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Let’s Talk: Cosplay With Juvia!

Cosplay is one of the biggest aspects in not only the anime culture, but the geek culture overall. This week on Geekery Gears, we have a pretty special component being added to the blog. Do you remember what it is? Of course you don’t, baka!

A podcast! This weekend I got to interview a beautiful local cosplayer, Becca Davila, and you can listen to the entire thing on Black Moor Productions (which you better do). But as we all know, the book is different than the magazine so without further ado, I will be telling you guys just what about cosplay is special and how Becca’s experience proves it.

^2C2A540A5D9ED6124118C32B1868DE9F892FECF9CE526CDB66^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrFor about three years now, Vegas conventions have been seeing Becca show her talent as a cosplayer for hours on end; and she’s popular, let me tell you. The last convention we went to, I remember her walking around greeting people she’d met before and being recognized all over the place as “the Juvia cosplayer” (a certain Gray cosplayer was involved in there somewhere I think).

I’ve seen her in action, and it really is incredible. Becca gets into character, playing a perfect Juvia role, and really does bring others into that Fairy Tail fantasy (bad pun). “Of course I still act like myself, but if someone’s talking to me or I talk to someone new, I’m always acting like Juvia…” Becca stated.

Her main cosplay has been Juvia, but she’s also planning to cosplay Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins and Ruby from RWBY. With each of these characters, Becca has identified part of herself. The preparation, time and care Becca has put into these cosplays has paid off well.

Any convention I’ve ever seen her at, I’ve never seen her receive a negative reaction. I can’t count how many times we lost her in a crowd because she’d been stopped to take a photo with someone. But it isn’t all just hard work and applause.

^AE69EF80B32B8ED76B2C9C0E91EE10B9329F35AD5287B46EBF^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrGetting into some of the negative sides of cosplay, Becca described a lot of the experiences she’d had while dressed up. “There are always the few select who are like, ‘Oh, you don’t fit the body type… Or the skin color… Or the gender of this character…’,” Becca said.

However, Becca still has her supporters that encourage her. ” Usually I get a lot of acceptance, especially being a plus-sized person.”

Becca described what it’s like when you don’t see your size, ethnicity or even gender being reflected in the cosplay community. To think that cosplay is only meant for a certain group of people is extremely ridiculous. When you think like that, you limit the countless possibilities for different cosplays as well as diversity in people who experience it.

Becca’s hopes for her cosplay career leads toward more recognition in the community, which I think makes her an inspiration to a community who really needs diversity in cosplayers.

^CFD334812FFAC11FC37F0A370F0EFCAC49DFDB86EE268B4E75^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distr“Don’t let anyone discourage you.” Becca stated. “Find those friends and that community that supports you and you have fun with and always just be yourself.” Her advice to future cosplayers speaks volumes as to what we should all keep in mind and also keep working towards for an anime community. Ms. Davila truly is the cosplay inspiration this generation needs.

But there’s so much more! Listen to the podcast one YouTube, Soundcloud or Itunes! (Note: Itunes is being a butt so it may take a while for this link to work. I will update it when it stops wigging out.)

You can find Becca at: 

Tumblr:

http://beccaboopsyournose.tumblr.com/

http://juvichan.tumblr.com/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/beccaboopsyou/

The next convention Becca will be at is Lvl Up Expo in Las Vegas! Sneak peak, I may also be there doing some coverage so you may want to show up. It’ll be a trip.

What about you? Have a cosplay experience you want to talk about? Have any advice? N-not that I care, but post it in the comment section below! 

 

 

Anime 2 comments on Spring Anime 2016!

Spring Anime 2016!

For those of you who know me, I’ve never been good at the episodic reviews. It’s just not something that I can promise will be done on time and it’s also something that tends to overwhelm me for some strange reason. You would think that sitting down and watching anime wouldn’t stress me out, but believe me after you’ve studied for exams for five hours straight and you still haven’t reviewed the five episodes released that day because you don’t even had time to watch them, you tend to feel an artery clog and a twitch in your eye.

Nonetheless, I will be reviewing anime seasonally! And I’ve been keeping up the pace so far, but I know it won’t last long once my actual finals for school roll around. Regardless, here’s the anime you can look forward to seeing full reviews on once they end.

screenshot_2016-04-16-15-26-40.pngJoker Game: Okay, so I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes for it. And to be honest, I still don’t know if it’s my taste yet. And yet I can’t help but to watch; the guys in it are just so smooth! See, the main character, Yuuki, does bother me just a little. He’s a by the books man and usually that’d be admirable, but when it comes to me…

 

Well, let’s just say I prefer the smooth operators in the D Agency a little more (there’s an inappropriate joke in there somewhere, and I’m sure someone has made it at this point). I know I’m going to come to hate about 50% of these characters later on, (I just know it) but I really do think that this anime has potential and I can’t wait to give it a final review.

screenshot_2016-04-16-15-27-29.pngBungo Stray Dogs: Is it just me or is this the season of cool government organizations built on people with particular/special abilities? Because that’s what it’s looking like so far. That being said, I am in love with Bungo Stray Dogs right now, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop watching it.

 

The characters kill me, I love the story and the art is so amazing. I think I’ve added several new husbandos since watching the first episode alone. Hopefully nothing happens to make me despise the series; I don’t think my little heart could take it. If all goes like how I imagined it in my head at three in the morning, then you can expect quite a bit of fan love dousing that review once the season is over.

screenshot_2016-04-16-15-28-51.pngSuper Lovers: I cringe as I write this but I know I need one anime to hate this season and I already feel this is the one. Now, believe me, no one loves LGBT anime more than Ashley. But I think Super Lovers is on a dark trail that I don’t want to follow. I know no one is related, it isn’t the family situation or even the characters that bother me, it is simply the age groups.

 

As the child of parents who’s ages are drastically different, I’ve never considered age gaps to be an issue in relationships. That being said, I don’t promote age gaps when it is so clearly not okay! I feel like there’s a romance component in there (uh, even just the name) when really it’s promoted as “family bonds” between an adult brother and his kid brother… I… Don’t know what to think yet. If you guys can clarify the relationship, or there’s something about it I’m just not getting, comment and help me out!


screenshot_2016-04-16-15-29-56.pngHaven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto:
This is it guys. This is where anime has finally reached it’s peak. This is the lost treasure, the city of Atlantis, the last scoop of ice cream in the bucket. This is the anime that changes your life, makes you feel, makes you want more out of whatever it is you have now.

 

I am ready to marry this anime and I’ve only watched the first episode so far. If that doesn’t tell you how on board I am with this anime, I don’t know what will. But I can tell you now, this is exactly the blog you’re going to want to read once that baby ends. And I swear to the old gods and the new, if I don’t see a second season announced soon after it’s over, there shall be bloodshed in the streets.

So that’s pretty much it for Spring Anime. I may pick a few more to review, I’m not completely sure yet, but I do know these ones will be up on this site once their seasons end. I apologize for the lack of episodic reviews, but rest assured that I will have other content on here for your lovely eyes to read!

In fact, next week, Geekery Gears will be releasing an amazing podcast and article! Stay tuned as I interview a local cosplayer here in Las Vegas, the lovely miss Becca Davila. If you guys like Fairy Tail, body positivity, roleplay or just like listening to two nerds freak out over cosplay, you’ll love this podcast!

So, what anime are you guys watching this spring? Tell me in the comments below!