Otakon ends the summer convention circuit for me and this year was a lot of fun. Otakon was always special for me, because it was the first big con I ever attended. So I always make a point to try and go every year. Downtown Baltimore is always interesting, it has a lot of great places to eat and go around. And since we’re right down by the harbor, there’s some great places for photographs. Most of the con itself is pretty contained, while if you start venturing out towards the harbor you’ll run into the tourist crowd.
This year there wasn’t many guests that I was interested in seeing. They did have Yoshiki from X Japan preforming, which was pretty neat for anyone who was interested in them. They were holding the Sailor Moon event with the official cosplayers in the dealers room, the same one they had at Anime Expo. Though in comparison, they weren’t really making any special announcements like they had at AX, which made the events a lot more toned down. Kill la Kill was another big anime featured there this year, with an official cosplay event held in the dealers room. I think its pretty interesting to see them hold official events for cosplayers, it shows how much cosplay has taken over the convention scene, if they’re trying to hold official cosplay gatherings.
Cosplay gatherings in general are pretty fun to check out, if its for a series you’re really interested in. A cosplay gathering is usually people who are cosplaying from the same series, or have an interest in the series, meet up and take pictures together. Generally they’re organized in groups so people can get pictures together. It’s a pretty easy way to meet someone who’s interested in the same thing as you. Or maybe find someone cosplaying a character that interacts with yours. Either way you’re guaranteed pictures if you attend. Otakon has a lot of really nice outdoor open areas to use. We were pretty lucky with the weather, it was still pretty warm, but not as overbearing as it was last year. Saturday’s weather was just about perfect, so we didn’t have to worry about really sweating in our costumes.
One of my favorite parts about going to cons is the dealersroom, and this year did not disappoint. There was plenty of different types of vendors for all types of interests. Whats nice about a big con is that you’ll have a lot of official booths, like from Crunchy Roll and Funimation, so you can hear about some of the latest animes that are coming out.
Last but not least is the cosplays of course. Otakon is a big con, so a lot of people like to bring their A game for this con. Here’s some of the ones I saw while at Otakon.