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razisgosu last won the day on July 23 2016

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  1. My somewhat limited collection. I mostly do it as an inside joke with my friend and me, we keep seeing you at panels we go to or standing around near us during concerts other big room events. And since you're one of what I consider the "faces of otakon" well here we are. http://imgur.com/a/WsPZq
  2. Guess The Final Registration Count!

    All things considered I'd call that significant of a drop bad. Lets assume that almost 5k membership drop would have returned this year and registered prior to the door. Thats $90 per person and 5000 people or $450,000 in lost membership renewals. That's a lot of lost revenue for next year's guests.
  3. You were fine. Ironically i took prior to the start of the TMR panel as my opportunity to get my somewhat annual picture of you. Its become an interesting otakon hobby.
  4. Number of attendees?

    The dealers room was pretty empty this year. Same big hitters as most years. Towards both ends of the hall there were large amounts of vacant space. It doesn't matter how big the new convention center is if otakon can't get attendees, guests, and dealers to fill it.
  5. Decent event overall, but I do have a few bads. 1. Not anywhere near enough water stations. In years past I could find them anywhere. This year there was not even a single one in the dealer's room. Can we get some clarification on what was up with that? 2. Tons of cancelled panels, including nearly all of the late night 18+ events. What happened here? Was hentai suddenly deemed inappropriate for Otakon? Because almost all of it was cancelled. Its not fun going back to your room at 10-11pm because there's nothing to do late at night. 3. Standing during a seated event. If the event has assigned seating, it should be seats only. I'm all for having a pit where people can stand and go wild, but its not cool to force people to stand who do not want to or may not even be able to in order to enjoy the show. Please try to either have a pit for standing room or enforce a seated policy.
  6. Schedule's up!

    Why was so much stuff cancelled? Hours upon hours, especially late night programming were removed. Is otakon encouraging earlier nights or could you just not get the hentai you intended to show originally?
  7. Game Show - cancelled?

    A ton of things were axed. Not sure why.
  8. What happened to the Art Exhibition area?

    It just reopened after water hit the alley.
  9. Totally agree. That bag check was simple and honestly half the time i went through i really have to wonder if they were even looking in my bag.
  10. Guess The Final Registration Count!

    I'd say a range of 24,000 to 26,000.
  11. Also, just this past weekend Pokemon go had bag checks for their event with a single entrance and congestion and lines were a problem. Every time we leave the building and return we will have to be bag checked, is that correct? There will be little point to leave for food, or return purchases to the hotel room if we have to wait in a lengthy bag check line every time. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-07-26/enjoying-pokemon-go-fest-despite-its-problems/.119269 The important part bolded below - Sprint and Boost Mobile stores gave out so many First Catch Hour wristbands that many players who received them didn't enter the event early. Niantic began allowing lines to form at 6:00 a.m. for the event with the general start time of 10:00 a.m. As someone fairly close to the front of the early admission line, I got in at about 9:40 a.m. Personnel at the entrance were thoroughly checking bags, so players continued to pour in the only gate for at least another hour.
  12. 2 things. If I am stuck in line for a long time because of a shitty bag check, I will not be happy. If I miss an event, due to being stuck in a line, for entry, I will be so done with Otakon. Edit: Will bag/body check be required if you do not have a bag on your person? I typically bring a backpack to hold water, snacks, and phone charger, as well as to carry my dealer's room purchases. If not having a bag will get me in freely, I would consider leaving it in my hotel room.
  13. Otakon 2017 Guest Request topic

    Exactly this. To be completely fair the majority of fan panels don't sound interesting in the slightest to me and would be a waste to sit in on and stare at my phone for the duration. I go to guest panels, industry panels, the dealers room, concerts, the masquerade and cosplay photoshoots. With the guest list lacking and some of the industry panels I'm interested in lining up with the guest panels and events I'm interested in, its going to leave a lot of empty time this year, not that that is different than last year though. Maybe I'm being pessimistic, but I'm definitely not seeing a lot to do at this year's convention.
  14. Schedule's up!

    I like how my industry panels literally always line up with other things. RIP Sekai Project and Mangagamer panels, you will be missed.
  15. Otakon 2017 Guest Request topic

    Of course the place goes nuts. People are disappointed with the lacking guest lists. I would like to also point out that years ago when the move to DC was mentioned you specifically mentioned that the move to DC would enable Otakon to appeal to more and give yourselves access to getting more Japanese guests. Sadly I can't find the quote right now, but I did manage to pull it up a handful of days ago. This is something I'm not particularly seeing. As someone who primarily cares about Japanese seiyuu, bands who are ingrained with anime themes or big name bands in general (ex: TMR, Yoshiki), and Japanese video games, my particular interests are rarely catered to outside of 1-2 guests. To be blunt, for me, it's particularly disappointing to see the same handful of English voice actors always come to the convention. I get it, dubs are apparently popular at Otakon, but obviously this is not for me. So I will voice my disappointment in what ways I can in the hopes to get guests that will convince me to register for next year and years after. When you get the big name guests, I definitely appreciate it and do what I can to go to the panels, concerts, etc (one of my current biggest regrets with Otakon is not getting to see Saori Hayami in 2014, I forget what it was but something else overlapped with her panel), but when this is technically my big convention of the year, when the guest list looks and feels lacking, I have to wonder why I bother spending the money to get little out of it. As an example during 2016 I'm pretty sure I spent about as much time playing Pokemon Go and sitting in my hotel room as I did at convention events.