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{April 3, 2013}   Anime Island Conventon, 2013

Well this review has been a while in the making. I did mean to get onto it before, but you know, university and all that jazz.

So, as you may know, Tasmania’s Anime Island Convention was on the 16th and 17th of March. It was a pretty good con as far as small town conventions go. I’ve noticed just by surfing the Manifest website that it seems to borrow some (read: lots of) events from that convention. But that didn’t make it any less awesome.

Saturday was pretty great for Fruits Fashion. I ended up cosplaying on the first day, but I have realized that going as Marauder Era Remus Lupin to a small town convention that is probably not full of Harry Potter nerds probably isn’t a good idea. I did get complimented on my scar makeup by someone though, so I guess it’s not a completely wasted effort.

Test makeup... I somehow lost my "on-the-day" photo.

Test makeup… I somehow lost my “on-the-day” photo.

The whole “theme” this year was Steampunk, pretty much, which is awesome. So there were quite a few steampunk-inspired outfits in the Fruits Fashion Competition. And for the first time that I’ve been there, there were some guys decked out in frocks and jewelry. I thought that is was pretty awesome, to be honest. Some of the outfits were just out of this world in detail, and some were… well… not really hard worked on, to say the least. But the whole idea is to have fun, and people definitely did that.

Captain Syn, showing us how it's done.

Captain Syn, showing us how it’s done.

There were some pretty great events, including Cosplay Mystery Date. I managed to get a place on the ‘contestant’ side of one of them. I was up against Aerith and… some person from Homestuck I think. Needless to say, I didn’t win that, but it turns out that the “bachelor” was someone that I follow on DeviantArt. Small world.

Sunday was the day for cosplaying, and in true me-fashion, I decided not to torture my body anymore and went in “normal” clothes. I say normal in that they weren’t cosplay, but they weren’t every day clothes either. Anyway, enough on that. There were some really awesome cosplays, including a Kingdom Hearts group, some Ouran Hosts and a rather irate Final Fantasy VII Sid. There were some people cosplaying from anime, manga and games that I’ve never heard of before, some old favorites and some amazing cosplay feats (you know, massive arse wings, that kind thing). It was a great turn out, and the people who won really did deserve it. Including HAPPYHAHA, the same DeviantArtist that I mentioned before as being my ‘bachelor’.

First time cosplayers. Her hair... just... whut?!

First time cosplayers. Her hair… just… whut?!

Oh my god the wings...

Oh my god the wings…

HAPPYHAHA, winner of the Best Constructed.

HAPPYHAHA, winner of the Best Constructed



Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay late on either day since I had work both nights, but I managed to get in to the auction on the last day (though I missed Saturday’s MA15+ auction). And since sellers in the Traders Hall don’t like packing up all their stuff again, they tend to put everything on sale in the last couple of hours. So many bargains. I bought quite a few Avengers inspired things. I regret nothing.

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Subtle nerdiness…

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I’m not even trying anymore

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Slightly less subtle…



I didn’t manage to get a photo of me with the Captain America that was walking around though. That was a bit disappointing.

Overall AI-Con, while not being the greatest con, was a delight to go to. I love getting back together with people and having fun. Conventions are always great places to catch up with people who have the same interests as you do.

And now that it’s over, I’ve actually joined the Tasmanian Anime and Manga Society at my university, so I’m getting to know a lot of amazing people who have so much to offer and share. I’m so lucky to be a part of such a fantastic community.

– Reillyn is AFK –

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I don't think rice is going to fix this.

I don’t think rice is going to fix this.

Well, shit. The first real day of my detox and things have already gone pear shaped. I was trying to document my week of detox via film, but apparently my mini-tripod hates me and fell over. And dunked the top of my camera into the almost-completed shake mixture. I panicked so hard and just cried over it for a good 15 minutes, all the while getting my boyfriend on the phone to ask what to do, doing it, and cleaning everything up. I really hope that the rice is going to fix it, but I have a bad feeling that it’s not. And if that’s the case, then I’m going to have to buy a new camera… even though this one was a present from my mum.

Other than that, the day went pretty good. Leaving out the Lecithin was a really good idea. As was straining the shake before I drank it. Though that may have taken away some of the vital components, so I’m going to try it without straining it tomorrow. I had to give my work mate a lift to pick up her car from where she parked it yesterday, since she was too drunk to pick it up herself last night, but apart from that all I did was some housework, since the family is coming up tomorrow, and I’m getting kicked out of my room to make room for them. The getting kicked out I don’t mind so much (well, I do, but I put up with it), but the fact that my cousin has three young children who are going to be sleeping in the room that I classify as my sacred space, worries me a little. It worries me every time, because every time I think that they’re going to break something, or pick up something sharp from my altar, or accidentally swallow one of my tumbled stones. And now, with the addition of my ancestral shrine, I am twice as worried. There are things that I have placed on there that I do not want them to touch, but really shouldn’t have to move just because we’re having family over.

I mean, they treat our house like their shack. I really don’t have any expectations that there are going to be too many boundaries. I guess we’ll see what happens when the time comes.

On a different note, my dog has some kind of throat sickness. We have to feed her cough syrup three times a day. Even with a syringe, she doesn’t make it easy for us. That’s something I am not looking forward to doing over the next couple of days.

– Reillyn is AFK –



Work mates are always fun.

Work mates are always fun.

I am so happy right now you guys. Not only did I have an amazing day, but my boyfriend got his license this morning. I let him drive my car this morning, which was scary, but I’m so proud of him.

Anyway, work brunch was great. I got there a little bit late since I had to be there for the test, and I had to pick up the mugs that we had made for our two bosses, but it was fun. The staff had decided to make mugs with the things we heard the most over the summer printed on the back of them, so our floor manager got “Steady but civilized”, since that’s what she usually says to the customers when they ask how the day as been, and our pasta chef got “Tell them to f@#! off” on his. Yes, that is what we heard most this summer. Especially when someone ordered soup on a 40 degree day. And sometimes we really wanted to carry out his orders, but we never did. Anyway, I put in the order for the mugs yesterday morning while I was in town, and picked them up this morning. They looked terrific. I forgot to take a photo of them, so I can’t show you guys, but they were just brilliant quality.

After all that happened today, the icing on the cake was having one of my work mates up to mine, when she was completely shit-faced. It was absolutely hilarious.

On the down side, this detox shake thing tastes like crap. Not even joking. It smells even worse. I am going to try it tomorrow without the lecithin and see if that helps at all. I sincerely hope that it does.

– Reillyn is AFK –



Detox time!!

Detox time!!

Orientation week at uni is always so hectic. I’m so glad that I don’t have to do all that stuff this year. It was so crazy last year, and this year was no different. I dropped off my boyfriend this morning and pretty much left to get coffee after that. It was nice to be able to sit in the Ref and use the internet again. I had other errands to run, but the best thing is that I was able to take back the capsules and get the actual ingredients. I am so excited to try this detox, but I have my end of summer work function tomorrow, so I’m going to get a taste for it during the day and start the proper detox on Thursday.

– Reillyn is AFK –



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Yeah, so I’ve been cosplaying all day… your point?

Today was possibly the most fun I’ve had in such a long time. I got some videos of dinner, so I’m going to edit the funny parts and put them up on YouTube, probably on my personal channel for now, but I may decide to upload one to Fandom Hearts. I loved hanging out with Manami and Annabelle today. Manami and I spent almost the whole day watching things like REPO and Ouran HSHC, as well as just sitting around in cosplay. She washed her face before we went to dinner, so her whiskers came off, but it was so much fun.

Eventually we all went and had dinner at the local Roadhouse (fish and chips, nothing fancy), and cosplayed there as well. We may have gotten some odd looks, but it was still pretty awesome. I had a bit of an impromptu photo shoot at our friend’s house, where the girls are staying the night. Manami and Annabelle ended up swapping wigs and Annabelle and I got some really cool photos on her camera. When I get them off of her, I’m going to edit them and put them up on DeviantArt. They won’t be up for a while since they’re both travelling tomorrow, but hopefully I’ll have them up before I go back to university on Monday.

If anyone is wondering, the above photo is our “oh-shit-I’m-in-a-hurry” Alternative Universe Sasuke and Naruko. Our conversation went pretty much like this:

R: “So we’re cosplaying to dinner as Naruto and Sasu-gay.”
A: “Aw, I could have been Shikamaru, but my bag is already packed.”
R: “You know that long blond wig I have? How about female Naruto?”
A: “Ah hell, why not?”
R: “Sweet.”

Yeah, pretty much like that. I am very excited to get the photos to edit. I really love some of the shots, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them ends up as my Facebook profile picture.

On a side note, anyone who is interested in a little drama going on in America at the moment, just check out this link for all the gossip on FOX New’s new “scandal”. Honestly, I find it a really funny news story, but I guess people are worried that the less intelligent people out there will believe this kind of false reporting. So for good measure, I’ve added a link to TipToeChick’s rebuttal to this story.

So, that’s all for now. My apologies for the late posts, but my internet it only just started working properly again.

– Reillyn is AFK –



Wallaby pizza.

Wallaby pizza.

So it’s Sunday. It’s the last night that Manami is with us. And so I worked the day shift, but got to spend the afternoon eating Wallaby pizza and sending the photos to Annabelle over Facebook to tease her that she wasn’t having it with us. I’m really sad that Manami is leaving tomorrow, but I’m also glad that she’s going on to see more of Australia. And it’s not goodbye forever, since she and Annabelle are going to be coming back in March, and I’m hopefully going to be seeing them at Manifest in August. Hopefully.

Anyway, I don’t have to work tomorrow night, so I am able to spend the entire day with Manami. It’ll probably be very similar to tonight, just watching Ouran HSHC for hours and laughing until we’re sore.

I love these kinds of friends.

– Reillyn is AFK –



Manami is majorly cute.

Manami is majorly cute.

I am majorly pissed off tonight, though I will go over my reasons afterwards. Had a lovely picnic lunch at the beach. Not exactly I really healthy lunch, but it was still nice, especially with the warm sun and cloudless sky.

Anyway, I had plans tomorrow to take my boy to his work, spend some time with Manami, then come home and go to work. It was going to be a great day. However I was informed tonight that there is a golf event (of all fucking things) that the two bosses need to go to since we’re sponsoring it. Which means I’m needed to work 12-3. My boyfriend is working at 2pm an hour away, and isn’t finishing until 4pm. My mother is otherwise engaged, and it is far too late to organize a ride with someone else. So I’m going to be spending at least 4 hours and $50 petrol driving him down early, then going to get him during my break. Then back to work at 6pm. Manami has opted to stay home with the dog and watch movies all day.

I need tomorrow like I need a hole in the head. Seriously.

– Reillyn is AFK –



1 out of 3 isn't too bad.

1 out of 3 isn’t too bad.

Thank goodness for small miracles. I woke up rather early this morning and came upstairs, only to have mum tell me that not only were her friends going to town today, but that she would go and get my boy from work for me. So that took an absolute load off my chest, and let me work until 4pm to cover a lapse in shifts. Which would have been great, if I had known how to do half the stuff that was needed. But I made some pizzas by myself to help out, which was kinda scary. Anyway, 12-9, with a break 4-6. I am absolutely exhausted.

But, as a side note, my boyfriend, bless him, went and got me some things from the health food store that I need for my detox. Unfortunately, I actually need flax oil and lecithin granules, not the capsules that contain the same properties. Ah well, at least he got me some protein powder. One out of three is pretty good, especially since he didn’t really know what he was looking for. So, I’m going to have to start my detox on Tuesday after I’ve gotten all the other ingredients and the proper ingredients.

Anyway, I could go on about people and their behavior in restaurants, but I’m way too tired.

– Reillyn is AFK –



God, I hate that character.

God, I hate that character.

I have a feeling it’s supposed to be a special day today. I can’t put my finger on it, but I know all the pink and candy is for something.

I’m sure it will come to me. I was too busy watching LA Ink with Manami all day to ask anyone.

In other news, I saw “Flight” tonight. It was a good movie, in that it drew emotions from me. Emotions like a deep and unmoving hatred for the main character. I have never seen a movie where I immediately and continuously hated the main character with all my being. I realize that the film was more about the fight with his addictions and his pride, but still. The guy was an ass of massive proportions.

Anyway, my internet is not working really well, so this will probably be up tomorrow or something. For now, happy buy-your-way-into-the-heart day. Don’t eat too many overpriced chocolates.

– Reillyn is AFK –



My dog is rather pathetic,

My dog is rather pathetic,

It was another Girls-Day-In today. I managed to wake Manami up enough to watch the entirity of A Very Potter Musical, as well as teach her howw to play Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks on original X-Box. Yeah, don’t have one of those fancy 360 models. I go old-school in my gaming. Not really, I just can’t afford a new console. Oh well.

So, yeah, not all that much to tell really. I’ve been working on entertaining Manami while she’s here. I’ve also been thinking about university andd how it’s coming up really soon, and organizing how to get everything to fit around each other and just… wow. I also need to hang up my “new” horseshoe and get some serious spiritual book reading done. And read all the books on my book list. And start getting back into Japanese study. I thik that will be my focus tomorrow. Manami can help me study Japanese and refresh before uni goes back.

I really need to work on my vocabulary. If anyone has any tips on how to learn vocabulary and kanji, I would much appreciate it.

– Reillyn is AFK –



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