Everyone had slept in, including myself, until around 9am - 10am. By then, we only had two hours until the solo concert which even he admitted was a bit early.
|Attendees shopping on the last day.|
|People waiting in line for the solo concert. Most of the Persona cosplayers, inlcuding Ryan and I, where in casual clothing today.|
|Lotus Juice performing.|
|Hirata-san getting down with Lotus Juice.|
|Lotus Juice with Kawamura-san.|
@heeroyuy135 @Taiyoucon yes probably around 2:30pm
— Erin Fitzgerald (@ErinFitzgerald) January 18, 2015
Eric Stuart, who did the voices for Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! and Brock from Pokemon was also there. The thing was that this was the first time I've seen him all weekend. And some of the other guests of honor - like Johnny Junkers and Chris Guerrero - I didn't see at all. I guess that if you're locked into Persona Con, you're totally zoned in to those four.
3:30pm rolled around, which meant that the meet and greet for VIP ticket holders started. This gave 50 attendees who paid an extra $25 to meet their idols up close and personal, ask questions, get things signed, and take a photo.
|Danny interacting with the trio.|
|One last selfie with the trio.|
Our plan was to head out to Alice Cooper'stown located in downtown Phoenix to eat the "Man vs Food" Bases Loaded Big Unit.
Back in the car heading to the hotel, we streamed Carpe Diem out of my phone and honed in on the lyrics from Lotus Juice. Now that we've met the person, listen to his stories and inspirations, and saw him perform in person, his lyrics and music take on a whole different level of meaning. In fact, you can say that for the entire Persona franchise.
We were planning on crashing and packing in so that we could leave Monday, then we spotted Lotus Juice and Kawamura-san chilling with drinks with whoever was left after the convention ended. So we bought down what drinks we had left and offered it to those who still remained. Knowing Ryan as a great bartender, he got people going with his drinks as I made up a couple of my own from what was brought down.
After everyone departed, we stripped down to our suits and hit the hot tub to relax the night away. We noticed that someone was already in the hot tub, then we find out it was one of higher staff members for Taiyou Con. For nearly two hours, we discussed what we liked at the convention, voiced some of our concerns, and gave recommendations to grow this five-year old convention. Having that conversation really changed our perspective of the entire weekend and left us wanting to come back to see how this convention turns to the future.
|Ryan and Michael posing with Kawamura-san and Hirata-san for one last photo.|