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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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willeke4439
01 September 2014 @ 01:10 pm
Still sorting out photos and trying to remember everything that happened at Abunai...

But first... This. Just this:








 
 
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willeke4439
I noticed something interesting while re-watching episode 8 of Natsume Yuujinchou (The Hotaru episode)...  In the narration/internal monologue near the end, Natsume refers to himself as 'boku' ("boku ni wa wakaranai"), but when he speaks out loud to Nyanko-sensei in the very next scene, he uses 'ore' ("ore no youjinbou ni hagendekure yo")...! In this particular episode it was notable because there's two instances of it shortly after each other, but could this be a consistant thing, where it's different between his internal monologue and actual spoken lines...?

If so, it probably has some kind of sigificance, like how maybe he's making a conscious effort to speak more strongly and masculine towards others, even though he doesn't feel like that on the inside? The mangaka once stated (in the free talk colums in the manga tankoubon) that Natsume does seem to have some sort of complex about his masculinity (or lack thereof XD), and you can tell from things like how upset he was after some little kids called him 'girly', or when in chapter one he got offended when Nyanko mistook him for Reiko at first and said something like "Now that I look closely, you're a boy..." and then Natsume was all like "You don't need to look so closely to tell I'm a boy (Like, isn't it obvious)?!" XD So maybe his intentional use of 'ore' has something to do with that? Or maybe that one instance of 'boku' was it's just the scriptwriter's slip-up in episode 8 only, and I'm looking way too much into it... ^^;;

Dammit, now I'll need to pay attention to his personal pronouns in other episodes next time... They're few and far in between though (just because personal pronouns aren't used very often in Japanese ), so this might be difficult... Alright...

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willeke4439
07 August 2014 @ 11:05 am
Here's another batch of photos from last Saturday. I'm so late... >__> With sindraa as Echizen, umihoshi as Niou and me as Fuji.

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At least this batch of characters wasn't as random as the previous, so it was a lot easier to come up with poses. When in doubt, tennis poses always work. XD We went to a park which is basically just one big grassy field, It was supposed to be a soccer field, but that day it was a tennis court!

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willeke4439
06 August 2014 @ 08:24 am
Last weekend I got together with sindraa and umihoshi, originally to discuss our trip to Japan and look at flights and tickets. But then it turned out that they stil need to conform some things before we can book anything, so we just hung out and cosplayed instead. I really love how in the Netherlands you can just go to any random park in the neighborhood and cosplay there (while in Japan it's such a big no-no. u.u )   The only anime we all have in common is Tenipuri, so we did that later in the day, but first we had a picnic in the park with random unrelated characters of which we still wanted some photos. Well, one thing all our characters had in common is that they deal with supernatural things, so it kinda made sense, I guess.    I'll post all the random crossover stuff later, but for now I'll mostly post the Natsume stuff so I can link it to the Yuujinchou comm as well. =3


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Last time at Animecon I had too much luggage to bring a yukata, but I've always wanted to try using one like this with Natsume. I know he doesn't really wear them like this in the actual series, but I love the illustrations on the manga covers where he does. The yukata isn't based on any specific illustration though, I just picked the most flowery one that I have. XD

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willeke4439
30 July 2014 @ 11:53 am
So at the Sieboldhuis, the Japan museum in Leiden, there's this new exhibition about Japanese characters. The term 'character' is used very broadly though, it includes not only manga and anime characters, but also things like regional mascots.  It was... really really tiny, but there was still some cool stuff...!  I went to see it with two friends. ^^

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Like this life-sized Pikachu! If this is really the actual size that Pikachu is supposed to be, it's bigger than I thought! I mean, doesn't it sit on people's shoulders in the anime?? That looks heavy... ^^;;;

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willeke4439
26 July 2014 @ 12:25 pm
I was bored and it was raining yesterday, so I made some new cosplay meishi~ I already had three different ones, but the text was kinda small and hard to read on those, so I tried printing the new ones in a slightly bigger size and on some high quality glossy photo paper (my mom had it left over from some past project, and she said she wouldn't use it anymore, so I could have it =D ) And I wanted some for different cosplays as well, so I made 9 different ones and printed all of them 11 times. ...Having to cut out 99 cards by hand gave me a blister on my thumb, from my scissors... ^^;; But hopefully now that I made a lot at once, I won't need to print/cut out any more of them for a long time. XD

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I made them all in a similar theme, with a solo full-body or 3/4 shot to a green natural background. Well, Except for Hiyoshi's 'cause I didn't have any suitable photos with a green background. But the text is the same on all of them, so they stil match a bit. I also like sitting/crouching poses a lot, apparently.  But it's really hard to pick just one photo for one cosplay!

...Maybe I should also have an Oishi one because I tend to end up cosplaying him way more than I ever planned to, but I couldn't find any good individual photos for that. Guess I need to cosplay him again sometime and then take a good picture. XD
 
 
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willeke4439
21 July 2014 @ 03:52 pm
Long story short: It was fun~!!!


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Apparently this event was held for the first time this year, and I'm still not quite sure if it's supposed to be an anime con or a general Japanese culture festival. I thought it was more of the latter, but at the event itself, some of the hosts called it an anime con... ^^;;  It was different from all the other cons though, it had a lot more Japanese food and general kawaii stuff, and performances related to both modern and traditional culture.

The location was the Westergasfabriek, an old factory building in the middle of a big park in Amsterdam. The building didn't really seem suited for this kind of event though. It was also really hot and stuffy inside, They only seemed to have one or two doors open, and there wasn't any ventilation or air conditioning. There was only one room, so all the different events going on at the same time meant a lot of noise, and the accoustics of the building were especially terrible. For example, Taiko drums + big hollow building = a terrible idea, my ears still hurt ^^;; The music was also set way too loud, it didn't do a lot of justice to the awesome musical artists that they'd invited. It was fun how they played anime BGM and theme songs at a low volume in between performances though, that really helped set the atmosphere!

It was also really tiny! The building was big, but there was a lot of open space, and only a few stalls. On the other hand, it was really easy to meet up with people, because if you just looked around, you could see pretty much everyone in the building. The atmosphere was really like a first-time con. XD  Overall I thought that 18 euros was a bit pricey for the whole thing, but I guess it's because this location in the middle of Amsterdam must be expensive to hire, and they even had some Japanese guests! (I guess they had to pay for their travel expenses?)

We REALLY had the right outfits for this kind of event!  Because it was advertised as a general Japanese culture event, there was more of a general audience, people who normally wouldn't go to anime conventions, like Japanese people who live near Amsterdam and families with kids and such. Those kind of people probably came to see some "Japanese culture", and apparently if you walk around in a yukata, that really lived up to their expectations. We got photographed by random people way more times than at an average anime con. =O   We even got 'scouted' by someone from some fashion website, they wanted to do an article on Japanese fashion for the Aniway magazine, so they did a whole photoshoot with us. We got some great photos together out of that, I can't wait to see them! (And we'll be in the magazine! I don't subscribe anymore, but I'll need to find that one issue once it comes out!)

Because it was so hot we were walking around with a fan pretty much the whole time, and lots of people commented how that was a great idea and they wanted one too. So we ended up fanning a lot of random people, like the sellers behind some stands while we were talking with them. They were really thankful for that... X'D

As for other cosplayers, there wasn't a whole lot... ^^; Of course there were some more people in yukata and kimono, one pretty good Magi group, a Ranma 1/2 duo and a few more good individual cosplayers, but otherwise it was mostly people who just wore a wig but no costume, or only a costume but no wig, or just an anime-related shirt, that kind of half-assed stuff. ^^;

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willeke4439
16 July 2014 @ 11:54 am
Not sure if there's anything to say other than I still can't believe this is actually getting animated!!

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willeke4439
12 July 2014 @ 03:48 pm
Currently still watching: HxH, Haikyuu, Baby Steps, and still waiting for the episodes of Mushishi that didn't air yet. (And for the next season of Yowamushi Pedal!)

The only thing from last season that I dropped was Dragonball Kai; the bad pacing, bad editing with the sped up scenes and misplaced BGM (and all other issues) didn't seem get much better after a few episodes, so I've pretty much deemed it unwatchable. It's a shame really, because I'd been enjoying Kai up until now and felt like the Buu arc could've really used the same treatment because it's so damned long, but with the new direction it took after the two-year break, it just isn't working for me... I'll go rewatch the original Buu arc sometime... ^^'


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willeke4439
10 July 2014 @ 10:29 am
OMG!! I didn't expect the anime to jump into the action this quickly with the new arc! I can't believe it's been 2 years since this part of the manga came out! I don't think I ever re-read it since reading the weekly chapters, even though I bought the tankoubon... ^^;

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willeke4439
09 July 2014 @ 01:10 pm
I'm a day late, I went to bed pretty much as soon as I got home, but anyways~

Yesterday at breakfast I met this random girl who was really into anime.The cafetaria was a bit crowded so she asked if she could sit at my table, and then we just talked for a bit about how it is to visit London. She was from a small town in Sweden and mentioned how she thought that the subway system was so very complicated, and then I said that it's not so bad compared to Japan. Then she was like "Do you like anime!?" and then the conversation just jumped from there. XD Apparently sports anime are really popular there, so we talked about Yowamushi Pedal and Haikyuu, it was really fun! :3  I wish I could've gotten her e-mail or blog address or something...

After packing I checked out of my room and left to meet up with a friend who I'd met in Japan at cosplay events and Tenimyu, but is living in London now. The world is such a small place, isn't it. We didn't have a lot of time because I had to leave for my flight (and I'm glad I left early enough, more about that later =P ), but she showed me around some of her favourite places.

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willeke4439
07 July 2014 @ 09:02 pm
Today... I walked around a lot again. And I got a blister on my foot >w<   But that can only mean that it's been a good day, I saw lots of stuff again!  In the morning I went to the British Museum, which was free, yay!  It was huge~


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And it looks more like Roman architecture than British... ^^; But still, awesome.


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willeke4439
06 July 2014 @ 06:30 pm
JLPT N1 is too long...! Including registration, instructions and breaks, I think I spent about 5 hours at the exam site... I didn't sleep very well tonight either (am I really jetlagged!? I really hadn't thought that might be a possible problem! ) , so I couldn't concentrate very well... =_=



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willeke4439
05 July 2014 @ 09:56 pm
This is starting to look even more London-like than my previous photos~

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Today I... walked around a lot, basically. I didn't really have any plans, other than just seeing some of the major famous sights in the city center, and they were all within walking distance. So once I finished looking at one thing, the next would be just around the corner, and before I realized it I'd been walking around all day. ^^; And I ended up going on a boat too, getting even better views of the city~  =3

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