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WCS was two months ago, but there's still some stuff coming out regarding it!

The pictures our translator Eetu took are finally online! There's about a bazillion pics there, featuring pretty much all the teams and other folk. You can find them in the Aniki picture archive here! Some of them are pretty hilarious.

Also, Finns, the newest issue of JapanPop has an interview with us, so check that out!

And Iris might be giving an interview for a local newspaper in the town she grew up in, but that one isn't very widely available. Or pretty much at all outside of town. :D

AND of course, the Finnish preliminary is coming up. It will be held at the Helsinki Book Fair on the 24th of October. We'll be there, doing something, possibly just flailing around the teams and telling them stories and totally psyching them out. Ha! <3

Also during that week, we'll be appearing at a seminar in Helsinki, but more on that once we get all the info on it ourselves.

And of course we'll be seeing Team Japan, YURI AND RIE!! They're going to be here for the preliminary, and we CANNOT WAIT to see them again! Oh yeah!

Only a few weeks and we pass the torch to another team. We want to wish all the teams participating in the preliminary OODLES OF CUP NOODLES OF LUCK, WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE 24TH!
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We're back home and almost completely unpacked! We know some teams stayed in Japan after the Summit ended, hopefully no one was affected by the earthquake in Tokyo?

Anyway, it was so good to meet all the other teams! We had the best time with you guys, don't stay strangers!

For a collection of our personal pictures, you can check out Iris' Flickr here! No cosplay photos, since our translator Eetu took most of those and we left our camera behind for all cosplay events so we wouldn't lose it. We'll see some of those in the future, I hope.

But if you're interested in reading about how our trip went, click on the LJ cut and have a read! It's SUPER FREAKING LONG, so beware. Also it's written by Iris and crossposted to her journal.

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The entire trip in three words: So. Freaking. Awesome. Best time.

The Mainichi interview can be read here! There are quite a few pictures of our parade costumes there as well, so check it out!
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A quick note, nearly forgot to mention this:

Finnish and Swedish speaking folk, Iris gave an interview to Radio X3M and it's airing on the 27th! Not sure what time though, but some time during the day. You can check out their website, they might have more info there at some point. And they have a webradio! Radio X3M
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Ready, set, GO!

We are packed and ready for Japan! After Animecon two weeks ago, we started our last preparations. Arttu started his four-week summer vacation, and it was from one sweatshop (they're airconditioning didn't work for the longest time and the factory was like a very loud sauna) to another (he's been working almost non-stop! And our apartment is like a sauna too). Arttu made the props to our parade costumes, and re-painted a lot of pieces for his Leon costume. Iris made some arrows for Leon, styled a couple of wigs, and kept her promise of not touching the sewing machine in the last week before the trip. Well, except tonight: there was a pair of jeans that needed to be re-hemmed because Iris is a bit vertically challenged. (30 inch inseam? Too long!)

Today, we spent the entire day cleaning and packing. We've filled up two suitcases, and had to stuff all our shoes in a huge duffel bag. Why did we have to choose so many characters that wear boots...
Now everything is set, all we need to do is leave tomorrow. We're going to spend the weekend in Helsinki, since our friend fokushii is throwing a Bollywood-themed birthday party on Saturday and it's the perfect opportunity to attend. On Sunday, we're planning on chillaxing and maybe meeting up with Arttu's dad.

And then on Monday, it's time for Japan!

Less words, more pictures. Here are some shots from the past two weeks.

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So, other teams, we'll see you next week! Australia, Brazil, China, Tuesday! Everyone else, Wednesday! Hope you all have pleasant flights.
Everyone else, we'll try to blog from Japan but can't promise much. Iris has a Twitter account and will be racking up her cell phone bill by Twittering. All the latest stuff will be at http://twitter.com/monokero, check it out!

(We're so damn excited we probably won't sleep at all tonight. Sucks, because Iris has to drive for four hours and Arttu always falls asleep in the car before we even get out of the city! Thank the universe for caffeine.)
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Desucon is over and we have pictures! Since there are a ton and they are huge as heck, I'm just posting a link and a quick preview.

Since we're using our preliminary costumes as our performance costumes, we're done with WCS stuff! Or, well, not quite. Arttu still has to make our props for the parade costumes and fix his Leon costume a bit, and I need to silicone the hell out of my Amy wig, and and and... But it's all just little stuff. And we can finally start intensive practicing! It's been such a busy spring that we haven't had time to start really working on our performance, but we'll fix that. The good thing about living together is that we can practice any time we're home.

But now, pictures! All the Soulcalibur pictures can be found at my Cosplay.com gallery, and you can get there by clicking here! We have a ton of pictures to come, so not everything is up there yet.

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I also uploaded a pic of my new wig for Queen Emeraldas. Finally my ratty blonde wig can retire, or find a new life as a much shorter wig...

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I was going to post some pictures from the making of my Amy wig, but all the pics turned out dark or blurry, so I decided not to. But instead, I made images of our costumes and what we will wear and when! Hopefully these aren't too huge, my screen resolution is about a googolplex by three googolplexes (googolplexi?) so I'm horrible at estimating what's big for anyone else... Sorry if they break your friends page or brain!




(Captain Harlock/Queen Emeraldas/general Leiji Matsumoto universe)


(Soulcalibur IV)


(Trinity Blood)


Hmm, that reminds me that we really need to have a photoshoot with Esther and Leon. We have hardly any pictures of Leon... Good thing we moved right next to a park! And there are two Christian churches within a walking distance. Now we just need a photographer... Volunteers in the JKL area, raise your hands!

Hope everyone's doing well, in general and with costume progress! Not long now until we all meet!
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Just posting a link to OUR PERFORMANCE AT THE PRELIMINARIES! The lovely Unita uploaded a vid of it on YouTube, and you can view it here! Not going to embed it, no time, since we're in a hurry to leave for Desucon. Next week we'll hopefully have some photographic proof of our parade costumes, and wig pictures.

See you at Desu, Finns!
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Today was a national holiday, and we celebrated it by having a "Movies based on classic sci fi stories"-themed marathon. So while such gems as Independence Day, Minority Report and I, Robot (with AVP2 as a combo breaker) rolled, we sewed and cut and painted. And here's a quick look at what ate up our day:

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Next week we'll hopefully have some wig pictures. Either it's going to be guide to a horrible disaster of hair and different adhesives, or "Miss Gluefingers, or how I learned to stop worrying and love stubbing". We'll see.
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Bakacon came and went, and here is the evidence: our press costumes for the World Cosplay Summit 2009! After the cut~

(be warned, the pictures are the size of giant mutant elephants, so if you're on a dial-up connection, you may want to go make a sandwich while you wait for the pics to load.)

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Arttu's wig needs a bit of fixing, mostly because he can hardly see from under it as it is. Iris' wig is actually a stand-in, and the wig that will be worn in Japan will be a different color. Otherwise, the costumes are done and feel great. Surprisingly comfortable, even though the capes weigh a ton.

We're going to have a busy May, with finishing the parade costumes, styling the wigs, and making a couple more costumes for Desucon. And on top of that, we're moving in together sometime in May or June, and that's going to be a huge process. Busy, busy!
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Hey everyone!

It's time for some progress pics! I've been keeping busy with sewing, and Arttu's parade costume is all sewn, it just needs a bunch of decorations. But let's start with something completely different!

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Four months left! Eep!