Ending B

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Otakon 2009 - Report

by Craig Olsen

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wow, this is a little late... oh well!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for Ending B to let you know how Otakon 2009 went. Was it fun? Did it have cool swag? Did any one we went with get mugged? Read on to find out!

Emo Syaorans

Emo Syaorans are Emo.

Eric, Steve, and I arrived in Baltimore around 4pm on Thursday and checked into the Raddisan hotel. We stayed in a pretty small hotel room with our friends Kim and Joe, as well as some new friends, Rosie and Alex. How small was the room? All seven of us fit... but barely. Oddly enough, it was kinda fun.

We waited in line for about... an hour and a half to get our pre-reg passes. The next day, it was con time! This year, since our friend Kim didn't have a table, I actually walked around the con a lot more than I usually do. I actually went to some panels and some workshops!

Now, I'd like to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite moments of Otakon 2009 (cosplayers, panels, etc.)

Mega Man Starforce

Best Panel Award: The Secret Life of Mega Man.

The Secret Life of Mega Man was the best panel I went to for several reasons. One, the people who ran the panel were very professional. Two, they had interesting insights, comments, and predictions for the genre. Third, they were one of the few panels that I saw give away prizes (including the Mega Man 9 commemorative box!!)

Another panel I enjoyed was the one on Lunar where the people who created LunarNET talked about the series and where it was going. In addition, I also liked the amateur voice actor panel. I actually got to get on stage and act the part of a 12-year old boy. Huzzah!

Jack from Harvest Moon

First Sighting Award: The first Harvest Moon cosplayer I've ever seen.

We here at Ending B love Harvest Moon games (at least, Eric and I do), so I was thrilled to see my first cosplayer from this series. He's the main character from one of the games... I'm thinking either the SNES version or Magical Melody for the Gamecube.

Yuna's Wedding Dress

Uncommon Common Award: Yuna's Wedding Dress.

There are a lot of people who go to cons dressed as Yuna (from Final Fantasy X and X-2), this is the first time I've ever seen someone go as her in her wedding gear.

Celes and Maria

Favorite Duo Award: Celes and Maria.

There were a fair amount of Celes (FF6) and Maria cosplayers running around. However, this is the only instance I saw of two of them together.

Rinoa

Best Prop: Rinoa's angel wings

Eric made a fantastic Time Staff from Tsubasa Chronicles, and while that actually was my favorite prop someone made, I can't pick it because he contributes to Ending B. Instead, I'm picking this Rinoa's angel wings (FF8). According to her, these wings were homemade.

Zoey

Best Among Many: Rosie's Zoey

Our new friend, Rosie, went as Zoey from Left 4 Dead on Friday and the Medic from Team Fortress 2 on Saturday. Rosie was by far the best Zoey out of all the others that were there (possibly the best L4D one I saw). All the other Zoey cosplayers were too clean. Rosie looks like she's actually seen battle. Great job!

Max

Most Obscure Cosplay that I Recognized: Max from Shining Force

While in the Dealer's Room (where I got me a sweet Phoenix Wright and Tales of Vesperia art book), I caught a glimpse of this fellow.

Me: Excuse me, but are you the main character from Shining Force?
Him: Yes! Yes I am! Finally, someone recognized who I was.
Me: Oh my god! I need your picture! NOW!
Him: SWEET!

Clamp Photo shoot

Best Photo Shoot I Attended: CLAMP characters.

Well, it was actually the only photo shoot I attended. But it still wins! From left to right: Shaoran Li (Card Captor Sakura), Chi (Chobits, Sakura (Card Captor Sakura), Kero (Card Captor Sakura), Syaoran w/out Time Staff (Tsubasa Chronicles), and Syaoran with Time Staff (Tsubasa Chronicles)

White Angel

Most Photogenic: ... This person

This person was in the CLAMP photo shoot for the first half, and then hopped down to do some solo shots. She had many different poses prepared and changed them slightly so each picture was different.

Silent Bob

Most In-Character Cosplayer: Silent Bob

This guy was totally awesome. He didn't say a word and had the same mannerism as Silent Bob. If someone told me this was actually Kevin Smith walking around, I actually wouldn't be surprised.

Well, those were some of the highlights of Otakon 2009. Overall, I had a blast. To answer my earlier questions, it was fun, the swag was good, and nobody got mugged! Here's hoping 2010 is just as great!