More dolls!

So it’s Marie Antoinette’s birthday 2nd  November. I have never celebrated her birthday before, only Oscar and Andre (which, unfortunately I also seem to stop doing already). Let’s make a difference then!

You might have known what I feel about the cute big head Pullip doll Marie Antoinette, ever since then I always wanted a doll that actually resemble the Marie Antoinette that Riyoko Ikeda sensei created. And when I was doing research on those Takara dolls, I found their faces very manga styles and their eyes are those of 80s manga characters. Well, the artist who first created them was the wife of a famous 80s mangaka, so that explained a lot. More over, there’s one girl that is very, and I mean very, similar to Marie Antoinette

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Even her name is similar: Marine. I read somewhere that Japanese was influenced by/interested in France and its culture at the time so these dolls have very French names (more like Western names in general), and one of them has a family that contains a French father and Japanese mother.

The French things kind of also explains why Rose of Versailles was created in the first place.

Anyways, I decided to buy a Marine doll and change her into Marie Antoinette. I mean the faces already look alike, what could go wrong? Apparently, a lot!

zqgvmFirst things is, there’re the play-line supposedly cheap dolls. They’re toys, for little girls to play with. Though recently they have gotten popular with grown up women who still haven’t grown out of dolls (like me :p ), they’re still created to be played with and not put in a glass cabinet. We’re talking about Japanese and children, so certainly no “cheap” material, dangerous sharp parts or toxic face painting. But again, they’re toys, just like the ROV toy dolls Takara once made.

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These are also made by Takara, and sure, they’re “toys”. On onlyshojo.com.

And then there’re the Licca Castle, also belong to Takara but supposedly produce premium dolls. And more expensive, of course. I purchased one of these dolls, without actually own any Takara play doll before, and that leaded to the second thing.

Just like the first time I really have a Pullip doll in my hands and be disappointed, this time I also have a very strong emotion but on the opposite side, the bright side: I was thrilled with the quality of the dolls. The face paint is beautiful, the plastic give a high quality feeling and the hair, even though she’re supposed to have messy hair, is somehow very neat!  Many dolls collector says Pullip dolls look so much better in person, and that is why I was disappointed, because they’re not that impressive. No one says anything like that (or I just haven’t read) about Takara dolls, and when I opened her box, I must say the pictures, including those promotions picture on the official website, don’t do her justice. She’s much more beautiful.In short, I was very happy with her.

But that doesn’t stir me away from my original purpose: to modify her. And this’s where things went wrong. IMG_20160410_123951

See her beautiful little curls? I wanted to change those into ringlets! And I also thought it was easy! If I have ever owned a playline doll before, and know how much smoother and softer her hair is in comparison, I wouldn’t dare. If I have ever modified doll before and know that the hair on her head needed to be rooted in different pattens for different hairstyles, and this patten is certainly not for pulling the hair up above her head, I wouldn’t dare.

But I haven’t had those experiences, so I dared. And around the fifth time, I kind of archived the result I wanted, and I also kind of ruined her hair T~T.  The current hairstyle isn’t very Marie Antoinette yet, she’s missing the bigger rolls on top of her head. I know how to do it, but it require her front hair to be long enough to roll up, and here she has short bang. At least I know how to style her hair now. Lesson learned: practices make perfect, just don’t practices on expensive dolls.

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That’s my fault, no doubt. But the Takara dolls, just like I predict in my Pullip dolls review, beside having a beautiful face can’t do anything more than dressing up pretty and standing on a shelve. Even though her arms and legs are flexible, it’s super hard to pose her, her movements are too limited. The best resolution should be to put her in a realistic surrounding: a doll house/doll room with miniature stuffs, bring her outside where there’re flowers and trees…and snap some photos.

That would lead to another problem, though. That her face, lovely as it is, is painted on, she can’t glance her eyes, look directly into the camera, look up to the sun…she can’t be as expressive as a Pullip doll. Now I understand why Pullip dolls are so photogenic and Takara dolls aren’t. It’s all about the eyes.

Maybe I should buy the Takara Oscar doll to pose with my OOAK Antoinette, or buy her another body that is easier to pose. I do need to reroot and fix her hair before that, though. But that’s future plan, in the meantime, enjoy some photos.

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Rock Opera – review

Thank you, Anuta for the video and Teresa for the songs and lyrics. Your kindnesses mean a lot to me.

Long ago I wrote this review about the Italian Rock Opera show. But it was just like an introduction of the show, because all I watched back then were just some bad quality videos (and very short) on Youtube. However, back then I was an extremely crazy fan girl of ROV, I would just scream when I hear of any ROV news. And I was so excited when I saw those videos of this Opera show, the actors and actresses looked great and the acting seemed wonderful. If I had been able to watch the full version and make a full review, there would have been a lot of “YAY”, “OMG”, “AHHHHHHHHHHH”…in the review, just like any of my articles about the ROV men. ^^’

Now after 4 years, when I finally have a hold of the full version- thank to another ROV fan sharing her DVD with me- I’m not that crazy fan girl anymore.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in love with ROV. Let me remind you that ROV is the only anime I managed to watch from the beginning to the end. I prefer manga over comic, and cartoon over anime. No real reason, it’s just my preference, like I prefer tea over coffee. And now, this “François – Versailles Rock Drama” is the only Rock show I managed to watch from the beginning to the end. I hate rock. I prefer music that is soft and tender- like a deep whisper to your ears- rather than a kind of music where someone creams at the top of their lung and make my eardrums jump.

Yet, I did finish watching the entire video, without any pausing or fast forwarding. I just want to say I’m still a ROV fan, just not that crazy anymore. And I’m now able to turn off the “fangirl mode” to write an (almost) objective review.

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Lady Oscar – cosplay

That’s it, I can’t take it anymore!!!

My computer keeps breaking down and I keep losing all my data!

I have plenty raw photos here, but everytime I finish 1-2 photo, the computer will have problem and I will have to start from the begining. I always want my Oscar cosplay to be something special, but seems like it is beyound my reach. So, here is what I have now, I will update this post if I ever finish retouching any new photo.

La Rose de Versailles

Cosplay project
Character: Oscar Francois de Jarjayes

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Click here for the full project

My cosplay – Anything at all

I know, it’s not the big day yet; but it’s the right month already. And for no reason, I just want to celebrate right now. So, let’s celebrate:

andré grandierHappy birthday, André Grandier!!

Well, this is our cosplay project for this special day, hope you will like it.

Credits:

André Grandier: Grass
Oscar Francois de Jarjayes’s voice: Grass
Oscar Francois de Jarjayes: Mia
Photographers: Sunnie, Lương Thiên
Designer: Mia

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My cosplay – A story at Versailles

A cosplay project made by my friends and me, hope you enjoy it. Please don’t mind the wigs, we had a lot of troubles with them T^T

Credits:

Oscar Francois de Jarjayes: Whink
Oscar Francois de Jarjayes’s voice: Grass
Marie Antoinette (including voice): Mia
Fersen’s voice: Kevin
Photographer: Trudy Trinh
Designer: Mia
Location: Dam Sen park, HCM city, Vietnam

You would be suprised to know that a crazy Oscar fan, me, had chosen to play Marie Antoinette. :mrgreen:  But something happened in my life and I suddently understood the feeling of missing someone, the feeling of doing stupid things knowing that they are stupid…

Anyway, a little out of topic, my Oscar cosplay will be published on Oscar’s birthday. So, other crazy Oscar fans please wait 😀

Now, if you’re still interested in this current cosplay project, go to the next page to view pictures