It doesn’t matter if you’re ten sizes too small, when your heart is ten sizes too big. Good lord, that’ll give you chest problems. Yes, heroes come in all shapes and sizes and we’re here to celebrate those who reached optimal size. Some of you may call them small, others may call them super tiny, whatever you call them, we’re here to look past all the boring small characters and find the Top 10 Super Tiny Characters. Please, watch where you’re stepping for this one… (more…)
April 22, 2017 | Categories: Entertainment, Film, Literature, Television, Top 10, Video Games | Tags: Agrajag, Ant-Man, Captain Olimar, chibi, Dobby, Edward Elric, Frodo Baggins, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gentle Rosenberg, Harry Potter, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, League of Legends, Little Big Planet, Lord of the Rings, Manta, Marvel, Marvin the Martian, Men in Black, Morty, Olimar, Peter Pan, Pikmin, Sackboy, Shaman King, Small Alien in Men in Black, Small characters, super tiny, Teemo, Tinkerbell, Top 10 | 2 Comments
Strictly speaking anyone with a mechanical augmentation that replaces a body part (or becomes a body part) is a cyborg, so why not call this list Top 10 Cyborgs?
October 15, 2016 | Categories: Anime talk, Comics, Entertainment, Gaming posts, GeekOut discussion, Literature, Technology, Top 10 | Tags: Adam Jensen, Augmented Humans, Automail arm and leg, Batou, Big Daddy, bioshock, Borderlands, DC, Deus Ex, Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gaige the Mechromancer, Ghost in the Shell, John Hopkins College prosthetics, Johnny Matheny, Kano, League of Legends, Marvel, Mechanical Humans, Mechanically Altered Humans, metal gear solid, mortal kombat, Mr Freeze, Prosthetics, Raiden, Seven of Nine, Star Trek Voyager, Tony Stark, Top 10, Top 10 Mechanical Humans, Viktor | 4 Comments
Aww, you softies! You voted to see us rank the love lives of anime couples. Anime, like every other artistic medium, hits on every aspect of the human experience in some form or another. We’ve all been through the hardships of school, dealt with the awkwardness of our parents, siblings, and tried to balance work against the pressures of being the only one who can end the invasion of demonic entities from beyond the veil of death.
But amidst all this, we all find time to settle down with our significant others, and so too do anime characters find love amidst the insanity of the worlds they live in.
Once again, Joel professes his own limited knowledge of anime (and is ironically attending a wedding, so doesn’t have much time to help on this list about couples), so big thanks to Kev of The Mental Attic for helping cover his back this week!
10) Soul & Maka, Soul Eater
The lowest of our list, but still slashing their way into our Top 10 is Soul & Maka, which seems like a very strange pairing but you’ll understand why they’re here in just a moment. They are opposites, as you have the calm and collected Soul and the impatient and impulsive Maka. With this in mind, the two seem like an ideal romantic pairing, except that Soul is really a Demon Weapon, a scythe, with Maka as the one who wields him. Whilst he does indeed have a human form, the pairing are only together as weapon and Meister Partner.
It’s been stated various times throughout the series that there is no romantic interest between the two, but the mere fact they’re always together kind of helps to classify them as a couple. They have a strong friendship, the kind that can only be brought about by spending a lot of your free time together. Whilst the two never get together romantically, they’re a sweet couple to us damn it.
9) Asuna & Kirito, Sword Art Online
Asuna & Kirito are synonymous with Anime Couples right now, so why are they so low on this list? Because we’re not looking at their relationship from the novels or manga but the anime, and while they are solid as a couple once they’re together, the build-up to the romance is weak. Sword Art Online, due to the nature of its story, implements many time leaps and these make the beginning of their relationship feel too forced, as it seemingly happens by someone flipping their switch from “friendly” to “love-struck.” And as we’re looking at the romance from beginning to end, it makes Asuna & Kirito – a very strong couple overall — inferior to others on this list.
8) Winry & Edward, Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal is his alchemists name and he is deeply in love with Winry Rockbell. Even if he doesn’t want to admit it most of the time, Edward Elric loves Winry and that’s a fact of the series. They even get together at the end of the series, as Edward proposes to Winry. If you didn’t catch that, go back and rewatch it, you may be surprised by this. However, it’s no secret that the two were constantly bickering at one another.
Let’s get something straight here, the pairing are the ultimate friendship romance. They’re interested in one another on a very deep level, but because of this, their imperfections as people are heightened for them both. Whenever Edward breaks part of his automail, he’ll always go back to Winry for help, even though there are better automail mechanics out there. Edward certainly can afford better mechanics, but he’ll always go back to Winry, even if she does taunt him over his height. Funnily enough, he is taller than her. Nevermind, the two may be constantly bickering, but it seems their hearts are just far too entwined.
7) Lina Inverse & Gourry Gabriev, Slayers
The Sorceress and the Knucklehead, Gourry & Lina are one of the classic couples in anime. Meeting in the first episode of the series and inseparable since then, Gourry & Lina complement each other perfectly. While they are a funny couple and their relationship works well in both drama and comic relief, there is very little romantic development in the series, adapted from Hajime Kanzaka’s novels. The author admits he didn’t bother with the romantic development and instead hinted at things without proper explanations because he can’t write romance.
6) Yoh Asakura & Anna Kyoyama
Arranged marriages are no joke and this certainly is the case between Yoh and Anna. The two are engaged right at the very beginning of the series when Anna is introduced to the audience. Yoh doesn’t seem to be very pleased about it, but at the end of the day, she wants to be married to the one that will become Shaman King. She’s incredibly bold and somewhat of a bully, which is the exact opposite to Yoh who is very relaxed and calm throughout.
So how can these two be such a good couple? They’re believable. They don’t have to shower the audience with over the top, affectionate scenes. In fact, they seem more akin to close friends and even teacher and student in some cases. It’s with this in mind that they’re fun to watch. Their love for one another deepens as the series goes on, but it doesn’t change them as characters. She does admit how she feels for Yoh constantly throughout, with it getting stronger with each and every episode. It’s actually rather sweet for an arranged marriage.
5) Kira Yamato/Lacus Clyne, Gundam Seed
Gundam is one of those anime series that handles romance better than people give it credit for, and among its myriad of seasons, Kira & Lacus’ relationship is by far the strongest and most convincing, as it develops over time, starting with a chance meeting early in the series and coming to a head later on when a wounded Kira is brought to her home. She nurses him back to health and as she helps him deal with his traumas of war, they get even closer, but helps him return to his friends when he discovers they’re in danger. She even becomes a traitor to her nation by helping Kira steal the Freedom Gundam.
Before the end of the war, they declare their love for each other and by the second season of the series, they are the strongest couple in Gundam history and only get better as time passes. They show strength in their commitment and how healthy they are for each other. Lacus herself states that despite the suffering she’d gone through, meeting Kira brought her the most happiness she’d ever felt.
4) Vegeta & Bulma, DragonBall Z
Goku and Chi Chi seemed like the obvious choice here, but let’s be honest for a second. Goku only married Chi Chi because he said he would marry her, when they were kids. Whilst it makes them childhood sweethearts, (though Goku was oblivious to this,) they aren’t a very intriguing couple. So what about Krillin and Android 18? Whilst they’re very sweet, it was sort of glossed over. So fine, that means we should talk about Gohan and Videl? I mean the superhero duo really should be the ones to take the DragonBall Z prize, right?
Actually, this goes to Vegeta and Bulma, who are easily the most fluid and relate-able couple in the series. Vegeta, the prince of Sayians, is brash and rude. He’s arrogant and he’s a bit of a rogue. But this doesn’t stop him falling in love with a woman on Earth, funnily enough, one he even used to toy around with back on Namek. Bulma however is not the type to be pushed around. She’s strong-willed, heavy handed, has a scientist for a father and is a damn fine scientist in her own right. The combination of Vegetas’ arrogance and Bulmas’ confidence likely meant the two were destined for one another. Also they bared a son with purple hair who gets an awesome sword, which is freaking cool!
3) Kiritsugu & Irisviel, Fate//Zero
Some anime couple make you happy or make you laugh as they bumble through awkward phases. This is not one of them, this is a heartbreaking romance, a story with a tragic ending you see coming a mile away but you can’t do anything but watch it unfold. Iris is a clone, created for the specific purpose of becoming the vessel for the Holy Grail in the upcoming wizard war and Kiritsugu, an accomplished Mage Hunter, became the family’s representative in the conflict. He should have remained cold and neutral and her life shouldn’t have anything but the mission and the willingness to die for it, but they met, connected and fell in love, married and had a child, giving these two hopeless people something to protect and hold dear…and ultimately, something more to lose.
They are quite different people who found something they were missing in one another. Iris found strength and determination, and Kiritsugu found hope, something he’d given up on years before the events of the series. The loyalty and dedication they show to one another is inspiring and it makes the resolution to the story much harder to deal with.
2) Arita Haruyuki & Kuroyukihime, Accel World
Arita and Kuroyukihime don’t follow the traditional anime mold, they’re not nervous about their first contact and embarrassed about one another. They’re much more natural than that. Kuroyukihime is in love with Arita but she fears he might hate her for some of the things she’s done in the past and Arita at first can’t believe the most popular girl in school is in love with him, overweigh and short, and his insecurities play heavily at the start of their romance. It’s easy to relate to them, as we’ve all had moments when our regrets and anxieties make us wonder if we’re right for our partner. What Haruyuki & Hime do well is build each other up throughout their relationship, helping each other overcome their weaknesses.
Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime are an exceptional anime couple because they feel real, as if you could meet them walking down the street.
1) Inuyasha & Kagome Higurashi, Inuyasha
The ultimate power couple of anime and I’m sure I’ll get many people disagreeing with this one, but hear me out. Inuyasha and Kagome have been on our anime screens for a long time, but you all know how the story goes, right? Modern day school girl falls down well into feudal era Japan, sees a giant demonic centipede woman. Scared and alone, modern era girl sees a demon dog boy who has been sealed to a tree with a magical arrow. Scared for her life, she cries out for this boy with the fluffy ears to help her and pulls the arrow out… Only to find out he’s a brutish demon dog called Inuyasha. It’s like love at first sight!
The two bicker constantly throughout the series, but you notice they get closer and closer subtly, (sometimes not so subtly,) as the episodes roll on. By the end of the series, Inuyasha and Kagome even get married, so finally there is truly a happy ending in anime. Aww, bless. But honestly, isn’t it a bit weird to hitch a feudal era demon and a modern era school girl? Ah who am I to judge, love comes in all forms ladies and gentlemen and don’t you ever forget it!
Romance is not dead! The list is, but romance lives on, and we can’t simply leave it be at a mere ten entries, so as per usual we pair our list with a collection of those who fall just short of a fully fledged place therein.
What can we say? Sometimes, it’s just not meant to be.
Phoenix Wright/Maya – Phoenix Wright
Phoenix Wright, AKA Nick, is one of the most clumsy defence lawyers ever. But this doesn’t mean that his heart isn’t in the right place, nor does it mean that he can’t find himself a romantic interest in the name of Maya Fey. From the Fey clan, she is the Master of the Kurain Channelling Technique. It seems like a heck of a mismatch, where we’ve got a man who believes in finding evidence and facts who is in love with a girl who is a spirit medium.
Perhaps it’s because she can channel her inner charm? Whatever it is, they’re a sweet couple, but only get the honourable mention. They’re a great pairing but it was never made canon, coupled with the fact that this is mostly part of the video games, rather than the anime itself. At least it’s an anime styled video game!
Guts/Griffith – Berserk
Yeah yeah, we all know about Casca and the waterfall but she was just a thin side of that love triangle! The only reason why Casca was better for Guts was the whole… demonic transformation… thing. Kinda puts the kibosh on any real romance developing, but Griffith had his dreams, Guts had his own view of the world that conflicted too harshly and in the end they simply couldn’t be together no matter how obviously they wanted it.
What do you mean it’s not cannon? Did you see the water-fight scene? Fraught with subtext? The implications? The suggestive looks? You draw your own conclusions if you must, but I know what I saw, and what I saw was love. Torturous, impossible love!
With that we are done, and so to your part in this relationship! Do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you want to go out tonight? I feel like we haven’t been anywhere in a while, and it would be nice not to have to wash up once in a while. Let us know in the comments down below. Also what do you want us to sit in judgement over next week? Add your voices to the throng and vote, vote as if something depended on it. Because it might!
Don’t forget to make your voice heard over on Facebook and Twitter. Special thanks to our friend and fellow geek, Kevin Kutlesa from The Mental Attic. Don’t forget to show your support by checking out his site, Facebook and Twitter feeds too!
July 25, 2015 | Categories: Anime talk, GeekOut discussion, Top 10 | Tags: Accel World, Anime, Anna Kyoyama, Arita Haruyuki, Asuna, Bulma, Couples, DragonBall Z, Edward Elric, Fate, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gourry, Gundam, Gundam Seed, InuYasha, Irisviel, Kagome, Kira Yamato, Kirito, Kiritsugu, Kuroyukihime, Lacus Clyne, Lina, Love, Maka, SAO, Shaman King, Slayers, Soul, Soul Eater, Sword Art Online, Top 10, Vegeta, Winry Rockbell, Yoh Asakura | 11 Comments
This week I didn’t really do much in the way of cosplay, but instead I focused on a few more of my immediate cosplaying situations coming up.
June 7, 2015 | Categories: Cosplay posts | Tags: Automail, Automail Arm, Bristol, Bristol Pride, Coat, Convention, Edward Elric, Event, Geek, GeekOut, GeekOut Bristol Meet, Oscar, Oscar Kass, Oskar, pocket watch, Scythe, Tie Dye | 1 Comment
Last week we had a look at the original Fullmetal Alchemist series which aired between 2003 to 2004. Today, let’s look at Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and let’s get down to what actually makes the difference between the two as well as why you would watch one over the other.
WARNING: This article potentially has spoilers. Actually; it definitely has a few spoilers but nothing too spoil-y.
So the story of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is more in line with the manga. Actually, it’s basically taken direct from the manga – It’s really quite spot on. Of course there are a few liberties taken as you’d expect but there’s nothing major. Basically the whole story from the manga is in Brotherhood.
If you’ve already read the story of Fullmetal Alchemist and want to decide which to start on, then it really depends. Do you want to see the real story in anime form or do you want to see a different story in the same universe? That’s where you draw the line between the two. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is beautifully along the actual story and as such, the story is that much better. Whilst the story in the 2003 series was good, there were a few elements which didn’t feel quite right: Namely characters like Wrath.
You might recall in my previous article on Fullmetal Alchemist, I brought up Wrath as a character. Well, the above picture is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’s Wrath – Yeah, he’s quite different isn’t he? In the 2003 series, Wrath was a youngen who was created by Izumi, Ed and Al’s “sensei”. In this one, he’s a fair bit older and he’s a lot more wrathful – The 2003 Wrath was more “angry at the world” than wrathful. It was a peculiar difference but not too surprising, considering the story of the 2003 series was completed before the story itself was completed.
this isn’t fair in all honesty. Yes, the artwork and animation in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is better – But that’s simply because this was made many years later than the 2003 series! Technology has improved and so have peoples techniques. Plus, Fullmetal Alchemist became a very popular anime and manga, thus they really could afford whatever the heck they want. With that in mind, here’s some stunning artwork promoting Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
Sure thing, that’s not really directly from the series, but honestly the artwork in Brotherhood is so much more crisp from its 2003 counterpart that it’s not really unfair to provide promo artwork. Animations also feel way more fluid too, so it’s easier on the eyes in general.
I’m not going to delve into this one too much, however Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood does have better character development in general.
As the comments in my last article said; Ed cries a lot more in the original series – This is true. However I actually believe in the given situations he was in, a boy of his age would have reacted in similar vain. With the exception of that bit of character development, however – In almost every way characters are developed better in Brotherhood. This is simply because the story has been made, the story is predetermined and it was a story that developed over time – Not rushed through to get a weekly episode out.
Music and voices
The one point of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood that doesn’t quite stand to its predecessor is the music!
The music is fine but sadly it’s just that: Fine. It sets moods, it gets you hyped for the show but the original series did music so much better, it’s shocking. You felt like you were going into an adventure with the original series and with Brotherhood – Well it feels like a very well written opening in the above clips case, but it’s not exactly a very “big and adventurous” feeling. At least for me, it wasn’t – I’d welcome your comments on the opening and closing songs for Brotherhood in the comments section – I’m interested if you think the music is as good as the originals.
There’s a change in voice with Alphonse which is noticeable but it’s nothing bad. It works rather well – That’s all you need to know, I guess. Edward’s still Vic Mignogna so if you didn’t want a different voice for Edward, then you won’t be upset! To his credit, Vic does hold the voice for Ed quite well and for some reason I feel as if he sounds better in this series. I’m not sure why I think that, it could just be memory playing odd tricks on me.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is an anime you can’t miss if you want to be a full fledged Otaku. Not only is it ridiculously popular, it’s a bloody good watch. It’s closer to the manga by a long way and on top of that, a lot of elements is vastly improved upon the original.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: 5/5 stars. Well done!
For the record, although I’ve given Brotherhood the full fledged 5 stars, the original series is really as good – For entirely different reasons. If I had to tell you to watch one however, Brotherhood tips that scale just a bit more as it’s more true to the story.
What did you think? Have I covered most of the major differences as to why Brotherhood is considered the “superior” anime? For the record, I don’t think it is superior – It’s a more accurate take on the manga, that’s all there is to it. I just love the story of Fullmetal Alchemist. As always, I’d love your comments on this!
August 15, 2014 | Categories: Anime talk | Tags: Anime, Art, Character Development, Comparison, Edward Elric, Fullmetal, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Geek, GeekOut, Manga, Music, Review, Spoilers, Story, Vic Mignogna, Wrath | 2 Comments
Regulars of this website might have noticed I am a fan of cosplaying a certain undersized, midget whelp of a man called Edward Elric. It’s okay, he’s not here to defend himself right now. So what about the series he came from?
Without ruining too much, I’ll explain the premise of the start of the series:
Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse Elric are two gifted alchemists from a very young age. They lost their mother and wanted to bring her back to life, as two loving sons would want. They studied night and day to learn the forbidden alchemy – Human transmutation. The ability to bring the dead back to life, for one.
Upon activating the ritual, things weren’t quite what they seemed. They had gathered the ingredients which make up a human, sure – But they forgot about one important element: A life for a life. Alchemy is the science of equivalent exchange, what you give must be of equal value to what you get back. The ritual tried to take the younger Elrics (Alphonse’s) life, Edwards right arm and left leg are taken in the process. Edward using his own blood created a seal to bind his brothers soul to a suit of armour before it was too late.
Years later and the two had been taken in by the military, they became known as the Elric brothers; Edward being named “Fullmetal”, due to his newly made Automail arm and leg. They go in search of the philosophers stone and the secrets behind it; but what dark secrets await them?
Although well documented, it’s worth noting that this series doesn’t follow the manga story that well. This is because this series was being aired around the same time as the manga. Inevitably, this series started to speed past the manga, so they had to use a bit of creative freedom to guess what was going to happen. So we had characters unseen in the manga, such as this version of Wrath appear. For the record, I really liked this version of Wrath – It didn’t work as well story wise as the mangas version, but to give them credit, they clearly had a good vision for this character from the get go.
The art of the series is beautiful with cleverly designed characters. From Fullmetal himself to his brother Alphonse and from characters such as Gluttony to Envy; there is a huge variety in the characters presentation.
There are the people from central who don their military attire, then there are the Homunculi. Not forgetting the Ishbal (Or Ishval) people such as Scar, another important character throughout, you see plenty of variety in the depiction of humans and the “creations”.
The art in this series isn’t quite as good as the art in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, but that’s a story for another day.
The backdrops in this series are some of my favourite in any anime ever made. Everything is so clean and so easy to follow, it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of anime or not: This series sets itself apart thanks to its appearance and amazing special effects. It’s no wonder then that this was rated so damn highly on “top animated shows” lists, time and time again.
Music and voices
So as always, we’ll talk quickly about the opening theme tune of the original series.
This opening made the series feel like it was going to be a lot more than just a cartoon. The theme made you feel like you were watching an adventure which had deep meaning, an adventure of discovery and glory abound. Okay, perhaps not glory – but certainly an adventure of discovery.
The dramatic music within Fullmetal Alchemist always made me feel more tense and is one of my favourite mood shifters of any series I’ve seen.
As for the voices, they were cast well. With Vic Mignogna voicing Edward Elric in the English version, he made a good choice to play Edward. He certainly has one of the best “Young guy screams” in the industry.
From the chaotic sounding Envy, to the rather sexy voice of
Gluttony Lust, you can tell each person was cast after a good selection period. I could be wrong, but it sounds like they put a lot of thought into their voice casting process.
With a brilliant contrast of funny and very serious moments, this series can appeal to just about anyone. It has plenty of action for those who want a good combat centric anime, yet there’s plenty of discussions such as religion, the lengths man will go for power and even the human condition. This makes it more heavy watching than a series such as Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo, which has no heavy-value at all, but the humour separates this series from other series that fill the action-hole.
Fullmetal Alchemist remains one of my favourite series of all time. I’d argue that for me, this was the anime that sealed my love for the art… However, there is a one up to this series. Many years later, they released another series of Fullmetal Alchemist which follows the manga way more to the book.
All in all then, Fullmetal Alchemist gets a whopping 4.5/5 from me… So what does the “follow-up”/”Reboot” get for its troubles? Join us again next time when we review Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Have you seen Fullmetal Alchemist? What did you think of it? Was the story too dark, too light, or just right? It gets pretty graphic at times, but there are also way worse anime for being graphic, such as Berserk… But for the type of series it was; do you think it was “just right”?
Would you change anything about this original series? What would it be?
August 8, 2014 | Categories: Anime talk | Tags: Anime, Automail, Edward Elric, Envy, Fullmetal, Fullmetal Alchemist, Geek, GeekOut, Glutton, Homonculus, Lust, Religion, Review, War, Wrath | 6 Comments
We’re back, everyone!
So, excuse the writer, as he is somewhat groggy due to intoxication from copious amounts of alcohol consumed and for he has eaten far too much Pocky. What? You don’t know what Pocky is? It’s time to begin talking about anime conventions, but more specifically – What went down at Kitacon Invasion 2014.
Please note: I am not celebrating drinking to excess. With and without the alcohol, this was a very full on and fun event, though!
The Epic Journey
Please note, I do not use the word “Epic” lightly.
When I was a World of Warcraft player, an “Epic” was supposed to be something to be revered. Epics weren’t something you just got for the sake of it, as you had to do something important for it, such as a very long quest chain; win the item by working on killing the bosses; for the services to your allegiance, etc.
“Epic” is a reference to time.
And our journey there, considering it was just to Birmingham from Bristol, was longer than it should have been. Several reasons, but first, here’s a picture of a map. A Google Maps picture, to be precise!
So, why would I call this epic?
Well, you see, I can be a bit of a klutz when push comes to shove and I am sure there are some of you who read this and think “It shows”. I’d like to think I was a lovable klutz at least.
So, we got our way to Birmingham via coach. This was the easy part! Bristol Coach Station to Birmingham Coach Station – Easy. However, our journey was 20 minutes longer than intended, due to a build up on the motorway. Boo!
We then had to get on a bus – We started by standing on the wrong side of the road until I had noticed this, then we moved over to the correct side to get our bus (The 900) from one side of Birmingham to the other. Dear Bristol: We can learn from the Birmingham bus system. £2.10 fixed price – for all over. Sure, for small journeys it’s not so good, but to get to the other side of Birmingham for £2.10 – Bargain in my eyes!
Ah, side-tracked again. My apologies, dear reader.
So once we had finished our bus journey, we ran into true problems. The bus driver amusingly had to tell us “Not this stop! You want the next stop. Don’t get off here, you funny costume wearing people!” Nice!
We were now at the NEC.
Well, Labyrinth is an exaggeration. It isn’t hard to navigate at all, but we had no idea, two clueless guys trying to find their way around without a map of this place. So we wandered and wandered, until we found Rezzed!
Wait a second, I didn’t come to Birmingham for Rezzed, that was 1001-up‘s expo of choice! We would go on to meet up with 1001-up later in the weekend. More on that later. We stared partially in awe, but then partially in confusion as to why we were there. We then went past Rezzed and lo and behold, an exit! We left the NEC and found a path that pointed to “Hilton Metropole”. We were there, only an hour or two later than intended.
***Excellent start, well done me for helping us be so darn late!***
Not like it mattered. We went in and we finally saw the big sign saying “Kitacon Invasion 2014”. Thank you, Kitacon.
Costume, Panels, Ideas
Tomorrow, I will show off some of the goodies I received from Kitacon Invasion 2014… Oh, but how rude am I? Some of you may want to see the costume, if you didn’t catch the post I made earlier today.
That’s me, dressed as Edward Elric, it’s not perfect, but hey in all fairness, a lot of the costume was pieced together and a lot had to be altered. A lot of ambition was key to finishing the costume, but hey, it was worth it.
Was it expensive?
Nope, not really. I will admit, though, with regards to materials and the likes, I was lucky enough to get materials from vouchers I got for Christmas.
The coat, as people who read this blog will be aware, came from an Etsy store. It’s incredible how easy it is to pick these things up.
The Worbla was a bit expensive, mind you. £30 for a huge sheet of Worbla, so it wasn’t expensive in the usual respect. My Worbla had to be coated in several layers of Gesso and then painted over.
Of course, the problem with Worbla, as I have now found out – It is very stiff. This is why in the picture above, there are no fingers on the hand. Instead, they were made as separate pieces. These separate pieces then had enough extra to fit underneath the flap of the hand (With the exception of the thumb which was put on with a “Hinge” I had made out of Worbla).
Would I use Worbla again for a whole arm? Possibly not… Possibly I should have done foam. I am not sure, though. I’ve got a lot to learn and many years to learn it in. Worbla is perfect for those details and for those big armour pieces.
The wig was another Christmas present, along with the pocket watch. This means, my whole spend on this outfit, possibly around £75 – £85 – Including the coat.
Granted, if I hadn’t had the pleasure of doing all this around the Christmas period, then this could have ended up a lot more expensive. Onwards to the convention again!
The convention, Day 1
I’ve not got too many pictures, sadly. It tended to be a very fast paced, very active at all times weekend. The weekend flew by without any real slowing down. It was scarily quick, but it is also a sign of how much we enjoyed it.
The first night, a group of 4 of us were just wandering aimlessly, enjoying the first night. Seeing what was around, including the spectacular traditional games room. We found this to be a place we ended up a lot. Big thanks to my good friend Joel of Quotes From The Tabletop for hanging out with us in and out of the traditional games room. Please guys – Check them out and if you have any traditional games quotes (Usually in the form of Dungeons and Dragons or a pen and paper RPG of some description), please submit them over there. There are some highly amusing ones!
So the first day came to a close very quickly, but then the first nights party. Horrah for dubstep!
Not too much else to add here, so instead, here’s a picture of the bed I go to stay in!
The convention, Day 2
So on day 2, I mostly made sure I attended a panel on Electronics in Cosplay. Aren’t I getting fancy?
Some incredible information was provided, including some websites where I can start buying supplies, such as RS Components and free design software called Fritzing. If it would interest people knowing more of the kinds of things people use electronics for in Cosplay, drop us a line in the comments section! I’m sure a post could be made on that!
So, we went to more traditional games room events and we went to the Cosplay Masquerade!
After the Masquerade, we attended the Valve Panel, where the voice of Sniper and the voice of GLaDOS were there.They spoke about doing work for Valve, how to get into voice acting and their favourite games. Many thanks to the wonderful guests of Kitacon!
Next up, a group of us went for a bit of a trek to get to Frankie and Benny’s for some grub. We could have eaten at the Hilton, but admittedly, we were looking for something a little bit cheaper. We’re not afraid to admit it: We’re not rich!
When we got back, the parties were about to start. So we headed straight there and the rock battle begun!
The convention, Day 3
And now we’re down to day 3 at Kitacon.
This day, we decided we were going to play a lot of Magic: the Gathering. I also gathered people for my 3DS’s Street Pass, as well as a few people for Pokemon. I never did get around to those Pokemon matches. Hawlucha is waiting to use his Baton Pass ability to confuse any player who watches me use him as a support Pokemon.
We headed to the video games room, where I saw a Pac-Man machine and almost beat the high score on it. Was very close, within 1000 points (Which in pac-man terms is eating 3 ghosts consecutively, or eating 100 of the little pac dots.)
We played Street Fighter, BlazBlue, DDR (Yes, I strutted my stuff to Smile DK and I’m proud to admit that.) and much more. We never got around to Time Crisis, though. A shame, as I do adore that game so very much.
After this, we headed over to the NEC to finally meet up with Kim and Phil of 1001-up! We had been discussing a meetup for several months, then when we found out we would be in very nearby events at the same time, we just had to use the opportunity to go for it.
Thank you very much for being great sports guys, I’ll keep in contact with you both about upcoming events and the likes.
They also completely showed me up with the equipment they have. I simply use a single smartphone to do all of the work. The 1001-up team are ultra professionals, with great personality and charisma as well as having the ability to laugh with us.
They took pictures of our game of Cards Against Humanity before they came back to the Hilton with us, so look out – We may (Hopefully) see some of the silliest ones over there soon!
We parted our ways with 1001-up, as they ran around the hallways looking for cosplayers to take a snap of, before running to get back to London. I heard they had safe travels, so I’m glad to know they didn’t get taken away by all of the fun-loving cosplayers of Kitacon!
It’s The Final
The last thing to do before the last party – was the closing ceremony, before Kitas Got Talent (The talent show they run, for the attendees, by the attendees.)
So, there was an interesting announcement. Kitacon, next year, will be a “Big” summer convention. The following year, it’ll be a smaller winter convention. There has been a partnership between two of the big conventions in Kitacon and Amecon. What does this mean for us all, even for the conventions in question?
Let’s take Kitacon 2014. As you’ve just seen, a lot happened at this years Kitacon. I’ve made some great friends and I’ve got some incredible stories. Like the time I heard That Guy say “Anime”. I think I might have been one happy “Otaku”. Oh my, am I going to make that full transition from “Fan” to “Superfan”? Possibly not, but I’m hooked. Whilst a lot happened, Kitacon and Amecon are going to work in collaboration, so one year, one plays the “Big convention” and the other plays the “Smaller convention”.
They will then swap – So the following year, the one that was the big convention becomes the smaller convention and the previously smaller one becomes the bigger one.
As someone new to the scene, it didn’t sound like too much except for beneficial from a logistics point of view. A collaboration is always more effective than the effort of one group. I look forward to hearing about the next Kitacon (August 2015!)
Then finally… It was time for the last party.
And of course, with the last party comes the expectations of staying it out. Not going back to your room until you physically cannot go any more. I was able to still “go” – but in the end, we just had to give in. With a late night pizza delivery, we stayed up until a good 4am-5am, once more playing Cards Against Humanity with some lovely people from Finland and England alike.
I truly hope these guys do not mind me putting a picture of them up here!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and Kitacon 2014 has now ended.
It was incredibly exciting, with much to see and much to do and… Oh my, I haven’t even shown you all of the “Swag” I picked up from Kitacon 2014! Well, I think that’ll be a post for another day.
For now, here’s a haunting picture of a hallway with people walking away… Forever away…
… No more . . . . . .
Sorry, the ghost story teller in me kicked in! It’s quite sad to see a hallway that, just a few hours before, was filled with enthusiastic minds and conversation galore. With people making new friends; new things of interest; visiting panels. Now, this picture represents the end of Kitacon 2014. Beautifully haunting.
Over to you
What did you think about this recap? Tomorrow, I’ll post the “Swag” I brought back with me from Kitacon, along with information as to how I got the stuff, prices of things, etc.Have you been to a convention before? Why not tell us how it was for you in the comments section?
April 1, 2014 | Categories: Anime talk, Charity, Comics, Conventions, Cosplay posts, Gaming posts, GeekOut discussion | Tags: Anime, Birmingham NEC, Bristol, Conventions, Cosplay, Edward Elric, Edward Elric Cosplay, Fullmetal Alchemist, Geek, GeekOut, Kitacon, Kitacon Invasion 2014, Manga, Social, Video Games | 22 Comments
Hey folks, it has been a while.
Kitacon is now officially over. Boooo! However, I have stories to share and discussions to raise, especially after one very interesting panel.
I guess you want to see the end result of Edward Elric? Well, here it is:
We will speak in length soon all! Very soon.
22:30pm, Monday 24th March.
As I put down my heat gun, I stepped back for a moment to realise… The arm and hand was complete.
Sure, it’s rough looking.
Sure, it’s sloppy somewhat.
But did it look like an arm? Yes.
Did it look like what I wanted it to look like? Not quite as good as I wanted, but this is my first big project with thermo plastics… and I’m proud of myself for it.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen – The arm is complete. It has taken a long time, but the arm is complete. I will be detailing it further on Wednesday to make it look that little bit better, then I will be painting it on Wednesday, too.
Then, my costume is finally complete. Kitacon 2014, here I come!
Pictures will be reserved… until Friday 28th! I will take a few pictures of the opening day of Kitacon and I hope some of you will enjoy the costume, after all the work that’s gone into it. It’s not perfect, but there’s one thing a DIY Cosplayer can boast about: “It might not be pretty, but it’s mine. I did this.” I’ll share my success (and failures!) with all of you very soon.
I will have a normal post on Wednesday with a Kickstarter Highlight and on Thursday, I will have a new game review!
The clue for this time?
Mondays, I am thinking of dedicating to a weekly scheduled post, much like Wednesdays are my Kickstarter Highlights. Mondays, I am thinking of showing off the Free Open-Source Software (FOSS) that is out there, which are available on Linux. I’ll attempt to find things that are multi-platform, rather than just Linux. My first post will be on a very well known software which game makers have taken to using.
Sadly, it’s not Unity, as it does not do multi-platform support :(. Unity, however, is looking strong after their recent “Partnership of kinds” with Nintendo. Nintendo having just announced around 60 (Big number) new games being moved over to the Wii U!
Does this surprise you? Are you happy that the Wii U is finally getting some support? Is it too little too late? What is the above clue all about? Discuss below as per usual and I’ll catch you all on Wednesday for a Kickstarter Highlight!
#FUN FACT – This is GeekOut South-West’s 100th Post!