Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Walpurgis Time!

What's up?

A few days ago I were at mom's place together with Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki where we helped mom with the doughnut baking and the making of sima. Sima is a traditional drink that we in Finland drink during Walpurgis and the taste of sima can't really be described. It's a very specific taste and it's one of my absolute favorite drinks of all time, that I can say for sure. During Walpurgis mom said that people sometimes dress up, so guess what this hints to a cosplayer? A good excuse to cosplay! Today I put on my C.C. (Code Geass) wig for the first time as I wanted to see how long it is on me and if the wig works for the design that I had in mind for my genderbend version of C.C. and it did work! Great! Apart from the character wig the rest of my clothing weren't anything special, they were just something I threw together and found in the geeky part of my wardrobe. The character is no original character or anything. Once I had my fancy clothes on I kept waiting for Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki to arrive at my place and once they arrived, we headed pretty much immediately to the beach area near my apartment to have some photos of the three of us.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai




The wig and the way I have it on the photos are pretty close to how I want to have it on the actual cosplay. I might do some small changes if I feel like it later.

When we arrived at the beach area we noticed that there was a lot of people gathered there and it didn't take long before I and Shiro Samurai figured out that it was the Majbrasan (May bonfire). That was the reason behind the amount of people. Majbrasan is something that we have here in Sweden -I'm not sure about Finland- every year during Walpurgis day and the Majbrasan itself is a huge pile made of countless tree branches and other wooden stuff that are meant to be burned. While the whole thing is on fire people are standing around it, watching it burn, warming themselves and generally enjoying their time. We stood near the Majbrasan ourselves a few times to warm us up during the photoshoot as the wind was really cold. Once done with the photoshooting the three of us went to my place to have some doughnuts with sima and to play some Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite together.

Nothing more for today, next time is a lens review!

Frozen Angel out.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tales of TUUUUUI ~

Hello.

Don't ask about the title you will have your explanation later in the post, hihi ~

There has been this one weekend that I've been eagerly looking forward to since the end of March. Why? Because my good friend Sacchan will visit me again during that weekend and this weekend just happened to be the Easter weekend, so Easter just got 20% more geekier for us! So what did we geeks do during Easter? Well, like the previous geeky times we had fredagsmys, played Tales of Symphonia (Nintendo GameCube version) with our cosplays on and cried -in a way or another- while playing the game during that one specific event *sob*

Sacchan also played some Mad Father and The Crooked Man -both being horror games- on her laptop at one evening while I was just watching her play. Personally I found The Crooked Man being way more scary than Mad Father when it comes to "game feel" wise. I also found myself liking the character Dio from Mad Father who I plan to cosplay now. Apart from gaming, fredagsmys and tuuui we also decided to have a photoshoot with our Tales of Symphonia cosplays when Sacchan took her Sheena Fujibayashi cosplay with her. We put on our cosplays during Friday morning and dragged ourselves to the small beach area near my apartment to have a photoshoot together with Shiro Samurai as our photographer.

Cosplayers: Frozen Angel (Kratos Aurion) & Sacchan (Sheena Fujibayashi)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai







Oh and if anyone noticed, the contact lenses that I have for my Kratos cosplay this time is not the same ones that I have been using earlier. I decided to discard the old ones -they started to get very dry and blurry fast- and bought new ones called Volte Brown instead and they are much more comfortable, I have you know! More about the lenses in a later post.

Could we be serious all the time? Absolutely not when Shiro Samurai started to swear at all the random photobombers in the background and it didn't get better when Sacchan suddenly outburst with "Nakkivene!" out of nowhere and started to hymn the melody to the song... and everyone tagged along without even knowing how it goes and got it stuck in our heads!

Bonus Pictures!

NAKKIVENE!
OBJECTION!
Have a gif!

I like winds capes ~
Oh, you still wonder what tuuui is? Well, let me sum it up for you:

So adorable and cute! D'aaaaw! <3
Tui, tui ~
Eherm, we're so in-character here. But tuuui ~
 "Tui" is a word that we use for my Kratos plushies and we use it instead of saying "aaaw" it kinda means the same thing. Tui means tui, simply.

Oh and one more thing!


Until next time.

Frozen Angel out.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm Just a Dreamer - Top 5 Dream Cosplays!

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!

 Dream cosplays, huh?

I believe that the most cosplayers out there have that special character -or several for that matter- who they've been just dying to cosplay for a long time, some have been waiting for months to make that particular costume while others could have been waiting for years. But that doesn't matter in the end because they all have the very same goal, which is to make their cosplay dream come true and to feel the happiness of cosplaying that particular character. I believe that many dream cosplays consists of characters that a person either loves to pieces, characters that really made an important impact on them somehow, characters that they can really understand or characters who had that mind blowing design that they fell in love with. Whatever the reason is, there is a reason we hold the character dear and that's why many of us call it a dream cosplay. To reach this faraway dream of ours, cosplayers keep it in their hearts and minds, holds on to it and during the years they improve their skills in different areas and some even change their bodies and improve their confidence - the best they can. Everything to make that dream come true so that they can feel satisfied with their creation, both mentally and physically. We don't want to rush something that we really care about and want to make as perfect as we can, am I right? There are cosplayers with dream cosplays out there and I'm definitely one of them! Welcome all to my Top 5 Dream Cosplay post!

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Through my life as a nerd cosplayer I have come across many different characters from just as different shows. Several of them were there to be remembered as they had a major role in the show, others to serve as comic relief's, some were admirable but still lacking something and even more characters just to be forgotten in the midst of time. But there was these very few characters -who became so much more than just a fictional character to me- who taught me important and great things about life, served as an icon of strength during hard times or just had that lovely design with a memorable personality to match that reminded me of the show's greatness. I grew to love these characters who shaped me to the person I am today, more or less.

I will start from the bottom of my dream cosplay list and write my way up to the top.

Dream Cosplay #5

Character: Judas
Series: Saint Beast

If you have never seen the character or heard about the show, I'm not surprised as it is very obscure and many people don't even know about it. Judas  spoke to me as a character from the very beginning of the anime and it lasted to the very end of it. I think that one of the strongest points that he made it to this list, is because he is very similar to my all time favorite character and Judas even resembles that character by look. There is an anime of the show and a Drama CD (Japanese only) which I believe tells the story much better than the anime did, as the anime felt very rushed. The anime has low scores at the site Myanimelist.net and you can read there that people complain about the series big plot holes and for it being confusing with no "real ending". I personally think that the ending is a part of what made this show good -in my opinion- as it doesn't deliver your average and expected "good vs bad guys ending where the good guys wins". No, it gives you a loose ending and the freedom to self decide who actually was the "bad" and "good" in the end. It challenges you to think differently and personally I loved it. If you want to watch this show, don't expect anything big, just watch it with an open mind. But if you're the kind of person who looks for deeper meanings/relations between characters, can forgive plot holes or just loves to have the freedom to create your own "what happened then?" events in your head - you might have come across a show for you. I watched it in a perspective that made me forgive and understand the series deeper truths better. 

Dream Cosplay #4

Character: Troubadour
Series: Ah! My Goddess


Oh brothers, what to say about this pretty boy musician? Well, one thing's for sure! He's the only character who ended up on this list simply because he's just so bad and I really mean it, so BAD that he's down-right amazingly entertaining! I can't remember for my life when I laughed so much as I did to this guy in the manga when he showed up. Sure, he might have the least attractive personality of the entire Ah! My Goddess cast because well, simply put he's an asshole but I can't remember any other asshole entertaining me so damn good that I almost laughed my ass off! So Troubadour deserves this spot not only for being an amazingly fun character, nostalgic but also because his design was an instant click for me and I just have a thing for characters who are musicians, hehe.

Dream Cosplay #3

Character: Ky Kiske
Version: King Ky
Series: Guilty Gear 2: Overture


Guilty Gear is a series that I originally learned to know thanks to my good friend Mighty who came with the hook and dragged me into the Guilty Gear universe and I certainly don't regret it! For being a fighting-based game the characters and their stories are surprisingly deep and I'm really fond of the designs too and not to mention the rock 'n' roll themed music that you headbang to during the fights. Just looking at this version of Ky Kiske is a reason enough for cosplaying him and putting him on the third place on this list. The design of the Guilty Gear characters have been for me the most appealing designs ever since I came across Tales of Symphonia back in 2005. It was a very amazing and unique design is you ask me, totally my taste! Ky Kiske is also on the list as I really like his personality and story as a character. I bought my first Guilty Gear game for the PSP not that long ago and I look forward to get even more into it and Guilty Gear!

Dream Cosplay #2

Character: Edward Chris von Muir
Series: Final Fantasy IV


Ever since I started up Final Fantasy IV on my Nintendo DS for the first time and watched the opening and when I saw the scene with Edward playing on his mandolin in the forest, I just wanted to know what kind of character he is and what kind of story he had. After playing through the game I really fell for him as a character. He really had a kind heart and was so tragic that I just wanted to jump inside the game and give him a big hug! His story was by far the most touching one to me and his story cutscenes gave me feels. I just don't get it why many people dislike him and says that he's pretty much useless in the game, while I had absolutely no problems with him -I've seen a much more worse character in another game, just saying- and frankly, he did save my team back in the beginning of the game. I just wish that you could keep him a bit longer in your team as I really liked him, mostly as a character but also because I think he said very deep and meaningful things during his short time in the team. I'd love to hear more from this musician with clothing as beautiful as his soul. Even if many people hates you Edward and thinks that you're shit I love you spoony and will always do! Yeah, this guy is the origin of the famous "spoony bard" meme and went down in meme history.

Dream Cosplay #1

Character: Kratos Aurion
Version: Judgment / Cruxis
Series: Tales of Symphonia

Skärpdöden here I come! ~
The friends of mine who really knows me as a person, knows how much I love this character. For those who don't, well, I could write kilometers of text explaining every tiny detail why I love this character so much and what he means to me. But I'm pretty darn sure that no one wants to read a text with a length like that so let's skip it. Anyway, ever since 2005 when I started playing the video game Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo GameCube and the second I saw Kratos Aurion in the animated opening of the game, I just knew that he was going to be something very dear to me and so it was. He has been and is still my absolute favorite character of all time now for an amazingly 9 years in a row. 9 damn years in a row! With no other character even coming close to what he is to me. This character just means so incredibly much to me and he gave me strength in life, a reason to hold on and even changed my life to the better later on. I have learned so much from this character and there ain't a single thing that I dislike about him. Tales of Symphonia is an amazing game, it's really worth playing and easily the best game I ever laid my geeky hands on. It can teach you so much, like it did with me.

The reason why that outfit is my dream costume is because I really, really love the symbolism in it and I think it fits his character so damn well and because I already did his default one, hihi <3

That's for my dream cosplay list and I hope you enjoyed this post as I had tons of fun sharing and writing it!

See you folks!

Belongs to rightful owners and creators.

Frozen Angel out.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Levi Makeup Test


After recently seeing and reading Sacchan's Mikasa Ackerman makeup post, I got reminded that I also have a character from Attack on Titan that I want to cosplay and whose makeup I should try out and write a post about. My character of choice is -as some of my friends and readers already know- Levi. To be honest, I didn't really like him in the beginning but started to like him more and more as the story proceeded in the anime and now he's my favorite character. The reason why I picked him mostly -apart from actually liking the character myself- started when I asked Prince and SilverRacoon that if I cosplay from Attack on Titan, who should I cosplay? Both of them said immediately Levi and that I should really do him. This ignited the start of the cosplay spark for the character. Levi gets even more cosplay points from me when I noticed that he's a short badass character, which means that I can cosplay him with the height I have, at ease.

Now when you guys and gals got some background information why I picked the character, let's move on to the photos!

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Levi)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai

First off, this is what my makeup looks like. I'm pretty satisfied with it for being my first try, hence I'm a bit meh about the eyebrows. Gonna practice more before debuting the cosplay for sure. Oh and I decided to wear military-ish clothing to match the series theme better -not like I mind it at all- and having it look more acceptable on the character as well. I don't imagine Levi in a pink payama directly, haha.

Eyes open.
Eyes closed.




The second I took a cleaning mop in my hand I became a different person.

 Mr. CLEAN IN ACTION!

My trusty pals.
CLEEAAAN!
I clean the shit out of you!
I saw that dirt you tried to hide!
CLEEEAAAAAAAAAAN MOOOOOREEE!
Offer your hearts to... Ajax? xD
I had a hard time keeping a serious face during those photos. Really.

Myself (to photographer): You just can't keep a serious face when you pick up cleaning articles with this character and try to look soldier-serious with them! The second I finished that very sentence my face looked like this:

Perfect dear face, well done! I love you so...
When the "photoshoot" was over I wanted to have my weapons, err... these things.

Levi gusta.
and

Mind if I clean your shoes before you leave? ~

Frozen Angel out.