BALTIMORE, MD – An Otakon 2014 panel on magic in anime ended abruptly when one of the transmutation circles drawn by a panelist accidentally summoned the demon Gu’althuu, resulting in the deaths of 64,000 people.
The panel, titled “The Circle of Life – Transmutation Circles and Ancient Runes in Anime Magic Lore”, explored the use of ancient symbols in anime and their various magical uses. The panel featured a large series of blackboards in which the panelists drew large-scale replicas of various magical runes from different shows.
Panelist Steve Kwon, an anime blogger from Los Angeles and die hard Full Metal Alchemist fan, was attempting to draw the human transmutation circle used by the Elric brothers to try and resurrect their dead mother, but a confusion in the placement of the runes resulted in the accidental summoning of the proto-Assyrian demon Gu’althuu, who rampaged along the Baltimore waterfront sucking the souls out of 64,000 people before being brought down by F-16s scrambled from the nearby Andrews Air Force Base.
Otakon organizers apologized for the incident and promised any of the panel attendees who were still in possession of their souls an extra hour in the ball pit at next year’s Otakon.