On-Con 2020 Anime Convention Review

On-Con 2020 Anime Convention Review 

On-Con 2020 was an online anime convention and occurred for three days. Geek Archology was graciously happy to host the anime-themed and advertised it on their website. Geek Archegoloy’s founding member, Brent P. Newhall, came up with the idea for COVID-19 and the stress from the convention community surrounding the disease. Geek culture is highly involved in the website and Brent himself, so On-Con is inevitable to happen. YouTube was the method for via live stream and the main video content for Geek Archeology. 

Though the event was three days, I was only able to attend the last day on March 29th. It was a Sunday morning, and I caught the end of the Trivia game, discussion, and giveaway #5. I might have been late to the party; however, the day turned out fruitful and yielded excitement. I asked some questions for On-Con in the discussion section and found possibly more On-Cons coming soon. Sunday had over 200 views on YouTube and a growing audience on the live chat. I stay tuned for the Panel: A Brief History of Anime and wanted to see how Brent discussed the material. 

He started the stream by mentioning that “History is a Lie” and not always accurate, depending on new evidence and historical perceptive. Then, the picture Great Wave off Kanagawa surfaced on the screen, which has great significance in Japan’s Prehistory Animation. Hokusai is a pioneer artist of his time and would paint landscapes and other Japanese life. In terms of animation, people knew him for observing Samurai and their martial arts, which he drew. These could have been early depictions of comic strips later known as manga in Japan. The manga was the prevalent source material for anime and would then influence the term anime. It is essential to understand that early animation after Hokusai’s drawings was establishing a foothold for style and other fundamental techniques. 

After the Prehistory of Anime, there was a timeline for Japanese history and key anime in the time. The first two anime listed in order was Astro Boy (1963) and Mobile Suit Gundam (1979). Between 1963 and 1979, there were student protests which questioned the older generation authority and lazy government plotlines in other anime. The next chronological event was Akira (1988) and then followed by the collapse of the Japanese economy (1990). This lead to instability in the anime industry once again, and budgets were even tighter. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) had a depressed protagonist who represented some Anti-Mecha anime tropes. Eventually, Japan would exercise extreme fees in American companies and cause the anime industry to cripple overseas. 2000 marked a shrink in America’s consumption and revenue of anime due to the rising costs. The last major anime in the timeline was The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006). Audiences alike were enjoying The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime because it sparked significant fan interaction. This panel was an overview of anime, and the presentation dove further with one-on-one anime discussion. 

After hearing anime’s history, the next panel was Cosplay Showcase. Kaminoko and Ladyryu displayed skills for making masks for COVID-19. The activity revealed which fabric to use and the steps to make them. First and furmost, there was the advice for 100 percent cotton only. Cotton presented safe proeedures involving the medical industry for its ability to reuse and sterilize, hypoallergenic capabilities, self-insulating, and other purposes. According to their suggestions, any color fabric was fine along as it was cotton and which filters prevented the disease from spreading. They said that certified filters were best, and the temporary situations like tissues worked best when changed. Lastly, along with the mask, they showed some cosplay projects like a dress. A trip to a thrift shop occurred, and Ladyryu bought a sheet to cut down the cost of the dress. Overall, their panel stood out and provided insightful features about cosplay.

Next, I participated in the Charity Auction for the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Brent had some anime merchandise and sold them to benefit fundraiser for the virus. We began this section of On-Con with a preview to each item for auction. I loved the lots and how everyone was competitive with specific objects. The high rollers when it came to bidding was Johnny, Emma, and somehow myself in the process. When I looked back to which objects I bought, I spent money equivalent to a quarter of the total proceeds for the auction. The time lag of the YouTube chat caused some problems with very close bids. Somehow, I placed a request, and the time lag revealed a delay in video and the live chat. On a closer look, I was the winner, and it came to the nose with Johnny and I. I won a Porco Russo original print at a discount than other places. Yeah, this was my favorite moment of the program, plus I benefited the Who COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

 In conclusion, On-Con 2020 was fantastic and thrilling to be part of it. The people that I met were anime enthusiasts like me and reflected their passion throughout the stream. I joined the Discord, and now I am an active participant on the server. I hope people a safe time while at home and the ones affected by the virus in many ways. Also, consider giving to a cause to help this crisis and others like I did. Furthermore, everything is crazy at the moment, and everyone’s support would form a collective to combat COVID-19. 

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