Anime USA!

Wow. It’s been a really long time since I updated. This is the perfect time to start blogging again. Last weekend I went to Anime USA!

Anime USA was the first anime convention I went to way back in 2003. I haven’t been back for a few years, so it was nice to return. AUSA was in Washington DC this year right near the zoo. It was October 3-5th.

I had big plans for this convention. On Saturday I was entering the Hall Costume Contest for the first time with a costume I had been working on for months.

Friday was kind of a short day at the convention. I picked my boyfriend, Ryan, up from work around 3 and then we drove to DC. I actually hate driving in big cities, but because my costume was stored in a big box and had a lot of delicate parts, I chose to drive. It wasn’t that bad, except for the part where our parking garage was almost a mile from our hotel (had to pick something that was cheaper than the hotel parking).

Friday I cosplayed at Minako Aino (Sailor Venus), Summer school uniform. I felt so stereotypically anime that day! I think it was the combination of cosplaying such a classic character and the Japanese school uniform. This was my first time making a costume like this but I think it turned out well!

My nice camera died when trying to take a decent shot, so all I have is this awkward iphone picture.

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Friday we just kind of got the lay out of the convention and saw what was going on. I did buy a Korirakkuma Kigurumi so that was fantastic! We also saw a screening of a documentary about some Sailor Moon cosplayers that was really great. It is called “In the Name of the Moon” and you can find them on facebook!

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Saturday was the big cosplay day! I wore Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon. I have been working on this costume since about July and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made. I am so proud of it. I entered into the Hall Costume Contest in the Novice category, but I didn’t win anything. I’m okay with that though because the response to the costume was so great. I got so many compliments from friends and strangers. After the awards ceremony for the contest the girl who won the Master category came up to me and told me how much she loved my costume. She told me it was perfect and was hoping that I wasn’t competing against her. She was so sweet she made me cry. I wish I remembered her name so I could find her online and thank her.
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My costume did kind of fall apart throughout the day. I had to go back to my room and glue on the spikes because they kept falling off. Even then the super glue didn’t have enough time to properly cure so if I hit anything they would fall off. But I am extremely proud of this costume and will probably bring it to Katsucon! (Also I might make another post with details on how I made it and everything).

 

One of the awesome things at AUSA was their game room! They had a lot of cool rhythm games. My favorite was the Taiko drum game. I got to play to some Jpop songs that I really love so that was really really fun! Most of the panels we saw were sort of lackluster and we only stayed for part of them. On Sunday we went to a panel on pattern mixing and that was the best panel we saw all weekend. But that was also hosted by one of the featured guests, so of course the quality was better.

 

Sunday was a sort of chill day. I bought the rest of the things I wanted; that was the main goal for the day.

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So this is everything I bought! Lots of Kawaii jewelry! A necklace and bracelet from Magical Tea Time, star hair clips and ring from Twy Lite Fashion. I think I went a little crazy with the Rilakkuma things. Along with the Kigu, I also got a Korirakkuma hat and a Rilakkuma phone case! I also picked up some strawberry and melon flavored Ramune. I was hoping the Melon Flavor one would taste like Japanese Melon Soda, but it didn’t. Eternally sad. I haven’t had the strawberry one yet.

Overall, I had a great time at Anime USA! I wish I could have seen more of my friends, but it’s alright. I hope I can go back next year!

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Magical Girls rejoice! Sailor Moon Crystal has finally started!

For as long as I can remember I have loved magical girl anime. It’s such an appealing genre; cute girls, magic, buttkicking, romance, friendship and awesome ladies. What more could you want?

Sailor Moon is probably the most iconic of the magical girl anime. It has a legacy of 20 years and it shows no sign of stopping, especially with the new series, Sailor Moon Crystal, that premiered this past weekend.

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I used to watch Sailor Moon as a kid when it first aired on TV in the US. I don’t remember how much of it I actually watched (I could have been for only a short time since I remember not having many TV channels as a kid). Though I do remember being super excited when my friend let me borrow one of her Sailor Moon VHS’ in 5th grade and renting the Sailor Moon R and Super S movies many times. I might not have very vivid memories of it, but it’s there.

For the 20th Anniversary of this iconic series, creator Nakao Takeuchi has finally released her iron grip on the series. After a horrible english dubbed adaption, Takeuchi swore never to let the series be released in English again. Fortunately, she’s become a bit more accomidating recently. ┬áThe series is being rereleased in the US and around the world in via the Internet. Currently the episodes are only in Japanese, but an English language dub is being released at a later date, and completely void of name changes, changes to sexuality and even gender. Plus the unreleased in the US 5th season Sailor Stars will finally be released in the US!

Tell me this isn’t a dream come true. But it gets better. So much better. A new Sailor Moon Series has been made, Sailor Moon Crystal. This is a remake of the original series, rather than a continuation. SMC will follow the original manga much more closely and much shorter. The best part? It’s being released on the internet with subtitles in tons of different languages!

As a biweekly series, the first episode has already aired. I couldn’t be happier with it honestly.

As far as content goes, pretty much every incarnation of Sailor Moon has the same first episode. That’s actually quite reassuring.Everything starts the same.

I’m just going to say it here: I love the art style. There are a few things I don’t like, such as Usagi’s eyes (they look a bit dead don’t they?), but overall it’s just amazing. It really gives off that romantic shojou feel. There are flower frames, light spheres and starry backgrounds. It’s everything I love about shojou manga in motion.

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Usagi’s hair is one of my favorite parts. In the original anime Usagi’s twin tails are very rigid, but in Crystal, they flow freely in the wind and it’s beautiful. The whole show just has a very soft and floaty feel to it. It just makes me feel nice watching it.

The 3D animated transformation sequence will take some getting used to. I always feel like that kind of animation mixed with the 2D just feels a bit out of place. But it’s the transformation sequence, so we’ll be seeing it a million times, I’ll probably get used to it.

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Also, can we talk about how awesome that theme song is? I’m a little sad that it’s not Moonlight Densetsu, but the new song is all about girl power, and sticking together. It’s just everything Sailor Moon stands for.

I’m so excited to see the rest of this series! My favorite Senshi is Sailor Venus, and even though there was a lot of Sailor V, it will be a while until Aino Minako shows up. I’m super sad that new episodes will only air biweekly!

You can watch new episodes subtitled in English on Hulu! For Free!

Do you like Sailor Moon? Have you seen Sailor Moon Crystal? Who is your favorite Senshi? Let me know in the comments!