Mini documentary discusses importance of Sailor Moon for 90s LGBTQ kids

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Sailor Moon holds a unique place in the anime fandom as a common entry point for many 90s kids and introducing queer characters to children’s television.

Fan communities filled in the gaps for censored American version. Fans attracted to a show focusing on strong female friendship, romance, and super powers could turn to the internet and find what was missing, including the truth about the show’s characters.

In the latest episode of Vice’s American Obsession mini-documentary series, viewers can learn about some of the influence Sailor Moon had on LGBTQ+ kids growing up in the 90s. The documentary interviews cosplayers at last year’s Anime ExpoViz Media‘s Charlene Igram, and other fans of the anime series.

Cosplaying taxis with monster drivers to offer free rides to cosplayers in Shibuya (Tokyo) this Halloween

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Halloween in Japan keeps getting bigger and better every year, with cosplayers coming out in droves to celebrate the world of costumes and make-believe. This time around, Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is joining the fun with a fleet of taxis dressed up in Halloween costumes, complete with “monster drivers” behind the wheel.

The monsters and their vehicles will be helping fellow ogres and ghouls by offering free rides to people in costume in the Shibuya area on October 29 and 31. What’s more, the unusual vans promise to be so spacious, they’ll accommodate any type of outfit you’re wearing!

The event, called “Ride on Halloween by Nissan”, will feature three “costumed” vehicles: an orange Jack-o-Lantern, a purple-and-green Frankenstein (‘Frankenstein’s Monster’ for the purists), and a pale-brown, bandaged Mummy.

▼ They may be monsters, but they’re Japanese taxi-driving monsters, so they’ll all be wearing white gloves.

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The promotion is designed to showcase the spacious nature of Nissan’s NV200 taxi, which has been ferrying people around New York and London for several years and will finally be making its debut in Japan as part of the preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

▼ New York marked the debut of the NV200 taxi with a #HAILYES interactive marketing campaign in 2013.

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In Japan, they’re using Halloween to highlight the roomy interior of the new taxis, by offering the free rides to cosplayers to show how a van ride can be superior to a sedan ride, especially when you and your clothes take up a extra space. The driver of each vehicle will also take part in the dress-up!

You can catch a ride at three as-yet-unannounced designated pick-up and drop-off points in the Shibuya area, which is one of the main hubs for Halloween celebrations every year.

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The taxis will run between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on 29 and 31 October. The organisers have pointed out that free rides are limited only to those in costume and rides cannot be guaranteed, so if you really want to step inside the cosplaying vehicles, you might want to try your luck before the night of Halloween, when there’s less chance of monsters lurking about.

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The pick-up and drop-off points will be announced soon, so be sure to check out the official campaign website for updates!

Cute animals in powered exoskeletons: 6 wondrous items from the 2015 Wonder Festival (Japan)

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The latest edition of Japan’s bi-annual Wonder Festival brought out both male and female cosplayers, plus Sailor Moon figurines, which are well-known stalwarts of any good event celebrating anime and the creative arts. But what about the actual handmade models that put the wonder into the festival?

Amateur hobbyists converge at the event to display and sell unique goods, resulting in an array of never-before-seen models and items that can’t be found anywhere else. From ramen kewpie dolls to seductive vegetables, we’ve got photos of the most imaginative and eye-popping goods you’ll see this season.

Sylvanian Families powered up in exoskeletons

These little guys are a great introduction to the creative, no-holds-barred, mixed influence nature of the show. The cute, furry animal characters won’t put up with any funny business in these outfits.

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▼ 2,000 yen (US$16.84) for an exoskeleton set? You won’t find these sets at your local toy store.

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Ramen Kewpie Dolls

Incredibly popular in Japan, cherub-faced Kewpie Dolls are always up for a bit of creative cosplay, having appeared in the past as fish roe, balls of algae and all manner of fruit and vegetables. Popping up in a bowl of ramen, however, complete with cascading locks of noodles, is a surprising scenario, even for this character.

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Relive memories from long-lost amusement parks

The model kits at the Yukinonz stand might look ordinary, if not a little amateurish, to the untrained eye. Nostalgic hobbyists, however, would see this as a unique chance to breathe life back into old fun parks which have sadly disappeared or fallen into disrepair.

Nara Dreamland once shuttled happy passengers around the park in a shiny, three-carriage monorail. Today, it sits lifeless amongst dilapidated buildings, visited only by curious haikyoists, or urban explorers.

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▼ The submarine is another abandoned monument from Nara Dreamland.

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Takarazuka Family Land once had a glorious ropeway in operation. Sadly, the ropeway and amusement park no longer exist.

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Vegetables with attitude

Otonamiya is a company that uses resin and clay to create an extensive range of goods, including the Kewpie Ramen figures featured above. It’s their remarkable harvest of carrots and radishes that really steals the showm though.

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Optimus Prime featuring Original PlayStation

If you’re a fan of the original PlayStation console and have a soft spot for Transformers toys, this is the stuff dreams are made of. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S is set to release this kit on 28 February. Standing at 19 centimetres (7.5 inches) tall and retailing for 10,800 yen (US$90.94), Optimus Prime folds up neatly into a replica original PlayStation console, complete with memory card and controller.

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Venus de Milo action figure

The Figma doll series, produced by Max Factory and distributed by Good Smile Company, has done more than just give this famous beauty arms, creating a fully poseable Aphrodite to keep artists and fans of classic sculpture entertained for centuries to come.

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There are some great gems to be unearthed at the Wonder Festival. With the next event scheduled to be held at the Makuhari Messe Convention Centre on Sunday 26 July 2015, we’ve still got some time to save up for our upcoming wondrous purchases!

New makeup for cosplayers claims to create photo-perfect skin

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Makeup is one of the most important factors that could make or break a cosplay outfit. Cosplayers sometimes spend hours exposed to sunlight or strong lighting in a photoshoot or at conventions, and it means a great deal to them to have makeup that lasts and delivers the photogenic results that they want.

Want your skin to look effortlessly flawless in photos? The good news is, the cosplay-loving Japanese have just released a lineup of base makeup items designed specifically to cater to the needs of cosplayers! The greater news is, these products are not going to burn a hole in your wallet, and non-cosplayers can use them for regular makeup too!

I believe that most makeup users, cosplayer or not, would probably agree that base makeup is the most crucial factor that could greatly affect the finish of the look. Some products may look lovely to the naked eye, but when applied, may end up looking chalky or blotchy and unflattering in photos.

The new line of base makeup products for cosplayers, CosCos produced by Liberta, claims to be able to achieve the perfect finish that looks flattering on camera, so perfect that you won’t have to rely on photo editing software to retouch your skin. Sounds like a hardcore cementing job is in place, but the products are apparently formulated with a bunch of skin care ingredients such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane and honey to moisturize and nourish your skin while it creates its impeccable finish.

Here’s what they have in the lineup:
(All prices stated exclude taxes)

Perfect HD Foundation 30g – 1,600 yen (US$13.60)
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Available in two variations – F Natural 01 (recommended for female characters) and M Natural 01 (recommended for male characters)
An all-in-one foundation that can be used without a primer; brightens and evens out your skin tone
Soft focus finish enhances photogenic quality
Formulated with trans-color powder to create a three-dimensional finish
Long-lasting formula with long-lasting moisturizing effects as well (contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and squalane)

 

Clear Rank Up Powder 11g – 1,500 yen ($12.70)
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Boosts the lasting power of your makeup
A fine powder with a smooth and velvety touch
Coated particles achieve a naturally lustrous and clear finish
Soft focus finish enhances photogenic quality
Formulated with trans-color powder to create a three-dimensional finish
Long-lasting formula with long-lasting moisturizing effects as well (contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and squalane)

 

Perfect Lip Concealer 10g – 1,000 yen ($8.50)
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A lip cream base that doesn’t dry out your lips
Comes in an easy-to-apply tube
Provides sufficient coverage with just one application
Packed with moisturizing ingredients (collagen, hyaluronic acid, ceramide, squalane, argan oil and honey)
Long-lasting even during photoshoots that involve eating or drinking

 

Moist Cleansing Water 100ml – 900 yen ($7.65)
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Cleanse and put on your next look immediately without having to wash your face
Comes in a travel-friendly 100ml bottle
Gently cares for your skin with long-lasting moisturizing properties (contains botanical ingredients, double hyaluronic acid and collagen)
Soak a Q-tip (or cotton bud) in it and use it for pinpoint makeup removal
Effectively removes false eyelash glue as well

The makers have mentioned that the products were developed and improved based on feedback from actual cosplayers. Sounds good so far, the only downside being the limited color palette because not all characters have the same skin tone. That, and the fact that there are probably tonnes of drugstore products you can find out there that come with a cheaper price tag and similar advertised effects. I guess it boils down to whether it really is capable of producing the “perfect finish” that promises “no retouches.”

I’m slightly skeptical, but since they’re priced at fairly affordable prices, I’d take my chances with them. If they really are as magical as advertised, imagine all the time and effort that could be saved from photo editing!

CosCos is available for purchase at their official online store and Rakuten (domestic orders only it seems, sorry!).

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Cosplay attains mainstream status in IKEA Singapore’s latest online campaign!

What has cosplaying got to do with organizing your bedroom?” you might ask. Theoretically, they’re two separate issues, but when the world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA steps into the picture, creating effective storage space in a room seems like something any and every cosplayer should be capable of. Check out the makeover of this Singaporean cosplayer’s bedroom!

Cosplay may be a big deal in Japan, but in many other countries, the colorful subculture still remains as something unrecognized and unusual. The growing cosplay community in Singapore, however, might have started to blossom at long last, as the Swedish furniture retailing giant IKEA (Singapore) has chosen to zoom in on a local cosplayer’s living quarters in their online advertising campaign on YouTube.

Even in Japan where cosplaying is sometimes used in commercials to add a little element of interest, cosplayers are seldom featured as the consumer group in advertising, much less coming from a major retailer such as IKEA.

So, back on topic, what can IKEA provide for cosplayers? Singaporean cosplayer Frank’s bedroom makeover tells the story.