Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Um, its been well over a month since I have told you anything, and there is always so much to tell, but unfortunatly nothing is ever it told. And thats just not acceptable. SO after months of unkept promises, and then months of nothing at all, (which I suppose is better than unkept promises), I have decided. I quit. No not really. I'm just starting over. Iv'e decided to move! Two blogs are just too hard to stay on top of, so I'm combining the two to one and will try to set up a scedule for once a week posting at a new location. I'll give you the link when I'm set up, but for now, here is what you have to look forward to! (more promises!)The new blog will focus mostly on
- Cosplay plans from various anime/games/manga
- Tutorials on the crafts of those cosplays
- Videos and photos from exploits and photoshoots.
(in order from most to least to be discussed.)
- Anime/manga/game reviews
- Convention reviews
- Cosplay Gathering reviews
- Food finds and recipes (cutely placed as a side note due to my lack of time)
New Train Heartnet cosplay
New Amy Rose (of Sonic) Cosplay (and giant hammer tutorial)
Wig video and tutorials of how to buy, cut, style, and wear (almost finished!)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Been doing A LOT of cosplay….as for changes, I’m starting to think I will use this blog largely for tutorials and fun videos of my cosplay ventures! (Though my computers are fast so I’m not sure how that’ll work for you). I’ve been having sooo much fun video taping my ventures and editing them into spiffy videos! It defiantly takes a while (especially when you are trying to sync video with audio) and doesn’t leave much time for much else…the days go by quick when all I do is work on my cosplay and make videos….
I have a lot to talk about but not making any promises on what I’ll write because you know how unreliable I am with that…;P.
I do want to say that after reading lots of article on my personal favorite aninme blog about the dying anime industry (I yes you heard me right) that I am happy to hear positive news regarding changes in the style of releasing of new series as well as the new blue ray format.
Also news on my first crossplay which I quite enjoyed!. I have two videos make now to put up, and two tutorials to come on REAL wig cutting and gun crafting.
Last but not least, the list of must see anime for the count down to fall/school as I have been doing more cosplay than anime.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Search the following for results
Javakat343 channel or...
The Otaku Adventures
Adventures in Wig Cutting
Also I just took part in the second anual Seattle China town Bon Odori parade in which Sakuracon participates...and so I made a video :)
Sakuracon Parade 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
For now here is the plan!
- The parade date was never June 20th but July, which means that I have more time to prepare! Whoot.
- What I DID do was go to Gasukan (A minicon in Washington) on the 7th and ended up on a "Where the Hell is Matt?" video! Will post a blog all about it!
- Posts on AMVs and plans for the future.
- More Cosplay
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I’m thinking of during Haruhi from…Oh gosh you should know. Anywho. You should know by know that I hate boring, just like Haruhi. We’re actually pretty similar…Except the groping part, so because I don’t have much time I figured I would do her cheerleader outfit and have my friend Jen do Yuki (either which or baseball). The only problem is (well I don’t care but I might regret it if people don’t recognize me) I have curly hair and no bangs….I’m thinking of cutting them…after the SATs…I’ll have to see. Because they could go wrong in a million ways…ug.
First off, let’s be brief with the history, as I have explained it many times. I have wanted to go to this convention for ages. I had to wait an extra year to go because my dad scheduled a trip over the 07’ convention and I was out of town (“whoot” for colonial Virginia). A year passed and the time finally came. I was sick. I was stressed out. And those three days were probably some of the best I have ever had. Okay more explaining….The con was scheduled for the last weekend of March. This was really bad timing as it was in between two school breaks (mid winter and spring) so the teachers were merciless with the work load. I had been busting my butt to keep up with the work, when what I wanted, was to get ahead so I could enjoy the convention without homework. Yea right.
Well, it sure was stressful, and I will tell you that my immune system is broken by one thing, and one thing alone. Stress. But the cold died down enough for me to enjoy it, and luckily for me, my already bad sinuses plus the dying cold meant I didn’t have to worry about the dreaded “con-funk” (13,000 people in one building plus body odor).
So great, I got to my convention and had a blast, but still, a lot of people don’t seem to understand what you do at these conventions. Well, frankly if you don’t like anime you will probably be a little lost if not completely bored. If I was to go back to the Emerald City Comic Con I would probably be bored as heck because I don’t really like Western Comics (except the Tomb Raider stuff). I went once, at least five years ago, but that was just for merchandise and to get Jhonen Vasquez’s autograph (Jhonen Vasquez is the creator of Invader Zim, a cartoon that aired on Nickelodeon for a short period of time but was canceled due to its dark nature) which were probably the only things I could have done anyway.
You have to like anime, yes, but it’s not essential because there is so much there for you to do. Panels with manga artists and voice actors (both English and Japanese), workshops on how to draw for example, concerts, dances (the only place in Seattle you can rave it up without fear of drugs), photo shoots (where you learn to expect the unexpected), merchandise, cosplay contest (cosplay being short for costume play, and the cosplay contest usually designating funny skits and “walk-ons”), anime music video (AMV) contests, karaoke, and on, and on. But it’s surprising how many people skip the big events and still find things to do. Just walking around, making new friends, taking pictures, watching random dancing, playing spin the bottle outside (glomp style, A.K.A hugging) all can make your con experience more memorable.
The atmosphere of each con is also a deciding factor on what you do. Each one is a little bit different in terms of what to expect. Cons like Kumoricon (down in Oregon) are much smaller then Sakuracon so there is more down time to do the relaxing stuff. Some Cons like Anime Expo, the biggest con in The U.S, are high speed, and you may find your self rushing around to the next event.
Now here’s something everyone needs to know about the taboos of anime conventions. Always shower everyday and wear deodorant. Bring food as there may or may not be available (or just reasonably priced) food. AND NEVER, EVER, watch anime, at an anime convention. My friend Jen confessed to have had a crummy time because all she did was watch anime in the theaters they had. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to watch something to sample it or soak up some extra time, but defiantly do it sparingly. Believe it or not a convention is about the people. It’s about interacting with people who share a common interest and appreciate the culture and art forms presented at the con. In other words what you do is have fun.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Cross-play....I’m slowly slipping into a bias against guy cosplayers…I just can’t stand it! But! It’s not really their fault… They are GUYS after all. And with the ever increasing bishonen population in the anime world its getting harder for guys. Frankly there ARE limits. Not the ones that I described before, (the more self patronizing limits people put on them selves such as body image and all that).
There is the social standard. Its not socially accepted in most cases for men to dress like girls, though our society has no problem with the other way around (too a degree…well most of the time anyway). Also most guy cross plays are jokes! The Sailor Moon men and “Man-Faye” are….well…laughable…people don’t take them seriously because they don’t take themselves seriously!
This brings up another issue! I take back the “females-can-dress-up-as-guys-without-a-problem” statement because they can’t! I don’t think that most people (unspoken rule) think that its “good cosplay” for a girl to dress up as say Insert very manly guy/anti-Bishonen. Unless! Of course the girl isn’t taking herself seriously. Here is (what I believe to be) a wonderful example. Shunsui Kyoraku from Bleach...hes a pimp, he has a beard, and hes most definitely not bishonen! But I want to cosplay as him anyway....I don't know if I SHOULD but I probably will anyway. Do you think there is a limit to what women can cosplay? Maybe women should only cosplay guy characters when they would look better then if a man would.
For example; Men KILL Inuyasha cosplay! I set out to make a GOOD inuyasha cosplay just to spite all the “five -o’-clock-shadow” inuyashas I’ve seen! Besides a heck of a lot of them don’t just not work, but arn’t even well crafted! All the REALLY good Inuyashas I’ve seen were girls! Same with the shessomarus. And they are only the tiniest bit Bishi! (at least I think so...maybe I need to figure out what bishonen actually dictates, is it just no hair and no muscle?) If you can call Sephiroth Bishonen and we can see some darn good cosplays then why can’t that apply to Shessomaru or Inuyasha? I think it may come down to the group that watches the show or plays the game. It may be that the demographic that plays FFVII is better suited for cosplay than guys that watch Inuyasha. The world may never know.