Archive for October, 2010

Cosplay coolness at Sand Island

October 30th, 2010
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Timeliness in writing blog posts, as I’ve emphasized time and time again in this space, hasn’t exactly been one of our strengths in recent months. Blame it on the additional duties we’ve been handed as caretakers of Honolulu’s only daily newspaper of record or a general case of the writing blahs, but I haven’t been as quick to turn around some of these posts as I’d like. As proof of this, I could walk into one of the rooms in my house right now and point at a stack of Del Rey Manga first volumes about two feet high that I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet. (Of course, that became a moot point as of earlier this month. But I digress.)

One of the items that’s been sitting in the Otaku Ohana inbox for a little while now is a small pile of pictures from a cosplay photo shoot hosted by local photography group 808Photos Aug. 21 at Sand Island Beach Park. These photos were provided to us by Zarli Win, who — full disclosure –  is the Official Fiance to Tag Team Partner in Fandom Wilma J. And since this weekend contains National Cosplay Recognition Day Halloween, I thought now would be a good time to put this up.

Shown in order are cosplayers Misa, Dominiya, Dan and Shaughnessy, and also shows just what would happen if an intergalactic bounty hunter were to meet an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper from the Haloverse. (In two words: Epic coolness.)

Kinda puts my modest attempt at cosplaying to shame, don’t you think?

Full disclosure, part 2: We also asked the other photographers if they wanted to contribute to this point. They declined to do so.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone!

‘Haruhi Suzumiya’ and those North Carolina teens

October 26th, 2010
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The two items listed in the title to this post aren’t related to each other, but ehh, what the hey … it’s the most elegant way I could find to merge them without having to write two separate posts, heh.

First on our agenda today is the long-awaited release of a firm screening schedule for The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, scheduled to open at the Kahala 8 Theaters on Friday. (It’s been long awaited for me, anyway … I’ve been clicking and re-clicking on the Consolidated Theaters and Fandango websites repeatedly for several weeks now, ever since the film re-emerged on the radar.)

We now know that that first day will feature four screenings, at 12:40, 3:50, 7 and 10:10 p.m. Saturday and Monday will feature the same schedule, while Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday eliminate the 10:10 p.m. show. As usual, it looks like anything beyond that will be determined on a week-by-week basis … but for something as niche as Haruhi, my standard suggestion of “the sooner you can see it, the better” applies. Advance tickets are now available on Fandango.

Meanwhile, a quick update on Mr. R. and his request for more manga for his library serving teens in North Carolina, detailed in our last post: Mission accomplished! All four projects have been funded … and judging by the looks of who donated to those projects, all of his manga-related projects were funded either by readers of this blog or your tag-team in fandom who actually writes this blog.

Great job, everyone! But let’s not forget that there are still many worthy projects from teachers left to be funded nationwide; go to DonorsChoose.org and help fund one, won’t you?

Show some manga aloha to North Carolina teens

October 21st, 2010
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Tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. has always been a big believer in donating to education-related causes. She’s been an active donor on DonorsChoose.org, the “online charity connecting you to classrooms in need,” for that very reason.

She also gets the site’s regular e-mails highlighting particular projects. And a recent e-mail happened to set off her “otaku radar,” the same twinge of excitement that I get whenever a really good topic for Cel Shaded or this blog falls into my lap and I just have to share it with everybody as soon as I can: the requests of “Mr. R.,” alternately listed as a media specialist and a librarian at a small rural high school in the Pender County School District of eastern North Carolina.

Mr. R is asking for donations to fund several large purchases of manga and graphic novels for his library. His four requests turn up a bunch of popular Viz titles — Bleach, Death Note, Vampire Knight, One Piece and Hunter X Hunter comprising the majority of the lists. Why manga? From his profile:

Even during good times, funds are extremely limited to purchase fun books for students to read. Now that the financial crisis has hit our library in full force, funds for purchasing books are practically non-existent.

Many of our kids love graphic novels. When we first purchased a handful of manga and graphic novels they all but flew off the shelves. The kids would consume them in breakneck pace. But after a few days, they would hit a brick wall once they learned that we only carried a few books from each series. From a librarian’s perspective, the inability to give the kids what they love to read is heartbreaking. At this very moment, I can think of a specific student who is new to our school and discovered our special collection last week. Since that day, the young man has read eleven titles. At his pace, he will have finished reading all of our graphic novels in another two weeks. In another two weeks, I will no longer have any books that interest him.

All four requests are definitely reachable — $70, $82, $90 and $96 are the totals remaining on each. But they’re also running out of time:  The first request with manga ties expires on Monday; the last, on Wednesday. Again, here’s the link to the project page: http://www.donorschoose.org/we-teach/9950?active=true

So I issue to you, regular Otaku Ohana readers — and anyone who gets linked here via other means, really — a challenge: Let’s get Mr. R. fully funded. It can be four really generous people, or it can be many of you working together to give smaller amounts. And if (as I’m hoping) everything gets funded there by the time you look, don’t just shrug and click away; there are a lot of teachers in your home state that could use the help, too.

Just remember, no amount’s too big or too small when it’s a worthy cause. Let’s be examples of fandom’s generous side.