I’m headed off to Ohaycon this year, partially because I need to stop back in Columbus anyway – else I probably wouldn’t bother…

I brought together my Professor Layton costume from last year again, complete with a new, slightly better, hat. It’s better because it’s sewn together instead of taped together. The sewing is subpar, but it still looks like it may hold out better than last year. However, as the day went on, there are a couple things I could have improved – for example, the inside of the hat is bare plastic canvas (I was lazy), and it tends to poke my head where the brim meets the rest of the hat. It’s also a bit loose, so it’ll start to bounce and go lower as I walk. Those two things combined means it can be slightly irritating to pull the hat up. But at the end of the first day, it still seems perfectly intact as much as it was before.

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I arrived at Ohayocon at about 10:00 AM, with most activities not starting until noon or later. I thought that like last year, there would be a LONG wait time for me to get registered – but no, that wasn’t the case. It took me five minutes to get in and out with a wristband. Four of those were spent at an ATM because they only accepted cash.

So then I sat around for a while, planning out the day. I picked out a few panels in particular that I wanted to go to.

WP_000614Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Did a good job on the clothes.

WP_000615The Fresh Water guy from Pokemon.

WP_000616Ezio from Assassin’s Creed II

The first thing I really did was go to Richard Horvitz’s (voice of Invader Zim) Q&A session at 1 PM.  (and Rikki Simons, the voice of GIR) last year. I managed to get in first, actually, because I waited for a long while 😛 He was funny, not too different from last year.

Afterward, the Dealer’s Den and Artist’s Alley were open, so I went there to check out all the wonderful stuff there was. I was hoping in particular that there would be some Umineko merch like last year, but I was unable to find any. It’s quite possible that I may have missed things, though – the room is just THAT big. I saw a friend, and then a recent classmate, and spent nearly two hours inside the Dealer’s Den, but ultimately decided NOT to walk away with anything. If it was to be something, it would be a short anime series I REALLY want, or a piece of merch that can’t be found in the U.S. without importing it. I considered getting a grab bag like last year and making it a tradition, but I decided not to because chances are overwhelming that I’ll end up with things I don’t care for, given that I’m still not a HUGE anime/manga fan (and possibly even less so than before). I started to get the feeling at this point that I should’ve only got admission for one or two days instead of all three… it seems the anime/manga field fails to hold as much magic for me as it initially did. It’s kind of like I’ve seen everything before.

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After that, I wandered a bit to the gaming lounge and discovered the greatness that is the Rhythm Gaming room. Ohayocon partnered with Bemani Invasion this year to give the place an unbeatable edge, and it does not disappoint. I tried every game in the room, including DDR X3, DJMAX Technika 3, Pop’n Music Sunny Park, Taiko no Tatsujin, and more. And they’re all free – no money required! DJMAX Technika 3 was a particular favorite of mine. I’m a fan of the series on PSP and PC, so I’m glad I finally got to play the arcade adaptation (which features different gameplay). And play it I did – I racked up at least five plays on that. I spent about three hours in that room, even skipping some of the panels I planned to attend – it was that fun. I definitely plan to go back to that room tomorrow.

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Afterward, there was still one panel left that I wanted to go to – the Invader Zim panel with Richard and Rikki. Again. It started late, so it was only about 45 minutes long. Not much to say about that 😛

WP_000628Rikki on the left, Richard on the right.

Afterward, there wasn’t any big reason for me to stay. And besides, if I wanted to, there was a winter storm warning that had just gone into effect then, so I left.

WP_000626Chester Cheetah cosplayer

Another thing I think I should include here is that my lukewarm approach to panels comes from last year, where none of the panels I attended were that fantastic. One of them in particular (the Pokemon one from the second day) was, in my mind, better off not attended.

Tomorrow’s schedule:

10 AM (assuming I get there on time) – The Weirdest Games You’ve Never Played
4 PM – J-Rock for Everyone
5 PM – DDR Tournament (probably will only just watch)
6:30 PM – Making and Marketing a Visual Novel
8 PM – Either Elder Scrolls or Getting Stuff From Japan panel.
9:30 PM – 50 Years of Anime Openings
Other time slots: RHYTHM ROOM!