Eri Kitamura Blesses Us with Her New Single arcadia † paroniria

Sep 27, 2017

Japanese voice actress Eri Kitamura's new single arcadia † paroniria is released today, September 27, 2017. The single comes in both a standard (left) and a limited edition (right). Is there a better way to promote a gothic metal track than to wear gothic lolita? I think not.
For this single, KitaEri is wearing two nun outfits, both from the gothic brand Sheglit. The main outfit features Sheglit's Off-Shoulder Lace Cape Dress. Layered on top of the OP are a custom white lace yoke and a customized version of the Siegfried Bustle Corset with white trim. The blouse, headdress, gloves, and rosary are either one-offs or made by someone else.
For the second outfit, she's wearing the long version of the Holy Bustle OP with a custom rosary. The legwear for both outfits is offbrand white socks and black heels.
She's no stranger to gothic and lolita fashion. In the past, she's been seen wearing Ghost Chest and corgi-corgi. Her previous release also had a very gothic vibe to it and featured vocalist Hakuei donning elements,H.

Per typical Japanese marketing tactics, order the standard edition to get all three tracks. The limited edition only comes with two tracks, but does include a DVD with the whole music video plus its making of footage. The other two tracks are much lighter in terms of sound. Purchases come with a different bromide depending on the store you buy the CD from.

Eri Kitamura: OHP | Twitter

Oni-Con 2016: Ace of Diamond Cosplay Photoshoot

Sep 24, 2017

As Oni-Con creeps up again, I realized I never posted my pictures from Oni-Con 2016, so this post is almost a year late. It's been about 2 years since I've descended into Daiya no Ace hell, but it really doesn't seem that long ago! On the Saturday of this con, I cosplayed my son Sawamura Eijun who is the protagonist of this series.

I picked Sawamura as my first Daiya cosplay since his face is more youthful shounen than handsome ikemen. I have round features, so it's difficult for me to pull off characters with sharper features at my current contour skill level (read: low). I went with the standard game uniform, but I really did not want to drop $100+ on a baseball glove which is really the key part of the character since he's a pitcher. The jersey, undershirt, belt, pants, and shoes are all from Mizuno, the brand which sponsors the anime and manga. The jersey is official merch! The socks and hat I bought from the local sports shop, but I did not account for the wig's thickness, so it was uncomfortably squeezing my head throughout the day. The "S" patch I bought from QuidVis on Etsy who specialize in making embroidery patches for cosplay. I messed up ironing the patch the first time, but luckily I thought ahead and ordered two because I knew I would mess up somehow. My wig is Airily's easy short cosplay wig in chocolate brown which Ribanns kindly cut for me and I styled it afterwards. For the jersey number, I just bought some cheap white cotton from the fabric store and used inkjet transfer paper to apply the numbers onto the rectangle. I used fashion tape to temporarily apply it to the backside of the jersey since I want to use it for other characters in the future. For the sock bands, I bought some bias tape in yellow and sewed it into a loop. They stayed up without adhesive for most of the time, but if I was running around more, I'd secure it with fashion tape.

I've casually cosplayed before, but I've never done actually done a real photoshoot for any of them. I was a bit nervous as I've never really worked with another photographer, but my buddy Ruiki guided me well! Thanks, aniki.
We went to an actual baseball field which I had scouted out a few weeks beforehand. Thankfully it was not in use because October is in the middle of baseball season, so we had the whole field free from judging eyes. Ruiki had never been to a baseball field until this shoot. Sawamura is seen practicing with his tire often, so I picked up a tire and used it as a prop. We couldn't find a rope, so I just settled with carrying it; definitely got my arm workout for the day with how heavy it was (rather I am weak).

The sunset glow turned out gorgeous in the pictures, so it was definitely worth all of the sweat of standing outdoors. Firsthand tip, inkjet transfer paper will bleed with said sweat. For the poses, I collected a bunch of screenshots from the anime and a few official photos of Ozawa Ren who plays Sawamura in the live action stage play. We referenced them during the shoot since neither of us actually play or have knowledge of actual sports. P.S. it's a great help to collect references for photographers especially if they are unfamiliar with the series; they will thank you.
My favorite shot ❤o
Overall, I'm happy how the cosplay turned out! Rarely, do I take off my glasses for photos, so it's funny to see myself in such nice pictures without them. Without them I feel a little naked, not to mention blind. Next time I would like to style the wig differently, particularly the tips, since I didn't account for how much the hat flattened my work. I also need to buy a larger hat and redo the back number. It's a good thing that all the characters wear the same thing essentially because they're on the same team, so I could eventually cosplay every member. Though I only cosplay twice a year max, it's going to take me awhile to get through the list. My next post will cover the rest of my Oni-Con 2016 memories, so stay tuned!

Photography by Sakuran

Golden Bomber Goes Gothic

Sep 12, 2017

Golden Bomber is a visual kei parody band who make a lot of goofy songs. What better way to pay homage to those who started the visual movement by cosplaying the legends themselves? Golden Bomber's 欲望の歌/Yokubou no Uta PV takes us back to the glorious 90's era of visual kei making references to Malice Mizer, Lareine, X Japan, Dir en Grey, and more.

For one of many odes to Malice Mizer, they're ironically wearing custom pieces by Atelier Boz instead of Moi Meme Moitie.
Who wore it better?
By the way, if you're looking for a good ringlet wig, you can cop the one Yutaka wears over on Maple Wig.

How many iconic scenes were you able to recognize? If you need to brush up on your visual kei history, here's a few of the references made.