Monthly Archives: September 2012

The awesome moment

When you discover that one of your favourite fictional characters share the same birthday as you. *happy*

A pretty pointless coincidence though HAHA.

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HELLO FRIEND.

Yeah. Yeah you should.

 

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The usefulness of french baguettes

As usual, I was browsing through youtube and this particular video popped up in my feed. The thumbnail image was more than enough to make me click on it.

The video is a scene from one of my favourite anime, Gintama. If you have watched it, good for you. But if you haven’t, the series provides a good mixture of serious and comedic situations and features a range of characters with colourful personalities. The video in the post (the same one that I clicked on) is an excellent extract from their many comedic sequences.

Here’s a brief explanation of what’s going on: so apparently, the buff guy in yellow briefs was hired as a substitute for one of the group’s participants, who was fatally injured at the start of a competition. In this scene, it shows the usefulness of french baguettes, other than for normal consumption.

HAHA how I love this series ❤

三時間フランスパン三本!!

四時間フランスパン四本!!

あぁはぁ~(*´∇`*)

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Putting yourself in others’ shoes. Or wig.

I came by this post on my Facebook wall written by a cosplaying friend. Apparently she chanced upon (or how I think it was) this certain blogger’s entry on her trip to the recent STGCC. The entry was mainly several pictures of the event and her personal opinions and emotions. However, the part that had caught the attention of my cosplaying friend and spurred her to express her unhappiness -and even shared the blog’s link to her many FB friends as gossip fodder- was the blogger’s statements on the various cosplays. Apparently, that particular blogger had taken pictures of the cosplayers and gave her criticisms on some of them. The comments included phrases like “cosfail”, “definitely cosfail” and the like. (I don’t have a good memory for things like this and when I went back to the post, the blogger had already deleted her comments on them D:)

What I do understand is that the blog was her personal page, and she was definitely free to type out whatever she liked. However, in such a society where social media has become so prevalent, it is difficult to actually express our thought freely without offending others. I do understand why she would put those comments; for others who have not gotten close to experiencing the process of dressing up as a fiction character, it is easy to nitpick and comment on faults. Indeed, those targeted cosplayers could have improved with practice.

HOLD YOUR HORSES. I hope you haven’t reached the conclusion that I am writing to complain about the inflexibility of the users of social media and whatnot. True, the models weren’t perfect. In addition, the local audience that cosplayers meet can be harsh at times. I have seen and in fact, been part of this criticizing and demoralizing group of judges. And because I am attempting to cosplay, I think it’s actually time for me to make a post like this. Viewers of cosplay, please bear this in mind: before you judge, please put yourself in the cosplayers’ shoes, or in this unique sense, in their wigs and costumes.

Cosplaying was originally meant to be hobby, yet, everytime these hobbyists put on their outfits, they are subjected to the society’s competition and desire for perfectness. As much as how much you would like to have fun seeing your favourite characters coming to life, the same goes for the cosplayers. The whole purpose of donning those costumes is to have fun. So, though some comments are fine, please do keep in mind that some of them can end up ruining the cosplayers’ emotions. ):

Also, cosplaying is NOT an easy feat, and as many of the cosplayers at local events are not professional or celebrity cosplayers, they might not have the perfect faces or figures. Once again, many of them see it as a form of leisure, please don’t be quick to judge them based on their appearances. Though it is becoming seasonal to see tall people cosplaying at petite characters and plus-sized people dressing up as relatively slim characters, the best we could do as strangers would be to NOT make snide remarks. Yes, people should be open to pointers for improvement, but hurtful words are a different story altogether.

Lastly, all cosplayers have energy limits. I know a few friends in that community who have gone to large-scale events and have worn dreadful heels and stuffy wigs for more than eight hours and when I run into them midday during the event (because I refuse to follow them around as their ‘saikang warrior’, haha) and sometimes they don’t show me the brightest of expressions. What I’m trying to put across is, it is very, very difficult for them to smile or stay in character throughout the whole event. They’re not being mean by not giving you good photos, rather, they’re feeling tired. Why not try encouraging them by saying ‘good job’ or something along the same lines? It’ll definitely have a positive effect.

Of course, the cosplayers do have their flaws. But as an audience, what rights do we have cut them down? What for do we judge them?

All in all, cosplaying is a fun activity for both the cosplayers and the viewers. We have our comments, but we can cultivate our tongues so that they do not spread malice. Afterall, it is a leisure, sport, so why not enjoy it?

 

-Hx

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Decisions decisions…

The annoying moment when it’s 2 in the morning and you’re staying up to finish a movie, but your stomach is growling and you can’t make a choice between making cup noodles but being too lazy to brush your teeth afterwards, or going to sleep with an empty stomach like a pathetic kid, while you regret not making a decision earlier that would have somehow made the consequences less heavy. To make it worse, pictures and coupons featuring delicacies are popping up all over the webpages you’re on.

But you can’t resist reminiscing the aroma of cream of chicken flavoured cup noodles, and because “it’s not 3 yet”, you decide to fill up your stomach with MSG. We have lots of toothpaste at home and I’ll get my energy back anyway.

 

-Hx

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Ginga Bishoujo

I’ve got this slight obsession for long coats, especially those that are designed to flow in the wind while its wearer parades around. Unfortunately, I’ve never gotten close to wearing something like that, neither do I think I will get to drape one on my shoulders because almost nobody wear such coats locally, where the weather is constantly screaming at you to wear light clothing.

This fetish has actually led me to get hooked on an anime series: “Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto”. If you’d kindly go google for images, you’ll understand why I actually started watching the series, though mecha genres aren’t really my type.

But to be totally honest, my interest in the show was only perked when I watched a video on cosplay chess, which included cameos of a really stunning cosplay of Takuto in his costume (above). The snapshot above is a  scene that happens EVERY episode; Takuto will do a male version of a magical girl transformation, bundled with exaggerated moves and catchy taglines. Then sometimes there will be a shot of him after his episodic battle, with his coat billowing in the wind. In all honesty, though it seemed like a lot of effort was put into animating that scene alone and the results were worthy, I grew sick of it soon after the sixth episode. Imagine spending about one minute per episode rewatching the same animation.

ANYWAY.

As I was remembering and trying to pick out all the small details of the series from my hazy memory, I had the sudden idea of doing a Takuto genderbend.  HAHA. Sometimes I have many of such fleeting ideas that I forget over time, which tend to frustrate me since it’s an indication of my bad memory. In case I ever won the lottery or if anyone actually chances upon this post, here’s my idea of the genderbend costume.

-long red hair with blonde fringe extension. Might look more feminine if ends are curled.

-similar signature coat, gloves and bib

-white shorts instead of pants.( i was weighing between the choices of skirt or shorts, but I thought that shorts look more chic hahaha)

-red tights and golden-laced and rimmed boots that end just above the ankle instead of long stiff boots in the original

-smaller star swords

-“GINGA BISHOUJO <3”

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