SakuraCon 2006
Posted in Advice, Anime, Reviews
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:14 am)

As promised in my Spot the Nerd post, here's my review of our trip to SakuraCon 2006. Overall I'd have to say it wasn't that great. The organization was atrocious—if they've improved a lot from previous years then they really sucked before. They were moving classes around with absolutely NO notification! For example, Sunday afternoon there was a class we wanted to go to, but it got moved to Friday evening. There were no announcements in the opening ceremonies or anywhere else, unless you went to the room and looked at its posted schedule—that was the only place you could see a schedule change, on a room-by-room basis.

They ran out of lanyards for convention badges even before all the early-registration people got to register on Thursday evening.

The Anime theaters (there were four) that played shows 24 hours per day kept rearranging the schedule, so if there was a show you wanted to see, chances were you already missed it, or they put something else on instead. The printed schedule wasn't very useful. And they never did have an online schedule for you to actually decide what to do before you got there.

They also scheduled the Charity Auction at the same time as the Closing Ceremonies (a very bad deal for the Make-a-Wish foundation).

The vendors were there in force, but there weren't any great deals to be had.

All in all, it was an interesting weekend, but I don't think any of us will be going to another one of these without some serious proof that it's going to be way better.

I could only recommend this if you are a very hardcore Anime fan. Most of the people there were juvenile, with a very juvenile sense of humor. The entire staff was made up of everyday fans, so there wasn't much organization to speak of.

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