Louisianime 2013

So, I’m overdue for a post. I figured that while I was excited still over the anime convention I just attended I can post about it! Use this energy for something productive, right? Right?

So, an overview: What the heck is an anime convention? It’s basically an event like any other convention, though this one is centered around Japanese animation – and video games, and comic books, and whatever else feels like wiggling in there. Steampunk is taking over Louisianime (so sad), so even if you just like western video games you can still go to one! While there, one attends panels about various aspects of the anime world – panels about various shows, panels about genres, panels about tea, etc. Industry Guests such as directors and voice actors also show up and host panels, and they also sit still long enough to sign stuff for the fans of their stuff.

My favorite part about Louisianime this year, though, was the Dealers’ Room. It’s a giant room filled with anime goodness. Normally I go through the Dealers’ Room wistfully because I can’t afford what I really want, but this year I had a grand ol’ tax return. I bought a bunch of stuff that I wouldn’t have normally been able to from the Dealers’ Room – plushies, figures, anime series, and my favorite: wall scrolls. I bought a Gravitation wall scroll and a Black Butler wall scroll that I’m going to have to find places for on my wall. So happy!

The last bit about the anime conventions, and this one in particular, was Artist’s Alley. Most cons will have an Artist’s Alley, and it’s basically a space in the convention where freelancers of all sorts – artists, sculptors, sewers – will set up tables. Art of all sorts will greet one as one walks through the convention floor. I bought a print from one person of two characters from No. 6 (an anime I have yet to watch but whose characters are gorgeous), while from another I bought two adorable plushies and almost bought two more but resisted the temptation. There was also a guy doing commissions! For $25 I now own a custom piece, this one of my current book’s character, June. The picture has him smiling and happy, which makes me happy because his story isn’t really a cheerful one. It’s nice to have him at least look happy right?

Ah, I forgot about the most fun part of conventions: cosplaying! The word comes from the Japanese contraction of the two words “costume play” and it basically is what it sounds like. People make the outfits of the characters they like and wear them around the convention. I saw several Kiritos and at least four Jack Frosts wandering around, as well as a kickass dragon that scared several people. My cosplay this weekend was the Pokemon Mew. I did a gijinka version of it so I just had the tail and the ears and a cutsey pink outfit.

So yes. In a single sentence, it could be said that I had fun this past weekend. While wandering around, though, I couldn’t help the fleeting thought that I wouldn’t mind seeing my characters brought to life. One day I want to be pleasantly surprised by seeing June gracing art, immortalized as a plushie, or given a physical form through cosplay.

I’m confident that I’ll have June’s book finished by Mechacon. I doubt it’ll happen that quickly, but perhaps I’ll be surprised. With that, a lot of my manic energy has faded. It’s time to buckle down and get to work.

See you all next week!

Earworms

Ever had a song get stuck in your head? One that you like at first but then you begin to loathe because your brain just won’t shut up about it? You’ll be walking along all fine and dandy and then before you know it your vocal chords betray you by humming it. Even worse is when you start to sing it without meaning to and then people start to look at you funny.

Then again, I sing when I’m bored anyway. So strange looks directed at me isn’t a new phenomenon. Usually I’m singing in Japanese because I listen to far too much Vocaloid stuff. Take that as you will as far as my strageness goes.

Instead of rambling at length about things that bother/puzzle/amuse me, I figured I’d settle for sharing some of these earworms and letting them pass on. First, the most recent one. Last night I was bored and so I streamed the Lorax from Netflix – the CGI one, not the old cartoon one. This was because I had the Villain Song “How Bad Can I Be?” stuck in my head. After watching it, I remembered that it wasn’t that song that became stuck first. It was this one: The way the tempo and volume rises and falls, climaxing at the end and then gradually fading into a soft choral number, is addicting and I’m going to be listening to it probably all day.

Another frequent contender is this one, even though the only bits of it that I remember are the very first few words: I realize that Oliver isn’t the original artist, but it’s his version that captured my ear. I just love his little British accent while he sings.

This one pops up from time to time, usually when I’m going to look up a few Vocaloid videos: I’ll admit it – I watch the vid for the cute boy but stay for the awesome tune. That tune then gets stuck IN my head for ages and I’m singing the first few lyrics over and over and over again until I want to shoot myself.

Honorable mentions go to and The first is another Len one. Some people might go insane because of the staccato beat but I enjoy it because it’s a rhythmic staccato. The second is just plain catchy – I’ll find myself singing it without realizing it and then hating myself because it’s My Little Pony. Still, it’s a cover of a MLP song by a youtuber that I really idolize and respect. Her voice in it is just so pretty that I’m envious of her to be honest.

So, that’s this week’s blog post – music recommendations. Let’s let the earworms go ’round.

See you all next week!