Saturday, October 30, 2010

Preview: Aisaka Taiga Angel Costume

"Aisaka Taiga Tenori angel costume or cosplay from the Toradora - made and modelled by Czari Flores"
For cosplaying, the other night I sewed a new costume of Aisaka Taiga (or Tenori Taiga) from the anime Toradora. She had several outfits in the series but I think the most memorable one is her angel costume. It’s just a simple dress but it’s significant in the story. I have had the white and pink fabric already so I sewed it right away in one night.
To complete the costume, next I’ll make are the wings. Maybe I’d look for a wig or just make do with my hair.
Here’s a preview of the costume.
"Aisaka Taiga Tenori angel white dress with pink ribbon costume or cosplay from the Toradora - made and modelled by Czari Flores"

Friday, October 29, 2010

Preview: Naru Narusegawa Costume

Naru Narusegawa costume or cosplay - Love Hina - by Czari Flores - banner
Just the other day I sewed a simple costume of Naru Narusegawa from the animeLove Hina. Several months ago I was searching for an anime couple that’s easy to cosplay for Arvin and myself. He suggested Love Hina then. Naru wore many outfits in the anime series but she’s more seen wearing the yellow sweater and dark red skirt because she wore this in the anime’s opening song.
Here’s a preview of the costume I just sewed the other day. I sewed the dark red skirt as well (not on the photo). The black stockings and booties are ready too.
As for Arvin’s costume, he’s just gonna get it from his wardrobe. ^_^ But we’ll need to look for square-shaped lenses.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Anime “Toradora!” will not make you sleep

toradora
It’s an anime show, but it’s not about robots or sailors with magical powers. It has a simple story that is so interesting, moving, and engaging, that it will not make you sleep until you finish watching the whole series (with 25 episodes).
As an adaptation of the original Japanese manga version, the anime “Toradora!” is a slice of life story about 17-year-oldRyuji Takasu, who’s good-natured yet looks frightening because of his eyes, and his neighbor and classmate Taiga Aisaka, who easily gets mad and tends to always be in fights but is honest and cute in her own ways. Throughout their 2nd year in high school, Ryuji and Taiga developed a deep friendship as they helped each other coin ways to pursue whom they have fallen in love with at the school.
No spoiler information here, but let me share what I really loved about this anime:
  • The main characters’ personality are distinctive and interesting. When you meet them on the first few episodes of the show, you’ll really fall in love with them. The characters don’t have to be so perfect and likable for you to love them; in fact, they can be so irritating sometimes, but there’s still ‘something’.
  • I adore so much the things that Ryuji and Taiga do for each other.
  • It’s always like a breath of fresh air to watch this kind of anime show. Slice of life. They’re anime characters but they’re just like you: you wake up to go to school, have lunch with friends, see your crush, and get all excited and nervous.
  • But it also gets all funny and exciting because of the aggressive characters fighting and shouting.
  • They’re anime, just cartoons, but the story gets so dramatic and emotional too, and the characters show those emotions so well…that it will really make you cry.
  • And the story is so interesting and moving, that it will not make you sleep. The best scenes of it would play in your mind over and over and over, and you’d want to know what would happen next and next…until you finish the whole series.
It happened to me. Let me know if it ever happens to you too. I hope to watch/read more anime/manga like this ^_^

Friday, October 22, 2010

I used to work for...IRON MAN!

Jamie Bautista as Iron Man - feature banner
This is about my former boss, Sir Jamie Bautista. A big fan of Iron Man, he sometimes comes to work wearing an Iron Man mask. And on the first birthday party of his son, Sir Jamie was Iron Man in full armor!
When I was in first year college, one of my interesting professors was Jamie Bautista, whom I thought was a “she” because of the name written in our class cards. So I thought maybe his name is just like my cousin Nix’s first name, Jaime (Jayme), the male version pronunciation. But no, Sir Jamie’s name is really pronounced like a girl’s name – Jaymee. He shared that people actually remember his name because it’s supposed to be for girls.
He taught my class Computer Fundamentals and inserted a lot of comic creation and graphic design lessons. My professor was a comic geek, designer and writer.
That’s when I learned about his own comic book CAST. Many of his readers thought he was female because of his name and because the comic book is slice-of-life romance. Until now, he’s still a comic book creator. He’s the author and publishing/marketing consultant of PRIVATE IRIS, a local detective/mystery comic book series for kids and all ages. Private Iris also recently won an Anvil Award Merit. This comic was created by Jamie Bautista as the author and Arnold Arre as the artist.
Last year, when I attended Komikon 2009 in UP Diliman, there I saw a booth ofBlue Cow, the publisher of Private Iris.
They were selling Private Iris and other works of Arnold Arre and Jamie Bautista. Sir Jamie was there sitting at the booth together with the mascot Iris Able. I have just graduated at that time when I saw Sir Jamie there.
Sir Jamie Bautista and Czari Flores (me) at the Komikon 2009
Sir Jamie then got me in his creative team called TOOLBOX D. I worked there for a year with fellow officemates:
Panch Alvarez, the new Accounts Executive who’s also an artist/painter
Ate Ysa Locsin, the fashionista graphic designer
Martin Villanueva, our Palanca-awardee writer
At the middle, new guy Kenneth Umali, graphic designer who’s also a comic book enthusiast
Kuya Sece, layout artist for the press
At the middle, Ross Umali (design director), and Ate Lucy Rafael (another layout artist for the press)
And our boss is the IRON MAN:
Sometimes, Sir Jamie would come to work wearing an Iron Man mask ^_^
Sir Jamie Bautista is a big fan of Iron Man ever since he was young. As he grew older, his Iron Man collection increased in number, and finally on the first birthday of his son David he was Iron Man in full armor. A dream come true! The costume looks so great he could win in a cosplay competition. ^_^
Would like to share their links:
Toolbox D Website: www.toolboxd.com
Blog of Toolbox D’s StapleD: stapled.tumblr.com
Private Iris Website: www.privateiries.com
Jamie Bautista Website: www.jamiebautista.com
Cast Comic Website: www.castcomic.com
Ysa Locsin’s Tumblr: simplevixen.tumblr.com
Ross Umali Multiply: rossumali.multiply.com
Martin Villanueva Blog: fromthemonobloc.wordpress.com

Fanart: Anna Aoi from Godannar

Anna Aoi Fanart - by Czari Flores - Feature banner
Here’s a simple drawing I just made tonight. It’s a fan art of the character Anna Aoi from the anime Godannar, a new addition to my favorite anime shows. I like the character Anna Aoi a lot too. You can probably guess one of the reasons why! ^_^
I didn’t get to clean up and even out the lines of this one. I used black permanent markers for the line art, scanned the drawing, and then colored it using photoshop.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Czari’s cosplay of Mari Makinami featured in CartoonLeap.com

Czari Flores cosplay of Mari Makinami - featured in Cartoon Leap
Thank you to the anime blog Cartoon Leap (www.cartoonleap.com) for featuring my cosplay of Mari Makinami Illustrious in a pink plug suit. To read the short post, go to this link. To look more photos of me in my Mari cosplay, go to this link and this link too.

Cosplay: Sakoshita Yanagi by Czari (tagged photos from other people)

Sakoshita Yanagi Cosplay by Czari Flores - feature photo tagged version
Last October 9, 2010, I attended the anime event Otaku Expo Reload in SM Megamall (Pasig, Philippines) and cosplayed Sakoshita Yanagi from the anime show Flame of Recca. I’ve gathered some photos of me taken by other people via Facebook, multiply and other sites. Thanks for these photos!
 
 
 
Note: Not part of the cosplay, that thing I am holding in the photos is my bunny rabbit toy. It’s the “keychain” for my car key. It’s always easy to look for and grab my key because the keychain is big! ^_^

 
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