Archive for the ‘Anime’ Category

Kawaii Kon (Kauai Con)

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Another weekend come and gone, this one a little different from the rest.  Today marks the last day of our local three day anime convention, Kawaii Kon.  I stopped by a couple times on Saturday to check it out, somehow I remember it being better when I went three years ago, but overall I guess it wasn’t too bad. The highlight of the event was probably the giant totoro that would occasionally make the rounds, with an eager crowd of followers trailing just behind.

More pictures of the con up on my flickr page.  There was a group of people cosplaying Blazblue characters but I didn’t get a good chance to get their picture.  I did end up spending some money (besides the 25 bucks for a day pass and 10 bucks overall for parking).  In the end I got a bunch of small things that I probably didn’t need, but it ended up adding up to be a substantial amount of money. Oh well, my credit card bill was a little lower than I expected so I get to spread the debt over into next month, which should be a more frugal month.  I guess in the end I’m happy I went; it was better than staying at home all day.

Back from the dead…

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Think it’s about time I actually started keeping this blog up to date.  Going to try to turn commenting back on, hopefully it doesn’t get flooded with spam comments about prescription drugs like the last time.

Dirty worktopBeen keeping up with my photography hobby so far.  Overspent a bit on the figure purchasing, but it’s proving to be a fun hobby to snap pictures of them and collect them.  Spending a lot of time here and there checking up on Tsuki-board, the community there is pretty great and the database is pretty expansive.  I tried my hand at writing a couple of figure reviews this month; it can be kind of draining but at least I hope I’m contributing a bit and providing some additional info about those figures through images and words.

Right now I’m in save money mode, pretty much just spending money on food and other necessities until I can save up some money to splurge on a new lens or something.  So far I cancelled one figure pre-order, Kotobukiya’s Kasugano Sora.  Sad to see it slip out of my fingers but at the same time it was an impulse pre-order so I can probably do without it.

Anime-wise so far this new season has been pretty dismal but I guess we’ll see as the season continues on; maybe some shows will start to pique my interest a bit more.  Arakawa Under the Bridge seems to be showing promise in a Gag Manga Biyori type of way, and of course there’s the new season of K-ON!!.  There’s a few other shows I’ll probably keep watching, maybe something interesting will happen.  I guess I’m just kinda sad to see some of the shows from last season end, like Nodame Finale and Bakatest.  If anything proves to be good enough maybe I’ll start blogging about a couple of shows.

Work-wise things have been busy, but I guess that’s good.  Stress is starting to get to me a bit but hopefully when things start slowing down (hopefully) I’ll be able to take some time off and relax.  Entered a charity golf tournament next month with some guys at work, hopefully my anxiety issues don’t bother me.  If they don’t that should be pretty fun.  I told them to give me a 20 handicap…I wonder if that could be considered sandbagging >:D.

I need to get around to sorting all the music in my collection, haven’t updated my Zune in months and I keep forgetting to use the 10 monthly credits from my Zune pass.  Been playing my drums pretty much everyday but I need to start playing along to some harder songs.  Dusted off my guitar a bit and started learning 「私の恋はホッチキス」 from K-ON!.  It’s proving to be a fun distraction.

Art-wise, been doodling a bit here and there.  It’s not a priority so I guess that will do for now.

I probably won’t be updating this blog daily or anything, but if anybody is reading this, expect updates at least a couple of times a week.

Survival Level 12

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

I will have survival normal level 12 in sf4 beat with Chun by the end of the week, just have to learn to be more patient. In the meantime, been watching too much anime with Maria in the title.

Street Fighter IV

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Been a while since my last post. Can’t say I’ve really tried to draw anything recently as other things have been taking up my time. Been playing Street Fighter IV for that last couple of days and will probably be playing it for a while. Although I used to be a big fan of using Ken or Ryu in SF, this time around it looks like Chun Li is going to be my character of choice. Hopefully over the next few months I’ll improve my game and get used to the new system in SF4. The game seems to be really popular and the online battles are pretty addictive.

Now with gaming thrown back into the picture, I’m not sure what this will do to my “pic a day” thing, but whatever. Tomorrow I’ll probably draw something. The whole point of it was to improve my skills and be able to imagine the picture in my mind before actually putting it on “paper”. This goal is still there, although now I have to deal with learning SF4 at the same time. So art, music and games; which of these three will end up taking up the majority of my time? The frequency and content of my posts will probably be the best indicator. In the meantime, I better not forget about doing training for my job. Considering how much of it I’ve been watching lately, seems like I forgot about anime. Maybe I’ll start watching Aria again, might bring down my stress and anxiety levels.

Long day

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Today felt like a pretty long day, not sure why though.  Bought a 250GB portable hard drive from Best Buy and an Insignia bluetooth stereo headset.  Can’t say the headset is the greatest in the world, but not bad for 30 bucks.

I also took some time to clean up and update my old laptop.  That thing is a clunker at 1.6Ghz and 512MB of ram, but it might make a good torrent box.  It only draws about 20 watts of power so my electricity bill would probably go down a few bucks a month if I used that for torrenting and shut down my desktop when I’m not using it.  Unfortunately that didn’t leave me with much time to draw, so I just uploaded a sketch I did a week or two ago.  Aria fans might recognize it as coming from one of the pages in the third Amano Kozue artbook, Cielo.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll try drawing Hatsune Miku in Ito Noizi’s style.

In addition to that I’m going to try to clean up the blog a bit by grouping together the pics at the top of the blog rather than having them in individual posts.  I still need to figure out the logistics of that one, but I should have it done by the end of the long weekend.