1/5/15

AniRevo Winter Festival 2015 Con Report

Well what can I say about the first time I went to AniRevo Winter Festival.....other then its was a great event but the venue really needs to bigger....too many people cramped together. However staff was very friendly+helpful and shopping was nice but wish was a little bigger room space. At least there was plenty of food places nearby if you were willing to walk and brave the chill. But it was fun fun....I decided to recycle my Halloween cosplay and go as Dale (Kingdom Hearts)....


Well, I entered the costume contest for fun (like Dale I'm very laid back and fun loving) and the costumes were awesome! Disney Princesses in full blown outfis, the eeveelutions, guys with giant hammers and more! All of us judged by the royal court of Arendelle...Elsa, Anna and Kristoff in awesome outfits too. Well artist alley was interesting as always.....still a very good place to shop for unique gifts for friends. Got one artist to commission an ink sketch of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit....scanned his other works to make sure he can do Oswald justice. Goodthing Oswald is a black and white cartoon star. If you were that artist feel free to scream and thank you! Also partaked in the Pokemon battles abit...they award real buttons as badges akin to Tsukino Con in Victoria. I was only able to challenge and defeat one Gym but was very happy with my accomplishment since I never done competitive face to face battle with this generation of pokemon team and tactics yet, and I'm not in the top ranks of the local circuits. I immediately pinned the badge to my backpack with smiles. I love the live gym badge item...its a souvenir of your accomplishment and a memento of the festival itself. 

Well the dance was fun....simple but add a bunch of cosplayers unwinding and tearing up the dance floors with some awesome moves and you got a party. I been clubbing with friends and well....wow us cosplayers can dance just as well (maybe even better) as night club patrons....and no booze required! Music selection was j-pop, anime and gaming music and hmmm a computer dj set up and "turn table" deck by the looks of it. It was awesome just seeing people let it go and dance....strongly recall one pulling out a light saber while dancing and then I remember...."wait isn't there light saaaabbberr....oh there she is. LIGHT SABER DUEL on the dance floor hahaha!!!

That was one awesome festival...venue just needs to be bigger next time. Here are the pics I took. I forgot to bring my camera so used the 3DS's camera.

Hey Mau5!

Merida and Cinderella. Both of them won awards.

Crowd shot

Dance Crowd Shot


12/28/14

Animated Review - Feast

Shown as the opening act to Big Hero 6, Feast is a short but sweet little gem that must be watched for its story, animation style and multiple times because of all the various little things that occurs in the background to tell the story.

Feast is a story that explores the relationship between a dog named Winston and his master from Winston's puppy years to his golden years told from Winston's POV and the meals he shares with his master. The art style is one of the highlights that stands out....oil pastel like feel with cel shaded touches seen in 3-D is absolute feast to behold and experience. The style also highlights the moods of the scenes, in addition to the meals Winston has...for example in the beginning when Wisnton is a scared stray puppy, the setting is a dark street at night but the brightest coloured object in the scene is a french fry he is offered then when he's in doggy heaven everything is washed in bright sunny colours akin to the fry he was first offered

The theme explore is the love and pleasure Winston gains from the meals he partakes with his master at first, Winston is adopted as a stray puppy after his future master gives him a fry....then all the happy moments of eating junk food with his master after that. However, when his master starts dating, Winston is forced to eat normal dog food which he dislikes. However he soon realizes its not the food that gives him happiness and love but rather its the love his master and others feels when feeding him, which in the end is what Winston gets when his master raises a family and Winston is in doggy heaven with all the love and food he could ever need and want. The interesting thing about Feast also is because the story line is told in quicks cuts of the meals Winstons has with his master...you have to pay attention to little details in the background or Winston's expressions to get a feel of what the story is telling you.

What do you think of Feast?

12/20/14

Rainbow Honey December and November Mystery 2014

Awesome my mystery mini bag from Rainbow Honey for December came and something esle I forgot to post...the Mystery Mini for November too....soooo loving the creative ideas Rainbow Honey comes up with each time. ^_^

November Mystery Mini
Seems to be a very grey set with Frozen Flames.
Frozen Flame seems very nice....a sweetish, candy citrus like scent.
The Two Polishes (Aurora and Greyscale) are nice.
 Aurora is a silvery-gold with blue specks glitter topper, while Grey Scale is silvery grey.

December Mystery Mini
Loving the Russian theme in this very winter set.
The Master is very holiday polish red with gold specks.
Woland looks like a silvery-purple with specks of blues glitter topper.
As for the scent Muscovite....a very deep fruit smell that VERY appropriate for winter.
PS is it just me or has the bottle gotten bigger for minis?

12/8/14

Akimatsuri 2014 Con Report

Well Akimatsuri happened and boy it was tiring but fun, apologizes to anyone who had to deal with an increasingly exhausted me in a boxhead. Akimatsuri is a fall season one day, anime festival and this year it was located in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Robson Square-Ice Rink...annndd it was the same day and area as the Santa Claus parade which lead to some very amusing moments of parade goers wondering "where did all these costumes come from?!?!?!" and both sets of Anna and Elsa cosplayers that showed up were being mobbed by kids for pictures. It was actually kind of cute to witness.

 This was my cosplay....meet the Dj duo & and the masters of electro mashups-fusions, the Djs from Mars. They actually do wear boxheads and never show their real faces ever. I was amused I was getting mistaken for a goomba and getting attention due to the cosplay's obscure nature. Plus I thought it was awesome and hilarious to waltz around downtown boxheaded. The boxhead wasn't that bad-hard to wear.



The festival was awesome...its mini con but still fun. Plus it was the perfect place to shop for that perfect Christmas present thats cute and unique....plenty of cute styles to go around. Got some very nice Frozen and Pokemon art prints to plaster on my sad, bare walls...and buttons!. Love this artist paddling something called "Moon Milk"....got stuff for myself and someone's christmas from this girl. Reminds of the found colour memories of Harujuku and kawaii stuff in tokyo. Plus her accessorys would be style appropriate in rave-clubbing setting. Check her out Here--> mnmlk.com

Cute!!!! Stuff from Moon Milk

To end it off....As for the cosplays that showed up....top notch

Giffany(s) from Gravity Falls....RUN!!!

I just had to take "atmosphere" shots to prove yes cosplayers did go skating and we can do it with grace.

Anna and Elsa...one of the sets that showed up. Awesome!

The Minion with a Rocket Launcher.

Meow Meow

Volcarona from Pokemon. Awesome and coozy for winter

Baymax and Hiro


12/6/14

Movied Review - Big Hero 6

Wow first all of I never thought I would be interested in watching Big Hero 6...but wow I was sold on the story and the very impressive art style....plus "Immortals" by Fall Out Boy is one very good and empowering song.

On the story front, the themes of using your gifts to be heroic, bonds between love ones we have or lost and revenge corrupts even the best of people. Hiro and his friends are scientific geniuses that seem to be the last people to be super heroes but they mange to do just that when Hiro wants to investigate the connection between his inventions, his brother's death in a fire and a mysterious masked kabuki mask. Its the strong bond between friends that drives to stand up and be heroes for the sake of others. How revenge corrupts is a driving theme also...if you lose someone you care about deeply, the sheer grief can drive one hell bent on revenge to the point the damage will be devastating as outline in the antagonist's motives and what almost happens to Hiro. The humor is also working...hahaha Baymax is just stealing the show with his lighter then air waddle, vocal delivery-personality and ummm COUGH letting out air....hairy baby! Oh yeh Hiro's Broom.

On the artistic front...wow! The Asian-North America influence and the extensive animation foundation is very strong as present in the sweeping opening shot of San Fransokoyo's city scape from above alight with neon at night and the initial test flight of Baymax's thrusters. The world feels awesome...its east meets west as highlighted in the Japanese style architecture mixing with the feel of San Francisco ex. the "Painted Ladies" and street cars. The texture and feel of the world itself feel rich and lavish, from the brickwork and rust of buildings, Baymax's very soft and hugable body, the microbots and the world breaking apart into debris rapidly in the final battle. I was amazed by Baymax's soft body....felt very soft and believable in weight despite it being a balloon mass and impressed at the fact i could partially see the textured surface of the vinyl fabric. The microbots were very impressive to see visually...imagine seeing a bunch of tiny itty bitty little bots moving in perfect mechanical harmony as they ebb and flow like a liquid mass on screen and in 3-D....also a bit unsettling at the same time, when they attack our heroes.

Well what do you think of Big Hero 6?

11/23/14

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (First Impression and Midnight Release)

Well after saving up alot of funds from my artist alley stints I got Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. This was my first time lining up for a midnight release for anything....so it's me dressed as Kyogre Girl (it's sort of a tradition for me to cosplay somewhat when picking up a new pokemon game on release day) . It was lining up with several other people in a "secret" area of the mall. Fans who are here not just for Pokemon but also for Smash Brothers on WiiU and the Amiibo figures. Man those Amiibos really got snatched up in batches...they're really going to have to restock. Since I Pre-Ordered I got the special poster...that is one epic shot of Primal Kyogre!

As for my first impressions so far....feels likes old poke-times in Hoenn. Like that it started alias the gameboy advanced ver. then poof switches to 3DS view as Professor Birch does his monologue and....is it just me or is our character moving house....WHILE traveling in the back of a moving van with a dodgey door on a bumpy road? I'm not going to ask. Graphics are very nice....its a change from the French inspired Kalos but Hoenn feels true to its Japanese inspired roots with the anime-Asian feel in environment and looks. Battle mechanics still stay the same and in 3-D. The updated Nav is taking some used to after being used to XY's bottom screen for so long but the PSS of XY returns and DexNav is nice improvement on a very large scale....you get to scan what pokemon are in the local area. Very good tool for Poke-Hunting. I find it interesting to find Poke-Centres and Poke-Marts are now separate alias the original Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald games plus berry planting makes a return.

Can't wait to see what other surprises await me in this return to Hoenn....

11/11/14

Gamer's Review - Type:Rider

Ever played a game about the history of typography and fonts? Well you get your chance with Type:Rider, a platforming game with an interesting premise and art game feel. You play as a colon (as in this colon-->: ) riding through the history of typography. Its basic platforming style of game play with the exception, the colon acts like a pair of wheels attached by invisible, magnetic force and you have to adaptable to new obstacles introduced within each level like water and gusts of air.





The interesting thing about each level is each is based on a "Font" style and in turn the art style centered around the history of that Font, ex. Bauhaus for "Futura" and manuscripts for "Gothic". In addition there is a shadow puppet feel to the visuals, the colon and the obstacles are mostly black like a shadow puppet theatre. Its simple in gameplay, but feel sweets plus you get to learn the history of all those fonts, writing techniques and typography you might have been taking for granted every day.