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  1. Otakon 2017: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    The Good: ~Constant updates on social media (in my case Facebook). I don't know if I've been missing these the whole time (probably have been knowing me) but I really liked constant updates about different events as well as important info like the Artist's Alley closure on Saturday. Plus it was a cool way to work the theme in. ~Whichever vendor brought the purikura machine in the Dealer's Room - PLEASE encourage them to back. I can't express how happy I was to finally see a purikura machine at Otakon and even though I missed my chance to actually use it the fact it was there at all was a highlight for me and my friends. ~Thursday Badge pick-up. We were in and out in less than ten minutes around 4. ~Maybe it's just me but all the WEWCC staff seemed more upbeat than BCC staff but experiences vary. So I'm making a slight alteration to the usual scheme and changing The Bad to: The *goes Ehhh with a wiggly hand motion* (Mostly because these definitely impacted my time but I can't actually said they were a negative and honestly I feel like I can't really fault anyone for them happening but they still made me feel some type of way in varying degrees) ~General layout confusion (cause new place duh). But that's just part of moving pains. ~I was super super hype for the Lolita Garden and Fashion Show (even though I missed everything cause of poor planning on my end) but I would definitely like to see some events with other J-fashion styles in the future. Obviously Lolita is the biggest and most organized so if we never get anything else I'm still going to be happy cause this is fantastic but it'd also be cool to see something else in addition in the future even if it's just a broader swap meet. But specifically in addition, not replacing. I'm still really happy with what we got this year. ~The AC was definitely stronger than Baltimore. It usually only got that cold at night. But I was fine when I was in Lolita so YMMV. The Ugly ~Attack of the Water Tribe 2: Electric Boogaloo. ~Seconding a divider/barrier of some type in the hallways to the Dealer's Room and Artist's Alley. I'm imagining that area to get pretty bad when attendance rises again. For my 10th Otakon I honestly really enjoyed this year and I'll definitely be here for next as long as time and funds permit!
  2. Otakon 2017 Hotel Feedback

    I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Washington this year. Pros: ~Connection to Metro Center Station. My group took metro to and from con and it made it quite easy to not take the wrong metro exit and get disoriented. (Granted that did happen when we first got there because we didn't know about it but it made moving the big pair of wings I had during the weekend way easier Sunday morning so I'm still listing it as a pro) ~Really nice room service staff. We had one older Asian lady the whole weekend who was super nice and thanks to her it was the first time we never ran out of towels! ~Starbucks in the lobby. For when you really want some coffee but there's no 7-11. ~I left games at home cause I wasn't sure I'd be able to hook them up to the TV but I found the hook-ups without even trying cause they're built into the dresser on the side. I don't know if that's normal but it's the first time I've seen this. Cons: ~I might have been spoiled by the Holiday Inn in Baltimore but I swear the room was smaller than I expected. ~Sunday checkout was odd. I had already paid one nights deposit beforehand and paid the rest upon check in, but apparently that wasn't supposed to happen. When we were checking out they tried to ring me up again saying I had a balance. I did show them the amount deducted from my account (which still says pending even though everything else from that day isn't) and they did let me go but I didn't receive an invoice. I'm assuming it's just a new hire that made a mistake but I'm still watching the transaction and prepared to call the hotel if something weird happens. Besides that last one I did have a pretty good experience with this hotel. Don't think it'll be a top pick for next year unless I have way too much stuff with me like this year but it's a solid back-up hotel for me.
  3. Food Recommendation Thread!

    I can vouch for both Daikaya and Reren Lamen; both are great but have they're pros and cons. Daikaya is more well known but has veeeeeery long wait times and is always crowded.But they also have an Izakaya on the second floor that requires reservations. Reren Lamen was nowhere as crowded as Daikaya so you might have better luck getting your ramen fix there (when I went was in October of last year so hopefully that hasn't changed much). Also staff was really really nice! Personally, Daikaya had the better broth but Reren Lamen had the more filling meal and was slightly cheaper iirc. Reren Lamen also had this alcoholic bubble tea (I don't remember if it was actually called bubble tea though) that was amazing. Also if you're willing to walk a little further away to the Archives metro stop Teaism is also a nice Asian Fusion place to eat. Lots and lots of tea and if you like what you had you can buy it in their tea shop next door.
  4. Why did everyone have to be perfect? Particularly in action? The AMV Contest and Iron Editor are consistently my favorite part of Otakon. The intro itself is partially what got me into film/video production actually.