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Otakuthon 2016

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Overwatch Reaper Tracer Mei | Gamerwife.com

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Overwatch Reaper Tracer Mei | Gamerwife.com Due to prior commitments I was only able to attend one day on this year’s Otakuthon convention, unlike last year where I was around for the full 3 days. This meant that I had to be very disciplined about which panels I attended and how much time I could spend in the dealer’s room. Which I guess was better for my wallet than my comiccon experience. Yikes.

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Belle & Snow White | Gamerwife.com Despite being somewhat weary last year, this year I dove in enthusiastically. There’s something about the more grassroots feeling of Otakuthon that makes it especially enjoyable for me, despite not being that into anime and manga as most of the attendees. However, this year there was actually a mangaka in attendance that I knew!

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Judy Hopps | Gamerwife.comBack in Vancouver, I briefly had a job writing dubbing scripts for anime based off loose English translations. One of the series I worked on was the anime adaptation of Full Moon Wo Sagashite by Arina Tanemura. I made a point of attending her panel and trying to get an autograph, but more on that later.

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Metal Gear Snake Quiet | Gamerwife.com The first order of the day was meant to be attending the Japanese street wear fashion show with my friend Susie, but since I’d opted to pick up my pass on site I got stuck in the never ending line up of sadness and missed the first half. That being the case, I opted to spend the rest of that time trolling the dealer’s room for cosplayers and fan art and then meet up with Susie later for the World Cosplay Summit finals.

Otakuthon 2016 WCS Cloud Aerith | Gamerwife.com WCS was something that Susie had introduced me to last year, it’s basically the cosplay Olympics and the Canadian finals take place at Otakuthon. The cosplay on display is always jaw dropping and I consider it a must if I’m attending Otakuthon. Sadly I had to leave before the winners were announced to make sure I got a seat at the Arina Tanemura panel.

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Marceline | Gamerwife.com Despite rushing to the panel, I realized that this was actually the third time Tanemura-san was speaking and therefore attendance was somewhat sparse, meaning that I’d rushed for nothing. However, it give things a very intimate feeling, which was nice. I even worked up the nerve to ask her a question and got a great answer!

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Pingu | Gamerwife.com When I was reading Full Moon Wo Sagashite as background for the anime I noticed in one of the side panel stripes that she talked about how much she loves Kingdom Hearts, so I asked her if she still played video games and if she was interested in working on a video game. She responded that she’s too busy these days for video games, but that her work does appear in the Japanese mobile game Idolish 7 and she would love to be more involved in a game in the future (if time allows).

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Pokemon Go Pokestop | Gamerwife.com From there I rushed back downstairs to get in line for autographs, only to find that the line had been capped at 100 while I was asking Tanemura questions. Poop stick. This was especially disappointing since there were no photographs allowed during the panel and I really wanted to out myself as the English writer for Full Moon. Sigh.

Otakuthon 2016 Cosplay Undertale Human | Gamerwife.com However, this did give me a bit more time in the dealer’s room where I limited myself to smaller items and cosplay photography. I even got the chance to say hi to the Cardboard Utopia crew who were onsite showing off the latest build of Children of Zodiarcs. Game is looking great, can’t wait to see the finished project!

Otakuthon 2016 Loot | Gamerwife.com I was able to limit myself to this Samus print by the amazing Nikkie Stinchcombe, as well as a super-cute Sailor Mercury pinup sticker. I also grabbed a cute zine about bros and a Zubat keychain as they have become the bane of my existence in Pokemon Go. Oh, and let’s not forget the Pusheen blind box and tiny notebooks, or the CoZ pins from Jason. Sadly, my two headed kitty kaiju pin was obscured by glare, so just take my word for how totally cool it is.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    kaycreate
    August 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Love all your cosplay shots! Sorry you missed out on the signing opportunity; poop stick is right! Glad you had a good experience though, even with just the one day.

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      Mariko
      August 26, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks, Kay! At least I got to ask her a question, which was cool.

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    Fiona
    August 29, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Awesome you got in a question and how rad are all the cosplay costumes!! Nice Haul too 🙂

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    Jane Y.
    August 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Love all the cosplay costumes. I have always wanted to dress up as something but never did when I used to go to cons. It’s always something that I regretted! 🙂 And sorry to hear about the signing opportunity. One year I was so excited to attend NY Anime Festival because Yoshiyuki Tomino (creator of Gundam) was attending and I was so freaking excited to listen to his panel. There was a signing session with him of course after the panel and Yangkyu and I made our way there and we were on a long long line and when we finally got close to the beginning of the line I realized that we needed to put our names on a list first in order to even get an autograph from him and meet him. I was so freakin pissed! lol Needless to say I walked away a very sad person 😉

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      Mariko
      September 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Oh no! That’s so sad. At least you got to listen to the panel.

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