SO! I slept in a bit and wasn’t able to get to Ohayocon for the 10:00 AM panels, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do that anyway. Also, because of last night’s winter weather, I decided it was better to take the bus instead of drive to the convention. It’s cheaper anyway. Any possible weirdness that the bus driver might have felt looking at my costume (probably not much, my costume is fairly normal, just a bit formal) was overshadowed quickly by someone dressed up as a demon-like creature a few stops later.

Saturday is the biggest day of the convention, so attendance was higher than Friday, and cosplayers were out in force too. There were some really creative costumes I saw today. And some favorites too.



Yuno and Twelfth respectively from Future Diary.


No idea what this is from, but it’s creative. I think the back legs are where the person’s feet are?


Legends of the Hidden Temple teams arrive at Ohayocon, because I guess there’s some ancient treasure there or something.


This costume takes the cake for anything I’ve seen, this year or last. The person seen here is playing an ACTUAL WORKING Tetris game. I don’t know if the guy playing this was able to get any time to himself today.

Additionally, some cosplaying I saw but didn’t get pictures of include Sailor Deadpool and a flock of Zubat cosplayers (nine of them!).

Since the next panel on my list wasn’t until 4 PM, there was nothing much for me to do… besides returning to My Happy Place, the rhythm gaming room. I played more DJMAX Technika 3, mainly. I tried to pass the First Steps club set, but I kept failing at the second song. After two hours in there, I got lunch and basically waited the remaining time out. And I actually got a bit of work done in that time.

At 4, I entered the ‘J-Rock for Everyone’ panel. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to it’s name as it was fairly obvious the people in charge were oriented towards the hardcore stuff, and I decided to leave midway through the panel because of that (also, they pretty much assumed you knew about at least some things J-Rock already, which is two reasons why the panel name was misleading).

I headed down to the rhythm gaming room again and watched the first few rounds of the Dance Dance Revolution tournament. I saw some good people play, getting AAA scores on EXPERT-level songs, something I have yet to do (it not only requires hitting all arrows, which is a challenge in itself on expert, but hitting them all accurately as well. I have done this for a few standard songs though). I left before the end for a 6:30 PM panel, which was on making and selling visual novels. Two people working together in a company described their experiences making and selling their first visual novel (created in Ren’py, the inspiration for my own Visual Novel Engine in Flash). They were selling their stuff at the con, and I learned a fair bit about the business side of things, which may or may not be of use one day (always room for a Second Fantasy, eh?). I’m also glad that the panel denied my prior observation of amateur panels being more or less just a collection of kids discussing stuff with other kids. So there’s that.

After that, I headed back home. There are no panels tomorrow that interest me, so I don’t think I may return, but if the winter weather is bad, I might have to stay in the city anyway. So who knows what’ll happen. At any rate, it’s been fun, but I don’t think I’ll be returning to a convention for a third go anytime soon – like I said yesterday, anime and manga just doesn’t hold quite the same appeal for me anymore (with a couple exceptions, I still like some stuff, just not the majority of it). Good way to spend a birthday weekend, though.