5 Things Trump Can do at Matsuricon
Tonight, President Donald Trump is coming into town for the “Ohio Republican Party State Dinner,” but in reality we all know he’s coming into town with one of the best Anime Conventions in the region, Matsuricon. However, I know that Mr. President is a busy man, and with how fast the Hyatt booked for the event, I’m sure he won’t be able to stay more than a few hours on Friday. So, I took the liberty of fast tracking his experience at the Con with the top five things that he can do to prepare for his time at Matsuricon!
5. Check out the P.O.S.E.R. Wrestling Match
Matsuricon has partnered with the Local Wrestling Federation, POSER Wrestling, to showcase some of their fine entertainment for attendees of the show. Self-described as “independent punk rock wrestling adventure growing from Slam Diego, Ohio” on their website, POSER will be hosting various matches including a ball pit cage match and a kaiju battle.
While Trump unfortunately won’t be able to make it to POSER’s wrestling matches, taking place on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., we’re sure that had he been able to book a hotel for longer, he would have stayed to relive his WWF glory days.
4. Prep Some Amazing Cosplay
Half of the fun of going to an Anime Convention is dressing up as your favorite characters from anime, video games, movies, and more. Matsuricon never disappoints with its offerings for cosplayers new and old, this year hosting a cosplay masquerade and a “Friday Night Fashion Show” for aspiring and veteran cosplayer’s to get a chance to win awesome prizes with their mostly handcrafted costumes.
In the spirit of things, you should expect Trump to only come as the most niche reference to Japanese culture, so I’m calling that his costume will be President Wilson from Metal Wolf Chaos.
3. Get Ready to Play Some Video Games
Anime and video games go hand in hand, and luckily for Trump (and all other attendees) Matsuricon will have all of your gaming needs covered. On top of their traditional console room that will have setups of classics from Super Smash Bros. to Mario Kart, the convention has also partnered up with my company, Multivarious, to bring together Indie Developers from across the state to come in and showcase their smaller independent games in the GDEX Indie Game Megabooth.
Matsuricon will also host a plethora of Tournaments for the competitive types to prove their dominance in their favorite game. So, with Trump in town on Friday night, he should be able to jump into a tournament for either Injustice 2 or Tekken 7, as long as he can put the $5 toward the prize pool to enter.
2. Save Up Some Money for the Artist Alley/Vendor Hall
Speaking of saving, there’s always plenty of art, collectables, and memorabilia from popular and niche anime, games, and more. Matsuricon has a vendor room that’s filled with more than 30 dealers, from Funimation to Tasty Peach, so that everyone can buy everything from adorable stuffed animals to a figure of their favorite character.
On top of the vendor room, Matsuricon also has an artist alley filled with more than 60 artists from around the country. These artists sell everything from charms to full prints to hang up in your home (or the White House, I think it could use more Pokémon artwork). Matsuricon also hosts a charity raffle, where attendees can donate money for amazing, one-of-a-kind items, ensuring that you can both spend money and help charity. What’s more capitalistic than that?
1. Catch Up on Some Anime During the Trip Over
Finally, as anyone can tell you when they’re traveling to an anime convention, you need to get even more excited by watching your favorites on the way to the show. Matsuricon has a pretty awesome lineup of guests this year, including Cherami Leigh (Sailor Moon, Persona 5), Kyle McCarley (NieR: Automata, Fire Emblem Exhoes), and Ben Diskin (Hey Arnold!, Codename: Kid’s Next Door).
However, worst case scenario, Netflix has quite the broad selection of fine anime samples that anyone could use to hold a conversation with other attendees of the con!
So, that’s everything I have. With this information, I hope Mr. President can have an amazing time at the expo. Are you going to Matsuricon? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below, and who knows, maybe the president will even read your suggestions.