Shikkaricon was an Anime convention that took place in Newtown, PA at Bucks County Community College & produced by volunteers & friends from the Bucks County Community College Anime Club (aka BC3 Anime Club). For each year that it took place (November 11th, 2006 & October 27th, 2007), the TAKII World Tour was invited to participate & take over coordinating the music & entertainment aspects of the con! Taking TAKII out of the equation for the time being, Shikkaricon also featured multiple video game tournaments, a wide variety of dealers & artists, a "make your own ramen" station, celebrity guests, & a group of staffers that was a shining example of professionalism. The convention would typically run from the early part of the afternoon (12pm EST or so) until later on at night (around 10pm EST or so) & it would be packed with a couple hundred people at all times. Unfortunately, due to members of the club who created Shikkaricon graduating from Bucks County Community College & other logistical issues, a future Shikkaricon was put on hold indefinitely. You can, however, enjoy discussing what was Shikkaricon through our own TAKII Forum, as well as their official Shikkaricon Forums. Aaaand if you are a TAKII attendee, you can see Amanda Walker, former Shikkaricon Chairwoman, as a special guest judge & performer at many seasons of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational!
<< NOVEMBER 11th, 2006 >> After hearing about the success of TAKII ~Ichiban~ & TAKII 2 ~Rebirth~, Shikkaricon Chairwoman, Amanda Walker, reached out to TAKII Coordinators & wanted to know if D-chan would be interested in performing some songs from his latest EP, "Ai no Chikara (Power Of Love)". It took no time for D-chan to accept their offer & thus the planning began. Once they started to really hash things out, it was later discovered that Amanda & D-chan were both former contestants of Otakon's 2nd-ever Otaku Idol back in 2004! Anywho, it was agreed that D-chan would perform his favorite songs, as well as become the coordinator for Shikkaricon's music offerings (including, but not limited to karaoke contests & freestyle). Before anyone kenw it, it was time for Shikkaricon 2006 & it would truly be "stage on"! D-chan would go on to perform from his EP "Ai no Chikara" covers of "Forbidden Hades" (from The Musical SailorMoon), "Sakura Fubuki (Cherry Blossom Storm)" (from Pretty Guardian SailorMoon), "Harsh! Saint Cry!!" (also from The Musical SailorMoon), "Life Is.... ~Another Story~" (a J-Pop/J-R&B/J-Soul song originally sung by Ken Hirai), & "Byakuya (White Night) ~True Light~ (Acoustic Vers.)" (from D.N. Angel). He would then go on to co-host with Shikkaricon staffer, Ashley (aka "Bunny Lady"), "Say WTF Karaoke", which had a great turn-out! Later on that same day, D-chan competed in Shikkaricon 2006's Super Smash Bros. Melee & Mortal Kombat Armageddon tournaments (neither of which he won -.-* LOL). When all was said & done, Shikkaricon 2006 attracted over 250 paid attendees & raised a good bit of money for the BC3 Anime Club & the USO! Before it even concluded, however, Shikkaricon staffers were amazed with the positive reception the TAKII World Tour garnered & wanted it back for Shikkaricon 2007!!!!
<< OCTOBER 27th, 2007 >> The theme for Shikkaricon 2007 took on a Halloween flavor & what ended up being over 358 paid attendees enjoyed every moment of it, thanks in part to the return of the TAKII World Tour! In a new capacity as a formal Shikkaricon Entertainment Coordinator, D-chan (with assistance from Amanda Walker & Bunny Lady) was able to re-tool & remaster the return of "Say WTF Karaoke", along with a special version of the "TAKII Show" (featuring Shikkaricon attendees & staffers)! Guest performers included Half-Born (whose members attend & have performed at TAKII regularly) & Uncle Yo (an area otaku comedian). Memorable karaoke performances included plenty of Naruto themes, a stirring performance of a Silent Hill song by Kyle L. that had people on their feet & swaying, & some brash young man who powered his way through numerous Macross & DragonBall themes & had people laughing with tears in their eyes LOL!! The musical madness didn't stop there, as D-chan was also the guest DJ for the Shikkaricon 2007 Masquerade, which featured some awesome cosplays, a random Rock (from Soul Calibur) skit, a repisal of "If I Were Gay" (from Avenue Q), & a highly entertaining Ouran Host Club skit. While people weren't getting free prizes thrown at them as music played & was being performed, Shikkaricon fans got to enjoy a baement-style haunted house, more dealers, & the best in current generation gaming! At the conclusion of Shikkaricon 2007 during their "Feedback Panel", fans were very clear on 1 thing: they wanted Shikkaricon back for another year!! After a staff dinner & subsequent meetings, a Shikkaricon 2007 DVD ended up being produced by Shikkaricon A/V Specialist, Amber, but a future Shikkaricon was put on hold indefinitely. Will it come back? We're not sure, but you can rest assured that the TAKII World Tour will be there, front & center, to take Shikkaricon "to the extreme"!