XMas Time 4 Anime Mini Review

Disclaimer: This was originally meant to be a FB status, hence all the weird abbreviations, but clearly this got too long for that so I turned it into a blog post that I’ll also link on FB.

 

OK, back from my friend’s house for Christmas time cosplay sweatshop/unlimited anime marathon works w/ 4 new shows under my belt: Blood Blockade Battlefront, Juuni Taisen, Gangsta, & Garo the Animation, so time for as short as possible mini reviews…

So, out of all these shows, the only 1 I can truly recommend w/o a lot of disclaimers is Garo the Animation.  Heck, the only (minor) thing I would mention beforehand is that it’s a ‘mature anime’ (not as in really gory or violent, just more adult themed things happening in general).  The other 3: may be way too busy & chaotic, sh*t ending, & non-ending respectively for why I can’t straight recommend it.

However, before I continue, let’s quickly talk about episodic shows.  They’re not everyone’s fancy, but being episodic in & of itself is not a critique or a negative of a show: that’s just a neutral fact.  It’s like saying something is overhyped & nothing more; that’s not actually saying anything (of worth). I personally don’t care too much for episodic shows, but that’s not a definite that applies to all series I have/plan to watch #AlwaysExceptions. Anyway, moving on…

  • Blood Blockade: I would say this is a really chaotic fun show w/ a lot going on in most episodes (at least a lot to keep up w/), & may be hard to keep up w/ or outright can be overwhelming to anyone who isn’t used to shows like this or prefer the calmer/less chaotic shows.  Also, although it tends to be episodic, the 1st season did have an original central plot that overall was good, but that ending was super meh.  Seemed kinda rushed honestly, but everything else was fine + the 2nd season went back to being purely episodic w/ a 2-parter here & there & was overall better imo.
  • Juuni Taisen: Now, as someone who loves gory/violent anime, it’s awesome; if we’re being for real for real: pretty g.d. lackluster.  Besides literally having a set-up where if a character seems to be getting a lot of screen time/inner monologue, they’re 100% guaranteed to be the next to die, there’s a lot wrong.  Some (half?) the fights, despite an entire episode of buildup (at least as far as XYZ character fighting…at all), could last seconds & be super anticlimactic; post mortem motherfcuking backstories that sometimes were half the g.d. episode; certain characters getting 0 backstory while others get way too much (f’ing twins, like, I like them but who honestly gaf???); Rabbit being broken & OP af to the point it was way more of a negative than a plus to the overall tournament (if they limited his abilities it could have worked…maybe); seemingly random af abilities that have nothing to do w/ their Zodiac animal + the whole Zodiac thing being absolutely unnecessary to the overall everything; who tf actually wins the tournament + what their b.s. wish was; Gah, the list is endless…but I still liked it.  I just can’t in good faith recommend this ~.~
  • Gangsta: Oh, Gangsta, the new age Big O where it got cut off far too soon.  Like, all they need is 1 45-minute movie & that could wrap up everything, but instead you’re left w/ a non-ending, several characters dying, missing, dead, & no f’ing clue where it’s headed DX That + it’s like an infinitely more coherent FFXV: Kingsglaive where I truly & deeply care about an overwhelming majority of the characters but the content just isn’t there.  Like, great (hawt af oyaji) characters; interesting premise; meh execution.  Also, this show has surprisingly more slice of life moments & far less action/violence than what you would think seeing characters like Nicholas & Worick, which is a g.d. shame X/  Worst thing is is it def didn’t do well enough to even merit being redone or picked up by another studio for that matter, so chances are slim anything is going to come out (in animated form) that would wrap up their story…what a f’ing shame -_-

So, tbh, fujoshi fav: Gangsta hands down.  All those hawt oyajis being awesome is *rejoices in fujoshi*.  Juuni Taisen is a close 2nd as well due to fujoshi feelz, however, the objectively better, more polished, more coherent, & all that jazz fav: Garo the Animation, which everyone should just watch, if nothing else, for the best hawt af oyaji Dad ^.^

 

Heck, if those costumes weren’t so extra af, I wouldn’t mind cosplaying Ema, German, or Alphonso from Garo…but that’s waaayyy too much suffering for my tastes >_>

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Help Me Decide My Monster Girl Cosplay for Katsu 2018

Poll below with the pictures of the options.  The poll will automatically close by December 1st at midnight.

I super appreciate any & all that vote.  Believe me, I like all of these & it’s been kinda hard narrowing it down, so please HALP ^.^; Incidentally, all monster girls pulled from Monster Girl Encyclopedia, Vol 2 book for those wondering.

Also, just in case the images are too small, attached bigger versions:

 

Tl; Dr Nekocon Report

Overall, had an experience akin to my AWA one: it was so good that now im suspicious & I don’t like it 😅

Panels went great, had a fun time cosplaying, had a great time with friends, & this was probably my best year going of the 5 I’ve been going.

Both of my panels, Sit Down, STFU, & Play This J-RPG (Deluxe Edition) Final Fantasy: Love It or Hate It, They Still Have All Your $$$, went really well & I had a great audience at both.

Cosplay wise, I wore Jonathan Joestar (JJBA) & Gundham Tanaka (SDR2) Friday; Dante (DMC4) & Mondo Oowada (DR) Saturday; & Casual Euphemia (CG) Sunday. Had a great time in all my cosplays, esp. the DanganRonpa ones & Dante. I had 2 friends also cosplay Vergil to my Dante, & that was the best time I had at the con cosplay wise. It got to the point that my friend & I were pretty much standing in the same spot & ppl kept coming up, asking for pictures, freaking o It cause ZOMG, DMC!?!?, & it just made my day. I personally don’t have that happen too often with cosplay stuff, so it’s always a treasure when it does happen.

Top: Dante from Devil May Cry 4. Bottom, left to right: Casual Euphemia from Code Geass, Gundham from Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Mondo from DanganRonpa, & Jonathan Joestar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Ended the con w/ Oppression-con shenanigans; i.e., dinner at Cracker Barrel, & wrapped up & altogether great weekend. Actually looking forward to next year for once.

As mentioned in my other post, the Nekocon logo image belongs to them & I in no way claim the artwork as my own.

Post Nekocon Thoughts

So, with the con over, & no panels for AUSA since I done goofed, gonna be still super f’ing busy 😣😣😣

With no panels for AUSA,  that means I can focus on: updating the site, catching up on making posts to my FB page, working on a boatload of cosplays, planning other events, & general going crazy doing ALL THE THINGS. I already began the process but I’m slowly updating different pages on this site, but I’ll be sure to make a blog post whenever I add  resource materials for a particular con/panels.

Anyway, just giving this quick update. Next post I’ll be making is for the sole purpose of having somewhere to hour my poll for what monster girl cosplay I should do for a group for Katsucon 2018 & another basic one going over my Nekocon experience.

Till then I’ll be busy doing too much in general 😧
Note: featured image logo of Nekocon by their artists. I take no credit for the artwork, just using it as an image for this post.

Back From the (Mostly) Dead Update Post

So, I know it’s been forever since I posted & I’m several cons behind for posting resources, etc. To be specific, these are the cons I’ve hit up in my impromptu hiatus & the panels I’ve hosted:

  • AnimeNEXT
    • Final Fantasy: Love It or Hate It, They Still Have All Your $$ – Friday – Panel 311 – 8:30 PM
    • Defaming the Sacred!: Critical Looks At Popular & Classic Anime – Friday – Panel 319 – 10:45 PM – 12:45a
    • The State of the Anime Community: Past, Present, & Future – Saturday – Panel 319 – 10:45 PM – 12:15a
    • Figures to the Max! – Sunday – Panel 311 – 1:30 PM – 2:45p
  • Otakon
    • Fate Universe: I Am the Bone of My Panel… – Fri. 8/11, 10:15-11:15a, Panel 6 (WEWCC 149)
  • Anime Weekend Atlanta
    • Yurei, Yokai, & School Girls – Fri., 9/29 ~ 11:45a-1:15p, CGC 103
    • Guropoid: Recounting Grotesque & WTF?! Vocaloid Videos (18+) – Fri., 9/29 ~ 9:30p-10:30p, CGC 103
    • Diamonds in the Rough: Videogame Edition (side order of J-RPGs) – Sat., 9/30 ~ 2:45p-4:15p, CGC 106
    • Let’s Go to ‘The World’: A Panel About the .Hack Games – Sat., 9/30 ~ 9:30p-10:30p
    • Final Fantasy: Love It or Hate It, They Still Have All Your $$ – Sun., 10/1 ~ 12:45-1:45p, CGC 106
    • Figures to the Max! – Sun., 10/1 ~ 2-3p, Williams E
  • Nekocon
    • Sit Down, STFU, & Play This J-RPG (Deluxe Edition) – Fri, 8:30-10pm, Panel 4

    • Final Fantasy: Love It or Hate It, They Still Have All Your $$$ – Sat, 10:30-11:30pm, Panel 4

So, that being said, I know I owe peeps material for my recent set of AWA panels, since I have Nekocon this weekend, I won’t have time to do the updates until afterwards, so please be patient with me but it’s gonna happen ^.^;

AB Panel Resources Incoming

By the end of the week (hopefully) I will have all my resources up for the panels I presented this past weekend & have another blog post announcing so.
Also, for anyone that attended my Fate panel, forgot 2 huge disclaimers since I was rushing so much:

  • I was only skimming the surface so of course I left out some things. Fate stuff is too dense to completely cover in less than 90 minutes, so hopefully ppl. are understanding;
  • For the various series, I focused more on things that either had anime or a game of some sort & super skipped over a lot of the side novels, manga, etc. cause, again, Fate is super dense & there’s no way I’d have time covering all that.

Of course, fully expecting somewhere on the internets for someone to go “she didn’t know what she was talking about/I know more/I could have hosted the panel (better)” but whaddya gonna do?

Besides this, someone who attended the panel gave me this additional resources for finding out things about the Fate universe: Beast’s Lair. So, check that out when you have the chance.

AB 2017 Panel Times

Here are the panels + panel times for all my stuff for AB…

  • JJBA (Friend’s panel; I’m a co-panelist)
    • Friday, 3/31 10a – 11a, Hynes Panel Room C
  • Let’s Go to ‘The World’: A Panel About the .Hack Games
    • Friday, 3/31 4:30p – 6:00p, Hynes Panel 207
  • Defaming the Sacred!: Critiques on Popular Anime
    • Friday, 3/31 8:00p – 10:00p, Hynes Panel 206
  • Yurei, Yokai, & School Girls
    • Friday, 3/31 10:30p – midnight, Hynes Panel 306
  • Diamonds in the Rough: Videogame Edition (side order of J-RPGs)
    • Saturday, 4/1 1:30p – 3:30p, Hynes Panel 206
  • Have You Seen This Anime? Reminisce & Recommend
    • Saturday, 4/1 10:30p – midnight, Hynes Panel 207
  • Fate Universe: I Am the bone of My Panel…
    • Sunday, 4/2 12:30p – 2:30p, Hynes Panel 310

 

Also, cosplay line-up…

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  • (top row, left to right)
    • Mariah (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure [JJBA]), Adam (Nier: Automata), Jonathan Joestar (JJBA), Aizen, 2nd form (Bleach)
  • (bottom row, left to right)
    • Joseph Joestar (JJBA) & Dio (Virtue’s Last Reward)

I forgot I was supposed to be cosplaying something from Fate due to my Fate panel, but I have enough stuff to cosplay as it is ^.^;

Anyway, hope to see you there 😀

MASSIVE MOFO SITE UPDATE~! (worthy of all the caps)

So, just had a huge update across the site of multiple pages.  They are:

With this massive update, all the resources, lists of panels, cons coming up, etc. is now up-to-date~!  Additionally, I’ve created a new page (that’s still a work-in-progress) for keeping track of all my new costumes over the years:

New Cosplays Per Year

Last year I had a whopping 24 new costumes (holy f’ing sheezus) & I hope I don’t kill myself the same way this year as I did last year.  Like, seriously, I had 3 new ones for Anime Boston alone X/ (Sinbad from Magi, Pride! Rin from the 7 Deadly Sins Vocaloid series, & Rajaion from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance; nvm that I remade Dio’s coat ~.~)

Speaking of Anime Boston, got some panels for you!

  • Yurei, Yokai, & School Girls
  • Let’s Go to ‘The World’: A Panel About the .Hack Games
  • Defaming the Sacred!: Critiques on Popular Anime
  • Have You Seen This Anime? Reminisce & Recommend
  • Diamonds in the Rough: Videogame Edition (side order of J-RPGs)
  • Co-paneling on my friend’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure panel

Super excited for this year’s panel selection as I am every year, but especially hype to be helping my friend w/ her JJBA panel…hence why I’m going to have a JJBA cosplay theme ^.^  Even more hyped that I decided to sacrifice myself to the Aztec Fitness gods & cosplay Ultimate Lifeform Kars. Hype doesn’t even come close to describe how excited I am for this cosplay.

Lastly, finally got around to calculating everything for last year; 24 new costumes & 16 cons total (mostly due to moonlighting in the Roadshow team for AUSA)…I’m already up to 12 planned for 2017…f*ck me (@.@)