Konbanwa♪ This time I drew Kirito from Sword Art Online:
I have only begun watching episode 1 of Sword Art Online 2 but I heard from one of my cousins that this time round due to error Kirito takes on a female avatar. XD I can’t wait to watch the next episode. （＞ｙ＜）So for this drawing, I used a black marker to ink parts of the hair instead of stubbornly using a black pen like I used to. It was fun to ink using a black marker. And I could achieve nice-looking black hair at double the speed compared to using a black pen. (´ω｀★)
About two weeks ago, I attended the EOY festival! ≧(´▽｀)≦ It was extremely fun! (☆^O^☆) The EOY festival is an annual cosplay event but one of the highlights of this event is that they invited Asibuto Penta and Marice to perform! ＼（＠￣∇￣＠）／ Penta and Marice are two odorite from Japan. They are famous on Nico Nico Dougo for their dance videos and I’m honoured that I’m able to meet them, talk to them, take photographs together, obtain their autographs and watch their performance live. (* >ω<) This is my first time attending the EOY festival and I’m really glad that I went. ヽ(*≧ω≦)ﾉ In fact, I was so excited I went for both days it was held. XD
The whole thing felt so surreal. It was my first time meeting someone close to the definition of an idol. Now I can’t imagine how it would feel like to meet actual idols. It would be an unforgettable moment surely. With limited Japanese I was able to converse with Penta and Marice. It makes me wished my Japanese was better so I can talk to them more.
On the first day that I went, the first person I met was Penta. Penta had set up a stall selling her merchandise and I was at her stall looking at the merchandise. She wasn’t there in person and I wasn’t expecting her to be there either. I was just asking the person tending the stall about the prices when she suddenly arrived. I was so surprised and excited when I first saw her. She’s so cute. (((＼（＠v＠）／))) She has brought polariod photos of herself taken in Japan for sale at $7 each and also allowed fans to take a polariod two-shot with her at a price of $7. I saw someone buying the whole set of polariod photos! She seems pleasantly surprised and very happy saying arigato gozaimasu. Seeing her so busy taking photos and intracting with the fans, she is really cute. o((*^▽^*))o And when she performs, her energy is amazing. You can see her dancing with 120% effort. Her passion makes me energized. It makes me come alive and breathing again though you can also say seeing her has pretty much sucked the air out of me. XD I was that happy. (=^-ω-^=)
Besides polaroid shots, Penta also has badges, tshirts, wristbands and towels for sale, all personally designed by her! I bought a tshirt at $25, a wristband at $13 and a badge at $4:
I took a two-shot with her:
And then when I went again on the second day, I took another two-shot with her:
Penta draws really well as seen from the design of the shirt. (=^･^=) Also, her signature includes a very cute drawing of herself:
And when I ask her to sign on the tshirt for me, she actually drew me. XD She points to the drawing, points to me and says “you”. XD She’s really cute.
She drew really accurately from the hair, to the spectacles and the clothes that I’m wearing. XD You can compare with the photo that I took with her on the second day. (*⌒∇⌒*)
As excited as I was, I was nervous when queuing up to take a two-shot with her. LOL I know it’s a chance to speak with her and I screwed up in the end. I couldn’t remember what I want to say to her. (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ But I managed to say that I’m honoured to see her. (^・ω・^ ) And she told me my Japanese is good. lol I also managed to ask whether it’s okay to sign for me and to take a photo with her besides the polariod shot. I’m glad at the chance to practice my Japanese. Haha
On the second day, I queued up to get her to sign on the tshirt and to get another two-shot with her and when it was my turn, she asks me if today is the second time I came. It took me a second to understand what she’s saying and when I replied hai it came to my realisation that she actually remembers me! ☆*:.｡. o(≧▽≦)o .｡.:*☆ Haha I told her I’m glad I get to see her today again. And she said my Japanese is good again. LOL XD
Unlike Penta, Marice didn’t have any merchandise for sale, unfortunately though I went prepared to spend money. LOL But I did take a two-shot with her too:
This was taken on the second day. I love her cosplay of Asuka! So cute. (๑>ᴗ<๑)
And here’s her signature:
One thing that strikes me about Marice is that she’s very, very cheerful and friendly because she’s always smiling! While Penta might look more serious and focused, Marice looks very relaxed and very lively. Though my first impression of her is that she’s so small! XD Because when I see her on videos, she always seemed to be at least 1.6m. My cousin said it’s because she’s very well proportioned. I really didn’t expect her to be this short. XD So cute! o(≧∇≦o)
I can’t remember what I said to Marice on the first day. My bad memory. (￣^￣)尸 I think I said I’m a fan and I asked her if it’s okay to sign for me. Haha The second day I wanted to take a photo with her, but she seems to be resting as she’s not at the booth but sitting somewhere else. My cousin says it should be okay to ask to take a photo so I went and approached the person tending the stall. He asked her if it’s okay to take a photo and she very brightly replied “iiyo!/sure!” while flashing her very big smile. (*^▽^*) She’s really cheerful. And when she saw me she’s like ‘OH’. She actually remembers me too! о(ж＞▽＜)ｙ☆ I told her I’m glad to see her again (same as what I told Penta LOL) and she says “Watashi mo!” meaning “me too!”. Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ I also told her she’s a good dancer and she says “arigato. ureshii desu/ thanks. I’m happy”. (“⌒∇⌒”) And when Marice is performing, her smiles is really great! Her whole aura is sparkly “kira kira desu” and very bright. (=^･ω･^)y＝
The duo performed popular songs such as GIGANTIC O.T.N and Viva Happy. I videoed two of the performances but unfortunately I was too near to the speakers when I was videoing and the audio came out really bad. I really regretted not videoing the rest of the performances too. I managed to find video performances of Penta and Marice here, here and here. There’s also the mass dance practice for Viva Happy here.
I shall post one of my favourite dances here – Penta and Marice performing Galaxias on the second day:
Their matching outfits are so cute! （＞ｙ＜）
Here are some random photos taken of Penta (first 2) and Marice ヽ(*・ω・)ﾉ:
I could have posted more because my cousin took 100 over photos of Penta and Marice. XD But I have yet to get it from her so I can’t post it here. (︶︹︺)
Besides meeting Penta and Marice, I also met some of the local dancers!
I met Miu and took a photo with her but that photo is with my cousin. LOL I have 2 photos of her saved in my phone though XD took on the first day an offshot photo and one during her performance:
I also met Momo! She’s one of my favourite dancers. (∩_∩)
And I met Suzume and Natsumi (short hair) at not a very good timing. LOL But they said it’s okay to take a photo so nice of them XP
I attended the first day of the festival with my cousin:
This was taken during dinner. I asked her not to act cute. LOL XD
And a two-shot with her taken while on the train:
I attended the second day with a friend but there’re no pictures. Haha I didn’t take any. XP Anyway, this has turned out to be quite a long post. |_・) But I finally managed to write down everything that I want to say. Phew XD Of course, words can’t describe all that had happened. But I can say that the whole experience is a fun and fulfilling one. (^・ω・^ ) Lastly, I’ll end this post with my favourite two-shot taken with Marice on the first day: