Otakon 2009 – Day 1 in Tweets

“Well, Mell was swell as hell.”

On Site:


Scott
from The Anime Almanac

Jon I.
from JANAiBlog

Kim

Edward Sizemore
from Comics Worth Reading

animevice
from Anime Vice

Greg

Peter Tatara
from New York Anime Fest

OutOfTimeProd
from Out Of Time Productions

Alex
from alexleavitt.com

Carl
from Ogiue Maniax

DJ Ranma S
from Anime Jam Session

Vampt Vo
from Ani-Gamers

Toshifumi Yoshida

Narutaki
from Reverse Thieves

Patz
from The Gaming Dungeon

funimation

bandaient

Hisui
from Reverse Thieves

Frederik L. Schodt
from Homepage

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Starting Off the Day

Greg:
Good morning twitterverse.

Edward Sizemore:
Now begins the Otakon Adventure day 1. Start with 1 hr drive to BCC.

Edward Sizemore:
Feel like schmuck staying at friends house. Show up each night at 11 PM and leave by 7 AM each morning.

Alex:
Just jumped in a taxi, heading over to the convention center and hotel. #Otakon

Carl:
#otakon Finished a bowl of grape nuts, feel invincible, like I ate a bull of STEEL NUTS.

Edward Sizemore:
So I took 301 North to get from Richmond to Baltimore. It’s the scenic route, but I passed thru a

Edward Sizemore:
town called Frog Level and over Polecat Creek. That’s why I take the long way. Also very relaxing with little traffic.

Scott:
grooooooggy… time to wake up… (-_-)zzz

Scott:
And of course, I forgot to pack a comb. (-_-) Otakon attendees should expect a Scott with hair even messier than normal.

Jon I.:
Hampton Inn is awesome because of free continental breakfast. #otakon

Scott:
Mmm… continental breakfast…

Toshifumi Yoshida:
is getting ready for Otakon Day 1.

Alex:
The con center is so empty… Early panelist badge pickup rules! #otakon

Patz:
Alrighty I think I am going to head out to Otakon now. Not sure what my goal is but it is getting boring in the Hotel.

Vampt Vo:
We’re heading out for the day! First panel is Defense Against Fanboys & Fangirls, then a press orientation.

Alex:
Hanging ay the entrance, waiting for the doors to open. #otakon

OutOfTimeProd:
In the press room chillin, line wrapped twice around building, panels started at start of con non means no and parents & fandom #otakon

Greg:
Hey otabutt. Why am I waiting in line to get in? #otakon

Greg:
Whyyyyyyy? http://twitgoo.com/1i4cn

Jon I.:
Now at the “No Means No Defense Against Fanboys and Fangirls” panel. #otakon

Toshifumi Yoshida:
is eating bagels and yogurt in the Con Suite before braving the BCC…

Peter Tatara:
Left the hotel at 10 AM, and no one will serve me breakfast. Come on!

Scott:
10 am on Friday morning and already this place is packed!

Scott:
People… as far as the eye can see! (O_O)

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Yamamoto Panel

Greg:
Waiting for the yutaka yamamoto panel. Lines are a necessary reality for con attendees. #otakon

Jon I.:
At panel 4 getting ready for the Yutaka Yamamoto Q&A. #otakon

Carl:
At the yamamoto panel in panel 4 wearing a skyfish t-shirt

Greg:
Yutaka yamamoto answering delicious questions. http://twitgoo.com/1i4pf

Scott:
At the Yutaka Yamamoto panel. It looks like I won’t be able to take any photos at this con. (-_-)

Scott:
Nevernind. Looks like picks are ok! (^_^)

Jon I.:
After figuring out how to use this damn camera, now filming the Yutaka Yamamoto panel. #otakon

Scott:
Yutaka Yamamoto with @Toshifumi Yoshida translating.

bandaient:
in the Yutaka Yamamoto Focus panel!!

Scott:
Some people are REALLY into Kannagi

Scott:
Dang, @Toshifumi Yoshida is a great translator! (o_o)

Jon I.:
Everyone’s asking Yamamoto-San about the dances in the anime he does. People love those dances! #otakon

Scott:
Yutaka Yamamoto on Shinbo

Scott:
Oh god, @Vampt Vo asked him for his take on what moé is…

Jon I.:
“Whether you like Gurren Lagann or K-ON!, if you’re into it, it’s moe to you.” -Yutaka Yamamoto

Scott:
And Yamamoto gives a cop out answer.

Vampt Vo:
Yamamoto panel was surprisingly interesting. Sure hope we get the interview with him.

Carl:
Yamamoto panel was totally bangin like tsugumi

Jon I.:
Kannagi Focus panel with Yutaka Yamamoto:

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Cosplay!

Jon I.:
Zange-chan from Kannagi!

Jon I.:
LUCKY STAR!!

Kim:
There’s someone here cosplaying as Micheal Jackson. Too soon, man, too soon. #Otakon

OutOfTimeProd:
just interviewed the green ranger and white ranger from power rangers abnd a guy with a slap chop it was awesome #otakon

Jon I.:
Nagi with Zange!

Jon I.:
VOCALOID MANIA!

Peter Tatara:
A Captain Action cosplayer!

Peter Tatara:
Captain Jack (Harkness) Cosplayer! Squee!

Scott:
It wouldn’t be an anime con without Haruhi dance.

Kim:
Did a photoshoot. Met deadpool, shamwow guy and Billy Mays. It was fun. #Otakon

Jon I.:
Noel from BlazBlue!!

Jon I.:
Alicia from Valkyria Chronicles!!

Scott:
MTV International has a catgirl reporter. I approve. ( ^^)b

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VAMPS!

Scott:
Waiting outside the VAMPS panel waiting for press seating.

Scott:
Vamps fangirls getting all excited over a video.

Scott:
Great, I’m seating by a bunch of fangirl journalists. They’d give ANYONE a press badge these days. ;-)

Scott:
They’re sort of like a comedy pair, with Hyde playing the funny man and Kaz the straight man.

Scott:
Hyde on the new Eva movie – “It’s f%^*ing great!”

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Opening Ceremonies

Carl:
At opening ceremony #Otakon

Alex:
Opening ceremonies just to watch the new opening animation! #Otakon

Alex:
Opening animation was good, but too much staff pandering. Last year’s was honestly better. #Otakon

Scott:
Meh, last years OP was much better. They should have just shown that again.

Narutaki:
Opening animation was pretty cool!

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Dealers Room

Kim:
Watching ppl line up for dealers room with great amusement. Why wait when you can do other stuff, then go when theres no line. #Otakon

Kim:
There’s no prize for the 1st 100 ppl through the door, and things won’t sell out that fast. #Otakon

OutOfTimeProd:
Waiting on the dealers room line which is mad long. plus also funimation news later tonight if you havent heard. #otakon

Greg:
Gonna skip vamps panel to go to the dealers

DJ Ranma S:
Dealer’s room is now open! Time to make some monies! :D

Peter Tatara:
The dealer room is open, and the shouts of “Get your yaoi” begin.

Jon I.:
Just used my magic “press powers” to get into dealers room. Line is huuuuge.

Kim:
The dealers room is apparently finally open, amid cheers by the fools–I mean ppl on line. #Otakon

Jon I.:
LOL!

Jon I.:
IT’S TEASING ME.

Edward Sizemore:
Dealer’s room line is insane. Glad I don’t plan to go to another panel until 2 PM.

Jon I.:
5 Higurashi mini figures! -$70

Jon I.:
3 TORADORA FIGURES $210. I AM DONE!!!

OutOfTimeProd:
Inside the dealers room just looking around and looking for Matt..maybe thats not a bad thing. I want to buy stuff but holding back #otakon

Jon I.:
Spent WAY too much money. Leaving the dealers room before I spend any more! #otakon

Peter Tatara:
At Otakon! The NYAF booth’s got Gundam and Soul Eater posters and chopsticks and me!

Peter Tatara:
Of course, FUNimation’s got giant Sgt. Frogs. Well done!

Scott:
Sgt Frog at @funimation booth.

Peter Tatara:
Lots and lots of Soul Eater fans here. All crazy for NYAF’s Soul Eater posters. Big props to Adam and Curtis for making ‘em happen.

Peter Tatara:
Holding up a “FREE” sign over at the NYAF booth has resulted in chaos.

Peter Tatara:
And bag two of the chopsticks is open.

Greg:
I went on a rampage at the dealers. $800 spent. #otakon

Kim:
Just met @jlist in the dealers room. Really nice guy, and really knowledgable. #Otakon

animevice:
i’m going to make my way to the dealer room. remember, screencap me on otakon’s dealer room cam and win a prize!

Peter Tatara:
It’s Gia!

Scott:
It’s @Peter Tatara at the @NYAF booth.

Scott:
It’s @animevice confessing something for @bandaient.

Peter Tatara:
I just gave my anime confession at the Aniplex booth. I will regret this tomorrow.

Scott:
Cause nobody likes a Sad Japan.

Scott:
“Wings here, get ‘ya wings here!”

Scott:
It’s @yaoipress brightening the weekend of many, many fangirls.

Scott:
Omg! Cute mascot!

Peter Tatara:
“Do you have any Doritos?” – a fan at the NYAF booth

Carl:
Purchase of Ogiue books successful #Otakon

Kim:
Dealers Room is really quiet now. Its nice. #Otakon

Kim:
Just saw a box of Japanese Chi’s New Home mangas. Immediately thought of @Scott and how he’s probably raided it already.

Scott:
@Kim I already have the manga. If you find a Chi plushie, though, DO WANT!!!

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Reverse Thieves Panels

Narutaki:
Back at hotel getting stuff for our panel at 1245. A bit nervous its already really busy at the con.

Scott:
Reverse Thieves getting ready for their panel.

Scott:
Everyone, go to panel one and take my stuff, please!

Scott:
It’s @Hisui, @Narutaki, and @Carl at the “I can’t believe you haven’t seen this!” panel.

Scott:
And this is their turn out! (o_o)!! Holy crap, they’re superstars!!!

Edward Sizemore:
Apologies to @Hisui & @narutkiRT I didn’t make your panel

Narutaki:
Our panel was overwhelming! Thanks all who came, glad you liked it!

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Kim + Bacon

Kim:
My friends are talking about bacon. I came in on “chocolate covered deep fried bacon.” I’m seriously going to be sick.

Kim:
On a serious note, I REALLY missed my friends and I’m happy that I was able to see them again.

Kim:
Christian: I like bacon when it’s alive! @Girlwithhat: It’s called PIG christian.

Kim:
Apparently this Bacon conversation started out… talking about Capris Sun. Still trying to figure out the relation.

Kim:
x.x NOW they’re talking about capris sun flavored bacon, and beer-battered chocolate covered bacon

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Otaku Idol / Scott’s Reni Obsession

Scott:
Hey everyone, it’s Reni-chan!!!

Scott:
So Reni will be singing one song at the Masquerade tomorrow and a 30 minute show at the Ota-cafe at 10:00 pm that night.

Scott:
Reni sits on the judges panel for the Otaku Idol contest.

Scott:
The first singer gets judgement after singing.

Scott:
Reni is like the Simon Cowell of this event. Very blunt and honest. (^^;)

Scott:
YouTube video — Otaku Idol – Romeo x Juliet OP http://bit.ly/9Nn4l

Scott:
YouTube video — Otaku Idol – Death Note http://bit.ly/YN5nP

Scott:
YouTube video — Otaku Idol – Maginzer Z http://bit.ly/uavMx

Scott:
I leave you tonight, my Tweet Peeps, with pictures of Reni in a Yukata: http://bit.ly/WlJMO I can’t wait to see her at perform tomorrow. ^_^

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MELL!

Carl:
Gonna be at the MELL concert tonight. Hopefully I’ll be ready because concerts are most action-packed.

Jon I.:
Heading off to the MELL concert! #otakon

Jon I.:
Boo Otakon! They stuffed the press people all the way to the right. Not a good camera angle. #otakon

Scott:
At the Mell concert.

Greg:
Sitting back and relaxing at mell concert. #otakon

Carl:
Sitting at mell concert second row

Scott:
Mell takes the stage.

Jon I.:
MELL!!

Jon I.:
MELL rocks pretty damn awesomely. And damn can she sing. #otakon

Jon I.:
MELL concert is a blast! Have another pic:

Scott:
Mell

Scott:
She is awesome.

Jon I.:
MELL had a wardrobe malfunction. Nothing serious though. #otakon

Jon I.:
MELL now singing Black Lagoon OP. #otakon

Greg:
Mell’s concert is amazing.

Jon I.:
Concert sorta turned into a rave. Awesome!

Jon I.:
Concert is over and I have a headache. #otakon

Jon I.:
BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT! #otakon

Carl:
Well, Mell was swell as hell #Otakon

Narutaki:
MELL was truly amazing!

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Bandai Panel

bandaient:
got hassled by airport security for partial of the giveaways we’re planning for our 9 PM panel at Otakon! >_

Scott:
@bandaient Please, please, PLEASE don’t have it be Lucky Star school girl t-shirts. (>_<) I still haven’t forgiven you from last year!

bandaient:
prepping for our 9 pm panel. :)

Peter Tatara:
Outside the Bandai panel of magic, mystery, and – perhaps – announcements.

OutOfTimeProd:
Going to Bandai Panel look for Tweet Updates throughout the hour and full announcements on Blogger and MySpace #otakon

Peter Tatara:
I spy @oshidori at the Bandai panel!

Scott:
The BEI panel with @Toshifumi Yoshida and @bandaient.

Patz:
Come on Bandai give me the goods!

OutOfTimeProd:
Bandai has just announced their catalogue of music from Lantis will be available on iTunes #otakon

Patz:
Woo Kurokami is getting simultaneous blu-ray with dvd!

Scott:
Kurokami coming to both DVD and Blu-ray. Bandai’s first ever Blu-ray release for a new series.

animevice:
Bandai Entertainment’s first Blu-Ray release for a new TV series: Kurokami, simultaneous with the upcoming DVD release!

Scott:
Bandai’s just showing trailers. Where’s the Haruhi news?

Peter Tatara:
Bandai’s screening a clip from the Eureka 7 movie. The film is currently in Japanese theaters.

Scott:
Sept 20th Eureka Day at Kinokuniya NYC.

Peter Tatara:
Bandai just announced a Eureka 7 Day on Sept. 20 at Kinokuniya in conjunction with @ny_anime_fest. Gasp! Shock! I had no idea!

Scott:
Yamamoto makes a surprise visit to the BEI panel.

Scott:
Wow, @Toshifumi Yoshida won’t let it go that I once misquoted him in a tweet. (-_-)

Scott:
Bandai bring out kannagi dancers

Scott:
No haruhi announcement tonight. Bummer. :-(

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