Off to WCS 2012

So, we haven't updated since January! Apologies for our downtime, we have been working on our costumes and going to conventions in Finland. Mostly. Though it feels like we just took part in the preliminaries few months ago, our flight for Japan leaves tomorrow. There is lots of panic going on here but we are also damn excited, and we thought it might be appropriate to let everyone know our costume choices! Not that it's last minute or anything. If you have read our blog and/or followed our Facebook page you probably already know what our costumes are, but here goes:
We wore Utena & Dios in October 2011 in CosplayGaala, and they will be our parade costumes. Heat stroke, welcome!

Luscinia & Soroush were first worn in June 2012 at Desucon, unfortunately we haven't managed to put any photoshoot material here. We'll do that hopefully later.

Aand our stage/finale costumes are Okuninushi & Raidou Kuzunoha from Devil Summoner. Something old, something new!

We'll let you know our whereabouts in Japan via Facebook, follow us there if you're interested! We'll be staying in Japan until August 14th, and I promise to update this blog after we're back in Finland and as soon as the jetlag wears off. :D See you either in a weeks or in Japan! -Maiju


Fabric shopping and performance planning

We met up yesterday for a bit of shopping and a bit of planning. Which sounds awfully lot more prodctive than it actually was.

We did manage to get some gray fabric in the perfect shade for Itch's and Bitch's uniforms and Maiju couldn't stop laughing at how masculine and fashionable my dear Bitch is. I tried very hard to figure out why Itch would be equally lame but you just can't top three shades of pink/purple and a furry epaulette. And a Farrah Fawcett haircut.

Afterwards we were supposed to get some food and plan our performance but we mostly just got food, watched a bit of Last Exile Fam, two episodes of BBC's Sherlock (which just happens to be the best goddamn TV-series ever made and if you've not seen it, you should) and coughed and sneezed a lot. We seem to have a magical talent of being sick at the same time. Or maybe we're just sick all the time, respectively.

In the end we did spend a total of 15 minutes or so actually planning our performance. And I'll probably have more ideas for it after tonight, since I'm starting iaido today and if there's even a slight possibility of doing a bit of fantastically pretty iaido-moves on stage, I'll do it. We also need magical cherry petals. Maiju has no say in this.

So yes, awfully interesting and terribly productive! I have a feeling I'm spending tonight and tomorrow re-doing some of Dios's props and on Friday we'll drive to Lahti (I promise to film all of the "Maiju missed yet another exit and is cursing like a sailor" -moments and share them with the internet) for Desucon Frostbite.

Photos and a con report (probably) next week! Have a nice life until then.

- Elina


Utena-photoshoot pt. 1

Trying to be productive, so have another update! I've been meaning to write this entry for about two months and I finally managed to kick myself up to do this.
..or I might just confess I'm just sick and there's little I can do in this condition, so I'll just post some photos.

Utena and Dios (Adolescence of Utena) are one set of our WCS-costumes (not quite sure if we'll go with press or parade, but we'll see), and we hope to have a photoshoot at Desucon Frostbite in a few weeks so that we finally manage to get some photos of both of us. It's a damn lot harder than you'd think!

These were taken at the beginning of November and there was a lot of teeth rattling and laying frozen on the ground involved due to lovely weather conditions of Finland (more moments when I truly did not love this hobby). Photos were taken by YumiKoyuki.

So there! More photos coming in a few weeks with both of us in them. I hope. :D



We're alive! Really!

Oh hi, do you guys still remember us?

We've no proper excuses for not updating other than being lazy (except I wrote a book and did my thesis while working a full time job and Maiju has been doing something that has to do with her studies).

To be quite honest, we've made very little progress with anything WCS-related. We do have one set of costumes finished (Maiju will be uploading photos of her movie!Utena sometime later this week) but that's about it. We're going shopping for fabrics next week so yay. Progress!

The fabrics we're shopping for will be for Itch and Bitch, the very appropriately and respectfully nicknamed characters from the new season of Last Exile.

Luscinia aka. Itch, Maiju's character

Solush aka. Bitch, Elina's very masculine and not-at-all-colour-blind character

It's less than two weeks until Desucon Frostbite, a presumably awesome con in Lahti (the very gray and boring town I grew up in!). We're going as Utena and Dios, so photos are to be expected!

So yeah. Be nice and wear a seatbelt while driving!

- Elina