Blue Exorcist is back! Season 2: Kyoto Saga

 

I’m so excited!  Blue Exorcist is back after 5 and 1/2 years with a second season!

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the first season, OVA and the movie.  It sure doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but time flies by before you know it.  We just watched the first episode of Season 2 on Crunchyroll.  To not spoil it too much it starts right off with the Exorcist’s trying to stop someone who stole something that’s, of course, very dangerous and very hidden in True Cross Academy.  They take a trip to Kyoto hence the name of the season: Kyoto Saga.  Right away they dive right into some of Yukio’s “demons” of the past (no pun intended).  Some of the emotional strife’s he’s had since he was little, dealing with his brother Rin.  As we were watching we were totally thinking how we needed a re-cap since it’s been so long since we watched this show.  We couldn’t remember what was going on to cause some of the tension within the group of students Rin was a part of.  Be patient!  Because they finally do give a pretty nice re-cap that really helps remind us of the previous story.  I wouldn’t mind re-watching the last few episodes of the previous season so I think I will still do that.  🙂

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So to finish this up, if you haven’t seen Blue Exorcist at all I do recommend it!  If you have then I highly recommend this episode.  This episode was not slow at all.  They jumped right into the action and right into some of the emotions issues of the main characters.  I definitely give it a thumbs up.  I hope the momentum keeps going like this.  Also, I don’t know if anyone else cares about the opening and ending themes of anime, but I love them and judge them as well.  I really like this Season Season ending theme!  The animation looks great and it’s a little dramatic and isn’t too revealing of future events.  It just makes you curious for what’s to come.  That’s how it should be!

Here is a link is you would like to watch it on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/blue-exorcist

Okay friends,

Good night!

-Little Neko

MTAC 2014, The Great, The Bad and The Lines

Hey everyone in Internet land!

If you’re interested in Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC) then you probably follow them on one of their associated Facebook pages and have seen all the negative comments about this year’s convention.  I wanted to give my thoughts on the weekend.  Of course it’s based on the things I’ve done, but that’s what I got.

SIDE NOTE: I’ll be posting again soon showing off the costumes I’ve been working on.  We got some great pictures so stay tuned!

MTAC was held this year in Murfreesboro, TN instead of downtown Nashville, like last year.  Let’s go with the positives first.  Over all, I personally had a great time, but a big part of it was my friends and me making it what it was.  Besides friends being awesome, I loved the hotel despite how small it was to house the now three thousand plus in attendance at MTAC.  I wish every con could be held at an Embassy Suites!  The room was amazing with bedroom, kitchenette, microwave, good-sized mini fridge. and pull-out bed in the living room.  We all loved the free, full breakfast each morning that usually ran till 10 or 11am!  I’m talkin’ fruit, yogurt, cereal, sausage links, bacon, home fries, omelets, coffee, tea, juice, soda, etc.  Then they had a “Manager’s Reception” from 5pm – 7pm every night–in other words free drinks (beer, wine, and liquor). To top off all of these bonuses they had a free shuttle that took us to our restaurant of choice in Murfreesboro.  We tried to make sure to tip as much as possible.  Along with the hotel, was its friendly staff.  Everyone we dealt with was very helpful and friendly.  We also didn’t experience the always annoying elevator wait.  We never waited too long for an elevator.

So I really have little to complain about when it came to the hotel, the only exception being the obvious lack of space to support the crowd.  Now how can you blame the hotel and its staff for the size of the convention?  I think they handled it as best as they could.  So if people are complaining about the hotel staff, they need to look elsewhere.

I’ve also heard people complaining about the MTAC staff; there might have been issues, but I personally didn’t have any negative experiences.  Oh, by the way, the dealer’s room had a good selection for being downsized.

Now we’ll go for the negatives.  Like I’ve already stated, the hotel wasn’t big enough to support the convention, but it’s had to move from hotel to hotel because of it’s own dramas.  I’m not on the staff so I can’t be specific, but there’s been tales of drama behind the lines and people leaving and/or stepping down.  But anyway, the obvious size issue caused ridiculous lines for registration, to get into panels, game rooms, the dealer rooms, etc.  The Walk-In Registration had to turn people away at some point after hitting their limits each day.  My boyfriend tried a few times to get into the dealer’s room and gave up because the line was so long.  The game room was very tiny and most of the time too many people were on games so one wouldn’t have a chance.  Some of my friends felt it to be so crowded they didn’t even feel like taking pictures and just didn’t want to try to go into some of the rooms.

Now, I’ve gone to MTAC the last six years and almost every year there seems to be some idiot who destroys hotel property, drinks too much, or someone involves drugs into their con experience.  This year was no different as the rave was shut down again.  I’ve heard it was due to two people over dosing on something.   I just don’t understand how people can’t just come in, dance and have a good time.  This isn’t the streets of Oakland, it’s an anime convention.  And yes, my friends and I have drinks, but we’re adults and have never caused any public disturbance.  By the way, don’t ever lay your hand on a cop….no matter what!  Yes, someone did that this weekend and found themselves on the edge of being arrested.  Idgit…

You wonder why we keep having to find a new hotel for the con and you wonder why the people causing all the problems can’t get it through their idiot skulls that there will be no more convention if we keep having to move around like this.  This all becomes extremely frustrating and at the same time I can imagine it being very difficult to keep people like this out of the convention.  My boyfriend and I actually sat at dinner the other night trying to think of how they can regulate this and we couldn’t come up with any great solutions.  We both agreed, as big anime fans, who actually listen to anime music, that they should have a rave with mostly anime dance music and a little bit of electronic.  I know we’d be happy.  😉

So basically, I loved the hotel and its location.  One thing I didn’t mention was there were some great open areas around the hotel that allowed us to get some great pictures.  The lack of space for the size of the con was what caused most of the problems.  If you really have an opinion, let MTAC know instead of just venting online!  I will too.  They have a survey on their website right now where you can let them know what you think.

Goodnight!

Kat

 

 

Kill La Kill, Next Anime for You to Cosplay the Crap Out of!

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We started watching Kill La Kill last week with dinner and found it really entertaining.  We’ve gotten two episodes in (which is what has aired so far on Crunchyroll).   The first thing you’ll notice, watching it, is the anime style it’s drawn in.  I love the way it looks and how emotions are visualized.  It has that in your face kind of feel to it, with a nice sense of humor added.

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We couldn’t help thinking about how people are gonna cosplay the crap out of this show!  The characters have some very interesting outfits & they are super appealing to the cosplay eye.  To give you a tiny bit of incite into the show:  An academy, which is very militant, rules the land on high.  Members of the academy wear these Goku uniforms which gives them power.  Of course we don’t know why the heck they need these uniforms…probably for world domination or something.  The uniforms are unique for certain characters and some of them accentuate with spikes or just ridiculously extended features.

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I can’t help but think of Soul Eater when I watch this show!  The characters and the animation style give off that feel.  You know some people will try to squeeze themselves into Ryuko Matoi’s sexy Kamui!

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That one’s daring even for the Queen’s Blade cosplayers.  😉  Oh yeah, guess I never mentioned the lead character, that’s Ryoko Matoi.  She likes to come in town and stir things up.  I like her.  🙂

Alright I’m out.  Here’s a link to Kill La Kill on Crunchyroll if you wanna check it out: http://www.crunchyroll.com/kill-la-kill

Watch it with me gang!!  It’ll be fun and I’ll have some peps to talk about it with.  😉

Night,

Kat

 

Spring Season Anime: The Devil is a Part-Timer

This is one of my favorite anime of the Spring Season, The Devil is a Part-timer!  It goes from a dramatic scene of another world fighting Satan to stay alive, to Satan splash1concerned about being late for his current job at the McDonald’s knock off!  The show has some funny moments.  You can watch it on Funimation’s site, but I don’t really like watching anime on their site.  Maybe torrent if you are into to torrenting.  Not that I’m encouraging that!  😉

Description of The Devil is a Part-Timer:   Foiled by a hero when hes inches away from conquering the world, the devil finds himself in modern-day Tokyo. With no real-world skills to speak of, the devil is forced to make ends meet flipping burgers at a fast food joint! To stall any further plans of world domination, the hero tracks the devils trail and takes on the lowly tasks of a telemarketer.

To watch click this link and then click on the tab that says “Videos”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Sword Art Online

We tend to watch multiple anime at once in our house.  I don’t know how we do it because we only watch during dinner time each night and sometimes watch a few episodes over the weekend if we’re lucky.  🙂  Right now I’m really enjoying Sword Art Online!

I’ll give the premise of the show:  In the not so distant future, the Virtual reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), Sword Art Online (SAO), is released. That’s a mouth full, eh?  With Nerve Gear, a virtual reality Helmet that stimulates the user’s five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds.

The story follows Kirito Kirigaya who started his experience with the game as a beta tester.  This allows him to come into the game with an upper hand, being able to experience the game before most other players.  When the game launches Kirito and the other tens of thousands of people playing realize they can not stop the game.  They are locked in!  There are no pee breaks, grabbing some pizza, poop sockin‘ or yelling back at your mom as she tells you to get your fat ass up and out of that chair.  The creator of the game appears before the players and announces that they must make it to the 100th floor and beat the final boss before they will be released.  What also adds another level of terror for the players is if they die in the game for any reason, they will die in the real world as well.

NOTE: I try not to reveal too much, but I will talk about what episodes I’ve seen so far in a general way.

So as you can imagine a massive panic takes over the players in the game.  After the crying, the shock & disbelief of this news sinks in people begin to build their characters.  Of course by doing what you do in MMO’s…. killing things, getting items that help your character, building xp/skills, getting better weapons.  Clans also start to form so players can take down larger enemies together.  Kirito is the exception to the rule.  He wants to be alone and also keep his higher ranking and skill hidden.  Deep inside he doesn’t want to get close to others for fear of losing them to the game.  Along Kirito’s journey he meets a girl named Asuna.  She is joined with a high ranked group who are well known in SAO.  She is curious about Kirito because of his mysterious, but kind demeanor.

You can easily tell by watching the shows intro they will eventually become much closer.  There are other likable characters, but most of them are only in a few episodes.  I would have liked to see more of the other characters and have more development, but the story does more along quite nicely.

We have watched the first 15 episodes and I really love it so far.  The characters are like-able and I’m happy to see that the main male character is not just a lame f-up like in some other anime.  He’s intelligent and cool, not to mention cute!  Gotta have that in my review.  😉  I also like Asuna and (Klein) Tsuboi.  Klein as he calls himself in SAO is someone Kirito meets when he first enters the game.  They become friends, part ways, then meet back up later on in the game.

Klein’s voice actor, Hiroaki Hirata, also did the voice for Tiger from Tiger & Bunny.  Tiger is my favorite character from another favorite series of mine.  So this is just an extra bonus!  🙂  I’ve already seen many people discussing cosplaying Asuna and other characters from SAO so I guess I’ll have to stay away!  I would love to costume as Asuna or even cross-play Kirito, but I know I would have some tough competition.  I fear it will become one of those cosplays that gets over done.

Up until episode 14 we didn’t know the anime would continue on!  We thought that was it until we jumped on Crunchy Roll and there is a whole other story line continuing.  🙂  I’m glad because I wanted to see them interacting in the real world, but it looks like they will be heading back into a game world soon.  We’ll have to see how that will go!  I will probably watch the most recent episode available, episode 16, tonight over dinner.

To wrap up this review I’d would definitely recommend watching Sword Art Online!  I love the concept of the story.  It really felt like the creators really put themselves into the shoes of the characters and thought of real scenarios of what people would start feeling and how they would start acting after being in an amazing yet false world like Sword Art Online.

I would have liked some development on supporting characters.  It’s beautifully animated and there is a nice mix of action and character interaction.  I know there were some questions that were not addressed right away that ate at me a little bit, but then they were addressed.  For example at first no one would acknowledge what was happening to their real bodies while they were stuck in this game world.  Things like that.

You can watch Sword Art Online on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/sword-art-online

I hope you enjoyed the review and that it was helpful!

Good night!,

-Little Neko

 

 

 

Anime Expo 2012: Part 2

NOTE: If you don’t know what something/someone is or you’re simply interested in something I’m discussing, click on the links found in this post.  They are packed full of useful and fun stuff.  😉  Also I may say AX in this post.  This refers to Anime Expo.

 

So… Anime Expo 2012: Part 2 gets into our Saturday afternoon/night activites and beyond.  🙂 In case you’re just tuning in, this and the previous post are about our trip to Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA.  It’s the largest anime convention in the country!  Please see part 1 of this story here: http://littleneko.com/2012/07/anime-expo-2012-part-1/So Saturday afternoon at the con: Me dressed as Eureka (from Eureka Seven), Donnie dressed as Dr. Mario (from YOU BETTER KNOW WHAT FROM), Jess dressed as Dr. Girlfriend and my other friends (Brandi, Bill and Jimmy) dressed as the characters from Appleseed.  Donnie and I took a few photos in the hotel room and headed out to the conventions to see the cosplayers and take some photos there.  We didn’t see the Appleseed gang till later in the afternoon since their costumes of epic proportion had them in photoshoots and just swarmed with people!  What, I’m allowed to brag on my friends?!  😉  We meet up with Jess and I think for some reason people thought her and I were a costume group cause they kept wanting our picture together.

I think it was because of the similar style dress and buttons.  Lol. So I wanna talk a little bit about Danny Choo.  If you don’t know, Mr. Choo is an amazing individual that decided to follow his love for Japan and it’s geeky quirks like anime & manga.  He started out working for his dad’s shoe making factory in the UK, then worked for Microsoft where he had a very chooshy title and salary.  He decided to take a risk most would not and leave his very secure and comfortable job to move to Japan.  I won’t give every single details, but lets just say he started at the bottom, learned Japanese and worked hard to become a very successful person.  Someone I definitely look up to.  I found Danny through the internet a few years back.  Probably searching for some anime item or cosplay help.  🙂  I’ve loved his site and his message ever since.  He truly wants to connect Japan with the rest of the world and share what he loves about this place.  He constantly posts photos and informative material on his site in a stylish way.  Danny has many titles, but in particular created his own small media company called Mirai Inc.

Mirai has also become a character! A very popular character I might add!  She is Danny’s mascot, she’s been placed on all sorts of media and products.  She’s also become a figure & has had spots in different anime.  Right now an anime series with Mirai is in the works.  We were able to see some art work drawn for the anime and it looks very promising! At Anime Expo, Saturday afternoon, we were able to go to Danny’s panel.  He was also one of the guests of honor this year at the con.  His panel was entertaining, funny and inspiring.  He talked about all of his projects, the story of his journey to Japan and what he’s working on now.  He also wanted to have a more serious moment and talk about how important it is to take a risk and follow your passions.  I regret not being able to attend his second panel on Monday.  I really would have liked to get an autograph or at least shake his hand.

So when dinner time rolled around we all shed our costumes and went to Rock N’ Fish for dinner.  It was very yummy!  I tend to take pictures of my food if you wanna take a peek!

Adding two of my favorite ingredients together: Garlic + Shrimp = Crazy Delicious!!  Hmmmmmmmmmmm. So movin’ on.  We then headed on back to the convention center and watched the Masquerade.  Masquerade is a pretty big event at the con.  It’s where cosplayers participate on stage in skits they created or they simply go up and strut their stuff to display their cosplay.  They also showed and announced the AMV (Animed Music Video) winners.  What are AMV’s:  click here.  I’m glad we went cause it really brought back that realization of how creative people can be.  Yes, there is going to be some skits that don’t make any sense and there will be some costumes that could use some help.  There were also some skits that made no sense that I found hilarious.  Some really impressive costumes I appreciate all the effort put in.  We can all be judgmental sometimes, but I’m sure it’s difficult to make a group of costumes, then attempt to come up with a skit for those costumes and perform said skit in front of a huge auditorium of people. There was an intermission where they had the cosplays come out and dance on stage while Ryo Horikawa, voice actor for Vegeta from Dragon Ball, performed a few songs!  Unfortunately I don’t watch Dragon Ball so I didn’t recognize him, but it was still cool seeing him perform.  Still, my favorite part of the Masquerade was seeing the AMV’s!  I now know I LOVE AMVs.  I would love to learn video editing, as I mentioned before and I would love to learn how to make an AMV.  Here is the video for Best Comedy!  🙂

It was like the AMV’s were made for Donnie and I this year!  The videos included Nichijou and Anohana which we both liked.  Donnie has also watched Full Metal Panic which was part of a comedy video.  🙂  I tried to find a list with Anime Expo’s AMV winners online, but couldn’t find it surprisingly.  Maybe Anime Expo will update their site soon.

So as we moved on to Sunday at AX we got ourselves some grub and the ladies and I got into our Queen’s Blade cosplay!  It was so much fun because we had a great response to the costumes!  Now you know Queen’s Blade is from an adult anime so our characters are pretty risque.  Lol.  I was Elina, Jess was Menace and Brandi was Melona.  Jess and Brandi found it pretty hilarious when I would lead the way through the crowd and everyone’s eyes would all drop to breast level, as I walked by.  LOL.  Yes… my chest piece could move mountains!  I thought it would be fun and appropriate for this type of anime to have the ridiculously large breasts.  Not to mention accurate to thecharacter!  😉

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The picture above was taken by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography!  He took the best photos of our Queen’s Blade that I’ve seen so far.  Please check him out at: Click here!

The last day of the con is always sad and this was no exception.  We got a little Starbucks and took one last walk through the dealer’s room and finally saw the artist alley as well.  I found some beautiful art to frame on my wall.  We took one last look at the cosplayers and had to rush back to the hotel to get everything out by check out time.  It’s hard for me to get used to a con with no late night life.  There were people still wandering around at night, but not as much going on.  We are used to our cons in Nashville and Atlanta going all through the night.

Finally, to soften the blow of leaving the con, we headed down to Aneheim to have fun at Disneyland!  Now that’s a way to end an amazing trip!  😉  Well, I’m going to get this posted since it’s already very late!  I have already gotten caught up in working on new costumes for Dragon Con and I tend to put everything on the back burner when it comes to the costuming.    Sorry!!  Once again, we have so many great photos of our trip that I will get another post set up for!  For now there is already photos up on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramenempire/sets/72157630522005424/

Good night!

-Little Neko

 

Anime Expo 2012: Part 1

NOTE: Since I tend to go into a lot of detail I will have two posts about Anime Expo and please click on the links through out the posts.  I link to whatever I’m talking about at that moment in case you might not know what something is.  I want the links to be helpful to you.  Thanks!

Whew!!  I can’t believe we’re already back and Anime Expo is over!  I also can’t believe I was actually in California!  Sounds completely normal to most, but this was a big deal for me since I’ve never traveled to the western United States, to somewhere like this.  It was truly an amazing trip for many reasons.  To help with the PCD (Post Con Depression) we stayed an extra day or so and hit up Disneyland!  My first time there as well.  I will talk about Disneyland later on cause it was AWESOME.  😉

Getting ready for our trip started last year when I secretly purchased the Anime Expo tickets and plane tickets.  This was a surprise and present for my boyfriend since we only talked lightly about going to Anime Expo.  I wanted to make it reality and so I went for it!  Another great part of this is that we were going with some very close friends of ours, which made it so much more fun.  We attempted to fly together as well, but this didn’t work out when we got on the plane.  They moved our seats and we weren’t actually sitting together.  Made me sad, so we will have to remedy this next time.  😉

This trip was amazing and I wish my nerves would have been in check, but of course they weren’t.  I get very nervous flying and I was headed to a new place, new convention, new people, new everything!  Maybe I need to read a book on meditation or something.  Lol.  Because of this, I had less of an appetite during the trip and felt a little off here and there, but overall I was fine.  I still was excited to eat some California grub!

So the first wonderful part of the trip was staying at the Ritz Carlton!!  We some how managed to get a suite and it overlooked the convention center where Anime Expo was being held and it overlooked the X-Games which was literally right next to the convention.  Made for interesting walks in costume from our hotel.  Lol.  You can imagine the looks we got walking in our Queen’s Blade cosplay.  😉

The convention itself was huge as you can imagine.  I believe Anime Expo’s Facebook stated they exceeded 46,000 unique paid attendees.  The registration line was very efficient and I WISH…Dragon Con(of Atlanta, GA) could take some pointers from this!  The line was very long, but moved very fast.  When you get to the front of the line, they simply check your ID & your registration print out.  Then send you to one of three rows(double sided) of computers where you use a laser scanner to scan your registration paper.  Then they call your name and hand you your lanyard and badge.  We were probably in line for only 30 minutes.  Compare that to the 2 hours we waited in the Dragon Con line last year and the 4 & 1/2 hours the year before.  :/  Yeah, I’m totally serious!  The only thing I didn’t like was not receiving a program.  I was looking forward to that because it had Danny Choo’s character art on the front.  Luckily, later on, all I had to do was ask someone and I was able to get a program.

Of course there was a ton of cosplayers and I enjoyed how relaxed the convention center staff was with photo taking.  There was no yelling about stopping in the hallways and people could stand pretty much anywhere they wanted for photos.  We never seemed to run into any issues, except maybe people standing too close to the escalators.  When it came to food choices, there was a food court and random mall like food choices in the convention center itself.  Of course the prices on the cafeteria food was ridiculous, but then again I payed a lot for almost every meal I ate while in Cali.  There were some very nice restaurants between our hotel and the X-Games so we ate there mostly.  If you head to Anime Expo in the future I recommend The Farm for brunch type meals.  The Yard House was awesome for drinks and dinner.  Also the Rock N’ Fish and Trader Vics are great places to get dinner!   Just expect to give up some dough to eat at most of these places.

The people we ran into at the convention were very friendly, including the staff.  There was a great atmosphere!  There was a true feeling of comradaery when it came to all of us being there for our love of anime, cosplay, Japanese culture, etc.  I could go on and on since there are so many layers.  I even noticed a lot more males dressing in cosplay and it felt more acceptable.  They jumped right in and didn’t have a second thought.  There seemed to be more acceptance of guys dressing in costumes you wouldn’t expect.

Now THIS character has his own story!  He is Ayumu from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka (translation: Is this a Zombie?)  Ayumu ends up being a zombie/magical garment girl.  You have to check it out to understand.  Be warned, it’s a harem anime with a lot of fan service.  😉  I’m actually watching this anime with my boyfriend right now.  So I was excited to see this cosplay!

Friday of the convention we did a lot of walking around, seeing cosplayers and the dealer room.  Because we kept having to go to this and that, it took my boyfriend and I THREE days to get through the whole dealers room, which includes an Artist Alley in the back.  It’s ridiculously huge and full of awesomeness.  I was in heaven in there.  Of course I spent too much, but I’m happy with all my purchases!  One very special item I found was this Eureka figure!

It was a great price and I couldn’t believe I found any Eureka figures at all.  There were actually two in the dealer room.

I will have two product reviews coming up for some special items I purchased.  Soon to be revealed!  😉

Friday night after nom noms we made our way to the Animetal Concert!  Animetal is a talented heavy metal band (to quote their website), who plays: “combination of classic and original anime music, metallic riffs, solos, powerful vocals and futuristic make-up and costumes. ”  Basically, to give you a mental image, they look similar to the band Kiss.  This isn’t typically my kind of music, but I enjoyed the show.  They have amazing talent as musicians and as performers.  I couldn’t believe how much energy they perform with and they really seemed to want to have fun and just put on one hell of a show for the audience.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out they actually sang the song “Give Lee Give Lee Rock Lee.” from the Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals!  Very cool!

This is the actual video they played during the concert.  🙂

Saturday at the con we did more eating, walking around checking out cosplay, dealer room and going to Danny Choo’s panel.  I wore my Eureka cosplay on Saturday.  My boyfriend wore his Dr. Mario and my other friends wore their kick ass Appleseed armor.  I have to say that Eureka Seven needs more love!  If you’re reading this right now, you need to get online and watch Eureka Seven!  BUT make sure you watch it subtitled, not in English!!  We watched it in english originally and thought some of the voice actors were annoying.  Anyway, I mention this cause I thought it was funny how I had a very particular type of Eureka Seven fans approaching me for photos.  It’s hard to explain, but cool all the same.  One of my favorite moments was when a cute Miku Hatsune came up to me, very excited for a photo with her.  She seemed to have a little trouble with her english.  It may sound wrong of me to say, but it made her seem even more cute because of that.

So this is the end of Anime Expo: Part 1!  Here are some photos from the first part of our trip.  These are were all taken from my Iphone.  We will have a ton of photos up soon.  I will post many here and on our Flickr page.  I want to learn a little video editing soon so I can put up some video footage I took.  Mostly us goofing around, but fun stuff.  🙂

 

 

Ja Mata!

– Little Neko

Start of the Black Rock Shooter TV Series

I’m happy to say after watching the first few episodes of the Black Rock Shooter TV series, I’m excited to see where it goes!

If’ you haven’t seen the original OVA, also called Black Rock Shooter, you should definitely watch it first!  It’s an interesting story concept and the art in the animation is creative and beautiful.  Before I even watched it I agreed to be in the Black Rock Shooter cosplay group with my friends because the characters looked so amazing.  I’ve said it before…who doesn’t love girls with ginormous………..WEAPONS!  ;P

I had been a little concerned since I hadn’t heard anyone say anything about the new TV series (not that I really tried looking that hard.)  Then again it hasn’t been widely released on major channels for anime like CrunchyRoll or on Hulu.com, etc.  How did I get to watch it, you say?  It’s a mystery….  😉

The story is darker in this new anime series which I’m sure most people will like.  It  is different and other characters that didn’t make an appearance in the OVA are introduced to make things interesting.  The series still stars middle school student Mato Kuroi (AKA the Black Rock Shooter) and revolves around new relationships she builds at school.  But the conflicts she and her new friends face are far from ordinary.  Her new classmate Yomi Takanashi has some major (really REALLY major) issues involving a life long friend.  Also I’m not convinced that their school guidance counselor isn’t putting something into the coffee.  Or that she’s trippin’ herself.

The twist that makes this anime more than “girls with problems at school” is the dark alternate world where their alter egos battle.  The emotional trauma the girls experience in the “real world” is reflected in the battles in the alternate world.  The show will often bounce back and forth as the tension rises.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone so I won’t go into too much detail.  I’ve watched the first three episodes and it’s very promising so far.  I love the anticipation to learn more about the characters we are getting introduced to in this beautiful and dark felt,  fantasy world.  They’re all thrown into some epic large scale and fast-paced battles with ridiculously wild arsenal at their will.

On a side note, I’ve got a whole new appreciation for line of figures that have been announced and released for this series.  Now that I’ve seen them engage in some amazing battles all the accessories and weapons make much more sense 😉

And that’s my all for today!  Have a great weekend!

Ja Mata,

-Kat