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Smash! 2013

So! I haven't been writing much the past two weeks, because I have been too busy having adventures.

One of these many adventures was Smash! in Sydney! Smash is probably my third-favourite con now (after PAX and Wai-Con) because even though it's only one day, it's one day absolutely crammed full of awesome things to see and do. Most cons I'm happy to trawl the trader's hall, maybe catch a screening, and chase down cosplayers for photographs and hang out with/meet new friends, but Smash is one of the cons where I want to go to panels and screenings and comps and since it's only one day you're forced to choose.

I cosplayed as Zelgadis from Slayers. You know, that 90s fantasy comedy anime in Megumi Hashibara's heyday? It was awesome.

(This guy)

Zelgadis Cosplay

Photos all courtesy of my regular partner-in-crime, agentlerain <3 - take a look at her cosplay photography page, there are a bunch of amazing Dynasty Warriors pics on there you should definitely check out! So talented.

Zelgadis Cosplay Smash

Even though I haven't ever really dug deep into the fandom itself, Slayers was (and still is) one of my favourite animes of all-time, and Zelgadis one of my favourite characters. After some of my stupidly complicated costumes I wanted to get back to something a little simpler and less-stressful and more in my skill level instead of several million miles beyond it.

Overall I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out, aside from the wig which was a total disaster, but hey, in canon his hair is wire which he cuts with pliers so that's my excuse. *cough*. I really should have just put up the hood all day. Always one thing goes wrong! But the cosplay otherwise held up well all day, I touched up the makeup a tiny bit once but that was it.

Not many people recognised it, but those that did were totally jazzed which absolutely made my day.

Group cosplay

Mostly hung out with the G!Cosplay crew, who are awesome and of which I appear to have become some sort of orbiter/honorary member. We were only an hour late leaving for the con! Some kind of record.

Before hitting Smash we hit up the Chinese Gardens for the Dynasty Warriors trio to photoshoot (which is where the above photos were taken too). The Gardens were absolutely lovely, and we weren't the only cosplayers in there taking advantage!

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After feeling left out of the epic romance shots with Zhuge Liange and Yueying, Wang Yuanji and I decided to stage our own epic crossover AU romance! XD BRB writing awful fanfic.

We finally tottered into Smash itself around lunchtime, at which point the line had almost finished processing so that was really a lucky coincidence.  We did a quick pass of the Trader's Hall but it was super-crowded and moved like molasses so we retreated outside and headed to Loverin Tamburin in the main theatre - a Japanese pop group doing some covers of anime songs. The only one I recognised was from Dragon Ball, but she had fantastic showmanship and seemed to knock that one out of the park so I'll assume all the others were similarly done justice.

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Aside from that, I didn't really take any photos at all in the con! All the photos here were taken by others. Very sorry. My fingers were blue which meant I pretty much avoided handling anything if I could help it because even though the makeup I used on my fingers was fairly smudge-resistant once it had properly set, tempting fate wasn't a good idea.

Still, there are plenty of other awesome photosets and video compilations out already! Here's a cool video (first of two parts), and here's an excellent photo album if you want to see more awesome, and especially if you like Attack on Titan or Super Smash Bros, because there were a bunch of those and they were all fantastic.

I didn't get to any as many of the panels that I wanted to, but did tag along to a pretty excellent cosplay photography panel with agentlerain and we also checked out the AMV finals!  The winner of the Judge's Choice Award made me want to watch Gurren Lagaan again! Drama/Romance winner was well made too, although looks like that one has been entered in a few cons... And the winner of the comedy category started with me somewhat unimpressed but as it progressed couldn't help but laugh.

Then before we knew it the day was over and everybody realised we hadn't eaten so we tromped out to Darling Quarter in search of food and freaked out the general public. There was at least one kid loudly stage-whispering to his parents that I was scary, and we also had a few random citizens come up wanting photos which always feels a bit weird outside of the con context. Probably the weirdest was waiting in the Guylian cafe bathroom for the toilet and all the double-takes as others came in to join the line. It's surprisingly hard to explain cosplay and conventions to people who know absolutely nothing about the geekier end of pop culture.

We caught up with some other friends from Perth and Melbourne over the con and weekend too, it was really fun to hang out with everyone! Bunch of totally cool cats. (And everyone who cosplayed looked so fabulous, too, blows my mind sometimes.) Many desserts were had. Many, many, many desserts. I'm still coming down from the sugar high. Also many streetpasses. Guys, I'm a little addicted to Streetpass Plaza.

That was only the very beginning of the adventures, but that's a whole other post worth of stuff to cover it.  TL;DR, Smash was fun, cosplay is fun, and it made me miss a lot of anime! Have been feeling very out of the loop with the new stuff, last thing I think I watched was Kuroko no Basuke and Devil Survivor 2... maybe time for another anime binge!

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killiara
Aug. 21st, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
SLAYERS!!!

I'll still find myself humming the opening to the first season under my breath. I remember the night before leaving to University (for one year, made the mistake of getting into a very costly place rather than going to local) my best friend and I stayed up all night marathoning Season 1 of Slayers, bootleg on vhs thanks to the difficulties of getting legal copies in the 90's.

The really sad thing is, I'll occasionally ask myself, "What Would Lina Inverse Do?"

God, I need to get my own copy of that series. So many memories brought back by seeing that costume.

sinnatious
Aug. 22nd, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
'What Would Lina Inverse Do?' The answer is always 'FIRRRRREEEEBAAAAAAALLLLL!' XD

Ahhhhh so happy to hear other Slayers fans around! Same, it was such a pain to track down the VHSes! I was lucky that my local video store had the first season and one of the movies (Still love Naga the Great White Serpent! Ohohohohohoho!) Great memories.
killiara
Aug. 22nd, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
Hey, not always!

... sometimes her answer is, "EAT EVERYTHING!!! STAB GOURRY WITH A FORK IF HE GETS IN MY WAY!!!"

Or it starts with, "Darkness beyond twilight, crimson beyond blood that flows..."
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thesundaywriter
Aug. 22nd, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Though I did not comment on fb I totally recognized Zelgadis =D Slayers was one of the first anime my school friends were into, though at that time I wasn't really interested in anime =D
sinnatious
Aug. 23rd, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
<3 Heh, it's maybe showing our age, isn't it? It's such a classic though. There haven't really been any that pull off that genre nearly as well!
tenshinoakuma
Aug. 24th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
Looks like you had a great time! (As well as at PAX :>)

Do you want anime recs for your anime binge? :3cwatch attack on titan--
sinnatious
Aug. 24th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
Attack on Titan is definitely on the list! Any others that come very high in your esteem? It's never very hard to find something that sounds interesting, but so few anime ideas live up to their potential...
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rafira
Aug. 24th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
oh wow you have a higher opinion of smash than me lol, i didn't think it was very good :P but it was lovely to see you, and you did look lovely. not sure when i will see you next, but i look forward to it :)
sinnatious
Aug. 24th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling it's because I didn't bother much with the trader's hall and that I also skipped the cosplay comp for the AMVs. When we met up at the end of the day you guys did mention that the cosplay comp was a bit of a disaster, right? (And coming from Perth, you'd have especially high standards after John MC-ing things!) And considering it's such a big chunk of the day that could put a big damper on things.

It was cool to see you too! Lunch on Friday was a lot of fun as well. I also have no idea, but we both seem to travel a bit for cons so I'm sure our paths will cross again sometime!
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gardensgnome
Aug. 25th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
I think you look awesome. I never did finish watching Slayers back in the day and so really should go track it down.

Just a heads up too that I'm planning on doing a day of Brisnova. May see you there :)
sinnatious
Aug. 25th, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
You should! First season at least.

Nice! I'm not 100% sure if I'm going yet but still planning on it, you'll have to let me know and we can meet up! Are you going to cosplay? If we're both cosplaying should make it easier to pick each other out. :)
gardensgnome
Aug. 25th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
Heh of course there will be cosplay. Currently I'm planning Momo from Breath of Fire III. I have everything to make her except for wigs to hack and slash. A couple months to create her in should be plenty of time provided I start soon. She'll probably end up my lightest/coolest to wear. Will you have a new cosplay to wear or planning to wear a current one?

Plan is to drag my eldest niece along with me for the Saturday as I may or may not get the Sunday off work.
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gardensgnome
Oct. 19th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
Comment hopping because skinny comment reading areas are hard :D

Definitely kids over the whole random guy thing. That does have the creepy vibe to it if they only go around getting pics taken with girls without knowing the cosplay.

Braska, Aki-con 2009. I totally look like I'm floating XD I want to do a remake of him, see if I can't get the cosplay as a whole a bit more warm weather friendly. You make me tempted to do a repair job on him for Brisnova but he really needs a full remake plus travelling long distances by train is not something I should so in Braska.

I'm coming down from the coast via train so won't be there until after 9am. Might have to go see when the pre-paid cutoff date is and have a serious think.

Dammit I won't have time to remake Braska *cries* Though really I should stop considering him now that he's been mentioned. When I do drag Braska off to a con again I'm so going to try to have a Jecht and Auron cos that would be many levels of awesome.

I have a itty-bitty Hibird but without the hair because I haven't managed yet to get it how I think it should look...and a hugeass beanbag size Hibird that went to Mani with me. We met a young girl doing chibi!Lambo and she was adorable.
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silverharmony
Aug. 30th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
Late comment is late, sorry! D': I need to spend more time in LJ-land.

Your cosplay looks fab, I'm sad I didn't get to see you ;A; I haven't seen you in ages actually. I love how the photoshoot turned out! You should have a site (like dA or an FB page) where you put them all in one place for creeps like me to stare at. Hahaha.

That's awesome that you got into the Chinese Gardens, did the staff give you any trouble? I actually heard that they've been cracking down on cosplay shoots in the last few months :/ they're not too happy with them happening in the Gardens.

Glad to hear you had fun at SMASH / in Syd though! :D We definitely, definitely need to catch up at Brisnova DX
sinnatious
Aug. 30th, 2013 08:25 am (UTC)
It has been a while, hasn't it? Our curse of always missing each other at cons continues to run strong. LOL you keep saying that about a site but I still cannot be bothered. :P

No trouble at the Chinese Gardens! They gave us a mini-lecture upon entering about keeping to the paths and not climbing on things or getting in the way of other guests, but that was it. One of the staff tracked us down later and asked if some bags piled up in one of the pagodas was ours but they were't and they did say they were glad that we at least were following the rules, so sounded like they were a little exasperated with some of the other cosplay groups there. Maybe the source?

For sure! At this stage I'll still be going, we'll definitely have to hang out!
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