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Unread 01-25-2004, 10:51 AM   #1
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Your impressions of the Con?

The Con rocked.

The hotel staff didn't.

This was my second OhayoCon, and it definitely improved from last year, in my opinion. However, I think the Hyatt could use a better staff.

My complaints about the hotel: I wasn't too pleased our reservations got screwed up(Two rooms for -two- nights was what we reserved, instead, we got two rooms for Friday night and one for Saturday, so we canceled Saturday and went to the one across the foodcourt. We weren't pleased with the Hyatt.). Then, the cleaning ladies spoke Spanish(Unfortunately, me and none of the people we were hanging with understood them), so we had no idea what they were saying when they knocked on our door. And finally, there was a -really- mean manager lady on the 17th floor...who banned me and my friends from that floor(...even though we -did- sort of start an ice fight in the middle of the hallway...), and threatened to call Security to escort us from the hotel.

But, if you ignore the hotel staff for the Hyatt and focus only on the Con, it was pretty good. They needed a slightly bigger dealer's room, though it was more tolerable than the year before. The prices were a bit high for some things...and FUNimation refused to disclose any information on who had the One Piece dub...

The video rooms weren't too appealing, to me atleast. All of the good stuff was on Friday, though Registration closed too early to even snag a badge.

The 'No food being sold in Dealer's Room' bit was unfortunate too. Anyone know what that was about? The food court didn't have a very good selection either.

The Blood concert was really good. I was suprised, actually, since it was my first Japanese concert XD. They booked a nice band(And Blood played Gackt! Squee!)

I didn't get to see the Masquerade, so, I can't comment on that(Unfortunately...)

That's my 2 yen commentary on OhayoCon ^^;.

(Oh, and, if anyone was wondering, my Cosplay plans were messed up due to the snowstorms. x.o;. I ended up just cosplaying Kouichi the whole time.

Oh, and, excuse the long post X3.)
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Unread 01-25-2004, 11:07 AM   #2
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I liked it for my 1st Con. I'm upset that I missed Cosplay due to other plans and missed the DDR too. I wanted more...much more from the Game Room. The video rooms ok with me... looked like they were showing killer movies in Vid 1 though.
They need a bigger Dealers room with reasonible prices. I wanted more wallscrolls and even rarer stuff.
The concert was cool, but I was abit tired. I did love the Inuyahsha cast and the AMV (I could watch those all day ^_^ that's what they should have had in a Video Room).

Also I wanted more music... that should have had a Dj. spin off. I would have entered that. Of course j-music only.

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Unread 01-25-2004, 11:44 AM   #3
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Oh. There was ONE staff member who I thought rocked.

He collected the trays from room service, and was pushing around a cart-thing on the 11th floor, and he walked by our doujinshi party, and we moved out of his way, and I said 'Yay for random guys!' and the guy said 'Yes! GO RANDOM TRAY MAN!' and passed by, and we were all clapping. Then he came back, and said 'Random Tray Man returns~!', then left again.

The uniforms the hotel workers had to wear scared me...but atleast they didn't look Star Trek-ish, like the ones at the last hotel looked.

They did need more variety in the Dealer's Room too, I agree. But there was a few nice places(Doujinshi's and J-Rock XD). A lot of the tables were selling nearly the same stuff, I noticed. But all at different prices, and all so -high-.

But I guess it was to be expected, since not usually are things cheap at Cons.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 12:11 PM   #4
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Security sucked....I was pissed at being told I couldn't take my purse into the dealers room. Like I would leave it out there with them and others to rummage through.

And why they were keeping people out of the dealers room was beyond me....

Not enough panels nothing that really interested me.
Video Rooms were showing decent anime, but....hard to find.
Workshops...while different lacked good planning,

I give this con a C
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Unread 01-25-2004, 12:22 PM   #5
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I drove up but did not say in the hotel.. to bad I missed all the parties.


Hey, I'm abit off topic but are you going to the con in march, in cleveland?
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Unread 01-25-2004, 01:04 PM   #6
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>>Not enough panels nothing that really interested me.
Video Rooms were showing decent anime, but....hard to find.
Workshops...while different lacked good planning,

I give this con a C

I never really go to the panels ever. I wanted to go to the Inuyasha VA one to see if it got hijacked by Gundam Wing fangirls, but never managed. Never went to the Workshops either ^^;.

My grade for the con would probably be a B+/A.

I think they were trying to keep the Dealer's Room slightly able to move around in. Although it wasn't bad, I still think it was a bit packed.

Oh. And, if you're talking about ColossalCon, yoosh. I intend to go ^^;. For my second year. I think I'm going to stay away from the ice machines though.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 01:43 PM   #7
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I thought it was good, maybe because it was my first con. I spend most of friday in the dealer room or the Live Action Rooms. Saturday i spent most of day watching Kamen Rider flix and Volcano high, then i went over to the room that had Music Videos and watched that, then watched 1 episode of X. The Family Feud Anime thing was also pretty cool and the DDRers were freakin awsome. Unluckly i missed the Blood Concert due to i was on the verge of passing out due to i ate once the whole day, which was dinner. and i hated my outfit, ill make something asskicking next time :P


Other then my personal stuff :P i thought it was good. They kinda needed someone who knew what they were doing for the Panels like the Jrock ones, and security was kinda retarded. Who ever planned what conventions went on at what times has a funny sence of humor by having 2 christian conventions and an anime/jrock convention at the same time ^_^ (they sure didnt like wolfwood ^_^). The dealer room had lots of anime stuff and Jrock stuff, and awsome prices from Anime Palace ($300 model kit for $200 my little bro got) but i was sad that i couldnt find any Kamen Rider DVDs and that they were showing it. I give the con a:

B
*Good Live Action and Variety
*Bad Panels
*I got my hide Plushie
*1 too many Buus with suggestive shapes on their heads
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Unread 01-25-2004, 01:54 PM   #8
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XD. We got such a laugh out of the cons that were going on simultaneously.

Two of my friends were riding an elevator, and one was cosplaying Hiei while the other was cosplaying Youko Kurama, and the elevator they were on was filled with people carrying Bibles from the Luthern gathering thingy. The amusing part was that Youko was had the rose whip and a rose XD. She said the Lutherns were giving her odd looks.

I just got stuck on an elevator with a lady in a formal gown and a glass of wine, who looked too intoxicated to notice any of the other cosplayers XD.

Did anyone else get asked by one of the Luthern people 'What's going on?'. I had to explain three times to different people what an anime con was XD. The looks on their faces were priceless.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 02:07 PM   #9
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XD. We got such a laugh out of the cons that were going on simultaneously.

Two of my friends were riding an elevator, and one was cosplaying Hiei while the other was cosplaying Youko Kurama, and the elevator they were on was filled with people carrying Bibles from the Luthern gathering thingy. The amusing part was that Youko was had the rose whip and a rose XD. She said the Lutherns were giving her odd looks.

I just got stuck on an elevator with a lady in a formal gown and a glass of wine, who looked too intoxicated to notice any of the other cosplayers XD.

Did anyone else get asked by one of the Luthern people 'What's going on?'. I had to explain three times to different people what an anime con was XD. The looks on their faces were priceless.
around 3 times, scared one away :P

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Unread 01-25-2004, 02:49 PM   #10
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Howdy! Just got back from Ohayocon a few hours ago and oye am I tired... what a weekend!

Although this con wasn't perfect... I must say I had an awesome time attending. I was able to get some gnarly pictures (they'll be on the web shortly) along with several great mini-interviews with many random cosplayers. All the different people and costumes made this convention pretty entertaining for me... I'm still new to the whole anime scene (Ohayocon being only my 2nd con), so I was only able to recognize a few costumes.

Some problems I had with Ohayocon were:
The Video Rooms: Were all of them really necessary? I can understand if they want to show bleeding-edge new anime... but what I don't understand is why would someone spend hours in a dark room watching movies when there were a ton of other activities going on. The space from the video rooms could have been used to maybe expand the game room or something (that place was cramped at times!)

The Dealers Room: Okie dokie... there was one thing good about this room.... it was pretty spacious (if all things are considered). However, I personally thought that the product selection was limited and the prices were high. I guess I can understand the high prices (because lets face it... if you want something bad enough, you'll pay for it), but the small selection sucked.

Alrighty, there's my beef... now for the good parts hehe
Main Event Room: I pretty much loved everything that took place in this room... the two gameshows and karaoke kicked ass.

The Game Room: Sure... it had a major BO problem at one point... sure it was cramped... but that's because it was a fun place to be. It was hard to keep up with all the DDR and SC2 going on. I loved it.. good times.

Cosplay Skits: Ok, so I'll admit that nearly 90% of the time I had NO idea what people were dressed as, but I still found the skits entertaining. I may not have been laughing for the same reasons as the audience, but I still thought it was nice for you ladies and gentlement to get up on stage and entertain us hehe.

All the people I was able to interview and take pictures with: Hehe, you guys are awesome. I truly appreciate any time you gave to me to pose for a picture or for a little interview. It means a lot to me (I'm easy to please... what can I say) I was that guy with that multicolor hat and the big aviator sunglasses, incase any of you were wondering.


**Update*** I got some pictures up at http://www.swigged.net/pics/ohayocon2k4/ Expect more eventually!

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Unread 01-25-2004, 04:31 PM   #11
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I really liked last year better. This was really unorganized to me. The only good thing was the food court ^^;

I think the judging for the cosplay was unfair. You should only give 1 award to 1 person. It wasn't fair at all. And if you were on staff, you couldn't get any awards either.

I was in the Gravitation skit. Heheh. "Be Serious!", screaimg that made my throat hurt.. x.x.. I was happy some people knew who I was as Mars, that made my day. And I got to rape Tetsuo, so that was fun.

I must say once last thing.. Luigi, you rocked XD

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I drove up but did not say in the hotel.. to bad I missed all the parties.


Hey, I'm abit off topic but are you going to the con in march, in cleveland?
I might be going. I'll probably bring Tron Bonne and Mars.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 05:04 PM   #12
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I saw you, as Mars Shippo~ XD. I think you were in/outside of the Registration lines talking to Ameria-chan. -Nodnod-.

Last year was more organized, I agree. I think I had more fun -this- year though, because of the fact I was with people who were interesting XD.

I missed the Gravi skit~! But I saw pictures. Well. I saw one of Schoolgirl Shuichi with a sign that had Yuki Sohma on it. I so want to know what happened in that skit.

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Unread 01-25-2004, 05:09 PM   #13
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I really liked this con better than last years, mostly because of the location. o_O The food court rocked, and there were tons of places to take pictures and to just crash if you were bored.

The dealers room was a bit...bland. I liked last years layout better. That, and the prices were nearly insane on some things. I spend -40 bucks- on my hide plushie...But that was worth it, so I guess I can't complain. But still.

I didn't go to any panels/workshops, nor did I stop in any vid. rooms. None of them really interested me. ^_^ I did go to the little Blood q&a session though. That was fun, save for the whole lack-of-real-translater part.

The Blood concert -rocked-. That's all there is to say. I'm a long-time fan of visual bands, but this was my first Japanese concert. ^_^ I adored it. That, and I was up front and center. I got to put my fingers in Kiwamu's mouth (o_o Long story) and pet Takeshi's arm. (Did I get their names right? o_O) ^__^ And staying the extra couple hours today was worth it to get their autographs.

The cosplay contest was actually pretty interesting...Except that I couldn't hear a word of any skit that didn't have one of those pre-recorded voice tracks. I liked the gigantic video screens they had set up. I left early to get in line for Blood, so I can't comment on the judging.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 05:17 PM   #14
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i only went on saturday, but i wasn't really impressed. i didn't really do that much. i mean, i had a lot of fun walking around in my gigantic ff8 group (i was quistis) but other than that, there wasn't much i was interested in doing. i think there could've been a lot more in the game room too. and there wasn't that much anime i was too interested in watching. i also agree that they should've showed music videos in one of the video rooms. there weren't a lot of panels i was interested in either.
about the hotel staff, their uniforms scared me too!
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Unread 01-25-2004, 05:29 PM   #15
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I was moping around because all of the One Piece flags in the dealer's room were insane. The pins and keychains were pricey too. And, despite how hard we tried, we found not one Gravitation thing. My friend was searching for a Gravi fix, too.

'Twas sad.

-Tacklekills 0bscurity- You got to pet Takeshi?!! No fair ><;.
Was the lack-of-real-translator bad? I read somewhere Kiwamu can understand English(Though I don't know if he can speak it oo;.).
The food court and location were good, though I had problems finding a place to eat. And then the lines were too long. I think the lady at the Chinese place didn't speak English well, either, because she was getting frusterated with the fact I couldn't understand what she meant ><;.

Our little group spent lots of time wandering, too. And half of us also spent a lot of time playing a gigantic game of hide-and-go-seek around the food court and escalator area, trying to lose Youko and Hiei XD. We went up and down the escalators too many times to count, too oo;.

I watched a few of the AMVs too. They needed more seating in there, because we ended up having to sit on the floor.

They also should of had signs indicating where things were. There was multiple times when we'd be wandering around trying to find something, but ending up not finding something.

Plus, they moved things around. Artist's Alley was in a different spot on Saturday than it had been on Friday.

Then again, if I had used the maps...
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