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  1. Disinfectant if you;re staying at the Marriot Marquis, turns out Trump will be giving a speech there today and the America First Agenda Summit is being held there 🤢
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  2. Yearly reminder on things to bring with you. An umbrella Cell phone charger Your medications Your vaccine card (if not using the applet) Masks 2 pairs of shoes (let one pair air out between days 🤣) small water bottle ear plugs (personal preference based on volume levels these days) hoodie and/or pants (if you are prone to getting cold in air conditioning) [can't tell you how many ladies in their light Summer dresses folding their arms over tightly to try and keep warm in the grocery store] No spelling or grammar errors this time, I hope
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  3. List was originally compiled/formatted by l33tmeatwad over at animemusicvideos.org. Here are all of the entrants and winners of the Otakon 2022 AMV contest! Please note that Otakon does NOT publish any of these videos! The links to streams/downloads are all to files uploaded and maintained by the original creators. TRAILER/PARODY [Winner] BecauselmBored1 - Sonic Ball Z - "Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (theatrical trailer)" by Paramount Pictures - Dragon Ball Super Lightning Bear Studios (Speedy180) - Kill Gill - "Kill Bill (theatrical trailer)" by Miramax - Fate/(various), Garde
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  4. Hey there! It's that time again! For those of you who don't know me, I post links to my channel for videos relating to that year's Otakon! Over the next few weeks, I''ll be showing video about safety (this week's video), how to get around and of course...cheap eats around Otakon!! If you have any questions, please let me know here or in the comments section for the video. Thanks for watching!!! https://youtu.be/2qmSFEWEUtY
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  5. Adding to the list: Food Change of clothes Soap Wild Bill mug
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  6. Every policy we have if we change it gets changed on the website pretty sure it's not going to change anymore before con. We take all the precautions for the memberships safety. We want everyone to be safe and have fun.
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  7. As stated on the Otakon website: With that said @BortBorterson I'm not a staff member either, but I totally get your concern... I didn't go to ACen this year partially due to their flip floppy policies regarding COVID safety... and partially due to money... I've been unemployed basically since the pandemic started... Otakon won't be relaxing the rules until I'd assume next year at earliest as the pandemic goes more and more into its endemic stage... (Don't quote me though as that is pure speculation on my part, and as we all know this pandemic is an unpredictable beast, even if it's
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  8. Hello everyone!!! For those who don't know me, I do the "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos every year on my YouTube channel, "The Unagi Observer". And as we get closer to Otakon, I would like to invite you all to On-Con 8 in the meantime! It's an online convention I've been a part of for the past year or so and it's a lot of fun! If you would like to know more about it, I have a video for you at my channel where I kind of explain it and talk a smidge about what is being presented! Here's the link: https://youtu.be/9C6V1r0woLE AND THE BEST PART IS THAT IT IS FREE!!!! Or,
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  9. The first 1,000 people to register can register for the full weekend for $70, after that registration will be $75. That's a huge price drop from last year's $95. Oh, and free badge mailing for everyone too.
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  10. I am not from that area and only do shopping during the day. Never had any problems walking down from the convention center towards Chinatown. Highly recommend getting one of the folding maps they sell in one of the drug stores (maybe Wallgreens?). They have indicators for the train stops on those maps too. A decent compass is not a bad idea, either. Have been going to DC since Otakon moved there and only found the 2nd Dunkin Donuts this year. When waiting to check out from Otakon 2022, I noticed some courtesy printouts of the local restaurant locations at the Concierge desk. Will have to
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  11. Speaking of trains, I just made my Amtrak train reservations for next years Otakon. Only cost me $62 round trip (New York to Washington D.C. and back).
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  12. 2023's theme for Otakon is trains, since I haven't seen a discussion thread set up for trains, let me start one if that's OK with everyone! A pretty recent development regarding trains in the US is there is a group known as the Northeast Maglev that is working with the Central Japan Railroad Company on an attempt to bring Central Japan Railroad's SCMAGLEV (SuperConducting MAgnetic LEVitation) train technology to the NEC (the NorthEastern Corridor). This high-speed passenger rail train line is proposed to go between Washington D.C. and New York City with an approximate one-way
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  13. I don't know if this technically belongs here, as the forum header says 'Serious discussion'. Close enough for government work, I suppose. What for years had only existed as a promo video with bad sound has been found, apparently in the Library of Congress of all places. It definitely was a thing. What that thing is, I'm not quite sure. Pilot episode (Watch at your own risk. Though it can't be as bad as Spaceballs the Animated Series. I had a friend yell at me when he watched that, despite my warnings.) Immediate takeaways (don't know if I want to watch a 2nd time: - I'm wo
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  14. According to Otakon's policies, if it has wheels and isn't a mobility device, it's not allowed in. They indicate that that rule is from the venue but they probably wouldn't let them in anyway, IMO, because of liability.
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  15. Seven days is near the upper bound of the incubation period for wild type COVID-19. Omicron BA.2 has a mean incubation period closer to 2~3 days, just like all its Omicon subvariant friends. This makes the task a bit easier, but of course you're right and pinning down the specific source of an outbreak requires strong methods and can't just be eyeballed. That said, "did a lot of people catch the coof during the weekend of Otakon" is a much simpler question, and the answer is "no." You don't have to worry about back-tracing an outbreak if there's no outbreak to back-trace. I sorta agree th
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  16. I say this having been through the entire saga with friends - The End Result Could not have happened to a more deserving Klown. While we will never know how much is true that he is alleged to have done, if just 10% of what has come out is true, the dude needs to be forever forbidden to interact with anyone under the age of 30 to avoid grooming in society let alone the worse things & banned from public gathering places or forms of transportation without monitoring.
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  17. To add context, an appellate judge denied his appeals and remanded the case to trial court to figure out exactly how much more he owes Monica Rial and Ron Toye in legal fees, since the cost of their representation exceeded the amount they were awarded in the case. Yeah, for those who forget, he and his lawyers bungled this lawsuit so hard that he ended up owing them, Jamie Marchi and Funimation. https://kotaku.com/vic-mignogna-lawsuit-dragon-ball-z-funimation-court-1849435479 I hope we never have to hear from him again but I know we're not going to be that lucky.
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  18. My friend went and grabbed his badge downstairs and we went with him. It was super painless! The rest of us had our badges mailed but we did take advantage of the Marquis exclusive pickup for vaccination wristbands upstairs. We went by a few times and the line was fairly long but was moving super quick. By the time everyone arrived and we were ready to go, no one was there and it was super quick and easy! We had no issues getting ours and I think having a separate area for badge/vaccination pickup is nice! I'm not sure if vaccinations will be required next year or, if not, badges could also be
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  19. It looks like it's finally fixed (since I don't get a safety alert anymore when I log in the forum).
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  20. Long post, as I tend to go to panels almost exclusively at Otakon anymore. I think I've got all the ones I hit. (I lost the paper I was using for my schedule and notes, and I've been really busy at work lately.) Dubs vs Subs -The presenter was good, and the presentation about how Japanese and Western theater influenced their acting styles. (Like Japanese Noh encourages broad, exaggerated performance and Western acting tends toward a smaller, closer style because the camera focuses in on the actor.) However, it seems to me that a fundamental point was missed. Per the description: "How
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  21. Waaaaaay back in 1995 or 96, I was AnimEast in New Brunswick. The hotel was hosting the con as well as a wedding on that Saturday of that weekend. The reactions of people looking at the cosplayers was... unique, especially (if I'm remembering this correctly, it's been 25+ years) someone who was playing as Little Red Riding Hood's Wolf dressed as Grandma, but with something bursting out of the chest or stomach. I think it was one of those moments where everyone in the wedding party pulled the 'We'll wait for the other car.' Then there were the early years at the BCC when Otakon only used h
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  22. The song is called “White Surf Style 5” by late 90s/early 00s Japanese indie rock band Supercar. Highly recommend checking out more of their discography if you enjoyed that song- they combined rock music and elements of electronic music in a really interesting and unique way.
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  23. I always consider shocked passerby to be part of the fun.
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  24. The good: All of my groups workshops and panels went really well! The staff in the rooms were excellent helping us set up, keeping with crowd control, and getting additional materials if we needed them. Also providing adapters!!! We present at so many cons and literally no other con does this. Forgot our iPad adapter by accident and staff had one! Awesome! And big thank you to attendees of any of our programming - they were all so full!! (Haikyuu: How to Volleyball!, Contemporary Dance for Cosplayers, Design Your Own Magical Girl, Anime Openings that Slap) Had no issues with lines - quick
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  25. I thought this was a pretty weak year for fan panels, honestly. As theorized in the Good, Bad and Ugly thread this may have had something to do with the very unusual (and poor) way that the panel application deadline was handled this year. I will not single any particular panels out for this criticism because frankly I saw it over and over and over again this past weekend (including in some panels that I left so fast I didn't bother putting in my specific feedback below), but here goes: I always was taught that the proper way to use Powerpoint was to create slides that feature perhaps an
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  26. Yeah, it's a difficult one to find a way to mitigate. Even as I request it, I genuinely don't expect the Otakon content team to be giving content that intense of a review with their limited time. I like your idea of some kind of post-content feedback feature. "Did the summary match the content, Y/N" would be easy enough to include with a handful of other questions.
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  27. My post/thoughts earlier was aimed more towards BBS usage the rest of the year and not during Otakon weekend itself.... But thanks for your feedback. All I can say in regards to it (because my personal role is not related to Help Desk/Online Help Desk/communications/etc) is that it will be analyzed/looked into.
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  28. Sorry for double post but just wanted to say (in case anyone is keeping track) Not planning on bringing that^ cosplay anymore. I was offered a "prize" to fix a different cosplay in less than 2 days out....let's just say, it's not really a small easy fix so good luck to me....*cue panic*
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  29. Thanks to EdKitten for additional info and correcting me on the station name (Penn is my station up here, lol!). And yes...watch out for the bird poop! And now...the final part: where to eat for Otakon!!! https://youtu.be/Wy2EaAPEhEk In case you want to know where specific things are in the video... The Homeless Situation - 1:17 Cosplaying & Fanboy Fink - 9:06 Where to Eat for Otakon! -20:08 Also, if you would like to see our review of the most recent anime (new ones) season at the Weekly Dig - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYoCtJasEN8&
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  30. Also adding Wallet (with monies) Some sort of picture ID Personally some other things I'm packing: 'bathroom slippers' not afraid to get wet (for use in the hotel room) Game charger(/s) Watch/FitBit I also using a bag (that I 'officially' started using last year) with general bathroom stuff...ie: toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Includes travel size shampoo/soap cuz one fear I have is I get some weird skin reaction from the hotel provided soap/shampoo. (Hasn't happened to me yet but I've reacted to new stuff at home before)
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  31. This is accurate. AMV Theater moved to the old location for Panel 1 (room 202), which is twice the size of our old room, and seats ~700.
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  32. And here is Part Two where I talk about getting around DC! https://youtu.be/Tkpni6TO1fc In case you want to jump to the parts you really want to see: Flying in - :41 Buses - 7:58 Don't Drive! - 10:41 The Quadrant System (required viewing for those new to DC) - 21:09 Metro and trains - 27:41 The metro video that shows how to ride it - 38:46 Let me know if you have any questions! THANKS FOR WATCHING!!
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  33. Hello! You do not need to purchase a new mug. You bring your old mug and it is $5 for unlimited refills for the weekend! It is right on their website's FAQ's: https://drinkwildbills.com/pages/faq They have always honored it for us and reminded us when we forgot ours last year.
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  34. Hi All! Like the subject says! I guess it safe to say that the first wave of "mail-in" badges are already out there!
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  35. I'm hoping they do a wristband pickup on Thursday. I could swear that I picked up an 18+ band on a Thursday down in DC previously (obviously not 2021). I've been getting badges mailed since Baltimore*, so I know it wasn't just picking one of those up. Then again, if I could get both wristbands on Thursday, that'd be even better. * Less habit and tradition than convenience of not having to wait in the pre-reg line. Though if I have to wait in line for all this on Friday, then I threw my money away.
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  36. I think if I'd known this when I pre-registered, I might have just skipped on the mailing. Might as well just get my badge and wristband at the same time and save a couple bucks. But they only just decided on this when the mailing deadline has long since passed, which doesn't quite sit right with me. I'm not sure why they didn't have this policy planned out in advance. If they'd planned it before pre-reg opened, they could have just had people submit their vax info with everything else. But either way, I'd like a more detailed answer from staff for where/when we'll be able to get the
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  37. Here is the web page for the policy: https://www.otakon.com/info/covid/
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  38. You will have to have your vaccination status checked and you will be given a wrist band you are required both to gain entrance to the con
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  39. I expect the mask policy* to be better enforced than at Too Many Games last weekend. It said on the website that masks were mandatory, but there were a good 30% of the attendees sans masks. * As long as you have the same people who did it last year, I have no doubts that Otakon will do a better job than TMG. I have 2 incidents from 2021: 1 I witnessed, 1 anecdotal. A) One staffer stopped a panel when the panelist went down into the audience after he left his mask on the stage. She gave him the option of putting a mask on or going back onto the stage. He did the rest of the panel while wea
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  40. They’re not just beautiful flowers…they are blazing flames! Rolling Quartz shook up the Internet world of K-pop fans in 2020 by bringing exciting videos with fiery covers of rock artists from around the world. With fans and supporters from dozens of different countries, Rolling Quartz wants to show that rock music will never die. They will perform their first international show at Otakon 2022, bringing original songs fresh from their first mini-album which was released in February, as well as some fan-favorite covers. You do not want to miss this!
    1 point
  41. It does state on the accessibility section on the website to bypass any line and go straight to a staffer to tell them you need to go to accessibility and they will get your badge and ribbon sorted out there. However, after you get your badge, even if you are not staying at the Marquis, it is usually much easier just to enter through the entrance there anyways.
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  42. Hello! I would like to request some guests. My biggest request is Jonah Scott, but I’d love to see Zeno Robinson, David Wehkamp, David Wald, and Eric Vale!
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  43. Not staff, but Otakon usually requires you to have an Accessibility ribbon to use the elevators. I have seen people with strollers use them but I don’t know if that is technically permitted or they just let that slide. Either way, you would not want to bring kids in today’s environment anyways. Check the Member Accessibility section on the Member Services section on the website. If she uses something to walk with that is proof enough but if not, try to get a doctor note close to the con. Finally, don’t plan on removing masks indoors unless it’s at a specific dining area.
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  44. Voice Actors Zeno Robinson Allegra Clark AJ Beckles Lee George Anairis Quinones Jonah Scott Khoi Dao Laura Stahl Dani Chambers Kimberley Anne Campbell Y. Chang Musical Artist Pheonix Ash, an American Japanese rock band Reol, rapper and singer QUEEN BEE, a Japanese rock band Chanmina MIYACHI Miyavi ONE OK ROCK
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  45. Voice Actors Griffin Burns Matthew Mercer J. Michael Tatum Would also be cool to have some Japanese voice actors & bands if able Cosplay Guests LevelOneCosplay
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  46. Kellen Goff Zeno Robinson Jason Liebrecht Bryce Papenbrook
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  47. I've never made a request like this before, but I would love to see: Kylie McNeill, the voice actor and singer behind Suzu/Belle in Mamoru Hosoda's Belle. If possible, I would like to see a Japanese visual kei live band, and if regulations prevent that, then I would like to see Chaotic Harmony as a guest for virtual panels with Japanese visual kei bands and Japanese fashion designers. Thank you for your consideration!
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  48. My husband has double dipped on a couple but the only one I personally triple dipped in was Sailor Moon. I have the VHS, LDs, and DVDs and it's the only serious I still have where I've done that with. I have considered double dipping for Akira and some Ghibli movies but for now Sailor Moon remains my only one! I may consider getting the Blu-Rays for Sailor Moon but only time will tell!
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  49. Saw this linked through Digg, and thought it belonged here too. Amazing effort by the artist.
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  50. Zeno Robinson Amber Lee Connors Christopher Wehkamp
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