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 Post subject: Re: Tekkoshocon VII (3-5 April 2009)
PostPosted: 090404 13:07 
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I'm rather disappointed, because one thing I'd really like to see is the "R and NC-17 AMV Contest", but two out of three sources say that it's scheduled tonight at midnight, so I'm gonna have to miss it... :|

You just should have stayed until midnight then. :|

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and a miniature version of Zabuza's cleaver (and by miniature, I mean that it's about the size of a regular sword :lol: )

That's fucking blasphemy! How dare they do that?! You can't just miniaturize a Destroyer of Worlds!!

What's that B-something item you mentioned earlier in your post that you had?

Glad to see you had a decent time on Friday.

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You just should have stayed until midnight then. :|

I would have, but I had an Open Stage over in Washington to tend to. And, as an aspiring guitarist, that's kind of as important to me as "work" is to other people.

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That's fucking blasphemy! How dare they do that?! You can't just miniaturize a Destroyer of Worlds!!

I guess it's just a Destroyer of Rooms or something?

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What's that B-something item you mentioned earlier in your post that you had?

Behelit? It's a cursed pendant with special powers, from the series Berserk.

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You just should have stayed until midnight then. :|

I would have, but I had an Open Stage over in Washington to tend to. And, as an aspiring guitarist, that's kind of as important to me as "work" is to other people.

Ahh, that makes some sense then.
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Kashi wrote:
That's fucking blasphemy! How dare they do that?! You can't just miniaturize a Destroyer of Worlds!!

I guess it's just a Destroyer of Rooms or something?

:mad: Blasphemy I say!
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Kashi wrote:
What's that B-something item you mentioned earlier in your post that you had?

Behelit? It's a cursed pendant with special powers, from the series Berserk.

Oh THAT thing? I think we watched an ep or two of Berserk (perhaps at your house one time?) at one point or another, and you explained that thing to me. I remember clearly what it is now and can even remember what it looked like. Thing was a bit creepy.

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Second Day:

Went a little later today since I could stay as long as I wanted. Still, there were things I wanted to see in the afternoon, so I didn't take too long getting out there. I was on the road by 1, and in the convention center by 2. Parking appeared to be more readily available today, but instead of risk it, I just went to the same place as yesterday - if it works once, it'll work twice. Turns out they have a flat weekend rate of only $5 which was a nice surprise at the end of the day. Also, lucky for me, I discovered that the road the garage is on curves around and if you follow it for 5 or 6 blocks, it takes you right to the front of the convention center! Weather today was still chilly, but decidedly less rainy, and perhaps not as much wind.

First on my schedule was the Naruto photoshoot. I ended up deciding not to bother taking any pictures (for complex but logical reasons), but I watched the group for a bit. Lots of Akatsuki members, including more than one Hidan. It seems that Kisame (crocodile face) is the new Zabuza in terms of the Naruto series' huge sword wielder. There was one Jiraiya - when he showed up, half the group glomped him (orz); two Rock Lees - one of which actually had that "Bruce Lee"-ish look; and most of what all else you'd expect. I noticed a conspicuous lack of Kakashis, though. And I didn't see an Orochimaru (although there was an Orochimaru-subordinate-style version of Sasuke) - not that Orochi's necessarily a popular cosplay choice, but I thought he'd be cool to see.

After I finally got bored of watching the Naruto group, it was about time for the kendo demo. Just then I bumped into Audrey, daughter (or whatever kind of relative she is) of the Primatives, who I've seen at countless Open Stages and Primatives gigs over the recent years. Last night at the Open Stage, Lila told me she was at the con, but I didn't actually expect to bump into her, considering the crowds and whatnot, so that was nice.

The kendo demo was really cool. It was the best part of the con, and I'm really glad I went. It was hosted by the kendo group over at Pitt, and there was about - well actually exactly - seven kenshi demonstrating, of various degrees of proficiency (the sensei is a fourth dan; the junior-most member has been practicing for less than a year). The first session was informational, then they breaked for about 5-10 minutes before going through a makeshift practice and quick mock-tournament. It was very informative from all sides, and gave us a chance to see kendo in action, up close.

Afterwards, it was getting towards 5:00, and I had to visit the Dealer's Room again (which didn't close till 7), so that was next. I had a real hard time deciding on what to buy. Let me tell you, I was this close to buying a C.C. body pillow ($40), just for the hell of it, but as I was browsing the wallscrolls adjacent, a couple of girls walked by and said, "hey look, body pillows! Now you can feel more like a pedo than ever before!" Regardless of the accuracy of their statement (or rather, the lack thereof), I decided against going for the purchase.

I was also seriously considering buying one of those Asuka figures I saw/mentioned yesterday ($45), but instead, I ended up taking the cheaper route and getting a few smaller figures and an issue of Megami magazine with Hayate no Gotoku! featured on the cover. The figures I got from a really cool booth with a really cool guy who had a really cool figure display, such that I feel bad that I don't remember what store he represented. He had a policy on the "blind box" figures, that if you buy more than one of a series, and get duplicates, you can return it, which is pretty cool. But I didn't feel like gambling this year, so I went with some individual miniature figures on display. All Eva figures, incidentally. I'll show them to you later. Oh yeah, there was another booth offering a 50% discount on their manga, but when I asked them if their expensive Chobits art books were included in that discount, the guy said no; otherwise, I would have bought one of those...

After the Dealer's Room, I was planning on getting some dinner, but I spent more time in there than I had planned, walking up and down the aisles, trying to decide what to buy (aside: there was a really good looking Asuka cosplayer behind one of the booths), and the Fate/Stay Night photoshoot was coming up, so I stuck around (also, upon my exit from the Dealer's Room, there was a group of dancers in the main hall, including a surprisingly convincing Haruhi - who was actually - wait for it - more attractive, I think, than the 2D version :shock: ). I had a little extra time to kill, and from what I could tell, the Masquerade was just letting out, so I found myself a seat on the ground and watched countless cosplayers march past, as they came out of the Masquerade in droves. Saw a really cute Cammy cosplayer, who was surprisingly taking more pictures than I saw her posing for. There was also a C.C. with a slightly different outfit than the other(s) I'd seen - it was all white, and actually looked quite sexy. It's amazing how many attractive people there are in a group like this. You expect the fat, smelly nerds - and they certainly represent - but there are a lot of attractive girls there, too. And the costumes speak for themselves. It's enough to make a ronery man cry.

I bailed on the Fate/Stay Night photoshoot, because I saw the Ilya, and for a younger sister character, let me tell you - in the most delicate terms I care to conjure - to describe the cosplayer as "small" would be a stretch. I also saw a Rider in the Dealer's Room, but she wasn't quite up to par with the 2D version. So I just broke for dinner, instead. I left the convention center and walked around the corner, to a Subway I located on the restaurant map included in the con book. Lots of congoers there, which is a neat atmosphere in a regular place like that, but luckily it wasn't to the point that it was crowded, and I couldn't get a seat/service. So no problem there.

After dinner, I sat in on a few episodes of Higurashi in one of the video rooms. I keep hearing about that series, and how good it is, so when I saw it on the schedule, I figured it'd be the perfect introduction, to decide if it was worth watching. It was pretty good. Very creepy. Murder mystery type of vibe. I'd like to see more.

After that, I finally, mercifully, had the chance to sit in on some AMV's. I caught the top 6 of some Top 25 AMV Countdown, which was generally good viewing. I actually had seen most of those Top 6 - included were I Wish I Was A Lesbian, the Right Now video, Memory Dances (the Ghibli video), Euphoria (I think it's called - the RahXephon one). But good viewing, nonetheless. Then they aired a "Short Attention Span" special, consisting of 30 minutes worth of 30-seconds-or-less AMV's created to entertain those of "differently-advantaged" attention spans. The quality ranged from crappy to quite good, so it was generally a good watch. Though the two Berserk clips that were used were godawful, unfortunately.

After that, I ended up watching a crappy Naruto parody dub (though short), as the result of a dreaded schedule change, which then left me wandering at around 11:30pm. I was thinking about heading home, when, as fate would have it, I bumped into Audrey & her gang again. I let her convince me (with very little resistance) to check out "the rave". I didn't exactly do any raving, but it was a neat atmosphere. Except that, for me, being in an atmosphere like that is incredibly depressing. Being so close to that world just amplifies the metaphysical distance between me and everybody else, while reminding me of those things in life that I so desire and yet lack. The feeling is awfully similar to heartbreak.

I followed "the gang" up to the roof, and then hung out at their hotel room for a little bit - being in a hotel room really ramps up that vibe of "being at a con". Then we hung out in the parking garage a bit before going our separate ways - each of them home, in one form or another, but obviously different homes. It was a pretty good end to the con, and I'm glad I bumped into Audrey because it added a whole alternate perspective to the experience I wouldn't otherwise have had.

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Some pics of the kendo demo. A few more @ my photostream.

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A few more shots from the roof of the DLLCC:

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Here's the cool blue scrolling words up on the roof of the convention center:

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And a pic of the rave:

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And, the toys:

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Now that I've had some time to browse through the various cosplay pics sprouting up all over the internet, I've collected a few here for you to admire. Disclaimer: None of the following images in this post are mine, and they are only presented here for educational purposes. ;)

[Reveal] Spoiler: Elfen Lied?
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Jason
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I remember walking past this guy and giving him a frightened look. He responded with an appropriately menacing stare. :o

[Reveal] Spoiler: Asuka
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Not a very clear image, but that's the Asuka I saw standing behind a booth in the Dealer's Room.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Queen Emeraldas
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Not to be confused with Captain Harlock.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Perfect Blue!?
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Didn't see these two, but don't they look like the idols from Perfect Blue? I haven't thought about that movie in so long, but it's so good.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Rorschach
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Pyramid Head
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I unfortunately didn't see these Pyramid Heads - in fact, I specifically thought to myself about how I hadn't seen any Silent Hill cosplayers this year. :(

[Reveal] Spoiler: Naruto Threesome
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This looks like the Naruto threesome I spotted on Friday.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Jiraiya
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Actually not the Jiraiya I saw at the Naruto photoshoot - pretty sure that one was actually a guy (though who can be totally sure? :lol: ).

[Reveal] Spoiler: Akatsuki
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Plenty of Akatsuki roaming the convention.

[Reveal] Spoiler: "Beautiful" Green Beast
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Kyuubi? Terrifying, indeed...
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Another Castle
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Seriously, the Goomba makes the costume!

[Reveal] Spoiler: Speaking of Princesses
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[Reveal] Spoiler: The Cammy I mentioned
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Honestly, there's not a bad angle. ;)

[Reveal] Spoiler: Fail/stay night...
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Yeah, just, no comment...

[Reveal] Spoiler: Seras Victoria, I presume
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Haruhi
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Kind of dark, but I think this is the Haruhi I saw dancing outside the Dealer's Room.

[Reveal] Spoiler: A rather colorful Zero
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[Reveal] Spoiler: Geass
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[Reveal] Spoiler: C.C.
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I wonder if this is the same C.C. I saw last year...

[Reveal] Spoiler: Pinata
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This guy was hard to miss. Saw him/her/it wandering around Saturday night. Audrey kept saying she wanted to see somebody wack it with a stick. :lol:

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I can see why you didn't stick around for the FSN shoot.


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