Friday, May 31, 2013

Anime Boston 2013

So first of all, I only went for Saturday because after going for 5 years I had decided never again to go to AB. Never. Ever. Ever. and that lasted for one year. I decided to give AB a second chance, by which I mean, in my last post I mentioned that I've gotten back into anime so I wanted to shop in the dealer's room.
I don't have a picture of what I wore, but I wore lolita and was surprised when a couple people asked to take my picture. I did not actually get any pictures of myself on the day and have been too lazy to put the outfit back on, but I did find a video of the Masquerade line, I can be seen for two whole seconds (leaning in the window on the left in the video at ~6:57):

My friend, Sarah went as a casual Bilbo(friday only) and her sisters were a couple of dwarves:
Bofur, Ori, and Bilbo couldn't find any horses or ponies to ride, so they made due with a bus.
There was a wonderful lolita panel in the morning with a fashion show to give inspiration to those wanting to start out. They were all really nice, but I didn't have a good seat for taking pictures. The Boston Gothic & Lolita Society has pictures up on facebook here if anyone is interested.

 I wandered around the dealer's room with Sarah until I found these babies:
The one to the left is a Natsuki from the anime Uta no Prince-sama (lit. Princes of singing), a super duper cheesy reverse harem anime based on a visual novel series. Basically, it's about a girl who wants to be a composer for idols going to an idol school and meeting a bunch of hot guys training to become idols. In the anime, the protagonist does not fall in love with any of the guys and they form an idol group together and it's just super cute. Natsuki is tall and loves cute things and I totally have a weak spot for glasses characters. I'd found this figurine online for around $30 dollars but found this guy for $18 and no shipping, so fate must have wanted me to have him.
The one on the right is Ivan from Tiger & Bunny, an anime inspired by western superheroes so it's actually really interesting. I started watching T&B because it was superheroes as celebrities with sponsors and stuff, and it turned out really good. The first few episodes are really fun, then there's a small serious arc, then some drama mixed in with some funny bits and then the ending is like DRAMA and I found it really enjoyable. I really liked Ivan from the beginning because he isn't a very good hero, but he keeps his sponsors happy by photobombing with his sponsors' logos well displayed. It's mostly played for laughs and by the first serious arc he's more active as a hero and does some really useful things, no longer just photobombing the other heroes. (I should mention that this figurine is from a set using de-aged designs, so Ivan isn't as young as he looks here)

I found out about a couple of new anime from going to the Sunrise panel. The one that caught my attention was The Daily Lives of High School Boys, a cute gag anime about the daily lives of a group of high school boys. I'm assuming everything is a bit exaggerated, but you know, I have no experience being a high school boy so it could be a perfectly accurate portrayal.

I went to the Funimation industry panel, but not the previews one. Mostly it was talking about how they are revamping the website and stuff about the Funimation app. There was some mention of new anime licenses and stuff, but nothing really caught my eye except that they will probably make an English dub of Attack on Titan, so I'll be keeping my eyes open for that.

Lastly, I saw the masquerade. Now, the Masq was one of the main reasons I was going to never go ever again because they tried to have it be a separately paid ticket. It was free again this year (but you needed to pick up a free ticket to have a seat), but thoroughly disappointing. I believe half of them were dance numbers, and most were one after another. totally boring. Above is the one skit that I thought was seriously awesome. It was put together by the cosplay group RULE and won "Best Overall Presentation".

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Otome Week

Alright, so I've been horrible since I moved back home and super duper lazy. One of the first things I did was start watching anime again for some reason. I've also rekindled my fondness for female-oriented visual novel games ("Otome" games). So much of my time has been spend lazing about on my computer.
These games inspired me to spend a week attempting to dress in "otome" fashion. Otome as a fashion style is similar to Lolita fashion, but without petticoats and much less formal. The skirt length and fullness is not as regulated within the fashion, the point is to look cute and a little fancy, like if you were going to a tea party or something, but not doll-like or over the top like some lolita styles. 
the faux bob was inspired by the protagonists of a couple of the more known otome games.

Being similar to Lolita fashion, I used a lolita dress without a petticoat and a plainer blouse than for lolita.

The hair again was inspired by an otome game protagonist.

This outfit was fun because I could not for the life of me find a clean blouse, so I wore a pirate shirt I had made and chosen a belt and boots to make me feel like a pirate princess without being actually pirate-y

I had a bad laundry day because I couldn't find anything cuter that was clean. Though I am wearing my pair of nice shoes. They're the only ones I wear that aren't black or brown.

I really love this dress. It's from the Hello Kitty collection at Forever21 and has Chococat all over it. I usually wear it when I feel pastel goth, but it works out as not goth at all when I subtract my lace choker with crosses. I really love this headband because the bow has little studs all over it.

I ended up taking the clip out of my hair and wearing a straw hat because my mum and I went to Brimfield for some antique shopping.

nothing much to say about this outfit. I love polkadots and navy blue so somehow this is the skirt I wear most often.
I'm sorry this post is boring and full of same-pose but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things a bit.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Iron Man 3

I'm back home so now I have some things saved up to blog and have the ability to update my blog.

Here's the dresses I "made" for a premiere of Iron Man 3. I say made in quotes because I never got a chance to finish them before wearing.

I'm not gonna really talk about what I thought of the movie because I'm mostly disappointed with how they handled some subplot and smaller conflicts introduced near the end of the movie. The pacing was a bit weird, so I don't think I'm gonna wanna watch it again in the near future. maybe give it a month or so.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Iron Man 3 tomorrow

I know, I know. I've been really bad at updating. I've had a ton of projects for school, but next week is finals, so I'll be home again and stuff.
As most of you know, Iron Man 3 is coming to the USA officially on Friday, but a theater near me has a 9:30 showing on Thursday instead of a midnight release. I'm getting ready for it by making myself an Iron Patriot dress. Keep in mind that I started this today, but I think I'll finish it in time:

What's left is the chest, the straps, and the zipper. I'm really happy with the fabric because it is all metallic and it doesn't need to be hemmed.