Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Photo by Raise, Costume from ARIA company, ARIA(Amano Kozue)
There has been large epidemic all over Japan. This virus affects stomach severely, and I was the victim too. I have been in bed for about a week without any food (;_;)
Please take care of yourself!
Monday, January 22, 2007
photo by lion-milly
Recently I joined MySpace and saw a topic about favorite manga and anime. I was surprised the very latest anime is recognized at US: thanks to YouTube??
However, I wondered why almost no one refer to something like Gekiga style manga, such as "Golgo 13" or "the Silent Service." Both are very famous hard-boiled manga, and especially former would be recognized by middle-age or even elderly people. Don't you know? (or just I don't know there're many fans worldwide?)
While it is true the mainstream of manga is somewhat Moe styled, I'd like to say there's also a hard-boiled mangas produced, at this time, and some are popular in youngers, like "Akagi".
Friday, January 19, 2007
This is "MIKO" costume, shrine maiden for Japanese common "Shin-To" religion.White robe and red-orange skirt(called HAKAMA) are characterictic of Miko style.
When we think about Moe costume, Maid will come first position with no doubt. I think Miko would come second. (Third position might be Christian sister?) You can see a lot of characters wearing Miko costume on many Dojin.
However, on my point of view, Miko should have black hair. Should I... ? (^^;
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Photo by Yoshii
This is Lacus Clyne from Gundam-Seed(2002-2005)
Gundam-Seed is one of the most popular anime among cosplayers. You would see dozens of Kira Yamato(hero) in one cosplay-event.
Because the large number of cosplayers are women, many cosplays comes from more "Yaoi-philic" anime, such as Bleach, D-Gray man, Full metal alchemist, Prince of tennis, and so on. Gundam Seed is also a target of Yaoi, and I heard there's a "war" between who consider Kira as Seme and Asuran as Uke, and vice versa :-) (Besides, I think Asuran is absolutely Uke :P)
It's more than one year since Gundam Seed has finished, therefore it seems the number of Gundam-Seed cosplayers are on the decrease. On the other hand, latest anime, Code-Gias, seems to be on the burst. Do you know this anime? (Probably yes. I was surprised to see worldwide the cosplay of latest anime, such as Ouran-hostclub.)
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Photo by Tohtetsu
This is a Cabbage. Who can deny it?
This cure and cool "Cabbage" is originally from the anime, "brighter than dawning blue" or "Yoakemaeyori-Ruriirona". There was this "cabbage" in this animation.
Here's a blog introducing this anime. http://gilcrows.blog17.fc2.com/blog-entry-879.html
It is imporant that, this amine is ACTUALLY broadcasted on TV.
You can see what a huge impact ran through otaku community :)
(Unfortunately, this scene was modified in DVD edition.)
Does This anime show the quality of Japanese anime? Well, I can't deny there's a few. But most of animes has great quality. Thus I'm now browsing animes starting from this January, to find great one.