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SHIRO’S BIRTHDAY LIVESTREAM!! With Josh Keaton!

now that the stream’s over, here’s a recap on what happened!

What we’ve learned!
-Josh actually styled his hair like Shiro’s for the stream. It was amazing.
-If josh were a tree he’d be a japanese cherry blossom tree. Shiro would be a plumeria (whatever that one is)
-Shiro’s hairstyle is definitely something he does himself. There’s no way it just happens. lol
-voicing Shiro losing his cool was a highlight for Josh!
-Josh wasn’t sure what to expect with Shiro’s character when he first took on the job, only that he was excited because he grew up watching Voltron as a child.
-Besides Shiro, who would Josh pick to be? He said a cross between Lance and Pidge.
-Josh’s favorite lines as Shiro have been “Form Voltron!” and “Go, be great.” among others that are very inspirational.
-When asked about dealing with any difficulties recording, Josh said it wasn’t difficult but doing ADR can be tricky since he likes to do it on the fly.
-Josh gives tips and advice for those who want to try getting into voice acting!
-To get into Shiro’s voice, Josh likes to do forty push-ups before recording and he does some other elements of physicality, such as keeping excellent posture, to get into Shiro’s character.
-One of Josh’s favorite memories about Voltron is the announcement at Wondercon, it always makes him smile.
-He was then given some art that was posted online, and offered cupcakes.

Overall, it was a super short stream, but fun nonetheless, further details below the cut!

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nmeskel  asked:

Hi guys. Love the blog! I was wondering if you guys have ever watched Deadliest Warrior on Spike TV, and if you have, what are your thoughts on it? I was interested at first, but it got way too ridiculous real quick, particularly when they tried to prove a baseball bat was better than nunchaku.

That’s the show which convinced my brother a Samurai would defeat a Viking in single combat, then he tried to use it as evidence to prove it.

He was a fourth degree black belt and in college at the time. So, no excuse.

Deadliest Warrior is entertainment in the same vein as the nature shows that stack animals against each other in CGI battle to see who would win. It has no relationship to reality or any real value as it fails to take into account important details like context, experience fighting on foreign soil, and, you know, metallurgy. It is just there to entertain you.

The katana they used in that episode was one of the modern, high quality steel blades, possibly one of the ones tempered with liquid nitrogen that supposedly cut through car engines. Real katanas made from Japanese steel are vanishingly rare, worth somewhere around a million dollars or more, degrade very quickly, and are forged from low quality iron, which is the main reason why the katana is folded so many times during the forging process.

The Vikings had better armor, armor and weapons made from a higher quality of metal, shields, and more experience raiding on foreign soil against an unknown enemy.

Who would you put money on?

Deadliest Warrior doesn’t take much into account when plotting out their fights, and they don’t really do a good job delving into history for its category. While some history programs are exceptional in their discussion, the Deadliest Warrior isn’t history. Hell, Human Weapon’s premise was dumb but still it was generic but more accurate. Programs like this are there to sensationalize and entertain, not educate.

-Michi

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Yuri on Ice BD choreography commentary translation - Volume 1

Since I did all the rest I figured I might as well translate the voiceover commentary in the choreography footage too. As this was not very long, I translated the complete script, it’s not partiaI (I actually wrote down all the Japanese and translated it). The commentary is by Kenji Miyamoto & Mitsurou Kubo.

Notes:
-It’s two people talking, not a written interview, so expect them to hop from one subject to another within the same sentence… Even if it sounds a bit unconnected at times, that’s how they said it.
-I still arranged it a little to make it easier to understand as written material, by removing lots of “ehm” “uuhm” “you know” “yes” (I especially removed all instances where someone says “yes” in the middle of the other speaking) and fumbled words.
-”tn” in square brackets are translator’s notes.
-Amusingly enough both their initials are KM/MK, but I used the surname initials so M is Miyamoto and K is Kubo.
-I put (LOL) when they’re laughing because otherwise some lines might sound serious while they’re actually joking.

***VERY IMPORTANT***
Do NOT use this translation for subtitles, in ANY way.
I don’t support the upload of bonuses contained in BDs/DVDs, as they are meant to be (as the word says) bonuses for the people who spent money to purchase them. If you like a series so much that you absolutely need to watch the bonus contents, please buy the BDs/DVDs.

Actually, one of the reasons I am translating all the content (booklet, commentary etc) is to encourage people to purchase the BDs/DVDs. I know many hesitate because they are expensive and they are only in Japanese, but you have the subs online and now you have translations for all the contents too, so it’s not like you will “not be able to enjoy the contents at all because of the language barrier”. The best way to support the series and help in the possible creation of a 2nd season (or a sequel in any form) is to buy the discs.


Miyamoto: Hello, I’m the choreographer Kenji Miyamoto.
Kubo: Hello, I’m the original planner Mitsurou Kubo. Thank you for today.
M: Thank you~.
K: Thank you for coming. Well then, this is Victor Nikiforov’s free skating, “Aria (Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite)”. So, regarding the choreography, what did you pay attention to when you created it, Kenji-sensei?
M: Yes. Regarding Victor, I created the choreography trying to make his throat and chin look beautiful, like in the stone statues you see in museums.
K: So basically, it’s important to have a clear image when you create a choreography, isn’t it?
M: Yes. When you want to show something, you have to make it so that it comes forward.
K: So that it comes forward.
M: Yes. If you try to express too many things it will just get confusing, so I always try to show the points I want to convey as much as possible.
K: Ok. Regarding this choreography, well, it’s not really the choreography itself, but I would like to explain the reason Kenji-sensei’s clothing style is a bit unfashionable. If the right & left arms and legs don’t look different in some way there is a high chance that they’ll get mixed up when creating the animations, so we asked him to make them look somewhat different, and that’s why he’s like, showing only one sock, using different gloves, and so on.
M: Exactly. And it just happens that I was wearing striped socks that day (LOL). If I think about it now it’s quite embarrassing (LOL).
K: He’s also changing outfits a few times, and this is because from time to time we would like, retake the sequence, or ask him to skate again a part we didn’t have enough material for, and such.
M: This outfit [tn: the white shirt] was used to check how to depict the fabric fluttering because of the wind.
K: Though it was just in the beginning, right? (LOL.) But yeah, Victor’s skating in episode 1 is really, you know, the animated scene was really amazing, but actually “Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite” is also the first program that was choreographed.
M: Yes. At the time there wasn’t a clear image for it, but I received lots of input from sensei, so…
K: Yeah, we requested the choreography when the story wasn’t completely decided yet, and I was kind of worried that we had made Kenji-sensei uneasy, but he came up with such nice steps.
M: Well, indeed, I did make it so that you could get level 4. In the program I used deep edges, choctaw, bracket, rocker, counter and all kinds of steps, so if you use it in a tournament you might actually get a good score. I mean, you will get a good score.
K: You do?
M: Yes.
K: See, we can feel at ease because we know that Kenji-sensei will think about all these things too when he creates the choreographies… Ah, this is my camera (LOL). [tn: when Miyamoto looks like he’s skating toward the screen]
M: This is when Kubo-sensei asked me to bring out a man’s sex appeal…
K: Yes, that’s right… (LOL)
M: That was really embarrassing (LOL).
K: I was gripping the camera and going “haaaaah” inside (LOL).
M: I see (LOL).
K: But I think that anyone who watches the final footage that was created for the broadcast will understand right away that Victor is a great skater, I mean, we could get a convincing sequence that conveys that. Thank you very much, Kenji-sensei.
M: Well, I’m not Victor, so it was really hard to skate that (LOL).
K: (LOL). Ok, so this was Victor Nikiforov’s free skating, “Aria (Hanarezu ni Soba ni Ite)”.

K: Ok, next up is Yuuri Katsuki’s short program, “Ai ni Tsuite ~Eros~”. Regarding this short program, in the anime it’s said that he’s skating it picturing a katsudon, but actually that’s something I added afterwards, so I never told anything about katsudon to Kenji-sensei when we requested the choreography. How did you create it?
M: I created it expressing the passionate feelings that a person straightforwardly directs to the thing they like.
K: Since it’s eros it’s about sex appeal, so we wanted athlete Katsuki to skate it with plenty of sex appeal. When we were creating the image, you know, I believe there are many child skaters who use sexy choreographies, and I heard that when Kenji-sensei teaches children how to perform the choreographies he tells them to imagine having honey on their hands and such, so I thought, “oh, it’s possible to compare it to food”, and that’s how I came up with katsudon.
M: I see (LOL). It happens pretty often that I teach athletes using expressions such as “like when soft ice cream melts”.
K: As a result, I received quite a lot of comments like “what a naughty katsudon”, so I was really happy to have done it, even though the impression might change at some point. Also, I think you have already noticed from the footage, but here we are shooting the sequence without using the full rink. I think it takes a lot of stamina to skate this using the full size of the rink, doesn’t it?
M: Yes, normally it would take about 3-4 strokes to reach top speed, but here I’m using 1-2 strokes, so if you were to do the same using the full rink I think it would require lots of power and skating skills (LOL).
K: But really, I mean, since we have recorded this footage as a bonus, I really would like some people to try and actually skate it in real life (LOL).
M: That’s right (LOL). I also would like to ask my students to try their hands at it (LOL).
K: (LOL). But yeah, this Kenji-sensei… The footage is made by putting together parts recorded at the Edogawa rink and at the Chiba rink, but isn’t your body shape a little different from part to part? You look like you’re getting a lot thinner… Is it fatigue?
M: No well, that’s because here you were saying, what was that…
K: “Do your best Kenji”? (LOL)
M: You said “do your best Kenji” and so I was doing my best moving around as much as I could (LOL).
K: Thank you (LOL). Ok, this was nice. Thank you. So, this was Yuuri Katsuki’s short program, “Ai ni Tsuite ~Eros~”. Thank you, Kenji-sensei.
M: Thank you.
K&M: See you~.
K: I’m waving my hands (LOL).
M: Waving them a lot (LOL).


Just a final note in case you’re wondering: Yes I am planning to translate all contents of future volumes (from 2 to 6) as well. I’ll be very very happy if at least a few people decide to buy the discs thanks to the translations.

So, my brother translated anime tastes to alcohol tastes

He’s a manager at a specs, so I provided the description of various anime fans and he compared them to the different types of alcohol drinkers. See if you can find yourself!

Hiatus Survivors. The kind of people who stick with a show or manga through years of hiatuses, or back-to-back breaks, like Hunter x Hunter or Fairy Tail

= The people who come in twice every day, usually before and after work, buy a pint (often cheap rum or vodka), pay and leave. Very friendly, keep to themselves. Probably seen some shit.

Entry Level Anime. Naruto, Bleach, Fma. We all start somewhere.

= Bud light. I feel this one is self explanatory XD Those people who come to parties and make a beeline for the beer cooler while their friends get totally plastered on heavier drinks.

Ghibli Movies. May not have a whole lot of knowledge about anime, but mention Howl’s Moving Castle and their eyes light up. Or long-time fans who started with Ghibli, and always hold a special place for it in their hearts.

= Sweet liquor. Think Bailey’s Irish Cream.The sweetness reflects the interactions you’ll have with these kindly souls.

Sports Anime. Heavily emotionally invested in their fictional team, will absolutely refer to every single member as their son. They can survive for years in a desert on nothing but a single look between their ship.

= Boxed Vodka. Need their fix, will settle on just about anything to get it. They have transcended social boundaries. Probably also drinking to forget.

Popular Anime Junkies. For example Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online, etc. The hordes of people who show up at the convention that year dressed as Kirito. 

= Bourbon drinkers. They’re following the Bourbon Boom. The name alone sells it for them, and they can get very elitist despite having little actual knowledge.

Mechas. We’re talking Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Aldnoah.zero, etc. Love the intense emotional development that comes with these shows, as well as the extremely awesome fight scenes involving two giant robots hitting eachother.

= Sweet Whiskey. You don’t really like the taste of alcohol, but you want to get pumped up.

Romance Novelers. The people who love anything with a romantic plot. Usually heavily invested in school-life shoujos. Play dating games.

= Dessert wines. The people who like sweet drinks. “Where’s the wine that’s basically chocolate?” to quote one woman. Not to be underestimated. Although they act like easygoing suburban moms, they can drink a lesser person into a coma.

Bodyhorror and Psychological Anime. Fans who like a little gore and mental trauma to go with their existential crises. 

= Everclear. Scotch whiskey. They need the strong stuff. Drink like they’re trying to die, but in a classy kind of way. Love to get fucked up.

Anime Elitists. If isn’t subs, you better watch out. Or better yet, REAL fans watch it in the original Japanese. They also think that manga only/ anime only is the way to go. Will probably shame you for liking certain genres, or for being a fan of entry level animes.

= Wine Snobs. You know the ones. Like to feel superior about their extensive knowledge of where the grapes were grown, what year its from, the ability to sense an “oaky undertaste”. Avoid at all costs.

The Classics. Sailor Moon, Astro Boy, Akira. The animation may be aged, but it will always hold beauty in your eyes. An absolute sucker for those old color palettes. Atrocious voice acting does not phase you.

= Gin and tonic. A straightforward alcohol classic, no frills needed. You just can’t go wrong.

Spaceship Anime. Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, Outlaw Star. They just love a good romp through space in a beat up but awesome spacecraft. A side order of emotional trauma and philosophical debate is always welcome.

= Rum. They probably first tried it because it sounded cool. It’s the alcohol of pirates, right?? Good luck out drinking them.

Casual Viewers. They like an anime or two, but you’ll never catch them mixed up in fandom drama. They’re pretty chill. Probably a fan of the classics.

= The suburban couple who only came in because they’re entertaining guests. Will joke and laugh with the associate helping them. Don’t know anything about alcohol.

Creepy Dudes With Hygiene Issues. Get way to close to girls at conventions and make them uncomfortable. Probably also an anime elitist. Usually found talking very loudly at an unwilling victim. Can not or will not read body language. Likely to have body odor and a fedora. At every convention.

= Mojito flavored energy drinks. Yes, they exist. They are exactly as gross as they sound.

Special Mention: Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure. You guys get your own listing.

= The tequila with the worm in it. I don’t understand your tastes, but I respect and am slightly intimidated by you. 

Top Anime List for the 2015-2016 Anime Season

Noragami Aragoto: If you’re a fan of the first season like me then this has to be one of the animes on your watch list. If you haven’t seen this one before I highly suggest you watch the first season as you will not be disappointed.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku: If you haven’t seen the second season it’s well worth watching. They changed up the art style a bit in this one, but in a good way.

Plastic Memories: This one’s a lot better then some people have given it credit for. Sure it’s not the best anime I have seen, but it’s defiantly worth a watch through.

Toshi Asterisk: This one’s from the same people who brought you Sword Art Online and that means chances are if you enjoy that sort of thing you will get more of the same here.

Hidan no Aria AA: After the long wait (almost five years), fans of Hidden no Aria will be happy to know that the second season is already upon us.

Terra Formars: Revenge: The first one wasn’t bad so I would be lying if I said I am not planning on watching this one too just to see how things go. If you enjoyed the first one you might as well give this one a shot.

Baby Steps 2nd Season: I have to say for a sport anime this one is more then tolerable and has a great cast of characters that will keep you interested.

These are just some of the animes I think you should watch from the 2015-2016 season. As always I will be posting up detailed reviews as I finish some of my favorites so be on the lookout for that. I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Some help for the Post-Gravity Falls lull

I know many of us are asking, now that Gravity Falls is gone, what will I watch?

Well, don’t worry, Uncle Feminist is here to help.

1. Adventure Time

This show is……weird. Not even Mabel in her most drug induced state could come up with half the stuff that’s written in the show. Actually, I think I’ve just unwittingly found it’s creator.
Anyway, half the fun of this show is seeing how the world of Ooh works. The other half is the character and the jokes they make about others and themselves along the way.
There’s also a little bit of a mystery element as to what happened and what’s going to happen. Look out for the snail, it’s kinda infuriating.
Quite a few Gravity Falls Voice Actors show up here, such as the voices for Candy, Blendin, The Love God, even Mabel makes an appearance.

2. Steven Universe

If you’ll allow me to be unbelievably British for a minute, this show isn’t my cup of tea. There’s certainly an appeal to it, otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it, it just has no rewatch value. For me, anyway, I hope you can get as passionate for this show as you were for Gravity Falls.
This show has intelligence in it, it talks about adult stuff that even adult media avoids like the plague. Topics like identity, home, homosexuality (it’s meant to be subtle however, it’s anything but), hell, even talks about love. And I don’t mean in the traditional sense like a Disney film or in an idiotic sense like any Romcom ever made, i mean they discuss it, seriously. This is the first show I’ve ever seen that outright rejects the notion of “Love at first sight”
The characters are great too. Despite the fact this is a male lead show, women are definitely dominant here. Pearl is delightfully bitchy, Garnet’s straight act gets a lot of laughs and Amethyst is always a joy. Steven, I think, is the most realistic 12 year old boy I’ve ever seen. 
The episodes are 10 minutes long and you have to stick with it because it’s one of those shows that reveals it’s story little by little in each episode for, don’t worry, it all pays off in a big way later.

3. Star vs the Forces of Evil

For all those anxious about quality programming on the Disney side of the TV, don’t worry, this show has you covered.
I once described Star Butterfly (yes that is the blonde girl’s name) as Mabel Pines on Speed. I think that more or less sums up this show. It’s weird, weird, weird (i’m starting to notice a pattern here).
Star is truely a delight, in every meaning of the word. She’s a bad ass girly girl, with powers from another dimension. The series follows her in her attempt to grow up into a proper leader and to do that, her parents sent her to our dimension. She’s accompanied by Marco and he protects her from the villains seeking her wand (not that she needs it, she helps him out actually).
The plots are funny, the animation’s great (it’s Disney, whatcha expect?) and the two characters have great chemistry.
The thing I like about this show is the fact Star and Marco are friends, not love interests, FRIENDS. There’s no question that they love each other and would do anything to protect each other but loving each beyond besties is never questioned. Sorry, it really bothers that we never see this. If you do ship them, good for you, but….not for me.

4. Miraculous Ladybug

Tired of the Superhero tidal wave that’s hit us over the past 10 or so years? Well, this show probably isn’t for you. But it has enough creativity to it to help it stand out from the mainstream Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It takes place in Paris, France and the two local teenage heroes are up against henchmen trying to steal their source of power by a mysterious, older man who does nothing but stand around in a dark room….did I mention this was an Anime?
This, too, has great characters and great animation. They way they shoot Paris in this is really cool, they make it feel alive. 
This is also a great show to get into if you’re a massive shipper because the two main characters have a dynamic where Ladybug loves Chat Noir’s secret identity but she doesn’t tell him and Chat Noir loves Ladybug but she brushes him off because she loves someone else…..DRAMA.
This series also has a bit of a mystery element. Look closely at the main title sequence and think about the main Villains power because it’s frighteningly similar to our main heroes. Just don’t post any theories you have about the source of the Villain’s power or his identity online because likelihood is, it’s already been talking about.
finding all the episodes is a bit of a chore, finding the first 10 is easy but the others are really hard to find. Use this playlist to watch the episodes from 11 onwards.

5. RWBY

Love the angst of Gravity Falls? This show has you covered.
It takes place in a world called Remnant, a place where everything is a gun, and I’m being perfectly serious.
The animation is somewhat to be desired at first but it gets better as the show goes on and it really comes alive in the battle scenes. This was created by Monty Oum, so of course the battle animation’s amazing. 
This is a world crawling with monsters and the people trained to protect it are the Hunters and Huntresses. The four we follow are Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long as they train to become huntresses at Hogwarts, sorry, Beacon Academy.
Actually, it’s ironic I say that because every character is based off a mythological character or a character from classic literature. Half the fun’s finding out who they’re based off of. Speaking of characters, they’re great. They’re all different, have they’re own different personalities and flaws and their own fighting style.
The styling very Anime. In fact, I call it Amerime, an anime made in the US (I go by the Japanese definition of Anime, where it’s about style, not location) and it really helps the show. In fact, not only does the show have a Japanese dub and is broadcasted in Japan (which I think is half the reason why the episodes have gotten longer) but they also have had recent additions to the cast that have done English dubs of Animes in the past.
Now, be warned, the show starts off light hearted but, by season 3, it gets dark and the angst builds and builds.
Also, this has possible Lesbians. You see the girl in black and the girl in yellow, they’re hinting they’ll get together and no, this is not queerbaiting. Why? because the new director and the two people who voice them are shippers of these two characters. Also, this is Roosterteeth, they respect their audience enough NOT to queerbait. Or it could be the delusions of a Bumbleby shipper.

And there you go, the 5 shows I would recommend to Gravity Falls fans to replace the recent hole in their lives. I hope you enjoy them if you decide to check them out and, er, good luck.

Maddie Reviews DMMD - Episode 1

(PLEASE READ: Before I get anyone in my ask box yelling at me, please recognize that I speak in sarcasm. I loved the first episode. I might say things in this review that makes it seem like I did not. I might say things that seem like insults, complaining, and general negativity. This is for comedic effect. If you don’t find that funny, that’s fine. But please, take everything I say with a grain of salt. You have been warned. I do not want to see any asks assuming the contrary! Thank you.)

Well, it’s here ladies and gentlemen! The long-awaited animated series crafted after that one game about online games, turf wars, horrible fashion sense, and ever-present homosexuality. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

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royal-mortician  asked:

[1/3] I hope I don't piss anyone off by saying this, but here's what I think may happen with Crystal, please don't think this means I think it will be bad, I'm super excited and looking forward to it! I just think that it may turn out to be a lot more moe and fanservicey then we (fans that don't watch much modern anime) are used to, and pander a lot more than the original to the adult male fanbase. Why do I think that? For a few reasons. First one's closely tied to what Hayao Miyazaki has said

[2/3] about modern anime- that it’s an industry full of otakus, people who hate people. Have you seen the ad for the Figurarts doll, the one Kotono Mitsuishi voices? Did you notice how cutesy and moe she sounds in it? So I just think that maybe it’d be good to be prepared that this may just be what the new anime will be shifting towards a little bit. I’m a bit saddened by it, because it’s a lot like MLP, Pretty Cure, and many other young girl franchises- the original, indended-for fans
[3/3] are getting pushed out of their own fandom by the adult male crowd, since they’re almost (almost) the main target audience for magical girl animes these days. I’ll still watch Crystal and enjoy the hell out of it. I just don’t expect it will be, as the original, very through and through a girl power fantasy. Sorry this is so long, and hope I didn’t offend :)

I understand how you feel and I don’t think you’re alone in your concerns, but I completely disagree.

Firstly, Crystal is an online broadcast which is aimed at a completely different audience to other modern anime. Miyazaki’s problem was that otakus are the only people who buy anime DVDs and thus support the industry, so they’re the ones who get pandered to. Premium NND kind of bypasses that problem, a little. It’s more discrete and affordable than anime DVDs so appeals to people who might not otherwise buy them, not to mention it helps cut down on production costs. Miyazaki was talking chiefly about his distaste for “anime made by otakus for otakus”. It’s clear to everyone that otakus are not making Crystal. Naoko is behind it; Osabu is behind it; the writers and designers associated with it who have spoken about Crystal in events/interviews clearly understand exactly what Sailor Moon is, and who it is for. Not all modern anime is aimed at adult men/otakus, and Crystal has always been established to be aimed at the original show’s demographic - young girls, who are now women.

Secondly, I didn’t notice that Mitsuishi was any different to her 90s Usagi voice in that ad. Her Usagi has always been very loud, cutesy, naive, and over-the-top.
Rather, I have never seen a modern anime so aggressively marketed towards grown women as I have with Sailor Moon Crystal and the new SM merchandise. The vast majority of the new products being released are almost exclusively aimed at women. The Moon Stick Proplica ad featured a grown woman holding it and gazing at it happily; not a child (or a man). If the new anime were going to be pandering to otaku we would see a completely different kind of merchandising, but there’s nary an oppai mousepad to be found. The only pieces of recent merchandise that I think appeal more to otaku are the Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO models, as anime figures have always been more popular with otaku (in Japan, where the stigma is strongest and social pressure dissuades casual fans - not the case elsewhere); but it’s important to note that both sets of figures are styled after the original 90s series, not Crystal.

Which brings me to my third point; I disagree that the original 90s anime was “through and through a girl power fantasy”. I think, to be honest, that’s looking at it through rose-coloured glasses. I love the original anime a lot; it, particularly the dub, was my first introduction to Sailor Moon. But there was a tremendous amount of fanservice and pandering in the original anime. I think since most of us grew up with it we just kind of forget and gloss over it, or assume innocence/some kind of mystical culture barrier; but there’s a lot of male gaze, like there was for a lot of anime in the 90s. There are heaps of up-skirt-shots (some even detailed to indicate labia). Some of the transformation sequences are sexualised for no real reason (Usagi’s disguise/moon power sequence in particular). Usagi’s personality is completely different compared to her manga counterpart; while manga!Usagi grows more experienced and comfortable as a girl becoming a woman, anime!Usagi is consistently stripped of any sexual or romantic development, portraying her as an eternally naive and “pure” young girl, which is the essence of “moe” pandering. That doesn’t make this version a bad character, but the difference between her personality in the two canons is quite severe.

Basically I don’t think anyone has any reason to worry that Crystal will be moe otaku bait. They have made it abundantly clear exactly who they are targeting with this series; grown Japanese women. At the very worst it would be on par with the original anime, but probably better.

Edit: I forgot to mention something I felt was very important/reassuring, which is how heavily Naoko’s original editor Osano (“Osabu”) is involved in Crystal. I feel like if anyone was capable of making sure Naoko’s vision made it through to the new anime, it would be him (short of Naoko herself).

cuteheartz  asked:

Listen, you don't have enough information about what is going on. One episode wasn't leaked. TWENTY episodes were leaked. My friends and I know more about this scandal than you do, clearly. The origin of these leaked videos is not from Japan, but from China. You can find more about what is going on on my account.

ok so i’m gonna divide this into two things

1. “The episodes were leaked/stolen!”

Let me make this absolutely clear:

Episodes 1-3 of Hetalia: The World Twinkle were aired early and legally online via Docomo’s Anime Store. (x from the Docomo site itself) (x from the official anime twitter). 

You can’t call them leaked or stolen if the episodes are already released for the public eye. And let me also point this out, there are only THREE episodes that were recorded/screenshotted, not TWENTY. How do I know this? 

- I made a post weeks ago outlining what the first three episodes will be, according to what I’ve read (x) was shown at the World Twinkle pre-screening event on June 13th

- Reading my post from weeks ago, you’ll see that only three episodes are listed: Nekotalia, Nordic, and Military Ration. The only anime screenshots we’ve seen thus far are of: Nekotalia, Nordic, and Military Ration

Search that Weibo user’s account all you want, heck, scour Weibo entirely and I will guarantee you 100% you will not find a screenshot of any episode over Episode 3. There are not 20 episodes leaked.

Now, I’ll address the Docomo Stream info itself, which will be important in regards to the “origin” thing. In order to enter Docomo’s stream, you need two things:

1. An IP address in Japan 

- It isn’t difficult to change your own IP address to a Japanese one. There are a bunch of programs out there that allows you to change it to the country you want (ex. I myself use a program that swaps my IP to Japanese in order to play Touken Ranbu) So someone living in China could easily go view the stream if they wanted to. OR, another possibility is that the person who recorded the stream actually lives or is visiting in Japan, and uploaded it to Weibo (The Chinese Site). 

2. A paid membership on their website

- If the Chinese user recorded the stream, then it obviously means that they paid for their membership on Docomo’s site. You cannot view that stream otherwise without a membership. The fact that they got in means that they paid for that stream. They didn’t steal it, nor was it leaked. THEY PAID FOR IT.

2. “Himaruya is losing money!”

As a foreigner watching early clips overseas, you will no impact on sales Studio DEEN and Himaruya makes or loses, so please don’t tell people to stop watching the episodes. 

Like I said in my reblog, unless they are paying for streams on sites like Docomo with a proxy, foreigners have no other way of viewing World Twinkle themselves that will directly benefit Studio Deen and Himaurya at the moment.

How will watching the recorded episodes after July 3rd be any different? It’s still the same thing, someone on a stream records it and makes it available to everyone else. There are no differences from Docomo’s stream/Chinese weibo user and that. That’s how it’s always been for anime. That’s how it was for Beautiful World, and that’s how it’ll be for World Twinkle.

Though if you’re really eager watch World Twinkle in a way that directly benefits Himaruya and Studio DEEN, then go wait a year for Funimation to sub the show, bring over on DVD, and purchase it. But until then, this is the only way people online and outside of Japan will be able to watch World Twinkle.

**I’ll conclude with telling you something about the Japanese anime industry: the success of an anime is mostly determined by the amount of DVD/Blu-Ray sales it makes, this along with it’s merchandise, CDs, etc

Foreigners probably won’t want to purchase DVD/Blue-Ray’s of animes they can’t understand because it’s RAW, but what foreigners are able to do is buy stuff like merchandise, manga, etc.

The episodes are giving people exposure to the show. There are tons of people excited again over Hetalia coming back too, which means more people would be hyped and more likely to purchase the stuff they’re interested in like stuff hetalia merchandise, manga volumes, and even the subbed DVD when it releases. The fact that all these people are excited about Hetalia again generates Studio DEEN and Himaruya overseas publicity and revenue. 

Let people have their fun.

366 things to make you happy (or boost your mood)

I know that everyone gets sad but i wanted to make a list of 366 things that make people happy, including myself. one for every day of the year (or to just boost your mood).
1. sunsets
2. sunrises
3. siblings
4. going to the fair and eating cotton candy while on the ferris wheel
5. mac and cheese
6. animals in general
7. friends
8. having people who support you no matter what
9. when you wash the dishes and your parents notices
10. a new season of your favorite show getting added on netflix
11. the song ‘hey there delilah’
12. smiles
13. the view from the plane window
14. naps
15. boys that have musical talent
16. singing in the shower
17. the scent of vanilla and strawberry
18. rain hitting your window at 3am
19. good movies
20. people who can’t tell their joke because they are laughing at it so much already
21. your favorite band/artist
22. the show ‘friends’
23. sleeping in on saturday mornings
24. going out into the city
25. family, biological or not
26. getting good grades
27. clothes that make you feel good about yourself
28. reading a new book that leaves your life slightly changed, for the better
29. photography
30. nice feeds on instagram
31. music, in general
32. family dinners, full of laughter and good thoughts
33. 70-80 degree weather (fahrenheit)
34. forehead kisses
35. hot tea
36. fuzzy socks
37. finding new music that makes your soul happy
38. knee socks
39. drawing
40. dancing to your favorite music
41. waking up and feeling like you actually got enough sleep
42. eating dessert
43. hot showers
44. feeling confident
45. tight hugs
46. the sound of guitars
47. having a good dream
48. the first bite of a meal when you’re really hungry
49. making people happy
50. colored hair
51. getting mail
52. comfy sweaters
53. iced chocolates
54. bracelets
55. scented candles
56. the beach
57. lightning
58. glitter
59. the smell of clean laundry
60. hearing someone who you care about voice after so long
61. light thunderstorms
62. eggrolls
63. glow stars to put on your ceiling
64. temporary tattoos
65. fresh cut grass
66. recovery
67. blankets or clothes out right after the dryer
68. notes of adoration
69. something you did not going unnoticed
70. being half asleep and half awake in the morning
71. stars
72. strawberries
73. the way headlights look off the highway when it’s almost dark
74. notebooks
75. pencil pouches
76. the color and smell of lavender
77. empty movie theaters
78. people who have big hearts and truly care
79. pizza
80. building who have lights on at night
81. willow trees
82. puns
83. things that have to do with aliens
84. stickers
85. perfect moments that you wouldn’t trade for anything
86. Disney World
87. when a little kid gives you a high five
88. teddy bears that are bigger than yourself
89. the feeling you get when you think of something clever and keep making yourself laugh
90. music from your childhood
91. black and white photos
92. the words ‘darling’, 'sweetheart’, and babydoll’
93. pink flowers
94. baby blue and pink
95. bike rides (at any time of the day)
96. lemonade
97. ’i love you’
98. going to bed right after a shower
99. restoring an old friendship
100. concerts
101. old taylor swift songs
102. the old disney channel and nickelodeon
103. the smell of rain
104. the font PT Mono
105. poetry
106. seeing snow for the first time
107. building forts
108. record shops
109. video games
110. muffins
111. hot tea with milk and honey
112. summertime
113. jumping into the pool instead of easing into it
114. finding something you’re passionate about
115. happy crying
116. the night sky
117. the calm after a store
118. love notes
119. not having to worry
120. listening to your favorite album in the car at night
121. talking about something that interests you
122. sneaking out at 1am
123. going to IHOP and staying until after midnight
124. polaroid cameras
125. the feeling when your stomach gets butterflies
126. green eyes
127. throwback TV shows
128. chinese delivery
129. watching movies while it’s raining
130. when your school/work gets canceled
131. beds
132. a safe place
133. meaningful graffiti
134. meeting someone new and having a conversation
135. coca-cola
136. tacos
137. nature
138. mixtapes
139. pineapple
140. waking up to sunlight
141. the blue light at 4am
142. drives where you can roll the windows down and play the music loud
143. new sheets
144. music festivals
145. empowering music
146. lush bathbombs
147. bubblegum
148. dark chocolate
149. when a weight is lifted off your shoulders
150. replies back
151. meaningful lyrics
152. exploring someplace new
153. farmers markets
154. good hair days
155. fruit
156. playing baseball in the rain
157. portraits
158. coffee shops
159. painting
160. new haircuts
161. old home videos
162. vacations
163. when you have a good comeback
164. the bass in songs
165. serendipity
166. going to the beach/pool for the first time in the summer
167. swear words
168. the word ‘lovely’
169. compliments
170. accents
171. pianos
172. people with thoughtful eyes
173. tattoos with deep meanings
174. teachers that change the way you look at things
175. cold water (to drink)
176. people who live life to the fullest and inspire you to do the same
177. taking your time
178. the feeling when you bite ice
179. big lips
180. sharp jawlines
181. the look of glasses on cute people
182. when people have long enough hair to put into a ponytail
183. jean jackets
184. places with an indescribable view
185. getting payed after a long time
186. face paint
187. the thrill of a roller coaster
188. holding someones hand
189. learning a new language
190. the moment in weddings when the couple kisses
191. shortcuts in your phone
192. nice nicknames
193. arts and crafts
194. junk food days
195. blankets that are big enough you can wrap your whole body in them
196. being called ‘babygirl’
197. joke songs that you secretly love
198. sucking the helium out of balloons and then laughing from your voice
199. making wishes on 11:11
200. having hope
201. the Tourist History album
202. cheesy movies that are so bad they are funny
203. sitting on old cars
204. people who have kept track of their height on their wall
205. inside jokes
206. disney movies
207. being able to wake up in the morning with a roof over my head and a pillow under it
208. drums
209. old rock and roll music
210. finishing a season of a tv series in one day
211. waking up and realizing you can sleep a few more hours
212. nice old people
213. long walks
214. talking to people you love
215. french toast
216. dark chocolate
217. every night saying to someone “goodnight, i love you”
218. technology
219. being inside some place
220. burgers
221. peace
222. grey shirts
223. musicals
224. nice bras
225. not having to wear any clothes
226. combs
227. the quietness of a bookstore
228. chapstick
229. floss
230. minty toothpaste
231. sweatshirts
232. when people laugh at your jokes
233. finding something you lost
234. football
235. friday nights
236. lying in bed after a long day
237. pillows
238. having deep, long talks with people
239. seeing someone light up talking about something they adore
240. ”I’m just glad we met”
241. staying up on car rides and seeing the lights pass while you’re listening to music
242. the sounds of crickets at night
243. sleeping on the couch for a night
244. oatmeal
245. things you can make in the microwave
246. people that will text you at random moments to make sure you’re doing okay
247. someone admitting that you are right
248. iced coffee
249. views of the city from a bedroom window
250. skies that are all the colors of the rainbow
251. neon signs
252. when people come together to solve something
253. standing up for what you believe in
254. lipstick prints
255. scratches left on your back
256. kissing, in general
257. nice underwear
258. hickies
259. houses with grass on the roof
260. churros
261. cars that are blue
262. the ocean waves
263. Venice, Italy
264. braided hair
265. someone playing with your hair
266. socks in the dollar section
267. getting rid of the scale
268. any small animals that won’t necessarily hurt you (bunnies, kittens, puppies, baby deer, hedgehogs, etc.)
269. daisies
270. paper lanterns
271. doors with a mail slot
272. songs that are on repeat for so long you forgot it was even playing
273. cold rags when you’re sick
274. the color blue on people
275. denim backpacks
276. The Red Cross
277. video games with such good graphics, it feels like you’re watching a movie
278. spooning
279. glow sticks
280. games that you start to trash talk in
281. traveling
282. getting lost from your GPS and having to undo a giant map
283. seeing someone who is body positive
284. smiley face stickers
285. reaching the goal you’d been striving for
286. fancy grocery stores
287. when someone knows the little things about you
288. giving gifts
289. sales
290. christmas lights
291. acceptance
292. vine edits having good quality audio
293. cute emojis
294. twinkly lights
295. baths
296. getting your hair and nails done
297. black jeans
298. flashlight tag
299. telling ghost stories
300. scavenger hunts
301. cute packaging
302. coconut scented shampoo
303. eating fruity pebbles
304. the smell of a new book
305. good eyebrows
306. having your hair played with
307. going to bed with a rainstorm
308. wifi
309. nice smelling chapstick
310. watching the sun rise
311. gold earrings
312. nose piercings
313. seeing people hold hands
314. feelings the waves on the beach rise over your feet and ankles
315. laying on the floor with your dog
316. cutting out things from magazines
317. green juice
318. hiding in the curtains
319. hot dogs on fourth of july
320. black boots
321. french braids
322. fireworks
323. empty football fields
324. bendy straws
325. lace
326. skirts
327. scrunchies
328. a clean room
329. hand washing the dishes
330. getting your braces off
331. headache medication
332. staying up and talking to someone all night
333. skies with no clouds
334. laying on your back and watching the clouds move
335. freshly washed hair
336. feeling healthy
337. bangs
338. cute houses
339. when the sky is pink
340. japanese words
341. dim lighting
342. canopy beds
343. the book ‘perks of being a wallflower’
344. when something you ordered online fits perfectly
345. libraries
346. horses
347. free wifi
348. baby pigs
349. plants
350. bunnies
351. foggy mornings
352. knit blankets
353. pastel colors
354. when you make someone you love laugh so hard their nose crinkles
355. curly hair
356. sexual jokes that make you flustered
357. the nature sounds you can listen to while falling asleep
358. fireplaces (s’mores may be included)
359. not having to wear pants
360. cuddling
361. the way steam comes off your skin after you take a hot shower
362. fluffy towels
363. having your parents feel proud of you
364. being able to protect your family
365. flirty glances
366. most importantly, making others happy

anonymous asked:

What is the best way to start learning Japanese on your own?

I don’t think I know the best way, and I’m not sure there even IS a best way—when you first start, you’re actually mostly learning how to STUDY Japanese, so really anything will do as long as it gets you in the habit of studying Japanese. Try out some stuff and see what you like!

…But that advice is super vague, so here’s some stuff you can try today:

I find that I learn the most when I have a structured teaching thing (like online lessons, or a grammar book, or something) AND a real-life practice thing (a novel or song or show or website or whatever aimed at native speakers). That way, the practice thing helps you apply the stuff you learn from the teaching thing, and the teaching thing answers questions you have from the practice thing.

If you don’t have either of those things yet, here are links to some free online ones you can use for now:

When I say “you can use these for now” I mean right now. Right now this instant. The rest of this post is about how to use your practice thing. Let’s DO THISSSS:

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Because fandom should be celebrated. #OnlyForArashi

A while ago, I asked the following question on my Twitter account

State something that you’ve done because of Arashi and not for any other fandom. 

Here are some of the responses which I got: 

  • I learned to appreciate concerts backdrops, especially animated ones that I aspire making ones in the future XD
  • Spent TONS of money on overseas merchandise, it never ends!
  • Spending over $1,000 on goods and merchandise 
  • Woke up really early for pre-orders, and spent so much money
  • Made a complete idiot of myself knocking down the coin tower down in VSA booth at Fuji festival
  • stayed outside the Kyocera dome in freezing autumn weather to listen to Arashi sing for the LOVE tour
  • Made apple roll cake, tiramisu, pasta for Arashi anniv and bday 
  • Bought hard-disk so i can save Arashi variety show and concert and make/play Aiba board game with my family
  • Buy all types of releases, fly to Japan to watch their concert, buy all items of their goodies concert
  • Made cake for member birthday, try (some) Aiba silly experiment, learn Japanese, etc. 
  • Traveled 6 hours from home to attend an Arashi event despite us taking Thesis back then and one time I went alone to a place I dunno for a gathering  and stayed up so late watching their concert
  • Went to Japan for Arafes with 2 friends, no ticket, just sitting outside, probably most outrageous thing in my life
  • I first started learning Japanese
  • Stay up all night to watch their TV shows/appearance, dramas, performances, con leaks, etc  
  • every two years or so, i’ll buy an external hard drive   
  • I learned Japanese just to know what they say
  • I sub short video of them, have special hard disk just for them and only willing to buy their goods only 
  • i bought two of the same concerts just for the extras and small changes
  • I went to a real karaoke place in japan and actually sang Arashi songs
  • Writing a fanfic about them 
  • Memorize all their songs! Hehe
  • subscribing to a paid japanese course
  • I had phone conversations with my friend EVERYDAY lasting for at least an hour just talking about news on arashi
  • Queuing for hours for concert goods in a heavy rainfall >_<
  • Buy every magazine with them on cover. Buy All their CDs and DVDs. Wait for the pre-order and buy without a clue about the song.
  • Subbing 
  • Spent last weekend holed up in a hotel room with my friends to watch all the Arashi videos. four hour train ride both ways totally worth it.

  • Decorated my dorm room’s walls with lyrics of Nino’s solo songs. 
  • Held concert screenings with all the fans 
  • Visit fandom or fan community to check about them everyday, thank them for making my day more fun.
  • Listening to all of their music over and over everyday, laughing alone while watching their variety
  • Spent more than $100 in one place. Learned how to order things online.

Reblog and tell us what you’ve done #OnlyForArashi !

“We want to be a group that make the people who support us proud to call themselves our fans.” - Sakurai Sho

anonymous asked:

Excuse me, I've been curious for a while, but I was thinking of starting to cosplay. I just don't know anything. It would be amazing if I could get some tips from a senpai like you... *blushie*

Hello!

I will give you every single tip I would have loved to know as I started out as a cosplayer. :) I hope that I can give you some helpful advice.^^

Cosplay tips!

I will go through four different stages.

1. The cosplay tiself

2. The make up

3. Wigs

4. Some last advice

1. The cosplay.

The most important thing you have to learn when you start to cosplay it how fabric, thread and sowing machine work together. Start with something simple, like a character who has clothes you can buy in stores and alter them at home. After you have done that, and managed to make a shirt slimmer or to do add details to a skirt or so, move on to sew pants and a shirt from scratch.

With each and every cosplay will you learn more and more and be able to create more advanced outfits. :)

  • The Fabric

Cosplay is an expensive hobby, especially when you want to find the perfect fabric for your outfit. Think of what kind of material would be most logic for the characters outfit.

If the character is fighter will he or she most likely not run around in satin clothes, they will probably have to dress in something that can take a beating.

If your character does run around in silk, please, do not use the cheap satin fabrics since they very often makes your cosplay look cheap. Find something that looks expensive, something thicker and that doesn’t shine as much, but be prepared to pay a high sum for it. Of course you can be lucky and find something on sale, but I just want to prepare you.^^

2. The make up.

Makeup is a powerful tool that can make you look younger,older, more masculine or more feminine and there are cosplayers who underestimate it. Believe it or not but the make up is really imporant and can be the thing that can make or break you cosplay. Even if a costume isn’t that great,will the perfect make up make it look at least 5 times better. Just look at all the japanese cosplay-models everyone looks up to, some of their costumes aren’t the best, but because they have contured and highlighted their face in the right way, used lenses and fake lashes. BOOM! They look like great cosplayers.
Some people are like “but you don’t even look like yourself anymore” Well, that’s the whole idea with cosplay. You should not look like yourself wearing a costume, you should look like an animated character that has come to life.

Btw: Keep in mind that photos will remove like 25-50% of your make-up, so it’s totally fine to use more than what you would in your everyday life. :)

  •  The Foundation.

To have the perfect base is the first step for an awesome transformation. Make sure to get a really good concealer to cover blemishes and parts of your face that easily get red. I would recomemnd to get some green concealer because green emlimintes red-tones. So, use the green concealer at first, then cover it up with skincoloer concealer and at last use your foundation to cover it all up.

  • Contouring.

Smaller nose, fuller lips and smaller chin is something you can archive with highlighting and darkening certain parts of your face. You can use a concealer that is a few shades darker than your own skin, or a bronzer (I use darkbrown eyeshadow because I’m poor XD ) and darken the sides of the part want to appear slimmer or smaller.

I.e:Want a slimmer nose? Just darken the sides of your nose and lightighten the bridge.

If you are going to cosplay as a male character is it important to contour your jawline and throat, to make you appear more masculine. Most people might think that you don’t have to use make up when cosplaying male characters, but no sir! You will need make up. XD

(( I link you a YT tutorial that explains and shows basic contuouring))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nhaORsSPj4

  • The Eyes

The eyes of a manga character is really important and give you a hint of what type of personality that character has, it gives them their indiviluality and that is exactly what different kind of eye-make up will give you when you cosplay different characters.

Will you cosplay a character like Levi from SnK or Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji will eyeliner and eyeshadow give the the slimmer and more masculine eyes that just screams “SEX!”.

While cosplaying characters like Ciel from Kuroshitsuji, Roxas from KH or Shino from Hakkenden (ukeish characters), also will crave fake lashes, to archive that younger, innocent and cute look.

  • Fake lashes

Many cosplayers, especially when they are cosplaying as men or boys, are afraid of using fake lashes. As I wrote before are the eyes of the anime character is really important and should also be the main focus of the cosplayers face, and fake lashes might make a bigger difference than what you may think.

Not only will they make your eyes appear more intense, they will at times also help you to achieve eyeshape you desire.

My fake-lash characters are Ciel (duh), Roxas and also Norway from Hetalia.

Many people who cosplay as those character go all natural, but for me is cosplay a bit of imitating their art style.

For characters like Ciel, younger boys with doll-like features, will I use lashes who clearly look like fake lashes. They are long, think and gives the cosplay a dramatic look that is hard to archive without them. To top it of will I also use bottomlashes.

If you cosplay a characters like Roxas,who don’t have so long lashes, but who still are drawn/animated with think/full lashes will a pair pretty natural looking fake lashes give you the look you most likely are after. No bottom lashes are needed, just to an outlining with a dark brown eyeshadow and some mascara and it will be perfect.

Well, my version of Norway from Hetalia and the canon- norway may differ quite a bit, but I have always pictured him to be a very beatiful, but arrogant looking male. I think that adding a very natural- looking fake lashes while cosplaying as a character like him gives the cosplay more personality. But that’s my opinion.^^

So, get yourself different kinds of fake lashes, do different make up tests, add some lashes, you will be surprised on the difference it makes.

  •  Circle lenses.
    BIG ONE!

I really, really recommend you use circle lenses to every cosplay. Even if you may have brown eyes and the character your will cosplay also have brown eyes would I still strongly recommend circlelenses.

The circle lenses will not only make your eyecolor more intense, they will also finish the whole look.

Will you cosplay a character with huge eyes? Go get yourselg some 17+ mm circle lenses and you will not only look younger, but also much more doll like.

Will you cosplay a character who is grown up and who has more normal sized eyes? Get yourself some 14mm circle lenses, preferable a pair who has a dark circle around them, and your eyes will be really intense. 
It will make such a big difference I swear!

Also, it will look great on photography. The eyes will look clear, intense and will add more character.

Try it once and you will never ever want to cosplay without lenses every again!

Links to online stores.

http://circlelens.net/

http://www.pinkyparadise.com/

http://www.koreabigeyes.com/

  •  Eyebrows.

Yes, the eyebrows must match the color or your wig. But what to do if you have natural dark eyebrows or just want the perfect color?

The best tips ever: Get yourself a white eyeliner and color on your eyebrows. Once they are nice and white, take an eyeshadow with the color you desire and fill in your white eyebrows. The white eyeliner will not only make your eyebrows light enough to make the color look “natural”, they will also make sure that the eyeshadow sticks to them.

3.Wigs

Yes, you will always need a wig, doesn’t matter if you havethe correct hair color or not. A wig is a must.

There are some simple rules to follow when it’s time for you to buy a wig.

Ebay is the place to go when you buy a wig, make sure that it’s store with high rating and for God’s sak, do not buy a prestyled wig.

A presstyled wig may not fit your head.

It’s better you buy a heat resistant wig that isn’t styled and style it after your own head. Make sure to get some cheap hairdressers scissors.

  •  a regular hairdresser scissor to cut the length of the wig.
  •  A teeth scissor ( I don’t know the correct word for it in English, but I added a picture),To help you to make a wig thinner. Use it to make the tips of the wig thinner, it will just look better.

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  • Ask a friend to style it for you and do no style it on a wighead since your probably don’t have the same size or shape as a dummyhead.
  • Coulors

Some anime characters might have very bright colors, but I personally do not fancy it too much since wigs with very bright colors often look cheep. If you are going to cosplay a character that has bright pink hair, try to find something in a more pastellic color or just toned down pink. That’s at least when I think.^^

You MUST wear a wigcap, you just have too!

Final Tips.

  •  Make sure that your nails look great. Remove old nail polish and give yourself a small manicure the day before the convention/photoshoot. It will bother the hell out of you if you have a great picture of you holding your hand over your eye or mouth and you notice that your nails have some damage.
  •  Remove your pircing. There are plastic, translucent, piercing you can replace them with. I myself am a little bad with replaceing my normal tongue piercing with a translucent one and it bothers the hell out of me everytime I see it on film or on pictures. Photoshop will help you on pictures but you won’t be able to erase it in videos.
  • Wear the right shoes. It doesn’t matter if the character has heels up to the sky, you are going to wear them and rock them until you are back in your hotel room even if it feels like your feet are on fire. The wrong shoes can ruin the whole costume. 
    Comfort is a rare luxurey for a cosplayer.
  • .Be humble and have fun. Sure, cosplay is fun, but it’s impossible to not notice the high amount of competition and jealousy that goes around. Some people can be mean and it’s important that you keep a mature attitude about it. If someone has made a costume that it better than yours than I can promise you that the person probably worked their ass off for that cosplay. I’m not writing it to scare you or scold you, but I’m just preparing you. :)

Cosplay is a lot of fun, but keep in mind that it’s only a hobby and that if people are going to get bitchy about them, then it’s their own problem. :)

  • I have never really been into it, but some people think that being in-character is the most important thing in cosplay. I have to disagree with them for several reasons. (( I’m sorry, but if I want to talk about wired gross videos, then cosplaying Ciel won’t stop me XD))
    Many times have I meet people at cons, cosplayers, who act like real jerks only to tell l me later that they only were in character. I have friends who havehad  pasta thrown into their faces by some stranger cosplaying as Italy because that would be in-character and I myself have been jumped and stalked becaus that would be in character of character that strangers have chosen to cosplay.
    Keep in mind that your first impression is really important so don’t mess it up. People are talking and the last thing you want is to get a bad reputation. Be nice, be friendly, and if you feel like you have to be in-character, then be it around people who know you and who you know won’t take offense. :)
     

Phew, I think that was all. I’m sorry if you think that it’s too much. I know that my tips may differ from tips that someone else would have given, but I am writing this from my own experiences and hope that you can use some of this.:)

Good luck and again: Welcome to the wonderful world  of Cosplay.<3

Love// Steph