Jan 30, 2016

Mononoke Hime - Photoshoot

After having heard the name and it’s iconic theme song for near a decade, I finally watched Hayao Miyazaki’s Mononoke Hime around 4 years back. I’ve been a big fan ever since and went through the same ritual of rewatching it way too many times. I would even go as far as claiming it to be my favourite Studio Ghibli movie by far.

Other than the impeccable storyline and superb characters, I was especially smitten by Ashitaka, who happens to be the protagonist by the way. I’ve always thought it was weird why the movie was named “Mononoke Hime” instead of “Ashitaka’s adventure” when Ashitaka himself played such a  pivotal role in the movie. Ashitaka is a prince of the Inishi tribe.  He was cursed by a Boar God turned monster when he tried to protect his village from it. He had to leave the tribe after that and went on a long journey to seek the truth and find a possible cure for his curse that will very soon kill him. Ashitaka is the typical, silent and strong tribal boy. I like to think his added responsibility as the last prince of his tribe also gave him additional maturity and reliability.  A man of few words who always strive to do the right things for nothing in return. Oh, did I mention how hot he is? haha.

Anyway, during my crazy Manila Photoshoot trip in November 2014 , I had the chance to pair up with NekomiKasai from Philippines. She was a huge fan of Mononoke Hime too and we were both thrilled to be able to find someone who shared the same fandom!


Ashitaka : Kaika/ Elpheal
Mononoke Hime/ San : NekomiKasai
Photos: Jay, Bri , Erving & MarkOni 
Edit: Photographers & Kaika

 
 
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“ The girl is mine. I walked in here this morning and I’ll leave the same way now”



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“Why did you stop me from killing her? Tell me while you’re still alive!”



“ That woman is evil and NOBODY can stop me from killing!”



“ I’m not afraid to die!”





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“No…live….




… You’re beautiful …”




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“?!!!!”



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“ Eat this. ”



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I can’t believe this post had been this delayed! Where did all the time go??!


We took this set of photographs in a park in Manila (Nov 2014). I think Filipinos agree with me that filipino families love picnicking and having a barbeque session in the park. So amongst all the families chilling out, was a bunch of us doing this haha .  We had a lot of fun in this shoot and thankfully, it didn’t rain like my Rurouni Kenshin shoot. Due to the different terrain, modern structures and light a lot of the photographs needed intense photoshop. I’m not very good at photoshopping but I’m glad we managed to come out with something haha.

I really wish I have a great big Elk to ride on!!!

Jan 29, 2016

Makeup Tutorial: Sailor Mars

In this video, I will be showing everyone how I transform into Sailor Mars from the classic Shoujo Anime/Manga; Bishoujo Seishi Sailor Moon!

Sailor Mars is the 3rd guardian seishi and she is protected by Mars! IMHO, Honoo Rei (Sailor Mars) is the coolest and most bad-ass character among the inner seishis (5 guardians). Other than Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars had always been a character I wanted to try. And I achieved that little dream through some laughable closet cosplay hahha.

The video took me forever to edit but I hope you guys liked it! Remember to comment and tell me what you think (especially the erm, ‘super advanced’ special effects hurhurhur)!


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Some of the key point for Rei’s makeup would be the upwards eyeliner, arched eyebrows, red lower eyeshadow and red lips.

I didn’t feel like red eyeshadow on the upper lids would fit this character so I opted to squeeze her signature red into the lower lashline. This helps gives a little colour while making the eyes look wider and healthier.

Instead of using tonnes of black or brown eyeliner and eyeshadow to line my lower lashline, I used some purple brown eyeshadow and black lower eyelashes to do the job. I think it helps to make the look dramatic but not too over the top. I also opted to use tinted lip balm with some red in the middle of the lips to create a gradient effect. I think this is a much more modern and easier to maintain lip.



Jan 24, 2016

Touken Ranbu Live Action Musical

I know I’ve been blogging a lot about Touken Ranbu recently, but you really can’t blame me. The popularity of the series makes it hard to not talk about it! I know this isn’t exactly new news but there was a Touken Ranbu Live Action musical! And I just thought I’d share some of the eye candies I found!

 

Official website: https://musical-toukenranbu.jp/

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A trip to Jump World Tokyo !

I went to the Shounen Jump World in Tokyo last autumn! Naruto, One Piece, Kuroko no Basuke and more! Check out my travel vlog and blog below xD!

J-World: http://www.namco.co.jp/tp/j-world/en/



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Jan 21, 2016

Touken Ranbu Merchandises!

It’s without a doubt that Touken Ranbu is still riding high among the Fans. Touken Ranbu’s overwhelming popularity in Japan (and worldwide) has not escaped the attention of the big companies as everyone seems to want a piece of the pie.


I was in Japan early this month and it was fun chancing upon Touken Ranbu merchandises in places you least expected; a convenience store.

Dec 26, 2015

Makeup Tutorial: Sailor Mercury

In this video, I'm sharing with everyone how I did my Sailor Mercury Makeup. I actually filmed this before my Sailor Moon photoshoot. So this is the exact makeup you see in the shoot pictures.



Dec 11, 2015

Random Cosplay Tips #14: Sew easily with tricky fabric Leather, spandex, satin etc)


Costume making always seem to require sewing with a range of fabrics. Anyone who has tried sewing through pleather, spandex or satin will agree with me that they are devil incarnate and will make a simple craft turn into your worse nightmare.


Here is a simple tip to help solve the problem. 


The next time you have to sew any tricky fabrics, place a layer of thin paper or tissue underneath it and then sew through both the fabric and the paper. 


This is how it will look like. 



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Dec 9, 2015

Interview with Hong Kong Cosplayer YUI

Popular Hong Kong Cosplayer , YUI was in town a  couple of months back for the Singapore Toy Games and Comic Convention 2015 . YUI is known for her wide range of portrayal and her ability to shift seamlessly between genders. Her dedication to character portrayal and setting the perfect mood is astounding. Some of the characters she have cosplayed before includes Ayanami Rei, Tsunemori Akane, Kusanagi Motoko, Saber and Jolyne Cujoh.

 
YUI Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yui930

 
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