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Ep. 181 #YesAllWomen

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In this episode, Fortune Cookie talks about the ever so fun Fanime where she made a horse out of cardboard and Gizzy B talks about Myth Masquerade and how she needs to step up her game with creating costumes. They also discuss the very important social media movement #YesAllWomen and why it is something everyone needs to pay attention too.

Visit Fortune Cookie at Fanime 2013!

Last minute, I know but I will be at Fanime this year! The convention is from May 24-27th in San Jose, CA and is one of my favorite conventions! There’s been a lot of weird hiccups due to the construction on the property so I am hoping that it’s not too hectic…

I am doing Artist Alley and I will be at table 266 with my usual partner-in-crime Yume Darling!

Please stop by our table to visit! I’d love to chat! I’m also up for interviewing cosplayers and other anime fans for an upcoming Defective Geeks convention report. :)

We will have a color-blocked tablecloth…the top part being this very pretty sakura pink lace material.

From Anime Expo 2011 with my friend Yan and an army of Kyubey.

Sorry, pony cloth. We had a good run but it’s time for something new! (Somehow it still ended up pink…)

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Ep. 61 True Love and Cleavage

The hot topic of the week is the man in Florida who allegedly ate the face of another man while being butt nekkid. Again, we discuss the possibilities of a zombie apocalypse. Fortune Cookie gives a report on Fanime and true love happening right before her very eyes at the convention. Fanfic Theatre: Hunger Games.

Ep. 14 Defective Geeks, As Heard on S.I.R.

The Space Pirate Queen, Gizzy and Fortune Cookie fangirl over our commercial on S.I.R. by Kevin Smith and Jen Schwalbach. We adapt our new tagline: all news, no cocks! Fortune Cookie gives us an update on Fanime Con progress, while Gizzy talks Batman and zombies again. We finally started Fanfic Theatre with a Supernatural x Battlestar Galactica crossover. Cylons could be fallen angels, don’t judge!

Fanime 2010 – FLOW concert

The five members of FLOW

Fanime is known to be one of the main anime conventions that truly promotes music. Acoustic karaoke, people jamming in the hallways, or even just people singing the Pokemon theme song down the hall. I remember being really excited a few years back when Thee Out Mods actually got to perform there (I lost my voice for a good three hours after). Music is a big part of Fanime and one of the biggest events at this venue was the FLOW concert on the very first day.

FLOW is a five-piece rock band made up of vocalists Kohshi and Keigo, guitarist Take, bassist Got’s, and drummer Iwasaki. Those who don’t know the Japanese band FLOW have most likely heard their music. They played many theme songs for popular anime titles such as Naruto (GO!) and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (COLORS, World’s End). Their most recent single is “Calling” for the anime HEROMAN. The band has gone through many phases, from J-rock to J-pop to easy listening and back and most of what I’ve heard is pretty darn catchy. I think my friend Robert really should be the one writing this part of the review because he was bouncing all over the place for this concert.

I arrived late to the line because I had to eat and the nearest Subway was several blocks down but in the end I did not have to worry since the auditorium was actually not very crowded! I thought for certain that it would be filled with Naruto fans and 4-chan /b/tards who came just to sing the first words from COLORS. But we all made up for the empty seats with some of the most energetic cheering and screaming that I’ve ever heard from Californians (You know how we Californians love to just stand there awkwardly and sway back and forth in silence.). FLOW responded with a mind-blowing performance, blazing through classics and their non-anime songs alike. They even spoke English rather well, thanking everyone for their support and talking about their experiences so far in the United States. It was their first time in the United States and they were very excited that there was so much support and energy coming from the audience. Apparently their Japanese fans aren’t as loud as we are. Which just meant we started to sing along even louder.

I pretty much lost it when they played both COLORS and World’s End and sang along at the top of my lungs. I’m sure my life is a little more complete now that I’ve had my chance to “sing” and “rock out” with them. The crowd went wild when FLOW played “Calling” from HEROMAN and then again when they finally performed GO! from Naruto (We are fighting dreamers! la de la de da de da da) which they saved for last. FLOW’s energy exploded at the very end as the band members started jumping on top of the speakers and down again, running around the stage and encouraging everyone to take part in in the chorus.

Most bands have an encore and FLOW surprised us with theirs. Instead of playing one of their own songs, they played a tried and true American classic: Surfin’ USA. Complete with surfing and swimming motions. I swear, there is nothing more awesome than a Japanese band covering an American song well. The memory brings a smile to my face every time. I really wish I could have recorded any part of this concert but unfortunately 1) I wasn’t allowed to due to the band’s requests and 2) I’m too short to record anything decent anyways from where I was sitting.

I left the concert with very sore arms (from waving my LED stick the entire time) and unable to hear very well. I also lost my voice for a while again. It wasn’t a bad thing really because it meant I wasn’t able to hear the Christian protesters stationed in front of the convention center. They ended up sounding like the adults from Peanuts so they were fairly easy to tune out (more on them later) and I merrily made my way back to the main halls of Fanime with my crew. I actually didn’t get to see Robert’s reactions during the concert (since I was late and I couldn’t jump in line by that point) but his reactions in the aftermath were more than good enough. I wanted to go to the FLOW panel the next day but alas, there were too many people in there. Thwarted again! But at least there is the Fanime interview transcript which you can check out below.

So yes, you should check out FLOW if you like awesome Japanese music.

Other links:

FLOW’s Official Site
Fanime’s interview with FLOW

Fanime 2010 – The Way Up

No pictures for this entry because my camera was packed away and I couldn’t reach it. So use your ~*imagination*~. This is about the 379 mile trip up from Orange County to San Jose while crammed into the backseat with no leg room for five hours.

Day 1 of Fanime is always hectic. For those driving up from so-Cal, there’s packing to be done and costumes that “need the finishing tweaks” which takes hours instead of minutes. But it’s about what happens after burning the midnight oil to get everything done that is the tricky part.

It’s about playing Tetris with luggage and props to get everything in the car to actually head up to the far away destination. I just follow four simple rules that helped me for any given trip. Even when slipping across the Polish border (I’ve done this before. I’m not kidding.)

1. Always pack thoughtfully ahead of time.
2. Be mindful of the space. (see rule 1)
3. Double-triple-quadruple check.
4. Keep a positive attitude with your pals!

Luckily I didn’t have to worry about shoving all my crap in the car because my guy friend Robert insisted on doing that while we were taking care of everything else. I took the opportunity to go home to “sleep” for an hour and we were on the road by 5am, aiming to get to San Jose in six hours or less. It was a four-man trip (three woman – one man trip?) with me and my friends Kelly, Lauren, and Robert.

I found myself wedged into the backseat, literally unable to move since every spare nook and cranky was filled with something, be it a large prop sword and a spiked bat or bags of clothes or my sewing machine. But I am well trained to squeeze into small spaces due to constant 14-hour coach flights to Taiwan and my dad’s penchant to drive through entire countries at a time when I was younger.

We hit a bump once we reached Anaheim: one of us forgot our phones so we had to backtrack and pray that we didn’t  hit the LA morning rush. Then it was full speed to San Jose! Literally. With Robert behind the wheel, we were going at least 90 most of the way. I was too freaked out to go to sleep for a good two hours because the winds outside of LA are brutal and they kept pushing the car sideways.

We ate breakfast at Harris Ranch at the “midway point”of Coalinga.
It’s a place well known for their steak but I normally don’t eat heavy food in the morning if I eat anything for breakfast so I just got waffles. They were gosh-darn good!

I’ve had quite a few things on the menu from steaks to salads and I’ve got to say that it’s a good rest point if you find yourself having to make the long drive from one end of California to the other. I didn’t know this until now but apparently In-N-Out uses their beef for their burgers.

We switched drivers from Robert to Kelly and Robert kept pushing ALL THE STUFF onto my side of the car when he slept. Now I really couldn’t move and I had to hold up the large props so they didn’t fall over.

We also forgot about the cows in the feedlot by the ranch so we were treated to the ripe and pungent smell of cow manure. Heavenly.

Special rule 5. Switch your AC to circulate BEFORE you spot the cows.

I think I passed out after that because I woke up to the smell of Gilroy‘s garlic. The stuff grows everywhere in this section right before San Jose and the smell gets pretty strong by the afternoon. I’ve smelled it slightly the first time up and 1) I have a horrible sense of smell and 2) it was at night. Yup, it’s strong. The place could kill vampires in two seconds flat but it smells very yummy to me. If we had room in the car, I would have wanted us to stop there to get fresh fruits and veggies at one of the fruit stands. And garlic ice cream! OM NOM NOM.

I think we actually made it to our hotel before noon! Cue dumping everything inside and doing a quick change of clothes. I’m not even sure why I changed because I was already dressed as Kuroha but I changed anyways!

Then it was off to register for Fanime 2010 in San Jose.