Who was Otakon 2018?
Otakon 2018 was fantastic and I loved every bit of it. This weekend was the Unite the Right rally and I understand people don’t want to show up. That’s not the case in that matter. Otakon is a safe haven for us Otakus from the outside world. That being said, this year’s Otakon was about Dragon Ball franchise. They’ve show a trailer of the new Dragon Ball Super Broly movie. There was other such as Fate Order and many previews. I don’t go on Friday but Saturday due to cheaper tickets. Don’t want to pay $90 for all weekend. I brought $70 Saturday and Sunday ticket. In my opinion, it was better than last year Otakon. There were a lot of amazing guests that showed up this year’s Otakon.
Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of the Final Fantasy series had a panel. The audience chant Final Fantasy victory theme went he walk on stage. He gave some insights on being a composer and life struggles. Uematsu words penetrated my heart and inspired me. Afterwards, went to a Final Fantasy panel with a rundown of the series. There are other panels I went to Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans. The panel ask questions to the voice actors (Kyle McCarley, Robbie Daymond, Johnny Young Bosch and Masaya Matsukaze). Iron-Blood director Tatsuyuki Nagai and Mecha designer Kanetake Ebikawa join the panel. There were discussing about season 1 and 2 along with characters.
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I went to JC Staff panel with Food Wars producer Yuji Matsukura. He share some details about Food Wars and new anime titles being developed. We saw a trailer on Certain Magical Index season 3 and other works. The dealer room was amazing went Dragon Ball North America Tour took center stage. The booth is filled with figures, trading card games, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. It was the ultimate Dragon Ball experience along with a panel. The world tour is sponsored by Bandai Namco and happy to join the fun. Video Game room was the same as last year. I got a hands-on experience with Blazblue Cross Tag Battle. Blazblue Cross Tag Battle plays alittle different than most Arc System Works games.
There is a two button attack, tag and partner combination attack. I can’t wait to get my hands on the full version (all the dlc content). Played Dragon Ball Fighter Z for the second time and think about buying on PS4. There were robust of arcade machines and retro gaming consoles. Later on went to more panels Little Witch Academia and Hunter X Hunter panel. In Otakon 2018, there were lots of things to do. Karaoke at Otacafe, Maid Café, Lolita Garden and Funimation Lounge. Otakon 2018 was spectacular this year and I hope it get better. Lastly, I went to Sword Art Online Summer Festival was lively and very funny. Bryce PappenBrook and Cherami Leigh were a riot and get to see Sword art Online Alicization.