While classic anime and video games from the 90’s such as Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z, and more recent popular anime and manga such as Attack on Titan and Naruto have made it into mainstream culture and are plastered on t-shirts and phone wallpapers—this eccentric subculture from Japan that has influenced children, youngsters and adults alike from all over the world has yet to be localized. Otaku Next, Nepal’s first and only community that promotes anime, manga/comics and video games alongside Marvel/DC, was established by anime enthusiasts or “otakus”, who are now introducing to the public one of the most enthused practices that is popular among otakus— cosplaying. Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime. Otaku Next Cosplay Convention is the first cosplay convention of its magnitude organized in Nepal, and is a most anticipated event for anime/manga and gaming enthusiasts alike. Tickets are Rs. 100 and the venue is Chhahari Services, Baluwatar. As the event draws near, The Post caught organizer and co-founder of Otaku Next, Shalini Rana. Excerpts:
How many years has it been since you have organized Otaku Next Cosplay Convention? Who is the main driving force behind the event?
This is our first year organizing a cosplay convention. But we have been doing similar events on a smaller scale for the past year and a half.
Can you please mention a few highlights of the event?
We will be having a cosplay competition, and will be launching our fifth magazine. We are also going to have a few performances, and we might be having a flash mob. We have all sorts of anime/manga/video games-related, and even Marvel/DC related stuff. All these people who are interested in such things are putting up stalls.There will also a gamer’s meet at the event where participants can play games such as Clash of Clan, Dota and League of Legends.
What new things can people anticipate at the cosplay convention this year that are different from previous events?
Everything else we have organized so far has been really small, and we’ve been doing events at our own venues. This time we’ve booked a larger place that can accommodate more people. We also sold pre-tickets prior to the event, which have been completely sold out, so 500 people are definitely going to be there. We are expecting a total of 1000 people. There’s also going to be more room for bigger stalls and stage performances.
Walking around in a bodysuit sounded like fun, a chance to live my ultimate fantasy as a superhero, villain or even a supermodel in a catsuit. So I answered Japanese artist Yuzuru Maeda’s call for participants to the Zentai Walk on Feb 13. “Zentai is short for zenshin taitsu,” Yuzuru said as she distributed the colorful suits from which the project took its name. “It means body tight, and they were made by Japanese men in the 1980s. The idea came from superheroes."
There were about 20 other participants gathered at 98B Collaboratory’s office, the artist-run space in Manila that organized the event. I asked Yuzuru how the project came about, and she said she thought that it would be fun for both participants and viewers to “paint” the streets with color, an experience she “wanted to share with people who are not usually in the art scene.”
Zentai Walk, she said, was about “questioning identities, individuality and spirituality.” People pile on identities in the course of their lives, but wearing the suit can perhaps shed the accumulated personas layer by layer through the course of the one-hour walk.
Our guide, a girl with a pink banner and a megaphone, soon announced that it was time to take a stroll. Yuzuru helped zip up my shiny black bodysuit, and my world turned into a sea of hazy forms and desaturated colors as soon as the fabric covered by eyes. I thought that if I saw less of everything, then everybody would probably see less of me as well, and there was this sense of anonymity. To stand among my new-found “anonymous” brethren also felt strange, and wonderful.
“The participants don’t see each others’ faces, so you kind of become friends without introducing ‘I am doing this job, or I study in this school’ — we don’t need these introductions to be friends,” the artist said. By the time we hit the streets, I had forgotten about my superhero (or model) fantasies. “They (the participants) walk on a street that they know, but the reaction of the people (the bystanders) was different because of the suit," said Yuzuru, “and the experience of ‘same place, but different experience’ is interesting.”
I’ve strolled through Escolta many times, but never in a black bodysuit accompanied by a spandex-clad squad. The place’s denizens were in the midst of their daily grind when we took a stroll. Adults kept their distance and simply stared, with some perhaps annoyed by the invasion of the spandex platoon. But the children were certainly amused, most of whom approached us to ask for high fives, shake our hands, engage in easy banter or simply romp along with us.
Devoid of my real self and prejudices, the street kids amused me with their own perceptions of the figures who’ve descended on their neighborhood, some shouted "Power Rangers," others screamed “mumu.” Clichéd as it may sound, the experience was liberating. The anonymity emboldened us to engage with strangers and to explore our “playground” with childlike wonder. I was having a lot of fun in my new skin when the guide announced that it was time to head back.
Upon Yuzuru’s prodding, we piled into a jeepney for one last photo-opportunity. After a couple of shots, the driver informed us that he needed to fill the jeepney with paying passengers, a cue for us to leave. I would have ordinarily dismissed the statement as a sly attempt at extortion, but my suit apparently shed off my cynism. I remember dutifully exiting the jeepney, thinking that it was only fair, “trabaho lang po,” as the driver said, for us to leave the space that earned the man his income.
I had one last go as a faceless being and asked a Burger Machine vendor for a roast beef sandwich. “Naubusan na kami,” she replied without batting an eyelash. Then and there I realized that Escolta was getting used to its visiting aliens as well. Yuzuru was right when she said that “the Zentai Walk is a beautiful experience.” It revealed many things to me: Escolta’s alter-ego, the soul trapped beneath layers of my own accumulated identities, and life’s bigger truths.
In her Zentai Art Project website, Yuzuru seems to have figured things out. “People say the world would not last long if we continue to consume the way we do now. But I think we are not looking for a new invention that can save the world. I believe the key is to have less desires or identities. If we could live simple, there's much less things we require materially.”
By day, she is a mild-mannered office clerk whose modest make-up and conservative hairstyle allow her to blend in with any crowd.
By night, she dresses in a skin-tight, all-in-one Spandex body suit that covers everything — including her eyes — and sits in bars, alone but liberated, she believes, from the judgment of others.
“With my face covered, I cannot eat or drink like other customers,” said the woman, who is in her 20s and says her name is Hokkyoku Nigo (North Pole No. 2).
“I have led my life always worrying about what other people think of me. They say I look cute, gentle, childish or naive,” she said, her lips ruffling the tight, red shiny material.
“I always felt suffocated by that. But wearing this, I am just a person in a full body suit.”
Hokkyoku Nigo is part of a small subset in Japan with a fetish for wearing outfits called “zentai” — an abbreviation of “zenshintaitsu”, which means “full body suit” — who say they are seeking liberation by effacing the physical self.
Some meet through Internet forums and through gatherings like the Tokyo Zentai Club, whose ten members get together every other month, just like any other group, to hold barbecues or parties. Unlike any other group, they are covered head-to-toe in skintight Lycra.
“I was always fascinated by hero costumes as a child,” said member Hanaka, 22, who was introduced to the club by her 25-year-old boyfriend, Popo.
“When I was 13 or 14, I even tried to make a full-body suit myself, sewing stockings together. But I stopped, thinking maybe I was doing something weird.
“I was really happy when I finally found out on the Internet that there were people like me out there,” said Hanaka, who always comes to Tokyo Zentai Club events with Popo.
While the hobby is a long way from being mainstream in Japan, a country with an unsurpassed ability to dream up slightly off-the-wall pastimes, it makes occasional appearances in popular culture.
Among the most prominent was a movie of comedy vignettes that each focused on common but crushingly awkward social situations that were resolved through a conversion to zentai wearing.
In one, a recipe-blogging housewife who is a victim of bullying by a group of homemakers gives up the fight against the overbearing leader and finds liberation in a circle of zentai lovers.
And in seeming homage to the superheroes whose unspoken presence informs adherents’ costume choices, a young man dressed as a Power Ranger made headlines in Japan after it was revealed he hangs around at the entrance to a subway station to help young mothers carry their baby buggies down stairs.
While some might have good deeds on their minds as they slip inside their suits, others acknowledge that there is something sexual about the practice.
“I like to touch and stroke others and to be touched and stroked like this,” said a 36-year-old teacher, Nezumiko.
“Once you are in one of these suits, you can feel the person, instead of looking at them. “I am not a lesbian, but I wouldn’t mind being with a woman like this. . . . In zentai, it is a completely different kind of sensation from straight sex.”
Academic Ikuo Daibo of Tokyo Mirai University said zentai fans seems to be groping for a different way of expressing their own identity.
“In Japan, many people feel lost; they feel unable to find their role in society,” he said.
“They have too many role models and cannot choose which one to follow.”
He said they take solace from the erasing of their outward appearances and say they believe it offers a way for people to get to know others as they are, rather than because of how they look.
“In a way, they are trying to expose their deeper self by hiding their own identity,” said Daibo. “I find it a very interesting way of communication.”
Right now across the country, high school seniors (and a few select juniors) are preparing for the seemingly unchanging ritual that is prom dresses. While the basic contours of the celebratory evening have stayed the same over the years — there is a dance, and the kids dress up for it — the rise of social media has changed how that evening plays out. The Wire talked to three seniors at a Catholic high school in Pittsburgh about what they’re doing to get ready for the big event, starting with the promposal and ending with the after party. Their prom is in two weeks.
The dress is still a major part of the prom experience, but girls no longer have to worry they’ll show up wearing the same one as a classmate. The girls in Brittany and Jamie’s class made a private Facebook group to post photos of their dresses so nobody purchases the same gown.
And while prom dresses haven’t gotten any less expensive, online services let girls rent them for the night instead of buying. You can rent the $995 Nicole Miller “Living a Dream” gown for $80 on RentTheRunway.com. Shoes and jewelry can be rented, too.
Guys rent their tuxes, and some plan to match their dates. Vinny explains, “I got a little sample of my girlfriend’s dress that she got when she got it hemmed, so I’m just going to take that to the mall with me and try to match a tie.”
This part hasn’t changed much. Vinny recalls, “Last year we had it at a pretty upscale place, and we sat there and had dinner.” The dancing part goes on for a couple hours, thanks to a hired DJ. “I thought [the music] was pretty good,” Vinny says. “I took selfies with friends at the dinner part of prom,” Brittany offers.
“I know this year, I think they’re trying to do some black light theme,” Vinny says. “I’m not sure how that’s going to work, but apparently the girls think it’s going to be great.” They’ll vote for a Prom King and Queen on scraps of paper at the dance.
The kids aren’t doing much twerking, however. Vinny explains, “I think a lot of people try, but especially at the Catholic school, the teachers watch very closely.”
More and more people care other’s opinion. Actually, you are the one who you are. Others indeed do not know your feelings. When you are happy, they have no sense of your smile. When you are crying, they just could sweep your tears, but they failed to reduce your sadness. So, if you are favor of charming Prom Dresses, delicious food. Just go ahead and make it.
Yes, when you are wearing a Fashion Prom Dresses to a party, others just can fall in love with your appearance. Instead, they never fell your felling in the deep heart. Maybe, you are nervous. Or you are excited. Even before the party, you went to the shop for the Prom Dresses 2016, it took many days to make a decision.
All in all, how others may become you and do things instead or yourself? In this big world, we really have no need to care much about others. Time flies. Our life time is extremely short. At the moment you want to buy dresses, go and buy. No matter what others may judge. When you are thirsty of food, go and eat. Although you might be fatter. But all the things you should keep in mind is that you just need to be healthy. Sometimes, you are jealous for girls’ sexuality, good body shape. But how do you know their feeling when they are losing weight and taking weight-loss pills?
Everyone has a dream, especially for the girls. They always want to dress themselves nicely. For example, if they go to a prom, to a large extent, they would like to choose beautiful Prom Dresses. Maybe they will select Sweetheart Prom Dresses so that they can get lots of attention from those who dress ordinarily.
I think all girls definitely want to be the prom girl in the prom night no matter she is rich or poor. What is sweeter than the prom night? Nothing, but to select one proper prom dresses and then dress up, dance all the day. Your Prom Style is making your effort to be the prom queen. Perhaps some girls would struggle with choosing one fabulous red carpet worthy dress to make them look young and cute, but it is unnecessary for you to fear. Some sweetheart prom dresses feature both short and long dresses with sweetheart necklines. Some is bejeweled or plain and some cut all shapes, sizes, fabrics and complexions. Besides, you can let yourself be elegant or sexy or cute .This depends on your own idea. So many choices for you! So be confident and someone always have the difference with you.
Keep yourself look confident and don not forget to smile. Once you succeed, you may know how to attend another prom and what will be prepared next time. By the way, if you like, do keep the favorite prom dress you wore this time in your big wardrobe and make it be your permanent good memory.
If you are a fat woman, which trouble do you have? I’d bet that you can express so many problems. One of my girlfriends told me her great trouble is that she has to buy Plus Size Special Occasion Prom Dresses when she takes part in every ball. And it is difficult for her to buy the appropriate ball gowns and show her prom style. It looks as if it is really an annoying thing.
Which place for the fat women to purchase Graduation Dresses? How can they show their prom styles? What kind of dress do they buy? What kind of cosmetics should they make up? These problems are unintelligible for them. If one fat woman can not choose one beautiful prom dress, make up exquisitely, when she participates the prom and dances, it will look ridiculous. In fact, the fat women gets up her courage to join the prom finally, if she dresses like a witch, there is no doubt that her pride will be hurt. After all, comparisons are odious. Therefore, it is important for fat women to know how to make up and what to wear in different occasions.
The topics discussed above are just small trouble. If some women do not like dressing herself and take part in the social event, that appears unimportant. Some fat women worried more about their health. It is not convenient for them to walk, run and engage in physical activities. They suffered from serious illness easily. Moreover, fat women are not confident. There is no temperament for them because of obesity. So many problems need to be settled.
But when it comes right down to it, no matter how fat you are, do not worry too much. I believe that you can also obtain pleasure and happiness from the world.
When prepare a wedding, there must be a lot of things need to be taken into consideration. Such as the most important Wedding Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses and other Wedding Accessories. There are also many other thing should be prepared which need to be well selected, like the place to held wedding as well as those small gifts–wedding favors to thank your guests who joining the wedding and sharing this big happiness day with you.
In terms of wedding favors, which have two main purposes that are enhance the decor of the table, and offer the guests a practical purpose. Often FOOD, like small cute candies and lucky cookies are traditional and classic first hand option for most couples as wedding favors.
And it is true those candies and cookies can best express the sweet of this big day.
But nowadays, couples want to prepare those favors that can be really used in guests later days. As a result, more useful favors comes out. Such as a shopping bag even sunglasses as many weddings are hold outdoors with big sunshine.
And most hot trendy recent years for wedding favors are trees’seeds. A tree symbolizes strength, life, vitality, roots. Is there a more perfect symbol for marriage?
More couples also tried new ideas to thank their guests with warm words in creative ways.
No doubt that prom is one of amazing and great memories for high school students! High school girl always dream that they can have lots of fun and dance in their perfect cheap prom dresses under 100 and prom dresses under 100 with their dates at prom. Well, if you think most of the guys at your school are either unattractive, taken or player, you can try to date someone out of your school.
You may think that asking a guy to prom is not so good. Well, actually, you can go to prom with the guy you are really interested in and feel special, that would be so precious moment in your life.
How to ask the guy you have a rush on to be your date in a cute way?
Drop hints if you’re still stuck on the idea that you’d like to be asked. Many guys are shy to speak out their love in front of the girls they like, they just need more confidence. So, you may try to flirt with him, drop obvious hints and show him he is caught your eyes!
Find some nice opportunities and let you naturally drops a question into conversation. For example, he says “That was an awesome movie.” You can reply, “Yeah, do you want to go to prom?” Floor him with your confidence and make him wonder if he actually heard what he thinks he heard. Take it easy, and don’t be nervous!
Girls also can do something romantic or creative to impress the guys! Such as, putting a note in his science book or leaving the question on his car after school. By these cute ways, both of you and the guy can get more interesting! Give him a day to try to figure it out and then reveal it to him with confidence that assumes there’s no way any guy could ever turn you down.
“Waiting a Halloween pumpkin in your bedroom?” what are you going to carve a pumpkin for this Halloween Costume? An awesome pumpkin is as important as a creative halloween catwoman costume or mickey halloween costume! It is a necessary part for a perfect Halloween night!
If you have no idea that what to curve pumpkins, you can use these easy patterns and stencils for carving regular pumpkins or fancy jack o’lanterns! No matter for scary patterns, traditional cute pumpkin face, or monogram templates, there are some great pumpkin pattern for you!
Of course, you should find your pretty stoked perfect pumpkin at first, and then you can have some pretty art on it later!
And no doubt you can get lots of fun to curve an interesting pumpkin face! I am pretty sure carving pumpkins instead of doing homework is the proper way to spend a boring Wednesday night!
Generally speaking, Homecoming Dresses can be worn for one time, maybe you will not use it later until you move it out or your mother ask you what to do with you old dresses, but, do you know, in fact, you can make some changes for the dress so that you can wear it into different kinds of occasion, maybe people will not know that this is an old dress it you change it successfully.
Now, I would like to give you some tips about change the dress.
1. Add a bold belt, this can draw people’s attention from your dress to only the waist. Wide belt works better for this. Or dear you can sew a new ribbon on the dress, this can make your dress looks popular, you can sew the ribbon along the edges of the dress, at the waist, down the sides or along any other seams that the dress already has.
2. Make a change of the dress lengthen, you can make the long prom dresses into a short one, and so, it can appears in some occasion which is semi-formal. Cut the dress to about an inch longer than your desired length, pin the fabric up to make an even edge and hem it to your new length. Knee-length dresses are especially cute.
3. Add some sequins or beadings to the bodice party of the dress, you can add some beading or sequins to the part or the whole dress, other people will not know it is an old dress…
If you are seeking a special, unique way to your prom party, they to get some method from those girls:
1. Sock it to Him! Maybe sometimes, it is the simple way to invite him to homecoming, How about give him a pair of socks, maybe a paper in the sock is good: “It would sock if you didn’t go to winter formal with me.”…so, maybe a pair of formal black sock which he can wear for party to match your homecoming dresses is a good way…
2. T-Shirt Secret, the girl Allie Hodgen is very creative with her dance. She got a white t-shirt, and then wrote the names of a bunch of girls all over it… in washable marker! But, she wrote her name in permanent marker. Her date was then presented the shirt and told to put it in the washing machine to reveal who wanted to take him to the dance, if you would like to go to with this way, try to be mystery as long as you can…
3. Homemade Scavenger Hunt, Mekayla Melahouris, a girl who is a Junior, she want to ask her boyfriends to go to prom with him, she placed the construction paper arrow around the playground which he will practice after school, after her boyfriend find this, he said yes…
In my opinion, which way to you wants to invite him for prom, that is depend on yourself and the really situation, you can combine this with her characters and then decide it…Now that you’ve got your dance proposal figured out, you just need to figure out who should pay for what! Hint: It’s totally okay to split everything, especially when it’s a costly dance like prom dresses.
For a high school girl, perfect homecoming dresses are one of the most important part for homecoming…homecoming is less formal than prom, so, sometimes, one short or knee-length dress is welcomed by them, on shoulder dress, strapless dress, the simple, classic style are popular for homecoming…in fact, there is no need for you to spend a lot for homecoming, some cheap homecoming dresses under 100 are also a good choice. The most important is to make yourself be special; unique which will make you feel confident and comfortable with what you are wearing…
Some tips for you to choosing homecoming dress
1. Bring your friends with you when you are choosing homecoming dresses, if you never had homecoming dress before, please do not forget to take your friends with you, because she can help you pick something that is appropriate for your school’s homecoming, and your friends will be honest with what looks good or not good.
2. Try to have variety of colors for the dress, this can help you decide which color is the best choice.
3. Move and dance around in the dresses when you try them on. This will ensure that the dress is comfortable and that you are able to move freely in it.
4. Please do not forget to ensure your size; it can not be too tight or too loose, or you will not be comfortable when you are on your dancing…
As all of you know, the busiest season has coming with the halloween costumes holidays…Overseas buyers are shopping online everyday to get their perfect dress, Halloween customs, and also the Christmas gift everyday…this is almost the hottest season for shopping online…
I would like to share my experience for shopping online with such as bust season, because I have suffered one, which has almost ruined my all holidays…
Firstly, this is also the most important, that is you have to try your best to choose trustable and reliable site to shop, sometimes, a large of stock is very important, especially for the Halloween costumes and accessories…I will always like to contact with me customers to check the stock before I add them into my shopping cart…
For the second side, when you are shopping online with some customized size products, such as zentai suit, prom dress, or wedding dress, you have to make sure its processing time and then place order, as I was told before that As most manufacturers will not accept costumes customize service like: removable mask, crotch zipper, aperture face, open eyes when Halloween is coming around, so, if you need this service before you place order, I think you have to check this…time for tailoring and time for shipping, this is very important when you are place order, because as you know, Halloween and also Christmas are very busy with shipping…Such as, if your homecoming is 15th, October, now, it is the right time for you to ordering your homecoming dresses, because you have to leave some time to make some changes for this…
You have had you phone, tickets, date, Homecoming Dresses, what other things you have to bring for you homecoming?
Here is something we suggest you to take with for your homecoming:
It’s so easy to ditch a regular digital camera for the camera on your phone these days. For everyday pics of your food and selfies, camera phones are great. But for some special days, one professional camera is necessary, it can help you take every moment for your happiness with your friends, and it can also be your forever memory….for pictures, for video, you can put them on internet to share happiness with your friends.
An extra $20:
Extra $20, you may need it for a taxi, you may need some drinks and French fries, make sure that you have some extra money in you pocket in case you need it.
There will be some happened thing happening if wear a pair of new high heels…in order to avoid this from happening, please take with some bandaids, as you know, bandaids works well for the new shoes.
This is necessary for you to have condoms, because maybe you are suddenly in the moment that you want to have sex…so, to protect yourself, one condom at least is necessary…
5. A mini mirror:
Perfect for makeup touch ups on the go, mini mirrors can save your life. Especially when you accidentally have food in your teeth. Eep!
Of course, lipstick or lipgloss, Peppermints, gum or breath strips are also necessary, I suggest you to take them in…