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  1. As someone who works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and has worked directly with blood samples being sent to the CDC for Coronavirus testing, I dont think its fear mongering, at all. I know we're having to process samples under a biohazard hood as well as taking extra precautions to prevent aerosols from potentially spreading/contaminating. A vaccine wont be available until the end of the year at the earliest and containment of the disease is gonna be reliant on all the world's governments doing what they're supposed to. Personally, I dont think the issue is with the virus and i
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  2. Hello folks! it's finally that time of year for me to upload videos on things like safety, transportation, random things and of course, where to eat for Otakon! I missed doing this last year, so am happy to be able to do it again!! As I post these videos, if you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Without further ado.... Where to Eat for Otakon 2021, Part One
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  3. 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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  4. Do you really think anyone is going to come around and police if you’re wearing a mask in your hotel room? Being in a hotel room really is not considered being in public so no, nobody is going to enforce you wearing a mask in a hotel room.
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  5. Is there going to be a grid version of the schedule?
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  6. 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
    2 points
  7. From a merchandising standpoint, I'd buy an Otakon-branded facemask/neck gaiter in a heartbeat.
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  8. I'm just coming up with cosplays involving masks.
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  9. 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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  10. I've been quite surprised at how many people think adapting and putting on an online event will spoil the OG event forever and ever, or worse, will replace it. We all miss it, and I can assure you none of us were giddy sitting in front of computers 8+ hours in a row (that tally is August 1 only, the total goes much higher), isolated from our friends and fellow staffers. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, as the old folks say. Otakon.Online was intended as a means for people to focus their energy on something else, even if it was for a short amount of time, and not lose sight of wh
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  11. Hi All! We just had 4 "online cons" just this past weekend. They were "Anime Expo Lite" (July 3rd - 4th), "Aniplex Fest Online" (July 4th - 5th), "FunimationCon" (July 3rd - 4th), and "KuroCon" (July 4th - 5th). FunimationCon seem to be running their con on their own page while also simucasting Aniplex Fest Online on one of their channel until the 4th. Everyone else was using Twitch and Youtube. The cons were basically streaming Panels that were live but most were prerecorded. I honestly missed most of Friday beccause my car was being worked on the entire day, and I
    2 points
  12. For heaven's sakes, what governments are doing is following the advice of doctors. You know, the people who are supposed to know what's best for our health. That overwhelming evidence will come from doctors. So unless you're one of them, I don't think you're in much of a position to claim that mass gatherings are safe.
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  13. I have an idea, you might not like it and I’m sure a lot of us won’t like it either but I believe it’ll help the longevity of our beloved convention. Cancel Otakon 2021. Yeah I know, I read the email but hear me out. I know you’re asking for donations and that’s wonderful, I’m going to donate as much as I possibly can to help. And I don’t know how long you can keep those donations considering you’re a non-profit, but if there is a way you can keep them til November/Decemberish and find a smaller venue to secure for 2022 I say do it. Go back to Baltimore? Go back to Stat
    2 points
  14. I'll be happy if there's an Otakon at all this year...
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  15. You can start fermenting your own con funk and have it ready by Saturday. Pop the sealed lid and PEW! Just like being at the real convention. 😆
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  16. While I'm glad that Otakon is doing an online event, I still miss doing the "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos I usually do around this time. So, I decided to put together some memories of the past at Otakon, notably between 2013 and 2017. Part One is all about the Pre-Reg lines and Matsuri festivals. A nice look into the past. Next week will be part two, full of the con itself. Please click the link and enjoy! Otakon: Do You Remember the Sweat? Part One: https://youtu.be/DQmv_tdaSUs
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  17. They're expecting a second wave to happen this fall, so don't get your hopes up.
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  18. Coronavirus ain't gonna stop me from doing my annual request: Asian Kung Fu Generation.
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  19. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this announcement was a matter of when, not if. I will miss Otakon. I will miss all the cons that aren’t happening this year (which may well be all the ones that were scheduled to happen this year). Not so much because I’ll miss the concerts or the panels or the guests but because I’ll miss my friends who come from all over, the people I only see at events like these. And there are more important things going on. My heart breaks for everyone touched by this crisis. If you are able—only if you are able—consider donating some of what you would have spent
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  20. If news reports are accurate, there are two major strains - one in europe & 1 in asia. The US has both at the same time. So, 1) a vaccine will likely only cover 1 strain making groups of people still suceptible to the other 2) expectations on leisure international travel should be nil for 1-2 years minimum after something like this with an expectation of a decade recovery for tourism 3) i enjoy conventions as many of us do - I do not expect them to be licensed for at least a year & even then, expect them to be capped significantly by size & with significant mandatory medical regula
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  21. Even if things start to clear up, Otakon is a poster child for a coronavirus "resurgence." 30k people all packed into a confined area right as a pandemic is winding down, I can't imagine DC allowing such an event to take place. Looks like the rescheduled Miku Expo is the next thing to look forward to. It's sad. It's like 2020 never happened. Wasted spring, wasted summer.
    2 points
  22. I feel you! Zenkaikon and AnimeNext were my next ones as well and I'm bummed they couldn't take place but completely understand its because they want to keep us safe. I'm prepared either way for whether or not Otakon happens. We just got to follow things day by day and stay positive, while taking care of ourselves and staying safe.
    2 points
  23. I think I'm one of the few left here remember when Otakon used to go from hotel to hotel before it settled at a convention center. Honestly, I kind of miss the old days when taking a break from the con was just a simple elevator ride to the floor where my room was. The con had that intimate feel to it for both guests and attendees alike. All that changed dramatically when the con started to get stuffed to the seams when it still used only the hotels. I had my doubts when it moved to the BCC, but having all that extra elbow room was real nice, until the attendance numbers started to
    2 points
  24. I remember some years back (2008?), there was something on the schedule that was just archive recordings of concerts playing in a video room. I wonder if something like that has been explored for a possible return to the schedule? I'd love to revisit the first JAM Projecyt show in 04, the TMR/Home Made Kazoku collab, Oreskaband etc.
    2 points
  25. They might not get Otakon back, but maybe...just maybe...the BCC will be able to land some other anime convention. I certainly wouldn't mind having another excuse to visit Charm City again.
    2 points
  26. Good news everyone! Registration for Otakon 2020 is now open! Register early to lock in the special "early bird" discount rate. Learn more at our website and join us July 31 - August 2, 2020!
    2 points
  27. I originally planned on giving up on guest requests, but part of me felt as though I should give this another chance. While I normally give a bit of a list of guests I'd like to see be invited, this time, I'm only going to limit to only 2 people for the time being. I apologize for the topic I'm about to bring up, as it was the last thing I wanted to bring up too. But please really hear me out for a moment. The only 2 guest I would like to see the staff invite for Otakon 2020 are Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial. These last 11 months have been utter hell for them. They've lost quite a
    2 points
  28. I’ve been parking at Shady Grove and riding in on the metro for years. No driving in the city and no obnoxious parking fees. I travel alone and don’t have cosplays so I can make that happen.
    1 point
  29. When it comes to "Liberty City Anime Con", their main competition for their weekend is the tail end of "The New York International Auto Show" that will be held at the Javis Convention Center. Also, when you go to the Liberty City Anime Con's webpage, all you get is a blank empty page (wasn't like that 2 weeks ago). I think this con is done. I don't know if it can survive being cancelled 2 years in a row. Also, there is a "not so nice" rumors going on with it's organizer floating around the internet, too.
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  30. God help you if you are looking for any video games. If any of the more local vendors don’t show up you will be stuck with only Video Games New York. Their prices were sky high before the pandemic. Just imagine how jacked up they will be now.
    1 point
  31. Seconded. I sure wouldn't mind seeing some of the gals from Hololive. I guess we can rule out Kiryu Coco, though.
    1 point
  32. 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.
    1 point
  33. I am fully vaccinated, and don't have a problem wearing masks.
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  34. I keep hearing the news saying that they will have a lot of us vaccinated in April. Here's hoping. 💉
    1 point
  35. I still have all my badges (1994 - 2019). I'm tempted to print and laminate the 2020 Otakon's Online badges and add it to the collection.
    1 point
  36. I have all the shirts, though some are retired due to age and/or condition. (My 2017 shirt for some reason has a bunch of small holes in it, and I know I didn't get acid on it at work.) I still have the old Otakon shoulder(?) bag. Though mine is unique because the zipper on it is upside down. I also have several of the early pins (One of the earliest ones - the one w/ the bunny girl that reminds me of the Daicon IV opening, is darker than I originally recall. Whether that's 'patina', age, or just how it originally looked I can't recall.), and the 3 postcards they put out when Otakon had
    1 point
  37. And Anime NYC was called off today. I mean, you could see that one from a mile off.
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  39. AMEN BROTHER. I think visibility was my biggest problem with the initial batch of online conventions. Being 4th of July weekend I had already made plans to catch up with my family on video chat, cooking way too much meat for a single household, and then marathon gaming with my friends online. By the time I remembered that these cons were going on I tuned into whichever one was running on youtube and saw they were just showing anime episodes so turned it back off. So if I as an avid con-goer bounced off of the stream then I doubt they did any traffic with the general youtube / twitch / ot
    1 point
  40. I believe I recieved the same email, too. I took advantage and reserved a room to the hotel of my choice while I still can.
    1 point
  41. Cory in the House is not on Crunchyroll, Hidive or Disney+
    1 point
  42. This Baltimore Business Journal article provides an update on the proposed expansion to the Baltimore Convention Center, the update is the expansion will not occur due to the current cost estimate of expansion which is estimated to be more than $1.5 billion, much more than the previously announced estimate of $600 million: https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2020/02/04/baltimore-convention-center-expansion-plans-scaled.html
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  43. --not staff-- https://www.otakon.com/info/general-policies/ "Wheeled vehicles, carts, props, shoes & skates are not permitted inside the WEWCC. The only exception is for wheelchairs and other ADA compliant mobility devices." Sounds like a no.
    1 point
  44. As I recall you could not do public viewings of the recordings due to the convention labor contracts, but if there was a library of these archive videos that could be "requested" by Otakon members- would that skirt around the commercial broadcast rules? We need to watch the TMR concert again for RESEARCH!
    1 point
  45. That would be pretty cool. As I recall, previous incarnations of the OtaMuseum would play past concerts & other videos there. A programming track like that could work, but my ? would be if the demand & convention space are there to try it.
    1 point
  46. Currently, the word is the Dulles Airport extension of the Metro is scheduled to open July 16, leaving only a week or so before Otakon. Because of "best-laid plans" and all, it's probably better to assume more delays in the opening will happen and Metro will not be running to/from IAD during Otakon. If I'm wrong, it will be a pleasantly surprised "wrong". 😊
    1 point
  47. Please bring LiSA for a concert!! 😄😍💜
    1 point
  48. Not too shabby for a three-year old con. I'd strongly think about going if only it didn't come right smack-dab in the middle of football season.
    1 point
  49. Hello Gaspar. I know I am sending out of the blue here but you helped me with advice way back for Anime Boston advice. I am returning to Otakon this year. Wondering if the Renaissance on 9th street is an ok hotel or its better to stay at the Marquis. Have you stayed at Renaissance? is it handy to eating places> I hear they are on 7ht street. Or is it better because of weather to stay at the Marquis? Also some controversy brewing over Funimation wanting people to pr she their Fairytale DVD in order to have a chance of one of 50 people to get a cast autograph. You think this is what they
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