Mittwoch, 30. November 2016

Concert at the Comic Con in Dortmund

I am happy to announce, that I am going to give a concert at the Comic Con in Dortmund. :)
You can listen to my voice at

~> Saturday the 3th December<~
~~> 14 o´clock at the Cosplay Stage<~~

Iam looking forward to see you guys. :)

I am also going to visit the Cosplayball Mahou no Yoru. ^_- Looking forward to everyone I can meet there!

See you!


Mittwoch, 23. November 2016

World Cosplay Summit 2016 - Part 16: Last words


I really need to say, that the World Cosplay Summit was a bit chaotic, because the schedule for the next day were missing or people just didn’t know what to do.

But still it was a life changing and great experience. I experienced so many awesome events, could meet so many great and talented people and had so many moments, which I want to remember forever.

I never expected to make so many friends and to have so much fun in these 2 weeks.
A lot of people told me it is stressful. For me only the championship itself was stressful. You had so much time at the other days and events, could take your time and feel the spirit of all the people who shares the same passion as you. Actually I rested and ate more than the last 7 months before the WCS…

One of my most precious memories.
I never met so many Anime fans at once in my life and I really would recommend everyone, who loves Cosplay as me to go there, to meet the people and to feel the spirit of this community.

I wasn’t sure if my efforts would pay off. I am not a really good Cosplayer, nor a very good performer. I just gave my best in order not to regret it. These 7 months were very hard, where I pushed myself to my limits and barely met any friends or family. I know that other could do much better, but I am satisfied, because I know I gave my best. I don’t regret anything and just to experience this support during the end of the 1rst stage, it was worth it! Every single minute I spent into this costume, skit and preparations. Everything it was worth it.
 
 
Thanks Eriko chan and Yuuka chan for all your work!
 It was great and I am so happy and grateful for this experience.
I really miss the people and want to go back. I will try my best to meet them again, to have fun with them again and to create more great memories with them.

I am also grateful to have Chiko as my partner, because I never could imagine experiencing this life changing event with someone else as her.
I also was so grateful how much effort Patrick, Iris, Mo and Laura spent just in order to make the trip as comfortable as possible for us. Thank you so much for this support!
Thanks Chiko for being an awesome partner!

Thanks Patrick for all your hard work!
I don’t know if I did a good job as representative, but I honestly don’t care. I gave my best, I am happy with what I could achieve, it was more than I ever expected. And I also nevery expected to gain so much personally.

I am just so so grateful for this.
Thank you! And thank you for all your support!


It really kept me going and I nearly cried when I red all your messages and Tweets after the WCS. Thank you so much for being with us and for thinking about us. I never though that you guys would support me so much!


This was one of my best time in my life.
Thank you for being part of it!

Montag, 21. November 2016

World Cosplay Summit 2016 - Part 15; Day 10 Special tour





After a very short night we wake up, got some breakfast and got into the Lobby to check out at 10am.

Because they forgot to tell the participants to check out at 10 am, the students where running around at about 9:45 am, knocking at the doors of the representatives and panicking, because most of them were still sleeping. XD Poor students, but it was kind of funny situation.
The first bus was supposed to leave at 10, but you can guess that it was impossible.

The elevator was packed and we waited a long time just to get into the elevator to the lobby.
But because we were in the B block bus, we still hat time till 11:30 am till departure to the special tour (we got that information at about 10:30 am XD).
In the bus
So we sent our luggage’s to the next hotels and waited in the Lobby.
At about 11:30 am we departed with the bus and made a small stop at the sea.
This stop wasn’t planned. Because the A Block bus departed too late, they arrived too late at the "Soba making experience". It was planned, that after A block finished their soba making the B block bus would arrive and the next people would start making their own noodles.
This is why we had a stop in order to catch up with the delay and were sitting around at an air-conditioned iceshop. Actually it was really fun! We all got some Kakigori and spent some great time with each other.

Kakigori party *o*
After getting back into the bus, we arrived at the "Sagami soba making" place and met the other teams from the A bus, made a small group picture and went up to the Soba making place. At first we got a small introduction, washed our hands, put on our apron and cap, watched an introduction video and started to stretch the dough and cut it. Of course we got filmed in this beautiful outfit. XD

It was really fun although Chiko and I were very bad at cutting slim Soba noodles. XD
Making noodles
Afterwards we went to the restaurant side and got our selfmade noodles with some Tempura and Sushi. It was really fun and Team Denmark gave me all their noodles.
Our lunch
After getting our lunch we went back to the bus, went shopping in a super market and drove to a traditional Ryokan near to the beach. We got our room numbers beforehand and I was so lucky to get a room with the both Brazilian girls.
The Ryokan was in the middle of nothing (but you still could get a LOT of Pokemon XD) with a lot of nice traditional Japanese rooms. They also had a very nice Onsen with an outdoor part for both genders.
In our room with the Brazilian girls in our Yukatas.
After arriving we could choose our Yukatas for the stay and brought our whole stuff to the rooms, changed and went back to a meeting hall where we made some group pictures.

Group picture

Afterwards we met in the dining hall were we got some really tasty traditional Japanese course dinner.
At every row you could find a sign with your countries name. So we searched for Germany and sat down with our cute Omotenashi student Yuuka chan and our awesome organizers Patrick, Iris, Mo and Laura.
After some warm words we got our food, which was SO tasty! They also had Tempura and a whole lobster. They also arranged a small Karaoke contest where I took part.
After eating I sang a song and had a lot of fun with the other participants during Karaoke.
We also made a lot of pictures and exchanged some presents with our cute students Yuuka chan and Eriko chan. To make a picture with this hat is a tradition of the WCS.
After finishing our food we went to the Onsen and relaxed a bit.

It was a really fun time with all the girls at the outdoor Onsen.
After the Onsen we had some party and spent our last time together.
At the next day we needed to say bye bye. And I really cried a lot. Because I was so sad to say good bye. I know that I can somehow meet the European friends again, but I wasn’t sure how it was with the people from the other countries. I will give my best in order to meet them again and to spend more time with them. It could make so many friends, who I really started to love. I am still missing them a lot.



Mittwoch, 16. November 2016

World Cosplay Summit 2016 - Part 14: Day 9 2nd stage


When we arrived at the Aichi Arts Center we had some food from the backstage buffet and changed slowly into our costumes.
We also checked our props and talked a bit with other participants.
We also got a small briefing how the walk through the stage should be during the introduction of the teams and what will happen at the award ceremony.
Backstage
At the 1rst stage I wasn’t that nervous. I was ok, a bit excited but it wasn’t anything bad.
Of course I wanted to give my best and really hoped that everything will go right. But I was so nervous and couldn’t really calm down at this day. I was hopping around and try to stay calm but it didn’t work.
I can tell you… It was really nerve-racking for me.
Backstage with our props
Before even having our performance we had an walk through and introduction of the teams.
This time we were starting number 17.
Introduction of the teams
We put our props into the square, moved it to the 2 standby squares and to the stage.
We were supposed to go on stage directly after the Team before us and already set up all our stage props. Suddenly the staff pushed our props down from the stage and brought everything to backstage again.
It was quite a problem, because they broke two of our props during that process and we needed to repair it with a lot of time pressure. Luckily we could manage that.
Also team Denmark was already waiting at the backstage area and couldn’t make any place, because the next team was waiting directly behind them.
The stuff tried to make place for the upcoming act, but there was no place to move away. So it was quite difficult.
After the World Cosplay Karaoke Winner performed (wah I really liked her voice!!) we could finally go on stage.

Actually it also didn’t go that well, but at least better than performance the day before.
I didn’t really care, because we knew we gave our best and are satisfied with our achievements.
After we went down from stage we gave some interview and packed our props, because we knew we don’t have much time after the award ceremony.

The winning ceremony
At the ceremony we walked one after another on to the stage and posed there. It was a great feeling and all the stress just fell from you at once. I was so happy that we didn’t hurt each other to much during the performance or just fell from the stage. (We really feared that might happen…)

Team Indonesia became the World Champion and I am really happy about that because they are such great people. I really liked their costumes and they also made a really awesome performance.
I also loved the costumes of Denmark, because they were just amazing!
France was just so cute and I really love both of them.
Backstage with the host, Team South Korea and Taiwan
After having a really great day we went into an Izakaya with some other teams and had food and drinks.
We still needed to pack, because we needed to check out the next morning. This is why we couldn’t stay to long and went to our room for packing at about midnight.
After packing and planning, how to transfer our luggage’s to which place (Hotel, airport etc) we just fell dead into the bed and had a very good rest.


Montag, 14. November 2016

world Cosplay Summit 2016 - Part 13: Day 9 Osu Parade

At the last official World Cosplay Summit day, the Osu parade happened at lunchtime and the 1rst stage were held at the evening.
Our costumes for the Osu Parade
Some of the finalist’s weren’t participating at the Osu parade in order to rest or to spent the time for preparations.
We participated and it was good choice.
Already changed we waited in the lobby, got into the bus and went to the Osu Kannon shrine.
When we arrived we waited in the back of the shrine, went the stairs down and posed for a group picture.
Sadly also here we weren’t complete (actually the only real complete group pictures were at Laguna and the championship).
After some minutes in the hot burning sun, we went one after another down through the Osu shopping arcade. I have never seen so many people at one point. The walk was about 1-2 Km and at every corner, people waited in order to get a picture of you. That was an amazing feeling and experience.
Because the walk was roofed it wasn’t that hot and we also got some water checkpoints, where we got water from our students. Luckily we chose cosplays with fans and used our ice sprays. It really saved us! It was really really fun and a great experience.
At the interview
After arriving at the end point, 6 teams were chosen to give some interviews to radio and television.
So we went there, gave 3-4 interviews and went back to the bus.
After we arrived in the Hotel, we took a quick shower and went to the event location.




Mittwoch, 9. November 2016

World Cosplay Summit 2016 - Part 12: Day 8 1st stage




After going to the Aichi Arts Center we had some food and some nice chat with the other participants and changed slowly in our costumes.
We also checked our props and just waited until it was our turn.
I don’t really know what happened but for some teams it seemed to be very stressful and they where fighting a lot. So we tried to help them as much as possible with tape, sprays and everything we had, because we still had a lot of time.
I guess the biggest problem was that the staff wasn’t able to handle the props carefully. Some of them broke. We also got that problem at the 2nd stage.



But before going on stage, the staff told us that we have been nominated for the Brother award. We were really really happy, because that means we were one of the top 4 costumes!
They told us to go into a very small room, where the Brother staff checked our costumes (for about 1 minute). That means even if you are 4th place during the costume judging, if Brother likes you costume you still have a chance to get this award.
We were really surprised to be one of the top 4, because we saw the costumes of the other participants and knew that they where top notch.
With our props backstage


When it was our turn we moved our props from square to square (first to our number, than to the standby square and than directly to the stage and than on the stage) and set them up on stage.
Sadly the staff forgot our whole setting, so Chiko needed to correct it on stage. It took some time and was very difficult, because we needed to put them up while the stage was pitch black.
Sadly they also mixed up our files. We prepared an English skit for the 1rst stage, because we knew that most of the judges (the organizers of the A Block) are mostly English speaking people. I am not sure if you could see it, but Chiko needed to react immediately. I also was quite confused.
During the skit we made some mistakes during the umbrella dance and the sword fight. But it didn’t really matter, because we know we could give our best.






After our performance the host was asking us some questions and we went back to backstage.

After going to backstage we had about 3 interviews (I forgot to mention we already had 2-3 before backstage) and went back to our changing room until the walk through the stage begun.
Stage interview
During the WCS you always have at least one camera following you. They are also filming at the bus or when you are going (for example) to the Pokemon park. I got pretty much used to it directly after arriving at the airport, that they are filming you and asking you questions.

I had the feeling some teams felt very uncomfortable, because sometime they filmed you at the most stressful or embarrassing moments or wanted an interview.
Backstage interview
Even during changing or doing make up (of course they asked beforehand) they filmed us.

After that really long day finally the walk in and award ceremony begun.
We just walked through the stage, posed in the middle and walked away from the stage, lined up backstage and went to the stage again.
Stage walk
The staff forgot that during the practice barely anyone had their costume on.
Because the B Block was standing behind the A Block we needed to change (B block to the front, A Block to the back), they forgot that we didn’t had much place due to the costumes and also changing the places was difficult.
If you won an award, you step to the front (or fight you way through the first row) got the sponsor board, smiled and went back to your place.
The funniest thing was, that no one knew what the special prices mean (of course everyone knew the Brother and Nico Nico award).


When the Nico Nico award was announced I was freaking out again because I never expected to be one of the candidates for the Nico Nico award. I know that Germany never was good at skits. I was so happy!
When I saw that people really voted for us at the end vote I felt so happy! Thanks, really thanks for all your support!!!

Awards and Nico Nico
Chiko and I were so happy! For us this was everything we wanted. We knew we were top 4 of costume and top 2 at Nico Nico. At this point we knew whatever comes; we are satisfied with what we could reach. We knew we gave our best and the people liked our worked.

After getting all the awards they announced the top 16 teams for the finals at Sunday.
First of the A block and afterwards of the B block.
You were supposed to step into the front and waved and step back.
Afterwards the B block moved to the front and changed places with the A block.

Group picture
Sadly we weren’t chosen for the finals, but we didn’t care.

For us it was fulfilling enough to know, that the people liked our work.
But when we went backstage everyone was running around hectically.
We just went there and stood around with our organizers.
We also started packing our stuff until someone told us to gather at the stage.
The staff thanked us for the cooperation and told us the schedule for tomorrow, as well what the teams are supposed to do.

She explained that there will be the Osu parade, where the finalists don’t need to participate. And that they reserved tickets for the teams who have not been chosen for the 2nd stage.
She also told us, that everyone should come in Cosplay, because there would be a kind interview from Nico Nico (not sure if I understood it right…) and all the teams should go up on stage for a group picture.
After the briefing they told us that due to a counting mistake two teams haven’t been chosen to be at the 2nd stage, although they were supposed to be.


With Team Korea
Chiko and I were just thinking, OMG maybe we still have a chance??
And yes, due to a counting mistake Team Germany and team South Korea could move to the 2nd stage. I was so happy! I already planned my day and were looking forward to see all the performances and know I could also participate by my own.
You cannot imagine what a great honor it was and how happy we were!
They really asked us if it’s ok to include the two teams who have been chosen mistakenly.
Actually why did he asked? Of course it was! It would have felt really bad if they would kick out teams because of me…
Afterwards they started the appearance order lottery for the stage.
We were number 17th.


After changing, grabbing some food of the backstage buffet, we went back to the hotel and slept or tried to sleep. Because I was so nervous and excited that I barely could close my eyes.

Montag, 7. November 2016

World Cosplay Summit 2016 - Part 11: Day 8 Red Carpet


As the days before we didn’t got any Schedules, so we needed to guess at which time we need to wake up in order to be in time for the red carpet. During the breakfast someone told us, that we needed to be ready at 11:30. So we had about 1 hour too much and were eating our breakfast slowly and played some Pokemon Go in our room.
During changing we already saw how they prepared the red carpet and got very excited.
After changing we met in the 2nd floor of the Hotel with all the other teams and participants.


Out costumes at the red carpet

Had a nice chat with everyone and lined up in our appearance order. Because some of the participants needed more time for changing, the first starting number of Block A only participated at the red carpet walk one time and not 2 times (actually no one told us there will be a second round, but we got the information when we needed to go out).
After getting a lot of ice spray, the next teams went down to the lobby, met their students, who were holding your countries sign and went out.

This year was the first year, that the red carpet had two ways. Normally it was only one way ad you waited at the carpark until you where supposed to go back for the second round.

This year you walk out of the hotel, to the end point and back again into the hotel.
Because no one told us that we were kind of confused, because we though we needed to pose into both directions

At the side of the red carpet
At the first way, you posed for the visitors of the World Cosplay Summit and at the way backed you were supposed to pose for the press people.
After getting, how the red carpet walk should be, we walked the first way down and posed after getting announced by the host.
Luckily we practiced posing, because you didn’t had the time to talk about it.

It was very good to know, which pose Chiko was using, because it was no time for checking her pose and getting in your own one.
Our student always told us where to pose and always counted down "1, 2, 3 go" in order to contain the flow of the parade.


At the end of the first way, the most important press people where waiting.
You needed to step on a small platform and posed for the press.
Went down and walked the way back.
Posing for the press
Afterwards you want back into the Hotel and waited downstairs for the next parade with the traditional Japanese dances. They had their own parade before our red carpet walk.
At the end of the first way we had a group picture with the Japanese dancers in front of the press people. It was a bit sad, that half of the A Block teams were missing.
And it was not easy to stand in the hot burning sun until everyone got his place and picture.
Some of the Cosplayers already fainted at Meiji Mura and Laguna, but this time it seemed to be much worser than the other events.

Group picture
After walking back the way to the hotel, we showered, grabbed our stuff and waited in the Lobby for our organizers.
We had a lot of time so we chatted a bit with visitors, participants and staff.

Having food