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So here I am sitting at work with my coffee, about two clicks away from D.C. thinking whether I should stop by and "visit" this evening. I don't even have a badge, and don't care to buy one. I've outright snuck into the formal ball before, the only event worth going too, closest to the reason why most people go in the first place: to grab a girl to back to their hotel room and get laid.

What used to be a fun convention among all my friends has now devolved into an empty circle-jerk of obsessed hobbyists, hot celebrity cos-players who nothing but photoshoot, and poor friendless autists whose highlight of their year is to spend a few expensive days watching anime in a panel with strangers they don't even know.

You go to the "Voice Actors After Dark Panel" maybe, to relive the childhood thrill of "staying up" with pillows and blankets - only to be affronted with the sight of aging PC feminists droning on and on about what annoys them, sitting next to what appears to be a 40 something otaku, laying on his stanky breath in your direction at 3:00 in the morning.

You step outside and look up at the late summer night sky and wonder, "what is my life?"

Then on Sunday, like the world doesn't even care, they pack up their, equipment, and money, and leave, turning the Walter E. Convention Center back into dreary center of business that it really is, as you return to your job next Monday morning.

But hey, there are some hot cos-players there right? Well you can't even sneak past the front door anymore. So yeah.

*sips covfefe* Have fun.
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Livejournal is that way.
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>>9591834 retard
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>>9594593
>>9594593
Just got done read Ted Kaczynski's manifesto. Con culture is over-socialization.
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>>9594541
A+ you should be proud to submit this to your highschool ap English class next semester
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>>9594541
I can smell your fedora from here
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>>9594809
Don't stay up late.
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>>9594691
How do you expect the outcasts with little practice in socialization to act?
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Where the parties at?
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Anyone selling a badge?

Hit me up

Kik rocknforte
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>>9595594
I'll only sell my badge if you suicide bomb save as many otaku as you can :^)
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This kid on twitter is bitching so much about how someone stole his Haruhi headband right off his head. Like that doesn't actually happen right?
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>>9596110
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>>9596111
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Was hearing a pipe burst in the artist alley and flooded the whole place, did that actually happen?????? That really sucks for all the artists.
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>>9596172
It happened but its not totally flooded. Dealers room got hit, too.
t- friends with a dealer
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>>9594541
You must be fun at parties
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>>9596263
>Bryce Harper suffered a bad injury to his leg
>Both games would have been rain delayed all weekend
>Bryce could have been in Otakon getting pictures with cosplay girls from Jersey and plowing them outta existence

Why is DC sports cursed man
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>>9594691
>over-socialization

What the hell does that even mean?
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Final day.
Sore everywhere from posing for pics.
Eyes red as fuck from passing out in circle lenses.
12 hours sleep all weekend
Headache from wig, glasses, hat, and hidden headband.
Im just gonna wear normie shit and the persona get smoked hat.
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I'm glad it's over
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>>9596172

DC had some localized flooding last night after the downpour, and there was leaking in multiple areas around the convention center afterwards. Artist alley flooding might be related to that, not sure of the timing.
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>>9596110
>censoring the names

Pathetic.
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I witnessed a girl getting beat up by two guys in an otherwise empty metro car. Fucking cities, man.

She wasn't fighting back, and I informed security as best I could.
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Should we start a new Otakon thread and let the one die? This one kinda has a shitty OP.
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>>9596478
@quotacka , I sent them to a group chat before I posted them here, my bad
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Tfw the one black girl kicked all our asses in tekken 7 as Claudio
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>>9596639
>tfw wanted to play some Guilty Gear but didn't get around to it
I wanted to try out my Pot game, fug.
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So when's the next Otakon?
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>>9596761
Nex year
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>>9596761
Cancelled
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>>9596771
>Implying
OtaCorp will be hurt, but for the most part, Otakon will bounce back next year. The location is beautiful and great for photography.
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Damn yo that bomb threat was crazy i can't believe they had to check every bag.

Fun times watching the ruroni kenshin movie next to the live stage playing music though. Interesting anachronism of the serious scenes and then goofy jpop music playing made it a better experience.
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>>9596827
They were checking bags because of what happened at Expo
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The meme blind bag egg is the worst storage container ever.
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>>9596840
Its like pokémon.
Walk so many steps- it hatches
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>>9596836

What happened at expo? They were barely checking anything. All it did was make for another huge bottle neck. They sorted their shit out after Friday at least.

Con center staff also couldn't seem to figure out that if you weren't badged on the way in you don't need to get badged again
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It was a good con. The WCC and the Marriott were lovely. The library and the church were lovely. My only quibble that were actually within the con's control is that they shouldn't have held large gatherings on the skybridge; they should have held them out of the way on the third floor.
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>>9596777
With what money, lol?
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>>9596573

>Watches woman getting beat up in the capital of the United States of America
>Does nothing

>Watches western civilization fall
>Does nothing
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>>9596906
>>9596827
>potential bomber
>wear costume, fat guy suit or some shit
>hide bomb in costume
wow that was hard to defeat
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>>9596777
>The location is beautiful and great for photography

Compared to the inner harbor the photography for the area in DC the con was located in was limited as fuck. Two older buildings outside and the main lobby of the Marriott Marquis which the second level and staircase was constantly being used as photo settings. The latter being so much the case it was more useful using a fucking elevator to get to the second floor than the stair case because of shots being done.

Everywhere else around the con area was not that great unless you go off a block or two, and even then there is no assurance that the locals will care for it. The inner harbor is worlds better than this shit.

>>9596827
Funny thing is someone left behind a grenade lighter (that looked like an actual grenade) outside of the con on Saturday night. There were like 5 cop cars at the con as well.

Honestly I am surprised nothing crazy happened, being that its DC and all I was expecting some stupid shit to happen with cosplayer props that may look too real freaking out some of the security/police around town. Just felt like a potential cocktail for getting this con shut down.
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>>9597101
I didn't bother going outside the convention center because of the bag check shit and being unfamiliar with any of DC beyond the mall.
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Good times. Of course there's pro and cons when u compare it to BCC but I liked not having to say "excuse me" at all except at the persona Photoshoot
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>>9597018
>Does nothing
>I informed security as best I could
I may have forgotten to mention that they were a metro car ahead of me.
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>>9597101
Within walking distance of BCC:
>Flower terrace area at con center
>Hilton lobby
>Marriott lobby
>big concrete area to east
>harbor
>weird fountain with rocks?
>ships if you paid for them I guess

Within walking distance of WCC:
>second floor bridge
>second and third floor overlooks
>Marriott lobby
>Carnegie Library
>church
>Chinatown
>National Portrait Gallery
>City Center

Losing waterfront harbor shots and the flower area at the BCC is a loss, but for sci-fi, fantasy, or SOL shoots the area around the WCC is as good or better.

>>9597055
>>9596836
>>9596827
They were checking bags because a guy tried to kill Jason David Frank at Phoenix City Comic Con.
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Otakon is dead
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>>9597175
Because checking bags is totally going to stop a crossdressing lolita from hiding a shit ton of heat under his frills
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>>9597203
Oh I agree that bag check couldn't stop anyone wearing a sufficiently voluminous cosplay, I'm just saying it was probably in response to the JDF thing rather than a bomb threat.
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I liked the WCC because it seemed more open, but the price and the surrounded places for food/booze were way more limited in terms of walking. I'm not a huge fan of wearing costumes around DC or on the metro, especially since the con seemed more contained than in Baltimore.

Anyone get pictures of stuff/cosplayers? There were some gorgeous cosplays that I didn't recognize.

The arcade was a major let down, but the swing lounge was fantastic. Nice space to let go and get to know people, especially as a break from the usual raves at cons.
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>>9597153
Were you the cute Akechi at the Saturday night Meetup?
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>>9597211
umaya izakaya is great and cheap, but some distance from the con center
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>>9596445
where did you snag that bls
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>>9597246
Which one? The one who had the "get smoked" hat?
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>>9597328
I got it from the dealers room. The stall had 100% sold out by saturday at noon. A Wendy's girl took the last 3 or 4.
Sage for double.
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Did anyone stay at the Marquis? There was so much going on downstairs in the lobby.
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>>9594541
why does this exist
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>>9597246
I didn't make it to meetups, where were they usually, at rainbow at 9?
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>>9597343
Nah, the one who was a total dick at first, but kept saying excuse me really quietly to the photags to get through.

[spoiler] though all the Akechi we're really cute [/spoiler]
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>>9597424
It was a wedding, iirc.
I've never seen so many cute black girls in one spot, I posted up outside with a cigar and let my eyes roam.
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Total attendance: 23,441
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>>9597948
JUST
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>>9597948
IT ALL RETURNS TO NOTHING
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>>9597948
Source?
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>>9596172
I was in the artists alley this. Pipe burst in three spots. Damage to about 5 tables. convention center insurance is covering the damage. It didn't flood like people are saying, there were three puddles. Cleaned up and reopened in about 45min. Handled very well.
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>>9596172
There were leaks on multiple days in both dealers and AA, but it wasn't that bad.
One of the leaks happened right in the middle of the auction area though.
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Got this at the SMT / Persona meetup on Saturday. The cosplayers there did a bang up job!
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>>9598206
This is cringe.
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Anyone get any photos from the lolita fashion show? I had a conflict and I missed it D: how was it?
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>>9598166
Also in the AA, and agreed. There was some merchandise damaged, but they asked everyone that got water damage to come to them with the items so they could document it, so I think they will be paid for one way or another.

The leaks happened, they closed the alley, moved the effected artists, and then opened the alley. Honestly they were in a bad spot, so they ended up in a much better spot after the move.
At first I was annoyed at the alley closure, but the hour break actually meant other artists got a chance to shop with me so I actually got more sales out of it O:
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>>9596836

No, they were checking bags because Ariana Grande bomber and Rep Steve Scalise shooter
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>>9598027
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>>9597948
Not awful, still top 10 nationwide, I think Next Year will be much higher with all the positive word of mouth.

>>9598166
That is "global warming/climate change"
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>>9598353
Not with those numbers. With the remaining cons this year, they are pretty much out.
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>>9594541
>poor friendless autists whose highlight of their year is to spend a few expensive days watching anime in a panel with strangers they don't even know.

it's like you know me
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>>9598364
Please enlighten me.
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>>9598364
Anime Expo - approximately 90,500 warm bodies (up 5.23%)
Anime North - 32,651 warm bodies with 30,210 paid attendees (up 5.97%)
Anime Central - 31,113 warm bodies (up 4.85%)
A-Kon - 29,383 warm bodies (up 11.40%)
Otakon - 26,877 paid attendees (down 20.78%)
Anime Boston - 27,150 warm bodies with 26,475 paid attendees (up 6.50%)
Anime Weekend Atlanta - 25,107 paid attendees (up 23.61%)
Anime Matsuri - 24,328 warm bodies (up 25.32%)
Sakura-Con - 23,419 warm bodies (up 6.45%)
Otakuthon - 20,210 warm bodies (up 14.43%)

Unless Otakuthon broke 23, unlikely. I mean AWA I expect 5% growth tops and I want to say AWA is the end of the convention season.
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>>9598493

I think they mean 'out of the top 10' since there are still several large cons to go this year they may get bumped off.

I still enjoy attending the con but they've had enough snafus over the past three years I can see why attendance has declined. The new space is loads better than the BCC and its well worth checking out next year if you've been on the fence in previous years.
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Even this location is nicer and they've just started turning things around, it's too little too late because they're flat out out of money. The boneheaded decisions to jack up badge prices 15 bucks in a single year after a reg disaster and then doubling down on Ota Vegas (which they have to still run or lose more money) plus the cavalier way they throw money around is all coming back to bite them in the ass. The venue change is nice, but it's the culture of Otakons management that needs to change.
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>>9598523

This anon speaks the truth
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Remember when we used to get things of actual importance announced at Otakon? I feel like that didn't happen this year. Yeah, the dub companies announced stuff, but no actual Japanese source announced anything new, to my knowledge.
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>>9598950
That was one of the bigger reasons why I did not actually buy tickets for the con this year. Typically they have one big thing that they base their con around (VA guests for it, panels, a special screening) but this year that was really not the case at all. Arguably the only thing that came close was something Sailor Moon related but even that was not as big.

My SO was hoping on something YoI related given how popular the series has been with females but they barely did anything at all with having it there. Hell the con in Atlantic City NJ had a heavier presence of YoI stuff compared to Otakon and that is sad.
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>>9598501
their attendance was 23k. not 26k.

Also Momocon is missing from that list so, technically, they are off if you used the proper data.
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>>9599361
That data is from 2015 and the 23k number has no source.
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>seeing my first time in cosplay getting posted on websites
Feels good.
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>>9599377
What cosplay? Post pics.
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>>9594541
Here's my photo dumps of the con:

Day 1
https://thepodcaste.com/2017/08/11/talking-food-and-cosplay-with-joe-of-the-slants-otakon2017/
Day 2
https://thepodcaste.com/2017/08/13/ken-shima-of-the-slants-at-otakon-2017/

Day 3
https://thepodcaste.com/2017/08/14/gunsully-had-a-busy-weekend/
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>>9599432
>inaccurate pigtails
Disgusting.
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>>9599432
Isn't this a dead meme?
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>>9599438
Do memes really die?
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>>9599436
good catch!
I was just impressed that he took the time.
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>>9599436
At least it looks like they have the ebola shepards crook on the purse.
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>>9599432
Cute, let's go out.
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>>9599464
well, that's not me. I'm the fat guy from ThePodcaste . com
the Ebola-chan crossplayer is KSL Sewing on Instagram.
give him some love.
https://www.instagram.com/koskommando/
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>>9594541
best Starlord cosplayer there
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN8H0RRpNWo
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>>9599397
Nice! Those legs were impressive.
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Tfw i got a "otakon <3's this cosplay" ribbon for the first time. And for a really common cosplay.
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>>9599432
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>>9599602
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>>9599602
>>9599606
wow such edge
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>>9599602
>>9599606
oh fuck I remember this one! they also cosplayed as homura with the turner diaries
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>>9599432
>>9599602
>>9599606
Actually met this one, was staying at the Hotel I was in.
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>>9599637
Seems like a nice guy, shame I couldn't get the homura pics.
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>>9599602
>>9599606
wew
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>>9599646
Never figured it was a straight up guy until I heard them talk. Still cute enough for me to consider them trap worthy however.

Makes me wonder how many decent traps exist at cons.
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>>9599646
Did anyone manage to get a picture? They also had a "no step on snek" Gadsen flag.
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>>9599743
That's the odd thing, I saw the guy on Friday, yet nothing on Saturday, and he said that he was gone on Sunday. I can't find any pics.
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>>9599788
I was dressed as Homura with an M240b, Gadsen flag and a copy of the turner diaries Saturday morning, ditched the flag and book around lunch time, then changed into a Momiji cosplay for the 2hu photoshoot.
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does anyone know who that one stoic chad was?
you know who I'm talking about
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>>9599802
>Momiji
Cute, I would have joined you as Alice.
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>>9599491
He has some nice sewing skills.
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>>9599808
You missed out. 2hu dinner at Carmines was cozy. Shared 5 big plates of different foods between our table of 10. Then a few of us that kept together got drunk and bought some bottle of 100$ weeb whiskey.
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>>9599817
That seafood pasta was fucking amazing.
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>>9599811
I know, right?
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>>9599802
Didn't you have a MAGA hat as well? I remember seeing you in the hotel with the cosplay but did not want to bother you as it seemed like you were worn out at the bar/sitting area.
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>>9599883
With the Momiji cosplay? Yes, but I had the regular Tokin hat on underneath.




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