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willeke4439
01 January 2013 @ 01:14 pm
Welcome to my journal! Entries which are about fandom stuff only, like cosplay, convention reports or random thoughts about anime, manga, and Japan stuff are public, but personal entries are friends-locked. Not really because I have anything to hide, but more because I think people who come here for the fandom stuff aren't interested in reading about my boring life. X'D

I don't really have a friending policy or anything like that, because "friends don't need qualifications!"  =D  But if we've never really talked before and you want to be my friend, please comment here or send me a message saying who you are and why you're interested. Then I'll very likely add you back. ^-^

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=> For seeing some of my cosplay, you can go to my Cosplay.com account.
=> For my Hunter x Hunter drama cd and lyric translations, please refer to my translations masterpost.
=> My HxH doujinshi translations are posted at hxh_doujinshi.  Please join there for access.
 
 
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willeke4439
01 February 2016 @ 10:04 pm
Just watched episode 4 of Rakugo Shinjuu... Aaaaand now the two guys are living together in a 4.5 tatami appartment? And Yakumo still refuses to go out with any girls, even when it's practically pushed upon him...? There's definitely a whole BL setting going on in this. =P Other than that, brilliant episode again. I loved Sukeroku's story in his performance, and just the whole setting in post-war Tokyo, showing a mishmash of traditional Japanese culture and westernization. (Like an equal amount of people in kimono as in suits and other western clothing. =O So much attention to detail even with the characters in the background!)

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willeke4439
17 January 2016 @ 03:57 pm
I wasn't planning on it whatsoever, but yesterday I went to Konomi Takeshi's concert... ^^; I thought something like that would be sold out long in advance, but according to the Tenipuri website they were still selling same-day tickets at the venue, so... Why the heck not. You don't see a mangaka holding a one-man live concert very often, after all, lol. Actually, it might be the first time that's ever happened.  And the same-day tickets weren't even lottery-based in the end, only about 25 people showed up for them (I was number 4) so everybody was guaranteed a ticket. =D  (Maybe everybody had the same doubts as me about this whole thing, and that's why there wasn't a big run on tickets? ol)

I had no idea what to expect, since Konomi-sensei isn't all THAT great of a performer by himself, in terms of stage presence. He only appeared for maybe one or two songs in previous TeniFestas, so I couldn't imagine him doing an entire two and a half hour show by himself... =O But both Minagawa Junko and Ogoe Yuuki (The previous Ryoma from Tenimyu) were on the guest list, so that alone would've been worth the ticket price to me. (Double Ryoma!) And I was also kinda curious about "Atobe Keigo (and others...)" listed as guests... Was it gonna be drawings of the characters by Konomi-sensei? Or animated videos with pre-recorded lines from the seiyuu who couldn't be present, or what?

But no, they REALLY pulled out all the stops for this concert! So much happened that I'm having a hard time recalling it all. It also doesn't help that I didn't know most of the songs. (I never really cared enough to buy any of Konomi-sensei's cds... ^^; )  But it basically seemed like a big mashup of whatever Konomi-sensei personally wanted to do. He created the setlist by himself, even writing some songs especially for this concert (and re-arranging some older songs), personally invited all the guests himself, and drew ALL the art for the merchandise. =O He must've been so busy the past couple of months Well, with everything except drawing his manga, lol; And yes, the characters really did appear on stage as guests. O_O;

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Blurry picture, but this was outside the venue, Toyosu Pit. Since I was doing toujitsuken I had to wait until everyone else was inside before I could get my ticket, so I had fun watching the masses of girls all dressed up in Tenipuri gear. xD  Luckily my friend saved me a good spot inside, so I could join her pretty quickly after I got in. We were in the back, but in the back of the room there was this elevated platform, so from there we could see the entire stage perfectly over everybody else's heads. =D

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willeke4439
11 January 2016 @ 05:24 pm
I watched the first episodes of a few things coming out this season...

First there's Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, which is looking to be awesome! Not sure if every episode is gonna be over 40 minutes long, but I wouldn't mind if it was. It didn't feel that long at all, probably because the full rakugo performances were included in the episode. That was some amazing voice acting from Seki Tomokazu and Ishida Akira =O  I could barely tell it was Ishida at first because he's playing an old man (and I didn't have the sound on very loud), but when he started doing different voices for each character in his story, I was like "wait..."  But the next episode should have scenes where he's younger too. >w< And I'm really fascinated by the characters and their backgrounds and relationships so far. And since it's a josei series, hopefully the woman will get to be a rakugo artist too. I know that in the past women weren't allowed to perform rakugo, so it's gonna be interesting to see her try and overcome that.

Then I watched Dagashi Kashi...  Well, I sure wasn't expecting that fanservice. ^^; Granted, I've only translated later chapters (I started in the middle of volume 2), so I don't know if it was there or not at the beginning of the manga, but it's kinda off putting... >_> The stuff about the sweets is interesting though, so hopefully they'll focus more on that and not on shower scenes. I also didn't like Hotaru's expressions much (ahegao... =_=; ), she looks even more insane than in the manga. I'll keep watching it for a while to see where it goes.

I also checked out the first episode of Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, since it seems to be one of the most anticipated things this season. This episode seemed a bit rushed (I guess they just wanted to get to the part where the main guy goes back into his past as quickly as possible), so I don't remember that well what happened. ^^; But hopefully things will get clearer once the real story gets started. >w<

And really like the new Haikyuu ending! It looks like manga, except animated! ...Well, technicall all anime is like that, but I mean, how it's mostly in black and white, and with screentones. And they sure aren't wasting any time getting into the new tournament. It was so funny how Hinata keeps running into scary players from other teams in the bathroom. I never really noticed it, but it's true! xD

Now all that's left is for the new Akagami no Shirayukihime to come out. ^o^ (It's coming this week, is it...? )

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Here's a random picture from the park today... It's January, but there's already blossoms blooming. Seems like it's not only in the Netherlands where the weather's all messed up. =O

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willeke4439
07 January 2016 @ 04:08 pm
At the end of the fall season, I'm left with watching just Haikyuu and Dragonball Super. There was quite a few series on my radar at first, mostly sequels of stuff I watched before. But in the end I didn't bother with the new Kuroko no Basuke, Durarara, Junjou Romantica or K project 'cause I remember those kinda becoming a chore to watch near the end of their previous runs. So I'd rather watch some more new things then trying to force myself to watch more of the same stuff that I didn't even enjoy THAT much. And then there's Noragami, but I still need to start watching that at the first season, so I didn't watch any yet this season.

I also dropped utawarerumono, after watching 6 or 7 episodes and not a single hint about any kind of story yet. Every episode just intoduced a new girl, then they take a bath, new girl, take a bath, etc... It was so boring! It's such a pity 'cause I have really fond memories of watching the old series and loving the fantasy setting, story, characters, music, just everything... Maybe it's because I watched it at an age when I was still very easily impressed, but I'm SURE it had at least some kind of story... xP

So yeah, Haikyuu is still amusing as ever, and Dragonball Super is finally getting into territory that wasn't covered by the two recent movies. Well, I guess it's still covering Revival of F stuff (which I still haven't seen, so it's new to me xD), but at least the new characters are introduced...! It looks like it's setting up for a pretty big story, with the multiple universes and all that. Here's hoping the execution of it will be good. >w<
I've been indifferent to Dragonball for a while, since everything has been getting so ridiculous lately with all the new powerups and whatnot, new manga that's NOT by Toriyama, new videogames with original storylines etc... It's hard to take anything seriously anymore, or to keep track of what's canon and what not, and how all the different stories fit together. So I was a bit surprised to experience actual ~feels~ for it again, during episode 22 when Gohan got shot. (My poor baby ;_; ) He was just trying to protect his family... I really don't care about all the ridiculous powerups, but looking beyond that, the characters just are SO lovable... >ww< Seems like Dragonball will always have a special place in my heart. =3=

I also watched another older thing from my to-watch list, Toshokan Sensou or Library war. It's a bit hard to accept the absurd setting at first (librarians fighting the government over censorship? With guns? In the middle of public spaces...? Really? =P ) But if you just accept that and enjoy the story, it's pretty good! It's really a shojo / reverse harem anime disguised as a military action kinda thing, with a girl joining the library army because of a boy she admired, and then being surrounded by cool guys as the only girl in the army, haha. Well, there's a lot more to it than that, the views on censorship and freedom of speech are pretty thought-provoking. Let's just say that it has a lot of depth, with all those different elements to it. xD

Any recommendations for the new season? (If I'll have any time to watch anime at all... ^^; ) There's obviously Akagami no Shirayukihime, and I'll probably have a look at Dagashikashi as well, 'cause I've translated some of it. Other than that, no idea what's coming out.

 
 
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willeke4439
20 December 2015 @ 06:14 pm
Yes, even though it's still 2015, it's called "Jump Festa 2016", lol.  So many Tenipuri people!  Last time I went by myself, so it was nice to go with a little group this time! We had Fuji, Tezuka, Atobe, Gakuto and Kin-chan (Thanks to everyone for coming!!), but we met so many more people there!  And I saw some awesome seiyuu too! So I'm really glad I could go, even if it means having to rush today to get ready for my flight tomorrow... ^^;

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Never mind that I look so tired, because I had to get up at about 6am for the second time in a row... And getting up at 5am tomorow, fun, fun... =D

Anyways~ Since there's no changing rooms, I did the thing again where you wear most of your costume at home, and conceal it with a coat on the train. Then you just take off the coat once you arrive. As I was waiting for my friends at the station, it was funny watching all the 'undercover' cosplayers. Some already had their wigs on and were trying very hard to cover it with hats and scarves, while some were carrying suitcases or tennis bags with their stuff. =P

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willeke4439
12 December 2015 @ 06:30 pm

Part two of my pictures and stories from Seoul~   I think I left off with me trying to find the summit of Mt. Namsan. Finding the mountain and surrounding park itself wasn't that hard, because you could see it from pretty much anywhere in the city. (if there weren't any buildings blocking your view, at least. ^^;)

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So I just walked in the general direction of where I saw the mountain and tower, and ended up in front of a bunch of stairs. So I figured that must be the start of a trail directly to the summit, but... It wasn't... ^^;  What I ended up on was a big concrete road, which seemed to run all around the mountain / park. It was level, and didn't really seemed to be going up anywhere...

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willeke4439
11 December 2015 @ 09:39 pm
Finally some time to post the pictures from Korea~  I probably would've never chosen to go there myself (if I'd have to choose a location for a trip, I'd rather go to a nice place in Japan like Kumamoto ) but since I had to leave the country, it was the next best thing... and it wasn't all that bad, actually. Well, I only really saw a small bit of Seoul, so I can't really judge about Korea as a country overall, but I liked what I saw so far.

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...Which was palaces~  Lots of palace buildings, and parks. Part of my enjoyment probably came from being really into Akatsuki no Yona now, which is set in (a fantasy version of) Korea. And it's about a princess, too, so I found a lot of things that were similar to the anime in the two royal palaces I visited. 8D

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willeke4439
07 December 2015 @ 03:33 pm
This morning when I chugged down a cup of steaming hot tea (which I do every morning) my neuralgia decided to start acting up.  >___>  I'd already packed my medication after reading that temperatures in Korea are around 0 degrees right now, but I started taking them this morning just in case, hopefully that'll prevent any worse when I get there. ^^;  It's probably from being outside in the cold all day yesterday and then getting on a heated train right after. (Seriously, they need to turn down the heaters a bit, everyone's already wearing coats so it's really not necessary to have it so hot in the trains... >_>)

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Anyways, yesterday I went to a German Christmas Market in Yokohama with my roommates and friends, again at the red brick buildings. It was lots of fun! And I ate way too much delicious food =33 They didn't have all THAT much stuff I'd expect at a Christmas market (no Oliebollen, Kerststol or Lebkuchen... ;_; )  but what they did have was great!

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I'm heading to Haneda Airport pretty soon, for my trip to Korea. Even though I'm kinda being forced to go, I'm actually pretty excited about it. I just hope everything goes okay with the flights, hotel, visa, immigration and everything... But if it does, I'm sure I'll really enjoy it. I already looked up some stuff I wanna go do and see. =3 There's some palaces and shrines pretty close to the hotel, so I can probably walk there. And there's also a big park/mountain a bit further away (but I could probably still walk to), Namsan Park, which looks pretty cool. *-*

 I already got everything packed, too~

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Yep, that's all. My luggage is only about 4 kilos in total, even though I'm allowed 12. xD  But I'm gonna have to carry it around with me on the last day, 'cause I'll have to check out of the hotel in the morning, but I still wanna do some sightseeing before going to the airport. (And I don't wanna leave any luggage at the hotel either, 'cause then I'd have to go back again to get it.)  So I made it as light as possible, and it'll become even lighter once I eat the food and snacks I bought, haha. I'm probably not getting any food on the plane or at the hotel, so I figured it'd be good to have something with me, 'cause I probably won't feel like searching for a store after I arrive there at 11 tonight.  There's probably also no internet, so I figured there's no point in bringing my laptop either.

So I guess my next post will be after I get back to Japan... If I get back safely, at least... >wwww<  I'll be careful! Ittekimasu~

 
 
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willeke4439
05 December 2015 @ 11:11 pm
Yesterday morning Horie Kazuma invited me via Facebook to another show he'll be in. It's on a day I can't go, but I took advantage of the opportunity to reply to him and say that I'd be seeing him in the Natsume Sound Theatre, so please do your best, etc... And he replied almost right away! >www< Just a "Thanks, I'll do my best, I hope you enjoy it" kinda thing, but still, he remembers me! >ww<
...Only later I realized that my profile icon right now is a picture of me in my Natsume cosplay. ^^;; I wonder if he noticed, that's kinda embarassing... >///< I didn't put that profile picture specifically because of the show, but it must've made me look crazily obsessed and excited about it. xD  I just replied again after the show to say how awesome it was. And it really was~ I'm still in awe =O

It was shorter than last time though, just two 40-minute stories. The previous show had three 40-minute stories, and since this was a saien (repeat performance) I expected it to be just as long... But they did the Hotaru story from the manga (but expanded upon, just like in the previous sound theater show), then the antique shop story (which was an original story written for the previous show), and that was it. (( ;°Д°)) The other original story from last time (with the dog, "Kuu-chan") was missing, and there was no new story to replace it either! So it ended a lot earlier than I thought. ^^; Overall it was just about two hours, including the intermission.

The theater at Maihama was a little hard to find... Usually for big shows you just find the stream of people carrying all the merchandise and pins from whatever show you're going to, but because this was right next to Disneyland, all I saw at the station was people dressed in Disney gear. And you kinda had to go right through one of the shopping centers, in order to get to the theater, which was oddly located in the middle of a parking lot. ^^;  I got there by following the signs, but it took me longer to find than I thought. Only once I got there, I started seeing people with Nyanko-sensei plushies and pins on their bags. xD

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The line for goods... It wasn't as bad as it looked, I think I waited for about half an hour before I could buy my stuff. I arrived at 11 and was done buying goods a bit past 11:30, which still gave me plenty of time go to back out and eat the onigiri I'd bought earlier, before the doors opened at 12. =3


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Yes, I got stuff... ^^; I got the tote bag, the clear file and a Nyanko-sensei pin.

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willeke4439
29 November 2015 @ 06:45 pm
I have no idea how many times I've been to the Mt. Takao area to hike by now, but today I went again, this time with my lovely roommate~ <3   The end of November is perfect to view the autumn leaves there, although apparently they're turning red later than usual this year because it's been pretty warm. There was still plenty to see though~

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willeke4439
24 November 2015 @ 04:42 pm
Finally got around to sorting out the rest of the pictures from Mocket2 Studio. And also received the pictures from the professional photographer, Jin-san.  They turned out so pretty!

Well, some of them. =P  A lot of the pictures ended up looking the same, because I didn't get to switch poses all that often. So I just picked one photo I liked for each pose. ^^;  The photographer didn't really give any directions, and if I changed my pose too much (like sitting down, or facing a different direction), he'd go and adjust the positions of all of the lights and change the settings on the camera, which took a couple of minutes every time. And since I thought we only got a 30-minute photoshoot for the three of us, I didn't want to take up too much of the time on my turn, so everyone else could get plenty of time too. (The shoot ended up being much longer, but I didn't know that during my turn because they made me go first. =P ) So because I felt rushed, I couldn't really get creative with the posing... ^^; But I'm sure there's one or two pics in here that I could use for a meishi or something... =3  Once I have the money to order some... >w<


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Like this one. =3

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willeke4439
21 November 2015 @ 12:58 pm
Yay~ I finished sorting out the first batch of pictures from the photoshoot at Mocket2 Studio.  I think I already flailed enough about how pretty their Japanese-style room is, so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. =3

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Such a random batch of characters, but they looked surprisingly well together. =O  Me as Natsume obviously, Mario-san as the Medicine Seller from Mononoke, and Simon-chan as Hakutaku from Houzuki no Reitetsu. <3  They'll probably post lots of pictures of their own cosplay on their own pages, so I'll just post the ones with me and us together. (If I posted their solo ones too, this post would get way too big x'D  We took almost 1000 photos...)
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willeke4439
19 November 2015 @ 04:19 pm
Yesterday I went to a cosplay photo studio for the first time. It was amazing, but so exhausting. I'm sore all over, mostly my legs. I feel like I climbed a mountain O_O; I guess it's from switching between sitting and standing positions all day, both while posing and while taking photos of others from all sorts of angles.  But I'm sure the cool pictures are gonna be worth it!

This post just contains some silly behind-the-scenes kind of pictures from my camera, 'cause I don't have any of the actual pictures yet. But I guess it'll work as some kind of preview.

We really did spend about 10 hours at the studio just taking pictures... ^^; I thought 6 hours would be PLENTY of time to take some photos, especially if you're only wearing one costume all day (I did two, but my friends only did one). But I learned that once you get really into it, it's not all that difficult to fill the full 10 hours.

We were the only group at the studio too, so it was like a private photoshoot! My friends said that usually you end up wasting lots of time standing around waiting for other groups to finish using certain rooms, and you have clean up everything and switch rooms every 2 hours or so to give way for other groups. But apparently there are so many new photo studios now that a lot of older ones are going out of business due to the competition. This studio used to be really popular and crowded, even on weekdays, but the owner said that he's barely getting any customers anymore lately, so starting next year he'll only open the studio on weekends, so he can get another job for the week. It's too bad for him, but it was lucky for us that we had the whole studio to ourselves this time!

It was pretty big, and because we didn't have to be considerate towards any other groups, we could leave our stuff where ever we wanted, and change the setups of the rooms and move the props around without having to put everything back in a hurry afterwards, and use whatever room we wanted for as long as we wanted. My friends never really got to use the Japanese style room for this long, so that's where we spent most of the time. It really fit all of our characters perfectly!

We were all cosplaying different series, but there was this common theme of youkai, so I guess you could call it youkai meetup? =P I was Natsume (with Nyanko-sensei~), and my friends were the Medicine Seller from Mononoke and Hakutaku from Houzuki no Reitetsu.

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willeke4439
15 November 2015 @ 06:03 pm
Another lazy day for me today... I think I'm coming down with a cold or something, 'cause my throat was suddenly hurting when I woke up this morning, and it's not getting any better. (I'm afraid it's getting worse actually... >< )  Maybe that's why I've been feeling so sluggish lately. I studied a little today, but that's about it. No energy to do much of anything else, except maybe watch some more anime...

I've started watching Houzuki no Reitetsu, since my friend will be cosplaying it when we go to the cosplay photography studio on Wednesday. I'll likely be taking photos of her there, so I wanna at least know what it's all about and what her character is like. And I don't know how I missed this series when it was first airing, since it's right up my alley with all the youkai and their cool outfits. =O   But the story is... really weird. Definitely one of the most unique anime I've seen recently. It's not for everyone, because the jokes are mostly based on references to other anime, and also Japanese history and folklore, so if you don't get the references it's probably not very funny, just really random. xD But I'm really enjoying it so far!  And the main character is really cool. Which is pretty much the premise of the whole story; he's the only 'cool-headed' character amongst a whole bunch of weirdos. xD

Anyways, today in the afternoon I went to a bunny cafe in Jiyuugaoka. It's just like a cat cafe, except with rabbits. =3 They were so cute!

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The interior... It was tiny but very cute and cozy. (There were only 5 tables, two more around the corner you can't see in this pic) Most of the bunnies were in cages, but you could request for certain ones to be taken out so you could play with them, and you were also allowed to open the cages and pet the ones in there.

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