My Life of Anime/Manga Hair

I blew my own mind last night.

How'd I never notice this?
3 years ago
5 years ago

I'd really been wearing my hair like Anotsu. For most of my life. Wut.

2009, an Aya moment.
There was even a bit of Zechs last year.
And at some point of time I resembled a girl.
But I once had same cut and even parting as Akira, when I was seven.

...

I don't even. 

This discovery was only made possible with a combination of having my Motherland Chronicles things open while chatting with someone about Anotsu and Aya.

All of a sudden I saw the resemblance from the 1st pic, a styling test for week 2, sitting innocently in the background. I had to do a double take because, WHAT IS THIS? WE HAVE THE SAME HAIR. THE LONG SIDE BANGS THING. MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS. AND. AND ME TOO. WHAT.

I don't know how I'd never noticed this ever.

Random nights are random.

Motherland Chronicles #5 - The Fifth

Motherland Chronicles #5

Photography: Jingna Zhang
Makeup: Fumiaki Nakagawa
Model: Kristi Wilson @ Q Management
Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Bitna Kim, Tiffany Liu 

Headpiece and choker by Harlequin Romantique
Gold necklace by nOir Jewelry

Cuz, you know, one can never have too much Amano influence in their work. :D 

Been so busy shooting and producing. I want a good solid day off with 0 work :( 

Managed to squeeze in time and watch Guilty Crown while retouching photos though. The first half is like a mishmash of all the popular animes of late 1990 to early 2000's, then suddenly it's like the writer fell in love with Game of Thrones and decided IT'S KILLING TIME! And my fragile child heart whimpered as characters started dying one after another, like, woah. Was pretty cool in the end I guess, I wish I could read books while retouching. ._. 
 
Going to Heart of the Swarm launch event in Irvine this weekend!! Thank you so much Blizzard and Day9 for the invite, I'm so excited!!! :3 

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 - Awakening of the Trailblazer

I was so excited when I found out that Singapore is the first country to be showing the new Gundam 00 movie outside Japan. On the same day as the Japanese premier no less. I haven't been excited about a movie in a long time and I was really looked forward to seeing this.

The show opened with some unexpectedly hilarious moments, I enjoyed all the rest of it, tightly packed, good music and all. With except a small nagging feeling that the climax wasn't as impactful as I had hoped it would be, it's really not terrible, I guess I just wished for more.

The ending was a tad abrupt, I was almost disappointed for a moment, but it eventually wrapped up beautifully with an omake after the credits at the very end. 

"Peace cannot be achieved by force. It can only be attained by understanding each other. "

I've always loved quotes from the Gundam series. The talks of war, peace and belief always makes me think that life is so much larger than just an individual of self, yet at the same time, I can make a difference in this gargantuan place by doing my best, no matter how small my actions are.

It was probably from being obsessed with Gundam Wing as a child, the things it taught me so deeply ingrained in me now -- hope, belief, persistence; existence, protect, future.

So perhaps it's only me, but watching the 00 movie was really inspiring and motivating all over again.

PS: Setsuna's all grown up (and hot) now. Totally saw some Heero moments in there.

Production I.G and Storm Lion Unveil “Titan Rain”

Singaporean company Storm Lion is collaborating with Production I.G (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, JIN-ROH) on "Titan Rain", a full 3D CG animated feature film.

An amazing feat for a local firm. (Production I.G, hello?!?!!) Hahaha can you tell I'm super excited? XDD Read more about the amazing team involved on AnimeNewsNetwork.

I'm attending Anime Festival Asia later, will have some prints and new postcard books for sale at Storm Lion's booth. Do drop by to say hi if you're around! <3

Gundam Cup Noodle, I has it~!

So we've seen the large 1:1 life-sized Gundam in Odaiba. Here I present you the tiniest 1:380 model. =D

Once more, in conjunction with the Gundam 30th Anniversary, here is Cup Noodle x Gunpla.

Smallest in history~

To get an idea of the size. It's not like my thumb is huge, the thing's just simply tiny.

There are 4 different designs in total. I've only got two and am too lazy to open the other one so... here's the completed model anyway. XD


It's quite nostalgic actually, despite how small and quick it is to assemble these things, it's been a long time since I'd made a model myself. Ahh childhood.

Well, I think this is all for nerdy posts. Now we wait for the 40th year anniversary. XD

/Edit:
For those who asked, it's from Tokyo. You can get them from toy stores, convenience stores don't carry them. :3

Let there be Gundam. Oh yeah.

Man I sound like some serious otaku.

But really, life-sized Gundam = Epicness 200% + full of Awesome Win.

And I'm one step closer to seeing the impossibility of my childhood dream come undone, heh.

For those who're interested, it's in Odaiba, just a little outside of Tokyo. And will probably be there till the end of August 2009. Read more on AnimeNewsNetwork.

Also went to Tokyo Tower at night, just beautiful.

Ahh, it's been a long time since I experienced a day of such simplicity. Yet I was happy. Truly so.

Some not very exciting self portrait I did after Streetfest. Thought to do it since I had makeup on and the last time I'd done a session was 6 months ago. It was all random and extremely impromptu. Combing out my hair out of that mess after Streetfest into this was one epic wonder. Applaud me. XD

I would really do more self portraits if I were photogenic or pretty. Alas god doesn't give us everything.

Did a beautiful beautiful shoot for Playeur last Sat, I think it's for the Aug issue, but that is if the shots aren't killed because of MDA regulations, first. Oh well.

Shot a kid (with an adult model together) on Monday. She's 8 and has been modelling for 4 years already. Like woahhhh. I'm considering sending my sister to an agency too.

Bought PS3 with my best friend last week and been slashing in Dynasty Warriors 6 for a while.

Zhao Yun's story was so gay I couldn't stop laughing, my best friend rendered speechless. I spoke to a friend who worked in Koei about it and he simply drew me a comic strip of how his boss would say, "hahaha but it's not gay~".

And then a few days ago I discovered this wonderful function of watching videos on my iPhone. (Duh, I wonder what I'd been doing with it) Loaded in Gundam 00 and somehow it is much more bearable than the last 2 times when I tried re-watching the first episode on my laptop.

I'm starting on ep 7, catching it while on the road to and fro shoots. I think it's a bit unhealthy for my eyes, then again staying up till 4am every day isn't exactly healthy either.

The anime itself is actually not that bad, not as much as the initial impression anyway. Ah I guess I can only conclude after I finish watching the whole series. Afterall my nerdy self in childhood watched Gundam Wing some 70+ times and no matter how crappy the artwork or cliched some lines were it won't be so easily replaceable. *evil aura surrounds*

Finally started on the layout and design of my photobook. I've got a really wonderful designer, I'm happier than I should be about the layout because it's not even done yet and there's still a lot to change. But certain pages look so good together I'm so sooo glad. And because of this the initial plan of 40-50 pages is probably not happening. Because, after picking out the photos, we simply couldn't squeeze them into that number.

On the positive side, it's going to be thicker.

On the negative side. I have no moneyyyy.

Well, not literally but, it is quite a sum for both the books, framing, insurance, prints and everything else my exhibition demands of me, I still don't have my sponsors, and the last time I checked, money can't be conjured out of thin air.

(Speaking of which, someone asked a question while I was speaking at NYP, very simple, very plain, "Are you rich?" I think quite a few people tried asking that before.
Well people generally assume others are rich if their hobbies cost a bit. But the truth is far from it.I actually know girls who work part-time like mad during the school hols and spend all that money on a Super Dollfie. They cost between 1-2k, and their clothes easily in the 100s range, btw.
All my equipments were bought with my own earnings and savings, from my 350D to 5D to my current 1Ds Mark III. I'd stopped taking allowances from my mum when I was 15, the year that I stopped schooling at Raffles Girls. It's simple really, just don't spend on all that shopping and clubbing and taxiing. With a dollar a day and jobs every now and then, over the years it turns out to be quite a bit! I think I buy nothing else on a regular basis aside from artbooks. Heh.)

Back to the topic. Ahhhhhhh........ If only I wasn't aiming to get both the exhibition and photobook launching at the same time, whatever I was thinking. And my terrible streak of... whatever taste... with picking all things that just end up being on almost the very expensive to be done. I need sponsors~!

Well, anyway, I'd also been getting a few emails about this, yes I am selling the books in Singapore too. Let me sort out some final dimensions and paging details on my end, get previews up, and pre-order should happen soon. ^^

CG Overdrive is next week!