Sword Art Online Season II First Impressions

Hey guys, here are my impressions on episode one of SAO II: Gun Gale Online. Not much happened in the first episode but I wanted to do a video anyway since there was quite a bit of hype surrounding season … Continue reading

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition Review

Hello everyone, I hope your new year is going well so far and today I’m super excited to review a  bonus episode of SAO that came out on New Year’s Eve. When I first watch SAO two years ago… I … Continue reading

FanExpo Canada 2013 Photography Part 2

Since I don’t edit much of my convention cosplay photography, the only difficult part is actually choosing the ones that go up on the site. Don’t worry though, no one was cut out! Here’s part 2 of the photographs taken on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was INSANE! I’ve never seen so many people crammed into a convention centre before!

All these photographs are completely eating up my media space on the site but it’s totally worth it! I hope you guys like your photos. Check out “Behind the Lens” for more of my work and I am available for cosplay photoshoots or any other events that require a photographer. I’m usually back and forth between Toronto and Kingston. Just shoot me an email to littlecloudcuriosity@gmail.com if you need me!

To the girl who cosplayed as Nanami Haruka from my favourite anime- Uta no Prince-Sama, YOU ARE AWESOME!! You totally made my weekend and I would love to do a photo shoot of you! Please email me if you’re interested!

Also, I can’t believe someone actually cosplayed as Haru from Free! (I wonder if he jumped into the fountain outside for a swim…)

Star Wars Photo Shoot! (A compilation of photographs) Most epic gathering of cosplayers I have ever seen By the way, anyone spot Waldo in the photographs?

Additional photos of cosplayers and panelists that my dad took with his camera! (Yu Asakawa is so pretty in person!)

This is the last of the cosplay and general convention photography. Special panel reviews + photography will come soon. Please check my latest Cloudy Says post for the list of posts/features coming soon!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

Composer Spotlight – Yuki Kaijura

11743Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. I know I’ve been doing a lot of anime reviews focusing on the summer season new series so I’m going to try and put out some different otaku related content. Today I’m going to be introducing one of my favourite music composers – Yuki Kaijura.

Kaijura’s done solo albums, written insert music for anime, game music, anime score music and even produced albums. What made me really look into her biography was the anime soundtracks that I became addicted to after the anime. The soundtrack is such a significant factor in the anime because it sets the mood, it reinforces the emotions of the story and it overall strengthens the dramatic punch of the plot.

“She is me, and I am her. Our existence is both the same and different. Alice. That was the name we were given. Alice.”

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The first time I heard Kajiura’s music is in the Pandora Hearts soundtrack. The manga is one of my top favourites because the story is Alice in Wonderland-themed but the entire plot makes many twists and turns. The music is suspenseful, it’s dark but also hauntingly beautiful. My favourite song has to be Lacie. It’s so tragic and sad but also evokes a sense of nostalgia…

“If someone tells me it’s wrong to hope, I will tell them they’re wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times” – Madoka Kaname

The next two series are Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Sword Art Online. I watched both of them in the same year just as SAO was finishing its second season. Kaijura’s worked with Kalafina on multiple albums, one of which is called “After Eden” which was released in 2011. The track list included the insert song from Madoka, called “Magia.”

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“That sword… is the dream all warriors, past, present, and future hold as their deaths approach. A sad, exalted dream. She carries their will as her pride, bidding them to remain steadfast in their loyalty. Now, the undefeated king sings aloud the name of the miracle she holds in her hand. It’s name is…” “Excalibur!” – Irisviel von Einzbern and Saber

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fate-zero-ost1-lHave you guys seen Fate/Zero? Fate/Zero is the prequel to Fate Stay Night and tells the story of the fourth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki city. The score for Fate/Zero is both dynamic and forceful to illustrate the violence of the battles and filled with heartbreaking sentiment to reflect the sorrows that come with war as well as the stories of Heroic Spirits. Take the song, “The Beginning of the End,” there is something so forlorn about the tone, but still, you can hear a spell of hope that occurs within the sadness and you can’t help but feel a strong sense of determination and resolve at the conclusion of the song.

“A person is very strong when he seeks to protect something.” – Heathcliff

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Sword.Art.Online.full.1341607In Sword Art Online, Kaijura’s most recent work, I actually hear pieces of Fate/Zero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica styled into the anime’s score. Listen to “Survive the Swordland,” “We Have to Defeat it,” and “Luminous Sword” and you’ll get a sense of what I mean.

Aside from three of my favourite anime soundtracks that she’s worked on, she’s also worked on the closing theme and insert songs for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Destiny, songs for the whole .hack series, Baccano!, Black Butler (both season), Loveless, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles the Movie: Princess in Birdcage Kingdom and the list goes on.

“The best soundtrack music by-passes your mind and goes straight to your soul. It sort of trips something in your brain, you know you’re being transported.” – Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous)

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I hope you guys enjoyed this feature. If you did, make sure you hit like and follow for me stuff that’s coming every day! Let me know in the comment what your favourite soundtracks are and whether or not you love Kaijura’s work as well! Thank you guys so much for reading and I will talk to you guys soon! Take care!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

ANIME NORTH 2013!!!

Here are some photos that I took of the awesome cosplays I spotted at Anime North 2013! It was a pretty amazing three days and I don’t think I’m ready to return to the real world yet… there aren’t enough people with cat ears…

Can you name all the characters? 😉

– Cloudy

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