Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Limited Edition

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One of my purchases at Anime Expo 2017 was this Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Limited Edition set from Idea Factory International. At first, I was a bit hesitant on buying this because I work Monday-Friday with other obligations on the weekends, and I won’t be able to play the game much. But after going back to the booth on Day 4 of Anime Expo, the same guy that I was talking to the previous day somehow convinced me into getting the box set. He told me that none of the items, besides the game, is sold separately online. On Amazon, the game alone is about $35. I bought this box set at Anime Expo for $70 flat (no tax), and I was given some pins too. The guy was nice enough to give me all 12 character pins since my sister, friend, and I all bought something.

This set includes:

  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds for the PlayStation®Vita system
  • Shinsengumi Warriors Bento Box
  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Furoshiki
  • “Record of Service” Art Book
  • “Melodies from Kyoto” Official Soundtrack
  • Collector’s Box
  • Reversible Cover Sleeve

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Anime Expo 2017 Photo Diary + Video

On June 30 to July 4, I volunteered at Anime Expo (AX) in the Press Relations department. It was a very busy schedule but I was still able to find time to cosplay and going around the exhibit hall to shop. This year AX 2017, there was about six world premieres – CardCaptor Sakura Prologue, Tokyo Ghoul Live Action, Welcome to the Ballroom, etc. There was more screenings, panels, and concerts, and the convention site extended to the JW Marriot by the LA Live for even more space. AX 2017 was fun and tiring, and it was tough going back to work on July 5th. I’ve been cosplaying for about 5 years now, and I felt that each year I’m improving my makeup, wig styling, and costume details (read about my first cosplay experience here). Here are some photos I’ve taken at AX 2017 located at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Day 1: A crowd waiting to get into the Exhibit Hall after the Ribbon Cutting

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My First Cosplay Experience

Anime Expo (AX) 2017 is approaching, and it’s that time of year where I’m scrambling to get all my costume together. This year, I am cosplaying as Honoka from Love Live! School Idol Project with my sister (as Kotori) and friend (Umi). This would be my friend’s first time cosplaying and attending a large convention, so for the last 6 months we were informing her of our experience and tips when cosplaying. Since I was already sharing my experience to my friend, who is cosplaying for the first-time, I thought I share my first cosplay experience on my blog.

Anime Expo 2015 – Sakura Kinomoto Cosplay | Anime Cardcaptor Sakura

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Cosplay Ideas for Petites

I’ve been cosplaying for about 4 years now, and finding the perfect cosplay as a petite woman is challenging. I’m not talking about size of the costume, but finding a character that suits my height (4’10), facial feature, and body size can be difficult. I recently cosplayed as Sakura Kimonoto’s best friend, Tomoyo Daidouji, from Cardcaptor Sakura. You can check out that blog post here. When I attend conventions, I really try to perfect my cosplay by height. If I can’t find an anime I like with a short character, I usually try to cosplay as characters under the height of 5’2″.

“Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.”

img_2266As an fan of anime, and an Anime Expo attendee since 2008, I will be sharing some of my favorite characters that can be great cosplays for petite girls/women 5’2″ and under. These anime series are also some of my favorites. When buying my cosplay, I like to look on eBay for sellers who sell “Asian sizes” because their clothes size are usually smaller, and the fit is perfect in length if you’re under 5 feet. If I buy a costume that is too big, I usually try to alter it myself (with some help from my mom and sister), or I would take it to a tailor. Continue reading Cosplay Ideas for Petites

Titan Con 2017 Cosplay: Tomoyo Daidouji

Cosplaying and attending anime conventions is one of my favorite hobbies. I love being able to dress up as my favorite character and take pictures of other cosplayers. Since 2013, I have always cosplay as Sakura Kimonoto from Cardcaptor Sakura. For Titan Con, I decided to go as Sakura’s best friend, Tomoyo Daidouji. Since this was a last minute decision to attend, I decided to go for something simple.

Tomoyo is an elementary school girl in the anime, so my height at 4’10 and my baby face worked out for this school girl cosplay. Here are a few photos from Titan Con 2017.

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– Cindy