Ohayocon is billed as the largest anime convention in Ohio, drawing in just over 10,000 people last year. Last year was my first Ohayocon so I was expecting this to be as fun and awesome as it was for me last year. I pre-registered for a weekend badge but was not able to get to the convention until around 10 PM Friday night, meaning I didn’t even get to roam around until 11 PM or so. The reason I got there so late is that I was stuck in anatomy lab for medical school until 6 PM.
How this review is going to work is that I’m going to give a day by day explanation of things I did with some comments thrown in and then at the end I’ll have a general discussion section (makes this sound almost like a lab report for school or something).
We’re not affiliated with Ohayocon or any convention for that matter. We’re here to make unbiased reports. That means there will be criticism. It also means there will be compliments on things so don’t think we’re just being mean. With that please enjoy reading my review of Ohayocon 2011.
Ok, let me just start out with some first impressions about Colossalcon 8.
I got to the information desk, which was probably the most helpful. They had a map and directed me to the registration which was just around the corner. I got a program/guidebook as soon as I registered, and started marking down all the things I wanted to see. One of the first things I wanted to attend was “Meet Dean Venture,” which I could not locate. Well, for starters there was not really a map in the guide, so I had a hard time finding Panel 1. After lots of roaming I could not find it and went back to the Registration booth. No one, NO ONE, in the registration booth had any idea where Panel 1 was. I had to walk back to the information booth before I could get a good map. The map showed Panel 1, but when I got there the room was labeled as “How to Anime RPG,” and then after talking to the guy who was sitting in front of Panel 2, I found that they had actually changed up the schedule some.
Heading back to the information booth I finally found the revised schedule. I wonder why the information booth staffer failed to inform me that there was a changed schedule when I picked up the map. So first impression is that the staff will not really go out of their way to make sure people know what’s going on.
All the confusion about the schedule led to me getting into the Brad Swaile event late, but he’s been heavily involved in a lot of voice acting. Even though the event was called “Gundam with Brad Swaile,” by the time I got there it ended up being more of a general Q&A for Brad about some of the roles he’s been involved in. There were still a few questions about Gundam, such as
Q: Who’s your favorite character?
Overall Brad is a really cool guy and I can easily tell that he really likes anime himself. He commented that a lot of conventions he goes to they keep him so busy he doesn’t even have time to go to the dealer’s room, which is good for his wallet. I would think that would be true considering he talked about getting 1/60 Gundam kits.
He talked about Transformers as well and how he totally hated the character he played (Kicker).
He dispelled the rumor that some of the Gundam Wing voice actors are not that close and said that most of the voice actors are extremely close and supportive.