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February 2010 Events

Posted in Akai Panda, Events, Sakura Syndrome with tags , , , , on February 15, 2010 by speedxgrapher

Well, hmm… ho-hum… Actually, both these events have already taken place, the second one on Sunday, which was Last Carnival Day / St. Valentine’s Day 2 in 1 (excuse me while I barf on account of the latter). I have been… out of touch, to say the least and still, things won’t be looking up anytime soon. I had some thoughts about coming over to Akai Panda’s most recent party (even had some prodding from Kyoshiro, who attended despite the broken arm, as well as Mai-chan) but a misadventure including my PC, sparks and smoke set me back a few days and I could not really afford to wake up when I would, today,  had I come by (there is no such thing as leaving early from these things – not for me at least).

So obviously, my posting these here is just me feeding my case of OCPD and need for complete records.

Starwave Records Vol. 1

Valentine's Cosplay Party

Some people have been asking after me (or even asking me, concerning my absence) and I thank you for your concern. As Dr. Greg House would say, “it’s complicated” and take my word for it. I have, for the most part, no idea when I will untie some or all of the twisted knots currently plaguing my life and mood but when I do, you’ll know what to look for (unless I have completely mutated into something tentacled by then). There will be one or two other posts in the very near future, although I cannot be more precise and I believe the content of at least one will be some food for thought.

That’s all for now,

Speedgrapher

P.S. An amazingly funny thing, among the (mostly not funny) ones that reached my ears. I have a girlfriend! Not only that, but she hangs out at the Japanese parties (so she is probably really cool)! Only problem is, I haven’t left my cave in ages, my contact with the rest of humanity is currently limited to a (very) few friends with whom I watch movies or play table games and I have not flirted, much less dated since before the Summer (nor am I terribly inclined to). So that leaves two possibilities: either someone should get their rumors straight (although they do amuse me to no end), or I have been really, REALLY insensitive towards my sweetheart, so if she could please identify herself, I will rectify that post-haste.

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December 2009 Events

Posted in Akai Panda, Events, Sakura Syndrome with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by speedxgrapher

Well, well… it’s that time of the month again, when the events of various teams have to be announced in order for the aspiring attendees to organize their time and cosplays. This month we have 2 events up north and one in Athens, so here we go:

First up is J.A.P 団 and Geek-Lover Productions’ Japan, Anime & Gaming Party on December 6th (that is to say, this coming Sunday), at the same location as their first party, To Kryfto (31, Valaoritou St., Salonika – see the poster for a map), chiefly sponsored by Byteme.gr. The party will feature, as last time, multiple contests in the following categories:

J.A.P 団 and Geek-Lover Productions' Japan, Anime & Gaming Party.

(1) Best Anime Cosplay.

(2) Best Gaming Cosplay: same as the well-known above, only with gaming characters.

(3) Best Photo-shoot.

(4) Best Role-Play Acting.

I believe the categories are self-expletive but if not, you can go here and read more details. Entrance is 5 euros including drink and for any and all information, requests etc., you can mail the team at japdan2009@gmail.com or visit their Facebook or MySpace.

Secondly, on Friday the 11th of December Sakura Syndrome are back with Christmas & Somnium’s Un-Birthday Party Special, combining Somnium in Tenebris’s birthday (which is on the 7th – many preemptive wishes girl!) with a Christmas Celebration, through Alice’s looking glass. This will also be a double release party in collaboration with Darkest Labyrinth, for Vanished Empire’s “Theater of Tragedy” (by DJ Chihiro and DeeLee, whom some of you may have met waaaay back with Gothika) and HimemaniK‘s “I wanna be a figurine”. The party will also feature contests and other suprises. The party will take place at CoFiX (11, Lori Margariti St., Salonika) as usual and starts at 21:00. Entrance is 4 euros including drink.

"Why? Because each has 365 Un-Birthdays!"

Finally, just a week before Christmas Day, Akai Panda organize their last party for 2009 on Friday, the 18th of December, at the new MAD Club (12, Dekeleon St., Gazi). The party starts at 21:00 with free entrance and will feature Camus, Namida and… (?) at the decks.

Akai Panda's Christmas Cosplay Special.

Well, talk about a packed December and here’s hoping it all works out for the best.

Cheers,

Speedgrapher

Cosplay & Maid Café @ fnac – The Mall Athens (22 – 24/10/2009) – Cinemascope #5: Overview

Posted in Akai Panda, Umi & Sora with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by speedxgrapher

It’s been nearly a month and the material keeps piling up, with Vegetasmate (a.k.a. Yasminblossoms) producing a new video with compiled photos from all three days, to the sound of “Dame!” (Rurounin Kenshin’s 7th ending from the TV series),  “Ready!” (BGM from One Piece), and the full (!) Saber Rider opening, which I heard in this video for the first time. Pay attention to the first couplet, when the song begins. Historical trivia: “Ready!” was the first song Vegetasmate ever asked me to play in the OdC days.

Enjoy!

As for me, I have gotten back to trying and empty the backlog, and I have currently edited around 40 photos from Day 3 of the Cosplay Café. Right now the target is 100, before I post for this event anew.

Cheerio,

Speedgrapher

Halloween J-Party @ Art House (13/11/2009) – Cinemascope #2

Posted in Akai Panda, Nozomi Ongaku, Umi & Sora with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by speedxgrapher

Currently, the community’s creative urge is higher than a hormonal woman during the bloody moon (sorry if that brought a nasty image to mind – I was trying to be poetic). Therefore, here’s another two videos from from Friday the 13th’s uber-spooky (and mega-fun) party:

First up is Takara089’s Part 2 (Part 1 is over here).

Second feature, Vegetasmate Master Edit.

Enjoy the madness!

Speedgrapher

Halloween J-Party @ Art House (13/11/2009) – Baby Smile for Me When I Got the Blues

Posted in Akai Panda, Nozomi Ongaku, Umi & Sora with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by speedxgrapher

Hello then, hello. Back as I promised and I gather most of you are still asleep from being up until 05:00 in the morning. No matter – you will be roused from your warm bedding when you will and this post will be waiting for you. Friday (the 13th) ‘s event went through quite a bit of turmoil before it turned into a success, first by having it canceled and then moved to its new location. Furthermore, the new location could not be properly communicated, some people got mixed up and then, those who finally got an idea of where the actual place was (in fact ridiculously close to Kerameikos Metro Station), were not at all sure they had the right building and so members of the team took turns standing outside to point them in.

One of our first mistakes was closing both front doors, so that people would use the (actual) side entrance, but I realized pretty early on that it was practically invisible, so we reverted to half the front entrance again. I must confess to being extremely nervous when there were only a very few people until 22:00, but at some point you started seeing each other (after the habit of standing outside, rather than going in – I realize that you may have gotten used to it due to the more tight past party spaces, but I cannot imagine how the cold did not motivate you quickly enough to enter the vastly larger Art House) and in time gathered a big crowd.

Sigh of relief then and the party was on. There were lots of amazing costumes, lots of good cheer and humor and a crazed photography marathon. When it was my turn to take helm at the decks (I played the first half-hour from 21:00 to 21:30, then it was Namida until22:00, then our guest DJ, Force_Impulse until 23:00, then the almighty KrizD until 24:00, Namida again until 01:00) at 01:00, someone remarked to me that I had such a long face that it practically touched the mixer (I believe it was Ioli the loli). Truth be told, I was very tired, not from the party, but from a rather tough week and I will admit I have not been in my best mood recently, for a number of reasons pertaining to work and everyday problems. However, it is at times like these when taking pictures becomes most precious to me, especially when I see so many unabashed, careless smiles. More than once, I heard the remark: “noooo, take another, I am smiling like an idiot”. Well, this geezer believes the world (and if not, at the very least this poor, messed up, sad country) needs more people to smile like idiots, not masking their true feelings for the sake of appearances.

At the other end, people who are sour and spray bile on anyone around them (yes, I see those as much as I see my favorite “smiling idiots”) should give it a rest, take a deep breath and try to do something for themselves instead of concentrating their efforts on making others feel as shitty as they do. Trust me, it will do you a world of good. But look at me, getting all philosophical again at the wrong blog. You are here for the pictures and pictures you will get! The other half of the meaning “Blues” in the title refers to the three colored spotlights we had at Art House, among which the blue one was the most widely used, especially on Evaofdawn, Takara089, Vegatasmate, the Dinner Loli (a.k.a. Anna-chan) and in general that was where extensive photo-shoots took place.

I think you will enjoy some of the creative editing: lights out, curtains up!

Well, here was a first good taste, since it will take quite some time before I can upload the rest of the cache, but hopefully I have chosen some of the best moments over here, to keep you going.

Incidentally, my two lists were the following (thanks for the kudos Six Winged!):

Playlist – 2008-04-27 – Mini (yup, from way back when)

01 – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai – Naraku no Hana (TV OP).mp3

02 – Weiss Kreuz – Velvet Underworld (TV OP 1).mp3

03 – Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique – Infinite Love (TV OP).mp3

04 – BGC 2040 (TV OP).MP3

05 – Bleach – Rolling Star (TV OP 5).mp3

06 – Fullmetal Alchemist – Ready Steady Go! (TV OP 2).mp3

07 – Gundam SEED – Believe (TV OP Final).mp3

08 – The Soul Taker – Soultaker (TV OP).mp3

Playlist – 2009-11-13 – Walpurgisnacht

01 – Hyaku Monogatari – The Flame (TV OP).mp3

02 – Kara no Kyoukai – Oblivious.mp3

03 – Hellsing – The World Without Logos (TV OP).mp3

04 – Gilgamesh – Crazy 4U (TV OP).mp3

05 – Vampire Knight – Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi (TV OP).mp3

06 – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (TV OP).mp3

07 – Buck-Tick – Muma  the Nightmare.mp3

08 – Anima Mundi – Dark Alchemist OP.mp3

09 – Final Fantasy VII – Dirge of Cerberus – Longing.mp3

10 – Mnemosyne – Alsatia (TV OP).mp3

11 – Onmyouza –  Nemuri.mp3

12 – Kaya – Kagami Oni.mp3

13 – Shion no Ou – Lady Love (TV OP).mp3

14 – D-Gray Man – Brightdown (TV OP 2).mp3

Keep smiling carelessly,

Speedgrapher

P.S. Many thanks to Wabbit for filling in many of the blanks! Great job, as always.

Halloween J-Party @ Art House (13/11/2009) – Cinemascope #1

Posted in Akai Panda, Nozomi Ongaku, Umi & Sora with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by speedxgrapher

Well, the hype is still going strong as videos and photos pop-up left and right. For my part, I have edited just 30 of the 262 pictures I took but they are among my favorites and more importantly, very representative of the event. Those I will be posting in the morning, in order to sate your thirst for the time being. However, as I do not want to leave you hanging dry for the next few hours, here’s a video by Takara-chan (the party’s Visual Kei Blodied Zero from Vampire Knight) and a much shorter one that I took on a whim right then and there.

Hope you like them!  Talk to you tomorrow,

Speedgrapher

Cosplay & Maid Café @ fnac – The Mall Athens (22 – 24/10/2009) – Day 2: Part 3 – Maikeru to Meido-tachi

Posted in Akai Panda, Umi & Sora with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by speedxgrapher

Here I am yet again, this time with more of the promised photos from our 3-day event, finally concluding Day 2. It DID take a while and there is still Day 3 to go, as well as two more parties in the backlog. Wait a sec… Oh, we also have a Halloween Party tonight… I really need to start thinking about my retirement plan. All joking aside, I am yet again in a bit of a dai-pinchi, so you will have to bear with me (even Panda Bear if so inclined – oh God, that was REALLY bad joke, wasn’t it?). Anyhow, no more pointless rant from me. Enjoy the pictures and captions and as always, correct and fill in for me where necessary!

Have a care though. The last stretch of this photo set MAY prove a bit shocking! You are reading at your own risk!

See you all tonight,

Speedgrapher

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