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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, games, 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.

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willeke4439
22 June 2016 @ 08:18 pm
So I watched the first episode of the new arc in Dragonball Super...

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willeke4439
20 June 2016 @ 09:23 pm
I went to pick up my ticket to the Lala 40th anniversary art exhibition today! I actually ordered it earlier last weekend, but I kept forgetting to go to a Family Mart to actually pay it and pick it up. (Or when I did remember and was standing near a Family Mart, it was when I didn't have my wallet with me. ^^;;;) But I passed by one on the way to work today (And thanks chiisai_hime for reminding me!), so... yay!

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I got the pre-order ticket of course, so it's cheaper and I'll get a free poster / 2017 calendar with it! That would look so awesome on my wall, now that I finally have my own walls. xD

For now it doesn't look like Kusanagi Mizuho-sensei is participating (Although I don't blame her, after the Kumamoto earthquake... Is the manga still on hiatus? =O ), but Midorikawa Yuki-sensei and Akizuki Sorata-sensei's art will be there! And probably lots of others whom I've read manga by, but don't know by name. ^^; I'm so excited to see their beautiful artwork in person! I already saw some of Kusanagi-sensei's artwork in real life at the Yona seiyuu event, and it gave me the chills just to look at it. >ww<

And it's in Ikebukuro, so if I have to go there for the exhibition, I'll finally have an excuse to go to all the other cool places in Ikebukuro as well. =D On my lunch break today I went to the Mandarake in Akihabara, but they barely had anything interesting there, so I'm really itching for a trip to Ikebukuro. >w< They do have a floor for doujinshi aimed at women (yes, one floor out of 7 or so of male-oriented stuff ^^;), but I couldn't find any Karasu x Kurama doujins for numbercut3, nor the "Gon Hunt" HxH doujin for angel2heart. u.u  And no Akatsuki no Yona doujin at all, and for Natsume Yuujinchou only a few that I already have or have owned at some point. So Ikebukuro it'll have to be! The ticket is valid for any day while the exhibition is running, which includes two weekends, so I'm sure I'll find some time to go within that time. >w<

 
 
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willeke4439
20 June 2016 @ 08:45 am
Every time I walk to work, I've been thinking that I should take some photos, because the area around here is really pretty! But I usually either don't have a good camera with me, or I'm in a hurry to catch a train, or carrying grocery bags, or when I get back from work it's too dark to take pictures. So this weekend, before going to the store, I went around and took some photos~

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My little street~ I love how the people made these little gardens in flower boxes and pots in front of their houses, even though there's not a patch of soil to be found near the street. xD Well, maybe the trees are in a little bit of soil. Not sure about that. ^^;
The entrance to my building is on the right.

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willeke4439
18 June 2016 @ 03:53 pm
This morning I got three deliveries! Well, two were ones I had to have redelivered sometime this week, but the third one was a surprise. Apparently it was shipped just in time to arrive today, so the mail guy just bought with him at the same time.

The first thing was my curtains... Or rather, fabric for curtains... ^^; I hadn't been able to find any lace curtains in exactly the right size for my window, and the ones that were the most similar, were only one big curtain so you wouldn't be able to open it in the middle. And having it custom made would be too expensive... So I ended up getting one of the cheap big ones, then first cutting it in half to create two (and hemming the halves where I cut it), and then hemming the bottom to fit the length of my window. All of that wasn't really difficult since it's just sewing in straight lines, but it took a long time to do by hand, without a sewing machine. I may need to invest in one some time... Once I have a desk to actually put it on. ^^;;;

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Yay~
The room looks dark, but that's just because the camera was trying to adjust to the brightness outside. It's ridiculously sunny today, so the room is actually pretty bright as well. ^^

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willeke4439
16 June 2016 @ 09:48 pm
Today on my way to work I passed this "Sorry for the wait!" poster at Toranoana again, and I just had to take a picture, 'cause it's just too true for words. xD

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There must be so many people who, just like me, got into HxH when they were in elementary or middle school, and are still reading it now that they're adults with jobs. In that sense, the manga has really grown up and changed along with its audience, I think.

I'm STILL trying to plough through all the Dark Continent exposure, but the political stuff just goes on and on... Not just the politics between countries and organizations, but also within the Hunter Association. I think I'm going to have to read it again (and again...) to really understand everything that's going on. There are just so many layers to the story, it's hard to get it all while you're mostly focusing on trying to read the kanji. Well, the readings are no problem 'cause it still has furigana, but the meanings... I seriously wonder how many elementary school kids could read and understand this...  ^^;

But apparently Volume 33 has been the best selling manga for the past two weeks! It makes me just a little proud knowing that my purchase must have been counted somewhere in those 939,409 copies... =3=

 
 
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willeke4439
07 June 2016 @ 09:24 pm
Ugh, bureaucracy... Tuesday morning I had to go to not one, but TWO ward offices to register my address change >_> I've never moved within Japan, when I left from my year abroad, I just unregistered as a resident at the ward where I lived in, which makes total sense because I didn't have a new place. So I thought it would make sense that too if you move to a different ward, you would have to go to the office at your NEW address to register as a resident there, and then you'd automatically be unregistered at your old address, because logically speaking you can't be registered at two addresses at the same time.

But nooo... I'd forgotten that nothing is "automatic" in Japan; Everything has to be done by handwritten forms - with multiple copies to boot! >__> So when I got to the ward office near my new place, they told me I had to get some kind of document from the ward office near my OLD place first, before I could register my new address... Which was fine for me, because I only moved one station away, so I could go and get the document within about 30 minutes, go back to the office in my new ward, and complete the procedure... But what if you've moved to the other end of the country by plane, and THEN they tell you that you need to go back to get some handwritten form at your old address!?

And the funny thing is, the forms I had to fill in at both offices, were almost exactly the same. ^^;;; On both I had to write my name about four times... "The person who is requesting this change" (Me!) "The person who is moving" (Me!) "Relationship to the person requesting the change" (Hey, that's me myself!) "The head of the household of the previous address" (Not me, but they didn't seem to care...), and "The head of the household at the new address" (Hey, me again). Then I had to write my old and new address two times; at the first office they printed it out as an "official document" so I thought I'd just hand that over at the second office, but no... I had to copy it to a different form by hand... >___> Seriously, a simple address change should not take an hour and a half, even if you have to go to two offices to do it! ^^;;;

Hopefully I won't have to deal with it anymore for a very long time... Well, two years at least, because that's how long my current tenancy contract lasts. >w
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willeke4439
02 June 2016 @ 09:30 pm
I haven't had the time to watch a lot of anime either, other than barely keeping up with the shows of the season. But it's been a while since I talked about it, so...

Shounen Maid is as cute as ever. I identify with Chihiro on so many levels, lol. (Roommates are out? Time to clean!! XD ), and Flying Witch is also adorable!. I guess it'll be my substitute show until Natsume season 5 comes out, lol. It's not quite as touching or heartwarming, because of the lack of any serious stories, but I love the relaxing atmosphere it has. The main girl isn't nearly as annoying as I'd feared she would be, and the same jokes aren't overused; each episode comes with new, original silliness. =P

Super Lovers is... kind of meh? I don't really see the point of the show. At least it's not cringe-worthy cheap BL, because it's a good story (Four brothers adapting to their new family situation? A boy from Canada adapting to life in Japan? Sure, that makes for a touching story, funny at times, sad at other times...), but I'm still not sure where the whole "lovers" part comes into play in all this... The story would work perfectly fine even WITHOUT the older brother randomly coming on to his adopted little brother at times. So the drama feels a little forced to me. It's still really enjoyable to watch though, mostly because of Minagawa Junko and Maeno Tomoaki <3

Then there's Sakamoto desu ga... What can you even say about it? I'm not sure if the concept would last for any more than 12 episodes, because it's basically the same thing over and over again (Look at this cool guy doing cool things and annoying or impressing other people in the process!), but for now it's funny enough. And it seems to be crazy popular! When I was out in Shibuya last weekend, I saw this MASSIVE billboard right outside the station.

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"Don't mind me, I'm just observing from above..."
Considering how much it'd probably cost to put up a billboard in the middle of Shibuya like this, the show must be doing well. =O

And lastly there's Dragonball Super... I'm ridiculously excited that Future Trunks is going to appear. And his outfit... I have a red scarf, I could totally cosplay that! (If the rest of my costume wasn't in the Netherlands right now...) Although why is his hair blue now...? I wonder if this is the final design, or just Toriyama playing around with colors in his concept sketches again =O
At the same time I know his appearance is probably just a fanservice thing (Seriously, Super has been one big fanfic so far!) so I'm a bit worried about HOW he'll come into play, if it will make sense. His story was completely resolved in the original series, so it might feel forced to bring him back... So there'd better be a good reason for it >www<
 
 
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willeke4439
23 May 2016 @ 10:18 pm
Dream live was... tiny! OMG O__O; It's been held in arena-type venues for so long now, so that's what I was expecting, but... This time it was held in what looked like a normal theatre, just about as big as where the musicals themselves are usually held. Maybe just a little bigger, but with the normal theatre seats, and the small stage (just a regular one, no 'catwalk' in the middle, or a second stage), it didn't feel like a Dream Live at all at first... =O

Until they got started, that was. xD The actors tried so hard to liven things up and get that usual Dream Live atmosphere, commenting on how "huge" the venue was (even though it really wasn't) =P But maybe to them it was huge, 'cause it was the first Dream Live for this cast. It didn't show at all though, everybody did great! I saw the show twice, but I don't think anybody messed up anywhere. xD

For the first show, I was somewhere in the back, but it was still pretty close... Although I became painfully aware of the fact that I really need new glasses, because I couldn't see very well at all. ^^; So on Sunday I decided to wear contacts, AND we got seats really close to the stage, so I could see them much better the second show. =D

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willeke4439
21 May 2016 @ 01:10 pm
I kept forgetting that I had tickets for this because I've been so busy with work, but today it's finally time for some more Tenimyu fun~ It still doesn't feel real though, probably won't until I'm actually there. ^^; And come to think about it, this'll only be the second Dream Live I've seen in person, the only other one being 2013... How the heck is that three years ago already!!? It still feels like it was just last year. ^^;;; And how is Tenimyu still going after all this time...!? What year is it!? `(๑ △ ๑)`*

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But I'm ready~  I think? =P

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Today I also paid the first bill for my new room, so I guess that means my move is final now! The housing agency called me at work yesterday (and it took me a while to realize it was my phone vibrating, because I'm not used to having people calling me ^^; ) and they said my application had gone though, and they would send me a bill for the rent and other fees. It's a bit more steep than I expected, considering they said the "initial costs" for this room were "relatively cheap"... I dunno, but the total is well over 4 months worth of rent, and that only includes rent for the first month, everything else is all sorts of other fees. >___>  Agency fees, guarantor fees, lock-changing fees, cleaning fees, insurance, "living support fees" (which apparently provides access to a 24hr phone line you can call in case you need help, like if you've locked yourself out of your room or lost your keys, or if anything in your room breaks... And yes, it's mandatory  <__< ) , etc... So I'm pretty much back where I started when it comes to saving money, because I had to spend almost everything I painstakingly saved since January..  OTL

And then I haven't even bought any furniture, appliances, kitchenware, or any other daily items yet. ^^;;;; I'll dip into my previous savings to buy at least a matress and some other stuff I need the very most so I can LIVE there, but other than that, it looks like my room will be fairly empty for the first couple of months. ^^;;;; At least I won't have to buy a bed, which is a big part of the reason why I wanted a place with a built-in loft bed. And oh well... Building things up and decorating slowly is just part of the fun! If you already have everything right from the start, there's no goals to work towards anymore, so I don't feel that bad about it at all. ^^

Although I do wonder how much furniture I could've bought with the money that went towards those Dream Live tickets... Yeah, yeah, priorities... =P

 
 
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willeke4439
06 May 2016 @ 10:43 pm
Yay, I actually got the pictures from the random person who wanted to have a photoshoot with me at SCC!  And I just realized how white I was thoughout both days. =P  You'd almost think that I have a soft spot for white-haired characters... Even though Killua and Kija are the only two white-haired characters that I have. ^^;

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The pictures all pretty similar because we only used one of the photo spots and only for a short while, and the person insisted on getting THE perfect picture of certain poses, resulting in a bazillion slightly-different pictures of the same pose. xD But here's a few that are different enough to post~
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willeke4439
05 May 2016 @ 06:23 pm
Today I got some pictures from my friend Ryuri's camera. It's been about a year since I last cosplayed Killua, so I guess it's time for some Killua picspam~

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Yay~

It was really hard to come up with poses without the skateboard though. ^^; I've almost always had it with me whenever I did this outfit, and if I didn't, I'd usually have other cosplayers with me to do poses together with. And even then, I already have photos of every single pose I can think of with Killua, after about five years of cosplaying him regularly.

But I didn't have any solo photos with a neutral background yet (other than maybe one from Nozlan), so I guess it couldn't hurt to try and recreate some of my favourite pictures / poses in a studio setting. =P

The only thing that bothers me about these was that the lighting was really harsh (as in, spotlights shining straight in your face), and it was pretty hot inside the hall, so in most pictures my face looks really shiny and/or orange-ish. >_>  I tried to fix them up as best as I could though...

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willeke4439
04 May 2016 @ 08:06 pm
...Again probably "part 1", because I didn't take a single picture myself this day. ^^;  Reason one is because it's really hard to do so with Kija's dragon hand glove, and reason two being that there were barely cosplayers of series I knew or liked this day. ^^; There was mostly just LOTS and LOTS of Yowamushi Pedal and Touken Ranbu, for some reason... The only cosplayer I ran into which I would've wanted a picture of, was a Matoba from Natsume Yuujinchou, but I saw him while I was shopping the doujinshi area, where it's not allowed to take pictures.
Other than that, there wasn't a single other Akayona cosplayer, and not even ones from any other Hana to Yume franchises like Kamisama Hajimemashita or Akagami no Shirayukihime, even though today was the day when doujinshi for those were being sold. u.u

At least I managed to make the day of the people at the 3 Akayona circles that there were. And that's pretty much the only reason why I decided to wear my Kija cosplay today, so I guess all's well. I was already surprised that there were as much as THREE circles because I only knew of the Jae-ha x Kija circle that would be there. After changing into my cosplay, I headed there first, and the girl behind the table pretty much freaked out after seeing me. xD So I bought her new book and another one that I didn't have yet, and I asked her for a sketch too. She wasn't officially doing them today, and didn't even have a pencil or anything, but she drew one for me anyways when I lent her one, because she liked my cosplay so much. =3 Apparently there really weren't any others today, because she said she hadn't seen anyone either, and you'd think that anybody who cosplays Akayona would visit the circles for it... But it was really cute how they were freaking out, and everybody wanted to shake my hand. xD

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Chibi Kija and Jae-ha! They're so cute! <3 <3 <3

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willeke4439
03 May 2016 @ 08:46 pm
...Part 1? I'm still going to get pictures from my friend's camera, so if there's any good ones I'll post them later. But for now I'll just post some from my own. =3

It was lots of fun! Super Comic City isn't nearly as crowded as comiket, so there's no need to line up early at all. The event opens at 10, so I met my cosplay friend Ryuri at Kokusaitenjijou station at 10, and we could comfortably walk straight into the changing toom without having to wait in any lines. The changing room was pretty big, so there was plenty of space to sit and get changed. Not that I really needed to get changed though, 'cause I already put on all of my clothes and done my makeup at home. So all I had to do was take off my jacket, change my shoes and put on my wig. =3


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Yay~ It's rare having a cosplay picture with Big Sight in the background WITHOUT it being crowded, lol.

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willeke4439
02 May 2016 @ 09:10 am
AKA, I'm turning into Nyanko-sensei... xD

Yesterday I went on a fun day trip to Okutama with my roommates! The main part of the trip was to go kayaking, but there was lots more than that to do, see (and eat!) in Okutama.  ^o^

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We left at about 6:30 in the morning in order to be at Mitake station a bit before 9. The station looked really familiar, and then I remembered I've been there once before when I climbed Mt. Mitake some time two years ago. xD That time I only went into the mountains, so I had no idea there were so many other things to see in the area.

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