Since I live in Columbus, I’ve never actually stayed at the hotel for the con, but I did look into it once. If you want to stay at the Hyatt Regency proper, rent your room very early, it actually sells out very fast. I believe it was around 200$ for two nights? Way out of my price range. (I am poor.)
Luckily, there are quite a few hotels nearby, a few of them being chains too, so you should be able to get a room nearby for a fair price.
As for Matsuricon proper, I like the convention and it’s atmosphere a lot, but it’s often really disorganized. I prefer Matsuricon to Ohayocon, but sometimes the lines at Matsuricon for industry guests and even for registration are a mess, so try and be early. Definitely pre-register if you can, too, it makes it much easier.
Check the dealer’s room early if you want to hunt for When They Cry merchandise- If they do have some, they’ll be bought almost immediately. Ohio, surprisingly, has a decent number of WTC fans.
Anyways! Just got back from Ohayocon, and I saw a couple of awesome cosplayers! (And got a custom Umineko sketch from the wonderful Andrea Caprotti of Rooster Teeth!)
Saw a Willard…
Saw a Shion…
And I got this amazing sketch, which I love so very much! (Umineko full-series spoilers)