OtaRockman 2012 Report

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As we announced early last week, the last weekend in July was Otakon, and with it, "OtaRockman." Unfortunately, there wasn't nearly as much going on as in past years, with the cosplay gathering on Saturday being pretty much the one and only thing. And even then, the turnout wasn't as great as in past years.

Still, we had fun, and you can check out the costumes and a few other Mega Man-related tidbits seen at the show in our huge picture gallery below.

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Another angle of the group shot above.

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A female Proto Man... er, Proto Woman? Proto Girl?

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Our own Tabby as Proto Man. Were female Proto Men a thing this year?

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Another Proto Man, this time from The Protomen, with a Mega Man from The Protomen. Proto-tastic!

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Ryouko as Helios/Aeolus with AzureEmperor as Gregar.

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Celebrating 25 years! Classic Mega Man and LBD "Nytetrayn" as Bad Box Art Mega Man.

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Emerald as Sniper Joe from The Protomen.

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Emerald as Sniper Joe from The Protomen after an encounter with Bad Box Art Mega Man. "Bad Box Art Sniper Joe! It's been years! *click*"

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The evil Dr. Wily, of course. Actually, he wasn't so bad in person...

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It was a bad day to be Dr. Wily...

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Another Dr. Wily, one not at the mercy of arm cannons.

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Wood Man was in attendance, but where was he when Wily needed him most?

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As was Zero, but he and his actually-glowing Z-Saber were elsewhere.

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Laika...

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...Bass.EXE...

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...and Poochy as Lan! Battle Network, represent!

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And Star Force is also in the hizzle, and ready to sizzle!

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Terra as Pluto. Strange, isn't it?

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A group shot. TMMN and company are in the house!

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Tron Bonne, minus the misadventures. But what would Tron be without...

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...Servbots! Wait, something seems a little off about this one...

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And finally, Captain N! Because his contributions to the liberation of Megaland shall never be forgotten.

In addition to the cosplaying, there was a decent amount of Mega Man merchandise to be found in the Dealer's Room, provided you knew where to look. For instance...

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...wall scrolls! There were a few different ones, including Classic and X series scrolls. There were some Mega Man t-shirts around, too.

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Bluefin/Tamashii Nations was also there, and had a nice graphic on the side of their booth featuring Mega Man X, among their other offerings.

Image courtesy of LBD "Nytetrayn"; click to enlarge.

On the other side of their booth, they had some neat displays set up with the figures, including this one of D-Arts Zero Type 2 dueling with D-Arts Super Saiyan Trunks. Meanwhile, armored X is off to the side, shooting at visitors.

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And in another case, we have Vile kindly offering a drink to his new friend, Mecha Godzilla, with X about the blast the purple Maverick in the back. What is with that guy today?

Sadly, the prototype Sigma and Ride Armor were not there, but we do have some info coming up on those for you.

And that wraps up another year of OtaRockman at Otakon. Until next year, Baltimore!

Thanks to JackScarab, Ryouko, Rick Cressen, and Wolfshadow for allowing the use of their photos-- be sure to check out their linked galleries for more. We might have taken more of our own, but it turns out that iPhone touch screens don't work well at all with rubber gloves. Go figure.

If you are featured unnamed in one of the pictures above and wish to be credited, just let us know and we'll try to add it as soon as we can!

This Weekend is OtaRockman 2012

This year's Otakon is going to be held from July 27th through July 29th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. And unfortunately, unlike in previous years, there is going to be no Mega Man panel at the convention. Not for a lack of trying, mind; we applied, they rejected.

And so it goes.

In addition, there won't be much in the way of other activities such as the video game tournament held in years prior, either. But if you would like to take part in the annual cosplay gathering, that will be held as usual at 11am on Saturday morning in the area "behind" the Starbucks (as in, if you face them like standing in line, literally behind. Just keep going past until you see lots of blue). Tabby and I will be there, and it's sure to be lots of goofy fun, so we hope to see you there!

OtaRockman - Mega Man: Made in Japan parts 4 and 5 Now Available

Just a quick note for those interested: parts 4 and 5 of the Mega Man panel from this year's Otakon have now been posted to YouTube by Hardcore Hecxz. You can check them out below (as well as in the link to the full report above, for completion's sake). Thanks, Hecxz!

OtaRockman 2011 Report

Before you head out amongst all the ghosts'n goblins of All Hallows' Eve (or just a really tough video game), we would like to take this opportunity to look back at this year's other big costumed event for Mega Man fans, the annual OtaRockman celebration at Otakon in Baltimore.

Unlike last year, things kicked off on the first day of the convention, Friday, July 29th. Things began with the annual Mega Man panel, this year dubbed "Made in Japan," which presented a look back at the many games of the franchise which never made it to our shores (at least, not in their original forms). The panel was hosted by Ryouko of Rockman.EXE Online and Terra Stardroid of Stardroids.net, while Tabby and myself represented The Mega Man Network.

As ever, the lineup of people waiting to get in was quite impressive. Following the then-recent cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, it was our hope to be able to provide the aforementioned Servbot masks to those who did not bring their own (on a nifty little stick, no less). Unfortunately, due to the short notice and circumstances beyond our control, it was not to be.

Nonetheless, even though they were not masked, you can see in the video at the top of this article that there was still some vocal support from those in attendance.

As for the rest of the panel itself, you can see the first two three parts of the video footage here, courtesy of Hardcore Hecxz:

There was also going to be a special video tribute to Mega Man Legends, as assembled by our very own Mainfinger. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, it was not able to be included in the panel. And so, for the first time ever, here is the debut of the video in full:

The Underbelly Show even managed to attend (well, some of them, anyway), and walked out with a prize!

And as always, we ended the panel with a raffle for some cool Mega Man prizes. A special thanks goes out to Capcom USA and UDON Entertainment for their generous contributions.

The following morning of Saturday, July 30th, the time came for the annual OtaRockman cosplay gathering and meet-up behind the convention center's Starbucks stand. And as you can see, there was quite the turnout of costumed Blue Bomber fans:

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More fun was to be had when the three doctors-- Wily, Light, and even Cossack-- got together to have a quick hoedown and perform some Ginyu Force-styled poses:

And arguably the best part was when I got to live out a life-long dream...

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Okay, so it wasn't our Heat Man; it was still pretty cathartic.

Some more fun and poses:

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After the cosplay high jinks was finished, there was a follow-up to last year's Mega Man 9 Endless Mode tournament. Of course, this time, Mega Man 10 was the subject. Sadly, there were no trophies to be awarded this year, though if memory serves, the winner got to walk away with a brand-new San Diego Comic-Con-exclusive metallic Mega Man X D-Arts figure from Bandai.

Unfortunately, some of us had to leave early for an RPG, and so we don't have the running tally on-hand for who won, and by how much. If we get the info, we will be sure to add it here.

And speaking of which, for those who looked in the right places, there was more Mega Man fun to be had at the various tables in the dealer's room. Tabby even took the following pictures of the D-Arts display which Bandai had set up:

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And with that, another year of Mega Man-themed festivities in Baltimore comes to a close. For more pics from the different OtaRockman events, as well as the rest of the convention, you can check out the galleries of Jackscarab and Rick Cressen on Photobucket, and Dr. Neko on Picasaweb.

It's OtaRockman 2011! Learn How You Can Be a Part!

It's that time of year again! Next weekend, from July 29th to 31st, Otakon returns to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and as always, the Mega Man fan gathering "OtaRockman" will be there as well!

Events kick off with the annual panel, "Mega Man: Made in Japan," a co-production of The Mega Man Network, Rockman.EXE Online, and Stardroids.net. It is currently scheduled to be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Friday in Panel 5. Two things about this one: the first is that panels are often subject to change in both time and the room in which they are held, so make sure to keep tabs at the convention in case it is moved or rescheduled.

The second thing is that, despite coming close to filling a room capable of holding 690 people last year, Panel 5 is only capable of holding 375 people. So if you want in, you need to make sure you arrive in time to line up before things get too busy. But then, who knows? Maybe a panel occupying a bigger room will open up and they'll move us? You never know with these things.

In addition, we hope to give Capcom a good showing of solidarity among those attending the panel. To be a part, of this, click on the Servbot mask above to get a full-size version to bring out and use at the panel as we express our desire for Mega Man Legends 3, as well as Mega Man in general. Thanks to Servbot X for the contribution!

Oh, and as ever, there will be our annual raffle for lots of fun prizes!

On Saturday, the OtaRockman cosplay gathering will be held at 11am, behind the Starbucks on the second floor, near the main entrance. Following that, a Mega Man 10 "Endless Run" tournament will be held at noon this year. Sadly, there won't be any trophies this time, but at least the winner will have bragging rights, and be able to gloat until they are pelted with foam Mega Buster bullets and swarmed by Servbot mask-wearing cosplayers (ideally led by a Tron cosplayer).

And the fun need not end there; Panel 5 will later play host to an unrelated Capcom fan panel from 11pm to 12am on Saturday night. While we encourage attending, and even bringing your Mega Man cosplay and Servbot masks, please don't be unruly or disruptive; sure, there are a lot of hard feelings about Capcom right now, but given it says "fan panel," we're assuming that they are not actually affiliated with Capcom, and are not deserving of having their weekend ruined.

Those who enjoy the musical stylings of Brentalfloss will be pleased to know that he will be holding a live FAQ at Panel 6 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Sunday.

And finally, former Black Ranger and current voice of Zero, Johnny Yong Bosch, will be a guest at the convention with his band, Eyeshine. Plus, UDON's Mega Man Tribute cover artist Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz will be in the Artist's Alley, so stop by if you get a chance!

It's shaping up to be a great weekend, and we hope to see you all there!

For Your Viewing Pleasure: The Anime & Manga Realm of Mega Man

Back in August, members of The Mega Man Network, Stardroids.net, and Rockman.EXE Online gathered at Otakon to host a panel called "The Anime & Manga Realm of Mega Man," in which we took a look back at the Blue Bomber's history in both comic and animated form, from both sides of the Pacific. There was even video taken of the panel, so it could live on forever! Some of you demanded to see these videos, but we held out until we could provide the full experience at once. As it turns out, that actually wound up taking a while, but now? It is done.

Courtesy of Hardcore Hecxz, here is what went down at the convention:

In addition, for those interested, here is the off-screen video taken of Stardroids.net's Mega Man 9 Endless Mode Battle Tournament:

For the rest of what happened at OtaRockman 2010, you can find our full report here.

Will you be taking part next year?

OtaRockman 2010 Report

Image courtesy of Ryouko.

Here it is, at long last: The Mega Man Network's OtaRockman report.

While Otakon officially kicked off on Friday, July 30th, OtaRockman-- the Otakon gathering of Mega Man fans (and called such as "OtaMegaMan" doesn't quite have the same ring)-- events did not begin until Saturday morning. As you can see above, there were a number of cosplayers on hand for photo opportunities at 11am, but those are just the tip of the iceberg. Here's a wider spread:

Image courtesy of Ryouko.

As you can see, there is a pretty good representation of characters: a Mettaur/Metool, Giro, Harpuia, two Lan Hikaris, Alia, Laika (concealed by Alia), FyreFox (with Laika), Phantom, Ms. Yuri (concealed by Phantom), Sniper Joe, Model ZX, Mega Man, Snake Man, "Casual Blues" (as portrayed by our own Oekaki Mom, Tabby), Pickelman, Magnet Man, Bright Man, Geo Stelar (with Omega-Xis), and Mega Man X.

...plus one other I regrettably can not make out. If it's you, or you know who they are, feel free to post it in the comments below.

And I believe there were a few others running around as well; you can catch many more images of the lot in Ryouko's gallery.

Following the cosplay gathering, it was time for Terra's Mega Man 9 Endless Mode tournament! And the prizes for the top-ranking super fighting robots?

Image courtesy of Terra.

Tournaments held in previous years consisted of Mega Man Battle Network NetBattles, but this year, competitors fought their way through as many screens of the downloadable Endless Mode of Mega Man 9 as they could within five minutes, or before they died. Thinking back, I'm not sure anyone met the five minute mark.

Image courtesy of Ryouko.

Many gave it their all, but in the end, there could only be three winners. And those who excelled were as follows:

1st Place: WolfShadow, with 35 screens.

2nd Place: MetroidMaster, with 33 screens.

3rd Place: Jeffery, with 22 screens.

After the tournament, we dispersed until the nighttime, when we would reconvene at 8pm in the Hilton Key Ballroom "Panel 6" room for "The Anime & Manga Realm of Mega Man."

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It should be noted that in past years, there had been far more people who tried to attend the panel than could be allowed in. This year, we received a much larger room, but at a small cost: we were set immediately following the OC Remix panel in another room, and at the same time as the cosplay masquerade. But even so, we still had the room nearly filled (with some people staying in after the Gaia Online panel).

For one hour (and a little bit more), Tabby, Terra Stardroid, Robo Nanya, and Ryouko of Rockman.EXE Online, and myself went over the history of Mega Man/Rockman in comic and animated forms, including the Megamix manga series by Hitoshi Ariga, the Rockman.EXE anime, and other noteworthy adventures...

Image courtesy of Scarab.

Following that main portion of the panel, we did a little question-and-answer period before moving on to the raffle, which featured generous contributions from Tabby, UDON Entertainment, and Capcom Unity. Not only did the latter offer up three Mega Man Zero Collection games and t-shirts, but there were also other fun items, including some Mega Man Kubrick sets given out.

Plus, each panelist got their own Mega Man Zero Collection t-shirt, making us a stylish, uniform bunch. So a special thanks to JGonzo and the Capcom Unity!

And with that, the Mega Man-centered festivities came to a close. Good times were had, prizes were given, and with any luck, we'll be back next year.

In Baltimore This Weekend: OtaRockman at Otakon

This weekend in Baltimore, Maryland, from Friday, July 30th to Sunday, August 1st, will be Otakon. And what has become a part of the annual Otakon experience for many a Mega Man/Rockman fan is the gathering of like-minded individuals known affectionately as "OtaRockman." Each year, a fans tend to converge for cosplay photos and Mega Man gaming tournaments, with the time and place usually to be determined at the show (as Otakon tends to keep a rather fluid schedule; it's usually held behind or near the Starbucks kiosk at the main entrance). This year, the gathering begins at 11am on Saturday.

In previous years, Mega Man Battle Network games were the order of the day for tournaments, but host Terra Stardroid has decided to shake things up this year with a Mega Man 9 tournament in which you see how far you can go in Endless Mode within five minutes.

And yes, there will be trophies for the victors... or at least, there should be, if all goes according to plan. For your chance to be a champion, be at the OtaRockman gathering at noon on Saturday.

On Saturday at 8pm in Panel 6 (Hilton Key Ballroom 1-6) (date/location may be subject to change) will be the panel "The Anime & Manga Realm of Mega Man," hosted by myself, Tabby, Terra Stardroid, Robo Nanya, and Ryouko of Rockman.EXE Online:

For the past two years our focused group of Mega Man lovers have presented comprehensive panels at Otakon, all about our famous blue bomber. This year, we have dedicated ourselves to bringing forth all the facts and interesting tidbits about the adaptations of Mega Man into both the manga and anime forms. Several of them never made it to our shores, so we're sure you'll experience something new and exciting! As always, we'll also be doing our raffle for some unbelievable prizes. Don't miss it!

We even got a "Best Panel Award" (and the photograph you see at right) from Ending B, so give it a shot if you're in the area this weekend!

What unbelievable prizes will there be? Suffice to say that we once again have the support of our friends Matt Moylan and UDON Entertainment and JGonzo of Capcom Unity, but beyond that? It's a surprise!

And if you'd like to make plans for meeting with others at the event, we have a forum thread dedicated to that right here.

"The Secret Life of Mega Man" Post-Otakon Report

For the second year running, we are proud to announce that the second "OtaRockman" Mega Man panel at Otakon, held at 12:45pm on Saturday, July 18th, was a success. This was thanks in part to the Otakon staff moving us to a larger room than the workshop room we filled at the last minute in 2008-- and we still couldn't fit everyone in! We apologize to those who could not get in to see the show, and hopefully next year will see us hosting a panel with an even bigger room. "The Secret Life of Mega Man," as it was known, was a joint-production hosted by The Mega Man Network (myself and Tabby), Rockman.EXE Online (Ryouko), and Stardroids.net (Terra), with some added assistance by Lady Red Draco of Mechadrake Assemblies, Maqqy of Maq's Hunter Hide-Out, PlaguedOne and Nobi from REO, and Hardcore Hecxz.

The panel consisted of showing several fan-favorite and lesser-known videos, both official and fanmade, as well as some Q&A. Mega Man fanfilm producer Eddie Lebron also passed along a note for those in attendance, stating that he had hoped to be there, but was hard at work editing the movie, and so couldn't make it.

We would also like to extend our thanks to our sponsors at Capcom and Udon, who provided us with a number of prizes for what seems to be our traditional raffle for prizes. Unfortunately, Udon's inclusion came at the last minute, and with their manga and Complete Works books still on the horizon, they had no actual Mega Man merchandise on-hand to offer. However, they very graciously gave us several copies of other manga they had on hand for us to raffle off to a number of lucky winners.

In addition, Seth Killian of Capcom*Unity gave us our grand prize: the rare, elusive, and valuable Mega Man 9 press kit, as seen above, which one more lucky winner got to take home.

There were also many other prizes of various Mega Man items, including the NT Warrior Battle boardgame, copies of vintage Mega Man NES games, a Japanese Rockman.EXE Battle Chip Challenge game (mint in box), stickers, MegaMan Legends games, handkerchiefs, a facial cloth, notebooks, a home-made Metool helmet, and more.

We should have some video available in time (which should be interesting, given how much of the panel itself was video), and we will keep you updated on that front as it comes. But for now, we hope to see you next year!