I had a wonderful time at Anime Matsuri catching up with old friends and making new ones!  Case in point, here’s a wonderful group shot of fellow Crunchyroll Ambassador Reika in her Levi cosplay from Attack on Titan, and Crunchyroll’s Yomi just looking ultra kawaii.  I’m the Haruichi Kominato from Ace of the Diamond in the center ~ ! 

I had a wonderful time at Anime Matsuri catching up with old friends and making new ones!  Case in point, here’s a wonderful group shot of fellow Crunchyroll Ambassador Reika in her Levi cosplay from Attack on Titan, and Crunchyroll’s Yomi just looking ultra kawaii.  I’m the Haruichi Kominato from Ace of the Diamond in the center ~ ! 

This video is part of a collaborative project for Geek and Sundryabout Cosplay & Body Image, but I thought I’d share the uncut version! The final product will synthesize many voices and perspectives all on the same issue, but I hope everyone’s message is the same - DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. COSPLAY WHAT YOU WANT TO ~ ☆

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU-qxJCGTVI

I was asked a follow up question about one of my Vacuum Forming panels and I thought I’d share the answer for anyone who might be equally stuck tracking down plastics:

"Hey pharaohmone,

I attended animefest 2013 during your panel on vacuum forming. Can you tell me the plastic that you got at homedepot ? I been having a devil of a time trying to find it. I want to thank you in advance for your panel on vaccum forming and wigs they have been educational. Hope to hear back from you soon.”

To which I responded:

"I’m glad to hear that you’ve continued to work on costumes since we last saw each other! As for vacuum forming, the plastic I used during my demonstration actually wasn’t available at Home Depot (but that is where I picked up all the other equipment.) 

You can find Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (just ask for ABS) at some plumbing supply shops or industrial plastic suppliers. You might try calling up any business in your area holding itself out as a plastic supply shop and see if  they have ABS sheets in stock. For detailed, but somewhat fragile armor, you’ll want .020” thickness of an inch. For stormtrooper grade armor (thick, rigid, but lacking detail) you’ll want .040” thickness.

(Anyone on the other end of the phone who understands “Point Oh Two Oh ABS Styrene” is your go-to store! You can also order ABS on Amazon and other shopping sites, but you may have a hard time having them ship the quantity you are looking for!)

Let me know if you have any other cosplay conundrums, whether it be armor, wigs, or otherwise!”
You can catch a recording of one of my previous Vacu-forming panels (not the above pictured, but still helpful!) at:http://youtu.be/SwsrNxrk69E?t=23m

I was asked a follow up question about one of my Vacuum Forming panels and I thought I’d share the answer for anyone who might be equally stuck tracking down plastics:

"Hey pharaohmone,

I attended animefest 2013 during your panel on vacuum forming. Can you tell me the plastic that you got at homedepot ? I been having a devil of a time trying to find it. I want to thank you in advance for your panel on vaccum forming and wigs they have been educational. Hope to hear back from you soon.”

To which I responded:

"I’m glad to hear that you’ve continued to work on costumes since we last saw each other! As for vacuum forming, the plastic I used during my demonstration actually wasn’t available at Home Depot (but that is where I picked up all the other equipment.) 

You can find Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (just ask for ABS) at some plumbing supply shops or industrial plastic suppliers. You might try calling up any business in your area holding itself out as a plastic supply shop and see if  they have ABS sheets in stock. For detailed, but somewhat fragile armor, you’ll want .020” thickness of an inch. For stormtrooper grade armor (thick, rigid, but lacking detail) you’ll want .040” thickness.

(Anyone on the other end of the phone who understands “Point Oh Two Oh ABS Styrene” is your go-to store! You can also order ABS on Amazon and other shopping sites, but you may have a hard time having them ship the quantity you are looking for!)

Let me know if you have any other cosplay conundrums, whether it be armor, wigs, or otherwise!”

You can catch a recording of one of my previous Vacu-forming panels (not the above pictured, but still helpful!) at:
http://youtu.be/SwsrNxrk69E?t=23m

If you had to ask me what my favorite type of anime series was, I’d say it’s the “Millimeter Anime.” If you try to look up that genre on the internet, you won’t find anything about them— I made up the title myself!To make it more clear, I like any show that focuses on competition where characters’ techniques are explained by spectators with diagrams and arrows referring to the speed, slant, rotation, or other unique properties. I use the word “Millimeter” because the characters, whether the spectators talking about the techniques or the champions themselves, are OBSESSED with squeezing out that much more from their performance. (The prime example that comes to mind is when Brock explains some theory of Ash’s trainer techniques in the middle of the battle, but you also see the same stuff in sports anime as well.)SELECT SAMPLES OF MILLIMETER ANIME:Hajime No IppoKuroko’s BasketballEyeshield 21Beyblade Free!Ace of the DiamondSlam Dunk!YowaPedaHikaru no GoBen-ToYu-Gi-Oh!PokemonCardfight!! VanguardYakitateAny of these shows among your favorite? Any shows that are classified as a Millimeter Anime that I didn’t mention in my sample list?

If you had to ask me what my favorite type of anime series was, I’d say it’s the “Millimeter Anime.” If you try to look up that genre on the internet, you won’t find anything about them— I made up the title myself!

To make it more clear, I like any show that focuses on competition where characters’ techniques are explained by spectators with diagrams and arrows referring to the speed, slant, rotation, or other unique properties. I use the word “Millimeter” because the characters, whether the spectators talking about the techniques or the champions themselves, are OBSESSED with squeezing out that much more from their performance. 

(The prime example that comes to mind is when Brock explains some theory of Ash’s trainer techniques in the middle of the battle, but you also see the same stuff in sports anime as well.)

SELECT SAMPLES OF MILLIMETER ANIME:
Hajime No Ippo
Kuroko’s Basketball
Eyeshield 21
Beyblade 
Free!
Ace of the Diamond
Slam Dunk!
YowaPeda
Hikaru no Go
Ben-To
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Pokemon
Cardfight!! Vanguard
Yakitate

Any of these shows among your favorite? Any shows that are classified as a Millimeter Anime that I didn’t mention in my sample list?

So I come from a generation of computer users that were obsessed with America Online screen names and Yahoo! IDs. Before Facebook, Twitter, DeviantART, and even Myspace — what you could do with the characters for “i”, “I”, “l” and “L” were the biggest signs of your fandom street cred’! How would anyone distinguish Keyblade from KeybIade in Arial font?
As a result of being a HUGE Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, I happen to own several “character name @ website .com” e-mail addresses. To this day, I still receive prolific numbers of account confirmation e-mails as users attempt to sign up for accounts on various websites using my e-mail addresses as dummy names. I receive confirmations for everything from Dueling Network to Facebook, and even that Disney Penguin-themed online game…
Basically “Congratulations! Welcome to -this website-! Please click this link to confirm your account.” And then “You are receiving this e-mail because you have forgotten your password to this service.”
The strangest one I ever had was someone signed up for their homework alert service in middle school using one of the e-mail accounts I had, and I had to call their front desk some many miles away to explain that their student wasn’t using the correct e-mail and as a result was missing out on vital warnings and notifications.
I don’t know if that’s the price I pay… or the prize I receive…

So I come from a generation of computer users that were obsessed with America Online screen names and Yahoo! IDs. Before Facebook, Twitter, DeviantART, and even Myspace — what you could do with the characters for “i”, “I”, “l” and “L” were the biggest signs of your fandom street cred’! How would anyone distinguish Keyblade from KeybIade in Arial font?

As a result of being a HUGE Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, I happen to own several “character name @ website .com” e-mail addresses. To this day, I still receive prolific numbers of account confirmation e-mails as users attempt to sign up for accounts on various websites using my e-mail addresses as dummy names. I receive confirmations for everything from Dueling Network to Facebook, and even that Disney Penguin-themed online game…

Basically “Congratulations! Welcome to -this website-! Please click this link to confirm your account.” And then “You are receiving this e-mail because you have forgotten your password to this service.”

The strangest one I ever had was someone signed up for their homework alert service in middle school using one of the e-mail accounts I had, and I had to call their front desk some many miles away to explain that their student wasn’t using the correct e-mail and as a result was missing out on vital warnings and notifications.

I don’t know if that’s the price I pay… or the prize I receive…

ATTENTION COSPLAYERS & CONVENTION ATTENDING FRIENDS:
Convention Crisis - Cosplay Crusade!
Tech Demo of Anime Convention RPG :
http://youtu.be/Wi1pJYf0z-E

I have been slaving away in the latest version of RPG Maker VX Ace on a project titled "Convention Crisis - Cosplay Crusade." Players control a first-year cosplayer attending their first convention (and beyond) amidst a wild cast of characters representing established convention tropes in a humorous JRPG take on the world that we know so well, but others have yet to experience.

This is still a work in progress, so content is subject to change with revision and correction.  As for what kind of work is involved in the project, some of it involves overall storyboarding and script outlines.  Some of it is coding and modification(to create hilarious alternatives to battle statistics and random encounters.)

BUT - a lot of game design is world creation and player immersion. One of the reasons we get sucked into traditional JRPGs is that each of the background characters tells a unique story, whether it helps move along the main scenario or is just a colorful anecdote. That said, I’ve been working on fleshing out the world of "C4" in much the same way any JRPG would, with colorful background characters that reflect and parody my experiences over the last decade of attending conventions

I wanted to put you guys on notice first and foremost because I would LOVE to work with the many sources I already have in the convention sphere!  I am currently working on a “C4” page on my website, http://www.pharaohmone.com , but you can use the contact form on my page if you’d like to contribute stories, ideas, and more!

Thank you for your continued support ~ !

Crunchyroll is highlighting Final Fantasy Cosplay this month!

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Final Fantasy Cosplay throughout the ages!
Final Fantasy VI, VIII, X, XI, & XII Cosplay by Pharaohmone, featuring Squall, Shivar, Lehko, Tidus & Locke!

The next year of Yu-Gi-Oh! promises a new series, a new look, new cards, and new promotional items! Check out the 2014 Judge playmat! I couldn’t be more excited to return to judging tournaments again!  The world tournament was wonderful this year, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next. If you’d like to find out more about the Yu-Gi-Oh Judge program, check out:http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/judges/

The next year of Yu-Gi-Oh! promises a new series, a new look, new cards, and new promotional items! Check out the 2014 Judge playmat! I couldn’t be more excited to return to judging tournaments again!  The world tournament was wonderful this year, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next.

If you’d like to find out more about the Yu-Gi-Oh Judge program, check out:
http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/judges/

Ice weapons falling from the sky!  What a crazy storm this has been!
… That’s a dime for reference.

Ice weapons falling from the sky!  What a crazy storm this has been!

… That’s a dime for reference.

New FFXIV patch looks like a whole new game, AGAIN.