I have attended a number of anime conventions and I love to cosplay. I love the idea of being someone one isn't if only for a little while... I have seen excellent cosplayers, good cosplayers, cosplayers and deserve an "A" for effort, and travesties. I have seen people of all body types in each category. However I have noticed that it tends to be the "stout" cosplayers that garner the most negative attention. I'll never forget my first convention when I saw a very heavy woman cosplaying as Lulu from Final Fantasy... She looked gorgeous! This gave me hope and inspired me to try out cosplaying on regular basis, and that I might look just as good if I made an effort.
I am one of those people who need to be as accuarate as possible when they cosplay so I choose characters to cosplay based on "do I like them", their body type(how close in appearance are we), and difficulty of construction. I really have two lists one that contains characters I would like to play without any regard to what I may actually be able to pull off in real like ie mannerisms, body type, etc.
Here is my current practical "real life" cosplay wish list:
Air Gear: Simca/Ringo/Ume/Kururu
Air Master: Mina Nakanotani
Ao no Exorcist: Shiemi Moriyama (debuted NYCC/NYAF 2011)
Bleach: Unahana -squad 4 captain- (debuted I-Con 26 2007)
Buso Renkin: Tokiko
Chrono Crusade: Azmaria
D. Gray Man: Allen Walker/Grave of Maria/Miranda Lotto (Miranda is complete but has not yet debuted)
Elemental Gelade: Reverie Metherlance
Fullmetal Alchemist: Trisha Elric/Cheska (Trisha debuted at I-Con 25 2006 Met Vic for the fist time.)
Gintama: Kyuubei/Ana Ketsuno
Gunslinger Girl: Claes
Kiddy Grade: Tweedledee
Kuroshitsuji: Beast/Baroness Angelina Durless aka "Madame Red" (I've done three versions of Madame... The dress young Angelina wears to her sister's wedding ((debuted animeNEXT 2009)) and the Walking dress pictured in Madame Red's official character design ((debuted animeNEXT 2010)) and Madame Red as the Queen of Hearts in the Ciel in Wonderland OVA ((debuted animeNEXT 2011))
Loveless: Hitomi Shinonome
Natsume Yuujinchou: Hinoe
Pumpkin Scissors: Lt. Malvin
Real Drive: Aoi
Rozen Maiden: Suiseiseki (completed debuted at NYAF 2008)
Rurouni Kenshin: Tae-san
Solty Rei: Solty
Soul Eater: Marie-sensei/Soul Evans (Marie debuted at AnimeNext 2009) (Soul is 90% complete)
Tenjo Tenge: Maya -chibi-
Trigun: Wolfwood/Rem/Dominique the Cyclops (Wolfwood debued BAAF 2003)
Trinity Blood: St. Ester
Uchuu no Stellvia: Yayoi
Wallflower: Sunako -chibi-
Yume Tsukai: Misako Mijima/Touko Mishima
American McGee's Alice in Wonderland videogame: Classic Alice (debuted NYCC/NYAF 2011)/Steamdress Alice/Royal Suit Alice/Late but Lucky Alice
This post is also dedicated to the amazing conversation/help with furubariceball ... Epic... Monumentally Epic... Also, con season or at least con planning season has begun here on the East coast and so I present... my "dream" cosplay list.
My "dream" cosplay list...*
Air Gear: Simca/Ringo/Benkei
Air Master: Maki
Ao no Exorcist: Shura Kirigakure/Yukio Okumura
Battle Angel Alita: Alita
Black Blood Brothers: Jiro Mochizuki
Blood+: Saya (past i.e dress and long hair)
Buso Renkin: Tokiko
Card Captor Sakura: Ruby Moon/Layla MacKenzie
Chrono Crusade: Chrono
D. Gray Man: Allen Walker/LaLa/Grave of Maria/Road Camelot/Tikki
Elemental Gelade: Kuea
Eureka 7: Anemone
Ergo Proxy: Re-L Mayer
FLCL: Haruko Haruhara
Fullmetal Alchemist: Olivier Miria Armstrong
Ghost in the Shell: Motoko
Gunslinger Girl: Claes
Heat Guy J: Antonia Belucci
Kiddy Grade: Eclaire/Tweedledee
Kuroshitsuji: Sebastian/"pre-lobotomy" Undertaker/Doll
Loveless: Soubi/Hitomi Shinonome
Naruto: Hinata (time skip)/Kakashi
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Mari Illustrious Makinami/ Rei Ayanami
Pumpkin Scissors: Lt. Malvin
Real Drive: Holon
ROD: Nancy Makuhari "Ms. Deep"
Rozen Maiden: Souseiseki
Rurouni Kenshin: Himura Kenshin
Sekirei: Kazehime/Homura/ Inn Lady
Skip Beat: Kyoko
Solty Rei: Solty
Soul Eater: Chrona/Arachne
Speed Grapher: Kagura
Spice and Wolf: Holo
Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann: Yoko
Tenjo Tenge: Maya
Trigun: Wolfwood/Rem/Dominique the Cyclops
Trinity Blood: Able Nightroad/Lilith/Hugue de Watteau
Uchuu no Stellvia: Yayoi/Najima/Ren Renge
Vampire Knight: Seiren
XXX Holic: Yuuko
YYH: Kurama/Youko/young Genkai/Botan
Yume Tsukai: Misako Mijima/Touko Mishima
*This list has some series additions and some character additions for individual series*
(...for amusement sake people are being represented by songs. If you know the song you may get a sample of either my feeling toward them or their personality)
Snow day! *little happy dance of joy* I slept in till my inconsiderate family's cacaphony woke me. As I was attempting to steadfastly ignore it, my Aunty -"Trouble" by VAMPS- came in and in dulcet tones *translated as "You're going to shovel. Be downstairs in 5 min.* asked me if I would help her shovel. After bundling up and heading outside, I read the directions and helped "Trouble" start the snow blower. The snow blower by the by, is broken... Specifically the plastic hood that directs where the snow is blown. Needless to say in two seconds I was soaked. There was snow in my hood, down my back, my pants where soaked... there was even snow in my pockets. We have a corner property so needless to say I was not looking forward to tackling the snowy sidewalk. I spent about three hours shoveling, dodging dirty looks from "Trouble" because I was listing to music while I shoveled. By the time I was done, it was nearly dinner time. I was going to do some school work, but I had to ask dear Warden "Trouble" for permission to use my laptop Corbin. (Corbin... Yes, I named my aging Dell gaming behemoth. Corbin Dallas after Bruce Willis' character from the movie the Fifth Element ((*_* I ADORE that movie)) She did grudgingly, but only for two hours or so. I have two four page papers to do and studying for an Economics midterm to deal with. I was angry, but I thought... What the hell, I'll play the Warden's game. I'll have two more days... *excuse me while I burst into crazed laughter*
I woke up to more cacophony and another wake up by dear Warden Aunty "Trouble". This time the wake up was all syrup and honey. I should have suspected something, but sweet obliging unsuspecting sucker that I am, I docilely comply. She promised me that I could go right back to bed after I went with her to Costco... And I believed her... More fool me. After an hour or so in Costco, and an hour or so unloading and hauling things to the basement freezer, and trying not break my neck on thinks people have left on the stairs. Getting yelled at for being lazy etc. ect. as always... It was dinner time. After dinner, Warden "Trouble" gave me a glare that said... "Do it. I DARE you. I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU to ask me for computer time. Do it so I can say "no" and watch the light in your eyes die a little." *insert megalomanic laughter here* So needless to say I got no work done yesterday. The Warden doesn't accept school work as an explanation. In fact she doesn't accept explanations at all. She calls them "rationalizations" and wont listen anyway. So the only two weapons I have in a conflict is a bovine stare and nearly endless patience. I'm an effing virtuoso when it comes to the passive, non confrontational, long-suffering, blank stare. Its infinetly easier to let her yell herself out and then apologize to her (even if you did nothing wrong) *only as the last resort of last resorts of course.I have my pride.* and then go right back to business as usual (in other words... just continue doing what she bitched about b/c you know damn well there is nothing objectionable about what you where doing, and that in a normal family it wouldn't have been an issue). Ah the survival/defense mechanisms we develop to save our sanity. *sigh*
And here we are on Sunday... Essay one: O% complete. Essay 2: 10% complete. Economics studying: You're kidding right.
Our latest spat was about a book I ordered for her from England. The, exchange rate from pound sterling to dollars changed so she thought she was paying less than she actually was. This became mea culpa of course. She cursed and was vicious and I just didn't care enough to fight because its noooooo use. There is nooooo point. You never win anyway. So I fall on my sword as usual. Consequently, now I'm irritated, but listening to Buck-Tick's "Nakayubi" is making me feel better. If you look up the lyrics you'll understand. XP However, IF SHE DOESN'T SHUT UP <.< ...even "Nakayubi" will be of no help.
I was such an existentialist today... It was so hard to get up this morning, I could feel that it was raining even before I opened my eyes. I had an hour and a half or so before my first class. I went to the library... oi crowded 'twas. I curled up in one of those purple chairs to read "A White Man's Burden" for economics.
Later, walking back to the business building for class, I felt just like the weather. Grey, melancholy, and disconnected from the world around me. Then chorus and we sang a pretty Chinese folk song "Jasmine Flower" *sigh* Pretty pretty. Then, then, oh oh oh the pianist chose a quartet an AMAZING tenor, a delicate pretty voiced Sop I, a delicate pretty Alto, and a gentle bass. They sounded INCREDIBLE in GERMAN singing BRAHMS. *waves upon waves of inferiority --__--*
I chilled with furubariceball and walked her to her Yuki-chan.
There is nothing like music to lift your mood and reconnect you.
I went to my last class and we where discussing the phrase; "I Love You". One person said it was just an expected phrase after a series of almost scripted behaviours... i.e a date, then a few dates, then kissing, then saying "I love You" is expected... HAH! The coldness of that answer bothered me. *growl* So, I raised my hand and I just offered my opinion, but without me intending it it kinda came out as a rebuttal. I felt sorta like Dr. Matchmaker's pitbull. XP
It seemed like "Gravity" by Maaya Sakamoto was today's theme song...
One of the things in particular that you should know about me is... I am not, nor have I ever been, or indeed probably ever will likely to be... a morning person. Today getting up was especially hard, but I sorta brought that upon myself... *sheepish grin* I had a problem set due for economics today. I had the weekend to do it, but due to the ongoing laptop hostage crisis I ended up staying up till the early hours of the morning to finish. When it was assigned I took a look and said to myself, "Oh dahling its only four problems! You'll be done in no time!"... HAH! Four problems yes with five parts each plus show all work plus graphs, paragraphs, and explanations. *flops over* Leaving that till Sunday night was a baaaaaad idea. My economics professor is a sweetheart though. Though, I think his wardrobe consists of just one tweed jacket... period. Which I just find rather amusing.
I have a penchant for obnoxiously large headphones (if my profile pic is any indication). I have a few pairs and I like to coordinate them to what I'm wearing. I am never without my mp3 player. *fondly pats her Creative ZEN* So today, with my orange sweater and spring green shirt, I wore my vintage green Skullcandys with the white pin-striping. If I don't have any work to do, I just take a seat in the business building and put Buck-Tick on shuffle, have lunch, and sneak in some leisure reading.
I am required to take a social theory class to complete my major. In this class we are being subjected to the movie "A Clockwork Orange" its supposed to illustrate Functional and Neo-Functional social theory. *shudders* What can I say, the lighting and colours are all bright hard metallics and pastels. Its decadent, slick, and hard... All in all, I don't care a wit for it. Also, the Professor reminds me somewhat of a female Don Vito Corleone from the Godfather. Not appearance wise of course XP but, diction wise... or lack there of. She's a mush mouth, no hard consonant sounds at all. Her natural speaking cadence is also quite rapid so these two items make understanding her a bit difficult to say the least.
Thank goodness for anime. Seriously, I have a large paper and presentation due for this "Professor Corleone" and I would be hard pressed to find a more perfect example of Baudrillard's Neo-classical social theory than Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell particularly the Laughing Man bit. Some parts of the movie Ghost in the Shell: Innocence might work, Batou gets all heavily philosophical somewhere in the middle. Also, Metropolis might work, as well. I'll have to rewatch these...
I dozed for a bit in the library... I needed that. Petition to bring back nap time? Yes please!
Senior Seminar is boring... but there where lovely cupcakes so I survived <3
Straight to chorus and getting to see furubariceball. Except she's waaaaaay the hell over in the Alto II section. -reeeeeeaaaaacccccchhhhhhh-
I... dislike singing in German... quite a bit. In fact I may be developing a severe allergic reaction to singing in German. Brahms is very pretty to sing, but sliding up and down so close to the vocal rafters is a bit a of a pain. I have a fervent wish that some chorus that I'm in one day does Laputa's theme from Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky. *sigh* If wishes where horses, even beggars would ride...
Oi its dark at 5... my absolute least favourite part of winter. I just want to snuggle under the covers and laze about. *curls up in a pile of covers and sticks out her tongue* It doesn't help that I have to get up at an ungodly hour in the morning tomorrow to make it to an 8 o'clock Methods lab. I'll probably be making up interview questions and practicing interviewing once again. Its just facing that professor so early in the morning... She irritates me to no end. She possesses this arrogant, holier-than-thou attitude. She is just... so... so, well... obnoxious and I... just ...I ugh! Eh, never mind. Wait... oh fiddlesticks I have to make up interview questions for that oral history assignment and email them to "Professor Obnoxious".
*sigh* At least I have music to soothe me as I attempt to keep from drowning in my drudgery. On that cheery note, I'll close...
Oyasumi-nasai minna-san. Good Night and Sweet Dreams to all. <3
Hello, pleased to make the acquaintance of all. My name is Christine though I have and do answer to Chris. Here, I shall be your KabukiRoad... A road that will travel through life in a manner as unique and different as one star is from another in the sky. I am a road less traveled, do walk with me for a time...
I decided to jump on the LiveJournal bandwagon... I did so 'cause I needed a place to pour out my thoughts and express myself. I had a bound journal once, but my parents would read it... and therefore expressing myself honestly therein became quite impossible. The interwebs however lends me a measure of anonymity, and with that in mind I thought I would try my hand at putting my thoughts down, not on paper perhaps, but here my gentle readers...
*raises glass* To you gentle readers, and to something new well begun...