Am I losing interest in cosplay?

Hello there Potatots~

It’s almost the end of February and a happy Lunar New Year to all of you. May the year of the doggo bring everyone prosperity and good fortune. As the title says, am I losing interest in my all-time most dedicated hobby, cosplay?

The answer is maybe, the cosplay community is getting really toxic here in Malaysia; I’m not sure about other countries. It is hard for me to enjoy this supposed drama and politics free hobby. Cosplay is a hobby for all of us to enjoy regardless our age, gender, race and what not. Now, cosplay is about being popular and pretty. What’s the point of being who we are in cosplay with all these judgmental people telling us what we should or should not do? I personally had a few criticism guilt along the way, but I am sincerely changing for the better. And I also see my friends letting their ego eat them after being acquainted with a group or mentors that have more experience.

For now, I am just taking things slowly after the one-year cosplay break that I took last year,  observing how the community work is far more interesting to be involved directly with the toxicity. I’m also limiting myself to not cosplay at all or just fulfill planned cosplay with friends prior to an event or convention. Not going to lie, I am way more invested in my merch collecting at the moment.

So what is your experience with the cosplay community around you? Share yours in the comments~ ❤

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Going in to Fate Hell

Hello there Potatots,

It’s February! Lunar New Year is just around the corner *cough* Next week *cough*  It’s going to be another year of unwillingly receiving  red packets from relatives that you haven’t seen for almost a century. Anywho, for those who have installed Fate Grand Order in there phone… Time to grind events /slap

As the title says, this post is solemnly dedicated  to my fall in to this beautiful yet tragic series Fate from the famous TypeMoon company. Fate series is one TM’s many franchises; Fate is about Holy Grail Wars aka Seihai Sensou among mages Humans with magic roots/abilities to summon servants (any heroes from the past in world history) to help them fight each other till the end to obtain the holy grail. In normal English, it’s basically the Hunger games with magic involvement.

My fall in to Fate hell is during last year’s trip to Taiwan. I rode on the Fate Grand Order promo train twice and Gilgamesh, one of the character from the series lured me in to the trap. Prior to FGO, I do have basic knowledge of the Fate series. Thanks to the airing of the Studio Deen version of Fate/Stay Night anime on Animax back in 2006/2007.  It was a cool show, but it did not catch my attention for long as why would a 9/10 year old girl watch an anime about fighting? It just doesn’t make sense, however years later… Now Fate is my 3rd most invested fandom. I bought a lot of things without hesitation, my previous post regarding amiami is all Fate mech bought by me; even my friend who is in this hell earlier than me bought me Fate mangas without hesitation.

As for anime exposure, I do know of the Deen’s version of FSN, Fate/Zero, FSN UBW. My personal favorite and dear to my heart is Fate/Zero. Normally, Fate fans wouldn’t like Fate/Zero as much. Cause, to them… Fate/Zero is quite dark. Honestly, last year at a Fate themed party… My groupmates has 0 knowledge of Fate/Zero and I was shocked to the moon and back. They are long time fate fans and NONE of them watches Fate/Zero. Fate/Zero indeed was a dark series, but hey I like dark stuff. My soul is kinda dark from all the despair I had. I should find a time to binge the whole Fate anime chronology to educate myself better.

Overall Fate is an enjoyable series as it has world history, legends and folklore involved with it. If I could travel back in time to tell the 9/10 year old of myself about Fate, I would had gladly to.  As prior to this post, I am currently VERY invested and emotionally sold to Fate Grand Order and this series.

If you do play or watch Fate related media, who is your favorite servant? Comment below to share.

My beloved servant is Lancer, both FSN and Fate/Zero.

Diarmuid and Cu

Left: Diarmuid Ua Duibhne (Fate/Zero) Right: Cu Chulainn (Fate/Stay Night) *Their names are celtic as they are both Irish heroes

See you guys next time ~ ❤

 

My first amiami experience

Hey Potatots~

It’s the end of January! Yay! And guess what, I am ruining my life by being a soon to be frequent buyer on the amazing yet painful website called Amiami! (This is not a sponsored or requested post.) I finally got the guts to do my own online shopping after being relying on some proxies from my group of friends in the ACG community in Malaysia. But seriously, relying on proxy is the last resort you’ll have cause not all shops in Japan ships internationally. Like Animate JP, Aniplex…

I really enjoyed the services amiami has, the delivery from Japan to overseas is less than a week. Both my orders that I ordered from amiami are fast on arrival, I would seriously consider buying things for myself on amiami. As you guys know, that I am currently in the Fate fandom due to my conversion back in Taiwan last year. I roughly spent 500 Malaysian Ringgit for my January 2018 shopping list. I mean… It’s Fate and how could I not… I sacrificed part of my travel funds and PS Vita cash for this. /slapped

To be brutally blunt and honest, Amiami is not a website for people who isn’t ready eat dirt after paying their debts. I am triple broke because I am also a cosplayer to add salt to my wounds. ಥ益ಥ  PSA: Newbie cosplayers, please don’t be like me. However, thank god the Malaysian customs aren’t a bitch and all my items are passes. PHEW If you all want to try to by things from amiami, I will drop the link here. You need to create your own account to proceed with your painful shopping. I used both DHL and EMS from amiami, they are pretty reliable. No worries about parcel being lost or untrackable.

Link to amiami: happy dying

Here is my Amiami haul, all Fate/Grand Order boxes.

Amiami Loots

I don’t Kakin for the game, but Kakin for the merch HAHAHAHAHAHA

Box Samples

Boxes sample ~ ❤

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Each purchase, amiami would give a thank you card ~ ❤

Maybe, after this I will try the animate international’s online shopping service as I have DVDs to buy and CDJapan haven’t update their list yet.

See you guys next time ~ ❤

 

 

 

What Should I Be Watching for Winter 2018

Hey Potatots! It’s Winter 2018 season, Here is my list on what will I be watching.

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Fate Extra Last Encore

Jumping in to the Fate fandom after I sold my soul to FGO. The main reason why I Fate in the first place, Fate/Extra

Sanrio Danshi

Sanrio Danshi

I had been following this series since Sanrio started this campaign. Do comment which mascot you like. I’m Hello Kitty fan since young.

Gakuen Babysitter

Gakuen Babysitters

Toddlers, cute toddlers

Hanamaru 2

Touken Ranbu Season 2

The long awaited Touken Ranbu Season 2 for all you saniwas

 

See you for Spring/Summer Anime!

Shokugeki no Soma Season 3 Review

Hey Potatots!

This is an overdue review that I should had written once I finished watching the series, neverlast finals rained on this wonderful parade, and it was delayed until now.

Shokugeki no Soma Season 3 is the continuation of the ever popular Shokugeki no Soma anime series that began in 2015. This season is more on drama and suspense, as things in Totsuki Academy are spiraling out of control due to some internal family drama with the Nakiris. However, the best part for this season of Shokugeki is the official reveal for the Elite Ten, a council of top students from Totsuki that are highly skilled in culinary. Other than that, we also get to understand Erina more as this season also linked to herself hence the drama within the Nakiri household.

As for the progression for the characters, it’s sort of dragging as not all character from Soma’s circle of friends has enough screen time for the battles. Just like the first two seasons, the ending is left as a cliffhanger, hopefully this year 2018 will be the 4th season. Other than progression, the OP & ED is sort of underwhelming, probably I bias the first ending ‘SPICE’ by Tokyo Karan Koron more.

To wrap it all up, Shokugeki no Soma Season 3 is overall amazing like the first two season. I highly suggest you all to binge the whole series if you have not been exposed to Shokugeki no Soma.

Rating:

Story: 8/10

Character Development: 8/10

Music: 8/10

Overall: 8/10

 

 

Mahoutsukai no Yome Review

Happy New (Belated) New Year Potatots!

I finally caught up on all the Fall 2017 anime I watched, now here is the belated review for one of the best anime for Fall 2017! Mahoutsukai no Yome 

Mahotsukai is a Fantasy manga that tells the story about a girl, Hatori Chise who could see magical creatures and was taken to be an apprentice to Elias, a sorcerer. The story was also very Shoujo-eque hence why I refuse to acknowledge it as a Shounen series. The anime was nicely done, it pulled heartstrings as you watch it.

The story was well written and enjoyable throughout its 13 episode run, the music was also lovely. The opening was called ‘Here’ by JUNNA and, boy it was really strong. Which also drew me to watch this anime. The characters are also well developed, the interaction between Chise and Elias made butterfly flutter in my stomach, even the comical moments were genuinely funny. However, the ending is somewhat disappointing…. Neverlast, not all anime has a perfect story and a perfect ending.

If you all haven’t watch nor read Mahoutsukai no Yome, please do you won’t regret it. Maybe you’ll also be entranced by the music and soundtrack of this series.

Ratings

Story: 8/10

Character Development: 8/10

Music: 8/10

Overall: 8.5/10

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Minami’s Free talk

I know this is a short review, I am genuinely hoping that this would have a season 2. I’m not really satisfied with the ending for the anime.  Anywho, Winter 2018 anime is out and I’m loving all the series I am going to watch. See you all next time for another Fall Anime 2017 review!

 

Review Delay

Hi Potatots,

Merry Christmas.

The seasonal anime reviews had to be delayed this season as I need to finish off left overs of Fall 2017.

I sincerely apologize for not being active, I am almost done with Diploma studies.

See you guys soon

Updates and Rants

Hi Potatots,

I know you haven’t been hearing from me for a while now, I am still alive and had been struggling with my final year in college. I am also waiting for this season, fall season to end for the anime reviews.

Honestly, college is a pain after my internship days. New juniors are whiny little brats that constantly want to redo their own presentation screw ups. I seriously want to lecture them that in life, you can’t redo anything. You need to take everything with a pinch of salt and move on.

Working life had made me really sour, I am getting a heart attack from juniors that i need to baby. JUST UGH! They are grown adults, can’t they do their own shit?! I AM SO DONE!

2017 is ending really soon, I hope it goes down with a bang. See you guys soon~

❤ Koimo

What I would be Watching for Fall 2017

Hi Potatots~ IT IS FINALLY FALL SEASON! This fall, a lot of good anime are going to air! Wow! So excited! And here is my watch list for Fall 2017

 

  1. Shokugeki no Soma Season 3

SnS Season 3

I would totally push everyone to watch Shokugeki as it is a good anime since it’s debut, the recipes are durable and it’s my personal favorite shonen series post Bleach and Naruto

2. Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyokina, Mondaiji

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Open hentai! FINALLY! Just like SouMaji, this is a hentai that has 3 versions~ Go watch it thirsty people.

3. Code:Realize

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Obligatory Otome Genre no.1, I have yet to play the game. The anime will determine I am playing or not.

4. Sengoku Night Blood

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Obligatory Otome Genre no.2, It’s a mobile game with collab of Marvelous (Stage Acting Company), Kadokawa and Otomate!

5. Idol M@ster SideM

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From the IMas franchise, this is targeted to girls. It has smart phone games. I played both

6. Mahoutsukai no Yome

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A pure shoujo series for the season.

7. Taisho no Chicchai-san 

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Some BL for the season ~ www

May Consider watching category

  1. TsukiPro The Animation

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I fell out the Tsukiuta craze, I just can’t jump back in

2. Dynamic Chord

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From the same company that created Starry Sky, HoneyBee is promising for this

3. GINTAMA

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Best comedy of ALL TIME

 

Do comment below what would you be watching this fall! See you all~

 

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Review

Hi Potatots, Summer is ending and the anime side is bringing in some awesome anime for Fall season. I had been busy with college as it is my final semester for my diploma studies and I am recently hooked to FGO permanently after my August trip to Taiwan this year, it was a hell of a ride. Anywho, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu has ended and it WAS AWESOME!

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is the long awaited anime adaption for Touken Ranbu a web browser game from DMM.com and Nitro+. Just like its previous counterpart, Touken Ranbu Hanamaru; it would be hard for a non player of the game to understand the concept of Touken Ranbu. I will not go there anymore as I already explained it at my Hanamaru review last time. The common point of both Hanamaru and Katsugeki would be famous swords throughout Japanese history brought to life by their Saniwa to protect alteration of history by the Time Retrograde Army (TRA). They mustn’t change history themselves as well. As for the incommon point for both of the anime, Hanamaru is a happier and livelier version whereas, Katsugeki is full of angst and salt.

Ufotable did a great job bringing Katsugeki to life, the animation and soundtrack were on point throughout the whole airing of the anime. Just like the company’s previous pride – Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (UBW); the budget was well spent for Katsugeki. Everyone looked 10 times better than their in game and Hanamaru counterpart. /slap Even the backdrop in the opening and ending for the series were drawn prettier than the backdrop the game offered. Not only that, the passion that all the voice actor had for their characters stabbed our hearts in many ways even though the game also gave feels but not as effective as the anime. In addition, unexpected things happened in Katsugeki, from Tonbokiri getting SERIOUSLY INJURED and Horikawa ALMOST TURNED THE ENTIRE SERIES INTO MUSICAL TOUKEN RANBU ATSUKASHIYAMA IBUN AND BAKUMATSU TENROUDEN combined, also Horikawa giving all of us a heart attack by following both Imanotsurugi (TouMyu) and Yasusada aka Yasudalah (TouMyu and Hanamaru)’s footsteps.

Overall, Katsugeki is a much watch for everyone if the prefer angst over joy in the Touken Ranbu fandom after playing the games.  I cried at the end for this anime, I am a very sensitive saniwa. Katsugeki movie is in production, I am ready to burn more money like how I did in Taiwan.

 

Ratings 

Story: 9/10

Character Development: 9/10

Music: 9/10

Overall: 9/10

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For once I am grateful for my sword husband, Heshikiri Hasebe for talking me out of abandoning Touken Ranbu last year. If not, I wouldn’t cry over all the pain Horikawa caused in this series and during my Taiwan trip, I would had brushed off the Touken Ranbu cafe event from animate.  Honestly, I contributed to this fandom by wasting 1,000+ TWD on the event and came back with mostly Kane-sans. FML I would support more animate cafe events for Touken Ranbu in the near future~ ❤

∨ see what I meant?

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My loots from the cafe blind Pick. TOO MANY KANE-SAN! > A <