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willeke4439
01 January 2013 @ 01:14 pm
Welcome to my journal! Entries which are about fandom stuff only, like translations, 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 random people who come here for fandom stuff aren't interested in reading it. XD;

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, comment or send 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
12 December 2014 @ 05:58 pm
I was going to talk about these when I posted about anime previously, but then I remembered all sorts of other stuff, so I didn't even get to them. ^^;  Oh well...

I'm totally loving Akatsuki no Yona. It kinda IS Fushigi Yuugi all over again, like I'd predicted it would be. It also kinda reminds me of Seirei no Moribito. But that's exactly WHY I love it so much! The animation looks wonderful and I love the characters and their designs and clothes so far, they would be so cool to cosplay! The characters are introduced gradually too (so far), so there's enough opportunity to get to know all of them. I also love the sense of adventure, of the main character having to gather comrades and having a quest to fulfill. And I like how Yona is actually developing realistically as a person. I was wary that this might be too much of a reverse harem anime, with the girl being whiny and helpless and depending on an army of guys to save her, but it's not like that at all! Yona is a very well-rounded main character, intelligent enough to figure out herself what she needs to do. she's not a spoiled princess anymore like she was at the beginning, but she doesn't suddenly get super strong either. I'm really looking forward to following the rest of her story (how many episodes is this going to be, anyways?)  and meeting the rest of the characters. It seems like a series that I would marathon in one go if I could, but I don't have the discipline to wait until it finishes airing either (especially not knowing how long it's going to be), so I'll have to keep watching it every week.  =3

I'm also still watching Yowamushi Pedal. Every episode is enjoyable enough, and it makes me want to go out on my bicycle and go somewhere right now. (if not for the terrible weather >< I want one of those roller things in my room! xD ) But I still find that there's too much focus on random rival characters lately, the balance between them and the actual main characters is kinda off. I find it hard to care about those rival characters when they're suddenly given sad or dramatic flashbacks in the middle of an intense and competitive race... It just makes me feel like "Get it over with, I wanna see the race!". Those flashbacks break up the pacing, and get downright confusing when there's flashbacks to different races within a race ^^; And they're so long that by the end of the flashback I'll almost have forgotten what was going on  in the actual race. ^^;  I feel like this series needs to flesh out the main characters and the story better, before spending entire episodes delving into rival character's pasts. I miss Onoda. u.u

Not sure if I ever mentioned I was watching this, but I'm also following Sanzoku Musume Ronja, that new series by studio Ghibli. The weird animation style bothered me a lot at first, so all of it seems to be CG, it feels more like you're watching a video game, rather than an anime. But the story is very enjoyable. I remember reading a children's book in Dutch with the same story when I was little, and apparently this anime is based on that book (well, on the original Swedish version of it). So it's very obviously a story for children, but I find the idea of a girl growing up amongst bandits interesting, especially how she doesn't seem to understand at first that they're making a living off stealing from other people, but as she grows up, she may slowly develop a sense that what they're doing is wrong. I'm curious to see what kind of adult she'll grow up to be (if the story goes that far).  I would've liked it a lot more with traditional animation though...
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willeke4439
09 December 2014 @ 07:35 pm
Previews for this year's winter anime are starting to come out, but I haven't seen a single thing yet that caught my interest... That's pretty rare, considering I've been following at least 3~5 series every season for the past few years. Of course I'm open to recommendations if anything interesting pops up this season, but I could also use time to catch up on some older anime.

Like, I really want to do re-watch of Hunter x Hunter 2011 from beginning to end in one go sometime! Well, not in one day, that'd be exhausting ^^;; But at least marathon it for a couple of hours, over a couple of days, or something. For 3 years I watched it every week, a large part of it live on TV in Japan, but I realized I never really re-watched any of it sequentially. (Probably because I couldn't record it from the TV, but because I could watch it on TV I never bothered to download most of it either ^^;; ) And I probably spent most of my time and attention watching it on nitpicky little things, like comparing it to the manga and old anime, flailing over all the cute little things they added, and fangirling over the seiyuu. But marathoning it should give me a better idea of how the overall story was handled, and allow me to get a beter overall opinion of what it's like, as a series. xD I've re-watched the old anime so many times, and still enjoy it every time I do, so I'm wondering if the new anime will work for me like that as well.

I also realize I haven't really talked about the ending of HxH 2011 yet... I watched it on my flight home from Japan back in October, when I was very tired, so maybe I haven't really processed it properly yet. ^^; I just remember I was bothered by the fact that they'd adapted the "silence" chapter into a music video type of montage, with 'Departure' blaring over it very loudly. That didn't quite have the emotional impact as the original manga chapter did... ^^;;;;;;  I'd expected, and probably would've preferred it, if they actually had a minute or two of actual silence in that episode, just to give the viewer a breather to process the aftermath of everything that happened in the ant arc.  The actual ending, showing all of Gon and Killua's shippy moments, was beautiful though... *-*  I really need to re-watch though, 'cause I don't remember it well... ^^;

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As for other older anime, right now I'm also watching a show called Mokke, because it showed up in the reccomendations on myanimelist.net and it sounded interesting. Basically... The premise is the same as Natsume Yuujinchou, except there isn't really a large overlying story, and the main characters are two girls. I'm still having my doubts about it, because one of the most gripping aspects of Natsume Yuujinchou is how Natsume always had to deal with his youkai issues by himself, how he was treated badly by the people around him growing up,and how he's desperately hiding it from his loved ones to avoid making them worry. But in Mokke, the main girls have each other and their family to rely on, Their whole family knows, and they seem to be treated rather well by their family. And their grandfather seems to have the answers to all their questions and uncertaincies. So Mokke might not get as deep or emotional Natsume Yuujinchou, but it should still be interesting to see how different people in different situations deal with similar issues (...while I wait for the new chapters of NY to come out... Aah, the pain of being into monthly series... =w=; )

The third episode of Mokke should've been the first one though! The first episode was so boring that I almost dropped this anime if not for my higher-than-average interest in the topic. In episode one the youkai were being represented as some dark shadows, without actually having any shape or character. (While the unique characters of the youkai is one of my favourite aspects of these kinds of anime) The second episode is a little better (still pretty shallow though), but only in the third episode we get an actual introduction of who the girls are, why they're living with their grandparents, how they were treated growing up, details of the grandpa's job as an exorcist, etc... And then later episodes start introducing different kinds of 'things' the girls can be confronted with. So if you're watching it I recommend you give at least the first 5 or 6 episodes a chance!
 
 
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willeke4439
22 November 2014 @ 11:34 am
The video from the HxH cosplay meeting last month is done!  Featuring Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio having fun at an amusement park together~  Yes, this actually happened!  xD  If I could go back in time and tell my 12-year-old self that anything like this would ever happen, then they probably wouldn't believe me. But it's so awesome to finally have a complete group of the main characters together to do stuff like this with now!   >wwww< I feel like I should be saying something more about it, but I don't even know... I'll just let the video convey the awesomess of it all...!





Gon: Kelly
Killua: Elora
Kurapika: Me ^-^
Leorio: Ziggy

And thanks to Zoë for the editing! <3


 
 
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willeke4439
17 November 2014 @ 04:54 pm
Nishicon was alright, I guess... Would've been more fun if I'd been feeling better, and if it hadn't been raining. I still had a cold so my throat hurt whenever I tried to talk, which resulted in me not talking to people as much as I wanted to. u.u  Lining up outside in the rain for half an hour didn't help either... ^^;

The location was way too small for the amount of people there were too, so there was no space to line up inside, and they only had 2 people doing check-in, so it was slooow >____>  You'd think that after years and years of organizing conventions, they'd know how to organize the check-in, but no...  I'm really missing the efficiency of Japanese events. And I'm also starting to see the benefits of changing into cosplay at the location...  If you come to the con in cosplay, standing outside in the rain for half an hour totally messes up your wig and make-up (even with an umbrella you can't prevent everything from getting wet) , so it would've been better if you could get changed and do your make-up inside. But the building was tiny and they didn't have any dressing rooms available, so even if you wanted to do that, you can't. There was no proper space for cosplay photography either, except for the dealer's room the whole building was way too dark inside to take any good photos with a normal camera. I saw that some people were making an effort by using tripods and lighting screens, but they only ended up blocking the pathways with those because the place was way too cramped... The previous location (Hotel van der Valk in Haarlem) was so much better, I wish they would either go back there or find somewhere else...

The organization could use some improvement as well, none of the gophers seemed to know what was going on. When I finally got in, I wanted to go to the Bring and Buy to drop off some stuff I wanted to sell, but dealer's room only opened at 11, and nobody knew if it was allowed to drop off stuff before opening time. It WAS allowed, but when I first asked the person guarding the dealer's room entrance, they said they didn't know and I had to go to the info desk at the entrance to ask. So I did, and they didn't know either, and they said I had to go to the dealer's room entrance to ask. =_____=;;;;;;  Then THEY had to send someone to the Bring and Buy stand to ask, and it took ages for them to come back... By the time they told me that yes, it WAS allowed to drop off stuff, it was already opening time anyways, so all the running around turned out to have been pointless... >___>

The way they blocked the dealers room entrance before opening, with someone dressed as Snorlax lying down in the door opening, was brilliant though... xD
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I'd expected nobody to recognize my cosplay because it's just so obscure (a specific outfit from one specific concert from the first season of a series of musicals from 8 years ago... Yeah.... ^^;;) but...  Three people recognized what my cosplay was from!  O____O;

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willeke4439
11 November 2014 @ 07:52 pm
I just finished translating all the chapters that are currently out for the official Natsume Yuujinchou 4-koma parody, "Nyanko-sensei ga Iku!". I caught up so fast, I was just translating and about to go on with the next chapter, when I came to the shocking conclusion that there were no more chapters!  T_T   They seem to come out two or three times per month, so I hope there'll be more soon, because they're too cute and funny!

I've been posting the text translations here at mangahelpers., will probably add new chapters there too when they come out. ^^

The translations are text-only as of now, but all the comics are available online for free in Japanese on the official Lala Melody Online website linked above, so you can read along with the pictures there~

And I'm also hoping that someone can pick this up for scanlation, because if these were available more widely in English, more people would be able to read and enjoy them! I edited a few random favourites myself under the cut, but doing all of them like this would be way too time-consuming for me right now... ^^;

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So if anyone is interested in scanlating, go ahead and feel free to use my translations if you want!
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willeke4439
03 November 2014 @ 03:07 pm
I think I just accidentally got myself a new cosplay... ^^;;


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Everyone seems to be doing something of their own for Nishicon, so I'd been thinking about what I could do by myself. I figured I'd just wear anything I already had, but then yesterday in the middle of the night it suddenly hit me that I could totally do this, because I already own more than half of the clothes, and also the wig now! And I've always really liked the character designs from DL3, I already cosplayed Fuji from it when mimi91chan did Eiji, so why the heck not.  =D

All I needed to buy new for this was the black sleeveless hoodie, which I found easily at H&M for 10 euros. I'd seen it there a few months ago already and I remember giggling about it because it's totally like Atobe's hoodie in Kagami no Naka no Ore II, but it hadn't occurred to me yet that it could be used for Gakuto too! But I'm so glad they were still selling it today! And I still need to find or make a black and red striped glove, but that shouldn't be too difficult. I couldn't find any in stores today, but I did find long stockings in those colours, so if I can't find a glove I can always get the stockings and fix one into a glove, I guess... And if I can't even do that, I can also wear my kira-kira glove which I already made a few years ago. XD

I already had everything else, like the red 3/4 pants, and a blue scarf to wrap around my waist, the striped shirt, some black and white sneakers and leather-ish bracelets. =3  The only thing missing is that my striped shirt doesn't have a hood, but oh well, close enough.. Who wears two hoodies over each other anyways!? =P
 
 
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willeke4439
26 October 2014 @ 05:52 pm
I don't have any photographic evidence yet, but the HxH cosplay meeting yesterday was awesome~

I met up with the cool Gon and Killua from Abunai again, so we had the main 4 all together!!  We went to an amusement park in Belgium called Bobbejaanland, and went on all the rides in cosplay. It's so retarded, but so much fun...!  Another non-cosplaying friend also went with us to take videos, because the idea was to make a cosplay music video about the characters having fun together.  We didn't get to take that much video, because they'd forgotten their camera's memory card... ^^; I lent them mine instead, but since I mostly use my camera for taking small digital photos, I only have a 4GB memory card... So after filming a few scenes, it was already full... And because my memory card was in their camera, I couldn't take any pictures with my camera myself either. So I probably can't do a photo post of this day (I don't think we even took any photos, other then a selfie on my friend's phone ), but I hope the music video will turn out awesome~  I have plenty of photos already of me as Kurapika anyways, so it's no big deal.

The park was doing some kind of Halloween event, so it was opened until 10 at night, and there were lots of people dressed up. So at least it was allowed to cosplay; apparently some Dutch amusement parks recently forbid adults to wear costumes, so we were afraid we might not get in at all. But the staff seemed to have no problems with it. We STILL got some really weird looks though, even from people who were all decked out as bloody zombies themselves. ^^; Even though we looked way more normal than them!  And lots of other people smiled and waved at us, but sadly no one recognized our cosplay. u.u  (One person yelled "kamehameha", which is close, but not quite... ^^;;)

We had plenty of fun amongst ourselves though, making jokes about the characters and doing silly stuff as them. We drove to the park together in my friend's car, which was already hilarious with all of us in cosplay. Imagine Gon driving, Killua in the front seat and Leorio and Kurapika in the back seat.... All while rocking out to the HxH songs playing on the car stereo. X'D And eating way too much candy, and going on all the rides... I wish more people in Belgium knew HxH, it must've looked so randomly hilarious to suddenly see HxH characters riding a roller coaster together or something... I know I would totally freak out if I randomly ran into that!

We spent over 10 hours at the park, but I'm too tired right now to completely recall everything we did... And we probably all caught a cold, because even though it was raining and only about 15 degrees out, we went on all the water rides and got ourselves (and each other) totally soaked. >w<  Like there was this one ride where you get on a boat equipped with water guns, and get to shoot water at all the other people. Boats are made for 4 people, but because there was no one else on the ride, we each got our own boat and waged a total water gun war on each other!  I almost lost my contact lens because Killua hit me right in the eye >w<   At night it got even colder than during the day, and because it was rainy, our clothes wouldn't really dry either. So now we're sick... xP  So stupid, but totally worth it!
 
 
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willeke4439
14 October 2014 @ 04:35 pm
I really need to clear out my closet, so I'm selling a couple of Japanese doujinshi I don't need anymore. Represented fandoms are Hunter x Hunter, Dragonball and Prince of Tennis. The HxH ones may have some slight wear on the spine from scanning, but I scan very carefully, without folding the book, so it shouldn't be too bad. ^^

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willeke4439
07 October 2014 @ 04:37 pm
Apparently I just had a root canal treatment at a dental clinic in Ikebukuro... It hurts... >__> Not as bad as it was hurting before though... I was really nervous about going, and I had a hard time finding blogs or accounts about foreigners' experiences with Japanese dentists (like, actual Japanese dentists, not foreign ones in Japan catering specifically to foreigners), so I guess I should make this public in case it might be useful or reassuring to anyone.

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willeke4439
03 October 2014 @ 04:54 pm
Mostly Yuushi x Gakuto... ^^;;  It was really hard to bring the amount down to less than 20 photos because we took so many awesome ones!  Because we all had other stuff to do later in the day we couldn't really bring any rackets or other large props, so I thought that we might end up being a bit uninspired without anything to work with.  But the school environment provided enough photo ideas, so we spent a good couple of hours going through the various locations thinking of things to do.

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Still not sure about the wig though... The style looks so awful on me, I think my face is just too long for it. And the bangs keep parting in the middle, even after putting lots of hairspray on it. There's so many photos that just didn't look right because of that, even though I did like the rest of the photo. The wig probably needs some fixing (glue?? Anything to keep the bangs in place...) before I'd want to wear it again. >w<

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willeke4439
02 October 2014 @ 04:26 pm
I haven't climbed any mountains at night since Mt. Fuji back in 2011, but it really IS awesome...!  Just look at the view~

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This wasn't even at the top yet, at the top you could see even more of the city! But there was no fence or anything I could rest my camera on so I couldn't take any photos from there... ^^; So this one is from a viewing platform somewhere halfway.


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willeke4439
26 September 2014 @ 08:31 am
On the last day in Kyoto we just walked around the area of the last ryokan we stayed in, because apparently some famous landmarks were really close. Or, they were supposed to be close, but even if it looked close on the map, it was often still more than half an hour to walk there >w<  On the map they gave us, it looked like Ginkakuji was right around the corner, but it really wasn't ^^;  We still went there though, it was really pretty~

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The gravel mountain is supposed to represent mt. Fuji, it was impressive how they made such a neat shape out of just gravel. It was supposed to rain all day so I wondered what would happen if it started raining and the gravel would be washed away (would the monks come running out to try and fix it? XD ) but it ended up not raining at all.  (I don't believe the weather forecasts over here anymore... It was the same yesterday when they said it would rain all day, but it only rained for maybe 5 minutes ^^; )

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willeke4439
24 September 2014 @ 09:07 am
Yesterday we went on a trip to Nara, which is about an hour away from Kyoto.  I mostly remember it as the place where Oishi and Eiji went on their date in that one OVA episode where they went to visit Shitenhouji. XD It really looked exactly like in the OVA, with lots of deer everywhere!


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willeke4439
22 September 2014 @ 10:19 pm
Lots of temples~ That's about what we saw today XD We were going to meet ayanihime_0909 at Fushimi Inari shrine at 1 PM in the afternoon, but we still had some time in the morning before that, so we went to see a different temple on our way there. We were also too cheap to take any train lines other than the JR lines we can use with our pass right now, so we walked there along the river XD


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Well, river? There was only about 30cm of water in it at most, if you wanted to you could probably cross it by walking through it. =P

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