FanExpo Canada 2013 Panels Overview

Hello everyone! As we draw near the last hours of August, we finish off the summer holidays month with this last quickie blurb review of all the panels I attended at FanExpo this year. Many of the larger panels actually have their own feature post and should all be linked into the panel titles. Now, without further ado…

Thursday

Lolita Style and Fashion Panel- It was technically my first panel because the Anime AMV panel on Thursday was cancelled. I’ve been dabbling into Lolita fashion lightly and carefully. I wanted to balance the Lolita style with my usual casual every day style and create a look that was really me. I got lot of great tips for rocking the different Lolita aesthetic. Overall, I woul this panel would be really great for beginner Lolita girls.

Friday

Viz Media Panel- About a third of all my manga is published from Viz Media. Series like Ouran High School Host Club, Backstage Prince, Dawn of the Arcana, Demon Love Spell, Happy Marriage, Strobe Edge… the list goes on! If you guys want the details on this panel, please check out my Viz Media panel feature post!

Anime According to AMVs- This was really the first time I went to an AMVs themed panel and it sure made up for the one that was cancelled the day before. It was just a blast! It’s great to sit in a room with a bunch of people who love the same shows and the same characters as you. You learn about some new animes and get to laugh at some hilarious music videos as well!

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Pro Author Panel – Epic World Building & Magic- A panel featuring Leslie Young, A.M. Dellamonica, Violette Malan and Linda Poitevin, they were all such wonderful and witty speakers. Ms. Malan had to be my favourite panelist. She gave such great advice and I was in awe at how knowledgeable she was.

Saturday

Comic Book Law – What Creators Need to Know- A really information and professional panel. It’s a basic and simple break-down of copyright, trademark and all the legal issues that come with your ownership of your characters, ideas, and so on.

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Crypton Future Media Presents: Hatsune Miku Panel

Anime Music Video Gameshow- Super fun and interactive, prizes all around and even a penalty box. All anime fans should go watch and play.

Sunday

Once Upon a Time – Season Premiere Preview Screening

Right on Target with Stephen Amell

Exclusive Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku Live Party Concert Screening

Please leave a comment if there are any problems with the links or use the search bar to find what you’re looking for. Thank you guys so much for reading and I will talk to you all very soon!

– Cloudy

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Crypton Media Presents: Hatsune Miku Panel @ FanExpoCanada 2013

On Saturday of FanExpo Canada this year, I attended a panel featured around Hatsune Miku, a vocaloid. Now, you may be wondering, “What is a vocaloid?” If many of you are familiar with the vocaloids, you’ll know that they’re not anime characters nor are they from a game. Vocaloids are basically voice synthesizers that work together with other together with other audio workstations and music editing programs to create music.

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The Crypton Media Hatsune Miku panel was really great because it answered a lot of questions pertaining the possibility of well, more Miku in North America. First off, it was announced that the Hatsune Miku V3 English will be officially released on August 31 – This week! The voice of English Miku stays true to the original Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita and the program will be available for both Windows and Max users.

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Hatsune Miku English will come with a piapro studio vocal editor with an English database, a full digital audio workstation and more than 200 visual instruments. The download version will be released first and the entire thing costs about 149 dollars + tax.

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For all you gamers out there, the Hatsune Miku Project Diva F English version, available on the PlayStation 3 will be released this week. I originally played this game in Japanese on my friend’s PSP. It’s really addicting and if you enjoy games like Dance Dance Revolution or music related games, you’ll love it! If they convert the official English version into PSP format, I might just buy a PSP just to play and own the game.

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As well, there’s actually a Hatsune Miku Opera that played earlier in Japan this year. It’s called The End and features three huge screens to animate the vocaloid as she sings. Miku’s outfits were designed by the French fashion designer Louis Vuitton in collaboration with Marc Jacobs and his own studio team.

Vocaloid culture and Hatsune Miku fandom seems to be growing by slowly and steadily, accumulating fans all over the world. And it’s great! Because there are new songs being created every day with the Vocaloid programs, new designs, images and videos!

Lastly, release dates for the first official Miku books in English are going to be released this year!

Starting with CV01: Hatsune Miku Edition ($29.95) – August 28, 2013

CV02: Kagamine Rin & Len Edition ($34.95) – August 28, 2013

CV03: Megurine Luka Edition ($34.95) – October 30, 2013

If you guys are more curious as to what Miku is all about, search up the Hatsune Miku Google Chrome commercial. It’s really short and cute but it really sums up the entire vocaloid culture really well.

Here are some of my favourite vocaloid songs…

Gumi- Hey DJ!

Hatsune Miku- Story

Hatsune Miku- Senbonzakura

Megurine Luka- The Tailor Shop on Enbizaka

Hatsune Miku- Tell Your World

Gakupo- Breathe

Kagamine Rin- Romantic Escape

I hope you guys liked this mini feature. More features from FanExpo Canada to come soon!

– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Otaku Workout Playlist

2945306348-1Hey guys! I’t’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Light Otaku Living piece. I’ve been working on this post for a while now. Part of what pumps me up during summer is the fact that the sunny weather just motivates you to go outside and do exercise… Just kidding! Who wants to do exercise when we could curl up the corner with our favourite anime plushie and marathon our all-time favourite anime series for hours on end? Okay, that all sounds good and well but you have to get up SOMETIME because you need to eat, drink, handle other bodily functions and sleep… well, maybe not that last one when it comes to an anime marathon.

I’ve been noticing that I’ve been getting really antsy from holing up in the house all day for work or blog writing so one morning I decided to head down to my basement (where it’s the coolest in temperature) and start exercising.

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All I did was compile a list of my favourite upbeat anime songs and start moving my body. Here’s what I use for my mini workout at home. I have exercises I do from 1-10 but songs 11-15 are other songs I use for cardio.

I love my otome game songs and I know the Fate series lean more towards shonen but you can’t NOT put Carnival Phantasm and Fate Zero in there! Also, Sword Art Online, anything with vocaloids and Touhou Project are also ones that stands in the middle of both shojo and shonen.

For the shonen playlist, I tried my best find all the best songs from a wide range of animes. I threw in a bit of Madoka because for some reason, all the guys I know absolutely love that series… as well as some K-On for you light music lovers 😉

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Cloudy’s Shojo Otaku Personal Workout Playlist

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1) Carnival Phantasm Opening; Super Affection- Running (on the spot, on the treadmill in circles, outside, anything that gets your heart pumping)

2) Ouran High School Host Club Ending; Shissou- Jumping Jacks

3) Fate Kaleid Liner Closing Theme; Prism Sympathy- Skipping Rope Jumps

4) Brothers Conflict Closing Theme; 14 to 1- Air Punches

5) Starry Sky Closing Theme; Starry Sky- Side Knee-Up Jumps

6) Uta no Prince-Sama Closing; Maji Love 1000%- Leg Kicks (Cheerleader style LOL)

7) Hatsune Miku; Senbonzakura- Crunches

SAO_4_OST18) Sword Art Online Opening 2; Overlfy- Sit-ups

8) Hyouka Ending 2; Mystery Surrounding You- Squats

9) K Project Main Instrumental Theme- Stretching (quads, calves, arms, legs, splits, etc.)

10) Fate Zero Ending 2; Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau- Deep Breathing, Cooling Down

11) Uta no Prince-Sama Character Song- Eien no Tristar

12) Black Butler Opening 2- Shiver

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13) Free! Ending- Splash Free!

14) Toradora Opening 2- Silky Heart

15) The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Ending- Hare Hare Yukai

271Cloudy’s Shonen Otaku Workout Playlist

1) One Piece Opening 1; We Are

2) Naruto Opening 3- Kanashimi wo Yasasshiani

3) Gurren Lagann Opening 2- Sorairo Days

4) Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Opening 5- Rain

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5) Code Geass Opening; Colours

6) Blade Opening; Slashing Through the Night

7) Magica Madoka Insert Song- Magia

8) Gintama Opening 10- Dilemma

9) Guilty Crown Opening 10- My Dearest

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10) Deadman Wonderland Opening- One Reason

11) Hatsune Miku- World is Mine

12) Shingeki no Kyojin Opening- Guren no Yumiya

13) K-On Insert Song- Fuwa Fuwa Time

14) Fairytail Opening 10- Towa no Kizuna

15) Bleach Opening 13- Ranbu no Melody

Originally I was planning on around eight or nine songs but they ended up DOUBLING after I did some research. I hope you guys like what I’ve compiled here… I just realized I forgot to throw in any Inuyasha into the lists but feel free to add your own selections to what I have so far. I tried really hard to get a mix of some oldies and some newer ones.

Thank you guys for reading this really long post and I hope you found something fun to listen to. Hopefully I motivated you just a bit to throw in a few minutes of exercise every day. Comment below on the songs you like from the lists or a song that’s not on the lists. I would love hear your favourites! Have a great day!

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– Cloudy

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19th’s Sound Factory- Kimi to Boku, Mawaru Sekai Review

Kimi to Boku Mawaru SekaiThis vocaloid album (not to be confused with the manga) is definitely within the top five of my summer album hits. “Kimi to Boku, Mawaru Sekai” which means “You and Me, The World to Go Around” is 19’s Sound Factory’s second album. All the new songs, remastered ones and remixes are sung by Hatsune Miku.

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This album was released on June 12 and I didn’t have the chance to sit down and listen to it until I got back from my travels but I really wish I had these songs for the plane ride because they’re melodies and mood of the album really epitomize summer. The songs are upbeat and the lyrics are really sweet. “Story” was a great selection as the album’s opener and the title song is also really living up to expectations.

Even though Miku sings in Japanese, it’s not only the lyrics that touch us, but the emotions that the melody stirs and the images that it evokes. The English translation for many of the songs haven’t been posted yet but for now, just listen to the head bobbing beats and tap your foot to the kawaii singing. I feel that music is very much a universal language.

Here’s the tracklist…

1) Story

2) Dear

3) Mirage

4) An Unstable Girl

5) Another

6) Marble

7) Bitter X Sweet

8) Sakasa Syndrome

9) Twinkle Days

10) Heartfelt Message

11) Reminder

12) Wish

13) Dear (Remix) Edition

14) Crossroad

15) You and Me, the World to Go Around

Aside from the music itself, I think the cover art is a really big deal when it comes to selling your album. What caught my eye was the little miniature paper Miku seated in a mori-styled sweet tea party setting. If you enlarge the picture, aside from the lighting and composition that goes into the picture, there’s a lot of detail that goes into doll itself, down to the slits of her hair and the design of her outfit and headphones.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review. If you’re into classic J-pop or you’re a regular vocaloid or you’re just a music-lover I strongly recommend you give this album a chance. Thank you so much for reading and happy musicing!

– Cloudy

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