Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Art Scene


One thing I would like to give a try and have been meaning to do for sometime is to make an AMV, Anime Music Video. I use to watch a lot of them. I guess I am always looking for more ways to contribute. My mind never rests.

This AMV in particular I really like.



Listening to: Ultraviolence - Lana Del Ray


2015


I can't believe we are in 2015. When I am out shopping or see advertisements on the television and see 2015 I can't help to get a little freaked out. Maybe because it is the year of the Third Impact (Evangelion reference), the rapture.. I see 2015 it is going to be a BIG year, a year where lots is going to happen. 2014 was the year I thought to myself "I had enough and I need change!" In the middle of 2014, during the summer I was confused, didn't know what I really wanted. I didn't know where I was going, I lost direction. 2013 was the year of Cosplay Ireland's fame, myself and a few cosplayers got in the papers and on television. Things weren't really working out with Cosplay Ireland. I visioned it to be a social networking business website one of the reasons why I went to Postgraduate college and studied Cultural Events and Business Management, I decided to do a Postgraduate course due to my eight years involvement with the Irish conventions being a convention organiser and from 2010 being on the Experience Japan Festival committee it made sense. Straight out of college I done an internship for six months which didn't go very well and had to go back to my old job which wasn't the best idea but it was a safety net. I done the party planning, gave that a go. After running my first party I didn't want to do it anymore. I dont know if I even want to run events. I began creating my website but now I want to change it. I need to wait till I have a focus.

Regarding cosplay the scene dramatically changed and I was losing who I am. My first online presence was being a blogger and even though I followed lots of different blogs I kept to myself, a blog that reflected me and my thoughts, my idols, my hobbies, cosplay etc. I began this blog in 2010 five years ago and I seen it become more commercial than personal. I haven't update this blog in a long time as it is too exhausting. Towards the end of 2014 I made a big decision to apply for the JET Program, to teach English in Japanese high schools. If I get this it will be a step to my career, the career I actually want.  In 2014 I took a step back from the cosplay scene a little and try focus on my actual career. When I was 25 years of age, a graduate of Contemporary Culture and Society Dublin City University I wanted to become a cosplay star thinking it would be glamourous to become well known, be invited to conventions all around the world, to become something like Yaya Han or Jessica Nigiri. I don't think so anymore. It is crazy how your beliefs change over time. I feel I have changed a good bit over the last few years and in my thinking.

Being on the Experience Japan festival committee gave me a lot of satisfaction and a focus in life. I put my Cultural Studies degree and Postgraduate in Cultural Events and Business Management into use with planning and running the Chester Beatty Library day for teenagers in April last year. As I have a Cultural studies degree I don't want my degree and qualifications go to waste and with my involvement with the convention scene and with the festival I really want to go somewhere therefore applying for the JET Program I will be going elsewhere, will be change (that is if I get the call),  I also took up Japanese lessons and started going to the Gym. I won't be giving up on cosplay though, this will be a way I can cosplay in Japan and get into my dream career.

I guess I just want the best of both worlds be a cosplayer artist and work in a stable job in something Japanese cultural related like Japan Travel, the Japan Foundation or in admin/PR in the anime industry. I understand I am not alone as they are millions of youths around the world in a similar situation in part-time jobs, can't find employment.

So! 2015 will be a big year because;

I turn 30 therefore I want to do something that will reflect my journey as a cosplayer artist. This requires thought and thinking. I would like to do something about the community or an idea, concept. Feedback is appreciated.

I could be going to Japan for a year but I won't be leaving the internet. This will be a new chapter in my life, I will be blogging and facebooking about my day in work, cosplay events, photoshoots etc. Please follow me.

Due to being 2015 the 20th year anniversary of my all time favourite anime Neon Genesis Evangelion a show which helped shaped who I am today, I am going to try do Rei Ayanami's white plugsuit, I have been collecting the materials on ebay and will seek advice from people in the community. I would like to do Rei Kuronami and Asuka from Rebuild 3.0.

I will also try my very best to keep my blog posts short and sweet. :P I want to take more control of my life. My friends and everyone I know I feel have moved on and I should to.

I know things will get better.x Thanks for being here.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Japan Anima(tor) Expo






I enjoyed over the Christmas holidays one night watching shorts from the Japan Animatorexpo website. The Japan Animator Expo website is a new project ran by Hideki Anno of Studio Khara and Nobou Kawakami of Dwango and many other talents in the anime industry. The aim is to promote young and new talents and to work on creative, artistic shorts and projects.  I think it is a fantastic idea and I really enjoyed the short anime episodes which are beautifully animated.

I really liked The Dragon Dentist, Carnage which was quite violent and dark, Me!Me!Me! was absolutely crazy, disturbing and relevant to the Otaku and 2d love which fascinates me for some reason maybe because I am a cosplayer. Of course I liked the Rebuild of Evangelion short Until you come to me. I thought it was good that they used the old Irish song Danny Boy. There are more anime short films that are fantastic to watch and if you are a Gundam fan you will enjoy this one.

It was thanks to just receiving news feeds in my gmail account I got an update on my youtube recommending videos to watch and came across a youtuber named Douchebag Chocolat who done this thought provoking video on the Me!Me!Me! short which is well worth a watch! Very interesting and this is the concept I am really into. I am looking for one of my plans for 2015 to do a project on this just need good thinking and find the right people to work with.

Anyway my next post will be goals for 2015 and what I want to achieve which I might go further into this idea then.








Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Looking at a photo for the second time you see something different



I done a few edits of some old photos of my Rei Ayanami cosplay, photos by Luther Blissett on Facebook. I like it when you look at an old photo and you have a different perspective than when you saw it the first time.












Monday, October 27, 2014

I love Anime Costumes

Or maybe just the cute stuff with frills, bows but I like the plugsuits, catsuits too. Photos taken by respected photographers;

Barry Kelly
Hector Heathwood
Ana AmPhotostar
Stephen Fox

Costumes and props made by respected cosplayers;

Anathiell
Joe Props
Nora Fox








Pharrell Williams - It Girl







This song "It Girl" really appeals to me as I came across this song when I read a controversial article about it. The video has been produced by visual superflat artist (who I am a fan of) Takashi Murakami who has won global recognition portraying anime as a pop contemporary art with the Superflat movement. While browsing the Superflat art movement I came across Murakami's book Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture which I would be very keen to read. Other Superflat artists worked on this video such as Mr., who directed this music video and artist Fantasista Utamaro. 

I really think it is amazing a well known singer teaming up with a Japanese anime artist and releasing a music video in the anime style. Sure we had seen anime creep up in the mainstream in the past with Hatsune Miku appearing on the David Letterman Show, Avril Lavigne releasing a music video dedicated to pop icon Hello Kitty, also anime has not only popped up in the music business but in Hollywood movies such as Pacific Rim, Kill Bill and with the Matrix.

This video isn't just your generic anime style but in a style that is "otaku" and one thing that stands out and yet perhaps controversial. The video displays beautiful and cute girls who somewhat come across as characters from the Lolicon genre and the video portrays dating sims. I can see this video perhaps causing disturbance but the video in my opinion is very beautifully done, with gorgeous magical visuals, with elements of "moe" (see Patrick W. Galbraith's The Moe Manifesto) and quite clever depicting reference from Otaku culture, it doesn't just come across as a stereotype of "kawaii" there is something more deep here. Also according to wikipedia the Album "Girl" where the song comes from has been described as a "feminist" album.
The theme of the album is an attempt by Williams to eliminate what he sees as an understandable degree of uncertainty over what his attitude to women actually is. Referring specifically to his controversial collaboration with Robin Thicke and TI, 'Blurred Lines', he notes that with its "questionable lyrics, and the nature of the aesthetic of the video, it's easy to get confused about that." So 'G I R L' is him trying to put the record straight.
There's an imbalance in society, in my opinion," he says, "and it's going to change. A world where 75 per cent of it is run by women - that's a different world. That's gonna happen, and I want to be on the right side of it when it does."
Source - http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/we-heard-pharrells-new-album-this-is-what-it-sounds-like#fm9SbDQ0zMks3pyB.99

As I am a big anime, manga fan and a cosplayer interested in otaku culture I try not to be biased. However The NewYorker wrote up an interesting article on how this music video could come across as controversial which I would recommend to read if you want to look at both opinions.

Sure watch the video yourself and make a judgment! I would be eager to hear peoples' thoughts on this.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

More Pictures


I done a photoshoot with photographer Richard Costello known as sunonthecross on DeviantArt and as Luther Blissett. I recently got these photos.

Hope you had a nice weekend. :)