GACC 2008 – Part II (Loots)

Posted by Neko Kyou in Personal on March 4th, 2008

I missed out this image in my previous post on GACC 2008 2nd day cosplay. My 2nd set of batteries for my digital camera died while trying to take this picture, so I used my phone camera instead. This was the last picture I took of the event right before I left.

Noh Mask

This cosplayer moves around slowly and almost gracefully creepy, giving me the same vibe as the No Face in Spirited Away… Very nice.

Here are my loots from GACC2008. Total amount spent was actually below RM100, since I forgot to bring money. Was actually rather tempted to buy a few of the models and figurines that were on sale, but they were simply too expensive and I just didn’t had enough on me.

Like I said, this was my first time attending this sort of event and I wasn’t fully prepared and didn’t know what to expect. I was lucky to even remember to bring my camera in the first place.

Anyway, on to the loots!

Perfect World Bookmarks

Easily the best bookmark available in the entire event!

Perfect World Poster

This is one huge poster, although not as nice as the bookmarks…

Komik Factory Goody Bag

The best part about this goodie bag? The bag itself!

Komik Factory Calendar

I already a ton of other 2008 calendars, but this is my by far the best!

Swordsman by kidchan

A swordsman drawing by kidchan. I’m gonna have to scan this up properly…


Bought these from one of the booths, can’t recall which exactly… But they’re really good.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney & Bleach

Seems like I bought the last Phoenix Wright set. Sadly, I was actually hoping to get 2-3 sets :(

Gurren Lagann Poster

This was so well drawn and coloured, it was impossible NOT to buy! Maybe I should from this up (or so says Dyna)

Haruhi, Yuki, Mikuru & Godot Badges

A few badges bought from a couple of booths, Godot’s badge is actually quite nice.

I’m still trying to convert and compress the videos I took of Morita on stage. Hopefully I can get it done by tomorrow and upload them, then I can post them up.

GACC 2008 Coverage:




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GACC 2008 – Part I (Cosplay)

Posted by Neko Kyou in Personal on March 3rd, 2008

So I woke up at 6am this morning (or rather, yesterday morning, since it’s already passed midnight) because I was supposed to go to MMU Melaka for the Games Anime Comic Circle, the same one Kurogane had been covering for both days of the event. The original plan was to start heading towards our destination by 7am and reach there by 10.

But, I ended up waiting until 9am before my ride arrived. If we had left when we had originally planned to, we might have realized that earlier that we needed to get a number in order to get an autograph from Masakazu Morita, which was only limited to 100 people.

It’s actually my first time attending an event such as this, so the experience is really very new to me. And even though I was looking forward to it, I didn’t know I would have that much fun running around, checking out the booths and cosplays. There’s also something else I’ve learned, cosplays looks so much better when you’re there to see it in person rather than just looking at pics. Some might look good in person but doesn’t even look half as good when captured on camera. Now I’ll probably think twice before judging pictures taken of cosplays which looks lame.

And, I really need to invest in a newer, better digital camera with a larger memory stick the next time I attend such an event…

The whole album has been uploaded in full size to my flickr’s GACC2008 album. Here are some of my favourite shots of the day:

Hitsugaya & Matsumoto Cosplay GACC2008

Hitsugay taichou has really funky hair

Ichigo & Espada Cosplay

The Espada cosplays are pretty good, I think the entire Espadas were there…

Syaoran & Sakura

How can I resist cosplays of my favourite series? And I really love this pose!

Hard Gay!

“Domo! Haado Gay des! FOO!!!”

Ichigo & Rukia

Bleach cosplays were all over the place thanks to Morita-san being the special guest?

Masakazu Morita

Masakazu Morita greeting his fans (read: everyone in the room)

As I was just telling Dyna recently while discussing about a post idea he had, Japanese seiyuu’s are worshipped pretty much wherever they go as long as there are anime fans around. And that’s pretty much everywhere.

Kon & Me

Kon is one of the best cosplay around 😀

I managed to take a few short videos of when Morita was on stage (and screaming “Bankai!” multiple times) and spent almost all the money I’ve brought with me which I’ll be putting up in the next post or two. Fortunately, I didn’t have that much with me, so I didn’t spend that much. Unfortunately, that also meant that I couldn’t buy many stuff which I wanted to. Like the Haruhi figurines. Damn, those are expensive!

GACC 2008 Coverage:




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Final Paper

Posted by Neko Kyou in Personal on December 10th, 2007

Another quick note that I’m having my final paper tomorrow, after which I’ll be pretty free. There are quite a few posts and reviews which I haven’t been able to write them yet, so I’ll probably set aside either Wednesday or Thursday to at least finish up the episodes reviews that hasn’t been posted yet.

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Beach Trip

Posted by Neko Kyou in Personal on November 30th, 2007

Chiaki and Kana on the beach

Fun at the beach!

I was so unprepared and disorganized that I couldn’t find the time to post that I would be away for a couple of days. Some of my old friends managed to gather and we headed off the to beach for some fun in the sand (and to test out my new telescope, which unfortunately weren’t much use because we still couldn’t really figure out how to use it).

The beach was rather quiet since we went during the weekdays and its the monsoon season, meaning the waves would be rather rough. It was a pity, though. We had really wanted to go kayaking but the resort wouldn’t allow us to take the kayak out.

Instead, we ended up fooling around the beach, play some cards outdoors and relax by the sound of the waves under the starry night.

We took some really great photos as well. Here’s one of my favourite:

Sematan Beach Jump

Try guessing where I am in this photo

I’ve uploaded all the pictures we took onto flickr (even the bad ones) so if you’re interested, head on to my Sematan Beach Trip 2007 album.

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My Chronicle: Journey Through Anime IV

Posted by Neko Kyou in Personal on October 30th, 2007

You can find the previous post for this here:

It’s time to end this, at least for now. This is the final part of My Chronicle: Journey Through Anime series. The 3 series I mentioned in the previous part had turned me into an anime fan, but there were a couple more anime which were, and still are, important to me that significantly influenced my perspective on anime.

Rurouni Kenshin

Kenshin HimuraAlso known as Samurai X, I remembered this as my first “serious” anime. As with most of the other anime I’ve caught on TV, I skipped quite a few episodes here and there, especially at the beginning. It wasn’t until Shishio’s arc that got me hooked.

Probably due to the influence of Ninja Senshi Tobikage (in part 2), I’ve always viewed ninjas as being way superior to any boring old samurai. But Kenshin changed all that, and even flipped it around. Samurai were starting to make ninjas look weak.

Who knew that sword fights could be so dynamic with so many different moves, and unlike most others, the moves were adaptable and you almost never see the exact same battle twice. Doryuusen and Ryuutsuisen might have been commonly used, but you’ll never catch any recycled cells (which was a normal thing to do then) and there’s always something different about the execution of the techniques.

The battles were smooth and well choreographed, even by today’s standard. Surely a sign that it was extremely well done when it debuted in 1996. I only wished the anime stayed truer to the manga as it got a little boring from Amakusa’s arc onwards.

Rurouni Kenshin

The main cast of Rurouni Kenshin

Ranma ½

Ranma ½Besides Cardcaptor Sakura, this is my other top favourite anime of all times. The anime lasted 3 years, from 1989 to 1992, with 161 episodes in total. This is excluding the 12 episode OAV, 2 movies and a whole collection of other CD and DVDs.

Of all my anime collection, I easily spent the most on Ranma (at least more than a thousand) for the DVDs, manga, CDs, and a whole bunch of merchandise.

With the craziest bunch of characters you’ve ever seen and the whackiest of plots and twists (as well as plotholes) it’s pretty hard not to like it once you’ve started watching it.

It is also because of Ranma ½ that I started to like Rumiko Takahashi’s other works, especially Inuyasha.

Ranma ½ DoCoI was so deep into Ranma that thinking back, it almost became an unhealthy obsession. Each episode was repeated 3 times a day, and I never missed a single one. I even skipped classes (and I actually failed a couple of subjects) and shut myself up in the room just so I could watch it in peace. Thankfully, I didn’t hit a point of no return and made sure that I was never anywhere near that kind of obsession again. Sure, I still get my crazy moments, but it doesn’t happen that frequently and I always make sure that I’m fully aware of any consequences.

But Ranma ½ is still one of my favourite anime and whenever I’m bored without any new anime to watch, its one of those “oldies” that I would pull off my shelf and start an anime marathon to entertain myself.

Like Rurouni Kenshin, it’s kinda amazing when you realize that Ranma’s anime first appeared in 1989. The OAV aside (since it’s newer), the animation for Ranma ½ can really be considered top notched as I find it even superior to some anime from the late 90s and early 2000s.

Ranma ½

“Huh? What’s this? It says…”

That’s it for now!

After my obsession with Ranma a few years ago is when I started searching for new anime more actively rather than just depending on satelite TV networks and CDs/DVDs that could only be found locally. In fact, my first anime site (which is long gone) was a Ranma ½ fansite that gained quite a bit of popularity but could not be maintained due to heavy bandwidth usage *ahem*.

It was known as “SatAM Anime”, so if you’ve been there before do let me know 😀 (out of curiosity)

My Chronicle: Journey Through Anime ends here, at least for now. If I feel there’s something new that should be included in here, it would probably be done on a later date.

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