For the convention, it looks like it’ll be at the Gaylord National Hotel for a while since it has not out-paced the floor space just yet. Even the atrium wasn’t packed like last year for photo opportunities. At least for the most part the weather wasn’t too bad to do anything around the area and at least there was cheaper food to eat like Baja Fresh (I bet they made a killer that weekend). Not much has changed in terms of the hotel since last year besides the lighting in the trees and some construction out on the Potomac River side of the hotel.
For the convention itself one major event was at attendance and that would be the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) having it’s preliminaries held in the main events room of the convention. Its purpose was to find groups compete in a masquerade style to represent the US and compete in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan.
Other than the WCS there wasn’t much new to the convention, aside from the hoard of photographers coming out of nowhere to attend Katsucon. As usual the groups of photographers seem to have congregated in the atrium area for the usage of the natural lighting (or just using the classic style scenery). The attendees were just all over the place either to attend an event or finding the event itself.
In the Guests sector, the usual American voice actors were at attendance, but more importantly the musical guests conventions have been pushing towards. It’s been a trend to bring over bands that are new to the US and in the case Kiryu was invited with his variety of genres to play. Another fairly new to the industry was Kazuha Oda/Kazha who is more tamed versus Kiryu while performing.
For the regular masquerade, it was about the same as the WCS. It seems as time goes on the genres comes to one.
For Katsucon ‘s schedule, they seem to push towards having people check things online. Granted this is possible for all conventions, Katsucon’s paper copy seemed to be a bit much. It was one of the more notable complaints even among the staff members.
Overall Katsucon is following many of the previous conventions on the east coast being just a convention. There wasn’t much of any spectacular where veteran con goers would go, “Did you see that” moment; however, it may be for the good.