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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. ^-^


=> For seeing some of my cosplay, you can go to my Cosplay.com account.
=> For my old Hunter x Hunter drama cd and lyric translations, please refer to my translations masterpost.
(Please note that I'm currently not doing these anymore, and I'm also not available for any other translation requests. Sorry!)

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15 January 2017 @ 05:19 pm
Today was Ginban no Glory, a Yuri on Ice doujinshi event. Or rather, it was one event in the middle of a bunch of (mostly) sports anime events, but I assume that the vast majority of the people were there just for the Yuri stuff. I've been to small "only" events before, but I've never seen something as giant as this one... There were about 900 circles, which was most of west halls 3 and 4 at Tokyo Big Sight. It was actually the exact same place where my company's booth was at Comiket two weeks ago. XD But it looked totally different, and the hall was a lot more packed =O

I wasn't THAT interested in buying even more YOI doujinshi, since I already got one before, and I'm not super invested in the fandom, but so many people I know were going, so I figured I might as well take a look too. And... I managed to spend less than 5000 yen? Yay? *hides*

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It was mostly doujinshi, but there was also an entire section on keychains and other accessoiries. Here's a bunch of stuff I got. (and some  freebies =3 )

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14 January 2017 @ 03:01 pm
I had to schedule two re-deliveries this week, since they were both from Japanpost, and the latest delivery timeframe they have is 19:00-21:00... While I get home at 20:00, so I had no choice but to reschedule them for the weekend (or risk a 50% chance of missing it again...)

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The first was my ticket for the Noragami play. Yes, I bought it! ^o^   Expensive as heck, but the auction price was only 200 yen more than the original price, and there weren't any regular tickets on sale (only premium ones ^^;) for shows I could make it to, so I can deal with that... And it's 7th row! I've never been to this theater before so I have no idea how close it is, but it sounds pretty good.  *-*

Second was a wonderful surprise package from a wonderful friend here on LJ *-*  I say 'surprise' because I thought it was just going to be a Christmas/New years' card, but it was huge! And look at that adorable envelope art <3  I wonder what the mailman thought of it when he handed it to me though. xD

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Inside was an awesome drawing, and some yummy candy. =33 I'm kind of surprised it arrived safely though... Apparently I made a mistake when when giving my friend my address =O  Two numbers in the postal code are switched, and I must've forgotten to write my room number too, but it still arrived with no issues, and really quickly. Sasuga Japan, I guess... =O

Work's been insanely busy yesterday, I worked for over 10 hours without a break ;_;  There's a task that I told management would take 3 days, but they still want it done within 2 days no matter what... And guess what, at the end of the working day I'd finished exactly 1/3rd of it... So I had to stay late and continue working until I'd done half. >___>  Not looking forward to another day like that on Monday...

...Let's go to the onsen now and try not to think about it.

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
11 January 2017 @ 02:58 pm
...at this giant Natsume billboard! Apparently I'd been passing underneath it almost every day since it was put up, which must've been somewhere in early December, judging by the release date that's written on it... But for some reason I never noticed it, until I looked at it from the other side of the street today! I guess I just never looked up while standing right beneath it, lol.

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I wish I could afford buy the DVDs like it's telling me to... (Can't because I already bought the Yona DVD... OTL )  But then again, since the 6th season is already decided, I guess it doesn't need my support THAT desperately. ^^;

Tonight there's a new years' party at my company, which is nice and all (free food, yay!), but... It only starts at 20:30... while I usually work until about 19:00... And since this is Japan, I'm pretty sure we're just expected to stay at the office and work overtime until the party begins. ^^; So I attempted to come in a bit late on purpose this morning to make up for it, but... miserably failed at it, since I still came in before everyone else, lol. (I finished my Amimaru chapter quicker than expected this morning, I guess...) Let's hope I'll last long enough to have any energy at the party... >w<

Current Mood: workingworking
08 January 2017 @ 07:37 pm
Or maybe not, 'cause there isn't a whole lot of stuff that caught my attention right now. ^^; I think the only thing I'm watching is probably the new season of Rakugo Shinjuu, and even that isn't really 'new' cause it's a sequel xD I'm really looking forward to it though, I kind of want to re-watch the first season before starting it, but I don't wanna wait until I finished that to start on the second season... So hopefully the first episode of the second season will provide some kind of re-introduction to remember what was going on. >w<

Other than that... Maybe Onihei looks interesting and different? But everything else seems like pretty generic fare... Let me know if I'm missing anything important though!

Maybe I'll just keep on catching up with older stuff instead this season then. I just finished watching Noragami Aragoto the other day. It was so good, though I wish it'd spend a little more time on developing the relationships between the main (three) characters, and their backstories (We still don't know who/what Yukine actually is and what happened to him before he met Yato? =O ), before getting into all the complicated conflicts between all those random gods. ^^; But I might be going to the Noragami stage play next month! ^o^ I happened to see an article on ANN about it today, and it has some Tenimyu actors in it... =O So on a whim I checked if there are any tickets for sale, and there are! Not THAT much more expensive than the original price either, so I might just get one if I have money left by the end of the month (lol)

I also watched a bit of Fukigen na Mononokean, because people have been telling me that I should like it... And I guess it's decent, though it seems to be trying TOO hard to be like Natsume Yuujinchou but without delivering any kind of emotional punch? The first time I felt a little bit of a tug at my heartstrings was at episode 6 with the old lady's wedding ring, but the rest is kind of 'meh' so far. The two main human characters seem pretty generic, and again I'm bothered by their lack of a backstory (Why am I supposed to care about them in the first place?), though their banter is hilarious at times.

Not sure what else from my backlog I should start on... Re-watching stuff sounds nice too...
Current Mood: coldcold
02 January 2017 @ 08:21 pm
First of all, happy new year!

I was going to meet up with a friend today to make oliebollen, but apparently I wasn't worth their time... Or maybe our definitions of "today" are too different, because first "afternoon" got shifted to "evening", and now it's almost 20:30 and I still haven't heard back from them... ^^; And we'd need about 2 hours to bake, but I'd like to go to bed at 22:00 at the latest, still trying to cure my jetlag, so... Yeah, not going to happen anymore. Makes me wonder why I even bother trying to arrange things with people ^^;;;

Instead, I decided to go on some culinary adventures by myself intstead this afternoon =3

First (when I was still waiting for my friend to reply), I made agemochi, or fried rice cakes. I'd gotten a kagamimochi rice cake as a present from another friend, the type that's used as a new year's decoration, but I had no idea how to actually eat it. Well, other than ozouni, boiling and eating it with red bean soup, which I'm not that fond of. So I did some research, and found that agemochi was another popular way to 'get rid of' the decorative rice cakes.

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01 January 2017 @ 02:04 pm
Happy new year! >w<

I just finished uploading the rest of my comiket pictures~ The second and third day were fun too, though I don't think I would've lasted longer than three days. =.= You can probably tell by the size of the bags under my eyes on which day each photo was taken, lol.

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close enough... xD

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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
29 December 2016 @ 09:50 pm
I survived the first day of Comiket Probably not gonna post about every single day, since every day will likely be pretty similar, but here's some pictures from today~  Not sure what to write though, I got up at 5:30 today and I'm probably still jetlagged too (though I DID sleep, thanks to staying up all day yesterday...), so my brain's not really working right now. xD

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Crowds... It's so nice to be able to walk straight into the building, right past all the lines =P This time they didn't give me any trouble about letting me in through the industry staff entrance, maybe 'cause I was with a coworker, or because I already knew the way, so I didn't look like a lost foreign tourist, lol.

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04 December 2016 @ 03:32 pm
Last Sunday I went to karaoke with some friends in Hyoutei cosplay~ Well, mostly xD We were missing Kabaji and one of us dressed as a Shitenhouji fangirl instead... But it was still pretty awesome. We did take some 'cool' group pictures (or at least, I hope they turned out cool!) but for now it's mostly the silly selfies and snapshots that have been posted around. So I'll just post some of those... They're pretty perfect at showing what would happen if Atobe held his own karaoke party though (at his private party room at his house, probably xD )

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Katsu no wa Hyoutei~  (Only decent group pic so far, lol)

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I'll post again if I get any better pictures >w<

Current Mood: amusedamused
01 December 2016 @ 01:56 pm
Yesterday I went ice skating after work~ By myself, because everyone who was initially interested dropped out for various reasons. Story of my life... ^^; But that's okay, it just gives me a reason to go again later and hope they can join then. =P Skating's a nice replacement of going for a walk before or after work - a great way to spend some time that I probably wouldn't spend on anything fun or productive otherwise. Though I probably won't do it THAT often, since there's a limit to how long turning around in circles on a tiny rink can stay interesting. And even if I go during the cheapest time, it still costs 1000 yen, plus the train fare to get there.

Only afterwards I found a detailed website with information~ Apparently it normally costs 1700 yen including rental skates, but if you go in the evening after 18:00 it's only 1200 yen, and on certain days, like Wednesdays and any days that have "6" in the date, it's 1000 yen.

It's only about 20 minutes to get there from my office, though getting home from Akasaka is kind of a pain. Still only takes 30 minutes, but I had to ride about 5 different trains, riding each one for only a couple of minutes ^^; Oh well, maybe I'll get the hang of it if I go more often.

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24 November 2016 @ 09:51 pm
Today I went to the Natsume Yuujinchou Animax Cafe in Akihabara with a coworker

It's actually only 5 minutes away from our office, so I'd been meaning to go ever since I randomly ran into it a few weeks ago, but out of habit I just kept making sandwiches for lunch in the morning every day. ^^; So today I made a note NOT to make them, so I'd HAVE to go out somewhere for lunch. And it seems like we picked the right day to go, because there was almost nobody else there. Maybe it's also due to the weather, and for the fact that the cafe's been running for almost a month now, so everyone probably already went.

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But it was really nice~ They were playing anime episodes on big TV screens all over the room, and there were displays of art and merchandise, and the food was actually really good!

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Current Mood: coldcold
22 November 2016 @ 10:05 pm
I haven't had this kind of reaction to Dragonball Super in a while - the kind of reaction that makes me want to write about the episode immediately after watching it...  but I just watched episode 66, and... Hnnnngh <3 <3 <3

I already kinda squealed at Vegeta and Trunks' combined Galick-ho last episode (They got their own version of Goku and Gohan's father-son attack! Aww <3 <3 ) and I was kinda disappointed at the time that they didn't finish Zamasu off with that, but this was even better than what I could've ever expected!

I know that the character's battle powers are blown totally out of proportion and fanboys are pissed that Trunks was portrayed as being stronger than Vegetto somehow, and I don't like how they cheapened the consequences of the Potara by retconning the statement that the fusion is supposed to be permanent, and I'm fully aware that Super is pretty much just one big fanservice fest, but... Honestly, that was such a beautiful fight that I don't care about any of that stuff! >w<

Is it just me, or was this episode animated 10x better as usual!? =O Everyone looked so good! And I was so glad that Trunks got to finish the fight instead of Goku! Isn't this the first time since Cell that anyone other than Goku beat the main villain!? Major props to... whoever was responsible for making this decision. It's Trunks' world that's on the line, so with all this talk about "justice", it just feel like the rightful conclusion that he gets to be the one who saves it... And as for the thing with the 'light', and the genki dama-ish thing, if that's what it was supposed to be... Yeah, it doesn't make sense because he never learned any techniques like that (though they did aknowledge that by having him look surprised at what happened, so it didn't bother me that much...) I'll just interpret it this way: Trunks won by sheer will power... "Hikari no will power"! *shot* (They should've totally brought THAT in as BGM here, I probably would've cried if they had >www< )

I guess that a lot of people are going to complain about this episode (or already did, 'cause I'm way behind on the times when it comes to Dragonball ^^;;) , but I can't, 'cause I'm just too proud of my boy... <3 <3 And now I'm incredibly sad that Jump Festa is going to be held on the 17th and 18th of December this year, which is exactly when I'll be flying home to the Netherlands... If I could've gone, I would have probably had an extreme urge get my Trunks costume shipped over before then and cosplay him at Jump Festa... TT_TT Though, even now that I can't go, I'm still getting the urge to cosplay him... It's been what, over five years since I last wore it? OMG... I'm so old... And I only have one decent photo of it, too... Maybe I'll bring the costume with me to Japan in December anyways, just in case I get a chance to wear it some time next year... >www<
Current Mood: touchedtouched
21 November 2016 @ 09:50 pm
Sunday I went hiking again~ I decided to go to the same area as last time and save my Oyama area map for next year to explore >w< And I was just too lazy to research a new area. I also walked a similar route as last time, except via slightly different trails, and in the opposite direction, so I'd end up at the Jinba onsen area near the end of the day.

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I'd planned a slightly shorter hike, so I'd have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take pictures, and visit the onsen AND also get home relatively early... But it turned out being exactly 8 hours of walking again ^^; Even though the route looked a little shorter on the map, there were a couple of steep climbs and descents that ended up taking longer >w< So in terms of time it doesn't really matter which exact paths you choose. Not that I really paid close attention to time anyways, 'cause I started early again and I was pretty sure I'd be able to walk the whole course within the day.

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18 November 2016 @ 07:46 pm
Pretty much every day for my lunch break, I take a walk around Ueno park. It's only about 15 minutes away from Akihabara, so there's just enough time to walk there, walk around for a bit, sit down and eat my lunch, and walk back. It's pretty much my main way of getting some exercise lately, until I can (hopefully) get a bicycle eventually and start biking to work >w<

I usually never bring my camera (which is in my other bag) or even my phone (I tend to forget it at the office when it's charging... ^^;) , but lately the colors have been so pretty that I really wanted to take some pictures. So I specially brought my camera yesterday to go around and take some pictures =3

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Isn't it pretty? >w< I'm still thinking of going to the mountains next Sunday to hopefully get some more nice views, and get in a final hike before winter, though the weather isn't looking to be great... Tomorrow it's going to rain, but I have to stay home for a package delivery and work on my new part-time job anyways, so that doesn't matter... But on Sunday it'll be just cloudy, no rain, though it looks like it WILL be pretty warm (22 degrees...) So it might be nice... Or it might be hot and humid and too hazy to see anything... I dunno yet. ^^; But in any case, it looks like I'll be by myself again, so I guess I can decide last-minute whether I feel like going or not, and where I wanna go...>w<

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Current Mood: artisticartistic
13 November 2016 @ 09:26 am
Yesterday I went to the Natsume Yuujinchou art exhibition~ It only opened last Friday in Ikebukuro, and it'll be held until the 23rd, but I don't know if I'll have time later this month, so I figured I should go to it while I can. Especially since I already got a presale ticket, so it'd be a waste not to use it, though the friend I was planning to go with cancelled... u_u

The first challenge was actually FINDING the place again though... ^^; It was in the same place as the Lala 40th anniversary exhibition, and just as well hidden away in the depths of a ginormous department store... I swear, those things are designed to trap people inside and never let them out again, so that they'll wander though all the stores for eternity until they'll want to buy things. =P

Anyways... Half an hour later... ^^;

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Looks like it's here~
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