I'll honestly say this was maybe a good convention for me. I'd rank it as one of my Top 5.
-There were a number of fan panels that I wanted to go to. There was a few I just didn't have time to go to but honestly I wasn't bored at all this weekend.
-The DC Convention Center. Honestly, this is just me but for 2 years in a row I felt that the DC Convention Center is miles better than the old BCC. I don't feel as claustrophobic in the DCCC as I did in the BCC. The staff for the DCCC is also miles better than the BCC staff was. I honestly hope Otakon stays in DC from now on. Plus the dining and food choices outweight everything.
-The guests. Kawamori was great, the Studio Ghibli panel was top class and maybe ranks as one of my top panels of all time.
-The Dealers Room and Artist Alley. While I've been moving more towards games and there wasn't as many stores for video games (this is becoming more common though in most anime cons since now retro games and video games in general are getting their own cons). The layout of both rooms and some of the booth, that Dragon Ball Z booth felt like I was back in the mid 2000s. While I know we will never see every industry booths being like the Dragon Ball Z again, it was still great.
-Video Game Room. Great selection and nice that it was so big. I really liked the choices and had a lot of fun this year at the place.
-Maps. OMG, you don't know how wonderful it was to see the maps this year in the middle of the floors unlike last year. This was fixed and I was so happy for it.
-No Voice Actors After Dark. I figured when it disappeared from the schedule it was more of a conflict that there was some that just didn't want to do it. Was upsetting so to me to at least put it on here.
-Bag Check- It wasn't ugly since it did move and I know Otakon can't do anything about it. But god it was just more stupid this year than last. Thank god I didn't have a bag most of the time but I was still with my sister and her friend who had bags.
-Autograph Line- Just hearing second hand accounts and seeing it myself shows what a mess this was. Wasn't in it personality but from what I heard and saw it was bad so I should give is a mention.
-Panels Cancelled- Just seemed to all of the sudden cancel when people are already in the room. No notice or anything. WTF guys?
-No Communication- For the love of God Otakon, I love this con but this has been going on for as long as I can remember. Fix the communication people. You have video monitors everywhere now. Some notices on those huge screens would help so much. It almost feels like a secret meeting nobody is invited too when stuff happens.