Otakon 2016: General Impressions

narutaki_icon_4040_round When we did our pre-Otakon podcast, we felt like the Otakon staff were not dialing it in as was a concern for a number of people. There were guests both from Japan and from the U.S., premieres, concerts, autographs, and all the other things we’ve come to expect. Though most admitted to feeling like the con was missing a central, tentpole event, there was still a lot to look forward to.

Otakon 2016 was my busiest yet, in phenomenal ways, and yet I can’t pick out a singular favorite moment from the weekend. At least not one that was specific to the convention itself (amazing friends, amazing food don’t count). I’m proud of the interviews we did, but was personally less impressed with the overall presentation of the con as a whole. It was no one thing that contributed to the feeling either.

Something about this year just felt a little off. Maybe it was the impending move; that sense of change in the air, that seemed to pervade my mood over the weekend.

hisui_icon_4040_round You’re leaving your significant other due to moving half way across the world for a great new job. It was a no-brainer to accept the position. The new career pays more and is far more rewarding. You debated the move for such a long time but when push came to shove it was just too good an opportunity to pass up.  Your relationship with your partner was hardly perfect. You had your issues but none of them were toxic. They were all things that could have been worked through if you had the time. It was mostly just the fact your need to advance your career and your life with this new job was more than what you had invested in this relationship.

Just before the move you and your partner have one last meal together. It is not exactly a date or a celebration. It almost feels like a dinner after a wake. It is a ceremony to help deal with the upcoming feelings of loss more than anything else. The meal is pleasant. Nothing harsh is really said. There are even some wonderful moments that remind you why you and your partner were together in the first place. It is far from a miserable affair but it is still slightly awkward despite the best efforts on everyone’s part. You leave the restaurant with a mixture of sadness and fear tinged with some hope that the upcoming new beginning will make this all worthwhile.

I think it is fairly obvious all of this is a metaphor for the last Otakon in Baltimore. Kate’s conflicted feelings about the event summed up everyone’s feelings. Otakon 2016 has a so many clashing emotions and ideas that need to be unpacked to fully understand this convention. If you don’t mind too much we are going to try to work through our experiences in this post while we give a con report as a by-product.

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All Points Bulletin: The Rise and Fall of Wizard Papercraft

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narutaki_icon_4040_round Kate’s picks:

  • Further Writings on the Wizarding World
    OK, so I really want J.K. Rowling to get back to writing Cormoran Strike books, buuut one of these short stories is about McGonagall so fine!
  • Witness for the Prosecution
    One of Agatha Christie’s many stories is getting a new film adaptation. . . . by Ben Affleck so the jury is still out on whether to look forward to this or not.

hisui_icon_4040_round Alain’s picks:

  • World of Papercraft
    We have our first reader submitted APB article. I admit it was from my sister but I will take my achievements where I can get them.
  • The Rise and Fall of Tiberius Gracchus
    Tiberius Gracchus wish to return the Rome to the glory he once saw it having. It does not go so well from him. He also as a sequel in the wings with his brother but that is for next week.

  • You Must Have Been A Beautiful Designer Baby
    A video on genetic engineering worth listening to just to see how far the technology has come.

narutaki_icon_4040_round Weasleys!

Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: A Most Glorius Summer

This Saturday post is the weekly Type-Moon news in addition to the regular APB post on Sunday. If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on the Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup drop me a line via email or Twitter.