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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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

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

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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~

 

Taiwan Travel Log~ Otaku Hotspots

Hey there Potatots, Happy September. I am sorry for taking too long to write this down, the wifi speed in Malayisa is just terrible. Now, I’m back at college to finish off my final diploma semester. Yay…. /Incoherent crying at the background   Anywho, back to topic~ Taiwan is SERIOUSLY Otaku Heaven for poor people that can’t afford to go Japan.

On my first two days in Taiwan, I visited my sister’s Residential area which is Hsin Chu Town. Hsin Chu maybe a small town, but I managed to find some gems for you Otakus. There is a local bookstore in town that has a Manga section, you can get all kinds of manga and light novels from that bookstore. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures for that bookstore; however I remember it was located near a nike shop in Hsin Chu town. Next must go destination for you peeps would be a store also around Hsin Chu town would be, Kuang Nan Shop. This shop is my favorite. It has a floor for Manga and Merch for your favorite anime series. For fans who are seiyuu fans, the CD section will surely please you at Kuang Nan. There is one more comic book shop at Hsin Chu Town, near Jin Pin shopping center. Just like Kuang Nan, it sells a lot of manga there even games!

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DVDs I found while blindly roaming the CD section. Mamo and Shouta’s Live performance

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Manga Section, on the 4th floor. This are all Sin aka BL manga. Translated into Chinese Language.

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Merch Section, Same floor as the manga section few was away from the sin side

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Entrance to another Heaven

Some precaution for Sin buyers, please MAKE SURE your passport is with you AT ALL TIMES; Kuang Nan is strict at buying sins. (I had experience.

For the next Six days, I spent it at Taipei eating my heart out and getting sunburnt. Taipei has amazing places to see, the underground mall of the Taipei MRT station is HEAVEN. It is one of my personal favorite spot there; the ACG (Anime,Comics,Manga) side is my heaven. There were maid cafes there, I managed to walk by one. It’s called Maiden Diner, sadly I can’t take any photos because of their rules. That was the only open maid cafe I came across, but I didn’t went in as the majority customers there are males, and I kind of Paiseh to go in. = A = ”” However, the maid is kind enough to give me their card.

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Mascot for the anime side of the underground mall

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Final Fantasy Mobile Game Ad

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Tekken Ad, you don’t see this publically shown in Train Stations in Malaysia

 Lastly, the moment you girls and guys? had been waiting for, I finally went to and died at ANIMATE TAIWAN! No shit, that place is heaven for girls and guys. All the original merch from Japan in ONE OFFICIAL STORE! I was lucky enough that Animate Cafe was also happening during my trip, and bonus; IT WAS TOUKEN RANBU EVENT! OH MY RNGSAMA! I did a live stream on Facebook during my day there, met some new saniwas chatted awhile, cried over my poor Malaysian Saniwa luck with all the Izuminokami Kanesada, Kane-san badges. Q A Q  Animate TW is located at Zhong Zheng District near Xi Men Ding, it is close to a hotel which I don’t really know the name due to being distracted by the cafe. (Kinta… Please) You need to walk down a fleet of stairs to go to the shop, it’s an underground shop.

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

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Yuri and Viktor, for the Yuri on Ice hype. Yurio is a butt picture from me.

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Why I say Taiwan is Japan for poor people, Anime ads EVERY WHERE and the public (Non fans) are alright with it, they don’t really complain about it. The just brushed it off like it was nothing serious.  My other favorite thing in Taiwan is the Fate Grand Order promo train, I rode it TWICE and I am converted to be a FGO follower. Help. Even though I knew Fate series for a long time now…

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FGO train, Round 1

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Round 2, Hi Gil~ He got me into FGO. Well… He is one of my husbands.

 Overall, Taiwan was really fun. I can’t wait to go back there again. See you guys next time~

 

 

What Kind of Gaming Computer Would I Want?

Hey Potatots, hope you guys had a great Summer! I came back from Taiwan few days ago and would be updating a post for Otaku shopping real soon~ Today, I would be writing about what kind of Gaming laptop or computer would I want. I might be changing my current laptop soon for a faster laptop that can support heavy games like Overwatch or any games from steam.

We all have that one dream to buy a gaming laptop for ourselves to satisfy our heavy dose of hourly gaming, ESPECIALLY if you play Dota or Overwatch on a daily basis. In addition, since most of us are still in university  or college… Money is tight with us, and it had been the key to why we can’t have good things in life.

Affordable Gaming Laptop or Desktop

For any College or University student, we want something that could be afforded with our own tight budget. Some gaming laptop could be more expensive but, the laptop isn’t as good as we think it is.  For now, college and uni kids just want something that is affordable from our own budget like this HP laptop http://store.hp.com/us/en/mlp/laptops/omen.

Hardware

Next on the checklist would be the hardware, this is important to heavy gamers as it determines the fate of how many games could the laptop capacities as you binge buy from steam during the sales period or any new releases. The hardware also determines the laptop’s processing speed, is it faster or slower. First world problems,  everything has to be fast paced.

Resolution

Other than hardware, resolution of your laptop is also very crucial to gamers who cares about the game’s resolution while playing. If a laptop has low resolution, it would be a total turn off for gamers as they wanted to see the computer graphics in high resolution. Currently, everyone wants everything in HD or above.

Graphic Cards

Like hardware and resolution, graphic cards are also an essential to a good gaming laptop. If a gamer wants to have their game on a 4K run or on multiple monitor run ups, a graphic card won’t be enough for that.

RAM and Battery life

Lastly, the two most essential things for a good gaming laptop, RAM and battery life.  RAMs are very important to gamers who wants to store heavy loaded games in their laptop for an extended amount of time and to play it on their free time. Battery life, oh the horror to everyone. If a laptop’s battery life dies fast *cough* mine *cough*   it is hell, you’ll need to be plugged on a charging port for hours to finish one game session. Battery life is very crucial to gamers, a battery life should last about a day for hardcore gamers.

 

 

Stay tune for the Taiwan sharing blog Potatots!

If I were to Organize a Comic Con-esque Event What Would It Be?

Hello there Potatots! Sorry for not posting anything from the beginning of August, personal problems with my family surfaced and it was hell.  As a self proclaimed super fan in a small city like Kota Kinabalu, events here for fans and enthusiasts are limited unlike West Malaysia the fans events are almost one month per event.  If I were to have a comic con standard event what would it be like?

We all know that Comic Con is America’s biggest event and a lot of celebrities, comic book artists would be there and it is more western pop culture centered. For fans of two worlds, eastern pop culture and western pop culture; conjoined events are a rare thing. The main highlight of my dream comic con would be the best of both worlds, both eastern and western pop culture would have equal exposure to old and new fans.

Who would be at the event?

All kinds of comic book companies like Marvel, DC to show case their awesome arsenal of comic book heroes and goodies. Figure companies like Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, Max Factory to show case their upcoming releases of figurines from your favorite anime and comic book. Animation studios from Japan like Studio Gainax, A1 Pictures, Ufotable, MAPPA to showcase exclusive concept arts and visual arts to aspiring Animation students to indirectly motivate them on their dreams. Other than that, CURE WORLD COSPLAY would also be there to showcase awesome cosplay photos of cosplayers.

Where would it take place?

My hometown, Kota Kinabalu City of course. Sabah is a state of tourism in Malaysia, vast sandy beaches for tourists to enjoy and the food in Sabah is delicious. Everyone in Sabah are super friendly and nice.

Who would fans want to meet?

Guests of the events are super important for event attendees, and meeting guests would be an awesome thing. For Marvel Fans, meeting Stan Lee would be a big dream come true. As for DC fans, meeting stars from the DCTVU and DCEU would be a dream come true like meeting Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist from the TV universe of DC. While for Eastern fans, meeting voice actors from their favorite anime would be an awesome experience; Suwabe Junichi, Ono Kensho, Ono Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi, Kaji Yuki etc.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a comic con-esque event dedicated to both Eastern and Western pop culture instead of having the argument of which side is better. Do check out eventbrite’s website to have your own event up and known to everyone across the web!

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/ (Homepage)

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/l/registration-online/ (To register your event)

That’s all from me! See you guys after my trip from Taiwan!

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