noblescientist: (FFX)
Yup, planning already. (Psh, we were planning before this year's was over!)

SO we-- meaning Caitlin, Tasha and I-- had been planning to do a Resident Evil group next year. I was going to go as Leon S Kennedy-- and possibly Albert Wesker on the Sunday--, Tasha would be Rebecca Chambers, because the character suits her so bloody well, and Caitlin said she might be our Claire Redfield.

Well, Tasha looked at Rebecca costumes, and decided it wouldn't be so great on her budget. (I guess the only one she found was over $100, and she wasn't too pleased with that price.)

So I suggested Rikku, from Final Fantasy X-2, which we've wanted to do for a while. (She's also in FFX, but Tasha wants to do the costume from X-2.) It's easy-- find a decent yellow bikini, we can make the skirt and sleeves, the pouches shouldn't be too hard either, and the scarf I might be able to either beg off my sister or find elsewhere. I told her we might have to compromise on the wig; if she can find one, I can play with it for a month or so and fix it to be Rikku-ish.)

So, because she's being Rikku, I'm being Yuna.
Now this is awesome for a bunch of different reasons: Firstly, I don't have to worry about sports bras or Ace wrap to hide my boobs-- YOU try being new at this and hiding D-cups for a cosplay!-- because I'm actually cosplaying as a GIRL. (And, being a video game girl, she has moderately sized boobies.)
Secondly, I can grow my hair out and not have to worry about 1) cutting it or 2) getting a wig and hiding my real hair under it. Because Yuna's hair is at least long enough for a ponytail.
I considered Paine a while ago, but I'm not comfortable with showing off that much of the sides of my legs, and I wanna grow my hair out. (See last couple of sentences.)

So I started looking for Yuna costumes. I found a few expensive ones that sucked, a few expensive ones that looked well-worth the price, a few cheap ones, and a couple of slightly-less-expensive ones that didn't totally suck, but were not ideal.
And then I found THIS.
Now what THIS is, is a very high-quality costume for FIFTY DOLLARS. Most of the time, that kind of thing goes for a good hundred more. (Needless to say I jacked Dad's PayPal-- with permission-- and told him I can pay him back immediately if he wants-- he said nothing of it, so I figure I'll pay him when the package is trackable or comes in.)

And then I called Ashley to check about the scarf, and she said she can probably do it as long as she can block the color rather than fading it. I don't think that will be an issue.
And then, once I sent her a few pictures of Rikku, she called back to tell me she has a skirt we might be able to work off of, so we won't have to make it. And judging by the pictures she sent me, it looks like a good start!

For a day that started out canceling our original plan, today is going pretty damn well :D
noblescientist: (Grimmjow)
Stolen from [ profile] diorcrystal:

Put a 'x' in the boxes if you meet those requirements. I, however, am going to add numbers instead, to easily keep track of my score.

1] You've seen at least one anime.
2] You've read at least one manga.
[] You watch anime/read manga on a regular basis.
3] You think that anime and western cartoons are two separate things.
[] You're in anime club.
[No, but I used to be, in middle school.]
[4] You've cosplayed at least once. [Sebastian and Cloud.]
[] You counted Halloween costumes from when you were a kid as cosplay.
5] You cosplay in public. [I think conventions count-- considering we did walk around Boston's Hynes Convention Center for food and stuff in cosplay, outside the con itself.]
6] You've been to at least one anime convention.
7] You cosplayed there. 
[] You travelled more than 200 miles to get there.
8] You like Japanese food. [(I've loved it since I was a kid, before I got into anime/manga *-*): Me too, Dior, me too.]
9] You like any of the following in particular: sushi, Pocky, cheap ramen, ramune. [uh, all of the above?]
10] You know that sushi isn't just raw fish.
[] You've made bento lunch.
[] You've made a charabento.
[] You go to the Asian shop on a regular basis.
[] You've actually been to Japan.
[no, but a friend has-- and she has friends there.]
[] You've been to Japan solely for the anime, video games or idols.
[] You're learning/know Japanese.
[I'm trying to find a place to learn it for college-student prices.]
[] You're learning it to watch anime without subtitles.
[] You have Japanese blood.
[] You CLAIM to have Japanese blood.
11] You're in love with a fictional character made by Japanese people. [who, me? *hides Sebastian plushie, and several Grimmjow pictures* ...NAH]
[] You claim you're married to said fictional character. [okay that's creepy.]
[] Anime is so much better than western cartoons. [90s western cartoons were decent!]
[] You call all cartoons anime.
[] Anyone who hates anime is dead to you.
12] You call characters by their original Japanese names.
13] You call characters by their romaji spelling. [only to be a wiseguy, but sometimes.]
[] You defend Pearl Harbour.
[] You think Pearl Harbour's a new anime that just started airing in Japan.
[] You think Japan is the greatest country on Earth.
[] You think that just because they make the best media.
14] You listen to J-music.
[] Exclusively.
15] You know that it's pronounced "Gakuto" and not "Gackt". [*FANGIRLS*]
[] You can name all the Vocaloids. [no, but I know a few...]
[16] You like Hetalia.
[] You think Japan is the best character.
17] You wear items of anime-related clothing in public.
[] You play only Japanese videogames/watch Japanese shows/eat Japanese food.
[nope, but I do enjoy all of the above.]
[] You use Japanese honorifics.
[] To refer to yourself.
[] Your entire room is full of anime merchandise. [Just some stuff from AB.]
[] You changed your name to something Japanese. [uh, I do intend to change my name, legally, but not even close to Japanese. Its root is English.]
[] Legally.
[] You want to give your kid a Japanese name.
[] You want to name your kid after an anime character.
[] You've considered having surgery to look oriental.
[] You've had it done.
[] You stalk the Japanese exchange students.
[] You've been arrested for doing so.
18] You use memes in daily conversation. [...guilty. BUT SO IS MY SISTER. Who is not a Japanophile in the least.]
[19] You watch abridged series. [sometimes.]
[20] You get most of the jokes.
21] You use tildes while typing. [*points to title bar*]
[22] You use Japanese emoticons [...more like... abuse?]
[] You make attempt to Japanese sounding by the Engrish typing.
[] You claim you're Japanese on your dA/Facebook/Myspace/whatever.
[] You're not..
[] You're not even Asian.
[] If you're Asian, you think doing Japanese stuff helps you get in touch with your heritage.
[] And you're not even Japanese.
[] People call you a weeaboo.
[] You prefer the term otaku.
[] You break out into Caramelldansen in public.
[no, and I get hideously embarrassed when my friend does.]
[] You want to date a Japanese person.
[] No other nationality will do.
[] You watch Naruto.
[used to.]
[] You wear the headbands. [used to, occasionally.]
[] Every day.
[] You're bitching at me because they're properly called "forehead protectors"
23] You bought said headban- erm FOREHEAD PROTECTOR at Hot Topic. [...guilty again-- I was in middle school, leave me be.]
[] You act out scenes from the show.
[] FFVII is the best game ever.
[I dunno about EVER...]
[] Sephiroth is yours. [my... favorite villain, maybe. And I loved him in Crisis Core, but I also loved Genesis and Zack. And ANGEEEEEAAALL... *sad*]
24] Kingdom Hearts is awesome. [just beat KHII~]
[] AxelxRoxas is KAWAII DESU NE~~~!!
[uh, no.]
25] You wish you owned a real Death Note. [...guilty. Designed one and carried it around in high school.]
[] Touhou rocks your life. 
26] Anime dubs are the spawn of Satan. [...I hate most of them, sorry. Love FMA's, though.]
[] Vic Miginola is God. [God? No. Badass? Most assuredly.]
[] It's seiyuu, not voice actor. [Depends on if I'm talking about the Japanese or English voice.]
[] You use gratuitous Japanese all the time.
[] You add "desu" to the end of every sentence.
[...Grell I ain't.]
[] The only thing you draw is anime. [uh, does that include style? Because no, I draw game-related stuff too. And occasionally-- gasp-- real life!]
[27] All your friends also like anime. [I think.]
[] You want to become a mangaka. [used to.]
[] In Japan.
[] Most of your manga/anime is hentai.
28] You know that "hentai" doesn't mean "porn".
[] You write fanfics for English class.
[] Yaoi fanfics.
[] You know nothing about Japanese culture except for anime, videogames, idols, music, porn and schoolgirls.
[] Everyone says you have no life.
[] And it's true.

My Score: 28

0-10: You probably hate Japan. You're not a weeaboo at all, not even close.
10-20: You like SOME Japanese things but, still not a weeaboo.

20-30: At this stage you probably still hate weeaboos. Good news- you're not one. [Yay me!]
30-40: You keep your love of Japanese stuff sensible.
40-50: You're very likely a Japanophile, but you're not as annoying as a full-blown weeaboo.
50-60: You're not a weeaboo just yet, but try and moderate it.
60-70: Weeaboo.
70-80: Please stop it!!!!!!
101: Insane asylum items.

Okay, I was two or three shy of where I expected to be. Not a bad thing.
noblescientist: (Ciel Phantomhive)
Well, hm. This is the first time I've sat down with my computer since AB. So here it is:

Anime Boston 2011!!

Horrible start to the best day EVER.
[ profile] foxdemon123 and I woke up-- after not really quite sleeping-- at 4:30 in the freaking morning. I helped my Ciel with her hair before either of us got dressed (because we had to spray in the color and that would be DUMB once we did get dressed) and promptly got sick. Like, while we were spraying her hair I had to suck down half a Vitamin Water and some Wheat Thins-- which came back up shortly thereafter. So that sucked, a lot. Then I was okay and got my demonic butler on, and we left for Boston. (We both spent much of the car ride sleeping.)

Then once we got there, we split up-- as I was pre-registered and she had to register at the con-- and no more than thirty seconds after we've done so, I hear a girl squeal from the at-con registration line, "Sebastian!"
So I stopped. There was a girl standing there with a blue DS, and she asked (still kind of squealy) "Sebastian, can I take your picture?"
"Of course, Miss." And I smirked at her, she took my picture ("Thank you so much!!") and moved on to get my badge.

Had to wait two and a half hours for my young Earl once I got in because the bloody lines were so long, but I spent most of it taking pictures. Pretty boss costumes. (Oh yeah, and like five more pictures taken of me. Sebastian with a ponytail... oh yeah.)

Spent much of the day roaming the con, browsing in the Dealer's Room. I bought an adorable kitteh plush (because it was retardedly adorable and Sebastian loves kittehs). Also grabbed an Umbrella t-shirt, a Zelda t-shirt, a Byakuya plushie and a pair of tabi socks-- they were my colors, man, and they had lotus flowers on them-- before rushing off to grab tickets for the Melody Ball and going back to the room to NAP. (Because, you know, we'd gotten maybe an hour and a half of sleep on the way and we were both exhausted.)
So sleep.

And then we got dressed again-- my Ciel in her lovely blue ball gown-- met [ profile] makokitten for a short while around dinner (she's a boss. It's true), and went to the Melody Ball. We met a couple of
[ profile] foxdemon123's friends there, dressed as Selphie Tilmitt, Rinoa Heartilly, and (I don't remember who the last character was) from Final Fantasy VIII. They played some interesting music-- there was a string quartet playing classical music, and string versions of anime and video game music-- and then they started playing some other stuff that was actually from anime and games, and some Disney stuff. (That was amusing, because there was a Belle there, and they played Beauty and the Beast.) They also played The Tango Maureen, which was a surprise. Ciel and I faked the waltz a few times, and then I danced with Selphie (odd pair, Sebastian and Selphie, but who am I to refuse a lady a dance?)
Then the ladies mentioned that they were going to a concert, and so would not be staying the entire dance. (After this, Ciel was asked to dance and went off to do so.)

So after the Melody Ball, we went off to see what was still open (not much) and passed by a concert. And then promptly turned around and went in. The opening band-- I wish we'd been there at the beginning to catch the band name-- kicked ass. They were like a combination of old AFI, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Guns 'N' Roses. They were awesome.
And then on came Girugamesh.
Let me tell you, they were pretty fuckin' awesome. I'm not even sure I can describe how awesome they were. And then there was this:
(That's the bassist, by the way, Shuu.) was pretty funny.

So, my first concert, EVER, a J-Rock concert, which was free. (No admission fee for us AB nerds! ♥)

And then we went back to the room and crashed around midnight.

Best day EVER.

8:00 in the morning. My phone goes off: "The flinch in your eyes calls your bluff//Feel free to die when you've had enough//Useless cause is breaking your back//Your life will end when you attack--"
And it's
[ profile] spiritofanangel, telling us she's here, she's in the registration line, et cetera.
I dropped back into bed for half an hour. And then she called again, saying she's out of the registration line. I said we'd meet her down at Dunkie's in about five minutes. We did so, got our respective breakfasts, and off to the con we went. After some confusion about her transportation home, we sorted it out and she got a pair of steampunky goggles for a souvenir. (I bought a Moogle and a magnet that says "My zombies ate your honor student".)
EDIT: I also bought my sister a Cthulhu and a magnet that says "Cthulhu made me do it." And can add that safely now that  she has them and is enjoying them.

And then we stopped in at the Manga Library and I re-read Angel Sanctuary volumes 1 & 2. Tasha (Ciel) got through-- surprise, surprise-- Black Butler volume 1. (Not sure if she had anything else. Cait had a couple of yaoi mangas.)

Somewhere in there, we decided we'd go to the rave-- excuse me, "Informal Dance"-- that night. We would have dinner, grab a couple of finger lights from the Dealer's Room, and go rave. (Unfortunately, the Dealer's Room was already closed for the night.)

On the way to dinner, we got caught in a Friendship Train. It was pretty boss-- it spanned an escalator, with enough people on either end to fill a second. We went from the bottom floor up to the third (where a guard reminded us "NO CONGA LINES!") and then back down to the first before breaking up into a giant group around the leader. He gave an amusing little speech-- "They may be able to break up our Friendship Train, but they can't break our Friendship! Love and Peace! Love and Peace!"
(In case you're not aware, that "Love and Peace!" thing is a Trigun reference: it's one of Vash's catchlines. I kind of hate that show, but it was an amusing reference nonetheless.)

So we had dinner (I split a Pizzeria Regina slice of pepperoni with
[ profile] foxdemon123), and rave we did. It was awesome. (I got a couple of glow stick bracelets and found four of the phial-shaped glow sticks.
And my shirt kept coming unbuttoned. (I'd discarded my vest, tie, and tailcoat, and intentionally unbuttoned the top two buttons on my shirt.) So I ignored it and tied the bottom in place instead. (I felt slightly like a whore, but I wasn't too hot anymore. Besides, there were people there in much less.)

And then we went home. (Once again, I was dead out for two-thirds of the car ride.) I got in at 1:36, dropped my stuff, showered, and dropped into bed and died till 12:40 that afternoon.

Overall, a pretty kickass weekend. (Photos will be posted soonish.)

It would have been even better if I hadn't lost my voice.
noblescientist: (Dante & Vergil)
This is why.

See, as I'm on my way to the library, which is where I am now, Yuki's little sister Heather catches up to me.
"Hey you," I say to her by way of greeting.
"Hey." She asks, "Where you going?"
"Library. Why, where are you supposed to be?"
"Literacy. But I'm late, and she closed the door."
"Ah." I ponder this for a moment. "Come into the library, take out a book, and ask for a pass there."

She did. It worked. The fire alarm rang not a minute later.
I found Tasha on the way out, and prefaced my story with "I am a terrible, terrible influence." 
I spotted Arianne and said, "Hey Ari, I'm a terrible, terrible influence, come listen to why!"
I told them my story and they praised my quick thinking. I then said, "But see, I am a terrible, terrible influence."
Arianne, also thinking quickly, says, "Yes, but on the other side, you're a sage."

Kinda made my day a little.


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