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#1 tehkukikookie on 8 years ago

I didn't see one of these anywhere, so I'll get this thing started! Tell us your pros and cons, your highlights, and anything else you'd like to share!

#2 Lovelychristina on 8 years ago

"I got yo Ice cold Watta. And its only one dolla"~ Annoying as hell =_=

#3 popipoLove on 8 years ago

[QUOTE=Lovelychristina;4073871]"I got yo Ice cold Watta. And its only one dolla"~ Annoying as hell =_=[/QUOTE]

It was funny the first few times...then it got old. My friends were saying to expect everyone to be saying it next year...just like "Marco Polo".

Overall it was fun! It was my first con and I was so anxious about all the things to do. But I remembered that if I tried to do everything, I wouldn't have fun!

How many people were there? I've heard it was just over 31,000! :mfg:

Most of the other convention goers were very friendly. I made new friends :)

Some were annoying.

Some were very rude. I was taking pictures of the Dalek and K9 on Friday near the inner fountains. There was (I think) a Rose cosplayer there. Some guys were making some rude remarks about her. I wanted to say something, but starting drama at a con doesn't achieve anything.

#4 solstis on 8 years ago

Pros!:
thursday pre reg line went nicely
my outfits looked good
I found the Bento I wanted!. Some really cute gloomy bears and a squishy Tare Panda that I _<;;
I was so sucking at ITG T_T

it's over until next year >_

#5 TortureBunni on 8 years ago

Honestly, I felt that this year went SO much more smoothly than last year. The staff were MUCH more polite and well-informed, and areas were well-marked. I especially liked that there was someone directing people to Artist's Alley and the Dealer's Room. The Pre-Reg line, while long, moved quickly, which was essential in the intense heat.

I'm not sure what the attendance was compared to last year, but it seemed that there was more room to move around the convention center, which was great. There also seemed to be less people screaming obnoxious memes.

There were a lot of homeless people lpan-handling outside of the convention center, and while I don't think that it is the responsibility of Otakon security to handle it, maybe having some convention center security gaurds or even police officers around could help alieviate the problem.

The only thing I was dissapointed with was the Matsuri. I was expecting to see more traditional dances, and maybe some Taiko drummers, or even some tradional Japanse festival games. The very few booths that they actually had were dissapointing, and the musical artists were obnoxiously loud. I understand that this was the first year doing the Matsuri, so some hiccups were understandable.

This was really the "make it or break it" year for me, after last year's Otakon had so many issues. I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly everything went, and look forward to attending next year.

#6 tehkukikookie on 8 years ago

Cons:
-I wasn’t exactly a fan of some of the staff members. I mean, there were some phenomenal staff members, then there was a handful that were just flat out rude and unhelpful. The damned elevator ‘broke’ Friday night. That was fine, completely okay. I had some bros with me to help me get up and down the stairs with the wheelchair. However, for a photoshoot I had Saturday morning, I didn’t have such luck. I’m not going to sit here and expect the staff members to help me get my wheelchair up the staircase because that’s not their job, but honestly, I just asked if I could leave it in a room to the side so I could use my cane to get around and they said no. I was directed to goal the way around the convention center from registration to the OTHER door that lead me to the top floor.
I really really REALLY shouldn’t have to work drastically harder to get to the same place as another person that isn’t handicapped. Honestly, I shouldn’t, and everyone knows that. And again, though assistance would have made that day hate the fact that I was handicapped that much more, I would have appreciated some help.

-On that same topic. Immediately after the photoshoot, I went to the 18+ wristband registration area and asked the woman there when the elevator would be fixed because I was far over frustrated. To my horrid surprise, she had told me that it was never broken.
Queue me screaming on the inside. She said they had just turned them off, and I believe her. Want to know why? Because less than ten minutes later, the elevators were magically fixed. I understand that you aren’t completely in charge of the elevator system, but if this is the truth, I would really appreciate it if it didn’t happen again next year or anytime in the future. Getting around the convention center on a wheelchair period is already a pain in the butt. x_x

tl;dr: I can assume that it was a bitch and a half to get around from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon for the handicapped population of Otakon. I will not go so far as to say that I will never go again because I met some amazing people, but PLEASE fix this.

-Dear gods was the food expensive. I know, supply and demand, but a sandwich and juice for ten dollars, Ramune for four? I also know I didn’t have to buy it, but those prices were laughable.

-The lines…were a bit hard to find. One good example is the line for Johnny Young Bosch’s autographs. o.o

-The K-On concert could have been executed a bit better. It was fun and all…until I noticed that nothing was plugged in and the drummer’s sticks were strangely far from the cymbal. Kind of took the magic away. -.-

Pros:
+And now for something positive. The were some staff members that we absolutely the most helpful of helpful., especially in places that I couldn’t fit through due to the chair. I wish I knew their names so I could thank them here, but they helped make my first Otakon amazing and [kind of] stress free.

+S o many amazing panels were at the same time! ;-; Though it was kind of cool, since if the line was too long, I could just go to another.

+The guests were AMAZING.

/Wall of text

#7 archfriend on 8 years ago

The con ran smoothly, at least by my standards, except for one thing. The Dealer's Room line stretched to the front of the registration area! This made for some extremely uncomfortable traffic in one of the busiest parts of the con. I guess this isn't even really a complaint, since I understand that it's hard to get 31,000 people out of each other's ways for a weekend.

#8 GreyCat on 8 years ago

Mostly unhappy with this Otakon.

Pros: They finally changed the location of the rave, even though I did not attend, it is a good thing.

Cons: I need a handicapped badge even though I look otherwise ok and non handicapped. Took forever to find out WHERE to go for the Artist Alley and Dealers room handicap entrance. Then found it and was told LOL you're not supposed to be back here after taking forever to find it and hobble around. We (a group of hani people) said F it, we are not going elsewhere when the entrance is right there and they eventually said ok and told us HOW to do it next time.
Later, I was doing it correctly, and had to practically fight with not one, two, or three people but FOUR people saying to go around and blah blah blah even though I had the handicapped badge. Then talked to another Staff there and they said I was right and to go on through.

Also something that has me super fumed. It went like this:
Me: I have a handicapped badge
Staff: Where is your handicapped person?
Me: I am the handicapped person.
Staff: -pause- What's your handicap?
Me: -explained not knowing it is HIGHLY ILLEGAL to be asked that-

I am actually considering a lawsuit against the convention center/staff because I was asked that about 3 times. It is highly illegal and I didn't know until I was venting to someone later. I am pissed beyond all belief that they were so incompetent and wrong.

I will [U]NOT[/U] be attending Otakon [U]EVER[/U] again. This was my 6th and I have never been treated as wrongly as I was this year.

#9 Yukari Kaiba on 8 years ago

This was my very first time to Otakon - my long flight to and from California though was so worth it!

Pros:
-Pre-reg went fairly quickly once it opened
-lots of different places around to eat (though my friend and I pretty much lived off the smoothie place we found in the mall near the harbor the entire weekend XD)
-the Inner Harbor area was super pretty!
-pretty much all the staff I ran into were super friendly
-NOT HAVING TO PAY FOR ARCADE MACHINES IN THE GAME HALL. All the cons I've been to in California you have to pay to play on the machines, so I was so stoked to see that everything was set on freeplay
-nice variety of stuff in the dealer's room
-the HCC judges were super nice
-the convention center itself was really nice, lots of different areas to do photoshoots
-the impromptu Sengoku Basara gathering on Saturday XD
-letting attendees pick their badge art! I thought that was so cool, none of the cons I go to do anything like that (even better because they had Tiger & Bunny badge art which made me incredibly happy XD)

Cons:
-not really anything to do with the con, but THE HUMIDITY. Seriously, I am amazed that you guys are able to deal with it every year (summers in the SF Bay Area where I'm from don't really get any higher than the low 90s, and its a dry heat), and it exhausted me a lot quicker than I thought it would DX but I was told that it was abnormally high humidity for the area, so I think I could probably deal with it next year XD
-the pan handlers that came out later in the evening near the con center
-Masquerade left me somewhat underwhelmed :/
-having to leave all the awesome friends I made over the weekend, I was so sad when I got dropped off at the airport to go home on Sunday ;___;

Overall I had a fantastic time! I skipped out on Anime Expo this year to come to Otakon, and my experience here has totally convinced me to make Otakon my summer con-trip of choice over AX. The Otakon crowd are a really awesome group of people, and I can't wait to come back again next year!

#10 tehkukikookie on 8 years ago

[QUOTE=GreyCat;4074087]Mostly unhappy with this Otakon.

Pros: They finally changed the location of the rave, even though I did not attend, it is a good thing.

Cons: I need a handicapped badge even though I look otherwise ok and non handicapped. Took forever to find out WHERE to go for the Artist Alley and Dealers room handicap entrance. Then found it and was told LOL you're not supposed to be back here after taking forever to find it and hobble around. We (a group of hani people) said F it, we are not going elsewhere when the entrance is right there and they eventually said ok and told us HOW to do it next time.
Later, I was doing it correctly, and had to practically fight with not one, two, or three people but FOUR people saying to go around and blah blah blah even though I had the handicapped badge. Then talked to another Staff there and they said I was right and to go on through.

[B]Also something that has me super fumed. It went like this:
Me: I have a handicapped badge
Staff: Where is your handicapped person?
Me: I am the handicapped person.
Staff: -pause- What's your handicap?
Me: -explained not knowing it is HIGHLY ILLEGAL to be asked that-[/B]

I am actually considering a lawsuit against the convention center/staff because I was asked that about 3 times. It is highly illegal and I didn't know until I was venting to someone later. I am pissed beyond all belief that they were so incompetent and wrong.

I will [U]NOT[/U] be attending Otakon [U]EVER[/U] again. This was my 6th and I have never been treated as wrongly as I was this year.[/QUOTE]

...Holy crap O.O Mine isn't viable at all unless you are actually looking for scars, but really? What the hell, that's one of the reasons I just got a wheelchairs, so I wouldn't have to deal with that. There is a handicap sticker on your badge for a reason. As for the lawsuit? I would find the specific staffers instead of the entire convention. I'm not sure if that's something that they learn at staff orientation or whatever so I don't think it would be Otakon's fault completely. Just as I would have to contact the BCC instead of Otakon itself for making a portion of my weekend hellish.

#11 girlswithcomics on 8 years ago

Pros: the people running the dealers room for set up and tear down were very helpful. I was working in the dealers room and everyone was very helpful.

The convention itself was a lot of fun this year. All of the staff I ran into were super friendly and looked generally happy to be there.

Cons: the matsuri was bad. Hopefully next year it will be much better!

there was a guy working near us who was selling replica Nazi stuff, and while I understand that there are Nazis in some anime, this stuff was straight up SS guard stuff. I don't believe Hitler was an anime fan, and I don't believe this stuff has any place at an anime con.

#12 GreyCat on 8 years ago

[QUOTE=tehkukikookie;4074102]...Holy crap O.O Mine isn't viable at all unless you are actually looking for scars, but really? What the hell, that's one of the reasons I just got a wheelchairs, so I wouldn't have to deal with that. There is a handicap sticker on your badge for a reason. As for the lawsuit? I would find the specific staffers instead of the entire convention. I'm not sure if that's something that they learn at staff orientation or whatever so I don't think it would be Otakon's fault completely. Just as I would have to contact the BCC instead of Otakon itself for making a portion of my weekend hellish.[/QUOTE]

Exactly, I wouldn't GET the handicap sticker if I didn't consider myself handicapped.

I'm usually fine with explaining my handicap, but there are portions I don't like to share and are sensitive to. I was going to get the name/info of the people that asked but they sadly weren't there on Sunday once I found out about it. Not sure if I can find them again though unless they have a record of the people that are there.

Def not going to hold it against Otakorp itself, even though the one person that asked was Otakon staff.

There were more cons to the convention that are making me not wanting to go next year though. I feel like I have a better con at Katsucon or Anime USA for much less of the cost. :/

#13 Dragonrage on 8 years ago

Pros: pre reg Thursday started sooner and went faster then usual.

Cons: It was freaking LINECON and they closed so many events even though people were leaving they wouldn't let the same amount enter that has left.

#14 Headphone Mike on 8 years ago

pro:
bigger rave room, good deal. I enjoyed it even though there was a 20 min DJ change. also I'd hate to think part of my badge fund was going to pay for dancers on stage NO ONE was watching.
game room was freaken sweet as always.
finally stayed at the hilton, never had a problem with the covered walkway being crowded
thanks for putting more chairs out. I appreciated it.

cons:
either put a limit cap on or be ready for a huge crowd. there were times i couldn't even walk around in the open areas from so much people.
lines: it wasn't so much that i had to wait in them, it was that there continued to be a line long after the thing started. I talked to people who honestly had no idea what they were waiting for but the line was long enough it had to be good. then finding a line and trying to discover the back of it. the end of line guys were there half the time and not there the other half. I couldn't actually make it to any panels saturday because by the time i got there they were already saying, 'screw off we're full' before the event even started.
the one time i had to interact with staff they were going around nerfing peoples props and weapons. okay, fine whatever, I've been through this before. i had to tape down the triggers on my guns which were just blocks of wood with handles glued to them. there isnt even a barrel or a chamber. if someone can explain to me how I can hurt someone with that that doesn't involve bludgening. that didn't even piss me off until i saw the ikkaku with bankai and he was like, 'they never gave me any trouble' then at the hellsing shoot I was the only one with taped weapons. Either get everyone or don't get anyone but don't single people out. I feel like i'm back at the airport again getting searched for the third time by security for no good reason.
food prices: con rates, that's a duh. jimmy johns is just as good and it's cheaper
ice cold water guy: annoying but nothing i can do there.
photoshoots: there is a schedule on coscom and the otakon forum. would people please abide by it? team fortress took our photoshoot space because 'duh, there are more of us, screw you.' so our shoot was forced back into the corner. What am I going to do? start screaming at like fifty people and get laughed at?
here's a tip: most people make a schedule for themselves. when you start a movie an hour late it breaks that schedule so when you say, 'we are having a q&a afterwards' nobody's going to stick around.

#15 tehkukikookie on 8 years ago

[QUOTE=GreyCat;4074128]Exactly, I wouldn't GET the handicap sticker if I didn't consider myself handicapped.

I'm usually fine with explaining my handicap, but there are portions I don't like to share and are sensitive to. I was going to get the name/info of the people that asked but they sadly weren't there on Sunday once I found out about it. Not sure if I can find them again though unless they have a record of the people that are there.

Def not going to hold it against Otakorp itself, even though the one person that asked was Otakon staff.

There were more cons to the convention that are making me not wanting to go next year though. I feel like I have a better con at Katsucon or Anime USA for much less of the cost. :/[/QUOTE]
Well if you ever decide to take any legal action, let me know so I can help you out. I don't really want to take on something like handicap laws alone. >

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