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Hoshizora Kiseki 星空キセキ

I’m baaacckk!~ I’m hoping to get through everything that I meant to in the past before I move on to bigger and better things with this blog! And since I haven’t been here in a while, feel free to send me some suggestions for posts.

I’m still working on getting through all my stuff from Japan and I hope to get through the spring anime that I never finished, but for now have this:

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星空キセキ

Watanabe Akio   渡辺明夫

Matsubara Toshikazu   松原俊和

2006

28 minutes

This can be watched for free on Hulu here.

Title Translation

星空 ほしぞら starry sky

キセキ miracle; wonder; marvel

  • This is supposed to be written in hiragana. Words are sometimes put in katakana to add emphasis.

Translation: The Starry Sky Miracle

No Spoiler’s Review

Hoshizora Kiseki is a 28 minute Japanese animated short film that was released in 2006. If you’re looking for something short and sweet, this would be a good anime for you.

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Kozue, the main character.

The story line revolves around Kozue who loves stargazing and is in the Astronomy club at her school. She goes on a trip to see a meteorite fall from the sky when she meets Ginga, a strange boy in an astronaut suit.

This anime was fairly good a executing the story considering the amount of time they had to work with. They somehow managed to get a lot of information across about what was going on in the plot.

It’s an underlying romance story which I felt whatever about, but for what it was worth, I thought it was okay.

**Just a little side note that you should watch a little past the credits. There’s extra scenes that you can watch.**

The Spoiler Review

I don’t know if it was just the version I was watching on Hulu, but the video was slightly crappy quality with high saturated frames that were kind of annoying to watch at times. Also, one of the things I dislike about subtitles is when they are yellow. It’s such an annoying color and I would so much rather have white subtitles!

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Ginga, the more interesting of the two.

Anyways, the art style was okay although there were a couple times that the characters looked a little weird to me. The characters themselves were okay in design, but Ginga was the only one that was relatively interesting looking.

As far as the plot goes, I don’t know how I feel about it. It was okay (this whole show is just generally okay). There was nothing spectacular about it and given the time frame, it made the story a bit cliche.

And was it just me, or did anyone else miss the whole thing about Ginga being able to know everything about the stars/satellites or whatever? I didn’t realize anything about that until I read the Wikipedia page for this anime.

And that whole scene he was naked was just really weird! Or maybe I would have been fine with it had it been animated better, but just watching made me cringe a little.

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I see, my body is naked.

In one of the classes I’m taking this semester, my teacher talked about how to look at films and the way they are made; how each angle and the framing of a shot can affect the way a story is told. From that, I was able to notice really interesting shots that were in this film like the one I took a screenshot of below:

20060827_160390There was another part that looks like they maybe didn’t have time or budget to make a scene out of it but I still thought it was interesting so I took a screenshot of it too. It’s a part where Kozue is trying to get Ginga’s attention which can be seen below (Ginga is the one sitting in the front row seats of the planetarium):

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All in all, if you have some time to kill and you don’t want the commitment of a full series, this one could be a good one to watch. I thought it was an okay short anime for what it was worth.

I didn’t mean to write long paragraphs for this review. For now on, I’ll be going back to the way I usually post with bullet points. It’s so much easier and takes less time! And its definitely easier to read too.

I hope to work on more interesting posts instead of just doing reviews so look forward to that!

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Selector Infected WIXOSS: Ep.1

Well, here it is! The start of the spring anime season! It’s been a good start with some definite hits in my opinion and a couple shows that didn’t quite get there (or at least not just yet).

**A few side notes: The first is that sorry if what I write seems off, but I’m writing paragraphs based on notes I’ve scribbled down. The second is that I totally screwed up with the method I post so because of that I’m already behind in my posting. I thought I was going to do one long post, but I didn’t realize I had so much to say about these shows so now I’m going to do one post per series. I’m doing my best to catch up but I also have two papers to write this week and one of them is already past the due date. I’m trying though and I’ll get them out as soon as I can!!**

**SPOILERS**

Selector Infected WIXOSS (Ep. 1; Aired April 4th)

So pretty!~ Love the coloring in this!
So pretty!~ Love the coloring in this!

I’m not sure how I feel so far about this show. It started off as an introduction episode so it hasn’t gotten very deep into the characters or the plot. The story revolved around a card game where ‘selectors’ are girls that can control a certain powerful card. If they keep winning battles with these cards, then they can have a wish granted. The way that they battled seemed to me like a mix of Yu-Gi-Oh and Black Rock Shooter (Yu-Gi-Oh because of the card set up and Black Rock Shooter because they enter a different dimension to battle).

I liked the character design and there’s one scene in the first minute or two that they show the sky and it was so pretty! This season’s animes seem to be spending

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Tama during battle

a lot of time on great animation of the sky and its really paying off.

So far I’m really liking Tama and I’m very interested in seeing her character development with those premonitions that they kept showing. Even though she’s one of my favorites, I’m not really liking the squeaky cat voice – I’m hoping Ruuko first wish is that Tama could actually talk! Also is there twin love in this show?? (Or at least one sided twin love). I slightly missed what happened with that so I was slightly confused.

I like how the opening theme’s video shows each of the selectors with who they battle with. So far in the series they’ve only shown two of the selectors so I’m really interested in seeing the next characters being introduced too. The song is ‘Killy killy joker’ and is sung by Kanon Wakeshima which is a huge plus for me! With the ending theme, it didn’t have the same effect as the opening. The way that they put the clips together was interesting, but what the clips actually were didn’t seem to fit with the series or have any importance. The song, ‘realize -Yume no Matsu Basho-‘ by Cyua, was okay. In the beginning, the piano sequence sounded like the ending for One Liter of Tears and I don’t the memories of that show to come back up – too depressing!!

I have high hopes for this series so that’s why I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. The first episode wasn’t as exciting as it could have been, but they keep foreshadowing to the more exciting parts which makes me want to keep watching it. Hopefully it’ll start picking up soon!

Opening Theme

Killy killy joker sung by Kanon Wakeshima

Ending Theme

realize -Yume no Matsu Basho- sung by Cyua

Professional Cosplay Photos!

I’ve finally got around to emailing the people who took professional photos of my friend and I as Annie and the female titan during Anime Boston! If you don’t already know, these characters are from 進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyojin – Attack on Titan). It’s a really great show so I definitely recommend it!~

Anyways just a quick note of whats going to be happening with this blog: Every Monday and Thursday I will post about the new anime season and all the shows I’ve watched. Monday’s posts will consist of Friday – Monday’s shows and Thursday’s posts will be Tuesday – Thursdays shows.

I’ve also finished ノラガミ (Noragami) and I watched and finished 鬼灯の冷徹 (Hoozuki no Reitetsu) so I’ll try to do the reviews in between the Monday and Thursday posts.

I’m also trying to get the female titan tutorial done soon so that’ll be something to look forward to~

For now, enjoy these photos taken of my friend and I’s cosplays!

The photo below was taken by Daniel Sjolund:

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The next three photos were taken by Anthony Chodor of IAMTHINK.COM:

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I love the way these photos came out! Thank you guys for taking them and giving me permission to post them!

Spring Anime Season 2014: Start Dates

I’m putting together this list of all the anime’s I want to watch along with their start dates. This is just so it makes it easier for me to keep track of all of these shows and so you guys know around when you can expect posts about them (Although with the amount of shows and the amount of school work, I need a few days from the day they’re aired to post).

Also, one of my friends has her own wordpress blog and she’ll also be watching this coming anime season. Her blog is the Rambling Anime Blog so go check it out! Her list is a little different than mine so you can see more variety this season. You can see her list of shows here and you can see part one of my list here and part two here.

So for this coming season, the start dates of the shows I’ll be watching are:

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Start Date: April 4th

Fridays

悪魔のリドル (Akuma no Riddle)

Selector Infected WIXOSS

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Start Date: April 5th

Saturdays

フェアリーテル (Fairy Tail)

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Start Date: April 6th

Sundays

キャプテン・アース(Captain Earth)

極黒のブリュンヒルデ (Brynhildr in the Darkness)

神々の遊び  (Kamigami no Asobi)

魔法科高校の劣等生 (The Outcast of Magical School)

それでも世界は美しい(Even So, the World is Beautiful)

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Start Date: April 7th

Mondays

一週間フレンズ (One Week Friends)

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Start Date: April 8th

Tuesdays

ブラック。ブレット (Black Bullet)

魔法少女大戦 (Magica Wars)

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Start Date: April 9th

Wednesdays

ノーゲーム・ノーライフ (No Game, No life)

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Start Date: April 10th

Thursdays

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)

ご注文はうさぎですか? (Is the order a rabbit?)

棺姫のチャイカ (Chaika: The Coffin Princess)

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Start Date: April 11th

Fridays

シドニアの騎士 (Knights of Sidonia)

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Start Date: April 13th

Sundays

メカクシティアクターズ(Mekaku City Actors)

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Start Date: April 22th

Tuesdays

M3 ソノ黒キ鋼 (M3 Sono Kuroki Hagane)

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

Female Titan

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!