Friday, December 28, 2012

K anime, Episode 13 [FINAL] in a nutshell (Spoiler warning)

It's Friday, December 28th. Which means 'K' anime has ended.

[WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk!] *Screenshots are added to this post*

In a nutshell, the battle between Kings continues with two new additions of Sword of Damocles. I'm sure you already anticipate who those two are. Weismann, as we already know, takes in Kuroh as his clansman on top of Neko. However, in the end, only a King can kill another King. We see a lot of self-sacrifice in this episode (and cue fans crying). Weismann asking Mikoto to kill him (implicitly) and after that, Mikoto making Munakata kill him. We don't know for sure if Weismann is really dead... because Weismann is, after all, the Immortal King.

Shiro saying that he is the Immortal King before he goes off to the fight

Shiro/Weismann intervening the fight
Shiro kept the colorless king inside him... to allow Mikoto to kill him :'(

My thoughts?

Why??? Why?? Oh why??

It's been a while since I cried watching anime. The final episode of the pilot season of K made me cry. I want to see Shiro, Weismann and Mikoto again! [Just so... if you notice, I did say PILOT season. They've received the green light for a 2nd season] Well, they better do a 2nd season... lots of things went into my mind... if they did die, what happened to the bodies? And then there's the light in the sky... they better not give me hope and take it away...

By the way, I concur with Munakata when he said, 'Don't give me that garbage with that peaceful look on your face' in reply to Mikoto who said, 'Sorry for making you do the dirty work.'

The aftermath... Awashima was so happy to see him alive

Munakata and Mikoto... T_T
Really... I feel you Munakata. C'mon, Mikoto... seriously? [and I feel Munakata is a nice person, who, bar all the King nonsense, would've been friends with Mikoto.] Just look at Munakata's expression as he said, 'Wasn't there something else that you could have done?'

And the scene between the two of them... T_T uwaaa!!!

Anna and Neko's reactions to the loss of their Kings really made me cry. [Neko: I'm bringing this back to Shiro!!, Ana: Mikoto!]

Also, I do agree with Awashima's view on the Kings. Theirs is a sad existence - to the point that only other Kings can relate to them. Weissman's thoughts on his research back then on the King powers really got to me. It reminds me that sometimes, even the best intentions can bring devastating consequences.

I hope that a second season of K does come to fruition. I want to watch more, I want to see Weismann, I want Shiro!! Oh, and another helping of Munakata and Kuroh. =P

Some more screenshots for your viewing pleasure!

Kuroh's expression when he tries to explain to Neko that Shiro isn't around anymore

Fushimi's expression... are? Isn't that Kuroh and Neko? Probably one of Neko's illusions

Brought tears to my eyes! As Mikoto's right hand man, this tribute couldn't have been more fitting.

Anna saying, 'A lovely red'. Couldn't agree more... :')

For now, I'll just enjoy the incredible songs from K. So if the producers are listening, please, please, don't go back on your promise for a 2nd season!

To feed you K fans' appetites, visit takosekuhara's Tumblr where lots of K related stuff are posted. Don't forget to like kAnimeGoRaProject on Facebook too! Lots of news and whatnots are posted there. Until then, mata ne~!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Comic Fiesta 2012 (Day 2) - The excitement never ends...

Day 2: The fun continues...
I learned my lesson and boarded the LRT from Bangsar by 8am. We arrived around 8.15am and stopped by the bakery for breakfast. This time, I brought in a friend to become my photographer!

So we waited outside the KLCC Convention Center, munching on breakfast at the park. We only queued at 9am. Having tickets made it so much easier and I got to sit down much closer to the entrance and got in much earlier when the doors opened at 10.30am.

This stage event occurred much later.. hehe
As usual, I missed the opening ceremony. I was looking for my friends who were down the long line, having queued up around 9.30am. Once they were inside, it was a go. =)

For Day 2, I didn't exactly buy much. What I did buy was this:

See that black marker where I slashed 1 and made it 2? Yeah, t'was a  my work. hahaha
I didn't get the chance to watch the Solo Cosplay Competition Prelims and Finals. Reason: I joined the Animax 3-episode marathon. So Animax Asia offered either Kamisama Hajimemashita (神様始めました), Tonari no Kaibutsukun (隣の怪物くん) or Skip Beat (スキップ・ビーっト). There were goodies offered and I really love them. They're so useful!

This was given away to participants of the 3-episode marathons. I used it to stash away all items procured from CF2012. =P

These were given away to those who passed by the Animax booth
In the final hour, I actually went around the halls with Jian to take more pictures, especially GSC and Culture Japan.

Here are shots taken at the Culture Japan booth:

Mirai Itasha!

... But we didn't manage to get any GSC shot.


Oh, now I remember. While getting shots of CJ, I got roped in to play Moekana. =P

And finally, I got to see my friend ... finally! She's a volunteer at CF2012 so she is rather busy. Here's a picture of us!

We finally meet again!

I would've liked to stay there longer but I had an errand to run. Busy, busy, busy. I'm always busy. It's a wonder that I actually find time to blog and actually attend ACG events. So around 3.10pm, I called it a day. Yeah, they were holding a NCA Prize-Giving Ceremony then but errands were more important to me. Meh...

Which, by the way, meant I missed out on the meet and greet of Bless4. I can't believe it. Bless4 comes here and I still can't see them. Dang. Oh, and on the way out, I saw fans lining up to get Redjuice's autograph. They bought the artbook over at Coffytiam and were waiting for him to sign. Oh, if I wasn't trying to curb my expenses, I would've bought the artbook and lined up for him to sign it! =S

With me leaving around that time, it meant that I missed out on the activities after 3.30pm. T_T

So ends Day 2 of CF2012 - for me anyway. I really had fun and I hope to be around next year when it is held again. ^^ I said my goodbyes to my new friends and hope that next year, we'll see each other again! By that time, our friendship won't be new anymore. =P Thanks to the CF2012 committee who made this event possible and running smoothly!

And Monday, 24th December 2012 is supposed to be CJ Night Malaysia... at 5.00pm somewhere in Cheras. Due to Christmas deliveries (and the exhaustion from the weekend spent on my feet, in moderately tall wedge boots) I wasn't able to make it.

The next time it's around, I'm determined to make it. Yosh!

Some photo spam at the end of this post!

Caption this! [Umm.. is he striking my soul from the list?]


Neko-chan from K!
Really, I don't know where Chihiro is...
Was told this is Beatrice

Sebastian and Ciel!
Just look at the crowd moving! (And you can see Coffytiam's sign over the horizon.. hehe)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Comic Fiesta 2012 (Day 1) ~ A day of fun and many things!

It's the biggest and longest running ACG event in Malaysia. What else is there to say... other than awesome?

[An informal, personal take on the event. Will try to post a more formal report after my take on both days... maybe. hehe]

A little bit of background before we get into the juicy parts! So what's Comic Fiesta? It is the longest running ACG (Animation, Comics and Games) gathering in Malaysia. At Comic Fiesta, you will find cosplayers, art booths, commercial booths (like CJ - Culture Japan, GSC - Good Smile Company, Animax).

No pictures to share on the event for Day 1. I didn't have a camera with me (it broke down and now it's no longer usable). But I'll share pictures of my loots! Everything I bought are mostly from Day 1. And links to others who do have pictures will be included.

So... what happened?

It was a Saturday (22 Dec 2012). I got off at KLCC LRT Station at 8.30am from Gombak Station. When I arrived at the KLCC Convention Center, I was... speechless. Thank God I pre-ordered my tickets. So I didn't have to queue outside on that very long line reaching up to the Suria KLCC 'lake'.

Inside, it was another queue to pick up my tickets...

CF2012 Pre-ordered tickets! Whoppee!

... and another queue to get in. Doors opened that day at 10.30am (and everyone did a countdown to it!).

The first thing I did? Risking missing the opening ceremony, I queued at Culture Japan booth (see here for the merchandise sold) to get the Mirai Touch'nGo (and the Moekana carry case). It was a ridiculously long queue... but well worth it. =P (By the way, if you'd like to see what his booth looked like during the day itself, feel free to visit his Facebook page!

It was during this queue that I made new friends (comrades!). - Yes, I find it pretty easy to just strike up a conversation with a total stranger and end up being friends. I like to do it! Initially it was because my new friend was confused with the line so she asked me to help, but then it became so much more. I ended up spending the whole day with her!

When we reached the counter (after I bought the carry case), well, all that was available was the Tora ver. Touch'nGo.

Mirai (Tora ver.) Touch'nGo
Mirai Carry Case (cheerleader ver.)

I didn't get Mirai's winking pose that I so wanted! But oh well, something is better than nothing. Apparently, the distributors didn't expect it would sell out so quickly and they had to bring in their machine to print them. After 400 cards , the machine went 'boom!' (or so I'm told).

Behold! The power of ACG fans! =P

After that, it was a period of waiting for another comrade, Wennin... so we walked around... sightseeing... and did some shopping. =P

Inception: Mirai cheerleader... and Mirai cheerleader? =P 


Yatogami Kuroh... from K
Some bunny phone strap I got... Clueless as to its name.. =P

[Day 1 was supposed to be a day that I met Carmen, my long-time friend from French class 4 years ago... but it didn't come to fruition. Instead, I made new friends. How's that? ^^]

Anyway, there were performances by Flying Pan, Temjin to name a few (I didn't get to listen to Harmonia, Nissa Addina and Shiomaru). Some of the songs I got to listen to were from Rurouni Kenshin (Sobakasu, 1/3 Junjou na Kanjou). Brings back memories!

Also, Group Cosplay Competition! Hahaha. Well... my only comment was.. one of them was so moving.. I can't really say much about the others... But kudos to all of them who worked hard for their performance! I can't hold a candle to them so I salute them for being courageous and talented to bring their ideas to life.

The 2.00pm slot was what I was looking up to. Danny Choo on Culture Japan. A photo of it can be found here. I can't find myself in the picture. hehe. Probably somewhere far right... His talk was very inspiring (especially since some people think I'm too grown up for ACG) and even Jimmy Choo attended his talk! (Mhmm.. Big nod to him for being so supportive!)

Also, as I already know from his posts on his website, the Mirai Airlines! Aww.. かわいい!!

We also got the chance to see the preview for Japan Mode and Culture Japan. Now I wish I had Star World so I could watch Japan Mode. =S

Next up was Bushiroad. Bushiroad is famous for Cardfight Vanguard, if you don't know already. I really appreciate the big boss's effort to speak in English to us who have elementary knowledge in Nihongo. =D Sadly, my legs were cramping and I wanted to do a final walkaround the halls before I call it a day. So, I left mid-way. Gomen ne... but I did listen from afar ^^

However, I did stay long enough to know that Cardfight Vanguard is airing on TV2 on Sundays at 8.30am. So folks who love the show can now tune in to TV2 at those times.

Then at 4.00 pm was the slot for Redjuice. Don't know him?? Then you better visit his Deviantart. He is noted for his character designs in Guilty Crown (and I love those designs!). Although the story seemed to start off like a bang! and suddenly my expectations went down.... but no matter, I still love the designs.

I didn't stay long for Redjuice, my stomach was growling from staying inside the halls all day - and I didn't buy anything from their cafe (by the way, thanks Karyee for offering a snack for me ^^). Once I saw his face on stage, I was happy enough and went out... calling it a day. Which is why I missed out on 4 performances, SF4AE Fighting Game Finals and freeplay.

Anyhow, I somehow survived the day with some help from the guide we were provided with:

Event Survival Guide, complete with Stage Schedule (Copyright: Comic Fiesta 2012)

Bless4's performance was at 8.30pm. As I just stated, I didn't make it . I had to be home early so yes, I missed it. I also missed dinner with my friends... =( Maybe next time! When I don't have to rush home via LRT and KTM so that someone else could fetch me home...

So this wraps up Day 1 for me at CF2012. Stay tuned for Day 2!

#Update: You can go here to read more on CF2012~!