I’m officially boycotting Tokyo Comic-Con

You heard it hear first! NetSenshi Productions will never cover any content from Tokyo Comic-Con. Weird, when I never have, I know, but the reason is because they now have a ban on men dressing as women at their convention.

trick_or_treat_by_netsenshi-d31gtimCharacters who crossdress is a rampant trope in Japanese media, if not society. While crossplay is huge among women in Japan, and isn’t being banned at this show, men dressing up as women has. Let’s set aside gender nonconformity, people who are trans, etc. for a moment, and remind ourselves of some Japanese content that makes this ban really weird.

71kiwwkwqrs-_sl1500_Where does Bridget from Guilty Gear come into play? A male character dressed in women’s clothing but in all reality is still a male character? Not Japan enough? Okay.

pink-ranger-girls-of-power-rangers-22611440-500-375Power Rangers… err… Super Sentai… err… Tokusatsu in general, uses a lot of male stunt doubles for their shows. If you have one of them as a guest, and they are in their ranger uniforms, then guess what? You hypocritically have a guest advertising the very same lifestyle that you are directly objecting, all because you are afraid of there being ‘too many’ guys dressed as women. Awesome.

5c2d54990a8233506450b0555f41eeb9What about fans of JRock, or Japanese Rock music to those who are unfamiliar with the term. All of a sudden, fans can’t dress up as their favorite crossdresser from Dir En Grey and strut their stuff? Everyone knows that Shinya is a man, but now NUH UH, not happening. Guess they will have to use some extreme vetting on both actors and musicians for the foreseeable future. Well, as long as there is nothing else that promotes a lifestyle that the people running the convention apparently hates… oh wait… this is Japan.

fisheye-hands-cropAnime and Manga. I know that my references are really dated here. My main point though, hopefully, wont be lost.

So males cannot dress up as male characters who dress up as women, which really isn’t even crossplay but just normal cosplay. Awesome.

29228719f3510ce44f67569f85d9264dAnthropologists even have problems distinguishing between Asian skeletons. Under all of the wigs, makeup, masks, and frills… how are they really going to be able to enforce this? Westerners, wanting to ironically see Stan Lee, a WWII veteran in Japan, sure. That’s easier… but unless they are willing to role the dice and pull out people who might legitimately be women who look a little man-ish and thus make international headlines, I can’t really see this as enforceable on a large scale.

_ml_p2p_pc_badge_tallest15Ah, October. With Halloween at the end of the month, I figured I would do my part in showcasing some interesting costumes to dress up as this year. With a new season of Supergirl starting next week, let’s start with… wait. Why is Supergirl’s “S” backwards?s How do you manage that? Her own solo images also show it as backwards?! On the Party City page for the costume, it at least shows that the “S” is correct on the costume it self… except… wait… gold trim? Huh. Not bad… but I totally missed that detail when zoomed out. She still has boots for a stripper though, and she has more cleavage than I particularly care for with someone using the ‘Girl’ name, but then again I’m a fan of Spider-Girl’s outfit that covers the entire body. At least they didn’t go with the croptop version of this outfit, considering that this is billed as a couple’s costume… which has me rolling my eyes at it’s potential for  incest jokes.

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accessory Party City has an entire page devoted to Kara Zor El for women, not girls. All of that is weird, considering that there are some pretty accurate versions of the character under the girls section, what is even more surprising it that the accessory kit to the right is not under the women’s section. So I guess that must mean that it’s marketed to… teenage girls who need to know that all you need for a Supergirl costume is boobs and a cape so this kit has you covered? I dunno.

adultsupergirlThe worst offender for adult versions of the character is the “Adult Anime Supergirl Costume – Superman” Which there is so much wrong with that statement. So this is Supergirl’s costume from when she is an adult on some hit Japanese girlssupergirldresscartoon, but on Superman who is doing drag? Okay. I totally buy it… I mean, not literally, I’m not buying anything.

Sadly none of Party City’s costumes focus on the TV version of Supergirl, which is unfortunate. Like I said above, the children’s selections of costumes for Supergirl are a lot closer to the character for the most part, while some are well… closer to being Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel more so then Kara Danvers Supergirl. Still a cute costume for kids though!

I might take another look at Supergirl sometime closer to Halloween. BTW: Why is there no Power Girl or Super Woman costumes on Party City’s website? Isn’t that weird?

Happy MerKate Monday!

Today is a very special MerMonday, as I went into the ocean’s pool’s depths for this exclusive (to everyone who attended last weekend’s Delta H Con) appearance by a genuine Merperson!

Okay, so as the tile image shows, all I did was dip a foot in the water with her, which was SUPER SCARY considering that, as we all know, most if not all nautical deaths are due to mermaids.

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As we all know, eating a mermaid’s flesh can make one immortal. Somehow, possibly due to all of the others in her audience, I resisted the urge to devour the tail piece she handed us.

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Seeing Mermaid Kate was a true highlight of the convention for me, and I really do hope  MerKate, also known in the cosplay community as Lady Kate Cosplay,comes back next year. Also, if you were curious what she looks like when she is not a mermaid… well, here you go.

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I snapped this photo right before the VIP mixer. Her look of surprise tells me that she was clearly onto the fact that I still sought immortality. Alas, another day.

For more pictures that I took of her at Delta H, visit my album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/sets/72157672709766196

Why I hate Psylocke

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Psylocke and Revanche… not sure which one is which.

I hate Psylocke for one major reason, and if she were a real flesh and blood person, I would probably be a monster for hating her, as it isn’t her fault.

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Betsy’s first appearance

You see… Psylocke is an otaku fantasy. She is the twin sister of the British Caucasian character Captain Britain. She… appropriated obtained the Japanese assassin Revanche’s body though. Revanche A.K.A. Kwannon died of Betsy Bradrock’s original bodies’ Super AIDS Legacy Virus, so don’t worry… Psylocke is guilt free, and has inherited Kwannon’s martial arts skills!

I know that I am glossing over a lot of the history for both women, it’s just that honestly… her being originally British, is sort of like The Phoenix originally not actually being Jean Grey… people like to forget that that is a thing…

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… and that’s wrong.

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In no media, other than the original comics, has Psylocke ever been portrayed in her British body. Hey, I get it. Caucasian Betsy must not have been popular, and this was their way to spice her up!

Sexy ninja with British accent? Amazing! I can’t help but feel that if this happened today with a character, people would be really upset.

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Olivia Munn

Psylocke will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, and will be played by actress Olivia Munn. Munn was born in America, but her mother is of Chinese descent, although raised in Vietnam. Her father is of English descent, with some German and Scottish thrown in there for good measure. She was raised primarily in Japan on an Air Force base near Tokyo. Why do I mention all of this? Because someone who is half Mongoloid and half Caucasian of a British background is honestly the best thing to happen to this fictional character.

Here’s hoping that X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t suck!

Waifu Mai Shiranui?

Waifu Mai Shiranui?

Since they recently had afull trailer for King of Fighters XIV, I thought I’d go with one of my earlier anime/video game crushes and make this Waifu Wednesday about SNK character Mai Shiranui

I first fell for my from watching the first two Fatal Fury OVA’s, and then Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture. Below is a clip!

Below are a couple of her different outfits from King of Fighters 2006 (King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2)

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Lum from Urusei Yatsura? Racoon Ninja? Rule 63 Andy Bogard cosplay? Crazy stuff! Not the most amazing game ever, but definitely cosplayable!