These Frenchies have their con game on point.
Crymore @ Otakuthon 2016
- Bunny + Bunny’s Sister
- DBX10 + his crew (HikageKyun, DigitalBlank, & more)
That dude who offered me crack(THANKS SOUP)
And I didn’t rape or murder any of them. Plz be proud.
10:00 Soup comes in, “you get us those press passes, D_S?”
5 minutes later I’m at the con center, hanging with the media guy who is apparently shocked that a site with readers actually bothered to come to Otakuthon, and that I’d “fly up from Atlanta for this?”
I guess that’s one way to set expectations.
12:00 Let’s eat like the French do
$40 for this, no wonder they’re all so fucking skinny.
1:00 Cospix time
Remember when I used to have multiple threads dedicated to cosplay pix I grabbed? Well, this is it.
2:00 Funimation Panel
Awful, like every Funimation panel. …Why do we go to these again? Let’s not go to these again.
3:00 PonyCan Panel
PonyCan & Aniplex industry panels are always entertaining, because only about 10% of the attendees are actually customers of the company, and the other 90% have no idea why they’re there, or came specifically to complain about prices.
Advice if you plan to go is to wait till the q&a for the cringe to fully manifest. So glorious.
4:00 Otakuthon Idol
Considering how other cons treat their Idol contests, I was not expecting more than a small stage and 40 seats. But… this shit was in the main events room, on a giganto stage, with a packed crowd.
Skits were nothing memorable, but still, pretty interesting how each con has its own signature events that others don’t give a fuck about.
We were talking food, trying to figure out where to go when some guy piped in.
“New in town? Try the poutinerie next to the strip club. Don’t try the strip club though.”
Dude was right about the poutine, so we similarly skipped the businessman scene and headed back to the con.
9:00 Anime Dating Game
Basic concept: bachelor/bachelorette asks questions to one of three people “hidden” behind a curtain in order to determine which they want to go have dirty con sex with later.
Shortly after Soup and I provided the only standing ovations of the panel to question/answer pair of “What is your favorite type of hentai?”/”Guro.”, Soup and I realized this wasn’t quite our crowd. Also, we may have been asked to leave.
10:00 Friday Night Fiesta @ The Sheraton
…There were distinctly fewer girls, and a lot more arguments over gen 1 pokemon tiers & Macross, but… actually, wait, I’m the one fact-checking this, right? Okay, we absolutely had sexual intercourse with Totoko. It was so hot. And also she gave us a nicely written thank you card after.
Went to the game room, I think mostly because we got to talking about how sweet Youmacon’s was, and…
…well, I guess Otakuthon’s wasn’t quite to the 24/7-party level. Fuck it though, everyone must be at the rave, we thought.
12:00 We thought wrong.
Maybe not the greatest way to end the night. But I tell ya, we fucking brought that shit back to life for a good five minutes. Also, we may have been asked to leave.
2:00 SNES RPG Panel
I feel like this panel would’ve been better if I grew up on SNES… and let it define the entirety of my goddamn life, like it apparently did for everyone in the crowd.
Whatever. Shit was still tops.
3:00 A-1 Panel
Somehow Otakuthon manage to wrangle themselves actual staff from A-1 to come in and talk about the shows they were doing. Aside from learning how fucking casual anime fans are, the q&a section was top. Here’s some (legit) transcriptions:
“What’s your opinion on Under the Dog?”
“Anime is dying. Have you thought about hiring foreigners to make it more popular worldwide?”
“Uhh, we outsource to China, I guess”
“What’s your favorite sushi restaurant?
“I hate sushi”
Guests are the best when they’ve run out of fucks to give.
4:00 Crunchyroll Panel
On fucking point. The reason most people hate industry panels is because they’re terribly disguised advertisements for whatever shitfuck initiative some community college intern thought would work. Based Ming cared not for that.
You aren’t going to get a whole lot of people straying from the script at most industry panels, but Ming managed to do it while also hitting on every goddamn point he was “supposed” to.
5:45 Supper at Feng Shui
If ya remember from the hype post, my boy Bunny recommended this place as the best Chinese restaurant in ever. Having been to Vancouver already, I determined that was a lie, but we still gave it a shot.
After a few nibbles of soggy, grey meat, Soup and I realized we had to bounce to hit up the AMV Contest, so we left Bunny and Bunneesan with 90% of a meal left. Can only assume with that they got to mark indirectly tongue-fucking Dark_Sage off their bucket lists.
I list this as simply “AMVs” because to call this a contest would be insulting to those who still give a shit about the AMV scene. Know those shitty MEPs that you only half-watch cuz you wanted to listen to the song? Even if you ain’t on my level, I think you get the gist.
Do not go to the Otakuthon AMV Contest.
7:00 Some guy on Twitter offers us crack
I’m in, but Soup isn’t. #BOO
8:00 Karaoke Contest
Held in a fucking cafeteria, didn’t start till 40 minutes past the listed time… Would not call this the greatest kara I’ve been to.
10:30 Kappuru Contest (Newlyweds Game Rip-off)
Assuming you never got bored enough to watch 80’s game show reruns (obviously), the basic concept of this contest is… too long to explain, just fucking google it.
Anyway, shit was cash. Every one of these essentially devolves into couples trying to embarrass eachother on stage in return for crowd applause.
12:00 DBX & crew in the house
Walkcon’d for a bit (like 10 seconds) and talked the shit for 20 minutes until they had to leave to catch the metro back (which is apparently what half the fucking con had to do since downtown is so expensive and public transport shuts down at 1 AM).
12:30 Rave till RIP
We weeb hard.
12:00 Authentic Japanese
Authentic Japanese vomiting ensued.
1:00 Aimless wandering
Passed Bunny in the hall, shot him the universal “[email protected]” twin barrels, and ran off to experience the smell of gamers in heat. Caught Xenath hanging out in the gaming room, so we abducted him to catch a “Whose Line is that Anime?” panel and look at gunpla.
Soup had a plane back to Portland to catch (First Class, ofc), so we went back to pack and plan our con schedule for the rest of the year.
At least these, mark it.
4:30 Caught up with DBX10 & HikageKyun at the top floor of the con to… talk Canadian politics?
Look, there wasn’t a lot to do. And I got to learn things, like how many provinces there were, give or take five. Plus, we got to sweat all up on each other like a Catholic elementary school rave.
5:00 Dinner at the highest-reviewed Chinese restaurant on Yelp
Lesson learned: There’s a lot of Chinese in Montreal’s Chinatown, but not a lot of cooks.
6:00 Back to
sleep write watch Suicide Squad
- Contest track
- Otakuthon dedicated an entire lineup of panels to audience-based game show panels — as dumb as it sounds, it was twice as great
- Large con center
- Despite being 20k+ strong, it never felt like you had to push through people to hit on uninterested high school girls
- Quebecers are friendly fucking people, unlike what half of I heard of Quebec before going led me to believe
- Karaoke is shoved in the corner of a fucking cafeteria
- Panel content at night is apparently as lacking as my French pickup lines were (Êtes-vous du Tennessee? Parce que vous êtes le seul “10” Je vois.)
- Unlike some cancercons (hi Momocon), 18+ content wasn’t discouraged — there just wasn’t more than one or two panels total across the entire con
- Those fucking automatically revolving French doors
- The fucking normal French doors too
- Let’s be honest, the French don’t make the best doors
- The fucking normal French doors too
Rather uneventful as far as my experiences at cons go, I still plan to go back next year. A B-tier con without any fundamental issues — that also has a lot of room to expand — is absolutely the kind of experience worth investing time in. Added to the yearly roster, gj for once, Canada.
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Never said it was the best Chinese restaurant, just said that it was the best I knew.
There were a couple decent (afaik? I’m just getting into AMVs so maybe they weren’t) AMVs near the end. There was a really good Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso one.
Too bad I can’t link it because they still haven’t put up the list of finalists from this year (－‸ლ).
This one was fun though :P https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EV60utvVJk&feature=youtu.be
Really? Let me just copy over the email you sent me.
“Hi D_S-sama-senpai it’s your boy Bunny, and for this episode of Bunny Knows, we’re going to talk Chinese food. *crowd lightly applauds*
Now, I know you fancy Minnesotans claim to be the masters of all culinary arts, but y’all don’t know like *crowd, in unison* Bunny Knows. So I’m here to fix your brain, your heart and your stomach. Feel it! *crowd roars in applause*
For the first and only restaurant on today’s episode we’ve got feng shui and if you ain’t -feeling it- now *crowd roars, more frantically apnd desperately than before* you will be after these sweet deets:
1. Best Chinese restaurant in Canada.
2. Best Chinese restaurant ever.
3. They serve you fancy straws that won’t even come crooked, so you definitely won’t have to tearfully drink from the pop bottle like a pleb.
So, D_S, are *crowd gasps* you *crowd’s eyes widen* feeling *sense of despair fills the room as mothers kiss their children goodbye, priests curse their gods, and the blind begin to see that which they should not.* it?!
*Blood and bodily fluids congeal & burst like Satan’s gushers. Fanny packs tear apart as souls of the dead writhe in the bodies of the now-summoned eldritch spaghetti beasts. Hillary Clinton is elected president*
*Loudly and over sounds of dying crowd* Bunny out, boiiiii!”
While I can appreciate a good bit of poorly considered, boredom-onset writing, the fact remains I was given a crooked straw and that is unacceptable. 0/10.
Obviously should have went to Vancouver for Chinese food. :P
Lemme know when Vancouver gets a good con and I’ll be over in a flash.
There’s always Magic events. Haha
Didn’t they just have one
A con? Yes.
A good one? No — http://www.crymore.net/tag/anime-revolution/
…Oh god, I shouldn’t have re-read my write-up. This is too much hate for a Monday morning.
you only hating on our doors because no one would let you try their backdoor admit it
Their fucking loss ;__;
Not in France’s countryside they’re not.