Tag Archives: Anime

Mars Power, Make Up!

4 Nov

So after a long while of having this on my desktop, I have finally finished drawing and colouring my ultimate favourite Sailor Scout, Sailor Mars, the Guardian of Fire.

More to come eventually, with more updates of work also! ^_^

Mercury Power, Make Up!

13 Sep

I created this quite a few weeks back, but never bothered posting until now.

So enjoy the second Sailor Scout to enter in Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Sailor Mercury!

 

 

A Bit of a Moon Frenzy

29 Jul

So the past three weeks that went I was over at Ryan’s, making sure he is ok as he is not allowed to be by himself because of the condition he is in (at the moment I’m having some time to myself whilst his parents take over for a bit). There was unfortunately numerous trips to the hospital because of the “attacks” he has been getting. We found out from the last visit that it is now a major surgery where they are going to have to remove the whole gall bladder because it is compacted full of the stones. It is bad how they have gone through with this and left it too late whereas they had the chance to not allow it to progress this far. And there we were celebrating the National Health Service (NHS) on the opening ceremony of the Olympics…..

Talking of that, I didn’t mind watching it so much. Could have been better (less music involved, less nonsense dancing etc). But that movie shown at the beginning done by director Danny Boyle, I was like (pardon my language at this point in time): what the ****?!

To me it did not make any sense and I wasn’t keen on the fast movement of shots which suddenly became something like that of a freeze frame, similar to the children’s party game where the music plays, you dance and when it stops, you freeze and are out if you make any sort of movement. When I saw a shot of a Goose, my face was this exactly: o.O

When I watched some of it, I said to my parents, all Brits know what some of the bits shown are (like the opening of the soap Eastenders — it was the section where it was a bird’s-eye view of the Thames). Someone from another country will perhaps have no clue what it is (if anyone outside the UK does, I apologise). But yeah, it may be a part of British TV, but I wouldn’t call it remarkable television. And the music used, I felt it was completely mixed up and sounded horrid. No smooth rhythm, flow or anything. Argh!

But I did like the handing of the Olympic Torch to the up and coming young athletes of the future. It was very unexpected and I felt it really allowed an involvement for everyone. With the final Olympic Torch and it coming together, I was so amazed by it. Wouldn’t have expected more by the wonderful Thomas Heatherwick (a British designer whom I am a fan of).

I also liked the display of the Olympic Rings from the use of the event of the Industrial Revolution. As many others would think, it was a truly beautiful spectacle. I didn’t notice it until the rings started rising up.

Anyways, as for the small 5-10 minute concert with Paul McCartney and The Arctic Monkeys, couldn’t they have chosen someone better? McCartney just sang a few songs which I felt droned on and was not uplifting enough. With The Arctic Monkeys, we have all heard of that song they played many, many times before, and it’s boring. Never liked the band and never will. And I would not call either of them the “best of British music”. Paul McCartney was good. When he was in the Beatles. I think it would have been better if they had someone like Muse (who has also done the Olympic theme song called Survival — I am a fan of them so yes I am going to be biased).  Well that’s my opinion of it. Will be interesting to see other views on the whole thing.

Overall, I did highly enjoy watching the ceremony (between the short film and the mini concert). I felt the involvement within it and did love it. The idea of making it fun and enjoyable is great, and that’s what the Olympics is about, not just the focus on being competitive.

As for watching any of the sports, I have been watching the Archery to its fullest. Really gets me excited : ) I used to attend a club back in my teenage years, and how much I loved it so. My first experience of the sport was when I was 11 on a 5-day school trip to a place which did a whole load of activities. I will admit that I was pretty good ; D But in the end the club was cancelled after a few years T_T

That’s about the only Olympic sport I have been paying attention to. So far.

Anyways, moving on now. There is some big news. Well, big and exciting news for me. At the Paris Japan Expo held earlier this month, it was confirmed that there will be a remake of…….. Sailor Moon! It’s not a remastered, but a whole new anime where it is likely it will follow more closely to the manga *yay*. And it will be released worldwide simultaneously. I’m sooooooo getting it when it’s released! I just hope they have better dubbed voice actors, although I prefer watching it in Japanese and reading the subtitles (it’s hard to find animes now with good dubs).

Ahhh! I can not wait >w<

More happiness is another ‘Tales of’ game, called Tales of Graces F, will be released in exactly 1 month and 2 days. So it’s an early birthday present for me from myself, hehe. And! Next year there will be another Tales game, Tales of Xillia, released in June/July next year. So that’s my graduation/early birthday present to myself planned out already : p

Also on the list, is the next Hyper Japan event taking place in November. Ryan and I are hoping to go (it all depends on his operation date and recovery time). If we can, I am finally going to go in cosplay mode (if anything goes wrong, I won’t). Ryan is also planning on cosplaying, but I’m keeping hush as to who he is going as : p

I’m not planning on buying it on eBay, however, as I have looked on there and the material used is just horrible (all satin-based… eww!) and I have read stories from people’s experiences and it’s not always 100% accurate on what the manufacturers produce. So I am planning, along with my lack of sewing and crafting clothes skills, to make my costume. I have the skirt already, which is a normal wearable skirt that I have had for a number of years. It’s gonna be fun making it and I have printed out the character I’m going to be (Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon) and indicated what I need to do in each area. If it’s not made in time, it’s no biggy, just will have to wait for the next convention : ) But for now it’s time to collect all the things needed to create such a piece.

And to commemorate the whole Sailor Moon remake and everything else, I have done a digital drawing of Sailor Moon and kitty Luna in my “Little Cuties” style ^_^

Created using Illustrator and Photoshop, I created the shadow from duplicating the figures and doing a colour overlay from the layer properties and placed it where I wanted it. I wanted something nice in the background, and a lot of the time in anime and manga they have backgrounds with simple shapes and the character portrayal at the front. So I just did numerous circles, all in pink as the colour symbol for Sailor Moon is a baby pink colour. Click image for a better and larger view.

May plan on doing the whole Sailor Senshi (Soldiers) in this format. Oh it will be fun. But first I should really get down to some work….

Next Week is Spring Break! YAY!

27 Mar

Nice to have two weeks off of uni.

Not nice to still have to do work. That’s life for ya.

Small tweaks have to be made on the headline posters, and a few more modifications to book cover. Seems to go on a bit, huh? :p

And I managed to count almost everything in my anime/manga collection for my info graphics assignment:

  • 147 mangas (not including ones I’m planning on selling!)
  • 92 DVDs
  • 19 Videos
  • 51+ Figures (haven’t bothered looking for my Pokemon figures yet)
  • 12 Dolls
  • 14 Keyrings
  • 3 CD Soundtracks
  • 6+ Plushies (can’t get hold of my Pokemon ones — in baskets on top of my wardrobe!)
  • 7 Posters
  • 1 Bag
  • 1 Purse
  • 3 Pin badges
  • 23 Video Games
  • ?? Other Merchandise (i.e. magazines, trading cards, t-shirts, necklace…)

Some of the stuff is at my boyfriend’s so I can play it (games) or watch it (DVDs). And no, it’s not cos I have too much in the house already!

I do wonder how much I have spent on all of this over the years…… Oh well.

One Amazing Hyper Japan Day!

28 Feb

The weekend has passed and just thought I’d say that Hyper Japan Spring 2012 was absolutely awesome!!!

It was in a much bigger place than last summer’s event, and there was so much to see! Unfortunately we didn’t get as many good photos as expected, but there will still be some to show =]

But the start of the day was quite hectic as I started feeling unwell Friday evening (had an extremely sore throat and blocked nose–I was hoping it was gonna go away throughout the day but it didn’t). It resulted to carry on towards Saturday morning where my boyfriend said we shouldn’t go cos of how I felt but I really wanted to. I’ve been waiting since the last event to go to this one. Besides, it was just a sore throat that only made it difficult to drink. So we made a deal that if I got any worse throughout the event we’re going back home.

So we pushed on and left the house to get to Cockfosters Station by 8am and got on the train to eventually arrive at Earl’s Court/West Brompton Station(s) which took around 45 minutes. When we got to the place it was filled with a queue of people but because I cleverly bought fast track tickets, it meant we were in a shorter queue that was allowed to go first when the doors opened ^^

So we waited. And waited. And waited. We were there about half an hour earlier so it was building up the excitement. When we got in, OMG it was beautiful! I was getting all worked up seeing everything. And the first thing my boyfriend and I saw was a Suzuki car, and we both fell in love with it.

My boyfriend, Ryan, passed his driving test about two months ago and when he saw this car he just desperately wanted it. And here it is with my gorgeous boy in it ^_^

As you can see in the background, there was gameage as well. There was one called Saint Seiya where you’re basically this guy in a well-designed armour suit and you have to beat everyone up. As Ryan played on it and was doing extremely well, I noticed a few people have been watching him ^_~

 There was also some extremely gorgeous dresses, or Lolita dresses, and kimonos, for sale, but it was unfortunate to not get them because of the price. One day I will!

Another awesome thing was the food (can’t help it that I’m a food lover) and there was so much to choose from! There was a stall however, that did this shaved ice with syrup, more syrup, and fresh fruit. I chose to have a ‘Mango nice’. It was yummy! >w< There was also some snack stuff, like Eby Fry (basically deep-fried prawns) and fried squid balls. Ryan had some duck spring rolls and some pork things which were yummy also! From the same stall(which was called Bento Cafe) Ryan also had this miso soup which had bean sprouts, chicken and I think it was spring onion. I took a couple of sips cos it was gorgeous! I could have drunk the soup on its own really in a very large cup :p

Here is the image of the shaven ice dessert we had (not the one I had exactly, just the one they had on display)

At 11 o’clock we had the privilege of having Japanese actress and singer Natsuko Aso performing some of her songs which I was bopping along to. She was so nice and pretty and cute, and an absolutely amazing singer. We had to call her Na-Chan ^^

Here is a video clip from the Hyper Japan website (scroll down to see it). I also recorded one but it’s taking ages to upload onto Flickr so once it’s set up I’ll see if to post it on here.

Anyways, we also had the opportunity to get Na-Chan’s CD and have it signed by her!!! It cost a bit (£35) but I believe it is definitely worth it having a live performance from her, photo with her and the signed album.

And here you go, the signed album:

And here she is posing (was posing for a picture for someone else, but we sort of took the opportunity at the same time ;D)

And here is Ryan and myself with her, but not as glamorous (referring to me, not Na-Chan) =]

That was the major highlight of the day. After the live performance, we walked around a bit more and I managed to get my usual stock intake of manga (which was slightly cheaper than what I get in stores surprisingly!) as well as some DVDs I can’t get hold of in here anymore as a UK company that did distribute anime has stopped and I wasn’t able to finish the series, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles season 2, that I was collecting. But I found US imports of the anime plus OVAs (original video animation — which meant that they went straight to DVD rather than be viewed first on tv etc). When I saw them I was so shocked and just kept telling Ryan: “Look what I found! Ryan, look! Look!” And luckily, they play on Ryan’s PS3 and I was soooo happy ^_____^ And Ryan bought a Godzilla metal figure which looked really cool.

After about 6 hours or so there we left and went to Leicester Square to get the new PSVita (for Ryan) and to my favourite manga/anime store, Tokyo Toys. We noticed that their signage has changed to mirror letters so we took a pic of it. And in there I bought a Sailor Moon wallet which I was so shocked in seeing and called out to Ryan a number of times to point out what I found.

After that, we went back to Ryan’s place and happily remembered all the things that happened. And that was our amazing day ^______^

And I hope next time to do my cosplay!!!