The Blog is 9 years old!

AmazingSpiderGirlThis blog is 9 years old, and has covered/embraced/celebrated many different things from My Little Pony, Cosplay, Comics, Video Games, and more. I do not know the future of this blog or domain name even… I do know that it has been an enjoyable time, and I have had the glorious opportunity through it to interview some cool people and meeting new friends.

Below are 9 pictures from my blog, each from a different year, and 8 of which were created by me.

The Death of the mastermind of 9-11, Cosplay Prom, Art for a friend and her husband, Me with some Poke babes at Coast con, Jupiter and Mercury together to tease one of my friends, Rogue from MagFest, MLP cosplay from the last Nightmare Nights, Skies of Arcadia cosplay from last years MagFest, and the unearthed magazing cover featuring one of my favorites Futaba-Kun change! Mmm…. some interesting and even good times.

20181013_184946Like I said, I do not know the future of this blog. I really want to migrate the content of this blog off of wordpress. I do not like using it’s image menu, as the further back I search for images, the less stable it gets. Also, I’ve reached past 80% of my allotted image space.

Here’s hoping that I can figure out a way to make http://www.netsenshi.com prosper!

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#Kickvic≤Anime Gate

ushicon4SeanPeople have been clamoring that there is an Anime Gate going on, and that taking down the popular voice actor, Vic… Mig…nawn… Vic. Taking down Vic was a huge part of this. My argument is Anime Gate is much older than #KickVic, and is much broader. Let’s start at the beginning.

Signs at conventions asking for hugs/kisses, people taking pictures with cosplayers with their hand on their boob/butt, hyped up youngsters running at people full speed for a glomp, etc… Anime Convention goers have always been debaucherous, and there has always been this awkward excited energy to anime conventions… and a lot of us finally grew up and it became more okay to say ‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’

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Momokun

2014’s Cosplay is Not Consent is where Anime Gate really started from. Then we have the whole Momokun situation where a cosplay guest was being all handsy and gropish with other attendees. People complained and conventions restricted her appearances but lately it’s as if people forgot about her.

In between, we’ve had the whole Anime Matsuri situation, where John Leigh of Anime Matsuri had lolita guests claiming that he had harassed them both online and in-person.

Vic Mignogna has had allegations whispered at conventions since I’ve been going to them in 2004 that I have personally heard of. Women claiming that Vic is creepy, that conventions were going to stop having him as a guest, etc.

Vic_MignognaThere is a spreadsheet going around of accused abusers from anime conventions. Right around this time, #KickVic started. Something like #KickVic was almost destined to come up in this post #Metoo world. The allegations against Vic Mignogna aren’t that bad even, for the most part. Too huggy and kissy on women/girls of questionable ages for way too long of a time. That sums up this whole Vic thing, in a nut shell.

‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’

While convention behavior between guest and attendee, cosplayer and attendee, and even guest and convention volunteers once you factor in Vic’s alleged behavior towards staff when he doesn’t get his way, is only half of what could be considered an Anime Gate.

teen-titans-goYou then have Westerners trying to re-make anime in their own image, what with Crunchy Roll allegedly misappropriating funds to make High Guardian Spice, Steven Universes nods to video games and anime, Crunchy Roll ignoring the popular Goblin Slayer for it’s yearly awards because it’s content is problematic, Netflix’s She-Ra, and the countless ‘Ameria-manga’ cartoon and comic art styles that have come before all of this.

chibimoonThe real Anime Gate might just be the fact that a lot of the 2nd generation of Anime fans who were 90’s kids finally grew up and took off the rose tented glasses, and said enough was enough on social media… where they were finally heard.

But hey… that’s just a theory… an Anime Gate theory!

What the Flick?

After the new year, I went to my Flickr just to poke my nose around, and I was greeted with this message…

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So, expiring the same day it goes into effect, I could save 15% on going pro… so what are my options?

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*sigh*

I am not paying $50.04 a year to store my photos somewhere. At one time, when it was offered, I did sometimes go pro… but that was when I was trying to be either a convention photographer or a convention journalist.. and yeah… that sucks… so where will I go?

WordPress? No… I’m at almost 80% there. Deviantart takes too long to upload even one picture. *sigh* This sucks, and I’m not sure where the future of my hobby will bring me to…

Below are some photos I’ve taken or had taken for me (such as mermaid-ed ones) that will soon need a new home, I guess. Enjoy?

Remember the Pre-Bowsette times?

I took these photo in January of this year at Magfest in MD and June at A-Kon in Tx. Considering the fact that Bowsette hit us in September, I thought that these were worth sharing.

Remember the before Bowsette times? Where you could be a bad ass fan creation that was more adapted from your own creation than someone else’s? Before the bandwagon effect? No? Okay.

Below are some fun photos I took this year, mostly of cosplay. Expect a few more posts before the end of the year and after about how awesome 2018 was!

 

The Bowsettes of Oni-Con

DSCN0122 CROPWhile at Oni-con last Saturday, I accidentally ran into a gaggle of  girls dressed as everyone’s favorite Mario meme generator, Bowsette!

How long will a sexy version of Bowser wearing the same crown that can turn Toadette into Peachette be relevant? No clue, but this awesome moment in time was captured by my camera… and that’s pretty awesome.

DSCN0116The crazy thing is that the crown that causes this transformation is from a game, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, that has still not even come out yet! Six days away, and there are Bowsettes, Booettes, and… Shygette? Shy Gurl?

Whatever, it’s cute and the main point is that it’s so much more awesome than Toadette… which was surprisingly absent when I was at Oni-Con.

At this photo shoot, there were Mario’s and Luigi’s but no official princesses in sight, which was a little sad as I amd a huge fan of Princess Daisy. Anyways, enjoy the pictures below!

For more pictures of Bowsette, as well as Oni-Con… check out my flickr album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157673354214147

Cosplay does not make you special

DSCN0023.JPGLast Saturday, I went to Oni-Con in Galveston, Tx! While I took a lot of pictures that day at and around  said conventions, there was something that I wanted to say before I tackle that. If you are at a convention, you might end up having your picture taken, or there might be video of you. Is it a little rude? Yeah! Is it wrong? Maybe not? Let me explain the story that happened to me at Oni.

I was in the smoking patio they had on the second floor chatting with some friends from out of state.

All of a sudden, a girl gets on a pillar that is attached to the railing, and poses for a picture. This is unsafe behavior, in the evening where light is low, and is posing in heels on something that is maybe 18inx18in

dscn0035.jpgI snapped a picture of her from behind with my camera, as it was just faster than using my cell phone. A minute or two later, the friend of hers who took the cell phone picture complains that if you want to take her photo, you can just like… ask.

I go “I was taking the photo because what she was doing was dangerous. She could have fallen and hurt herself.’

“Still though, you can just ask”

I would never have asked. What I was doing, was contemplating showing the photo to the hotel staff which would probably get Oni-Con in trouble because their guests were violating basic safety precautions, but you know… whatever.

DSCN0117I get that Cosplay is not Consent, but cosplay doesn’t make you ‘special.’ The rules still apply to you even if you are dressed as a witch, angel, or virtual idol.

If I want to take a photo of someone who is doing something stupid? Be glad that I didn’t take video… which is something I could have done just as easily.

*sigh*

Expect some photos tomorrow from my Saturday at Oni-Con. Maybe I will do one tomorrow on the Bowsettes of Oni-Con? I might just do an over all one… but expect a couple updates soon.

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.
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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!