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

  

Guild Wars/Guild Wars 2 Comparison Screenshots Part 2

     As before, I will have more of these later, but here are a few more for now! Do you think people would enjoy a Guild where the main point was to find locations like these and share screenshots together? I've thought about making one in the past for GW1 for the amazing finds in the land. Not just a before and after type thing, but for those who enjoy the beauty of the details they put in and how concept art is put into game graphics.
   

Ascalonian Catacombs

Lakeside County

Green Hills County Statue of Balthazar

Lions Arch

Lions Arch

Statue of Grenth in Temple of the Ages

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guild Wars/Guild Wars 2 Comparison Screenshots Part 1


    One of the things I absolutely adore are before and after pictures. Don't know why, maybe I like progress? But in celebration of the upcoming Guild Wars 2, I decided to do some comparison pictures to show the progress Tyria has made in the last 250 years.  On another note, because my character hasn't really changed (in appearance, class, race, or anything else) other than her hairstyle, I've decided that she's just immortal and might have amnesia, because that's funny to me.

   I plan to add more later, but this is all the ones I feel like uploading for now and doing side by sides of (I still have several places I've screenshot).


Lions Arch/ Old Lions arch

Lions Arch/ Old Lions arch
Temple of the Ages
Barradin Estate

Beetletun

Rin(Nolani Academy)/Black Citadel

The Breach

Saturday, May 12, 2012

♥Artist Spotlight♥

Page of Maroon War comic
    An amazing friend and artist made my banner at the top of the page. Today I want to put a spotlight on her. She's known as Maroonwar on Deviantart.com; a name based on the comic series she draws. She is also better known as Lindsay. Lindsay is an aspiring mangaka with an upbeat personality. She has been working on her comic diligently for several years now and has gained a lot of pageviews and watchers. I think she needs more. Why? Because her stories are interesting and the characters are deep. It's not uncommon to find traits like this, but it's still too common that I find flat characters and drab stories gain popularity over the real gems. 
    And it isn't even just her manga that's great. She has a whole arsenal of art styles and is well rounded in her mediums. It all ranges from cute to dark to parody and in digital to traditional. I personally love her cute style and asked her to make my banner. I love the big eyes and light colors she uses for all of her cute type drawings.
    I don't even know where to start for my banner. She did exactly what I asked and more! I gave her a picture of the outfit I wanted in the picture along with some details and told her I wanted it to be cute. She did exactly that, but it was 1)cuter than I expected (from already good expectations) and 2) she took the time to put Racecar in the banner with me. I nearly cried for joy when I saw that. 
     Not to mention, she's one of my best friends and I've known her since we were both in kindergarten together as teeny tiny little tots. Lindsay is like a sister to me. She's always been so good to me, and I've watched her grow not only as a person, but as an artist.  I have high expectations for her coming greatness and I hope that one day a company can sign her for her comic work.
  So, I ask that if you have the time, take a look at her artwork [Here] and to read her comic [Here]. I support her all the way, and again, I love all the work she does. She's a real gem that needs a little more attention. I encourage you to watch her if you have a deviantart account.



Please visit: LindsayRichardson.deviantart.com
MaroonWar.deviantart.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coming Through!!!!

  Hello again! Another new change is coming to my blog. My friend has agreed to make me a new banner! This one should better fit with my new theme.
 
  Being over here in Californai is still a bit odd feeling for me, but this weekend we might go to Japantown and Chinatown in LA. I'm hoping they have Sukiyaki~  And speaking of Asian food, I made stir fry the other night. It's one of my go to meals when we have a lot of veggies in the cabinet! I usually cook Asian inspired foods because they are a little more healthy and have low sodium and starch content. This particular stir fry is teriyaki with everything but the kitchen sink! It has green beans, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, and chicken.

  I also got to go to Outback Steakhouse the other night. There steaks are always well seasoned and I love having rare steaks. It's one of my favorite foods! For desert, I had a Chocolate Thunder from Down Under. It was so much chocolatey goodness that it gave me a tummy ache! It was worth it!

  The cats seem to enjoy it here, but they're so used to a big house they can run around in. They make up for the size of the room by instead matrix jumping off of everything. They eventually wear themselves out though and become cuddly.

 

  I'm also working on my Hello Kitty collection. As a small girl, I used to beg my parents for Hello Kitty items, specifically the Jewelry box and Magic mirror! While I don't have my Magic mirror anymore and never got the jewelry box, I still love Hello Kitty merchandise.  The other day I managed to pick up a Hello Kitty toothbrush for only a dollar at the 99cent store!