The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess Master Quest

Hellow everyone!

Story time: A long time ago, it was announced that there was going to be a concert tour of a symphonic version of songs from the Legend of Zelda. Okay, they didn’t come to the Netherlands, and okay, it wasn’t in a weekend. But I wanted to go so badly that I didn’t care that I had to go to London on a Thursday. I asked the only other hard-core Zelda fan I knew if he wanted to come with me, but he didn’t want to come because he didn’t want to skip school and he thought it was too expensive (pfffft). I didn’t want to go alone so I didn’t go to the concert.

-TUMDADADADUM *insert Doctor Who theme* 3,5 year time-skip-. Me and the boy who didn’t want to go are living together and we in a relationship for 3 years. It was announced that there was going to be a second concert tour, one week after my birthday. So I kindly reminded the boy who didn’t want to go/my boyfriend that he still owned me a Zelda concert. Again, the concert wasn’t coming to the Netherlands, but it did come to Dusseldorf, London, and Paris. As you might know I went to Paris last year, so London it was (because who’d want to go to Dusseldorf?)!

-TUMDADADADUM 0,5 year time skip- New concert tour dates are added! The tour is going to come to Amsterdam in November! DAMN. Or not? I was frustrated at first because we spent about €200,- for transport and a hotel in London and now the concert is also going to be a 25 minute train ride away. But then I realized: I was going to London for a weekend AND I was going to be able to see the concert twice. Besides, when I bought the London tickets, there was no way I could know the concert was also going to come to Amsterdam anyway. So I also bought tickets to the Amsterdam concert (I’m not greedy at all).

-TUMDADADADUM one week time skip, last weekend- We stayed in London for the whole weekend but I’m going to write about that in another blog that I will post later this week. The concert was Friday evening. After a day of traveling and exploring London, we traveled to Wembley Stadium, where the concert was held (or so we thought). We figured we could eat a fast snack before the concert started, but all we could find was a mall with a few fancy restaurants and a Subway (and I didn’t want to eat Subway, I wanted fries). Eventually I ended up at a Brazilian BBQ where I very awkwardly only ordered some fries and a coke (I don’t think the staff was happy with me, but they stayed polite, that’s something I’m not used to in the Netherlands).

It still wasn’t time to go to the concert so we decided to walk around some more, and then we found out that the concert wasn’t in the actual stadium, but at a smaller building close by, dedicated to smaller events. I’m happy we found out in time! I also met up with someone I know from the WITCH forum and his friend. It’s always fun to meet people you’ve known for years on the internet irl! We had very fun conversations, but we had to cut our little get-together short because it was time for the concert to start.

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It was getting really crowded, and there was a pretty nice and laid-back atmosphere. Most of the fans wore fan T-shirts, but some were in cosplay. There was less cosplay then I expected, but then again, I myself didn’t go in cosplay because of the luggage restrictions in the airplane and because I wanted to comfortably enjoy the concert without having to worry about my pointy ears and such. But I did wear my A Link to the Past map dress (the picture below was taken at comic con, but I wore the exact same thing) and I got a lot of compliments!

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When I booked the tickets, I could chose the general area where we were going to be seated, but not the exact seats. I figured we must’ve gotten pretty good ones because the tickets said row 6. But MAN, these seats were REALLY GOOD. We sat really close to the stage and because the room was tilted slightly upwards towards the back, we had a really good view. The orchestra itself was on the stage, and behind it was a large screen which showed footage from the games which corresponded to the music that was placed.

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When it was time to start, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra took place on the stage and stemmed their instruments. And then… they started playing. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes. I saw several grown man around me peak away a few tears too. This was definitely worth taking a bus, a tube, a train, an airplane, another train and another tube to get here. It went on and on and I didn’t want it to stop.

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After the first song, the CEO of the whole thing welcomed us and told us this wasn’t a usual orchestra, and we were welcome to cheer and clap if we heard something we like. That’s the thing I love about Zelda gamers. I felt the urge of the entire audience (myself included) to cheer and clap when the music was playing, but we were all holding back out of respect for the orchestra. We only go in hyper-fan-mode when we’re allowed to. There was another problem with the cheering though. The concert was so beautiful that we all wanted to absorb every note played. So even when the audience started to cheer, it stopped very quickly because we didn’t want to miss a thing. Between songs (see the list below), we also got video messages from Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of Zelda), Eji Aonuma (the director of the Zelda games), and Koji Kondo (the composer of all Zelda game music and this symphony), which was pretty awesome.

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After 2,5 hours of awesomeness, it was time to go back to the hotel again. With the most awesome tube of the world (because it was filled with Zelda-fans). So that’s about it! It was an amazing experience and I am extremely happy I can go to this concert again in November!

Do you want to know if the concert’s coming to an area near you? Check the schedule: http://zelda-symphony.com/pages/schedule

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Playlist

Part One

01) The Legend of Zelda: Symphony Overture
02) Gerudo valley (Ocarina of Time)
03) Boss Battle song medley
04) Majora’s Mask medley
05) Hyrule Castle & Lorule Castle (ALBW)
06) Prelude: “The Creation of Hyrule”
07) First movement: “Ocarina of Time”
08) Second movement: “Wind Waker”

Part Two

09) Interlude – Intermezzo: “Great Fairy theme”
10) Ocarina melodies from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask
11) Third movement: “Twilight Princess”
12) Fourth movement: “A Link to the Past Finale”

Encore

13) Ballad of the Goddess and Fi’s Theme (Skyward Sword)
14) Dragon Roost Island (Wind Waker)

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15) Majora’s Mask Medley 2

Disney Classics Challenge: Dumbo

So what have we learned? I am BAD at keeping schedules. I have a reason though. I was under the assumption that I would have a lot of free time when I graduated, so I took way to many responsibilities and I ended up more stressed than I was when I was still in university. In the last two months, I worked 3-4 days a week, gave sex-ed at schools in my free time, helped my grandmother clean her house every other week, went to Dutch Comic Con, finished my first scanlation project, started following voice acting classes, and organized two birthday parties. Yes, there is fun stuff between the mandatory stuff, but it takes time nonetheless.

Anyway: Dumbo. Dumbo was released in 1941 and was solely made to make up for the financial loss that Fantasia created. Surprisingly, Dumbo turned most financially successful movies of the 1940’s. By purposefully keeping the animations simple and with a length of only 67 minutes, the production costs of Dumbo were half of Snow White’s and 1/3 of Pinocchio’s.  Dumbo got re-released in theaters in 1949, 1959, 1972, and 1976. Dumbo, along with Alice in Wonderland, was the first of Disney’s canon of animated films to be released on home video. The film was originally released in 1981 on VHS and Betamax, followed by a Laserdisc release in 1982 and then once again on VHS and Betamax in 1985. The film was then remastered in 1986 and 1989 and released on VHS and Laserdisc as a 50th Anniversary Edition of Dumbo in 1991, followed by a 1994 VHS and Laserdisc release. In 2001, a 60th Anniversary Special Edition was released in VHS and DVD formats. In 2006 the film was released on DVD,followed by a UK Special Edition release in May 2007. A 70th Anniversary Edition of the film was released in the United States in 2011 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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I had Dumbo on VHS as a kid and I remember watching it many times. I watched it again a few years ago for nostalgia reasons, but I didn’t mind watching it again! It’s not on Netflix yet (at least in the Netherlands) but I have this one on DVD.

Like with Snow White and Pinocchio, we start with a part of the staff roll on slides. No opening of a story book though. The movie starts out with an adorable scene of storks delivering baby animals to the zoo. Every expecting mother seems to get her baby, except for Mrs. Jumbo. We then see that the animals get loaded into the circus train and we see the train riding across the US. I don’t know why, but I just love this animation style! It’s so adorable.

We then see a stork searching for Mrs. Jumbo and finally delivering her baby. She calls him Jumbo Junior, but when the other elephants find out about his abnormally big ears, they nickname in Dumbo. We cut to a scene were the train arrives and the circus people and the elephants build the circus tent in the storm. I found this scene extremely intriguing as a kid. Probably because it’s a very dark scene and you constantly have a sense of upcoming danger

Turns out that sense is absolutely wrong, because the weather the next day is perfect and the circus opens! However, the local kids make fun of Dumbo, and of course his mother is going to do something about that. She punishes the kids but because of her aggressiveness she gets locked up. The other elephants think this is a big shame and blame it on poor little Dumbo.

So this is when the movie gets a serious and maybe even a dark turn. Dumbo’s mother is in prison and Dumbo himself gets shut out of the society for something he can’t do anything about. What fascinates me even more is that these kinds of things are actually happening in the real world. Disney managed to put a very tragic story (a mother who’s in prison and a kid that gets rejected by society) into a freaking kid’s movie! Whereas Snow White and Pinocchio are mainly fantasy stories, Dumbo has an unsettling air of realism. It touches me.

This is when Dumbo meets Timothy Q. Mouse (what does the Q stand for?). Timothy feels sorry for Dumbo so he decides to help him. He figures out that if Dumbo manages to pull a great act at the circus show, the other elephants will accept him again. At night, he sneaks into the tent of the circus director and tricks him into using Dumbo as the ‘climax’ of the elephant pyramid the director is planning.

At the big show, we see the elephants forming the pyramid, and this is another scene I love, because the atmosphere is so tense! When it’s time for Dumbo’s big moment, he tramples over his ears and causes the pyramid to collapse, which destroys the entire circus tent. As a result, Dumbo is made a clown and the elephants no longer recognize Dumbo as an elephant. Again, the realism. When you try to meet expectations that you realistically just can’t meet, society will hate you even more, even though you tried your best and they basically made you do it.

At Dumbo’s first performance as a clown, you can see the poor boy is going to great emotional stress. Even though the show’s a succes, Dumbo couldn’t be more unhappy. Timothy tries to think up a plan and takes Dumbo to meet his mother in prison. AND THIS IS THE MOST HEARTBREAKING SCENE YOU WILL EVER SEE. Just look at this image. No words needed.

Just like Timothy’s last plan, this plan also backfires and Dumbo is only more sad than before. Timothy advises Dumbo to drink some water, but what he doesn’t know is that some kind of liquor got spilled in the water before. Dumbo and Timothy both get drunk and what follows is one of my favorite scenes of all time. Maybe Disney still had some Fantasia after-effects? Who knows. Just enjoy this:

After a night of… who knows what, Dumbo and Timothy wake up… in a tree! How did they get there? A group of crows (who are apparently African-American stereotypes. Please! This is nothing compared to the stereotypes we’ve seen in the previous movies!) they befriend suggest that maybe they flew there. Could it be possible? The crows and Timothy give Dumbo a ‘magic feather’ to give him some confidence, and… Well! Look at that! DUMBO CAN FLY! You didn’t see that coming (except that it’s on the box art).

Dumbo plans to dazzle the audience (and the other elephants!) with his new trick! But, at the most crucial point during the show, he looses his magic feather! But Dumbo manages to fly anyway! There was no magic feather, he could do it himself all along! The movie ends with some newspapers, showing us that Dumbo gets immensely successful, Timothy becomes his manager and he his mom get’s a private train wagon. THE END.

As you might have guessed by now. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Both Snow White and Pinocchio (lets not count Fantasia, since that one is… incomparable) had it’s good but also bad points, and they both didn’t age very well. But Dumbo… Wow. Maybe the themes are a bit too dark for little kids nowadays, but apart from that, I’d say it aged perfectly well (or not at all)! I like the animation, the songs, the music, the story… Everything! 10/10!

Dutch Comic Con 2015

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Dutch Comic Con happened last weekend. It was the first ever Dutch Comic Con in the Netherlands. And I attended the whole weekend.  DSC_0619

I’ve been excited for this for months, keeping up with the guests who were attending, the stands, the amazing geeky cars and planning for two whole days of cosplaying for the first time ever.

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And although a couple weeks prior to the start of DCC there were a lot of rumours online about the people organizing DCC and money issues, a weekend before the start, some guests started to cancel because there were no flights or hotels booked. It all turned out in the end.

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Because this was the first time, you can expect some things not to well organised, such as some part of the venue were really dark (sucks taking pictures), no chairs for the Q&A, getting photo ops not organised, and the organizer and vendors didn’t expect so many people. We had 16.000 for the first day! For a first time con, that’s really amazing!

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As expected there were a lot of people cosplaying. Not as much as you expect attending an US con. On Saturday maybe 30-40 percent and on Sunday 20 percent. But for us Dutchies that is a lot. The level of cosplay was amazing. Ok you had the crazy people wearing onesies and other really mismatched stuff, but loads of people really did put up there best show.

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The vendors were amazing. So much geeky stuff, so little money! You could get everything your geeky heart desired. From comics, to pop vinyl’s, to full Japanese Manga body pillows to amazing handcrafted jewellery.

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I attended Comic Con with my lovely geeky friend Nanayah (who also took all the pictures, kudos to her and her amazing camera!) The first day we stood in line for ages to get our photo ops. I bought a photo op with Osric Chau (Kevin Tran on Supernatural) and Marnix van den Broeke (he plays the Silence in Doctor Who, the werewolf on Harry Potter and Death in the Hogfather). We also made some new friends waiting in line. The Supernatural fandom is just epic!

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We attended the Q&A with Osric on the first and second day and I shot some vids (which I still need to upload on YouTube, I had a very busy week, sorry). We had no idea it was so crazy busy until we left the Q&A and although we did look at the merchandise, it was too busy to really buy anything.

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We left to get a signed photo with Osric. I presented him my homemade Gishwhes 2015 hat and some syrup waffles. And I got an unexpected hug. Osric gives the best hugs!

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After that is was time for my photo op with Marnix. He was a last minute announced guest and he’s not really know for his work. I was sad to learn only 3 people bought a photo op with him on Saturday, hopefully he got more fans on Sunday. The good this was I had some time to chat with him and laugh about getting my picture taking with him. He’s freakishly tall, 2.01 m or 6’7 tall! While I am 1.67 m or 5’4. The photographer ended up getting a step stool to get both of us in the picture!

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We looked around some more, met up with some other friends, seeing loads of Doctors. Funny thing as you are dressed up as the Doctor and see another Doctor we greet each other with a “Doctor!” “Doctor!”

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We also bought two ‘dating for geeks’ comics and got them signed before getting our pictures taken with Osric, my second Osric hug in a day!

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The second day I went as Osgood from Doctor Who and I was early at the con, basically to buy some merchandise and I scored! Some pop vinyls and a vortex manipulator! Because Osric was going in cosplay today and he was dressed as Peter Pan, I had to get another picture with him!

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Nanayah and I also learned the people of Wolfcon would be attending and giving away free passes, so naturally we found them and we are going to Wolfcon in May!!!

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The Q&A with Marnix the second day was hilarious as was the second Q&A with Osric. Osric also used my Gishwes hat for the raffle he was holding that weekend to win a free dinner with him (too bad we didn’t win) but I did get an epic picture with Osric the second day.

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We bought more merchandise and I even bought my first 3 manga! And according to Tekira I did very well. I bought the first manga from: Blue Exorcist, Vampire Knight and Black Butler. I loved those! (Don’t tell anyone but I found accompanying anime online and already watched Vampire Knight and Black Butler). Tekira is very proud of me.

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I was absolutely dead after two days of Comic Con, but I can’t wait for next year and a new cosplay I have in mind!

That was it for this post. Love you guys!

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy!

“Doctor Who” – Ten for 10

Galloping hot on the heels of Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary (well, relatively given the programme’s history), Doctor Who celebrated another anniversary.  On 26th March 2005 at 7:00 pm, a beloved British classic returned to the television with a new Doctor along with an independent and go-getting companion and his iconic TARDIS disguised as a London Metropolitan Police Box.

I didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as that new realisation of Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire’s magical hit the screen, I sat forwards in my chair and the hair stood up on the back of my neck as I was transported back to the programme I loved as a child.

To celebrate “New Who’s” tenth birthday, I decided to do a “Ten for 10″ – my ten personal favourite moments since the programme came back in 2005.  Now, they’re not a definitive top ten, but a run down of ten moments which made me fall in love with the programme again and continues to get me tuning in.  (Oh, and get some tissues ready as there could be tears).

 

Right from the off, this version of Doctor Who was going to be pacey and full of action and this scene from the first episode sums this attitude up perfectly as the Doctor grabs Rose, and in some respects the viewer, by the hand into his universe of adventures.

Billie Piper manages to embody Rose’s, and the viewers’, disorientation as she is rescued from the Nestene Consciousness’ Auton footsoldiers, whilst Christopher Eccleston moves the Doctor away from anything we’ve seen before by delivering a Doctor full of attitude and swagger.

9. “School Reunion” (2006) – “Hello Sarah Jane”

The year is 2006 and nearly thirty years after his last regular adventure, the Tenth Doctor meets an old friend in the form of Sarah Jane Smith, wonderfully portrayed by the great Elisabeth Sladen.

As a fan of the original series, Sarah Jane was one of the first companions I remember regularly watching and like the Tenth Doctor himself, you can’t help but feel a comfy glow of familiarity when Lis returns in the role which delighted children not only in the 70s, but in the 21st century thanks to return appearances on Doctor Who and through her own highly successful spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures.  Alongside this, you get the the Doctor still showing some of the trauma over the loss of the Time Lords which reverberates into the story’s conclusion with Sarah Jane’s wise counsel that the Doctor has to deal with loss like everyone else has to, Sarah Jane and Rose being bitchy to one another and Mickey playfully giving the Doctor hell with the “Mrs and the Ex” remark.

8. “The Empty Child” (2005) – “Are You My Mummy?”

Steven Moffat is the master of making the ordinary scary – the Weeping Angels that can only move when you’re not looking at them, the creatures from “Listen” that hide underneath your bed or the Vashta Nerada who exist in the shadows and eat you alive, but this is the “monster” that was the most terrifying of his creations for me – a young boy killed on a bomb site and resurrected thanks to alien technology who has only one thought – to find his mummy and be reunited with her.

On the one hand, you get the emotional pull of this boy wanting to find his mummy whilst the plague that he is “Patient Zero” of is turning people into creatures just like him.  And then, you get the cliffhanger.

After the disappointing cliffhanger in the Slitheen two-parter, this story really shows how to do a Doctor Who cliffhanger with the Doctor, Rose and Jack surrounded by the “Gas Mask zombies” and seemingly no way out.

With the prospect of more two part stories with cliffhangers in Series Nine, I hope the production team can get back to edge of the seat cliffhangers like this story.

7. “Utopia” (2007) – “I… Am… The Master”/”The Master Reborn”

It had been teased, it had been “spoiled”, but one thing was certain – you can’t keep a bad Time Lord down.  Eleven years earlier, Eric Roberts was the Master in the BBC/Fox/Universal television movie and was seen disappearing into the Eye of Harmony.  At the end of Series Three, the clues that had been peppered during Series Two and Three came to fruition on the planet Malcassairo with the Doctor, Martha Jones and a hitch-hiking Captain Jack meeting the seemingly sweet natured Professor Yana – only to find out that he is, in truth, the Doctor’s former childhood friend and nemesis.

Sir Derek Jacobi was delightful and, for want of a better phrase, sweet in his role of Yana, but once he changes from Yana to the Master, Jacobi perfectly embodies the villainy and malevolence the embodies all the actors who have previously portrayed the role… only to be shot be his assistant Chantho which led to his regeneration to the wonderfully hyperactive and villainous portrayal by John Simm leading to the “Year of Hell” arc of the last two episodes of Series Three, “The Sound Of Drums” and “Last Of The Time Lords”.

6. “Dalek” (2005) – Nine meets the “Metaltron”

Whilst the new series was being prepared, there were rumours that the Daleks weren’t going to be a part of the return due to rights issues and the Toclafane, who appeared in “The Sound Of Drums”/”Last Of The Time Lords”, were going to be the big bads for Series One.

Thank goodness that the BBC and the estate of Terry Nation managed to work things out as we got a new chapter in the Doctor’s mythos which pitched him against his most formidable foe… and a fantastic episode which re-introduced a single Dalek facing a scared Doctor in a scene reminiscent of “Silence Of The Lambs”.  Who would have thought that a monster created in 1963 could inspire so much fear thanks to the performances by Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Nicholas Briggs and his voice modulator wizardry as the last Dalek… who wasn’t, as we found out later in the series, really the last Dalek?

5. “The End Of Time – Part Two” (2010) – “I Don’t Want To Go”

If you’re a Whovian and your heart, or hearts, isn’t moved by this scene, then you must be a Dalek.

David well and truly wore his fanboy heart on his sleeve in his portrayal of the Doctor over four years and this scene summed his love for the show perfectly as he seemingly speaks to the audience to say that not only does the Tenth Doctor not want to go (something that’s touched upon in Matt Smith’s final episode), but that David didn’t want to leave the role he loved so much.

4. “An Adventure In Space And Time” (2013) – Matt Smith’s cameo

Yes, I cheated with this one, but I wanted to include this as one of my ten moments as Mark Gatiss scripts this surprise at the end of the anniversary docudrama with Matt Smith acknowledging David Bradley in the role of his real-life predecessor, William Hartnell.

After the emotional scene between Bradley and Lesley Manville as Hartnell’s wife, Heather, where he admits that he doesn’t want to leave the part, it’s good to see this brief coda to show not only Hartnell handing over to Troughton, but the legacy that both men left to Matt and beyond.

3. “The Day Of The Doctor” (2013) – “No Sir, ALL THIRTEEN!”

I was fortunate enough to see “The Day Of The Doctor” at the cinema along with a studio full of Whovians.  The episode enough is special enough bringing together Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, but this scene manages not only to tie up the “Time War” arc of “New Who”‘s history, but then tops it off with twelve… wait, THIRTEEN Doctors banding together to save not only Gallifrey, but the Doctor’s very soul by hiding his home planet away rather than burning it.

2. “Flatline” (2014) – “The Man Who Stops The Monsters”

A surprising choice, perhaps, but this is THE moment that cemented Peter Capaldi into my mind as the Doctor… and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

From my childhood, the Doctor has always represented safety and the man you can rely on when the monsters came, but Capaldi’s Doctor felt a little unreliable for the majority of Series Eight and somebody who was almost scary as the monsters he fought.  This speech, however, signified everything that the Doctor should be – a man reluctant to take arms against the enemy unless absolutely necessary, but who is willing to draw a line in the sand and defend his adopted home, but the words alone don’t sell it.  Peter Capaldi’s fierce delivery more than effectively sells the script and, in my eyes, the twelfth Doctor is truly born.

1. “Vincent And The Doctor” (2010) – Vincent visits the Musee D’Orsay

It’s no surprise that I picked this as my favourite moment as it’s probably my favourite regular episode since 2005.  A perfect combination of fantastic writing by Richard Curtis, the right song (“Chances” by Athlete) and pitch perfect performances by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Tony Curran and an uncredited cameo by Bill Nighy.

Given what we know about happened to the real Vincent Van Gogh, it was both delightful and heart-breaking to witness Amy’s attempts to help Vincent realise that his work is beloved and lives on into the 21st century and a lovely touch by Curran when he apologises about his beard after kissing Nighy’s Dr Black.

 

So, those are my personal 10 for Ten.  Do you agree with any of them or do you have any moments or memories that embody “New Who” since it came back in 2005?

Disney Classics Challenge: Fantasia

I’m so sorry it took so long to write this blog. As you might know I got sick a weeks ago, and it was the kind of sick that made me want to sit on the couch with a blanket watching Disney movies all day. Then I got better, and I was busy with the real-life stuff I couldn’t do when I was sick. Then I got sick again, but this time it was the kind of sick that made me unmotivated for absolutely everything except for staying in bed grunting for aspirins.

So now I’m better again (kind of, I hope), and I’m finally motivated to write about Fantasia, which I watched 3 weeks ago. Fantasia was released in 1940, the same year as Pinocchio. Mickey Mouse was losing popularity, so Disney made an extra-long Silly Symphony: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. But soon they discovered that production costs grew higher than it could earn, so they decided to add stuff to make it a full-length film. The result is Fantasia.

Fantasia made use of a sound system called Fantasound, a system that made it possible, for the first time ever, to show commercial films in stereophonic sound. However, the length of the film was 120 minutes, and it was believed that this was too long for a general release. In 1940 and 1941, the film was released in a roadshow format: It was shown for a limited time at 13 theaters across the US, you had to reserve your seats and the price was higher than regular releases. The film had a regular release in 1942, 1946, 1956, 1963, and 1969 in mono sound, and it was edited to reduce several times, only to lengthen it again after. It was released in stereo again in 1977. For the releases 1982 and 1985, Disney re-recorded the soundtrack completely. In 1990, the film got restored to its original format. Fantasia was released in VHS in 1991, on DVD together with Fantasia 2000 in 2000 and on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010.

But enough history lessons! What is Fantasia? I’ve never watched Fantasia before, but I heard of it of course. And I must admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to watch a 2-hour movie of psychedelic images and classical music. Did it meet my expectations? Kind of. The word I would use to describe Fantasia is… experimental. As in… what did Disney smoke?-experimental.

We start with the conductor explaining some stuff about classical music, that some pieces have specific stories and some don’t, and that Disney and co. just made some footage that they imagined while listening to the music (this conductor gave a short explanation before every piece btw) The first piece was Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanied by abstract clouds and random images. I wasn’t looking forward to the next 1 hour and 55 minutes… (Yes, the image underneath is actual footage from the movie).

After a short introduction of the conductor it was time for Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and we saw fairies and fish and flowers. I liked this part because I actually knew the music and I was feeling kind of fever-ish, so I liked the fishies.

Next up was the famous The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I knew the story because my grandma had all kinds of small Disney booklets with the famous stories, but it was nice to see it in motion and with the actual music.

After that it was time for Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, which showed the story of the origin of life, starting with primordial soup and ending with the extinction of the Dinosaurs (I missed the comet, but maybe that wasn’t common belief yet in 1940). Up next was an actual pause, where we see the entire orchestra leave and retake their seats. Yes, we are only halfway there.

But now stuff gets really trippy. While listening to The Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, we travel back to the ancient Greece, where we see unicorns (who behave exactly like swans, including the swimming, see, I learned something about unicorns!), we see centaurs picking a mate, which was borderline sexist. But I see clearly that the mermaid scene from Peter Pan drew some inspiration from this! And we see boobs *shocking*. We also see Bacchus the Wine God entering a party with his companions (which was downright racist) and we see Zeus interrupting the party with lightning. Although this part was a bit trippy and some stuff wouldn’t be accepted in the current time, it was one of the more enjoyable parts of the movie, since we see an actual story.

I later found out there was also a scene containing the images underneath, but it was removed from the version that I watched, for obvious reasons…

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Up next: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli. The drugs have now fully reached Disney’s brain. Dancing ostriches, dancing hippo’s, dancing elephants (I see some foreshadowing to Dumbo here) and rapist crocodiles. I’ll just let the images explain the rest…

And FINALLY, the last piece: Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky and Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. We see the actual devil raising from a mountain torturing his minions after which he is driven back by passing monks singing the Ave Maria.

So what did I think about Fantasia? It was interesting, but I didn’t like it. The stories and random images couldn’t hold my attention for long, so I was bored pretty quickly. I can imagine that young children may find the music and the images quite fascinating, but then again I don’t see young children sit through this 2 hour movie. Again there is some stuff that would be culturally unacceptable at the current time, which I find interesting, but it also is the reason that this movie didn’t age very well. But what I do like is that this movie covers different views and beliefs on history (scientific, Greek Mythology and Christianity) without really making a statement.

Next up is Dumbo! I’m looking forward to this one!

 

Tsunacon 2015

While the entire bottom half (no actually, bottom 1/3 or 1/4) of the Netherlands is dressing up as idiots celebrating Carnaval, I, for the first time in my life, attended a convention without cosplaying. Yes, on the only occasion (well, except Halloween probably) I can walk on the street in cosplay without everybody staring at me, I’m wearing my normal clothes. Why? Well the most important reason is that I didn’t have any inspiration and I didn’t feel like wearing my older outfits. Another one is that I just wanted to enjoy this relatively short convention, the dealer room, the shows and the lectures without worrying about my skirt, fake ears, sore feet, face paint, etc. The result is that I wasn’t as hyped as usual (but maybe that’s also because this is my 7th convention and it’s in my own university building), but attending the convention itself was a much more relaxed experience. I did wear a PeanutButterGamer fan T-shirt though. He’s an awesome youtuber who does game… stuff. Go check him out.

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So Tsunacon 2015. This was the 7th edition of Tsunacon. You know what they did? They took all the experience they’ve gathered in the past 6 years and they didn’t use it. The first half of the day wasn’t all that bad though. We came after the crowd, so we didn’t have to stand in line, but we were just in time for the opening of the dealer room. The dealer room is actually the same every year, and a lot of dealers also attend the other Dutch cons, but that’s not bad at all. You get to know the dealers, which ones have the best offers, what you can get and where, so that’s great! My pro-dealer-room-tip #1: When you see something awesome but they still have enough in stock, go check the other dealers first before you buy it! I found a Wind Waker Link Nendroid for €60,-, but I later found another dealer was selling exactly the same thing for €40,- (which I obviously bought).

Another tip: Go check if there’s a Bring and Buy! They basically sell second-hand stuff but most of the time the boxes are still sealed, and it’s so much cheaper than when you’ve bought it new! They also sell stuff in damaged or opened boxes (=even cheaper), without box (=even more cheap) or slightly damaged or easy-to-fix figures (=absolute bargain). I also bought super awesome-looking figures of Eren and Levi from Attack on Titan, and my boyfriend bought 2 Monster Hunter Nendroids and 2 Monster Hunter figures. I’m going to spread the pictures of our loot throughout this post because I don’t have any other pictures…

Because Tsunacon also included a part of the building next to the usual building this year, we were able to sneak into my boyfriend’s office (he works at the university) so we could dump our loot there. It was Sunday, so that part of the building was actually off-limits. I felt such a criminal (I loved it). Anyway, after dumping our loot we attended a panel of American-Japanese voice actress Lisle Wilkerson. I also attended her panel at Abunai, and I absolutely adore her. It’s a funny experience to hear her talk about Japan through an American perspective (you have to pay for extra ketchup at McDonald’s in Japan!), while we are of course looking at her American perspective through a Dutch perspective (well, duh, we’d be happy if ketchup is even included in the menu). Sadly, this is the fist occasion where I noticed that the organization could be better. Lisle probably came over from the US to attend Tsunacon (or am I being to egocentric here?), and the panel was held in a huge lecture room, but there were only, like, 20 people attending. I only came because I already knew who Lisle Wilkerson was because of Abunai, but Tsunacon didn’t promote her attendance at all.

After another round in the dealer room and a quick visit to the game room, we attended the cosplay competition. That… was not good for my mood. Because it was held in a lecture room, and not an actual theater, they were struggling with the lights a bit. You know what they did eventually? They turned off the lights above the stage and turned on the lights above the audience. I was staring at the dark corner the entire time. The announcers couldn’t possibly be more disinterested and they had trouble pronouncing literally everything. I get that you don’t know how to pronounce every Japanese name, but they even had trouble with simple English names. Before I go on, I want to say that I respect anyone who makes their cosplay themselves. It requires skill, patience, time, and those are all things I do not have. But when I go to a contest, I want to see quality. There were two contestants that didn’t even match their hair to their character (which is okay if you’re just casually cosplaying, but not when you’re entering a freaking contest!), one costume was just plain simple (a shirt and dungarees), and the majority of the acts were just bad (this is actually something I notice at a lot of cosplay contests/fashion shows). I have 10 years worth of acting experience, so it may be a bit unfair for me to say this, but when you stand in front of an audience, look into the audience, don’t turn your back at the audience (unless you’re showing off the back of your costume of course), use your entire body, make big gestures, radiate energy! Most of the contestants were just awkwardly moving at the music while staring at the ground or the ceiling, showing more of their side and the back than the front. They didn’t introduce the judges to us, so I kinda have the idea that they were just random people of the organization, and I absolutely did not agree with the winners. The only contestant I was really impressed with got an ‘honorable mention’. Again, I do respect people who make their cosplay themselves, but I blame to organization for not putting any effort in ensuring quality in this contest.

The only reason I sat through the cosplay competition is because the AMV (Anime Music Video) competition was afterwards. I love good AMV’s! I got introduced to so may good anime trough AMV competitions, and the previous years were good, so I was looking forward to this. But you guessed it, it was an ‘anyone can enter’ contest again. There were video’s with blurred subtitles (and even that failed sometimes), multiple video’s were so pixelated I could almost count the pixels, one used material ripped from Youtube, scenes were so context dependent that no-one could understand them unless you knew the anime… This wasn’t fun to watch! I once went to an AMV-101 kind of thing, and there are a few basic rules for making a good AMV: use raws (NO SUBTITLES), make sure they’re HD (unless your material is from before the HD-era), make sure that anyone gets what your video is about. This is kinda common sense right? But Tsunacon didn’t even apply the first two rules as minimum requirements! And there were 2,5 hours worth of video’s! That’s too long! They also told us that they wouldn’t be able to announce the winner in the end, because then it would be closing time. The winner would get his prize send to his house afterwards. They obviously had enough contestants, why didn’t they make a selection? And you know what you can do with AMV’s? Judge them beforehand! And you know who the judges were? The contestants themselves! Just like the Eurovision Song Festival. Because there is absolutely no nepotism (I googled that word) there. Oh wait…  On top of that, all the video’s were mashed behind each other on one huuuge video, and they gave no information on which anime was used as source material, which song was used or who the creator was. I left the room after 10 video’s. It just felt like the organization didn’t put any effort in this.

So I was very disappointed in this year’s Tsunacon. I’m not even sure if I want to attend next year. On the other hand, it’s too close to ignore (it’s in my city) and the dealer room is awesome. Let’s just say I’m happy I didn’t cosplay.

I bought a new t-shirt and the fandom that hated.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. A while back I ordered an epic t-shirt. I saw it online when it was just a possibility of a shirt and voted for it. A couple of weeks later it went into print and I bought it. Add a few weeks again and it arrived on my doormat. I couldn’t be happier. It is glorious, epic, brilliant, fantastic, multo benne and the likes. And because I was fangirling so hard I wanted to share it with the world, because that is what you do these days. Share your fangirling with your fellow geeks.

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Within the next few hours I got some reactions and they weren’t very nice. One was vomiting and another one, which I can’t seem to find right now was about the fact of combining the fandoms, some hate stuff because I liked it and something about the word epic. (Seriously, if you can’t understand how epic the word epic is, that’s just sad).

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Now I couldn’t care less that you hate my t-shirt. I’m the one wearing it, if you don’t like it close your fucking eyes. What I hate is the childish reactions. I mean are you 12? Come say it to my face if you dare. I mean, I’m a semi-sane 31 year old. I did the whole puberty raging hormones making mistakes things but really?

But what if I was say a 14 year old boy or girl, really susceptible for peer pressure. (Look it up in the dictionary if you can’t understand big words.) And I was feeling very happy with my t-shirt I bought with some pocket money and maybe even with money I earned with an after school job.

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What if I was feeling very insecure about myself and the things I like? What if I already was dealing with things like anxiety, auto mutilation, depression and such?  What if some random strangers online said those things to me? Maybe I throw the t-shirt in the trash. Maybe I would hide it somewhere at the back of my closet and every time I saw it was reminded about those harsh and ugly words. What if I thought that I wasn’t good enough anymore to wear the shirt? Or good enough to be a fan or simple good enough. What if I cut myself after reading those things? What if I stopped eating after those words? What if I just disappeared? People don’t seem to like my shirt so they don’t like me. What if this was the last thing that drove me over the edge and I tried to kill myself?

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And I know it’s easy to say things in the spur of a moment to a total stranger online. You get kicks and followers and fame for being a nasty piece of shit. Do you really want to have those things all by bringing down others?

You don’t have to love the things I love. You don’t have to agree with the things I say. You don’t have to like the things I wear. I couldn’t care less. But someone else might care.

You could be so much more to other people without all the hating and hate blogs. For one thing, get some professional help for those ugly urges you have of bringing others down.

Tumblr is a lovely place where people can share their love for fandoms, things they like, share their thoughts, get in contact with other people and so much more.

It’s also an ugly place, full of hate, crazy stuff, people who seriously need professional help.

Please just think about what you post online.

Love, your own hot cute and very annoyed girly geek.