Blerd Life · colombia · Conventions · Uncategorized

MegaCon Armenia,Colombia – a review

My first convention in Colombia.

Let’s start off by saying this, I am treating this convention as a solo entity. I recently realized that almost every convention I’ve been to happens to be one of the biggest in that country, or it’s somewhere in the top 10 there.

So first off let’s talk about who this convention for … …. TEENAGERS.

Now that’s a not a bad thing,I’m just not one anymore.

But you know what I did notice, those kids looked exactly how me and my friends did in high school. Punk, buttons, anime T-shirts,buying posters,plushies and pocky, those kids were us.
Now if I were to be honest, I only stayed for like 10 minutes.

I got bored.

Why…

Well I’m a vendor/artist/panel kind of women. I can spend hours going through artist alleies deciding what jewelry,comics and random things to buy.There just wasn’t an artist alley, But there were  a couple of vendors and video game competitions.

So as far as this con goes, it’s a good place for teenagers here to meet others with similar interest. It was small, but for the audience it was perfect  .

So out of seven Dragon balls it  gets a two.

Why?

Well, the convention would have gotten a four D.B. ,if it hadn’t been for one guy at the door,not letting me leave when I wanted to.

I understand only so many can come in at once but ,you know what makes that easier, people leaving.

It was small but enjoyable.

~blerdlikeme

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The no Switch Life

The Switch is officially out, and guess who doesn´t have it?

That would be me.

Now you probably wondering why. Well first off, I´m poor. Secondly I´m poor and currently living in Colombia. All my savings went toward gettting myself here, and the little bit I have in stocks, are going to stay there. Everyone that I know that loves Nintendo has it, and well now I´m inspired. What I´m going to do is, play through my Nintedo Library.

I made sure that before I left the country, that I would have some of the best games ever released on the Nintendo DS. I knew I wouldnt have a way to buy games(region lock) while I was here, so I made sure I had enough to last me for ,well …. ….

IDK honestly it depends on how I play.

I´ve honestly been way to busy to play since I´ve been here… …Ok well let´s say Netflix has taken over my free time. I  am now going to dedicate minimum one hour a week to my Nintendo library in the hopes that I will beat every game that I have.

The game I going to start off with is probably my least favorite of my favorite series:

Majora´s Mask

Ok, don´t hate me but I didn´t play it as a kid so I´m coming at it without my Nostalgia Glasses, and this whole ¨rewind every three days¨ thing is irritating. But I bought it at full price…so I´m going to finish it.

Video Games are life,

BlerdLikeMe

Blerd Life · Nerd Life · Nintendoland · Uncategorized

My Nintendo DS Collection

As it is it seems like the 3ds will soon be gone with the coming of the Switch, but that won’t stop me.I’ll keep collecting games as long as there are fun ones to play.

American Collection:

Brain Age^2

Bravely Second

Code Name Steam

Chrono Trigger

Digimon DigimonWorld DS

Dragon Quest:Sentinels of the Starry Skies IX

Drawn to Life

Elite Beat Agents

Etrian Odyssey IV:Legend of the Titans

Final Fantasy: Echoes of Time

Fire Emlbelme Awakening

Fire Emblem Fates:Birthright

Ghost Trick

Golden Sun:Dark Dawn

Legend of Zelda:Link’s Awakening

Legend of Zelda:A Link Between Worlds

Legend of Zelda:Majora’s Mask

Mario and Luigi:Parners in Time

Monster Hunter 4:Ultimate

Persona Q:Shadows of Labryinth

Picross 3D

Pokemon Heart Gold

Pokemon Moon

Pokemon X

Prince of Persia

Professor Layton:Diabolic Box

Rhythm Heaven

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2

Super Princess Peach

The World Ends With You

Japanese Collection:

Ash:Archaic Sealed Heat

Dragon Quest:Moster Joker

Final Fantasy: Chocobo Tale

NinoKuni

One Piece: Gear Spirit

Pokemon Heart Gold

Pokemon Soul Silver

Quiz Magic Academy

Time Hollow

 

Korean Collection

Ragnarok

I’ll eventually have a chance to review them all, but I’m not there yet.

~BlerdLikeMe

TV Shows

3% Episode 1:1st thoughts and impressions

The first thing that struck me was the diversity of the show.There are  very few shows that I see that really reflect the world that we live in.So turns out I started watching it in English, but something felt off ,and then when I saw the lips not lining up with the words,I knew it was about that time.I immediately put on subtitles and changed the audio to Portuguese. Turns out this is a Brazilian drama.

This story begins in a post apocalyptic world(as all good stories should).We see young teenagers making a mass exodus to do this thing called the Process.The process is the only way to leave the slums,and go to mythical place called Offshore.A place in which they can live well and get out of poverty.The catch is of all the people who take the test only 3% will pass.There is an organization know as The Cause that is working to undermine the process and the whole way of life for people in Offshore.

So the world in which theses teenagers lives, they live in a slum and everyone’s hope rides on being passing The Process and getting to Offshore.The thing is no one who makes it Offshore ever comes back .So how do you really know it’s a place worth going to. I feel like for most , it’s a “anything has to better than this” kind of thing.The director of Process is sketchy, he almost drowns himself daily to remind himself that this is a life or death process (this is a paraphrase of his exact words).Not to mention almost drowning other to make them understand this as well.Also he has someone whose watching him during this Process for some reason.So I’m not sure how well he actually trusted.The organization he works for doesn’t seem to trust him fully either so they’ve sent a person to watch over this year’s Process.So far there have only been two parts of the Process an interview.Which was well I see determined by your willingness to succeed,truthfulness(sort of),and your belief in yourself.Many failing because they are not genuine or do not have confidence are quickly cut.We are introduced to many kids some make it and some don’t.The second trial is a spatial reasoning.Some kids cheat, some help other,this gives us a general idea of the attitude of most of the kids toward each other.Oh did I mention that one of The Cause operatives has been captured and he may or may not the identity of a mole who is going through the Process.

 

So this has really intrigued me.I only really like half of our main characters, but even those i don’t like I find intriguing.There are a couple of characters whose motive seem to be more than getting to the Offshore.Also we are given the fact that an unknown number of people don’t come back from The Process.Most are assumed to have passed, but considering the fact that only 3% pass, how many actually die and don’t come back.Leaving all their family and friends dreaming and hoping that they made it. This actually reminds me a lot of the Hunter x Hunter exams.It seems simple at first, but there is a high chance of failure and good chance of death. I like the world and I like the technology they have.There seem to be some kind of tech that is put directly through your ear.It’s also gives the introduction speech given by  the director of The Process.The weird thing is as you(they) listen the speech has your name in it.As if he’s talking to you.Another thing I noticed during the interview process they want to make sure that you assimilate if you pass.They make sure that you think The Cause are just a bunch of meddlers.The want a certain mindset of people…

This was just episode one,and we’ve already have death, mistrust, and a mole…They are starting strong.

~BlerdLikeMe

Movie Reviews

Mirror Mask:A review(not really spoilerish)

So I thought I would try my hand at film reviews I haven’t written any in-depth ones since college, so here we go.

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This movie is more visually stunning than it is anything else.There are many arguments about how strong the story may or may not be, but one thing that is never argued about is the originality within the set, character design, and it’s musical composition.The fact that it hasn’t become a cult classic is a little bit surprising to me.

At it’s very core you could say it resembles the elements of a Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland story.A girl,in this case one named Helena, with problems in her real life is transported to a world very different than her own. The world is very strange, it doesn’t have the bright happiness or insanity of Wonderland nor does it have the sometimes unnecessary darkness that can often be associated with Oz.Another thing that differentiates this movie from the other two is that there is no big thing that happens to garnish us into the new world.There are no tornadoes or rabbit holes, it is an almost seamless transition.

The art style is one thing that truly sets this movie apart from any other.It is a dark fantasy like no other,it’s beautiful and quite unique. It’s the only dark fantasy I’ve ever seen that purposely chooses not use black as it’s main color.Though the ever encroaching darkness is black and tends to spawn eye spiders(that’s how I’m coining them).It tends to use more of a sandy tan to depict it’s world.The character designs are all really well done. Each person having a distinct mask and clothing. Excluding our main character,Helena,who spends most of the movie in her pajamas and bunny slippers.The world is almost totally done in CG and a lot of the creatures are weird, creepy, and/or quite intriguing.The landscape is purposely set to seem artsy .The art of the fantasy world is based on the art that we see Helena draw.The same way in which in the characters of the Wizard of Oz  are fantasy versions of actual people in Dorthy’s life.

In the story she progresses with her companion to try to save this fantasy world while trying to get back to her own.It does have a few classic tropes such as the evil queen and the classic betrayal.Yet everything is done in a new style and intriguing manner so it’s very hard to get bored.I find the world much prettier and much more exciting,than it’s sister movie The Labarinth, although there is no Bowie(and the world isn’t as cute). I’m almost sure I’ll be stoned by many for ever loving this movie over the favorite sibling of then Jim Henson movies,but I do.The labyrinth is cute and well do ne but to be honest I like Helena much more than I  could ever like Sara.Also if I had to choose a world to live in their is no competition.The only negative thing I have to say about this film is the fact the movie called Helena selfish. She wants a normal life, away from her father’s circus, and you can’t blame her.Yet she is called selfish for being tired of this life,and that’s my main problem with the movie.As a parent I believe it’s your job to facilitate your child’s dream and not the other way around.I think it’s selfish to force your child to work in an arena they hate so that you can be happy,but I digress.As does the movie honestly,we are given this point in the very beginning with the argument with her mom,and then we are thrust into a fantasy world.To be honest we aren’t given a lot about her personal life other than the fact that she’s the “typical teen”, aside from the that she works in a circus,and the fact that she loves to draw.Though at the same time we are given a clue that her outburst could honestly be from the fact that she’s a just moody teenager or just wants something different ,rather then her actually hating her life.We are also given images of what a version of Helena could be if she totally ran away from all that her mother’s taught her (or at least that’s how I’m taking those scenes in).In the resolution of saving the queen of the light I see her appreciating where she came from, and not running away from the person she was brought up to be.

 

The synopsis

The story deal with a teenage heroine,Helena, whose tired of her life in the circus(that her parents own). She just wants a normal life.She argues with her mom over this, and not to long after we discover that her mother is sick.After her mother is hospitalized, Helena soon finds mysteriously in strange new world.

This is a world in which you’ll need a net to catch and book and if you neglect it, it’ll sail away back to the library.Not to mention the fact that everybody in this world wears a mask “because how else would you know how you’re feeling”.It’s a world in which giants float and sphinx wont let you pass until you’ve solved their riddle.It’s split into two parts one of light and another of dark.Each ruled by it’s own queen.The problem is the queen of the light won’t wake up and now the darkness is slowly encroaching on the land of the light.Can she get back home and somehow save this world?

 

~BlerdLikeMe

 

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Yu-Gi-Oh! TOS: A synopsis

In a world not so different from ours there is a game played called Duel Monsters. It’s  the most popular game globally, and is played by everyone, young and old. Tournaments are held yearly to determine who the best duelist are.It’s all fun and games right?…

….Right???

Meet Yugi  Moto who also though it was fun and games. He is a student at Domino High School and lives with Grandfather;and in his spare time he likes to duel with his friend. His life probably would have been normal. If he hadn’t beaten the world champion in dueling, Seto Kaiba. Beating Kaiba got the attention of Maximillion Pegasus, the creator of duel monster.

He invites Yugi to his tournament know as Duelist Kingdom. Not by way of normal invitation, but by way of force, by stealing Yugi’s grandfather’s soul.With no other choice Yugi must compete to save his grandfather.To do this he has to beat peagasus at the very game he created.He needs to discover the mysterious powers of the seven minllinium items, especially the one in his possession.

Maybe this games isn’t as innocent as everyone thought.

 

 

yugiWelcome to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!

 

 

~BlerdLikeMe

Blerd Life · Blerd Trek · Cosplay

A year of cosplaying(the first of many to come)

Hi world,

So it’s officially been a years since I’ve officially started cosplaying. What a year. I’ve been to three conventions this year,and I’ve done cosplay at all of them.Since I’ve been back I’ve attended, AWA, DragonCon, and Nerdacon. I ended and began my cosplay season at AWA.

Let’s talk about my first cosplay.

So while I was in Korea,I actually got the dress and scarf for my Bulma cosplay,but I decided to wait until I got back home to actually do it.I didn’t know how I’d be perceived being a black cosplayer in Korea,so I decided to wait. I was dedicated to being the best Buu Saga Bulma ,ever. I even bought a scouter while I was vacationing in Japan(yes it yells sayings from Sayians in Japanese :P). I had a lot of fun finding everything. Actually I had more fun getting the things for the cosplay,than actually wearing them.

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My first cosplay

 

Regardless of the time I put in making the shoes,I didn’t feel great about that cosplay. I realize now that while I was wearing it, I was letting people reaction determine how I felt about it. Rather than me loving it because it was awesome.The next day I did what is probably still my favorite cosplay.

My Steampunk Cheshire.

I spent like a month(or two) making the tail,out of yarn,I followed this awesome tutorial from Zullala. And it’s probably still the most rewarding thing I’ve ever made. Not just that, I bought necomimis and yellow contacts.I mean like it will probably always be my favorite cosplay.Group cosplays are definitely my favorite way of doing cosplay. It was with this cosplay I realized the key to having a good cosplay is having fun with it.Nothing else really matters.Rather if a hundred people ask for my picture or no one.FUN is the number one thing that you need to make sure you have when cosplaying.

 

 

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After my first few cosplays

So far I’ve been Clar(k)a Kent,Billy Cranston, Alice,and Jubilee.You’re probably wondering where the rest of my pictures are.Well to be honest when I do a solo cosplay I kinda get to distracted with the con,but don’t worry I’ll take some pictures in December.

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So as of now I don’t know if I’ll be doing any more cosplays this year but I doubt it.So I have to decide which cosplays to bring with me to Colombia.I really loved my Jubilee and I’m thinking about fixing my Bulma wig and giving it another spin.I’m also considering do a Luffy cosplay if I can make the vest before I leave.I already have the hat and sandals…

I’m not entirely sure what cosplays I’ll do next but they’ll be awesome,and even better.

I’ve got a lot of choices,as do you,

Have an awesome day

 

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Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016:Review

First off you should know that my birthday was also during this time peroid so I may be  a little overly pink goggles because of it but I digress.

Anime Weekend Atlanta(which will be refered to as AWA from this moment on) is an anime convention held every year in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s one of the few conventions that I have been going to for a couple of years now.I think my first time going was like six or seven years ago.I even did my first cosplay there.

It is held in Cobb Galeria Centre,and it a moderate sized conventions,not the biggest anime convention in the country  by no means, but it is one of the largest ones.It’s focus is….lol anime of course.

What can you do see?

 

Cosplay

There was no shortage of cosplayers.

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Panels

Like if I were to be totally honest I’ve never went to a single AWA panel, why… well I’m just too busy doing stuff with my friends to ever make time for it… honestly…

Maid Cafe

First of all I am a bit biased by this because one of my besties works there.But this is one thing I’m gonna let you just experience on your own.These are based on maid cafes in Japan

Dealers Room

Ok so, I’ve been to some massive dealer rooms before,and I gotta say I love AWA’s because it isn’t a huge convention.You’re probably wondering what that has to do with it.Well it’s not big like Dragon Con,which means that your average everyday Jane and John can afford to sell their awesome stuff there.Though there are a few people that have worked for the big 2,I feel like there are way more indie comic book artist at AWA. Also this festival is about anime which is done in Japan, so you get massive amounts of Japanese styled things.So much ramune. Other than ramune, pocky , green tea kitkats, along every other Japanese snack.

SECRET: Ramune the colorful drink in which you pop a marble into the drink to open it,it is not a super popular drink in Japan.Though conventions would try to convince you otherwise,while in Japan(Tokyo/Kyoto) I only saw one of those glass bottles  being sold on the side of the road.Someone was selling them in a Styrofoam cooler along side other stuff.Now I did see Ramune in a Daiso store,but it was in a tin bottle,for just about a dollar.

Another thing that makes me happy is the amount of lolita clothing there.I do believe there are like four different booths dedicated to on of my favorite clothing styles.Too bad I can’t afford any of them.Now one thing I always look forward to at buying is Gundam(Gunpla) and Mecha Model Kits.Honestly I prefer non-gundam model kits.I managed to find two for my birthday.

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Dancing

Like at most conventions that I’ve been to there is always a couple of balls,raves,or other type of dancing.My problem with Dragon Con and AWA’s raves are that well after walking around all day .I refuse to stand 30 minutes just to get into a rave not knowing if i’m going to like it or not.So I snubbed the rave and went swing dancing for the first time with my friends.What I learned.

Well I learned that I’m not good at swing dancing.

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Fifties dollars for two days jammed pack,and I have no regrets,Happy birthday me

~BlerdLikeMe

Gamers Unite · TheGamerVault

20 Ninendo Games I want to buy before leaving the country(Updated)

So as I go to another country as you know ,the 3DS is region locked,so I have to stock up on games before I leave.So here’s my list of games I want before I leave.

1.)Bravely Default-$55 New (Atlus)

2.)Pokemon Moon-$40(already pre-ordered but not paid off yet)

3.)9 Person,9 Hours,9 Doors $25 New

4.)Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time-$20 New

5.)Fire Emblem:Awakening-$40 New(Love it so much)

6.)Radiant Historia-$22 New

7.)Fire Emblem Fates(Conquest more so than BirthRight)

formerly  Etrian Odyssey Untold-$51 New(Atlus)

8.)Dragon Quest V:Hand of the Heavenly Bride-$28 New

9.)Hotel Dusk:Room 215:$65 New (but used is cheap starting around $15)

10.)Pokemon Conquest-$74 New(used starts around $25)

11.)Fire Emblem:Shadow Dragon

12.)Legend of Zelda:Spirit Tracks

13.)Shin Megami Tensei IV-$26 New

14.)Phoenix Wright:Ace Attorney-$25 New

15.)Etrian Odyssey IV:Legend of the Titan-$25 New

Bought but a don’t like the playing style so I’ve cut off all Etrian Odyssey from list.

16.)XenoBlade Chronicles-$39 New

17.)Stella Glow -$75

18.)Viewtiful Joe-$70 New(used start around $25)

19.)Rune Factory 4-$39 New

20.)Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland-$12 New

So I do know they’re are some really great games out here on the list.There are a lot of good Mario and Kirby games,I didn’t put,I trying to focus on my RPG collection.I wonder how many of these I’ll actually have by January….

Let’s see how this list ends,

BlerdLikeMe