Otakon Vegas has posted their schedule and a certain panel negligent of it’s fandom has unfortunately reappeared. I’m talking about the “Touhou Project Fun Panel.” If you’re not one for lengthy explainations, then PLEASE heed this if you are attending Otakon Vegas 2015:
DO NOT GO TO THE TOUHOU PROJECT FUN PANEL.
I had contemplated posting about the panel after numerous complaints about the panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2014, but I figured the numerous complaints and negative feedback on different Touhou Project fan outlets would’ve been self explainatory and maybe the guy running the panel would’ve gotten the hint. Apparently not.
For the sake of fans and people who enjoy panels in general, here’s an explanation on why this is a panel you should skip, ESPECIALLY if you’re cosplaying a Touhou Project character on that day.
The “Touhou Project Fun Panel” is run by one Ernie “dakuj” Kim. At one of the last conventions this panel appeared at Anime Weekend Atlanta, dakuj was obliged to uphold two commitments at his 5:00pm panel: keep the content SFW as per the timeslot and to keep any volunteers called upon for his panel comfortable. He did neither of those.
His panel was inappropriate for those under 18, which there were indeed a good number of attendees present under that age. A discussion on the “Brohou Project” Facebook page describes what occurred:
In the posts there is mention of cosplayers who dakuj asked to help with the panel. The cosplayers were called upon very last minute and the audience was not made aware that they were volunteers. One of these cosplayers wakasagayhime posted about her experience at the panel:
Regarding previous conventions this panel was present, Anime Expo 2014 had this panel last minute at 9pm at night, the day of the Touhou Project Gathering. This panel also had last minute volunteer cosplayers… who sat up front and did nothing the entirety of the panel as it droned through countless YouTube videos stashed on dakuj’s computer.
There are a few anime conventions - whose names I am withholding because I am not a spokesperson for these cons - based in California that have taken note of dakuj’s distasteful panel and have chosen to boycott future submissions for his “Touhou Fun Panel.” Unfortunately otakon seems to have not received the memo and will possibly be in for a repeat.
There is another Touhou Project panel at Otakon Vegas 2015 scheduled Saturday the 17th at 2pm “Touhou 101 - An Introduction to Touhou” that caters not only to Touhou Project fans but to people not as familiar with the series. The individuals running this panel ran a similar panel “Touhou 201” at TouhouCon 2014 and will be discussing the series as whole, beyond just playing YouTube videos.
For the benefit of those who share an enjoyment of the Touhou Project series and others like it, as well for the sake of moral standards being upheld for future conventions be they in the pursuit of leisure, business, or time well spent, this is only a perspective I am able to offer to you, but if you value your time and your comfort, especially as a cosplayer and/or a Touhou Project fan, DO NOT go to the Touhou Project Fun Panel.