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Part four of the longest and slowest storm

March 23, 2015

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One thing at a time.

My second con experience

September 30, 2013

After skipping AWA last year from what I thought was a very light and generally bad event schedule (the only two things I really wanted to do were at the same time on the same day and two days basically had nothing going on for me), I went back this year. I had to. After all, ZUN was there.

Yes, ZUN’s first appearance outside the country and his first at any convention (or so I was told by staff) was at AWA this year, not even an hour’s drive from my house. Sadly, I didn’t get to see his panel. I had been stuck in the back of the line for Yuu Asakawa’s autograph (the only autograph I got this year) and we had run over the time. I stopped to get a drink and when I got to the ZUN line, it was 35 minutes before the start of the panel and security was (rather rudely, which I later found out wasn’t just my experience) turning people away. It sucked pretty hard. After all, he was the reason I wanted to go so much. I did manage to catch his other two panels, though they weren’t the same, content-wise, as the one I really wanted to go to. It was very interesting. I’m hoping a recording of his panel shows up on YouTube at some point. There were apparently some super interesting questions. I later found out that according to ZUN, canon of all previous games doesn’t matter once the new one comes out. Thought that was interesting. And I guess it matches his stance on PC-98’s canon.

Speaking of Touhou, I attended the Touhou fan panel this year. Lots of fun. The host was in front of me for the final panel for the Japanese guests and apparently he thinks his panels suck, but hey, I liked it. I just regret not going in 2011, but it was kind of early for me to get up and drive all the way to the con. I sat next to a Meiling that I think might have actually been the one in the 2011 con post, though I didn’t realize that until last night. I wonder if it actually was her…

Beyond that, I mostly just did a lot of shopping. Here’s everything I snagged:

As with last time, I picked up a Taiga figure. Two, actually. So now I have four Toradora figures, three of which are Taiga. Also, you may (or may not) notice that pack of Toradora cards for Precious Memories. Bought ’em just to have ’em.

And here are the trading figures I got. (None opened for display this year because I don’t have room for anything in my house, so they all went back into the box until I can find room for them.)

And yes, that is Tenshi on the AWA 2013 shirt, and yes, that is ZUN’s name on it (not signature, though, just printed name). He designed the shirt for this year and put Tenshi on it because of the peach on her hat. It’s considered official Touhou merchandise. (ZUN’s autograph policy is to only sign official Touhou merchandise and we were told that the shirts do count.)

I’m a little upset that the prices for the con seem to be going up next year. Pre-reg for next year at the con is normally $20, but it was $35 this year. Either costs are going up all the way around next year or they’re just narrowing the margins for the price difference to keep profit up. I’m not sure. Either way, I’m paid up and I look forward to next year.

My first con experience

October 5, 2011

So the reason I couldn’t really get around to the final impressions this weekend was that I finally went to my very first anime convention: Anime Weekend Atlanta.

I love every minute of it. It was all new and exciting. Seeing cosplayers running around, playing games I’d never played before, looking around at all of the awesome stuff in the Dealer’s Room, buying some of the awesome stuff in the Dealer’s Room, checking out panels, getting autographs and photos with some of my all-time favorite VAs… I felt like there just wasn’t enough time in the day to do everything I wanted to. As a matter of fact, I already miss it. Each day since it’s been over, I’ve had the thought cross my mind that there was something to do at AWA that I wish I could still do right now. I keep looking back at the pictures I took and wishing it was already September of next year.

Anyway, not gonna ramble on forever about how much I enjoyed it. I’ll just post a few pictures and let it be until next year.

First up, autographs. I got autographs from both Vic Mignogna and Brina Palencia. Vic signed my copy of Disgaea 3, where he voiced the main character, Mao.

I also got Brina to autograph the inside cover art for Evangelion 1.01, where she voiced Rei Ayanami.

And here’s all the junk I ended up getting.

And here’s a better shot of the figures.

And here are the trading figures I ended up with after I opened the boxes.

I’m really impressed with that Petit Nendoroid Yuno. I’m gonna have to pick up some more Petit Nendoroids at those kinds of prices. I also really love that little Miya (Amagami) with the cat ears and tail.

Now of course the crown jewels of my selection are the Toradora figures. I don’t have a good photo of those yet because I don’t really have anywhere to put them, but I’m really happy that I finally have a Taiga figure.

So here’s the breakdown on cost for all of that stuff:
– Vocaloid wallscrolls: $15 x 3
– AWA 2011 shirt: $20
– Niconico.com shirt: Cheap as free
– Railgun figure (Gym outfit Mikoto): $7
– Ika Musume figure (Nagisa): $10
– Amagami figure (Miya): $13
– Nanoha figure (Yuno): $10
– K-ON! figure (Mugi): $13
– Fumoffu figure (Ren, student council secretary): $10
– Toradora figures: $75 for the pair
– Factory sealed copy of Arcana Heart (PS2) and the satisfaction that I no longer have to regret not buying it when it came out: $35

Total swag cost: $238

Addtional con costs:
– Pre-reg pass (late): $40
– Gas for three round trips: $40

Total con cost: $318

That’s about what I expected to spend. I’ve already pre-registered for next year for $20, and I expect to spend a lot more then. I’ll probably be trying to flesh out my figure collection with some Touhou and Vocaloid items, as well as possibly picking up some more Toradora. Hell, if I haven’t bought it by then, I may try to pick up the upcoming Taiga Nendoroid while I’m there, once I can see it in person.

Anyway, it was definitely a fun experience and I look forward to going back. Hopefully this time I’ll be able to catch the Touhou meetup when it happens instead of at the tail end when they’re shooting group photos…

P.S. If you’re in this photo and you object to me posting a crappy cell-phone picture of you where I can’t even really make out your face and you’re already in disguise, just… lemme know or something. Whatever. I’m sure no one cares or even reads this.

Touhou 13 Announced

February 27, 2011

http://kourindou.exblog.jp/14332117/

Not a whole lot to say here other than I’m impressed we have four selectable characters. I can’t say Youmu is who I would have gone with were it my choice, but she’s still a good choice.

And one to grow on.

November 5, 2010

One more 1CC. The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. This stupid game gave me so much damn trouble trying to 1CC it. Red Magic is evil. EVIL. There were three times where I made it to Red Magic and lost. Even though I made it through this time, I still lost too many bombs by dying. I could have finished with more lives. No other spell card has ever made me so overconfident only to smack me in the face at the most inopportune time.

Replay’s up at Gensokyo.org, will be up on YouTube later. Links in the sidebar.

And another Touhou 1CC

October 28, 2010

Perfect Cherry Blossom. Did it with SakuyaB. I had been trying with SakuyaA and gotten close several times, but I kept making a bunch of stupid mistakes. I still made a ton this time, but I finished the run by catching a few of the ones I usually make. I had a decent finish as far as life count goes, I guess. I wasn’t pushing it as close as my MoF run for sure. It helps that Sakuya has so many damn bombs.

The replay will be in the sidebar links (Gensokyo.org and YouTube).

Managed another Touhou 1CC

October 28, 2010

Mountain of Faith this time. Did it with ReimuA on my first time beating the game.

I’ve also taken the liberty of uploading replays since the last time. I put the files at Gensokyo.org’s replay section and I also uploaded recordings to YouTube. MoF’s YouTube upload won’t be up until tomorrow. I have to check the compressed videos to make sure they’re okay.

Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/McDohlMR
Replay Files: http://replays.gensokyo.org/index.php?u=Daverost

FYI, Touhou 12.8 is freaking hard.

August 15, 2010

I played it some yesterday and it’s damn hard. One of the hardest Touhou games I’ve played in a good long while. The freeze mechanic is fun, but you have to abuse it just to not die horribly every half minute.

Yay Cirno, though ❤

Touhou 12.8 Announced

July 23, 2010

http://kourindou.exblog.jp/12990219/

TH13 can suck it. We’re getting a Cirno game. CAN’T. WAIT.

I suck slightly less again.

May 3, 2010

1cc’d Imperishable Night this time through FinalB, unlocking the Extra Stage. It’s about damn time I 1cc’d a Windows game. Too bad it was an easy one. Still doesn’t feel like much of an accomplishment. I’ll either try plugging away at something like PCB or EoSD next or I’ll stick to PoFV until I unlock everything.

I’ve also tried my hand at the fighting games, but IaMP is the only one I don’t completely suck at, so I’m not really making any progress. I’ve beaten IaMP with Marisa’s first bad ending and I almost beat Stage 5 once without having to continue, but I wouldn’t have made it any further than the second bad ending. I’m having a really hard time playing on a keyboard and I can’t get a good controller to try my luck with. Not having luck getting my PS3 controller to work either.

Also, as I mentioned last time, I’ve tried my hand at the newest game, Double Spoiler, but I have really only played it on and off for short periods of time and Level 6 is as far as I’ve made it. It’s pretty low on my priority list for Touhou games, especially since I’ve left the main ones and even the first camera game unbeaten. We’ll see how long it takes me to do anything noteworthy in another Touhou game, I guess.