Saturday, December 29, 2012

Remembering 2012


So, it's been a great year for costumes! Well, kind of. I lost my motivation sometime in the mess of AWA, so I haven't been able to keep up with things properly. Hopefully I'll get over that in the year of 2013! 2013 will be my year of "Finish old costumes" and "Work-out". Basically, all that fabric lying around that is specifically for a character, I'm going to finally get around to making it. And in order to do my two Guild Wars (1 & 2) cosplays, I want a toned stomach since I'll be showing a lot of it. I'm going to work out and achieve that goal!

For now, here's a list of my convention costumes of 2012!


Top to bottom, left to right: Makise Kurisu - Stein's Gate, White Len - Melty Blood, Tsumiki Miniwa - Acchi Kocchi
Kuroneko (comiket outfit) - OreImo, Index - to aru majutsu no index, Kuroneko (beach queen version) - OreImo
Tsumiki (swimsuit original version) - Acchi Kocchi, DJ Iroha Umegiri - Beatmania IIDX, Kotohime - Touhou Project
Rin Kaenbyou - Touhou Project

There were many more costumes made/worn throughout the year for non-convention purposes, but I wanted to post the convention ones up at least. It's been a good year and I'm happy with my progress. In fact, I even got to attend cons I've never been to previously and met a lot of great people! 

Oh, and one more thing! I think my most favorite picture of the year (even if it wasn't taken at a con) is this one: 


Me and my little sister cosplaying together. Cirno is now her favorite character.
I will cherish that moment forever. <3

Monday, December 17, 2012

So, I'm watching anime again.



   So, I haven't written a blog entry in forever!!! Please excuse me!


I picked up an anime this season called 'K'. I don't remember what grabbed me into watching this, I don't think it was the story, or the art. Perhaps it was just to give it a try because it didn't seem entirely ridiculous by the plot.  However, I'm pretty glad I stuck with it.

To give you a summary of it in my own words: K is an anime set in a futuristic world. There are several kings of color that wield magic in order to pursue their own goals. Usually, they don't get involved in each other's affairs; this all changes when Yashiro Isana is targeted by the blue and red kings for killing an innocent subject of the red king. Only thing is, Shiro doesn't remember killing him at all. Now he's on the run with a man who may or may not kill him and his cat who takes the form of a young girl.

The execution of the story is really nice. It doesn't just hand you the answers on a silver platter every episode. No, this is one of those anime that keeps you questioning what everything really means. The thing I like most about K is that there are no bad guys. Everyone has their own reasonable answer as to why they are fighting.

If you like supernatural kinds of shows, pretty environments, and excellent fighting scenes, you may be in for a treat on this one. Not to mention, it has a pretty amazing soundtrack. Needless to say, this is becoming one of my more favorite anime. I can't wait to see where it goes! 


I also plan to cosplay as Neko. She's really a cute character!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

An Unboxing


 So, it's a late post, but on the 29th of last month, I got to unbox my Guild Wars 2 Collectors Edition. <3 I'll post pictures of my new stuff, along with some other spoils from the journey! This is my game of the year, so I'm really excited to be able to play the full version and not worrying about having my character deleted through the beta. Also, if you guys haven't already, check out my Guild Wars blog Project Tyria. It compares locations from both Guild Wars games to each other as well as pre and post searing Ascalon. It's even garnered the attention of Arenanet themselves. I guess that's my way of saying that I think it's worth checking out. X3


Box of the box
Collectors Edition box

Rytlock figure <3 !!!!
Collectors Tin
Picture frame, portfolio of pictures, best of soundtrack,
concept book, and game.

Things not included in the collectors edition, but I got along the way!

Desktop map reference guide.
Guide book- Hardback Version
This has a story behind it, see below.

Soundtrack signed by Jeremy Soule himself! <#
Okay, so I went into Gamestop the other day to find a copy of Persona 3 Portable, since I hadn't been able to complete it yet. While walking through the store, I spot the Guild Wars 2 display. On it, there are the large display game boxes. I wasn't able to make it to the Guild Wars 2 midnight release at one of their other stores, where they said they'd be giving these out at. Because this store didn't have a midnight release party for it, they still had the display set up. The guy at the counter says he can save one for me when they change out displays by putting a sticker on the back. He comes back with the box, throws away the sticker, and says I can have it then and there. Such an exciting night! While I can't say I care too much for Gamestop, its employees like this that make me want to come back. So thank you again very awesome Gamestop employee guy!!!! <3



Dryftlock's respawn rate is broken.


Bodyline Review 2

I absolutely adore Bodyline at this point. I know a lot of people say they have problems with them, but this is my fourth-fifth (I lost count) order and I've not had a problem with them. This time, I ordered a school girl uniform cosplay and a quartered-split wig.


The uniform (COSTUME410) is mostly for the skirt since I couldn't find one for my Tsumiki cosplay and I have waaaay too much to make right now to put it on my list. So, I ordered the uniform in blue. The entire time it was on it's way, I was afraid that it may not be the color blue I wanted, since I keep my monitor on gaming mode. It came in and was precisely the color I wanted (and though it would look like with the gamma turned down). Opposed to my winter uniform I purchased from them, the summer uniform is light and breezy. It's very well made and it came packaged in a plastic garment bag with a hanger. The lines on the collar and sleeves are made from a really soft and silky cord that intricately loops at the corners.The skirt is pleated perfectly and the bow that comes with the outfit is adjustable.  I'm certainly impressed.  

As for the wig, I wasn't sure how Bodyline's wigs were going to turn out. I've only seen them in pictures on the site, but I've always wanted a split wig of some sorts. Each of them looked natural and I liked the look of a bob since I have long hair (It'd be a nice change up!) So I place an order for a quarter-split wig (w048) in lb-y-db (Light brown/Dark brown). It's been a color combination I've been desiring for about a year now for a split wig, so I took a chance and ordered it. When it came in, it looked a little thin in the packaging. The package itself was nice- what you'd expect from a high quality wig. When I took it out and put it on, though, the fibers fell into place and the wig was super thick. The fiber looks really natural, so much so that people thought I had cut my hair! It's really soft, yet realistic feeling- like well groomed hair. I'm happy I took a chance and now I will be eyeing their other natural looking wigs for the future!


Overall, I rate my experience with them a 10/10. 
Yet again, I can't wait to shop with them again. They're really inexpensive and their quality has always been really great for me. <3

If you're interested in either of these items, here are some links!

Me wearing them both!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Turnaround!


Throughout my life, there has always been some sort of stress, tension, or drama. It seemed to follow me, and you know, I probably egged a lot of it on. There was always something going on, kind of like a storybook. I didn't like it, really, but I was going about the wrong way to try and end it. I've lost a lot of people I thought were my friends; betrayal, mistrust, misunderstandings, and even the drama itself caused a lot of them to leave. I don't blame them for leaving, really, but a lot of them became bitter and my reputation began to go downhill. Of course, I'm not a victim- I probably caused a lot of it, though sometimes I didn't really understand why some things happened in the cases where I was a victim.  Most of the time I try to give it some time and reconcile with the person- While friends may be out of the question, why couldn't we just not hate one another? I remember all the good times we may have had, the happy memories we shared. I wanted them back. A lot of times I would apologize even if the other person was the one who betrayed me, just so that we could have peace. And I meant my apologies as well. It's only ever worked about twice.

After Racecar passed, I realized that throughout my life, he was teaching me a lesson in kindness and happiness. That little mental cat was probably wiser than I, and certainly was in the subject of peace. I'm doing a lot of things in memory to him. I'm writing a book about him in hopes of getting it published, I will be donating money to find a cure for the illness he suffered from, naming everything I can after him. Probably the most important thing, to me, that I will be dedicating to him is a new personality. I don't want to participate in drama anymore. I don't want to hate people- Even if they've blamed me for murder, I don't want to hate them. It's not completely settled in yet, this personality. Sometimes I do slip up, but it inspires me to do better in future cases. I aspire to have a 'perfect' personality through showering people with nothing but kindness and advice. No, I don't aim to be a doormat, I will still stand up for what I believe in, but in a more peaceful manner.

While there are a lot of people out there who dislike me and would like to ruin my reputation and say mean things about me, I'm not going to be mean or instigate anything. Instead, I'll just try my best to win people over with kindness and love and be true to it for as long as I live. I made this decision a while back and I'm trying my best to keep to it, and I've been pretty good about it, save for a misunderstanding at one point in which I promptly apologized. I just want everyone to know that I am a nice person and aspire to continue being so.

It's a long road to this 'perfection', but I would like to invite everyone to walk it with me. We really do need less hate and more love in this world. My drama-free life has been better for me and I have more time to do things to better my body and soul without dark clouds looming over me. I think it's a change that everyone needs to experience at least for a little while.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vote for me!

I entered a Guild Wars 2 screenshot contest. The winner gets the Guild Wars 2 SteelSeries set, including a gaming mouse, headphones, and some mousepads. The top 20 of the viewers votes will have a chance at winning them. They will then narrow it down to six, so there will be six winners. Please help me get into that top six!


Please vote for me here! 
 
 
Since a lot of people have a lot of friends on Facebook, they get a lot of votes. I only friend people I know in real life on my Facebook page for security reasons, so I don't even have a hundred friends on Facebook, especially since a lot of my friends refuse to use Facebook. This means that I need your help to get me to the top! I worked very hard on picking out locations and getting just the right picture for my submission.  So please help!
 
 As for now, I'll just post up some other screenshots I took that I considered! I particularly loved the Grove. The contrasts of everything made me ooh and aah all weekend long! <3





Monday, July 23, 2012

AWA 2012 Plans


    Anime Weekend Atlanta plans are as follows!

DJ Iroha - Beatmania IIDX
Tsumiki - Acchi Kocchi
Rin - Touhou Project 
 
 
 I've actually worn and made DJ Iroha to my very first AWA. This AWA, I will be bringing the costume back after I remake it. There's a lot of work to be done, but I started earlier this year.

I will also be hosting a Touhou Trivia panel. It will be a game show-esque panel with several prizes for anyone to win. So if you like Touhou and want free stuff, study up and attend the panel! It'll be fun and friendly.

I'm very excited to attend AWA this year. I'm hoping my brother will come to AWA as well. I'm making him a costume to wear for it. I also can't wait to see my friends again. I'll finally be able to hug a friend I never have been able to since he will also be flying down to attend!

Redesign

   In an attempt to make this blog flow with the rest of my blogs, I'm redesigning the entire blog. You can see the changes for yourself! I've now added page buttons to the right of the blog for an easy way around the pages of my blog as well as links to my other blogs! I'll describe those later on in the post!
   I've also created a new background for the site. I thought something simple, easy, and cute was fitting.  I've changed up the header just a bit, but I kept the original and beautiful art from Lindsay (maroonwar.deviantart.com).  I've also added some new pages! Hopefully, I'll be able to keep up with this blog now, but the redesign isn't finished. I'm still working on post headers as well as fixing the posts themselves to work with the new width of the blog. A few more touches here and there and it should be complete!
    What do you guys think so far?

As for the other blogs I've linked on the side, I will now say a bit about them!



Penny Candy is my new food blog. I've sat on the idea for a while, and I post a lot of food up on The Perfect Doodle. Food is one of my passions. In Penny Candy, I will be reviewing restaurants as well as giving recipes and talking about snacks and candies. I hope to travel the world one day, and as I go place to place, I would love to post about the food I've tried. This even includes local food. It's small right now because it's new, but it will steadily grow!



Project Tyria is a Guild Wars fan blog that I own. For those of you who visit me for the Guild Wars 2 information or screenshots, this is where most of my time goes. Project Tyria takes comparison shots of Tyria in Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 as well as pre and post searing pictures. I take a lot of my in game time going around taking pictures of places you may know from Guild Wars game and find the same area in Guild Wars 2. The site has been talked about quite a bit by many Guild Wars fans and other Guild Wars sites, including the Arenanet Guild Wars 2 team themselves!


Aside from all of this, I will be making another post later today or tomorrow detailing my plans for Anime Weekend Atlanta. So until then! Bye-bye!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wig Review: Epic Cosplay

Getting ready for Anime Expo, I went to an online shop to find a wig. This time, I decided to go with the tried and true Epic Cosplay Wigs. I've never had a problem with them, and it still remains that way today.  For Index I decided to get their ice blue 26" wig.

       


I would have received the wig days earlier except an error on our end managed to get it shipped home instead of to our hotel room. We had to have it shipped back here! But the package did arrive on time at home, so the shipping is accurate.
Wearing it in pigtails. <3

It came in a box like envelope complete with the usual wig bag and net as well as some paper stuffing. Taking it out, it was brushed and clean looking, exactly what you'd expect from a professional business.  I tried it on, and the fibers were super soft, and it was the correct length. it was also thick enough (though I would suggest buying extensions if you want to do any sort of updo with this wig.)

My only complaint is that there weren't enough bangs cut in the front (it was a little uneven on the top where most of the hair was not cut to match the provided bangs), but I didn't mind shaping that up as I cut the provided bangs into the shape I wanted them.

Overall, I'm really happy with this wig. I even took it out for a test drive in public (I was having a bad hair day at the time.)

Ratings
Construction: 9/10
Fibers: 10/10
Shipping: 10/10
Overall look: 10/10

Final Rating: 9/10

Monday, June 11, 2012

More Guild Wars 2 Beta

Beta Weekend Event 2 has ended, and I took plenty of pictures! Most of them you can check out on my Project Tyria blog, however, some don't really belong there, so I will upload them here! You can click the pictures to make them larger

First off, my character. I recently got a new skirt for her that I really like, so she no longer looks like a Guild Wars 1 monk.


I also put a fun box out for everyone before the end of the event for everyone to enjoy on Sorrow's Furnace server.

Giant me!

Playing as a Sylvari



The ending event was based on Kralkatorrik flying over and corrupting everything. The waypoints became crystals and even normal enemies were made into level 80 monsters from the elder crystal dragon. Looking in the sky, you could sometimes see the dragon, though it was rather puny in size compared to what it was described to be. If you were killed, you were corrupted and became an enemy. All monsters became allies, and anything else became enemies. Players could kill other players for the first time in GW2 PvE. It was pretty fun, but it ended abruptly.
Corrupted Devourer

Helping out Rytlock

Kralkatorrik
(Except it was later used as the Shatterer)

My corrupted character

Corrupted character back

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Anime Expo Cosplay Plans


      This will be my first year attending Anime Expo and I'm really excited! There are a lot of people here I want to meet that I think are going. On top of that, I'll be able to meet the West Coast Touhou scene!

For AX I plan to cosplay Index from Toaru majutsu no Index, Kotohime from Touhou Project, and I will be bringing back White Len to wear at yet another con.

I can't wait to see what such a big convention is like, as well as meeting people and shopping in the dealers room!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Little Tokyo Trip



A few weekends ago I got to visit Little Tokyo in LA. It was my first time in a place like this! I had loads of fun, and I wore one of my bodyline dresses (the blue one with the beret) . A lot of people thought I was really cute!

It started off with waking up in the morning to ride my very first people train! Trains usually scare me, but I've always been interested in riding a people train. It wasn't scary at all and it was kind of like riding a bus or a plane. It was two stories and we rode on the top story. The train went through tunnels in mountains to get to the destination, so sometimes it was really dark outside!!

I wanted Shabu Shabu, but the restaurant was full! We didn't realize you had to sign in and they would call your name until later. For the moment we decided to eat at the Yamazaki bakery. I had a blueberry cake roll. It was really yummy, but it was too big for me to finish!! They had so many cute and yummy looking sweets there and were so very inexpensive! I can't wait to go back and eat more! Maybe I'll get some to bring home with me!







Then I got to visit the Sanrio store there. It should be called the Hello Kitty store because there wasn't a lot of anything else there. Surprisingly the things were cheaper at the Navy Exchange for the same products there so I decided not to get anything. I ventured around to more stores. They had a lot of cat related items, which made me very happy! So many cute kitties on everything!!


There were a lot of other things that I wanted, but I decided to save my money.  We finally got a spot at Shabu Shabu house and the feast began! It was very yummy, and unlike the shabu shabu I've had before, we each had our own pot to boil food in.  I got lean meat and at that and the carrots and lots of the cabbage together. I think next time I might want to purchase some of their sauce for when I am able to have my own shabu shabu party!

There was also this wish tree outside of the Shabu Shabu house. I wanted to make a wish, but the tree was full. I hope some of the wishes have come true for people!



I got a smoothie at the Family Mart as well. It has BOBA beads at the bottom. Are they tapioca balls? They didn't taste like tapioca, but a little more fruity. Maybe they were in fruit juice? I had a strawberry smoothie on top of it and it was very delicious.  I also got some sweets from the market- One was chocolate covered macadamia nuts, which were awesome, and they were a Hello Kitty item! The other was Pucca, pretzel fish with strawberry creme inside. They were not as good as everything else, but were still pretty tasty!




Then we went to the mall. There was a bookstore that we visited and they had so many neat things there. Then we went to a store full of San-X items. My new obsession is kutusitanyanko- Cat with socks. It's so cute, especially the puffy cat found next to her sometimes. I've named it puff! I bought a white board to help me remember to do things! As you can see, I needed to pick up some cat food! I got a pair of chopsticks that made up for the ones I lost a few years ago. They have the lucky cat on them!




Then we had curry at the Curry House. It was one of the best curries I've ever had. I had the mild chicken curry. I couldn't stop eating it, even when I was full! I can't wait to go back and have more someday! It was the absolute highlight of my day. If you're ever in the area, I suggest you have some of their curry! I had a lot of fun in Little Tokyo and can't wait to visit the real Tokyo some day!









Monday, May 28, 2012

California Strawberry Festival

Sorry for not updating so soon! I have a lot of things I want to blog about, but I'm going to space them out. Project Tyria keeps my hands full! 

Last weekend I managed to make it out to the California Strawberry Festival. It was absolutely amazing and right up my alley. Strawberries are one of (if not my) favorite fruits/berries and an entire festival dedicated to them is something I was very interested in. It wasn't far from where I'm staying, either.


A lot of people really like how I dress. They wanted to take pictures of/with me, especially people with kids!

The strawberries were so very delicious. I've never had a strawberry that good in my life. We bought two baskets of them and the first we ate on the spot. I had to stop to eat them because they were so yummy and I would have eaten them all! We ate a lot of strawberry related items, but we couldn't possibly eat them all! We had strawberries, strawberry smoothies, strawberry crepe, and deep fried strawberries.

Deep Fried Strawberries and Smoothie
Strawberry Crepe with Smoothies


They also had things like strawberry pizza, beer, nacho sauce, shortcake, teriyaki chicken, and other really weird and neat things.  I got to try a bunch of balsamic vinegars at a booth, and they were really tasty! Amongst other vendors, there were Sky chairs, which are kind of like fabric chair swings with foot rests. It was so relaxing and comfy. I didn't want to get up after sitting down! We got a toy crossbow as well. It's very fun!

Strawberry Pizza

After so much fun at the strawberry festival, I got to watch the partial eclipse that was happening that evening. It was a perfect end to a perfect day!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Project Tyria Has Moved!





Project Tyria has moved to a new blog all of it's own. There was such positive reaction to it and a lot of people came to visit my page for it! Thank you all so much! It seems that someone on the Guild Wars staff may have even visited here!
It has given mo so many pageviews, in fact, that I decided to rename it Project Tyria and give it it's own blog, that way, people wouldn't have to sift through the rest of my things to find what they came here for.
Also, find Project Tyria on Facebook:

Project Tyria on Facebook

Project Tyria now invites any explorer to send us their comparison shots and we may put you on our pages along with tagging your picture(s) to your name and even your site!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Game Review: Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge

     This game is old news, like "I played this on my Gameboy" old news. Regardless of how old the game is, it never gets old. I was raised on Castlevania games from a small child on the nintendo and even to this day, I play the series. It's my favorite gaming series, and for good reasons.
     Belmont's Revenge showed up on Gameboy in 1991, several years before I would get to play it. As I played through the SNES games, I decided to go back to the roots of the series. The first game was fine and dandy, and I couldn't understand Simon's Quest for the life of me then. Castlevania: The Adventure was much too easy for my liking. Nothing struck me as Belmont's Revenge did. The gameplay was simple yet solid, and the graphics drew me in even more. The pixel work for this mere Gameboy game was fantastic. The backgrounds were so detailed and it really made the game seem as if it had hard work and dedication in it. Something I was sure of being familiar with Konami's works.
    The game works a bit differently than a lot of the Castlevania's we are used to. Instead of being inside one castle, you get to play through four different castles, and in any order that you choose to. You play as Christopher Belmont, who has set out to save his son Soeliyu. I won't go much further as not to spoil the game for those of you who have not played it.
     Overall, this is a very solid game, and the fun factor is through the roof. There isn't anything bad I can say about the game; I could talk all day about how slow the Belmont's are in these games, but if they moved any faster, the game would be over in a flash, and that's no fun.  I personally think this classic beats out most of the newer games for me, even in this day in age. It's too fun not to rank as my #2 favorite Castlevania game of all time.

Overall Rating:
Art: 10/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Entertainment: 10/10
Overall: 9.5/10