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Here I am at my first wai-con event; letís see how it all went down.
"come at me bro!!"
I was told from a fellow wai-con goer of past events that the set-up this year was far greater than what it has been since its inception.
I couldnít judge, but seeing and experiencing the tour de waicon, it didnít feel packed. Itís as if there was enough room to move about through most of the circuit; apart from that one corridor where you would have to fight your way through a stampede of otaku and cos players.
Speaking of which, the congestion of the crowd wasnít bad. It didnít feel like a traffic jam at peak hour traffic. I could move at a decent pace from A to B.
So I ended up taking a lot of pictures of cosplay goers. Very impressed at the lengths of intricate attention to detail they go to look just like that certain fellow anime character.
Letís just say a lot of fan service was had.
Some good stuff on show, despite the never ending same selling merch sh!t here and there; you had things like a kimono dress stall and Gundam DIY stalls. Another important mention was on the amount of indie artists with their own stalls selling and promoting their work. It sure gave me some interest in having my own stall next year.
My bro ended up buying the complete series collection of Death Note, which Iíll need to borrow off him.
Special Rooms and Events
Iíd say it was probably the coolest thing of Wai-con. There are specified rooms throughout the vicinity where you would engage in activities from a Bonsai/flower arranging gallery, various workshops, assortment of competitions and AMV viewings. Though some you had to either sign up or be early due to numbers. Otherwise youíll get an official saying ďIím sorry, you canít come in; already in sessionĒ.
Unfortunately we ended up missing out on 80% of these due to my time drawing sh!t for those ECU peeps and the Gaming scene. We at least got to see the bonsai displays and the cosplay show.
The area was spacious but it seemed small and congested. This obviously led to bad smells to arise and lack of fresh air made things worse. I guess gaming sure gets people into a mass pool of sweat.
The tourney set-up was above average. The officials responsible seemed to be on the ball (for the most part). It just felt as if they didnít quite have a thought out scheduled plan of when matches would start and finish. But I guess you get that when amateurs organise gaming tournaments.
There was a Tetris competition running the whole day for who could achieve the highest score, but youíd have to fight your way to it. Halo Reach team based comps were on also but since they intertwined with the main event that was Street Fighter- we took a pass.
A special mention to TCG and Yu-Gi-Oh! comps running as well.
Previously speaking of the main event Street Fighter, I guess there wasnít much to say but getting owned. Sad to say that from someone who has the game, has yet to play it on their own system. Surprisingly, I won my first match but lost in the second...JUST.
Competition was pretty good here and it just goes to show my old school skills as a hardcore pro old school Street fighter turbo player once again helped in playing the newly revised franchise. Ryu all the way baby!
At least I didnít lose to a girl in the first round Ė you know who you are. Not taking it in the wrong way but as a gamer dude to lose to a girl can be quite embarrassing. On the contrary however, I believe she is a gamer Ė and a good one at that.
As a first time goer, it was just above par. Considering I havenít been quite up to date with all my manga/anime; potential spoilers were sure to be floating right in my face. Also felt I was rushing from place to place and constantly looking at the map and schedule seeing what was next.
Thereafter deciding which clashing event was better to go to with little time to think. The only thing I really got from it was the potential gold mine I could get for next time. The obvious social environment was a great place for networking with same interests of fellow wai-con goers and the potential 3DS street passing I could do here. So really, I canít complain Ė as long as we can get these yearly exhibitions to the masses; all is good.
Now for your refreshing enjoyment...picture-galorebut with no witty picture comments this time...well for the most part :(
"was that just as good for you as it was for me?"
So hereís to 2012. Oh wait thatís the end of the world isnít it?