Let's start with the matsuri. That was a bit of a bust. It was pretty much a handful of stands under some tents sandwiched in the Hilton courtyard, and games like this. For food there was a Thai stand, a stand selling water and cotton candy, and a stand with had all sorts of Japanese candy, odango, and onigiri. The first two stands had minimal or no lines, and the third stand had a line 20 people deep at all times. I stood in line for onigiri, which were all out by time I got there so I settled for odango and Ramune. There was music, which was probably good, but I didn't stick around for any and I don't think many other people felt compelled to either. I realize that a matsuri in downtown Baltimore would have to be limited in scope, but this showing was rather disappointing.
|Nobuo Uetmatsu: a tiny man the center of attention of a sea of people|
The Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert was fantastic. The Baltimore Symphony was wonderful. Nobuo Uetmatsu obviously attended this also, and at the end he joined the choir on stage and sang with One Winged Angel.
|The K-On Band! AZUNYAAAN.|
|Mio, Yui, and AZUNYAAAAN from the mosh pit. Sorry, Mugi and Ritsu fans!|
I found the workshop on video game music largely uninformative for me. This is probably because my previous convention experience is largely academic music conventions, but of course Otakon has a different audience attending its workshops. Still it was kind of fun to watch the guy throw together 2 bar loops in FL studio that fit some kind of crazy game scenario. I left early for the K-On concert, so I may have missed some amazing revelatory information, but I'm not going to stress over it. At the very least, I have been validated: This head panelist ALSO uses FLStudio, in Windows, on a MacBook. I'm not alone.
The OverClock Remix panel was something else. They basically showed off their newest releases and their new live performance group, and sold tee-shirts. And they sold out quick. But I think the most important part of this panel were these people:
|Team Avatar ready to Con!|
Katara there is Amy Sieh of Flickerfall. Zuko is Vinnie, also of Flickerfall. Everyone here I believe was an active participant of the OC Remix panel. Katara played violin with the live performance, and Toph was at the merchandise table.
Overall I think I had a successful Otakon 2011. I want to go back but I think my studies and limited income are going to make Con-going a limited experience. I want to hit MagFest on the new year, and also I'm thinking of shooting for Dragon*con in 2012. And not to mention other professional conventions I'm sure I'll want to go to once I discover them.
One last thing - I played this: