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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
18 July 2015 @ 06:07 pm
Ohh, apparently there's going to be a new furoku drama CD for Akatsuki no Yona! And it's coming out when I'm in Japan, around the same time as volume 19 of the manga and the OVA! Still need to figure out if I can pre-order that somehow... I thought I'd just pick it up when it came out, but apparently the DVD is a preorder bonus only... >_> But I should be able to simply pick up the magazine and drama CD in stores~  Apparently the CD will cover a chapter from volume 19 (in which Shin-ah talks a lot, apparently xD), so I'll have to catch up with the manga first before I could listen to it, but... yay!  More stuff!

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Yesterday night I started watching Gingitsune, which has been on my list for a while because it seems like something I'd enjoy... And ...This is exactly what I had EXPECTED Kamisama Hajimemashita to be when I first started that. (But it wasn't ^^;  It was still fun, but different.). So now I'm finally getting the kind of story I wanted to see, I guess xD
I love how the titular "silver fox" is NOT a hot bishounen (like I was kinda half-expecting too... =P) but an actual old fox deity that looks and acts like a fox. In KH I didn't like the high focus on the romance between Nanami and Tomoe that much, so I think I'd really enjoy a story about a girl and her shrine familiar helping people and youkai, but without any overly annoying 'romantic' drama between them. The focus is more on the girl doing her job seriously, developing her skills, and actually helping people and making both human and youkai friends in the process.. It's very heartwarming. And I loved how the other shrine fox (the one who left) has Nyanko-sensei's voice, lol. xD

I actually have a headcanon about Natsume ending up working at a shrine in the future like this. Over the course of the story he keeps thinking about how he could use his talents for the sake of people AND youkai, so I think acting as an intermediary between the people and the gods at a shrine or temple would be a perfect and fulfilling job for him... Crossovers, anyone? xD
 
 
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willeke4439
16 July 2015 @ 06:49 pm
Yesterday I watched the first two episodes of Non Non Biyori Repeat... So it really is literally repeating the same timeframe as season one... I guess it makes sense since it's called "repeat", and I know I shouldn't expect much plot from this anime... But I thought they meant it more in the sense of "more of the same type of fun relaxing episodes", not that it would literally cover the same school year as the first season. I was kinda hoping it would be a continuation of the OVA, and actually show the girls going to Okinawa... Oh well. Even if it takes place during the same year, the stories are still different, so it's still fun to watch.

I also started on Akagami no Shirayukihime... It's really good! Everything from the story, character, music and art just seems right! There's absolutely nothing to complain about with this show, it's just... enjoyable. =D
I'm not entirely sure about the prince Zen yet, he seems a little too laid-back and naive right now. Like, is he aware that if he (a prince) hangs out with Shirayuki (a normal girl) in public, it might draw unwanted attention to her and put her life in danger? He should be more aware of his position. But because of that, there's plenty of room for character development, which is a good thing! He seems really interested in learning about his country and caring for the normal people, at least.
Shirayuki herself is really cool too so far. In a way she does fulfill the typical "fairy tale princess" kind of role in the story, having to flee from her country and being saved by a prince and everything, but she's just so strong and resourceful. I love how she tries to make a living on her own by working hard (instead of marrying a man and relying on him). And even when she's in trouble, she tries her hardest to get out by herself. (And was doing a pretty good job until the prince arrived. xD ) I don't know if this will have some kind of big overlying plot, but even if it won't, it'll still be fun to watch Shirayuki build up her life in her new country.

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On vacation I also read volume 19 of Natsume Yuujinchou, so I guess I should talk about that too. =3
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willeke4439
12 July 2015 @ 09:43 pm
I made a thing... And it only took me about 7 hours. ^^;; And that's not counting all the shopping and other preparatory stuff I'd already done, like filing and painting the fake nails...  Oh well, at least now I know how to make something like this, in the very unlikely case I'll ever have to re-make it or cosplay a similar character. xD

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willeke4439
08 July 2015 @ 07:42 pm
I did a lot of reading on vacation, so I finally got to volume 12 of AkaYona, and also the novel!

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willeke4439
21 June 2015 @ 06:48 pm
After 6 days of sewing, I'm pretty much done with the most important part of Kija's outfit~  Well, six afternoons, because I spent the mornings working... I translated 50 pages every day, so now I'm done with work for this term as well, two days ahead of schedule. =3  I shouldn't forget to actually pack for vacation, I haven't prepared anything yet ^^;;

Anyways, look~

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willeke4439
20 June 2015 @ 05:58 pm
More days of sewing... And my back hurts, cause the ironing board is too low for me so I keep having to stand hunched over it when cutting, pinning or ironing things. ^^; But it's either that or doing it on the floor, which isn't much better...

I realized it's been about 3 years since I actually sewed a costume from scratch. Most of my latest cosplays could be made just by altering store-bought clothes or old clothes that I already had into new things that I could use for cosplay. Like dyeing or painting things, cutting V-necks into shirts, shortening or lengthening things, adding or removing buttons or lace or whatever... All pretty simple stuff. I don't even remember what the last thing was that I actually sewed... It might've been Yukina's kimono, or Kurapika or Kurama's tunics, and that was all back in 2011... Apprently I did a lot of sewing that year. ^^;

I was surprised at how easily I picked it up again though, considering just how little sewing experience I actually have. I only ever made the things I needed to make for specific costumes and figured it out as I went, but I never actually learned any basics. ^^;;;; Oh well...

In an old sewing magazine I found a pattern for a dress with a zipper down the front middle, so I decided to use that for the main part of Kija's outfit. I had to alter it a little bit because the dress in the pattern was short, with 3/4 sleeves, while I wanted everything to be long. But that's just a matter of drawing those parts a little longer when tracing the pattern.

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willeke4439
Wait, I already am... Apparently I'm sewing a new costume from scratch for Abunai. Which is in about 2 months, but I'll have LESS time than that because of an 11-day vacation, and work. So I started pretty much immediately after coming back from Animecon. ^^;

Somewhere inside I'd probably already decided that Kija would be my next cosplay, but I had no idea when I'd have an opportunity to wear it, so I'd mentally put it aside as an "I'll do it eventually..." kind of thing... But then I got inspired by all the Yona cosplayers I saw at Animecon (So there IS interest in this series in my country!) and my friend expressed interest in cosplaying Shin-ah too, so that sealed the deal for me... So yeah... I'm really gonna do this! 8D

...But I don't know HOW busy I'll be with work the coming months, and there's the vacation (I kinda don't wanna go anymore, I just wanna sew until it's done >w< ), and preparing for Japan, and doujinshi and additional translation requests... (I probably won't have time for those for a while... ^^;), and now this cosplay too... Guess I'll need to spend every waking hour doing SOMETHING this summer if I want to finish this AND keep up with my regular work and other stuff >w< There's also two meetings / photoshoots I still need to arrange before I leave... Someone save me... ^^;

I'll probably be able to make the entire Kija costume out of fabric scraps I have left from previous cosplays though, which would save me a LOT of money...! Apparently I cosplay a lot of similarly-colored anime characters... xD  Well, there's scraps, and old bed sheets. Lots of bed sheets. They came from my grandma's place and they were still as good as new, but we don't need them, so I might as well put them to good use. =3

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willeke4439
Alright, this should be my last Animecon post for now... Until I get more photos from this shoot. ^^;;;  It was kind of divided into two parts, because at first some people weren't there yet, and later they were but then others were gone already, so we never really got photos with everybody. And later during the day I was pretty rushed myself because I had to leave soon, so I didn't take any pictures myself of the people who came later. I did have my picture taken WITH them by others though (but not by anyone I know well), so I hope I'll get to see those eventually. =3  Pictures in this post are by me or taken with my camera by others, except for the few that are obviously higher in quality (those are by a friend with an expensive camera. xD )

It was fun to see SO MANY HxH cosplayers though... I don't think I've ever seen this many in one day at a convention!


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And yet again, there was one of the main four missing (at first)... ^^;  And this "Leorio" wasn't even cosplaying Leorio today (even though he WAS Leorio for our music video xD), but he looked similar enough so we made him take a picture with us anyways. Oh well x'D

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willeke4439
The first time I cosplayed Yu Yu Hakusho in the Netherlands was in early 2012, (Made the costumes in 2011), and since then I've been trying to get people together for a group... Rather unsuccessfully, because I never had more than two people at a time... ^^; First Kurama and Yukina, then Kuwabara and Yukina, and then I did Kurama by myself at the EFF once... People kept promising to cosplay it with me eventually, but they they lost interest or disappeared or whatever and then it just never happened...

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But now it finally happened! I don't know where these new people came from or why they got into YYH (who even watches 90s anime anymore these days?), but I'm really happy that they did! It's too bad we were still missing Yuusuke (or Koenma, or Botan, or Keiko, or Genkai...) but this is more people than I ever had for YYH, so I'm satisfied! They were really fun to hang out with as well. We even got recognized once, by an older Japanese couple, haha. xD

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willeke4439
16 June 2015 @ 08:14 pm
I'm glad I got so much photo selecting done yesterday, because this morning I found an e-mail that the next translation project term is starting friggin' tomorrow (Read: I started immediately today because I wanna have some leeway with the deadlines where possible) and it'll last right up until the 23rd, while I leave for vacation on the 24th. I'd expected to be replaced by another translator for the next term because I told the manager I'd be unavailable for the duration of Animecon and my vacation, and I was hoping to get some other things done in between before I leave again... But instead the term falls exactly in between the con and vacation too, and yet again gave me more than one volume to do. ^^; So I finished one chapter today, and I'd better keep going. ^^; But at least I'm not missing any work (and income) this way. =D
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Anyways, here's some pictures from Friday, when I cosplayed Dream Live 3rd Gakuto again, this time with my friend Umi as Yuushi! <3  This cosplay was really comfy to wear while traveling to the con, and I didn't feel TOO weird on the train and tram and walking trough the city, lol. xD We didn't get recognized other than by one or two friends who knew we'd be wearing this to the con, and we didn't have anybody who was willing or had time to take photos of us. ^^;

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But instead we ended up taking photos ourselves with a tripod and the self timer. Which took ages, because I don't have a screen on the front of my camera, nor a remote control. And my camera resets the settings again after every single picture, so for every try I had to set it all up again, press the button, get back in position, etc... So for all that work, I'm REALLY satisfied with how some of these turned out! (If I can say so myself xD )

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willeke4439
15 June 2015 @ 10:36 pm
It was awesome~ It's been a while since I had this much fun a whole weekend~ And I don't even have a post-con depression or sickness... =O Maybe because we made some other plans to look forward to (and so much left to do! @@) that I have no time to be feeling down. xP I spent all day today unpacking and cleaning stuff, and going through all the photos (over 800 of them O_O) and selecting them and sending the right pictures to the right people. So I really need to sit down and actually write about the con now.  xD I'll post the actual photoshoots when I finished sorting though all the photos and received some more from other people, but for now I'll just post general impressions and pictures of random cosplayers here. ^^

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willeke4439
10 June 2015 @ 07:12 pm
So much for saving my manga for later... ^^; I ended up reading all of volume 11 yesterday, it was just too good to stop in the middle... >w<  Oh well, I'll probably end up re-reading it a few times anyways...

The story about little Yona, Hak and Su-won was too adorable for words! <3 Can I just hug them all?  How old is Kan Tae-jun though!? These chapters takes place 10 years before the current events of the manga, but he still looked exactly the same...  I thought he'd only be a little older than Hak, but if he was already an adult while Yona was still a toddler, he must be a lot older... =O That makes it a little creepy how obsessed with Yona he is now though...

And I loved how half a chapter was dedicated to them figuring out their sleeping arrangements with the new tent. Poor Yona... The panel where Hak was sprawled out in her tent made me snort out loud... And how Jae-ha's 'dirty thoughts' about them were censored in his thought bubble x'D That other tent still seemed a bit small for 5 people though, I bet they'll have to snuggle up together in there to stay warm... I wanna see that... =3

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willeke4439
25 May 2015 @ 07:20 pm
The Japanmarkt yesterday was fun~ Probably more because of the people than the actual market though. Because it was so crowded! The entire street was like a Japanese train during rush hour, seriously! I guess it did succeed in conveying a bit of 'Japanese culture' like that... ^^; But I feel like everything could've been organized and laid out better...  It was already too crowded during previous years, but this time was even worse, probably due to the sunny weather and the holidays. So they could've left more space between the stalls for example, so people wouldn't be packed together so closely when trying to look at stuff... Or they could've had the stalls on both sides of the canal, instead of just on one side, so people could walk one way on the one side, and walk back on the other side... Just spread it out a little more, because the way it was, it was pretty much impossible to get a good look at what was inside of the stalls unless you forced yourself to the front though the walls of people...

So when we arrived we basically walked to the end of the market without having actually seen anything... ^^; So we went back the other way, and somehow got into the right 'stream' of people shuffling along the stalls , so we could finally see some things. xD It was mostly general Japanese cultural stuff, some books, some clothing and accessoiries, and some booths by sports clubs and cultural clubs. One place with manga, but it was just too crowded to have a look at what they actually had. So I didn't buy anything other than some food; some kind of usuyaki sesame cookies, and gyouza. Not too much though, because it was ridiculously expensive. But it was really good =3

Despite the crowds I managed to meet up with everyone I'd arranged to meet, and after a while a few of us just decided to go to a nearby park to sit there and chat while eating the food we bought. It was really fun getting to talk about anime again with old and new friends~

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willeke4439
22 May 2015 @ 11:25 am
http://www.hanayume.com/hanayume/yona/19/

The Akatsuki no Yona OVA is going to cover two chapters from volume 12!? ...So it won't be a direct sequel to where the anime series left off? Or even something close to it?  Like the love potion chapter!? (That was actually my first guess as to what it would be, seeing as they skipped over that part in episode 24...) How about all the stuff that happens in between!? In volumes 9 and 10... Does this mean that those won't get animated!? TT_TT  Or if the anime does continue where it left off, are they going to leave out these chapters from volume 12 when they get to it?  How would that even work? I haven't read that far yet (I'm up to volume 10 now) so I don't know if they'd be able to adapt those chapters in a way that it could take place any time during their journey without affecting the story much, but it just seems weird...

Oh well, I'm not complaining about the fact that it'll be a friggin' hot springs episode, or that it'll focus on Kija... >///<  I'm just a bit worried about the continuity of the anime... ^^;

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