Resumen año cosplayer 2011

Ya queda nada y menos para terminar el año y me gustaría hacer un pequeño recordatorio de los cosplays que he hecho este 2011 ^^

(Febrero) Mi primer cosplay fue para la Japan Weekend de Barcelona, quería algo facilito y algo picarón que enseñara un poco, aunque fue una muy mala opción xD hacía un frío tremendo.

Fallen Angel Flonne del Anime y videojuego Disgaea

(Mayo) Para el Salón del Cómic de Barcelona me puse el traje que le hice a mi novio para su cumpleaños =), es un personaje de cómic americano y me encantó la idea de llevarlo en el Salón

Wonder Woman

(Abril) Para mayo me tenía que hacer el traje de Panty ángel, me dio el monazo y me hice el vestidito rojo

Panty de Panty & Stocking

(Mayo) Para Expomanga de Madrid me hice junto con Mina a Panty versión ángel, adoro a Panty y su carácter de zorra genialosa *_* me lo pasé muy bien llevando ese traje aunque .. dolorazo de tacones xD

Panty ángel de Panty & Stocking

(Octubre) Japan Weekend de Madrid, me hice a Nia para ir con Julio en el WCS, él subiría yo no xD pero para tener después fotos, al final él no subió y adelanté el traje para poder ir con él en la Japan de TTGL :3, pasé mucho calor y los zapatos me mataron del dolor (creo que no tengo ni un solo cosplay que no me duelan los pies xD)

Nia Teppelin versión antispiral de Tengen Toppa Guren Lagan

(Octubre) Para la misma Japan llevé el de Lili, cosplay que tenía un monazo increíble y quería quitármelo de encima, gracias a Ayu pude ir de ella =), los tacones eran altos y también me mataron de dolor xD (diossssss odio los tacones T__________T)

Lili Rochefort Tekken

(Octubre) En octubre vinieron todos los cosplays de golpe xD, para el primer día del salón del Manga de Barcelona, formé parte de una grupal de Fairy Tail con mis compis de AMAKUNI :3, me lo pasé genial, nos sacaron miles de fotos y los zapatos eran más o menos cómodos (me iban pequeños -.-U)

Lucy Heartfilia de Fairy Tail

(Octubre) Para el segundo día me hice la versión kimono de Panty, todo muy improvisado y casero pero triunfé bastante xD

Panty versión Kimono de Panty & Stocking

(Octubre) y mi último cosplay del año, y el que yo creo, el mejor del año, mi Zeldi :), gracias a él nos vamos a París! T^T, pasé muchas horas de trabajo con él y varios momentos de desesperación pero valió la pena.

Zelda de Zelda twilight Princess

Y hasta aquí mi año cosplayer, a la espera de un buen photoshoot para el cosplay de Panty que lo haremos con Àngel en cuanto pasen las fiestas^^.
Y finalizo el año con muy buenos recuerdos y con ganas de empezar el siguiente con muchos antojos y con ganas de ECG Ò_Ó!!!!!!


*Ivy se va a morirse con los 29348203948 trabajos que tiene y la de días sin tener fiesta en el curro... vividdd vosotros que podéis!!! T_T

The year in anime 2011 review

This has been an intense year in which many things have happened and yet the quality of the series has been outstanding.

This year is also marked by the comeback of classic series and it seems the trend will follow through 2012 too with new Rurouni Kenshin and Prince of Tennis series.

The highlight of this year is without a doubt, the new Hunter x Hunter. At first, fan expectation wasn't high but the great production values of this remake that is closer to the manga definitely makes up for it. Masatoshi Ono's Departure OP song doesn't help either.

And of course, the extreme insane success of One Piece manga this year reflects in the anime.

This year also opened great with the return of Gintama, delivering hysterical episodes and making every Monday less boring. No wonder we talk about #Gintamonday, and hopefully through years to come.

As for new series, the first two seasons of Bakuman and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi take the cake. Great animation and quality of stories is what kept us craving for more.

Sket Dance and Beelzebub can't be left behind with their solid storylines and consistent quality. The trend seems to bring both funny and badass moments. I'll never forget Himeko's episode that centers in her past as Onihime and of course, the Super Milk Time Oga's technique that simply owned everyone in sight.

There have been also two surprises this year with Steins;Gate and Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle, two outstanding original anime series that will follow through with manga adaptations next year.

This was also the year of Blue Exorcist, the long awaited adaptation of Kazue Kato's manga. It didn't exactly  dissapoint, but the 13 episodes filler arc wasn't the best move by the studio, as it derived from the manga plot itself and gave us plenty of OOC moments. Looking back at it, the ending was ok, but it left more to be desired.

That's because the main problem they had is that the manga comes out monthly and there weren't enough chapters to adapt. Hopefully a second season will be much better.

The low points of this year were Deadman Wonderland, Kamisama Dolls and Kamisama no Memochou.

The case of Deadman Wonderland is peculiar because it had the formula to win, to be a established successful series, but the premise itself, the soft gore and violence, and the dragging of the plot didn't make audiences relate to it. I guess the problem is that it should have been marketed as a proper Seinen series like Gantz, instead of trying to make it the next Bleach.

The main problem I found with Kamisama Dolls is that they revealed the villain's motivations too soon, and the protagonist was just too weak and reluctant. It's a shame because the battles were awesome and the design of the robot Kami were brilliant.

As for Kamisama no Memochou, it started out great. The episodes were funny with a good dose of mystery and Alice had credibility as a moe detective, I could even see her being alongside L in a crossover with Death Note. But it's like the formula of solving weird cases every week got tired out quickly and the end was anticlimatic, the series didn't have more to go beyond that. The concept of a NEET detective was great, though.

Two series that fall to the pit are Guilty Crown and Sacred Seven, which were unwatchable with their similar wasted plots.

As for overlooked series, [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control will probably stand as one of the most underrated series of all time. You could see it was really meant to only have 13 episodes as it's an original anime, but both its theme and message were powerful, it was consistent from beginning to end, as it was an excellent story that reflects this world financial crisis era.

Level E was also meant to only have 13 episodes since this 1995 manga couldn't be finished by its author, none other than Yu Yu Hakusho's and Hunter x Hunter's Yoshihiro Togashi. But you could see the brilliant and hysterical theme that characterized it.

I can name other overlooked series such as Tiger and Bunny, which actually looked funny and promising.

A series that doesn't have much exposure, but nevertheless is up there with Naruto and Bleach, is Nurarihyon no Mago. The second season, titled Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyo, gave us great moments as Nura Rikuo fights Hagoromo Gitsune and her minions and he struggles to find his way as the Third Heir. I noticed a decline in animation quality in the last 6 episodes, but either they are changing the style (thicker lines, more static frame movement) to make it fit with the yokai theme, or they simply ran out of budget.

As for established series, Bleach finished their Arrancar arc with TEH EPIC battle between Ichigo and Aizen. Personally, I prefer the way it was done in the manga, with all the insane transformations and drama. The filler arc of the Shinigami Clones was entirely forgetable, but I liked how they showed Ichigo's decline in power at the end.

However, the new arc is great, presented in a better way than the manga, we are back to great canon animation quality.

I really don't have much to say in regards to Naruto Shippuden, all we've been getting lately has been fillers, but it's not like the animation quality has been dreadful. The only highlight was the resolution of the Pain arc, Naruto getting to know his father Yondaime, and his reaction to people looking up to him as Konoha's Hero. Hopefully next year we are going to see more.

This year we also saw the second season of Saint Seiya: Lost Canvas, the highlight being the incredible fight between Hakurei and Hypnos in Hades' castle and Tenma's resolution to defeat him. This series has been slowly gaining acclaim among classic Saint Seiya fans who were skeptic of the new style of artwork and quality.

And lastly, a series I wouldn't leave out is UN-GO. A pleasant surprise but it wasn't meant to last. I can place it in the category of overlooked series, but interestingly enough, it's those types of series that have powerful messages. The last episode tied it all with a sociopolitical theme that is an accurate critique of our times.

Gin's stupid tsuba...

Gahaha.. it's under 20 days left to FrostBite and I haven't worked on my cosplays since I finished Ukitake's zanpakuto... heheheh... time is running ooooouut...
But yeah, I'm having headaches trying to figure out what material would be good enough to make Gin's tsuba out of because it has this... friggin' G-shape thingy. I'm afraid doing it out of wood might not be the best idea because it could very easily crack if I don't make it thick enough, not to mention what a bitch it would be to cut out. Plywood will probably be an even weaker option.. err. Maybe MDF could work.. or I could go looking around town if there is some other options, maybe some hard plastic or whatnot... ARGH.

Naruto Shippuden anime January 2012 schedule

And incredibly enough, we are back to canon! No more weird gay fillers!

Episode 243 "Landing! Paradise Island?" (上陸! 楽園の島?) January 5, 2012

Episode 244 "Killer Bee and Motoi" (キラービーとモトイ) January 12, 2012

Episode 245 "Naruto vs. The Nine-Tails!!" (ナルトVS九尾!!) January 19, 2012

Episode 246 "The Orange Sparkle" (オレンジ色の輝き) January 26, 2012

Eureka Seven will have a sequel that will premiere on April 2012

Studio BONES has formally revealed the development of a Eureka Seven Ao (Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean) anime television series. The sequel to the hit 2005 television series will introduce a new protagonist when it premieres next April.

source: Anime Nation

Mobile Suit Gundam Origin creator to launch new manga

The February issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is revealing on Saturday that character designer and manga creator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko will launch a new manga series called Ten no Kechimyaku (The Blood Lineage of the Heavens).

The new series will be Yasuhiko's first in Afternoon. Yasuhiko just ended his decade-long Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga series this past June.

Gundam: The Origin manga is a reinterpretation of the first Gundam television anime series, which features character designs by Yasuhiko. In turn, Gundam: The Origin is inspiring its own anime adaptation. Yasuhiko's other manga include Arion, Jesus, Joan, and The Venus Wars.

Here's an image of the new series:

Yasuhiko's third modern history tale is set in 1903, just half a year before the Russo-Japanese War. An academic research party from Japan is in the town of Ji'an on the northern bank of the Yalu, the river that separates Manchuria and the Korean Pennisula. The party's objective is the Gwanggaeto Stele, the monument erected in memory of King Gwanggaeto of Goguryeo in ancient Korea. The epitaph holds the key to the history of ancient Korea and the ties between Japan and Korea.

Here's also a great video that showcases Yasuhiko's technique and experience when drawing a character:

(credit to Nao Yazawa on FB for the video :) )

More Amagami SS+ promos!

It will premiere on January 5.

The video had premiered during a live recording of the Amagami web radio program "Ryoko and Kana's Amagami Coming Sweet" that was also held on Friday in Tokyo. The hosts of the program, Ryoko Shintani (Rihoko Sakurai) and Kana Asumi (Miya), were joined by other cast members and singer Azusa, who sings the themes for both Amagami SS and Amagami SS+. Azusa sang the opening theme song "Check my soul" and the ending theme song "Kokuhaku" (Confession) at the event.

Source: ANN

Rurouni Kenshin manga returns to Jump Square in May!

The comebacks trend will follow in 2012!

Manga creator Nobuhiro Watsuki will be resuming his Rurouni Kenshin series for a brief run starting in the June issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine, which will ship on May 2, 2012. The magazine's advertising describes the samurai manga's return as a "reboot," although the magazine may not be using the term with the English denotation in mind. More details will be in upcoming issues of Jump Square.

In the meantime, Watsuki is putting his current manga series, Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein, on hiatus as of the March issue of Jump Square magazine, which will ship in February. Embalming will return in the fall. This manga has been running in Jump Square since its inaugural issue in 2007.

Keishi Ōtomo's live-action Rurouni Kenshin film will open in Japan on August 25, 2012. The first half of the new Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen anime project just opened in two theaters last week, and the second half is slated to be completed next summer. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America.

Source: ANN