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Anime Banzai Con Prep

Good lord, the crack we come up with...

Neku and Rhyme costumes for the 'formal' dance for the con this weekend.

A Defense for Disney Sequels

So after listening to two of my friends completely bash Disney sequels about, I finally have to say something:
They don't all suck.
When I actually ask about which ones they've seen, people usually have only seen one or two, and make a blanket statement about the others. So, here's a rundown of them from someone who actually HAS seen most of them. Given: most things can't top the original, but at least give the sequel a chance.

the original: Bambi is considered a Disney classic following the life of a deer from birth to maturity, with one of the key scenes being the loss of his mother to hunters. After hearing gunshots, Bambi looks for his mother but does not find her. His father comes and takes Bambi away, and that is just the END of that scene which people recall most vividly about the movie.
the sequel: Bambi 2 expands upon this unfulfilled chapter, the story following what happens after Bambi's father realizes he now has to care for a young fawn - something that is considered "a doe's job". So he sends out for a replacement mother for Bambi, and in the meantime, tries to care for the young fawn himself and finds he had no clue what to do. Meanwhile, Bambi is coping with the loss of his mother, trying to live up to his father's expectations, and strange 'changes' in himself.
Why it's not a bad sequel: Bambi 2 deals with the gender-parental roles and answers 'what happened' after the moving scene. It's still a very gentle movie for a younger audience, but it may strike home with this generation who often deal with single-parent homes and trying to connect to their parents.
What you may have not known: the script for Bambi 2 was taken from notes written by Walt Disney himself. He wanted to write the sequel, but never got around to it.
My Rating: ****

the original: A ship wrecks, leaving a young family stranded on the coast of wild Africa. The parents are killed, and the orphaned baby is adopted by a gorilla who just lost her own son. Tarzan grows and recognizes that he is different from the other gorillas, but still sees them as family. When humans come to Africa, Tarzan falls in love with Jane and has to choose between the two worlds.
the sequel: Tarzan 2 is another Disney movie that expands upon a single scene from the first movie, namely the span of time in the song "Son Of Man" in which Tarzan matures from a clumsy child to a agile, strong young man. Tarzan 2 focuses on the confusion of the child Tarzan, who after surviving an accident that his adoptive mother thought he was killed in, runs away from home. After meeting an old gorilla that was cast out by his family because he was too old, Tarzan realizes he is not a gorilla and struggles with his identity.
Why it's not a bad sequel: It shows how Tarzan garnered his amazing skills used throughout the later half of the original - from his agility in the trees to his vocal imitations. Also, it faces the subject of an outcasted child who feels unwanted but triumphs over it to prove himself.
What you may have not known: Phil Collins returned to write the music for the sequel. Also, the stories from the two movies were combined into a comprehensive whole and released as a Broadway play.
My Rating: *****

As far as I understand: Tarzan and Jane is not actually a movie - it's a few episodes that were pitched as a television series and were shot down. Rather than waste the work that was put into them, a few scenes were quickly filled in around them to try and make it a coherent, single story and released. Unfortunately, the stories don't mesh well and the filler around them is explained as 'Tarzan and Jane telling about their life in the jungle'.
But if you keep in mind that it was not originally meant as a movie and that the animation is done in the simpler, quicker style required to keep up with production for television, it can be entertaining.
My Rating: *

the original: Cinderella, a young orphaned girl, works as a servant to her step-mother and two step-sisters. When a royal ball is announced, Cinderella wishes she could go. Her fairy-godmother shows up and grants her wish with a deadline at midnight. At the ball, Cinderella dances with the prince, they fall in love, and she runs away leaving behind her glass slipper. Yadda yadda, cue 'happily ever after'.
the sequel: Cinderella 3 starts out at Cinderella's one year anniversary. While celebrating, her step-sister Anastasia comes into possession of the fairy-godmother's magic wand. The step-mother casts a spell to turn back time and stops the prince from finding Cinderella and instead 'finds' Anastasia who wants her own happily ever after with the prince. Cinderella realizes that she can't just sit and wait, and takes action to reclaim her love.
Why it's not a bad sequel: Am I the ONLY person who's disappointed about the princesses who do nothing? Cinderella 3 finally confronts that, and Cinderella is empowered to act on her own. Good for her.
What you may have not known: Cinderella 3 loosely follows the same storyline as Twice Charmed, the play performed on Disney Cruiselines. Except that one had a wicked fairy-godfather in it.
My Rating: ***

Cinderella 2, again, I believe is not actually a movie. As in the same case as Tarzan and Jane, it was a series proposal that got shot down. Same notes as before. If it had been released on one DVD but as separate 'shorts', it would have done better.
My Rating: *

The original: Pocahontas is a young Native American dreamer who has been promised to a warrior in her tribe. When white men come in search of gold, she meets John Smith and the two fall in love but have to deal with their cultural and racial differences, and in the end part.
The sequel: Pocahontas waits for word of John Smith, and when a ship comes with bad news that he's been killed, Pocahontas travels to England to plead their case against their previous enemy in his place. She tries to integrate herself in the English culture and falls in love with John Rowlf. At the end she is forced to choose between her old love and her new one.
Why it's not a bad sequel: A - deals with maintaining pride in your ancestry. B - it always bugged me that people kept pairing Pocahontas and John Smith.
What you may not have known: okay, you probably knew this, but this is NOT an accurate retelling of the Pocahontas story.
My Rating: **

To Be Continued with
Lion King 1 1/2
Lion King 2
Peter Pan 2: Return To Neverland
Aladdin 2: Return of Jafar
Aladdin and the 40 Thieves
Kronk's New Groove
Hunchback of Notre Dame 2
Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea
Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
101 Dalmatians 2: Patch's London Adventure
The Rescuers Down Under
Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has A Glitch
Leroy and Stitch
Mulan 2
Fox and the Hound 2
Jungle Book 2
Brother Bear 2
An Extremely Goofy Movie

And yes, I have seen all the above movies. And their originals.

Cosplay: WEWY bunny parka

Lookit ma! I made it :3

For my lazzchan's birthday present. She wanted the bunny parka to wear as a regular hoodie, and it can be.

The Bunny Parka from The World Ends With You (or subarashiki konosekai) that you can buy in the Lapin Angelique store. the insert is a pic from a WEWY doujinshi scan Laz sent me to use a reference.

about: Made with black alpine fleece and lined with blue knit (left over from my neku shirt). Basic hoodie pattern that I modified the heck out of. Slouch pocket at lazzchan's request. Had to hand sew the lining of the hoodie to the jacket which was the biggest pain of the whole thing, figuring out how to attach the ears second. All seams are sewn with a double zigzag and straight stitch so it'll endure and won't rip.
Size: Adult Medium
Time: 3-4 hours

If you would really like to commission a bunny parka, I will make one cause I need the cash. For one like Lazzchan's, it'd cost about 45 dollars plus shipping (figuring five dollars an hour for production and material), give or take for type of material. I'll give a closer estimate when you've specified material/colors. Limited spaces.