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TomDent last won the day on March 3 2017

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About TomDent

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    Otaku In Training
  • Birthday 10/25/1988

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    Bristol, Virginia
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    Art, history, science fiction, sports, reading, and of course anime!

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  1. Your first Otakon

    I really started watching anime when I was in fourth or fifth grade (about 1998/1999). I was watching Power Rangers and such on Fox Kids when Digimon first aired. I had seen episodes of older anime before. Over the years I'd find VHS tapes of Tenchi Muyo, Sailor Moon, and DBZ at local thrift shops but Digimon was the first anime series that really got me going. Of course I was hooked on the shows that came on Toonami and Adult Swim over the years but wanted more so I used some 3rd party sites to watch some older stuff. Then, in 2011, my friends and I decided we wanted to go to an anime convention. We looked around for ones that weren't too far away and came up with Otakon. We thought there'd only be about 10k people there for some reason (which is still a big convention) but were completely shocked by how big it was! It was our first time traveling to a huge city by ourselves (we're from a small town, country area) and the first time we'd been to a huge convention center and around so many people. We had no idea how huge anime was until that point. It was like our own wonderland and we were so excited! We've been to every Otakon since as well as a few local cons that have recently sprung up where we live. Otakon also introduced me to anime sites like Crunchyroll where I could watch the latest stuff and just gorge myself in anime. We could honestly skip Otakon and go to multiple other, more local cons that seem to be growing rapidly, but Otakon was our first experience and we gladly travel 6+ hours out of our way every year to attend.
  2. Parking Feedback for 2018

    My group found a new indoor parking garage with 24/7 access on parking panda for last year. It's part of the old Uline Arena which they turned into some kind of mall with an REI outdoor store as anchor. It's not too far from the convention center. There was a bit of construction to travel through from there to our hotel but nothing major and you could always use a taxi or uber. The best part though was that it only cost $28 for Thursday through Sunday and they threw in Monday for free (even though we left Sunday).
  3. Hotels

    Had to refresh 50 times before it worked for me at about 12:08. Was using my phone while my friend was using his desktop and got in at 12:02. We both got the Marriott Marquee thankfully. Dropped one of course since we're going together. Mine is waitlisted for that Thursday though but says it's highly likely I'll get it.
  4. Couple of quick questions

    1) What is the theme for the next Otakon? 2) Regarding the theater ad contest to win a free Otakon registration, when will the winner(s) be announced?
  5. I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Got mine yesterday right on time (according to the tracking number) and I did have to sign for it. One friend in my group got his Friday and I think one's was delivered to his house, but no one answered the door to sign for it, so he had to reschedule the delivery. There's two more in my group who haven't gotten theirs yet. The one who got his Friday lives in NY, me and the one who had to reschedule delivery live in southwestern VA, and the two who haven't gotten anything yet live in northeast TN. Hopefully they'll get theirs soon.
  6. I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    I'll start panicking if I don't see anything (badge or tracking number) by the end of this coming week. Until then, I'll have faith.
  7. Friends on board, hotel booked, money saved up....HERE COMES MY 4TH STRAIGHT OTAKON!!!

  8. Otakon number 3, here I come!!! ......assuming I have enough money that is.