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#KatsuCon weekend is over and done! I can't say I had a blast honestly, but I definitely still had a good time with my friends and I'm thankful for the ones I got to meet and hang out with during the con. The con itself? Ehh.
Katsu as a convention is just alright to me. I only really participated in the Fashion Show and Masquerade, both of which started extremely behind schedule and were more trouble than they were worth. Once the show got started, it was alright and fun to watch. The cosplayers and costumes were great, I even won an honorable mention and that was exciting, but overall in hindsight I probably was better off just roaming around the floor than being in an organized contest. I ended up missing two photoshoots because of the Masquerade.
Cosplay at this con felt very elitist. I still don't really know how to describe it, but I just kept getting the vibe that unless I had 10k+ followers or my boobs were showing, no one cared. I was sitting by the gazebo and saw a bunch of awesome cosplays sitting around in really well done armors and outfits, but all the photographers were busy taking pictures of the one girl in the sexy Velma cosplay. I get it, sex sells, but by the end of the con I almost felt pressured to put my body out there and be more revealing with it, and I didn't like that.
It was also Way. Too. Crowded. People were saying "wow this is SO much better than last year" but holy shit I can't even imagine last year when I had to push through so many people just to use the escalator. I wasn't too bothered by badge enforcement like a lot of people were, honestly the only dicks I encountered were the yellow security vest people. But people were always passively fighting over using a specific photo spot like the gazebo, and stopping to let someone take a photo was next to impossible unless you were outside. I think honestly there needs to be a bigger venue or Katsu should only offer so many badges. They never sold out of any to my knowledge.
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