hikarikirameku: (KAT-TUN)
This past weekend was our annual trip to Raleigh, NC for Animazement, a rather awesome anime convention. Ill try and remember all the stuff that happened. There were some highlights, most definitely. Friday was the best day, hands down, but Sunday wasn't too bad either. Saturdays tend to be crazy, this year's was the worst.
Click the cut for con shenanigans )
hikarikirameku: (Default)
So, this weekend was the fundraiser for our local anime convention, Nashicon. It was pretty much just a short one-day version of the main con. It was very relaxed, and fun.

- Spent most of the day getting ready. Had to wash the cosplay, pack, etc.
- Got into town a bit late due to rush hour traffic.
- Visited the former workplace to say hi and snagged some food.
- Off into Columbia to meet everyone on campus for the meeting. I didn't actually do much besides hang out and get my Pokemon team ready for the next day's tournament, but it was fun seeing everyone after a long time.
- Spent night at friends' house. Chatted/fangirled, watched them bake cookies, harassed their cats.

- Mini-con proper.
- Didn't get much sleep the night before, but enough to function.
- I cosplayed my old favorite, Ichigo Kurosaki from BLEACH. The wig gave me trouble, but it always does.
- I spent various parts of the day just hanging out and having fun. Played Gangham Style early on...danced a little. I need to learn the rest.
- I went on an adventure to find an ATM, only to find out the thing I wanted in the market room had already been sold by the time I got back x.x Oh well (more money to spend on KAT-TUN stuff, I guess).
- Had lunch with a friend.
- At some point, I was challenged to Pokemon battles. Won several, only lost twice...my dragon team was pretty nasty.
- Sang karaoke, KAT-TUN songs.
- After the mini-con ended, we went to Blue Cactus for Korean food, and I got the usual Bee Bim Bob...sooo good. It's been a while.
- Hated the hour drive back home, but arrived safely.

I unfortunately didn't get any pictures..there really weren't many cosplayers. I DID however get video of myself in cosplay during karaoke. They aren't the best, my digital camera doesn't do sound well, but it's something. I love to sing, so I had fun... even if I made a few mistakes, and completely messed up Koki's short rap in LIPS ^^;

Tomorrow starts a 5-day work streak x.x Only good thing is that the shifts vary in length, and some are actually sort-of short. I just hope today was relaxing enough for me to not go nuts, lol. I'm spending some time tonight catching up on Kamen Rider Wizard, and tomorrow after work, I'll catch up on KAT-TUN DameYoru (I'm 3 episodes behind x.x)
hikarikirameku: (Default)
List of things that happened at the con:

- Wore Ichigo first thing, wore it most of the day.
- Wandered around a bit, checked out the Dealer's Room, hung out with people. It was a pretty chill con.
- Went to the Fumiko Orikasa panel that focused on her role as Rukia. Sat front row, so good seat. Got to ask her about doing character songs. She said she enjoyed them, but doing the opening covers were harder since they already had a certain sound from the actual artist. Her actual speaking voice is adorble, BTW. It was only when requested to do the "MAE! SODE NO SHIRAYUKI!" line that she sounded like Rukia XD
- At some point during the night, I passed out for a while. Got woken up by roommates I had freaked out since they didn't know anyone was in there XD
- Changed into Eiji cosplay for tokusatsu fan shenanigans.
- Went to Kamen Rider panel at 10pm. It covered every Kamen Rider series. They practically skipped over Kiva though, which pissed me off (and I chewed out the friend that ran it about that too, since I knew it's because he hates Kiva). Other than that, it was a decent enough panel. i won some Taka and Kujaku Gashapon medals, gave them to my friend.
- I can't remember which panel, but said friend that ran panel tried to demonstrate a Gills Rider Kick. Fell on his ass. LULZ were had.
- The 18+ toku panel was alright. I'll probably watch Akibaranger at some point. A friend won an OOO toy and gave it to me, it's this weird little track set.
- Late night toku cosplay shenanigans were had.

- Had to wake up early to get into Ichigo cosplay, then line up for the second Fumiko Orikasa panel, this one was for autographs. Had her sign a Rukia picture my friend had been line enough to give me.
- Changed into my dance outfit afterwards. Wore it to the KOTOKO concert. I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been so damn loud. It hurt my ears. It also made the sound really distorted at times. The performance was good though. KOTOKO herself wore these cute outfits, and the band cosplayed characters from Lupin. The one guitarist was pretty cute too.
- Passed out again for a bit in the afternoon.
- Went to the "dance" (they call it that, but it's pretty much a rave). There were some AMAZING glowstringers there, and I got to see the FlowToy glowsticks I've been thinking about getting in person. They're gorgeous. I promised myself if I get good enough, it will be worth the $50 to buy a pair. This means I need to work on my glowstringing. I was like "OMG" when I realized they were playing Chrono Trigger music remixes at some point.

- Lack of proper sleep was catching up to me, so I wasn't feeling that great. Decided not to cosplay.
- Broke down and bought the SHF Emperor Form Kiva. It's really freaking pretty. I ended up getting a good bit of Kamen Rider stuff over the weekend, mostly Agito.
- Hung out with my friends for most of the afternoon. Went to a panel about traveling to Japan at some point out of boredom, hung out with friends some more til con ended.
- tried not to fall asleep on the ride home.

All in all, a pretty good con. Very mellow. I can say I didn't regret buying a badge, since it meant I didn't have to help run anything. It's been a long time since I didn't have to help work a con. I enjoyed it. I do miss seeing everyone though. I'm also sad I never got a chance to properly talk with my one friend about KAT-TUN stuff. I got to tell her about the new single, and that's about it. Oh well. We toku fandomed it up hardcore there at least.
hikarikirameku: (OOO - TaJaDol)
Dear Eiji, why must your outfits be so WTF and random?...it makes making them for cosplay a bitch XD I just wonder if my friend plans on wearing Ankh again so I may have my angry bird bastard to hang around with :D Although, she might be wearing Meteor-tan instead. I'm looking forward to more Tokusatsu cosplay shenanigans with my friends this year.

I just hope that wig cooperates better this year. It didn't cooperate well last year. We'll hopefully be hairspraying it into submission.

I'll also be wearing my Ichigo Kurosaki cosplay again this year, and hopefully be getting an autograph from Rukia's seiyuu while wearing it!
hikarikirameku: (OMGWTF!)
I am gonna be so glad when Nashi-con is over. I love it, but OMG, crunch time SUCKS. I still have a few things left to do for the dance. At least the PVs are all edited, but I still have to arrange the songs. I have to make sure the double-play artists are separated well enough too. Since STAR RIDER kicks off the dance, it'll be easier for KAT-TUN stuff, but I still want to sneak FINALE into the first hour, so Lock On probably won't get played til the middle of the second hour.

Then there's the KAT-TUN panel. OMG, I haven't even started on it x.x I wanted to try and find clips from the newer shows, but I haven't had the chance. Not to mention the newest solo videos of anything are still relatively old...poor Junno's is from 2010. Maru's is the most recent, since it's Step by Step. Koki...I'll probably have to use his One on One performance from the NMP concert. I can't play any of his newer songs...because Koki's songs are not PG. XD Ueda...I have no idea what I'm doing for him. Kame...I might just play the clip from NMP of Lost my Way, and then let the Nakamaru Clinic play XD Not much singing, but the skit's pretty funny, and I can play the one from the Taiwan concert too. But yeah, the panel is on April 1st, so any clips I can find of them trolling each other would be great. I just wish I had more than an hour for this thing x.x
Oh yeah, I suppose as trivia I can add that the kanji for "Nashi" (Asian pear) that we use for Nashi-con is the same kanji that's in "Kamenashi".

The dance costume, which at this point will be my only costume for Nashi-con probably, is coming along...I suppose. I still haven't quite gotten the color I want for the kimono though. I'll mess with the dyes more tomorrow. I need it to be a lot darker of a purple than it currently is now though. I might need to throw in some blue, or even black, since it's tie-dyed. It's supposed to look like the Milky Way, since it'll have a star theme, just like the dance (also part of the reason I'm kicking off the dance with Star Rider). I also need to finish the inner part of the outfit, since the kimono I'm working on now is just the outer part.
This whole costume, funny enough, came about when I saw Kame's costume during his Kizuna performance from one of the earlier concerts (2006 maybe?). It was this purple and silver sparkly-sequined kimono-esque thing, and I thought it was so pretty. Eventually I thought doing a similar long-sleeved kimono dance outfit would be fun. I decided to make it space-themed because I like stars, plus I would have an excuse to make it silver and purple and covered in glitter.

Anyways, that's enough about what I've been up to at any rate. I'm thinking I'm getting a little overwhelmed, mentally, from all this stuff...so tomorrow I'll take a two or so hour break to watch a few episodes of Kamen Rider. I've been meaning to re-watch Kuuga, and I think it'll be a good stress relief.

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