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15th August 2014

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Thoughts About Race/Diversity from Otakon 2014


Haikyu! cosplayers playing with locals at Otakon 2014.

Wow, was last weekend quite a crazy one. I just got my wind back after an enjoyable trip down south to Baltimore, MD for Otakon 2014. Things were largely the same. However, there was something about this experience that made me think about the connection between Otakon and Baltimore. I already wrote about what went down this year (which you can read here), so you can consider this post to be an extension or a collection of afterthoughts.

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5th August 2014

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Rehabilitation at Otakon 2014


All this writing has gotten me otaku crazy. So what did I decide to do for a cure? Take another trip to the East Coast’s biggest anime con this year!

I’ll be at Baltimore, MD for 4 days of cosplayers, music, and panels on Chinese cartoons. I probably won’t have anything up for a short while. Don’t worry, I still have some things I want to write about. But sometimes you gotta get distracted and just enjoy the things you love. Hobbies are supposed to be fun, right?

To anyone who’s going to be at Otakon and wants to say hi to me, I’ll be in cosplay on Friday and Saturday. Here’s what to expect all 4 days I’m there.

Thursday: Peelander-Z at Otakon Matsuri.

Friday: Seiji Haitani (ZETMAN) If you don’t know who he is, here you go.

I’ll be at the ALTIMA concert that night. 

Saturday: Kazuma (Noragami) NOW THIS SHOULD BE EASIER TO RECOGNIZE. A Bishamonten/Vaisravana cosplayer will be with me, so you can fangirl and go “KYAAAA~! KAZUMA-KUN! VIINA-SAN! KAWAIIIIIII~!”

You can catch me at the Crunchyroll Manga panel, Saori Hayami Q&A, and Kodansha Comics panel (at the very least) on that day. 

Sunday: Checking out the Free! Official Photo Shoot or a psychology panel on Persona 4

If I don’t see anyone there, I hope you all have a great time and let some stress out from your daily life…hopefully not one of a high school boy living in Japan.

See you guys after the break! Ja ne!

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4th July 2014

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Go Fund Yourself…With Value


Time to take a break from talking about manga characters and discuss something that just made me facepalm.

Every year, there are fans who want to go to anime conventions. They check out photos shared all over the ‘Net and wish they could make it. Some might be given money, while most of us earn and save enough to go. I found an interesting fundraiser on GoFundMe via Facebook from a young mother (name kept secret, but you may know who I’m talking about) trying to go to Otakon 2014. She asked people on the internet to pay her $1,000 to go, because she has no job since school eats up her time and wants to get away from her three kids. While it was thankfully taken down, there were other GoFundMe campaigns that made me go, “Do you know the definition of a fundraiser and how it’s supposed to work?”

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7th August 2013

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Yes, I’m an Otaku - Otakon 2013 Ahoy!


20th anniversary logo for Otakon.

Congratulations on not being a teenager anymore, but not yet old enough to drink and gamble! Then again, that’s what Vegas next year is for, right? :)

Just a heads up that I’ll be attending my first ever Otakon this weekend. I know I missed out on Anime Expo, but that will be on my agenda for next year. 

For anyone going to Otakon, these are the events that I am most likely attending.

Friday, August 9

11:30am-1:00pm - The Real Life of a Manga-ka: Behind The Scenes of Rurouni Kenshin (featuring Kaoru Kurosaki, wife of Nobuhiro Watsuki)

2:00pm-4:30pm - Oreimo Season 2 Final Episodes World Premiere Screening (featuring Tsukasa Fushimi, Hiroyuki Kanbe and Kazuma Miki)

I’ll probably be lounging around afterwards and going with the flow on Friday. If you want to find me on Friday, this is what I will be carrying:

Sign parodying Attack on Titan and Oreimo.

Saturday, August 10

11:00am-2:00pm - Rurouni Kenshin Movie Premiere (with introduction by Kaoru Kurosaki)

3:00pm-7:00pm - Saturday Concert featuring T.M. Revolution and Home Made Kazoku (tentative since I practically have to run out of the convention and rush to a long line at the concert arena like a school girl running with toast in her mouth.)

I’ll be in cosplay on Saturday as Kazuma Mikura from Air Gear.

Fan art of Air Gear's Kazuma Mikura.

Sunday, August 11

12:00pm-3:00pm - Sunday Concert featuring Chiaki Ishikawa and Yoko Kanno

I also am planning to head up to Mount Vernon to try a couple of restaurants on Friday night and Saturday night - an Afghan place called The Helmand and a cafe/restaurant called City Cafe. If anyone is interested in joining me and my roommate, let me know.

I will post up mini-blog updates through my Facebook, Twitter and Google+ whenever I can. I’ll be sure to take some great photos for you guys!

See you all next week with tales of Titans, samurais, little sisters and Japanese music joining forces to take out crime for one wacky weekend!

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30th June 2013

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Anime Expo Trip Canceled


About what I said about going to Anime Expo last week, it’s not going to happen.

I’m canceling it for reasons that I do not want to get into…and won’t say for quite some time. To anyone going to AX this year, I hope you guys have a lot of fun. 

I’m going to take the time to come up with more blog posts for everyone here. This blog is still for you guys.

Gotta exercise them mental muscles, you know? 

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