Monday, February 23, 2015

Desucon Frostbite 2015 Summary

Hello there.

Desucon Frostbite 2015 is now behind us and it was held at Sibeliustalo in Lahti, Finland the 13th - 15th February in other words during last weekend. For some reason I ended up not enjoying the con as much as I had thought I would. Anyway, here is my Desucon Frostbite 2015 summary.

Mine, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's long journey towards southern Finland started like usual, with us taking the train there from Kemi train station. Nothing worth mentioning happened on the train except that we all were more or less feeling crap for different reasons and I was sleep deprived and so was probably the rest of my company. We took the train on the 12th February so that we would arrive early in Lahti on the 13th, as Frostbite would first open its doors around evening. The first day was a halfday at the con. Yeah, Desucon Frostbite is one of Finland's few cons that are 3 days.

Friday

When our trio arrived in Lahti Shiro Samurai got some directions from Moonbeam how to find her apartment as she wanted us to stay at her place during the Frostbite weekend. Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki knew her since summer Desucon last year but I didn't so I just felt like a stranger visiting another stranger, haha. It didn't take long until we found her apartment and I'm happy how welcoming and nice she is! As soon as we arrived the three of us made our beds and crashed in them for a few hours until it was time to start putting on our cosplays for the con. However only I and Hasakitsuki put on cosplays for the first day and my cosplay for the day was Original Casual!Germany from Hetalia. I'm happy that my costume was a casual one. As I really doubt that I would have the energy to put on a proper costume during that day. With all of us ready - 6 persons - we left for the con and once we got there, there was this one sight that surprised us all. It was a Finnish con and there was a looong line to get your tickets. Here I and Shiro Samurai thought that the line system was "Swedish cons only" but seemingly we had it wrong. Luckily it moved fast.

Almost as soon as we got inside the majority of my company decided to go and watch a movie called Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled from Paradise. I didn't really care, sure I heard that it was good afterwards but I just didn't feel like watching it. Instead I spent some time with Wolf and later ShinigamiUchiha who was cosplaying an Original Casual version of France. We didn't find our missing Belarus and we started to assume that they wouldn't show up when the clock had passed 19.00 which was the meet time. The two of us went at one point to the photostudio upstairs to at least have a photo or two taken becuse we both wanted to have a memory of the meet that ended up being a pair cosplay, hah. Shiro Samurai just wouldn't have time to photoshoot us anymore as he was watching the movie which was longer than I thought. Oh well, we got two great pictures!

Cosplayers: Jäätynyt Enkeli (Original Casual!Germany) and ShinigamiUchiha (Original Casual!France)
Photographer: Kyuu Eturautti



The both of us were surprisingly positive over how good the pictures looked and neither of our faces derped. Awesome! The rest of the con evening I spent by chatting with ShinigamiUchiha and it was interesting how fast we sparked a deeper connection/understanding towards each other. On the other hand there wasn't much to do at the con as the Dealer's Hall would first open on Saturday, so learning to know thy enemy is a great way to kill your time effectively! :D

We left the con when everyone in our group became tired and we all - still 6 persons - slept at Moonbeam's apartment. It was a bit crammed but it didn't hinder me from catching a good sleep.

Saturday

I'm not sure what time we got up but I think it was around 9 in the morning. At first I was wondering if I should put on my Jean Kirstein (Attack on Titan) or Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name) cosplay when Hasakitsuki was putting on their Sasha Blouse (Attack on Titan). I was a bit tempted to go as Jean as it would be nice to have the Attack on Titan cosplay group already on Saturday but then it hit me - Shiro Samurai didn't have his Suit!Levi with him and that meant no group. Besides, for me it would feel pointless to drag Luka's sword all the way to Lahti and then not cosplay him on the main day. So I rolled with Luka anyway. I don't regret myself, I got my photo taken more than expected which felt awesome when you're cosplaying someone from an obscure show.

When we arrived at the con I went to roam the main area and soon afterwards the rest of my company disappeared somewhere. I lost track of them for a while but I made a new friend instead! One that likes similar types of shows and characters (even to a more deeper level) w00p w00p! In other words, something that never happens to me :D

Konoe from Lamento: Beyond the Void.
Alright first off, you pretty much NEVER see Lamento cosplayers here in Finland/Sweden and I was really surprised to actually see one live. The two of us ended up speaking for a while and sharing recommendations, show preferences and such. It was a pleasure to speak with you! Hopefully we will meet again and perhaps have a pair cosplay someday in the future! ~

After our chat I went to look after my company and I found them later on after scouting for a while. I kept losing and finding them throughout the day, but this way I also had the chance to learn to know some new people during the con day. I was surprisingly social on this day.

Luke fon Fabre (Tales of the Abyss) on the left and Lloyd Irving (Tales of Symphonia) on the right.

Maijin Buu from Dragon Ball.
Part of the Dealer's Hall.


At one point during the day our group went to buy something to eat from the nearby residing S-market. I had the usual triangle bread but it was better than expected. When we came back Shiro Samurai offered me a quick photoshoot on my Luka Crosszeria cosplay. That costume needs pictures seriously. Last time photoshooted at Tracon 2013, ehehe.

Cosplayer: Jäätynyt Enkeli (Original Casual!Luka Crosszeria)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai





With the photoshoot over and done with I hurried inside as I was freezing and waited for the rest of my company to be done photoshooting. When it had started to become dark I saw this cool Riku cosplayer!

Riku from Kingdom Hearts.
The clock started to near 18 and our trio was considering leaving the con for the day. No one of us had the motivation, hype or the energy to stay much longer. So we left and I tell you, it felt great to be away from the noise.

Sunday

On Sunday I decided to not put on my Casual!Jean Kirstein cosplay as I felt weak and semi-sick. Just didn't have the energy for it. However, I will just debut Jean at another con during the year. So I went to the event with casual clothing, my Jean wig on - as my hair looked like crap - and this black-pink cat ear headband. My entire Sunday went to take pictures of the cosplayers I didn't have a picture of yet and some more generic pictures and of course visiting the Artist Alley that I had completely forgotten about the previous days.


Aqua from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
Shiki from Togainu no Chi.
Suzaku Kururugi (left) and Lelouch Lamperouge (right) from Code Geass.

Attack on Titan group.
Oh and this time I only found one thing to my liking when it comes to the merchandise from the con and it was from the Artist Alley. Hah, I don't even remember the last time I bought something from Artist Alley, was it during Animecon 2013? Dunno.


Desucon Frostbite ended at 16.00 but they closed their doors at 17.00 so our entire company left a tad bit earlier so that we would have enough time to buy provisions, eat proper food and packing our stuff without stressing. We still ended up stressing but we got to the train station and train in time - which was delayed. The trip back for my part was downright torture. I got sick in the train, I had pains pretty much everywhere, coughed like crazy, fever and I couldn't sleep even for a minute. I went crazy with the pain and every minute on the train felt like an eternity.

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I like trains. NOT!! >8C

That's all for this time around. See you.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lens Review: Princess Pinky Twilight Brown

Hello all.

During last weekend, I was at mom's to sew the missing pants for my Casual!Jean Kirstein (Attack on Titan) cosplay and during the Saturday Shiro Samurai put my lenses to soak for said cosplay. Today I decided to try them on and see how well I like them - it's time for a lens review of the Princess Pinky Twilight Brown.

Note: Even if the name says brown these lenses are actually more to the gold/yellow side.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lens bottles.
Lenses in vials.
One lens in to show enlargement.
The following pics are taken either indoors or outdoors during a cloudy winter day.

Outdoor, back against light.
Outdoor, facing light.
Somewhere indoors.
Flash photo indoors.
Facing window indoors.
Room light.
Bathroom light.
Close to bathroom lamp.
In the kitchen, lights off.
Distance picture in the kitchen.
Lens review:

Color: 8/10 
Color is great and opaque, it shows well.
Comfort: 6/10 
I didn't find these so very comfortable. I do feel them in my eyes and my vision is almost constantly blurred. They are still durable.
Design: 5/10
The pattern is nice and simple.
Enlargement: 2/10
There is a very small enlargement. Good if you have small eyes.
Naturalness: 5/10 
The color is not natural but they are barely enlarging and have a natural pattern. I mean who has golden or yellow eyes as natural eye color?
Opacity: 8/10 
The color coverage is great, it's clearly an yellow/golden color.

Anyone out there who knows of a brand that sells comfortable golden lenses with not so much enlargement? I would gladly try other brands to find more comfortable lenses for my future golden eyed cosplays. I'm very grateful for suggestions and recommendations. Thank you!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Casual!Jean Kirstein Preview

Welcome back to another preview folks!

This time I will just do a quick preview of my Casual!Jean Kirstein cosplay from Attack on Titan that I will debut at Desucon Frostbite for the first time. However, in this preview I won't wear the lenses for Jean as I forgot to put them to soak yesterday nor his actual pants as I still have them to sew. I will definitely have these missing parts once I'm at the con so no worries. Let's go!

Cosplayer: Jäätynyt Enkeli (Casual!Jean Kirstein)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai






Dammit Yeager! xD
Hope you enjoyed this small preview. See you at Desucon Frostbite!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Original Casual!Germany Preview

Hallo!

Almost as soon as I posted my Desucon Frostbite cosplay plans I wanted to do some kind of either make-up or preview post of my Original Casual!Germany cosplay. However, this didn't go as planned at all during the first couple of days after that the cosplay plans was posted because well, I got an infection derp in my left eye. Luckily the infected area doesn't really annoy me or hurt unless it gets touched at somehow and I seemingly got a more persistant infection to boot just before the con, blööööörgh. This has kept me at bay from doing any kind of make-up test and contact lens reviews because well, I don't want to risk more eye derp. After some thinking and talking with my company and visiting the health care center in town I decided to do a preview of said cosplay anyway. When it comes to the character make-up I won't do the one that I originally thought up for the character, instead I will do one that won't touch the infected area just to be on the safe side. When it comes down to the contact lenses, I guess I won't find out until I try. If I by any chance feel any discomfort during the preview at the infected area I will just do the cosplay without contact lenses at the con hopefully not. Now, let's move towards the preview, shall we?

Bist Du bereit?

Cosplayer: Jäätynyt Enkeli (Original Casual!Germany)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai




Coming to see you at Desucon Frostbite!
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Outside the snow was cold, really cold.

Bonus Pictures!

I think my ass just became one with the snow pile I'm sitting on. Brrr...
Just wiping off some snow from my clothing and my face had other plans, of course.
Eherrm, let's get serious again.

Right now the eye infection is almost goners and might as well be before Desucon Frostbite. Oh and I totally love how smoothly and problem-free everything on this costume was to put on during the morning. The wig went on with absolutely no itching and it even did the small extra job for me to boot (it's a lacefront wig by the way), lenses went in very quickly and they are very comfortable. It's the EOS brand's New Adult Blue lenses that I will review some other time. Last but not least my make-up was successful and I am very satisfied with it. I even wonder if I should stick with this make-up style for Germany as I'm pretty sure that my other idea won't look as good on my eyes as this one does. What do you think about my eye make-up guys? Any advice or ideas for the character?

That's all for this preview.

For a special someone out there.

Tschüss!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Desucon Frostbite 2015 Cosplay Plans

Hello, hello!

Desucon Frostbite will be my first con of the year 2015 and it will be held during 13th - 15th February in Lahti, Finland. The train ticket and the convention ticket was bought around the end of December. Oh and the last time I was at Desucon Frostbite was during 2012 so I am very curious to visit the con again and see how it has grown during the past years! And here is what I will cosplay!

Friday

Original Casual!Germany from Hetalia.
Ever since I finished watching Hetalia somewhere around the end of 2014 I wanted to cosplay Germany from it as I instantly liked him as a character. However, I won't have time to do his uniform (anime version) yet, so I decided to - once again - start with an original casual version. So I just went through my wardrobe and I found everything that I needed and would fit for him there, including blue contact lenses. The lenses were originally bought with another character in mind but since they have the right color for Germany, I gladly use them for him as well. Yaay! I also made a Hetalia cosplay group at Aniki.fi here, if anyone is interested to join, as we hope to get as many cosplayers as possible. I'm so excited!

Saturday

Original Casual!Luka Crosszeria from The Betrayal Knows My Name.
The Saturday cosplay was for the longest time the blank spot on my cosplay plans list as I had absolutely no idea as who to go as. One thing's for sure, I want something that stands out a bit more than my two other cosplays. I went through all my completed cosplays and later I decided on Luka Crosszeria as my Saturday cosplay. Just felt like cosplaying Luka as I haven't cosplayed him since Tracon 2013 and well, that's quite some time ago. Besides I have some new updates on the costume that I want to try out and see what they look like, so I'm curious now.

Sunday

Casual!Jean Kirstein from Attack on Titan.
On Sunday my usual con company wanted to cosplay from Attack on Titan because well, we've been hyping the serie for a while now and we want to cosplay from it together and our time is now. In our group, Shiro Samurai will do Suit!Levi so I had to quickly decide for another character that I want to cosplay from the show. However, I have been planning to do another character from the serie besides Levi, as I really like the good, varied cast of characters from Attack on Titan. After some thinking I decided on the hors-- errh, Jean Kirstein because I like him a lot as a character and his hair is cool. Yeah, I picked the horse and it's amazing. So during Sunday you will see me as Casual!Jean Kirstein along with Suit!Levi and Casual!Sasha Blouse.

That's my cosplay plans and see you at Desucon Frostbite!