Hi guys! I’m giving away Evangelion 2.0 Valentines Chocolate from Japan ^_^ Bought them for you guys when I went to japan in May.
Each box of chocolate has 4 Milk Chocolate bars with cereal crunch inside. Each box also features 2 double sided metallic card of the character. The chocolate expires in December 2011 though T_T
BTW, I’m only giving a set of 3 to ONE lucky person ^^.
Mari’s box and a preview of what the metallic cards look like =)
STEP 1) To win the merchandise, do either of the below …
- LIKE TheCosplayChronicle’s Facebook page,
- Follow the blog using Google Friend Connect
- Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
- Follow my Twitter
* Every single Like/follow/subscribe is counted as one entry!
STEP 2) Then come back here to post a comment with either a direct link to show that you are following me, or tell your username so I can search for you =)
Alternatively, you can submit a screen cap.
* Please make sure to leave one comment for each entry otherwise I will count it as just one entry =)
* Please make sure to leave either a working email or a blogger account for me to contact you if you win
Deadline for this giveaway is 12th Nov 2011! I’ll sponsor up to SGD5 shipping fee but if shipping exceeds that, you'll have to top up the difference ^_^. Winners will be selected via random.org so follow/like/subscribe more to increase your chances of winning! Good Luck!!!!
*Takes a big breath* Alright, so Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards is coming back this year. And they are starting the contest with a round for blog nominations first. I know I won’t be able to squeeze into it but I’d still love to try.
SO, please nominate TheCosplayChronicles for the “Hidden Gem” award because this blog is so non-mainstream that it seemed queer in any other category T_T. I mean of course if you guys want, you can vote for the blog at the “Best Entertainment Blog” category too. Multiple nominations across category is allowed xD
Nomination ends 2nd November so start now pwease !
Please nominate, or get eaten by Kagamine Rin =x
Yes! Cosplay: The Series is finally back with their highly anticipated Season 2! This is not a trailer, it’s the real thing! Watch it now!
In this episode, the socially awkward and strange Bando finds her soul leaping out of it’s shell when a ‘friendly’ house ghost decided to say hi in the toilet mirror. I mean who wouldn’t be right? Even if you look just as scary as the ghost itself =X
What happens next is both a tale of horror and mystery. Running out of her house in a panic, Bando chanced upon yet another, you guessed it, ghost. But this time, one in the form of a Moe School girl. Oh, the horror!
How ghosts can Cosplay beats me o__o. But it is the refined mystery of Anime (and Anime inspired dramas) that you do not question the fine details in life and in script xD.
The cute and moe ghost then drops off a huge bag of cosplay material for the Q-Cosushinkai’s original Cosplay project. Advising Anya to be careful as ‘the evil forces are getting stronger… especially in this house” further adding that their leader Vincent would know.
The scene then cuts back to a few of the group members, namely Annisa, Bando, Yogi and Ayu in their usual hang out as Bando explains how she got the bag of cosplay materials.
The scene then cuts to the crucial arc that left off as a cliff hanger in Season 1; the mystery of that secret organisation. And this time, the high and mighty Nina is in trouble.
As usual, I’m really impressed by the excellent job Bonni Rambatan (producer) did with the special effects in this episode. I especially loved the lighting and sparkle effects on the Moe Schoolgirl ghost and who can hate the really cool face sliding animation intro! Just a thought, I wonder if the explosion sparks in 3:05 –3:06 is real or after effects o_o?
I guess after the hefty experience with Season 1, the crew have since invested in better sound equipment as the audio treatment in this episode is unnoticeably easy on the ears. In case you didn’t get why I used the word ‘unnoticeable’, it’s because like they say, the best designs are design you don’t spot. Kudos to that!
I’m really dying to know what.the.heck is this whole secret organisation thing about?! I scratched my head and couldn’t think of any logical explanation that could link a weird secret organisation to an innocent hobby like Cosplay =_=; So I guess I’d just have to wait for ep 11 =\! Share your thoughts with me about this episode by commenting below.
Edit: *Palms* Can’t believe I messed up Bando and Anya! Bonni needs to give his characters different haircolour next time XD!!! *runs*
As an individual who was not a fan of its predecessor, Last Exile - Fam, The Silver Wing proved to be a surprising catch.
Episode 1 spent no time bogging the viewers with details and opted to nab the attention of the viewers first. Starting with Fam , the female lead stripping down to her undies and jumping off the craft. Sweet.
The story then progress on to show how Fam and her group goes about their daily pirating in the skies. With an exciting spite and ambush attack paired with awesome background music, it was hard not to get lulled into the excitement! Gonzo have also done well in animating the flying scenes. So much that it makes you feel like you could feel the wind!
8 years after its predecessor, Last Exile - Fam, the Silver Wing have noticeably up its game in terms of CGI and the difference is especially obvious in the flying vessels. The (even more advanced) usage of 3d models for the vessels adds an unbelievable touch of surrealism while the details of the craft are a feast for the eye!
Some reviewers felt the 3d models were sticking out like a sore thumb but I thought they merged in well enough. The majestic-ness of the battleship and their realism coupled with awesome dynamic angles made the show look more like a movie than Anime!
Many of the background sceneries were so intricately painted you hold your breath when you see them O_O.
The episode pushes to a climax when the evil Ades Federation goes all out to conquer the peace loving Turian with an overwhelming amount of battleships.
The cinematography experience at this section was dynamic, breath-taking and very well executed! I love how the storyboard was designed to highlight the vastness of the conqueror battleships and the helplessness of the Turian Kingdom. Again, making you feel like you're watching some Sci-Fi space battle movie!
But the whole experience would not have been complete if not for the wonderfully composed background music that greatly amplified the grandness of the battle scene. My only complaint is the overly simplistic battle strategy employed by the Sky Pirates against an entire fleet of professionally trained soldiers =_=;; But then again, dynamic angles, swift storyline and grand orchestral BGM, they tripped your heart before your brain could reject!
As a fellow female, I don’t deny that having an energetic and capable female pilot as the lead gives an extra 'oomph' . It's interesting to see how Fam takes on a task usually associated with the masculine gender. And watching Fam and Giselle work hand in hand further pushes the cool factor as it empathize the amount of skills and knowledge the duo possess. Definitely not your usual airheads!
As a fellow female though, I am also highly amused by the fact that Fam and Liliana can be so comfortable in their skin they have no reservations showing it, bare. Fan service much?
Other than Fam, the other characters appear less significant but as this is after all a first episode, only time will tell. Personas aside, the character and costume design of Silver Wing just screams Cosplay. As a cosplayer, it is hard to watch an Anime and not wonder at the back of your mind who you want to cosplay as! Steampunk’s like the new drug and the artist did a fabulous job with everyone’s costume! Darn, I even love how evil and sexy Luscinia and Alauda looks!
It is understood the producers wanted a different colour theme to differentiate Silver Wing from its predecessor hence the much brighter colour theme this round. While I really like the warm and earthly colours in Last Exile, it does get a little somber and dull after a while. The brighter colour theme this time round helps to brighten up the mood, which is more appropriate for the ostensibly upbeat and audacious nature of Last Exile - Fam, Silver Wing.
In an attempt to capture the audience’s attention though Gonzo have sped things up by a little too much and some parts of the plot just flies past you.
Many reviewers comment against the overly simplistic direction in the storyline and question the revival of the series. Though I agree that the foundation of the story is predictable and stereotypical, I have no qualms about it. The Cinderella story has been used to death but it still works just as magically as before. It’s not what but how it’s done.
But I guess the problem comes when it is compared to the original and is overhyped. Comparing with a classic always puts one up for a hit, whatever you do is questionable and never good enough.
Personally, when Last Exile first appeared on my TV screen, I was really excited! The artwork and colour theme was unique and alluring to say the least while the ‘Steam Punk” concept totally rocked my boat.
But 5 minutes into watching it, I fell asleep.
I apologise to all the fans and admit that I’m not exactly the most patient person around. It could have just been a lousy episode I randomly caught that did it in but truth was I never tried picking up Last Exile again.
Jumping straight into the visual climax with the first episode may be an old fashioned strategy but it works, for me at least. The direction Gonzo is taking this is irrefutable and easy to predict. And while it doesn’t unveil itself to be a blockbuster series like it was marketed, it is definitely a very entertaining and exhilarating watch. And while I don’t foresee the series to introduce any ground-breaking or mind smashing plots, I hold hope for complex character interactions and heart moving development.
So don’t forget to catch Last Exile - Fam, The Silver Wing Same day as Japan on Animax Starting Oct 15, Every Sat, 8pm!
More information here: http://www.animax-asia.com/shows/lastexile
I’m kinda interested to know why the title is “The Silver Wing” though XD Is it meant to be her Vespa or implying something bigger in the future? I hope they give Fam a mechanical wing like Suu (Clover)’s or something =X Anyone’s with me? Comment and share your thoughts!
Barnaby, Dragon Kid and Origami Cyclone dancing to Happy Synthesizer
Origami Cyclone, Blue Rose & Bunny dancing to BREEZE
I really like this version Origami can dance xD?!?!?
*More under the cut! *
Sky High dancing to Nights of Fire
Barnaby, Saito & Kotetsu dancing to IHAVENOIDEAWHATSONGTISIZ
Barnaby dancing to Nostalogic
Yeahh, Barnaby is so …………..gay xD SExah Hips!
Kotetsu & Barnaby dancing to Ura Omote lovers
I am amazed by how well they executed the dance *_* Then again, they are not humans.
Tiger chibis dancing >w< The cutest thing ever =3
Kotetsu dancing to Monstar
I love the flashing light effects and Kotetsu’s got smooth moves xD
Barnaby dancing to Telephone
Left the best for the last! The animation sequence is so smooth and High Quality it’s hard not to be amazed *_*
Can you believe it? The Ranma 1/2 Live Action Movie is airing this December!
“The Nikkan Sports newspaper published a picture of the cast in costume for the live-action television special inspired by Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2 martial arts comedy manga on Thursday. As a revival of the manga, the special tells an original story centering around Akane Tendō (played by Yui Aragaki). Kenta Kaku and Natsuna play the dual male/female roles of the title character.
In the story, Akane is determined to protect the family's legacy, its dōjō. However, her father Soun suddenly and arbitrarily announced one day that "only men can be heirs." Unfortunately, this puts Ranma in a bind, since he turns female when splashed with cold water after falling into a cursed hot spring in China.
To return himself to a "full man," Ranma searches for the "secret hot spring" and gets caught up in a battle with a mysterious enemy. Now Akane holds the key to the story. “
Scroll down for the Cast photos and video !
“The special will air during NTV's 7:00 p.m. Friday Super Prime timeslot (9th Dec) in December. The original manga ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1987 to 1996, and Shogakukan printed 53 million copies of the compiled book volumes.”
I don’t know about you but Ranma’s actor looks a little too skinny for me . Let’s hope he will charm and mesmerize us like how Ranma has
Check the websites below for more information about the cast =)
Edit: Edited with names and more photos because data finally sent me
Apologies for the extremely delayed report, been really caught up with costume making these days. As you guys know, along with Yuanie, Zephyus and Data, I flew over to Philippines to take part in Cosmania 2011. Here's my brief report of the event on Sunday.
If you guys are interested to know what we did for the other days, pop over to Sese's blog ^^
So rise and shine, guess what was our breakfast at 8am? After one breakfast with Kabayan Pasay, we decided it wasn’t worth our time to wake up early for it =X Hence the very kind Data ventured out and brought us Dunkin Donuts!
Since we arrived early and proceeded into the event area straight from the car park, we had some time to do a mini shoot with the awesome natural light.
And the crazy Kune joined us! Our Zakuro Team is complete!
Agemaki giving Zakuro candles. LOL
Kaika (me) as Zakuro
Kune as Agemaki Kei
Sese as Ganryu Hanakiri
Zephyus as Omodaka
Yuanie as Kagamine Len from Arrest Rose
Replacing my troll face with another troll face xD
One of the things I noticed about malls in Philippines, is the rigorous security! When we enter the mall, they check. When we re-enter the event area after our lunch, they check again =.= . This is us queuing to get into the event area. Look at the snaking queue!!! They even confiscated our pens o.o !
Some random event photos xD Don't ask me why, but I barely had any memory of the event. There was just too much people inside the event hall so I spent most of my time resting outside and shooting with Kira hokuten’s awesome light setup =)
with BARNABY!!!!! Awesome suit!
One thing I really admire about Filipina cosplayers are their abundance of Mecha/armour costumers! Such skills!!!
Spent the rest of the day watching the awesome performances.The TORCH cosplay competition contestants were so good they put me to shame xD!
Guess who I met xD? It’s Rochelle from Magnetic-Rose! And she gave me a Manila Canvas Tote bag with a huge bag of Boy Bawang inside xD Excuse my stupid expression =_=
Got some free water from one of the event staff xD! It was like a hand grenade! So cute xD
I cannot remember what they were cosplaying but this team, hands down, have the best performance I’ve ever seen in terms of story flow, usage of multimedia and stage effects! It was a huge pity one of the cosplayer lost some parts of her costume because their flight carrier lost her luggage =\
Edit: They were cosplaying from the series Oboro Muramasa. Thanks to Wildquaker for identifying
And we met one of the cosplayer, Jennifer Ong in the ladies xD! She was so friendly!
It was difficult for me (a non-BL fan) to watch this group’s performance but it was fun to hear the fangirls scream xDDDDDDDD
Zhel Pubacct and Amado Carlo Hernandaz cosplaying as characters from Final Fantasy 4. Their armour and performance was awesome *_* Which is why they are Philippine’s representatives for AFA this year ^^
We had a body massage appointment at our hotel at 10pm so we had to rush back before that.
One and only camwhore picture I sneaked with Jiaki before the last TORCH team performed. Couldn’t do this with Yuki and Pinky because they were seated all the way in T_T Horribly blurry I know.
Sneaked some time to chat with YukiGodbles and Jiaki and passed Yuki some candies from Singapore ^_^
Zephyus and I with Sentinel who is also one of the guest judge =)!
The alley outside the event hall at 8:30pm. Very empty compared to the scary crowd in the day!
With Miguel and Jin Joson! I forgot the name of the guy in blue T_T! Maid Macho please help identify! Please ignore how retarded I look=_=
Edit: Guy in Blue is Dom ^_^! Thanks again to Wildquaker!
Really wished I could have more time to talk to The lovely Tux team but as fate would have it, we somehow didn’t managed to squeeze the time out T_T. Jin’s really pretty isn’t she???? *kidnaps her home >D*
A better picture with them xD! I only realise the blonde chick is Miguel, one entire day later =____= And I only realised it after because of the Biceps *palms* Isn’t he pretteh xD????
And finally I got a chance to have a picture with Yuki godbless, Jiaki Darkness and Pinky Lu Xun! It was a really nice feeling to see Yuki godbless and Jiaki again after our last trip at Hong Kong. Much thanks to Zephyus for helpign me take this picture xD
And a picture with Zephyus in it! Much thanks to Rochelle for helping us take this xD
I had a lot of fun at Cosmania 2011. I definitely feel like I’ve learnt a lot from this trip and I really appreciates how the organisers have created the event to cater to a myriad of attendees. It felt like every corner we turn, something fun was happening. People were dancing in the dance booth, sponsors were giving away free snacks, photographers were congratulating the finalist for the photography competition and cosplayers are preparing for the Cosplay competition they are about to take part in.
I just wished I was in a better frame of mind to explore and enjoy the arena better. But nevertheless, I think I walked away with more than I previously had ^_^