2013 holds a lot of great games for us to look forward to, but now’s a better time than any to look back at 2012. Since it’s a new year, we felt that it was obligatory to make this kind of list. I present to you, leetNEET’s favorite games of 2012! All games have been chosen by yours truly, in no specific order. Let’s begin!
Character: Wicked Lady/Black Lady (Sailor Moon)
Cosplayer Name: Momiji
Cosplayer Bio: I discovered cosplay around 2007 at New York Anime Festival. Chasing down cosplayers to take pictures of them was a ton of fun. Soon after, I started cosplaying.
I actually didn't start making my own cosplay until 2012. Wicked Lady was the first cosplay I made, and was made entirely from scratch with lots of help from my mom. I bought fabric from the Fashion District in Manhattan and looked online for a similar dress pattern to use for Wicked Lady. I bought the wig online from eBay and the "jewels" from a bead store. The total cost of the materials was about $60-70. While some parts of creating the costume was stressful, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of dressing up as Wicked Lady at AnimeNEXT 2012.
For Luna-P, I first looked up ball patterns online. I made the first two trial ones with cheaper scrap fabric to see how big it would come out to be. The first one came out too small, the second too large, and the one in the picture is the third one. I picked a fleece fabric to better hide the stitches and make it more plush-like. The eyes were stitched onto the top of the ball, but the ears were stitched onto holes I cut out of the ball so I can stuff it with cotton. As a bonus to myself, I stitched a bag into Luna-P, so I can put my miscellaneous items in it and not appear to be carrying anything.
We recently jumped the gun in announcing the possibility of a second season of KyoAni's overwhelmingly popular series, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai. However, it looks like it was fated to happen anyway. The Fandom Post is reporting that the June issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine will be announcing a second season in their upcoming June issue. There are currently no other details available.
In what was both a surprising (for some) and very expected (due to demand) move, Kyoto Animation announced that their next new project will be Free! or as it's better known to it's fans, "the Swimming Anime."
The series which arose due to a seemingly innocuous concept video and took the internet by storm is scheduled for a July 2013 release, just in time for swimming season! Details about the upcoming series are still sparse, but Masahiro Yokotani (Maria Holic, Hatarku Maou-sama) will be writing the script. You can watch the upcoming anime's PV below.
In the midst of an industry that primarily focuses on big budget PC games that push hardware limitations, it's always refreshing to see a game that focuses purely on gameplay. Such was the case with Din's Curse, a Diablo-esque game developed by Soldak Entertainment that we reviewed quite favorably in 2011. The game was light on the plot, graphics, and sound, but it gave the user a load of options to customize the randomly generated content of the game. Drox Operative, Soldak's latest release, continues this tradition of providing an interesting and engaging experience that manages to impress without requiring an expensive gaming rig.
It's that time of the week again! If you'll be in the New York City area and have some time to kill, but don't have a method in mind just yet, we've got some suggestions to help you have a blast this weekend!
It seems that the infectious viral video known as the Harlem Shake is not just limited to the Western World. The fine folks at Pixiv (one of Japan's largest online communities for artists) happens to demonstrate this quite well. The sole video on the pixivInfo Youtube channel illustrates their seemingly normal headquarters before, after and during the outbreak of this contagion.
You can watch the Pixiv team do the Harlem Shake after the jump and be sure to keep an eye out for some creative yoga.
“So next on my agenda, Horizon, is conquering the world together with you. So while we’re preventing the apocalypse and making out, I’ll get back everything that was stolen from you because of me. So I’m begging you, world! Couldja fork over the Armors? If not, let’s go to war! We’ll fight, butt heads, face off, negotiate or whatever. I’ll use whatever excuse it takes to get Horizon’s emotions back! Shinto, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestant, Murasai, Anglican Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Oats, Techno-magic, swordplay, martial arts, gun-slinging, cavalry men, mechanic shells, Gods of War, mechanical beasts, phoenixes and dragons, aerial warships, humans, different beings, civilians, knights, musketeers, samurai, ninja, warriors, kings, nobles, sovereigns, dynasts, emperors, popes, Far East, K.P.A. Italia, Tres España, Hexagone Française, England, Soviet Russia, P.A. ODA, Qing Dynasty, Union of India, money, rights, negotiations, politics, public opinion, armed forces, info, Divine Weapons, Armor of Deadly Sins, Testament Armament, Five Great Peaks, the dead and the living! Let’s find out who is the strongest one!”
“Huh, I wonder how my confession turned into a declaration of war…”
My, it certainly is a joy to be able to write reviews for leetNEET again! For the special occasion of the return of our beloved site, I figured I would both introduce my new reviewing style and share a fairly new anime that has found a way into my heart in a similar fashion to how Negima did: Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere.