Thursday, August 25, 2011

Disney D23 Expo 2011 Part Y - The Cosplay

Okay...Unlike previous con reports where I organize everything by themes, I think this requires a day-by-day report...But I've been sitting on these cosplay pics for too long to not say anything about it. Pretty much my weekend was split between buying stuff, waiting hours in line to see panels, and wandering the main floor...There was only really one scheduled cosplay gathering I was aware of that was organized by Disney on the last day...



And here are some of my favorite cosplays or outfits inspired by Disney movies, attractions, and shows...

I've been wondering when I'll see a Phineas and Ferb cosplay, though I think some work has to be done with the hair...



I still don't know why Princess Kida of Atlantis: The Lost Empire isn't getting as much attention as Princess Jasmine...



I really liked this Wall-E inspired couple...



The Haunted Mansion even inspired some fans...



And I really like how the crocodile from Fantasia just happened to be around for a perfect Haunted Mansion pic...



Speaking of nostalgic Disney...



Of course there were princesses and other familiar Disney characters, all of which you can see in my album...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Disney D23 Expo 2011 Part X - A Taste of My Disney Weekend Across From (but not in) Disneyland

So tired from D23, so I'll start my event (it's more than just a con, it's the ultimate Disney fan event) report later...but here's a pic of all the freebies I picked up...I know I spent more on stuff this weekend than at Anime Expo, but that's because they are really exclusive items, and some of the stuff I bought was part of my Christmas shopping...



But for a taste of the kinds of cosplay...here's a mashup of The Haunted Mansion x Fantasia...


Monday, August 15, 2011

Tanabata Festival/Nisei Week 2011 - A Story of 3.5 Hours Part 2 - Some 2D...

Note: Pics seem to be a little cropped by Blogger. Click on them to see the full image.




This is the third year I've made the drive up to Little Tokyo for Nisei Week, and I've always found my favorite thing is the Tanabata Festival as this is the only time of year it is held...taiko performances, cosplay events, and martial arts demonstrations can be seen during other times of the year in this part of downtown L.A...(okay the Grand Parade held on the first Sunday of Nisei Week and the ondo street dancing on the last day of Nisei Week are big events worth checking out, but I'm now a college student again and gotta get ready for back-to-school!)

But before I checked out the Tanabata, I watched an ukulele group perform...



Oddly enough, they didn't play "Aloha Oe", but it was a fun performance (it was already in the 80s when I arrived, hence the lack of an audience)

The actual schedule mentioned that there was going to be a fashion show hosted by AniMaid Cafe and PMX, but that didn't seem to materialize. What did materialize was a performance troupe from Japan showing off some samurai movie moves...



The director was showing some interested kids how to attack and look cool doing it...



I never really noticed in previous years, but this years' Tanabata streamers were really interesting...I really wanna know the story behind this one with the beer cans...it seems like a tribute to one's grandfather...



Now the entry from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles really shows how Hayao Miyazaki is a national treasure...



However, my favorite was the burger streamer being eaten by caterpillars...



Now that the Japanese Village Plaza has been renovated, it was nice to see some new stuff during this years' Nisei Week, like the tanzaku that was tied to all the bamboo and trees around the plaza...



Now some wishes people placed on the small pieces of paper were really tough to read, many of them about wishing that their parents could find work, or ill relatives getting better...However, some were just weird/silly/stupid/offensive (I dunno if Japanese people would find some petty wishes offensive)...



Before I left I did see a little Polynesian dancing and bought something from Anime Jungle...



I did take a few more pics that you can find here.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tanabata Festival/Nisei Week 2011 - A Story of 3.5 Hours Part 1 - Some 3D...




Metal chairs + hot day = hot seat...many of the chairs in front of the stage at the Tanabata Festival near the Japanese American National Museum were empty during the ukulele concert...

Well I didn't plan on doing much for this year's Nisei Week in Little Tokyo because of plans to attend the upcoming Disney D23 Expo and going back to school...I tried to set up a meetup today, but I arrived 45 minutes late because of traffic on the freeway. My day was also cut short because frankly, it was pretty hot...

I did take this as an opportunity to play with my 3D rig again, and I thought taking pictures of the streamers from the Tanabata Festival (3rd year) that's held during the first weekend of Nisei Week would be an ideal subject...





Now that the Japanese Village Plaza has been renovated with new trees, some were repurposed for Nisei Week to hold tanzaku paper that contains wishes of the people (some interesting ones to be posted in a later post)...



Now the Tanabata Festival program listed a fashion show hosted by AniMaid Cafe and PMX, but that didn't happen as scheduled...However, I did see a bunch of cosplayers across the street with a program that was probably linked with Anime LA since Tadao Tomomatsu was emceeing the event...



I have more pics taken with the successor to my PowerShot that died during Anime Expo to be posted in a later post.

On a side note, I replaced the batteries in the cameras in my 3D rig, but it still seems like they drain quickly when used in the 3D rig...I wonder if I should reduce the voltage of the pulse used in the synchronization shutter switch...So until I figure out how to fix the quick battery drain problem, I gotta take 3D pics sparingly...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Anime Expo 2011 in 2D - Day 3 Highlights and Day 4 Quick Summary

(Post pic of damaged camera here...)

Well this was the last day that I had a working LCD on my Canon PowerShot A590, so there wasn't a lot of pics taken, though it was a long day...

After parking at the convention center, I realized I forgot my cell phone, so I had to drive back to the hotel, grab my phone, and come back to pay for parking again since there was no in/out privileges (common for paid parking places in downtown L.A.)...

Since I missed the AX 20th Anniversary panel because of the cell phone issue (I seem to either forget or lose my phone once at every con I attend...), I wandered into a screening of Kanon (the Kyoto Animation version...) to kill some time...

Afterwards, I thought I would be able to find the infamous Site #3 for the too-random-to-be-listed crossplay/genderbend gathering quickly, so I veered a little bit into the Ouran High School Host Club gathering...



(where's the giant gear?)

After some hard searching finding the crossplay/genderbend gathering, I was able to find some crossplayers...Since it was a small turnout, there were few pics taken (and mine were in 3D), though I did capture one of the first pics taken after I realize that my A590's LCD broke...



(It's a good sign that even with a broken LCD, the camera can still take pics, but I don't know what the settings are...I guess it's still useful as an outdoor/daytime camera...)...

I met up with my new friend for lunch at the food trucks...I heard a lot of good things about India Jones, so I had to try the curry...



(yummy!)

I was so lucky that I didn't get my nice new Ika Musume (Musuko?) cosplay that I actually did most of the work on (I asked my cousin to make the hat since I doubted my sewing skills, though the tentacle wig did involve some sewing...) didn't get stained...



(So should've used the family size shrimp chips as my prop...)

I assumed at the time my damaged A590 could still be good for daylight pics, so I continued to take pics with at at the Madoka gathering...



Oddly enough, I only saw only one girl do Ika Musume, and she was at the top of an escalator while I was at the bottom, so I couldn't get to her in time...but the hat seems popular...



Obviously time was spent in the exhibit hall, especially after watching a screening of Wagnaria after the Madoka gathering...

I originally planned to go to the Umineko gathering, but I was sidetracked and ended up in line early for the K-On! concert...

Afterwards, I remember watching a little bit of Ga-Rei Zero and taking more pics, now with one of the cameras from the 3D rig, before meeting up with another friend to catch The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya...

Here are the rest of the pics from day 3...




I didn't realize I was tired until I decided to leave early on day 4 and falling asleep once I got home, waking up after the Independence Day fireworks on television and outside have already finished...but I didn't fall asleep until after I bought a few more things and taking pics of my haul...

Because of the fatigue, I didn't have much of a story for day 4, though I really wanted to catch the closing ceremonies...Day 4 was pretty much breakfast at Farm of Beverly Hills at L.A. Live, watching Lyrical Nanoha, texting my new friends to have a safe trip since they planned to leave early, watching Baka and Test, last minute deals and freebies in exhibit hall, watching Sekirei, more last minute shopping, and then just going home...

Overall, it was the best AX so far...I made new friends, discovered new anime, tried new food trucks...though I think I'll pick a closer hotel even if it means paying more for parking next year...

Now to get ready to really field test my new camera, enhancements to my 3D rig (I know they're gonna drop the price on the 3DS, but I built this rig out of my own two hands!), more events before school starts, and maybe take time to improve my Ika Musume cosplay (like using a larger t-shirt since the collar was tight...).