Spring Anime Season 2014! (Part 2)

Since I’m such a horrible person who never does things on time, I’m doing this post as a make up for not getting the female titan tutorial ready. I’m going to work on it today and hopefully get it out by tonight but if not, it’ll be done by tomorrow or the next day. I’m working hard on it so just bear with me!

Anyways, here’s the other half of the anime list that I’m interested in for this season! Everything looks good so I’m rooting for them to do well!

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神々の遊び  (Kamigami no Asobi) – A supernatural romance with a male harem. [ANN link] [trailer]

I can already hear the fangirling this show is going to get. As the story goes, one of the characters, Yui, has to teach these young and handsome gods the meaning of love because their ties between them and the world of the humans is weakening. From the looks of it, this anime could go one of two ways and it’d be pretty easy to go in the bad direction.

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M3 ソノ黒キ鋼 (M3 Sono Kuroki Hagane) – A mecha anime. [ANN link] [trailer]

There’s only one word that describes my excitement for this anime: MECHAAA! Even though I haven’t watched many mecha anime’s – not even the most famous ones! It’s horrible, I know! – I have a secret obsession with it and the fact that there’s one coming out this season is truly exciting!!

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魔法少女大戦 (Magica Wars) – An action series with magical girls. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a cell phone game)

Okay, so the concept art for this anime is absolutely stunning and it makes me want to make all of their outfits! This anime has a really interesting concept that each character is from a different area of Japan. Each of the voice actors portraying these characters are from these areas of Japan so that they’re accents and the way that they speak is authentic. The episodes themselves are only 4 minutes long which worries me after watching Pupa. Hopefully they’ll be able to work with it well and create an amazing show!

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魔法科高校の劣等生 (The Outcast of Magical School) – A school anime with magic, romance, and science fiction. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a novel and is also a manga)

I’m liking the concept so far from the looks of the trailer. My favorite part of this is the design of their magic. I’m curious as to what else they will do with it though and to see how the story goes because it looks promising.

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メカクシティアクターズ (Mekaku City Actors) – A psychological mystery and science fiction with romance. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a vocaloid song series and has since become several light novels and a manga series)

When I was first looking at this series, it didn’t say it was created from a vocaloid series and once I found out, it explained a lot since the characters do have a very vocaloid-like character design. The voice actor of Yukiteru Amano from Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) is going to be voicing one of the characters in this show and I’m excited to hear it! I thought I’d recognized her voice, but I originally thought she voiced Yukine from Noragami and I was surprised to see she was Yukki!

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ノーゲーム・ノーライフ (No Game, No life) – A fantasy adventure and comedy.     [ANN link] [trailer]

With the colors, character design, and magic, from what you’ve seen me type so far, then you would know that this is the perfect combination for something I would be interested in watching! An alternate universe anime where everything is decided by games, this anime looks to be a must watch of the season.

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Selector Infected WIXOSS – A fantasy/horror(ish) series(?) [ANN link] [trailer] [trailer 2]

I’m writing my first thoughts on the previews in alphabetical order so my thoughts are all over the place. So forget everything I’ve said before because this anime is definitely the one I’m the most excited for! It looks intense, the visuals are amazing, and it looks like it has a little bit of horror influences. It’s rated 17+ so it’s going to be an anything goes type of show so I can’t wait to see it!! Also, Kanon Wakeshima sings the opening theme which is another exciting thing I can’t wait for!

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シドニアの騎士 (Knights of Sidonia) – [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a manga)

Looking at the trailer, the animation for the characters is a little bizarre, but it takes place in space so that might be why. On the ANN website, it says this anime is a space opera and I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough… I just hope its nothing like Day of Our Lives or some other horrible soap opera!

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それでも世界は美しい (Even So, the World is Beautiful) – [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a manga)

 I’m not so sure about this show to be honest. The story is about a princess being married off to a prince, but it turns out he’s much younger than her. It seemed intriguing to watch so that’s why I put it on my list so we’ll see how it goes!~

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I was originally going to watch Mangaka and His Assistants, but when I was doing more research on it, it seemed it was a little too much for me to handle so instead I’ll be watching this anime:

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キャプテン・アース (Captain Earth) – Science fiction mecha anime. [ANN link] [trailer]

Meachaaaaa!!! I want to see this one!! In the trailer, I’m in love with the song playing in the background and I’ll definitely be adding it to my playlist!

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This is all I have for anime series coming out this season! I’ll be doing another one or two posts about the films, short series, and OVAs coming out also. I’ll be watching those towards the end of the season though so look forward to that!

Have anything you’re looking forward to this season? Tell me! I want to know what everyone is interested in!

The Upcoming Spring 2014 Anime Season!

This post is a part 1 of many posts about the upcoming anime season and what I’m looking forward to. There’s so many shows that I am looking forward to so it’s going to be hard to choose! I’m definitely going to try to watch different kinds of anime to broaden what I watch – I usually watch supernatural, horror, science fiction, etc kind of anime, but I’m adding a school themed anime and some harem anime. I don’t how well it’s going to go, but we’ll see…

*Later today or tomorrow morning, I am going to be posting my cosplay tutorial for the female titan so look out for that!!*

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悪魔のリドル (Akuma no Riddle) – A yuri action series with a school theme. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a manga)

I’ve never watched a yuri series in which it focuses just on the two main characters. From the trailer it looks intense and not so much fan service so I’m interested in how this turns out. One thing I really like about the character design is their eyes! They’re so pretty!

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イスカ&ロギーのアトリエ  ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~ (Atelier’s Escha &  Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky) – A fantasy series. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a video game and is also a manga)

I’m really liking the character design for this one! Especially with their clothing! It really makes me want to cosplay them!~ My friend was telling me that anime’s adapted from video games don’t really turn out that great, but I’m hoping this will one will turn out differently.

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ブラック。ブレット (Black Bullet) – A science fiction action and mystery series. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a novel and is also a manga)

Can I just say the use of colors in this anime – or at least with the trailer – is amazing! If there’s anything that hooks me into watching a show, its the use of colors and this one really does an amazing job with it! As a kind of  post-apocalyptic series, this is definitely my kind of show and I can’t wait to see it!

301657フェアリーテル (Fairy Tail) – A fantasy, adventure series with a lot of comedy and quite a bit of fan service. [ANN link] [trailer]

Last year, this series stopped due to a cancellation, but it’s finally up and running again!! I’m in love with this show and I can’t wait to finally watch it again! It is a long series (they’ve reached up to 175 episodes so far), but I can tell you this: The character development and the quick-witted humor makes it a definite must see. I wanted one of my friends to see it after I had already watched most of what was out at the time. Going back to the first episode, I was shocked that this was the same characters because they went through so much character development. After we had watched the first episode, I had to tell her, this is not what it’s like for the rest of the series. If you had to watch one long running series, this would be it. I definitely recommend it!

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ご注文はうさぎですか? (Is the order a rabbit?) – A comedic, slice of life moe series. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a manga)

I’ve never watch a slice of life moe series so I don’t know how this is going to turn out to be honest, but this series looks really cute though. I am going to give it a chance though, I’m not writing it off just because it’s something I don’t normally watch and I think I would like it so that’s why I chose it. From this series, I feel like I’m mostly interested in how the story-line plays out and I’m looking forward to see how it does.

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極黒のブリュンヒルデ (Brynhildr in the Darkness) – A psychological fantasy with mystery, romance, and harem. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a manga)

I’m really liking this series a lot! Harems are another thing I’m not very familiar with so I’m curious as to how this will play out in this series. This show has a lot to do with the search for aliens so that automatically makes this a must watch in my book. Since it’s a mystery and a psychological fantasy, I’m looking forward to this aspect of it also.

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棺姫のチャイカ (Chaika: The Coffin Princess) – An fantasy adventure with assassins, bounty hunters, and magical creatures. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a novel and is also a manga)

I’m really loving the use of colors in this series also and I like the character design for Chaika – a sorceress who carries a coffin around. I’m very curious as to what the coffin is for and how this series will turn out. It’s made by the company BONES which has also made Noragami, Wolf’s Rain, Fullmetal Alchemist, and No. 6 – all of which I loved so I’m really excited for this one!

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一週間フレンズ (One Week Friends) – School drama about friendship. [ANN link] [trailer]

(Adapted from a manga)

I think I’m gunna die from the cuteness of this show and how romantic it is!! This is because it’s about how Yuuki notices a girl in his class, Kaori. It seems that she never has any friends around and he finds out that  it’s because she loses her memory every week. Despite this, he decides to become her friend every week. I want to find out what happens in this relationship so I can’t wait to see it when it comes out!!

Cosplay Photos!

These are the photos I took of my cosplays at Anime Boston this year! I’m not going to be posting the professional ones yet because I want to get permission to use them so I’ll be posting those sometime next week.

Friday

我妻由乃        Gasai Yuno

未来日記          Mirai Nikki

It was really fun to do this cosplay! I’m usually the type of person who wears a lot of dark colors and I dye my hair black so it was really different for me to have bright pink hair and a purple school uniform. I felt really comfortable in this cosplay though and I can’t wait to wear it again.

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Saturday

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進撃の巨人       Attack on Titan

This cosplay took me and my friend FOREVER to put together! My friend was the one who did most of the work so I owe a huge thanks to her! Altogether it took 4ish hours to put on all the makeup. I’ll be posting a somewhat tutorial on doing the body suit and makeup with what materials to use etc.

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Sunday

我妻由乃          Gasai Yuno

未来日記          Mirai Nikki

This was my second day as Gasai Yuno and it was even more fun than on Friday because I used fake blood all over me. It was all up my arms and I put two hand prints on my face (which you can see in the photo).

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A lot of people took photos of me in both of these cosplays and I’ve found a good amount of my female titan cosplay, I haven’t found any of my Yuno cosplay besides what my friends have posted on tumblr. So if you’ve posted any or seen someone post photos of me, please tell me!!

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And an update about the next few posts, I will not be posting photos I took of other cosplayers at Anime Boston. If you would like, you can go to my personal tumblr here where I’ve made an Anime Boston 2014 tag and you can just generally view the Anime Boston tag.

So tomorrow I’ll be taking the day off from posting as I have been sick all week with a cold that I probably got from the convention so I’ll be resting up and preparing for my post on Sunday of a tutorial of my female titan cosplay!

The Anime Boston Experience (2014)

This is an account of what my friends and I did this year at Anime Boston. To me, this is serving as a journal of sorts and a one stop place to find everything if I need it and for those of you who are reading this that hope to go to Anime Boston someday and want a guide to whats it’s like, then you’ve come to the right place! Enjoy!

Friday (March 21st)

This day was a terribly long day! My friends and I left on an early train and we were able to arrive at the convention by 11-ish. We hadn’t gotten our badges yet but, like every year, it’s a very quick process of picking them up if you’ve preregistered. Even if you haven’t preregistered for the convention, it’s still a very quick and easy process! My first year of going to Anime Boston was in 2008 and getting badges was a completely different story. We had to wait about three hours in line to get them and that was just the preregistered line! There hasn’t been any  problem with this line since then so I definitely applaud Anime Boston for being able to figure it out.

BUT actually getting into the con was a different story. They’ve set up bag checks for the past couple years and what this causes is a huge line to just get in. I can understand that it might be necessary to have these bag checks, but they haven’t been able to figure out the best way possible to deal with the huge line that it causes and it’s pretty frustrating. I think my friends and I waited in this line for about an hour this year and it was pretty annoying.

We went to three panels this day: two were of the creation and maintenance of web comics (Guest speakers of the panel include the creators of Spinnerette, Rival Angels, The Dreamer, The Hues, and The Paul Reveres). I also went to a panel about Cosplay photography (hosted by foreverCTY). As a photographer myself, I learned a TON about how much can go into making a photo and how to center around the character the cosplayer is portraying.

Saturday (March 22nd)

So I didn’t do much on this day… My friend and I cosplayed as the female titan and Annie from Attack on Titan and we literally couldn’t take one step without getting our photo taken. It was so much fun though and it’s so rewarding when we finally located where all of these photos have gone to.

Even though we didn’t go to any panels, we did go to the Masquerade. It’s one of our favorite parts of the convention, but I honestly didn’t pay attention to it this year. It didn’t have to do with the quality or anything (everyone did great!), it was just that it was 6 pm, I had been awake since 7 am and I hadn’t eaten or drank anything all day. I lasted long enough to watch the AMV Contest Winners which is my favorite part of the whole thing!

This Years winners of the contest were: Best In Show, Best EditingBest Action, Best Other, Best Fun/Upbeat, Best Drama/Judge’s Choice .

I apologize for most of them being of videos taken of the AMV’s, but I’ll be looking out for the ones in better quality! (P.S. I don’t own any of these videos!! Credit goes to the creators!!)

Later on in the night, I took all the body makeup that I had on for my female titan and put on my Yuno cosplay. We went to get dinner (which was the first food I had eaten that day and it was much needed! – we had gone to Wagamama (an amazing Japanese restaurant) and I definitely splurged on my food!)

After putting on my Gasai Yuno cosplay, I went with my friends to my first late night/whatever goes kind of panel about Yandere which is my favorite character type. It was even more fun because Gasai Yuno is a yandere and some of the other people freaked out when I walked in.

Here is some of the music that was used in the panel to describe what yandere are: here and here. (Both are vocaloid songs).

It was 2 am by this point and we were so exhausted that we went straight back to our hotel room!

Sunday (March 23rd)

This was our relaxing day to do some shopping that we hadn’t done yet. There is the Dealer’s Room with all of the anime merchandise you could ever need and the Artist Alley where people sell their fan art and their own creations. I tried going to a panel about analyzing anime but I was so burnt from this weekend that I couldn’t sit through it (I really wanted to though because I felt it would help a lot with how I write on this blog, but I was just so tired!)

I got my photo taken a ton on this day also since I was wearing my Yuno cosplay, but I added fake blood all over my arms and hand prints on my face. It was kind of sticky but it was so much fun!

We didn’t really do much else after but go home. This weekend was so tiring but it was so much fun!! I can’t wait to post more!

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And as a random thing I do ever year is collect business cards. I want to post them here to help promote these amazing people and so I can go back to look at them.

Clothing

Punch Brand

Kyoko’s Closet

Ophanim

Hikari wo Sagasu: Etsy & Store Envy

Accessories

Kawaii Gifts

Artists

Lizbeth R. Jimenez (I’ll be doing a review of her manga Sacred next week!)

Stephanie Kao

Photographers

Daniel Sjolund

Anthony Chodor

ForeverCTY Photography

Scheduling For the Next Posts

For the next week(ish), I’ll be posting about Anime Boston 2014! I had such an amazing time there and I’m sad it’s over. My friend and I’s cosplays were a hit and we got our picture taken a TON.

So what will be coming up that you can look forward to? Amazing stuff! Here’s the schedule of all of the Anime Boston/Cosplay posts I will be doing:

Thursday (March 26th)

A run down of what we did this year at Anime Boston

Friday (March 27th)

Pictures that my friends and I took of other cosplayers there!

Saturday (March 28th)

Pictures of my cosplays! I was Gasai Yuno and the female titan and I had a lot of fun doing both!

Sunday (March 29th)

A somewhat tutorial of my female titan cosplay. It won’t be an exact step-by-step of how to make it but I will post tips, materials and where to get them, and reference pictures you should use.

Monday (March 30th)

The merchandise I was able to get!

Tuesday (March 31st)

A review of the manga Sacred that was written and made by an independent artist.

I’m excited for all these posts coming up so come back to check them out!

Blog Update

What? Another blog update? Yeah I know, I’m sorry. I’m almost done with school this week and then it’s spring break for me so more stuff to come!!

This blog update is to put into words what I will be working on to post. Right now, I’m trying to focus more on series that have already been completed so some of these may be a little old. I’ve always wanted to watch these series anyways so I’m looking forward to it!

Anime Reviews

  • ノラガミ (Noragami) – Complete series review
  • ピュパ (Pupa) – Completed series review
  • 隠の王 (Nabari no Ou)
  • 化物語 (Bakemonogatari)

Film Reviews

  • 言の葉の庭 (Koto no Ha no Niwa)

Manga Reviews

  • 70億の針 (7 Billion Needles)
  • 隠の王 (Nabari no Ou) – Japanese version

 

I’ll be starting the reading in Japanese contest in two days so I’ll keep up to date on that! I have two things I’m going to read in Japanese: 隠の王 (Nabari no Ou) and 好き、だからこそ (Suki, dakarakoso). I’ve kind of started already and it’s going to be tough, but I’m look forward to the challenge and improving my Japanese!~

Anime Boston is coming up in a week!! I can’t believe it’s already here! I feel so unprepared! I’ll be cosplaying as Gasai Yuno from 未来日記 (Future Diary) and the female titan from 進撃の巨人 (Attack on Titan). I’m so excited for this!!

Blog Update/Tadoku Contest

Just a quick blog update! So I’ve been away for a time because of my university work. It’s been keeping me busy unfortunately so I haven’t had time to really watch anything and review it.

I had started writing a review for 言の葉の庭 (The Garden of Words) which was beautiful, but I won’t be able to finish the review until I get all my work this week done.

But it’s just one week until my spring break and then its Anime Boston so there will be a lot of updates then!

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On another note, I’ve been taking Japanese language courses again and I’ve joined the Japanese Language Club at my school. I’m also going to be participating in one of my friend’s research projects about helping students of Japanese learn outside of the classroom.

One of the things I’ll be doing for the project is the Tadoku Contest which is a Japanese reading competition. For every page of a book or a manga, you get a certain amount of points (Manga’s get less points because they’re a little bit easier since they have pictures).

I believe if you get the most points, you get a prize so it’ll be a lot of fun!

It starts on March 15th and you can sign up here on their site (you need to have a Twitter account though): http://readmod.com/

Let me know how you do if you decide to do the contest! Hopefully I can make it to my goal!