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Posts posted by Aresef

  1. 3 hours ago, sulkyselkie said:

    I'm surprised that the autograph sessions haven't been added to the schedule yet! We're only two weeks away, what could be happening? 

    I can't plan out my schedule until I know what autographs are being offered when...Otakon, please hurry!

    --not staff--

    Guests have their own schedules, and when signings are set--especially for Japanese guests--can be subject to everything from contracts to flight itineraries. And if somebody's morning is panel, panel, panel, they're gonna want lunch, they're gonna want to go check out the National Portrait Gallery or something. The bulk of the schedule was put online waaaay earlier than usual. I think it's fair to give them a few more days to figure out who's signing when. and where. I mean, even today, they're still announcing guests.

  2. That's a good question. Comiket serves the doujinshi creators, while AnimeJapan (nee TAF) is a trade show. JumpFesta is run by Shueisha.

    Anime conventions as we know them are more of a western concept--not just in the US, but events like Anime Friends and Japan Expo. That's perhaps a byproduct of how anime cons here were outgrowths of comic and sci-fi cons. For Japanese guests, it's something novel and, for musical acts, a feather in their cap.

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  3. Also, Otaquest. I juuuuust missed seeing m-flo during their thing at Anime Central (it turns out they were the third act up... at midnight, after I started making my way back to the Airbnb). Gets me thinking I want to try to be at the dance at Ota, especially since Ota is going to be waaay clearer about who's playing when.

    (For those who don't know, m-flo's DJ Taku co-founded Otaquest to bring Japanese acts to big international audiences.)

  4. There are lots of things Anime Matsuri does that most cons or con staffers shouldn't do. I'd rather not start another fight here, so I'll leave it there.

    But I know having a cafe would probably run afoul of convention center contracts. Like, that's why no vendor outside of the official food vendor sells Pocky or any other candy.

  5. 10 hours ago, Fadamor said:

    So Maryland is going to spend $50 million just to plan and design renovations? When the planning and designing are finished, I wonder what the price tag of actual construction would be and will Maryland taxpayers approve coughing up that kind of expenditure when there are many other issues that need to be addressed.

    Yeah, like I said, it feels like Groundhog Day. Ultimately, whether the state helps or not, the convention center is owned and operated by the city, and the city has other problems.

  6. Please bring Vic Mignogna to otakon this year.

    People have brought this up over and over. Many many people, including myself, don’t want him there. Inviting him would show a lack of concern for what he’s done to fans over the last 16-some years and what he’s alleged to have done to peers and others.

    Considering Mignogna is not in anything anymore, and likely never will be, there’s no reason to invite him anyway.
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  7. 6 hours ago, Krabstarr said:

    For a little sample, here is "Flyers", used as the opening to anime Death Parade, from their 2015 album Power of Life.

    Also, they will be releasing a new single called 『O・TE・A・GE・DA!』 on April 24th, 2019, so keep an eye out for that, all you FUNKY PARTY PEOPLE!

    They remind me of Scoobie Do, who they've apparently worked with. For those who think of the talking dog, I'm actually thinking of the band that did the Gungrave ED.

    HOMETOWN: I tell people in Maryland, Towson. I tell people outside the area, Baltimore.
    # OF OTAKONS ATTENDED: 14 (the Sunday of 04 and everyone since, except 2016, when I had a schedule conflict)
    The BONUS ? for 2019:  I'm no good at cosplay--I did a budget Green Ranger twice. But the best I've seen at Ota... man, I'd have to think a while on that.

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