Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cosplay

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed, produced, and co-written by J. J. Abrams. The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, it stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow. Produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and distributed worldwide by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, The Force Awakens is set about 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron's fight with the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, which descended from the Galactic Empire.

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 The Force Awakens is the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy announced after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. The film is produced by Abrams, his long-time collaborator Bryan Burk, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of the original trilogy films The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), rewrote an initial script by Michael Arndt. John Williams, composer for the previous six films, returned to compose its score. Star Wars creator George Lucas served as creative consultant during the film's early production stages. Filming began in April 2014 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography also taking place in Ireland and Pinewood Studios in England. This is the first live-action film in the franchise since Revenge of the Sith, released in 2005.

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 The Force Awakens premiered in Los Angeles on December 14, 2015, four days before its release in North America. Critics compared it favorably to the original trilogy, praising its action sequences, characters, acting, special effects, musical score and emotional drama, though some criticized it as derivative. Disney backed the film with an extensive marketing campaign;[5][6] it has broken many box office records, including the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time and the fastest film to reach $1 billion.[7][8] As of January 4, 2016, it has generated a global box office revenue of over $1.5 billion, becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise, the second highest released in 2015, and the fourth highest of all time and prior to the January 9, 2016, release in China, the second largest film market in recent years.[9][10] Two sequels, Episode VIII and Episode IX, are scheduled for release on May 26, 2017 and in 2019, respectively.

I have always been the wrong age for Star Wars. When the first trilogy began back in the late 70s, I was old enough to be wedded to the darker, moodier sci-fi of Solaris, Silent Running and Soylent Green, and young enough to believe that gave me the right to dismiss this latterday Buck Rogers nonsense out of hand. When the prequels began at the end of the 90s, I was still young enough to be working for Radio 1 (the station that had overwhelmingly voted Star Wars the greatest movie of all time) but old enough to know that this new series had little of the timeless charm of the originals, about which I remained agnostic.

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The sight of a fleet of X-wings hurtling toward us over watery terrain brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye

Now, as Episode VII rolls around, ushering in a new generation of sequels, I find myself at an age so out of whack with the film’s target demographic that what I think about it matters not a jot. Ironic, then, that watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I found myself feeling like a 12-year-old, reading for the first time the words: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”, hearing John Williams’s fanfare theme and discovering what all the fuss was about.

With a film whose existence is rooted in fan culture, describing the movie is perilous; even revealing the cast list runs the risk of providing potential plot spoilers. Suffice to say that the action takes place some years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and involves scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) teaming up with renegade “First Order” Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and globular droid BB-8. The opening scroll sets up an ongoing battle between the forces of good and evil and lays the groundwork for a quasi-mythical quest that will reunite friends old and new, and allow a grizzled Harrison Ford to deliver the line that turned the teaser trailers into something akin to an announcement of the second coming: “Chewie, we’re home…”

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 That sense of coming home runs throughout The Force Awakens, director JJ Abrams working the same regenerative miracle with the Star Wars franchise that he previously pulled off with his Star Trek movies – taking the series back to its roots while giving it a rocket-fuelled, 21st-century twist. As always with this director, the film feels very physical, scenes of dog-fighting TIE fighters and a relaunched Millennium Falcon crashing through trees possessing the kind of heft so sorely lacking from George Lucas’s over-digitised prequels. The battle scenes are breathtakingly immersive (I saw the film in 2D Imax and felt no need for stereoscopy), but also impressively joyous – the sight of a fleet of X-wings hurtling toward us over watery terrain brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye – just one of several occasions when I found myself welling up with unexpected emotion. (The jokes were a surprise, too, provoking the kind of laughter many comedies fail to muster.) Elsewhere, the sand dune landscapes have a touch of Lawrence of Arabia majesty, vindicating Abrams’s long-standing dedication to shooting on film rather than digital, cinematographer Dan Mindel augmenting the 35mm stock with some lush 65mm Imax footage.

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Having co-written the series’s previous high-water mark, The Empire Strikes Back, Lawrence Kasdan here shares credits with Abrams and Michael Arndt on a screenplay that is steeped in the dark lineages of the originals (and does not sidestep moments of genuine tragedy), but which subtly realigns its gender dynamics with Rey’s proudly punchy, post-Hunger Games heroine. The spectre of Vader may live on in Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, but it’s Rey in whom the film’s true force resides, likable newcomer Daisy Ridley channelling Carrie Fisher’s Leia and carrying the heavily-mantled weight of the new series with aplomb. Plaudits, too, to John Boyega, who brings credibility and humour to the almost accidentally heroic role of Finn.
What’s most striking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the fact that this multimillion dollar franchise blockbuster has real heart and soul. Abrams has always been a fan first, and there’s a palpable affection in his staging of scenes that recall the varied alien wildlife of Tatooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina. Just as he proved himself a worthy successor to Spielberg with Super 8, so Abrams here breathes new life into Lucas’s epochal creations in a manner that deftly looks back to the future. And it’s a future that works. Watching the film in a packed auditorium with an audience almost incandescent with expectation, I found myself listening to a chorus of spontaneous gasps, cheers, laughs, whoops and even occasional cries of anguish.

What’s really surprising is that many of them were coming from me.

Cosplay Inspires Your Creativities

Cosplay Inspires Your Creativities

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 Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, is a singing synthesizer application and its female character becomes a hot role to cosplay among young girls now. The name of the character comes from a fusion of the Japanese for first, sound and future. Probably, owing to the lovely image of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, worldwide cosplayers are driven crazy to imitate this role.

Since Hatsune Miku was first installed in the Vocaloid 2 Character Vocal Series released on August 31, 2007, regardless of a great number of Hatsune Miku colorings, this hot cosplay role has been mostly recognized wearing aqua blue pigtailed hairstyle with black ribbons in the shape of bow, grey curves-flattering shirt with black separate sleeves and a matching tie. The look of the lower part is seen with matching ruffled skirt, over knee high stockings and grey ankle boots. She usually wears a set of black earphone to signify her position as the character for phonic software sample.
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 Believe it or not, a vivid hairstyle will bring the finished cosplay look up to ultimate. And Vocaloid Hatsune Miku's blue hairstyle is definitely her signature feature for a successful cosplay. However, many cosplayers find it hard to style her twin pigtails vividly. Her hair is long in aqua blue, styled two pigtails on both sides. Fortunately, Miku wig offered at many cosplay stores seems a nice solution and some pre-styled Miku wigs are chosen by a lot of cosplayers who plan to portray this role. Usually the headpieces, or the black ribbons, will come along.

As a matter of fact, Hatsune Miku cosplay wigs are offered in most cosplay wig stores or cosplay stores. With the fast development of cosplay entertainment, either cosplay wigs or cosplay costumes are abundantly offered in local stores or online shops. Many experienced cosplayers are also skilled at making the costume by themselves but the wig is still the best solution for the finishing touch of a successful cosplay ensemble.
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hatsune miku cosplay

hatsune miku cosplay

hatsune miku cosplay
Hatsune Miku cosplay can be implemented in either a natural way or for an innovative creation. Both of them can be fabulous work. The exact cosplay trend tends to be that natural creations with delicate work on high end costume, the correct blue color, the vivid wig and the natural make-up. Keep all blue details in the same shade, and even draw the eyebrow make-up in blue and finish the natural make-up with aqua blue acuve define. However, what I personally appreciate is the creative way to cosplay alluring lovely Hatsune Miku with temperately gorgeous smoking eye make-up. I've seen a very talented cosplayer completes her Miku cosplay look to a delicate finish and the spotlight of her successful work is the smoking eye make-up, seen with hot pink eyeshade, black enhanced turnup eyelashes and subtle black eyebrows. The boost of her creative idea is the pink tear drops scattering below the right eye. In the end, a fabulous scene of high aesthetic appreciation is finished.

hatsune miku cosplayVocaloid Hatsune Miku Cosplay Inspires Your Creativities. Some of your cosplay peers have set excellent examples. Since her stylish looks are richly diverse, you can choose a costume of your favorite and exert your creativities on the make-ups or any other aspect you like! A world of artsy aesthetic fun will be achieved at the same time.

By Kristen Wilson

Sailor Moon manga soared again in US Bookstores on April

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Blue Exorcist manga is also on the rise!

The tenth volume of Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga ranked at #4 on Nielsen BookScan's list of top 20 graphic novels in American bookstores for April.

The same volume had ranked at #5 on the list in March. The Sailor Moon volume is one of four manga titles on the list. Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto volume 60 ranked at #7, dropping from #3 from last month.

Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist volume 9 and Tite Kubo's Bleach volume 56 ranked at #11 and #18 respectively. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic series continued to dominate the chart, claiming nine places this month, with The Walking Dead Compendium volumes 1 and 2 again taking the top two spots.

Gene Luen Yang's Avatar the Last Airbender: The Search -- Part 1 ranked #3.

 The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart, and some other venues.

Source: ANN, ICv2

New Locke the Superman manga to come out in June

Simply amazing, I wouldn't mind a anime series of this classic , given that there's only one movie.

The June issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine announced a new series in Yuki Hijiri's Locke the Superman franchise on Thursday. The tentatively titled Chōjin Locke: Toki no Kodomo-tachi (Locke the Superman: Children of Time) will start in the next issue on June 5.

 The story is set after the destruction of Master Yūji, and the magazine promises that the manga will reveal "another page in the history of the galaxy." The original Locke the Superman manga ran in at least three different magazines from 1967 to 1989.

It chronicled an immortal figure's adventures at different periods throughout time. It inspired a movie and three original video anime projects (Locke the Superman: Lord Leon, Locke the Superman: Mirror Ring, Locke the Superman: New World Battle Team).

Source: ANN
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