After all the whining about the costumes I can't make this year, now I want to talk about the costumes we will have this year. Basically, it'll be all the same costumes we had last year. Why? Because they all turned out really nice, and I want to show them off again. In that respect, it's a good thing we can't afford material for any new costumes, because six sets really is more than enough for one convention.
So this year, we'll be bringing, in order that the costumes were made(ish), Amiboshi & Suboshi (Fushigi Yuugi), Goku & Hakkai (Saiyuki Reload), Risa & Riku (DN Angel), Lacus & Meer (Gundam Seed Destiny), Eisen & Yasuaki (Harukanaru Toki no Nakade), and Donald & Goofy (Kingdom Hearts (1 and 2!)).
Sad as I am about not having any shiny new costumes, I am pretty excited about cosplaying. It's not very often we can dress as our favorite characters and actually have people recognize the outfits. We looked at the AX cosplay gathering list for this year, and realized that if we cared about going to any gatherings, we really should have participated more in the discussions before they set times. Fortunately, I'm not sure if we really do care, since gatherings are pretty unpredictable and it's impossible to tell if it will be really fun or really stupid.
Seriously, every single gathering from the serieses we're cosplaying has a conflict. The Gundam Seed gathering is at the same time as the CLAMP panel. The DN Angel gathering starts half an hour after the Saiyuki gathering. I guess it's possible we could make both of those, if we wear our Azumano blouses under our Saiyuki shirts, and carry the giant poofy skirts with us for a quick change in a nearby restroom. The Fushigi Yuugi and Kingdom Hearts gatherings are at exactly the same time on the same day.
And so we'll have to choose. I guess it all depends on if they get a Japanese voice actor and who it is. For example, if they get Miyu Irino (Sora in Kingdom Hearts and Daisuke in DN Angel), we'd go to the Saiyuki and Fushigi Yuugi gatherings, because we would want to wear Risa & Riku and Donald & Goofy to his panel and the Meet the Guests Reception. I guess it would also depend on what time that panel would be. Oh well, we'll work it out somehow.
In other news, we're going to go ahead with the Japanese translation help community. But now the problem we're having is coming up with a name for it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Right now, the best we have is "j2e_trans_help" which doesn't look all that great, but it gets the message across. Technically, we can have the username be whatever we want though, and have the actual name be a more accurate description of what the community would be. Still brainstorming.
And our monitor is blacking out again. Maybe someday soon we'll go to Target and buy a little fan to put next to it. In the meantime, I better go so we can let it cool down.
Today I'm thankful for not having to kill myself over costumes, Pillsbury crescent rolls, Cheez-it crackers, cute pictures of tigers that look like Oreo and Mimsy only orange and striped, and Nature Valley peanut butter granola bars.