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Hetalia Axis Powers is a franchise comprised of 1 movie, 4 anime series, 1 manga series
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It’s been a while since we did a review episode hasn't it. So we thought we’d catch up on some long overdue review-to do’s as we come to the final month of 2012

So on this episode we got myself, Old Boy, Angel & Nuansay giving our humble opinions on the titles listed below…..which should all be checked out btw

As usual we do veer off topic slightly here and there and mention more details about the now CLOSED DDPC 2012 Competition……..a big shoot-out to everybody who participated btw.

but yeah that’s pretty much it for this one

So enjoy and be merry!

Kaiji - (00:09:05 - 00:46:29)

Baka to Test (00:47:05 - 01:15:30)

Hetalia Axis Powers Seasons 1 & 2 Mini-Review (01:15:32 - 01:32:22)

Les Miserables: Shoujo Cosette *WMTP* (01:32:23 - 02:24:06)

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It took me awhile to write and edit, but I have finally gotten my content all together and have wrapped up writing most of my experiences at this year's FanimeCon 2011 in San Jose, Califorina. In this first of two segments that highlights my four days of wandering around, taking photos, and interviewing people for this feature, I will discuss what I saw at FanimeCon cosplay-wise, from the basic cosplayers to the elaborate cosplays that left people standing there in amazement. In addition, I have two of the interviews that I conducted for this feature, as well as some cosplay photos that I took during my travels around the San Jose Convention Center over the four-day duration of FanimeCon. I hope that you enjoy reading this feature as much as I did writing about my experiences.

One of many awesome, elaborate cosplays that I came across at FanimeCon 2011 xD
One of many awesome, elaborate cosplays that I came across at FanimeCon 2011 xD

Introduction

This year, I was able to make the pilgrimage from my hometown of Chico, California down to San Jose for FanimeCon 2011, which ran from Thursday, May 27th until Monday, May 30th at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose. From the moment I first reached the Convention Center at roughly 11:30 AM Friday morning until I got on the 12:50 PM AMTRAK train back to Sacramento on Monday, I was amazed and thrilled to be surrounded by roughly 15,000 or more fellow anime/manga fans doing what they do best: partaking in four days of Con madness. I was surrounded by a horde of people, ranging from photographers to cosplayers to members of the media and everything in between as FanimeCon 2011 officially got underway at 2:00 PM Friday with the Opening Ceremonies. Armed with my 2009 Canon Rebel XSi D-SLR camera, a pair of 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses, and two 8GB memory cards that could hold 1,350 images apiece, I set forth into the masses and began my 4-day adventure at FanimeCon 2011, taking cosplay images, conducting interviews, and helping my new friend (and fellow photographer) Sam Lau with his photoshoots outside of the Convention Center with dozens of cosplayers.

Two of the many Black Butler-related cosplays seen at FanimeCon 2011 (Grell and Ciel)
Two of the many Black Butler-related cosplays seen at FanimeCon 2011 (Grell and Ciel)

Cosplay at FanimeCon: From the Basic to the Amazing!

When I attended the opening day of FanimeCon 2010 last year (from 8 AM until 2:30 PM), I managed to walk around the Convention Center taking images of various cosplayers that were making the rounds of the area before I had to leave. This year, I decided to employ the same strategy that I had used for the 6 hours of the previous year, by making constant loops of the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and outside of the Convention Center, taking images of any cosplay that captured my attention or was worthy of being captured with my camera. This year, I began to notice after several hours that there were a ton of VOCALOID, One Piece, Black Butler, and various Final Fantasy cosplays (ranging from FFV all the way to FFXIII) at FanimeCon to behold, and they seemed to be the most popular series/franchises to cosplay as this year. I lost count of how many different cosplays from different series that I came across, but I am quite sure that it was quite a high number in the end. Some of the best cosplays that I came across were from the VOCALOID, Eureka 7, One Piece, Black Butler, Final Fantasy, Puella Magi Madoka★Magica, Code Geass, Street Fighter, Rozen Maiden, and other franchises that I could not name (not familiar with them)

One of the many cosplayers participating in a photoshoot (Cosplaying as Luka Megurine of the VOCALOID franchise)
One of the many cosplayers participating in a photoshoot (Cosplaying as Luka Megurine of the VOCALOID franchise)

In addition, the types of cosplay that I came across at FanimeCon were quite amazing, from the basic cosplays that new cosplayers or low-budget cosplayers donned for convention all the way to the elaborate, high budget cosplays that had photographers swarming them like flies, all trying to capture images of their amazing cosplay from whatever series/franchise it was from. There were dozens of scheduled cosplayer gatherings being held at FanimeCon, which allowed for a large number of cosplayers dressed as the characters of their favorite franchises to participate in mass photoshoots and to interact with each other under the leadership of the leader of their gathering. I managed to attend 5 gatherings (VOCALOID, Pokemon, K-ON!, Valve, and Black Butler) at FanimeCon this year, taking image of the large number of cosplayers that participated in each of their respective gatherings. One of the people that I managed to interview for my feature was the leader of the VOCALOID gathering that was held on Friday at 5:30 PM, and our brief interview is as follows:

Here is Chirstina, cosplaying as Hatsune Miku and leader of the VOCALOID gathering at FanimeCon 2011.
Here is Chirstina, cosplaying as Hatsune Miku and leader of the VOCALOID gathering at FanimeCon 2011.

ShadowKnight508: So, what got you into cosplaying at FanimeCon?

Christina: Just going to the convention and seeing the cosplays and like "That looks like fun!" *laughs*

ShadowKnight508: So, what got you into cosplaying as VOCALOID?

Christina: Um, I dunno...I just love Miku, she's a great character. Um, I'm not really sure...she is just like my favorite, so....*laughs*

ShadowKnight508: So, what was your budget and what was the effort needed for your cosplay?

Christina: Um...budget was about...I wanna say around $200+. Um, it was originally about...maybe I think $75 for the wig and like $80 for the cosplay itself plus shipping, so and then I added on props later, so that total is around $50 or so.

ShadowKnight508: Thanks for participating, Christina! Enjoy the rest of your Con!

Working with Sam Lau (Cosplay.com)

Around 2 PM on Friday afternoon at FanimeCon 2011, I came across a Sucker Punch photoshoot that featured a Babydoll and other cosplays from the film. As one of the cosplayers posed with a rifle on a bike, the wind began to swirl quite strongly, sending one of the reflector screens that one photographer had set up flying. I grabbed onto it and put it back in place, holding it still until he was finished. After the shoot was over, he introduced himself to me as Sam Lau, a photographer from Toronto, Canada who was attending FanimeCon 2011 to take images for his profile on Cosplay.com. I decided that he was a neat guy to hang around with, so I asked if I could become his assistant/partner for the day. He agreed, and from that point on, I was assisting him with his photoshoots for the remaining three days of the convention. We took many images as a team, with me assisting him in his shots by holding/angling the light reflecting screen or holding the screen with a Pocket Wizard-enabled flash for additional lighting. While he packed up after he had finished, I would take my quick shots of the subject and then proceed off with Sam to find the next cosplayer to shoot. We spent the most time with a Sailor Mercury cosplayer (Sailor Moon), taking her images at the fountains at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Park and in the one fancy area of the hotel that Sam was staying at.

His images (which turned out much better, due to his impressive Nikon camera and incredible lenses), can be found on Cosplay.com under Baron Karza, his profile name.

Over the 4 days we worked together, we took images of at least 60 different cosplayers, most of which had some stunning outfits or amazing props to go with their cosplay. Below are some of the many cosplay photos that I took at FanimeCon 2011 this year. The rest (meaning the other 150 or so) can be found on my DeviantArt profile (which will be linked down below the images):

Overall, my experience at FanimeCon 2011 was a great one, for spending almost four days engulfed by all things anime/manga with over 15,000 people is nothing short of epic. I took roughly 500 images at FanimeCon, with around 280 of them turning out to be the best of the bunch, so those 280 or so are being uploaded onto my DeviantArt account (around 70% of them are loaded up as we speak). In part two of my feature on my trip to FanimeCon 2011, I will post the other three interviews that I managed to conduct, more cosplay images, photos from several of the gatherings, my Con pass, the FanimeCon 2011 guidebook, and show the band of religious protestors that show up and heckled the con attendees (which led to some funny moments with cosplayers mocking them, horsing around them until the cops showed up, and ended with a Jesus cosplayer walking in front of their group, arms spread wide and looking towards the heavens as the crowds cheered him on).

ShadowKnight's DeviantArt Profile: http://www.shadowknight508.deviantart.com

*ShadowKnight508 is a frequent user of AnimeVice, with almost 24,000 Wiki points worth of work to his name and many blogs to his credit. You can find him watching anime, taking photos, gaming, or working on the Honey Blonde/Maid Bride wiki pages.*

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Actually it's UN day, but rabid Hetalia fans stole this day and deemed it Hetalia Day! Personally I'm going to a cosplay  meet up in a couple hours. I luurrvv Hetalia. XD
 
Do you know what Hetalia is? Do you like/hate it? Are you celebrating? What other nerd holidays are there?
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I'm a bit tired of androgynous anime characters. I mean, if they've got a reason, like Moulin from the Disney movie or what ever, then by all means go ahead. But let's take Envy from FMA for example. Envy is refereed to as 'he', yet he looks more like a girl in my opinion and runs around in a skimpy tank top and a skirt. It gets on my nerves. I also despise clearly feminine characters, then all of a sudden it turns out there actually a boy. Like China in Hetalia. I've heard he's even voiced by a girl!!! :( It's a bit too confusing. This is probably just me being picky, but the androgyny needs to be toned down a bit, unless there is a reason for it.
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..... And see America being uber kawaii. I mean he invited Japan to his christmas party and at first Japan declines it and when America gets said I go awww.
*sigh* I know I saound like a retard and I am sorry for that.
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I gotta say, it takes quite some balls for a company like FUNimation to announce their licensing for not only the third season, but also the feature-length movie PAINT IT, WHITE, for a series that hasn't even had its first season released yet. And I don't necessarily mean that in a "huh?" from the quality of Hetalia. I actually liked what I saw after watching the first four dubbed episodes on FUNimation VIdeos and I do plan on buying the first season set come September. But in an industry like anime-released-in-America that is always under financial struggle, it's actually pretty cool for FUNimation to go all out for an original series like Hetalia, even if it doesn't have the mainstream-loving flavor like Naruto or Dragon Ball Z.
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Who here love Darker Than Black? Me? Yes. I friggen loved it! The ending was perfect the way it was! Then they go along and make a sequel to a perfectly fine anime. At first I think: Hmm, maybe this wont be so bad... Boy was I wrong! I cried my self to sleep! (Kidding!) They  SPOILER WARNING: Click here to reveal hidden content.
and add an aggravating pubescent girl who makes me die inside when ever I think of her. I thought, whatever, just another spoiled series. Nothing new right? But these occurrences have been increasing! It's spreading like Swine Flu. 
 
It started not so long ago... 
 
First  there was Mai-Hime's spin off: Mai-Otome. Mai-Hime was so emotional and the plot was fully developed. I thought it was great. They go and make Mai-Otome and the plot is almost non-existent and the characters... don't get me started! 
 
Then came the dreaded Naruto. They left us with a cliff hanger... as expected of an anime. They make Shippuden. In my opinion Shippuden is much better than the first season, but I mean come on! Naruto was long enough as it was, now there is another never ending season! Please end Naruto! The plot is dead! you can no longer resuscitate the series... finish it... there is no more hope. 
 
Then comes Dragon Ball. I don't think I can count all the seasons, spin-offs and sequels there are. I don't even know what it's about anymore. Why must animators do this? You are going to loose viewers, not gain them, if you drag along a series like that. It's like dragging a dead cow through the streets... nobody wants it. 
 
Inuyasha... No explanation is needed. I don't even know what it's about. 
  
Darker Than Black, Full Metal Alchemist, Death Note, est., est. 

Mind you there are some damn good sequels around. Code Geass R2 was amazing! And they needed it to end the series. Gundam SEED DESTINY was OK and was not unnecessary... the ending sucked but other than that it was good! Hetalia Axis Powers' second season is better than the first and is necessary to complete the series. Gundam 00 season 2, also good and wasn't dragging on a dead plot. The list goes on... But you get my point. 
 
A lot of unnecessary sequels are being made, please, please... if your going to make a sequel make it A) Good B) Worthwhile.  
 
~Superevil
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I stumbled across this HAP video, pretty funny. I don;t know what it's crossed with though.(Edit: It's crossed with Cutie Honey, thanks Sigue.))
  

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Must all nerds be bullied?

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