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Matryoshka

29 Mar

Nyuuu~ Mii’s updating again~ X3

Ne, you guys know Matryoshka? Its Hatsune Miku and GUMI’s song!!

Do you notice Wikipedia? :3

so……..

matryoshka doll is a Russian nesting doll (Russian: Матрёшка) which is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasantjumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby lathed from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme, aside from the typical traditional peasant girls, the themes vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.

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Anime and Adults

20 Mar

Even in Japan, many people think anime are for children and watching it will make you seems childish. They think anime aren’t suited for them, like in anime Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii wake ga nai.

Below are 25 popular anime that people say, that are for children, according to BIGLOBE…

1. Ano Hi Mita Hana

2. Natsume’s Book of Friends


3. Usagi Drop


4. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


5. Clannad After Story

6. Chihayafuru


7. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

8. Toradora!


9. Hanasaku Iroha


10. Bakemonogatari

11. Neon Genesis Evangelion

12. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

13. Steins;Gate

14. Mawaru Penguindrum

15. Angel Beats!


16. Cowboy Bebop

17. Ghost in the Shell


18. Fullmetal Alchemist


19. Mushishi


20. Grave of the Fireflies


21. Black Lagoon


22. The Tatami Galaxy


23. Mononoke


24. Fate/Zero


25. Crayon Shin-chan: The Adult Empire Strikes Back

As you know, most of those are rated ‘ecchi’, or they are a story with a complicated plot children might not understand.

Silly-_-

Source: Translated from http://megindo.net/news/Animonster/25-anime-yang-banyak-orang-mengira-untuk-anakanak/aeb1dcee07b2d08a53d8bb6f29d7bfbb/

Images: Google

 

Vocaloids

14 Mar

Vocaloid (ボーカロイド Bōkaroido) is a singing synthesizer. Its signal processing part was developed through a joint research project led by Kenmochi Hideki at the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain in 2000 and originally was not intended to be a full commercial project. Backed by the Yamaha Corporation it developed the software into the commercial product “Vocaloid”. The software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers. To create a song, the user must input the melody and lyrics. A piano roll type interface is used to input the melody and the lyrics can be entered on each note. The software can change the stress of the pronunciations, add effects such as vibrato, or change the dynamics and tone of the voice. Each Vocaloid is sold as “a singer in a box” designed to act as a replacement for an actual singer. The software was originally only available in English and Japanese, but as of Vocaloid 3, Spanish, Chinese and Korean have been added.

The software is intended for professional musicians as well as light computer music users and has so far sold on the idea that the only limits are the users’ own skills. Japanese musical groups Livetune of Victor Entertainment and Supercell of Sony Music Entertainment Japanhave released their songs featuring Vocaloid as vocals. Japanese record label Exit Tunes of Quake Inc. also have released compilation albums featuring Vocaloids. Artists such as Mike Oldfield have also used Vocaloids within their work for back up singer vocals and sound samples.

This is from Wikipedia. At first i, too, dont really understand. So i summarize it.

Vocaloid is a program to make a singer sing a song you create yourself, or a copy of other’s song. The singer themselves are plenty. Such as: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine twins, Megurine Luka, Kaito, Meiko, dll.  Yes, of course they aren’t real, their voice are from some singer’s voice samples.

In the program you can edit the vocal, the music, and many more, like the picture below.

Vocaloids, specially Hatsune Miku had boomed in the whole world. Search Hatsune Miku and the world tells! Hatsune Miku, through holograms, had concerts in not just Japan– US, Singapore! And just this March 8 and 9, she performs again in Tokyo dome.

And her song, Black★ Rock Shooter, has become an anime!!!

 MIKU!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOUUUU!!!!!! :*

Hatsune Miku

My fav song by her : Tell your world, Black★Rock Shooter, Love is war, Magnet, Ievan Polkka and Lillim. :3

Kagamine Rin & Len

See also: http://bit.ly/tbnDed, http://bit.ly/tZ1xtF, http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/cv01_us.jsp, http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B003S9U5CS?ie=UTF8http://bit.ly/hWDPco.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocaloid, Youtube, etc.

The 3 Legendary manga

13 Mar

Below are the 3 legendary manga now! Naruto, Bleach, One Piece! (+Dragon Ball)

The best manga ever, and all of them is from Jump….

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NARUTO (Masashi Kishimoto)

Twelve years before the start of the series, a powerful creature known as the Nine-tailed Demon Fox attacked the ninja village Konohagakure, killing many people. In response, the leader of Konohagakure’s ninja military – the Fourth Hokage – sacrificed his life to seal the demon inside the newborn Naruto Uzumaki. Konohagakure, however, regarded Naruto as if he were the demon fox itself and mistreated him throughout most of his childhood. A decree made by the current Kage, the Third Hokage, forbade anyone mention the attack of the demon fox to anyone else. This included Naruto, who was not aware of the demon inside of him. Years later, Naruto is tricked by the renegade ninja Mizuki into stealing a forbidden scroll that would teach him a secret ninja technique, but he is stopped by his teacher, Iruka Umino. When Iruka almost dies while protecting Naruto from Mizuki, who also reveals that he is the container of the Nine-Tailed Fox, Naruto uses the Jutsuhe learned from the scroll that creates multiple clones of himself, Shadow Clone Technique, to defeat Mizuki.

Naruto is assigned alongside, Sasuke Uchiha, who he competes against often, and Sakura Haruno, by Iruka after his class graduate from the Ninja Academy to form a three-person team named Team 7 under an experienced and severe sensei named Kakashi Hatake. Like all the ninja teams from every village, Team 7

is charged with completing missions requested by villagers, such as doing chores or being bodyguards. After several missions, Kakashi allows Team 7 to participate into a ninja exam in which they can advance to a higher rank, and thus, take part in more difficult missions. During the exams, Orochimaru, a criminal at the top of Konohagakure’s most wanted list, attacks Konoha and kills the Third Hokage in an act of revenge. This forces one of the three legendary ninja, Jiraiya to search for his former teammate Tsunade, who has been nominated to become the Fifth Hokage. During the search, it is revealed that Orochimaru desires to acquire Sasuke due to his powerful genetic heritage. Believing Orochimaru will be able to give him the strength needed to kill his brotherItachi, who destroyed his clan, Sasuke joins him. Tsunade sends a group of ninja including Naruto to make Sasuke return to Konoha, but Naruto is unable to defeat him and bring him back to the village. Naruto does not give up on Sasuke, however, and he leaves Konoha to train for two-and-a-half years under Jiraiya’s tutelage in order to prepare himself for the next time he encounters Sasuke.

After the training period, a criminal organization called Akatsuki attempts to capture the nine powerful tailed beasts that are sealed within people – including the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox sealed inside of Naruto. Several ninjas from Konohagakure, including Team 7, fight against the Akatsuki members and search for their teammate Sasuke. Although they manage to save Gaara, the host of the One-Tailed beast, Akatsuki is successful in capturing seven of the creatures. In the meantime, Sasuke betrays Orochimaru and faces Itachi to take revenge. After Itachi dies in battle, Sasuke is told by the Akatsuki founder Madara Uchiha that Itachi was ordered by Konohagakure’s leadership to destroy his clan. Saddened with this revelation, Sasuke joins forces with Akatsuki to kill Konohagakure’s superior who ordered the Uchihas’ elimination.

Meanwhile, as several Akatsuki members are defeated by the Konohagakure ninjas, their leader, Pain, invades the village to capture Naruto. However, Naruto defeats him and convinces him to abandon the village. With Pain’s eventual death, Madara announces that he wants to obtain all nine of the tailed beasts in order to perform an illusion powerful enough to control all of humanity. All the leaders of the five ninja villages refuse to aid him, and instead, join forces to confront him and his allies. This results into a fourth ninja world war between the unified armies of the Five Great Countries collectively known as the “Ninja Alliance Army” and Akatsuki’s forces.

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ONE PIECE (Eiichiro Oda)

The series begins with the execution of Gold Roger, a man known as the King of the Pirates (海賊王 Kaizokuō?). Just before his death, Roger announces that his treasure, the One Piece (ひとつなぎの大秘宝 (ワンピース) Wan Pīsu?), will be up for the taking, causing the Great Pirate Era (大海賊時代 Dai Kaizoku Jidai?) to begin. As a result, countless pirates set out to the Grand Line to look for the treasure.

Twenty years have passed since Roger’s execution, and Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate inspired by the pirate known as “Red-Haired” Shanks, has since set off on a journey from the East Blue to succeed Roger and find the treasure. He organizes and leads a nine-member crew named the Straw Hat Pirates. Each crew member Luffy encounters eventually become his close friends, including the swordsmanRoronoa Zoro, the navigator and thief Nami, the sniper Usopp, the womanizing chef and martial artist Sanji, the doctor and anthropomorphized reindeer Tony Tony Chopper, the archaeologist Nico Robin, the cybernetic shipwright Franky, and the musician skeletonBrook.

The crew crosses paths with diverse villains, such as Buggy the Clown, many of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, the Marines, who place bounties on Luffy’s, Zoro’s, and eventually the rest of the crew’s heads, and Arlong, a fishman and member of the former Sun Pirates. They encounter Baroque Works, the crime syndicate responsible for a civil war in the desert kingdom of Alabasta, along with fellow pirateBlackbeard, whose dream is also to become the King of the Pirates. The crew also confronts Enel, the ruler of the floating island Skypiea. Later, the crew meets the Marine admiral Aokiji, who reveals that Robin was involved in searching for Poneglyphs, stones with markings left by an ancient civilization whom Roger himself was also able to read. The crew also encounters Cipher Pol No. 9, the intelligence agency responsible for the destruction of Robin’s homeland, who causes the pirates to declare war on the World Government. After an epic battle at Enies Lobby, the crew defeats CP9 – saving Robin and avenging the lives lost in the destruction – and each member receives bounties on their heads.

Some time later, the crew prepares to sail off to the New World, the second half of the Grand Line. The crew eventually gets separated during a battle at the Sabaody Archipelago. At the same time, the Marines sentence Luffy’s older (adopted) brother who as it turns out is also Gol D. Roger’s son Portgas D. Ace to be executed, and hold a war against a group of pirates led by Whitebeard. Luffy eventually rescues Ace, but both Whitebeard and Ace are killed in the ensuing chaos. Later, Luffy and the crew undergo rigorous training regimens, some under the tutelage of prominent figures. Two years later, the crew regroups and journeys to Fishman Island to enter the New World. At the same time, a group of evil fishman pirates appear, and holds a coup d’état to decide the fate of the island, but are eventually defeated by the Straw Hats alongside Jimbei. The Straw Hats leave Fishman Island and finally reach the New World, but not before starting a feud with the legendary pirate Big Mom. Their first destination is the burning island Punk Hazard.

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BLEACH (Tite Kubo)

Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager gifted with the ability to see spirits. His life is drastically changed by the sudden appearance of a Soul Reaper—one who governs the flow of souls between the human world and the afterlife—named Rukia Kuchiki, who arrives in search of a Hollow, a dangerous lost soul. When Rukia is severely wounded defending Ichigo from the Hollow, she attempts to transfer half of her reiatsu (霊圧?, literally, “spiritual pressure”) energy to Ichigo so that he can defeat the Hollow. However, Ichigo takes almost all of her energy, transforming into a Soul Reaper and allowing him to defeat the Hollow with ease. With her powers diminished, Rukia is left stranded in the human world until she can recover her strength. In the meantime, Ichigo must take over Rukia’s role as a Soul Reaper, battling Hollows and guiding souls to the afterlife realm known as the Soul Society (尸魂界 (ソウル·ソサエティ) Sōru Sosaeti?).

As time passes and Rukia has yet to return to the Soul Society, her Soul Reaper superiors learn about her whereabouts and actions and sentence her to death for performing the illegal act of transferring her powers. Although he is unable to stop Rukia’s departure to the Soul Society, Ichigo resolves to rescue her with the aid of several of his spiritually aware classmates, Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado, and Uryū Ishida, and the ex-Soul Reapers Yoruichi Shihōin and Kisuke Urahara. Once at the Soul Society, Ichigo and company battle against the elites of the Soul Reaper military and strive to reach Rukia before her execution. It is revealed that Rukia’s execution and Ichigo’s rescue attempt both had been manipulated by a high-ranking Soul Reaper, Sōsuke Aizen, who was previously believed to have been murdered, as part of a far-reaching plot to take control of the Soul Society. Aizen betrays his fellow Soul Reapers and allies himself with the strongest of the Hollows, the Espadas. Aizen thus becomes the main antagonist of the series, and the Soul Reapers form an alliance with Ichigo. At this point, Bleach chronicles the war between the Soul Reapers, the Espadas, and Aizen. After each of the involved’s eventual defeats, Ichigo undergoes intense training with his father Ishin who turns out to be a former Soul Reaper to become strong enough to battle Aizen alone. As Aizen is weakened by his battle with Ichigo, a spell that Urahara had previously hidden within him activates and seals him, thus ending the conflict and leaving the Soul Society to imprison him. As a result of using all of his Soul Reaper powers to defeat Aizen, Ichigo loses them and becomes an ordinary human once again.

Seventeen months later, Ichigo meets “Xcution”, a group of humans possessing Fullbring powers based on Hollows and want Ichigo to absorb them. Ichigo starts training to regain his Soul Reaper powers by first developing his own Fullbring following the appearance of Shūkurō Tsukishima, the former leader of Xcution who is targetting his friends. After developing his Fullbring, Ichigo is betrayed by Xcution’s current leader Kūgo Ginjō, a former Substitute Soul Reaper who had his memories rewritten to act as Tsukishima’s enemy and help Ichigo gain powers to steal them. With help from Soul Society, Ichigo regains his Soul Reapers powers and starts fighting Ginjō’s group alongside Soul Society’s forces. The Soul Society forces end victorious with Ichigo killing Ginjō who was previously a Substitute Soul Reaper until betraying his comrades. The series then entered into its final arc as announced by Shueisha.

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DRAGON BALL (Akira Toriyama)

 

The series begins with a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku befriending a teenage girl named Bulma. Together, they go on a quest to find the seven Dragon Balls. Goku later undergoes rigorous training regimes and educational programs under the martial artist Master Roshi in order to fight in the World Martial Arts Tournament, a competition involving the most powerful fighters in the world. During his training time with Roshi, he meets a bald Shaolin monk named Krillin, who starts out as Goku’s rival classmate; however, they soon become best friends. Outside the tournaments, Goku faces diverse villains such as Emperor Pilaf, the Red Ribbon Army, and the Namekian King Piccolo. Several of the enemies and rivals Goku encounters eventually become his allies and close friends, including the desert bandit Yamcha, the assassinTien Shinhan, the samurai Yajirobe, and King Piccolo’s offspring/reincarnation Piccolo Jr.

As a young adult, Goku meets his older brother Raditz, who reveals to him that they are members of a nearly extinct extraterrestrial race called the Saiyans. The Saiyans had sent Goku to Earth as an infant to conquer the planet for them, but he suffered a severe head injurysoon after his arrival and lost all memory of his mission, as well as his blood-thirsty Saiyan nature. Goku refuses to help Raditz continue the mission, and is soon killed along with Raditz in battle; however, he is revived a year later by the Dragon Balls. He then begins to encounter other enemies from space, most notably the Saiyan prince Vegeta, who becomes his rival and eventually ally. Goku also encounters Frieza, the galactic emperor responsible for the destruction of almost the entire Saiyan race, whose actions cause Goku to transform into a legendary Super Saiyan. After an epic battle on the planet Namek, Goku defeats Frieza, avenging the lives of billions across the galaxy.

Some time later, a group of androids from the former Red Ribbon Army appear, seeking revenge against Goku. During this time, an evil life form called Cell emerges and, after absorbing two of the androids to achieve his final form, holds his own fighting tournament to decide the fate of the Earth entitled the Cell Games. However, Cell is eventually defeated by Goku’s son Gohan in a desperate Kamehameha wave struggle. Seven years later, Goku and his allies are drawn into yet another battle for the universe against a magical demon named Majin Buu. After numerous battles, Goku destroys Buu with his ultimate attack; the Spirit Bomb. Ten years later, at another World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku meets Buu’s human reincarnation, Uub. Leaving the match between the two of them unfinished, Goku takes Uub away on a journey to train him.

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So, what do you think? 🙂

 Source: our beloved wikipedia 😛

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Piece

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Ball

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach_(manga)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruto

Cosplay

6 Mar

Hello all.

Mii’s back. Today, i wanna share something about cosplay, cosplayers, plus photos…

Cosplay

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and science fiction.[citation needed] Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu,[clarification needed] comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered around sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness and/or revealing (even explicit) costumes.

Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centred around role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Terminology

The term cosplay is a portmanteau of the English words costume and play. The term was coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi of the Japanese studio Studio Hard while attending the 1984 Los Angeles Science Fiction Worldcon.[2] He was impressed by the hall and the costumed fans and reported on both in Japanese science fiction magazines. The coinage reflects a common Japanese method of abbreviation in which the first two moras of a pair of words are used to form an independent compound. Costume becomes kosu (コス), and play becomes pure (プレ).

History of Cosplay

For almost 50 years, costume fandom has had a consistent and widespread following with costumers markedly influencing science fiction writers, artists and the media. Costuming, as an innovative, three-dimensional art form, has probed and broken all limits of imagination in SF and fantasy. From the first Worldcon in 1939 to last year’s Worldcon in Philadelphia, costume fandom has emerged as a robust and dynamic force within science-fiction fandom.

At the First World Science Fiction Convention in New York in 1939, a 22-year-old Forrest J Ackerman and his friend Myrtle R. Jones appeared in the first SF costumes among the 185 attendees. The future editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland was dressed as a rugged looking star pilot, and his female companion was adorned in a gown recreated from the classic 1933 film Things to Come. Both of them created quite a stir among the somber gathering of writers, artists and fen (plural of fan), and injected a fanciful, imaginary quality into the convention’s overly serious nature.

Frederik Pohl, in his book The Way The Future Was, described the couple as “stylishly dressed in the fashions of the 25th century” but feared that they had started an ominous precedent. He was right! So successful were their costumes that the following year, about a dozen fans turned out in their own “scientifiction” apparel.

Now, over a half century later, costume fandom has come to represent a large segment of the hardcore genre audience. Artists like Kelly Freas, Wendy Pini and Tim Hildebrandt, authors like Julian May and L. Sprague de Camp, and fans by the hundreds dress regularly in costume. Groups, such as the U.K.‘s Knights of St. Fantomy, the Society for Creative Anachronism and the International Costumers’ Guild, conduct business and ceremony in costume, and the masquerade has become the central event of most large conventions.

Of course, various Renaissance Faires, most notably the largest being the RenFaires in Novato and Saugus, have been recreating the Medieval and Renaissance eras since the late 1960’s. Also, in the last two decades, various fairy festivals, most notably Spoutwood Farm May Day Festival, FaerieWorlds Festival in the U.S. and The 3 Wishes Faery Fest in Cornwall, UK, have brought fantasy, particularly as envisioned by artists Brian Froud and Wendy Froud, into the public realm.

—From Costume Fandom: All Dressed Up with Some Place to Go! By Dr. John L. Flynn

Practice of Cosplay

Costumes

Cosplay costumes vary greatly and can range from simple outfits to highly detailed “mecha” suits.Cosplay is generally considered different from Halloween and Mardi Gras costume wear as the intention is to accurately replicate a specific character, rather than to reflect the culture and symbolism of a holiday event. As such, when in costume, cosplayers will often seek to adopt the affect, mannerisms and body language of the characters they portray (with OoC or, “Out Of Character” breaks). The characters chosen to be cosplayed may be sourced from any movie, tv series, book, comic book, videogame ,Visual-Kei rock bands, Anime or Manga, however the practice of cosplay is most often associated with replicating anime and manga characters.

Most cosplayers create their own outfits, referencing images of the characters in the process. In the creation of the outfits, much time is given to detail and quality, thus the skill of a cosplayer may be measured by how difficult the details of the outfit is and how well they have been replicated. Many cosplayers therefore consider cosplay to be a form of Art and so consider themselves Artists, some in the more specific subcategory of Arts ‘n’ Crafts. Because of the difficulty of some details and materials to replicate, cosplayers often educate themselves in crafting specialties such as textiles, sculpture, face paint, fiberglass, fashion design, woodworking and other such use of materials in the effort to render the look and texture of a costume accurately.[4] Almost all cosplayers wear wigs in conjunction with their outfit in order to further improve the resemblance to the character. This is especially necessary for anime and manga characters who often have unnaturally coloured and uniquely styled hair.

More simple outfits may be compensated for their lack of complexity by paying attention to material choice, and overall excellent quality. The process of creation may then be very long and time-consuming, making it a very personal journey and achievement for many. This taxing, and often expensive process is known to unite cosplayers and is considered a part of the culture of cosplay.

Cosplays may also be bought at either conventions, stores or more commonly, from online speciality stores or eBay. However people who have bought their outfits may be subject to criticism by those who have made their outfits. Some cosplayers may choose to custom make outfits by commission and thereby form an income from cosplay.

Purpose

The cosplayer’s purpose may generally be sorted into one of three categories, or a mix. Most cosplayers draw characteristics of all three categories.

The first is to express adoration for a character, or in feeling similar to a character in personality, seeking to become that character. This type of cosplayer may be associated with being a Fan (person) and is often labelled as an Otaku. Other characteristics may be an enthusiastic manner and less attention to detail and quality. Such cosplayers are also most likely to adopt the character’s personality and are known to criticise other cosplayers for not having a full knowledge of their character, or not also adopting character mannerisms.

The second is those people who enjoy the attention that cosplaying a certain character brings. Within the cultures of anime and manga specifically, as well as science fiction and fantasy, there is a certain level of notoriety that is attached to cosplayers. Such cosplayers are usually characterised by attention to detail in their garments and their choice of popular characters. They are also noted by participation in cosplay competitions.

The third is those who enjoy the creative process, and the sense of personal achievement upon completion. Such people are more likely to have a greater budget dedicated to the project, more complicated and better quality outfits with access to more materials. They are also more likely to engage with professional photographers and cosplay photographers to take high quality images of the cosplayer in their garment posing as the character.

Presentation

Cosplay may be presented in a number of ways and places.

Photography As mentioned above, some cosplayers choose to have a photographer take high quality images of the cosplayer in their garment posing as the character. This is most likely to take place in a setting relevant to the character’s origin, such as churches, parks, forests, water features and abandoned/run-down sites. Such cosplayers are likely to exhibit their work online, on blogs or artist websites, such as DeviantArt.com. They may also choose to sell such images, or print the images as postcards and give them as gifts. Because of the rising popularity of cosplay photography, some photographers may choose to work exclusively as a cosplay photographer.

Conventions

Main article: Anime conventions

The most popular form of presenting a cosplay is by wearing it to a convention. Conventions dedicated to anime, manga, comics, TV shows, video games, science fiction and fantasy may be found all around the world. The US alone features nearly a hundred conventions across the country each year. The single largest event featuring cosplay is the semi-annual doujinshi market, Comiket. This event, held in Japan during summer and winter, attracts hundreds of thousands of manga fans. Thousands of cosplayers congregate on the roof of the exhibition center. The largest event for cosplayers outside Asia is the annual San Diego Comic-Con. The biggest event in the UK is the London MCM Expo at ExCeL London.

Competitions

As the popularity of cosplay has grown, many conventions have come to feature a contest surrounding cosplay that may be the main feature of the convention. Contestants present their cosplay, and often to be judged for an award, the cosplay must be self-made. The contestants may choose to perform a skit, which may consist of a short performed script or dance with optional accompanying audio, video and/or images shown on a screen overhead. Other contestants may simply choose to pose as their characters. Often contestants are briefly interviewed on stage by an MC. The audience is given a chance to take photos of the cosplayer(s) Cosplayers may compete solo or in a group. Award are presented, and these awards may vary greatly. Generally there will be a Best Cosplayer award, and Best Group award, with runner-up prizes as well. Awards may also go to the best skit, and a number of cosplay skill subcategories, such as Master Sewist, Master Weapon-Maker, Master Armourer, etc.

Harajuku

Main article: Harajuku

In Japan teenagers gather with like-minded friends in places like Tokyo’s Harajuku district to engage in cosplay. Since 1998 Tokyo’s Akihabara district has contained a large number of cosplay cafés, catering to devoted anime and cosplay fans. The waitresses at such cafés dress as game or anime characters; maid costumes are particularly popular.

Miscellaneous Events

Groups of cosplayers may choose to hold small gatherings, at any number of venues, including café’s, parks, nightclubs and amusement parks. They may join to have an excuse to cosplay, to compare work, share tips or any other person reason.

Gender roles

Portraying a character of the opposite sex is “crossplay.” The practicality of crossplay and crossdress stems in part from the abundance in manga of male characters with delicate and somewhat androgynous features. Such characters, known as bishōnen (lit. “pretty boy”), are an Asian version of the elf in boy archetype represented in Western tradition by figures such as Peter Pan and Ariel.

The animegao, or “dollers”, represent a niche group in the realm of cosplay. Their approach makes them a subgroup of what is called in Japan kigurumi–that is, “mascot”-style role players. Dollers are often male cosplayers representing female characters. Female dollers are also found who represent male characters, especially male characters that lend themselves to the treatment, such as robots, space aliens and animals. Dollers wear bodysuits and masks that completely hide their real features so that the original appearance of their characters may be reproduced as literally as possible. Their costumes display all the abstractions and stylizations characteristic of the cartoon art, such as the oversized eyes and tiny mouths so often encountered in manga.

Cosplay in Japan

Cosplayers in Japan used to refer to themselves as reiyā (レイヤー); pronounced “layer”. Currently in Japan, cosplayers are more commonly called kosupure (コスプレ?); pronounced “ko-su-pray,” as “reiyā” is more often used to describe layers (ie: hair, clothes, etc.) Those who photograph players are called cameko, short for “Camera Kozō” or “Camera Boy”. Originally the cameko give prints of their photos to players as gifts. Increased interest in cosplay events both on the part of photographers and cosplayers willing to model for them have led to formalisation of procedures at events such as Comiket. Photography takes place within a designated area removed from the exhibit hall.

Cosplay at fan events likely originated in Japan in 1978. Cosplay nevertheless gets a mixed reception in Japan even today. Events in districts such as Akihabara draw many cosplayers, yet there is no shortage of people in Japan who regard cosplay as a frivolous endeavor.

Cosplay in Western Culture

The popularity of cosplay in Japan encourages the misconception that cosplay is specifically a Japanese or Asian hobby. The term “cosplay”, though Japanese in origin, described a phenomenon which was witnessed in the United States. For almost fifty years, costuming has had a widespread following and continues to experience growing popularity in North America and Europe, and has more recently spread throughout South America and Australia.

Western cosplay’s origins are based primarily on science fiction and historical fantasy as opposed to animation. It is more common for Western cosplayers to recreate characters from live-action series such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter than it is for Japanese cosplayers. Similarly, animated series may be the origin for many recreations. Western costumers also include subcultures of hobbyists who participate in Renaissance faires or the Society for Creative Anachronism, and historical re-enactments such as Civil War battles.

The increasing popularity of Japanese animation outside of Asia during the late 1990s led to an increase in American and other Western cosplayers who portray Japanese characters. Anime conventions have become more numerous in the West in the last decade. They now compete with science fiction, comic, and historical conferences in attendance. At these gatherings, cosplayers, like their Japanese counterparts, meet to show off their work, take photos, and compete in costume contests. Anime conventions attendees are mostly seen dressed up as Japanese animated characters, but many others dress up as famous Western comic book characters, or as famous characters from movies like Star Wars, Predator, and Pirates of the Caribbean. It is quite common to see many dress up as Disney, Final Fantasy, Power Rangers and other characters like the Heartless from the game series Kingdom Hearts (キングダム ハーツ Kingudamu Hātsu?). Cosplayers also dress as popular characters from other games such as The Legend of Zelda, Mario Brothers, and Halo.

Differences in taste still exist across cultures. Some costumes that are worn without hesitation by Japanese cosplayers tend to be avoided by Western cosplayers, such as outfits that evoke Nazi-era uniforms.

Trends

The appearance of cosplayers at manga events makes such events a popular draw for photographers. As this became apparent in the late 1980s a new variant of cosplay developed in which cosplayers attended events mainly for the purpose of modeling their characters for still photography rather than engaging in continuous role play. Rules of etiquette were developed to minimize awkward situations involving boundaries. Cosplayers pose for photographers in designated areas removed from the exhibit hall. Photographers do not press them for personal contact information or private sessions, follow them out of the area or take photos of exhibits in the hall itself without permission. The rules allow the symbiotic relationship between photographers and cosplayers to continue with the least inconvenience to each.

Recent cosplay events in Asia show an increase in the popularity of non-Asian fantasy and science fiction characters. This reflects the international success of films such as The Dark Knight, The Matrix, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and their associated books.

Cosplay in Taiwanese Culture

  • Beginning–1990
Taiwan’s first cosplays with the form similar to present day was started in 1990, but only temporarily and without specialization. Not many details were recorded due to the small number of participants.
  • 1991–1997
Most cosplayers started to make their costumes themselves, though professionals still lacked in this field.
During 1992–1993, the time was harsh, but it allowed them to make costumes by themselves, including accessories.
In 1994 to 1997, the environment of cosplay began to grow. There were almost several hundred cosplayers in Taiwan.
In 1997, the biennial doujin event started, and cosplay grew in popularity.
  • 1998–2005
Cosplay becomes more popular and well-known. Cosplayers’ community rises sharply. Most of them start to go private to photo takings, other than public events. The Yam blog and Wretch blog for assembling people with the same interest rise abruptly. At the same time there is the launch of the discussion on the differences between several splendid attire culture such as cosplay dressing and various styles of lolita fashion.Since 2002, Fancy Frontier(FF) and Petit Fancy(PF) start to be held in National Taiwan University and Kaohsiung. Not only many young Taiwanese cosplayers, but many Japanese cosplayers join the biggest ACG(Animation, Comics, Games) festival in Taiwan nation.
  • 2006–present
A magazine introducing cosplay COSmania was first published in 2006 February. Cosplay becomes much more popular.

Cosplay in Chinese culture

As anime is becoming more popular in China, Chinese have started to become involved in cosplay, as the Japanese and the Western countries.

Hong Kong

The cosplay sphere in Hong Kong are separated as two sides, with one mainly including Chinese citizens (sometimes Japanese also included) and one mainly including non-Chinese citizens (such as Europeans and Americans). The ambiance between two sides are different at all, since the status of Chinese-citizen-mainly side has been turning.

  • 1990s
For local Chinese citizens, cosplay first showed up in a form similar to that of the present in Hong Kong in 1993, when a group of people rented a kiosk and one of them wore a costume on some animations to attract people passing by. Since 1997, more and more local events are held, such as Comic World HK.
  • 2000–present
After the 1990s, the multimedia started to keep an eye on cosplays. Most of the universities in Hong Kong also launched their own cosplay events, and the most popular one is the Cosplay Party by Hong Kong University. Nowadays there are almost 20 events held with cosplay sessions every year in Hong Kong.
With an aid of easy accessibility of multimedia and the Internet, cosplay has been being far more popular and familiar. The number of people taking part in cosplay has also increased sharply.
However, some of the conservative cosplayers think that, the standard and behaviour of the new-coming cosplayers with less experiences or morals are unacceptable, and consider those are interfering the conservatives’ public image. Some of those conservatives began to do attack in speech, even creating violent rebellions or triad-society-like behaviors to approach their external political purposes. Moreover, someone created several biased words to describe for those who cosplay with the discrepancy between the appearance of the cosplayer and the character, and for those who cosplay without able to understand the character that he/she is impersonating, even unilaterally fabricating themselves-centred inflexible so-called definitions of cosplay to force all the people to obey it without condition.
This makes the conflict among some cosplayers, and threatens the harmonious and rational environment of Chinese-citizen-mainly side cosplay sphere in Hong Kong. Such the conditions have been criticized by other cosplayers, netizens and some citizens. Some of the Hong-Kong-resided cosplayers even change to participate the cosplay events in other cities, such as in Macau and Guangzhou.

Mainland China

The topics of cosplay in mainland China are mainly from Chinese classical issues and modern Japanese anime issues. Sometimes other exotic issues are also included. In 2002, the YACA animation organization was founded, and began a stage for cosplay. After on, there are some public cosplay events held every year in Guangzhou.

In 2009, at the 2nd China International Copyright Expo, a China Cosplay Competition was held in Beijing. There were initial internet video trials, then the finals were held at the expo.

In 2010, a few cosplay shows organized by internet media had been held in Beijing and two more in October, 2010.

ingapore

  • Commercial events
    • Cosfest

The biggest cosplay convention in Singapore. It host the World Cosplay Singapore, and the Asia Cosplay Meet. It is held in Downtown East NTUC Club Resort

    • EOY (End-of-Year)

This event has been running officially since 2001. Prior to this, the initial organizer, the Miyuki Animation Club, used to hold informal cosplaying get-togethers at their home Community Club. The first EOY event was held at Suntec City in December 2001. Subsequent locations changed to the Singapore Expo when it was co organized by the Miyuki Animation Club and Singapore Cosplay Club. The event was take over by Shiro Tsubasa Animation Club later. In year 2009, Black Alice took over the event and it moves to the National Library at Victoria Street. In 2010 the event moves to Republic Polytechnic.

    • Anime Festival Asia

The first AFA was held at Suntec City in 2008, with Ichirou Mizuki and May’n as the invited guests. This event has grown to include Danny Choo, Alodia Gosiengfiao, JAM Project, Scandal and AKB48 as performing guests. Much cosplaying actually takes place outside the event venue, on the empty space on level 3.

    • Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention
    • The Games Xpo
  • Events held in schools
    • SOY (Start-of-Year)

This event is organized by the Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Japanese Tsubasa Club, and held in their lecture halls.

Related phenomena

The Internet has enabled many cosplayers to create “social networks” and web sites centred around cosplay activities. Forums allow them to share stories, photographs, news and tips.

The exponential growth in the number of people picking up cosplay as a hobby since 1990 has made the phenomenon influential in popular culture. This is particularly the case in Asia where cosplay influences Japanese street fashion and popular culture. Businesses increasingly seek to cater to cosplayers’ interest in apparel, accessories, and collectibles.

Magazines

Japan is home to two especially popular cosplay magazines, Cosmode (コスモード) and Dengeki Layers (電撃Layers). Cosmode has the largest share in the market. An English digital version of Cosmode has been created.[11] Another magazine growing in popularity that is aimed at a broader, world-wide audience is CosplayGen:

Film and television

MTV has produced an episode of the documentary series True Life, focusing on fandom and cosplay.

A film titled “Cosplayers: The Movie” was released in 2009 by Martell Brothers Studios. The film explores the anime subculture in North America with footage from anime conventions and interviews with fans, voice actors and artists. According to the creator’s website the film is available for free viewing on both Youtube and Crunchyroll.

According to cosplayfilm.com, a new feature length documentary film will be released in late 2010 and will focus on the personal lives of a small band of cosplayers. As of Jan 2010, the film is casting in the Chicago area. The filmed is tentatively titled: Cosplay, Cosplay!

The documentary titled My Other Me: A Film About Cosplayers chronicles a year in the life of three different cosplayers: a veteran cosplayer whom launched a career from cosplay, a young fourteen year old first timer, and a transgender whom found himself through cosplay. The documentary will cover everything from each different cosplayers home life, to their costume process, their journey through the convention circuit, and the profound effect cosplay is making on each of their lives as it grows with them.

“My Other Me” is expected to be released in 2012.

Apparel

Cosplayers obtain their apparel through many different methods. Manufacturers produce and sell packaged outfits for use in cosplay, in a variety of qualities. These costumes are often sold online, but also can be purchased from dealers at conventions. There are also a number of individuals who work on commission, creating custom costumes, props or wigs designed and fitted to the individual; some social networking sites for cosplay have classified ad sections where such services are advertised. Other cosplayers, who prefer to create their own costumes, still provide a market for individual elements, accessories, and various raw materials, such as unstyled wigs or extensions, hair dye, cloth and sewing notions, liquid latex body paint, face paint, shoes, costume jewellery and prop weapons. Most cosplayers engage in some combination of methods to obtain all the items necessary for their costume; for example they may commission a prop weapon, sew their own clothing, buy character jewelry from a cosplay accessory manufacturer, and buy a pair of off-the-rack shoes and modify them to match the desired look.

In order to look more like the character they are portraying many cosplayers also engage in various forms of body modification. Contact lenses that match the color of their character’s eyes are a common form of this, especially in the case of characters with particularly unique eyes as part of their trademark look. Contact lenses that make the pupil look enlarged to visually echo the large eyes of Anime and Manga characters are also used. Another form of body modification cosplayers engage in is to copy any tattoo or special marking that their character might have. Henna tattoos, permanent marker, body paint and in rare cases having a permanent tattoo done are all methods used by cosplayers to achieve the desired look. Permanent and temporary hair dye, spray-in colouring, and specialized extreme styling products are all utilized by some cosplayers whose natural hair can achieve the desired hairstyle.

Models

Cosplay has influenced the Japanese advertising industry more than it has the commodity market.

Print media increasingly retain cosplayers as models. Good cosplayers are increasingly viewed as fictional characters in the flesh, in much the same way that film actors come to be identified in the public mind with specific roles. Cosplayers have modeled for print magazines like Cosmode, cosplay photography studios,

ADV Films has retained cosplayers for event work previously assigned to agency models. The ability of cosplayers to re-create their chosen characters with accuracy and vitality plays a part in this trend, as does the ability of cosplayers to appeal to an already existing market. E3 was occupied by a mix of both agency girls and cosplayers.

Japan’s burgeoning anime industry has been home to the professional cosplayers since the rise of Comiket, Tokyo Game Show, and other such powerhouse conventions.

A cosplay model, also known as a Cosplay Idol, is a promotional model who models cosplay costumes for anime, manga, or video game companies. A successful cosplay model can become the brand ambassador for companies like Cospa. The phenomenon is most apparent in Japan but exists to some degree in other countries as well.

Notable cosplayers

  • Francesca Dani, an Italian cosplayer, net idol and model.
  • Daisuke Enomoto, a Japanese entrepreneur, was scheduled to be the fourth private citizen to be taken into space by Space Adventures in October 2006. He intended to dress for the ride wearing the Gundam costume of Char Aznable. He failed to pass physical examinations.
  • Alodia Gosiengfiao, Filipina cosplayer and model. She was Animax’s first Levi’s Kawaii girl winner in the last episode of Mad Mad Fun. She ranked no. 87 in FHM Philippines 2009 poll of the Sexiest Women in the World and was named as one of Philippine’s most influential women by UNO Magazine.
  • Liana Kerzner, Canadian co-hosts the talk show Ed’s Night Party. Famous for her character-based costumes, she is often a special guest at fan conventions across North America.
  • Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima, Japanese kickboxer and martial artist. One of Japans top ranked Kickboxers, Yuichiro Nagashima makes all his entrances and publicity appearances for K-1 dressed as different female anime characters, accompanied by cosplaying girls.
  • Lee Teng-hui, the first popularly elected president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), dressed up as the fictional character Edajima Heihachi of the anime series Sakigake!! Otokojuku.

Alodia (Philippines)

 Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao (born March 9, 1988 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a Filipina cosplayer model, artist and host. She graduated in 2009 from Ateneo de Manila University with a BFA Information Design Degree. She has been called the “Cosplay Queen” of the Philippines and recognized for contributing toward raising the profile of cosplay.

She started cosplaying in 2003 at the age of 15 by joining various competitions in Metro Manila. Her popularity began in 2003 when she won in an event called the C3 Convention in 2003 as Gun Mage Rikku of FFX-2. Since then, she cosplayed over 40 anime, video game and movie titles, appearing in various local and international conventions as a participant,performer, judge or as a guest.

Her remarkable achievements in the cosplay community led her way to be recognized by various companies in the Philippines and hired her to endorse their products and services. She is one of the Ambassador and VJ For Animax-Asia known as the “Ani-mates”, and the co-host of ABS-CBN’s prank show called Laugh Out Loud. She also has been featured in various magazines, newspaper and TV shows locally and abroad.

Gosiengfiao also appeared on the Philippine FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #87 in 2009 and #76 in 2010. She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines.

In addition to her cosplay activities, for which she is most known, Gosiengfiao is also a blogger, performer, pianist, figure collector and BJD enthusiast.

Kaname☆ (Japan)

KANAME☆ (born in 5th March, from Japan) first started cosplaying casually as a motivation to shape up his body. Little did he know that he would rise to unprecedented stardom when he chose to cosplay Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy VIll Advent Children with stunning accuracy at Tonari de Cosplay Convention in TFT 2007.

Initially cosplaying exclusively as Cloud, he began devoting himself to various anime characters and costumes, consistently demonstrating high levels of realism and quality. KANAME☆ is currently working on his 1st original photo book, aimed for publication in December.

Between 2007 and 2009, KANAME☆ has poured his soul into 16 characters, cosplaying as:
Cloud Strife of FINAL FANTASY Vll ADVENT CHILDREN
Kurosaki Ichigo, Grimmjow Jaegerjaques and Tosen Kaname (fracture face version) of BLEACH
Rokudo Mukuro of REBORN! (Kateikyoshi hitman Reborn!)
Kaito of VOCALOID
Asato of LAMENTO
Portgas D.Ace and Sanji (normal/wanted) of ONEPIECE
Li-Xingke of CODE GEASS R2
Saotome Alto of MACROSS FRONTIER
Benten of ZONE-00
Lavi (3rd uniform) of D.GRAY-MAN
Okita Soji of HAKUOUKI
Tatsuzaki (elder brother/tentative) of ORIGINAL
Heine Rammsteiner of DOGS: BULLETS & CARNAGE

His list of appearances and achievements include:
“Minade tsukuro cocofuri”, a cosplay event: image character (since May 2008)
“ver2.5”, a monthly cosplay culture free magazine: official model (issue of May, June, July, September, December 2008, and January, March, August 2009)
“Cosmode”, a monthly cosplay magazine: featured in the article (June 2009), on the cover (July 2009) and in the top infographic pages (August 2009)
“Cos cos play play”, a TV program of CS Fuji: appeared in cosplay (#20)
“Cos Bon Fantasy”, a cosplay quarterly magazine: on the cover and top infographic pages (Spring 2009)
Modelled for “Kami” character wigs (Janet Co. Ltd)
“Anime Expo 2009” in US: participated with Mr. Inui Tatsumi, the organizer of “Cure”, a cosplay community site, and Mr. Nishimata, the chief editor of “Cosmode”.
“International Game Costume Festival 2009” in Korea: invited as representative cosplayer from Japan, first stage performance.
“Anime Festival Asia 2009”: KANAME☆ joins AFA09 as the judge for Southeast Asia’s first regional cosplay championship and held his own cosplay panel on the following day to share his rich cosplay experience an knowledge.

Saya (Japan)

This dearest cosplayer Saya past away on the morning of March 15.

Aira (Japan)

Name: AiraCountry: Tokyo (Japan)Birthday: August 4, 1988Height: 155-160cm.

Usagi (Japan)

Yuegene Fay (Thailand)

Jin (Philippines)

I take no credits from this post. Nothing :3

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alodia_Gosiengfiao

http://www.facebook.com/Kaname.cos?sk=info

http://www.facebook.com/aira.cosplay.fansclub?sk=info

Etcetera.

Character resemblances~

3 Mar

Mii’s back:3
Today i watch animax, specifically, last exile – ginyoku no fam.
I see Dyan and remembered Shiro from deadman wonderland right away.
So i decide to put characters from different manga or anime that are look alike!

1. Siegheart (Rave Master) and Sieglein/Jellal (Fairy Tail)

Naa, this is obvious…

2. Ultear (Fairy Tail) and Nico Robin (One Piece)


They’re alike, don’t they??

3. Dyan (Last Exile Ginyoku no Fam) and Shiro (Deadman Wonderland)

4. Yu Narukami (Persona 4 the animation) and Light Yagami (Deathnote)
Not sure bout this, though…

5. Tsugumi (Guilty Crown) and Aoi Yamada (Working!!!)

6. Nagi Sanzenin (Hayate no Gotoku) and Mina Tepes (dance in the Vampire bund)

8. Sunako Nakahara (Perfect girl evolution) dan Sawako (Kimi ni Todoke)

And the chibi version too~

Lol this is useless~~~ xD

Judul anime school romance

29 Feb

Ada yang search ini di blog.

Sorry gak ada hehe, jadi Mii bakal nulis yg kutahu… XD

Maaf kalau nggak lengkap atau nggak bagus, soalnya mii lebih suka shonen daripada shoujo..

1. From me to you (Kimi ni Todoke)

     Kuronuma Sawako dijuluki ‘sadako’ dan orang lain takut padanya. Kehadiran Kazehaya Shota mengubah kehidupannya.

2. Perfect girl evolution (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge)

     4 bishonounen ditugaskan mengurus seorang perempuan. Tak apa kalau gadis itu normal, tapi mereka salah besar…

3. Ouran High School Host Club

    Haruhi Fujioka, mendapat beasiswa untuk belajar di Ouran High School. Tak disangka, di klub host, ia memecahkan vas mahal, dan akhirnya bekerja di sana, dengan 6 bishounen lain. PS: Haruhi adalah perempuan.

4. School Rumble

    Romance comedy kelas 2-c Yagami High School…

5. Peach Girl

     

    Tak mudah menjadi cantik. Momo tahu rasanya. Banyak rumor dan gosip, disebarkan oleh sahabatnya sendiri.

6. Fruit Basket

     Keluarga Sohma mempunyai sebuah rahasia. Mereka dirasuki oleh 12 binatang dalam shio dan setiap mereka dipeluk seseorang berlainan kelamin, mereka berubah menjadi binatang itu. Tohru Honda, diberi kesempatan untuk tinggal bersama mereka sebagai ganti mengurus pekerjaan rumah keluarga itu.

7. Gakuen Alice

      Selamat datang di akademi khusus alice, manusia dengan kekuatan khusus! Disinilah Karin bersekolah… (ini SD sih bukan high school._.)

8. Paradise Kiss

9.Tona-gura!

10. Tokyo mew mew!

11. Lovely Complex

12. Bokura Ga Ita

Masashi Kishimoto’s Biography

28 Feb

Masashi kishimoto sensei’s biography!

Masashi kishimoto

Recent Role: on Naruto

Gender: Male

Born: 11-8-1974

Birthplace: Katsuta, Okayama Prefecture

Birth Name: Kishimoto Masashi

Born in the Okayama Prefecture in 1974 as the older of two twins, Masashi Kishimoto sprung on to the scene as one of the greatest mangakas in all of history just within the couple past years, with his beloved and ever popular manga of Naruto. Naruto has quickly become one of the most popular and best selling mangas of all time, read by millions worldwide each week.

As a pre-schooler Masashi Kishimoto was fixated with the TV show “Doraemon”, all of his friends at the time were in to the show as well, and everyone would draw pictures of the characters. Kishimoto was

always the perfectionist, pointing out obvious mistakes in other people drawings and showing them the way to draw it. “Now that I think about it, I sure was an annoying kid!” wrote Kishimoto.

In his elementary days, it would be safe to say that Masashi Kishimoto was obsessed with drawing (and are we sure glad that he stuck with it), during school he filled his notebooks with drawings, and he even would draw while playing hide and seek with his friends while he waited to be found. As previously stated, Doraemon was always the anime of choice for him until one day he saw an incredible show on TV, Mobile Suit Gundam, all his drawing time was now dedicated to drawing characters from that anime.

After awhile of drawing Mobile Suit Gundam characters, Kishimoto once again found a new anime, Akira Toriyama’s famous creation: Dr. Slump. Masashi Kishimoto recalls how he couldn’t believe how “super duper good” the art was and he began to draw the Dr. Slump characters and even submitted a crayon drawing of Arale-chan to a contest.

In his latter Elementary school days, Akira Toriyama’s most famous creation, Dragonball became an anime and for Kishimoto this spawned a whole new interest in Manga and Shonen Jump. Before this though there was another Jump anime entitled, Kinnikuman. Kishimoto and his brother would often play around trying to think their own character names. At the time they mostly revolved around condiments they could find in the refrigerator, like “Mustardman”.

Near the end of Elementary school, Masashi Kishimoto was strictly a Dragonball fan, he recalls how he was so obsessed with Akira Toriyama, “He was like a god to me, I was constantly drawing characters that appear in Dragonball.” At this stage in his life Kishimoto did not recieve an allowance to buy the 190 Yen Jumps, and would have to rely on a friend to show him jump to get his Dragonball fix.

It was at this stage in his life that Masashi Kishimoto made a decision that he is not regretting now, and many of his fans are thankful for. He started to think to himself that “Manga sure is great” and that he wanted to become a famous Mangaka like Akira Toriyama. Kishimoto created his first manga around this time entitled “Hiatari-kun”, a story revolving around a “Shadow ninja boy”.

Still in elementary school, Kishimoto was still obsessed with Akira Toriyama and would spend all of his extra time making his drawings look exactly like his idols. It was then that he saw a game that Akira Toriyama helped develop called “Dragon Quest”. The drawings were amazing, but unfortunately for Masashi Kishimoto he did not own a Famicon (Nintendo), which every other kid in his seemed to own. He certainly could not ask his parents for something of this nature, everytime his father heard the word “Video Game” he would tell Kishimoto to go study. It was then that his twin brother devised a plan to get a Famicon from someone else, but could someone willing to give away something worth 10,000 Yen possibly exist, he did and Masashi Kishimoto began to view this friend as a god.

After begging his father over and over repeatedly, Masashi Kishimoto finally recieved the game “Dragon Quest” the first game he had ever owned and the first time he had played an RPG game. His father that was so against video games began to play Dragon Quest as well, and just recently Kishimoto called his father, who had apparentally just beaten Dragon Quest 7.

In Junior High School, Kishimoto began to focus on things other then drawing. Baseball had become a big part of his life, and naturally there was alot more studying to do, which meant little or no time for drawing. He pondered to himself if he was “Too old to draw”, at this point an unbelievable event occured in his life. As he walked home from school he saw a movie poster, one of the best drawings he had ever seen, how could a person draw this good? The drawing was for Katsuhiro Ootomo’s “Akira”. This drawing rekindled the flame and passion to draw, and to this day he continues to draw continously in hopes of one day getting close to that picture.

After he learned of “Akira”, Masashi Kishimoto’s drawings changed in a big way. He spent hours studying and trying to understand the of Ootomo, but couldn’t. He then had a revelation that this was totally original, and nothing else was like this. It would be impossible to copy, much like a persons DNA. He couldn’t understand what was great about the drawings of both Ootomo and Toriyama, but there was a few things he could understand. The effects, designs, every small detail was perfect and different from other artists. Kishimoto then began thinking to himself that an attractive picture is an original one, learning how to copy other artists was pointless.

Kishimoto began to try and create his own but he found himself always copying someone elses to some extent, finding or creating an original would be very rare and near impossible. With this new belief, and the thought that Ootomo’s was unbeatable, Kishimoto began to try and make his drawings look exactly like his. As he entered his final year of Junior High, he would buy up all of the “Akira” material he could find and spend his time trying to draw the pictures exactly like Ootomo.

In the Eleventh Grade, Kishimoto created his first 31 page manga, he couldn’t tell if it was any good so he showed it to his brother. “Great isn’t it?!!” he asked. Only to get a reply of “This sucks!!”, naturally he couldn’t take his brothers word so he showed his father, and got the same reaction. Up until then Kishimoto had been really excited about submitting it for a Jump Magazine Award, but after that he lost the nerve and that manga will forever sit in the bottom of his desk drawer.

As a “simple, blind and stupid young man”, Kishimoto did not lose sight of his dream and thought to himself that if he wants to win the contest he will have to just keep creating mangas. His thinking may have been odd then, but looking back on it he reflects how it made excellent practice, plus he was so young his train of thought couldn’t be helped. After a few more manga projects, and being told that “This is no good” he began to wonder to himself why his mangas weren’t? What made other peoples better!?

Dedicating all of his time to figure this out, Masashi Kishimoto graduated high school ranked 38th out of 39th in his it quickly became obvious that with grades like this, he wouldn’t be getting into any college. No good at manga, no good at school, what would he do in life? Masashi Kishimoto didn’t give up, he got right back to drawing Manga, and inspiring to become a Jump mangaka. He reflects back on how his thoughts didn’t go to deep, “Well, things will work out!” was the extent of it. “Thank god for being stupid!”

Today everything has worked out for Masashi Kishimoto, his dreams of becoming a famous Jump mangaka have come true, his story about that shadow ninja boy, Naruto has become one of the best selling and most popular mangas worldwide. He has certainly shown that he can draw with the best of them, and despite all the adversities, he has succeeded. Masashi Kishimoto is a true inspiration, a true role model, and will go down in history as one of the best.

Source: The owner for this, i forgot to copy the link. i do not own this.

Manga Facts~

25 Feb

ABOUT MANGA/ANIME~

MANGA

  •  pronounced “MAHN-gah”
  • the term manga was coined in 1814 by Hokusai, who is best known for his woodblock print, “The Wave”
  • “manga” written in kanji uses the characters “man” (involuntary) and “ga” (sketches), so manga basically means “involuntary/whimsical sketches”… in other words, cartoons.
  • Weekly Shonen Magazine was the first weekly magazine for children in Japan. It started in 1959.
    • Manga is a Japanese word that means “cartoons” or “comics”.
    • Mangas are read backwards for a North American, from right to left.
    • In the early 60s, mangas for girls were mostly mad by man authors. It all changes in the mid 60s with woman artists making their first creations.
    • Each resident of Japan spends around $30 US for mangas each year.

TYPES OF MANGA

  • SHOUJO
  • SHOUNEN
  • SEINEN
  • KODOMO
  • JOSEI

ANIME

  • pronounced “AH-nee-may”
  • the word “anime” is actually short for the English word “animation”
  • in Japan, “anime” can refer to any kind of animation at all, and people even call Disney movies “anime” there, but in pretty much of the rest of the world, “anime” is strictly reserved to Japanese animation
  • anime can be used in commercials and different kinds of media other than TV shows, like how we think of anime here
  • can completely hand-drawn or have CG effects (an example would be LASTEXILE)

PUBLICATION OF MANGA

  • manga are first published in special manga magazines, then in tankoubon form, which are basically trade paperbacks (when you go to the bookstore, the little manga books you buy are tankoubon)

MANGA MAGAZINES (AND POPULAR MANGA SERIALIZED IN THEM)

  • LaLa (Vampire Knight, Ouran High School Host Club, Penguin Revolution)
  • Weekly Shounen Jump (NARUTO, ONE PIECE, DEATH NOTE, BLEACH, GinTama, Black Cat)
  • Ribon (The Gentlemen’s Alliance +, Kodocha, FullMoon o Sagashite)
  • Dengeki Daioh (Azumanga Daioh!, Yotsuba&!)
  • Bessatsu Margaret (High School Debut, Lovely Complex)
  • Shounen Gangan (InuYasha, Fullmetal Alchemist)

DOUJINSHI

  • Doujinshi are manga produced by small amateur publishers outside the mainstream commercial market
  • can be like fanfictions are here, where you use characters from already-created series and make up new storylines for them or continue an already-existing storyline
  • can be a parody on something
  • can be a completely original idea! ^^ (this is how CLAMP got famous)

Source: http://www.freewebs.com/anime-okonomiyaki/mangaquickfacts.htm

http://www.how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com/manga-facts.html

ANIMAX

25 Feb

So, what is animax?

Animax (アニマックス Animakkusu?) is a Japanese anime satellite television network, dedicated to broadcasting anime programming. A subsidiary of Japanese media conglomerate Sony, it is headquartered in New Pier Takeshiba North Tower (ニューピア竹芝ノースタワー Nyū Pia Takeshiba Nōsu Tawā?) in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, with its co-founders and shareholders including Sony Pictures Entertainment and the noted anime studios Sunrise, Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, and production company NAS.

Operating across Japan, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Latin America (replacing Locomotion) and most recently in Europe (launching across Germany, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic in 2007 (replacing Anime+ in Romania, Hungary, and Czech Republic), Slovakia (replacing Anime+), Spain and Portugal (both initially on sister channel AXN) in 2008, and soon to be launched in the United Kingdom, Poland (has been halted), Italy, France and several other countries),[7][8] Africa and Australia (currently a two-hour block on Sci Fi Channel, which is co-owned by Animax’s parent Sony Pictures Entertainment), Animax is the first and largest 24-hour network dedicated to anime in the world,[6][9] with a viewer reach of over 89 million households, 62 countries and more than 17 languages.[10]However, it is not known why Animax was cut off from Vietnam Cable network

Its title is a portmanteau of the words anime (アニメ?) and max (マックス makkusu?).[11] It also has English language networks in Southeast Asia, South Asia, South Africa, and most recently, a two-hour network in Australia (via Sci Fi Channel, which is co-owned by Animax’s parent Sony Pictures Entertainment), and is expected to plan launching other English language networks, most notably in the United Kingdom, Australia, and North America.

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What proggrams are there in animax, here in Indonesia?

Beelzebub

Maid Sama!

Bleach – Memories of Nobody

The Book of Bantorra

Cardfight!! Vanguard

K-ON!!

Chromed Shelled Regios

Naruto

Fairy Tail

Shangri-La

Tales of the Abyss

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2

Winter Sonata

Tower of Druaga

K-ON!

Bleach

Romeo X Juliet

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Samurai Champloo

Stigma of The Wind

Colourcloud Palace 2

Sergeant Keroro (Season 3)

Kekkaishi

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Black Butler

Gurren Lagann

Busou Renkin

Hayate the Combat Butler (Season 2)

Fairy Tail Season 2

IDATEN JUMP!

LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver Wing-

InuYasha

Letter Bee

Nodame Cantabile

Spooky Kitaro 5

Shakugan No Shana

07-Ghost

Tears to Tiara

Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts

Toward The Terra

Lucky Star

Yu Yu Hakusho

Mind to watch?

Sources: Wikipedia, Animax official site.

For more information: http://www.animax-asia.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animax

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