Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lens Review: Flora Diva Pink

Yo all!

I'm back with another lens review for you guys hope you don't mind too much and this time, I'll be reviewing the Flora Diva Pink lenses. These lenses were originally bought for one of my planned genderbend cosplays, namely Milla Maxwell from Tales of Xillia. At first I thought Milla had red eyes (as I also mentioned here) until I, much later, took a closer look and realized that her eyes are actually more pink than red. Sadly, I didn't start working on said cosplay this year, despite getting the lenses for the costume. Life just had other plans and I, other priorities. The good news is that I can and really should try the lenses out -before they expire too, lol- and see if they are a good fit for my Male!Milla Maxwell cosplay, whenever I start working on it, that is. So without further ado, welcome peeps to the last lens review of 2017 - Flora Diva Pink!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their original vials.


The batch of photos below are taken during a dull, very cloudy November noon at Shiro Samurai's place.

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Natural roomlight.
Facing window, indoors.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
Facing sun, outdoors.
Back against sun, outdoors.
As expected by now, have the distance photo featuring my "outfit of the day". This time, I tried to do something new and went for a more fashion expressive, cute, boy-ish look.


Lens review:

Color: 7/10
I'm not a fan of pink at all but the color is of a soft, nice shade, yes.
Comfort: 7/10
I felt them in my eyes but had no issues with them like dryness or itchiness and whatnot. I only wore them during the review but I bet I could wear them for a con day too.
Design: 6/10
A clear, pink color with black streaks going towards the pupil. Not one of my favorite styles but pleasing to look at.
Enlargement: 5/10
Small enlargement, looks better on you as well if you have small eyes.
Naturalness: 4/10
Color-wise these are not natural at all, I mean who has pink eyes since birth? No one. At least the black streaks and the softer shade of pink help these look a bit more natural to non-cosplayers, compared to red and neon colored lenses for example.
Opacity: 8/10
These cover my real color really well, I must say. But I don't like it how the lens pattern just stops abruptly towards the pupil and plenty of your own color shines through. Many lenses have this, I know it's normal, but on just these lenses it's just so visible to me.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Lens Review: Dueba Gossip Green

Yo peeps!

In my last post where I reviewed my Dueba Gossip Blue lenses, I said that I will also review the Dueba Gossip Green in the near future and here I am, about to do just that. The Dueba Gossip Green will also be the first pair of green lenses that I will review here at my cosplay blog. Frankly, I was a bit surprised to find out that I didn't have a single character in my cosplay list -so far- that have green eyes, despite green being such a common eye color in the fictional world of anime, manga, comics, video games etc.

Sadly, these lenses have the same story and fate as the Blue's I reviewed in the past, so if you have seen that review you know the drill. If you don't, well, I tell you now; recently I re-discovered the Dueba Gossip Blue and Green in my possession, with both of their expire date past, by a month or so, after believing for a long time that I gave them away to a good friend of mine. Because of this unfortunate "finding out too late" I had to send them both straight to the trash can immediately after the reviews were done. Not risking my eyes, even if they felt comfortable. The positive thing is that these were freebies just like the Blue's... not like I would pay for them myself, lol. Anyway, that's the story and now let's see what the Dueba Gossip Green lenses look like!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their vial bottles.


The photos below are taken during a half cloudy, half sunny October morning/noon at Shiro Samurai's new apartment. I reviewed these lenses after the Blue's, hence the same light setting on the photos.

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Natural roomlight, indoors.
Facing window, cloudy.
Facing window, not sun side.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
Facing sun, outdoors.
Back against sun.
My outfit for the distance photo was inspired by the Biker trainer class as seen in Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen. Yeah, I have totally been playing my retro games lately and I love them so much! Nostalgia right up my face, man <3


Lens review:

Color: 7/10
The green color is visible and I like the shade of it.
Comfort: - / -
Won't be graded. See reason above at the beginning of this post.
Design: 4/10
A simple, natural design with a halo effect and a variety of colors to resemble the human eye more. I personally don't like these all that much and that's because the amount of yellow in them is just too much for me.
Enlargement: 5/10
There is a small enlargement. Good, if you have small eyes and don't want to look flippin' alien.
Naturalness: 7/10
The halo effect (which is adding transparency to the lenses) and the shades of colors, along with the yellow next to the pupil make these look pretty natural. I guess the Dueba Gossip lens series are more of a fashion lens than a cosplay one. These do resemble the human eye after all.
Opacity: 6/10
As someone with gray-green eyes, I say that these cover my natural color surprisingly well. Thanks to the halo effect, your real eye color shine's through, if you like it that way.

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Curious about other colors from Dueba Gossip? I have reviewed the following: Blue

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lens Review: Dueba Gossip Blue

Hello everyone.

I'm back from my absence (life got busy, busy) and with me, I have a lens review for you guys. This time I will be reviewing the Dueba Gossip Blue lenses that I got as a freebie during a past purchase from one of those big online lens stores. Since these were freebies I kinda, well, forgot about them... until recently. The story goes like this; For the longest time, I thought that I had given these off to my good friend Sacchan and because I was so sure this was the case, I didn't even bother checking my box with all of my unopened lenses until, well, much later, namely during the beginning of this week. I was really surprised to see that both the Dueba Gossip Blue and Green lenses where still in the box, unopened and with the expire date past. Like, a month ago. Comment: "Whoopsie daisy! :'DD".

Because these had already expired when I "re-discovered" them, I won't grade comfort on these lenses nor the Green's, that I plan to review in the near future. It's just not okay nor fair to grade and judge a pair's comfort when taking them out of their original vial bottles after the expire date has passed. It's just comfort gone wrong, simply. After doing this review, I discarded my Dueba Gossip Blue lenses immediately, despite that they felt surprisingly comfortable in my eyes. I'm not taking any risks with these lenses or my eyes (because life is worth seeing!) and neither should any of you, if a similar case ever comes your way.

Enough rambling, here are the photos!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their original bottles.


The following photos are taken during a half cloudy, half sunny October morning/noon at Shiro Samurai's new apartment. The winter half year is approaching us northmen so the minutes and hours of sunlight is steadily decreasing day by day. Hence why I have to hurry up with some lens reviews before the -too long- polar nights hit us, hurray! #fuckwinter

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Natural roomlight, indoors.
Facing window, cloudy.
Facing window, not sun side.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
Facing sun, outdoors.
Back against sun.
Last but not least, have a derpy distance photo.


Lens review:

Color: 7/10
These have a fairly visible blue color but because there is also some black and yellow in it, it's not directly screaming blue and looks more natural. You can tell they are lenses but the color is not exactly visible at a distance.
Comfort: - / -
Won't be graded. See reason above at the beginning of this post.
Design: 4/10
They have a simple, natural design which is nice, if you like these types of lenses. Usually, I like natural patterns but the amount of yellow next to the pupil in these, is just a bit too much for my taste. Sorry, not my cup of tea.
Enlargement: 5/10
The enlargement is there, yes. Nothing too big so it looks good on my small eyes.
Naturalness: 7/10
I'd say the pattern and the variety of colors and shades of blue make these look more natural than some of my previous lenses. I guess these were supposed to imitate the natural variety of colors in the human eye.
Opacity: 6/10
I'd say these cover fairly well but they have a halo effect, which means there is some transparency going on. I seriously thought they would cover less at first. I have gray-green eyes so these are doing a good job.

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Curious about other colors from Dueba Gossip? I have reviewed the following: Green 

Thanks for reading and goodnight!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Cosplays That I Lost Interest In

THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MAJOR TALES OF SYMPHONIA SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED THE GAME/READ THE MANGA/SEEN THE ANIMATION, THEN DON'T READ/SCROLL THIS POST! DON'T CARE? SCROLL AHEAD!

Hello folks!

Today, I will write a bit of a different post but I'm sure the topic is familiar to many cosplayers out there. Namely planning/working on a cosplay and then completely losing interest in it for whatever reason. Familiar situation, no? Anyway, I thought about this post at first, if I should write it or not, some might see it unnecessary but I didn't; there is always a reason behind why I drop a character from my cosplay list. Who knows? Maybe someone out there is interested to know why or what happened to character x, that I haven't mentioned for months/years? I'd like to avoid keeping people waiting forever for something, that I know already, won't ever happen. Myself, I despise waiting for something/someone just to find out, much later, that it/they never showed up. Few things will piss me off like this one does.

On this post I also want to notice you peeps that this list will only include characters that I have mentioned in this blog! The ones on my cosplay list do change at times but those changes, well, aren't visible here so they don't matter. This is a "from then to now" list, so don't be surprised if you see old cosplay candidates that I have dropped in the past, like the Ah! My Goddess genderbends as this is, after all, a complete list. I want this to be an easy-to-follow list with all of my dropped cosplays in one single list, instead of separate posts scattered throughout my blog. I won't delete the old posts though, done is done, but new cosplay drops will be added to this list in the future.

Note: I will list characters from oldest to newest that got dropped. Also, if a character isn't here then that means I still consider or want to cosplay them.

Alright, let's start this!

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Character: Izuru Kira
Series: Bleach
Dropped: 2012


I'm not surprised if the majority of my readers have no idea where this character came from or that he has even been mentioned in my blog. Truth is, he was only once cosplayed and that was during Uppcon12 in 2012, in other words, when this blog was all fresh and new. Despite really liking the concept and idea of Bleach, I never really got that much into it. My Bleach knowledge was "sponsored" by Shiro Samurai and even if I had around 4 to 6 (I kid not!) planned Bleach cosplays back in the days, only one of them is someone I still want to cosplay today and that's Uryū Ishida - my favorite character. I do like Izuru as a character but that is not just enough for me to keep cosplaying him.

Character: Rukia Kuchiki
Version: Prison
Series: Bleach
Dropped: 2012


Another Bleach character. However, Rukia is here for a completely different reason than Izuru and hopefully, no other of my crossplays end up on this list for this speCific reason. Yes, you guessed it right. Rukia is here because I really felt uncomfortable crossplaying as her, despite liking her as a character. When I was new to cosplay, little did it cross my mind that "cosplay comfort" is a real thing and one that should always be taken into consideration when dressing up. I was mostly focusing on what the character was wearing (I don't mind kimonos) but ugh, I completely forgot the fact that I was about to... crossplay. For a first timer, I really didn't feel comfortable in this cosplay at all and it ruined my con, experience-wise. Luckily the white kimono works for other cosplays and from this, I learned that when I crossplay in the future, for the love of my identity, pick a character who wears more than just one single piece of clothing or something I would feel more comfortable with. Honestly, just wearing that one piece of knee-long kimono and nothing else, made me feel terribly naked at the con. Ugh, never again.

Character: Sandshrew
Series: Pokémon
Dropped: 2013


I did a kimono inspired Sandshrew gijinka for Närcon Vinter back in 2013, as a pair cosplay with Shiro Samurai, who also did a kimono inspired Pokémon gijinka to match our cosplays. Even if I had a decent time in this gijinka at the con and with Sandshrew being bloody nostalgic for me as a kid, the idea of this gijinka was very rushed and kinda of a last-minute one too. I don't plan to use this kimono gijinka version anymore, as kimono inspired cosplays (while I really don't have anything against them personally, I actually find many of them pretty) just, somehow, doesn't feel right for me. I just don't enjoy these types of clothes as much as the usual ones I run around in, overall. When it comes to Sandshrew gijinka and re-designing it, I say it now - sorry but I don't plan to re-design it, as the interest is long gone and I have other Pokémon gijinkas that I'm much more hyped about and rather put my precious time and money on.

Character: Len Kagamine
Version: Original casual
Series: Vocaloid
Dropped: 2014


A quick original version of my favorite Vocaloid, Len Kagamine, that I threw together for Skecon's Vocaloid concert back in 2014. This was was just a quick "cosplay for the concert" and nothing I plan to use again. I will cosplay Len again in the future though and do an actual version of him. Which one that is, you'll see one day.

Character: Peorth
Series: Ah! My Goddess
Dropped: 2015


A beautiful design on a character who knows how to get what she wants and has quite the attitude, in a good and respectable way, earns my interest pretty quickly. Peorth was one of my original genderbend plans but I dropped her because of two reasons. The first one was that I never came up with a design I liked enough and the second one is that she lacks story and character depth. The last one being easily the biggest bummer for me, as the vast majority of characters I end up cosplaying has a deep story and personality that I love. Then again, Peorth is a side character so it could be expected, to some degree, but I can't help to think and let my mind wander; what made her become the person she is? And why is she (at one point in the series) trying to "force" the main guy to fall for her instead of Belldandy? What happened to her in the past and so on? I would really be interested in the psychological aspect of her character and especially her childhood... if Goddesses have one, that is.

Character: Lind
Series: Ah! My Goddess
Dropped: 2015


The Valkyrie Lind, who is also from the magical world of Ah! My Goddess is actually my favorite Goddess from the cast. Sadly Lind didn't quite make it to the "want to cosplay" list in the end, as she fell short for the very same reasons as Peorth did. The little you discover about her story, is actually pretty cool and very unique to the Ah! My Goddess world. Unlike the other Goddesses you get to know in the series, Lind is a skilled Valkyrie fighter and fights evil beings in both the Goddess and human world alike. Correct me if I'm wrong, it was a long time ago I finished the manga. I like Lind and what she stands and fights for along with her personality and design but sadly, that just isn't enough in the long run for me to cosplay and genderbend her. I really enjoyed reading Ah! My Goddess, don't get me wrong, and it's a superb feel-good series with plenty of moments that will pull at your heartstrings, but sadly, many of its characters suffer character depth and story development, in my opinion.

Character: Kratos Aurion
Version: Judgment / Cruxis
Series: Tales of Symphonia: The Animation
Dropped: 2015


The anime version of Kratos in his Judgment/Cruxis outfit. I mentioned him in a post in the past and this version got dropped back then. Originally dropped as I couldn't be bothered to make the almost same costume twice, as I prefer the game design of it.

Character: Levi
Series: Attack on Titan
Dropped: 2015


As probably expected, my Attack on Titan hype has decreased the last few years since I got into the series but don't get me wrong, I still like the series, its idea/concept and I look forward to see how it ends. However, the soundtracks and the suspense of it are, in my opinion, the cherry on top of the cake! Normally, I dislike/have no interest in popular series but Attack on Titan was different for me and I really enjoyed it. Sure it's brutal and all but heck, they're at war with titans so what did you expect? Levi is still my favorite soldier of the entire cast and I believe him to keep that position all the way to the end of the series and yes, I still want to cosplay him not just his over-done Survey Corps version. So that's why he's on this list. When I decided to cosplay Levi for the first time, I was really happy to find a badass short male character that I can cosplay and up to this day, I am still happy to have stumbled upon this guy.

Even if I technically have his Survey Corps outfit at home, I don't plan to cosplay said version of him anymore. I just don't like doing an over-cosplayed version of a character when there are plenty of other cool, lesser done versions out there, especially from the Wings of Counterattack game. I'm not 100% sure yet which version I'll do, but I'm strongly leaning on doing the one where he has a black long coat, red shirt and black pants. We'll see what the future holds in store for this one.

Character: Kratos Aurion
Version: Judgment / Cruxis
Series: Tales of Symphonia
Dropped: 2016


First off, I know that many of you are probably very surprised to see Kratos on this list and well, I am a bit surprised too that I ended up putting him here in the end! But let me tell you why he is on this list and that's certainly not because I don't like him anymore or anything like that. He is still one of my favorite characters of all time (note that I said "one of my" and not "my favorite") and even if I still really like him and what he stands for, fights for and believes in etc. I would be lying if I told you guys that Kratos hasn't had a significant drop from my so-called "I really like this character" list, ever since I got into Hetalia and my new way of living life. I actually don't know exactly why he has dropped that much recently, it was happening so naturally and he just doesn't speak to me the same way he used to do. Easiest way to explain this would be to say that people change, their life and goals change, their interests and tastes change and heck, people get into new stuff, fandoms and series etc. Change is a natural way of life and I guess all the things I went through the past years changed me a lot - and that's probably why I don't relate to Kratos as much as I did in the past. Honestly, I relate more to Lloyd nowadays (the main character of the game) and my favorite beer brothers in Hetalia.

However, no worries Tales of Symphonia fans. I will absolutely keep cosplaying Kratos in the future but just in his default and pre-game outfits (that I have) as I really don't have the time, money, lust nor inspiration to do his Judgment/Cruxis outfit anymore. Anyone familiar with sewing and crafting can say that the outfit is a bigger project and the interest to do it, is just not there anymore. I have also taken a strong preference towards his default outfit lately, especially when I reflected over what the both outfit's represents to him and when he wears them in the game. Those who have played the game/seen the anime (which doesn't even hold a candle to the game!) knows what I mean and without a doubt, I want to represent Kratos in his good, happy, pleasant memories and moments so I choose his default outfit. Besides, I don't think his Judgment/Cruxis outfit is that comfortable to wear or practical for that matter - my two biggest worries at cons. I mean, how the heck do you take an emergency shit in that thing?! xD

I really like the symbolic design of it but that isn't everything.

Character: Shin Kazama
Series: U.N. Squadron
Dropped: 2016


Shin Kazama is my favorite fighter pilot from one of my most treasured childhood games - U.N. Squadron (known as Area 88 in Japan). This game holds so many good and equally frustrating game memories and despite strongly liking and having the feels about Shin's story and personality overall, I gave up on this cosplay project because Shiro Samurai decided to start doing it and I know that he will do it 20% cooler than I ever will, lol. Especially when he bought a legit military helmet to start with, then you know it's good stuff coming up. I'm really excited to see this cosplay of his taking flight (hehe, see what I did there, eh ;D) and therefore completely leave all the fighter pilot glory to him. Maybe I just do a casual version of him one day because eff yeah, Shin Kazama! Besides, I do have a fitting wig that would work for him too. I would love to bring this childhood hero of mine to life, if I can find a more appealing, simpler design of him that I can do instead of his aviator gear. Good luck to my bro with the cosplay though!

That's it for me and I keep listing cosplays here when changes occur in the future. Do you have any cosplays you've lost interest in? Why? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Guren Ichinose Preview

Hallo~

I'm back with some more photos of my Guren Ichinose (Seraph of the End) costume, as I promised in my last post. This is a preview photoshoot just so that you all can get a better look at my costume and my awesomeness, kekekeke that I got from Cosall. Big thanks to them for sponsoring me once again! <3

I also want to add some thoughts about the character here and why I cosplay him; First off, I still need to finish the manga I'm currently reading (Samurai Deeper Kyo for those interested and it's legit good!) so that I can finally start watching Seraph of the End. Yes, I only watch/read one series at a time, so that I can give my 100% concentration and interest to it. However, don't get me wrong, I have read a little bit about Guren's background (I liked what I read *insert feels here*) and from all the pictures I saw of him (while searching for official references) he really seemed like the type of character I would fancy. So yes, I do have some minor knowledge about Guren and the series but this is gonna change once I get to watch the anime.

Besides, I have always loved Seraph of the End's character design (especially the uniforms) so even if I -for a reason or another- would end up disliking the series more than liking it; I would still cosplay Guren purely for the backstory and awesome design.

Anyway, you peeps most likely came here for some photos so let's roll them out, shall we?

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Guren Ichinose)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai





Myself, I'm happy with these photos and I look forward to learn more about the character and how I should pose for him. These poses are all thought-up-at-the-moment kind, hehe. Seriously, it's hard to pose for a character you don't know that much about, yet.

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Guys, is it just me or do you also feel that something important, like the essence of my blog, is about to be left out? My blog has felt different lately and somehow "less me" do you peeps understand? Wait, hold on now, I will try to figure it out as I almost got it on my tongue for a split second *intensive thinking*

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RIGHT! I REMEMBER NOW! IT'S NOT MY BLOG WITHOUT THE BEAUTY OF MY DERPS! :DD


Enjoy or run faaar away! Whichever you choose, this beautiful face will follow you all the way... in your mind! *evil laugh*

... okay okay, I'm out dudes :DD