On January 31st to February 2nd, Animation on Display or AOD for short held their event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near SFO aka San Francisco Airport. I had held the event at a much bigger venue over their old Japantown spot which allowed for more space and events to be held.
One of the highlights of this event was the gaming room. As someone who loves fighting games, it was extremely awesome to see free to play arcade cabinets of some of my all time favorite fighting games such as Capcom vs SNK 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, and more. The gaming area received its own area and didn’t interfere with any other event from the convention. There were tournaments for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Persona 4 Ultimax, and more. There were also some speed runs from people that have participated in the Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick series. Pachinko machines were also in the house with opportunities to win some prizes if successful. People also ran casuals from other games like Super Smash Bros. 64.
I was also the only person from my group of friends that opted to attend the maid cafe. Maybe I should have read the details better or something because I ended up with butlers too. I guess I find maids from maid cafes to be cute while not so much for the butlers. I didn’t know butlers would be included in the experience.
The dealer room was quite impressive as they carried many things from figurines, artwork, posters, to clothing. I myself spent quite a lot of money keeping up with my personal collection of Sailor Venus things.
Unfortunately, due to the events of everything, I did not attend any of the panels and workshops, but to be fair, I’ve attended a lot of the same ones from other cons, so it would have just been a repetitive process.
I’d say it’s a great anime con but wished it didn’t coincide with the Super Bowl. Maybe if it were a week before or after.
Written by: Timtastic