Monthly Archives: August 2010

The 50 Chapter Rule

I have recently devised a new rule to keep me from cosplaying the first character I see as pretty (and it is, in all honest, a huge problem for me).  It’s called the 50 Chapter Rule.

The 50 chapter rule is as folllows: the manga must be, at least fifty chapters, and I have to read all those 50 chapters in order to even start thinking about which character I want to cosplay.

By doing this, I am helping myself learn more about the characters, thus able to choose the one I like most.  With a character I love most, I can keep the will to continue the costume even when fiances get tight and I start to hate the costume.  I want the end product to be something I love, so the fifty chapter rule is essential to keeping the love.

Currently, I’m in love with Alice in the Country of Hearts, but it isn’t 50 chapters yet, so I can’t cosplay anything yet because I don’t have a good grasp on the characters and can’t decide who I like the most yet.  Instead, I’m turning my attention Bride of the Water God, which has over 80 chapters.  And it’s so pretty.  Like Clamp levels of  pretty.

(yes, that was an unsubtle hint to go read it, because it’s an awesome series and deserves so much more attention.)

❤ Amara


Five Tips to Making a Cosplay Look More Professional

1) Fold your seams over twice so the edge of your fabric is covered. This way, if the fabric tends to unravel, it won’t show or shed on you during the convention.  Surging is preferred, but most of us (ie: me) don’t have a surger.

2)  Don’t use hot glue on fabric. Just don’t; it always ends horribly.

3) Use, at least, medium grade fabric. By medium grade fabric, I mean not Walmart fabric.  Go to your local fabric store because there is a distinct difference between the fabric sold at Walmart and at the usual fabric stores.  With coupons, it can be far cheaper than Walmart as well.

4) Use fabric with pattern. A pattern improves the design of the costume, taking it from bland to another level entirely. A pattern means that the cosplayer isn’t novice levels, and people notice.

5) Be in character. Simply by being in character and flirting as Madam Red, or smirking like Yuuko, I add another dimension to my cosplay.  Remember, cosplay isn’t just about the costume, it’s about the presentation too.

And One Tip on How to Look More Professional at Judging.

1) Bring progress pictures. Bring a lot.  There is a  direct correlation between impressing a judge and the amount of progress pictures you bring.

❤ Amara

My Cosplay List is a Reality TV Show

And with this week, the last new representative from Team Anime has been sent home. Can Team RPG pull it together to secure a win now that Kurama’s the only one left standing?

Last week, Luka Crosszeria was essentially eliminated because… among other things… I just do not trust the plot with his promise not to betray Yuki.


It’s not you, Luka, I know you have good intentions. Speaking of things that characters do for the sake of plot that are dealbreakers:

You know what you did, Claude. You KNOW what you freaking did.

I had a bad feeling about Claude at first, but he pulled me in with his ‘to turn waltz into requiem, that is the Trancy butler’ line because I’m a sucker for for things like that (see my entire Kuja cosplay collection).  And I really wanted to put my tailoring knowledge to cosplay use because tailoring is fun and it’s been awhile since Grell.

Claude is getting the boot even though it’s only episode 8 and I know there’s plenty of time to ‘redeem himself’ or whatever, but he’ll never redeem his relationship to Alois in my book. Anything he does from here on out will be too little, too late. And that’s why he was sent home.

Consider yourself kicked out of the Kuroshitsuji accessory box, Claude.

Auf Wiedersehen,


P.S. Has anyone else noticed that in spite of the fact that Grell’s existence seems to be perpetuated by fanservice obligations, he’s always unfailingly present and a participant in everything REALLY bad that happens in this series?So…  at least I got to see my true Grell last night! I love him when he gets all murdery and ‘I’ll be gentle…’ and such, although it would have been much more interesting if he didn’t actually declare himself to be on Sebby’s side to Claude.

Anime Overload Con Report

Surprise last-minute convention before I go to Colorado!! I’m not kidding. I woke up on Thursday with a text from Dugfinn asking if I was going to Anime Overload in Austin. I waffled around and I didn’t decide to go until 2 PM and we were leaving that evening. So I picked up the first two costumes that were 1) in as few different places as possible and 2) NOT Grell, so Trance Kuja and Albireo got a surprise road trip before the big one back up to college at the end of this week.

Still in one piece, which is more than can be said for some of my badges.

Anime Overload is now officially the smallest convention I have ever attended. But if anyone knows how to rock with what they’ve got, it has to be this con. It was in a single converted warehouse to barebones event center space. And I don’t know why the Swedish Fish people were there, but I have such a weakness for Swedish Fish I’m pretty sure I ate the equivalent of a Halloween bag’s worth of the fishies.

I really enjoyed being able to see so much of the handiwork of the Anime Overload cosplayers when I judged. And I think I talked a little more at the panel than at previous conventions, so maybe I’m getting used to being in front of people like that. I spent most of the convention doing cosplay stuff, so apart from walking around the convention to stretch my legs, I spent most of my free time talking to the awesome people I came to the convention with, the artists in the artist alley booths around us, and when we went to get food. Oh my goodness. The food.

I ate better at Anime Overload than the rest of my conventions put together. There was a miniature Chinatown sort of shopping center a block down from the event center, so… most of what I ate, I had for the first time. We had all of those yummy sweet breads, Aloe drink, milk teas, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t even remember. Speaking of not remembering, I saw a box of mixed-berry Pocky for sale and I forgot to pick it up for Amara. I’m sorry!! I also got food from a taco truck for the first time and had the most delicious tortas (also for the first time!) and we found this amazing Chinese restaurant that had real food instead of the typical fifteen different kinds of sweet and sour chicken-y things. I wrote down the name of the restaurant and as many directions as I could so I can find it again. Seriously, it was that delicious.

Much love,