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Just got back yesterday evening from an awesome trip to Melbourne!  A great many desserts and delicious foods were had.  Thanks to agentlerain and hithluin for being such awesome travel buddies!  My feet are still sore from all the walking today.

I took very few photos over the course of the whole weekend!  D:  What a terrible state of affairs!  Regardless, I could write pages and pages of text about the trip as always, about how awesome it was to catch up with the Melbourne crew again, but I'll keep it short.

The trip had an inauspicious beginning - I was woken up early that morning with an SMS informing me my flight had been cancelled.  A frantic call managed to secure me on an earlier flight (the only other berth that would get me there before 9pm), and after that it was a mad dash to get dressed and call a cab to make it in time.  But it worked out, and even gave me a precious couple of hours more in Melbourne!  Disaster averted.

Biggest highlight for me was the Video Games Unplugged concert on Thursday night, performed by MSO in conjunction with Eminence (I'm assuming meaning that Hiroaki organised guests and setlist, Eminence provided sheet music, and Philip Chu conducted).  Attended with agentlerain, hithluin, animesque, beanie_nup, kaorismash and surealistic_des.  (Eminence should start giving me commission, I swear.)  Thanks for coming everyone!

I don't have a program, but from memory the program highlights were (in no particular order):

Halo Theme (extremely good)

Gravity Rush suite - I want to play Gravity Rush so badly now.

Starcraft II and Diablo III themes!  Very cool to hear Diablo III before the game is even out.

Shadow of the Colossus: Couterattack - brilliant and nerdgasm-inducing, but far too short!

Civilization IV Baba Yetu!  Another piece I absolutely never expected to hear.

Skyrim - The choir for this was awesome.  It was also prefaced by a highly amusing skit and animation.  See here.

Two pieces from Bioshock!  Pair Bond and Elanor I think they were called.  This was briefly marred by a crying baby.  Who brings a baby to an MSO performance?

Warcraft Suite - this was from the special collection Eminence did a couple of years back.  Very good to hear live.

Secret of Mana: Angel's Fear and Seiken Densetsu 3: Meridian Child - were far and away the highlights for me!  I couldn't believe they did Meridian Child!  It's long been on my wishlist of pieces but I had long given up on it, since SD3 so rarely gets a look in.  Look, someone was kind enough to load it up on to Youtube.  (Along with everything else too!  Go check it out, even though it's of slightly dubious sound quality.)  I just about cried at the end when it started the familiar trail off... ;__;  DREAM COME TRUE.

Two pieces from Assassin's Creed - these were excellent, the vocalist in particular was amazing.

They also did a stack of pieces from Soul Caliber.   Way too many really, but I suppose it made sense since they had Junichi Nakatsuru as a special guest and also were hosting the fighting game championship.  I'm somewhat surprised that nobody figured out to turn down the sounds or music from the game to allow the orchestra to play though.  They fumbled that one.

Also, naturally, FFVII: One Winged Angel.  Lovely as always, but guys, there's heaps of music from Final Fantasy, do a different one!  I understand the dilemma that there may have been many first-time attendees who would be excited at hearing it, but it would be silly to play Beethoven's 9th at every single Beethoven concert, surely?  ...I am complaining but I still loved it.

Encore was Metal Gear Solid 1-3 medley.  A repeat from Nights in Fantasia 2009, but an awesome one.

The event was hosted by Wil Wheaton and the PvPOnline guys - they were fairly amusing, although a tiny part of me can't help but wish there was less of them and more music.  I think my new mission is to hear the Tetris theme orchestrated live.  Preferably this version.

I know.  As fans, we're insatiable.  

Anyhow, on the Friday there was a lot of shopping (for last minute cosplay supplies), meeting up with friends, and John Robertson at the comedy festival that night!  He's best known for The Dark Room Youtube adventure and also for hosting Supanova's cosplay comps.  The performance was decent I guess, but I don't think it was his best show.  TMIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.

On Saturday it was Supanova!

Check out animesque's epic Souji cosplay from P4!  Seeing P4 cosplay always makes me unreasonably happy.  That uniform?  HAND-STITCHED.  (Dedicated enough to hand-stitch the one costume easily bought online - that is pro.)  (also, the bunny ears are a bonus).

This was the accompanying crazy awesome Teddie prop!  *__*  We should have stuffed P-chan in there guys, it could have been a matryoshka cosplay!

fire_ban being all pro as Nero from Devil May Cry.  The arm isn't very obvious in this pic, but it was amazing.


With Terry Pratchett's Death!  This guy was awesome.  

Also, I have almost no pictures of the cosplay I did, lol.  This is one of them.  Riesz from Seiken Densetsu 3 (aka Secret of Mana 2).  I appreciated how the Supanova armband exactly matched the nauseating colour of my dress.  XD

It's the first costume I've made entirely by hand - most have involved at least some op shopping and modding in the past. I still hate working with fabric.  The cosplay, fortunately, lasted exactly as long as it needed to - I only needed to reapply velcro to my shoes and readjust the shoulder armour/headdress occasionally.  As soon as I left the con though, the whole thing fell apart - the stitching at the back of the dress came loose, presumably when I sat down on the train and bent over to fetch camera.  XD  It was a rather awkward trip back on the tram and walk to the hotel, desperately trying to keep my dress up without dropping anything.

And despite lugging a 2m tall spear around all day, which is grossly against weapons regulations, nobody even batted an eye.  Poorly enforced regulations it seems!

Absolutely nobody recognised the cosplay though!  One guy asked if I was Link from the Legend of Zelda.  :|  I guess it's a compliment if they're asking for photos despite not knowing the source material, but I was a little bummed, because I was hoping to flush out some other Secret of Mana fans.  I guess the game is nearly 20 years old now... 

hithluin with LOTR group!  I understand these guys actually went on to win the cosplay comp?

Souji versus Minty Fresh in battle to the death!

cosmic_kath managing to look incredibly epic.  The spear got around.  Was great to see you Kath!

Death to Teddie!

Souji summons Mara?  XD

The tentacle made its way into a few photos too.

kaorismash putting together a beautiful cosplay as usual.  The hair pins were so pretty!  Wish you could see them in this photo.  And two-tone wig!

And sadly, that is about it for photos.

Oh wait, one more.

P-chan being adorable falling asleep on the train on the way back.  XD  It was a long day.

Supanova Melbourne was very different to the other cons I've been to so far.  Not just other cons, but other Supanovas.  I can't speak for SydNova or PerthNova, but compared to BrisNova it was comparatively small (in crowd, not in venue space... although this part was a good thing) and lacking in energy.  I've often complained that Supanova feels less friendly than other cons (Manifest, Wai, Smash) due to the wide breadth of fandoms, but this seemed to be even more the case this time.

The biggest difference was the cosplay though!  This may have been partially due to my lack of seeing implements, but the cosplayers were thin on the ground, especially all the 'wow' factor cosplays. Not to say there weren't some really awesome cosplayers walking around, just not nearly as many as I'm used to seeing at a con - I did not often have the urge to reach for my camera or chase someone down.

Also, a lot more ninja photography than normal.  If we were all walking around I could understand - sometimes hard to catch cosplayers when they're on a mission somewhere, or if they're being hounded by another group of photographers who got there first - but for the most part we were just standing around chatting. The thing about the vast majority of cosplayers is that they're totally happy to say yes if you ask for a photo, and you also get a better photo!  Sometimes with great poses even.  It was really weird!  I never noticed it happening to this degree at BrisNova - maybe because it's too crowded there, makes ninja photography hard.  I never understood why some people raged so much about poor cosplay etiquette before but understand better now.
Luckily the company I got to hang with was awesome so it didn't matter.  <3

Only other news from the con was meeting Brandon Sanderson and getting a book signed for my brother.  He was extremely nice, I only wish I'd read more of his books so I could have held a better conversation with him.

Saturday night we had dinner out with everyone at Grill'D, it was great fun, thanks to everyone who came, especially silver_lined who must have been so tired from travelling and beanie_nup who definitely should have been at home getting her voice back!  Wish I could have hung out with everyone on Sunday too, but alas, work commitments.  :(  Thanks for coming out to lunch on Sunday though kaorismash!  And sorry we made you wait - trams, I forget how slow they are.

Holidays and cons are so awesome, but when you come back reality crashes back in and it's like it was all just a wonderful dream.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
Was great to see you too! ♥
I'm sorry I couldn't make it to dinner, you and P-chan have to come back again soon.

(do you mind if I steal the epic spear photo for facebook?)
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
(Not at all! I'll be putting them up soon anyway though.)
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
In that case, I'll leave it to you :P
Apr. 18th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Great job, your costume turned out lovely! :) Even if I still have no idea who the character is lol

Btw, you should get a deviantART if you haven't already to post all your cosplays up? You've collected a good number already!
Apr. 18th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Ahahaha, don't worry, NOBODY DID. I clearly have to stop choosing obscure characters.

I thought about it, but I don't really do proper photoshoots of the costumes or anything? So I think it would be a pretty fail! Deviant Art account! I was considering making a kind of cosplay master post though... which is better do you think?
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Haha you should photoshoot everything then ♥ and then get a dA xDDD it's kind of a shame that you make all these epic costumes that involve armor/props and stuff and take effort, but then you don't shoot them!

Although a cosplay master post would certainly be better than nothing! *__*
Apr. 19th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
I think I've come to like the creation process more than actually wearing them. XD Also most of my cosplays are solo affairs, so again photoshoots would be weird and impractical!

♥ Will definitely at least make a master post now though.
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