Hello WAC readers! This is new author Dancing Kitteh! I thought a lot about what my first post should be about and I noticed several cosplayer interviews on here. And I thought; why not interview a digital artist?
Digital Art is a fundamental part of the digital mode of entertainment, be it in anime, manga, games, movies, etc. Digital Art as a profession is emerging as a career option in India…
Before I start going on and on about the Sharingan let I first tell you what the Sharingan is and what it means.
The Sharingan literally means “Copy Wheel Eye” or “Mirror Wheel Eye”. The Sharingan is a dojutsu kekkei genkai which appears only in some members of the Uchiha clan.
The Reasons why the sharingan is 2nd in my top 4 visual powers is simply because of its magnificent abilities. What type of abilities you ask ?
The Sharingan’s abilities consist of two parts: the “Eye of Insight” and the “Eye of Hypnotism”
1.The first of the Sharingan’s powers is being able to see chakra flow. The Sharingan itself gives colour to chakra, allowing the wielder to differentiate them. They are also able to tell if a person is under a genjutsu (hypnotized) because the person’s chakra flow would be irregular.
2. The Sharingan’s second-most prominent ability grants the user an incredible clarity of perception, allowing them to easily recognise genjutsu and different forms of chakra (though not to the same extent as the Byakugan). The Sharingan also allows the user to pick up on subtle details, enabling them to read lip movementsor mimic something like pencil movements.
As the Sharingan evolves, its ability extends to being able to track fast-moving objects before finally giving some amount of predictive capabilities to the user, allowing them to see the image of an attacker’s next move from the slightest muscle tension in their body and counter-attack or dodge without any wasted movement.
The Sharingan’s third and most well-known ability is that it grants the user the ability to copy almost any technique that he or she witnesses, apart from other kekkei genkai techniques. The user can memorise ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu with near-perfect accuracy, allowing the user to use the techniques as their own, or even modify them to create their own new techniques,
However, even though the user may be able to see an attack or know it is coming, their body may not always have time to react.
The Sharingan’s final commonly-used ability is capable of inducing a unique brand of hypnosis that involves suggesting actions and thoughts to the opponent through genjutsu cast by simple eye contact between both parties. More advanced Sharingan users can take the hypnosis ability even further to the point where a powerful summon like Manda or even a tailed beast may be controlled.
Although the Sharingan consumes the user’s chakra while active, the amount of chakra that the user must exert is so insignificant that they can keep it active constantly. In fact, Itachi Uchiha was so masterful with the Sharingan that he was able to keep it active for most of the time, only once deactivating it after using Tsukuyomi on Sasuke and Kakashi, as well as Amaterasu to escape Jiraiya, due to exhaustion.
Now if you wondering why the sharingan is 2nd inspite all the awesome and magnificent abilities, well I will tell you why. Its because of how you activate the sharingan. How you ask ?
The Sharingan’s power, because of its ties to the Curse of Hatred, is both a blessing and a curse. The moment that an Uchiha comes to know a powerful emotion towards someone, such as love and friendship, a stressful or emotional condition brought out from losing that precious person causes the brain to release a special form of chakra that affects the optic nerves while transforming the eyes into Sharingan. After its initial activation, the Sharingan may be used freely, although in the process of using the sharingan excessively one may loose their eyesight.My Top 4 Visual Powers\No.2 The Sharingan 写輪眼 (NARUTO) Before I start going on and on about the Sharingan let I first tell you what the Sharingan is and what it means.
What a glorious time this is. News has just come to front that the 2014 remake of Fate/Stay Night is gonna be following the Unlimited Blade works route. Not only that but Ufotable has also announced that Heaven’s Feel i.e. the third route will be getting its due treatment in the form of an animated feature movie. This news is just too good to bear.
I guess Ufotable really wanted to play it…
The first episode ended with the introduction of the new and awaited character Sousuke. As we move further into the second episode we soon find out that Sousuke has the second best muscles in the lot after Makoto *cough *cough. I’m sorry I meant we soon find out that he is the childhood best friend of Rin. Another new character is introduced soon after, the younger brother of the ex-captain of Samezuka swim team Mikoshiba Momotaro (and apparently his nickname is an otter bwahaha). As Sousuke meets up with the rest of the Iwatobi team for a friendly relay during the opening of the old Iwatobi swimming centre we see Haru and Sousuke exchanging intense glare (Friendly rivalry,I think not).The episodes conclude itself with the victory of Iwatobi swim club in the relay and Sosuke still giving Haru * the looks*. ~glare ~ glare ~glareFree! Eternal Summer Episode – 02 The first episode ended with the introduction of the new and awaited character Sousuke. As we move further into the second episode we soon find out that Sousuke has the second best muscles in the lot after Makoto *cough *cough.
The scales of fan service have finally tipped towards girls as gods of firm muscles smile upon us with the second season of Free that is “Free eternal summer”. The anime completely makes up for the lack of eye candy in this or the previous season and guess what, the story isn’t half bad either. I am sure most of you (Girls) had your eyes peeled out for the second season and trust me, the wait…
Only diamond can cut a diamond. Similarly, you need a genius counterpart to deal with a genius protagonist. The police out of their wits on how to deal with the Sphinx bring in the so-called “genius” detective Shibasaki who had been demoted to the archives for challenging authorities in a case previously handled by him. As the plot thickens the Sphinx is all set for the third bombing and reveals the riddle which is then taken head on by Shibasaki who is able to solve it through rigorous effort and the police department is somehow able to stop the bombing for the first time. There is direct confrontation between the police and sphinx in this episode when Shibasaki openly addresses the sphinx to halt their terrorist activities while answering their riddle on open web broadcasting. Although the Sphinx does not have any intention of stopping anytime soon.Zankyou no Terror Episode 03 Only diamond can cut a diamond. Similarly, you need a genius counterpart to deal with a genius protagonist.
As we move on to the second episode we see Lisa, who due to certain unprecedented reasons has been left with no other option than to become an accomplice with the two main protagonists (Touji and Arata). Racked with guilt, confusion and the load of her ever deteriorating personal life she struggles to comprehend how quickly everything is changing .We also see Touji having nightmares, clips from which hint about a mysterious and painful past concerning both Touji and Arata. The episode ends with a challenger appearing, a genius detective who is able to figure out the riddle given by Sphinx about the location of the second bombing. (Not very original but they definitely did not make it look clichéd either)Zankyou no Terror Episode 02 As we move on to the second episode we see Lisa, who due to certain unprecedented reasons has been left with no other option than to become an accomplice with the two main protagonists (Touji and Arata).
Although the summer anime chart this season offered a lot of variety in terms of genre, I had reserved myself to the fact that it is going to have nothing better than Tokyo ghoul, Aldonoah zero or Barakamon to offer. That is until I came across Zankyou not terror (Terror in resonance ). Being wrong could be this rewarding, I had no idea.
The series started with a bang, the first 5 minutes of it resembling something out of the movie mission impossible (but only better). The animation quality was nothing I expected, it was much better. The anime had a very intense feel to it with perfectly timed OST’s making the perfect setting for the story. You could feel tragedy reeking from the demeanor of the main protagonists who first appear as high school students ,but there is much more to them as we soon see them setting up bombs & blowing up buildings. The two male protagonists call themselves “Sphinx” and are out to show hell to the authorities. Not your garden variety “We fight for others” protagonists’. They fight for themselves.Zankyou no Terror Episode 01 Although the summer anime chart this season offered a lot of variety in terms of genre, I had reserved myself to the fact that it is going to have nothing better than Tokyo ghoul, Aldonoah zero or Barakamon to offer.
I’ve seen many people getting the manga serialization and fillers wrong. This is a post for such fans.
Serialization of manga
There are many manga out there you can read to learn about how manga is serialized. But if you don’t want to read a manga, just learn here. Better read Bakuman. A manga is serialized in a magazine(well, duh). It could be weekly, monthly, bi-monthly (twice a month). So,…
Light Yagami, better known as KIRA, has become a kind of a legend when it comes to anime. Being the titular character of death note, he has pushed his way through the minds of everyone who has seen this anime masterpiece. Created by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata, he represents a very different class of anime characters, the kind which are difficult to forget and at the same time quite difficult…
[Warning: May contain minor spoilers that wouldn’t really spoil much] Kuroshitsuji 3 was the most awaited anime of summer 2014. Its first two seasons were a big hit but many fans, especially the ones who were also fan of its manga were very disappointed by the two initial seasons as most of the anime contained original anime stories and some even claim that it was badly constructed.
Theodore Linardos is a cosplayer from Sacramento, California. He is better known by his cosplay-name Living Ichigo. As the name suggests, he is recognized for his cosplay of different versions of Ichigo Kurosaki from the blockbuster Bleach. He started cosplaying back in 2010 and now has thousands of followers on Facebook. You can follow him also on Instagram, YouTube and Twitch.
–Interview by Tanya Kaushik
TK: Now you must get this a lot, but for the benefit of our readers, what introduced you and got you interested in cosplay?
LI: I got interested in cosplaying when a good friend of mine took me to me very first anime convention many years ago. Didn’t know what cosplay was at the time. I saw people walking around the convention dressed up as anime characters and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. So I told myself I really wanted to try that someday. So when the next anime convention rolled around I decided to cosplay and the rest is history.
TK: Why Ichigo?
LI: Well back when I first started cosplaying I just recently got back into Anime. The series that got me back into anime was Bleach. Loved Bleach a lot and I loved the character Ichigo a lot. So I decided I wanted to cosplay him. Since I was new to cosplaying and not too sure if I wanted to do it that often I told myself I only was going to cosplay Ichigo and that was it. Honestly back then I never imaged anyone cosplaying more than one character just because of the time and effort it takes to do some of these cosplays and how much it cost as well. So since I cosplayed Ichigo it spread like wildfire all over the internet. People were giving me a lot of nicknames for how well my ichigo cosplay was. The nickname the stuck was “Living Ichigo”. So I decided to make that my cosplay name. Even though I cosplay other characters I stayed by that nickname because it reminds me of my cosplay roots and how I became what I am now because of that cosplay.
TK: Which form of Ichigo is your favorite?
LI: Vizard Ichigo is my favorite form of Ichigo to cosplay. Had to both capture the character look with the props and battled damaged clothing and the physical look with my body. Was a nice balance that makes that one of my favorite cosplays.
TK: I have not seen you cosplay Ichigo’s Full Getsuga Tenshou form. Why have you not done it yet?
LI: Well honestly I don’t have a very good answer to that quite frankly. I know doing the time I was busy working on other projects. It sort of skipped my mind I suppose and don’t know when I will go back to cosplaying it since I have so many other projects I’m working on now. I might go and cosplay that form one of these days when nobody is expecting it though.
TK: Your Skullclad Ichigo is awesome! How much time did it took you to complete that? What materials did you use?
LI: Well the cosplay project was a pain to work on. I had to constantly dive two and a half hours to work on the project with my friend Joe. Took weeks since I rarely have free time. Most of it is made out of craft foam actually It was hot clued onto a spandex shirt. The scholls were molded out of clay and then resine casted. After all the was done It was painted to give it a metallic look just like it has in the movie even though it’s a bone armor.
TK: Can you tell us something about your costume-making process?
LI: There’s a ton of thing that go into creating a cosplay. Sewing, wig styling, crafting of props such as armor and weapons. You can go to any local crafts store to pick up materials to work on anything really such as craft foam. Going to a fabric store like Joann’s to pick up fabric and patterns you need to sew a cosplay together. Have to have a sewing machine as well. There’s all sorts of helpful tutorials online that you can pretty much learn just about anything you need to construct a cosplay. There’s a ton more stuff that goes into enplaning the process it takes to make every part of a cosplay work.
TK: What are you working on now?
LI: Working on a Wolverine cosplay. His comic book version. Other copslays I’m working on would be more Dragonball Z cosplays, some One Piece Cosplays, a ton more comic book characters and the list goes on. I probably working on 10 projects currently.
TK: Say, if you weren’t allowed to cosplay Ichigo? Who would’ve you cosplayed?
LI: If my first cosplay wasn’t Ichigo it probably would have been Grimmjow from Bleach in which I have cosplayed him before.
TK: Anything you’d like to say to your fans/upcoming cosplayers?
LI: For those of you who are thinking about cosplaying for the first time and are not sure or scared my one advice is don’t be scared and just do you best to cosplay. I was also new at one point as well and I learned over the years how to better improve my craft in cosplay. Thanks for all the support over the years and I’ll continue to bring you all amazing cosplays.
TK: What conventions will you be attending in 2014?
LI: Next convention I’ll be attending is Saboten Con. As for the rest of the year I’m undecided currently.
Here are some other cosplays by Living Ichigo:Interview With A Cosplayer: Living Ichigo Theodore Linardos is a cosplayer from Sacramento, California. He is better known by his cosplay-name Living Ichigo.
Recently I came across the “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ movie and the movie was as if the Spider-Man scriptwriter got raped and then he prepared it in tears. Rather than writing endless paragraphs, let us do a picture book review.
Movie started with a good scene which grabbed my attention. It made me curious about Project Roosevelt.
Hmm, nice action sequence. A first Person sort of view of…
Recently I have been wondering that what makes our society and our parents think that anime’s are some useless crap which teaches us nothing but spoil our brains and we should grow up and start watching their daily soaps which according to them are related to real life..
So I will stop talking useless things and cut to the chase..
1. Animation is a problem itself:-
Remember those days when we use…
Times are shifting and so is technology. All though laptops used to be the most portable means of consuming content, now we have better and cheaper alternatives which can deliver better value for money and two times better performance for consuming content like anime, movies, songs and for social networking. Yes! I am talking about tablets, because they are extremely portable and can multitask…