Monday, April 27, 2009

Cosplay Scavenger Hunt List Part 6: What Kind of Costume Can I Make/Buy for $50

After seeing how much fun my cousin is having making my costume for Anime Expo, I'm thinking I could make a costume for a friend of mine (to pay her back for making me get my face painted at Disney's California Adventure...no one recognized that it was supposed to be a snake...)...So while the costume I commissioned my cousin to make will cost about $65 (labor not included), I wonder what I can make or buy for $50...So the next part of my scavenger hunt will focus on characters that could possibly be done for $50 or less (just a guess):

*Watched/Played Series

-Nabeshin (Shinichi Watanabe, Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers)*
-Cooking Mama (Cooking Mama game series)*
-L (Death Note)
-Mario (Super Mario Bros.)*
-Luigi (Super Mario Bros.)*
-Mako, Ichiro, Hideki (Nerima Daikon Brothers)*
-Spike (Cowboy Bebop)*
-Faye (Cowboy Bebop)*
-Tomoya Okazaki (Clannad, summer uniform)*
-Yuichi Aizawa (Kanon)*
-Yukito Kunisaki (Air)*
-Jacuzzi Splot (Baccano!)
-Chane LaForet (Baccano!)
-Negi Springfield (Negima series)*
-Miria Harvent (Baccano!)
-Yoko Ritona (Gurren Lagann)-boots not included...
-Kamina (Gurren Lagann)
-Nana/No. 7 (Elfen Lied)*
-Lucy (Elfen Lied)*
-Kurama (Elfen Lied)*
-Tamama (anime store employee in Lucky Star...the one with the Sgt. Frog Tamama emblem on her apron)*

There's probably a lot more that could go on this list, but school uniforms (Part 1) are more recognizable to me...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Why Do Otaku Feel That Anime Is Only For Them?

FMP! The Movie?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i701e5f503331aba0beae0430fe927543

Well it looks like there may be a live-action adaptation of Full Metal Panic, and Zac Efron's name has surfaced, but the comments I've seen at the above site and the Anime News Network site that also reported this story seem to have a running theme of "No! I will not accept any Hollywood version of an anime unless they are 100% faithful to the original story!"

Why?

Where was this rule that a movie must only appeal to the original fan base? If that was the case, no movie from an adapted screenplay would ever get made (look at Slumdog Millionaire, Harry Potter, Batman, The Lord of The Rings, and almost every musical that won an Oscar). While the producers of a film want to be creative in making the movie, it is also their job to be able to make a profit. Imagine if Transformers was only produced to appeal only to the otaku...okay I still haven't watched this movie, but I know I'll watch this when I can even though I never really liked the original animated series because it appears to be a refreshing adaptation. And isn't attracting a new audience (who can bring in more money) why studios and the creators of the original works want to do film/television adaptations of things that have a strong niche fanbase?