Ohayocon 19 preview

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I’m going to my 7th Ohayocon this weekend! Here’s what I’ll be interested in seeing:

Friday:

12:00 pm – Sanrio and You! – As a Hello Kitty fan, this piques my interest; I look forward to finding out more info on the Sanrio characters.

2:00 pm – Discussing the FLCL Sequels – This is where it gets dicey; is the panelist going to lay into the awful FLCL sequels and tell exactly how bad they were, or are they going to try to defend those terrible shows? Should be an interesting hour!

3:00 pm – A History of Clamp! – Clamp is who made Cardcaptor Sakura, which is why I am interested in this.

3:30 pm – Do You Know Your Cartoons: Jeopardy! – Any Jeopardy! panel comes with a lot of risk – mainly, is it even going to remotely resemble Jeopardy! – but I’m still open to giving it a chance.

4:00 pm – Ohayocon Opening Ceremonies – I hardly ever go to these, but when I do, it doesn’t turn out well.

5:30 pm – Mika Kobayashi & Tetsuro Shimaguchi Concert – I don’t want to lose my way to this.

8:00 pm – Canines in Pop Culture – Everyone loves dogs. My hope is that the dog from this week’s episode of My Hero Academia is featured, and then we get to find out if it was really inspired by Scruff McGruff.

9:00 pm – Con Fam Feud! – Family Feud is always fun. Can this one live up to the hype of last year’s Tekko Family Feud?

12:30 pm – 21+ Mixer Feat. Tipsy Raccoons – Am I crazy enough to go to this? You make the call.

2:00 am – Was That Real?: Bizarre Anime After Dark – The hope is that I choose to stay up late this year and go to the late-night panels. As history has shown, I’m too old for that.

Saturday:

10:00 am – World of Sailor Moon Through the Eyes of the Moonies – I always try to go to any Sailor Moon panels, but this one in particular ought to be good.

1:30 pm – Speed Cosplay – Hopefully this lives up to the billing of the “Iron Cosplay” panels I’ve seen in the past.

3:00 pm – Being in the Entertainment business in Japan – Mainly because of the guests who are involved in the panel.

5:00 pm – From Commercials to Cowboy Bebop – The voice of Jet Black is hosting this panel.

8:00 pm – Mika Kobayashi Concert – Don’t lose your way.

10:00 pm – The CON-MEN Game Show – You know that I’m always trying to find game shows to go to, and here’s another one.

1:30 am – Tear List – A panel about ranking video games. If I’m up this late, then you’ll know that I’ve gone crazy.

Sunday:

10:00 am – Naoko Takeuchi Fan Panel – A panel about the mangaka who made Sailor Moon. Sounds pretty interesting.

1:00 pm – Mika Kobayashi Q&A – Self-explanatory (but don’t lose your way there).

2:30 pm – From pitch to production… The creation of an Anime – Now we start to wonder if I’m going to be checking the sports scores all through the day.

4:00 pm – Ohayocon Closing Ceremonies & Feedback Panel – I haven’t gone to one of these in probably at least 7 years. Let’s see if I can make it to closing ceremonies.

And that’s my Ohayocon schedule for you. Find out next week how well my con went!

2018-19 NFL Wild Card predictions

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I’ll be making my NFL playoff predictions here over the course of the tournament.

AFC – #6 Indianapolis Colts at #3 Houston Texans – Andrew Luck is back from injury and has led his team to a fantastic season, only to be upstaged by division rival Houston, who also has a quarterback who’s back from injury in DeShaun Watson. Ultimately, I have to pick the home team in a close game with very little separating the two squads. Houston 23, Indianapolis 20

NFC – #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Dallas Cowboys – The NFL is thrilled that its ratings juggernaut Dallas is in the playoffs. Unfortunately, they won’t last. Seattle is too good, with a quarterback who I used to hate on in Russell Wilson, but now I consider a more reliable QB than even Aaron Rodgers. Dallas got in thanks to playing in a weak division. They aren’t long for this tournament. Seattle 26, Dallas 21

AFC – #5 Los Angeles Chargers at #4 Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens just flat-out can’t pass the football. In the year 2019, that’s not going to work. Heck, watching some of these old games, it wouldn’t have worked in 1979! Philip Rivers, meanwhile, will lead the Chargers to a bunch of scores by way of his arm, and the Chargers win in my “lock of the week.” Los Angeles 34, Baltimore 17

NFC – #6 Philadelphia Eagles at #3 Chicago Bears – If the Eagles were healthy at the quarterback position, there’s no doubt I’d pick them. But with the Chicago defense on fire, and Nick Foles having come out of the last game due to injury, I have to play it safe and go with the home team. It’ll be close, though. Chicago 16, Philadelphia 14