Sunday, April 26, 2015

J-Popcon 2015 IV

I present you the last post about J-Popcon (at least from this year)! Find the previous posts here → first day, second day, third day.
Low quality, shaky pictures belong to Jasmin (J-Me Cosplay), Siw (Yōsei Cosplay DK), and myself unless otherwise stated (because ain't nobody got time to stop and take pretty pictures when so much is going on around you).

[Flashback to last post]
"A LOT of people had come to play Mafia and it took them forever to explain the rules. I never got to play as I had to leave around 1am - shift next morning! Meanwhile, Siw and Jasmin were singing karaoke until I-don't-even-know-but-it-was-late"
[End of flashback]

That morning I had a shift from 8.00-10-00 and it was so early that I didn't even have time for breakfast (my closest friends know that I can barely exist without it)! ㅠ︵ㅠ

Well, the good news was that all I had to do was to ask people to show their bracelets before going further into the building... oh, and that my partner was the other half of Team Trash!
At first it was just the two of us but soon her friend came to keep us company and, to my luck, Jasmin came too - with breakfast! I guess we seemed to have fun because more and more random people sat down around us and soon we were a whole bunch! I had two girls sitting by my side:
one cosplaying Scotland (Hetalia - fan character), who entertained us with dirty jokes and stories about how she and a boy cosplaying England (Hetalia) the day before kept ending up together in the Anime Dating Game event, and a girl cosplaying her own original character from a book she's working on.

It seems neither Scotland or I had checked the weather beforehand as I was in shorts and she was in kilt - but the OC (own character) cosplayer kept us warm under her big dress ♡

Like a knight in shining armor dirty clothes on her noble steed! (and the other half of Team Trash in the background!)

At noon I went to the maid café to pick up Jasmin for the cosplay show! (Siw had a shift). Yesterday's show was the serious one with qualifications for the international shows at stake while today's was more just for fun - and fun it was!
This one is in Danish but I'm sure you'll understand some of it just from watching. Here's what's going on: Team Rocket is trying to catch Pikachu, using cookies as bait. Buuuut they are both hungry and come up with excuses to the other so they can grab a cookie in secret. Jessie catches James in the act and and in the end they're blasting off as always. [NOTE]: Song ends at 1:24.
This last one wasn't fun nor was it meant to be. We were just really impressed by how in character both of them but especially Peter was! 

The show ended earlier than planned because some of the groups weren't able to perform after all so Jasmin and I walked around looking at other cosplayers in the dealer room for a bit before my next shift. I had to get a picture of this group, look how adorable the one with a teapot atop her head was!
[EDIT]: I later found out that she's cosplaying a character named Royal Milk Tea from the Tea Time artbook, created by Japanese artist Sakizo - famous for her food inspired designs.

AND LOOK WHO ME MET!!! I SO regret not wearing my Misty cosplay that day ;´⌓`;

We too were constantly stopped by people who wanted pictures.
Thanks to my Batman acquaintance for taking this one!
Jasmin as Starfire (Teen Titans) and me as Eto (Tokyo Ghoul)

My last shift was from 2pm to 4pm. Same mission as earlier: make sure nobody gets in without showing their armband first. However, this time I was sitting by the entrance to the same hall as the closing ceremony would be held in.

The first hour I was alone while Siw and Jasmin had gone to Yuegene Fay's event about character portraying.
Not going to lie, it was pretty boring sitting there. I spent most of the time kicking and waving like Eto

←Thanks to my friend Quan once again for this!

Once in a blue moon, a person I knew of would pass by and I'd cry out to them to praise their costumes. Fabian here was one of them. He does craft foam armors and did a workshop at Genki last year that I attended. Indeed a humble guy.

Some people would pass by a bit too quick for me to check their armbands so I'd have to call them over. As I did so, I realized one of them was an "entertainer"/blogger whom I was following on Facebook and, in a moment of insanity, decided to go:
"I know who you are! You're Chrille!"
(seen in retrospect that was probably overly creepy)
He went:
"wait.. Lucy??"
and then we had a small chitchat before he went on.
I was really surprised that he 1) knew who I was 2) remembered me and 3) actually recognized me/my cosplay .__.

Not long after, Jasmin and Siw came over. My shift was about to end and the other gophers had almost finished setting up for the closing ceremony. With not many people inside yet (only gophers were allowed - the rest were queuing up outside), we took some more pictures.

Once they opened, we ran inside and got a spot on the very first row after the judges' table (you can see it to the right)

Siw looks creepaaaaay

At the end of the show, all gophers and organizers got on stage and were thanked for their good work followed by an applause from the attendees.

When we were about to leave, I finally pulled myself together and asked for a picture with the Kaneki and Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul) cosplayers that I had been eyeing ever since the first day. They were soooo nice, told me they would like to do an actual photoshoot some day with several Tokyo Ghoul cosplayers and asked if I wanted to join - UHM, YES!

Right after, another girl came up to Siw, Jasmin, and I and asked if we would like to be part of Project Kiss the Dragon? ... Sure! All we had to do was to kiss her friend with the (awesooome) dragon mask!
Their mission was to spread love to J-Popcon 2015 by collecting as many kisses as possible and take pictures of them to upload on Facebook. You can find the girl cosplaying the dragon, Dragen, and her folder with the 298 other kisses HERE.

When the cosplayers had left it was the gophers' job to clean the place. We had to leave a little earlier though due to a train we had to take. My friend, Phillip, and I hadn't said goodbye to each other so he drove for like an hour just go get back to the con to do that. Wooooah much friendship. Now that he was already there, he also gave us a ride to the train station. Even though it was only some 100 meters away, it was a HUGE help (especially with Siw's dislocated shoulder) since we wouldn't have to drag those giant bags with us .

We had some troubles with the train being late (this seems to happen every time that you REALLY don't want it to happen) and had to switch at some point to catch the next. Now, right as we got on, the train people figured that we would've probably been better off staying on the first... aaaand then we got stuck in Odense (a Danish city) for an hour, in the middle of the night, waiting for the last train.
As we were sitting there, tired, physically and of the trains, I grabbed my phone and scrolled through Facebook - just to see that Chrille had posted a new status on his page.
This made my night! I didn't know that my randomly saying hi had meant so much ‾̥̥̥̥̥̑⌣‾̥̥̥̥̥̑ 

We finally got on the last train and were back in our own city around 2am.
Luckily none of us had first period the next day and I'm still impressed by how we all managed to NOT get sick after having been around so many people for so long. It took me a couple of days to catch up with the sleep deprivation though.

All in all, J-Popcon 2015 was a huge success and I cannot wait to go to the next one!
all for some GREAT days!

Now, have a picture of me sleeping on the train home. Because nothing says you've had a good con as pictorial evidence that you can sleep any time, anywhere afterwards!

Entrance armband + my VIP gopher card!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

J-Popcon 2015 III

Third post about our adventures at J-Popcon back in February this year!
FIRST and SECOND post can be found here.

Once again: The pictures were all taken by my friends Jasmin (J-Me Cosplay), Siw (Yōsei Cosplay DK) or myself (unless otherwise stated) and are probably of really bad quality. I beg your pardon as we didn't have much time to stop up and take pictures, hence most of them are blurry or taken from strange angles.

Also, I didn't take notes in the evening about what I'd done during the day Saturday and Sunday but I'll try to remember as much as possible!

[Flashback to last post]
"When Siw's shift ended at midnight, we all met up in the maid café. In the evenings the café would turn into a karaoke bar with waaay more people attending than I would have thought. We didn't get to sing though - too many people had requested songs before we came.
That night (or morning) we went to bed at 1.30am - and this time in an actual gopher sleeping hall!"
[End of flashback]

The next morning, Jasmin and I woke up early to have a shower before breakfast. Another gopher perk was that we got to eat breakfast for free in the maid café from 7.30 to 8.30'ish, which was especially nice if you had an early shift and 1) didn't have time to go to town or 2) didn't want to spend a fortune buying warm food from the food stands outside. Siw had had a shift until midnight the day before and was still asleep so Jasmin and I went there alone straight after our shower - with wet hair, no make-up, and in our pyjamas and no one batted an eye. Con life is great!
This book was placed on a table near the entrance and you could actually come to the café and order a table for a specific time later during the day - neat!
After breakfast we got dressed. Since the theme this year was the Edo period, the maids and butlers got to wear these preeetty yukatas! Jasmin was o' so fine the entire weekend (I envied her so much!) with different make-up and a different hairstyle each day.
Another maid had made cat masks they could wear and it made a cute accessory!

When her shift began I went on adventures by myself!
At first I went to the artist alley and happened to meet a friend of mine that I had made at Koyocon the year before. There were SOOO many nice drawings and I kind of regret not having one of them draw a blog cover for me.

A stand that caught my eye was this one selling yukatas, incense aromas, chopsticks, sandals, and a lot of other cool things. I was very impressed and ended up chatting with the lady, who told me how they had gone to Japan to watch the yukatas being made to ensure that they were only selling quality products. 
The lady was more than happy about me taking pictures for my blog and asked me to let people know that their webshop would be up by the end of March has just aired!
For now they only ship to Denmark (sorry dear international readers </3) and you can find their website HERE.

My first shift that day was outside near the food stalls. I was supposed to supervise/host a clan war event with one of the organizers but the organizer never showed up and only one clan came to participate (one of its members being a Danish girl I met at the B.A.P concert that I went to in Düsseldorf last year. It was so cool talking to her again!). I hadn't been informed about what to do and after some time of waiting with them under one of the food stall tents (it was raining cats and dogs outside), I went to the reception to ask what was going on. A super nice girl (also an organizer) saw my struggle and called the clan and I downstairs to do a little event there instead. The clan got extra points for being the only ones to show up (I'm pretty sure I heard that they won the whole clan war thing at the ending show on Sunday) and the girl and I talked a little before parting.
Since no one else showed up, my shift ended 1½ hour earlier than planned. After we brought food for Jasmin, Siw had to work again and I roamed around by myself once again - of course wearing my sexy orange gopher shirt so I could be available for whoever would need me. This time I made a quick stop by the manga café before going to the dealers hall!
Look who I met outside, dancing and hugging people!
So many shops. So many people. So many pretty cosplays *-*
As I walked around, I noticed that a lot of people had made a HUUUGE line going all the way outside and that was when I saw my fluffy-haired "senpai". Apparently they were all waiting to meet and have their stuff signed by the voice behind Mario, Charles Martin and no way in life would I miss such an important moment! 
It was finally our turn and after having signed my senpai's old nintendo while quoting Mario, he agreed to a picture with us and [fangirl moment ahead] GOSH I WAS SO HAPPY! I don't care if my hair is strange or if the make-up and circle lenses are out of place because the voice behind my childhood is here in the picture!!!! WOOOAH

A quarter past three I went to pick up Siw and meet up with Jasmin to watch the kimono show hosted by Kimono-Klub Danmark and the Japanese embassy. Although there were already a LOT of people, we were lucky enough to find a seat in the front!
A woman, of course wearing a kimono herself, functioned as the speaker and started out talking about the Danish kimono club in Denmark. Soon she called out a girl and two women, who were going to dress her as she spoke. Apparently putting on a kimono takes a LONG time and even with two women constantly working on it, it took quite a while before she was fully dressed. 
The speaker talked about how much fabric was actually needed for one kimono (holy cow) and had the audience measure.
We heard how the style of kimono had changed throughout history and why and also how it was still used in modern fashion.
 In the end she had all the models, wearing different types of kimono, do a little catwalk before ending the show.
  At last they posed for us to take pictures and man were they popular - especially with the press!

I can't remember what we did after this but at 5pm, the doors to the  show - Danish Cosplay Championship 2015  opened!
The doors had opened half an hour before actual show but we had hurried over there to make sure we'd get a nice spot. On pictures it looks like we were far away but we really weren't :O
↓This picture belongs to - Cosplay & Photography
With nothing to do but to wait, why not snap a cosplay selca! #redheads #JPopcon2015 #hashtag #ohgodstopme
And thus it began!!
I was SO happy when I learned that a youtuber had uploaded all of the acts from the show (BLESS YOU SRSLY!), and made them available for us to see. Let's have a look at my favorites!

These two were awesomely timed! Many people can go on stage and perform but only few can match the speech and movements as well as these did!

These cosplayers proved that good probs can really help a show on its way!
This one really shocked us! You can hear the audience scream in the video ._.

Everyone clapped along to this act and they actually won "The audience's favorite" prize.

If you want to see the rest of the wonderful acts, you can find the playlist HERE.

I grabbed some of the the packed lunch we'd brought with us quick dinner with Jasmin (Siw went to town to buy some 'real' food) before my next shift. At first I'd thought, since it said "Trash team" in my shift description, that I'd be helping one of the clans compete in something and that their clan name was "Trash"...
until it suddenly hit me that I was supposed to act as a garbageman the following two hours.
Luckily I wasn't alone - the cutest girl was with me!
To keep our spirits high we called ourselves Team Trash! and I swear we had the best teamwork! Once in a while someone would come up to us and ask for help and as soon as we were done, we'd shout
"Team Trash, go!"
while doing this pose↓ and then run off to collect more trash. I had way too much fun with this.
After half an hour we'd been all over the place and decided to split up and meet each other later in the reception to check if we'd have to empty the trashcans once more.
Oh! And look who I found right as we parted! A girl in the ever so famous pokémon card dress~
And a really neat fem!Jack Frost. Some day I'd love to go with a friend as Elsa and Jack ~
I also had my own photo taken with a fellow Poké fan! Thank you for sending me this picture by the way!

By luck I met Jasmin and Siw and we decided to have a mini photo shoot in the middle of everything since we had made it a "rule" to take at least one picture together each day and hadn't done that yet that day.
(Please excuse the strange camera angles)
Jasmin as Princess Merida (Brave)
Me as Misty (Pokémon). I can't pose for my life
And Siw as Stitch (Lilo & Stitch). There were two other Stitches at the con and one of them had been eyeing Siw each time he saw her. When he and his friend walked by our flash-photoshoot, he finally gathered the courage and asked to have a picture taken with her. Aawh look at those little monsters (◠‿◠)
A couple of people came over and asked for photos of us (I guess since we were already posing and stuff) and even one of those 'real' cosplay photographers! - I haven't managed to find his page yet though.. 
Apparently he told Siw that Misty could speak French, who would have known?

While Jasmin and Siw were checking out the 'party', a guy I'd met earlier during the day gathered a Pokémon team! The girl cosplaying Brock is actually one of the few Korea students here in Denmark - can't believe how lucky I was to meet one!
This awesome picture belongs to Thank you for letting me use it!

We spent some time walking around half-arguing (while Brock was scouring for girls), having our pictures taken, and, at last, singing the Pokémon theme song in the maid café karaoke bar. People were so excited- I think the entire room joined in!

After our little performance~
Derp pictures are good. Derp pictures are life.

At midnight, Jasmin and I went to join a game of Mafia and look at who we ran into!

'Sometimes I remember that I have no parents *wipes away tears*'

A LOT of people had come to play Mafia and it took them forever to explain the rules. I never got to play as I had to leave around 1am - shift next morning! Meanwhile, Siw and Jasmin were singing karaoke until I-don't-even-know-but-it-was-late.
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