Sailor Moon News

Sailor Moon is a franchise comprised of 3 movies, 7 anime series, 2 manga series
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Hello everyone! This weekend (July 3th - July 5th) is Anime Expo. It's time to start preparing a bit. I got most of the things on the Anime Convention Survival Guide!'s checklist. It was hard finding a poster tube that mentioned. I settled down for a 2 x 24 inch mailing tube from Staples. Get some string and viola, a cheap poster tube.

I'm pretty lax and flexible with anything this weekend. There is a lot of overlap with the panels this year compared to last year: see Gearing up for Anime Expo this weekend - July 5 & 6th.

For the full AX 2014 programming, see this link.

July 3

Unfortunately, I had summer school. It ends on the first day of Anime Expo. I might head to AX after finals which ends at 4PM or so depending on how hard the test is. I probably won't reach any panels, but I would just look around for Saturday, the big day where I go with my little sis.

I think the Metro takes an hour to reach Los Angeles. I think I might make it for the Dark Horse Manga or the Japanese visual Culture's Female Characters and Female Audiences panel.

July 4

Won't be attending due to the holidays. I posted it for you guys and gals to check the schedule for fun.

I wanted to go to the Kill la Kill event that I heard so much about. That's okay.

July 5

I'm heartbroken that Sailor Moon, Kodansha Comics, and Crunchyroll panels are overlapping in the early mornings. It's crazy. I did attend Kodansha's panel last year with Ben Applegate. I'm looking forward and hoping I can network with someone from the industry to help Anime Vice out. Tom Pinchuk has Viz Media. I need to outreach.

I got to think about my little sister because this is the only day she would be going. I wanted to make this day fun for her. I probably won't do a lot of panels and work. She loves Sword Art Online and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. I see there's the SAO panel at 2PM and a screening for the Gargantia dubs at 4:45 PM. We may not be lucky to attend both panels since lines get big in 2 hours ahead of a panel. We just got to pick one.

July 5

There's not much here. I might as well make the full use of my 4 day badge. It's terrible that AX doesn't sell the two day badges due to not meeting their sales. Oh well. At least, I can be flexible.

It would be my first time attending the last day of any anime convention.

People I wanted to Meet

I'm open to anyone because anything could happened. I bump into friends from high school and college last year as well as meeting Little Kuriboh at the Exhibit Hall. These are the people I'm looking forward to meeting if given the opportunity. It was cool meeting Tom Pinchuk last year, attending Eric Vale's panel, and the Blue Exorcist gang's pane.

  • Tom Pinchuk and Sam Weller - the Vice Pit Crew!
  • Ben Applegate of Kodansha
  • The Sailor Moon Cast
  • Yoko of Project-H Books
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This is some pretty big news if you're a fan of the Sailor Moon anime franchise. At Anime Central just today, Viz Media announced that they have acquired licensing rights to all TV seasons, specials and movies to Sailor Moon. This licensing snag includes the fifth season of the franchise never released in America called Sailor Stars and the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal series that will premiere in Japan on July 5. The older titles of the franchise will be released entirely unedited, include a new English dub and will be streamed in subbed format via Viz's Neon Alley service on Hulu starting Monday with its first four episodes and adding on two additional ones for each Monday afterward. Viz plans to start releasing box sets of the older seasons in the series sometime late in the year, while they will announce more details on their release plans with Sailor Moon Crystal in the future. In celebration of the acquisition, Viz plans to hold a "Sailor Moon Day" event at Anime Expo on July 5 (the day of Sailor Moon Crystal's premiere) to host panels with the new dub staff and crew, as well as try attracting a large number of Sailor Moon cosplayers.

The Sailor Moon anime franchise is a long-popular mahou shoujo series based on Naoko Takeuchi's manga series of the same name that debuted in February 1992. The anime focuses on Usagi Tsukino and several middle school girls around her age gaining magical powers based on the moon and planets to battle the forces of evil. The first season and part of the second series, Sailor Moon R, was first brought to America in an edited format for syndication in the mid-1990s by DIC Entertainment and later brought onto Cartoon Network's Toonami block. DIC's English dub was infamous for Americanizing the names of the characters, altering or cutting out plot points and editing or removing content considered objectionable to a young American audience. The later two seasons, Sailor Moon Super S and Sailor Moon Star S, also aired on Toonami which were more faithful to the Japanese script, yet altered several plot points which notably included Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune being cousins instead of lesbian lovers. The first four seasons of the series were originally released to video in the 2000s in unedited formats by ADV Films and Geneon, with the former having rights to the first season and R while the latter had rights to Super S and Star S.

Here is a video of Viz's announcement regarding their acquisition of the Sailor Moon franchise...

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In the name of the moon, the punishment is REAL!
In the name of the moon, the punishment is REAL!

After some long delays, it looks like the July 2014 setting for newly named Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal is for real when the official poster and synopsis appeared on Toei's official website for the project. It revealed the previously announced staff credits as well as the countdown meter that was shown on the previous day.

The synopsis:

"Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.

Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….

Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?"

The anime will be streamed worldwide via NicoNico, and it will be an adaptation of the original manga and not just a remake.

EDIT: It turns out that the revealed picture and information was leaked early when the countdown failed to process and well, the cats went out of the bag quickly. There was also a site page by Toei, but it went 404 on us even though everything is revealed now.

Sources: AnimeNewsNetwork, Crunchyroll

Note: This is about the release of the Sailor Moon Remake. To talk about the series and the past iterations in general as it will go on, please visit the Sailor Moon Discussion.

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Hello! This is Auron570 with a blog response about my Canadian anime experience, please enjoy. I was born in Canada, my parents immigrated from China, and I currently live about an hour north of Toronto.

How did you get into anime?

Some pig!
Some pig!

The first anime I watched was the English dub of Sailor Moon and the Cantonese dub of Super Pig when I was 3-4 years old. I liked the colorful transformation sequences, fighting bad guys and the comedic/exaggerated/cute animation. To this day I still remember the lyrics to the Sailor Moon opening in English.

When I was 7-12 years old, a lot of anime was dubbed and shown on Canadian television. There was DBZ and Pokemon. YTV acquired a lot of anime including InuYasha, Yugioh, Gundam Seed, .hack//sign, GitS and Eureka Seven. Also 4kids had their dubs of One Piece, Naruto, Fighting Foodons, Ultimate Muscle etc. It was an exciting time! Most of my school friends were watching some combination of those shows and we had fun talking about our favourite shows and characters.

YTV's version of Toonami (2004-2010)
YTV's version of Toonami (2004-2010)

During high school I did not watch much anime. Anime wasn’t being shown as prominently on TV. Also no one at my (very small) high school really watched anime. However, in my senior year I started watching anime in earnest again. I had really great English and Philosophy teachers that year who opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about art and literature. I think anime can stand toe-to-toe with other arts/entertainment and it has a lot to offer if you know where to look. So that basically leads to where I am now and how I got interested in anime. :]

How do you view anime and fans who love anime in Canada?

Well I think anime can stand toe-to-toe with other arts, but I don’t think many people share this view. From my experience with anime clubs, friends (some like anime, some don’t) and also general media awareness, most people are just indifferent to anime, some still consider anime as for kids or for weirdos.

"I heard Bill has a 1st edition Zapdos, but he hasn&squot;t shown it to me so I don&squot;t believe him"
"I heard Bill has a 1st edition Zapdos, but he hasn't shown it to me so I don't believe him"

I guess part of the for-kids mentality has to do with how anime was promoted when it was on TV. If you watched Yugioh, you wanted Yugioh cards. If you watched DBZ, you wanted the latest Budokai game. If you watched Beyblade… you get the point. I remember kids would bring their Pokemon/Yugioh cards to school, some would show them off, some traded them, others lost them, resulting in schools banning them. I feel like that mindset is still around.

On the other hand, the impression I get from anime fans is that they like anime because it is cute, exotic or over-the-top. There seem to be pockets of anime fans around Canada, for example student clubs at universities or around different major cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Some are content that anime is a “niche” hobby. But I really think anime can enter the broader cultural conversation.

What anime series do you think should have been aired in Canada?

Wait, u want us to what?
Wait, u want us to what?

The first anime that came to mind was Steins;gate. Quirky characters and a suspenseful time travel plot! Otherwise it’s hard to say, I don’t think a typical Japanese high-school anime would work since high-school experiences are so different in Canada and even the U.S. Also anything ecchi I think is a definite no. I can think of lots of anime that I would recommend to just about anyone, but I’m not sure how well they would do on TV. Haha, now I’m overthinking which anime would do well on which TV networks and how each anime does/doesn’t appeal to certain audiences!

Have you been to an anime convention?

Sadly, no. I asked my parents to go to AnimeNorth when I was around 9, but they said no. So, slowly I lost interest in going to a convention. The impression I developed of conventions is lots of walking around, looking at stuff I am not interested in buying and being around lots of people who think they’re cool.

What is your buying experience like for anime and manga? Do you buy online or publicly?

I do not read manga. For anime, streaming sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation let me watch lots of anime for free, so I usually only buy anime movies or series that I really want to support. Very few stores within an hour of where I live have a decent anime selection, so I buying online is easier for me. I usually buy from amazon.ca because most other sites have huge shipping fees or only ship to U.S. I don’t have much interest in buying other anime-related merchandise, but it would be cool to buy a Chocobo plushie, a new Pikachu plushie or something One Piece or Evangelion-related.

What are your views on Japanese culture? And do you think Anime is popular in Japan?

"You gonna get married and have kids?" "Uhh Iduno seems like a waste..."
"You gonna get married and have kids?" "Uhh Iduno seems like a waste..."

I don’t know too much about Japanese culture. I know some things about kabuki theater, samurai, geisha and Japan during WWII. Otherwise most of what I know about modern Japanese culture comes from anime, sites like CultureJapan or other sites/articles/blogs/videos that cover Japanese culture. For example I know some things about Japanese food, the Japanese school system, social customs, recent social problems like Japan’s suicide rate, aging population, also “otaku culture” in Japan.

About anime's popularity in Japan, yes and no. Anime might be popular, and people of different age and sex might like anime, but I think the general view of anime in Japan (from those who don’t watch anime) is “it’s okay to like, as long as you don’t like it so much that it’s creepy or detrimental to your health or others”. It’s always the extreme cases that get reported, like otaku who stalk voice actresses, that give a certain hobby a bad reputation.

Closing thoughts?

Mmmm.. culture..
Mmmm.. culture..

There are many different social factors to consider when thinking about how anime is received in Japan. In general I think everyone should be more mature and open to share their cultural experiences. Anime was made in Japan after all! The Japanese people should have a right to admire and appreciate the art and culture that its own country has developed! As a Canadian it’s a little bittersweet being an anime fan. I realize that anime is a big part of my cultural experience. I want to talk about that and figure out how anime fits in with Canada’s multiculturalism and what that means for me. I mean… everyone loves sushi… why not anime??

I hope it was fun to read about my anime experiences. Feel free to post any questions or comments, or talk about your own experiences! :)

About the Authors

Auron570 is an aspiring writer, whose hobbies include piano, video games and anime. Follow him @jasutinu
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I'm not trying to be an ignorant fan and saying a character will beat another character far out of their league. It may just be I'm missing something entirely. But going based on the feats I know of Dark Schenider I think Sailor Moon would beat him using speed and hax. From what I know Dark Schendier is a Galactic Level Character (Destructive Capacity and Durability) with vague speed and several hax abilities (the three big ones being Eternal Atoms, meaning he can regenerate from Physical, Spiritual, and Abstract attacks on an atomic scale, Judas Priest which destroys things on a physical, spiritual, and abstract level, and Dispel Bound which cancles out spells). Well if that is the case then I don't see why if PIS/CIS is off that Sailor Moon wouldn't use Space/Time manipulation to win. Let me explain:

Speed Wise I am not aware of any feats that put Dark Schenider anywhere near Sailor Moon's range of speed. Sailor Moon is hundreds of billions of times the speed of light. This is the point I am the least sure of and if there is a speed feat that put him above that I apologize.

Assuming though that Sailor Moon is faster I don't see why she can't just freeze time. I checked through Dark Schenider's list of abilities. I have seen no resistance to Time Manipulation.Sailor Moon could also use her space/time manipulation to send Dark Schenider to the Big Bang (and she CAN do this without going there herself, she did it with the Sailor Crystals) or to the Big Crunch/Rip. If he only has galactic durability then he wouldn't survive that.

Still there is the matter of the Eternal Atoms right? The beginning/end of the universe probably don't destroy things on the spiritual and abstract level. Probably. Despite that she can send beings from other points in Space/Time to other points of Space/Time. In other words she could send Beginning of Series Dark Schenider to the Big Bang causing the one she is fighting to disappear from the timeline. However assuming that dosen't work on him due to it taking place in a neutral universe or some such Sailor Moon still might be able to destroy his atoms on all three planes of existence.

Sailor Moon has attacked people on all three levels before. Metallia was an entirely spiritual being and Princess Serenity defeated her with the Silver Crystal in the first arc. In the last arc Sailor Moon battles Chaos, an abstract entity (Chaos is the abstraction of the primordial non-existence before anything existed). In the future the strongest form of Sailor Moon, Sailor Cosmos fights Sailor Chaos (Chaos resurrected as a senshi) constantly.

But even if you say that wouldn't work it would at the very worst for Sailor Moon be a stalemate because while she can't destroy him he is frozen in time.

Am I just missing something?

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This is more of a reason to be in shock and awe, but it's definitely not a bad thing, Rei.
This is more of a reason to be in shock and awe, but it's definitely not a bad thing, Rei.

Apparently, there was an announcement from the manga version's author Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha Japan and an idol band named Momoiro Clover Z, during a live concert performance that was also the celebration of the franchise's 20th Anniversary during an anime convention in France. A new anime adaptation (a TV Series reboot) of the Sailor Moon manga is in the works and is planned for a Summer 2013 release. Kotono Mitsuishi (Usagi/Serena's JPN Voice Actor) and Tohru Furuya (Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask's JPN Voice Actor) were present in the convention event, but didn't confirm if they were going to reprise their roles for the reboot yet, but the creators and staff intend to release the series worldwide like they did with the manga re-releases. Either way, this is a good enough reason for fans of the franchise to be excited. (...or are you? I hope so! <3)

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

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Christmas music! I love it. Yes, I am one of those people that was spared having to listen to the same ten songs looped over and over again at work for days on end, so my love for Christmas tunes remains happily intact. It also helps that I listen to music beyond every possible rendition of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" ever, but I digress. This isn't about hating or loving the music of the holidays; this is about said music in anime and/or anime related products!

So here is a small collection of Christmas tunes brought to you by the people of Japanese animation.

Digimon Adventure 02 - Minna no Christmas

Artist: Kouji Wada
Album: Christmas Fantasy
 

Digi Charat - Welcome to X'Mas

Artist: Asami Sanada, Miyuki Sawashiro & Kyoko Hikami (Dejiko, Puchiko & Rabi~en~Rose)
Album: Di Gi Charat X'mas - Welcome to X'Mas
 

Vocaloid - Merry Christmas to the World

Artist: Kagamine Rin
Album: N/A
 

Toradora! - Holy Night

Artist: Rie Kugimiya and Eri Kitamura (Taiga Aisaka & Ami Kawashima)
Album: Toradora! Character Song Album
 

Sailor Moon - Ave Maria

Artist: Shinohara Emi (Sailor Jupiter)
Album: Christmas For You
 

Pokémon - Pokémon Christmas Bash

Artist: N/A
Album: Pokémon Christmas Bash   
 

Ranma 1/2 - Kiyoku Tadashii Kurisumasu

Artist: DoCo
Album: DoCo☆Second
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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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