Monday, June 1, 2015

3 Years of Cosplay Blogging - GIVE-AWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED!!

Hello everyone!

Now when the give-away waiting time is finally over it's time for me to announce the winner. But before we get to the exciting part, I want to make it clear how the winner was chosen so that no derp happens. I'm this kind of person who wants to give all participants an equal possibility to win instead of choosing the winner myself, based on my own friendship bond with said person. As this kind of "choosing" immediately makes it unfair towards the ones who I didn't get picked. So how did I choose the winner? Simple. Everyone who wrote a comment on the give-away post got a number from me depending on the order the participants posted. This means that the person who posted first got number 1, the second one got number 2 and so on, you got it. I count the amount of people who commented on the give-away post and input the number range I got from the comments -one number per person- to a random number generator on the Internet. When done, the number generator then randomly picks a number from the number range I gave to it and this is the number of this give-away's winner.

So who had the lucky number this time? *drumroll*

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Participant number 1! Elina H!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

I will contact the winner as soon as possible, so that we can arrange the shipping of the prize to you. But before I finish this post, I'd like to give a big warm thanks to everyone out there who participated in this give-away! Thanks all!

- If the winner of this give-away doesn't answer/contact me within one week (8th June at latest), the prize will go to someone else -

Bye bye for now!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

3 Years of Cosplay Blogging - Birthday Give-away!

~ Please read everything before commenting ~

Hello all followers and readers of this blog!

Today marks the 3 years anniversary of my cosplay blog and I'm really happy to see it still being alive and active. I mean, when I created this blog back then on the 14th April 2012 I was pretty sceptic that this blog wouldn't last long as I am someone who is not so fond of writing regularly about updates and such. So yeah, I guess I found an interest to write throughout the years and keep the blog rolling, and hey! It's about one of my favorite writing subjects - cosplay. The amount of followers I have had me surprised too as I didn't expect anything on that part to be honest, apart from friends who knows me to stalk me here, haha. But hey, this is a give-away post from me to you wonderful readers and followers who have helped me to keep this cosplay blog alive!

This time the prize up for grabs is a pair of lenses from the Super Pinky brand, namely the Super Pinky Bright Red!

Zoom on lenses. Photographer: Shiro Samurai.
Super Pinky Bright Red, lens box and case is included.
These lenses have plano prescription, authentic, unopened and bought from the site Honeycolor.

To participate in this give-away you need to be a public follower of this blog (be one of my current 49 readers) and leave a comment either about what you like on my blog or what you'd like to see more off, as I think this could be very interesting for me to know what you peeps enjoy. When you write your comment please don't forget to write your e-mail in it, so that I can contact you if you happen to be the lucky winner! :)

Since I am the one who is paying for the shipping costs in this give-away, I'm sorry to say but there will be a country restriction to where I can send the prize. This time only followers from these countries can participate:

~ Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Germany ~

This give-away is running from 14th April to 31st May and the winner will be announced at 1st June.

That's all for this time and good luck to everyone! Feel free to spread the word around to your friends and other geeks!

See ya! *waves*

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kemi's Manga Day 2015 Summary

Terve!

On Saturday (21st February) the Kemi's manga day event was held in Kemi, Finland. Just like the previous years I, Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki went there but this time neither of us cosplayed. This is also why there hasn't been any cosplay plan post for this event earlier. But fear not! Even if we didn't cosplay, we knew how to prepare for our quest, place our meats and run for our life...

Now enter the Tigrex brothers!

All photos taken by Shiro Samurai.

Yupp, we're totally having Tigrex (Monster Hunter) plush hats!
Yeah, that's what our trio looked like during the day. Our trio was also one of the earlier attendants as when we arrived somewhere around 10.00, the Sauvo talo was pretty silent and the Dealer's Hall sellers on the second floor -which was now accessible prior to last year- were organizing their merchandises. On the second floor you could also find the cafeteria, Artist's Alley and the main scene for the majority of the day's activities. The three of us had no interest in any of the activities for the day, as these were aimed for people who are new to cosplay. There really wasn't much to do so I will keep this summary short and sweet.

Early during the day our group went to buy some snacks in town for the event and the event lasted from 11.00 - 15.00. When we returned to Sauvo talo, I kept looking for Sairu-chan as I had a present for her but later found out that she was not coming to the event at all with good reasons. During the day I also heard from Shiro Samurai that Wolf was supposed to come to the event too but we never saw him either. Luckily one guy saved -at least- my day from becoming boring and that was Olli - a fun and calm guy that we met for the first time at last year's manga day. Shiro Samurai went to photoshoot his cosplay at one point and the rest of the remaining hours of the event went to check the Dealer's Hall, Artist's Alley and chill at the cafeteria. While chilling at the cafeteria, Olli showed surprisingly much interest towards the game Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite that the rest of us were playing, so we took turns in answering his questions about the game and killed a G-rank dick head Khezu while at it. When the event was almost over, Olli left our company to go and eat with his other friends in town and our mom came afterwards to pick us up. This year I found the manga day to be more enjoyable as well and I don't know if it was just me, but I think there was more people attending the event than last year.

Before I end this post, here are 3 photos from the event!




Alright then, see you next time!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lens Review: EOS New Adult Blue

It's review time!

The pair of lenses that I will review this time around is my beloved EOS New Adult Blue lenses! These seemingly also go under the name of EOS Blytheye Blue at some stores. I bought these lenses as a replacement for my Super Pinky Blue as I found the Super Pinky lenses to be too big and uncomfortable for my eyes. I am really satisfied with the change of brands. Now to the photos ~

Here are photos of the lenses when they were still in their vial bottles.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai




The following batch of photos are taken during sunny winter afternoon around 13.00.

One lens in to show enlargement.
Bathroom light.
Outside, halfway turned away from the sun.
Facing sun.
Facing living room window.
Living room, lights off.
Living room, lights on.
Kitchen, close to window.
Next to kitchen stove.
Flash photo entrance.
Indoors facing window.
From a distance.
Lens review:

Color: 9/10 
The color is very clear and solid. I personally like the shade a lot.
Comfort: 10/10
These are a godsend. Period.
Design: 9/10
I have a thing for semi-natural patterns that have a strong yet clear color. Yum.
Enlargement: 5/10
The enlargement is below average but I prefer just that, as I have small eyes. Big lenses look creepy as hell on me...
Naturalness: 6/10 
They don't really look freaky but they do have a costume-y look.
Opacity: 9/10 
I find these covering my natural color pretty well. No complaints.

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  Curious about other colors from the EOS New Adult brand? Check the list below!

Hasakitsuki: Brown

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 con bands. 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 Butler 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, as 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 photos!

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



The both of us were surprisingly positive over how good the photos 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! ;)

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- woop woop! In other words, something that never happens to me!

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.
Part of main area.
Maijin Buu from Dragon Ball.
Part of the Dealer's Hall.
Still main area.
Main area seen from the second floor.
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 photos 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. I 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 photos of the cosplayers I didn't have a picture of yet and some more overall photos and of course visiting the Artist's Alley that I had completely forgotten about the previous days.

Main area when you're coming from the entrance.
Aqua from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
Shiki from Togainu no Chi.
Suzaku Kururugi (left) and Lelouch Lamperouge (right) both in their School versions from Code Geass.
Main area seen from the third floor.
Attack on Titan group.
Oh and this time I only found one thing to my liking when it comes to merchandise from the con and it was from the Artist's Alley. Hah, I don't even remember the last time I bought something from Artist's 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, 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.

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See a photo of yourself in this post? Want it? Just send me a mail and I will send the photo to you in its original size! My mail address is MercenaryKratos@gmail.com. You can also contact me if you took my photo during the con.