And now, I attempt a con report ^^ If something doesn't make sense, I blame it on reading Anarchy at the same time and the fact that it's 3 am.
So. Thursday night was our official mad costume rush. This largely amounted to me helping everybody else with their outfits, as I was done already, and apparently am the one with actual organizational skills. After roughly four hours of sleep that night, we set out the next morning on our great Otakon adventure.
And then got stuck in traffic. For an hour. Damn NYC. Anyway, we eventually made it to Baltimore at about 9:00 PM or so. Checked into our fancy hotel (The Hyatt, w00t!), and then Claudia and I changed into the two shikifuku, and Mel and Winter put on some nice regular clothing, and we all headed over to the hotel, amid worries from me about not being able to pick up our badges (Sakura-Con made me paranoid). We wandered the con some, I tried to find Heather and Sihaya, and failed, and we met several different people who we would see later and I would totally forget I met before, as I don't think I was entirely with it that night. And that, more or less, was Friday.
Saturday got off to a slightly more coherent start. We all did X, and Claudia and Mel were very cute indeed as Kamui and Subaru, while I spent far too long admiring how good I looked in the mirror. Seishirou makes me egotistical, yay! Having good hair for the first time helped a lot. We wandered around, had lunch with a Yami group we met the evening before, and I managed to finally find Heather and Sihaya and their group, who looked wonderful and cute in the PoT 115 outfits. My favorite cosplay group of the con, along with the Yami shikis Sunday ^^ Got a lot of photos of them, wandered around the artists' alley, tried to convince Heather to sell me pr0n to no avail (it's alright, I understand why you wouldn't ^^), and got mistaken for Ari XD The conversation went something along these lines:
Fangirl: *typical oohs, ahhs, 'Can I have a photo?', and then...*
Fangirl: Hey, you look familiar. I think I've seen you before...do you have a website?
Me: *makes an educated guess* ...Yuuzai?
Fangirl: Yeah! That was it!
Me: ...Actually, uh, I'm not the Yuuzai Seishirou, I just run the site - only in one photo, as Hokuto. Their Fuuma is over there as Oishi, though *points at Heather*
Needless to say, I was highly amused, and highly complimented, and procceded to run and tell Heather and the rest of my group of this occurance ^^
And then...there was the concert. I sort of got pulled along, as Claudia wanted to go, but it turned out to be quite fun. The random English interludes were the best, although I had to explain the crab line to everybody else in my group, being the only one who has ever really been to Maryland before. Though, I wonder exactly how the people near the front have any hearing left at all - we were in one of farthest rows from the stage, and the bass was still near the level of an acoustic massage. The only two things I wish were different were that they had a video feed from the stage onto the big view screens for those of us in the back (particularly those of us in the back that still had Seishirou contacts in ><), and that I had known more than one of the songs they played (READY STEADY GO, I'm a sad FMA fangirl like that ^^). That night largely ended up with fun fun Yami and X shoots back at our hotel, including SpontaneousCasual!Fuuma, who was actually a Tsuzuki cosplayer we had met at the con, who we talked into putting on jeans and a black t-shirt for some photos ^^ There was also FanServiceKitty!Kamui, along with faked blowjobs XD
Sunday was a little more low-key. I dressed as Tatsumi, and made a few passes through the dealer's room, picking up Fruits Basket 3, a Kamui plushie, a Kamui keychain, presents for two friends, and some free stuff from Viz and Funimation. I also ran into EAG, and after collecting some of my Yami group, and some of her friends, and we all went to lunch. At Hooters XD Yes, we have photos. After that, it was off to the Yami shoot, which had a surprisingly large turn-out. There were a number of shikigami, several Muraki and Tsuzuki, two Watari, and even one Oriya, who has apparently been dubbed World's Tiniest Oriya ^^ I was the lone Tatsumi, though. More wrong photos were taken - EAG had a riding crop :D At that point, the con was basically over, and we sat around and talked some before security made us leave. Also ran into some GetBackers cosplayers, one of whom lives on the other side of the hill from me.
That night, we met up with some people that Claudia knew from previous cons, went out for sushi, and horrendously over-priced but oh-so-good cheesecake. I got chocolate raspberry truffle <3 There was much packing, and then the drive home Monday morning. And that, my friends, was Otakon 2004.
This is only a selection of my favorites, or particularly memborable photos - The rest of them can be found here
-The shikifuku with proper hair color!
-Black and white (With a cute Tsuzuki, too!)
-Obscure!Yuzuriha and Satsuka, yay!
-There were a _lot_ of FMA cosplayers...
-What happens when there are no Fuuma cosplayers
-...Of course, we found one later ^^
-The kick-ass PoT 115 group ^^
-It came out kind of dark, but Cid Highwind and the Vincent bear
-Apparently she did actually play the Devil's Trill for anyone who asked
-"There is no escape, Subaru-kun."
-Subaru makes the best pet ever <3
-Seishirou got accidently semed ;.;
-Kamui is such a pervert ^^
-Seishirou regains his rightful place, on top
-Haha, we mock you and your X14, rabid Subaru/Kamui fangirls!
-There were a _lot_ of FMA cosplayers...
-"Now, where did those ukes go?"
-"...Wait, why do we need ukes?"
-Fuuma takes the initiative
-All your Fuu/Sei are belong to us!
-The morning after
-"Fuck you, Sakurazukamori."
-"Why you little-!"
-Come on, you _know_ they so read shoujo manga
-S/S can be cute! ...Sometimes
-Seishirou is a possessive little bastard
-Poor, unsuspecting Muraki
-Yay for glass elevators
-Always a gentleman
-The battle commences
-Why yes, I _do_ shamelessly rip off the TB artbook
-Yami + Hooters = XD
-Giant Yami group of DOOOOOM.
-Tatsumi is not pleased.