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Otakon Recap 2011

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My parents, who live in the Baltimore area, like to come down to the convention center on Otakon weekend just to people-watch. This year, they decided to see it from the inside.

This involved getting badges from series they’d never heard of.

Mom: Madoka!
Dad: Tiger & Bunny!

Mom, ever the prepared tourist, enjoyed being “in the know.”

Mom: I’m going to walk around with a Hello Kitty, so people know I’m an Otakon person! Plus, it matches my shirt!

…at least, as compared to the average Baltimorean.

Erin: See, that’s Naruto.
Mom: …Is he from Dragon Ball?

The hotel menu was in full pandering mode, with random anime buzzwords tacked on the names of its usual dishes. (Pikachu Pizza, Naruto Hot Wings…) Dad got philosophical about it.

Dad: What would it take to get the chef to make an actual Pikachu pizza? [black olives, pepperoni]

As usual, I spent Friday as Integra, hellhound in tow. We don’t have the recognition we once did.

Congoer: Hetalia?
Erin: Hellsing.

The hellhound teamed up with a plush version of Cybele, the pink rabbit from But I’m A Cat Person. They had a rose for a while, then I donated it to a Tuxedo Mask.

It was my first con since finding out about Homestuck…

Erin: Have there always been so many trolls??

Cosplay roundup! Favorite battle: Galaxia vs. Axe Cop. Favorite team-up:

Eleventh Doctor: I use Old Spice now. Old Spice is cool.
Old Spice Guy: This fez is now diamonds.

Favorite shirt: Roll the Dice…It Builds Character. Favorite ironic costume:

Saw plenty of Alucards, and a few Serases, but no Integras (!!). A full complement of Madoka characters: all the puella magi, Godoka, QB, Junko, even Charlotte. And Rainbow Dash is apparently everyone’s favorite pony.

Rendezvoused with the parents at the Madoka screening. (Dad had picked up Super Saiyan Hair in the meantime.)

Erin: I may have to make you get me one of those hats.

We also met up Saturday at the (chaotic, as always) Make a Manga Tournament. (Poor Xuanwu.)

Mom won a prize. She is now the proud owner of a couple of Armitage DVDs. (I stayed out of the judging for this one.)

I spent enough of Saturday in the manga library that the staff got rather attached to the hellhound.

Erin (thinking, reading Her Majesty’s Dog): This main character could be BFFs with Patrick!

Sunday, I encountered some of the kind of Madoka fans that give the rest of us a bad name.

Panelist: And you know, Sailor Moon was always getting saved by Tuxedo Mask, while the girls in Madoka save themselves…

tl;dr Tuxedo Mask spends half the show kidnapped, brainwashed, or dead. He’s never a key player when fighting the seasonal Big Bads; he’s not powerful enough to be a threat against anything stronger than the day-to-day mooks. Even then, he’s only useful as a distraction. A Sailor Senshi always has to deliver the killing blow.

Sunday also saw a terse negotiation…

Mom: You expect us to continue supporting you, now that you live on your own?
Erin: No! I’m asking you to help support the artists at this convention that has brought you so much enjoyment!

Mom: Here. Go by yourself a Kyuubey hat.
Erin: Yay!

All the Kyuubey hats were sold out. Oh well…at least I have a mission for Otakon 2012!

1 Comment

Chaos Priest on Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:34 pm

Not Miss Twilight? But she’s so adorkable!

Actually out of curiosity who’s your favorite pony, if you don’t mind my asking?

SailorPtah on Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:59 pm

There were only two Twilight cosplayers that I saw, and one Apple Jack, and nobody else except a ton of Rainbow Dashes ^_^;

I don’t know that I have a favorite. (I only watched the first two episodes.)

Ghostfriendly on Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:44 am

Erin, about the Sunday strip, and the Madoka fans who give others a bad name, was your problem that they didn’t like Tuxedo Mask? I barely know anything about Sailor Moon, but I’ve yet to hear a good word about him; what are his good qualities?

Xuanwu on Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:09 am

None. Him dying in the fifth season (and thus being absent for most of it) is what made that season the best. Also, no Chibiusa.

The manga version is apparently okay. But the anime version is a jerk and a half who rarely, if ever, demonstrates any actual boyfriend-ness qualities. Definitely not in the “Wow, this is truly the fated couple of millennia!” kind of way. Even when Usagi gets her big reunion kiss with him in ep 200, you’re basically left wondering, “Um, why are they a couple again?” This is mainly a fault of the anime’s writers, who were somehow able to make alternate pairings for Usagi (Usagi x Haruka in SMS, Usagi x Seiya in Stars) far more plausible than the main pairing they were supposed to be shoving down your throat. At best, it’s Attack of the Clones Anakin x Padme. At worst…Bella and Edward. I really wish I was exaggerating here, but it’s one of the key faults of the anime version.

Not that it makes me love it any less.

In other news, yay, I’m in Shine again! I guess after Shine is done these con reports will go to BICP?

FelinaofL2 on Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:35 am

I’m afraid the “Most Ironic Costume” has me somewhat confused: who’s the character and why’s it ironic? 😳 😕

SailorPtah on Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:12 am

My problem is that they think “Tuxedo Mask is the major action hero of the series, while Sailor Moon spends her time getting passively saved by him.” Or, more generally, “All previous magical girl series have had girls that needed saving by boys. Never before in the history of anime have there been girls that saved themselves, until Madoka came along.”
When anyone who’s actually watched mahou shoujo will know that girls saving themselves is the whole point of the genre, and Tuxedo Mask in particular is useless against anything more powerful than a monster-of-the-day (and even then, he’s only good for distraction while Sailor Moon is chargin her laser).

Speed Racer. Look him up and you’ll get it ^_^

FelinaofL2 on Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:03 pm

Ohhh, NOW I see him! 😀 Sorry, my laptop really squished the comic, so your pretty sketches are a little harder to view.

So it’s Speed Racer cosplaying Paul Newman ala Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie! *shot for extremely nerdy reference*

Tamara_H on Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:49 pm

Hello all, a quiet lurker for years, I wanted to actually come out of my shell to discuss the current strip.

First of all, I love Fluttershy more than any of the other ponies, followed closely by Applejack.

Now, with that embarassing information out of the way, I would like to…apologize, I guess, for any and all Homestuck fans who are a little…overzealous? I’m almost embarassed to admit I’m a fan, because I don’t want to be shoved into a sterotype. I honestly don’t see the attraction to the Trolls. I’m a Midnight Crew/Exiles/Humans person myself. (Yes, in that order.)

Also, I want a Kyubey hat. So much. It’s not even funny. I don’t even LIKE Kyubey and I want that hat.

SailorPtah on Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:26 pm

I haven’t actually met any OTT fans, so no worries! And I like the comic plenty myself ^_^

There were a couple of carapace people at the con, which was neat, as well as a few of the humans in various forms. I just was surprised there seemed to be orange horns everywhere I looked.

Tamara_H on Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:38 pm

(Oh my god Erin responded to me I feel so honored squeeeee!)

Eheh…excuse my fangirling.

Carapace people are so cool! I find their hands fun to draw/study. Yeah the trolls seem to be the most popular characters in the series. I guess I see why, but they just aren’t my cup of tea.

BigKwell on Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:30 am

Well… you MIGHT have a better time when Sakuracon comes around.

Oh… and I liked the joke.

Xuanwu on Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:01 pm

I can understand a lack of familiarity with Sailor Moon due to its age. But they don’t really have an excuse for having missed Mai Hime or Pretty Cure, neither of which have the guy saving the day.

SailorPtah on Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:07 pm

Bah. Sailor Moon is a classic. People should at least be familiar with the basics.

And if someone wants to cite a series as an example in one of their theories, they should know what they’re talking about, no matter how old or obscure that series is.

flyboy254 on Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:22 pm

Does it have to be strictly anime?

yamiangie on Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:41 am

I get the feeling we didn’t really need a deconstruction of the magical girl genre. You know we don’t need Sailor Moon rerelased here. We need Sailor Moon remade like FMA.

Personally i call Tuxedo Mask the world’s worst phantom thief.

Chaos Priest on Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:20 am

I dunno… I haven’t seen Madoka so I can’t really comment on how that show does, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with deconstructing a genre. Personally I’ve thought that it would be interesting to see a magical girl story from somebody else’s perspective. Like, what the non-human sidekick who gave the magic girl(s) their power does to support them from behind the scenes (gathering intel, acting as a odd sort of babysitter, taking costumes to the dry cleaners or breaking out the needle and thread to try and keep them looking nice). Or how about the story of a mother and/or father who finds out their daughter is a magical girl, and showing what they go through knowing that their little girl is taking on very dangerous responsibilities and they literally can’t help her, but at the same time knowing it is important and they shouldn’t stop her even if they could. There’s plenty of areas one could explore in genre that could make for interesting stories, so why not explore them?

SailorPtah on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:08 pm

…does what have to be strictly anime?

Madoka actually does this, at least up until the last few episodes. The main character spends most of the series as the unpowered classmate who admires, and tags along after, the glamorous magical girls. She’s like the Wakaba to Mami’s Utena. This results in some harrowing sequences in which she’s the first one to run across a monster-of-the-day, and tries valiantly to keep it from doing too much damage before one of the superheroes can show up and take it out.

There are also a few significant scenes with Madoka’s mother, who doesn’t know the magical details but is increasingly aware that something is up with her daughter, and struggles to figure out how (and if) she can help.

Kazokuhouou on Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:57 pm

Or Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha! There it’s girls saving other girls. 😉

SailorPtah on Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:20 am

Girls also save the day in Cardcaptor Sakura, in Princess Tutu, in Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, in Fairy Musketeer Akazukin, in Magic Knight Rayearth, in Saint Tail, in Revolutionary Girl Utena, in Tokyo Mew Mew…

I could go on. You don’t need to know one particular classic or must-watch series to get the idea; anything in the genre will do.

(Speaking of Tuxedo Mask, I’m working on a list of all the times he gets kidnapped. It’s pretty impressive. You’d think after the third or fourth time he would give up the business and move to Norway or something, but no, he has roses to throw and by golly he’s going to stick around and throw them if it kills him. Again.)

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