Pinkie’s Guilty Movie Pleasures: Galaxy Quest

When Ross asked Chandler, Rachel claims this is her favorite movie, Chandler answered Dangerous Liaisons. When Ross asked what her actually favorite movie was Joey answered Weekend at Bernies. It was a great scene from Friends that does show truth. We all claim “Spirited Away” or The King’s Speech or some at least well acknowledged movie is our favorite movie while there are plenty movies that might give us more joy. Movies that make you laugh each time and we can’t help but to secretly adore. Yesterday one of mine was on local television and so it is time to start my captain’s log and confess about those movies I love but never talk about! Mission 1… Galaxy Quest

(such great box art)

Glory Days

The movie came out in the Netherlands in august of 2000, very lowkey it flew under the radar for me until I  finally rented it someday it might actually be really fun. In a way it can be seen as the Star Trek counterpart for Spaceballs which spoofed mostly Star Wars. Where the way more famous latter movie had characters actually set in the sci-fi world but being able to break through the fourth wall plenty of times, this movie is basically the exact counterpart of it.  In this movie the crew of an old sci-fi show gets called into space to deal with an evil tyrant named Sarris. However since they are only actors they don’t really know what they are doing. Everything is based on a lie and they are in over their heads. It doesn’t seem like a very original plot but it has the heart in the right place and has some very nice messages about fandoms throughout.

(The Thermians are actually Squids this is just how they see us)

Jason Nesmith , played by Tim Allan,  used to play suave captain Peter Quincy Taggart on the tv show Galaxy Quest. Along with his fellow actors Gwen DeMarco , portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, the elitist Alexander Dane, brilliantly depicted by sir Alan Rickman, the always cheerful Fred Kwan, played by Tony Shalhoub and grown up childhood star Tommy Webber, Darryl Mitchell, all he has left now is a handful of gigs to relive their glory days.These gigs vary from constant fan conventions to opening electronic stores. Galaxy Quest is clearly inspired by Star Trek and is focussing on the world of the Trekkie rather than the world of Star Trek itself. The actors in the movie can not find other gigs because they are to connected to their respective roles, an issue that still feels quite relatable.. looking at some careers.Their magical days of succes are over now. The movie deals with what is left for these actors when the golden days are over, what becomes of star trek ..or galaxy quest past it’s runtime which is where the movie really shines for me. 

(You can just smell the Gorn being close by)

Conventional

Jason is the only one about his crew that is super excited to visit these conventions. He loves how people look up to him, think he is a real Starship Captain, he takes on any gig he can find to be with his fans. Much to his crew’s dismay. He treats them like lesser elements of the show and they hate him for it. They hate him for taking this so seriously while they are tired of gig. Alan Rickman’s character is so fed up from using his catchphrase he has a little panic attack every time he has  to go on stage. At first the show seems to depict fans as your typical geek depiction of movies. Cosplayed, unhealthy looking way to shy and insanely obsessed with even the tiniest of details. Think Stewart of the Big Bang Theory.

(Justin Long plays “the geek”)

When a group of actual Aliens show up at a convention of course Jason thinks they are just another bunch of weirdo’s taking things way to serious like that one kid who ask them about how computers of level 2 could operate something, while seventeen episodes earlier it was clearly show those computers do not have that function. It’s a funny and sort of credible scenario, between the cosplayers it’s something hard to distinguish what is real and what is not.

(I can get why he thinks the ship is a set.. but that haircut!)

When Jason visits the bathroom though he hears some convention goers talk doodoo about him and he realises how much everything is a charade. He now knows the crew hates him and how he is a terrible person for allowing people to believe he is a real captain..just so he can feel cool.  Now at the same low his colleagues are.. The hurt captain has a falling out and resorts to drinking The next day he wakes up to four crazy fans at his house.. telling him he has to help them stop an alien warlord. Thinking this is some crazy larping gig he will get payed for Jason agrees.. only to quickly find out ..now things are real. Again the premises doesn’t feel original at all yet on an emotional side this one connects to me so much more. It’s the standard “in over your head” plot.. but the build up for this one is perfect.

(Is it weird that I feel hungry for Takoyaki right now?)

A Fake Reality

It takes a while for Jason to realise what he is doing is real.. after all he has been desensitized to all the sci-fi stuff by doing these sorts of gigs for 18 years. Yet when he finds out this is real.. something changes. He finds a drive to finally do something real.. he can make a true difference, it pushes him to take risks he normally would not have taken. He needed to realise his world was fake ..to realise this was real, to be able to step up to the plate and take on the challenge the movie presents. When he can get his crew involved he becomes super excited. Finally they can be the heroes they really are. The next few scenes have them revered as heroes.

After all the alien race they are helping led by Mathesar have found their footage, they saw their historic tellings and think this is the greatest crew of space adventurers that ever lived. Their race does not have a concept similar to acting. Everything they film is true.. so by their logic so was this. To get the crew to help them they reconstructed the ship to every minute detail. Tommy can fly the ship  just like he would in the show. Alexander gets the food of the race he played and Gwen…has to say what the computer says because that was her job on the show.

(She kinda looks like Claire from Modern Family)

No matter how hard the crew tries however, it doesn’t take long for cracks to appear  in this reality. Gwen’s role of repeating the computer, isn’t very practical or even useful, it’s just how female sci-fi roles were written in that time. She doesn’t know what else to do. Tommy over 18 years forgot  what he used to do on set to control the spaceship, even then he was just busy with acting not actively thinking on how to steer a ship. Things did not happen because of his piloting skills, things happened because of plot. So when he steers into a minefield this time.. things go bad very fast.

(Why are missles always more effective than lasers anyway?)

Fred was just saying lines on the job he has no real idea how a beryllium engine sphere works, so his reports to the captain are filled with doubt. Jason doesn’t realise he is not actually Peter Taggart.. and expects they have plot armor..but this movie tells them .. you don’t…. well of course they don’t die which would have been the most likely outcome..but still they suffer a big loss. I really like that they don’t actually have the skills and acting out the part is not always enough.

(1/10 Villian not Edgie Enough add more SKULSS PLOX)

A Real Lie

The third act of the movie is focussed on the actors fessing up to their lies and coming to a realisation that they are not the actually heroes of Galaxy Quest. They are not what keeps it alive. In truth it is the fandom. The show is over.. so it’s not the writing or their acting that keeps them having their job. It’s people who love their adventures.. much like these aliens they were trying to help. It’s those crazy sweaty guys that cue up for you and ask you stupid questions about terminal 125B-Q, it is those people who see you as a real captain.

(I would open a hairsalon on Themaria)

Galaxy Quest is not made by the actors who love being praised.. it is made by the people who praise it. These aliens made their ship.. and trough communication with some hardcore fans on earth the group is able to get stuff done. We see them come to terms with thinking as a fan.. treating this like it was real.. like the characters are real.. because in the hearts who made this ship.. they are real. At a certain point Rickman has to say his catchphrase to a dying Thermian..who just wants to here “By Grabthar’s Hammer You Shall be Avenged” .. because it means so much to him. Thus for the first time the phrase really gets meaning! It became real! Such a nice scene!

To me Galaxy Quest is not just about the jokes and the dry humor. It’s not about it’s predictable plot.. it’s the motivations that drive this movie. It’s not about the fight against some generic alien. Sarris is pretty generically designed.. if you think evil alien. you probably have one or two features of Sarris included in there. He is green, Lizardlike, Has warpaint, evil looking armor.. he speaks exactly like you imagine him to to do etc. Galaxy Quest is in essence NOT a movie about a Actor getting in over his head, even if that is the plot.  It’s about how fans can make something made by others greater. How they can understand it better and elevate it to another level. It’s about how an adventure did not have to actually have happened for it to be real. It’s a message to never stop loving!

(If you stop loving what you love Saris will kill you!)

I really love and watching this movie always makes me happy to be a geek. Loving a show isn’t a bad thing.. even if a story is fake it can inspire us. Maybe one day a Trekkie will actually discover warp speed based on the show, maybe one day aliens will read my blogs and use technology to give me anime powers.. because I inspired them.. who knows! Fiction can touch us in different ways and respecting it’s fandom is key. We as fans do not create shows.. or movies.. or have a say in what type of game we get. It’s our duty as fans to keep alive what we love!

Which Popcorn flick is your Guilty Pleasure? What movies are you overly positive about? Let me know in the comments and spread some love!

Pinkie wants to dress up: Top 5 Dream Cosplays

With only a few conventions under my belt, biggest being Dutch Anime Con, on an annual basis as well as FACTS in Belgium and Abunai in the Netherlands, I have dabbled in the wonderful world of cosplay. This ranged from a Skull Kid cosplay, to a simple appearance s Pokémon Lass. From a Pikachu onesie to a Tommy Wiseau crossplay where we toss the football around with people in suits. Yet we always have some hopes and dreams and since today I am changing my looks with a new haircut, I guess it’s a good enough time to stalk about changing my looks through the magic of cosplay.  Dream cosplays to be exact, currently out of my reach but who knows?! A girl can dream!

Dream Cosplay 5 :  Sylveon
(Pokemon Gijinka)

Of course my love for pokémon means I have a lot of pokémon dream cosplays! For some weird reason I would really love to cosplay a Metapod once.Such a fun idea. Genderbend Giovanni is also high on my list. Giovanna would be my name.. but I would want a stand behind.. I am a Giovanna after all. My dream cosplay however is that of my favorite pokemon Sylveon. A Gijinka cosplay to be exact. This is when we humanise a non human character. The version I would love to play has become an avatar of me in a few D&D roleplays. This is a cosplay which I would have already done with a former friend of mine. We shall call her Lauren. Lauren and me would have done our first show cosplay. A cute little Yuri Scene where Sylveon warmed up Glaceon’s frozen heart. It was a truly lovely scene and during our practice i became really infatuated with Lauren. She had a good job and a bought and would make the cosplays for us. During one rehearsal I got caught up in the little romance scene and  confessed I really liked her. She got creeped out and sent me home, saying she wasn’t really expecting this. After a bit of silence I tried to make amends and apologise , saying I could act professionally. I quickly found out I was recast because she did not feel comfortable doing the scene with me, she already had an issue with my motor skills and this was the final straw.. since she paid for the whole thing I guess it was fair for her to make that decision . Hence the Cosplay went to someone else as well. In the end I don’t even think they did the act but that design is still want to cosplay one day. As I do really love sylveon and would love to show my love to the world while cosplaying it. This one is the lowest on my list because of how much I actually plan to make it happen one day. This is not just a dream cosplay this is something I will cosplay even if I have to be a woman in my late thirties to do so.

Dream Cosplay 4: Jester Lavorre
(Critical Role)

I already made a post on Critical Role, probably the most famous online Dungeons and Dragons Live stream Show. You should be able to read it here.  One of the characters I found absolutely adorable is the blue tiefling Jester, played by Laura Bailey. Critical Role has a huuuuge cosplay community and I would love to partake in that for once. The Little Sapphire  has a personality that would be fun to portray and I would love too to walk around the convention with some plushie unicorns as my spirit guardians and a giant lollipop as my weapon. I don’t even think the cosplay would be that hard to make.  However there is a reason I am putting this on my dream cosplay list. You see, I am sort of allergic to face paint. Even foundation can make my face look a bit puffy and tingly. Face paint will flat out turn it into a tomato. While the swelling usually goes away very quickly it is a matter of timing. I can’t do this during a three day con during the first or second day. Usually we have dinner with friends on the third day so in that case an allergic tomato face might also not be very appetizing to other guests. So I need to save this one for a one day con with no dinner or where we eat with enough cosplayers to leave my makeup on. Unfortunately none of my friends are really cosplayers…though some begin to dabble. So this is not a lost cause for me yet.  One day I might play this cheerful Tiefling! Maybe sooner than I would think.

Dream Cosplay Number 3: My Avatar
(Pinkie’s Paradise)

I really love my blog and I also have a good deal of affection for my own avatar. While I still think I need a more reliable source than Chibi Maker, I would really love to cosplay as Pinkie one day. The idea of playing an OC is already great as I don’t have to care about to much about my body language. While I love cosplay I really kinda dislike photographs. Here is where my motor skills come in play. I always feel so wooden and fake when I cosplay. However Pinkie is wooden as all heck! So I would love the freedom to just  make things awkward and stiff. I would love to own a cutesie pink dress as she does and since she is a chibi my somewhat fuller body shape isn’t to detrimental to the look of my cosplay. Don’t get me wrong I think everyone should be allowed to cosplay who their want and no one should be body shamed. If you are a bit heavier and you can cosplay a character with confidence all the more power to you but I tend to want something made for my size. With Sylveon I do not mind as it’s like a reimagining of a character not an original character.  Jester I can easily see get a bit pugier, but my number 2 entry for example would not be my body shape. Pinkie.. as my OC however I can bend however I want and I would just feel happy to do it with no pressure at all A lot of the convention community however is not really into OC’s which is understandable but a lot of them can be actually quite negative. It happens to a few friends of mine on two separate occasions. Being short on cash it would hurt to spend a lot of coin on the cosplay just to be told off by someone that that isn’t cosplay. So I just have to get really famous so that everyone will recognise me and problem solved! Yay! I love it when a plan comes together.

Dream Cosplay Number 2: Dark Magician Girl
(Yu-gi-oh)

By now it should be fairly know that this Yu-Gi-Oh playing card is one of my favorite characters ever. I love her! To a point where I can kinda crush on her. So maybe I just will have to become my Waifu. However I do not feel like I have the right body shape to portray the character that I love.  I would not feel like in my current form. The dream is a nice weight loss goal though. Like the ENTIRE top 5 until this point Dark Magician Girl shares the same personality with number 5 through 3. All are fun loving slightly magical , ladies with pink elements. So in a way I do not have to really have to put myself on the block and be ungrateful in the mirror. I do not mind being a bit more plumb because there is a story there. It’ has to do with who I am and I actually like who I am. I do not want to lose weight because “it’s healthy” or because  we have this ideal vision of beauty. I will try to lose weight though to chase a dream. Which I think is a much healthier way, although shy on the discipline. Still I think it would be hilarious if I manage to slim down enough to look like my favorite playing card ever. I would be the one dark magician girl who completely is oblivious to innuendo and instead of winking sweetly at guys and gals, I’d be winking at sweets! I am pretty darn innocent if I am to believe my friends. so I’d be the purest 6 star dark type monster out on the field. Maybe instead of the girl I will cosplay the card! That way I can get away with being a bit flat!

Dream Cosplay Number 1: Alphonse Elric
(Full Metal Alchemist)

This one is NEVER gonna happen but  how I would love to walk around in full armor like Al’s at a con. And then I would walk near a bubble tea stand and ask in my own voice to an Al cosplayer. Nii-san could you buy be a bubble tea. I would be completely crippled inside the armor though. Probably I wouldn’t even be able to carry the weight unless I make it lke super light. It’s one of those.. you gotta have a buddy with you cosplays. Unfortunately my buddies are kinda selfish at cons and rush of everywhere and I will see them when I see them so asking one to be my armor buddy most likely would not pan out. Though I have one or two viable options. I would just for once like to experience what the pro cosplayers experience. I once saw this guy.. I think from Thailand or China cosplay Optimus prime and he looked so badass. So just for the experience I would one day like to wear something big and epic. Alphonse would be my dream choice because of his girly voice. I could talk without breaking character and childlike behaviour makes him fun for me to roleplay.  I do not like though as nails warriors, they are very far from my bed. Even the evil Sith I roleplayed in Star Wars was Pink and all about making friends. (Still kinda evil though)  Most big characters thusly would not suit me but Al.. is a great fit. Another option would be like one of those theme park like Hello Kitty suitts but why would I play a human when I could play a set of armor.  Also the contrast isn’t as great. Me in a big armor with my own voice sounds pretty much like a mindtrick. I already saw Hello Kitty do a breakdance in the disco of anime con and I also saw Baymax bob along the beat as well. I have never seen a Alphonse yet though..so that is mine. Alphonese has a big plus as well. Whenever I fall to the ground… which will will happen a lot,  I can say that I was trying to do alchemy! So I got my own Dojikoness covered with it as well. Sometimes I think these trough so well I even scare myself!

Pokémon Cosplay: Four Styles

Greetings little subjects , I have been called into action once more to talk to you about clothes. As a Princess I am sure to have the best opinion and taste on these matters. Today we will talk about the mundane entertainment known as cosplay. Something even I enjoy on occasion. While I could talk ages about MY cosplays as well, we will limited ourselves to strictly Pokémon Cosplay. All images  used are random examples avaialbe in public spaces. Feel free to look up who these people are to pay them tribute…after paying tribute to me. I only used generic terms to search for these images. I will never use a cosplay photograph to make fun of it.

Dressing up as a Pokémon

Pokémon Cosplay can happen in about four different ways. You either dress up as a pokémon, dress up as a trainer, dress up as a Gijinka, which is a human rendition of a pokémon and than there is those people who think outside of the box and put al smile on everyone’s faces with a completely original concept. I will tackle these one by one.

The most common cosplay you will see is people dressing up like a Pokémon, frankly spoken this category we can divide into a high effort and low effort group with the latter being ever so present at conventions. Now do not mistake my words little subjects, low effort cosplay is still loads better than no cosplay at all, your expectations should however be different. The low effort group is the one that wears pokémon onesies or kigurumis and sometimes paint their face. This is by far the most found type of pokémon cosplay at conventions. Because they are so common however, it is very unlikely people will want to take a picture with you if you dress in that way.  A lot of new cosplayers kind of feel like people will jump on any type of cosplayer to ask them for a photo, but this isn’t the case. Not even if you made your kigurumi yourself. People oftenly can not tell. Girls are a bit luckier in that matter but still it’s not a guarantee to success. If you want to be Pokémon Snapped, do not go basic, a rule which applies to basically every common cosplay, even high effort Harley Quinn’s oftenly go unsnapped because there are just so much of the. Onesies are quite partical though, you can put clothes with lots of storage space underneath or even store a small bag there, they are super easy to pack and great for example a final day where you will stop at a restaurant on the way back, just slip out of the onesie and reveal your outfit underneath, apply plenty of deodorant and if possible a quick wash and boom! Back to glam!
The perfect cosplay if you want to look like you belong on a con, without spending the money or effort on it. 

Much like it’s more impressive high effort counterpart however, the Kigurumi has one big flaw. They are incredibly hot to wear. Especially if you wear clothes underneath (and usually with the quality of them .. you better do that) it feels like you are wearing a portable sauna.
While you can still walk through a Dealer Room, going to play DDR in it, in the middle of summer or going outside to hang with your friends, is not a healthy idea. So if you dress up as a Pokémon, make sure to stay hydrated. Lot’s of venues have poor air conditioning at least in certain parts of the Con. Full on body/mascotte  suits usually limit you to these rooms. Lobbies, outside areas and the big open spaces are usually a lot harder to cool, but if you wear a mascotte suit you’ll get plenty of attention. If you want to receive some love and get hugs.. this is your way to go. One thing to note is that you are completely and utterly unable to pull this one off by yourself.  You will need a buddy along if you want to walk across the convention or sometimes he even has to shout to you what others are saying, fake fur blocks a lot of sound and you are quite blind while walking, so this is a two person cosplay most of the time. If not it’s a very lonely one. 

Dressing up as a trainer

Common enough on the convention floor, this one draws little attention as well, at least for those who cosplay Ash, Misty , Jessie or James and even Red will not get you buckets of love. Fans will respond though and go Hey Ash, or Hey Misty so i’d say it’s slightly more interactive than a Onesie. Trainers and Pokémon alike will band together though for fun photo moments.

If you really want some love but still keep your outfit reasonably affordable with no crafting effort (or easy crafting) cosplay famous trainers like Giovanni, Sabrina or honestly even a good Brock might work.. we barely see him..like he barely sees us. While Dragon Trainer Lance, may look super impressive and Blaine is a possible closet cosplay these read a lot harder. Misty and Ash you can pull of without a wig,Lance even with a wig kinda looks like he is a noble from Code Geass and Koga is a ninja… there will be plenty of ninja’s at the convention so it’s hard to tell. To make these clear you will have to use props like plushies, who can get a bit expensive on their own and are very easy to lose.

LT Surge is an easy cosplay.. but you’ll need a Raichu to be fully recognised. Maybe a set of pokéballs will do but most people see you when passing by, they might miss details such as Pokéballs. The clearer your costume is the best reactions you get… unless it’s not very inspirational like Ash or Misty of course. For the last ones go creative… dye your Ash costume grey and play Dead ash from the mewtwo movie or play Misty as a guy and let the girl play Ash. You won’t really get any fans when cosplaying as a trainer but these suits are practical , oftenly fit for most seasons (Misty is not very good for winter) and a fun way to meet other pokéfans. There is room for some appreciation as long as you make sure you have the right props to tell who you are. A lot of trainers look generic so you need context.. whether it be a ! sign or a slew of plushies! Do something to stand out or just have fun in your cosplay on your own! That’s great as well.

Gijinkas 

Humanising Pokémon is one of my favorite artforms, I build a D&D campaign based on Gijinkas once and it was great. It is also a very popular cosplay form of the franchise that is mostly seen on stage. These are the cosplayers that want to hone their craft, compete and look good. Of course there are also more casual versions but those still want to be complimented on their costume let’s be honest. While this usually gives you a LOT of love as a cosplayer, especially from the fans of the franchise there are a few risks here with these cosplays. As I am a total klutz myself , everytime I pick up a needle and threat a professor in my head tells my now is not the time and place to use this. So crafting cosplays is out for me.. I tried once.. ended up bleeding all over it, than I glued my pants to the table.. I cried all over it.. ruined a set of towels by accidently dyeing them and I gave up. Gijinka cosplay however is not easily bought.  Usually commissions or resales there is some risk in purchasing these. As much as I want to Cosplay a Sylveon Gijinka , I can not afford a proper commission even if I am a princess, my treasury is only filled with make-belief-money! Which does not pay for real life commissions, in my dream though I look adorable. Commissions easily run you in the several hundreds and the resales oftenly have very specific fitting. If you buy , try to pick something that is a size to big for you, worst case scenario .. it will look a bit to big on or you have to pay to have it slightly adjusted near you. With a bit of a brain .. like wearing a thicker under-shirt you can at least be sure you have not wasted money on something that doesn’t fit. Try to Gijinka only if you really have the money for it though.. or of course the ability to craft.

A second risk with the Gijinkas is the recognisability. Gen I is safe..everyone will recognise a human jigglypuff or Venusaur. Human Lucario or Human Darkrai though….tricky. While I personally really dig Darkrai it is a somewhat overlooked legendary. Gijinka Cresselia even more so. Pokémon is a massively loved franchise but a lot of that love is nostalgia. Take this into consideration when  you craft. Do you want to make an awesome costume, or do you want people to go like.. oh hey that is Ludicolo from the Pokémon series. If you want people to ‘get ‘ your Gijinka your options are limited or you have to make it very clear. While a Lumineon in human form sounds like it could be an awesome most pokéfans don’t even know the pokémon let alone recognising it when it transformed into a beautiful human being. Masquerain can look super royal but maybe 1% of con-goers will read it as that. 

So before you craft determine what you want to do. Do you want to impress people by your awesome crafting skills, or do you want to impress people by interpreting something they know and love and show how you turned it into something else.  Gijinka photos purchasable for fans have a bit more liberty of course as they can select them and get them in context.. but at a Con.. there is no context. At least go big when you try to craft something like this, make it something really special and unique , that way people will love you regardless. Unfortunately when it comes to this type of cosplay there is a bit of the rule , go big or go home. The subtle ones can get overlooked quite easily and while .. if you craft, you probably have a group to hang out with anyway that will validate you like always .. the less is more people tend to get lost in the sea of spectacular that is a con.

Original

The best way to success however is to be completely original, think of something that hits the brief but is also one of a kind. These are the things you need to craft but it can be cheap yet still fun.  Five dollar cosplay Jinx, Brock with a frying pan or just wear a cardboard actual Pokeball and you are already being eyed by many. Dressing up like a pokémon card or dressing up IN pokémon cards are among your options here as well.  Of course this one is quite difficult to go into details about because originality comes from within you or a very rare idea. The more I push ideas the less original they become. It can be as cheap or expensive as you want. In fact.. the pitfall of this one I’d say is that you don’t need to sink more and more money into it for it to show the appreciation it gets. Usually these ideas are too out there to go on the stage so these are usually lobby cosplayers as I call them. They hang out receive a lot of love and vanish from your life  when they head out that front door. Some are original again the next year others you don’t really notice anymore. Yet they leave the most powerful memory on those whose life they touch. You will always remember that girl who was dressed as a pokeball that can unfold into a gardevoir ish dress. You will always remember the bloke that dressed like a Pikachu card or the guy who made a playable version of pokémon blue on his costume. with a controller and screen on his back. These are one in a life encounters and that is how they should stay. The guy can not really play a pokémon at the same convention again and the pokémon game people have played isn’t that impressive the second year around. Original cosplays have a very limited life span (at least in a small country like mine) yet in our minds that single weekend cosplay will live on forever…or at least until something does something even more awesome and unique.

Now while I have spoken about the “rules” of cosplay a lot but this is only based on mindset , too often i see a subject who gets disappointed because they had different expectations of how cosplay is viewed at a con. It is easy to get lost between the passion to cosplay and the goal you actually want to reach with it. There is nothing wrong with any of these cosplays as long as YOU want to wear them, but sometimes in our excitement we set ourselves up for disappointment .. or fainting from the heat. So you do you, but do ask yourself why you do you and cosplay accordingly!

The Pinkest Poké Blogger is blasting off again.
XO
Pinkie

My Real Life Pokémon Adventure

Anime conventions can sometimes be the perfect storm of weirdness. What started as a simple craving for some bubbletea somehow ended up as a weird roleplaying adventure  with people I have never met before this the story of that adventure. This version is somewhat cleaned up though. In reality there were a few pauses, dialogues flowed a bit less (because people were informing their friends they were doing this now) there was a cosplay malfunction in the middle etc. So imagine gather a few random people from the street and ask them to perform this story and you’ll probably be close to how it actually happened. What I tell you today is the story how we will remember and retell it each time. 

No Bubble Tea Pinkie!

It was the Saturday of the Netherlands biggest anime convention the second and longest day out of the three. I was walking alone in my Yukata (like a less fancy/traditional Kimono) , I just want to the Clara Cow Cosplay Competition of C4 as it was called. My friends  I came with did not like cosplay shows so they went to play a Jojo game on PS3. I spend a while in the dark so I decided to go for a bit of sunshine, perhaps my friends were hanging outside as well, I actually knew they would most likely still be gaming but I did not feel like being trapped in there watching them play for the next hour. After wandering alone for a bit I noticed I got a bit thirsty so I decided to get some bubble tea. Which was quite unfortunate for my friends in the long run. I went to the bubble tea place that had a cute girl, she was straighter than a ruler, but hey the heart wants what it wants. So just before I get there I have to pass through a door but a man cosplayed like Snorlax is laying in the doorway. A lot of people were stepping over him but I decided not too that day. It was my favorite franchise  so I decided to go along with it. That is a roadblock. Hmmm… (in reality stewards came to ask him to move a bit so people could pass but me as well as a few people just accepted the roadblock still). A guy cosplayed like Ash came to me and said. ‘I think we need a Pokéflute or can you sing the melody’. At that time I stopped being Pinkie. I became Kimono Girl Ai, a kimono girl with a Sylveon. Alongside the Ash guy and his Misty girlfriend I decided to look for a pokémon flute. There is this guy who is basicly at every convention either dressed as Pokémon Trainer Red who uses an ocarina to play the Pokéflute song or other songs. We figured he would be enough. 

Game Cave

Ash and Misty, who by this day I still know as Ash and Misty, even if I have seen them in other cosplay,  alongside myself decided to try the basement first. The basement was the home of the dealer room, which we dubbed the Animecon-Department Store and the Game Room, which we named Game Cave. As Pinkie had business in the game room Ai bravely volunteered to explore Game Cave by herself so Ash and Misty could search for Red in the Animecon-Department Store. There were some other things in the basement but more on that later, those were basically side activities like a cosplay repairpoint and three arcade cabinets. Game Cave was quite different from the rest of the con, this was the home of the Hikikomori. A different breed of convention people who disliked the social aspect somewhat less and just came here to game. Of course there were a lot of Weaboo in the cave as well. For my first task I had to look for Beefy males beating each other up.. and there were a lot of those.  But non so beefy as he Jojo’s game my friends were playing. I told them I was on a quest and I would be able to eat in the next hour or so. My mentor and only female friend in the group dressed like Hatsune Miku (in Kimono) decided to go along because she wasn’t hungry either. I told her we were looking for the guy with the Ocarina so he could awaken a Snorlax. She went to the bathroom to change her wig.. as she transformed into Kimono Girl Shimo (it means frost) The Kimono Girl that uses a glaceon. Reclipping the buns slightly more to the side took her about 20 minutes though, so I did some other stuff in the meantime but ..that’s not part of this story. She then convinced me to look for Ash and Misty in the Dealer Room while we bought a plush of our eeveelution. We met the Kantonian trainers a bit later and I introduced them to Shimo, when we noticed Red was just outside the dealer room. He challenged us to a series of games and if we beat him he would come with us. The games he chose were the minigames of Pokemon Stadium back in Game Cave. I guess I should not have started with ‘Mister Red we are on a quest’ because he played along perfectly and unfortunately we lost the battle of Game Cave…He was excellent in the  Clefairy and Drowzee Minigame and while we beat him in Sushi eating.. he nearly won everything else. Would we really white out?

Pinkie used Splash

Being the good guy that he is he decided we could still win his Pokéflute if we beat him in the Magikarp fishing contest. Unfortunately there was no such thing at the convention and the guy had us really confused. Misty vanished for a while and Red was kinda being creepy towards Shimo for a bit so I as Ai was kind of fearing I would not be able to get my bubbletea. After some awkward staring (and this is me excluding the most awkward character breaking moments) Red explained to us that with the Magikarp Fishing contest he meant a game of Goldfish scooping. We all thought it was hilarious and very in character so we agreed and went to play Goldfish Scooping.. after having waited for Misty who had to release her caterpee’ at the world forum that could take a while though. When we finally reunited I felt I have gotten a lot closer to my own birthday but not a lot closer to getting the pokéflute.  It was finally time to scoop. Now regardless if I cosplay as Megurine Luka in a Yukata, or Kimono Girl Ai.. or even if I am just myself there is one force that is much greater than myself. My knack to draw in bad luck. Now for those who do not know what Goldfish scooping is. You have a pond , usually a kid’s playing pool, filled with like bouncy balls or tiny rubber balls . We get like this little circle with a handle on it, and in that circle they place a piece of paper towel.. or a similar material. Your goal is to collect as much balls with your collection device before the paper ruptures and becomes unusable. Think of that endgame of Takeshi’s castle..but with a pond and balls rather than angry japanese man on motorcycles and water cannons. If you written the title of this part of the story you can guess what happend. From the get go there were way less balls on my side of the pool so I had to lean in a bit more, in my excitement I forgot I was wearing brand new  japanese slippers and slippery cloth and panties so I slid across the floor like any pokémon ice puzzle. And with my third reach fell into the pool. Luckily my epic fail distracted Red so much that misty was able to pull out the win as me flopping in the pool pushed the balls in her direction.. so I guess something happened at least when I used magikarp signature move that’s something.

Team Rocket

Now in reality it turned out that Snorlax and Red were together and they hoped this would happen more or less and at a few points we actually went up to tell him what was happening so he did not have to just lay there.. in fact he was present at the minigame battle and after I dried up (mostly) we went to eat something together. We were spoiled for what was to come next as Snorlax came alongside a Jessie and James, the Jessie was actually named Jessica in real life and James actual name was Kevin. .. So they told us they captured Snorlax and for some reason we all agreed we had to save him, it made little sense since we initially just wanted the roadblock gone but somehow we all agreed he deserved better than those criminals. After dinner the scenario was apparently that Ai fell in the pond and Red had rescued her.. I retconned him giving mouth to mouth saying he would not be able to score me in his dreams. We laughed but than discovered Snorlax had been STOLEN BY TEAM ROCKET… the surprise was real.  Now obviously the answer to stop Jessie and James was to defeat them in a pokémon battle right? Naaaaahhh…. all we had to do was find a skyrim guard cosplayer or something so he could yell Stop Right there Criminal scum. Those were the rules of the game and we knew he was there that day so that’s what we went with. Shimo however had to deal with an annoyed boyfriend who wanted us all to eat together.. but he did not want to come on our adventure so she told him off. Meanwhile Misty and Ash apparently were still quite hungry after dinner cause both seemed to still be in the mood for some fresh tongue. Red was playing Zelda music for some other cosplayers so I just sat there feeling kind of awkward.  After having faced some inner demons in all that spare time it was time to find the guard. He apparently used to be a pokémon trainer like us until he took an arrow to the knee. Which is kinda weird because I believe back than Decidueye wasn’t even released yet. So where did the arrows came from. While his nametag said his name was DawnSniper and his lower tag I think said Donnie, he introduced himself as Leif.  Which we turned into Leaf.. cause it was more pokémonny. Leaf told team Rocket to stop, they were paid a fine and their stolen goods were confiscated. Snorlax was released and Red played the Pokéflute… to wake him up and move him from the spot we put him back into… because reasons.

‘Road’ Blocked

Kevin James, Jessica Jessie, Shimo Misty Ash and I (or Ai) then decided to share a bubble tea together. Red and Snorlax passed but lingered around for a bit. I could at least for a moment look at the cute girl and maybe talk a bit about our epic adventure to get to her.  Unfortunately the stars rarely align for me and the encounter I worked so hard to get had finished her shift and went to do stuff with her friends. We sat and chatted for a bit discussing all sorts of things but mostly pokémon,  I had a card battle with Misty , Ash and Shimo bonded over their love for dog pokémon and Red played some pokémon music. Leaf had to leave early become someone had their sweetroll stolen but he made an amazing cosplay. We had done something completely random with completely random people and it felt great, even if I did not get to talk to the girl. I had a pokémon adventure in real life which was quite special. I befriended a snorlax, a con staple and two very.. thirsty trainers. I met Ash and Misty once more on a con, and red a few times ..but he did not recognise me as I wore masks and I even got to talk to bubble tea girl the next year. Too bad for Pinkie that was because she somewhat hooked up with one of the friends I was with that year. While I doubt I would have had a shot at the girl, it was funny how the roadblock pokémon had changed my adventure. Quite like a real slowpoke. I had to collect new friends and even do battle. So while I have no idea how my acceptance of a cosplays concept  set this into motion it is a fond little memory of the beauty that is conventions. It took us about two to three hours to do everything i’d say (including drying off and all the phonecalls) but in those three hours I made friends. Not friends in the way that I can share my sorrows with them or we have deep talks.. but people I’ll see on a con and without even thinking on it we’ll hug and start a new adventure together just like that The power that’s inside a fandom.

Question to my Readers:

What is your most quirky con experience?

The world is a wonderful place filled with the unknown, with conventions the limits even blur more. We can play again like children to meet new people and new friends in ways that in the outside world would be frowned upon. We can live in a fantasy world for the few days a con lasts. I am grateful for those memories!

The Pinkest Poké Blogger is blasting off again!

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Pinkie’s first Pokémon Tournament

I felt like watching TV today, then I realised my tv-box broke. Since my youtubers haven’t uploaded my favorite content yet , yes like 90%  most of it is pokémon related, so I decided to do a little personal story. Inspired by the 30 day geek out challenge, post by A Geeky Gal I decided to talk about one of my first fandom moments. My first Pokemon tournament.

A foul boy
There I was, fourteen  years old, I did not really know where there was, dad drove me much to his dismay. I was somewhere quite a long drive from home judging by dad’s chagrin. I was to excited and nervous to notice any of it though! I would be on tv and win my first Pokemon tournament! i did not know I was not signed up and was there just battling in a no rules anything goes, friendly compo. No real winner, but you get points for winning, or something. I was too stupid to notice, so let’s be honest I was not going to win ever. Dressed in blue, with some pink boots (as I had a copy of Pokémon Blue to play on). Pokémon Stadium was about to come out and today viewers of Fox Kids, could already come and play the game and compete.  Tightly clutching to my purple gameboy colour. It had a sticker of Parasect stuck to its battery tray and upper spine, It had a bit of a fold around the eyes, but I loved Parasect..it was on my team as well.  The sticker also kept me from losing my battery hatch thing. I looked around, seeing the podium where I would soon be crowned the best *cough*. A boy about my age asked if he could see my team, I thought he looked mean and I refused. He shrugged bumped into me and he moved on. I sniffled, see I knew that he was mean!  He then approached a young very blond boy, about half my age, he asked to see his team, the boy proudly showed him. The meany started a new game on the boy’s cartridge and saved the game. The young blond boy was just eliminated from the competition, while smiling the older boy would walk off. The blonde boy cried…but unlike me he would make the tv. The other boy was not just mean anymore he was foul! I was scared! I did not want my dear friends to die. 

Wasn’t actually THAT guy… but my douche was in the dishwasher… so had to use a picture of another one!

Beating my peers
I traded the blond boy my Hitmonlee, a backup Pokémon I had that wasn’t really on my planned line-up. In fact he was even detrimental to my strategy. Someone else traded him a vileplume and another gave him a vaporeon. Eventually the boy had enough Pokémon to play a few matches.He didn’t win a lot..but he didn’t seem to care.
I DID win a lot. My team was made to beat my sister, she had a team of 6 mewtwo, she would catch it, transfer it to me start a new game and repeat the process until she had 6. We would then battle… after a thousand or so losses,I got pretty good at countering mewtwo. I figured a lot of people would enter with teams like this….and I was right. Of course this wasn’t allowed in the actual competition but little did I know I was not a part of that, I never went to things like these before. My team involved me using Parasect to spore a mewtwo to sleep, then use dream eater  on gengar or pin missile on jolteon to finish it off quickly. I also had a dig+surf rhydon and a fly moltres, to avoid attacks. Protect wasn’t a thing back then so those were nice to stall out Fire Blasts. Besides Mewtwo Charizard was used a lot. My bird Hades and rhino Sjaak dealt with that. My last Pokémon was a psybeam, because confusion was neat, Kadabra, my sister refused to give me the trade evolution, which was evolved after the tournament. All in all I managed to create a team what was good against the younger inexperienced kids meta. My sister had little imagination, mine got me a lot of wins that day. I apparently even attracted the attention of some fans who liked seeing a non competitive battler take down teams of mewtwo’s.  Even the blonde boy came to cheer me in, and give me my pokemon back, because he was going home. He thanked me , though I think that was his mother speaking, when I think about it now! Tv folk weren’t interested though!

Sheev and me are pals! Right Palps?

The real deal
At 14 year old I really fell into a bit of a gap. With the internet not being what it is today, I did not know all the details about Pokémon yet, like EV’s and things like STAB bonuses.  I just was really good at reading my sister who picked up what the playground said was the best to use. When the real compo was over and the pro-battlers ended the scene my luck soon dried up. I was trashed by people who actually leveled their mons to 100 rather than using Missingno. Yet those same people were very entertained that I managed to do so well against teams I should not win against. As a result I got this weird form of non-spoken respect and understanding that I would not see again until my first convention many many years later. I wasn’t a real battler, nor will  I ever be , because I HATE breeding and EV training. I wasn’t really part of the “Mewtwo is so cool’ group either. The latter didn’t dislike me for completely trashing them, I won..but it usually was close matches , and the first saw some potential in me. I was this oddball thing walking there that spoke about her Parasect I named Ed like it was my actual pet. Ed was such a swell pal and I genuinely cared for him.
In fact I might even still have Ed on my old cartridge.Baron the Alakazam and Mo the Jolteon would transfer to Johto, only to get deleted after realising Chikorita wasn’t all that amazing. Rest in peace guys!. All in all I had a swell day, I think I even surprised dad at how good at passionate I was in this game, because after that day, he never nagged about me playing Pokémon ever again. On the ride back he even wasn’t grumpy at all. I’d like to think in a weird way without understanding it to much, he was kinda proud of me that day. I had a great day, meeting peers, not being bullied for a a day and being well liked for a while.  It would take me awhile to find that feeling again. I got sick a few years later, just after I moved past the bullying, which prevented me from exploring it early. But that day I will remember, how nice it felt to trade Vuistje the Hitmonchan, the shoulderpats from total strangers and my dad remembering Ed for a good while after.  It was nice to play with fans and be a fan!

Ed, Dad and me driving home after a good day! Seatbelts drawn for saftey!

This short little tale was inspired by the Geek-Out Challenge of “A Geeky Gal’ click on her name to check it out! It was sponsored by the poor services of my telecom provider who donated a significant amount of free time.Special thanks to Ed, Baron, Vuistje, Mo, Sjaak Hades and KISS. Hope to see you in the next blog little monsters! Stay pink!

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