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SPECIAL EVENT – What is THAT?!

Monday, September 17th, 2012 Other Articles

CJAS has a special event planned for you all this week!

That’s right – this week, we begin our nightlong celebration of the weird and incomprehensible!  Come join us from 7PM until 10PM to experience our picks for some of the most random things we could come up with!

See what’s in store for you after the jump!

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How we are becoming a Goblin Economy

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Culture, Other Articles, Video Games

At the outset, let me say that I am not an expert in any of these things. Also, this is a discussion of ideas, not a search for problems nor solutions.

All right, so J. K. Rowling is notorious (at least to me) for bringing up a lot of controversial topics and then proceeding to ignore them completely. (I’m looking at you House Elf Rights Activists!) One of her most interesting ideas was the goblin opinion on ownership. In the book, it is a small matter that acts primarily as a plot device regarding the sword of Gryffindor. Basically, the goblins want it back because they believe that ownership of any object belongs to its creator.

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Spring Anime Misadventures!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 Anime Reviews, Other Articles, Reviews

After a fairly lackluster Winter season, the new Spring anime is finally upon us!  And since most of what I’m watching just ended, I find that I’m looking for a couple new shows to pick up.  So here’s what I’m gonna do for you!

I’m going to grab any first episode that comes out in the next week or two and then tell you all what I think!  I’ve had a look at the schedule, but there won’t be any refreshers for me!  Nope, if I see a new show, I’m watching it right then and there.  And I have to sit through the whole thing, no matter how poorly drawn it might be!  So watch as I suffer through god-knows-how-many terrible anime shows about basketball, cats, fishing, and whatever other brilliant ideas managed to make it to production.

P.S. Basketball and fishing are actually the topics for shows this season…

So, let’s get this started!

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Orientation Events

Thursday, August 18th, 2011 Other Articles

Hey new freshmen, old alumni, and current members!

CJAS has some orientation events coming up, and it’d be great to see you all there! And new freshmen, come on by to play video games, read manga, and talk to people in improbable cosplay!  There’ll also be a group constructing models of gundams and robots for all you robo-fans.

When?

Saturday, 8/20/11, 2pm, Fireside Lounge, in Appel Commons (one of two dining halls on North Campus).

Sunday, 8/21/11, 1pm, in Appel Commons 302A.

Tuesday, 8/23/11, 5pm, Fireside Lounge.

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Fall 2011 Semester Showing Preview

Friday, August 12th, 2011 Announcements, CJAS, Other Articles

Another year in the books, another freshman class to grace Cornell, and another year of CJAS providing quality entertainment to the campus and its student population. This year should be a year of intense action and thrilling moments. We have a full slate of shows, starting with the late Satoshi Kon’s most recent film, and ending with one of the newest entries in the Gundam franchise.

Click after the jump for a more detailed listing of our showing schedule.

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CJAS Fall Marathon December 4

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 Other Articles

Join us on Saturday December 4th from noon to midnight in Goldwin Smith Lewis Auditorium. Enjoy 12 hours of various anime, and be sure to check out the game show at 3:50!

12:00 - The SoulTaker 1 Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu 1
12:25 – Someday's Dreamers 1
12:50 12:25 –  Xam'd: Lost Memories 1 and 2
1:15 - Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water 1
1:40 – BREAK
2:00 – Place Promised in Our Early Days
3:40 - Break
3:50 - GAME SHOW Soul Eater 4
4:15 – Soul Eater 4 and 5 GAME SHOW
4:55 - Soul Eater 5
5:20 – DINNER
6:20 - Rebuild of Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone
7:50 - BREAK
8:00 - Sola 13
8:25 – Now and Then, Here and There 13
8:50 – The Skull Man 13
9:15 – Miyuki-chan in Wonderland Cromartie High School 1
9:45 - BREAK
9:55 - Super Dimension Fortress Macross 1 and 2
10:45 - Monster 1 and 2
11:35 - The SoulTaker 2 Monster 3
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Mid-Semester Anime Roundup

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 Anime Reviews, Other Articles, Reviews

It’s Fall Break now, which means that this semester’s Showing is already halfway over.  So I’ve put together this handy little article for those of you who might have missed the first half of Showing, who think they might forget what’s going on over Fall Break, or who want to waste a few minutes on the internet.  For each of the shows we’ve watched thus far, I’ve assembled a description of the series, a summary of the plot, and a quick review of what I’ve thought about it so far.  Plot summaries will almost certainly contain spoilers, so if you want to watch the series for yourself, you may want to skip these.

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Fixing the Size on a Finished Cosplay

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 Other Articles

Hello, all.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but on occasion, I screw up my cosplays. Sew a sleeve on backwards, pin the wrong sides together instead of the right, and so on. Usually, I’m paying enough attention to catch and fix these problems before they get too far. And most of the time, the problem is small enough that people don’t notice. Sometimes, however…sometimes it’s only after I’ve finished the garment or the entire outfit or gone to a con before I realize that the shoulders of my coat are too small to be comfortable, or that the sleeves are too narrow or that the robe isn’t wide enough.

For all of you who have run into similar problems, here is my guide for how to adjust the size on a finished piece of cosplay without having to remake the entire piece of clothing. Now, keep in mind, this is a quick patch. For the best quality cosplay, you’ll probably have to remake the garment, or at least the part that’s giving you problems. If you don’t want to deal with that, keep reading.

This shows the added material to make the outfit wider

Sanzo's robe

The first time I realized that I had made an outfit too small was with my Sanzo costume (by the way, I only seem to make clothing too small. I imagine making a large piece smaller is much easier). The robe he wears is supposed to wrap around him entirely, but whether because spaciness on my part or the pattern I was using, the robe didn’t wrap enough; it showed the jeans I was wearing underneath. I managed to ignore it for a while, but eventually I decided it needed to be fixed. The high quality and labor intensive solution (not to mention cloth intensive) would be to remove the collar and sleeves, and sew a new body for the robe that matched the correct dimensions. I used the quick and patch solution. I undid the stitching on the edging/collar to about the waist, unstitched each end of the hem on the bottom of the robe for a few inches, and added in extra material. The additional width of the robe was entirely at the bottom, so I added very narrow triangles to both sides of the robe, making it wider. Then, I reattached the edging/collar to the new material, and finished up the new hem. It’s not the greatest looking fix in the world, but it beats making a whole new robe.

added a back panel. hardly noticable!

Touka's tunic

The second major fix I had to do was to the back of a tunic for my Touka cosplay. This one I actually caught before I finished the outfit or even the tunic. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough fabric to remake the needed piece, and so I had to make do with a make-shift repair. The problem was with the width of the shoulders; I had originally made them too small, and since the material has almost no give, these is a real problem. My solution was to cut the back of the tunic – where my spine would be – from the bottom to the top. I then added a very narrow trapezoid piece of fabric in the middle, just a few inches, to make the top wide enough for my shoulders, and kept the bottom almost the same width. I then sewed up the back again, with the added piece simply as an additional panel. Fortunately, for this cosplay, there’s a coat on top of the tunic, and I likely wouldn’t have fixed it except for the difficultly it gave me moving.

The final sizing problem I’ve had is with the sleeves of my Edward Elric coat. Unfortunately, it was one of my earlier cosplay, and I misjudged the width I’d need for the sleeves, especially with a long sleeve shirt underneath. While the sleeves don’t immediately look wrong, they make it slightly hard to move and cause the coat to be even warmer than it is. The problem was, to fix this I’d have to make two completely new sleeves, and I don’t think I even still had the fabric. My solution? Deal with it; it’s a problem that I’m the only one likely to really notice, and it doesn’t cause me too much trouble. Sometimes discretion? Is the better part.

Sleeves are way too small, but not small to make it worth remaking them

Edward Elric's coat

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How to “Man-Up” Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 Other Articles

If there is one stereotype that most anime fans fall into, it is being without a SO on Valentine’s Day. When people are spreading the message of love and other related topics, a majority of anime fans are stuck wallowing in solitude. Well, fuck it. Instead of wallowing and crying about being alone, just forget about it. Instead of spending the day spreading the message of love, the plan should be to “Hotblood Out.” Here are some suggestions to do this.

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Where Does the Meat in Pokemon Come From: Our tendency to nitpick the oddest parts of shows

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 Other Articles

A certain type of fan has an odd tendency to fixate on a tiny, illogical part of a show, even when the premise of the entire franchise is utterly different from our world. It happens with Trekkies/Trekkers, when they discuss how exactly Chekov could be born years early in the new movie. (Some of the theories are actually quite interesting.) It happens with nerds who go see Wall-E and wonder why on earth all those people slide to the side of the space ship when it keels. (They’re in space! The gravity is artificial!) And it happens with anime fans, who wonder what Ash and his friends are eating when they have hamburgers. (There aren’t any normal animals; are they eating a Tauros or something?)

Now, probably not every group of fans does this; some are probably content to watch an enjoy a show or an anime without picking it apart. Or at least, they’ll pull apart the larger plot holes first, before getting to the tiny ones. (Like, anything involving Spock Prime. Instead of just sitting in a cave staring at the sky, why doesn’t he go find Scotty and tell him to warn Vulcan?) Still, most of the people I hang about with nitpick the small things. Why?

Because it’s fun, is my answer. Trying to find a logical reason for the tiny things is more fun than trying to find ones for the big holes, since the latter ones usually strain credulity and boil down to “the plot needed it”.

It’s a sign of affection, I swear; we care enough about the franchise to try and make the bloody thing make sense.

So, who wants to talk about Gurren Lagann?

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