Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Evangelion Marathon 2013

On Saturday November 30th Access Cinema, the Japanese Film Festival held a Rebuild of Evangelion Marathon in the Lighthouse Cinema Dublin.

I really enjoyed myself and went cosplaying as Rei Ayanami to debut my new dress. I was the only one there cosplaying and I will admit I was nervous walking into the cinema foyer dressed as Rei but at the end of the day I received some lovely compliments just people saying "fair play to her" and was glad I did it. One of the very reasons why I enjoy cosplaying is to express fandom for a series I really like and to meet and talk to fans. Even though the whole day was spent in a cinema theatre and I really enjoyed watching all three movies on the big screen, I would of liked it if there was a social aspect to the day eg after the screening or during breaks of the film we would be moved to a panel discussion room or an exhibition dedicated to Evangelion. I recall seeing Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0 and 5cm Per Second in the IFI a few years ago which was organised by Andrew of Anime On Demand, and there was a panel talk between movies from Jonathan Clements on the Evangelion fandom. Normally after watching something I really like I get a big buzz of wanting to chat and discuss with fellow fans. I got talking to one of the organisers from Access Cinema who we work with the Experience Japan Festival I am part of and they put my Rei cosplay photo on their facebook page. Picture below.

 My friend took this shot before going in to the theatre. It quite resembles the scene from the anime Rei's ghostly appearance.

Took this self portrait :p before heading in. I know I look weird without the red eyes but thought it would be best to leave the lenses giving I will be tucked away in a cinema theatre all day. :p

A lot of people turned up, it was packed! I took this photo from the Access Cinema Page.

After the screening I went to a Japanese/Chinese restaurant with friends. It is a decent restaurant with good value for money.

Was trying to mimic the scene from Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 with Rei drinking the Miso Soup.

 I put this photo on my facebook and people's reactions were hilarious! Ok fair enough you cosplay to film you really like but dining in a restaurant in cosplay? This is something I normally wouldn't do. :p Sure something to tell your grandkids I suppose. When I looked out the window a group of Asian (I think Japanese) girls walked by and recognized my cosplay and shouted "Rei" :P

A big thanks to the Access Cinema for organising  a great day! I really had an enjoyable weekend, doing two photoshoots and cosplaying as Rei to the Evangelion Marathon, seeing my favourite anime of all time on the big screen. :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Eirtakon 2013

Eirtakon was were it all began for me when it comes to Events Coordinating for Anime conventions. This year I was just an associate and help out with the Cosplay judging. It is amazing to see something you have been involved with for seven years develop into a large scale event and ran successfully,

The event was held in Croke Park.

I had a great time but unfortunately didn't get to see much as I was busy judging most of Saturday and I enjoyed Sonya's Art of a Geisha panel.

Some photos to leave you with. :)

 As I have been involved with conventions for a few years, I still love event to be atmospheric with the cosplayers but attending seminars and panels are becoming one of my highlights of the convention as I feel we are really learning of each another and teaching another new things. We are sharing the things we love. I know very little about Gundam model making but I felt a bond of the community connecting and being eager to learn.

^ You see what I mean? :)

I took this photo of an image from MCM Expo in Birmingham which was in the Metro morning paper the next day. I was thinking pity it wasn't Eirtakon as MCM Comic Con was on the same weekend, awh well maybe in the future. :)

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