Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Christmas 2016 Give-away - WINNER ANNOUNCED!!

Yesterday was the last day to participate in my Christmas 2016 give-away and today I will reveal the lucky winner. But before that, I tell you peeps how the winner was chosen, as I mentioned it was randomized in the give-away. You see, everyone who participated in said post got an "invisible" number from me, depending on which order they commented. So the person who posted first got number 1 and the next person got number 2 and so on. To decide the winner, I counted the amount of comments (one number per participant) which was 4 in total and put those numbers in a random number generator that I found online.

So fair and square everyone had the same chance to win, so no picking favorites and this time the lucky number was... *epic drumroll*

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Number 2! Biffe!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

And as proof, take a look at the image below:

Funny thing is that I had a feeling ever since I started this give-away that participant number 2 would win O_e
I will contact the winner as soon as possible, so that we can arrange the shipping of the prize to you. But before I finish this post, I'd like to give a big warm thanks to everyone out there who participated in this give-away! Thanks everyone, I was really happy to see more participants towards the end of this give-away! :)

- If the winner of this give-away doesn't answer/contact me within one week (8th February at latest), the prize will go to someone else -

That's all for this post and have a nice evening everyone!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Cosplay Year 2016

Soon another year has passed us by and the next one 2017, is ready to step in as soon as the clock hits midnight. I can't believe that 2016 is in the books of history now! It felt like it just started! Man, time sure flies by and here I am, at home, trying to convince my brain that 2017 is starting tonight, while my brain denies the whole year change completely, böh. Anyway, 2016 has been my calmest cosplay year so far and this is because I simply put my beloved hobby a bit to the side, while focusing heavily on something much bigger, namely life itself. I'm glad I did, I have advanced a lot in my life and I'm ready to go wherever Faith takes me next. When it comes to cosplay progress, I can honestly say that I haven't got jackshit done during the year, save for ordering a costume online and getting one as a gift from a good friend's mom. Yeah, I know, super creative year right? Wow, much creativity, such work, wow *insert doge face here*

Anyway, I hope that this break from cosplay and cons will help me enjoy the coming conventions a bit more and maybe, just maybe, I can try out something new and find the reason behind my long-lost con hype. Oh and I can't wait for spring and summer to come! I look forward to continue on that green clad hero of time. Yes, you read it right, I haven't forgotten about Link. I mean, dammit! How can I forget about him when a specific pile of green fabric keeps haunting me in my dreams saying "Finish me~" over and over again, lol. One day Link, one day, I promise. Before moving on, I want to thank my friends and peeps both old and new, who have spent time with me during this year's cons. Thanks everyone for your company! ^w^

This year I have been to the following cons:

Närcon Vinter 2016 - Linköping, Sweden
Cosvision 2016 - Hämeenlinna, Finland
Kummacon 2016 - Oulu, Finland
Tracon 11 - Tampere, Finland
Kitacon 8 - Kemi, Finland

Here is what I have cosplayed during the year:


From left to right: Germany (Hetalia), Prussia (Hetalia)

Happy New Year 2017!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016 Give-away!

- Please read everything before commenting! - 

Merry Christmas everyone.

Now when December the 24th is here it's time for this cosplay blog's next give-away! I have thought about this give-away for a while, since I started to plan it somewhere back in September or so. It's been a while since my last give-away and even if I'm far from being that jolly Christmas person myself, I have always genuinely enjoyed the act of giving - no matter the time of the year. Really. One of the best feelings I have ever felt, is the one you feel when you by "chance" find that one gift that you just know that person x will love (when person x has, for example, been helping you throughout the year) and the feeling you get, when you get it for them and see their honest happiness of receiving it. Hnnngh! This is a reaction that I treasure a lot and one that I even go back to re-live every now and then, if that says something to someone. It's a moment's reaction that has an everlasting, positive impact on me emotionally. This is what I love about the act of giving when it's done right and honestly. Anyone know the feeling? So yeah, no matter how much I Grinch (hihi) at Christmas every darn year, I enjoy making my friends happy and people who matter to me in some way, this includes my readers and followers because you peeps matter to me. Without you guys, this blog would have been dead a loong time ago. It makes me happy to know that someone out there actually reads whatever shit I throw up here about my cosplay life every now and then, so really... thank you guys for all your support and for being with me! ^w^

So what have I hid in my sleeve for this year's Christmas give-away? Nothing less than a pair of lenses and said pair up for grabs is the Beaucon Vibrant Match Gray!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai



What the lenses look like and yes, they are light gray.
These lenses have plano prescription, authentic, unopened and bought from the site Honeycolor.com. A lens case will be included as well.

Now those interested of you probably wonder what you need to do to participate, right? It's super easy! First off, to participate in this give-away you have to be one of my public followers (current 53) and drop a comment below with your e-mail address, so that I can contact you if you happen to be the lucky winner. The winner will be choosen randomly, so everyone has the same chance to win! If there is some type of posts that you enjoy more or a specific cosplay (that I currently have) that you'd like to see more photos of, for example, let me know! I'd love to hear what you guys enjoy when reading my blog! I'm also open for serious cosplay suggestions, if someone has them and if given, only male characters please! Unless you're fine with me doing a genderbend of a suggested female character.

Now when we're nearing the end of this post and before I start the give-away timer, I also want to mention one last thing. Since I am the one who is paying for the shipping costs in this give-away, I'm sorry to say but there will be a country restriction to where I can send the prize. This time only followers from these countries can participate:

~ Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany and France ~

This give-away will be running from 24th December to 31st January and the winner will be announced at 1st February.

That's it for now and good luck to everyone! Feel free to spread the word around to your friends and why not, other geeks? :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Future Cosplays - Game Characters! Part.2

Hello all.

My bro, Shiro Samurai, recently wrote a part 2 post about game characters that he want to cosplay someday and said post got me surprisingly motivated and inspired to liven up my blog -again- by making one of these continued "very likely to cosplay someday" posts myself. I enjoy writing about why I choose the cosplay candidates I choose and sharing my plans with my readers and followers, just makes me happy! So here I am again, ready to reveal more game characters both old and new, from my cosplay list that I want to cosplay someday in the future. Enjoy!

Psst, if any of my friends have had in mind to cosplay from the same series listed below, let me know! I'm much more likely to do a character earlier if a friend want to do a pair/group cosplay!

THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS FINAL FANTASY IV (4) SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED THE GAME, THEN DON'T READ/SCROLL THIS POST! DON'T CARE? SCROLL AHEAD!

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Characters that was on the previous lists (here, here and here) won't be re-listed below. Also the characters on this list are in no specific order.
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Character: Z1 (Leberecht Maass)
Series: Kantai Collection


I will start this list with a character that fooled me at first - Z1 (also known as Leberecht Maass) from Kantai Collection, an online browser game. First time when I saw this cutie I thought it was a guy... unless it hit me afterwards that all kinds of ships have always been referred to as feminine. Yes, Z1 is another crossplay on the list for me after my other KanColle candidate. I should be able to stay within my comfort zone while crossplaying, as her design isn't as feminine as many others but heck, do I need to do something about the length of that uniform! I'm not that keen on showing my underwear to the world but at least I have some boat armor sensors if that would ever happen, lol. Sometimes I take a liking to cute characters but this pretty much only happens if they are badass or a trap, with Z1 being both a trap and a battleship of mass destruction! Hell yeah! :D

Character: Terra
Series: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep


From the main trio in Birth by Sleep consisting of Terra, Aqua and Ventus I took the strongest liking to Terra but I liked all of the main characters. Terra has the simplest design out of the trio but the one that also spoke the most to me - I love the color scheme as I'm a sucker for designs with black & red together! I found Terra to be the most interesting character out of the cast as he has both light and darkness in his heart, which makes him feel more human/real in my opinion. The final battle of Terra's story was just so much feels and I had the hardest time with his boss battles too (I played the game on Hard, mind you). Now when I have played through 2 different Kingdom Hearts games, I have come to understand why so many out there love the Kingdom Hearts games. Man, it's one of those very few games out there that has such an emotionally packed and moving story that it even moved me to tears! And I tell you, I cry very seldom during movies or games. Oh and about the Keyblade, I'm very likely to do the one called "Chaos Ripper" because as soon as I got said Keyblade in the game, I was in love with it both design-wise and how good it was. Yupp, I hacked my way through the rest of the game with the Chaos Ripper, never changing it until I beat the game save for the two optional extra final bosses.

Character: Honebami Toushirou
Series: Touken Ranbu


It might catch some of you by surprise that I knew about Touken Ranbu before I knew about Kantai Collection, after seeing 2 KanColle characters on my lists. This has to do with that Shiro Samurai found Touken Ranbu before I knew about any of the browser games and well, he couldn't just remain quiet after finding what he calls "sword boy hell" which doesn't surprise me at all, knowing how big of a fan he is of Japan and its older cultures. Touken Ranbu just like Kantai Collection, has a big variety of characters, so even if I don't really care all that much about kimono or typical Japanese clothing, I might find that one "non-Japanese clothing" guy there just to my liking. I went through Touken Ranbu's character list to see if anything would tickle my fancy there, as I knew that bro had characters he wanted to cosplay so I thought "Why not see if I can find at least one to my liking for the sake of a pair/group cosplay?" I did. It was Honebami Toushirou that ended up in my cosplay list after considering like 3 or 4 other characters. So why did I pick Honebami? Easy. First off, the character has about the same height as me, which is a plus as I've gotten some sour-ish comments regarding my height while in cosplay. I also like Honebami's color scheme surprisingly much and his hair color is interesting. Oh and I also have a thing with uniforms and his is no exception, they are cool... okay? <3

Character: Cecil Harvey
Version: Paladin
Series: Final Fantasy IV


Ah, good ol' Cecil who has been back and forth on my cosplay list for a few years now. I have finally decided to actually cosplay him after giving him some serious thought in the past. Those of you who have seen my first game characters post, knows that I want to do the spoony bard Edward Chris von Muir who is my favorite of the cast. Even if my heart belongs to Edward from the game, Cecil is a very lovable and amazing character too! He used to be a Dark Knight who is hated and feared by many in the early game, who after many trials and tragedies finds out who he truly is. Meanwhile traveling around the world, he finds out that everything he once served, believed in or knew is not what is seems - not even himself. Cecil is that very loveable, strong and caring character whose pain and confusion feels really real and the guy you end up just wishing the best for, meanwhile you advance the story. No matter how many times I've played through the game, the scene where Cecil transforms into a Paladin and faces his old-self as the Dark Knight and the events that follow, just gives me the feels every time! I once told myself "If I ever do a full body armor cosplay, I do Cecil Harvey's Paladin version" and here we are, guy finally ended up on my cosplay list. I just can't grasp it, why he hasn't had a solid spot earlier because the more I look at that armor the more I fall in love with it, it's gorgeous!

Character: Geralt of Rivia
Version: Manticore Armor
Series: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Okay, I admit I haven't played any of The Witcher games but I know about the game series. For example, I know what type of game it is and a little bit about the main characters, the games battle system and such. However, I have a really big interest to learn more about the games - either by playing it myself or watching someone play it. Yes, I actually enjoy watching others play games surprisingly much. I got introduced to The Witcher game franchise by my good friend Janina and ever since, I've been longing to dig deeper into it. I knew after watching Janina play the game, that Geralt has many different armor sets that you make from different materials that you get from monsters/enemies that you kill, just like you do in the Monster Hunter series. I did my bigger armor research today to see if any armor tingled my fancy more than some others. I found 4 armor sets that felt more appealing to me design-wise and my final choice was the Manticore armor, as you see above. I decided on the Manticore armor because I like a lot how it looks, it has this hunter-feel to it and because it's not over-the-top decorated/detailed like many of the other armors were. What I really dig about The Witcher is how you play the game. You see, The Witcher is one of those games were you can alter the story somewhat, depending on how you play the game and the choices that you make. So yeah, this game will make you THINK what you say to whom in the game and how those actions will affect your game later on. The Witcher is an incredibly deep game and the story just kept blowing my mind, event after event! Holy shit, is it a well thought-out and unpredictable game! The games I've watched friends play are The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, from where I've seen the end of the last mentioned. Only to see Geralt on my cosplay list encourages me to keep on cosplaying until I get just as worn-out, experienced, gray and old, just like him haha!

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That's it for this cosplay list and I hope you guys enjoyed your read because I surely had fun writing this post, just like the previous ones. But now I'm off to fetch a cup of tea and to keep listening to The Witcher 3 soundtracks by Miracle of Sound on Youtube. Good stuff <3

See you around!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Kitacon 8 Summary

Hello peeps!

Kitacon, the small local con in the heart of Kemi, was held during 29th October inside Sauvotalo in well, Kemi, Finland. I went there together with Sacchan, Shiro Samurai, Hasakitsuki and Firith. I had a good time at the con and it was nice to spend time with my friends and to be at a small con for a change, with my last con being a bigger one up here. But now to the con summary.

Saturday morning came and my alarm rang at 07:30 local time so I got up and prepared the breakfast for the both of us once the clock hit 08:00. Firith had gotten up before me, as his cosplay required more time to put on than mine did. He was going as Ayame Sohma from Fruits Basket and my choice was Germany from Hetalia. After finishing my breakfast, I started to put on the cosplay and when it comes down to makeup, I skipped a big chunk of it; I couldn't be bothered to do proper makeup for such a small con. Somewhere past 08:45 or so, Hasakitsuki came to wait at my place and around 09:10 we were all ready to leave. Sacchan and Shiro Samurai arrived at 09:20 or so and after that, we left for Kitacon.

Somewhere around 11:30 (Finnish time) we arrived at Sauvotalo and once inside, I went to check out the Dealer's Hall on the first floor, which was in the main area. There wasn't that much to see and I was surprised that the usual stores like Urumi and Fantasiapelit wasn't to be seen anywhere. However, the obligatory sweet stand was there along with some second-hand sellers and some other peeps selling random geeky accessories and pins.

All photos taken by Shiro Samurai.

The sweet stand...
... and it's merchandise part.
Main area, first floor.
One seller sold their old-school games. The nostalgia! <3

After properly checking out the Dealer's Hall first by myself and later with Hasakitsuki and after giving the Game Room a speed visit, we went upstairs to check out the Artist's Alley as well. Upstairs we met Firith who tagged along to the Artist's Alley with us.

Main area, second floor.
Artist's Alley. The stage was in the same area.

The vast majority of my con time went to chilling and hanging out with my buddies along with checking out what the con had to offer. There was this one panel that the majority of our group was interested in, but we missed it as it started as soon as the con opened and we were late. Oh well, not a biggie. I spent the most time with Hasakitsuki and Firith as I kept bumping into them most of the time and they just tagged along to wherever I was heading. At one point the three of us decided to take a break and went to eat and sit at the cafeteria upstairs. I was the only one who didn't buy anything but we had a nice time. It was relaxing to sit for a while and talk casually. After sitting for around 10 minutes or so this one North Italy cosplayer and her friends found our table. These peeps felt like they'd been following us around the con as if they wanted to ask for a photo/talk but didn't dare to until they found us chilling in the cafeteria. The Italy cosplayer wanted some hug-themed photos with me as Germany and I found it kinda funny how their friends were like "C'mon do it, I know you want to! :DD" and pushed the Italy cosplayer gently, who was a bit shy and all that stuff. Of course I was up for the "hug photo" idea as I do get dem feels when the two characters hug each other in the series.

After that the photos were taken, the Italy cosplayer thanked me and asked if I was on any social media and I told them that I'm not, sadly. Oh well, no can do but I hope that they find my blog -I mentioned that I have one- if they ever want to get in touch with me. Before the Italy cosplayer left with their friends, they tried to say "Auf Wiedersehen" (it's like saying "see you around" in German) to me and I noticed that they were struggling to find the right words so I decided to help them out. It was so cute when the cosplayer thanked me for helping out and left soon after with their friends. This silly, yet super cute encounter made my con. I felt all warm and happy when they left somehow. How to describe this feeling? It's this feeling you get when someone has had an eye on your cosplay and looking at it from a distance -with you noticing/knowing it- and when this person finally muster some courage to seek you up and ask for a photo. The interesting part is that I had, ever since I saw that Italy cosplayer at the con, a feeling that they will search for me and talk with me/take photos. I was right. Cosplaying as Germany was a really good choice and it made me really happy too. As soon as I entered the Dealer's Hall for the first time, I heard congoers saying in the background as I walked by "Oh my God, Germany!" and one saying "Germany is my favorite character!" it just felt great to know that there are still character fans around, even at small cons for a series that has had its popularity period already.

Somewhere past 15:00 (local time) or so, our group decided to go and eat as we all were hungry. Some of us wanted to go to the local Subway and others to the Hesburger. I belonged to the burger people and I went to Hesburger together with Firith and Hasakitsuki. The rest of the group (including Sacchan's little brother Joni, who she went to pick up at one point) went to eat at Subway. The 3 of us walked to Hesburger and ordered whatever we wanted to chow down once we got to our destination and then... it happened. I don't know if this is coincidence or whatever but I mentally almost choke on my coke when I saw that the same Italy cosplayer whom we met at the cafeteria back at the con, came to the same place to eat as us and almost at the same time! Here one needs to know that Kemi has several food places near the central area, especially hamburger restaurants. I know that many congoers are cheap and all when it comes to food but I just find this creepy somehow, not in a bad way though. I must say that I didn't see them behind us as we walked to Hesburger. Back at the con I, Hasakitsuki and Firith waited at the entrance (we all had agreed to meet there before we split up) for the others and after some waiting with no one showing up, we all agreed to go and look around if we would bump into them elsewhere. I checked the Dealer's Hall and Game Room without results. Later we found them upstairs, Joni in the main area and the rest at Artist's Alley.

When there was about 1 hour left of the con the entire group dragged their asses downstairs and the remaining con hour was spent at the Game Room. Shiro Samurai used his final con time to play some Super Mario World on SNES while I and Firith watched him play. Even if I love the game with it being a big part of my childhood with other SNES titles, I didn't feel like playing at the con. I do enjoy watching others play surprisingly much actually, so I didn't even mind not playing in the end.

Game Room. I appreciated it a lot that they used those old, fat televisions for the majority of the retro consoles.
Kitacon also had this creative room or whatever it's called in English, where you can draw, build puzzles and being overall nerdy and creative. I didn't spend time there while the most of my company was there at one point.

Creative room.
At one point during the day, I think it was somewhere around 13:00-14:30 Shiro Samurai and Firith wanted to have a pair photoshoot with their Fruits Basket cosplays, so I acted as their photographer. The photoshoot was rather quick as it was fairly cold outside but I was happy that I got at least a few decent photos taken within such a short time. After taking their photos, bro asked me if I wanted the so-called "cosplay proof photo" because well, I had a cosplay on after all. Of course I said "Yes" but I do plan to have a proper photoshoot of Germany some other time.

DISCLAIMER!

I'm aware that the character I cosplay in this post might wear details/symbols that can be offensive or emotionally unpleasant to others. I, as a guy with his heart and morals in the right place, just want to make it clear that I DO NOT support, agree with, believe in or have any other connections to the ideologies/beliefs that the character I'm cosplaying is representing. Readers, please keep in mind that what I'm wearing is JUST A COSTUME and shouldn't be taken as anything more than that. Thank you.

The uniform is actually more green than brown but the light made it look more brown.
When the clock had struck 18:00 Kitacon had officially ended. But our nerdy group stayed inside Sauvotalo for as long as it was possible until we really had to leave and go outdoors. You see, there had been some gasoline issues with Sacchan's poor Renault and we all got worried about the situation. Luckily everything went well in the end after some waiting outdoors and in a kiosk close by. We all arrived home safe and sound. Almost as soon as I came home together with Firith, I took a photo of the beautiful magnet that I bought from the con's Artist's Alley. It's so pretty and vibrant in its colors!


Before ending this post I want to thank everyone in our group for the company and well, goodnight peeps!