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Quick Review: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

16. July 2011

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai


I can deal with anime,

I can deal with the rampant consumerism of otaku

I can deal with the weird looks of other people when I tell them I like Japanese cartoons


if it means I can continue watching art like this.

5/5 tears cried tonight.




New Gallery Added!

19. June 2011

Just a quick update for all of you Yoko cosplay fans out there. I have added a gallery link in the upper right corner that archives all of the Yoko Littner cosplayers we have encountered at our con attendances over the past couple of years. Alternatively you can just click HERE.


-Simeón out

Con Report: Animazement 14, or I’m Too Damn Old for This

15. June 2011

I want to start off this post with some personal background. The past few weeks have been crazy for me. I drove up to Raleigh from Birmingham, only to return after the weekend, only to drive back up to North Carolina a week later to Asheville, where I now live. Throw in some car trouble and a lack of internet during that week and you have me, apologizing for waiting so long to do this writeup.

Animazement 14 was Simeon’s and my second time at the event, as I’m sure you all remember. The con was held at the same venue, the Raleigh Convention Center. Little changed about the overall format: the panel rooms were at the south wing of the building, the dealers’ room downstairs, and the main events in the huge ballrooms upstairs. Panels ranged from commentary on the industry to fandoms of specific series and genres to cosplay workshops. Guests included a number of voice actors, both American and Japanese, but the most prominent guest in my opinion was Kyoko Kon, widow of the late Satoshi Kon. Read more…

Yoko Critique Mk III

15. June 2011

The moment everyone has been waiting for has arrived. It is time for our third ever Yoko cosplay critique! We’re a bit late with this Animazement 14 critique but as stated before my photo editing software went crazy so I reinstalled it so I could make some levels and brightness adjustments to our photos. Compared to last year’s Animazement 13 we had a much higher turn out of Yoko cosplayers; SIX as compared to last year’s three so it is very exciting. Before we get started let me make my default disclaimer: this isn’t personal and I try and look at each cosplay objectively so do not get your feelings all hurt if I think your cosplay is not a 5 out of 5. We handed flyers to each cosplayer and let them know they would appear on the blog. Each cosplayer has had about two weeks to get into contact with us regarding whether or not they want to appear on the blog (which one did and we’ll get to that later!) So without further ado let’s get started.

Here are the standard reference photos.

Standing and detail shots

Action and under-boob shot

The five categories I use are: Details (All the small nit-picky things), Rifle, Attitude, Overall Appearance, and Zettai Ryouiki (Which will be graded purely on how accurate it is compared to the actual Yoko Littner’s Absolute Territory). These are presented in the chronological order in which we encountered the cosplayers. Also under-boob is always a plus but not necessary. Read more…

Upcoming Critique Mk III and updates

8. June 2011

Hello to our faithful fans and followers. Just as an update, the new MK III Critique post will be up this week. I had planned on having it done today but my photo editing software went haywire so I’m doing a full re-install. So its coming later than expected, also in the pipeline is our post-con impressions of this year’s Animazement 14. This con’s critique is going to be great, plus we have a special critique in store later this summer thanks to KT (one of Animazement’s Yoko cosplayers) and her upcoming trip to Otakon! So stay tuned!

In other news, Tobias and myself have recently reunited IRL and he is now living in the same city as myself. This should help the updates come a little more regularly and the content should improve as well as we can collaborate face-to-face and not chat-to-chat.

Speaking of Tobias, he started doing this whole Tumblr tumbling re-blogging photo thing that is way beyond me. But if you are a fan of Gainax like he is then you should check it and re-tumble (?) his stuff: Gainax Fuck Yeah I’m sure fanboys/girls will rejoice at the tumble of images.

As a final note I thought it might be useful for everyone if I included a list of the cons we will be attending and have attended as of right now. This list could change later, and if it does substantially I’ll make a new post about it.

That’s the list for now, I hope we see a lot of Yokos out there! If you are interested in meeting us, or want to arrange to have your cosplay critiqued just comment here and we’ll start a correspondence. Until later this week.

Simeón out

PAX East ’11 Breakdown

24. March 2011

Many months ago, I wrote an article entitled The Community, in which I describe what I like about fandom in general. It was written with the Penny Arcade Expo in the back of my mind, as I was unable to attend last year and pretty bummed about it.  Luckily that was not true this year (going, that is, not being depressed about it). It was one hell of a trip, but completely worthwhile. PAX East was a different convention experience than the anime cons I usually go to–one I’ll definitely try to repeat in the future. Read more…

The Polarizing of Anarchy Panty

12. January 2011
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It’s no secret that I haven’t kept up with the anime scene the past year or so. I can blame it on having too much to do or the quality of the shows themselves, but after AWA, I decided to make a solid effort to keep up with the new season. How lucky I was to find that Gainax was putting out a new show then: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. This show is different from anything you’ve seen out of Japan recently: one part homage to Western animation, one part body-fluid and sex jokes, and one part Imaishi wackiness. The art style varies from incredibly simple… Read more…