|Me in the hotel room Monday morning.|
It was early morning on Monday and like all good things, they have to come to an end. At this point, at 10:30 am, this is where we said farewell. Snowflakes aside, due to a failed attempt to go to Alice Cooper'stown the previous night we ended up going back to make sure this was our final business here in Phoenix.
|Me at the front of Alice Cooper'stown.|
After seeing some Big Units come out of the kitchen, it was our time to order up. We also ordered a Big Unit, but this wasn't the ordinary But Unit, it was the "Man vs Food" Bases Loaded Big Unit! And by golly we filled up, filled up so much I'm willing to bet next time we come back we can eat one of these by ourselves. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone in the area who loves hot dogs and any kind of bar food and/or some con-goer who's very hungry, like us, who haven't eaten anything over the weekend. The environment is fun too if your into music or anything related to Arizona.
|The "Man vs Food" Bases Loaded Big Unit in its full glory.|
|Signed guitars, a wall signed by famous people, and the actual hardwood from the Phoenix Suns' 1998 season.|
|A rare photo of the restaurant not busy.|
|Menu signed by Alice himself.|
Traveling Back to Sacramento and Southern Oregon
Before having to head back on our obligatory trip to Sacramento, I'd spent some time on the beaches of Long Beach since we stayed on a beach house right next to it. Given the recent events prior to the convention, I was finally able to relieve myself from the stresses and struggles I've been facing beforehand. For once in my lifetime, it has been a long while since I was at peace and complete serenity. For what time I had to think on the beach, left myself a message. I for once had a moment of clarity much needed for the trek home. I gave in and let all the negativity wash away with the waves; by then, it was 11:00am and it's time to finally head back to Sacramento.
|Something I wrote to rememeber by.|
|Matthew digging into the appetizers even before the grill got hot.|
|The end result. Yay!|
Overall and Closing Thoughts of Taiyou Con 2015
First and foremost, I am glad, rather blessed, by the people I met over the duration of the con. I personally would like to thank Michael Schuetz and Danny Nguyen for coming all the way from Portland and staying with us the majority of the con. If it wasn't for you guys, it wouldn't had felt like a group experience and it really would have been a bland room crew. I'd also humbly like to express my gratitude to Michael and Gackto for inviting us to such a wonderful event and a big one for us at that. If it wasn't for you guys there, this glorified "Persona-Con" we were looking for would've never happened. Our biggest shout out and sincere thanks to Lotus Juice, Kawamura-san, and Hirata-san for making their first trip outside Japan to the United States and playing as a group, singing their hearts out to us at Taiyou Con. I am grateful to have met you guys on a personal level and have a drink with you. I hope that one day soon we'll all be able to see you and chant your names again. As far as the convention goes, despite how small the location is I had a great time with all the events that were happening over the weekend. There were some hiccups here and there but as every convention has hiccups whether it's just starting out or a few years in, even the big ones do. In moderation with this year's event, given how big it was, I'm hoping this Arizona convention really lit its fire and can keep its momentum going and not be the one hit wonder I heard some people mention after the convention. All in all, we had a great bunch of guests there and I appreciate meeting all of them.
Would I/We Return?
I think that's the question a lot of people are asking after this convention ended, but in all honesty do you want my opinion? I'm sure you all do. I will honestly say that I will return back to this convention because of how much fun the environment was with all the themes that were going on over the weekend and at the cafe; it really seems like this place was a hospitable location to have fun at. I really look forward to seeing what Taiyou Con can leave for us next year because this convention is definitely one I'm keeping an eye out for.
This will be the end of my complete coverage of Taiyou Con 2015.
I'll leave you here with the lyrics to "Changing Me" (the ending theme to Persona Q) featuring both respective guests Yumi Kawamura and Shihoko Hirata. Until our next convention coverage guys, this is Ryan signing out.