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  1. Kirarakim

    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    I am excited about the Dragonball North American tour and my friend is looking forward to the Studio Trigger guests but Otakon really hasn’t had what I consider “top tier” guests in some years now. I know Otakon isn’t Anime Expo but they used to get a few really big guests every year too and in my opinion it’s just not what it once was for me personally. Honestly if Otakon hadn’t moved to DC I would have stopped going but now that my friend lives in DC it’s a much cheaper weekend without the hotel cost so it’s still something fun to do with my friend every summer.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    I did not ask for your advice whether I should attend Otakon or not.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    No where did I say I was going to go anywhere near them or physically try to fight them during Otakon. I just don’t like the incorrect attitude that it’s the other side that causes trouble & then they fight back. These are not peaceful people that you are trying to make them out to be. And even if it is not an Otakon attendee, I don’t want anyone hurt because of these nut cases. I am sure the police would have came in time from stopping that black kid from being beat up by a gang. Martin Luther King promoted non-violent protests against a racist system. He never said to stay silent or to ignore which is what you are implying. And yes these people are a real danger. Just ignoring them is not going to make them go away.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    You should never be tolerant against the intolerant . Sorry but these people are not a joke to me. Their ideology is a very real threat to this country. Also these people are not peaceful (one of them rammed a car into protestors & killed a young girl last year or this https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/02/607663487/white-man-convicted-of-beating-black-man-at-charlottesville-white-nationalist-ra ) so people have very legitimate concerns for their safety beyond just being called bad names. The rally is in walking distance to the con.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    I don’t really care if they don’t like each other. Stop arguing semantics they all come from the same cloth. They are hate groups who think the US and Europe should have a white majority and other people are inferior. Also it’s clear you don’t know much about Neo-Nazi ideology if you think there is any real difference except what they call themselves. Also they are not innocent. Stop trying to act like they are peaceful & non-violent because that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    Um a White Nationslist & White Supremacists shares the exact same ideology with a Neo-Nazi. Neo-Nazi is a subset of that group so is the KKK and many other white nationalist groups. So yes they actually are Nazis. I mean the fact that a lot of them were carrying Nazi flags at the Charleston rally didn’t clue you in. Whatever they are a hate group: they hate Blacks, Jews, Immigrants etc and blame these groups on their problems and think the US should belong to White ppl only. Individuals in the large group may have different views but that is by and large what they think.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    I keep saying North Carolina but mean Virginia
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    Well I got an email back from the NPS and while it’s nice they responded they pretty much ignored my entire issue about people being concerned for their safety and just went on and on about Free Speech & the First Amendment. Although the email did briefly mention public safety it didn’t alleviate my concerns in light of the extreme violence (and one girl’s death) that happened at this “peaceful” meeting last year in NC where the group was also just supposedly exercising their free speech rights. They also confirmed a permit has not been issued yet but issuing the permit has nothing to do with the content of the meeting and it sounds like as long as they follow proper procedures the permit will be granted. At least that was the gist of the Email.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    Well I don’t know if it will do any good (probably not) but I sent an email to the NPS using this website citing my concerns about this event in relation to Otakon. I mentioned the large attendance, many people coming from afar, and guests from Japan & S. Korea. Also mentioned children & teenagers attend Otakon. I also mentioned people afraid for their safety based on events in North Carolina. https://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    I didn’t mean ask the Nazis obviously I meant alert the National Park Service or anyone who is in charge of granting them a permit. And has the permit got approved from what I understand only the application has not the permit.
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    'White Civil Rights Rally' application approved for DC

    Just heard about this. How awful that this is planned as the same weekend. Is there anyone we can contact asking them not to hold this rally . Maybe they wont care but maybe if a bunch of Otakon attendees talk about our con and that there will be children and many ppl coming out of state they will at least rethink having it this weekend if at all.
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    Dragonball Super TCG Regional @ Otakon 2018?

    It’s probably part of the DB North American tour which is coming to Otakon so I would look out for details about that.
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    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    I am sorry but inviting him should be out of the question. He was in possession of child pornography. There are children at the con. I know it’s a moot point but you don’t need to explain any other reason except the above.
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    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    As I've been watching Dragon Ball Super I wish Otakon would finally get Ryo Horikawa. I know he has been at other conventions but I really want to meet him. Plus Legend of the Galactic Heroes is also finally legally available in the US. But other top Seiyuu Kamiya Hiroshi Sakurai Takahiro Sakamoto Maaya (also a great musical guest) There are plenty of other Seiyuu I would be more than happy with too but trying to limit to my choices. As for directors Rie Matsumoto Takahiro Omori Akitaro Daichi Hiroshi Nagahama Morio Asaka Hiroyuki Imaishi Junichi Sato Sayo Yamamoto (and the rest of the Yuri on Ice staff)
  15. Negatives Nothing really ugly for me but while it wasn't a horribly long line I was still sweating by the end of the Saturday morning bag check. It kind of really sucks to have to stand in a long line to get in the convention center when you already have your badge. And if you are in a rush to get to a panel or autograph line this can really mess with your schedule. Luckily the bag check line didn't interfere with me getting into anything I wanted to do this year but I am worried about the future and if the con grows. I did enjoy the Anisong World Matsuri but where I was sitting on Friday (Front section towards the middle. So definitely not VIP seats but not bad seats) had really awful acoustics. Don't get me wrong the concert was a lot of fun but certain songs were really hard to hear. At some points in the concert I could only hear screaming. I never had this problem at any other concert I've attended at Otakon. I also kind of wish Jam Project sang some of their individual songs. But I got to see them do this twice before so this is ultimately a minor thing. Perhaps it's my own time management but I found I did a lot less at this con then at previous cons. I am also sorry I missed getting a Gurren Lagann 10th Anniversary shirt. Entirely my own fault though as I didn't get to the dealer room until late on Saturday. I did get an Anisong Matsuri shirt at least. Positives Besides the sound issue I did really enjoy the Friday Night Anisong World Matsuri. This is my 3rd time seeing Jam Project and after missing him twice I finally saw TM Revolution. and he was just wonderful. I loved the last song seeing them perform together on stage that was such a great moment. And it was great to finally hear Heart of Sword live. That was a really special moment for me. I do like the new location. Bigger facilities and so many great options of places to eat. I love that we are right near Chinatown. And on a selfish note my friend lives in DC so I no longer have to pay for a hotel room. Such a huge cost savings is a great benefit. The DC Metro is also very convenient. Line management was very good for popular panels (I am not sure how autographs lines were handled. I am kind of sorry I didn't scout that out this year). I went to In This Corner of the World and the Gurren Lagann 10th Anniversary event on Saturday. Getting into each was stress free and they both were excellent. So while I feel I didn't do a lot this year I did highly enjoy what I did end up doing. I loved all the great Japanese food options at the con itself. The seating area and the entire food court is great. And now with the bag checks it's nice that you don't have to leave the con during the day for a good meal.
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