I'm enjoying Armageddicon IV so far. It took me quite a while to find the hotel they moved to, but I managed to get in without missing anything. I didn't have a huge line to wait in for my badge this time; something I could never say for Ohayocon.
On Friday, I started off in the Dealers' Room, which was a tent in the parking lot, and picked up two sexy wallscrolls for $12 each and a figure of Izumi Sawatari from He Is My Master with a soft rubber chest for $25. After that, I attended the Opening Ceremonies, which became an impromptu break dancing lesson while the hosts stalled for time.
The following panel was "Distraction", based on the Comedy Central game show. I was one of the four contestants, but got knocked out in the first round; the food round. We started by wearing swim goggles with onion in them, and had to eat onion, cinnamon, lemon, wasabi, habanero peppers, some nasty candy, or any combination of the above when we buzzed in to answer the questions. I tried to eat one of each all at once in the tie-breaker and couldn't manage to swallow it. After using the provided barf bag and washing my hands thoroughly (and my shirt a little bit), I returned to watch the rest of the show. Chris, a guy who offered me some "liquid courage" was the winner, coming out with an intact wallscroll of Faye Valentine in her bikini, another Cowboy Bebop wallscroll (GE 1428) cut in half perfectly to make two decent wallscrolls, an L plush doll run through with a sword but otherwise okay, and a couple of things that were utterly destroyed.
I went to a couple of smaller panels after that; one about the science of anime and why giant humanoid robots would never be a practical solution, and the other involved holding anime characters on trial. Kamina from Gurren Lagaan and Gendo Ikari were found not guilty, and Knives from Trigun, Dante from FMA, and 4Kids were all convicted for their crimes against humanity.
Haruko Nogawa, secretary to the "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka, came here from Japan for her first appearance at an anime convention, but they put it opposite "Whose Line is it Anime?" Last but not least for opening day, "Your Favorite Anime Sucks" was fun, despite the hosts railing off so much about things other than anime, such as the couple who brought their 8-year old kid and a baby to a panel filled with coarse language.
On Saturday, I cosplayed Guile and played Street Fighter IV in Training Mode to practice his moves. By the end of the day, I posed for half a dozen pictures, one of which was with a guy dressed as Ryu; I really wanted to do a mock battle with him, but all he did was dress the part. At high noon, Dante's execution was held in the Upper Terrace, the con equivalent of Town Square. There was a cheap figure of her made of paperboard, and I think someone put a little candy in her because it went flying when we tore her apart. After that, I watched the ambitious attempt to recreate "Legends of the Hidden Temple" with a sci-fi twist. There was an "Anime Fight Club", but despite all my efforts I wasn't chosen to participate. I went back to the Dealers' Room and found a Street Fighter IV Ken action figure for $24. It's amazing that we have the same first name, blood type, and love of pasta. I spent some time watching the funniest episodes of Abenobashi, Planetes, and Gurren Lagaan before going to the Protomen concert. There was a lot of hype, including the hour-long rally on the terrace at 7, but I got bored waiting for the band to take the stage so I called it a night around 8:30.
Today, I'm wearing my tabi and going to four panels: "AnimEaster", "American vs. Japanese", and either "World History" or "Staff Picks" before catching the Closing Ceremonies.