Monday, January 13, 2014

Matthew's Otakon Vegas 2014 Report: Part 5 - Day Four + Epilogue

Today was the day that we would leave Las Vegas. We had a great time out here, but it was time for us to make the trek back into California. However, we had one more stop to make.

By the time 10am rolled around, Nate was ready to get on the Super Shuttle back to McCarran International and the Corolla was loaded up and ready to head back to Sacramento. But instead of going south on the I-15, we went north up to place that is known to locals and tourists as "twisted farm food." That place was called Hash House a go go.

With whatever money we had in our pockets and bank accounts, the four of us split two of their signature dishes: Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Benedict and the Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles.

Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Benedict
Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles
Those meals kept us full for the drive home and it so worth it spending our last few dollars on these fine dishes.

After a top-off in Primm, it was onwards back home. Before long, it was 8pm and I was back home in Sacramento. Ryan, Amanda, and Dalton all passed out and went home the next day.

Back when I decided to attend Anime Los Angeles over SacAnime Winter back in 2010, it was a fresh breath of air from the same routine. It felt the same way when I decided to attend Otakon Vegas over Anime Los Angeles AND SacAnime Winter. If there is one organization that can pull off having an anime convention on the Strip in the middle of Las Vegas, it would be Otakon.

One of my concerns going out of Otakon Vegas was next year's dates. In January, right after New Years celebrations in which the Strip is blocked off, CES and the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo reign over everything else. Established conventions like Anime Vegas have trouble over the "big kings" that have higher priority to space; it's the reason why that convention hasn't been at the Cashman Center in recent years. I missed the announcement that Otakon Vegas would take place January 16 - 18, 2015, which bypasses most of those events and allows this convention to be center stage in its second year.

I had a wonderful time out here. Big shout-outs to the Otakon Vegas staff for inviting us as press and for throwing a successful first-year convention and I wish you all the best for the growth of this convention in the future. Big shout-outs go to Larry over at Bally's for helping us out and getting us the upgrade to the jacuzzi suite. Without that, we would of been more sore than usual. And of course, thanks to my running mate Nate, whose report should be up as soon as he recovers from Anime Los Angeles.

I already have Otakon Vegas 2015 marked on my calendar, and I can't wait to come back next year.

私のレポートを 読むためにありがとう。
Thank you for reading my report.

-Otakon Vegas 2014 Report End-

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