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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Is there going to be a grid version of the schedule?
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  5. 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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  6. From a merchandising standpoint, I'd buy an Otakon-branded facemask/neck gaiter in a heartbeat.
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  7. I'm just coming up with cosplays involving masks.
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
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  12. I'll be happy if there's an Otakon at all this year...
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  13. Coronavirus ain't gonna stop me from doing my annual request: Asian Kung Fu Generation.
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  14. 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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  15. Alright! This is the last Where to Eat for Otakon for 2021! Sadly, I don't think I'll be able to make it even for one day, but I hope the rest of you have a GREAT time! Also, a buddy of mine is doing THREE panels there this year! His name is Brent P. Newhall, please go to his panels and show him some love! Without further ado.... https://youtu.be/wKiARObWMgU
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  16. Seconded. Also: When will you have a map of where all the rooms will be?
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  17. 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.
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  18. My group is still going. We're young and healthy and statistically the least at risk. If we have to deal with wearing stupid masks for the weekend then so be it. Otakon is trying to find a happy medium and I can understand why since they're the first big con to get back up and running again. I just hope enough attendees come to keep Otakon in the black for years to come.
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  19. My go to (Vapiano's) is gone T_T so that's gonna sting a bit. But let me recommend Arepa Zone. Its incredibly good and about a 10 minute walk from the con.
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  21. 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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  22. 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.
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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Replied to your E-mail with your credentials.
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Yeah, I think there are going to be some corporate events that can go virtual and stay virtual but not an event like an anime con. Cons are about interactivity and seeing your friends, which is harder and less impactful on Zoom.
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  38. Well, Otakon can begin by limiting the number of attendees, for one (people who rolled their pre-reg from the year before should have priority). Much wider aisles in the Dealer's Room. Having chairs spread further apart in the Videos and Panel rooms. Skip the Concerts, Dance, and Cosplay shows this year (Hall cosplays can still go on). Have "Arcade-style" controllers in the Video Game room that can be wiped down with disinfectant after every use.
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  39. I did ran into Gaspar at a Hatsune Miku 2018 concert here in NYC.
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  40. No. Because from what I hear, he's just as bad as He Who Must Not Be Named, but with more evidence.
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  41. I donated, but it would be nice to know the fundraising goal.
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  42. Same here. I donated $50 a couple hours ago, and I'm willing to buy stuff to help raise additional funds for the convention.
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  43. After I'm vaccinated, sure. I'm in phase 2 so it shouldn't be that long. That being said, and I've talked about this a bit in the Discord, it's not really up to me or us otaku or even Otakorp whether these cons can all go on. It's all dependent on the facts on the ground and the restrictions the District has in place (not to mention whatever travel restrictions remain in place on a regional, national or international level). One of my cons set for June in Los Angeles punted to August 2022 because there just wasn't any other option. And it's not even that big an event. And then you ha
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  44. I'm thinking the same as well. I mean, AnimeNEXT already announced they're going to have an "Online" convention this year because the Atlantic City Convention Center is going to be used as a vaccination "mega-site" at the time the con supposed to be held. I speculate that this can also happen to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as well.
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  45. I used to just go home when Otakon was over in the early days. Once it came to Baltimore I started to stay an extra night (until Monday), just to hang around there with some friends or by myself. I would head over there to eat and do some last minute shopping right after the Con's Feedback panel, then I settle in my room for the rest of the night. Then I would head over there again the next morning to get something to eat and meet up with people from the con who were still around before I drive back home to New York.
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  46. I was going to be Nana Shimura this year so I'm just saving the cosplay for 2021. But I might be tempted to go as a plague doctor too...
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  47. What a shame that such a talented actor should be such a complete failure as a human being.
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  48. Gave most of my Otakon shirts away, but kept a few for sentimental value. 1994, 1995, the long sleeve black one (my all time favorite), blue denim shirt, and a few of the recent ones. Used to buy one every year, gave them to someone who would wear them.
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  49. The Good: I was shocked that the Carole and Tuesday panel was live since it means those guys were in a studio at like midnight, so it was great that they took questions from the twitch chat. Twitch moderation was also great- the staff did their best to address issues on the stream. The Bad: The usual technical mishaps- audio issues, video drops, etc. The panel lengths were too short at 30 minutes. The Ugly: I'm not about to complain about you guys pulling an event together when the entire world is on fire. You guys turned chicken poop into chic
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  50. 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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