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  1. It might be a good idea if you expand a bit too so that windseeker doesn't misunderstand you again, because I think you misspoke a bit. For instance, >The vaccines do not stop transmission, infection or sickness Which vaccines, how many doses, against which variants, and how long after administration? In my post, I assumed you meant the initial two-dose series of either RNA vaccine against BA.1~5 around two years later. It might seem weird to you that you'd need to clarify because, >What then would be the next step? Have Otakon mandate boosters? -implies that you thin
  2. I think this conversation would be significantly more productive if everyone would clarify whether they mean: >against infection >against symptoms >against hospitalization >against death -when talking about what Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines protect against. It would also help to cite what values – either in percentage or odds ratio – you guys consider an appropriate definition of "protection" in the context of talking about an anime con. Like, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say KyoKyo meant "protection the initial series (two doses) provides against inf
  3. I feel like you can only make one effortpost in these threads before you start to really sound like an unhinged weirdo – before you start to sound too serious about the whole thing – but I do kinda want to go back and mention some stuff regarding my thoughts from a few months ago. First of all, it turns out that Naoko Yamada is, in fact, directing a new movie that's coming out in Fall 2023 called Kimi no Iro (Your Color) alongside composer Kensuke Ushio. If that name sounds suspiciously similar to a certain Makoto Shinkai movie, it's because they're both produced by the same dude: Genki K
  4. Seven days is near the upper bound of the incubation period for wild type COVID-19. Omicron BA.2 has a mean incubation period closer to 2~3 days, just like all its Omicon subvariant friends. This makes the task a bit easier, but of course you're right and pinning down the specific source of an outbreak requires strong methods and can't just be eyeballed. That said, "did a lot of people catch the coof during the weekend of Otakon" is a much simpler question, and the answer is "no." You don't have to worry about back-tracing an outbreak if there's no outbreak to back-trace. I sorta agree th
  5. Positive tests in DC have been down week-to-week and Otakon doesn't seem to have meaningfully affected things. The same goes for Alexandria and Fairfax. Anecdotally, I don't know anyone who got sick either. Between those two facts, I figure Otakon must've been about as safe as a 43k attendee event can be (from a pandemic perspective). I bet we'd all get sick pretty fast if we went every week, but for a yearly event, I've filed it in my list of pandemic concerns I no longer have to think hard about. -at least, assuming things get better and not worse. Interestingly, DC used to track o
  6. I wouldn't count out Kawajiri, given his connections to not just one but two friends of the con. That's actually one I was thinking about too. He's certainly been to the US before. Rei Hiroe you could probably bribe by driving him out to a range to go shooting with a historical firearms club lol Grabbing some Nijisanji English folks would be fun, but the East Coast gang is mostly Leafs, which complicates things. Pomu is an American and low-key has almost certainly been to Otakon before. I think Nina might be US East Coast too? Uki definitely is, but most of the other lads aren't even
  7. Haha, I wrote that post before I realized that you're still involved and reading these boards – now I'm a bit embarrassed. That's interesting to hear though! Here's hoping for next year. I'm sure not being able to bring Shinichiro Watanabe over for an in-person appearance after the other Carole & Tuesday guests were able to take their encore must've been frustrating for you guys.
  8. If we're reaching for the stars, Hideaki Anno and Leiji Matsumoto would definitely be up there. Relatedly, it'd be sorta funny to bring Toshio Okada back over, since he visited Otakon during its first years up in Pennsylvania. Rintaro would be another good one, especially since he's getting up there in age and anime industry vets aren't known for living long into old age. 1. lmao good job dipshіt, it's "Yoshihiro." 2. Wait, why is there a timeout for editing posts? Has it always been like this?
  9. Can't hurt to dream, but I am curious what the process is like for Japanese guests. Like most things in the anime industry, it seems very much based on relationships. While Otacorp had a relationship with Pony Canyon, when Pony Canyon had a show to promote, they sent out the director. The con is friends with Yasuhiro Watanabe, so when Watanabe recommended his VR dev friends, they invited them. This has resulted in some pretty interesting guests in the past, but it does make me wonder how well Otacorp is able – or indeed willing – to reach out beyond that network. When Jim Vowles was on ANNCast
  10. For that matter, did Otakon ever release figures like peak CCV for Otakon Online?
  11. Most of the time, I figure it's just the panelist getting a better idea of what their thesis really ought to have been during the research and early preparation phase. I've sure been there. Since it was easy enough this year to ping Ops and get them to amend the schedule when they went up with the wrong titles and descriptions, I think just making it clear to panelists that they can ask to change their title and description would be enough to mitigate the problem. Obviously if someone is asking to change their panel into something completely different, they can just say no. Personally, th
  12. It's time again! I'm afraid I didn't go to many fan panels myself due to simply not being able to spend as much time at the convention as I'd have liked. I prioritized industry guests for what time I had, so that's what the majority of my feedback is for. I suppose it's useful for English-speaking guests if for some reason they ever wanted to read this board, for Otakon to see what 99th percentile engagement members like us thought about their guest selection, and to pick up on any issues they have it in their power to fix as hosts, but c'mon that's not actually what we're doing here, rig
  13. Whew, there's a lot to talk about this Otakon. The pure amount of stuff I was interested in seeing made it the absolute busiest I've ever been at an Otakon to the point where I barely had any time just to walk around the con floor or hang out with friends. I'm not complaining though. In chronological order: Character Animation in Anime: Ayy, we're starting with one of Evan and mine! From a presenter's perspective, everything was in order as always. The panel itself…went alright. There are a lot of things I'd like to have done better or differently (starting with giving it literally a
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