut down again. Hopefully it'll be resolved by the new year. I'm in the middle of overhauling IIDX and other games at GamePlay. IIDX has had its microswitches replaced again with lighter switches in response to popular demand. Race on by and check it out! In other news, I hear Save Point Arcade has opened on Westminster's main street. I haven't had a chance to go out there and not sure I will be able to anytime soon. Anyone over there check it out?
  12. Went to an idol panel at a local con this weekend and it dawned on me that it'd be pretty neat to have an idol group perform. Has Otakon had that before? I can't think of any specific group to ask for since I'm not too familiar with the idol group scene, but thought it'd be fun.
  13. EdKitten

    Mirai & Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us

    Thanks! So great you saw the trailer at Anime NYC! Checked some reviews on the web today -- Mirai seems good. Checked fathom events again today too, they have two more animes coming up, "Modest Heroes" and "A Silent Voice" (both in January). So glad fathom's showing anime in the theaters. Used to have to wait forever to see any up on the big screen.
  14. Aresef

    Mirai & Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us

    Mirai is also showing at The Charles. I saw a trailer at Anime NYC. I mean, it's Mamoru Hosoda, what else do you need to know? 1:45 screenings are dubbed, later screenings are subbed. Just so you know.
  15. Apparently the thing with the bag checks was a venue requirement. If they had the whole joint, they could do the bag checks at the point of entry instead. Yeah, that was the case with me and the Friday AWM concert, that I wasn't so familiar with the artists, but the "oh they're the singer from that song" aspect was neat, as well as the covers of things like Aquarion and Sorairo Days Peter Tatara personally responded to my complaint email about their interpreters, he said they were made aware and dealt with it in real-time.
  16. lightningneko

    Anime NYC 2018 Nov. 16-18, 2018. Anyone here's going?

    Wasn't sure if I noticed enough (or was active enough at the convention) to actually comment. But following up on the above comments: - Work was light so I showed up Friday as well as Saturday/Sunday. I must of missed the early crowds that day so lucky. - Kind of light on the panels choices that interested me this time with 2 exceptions: one with a video screening/concert (Try sail), the other being the Fate Panel/Concert. - The exhibit hall/dealers room/DJ's held my interest the other times. Good choice to expand on the exhibit hall and move the location of the panels. - 4 locations that I knew of that had bag checks, interesting choice. - I knew there was a chance that I might not recognize most of the songs at AniSong Matsuri, but I went Friday anyway. I did know one cover song very quickly though. I was at Diva's night last year at Anime NYC so I at least knew TRUE as a returning performer. (I knew I was going to have trouble standing for an extended period because I was also at the Hatsune Miku concert a few months earlier so I sat in the back, but still an awesome night). I had a feeling if the convention expanded, the attendance would increase as well. Turns out trying to expand in only two years was a good idea (and the plan is to expand even more next year?)
  17. Netflix also announced that they are co-producing a 10 episode live action series based on Cowboy Bebop: https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/netflix-announces-new-live-action-series-cowboy-bebop-based-on-the-japanese-original-animated-series-1
  18. Netflix has done something truly incredible, they are the debuting for the very first time on a streaming service, Neon Genesis Evangelion: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/26/netflix-neon-genesis-evangelion/ The most familiar name on the list is Neon Genesis Evangelion, the classic series featuring children controlling massive robots battling aliens. All 26 episodes will make their "global streaming debut" (that's right, until now you've had to actually buy them in order to watch, and we're sure that license didn't come cheap) in the spring of 2019, as well as the followup films The End of Evangelion & Evangelion: Death (True)².
  19. Daniel Perales

    Anime NYC 2018 Nov. 16-18, 2018. Anyone here's going?

    You know? For a while I thought I was the only one here who attended Anime-NYC. The bag checks were a pain sometimes but I can understand why it was being done. Fan panels? I think now is a good time for attendees to voice their opinions about this. Earlier this year I asked for video screenings and we got that somewhat. I heard that they will be working with the Javis to get more space the next time around.
  20. I think there are logistical things that need to be smoothed out, but I give ANYC credit for being cognizant of them. The multiple bag checks were apparently a venue thing--if they had the whole Javits Center, they could have done it more like Ota with the one bag check at the point of entry. I think the programming schedule was a little thin, too, and lacking in fan panels. The AWM days, I maybe spent just a few hours at the Javits before going over to the Hammerstein, lining up, what have you. But AWM was phenomenal. I wasn't too familiar with the Friday artists, but quickly it was like "oh, she was the one who did this song" or "oh, they're covering that song." The second night was unreal. I wasn't too high on Morning Musume, they're still not my cup of tea, but I appreciated the artistry. I guessed what the artists I was familiar with would do, and was mostly wrong. Like I thought Kageyama would do Beginnings, the English song off his new album. Nah, when he pulled out his acoustic guitar, it was to do Yume freaking Kounen with Shokotan. The only thing I was able to clock was, the moment he strummed, I knew his next song was going to be The Real Folk Blues, and I drank in the crowd's reaction. There were a lot of adventurous selections. Kage and Dani covering "GO!!" or Dani soloing "We Can" or Kage joining MM for "Love Machine" or Shokotan and Dani doing Pegasus Fantasy or EVERYBODY doing THE HERO!! But to that point, I'm glad that the show was light on JAM selections, just that and Dani soloing Divine Love (which isn't something they typically do live). And Shokotan, oh man, she is one of us. Came out with the penlight and joked she looked like Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.
  21. Unfortunately, they aren't planning a huge project like a DC - Boston maglev - at least not initially. Can you imagine the expense involved in getting maglev tunnels through the New York metropolitan area while avoiding the regular rail and subway systems? Amtrak is able to do the Northeast Corridor run because they share track owned by other rail entities (commuter and freight). Maglev would require track ONLY usable by maglev trains. The tens of billions of dollars required to build such a line will never materialize.
  22. the northeast corridor is where it is profitable tho. Boston to DC is where train travel makes sense. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  23. I'll believe it when I see it. High-speed rail isn't particularly profitable in the US and the logistics would be a nightmare.
  24. Daniel Perales

    Anime NYC 2018 Nov. 16-18, 2018. Anyone here's going?

    Hi All! Well, Anime-NYC has ended about 3 days ago. I have to say that it was better than AX-NY@NYCC that's for sure. The Good: Lively atmosphere. Seems that most attendees were upbeat. Most Industry panels were all in the same room right behind after another. With exception of 1 room clear, there was 3 Industry panels in a row Friday all in the same room. I didn't have to get up and scoot to another room right after (with the exception of Saturday when I only had to do it one time). Tokyo Attack Japanese Arcade. Enough said. Quality screenings The Bad: Nothing really bad at all. The Ugly: The single most ugliest thing at the con was THE LINES from the initial start on Friday. It looked like the con was caught completely off-guard that Friday morning. So many showed up at once that Friday morning that people were eventually let in a half hour late. They eventually started to get the hang of it as the con went on. Overall, I really did enjoy myself at this con. I just heard last night that the attendance was 36,000! That's extraordinary for a second year con! I think Anime-NYC just became the largest anime con of the east coast beating Otakon in a matter of 2 years! I'm already looking forward for next year.
  25. If they get all the approvals and there are no delays, it wouldn't be running until 2027. And even then, it won't be cost-effective for you and me.
  26. Fathom Events is showing these two movies soon (fathomevents.com) in Nov and Dec 2018. Does anyone know if these movies are good (aka: worthwhile seeing)? They sure look great! P.S. Castle In The Sky is showing today (11/20/18).
  27. Excellent points! Sadly, it does seem like it's not gonna be very cost-effective. Sure hope they figure something out. It'd be amazing to have such a high speed train available. One of those article links (I think), mentioned the train including a stop in New York -- maybe it'd be easier to get to those New York anime conventions!
  28. That part of the article was talking about which side of the BW Parkway would be used. West of the Parkway is residential while east of the parkway is a lot of government land (Ft. Meade, NASA Greenbelt, etc.) It sounds to me like they (the developers) are trying to get everyone caught up in the "Gee Whiz High Tech!!!" hype, while making no mention of the expected ridership and how the income from riders would compare to the operational costs (management, train staff, maintenance staff, ELECTRICITY, etc.) of the rail system. There's going to have to be a repair facility somewhere along the line to handle routine maintenance and non-routine repair of the trains. Once you build it, the costs to run the building don't cease. Even when there are no repairs/maintenance being performed, you still have to have those staff on the payroll.
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