Otakon 2002 Con Report
Please Note: This report is just MY view. If I offend anyone by what
I say in this, I am sorry.
Otakon 2002, I would have to say, has been the best day in my entire
life. My friends and I had a great time, though we wish we could have
stayed for all three days instead of only Friday.
On Thrusday, July 25, the day before Otakon, my friend Katy came over
to my home at 9:30 at night to spend the night before going to Otakon.
We were up until 10:30 trying to find someone that she could cosplay
as. We came up with Saint Une from Gundam Wing, Melfina from Outlaw
Star, and a J-Rocker. She decided to go as a J-Rocker so we gathered
all the odd looking clothes that I could find in my home and we went on
The next morning, we were up at 6:20 and rearing to go. We first ate a
complete breakfast of cinnamon rolls, then we went upstairs. Katy and
I dressed in our outfits, with me needing a little help with mine.
Once that was completed, my mother did my make up. Then Katy pulled my
hair back into a low bun and placed my deep green wig onto my head.
Last minute checks were done on our outfits, then we loaded my Staff of
Time into the car and away we went. We had to stop at the local
shopping center to pick up my other friend, Ken, who was also going to
Otakon with us.
8:45 AM found us smack dab at the front doors of the Baltimore
Convention Center. I found this to be the hardest time of the day
since it was raining and the line was incredably long. I think
that something should be done about that line if it can be. But we
were just happy to be there. I had a few pictures taken of me right
after we exited the car. I could tell right then that this was going
to be a day full of flashing lights from cameras in my face.
After waiting in line for a little over an hour and having even more
pictures taken of me, we finally reached the registration booths. We
were celebrating when we got to them and the people who worked there
were pretty confused by our behavior. After receiving my Gene
Starwind badge, the three of us journeyed into the Neverland of Anime.
We were amazed as we walked along and saw how long the line was. I
heard that the last people were still in line around 2:30 that
afternoon. Yeah, I love anime and all, but I don't think I'd be
standing in line for that long just for one day...but who knows. If I
were in those shoes, then maybe I would have...just maybe...
Anyway, we walked around for a little while; people took my picture
all the time. Ken got so fed up with all my pictures that he said, "If
one more person takes your picture, I'm leaving!" As soon as he was
done saying that, someone asked for my picture! I just busted up
laughing. Ken was also counting the seconds between pictures. At
first there was only a ten second gap between pictures, but as the day
went on, that gap of course got larger.
About an hour later, after exploring the entire Baltimore Convention
Center, we decided to watch some AMV (Anime Music Videos). I will have
to admit, some were horrible to watch. But for every horrible AMV,
there were ten great ones! Good job to most of the people who sent in
AMVs this year!
After the AMVs we decided to go for some food. I advise anyone who
goes to Otakon to eat OUTSIDE of the Convention Center. A bag of chips
cost me $3.00!! Ok, that's just a bit too much, don't you think?
There's a Burger King right across the street and next year, we are
going to eat there!! The food was just too much! I think around 75%
of my money that I spent was on food. Terrible...
Anyway, after eating we decided to tackle the HUGE line for the Dealers
Room. If it wasn't for Ken's idea of "blending" into line, I don't
think we would have even seen the white floors of the Dealers Room.
The line was HUGE! Ok, so it wasn't as long as the one to get in but
still, it was big. I think the Dealers Room needed a few more dealers,
possibly in another room. Also, I think there should have been more
Sailor Moon items that weren't just dolls or plushies. The only
interesting Sailor Moon item that I found was a deck of playing cards
which I bought. Sailor Moon items are going down the drain...pooh..
When we were finished in the Dealers Room, we made our way upstairs and
sat down, taking a break since my feet were starting to hurt some in my
boots. Again, pictures were taken so really I didn't get to rest my
feet too much. Oh well. I will have to say that I was really
impressed by a lot of the costumes. Though there were many Lulus and
Yunas from FFX, some of them had really amazing costumes. And even
though there weren't many Sailor Senshi (Scouts for you used to the
American version) the ones that I did see had great costumes. You go
girls! I was saddened though because I saw all the Sailor Senshi
except Sailor Uranus. What, are people homophobic or something? Ok
so you can go as Neptune or one of the transgender Starlights but you
can't go as Uranus? I challange someone to go as Uranus next year!
Also, when did Star Wars, Men in Black, and Harry Potter become animes?
I saw people in those costumes and I was just very confused by them.
Also, there were SO many Vashs!! THANK YOU GOD!! Vash, you're cute!
Also a lot of Belldandys...lots of them...
Ok, so enough ranting about the costumes. After we sat for a while we
decided to go to the Opening Ceremony. I will be the first to admit
that the Opening Ceremony SUCKED! It just repeated itself over and
over and over again! Guest would be announced, guest would come out,
guest would say little speech, little clip was played, then the next
guest would be announced and it would start all over again! I don't
know about anyone else, but that to me is just too boring. The
Opening Ceremony, in my opinion, was a waste of my time.
So after that little napping time, Ken decided that we should go back
to the Dealers Room. We did that for a little while, then we went to
the other side of the Convention Center and to the Game Room for its
opening. We stood in line for a few minutes, went to the bathroom to
fix my wig, then came back out and stood in line again. It soon opened
though and Ken played games while Katy and I sat there and did nothing.
So I left for a while and sat upstairs until they joined me.
After we all rested for a while, we decided to eat dinner so the rest
of the evening could be free. So we ate...at the expensive hot dog
place again. Bad idea bad!! Oh well...we weren't allowed to go out
of the Convention Center so that's all we could do! We walked around
again for a little while...then we decided to watch Vampire Princess
Miyu...and quickly walked out after finding it not interesting at all.
I guess we just don't like animes like that.
We went back to the AMV room to watch a few more AMVs, then we walked
for a little, then we went to watch Trigun!! Oh my gosh if there is
one anime I suggest, other than Sailor Moon, it's Trigun! I'm going
to buy that anime ASAP! It was great!! And we watched some of
Vampire Hunter D, again another great anime. But we had to leave during
Vampire Hunter D so we could go to the dance...
MISTAKE! Ok, unless you like to dance like your a limp noodle, then
you wouldn't have fun at the dance. And if you didn't have a partner
to dance with, you wouldn't have fun either. So needless to say I
didn't have any fun.
When 11:00 rolled around and it was time for us to leave, we were
grateful to see my mom's car. We piled back in, along with my Staff,
and away we went back home. As we drove away we waved goodbye to the
great day that we had, and our hopes are high that next year, we will
all go in costume and we will go for all three days.