Rear-left corner of a large conference room, elevated on a stage about the same height as the runway, very low light, a mid-range zoom lens, and nothing but a projection to reference the designers. Such was the setup of my attendee experience at the Pacific Media Expo 2015 fashion show. I had a great time. It was challenging, eye-opening, and I definitely know what I want out of my photographs next time I attend.
Some highlights of what was a busy weekend in photos, starting off with Tony, a good friend and Marine combat veteran, instructing a colleague’s son on how to properly hold a pistol. More photos from PMX 2015 and 626 Night Market after the break.
Cosplay by Larry Bear. Character: Meiko “Menma” Honma. Series: あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.)
Cosplay and tributes work well together when the context of the show relates so closely to what you are paying tribute to. AnoHana for short, this show touches upon the life of a group of friends who lost one of their own early on in their childhood. Inner thoughts and emotional dissections ensue, and we have a rather satisfying ending. Inspired by a true story? Possibly. Laura was a good friend for many years. And though we lost touch for nearly six of them, we were able to reconnect for two more before her untimely passing. This is an open letter about my thoughts on her young legacy from my viewpoint. May she find peace and comfort in knowing that she was loved and will always be remembered.
No one likes delays. Especially me. Fall 2014 post was supposed to go up around the time of this post, but other complications arose. Thus, I bring to you a photo from the Los Angeles Hatsune Miku Expo from last year instead. This was actually the very first photo I took that day as dozens of us waited on the outside perimeter of Los Angeles Center Studios for the Miku Expo Halloween Party to open. I spotted a Hatsune Miku cosplayer from a distance as she crossed the street among casual pedestrians. Someone thought this looked like a tumblr photo. Perhaps I should open a tumblr. Hmm..
Hot off the heels of my excitement for this summer anime season’s lineup is a brand new show featuring mecha, a ragtag team of civilian high school students showing their tactical superiority in dire situations that military personnel just can’t measure up to, and a brand new site layout for a blog that was begging to be redone since maybe two years ago. Why the change, you ask? Well, for starters, dynamic layouts (sites that change layouts depending on the device or browser window size viewed on) were just starting to gain functionality and popularity when I started this blog. Secondly, I’ve been wanting to get back into writing again, specifically about the summer 2014 anime season, and what better way to kick-start new content than to refresh the interface?
There are a handful of items that need to be scrubbed and re-arranged, like streamlining what’s in the the sidebar (which is still on the left side), choosing proper background photos for each page, and updating the size of photos in blog posts that link to my flickr profile. Truth be told, this interface is actually geared toward restaurants (hey, maybe I can post a price sheet PDF for my photography services!), but the WordPress demo impressed me with the ability to create static child/parent pages with unique, featured photo backgrounds that, once again, scale to the size of a browser window or mobile device screen resolution. The more customized child/parent page functionality is important for my content as this will allow me to partition my entire WordPress profile into a landing page that leads visitors to either my anime blog or my photography portfolio, which was the original intent of this site to begin with.
So, there is no doubt that this is a work-in-progress, but I think I’m going to have a lot of fun revamping everything. Like the high school characters in the promo poster for Aldnoah.Zero above, I can’t wait to get my hands and knees dirty to bring this site back to having consistent content! To the newcomers and even those that still visit my site, thanks for stopping by, sticking around, and checking out my posts! More photos, anime reviews, and random shenanigans to come!
40 days of fundraising and almost $4,000 USD later, we have a Vocaloid concert! And no, this isn’t Crypton Future Media, SEGA, 5bp, MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC., or any other entity or production studio typically associated with Vocaloid concerts that put this show together. With enough continued momentum, Synthesized Reality Productions could very well be the go-to production studio for local Vocaloid concerts until it gains traction with the likes of larger conventions such as Anime Expo. Anyone who is a Vocaloid fan who knew about and/or was fortunate to attend the 2011 Mikunopolis event in Los Angeles would probably agree that seeing more of Miku, Luka, Rin and Len onstage here in the United States is something we really need to see more often, especially for the efforts put forth at this year’s Pacific Media Expo. Read on for my quick impression of the show and some photos of the concert.
Megane! I suppose it was only natural that Haruki would eventually ask Setsuna to join the club, but I didn’t think the episode would carry out the way it did. In some respects, I felt it spent too much time developing a single character. In other cases, it almost felt like there wasn’t enough time, which worries me a little if this is only meant to span a single season. Still, this week’s plot manages to carry on with enough moments to satiate romantic drama fans’ thirst for good character development. I mean, just look at those glasses on Setsuna; how is that not adorable at all?! Come to think of it, why does she even look that way?
Well, you don’t see this happen quite often. Imagine setting up a cosplay shoot for this exact frame; I better start making some friends who love to fish, own a boat, and find a model willing to be trapped in a net for a few minutes just for this seemingly awkward shot. Awkward, that is, until you understand that this isn’t an ordinary girl being hoisted out of the sea via fish net by a well-dressed fisherman in a fashionable middle school button-up short sleeve in the middle of summer. Read on after the break for a bit of a history lesson behind this world’s underwater life and how this moment in the story is probably the de facto scene for which the struggles of our main characters will be based around.
“There is so much I want to do. I’m brimming with thoughts of things I want to create… I chase after every image that flies out. I catch them, battle them, and consume them after sampling each flavor. I name and return them to where they ought to be [over and over]. It requires so much time.
I want to open all these boxes, but a mortal life span is too short to do such a thing. A single lifetime limits how many boxes you can open.”
Boys, never break a promise you made to your cute female childhood friend, especially when she shows up in a fashionable sundress, bag, and hat to indirectly tell you how lonely she is to be warding off spirits and wants you to join in on the fight, even if you can’t see them at all. Oh, and make sure to not tell her she’s not cute at all; otherwise, you’re going to have a bad time.