Omnicon Haul

  I found a lot of cool things and met a great deal of awesome cosplayers. My sister(who has just received her invasalign braces) lost the darn, clear things in a trashcan, apparently while I was gone enjoying myself. I think she takes after me. My mom told me all about it over the phone, then asked if I could come over to clean. Having to leave the event early made me sad, but I can still go back since I have the band and I figure that I owe her since she carried me around for 9 months.

  Anyways, time for photos of what I bought!

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Domo- Skeleton version.

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Death Note Notebook(which actual instructions and names from the show written inside).

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A set of cards for my Uncle.

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Ciel and Eevee pins.

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Inuyasha: The Final Cut(Part 1).

  And that’s it! I also met David Yost, the original blue Power Ranger. As well as a few others. It was a lot of fun!

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Omnicon 2014!

  For those of you unfamiliar with Omnicon, it’s an event that takes place in the heart of Mcallen, Texas at the Mcallen Convention Center and features anime, manga, games, famous voice actors and actresses, cosplay, competitions, and so much more.

  While I’m not Japanese, Korean, Chinese, or even of Asian ancestry, I’ve always had an unexplained love for the Asian culture and more specifically those of Japanese influence. I love anime and JPop(or Japanese Pop), especially visual kei bands like Buck-Tick, The GazettE, Alice Nine, Versailles(A.K.A. Versailles Philharmonic Quintet), SCREW, SID, and many others.

  You can believe how excited I was when someone knowingly paid me way more than what my little customized story was worth because they really liked it! I almost turned down the extra cash, but my “client” as I call them, wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. So here I am– happy to indulge in what I consider a piece of heaven this Friday(August 1) at what would be my first anime convention.

  My reasoning for never going to any when I was younger was because we simply never had the spare money or time, and I haven’t gone now because I’ve been working as hard as possible to support my mother and sister.

  That reminds me- regarding my sister and the school tuition, the money I’ve received has covered part of the cost, plus the large bonus I had completed it, leaving me with a little leftover money for myself! I couldn’t be more happy about how things have worked out.

  I’m more than excited– not to mention about the shopping that I’ll get to do. I’ve set myself on a budget(which probably isn’t surprising if you’ve read any of my other posts where I talk about financial problems) and am determined to stick to it. I don’t think I’ll survive a day without the water and light.

  I’m definitely going to make a specific post- with pictures!- for all the things that I did, bought(or not), ate(foreign snacks are delicious), played, and other things.

  Whether or not I’m going to do any cosplaying hasn’t been decided yet, but I’m really hoping to at least throw an amazing outfit together with what I already have. If not, then it’s alright. I’ve thought about maybe posing as REITA(Reita, bassist of The GazettE) for the convention, but whenever I see that(or a) noseband, I just can’t help laughing because of the speculations that Reita doesn’t have a nose. I’m pretty sure that he has a nose- there’s no need to fear.

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  That hair, though, is something else altogether. I can just imagine how long it would take– not to mention the amount of hair spray and durability of a state of possible flammability. Not to mention the fact that I’d have to do a lot of shopping to at least get clothes that are similar. I’m sorry, but I don’t believe on spending $100 or more on a vest.

  I may add some uniqueness to my outfit for Friday and put on something that one of my own fictional characters would wear.

  Budget, budget, budget! No, I’m not a cheapskate– I just believe in putting needs first and indulging every once in a while. While some people tend to think that a budget is a restriction, I actually see it as a way to inspire creativity. Think about it, if you have $150 to spend on an outfit that resembles someone’s style that you admire, then you’re not going to break the outfit down into pieces and put it together with your own custom touches here and there. If you’re on a budget, you might make the clothes or accessories yourself, have more fun with the whole process, and even learn something new.

  Unfortunately, the only electronic device that I have besides my laptop and T.V.(and other things like an old, hand-me-down MP3, which I love) is my phone, so all my pictures and videos will have to be stored here. I don’t have much memory left, so I’ll have to consider either buying another memory card, a cheap camcorder, or erasing some pictures and videos. Whatever must be done, will be done.

  Anyways, I think I’ve managed to cram all of my excitement into this post, and will keep everyone updated as the date draws near and on the day itself.

  If you have any ideas or suggestions(such as cosplay or camera or budgeting tips and more), I’d love to hear them! Wish me luck.

Barnes & Noble- I Salute You

  Today I decided to withdraw from my little piece of comfort, joy, solitude, and hermit-like state of living so that I could “cruise the town” and hopefully stumble upon a hidden spring of information and inspiration. My first stop? A quick bite to eat at a Wendy’s from their dollar menu- unfortunately or not, I hate spending a lot of money on takeout; I love cooking my own meals, as well as indulging every once in a while and stuffing my mouth with salty French Fries and a bacon cheese burger.

  I finished my meal and exited the building quickly. I still had no idea what I was going to do or where I was going to go, so I got in my car and sat there for a few minutes before having the genius idea to visit a place that I really love more than any other place. Barnes & Noble.

  Being able to look at so many books in one place fascinates me, which makes the library my second favorite place. Not only do they have a lot of books, but the variety is great! I have to admit for all of you manga/anime fans out there that they’re a little shabby in the manga and anime department, yet other than that, the selection is fantastic. They do tend to over price their books, movies, music, etc.,(to give you an example of what I mean, a series of only 13 episodes cost approximately $50- crazy, right?) but I know that business is business.

  Even though I was on a very limited budget, I think I managed to waste more money on gas then on anything I actually bought; which happened to be a sketch book for $3.

  I really love how helpful the majority of the staff is whenever I go there- they answer any questions you ask, show you certain areas you were looking for, suggest certain things if you’re not sure what it is you want, and much more(probably because it’s their job). I even love their mini-coffee area. I’m a huge coffee lover– I just can’t get enough of the Mocha Moolatte from Dairy Queen(it could be the fact that I like to save my money and freelance writing doesn’t exactly have a stable or fixed income), or the French Vanilla that I drink while writing. I know that caffeine causes Kidney Stones(these are “stones” that really can’t be seen and are excreted during urination. Some cases are so bad that before a person passes a Kidney Stone, they may become nauseated and throw up, faint, or even have horrible headaches. Drinking large amounts of caffeine on a daily basis will likely make this painful thing possible) and supposedly stunts growth, but I figure that I’m not going to grow anymore, so why not?

  About their shop- it’s like a café, and what’s better than a book store with a café in it? They even sell sweets and other consumable products.

  The only downside about Barnes & Noble is their somewhat lackadaisical “no reading the books or sitting down in an aisle” policy- which is basically ignored by the general population, which I find rude. Rules are made to be followed and obeyed, not broken. Oh well, most of the times, the occasional dedicated employee with kindly inform a rebellious visitor of the rules. I’ll be the first to admit that I do sometimes read part of a book while sitting down at a hidden table somewhere at the back of the café so as to not be seen until either a few minutes before closing, or someone finds me and scolds me in a polite way.

  Overall, the trip really made my day and I hope to go there again tomorrow to see what else piques my interest.

 

“Code Geass”, an Anime Must See

  Geass is the ultimate power that’s gained through abnormal means. For each person, this power comes in a different form. Complete control of a person by eye contact, mind reading from a certain distance, the transfer of one’s consciousness, all are a form of this rare gift.

  Our story begins in 2007 a.t.b. with our protagonists Suzaku Kururugi and Lelouch Vi Britannia. In the opening, the tribulations suffered by the Japanese people are explained and displayed. War, death, and failure changed the fate of Suzaku, Lelouch, and the entire country of Japan, which was renamed “Area 11.”

  7 years later in 2014 a.t.b., Lelouch Lamperogue– a royal prince who has given up his claim to the throne in order to care for his younger sister, Nunnally Vi Britannia– is seen with a few of his friends at Ashford Academy. Rivalz, Milly, Nina, and Shirley and a few of our main character’s closest acquaintances.

  Lelouch is a good-natured person, but has a strong, and seemingly impossible ambition. He wants to make a world where his sister can have peace, and the weak aren’t preyed upon by the strong. Not only that, he also wants to bring down the holy Britannian empire which controls more than ⅓ of the entire world.

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  This goal is suddenly made possible when Lelouch meets C.2, a mysterious immortal girl, and receives the power of Geass.

  C.2. loves pizza, and her little “Cheese-Kun.” While her real name isn’t revealed in neither the anime nor manga, it is known that she’s been a government experiment for some time not only under Clovice Li Britannia, Lelouch and Nunnally’s half-brother but also closely Charles Li Britannia, the Emperor of Britannia, to whom she is closely tied.
 

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  Rivalz Cordemonde is the second best friend of Lelouch– Suzaku is still considered to be the first and most trusted. He often transports Lelouch around in his vehicle’s sidecar.

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  Milly Ashford is the granddaughter of the Principal of Ashford Academy. They were once an influential family, but lost all credibility and status when Empress Marian– Lelouch and Nunnally’s mother– was assassinated right before their eyes, and Nunnally soon after not only went blind from trauma, but was crippled from the wounds to her legs. Amongst all his friends on the student council, only Milly is aware of the castaways’ status as Prince and Princess.

  Anyway, I have about 5 good reasons why you should check out this show.

  1.)What’s cooler than a supernatural power allowing you to control someone, even if it is just a one-time thing per person?

  2.)There’s really amazing robots, A.K.A. Knightmare Frames. The Gurren Mark 2, Lancelot, Gawain, Mordred, Tristan, and Gallahad are just a few.

  3.)If you like history, it’ll be your thing. The content is somewhat educational. If you’re familiar with the Arthurian era and the Knights of the Round Table, you’ll find that many of the names from the small list are the same as the story names.

  4.)The plot had a lot of twists and turns, making it very easy to get hooked.

  5.)If you’ve seen the series “Death Note”(which I rate very highly), then you can compare the ingenious minds of Light Yagami and Lelouch Lamperouge.