Trying to get back to blogging starting with updating.
Really Sunday morning wasn’t all bad. In spite of how much negativity Love Live fans get in the media, AN Love Live photo shoot was sunny. Maybe too much sun as some cosplayers took a fashionable way to keep out of the sun. Surprisingly even the cosplayers weren’t above pranking each other. Sit back and enjoy these photos.
Even with Anime North 2018 drawing to a close, cosplayers got in one last crack of posing together. My Hero Academia cosplayers were drawn far and wide to All Night’s booming voice. Not only did this All Might have the voice but the build as well. Those are real muscles he earned in training. No word if he used One Punch Man’s regime of training.
Still over all these photos are PLUS ULTRA!
Back for another year of Sailor Moon Celebration… except this year TSMC rebranded as Pretty Heroes to include ALL magical girl shows; especially the new season of Card Captor Sakura, Clear Card Arc. Unfortunate that booking forced Pretty Heroes to be at the same time as Yeti Con.
The real problem is Pretty Heroes was at its limit with Ontario Science Centre with space. Dealer room spanned three locations, Main room, bridge way, and Indie dealer room on two levels made it awkward. I didn’t even noticed that the bridge way out of bound last year was being used for more artists and cosplay guests until late in the day. Things got moved around but I got my media pass finally and was able to room freely.
With smaller cons, I could relax and take in panels as oppose to larger cons like Anime North and Fan Expo so I took in the Card Captor panel.
Everyone favorite turtle and a real iron man, Matt Hill was there talking about how he came up with Kero’s voice. He talked about his epic walk around the continent for science.
Carly McKillop was the original voice of Sakura. Being only 10 years old at the time, she recorded her lines alone in the sound booth. She also did work along with her sister on Sabrina the Teenage Witch animated series. Since then she has made a name of herself on the other side of the glass as a producer of music. This was her first appearance at a con for her role as Card Captor Sakura but after seeing her sister at cons for her work on My Little Ponies; she decided to give Pretty Heroes a try. Hope to see her more at cons in the future.
This was also the time to try NEW things at Pretty Heroes. I’ve been wishing for a long time to show photos and videos in 360. Meaning the photo or video looks like you’re right there. I did eye a Samsung Gear 360 but the software and apps didn’t work with my existing hardware. It would have cost me nearly a grand to operate one.
Instead I managed to get my hands days on a Monster Vision VR camera for $99 which worked with my current iPhone and tablet. Some quirks like the micro SD card wouldn’t insert properly unless it was forced with edge of micro SD adapter. The remote pictured above didn’t even have screws holding the back together. I had to go to Electrical & Electronics Supply on 501C Nightingale Ave to get screws small enough to fix it. In the end, I didn’t use it but used my iPhone instead.
I brought a regular tripod but my selfie stick attached to mini tripod worked better though not too stable. I was able to capture some rooms and record the masquerade is 360 video. How I’m going to get these images to website and social media is going to be another story of trial and error.
It was also the time to try out my hand at rebranding a game just for Pretty Heroes. Coming across a Flappy Bird clone on github, I remade the bird into a flying teddie bear. It was an interesting experiment but it’s hard to gauge on whither fans will embrace an indie tribute game. Kero Flap is up for a limited time so be sure to check it out.
Prior to the masquerade the panel “Successful Women in Fandom” panel ran over time with questions and answers. It was a great panel and they’re just going to have it again next year. I was worried about the time being that my bus back was at a firm 8:30pm.
The masquerade was charming this year with The Last Son cosplay as host this year. He did a great job and hope to see him back again next year. The masquerade was pretty informal with one sudden contestant at the end with her own original cosplay character.
All in all a good time, I can see that Pretty Heroes has outgrow Ontario Science Centre though the OSC staff literally bent over backwards to help make sure the con was a success. Hopefully Pretty Heroes can get their old weekend back for next year so it doesn’t collide with other cons. I look forward to next year.
Kino no Tabi has already had success as several movies, OVAs so why has it taken so long to come as an anime series? Kino has dystopian feel with each story being a parable or fable with a lesson. Girls Last Tour has apocalyptic view of a world destroyed by war. Both series centers on two character dialogue; Kino with her motorcycle and Chito and Yuuri with track motorbike.
“This had a very familiar setup. You have the typical drifter-type character as the protagonist, wandering from place to place. This gives the general feel of a different culture/society each week, with each episode being an independent story.
The main character is not really revealed to us, which will likely happen gradually over the series. All in all, this felt more like a spaghetti western, with the quiet stranger. In that sense, it kind of reminded me of Vampire Hunter D (a personal favourite).”
Kino no Tabi – Braden
“I thought this was interesting.
The plot moves at a very slow pace, focusing mostly on the relationship between the two characters and giving the viewer the chance to see something of the world it is set in.
Since the pacing is so slow, and since not a lot is revealed, this may not be for everyone. The implication is it is post-apocalyptic, with the characters scavenging the ruins, but aside from that, we know very little. It seems to be set up with the intention of revealing more as time goes on.
All in all, I am curious to see where this goes.”
Girls Last Tour – Braden
Mostly both series are social commentaries. Kino’s Journey does vary in topic from episode to episode as Kino travels from country to country (aka city state). Girls Last Tour wanders aimlessly through same scenario though later episodes are showing signs that there is some other survivors of undefined war.
“Not sure what to call this — it’s too involved to be a vignette, too subtle to be a parable, and has too much of a (pacifist) point to be a character study. It is short, though, and shows a delicate balance between melancholy and comedy relief.”
Girls Last Tour – Doug
“the return of an old friend. the only thing i dislike is that there’s all this traveling, but no destination. u could watch these episodes in any order.”
Kino’s Journey – humanbean
“short, cute, and nothing too serious. Would be interested to see where this series would go with the story.”
Girls Last Tour – Branden
With the new summer season coming , it time to take a look at the new shows. Okay they’re not out yet so lets take a look at the manga that inspired summer season offerings.
Mahmut is a young Pasha serving on the council of the Türkiye Stratocracy. The clouds of war are gathering over his country as the threat of the aggressive Empire looms large. With Türkiye’s council split between the warmongers and the pacifists, Mahmut begins his quest to keep the peace at any cost. As he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper in the politics of the ancient world, new enemies and allies surface. Who will prevail? What will Mahmut do if war proves to be inevitable?
Mahmut est un jeune Pacha desservant le conseil de la Stratocratie de Türkiye. Les nuages de guerre se rassemblent sur son pays alors que la menace de l’Empire agressif se développe. Avec le conseil de Türkiye divisé entre les belligérants et les pacifistes, Mahmut commence sa quête pour garder la paix à tout prix. À mesure qu’il se retrouve plus profond et plus profond dans la politique du monde antique, de nouveaux ennemis et alliés font surface. Qui prévaudra? Que fera Mahmut si la guerre s’avère inévitable?
from Manga Updates
First chapter is huge 66 page arc which does well to set the tone of the series. Characters are interestingly introduced with flair that doesn’t drag done the story. There is the classical pasha stereotype that we all associate with Arabian Tales with a twist. The old retiring pasha who is Mahmut’s mentor has a secret regret that ties them together.
However conspirator’s cunning is no match for Mahmut’s own deviousness as he quickly out tricks the tricksters and assassins with the flair of Sakamoto minus the glasses and school uniform. The deed is exposed and villains exposed and dealt with … right? The end of the first chapter instead ends in a stalemate. This is only the opening salvo of a long line of attempts on Mahmut’s beloved country.
The second chapter opens up with love interest and a female protagonist, Shara. She tries to make her moves on lead Mahmut. I’ve already got this girl on my desirable “Waifu” list. Cute, mischievous, a little bold. She fits into the plot along with Mahmut’s childhood friend who ends up being accused of treason and declaring independence from Altair. As troops amass to end the rebellion, Muhmut is determined to get there first to discover the truth behind this conspiracy before it ends in bloodshed.
However, our newly introduced strong willed heroine mysteriously joins Mahmut of her own accord. She has her own reasons to save a friend in Hisar as well.
Okay I’m hooked on this series. The political intrigue, hot dancing girl, young smart protagonist, the evil plotting foreign minister all wrapped in Arabian setting. I’m set to see how the anime adaptation plays out this coming July.
Shoukoku no Altair – Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical
Published by Kodansha Comics Online. Seriously you’ll be wishing for the hard copy of this one.
No infringement is intended and this article is purely for informational purposes. The images of the series are for indicative purposes only. Aucune infraction vise et cet article est purement à titre informatif. Les images de la série sont à titre indicatif seulement.
Union Pearson Express station in Weston
Even last month, about 3000 unsold weekend passes for Anime North. The chill of PC Leadership Convention right next door to Anime North is definitely being felt. Whither it’s competition for hotel, restaurant space; Anime North pushed the local businesses resources to the breaking point anyway. With national media, candidates, supporters, protesters, what-ever, this year’s Anime North will no doubt put local area past the breaking point.
The bright side is with the national media there, it’s a chance for the awesome cosplayers that hasn’t gotten any press to shine on the national and maybe international stage.
Add to the mix, shutdown to the main subway line to Anime North, it doesn’t get any better… if not worse. Or does it? One thing a local of Weston pointed out to me is the Union Pearson Express line has a stop in Weston and right on the road that supplies the TTC bus directly Anime North. For about $5.65, you can by pass the subway and most of the traffic to AN in less than 20 minutes.
True this all makes this year’s Anime North a ‘challenge’ but after last year’s 30 degree weather and lugging 25 pounds of gear; I’ve have been fast tracking upgrading my gear to lighter and better. I purchased a PC tablet to replaced the full size laptop from last year.
Video wise, I’ve trying out using two Sony Action Cams doesn’t really work as well as proper camcorder. They have a VERY short focal length and I would have to practically place on stage to be any use for Masquerade. I’ve been trying to find a replacement for my old DV camcorder with no luck. Not only do I have to change format but also add several batteries for recording up to 3 hours.
I’ve upgraded my iPhone to 32 gig model. I don’t want to be caught having to erase something in the middle of anything happening. The hard part comes down the final days before Anime North packing my gear and clothes to bare minimal needed. In theory, I could be posting photos couple of times a day. In practice, it could prove challenging at best. I’ve been slowly building towards this year’s Anime North with each event I covered along the way. It was 5 years since I had been to Anime North. It’s going to take more than just a year to catch up technically to cover AN as I should. I even been trying to find a ‘travel vest’ which can hold all this new lighter gear without a backpack. I don’t want to use vests used by airgun because of the look. I’m still a long way yet.
At least last year’s purchase of t-Shirts with Anime London logo was a smart move. As I wear them now at every con. I might also might have to pack a lunch and some drinks as everything within miles of Metro Congress Center will be packed with people.
See you in a few weeks… and good luck.
Last minute work schedule uncertainty and unable to find accomendations at the last minute, meant another one day excursion again to Toronto ComiCon. Might you going all out 24 hours is exillerating but after over 2 decades of covering cons, I just can’t go on vapours like I use to. 3:45am departure means little sleep before hand. Packing light enough is always a challenge. As more practice for Anime North I’m trying to carry about the same amount of gear or better in less space and weight. I’m down to three cameras, one still and two Sony Action Cams a single tripod, selfie stick (aka mono pod) and Gorilla Grip camera mount. The laptop is replaced by a PC tablet. 25 pounds of gear reduce to about a third of carried during last year’s Anime North. I’m still not where I want to be with a SD camcorder to replace the now bulky out of date DV camcorder I have now. Plus I’m still on the look out for gadget vest to hold it all so I can forgo the backpack.
So I’m in for another 9 hours of go Go GO!!! at Toronto ComiCon. Stay tune on all (social media) channels for coverage. Who knows, even I might find something more that I just have to have for upcoming cons.
It goes without saying 2016 was a year we all won’t miss. I doubt 2017 will be any better but we can hope. This year we saw a large departure of celebrities in 2016. A trend I doubt we’ll see ease in 2017. We’re not losing an aging actor or musician… we’re losing a generation of trailblazers who pioneered a new medium. As heartbreaking as it is, it is no different than those who faced similar loses in 2016 with the exception they weren’t famous.
“We’re not losing an aging actor or musician… we’re losing a generation of trailblazers who pioneered a new medium.”
Some new shows and new seasons to shows that were popular are returning. 2017 is looking good in that direction. So what is in store for this site and anime in general for 2017?
Return to the cons
In 2016, I manage to get to many conventions and 2017 will be no different. I was hoping to go to Otakuthon in Montreal but work scheduling trashed my plans. I spent the weekend at Anime North last year. 2017 doesn’t look good with PC leadership convention being held RIGHT beside Anime North. I worry that trouble makers from the states trying to highjack the convention but worry more of having some narrow minded politicians near so many youth. We can ignore them but anime fans are hard to ignore with the costumes.
I have been investing in smaller more portable gear to take and edit on the fly pictures and video. Dragging 30 pounds of gear in 30 degree weather was brutal three days at Anime North. Testing Sony Action cams to record events like masquerade with 3 cameras. It will only be the case of trying out the new gear but I will need to find a lighter replacement for my camcorder.
What is in store for the website?
I’ve been hanging out with game devs regularly and looking into ways to use gaming as a means of story telling. In particular, VR (Virtual Reality) is a possibility with Mozzilla’s A-Frame engine. Nothing definite but I’m looking into it.
Forums or Chat Rooms?
With a new server, the real possibility of the return of forums or something new, chat rooms. If I go with either one, it will require people to use some social media account to login. There will be NO user registrations. It’s to protect against trolls and spammers. What do you think? Is forums dated?
What ever the future holds we will keep on … keep the faith … don’t let the news drag you down! If anything…
“If 2017 is going to be AWESOME than it’s because you, the fans, made it AWESOME!”
Happy New Year fandom!!!