AX Cosplay Preview

So by this time, I should be at the airport and about to board the airplane to fly to Los Angeles for Anime Expo. Hopefully I didn't forget anything... My cosplay is all packed up though. Hopefully the hat doesn't get crushed. It wasn't too hard to find the hat, but had to look around first.

Since this is just a preview, I've kept the pictures black and white... And I won't say who I'm going as. I assume some of you can guess who I'm going as just from the pictures here... Albeit a male version ^^;

The shirt was quite hard to find actually. I found it just a week before I had to leave! It was the most expensive part of the costume since I had to get it from American Apparel. Thankfully there was a 15% off coupon. Also thanks to FatB for trying to help me track this shirt down. :)

I found this felt material at Daiso. I knew they had some materials for these. Good thing I went there. I found another item there as well. When I was cutting this felt, I was wishing there was an undo button...

Then I had to sew the cut out felt on to the shirt... I'm not the greatest at sewing, but it seems to be stuck there, lol.

The pants and jacket was from different Value Village location. Both for $15 each and both are in good condition! I'll be using them not just for cosplay then ^^

Ok, this is the only colour picture of the bunch. I found these wad of cash inside the jacket. I thought I found a fortune! 170 Dominican Republic Pesos! So when I got home I looked it up... It's slightly less than $5 Canadian...

These I found at Daiso. I wasn't sure where I have to find this, but somehow they had it. At first I saw it in a pot, then I found a better one in garland and then I looked again and found these separate ones in the bag XD

Interesting description on the bag. Does it look real enough?

And here I am in full cos... I'll be wearing just an ordinary white pair of shoes just because I can't be bothered by it, lol. So... Have you guessed who I'm going as yet? :) Is this a travesty or a good idea? LOL. Anyway, see you there at AX if you're going!

Yuri Mania 31

Gokigenyou! Ah it has been quite a while since my last Yuri Mania, eh? Well this time I have something special. Last year I had to do a quick Yuri Mania and Weekly Lily before I went to Anime Boston. Docking mousepads! Well what do I do for a sequel? Why... Docking Dakimakuras, of course :P

By the way, some of these may be NSFW. So you may want to get ready to close your tab/window when your boss comes around your desk. Unless you're the boss, of course. If that's the case then feel free to share this with your employees.

So who are the participants? Well you can see Ryomou from Ikki Tousen up there, but Ryomou isn't really yuri... So we bring one of the greatest yuri seme there is!

Enter, Sousou! She's the yuri seme I look up to. When she wants her girl, she'll do anything to get that girl, especially Kan'u. Oh that scene from the first season of Koihime Musou just spoke to me so clearly.

So here's a close-up of the top half of Sousou. It's a good thing that they're both based on the same Three Kingdom, so this is somewhat appropriate, right? :3

And this is the bottom half of Sousou. Her pantsu almost undone and one of her thigh highs are already off.

Here's a close-up of the logo. I still haven't finished second season of Koihime Musou yet, but I'm gonna try to watch them when I have some downtime at AX. Doubtful though ^^;

So why did I get Sousou dakimakura cover, aside from her being my favourite yuri seme? No other reason...

So now our participants are ready. Hmm... Perhaps this side of Ryomou doesn't fit this situation perfectly...

Ah, much better... Ryomou's hands are now cuffed to her back. Go get her Sousou!

Ooh yeah... HAWT! Look how bouncy their oppai are! Docking at its best!

Ah, but Sousou isn't satisfied with just oppai docking... She goes lower! OM NOM NOM NOM!

What's that you say? You can't see anything? Use your imagination! Oh fine... Let's throw in my stick cushion (or bolster, depending what you call it) from IKEA and make it better!

Oh yes, yes! Docking and perhaps some tribadism there, eh? :D

Close up of the docking...

And here's Sousou rubbing Ryomou with her exposed feet.

Looks like someone's feeling left out and decided to pounce on Ryomou...

Oh and she's frisky at that too!

And here's the docking side view.

Tis a shame to show her only bits... So here's a full pic of Mirai. Love the thigh highs! Beautiful ^.^

This is the risque side. Very smooth looking skin. A perfect 2D skin! XD And I'll be bringing her to AX. Except without the pillow ^^; Until next time! Gokigenyou!

The War on Several Fronts

Yes, I'm still doing my 4koma series... I'm just so very busy lately. Or is it lazy? It seems like both. My work shift has finally been settled for nights. That makes it difficult for me to do anything during the day since I feel like I won't have enough time for my freedom before work. It's also been quite hot, which makes me very lazy in doing anything since I'd sweat too much.

Unfortunately I have no choice to not be lazy now. I've made too many self-commitments that make it hard to break away. First, my cosplay is finally done! I was able to get everything in my last week before Anime Expo. I'll talk more about that in a later post, but I'm just glad that monkey is off my back. Secondly, the work shift, albeit really crappy hours, finally settled down and got an actual time slot. Which means I can schedule some kind of figure shoots and such at the least. Thirdly, Anime Expo! This is gonna be crazy! I'm gonna meet many people whom I've never met before! I'm getting anxious and nervous. I think I haven't posted much in the month of June because I kept waiting for AX ^^; Fourthly, I have a few things I still gotta do before going to AX. The combination of having night shift and then have to be on the plane 5.5 hours after my shift is over is kinda crazy. As of writing this, I still haven't even packed yet.

Anyway, that's what I meant by "War on Several Fronts" in the title. Lots and lots to do! Especially with the 4koma. I just remembered that even though I could continue with Saber Lily, there's still the Haruhi vs Iron Miku I have to settle first. Busy busy. So here goes!

The Melancholy of Saber Lily Part 37

Just in case you don't know, Noble Phantasms are the special attacks from Fate/stay night. Saber's Noble Phantasms are Caliburn, Excalibur and Avalon. Saber Lily has all that plus the Fourth Wall Break.

I have to be honest... This was one of the easiest MOSL I've done XD I pretty much copied the first panel from January 15th and I had separate layers already ready from that date for the second panel. I only did 2 new photos ^^; Like I said, it's been very busy, but I made a promise to do this one at least. This is a prologue for a long arc I've been planning. After this will be the conclusion to Haruhi vs Iron Miku. I've got something special for that one, so hopefully I won't take too long of a pause to do it...

And of course as per usual, you can read the rest without looking them up here at The Melancholy of Saber Lily site. Oh if you notice, my Durarara parody's been taken down because Sony Music Japan only care about their properties and not the fans' creativity... So I'll try to upload that again at another time.

This is a bigger version of the last panel if you want to see. The 4koma Lily is holding is just the JPG file of that particular 4koma and I just pasted on here. I thought it had been a while ago so it's nice to refresh some memories visually.

Star Wars in Concert: Vancouver Day 2

Before I was big into anime, I was very much into Star Wars. Hey, even the name I use, "lightningsabre", is a relic of my Star Wars highs. Quiz me anything about Star Wars and I'd give you the correct answer straight way. Now my mind's been filled with anime, but a Star Wars event happening locally?? I'M THERE! So on Wednesday night, I went to see Star Wars in Concert!

What are you aiming at Boba? NOOO! Not my ticket!? Err... Actually he's aiming at the Sarlacc. This is one of my favourite figures from the Star Wars Unleashed line from a few years ago. It depicts Boba Fett's escape from the Sarlacc Pit (in the Expanded Universe comic book) after he screamed like a girl when he fell into it in Return of the Jedi.

Here's my ticket... On the first row! ...Not the floor seats mind you, but no one to block us, depending on the angle of the stage, that is. Someone did block us, but I asked the guy to lean back. GM Place is pretty big, so we were thinking there would be a lot of people, especially since there were playing for  2 nights... But there were quite a few empty seats.

There were many Star Wars costumes, props, etc., on display, but they were packed with people wanting to take pictures with them and lots of nudges here and there, so it was hard to take pictures of anything without people in it. Especially on this glass case... Sigh...

That's no moon. That's my test... Uhhh... Testing of how much the Death Star really weigh...

I was stoked when I saw this Han Solo in Carbonite on display! I remember when I was back in Jakarta I saw an action figure (would you call it an "action figure"?) of this and thought about getting it, but I didn't. It was my first Star Wars encounter!

A close-up of Jabba's favourite wall ornament.

Mr. Protocol Droid who's well versed in over 6 million languages, yet barely know Ewok's language... Probably being modest. Gold is one of my favourite colours, by the way, so C-3PO is looking pretty cool here!

Episode III Yoda when he was still kicking ass and didn't need a backpack to travel on.

I like these Royal Guard outfits, especially the red one since the face is hidden. Makes you wonder what these guys are really like... Which is why I bought those issues of Crimson Guard comic books back then. I don't remember what the hell happened in it though...

There were a couple of people in costumes taking pictures with kids and adults alike. EDIT: I apologize to the members of 501st Legion about my deleted write-up here ^^; Very awesome that volunteers from the Legion coming in costumes on a very hot day in Vancouver!

Nooo, Danny, don't die! Oh no, wait, it ain't Danny... No danchou armband. This Trooper actually had his voice sound exactly like in the movies. Very professional voicebox! A kid requested he runs a lightsaber through the trooper for his photo opp... The Trooper obliged.

There was also a blue-skinned Twi'lek bounty hunter with a Mandalorian tattoo, but I didn't catch a photo of her. I wonder if she's part of the Legion too...

The walking carpet, Chewbacca, is well preserved in that glass case. I hope he doesn't smell like a wet dog inside...

And after a quick run through to the souvenir stand, it was time for the concert to begin! We get the THX sound, the 20th Century Fox fanfare and can't forget the "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I tried to take some photos during the event, but since it was very dark, there weren't very clear pictures, so I picked the best ones here...

The big screen was a mash-up of movie scenes, candid shots of the orchestra and concept art. It was very much like the Video Games Live concert. Ok, maybe the screen's a bit bigger here, lol.

And here's Goldenrod again... After the first piece played we are introduced to the emcee for the night by the voice of Darth Vader himself, Mr. James Earl Jones.

The emcee is none other than the man inside C-3PO, Anthony Daniels! It was awesome to see a celebrity in person! Unfortunately this is one of the best pictures I got of him ^^; The structure of the music was played by order of the movies following Anakin from when he was a child and then to the celebration at the end of Episode VI.

Podracing was one of my favourite things in Episode I. Probably because I have a bias since I do have a jacket with Podracing on the back of it and I played that N64 game to death!

Concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.

After the Intermission I've pretty much given up much hope for taking pictures... Lighting condition was too bad so I just tried to enjoy the show while taking any photos that I can get.

The Asteroid Field scene was one of my favourites in The Empire Strikes Back.

My brother also took photos during the concert, once he gets them out of the camera, I'll try to add some of them here.

"It sounds like you're not ready to go home yet," Anthony Daniels stating the obvious before the orchestra reprising The Imperial March. This time, though, they were up close and personal with the orchestra. The camera zoomed in on this very cute girl who was playing the triangle. Everyone cheered at her and she had a big smile on her face acknowledging the audience.

What the heck is this picture doing here!? It's supposed to be Star Wars! Ah well... After my second run to the souvenir stand I saw this Camaro and I thought it looked like Camaro Bumblebee, when it actually is. The arena is called "GM Place" after all... Some witty guard told me that I can park my car here. I cracked a smile and replied back, "it'll move by itself eventually" :P

So I got home and took pictures of my loot right away along with Princess Leia in slave outfit, which is also from the Star Wars Unleashed line.

Here's a close up of the magnet that I got for my co-worker whose birthday is actually the day after the concert.

I bought a pair of this buttons set, one to give away as the birthday present as well.

And here is my new Star Wars T-shirt! I think I'm addicted to graphic tees ^^;;; My brother bought one with a better design, so I didn't want to have the same one. I wonder if I should've bought that same one anyway.

The back lists the locations and tour dates. Two nights in Vancouver, but they weren't sold out since there were still many empty seats.

And finally... I'm just gonna put this last picture here and see what happens...

And here are some extra pictures from the better photographer ;)

I forgot to take them pictures of Ewoks...

Frontal view of Han Solo in carbonite.

And here's the souvenir stand. I really wanted to get a few things, but they were quite pricey ^^;

A nice clear shot of Amidala!

Anthony Daniels without the aid of the giant video screen.

For the life of me, I can't seem to remember whose blaster this was...

This one I know! Han Solo's blaster made from a modified Mauser! one of my favourite guns, btw.

Scout Trooper helmet in white, B-Wing pilot helmet in gray and Death Star operator helmet in black, I think.

I luvs ze X-Wing!

And finally the aforementioned triangle girl ^^ It's low-rez because it's from a video.

Big thanks to my brother for getting these ones!