Photo Coverage: AX Live x Desu-Nation’s St Patty’s Cosplay Event (3.16.2013)

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Large groups of people inside anime/manga stores, a couple of colorful sets of clothes and hair, cameras, and music can only mean one thing: mini-convention! I had the opportunity to meet a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and even some of my photos hosted by someone who works in the industry! Find out who it was after the break, as well as details behind my experience at AX Live/Desu-Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Event.

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Megurine Luka: Tony Ver. (Figure Review)

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The addition of 1/7th scale Vocaloid Megurine Luka to my figure collection came as no surprise considering how much of a fan I’ve become of the music she has been featured in (Just Be Friends, anyone?). In some ways, a 1/7th scale figure feels like homage to my first ever figure purchase of similarly scaled Saber Lily ~Golden Caliburn~ back in September 2010. Whereas Saber Lily sparked quite the fan in me for future nendoroid purchases, Luka may just reignite it. And where I used to take casual photos of the figures I acquired, I now have a better sense of understanding of how creative I can take those photos. Check out more of them after the break to see whether I really was able to step up to the (in Luka’s case, vinyl) plate.

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New for 2013: Figure Photography [Teaser]

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For 2013, I thought it would be nice to re-photograph all of my figures from different perspectives (and hardware) that I hadn’t tried before and never had ready access to. The above shot of this rather famous figure (some of you may be able to figure out who it is right away) is an example of just that, as well as being a preview to something different and fun coming soon. I plan to tie in more background elements with this figure to make the shots more unique and, say, relevant to the subject’s contextual theme. Needless to say, I think the initial teaser results came out great! It certainly helps that she has partially transparent hair.

Having been away for some time with some (positive) career changes and physical relocation, I am now ready to pick up my momentum again with a new season of shows to follow, figure photo projects to commence, and comments to get back to. Stick around for some more posts and feedback this coming week!

Nikon COOLPIX L105 Review: The Underrated Compact Zoom That Could

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Free time at the office, a coworker’s new Nikon COOLPIX L105, and a demanding Haruhi Suzumiya can only mean one thing: be prepared to be a little saddened that you didn’t decide to pick this camera up for only $100 during this year’s Black Friday specials.

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DesignerCon 2011: At a Glance

Thoughts in Jeremyville @ DesignerCon 2011

Life has a funny way of throwing things at you. In my case, an entire week and a few days worth of familial situations, a major workplace move (and being in charge of possibly the single-most important aspect of a tech company: the tech), and sharing some time with precious friends has taken me away from the steady stream of anime/photo blogging I’d been slowly veering from. Does that mean I’m closing up shop or fading away as a result of the rookie aniblogger’s syndrome of sudden brain fart and disinterest in sharing with the world why I still tsun-tsun and dere-dere over particular shows?

Far from it. As a matter of fact, I’ve been actively watching all the fall anime shows I’ve come to love, attending conventions like DesignerCon most recently, and I’m even preparing for a third convention in the past two weeks. The next few days will be “at-a-glace” posts to consolidate the episodes of each show I’ve been following so as to keep the catch-up duties short and get myself back on track, followed by some photo-blog posts like this one to share with what I’ve really been up to since I last talked about a show like C3 or Working’!!

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Tako Luka Invasion (Kyaaa! Face)

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I’ve slowly been turning into a Megurine Luka fan since my days at Anime Expo and the Vocaloid experience’s first American debut at Mikunopolis in Los Angeles. So, it was only natural that the merchandise soon followed. But what does this wannabe Luka octopus have anything to do with the actual human-form character? And why do I suddenly have a craving for some takoyaki, as terrible as that may seem in the context of said octopus?

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Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival 2011: Lobsters, Pirates and Noms

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival - Two-Lobster Ticket

Going back a few weeks to photos I took during a day at the Port of Los Angeles’ annual Lobster Festival, held September 16-18 at the San Pedro Fish Market in Long Beach, California. I typically don’t eat shellfish aside from shrimp, so this was a nice experience for me to quite literally break out of my shell of food I usually stick to and try something new.

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2011 Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California: Blossoms in the Fall

2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Day 1: Ramen Tree + Choichi Kai

The 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California went off without a hitch, and I was on-deck to experience both days of the festivities. Come inside as I give you a tour of the food, music, dancing, and cultural demonstrations that made up for one strange weathered weekend and why you should consider going to next year’s event.

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2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Southern California [Preview]

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Los Angeles-bound for Saturday and Sunday for Little Tokyo district’s 10th annual Cherry Blossom Festival! This year’s theme: “Blossoms in the Fall”. It’s a shame the festival had to be postponed this late, but at least it didn’t get cancelled; now we’ll be able to enjoy our first cherry blossom festival before the year ends!

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Reunion! Jerome and Sharon, Chinatown and Little Tokyo

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Right after Japan Fair 2011, I took a trip up to Los Angeles to spend the rest of the day with some more friends that I haven’t seen in a very long time! Moon Festival was fast approaching, and the outdoor festivities in Chinatown were in high gear as usual that weekend. Between Chinatown and our later trip to Little Tokyo, we’d walked a few hearty miles, saw some interesting things, and ate lots of food. Check out the photos and some thoughts about our adventures after the jump.

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