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    one piece 485
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    Now white beard... that scene where the black beard unloaded all their weapons into him was very nicely animated, being all black and white yet the blood still being red was a simple thing but very effective.

    The man could never be taken down and even died standing.:sad:

    Urgh teach what a horrible man, only luck saved him.


    EDIT: Up to 490 now, ...it's over at last:sad:, thinking this would be a good place to leave it ...wouldnt want to get stuck into an arc and have to wait for it every week :s: ...though I may aswell catch up with it to say that "I caught up with one piece after 500 episodes :proud:" :beard: we'll see. Though Ive liked taking my time with it, leaving it for months then watching an arc very quickly. :hmmmm:
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    Ohana :puppyeyes:

    Ano Hana 9 :puppyeyes:
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    (Original post by ArchedEdge)
    Guys, can anyone suggest a more mature "fantasy" anime in regards to it still being one with people with superpowers/fighting with swords/fists etc, but one where they're not afraid to kill enemies and show it?

    I'm watching through One Piece but at points it's just far too optimistic and happy....I want something darker. :p:
    Berserk.

    AJ, huge congratulations! You definitely deserve that. I tend to keep my opinions offline, so I haven't a chance in hell of being spotted... do you think it would be worth me writing in? It'd be crazy fun to try something similar for manga, but maybe that's not what they'd be after?

    Thank god for Firefox spotting typos. The dog was walking around in circles on my lap for most of this post, and she's not an especially small dog.

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    (Original post by Pippin4242)
    AJ, huge congratulations! You definitely deserve that. I tend to keep my opinions offline, so I haven't a chance in hell of being spotted... do you think it would be worth me writing in? It'd be crazy fun to try something similar for manga, but maybe that's not what they'd be after?
    Their 'Join the Team' page asks for news writers (guessing you'd need to know Japanese for that, as opposed to copy-pasting ANN like we do here :p:), reviewers of series streaming at Anime On Demand (they were quite specific about that site, supporting the UK industry and all), cosplay article writers, and the rather vague 'article contributor', which asks for 'interesting and well-written articles with the theme of anime and manga in mind'.

    Since they contacted me, I basically told them what I was willing to offer for the site (i.e none of the above, unless it falls under article contributor), leaving it up to them. So yeah, not sure if you want to try anyway, but having looked at the site I'm not expecting them to take me up on my offer. :nah:
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    Hmmmm. I'm far from a professional cosplayer, but... that has its charms?

    (racks brain, writes application_

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    That Anime picks site does seem very mainstream :tongue: and their events seem to be only expo focused :hmmm: Though the UK focus of their reviews and first impressions is understandable enough.

    Ive been looking more at the characters section on AP. I didnt know Char Aznable was also the voice of Shanks.:puppyeyes:
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    Argh, Crunchyroll and its adverts. >.< It seems to be worse now. I can't even get in the mood while watching a dramatic scene. XD

    Gintama episode 212
    , reminding you that it's difficult to read subtitles while crying. :cry:
    Shinpachi's line were the ones that really triggered those throat lumping moments.
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    Got to rush this now, because my little brother would like his Mac back, but this is what I sent them as a sample column. :3

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    Aesthetics and Identity
    Is it better to stay accurate, or try and interpret the design?

    It's a strange question to ask, but I'm sure all cosplayers have had to consider it at one time or another. Is it better to try and create exactly what you see on the page, or to try and interpret it yourself? Why would you want to do anything but try and perfect your costume? Well, whatever your intentions when you start out, there are a few reasons you might end up with when it comes to actually putting your costume together. There are definitely pros and cons to each method, but it's important to keep your head when you seem to be attempting the impossible.

    Chief amongst the problems you may encounter is the simple fact that in the case of lower-budget shows like Bleach or Naruto, the same costume can actually change design from episode to episode. When you're examining a scene closely for references, you'll notice that it's not just the number of flowers on Orihime's skirt that changes - it's the number of petals on each of those flowers too. Even shows known for good art can drag you into this trap - despite the slick feel of the show, Mugen's character design in Samurai Champloo is rarely the same between scenes. One way to get around this is to simply go with whatever seems to appear most often. Another is to average out the numbers - the drawstring in Mugen's shirt crosses over anything from three to eleven times, so why not go with seven? The third, and perhaps most practical, is to just try out making it for yourself, and stick with whatever looks best on the realised garment.

    Another reason for interpreting your costume rather than simply replicating it is that you may be working with simplified or highly stylised artwork. And while it might be fun to make an absolutely spot-on Stocking cosplay, the character's a hardcore goth loli. While the art is intentionally flat and lacking in detail, in the flesh, it might be more accurate to make a highly-textured dress with a lot of lace detailing, and perhaps even add some extra jewelery. Sometimes your ideas can be true to the spirit of a character, even if the original artwork won't support them.

    Adding to the consideration of the character's personal style, is the issue of pre-made clothing. If you're not making everything from scratch, it could be that you've found the perfect piece to add to your ensemble. Except you've got it home and it turns out it isn't perfect. The number of buttons is wrong, or there's a pocket where there shouldn't be one. But the fact is that most characters are probably wearing off-the-peg clothing themselves. Sometimes it can feel more accurate to wear something slightly wrong rather than make it yourself, because most cosplayers, however good, can't replicate the feel of something cheap and mass-produced. It's a particular problem for people hoping to cosplay from a sports show, especially in a group - the team needs to match one another, and the equipment should look professional. Modified off-the-peg clothing can really help this - slight inaccuracies are nothing compared to the overall feel and look of a costume.

    The important thing to remember is that nobody apart from you is going to be counting the number of petals on that skirt. It's ambitious, confident design that speaks the loudest. People are far more likely to think less of a piece that's been stitched and picked apart until it's ragged than they are a great-looking costume with a few mistakes.


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    (Original post by Pippin4242)
    Got to rush this now, because my little brother would like his Mac back, but this is what I sent them as a sample column. :3

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    Aesthetics and Identity
    Is it better to stay accurate, or try and interpret the design?

    It's a strange question to ask, but I'm sure all cosplayers have had to consider it at one time or another. Is it better to try and create exactly what you see on the page, or to try and interpret it yourself? Why would you want to do anything but try and perfect your costume? Well, whatever your intentions when you start out, there are a few reasons you might end up with when it comes to actually putting your costume together. There are definitely pros and cons to each method, but it's important to keep your head when you seem to be attempting the impossible.

    Chief amongst the problems you may encounter is the simple fact that in the case of lower-budget shows like Bleach or Naruto, the same costume can actually change design from episode to episode. When you're examining a scene closely for references, you'll notice that it's not just the number of flowers on Orihime's skirt that changes - it's the number of petals on each of those flowers too. Even shows known for good art can drag you into this trap - despite the slick feel of the show, Mugen's character design in Samurai Champloo is rarely the same between scenes. One way to get around this is to simply go with whatever seems to appear most often. Another is to average out the numbers - the drawstring in Mugen's shirt crosses over anything from three to eleven times, so why not go with seven? The third, and perhaps most practical, is to just try out making it for yourself, and stick with whatever looks best on the realised garment.

    Another reason for interpreting your costume rather than simply replicating it is that you may be working with simplified or highly stylised artwork. And while it might be fun to make an absolutely spot-on Stocking cosplay, the character's a hardcore goth loli. While the art is intentionally flat and lacking in detail, in the flesh, it might be more accurate to make a highly-textured dress with a lot of lace detailing, and perhaps even add some extra jewelery. Sometimes your ideas can be true to the spirit of a character, even if the original artwork won't support them.

    Adding to the consideration of the character's personal style, is the issue of pre-made clothing. If you're not making everything from scratch, it could be that you've found the perfect piece to add to your ensemble. Except you've got it home and it turns out it isn't perfect. The number of buttons is wrong, or there's a pocket where there shouldn't be one. But the fact is that most characters are probably wearing off-the-peg clothing themselves. Sometimes it can feel more accurate to wear something slightly wrong rather than make it yourself, because most cosplayers, however good, can't replicate the feel of something cheap and mass-produced. It's a particular problem for people hoping to cosplay from a sports show, especially in a group - the team needs to match one another, and the equipment should look professional. Modified off-the-peg clothing can really help this - slight inaccuracies are nothing compared to the overall feel and look of a costume.

    The important thing to remember is that nobody apart from you is going to be counting the number of petals on that skirt. It's ambitious, confident design that speaks the loudest. People are far more likely to think less of a piece that's been stitched and picked apart until it's ragged than they are a great-looking costume with a few mistakes.


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    I like it, a lot! Good luck with the application!

    I just received a reply myself - apparently they only want 'bang up to date anime', which is fair enough for a small site. They said I could submit a one-off article about a specific genre if I wanted to, but I wouldn't know where to begin with just 700 words, so I think I'll decline.
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    (Original post by eugenius 8)
    Ohana :puppyeyes:

    Ano Hana 9 :puppyeyes:
    I take it you liked the new Ano Hana episode?
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    I got the column.

    Thanks, AJ! I definitely wouldn't have heard about that if it wasn't for you.

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    (Original post by Pippin4242)
    I got the column.

    Thanks, AJ! I definitely wouldn't have heard about that if it wasn't for you.

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    That is amazing news. The cosplay part of the site is particularly lacking articles at the moment, so your contributions are bound to be of value!

    Just finished downloading Valkyria Chronicles, after liking the first episode when it was shown in Aberanime earlier this year.
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    up to date with Kaiji now, good Chinchiro arc that :yep:

    Snake Eyes :sexface:

    now The Bog :sexface:

    cant get enough of that ED :dance: :awesome:

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    I take it you liked the new Ano Hana episode?
    twas pretty good :yep: but last few eps havent been as good as the first few
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    twas pretty good :yep: but last few eps havent been as good as the first few
    Yeah thats what I was thinking... =/ I was so into it in the first few eps and I'm still into it but I just think it couldda been done better
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    Like with Menma - god, when they realised she definitely IS around them, why didn;t they think to do that earlier on? The characters just seem to have gone less... I dunno. The story's still good though XD And I wanna see how it ends, just disappointd as it seems slightly predictable now =/
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    urgh this one piece torriko special :hmpf: ...also it makes me hungry:dry:

    AP lists it as separate to one piece but the site I get it off listed it as ep 492, and then some other posts there say that it is 492 and not separate:confused:
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    (Original post by vin)
    urgh this one piece torriko special :hmpf: ...also it makes me hungry:dry:

    AP lists it as separate to one piece but the site I get it off listed it as ep 492, and then some other posts there say that it is 492 and not separate:confused:
    Actually, A-P lets you mark the Toriko x One Piece special three times; firstly as a separate episode, secondly as episode 492 of One Piece, and thirdly as episode 1 of Toriko. :yes:
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    Do any of you guys watch Hanasaku Iroha?

    Btw I'm new here
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    I grew up watching anime but my favourite of all time has to be detective conan .. I LOVE IT
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    I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard it spoken of well here. Welcome! Is that an Oreimo avatar I spy? (Nobody's recognised mine yet!)

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    (Original post by Anime)
    Do any of you guys watch Hanasaku Iroha?

    Btw I'm new here
    Hi Anime

    Welcome to the Anime Society!

    ...Wait we're a society devoted to you? :giggle:


    (Original post by HanaKimi)
    I grew up watching anime but my favourite of all time has to be detective conan .. I LOVE IT
    Haven't seen you around

    Welcome to the thread too

    I'm still finishing downloading 115gbs of Conan. Can't wait to start

    (Original post by Pippin4242)
    I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard it spoken of well here. Welcome! Is that an Oreimo avatar I spy? (Nobody's recognised mine yet!)

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    I can hardly see it
 
 
 
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