Princess Mononoke Mask & Glass City Con

Princess Mononoke Mask & Glass City Con

This past weekend I went to Glass City Con in Toledo, Ohio. But before I went, I had to finish my Princess Mononoke cosplay that I made for Motor City Con, which was in May. I had everything completed beside the mask, which is the most iconic part of the costume. Of course, I didn’t begin making it until less than a week before the convention, a bad move on my part. But anyway, I’ll explain a bit of my process in making the mask. There’s work to be done to it since it fell apart a lot, but I think I know what I did wrong.

If you want to see how I made the rest of the costume you can read it here.

Mask Materials

  • Styrofoam mannequin head
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Flour & Water (Papier Mache glue)
  • Mod Podge
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Air dry clay
  • Hot glue
  • Headband
  • Felt (optional)
  • White faux fur (less than a yard is needed)

Mask Assembly

Yes, it seems like a lot of materials, but it’s really not all that much. Most of these things I had already or will likely use in later projects.

I began with taking the styrofoam head and wrapping it in the plastic wrap, taping the edges to the head. Then I set the cardboard on the table and made little walls to keep the head

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Don’t mind the messy table. I live with two younger brothers and I just didn’t have time to clean.

from rolling to either side. This was a bit annoying to set up, but in the end it worked out.Then, to make the paper mache glue, I put a cup of water and two tablespoons of flour in a small saucepan. I put it on the stove on medium heat, continuously stirred until it began bubbling, then removed the heat. As it cooled, I took newspaper and cut it into strips that would then be dipped in the glue and placed on the head.

So, the way I did this was dipping the paper in, wiping off majority of the glue with my fingers, then laid the strip down. After a layer was down, I took a paintbrush and brushed even more glue off, so it would dry more quickly.

Unfortunately for me, it’s extremely humid during this time of the year in Michigan, so I ended up having to put the head and wet mask in a room with a dehumidifier until it dried. This sped up the drying process by a lot and dried in only a few hours.

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Mask before it dried (feat. polka dot shorts)

After it fully dried, I trimmed the sides so it was more of a mask shape, using the back of my mannequin head as reference still. Once this was done, I painted the top with white paint first, then once that dried, applied the red paint. Since I wasn’t painting on an already white surface, it was necessary I painted it white first, much like you would do to a wall that has been painted previously. Once the red paint dried, though, there were still spots that were not as dark, so another layer was applied.

After this, I added a layer of Mod Podge. This prevents the paint from chipping and somewhat waterproofs it, though I wouldn’t test it out.

With the Mod Podge drying, I shaped my clay into three circles, two wolf ears, and the white designs on the mask. I placed these pieces on the mask to tell where to put the black background on the eyes and mouth. I painted this with the black paint, and then let the the clay sit overnight.

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Red paint done

Again, this was not drying quickly due to humidity, so the next day I put the clay in the same dehumidifier room. After a few hours, it was nearly dry. If it was not the day before the con, I would have let them sit much longer, but I was on a bit of a time restraint. And I would regret my procrastination while at the convention.

I painted the circles yellow, the designs white, and the wolf ears red. Though the backs of the ears needed to be darker, so I mixed red paint with a bit of black to get a bit of a burgundy color.

I glued the eyes and mouth on with my favorite craft glue, and the designs on with hot glue. Once all of this was dry enough, I moved on to the fur. And a tip for all of you wanting to try using faux fur: don’t ever ever wear black pants while working with white fur. This stuff sheds like crazy, and pretty much looks like a cat exploded on the

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Black paint, no yellow or white paint

floor when you are done using it. But, it was necessary for the costume.

I put the mask up to the back of the fur and drew a half circle then cut enough fur that it would go down most of my back. The bottom comes to a point, like a wolf tail, so when cutting I gradually moved to the middle with my scissors. I really didn’t measure for this at all, but in the end it turned out fine.

I attached the half circle top to the forehead of the mask, using hot glue. And then I realized, I forgot to add the ears. So, I cut a slit where the edge of the forehead of the mask was, stuck the ears through and glued them to the underside of the mask. Here’s where the real problem arises. When I glued these on, the base of the ears was not enough to support the rest of the ear’s weight. So they began to rip. So I reinforced

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All painted and Mod Podged

with more glue, attaching them the best I could to the mask.

Then came how I would be keeping the mask on my head. I decided to just wear it like a hat, so I glued a headband to the underside and stuck that on my head. This is where the felt comes in, I wrapped white felt around the headband so it would match the fur a bit better. I put the headband on, and realized the mask was a bit heavy. So, I had to position the front to be a bit on my forehead to keep it in place as I walked. Not a big deal.

So, everything seemed okay, until the day of the convention. We were leaving, and I realized both the ears had practically ripped themselves off the mask. So my mom bought me some small craft sticks and I glued them to the ears to try holding

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With fur, ears all wonky though. (Look at that fur on the floor)

them up.  Seemed like a smart fix, until they fell off three times during the day. I ended up holding the mask and throwing one of the ears in my bag since it had completely snapped off.

This whole ear situation wouldn’t have happened if I let them dry completely. They were still floppy when I glued them on, so I had a feeling they wouldn’t work.

Glass City Con Experiences

This was a small convention, much smaller than the one I’m used to: Youmacon. But it was really fun, with some surprisingly awesome cosplays. There was a giant room with arcade machines, desktops, consoles hooked up to projectors playing Smash Bros and Mario Kart. The arcade machines are what I played mostly. They were majorly rhythm games, which were pretty fun. All in Japanese, though which was a bit annoying since I don’t know a bit of it. But I got to play DDR to the Soul Eater opening and play a rhythm game with the Free! ending and the Death Parade opening, which was something I never expected to do.

I didn’t go to see the voice actors, since both voice actors were people I knew but wasn’t really all that familiar with. Leah Clark and Jad Saxton were the ones there, and I did get to walk by while Jad was doing signings, which was cool enough.

There were tons of cool cosplays as well, much more than I expected of a con that had less than 2,000 attendees. I only have a few pictures, though, since my friend was the one taking pictures and she only came on day two.

 

 

 

Here are my pictures

 

 

 

It’s a bit strange seeing San and Maka with blue/green hair, but I just hate wigs, so I went without. And a wig for my San cosplay would be a nightmare, since my mask already gave me problems. And my Maka cosplay was just reused from last year, since I didn’t feel like messing with my mask when I came home at 9 pm on day one.

So this was a bit of a lengthy post. Sorry for boring you. I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial anyway.

I will be on vacation from the 21st to 27th, so if I do not respond to your comments don’t think I’m ignoring you. I have another post planned to go up on the 28th, and this one is clearly on the 21st. I won’t have hardly any access to internet while I’m gone, but I’ll try to check on things from time to time. Thank you!

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Top 10 Male Anime Characters

I did a top 10 of female characters a while back with the full intention of doing this post immediately after, but I guess I forgot about it. Well, here it is now. I’ll have to say this list was much easier to compile than Top 10 Female Anime Characters, for reasons I’m somewhat ashamed of. I’ve realized that when I become attached to a male character, they tend to have one or more of the following traits: short stature, short temper, and blond hair. Which almost every character on this list falls into.

As with many of these lists, this is not in any specific order. I just can’t bring myself to rate these guys at all. I love them all, okay?

I’m gonna try to keep my fangirling to a minimum since all of these characters are ones I love for so many reasons, and one tends to be their, ah, character design.

Yukine (Noragami)

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There are many lovable characters in Noragami, but Yukine was the one that I grew fond of. His past is a mystery to everyone, because as a regalia, his memory from his previous life had been wiped. But it’s clear he had a rough past, and since he’s only fourteen, the way he handles things is a bit rash. He tends to go through rebellious phases, which hurt Yato severely, so they have to work together to get Yukine through whatever it is that’s bothering him. He’s far from a perfect character, he has a ton of emotional problems, but isn’t that what makes an interesting character?

Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)

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Kyo is another emotionally unstable one, though he tends to be more consistent with how he feels. I talked a lot about Kyo in my recent OWLS post, which you can read here. But, I probably should explain why I like him so much anyway. He has pretty bad anger issues, due to his zodiac animal. Being the cat means he’s left out of things. He’s ignored, called nasty names, and generally is treated less than human. Really, I feel bad for him. But in the manga, he learns that there are still people who can accept him for who he is, and he should ignore those who don’t. He’s a character who grew in both the anime and manga, and because of that, I love him a lot.

Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! On Ice)

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Oh boy, I’m gonna have a hard time staying calm for this one. I’m still so absorbed in this show and it’s been like six months now. But, anyway, of the three main characters, I became the most attached to Yurio. Not because I relate to him, really, but more just he kinda impresses me. His skill is insane for his age, and his determination is so intense, it’s hard to not admire. I’m only two years older than him and I feel I’ve done nothing with my time when watching what he can do. I shouldn’t be comparing myself to an anime character, I know that. He’s just so impressive.

Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)

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And now this idiot. Gosh, I became obsessed with this show three years ago and I still bring myself back to this character. He seems like just a pretty face on the surface, but his heart is so kind. He’s so open to everybody, it doesn’t matter who you are. He flirted with Haruhi, whom he thought was a guy for one thing, and knew was poor. But he still felt he was obligated to make her happy in any way he could. He was open to learning about the way people like Haruhi lived, which is not something most rich people do. Tamaki honestly is someone who people should strive to be like: open-minded and accepting of all people.

Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Ah yes, another angry short blond. Well, more of the original angry short blond but anyway. I know you’ve all probably seen a million things about Ed considering how popular this show is and how long it’s been around, but again, I just kind of attached myself to him. I even have a hoodie that looks like his coat. I don’t think I need to go into detail about him here.

Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

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And the cute little hero that has stolen all of our hearts. This show shocked me so much, since it looked like a lame shonen, but in reality is such a beautiful story about believing in yourself. Izuku is honestly so determined and open-minded that he can set his mind to something and never lose sight of it. When the kids bullied him for not having powers, he showed them that even people without powers can be heroes too. He’s such an inspirational character, showing that even people who do not fit into the norm can do amazing, honorable things. We all could learn a thing or two from him.

Shoya Ishida (A Silent Voice)

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Now, I didn’t really think about adding him initially, but I’ve been rereading the manga so I can watch the movie and compare. And I realized how amazing Shoya is. Yes, he was a terrible bully and did some awful things, but he has learned from those mistakes. Every time someone brings it up again, he regrets it all over again. He’s the definition of a troubled character. He was close to giving up everything, but continued on and began fixing all of the wrongs he did. It’s a common saying that either “people change” or “people never change.” This manga/movie show both, and Shoya proves that when you are conscious of your problems, you really can change.

Soul Evans (Soul Eater)

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This seems like an obvious choice, considering my clear love of Soul Eater. Now, at first I wasn’t sure if I should put Soul or Death the Kid on here, but it seems like Soul tends to not get enough love. So, here’s Soul. I never realized how great of a character he was until I began making my Maka cosplay last year and was watching the show to get references. Soul is the greatest partner Maka could ever ask for. He is so willing to take the punches she would be taking if he weren’t there to protect her. Though she never seems grateful for the protection he provides, he knows that it’s what he should do, so he does it without question. He looks out for her, as any good friend and partner should.

Nagisa Shiota (Assassination Classroom)

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Were you expecting Karma? I know he’s the fan favorite, and don’t get me wrong I love him too, but Nagisa beats him by a little bit. Kinda because of the whole thing where I like short characters. But there’s more than just physical appearance, I’m not that shallow. I’ve noticed many people think Nagisa is a flat, boring character, which I can see, and you’re entitled to think whatever you want. But really, I think he learned a lot by the end of the show. He began having no self-confidence whatsoever, being stuck in the class of delinquents and slackers. But by learning his abilities with the help of Koro-sensei, he finally sees his potential. A bit of a spoiler, but it’s not all that big, he ends up pursuing a teaching career. Nobody with a lack of self-confidence would be able to do this. He knows his skills enough to improve on them until he can teach others. Kind of ranted about this one, but as someone who wants to teach as well, this character hits a bit close to home.

Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)

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I’ve never actually watched this anime, but I’m on the eighth manga, and I don’t know if I’m just not far enough yet, but I prefer Kaneki with his black hair. Is this just me? I had to search “Kaneki black hair” to get this picture because there was only the white hair. Okay, enough about that. I really can’t say a ton about him, considering I’m on roughly episode two of season two. I’ve got a bit to go, so I’m unsure of everything that happens. But I just, accidentally, grew attached to him. Which I kind of wish I hadn’t because geez, my feelings were hurt reading the manga. He’s so sweet, why would you hurt him? And he’s adorable too.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this list, it was fun to put together. I feel I went a bit more in depth in this one than in my female character one, and I’m not sure why. I expected to talk a lot about how cute all of these guys are, which is true, but I delved a bit deeper.

I love doing these character posts, and I can promise more in the future.

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[OWLS Blog Tour: “TEAM”] Crona Gorgon: Soul Eater

[OWLS Blog Tour: “TEAM”] Crona Gorgon: Soul Eater

This is my very first OWLS blog post! I’ve been very excited to join this group of wonderful, kind people for a long time, and the time has finally come for me to be a true part of the group.

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When given the topic of the month: “Team” in regards of the LGBT+ community, it took me a while to decide on what I would be talking about. I’m very new to the community, so my spectrum isn’t very large. I can count on one hand the number of shows/comics I’ve read or watching dealing with this community. So, I decided to talk about something that wasn’t very expected.

Soul Eater is a show I hold close to my heart. The characters I hold even closer. In My Top 5 Animes I discussed my favorite characters. Number 3 was Crona. I put this character toward the top of my list of favorite characters, and I always have. I’m that strange fan who loves Crona. I never truly knew why, but in this post, I’m hoping to explore that more.

Analysis

Crona Gorgon is the child of the witch, Medusa, whose goal is to release the kishin on the world. It’s clear from the beginning that Medusa is the villain in this show, and when initially seeing Crona, you expect them to also become a villain. At first, yes, Crona listens to their mother and acts as a weapon. It’s not their choice, though, seeing as Medusa threatens to hurt Crona if they do not cooperate.

Later, after Crona and Maka are involved in an intense battle, Maka decides to befriend Crona and they become a part of the group at the DWMA. Unfortunately, Crona is used as 2a spy by Medusa, so this is short lived. During this time, though, we get to see a lot of Crona’s past and what they truly want. Crona was pretty much abused by Medusa, forcing them into an empty, dark room, with only their weapon, Ragnarok, for company. This was supposed to make Crona a more powerful tool for Medusa to use, but only makes Crona fearful of their mother and more unsure of themselves.

Crona is constantly at war with their mind, part wants to follow their instinct and become good, but the other is in fear of their mother and wants to give up. This internal 4turmoil was what drew me to this character. Honestly, these characters tend to be the most interesting. Give me deeply troubled, conflicted characters to feel bad for and I’m good to go. That sounds terrible, but it’s true. Characters that are happy all the time get old, and though arguably, all characters in Soul Eater have a dark past, Crona’s is one of the most depressing.

The DWMA group

When Crona is first introduced, Soul and Maka are in Italy on an extracurricular lesson. Maka notices there are a bunch of souls in an old church, along with a more abnormal soul. When they get close to the church, though, only one soul remains.

5When they go in, they see Crona there. At first, nobody says anything to each other. Crona is communicating with their mother, Medusa and their weapon, Ragnarok. Maka and Soul only speak to each other about the weird person on the other end of the room.

They meet each other as enemies, because Crona had been raised to become the “ultimate evil” as a kishin, meister, and weapon in one body. Maka and Soul’s job is to kill all of the kishin, so naturally, they fight.

The fight between them is interesting, and Crona is shown to be clearly unstable, due to multiple reasons. One being the weapon inside of them, another being the constant voice of their evil mother in their head, and another being unsure of whether they are good or evil. Crona has never wanted to be evil, hence how they become a part of the team later on.

I love all of the episodes Crona is a part of, especially the one where it shows Crona and Maka as children. I love the friendship Crona and Maka have, even though it’s only shown through a few episodes. Maka is entirely accepting of Crona, even though they are technically on the evil side by default. Crona desperately wants friends and is happy when the team opens up to them. Though, it still takes time for Crona to become used to people acknowledging them.

3Something I truly love is the fact that only once is the question of Crona’s gender brought up, if I remember correctly. I believe Liz said it, though I can’t remember what episode that was in. Nobody really knows what Crona identifies as, because it doesn’t really matter at all. The group welcomes Crona wholeheartedly, and isn’t even angry when Crona lets one of Medusa’s snakes loose. The group knows Crona doesn’t truly mean harm, because the only reason they are listening to Medusa is because their own life is at risk otherwise. The group knows this.

They accept Crona despite the insanity lurking within them, their questionable ethics, and unknown gender. They know Crona needs friends, and they provide.

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Fanbase

Most people in the Soul Eater fanbase are not as accepting, though. When Crona is brought up, it’s generally not to say how bad they feel for Crona, or how skilled Crona is.

No, it’s always “Oh, what do you think Crona’s gender is?” Poor Crona is always seen as a question, rather than a well-rounded character like they truly are. It’s honestly annoying as a dedicated fan of the show.

I will admit, I used to be one of those people, and I had a preferred way of seeing Crona, but upon looking at it more, I’ve decided it doesn’t matter. I now use “they” as the pronoun, because Crona has never stated one or the other, and I want to respect that there is no solid answer. The creator themselves purposefully made Crona without gender, and I don’t think it was to confuse fans and start a gender war.

It’s a bit ridiculous to see that the first autofill on Google is “gender.” There’s a whole slew

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This was my actual search when acquiring photos for this post

of memes and “motivational posters” for it. It makes me so upset to see such an amazingly written character treated this way.

 

As a collective fanbase, I think we should ignore this whole question and accept that Crona has no specific gender. I know this is not an uncommon thing to have a non-specified character.

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Dialogue in the Manga and Anime

It’s hard to constantly refer to a character as “they.” Just writing this, I’ve had to be aware of how my sentences looked. I had to use “the group” rather than “they” because it could get confusing about who I’m talking about if I used “they” for both Crona and the group. Which is why Crona is referred to as “he” in the manga and anime. This does not mean Crona is male. It was done for convenience, and not confusing the viewers and readers.

I watched the dubbed version by Funimation, and I own the DVD copy. On there, episode seven is commentated by the director, Maka’s voice actor, and Soul’s voice actor. This was the episode Crona was introduced, so there was a lot of talk about Crona. Including nice.pngthe pronouns. In there, it was explained that the writers of the English script had to go back and forth between what they would use as Crona’s pronoun, so they chose “he” since it was just the default. It was not the writers choosing a preferred gender or ignoring the way the character was written, only allowing the actors to understand their lines.

Another example of this is Hanji Zoe from Attack on Titan. From what I’ve seen, Hanji was non-gendered in the manga, but for the anime the creators changed Hanji’s gender. Again, for simplicity. Hanji is not portrayed as feminine in the anime, or masculine for that matter. I can entirely respect this decision since using “they” in a story is a bit confusing when it comes to sentence structure. But if done correctly, it can be used. I’ve seen it.

Summary

Overall, Crona is a great character that should be recognized more throughout the fandom. Not as “that character with the confusing gender,” but the character with internal turmoil and conflicting motives. Crona is probably one of the most troubled characters in all of Soul Eater. They constantly must go between trusting the DWMA group and their own mother. They feel the DWMA will make them happy, but Medusa has the ability to make their life even worse if they defy her. Not to mention, their own weapon will beat them up just to make them feel bad. Crona must have a whole slew of mental issues, which makes them a really interesting character. The pressure they feel is immense, and they’ve gotten to the point where they break down when given even a small task. “I don’t know how to deal with that” is Crona’s phrase. They have been hurt mentally and physically their entire life, so even the simplest thing makes them give up.

I feel for Crona. I want them to be happy, and it’s hard when your mother is an evil witch trying to kill your friends.

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Here’s a happy, smiley Crona 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed my OWLS post! It was a little weird, but this is probably due to my newness to the LGBT+ community, so I’m still a little unsure about things. I just don’t want to offend any of you. It’s the last thing I’d want to do.

But, I recently finished a fabulous webcomic by the name of “Always Human” which deals with a lot of LGBT+ stuff, so I highly recommend you check it out. I found it on LINE Webtoon, but the creator is also on Tumblr @walkingnorth. I wasn’t told to spread the comic I just loved it so much I want to share it. And what better time than during Pride month?

Be sure to check out the other fabulous posts done by the wonderful OWLS group. The one before me by Naja (Nice Job Breaking It, Hero) and the one after me by Lita Kino . The other tour posts are on the OWLS website at OWLS: Otaku Warriors For Liberty and Self-Respect .

I’ll be doing my next OWLS post on July 7th so look for that!

Top 10 Female Anime Characters

I’m sorry for the long wait (2 months to be exact), I was finishing up classes these past couple weeks so I’ve had other things on my mind. It should be more frequent from now on.

I can always appreciate when an anime can make a female character right. There are too many that use the girls of anime as fanservice or give them a cardboard personality. All of the girls I have chosen for this list are not fanservice characters, and have great character qualities. I tried to get a variety from anime I watched a while ago and more recent ones. I’ve noticed I tend to talk about the same shows constantly, so I’m trying to mix it up a bit if I can.

Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)

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Many may know how I feel about this show. As it was my first anime, I will always hold it dear to my heart, and Haruhi was the first character I ever cosplayed as. And although I’ve broadened my anime spectrum, I always fall back to this show. Haruhi is a very strong character, and has dealt with many things going wrong in her life. The loss of her mother at a young age, going to a school knowing nobody, and being practically thrown into a club she had no intention of joining were all things she dealt with, but didn’t let ruin her life. She overcame these obstacles, and made the best of it. Plus she’s very outspoken and doesn’t let other people take advantage of her.

Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)

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Fruits Basket was one of my very first animes, and I watched most of it at a sleepover with my friends around four years ago. Since then, I’ve gone back to it and rewatched it one or two times, along with reading all of the manga (which is so much better I highly recommend it). Tohru Honda is such a sweet character, it’s hard to not like her. She’s caring and looks out for others even if they don’t ask her to. But the thing that impresses me the most about her is the fact she stays positive no matter what circumstance she’s in. Her father died when she was about two years old, and her mother died about six month before the show takes place, but she continues to see the good in everything, a trait I wish I had.

Maka Albarn (Soul Eater)

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As many know, I cosplayed as Maka last fall, so that already can tell you how I feel about this character. Before I watched this show, I had many friends who watched it, and they said I was a lot like Maka. They said this because at the time, I was straight-A student, and I loved reading. That’s all I knew about her before I watched it. After watching it, I saw that Maka is much more than a bookworm, but is caring, strong, and determined. She is constantly worried about Soul, since he would take any hit in place of her. She wishes he would let her take care of herself, so he doesn’t get hurt in place of her. She wants to increase her skills so she doesn’t have to rely on him for protection. She always wants to learn more, and to do better than she already is. I’ve heard some people find these things about her annoying, but I think she’s just looking out for her partner.

Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)

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This show doesn’t get enough recognition. As well as the main character, Shirayuki, who is supposed to be a form of Snow White. There are similar traits between Snow White and Shirayuki, but not many. The main one I see is they both are loved by many people. Shirayuki is hard-working, and kind to everyone she meets. She gives people second-chances and believes they can change their ways to make themselves better people. I love how accepting and open-minded she is, as well as being so determined to commit to something, she does everything she can to achieve it.

Celty Sturluson (Durarara!)

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Celty is by far my favorite character from Durarara! She’s so unique, and her design was very creative. She initially comes off as being the mysterious dark character, but in the end is very kind and wary of her impact on others. She knows that she can be the cause of trouble at times, and does her best to reduce it. So many people are interested in her (being an Irish fairy without a head and all) but she hates having so much attention on her and wishes to live a peaceful life. It’s cool to see someone who is so different from others still manage to live as a normal person, and it’s very impressive.

Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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I’ve already done a post about Winry, but it was my first one and I doubt anyone has read it. So, I’ll explain myself here instead. Winry is a great character, due to her profession, caring nature, and determination. She’s a mechanic, which at the time period of the show was rare. While it has a World War 2 vibe about it, there are still few women shown with a profession that requires physical strength. Majority of the military were men, and all of the other mechanics excluding her grandmother were also men. Her talent is insane for her age as well, and her determination to make a better piece every time she updates Ed’s automail is admirable. She also is incredibly caring toward the brothers, worrying about them as they leave her behind. Overall, Winry is a sweet mechanic who deserves love.

Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)

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I’ve seen Uraraka at the very bottom of people’s favorite My Hero Academia character lists, and I’ve never understood why. Sure, there are many other characters that are shown more throughout the show, but I’ve always been fond of Uraraka from the moment she came on the screen. She’s supportive of Izuku always, and will sacrifice herself so others can succeed. She always puts others first, even though she wants to be a hero just as badly as the others. Plus, she’s just a cute, bubbly girl, and who can hate that?

Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)

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Another character that I’ve always been fond of. Though, there was a moment I doubted her, but I won’t get into that for those of you who haven’t watched season two. Kayano was the first one to approach Nagisa during the new school year, and was very open to him. She’s friendly, and makes a good effort to help the others in their goals, even if her ideas fall flat. Though there’s another side to her (which again I won’t get into), I love her all the same. She learns from her mistakes and grows further as a person.

San (Princess Mononoke)

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I just cosplayed as San on Saturday for Motor City Con in Detroit, so it’s pretty clear that I admire her. Princess Mononoke is my favorite Studio Ghibli film, as I explained in Top 5 Studio Ghibli Films, and though San is technically not the main character and is absent for much of the beginning, her screen time was not wasted. She is firm in her beliefs, and nobody can shake her from them. She lives among wolves, which has made her strong and fierce. Also, results in her hatred for humans, but love for nature. She knows the forest spirits by name, and protects them with her life. I think of her as the Japanese version of Disney’s Pocahontas, but much cooler.

Hiyori Iki (Noragami)

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I’m also working on a cosplay for Hiyori, though it won’t be ready until the fall. I feel that in the Noragami fandom, Hiyori is often overlooked. Everyone’s favorite tends to be Yato, which I can understand as he is the face of the show. But, Hiyori is really the main character, and much more amazing than most people realize. In her first encounter with a phantom, she didn’t hesitate to attack it before being told that she could be killed easily. And even after that, she still thrust herself in the heat of battle. All while in her school uniform. Her parents are also rich, being doctors and all, but this is easily forgettable because she breaks the rich girl stereotypes.

Honorable Mentions: Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle), Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)

I hope you liked my list, it was difficult to narrow it down to just ten. If you think there were others who should have made it on my list, feel free to leave me a comment, I love seeing other people’s opinions.

Again, I apologize for my hiatus. It was never intentional, it just happened. But, I should be back for good, and another post should be up this Friday, the 26th. School was bogging me down, and now that my college classes are over, I have much more free time. Also, I have joined OWLS, which will mean I can participate in the blog tours! I should have one for June’s tour, so look for me.

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See you guys later!

Ten Animes With Beautiful Art

Ten Animes With Beautiful Art

I am obsessed with the anime style. That’s the main reason why I watch these shows. It’s not because they’re Japanese, or that’s it’s cool or whatever. It’s because for the most part, the art is good, and they have themes that are for older audiences. If it weren’t for anime I’d be stuck watching Disney movies and cartoons from my childhood and the present. Which most don’t have huge fanbases. I love that these shows have such a huge fanbase that I can be a part of while admiring great art styles.

This started out as a top five list, but I just couldn’t help adding more, and then after that I felt bad I left some others out. There’s really too many to appreciate, and I’d have to say this was the hardest list to compile.

1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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When I drew anime fanart I based my style off of this one, and I still love the way they did a lot of the scenery and coloring of the characters. I have a comic artist for a father, so trust me, I watch out for things that make a style stand out. The one thing that I love it that they don’t use black to outline characters. They use a slightly darker shade of the color the outline is touching, which is a technique my dad has used and I absolutely love seeing.

2. Assassination Classroom

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I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to this one, possibly the bright colors in the comedic, lighthearted scenes, and the darker ones in the more serious, sinister scenes. It just suits the content of the show so well, I guess, not much else to say besides I love it.

3. Soul Eater

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The one thing I love about this one is the way it isn’t consistent. You take two random characters, look at their facial expressions, structure, and eyes, and you’ll be sure to not find a match. The only characters that have similarities to each other are related characters, like Maka and Spirit, and Liz and Patty. I think that this is what gives the show that bizarre feel to it that makes it so lovable.

4. Noragami

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The opening is what wins me over with the art for this one. And Yato’s eyes, my gosh, they’re beautiful. Really, the eyes in this show have always been something I’ve noticed, but the rest of the art is well done as well. The fight scenes are great and the monsters are done in a different style from the rest that makes them look more creepy, which I give applause to.

5. Divine Gate

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You’re probably panicking right now, saying I have no taste in anime. Putting this show on a positive list. Well, you can rest easy because this show was absolute garbage. The art style was just really pretty, okay? It was unique and I think it was my only drive to finish the show. If the writing was as good as the art it would’ve been a pretty great show.

6. Yuri!!! On ICE

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PSSHT! You thought I was done talking about the animation in this one, did you? Well, I’ve still got more to say! Some say the animation sucked but I thought it was nicely done, especially with the opening. And the fact that skating is such a fast sport makes it more difficult to animate, with the character zipping and jumping all over the place. They managed to make it still beautiful. Agh, I can’t get enough of this show!

7. Attack on Titan

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This one is truly unique, it’s realistic enough that it’s immersive, but still anime enough to make it not creepy. I think it was a good option for the type of show it is, and again, fighting was well done. I drew Armin once in the art style, and it’s honestly one of my favorite drawings.

8. Baka and Test

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Eh, don’t make fun of me for watching this one. It was a guilty pleasure type of deal. But I watched it twice, which I kind of regret. It has an interesting art style because it labels character’s importance by the level of detail. Main characters had a full face, minor characters had no eyes, and background characters had no expression at all. And each main character had a color, which would appear as their shadow in dots on the ground. It was weird but something memorable.

9. My Hero Academia

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There’s so much spiky hair in this show, but hey, that’s something I like about it. It’s about teenage SUPERHEROES of course it’s going to have spiky hair. But anyway, I love the way expressions are done in this one, and fight scenes are done well too.

10. Death Parade

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Lastly, a show that ripped my heart into pieces. Another style that suited the show very well, It had a shade of dark to it, but it still looked lighthearted at times. The eyes are cool, and they have a purpose as well, as you’d know if you’ve watched it.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, and I finally did! I’ve been working on this since before  My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12. It took a while to narrow it down to 10 animes, since so many have such cool artwork. I chose the ones with the most unique and recognizable art, but know that there are so many more I wanted to put on here, such as Angel Beats!, Guilty Crown, and Durarara!

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Pictures:

FMA:

Assassination Classroom:

Soul Eater:

Noragami:

Divine Gate:

Yuri!!! On ICE

Attack on Titan:

Baka and Test

My Hero Academia

Death Parade

 

My Favorite Anime Couples

My Favorite Anime Couples

I figured that in honor of Valentine’s Day I would share some of my favorite pairings in anime. I understand that this is a somewhat touchy subject for some, if their favorite isn’t on here, or if I ship a character with someone different that what they feel. But I knew I would talk about it at some point, so why not now? Understand that I will not make fun of any person’s pairing preferences, as long as I don’t get any nasty comments. Thank you, we are all fans of the same fanbase. Be nice! 🙂 Continue reading

Maka Cosplay

Maka Cosplay

On Saturday, October 1st, I went to the comic con in my city.  It’s a pretty small convention but my dad has a table at it every year, so I help him out.  And every year, it grows quite a lot.  I decided that I would wear my Maka Albarn cosplay to it so I could practice wearing it for the anime convention I attend.

I began working on it in July, and I finished it on September 30th, the day before I needed it.  (I’m a bit of a procrastinator, so it was difficult to make myself complete it.)

In all, it came together pretty well, and I got a TON of comments on it, my scythe especially. (thank you Soul for being awesome)maka-reference

Before you get to see the finished piece, I’ll show my beginnings and some of the process on completing it.  As well as the materials I used.  This is kind of like a simplified tutorial, since I got a lot of ideas from other tutorials.

I have a reference photo of Maka here so you can compare if you want to or if you’re not familiar with her.

Clothing Materials

  • White vest (thin sweater material)
  • Red plaid school skirt
  • White button-up long sleeved dress shirt
  • Green & white striped tie
  • Clunky heeled ankle boots
  • Button-up black dress

Craft Materials

  • White craft foam
  • Thick poster board
  • Air-dry clay
  • PVC piping (1/2″ and 1 1/2″)
  • Black leather dye
  • Yellow RIT fabric dye
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Velcro
  • Silver spray paint
  • Sealant spray
  • Masking tape
  • Hot glue
  • Super glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Straight-edge
  • Red permanent marker
  • Black permanent marker
  • Staples
  • Clear elastic hair ties (not really craft material)

Gathering the Materials

Here are the boots I used and the vest I used, neither looked like this when I bought them.

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The vest was white when I bought it, and it had strings coming out of the sleeves.  To fix this, I pulled the strings out as far as I could and cut them, and then I used yellow fabric dye to make the vest look pale yellow.  This isn’t a good picture, but my room lighting sucks, so we’ll have to make due.  As for the boots, they were brown when I bought them.  I got black leather shoe dye and brushed that over them, let them dry, and rubbed them with a soft cloth.

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Here’s the rest of the clothing for her basic school uniform.  The white shirt I got from my previous Haruhi Fujioka cosplay, and was a little difficult to work with since it is a men’s shirt.  But hey, I didn’t need to buy a new one.  The skirt and tie I found on Ebay, since it’s apparently impossible to find a plaid school skirt and green and white striped tie around where I live.  Again, this isn’t the best picture, but it was either this or an awful selfie in the middle of my disaster of a room.


**I’m sorry this middle part is awkwardly here.  It was the only way to fit both pictures here.**

 

 

 

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These are the pieces I used for the scythe, which was a piece of thick poster board cut into the blade shape. (I don’t have recommendations on how to cut it, since my dad cut it at work for me.) And two sizes of PVC piping, one 1/2″ in diameter and the other 1 1/2″ in diameter.  The thinner pipe was cut where I hold it and a coupling was put in between to make a small handle.  The other was cut to be about 6″ long for the top by the blade.  Each were spray painted silver and soon I will be sealing them to prevent the paint from chipping off while I’m holding it.

The Scythe-making Process

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After the blade was cut, the next step was to paint it.  I used masking tape, a pencil, scissors, and a straight-edge (also known as a hardcover book) to outline the zigzags.  I started with painting the bottom, so the masking tape is lined up for painting the bottom

 

I used red first, so I didn’t accidentally paint black on the bottom.  But, once the red was done, I couldn’t exactly tape the red without peeling the red paint, so I carefully outlined the black lines with a thin brush, and then filled everything else in with a larger brush.

 

Here’s the scythe almost fully assembled.  All that’s left is to make Soul’s lovely eye.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the process before I finished it and put it on the scythe.  Basically, I used the air-dry clay to make ovals, and used the top pipe to mold it to fit around.  Then I waited for them to dry, and my dad sanded them down before I filled in the iris and pupil.  I used black and red Sharpie to make the designs, since it gave me more control of the circular edges.  Then they were attached using super glue and I traced them with more black Sharpie for the little lines at the top and bottom.

Oh, and for the little thing on the back, I used the left-over poster board from the blade and drew the shape with a pencil, and my dad cut it out, and I sprayed it down with silver spray paint.

The screw at the top is another type of piping thing, I think it’s a cap for 1 1/2″ piping.  And the way I attached the top to the bottom pipe is by more piping stuff that I honestly don’t know the name for.  The way we put the blade together is by cutting slots in the blade, back piece, and the pipe at the top.  All were slid in and the screw put on top to hold it all together.  I’m supposed to spray the silver parts down again to make them stick better, but the pipes are held together with some super glue.

The Boot-making Process

Next, the boots.  I actually finished these in August, and the scythe in September, but this is just how I put the pictures in.
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This is a picture of the giant straps she has on the top of each boot.  I made these using craft foam, silver acrylic paint, scissors, a pencil, a paintbrush, and glue.  I cut the long strips, and then used a pencil to poke the holes, and then grabbed a paintbrush to make the holes cleaner.  Then I cut small rectangles, cut the inside into a buckle shape, and then painted them silver.  I pushed them through the strips and secured them using glue.

I then secured Velcro to the ends of the strips so I could take the straps on and off without ripping them off of the boots.  The top ones, I glued the backs of them to the boots.

For the bottom of the boots, I used white acrylic paint and Mod Podge.  I mixed the paint and Mod Podge, put three layers down, and then a layer of just Mod Podge.

For the other white strips, I did the fronts one first, and secured them with hot glue.  Then I did the ones behind those, the ones in front of the ankle.  I took the next ones and used something circular to mark where the black dots would go.  Then I used black acrylic paint to fill them in.

Though, I wouldn’t suggest the hot glue for securing anything.  Before I even made it through the convention doors, the front strips were falling off, so I used duct tape for a temporary fix.

Final Product

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And here are some pictures taken at the convention by my amazing aunt.  And yes, I am posing with a Kaneki cosplayer.  They really liked my cosplay and theirs was so cool, that I decided why not take a picture with them.  I don’t know their name or anything, so they don’t know they’re on my website, but oh well, it’s my favorite picture I’ve had of my cosplay.

And woo!  Face reveal!  I know you didn’t ask for one, but I really don’t care anyway, so there you go.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, it turned out a little more in-depth than I thought it would be, but I hope it wasn’t too boring.

Also, I didn’t include the coat instructions since it isn’t done yet.  But what I did here was take a button-down dress and add some staples to the bottom to make it come out naturally.  I’ll be sewing it soon, adding silver buttons, and white cuffs to make it complete.  And then I’ll get some white gloves.

Tell me how you liked this in the comments, and I’ll post next Friday hopefully.

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