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Otakon 2006: An Average Story about a Convention

If words were enough to describe this convention, I wouldn’t need pictures. Even if words were enough, I’d still use pictures because I am lazy.

I was a Harutard

But some words are necessary. Like tags. Could be chronological:
Hot Thursday prereg, drinking, dinner, drinking; hot friday lineup, ticket, sat in line and watch anime, dealers, eat, Nobuteru panel, Madhouse panel, eat alone, concert, karaoke; Saturday ticket, dealers, Kawasumi panel, autograph, karaoke, fate meet, concert, mt meet, Geneon, Hellsing, dinner, art gallery, 4chan, Geneon panel; sunday karaoke, art gallery, hotel crap, karaoke, lunch, karaoke, home.

Or more descriptive:
Haruhi-tard, ETERNAL BLAZE, Hottest. Otakon. Ever., Kawasumi Ayako, Lafiel, Mahoro, Trap-chan, Raptor Jesus, Getsumei Fuuei, MUCC, fatigue, NO U, Free Stuff, Mihata no Moto ni, Pictochat, Geneon, Dan Kim, Futakoi Alternative, Touhou, Ever17, waiting in line, Nobuteru Yuuki, Nakazawa Kazuto, God Bless…

There were the usual amount of cosplaying. Without beating around the bush anymore, you can click on these links at your own risk. Traps, you know. I think the variety this year matches more my expectation from last year than this year.

A good meme from the con to recall is Web 2.0. It’s amusing how much I’ve changed in doing an otakon write-up over the last 9 years. And yet I’ve done it every time save my first Otakon, in a blog form. Instead of AMVs maybe I’ll do a trip down memory lane kind of thing. Some things, despite age, just don’t change time and time again.

Like hitting traffic on the NJ Turnpike.

But there are still stories left to be told of our battle last weekend. Yours and mine. Like how karaoke post MUCC concert means you can’t hear the monitor too well. Or our Canadian friend makes one helluva Trap-chan. Or how 4chan manages to transform time and space and bring anonymity to a convention line. Or how the panels I missed out I wish I could attend, or watch videos of. Or how I asked about Lafiel, and made a fool out of myself at the Kawasumi panel. Or how people should do more Nana Mizuki songs at the karaoke. Or just how much fun we had, or how we wish you were there, too.

I was actually looking for Os on Friday–imagine we were all in the Mad House panel

Perhaps one more notable point to it all is how my friends played into the picture. There was a major blurring between my RL friends, different circles of RL friends, internet friends, and random people. It’s good to know people who know people but knowing so many people can make things difficult. This year marks a good, sharp distinction between people who I consider “con buddies” with “visiting friends” and “groupies.” It’s so important to have all three. Just don’t mix them up in the wrong categories… And keeping the right kind of stories to the right kind of crowd :)

And on that note, I wish you all would show at Otakon next year, because I have high hopes…


Until Otakon, Together as God Blessed…

That'll be me in 4 days

This dude strums it out on a guitar and translated the same song, maybe even on a lonely rail. You can now do the same as he does, if you can sing and play at the same time:

F G Em Am
F G Am7sus Am7

Am G
I’m running blind; I know my heart won’t take anymore
F Dm G C Csus C
Hard to forgive, I couldn’t help but fall again
Am G
You’ve shut me out, unreachable and now you’re alone
F Dm G C Esus E#7
You take it all, and you won’t let me share your pain

Am Em
I’ll turn back; and even though I know that it’s over
F Dm Esus E
Will I really leave, do you really want me on that lonely rail

I’ll follow
F
Deep into the evening
G
Even though you’ll leave me
Em Am F
Through the cold I’ll push the hours away until I find you
Dm Em Am7sus A7
Don’t look back; I’ll wait for that day

You’re shining
F
Guiding me forever
G
Past my indiscretion
Em Am Dm
We’re far apart but you’ll lead me back again and my ways
Em F G
Will someday cross with yours again
Asus A
Together as God blessed

F G Em Am
F G Am7sus Am7

Am G
Passionate thoughts, they fall into your crystalline gaze
F Dm G C Csus C
Melting away into our harsh reality
Am G
No reason why, but I still try to find you again
F Dm G C Esus E7
You’re rushing down; I’m swept away by loving you

Am Em
Even so, I believe I’ll capture this moment
F Dm Esus E
Beauty fades away; but I’m always aching for your lonely heart

I’m ready
F
Face to face I’ll tell you
G
No more time for lying
Em Am F
We can’t spare a moment to look; Our love couldn’t survive there
Dm Em Am7sus A7
No reaching back for all our regrets

I’m stronger
F
Always moving forward
G
Destiny is changing
Em Am Dm
I want to know what the morning brings because it’s my wish
Em F G
Completing every plan we shared
Asus A
Together as God knows

Am
I know that we exist
Em G F
Everyone may disappear into a dream,
G Em Am Am7
And yet your vision still remains

Am
I tried to chase the past
Em Em7 F G
I outline all our hopes before they fade away
E7sus E7
But I just trace the scars

I’ll answer,
F#m
I’ll follow
G
Deep into the evening
A
Even though you’ll leave me
F#m Bm G
Through the cold I’ll push the hours away until I find you
Em F#m F#sus F#
Don’t look back; I’ll wait for that day

You’re shining
G
Guiding me forever
A
Past my indiscretion
F#m Bm Em
We’re far apart but you’ll lead me back again and my ways
F#m G A
Will someday cross with yours again
Bsus B
Together as God blessed

Well, he did do a good job, I’d say.

That said I will probably blog once more, working on something long(er) right now and hopefully I’ll get it out of the way before I leave for Baltimore. Lots of loose ends to take care of until then.


HDTV: High-Deshou Television

I’m sure all the people who care already knows, but just in case DJ Bouche has a really nice selection of remixes and midi related to Suzumiya Haruhi no Uutsu. Download and all that. And it is good–the tech spins the familiar hits under a new light.

Momotato should take note how it doesn't take up the whole screen.

Just like having those 720p encoded raws for the show, on a Sony KDS-60A2000, can spin up a new flavor for an old anime. I guess this blog entry could also serve as a mini-review if you’re looking to buy a nice microdisplay. It really looks nice.

Nice might even be an awfully inadequate understatement. I’m not entirely sure if the High-Definition broadcast of Suzumiya Haruhi was in 1080i or not, but that must have been jaw-dropping if you were watching it on a nice HD display. Hare Hare Yukai on this set was like that for me, even if people complain how the VGA port only allows 768 vertical resolution max, giving me a nice, but “not as big as it could be” replay. I still dropped jaws.

The picture up there is from my phone, and it doesn’t do anything justice, let alone a HD display in a relatively dark room, so never let the picture influence you in terms of what I am saying (always, in fact). Considering that I have already watched the first episode (well, episode 2) 5 times before today, going through it twice more on this set still leaves me hungry for the rest. I suppose that shows how much I enjoy this episode, but I’d like to think it’s because you really enjoy it differently watching it on a big TV, Hi-Def, than watching it on your monitor (well, also Hi-Def I suppose).

And … yeah. Why am I talking about it when I still have 13 episodes left to go? I could be watching it right now! Chronology for a second rewatch is what the Kyoani doctors have called for, so be it.

[And oh, if you are actually curious, these are not resized; but they come from my dinky camera anyways. And also they will probably be around only for a short while.]


A Collision of Snarks

It comes to me as no surprise that these three people are going to Animelo to perform. The intersection between anime, music, and idol personalities has always been one of my most liked aspect about Japanese Visual Culture. My favorite jpop personality is probably one of those people spearheading this thing from the beginning a few years ago…probably also not by accident, both ways.

Oh, actually what really tipped me off was watching Suzumiya Haruhi 12. Somehow things worked out that I watched Nana 10 right after, and double-stacking the band-ness really created this strange chasm of feelings. I guess that’s what Haruko Haruhara means when she pulled Kanti out of Naota’s head.

But this impromptu announcement matched the plot within episode 12. It’s probably a coincidence in as far as a contractual obligation (such as MUCC’s announcement with Otakon, if you’re familiar with that story), but it may be the same obligation I’m talking about. If that is the case, whoever did it is snarky to a deranged degree.

A Tribute to Lordi

Then again, Suzumiya Haruhi and its production generally have been rather sharp. It comes from both the fans, as well as individuals with KyoAni. Intelligence and a high level of coordination are generally seen so far both within the show as well as with what people are doing with it. Will the sequence of smart things continue for this soon-slotted-away TV series? It’s not going to run silent, but will it run deep?


The Question of Suzumiya Haruhi

I am a Harutard. Or Haruhi-tard? Whatever.

Bridge Bunny Yuki

And I am not ashamed of it. Why? Because it’s worth the hype. Or rather, shows like this needs the hype.

I think in a lot of ways Suzumiya Haruhi is the centered, neutral approach to deal with a real 4th-wall story. Take Genshiken for example. Aside from the character drama, what draws the show in for us is its otaku references and mirroring a life too close to real for some of us. However, while that was all a lot of fun for me, what draws me is Saki; her mainstream representation and the invariable conflict which always arise from the slow and painful road she started by dating Kousaka.

What I am trying to say is that Suzumiya Haruhi no Uuutsu is doing exactly the same thing, but from the bottom-up. What if the Sasahara is the anchor, the norm, the voice of reason (as he kind of is sometimes)? What if we swap out the sick otaku references and the war against fujoshi and swap in a bit of X-Phile-ism and, well, more popular references to the mainstream? Like some classic science fiction, mainstream video games, books, and websites?

Or the pure, simple idea of a science fiction reality? Breaching the wall directly and attack escapism? It channels the feeling of a 10yo when he first watched E.T. the first time, or A New Hope. It’s innocent.

At least, that’s what it appears to be. It’s what makes Suzumiya Haruhi such a hard-to-polarize story I think. People generally react positively or negatively towards hype, and I seriously cannot find good criticism against Suzumiya Haruhi on the whole without someone talking about how hyped it is. Is that really a fault of the show?

Suzumiya Haruhi rallies. It flags the fantasy spirit under its indiscriminatory banner. It avoids the scandalous (for the most part). It sounds reasonable. It is fantastic. It fancies its viewers.
Which makes sense that I don’t think this show is over-hyped. Not so much because I have a high opinion of the show (although it would seem), but because it is a part of what the show is about.

To that end, Suzumiya Haruhi is definitely not for everyone. If you don’t care about that pure science fiction spirit, you probably won’t care for this show either. If you’ve outgrown it, you’ll find the show rather elementary and lacking that magical touch. It’s half the reason why I believe there was an episode-shuffling going on. But for anime fans, Suzumiya Haruhi hits one of the key reasons of what made us who we are in terms of what we watch, and that is what matters in the end.