Monday, June 20, 2016

Kummacon 2016 Summary

Hello all.

On Thursday the 16th, Shiro Samurai and Sacchan told me that they wanted to visit Kummacon in Oulu, Finland and they asked me if I wanted to tag along. I gave it some thought at first and later it was a "Yes" from my part, as I had no other plans for that Friday. The con was held during the 17th-18th June but the three of us agreed to visit the con only on its first day, aka the Friday. We all had been curious about the con when we heard about it for the first time and it was nice that we, in the end, decided to visit Kummacon. So yes, this con summary à la Kummacon covers only the con's Friday. Please keep that in mind when reading, as I can't speak for the con's Saturday.

Oh and yes, I didn't post any cosplay plans for Kummacon because I simply couldn't be bothered to cosplay there. Reasons? Heavy rain and we had a maximum of 4 hours to spend at the con including that I got a really short notice time before leaving. But hey, now to the summary!

Alright. So Sacchan and Shiro Samurai dropped by my place during Friday the 17th somewhere past 15:00 (Finnish time) and after that I jumped into the car not literally we hit the road towards Kummacon in Oulu. The ride took us roughly about one hour and I was surprised that the heavy rain that accompanied us during the whole ride, suddenly stopped when we arrived at Oulu. This was the second time Kummacon was held and this time, the event was located at Pohjankartano; in other words, the same building that Chibicon was in a few years ago. One can say that I felt a bit nostalgic to see that familiar building again, hehe.

We located Pohjankartano surprisingly fast with the help of a navigator along with a good parking spot for Sacchan's Renault really close to the con building. Somewhere around 17:00 local time we had arrived and it was clearly noticeable that we had arrived during the later half of the con day as the outdoor area was silent. I didn't mind -it's a small and new con after all- so the three of us took a quick look around and went indoors. Indoors the con was quiet as well, what struck me first -aside from the silence and few colorful attendants here and there- was that Kummacon had left the entire main area of the building unused. Back in the days, Chibicon had the Dealer's Hall in the main area and in my opinion, it fit perfectly and made the small con instantly more lively as you entered the building. Kummacon had decided to have their Dealer's Hall and second-hand sellers to the left of the entrance and leave the entire right half of Pohjankartano unused, making it feel more like some sort of relax and chilling area. Which is also good, if you just want to just talk with your friends and stay away from all the noise that comes from the other direction.

All photos taken by Shiro Samurai.

Kummacon sign.
Main area seen from the second floor.
Main area.
Entrance.
After taking a look around the main area and the second floor together with my company, we headed downstairs again realizing that everything the con had to offer was indeed located on the building's other side. We headed towards the sellers and we found the well-known Fantasiapelit and Urumi's table along with some other sellers, including ones that sold western comics and books.

Second-hand sellers.
Part of Urumi's table.
I was considering buying that Toothless plushie at first but later decided not to. He's so cute though!
Urumi also sold ramune. Notice those One Piece and Dragon Ball themes ones.

Part of Fantasiapelit's pocket collection.
When we had seen what each of the sellers had to offer we walked into a small room to our right after that we passed the last seller's table. That room took us to the con's Artist's Alley and of course, we checked it out too. We noticed quickly that most of the sellers sold prints and stickers while a few others sold self-made items such as magnets and bags. There was around 6-8 sellers I believe, and not all of them were there when we arrived. Our trio ended discussing some... well, interesting topics (mostly Sacchan and Shiro Samurai, though) when they browsed through what the sellers had to offer and thus, we spent some time inside the creative room. I didn't find anything that tickled my fancy but Shiro Samurai bought 2 cute doggie stickers from this one seller, one for himself and the other one for Sacchan, if I recall correctly. I would have bought from them too, if they had my favorite breed. They had said breed on their "to do" list for coming doggie stickers and since they'll be coming to Tracon -where I'm also heading- I'll be on the lookout for their creative table once at the con.

We struck the chat with these three peeps! :D

There is not so much more to say about Kummacon, it's one of those small cons with a relaxed and calm atmosphere with a "hang with your friends" feel all over it. For me, the few hours we spent at the con was just enough to see everything there was to see on Friday and not get bored. I'm happy with the visit and I hope that Kummacon uses the main area of the building for something nice in their future cons, as this area alone adds a lot to the livelier con atmosphere, somehow. I personally find Pohjankartano to be an ideal location to host a con in, as it has the con feel to it, is roomy with good air circulation and is close to the city of Oulu. I would just love to see Kummacon stay at Pohjankartano and grow there!

Oh yeah! When we entered the main area and when I saw that small group of Hetalia cosplayers, I have to admit that I had a small case of regret for not cosplaying from the series myself -as I originally planned to- but oh well, no can do. Before we left Pohjankartano behind us, Shiro Samurai ordered a food called hohot from a stand just next to the con's entrance. I thought about trying it at first too but when I realized how seldom I tend to like so-called traditional Asian food, I decided to have burgers later with the company. Shiro Samurai finished his hohot cup in the car and we started driving towards our hometown again. Along the way we decided to stop by at Kärkkäinen, a shopping center with a few restaurants, gasoline station and a bigger store selling pretty much everything save for food articles. At Kärkkäinen our company had burgers at Hesburger and we visited the store on the go as well, from where I bought a toy for my future dog, a figurine of said breed I plan to get and well, 2 kg of "dog biscuits". Yeah, I and bro bought candy and the thing is that the label says "dog biscuits" in Finnish and the whole fun is that, this is an actual error from the store. The weight number for candy was number 1 according to the poster at the store, so I pressed said number and the machine printed out a label saying "dog biscuits" and I didn't even realize this until I was sitting in the car; where I burst out in laughter and just had to ask bro if he got the same thing! He did! No wonder the purchase felt cheaper than it should have for me and hell, what is there to complain about when I saved 2,30 € per kilo? I'm a happy dog now, woof woof! ~

Photo proof! Photographer: Frozen Angel.

The remaining ride from Kärkkäinen to mine and bro's hometown went smoothly and safely. Big thanks to Sacchan for giving us a ride to Kummacon and for the derp company as per usual! When I came home, I just put away my stuff and crashed in the bed as I have been so beat lately.

That's all for my Kummacon visit. See you next time!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Warcraft: The Beginning Premiere

Hello nerds!

Today was Sweden's premiere showing of the movie Warcraft: The Beginning. Despite not playing the game or knowing that much about it, I plan to work on all the 3 showings of Warcraft here at my hometown's cinema. Just like back in December, during the world's premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (where I dressed up as a random Jedi) I decided to put on something fancy for the Warcraft showings as well! I mean, c'mon, I'm a cosplayer who "works" at the cinema and I love to take my hobby to my work - whenever there is a big/nerdy movie title coming up. Being in a geeky costume and selling cinema tickets/serving at the cafeteria is just so much fun everytime! ~

For the showings of Warcraft, I decided to go for some kind of elf-druid look and I used my Jedi robe from my planned Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars) cosplay as the robe for my random elf. Since I don't know that much about the classes and characters of World of Warcraft (I recognize a few of them) I didn't go for any specific character/class. I just took some inspiration from the elf class and went with something that I cooked up, with what I had in my nerdy part of the wardrobe. The movie started rolling at 20:00 and I headed out towards the cinema at 18:35. I put on the costume around 16:30 and man, it took me more than 30 minutes to get those elf ears in proper place but damn they look good! For the first 3D showing of the movie we had exactly 100 visitors and I enjoyed my time selling movie tickets in my elf outfit. Myself, I will watch the movie on its 2D showing as I have some kind of motion sickness, seemingly.

During the day and the coming showings of Warcraft: The Beginning at 3rd and 5th June, I will look like this:

Photographer: Marcus.
That's all for now and see you next time!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cosvision 2016 Summary

Yo geeks!

Cosvision 2016 has passed us by and this year, it was held in Hämeenlinna, Finland during the 23rd-24th April. I had my expectations on the con after hearing from Shiro Samurai that it was a success back in 2014. Cosvision was something I really wanted to experience this year and did it meet my expectations? Definitely not, sadly. Keep on reading and I will tell you peeps why; some of you might get some eye candy along the way, especially if you like Hetalia ;)

But now it's time for a con summary.

Friday (pre-con)

When the clock had passed 13:00 (Swedish time) mine, Shiro Samurai and Sacchan's long carpool ride towards Cosvision and Hämeenlinna located in the south had begun. The ride took us around 8 hours and most of the time went to random poop humor, laughing at funny city/road names and of course, cosplay topics. Somewhere after Oulu I and Sacchan felt like smoothies so we stopped at Hesburger to fetch a pair. The service at this specific Hesburger was painfully slow and I really mean it, I cringed. When we were done drinking our smoothies -mine was a disappointment- Sacchan's old trusty rusina Renault hit the road again.
The driving continued smoothly and safely and so did our poop humor. Somewhere between Jyväskylä and Hämeenlinna when the clock was close to midnight the car driving in front of us hit the brakes suddenly. We, of course, followed and thought "What is going on? Is there a reindeer about to cross the road or what?" but when we came closer and drove slowly past the other car we saw it; on the other road there was an owl that looked like this one but young. The instant I saw the fluffy fellow on the other side of the road, I became worried of its well-being as it didn't move an inch and had its eyes closed. I hope the little one wasn't hurt and is okay now. The owl stayed heavily on my mind during the entire con.

The clock was somewhere around 01:00 (Finnish time) when our trio finally made it to Hämeenlinna. As soon as we entered the city, I picked up my phone and called Firith, to let him know that we were in Hämeenlinna. With the help of a phone navigator we found our way quickly to our Sokos hotel's parking lot. We parked the car and soon afterwards, Firith and his friend came to greet us. After the greetings the four of us walked together to the hotel's information desk and from there we got our room cards. I and Firith shared a room while Sacchan and Shiro Samurai shared another one, right next to our. Inside our room, I unpacked some stuff for the night and while at it, I laughed with Firith about our natural in-character differences for our next pair cosplay duo. We spoke randoms and fell asleep somewhere after 02:30... whoopsie daisy!

Saturday

The first day of Cosvision was here and during the morning, I looked more towards the morning buffet than putting on my cosplay, lol. At 08:00 (local time) our alarms rang and since I'm a morning person -who have no problems getting up- I had my head clear in no time. I was surprised to find out that my sceptical "dude, get up" glare was enough to get the persistent, not-a-morning-person Firith to separate from his hotel bed rather quickly. Damn, do I really look that intimidating? xD
Firith, I hope that I didn't scare you too much. Really ;__;

With both of us ready, we headed towards the morning buffet located on the first floor. Our rooms was on the 3rd floor so we had to take the elevator down. When we reached the buffet, we took a quick look around the area and noticed that Shiro Samurai and Sacchan was already emptying their plates and casually talking. The two of us agreed to join their company after fetching something to fill our stomachs with. The buffet food was great and one of the better ones I've had in a while, actually. I especially enjoyed the Karelian pastries, so good!

All photos taken by Shiro Samurai.

3rd floor room corridor.
Morning buffet! Yum!
After finishing what was on our plates, I and Firith headed back to our room to change into cosplay. My cosplay for the day was Prussia from Hetalia and Firith accompanied me as 2p!France, also from Hetalia. You see, both of us had been counting days and longing for our next Hetalia pair cosplay ever since Desucon Frostbite 2015 ended. So yeah, I guess you can say that this day was special for us.
To my surprise I got into cosplay fairly fast, problem free and smoothly, save for the left eye makeup that decided to poop on me. I'm amused that my right eye makeup went way better this time, usually it's the other way around for me. After that I got into full cosplay, it didn't take long before Firith was done as well and with both of us ready; we went to knock on our geeky neighbors' door. They weren't completely ready to leave just yet; Shiro Samurai needed some time to put on the final parts of his Darkrai (Pokémon) gijinka. Luckily he had the majority of the cosplay on and once he was in full cosplay, we left the hotel to check the surrounding area for fitting photoshoot locations. Really close to the hotel we saw a small harbor with some boats and next to it there was some ruins. We stopped at the ruins as the nightmare material -aka the Darkrai- among us wanted a small photoshoot there. I and Sacchan took turns acting as the photographer.

After the small Darkrai photoshoot, the four of us agreed to not take the fast way to the con building - which was to go through the city. Instead, we took the slightly longer road that took us through a park and eventually lead us to the city. To find Verkatehdas -aka the con building- wasn't a problem at all. Along the way, we also found Valintatalo (a food store) which was close to our hotel; this became our provisions supplier during the con weekend. We reached the outdoor area of Verkatehdas and the first thought that hit my mind was "Is this really Cosvision? You gotta be kidding me!" when I gazed around and noticed the few colorful spots of con attendants spread out here and there. It really felt like I had attended a local con with the "hang with your friends" atmosphere and paid over 100 € in total for it. One can say that I was disappointed to say the least and also desperately clinging to the wish thinking of "Please tell me that the con is not this dead indoors!" as I and Shiro Samurai went indoors to fetch our con bands, while Firith and Sacchan decided to take a small break outdoors first.


Entrance area.
Main area, taken from the staircase.
Dealer's Hall.

As you can probably tell from the photos above -no matter the location- the con atmosphere/con hype just wasn't there. The main area had the same feel to that of a train station, where people just seemed to wait for something or for time to pass meanwhile talking with their buddies. When I first walked to the main area and took a look around, it freaked me out. Honestly. Wherever I turned my head there was people sitting on their asses, wherever possible, and talking with their friends as if there really wasn't anything else to do. You could tell just by looking at the majority of the people around you, that many of them seemed like they were bored out of their mind. Let me tell you, they weren't the only ones. While exploring the con together with my geeky gang, I got one disappointment smacked into my face after another and before I knew it, I thought "Cosvision, you gotta be kidding me! Did I just pay 100+ € for some incomplete wannabe local con in the south?!". Yupp, my expectations of Cosvision to be a slightly more popular and livelier con with a similar cozy, relaxed feel to that of Skecon - went brutally in the wall. What I had attended was a dull, lackluster, "hang with your friends" type of con, with zero to no entertainment or things to see. Cosvision got really dull and uninspiring for me within, like, 10 minutes and I swear - if I wouldn't have Firith by my side, I would have entered the state of boredom insanity really fast. Cosvision just lacked everything and I mean everything, that makes a con fun and worthwhile. Just what went so wrong when they had 2 years to plan and make the con something great or at least good? The con just felt so incomplete/rushed/poorly planned and like a waste of potential. Really, I hope they will make it better next time.

Like mentioned above, what really saved my Cosvision experience was my company. Definitely. I really don't have much to say about what I did as the majority of my con time went to hang around with my friends and kill time by roaming through the seen-way-too-many-times-already Dealer's Hall and their stuff. I was happy that at least Firith found a figurine that he had been searching for. We also spent some of our time outdoors, while we discussed randoms and if there was any good photoshoot locations close by. While outdoors, we quickly noticed that the wind was fairly cold and it didn't take long before Firith was freezing in his 2p!France cosplay. Sitting next to him, while he started shaking, was mentally painful for me. It didn't take long before I had enough of what I saw, so I took action to do something about it.

BRO HUG! <3
After a few hours or random talking, all of us agreed to return to the hotel somewhere around 16:00. On the way we stopped at Valintatalo as I really wanted to grab something to eat and at the hotel, Sacchan and Shiro Samurai changed out of cosplay. We took a break from the con and I could just breathe out after the chock that Cosvision was for me. During our time at the hotel, the other half of our company left for the city to find a Hesburger to eat at. Meanwhile the others were on their burger hunt, I and Firith stayed at the hotel and ate the provisions we bought from Valintatalo. You see, Firith had bought a can of beer (Karhu brand) and well, he asked me if I wanted to give it a try. You see, for the longest time I've been kinda curious to give the beer culture a try so of course, I was up for a sip! #dadinfluences

It was quite an interesting taste and I was surprised to find myself liking it more than I thought I would, haha. However, I think that the brand was a bit too strong for me but I would be up for finding the right brand for me as I liked the base taste. Then again, I love beer sausages, maybe that explains something.

At one point Sacchan and Shiro Samurai came back from the city and soon afterwards we headed out again - towards the con. Along the way, we learned that the con had already closed its doors at 18:00 for the day. Guess what happened in our heads when this information reached us? I bet all of us thought something along the lines of that Cosvision couldn't get any more disappointing at this point, it just did. Just why on earth would a con close its doors as early as flippin' 18:00 during the main day?! Ugh, I'm out of words and this is exactly where the beauty of my derp face comes in:

DISCLAIMER!

I'm aware that the character I cosplay in this post might wear details/symbols that can be offensive or emotionally unpleasant to others. I, as a guy with his heart and morals in the right place, just want to make it clear that I DO NOT support, agree with, believe in or have any other connections to the ideologies/beliefs that the character I'm cosplaying is representing. Readers, please keep in mind that what I'm wearing is JUST A COSTUME and shouldn't be taken as anything more than that. Thank you.

Thanks face, you really are useful at times.
Since there was no point for us to go back to the con -as it has closed for the day- we all agreed to use the remaining hours of daylight to find a place where Shiro Samurai could photoshoot my Prussia and Firith's 2p!France cosplay. Firith got some solo photos taken of his cosplay, while I didn't really find any location that clicked for me. Just around the corner of the building where the photo above is taken, we found a building with wooden walls. I liked it, to me it looked like it wasn't from the current timeline. It looked older somehow, especially with the faded red paint on the surface.
The two of us went up the stairs and so did our photographer. I tried to think of some cool friendship/rivalry photos between that would fit our characters and well, I hit the blank state pretty fast. I was stuck. The second topic that crossed my mind -to my very surprise- was fanservice. All I can say when it comes to fanservice, is that I'm overall against it but mind you; I don't hate it and if it's done with a deep/beautiful meaning/message behind it, heck I might even enjoy it. Firith is one of the very few people I would ever agree to pose with -especially when it comes to Hetalia fanservice- since I know what is going on in his head and vice versa. For me, it's a huge safety thing when I know that the person I'm posing with has the same mentality/view of things as I have. But now, it's time for the photos I promised!

Cosplayers: Frozen Angel (Prussia) & Firith (2p!France)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai

Note: Those of you who dislikes/can't stand the pairing Prussia x France (FranPru/PruFran) please scroll past the photos below and keep on reading. I don't force you to watch the photos below. Thank you.

- I want to make it clear that I and Firith are just friends. We are good friends but just friends. Thank you for understanding -




After the photoshoot we all agreed to walk back to the hotel. The wind had gotten really cold at this point so both Shiro Samurai and Firith were in pain and freezing. Back at the hotel Firith and Sacchan went to the bar to order a glass of  wine, while I and bro went to our respective hotel rooms. Somewhere around 20:00 or even later, the whole gang came to my and Firith's room after that he changed out of cosplay. Firith took off the cosplay and we all noticed that he wasn't okay, his feet and legs were swollen thanks to the killer shoes and he also had other pains that came from the cosplay. I know it's not my fault, but I felt responsible for the pain that Firith went through since he cosplayed 2p!France also for my sake. I damn hope you recover soon and that the pair cosplaying with me, was somehow worth the pain you went through that evening...

Somewhere close to midnight, Firith started to get his limbs back slowly and when the situation started to look better, Sacchan and Shiro Samurai went to sleep. Before going under the blanket, I gave Firith some massage and he returned the favor. We both had some pains and were stiff as rocks, so the massage was really appreciated. Afterwards we had a small talk and somewhere around 01:30 I escaped to dream land.

Sunday

Sunday dawned upon us and I got my ass up when my alarm hit 07:00 in the morning. My sunday cosplay would have been Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name) but I decided to not cosplay him, as I just knew that I wouldn't enjoy it. Because of this, I decided to either photoshoot Luka within the coming months or to cosplay him at my next con, whatever con that will be. Just like on Saturday I was fast to get up and meanwhile Firith got himself ready, I fed my luggage with my stuff.  As soon as Firith was done and in casual gear, the two of us headed downstairs to enjoy the morning buffet for one last time. This time I and Firith ate our breakfast alone, as Shiro Samurai and Sacchan had already left when we came. Nonetheless, we had a good time.

With our stomachs full, we returned to the hotel room. I kept packing my stuff while Firith went to put on his Ayame Sohma cosplay from Fruits Basket. I got my stuff packed fairly fast and when I was done, I just waited for Firith to get into cosplay. He got fairly fast into cosplay I must say, we had some hours left before we had to leave the hotel at 12:00.We talked randoms and later Sacchan and Shiro Samurai came to knock on our door - it was time to dump our luggages and stuff to the white rusina's back. The clock struck 12:00 and we left the hotel room cards at the reception and left. Shiro Samurai and Sacchan took the car to the con, while I and Firith decided to walk to the con.

As soon as I and Firith arrived at the con, we headed towards Artist's Alley as Firith was interested to buy something from there. I tagged along, having no idea where Artist's Alley even was located. When I saw where the whole thing was located it didn't surprise me why I missed it too. It was behind one of the entrance walls, completely covered by the wall no matter what direction you came from. You wouldn't know that the Artist's Alley was there unless you either happened to have the con map in your hands or went into the area out of curiosity. There wasn't even a sign telling peeps that the Artist's Alley was behind that wall. No wonder I never found it. The only indicator there was that could tell you that something happened there was that people went there and took their time to come out. Anyway, when we got to the Artist's Alley corner, Firith walked straight to Purple Octopus' table. He found himself a Harry Potter themed necklace and I found myself a dragon one, which I really liked.
There was also this one seller who had been working together with SilliS who is a Finnish youtuber well-known for his hilarious Donald Duck videos. Non-Finnish people very likely won't know this guy, but his Donald Duck videos exploded here and became a meme. Pretty much everyone knows about it here and now there was someone selling -as official as the merchandise can be- stuff from it! YES!

I bought that Scrooge McDuck necklace because "TAPAN SUT AKU! FUU FUU!" is glorious xD
We spent the last con hours by talking pretty deep shit and I think somewhere around 13:30 or later, we bumped into Sacchan, Shiro Samurai and Ri-kun (whom we also ran into during Saturday). Around that time Shiro Samurai photoshooted Firith's Ayame Sohma cosplay. They got some good photos taken and afterwards the 5 of us spent some time together and ate together. Cosvision closed at 16:00 and somewhere around 16:20 or so, my and Shiro Samurai's mom called us and told us to hurry back to the north as there was seemingly some kind of storm approaching the southern parts of the country. When we heard the bad news, we knew that we had to hurry back to the north - so we went to say our goodbyes to Firith and Ri-kun. Firith left a few minutes before us and for me it was really painful to tell him my goodbyes. I missed him the instant he left. Once outdoors, we headed towards the con's parking lot, got inside our rusina and hit the road towards the north, leaving Cosvision and Hämeenlinna behind us.

We drove back to the north safely and without any problems and somewhere around 01:30 we arrived at my and Shiro Samurai's hometown in northern Sweden. Somehow, we managed to avoid that stormy weather that was supposed to hit the southern part of the country and -possible-central parts of the country too. Nice that we didn't need to worry about it anymore. I tried to sleep during most of the trip back home, as I was fairly tired and somewhere else in my head - why I was also very silent. During the 8+ hours long ride back to the north there was this one resting place I was waiting for. We laughed so hard to the name of this resting place when we first passed by it somewhere between Kemi and Oulu. You see, the name of this place is Haarakangas and well, it literally means "crotch cloth" in Finnish. People who have watched Hetalia will know exactly what I'm laughing at! xD

Yupp, "crotch cloth" is a legit resting place here in the north! xD
As soon as Sacchan's white Renault parked in front of my apartment, in the middle of the night, I grabbed my stuff from the car's back and said my goodnighties to Sacchan and Shiro Samurai. I immediately went to sleep as soon I entered my room, I was so tired and fell asleep rather quickly too. The "next day" aka later during the same day we arrived in the north, I decided to snap a photo of the two necklaces that I bought from Cosvision's Artist's Alley.

I really dig that dragon one, it's so pretty!
I'm not gonna rant anymore about Cosvision, I believe I got my message across what the con was and felt like. I just hope that the next time they organize it that they improve it and -hopefully- make it something closer to the Cosvision back in 2014, that my friends said were a success. I hope that the con can take the feedback they get from their visitors and work towards a more successful event next time it's arranged.

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end and yes, I know that some of you are waiting for me to throw in those bonus derp photos anytime now. Guess what? My face decided to take a holiday so have some fanservice a lá Prussia instead. Why? Because I can, hah!

Bonus Picture!

#whatsmyproblem

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cosvision 2016 Cosplay Plans

Hello geeks!

My next con for the year will be Cosvision - a con held in Finland at different locations every second year since 2014. First time, Cosvision was held in Turku and I didn't attend it but Shiro Samurai did; something I came to regret afterwards after hearing from him what of a successful event it was. This time, I'm going to Cosvision and I'm, of course, not traveling there alone.

I will travel southwards together with Sacchan (who will be driving) and my bro, Shiro Samurai. Originally Ronya was supposed to join our trio to Hämeenlinna -where the con is held- but things got in the way for her, sadly. At Hämeenlinna, our carpool company will meet Firith, the last person in our con group and the strongest reason for me to attend the con. Dammit, I've been missing his company beyond words since Desucon Frostbite 2015, which feels like forever ago! ;__;

Now to my cosplay plans. At Cosvision I will cosplay the following:

Saturday

Prussia from Hetalia.
Way before the con, I spoke with Firith and we both agreed on to cosplay from Hetalia on Saturday. We just had way too much fun cosplaying from it at Frostbite 2015 and so we had to team up again! It's lovely when you find someone who loves the series and has the same mentality as you do, especially when you cringe at the fandom. This time I will be Prussia and he will be 2p!France.

Let's see if I have time to make that one small change to the costume that bothered me since the end of Närcon Vinter this year. Anyway, can't wait to pair cosplay again! <3

Sunday

Original Casual!Luka Crosszeria from The Betrayal Knows My Name.
It's time to cosplay the handsome Luka Crosszeria again! Man, I've been waiting to carry that massive sword around and look badass while doing it! This demon guy was an easy pick for my Sunday cosplay after that I went through all of my "cos-able" characters. I wanted something easy and comfortable since I'll be traveling back -likely in cosplay gear- on Sunday; but at the same time I wanted something that is not too "boring" to look at because well, Cosvision is an event focusing on cosplay after all.

That's it for these plans and see you at Cosvision!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Lens Review: EOS Pop.C Light Gray

Hello everyone!

On Sunday the 3rd April, I decided that it was finally time for me to put on and try out my next pair of lenses, namely the Pop.C Light Gray! My reason for opening these is because I will need them for a cosplay that I will wear at my next con, which is soon. Seeing myself reviewing gray lenses this time feels kinda funny in a way. Want to know why? You see, back in 2013 when I started using circle lenses for cosplay, gray was that one color I wouldn't even think about buying simply because I have naturally gray-ish green eyes. Back then, I just found it pointless to buy lenses of the same eye color as your natural one(s). This is why I only bought lenses for characters who had either an unnatural eye color or for those I wanted to cosplay as accurately as I possibly could, while being the way I am. I was cheap and narrow-minded, I admit.
Today, I'm gonna review the Pop.C Light Gray lenses as I have come to realize -as a cosplayer who loves photoshoots- how much lenses can actually add to a costume, despite being a small part of the costume itself. But now, it's time for the lens review. Let's go!

As per usual I biked my ass towards Shiro Samurai's place and when I got there, I put on the lenses and somewhere around 18:00 we went outside to take the photos. I'm so happy that the summer half year is finally here, I've been so sick of the northern polar nights lately. Summer time means extended hours of daylight and that means more hours for cosplay fun outdoors. Win-win.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

The bottles my lenses came in.


The batch of photos below are all taken at bro's during a semi cloudy but still sunny April evening around 18:30.

One lens in.
Facing window.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
White corridor light.
Yellow light.
Back against sun, outdoors.
Facing sun, outdoors.
As per usual I will end this lens review with the distance -aka outfit of the day- photo! This should be a given to my readers/followers by now ~

Man, it took a while to get a decent photo with that sun shining so bright.
Lens review:

Color: 7/10 
The color is there and the black ring gives a nice add to the gray.
Comfort: 7/10
At first I thought that my right lens was defective as it felt like I had shampoo in the eye when I wore it. Luckily, this went away when I rinsed the lens and put it back in. The longer I wore these, the more comfortable they got. My eyes got quickly used to them too and I didn't feel them anymore after just a hour or two. I wore them from 18:00 to 21:00 before I decided to take them off for the day. No discomfort.
Design: 6/10
These are cool but not quite my preference. The black outer ring is what makes me enjoy them.
Enlargement: 5/10
There is a small but noticeable enlargement. However, it still looks good on my small eyes.
Naturalness: 5/10 
Gray is a natural eye color but these still "pop" at you, especially when you're close to the wearer, thanks to the enlargement and design. I don't think that these are very noticeable if seen from a distance though.
Opacity: 6/10 
Their color covers my naturally gray-ish green eyes and does a good job on it. Color is opaque.