Thursday, June 30, 2011

Let's play Anime Pictionary! *Round 7*

First of all, thank you to lostty of Anime Princess for guessing and providing Baka-Raptor with one of the answers. You almost got it... ;_;

Here are the answers to last round, which Baka Raptor won.
1. Tsuna (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
2. Jin (Samurai Champloo)
3. Vash (Trigun)

Anyway, here's your cookie, Baka-Raptor.
Those black dots could also be raisins, so you decide what they are. The cloud at the bottom is just me being ADD. If you can guess correctly what all the things are in that cloud, I'll draw another dessert for you. xD

Here's round 7!

Picture 1:

Picture 2:

Picture 3:
She really is a bitch.

Good luck!

Oh, and along with your answer in the comments, please let me know what kind of dessert you want if you get it right. The default is cookie, so if you do not specify, that's what you're getting.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bloggers, I need your advice.

Now that I'm fairly happy with the appearance of my blog, I was wondering if I could ask my fellow bloggers or writers in general a few questions about how I can make this blog even better.

First of all, what am I doing right, and what am I doing wrong? What do you like about my blog, and what do you think I should change? I'm all about personal improvement, so I can take your criticisms. I want to grow as an anime reviewer and blogger, so let me know how I can approve.

Is there anything bothering you about the site layout? Is it easy to navigate?

What do you think of my posts? Is there any topic that I've been neglecting?

And one of my most important questions: Do you think blogging daily is a bad idea? Should I only post one or two times a week or do you enjoy seeing new posts up on here all the time?

Any feedback is much appreciated. :)

pic unrelated

Monday, June 27, 2011

Subscription Update (June 19-25)

Other than watching anime and blogging, a lot of my time on the internet is spent on Youtube watching AMVs. Before I really got into blogging, I was obsessed with Youtube, and I checked my subscription box religiously. I needed to see every video that everyone one of my subscriptions had uploaded. However, Youtube is crappy, and a lot of the time, people's videos wouldn't even show up in my updates. Nowadays, I go on maybe once or twice a day as opposed to keeping a tab open all the time. This week I have found some pretty awesome AMVs that have been uploaded, so I'm going to share them with you, honorable reader. I'm planning on making this a weekly segment, so you'll likely see another one up a week from now. :)

Vellure - 3 in 1
Editor(s): vellure
Anime: mix
Music: Dancing on My Own by Robyn, Physical by Olivia N. John and Jane Lynch, Targa by Russ Chimes, and Never Look Back by Russ Chimes
Thoughts: I've always loved vellure's colorful videos. He usually picks pop or techno music and matches the footage to the beat almost perfectly. He hasn't uploaded any videos for a while, so it was nice seeing such a new video from him. :)

Dreampod MEP
Editor(s): Akenization, Luna, Replay Studios, Jazzy, darkreu, tkfx, Katzie, and RiceAMV
Anime: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Hakuoki, No Kami No Agito Gin'Iro, Fate Stay Night, Halo Legends: Prototype, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Kurozuka, Wonderful Days
Music: Are Not We All Running
Thoughts: In case you were wondering, MEP stands for Multi Editor Project, and it's when a bunch of AMV editors get together and make a video together, each editor doing a predetermined track that varies in length for each MEP. I really love the choice of music in this particular MEP, and the production value is very high. It's an all around great video.

[A|S] Moe Moe Rebellion  

Editor(s): VivifxAMV 
Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Kimi ga Nozumu Ein, Zero no Tsukaima, MM!, kanokon, KissxSis, The World Only God Knows, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Macorss Frontier, Princess Lover, Lucky Star, Saki, High School of the Dead, Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou, Full Metal Panic, Inukami, Onii-chan no Koto, Gurren Lagann, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Sora no Otoshimono, Shuffle, Angel Beats, Ichigo 100%, Madoka Magica, Moetan, Kampfer, Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Soul Eater, Death Note, Rosario + Vampire, Kamen no Maid Guy, Code Geass, Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny, Black Lagoon, Vampire Knight, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Kuragehime, Maria Holic, Sensitive Pornograph, Junjou Romantica, Papa to Kiss in the Dark, Okane ga Nai, Kizuna no Kara Swagi
Music: The Way We Talk by The Maine, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OST, We're Not Gonna Take It by Bif Naked
Thoughts: I really love this AMV because of the story that's told through it and how well the editor matched it to the beat. You can clearly see how much time and effort went into making this AMV fantastic. I really hope that it wins a prize in Otakon because it definitely deserves it.

YUMMY{taiga&ryuji♥ [130+subs]

Editor(s): BlueAnima
Anime: Toradora!
Music: YummyYummy by Ohio-Express
I love the simple, colorful AMVs like this one, and Toradora is such a great anime. The song really fits, too. Very cute. :)

[A|S] E for Extinction 
 Editor(s): xXFlowaSanXx
Anime: Ao no Exorcist
Music: E for Extinction by Thousand Foot Krutch
Thoughts: I love practically every AnE AMV that shows up, and I really like the song used in here as well. 

honey trap【TSS - Private Ludwig】

Editor(s): RinProductions
Anime: Hetalia
Music: Honey Trap by Jolin Tsai
Thoughts: This was actually posted at the beginning of the month, but I love it so much. xD "I need your satisfaction." The timing is practically perfect, and the editor makes Germany look so damn sexy.

[APH] touchin' on my - BFT

Editor(s): piratemaki
Anime: Hetalia
Music: Touchin' On My by 3OH!3
Thoughts: I know; another Hetalia video, but people make so many awesome ones... Again, the timing in this one is impeccable, and I love how she zooms in on people's faces on a different beat. Great video. :)

And that's it for this week's subscription update! I'll have some more next week as well, so please check it out!

Also, the weekly anime review where I talk about what I watched this week is here. 

*Edit: Why in the hell is it double spacing? Please help! I have no idea how to fix it... 

Weekly Anime Review (June 19-25)

I decided to start a new segment in which I talk about the anime I watched that week among other things that I did that week... I'll also be doing a "Subscription Update" part where I talk about some of my favorite AMVs that were added in the past week. Other than blogging, following AMV editors on Youtube is one of my huge past times on the web. Oh, and this was supposed to be released yesterday or the day before, but I was busy and the internet was being fucked up again. Anyway, here's my anime watching for the week in review. :)

Anime watched
  • Nabari no Ou episodes 9-26 *finished*
  • Gintama episodes 108-148
  • Epic of ZektBach *finished*
*The reviews for the 2 finished shows should be up soon. :)

Total episodes watched: 60

Out of all of those episodes, there are some specific moments that I enjoyed in particular. One of those being the entire Yoshiwara arc of Gintama (eps 139-146). It was in this arc that we were finally introduced to the sick mofo Kamui. 
Just look at him. I mean GOD DAMN.
 I'd have to say that he's my favorite character of the week. He reminds me of Izaya from Durarara because both of them love to play both sides and mess with everyone simply because it makes things more interesting. They're so powerful that they can easily play both sides of the fence without getting burned too badly. I'm also wondering what exactly happened between him and Kagura so long ago. Considering I've still got about 60 episodes left before I'm all caught up, I'm hoping that there will be some explanation.

Other than the introduction of Kamui, the arc had some really epic action scenes. Specifically, the fight between Kagura and the guy with gray hair who has a name, but he's not important enough for me to actually remember it. Watching her go all batshit insane was incredibly awesome, and she looked so cool fighting with the kimono, bun, and heels. There are not many women who can defeat someone like him with heels on. I know I wouldn't be able to. xD
^Here's the footage of the fight. Sadly, I could only find an "AMV" version of it, but it still has subtitles, so you can understand what's going on. It actually really pisses me off that people even think that these videos are AMVs. They just took scenes from anime, were too lazy to even remove the subs, and added some simple transitions. There's basically no coordination between the footage and the music played. If anything, the music fits the theme of the footage, but the editor- if they even deserve that title- is too lazy to match the footage to the beat. Ugh. Just upload the fight itself with audio, will you?

The last battle of the arc between Gintoki and Hosen was also very entertaining, as most battles involving Gintoki are. I did find footage of the fight on Youtube, but it's an AMV and it has spanish subtitles. Go figure.
Actually, here's an AMV I randomly found that compiles footage from the entire arc. At least this one has some coordination with the music, though the video is kinda small. I love that they used a past Gintama opening, though. :)
God, that was just an amazing arc. All around awesome.

Other than that, I loved the second part of Gintama episode 111. It didn't have that much dialogue in it, but it didn't need it. It was almost entirely comprised of music, and their choice of music fit perfectly. I couldn't find any of the episode on youtube, but you can find the entire episode here.

As you can probably tell, I'm not watching any currently airing series. I know a lot of them are ending around now, so I'll be marathoning some in the near future. If you have a specific show from the spring season that you think I should watch right away, let me know in the comments. :)

Other random shit
  • I've been listening to a lot of music this week. In fact, I've got my iHome cranked up almost all the way right now (currently listening to Heartbreak: Bare Noize Remix). Some of my favorite songs that I've been listening to this week include: Get Outta My Way by Kylie Minogue (music video is weird as fuck, though), Strobo Pop by Die ATZEN mit NENA (I tend to skip the rap part b/c it sounds like crap), Dead Hearts by Stars, and lots of Coldplay. There's nothing better than blasting dubstep in your car while driving to the store to buy 5 packs of Koolaid with your older bro.
  • I saw Super 8 a few days ago. It was pretty good. :) "ALIIIIICCCEEE!!!"
  • I'm eating strawberry pocky right now. I haven't had pocky in a long time. Mmmmm. 
  • My Skype works one day but not the next. Y U NO WORK??? fml 
  • Oh, yeah. I'm really in love with the band f(x).
What anime did you watch this week?

The Subscription Update for this week is  here.

Site makeover!

It's really not that big of a change- the layout is pretty much the same- but I did change the color scheme and the banner. The banner was created by the awesome marinasauce of Anime B&B. Thank you so much again, Marina!

I also changed the background of the site. I really didn't like the solid pink background I used to have because it was a little hard on the eyes, so I tried finding a strawberry wallpaper on google images that fit. I didn't find any, so I drew Gintoki and some strawberry milk. I know, I know; my drawings are incredible. Please try to control yourselves.But drawing the background was a real bitch. I had to change the dimensions 5 or 6 times because they didn't fit on the site. I hope you like it, though. :)

Other stuff
  • I finally figured out that WordPress was free. I had always thought that you had to pay for it... Then, I figure out that you can import your blog to WordPress as well. I got all fired up about it for a moment, and I even looked into switching over, but then I remembered that I was lazy... and it's 2:30 AM.... and my blog is fairly new, so switching would mess everybody up. Plus, I only just got used to Blogger. 
  • I went on a banner making spree a few days ago. I spent, like, three hours just making banners. I have around 25 now, counting the ones Marina made for me. I'll be updating the site banner more often as a result. Maybe twice a month? 
  • I always love answering polls, so I'm going to have those from now on. As you can probably see by shifting your eyes over to the right side of the page, there's currently a "Shonen or Shojo?" poll which will close in 2 days.
What do you think of the new layout? Let me know in the comments below. 

Also, just cus I'm hungry right now: Tell me what you like on your pizza. Personally, I like simple cheese pizza (sausage is fine, too tho) and thick crust. Mmmmm pizza....

I should go to sleep now.

Is being obsessed with anime really that bad? Why all the negativity?

A year ago or so ago, I was very conscientious about my anime obsession, as most anime fans can relate to. I did not want to admit that I was obsessed with anime. I thought it was a terrible thing, and I felt a large internal conflict within myself. Am I considered obsessed? Do other people think I'm obsessed? Whenever I thought about it, I always got a sick feeling in my stomach. I wondered if people would think I'm a loser, someone who rarely gets out of the house and fits all the parameters for otakudom. I feared that if I moved to Japan one day, they would make fun of me for loving anime. I looked up the definition of obsessed many times and tried to fit myself into the definition. This inner debate continued in my mind for about a week like a broken record, plaguing my thoughts relentlessly. Am I or am I not? Then, all of a sudden, I felt an incredible sense of calm as everything just fell into place.

Who cares? I'm the one who's making it into more than it's supposed to be. I'm the one putting so much meaning behind the word 'obsessed'. And who cares if I'm obsessed, anyway? I'm the one who decides my actions, and I don't have to act like the otaku stereotype because I'm not the otaku stereotype. I am me, and it's as simple as that. Judge me if you like, but I know who I am, and I know that I'm more than just an 'anime fan' or an 'otaku' or whatever flimsy label you want to apply to me.

And with that I simply stopped giving a shit. Call me what you will, but I am one very fucking happy person. I don't mean 'happy' in the sense that I'm really exuberant and excitable; I've just found a sense of peace, a certain calm in my mentality.

Do you consider yourself obsessed with anime? Why or why not? 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

After years of searching, I have finally found him - my husbando

Before I reveal the 2-dimensional man that has stolen my heart, I would like to mention that I understand the difference between the real world and the one of anime. I do not hope that I can marry this character or have sex with him because he is not real. However, it has become a trend to pick a waifu/husbando from the 2D realm and declare them your virtual partner. In my mind, this character must fit only two criteria. One, he cannot be underage. That's just gross. I love quite a few young men in anime, but I'm not going for a seven year old boy. This isn't Boku no Pico. Secondly, I must love the character wholeheartedly, and by that, I mean that whenever I see him I just want to scream, "HELL FUCKING YEAH." Oh, and he has to be kind blah-blah-blah, but that's not really important.

Well, this was pretty predictable considering he's the adopted mascot for my blog, but it's Gintoki from Gintama.
Gintoki is bringing sexy back... just look at those abs
Now, why is this man the perfect husbando? Well, not only is he hilarious and sarcastic, but he is wise and has a strong sense of justice. He is lazy most of the time, but understands when help is needed and will do anything for something he believes in (basically, he's your typical shonen MC, except he can be lazy as fuck and even makes fun of the shonen tropes). He's basically me except older, a man, and a samurai. Plus, we both understand the importance of strawberry milk in our daily diets.

He is my favorite anime male, in other words, my husbando.

Other stuff I love about Gintoki
  • He's 177 cm. which is about 5'8". He's not that tall for a guy, but he's taller than me (I'm 5'5"). I like my men tall. 
  • He has silver hair. For some odd reason, I absolutely love anyone with white hair in anime. Hell, even in the real world, I'm attracted to men with their hair dyed white. Sadly, there is rarely a man daring enough to dye his hair such a brave color. 
  • I'm a Taurus (well, I'm actually a Gemini, too. I was born on the cusp between the two) and he's a Libra. Destined. (Oh God, I sounded really creepy right there, didn't I? xD)
  • He loves Shonen Jump and often makes comments about different manga in the show. I have heard countless references, but there are some I remember him making vividly; those being Hunger x Hunger (Hunter x Hunter), One Park (One Piece), Dragon Bouzu (Dragon Balls), and Bleach. I am also a shonen freak, so it was pretty funny watching all these parodies and his comments on the other shows. 
  • He's a pervert. 

And hey if you love Gintoki too, I'm totally up for sharing. ;)

Do you have a waifu or husbando? If so, why do you love them?

Oh, and before I get comments saying these things I will answer them myself.
"Get a life!"
It's alright; I already have one. :)

"Forever alone."
Forever a scone.

"Do you have a boyfriend?"
Nope, but I have several male friends. Even ones who don't like anime.

"Are you a hikikomori?"

"This is really sad."
Don't waste your tears on me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Let's play Anime Pictionary! *Round 6*

Sorry for posting almost a month since the last one. As I said here, I've been pretty busy the last month, so I wasn't able to get round 6 to you guys. However, I am back now, and I have some really terrible drawings of characters you may or may not know. Please comment with your guesses! It doesn't matter if they're wrong, and even if someone already answered correctly before you, you can still comment on how terribly horrific these pictures are. xD

Here are the answers from last round:
1. Clare (Claymore)
2. Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
3. Kagura (Gintama)

The winner from last round was du5k of oneminuteofdusk. As a prize, he requested a strawberry shortcake, so I drew him a delicious digital version.
You can enjoy it forever!! (unless your hard drive spontaneously combusts, of course)
Here are the pictures for this round:

Picture 1:

Picture 2:

Picture 3:

Again, along with your guesses, put a cake/dessert/cookie request and I shall specialize one just for you (if you guess all of them correctly of course.)


Answers to this round and pics for the next one are here.

5 cm. per second review (I can never get into Makoto Shinkai films...)

Episodes: 3
Aired: February 11, 2007 - March 3, 2007
MAL Score: 8.46
MAL rank: 104 (of course, this is subject to change)

Short synopsis:
Tohno Takaki and Shinohara Akari are two very close friends that have the potential of being something so much more, but  they're torn apart during middle school when Takaki's family moves far away. Despite their distance, they try to keep in touch and hope they can meet up again one day...

(The summary above is kind of crappy; here is the anime list one)

I have a complicated love-hate relationship with Makoto Shinkai's work. The concepts are always fantastic and the artwork is breath-takingly gorgeous, but there's always something lacking in his pieces. I just don't feel that deep connection with the characters or the emotional ties to them. Why? Well, I think it's because Makoto Shinkai's films are typically very short and don't give a lot of time to properly develop the characters.

I had a lot of hope for 5 cm per second because it's around an hour long. This could actually go somewhere! I did find that there's more character development this time than in some of his past pieces (read: Voices of a Distant Star), but in the end, I felt strangely dissatisfied.

I mean, 5 cm per second had everything; some of the most detailed backgrounds and heart-stirring artwork I have ever laid eyes on, interesting characters that were easy to relate with, and forgettable but still great music. Where could it possibly go wrong?

It just felt like the end came way too fast without putting anything to a proper close. I know what you're probably thinking, 'Well, Nadja, it was just trying to be realistic. It was showing you the pains of never seeing the one you love again, but still holding on to the blind hope that you will find them again.' Well, yeah. I can see that, but it wasn't satisfying at all. The perfect ending would've been having him see her once again. It would've been cool if he was walking towards a train station, all half-depressed and thinking of his old childhood friend and what she may be doing now, then he sees her sitting there sipping on a hot chocolate or tea, and he starts running towards her. He reaches her and looks down at her with his desperate, hopeful eyes. She looks up at him, startled. [FIN] That would've been perfect! BUT NO. Instead we have to go with the more "realistic" ending where he only dreams of seeing her again.

It just felt as if the ending was too rushed, and as the viewer, I felt surprised by the sudden ending credits scrolling across the screen. It was dissatisfying.

Going back a little bit, I'd like to mention that all the plot development before that was pretty good. I really loved how when he moved away, he met another girl that he became good friends with, and even though she fell in love with him, the feelings weren't reciprocated. It gave the whole movie/OVA/whatever-you-wanna-call-it a realistic feeling of trying your hardest to move on. Instead of just moping around when he moved away he actually made friends with a fantastic girl, though you could tell his heart belonged to his elementary school sweetheart. So I can safely say that the character development here was much better than some of his shorter works (*cough cough* VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR *cough cough*), but the ending just ruined it for me somehow...

Plot: 8/10
Music: 6/10 (just not memorable)
Ending: 5/10
Art: 10/10
Characters: 8/10
Personal Enjoyment: 7/10
Total: 44/60
Mean: 7.333... (rounded to 7 on MAL)

In case you may not have noticed, I just added a new category to my scoring rubric. That is "Personal Enjoyment." I figured that a show could still be very enjoyable while being absolutely terrible at the same time. I will not be updating my older reviews with this new category, but I will be using it in my reviews from now on. :)

Other random shit
  • As you can probably tell, I found a way to put pictures in my posts, but it's different than what I had to do before. I can't upload a lot of pics at the same time anymore, but whatevs. At least I can put pictures on my blog now. 
  • I tried watching The Place Promised in Our Early Days once on Netflix, but I fell asleep. I recommend watching Makoto Shinkai films in the middle day because they're a little slow in the development area. Not that they're boring or anything, but you'll enjoy it more at noon than at midnight. 
  • I'm going to start up a new post segment soon.... Oh, and I'll be getting that strawberry shortcake to you soon, du5k.

It seems like the whole internet is against me

Neither my safari nor google chrome will work; they simply refuse to launch. I was using shitty Internet Explorer for a while in their place, and then it occurred to me that there was another great browser left, and I didn't have to put up with IE's barbaric interface, so I downloaded Firefox. (Actually, the real reason I downloaded Firefox is because blogspot won't post pictures. I figured it was just IE being shitty...)

Anyway, I go onto blogspot, and I'm writing a nice little review of 5 cm per second, and when I went to add an image, it wouldn't add. I could upload the images to the blogger window, but when I double clicked on them, a little rotating sign showed up before disappearing.

Why does this always happen to me? ;_____;

(I already tried all the things listed here) Maybe if I just restart my computer... 

Anyway, I may not have any posts up for the next few days as I look to remedy this problem.

*Edit: I fixed the problem quite easily by searching it on yahoo answers. I have to go to the "edit HTML" tab now instead of simply just adding it like I could before.

You can tell he's a fucking pervert

Monday, June 20, 2011

Colossalcon 2011

Sorry that I haven't posted for almost two weeks now. I've been busy, and two days ago I went to Cedar Point which was awesome. If you haven't been there, you need to get on a plane, come to Ohio and get a ticket. It's fucking amazing. Plus, this was the first year that I finally got into roller coasters, and so at the end of the day, I went on the Millennium Force for the first time ever with my hilarious, extremely intelligent German teacher (we were on a class trip), and he explained to me the design and even told me about the manufacturer as we made out ascent. I also rode the MantisMagnum, and the Power Tower (both up and down, though the drop scared the shit out of me). Anyway, that was really fun, and yesterday I saw the X-Men First Class movie which was pretty badass. {Obviously, I started writing this post before I left for Massachusetts}

That's not the point of this post, though. I went to Colossalcon on June 3, and came home on Sunday, June 5. I wanted to do a full report on everything I did there because Colossalcon is awesome, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

We left on Friday around 4 PM and got to the convention center two hours later at six. After checking into our room and having an impromptu dance party on the balcony, we made our way down to the action. There was no line at all whatsoever, and we got our badges very quickly. Once we had got inside, we headed straight for the Dealer's Room and spent an hour roaming around and browsing the stands.

At 8:00, we went to Vic Mignona's Q&A panel which was pretty hilarious. I really don't like him that much as a voice actor (I'm more of a sub person), but he is an entertainer at heart, and he sure does know how to work a crowd. I actually did get called on, and I asked him what disco song fits his personality the best. He claimed to not know that many disco songs, so he Rick Roll'd us instead, which everyone responded to which an appropriate groan.

Around 9:00, we stopped by Anime's Deadliest Warrior, but it turned out to be exceptionally boring, and none of the people in my group knew the characters that were supposed to be battling each other out, so we left. I think we may have stopped by the lounge at that time, but I don't really remember. xD

At 10 PM, we went over to the One Piece panel, which was cool until this obnoxious guy came in and sat right behind me. Seriously, dude. You're not funny at all, and I couldn't hear the actual panelists over you. I sincerely don't think anyone cared about what you were saying, so gtfo.

We left a bit early since that guy was annoying as fuck, and went to the Great Anime Improv Experiment panel at 11. I've seen these guys at quite a few conventions, and they're usually really hilarious, but this panel made no sense at all, and the humor had practically no coordination. It was much too random, and the transitions between topics were choppy and basically nonexistent. I think I may have fallen asleep, actually. We ended up leaving about half an hour into it. I could tell that everyone in my group was fighting to stay awake, but we somehow dragged ourselves into the rave for 15 minutes or so. Although I didn't see anyone handing out free glow sticks this year, I still had a great time with my friends and dancing lamely together. xD

The next day we woke up around 8 AM and got ready for the day ahead. I got into my Germany cosplay and wrestled with my wig a bit before leaving at 10 AM. We reached the Dealer's Room soon after leaving, and I bought some stuff.

We had planned on going to the Kuroshitsuji Host Cafe since we had missed the Ouran one the day before, but we ended up losing track of time and sacrificing the host cafe for more time in the Dealer's Room. After buying a shitload of anime stuff and meeting up with even more friends, we got lost in a crowd of Hetalia cosplayers who dragged me outside to their photoshoot. It was really hot outside, though and when they weren't looking I quietly slipped away. I only got to take a few pictures with them, but I was going to be late to Whose Line is it Anime, and I really wanted to see their show. I've seen these guys many times (the last time I saw Whose Line was at Anime Central; I also saw it the year before at Colossalcon), and they're hilarious, but we got to the panel a half an hour late, which kind of bummed me out. We also wanted to go to Ask a Nation, but it overlapped with Whose Line, so we ended up sacrificing Whose Line for Ask a Nation, although in the end, I thought that the former was much more funny. We went to Ask a Nation around 1:30 or 2:00, and we stayed until only 2:30. It was in a smaller room last year, and there were waaaaay more countries the year before (almost every country was covered), but this year, I was a bit disappointed. The room was much larger and less, well, intimate, I guess, than last year. Plus, there were only about six or seven countries there answering questions. Sure, they had all the main ones, but I miss all the nations from last year. They were a rowdy, hilarious bunch; they still are, just not as much so. Actually, I think the same person who hosted it last year as Prussia, hosted it again this year as America. She didn't have Latvia with her, though, and there were no cups to be thrown around. ;___; Anyway, we ended up leaving because the countries were hard to hear, and we wanted to go to Voca-PV.

We caught the last fifteen minutes of Voca-PV, a panel dedicated to showing Vocaloid PVs. After each video, trivia was asked, and the audience tried their best to remember the minute details of the PVs shown. If the person called on got it right, they would get a piece of candy. About five minutes till their ending time at 3, they still had a ton of candy left, so they resorted to randomly throwing candy across the room, showering the Vocaloid lovers in sweet tarts and lollipops.

At 3:00, we were going to see World Domination with Tatum, but somehow, we ended up in the Dealer's Room yet again. xD

We got out of the Dealer's Room at 4:00 and went to the anime-fu panel which was fucking awesome, and you should be ashamed for missing it. At first, they showed a bunch of martial arts clips from old anime that I had heard of but never seen. I wanted to see more legit martial arts like the kind used in Darker Than Black or a more modern action show than Dragon Ball Z and Fist of the North Star. After showing those clips, they started debunking common martial arts myths. Apparently, the whole thing about slamming your palm up into someone's nose will not cause them to die or pierce thier brain. The nose is all cartilidge, so it's not strong enough to break your skull or puncture your brain. It will still heart like hell, but it's not fatal. After their myth busters segment, the two panelists showed some martial arts techniques, and my God, it was sexy as hell. I'm sorry, but there is nothing better for a woman than watching two physically fit men grappling each other. xD Also, it was pretty hilarious (and sexy xD) when they said, "Oh, and if you are sexually assaulted..." then a guy in a Leon cosplay (one of the panelists) got on top of the other, and they demonstrated how to flip the rapist over and get away. It was all very interesting. I just wish they had shown more variation in their clips at the beginning, but this is a minor complaint.

At this time, we went outside for the anime dodgeball. On the forums, it said that it started at 6 PM on saturday, but when we got into the empty parking lot and saw no dodgeball players in site, we were disappointed to find out that the dodgeball had actually been rescheduled for six hours before at noon.

Defeated, we went to the ask an anime character panel which was pretty cool. The english voice actors at the con sat behind a curtain, and the audience asked the characters that the VAs played questions. For example, Vic Mignogna was there, and many people asked Edward Elric questions. There was one woman there; I think her name is Cherami Leigh (Lee? I don't remember), and she had the most annoying voice I have ever heard in my life. Dear lord, why can't the english voice actors understand that they will never be able to be as cute as their Japanese counterparts in dub? (not saying all dubs are bad, but the cute, moe characters almost never live up to the Japanese versions imo) We weren't there for long; after a while, we decided to go back to the room, so I could get out of my Germany cosplay and drop stuff off. Before we retreated, though, I ran through the hallways with my German flag, shouting "wooo Deutschland!" Many Hetalia fans responded to my cheering.

After I got changed and relaxed for a little while, we went back down to the convention center, met up with a few friends that we had left in ask an anime character, and got in line for the Saturday night cosplay.We waited in line for a long time, way over the designated time that the event was supposed to start, but staff memebers were very helpful in keeping the crowd up to date with what was going on, and a kind volunteer even went around supplying the crowd with water. My group of friends didn't really care about the long wait, though, since we had Spot it! which has proven to be one of the most simplistic and addicting games ever created. We played it at least 300 times (complete exaggeration lol) as we sat on the floor in a crowded hallway.

We finally got into the cosplay event, and it was pretty awesome. I was glad that I had brought my DS along, as I had some hilarious conversations with 9 or 10 other con-goers on pictochat. Obviously, about 50% of the chat was pictures of penises. Somehow, the conversations on pictochat always lead to that. xD

Once the event started, they went straight to cosplay skits. There were many dance ones and a few ones that weren't so well rehearsed, but there were some really incredile ones too. My favorites were the Death Note spoof of Sponge Bob (here) and the Zero Requiem (here). The half-time game was epic. I can't believe they did a ramen eating challenge on stage (part 1, part 2). Yes, the guy eating the ramen at the end who won was the same guy who played the violin in Zero Requiem.

After we got out of the cosplay event, we milled around a bit and went to the karaoke room. We listened to a few songs and thought about singing ourselves, but no one seemed up to it; we were too busy drawing on the pieces of paper provided. I, of course, shocked everyone with my incredible drawing abilities.

Around 1 AM, we made our way over to the Death Note mafia panel a few rooms over. I had played Death Note mafia a few weeks before at Anime Central, and this time I had some of my close friends with me to play with. The group here was much larger than the one at ACen and there were no swivel chairs, but it proved to be an awesome time. I even saw a few of the people I had played with at ACen there which was pretty cool. I never got to be Kira, though, and the one time I finally got to be a special person (Gelus), I got killed in the second round. Death Note mafia sure is a bitch. I did end up buying a deck of the playing cards, though, so I can enjoy the game with the rest of my anime club friends.

Around 2:30 or 3:00, we went to the rave and spent a half an hour dancing and sweating profusely. I smelled so bad by the end of that weekend. Dx I did shower, but I never washed my hair; I only soaped up my body, so my hair was a tangled, disgusting, greasy mess by the end of the weekend, and I was happy to get home in the end.

I didn't do much on Sunday... I just bought a little bit from the Dealer's Room, picked up a commision from the Artist's Alley and bought some really cheap anime stuff from the Otaku Flea Market, which is a fantastic idea and every anime convention should have it.

In the end, I had a great time with a few really awesome friends. I got a ton of pictures to tranfer over to my computer, and once I do, I will surely post them here. :3

Can't wait to go to my next convention. I may be going to Youmacon in November and Ohayocon in late January of 2012. What cons do you guys frequent? Any awesome experiences you'd like to share? I love sharing con stories.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I'll be posting practically every day from now on

I apologize to the few dutiful readers I have for not posting until now.

School ended on June 8th for me, but the days before that had been busy as I struggled to pull together some projects. I was at Colossalcon, too, the first weekend of June and I didn't have internet access. On June 9th, I went on a class field trip to Cedar Point which turned out to be awesome, and then on June 13th, I left for Massachusetts with my grandparents. I didn't return until yesterday. As you can probably guess, I've been spending this entire day recooperating, watching anime, and finally enjoying my long, lazy, apathetic summer days. Yes, I'm planning on spending a few days just being a hermit and gluing myself to the computer. Oh laptop, I have been without you for so long.

And my laptop has been being bad as well. Not only was it infected, but Google Chrome and Safari decided they were going to be lazy and not even attempt at starting up, so I'm left with this shitty Internet Explorer. I miss my pretty Google Chrome and all my bookmarks. Plus, my IE is all weird...

Anyway, the whole point of this post was to let you guys know that I have kind of good excuses for not posting, and I can assure you that I will be posting on a more regular basis. It's likely that I will be posting daily, if not multiple times per day.

Ahhh I am such a summerfag.

Oh, and don't think I've forgotten about your banner, Riyoga. Let me know the dimensions, please, and how I can send it to you. :3