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:

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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”


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

Encore 2

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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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!”


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!


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!


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!!!


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.


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.


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!