Thursday, August 28, 2014

Con-Summer Merchandises Vol.2

THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MAJOR TALES OF SYMPHONIA SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED THE GAME/READ THE MANGA/SEEN THE ANIMATION, THEN DON'T READ/SCROLL THIS POST! DON'T CARE? SCROLL AHEAD!

Hello everyone!

Now when my con-summer has reached its end (yhyyy! ;__; ) it's time to write a "sum-it-up" post about all the merchandise that I bought and got for free at a summer con. This includes merchandise that I "ordered" and had someone else buying for me from a con I didn't attend myself. Let's go!

Cosvision 2014

This Boo (Super Mario) lamp was bought by Shiro Samurai to me from Cosvision this year.
Desucon 2014

This Levi (Attack on Titan) bag was also bought by Shiro Samurai to me but it's from Desucon. Loving it to pieces! The hanging Judgment!Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia) rubber strap is a gift from my good friends Yuri, Raven and Kim from Närcon this year.
Zoom on the cutie TUUUI ~
Skecon 3

Levi badge and screen cleaner.
Närcon 2014

Attack on Titan fan (different picture on each side) and the Teepo (Tales of Xillia) magnet that I got for free from the con's Namco Bandai desk.
Attack on Titan fabric poster.
Attack on Titan boots that I also got from Yuri for free. I can't get over how comfy and useful these are for future cosplays! How can I thank you enough?! <3
Oh, what do you mean I like Attack on Titan? xD

Nerdcon 2014

I didn't buy any merchandise from the con.

That's it for this year. I decided that for future years I will include the bought/free merchandise in the con summary instead. Tschüss ~

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Super Pinky Blue Contact Lenses

Today I went to Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's place to finally get my latest contact lens review out of the way - in other words, put on my Super Pinky Blue lenses and do a short review about them. If anyone wonders, yes these are the very same ones I used on my Original Casual!Kagamine Len (Vocaloid) cosplay that I wore at Skecon this year. What are we waiting for? Let's go!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

One lens in.
Indoor, in normal roomlight.
Indoor, facing the window.
Bathroom light.
Outside, in the shadow.
Outside, standing in shadow not facing sun directly.
Outside, facing sun. NO! NOT IN THE PIT! IT BUUUURRRRNNNNSSSSS!
From a distance. Blörgh mah face.
Opened lens bottle.
Super Pinky Blue in solution.
Lens review:

Color: 9/10 Amazing and bright blue color! Seen from a distance as well.
Comfort: 6/10 I personally don't find the Super Pinky serie comfortable because of the big size. I also constantly feel that there is something in the eyes. Even in the long run, annoying.
Opacity: 10/10 Awesome color coverage, I don't think natural colors can do it much better than this!
Naturalness: 2/10 Eeh, these screams unnatural from quite the distance, I'm almost freaked out by my own pictures, really.

Overall: 8/10

I have also done a review in the past of the Super Pinky Hazel lenses click here to view it!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nerdcon 2014 Summary

Nerdcon - the newly started con in Umeå - is now behind us and I together with my brave crew consisting of Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki arrived safely and victorious within the walls of our hometown after a tiresome and dangerous mission at the con...

I'm still dealing with the after con lag and all that stuff but I want to get this summary out of the way now because I have some other posts in mind that I want to write about soon and hopefully I can write these before the Tracon 9 cosplay plans. 

Friday

I left my apartment on Friday to go to Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's place only to follow them out to the closest bus stop near their place pretty immediately I got there. We took the bus to Umeå (the bus trip felt like forever compared to taking the bus to Luleå) and after too many hours we finally arrived at Umeå - more exactly the university hospital there - which is about 380 km south from our hometown. At Umeå we saw Hitsuyū waiting for us pretty immediately after that we got out from the bus and she drove the three of us to her apartment in the outskirt of the city. The rest of the day (for my part) went to mainly watch the three of them playing Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party (yeah, the first one) on Hitsuyū's Nintendo 64. I only played a few matches on Super Smash Bros. with character's I like to play with and watched the rest. Mainly to avoid rage edition because playing all against all with 4 players on Super Smash Bros. can be pretty rage inducing and not to even mention the same amount of people playing Mario Party against each other. I mean, Mario Party games is literally made to break friendships and get chairs thrown at you. No matter what you do against your fellow players in that game, you're either a dick or growing one on your forehead, period. Besides, I enjoy watching others play anyway so I don't mind at all having less game time. If you want to read about our gaming time feels and hilarious monents, take a look at Shiro Samurai's Nerdcon summary post here (or his con summary in general). After all the gaming time and all the laughing and TENTACLE! moments we decided to head to bed.

And now, to the actual con day...

Saturday

I woke up at either 08.00 or 09.00 thinking that I'll be the one needing the least time to put on my cosplay make-up because I felt pretty confident doing the Levi (Attack on Titan) make-up now...I thought. When my company was done with putting their costumes on (including Hitsuyū) I was still trying to fix the make-up on my right eye. The make-up went smoothly to apply (I'm starting to understand how to do Levi make-up, wiee ~) and I got the base part how I wanted it but I soon noticed that my right eye make-up wasn't even compared to my left one and of course, I was bothered by it and wanted to fix it before heading out. I was the last one to put on my cosplay out of 4 and obvisouly, the last one to be ready and leave the house. With all of us done we left the building, climbed inside Hitsuyū's car and she drove us towards the city of Umeå, or more precisely the con location. We got to the city quite fast and then we searched for a parking place where Hitsuyū could park her red car. She soon enough got the car parked and we headed towards the city and after a small walk we saw this:

The goal has been reached! Booyah!
Obviously, we went inside and took the elevator to the floor the con was on (I think it was the 3rd floor) and outside the elevator to the left, we saw the Nerdcon ticket/information table! I picked up my Star Wars folder from the depths of my bag where my Nerdcon volunteer paper was safely guarded by Master Yoda, hihi. When it was my turn in the line I showed up my volunteer paper and in exhange for it, I got this badge band around my neck where it says that I'm a volunteer. Hehe, feeling special here <3

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Mweheheh, sweet ~
I think the clock was somewhere around 10 or 11 when we arrived at the con and my work shift would start at 13.00 so I hadn't that much time to look around the con before I had to be at the information table to get work instructions. But I managed to take a peek inside the Game Room and the Dealer's Hall and snap one photo each.

Game Room with some people playing.
Near the Dealer's Hall entrance. Eren please! xD
After visiting said places I speeded my way to the cafeteria to see what it looks like, strike a quick chat with Jordan (one of my Skecon pals) and then I had to leave for the information table, get the work instructions and all that was left now, was to enter - cleaning - Levi-mode.

- All the photos from here and forward are taken by Shiro Samurai

Captain Levi signing up for duty!
I was told that the cleaning job is pretty soft but I was pretty sure that would not be the case for me. I did different stuff ranging all from switching full trash bags to take care of the bottle and cans so that the con can take out the money by recycling them. During my shift I felt it was very "lazy" to just clean "visible" dirt and trash so I took my blue friend and cleaned almost the entire building, just because I felt like it. Frankly, I have no clue how long I spent on cleaning the building with what I had but at one point I arrived in the cafeteria (I took each place and room in order) and Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki (working at the same time as I in the cafeteria) took some picture proof. It must have been a funny sight seeing Levi in the cleaning crew! xD

Just arrived in the cafeteria area.
What? I'm just doing my job.
Meanwhile in the cafeteria selling table. Photographer: Me.
DIRT!
Cleaning time, cleaning time ~
More DIRT!
Cafeteria was by far the most dirty place in the entire con.
During my working shift I lost count on how many times I was walking back and forth in the building, I swear! I never ran out of things to clean/take care of and everytime I was done with one "cleaning round" and when I returned *looking especially at the cafeteria peeps here* it was dirty again. It's not like I mind, after all I do enjoy cleaning. When the clock struck 16.00 my shift was over and I worked a bit over-time because my "complete round" was not done and I couldn't just leave something unfinished. A bit tired from the cleaning and a bit hungry our group left the con for a moment and followed Hitsuyū who led us to a Chinese restaurant near the con building. I ordered an appetizer because I wasn't so hungry that I could eat an entire meal. I really liked the shrimp rolls I had! Thumbs up for that restaurant (if someone wonders the name of it is Eurasia). With our tummies full we returned to the con. Despite having my working shift at its end I couldn't hold the organizer/clean-freak/nature lover within me in place, so I decided to scout around the con for bottles and cans in the wrong place, in other words; recyclable stuff in the trash and not in the "recycling shelf" where they are supposed to be. I really felt like doing this out of pure interest and own free will because it really bothers me that the con loses money out of this and that it damages the nature too. So everytime I walked past a trash can I would look at it - the Levi way - if there is something out of place in there. I had the Nerdcon crew giving me very positive comments about my will to work and help out despite being off-duty.

In the end I don't mind working over my shift at all (c'mon it was fun and I love having things to do and I certainly had enough of it <3) and helping to keep the place clean. I felt very good within for my work-despite-off-duty contribution. Have a WINNER picture a la Levi!

Mission complete!
After that the four of us had united we spent the rest of the hours at the con - where Shiro Samurai took some random con local photos for the three of us - doing stuff we found interesting. Sadly, we missed the cosplay competition - dat belts and 3DMG Armin Arlert (Attack on Titan) cosplayer though! <3 -  and the Häst and Seek game, which is your average Hide and Seek with a twist. You see, "häst" means horse in Swedish and the people hiding are wearing horse masks and the ones seeking after them makes funny/weird noises. We missed these two events because they were during the time we had our working shift. I would have really wanted to see the Häst and Seek one, but oh well no can do. Maybe next time. My remaining con time went mainly to scout after bottles and cans from the con's several trash cans and taking a closer look at the stuff that the Dealer's Hall sold. At one point I found and went to watch Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki play the very first Super Mario Bros. game for NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Oh my the nostalgy waves! I didn't feel like playing back then so I remained as a silent nostalgy sponge bro.

Standing at the stage area facing the Dealer's Hall room.
Board Game room.
These paper-like Super Mario characters were scattered throughout the con's main area. Gay Luigi! <3
Intro screen for the NES Super Mario Bros. game. NOSTALGY!
There was this one Dojo Game Room with only fighting-based games. One a PS3 there, was a BlazBlue game on.
Because I, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki were volunteers the three of us got this cash check from the con crew worth 50 SEK that we could use to buy food/snacks from the cafeteria (we also got free entry to the event by the way). I used up mine during my working shift since I took a small snack break and the two others reserved stuff for them (read: ramune soda) after me during one point before their shift ended, I think. We were at the cafeteria when they used up their remaining money in their cash checks. Hasakitsuki had a cup of coffee and we saw the results of the cupcake workshop that had been going on during the end of our working shift (I saw them making the cupcakes at one point near the end of my shift). While relaxing our last con minutes and when I still were on a bottle and can scouting round my pals just had to take a picture of me as Pullonkerääjä!Levi, hihi.

Who's your Levi now? ;P
After that, we just went to look after Hitsuyū and as soon as we found her we decided to leave the con for this year, head over to Hitsuyū's place to have a gaming night. It was getting late anyway. The con closed at 22.00 and we left a bit before 21.00 I think. Before leaving I left my "unfinished" bottle and can plastic bag to the Nerdcon crew and told them (if they are willing) to pick up the bottles and cans from the trash cans around the con before closing the con, if they want to get some free con money. The answer felt positive at least and my off-duty work was very appreciated. Once back at Hitsuyū's place, we talked mostly about random stuff and it just got too late to be gaming time so we headed to sleep. On Sunday morning we got up and just took the bus safely back to the walls within our hometown.

All in all, Nerdcon was a well organized, small but cozy event with a good atmosphere to match. I really look forward to work there again - hopefully - next year. I see if I can make some minor changes from this year's volunteer position until next time. I can't wait to cosplay the uniform version of Levi and run around a con and clean it, omg <3

Levi says bye for now!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nerdcon 2014 Cosplay Plans

Nerdcon is a brand new con that was held for the first time during 2013 in Umeå, Sweden. This year, I will attend it together with Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki and the three of us will stay at Hitsuyū's place because she lives in Umeå and was so kind to let us stay at her apartment during the con. I hope we can have lots of fun together at her place! The con is only one day and held the 16th August.

This year, Nerdcon will be something different from my usual "going to the con" routine. I will go to the con of course but apart from all the other cons I've been to so far - I will do something entirely new at Nerdcon. I will be a part of the con's volunteer crew. Yes, that's right! I have during my years as a cosplayer developed an interest to see and experience cons from different perspectives, including being both a regular congoer and a con volunteer. Of course I'm excited about what I will do and because it's the first time I will work at a con! Who said that cleaning can't be exciting? Wait, did I just say "cleaning"? Yupp, I did and one does not simply "sign up" for the cleaning crew without cosplaying:

Saturday

Suit!Levi from Attack on Titan.
Everyone who knows Attack on Titan somewhat should know by now the silliness of my volunteer position and my cosplay choice. If not, then the thing is that Levi is a very serious character and also humanity's strongest soldier (in other words: he's very badass!) and he has an...obsession with cleaning! I don't have the same degree of cleaning obsession but I enjoy it when places are tidy and organized and I am waaaaay too often the person picking up after others because it annoys me to sky levels when there is trash lying somewhere where it shouldn't be. It's not unusal at all to see me cleaning after others because I just can't stand it. Period. The hidden rage and urge to shove my invisible mop up their arse who don't clean after themselves. But yes, I will be on a cleaning patrol at Nerdcon from 13.00 to 16.00 (Swedish time) and be both swag and myself in-character.

See you there!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Oulu Animeseminaari 2014 Summary

Oulu's Animeseminaari (anime seminarium) was held this week from 8th - 9th August. Like last year I, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki slept over at our aunt's place because she lives in Oulu and is just so awesome <3

To be at our gamer aunt's place was amazing but the "con" itself...well, was quite the disappointment to be honest and here comes why:

Thursday

On Thursday I just prepared myself for the trip, did everything necessary in the apartment before leaving and lastly packed my luggage (it's not like it takes me many minutes to pack). After that I headed to the bus station about 30 minutes earlier than planned so that I didn't need to stress. At the bus station I just waited for my company to arrive and with us all united we took the bus to Kemi. Once in Kemi the three of us went to Lidl there to buy some provisions and later we took our train to Oulu, which was about 20 minutes late. Around 19.00 we arrived at aunt's place, unpacked our stuff, talked about changing the order of our cosplay plans (we informed Sairu-Chan about this too, of course) because our aunt was working of Friday and therefore couldn't show us the park (it was a bit far away). I was quite tired at this point already but I couldn't go and sleep because a thunder storm was roaring outside and I am, well, very afraid of thunder (I have my reasons) so I went to watch it shit myself. We saw a cool lightning that was clear and lasted for about one second. After the storm we could finally go and sleep.

Friday

I think I woke up around 09.00 (Swedish time) had my daily morning routine, put on my Saturday "cosplay" in other words casual gear feat. geeky t-shirt and Groudon (Pokémon) hat. I had low expectations of the seminarium to begin with but as soon as our crew got there I bet all of us were thinking more or less "Is this the "con"? You gotta be kidding me!" it was that bad, really. Outside the building (read: library) there was absolutely no indicator that there was an event going on, no posters, barely any "weirdly dressed" geeks or anything of that sort. Inside, well, it wasn't any better. There was simply just nothing to see or do. Almost no panels, no cosplay competition, no merchandise tables, no Artist Alley, barely any cosplayers...it was just full of nothing!

Main entrance during Friday morning.
Inside, next to the toilets.
The floor leading to the library.
Main area.
Alright, this was easily the worst animeseminaari I have ever been to, now I sorta feel bad about being disappointed in the previous ones, they were actually fine compared to this crap. Yeah, this year's one was that bad, simply. I do feel sorry about saying this knowing that there is very few cons organized in the northern part of Finland but I want to be fair with my experience. All-in-all there was good things too, like our company, the ice cream bar close by and that we ran into Wolf. He was cool - like always - and we spent some time with him. Later our group headed to town because we wanted to eat. We ate at Hesburger and while being there, I got a sms from Sairu-Chan who had arrived at the library and I told her that we will be there soon. Once back at the library we meet up with her and had a change of masks - Sairu-Chan's Colassal Titan (Attack on Titan) and Shiro Samurai's horse mask was in for a ride. Pictures can be seen at Shiro Samurai's summary here. It didn't take long after our "highlight" of the day before my aunt showed up because she wanted to see the event. I told her how it was and soon afterwards she asked me if I wanted ice cream. Sure, I still had plans to buy some but oh well I don't mind getting an offer <3

At one point I tried to call Shiro Samurai (because I had been looking for him and had something to say) but he didn't answer but we found them soon enough. After my ice cream our group (including Sairu-Chan) decided to head back to our aunt's place because the event just got plain boring. At our aunt's place we wanted to play some Super Mario 3D World on her Wii U and it was a blast! We played a few stages before Sairu-Chan had to leave and continued until we reached world 3 before we went to sleep. It was way more fun than being at the con. Time well spent <3

The game's story intro playing. Photographer: Shiro Samurai.
Saturday

The three of us got up and no one of us really felt like attending the event again knowing how disappointing it was. It became an even bigger "How about no" when we checked the forecast and saw that for the entire day they had promised more or less shitty weather in other words - it would be raining cats and dogs feat. thunder storm, again. At one point during the day we went to the city to buy some snacks for the evening and to check this one market seller who had these specific market candies that you can't really buy elsewhere. Hasakitsuki bought stuff from them and while we were at it Shiro Samurai went inside the Oulu's Kauppahalli (old styled store focusing on mostly meat and food products but also has other stuff for sale) to buy some more Thai food stuff (he went there on Friday too). We had our day spent by playing more Super Mario 3D World and I must say that I really enjoyed playing with Princess Peach even though she's not among my favorite characters. She's such a cheater at times, heh.

Oh yeah! Our aunt and her partner made some really good Thai curry food that day! It was spicy - just like it should be - and just plain good! Mmmhm! <3 Also, the thunder storm (that came later than the forecast had said) this day was the kind of storm that neither wanted to come or leave. It wasn't nearly as bad as the one during Friday and we could play without any bigger problems. I didn't cosplay during the day (obviously) as mentioned earlier mainly because the "con" was plain bad but also because so was my Silver (Pokémon) wig.

Sunday

We stayed this day at our aunt's place because there was no fitting train times back to Kemi and during the day we went with our aunt and her partner to Hupisaari and the park area around that place. It wasn't exactly as "exotic" as I had imagined it in my head but it was definitely nice and worth the visit! Around 17.00 (or was it 16.00?) Finnish time I, Hasakitsuki and Shiro Samurai said our goodbyes to aunt and left for the train station to take the train back to Kemi. Mom picked us up from Kemi and drove us to our apartments.

Last words: 

 I really hope that animeseminaari and the city of Oulu does something about this to keep the culture alive in the northern part of Finland. It's pretty sad that all the "better" cosplay events are in the south, I want to see them bloom in the north too as good as possible! Because well, people from the north also want to keep their hobby living and their wallet healthy ;)