One of the things I love about anime conventions (or any convention for that matter) are the invasion of cosplayers. It was awesome seeing Downtown San Jose being infested and taken over by cosplayers and my fellow geeks and weebs. People might have been pissed by the traffic we caused and the endless lines we induced at restaurants, but we felt dominant! Made the city as “nigiyaka” (so to say) as San Fransisco is every night. It just made those four days and three nights so fun, and now that everything’s quieted down and returned to normal, I’m having post-con depression. I want Downtown Weebland again, dammit!
That being said, there were many great cosplays this year. I stopped to take a picture of almost every one of my favorite characters and shows whenever I came across them, but this is basically a list of my very favorite ones during the weekend. To those who didn’t make it into this blog post, I’d like to say that you definitely all made it to my Facebook albums. Just very wonderful memories overall.
I’ll give you a cookie if you can name all three characters and where they originated.
The list is in no specific order. #5 may apply to other countries, as well. Also note that I’m against these opinions, not siding with them.
Lucky Star’s parody:
The actual 1980s show’s henshin:
“Kamen Rider Sōjirō”:
In my opinion, one of the best cultural references in Lucky Star EVER.
Got the time to watch the new Kamen Rider series. Haven’t had the time for much Toku lately… ^^;
仮面ライダー THE FIRST (Kamen/Masked Rider The First) DVD in the US, by Media Blasters w/ English subtitlesApril 4, 2007 on 5:56 pm by Mikoto | In J-Drama, Kamen Rider, Legal Buying, Live Action, Tokusatsu | Leave a Comment
Remember that horrible, horrible American adaption of Kamen Rider done by Saban long ago? You know, the one where they spliced footage of different Kamen Rider series while still using Kamen Rider BLACK RX suits? The one where there was a blatant, acidental “cameo” of Minami Kotaro? Well… it turns out Saban’s Masked Rider wasn’t the last “variation” of Kamen Rider to ever step foot into the U.S… And it turns out that this “Masked Rider The First” isn’t all that bad …You’re asking why? Well, instead of an American adaption using American actors and splicing the footage together, it’s actually the original film Kamen Rider The First subtitled into English by Media Blasters.
Original Japanese film at Play-Asia.com. (Region 2, for those who have Region-Free DVD players and are fluent in Japanese).
Offical subtitled film at DiscountAnimeDVD. (Region 1)