Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Paris, the city of LOVE~

Since the big move is getting closer day by day I thought I'd make a post about it. This is sort of a FAQ with questions I get asked a lot. The truth is, I'm getting kind of tired of all this Paris talk, since I have to explain this over and over again every time I meet someone new. So with this post, I hope to at least not have to answer these on the internet anymore!

Q: When am I moving to Paris?

Leaving on the 21st of August, which is less than a month away! Can you feel my nervous?

Q: What am I doing in Paris? 

I will be working in a small bar called La Comédie (I think that's how it's spelled...) as a waitress.

Q: How did I get this job?

Long story short: a family friend is the owner of the bar, and I asked him if I could work there. He said yes (obviously).

Q: How long am I staying?

I haven't set a specific return date, but I hope to stay until next summer, if all goes well. I'm not even sure if I will return to Norway at all, since I'm planning to go to university in England next fall. I might if come back I can get a job, if not, I might work there through next summer as well. We'll see.

Q: Do I speak any French?

Phffft, who needs to speak a language before moving to the said language's country of origin, where English speakers are so rare? I do speak a little, yes. I took French classes for 4 years in school, and my grades were good. However, that was 2 years ago now, so I don't remember too much of it. Been trying to revise this summer tho.

Q: Why am I moving there?

Now this is kind of complicated. Firstly, I want to learn the language. Although I don't have too much of an interest in French culture, the truth is I am half French. My family on my father's side is from France, and I have some contact with them. But I grew up here in Norway and was raised by my Norwegian mother, so I haven't been in touch with my French side very much. I'd like to explore and develop that side, learning about the country in which half of me originates from. Unfortunately I don't have any family living in Paris, but we have some family friends, which are much joyed of my coming there.

Q: What kinds of preparations have I been/am I doing? 

The first thing I did was ensure the paperworks were in order. I had to travel all the way to Oslo to visit the French embassy and order my French passport. Luckily, I am registered as a French citizen, and got out of most of the paperwork. Once I get my work contract I'll have to register it at the social office, however.
As of right now, I haven't found a place to live yet. I am searching for a small studio apartment, and hope to find one before my arrival.
I'm also researching about French culture, a bit.
I do need to get a French bank account, cell phone number, wi-fi connection etc., but I'm saving that bit for when I get there.
Right now my priorities are getting proper insurance and finding out what I need to bring or buy over there.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summary of the week #4: summer time!

Ok, I'll admit I spent the first couple of days being caught up at the computer. Only this time, I tried something new, instead of just watching anime. Since my love for Steins;Gate is endless, and still becomes stronger day by day, I thought I'd check out the visual novel in which the anime is based on. Visual novels are a sort of game, with lots of talking and very little game play (in which I hope to get back to in a future post). Anyway, so I struggled with this for quite some time, it turns out downloading and installing visual novels (in English) is a pretty complicated deal. I even ended up changing from Mac to PC to make sure I got it right. I was very happy when I finally made it.

The art is quite different from the anime..

However, I didn't play it too much (took so much of my time), and I had "responsibilities". Here in Norway we usually have about a week or if we're lucky, two, where the weather is actually good. So yes I did have to take advantage of that. On Monday I went to a friend's house to barbecue. Burgers (with cheese, bacon, and lots of ketchup) is probably on my top 10 list of things to eat.

A friend of mine is visiting from Mo i Rana, a town up north (also: my birthplace), and I wanted to spend some time with him while I have the chance. One day we went downtown for games shopping and ice cream (a must for summer). I bought Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm for PS3. I tried the sequel once and loved it, so I want to play through the game series now. Only problem: I don't have a PS3 (laugh). Luckily I know someone who does, and I invited myself over for some good old gaming. Might buy a PS3 in the future though, if I can afford it (I'm really starting to want one!).

I also decided to do the one and only thing I definitely wanted to check of my list by the end of this summer: go swimming. So the water was FREEZING, but worth the fun (: This one guy tried putting the poor dog into the water, and I felt really sorry for it. He looked so miserable...

So I had a good week, I'd say. Did lots of fun things. Tell me about your guys' weeks! Enjoying summer, anyone? Working? On vacation?

Next week there will be a post about Paris, I promise. Until then!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I may not have a lot of common knowledge, but did you know...

My friends and family often mock me for my lack of common knowledge and sense. Like, did everyone else know you're not supposed to mix ammonia and bleach? ("It's dangerous", common knowledge by Wikipedia.) I also have a hard time finding certain food and things when I'm in a convenience store, leaving me wandering around the store for much longer than necessary.

But I always defend myself with this: I may not have a lot of common knowledge, but I know an innumerable amount of other interesting facts. I've spent many a cold night in front of the computer, researching completely random things like gems, fish, food, culture, and that one guy whose voice I fell in love with because of anime. These things come in phases, it's sort of a gemini thing, I believe.

As of right now, I'm obsessed with Japanese culture (obviously...), and did you know about the Suicide Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, where about 100 deaths occur every year? This forest's actual name is Aokigahara, and seems to be a popular place for suicide attempts.

Due to Seichõ Matsumoto's novel "Kurio Jukai", where two lovers go to this forest to end their lives, it has become a popular attraction for suicidal people. Aokigahara was also calles the "perfect place to commit suicide", in "The Complete Book of Suicide". 

The Japanese government stopped publishing the number of deaths each year, but that didn't stop people from going there. Even tourists, exorcists and adventurers want to see the forests themselves, and the poor locals can't separate who's there to die and who's just looking for some fun. They tried putting up signs at the forest entrance, saying things like "life is a gift" and "think of your family" in order to prevent people from killing themselves.

Encouraging words.
Aokigahara is believed to be haunted by spirits of abandoned family members from years back, contributing to its already sinister reputation. Ghost and demon stories are associated with the forest, these spirits having infused the land, and increased the paranormal activity. The ground contains a huge amount of iron, making compasses and cell phones not working, which makes the whole place even creepier.

Now, the government do annual "sweeps" in the forest, removing what bodies they can find. The poor forest workers have to play against each other to decide who has to sleep with the dead bodies. You see, it's bad luck to leave the dead sleeping alone, it might upset their soul.

Despite this place sounding ultra-creepy, I would like to go there one day. Not to kill myself, of course! But it's the culture and story around it that attracts me. It's such a peculiar place, to see it with my own eyes would be astonishing. Maybe one day I'll get to go for a hike in the forest of death, but until then I'll have to do with writing about my weird interests on this blog. Until next time.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Wars

I saw this movie a few days ago, and I just have to say: go watch it! It's super cute, and has a proper summer feeling to it, making right now the best time to see it.

Summer Wars is about the young boy Kenji, who is gets "hired" by upperclassman Natsuki... as her fiancé to be introduced to her family at their grandmother's birthday party. So that's doomed to go well. At the same time, some strange things start happening inside the virtual game Oz, which practically everyone is playing. There's a lot of family drama, some online battling and saving the world, amazing characters, and a tiny amount of cute romance fluff. Ideal movie for a date night in, or any other situation you might find yourself in, really. I gave it 8/10 on personal enjoyment.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Manga: High School Debut (spoiler free review)

So today I'm dropping by with this short manga recommendation! High School Debut is about the freshman Haruna who really wants to find love in high school. When she doesn't seem to be getting anywhere, she asks upperclassman Yoh to be her love coach. It takes some time, but he agrees. He warns her, however, she better not fall in love with him, under any circumstances. Eh... this can only go one way, right?

This is another manga I own. Yep, the entire 13 volumes. And it's so funny. I laughed so much while re-reading this. I'd completely forgotten about this.
The story is sweet, although the characters' innocence can annoy you at times. Still, they make it up by being perfectly imperfect characters, and so very realistic.
I'd say the main girl Haruna is alright, she's just too silly at times... While I only have one word for the main guy, Yoh, here: hot.
One thing is for sure: all characters have personality.

However, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I find this manga to embarrass me a lot. There are so many moments where I'd just facepalm myself because the way the plot was progressing would make me feel too awkward. Afterwards I'd try to laugh it off. (':

The art is not very typical. It's different from a lot of mainstream manga and that helps to make it original. It's silly but beautiful, and contributes to setting the comedic mood.

Overall I enjoyed it. It's easy to read, funny, and cute. Sometimes serious, but if you're looking to have a good laugh, this is definitely one to go to. 8/10.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summary of the week #3

What a week! I haven't been up to too much, since I was still recovering from last week's cold, but I've managed to do a few things. 

Apart from working, I really wanted to try to sow a Suzumiya Haruhi cosplay, at which I miserably failed (but I haven't given up yet!). Hopefully one day I will be able to cosplay as her, I think that would have been totally awesome.

I don't even know how to use a sowing machine... 

Taking care of my temporary house guest has been a pain in the ass, but I enjoy it nevertheless. He wakes me up before the alarm in the morning, and demands walks in the nights after I've officially gone to bed, and he barks when I leave for work. Still, he's always happy to see me, and I like to think he appreciates it when I go running with him (even if I can't run that far..).

Also been putting off cleaning this mess, but on Sunday evening I finally caved and now it looks much better I promise.

Ever since I realised how cheap some animes can be, I haven't been able to control my spendings. The second season of Suzumiya Haruhi appeared in my mailbox on Tuesday, which made me quite happy. However, I haven't been able to watch it, due to, well, life getting in the way (can you believe it?!). 

Been reading a lot of this though.

An accidental event led me to discover they actually have some animes/tv shows at the local library, and I thought I'd take advantage of this while I still can.

Watched a few episodes of this.

On Saturday I went to a friend's house. That was nice, since we hadn't seen each other in ages. We ate chocolate mousse and watched Steamboy and Naruto. Coolio. 

Too powerful even for me ... 
It's been years since I touched this. About time I got back into it.
Other than that, I've been playing video games, I absolutely LOVE Naruto Shippuuden Ninja Storm 2 & 3, now is one of those time I wished I owned a PS3 so I could play them all the time...
An acquaintance had a baby, so my mother and I visited her with presents, and I went outside of the house for once, which was exhausting but nevertheless an adventure.

Also been searching for a place to live in Paris, you know, that one town I'm moving to. I've wanted to say something more about this for some time now, but I'm not sure what to say about it. Now it's only a month left before the big move and I'm getting insanely nervous about it. I have to find a flat, get an insurance etc etc, and to be honest I know nothing about living on my own. It'll work out I hope...

Until next time!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ouran High School Host Club (spoiler free review)

There exists a handful of animes (literally, 5 of them) I consider to be my favourites. I've already written about one, Steins;Gate, and have another one coming soon. Ouran High School Host Club is also one of these favourites, and I will try to explain to you why.
OHSHC is an anime of 26 episodes, where the genres would be comedy, school, shoujo and reverse harem. I always say I don't like harem animes, yet I keep coming back to this type of anime...

Fujioka Haruhi is an honor student, accepted into Ouran High School, a school for the rich, based on a scholarship due to her intelligence. She stumbles across the Host Club, a club consisting of handsome men whose main purpose is to "entertain" girls with too much time on their hands. Haruhi accidentally breaks an expensive vase, and is indebted to the host club. So what do they do? Make her a member of the host club, of course, so she can work off her debt! Oh, and did I forget to mention, they didn't realise she's a girl. When they do, the mission of keeping her true identity begins, and obviously all the characters develop various relationships to Haruhi.
Now, this is actually the 3rd time I've seen this anime. And I still don't know if I should take it serious or not. Everything in this is a big fat parody on for fangirls. I laugh more every time I re-watch it. The story is interesting and somewhat cliche, but hilarious nonetheless. It's slice of life with a heavy dose of comedy, up till the point it's almost too much. But oh my god, it works so well.

Tamaki-senpai, aka most gorgeous person ever.

The characters are extremely stereotypical. Some examples are the loli-type, Honey-senpai, strong-and-silent, Mori-kun, even the overly caressing twins Hikaru and Kaoru. Then there's the apparently narcissistic and yet so profoundly stupid "king" Tamaki Suou, who literally runs the show. All of these have background stories we get to hear about, and these stories often contradict their character nature or support it. I'd say the way the characters develop throughout the show is the serious part of it. Some matures and changes a lot, while others stay the same. All characters have one thing in common though: they grow some sort of feelings friendship with Haruhi.

The music is also very funny. It's overdramatic and inspired by the classical genre, which only contributes to the parodic theme of the anime. The opening and ending themes are beautiful; played many a times on my ipod.

Animation-wise, I think it looks pretty good. The characters are handsome and and it looks pretty modern. However everything in this is so damn pointy. Like their shoulders or the shapes of their faces. Even the animation manages to stand out from "ordinary" 2000s anime.

So overall, I find this to be one of the best animes I've ever seen. It's so funny when it's just making fun of itself and then during the serious scenes it gets so sad it can make you (me) cry. 100% recommended no matter who you are, I've rarely heard anyone not like this (although a few people do, naturally). 10/10.

The only thing I live to regret about this anime is that there are only 26 episodes. I feel like the characters didn't get enough time to tell their stories and develop. I wish there was another season, but unfortunately as of now that doesn't exist. There is the manga though, of 18 volumes (which I have not read, but plan to soon enough!).

(Leaving you with this incredible picture of Tamaki, whom to this day, I aspire to be like. Minus the dumb, of course. Or maybe that's the part we have in common the most...)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (spoiler free review)

If you haven't watched it, you have probably heard of it. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, or Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. It's one of the most popular animes out there, and I'm not really sure how to explain this one.

This anime is about the seemingly completely normal teenager Kyon, who happens to get seated in front of Haruhi Suzumiya when he enters high school. One thing leads to another and they become, uhm, friends. Haruhi is a peculiar girl though, she has no interest in regular humans, she only cares for aliens, time travelers, etc. She creates a club in order to pursue these things which shouldn't actually exist. Strange things start to happen around her and Kyon.

Now, the twist is, the episodes weren't aired in chronological order.

I saw this 4 years back, and I did not like it at all. I found it dull, uninteresting and with bad pacing. However, I made one grave mistake. The non-chronological order irritated me, and I was worried about not being able to comprehend, so I watched them chronologically. Don't do this. This anime was made to watch in a random order.
I always thought about re-watching it, in proper order, to see the difference, and I finally got around to giving a second chance. Good choice.

Some of the characters are very stereotypical. There's a moe girl, a silent girl, and the next-door teenage guy, all with their own twists. Haruhi herself is one person so crazy and full of energy. I once heard someone say every class should have a girl like her, but I have to admit I disagree. A girl like her in my class would be too much trouble. She's stubborn, moody and unstable. Needless to say, the characters aren't the strongest point, although I do find Kyon a pretty likable guy, along with some of the other very minor characters.

Now, the music is great. I feel like the sound effects here is what makes the show. Because of the mixed order of the episodes, the music is what helps build the suspense. For example, the last episode in the anime is episode number 6 chronologically, and you call tell by the sound. When I watched it the first time, episode 6 was the peak, and I knew before looking at the order of airing that this was the end. Also the ending theme is fantastic, it sticks onto my mind and made me want to cosplay as Haruhi.

The story is alright I guess. (Minor spoiler alert in this paragraph). I do find the concept of it very interesting. Some of the characters refer to Haruhi as "god", to explain her ability to make things always go her way. She "created" the world. I think this is an amusing and well-thought idea. The thing is, I can't possibly imagine Haruhi as the world creator, seeing as she's such an annoying and immature person. She's just not fit for that role.

Lastly, I've seen most of this in Japanese, but some English dubbed episode tricked their way into my Suzumiya Haruhi arc. I do prefer the Japanese version. There's nothing wrong with the dub, except that Haruhi's voice in English sets her whole character off, and she can be perceived as a much angrier girl than she's supposed to be.

To be honest, there are so many things I dislike about this anime. It's way too stereotypical and the story revolves around a girl that's not very likeable (or many I'm just jealous of her, haha). Still, I enjoyed it and I would recommend it. I really do have a love/hate relationship to this. Because it's also funny, sweet, and somewhat romantic(?), it does have it moments. But I feel what makes this show is the random order of the episodes. I gave it 7/10.

I will be watching season 2 and the movie in the not so distant future, and of course, I'll post about it here. Until next time.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summary of the week #2

Summary of the week #2: I wanted to create a blog about my life, but then anime became my life the chronicles, by me. 

I've been down with a cold for most of this week, but I still had to go in for work. (T__T)
On top of that I'm home alone, so I've had to do housework and cooking as well. Getting better quickly was clearly out of the question here.

Been readin A LOT of manga tho.

Came across this character based song for Steins;Gate. Nankou Furaku no New Gate, sung by actual Miyano Mamoru, the voice actor of Okabe Rintarou. Terrific, just like the anime.

As if I don't have enough animes to watch, Ouran High School Host Club MAGICALLY appeared in my mailbox on Friday (lol jk I ordered it from Amazon. Insanely cheap tho). It's one of my favourites. Ah, but how will I have time to discover new things when I keep re-watching old animes all the time?

Excited face. 

Omg look, even the dvds are adorable! 

There is a slight possibility I watched all 26 episodes this weekend. *laughs* I really am hopeless.

I was supposed to go out with some friends on Saturday, but in the end, my condition wouldn't allow it. Stuck at home with fruits, chocolate and frozen pizza to make me better!

Also I somehow ended up dog-watching this little fella, who arrived at my house Sunday afternoon. How do I get myself into these situations? Oh well, I love animals and I've always dreamed of getting a dog. This'll be like a test, I guess.

Until next time then.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fruits Basket, part 1: why I love this (spoiler free review)

Fruits Basket is easily one of my favourite mangas, if not the favourite manga, ever. Read it.

I (proudly) present to you my Fruits Basket collection.

Fruits Basket is about the newly made orphan Tohru Honda, who after losing her mother decides to live on her own in a tent, while attending high school. It doesn't take long before one of her classmates, Yuki Sohma, finds her, seeing as the forest she's staying in belongs to the Sohma family. However, the impulsive cousin, Shigure Sohma, whom Yuki is living with, invites Tohru to stay at their place, in exchange for her doing the housework. That's cool. 
Now the interesting part, is that certain members of the Sohma family turns into animals from the Chinese zodiac when being hugged by someone of the opposite gender. Aha. It's when Tohru finds out about their family curse that the real story begins. 

This is a story about friendship, love, family, loyalty, trust and identity.

I love everything about this. I realise that being a manga of 23 volumes, it is quite long, and I have yet to meet someone who has actually finished it. I myself have read it twice now. And it was so worth it. The characters are amazing, and we get to see the relationships between them in such a wonderful way. The truth is, the people in this manga is a bunch of depressed loners, not knowing what to do with themselves. But they are all unique, and they grow a lot. The amount of character development that happens is massive, and I feel like this is the strongest point in the manga.

The story itself is absurd, and I have heard people laughing because they think it's ridiculous, but I feel like it should be taken serious, nonetheless. After all, these said people had no problem watching/reading things like Elfen Lied, Chaos;Head and Naruto among others, with the same passion as I have for Fruits Basket. If you do have the ability to take this serious, you are in for lots of laughter, and, lots of tears. (I took to tears more than once while reading).

The art also "matures" a lot over time, it's unbelievable. At the end I barely recognised some of the characters, but at the same time, it's as if the drawings developed alongside the characters. The art changed much over the years of being drawn, and it fits with how the plot proceeds. The manga went from being a silly comedy, high school, shoujo manga, to being dramatic, dark and serious.

Before I tune out, I'd like to say a few words about the anime adaption, while I'm at it. Personally I enjoyed it to some extent, but I feel like it fails to capture what this story is truly about. Also it ended too shortly at 26 episodes (equivalently volume 6), when the real plot has barely been uncovered. Still, many people like it, and although I do recommend it, I ask that you won't critique the anime and the manga based on one another. Cause in reality, they don't have that much in common.

I do realise this might not be for everyone, but if you're into shoujo manga, this is a must-read. Enough said. 10/10.

(If you have actually read this all the way through, please wait with commenting until part 2 comes thank you).

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chihayafuru review (minor spoilers)

After I posted my opinion on Chihayafuru, too many people told me I had dropped it too early. Even though I hadn't watched it in a while and could barely remember the characters, I picked it up where I had left of, and was surprised as to how easy I was able to catch on again. Now that I actually finished it, can I say I have changed my mind? I little, I'll admit. I did enjoy this anime. It has it's moments.

Chihayafuru is about the high school freshman Chihaya, who likes to play a card game called karuta. She creates the karuta club, and her goal is to become queen, the best karuta player in Japan/the world. She tricks people into joining and forms great friendships with the members, while playing karuta.

What I like the most are the characters, I feel a bit ashamed of the way I trashed them before. They are all so sweet, with their own dreams and goals when it comes to playing Karuta. The protagonist, Chihaya, is determinded, and will do anything to achieve her dream of becoming the best karuta player in the world. (Or is her dream actually just to meet her childhood boyfriend Arata again? I'm not really sure...) Chihaya cries. A lot. At least once every episode she can be found in tears because she lost a match or won a match or her current boyfriend Taichi lost a match or she may simply have realised something life changing about karuta. I can't decide on whether I think this is cute and what makes her character, or just annoying.
Also, Arata is an annoying character. He's barely present, never says much, and he is still one of the main characters? How does that happen? He never replies to Chihaya's texts, but seems to have no problem chatting regularly with Taichi, why is that? I don't get this guy.

Ok, I changed my mind a bit, the music is what I like the most. It is beautiful, and so uplifting I always feel a little happier on the inside after watching an episode listening to the soundtrack.
The way this is drawn is almost perfect, but that's according to my personal preferences.

Now, the plot. Plot? Plot? Wait, there's a PLOT? Well, yes, of course there is. Aha. I don't even know where to begin. The start is slow, they spend at least seven episodes collecting all the characters, something which Suzumiya Haruhi managed to do in one (almost). Also when I started watching, I had really no idea where this was going, and I couldn't tell before the whole show was over. So the first part is getting to know the characters, but after that, it's all about karuta. No I mean, that's all there is left. They play games and tournaments, and when they're not doing that they're watching other people play karuta. And the most annoying thing is, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF KARUTA. It's too complicated, and that lingered in the back of my mind throughout the series. "Why did she do that, couldn't she have taken that card, what does that even mean?" etc.

In the end, I gave Chihayafuru 6/10, meaning it was fine. Would I recommend it? Not sure about this, but I know many people who think this is a masterpiece and who really like it. I'm just not one of them...

To be honest, what kept he hanging on to this was the hope of eventual romance. I'll watch season 2, sometime (not right now, I'm too sick of karuta), to see if I have my wish completely fulfilled, and also to see if some of these characters actually get better at playing.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Summary of the week

Might make this a regular post, if there are many things to say. This will at least be a more personal/casual post.

I got home from Oslo on Monday, and spent the night and the next day on the internet. I refused to go outside, except only to get some exercise, because I was tired from being around so many people at Desucon (for those who are as slow as me: I'm an introvert). I watched anime and read a lot of manga. 

On Wednesday I started training for my new job. I'm working at a tiny canteen, making sandwiches and selling food. On my way over there, I thought for the first time, I might try to make some friends at the job (I was always the one in a corner reading a book by myself...), but then I learned that I will be working completely alone. That scared the hell out of me, having so much responsibility, handling money and customers. Not cool. Especially the talking to strangers part. 
But I've had a few days to calm down now, and I do realise I might learn a lot about independence from this job, which may very likely come in handy once I move out. 

I also met a friend, who's visiting from America (forgot to take photos again!!). We went for cupcakes and talked about tv shows and anime. 

Some of my outfits this week:

I made onigiri (rice balls) for the first time in years. It was also, for the first time, a real success. I filled one with shrimp, and the other with tuna, and covered them in sesame seeds and nori. Delicious! 
I think I'm handling this whole learning-to-cook-because-I'm-moving-out-soon pretty well, if I may say so. 

Then, my mother and her boyfriend went on vacation, leaving the house, our three cats, and the new Apple TV all to me. Needless to say, I've not been doing much other than watching anime this weekend (it's all I can do lately, I'm starting to think I might have a problem...). 
Somehow, I managed to get a pretty bad cold, so I don't really have the energy to do anything else. Hopefully I'll be better tomorrow when I go back to work! 

On a last note, I got my IB exam results yesterday, which I was insanely nervous about. I'm happy to say I passed, and am now able to go to university in the fall of 2014 (as long as I can get in!) 

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Desucon 8

So I'm back from Desucon, which is Norway's biggest anime convention, and ready to report! If I were to use one word to describe my trip, it would be AMAZING.

I had so much fun. Watching all the cosplays was incredible. There were so many good costumes, I was amazed. I met lots of new people, and made some new friends, and I got to talk about only anime for two days straight!!

My friend L, and Matt from Death Note. Can I just say I adored the Matt, I don't really understand why this character is so popular, since he only appeared in like one or two episodes, but I still love him! And, he was nice enough to let me borrow his phone charger.
So Doctor Who was massively popular this year. It's become more mainstream during the last year, and there were countless of Doctors, Tardises, Rivers and companions present at the convention. I'm not complaining! 
Sorry I just had to.

Here is the guy I was stalking,  possibly because I might have been crushing on him, until I built up the courage to talk to him, only to find out he was such a bore.

Some people tried making me hug strangers, which I tried hiding from.
...but in the end, I gave in. 

Last but not least is my own outfit. I did end up dressing as Misty from Pokemon, simply because it was so easy. And I was lucky enough to find exactly everything I needed, I even got red converse on sale! However, I did forget my red suspenders back home in Trondheim, and everywhere I went they were sold out. My super good amazing friend however went out of his way for me and made suspenders out of an old t-shirt. I could not believe it at first, they were incredible, and I am forever grateful and in his debt.

Got this little guy. Thinking of naming him, any suggestions? (: