Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Soldier & Sunglasses - Levi Photoshoot!

Hey there!

The last time Sacchan visited my place we really wanted and decided to have an Attack on Titan photoshoot with our planned cosplays, just a day before our departure to Närcon the 22nd July. So we dragged ourselves to the perfect photoshoot location for our costumes namely Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki's place, duh!

Cosplayers: Frozen Angel (Suit!Levi) & Sacchan (Wings of Counterattack!Mikasa Ackerman)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai





We took our sunglasses with us for a reason!

Bonus Pictures!

I know you want them *smirk*

Military salute just got 20% cooler.



Swiggity swag!
Next up is the Närcon summary guys! See you then!

Frozen Angel out.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Närcon 2014 Cosplay Plans

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!

Alright folks, I'll be coming to Närcon the 24th-27th July in Linköping, Sweden this year even though my economy is not at its peak but I'm coming. I already bought everything needed so there is no "regret button" to press anymore. My main reasons to go to Närcon this year is to see my close friends, spend time with them and to take care of some affairs on the same run. What are we waiting for? Let's move over to my cosplay plans!

This year only my dear friend Sacchan will accompany me on the expensive trip to Närcon in southern Sweden and all of our cosplays are pair cosplays!

Thursday

Suit!Levi from Attack on Titan.
Here goes, I've been dying to cosplay from Attack on Titan ever since I watched the anime -so far released- and now it's the time! Both of us had originally planned to have our Sunday cosplays as our Thursday cosplays but we ended up swapping them because everybody wants to kill titans with a mop during a train trip! Yupp, the mop is totally coming with me. We will most likely have our cosplays on during the journey to south and we just thought it would be nicer to cosplay from a more popular series while waiting in the line at the con to get the ticket. Sure, I'm gonna toast as Levi if the weather decides to be warm but Sacchan will have it easier as Mikasa Ackerman than her Sunday cosplay. All the sweat and tears for my Mikasa, haha! ~

Friday

Pre-Game!Kratos Aurion from Tales of Symphonia.
I've been longing for the day ever since I made this version of Kratos, when I could cosplay together with someone cosplaying as Anna (his wife) and I died of joy when Sacchan wanted to cosplay her. Of course I'll be taking my Lloyd Irving plushie with me! We really need a photoshoot now <3

Saturday

Kratos Aurion from Tales of Symphonia.
Alright, so I heard from Prince and SilverRacoon that there will be a Tales of Gathering again just like last year during the Hideo Baba event. The meet will be on Saturday at 12:00 so there is no better day to cosplay Kratos than this day. Let's re-experience the joy with the other Tales of cosplayers again! Oh and I can't wait to see MangaRINer (who will cosplay as Lloyd Irving) again and spend my time with them <3

Sunday

Dio from Mad Father.
With the Attack on Titan cosplay choice being more of "my wish", Sacchan wanted to cosplay from Mad Father during one of the days and I would gladly join her as Dio.

See you at Närcon!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Skecon 2014 Summary

Hello hello!

Last weekend during the 4th-6th July Skecon was held in Skellefteå, Sweden and I attended the con despite not originally planning to. Did I enjoy Skecon this time? Hell yeah!

At the 3rd July Sacchan came to my place as we will travel together and during that very same day I was fighting with my luggage that I originally planned to take with me to the con. Why was I fighting with my luggage? Well, you see, my luggage is one of those barrels where you have this 3 number code system to lock and open it with and well, it stopped responding to the code I use to have on it. Did it change the code? Or did the system stop working all together? I don't know but I went through all of the 999 possible code variations and it didn't respond. This means that I will need to take another luggage (a much smaller one) with me and that luggage can only fit 2 -casual- cosplays at a maximum, so I have to say sayonara to one of my cosplays. I decided to drop Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name) as I still need to repair the jacket and there was no way I could take that big sword with me with the amount of stuff I had to carry anyway.

Friday

The two of us left for the bus station around 07:40 and dragged our crap load of stuff in pouring rain there and we took the bus to Skellefteå once it arrived.

At Skellefteå bus station I saw blackcat69 a friend of mine, who I had been talking with before Skecon and texting during the bus trip and she kindly offered us a ride to the con area. This was super sweet when it was raining cats and dogs in Skellefteå. We were very grateful for the offer as neither of us can really navigate in Skellefteå... yet. When we came to the con we took out our umbrellas and waited in the small line there was to get the con bands inside, it didn't take too long. Inside the con building we just walked around, checked the Dealer's Hall and ate the leftovers of my candies from the bus trip. We also checked the activity scheme for the con and I got excited when I saw that they had a Mario Kart: Double Dash 2 vs 2 tournament today at 19:00 and I had to tell Shiro Samurai about this once he and Hasakitsuki arrives. They both took a later bus than us and arrived around 15:00 or so, if I remember right. I also decided to do a cosplay swap so that I cosplay Yamato "Matt" Ishida (Digimon) on Sunday instead of Friday and go casual feat. Groudon (Pokémon) hat on Friday as I didn't feel like putting on a cosplay. Have a con band and random Dealer's Hall picture:



Once Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki arrived I showed them the scheme and Shiro Samurai got interested in the Mario Kart tournament as well so we went to register us at the information desk right away, just for the hell of it. We decided that he will drive all the courses and I will be the one sitting in the back and throwing items etc. This is how we used to play and he's just better at driving and vice versa. So we rolled with this and headed to the Game Room a little bit before the tournament started to be there in time.

When it was my and Shiro Samurai's turn to play against our opponents I was so damn nervous! Like really! This was way more worse than any school concert I ever played at! It felt like my heart were in my throat 24/7 and my legs including my entire body was shaking even during the waiting time! It was a miracle that I could even play properly in the back and sometimes I got so nervous that I threw some items too late or too early, sorry for this bro. We've been playing well and we had won all our rounds so far and the closer to the Final we got the more nervous and tense I became. This tournament really was a challenge when I and Shiro Samurai had barely played against human players before so we had no clue what to expect or what tactic to use. Neither did we know how good we really were against other players. Yeah, computers are too easy and predictable even in the hardest mode and this includes Mirror Mode, if you ask us.

Photographer: Hasakitsuki

HOLY SHIT! WE GOT TO THE SEMI FINALS! THE FUCKING SEMI FINAL! AAAAAH IMMAH SOOO NERVOOOOOOUS! Here goes the Semi Final match!

Semi Final course Yoshi Circuit starting with both teams at 1-1. Hnnngh so nervous!
WE MADE IT TO THE FINAL!! AAAAAAAAH! GUYS CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!

I and bro are on the left side of the whiteboard. AAAAAAAAH FINAAAAAAL!
Second round in the Final going on. Things are heating up here! We're leading!
I was super relieved that the guys who played against us in the Final were super nice and let us choose if we wanted to be the 1st and 2nd player and have the upper screen or the 3rd and 4th player and have the lower screen. We wanted to have the upper screen as we're more used to it and they were super chill with it. It was also really nice that these guys wasn't the "Screw you, I'm gonna win!" type of gamers or as people call them "bad losers". They were really polite and gave nice feedback/praise when you had a good timing with an item or had a nicely set trap and so on. I felt very flattered by their comments like "You two have not come this far only because you were lucky" and "Damn, we have no chance these guys are really good!". It's really heartwarming to hear that from other good players, really! If you guys ever read this post who played against us at the Mario Kart: Double Dash 2 vs 2 Final on Skecon 2014 you both have my deepest respect as gamers for being both amazing opponents and super kind players despite losing 3-0 to us. It was a pleasure to play against you two, thank you! Respect.

*deep inhale*

HOLY BANANA CAKE WE WON THIS WHOLE TOURNAMENT!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! AAAAAWYEEAAAAAAAAH! <3

We calmed down from all the nervous-ness and tension, had our ego-boosts inflate to sky levels and bro took a random photo -this can have been taken before the tournament as well, I don't remember anymore- of what I looked like on Friday:

Fab hat is fab.
WE WON THIS THING! <3
At one point during the day the rest of my company went to have a photoshoot with their Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan cosplays so I went to take some photos of them as the photographer. While taking their photos I noticed the bouncy castle HOPPBORG!! that Skecon planned to have this year.

The bouncy castle.
Afterwards we went inside and walked around, checked the Dealer's Hall and enjoyed the con.

Taken from the second floor in the main area of the con.
Later around 02:00 in the night, all of us were tired from the trip to Skellefteå so we headed towards the accommodation place to get some sleep. It was very cold in the accommodation place (it was the same classroom just like last year) and I was freezing when I tried to sleep. Luckily I could sleep somewhat and I tell you peeps an air mattress is way better than a fitness mattress. Period. Note to self: Next time take a warm-ish blanket with me (if I have space in the luggage, this time I didn't).

Saturday

I got up around 08:00-09:00 in the morning and lagged together with Sacchan before we headed to the toilet that use to have less waiting line to change to our Vocaloid cosplays. I was cosplaying as an original casual version of Len Kagamine and Sacchan was rolling as the "Am I Human?" robotic/doll version of Luka Megurine. I got my cosplay on pretty fast despite the right lens derping a bit, it felt weird during the day somehow. I went "lazy edition" and skipped the makeup powder and just used everything else as I couldn't be bothered. When we were ready we headed to the con building and waited for the two others to arrive and change to cosplay. Inside the con I was surprised that a few people recognized me as Len even if I did an original version. It was pretty nice. Shiro Samurai and Hasakitsuki came towards us with their Vocaloid cosplays on much later with Hasakitsuki as an original Schoolgirl!Meiko and Shiro Samurai as an original Kimono!Gakupo Kamui. United finally, we just walked around and waited for the Vocaloid concert to start at 20:00 and around 16:00 Shiro Samurai went to take part in the martial arts display that was held outside near the con building. I and Sacchan waited for what felt like forever and decided to later go to Coop (food store) that we found out weren't that far away from our accommodation place area to buy something to eat while waiting for the other two to be done with the martial arts thing-y. We came indoors in good time before the Vocaloid concert would start so we had time to check the Dealer's Hall again. I found myself a Levi (Attack on Titan) screen cleaning thing that could be handy when I'm cosplaying characters that wear glasses and for cleaning the screen on my hand-held game consoles. The Vocaloid concert started soon after that we came out from the Dealer's Hall so we headed for the main area with the big screen and planted our butts somewhere.

During the concert there was this one person from the con crew who was handing out glowing sticks to the audience. We had a pretty sight with glowing sticks waving back and forth in front of us as we all had seats in the back. Oh and I was really surprised that our group was pretty much the only Vocaloid cosplayers during the day except for this one Len Kagamine and Miku Hatsune cosplayer that I saw. I mean, I sort of expected way more Vocaloid cosplayers during this day. But oh well, I don't complain. I was a bit "meh" without hearing any song from Kaito during the whole concert when he's my 3rd favorite Vocaloid. My favorite song from the entire concert was the one performed by the Kagamines -surprise!- but I only recognized the songs "Senbonzakura" (sung by Miku) and "Just Be Friends" (sung by Luka). Overall, despite not really being a fan of Miku -who sang the majority of the songs- I must say that the concert was an AMAZING experience in itself and I'd love to see it in future Skecons!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai



Concert feelings!
After the concert our group got their Vocaloid hype bubbling inside more or less so we headed out to photoshoot our cosplays before it would get too late. I and Hasakitsuki ran to the bouncy castle at one point during the photoshoot only to see random kids jumping there who didn't have the con band! Of course the bouncy castle was only for the Skecon peeps or people who had the ticket but during this time there was no sign on the bouncy castle to state this. We went rage edition inside and I went to inform one of the con crew members who happened to be outside near us about this and after that we returned with sadistic smiles to the rest of our group to tell them about this. Our photoshoot continued and later it was my time to be on stage.

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Original Casual!Len Kagamine)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai




We were pretty tired after the photoshoot but didn't go to the bouncy castle that day and decided to go there tomorrow. Around late evening we got hungry and decided to head towards the cafeteria to have a toast with tea as our evening supper. This is not your everyday toast - it's the legendary Skecon tradition and it's called the "TOAST NOW!" toast!

Original TOAST NOW! from Skecon 2013.
 and the tradition continues!

TOAST NOW! Len edition!
Ordering my toast and tea. Notice the epic maid at the cafeteria.
We had our toasts and afterwards we lagged our way to the accommodation place when the clock was around 02:00 again. This night I slept much better than the previous night when I slept with my normal clothes on which were warmer than my payama. During the day -or was it on Friday?- at one point I bought 3 Attack on Titan pins one with Levi for myself so that I could put it on my main bag to make it geeky. The other 2 pins I bought for two friends.

Sunday

Sunday came and I got up and put on my Yamato "Matt" Ishida (Digimon Adventure) cosplay even if I had forgotten the gloves at home. The con ended during 16:00 or so and early during the day I went to the Dealer's Hall just for fun and to see if they might have gotten new stuff but they didn't. But there was this one seller who shouted "Yamato!" when I left the Dealer's Hall Shiro Samurai told me. I went back inside and hit a longer chat with this person and we talked about Digimon (duh!) and how dark it is for being a childrens' show, the seller also told me that they're currently working and soon done with their Sora Takenouchi (Adventure) cosplay! I could clearly see on them that they were very happy to share the interest and to see someone else cosplay from Digimon. After the chat I returned to my group and we went outside to have a photoshoot. Okay, I was being the photographer when the rest of my group cosplayed from Hakuōki again but I did not. With the photoshoot behind us we heard from a con friend that there had been an awards giving inside the con and that I and Shiro Samurai had won something. We hurried inside and informed the information desk that we are the winners of the Mario Kart: Double Dash tournament but weren't on the actual scene when the awards were being given out to the winners, which I do regret. Somehow we took for granted that it was only the cosplay competition that had awards to the winners as there was no mentioning about a prize before or after the game tournament. When we saw the two guys from the Skecon crew coming up to us with freaking trophies I -mentally- fell on my ass out of joy! <3

 They told us how awesome it was to watch us play and that the Final was amazing with a crushing 3-0 win to us and we thanked them from the bottom of our gamer hearts and told them how awesome Skecon is! After receiving the trophies and checking the present cards that we also won to the game store Game, we headed outside like little boys and hyped to our friends what we had won and of course we needed picture proof!

I was happy so my smile looks derp, okay? ~
BLÄÄÄ!

During the trophy photos I poked at Shiro Samurai's shoulder and pointed towards the bouncy castle, he turned around and this was what we saw:

NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEJ!!! ;_________;
Okay, I was pissed. You see, during the early day when Shiro Samurai and the rest was changing to their Hakuōki (Sweet School Life) cosplays I was sitting outside near the bouncy castle sort of "guarding it" from guests that were not Skecon attendants, as they weren't allowed to jump in the bouncy castle since well, it was a part of Skecon, no paying no jumping, simply. Meanwhile I was waiting for my friends to return outside, I had to politely explain and kindly tell around 4-6 kid families the bouncy castle rules. I don't like to "dismiss" people at all as I like children but it was a rule and I got pissed when some of the parents let their kids jump even when there was this "Only for Skecon visitors" sign clearly on the bouncy castle! Felt like I couldn't leave the bouncy castle for a minute because when I did, there was some random kids jumping there. AAAARGH! We, Skecon attendants had PAID for the bouncy castle and then the random kids just go and jump there WITHOUT paying RIGHT BEFORE US and think it's all theirs just because it happens to be near them. I mean, c'mon they can be in ANY bouncy castle outside of Skecon we -the majority of the congoers- simply CAN'T because of #%)!"#@ age limits! The worst thing is, that the bouncy castle was one of the main things we ALL been looking forward to before the con!

I so had to do a rage gif about this during Saturday. Enjoy and rage with me!

THIS IS SKECOOOON!!
The clock started to reach 16:00 and it was time to leave Skecon for this year. We all dragged our stuff outside and we really wanted a ride to town when we had so much to carry. I called blackcat69 again and asked kindly if she could be so kind and give us a ride to town and yes, she could. Blackcat69 arrived after a short while and we were at the Skellefteå bus station soon afterwards, we thanked her for everything and I told her that I could send her something as a thanks later. I went to check when the next bus departs that goes to our hometown and we had plenty of waiting time, so we headed over to the same Chinese restaurant that we ate in last year as the food there was really good and not too expensive either. We ordered our food.


We decided to take one food portion for two people, so I and Sacchan shared ours to make it cheaper and because we knew there was pretty much on the plate. We also wanted to have some belly space for the desserts as I've been waiting an year only to taste that deep-fried pineapple! I'm not leaving without tasting it this time, haha. After the food we jumped on the bus that left 18:35 and got safely home.

...

Skecon without derps? As if!

Bonus Picture!

Hasakitsuki: "REVEEEEENGE! >8D" since my derping at Kitacon this year xD
Hey! You really only have one derp this time?...

Me: Yeah but I'm not gonna spare you any peaceful nights! So leave now or have your night sleep ruined!

What do you mean I'm scary? xD
I leave now before my face gives you all nightmares! See you all!

Frozen Angel out.