We’re going to be crying about Madoka Magica forever and we’re going to drag all our friends into this timeloop of anime tears.
(Remember that time I slapped together a pair of wings in the hotel room. Ha ha!! But it was probably all worth it because this perfect Tamaki and Kyouya duo from Ouran High School Host Club gave us Valentine’s Day roses in what was most likely the highlight of our lives.)
Photographer: Lionel Lum
But seriously, total heart hands to everybody who signed this magical contract so we could step out with the entire crew; double heart hands to Lionel who is basically the best photographer buddy. (Probably like a thousand heart hands to Emily, patient wonderful Emily, who helped us get out the door in one piece.)
Every year Valentine’s Day coincides with Katsucon, and nothing feels more perfect than spending it with friends.
We are all about highfiving each other inside our brains, pinkies up. It’s a bit of what we do here; call it the house brand, if you will. So when Katsucon came around and our British cosplay sister was coming over to nerd party it up with us, it was only natural to be Anna, listen. There is this thing we need to do.
Pinkies up, ladies.
Digital Devil Saga is the dream.
(It’s actually the post-apocalyptic cannibal demon nightmare, but seriously who’s keeping track.)
I have loved this video game for so hard and for so long I don’t even know if I have the words. It is, as they say, my aesthetic. And what do we do with the things that claw their way into our hearts and out the other side and call us comrade? We cosplay them, of course.
However, the template grey of the Junkyard uniform seemed so far and beyond what I could figure out. “Do the labcoats. Do the stupid volleyball scene.” But no. I wanted to wear the splash of Embryon orange and that special megaten brand of yellow demon eyes or what would even be the point. So it was a… bit of a struggle. And I might have run out of fabric by the time I got to the legs. And I might still have a long way to go to get where I want it, but my delight in stepping out in berserk demon babe style is so huge and overwhelming I could overlook the multitude of errors I made along the way. It’s fine. It’s all a learning experience.
For example, I learned that the perfect Embryon orange is Martha Stewart’s Satin Finish in Sweet Potato.
Sera (Berserk / Demon): Lin (me)
Photographer / Arm Prop: Lionel
This is also a total heartshaped shoutout to my friend Lionel. That amazing switchblade demon arm? That’s him. The grueling photog work in the bitter cold of the late late night? That’s also him. And the bits you don’t see, the excited yelling and the hurried meals and the patience and kindness when we’re both tired and even the things we love don’t keep us quite on our feet? That’s him, too. Thank you for helping me make this dream (post-apocalyptic cannibal demon nightmare, always) work. We made it work, dude.
Do you sometimes look at a thing, and the feeling is suddenly so intense it’s overwhelming? The holy crap, I love this. I love this so much. This is a thing that was made for me. It’s something like that.
(Happy 10th Anniversary, Digital Devil Saga.)
Another February, another Katsucon but thankfully one minus the snowstorm of doom!
It was a crazy busy convention for both of us with Lin sports anime-ing it up and Bria accidentally helping direct the Marvel shoot with the weekend sandwiched between repping some of our favorite kids from the comic book schools. We’ll put up pics from our various photoshoots as they roll in but for the mean time, enjoy these sneak peaks from our Instagrams!
Katsucon is this coming weekend and we uhhh… have totally finished all of our costumes and are 100% ready to go. (That’ll come true if we think it hard enough, right?) Check out our respective cosplay line ups below and be sure to say hi if you see us there!
We pick up our buddy Anna to have a Three-In-One set of the Stepford Cuckoos!
Morning: Bria starts the day with some fantasy lit while Lin goes right for sports anime hell
Afternoon: Lin serves up some early Valentine’s Day maid style and Bria goes undercover
Evening: it’ll always be after midnight in Shadow Lin’s heart
Morning: it’s some personal faves from the both of us!!
Afternoon: we don some wings of our own making
Evening: joining our Persona 4 group for the Midnight Hour
We step out in DC style with our other Gotham Academy students!