Cosplay


Halloween is almost upon us, so in preparation for this I figured I’d talk cosplay. Most of you already know what cosplay is, but it goes further than just dressing up as some random character. There are rules, it’s more than just a costume, it’s an art. While you’re not expected to think you are that character, a little bit of acting will go a long way. It’s like you’re in a play, but instead of talking like your character, your trying to look like your character. Standing as your character would stand, sitting like they might sit, and even walking as they might walk. As an example, I was L from death note last year, so I walked slouched, sat with my knees to my chest, and held things in between my thumb and my pointer finger but, I didn’t really talk like L very much, as that would just seem a little weird around non-cosplayers. Things like this can help with things like an inaccurate costume. But don’t expect it to be your savior, costume is very important.

This guy is amazing. Don't ever be dissapointed if you don't end up being this epic. He's probably a pro cosplayer or model

                A cosplay costume should accurately portray the character you are dressed as. It should portray lots of time and effort, the best costume are made with the most quality material. Most people make their own costumes, using their skill and materials they find or buy. Making your costume doesn’t have to be expensive, you can make quality work cheap if you know what you’re doing, but it is time consuming. I’ve never made a complex costume before, but from what I’ve read it’s hit or miss. The best route in doing this is going to a store and buying items that look similar to what your character wears, and then changing them (with sowing, dyes, buttons, chains, ect.) to look more like what your character wears. When comes to hair you can dye or cut it, or you can buy a wig, which range in prices. You can only change your eyes with colored contacts, which should only be used with caution, and make sure you’re fitted for them first, even costume contact lenses can be illegal if you don’t have a prescription.

                But let’s say you what to buy your costume, have it premade for you. This can be an easier and less time consuming route, but unless you know someone, it isn’t going to be very cheap. The internet offers a wide verity of cosplay costumes; but if you want anything quality, expect to pay at least $90. Why is this? You ask. Well, the materials used to make cosplay aren’t cheap, and cosplay isn’t mass produced, so whatever you buy will be costume fit to you. On top of this, most cosplay bought ready-made is from China, this means that shipping goes up, and delivery will now take a month or two. I got some Edward Elric cosplay for my birthday, we bought it and late May and got it in late July. So, punches your cosplay a good few months before you need it.

                If you lack the time to make your costume or buy a quality one there is a solution. Closet cosplay, the art of making do with what you have. Your costume may not be pretty, but it will work. Such as, my school deicide to have costume day both Monday and tomorrow, but I didn’t have enough temporary hair dye for both days. So I decided that on Halloween I go as Edward as planned, but for Friday I would be scout from TF2. I went through my closet and found things that looked like they might work, threw them together and called it good. Do I look exactly like scout? No, do I get the message through? Yes. So it works for me. Well, that’s all I have to say for now. Don’t eat strange tacos,

                                                                                                PandaEatingATaco .   

This is just flat-out adorable. I want kids just to dress them up like this!

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Here’s some anime and manga slang


Hello and welcome back,

I know it’s been a while, but I assure you I have not forgotten about The Epic Halloween Event. I just haven’t finished it yet. But I will, I just have to finish up a few anime, it should be done on Halloween. So until then, I figured I would go over some of the terms I might use throughout this blog so I don’t have to define them as I go, this list may be added to as time goes on.

Otaku:  When I say this word do not confuse it with its Japanese term. In western culture it refers to someone who has a huge interest in something, specifically, anime and manga. It is similar to the word ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’ in that sense, which might seem like a compliment. Yet in Japan this word has nothing but negative meanings. Literally meaning ‘your house’ it refers to you never leaving it. It’s like saying ‘you have no life and can only do one thing’. The meaning took a turn for the worst when Tsutomu Miyazaki became ‘the otaku murder’ after killing and sexually assaulting several young girls out of his love for a porno anime.

Manga: is both plural and singular. It refers to the Japanese type comics which read from right to left and, is available for all ages. The whole series often follows one plot and every manga has a distinct art style. ‘La manga’ also means sleeve in Spanish.

Anime: The Japanese word for animation, this doesn’t just refer to cartoons.  Often the animated version of Manga, but it can have its own plot. Anime is available in all genres for all ages.

Cosplay: Literally means ‘costume play’; it is the art of dressing up as a fictional character. The art of cosplay can be done for many reasons and costumes are often homemade or custom tailored. Just because someone is cosplaying doesn’t mean that they are role-playing or actually believe they are the character they are dressed as despite popular belief.

Crossplay: Cosplaying as a character that is not your gender. Simple as that.

Furry: an anthropomorphic character. When referring to an actual person it could meaning someone who likes them all the way to people who think they are them. They are probably some of the less accepted members of society.

Brony: A male viewer of my little pony. I included it because it is often associated with furries, which are often associated with anime and manga.

Kawaii: means ‘cute’ in Japanese. Commonly over used by people you don’t know what their saying. On one website I went on, they thought it was an art style.

Yaoi: A type of pairing( often made for or by fangirls) in anime and manga. Means something along the lines of ‘boy on boy’ literally means ‘boy’s love’.

Yuri: like Yaoi, but girl on girl.

Hentai: animated porn. What gave anime it’s bad name in western culture.

Bishōnen: A young pretty boy who often show up in anime and manga.

Emoticons: as far as manga goes I’ll leave it to uncle Yo.

                That’s all for now. I’ll probably edit this post at a later date as I feel I need to add more. Till next time. Save a starving kid in Africa,

                                                    PandaEatingATaco

Introducing your friend to anime or manga part 1


Today I have decided to write a guide about introducing your friend or family member to anime and manga. Originally this was going to be a short, sweet, generic guide. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that generic was a bad thing, and that there were many was of going about this. So, I’m writing the basics now, but I will probably add on to it in later posts.

                So step 1 would be finding a friend or family member that you wish to share the joys of anime and manga with, once you find them ask yourselves some question. What is their current stance with the matter? What kind of genre are they into? Do they like to read more, or watch TV? How willing are they? Once you’ve done this, you’re ready for the next step

I cannot count how many people have asked me ‘what is a good starter manga for my friend?’ or ‘should my friend watch this anime first?’ The answer is that there is no defiant answer, so I’ve put the next section in a set of Q&A as more of a list of idea’s then anything to be taken to heart. Every human being is different, so you should do whatever you think will work for your friend.

Q: Should I have them read a manga or watch an anime?

A: Honestly, either one works. I started out with a manga, but that doesn’t mean anime isn’t a good place to start. If your friend is a big reader or artist, a manga might be better. But if your friend is a big fan of videos or surfing the web, an anime will probably catch on better.

Q: Does Naruto/Bleach/One piece/some other name make a good first series?

A: The question of the first series has always been a big one, and the debate still rages on the best answer. I would have to say that it all depends on what your friend enjoys. Such as a good choice for a friend who likes ninjas would be Naruto, but a good choice for a friend who likes romance would be something like ouran highschool host club or a friend who likes history or politics might like Hetalia. A really good idea would be to let your friend go through your collection and pick one they like.

Q: How should I deal with a friend who’s never heard of anime or manga?

A: Don’t show them any series yet. You want a positive reaction from them; your best bet is going to come from movies. I would highly recommend things like Kiki’s Delivery service or Spirited away or something else along those lines. If you think your friend can handle a series as a first encounter, then go ahead, but I’ve seen a lot more positive reactions in people who started out with something like Pokémon or Howl’s moving castle than I have with Naruto or Bleach. This is because with a movie, there is no obligation to go home, get on the computer, and look up that series. You watch the movie once, and then you’re done.

Q: What should I do if my friend already hates anime?

A: don’t press them about it. This is a complicated a delicate procedure you’re dealing with. In fact, I will have to come back to this at later date to complete it. It’s so long it will need its own post, so until I finish, don’t do anything you wouldn’t want done back to you.

Well, that’s all I’m going to answer for now. In case of emergency break glass,

                                                                                PandaEatingATaco

I’m awake I swear.


You want to know something that me and most manga artist have in common? Lack of sleep; that’s right, I’m so tiered right now it’s not even funny. Granted, I would have slept more if I hadn’t stayed up really late to watch anime, but I need to work my way up to the scary stuff before the end of the week. Did you know that Netflix has a stockpile of anime revolving around zombies? One of them even has something to do with the mafia, which will make for a rather interesting night.

                You could have guessed by now that I am not a big fan of watching this stuff before bed, but I’m kind of out of a choice. I have school during the day any time left over is dedicated to art, fanfiction, and video games. This is my life, wake up and then do stuff. Second guessing such things would mess with the order of things.

This is how I feel right now. Was going to put a picture of a random zombie but I'm to tired to look for one.

My schedule is not all that uncommon. Many of my other Manga-loving friends wait till night for their viewing pleasure. This has never been something they have wanted to do, but something that needs to happen. Which is why when me and my friends have a sleepover, none of us actually sleep. This often causes us to appear lifeless or emo, but we are in fact, just sleep deprived otaku who don’t have the energy to open our eyes, or hide the bags under them. We, as otaku, often see it as a way we can grow closer to the creators of our passion as their job consists of deadlines and sleepless nights.

                I guess the moral of this post is something like ‘Mangaka make it at night, and Otaku view it at night,’ But, I’m really tiered, so I’m not really sure. Did you know that if someone is playing Nazi zombies will you write your blog you can’t think straight? Bonus points if you read some zombie survival book in the same day. I’ll post something better next time,

                                                                                                PandaEatingATaco