MCM Comicon London 2015 HAUL + BONUS GOODIES!!

Hey guys, here are some close up pictures of prints and merch featured in the two MCM Comicon haul videos. It was really such a pleasure to be able to attend one last convention before I had to leave the UK. I hope you’ll check out all the artists and vendors listed in the description box of the Youtube videos.

BONUS GOODIES!!

– Cloudy

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MCM London Comicon 2015

MCM Comicon London Spring 2015 (1)

Hey guys how are you all? Today I wanted to share with you guys all of the really awesome pictures that I got from MCM Comicon in London. I only had time to pop into London for a day since the convention is smack dab in the middle of my exam season but I had tons of fun talking with cosplayers, artists and con-goers all day. MCM in London takes place at the Excel Centre, an absolutely gigantic venue and rightly so because there were tons of panels and special guests featured for the weekend. I ended up at the Bandai Namco panel and Agents of Shield panel before the cosplay show. I actually found the Fall convention in London more exciting than the spring one because there seemed to be more anime cosplayers in the Fall however I ended up stumbling into a HUGE Disney photo shoot which was a real treat for me as a fan.

In order to travel light I brought along my Nikon 1 J3 with the 10-30mm lens great for casual photography and vlogging of course. My camera actually used up both batteries before the end of the day so I didn’t get as many photos during the cosplay showcase as I would have liked however I did grab a ton of video footage throughout the entire Saturday. The vlog will be uploaded soon and of course a Haul video is also in the works. I hope you guys enjoy these photos and don’t forget to check out MCM Comicon’s official site to see where their other conventions will be taking place in the UK.

– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Winter 2015 Anime Season Favourites

Hey guys!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! and WELCOME BACK to the seasonal favourites post!!

This season features a good mix of everyone’s favourite genres. There are TONS of new seasons for pre-existing anime that’s getting a lot of hype – most notable are Kuroko no Basket’s season three, Tokyo Ghoul’s season two, Durarara’s season two and Aldnoah Zero. Plus we have a handful of shows left over from the fall season as well as a ton of movies and OVAs to look out for. I’m not going to mention much about the new seasons because there’s enough fan hype for those. Instead I want to shift our focus onto some of the new variety of slice of life, comedy and fantasy in the upcoming January.

As I mention in every post, those of you who have followed my blog for a while now know that my taste is geared to slice of life, fantasy-action or shoujo-otome-romance series. I try to keep myself open minded about shows in the psychological or science-fiction genre but don’t follow those regularly. This season seems happily coincidentally tailored to much of what I like. If you’re still curious about what exactly I like to watch, check out the A-Z List in the pages above for a selection of past reviews.

“Now that you have a channel, which series will you review on the blog, and which will you review on Youtube?” Yes I have a Youtube channel and I don’t usually go for full season anime vlog reviews because they get fairly tedious on a weekly basis. I do however select one or two popular or personally biased anime to vlog about. When vlogs come, they come on a regulated, weekly scheduled basis as well.

Absolute DuoAbsolute Duo- One of my most anticipated series this season, I mentioned it in one of my previous seasonal posts as well because of all the news circulating but got the date details mixed up. The anime is being presented by 8bit this season. It follows a boy named Tooru Kokonoe who enrolls in an academy’s that specially trains individuals to fight with their “Blaze,” a weapon that manifests from the soul. Students are required to fight in pairs and while most people have offensive weapons, he summoned a defensive weapon. He ends up meeting an adorable girl named Julie Sigtuna. Each pair strives to become the “Absolute Duo”… whatever that might mean.

Release Date: Jan 4, 2014

Kantai CollectionKantai Collection: Kan Colle- This online battle card game and all its adorable moe- girls are finally being animated. The show is done by Studio Diomedea who previously produced Noucome and Akuma no Riddle. There will be a pretty huge cast of girls reprising their roles in the game but other than the blatant fan service, I wonder how much plot there actually will be…

Initially I thought this was coming out last season but details are vague. Luckily most of the anime hype has been confirmed now and an anime series will be out this season.

Release Date: Jan 8, 2015

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LoveBinan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!!- We’ve seen sparkly swimming guys, intense basketball bishies and adorable volleyball boys… NOW. FINALLY within the magic genre, we’re getting a MAGIC BOYS SHOW. AHHHH. The poster and the promo stuff look ADORABLE and actually feature a bunch of new seiyuu I haven’t heard much of. Actually the supporting characters’ cast is more notable than the main cast and I suspect they are largely there to garner more attention to the show. The anime is being produced by Diomedea and the theme song is sung by a fantastic collection of cast members including Jun Fukuyama, Takuma Terahima and Kamiya Hiroshi in addition to the five main characters.

I request a maximum amount of sparkles to be in this show.

Release Date: Jan 7, 2015

Death ParadeDeath Parade- I think I’m generally quite picky when it comes to psychological or suspenseful shows that fall outside my comfort zone but Death Parade has me REALLY intrigued. Produced by Madhouse, the story follows a character named Quindecim who finds himself caught in a death game? There are certain rules to be followed and certainly many twists. The characters themselves have unique names and well, the visuals look quite good. Two of my favourite voice actors are part of the cast as well, Tomoaki Maeno and Hosoya Yoshimasa which means it’s on my list.

Release Date: Jan 10, 2015

IsucaIsuca- A fun comedy, romance, action, supernatural show comes your way produced by three companies: Arms, DAX Production and Mages. It should be something to fill the Gugure Kokkuri void as it advertises something similar in the spirits, comedy and exorcisms categories. Adapted from an ongoing manga series, the story follows a boy named Shinichirou Asano who hires a girl named Sakuya to do his housework but she’s really there to exorcise a creature around his house. Shinichirou lets loose one of Sakuya’s captured creatures by accident and the two pair up to re-catch it.

Release Date: Jan 5, 2015

Koufuku GraffitiKoufuku Graffiti- This new anime series caught my attention because of its production company. Get ready for MORE HEADTILTS cause SHAFT is back with this interesting show that can be best summed up in the words “HAPPY COOKING FUN” …LOL. The story is based on four panel comics that are fairly new as the series started in 2012. The series falls under romance, seinen and I’m sure, some comedy so if domestic cute girls and cooking settings are your thing, give this one a go. The three main girls feature the voices of Rina Satou, Asuka Oogame and Mikako Komatsu.

Release Date: Jan 16, 2015

Junketsu no MariaJunketsu no Maria- Initially this anime series was left off of the list but I found the promo art quite interesting. The style of Maria’s character design reminds me a bit of Nanatsu no Taizai though the premise is vastly different. Since the show is generally targeted at an older anime audience the overall style boasts more realistic and earth tones. The synopsis tells of a girl named Maria who lived during the Hundred Years’ War as a witch in France. She ends up meddling here and there with her magic and I assume chaos (or romance… or both) ensue. It’s categorized in quite a few genres from comedy to ecchi, fantasy, history, magic and seinen. Pretty solid cast of experienced seiyuus including Yoko Hikasa, Kana Hanazawa, Hisako Kanemoto, Ono Kensho and Takahiro Sakurai just to name a few.

Release Date: Jan 11, 2015

The Rolling GirlsRolling☆Girls- This was another last minute addition to the list, a slice of life show produced by Studio Wit. You’d think after shows like Glasslip or Sora no Method I’d learn to stay away from slice of life shows but again, the bright tones of this promo art has interested me. Plus, the synopsis seems a bit more action-packed than regular slice of life. In this anime world, a Great Tokyo War split Japan into a number of independent entities. Each nation is ruled by its own prophet (Mosa) and army (Mob). The main group consists of four “Mob” girls who are ordered by their prophet to travel around Japan on motorcycle as liaisons between emerging nations. The synopsis doesn’t tell much but the premise is intriguing. Will there be any militaristic tones? How deep will they explore this political power balance or will the show be dominated by character interpersonal relationships and drama? The cast is led by Risa Taneda, Rina Hidaka, Himiri Hanamori and Ari Ozawa.

Release Date: Jan 4, 2015

Saenai Heroine no SodatekataSaenai Heroine no Sodate-kata- A new anime adapted from a new light novel series featuring an otaku protagonist. Tomiya Aki works at a part time job and ends up meeting a girl named Megumi Kato… and then a bunch of other girls from a wide variety of backgrounds. The group convenes to develop a game aimed for sale at the next Comiket convention. If you’re into cute girls, romantic comedy and some fun otaku-related plot then this series is for you. Yoshitsugu Matsuouka retunrs tot the anime harem setting aftering voicing roles in series such as Akame ga Kill and Sword Art Online from previous seasons. His fellow castames include the lovely Ai Kayano, Kiyono Yasuno and Sasori Oonishi. The cast is really not bad at all so if you’re looking for something to laugh with through the gloomy winter, check this series out!

Release Date: Jan 9, 2015

Sengoku MusouSengoku Musou- Adapted from the popular Playstation game Samurai Warriors brought to you by Tezuka Productions, this historical-action story takes place during Japan’s Warring States era and features a collection a wide collection of historical and fictional characters. The cast, led by Daisuko Ono is already worth the watch but I believe cast members from the game are indeed returning to their roles in this anime (they almost always do within the same franchise). The plot is military battle and historical heavy so take note before venturing into the series but if you’re looking for some intense action I’d strongly encourage you to go for this new series. The promo art doesn’t look as great as I thought it would considering all the detail that goes into the game itself but we won’t know for sure till the first few episodes.

Release Date: Jan 12, 2015

The Idolmaster Cinderella GirlsThe iDOLM@aster: Cinderella Girls- As you can probably tell from the title, this show is about IDOLS and I don’t know about you but I’m eager to get back into the idol world. What better way to do so than with the premiere of the mobile game-adapted new iDOLM@aster anime? All of our lovely idols will return to the cast and produced by A-1 Pictures, the animation standard will be pretty top-notch. I don’t review idol-themed anime very often. I did do one for love live but these shows generally have the same theme. You start watching for the cool animation, stay for the girls and get hooked for the music.

Release Date: Jan 10, 2015

Soukyuu no Fafner- Dead Aggressor ExodusSoukyuu no Fafner – Dead Aggressor: Exodus– I SWEAR WHOEVER DESIGNED THESE CHARACTERS ALSO DID GUNDAM SEED AND GUNDAM SEED DESTINY. CAN’T HIDE FROM ME HISASHI HIRAI. I KNOW YOU DESIGNED THESE CHARACTERS.

Wow. Okay. Got really excited there. Gundam anything makes me excited. I love how these characters look and I really can’t wait to see what this story has to offer. It’s technically set after the movie Soukyuu no Fafner – Dead Aggressor: Heaven and Earth but I hope they’ll be generous with context so I can watch the series without prior knowledge of the world. This sequel, Exodus, is set two years after Heaven and Earth. Come for the cool art style, stay for the refreshing cast, featuring an interesting mix of young and old with Kohei Kiyasu and Marika Matsumoto taking the leads and supporting characters comprised of Ryotaro Okiayu, Nobuhiko Okamoto <3, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Kensho Ono, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yui Ishikawa, Yuuichi Nakamura and MORE. The cast is HUGE and I’m looking forward to picking out the voices.

Release Date: Dec 27, 2014

Continuing from the Fall Season- Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (reviewing), Shirobako (reviewing), Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie (final review to come)

New Seasons of pre-existing anime- KUROKO NO BASKET Season 3, Shounen Hollywood Holly Stage for 50 Season 2, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Stardust Crusaders 2, Durarara!!x2 Shou, Aldnoah Zero Season 2, Tokyo Ghoul Season 2

I hope you guys found something interesting to watch this series. Of course, if I’ve missed anything above or if there’s a series with lots of hype that I might have missed, please please please comment or tweet me any series you’d like to see First Impressions or potential weekly reviews for. I am particularly excited for Absolute Duo, Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love, and Death Parade… I know, weird mix right? But I also can’t wait to see what great things will come of the remaining series that will wrap up in the next few weeks. A poll will go up after the second or third week of the newly released anime so stay tuned for that and vote for your favourite shows! Thank you so much for reading and I will talk to you guys very soon. =)

– Cloudy

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MCM London Comicon 2014 Dealer’s Room Haul

Here are close up pictures of all the merchandise I got from the Dealer’s room at MCM in London this year. Great variety of dealers and tons of UtaPri & Free goods \>v</ If you guys are looking for the vlog… click here!

MCM London Comicon 2014 Artist Alley Haul

MCM London Comicon 2014

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Hey guys, how are you all? Today I wanted to share with you guys some really fun and casual cosplay photos I took at MCM London Comicon. This was my very first convention in the UK and I only went on the Saturday of the three-day con weekend however it was probably the biggest convention I’ve been to thus far… Although the panels were more of a minor aspect of the convention itself, it had a phenomenal Dealer’s Room, Artist Alley and sponsor’s stands presenting tons of great merchandise, fanart, crafts, and promotional activities for new games.

The MCM London Comicon VLOG will also be coming soon as well as the HAUL video on my channel =D

I also got to hear Shinichiro Watanabe speak LIVE. AHHHHH!!!! He talked a lot about his latest creations this year – Space Dandy and Zankyou no Terror, two series different in every way. It was really insightful to hear him talk about the contrasting elements of each show from its animation to its music and Watanabe-san’s own connections with each series and plot. A fan asked Watanabe-san what motivated him to create a story using terror as a theme and Watanabe-san answered by saying that he didn’t start out with the desire to explore the theme of terror. Rather, he started out with the characters, a group of troubled teenagers against society and it just so happened that the medium of the story through which these characters were explored was terrorism. Was it realistic? Yes and no. Watanabe-san said he intended it to be both realistic and also sort of fantasy-like and he decided on a somewhat open-ended conclusion to the series because he really meant for his viewers to offer their own interpretations of the story, its emotions, characters and themes. It really was such an honour to hear him speak about his works.

Since Saturday is always the biggest day of the convention there were TONS of cosplayers. I really enjoyed the convention as a fan so these pictures are really casual and unprofessional in every way. I took them with a Nikon 1 camera and really just snapped shots of what I liked and a lot of times I ended up zooming in to crop the feet out just cause I was so intrigued by the actual cosplay piece itself. I hope you guys enjoyed these photos nonetheless.

My favourite pics are definitely the ones I got of Love Live’s μ’s (Muse) idols. (∩˃o˂∩)♡ Not gonna lie, I really tried to find all of them…

– Cloudy

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read Manga or Watch Anime

Warning: A lot of anime/manga references below 😉

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Host_Club_26_RAW[FINAL] 0961) The Story

All books, television series and movies are similar visual stimulants and forms of entertainment. We read manga because we love the world and we relate to the characters. The author/artist/director takes us on an amazing journey through the eyes of a handful of intriguing individuals. You experience emotions and events we may never experience in real life, whether embarking on a quest in feudal Japan for the shards of the Shikon Jewel or checking into the music room to request a Tamaki as your host, you’re drawn into a world of your choosing.

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2) Japanese Culture

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dij7dej6Face it, you wouldn’t know that –chan goes after a close female friend’s name and –kun goes after a close male friend’s name without manga… and how would you know how to call someone an idiot in Japanese? Have you ever tried okonomiyaki or sat in at a ramen shop? Despite the varying worlds according to each series, various Japanese elements are incorporated into the story. It’s a great way to learn of the various customs, traditions and festivals that Japan has to offer. Almost always, slice-of-life romantic comedy or shojo series takes place in your regular Tokyo, or in the case of Durarara! – Ikebukuro… though I hope the real Ikebukuro isn’t as crazy…Durarara-usual-suspects-pose

3) Escape Mechanism

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Nine out of ten times, we read manga and watch anime to escape from our world. Who wants to be an average struggling freshman in university when you can be GOD like Suzumiya Haruhi. When you’ve failed a test at school or you’ve had a crappy day, Sebastian is always waiting with a specialty teas and a new dessert for you when you get home. ❤

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4) The Art

clannad.pngI absolutely adore the wide-range of styles of each unique artist in each genre. I own quite few artbooks for this reason (leaving me broke after every convention) but it’s absolutely worth it. Like every art form, a manga’s art and layout reflects the mood of the story as well as the skill and style. Many readers or viewers will not even tolerate the story without first appreciating the art. How can you watch the anime or read the manga when the visuals are not aesthetically pleasing to the eye?

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649 - izumi_konata lucky_star moe wallpaper5) A Whole New World

Yes, the title of this reason sounds cheesy, but anime and manga lovers relate to each other on a completely different level, a whole new scale of craziness and a unique set of lingo involving moe and kawaii and GLOMP! Anime and hobbyist conventions are the best ways to meet new people into the same interests as you are, share what you know and fangirl over the same hot guy… and isn’t fan-girling one of the best parts of being an anime/manga lover?

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If you guys liked this little rant, please like and follow as well as comment on YOUR reason for watching anime or reading manga.

– Cloudy

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