witchann2: (Nihon)
29.4. – 1.5. 2016, BRNO
Only shortly after my return from Ósaka I was packing up again – for otaku convention this time, for our annual paradise of anime - AnimeFest 2016.

It was a great weeked, though quite difficult in a way. It was my (and my sis´) sixth time attending it, my boyfriend for the second time. I cannot imagine not going there each year anymore. It´s the biggest (and the oldest) anime-manga-Japan related con in our country; this year with 3 900 visitors! It really grows each year, attracting more visitors, having more beautiful and worked-out cosplays. Not to mention that the organizers did an awesome job as always, from expanding the space for the convention to promotional video. I´m really proud of Czech otaku community. ^^

Originally, we planned to visit many lectures and see a lot of screenings (and we managed at least some of them, including Ghost in the Shell movie), but it ended up with us being busy with a little different stuff... We cosplayed Shingeki no Kyojin (http://myanimelist.net/anime/16498/Shingeki_no_Kyojin) characters – Hange Zoe (me), Levi (my sis) and Erwin Smith (my boyfriend) and somehow we didn´t expect to raise so much attention.
There were many other cosplayers from the same anime, but we ended up quite popular anyway. XD We were photographed so many times that I felt like some j-pop idol, all of us even encountered our own ´fans´ (of the Shingeki characters I mean) and in the end it was really tiring. But DEFINITELY WORTH OF those efforts to dress up in the hookshot harness for 3DMG; it felt really great to be appreciated like that. It was our best (and most successful) cosplay so far. ^^´

I´m sorry I will not be more specific or detailed in the description of this event *please, fill in my usual excuse*, nothing can replace going there and trying the atmosphere for oneself, anyway.

A/N: Some photos to be followed only in Friends-locked post.
witchann2: (Nihon)
Only shortly today...

April had been a very busy month for me. I feel quite tired and knowing that upcoming two weeks are going to be only a little better doesn´t help much. On the other hand, it was the month filled with so many great moments and experiences, that I cannot really complain about it and remembering them is helping me to go on in this a bit exhausting period (though, dealing with KAT-TUN going on hiatus is much harder, harder than I expected... maybe I should just stop watching all those videos showing their last live in Tokyo Dome...).

JPopAsia:
http://www.jpopasia.com/news/kat-tun-sheds-tears-during-final-performance-as-group-enters-hiatus::19377.html

YT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZKmVALFPiA

I had been in Ósaka, where I was lucky enough to see KAT-TUN ´10ks´ live, and after that I´ve attended my most favorite otaku-related event of the year in our country. I´d like to create a proper (and very detailed) article about both Japan-vacation and AnimeFest 2016, but since I have very limited ´space´ for anything in general, I´m afraid I´ll make it quite short, if I want to write anything at all. Anyway, I will publish it in separate posts - to be followed.

There´s been a lot to deal with at once and despite it was mostly in the positive way, I do hope it gets calmer for at least some time now, I really need it. ^_^´

Till next time... Thanks for your patience.
Kasumi

PS: Just let me mention one more thing – did you notice what date Jin chose for releasing his new album „Audio Fashion“? I mean the day in the month. ^^´

JPopAsia:
http://www.jpopasia.com/news/jin-akanishi-announces-new-album-audio-fashion::19371.html


Official website:

http://jinakanishi.com/en/news/162.html
witchann2: (Kasumi/Karin)
1. - 3. 5. 2015, BRNO

3700 otaku at one place in Czech Republic, that is quite impressive, isn´t it? ^_^ I wonder if there is even a limit for that gradually increasing number of visitors. It was already our - me and my dear sis - fifth time (everything just goes faster and faster...) and as always, it was an awesome relaxing weekend. I´m ashamed I didn´t find time to write something about it till now - it was already a month ago! But we all know, what the reality can be like, right?

This time we went there a little in advance and picked up our bracelets along with the program, so we didn´t have to wait in that two-hour-long queue as last year. It was a very nice change of our usual start. :D With so many anime-and-manga-greedy fans you needed to be at least a little lucky to get inside the auditoriums, but I think we are kind of used to it already... Fortunately the live streaming was working just great this time, so we managed to attend parts of the program, which would have been impossible to see otherwise.

This year´s topic was school and it was quite a fun. :D Just check out the promo music video of the organizators...


I´m not sure if I remember everything what we attended this year... We saw the Opening Ceremony of the whole con thanks to the streaming, than AMV Competition (a lot of Shingeki no Kyojin stuff...), Cosplay Music Video Competition (surprisingly well-done videos...), followed by The story of Princess Kaguya movie. It was nicely animated, but with the too damn long scenes... I was getting worried I might fall asleep. -_- Than we somehow managed to push ourselves at Censorship in anime and since then I cannot get the picture of Sanji from One Piece with the lollipop instead of a cigarette out of my mind ... Censors are creepy idiots. :/

The next day we had a lot of fun watching the Ouran High School Host Club and then Cosplay Contest - the participants were simply awesome this year, this is the winner:
The Cliche of sporty animes was the best lecture of the whole con, Actually in J-rock missed Gackt, but included ONE OK ROCK :D and the Sunday´s lecture about the Archetypes in the homoerotic literature was a little dissapointing, but in the overall I was satisfied with our schedule.

I was surprised (or not so much, actually...) that among the goods offered in the stands (which were overwhelmed by Tokyo Ghoul stuff) this year were also some CD´s, posters etc. of Korean and Japanese groups... (during the previous years I managed to spot just some old Gackt´s CD´s). Seems the merchants had finally realized that being interested in Japanese anime doesn´t mean that otaku are not interested in anything else... We even found some old KAT-TUN CD´s includiing Real Face there! Who would ever think something like this will be available in Brno at the moment when I was dragging a damn heavy suitcase full of KAT-TUN´s music from Tokyo... ^^

Naturally, we didn´t want that weekend to end, but there is always another year, for which I hope I willl finally create a new cosplay.... m^_^m

CMV ^_^ )
witchann2: (Kasumi/Karin)
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Another year, another great weekend in... )
witchann2: (Kasumi)
Konbanwa!! ^_^/

Just a few hours ago, I got back from the biggest Czech otaku convention Animefest 2014, which took place in Brno since Friday.
It was a great event as always, despite it is becoming a little crowded with each year. XD
It is too late and I´m too tired to continue in details now, but I will definitely write more and post some pictures later ;), for now just next in the row of my postcards for KAT-TUN...

Wish you a good working/school Monday tomorrow. ^^

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