Well well, Katsu wasn’t the disaster I was expecting. Things went reasonably well. High points:
* We got registered with ease, no problems with the cap.
* No hassles over my scooter backpack. I did hear of folks with bags being barred from entry to the dealer’s room and the game room, though.
* My main man tdj and submain man agermain let my group use their hotel room as a rest stop and merchandise storage locker. That helped tremendously.
* Got a fairly rare variant Belldandy figure of her in her old uniform, despite being from the movie-based line of figures. Also got an ASCII fighter pad for my Playstation 2.
* Katsucon was unusually well organized and robust this year; signs outside rooms were professionally printed, there were water and food stops even inside the con, artist’s alley allowed sales unlike the Otakon one. No anime I was interested in seeing, though.
* My scooter broke down and me being forced to take my smaller backup scooter — uncomfortable as hell and I didn’t last real long before having to go home because I couldnae go on.
* Getting food was a miserable experience; all that was around the hotel were expensive Italian places. It took my sister 50 minutes to go fetch me chow from the Food Court of Doom.
* The DDR tournament was NOT freestyle, as was advertised on the web. We skipped it and went home early.
* I bought a Love Hina DVD before remembering I had preordered it, and when I got home Amazon wouldn’t let me cancel my order — but won’t ship it to me until the 26th. Dickweeds. Fortunately I have a friend I’m trading it with for some anime fansubs.
* The con was HELLA CROWDED. I was expecting that, though. Sorry, folks, Katsucon is no longer a small con. Deal with it.
Overall, I’m glad I went a day, but even if I had my big scooter I don’t think I’d be keen on three days. What I got was groovy, though.
I got two CDs from tdj with lots and lots of MAME roms that were too damn big for me to download. I also bought a copy of Rival Schools for PS1 which works great with my emulator (which works great with my joysticks). As a result, my MAME box is more or less software complete, although I misplaced my other PS1 games… I gotta root through cardboard boxes to find them. (I’m only 75% unpacked after the new house move in November.)
And finally, we have writing project thoughts. I need to sit down and plot out the next AMH; I’m not sure the skimpy notes I left myself makes any sense. Megumi’s showing up and I haven’t pegged down how her personality will be different. I’d say more, but it’d be a spoiler.