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31.5.12

ANIME NORTH 2012 - FRIDAY CON REPORT

Hello everyone! It's that time of year again - convention season! 

This year's Anime North has marked the fifth year since I started going to conventions, and the third (I think?) since I started cosplaying. It's quite strange to think that I've been attending anime conventions for half a decade now! But I don't regret anything, I've made so many new friends and had so many great experiences. 


This Anime North was a strange one since we kind of lost motivation as the convention approached. A lot of it had to do with the fact that we weren't able to put together our Atelier group like we had originally planned. My sewing machine broke about a week and half before the convention so a good amount of our costumes were rushed and attached with fabric glue.  We were also at the Courtyard Hotel which was much further than where we usually stay (due to last minute booking) and we had to walk for about 15-20 minutes to get to the convention centre.


18.5.12

Last Minute Pokemon Cosplay + AN12 update!

Hi guys! Another quick cosplay progress post.

As it turns out, I won't be able to finish my Rorona cosplay for Anime North this year. I had all of the materials to finish it, but Ringo wasn't able to finish her Totori cosplay since our schedules conflicted and we didn't have time to meet up and work on our outfits.  Instead, we're just putting it off until Otakon 2012 which takes place at the end of July! That way we'll have more time to plan and meet up to finish our costumes.

As a very last minute back up cosplay, we have chosen to cosplay Pokemon trainers! 

I'll be cosplaying Hilda/Touko, the female trainer from Pokemon Black & White [left]. I'm really excited because she's got a cute but casual outfit! It'll be very easy to wear since the clothing is very comfortable and suitable for end of May weather! We'll even have hats to shield us from the sun, and our costumes won't melt off ! Hehehe~

I've filmed and photographed my progress, so I'll be making a full how-to video and blog post! Illustrating everything from painting the boots to sewing the vest, and of course making pokeballs! I'll be posting that soon. Just need to finish up little details like making the XTransceiver, bag, and the pocket things on her shorts. 

Ringo will be accompanying me as the female trainer from Pokemon LeafGreen & FireRed. I've made her hat, the clip thing on her bag (I forget what it's called), and pokeballs. Just need to modify the shirt, make the bag and skirt! It's quite an easy outfit so I should be able to finish it. 

I'll be meeting up with her this Monday (Victoria Day, so neither of us are working) so I can use her sewing machine. Mine broke down this week! Broken sewing machine a week before the convention = apocalypse!   
But we'll be able to finish all of this on time.

Here's my cosplay lineup for Anime North 2012.


Yup, doing Black Gold Saw again this year! Also a last minute addition because of all of our cosplay plans falling apart. We're planning to do a maid outfit variant because regular BGS was super hard to wear last year - it was uncomfortable with the long wig + armor breaking + feet dying in heels + heavy weapon. Our hotel this year is further than the one we were at last year so we decided it was too troublesome. Maid variant will still be cute! Just replace her outfit with a maid dress + stockings + regular shoes, but still horns and sword!  Haha and dark red bows. Same with BRS, but with blue bows and the canon! I'm looking forward to it.

Pokemon on Friday since it'll be easy to wear for meeting up with people, as well as for filming vlogs and stuff. Probably changing into Pokemon again before we leave the hotel on Sunday because it'll be easy to move around in and won't restrict us as we drag our luggage down the street a few blocks to the DoubleTree.  Maybe even Saturday evening when we change out of BRS! 

I'll post a vlog on my channel some time this weekend explaining the final details of our cosplays, meet-up locations, etc. I look forward to meeting all of you! If I'm not able to post a progress post this or next week, I'll post it after the convention before the con reports. 

I'm trying to film a few circle lens reviews and finish the posts for them, they should be up over the course of the next week. It's going to be a busy week! 

What will you be cosplaying as for Anime North this year! :D (If you're not going to AN, do you have any future cosplays planned? )



12.5.12

Recent Shoujo Manga~

Recently I've been reading a lot of shoujo manga on my iPhone. I've been using the app Manga Rock to read the scans! It's super convenient to store volumes and chapters on my iPhone so I can read them anywhere! You don't even need internet - if you buy the full version (which I believe is like $3.99) you can download chapters/volumes to read them any time.

They just came out with a new, Manga Rock 2,  updated app though. It won't run properly on my iPhone 3GS though, it lags like crazy so I have to stick to the old version.

Anyway, here are some of the series that I'm currently loving! Series descriptions are from MangaFox.
All of these series are shoujo manga, meaning they are series that are marketed towards teenage girls. They typically have a strong focus on romance and relationships. I typically like this category more than josei manga, which is directed towards young/older women. (Don't get me wrong, I still like josei series, but I tend to like shoujo more haha. I love the fluff~)

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Hajimemashite Kamisama -- Suzuki Julietta
Momozono Nanami’s dad, a man with a penchant for gambling, disappeared after accumulating a huge amount of debt. Thus, she was chased out of her house by the debt collectors. When she met a timid man being chased by a dog, he told her that he’d give her his house. She believed his persuasive talk, but when she went to his house… it turned out to be a shrine. Moreover, a guy with fox ears appeared, which made Nanami even more confused. What will become of homeless and confused Nanami?
Sachie's opinion: OH MY GOD THIS SERIES, I CAN'T EVEN. This is SUCH a great series. Definitely one of my favourites so far! I started this series a few days ago and I'm all caught up (66 chapters released as of today.) I'm hooked! I've caught myself fangirling and squealing multiple times. The storyline is super entertaining, characters are captivating and the romance is great. The art is beautiful, and the author's style really reminds me of Special A.  I really adore this series, and I definitely recommend this to anyone whose looking for a good shoujo to read! 5/5!

L-DK -- Watanabe Ayu
Shuusei Kugayama is the "prince" of his high school, but he always turns down confessions--including one from Aoi Nishimori's best friend. Although she initially hates him for this, when Shuusei moves in next door to Aoi, who lives alone, she starts thinking that he might not be such a bad guy after all...
Sachie's opinion: This seems like the typical girl living alone, hot guy moves next door and they fall in love shoujo manga. However, it has its own unique twists and turns in the storyline. Characters aren't developed as well as they could be and plot is weak at times, but it's a cute series. It has some very sweet and some very intense moments that get the heart beating fast! I really enjoyed the intense moments haha, they kept me hooked. Despite the heroine's weak points, I'm still looking forward to the future chapters. I recommend it for those who are bored and want something cute to read, haha. 3.5/5

Switch Girl!! -- Aida Natsumi
TAMIYA Nika is a beautiful, outgoing, popular high school girl. She has just the right look, just the right fashions, and is everyone’s friend. What everyone at school does not know is how hard Nika works to keep up this perfect image, and what she is REALLY like at home. When not at school, Nika is a scary, sloppy, tight-fisted girl who wears glasses, an ugly sweatsuit, and has her hair pulled back into unattractive buns. She lays around playing video games and reading manga. Her attitude is bossy and cranky, and she travels far out of her way to shop where she won’t be recognized.

Every day, Nika “Switches On” with a strict regimen of beautification that involves primping and plucking and careful dressing. The only person who knows about Nika’s Switched On/Off modes is her best friend, who is also aware of the reasons behind the changes.

However, soon a second person finds about about Nika’s personalities - someone who has his own On/Off switch, but in reverse! His name is KAMIYAMA Arata, and he is a recent transfer student. He meets Nika when she is in OFF Mode, and then again at school when she is ON. However Nika can see that he has his little secret. At school, Arata wears thick swirly-eyed glasses and messy hair that make some bullies think he is an otaku. However, at home, he ditches the glasses and is downright gorgeous! He is just the opposite of Nika, but why?

Sachie's opinion: I originally discovered this series after a friend uploaded a picture of herself to facebook similar to the one posted above. I'm sure alot of girls can relate to being switch girls - looking completely different with and without makeup. (I know I can relate! Hehe~ I'm definitely a switch girl!) Characters are memorable, and the storyline is quite funny. I've caught myself laughing out loud a few times! The art style is quite comedic. There are some really great romantic moments in this series! 4.5/5!

There is actually a drama by the same name! I've watched a few episodes and I'm really enjoying it. Watch it here!



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Those are three of my favourite series as of the moment. I'll try to do more recommendations for manga in the future if you like! I've actually discovered many series through YourGimmick, a manga review blog run by a friend! She's read hundreds, probably thousands of manga (mostly shoujo and josei I think), and posts reviews on them here. Super helpful website for shoujo manga fans!


Also, I should be posting more cosplay progress + a new video soon! :D

5.5.12

[REVIEW] GEO Cafe Mimi lenses in Waffle Gray

Hello again!

I recently received these lenses from Mukuchu. I'll be reviewing these lenses today!

As you can probably see in my previous reviews, I'm crazy about grey lenses! I love the way they look on my eyes. I've reviewed sparkly grey lenses, striking greys (Sesame Grey), but I'll be reviewing a different type.

The Cafe Mimi lenses in Waffle Grey are a blue-gray lens that fades out to brown. So far I'm in love with all of the lenses from the Cafe Mimi series! I think the Latte brown lenses are still my favourite though.

Lenses came in their own little box, which was quite cute. Inside the box, there was a slide out tab which contained the lens vials.

In the side compartment, there was a lens case!

They look quite light and transparent in their vials when held up against the sunlight, but the color is quite opaque when worn on the eyes.  

Sorry, the picture didn't focus probably. But you get the gist of the colors on my eyes.
Black outer ring, fades into a dark blue grey, a light blue grey, and a yellow brown. The part that opens up for your pupil has a jagged black outline. I love this design! 

With a ringlight/flash, the color is quite strong and opaque. In natural light, the lenses look dark blue-grey. It's a fairly natural color.

These lenses are so striking! :D
I'm also wearing Jewerich eyelashes in 01. The flared design really adds to the effect! 


I think these lenses could work really well for cosplay. I'm actually debating whether or not I should wear these for my Rorona cosplay since they can pass off as being quite blue. I also like how they work with my wig (which is the one I'll be wearing for my cosplay.)

These lenses were very comfortable. I didn't feel any irritation at all.

You can get them here for $16 USD/AUD. 

Let me know what you think of these lenses! Have you tried any of the Cafe Mimi series? :D

4.5.12

Cosplaying Rorona #1 : Making the Purse

Hello my lovelies! Long time no talk!

I'm back today with a cosplay post! Anime North 2012 is less than one month away, and I've been getting work done on my Rorona cosplay. For those of you who didn't know/don't follow my facebook or twitter, I'm cosplaying Rorona from the RPG game for PlayStation 3 - Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland 2.


I was drawn to this design because she's so cute! Her outfit is very comfortable and she has a small but intricate prop. After I cosplayed Black Gold Saw last year, I wanted to wear something less painful with a prop that wasn't so huge. I have a feeling this will be my favourite cosplay so far! Compared to the other cosplays that I have made myself (Meiko and Mio), this is my favourite costume design.

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