Wednesday, May 25, 2016

One Week till A-Kon 27!!!

by Gaby

I made a quick video about what I am currently doing one week before A-Kon 27...I know I'm probably going to end up scrambling.

I think the best note here is to seriously plan out your schedule.

So...Dallas has two major nerd conventions scheduled on the same weekend. 

I have been hearing a lot of stories about people who are upset that Fan Expo is the same weekend as A-Kon, well unfortunately it is what it is.  For me, I am all about the anime, so I will be at A-kon 100% of the time, but if you are going to be balancing time between Fan Expo and A-Kon this is where those schedule planners come into play. has really good make yourself planners that you can plug in your own hours and make your own slots for what times you want to do what.

I like to either highlight or bold the things that I can't miss and then either pencil in or lightly write in other things that may be of interest but is not a big deal if I miss.


A-Kon's new TICKET POLICY:  Show up at the large panels that require tickets an hour early to receive a ticket, this ticket will guarantee that you get into the panel without having to wait in a long line that takes up space in the hallway.

PANELS DO FILL UP: so have a backup plan or something else prepared in case you sadly do not get into the panel you want to see.  Sad story but it happens sometimes.

See you there! 

#RoadtoAkon27  #Akon27 #Akon2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Hero Academia Is My New Hero!

Go Beyond! Plus ultra! 

A great new catch phrase for a great new anime. On July 7th of 2014 a new manga appeared on the pages of weekly Shonen Jump "Boku no Hīrō Akademia" or as it would come to be known later "My Hero Academia". This superhero based shonen manga started picking new fans in a mighty storm like something out its very pages, and on October 29th, 2015 Anime News Network announced that My Hero would receive an anime series produced by Studio Bones.

On April 3, 2016 the first episode of the anime aired and was met with great enthusiasm not just in Japan but in America as well with Funimation Entertainment announcing that they would be licencing the series in March 2016 and even held a live stream event to premier what they called "The next big thing in anime" where they streamed the series premiere in Japan.

So what is that makes this new Anime so fantastic? My Hero Academia follows the events of a young boy named Izuku Midoriya (sometimes called "Deku") who lives in a world full of heroes with amazing powers. In this world Human kind has changed to were it is common for people to develop strange powers at a young age called "quirks". Following this change many of these people choose to try to become heroes or villains, who can use their powers to accomplish amazing feats. 

The greatest of these heroes being a man known as All Might (Seen Above) who has a strong resemblance to western superheros such as Superman or Captain Marvel. Midoriya has admired heroes, especially All Might most of all, since he can remember and has lived his life with the dream of becoming a hero himself. However those dreams take a heavy hit when Midoriya becomes old enough to get his quirk and then finds out that he doesn't have one and never will. Despite this though Midoriya does not give up on his dream of being a hero and is determined to continue the journey of becoming a hero even if he doesn't have any powers. Eventually a breath of fresh air is breathed into midoriya's dream when through a chance encounter he meets his hero All Might and discovers he truly can become a hero.

Above is a clip for the Funimation broadcast English dub, I encourage you check out this astonishing new series. My hero Academia  is the story of what it truly means to be a hero and the struggle to overcome adversity, which is a story every reader can relate to. As I write this there are currently 8 episodes of the My Hero anime and I have no doubts that the fandom of this series will continue grow with every passing episode.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


by Gaby

It is two weeks before the biggest anime convention in Texas, A-Kon, you may either be getting super excited, or be panicking.  Don't worry this is supposed to be fun, don't panic!
Here is a bit of a checklist for you to start thinking about so that your convention experience is fun!

So what do you need to check 2 weeks out into the con?

1.  ONLINE COSPLAY ORDERS: If you need to order something you may have forgotten online then do so, but I highly suggest using expediated shipping or if you have Amazon Prime same day delivery.  Some things may be easy to obtain like small accessories or props, but if you are looking for certain collectible cosplay pieces or wigs that come from Japan, you may be cutting it to close and may have to start thinking of a plan B in case your items don't arrive on time.

2.  PACKING THE SUITCASE :  Ok some people may say it may be too early but I don't think so, if you are big into cosplaying and your cosplay is ready and done, don't be afraid to start placing it in or near the suitcase.  You can also start packing things you will not need until the convention like wigs, or bobby pins that you may need for the wigs, cosplay shoes, USB drives that you plan to take, Swap meet items you plan to swap, and stuff like that.

3. MAKE THE LIST:  Yes make a packing list of stuff that you will need to pack and place it by or in your suitcase, once stuff starts getting packed then you can eliminate it off the list.   And this includes toiletries, hair straightener, brushes, underwear, etc.

4. SEWING KIT:  Pack one. If you cosplay you will want one.  If you are done making adjustments on your cosplay, just pack one. 

5. SCHEDULES: By now A-Kon has already released the convention schedule.  In order to avoid being overwhelmed with tons of activities, I highly suggest looking at the schedule early and figuring out what panels you are interested.   I like to print out an hourly planner page for each day and write down the panels I will be going to or that I am interested in that happen at that time.  You can get printable planners at or you can google "blank printable planners" to find one that best suits you.

6. REHEARSALS:  I am going to throw in this last checklist, make sure you rehearse anything, if you are competing in a competition like a singing competition or a cosplay skit contest start getting all the final details ironed out.  2 Weeks before the con your routine should be pretty well set. You never know if something happens within those last two weeks that prevents you and your cosplay team to not be able to do last minute practices, so just go ahead and make sure you are ready two weeks prior. This should just be last minute touch ups by now.

7. DON'T STRESS:  I am so guilty of stressing over things that are not in my control, but remember the convention is for you to have fun, its a getaway from reality so just have some fun! If you are worried about your package in the mail, don't worry about it, there is nothing you can do, that's why I said before to have a plan B so don't stress.  Keep your cool and jam out to some fun anime songs while you wait for the badge pickup line to open!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

by Gaby

If you are looking for something laid back to watch this season, something to enjoy on your spare time then try "Haven't you Heard? I'm Sakamoto. 
Sakamoto is cool, cooler, actually he is the coolest at the school and all the ladies love him and everyone wishes they were him, either that or they are jealous.
It juse seems that everything Sakamoto does just comes out with such a suave flare, even when people try to steal his chair in class, he just finds a way to make sitting on the windowsill the coolest ever!

This is the type of anime that doesn't seem to have a huge storyline that you need to follow, you can jump on in and start watching Sakamoto being cool at any episode.  
See how he deals with bullies, girls who have a crush on him, and how his Senpai treats him. 
This is a good one to just go ahead and try out see if you like it.

Crunchyroll has current episodes streaming online on Simulcast