Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Anime Expo 2010 Part the Third

DAY 3


-NAGA-CHI! My heart's aflutter...


-No phallic jokes, please...

Saturday was, of course, yet another day jamm packed with all manner of super awesome things to do (like the Fakku-Danny Choo get together and the Black Lagoon OVA premier/panel with Hiroe Rei!), but visually speaking, it was all about the cosplay. Being the beginning of the weekend, everyone and their cat-eared childhood friend attended, and for me, it was the day my friend Dragon Dronet (yes, that really is his name) arrived. Now, Dragon has been a Hollywood special effects and prop maker for decades, and to be honest, it's easier to list what he hasn't worked on than what he has.


-As Todd would put it, Dragon's quite the character. :)


-Dragon even "Bleached" out his bike for AX ita style!

It being the busiest day of Expo, of course, meant it was time to bring out the S-class cosplay (i.e. the hottest, least comfortable), and Dragon more than provided with armor! Each piece was made by Dragon from metal and along the ye olden ways. In other words, each piece was real honkin' armor, and each had its own story. Indeed, the breast plate I was wearing was one of the backups for Russel Crowe on Gladiator, the Samurai kits were from Heroes, and the full suit of plate was made by Dragon during his apprenticeship. Incredibly cool to be sure (not temperature-wise, though, as I called my cuirass "The Oven" but you get the idea...)

Seriously, looking like an Okinawan pirate or not, I lost at least 10 pounds just by wearing that breastplate...the AX diet plan in force!


-It's amazing what you can do with cardboard... :P



-Kitty and Dragon and pictures by Mu...sounds like a nursery rhyme :D



-Girls!!!


-CATGIRL!!!


-Err, SHOGUN VADER...squeee? ;P


-Exia showing us how to be "Gundam."


-The eternal battle between Armor Dudes and...pastry chefs?

Of course, there was cosplay everywhere (and not necessarily armor dude related). Video game related costumes were particularly prevalent with Street Fighter being a clear favorite...


-Ah, the classic Cammy pose...


-In her defense, the air conditioning was quite vigorous.


-One of the best Dahlsims, period. Oh, and I much prefer this version of Bison...F. Bison! I'm so clever. :P


-HURRRG!!!


-Someone has to yell, "HADOKEN!"

Not to be left out, there was also Blazblu (which I prefer playing as opposed to Street Fighter) to be found as well...


-Totally looking at the guns, I swear.



-Yeah, I think there were Jins and Ragnas too...Back to Noel!


-More Catgirls! (scary ones, though...)

...and let's not forget our friends from Nintendo!


-Seriously, you can do a lot with cardboard!


-Is this Samus male or female that's the question...


-Finally, a Link with armor!


-Twilight Princess, where Ganondorf was finally badass!


-And I thought I was wearing an oven...


-The little known unlockable costumes for Mario...

Finally, some good ol' Snake action and a Raiden that we can all get behind...wait...err...like. Stupid double entendres...


-Raiden looked like a girl anyway, so this is just the logical next step...


-I don't know, but Snake might be bluffing...

When the sun finally went away, it was time to show Dragon a good, um, wholesome time. Yeah. So, it was off to the usual round of parties (where people came by just to say hi - how nice!), sunrise, and resolute rejection of sleep. Thus did Saturday end, and the final day begin...

To Be Continued...

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