Saturday, December 6, 2014

Future Cosplays - Anime & Manga Characters!

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!

Happy Independance Day Finland!

Yepp, today is Finland's Independance Day! As the country reached its 97th year of independance, wooohoo! I'm a Finn myself who lives in Sweden and I look forward to enjoy this day to the fullest either alone or with some friends! But it's not written in my scheme of the day to leave you peeps out of the fun! So go fetch your karvalakki and a bottle of Moomin lemonade as I will give you folks a sneak-peek into 6 characters from the realms of anime & manga that I'd love to cosplay someday in the future!

Also does anyone remember this dream cosplay list that I did back in April featuring my top 5 dream cosplays at that time? Well, let's face it. That list was done in April so it has become outdated and old by now and I have no plans on updating it or making new ones. I have during the past months realized as a cosplayer that I just simply can't put a "rank" on a cosplay in my cosplay list. Why? Because I love them all for very different and unique reasons. They're all awesome in their own way. But I must be honest with myself and say that Kratos Aurion's Judgment/Cruxis outfit from the game Tales of Symphonia is still by far my number one dream cosplay, as he's very dear to me as a character. With that said and out of the way, I will continue towards the purpose of this post - the future cosplay sneak-peek!

ARE YOU READY GUYS AND GALS?!

ARE YOU EXCITED?!
Because here they come!

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Characters that was on the April list won't be re-listed below. Also the characters on this list are in no specific order.

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Character: Edward Elric
Serie: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


That's right! I will open this post with Edward Elric the fullmetal alchemist
who lost almost everything important to him due a terrible mistake he made. This little guy has been peeping up behind the taller guys on my cosplay list for a long time now. He has also managed to stay stable on my cosplay list after the several filterings my list has been through, as if he was made out of metal. What made me love this guy - apart from his deep character and story - was the way he handled his enemies. Edward Elric isn't your average anime hero who beats the bad guys to save the day. No, he knows how to save the world by understanding how it works. I have also been very encouraged to cosplay him as some people (both friends and people from the Internet) says that I would make a really good Edward Elric - height accurate to boot! :,D

Character: Kratos Aurion
Version: Judgment / Cruxis
Serie: Tales of Symphonia: The Animation


As a die-hard Kratos Aurion fan, I have it as a goal to cosplay every official outfit of this mercenary available - save for the kimono one that Shiro Samurai wants to do - including the anime version of his Judgment/Cruxis attire. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to bother cosplaying the anime version when I will be doing the game version of said outfit, as they're technically the same. After some thought I decided to add this anime exclusive version to my "Kratos outfits that I want to cosplay someday" list. Why? Just take a look at it and compare it to the game version and you will soon notice that they're actually pretty different. I don't mind cosplaying this version at all, as it would probably be the best preparation experience I can get before starting with the game version. The more versions of Kratos I cosplay, the happier I am!

Character: Levi
Serie: Attack on Titan


Surprised to see Corporal Levi on my cosplay list? No? I thought so. Everyone who likes Attack on Titan and especially Levi as a character, won't have a hard time figuring out why he's on my list. It's simple because he has a personality I really like, is plain awesome, badass and - wait for it - short. Yupp, I am always very happy to find short badass characters to fill my cosplay list with and Levi is far from an exception. Oh and that uniform is like a drug to me. Seriously, half the reason I watched those 25 episodes of the anime's first season was because of dat uniform! Gewd that jacket, boots and belts. Oh and that weapon kicks ass too!

Character: Germany
Serie: Hetalia 


With Hetalia being my most recent anime that I watched it also means that Germany is the newest guy to march straight into my cosplay list. There is several reasons why he ended up there as well. One of those is that as soon as I saw him in the anime's first episode of Axis Powers, I couldn't help taking an instant liking to his character. The more I watched the anime, the more I realized how much we have in common! Germany as a character is pretty much me in a nutshell; but trapped in a historical parody anime!! This gentleman and his fellow allies Japan and Italy managed to put several smiles on my serious and stern face.

Character: Michael
Serie: Angel Sanctuary

Picture from the manga.
Michael is the only character from Angel Sanctuary who's still on my list after that the main character Setsuna Mudō fell out. Since I haven't completed the manga yet, I can't say for sure who is my favorite character as the story is very unpredictable. At this point Uriel stands as my fave but Michael is a close second. However, when it comes down to cosplay, I would easily lean towards cosplaying Michael than Uriel. This is because Michael would fit my height much better than Uriel who's very tall. I also find that outfit of Michael's to be much more appealing than any of the ones that Uriel wears in the show. Last but not least, I also prefer Michael's weapon of choice over Uriel's.

Character: Luka Crosszeria
Serie: The Betrayal Knows My Name

Picture from the manga.
When I'm considering possible future cosplay candidates, there is this one thing that can almost instantly rocketfire a character to my cosplay list and that's the character's design. In other words, what they are wearing. Luka Crosszeria, the handsome badass demon from the Uraboku * serie is a perfect example of just that - a design which gave him an instant ticket to my cosplay list. Just like Angel Sanctuary I haven't completed Uraboku yet. But ever since I saw Luka in the manga for the first time, I had a very strong feeling that he will be my favorite character by far. So far he is. The only problem I had with Luka - when it comes to cosplay - is that I had a surprisingly hard time to decide which one out of his many cool outfits I want to do the most! Trust me, this only becomes an issue if said character pretty much only have designs that you like! Even if he ends up not being my fave at the end of the manga which I don't think will happen I would still have a very good reason for cosplaying him.

* Uraboku is the shortening of the serie's Japanese name "Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru".
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That was all for this special day and I hope that you folks enjoyed this post! Because now I'm off to celebrate Finland's Independance Day! See you!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Zeit Für Eine Kreuzfahrt!

Hello folks!

It's been a while!
Yeah, I know that my blog has been silent for a month now but this time - as the title says in German - I've been on an extraordinary trip! Namely a cruise trip from Helsinki to Stockholm! So, how was my trip you ask? Well, you'll soon find out if you keep reading! But before I move on, I want to say that this post will be all but serious! ;)

It all started when Shiro Samurai's and my dad called us for quite some time ago and explained that he had LOT of Silja Line points that would expire the coming months and well, he didn't want that. Because he won't be able to use up the points until they expire he asked if we could go on a free cruise. A few days afterwards he fixed everything for the trip (except for me changing the last passenger a few days before the trip). Our original company for the cruise was supposed to be me (duh!), Shiro Samurai, Hasakitsuki and Sairu-Chan but Sairu-Chan later informed me that she couldn't come with us because of her school. With Sairu-Chan out of the gang I had to quickly find someone to take her place before it would be too late. I went on a thought-round thinking of any friend (preferably someone our group somewhat knows too) who wouldn't have it too troublesome to get to Helsinki either. In other words - the more closer this friend lives to Helsinki the better. The first person who crossed my mind who I know lives close to Helsinki - and want to go on a cruise - is SipsiNekku. So she became our forth passenger and we're all set now. Oh and before I forget! Like a day or two before our trio left for the trip towards Helsinki in the south we got a package in the mail that we all been eagerly waiting for. Hence I was the only one who took my "part" of the package with me to the cruise. What this is, well you'll see soon!

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Our journey started on the 17th November when I, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's got a ride by one of my childhood friends who drove us to Kemi's pain train station. At the train station we had to wait for about 2 hours (I think?) before our train would arrive so we had time to walk to the nearby Lidl to buy some snacks for the train and so. When the train arrived we all knew that ahead of us was a sleep deprived night and so it was. The trip felt like forever but I was happy to have my PSP with me, so that our gang could knark play some Monster Hunter together and rage and sleep those 3 - 4 hours. When we finally reached Helsinki in the south early in the morning (18th November) around 7 am local time, we headed pretty straight to the Olympia Terminal where our ship would arrive at 10.30. I must say that walking through Helsinki's streets felt quite nostalgic for me because I haven't been there for a very long time! At the terminal we just played and derped some more until our ship - Silja Serenade - showed it's beauty in the harbor and until SipsiNekku showed up somewhere around 15.30 or so.

Hello there sweetie! ~
Despite the ship being in the harbor like SOON since 10.30 we couldn't board it before 17.00. Blööööööööööörgh! *insert time machine here*

When the ports were open and it was time to board the ship and walk through that narrow corridor towards the ship I mentally did over 9001 backflips and squeed out of happiness inside. Oh yeah! Before you enter the ship at the very end of the corridor there is this ship environment-ish photostation and when you're about to pass it, some peeps from the ship crew will take your photo and later during the trip you can go and check it out and if you want, buy it as a memory/souvenir. I personally like this idea a lot. Our group thought about making silly faces when passing but we decided to not. Well inside the ship *insert noodle arms here* we headed straight to our cabin that was located on deck 10 to drop off our stuff, take a small break and later change to what we called "fabulous" soon afterwards. My fabulous was a random Attack on Titan soldier (not any specific character) and it was the jacket that had arrived in the mail earlier. When everyone had changed to their fabulous gear it was time to take a look around the ship! So we went to stroll on deck 7 which was the ship's main deck. On deck 7 you would find the bars, night clubs, restaurants and more. The most stuff was there simply. The first thing we went to check was the ship buffet to decide if we wanted to eat there or not and if yes, had to book a table in advance. But after seeing what the ship buffet had to offer this time - mainly consisting of Christmas foods - it had us all go "meh not worth those 40 €" because none of us is really that fond of the kind of Christmas foods that you eat here in Sweden and Finland. The ship buffet had me especially disappointed because half the reason I came aboard was to eat at the buffet when I've been drooling after specific dishes for a couple of years now...*sob* Oh well, at least my wallet will spare me, ahaha.

Here are some photos from the stroll aka deck 7!

- All photos taken by Shiro Samurai -

Inside the Tax Free. CAANDIIEEES ~
Pirate themed money games.
While strolling around we saw those claw crane machines with plushies inside where you play by inserting coins to the machine. I didn't play but Hasakitsuki did because one of the machines had Pacman ghost plushies and she wanted the pink one. After having the machine eating her wallet 30 € + poorer she gave up on the pink one. I was glad to see her fishing up an orange and blue ghost though. SipsiNekku played too, but on the machine next to the Pacman one with random plushies (some from Star Wars <3) though she gave up after about 6 tries.

I feel you bro! ;___;
Game arcade with rally games. Dat batmobile though!
Deck 7 (also known as Promenade deck) view.
I don't remember were but at one point we watched this one dance show that was very nice and entertaining. It was performed at the center of deck 7.

Part of the dance performance.
You guys have no clue how long it took for our group of 4 to decide where to eat! We kept walking back and forth on deck 7 for something that felt like forever before finally deciding on a restaurant called Mundo. But when we were on our way there (from the other end of the deck) we were stopped in our tracks and watched an amazing acrobat performance!

They knew their thing for sure!
Shortly after the acrobat performance our group camped in front of Mundo to decide what to eat and I was happy to receive my food!

Hungry like a titan!
I find it funny that I am the shortest of our group and the only one who managed to eat everything on the plate. Sometimes I wonder if I really have a black hole instead of a stomach because at times I really eat like a Jean horse and I don't even need to be hungry to do that! Hohoho ~

Later with the food somewhere in our stomachs it was time for the next stop. Can you guess where? What's the smartest place to visit after eating, hm? Yeah, the candy store aka Tax Free! Before heading there we decided that we should only buy what we wanted for the evening/night because it would be kinda pointless to stock up on candy already now when we had a second day on the ship. From the store I bought just a few stuff and a kids party drink bottle with Disney's Princess motive. Around this time we where all sort of laggy so we headed towards our cabin in deck 10. Said cabin was a Promenade cabin which meant that we could see the Promenade deck from our window. How about the rest of the evening? Well it went to derping, eating candies making silly faces and talking about hilarious shit! Of course at one point I decided to be a gentle soldier and share my drink!

Inner sharing conflicts! DUN DUN
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Okay, I admit. I did share my drink and I did it with spirit!

Wanna try bro?
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I totally didn't go on duty the following day! xD

By the way, the drink tasted like a cheap carbonated apple juice with a sort of...puke aftertaste. Yeah...puke.

When it was getting pretty late (if not past midnight) we all changed to night gear and went to sleep. You have no clue how godly a ship bed is after lying sleep deprived almost a full night in the train <3

The morning dawned (19th November) and the ship arrived at Värtahamnen in Stockholm 10.30 local time. Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki didn't wake up as early as I and SipsiNekku because they wanted to stay at the ship meanwhile the two of us went to explore Stockholm. Alright, it was only SipsiNekku who wanted to visit a specific place in Stockholm namely the Royal Armory (Livrustkammaren in Swedish) close to the Royal Castle in Gamla Stan (old historical/king-y part of the city). I just tagged along to give her company and for safety reasons mainly because I speak fluent Swedish and have good local sight. Oh and I just don't want my friend to wander alone in a big city like Stockholm with more or less worrisome stuff happening every now and then. Besides it's always more nice to travel together, right? We went to the ship's entrance in time so that there wouldn't be a rush and it was nice to be on familiar ground again.

We first thought about taking the bus to the city (Värtahamnen is a bit outside of the city) but we ended up walking because we had checked it up that it was only around 4 km to our destination. We bought something to eat from Ica as soon as we got more into the city and kept looking for the Royal Armory and places that looked familiar to us. Despite myself being a lot in Stockholm during my life I can still get very unsure where in the city I am. This is because I have this kind of "Ahaa!" memory of Stockholm and will only recognize specific parts and streets of the city when I am somewhere near them. After walking in the inner city for about 30 minutes and checking for maps close by, we managed to find the way to the Royal Armory and I was surprised by the small amount of maps in the city, dangnabbit! SipsiNekku wanted to visit the Royal Armory because they had for the time being a display about the Game of Thrones saga (which SipsiNekku is a big fan of). She didn't end up going inside to look at the actual display (was sort of expensive) and was satisfied to just sit on the throne from the saga that was near the entrance. The Royal Armory is just behind the corner of the Royal Castle if anyone wants to visit it. When I had snapped some pictures of SipsiNekku looking like a boss and ruling the world of Game of Thrones we started heading back to Värtahamnen because we had nothing more to do at Stockholm.

I didn't take any pictures of Stockholm, I am sorry! I did regret it afterwards though. Ibland vill man ta sig i kragen för kamera-glömskheten, argh!

When we reached Värtahamnen and boarded the ship we headed to our cabin to see if Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki would be there. To our surprise the cabin was empty but we decided to wait for them instead of running across the ship like derps. Meanwhile waiting for the two to return I went to change to my Attack on Titan costume. Luckily we didn't need to wait long before the two others came and then we where finally 4 again. With all of us together, we went downstairs to the Promenade deck to just walk around and spend time on the deck until the ship would leave Värtahamnen.

Ship entrance.
Staircases leading to the upper or lower decks.
At one point we went to check Silja Land (playroom for kids) and we found this one turtle plush that didn't seem to have the best shape ever because more than half of its filling was gone. I bet it has flied all over the place...poor thing.

"Meh, what have they done with you man?"
When the ship finally left the harbor of Stockholm and started to slowly move its way towards Helsinki again, we went back to our cabin and I changed my fabulous Levi (Attack on Titan) t-shirt to the white shirt that many of the soldiers in the show wears. While I was in "proper" costume Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki couldn't resist giving me this one specific bakery that has turned into a well-known Attack on Titan joke in the Finnish fandom...

Pullava salut!
If you want to see how the Finns turned a delicious bakery commercial into a traumatic one just go to youtube and search for "Pullava Attack on Titan" or something like that and hopefully you find it!

Silja Serenade had left the harbor and it meant only one thing to us - you see, when the ship is in the harbor the stores are closed and they open first after the ship leaves the harbor. For us the "ship in the open sea" meant candies! So together we dragged ourselves to the candy part of the Tax Free and stocked up on candies, chocolates or whatever we came to fetch up - this time for real because it was the last day on the ship! Oh and I was really happy to see that the ship had something I never expected to see anywhere in Sweden/Finland namely Christmas marzipan from the German Lübecker Marzipan brand! Yeah, I'm totally a marzipan nut, go figure. Having the candy shopping behind us we took the elevator to deck 10 and here I will introduce you peeps to our glorious ship highlight tradition - the elevator selfies!

Herp derp!
This means that everytime we took the elevator - be it up or down - we pulled silly faces facing the mirror and took le elevator selfie. Yeah I'm totally not kidding when I am saying that this was one of the best things for us on the whole trip! We had fun everytime! With the candies in our cabin we changed the course to the ship's 12th deck - the highest deck where you can go. We visited both the indoor area with the spa and the cold and windy outdoor area to watch the sea.

Cabin corridor. We're on our way to the 11th deck!
And in the elevator...

That was a successful face from my part! Booyah!
At one point near the evening we went to eat in a restaurant called El Capitan (no one of us was so keen to eat at Mundo for the second time in a row) and I could at least have one of my long awaited ship dishes - fillet of beef with garlic potatoes! Thumbs up for the very good dish and surprisingly fast arrival of the food! Totally worth my money!

Our last day on the ship started to slowly draw to a close and during late evening we headed back to our cabin to enjoy the ship beds for one last time on this trip. Man I'm gonna miss them! On the following morning we dragged our tired bodies to Mundo to have a not-so-healthy breakfast (except for SipsiNekku) before the ship would arrive in Helsinki. My breakfast consisted of a donut and 3 macarons, yummy! At least sugar wakes you up, haha! The macarons were better than I had expected them to be generally. As we left the ship and arrived at Helsinki terminal we said our goodbyes to SipsiNekku who took a bus to her hometown and the remaining three of us headed towards Helsinki city to eat at Subway, lag at the train station. I bought some candies to us and some German chocolate to myself that I haven't seen anywhere else so far from one of the train station candy stores. At the train station was this one bubble tea corner and I personally had no clue what the whole thing was - despite it being known worldwide seemingly - so our group went there to give it a try. I mostly tagged along not all that curious about it to be honest. It was more Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki who was curious and into it. It was good I give it that, but I somehow didn't really get the "epic flavor" thing because for me it wasn't really all that good or special. Maybe it was just me having the wrong combination of jellies or something but I just prefered the drink without any jellies or add-ons. I would give it a second try though, don't get me wrong.

We just kept molding in the train station until our train showed up that will take us back to the cold city of Kemi in the north. The feeling when Helsinki don't even have snow when the ground is white in the north! Oh and the only thought in my head when I saw the train arriving on the rail was "Scheiße here comes another almost sleepless night!". I surely had a hard time to sleep that night...oh boy, did I even manage to sleep a hour? Luckily I'm not on the train all that often. I arrived home safe and sound somewhere around 10 (Swedish time) during the 21st November.

That was the end of my journey!

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For more hilarious crap and silly faces check out my company buddies ship stories click, click and double click!

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What? You're still here waiting for something "extra"? Fine, fine! I get it! :-DD

Begone or...

I'm out of here, tschüss! ~

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kemi's Manga Day 2014 Summary

Kemi's manga day was held the 11th October in Kemi's Sauvo talo (same building as Kitacon this year) and I was there together with my usual company - Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki. We met Sairu-Chan at the event pretty soon as we arrived there and it didn't take long before I and Shiro Samurai went to watch a panel called "Why do we dress in cosplay costumes?". I really don't have much to say about the panel, it was alright, nothing special and the things they spoke about was pretty generic or obvious according to me. I enjoyed it though.

- All photos taken by Shiro Samurai except the location photos -

Start image of the panel.


The rest of our 6 event hours went to photoshoot Sairu-Chan's cosplay, chilling and talking, checking the Dealer's Hall and to buy something to eat from Lidl the stares there though xD. According to me the hours slipped by pretty fast and I personally didn't have time to get bored. I was also happy to be hugged twice while cosplaying a casual-ish version of Levi from Attack on Titan. It felt good and uplifting <3

Here are some pictures from the day!

Outside during Sairu-Chan's photoshoot. I love my SWAG umbrella, okay? ~

One of the sellers sold self-made plushies and other stuff! Very cute!
Can you spot the TIITAAAAANS? ~
When the closing hours had started to approach us we went to sit next to a table in the main area to eat our provisions and here comes the obligatory food pictures!

Super serious yoghurt drinking going on!
Yes sir! I'm eating your donut! xD
Vattumunkki eff yeaaah!
I really don't have more to say about this event. There isn't really much to say about this small event. It's cozy, I like the atmosphere and all and it's a great place to spend some quality time with friends who lives nearby that you might not see all that often.

Thanks for the time everyone.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kemi's Manga Day - I'm The Captain!

Hello everyone.

Yeah, I know that I'm later than usual to publish my cosplay plans for my next event that is the small manga day event held in Kemi the 11th October, in other words this Saturday. I have my reasons for not writing this post earlier and one of them is actually that I have been sewing the missing parts of the costume that I will wear at manga day. The parts themselves aren't hard or anything, it's just pants and an assflap waist skirt and I finished the waist skirt yesterday evening and the pants a couple of days ago at mom's place. I have no progress pictures this time. Alright then, so who will I cosplay? I can start with mentioning that my "costume" is not a full costume it's just something casual-ish that I threw together with parts from a future costume. My character of choice is - surprise! - Levi from Attack on Titan (yeah, I'm totally hyping this show to hell and back <3) and I will look like this during the manga day hours:

Cosplayer: Jäätynyt Enkeli (Casual!Levi)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai



By the way, because this was a super quick preview I didn't bother with make-up (except the eyebrows which is a MUST). Also, if someone wonders the fabulous shirt is ordered from the site Designbyhumans.com. They have a very nice t-shirt sortiment, check them out if interested! The shirt was ordered to me by my friend SipsiNekku and her friends. Levi-setä kiittää! ~

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Bonus Picture!

I just had to, okay?

Fabulous bitches!

Nothing more to say! See you peeps!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tracon 9 Summary

Alright peeps, Tracon 9 is now history and it literally felt like the con days just slipped through my fingers like sand! I mean, it felt like I just got there like it was yesterday and then the next hour I had to greet the exit doors and leave the con. I had barely time to do and see the things I wanted to see properly and I also missed the Traconian Legendat concert *sob*

Oh well, I guess this is the perfect time to write my con summary, no?

This year I headed to Tracon already on Thursday evening instead of the usual Friday before a con. We decided upon this because Shiro Samurai wanted to have a pre-Tracon photoshoot with a friend so I and Hasakitsuki tagged along for an extra day at Tampere.

Thursday (pre-Tracon)

When I had my packing done and Thursday evening came, I waited for Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki to arrive at my place and offered them some ice cream to get rid of the opened palmseed can that I had and couldn't eat myself meanwhile we were waiting for mom to show up. Later mom showed up when the three of us had already started getting those dreaded "What if we miss the train?" panic thoughts because well, we barely had 30 minutes left before our train would leave from Kemi train station! Kemi is like 25 km away from our hometown and we hadn't even started driving to Kemi yet. Besides we all know that Kemi's traffic lights are living their very own life and functions only when they feel like it. Sum it up in one word: PANIC!!

However, mom was totally calm about the situation (or maybe we just calculated the time wrong?) when she arrived and she drove us to Kemi. When we finally reached Kemi train station we saw that our train hadn't even arrived! I think a few titans fell off from my shoulders after seeing and having my brain proceeding the calm surroundings, heh. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long before our train came and we found our cart and seats pretty fast. We had one of those normal sitting seats (read: the "You shall not sleep!" seats) and after that I had placed down my stuff I just hyped around and did some faces because of the con hype bubbling inside me. Soon enough my company felt like playing some Monster Hunter: Freedon Unite on their PSP and when I picked up my PSP and prepared for the same quest, I noticed something not so fun happening on my screen as soon as I entered the Gathering Hall (Multiplayer room) in the game. You see, I had seemingly forgot to charge my fucker before the trip and I had a memory of that I did charge it, like a day or two before departure but I guess lolnope. To counter this Hasakitsuki had taken out a PSP charger from their luggage so that I could charge my PSP meanwhile they were playing a few quests. I didn't bother joining them later though because I prefer not to play when my consoles are charging. So I just tried to sleep the rest of the journey down to our destined destination.

Friday (pre-Tracon)

Friday morning came but I didn't mind getting up with the clock being around 04.30 (Finnish time) because I could barely sleep, so I had an easy time to get up. The three of us arrived in Tampere city at 05.35 and as soon as we got out of the train station we went to look after a place where we could use the bathroom for free (these are surprisingly hard to find at times, I swear!) and a place that has wi-fi and was open because Shiro Samurai had some stuff to check on his laptop. I, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki ended up walking and checking Tampere's stores in hope of finding that one with the free bathroom and the only place we found to be open at that time was McDonald's and neither of us is that keen about eating there but we hadn't much of a choice so we went there. At McDonald's everyone except me ordered something to eat or drink because I really can't eat so early. Though we ended up camping at McDonald's for some time almost to 09.00 and then we headed out towards the train station. Inside the train station we waited for something that felt like a forever but then finally at one point during forever our long awaited hero named Joel came to save our day made of boredom...so far!

I swear with Joel in our group everyone just got way more lively and we decided to head towards a centrum called Koskikeskus (shopping center) not all that faraway from the pain train station. Now when the stores were open we could actually eat something proper for the day too! So in a group of 4 geeks we walked to Koskikeskus as a team and ate at Subway there and after that we headed over to the second floor to chill and prepare our stomachs for this...

- All Friday and Saturday photos below are taken by Shiro Samurai -

I can't deciiiideeee!
On the same floor right next to the colorful couches were we sat was an ice cream bar called Minetti. Our group went to check their ice cream and it didn't take long before we decided to buy some. You don't know how much of a hard time I had to nail down 3 - 4 flavours out of the probably 30 + ones they had! Aaargh!

I had the following flavours: Coco cabana, cinnamon, Superman and citrus sorbet.
Definitely eating there again someday! Totally worth those 7 €! Yeah, I totally imagined it being more expensive at first but ahahah, I like it this way!

When all of us had finished their ice creams we headed towards our hotel which was Omenahotels just like last year. Cheap and good. To get inside to Omenahotels you need this one door code and ours would first activate at 16.00 (what we've been waiting for the entire morning and day) and now the clock was finally past 16.00 (Finnish time) and we could get inside, leave our crap load of stuff in our hotel room. As soon as we got inside the room I went to rest a bit because I had started to feel weak and Shiro Samurai went to change to his pre-Tracon cosplay. Soon enough I heard a knocking on the door at it was Anniilaugh cosplaying as Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin) who came to beat Shiro Samurai to a pulp. No, not really she came to apply some battle damage make-up on Shiro Samurai and when done they left towards Tampere-talo to have the photoshoot with Hasakitsuki as their photographer. About the same time (or was it even earlier?) I and Joel went to Punanaamio (masquerade store) not that far away from our hotel. At Punanaamio I found this one red color that you can paint your body with and I will need it for my Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name) cosplay when I cosplay him in the near future. Once we returned from Punanaamio I went to sleep right away because I was freezing so much and when under the blanket I was toasting instead. It felt just like being in sauna.

So yeah, it was the early con flu coming!

With the pre-Tracon days out of the way we can now move on the the actual Tracon days! Here comes!

Saturday

My alarm rang at either 08.00 or 09.00 (Finnish time) and I really felt sick when I got up, getting up itself wasn't a problem but I just felt blörgh and weak. Things wasn't getting any better when I remembered that I was supposed to cosplay Keisuke Sannan (Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan) for the day. Because I was feeling weak I really considered just going casual to the con at first or do a double day Suit!Levi (Attack on Titan) and I even thought about SKIPPING the Saturday and staying at the hotel. Luckily my "cosplay conscience" in the shape of an invisible frying pan knocked me back to the so called reality and it didn't take long before I got up properly and started to put on my Keisuke Sannan cosplay. I just couldn't leave it now after all the painting work I've put on it and c'mon I just wanted to wear that Shinsengumi haori now when I for once had the chance, mm'kay? This time Keisuke Sannan took surprisingly little time to put on (including the make-up) and when the three of us were ready it was time to head towards Tampere-talo in other words the Tracon building! Oh by the way, Joel who was faster to put on his cosplay than the three of us headed out in advance.

Our group took the shortcut to Tampere-talo by walking through the train station and following a small road up to Tampere-talo. As soon as our trio reached Tracon we all agreed to first go to the Dealer's Hall and see the seller we all been waiting for since our last con - the Japanese candy guy! In other words, the Japanese guy who's selling well, candies! It didn't take long before we stood in front of his table and checked out his sortiment for this year's Tracon. What caught my interest pretty immediately was his Attack on Titan and Monster Hunter candies. Both being very delicious if you ask me. I think that Shiro Samurai mentioned something that he had different stuff than last time he saw his table and I noticed the blue Attack on Titan candy bags. Eager as I was about them, I picked up one and checked the back only to find myself grinning happily within after seeing that it's lime taste. Having the taste confirmed (I love lime stuff!) I bought one of the blue bag, 2 of the orange (orange taste) bags and one smaller Monster Hunter candy bag. Hasakitsuki also bought some candies from him and with the first "candy round" behind us we kept checking the rest of the merchandise at the Dealer's Hall. Personally I kept an eye out for a Levi (Attack on Titan) shirt or a wallet but nope. We also met Ri-Kun at the Dealer's Hall and changed some words with them before we went different ways afterwards.

One of the several Dealer's Hall tables.
Manga selling table.
After leaving the Dealer's Hall behind us we headed towards the con's information desk to get one of those con scheme information booklet things. Shiro Samurai went to get it and as soon as he opened it he spotted a panel he wanted to attend and it didn't take long before he was out of our sight. The panel would start in a few minutes and he were therefore in a hurry. Near the information table (before Shiro Samurai ran off) we saw Päivi and Satu (also knows as Leikkipuisto) and I got my commissioned Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name) earcuffs from Satu. But they sadly didn't have time to wait for me - who was searching after my wallet like a madman - to pay for the earcuffs because they had to leave soon. Oh well, hopefully we run into them again. The earcuffs were really pretty! Of course I found my wallet right in front of my backpack as soon as Satu and Päivi was out of sight, meh! With Shiro Samurai away I and Hasakitsuki decided to head back to the Dealer's Hall to have a closer look on the stuff there and on our way there we bumped into Sairu-Chan who was cosplaying Geiko!Chizuru Yukimura (Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan) and joined us. We continued towards the Dealer's Hall and I took a closer look at the tables that sold t-shirts in case I would see one of Levi that I would like. Sadly I didn't. On our way out from the Dealer's Hall we saw a familiar flag - it was the flag of our group's Saitō Hajime (Shiro Samurai)! He had returned from the sisäkumi Shinsengumi panel and now when the 4 of us was together, we agreed that now was the time to eat. Together we left the con building with growling stomachs.

It didn't take long before we saw this one Chinese restaurant next to the kebab place we ate at last year. We went to the Chinese restaurant - that had changed name - and ordered our food. Since you get often big portions at said restaurants I and Sairu-Chan shared our food. I liked the food we ordered (shrimp in garlic sauce) despite it being a bit too spicy for me. I also got stuffed fast and with everyone done eating later we returned to Tampere-talo. Back at the con I think we went again to the Dealer's Hall after a while of just walking around. At the Dealer's hall this time, I went pretty straight to the Japanese candy guy's table to buy a second blue Attack on Titan candy bag. I wanted to have 2 of each bag consider this being the only and last time this year I see him. I don't know exactly when but at one point I was separated from our full group and were only having Sairu-Chan as company. During this time at one point when I were at the con's backyard I saw titaaaaans!

Great work everyone! <3
Alright, when I saw these cosplayers I just had to snap a photo of them! Not only do I like their costumes but c'mon they had titans with them! I never seen titan cosplayers like these before and especially the moe titan was something I did not expect to see! I kept walking around with Sairu-Chan in my company and later we got united the 4 of us. With the four of us together we just walked around in the con's outdoor area (mostly) and got photographed surprisingly much and when we headed inside again I was met by Pumpkin near the con's  main area and pretty much as soon as I saw Pumpkin I followed them to a more quiet place where we could have a short talk and where I could give them a gift. When our talk came to a end (they had a time to keep track of or so) I returned to my group which I found pretty fast and once again, we headed outdoors to find a place to rest our tired bodies. Our group looked around and we saw these tables with chairs outside so we went to one of them where there was a Bertholdt Hoover (Attack on Titan) cosplayer eating and another random guy. These people were totally unfamiliar to us and while resting, one in our group (I think it was Sairu-Chan) started a random chat with the Bertholdt cosplayer and it didn't take long before we all joined the chat more or less (with it being Attack on Titan focus) and the final con hours of our Saturday went to see Bertholdt dancing to this one pon pon song, random derp talking and imagining what a titan fart would be like. Errrh, yeah that's it.

The amusing Bertholdt cosplayer performing a salute.
During the resting time I felt a strong urge to look around if Satu and Päivi happened to be close by, so that I could pay them for the earcuffs they gave me earlier during the day. So I got up from my chair and went to look after them and I found them close to the back entrance. Yaay! Hence Satu told me that I should try on the earcuffs first before paying because they had no guarantee that the size would fit on me. They had a point no doubt, I just nodded and decided to try them on until next time. Shorty after I returned to my group who was still keeping Bertholdt company we left the con for the day, said goodnight to Sairu-Chan and headed towards our Omenahotel.

On the way through the train station back to the hotel. Too modern for you! ~
Saturday was a day when I barely took any photos because I simply couldn't be bothered to take off my backpack and pick up the camera all the time I would see something I wanted a photo of. It would just take too long and be too annoying in the lenght so the photographer "work" was handed over to my Sunday cosplay.

Sunday

Sunday came neither we liked it or not because it means that it's the con's last day rolling in. Instead of waking up to my alarm sounds like usual (or a bit earlier than the alarm would ring) I woke up this morning around 8 to the urge to go and sneeze and dry my running nose in like 3, 2, 1 now. Sure, it was nice to wake up realizing that the coughing was almost goners but I had gotten a bad case of running nose in exchange for it. Dammit! At least after the running nose and sneezing I was awake and started to slowly wake up, have my breakfast and put on my Suit!Levi cosplay. But no matter what I did I was annoyed by the amount of snot I had to wipe off with toilet paper! Constantlly, almost. It was so bad that I couldn't even keep my head down for more than 3 seconds before I had to wipe my nose dry with tissues. Ugh. Not to even mention the "snot breaks" in the make-up process and the general make-up rage that I seemingly wasn't alone dealing with. For me, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki everything - almost - that could screw up decided to do so. I had pretty minor stuff screwing up compared to the others (I think?) but I still found it annoying enough to join the swear word ticket line together with the two others. Like Saturday when we had our costumes half-way or almost done Joel was already prepared to leave and did so. Before he left I had put on my deodorant and noticed a not-so-nice surprise...

Long time protect huh? I didn't even get out of the room before I had fresh onion rings, dammit! Photobomb provided by Joel.
Around that time I was pretty much done and so was Hasakitsuki who also had an easier cosplay to put on for Sunday. Meanwhile waiting for bro - who almost always takes forever - I decided to go through my luggage one last time to check that I really had everything needed in my Levi backpack and the rest in the luggage. So I did. When Shiro Samurai was finally done raging and putting on his cosplay it was time to drag all the stuff to Tampere-talo and visit Tracon one last time for the year. After the con walk we was finally able to see the Tampere-talo in the distance again and I snapped a picture of it once we were close enough now when I was cosplaying Suit!Levi.

Entrance at Sunday when our group arrived.
As soon as we went inside I dragged my stuff to the first storage place but they were full so I went to the one further away, more closer to the Dealer's Hall area where I could leave my stuff until the con was over. With the luggage and the Keisuke Sannan swords out of the way, I went to finish the affair I had with SipsiNekku who waited at the entrance. I walked up to her and I got the "souvenirs" that she bought during her Japan trip to me and Shiro Samurai. In exchange for the stuff I, of course paid her back. But I also gave a small gift as a thanks for the time she spent looking after the items. Soon afterwards I went to tell Shiro Samurai to come and pay for the Hakuōki figurine that SipsiNekku had bought for him and preferably as soon as possible, because I really hate making people wait for me. As expected, bro was rather busy with fixing his cosplay so I went ahead and paid for his part as well. Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki dragged their luggages and stuff to the second storage space just like I did earlier and while being there, I saw Satu entering the area. Since I had tried on the earcuffs during Saturday I went ahead to tell her that they fit my ear and paid for them at the same time. Now when I had gotten all the con affairs out of the way it felt really good to return home with no affairs unfinished booyah! However, whenever we all were done talking with Satu we directed our noses towards the Dealer's Hall for one last time. Our main reason to visit the Dealer's Hall was so that Hasakitsuki could buy a new headband for her Hinata Hyuga (Naruto) cosplay.

Seemingly she found the cosplay just as I found an Attack on Titan umbrella from the girl who had her selling table in the same table as the Japanese candy guy. I wasn't the one to notice the umbrella it was Shiro Samurai who told me if I was interested. I sort of didn't check as closely on this seller's table expecting them more or less only sell kawai and make-up stuff. Guess I was in for a positive surprise this time! Yeah, I totally bought the umbrella. After the final shopping we all went outdoors because Hasakitsuki had to wait with her Naruto Shippuden meeting group for specific characters to show up before they would move to the planned photoshoot location. Meanwhile waiting I went to inform SipsiNekku that we can have our Attack on Titan photoshoot after the Naruto meet (because Shiro Samurai promised to photograph both of them) and she was fine with that. I kept waiting at the entrance but soon enough I got tired to stay at one place and went to walk around in the Tracon building in hope of running into some cosplayers I wanted a picture of and I did ran into some!

RAAINBOOW! <3
Lelouch Lamperouge (School version) to the left and Kallen Kōzuki/Stadtfeld on the right both from Code Geass.
At one point when waiting at the con's backyard area I saw this awesomeness!

Darth Maul from Star Wars.
Not so much later when the Naruto meet group had started moving towards the photoshoot location, I and Shiro Samurai came across the same Attack on Titan cosplayers with the Colossal Titan among them that I saw on Saturday and this time, I just had to join them for a picture!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai.
While standing there I felt being pretty tall - those shoes give me some 5 cm extra at least - as Levi but seeing that picture afterwards, makes me understand that I am short even with them on and that was a relief for me when cosplaying Levi.  Because of this picture (and different angle taking) I and Shiro Samurai were a little bit late for the Naruto meet, nothing bad though. The photoshoot took a bit longer than planned because they had to wait in the group's Deidara and later Naruto Uzumaki (Thaki). It was fun to watch their posing and ideas! Having the Naruto photoshoot coming to an end it was time for mine and SipsiNekku's awaited Attack on Titan photoshoot. But first, we had to go and find her and on the way back I and SipsiNekku decided to take a few pictures at Tracon's photostudio meanwhile waiting for something. Having our photos taken we later as a group decided to follow Shiro Samurai to our destined photoshoot location.

Cosplayers: Jäätynyt Enkeli (Suit!Levi) and SipsiNekku (Angel!Petra Ral)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai




Sadly SipsiNekku had to leave pretty soon because she and her friend wanted to watch the cosplay competition that started at 15.00 and we had only about 20 minutes for the photoshoot, oh well. It was a great time with you and I hope that we can have a better photoshoot at another con in the future without being in such a hurry. Also, I swear I had more ideas but my brain didn't want to cooperate in the middle of all the stress. SipsiNekku and her friend left us and the remaining three of us went to photoshoot Shiro Samurai's Ibuki Ryunosuke (Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan) cosplay in the nearby area. At first I gave Hasakitsuki the camera even though I'm generally better to take photos of Shiro Samurai, but I did this because I really didn't want to hold the camera or be the photographer! And I show you why!

Run and get some tissues to dry your nose because now you're all invited to Snotrift!

Snot!
Double snot!
Triple snot!
Quadra snot!
PENTA SNOT!!!
Yeah, that's right I wasn't dubbed Snot!Levi for no reason man! But still I was handed the camera and asked to be the photographer! Bro, you don't really want to know how close I was to snot on your camera! xD

I have no clue if I even managed to get a good photo taken during my turn as the photographer but I'm not expecting anything good from a photographer with a bad case of running nose, really. You shouldn't. I "gave up" the camera to Hasakitsuki soon enough and went to a nearby bench to rest my legs. Much later my company is done with the photoshooting and we return indoors to enjoy the last hours of Tracon. At one point I see something I didn't expect to see when it comes down to Attack on Titan cosplayers!

Dot Pixis! <3
Near the very end of the con I go with Hasakitsuki, Shiro Samurai and Ri-Kun to sit on a bench in the main area and while sitting and talking I'm trying to tell my brain that Tracon is really ending.

Narrow-ish main area where many are leaving the con.
I decided to not sit away all the last con minutes so I went on a stroll to look after Pumpkin because I really want to tell them goodbye and I did find them pretty soon too. Yay! I hurried outdoors to say my goodbyes and while outside I also snapped a picture of this Pascal cosplayer:

Pascal from Tales of Graces.
A small part of Tracon's backyard area.
When I came back inside my travel company wasn't on the bench anymore and I was pretty sure that they had gone inside the handicap toilet to change back to normal gear. I also heard from the speakers that Tracon will end pretty soon (17:00) so I went to fetch my stuff from the storage place where I left them earlier during the day. After getting all of my stuff I dragged myself to the front doors and waited for Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki to show up. But before they came I had this one person suddenly walking up to me and saying "You are beautiful" and I replied with a surprised "Thank you" not really knowing if they meant my costume or something else. Either way, since I hadn't been photographed a single time during the whole day and neither was I expecting anything with a simple costume as Suit!Levi. That comment made my day and I felt all cuddly and warm inside and it lasted the whole day too! I waited for a while and later Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki showed up. Being united as three again it was time to leave Tampere-talo and Finland's best con behind us. Our group went to Koskikeskus to check the ice cream bar but it was already closed, hence we ate at Subway again and found another store that sold ice cream in the same building and ate there. When we were done eating our ice creams we took our stuff and rolled to the train station to wait for our train to arrive. The train arrived pretty fast and another sleep deprived night was waiting for us all. Booyaaah!

Well inside the train with everything in order and my cosplay make-up removed, I wanted to sleep more than anything else, so I tried to sleep. But before I had time to grasp the wonderful world of dreams...I heard it. The dreaded sound of a zooming in camera that would bring me back to the cruel and sleep deprived world a la train seats!

For fuck's sake bro!! 8C
At last after some hours I managed to fall asleep and once I arrived at home I went to sleep immediately and the clock was around 7 or 8 in the morning (Finnish time). The next day I took a pictue of the stuff that I had bought from Tracon and got from SipsiNekku. I love them so!

Stuff bought from Tracon this year.
Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia) figure version B by Kotobukiya and Levi rubber strap from SipsiNekku.
Zoom on the Levi rubber strap.
Thank you so much SipsiNekku! Levi-setä kiittää!

Oh also! I never saw Jäärä & Zkitsun and some other of my con friends during the whole con. Oh well, maybe next time?

Did you see a picture of your cosplay or a friend's in this post? Do you want it? If "Yes" please send a mail to my address: MercenaryKratos@gmail.com and tell me which one is you/your friend and I shall send it coming your way. I'm also happy to receive pictures taken on both of my cosplays (including stalker pictures) Keisuke Sannan (Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan) and Suit!Levi (Attack on Titan).

Now when the main summary is out of the way there is only one thing left for you people!

Bonus Pictures!

Petra plz! xD
Grumpy Corps!
Grumpy Corps won't be less grumpy even if you're laughing on the other side of the screen!
That's my awesome Tracon this year and see you peeps later!