Anime Boston 2013 day 3

So long, Anime Boston. It was fun.

So long, Anime Boston. It was fun.

After giving it a little thought, I came to the decision that it would be absolute blasphemy not to attend the final day of Anime Boston. As a result my brother and I got up at 9:30 to spend a few final hours enjoying the convention. I’m glad we went.

Our original plan was to wander around until the premier re-screening of the first two dub episodes of Sword Art Online (cause you know like to torture myself). However, after heading to the specified room we were confronted with quite the obstacle. The scheduled had been changed. With nothing to go on and no idea where to start looking, we instead decided to watch the last thirty minutes of the Cosplay Chess Match. It was a blast, to put it in a nutshell (I enjoyed it more than my brother since he told me the only character he recognized was Haku from Spirited away). I wish I had seen the whole thing though.

(For those of you interested, the whole chess match should be put up on youtube soon. I know I’ll be watching what I missed)

Anime swag day 3

Anime swag day 3

Finally, after the last chess piece had been dealt with, my brother and I made one last walk around the dealers room. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to purchase a Vincent Valentine action figure. I was so close, but once I figured out I’d be fifty cents short after tax (damn tax!!!) I figured it was a sign. My brother was willing to help out, but with a new version not to far off in the horizon, I figured it was for the best. My brother did get me the Morgiana key chain however, as a late birthday gift. Makeshift Miracle was a book I noticed on the first day of the con, however its twenty dollar price tag deterred me despite its beauty. On the final day, though, I was lucky enough to come across a vendor that was selling all manga half off. Rurouni Kenshin was my last purchase of the convention and with it safely tucked in my bag, we headed back home.

I also want to take the time to highlight my two favorite artists from the Artists Alley. Like in 2012, I didn’t end up buying anything but I was really close.

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artist: Blix-it

Fun fact: Ninetales and subsequently vulpix are my favorite pokemon ever and as a result I instantly fell in love with this print. Despite such a  limited color palette, this water color painting was bursting with life, something which a jpeg image cannot simply replicate. Looking back I regret not picking up the large print, but what’s done is done.

Newsha-ghasemi was actually the featured artist of this years convention and for good reason. All of the art on display at table 71 was great, but this piece stole the cake. Romance gets me every time.

Overall, despite the slow start, Anime Boston 2013 turned out to be just as fun if not more than 2012. I was still a bit to shy to take pictures of Cosplayers, but I can check off attending different panels.  Hopefully next year I’ll have to the opportunity to muster up the courage to ask for a picture. Anime Boston 2014, bring it on.

Random Stuff

  • I went to Anime Boston 2013 with $220 worth of spending money. I came back with $40.
  • Light Up Samurai ended up being my favorite cosplayer. I had my mind set that if I saw him on the final day, I’d ask for a picture. Sadly, I did not run into him again.
  • Anime Boston 2014 is looking rather grim. With my brother off to London for graduate school, I will be without a place to stay. I’ve got some time to work things out, though.
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Anime Boston 2013 day 2

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Day 2 of anime Boston 2013 is just about to come to a close. Overall it was an eventful and exciting day, filled with all things anime. But as usual, my brother and I began our day in the dealer’s room.

We decided that we’d spend an hour or so wandering around before we attended the Swordsmanship panel. We decided to forgo Sentai filmworks and Funimation industry panels and it turned out to actually be time well spent.

Excuse the crappy photography, I still don't have the hang of it.

Check out my awesome photography guys.

It was a rather simple panel about swordsmanship like kendo for example, but the speaker, David Lee, made the panel exciting. He had some cosplayers come up to the stage to demonstrate a few simple techniques for the audience. There was also an entertaining board breaking demonstrations by fellow attendees (the dragonball gang was by far the most entertaining). Because of recent events however, Lee was unable to bring actual weapons to the panel, but the audience didn’t seem to mind all that much.

day 2 anime swag

day 2 anime swag

Following the panel, we took one last tour through the dealer’s room and it was at this moment that I made the bulk of my purchases. Crown of love has been on my radar for quite some time now, but it has had the misfortune of lying dormant in my amazon shopping cart for the better of two years, so when I noticed the pack of 4 for only $20 I couldn’t say no. Kieli was also something I had  took notice of and since I was a bit spend happy after buying Crown of Love, I thought “why not.” However it was at that moment I had remembered one of the things I really wanted to look for this Anime Boston and that was Cat Paradise. After usually coming across it on websites and it being out of stock I was pretty excited, so hopefully it will live up to my expectations. Lastly was FMP: Fumoffu, something I have already seen but have been dying to rewatch.

And that basically wraps things up. It was super crowded today, so there was a tiny scare when we thought we wouldn’t make it to the panel because of bag checks, but everything work out nice. Whether or not I will be attending tomorrow is still up in the air ( I still haven’t even checked if I’m scheduled on Monday for work). I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Random Stuff

  • I had an embarrassing brain fart today when I thought 35 dollars was actually 30 dollars. The lady behind the stand looked like she thought I had gone insane. Hey, I was only five dollars off.
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Anime Boston 2013 day 1

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Coming to you live from my brother’s apartment, welcome to the summary of day 1 of Anime Boston 2013. While my initial impression may be somewhat more pessimistic than I had expected (I forgot that riding on a cramped train wasn’t fun) it still seems like this year will be one to remember.

To start off, this morning neither my brother or I had our outfits together, which ended up resulting in a quick trip to the local Iparty to pick up a pail and shovel and then to an American Apparel for a T-shirt. With our problems solved, we made it just in time for the opening of the dealers room. We spent an hour or so wandering around the dealers room gawking at how expensive things were and then made our way to the Aniplex panel on the second floor.

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waiting in line for Aniplex

Now, the Aniplex panel was a bit disappointing, only because their exclusive announcements were just dates on releases we were already aware of. Sword Art Online (which I hate to admit I’ll probably pick up), Blue Excorist, Fate/Zero, and Oreimo, things we (or at least I) already new they would be releasing sooner or later.

The panel I was looking forward to, Japanese Fairytales, was full to capacity, and I wasn’t able to get in. As a result we made one more round through the dealers room and I decided to get a few things.

Day 1 anime swag

Day 1 anime swag

The moment I laid eyes on the fluffy penguins from Mawaru Penguin drum I knew I wasn’t going to leave without at least one. I decided on #2 because he’s cute, but If I feel compelled #3 will be next, though it’s unlikely since they were $22 and I still haven’t bought my yearly anime key chain (which are usually around $10). Asuka was an impulse buy, but she was only $40 and I got the last one, so horay!

After that we left, since it was raining and we didn’t want to get stuck walking home in a downpour.

Tomorrow, besides spending more money (I’ll be picking up some dvds and manga), I’ll most likely be at the Sentai and Funimation Industry panels,  but there is a Swordsmanship panel that I would love to go to, so that may change things.

Anyway that’s all for day 1, until tomorrow so long!

Random Stuff

  • No standout cosplays yet, anime wise anyway. there was a really cool Link from Zelda that I could of sworn I saw last year
  • This year didn’t quite seem as packed as usual, probably because of the recent happenings in Boston.
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Update: Anime Boston 2013 and remembering Sora no Woto

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Sound the bugle now…

It’s been quite some time hasn’t it? A month goes by rather quickly, but never fear, I’ll always come back.

To start off this what will probably be a rather lengthy update post, I want to begin by talking about one of my favorite shows of the past few years, Sora no Woto, which I have recently decided to revisit. As somewhat of an prologue, rewatching shows is one of my favorite pastimes. Sure, I guess if you tilt you head and squint it can appear to be quite the waste of time, after all, you’re spending time watching something you have already seen. However, the way I see it, if the enjoyment and wonder is still there through the second play through (and in the case of Sora no Woto, it’s my third), I can wholeheartedly defend my actions as time well spent.

When and if I decide to go back for a fourth helping, I can without doubt say that those opening seconds will always take my breath away. The combination of the beautiful music and the gorgeous scenery is simply hard to ignore. Granted, there is that one episode that leaves a minor blemish on its record, but that is not enough to deter myself the pleasure of watching this show all over again.

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Episode seven will forever be one of my favorite episodes ever.

Sora no Woto lulls you into a false sense of security with it’s rather cutesy character designs, and, as a matter of fact, my initial reason for picking up this show was because of its uncanny resemblance to a show I had finished not too long before it. That show was K-On. I went in expecting the entertaining shenanigans of a small platoon of army girls, but it became increasingly clear that this show not only had interesting and likable characters but that those characters also had depth and lived in a world brimming with endless possibilities.

We watch these young women have the time of their lives, but that doesn’t take away from the horrendous things that have happened thanks to the ever present threat of war, the likes of which a few of the girls have witnessed firsthand. It makes me wish that more time had been taken to explore the back story of these characters (something which I don’t normally say) because its not just one or two that outshine the rest, they all have past experiences that could potentially produce enough material for a stand alone show. There is a ton of untapped potential lurking in this show despite its awesomeness.  All of the girls are fighting for something, whether they know it or not, and that’s a beautiful thing.

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And now onto the second part of the show…

As some of you may be aware, Anime Boston 2013 is just around the corner. Despite still having to get through exams (this week is going to be hell), the excitement I’m beginning to feel even now is quite hard to ignore. I’ve got my cosplay all figured out and while I may be playing it safe this year (no princess of crystal unfortunately), I’m still predicting quite the exciting ride.

Anyway, let’s get down to business. I mentioned last year in my Anime Boston post, that I wanted to do something with this blog concerning Anime Boston, whether that be attending panels, scouring the dealer’s room for awesome sales, catching awesome shots of cosplayers (most of which will probably be better than mine), or all of the above. I’m thinking of turning it into a five part post series spanning from the 23rd (getting the passes and a first look at the schedule) to the closing ceremonies and my sad journey back home (plus swag, everyone loves swag).

So what do you guys think? Are you up for some anime hijinks?

Random Stuff

  • My big goal for AB 2014 (yes I’m already looking ahead) is to cosplay as one of the girls from the 1121st platoon. I’m no good at making clothes and amiami is sold out of their awesome replicas, but I’ve got a year to figure it out.
  • Also, somebody’s got to take my Pokemon game away from me before it causes me to fail my final exams. Why must you be so addicting?!
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All’s well that ends well (Tamako Market 12)

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Let’s get the main thing out of the way first, I can’t say that I’m completely satisfied with the ending of Tamako Market. While I didn’t go in expecting perfection, looking back on my past experiences with shows under the wing of Kyoani, I couldn’t help but want something more. That’s not to say there weren’t moments in this episode that made me react emotionally, it’s just it feels like there is so much more to Tamako Market that we’re probably going to get and that makes me just a bit sad.

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Kyoani does subtly really well. It’s that moment when everything just goes silent and the world is just slightly askew, when I think, “Kyoani, you’re brilliance is showing.” It’s a shame though that they don’t do it more often, but I understand that seriousness is not something that their aiming for most of the time. They do their slice of life well, so when something tried and true works why stop? The potentially bad thing is that at some point things will start to go stale and a part of the Tamako Market’s ending suffers from that.

Oh, the whole thing about Tamako being a princess, that’s just a misunderstanding. The potential development set up by the previous episode just kind of dwindles when Tamako is back within her shopping district to live a happy life. Granted she made the choice before finding out it was a misunderstanding, but I don’t think we’ve learned anything new about her.

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While I may have not enjoyed the final episode as much I wanted, there were still moments that made me think the overall experience was worth it. The ending while somewhat vague, hints that Choi actually might be the princess but the question of why she isn’t taking advantage it still hangs. It’s like destiny is telling her to seek happiness despite social standing and I really hope she takes that chance. As for Mochizou, well, any step forward is a step in the right direction. All he needs now is a dash more of courage and he should be well on his way to his own happiness.

Overall, Tamako Market is an enjoyable show, but perhaps what it suffers from is lack of time. It feels as if this ending is merely a starting point for some characters and it’s kind of disappointing not being able to see what will happen to them. I guess the only thing I can hope for then is a sequel.

Random Stuff

  • I’ve been kind of disappointed with most of the ending this season for some reason. First there was Robotics;Notes and then Maoyuu (which is in desperate need of a sequel) Hmmmm, hopefully this isn’t a running trend.
  • And thank God Mochizou finally gave Tamako her birthday present. It’s about damn time.
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Putting the Tamako in Tamako Market (Tamako Market 11)

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What I wouldn’t give to be in a tropical paradise right now. Where are you Spring?!

I found myself pleasantly surprised several times during the semi-final episode of Tamako Market.  Even the ending, an event which I had guessed would happen, came across much better than I had predicted, resulting in one of those ‘oh my goodness’ gasps that shows the show is doing something right. So, what was the secret ingredient this episode that made it truly sparkle? Tamako herself, that’s who.

Tamako Market - 11 - Large 26Perhaps the reason why we haven’t seen much development in our main character is because she was never challenged. Now, I don’t mean that in the sense of a fight or epic sword duel, but more along the lines of her state of being. Tamako is shown to be this incredibly fun loving girl. At the very least it’d probably take the destruction of the Usagi Shopping district for there to be a change in her character. Even with the unusual amount of meteors lately, the probability of that happening is nil to none. However, her happiness is now threatened with the introduction of the prince. Though it’s not entirely the prince’s fault even if he is the cause.

Everyone in the shopping district wants Tamako to be happy and it’s a heartwarming sight to see them concerned about her well being. However, they’re failing to take into account her own feelings and as a result Tamako is feeling a bit left out of the equation. The people of Usagi market have Tamako’s best interests at heart, but they’re going about it the wrong way. If they just let the girl voice her own thoughts they may come to realize she’s quite happy right where she is.

The crowning moment of heartwarming goes to.....

The crowning moment of heartwarming goes to…..

Also, as a result of the progressing plot, we got to witness the most heartwarming moment to date, when a lonely Anko invites Tamako over for a sleepover, one that might actually be their last. While it was always evident that they were sisters, that scene really showed their closeness to each other hasn’t been explored to it’s fullest thanks to the story’s interest in romance, but that one scene was all they needed to cement their relationship.

Random Stuff

  • The prince looks quite dashing in all black. . . though that scarf may be a bit too big for him. Don’t let him slip away, Choi-chan.
  • And gosh darnit Mochizou, take charge for once in your life!
  • Lastly, and somewhat off topic, why do blankets and sweaters in KyoAni shows all look so fluffy and warm? It’s magic, isn’t it?
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The truth is revealed (Tamako Market 10)

And the cat's out of the bag.

And the cat’s out of the bag.

So, the plot was finally set into motion thanks to Choi, though whether or not Tamako will take it seriously is another question altogether. I’m pretty sure Choi’s declaration will be brushed aside as simply a mistake until perhaps the prince himself shows up to either confirm or deny this new revelation. However, according to the preview, I’d say there is little chance of that happening. He’s more likely going to be thrown in at the end to provide that cliffhanger for the final episode.

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What would I personally like to see in the final episodes of Tamako Market? Well, besides everyone getting their happy ever after, I would actually like to get some more out of our heroine herself. Like most dense yet genki female leads, she’s not really built for character development. She’s sort of there for everyone else to bounce off of. She’s like the cornerstone of Tamako Market, and if you change the focal point of something everything around it must change as well.

I’m not sure how much of a change KyoAni can accomplish in two episodes but hopefully more plot threads will be resolved than not. I’m secretly hoping Choi gathers the courage, thanks to her new friends, to speak up against the social constrictors holding her back from happiness.  I hope that after all this development, Midori finally comes to term with herself and decides that her happiness is her own. Finally I hope the whole prince business is enough to spur Mochizou into action. It’s about time he gave Tamako all those presents.

Random Stuff

  • Well, the new anime season was revealed, and nothing in particular strikes my fancy. Don’t get me wrong, I ‘ll be watching stuff for sure, there’s just little chance of me blogging anything. Perhaps I’ll make the Spring 2013 season manga centered?
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