I guess after having a pretty awesome October, November would balance itself out by becoming one of the busiest, stressful months this year. Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of pretty awesome events I got to attend. Designer Con
was amazing. Any vinyl toy collector or just lover of cool artists and designs shouldn't miss the event, especially since it was only $5 online for a one day pass. Bought a really cute crew neck sweater from Hello Cavities
, who's also participating in the Sailor Moon art show
next year. You have no idea how difficult it was not to buy all the things.
My new favorite Twinkle Bat sweater from Hello Cavities
Then on the same day as D-Con, I drove over to PMX
. I caved and bought merch I didn't intend on buying, but I'm finishing up writing my con report for HJU
so all the details of that trip will go on there.Then the following Saturday, I went to the Tokusatsu 2 art show
opening at Q Pop in Little Tokyo
, only stayed for an hour, then drove myself across town to make it for Kollaboration Star
I'm telling you there are some pretty amazing artists out there. I was still super star struck seeing my favorite YouTube comedian, David So
, and totally froze when I went outside and passed by Dumbfounded
. I couldn't even come up and say, "Hi." Blergh. how embarrassing.
Still the best part of the night was being able to watch TigerJK, Tasha, and Bizzy (or MFBTY
) killllll it on stage. Ugh. I still have a massive crush on Tasha
; she's so fucking talented and just effing beautiful. I'm glad I was able to take my little cousin with me for some family bonding time with music and performance.
Here's the downside though, as fun as the past few weekends have been, I basically had no time to rest in between. I do have two jobs, both of which take a lot of energy because I'm working with patrons between two high volume libraries for 45 hours a week.
I really love my jobs and working really hard to advocate reading and libraries and educational technology. At the same time, it doesn't leave much time for me to give myself a mental and physical break.
Which is why I'm sitting here with one of the worst colds I've had in months. ;~;
Now, all my side projects have to be put on hold (again)-- like Random JDrama Sunday, my reports for HJU, filming my new book recommendations vlog -- just argh. I'm really frustrated about it.
Damn this mortal body!
Still, I'm taking this as an important lesson about taking care of oneself. So, I'm staying at home from work and projects for a couple of days. Luckily, my lovely Mom surprised me with a late birthday gift when I came home from work last night, which I'm utilizing to write this blog post.
Say Hello to Kamiyama, my Acer Iconia B1 tablet.
As you can see, I'm putting Kamiyama to good use and bought my first eBook ^v^ Appropriate, yes? So, that's a quick update for this weird ass month. Totally looking forward to getting better, resting, and finishing all my work. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and good shopping on Cyber Monday :3
It's my birthday! Before I fly off to brunch and bowling in my favorite neighborhood with my favorite people, just wanted to send my hellos and thank you's to all my lovely fandom friends and family. :3
First, as a birthday gift to myself and to you, is the return of Random JDrama Sunday! Blade and I are back to our regular filming program and really, this particular JDrama may as well been a full-on henshin-ing tokusatsu with all the special effects ridiculousness. Also, the next JDrama we'll be reviewing is the rise to stardom high school rock movie, BECK. So if there's stuff you'd like us to talk about, let us know in the comments!
Secondly, this past year for me with all the projects I get to do, the places I get to go, the people I meet, has been such a blessing. I really owe it all to my amazing friends and family whether it's my besties here that I get to drag into my videos or my fandom family who I get to chat with on podcasts and in the comments section. You all are amazingly talented and supportive people. I wouldn't have such an amazing year without you all.
So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for the birthday wishes today and all the blessing this past year. As Cake Boss would say:
I'm not sure if it's just my long career in academics, September always feels "new" to me. My library jobs are back in full swing again as children and young adults return to school and need help with printing their papers, finding research, and to save money by borrowing textbooks instead of buying them.One of the cooler things I've been assigned to do this year at work is creating a graphic novel student guide. On one hand, it's a good excuse to read Ultimate Spiderman while at my desk; on the other, I get to highlight a medium I'm passionate about in an academic setting. I also get to convince my boss to acquire the Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and BECK
manga for the library.Random JDrama Sunday will start back up again now summer convention season is over and I own new editing software. Blade and I will be filming every other week. I'm pretty excited to watch and review the suggestions we've received
in past, as well as made new dents in our ever growing personal "To Watch" lists. If you want to check those out, head on over to the Random JDrama Sunday page
.I am determined to start a monthly reading review vlog. I've made huge strides in my yearly reading goals and I would really love to share all the really great graphic novels and books I've read thus far. If any of you have a Goodreads account, you can check out what I've read here.
And finally, if anyone will be at Stan Lee's Comikaze
this November at the Los Angeles Convention Center, I'll definitely be there repping for Henshin Justice Unlimited
It'll actually be the last convention I attend for a while because I will be in Paris, France in the spring then South Korea in the summer. It's super exciting to plan my trips, but it'll also mean I won't be around for Anime Expo or Comic Con. I hope I can at least make it to VidCon, time and money willing.
For those starting a new school year, I hope you guys have a good time and hang in there during those early morning wake up calls. Ganbatte~!
I've come to the conclusion that pay days and days off should never land within the same time frame, because I end up taking a relaxing stroll in my favorite neighborhood and end up a few hundred dollars poorer.
But then I saw Kia Asamiya Illustrations for Fourze
in the art book section. Despite not having watched more than episode three in Kamen Rider Fourze
, I was seriously intrigued by the book's art style and
it was the only one left at the store. I haven't opened it yet, but from the cover, the art is really pretty and intricate, so it makes me excited to flip through it. I may finally finish Fourze just to see the art come to life.
So because I got a taste of toku books, I wandered over to Anime Jungle
to just peruse their toku wares and incidentally landed on this amusing piece of fandom. It's the Gokaiger / Gavan movie board book
. It's an effing BOARD. BOOK. Like those cute little ones you see at bookstore made just for toddlers. As someone who works in a library's Children's Department, you have NO idea how amused this made me. (¬‿¬)
I also caved and picked up a Shinkenger photobook and a Kamen Rider Double Wizard ring. I know the latter part of that sentence made sense to somebody.
So, yes. I do not know the meaning of budgeting (still saving for that new TV and PS4 and camera equipment and lighting and Animal Crossing 3DS and...).
Any good hauls for you guys lately? ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ
I am probably the first person to admit that, no, I don't collect figures. There's only so much money I can throw around and 90% of the time it's going to go toward printed material (books, art production books, magazines, etc.)
With that said, there was no chance in hell I was going to walk away from a well-made and affordable Daizyujin / Megazord; and I was more than happy to share how excited I was.
And yes, this was seriously right after I arrived home from Comic Con and started to unpack. I'm sorry I'm not totally sorry about how stupidly delirious I am. ^_^;
So what do you think? Should I keep it in the box or display it in all its glory?
Holy crap, Anime Expo is only a few days away. I was super excited to receive some replies when I gave a shout out to any attending tokusatsu fans on the Tumblr
and the Henshin Justice Facebook
The last time I was at AX was 2010, so I'm really giddy about attending this year under the HJU banner. I'll be posting my daily con report on Henshin Justice
, so I hope you guys keep an eye for out for that.
I'll also be tweeting lots, so, if you like, feel free to follow me over @angelicnoir
You can also check out this nifty little time table to know where I'll be. Thursday
10:00am - 12:30pm Wandering / Food Hunt / Exhibit Hall
1:00pm - 1:30pm Magi Cosplay Meet
2:00pm - 2:30pm RWBY Cosplay Meet
2:30pm - 5:00pm AMV Room / Wandering
7:30pm - 7:45pm Johnny Yong Bosch Panel
8:00pm - 11:45pm AMV Contest (tickets pending) Friday
9:30am - 10:00am Anime's Girls and Women Panel
1:00pm - 2:00pm Fashion Show
2:00pm - 3:00pm Sword Art Online Meet Up (Booth 901)
3:00pm - 5:00pm Wandering / Food Hunt / Press Lounge
5:00pm - 5:45pm Writing About Anime / Journalism Panel
7:00pm - 8:00pm AMV Room / Dinner
8:30pm - 2:00am AX Dance - RAM RIDER Saturday
11:00am - 12:45pm Attack on Titan Panel
1:00pm - 2:00pm Tokusatsu Cosplay / Fanmeet
2:00pm - 3:00pm Avatar / Legend of Korra Cosplay Meet
3:00pm - 4:00pm Fairy Tail & Attack on Titan Cosplay Meet
4:00pm - 7:00pm Wandering / Artist Alley / Food Hunt
7:00pm - 7:45pm Eyeshine Concert
8:00pm - 9:00pm Wandering / Dinner
9:00pm - 11:45pm MYTH: Legends of Burlesque and Magic Sunday
10:00am - 12:00pm Wandering / Exhibit Hall
12:00pm - 1:00pm My Little Pony Cosplay Meet
If you find me, do tap me on the shoulder and say hi! Especially if you're fandom family : )
Also, a quick update on the YouTube channel
. I promise you, I didn't drop any projects. Things have been filmed. However, I am currently lacking video editing software. T_T Lame, I know.
I do promise Random JDrama Sunday will be back after Blade and I come back from Comic Con. All the other projects I have lined up will be posted on the channel as well. I'm really grateful for everyone's support and super excited to create and share some new content for you guys. ^_^
Speaking of Comic Con, Keith Justice, Blade Dancer and I will definitely be there. I'll also be attending the Anime, Music, Manga or AM2
in August. The programming schedule hasn't been released for either of these conventions yet, but I'll definitely post my schedule up once that's been finalized.
Ah~ Summer convention season! Whee! If you got some insider info or suggestions on stuff I should check out, drop me a line in the comments or use the contacts page
I hope to see you guys at Anime Expo, Comic Con, and AM2!!
Hey guys! Blade and I are trying something new! We had really fond memories of doing the live podcast last year with the ladies over at Rajio Nihon
(you can check that out here!
). Since going live was such a fun experience, I figure we'd give it a try!
If you just started watching Random JDrama Sunday
or just watching the YouTube channel
in general, this is our self-introductions to you!
If you know us through Henshin Justice Unlimited
Girls in Trouble podcast
, it's a chance to maybe learn something new!
Either way, drop by, chat, and hang out with us. Comment on this blog post if you've got any questions you're curious about or any talking points suggestions.We'll be going live Thursday, May 9 at 7:00pm US Pacific Time
. We'll be using Google Hang Out and streaming it to YouTube (hopefully).
Don't forget to follow @angelicnoir
on Twitter for any updates! Hope to see you then! <3
One book away from exactly half-way. Not bad, right?
I just finished re-reading The Hunger Games
, namely because I re-watched the movie on Netflix
this weekend. This book seriously benefited from its movie. Since it's written in first person perspective, having the movie to go by filled in all the gaps I would have otherwise missed in the book. Conversely, I was able to fill in what was going in in Katniss's head when I watch the movie.
This is seriously why I condone people reading the book and
watching the movie, and treating the two like the distinct mediums they are. I think you can get such a nice full experience by doing both.
I haven't finished the series, so I'm aiming to finish Catching Fire
by the end of May. It'll put me to 31 to June, then it's another 29 books in 6 months. w00t.
This Hunger Games trilogy is definitely something I'm looking to fully review on my channel
once I finish it. It's definitely, definitely worth reading.
Between losing the Random JDrama Sunday footage from last week and learning Adobe Premiere from scratch, in addition to the general stresses of career and day-to-day living, it's nice to have something
accomplished, no matter how small.
I'm pretty thankful to have something like this reading goal to get me back into some sort of focus and sense of achievement.
Anyone else have some small accomplishment this past week? ^_^
Admittedly, I knew nothing about GANTZ when my friends asked if I wanted to be there for its premiere in Los Angeles. I just knew it was Nino's movie and that he would be there. So, basically, I squeed and said "YES" before anyone really finished asking the question.
The best part about that premiere is, of course, being so close to Nino and realizing that he looks, sounds, and acts exactly as wonderful in person as he does on my dinky computer screen.
The sad part is the movie premiere was dubbed in English, so I didn't get to appreciate all his acting glory on the big screen. He even said it himself; it would've been nice to hear his own voice.
Fortunately, you can buy GANTZ
and GANTZ: Perfect Answer
on Blu-Ray in its original Japanese with subtitles, quite easily.
The one thing I didn't get to talk about as much, despite the two-part review, is just how amazing the action sequences are.
Because of the moral ambiguity of the first GANTZ mission (the Onion alien
), I found myself incredibly emotionally invested in both sides of the battle (Aliens vs. GANTZ). There really wasn't one action sequence where I could just sit back, relax, and enjoy shit get blown up. Every fight scene was emotionally tense, just like any war movie.
My absolute favorite fight is the subway scene
in "GANTZ: Perfect Answer." The aliens were the same shape-shifting type as the multi-armed bodhisattva
from the first movie, which made me never want to attend a Buddhist statue exhibit ever.
The subway scene was everything I could have ever wanted in a closed scene fight. The tension was already high because it was toward the end of the movie, but now there are civilians involved, innocent people left and right get caught in the gruesome crossfire where both sides are using guns with bullet and guns that invisibly explore limbs; also, swords.
For a nearly four hours, I watched Ninomiya Kazunari kick ass and take names in a skin tight leather outfit. But, man
, the subway fight solidified himself as a genuine action hero. I was basically a pile of fangirl goo by the end of it. (Sigh)
So, again, I really can't say enough good things about the live-action GANTZ adaptation. I really hope you guys can check it out and support more movies like this, especially since this particular movie has been internationally licensed.
Here's some bloopers because it wouldn't be Random JDrama Sunday without them. See you guys next week! （⌒▽⌒）
I'm the type of person who enjoys new beginnings and Easter is definitely another day in the calendar when I step from one point in my life to another. Obviously, New Year is one and my birthday is another.
For me, Easter is a time for family and sunlit reflection. While we do get an official First Day of Spring, Easter is really the celebratory time for me to wake up from a long Winter gloom to something bright and new.
I filmed a whole lot during my long Spring Break and saving up some money to revamp this website and possibly hire a wonderful friend and graphic designer for a new logo.
So, I am taking another Sunday off to spend time with family and clean up the apartment a little, instead of posting Random JDrama Sunday or a new vlog.
But here are some picture previews on what will be coming up on my channel and on this blog!
Tokusatsu Art and Production Books
Toku and Anime Updates
And More... Crackers? ^_^;
Have a Happy, Happy Easter everyone! See you Next Week!