As a veteran of anime fandom, conventions are nothing new to me. However, conventions that coincide with important dates are. This year’s Ohayocon fell on Megurine Luka’s birthday, so as a Vocaloidism editor with a camera, I just had to volunteer myself for duty.
After the break is Day 1 in pics. Two notes, though. First, I am not an expert photographer. My weapon of choice is a Polaroid i634 from 2007 I got for $72. If my pics look bad, that’s why. Also, if you want me to take down a photo of you, contact me in private, whether through e-mail, or PM through Vocaforum, Vocaloid Otaku or Ohayocon’s boards.
Ohayocon is Ohio’s largest anime convention, with attendees in the thousands, possibly tens of thousands. I attended the previous year, and there was a decent contingent of Vocaloid cosplayers. This year, like the con itself, it was going to be even bigger.
One thing that was evident this year was the love of fan-made Vocaloids. I didn’t see fan-mades last year, so the influx of them was a bit of a surprise.
Volume on Friday was relatively low, but slowly gained leading up to the Vocaloid photoshoot that night. It had all the precision of a mob, but the cosplay moms and the KoiSen Kaito (I’m totally not kidding) helped organize things and fun was had by all.
I did not cover the dance portion of the shoot, partially because there was no musical accompaniment (though I must admit it was an admirable attempt to sing “Love & Joy” from memory) but mainly because I didn’t have a camcorder >: However, I did take more than enough pics at the shoot, all of which up on my photobucket with minor edits (for size, red eye, and brightness).
For Part 2, I tackle the rest of the convention and some other stuff.