Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers

Last Friday I went to a show! A concert! I saw Hank Green, Harry and the Potters and Driftless Pony Club. Probably the nerdiest show I’ve ever been to. Seriously.

For those of you who do not know, Hank Green is one half of the vlogbrothers. He writes a lot of songs about Harry Potter and science. It’s all horribly nerdy. And then there is Harry and the Potters, the original Wizard Rock band and Driftless Pony Club, headed by Youtuber Wheezy Waiter. It was just one giant nerdfest.

The show was at the Black Cat, pretty much an indie rock institution in Washington DC. The only other time I’ve been to this venue was in college when I saw The Aquabats. Even though I’ve only ever been there once, I love this venue. it’s small and the stage is low so you feel closer the the band. It’s dingy and grimy, just the way a punk rock venue should be.

This show was full of underage kids. It was really a different experience because of that. I also felt a little old when Hank Green asked how many people were under 21 and more than half the venue raised their hands. I’m not saying it was a bad thing, but it did stop me from pushing closer to the front.

The music was really great and I had a fantastic time jumping around and dancing. Not a lot of people around me were dancing, which is really their loss. Their lack of outward enthusiasm didn’t stop me from having a great time. I told myself that I would dance and have a good time no matter what the surroundings were.

This was my first time seeing Harry and the Potters after being familiar with them for years. It was both the silliest and the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. No joke. They do short songs all about Harry Potter and it’s just…so good. During their last song “Save Ginny Weasley” they threw a giant stuffed snake (the Basilisk we were saving Ginny from) into the crowd, which was such a fun idea.

Driftless Pony Club was cool too. I sort of lost my momentum during their set. There were two openers before HatP (Andrew Huang and Rob Scalion), and I have never listened to DPC. I saved my energy and lightly danced. They were really good though!

Hank Green was the final act to go on and it was really fun! “Accio Deathly Hallows” was one of my favorite parts. He also did a cover of Taylor Swifts “Shake it off” which was ridiculous. For the encore he sang The Ghostbusters Theme song. No joke. Members of Driftless Pony club came out as a ghost and Ghostbusters. And then Hank sang the songified version of his and his brother’s argument about Batman which was amazing.

After the show I hung around to get my poster signed by everyone! I actually managed to get everyone! When I met Hank he asked me what was on my shirt. It was my Gunarolla “YouTube’s Greatest Tragedy” shirt which he thought was hilarious. And then Andrew Huang (Gunnarolla’s best friend) walked buy and Hank pointed out my shirt. Andrew and I took a picture together for him to send to Gunnarolla! That was a great moment!

Also, as a bonus I ran into youtuber Lesliefoundhergrail, which was awesome. She does this really great series called “One Time Stories.” It was great talking to her!

This was a super fun show! I really recommend seeing any of these bands if you can!

And now: Pictures!

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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!