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I don't know if I can use the blog for this, but I'm desperate, so I'll give it a try...X)
I've been searching for someplace to buy Elfen lied horns, but I've eventually given up, so I decided to make some myself ( a headband. I haven't got a Lucy cosplay yet, so I just want some that I can use just as accessory for my normal clothes, like a Naruto headband or cat ears, so nothing about attaching it to a wig)
Anyways, i don't know how to make them yet, so if any of you guys out the have some ideas for material to make the horns themselves, I would be very pleased:]

Please answer even if I have misunderstanded this blog-thingX]

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I'm back in my home town, I'm very tired, and irritated by my cousins, but other wise I'm doing fine. I'm taking a break from all the stuff I've been working on, won't be on my computer that much for the next couple of days, cause I'll be spending some time we my friends, so see everybody on Animevice, sometime soon.
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I'm planning my trip to Japan for TAF.
I checked around w/ those who are going, so I can try to go around the same time.

Since voice actress Stephanie & BEI coordinator Loy said they were leaving on 3/14, I decided to do the same.
Although they're taking a different airline... cuz I like to take Korean Air b/c it arrives in Japan earliest (3pm). That gives me enough time to go buy saline solution & shampoo, which I don't like to carry to Japan.

All the years I worked at Broccoli, I used to stay at a business hotel in Ikebukuro since it's one train ride (one stop on express) to the Japan office. So this is the first time in 7 years that I'm staying outside of Ikebukuro. I'm so used to the surroundings (and arcades) of Ikebukuro... I hope the new area I'm staying at (Shinagawa) will be just as fun & convenient.

Great thing about the Shinagawa hotel is that I'm one train ride to Big Sight.
I'm happy not having to deal w/ the train rush from Ikebukuro to Shibuya.

So now I have to start planning my meetings w/ various companies.
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Today I visited Skylark, a dubbing studio in Burbank.
I never visited the building before, but there are three studios in the building. And Bang Zoom is on the first floor.

Anyhoo, I went with several anime figures in hand (courtesy of Organic). And spent a lot of time scratching Pete, the mascot dog.

This is Pete.
He's so cute!

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I don't have enough pictures to do another Yoko cosplay progress update so I'll talk about exercising (but hey my Yoko cosplay is one of my motivations to exercise more so it's kind of related haha)!

So one of my resolutions has been to keep exercising regularly (not daily or else your body would get used to it and thus waste time exercising). So it's been going pretty well. I dropped down two pants sizes so now I'm a size 6. I can't wear size 8 pants without wearing a belt now so that's good. I usually exercise at around 5 PM my time but there are times when I just pick random times because of weird reasons. I do try to stay consistent though.

Here's what I would normally do when I do feel like exercising:
  • my stretches to warm up
  • 20+ crunches (it depends on what type of crunches I do since I change it up)
  • 15ish push ups (I lack upper body strength...)
  • lift 5 to 10 pound weight thingies to tone the arms out
  • run for 20ish minutes using something I like to call portions. Everything is in 30 second durations. Power walk 4 mpg, change to 7 mpg, back to 4 mpg, to 8 mpg, to 4 mpg, to 9 mpg and then rinse, cycle and repeat.
  • Brisk walk for a couple minutes so my leg muscles don't feel tense after the vigorous and odd running cycle
  • do other stretches and maybe killers

So do any of you exercise and if yes what do you do normally? How many times do you do it a week?
If you are a lazy bum (heck I used to be one too haha), what do you do to not become too engrossed with sitting on your bum and watching tv/use your computer? I know my bum falls asleep after sitting on my computer all day sometimes.

Also, is there any other exercises I should be doing? I really want to tone my belly since it could do a bit more work. I'm also trying to change it up a bit because it can get boring to do the same thing over and over again.
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So I'm going to be leaving the condo in the next 30 minutes, and the islands in a few hours. I'll miss a lot of things about Maui (read: taking a couple of hours early in the day to go snorkeling), but I'll be happy to get back to my home in Portland...even if I'll be there for less than a month (as usual)!

But it occurred to me, once I'm gone from Maui the videos can't be called Vice in Paradise anymore! Anyone have ideas on what I could call the videos from now on?
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I went to my local library yesterday and decided to peruse through the juvenille/young adult fiction section. Then it popped up into my mind that the section was also where all the manga and comic books were located. I was very pleased to find a large number of manga available from a variety of popular series. In other words, it wasn't all Naruto like I expected. Some of the titles were Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (yay!), Prince of Tennis, Peach Girl, Fairy Tale and Fruits Basket. I know the main branch of the Louisville libraries also has a lot of manga. The best part was that it wasn't just the first three volumes--they had at least fifty percent of several series. I know the library in my smaller hometown of Paducah has a fair amount of manga and a ton of anime series on DVD from Inuyasha to Twelve Kingdoms.

I really love the fact that libraries are investing in this type of reading and viewing material. It's great if you want to try out a popular series that you're not so sure of. It's wonderful financially because it's free! Also, it's legal! Free and legal--what more could ask? So if you don't have the funds to purchase the latest three volumes of Bleach manga or you have a fit nostalgia and want to watch Sailor Moon, the library is the place to go!

Does the library in your area carry manga and/or anime? How much? Is there a lot of a variety or is it mostly certain series? Do you often go to the library to check out manga and anime? If your library doesn't offer any or a wide selection of manga and anime, do you wish it would? How about school libraries--do they have manga in their collections? Would you like to see manga there too?

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So gia, poked (no prodded) me to start blogging on here. Especially after my Eva review, I figure it is time for me to start this up again, and what better a place then here at Anime Vice?

Since you folks reading are my audience, what do you want to see? Anime reviews (dare I gush about Fate/stay Night, arguably my favorite anime series of all time), product/site reviews (for example, anime on Hulu/Crunchyroll/ANN, etc.)? What do you (the reader) want to see?

I will have a much longer introduction in my next post so you can see who I am (well, kinda). Let me know and I'll see what I can do :)
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A New Way to Experience Japan

Anaheim, California (March 5, 2009) ‹ Want to experience Kyoto?  Get wild in
Osaka? See the all that is anime/manga in Tokyo?  Attend the Tokyo Anime
Fair?  Be part of the Tokyo Game Show?  Anime Expo® 2009 and Intermixi Japan
Tours announce the Pre-Registration Grand Prize Getaway to Japan!  All
pre-registered attendees who register prior to June 15, 2009 will be
automatically entered. Winners will be announced at Anime Expo® 2009¹s
Opening Ceremonies July 2, 2009.  Anime Expo® 2009 will be held from July
2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.  More
information can be found on the website
<> .

One (1) lucky pre-registered attendee will win an all expense paid trip
(including roundtrip airfare, hotel, excursions, some meals and much more)
courtesy of Intermixi Japan Tours.  The lucky winner will be able to choose
from the following seasonal tours (as available):

·     Kame Hame Kansai Tour
·     Neo Tokyo Tour
·     Tokyo Game Show Tour

For full description of tours, please go to

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at
<> .

About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a
key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®.   More
information can be found at its website ( <>
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Flower Mound, Texas – March 3, 2009 – FUNimation Entertainment will be bringing many of its top titles to a theatre near you: your home computer. The anime leader has completed an agreement with Gaia Online, the leading online hangout for teens and young adults, for select series to enjoy a virtual theatrical run through Gaia Online Cinema.

The more than 7 million teens and young adults who visit Gaia Online each month will have access to episodes from such series as Black Blood Brothers, MoonPhase, Peach Girl and Suzuka starting today.

Gaian theatre goers can take a virtual seat by visiting and clicking on “What’s New” or “Channels” and selecting FUNimation. New Gaia Online users can join in on the fun by visiting, creating a custom anime-inspired avatar and visiting the Cinema section of the community.   

“We had worked with Gaia Online on promotions for Peach Girl, Mushi-Shi and School Rumble and were thrilled with the response from the Gaia users,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. "Online communities like Gaia Online are reinventing the way that people experience entertainment. Now you can go to the movies with a friend living across the country!”

“At Gaia Online we are always looking for exciting news ways to bring cool and entertaining elements to our online community,” said Craig Sherman, CEO of Gaia Online.  “Our partnership with FUNimation will give our creative and passionate user base an opportunity to view top-rated anime movies and TV shows while socializing, commentating, and maybe even throwing some popcorn.”

Additional episodes or series from the FUNimation library will be added to the Gaia Online Cinema schedule every Tuesday.

About Gaia Online                                                                                              

Founded in 2003, Gaia Online is the leading online hangout for teens and young adults. More than seven million visitors come to Gaia every month to make friends, play games, watch movies in Gaia Cinemas, Gaia's virtual theaters, and participate in the world's most active online community. Gaia provides a fun, social environment that inspires individuality and creativity. With everything from art contests to discussion forums on poetry, politics, celebrities and more, to fully customizable profiles, digital characters and cars, Gaia is a place where teens can create their own space and express their individual style. For more information, visit

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

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I use msn heavily but I should be able to add you if you have yahoo as well. I can use aim again if I must too.

Message me please to give me yours or post yours here if you want the world to potentially see it. I won't post mine since I don't want everyone knowing it. ^_^
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this blog should not be searchable.
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So far things are proceeding at a fair pace all things considered. I've been VERY busy as of late with school, and my editing time has been basically confined to whatever I could scrounge up of my free time at work.

Pages that have been added/updated:

After Colony Calendar COMPLETE! WOW! Something's 100% DONE!!! ------------------------------------------------------->

Heero Yuy 30% - I plan to lighten the detailing of events from in the show (if you've read my edits to it so far, it's a bit excessively detailed to the point where I think this sort of stuff should just be on the episode pages themselves) and I think I'll have a section in there or two on various things such as his philosophies, his various missions and how/why he does them the way he does, his relations with the other characters, and some out of series stuff like differences between how the American and Japanese voice actors portray him, etc.
Main Gundam Wing series page 20% - I definitely plan on immensely expanding the series summary, there's a lot more to go on that alone. I've got a bunch more trivia I coud add to it as well, but more importantly (I think I may end up making separate pages for them though) I'll add sections for the various factions like OZ, Romefeller, etc. Whatever else comes to mind I'll add as well eventually.

Didn't add any episode descriptions or data as of late. So far the basic character appearance information and simple name data (the Japanese name for the episode, when it aired, etc.) still only covers through episode 18. The actual episode descriptions themselves and high detail data descriptions including screencaps only cover through episode 2, with episode 3 started on but not complete. This will probably be the most time consuming part of the entire project.

Things left to do:

Tons more character descriptions
Episode Descriptions
Main page summary data
Location descriptions
Mech descriptions for the Vayaete, Mercurius, and Virgo suits

In the words of Relena Peacecraft in the first episode, "how about leaving yourself a little bit of free time?"
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I went to Organic Hobby's office today.
They were talking about an un-announced project, so I can't talk about the details of it yet. But I believe it's going to be announced during Tokyo Anime Fair (TAF), so you'll get info about it soon.

Since I'm planning to visit a few dubbing studios tomorrow, I decided to pick up a few figures from their big pile of samples.
Although I don't know what people worked on, so I'm grabbing random figures & hoping they worked on them... or at least know people who worked on them.

I didn't get to start planning my trip to Japan today.
Will work on that tomorrow.
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A little blog about how i came to my character`s real name, its the only one i really thought through and changed alot the others where either made up or a combo of other characters lol her first name was Tsukino Kagekimo based of a character i liked but i and others found that a little bit boring so i changed it to Tsukino Kazekimo which was little bit better and that stuck with me the longest and finally i changed it to Kazakimo last year i think im keeping it that way i even changed the story a little for that ^^ no and kimo are just add-on`s no isnt meant to mean ''no (いいえ)'' but Kimo actually comes from Kimo-Nuts(cocktail nuts) my favorite snack right after Doritos Paprika XD so yeah if you ignor that its like this:

Devilly original name
Tsukino - no = Tsuki (月) = Moon
Kagekimo - kimo = Kage (影) = Shadow
Turn it around and you get one of my fav characters ^^

Shadow Moon
Shadow Moon
A couple years after that 2005 i changed it because i was conversating with someone about RPG he said he didnt like how the name sounded so kinda think of it he changed the name for me :P

Second Name

Tsukino - no = Tsuki (月) = Moon
Kazekimo - kimo = Kaze (風) = wind
Moon Wind yeah didnt like it but kept it for a long while i didnt really do RPG back then atleast not with her anyways :P

Current Name
After that when i wanted to put Tsuki on CV i changed it to Tsukino Kazakimo which means...... well i dont actually even know if Kaza is a japanese word lol XD even so it sounds a bit better to me :P

So a question for the readers: Ever had a RPG character that you totally thought through?
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Save Money, Save Time, Register Online
Pre-Registration Special Offered Till March 15

Anaheim, California (March 4, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® 2009 announces that online
pre-registration for attendees, industry members and press representatives
will be made available at noon on Wednesday; March 4, 2009.  More
information can be found on the website

Anime Expo® 2009¹s pre-registration system also includes FULL-SERVICE
Registration Support.  Anime Expo®¹s full-service registration support will

·      A full-service process including an online pre-registration site with
customized registration pages, group reservation options, hotel
reservations, main event ticketing and an immediate confirmation (via email)
·      ³Scan and go technology² which pre-registered attendees will be able
to print a bar code confirmation and have a separate entrance to receive
their expo credentials quickly and easily
·      Access to a Call Center 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST (M-F) with
professional representatives to help with questions and concerns regarding
the housing and registration process
·      Consultation and implementation of on-site registration to include
line placement and equipment set up
·      66 registration stations, including 36 manned stations and 30 self
registration kiosks
·      Experient registration personnel on site to assist and help manage
the registration process

A pre-registration special for attendees of $50.00 U.S. for all four (4)
fun-filled days and nights of anime/manga goodness will be available till
March 15th. Early registration will then be offered for $55 from March 16th
to April 19th. Online pre-registration accepts American Express, MasterCard
and VISA.  Attendees, industry members and press representatives that do not
pre-register can also register onsite during the convention held during the
4th of July weekend (July 2-5, 2009) at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Registered attendees will also have access to purchase premium seats at the
convention¹s main events including the Morning Musume concert (Friday; July
3rd, 2009; $20.00 U.S.), AX Idol (Saturday; July 4, 2009; $20.00 U.S.),
Masquerade (Saturday; July 4, 2009; $20.00) and other highlighted events!

In addition, pre-registered attendees will be able to obtain their hotel
rooms within the official Anime Expo® 2009 room blocks as well.

Anime Expo® Registration Division Head Elizabeth Wang states, ³Based on the
highly successful registration process we had in 2008, we have brought back
the elements that made registration run smoothly. That way attendees can
spend their time attending events instead of waiting in line.²

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at
<> .

About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a
key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®.   More
information can be found at its website ( <>
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Yup, this series got me hooked from the very beginning and I really want to kick myself for waiting so long to watch it. Not since Gundam Wing have I seen such a great Mecha series (not counting Evangelion, which I do not consider Mecha) and it's just so charming and exciting and even sad at times. It's only third to Evangelion and Clannad as my favorite anime, I felt in love with every character and cried when Kamina and Kitan died, also cried with the last two episodes, which may I say, are right there with Evangelion and Lucky Star as the best ending for any series I've seen.

I'll write a review when I find sometime, but for now I'll just say that this series is perfect, 5/5 and not something i'll forget any time soon. I think I can call myself a Gurren Lagann fan, but now I'll move onto the Manga, OVA and the movie so I can call myself a hardcore fan and learn more about it so I can be at the same level of knowledge i have with Eva.

oh and Yoko rocks my socks.

Yes she does
Yes she does

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Three-Part Chapter Book Series, A Junior Novel And A Collectible Sticker Book Offer Unique Ways To Enjoy Books Based On The New Feature Film DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION


San Francisco, CA, March 3, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a fun array of DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION books, including a Junior Novel, a Sticker Book and a trio of Chapter Books in support of the debut of the action-packed 20 Century Fox film, opening nationwide on April 8.


The new DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION books are based on the upcoming live action adventure film. Directed by James Wong, the movie and the books center on a team of warriors, each of whom possess special abilities. Together, they protect Earth from a force bent on dominating the universe by controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name. DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION features Justin Chatwin as Goku, Emmy Rossum as Bulma, and Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi.  Each of the books include glossy color pages with photos from the movie. DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION the movie is based on the popular Japanese manga series created by Akira Toriyama (also published in North America by VIZ Media).


”VIZ Media is very excited to celebrate the upcoming release of the live-action feature film DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION with a variety of fun, kid-friendly books,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales & Product Marketing, VIZ Media. “The DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION Junior Novel and Chapter Books are published under our popular VIZKIDS imprint, and are an ideal way to introduce the mystical world of DRAGON BALL to younger fans and help them develop a lifelong love of reading.”



MSRP: $5.99 US / $6.99 CAN · Available Now!

Goku thought he was just a normal high school kid until his whole world turned upside down and he found out he's actually a martial-arts whiz with all kinds of special powers. It was bad enough that his grandpa just died. But now he must save the whole world from a madman named Piccolo who is looking for the seven fabled Dragon Balls. Whoever finds them all will have any wish come true instantly! Can a regular guy like Goku become the strongest fighter in time to stop the end of the world? The Junior Novel is aimed at readers ages 9 through 12 and also features 8-pages of full-color glossy photos from the live-action film.


MSRP: $4.99 US / $5.99 CAN · Available Now!

The DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION Chapter Books is a series composed of 3 volumes designed for younger readers, ages 7 through 10. Based on the upcoming feature film, the Chapter Books depict the adventures of Goku as he tries to save the world from a madman that is looking for the seven Dragon Balls. Whoever finds them all can have any wish come true! Can a regular guy like Goku become the strongest fighter of all in time to stop the end of the world? Find out in these fun new Chapter Books from VIZ Media.



MSRP: $6.99 US / $7.99 CAN · March 24, 2009

All the excitement of the DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION movie is featured in over 100 stickers. The book collects 8 pages of stickers and 8 pages of full-color backgrounds to bring the fun of DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION to fans of all ages. The stickers are reusable and adhere to just about anything to give a fun DRAGON BALL flair to any item.


DRAGON BALL has become a global pop culture and entertainment phenomenon that has generated more than $3 billion in worldwide sales of a vast array of manga, DVDs, video games, toys, apparel and other collectibles. Over 1.6 million copies of the manga series have been sold in North America while the animated counterpart remains the most successful domestic anime series ever with over 500 episodes and 17 animated movies broadcast or released on DVD to date. Over 30 DRAGON BALL video game titles are also available for the PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms, and have sold a total of more than 11 million units worldwide.


About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at .

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It short film by Andy Newman, Mike Allen, and David Magida
it a nice film about an outsider finding his ture Identity in life.
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