Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Otakon Vegas 2015!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2015!  This news report covers our trip to Otakon Vegas 2015 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Planet Hollywood Resort Casino Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend of January 16-18, Otakon Vegas 2015 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to Otakon Vegas 2015 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Guests of Honor included Toshio Furukawa, Shino Kakinuma, SUSHIO, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Wendee Lee, Steve Blum, Lisa Ortiz, with special guest appearances by JAM Project and Hironobu Kageyama. Main Events, Panels and workshops included Cosplay Contest, Masquerade, Kill la Kill, 4th Dimension Prop Building, Intro to Touhou, Intro to World of Japanese Idols, Figure Collecting, Japanese Bookbinding, Improv 101, Hetalia World Conference, Anime Archives, Intro to Parapara Dancing, Awkward Anime Crushes, Magical Cosplays, Getting Into Cosplay, Madoka Magica Madness, Music of Yoko Kanno, Hentai Nights, Politics of Bravely Default, Otaku Anthropology, Transnational Media, Global Yaoi Phenomenon, Cel Art Style, Fan Fiction, Dark Side of Magical Girls, and more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Otakon Vegas saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Vocaloid, Dramatical Murder, Sailor Moon, Sword Art Online, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Dangan Ronpa, Magica Madoka, League of Legends, Black Butler, Free!, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Otakon Vegas stock convention archives!
Report: Otakon Vegas returns to Planet Hollywood Casino and Hotel pulling in about the same number of attendees as last year which stays put at a comfortable number of a little over 2,000. Staffed by a mix of Otakon veterans and local Vegas con staffers, the convention appeared to run through fairly well again.

Arriving late Friday night, I was pleasantly surprised to be directed from a closed Registration booth to an Information Desk to pick up my weekend attendee badge, saving me the headache of waking up early in the morning. Now that's service for you! Badge pickup process was quick and fast and I was on my way to poke around the layout for a bit. Staffers was always very helpful and went out of their way to be nice and courteous to all the attendees.

Not much change from last year, most convention functions stayed put. Artists Alley stayed in the open public area so it could be open well past the actual convention hours if they wanted. Gaming rooms were filled with plenty of PCs and consoles. Dealers Hall had plenty of Alpacas, Nenderoids, and PVC figurines in stock as these are now the rising trend in the collectibles market. I was able to snatch up a nice Fate/Stay figurine and Baby Groot Pop Vinyl for a decent price at a few booths as well as old Blu-ray copy of Akira at the Funimation booth. Autograph lines moved to the rear end of the hall and was replaced with Registration kiosks. Panels and Workshops were located in the far back of the hall. Video rooms seemed to gather a good crowd throughout the weekend, meaning they had a good mix of popular shows for the attendees to watch. The Masquerade was very well-run and everyone seemed to agree with the judging results. The dance afterwards capped off a great day and while most people retired for the night, a few remaining flocks of attendees sat around the floors reminiscing the day's big events. 

If cosplay photoshoots are your pleasure, there were plenty of decent areas inside the hotel to do photos although limited because of the casino portions and sometimes the crowds outside who have no idea whatís going on. Just across the street was the Cosmopolitan and Aria Shopping Center and Hotel where the backgrounds were far more delicious for cosplayers and photographers alike. I saw a few cosplayers take advantage of those opportunities because well, itís Vegas!  As for food and shopping, well, you can't go hungry in Vegas!  I had the pleasure of finding time to dine at the Planet Hollywood Dailies restaurant, desserts at the Aria and Cosmopolitan across the street from Planet Hollywood, small dinner at Citizens inside Mandalay Bay, and a lot more than I really want to admit.  Too hungry for too much glorious food!

I was more impressed with this year's Otakon Vegas and I had a really great time enjoying the convention and being able to chat with several attendees about their experiences this year.  I look forward to attending next year.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Otakon Vegas stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Otakon Vegas!