A Floundering idea

I love Flounder as a mermaid. I came up with the idea now a couple of years ago. I wanted it to be a thing, kind of like how Bowsette became a thing, despite not being an official thing.

Hopefully one day I can get more commissions… and hey, maybe one day someone will cosplay as her… you never know… it could happen?

I’ve toyed with the idea of maybe making an art contest over her… maybe with a cash prize? I don’t know how to go about that, or even if there would be any interest in such a thing.

Anyways, I didn’t really have anything new to post for Mer-Monday, but wanted to share the idea that maybe I should do a contest? Thoughts? Concerns? Comments?

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Go find some Mermaid statues!

Sinfonia del Mar
Sinfonia del Mar, Mexico

I recently was informed by an artist friend ::cough:: Kittyhawk ::cough:: of a website that allows you to search all over Earth for mermaid statues… to physically go to and see! It’s kind of awesome! http://mermaidsofearth.com/

 

I couldn’t find some statues I had heard about in San Marcos, Tx on that list, so here is a link with pictures about that: https://splash.mermaidsocietysmtx.com/mermaid-statues/

There are also 3 statues in Galveston, Tx on their dead tree sculpture tour… so here’s a link for that. https://www.galveston.com/treesculpturetour/

Frightfest @ Fiesta Texas 2018

I went to my 2nd Fright Fest ever this year at Fiesta Texas, and compared to their bar the last time I went a year or two ago, they truly outdid themselves! The pageantry was really good, and I sadly did not take a picture of everything because honestly… I wasn’t expecting to talk about it.

One of my only major complaints about it was the fact that I thought that the coasters would be lit up during it, but they were just the same as usual… but dark… which is actually more fun! The Iron Rattler this time was kind of like being in a tunnel the entire time, and that is AWESOME!

I should be going to a Six Flags Fright Fest again sometime soon-ish, so expect more next time!

Jump a train to Nerima, Tokyo, Japan!

Sean Ranma sketchWhile on vacation, I met a man who quite possibly has the largest collection of merchandise from popular 1989-1992 anime Ranma 1/2, or らんま 1/2 if you are from Nippon.

When he told me that he needed help fulfilling the bucket list entry visit a real life location from the aquatic gender bender comedy, as a fellow fan, I had to help.

So what location in Nerima was this? Furinkan High? The Tendo Dojo? Shakuji-Koen Park? Hah! No. We went to the famous fence alongside the river that was used in many episodes, especially when walking to or from school!

Ranma Fence

While most of the photos were taken with his camera, here are some of the results that I captured from this trip to the real fence seen in Nerima!

River walk in Nerima.jpgOne path on each side, one lane street in between. Not much to see, or too much? Who knows. This was an interesting place for a cosplay photo shoot.
Nerima with Ryouga.jpg

This area is west of Oizumi-gakuen station along the Seibu Ikebukuro line. While to many, this may not seem like a worthwhile excursion, I actually had a lot of fun going along!

Wait… why was Urusei Yatsura’s Lum in one of those pictures?! The Oizumi Gakuen station is the closest station to Toei, known for shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, so naturally this is known as the birthplace of anime!

Oizumi Anime Gate

They have statues out front from Astro Boy, Tomorrow’s Joe, Galaxy Express 999,  and even one of that obnoxious alien from Urusei Yatsura!

Urusei Yatsura Lum statue

Astro Boy

Tomorrow's Joe

Galaxy Express 999Also, I got to see the Galaxy Express 999 train! Or rather… a train promoting this 1977-1981 Manga and Anime!

Galaxy Express 999 trainEven if the photo shoot would have been a bust, which it was not, the station alone made the trip completely worth it!

All shall be revealed…

In time. I’m back from Japan, but between Jet Lag, unpacking, and sorting through things from comiket and Akihabara, I just haven’t had a real chance to make a new post. Below are some collages from some of my pictures though to wet your appetite!

Toei Supper
Dinner with animators from Toei
Akihabara
Akihabara
SNK
SNK @ Comiket
Kimonos
Kimonos @ Kyoto

There will be a Mer-Monday this Monday that is Japan based. Figured I’d give everyone  a heads up, as starting next week I’m going to attempts to get back on schedule.

I played SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

DSCN0067.JPGWhen I went to Comiket today, I did not anticipate seeing SNK there… but, to be fair… I way underestimated the scope of this event, as it is a lot more than indie manga comics, like I had been led to believe… more of that though in a later post. though.

Since I was there, I got a chance to play their upcoming game SNK Herines Tag Team Frenzy… so what did
I think? Well… it may not be the game for me.

DSCN0063I love King of Fighters and Fatal Fury… but sadly, it doesn’t play like that. It seems SNK is continuing the trend of games like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom… by sounding and looking like games that I
should be great at, and simplifying the controls to the point where I’m horrible at the game. AWESOME.

I played the game on PS4, after a Caucasian woman let me see the controls on a laminated piece of paper that was in Japanese. Awesome. I immediately made a fool of myself trying to start the game by pressing X, which she corrected me by telling me that it is O to start. I should have known that.

DSCN0068Once into the game… I tried doing Terry Bogard’s moves, but eh… I ran into the problem that this game doesn’t quite work like that. While she didn’t explain the controls, it was easy enough to figure out that there was a light, heavy, and special… where you can literally just push the special down to do a move that used to require multiple button presses, such as down back punch for a Burn Knuckle. I believe you can also push a directional button to change up the super used. This should make the game easier, but my mind routinely goes back to Street Fighter II every time I pick up a traditional appearing fighting game. Furthermore, you have to perform a move called a dream finisher to defeat your opponent.

DSCN0057Oh, and there’s a button to switch out a character, and it was more fluid feeling than the last few VS. games.

This game… umm… what?! I… *sigh* okay. Also, there’s tons of weird emojy like things and sparkles or whatever when your character is doing a move tat actually look pretty annoying?

I love the fact that they added a rule 63 Terry Bogard, but I just can’t fluidly play this game based on muscle memory, and that sucks… for me. But it’s 2018, and lately I’ve had to come to terms that continuations of things that I like might not necessarily be for me? Which once again… what?!

My review thus far is that… I’m iffy if this game will have lasting appeal for me. Below is some more pictures from my time at their booth.

I don’t care about She-Ra enough.

she-ra-reboot750x422I missed most of the twitter storm about She-Ra… and… eh? My feelings are luke warm to it all? Like… visually I went ‘Oh. She looks like a white Korra from The Legend of Korra. K…’

I didn’t watch She-Ra… I watched  a little bit of He-Man… but honestly? I was more of a ThunderCats fan.

she-ra-netflix-catra-adoraI just… There’s so much going on in the world right now… I just can’t with all of this.

Below, I’ve included a rant against and for it all… but… yeah. Ultimately, I’m cautiously optimistic for this, but I dunno… I’m not paying to watch this show, I don’t have kids who are watching this, But honestly… as someone who is not a fan of She-Ra? I’m more likely to watch this She-Ra than the classic one… but honestly… I do not have a horse in this race.