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  1. I have found something that I consider to be pretty interesting and would like to share it. 7-Eleven has opened what seems to be the future of US 7-Eleven stores in Washington D.C. that's open 24/7 and is within very close walking distance from the Mount Vernon Place entrance of the convention center. The newest stores that 7-Eleven is opening in the US are being referred to as "evolution stores." These stores are much larger in size than the typical US 7-Eleven store and it seems like 7-Eleven is attempting to change publicly what 7-Eleven is typically associated with selling by usi
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  2. I'm just coming up with cosplays involving masks.
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  3. I would say "Mom, I need you to book me, and pay for, a hotel to stay in for 2 weeks after the convention. Love you!". If she is that adamant about it, she can pony up the expense of a hotel for 14 days.
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  4. Welcome again hons to another Otakon Travelers Advisory thread. As usual this thread is made to help Otakon goers avoid traffic troubles (and the Noid) on thier way to the 26th convention. This year those taking METRO need to take note the platform reconstruction project this summer closes the GREEN/YELLOW Line from Greenbelt to West Hyattsville. FREE Shuttle buses are available from the affected stations to Fort Totten, where the Green/Yellow line will terminate. The MARC train or the METRO ORANGE Line are great alternatives. TSA still requires masks be worn on ALL public transportati
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  5. --not staff-- DC says that fully-vaccinated people don't need to wear masks. And here's the thing--because Otakon isn't requiring proof of vaccination, there's no way for staff or fellow congoers to know if you are, in fact, vaccinated. Events DC lets organizers set their own policy and that's where Otakon came down. The website doesn't say they'll copy CDC policy to the letter, but let CDC guidance inform their own guidelines, and those are what they are right now. And really, is having to wear a mask that big a deal? If Otakon hadn't established a mask policy, people from outside t
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  6. Hate to be nitpicking, but the mask policy is a bit unclear to me. Otakon page says masks to be required (with a handful of exceptions). But then it also says to follow CDC guidlelines - and using the link they provided, the CDC clarifies that anyone fully vaccinated can resume normal pre-pandemic life/activity (maskless). There’s still time of course for new guidelines to come out and this could all change, but do we know if the convention center is requiring everyone to mask up? Not that this makes or breaks my attendance, I can’t wait to get back and I hope we get a go
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  7. I have my masks all ready but I also wanted some clarification too if possible! The Marriot Marquis is following CDC guidelines and states that all vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask inside the hotel. At what point will Otakon be mandating masks? Before the elevator down? In the tunnel? Also, unrelated, but does anyone know if bag check still happening given the current circumstances?
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  8. I recently got a mask that I think'll match my cosplay frickin' perfectly! I can't wait to go to con now! That's an interesting question... I'm sorta curious too. I'll have at least one mask on me but it'd be good to grab a backup if you leave it in your hotel room or something...
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  9. I have a question out of curiosity (purely curiosity, as I have masks out the ying-yang and plan to bring a good supply with me). Will there be a "mask station" for people who lose / forget / whatever their masks ad don't have one?
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  10. So, as this doesn't really involve the convention directly directly, I thought I'd post it here. I'm planning on attending Otakon this year (I have roommates for a hotel room that I have booked at the Embassy Suites that I'm guessing is a carry-over from last year, I pre-registered, etc) but I live with my parents who are [somewhat] older. My dad, who just turned 72 about a week ago, seems to be indifferent with me going to a large scale event during a pandemic. It's gotten loads better than exactly a year ago, and he agrees. The thing is, my mom, who's 9 years younger, is SUPER paranoid I'll
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  11. Another pseudo-update: I consulted with my brother and he suggests that I assure my mom that I'll make sure to be virus-free before coming home.... That's futile as I'm vaccinated, but I'll say anything within reason to have her "let me" go.
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  12. Seconded. I sure wouldn't mind seeing some of the gals from Hololive. I guess we can rule out Kiryu Coco, though.
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  13. The only other thing that I can think of that someone hasn't mentioned here before is you could offer to take COVID tests after con to prove you did or did not catch it... I saw CVS selling two different rapid ones the other day in-store like...with over-the-counter medicine [no need for doc "prescription" or what have you to purchase the kits]....one seemed to give results in 15 minutes and it didn't appear like you had to send it in the lab somewhere...Though honestly I don't quite remember the details printed on the box since the price tag was not quite chump change in my book...
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  14. Replied to your E-mail with your credentials.
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  15. I know Zach Aguilar mentioned hes open to guesting at conventions this year, Khoi Dao Griffin Burns and Erika Harlacher would be neat too! All english voice actors for popular characters in Genshin Impact. Vtubers is a neat accessible idea too but not sure how it would work.
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  16. Couple more important METRO updates: Service starting July will now run until MIDNIGHT. The RED Line will also be affected this summer, with single tracking between the Dupont Circle & Van Ness stations July 17 - August 19! But on August 7 & 8, trains will NOT run between these stations, and a bus bridge will be operating to fill that gap. One more thing, Metro warns add'l shutdowns may be required next year in this part of the RED Line for safety testing. ARTICLE
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  17. I don't mind the line (as long as it's not too hot or it's raining). I've met some good people that way.
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  18. As someone that's been entering the contest since 2015 (and made the finals in 2017), I can tell you that the contest is happening. Right now, the information can be found here.
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  19. As a person that is unable to stand in place for long periods of time, the buddy system is fine in theory, but in practice never really works out for single attendees because you just can’t keep track of someone you don’t know amongst a group of people. Have there been any considerations made to tweak this policy for single attendees? Thanks.
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  20. Speaking of Metro....This is posted in the "How to Get Here" page already but even I took a bit of time to notice it... If you have a SmarTrip card issued prior to 2012 you need to arrange to get it replaced TLDR; They're beginning to phase out the old fare machines this month. The new machines can't read the old SmarTrip cards. I also want to add that if you try to do the mail-in option (which does grant you the $5 bonus credit into your already existing credit) The "mailed back within 10 business days" may be misleading. After support told us our family could mail back our 3 S
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  22. I just joined the "vaccinated club", yesterday. I will still wearing a mask out of respect for the people around me.
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  23. Not everyone on the planet uses Facebook (and for good reasons). Any announcements should be posted on the Otakon site with the full details!
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  24. I am fully vaccinated, and don't have a problem wearing masks.
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  25. For those who didn't see it on Facebook: Otakon 2021 is a go, although with some obvious changes this year due to the pandemic (i.e. no international guests, possible earlier close times).
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  26. I feel more optimistic about Otakon as the date draws closer. I've already posted in another thread that both New York Comic Con and Anime-NYC is a go. Anyway, I'm going to keep my mask on me just in case. Not just for Otakon, but for Amtrak (we may still have to wear them on the train by then).
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  27. If I end up going, which is a big IF... I plan on bringing at least my Senbonzakura Hatsune Miku genderbend (pic of me in aforementioned cosplay is my profile pic) as my main cosplay... If I can revamp it in time I'll also bring my Street Pop Hatsune Miku (kinda genderbent?) As my Thursday/Sunday cosplay, but I don't know yet. EDIT: @Kotorijoin us on Discord if you haven't already! Even when Otakon isn't happening we're a lively bunch and we have a good time! It's free! Here's an invite link: https://discord.gg/wjrfMbH. If you end up joining and your nickname is different than what it is he
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  28. I usually see this topic pop up by now but I understand there is still some uncertainty regarding many things. I thought I'd kick it off though and ask: What are your cosplay plans? What are you working on, if anything? I always look forward to hearing and seeing what everyone plans! I hope to see you all at Otakon this year! My own plans are as followed (assuming that everything works out and I get it done in time 😅) Barbara from Genshin Impact Azusa Aizawa from I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Nezuko from Demon Slayer
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  29. Here is a list of Dub actors I would love to see be invited as guests to Otakon -Erica Lindbeck -Laura Stahl -Khoi Dao -Jamieson Price -Billy Kametz -Mela Lee -Kira Buckland -Zach Augilar -Allegra Clark -Kayli Mills -Chris Hackney -Joe Zieja -Ben Diskin -Sean Chiplock -Cristina Valenzuela -Amber Lee Connors -AmaLee -Ricco Fajardo -Alexis Tipton -Brina Palencia -Yuri Lowenthal -Tara Platt
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  30. Thinking on this today; I realized that barring another major spike that could trigger a new lock down, it's almost a certainty that Otakon will take place this summer. With no state of emergency the convention is locked into its contractual obligations and would have to pay for the convention center regardless of whether or not they use it. Hopefully the trends continue positive, the fans show up, (and Otakon pinches a few extra pennies just to be safe).
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