According to rumors from a japanese culture centric blogspot blog (Link Here)
Starting August 8, Japan will be trying to implement an anti-piracy campaign.
Yep, heard it right! That would mean all our fresh and raw sources of anime and manga would most definitely be stopped.
From our Perspective
Honestly, if quality CD's were readily available locally I wouldn't mind collecting and buying them for the sake of getting my anime fix. But seeing as we only have at least 2 stores that cater to that (And they're not exactly 'legit') it's not the best option.
And even if blu-ray disks would come out online, not only does that mean that the series has already ended. It can also mean a longer wait due to shipping and possibly customs. And customs aren't the best place to get your goods stuck in.
For people who dislike english and local dubbed anime, like myself. I don't think we'd hesitate to pay for these streaming sites. Main issue is, the convenience of actually getting to watch a series at your leisure is part of what makes the hobby. There's also a huge fanbase of people who make PV's, .GIF's, and the likes that actually garner more audience for a series. It's a form of advertising and spreading the love for a series. If they stop the torrent sites, they basically stop people from making quality fan based art.
CD wise, this is a seriously depressing topic, CD's aren't released as early and the subs would take ages to happen more so if we're going to wait for the series to be localized (But damn, who wants that?)
For Manga, I guess not a lot of issues as you just have to invest a little more in getting the books from bookstores abroad. Which will be unfortunately taxed when it gets here. It's all about money really. Or maybe, we can cross our fingers and someday a Kinokuniya branch would actually take interest in making a store here.d
As supposedly the act of pirating these forms of entertainment is garnering losses of 5.5 Billion in yen.
Not as brutal as “the strong shall live, and the weak shall die” sort, but for those who have the drive there are huge chances for success (Even in a thankless hobby like cosplay)
Life will never go backwards, it can only go forward.
No matter how much you cry, scream or cuss – it won’t do anything.
All you can do is move on, and if you can move faster than time allows then go ahead.
(Multi task and accomplish EVERYTHING you want to accomplish)
I'm not telling you that you can get rich or go get 10 girlfriends because that’s what you want.
I’m saying don't put off plans, and NEVER EVER pass up a good opportunity. People’s schedules are erratic and so is the weather. Re-scheduling is as much a risk as shooting on the day itself in rainy weather. And besides that, people will always have different priorities, and if at any point it was their priority to be with you-- then consider yourself lucky and don't take them for granted. With that said, I hope everyone is safe and dry
Cheers! Thank you for reading
We've already agreed on the fact that anime characters are just too damned unrealistic.
One of the most unrealistic things will be tackled here, the oh-so cute mouths of the younger characters we see in our beloved moving drawings.
I hope this is of help to anyone,
Am not an expert in makeup and I simply read ebooks and online tutorials as well and apply whatever I learn wherever possible! If you have tips on improving this, please do share!
Thank you for reading!
The internet and the power of anonymity is simply frightening at times. From identity theft to worse case bullying that cause some to even hide in their homes at times. Admittedly, if you attract attention to yourself you would be a target of criticism. But again, are we asking for it openly? Is it right for you to be rude? Would you ever tell a stranger to his or her face that he/she is ugly and such?
Normally the answer is no, but because of the internet - we all have this power
Bullies are everywhere
I still don't know why people have the urge to look down on others and write it down. I have been made fun of, judged and called many names for simply posting pictures on my FB account. Thing here is, I have never promoted myself, or even told anyone to please 'like' this or that and please subscribe and such. Am still too damned shy for those things.
Ever been bullied? Received a really depressing comment?
If you have, then try to take a breather. These people are misinformed, and they probably have their own ideals in mind. That's not something you can control. What's more important is, DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING? Are you satisfied with the outcome and such? That's all there is to it.
Critics are welcome, BUT
at least try and be constructive. I don't mind these comments anymore, I just need an example. Dont take it the wrong way. People will always be highly critical of others though some are more vocal about it. That's how diverse life is, and we just have to be stronger, but likewise I really hope these people would find a better outlet. As fun as it may seem to bring others down, you aren't doing anything to improve yourself and that just sounds really dragging.
A lesson of CAUTION
It is said, that most women have at least experiences some form of stalking in their life at least once. And think about it, you might find out you've been at some point a victim of stalking as well. Although it may seem flattering at some points, it can also be quite rattling and down right scary.
2. The untraceable name
Kuri curry? Who?
I made my pseudonym due to the fear of being once again stalked. At school, I never imagined I'd actually be stalked up to the point that I was afraid to GO TO SCHOOL. They would watch me go to class almost daily. (That's why I was fairly sure they were there for me) take pictures of me while I'm at Chem Lab, or basically just even follow me up to my house.
There were even points wherein I was approached and followed in a mall up to the point I went to the comfort room. Wherein the guy could no longer follow.
I was afraid, and I DO NOT LIKE being afraid. I did not understand why I was being followed and I did not like it. I usually commute and it's rather hard to be taken seriously if they tag my name with the words, "Ahh the cosplayer?". Outside of my hobby, I'd like to be treated like a professional. Sure, I do tell some of my work mates but with being known as 'the cosplayer' in the office. (You get a LOT of unnecessary attention plus people think you LEND OUT EVERYTHING)
3. Controlling what's shared
Either with settings, or securing that you only post things you want to be seen by EVERYONE on a certain account is a good way to lessen the amount of information people can get their hands on.
With this name of mine, I can control what people see and what they don't. I don't want future clients looking at me and merely seeing that I'm a delusional 'kid' who still fantasizes about old world vampires, mech, and time leaps.
Things that I would suggest NOT being specific about in regards of ONLINE Accounts/Online contests (UNLESS they WILL NOT divulge your private information):
Famous people can do these things, because well for one they have SECURITY. As normal folk, we have a lot more vulnerability then they do. If they or anyone messes with them, it's easier to trace.
Sum it up?
TAKE CARE OF YOUR IDENTITY.
You don't need to bare all to the point that people can make fake accounts in your name and fill up the info section like some well studied for exam.
There's a lot of articles about being good judges, and one thing that will be redundant among them is the fact that you have to always be NEUTRAL.
Making it affordable:
Bluntly put, at around 6,000 pesos you can already get a high quality blade of your own. You can go look that up, compare it, and find that this is possibly one of the best offers for this sort of quality. I like the fact that they cater to two markets, as they have the cheaper alternative to the pricier hand forged beauties.
Mainly their swords go through 6 stages:
They are what they sell:
What do I mean? The owners know what they’re doing, they know the processes, the differences in metals and they obviously love what they’re doing. An easy example of just how much they love the craft is when there was this FB user who commented on ‘why’ their machine made blades are cheaper—plainly he stated that it’s because of the metal they use has carbon. And that it rusts easily, and then came their reply. (They give out an extensive article about “Carbon-content” in steel here. But basically the higher the content, the harder and long-lasting the edge is for example 1-1.5% is what a Nihonto contains)
I rummaged through FB and couldn't find it anymore, but I remember it so much that I had to put it here. Basically the conversation went something like this:
FB User: The metal they use have carbon in them and rust easily, that's why it's cheap (Or something like that)
As I read that comment I was happy that they made someone know their place. There isn’t anything wrong with stating facts if you REALLY KNOW what you’re talking about. There’s nothing wrong with correcting people and giving out opinions either. It’s just that, too bad for Mr FB User, Sir Aldwin wasn’t going to let it slide. In any case who would? I can’t stress it enough, they KNOW what they’re doing and they’re amazing that way. Some sellers would just slap on the word “Authentic” and hope you’d buy it. With them it’s different; I even learned carbon metal content and hardness, real’ katana or a Nihonto against souvenir blades.
This is ranked from your left hand side to the right:
The left being a sword I still regret not having/saving up for...probably will carry that regret to my grave. Seriously look at that red blade...it's like a blade made up of blood! While the 2nd one being Saber/Arthuria's Excalibur as my target...am still figuring out how to get my hands on even the machine forged beauty. 3rd to 5th on this list are whims...heck a girl can dream.
Short but sweet
Interested in owning your own glorious fantasy blade? Or adding to your collection for cutting practice?
Where: They’re located in Mandaluyong City, Philippines
How: They do meet-ups and only ship LOCALLY for now
Price: Prices vary from 6,500 onwards
Quality: Doesn’t get better than this
Authentic: If by 'authentic' you mean a Nihonto...well the productions of these are regulated and will cost you an arm and a leg to buy. Their swords are high quality though and as is thoroughly explained in their website, it is forged as close to the traditional means as possible.
Hanggang payong ka na lang ba?
Or rather, Will you only ever own an umbrella with a plastic sword hilt?
And if you’re getting one, maybe grab one for me? Haha…nothing wrong with wishful thinking
Happy St. Valentine's guys,
nothing special for me as I have work and shall just have some nice dinner (Plus some sweets from bosses random good friends and then some who are closer than most)
if you've been into this hobby for long, I would bet that you started off being a nerd who read books and can't start a conversation with a stranger even if your life depended on it. Amongst my siblings and friends...I have always seemed cold and distant. It's due to the fact that I am an awkward person and I am severely shy.
A LESSON OF COURAGE
Cheaper venues like amusement parks, picnic spots and whatnot are usually filled with (A LOT) people. But, they serve as really good spots for shots. They're pretty much generic, and in almost all japanese animations, they will at some point have a scene where there are plains or a sort of old ruin. But... you're shaking and people are starting to stare at you...
Here's a fact, you would definitely regret not getting a shot after so much effort of making the costume/props and styling the wig. (There's also the contact lenses, your makeup and gas or transportation fees) SO TAKE UP THE COURAGE, swallow that fear and just pose for the camera. It would also be to your advantage if you do this with some friends.
If you're shaking, it won't matter so much if it's not too dark but seriously,
DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK ON SOMETHING YOU ALREADY STARTED. Weather, time, and the availability of people are inconsistent...when you have a photographer standing with you in a venue just give yourself enough time to calm down...and give it a try. Believe me, it pays off. One great shot is better than nothing.
A lesson of "Looking the part" (Even when you REALLY don't)
Kuriyama Mirai is a moe blob, I don't know about most people but with an inch wide eyes and a small face that's what she is to me.
Now how, does someone like me who is human with a small set of eyes and a long edgy face going to pull her off? Well there are a few tricks I will teach you here.