Is Kojima bringing Keiji Mutoh and Taiyo Kea with him? That may make it worth the trip.
"All born equal unless you're Canadian Then halfway through decay like Uranium You define what's death-defying Get the most out of life or at the least die trying Are you Evil Knievel jumping a train? Or running with scissors like Frasier Crane? Have really good times doing really bad things ‘Cause the show ain't over ‘til the fat lady sings Like Elton John with his candle in the wind It's hard to blow out a flame as big as him But we've all got to Wang Chung with the Grim Reaper Whether you're Einstein whether you're Beaker Death is certain so it's definitely worth flirtin' Don't expect a bright light no just curtains Life is like a penis most people don't know it But most people suck so they usually blow it"
From "Take The Long Way Home", by The Bloodhound Gang
My biggest prediction for this year's Mania is, that as this is the first one I'm attending in-person after watching this nonsense for 24 years, it will be a ridiculously fun evening, no matter the quality of the card or lack of a dream match.