This year my Mom drove Sam and I down Thurday (the 25th) and we stayed at my aunt's house in Crofton, MD (about 20
minutes outside of the city). Saturday we stayed at the Wyndham so we could go see the cosplay. Friday was Sam's birthday,
so we had a little birthday thing for her. We drove home on Tuesday.
I was dressed as Little Neese from Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight on Friday and Saturday. Sunday
I wore Kyoko's "Piyo Piyo" apron over my clothes. It was cute. I loved my costumes this year and lots of people took pictures
of me. Sam was dressed as Faye from Cowboy Bebop. There must have been a million pictures taken of her.
We got up really early and arrived at Otakon at 9 am. The weather
was a bummer, but we were under the roof most of the time outside. Of course, the pre-reg line was huge and we waited and
hour and a half before registering. Oh well what can you do. That messed up our plans to meet up with people around 10 so
we tried looking for them in line. After watching some AMVs, we found Taco, Yam, and Yasumi. They were nearing registration
so we decided to check the at-con registration line for others. We found VB, Margs, and Gonk over there so all was good. Being
the first in our group to register, Sam and I went to get a place in line for the dealers room and everyone else would meet
us down there. The line actually wasnt that long so we got in there pretty fast. We saw TC and AB in the dealers room so that
was cool. After about an hour and half of spending all our money, Sam, Gonk, and I went to wait by the fountain for everyone
else going out to lunch with us. We ate at Burger King at 2 and it was fun. After food, we split up. Sam, Gonk, Linny, Yasumi,
and I went to watch more AMVs, which is where we were going to meet everyone after they checked into their hotel. Shortly
after getting there, the videos stopped for a "break". So we found a place to rest in the reg hall. Yasumi left and Yam found
us, so after awhile we went back to the AMVs that were playing again. Of course, shortly after getting there they ended again.
We then settled on just resting in the reg hall again because we saw VB, TP, Gyara, and Dyzz hanging out there. Sam, Gonk,
and I went to see some parody video before we had to leave. The name of it slips my mind, but it was the CDS productions one
about making a dub, it was really funny. Dinner was at the Inner Harbor. We left the convention at 7:30.
We got up early again and arrived at Otakon around 9:30. Almost immediately
we ran into Dyzz and VB so we went with them to watch more AMVs. After awhile, Sam and I left and ran into Gonk at the door.
We kinda wandered around for awhile and ended up going to see some of "GaoGaiGar Final". We left after 2 episodes and found
everyone hanging out by the fountain. They were getting all their cosplay forms in order (and they still have my pen). Gonk
went off to get his brother and Sam ran off with a girl she met, Molly, who was dressed as Julia from Cowboy Bebop. They went
Spike hunting. So I hung around the fountain with everyone else until they came back. The now 4 of us (with Gonks brother)
went to the dealers room to spend more money. Then we watched the second half of the AMV contest. We got lunch/dinner at a
pizza place next to Burger King that was really good. Paul and Joey were eating there too and sitting right next to us. When
we came back to the con we went to watch "Magical Shopping District Abenobeshi" which was very insane. We stayed until the
end of that even though the subtitles were hard to read. Then Gonks brother left and we went to get in line for the cosplay.
I went and got changed while in line. I guess we were smart getting in line then. I was 32nd in line and they let
us in pretty early. We also had awesome seats. The skits were great! There were a lot of really funny ones. Of course, the
Kodoma no Omacha "Ultra Relax" one was awesome. The winners of the AMVs were good, especially "The Perfect Drug" and "Chop
Suey". After the cosplay, we couldnt find anyone or anything to do. I wanted to go see "This is Otakudom" at midnight, but
I was really tired. At 11:30 we headed back to the hotel and went to bed.
Sam and I left for the convention around 9:30 and went to Burger King
for breakfast. When we got to the con we went to watch "St. Tail". Psy was actually sitting in front of us so we met her.
We went to the dealers room with Psy and her sister. They were both really nice. They had to leave around 12 so we finished
what we were doing in the dealers room and decided to get in line for the Yoko Ishida concert. When we came out of the dealers
room Gonk and his brother were there so we went with them up to main events. We werent that far back in line, but further
than the night before. Gonk found Taco, Yasumi, and Linny way up in line so they snuck us up there. We got awesome seats again.
The concert was so cool and I want to learn to ParaPara now. After the concert, Sam and I ran down to the dealers room to
grab free "Excel Saga" posters and met everyone again by the fountain. We all got Burger King food and ate by the fountain.
Everyone said goodbye and hugged and it was sad. I didnt want to go but we finally did close to 3.
|Little Neese costume
|Me as Neese
|Me in apron
-The convention was set up very nicely. Nothing
was difficult to get to or find. Using the whole convention center really helped.
-The lines didn't seem as bad this year. Especially the dealer's room line. I think the only long
line I waited in was for registration.
-For the most part, things started on time. Yea, the concert was delayed, but that was alright, it
didn't seem like we waited awhile. I also like that we were seated way ahead of time. Last year we weren't seated for the
cosplay until it was scheduled to start.
-The staff didn't seem as pissed off as they did last year. Maybe it's just me, but everyone seemed
-The dealer's room was nice this year. It was spread out so it never seemed wicked crowded.