Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Kintoki. Northern California's answer to Fanime.
The Filipino Martial Artists Academy also was a nice addition to the convention, I wish they performed a little later in the day though. Master Nilo and his squad were there doing demonstratrions and some beautiful forms. They are really an amazing group to watch perform.
I enjoyed the amply sized vendor hall and artists alley. We got to visit with a few of our friends like Anthony Leano from the Land Beyond, Carly from Carlyfornia and our favorite photographer, Oscar Benjamin as well as many others.
Moon Stream was off the hook. Their music concert was super amazing. The lights, sound, and setup was sick and their are a super kewl group of guys on and off the stage. Their performance was smooth and for their first American show, I was blown away. They played the crowd during their whole set and even did two encores!
Loki's Planet ran a 24 hour gaming lounge on the 17th floor of the event. We provided a bunch of board games and even twister. Watching cosplayers play twister was pretty entertaining.We also held a charity silent auction for Japan with various items from the vendors that attended the convention. TLH provided the DJ's as well. DJ DubDuece & RSkee went back and forth all night. I got down on some Kinect games around 2am on Saturday and I know DJ R Skee didn't stop spinning till 6a.m.
Overall, Kintoki was an amazing first year and we hope that they come back next year. Sacramento needs a great place for Otakus and Fanboys alike. With a beautiful atmosphere abitious events and tons of great programming, we hope to be invited again for next year. Although the con had a few hiccups, issues were quickly resolved and i'm sure that next year it will be the con to be at.