Can you talk like your butthole is being tickled with a feather?

Can you talk like your butthole is being tickled with a feather?

In other words, I attended AkaiCon in Nashville, TN yesterday. It was amazing.

My family had been planning on attending AkaiCon this year after having such a fun time last year. My brothers and I had been discussing what we would like to do for this year’s con since we arrived home right after it ended last year. One of my brothers wanted to cosplay as L from Death Note and our other brother simply talked about what guests he wanted to see. As for me, I wanted to attend the Toonami event (AKA I wanted to have a drink with the guests and attend the special party).

Unfortunately, due to unforeseeable circumstances, we could only attend Saturday of AkaiCon and had to be back that night. Which sucked because we were looking forward to all the panels and getting to rest at the hotel. And I couldn’t have a drink or two with the guests.

Aside from that damper, we still had a great time. We arrived about an hour before the regular autograph session took place, so we decided to check out artist alley. The art was so beautiful! There was a ton of Pokémon fan art featuring the three respective Pokémon GO team leaders and fan art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Who wouldn’t want a Blanche and Vaporeon print and a Rey sticker?! There was also a beautiful set of Alice in Wonderland earrings that I fell in love with.

As it got closer for the autographs to begin, my family and I lined up at the accessible entrance (which was a wonderful idea, by the way) so that my brother could meet the guests. I had actually forgotten to bring something to have signed, so I just hurriedly ran around artist alley in search of a fitting print. I did find one, sort of, but luckily all of the guests had prints for sell.

I got to meet Tara Sands first, which made my inner child want to come out. How often do you meet freaking Bulbasaur?! She was really sweet, too, and said she liked my hair (I had rushed and dyed it blue before we left for the con). Afterwards, I met J. Michael Tatum and Austin Tindle. It made me that much more excited because I am really into Attack on Titan. They were both really nice and funny. And I am really glad that they asked whether to spell my name with an “-or” or an “-er” because I would have felt too nervous to ask them to redo it.

Once we were finished mutually fangirling, we decided to check out the venue. There were a ton of cosplay wigs, collectible figurines, manga, and plushies. There was a bunch of other things, too. It also got kind of lewd there. I was in one of the booths looking at stickers and buttons when I overheard two girls discussing how to pronounce the word “yaoi.” Afterwards, they asked the woman selling the items what the difference between “seme” and uke” is. The woman and her friend were both laughing (and so was I) as she explained it. When the girls left, the women joked with me about it as I browsed through the goodies. I found a Harley Quinn lanyard that I knew my brother would love (he has a huge crush on Harley Quinn right now) and we started talking about it. The conversation went kind of like this:

Me: “Hey, how much is this?”
Her: “I believe it’s $12. Oh! I love Harley Quinn.”
Me: “Yeah, my brother loves her, too. He would love this!”
Her: “Me, too! But I like this way (the animated version) much better.”
Me: “So do I!”
Her: “Then again, I like how she is now without the Joker. With Poison Ivy. They should have a threesome with Catwoman.. Wait, how old are you?”
Me, laughing shyly the whole time: “21.”
Her: “You should come to our panel tonight!”

No, I did not go. We had to be home by the time her panel would begin, though I am sure it would have been very interesting. Afterwards, we just joked with her friend about what to wear for class. Although it may have been a strange conversation, it was certainly one I will remember. I didn’t really catch their names or even the characters they were cosplaying, but if they ever read this then I hope that they know they had made my day.

Afterwards, we grabbed some food and looked for a place in the lobby. It was nice seeing all of the creative costumes (and watching the mortified hotel guests ask what was going on). When we finished, we decided to attend the “Meet the Guests” panel before the Yu-Gi-Oh voice actor autograph session began. I cannot pick out which moment I liked best about this panel. It was maybe when the guy dressed as Jesus walked in and the voice actors all cracked jokes. While I really cannot write everything that was said, I thought it would be fun to include some facts about the guests.

  • If Tara Sands has to do a political voice over that she does not agree with, she usually donates the money she earned to a cause she supports.
  • Eric Stuart was once asked to talk a little more “orange.”
  • Dan Green says that when he switches between Yugi and Yami, he goes from “full testicle” to “half testicle.”
  • Austin Tindle was once asked to talk as if his butthole was being tickled by a feather. He also sometimes has to grab his own butt while doing certain voices or sounds.
  • J. Michael Tatum once greeted Japanese businessmen with an incredibly informal “bad boy” short-version of thank you and spent the whole time saying it.

And that is how the title of this little blog entry was created. The more you know, right?

The evening ended with us running back to the autograph room and standing in line for about an hour to get the last few autographs. Everyone was so excited to see Tara again and to meet Eric and Dan. They kept doing recordings of some of their Yu-Gi-Oh catchphrases, which caused the whole room to cheer in nostalgia. About half-way through the wait, Eric and Dan ran around the room to high-five everyone for reaching the half-way point. It was pretty awesome, and something we really needed considering how tired we were getting. One of my brothers, who had brought a Death Note notebook as an autograph book, said that he was about to write his own name in it.

AkaiCon was perfect. I am looking forward to going back again next year. Maybe then I can get that drink?

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