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A Week in Los Angeles | Anime Expo 2015, Porter Robinson, and The Fire

Anime Expo 2015

It is time…..for the Great Anime Expo Update of 2015! During the 1st – 8th of July, I flew from Toronto to Los Angeles for North America’s largest anime convention – Anime Expo! Anime Expo is my all time favourite convention – the level of cosplay is higher, the convention halls are bigger, and events are more grand than any other convention I’ve been to!

 

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Syndra (League of Legends) Completed Cosplay

Hiya lovelies!!

Here are pictures of my “completed” Syndra cosplay. Completed in quotations because I didn’t actually finish the skirt, I didn’t have time so I just cut a few pieces of black fabric and tucked them into my shorts haha. Sssh don’t tell anyone!!

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)
I’ll be completing them for the next con that I wear Syndra to! 🙂

Here are pictures of my completed cosplay! Starting off with the makeup and circle lenses. Armor and outfits can look cool, but you can’t forget about your face!

All of my armor placed together! 

Now, here are some closeup shots. I took all of these photos after I returned from Anime Expo aka fresh out of my suitcase, so please keep that in mind if you see any ripping/chipped/fading parts!

The bracers look quite black in these photos, but they’re mostly dark purple and gold with silver detailing. Lots of weathering and drybrushing with dark paints to get the worn look.

Loops on the inside of my costume that attached to the main body armor piece through ribbons and hooks. 

Back and fromnt of my helmet. You can see the worbla/craft foam pieces on the front and sides but I’m planning to smooth them all out for the next convention! The ear pieces are made from craft foam and hotglued onto the sides of the helmet.

I bought my silver ponytail wig from wig-supplier.com. It was actually a twin-tail wig but I dissected one of the ponytails to create the two little long bits that hang out of the front part of her hair.

I am wearing the Vassen Bambi Queen Violet circle lenses that I got from Pinky Paradise. You can get them here! They are “natural” purple lenses (not super bright) that have a strong black outer ring and fade to yellow in the middle! I’ll be doing a full circle lens post on all of the lenses I used at Anime Expo.

Selfie taken on the way to the convention! I’m not crying haha! I had just put my lenses in + some eyedrops 😉
I chose to do a strong winged eye, and thick dark eyeliner on the lower waterline. I really contoured my face to make it look more angular. I gave myself strong cheek contour/highlighting, contoured my nose to look more defined. Wore a sheer red lip balm. Didn’t colour my eyebrows but filled them in with light brown powder. Syndra’s outfit was mostly black and the helmet/wig were covering my eyebrows so I wasn’t super concerned.

Jom chillin in my armor! Peipa-chan had to pretty much glue my into my armor because I didn’t have time to make proper straps with velcro haha! At the end of the day I had to cut myself out of my costume ;v;

Was lucky enough to participate in Sky William’s newest video! We pretty much just had to catwalk and put on our cosplay which they edited together and made into a timelapse. These cosplayers are so talented so I was honoured to be able to film alongside them! :0

Here’s the video! Ahh It’s so cool! 😀

With the beautiful Domineau as Ironscale Shyvana on the right. On the left, met a super cool Graves cosplayer at Sky William’s video shoot! His gun looked SO LEGIITTT and it was super light as well!!

SYNDRA ON URF MODE? SO MANY BALLSSSSS
Haha too bad I never got to play on URF mode, I think that was when I was at the Gathering? Or exams? I remember there was a certain reason why I couldn’t do it and I hope they bring it back!
I was also featured in MLZ Studio’s League of Legends showcase video! It was my first time seeing him again in 2 years (last time was Otakon) and it was so much fun to film! Luckily, we ran into a Super Minion cosplayer who agreed to be thrown by me for my Syndra E ;D

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions about how it was made or painted. I’ll try my best to answer them asap!

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Syndra (League of Legends) Helmet and Claw Progress

Hiya lovelies! This is part three of my Syndra cosplay tutorial. You may want to check out these posts first if you haven’t already! 

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Helmet

Another part of Syndra’s character design that proved to be quite challenging. The Syndra from MCM Expo made her helmet out of EVA foam! I hadn’t even thought of that, and found her progress pics after I started making mine (haha too late!) Instead, I decided to use the expanding foam method. 
This is one of the only parts of my armor that I am a little bit unsatisfied with, as I started this helmet two days before I was supposed to leave. So in result, it is a little bit messy. Still turned out alright though!! 
I used a can of “Great Stuff” expanding foam for gaps and cracks. It’s comes in a can with a small plastic spout.

Made the base shape out of cardboard! Then I covered it in expanding foam and let it cure (which the bottle says to leave for about 8 hours). It foams up when first applied but don’t put on too much at first!

The foam expands a lot when it is dried. I recommend putting on a coat and letting it cure, then cutting it into the shape you want and cutting again. This will be easier than trying to cut through a giant foamy monster! Also wear gloves since the foam is made out of weird chemicals and will irritate your skin. I forgot to put them on the first time and my arms got all itchy :<

Carved a hollow part in the middle where the helm would fit over my forehead. I also made a base helm/band that the “horns” would attach to! I made this band out of craft foam and worbla. It was curved so it fit right over my head.

Important!! If you are ever making a cosplay helmet, make sure it fits to your head + wig! If you fit it to your head like normal, it will be too small when you fit it over your wig!

Covered my helm with painters tape. Would have used paper mache but I was running out of time. The helmet is massive on my head but fits perfectly with the wig on! It had a tendency to tip forwards because I didn’t have time to attach clips at the back so it fit more snugly to my head.

Used small strips of worbla and wrapped them around the horns. This gave a more demonic look I think, because they looked like actual horns rather than part of a helmet. It looked bumpy at first but I heated the worbla and used a knife to press down the edges so they melted flat.

Didn’t have time to sand it either, so I tried melting and pressing down the edges as flat as they would go and then used a spray gesso to prime my helmet.

I don’t have photos of the painting process because it was done at 1am the night before I wore Syndra, but I used a glue gun for the raised parts at the front of her helmet. I melted together some worbla scraps to make the main shape of her helmet jewel/eye thing. Primed with spray gesso, and painted with acrylic paint! I forgot about the little flap things at the very top of the helmet so I’ll add those next time.

Again, I would have liked to have better primed/ varnished this helmet if I had the time, but I’ll leave that for touchups for the next convention.

Claws

Here is the base for my Syndra claws! I first cut a piece of craft foam that was the width and length of my finger. This would make sure my fingers fit into my claws!  I then heated some Worbla and made little triangular prism shapes with the foam at the bottom of my finger, and made the edges pointed. 
Primed with gesso and painted a solid black with acrylic paint!!
I found that when I actually wore these claws, they stayed on fine but the coloring on the craft foam inside stained my fingers! So I had pink/purple fingertips whenever I took my hands out haha 😀
Next post will show you all of the completed pieces! Hope this was helpful.
As always, leave any questions in the comments below and I’ll try my best to answer them! 
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Syndra (League of Legends) Creating and Painting Body Armor

Hello lovelies! This is a continuation of my Syndra – League of Legends cosplay progress series. We are now on part two – creating the body armor and priming/painting the armor pieces!
Check out my other Syndra posts: 
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Body Armor

I’ve seen a few different interpretations of Syndra’s top, and most people seem to make it out of fabric. I chose to do an armored top because 
1. I suck at sewing
2. I’ve made craft foam armor in the past so I have a bit more experience
3. Armor looks more badass!!
Belted the foam mat to my body and sketched out the basic design! Happy helped out, hahaha.

Cut out the boob hole/ basic shape. Transferred the design to Worbla, using the same fold-over technique as the bracers/pauldrons.

Heated the smooth glue side of the worbla with my heat gun and pressed the foam over top so they attached! Heated the foam/worbla up again and belted it to my body until it cooled so it would form and curve to the shape of my body.

This method took a while, but I don’t have a dress form/mannequin or anyone to help me… so this would be the poor loner cosplayer’s method haha! ;_;

The boob hole ended up being too big so I added some more craft foam to the middle to make it smaller and covered that up with worbla strips. Added shoulder straps and the main triangle part at the top of the boob opening.

Added the foam designs and raised edges. Instead of just a plain strip, I like to add a really thin long strip along the very edge or alongside. This adds interest and makes the design look more detailed! I often like to add my own interpretation on designs if I think it’ll help the armor stand out in photos.

All of the base pieces together! In this photo, I added the raised ring to the bracers. I heated up some of my scrab worbla, rolled it into a sausage and pinched the edge so it was pointy. Then I heated it and applied it to the bottom.

The rolled up worbla pretty much solidified the shape of the bracers though, so the bottom was the exact shape of my wrist (and I’ve got super tiny wrists). I had to squeeze my hand through in order to get the bracers on, which left quite a few scratch marks 🙁 I told everyone they were from happy because “squeezing hands through cosplay armor” sounds super weird, haha.

Trying everything on for the first time!! It fit well, thank god. I was a bit worried that the pauldrons would be too big or wouldn’t attach properly but everything stayed put.

Using the same method as the top, I crafted the back and added the raised designs. Also added the top belted part to the top armor using craft foam and worbla!

This is what it looks like on the inside! The armor connected at the top shoulder parts and the side parts.
The way the armor is attached is by:
1. Opening neck area and fitting it to body
2. Getting friend to belt you in, trapping you in the armor for the rest of the day

Painting Armor Pieces

 The way that you paint a piece of cosplay armor can really affect how it will appear and how well it well it will photograph. I like to use a method that is used by cosplay armor goddess Kamui Cosplay, called “3D painting”. Painting highlights and shadows onto a piece helps it pop.

Used white acrylic gesso and mixed in some black so it became gray. Coated the armor and worbla. I used approximately 3 coats until everything was smooth.

 I spraypainted a black base overtop the gesso! I meant to choose gloss or satin finish spraypaint but picked up flat by accident 🙁 But that was fine since it was just a base colour.

Painting process: (Did a lot of the painting last minute so didn’t get many pictures)
1. Base color
2. Make a gradient of warm brown fading down into Syndra’s signature purple. Did a few layers so that the colours stood out
3. Add shadows to the edges/corners using black/dark brown paint, and highlights to the middle using the base colour + white or silver. Then dabbed a sheer layer of gold paint over top to create a sheen.
4. Add metallics (gold/silver) to the raised parts.
5. Shade small shadows in on the edges, and down the middle of the metallic parts to look more 3D
6. Dry brush mixed dark gold (black + gold + dark brown) paint all over to create a bronzed, worn look.

I didn’t have time to do this in time for the convention, but I would have gone over the top of my armor with Modge Podge Gloss (which I bought but didn’t use.) I’ll have to do this for next time!

The next post will discuss how I made Syndra’s helmet and claws!

Let me know if you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them as soon as possible.

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Syndra (League of Legends) Bracers and Shoulder Pauldrons

Hi lovelies!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper cosplay post. I mostly save all my cosplay stuff for my Geek and Sundry vlog show but some of my viewers prefer written, photographic progress posts because they’re easier to follow than videos.

Also apologies for the image quality, as most progress photos were taken with my iPhone.

I recently cosplayed Syndra from League of Legends. After cosplaying Bloodmoon Akali from League (which turned out horribly because I didn’t have any materials or space to work on it, student halls etc.), I really wanted to make something big. I’ve been out of the North American cosplay scene for almost a year, so I wanted to come back with a bang! Syndra seemed like the perfect outfit – complex yet simple, cool design, and eye- catching. Plus she’s really fun to play 😀

This was how my cosplay turned out for Anime Expo. Not completely finished, but pretty good for working nonstop for 8 days!

I saw this amazing Syndra at MCM Expo in London! I had thought about cosplaying Syndra, but this cosplayer’s interpretation was absolutely perfect and really inspired me. The entire set of armor was commissioned from Ae Ri who is a fantastic cosplayer. Go check out her stuff – she’s a god at making armor from EVA foam!

Anyway, I contacted this Syndra and she answered all my questions about construction, materials, etc. Some cosplayers can be quite secretive about how they make things, but she offered to help me with everything. I’m glad there are still talented and generous cosplayers in the community these days <3
Before I start with my progress photos, I’d like to thank my patrons over on Patreon! Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to put Syndra together. All of my cosplay stuff comes from my own pocket with a little help from what I make from Youtube…not much at all. They helped me cover costs for materials, specifically Worbla! Thank you all so much <3

So without further ado, let’s go!

These posts are part of a series. Check out the other posts here!

Syndra

I decided to cosplay the concept art version of Syndra rather than the in-game version. Whilst similar, I like the more purple/gold/brown colouring of Syndra’s armor as opposed to a solid black/dark purple. I also like the extra detail on her bracers and helmet instead of the simple in-game designs!

Armor – Materials

Camping foam mat, craft foam, paintbrushes, acrylic paint, glue, xacto knife, scissors. All from the dollar store. Heat gun is from Home Depot. 
I also ordered two jumbo sheets of Worbla from cosplaysupplies.com. It came to about $183 CAD I think (which is completely ridiculous in my opinion, but it’s a medium I’ve been meaning to try out.) Again, thank you so much to my Patrons for helping me out. I will be doing a video on my Geek and Sundry cosplay vlog showing you how it works!
For reference, I’m almost 5’10” without shoes haha!! Worbla came in this large tube wrapped in cardboard and apparently took about 3 days to arrive from the supplier to where I live (Toronto!)
Worbla is a very forgiving material – it’s a sheet with the texture of cardboard. There are two sides – a rough side and a smooth side that is coated in glue. It can be cut with scissors and is attached by heating the edges and pressing them against each other. Once attached, the worbla will not seperate unless heat is applied. It hardens to a plastic-like texture when cooled and will not change shape.
It is typically doubled up or sandwiched over a sheet of craft foam for support to better hold its shape. 

–Arm Bracers–

Made a rough pattern for the bracers with paper and transferred to foam. Cut a slightly larger version of the same shape on worbla. Using the heat gun, I heated the shiny/glue side of the worbla and placed the foam over top. I folded the edges over.
I know many cosplayers say to use the “sandwich” method aka sandwiching a thin piece of craft foam between two pieces of worbla, but it’s unnecessary in my opinion. This means double the amount of worbla is being used, and worbla isn’t cheap! Instead I used thicker foam and just folded over the edges.

This is what it looks like on the other side, and then curled inwards. I heated the back and placed the worbla over my arm and held it there until it cooled. The worbla held its shape and didn’t bend.

Using small strips of craft foam, I covered the bracer following the designs of the concept art! It was kinda tricky because Happy kept jumping at my scissors. I used hot glue to attach the craft foam. Did this for both arms.

Shoulder Pauldrons


Cut out 8 comma shapes using the same fold-over technique as the bracers! Each pauldrol has 4 comma shapes that make up her shoulder design – two on top and two below. When they cooled, I held the round part of the comma shape over a styrofoam ball so it was kinda round, since these parts need to fit over my shoulders.



Everything heather together. This is what they look on both the inside and outside. I didn’t want to put any worbla on the inside because worbla has a rough texture. Craft foam feels a little softer on the shoulders, especially if worn at a convention for several hours.



It is important to keep trying them on to make sure that they fit! The first time I tried on my pauldrons, they were too big and weren’t pointed upwards enough so I had to reshape them! 


 

I attached little rings on the inside of my pauldrons – three in each pauldron. One on the top, and two at the sides. These will be used to attach the pauldrons to corresponding rings on the inside of the main body armor!


Final craft foam details hotglued onto the tops of bracers and pauldrons! I found small details looked better with craft foam instead of worbla since the foam looks smoother. For the bottom of my bracers, I took my worbla scraps and heated/rolled them into a sausage shape. I heated it to the bottom and then pressed them on so they adhered. Then I pinched the middle  to create the angled edge.


The next post will cover the body armor and priming/painting!

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
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— Syndra’s Bracers and Pauldrons— 
Syndra’s Helmet + Claws
Syndra – Completed

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the gathering 2014

Hi lovelies!

If you’ve been following me on my other social networks, you’ll have seen that over the past two weeks, I’ve been posting about The Gathering 2014 nonstop! In an effort to revive my blog,  here’s my Gathering experience masterpost, haha!!

If you don’t know what The Gathering is, check out my video on GeekandSundry Vlogs! :}

Basically, The Gathering is a huge LAN party held in Hamar, Norway. It’s filmed in the giant viking ship olympic stadium (which is named the Vikingskipet because it looks like an overturned viking ship!) Thousands of people flood into the ship, bringing their computer supplies and shelf equipment for 4 days of nonstop gaming fun! It was my first LAN event, and it was even more exciting because The Gathering had invited myself, Scott, Amy, and our producer Jenni, to host live shows!

Also, apologies for the quality! Pics were shot on my iPhone.

Flew with Norwegian airlines from Gatwick in London. Norwegian is awesome, such a pleasant flight. They even had free wifi! Definitely helped the 2.5 hour flight go by very quickly. I’m super fortunate as this trip was my third trip down to Norway. (First time for planning meetings, second time to film promos for the event.) Ya can’t keep my outta Norway!~ haha.

Walking into the ship and seeing this for the first time was definitely super exciting!! So many people! And so many cool shelves set up!

Here’s my walk-around vlog for the weekend! I tried to vlog as often as I could during the weekend, so much to see and do!

One of the cool events at the Gathering is that on the first day, after opening ceremonies, the lights are shut off revealing a dark ship filled with thousands of computer monitor lights! This is the magic button that Scott pushed to turn off the lights. DO I PRESS IT?? (You can’t see a giant red button and not push it!! ;D)

It looked incredible at night! You can kinda see some of the games that people are playing… Majority of people were playing Minecraft, League of Legends, and Counterstrike. Dubstep blasting 24/7.

As I previously mentioned, Amy and I did a talk show during The Gathering! We had a half hour show at 5PM every day, talking about the days events and highlights, as well as interviewing some guests and staff. I’ve never done live presenting on a talk show before so it was a new experience! I was really nervous about the studio headsets because we had our producer (Jenni), and the director (Kasper) talking into our ear, giving us countdowns, timing cues, and people giving us topics to bring up. Scary at first, but after the first livestream I found myself becoming more comfortable in front of the camera. We just derped around and chilled with the guests 8)

 Getting ready for the show! We dressed up in kigurumis which was really fun! I wore my Totoro one, which is too short for me hahah…. Oh well 😀

Jenni was sitting outside the Vikingskipet in a big media truck… She could see us on the cameras, and was sitting here giving us instructions during our show!

Scott had a late night talk show at 1:30AM. For one of his segments, he and Jenni had a nerf gun fight. Of course, we had to join in on the fun! Here we are as Felicia’s Angels. 😉

ON THE SECOND NIGHT, LEMAITRE DID A SURPRISE APPEARANCE. I PRETTY MUCH SCREAMED. I love Lemaitre, only recently got into them!! I thought they were french (because of their name), but apparently they were Norwegian! a;skfldjdklgdfkg so excited during their set, a little bit upset because the crowd really sucked haha. Lemaitre is indie electronic group, some of their music isn’t really suited for dancing, so a lot of people just stood there…. I was having my own little dance party though 😀

Got my crew sweater! They only had large sizes left when I got mine, so it’s huge!! Super comfortable though, I like wearing it when I’m lounging around my rooms in the evening. ~moe thugz 4 lyfe~

I also hosted the cosplay awards on the Friday with a Norwegian TV host, Kim-Daniel! He was super fun, great at hyping up crowds. So many people turned up, it was insane. There were so many fantastic cosplayers! Apparently there was a huge amount of people watching on the livestream as well.

Cameras on the main stage were really big! After a days work, eating at the crew house was great. Had bbq burgers which were amazing. Such lovely weather as well, bright and sunny.

A lovely woman from the Information:Games desk called Dawn, gave Amy and I a huge back of Norwegian candies!! I made a video tasting them 😀

 After everyone left on the Sunday! So much garbage omg it was insane… People also left computer parts, food, and chairs/furniture!! However, Sunday evening was also time for the crew party! Unfortunately Amy and Jenni had to leave early to catch their flight back to Los Angeles, so Scott and I had to party extra hard on behalf of them. 🙂

Me being a derp + Scott, Kasper the gorilla director man, and myself! 😀

All in all, The Gathering was a huge success! We didn’t really get to game or participate in the games, but we had a ton of fun hosting events and meeting our Norwegian viewers! If you’re thinking about attending the Gathering, you definitely should. There are so many concerts, events, contests and lectures/seminars to attend.

Thank you to KANDU, and The Gathering for inviting us. We really had such a fantastic time. Hopefully we’ll be able to attend again next year! :}

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON ~ RECAP

Wow, another blog post?
Yup, I kinda want to try blogging every 2 days now! To make up for all the blog posts I should have been writing before. So on every odd numbered day in August, I’ll do a blog post! 😀

Also changed my layout a bit, what do you think? Less monochrome now!

Also apologizing in advance, all of these photos are from Instagram! I didn’t bring my T3i with me on this trip because it was way to heavy and I didn’t have room in my luggage. :< Vlog camera takes poor quality photos, so these will have to suffice~

Now continuing with the July recaps, I only had a week to rest + get my second cosplay ready for my next con…. San Diego Comic Con! Yessir, back to LA! (Honestly I’ve done more travelling this summer than I have within the past 5 years, haha) Geek and Sundry asked me if I’d like to go to SDCC as well, which of course resulted in more happy dances and rolling around on the floor/foaming at the mouth with excitement.

Day 0~

Flew from Toronto Pearson International to LAX, then took a tiny express plane to sunny San Diego! Arrived on the Wednesday, giving us a day of rest before we had to leave for the con. Also met Katie / Beautyarmory from the G&S vlog channel for the first time! She does awesome makeup tutorials! I was so excited, Canadians unite~ (She’s from Vancouver, on the other side of the country.)

Photo – beautyarmory
I was trying to figure out what was in my mouth when I was looking at this photo. Lollipop? Pen? Then I realized it was a glue stick…hahah orz…

Between that time, got my sniper (TF2) cosplay ready! Paul made my Sydney Sleeper which turned out beautifully~ I was quite nervous because I’ve never brought props across the border, let alone a giant rifle lol… Had to cut it up and disassemble it in order for it to fit ;_;

 

Made a little hat for one of my koala toys = Koala Compact! Gotta have a melee too – progress shot of the Bushwacka. (Made from a Dollarama foam pirate sword.)

Based my cosplay off this fanart!

Day 1! 

Arrived SDCC was more than I ever imagined. First off, it’s MASSIVE. Probably 5 times the size of Fan Expo. Absolutely huge. Crazy too, so many people and promotional/PR events for movies and TV/comic series.

Only saw one Medic cosplayer though. 🙁 I thought there would’ve been TF2ers everywhere!

Had some footage in my vlog which shows the crazyness!!

Went to the Geek and Sundry space! They rented out this lounge/bar at Joltin’ Joes, just outside the convention centre! The whole second floor was dedicated to tabletop games, panels, and exclusive game demos.
Photo – beautyarmory
Katie and I being ~gamer gurlz~ and trying out new games! Experiencing bad hat hair because of my Sniper hat 🙁
Also met up with Felicia Day! She’s one of the heads of Geek and Sundry – her and Jenni (the producer) found my videos and asked me to be part of the Geek and Sundry vlogger project! Ahhh it’s so surreal. Katie was fixing Felica’s hair~ Felicia is super lovely, it was so fun getting to hang out with her! 😀
Did I mention that there was a photo booth? There was a photo booth. Met up with Becca and Neil again! It was lovely getting to see them again after Anime Expo! 😀
The day was really tiring, so we went back to change and get ready for the ~VIP party~. Katie and I left for the hotel first. When we got there (at about 3PM), we were told that our rooms weren’t ready. Although we were checking in after noon, it was understandable because of the sheer numbers descending on the hotel due to comiccon. So we decided to wait.
We waited and waited. In the mean time, I helped Katie put on her first pair of contacts! She bought these in the dealers room. Doesn’t she look amazing? Lizard eyes~
Anyway, Katie needed to get back to Joltin’ Joes because she needed to do Felicia’s makeup. After she left, I waited in the hotel for a room to free up. There was a waiting list, but most of the people in front of us had given up on waiting and just went back to the convention. Amy and Becca arrived (they were hotelling with us), and we waited it out together. After another hour, the lady at the front desk felt really bad for us and gave us a room upgrade. Instead of a room with two queen beds, we were given a room with a King bed, pullout couch, big bathroom, and balcony!
Got changed, and headed to the party! It was my first time going to a real VIP party, let alone a bar/lounge party. I’ve only been to a bar once with friends, but we didn’t stay long, and it wasn’t a super swanky type of deal either.
Immediately went to the photobooth.
I love this photo so much, we’re all having so much fun!
Bought that houndstooth print dress at Forever21… Got so many compliments on it! Yay!
There were lots of famous people at the party too which was kinda nervewracking… Of course, I didn’t know who most of them were because I don’t want many movies or TV shows. But, as pointed out to me by Katie, the Mythbuster guys were there, as well as Nathan Fillion (who was hanging out like 5 feet away from us), and Trevor Moore from The Whitest Kids You Know (who Katie went up and spoke to! Proud of her! ;D) Apparently the guys from Sons of Anarchy were there as well, along with John Barrowman. Didn’t see them though.
Also, Joey Graceffa, Meighan Camarena, Jimmy Wong, and Alex Carpenter were there! I saw them and wanted to go to speak to them but I was so nervous ;_; After I got some ~liquid courage~, I tried finding them but they had left. Super regretting not going up and saying hi!
Joey was actually the one who inspired me to start vlogging, so I was really sad for the rest of that weekend. v__v
The party was super fun! Went back to the hotel and totally crashed. Probably one of the most fun nights of my life. 😀
Day 2!
Gettin ready in Sniper. Super lucky with the pants! I was running around the day before I left trying to find brown skinny jeans… Found these dark brown skinnies in H&M for $15! Fate! 😀 Also the little hat fell off my Koala Compact, which made me very sad.
Katie was also cosplaying! She dressed up as Riese from a webseries called Kingdom Falling. She was wearing the actual outfit from the show! It was so well made. (Totally did a thorough inspection of if when she wasn’t looking haha :D)
As expected, the convention was a bit busier than Thursday. Lots more people, and a noticeable increase in cosplayers! I really commend SDCC for the ease of entrance, there were no long lines to get into the con!
Back at the convention centre. Finally spotted more TF2 cosplayers!! Stupid me forgot to put my sunglasses on. 🙁
Giant Ice King mountain at the Cartoon Network booth! I believe in this photo, the creators/artists of The Regular Show were doing signings. Also met up with Chanelle again! Oh my GODDD THIS GIRL IS THE PERFECT FIONA *fangirl scream/rolling on floor*
ALSO FOUND ANGELINA~ I love her videos! She’s from Ontario as well! Haha two Canadians meeting for the first time in San Diego. I was so happy I found her though, I really wanted to meet her! She actually knew who I was which was amazing, I was so surprised. I hope we can do a collab or something together in the future! ;0;
Found my halfu sista cosplaying TF2 scout! 😀 Met her for the first time at Anime Expo and she’s super cute! I’m sad that I didn’t get to see her fem! Demo cosplay though :< Next time!
Decided to take a break, went back to Joltin Joes.
Felicia doing an interview. Somehow overnight, blue streaks appeared in her hair! Magical~
Katie was setting up her supplies at the front of the lounge to do temporary tattoos with people!
After that, we had to go back to the hotel to prepare for…. party number two! Geek and Sundry community party! Much more casual than the VIP one, and really fun!
Party outfit! Tank top by 1% Talent, white jeans from Sirens. Wish I had brought accessories with me, something felt off!
DIVE IN PHOTOBOMB~~~~
This party was a lot more lively than the last one… The VIP one was more like a networking party. The community party sure was hoppin~ There were so many dance circles. And everybody knew how to swing dance. Kinda weird but very cool!
There was also this guy in a random Amish outfit… When “Livin in an Amish Paradise” by Weird Al Yankovic started playing, this guy ran to the middle of the dance floor and a huge circle formed around him. So funny!
After that fun night, we went back to the hotel. Didn’t get to crash right away because I had to film my vlog, which is why I look so exhausted haha. The night was super fun though! 😀
Day 3~~~~~
Saturday was the last day of the con for us, and Katie and I had flights that were leaving at 3PM that day. Woke up early that morning, got dressed, and brought our luggage down to the Jolt and Joes. Our first big event was the Geek and Sundry panel!

SO MANY PEOPLE SHOWED UP.

I knew lots of people were going to show up, mainly for Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day (I mean compared to them, I’m a nobody haha, but I was super excited to me on the panel anyway! :D) I think around 2000 people showed up.

Pre-panel group photo!
Obligatory photo against “the” background! Huge eyebags from all of the excitement that weekend haha~

When I was sitting at the front, I kept looking out into the crowd and tried visualizing the amount of followers I have laid out before me. I have almost 30,000 subscribers on my youtube page… So that would be 15 roomfuls. *brain explodes*

I had so much fun though! It was truly a crazy experience. I loved every second of it!

After the panel, Katie and I ran around the con one last time. Went back to Joltin’ Joes to get our luggage and say our goodbyes!

 Byebye Felicia and Harrison! ;_; Hopefully I’ll be able to see you guys next year!
Sad to be leaving but super happy because we survived our first SDCC!
Flying back to Chicago O’Hare then Toronto Pearson. I was so afraid of missing my flight at Chicago because I only had 40 minutes to transfer. Due to storms in the area, we were delayed landing (apparently a mini tornado passed through the area! D:) I was so scared that I was going to miss my flight – I was seated at the back of a big plane, and I kept calling out the flight attendant to contact my connecting flight and tell them to hold it!! I actually sprinted through the airport because I only had 5 minutes and was totally convinced that I had missed my flight… I’ve never felt so stressed in my entire life.
Luckily, because of the storm, my connecting flight was also delayed!  ヽ(;▽;)ノ Felt like crying.
 
But yeah, that was my SDCC adventure! One of the best weekends in my entire life so far! Honestly, I can’t thank Geek and Sundry enough for getting me out there, it’s a total dream come true. ;__; I really hope I can go out again next year! Definitely gonna work on some more intense cosplays! 
 
Such a long post… Thank you for reading! See you in two days! :} 

ANIME EXPO ~ RECAP

Hello everyone~

The month of July has been insane so far. I’ve been busier than I’ve ever been in my entire life so far! But it’s awesome, I’m not going to complain or wish it was any other way. I don’t have many high res photos so you’ll have to do with some instagram photos, sorry!

(Wooo thanks G&S for choosing such a bad thumbnail 😛 Also fun fact: I filmed this vlog with a realllly high fever, I felt like I was dying on the inside haha! )

Went to Anime Expo in LA for the first time!!

Ahhhh this was the start of an absolutely insane month!! Geek and Sundry asked me if I’d like to go to Anime Expo, and of course I said yes! (Actually I replied to the email quite calmly but then proceeded to fall off my chair and foam at the mouth, y’know.) I was so happy to actually go and attend my dream convention, and go to LA for the first time!

I rushed rly hard to finish my Sumia from Fire Emblem, didn’t finish all of it though and ended up just packing my materials to finish it at the hotel.

Here’s some of the cosplay progress that I managed to record!
 I drove with Genie to Buffalo International Airport on the 3rd of July. We flew out of Buffalo because it’s only about a 2 hour drive from us, and flying out of the US is a few hundred dollars cheaper than flying out of Toronto’s Pearson International. We were supposed to fly Buffalo > Atlanta -> LA
Genie and I found a dancing titan in the airport! 

Basically, there was a really big thunderstorm in Atlanta meaning all outgoing flights were suspended. The next flight to LA was 6AM the next morning…so we got trapped in Buffalo airport for 14 hours. That was not fun, probably the most boring 14 hours of my life.

Luckily Genie and I had each others company so we just talked and played a lot of Animal Crossing. At 6AM on the Thursday, we flew from Buffalo to Chicago Midway, and then to Los Angeles.

Flying over! I love flying, above the clouds reminds me of a dreamscape!
Skymall catalogue has some pretty weird stuff…
I LOVE LA~~ SO MANY PALM TREES!!
(I always freak out when I see palm trees haha… I love them! To me, palm trees = paradise~)
It was pretty surreal getting to see the con centre for the first time with my own eyes.. I remember marvelling over the photos that my friends would post, thinking about how pretty the convention centre looked!!
ANIMAL CROSSING GUY!

Sexy TF2 ladies! I wish I had sniper ready so I could’ve taken some red team photos with them!!

Amazing Cherche cosplay! The other guy had a rly impressive outfit as well, not sure which character he’s doing though.

Vy being a cutie~
Giant titan in the dealers room! Oh no! 

Anime Expo was absolutely insane. It’s so beautiful there. The level of cosplay was crazy, so many talented cosplayers there. As soon as I got to the hotel, I spent 2 hours finishing up my Sumia cosplay (armor got squished in my suitcase waah ;_;) Finally got to the con at around 2:30PM. Ran around the dealers room, met up with LA friends for the first time, helped host the Crunchyroll livestream, interviewed by Funimation and appeared on their livestream… Went back to hotel, changed, ran around Little Tokyo, ate delicious (but spicy) hotpot, drove around LA, went back to the hotel and then crashed. It’s hard running around such an exciting con on only 5 hours of sleep across 2 days ;_;

Little Tokyo sweets haul~

Back at the hotel – I had a room in the Millenium Biltmore. It was a little bit of a drive to the con, but there was a free shuttle right outside that took us straight to the con. But this hotel, man. So beautiful.

Check out that ceiling!

I had a room to myself, TO MYSELF~~~ I’ve never had a room all to myself…at my dream con…aughghgh!! I actually screamed and danced around the room, and cried actual happy tears. I actually went hysterical from happiness, but that’s probably because I was only running on about 5 hours of sleep over 48 hours.

The room was pretty big – had a desk, king size bed, chair and sitting table, and a nicely sized bathroom.


That night when I got back, I changed, showered, and actually died when I hit the covers. I’ve never fallen asleep so fast. The bed was so soft too, everything felt so nice!! Best sleep ever!!

Next day Domics, LilyPichu and I had our little meetup/gathering! So many people turned up, it was awesome!

This awesome dude, Tako, actually MC’d our meetup for us because Dom and I were being awkward haha and didn’t know how to entertain that large group of people… Thank you, you are a lifesaver aah~~~

 Met Chanelle for the first time! She’s so cute omg! She’s an actress on the Cartoon Network show, The Incredible Crew. But oh man she’s so pretty and charismatic! So happy I actually got to meet her!

With cutie Vy again~

With Domz~ Canadians unite! 

My flight actually left on that day at 3PM, so I could only run around the con once last time before rushing back to hotel and catching my flight.

 Beautiful skies!
 Goodbye LA! (Two weeks later, I was back in LA to transfer flights to San Diego :D)
 Landed in Las Vegas airport to transfer flights! Saw this terrifying thing there.

Even though it was only for a day and a half, being at AX was a dream come true. Ahh! So happy that Geek and Sundry gave me that opportunity~

I’ll post about San Diego Comic Con in a few days! Thanks for reading! 😀

~The Youtube Panel~ A Heartwarming Story of 3 Young Youtubers

THE YOUTUBE PANEL! 

OH MY GOD LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS YOUTUBE PANEL. Oh lord. It needs a post of its own.

First, some ~background info~. I had been talking to Dom and Daryl about hosting a Youtube panel at Anime North this year. We’re all very involved with the Youtube community, not to mention that our subscribers wanted a place to meet us… So, we thought what better than to host a panel focusing on Youtube – presenting the opportunity to meet other youtubers, discuss content creation, and meet new friends!

(to make up for my lack of photos, i’m going to draw pictures :D)



Our panel was rejected, with the reasoning that it was not associated directly to anime, and therefore was irrelevant. One of Dom’s followers had connections and was talking directly to the panel’s coordinator to help us get it approved. We then got an email telling us that we could have our panel, but it would be merged as a part of the Reddit panel – kinda like a ‘social media panel’. We figured we’d settle with that, until we found out the panel was going to be held at 10pm on the Friday.

Our followers are primarily between the ages of 13-20… The majority of which would not be able to attend such a late time. So we dropped out of the Reddit panel and hoped that things would work out.

We got another email a few weeks later notifying us that our Youtube panel had been approved! But it was to be held at….. midnight….on the friday.

……………..wat.

Ok, I know not everyone can get the time slot that they want, but midnight on Friday? Our G-rated panel following right after a “Sex and the Single Otaku (18+)” panel? SERIOUSLY??

We emailed back asking for a new time slot. We appealed saying our audience couldn’t really make it at that time. We tried reaching out to the general programming exec. No replies. So we were kinda pissed off. But we figured we’d make the best of it. We were expecting 10, maybe 20 people to show up. So we just said it’d become a crack panel and we’d joke around and have a dance party or something. No big deal!

Basically, the room that our panel was assigned to was the “Halton Room” in the Doubletree Hotel. The room is small, around the size of a classroom. Seats maybe 30 or so people. The hallway was located along a hallwall of rooms.

Ringo, Genie and I arrive at the hotel, dressed up in our Kigurumis. When we get there, we were quite surprised at the long line of people waiting at the panel rooms! I walked over to the Halton room, and it was really crowded. Maybe 50 or so people were in line! Finally met Natsumi, Lily, and Cody! They were super nice. Met up with Dom and Daryl. We all agreed that the turnout was pretty big, awesome news! As soon as the previous panel let out, Daryl, Dom and I were led into the room. Shortly after, we were pulled out by one of the panel coordinators.

“What’s going on?” I asked.
“We’re moving you to a bigger room (the Mississauga Room)”
“Why? Is our room too small?”
The panel lady looks at me like I’m stupid. She pointed to the really long line of people that goes down the hallway, wraps around, and comes back towards us. “All of these people are here for the youtube panel.”

YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD I WAS WTFING.

There were at least 200 people in this line.

For a panel that was scheduled to be the last one on Friday. Going from 12AM – 1AM.

A WHOLE LINE OF PEOPLE. We all had such a huge shock! For a panel we expected maybe 20 people  to come to, suddenly, 10 times that amount show up! Nerves hit me like a wall of bricks.

We were ushered into the room. Now, this room was at least 4 times bigger than the Halton room. There was a lot of video/audio equipment set up. Lily and Cody were originally going to sit in the crowd, but since we had suddenly been given such a big panelist table, they were able to come up and sit with us as panelists! We even had a special guest, Dr Holocaust, show up at the panel unannounced! It was insane.

Soon, they opened the doors. People started pouring in. After a few minutes, the room was packed. And people were still coming in! This entire time, my heart was pounding. Daryl was freaking out. I kept exchanging nervous glances at Dom. I knew the majority of the people at the panel weren’t there for me specifically, but man, it’s quite nervewracking seeing so many people show up to hear you speak. My moetron waifus Genie and Ringo, as well as Thomas, were seated in the front row for ultimate Moetron support!

The panel started. We each introduced ourselves. Next, we talked about how we got into making content and video-making! I thought it was great because there was a wide range of panelist specialities. Clover knew most about film making, Daryl and I on vlogging, Dom for animation, Natsumi and Lily for parodies and songmaking, Cody for gameplay, and Dr Holocaust on character building/branding.

I tried my best as moderator to lead conversation / panel topics. I know some people were expecting the panel to be about youtube within the anime community, but we focused more on making content and starting up on Youtube! It was really fun. Even though we were all quite nervous, I think we relaxed a bit. About half way through, we did a bit of Q&A!

Finally, at the end of the panel, Daryl surprised everyone by doing a camera giveaway! NONE OF US KNEW ABOUT THIS! He said that a big factor in people’s decisions to make content for youtube is the lack of equipment. Cameras and video equipment can be quite expensive. He asked everybody who had considered videomaking to stand us. Then he asked each of us panelists to pick a person who was standing up. Everybody else sat down.

Then, we needed to choose somebody to win. One of the girls said she had a camera already. The people who were standing also said they had video equipment, and so kindly sat down! There were only two left. They did faceoff Rock Paper Scissors! One of the guys won, and Daryl gave him his own vlogging camera and 16gb memory card! Seriously, that was super nice of him.

What a great way to end the panel! After we left, we were all surrounded by people who wanted to talk to us and take photos with us. It was super surreal. I went from feeling like a total shut-in to feeling like a mini celebrity. Having people come up to me and say they like my videos, or how happy they were to meet me seriously made my entire weekend! You guys have no idea how happy you made me!!!

All in all, the panel was definitely the highlight of my weekend. I can’t express how much fun I had! You guys definitely showed the AN panel coordinators that the Youtube community is thriving and super active within an anime convention environment! Hopefully they’ll take this into consideration when Daryl organizes it next year! (Since I’ll be in the UK and and I think Dom/Natsumi/Lily/Cody are moving out to LA…?)

I’ll write up a full con report soon! 😀

Youmacon 2012

Hey guys! Sorry for not updating in forever. I’ll try to update more frequently! I’ll be uploading a few reviews within the next two weeks so please look forward to those.

Last weekend, I attended Youmacon in Michigan, Detroit with Sami and Genie! This was our first time travelling by ourselves (just the 3 of us, without our usual group of friends.) I slept over at Sami’s house the night before, which was really nice because it was the first time in forever that I actually got to spend some girly time with her ;_;

We left super early in the morning, as our bus to Detroit left at 8:45am. Genie cut it close and got to the bus station a few minutes before we left! It was 7 hour trip through the countryside before we reached the border. American border control is really intense – they are waaay more strict than the Canadian side haha! It was funny to see the officers check out bags and finding costume parts/colourful wigs.

We though the convention centre was a bit of a drive into Michigan  but it turns out that the RenCen is right next to the border offices! The greyhound station is about two miles in though, so we had to taxi over. ALSO, our taxi ride to the convention centre was probably on the scariest moments of my entire life. The taxi driver was this big, scary looking guy. As we walked over to his taxi, the other taxi drivers were catcalling at us. He tried to scam us by charging us $60 (for a two mile ride, what!?) but in the end we gave him $30 because we were scared out of our wits. (I was half expecting him to drive us to an abandoned building and kill us, YES IT WAS THAT SKETCHY.)

 The convention center had the most confusing layout. The floors were arranged like a set of rings, but stairs/escalators were located at random spots. I think we figured out how to navigate the convention easily on the last day…. Carroll actually cosplayed as well! As Tuxedo Mask!

 YESSSS found a Professor Layton and Luke cosplayer! 😀 They did such a great job! Also found these cool Mass Effect cosplayers with impressive armor!

 Dealers room!
 THERE’S A SPAH AROUND HERE

Genie finally got a Kigurumi, so it now we all have cat kigurumis! / Absolutely amazing Jack and Sally cosplay!

The most perfect TF2 cosplayers in the entire world. Seriously, these guys were amazing! And so enthusiastic! The Pyro even did the taunt pose after I asked him, but the photo was blurry. After seeing so many great TF2 cosplayers that weekend, I was highly regretting my decision not to bring Fem!Scout!
Seeing such great TF2 cosplayers motivates me even more for my Sniper cosplay!

Pretty Kelly/Gammo as Fem!Joker! Sorry for the terrible lighting – this was taken in our hotel room. Due to some unfortunate circumstances on the convention’s behalf, Nina decided to cancel our hotel reservation, resulting in us rooming with Solo! There were 20 people rooming in our room, I kid you not! It was a “comfortable” 20 though. Sami and I had our own little section that we slept in, which happened to be right beside the A/C, therefore we were freezing on Friday night. Oh, and the hotel decided to deactivate everybody’s room cards on Friday, so we were trapped outside of our room for a few hours until it was all sorted out. On Saturday, some people in the room lent us a blanket which was so much nicer, I think we fell asleep instantly because it was so warm and snuggly.

All in all, Youmacon was a bit of a disaster. Sami and I had press passes and were looking forward to interviewing special guests/cosplayers! We were told in our media email that we would be receiving a schedule of interview times/press events, but we didn’t get those, and the staff seemed to be confused. Also, it was a bit of a hassle that the artist alley/dealers room were in a separate building that was located a few blocks away. We had to take a monorail to get there. To top it all off, we were exhausted all weekend from our travels/ having to sleep on the floor, which led to us losing motivation to cosplay. We spent a lot of time just hanging around in our regular clothes.

I’m sure Youmacon is a great convention and this was just one of their off years, but I don’t think that I’ll be attending again. I think I’d rather put my money towards a convention like Katsucon which I have only heard good things about! However, I met so many cool people this year, and I had a great time just sitting in the hotel room talking and hanging out.

If anything, it made for some pretty cool stories! If anybody asks me what the craziest thing I’ve ever done was, I can confidently reply that I took the bus to Michigan with my girlfriends for the weekend while my parents were on vacation, and walked around sketchy downtown Detroit in a maid outfit.

P.S. I changed my URL to lovelycomplex.net! When I found out that the domain was open, it was too good to be true! Please make sure to update your bookmarks/blog rolls! Thank you lovelies! 

FAN EXPO 2012 – SATURDAY CON REPORT

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already September! This year is flying by too quickly, I wish it would slow down~

On Saturday, the 25th of August, Ringo and I attended Fan Expo 2012! Considering the fact that we usually attend the full weekend of conventions, attending one day was a bit of a change! Fan Expo has been getting more and more expensive, so we could only really afford to attend for one day. (Saturday pass cost us $50 each ;_;) Next year we’ll hopefully be able to apply for media passes!

As a very last minute decision, we cosplayed female scouts from Team Fortress 2. We are both big fans of the game, and I’m sure that wear scouts was the most fun we’ve ever had in cosplay.

I cosplayed a red team scout because red suits me better~ In the game however, I almost always play Blu team 😀 (I guess that makes me a traitor haha~ THAT RED SCOUT IS A SPY!)

I made the Blu team intel as my prop, as well as The Atomizer.

Sorry for the graininess, this photo was taken on my instagram! (If you have instagram, my username is @mahoushoujo) This was made from a baseball bat (bought at Value Village for $6), spray painted silver, BONK! designs painted on with acrylic paint, with craft foam for the raised red band parts at the tip and near the top of the neck.

 Matching shoesies on the GO train. I actually managed to find a pair of Adidas in Value Village for $15! Needless to say, these were the most comfortable cosplay shoes ever. I normally have to wear boots that are too tight or shoes that fit strangely, so it was fantastic being able to wear comfortable running shoes all day! No cramping! 😀

At the convention! I attached a BONK! sign to Ringo’s headset. Lots of TF2 fans recognized that and complimented us on it, saying it was a nice touch!

For those interested, this is what was inside the intelligence. Popcorn, medic speech bubble (which wouldn’t attach onto my headband so I ended up ditching it,) makeup bag, sandviches, sports take, extra wire, canned coffee and juice!

Us being ~*~kawaii~*~
Obligatory “:C” face!
The Dr Who Society of Canada was at the convention! I haven’t watched the series, but these huge daleks were pretty cool!
FOUND A LITTLE RED SCOUT IN THE DEALERS ROOM! Suuupppper happy to find him, what a cutie pie~ After I finished taking his photo, his dad said “Did somebody ask for your picture? You’re famous now!” Hahaha! 

They had models and actual set props from ‘Paranormal’. Stop motion animation is always fascinating, so it was really cool to see what the behind the scenes process was like. 

Creators of ‘Cyanide and Happiness’ had a booth in the dealers room! They were drawing personalized comics for those who spent over $30. 

Carroll waiting for us to come out the washroom. So ronery~ 

After, we decided to take a break and wander outside for some fresh air. Somebody started blasting Gangnam Style, so naturally Kyle and Alexandro…. I mean, Tulio and Miguel, had to assume their positions 😀
Later on, we took some photos with Thomas and Joe. Such a fun photoshoot! 

  Running away from the Blu scout as she chases me for the intel! 
Oh god these are my favourite two photos – Red scout runs away from the Blu base with the intel! 
BUT SUDDENLY TURNS AROUND TO SEE A BLU SCOUT STANDING THERE, AW SHIII—-

A friend brought me an arupakaso that I bought in a group order! If only I had attached a little horn onto the end, it could have looked like the balloonicorn! 

TRIPLE JUMP

Saw a giant dragonfly divebombing at me… I hate dragonflies so so so much ;_; Ridiculously scared of them!
Saw this guy in the dealers room! HE WAS HUGE. He had huge platform boot things on! 
And general cutesy Scoutness just because~~
More photos soon! I’ll post them when I get the photos sent to me! 
Hope you are all having a wonderful day! 

Rorona Frixell- cosplay @ otakon!

Hello darlings~

Got the first legit picture back from Otakon of my Rorona Frixell cosplay!

Photo by Anna Fischer!

I’m so happy that I got to shoot with her at Otakon! Before meeting her, my friends and I used to lurk her wonderful cosplay photos on her flickr page… We called it the flickr cosplay hall of fame haha!  She was wonderful to shoot with in person! Sami and I were all fangirly because she actually directed us in the photos. As cosplayers, we shoot with lots of photographers who kind of stand there and don’t give much direction, usually resulting in a photo that could have so much more potential to look awesome. 
Anyway, I was rushing to finish this cosplay before the convention. Genie was kind enough to let me borrow her sewing machine because mine was broken. I sewed everything except for the collar which was stitched on in the hotel the night before the convention. 
This was probably the best cosplay that I’ve ever made myself. I’m so happy as to how it turned out! I was super depressed about it on the Friday before the con because I was convinced that I was going to look like absolute crap in it. (Kept moaning about how I would only wear it for a few hours and then change out of it.) On the morning of the convention after putting the whole thing on for the first time, I looked pretty awesome in it! Especially with all of my makeup and accessories on! 
Hopefully I’ll get some more shots when we wear it at Anime North 2013 next year! I’ll try to do a construction breakdown soon.
You can see shots of it in my Otakon 2012 highlights video! 

Bad blogger!

Hi guys!

I’m such a terrible blogger! I originally started this blog with the idea in mind that I would post multiple times a week/month, but that clearly hasn’t been happening! (Last year I did 5-10 posts a month, but in the past few months I’ve only been doing 2-3…. ) I do all posts for myself, as a sort of diary, but I’ve been slacking. I suppose I’ve been directing my energy towards my youtube channel (which has gained a sudden boost in viewers! Almost 5000+ in under three months)

I’ll be blogging more in a few days once I get all of the Otakon vlogs up!
I also ordered quite a few things (mainly makeup), as well as some cosplay posts!

Please look forward to those! 

For now, here’s a video that I was in! I’m at 1:45 in the pink hair (Rorona cosplay) with CourtoonXIII, Solo, Dejavudea, Genie, and Sami! Again at 2:00 as Emmy Altava from Professor Layton!

PRE-OTAKON BLOG + Progress

Hi guys!

I’m currently in the process of preparing for Otakon!

I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND HOW EXCITIED I AM FOR OTAKON!!! This is going to be my very first American US anime convention! I’ll be travelling with Sami and Genie, as well as a few other friends from Toronto. Otakon is the second largest anime convention in the states (after Anime Expo!). It’s in Baltimore which is fairly close. I think the drive will be about 10 hours or so! We’ll be leaving for the States on the Wednesday!

I have so much left to do! Ringo isn’t going to the con with us this year because she has some previously scheduled engagements that she can’t skip out on, so we won’t be able to do Atelier together until Fan Expo! Genie and I will be cosplaying Atelier at the convention! She’s doing Atelier Meruru, and of course, I’ll be doing older ver. Rorona! SO EXCITED TO GET SHOTS WITH HER!!!

My cosplay progress is pretty terrible at the moment. After Anime North, my sewing machine suddenly started working again! With the help of my aunt who is a seamstress, I was able to complete my Emmy Altava (from Professor Layton) cosplay! I’m SUPER excited to cosplay Emmy because she’s my favourite character from the Professor Layton series. She’s such a spunky, fun, kick-ass character! My aunt drafted the pattern for me but I cut and sewed it all together. Proud of myself because this was my first time making a jacket!

Little adjustments still have to be made, such as making button holes and fixing my bow, but other than that it should be set! My hair has grown out long enough so that I can just curl it and use my own hair instead of a wig!

Rorona is going terribly at the moment SINCE MY SEWING MACHINE DECIDED TO BE SUCH A FREAKING TSUNDERE. I’ve managed to finish part of my cape and my skirt. My skirt isn’t 100% accurate to the reference pictures but I’ll fix that, Otakon is just my first test run for Rorona! I plan to do lots of shoots in this once Ringo finishes her Totori cosplay.

Things that still need to be done: finish cape, waist cincher, adjusting shirt, find boots, make hat.

Luckily one of my friends said that he’ll be working on my Rorona staff as a side project! He’s also going to Otakon so he’ll be giving it to me there. I’m so glad because that lifts a whole load of pressure off of my back. Hopefully he can finish it in time! If not, I’ll have to sweatshop it last minute, or I’ll have to use my little potion bottles as props (which would suck, since those were minor side props!)

 On Friday, Sami, Genie and I will be meeting up for the last time before we leave! INTENSE SWEATSHOPPING SESSION! Lovely Sami has decided to accompany me as I cosplay Meiko again (last time was Fan Expo) as Synchronicity ver. Rin. Her and Genie patterend the dress, and Sami looks so cute as Rin! I just need to do some quick minor touchups on my Meiko armor (which is currently in a box in my shed), and I should be good to go! I won’t have the sword with me so I’ll have to come up with some good poses. I’m sure we’ll practice when we arrive at the hotel on Thursday!

Is anybody else going to Otakon? We’ll probably be announcing some meetup locations/times on my facebook page, so make sure to check that out. Maybe even a livestream during the convention? :]

Let’s all hope I can finish everything in time! If I’m able to finish soon, I’ll do another post. Thanks!

ANIME NORTH 2012 – SUNDAY CON REPORT

Hello darlings~

I KNOW I KNOW I’m uploading this like a month later. I went on a total unintentional hiatus! I’ve been getting more hours at work lately and I’m usually really tired by the time I get home to blog. But I’ll be updating more! I promise! Comnpared to the number of posts I did last year, I really seem to be slacking in terms of blogging this year !

SACHIE AND GIANT RILAKKUMA! 



On the Sunday of AN, we woke up a bit early to clean up the crazy mess left in our hotel room. It was soooo bad. The friends that I was sharing the hotel room with had been sewing costumes the night before so there were pins/needles/hot glue all over the floor. After packing up, I changed into Maid ver. Mio (…again lol, this seems to be my back up costume.) Ringo changed into her pink cat Kigurumi. We brought our luggage downstairs and checked out, Thomas drove us to the convention centre.

Sunday was a really lazy day. I’ve forgotten most of the details because I’m posting this con report about 3 weeks after the convention. Ringo and I spend the day walking around the dealers room which was quite nice! We decided that we’re going to reserve the Sundays of conventions for taking it easy. It was a lot more fun than rushing to photoshoots or cosplay meetings.

Here are some photos!

 Met up with supa kawaii Jillian from PandaLogic! She was cosplaying Gumi from Vocaloid, Matryoshka version! Her cosplay was so cute and she made such a cute Gumi! I felt kinda bad for her though because it was super hot outside and she was wearing a fleecy sweater!

Her Matryoshka cosplay inspired me to plan a Matryoska version Meiko cosplay! I’ll hopefully have it done for Youmacon since it’s an easy outfit and I like cosplaying Meiko.
Her cousin Leah cosplaying the special bikini version figma from Anohana! The figure itself is super gorgeous. I don’t collect figures, but I really want this one! 

Gooby pls.
PLS.

Maes Hughes at the ATM. I’m pretty sure this is the very popular local Maes Hughes cosplayer! If I’m not mistaken, he’s this guy.  /creepy

Gen at her crafters table! She was selling lots of lolita accessories! She had these cute coffin rings for sale! I had intended on getting one but I forgot to pick one up….orz.

Super cute Sawako cosplaying Ririchiyo with her boyfriend as Miketsukami! I think couple cosplays are always really adorable! Uwaaa~~

Not really sure who he’s cosplaying, but it’s somebody who recognized Ringo and I from Facebook / Youtube! (Ketsada I think…?) Awesome prop! It looked quite heavy!
Ahhh adorable Mio cosplayer! PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU ARE LAZY!

MoeMike being moe again!

FINALLY MET MALLORY. I can’t exactly remember how I started talking to her, but I remember her as extremely cute school uniform Yui cosplayer  from last year’s Anime North! This year she cosplayed Azunyan! Ahhhh so cute so cute! I looked so tall and derpy beside her weh. Not sure why, but AN this year was also derpy&unphotogenic-sachie-con. 

….AND THAT CONCLUDES THAT ANIME NORTH CON REPORTS.

All in all, I’d give this year’s Anime North a 2.5/5. It just wasn’t the best convention I’ve been to, a lot had to do with personal problems and costume malfunctions, plus our original cosplay plans fell through. Anime North has been losing it’s magic for me over the past two cons. Hopefully next year’s Anime North will be super awesome! (It also might be my last AN before UK exchange, if I get approved for it that is!)

On a random note, I recently bought a new Samsung Galaxy S2 from one of my friends. I’m loving it so far, but I’m still getting used to the Android system after only using iPhone so far haha.
Now that I have such a nifty phone, I’ll be able to take more pictures for blog posts and such! The camera on the S2 is great (8 megapixel back camera and 2 megapixel front camera). Since my old point and shoot stopped working, I figured that I could use this instead for casual pictures.

I’m using instagram, follow me @mahoushoujo!  

ANIME NORTH 2012 – SATURDAY CON REPORT

The Saturday of any convention is usually the biggest day for us, where we debut our biggest costumes. But since our planned costumes (Atelier) fell through, we didn’t really have anything to do. So we wore ‘maid version Black Rock Shooter’ aka super lazy last minute cosplay. 

Thomas wasn’t able to drive us from our hotel to the convention centre so we had to walk. We were super sweaty from walking in the sun with large weapons! To make it even worse, a skateboarder pushed past Ringo at top speed and knocked her and her canon over.   So dumb, seriously! Why couldn’t he just slow down? 

 We got to the con and met up with Karameru! Derpy faces yeaaah! 

After arriving at the convention, we rushed to catch the last half of the Pinku Project concert! They were so good! We all felt so enthusiastic while watching their performance. I didn’t have my camera with me, but I’m sure Sami will be uploading some pictures!  We did a bit of wotagei even though we didn’t really know how to haha, but it was a fantastic concert. Can’t wait to see them at their next event! So moee~ 
We left the convention in search of some food. 
This is what my cosplay looked like by itself. Just a basic maid outfit with red collar and thigh high bows, white apron, BGS horns, and my King Saw! I gave King Saw a moe little head bow too! 

 Photo with Ringo and my friend Julia! 
Ringo’s outfit was like mine – blue ribbons only on collar and on shoes! Her canon also had a big blue bow!
I tried posing like this because I figured BGS would be a tsundere or yandere character, but I don’t think I pulled it off well. I need to practice my tsundere faces! 
We didn’t stay in Black Rock Shooter meidos for too long. Ringo changed into regular clothes and I just changed circle lenses and transformed into moe moe kyun Mio! 
Now for some awesome cosplays!
Piranha plant!
Thornrose /Guy and his friend Iridescent-Fall / Chantal cosplaying from Ao No Exorcist. I haven’t watched the anime before but they had fantastic costumes! I wish I could cosplay as well as you guysss~~~ 

THE TRUEST OF LOVES. lol, honestly one of my favourite pictures of the weekend. The location of pedobear’s hand is so appropriate. 

Team Fortress 2 cosplayers! BLU team engineer, sniper, spy, and medic. Probably the best TF2 group at AN! They did a fantastic job. Ringo and I are pretty big fans of the game (we often play together on steam), we walked past the Engie and Spy and were like SPY IN THE BLU BASE,  and EEERECTIN’ A DISPENSER. 

YEAAH MUST TAKE A PICTURE OF HUSBANDO EVERY YEAR. I honestly hunt down Professor Layton cosplayers lol… After I took their picture I told the Layton that he should have some hint coins but he only looked at me and laughed nervously, orz. 

RED SNIPER YEAH! He had a jarate. +10 POINTS. 
 Another really great Mako cosplayer! He even had a litte Pabu on his shoulder, really cute! He did a great job! 
 Bolin, Korra, and Mako doing fanservicey poses.
Not sure who the Bolin is, but he, MeltingMirror Cosplay and Kyle were a fantastic group!

 Dragon Ball Z cosplayers! They had really great costumes, especially those wigs! The Vegeta even recognized me from youtube! 

Hands down favourite cosplay of the weekend. LEMON GRABBBBBB!!!!! 
I didn’t take many photos on the Saturday because I didn’t bring my camera with me when I was wearing maid Black Gold Saw. But I was able to film a vlog!

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.

Hotel:
Our hotel was really nice!  We stayed at the Courtyard Hotel, which is just next to the Marriott. Although it was far, the rooms were really nice. We booked a two person room with two queen beds. The room was spacious and there was a big bathroom!

We got to the hotel and unpacked. We hadn’t completely finished our Pokemon cosplays because my sewing machine broke. Ringo’s skirt was basically a cut and creased piece of fabric tucked into an elastic band that was died around her waist! Eheheh~ 

WHY ARE MY WAIFUS SO CUTE? 

Headed to the convention after and met up with Karameru and Sami. Walking outside was death, it was about 30 degress outside and we were quite sweaty. We walked to the grassy area beside the convention hall and took some photos in the long grass!

 “I wonder where all the pokemon are!” 
 A wild Kyuubey appeared! 
 Kyuubey used Contract! It failed!
 Trainer Sachie used a net ball!
 Success! Trainer Sachie captured Kyuubey! 
Waha! Another …pokemon…. added to my collection! 
Also took some crack pictures of Ringo (Leaf) and Sami (Howl)!
Probably two of my favourite pictures this weekend! Sami and Ringo make such perfect Howl and Leaf cosplayers!
We took loads more awesome photoshoot photos with my T3i. Here are my favourite shots of each of us!
You can see the rest of the photos on my facebook page

After shooting, we decided to walk back and meet up with some friends for a bit. Saw Guy in his pretty Lelouch cosplay again, and also Kyle / Zacloudseth in his pretty Mako cosplay. So many pretty boys, makes me super depressed ~ 
Kyle got a pikachu plush for Ringo because she needed a pokemon. BUT IT’S ACTUALLY A PIKACHU THAT TRANSFORMS INTO A POKEBALL! So disturbing. 
Regular pikachu and kawaii desu Mako-chan~
BUT THEN YOU LIFT UP THE SLIT BEHIND PIKACHU’S HEAD…
AND HE TURNS INTO A POKEBALL! Terrifying! 
Genie didn’t cosplay with us this year because she had only returned from her vacation in China two days prior to the convention. She just stayed at her artist alley table and sold prints. Her art is fantastic! You can check it out here. 
It was a pretty uneventful day. We returned back to the hotel to change and relax. We pigged out on instant noodles. 
Here are some pics of our hotel room after we unloaded all of our stuff lol, so messy!
 Alynn sewing the rest of her American McGee’s Alice cosplay! You can see her giant pepper shaker prop in the background. It was super well made!  Alynn, teach my your skills! Also my Pokemon wigs hanging off the TV because I didn’t bring my wig head. Thread and needles on the carpet lol…

Clothes, cup noodles and food everywhere.

….More of the mess. Even though the room was pretty big, our stuff was everywhere! 
And before we knew it, the day was over. Here’s the vlog for Friday! 

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.

Unfortunately, it looks like Ringo won’t be able to join me as Totori for Anime North. Genie won’t be able to do Meruru either since she’s going to China and getting back on the Wedsnesday before AN so she won’t have time to work on it. If Ringo decides to go to Otakon, we’ll have out full group ready for then! 
Ringo and I are currently working on a backup cosplay for Anime North because we always cosplay together. I’ll still bring Rorona for a day though for a test run.
Annnyway, as you can see in the picture above, Rorona doesn’t have a bag. 
Totori does though (reference design above) , so I decided to design a bag for Rorona that looked in character, Atelier style. This way, I’d be able to carry around my stuff in a small pouch without having to carry around a huge bag that didn’t go together with the costume.
Went to Fabricland and found discounted leathery material, perfect for the bag! 
First, I made a pattern out of newspaper, testing out possible dimensions. I made the dimensions of the bag a small-medium size. I left extra space around the actual size to sew the pieces together. Then I transfered the pattern into the pleathery material and cut the pieces out.
Here are all of the pieces laid out. 
Since I bought too much pink sable suede for her cape, I decided to use the extra material to line the inside of the bag. I labelled the pieces on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric (the side that wasn’t soft.)
The pink isn’t that bright either, it’s more of a muted raspberry colour.
Then, I sewed pockets made from white drapery material (also extra material from the pattern that I was going to use on the white part of her cape.) I sewed the pink onto the other side of the pleathery material. 

 
I attached the pieces side by side. This way, I’d only have to attach the bottom and then sew up the sides. (lol you can see all of my loose threads, oooops.) The pocket on the far left is for my iPhone, and the one next to it (which is the front of the bag) is for small things like cards or makeup, change etc.

When I sewed it all together, it looks like this! (The left side of the bag in the picture looks a bit wonky, but it’s because I didn’t straighten out the bag properly.) I folded in the top, still going to fix that.

Next, I cut out the patterns for the flap. I sewed them together like what I did with the other pieces.
The flap itself looked really boring so I decided to add some beaded designs! Totori’s bag has a sun and moon design, so I decided to use a floral inspired design. Beading took forever, orz. 

 Taadaa! For my first time doing pattern beading, I’m quite pleased with the design! I think it suits the Atelier designs quite well.

 Close up! 
What the inside of the bag looks like. It’s still a bit messy, I have to clip all of the loose threads and sew on the other side of the strap. 
Despite not being an official part of her costume, I’m glad I have a bag now! I’ve tried filling it. It holds my phone, camcorder, a bottle of water, my wallet, and some cosmetics. 
I’ll be posting more cosplay progress soon! Let me know if you’re going to Anime North this year! 
Oh, and I’ve posted two more videos on youtube. If you haven’t visited my channel yet, you should! 😉 I’m getting into the habit of uploading more often. I’ll probably vlog about my cosplay progress as well! 

Toronto Comicon!

Quick con report of Toronto Comicon, previously known as March Toronto Anime Convention.
My cosplay group and I weren’t planning on attending another small Hobbystar event after the disaster that was DTAC. 

Ringo had work, and Genie didn’t want to go… Which only really left Sami and I. We weren’t really interested in going, but then Justin got tickets for us! 

On the downside, I pulled my back while practising the dance cover for SO COOL by SISTAR. It’s actually quite embarassing…  I was dancing on the carpet, spun, foot got caught, and fell over. The stupid part was that I didn’t even sprain an ankle, but one of the discs in my back slipped a bit. Meaning whenever I went into certain positions, I felt a shooting pain go up my spine. Same thine happened to me at Fan Expo. Maybe that’s a sign that I should stop going to Hobbystar events. 

I wasn’t planning on cosplaying to the event either… but then I figured I may as well get some nice shots in my cosplay! I’m in a partnership with miccostumes.com. If you buy a cosplay from their shop, use the code sachie and get -10% off your items! I’ll make an official post about it soon. 

Changing into cosplay with a slipped disc in your back is quiiiiite painful. Although I pushed through for the sake of cosplay. 

 
Basically, Hobbystar (the company that runs Toronto Comic Conventions) got rid of the anime aspect of the convention and instead made it into a mini Fan Expo comic convention. Downstairs was congested, although it was much better than the Fan Expo convention. Less hassle with security.  We didn’t stay in the actual convention area for long because we’re not particularly interested in comics, so we left after a few hours and just hung out in the lobby area.
We met some really nice people in line, who took this picture of us! Sami is wearing the cat kigurumi that I get her for Christmas, and I’m wearing my Yuki’s day class outfit from Vampire Knight Guilty. It was kind of last minute so I couldn’t get a proper wig or shoes. 
 Okay, my camera was LOVING SAMI that day! ALL OF THE PHOTOS I TOOK OF HER WERE SUPER MOE MOE KYUUUUN~ omg. My heart! Stop being so moe Sami ughghghgh~~ 
 Visit her blog here! I hope she updates with her own con report soon!
Playing around with different settings on the camera… this picture came out a bit blurry. My face was derpy as usual. 
 Picture of Justin that Sami took. I really like this picture… if only that backpack wasn’t there! 

I did manage to get this very nice picture in my Yuuki cosplay. Thanks Justin for the photo! 

 

Later Sami, Justin, Ackson and I went out for Korean BBQ. I love KBBQ, it’s so good. 
meat* (orz)

 Side dishes included tofu, sliced potato, sliced radish, kimchi etc. You also got trays of raw meet to cook yourself. 
Kyle showed up later. We forced him to eat the rest of the meat that we couldn’t finish. Such a moe eater, haha!  
I also heard that Yukapon was in Toronto doing a photoshoot with Pinku Project! Some of my favourite idol/idol group! I really wanted to meet her, but she couldn’t make it to the convention.  Hopefully she comes back soon so we can actually hang out!
I’ll be doing a cosplay post soon!  Can’t wait to blog about future cosplay plans/projects!

Moetron + 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Our K-On Maid cosplay group! (+ Maid version Kakashi, who was one of Sami’s friends. She’s not part of Moetron though~ )

This DTAC marked the 1 year anniversary of the cosplay group I’m in, called “MOETRONcos” (Or just Moetron~). 

Basically, this was how MOETRONcos was formed!

I met Ringo at Anime North 2009, and we started talking on FB and became really good friends!  We became cosplay partners after that. (Picture is of us at AN2011 – Black Rock Shooter group) (´・ω・`)

Genie was the older sister of one of my school friends! (゜▽゜;) I think I added her to FB because I knew she cosplayed and I also knew of her on deviantart! (Her art is amazing – her deviantart.)  We started talking about K-On I think because we both liked it. (Picture is of us at DTAC 2010)

I met Sami for the first time at Anime North 2010.Sami originally messaged me on cosplay.com about the Vocaloid photoshoot. (Since I was cosplaying Magnet version Luka and she was cosplaying default outfit Miku). She was so cute! (Picture from DTAC 2010) 

I can’t remember how exactly, but I brought everyone together at DTAC 2010 for a K-On Listen! cosplay!  It worked out so well…We had a lot of fun cosplaying together and decided to do it again for Black Rock Shooter! (ノ*゜▽゜*)

…And thus formed the Moetron Original 4!!! ãƒ½(*≧ω≦)ノ

Carmen joins us for some latercosplays… I think she originally started commenting on pictures or something of us that Genie posted (they go to the same school.) We instantly hit it off and invited her to cosplay with us!  Like Nodoka in our K-On group, Black Rock Kaito at Anime North 2011, and Black Matagi for Fan Expo! She’s so sweet! (Picture from Fan Expo 2011)


Chibatsu is our K-On group’s official Azunyan! She’s so cute! She’s like a part-time member I suppose, as she has her own cosplay groups… But she always joins us as Azunyan which makes me so happy, she’s so fitting for Azunyan! I met her I think in 2009 at a local cosplay event, my first ever cosplay picnic~ ï½¡â—•â€¿â—•ï½¡
I can’t find any pics of just the two of us together, but we have some in the K-On maid shoot with Thomas!

Love you guys <3 You make cosplaying super fun and I’m so happy to be friends with all of you!  â™¥
(ノ´∀`)


If you’d like to find out more about the other girls, check out ‘COSPLAY‘ in the tabs!

(Psssst, watch in HD!   )

The Failure that was DTAC.

Hi everyone! A little scheduled post for you (so I’m technically writing this in the past! Ooooh~!~!~!)

Just a quick blog update between study sessions. Got my final exams coming up, hopefully I pass all of them!

Went to DTAC on December the 11th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. All of my opinions on the convention are entirely my own, based on my previous first hand experiences.

DTAC (December Toronto Anime Convention, a small event run by Hobbystar Marketing) was absolutely shit. 


I’ve attended a good amount of Hobbystar events as a cosplayer (events like Fan Expo, MTAC, and DTAC.) They’ve had their issues which were mainly small things that I brushed off and didn’t really care too much about. Fan Expo 2010 was pretty horrible because of the giant lines/overcrowding/insufficient space for attendees, but I didn’t really care because I was able to get inside (they stopped letting people in half way through the day due to overcrowding so many people couldn’t even get into the convention, despite having bought tickets.)

DTAC 2010 was actually really fun. No issues with security, Moetron (my cosplay group) and I could walk freely, there was sufficient space, and we could roam around casually without being hassled.

MTAC 2011 had some small issues with security, with them suddenly cutting off the convention space a few hours into the event. Other than that, it was alright.

Fan Expo 2011 was great – despite the jacked up event prices, there was sufficient space as they had rented out the bigger part of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We didn’t encounter any problems with security, everything generally went quite smoothly.

Now…DTAC. Basically, security was terrible. We were in the washroom getting changed, and the lady barges in and starts yelling at us to get out because lots of other people needed to get in. I found that the cosplayers were very polite, let people through who needed to get in, let them use the sink and gave them space. We paid for our tickets, I think we had as much right to use the washroom without getting kicked out as much as any other person.

Second, the convention space was basically half of a hallway. Here’s a pic that a friend took.

They were cramming people in, I’m positive they went over the limit for fire safety D: They were charging $10 for wristbands and continued selling after they had sold out. The main guest that was supposed to show up – voice of Goku for the English version of Dragon Ball, suddenly had to drop out. The dealers room was super crammed to the point where people were getting stuck inside and couldn’t move.

Obviously being crammed in that small space was going to cause people to wander out from the designated spaces… But security was hassling people to move all the time. Two of the security guards that confronted us when we were being interviewed by Theo of cosplayinvasion.com were still polite…BUT THEN THERE WAS THIS LADY.

Basically we were leaving. Just waiting for Ringo to finish up her interview, so Sami starts vlogging. The security lady comes up and yells at us to leave, smacks Sami’s hand (that was holding the camera) down. My camera, wtf. I was so pissed off, luckily Sami didn’t drop the camera! Ugh seriously this convention was such a disappointment. Security was treating us like complete shit because we were cosplayers, even though we paid for the event and endured the shit conditions. I can understand that they needed to make sure people weren’t wandering into other events/ unauthorized parts of the convention hall…but there was absolutely no need to be rough with cosplayers/treat them with disrespect. A simple “Sorry, this area is closed off. Could you please go back to the Anime Convention area?” would have been fine.

In my opinion, these cons by Hobbystar are just cashgrabs, and pretty much all suck. I think you shouldn’t bother going to them if you’re in Toronto, it’s a waste. I wouldn’t bother going to their smaller events. (I’d only consider Fan Expo since that convention is pretty big and has some cool guests/events if you’re into comics/gaming.) Not going to bother going to any of the Toronto Anime Cons run by them anymore.

We ended up going to the North Building where there was no security and just lounged around. So technically we paid $10 each to stand in an overcrowded room with a shitty dealers room for about 3 hours, get harassed by security, and feel generally uncomfortable with the entire thing. We had much more fun in the north building, filming vlogs and doing our photoshoots. If not for friends, I would have had a terrible time.

Conventions in Canada are getting lamer and lamer… Instead of Fan Expo/ Anime North, I want to start going to American conventions like Youmacon, Otakon, Katsukon.…etc. I need a newer/fresher convention scene. Hopefully I’ll be able to start going to them more next year.

FAN EXPO 2011 – SUNDAY CON REPORT

Sorry for the long wait! Here’s the con report for the Sunday of Fan Expo!
( I know that a lot of my images in other posts say bandwidth exceeded, stupid photobucket suspended my account because there was too much traffic for those photos? They’ll be up in a week or two hopefully…)

Packed up our stuff and checked out of our hotel on Sunday morning. I decided not to cosplay because my back hurt from pulling it on Saturday. (Damn Black Gold Saw heels! ;_;) We checked our luggage and headed back to the con centre. Sami cosplayed STRength, minus the hands (I think it was because the handles snapped or something?)
I cosplayed a bee~ Dollarama cosplay yay
STRength checkin’ out dem figmas and figures!
They had this really creepy exhibit up promoting Hulk? Oh god it looked so realistic, I felt as though it was going to open its eyes and scream or something! Still trying to overcome my fear of zombies and weird creepy things orz…

Princess Zelda cosplayer! She had very well crafted armour.
CRAZY SPOCK AGAIN, he looks so awesome!
Ringo and I decided to collapse on the group and chill for a bit.
Xmen cosplayers! Love those Xmen kigurumis.
Cute Tiger Ringo~
Ringo and I had to be Asian tourists and take pictures beside the giant robots! This was at an exhibit promoting the movie ‘Real Steel’ which is coming out. Hugh Jackman is going to be in it WHICH MEANS I NEED TO BE WATCH IT.
Ringo with some TF2 cosplayers! (I don’t even think that the guy on the left was cosplaying, LOL!) TF2 cosplayers this year were preeeetttty hot!
Ringo vlogging action!
;____;
Cute Miwako from Paradise Kiss!
Stocking!
Japanese artist Junko Mizuno at her table. I became a fan of her art after seeing it being showcased in Shoujo Beat magazine. I sat in on her panel on the Friday of Fan Expo and really enjoyed it! I wanted to buy her art book but then reconsidered because it would probably just sit around my house all day. I think she’s holding an exhibit in Toronto sometime soon, so I’d really like to check that out!
Nerd love <3
Going up to Subway for some food. SERIOUS FACE ESCALATOR RIDE.
HAPPY HAPPY SMILE ESCALATOR RIDE.
Excellent photobombing skills!
Ringo’s super awesome cat bag! I bought a farty-alpaca and a rabbit bag from the same seller. So cute, I’ll take a pic for you guys later! 

Oh look it’s Professor Layton! Kyle in his ~thinking~ pose.
Crowded dealers room~ But wait, what’s that in the background?
Of course, it’s the Meowth-balloon! 
I think that’s it for the Sunday report. (I’m not really in a writing mood haha, but I feel like I’ve delayed this post for too long.) Fan Expo was a lot better this year than last year! I really enjoyed myself at this convention. Hopefully next year I will have become more interested in comics and stuff. I’ll probably attend some more panels!

FAN EXPO 2011 – SATURDAY CON REPORT

Sorry for taking a while to update! This week I celebrated my 18th birthday (on August 30) and am currently finishing up my packing for university! Moving out on the 3rd, still have so much left to do. 
I’ve also taken my Fan Expo (Friday con report) post down because photobucket said my image limit bandwith or something has been exceeded, so all the pictures went to a BANDWITH EXCEEDED sign. Hopefully all shall be sorted out once I set up my blog domain~ Anyway..

Last Saturday was…an adventure.

Ringo and I started the day off pretty early. We needed to finish packing up for the hotel and finish making Sami’s STRength tail. We would have done it the night before but we were out for dinner/drinks with some friends at Gabby’s (read about it in my FAN EXPO 2011 Friday post!)
Anyway, we finished cleaning, packing up, and making the tail. We finished putting on our makeup, and packed the BRS cannon and King Saw in the car. We ended up leaving for the hotel!
We reached the hotel and went to luggage check… But when I went to the counter they said that the there was no name reserved under the name that Sami booked under! We instantly went into panic mode because Sami was expecting to arrive at the con late and we would be stuck in the hotel lobby with suitcases and big props! Jean arrived at the hotel lobby and we panicked some more. In the end, we worked it all out, checked out luggage, and headed towards the convention centre.
Changed into our revamped BRS cosplays!
Derpy BRS and derpy DM are super moe!
Carmen as Black Matagi is also super super cute! Ahh so happy, surrounded by so many cute girls!
Dead Master photobombed me ): But at least her nails are pretty!
Sittin around on the floor. We had been taking lots of pictures before and were hot/sweaty so decided to take a break.
Storm trooper photoshoot near by!
This is when I stopped taking photos, so here are some photos I found of our cosplays from later on that day! I feel that these photos turned out much better than the ones at Anime North! When I look back at some of the AN photos, I cringe! I did my makeup so horribly (with red liner under the eyes, ew!) My wig wasn’t very pretty and my shoes were dying. I’m super glad that BGS turned out much better than at AN (and there was no underboob hooray!)

It’s a nice feeling – the feeling of maturing as a cosplayer! I don’t even want to remember my cosplays because they look horrible. I feel that my Meiko cosplay, BGS, and Mio cosplays are best to date, and I want to be remembered for those and nothing before that.
Trying to take a hit at Gak (Gakattack on youtube, check his videos out!). He does really cool videos in which he takes footage of cosplayers trying to attack him and then adds special effects so it looks like it’s real!
I was trying to swing really hard and make it look forceful haha 😀 
Here’s the video he did at Anime North 2011.  

OMG look it’s Moe Mike! We call him Moe Mike because he giggles all the time and is super moe.
(I realize that I use the word moe a lot and some of you might not understand that. It’s pronounced like ‘moe-eh’. Here’s the wikipedia page! I just describe moe as a super cuteness that makes your heart beat fast haha~)
Sad faces! I don’t look very sad though, just confused haha.

Josie was cosplaying Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion. She was originally going to do the plugsuit version but didn’t finish it so she just went casual. So cute!

Red Engineer from Team Fortress 2 appeared again! He stopped to pose in front of me while I was lying down, so you can see my gold shoes in the first picture.

Dragged our weapons back to the hotel with the help of Justin, Thomas, and Moe Mike! Then we headed out to to Korean BBQ! I had only been to KBBQ once before but that was a long time ago, so it was nice to go again with a group of close friends.

Korean BBQ is when there is a grill at your table, and you’re served raw meats/veggies. You put the meat and veggies on the grill yourself! The food tasted so good~!

Sami and Jean, expert korean grill masters~

Om nom nom nom nom!
Ringo and Jean went to Gabby’s again for drinks with Wasi & co, so Sami/Carmen/Thomas/Mike and I headed back to the hotel. I’m glad that Thomas/Mike walked us back to the hotel – Toronto at night is kinda of scary haha! So many people out partying/clubbing.
Sami crashed first while Carmen and I talked for a bit and had girly bonding time <3 Fell asleep shortly after. Jean and Ringo came back at…5AM haha!
That’s it for now, expect the Sunday con report soon. Uploaded the Friday convention vlogs if you’re interested!

FAN EXPO 2011 – FRIDAY CON REPORT

Hello ladies and gents~

Back from another year of Fan Expo! This year’s con was definitely better than the last! Ringo and I went to the convention for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday~

This post will be quite image heavy! There were so many pictures that I’m not going to bother watermarking them. P:

Ringo arrived at my house on the Thursday before the convention to sleepover. We retouched our Black Rock Shooter weapons and outfits and bought some food for Friday since the lines for food are usually super long! (・∀・)

Woke up at 7AM on the Friday of Fan Expo. Packed / did make-up / drove to the train station for the 9:10AM train. LITTLE DID WE KNOW THAT WAS AN EXPRESS TRAIN SO IT SKIPPED OUR STOP AHHHH SO ANGRY ヾ(。`Д´。)ノ Had to wait another half hour for the next train.

Arrived at Union Station where we walked to the convention centre to pick up our wristbands. Lines were short and moved really fast, so we were able to get into the convention really quickly! I got changed into Meiko (Synchronicity ver.) and Ringo got changed into a maid outfit. (`・ω・´)

 She left shortly after as she was going to film AKB48’s RIVER dance cover with some videographers! Therefore I was left to lurk the convention alone. ヽ(;´Д`)ノ

Since I had nothing better to do and was feeling quite foreveralone, I went to camwhore. Sad Sachie is sad! =(*´Д`)=

Walked around the dealers room. I always found FX’s dealer’s room to be quite interesting as it’s a mix of comic merchandise, anime, horror, gaming, and more! I mainly stuck to the gaming/anime isles though.

Saw these Doctor Who cosplayers! I think they were pretty good (never watched DW though!)

Tom Felton (who plays Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter) was at the convention doing a meet/greet, autograph, photo op type thing at his booth. So many people were lined up! He was actually very good looking, more than I thought haha. ãƒ¾( ´ー`)

Walked out of the dealers room and saw these Team Fortress 2 cosplayers! A red engineer and blu engineer battling it out! So so so epic! ( ´艸`) I just started playing TF2 this summer and it’s super fun, so I immediately jumped at these two cosplayers to take their photos! ( I think I creeped Red Engie out a bit though because I have like 5 more photos of him from the weekend. Also saw him walking down the street on Saturday night and was yelling to him across the street/making hearts at him XD!  i’m not creepy i swear! ヽ(;´ω`)ノ ) 


More pictures under the cut!


Crowded dealers room!

Stormtrooper with a boom-box, so fresh! Î£(~∀~||;)

 More TF2 cosplays! Spy, scout, and engie. Great cosplays! (〃∇〃)

Feet were getting tired so I went to the washroom to camwhore! I love the way short hair looks on me, but it would never look this good if I cut my real hair like this. ;_;
Famous horror actress Elvira was being interviewed. Holy crap, those boobs! ( ゜∋゜)

Saw Red and Johnny at the con! They asked for a picture with me as well! So freaking cute, love them!

ヽ(*・ω・)人(・ω・*)ノ

Child stormtrooper! Also stole my heart that weekend, ~possibly~ cuter than red engie. I am doing this to my children.

Lauren as Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She’s so pro at cosplaying! So beautiful as well! We were sitting together waiting for people to come get us haha. (Little did I know that Ringo would ditch me until 6PM ;_;)

Cute Mari cosplayer!

Epic Call of Duty cosplay haha. So creative / clever!

Met up with Emiry (who will be cosplaying more with us in the future, I think we’re doing a Chobits cosplay together soon!). (・ω・)b   Lurked around the dealers room with her. She’s so cute! She looks more asian than I do haha!

Of course we had to go camwhore in the washroom.

“Emiry Y U NO TAKE PICTURE WITH ME?” /(;°皿°)/

That’s better! 😀

I didn’t want to sit around by myself so I went to Junko Mizuno’s panel where she answered questions about her art and career! I first discovered her art in Shoujo Beat magazine when it was still running. I love her art style – it’s so creative and unique. Beautiful. I really enjoyed this panel! I think I’ll attend some more in the future.

Back in the dealers room – the most accurate Spock cosplayer I’ve ever seen! He looked so much like Spock it was unreal! He was also ridiculously tall! (°д°;)

Piko Utane cosplayer! She was super cute and her cosplay was great! I love her giant USB~

More camwhoring ;w; Took my armour off because it was hurting me (rubbing against my collarbone) and it was getting really hot.

Tried photobombing a picture of Superman. INSTEAD HE LOOKED AT ME AND THEN PICKED ME UP HNNNNNNG best photo ever as you can tell by my stupidly happy face. I was actually like OH GOD NO because my dress slid up and I felt like I was pantyflashing everybody. Thank god I wore those shorts!

AND THEN I FOUND MY HUSBANDO AND WE DID THE “I SOLVED THE PUZZLE POSE”. So happy that I found a Professor Layton cosplay at Fan Expo, that made my Friday complete!

o(゜∇゜*o)(o*゜∇゜)o~♪

Giant Hagrid made out of LEGO.

OH HEY IT’S THOMAS

Ringo came back later and we changed out of our cosplays. Went with Jean and Thomas to Gabby’s where we met up with Wasi&co for food and drinks!

3/4 of MOETRONCOS

Jean and I both had sliders with sweet potato fries. I couldn’t finish the buffalo chicken one because it was too spicy (for me anyway, since I don’t do very well with spicy food). Therefore I gave it to Jean <3

Cute Jeanie~

First drink yay! It was called ‘Raspberry and  had some weird vodka and sourpuss shit in it, I have no idea. It tasted like weird grapefruit juice until you swallowed, then it had a sharp tasted and then a nice aftertaste.


That’s the end of DAY 1! Will be posting some videos and other con reports soon! (I’ll try to get them up ASAP, but I’m moving out next week for university and there’s lots left to do!)


P.S. Here’s the first tagged picture I found of my Meiko cosplay! Super happy with how it turned out! (Except I lost my red gloves ;_;) Watermark is just there because that’s what I’m planning to change my domain name to!


Cosplay / Convention Schedule 2011

Was in the middle of sweatshopping my final project for International Business class when I saw Ackson‘s newest video on youtube.

After seeing this video (and mostly being in a state of fangirly awe for Tracy + Lauren’s Magna Carta cosplays), I suddenly developped the urge to start a new project! A fairly big one I guess.

Cosplaying Black Gold Saw made me change my mind about having a massive prop cosplay. I never realized how tedious they were haha! I mean they’re fun and you get a lot of attention in them but they’re just so tiring to wear! That’s probably how my love for Mio skyrocketed because her outfits are so easy and comfortable to wear.

Decided to do an Atelier cosplay! The character I want to do has a cute but detailed outfit, a medium sized weapon, and is really cute! She’s from a not very well known video game… Mimi has a very cute design, and  it’ll be a fun project to take on.


I’d really like to get more involved with fully making my own cosplays… It takes a lot of work but I think it’ll be worth it! I’d love to enter a masquerade some day… my goal is to enter with this costume! 🙂
Also, going to take this time to plan out my convention/cosplay schedule for the year.

Cosplays (To Do)
– Akiyama Mio (Fuwa Fuwa Taimu – performance outfit) – K-On
– Akiyama Mio (NO! THANK YOU – alternate white dress outfit) – K-On
– Akiyama Mio (NO! THANK YOU school uniform) – K-On
– Akemi Homura – Puella Magi Madoka Magica
– Mimi Houlier Von Schwarzlank – Atelier Totori

(I bet you can tell who I love cosplaying the most XD)
Also, do you think it’s a coincidence that they all have black hair? Hahaha!

Convention / Cosplay Photo Event Schedule for 2011:
– Centre Island Cosplay Picnic/Photoshoot (June 25)
– Con Bravo (maybe)
– Fan Expo
– Youmacon (maybe)
– DTAC

Also planning (2012)
– Otakon

——————
Finally, my youtube channel will soon be converted more to a cosplay/vlogging channel. I know I’ve been saying that I wanted to do it in the past, but this summer I’m actually going to be uploading more vlogs/cosplay progress/reviews…etc. I know my vlogs don’t get many views, it’s mostly my dance covers (which aren’t that very good anyway.)

I’m still going to upload dance covers, probably not too often now though… I only really uploaded once per month so I’m going to think of the vlogs as something that will fill the inbetween time!

What do you think?

BLACK GOLD SAW COSPLAY [IMAGE HEAVY!]

Hey guys!
Here’s the post that I’ve been promising you… the photos of my Black Gold Saw cosplay from Anime North!
I won’t post too much text since I’m tired ( I’m scheduling this post for Saturday, but I’m writing it at 10:30ish PM on Friday)

This post is going to be very image heavy! So I’m warning you now haha!
All credit goes to the photographers.

First off, this is what Black Gold Saw looks like!

After Ringo and I watched the OVA, we immediately knew that we wanted to cosplay it! Luckily enough Jeanie and Carmen decided to cosplay with us as Dead Master and Black Rock Kaito!

LOTS OF PHOTOS under the cut!

BLACK ROCK SHOOTER PHOTOSHOOT!







Wil (manly Black Rock Shooter) helping Eric’s (Manly Dead Master) horns! Aww, cute!  BRS x DM ~!


Time for the Black Gold Saws to come out to play!


One of my favourite pictures! Jeanie and I are pretty cute, I must say :3

BGS VS BRS/RINGO


FEMALE AND MANRY BRS!



Daytime Photoshoot with THOMAS TRUONG


Thomas was nice enough to take MOETRON + Sydney + Carmen + Manry BRS group for a photoshoot!
We shot beside the TCC on the Saturday.


LOL TROLLFACE. I always have to mess up pictures haha…

NIGHT SHOOT WITH RAY LUM + THOMAS TRUONG + MICHAEL LEE


This shoot went until two in the morning…my eyes had been dying for most of the night since my contacts decided to dry my eyes out to the point where my eyes couldn’t focus properly…orz

I think that’s enough photospam for now haha! I’ll upload some crack pictures sometime later on! 🙂
Hope you liked the pictures! We’ll be wearing BLACK ROCK SHOOTER again for FAN EXPO 2011.

Also, did you notice that I added the new “COS” section to the link header? :3

ANIMENORTH2011 – CON REPORT (SUNDAY, PART 2)

Sorry, I’m dragging the Anime North posts out too much. I’ll try to finish these up quickly! 
I just love blogging about conventions, they’re so much fun!


Anyway, onto more pictures!


Stephen and Jeff were just hangin’ out off to the side so we met up with them!
Jeff was wearing Sanji from One Piece, Stephen was doing Garterbelt from Panty & Stocking!

Stephen makes such a bitchin’ Garterbelt, don’t you think? DAT AFRO!  SO MUCH HAIR!



“Manly” posing done by some cosplayers! Grey from Fairy Tail, Armstrong from Full Metal Alchemist, and Black Star from Soul Eater! 
That Grey was one of the only good ones I saw that weekend to he honest… The other Grey cosplayers were just shirtless guys with the Fairy Tail tattoo and no wig! I wish people would put more effort into their cosplays sometime haha… 



The sky was getting a bit darker, threatening rain. 



Random people~



PEDOBEAR SPOTTED! Although I question the looks of the guy on the right… 



Obligatory Pedobear picture!
Ringo (running to me after): “HE TOUCHED MY ASS ;____;”
Me: 

Some Japanese Jrock band was playing a set in the rave patio area. I don’t know what they were called…HITT or something? 



It was too loud for our tastes so we went back into the dealers room.


More pictures under the cut!









JUVIA SPOTTED! She was so cute, and I was so happy to have found a Juvia!  I really like Fairy Tail, and Juvia, along with Erza, are my favourite characters! No Erzas spotted though.



I FOUND SHIMMYCOCOPUFFS IN THE DEALERS ROOM!  I got so nervous though LOL I was freaking out! Immediately ran un tp him for a photo, which ended up looking horrible therefore MIOS FACE WAS PASTED OVERTOP!



NATSU! I remember seeing this guy on cosplay.com and telling him I was going to track him down… lol orz 



/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ CONTRACT?
A very cute Homura and Madoka doing their shopping. Apparently the Homura made the Kyuubey plush! It was very well made, very talented plushie maker!  


Ringo bought a little top hat thing because she felt the need to buy something in the dealers room! I’ve been to so many conventions and found that so much of the stuff is overpriced, so I resort to buying all of my stuff online now.  


Left the dealers room to meet up with Sai Kit for the photoshoot, 
PHOTOS FOR MY MIO SHOOT CAN BE FOUND HERE!


Ran into Katie! She was cosplaying Dead Master! I’m sad that she wasn’t cosplaying DM for the BRS shoot, she would’ve made a lovely addition to our group! 





Got back to the Double Tree after the photoshoot, and we waited for Ringo’s mom to come pick her up. 



Saw Miranda! Cosplaying somebody from Portal I believe? 



Also ran into Jada, cosplaying Saria from Zelda! Very very cute, she’s such a talented cosplayer! 


While we waited for her mom to arrive, Ringo and I decided to camwhore (again)



Adorable cake rings from Pinkly Ever After! Ringo and I were both given one each by the very cute Peach Pinku! Thank you so much! 



Wink~!



Smile!



Srs face



Some guy wandering around outside with no shoes on? 



OM NOM NOM NOM



ALONE ;_; 


Ringo went back home. I was waiting for my dad to come pick me up… Went back to the TCC and lurked around by myself for a bit. Was supposed to meet up with Olivia but she was busy buying stuff in the dealers room so I just stayed in the front area and yelled at her on the phone haha! 


Saw Carmen, took a camwhore pic with her~!

HNNG she’s so cute ♥


Dad came to pick me up, and then I went back home.
And then AN was over. 
Q___Q




All in all, I had a wonderful time! Got to meet up with many friends and hang out, take pictures, and talk~! Hope to see you all again soon!


Oh, and thanks to every body who came up and said hi to me! I didn’t realize so many people would have recognized me from twitter / facebook / youtube / deviantart! XD You guys are awesome!


BRS photoshoot photos are coming some time this week, sorry for the delay! orz

ANIMENORTH2011 – CON REPORT (SUNDAY Part 1)

Why hullo there everybody! 

Sorry for the wait!
I forgot to show you these pictures! Jean left her Stocking wig out on the table in our hotel room on Saturday so Ringo and I decided that we needed to camwhore with it. Such a pretty wig haha! 



The cutest Stocking ♥♥ 

Jean, Ringo, and I arrive back at the hotel at around 2AM, having just come back from our BLACK ROCK SHOOTER photoshoot with Ray + Thomas + Michael. Taylor was already asleep when we got back, but we woke him up.  (He fell asleep watching infomercials HAHA. ) We got changed into our PJs. Taylor and Jean were flicking back and forth between Planet of the Apes and Lara Croft to the point where we didn’t know which movie was on haha! We were all like “OMG THOSE ARE SUCH GOOD APE COSPLAYERS, that makeup must’ve been intense, such a good Lara Croft cosplay! So accurate” etc!


Taylor and Ringo fall asleep. 


Sleepy Ringo~ /pedo 


Jean texting somebody on her cell phone~

~THE NEXT MORNING~

Jean + Taylor + Ringo + I wake up at around 9:30AM. Jean and Taylor were planning to wake up earlier so they could take their luggage down to the Artist Alley so they could sell prints, but we were all so exhausted from staying up till 2AM that morning. 

First vlog of the Sunday:

As you can see, we were very tired!

Jean and Taylor begin packing up, I lounge in bed, and Ringo goes to take a shower.

Jean and Taylor end up leaving at around 10AM. Ringo and I take about another hour to pack up our stuff and tidy the room up a bit. DoubleTree hotel was offering free baggage check, and we were definitely willing to take advantage of that! Before leaving, we realized that we were basically screwed because we forgot that we had our giant weapons to carry around, as well as our luggage!  

Texted Lulu to come help us but he was busy with some other people. Poop. 
We ended up summoning our inner MANRY MEN and missionned over from the Holiday Inn to the Double Tree (about a 15 min walk), stopping occasionally to re-adjust our weapons and fix our luggage. Dropped our baggage off, and headed over to the TCC to do some last minute shopping and meeting up with friends.

FOUND MORNING LESCUE GUY! HE HAD LEGIT MORNING LESCUE. Honestly, this was my favourite cosplayer at the convention, so cool!

More pictures under the cut!


I didn’t get to keep the Morning Lescue though. 


Passed by the Panty and Stocking photoshoot! This was the pairing shots I think, Panty x Brief!
I also love epic background guy – his cosplay was basically a large cardboard sign with an epic background painted on it!


Saw Jillian @ Panda Logic at the shoot! SUPER PRETTY, and she makes such a beautiful P-P-P-Panty~!
Took a P&S x BRS photo with her on Saturday, will post in my next blog! 


Panty and Stocking sure was popular this year!


SAW THIS BODY PILLOW, HNNNG WANT SO MUCH! 


They were also selling wigs in the dealers room! They were reasonably priced, I guess. Still too expensive for me though.


Busy dealers room was busy! So many dealers and great merchandise!


One guy was wearing a flag. There were lots of dealers selling fleece bunny/kitty/panda ear hats, tshirts, plushes, etc!


Spotted this and thought of my friends who are obsessed with Dr Who!


Doomed children  Cute kids cosplaying…furries?   S-So many furries this year!


There were also many cosplays being sold this year. It’s good for those who didn’t prepare a cosplay at the convention, as they can just buy one there! 


More dealers room~


FIRST AND ONLY BGS RELATED THIS I SAW AT THE CONVENTION. I would’ve bought the print but I don’t like the art style very much haha. 


KATAMARI COSPLAYER SPOTTED! 

We then went back outside and managed to catch the Katamari photoshoot! I always love the Katamari cosplayers, they’re so cute!


The guy in the black furry Katamari suit must’ve been boiling! 
And I thought it was hot in BGS… that must’ve been torture!


My favourite one! Their head had such a cute expression! 


All of them are ridiculously cute! It must be hard walking around with those heads on all day though…


Cute Miso cosplay!


The rainbow head was also very cute!


COW! 😀


Time for the Katamari Cousins to take a breather! Must’ve been very hot!


Furry Katamari decided to attack some bubbles 

This post is getting a bit image heavy, so watch out for part two which is coming tomorrow!
Thanks for reading~!

ANIMENORTH2011 – CON REPORT (SATURDAY, PART 2)

Hi guys! Here’s PART TWO of my Anime North 2011 con report! 

I left off when Ringo and I changed into our less restricting, casual cosplays! She wore a cute lolita dress and I wore Akiyama Mio, Listen!! version! 

Camwhored before we left for the convention.


Carmen and I 

I took more photos in this because it was almost impossible to take pictures in BGS! 

Found Stephen (left) and Jeff (right)! These guys are adorable! I know Stephen is cosplaying some guy from Final Fantasy (Sazh I think), but I don’t know the name of Jeff’s character. (Please identify?) Yukimura from Sengoku Basara! Thanks Thomas! 


I FOUND MY HUSBANDO   Omg you have no idea how excited I was to have found a Professor Layton cosplayer! I think I kinda scared him because I was so excited!   I also had a derpily excited and scary facial expression on (it’s not every day you see somebody cosplaying your husbando) so I ended up shopping Mio’s face to hide it… Strange thing is that it actually fits HAHA! Layton x Mio ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE SKY LIKE A DOUBLE RAINBOW~!~!  /idk


My face when some bitch walked across my photo with my husbando. 

MET UP WITH LULU. Pretty Lulu is pretty! PRETTIER THAN ME! 
ORZ 

More pictures under the cut!

We went into the dealers room!
For some reason there were so many furries this year, so we decided that Lulu should join them.
Lulu is sad that he’s not as hot as Ringo and I. 

Ringo decided to become a frog..thing. 

We lost Lulu shortly after… We ran to see some figmas that were on sale, turned around, and he was gone! Which is weird because he’s like 6ft5… You would’ve thought we’d be able to see him but apparently not. 

Veronica as the very cute Kiki from Kiki’s delivery service! 


MUGS! Ended up buying this super cute knitted/crochéed (sp?) cup thing in the crafters corner! It was quite necessary to take a picture with Kyle, who was cosplaying Godot from Ace Attourney! 

Ringo and I were getting a tad hungry so we went to the Tim Hortons beside the convention. They must have made SO much money, because the line was almost outside the building! 


Blurry myspace anglezzz 


Kyouya and Tamaki from Ouran were behind us in line! 


“A HURR DURR I DRINK TEA” 


omg so cute ;u;


HARMONY HARMONY ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE SKY! 
Definitely one of the best meme cosplays at the convention! She was so fabulous, such a creative cosplay!


Can’t go without some washroom camwhoring! 

HNNG ALSO FOUND HUSBANDO #2! Justin was also cosplaying Professor Layton, therefore obligatory husbando picture was in order. 


Aw yiss, totally got a picture with black Professor Layton!

Went back to the hotel, filmed a vlog!

We waited for a bit for Jean + Taylor to get back to the hotel. We ate instant ramen + noodles! We had organized with Ray + Thomas + Mike (The “photographer bitches”) for a nighttime shoot, which ended up taking place at like 10PM – 2AM…. orz 

Next post will be Sunday convention report, and then finally the BLACK ROCK SHOOTER photoshoot pics!

Please stay tuned!
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ANIMENORTH2011 – CON REPORT (SATURDAY, PART 1)

Hello darlings~ 

I promised earlier that I would do a convention report for ANIME NORTH 2011.

Anime North is one of Canada’s biggest fan-run conventions. Unlike Fan Expo, which is a complete profit convention, Anime North donates part of the money it makes to the Hospital for Sick Children. 
Anime North is proud to be one of the many fund raisers for the international Hospital for Sick Children Foundation-that is based in Toronto, ON. Our many activities for “Sick Kids” as it affectionately known as, has raised $80,000 in the previous years.” 

 Anyway, onto the con report!

Woke up at around 7:30AM on Saturday morning. I always seem to wake up really early on the days of conventions, probably because I always get so excited! Especially since Anime North is one of my favourite conventions. This was my fourth year at Anime North! 

Checked over all my luggage to make sure that I had everything. (Didn’t realize that I didn’t pack any normal clothes except for my PJs! LOL this is the only scenario where this would work haha  )

Arrived at the Holiday Inn where Jean and Taylor were staying / where we were sharing a room with them.   They left shortly after I arrived so they could sell their art in the artist alley! (Those artsy hipster kids, hehe). Jean was cosplaying Dead Master as part of our BRS group, and Taylor was cosplaying himself. Changed into BGS, started vlogging. 




Ringo arrives about an hour after me, at about 10:30. She gets changed into BLACK ROCK SHOOTER! hnnng sexiest BRS ever



Putting on her wig~



Ringo: STOP TAKING PICTURES OF ME MY WIG ISN’T ON PROPERLY YET
Sachie: *click click click* 


Once we finished getting dressed, which was at around 11AM, we headed towards the convention! It was quite a mission, if you can imagine, as we had to carry two giant weapons and we didn’t have any help!  Long wig + giant sword + falling knee armor = not a pretty sight. But we managed to get there.







First cosplayers we recognize are Tracy and Lauren, cosplaying Juto and Zephie from Magna Carta! They’re such pro cosplayers, and their cosplays looked super super amazing. They’re so cool, I want to be cool like them one day /cheese 


More pictures under the cut!






In my first vlog, I mention that we were probably going to be cold because the weather wasn’t that great. UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR, both Ringo and I were sweating.  We forgot that we had long wigs on and our costumes were basically all black + pleather. Since it was so hot, we had to sit down for a bit. People were even taking pictures of us drinking, orz 


Vlogged again!





Also met up with Carmen! I haven’t known Carmen for long, but we instantly clicked and we’re really good friends now! Not to mention she’s adorable and moe and ♥♥♥ She joined our cosplay group by cosplaying BLACK ROCK KAITO! 









It was hard for us to move around since we seemed to be pretty popular that day haha. I mean, girls in bikinis + big weapons is almost guaranteed to get attention, but we didn’t really expect to have that many people mob us!  We managed to make it half way towards the dealers room before we were trapped… So we just ended up heading back to the front area where the BLACK ROCK SHOOTER photoshoot was being held!

Of course, being the super enthusiastic cosplayer that I am, I had to hold the photoshoot haha!

Here are some pics from the photoshoot! 



Jean joined us a little later on after abandoning Taylor for a few hours in the Artist Alley haha!

Jean and I being evil. 😉

There was even a STRength at the photoshoot! EXCITED, her costume was really well done and the hands looked amazing!

More DM x BGS

BGS x BRS
Aww we’re so cute!
Ringo makes such a good BLACK ROCK SHOOTER omg ♥

We ended up having a photoshoot with Thomas and Michael (who we have dubbed our photographer bitches). Photos of that will come later on. 

After shooting with Michael and Thomas, it was about 3PM and I was bitching about my feet ( which hurt like HELL. ) We decided to go back to the hotel and get changed. We arranged to have a night shoot with Ray Lum + Michael + Thomas later on, I’ll make a separate post for that! 

Vlog #3






Ringo changed into a lolita dress, and I changed into Listen!! version Akiyama Mio!


This post was kinda lengthy, so I’ll make another post for the rest of our Saturday pics! It’ll be uploaded tomorrow, so please stay tuned. Also feel free to go to my cosplay group’s youtube vlog channel for more convention clips. > Click here for MOETRONcos Vlog Channel


More clips/photos tomorrow! 

Akiyama Mio (Listen!!) cosplay – Photoshoot!

 my darlings~!
I haven’t updated recently, sorry! I was finishing up my BLACK GOLD SAW cosplay for Anime North! 

I’ll upload a convention report some time this weekend! I was just really excited to get photos back from Saikit, who was kind enough to take photos of Ringo and I! 

I think this is my favourite picture!
It has a really relaxing and calm atmosphere! 
Uguuuuuu 
More uguuu 
RINGO 
SaiKit : Okay, talking shots! Go!
Us: KAWAII, SUGOIII, DAIJOBUUUUUUU BAKABAKABAKA 
I’ll update again once I get more of the Black Rock Shooter cosplay group photos!

Fan Expo – Sunday/Day 3

Wow, sorry for updating so late guys! D:

This is what happened on the Sunday of Fan Expo! (/what happened last weekend)

Got up at about 7:30, got dressed in my Mio outfit (minus the wig) and put my makeup on. I chose to wear Mio again because it’s casual, easy to move in, and people who see me would think I’m a girl going to a private school instead of somebody who likes to dress up like anime characters. Plus it’s not as weird of having to explain why I’m dressed like that when I see my friends or classmates at the train station. XD

Met up with Sami, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s friend on the train! We talked as we took the train up to the station near the convention hall. When we got off, we walked to the hotel where Jean (Yui cosplayer) was staying and went to the washroom where we put on dem wigs! (Sami wore a really cute white one, she didn’t cosplay though. She just wore a cute outfit :3) We walked back outside and got in line to get into the convention! The line wrapped all the way around the block! Sobsob! It was so long, and was torture for me because dark uniform + long black Mio wig = dying of heat. Sami’s boyfriend and his friend went to wait in line to buy their tickets. (The ticket buying line was so much shorter than re-entry!)

We went inside, walked around the dealers room for a bit. After that, we met up with her boyfriend and friend again! Since it was his friend’s first con, Sami decided that we should do some events. We went to Anime Name That Tune!

As soon as we got in, I got a call from Mika that went “COME HERE RIGHT NOW I NEED TO MEET UP WITH YOU WHERE ARE YOU OMG MEET ME BY THE ESCALATORS” so I had to leave Sami &co. Dx
Mika was ditched my by her boyfriend who met up with my friends, and naturally used me as her backup friend! 😛

We walked around the dealers room for a little bit where we met up with her brother Reese and her boyfriend Nathan. Mika got me a really cute Rilakkuma planner/stationery thing, while Reese and Nathan got me 4 cans of coke. (It was a joke because my food supply for the weekend pretty much consisted of cans of coke. :P)

After that, they left because they wanted to go get somebody’s autographs therefore ditching me AGAIN D:

Guy called me and met up with me again! Ahh it was so nice of him because I think I dragged him away from his friends >: So we went up in dealers, looked around for a bit! I bought these really nice artsy postcards/prints! Guy was leaving later on and his phone was running out of batteries so we walked to his car and got his charger. We walked to the lobby of the hotel and sat there in the really nice chairs/couch for a bit while he waited for his phone to charge! It was really nice having a real conversation with him because I don’t get to talk to him often, face-to-face.

Ackson and a bunch of other people joined us and sat there talking. Guy was talking to some of his friends, Ackson was talking to one of his photographer friends, I was alone and felt really awkward so I got up and left. XD Nobody seemed to notice me as I left because a few minutes later I got a text from Guy going “Where did you go?”. Met up with Mika/Reese/Nathan for a little bit afterwards where they bought me some fries. :3 They wanted to go take some photos of Mika in her maid cosplay so they left. Met up with Sami&friends afterwards, left the convention early because it was getting boring.

All in all, it was an okay convention. Not sure if I’ll go next year. (I probably will, but I’ll just hang in the back by the CNTower to cosplay/do photoshoots or something.)
Fan Expo was a really unorganized convention this year. I can’t really complain that much though because I got in for free. 😀

Here are some more photos!

Jeff and Nikki! AH THEY’RE SO CUTE! Both cosplaying from K-On’s “Don’t Say Lazy” – Jeff as Male ver. Yui and Nikki as Mio! THEY MADE ME A CARD TOO! But I didn’t see them on Sunday so I didn’t get it! ): They mailed it to me though, still waiting for it to arrive! ~<3

Fushi and her friend as Dead Master and Black Rock Shooter! OH GOD THAT GUN! <33>

More Hiiragi cosplay from the Saturday~

Jean and I cosplaying Yui and Mio! Our picture was taken for Super Kawaii Magazine! 😀 She looks so moe in this, omg <333>

YEAH .HACK COSPLAY! :DDD Finally found some .hackers! Emily cosplaying an amazing Haseo (Xth form)! Ahh so badass! And lovely Sarah cosplaying Shino (wedding dress version)! Too bad we couldn’t find the Zelkova or Endrance – I saw them in the con but never got a chance to take a pic with them! >: NEXT TIME!! 😀

That’s it for now~ If I can find the picture of the design tattoo that Jean painted on my back for my Hiiragi cosplay, I’ll post it!

I might not be able to most as much because of school work, but I’ll try! (Since I love blogging so much :3) I’ll try blogging in comtec class!

Also, here’s a sneak peek at my newest cosplay! Saeko from HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD!
We have a cosplay group for the Toronto Zombie Walk – it’s like a parade where everybody dresses up like Zombies! Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good pictures with my group! I’ll ask Ackson if he can shoot some photos for us. :3
Bloody Saeko is bloody~ I look really tired and have huge eyebags, but I think you would look that way too if you were living in a zombie infested city! 😛

See you~

FAN EXPO (Saturday)

O hey guys! Time for FAN EXPO CON REPORT – SATURDAY!
(Before I continue though, I found a picture of my Mio cosplay from what I wore on Friday! :D)



This dude came and took so many pictures of me – hopefully I can find them! 😀
And hooray for doing the same pose all weekend! /shot – I wasn’t even doing the moe moe kyun pose, just kind of reverted back to this one! ;-; I WILL MOE MOE KYUN WHEN I GET A MAID COS. 😀

Saturday morning – I woke up at about 7am but Chelsea was still fast asleep so I decided to let her rest for a bit. (I think Friday was a bit emotionally draining for her with the con being so crowded and all!) I have no idea why but I decided to play RuneScape for an hour. Honestly haven’t played that game in so long, and was surprised to find that I was like level 60 something. (I have very high fire-making and cooking levels, ohohoh /shot repeatedly)

When she woke up, we ironed out our cosplays one more time and then went upstairs to put on our makeups and gather our things. I had to stuff an extra pair of shoes into Chelsea’s bag just in case my Hiiragi shoes started hurting. I also brought a light jacket because I found it to be kind of chilly outside. (Hiiragi practically has no top.)

My dad went and ranted for like half an hour, telling me not to go on public transit because I was going to be raped or something. Which was fine because I doubt I would een have the courage to get on public transit dressed as Hiiragi, LOL! He drove us there and dropped us off outside the convention centre!

OMG THE LINES. The lines were freaking ridiculous! Holy crap. I’m not even joking- the lines wrapped around the entire block! And those were the lines for re-entry! (Re-entry means you already have your pass so you want to re-enter the convention hall) Oh god. It was horrible. Chelsea decided to wait in line to save me a spot while I went and had my .hack symbol tattoo thing painted on my back by Jean. (All .hack characters have strange tattoos or symbols on different parts of their body – Hiiragi has these awesome designs on his back! I’ll see if I can find a picture of my back~!)

When I came out, people had already started going inside the building and the line had shortened quite a bit. I’m not sure how, but I got through the VIP entrance which meant I didn’t have to wait in line.

Chelsea and I met up for a bit – she wanted to explore the dealers room some more so I stayed downstairs and watched her stuff. I lounged around there, met some of my cosplay friends, took some pictures. Guy (:iconthornrose: on deviantart) came over to my spot and gave me the Black Rock Shooter poster he bought me at Otakuthon. HOTTEST POSTER EVER, nuff said. (I think it was drawn by Nayuki-chan on deviantart?) He was really nice, so much taller than I thought he was. D: I wanted to see his Lelouche cosplay so I told him to go change.

After Chelsea came downstairs, I bought her some food/drinks because she didn’t have any money left. She said that she felt really tired and didn’t really want to stay for that long. :C I honestly really didn’t want to leave the convention that early, especially on the Saturday. So we sat down for a bit by the glass windows. There were large groups of people outside that were lined up because apparently the convention oversold tickets and they weren’t allowing any more people inside because of maximum capacity! o___o!! That’s when we saw Guy again, this time dressed in his beautiful Rerouche cospray. And then Dario came over to the glass. We couldn’t really talk because there was a glass separating us, so we started typing things onto our cells and holding them up to the glass so the other person could read what we were trying to say.

Then apparently Matt Chin from the Conventioneers came over to us and started talking to us about how insane the lines were. (He was on the inside and the camera man was on the outside). I had no idea who he was – I thought he was just some random asian guy talking to us for his webshow or something… But yeah, at least he didn’t start insulting us like apparently he does to other cosplayers. :3

Chelsea was really tired and cranky at this point, so I lent her another $5 so she could take the GO train back. She was also kind of pissed off for some reason and made me carry my extra crap instead of being a good friend and taking it back to my house. (She had to go pick up her things from when she slept over.) I had so many things to carry around. ;-; I was pretty much ditched the a second time that weekend, so I texted Guy to come save me sob;; I went outside and we met up with Lauren and then went behind the convention centre to where my other con friends were waiting. (Nicole, Dario, Nikki, Jeff, etc).

We sat there for a few hours and I thin Guy left, so Nikki, Jeff and I then went off to the side entrance where we sat again for about an hour and talked. It was getting late and I didn’t want to take the GO back by myself when it was really late so I left.

Then omg, scariest thing happened. This guy who met me at Anime North 2010 who started messaging me that he “liked” me, spotted me walking through the convention centre and like, confronted me. D: He was all like ” Seriously WTF, you’ve been ignoring me all weekend. You’ve been ignoring my messages and like, you’re being a total bitch. I come all the way from Thunderbay and you don’t even give a damn about meeting me?” etc etc, all these other mean things. I got really freaked out and got really anxious – being in crowded spaces with no real place to escape to made me start to panic. LUCKILY Mika’s brother Rhys was there and spotted me and ~CAME TO THE RESCUE~

Thank god, I think I would have started crying. ;-;

Anyway, Saturday wasn’t that great. Only went up in the Dealers like, once, and it was so crowded. D: Saw a Moe Moe Kyun mio figure but it was $170 fffffffff D:

Anyway, here are some pictures! 😀

Picture of my Hiiragi cosplay! One of the few pictures I’ve found sob;;;

Two pictures from when we were hanging out at the side – Jeff is the Simon beside me. 😀

I tried talking to Bianca and Wil but we kept on getting bombed for photos! Bianca is the sexy Gundam Girl the left, Wil is the Traditional outfit Kaito on the right. 😀

Screenshot from Ackson’s FAN EXPO 2010 VIDEO! 😀 I’m at 1:06
Here’s the video!



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Memorable cosplays!
Ackson’s Lelouche (school uniform). How is this photo (bomb) not memorable? P:
Wil and Eric’s MAGNET GROUP. Omg so beautiful +100 ♥ for the glowing LED headphones!
Bianca’s GUNDAM GIRL cosplay. HOLY CRAP THE MOST AMAZING THING EVERRRR. Can you believe that almost the entire armor part is made out of craft foam? AMAZING omg ♥
Miranda’s AndrAIa fronm Reboot cosplay! Oh god, she looks amazing! Perfect! 😀
Guy’s Lulu cosplay. Ahhh pretty Lulu is pretty. And the eye omg ♥
I’ll update with more stuff about Sunday later! 😀

FAN EXPO (friday)

I’ll write about Saturday and Sunday later when I get more pictures!

Didn’t take that many pictures this year, no video. Either had too much stuff to carry around since we didn’t get a hotel room or I couldn’t because it was WAY TOO CROWDED.
Honestly, this year Fan Expo should have been called ‘Fail Expo’. Or Linecon. It was pretty bad. >:
But I shouldn’t be complaining too much because I got in for free. (Volunteered last weekend.)

Chelsea arrived at my place on Thursday and we worked on finishing our costumes. We marathonned 6 episodes of ‘High School Of The Dead’ – which is a pretty good animu, I must say. 😀

We finished painting her bomb for her Link cosplay (we added the word ‘Photo’ onto it so it was a ‘photobomb’ – GET IT? :D) And finished painting her sword. We ironed everything and set everything so it would be ready for Friday. I, being the loser that I am, decided it would be cool if we put a sparkler in the fuse part of the bomb so it would look like it was really lit. Except I pushed the sparkler too far down so it melted some of the rope. (which was made out of a plastic hula skirt we bought from the dollar store orz)

= melting plastic /sob;

On Friday, we woke up at about 10 and went to buy chinese buns and chips to snack on. We bussed to the subway station (the ticket collector thing wasn’t working so we got on the bus for free!) We took the subway up to Ossington station where we were forced off the subway because of a ‘smoke detection’ at Spadina station. We found these other 3 guys about our age who were also going to the convention and we hung out with them. One of them said their mom could drive us. ABOUT 2 HOURS HIS MOM DID NOT ARRIVE so we decided to ditch and go to the subway and just go and pick up our tickets. They tagged along, but Chelsea and I kept giving him angryfaces because he wasted 2 hours of our life >___>. Lesson: DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH FAILURES. D:<

When we arrived, there was a huuuuge line waiting to get into the building. We went into the hotel to pick up our passes and got in ahead of everybody else! We sat there for a bit, Chelsea photobombed people, lurked the dealers room a bit and met up with some people. Also met up with Ackson, who decided to be a jerk towards me like usual. 😛 He had his awesome steadicam and everything! He was shooting footage for his new Fan Expo video! (I’ll post a link when it’s up~) Friday was really quiet so we went home.
Oh, I was also cosplaying Akiyama Mio. (school outfit version) :3

Chelsea was really motivated because this was her first big convention. I was finishing up Hiiragi and getting everything ironed and finished painting our fans. This is what the downstairs bedroom looked like! So messy, sobsob;;;

I was werkin on dem cosplays and Chelsea was really tired. This was taken at like, midnight.

Supplies everywhere! I was making my last minute gloves, yarrr. Hooray for last minute hotglued gloves!

So messy! XD

Also, here’s the first picture I found of our Saturday cosplay! XD
I looked really bad. ORZ I’m not very photogenic ;-;

Cosplay progress!


YUS ANOTHER PROGRESS POST – with better pictures! 😀


Finished my skirt and the outside cover part – just need to stick on the diamond designs! :3
Also finished the top and wig. The last things to do are finish gluing my fan stuff and make gloves.
THEN I B DONE OHOHO.

Anyway, onto the pictures.

Wig – front. Not really styled right now – just need to add in some more wefts and paint a front part red.

Back of wig – long wig is long. Hiiragi’s hair is supposed to be shorter but I just can’t bring myself to cut it! ;w; It’s so nice and pretty! D:



Back of skirt – with the back cover. Still need to glue on diamond design.

Front closeup! 😀 It doesn’t normally puff off to the side, idk why it did now. D:

Skirt – full view! 😀

I’ll have full pics of my entire cosplay tomorrow.
I think I’ll end up going as the ‘female’ version of Hiiragi. Which shouldn’t really matter because 1) he is a minor character who pretty much nobody knows about, and 2) he’s practically a girl anyway. P:

I think it’s still pretty good for my first sewn costume! :’D

Also, I’ll be going to Fan Expo on the Friday as well. Chelsea and I figured it would be easier to go on Friday to pick up our passes so we wouldn’t have to wait in that huge line to get them on Friday.

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That reminds me, I had to volunteer for 8 hours with Sami to get those free passes! It was fun but kind of tiring…
We got lots of photos taken with us, probably from tourists! (These adorable japanese people came up to Sami because she was dressed as Hatsune Miku and were like “AHH KOSUPUREI KOSUPUREI SUGOIII” XD So cute!

We were at Yonge/Dundas, near Nathan Philips Square. Here are some photos:

BEST STATUE COSPLAY EVER. /shot
A street performer dressed as Charlie Chaplin – we paid him $0.10 to get a picture with him but as soon as we went to pose, like, everybody whipped out their cameras to take pictures. We’re so nerdy. XD
OMG THERE WAS A DIAGONAL CROSSING. We were such tourists, we took a picture when there were like 10 seconds left to cross. = cool people.

Most people were nice, others tried to convert us to become a catholic, others were like wtf fetish. 😛

Oh well, I’ll update later D:

cosplay progress~


You’ll have to excuse my crap webcam photos, I can’t take any pictures with my other camera because it’s charging. (I was going to plug it in last night except I forgot, ORZ)


Anyway, I’ve finished my skirt for Hiiragi! I think it looks pretty good!
I’ve finished the top, the skirt, one of the fans, and one of the red tail things he has.

Here’s what he looks like~ (Fabulous gay man is fabulous)


click to zoom
For a bigger image, click (here)

And this is what my skirt looks like so far:

It looks kinda bent out/sticks out in a weird way, but that’s because I haven’t ironed it yet. Also need to add one of those yellow um, line thingies. And border the green part with black ribbon.


Also, to clarify, I’m wearing a black bikini top under the top, because I’m not doing an open chest binding. (Too risky and painful, also my mom was like LOLNO)

I’m going to try to find some stocking material so I can make a binding/top thingy. I don’t want to have to do a ‘female version’ of Hiiragi, but I might have to if I can’t get it ready in time. ):
I went to Mika’s the other day and she tried helping me with bindings. We bought some sports bandage stuff but it wasn’t my skin colour and looked really weird. (It was this faded red/orange/tan colour and looked painfully obvious) so I was like eh, I’ll have to do this I guess if we can’t find anything else. But after 15 minutes of wearing them, they started to become loose and start slipping = DANGER.

Anyway, bikini will be the last resort.
Also, after I posted this to my facebook, I got a message on msn from one of my friends (?) who I haven’t talked to in a while who said my costume was hot but kind of slutty.
WTF. HOW IS THIS SLUTTY? I’m wearing a knee-length skirt and a top with a bikini top underneath. I don’t see how this is any more revealing than a Yoko costume. .___.
Idk, they pissed me off so I blocked them, ohoho. P:

Now, here’s a list of things that I need to finished for my cosplay~
  • Finish painting last side of final red tail, sew onto skirt
  • Make that yellow and red thing that’s at the back of his skirt.
  • Finish second pair of fans and attach thread to make sure the fans open properly
  • Make gloves
  • Get a black sheer stocking and make his weirds stocking thing. Also make ankle cuff.
  • Wait for wig to arrive and get a red extension, then style.
Yeah, I hope this doesn’t end up being a failure for Fan Expo. Sobsobsobbbb

Also, next weekend I will be standing outside of an AMC downtown Toronto dressed in lolita handing out flyers or something to promote the convention. I think it’s supposed to be near Eatons? Anyway, if you happen to see me then say hi. 😀 There will be other cosplayers there as well! :3
I’ll be with Sami, ohoho ♥

ANIME NORTH 2010

Hey guys!

Sorry for taking a while to update, I was really busy last weekend!
I went to a big anime convention in Toronto! Its called Anime North! 😀

I want to show you guys some pictures of me and my friends/cosplay group! :3

SATURDAY:
Rozen Maiden cosplay: Suiseiseki
Here’s what Suiseiseki looks like!

Here’s my cosplay for her!

OH HEY THERE KAKASHI WHAT ARE YOU READIN–
OH GOD TENTACLES, DESUDESUDESU


Hina Ichigo, Suigintou, Suiseiseki, Shinku
(Ringo is on the far left, I’m the second from the right)

Just Desu! 😀

No more Shinku, we lost her for a bit LOL.

Still dolls. :3

*kick*

the fifth, the third, the sixth, the first
rozen maidens. 😀



SUNDAY:
Vocaloid Cosplay – Megurine Luka (Magnet)

Here’s what MAGNET Luka looks like!
(The one on the left)

This is what my cosplay of her looked like!

LUKA LUKA LUKA. :333

Luka and Kaito? CRACK PAIRING!

WE HAD BLACK CD’S AS PROPS. They were so cool! 😀

Creepy Kaito, stop looking at me like that! D:

Pink characters! 😀

OTHER RANDOM COSPLAYS.
I wore these on Friday afternoon and to the jpop dance! 😀

Me and Ambebe. She’s so moe. :333

Nyan nyan, nyan nyan, ni hao nyan! 😀

Jpop dansu! I look so creepy LOL

WILD METAPOD USED HARDEN
WILD SACHIE USED AWESOME

BOTH WERE SUPER EFFECTIVE




Okay, that’s it for now! :3
I’ll be posting more pictures and my choice for the Cuties of AN10! 😀

Byebye!

OMG.

SO EXCITED FOR ANIME NORTH
WHICH IS TOMORROW.
YAYAYAYAYYYY~~ ♥

So my euphoria pulsing through my veins right now!

If anybody is going to AN, tell me so we can meet up and take pictures together! 😀 ♥


See you all there, desu~

My Rozen Maiden group will have:
Suiseiseki (Me)
Hina Ichigo (Ringo)
Suigintou (Ringo’s sister)
Shinku (Ann)

My friends who will be walking with me will be:
MAGNET Kaito (Calvin)
APH Canada (Dean)

Look for us! 😀

OTL

Hello everybody~!
Sorry for not updating in a while, I’ve been really busy!

All of my school projects are coming up, and a big anime convention is next Friday! I’m really excited!
Is anybody going to Anime North 2010 this year?

Here are my cosplay plans:

Wigglytuff Gijinka – Friday
Suiseiseki – Saturday
Sailor Saturn – Saturday Evening (JPOP dance)
Megurine Luka (Magnet Ver) Vocaloid – Sunday
(And maybe Wigglytuff again if there’s a Pokemon photoshoot on Sunday~)

I’m so excited!


But I have to worry for now! I have a math exam in about 2 hours… I’m really nervous!
Wish me luck! 😀

MTAC (image heavy)


I wanted to post a few of the pictures from MTAC! (March Toronto Anime Convention).
It was really fun~ I forgot the post the pictures up before like I promised… I’m sorry…
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Anyway, here they are~

Chelsea as Hatsune Miku, lolita version! It’s her first cosplay, and I think she did a really great job! ^__^
Me as Megurine Luka, Magnet Version! Chelsea and I would have done the Luka/Miku pairing except she didn’t have time to get her magnet cosplay together… We’re doing it for Anime North though!
I wish I had painted my eyebrows, they look unnatural… And my wig is getting a bit frizzy. @__@;;

Calvin as Naoto from Persona 4! He has a load of Hetalia buttons on his bag, hehe. :>

Magnet cosplay group! I didn’t know there were going to be so many Magnet cosplayers this year! XD I also look so tall, hehe. :>

Kaito x Len!
There were so many fangirls taking pictures! XD

Dean cosplaying Canada with a few other Hetalia cosplayers! They were really pretty! Dean really wanted his picture taken with them. XD

Calvin with another Persona character! When they saw each other, the were like “ANOTHER PERSONA COSPLAYER OK I NEED PICTURES WITH YOU etc”! She’s cute! :>

Pictures in the big reflecty mirror under the escalator! I think Chelsea looks extra pretty in this picture! :> My head looks strange because of the different mirrors. XD

Calvin the cross cross dresser and Rucas the horseman.

More pictures in the mirror beside the escalator while we were going up. Ruke casually leaning against the back rail like the fancy horseman that he is.


Rucas the horseman and Hatsune Miku are made for each other! XD

Ann and I! (With Calvin and Deanster in the background.)
I look really bad! Strange facial expression… @____@
Ann looks really cute as Shinku! Her wig was a bit knotty though! XD We need to make her a bonnet~

Calvin being a retard and majorly photobombing my picture. >____>

Ann and Wes fell asleep on the subway ride back! Overall, it was a great day! ^___^

Even though I didn’t spend any money (just the $15 admission fee), it was really fun! I met alot of cool people! :3

Okay, that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed that post! (Even though it was very long and image heavy. XD)

Byebye~ ♥