January 2016

Odds Are Ever In Fans' Favor As J-pop ‘No Dating’ Clauses Ruled Unconstitutional

Odds Are Ever In Fans' Favor As J-pop ‘No Dating’ Clauses Ruled Unconstitutional

Where there's a will, now there's an easier way. Previously on "Fantasies That Will Never Happen", male and female J-pop fans could pine for their idols as much as they pleased, but always knew in their hearts that an idol's true love must be legally unrequited. There's contracts, there's clauses, there's rules. 

Take Your Cosplay from Inexperienced to Expert with this Cosplay Photo Tour

Take Your Cosplay from Inexperienced to Expert with this Cosplay Photo Tour

Reason #743 to move to Japan: their Cosplay game is smoking' Ho ho! You didn't expect me to have a truthful reason to move, but Japan's cosplay industry is officially smoking! When it comes to life, work, and cosplay, it's all about the story you tell. Want Sailor Moon hair that doesn't reflect in the sunlight? Go with a non-sythetic wig. Want real, safe, and gorgeous fire and explosions in your cosplay shots? Hire Cosnavi.

Star Wars and the Japanese Connection

Star Wars and the Japanese Connection

Back before the 1960s, most people entered the American film industry through apprenticeships. Usually those apprenticeships were passed down from father to son, and there was no way for “outsiders” to get a toe-hold in the business. However, the collapse of the studio system allowed for outside talent to get a chance to create. One of those firebrand filmmakers was George Lucas. His first film, THX 1138, was not a success, but he managed to get a second chance. 

Diversity in Film: the Elephant in the Room

Diversity in Film: the Elephant in the Room

Fact after fact keeps pointing to the obvious: Hollywood is not diverse enough. The latest issue involves Oscar nominees for 2015 films, following up a similar problem in 2014 — white-only nominations. It’s discouraging and highly disappointing to see these results — and even more frustrating to realize how behind the 8-ball our industry is when it comes to reflecting a diverse society.

Demonically delicious: Sebastian of Black Butler becomes a BJD!

Demonically delicious: Sebastian of Black Butler becomes a BJD!

Ball-Joint dolls (BJDs) are elegantly beautiful dolls made from modern plastic resin compounds. They are individually crafted works of art, cast to order. Items like eyes and wigs and clothes are changeable, unlike figures which are usually painted or cast with pigments. These dolls were inspired by Victorian-era porcelain dolls, and are structured very similarly, including the elastic strings that hold the dolls together.