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Technical aspects of cosplay; what I like and what I don’t

I don’t pretend to be an authority on art, but I can point out what I don’t like, and what I do.

Example 1 of 2:

The pale skin and slender build make this model a good fit for this character. Where is her sword?

The model’s facial expression seems to convey a passionate intensity, but not really for bloody revenge by combat. (I am not blaming the model. Models get photographed thousands of times; they can’t exercise precise control over each facial expression.)

The basic costume design is excellent, but some enforcer of public prudery seems to have put semi-transparent clothing between the model and her costume. This ruins the effect. The hair might be a little overdone.

How to fix it: First, get her a sword.
If public costume displays require semi-transparent hotpants and halter tops, do the photo shoot in private with a proper version of the costume. The girl is pretty enough to be a model; there’s no reason why she has to do photo shoots at Comiket.

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Shows I liked and disliked in 2013

I am mostly out of touch with the primordial cycle of the seasons, but anime shows come out in 4 separate seasons of 13 episodes each, so now that the Autumn 2013 season has ended, it is time to criticize anime writing.

Yozakura Quartet: Hana No Uta

The original Yozakura Quartet anime was much more subdued; this made it more plausible, but less exciting. Hana no Uta is over-the-top, and for the most part that works out well, although it sometimes gets so whimsical that it snaps me out of my suspension-of-disbelief.

I was very impressed with this reboot. I enjoy each episode; I hope that the writer will manage to deliver a satisfactory plot that will prove to be worthy of all the individual episodes.

Beyond the Boundary/Kyoukai no Kanata
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