Encino Teens had a really fun February that involved using our WiiU for all types of gaming, making pizza cake pops, drawing tons of cool anime and manga-inspired works, and constructing duck tape roses for our valentines. We munched our way through way too much heart-shaped candy, played a laugh-out-loud game of Superfight, and felt inner peace after doing some zentangle drawing. Our Anime Club finished the first season of Nanbaka (which we all highly recommend!), with some other anime episodes peppered in. Join us for another fun-filled month in March featuring a special Teen Tech Week edition teen time and more Anime Club every Monday! *By Julia, your Encino Teen Librarian*
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When I was first introduced to kpop, I was introduced to Girl’s Generation, a nine member girl group. As one of the top girl groups, their songs are not only widely popular in Korea, but they are also well known in many parts of Asia. Their official fan group calls themselves “sones” and many of the members keep contact with their growing fans with Instagram, Weibo, Twitter, and more. Their debut song, “Into the New World” has very inspirational and motivating beats and garnered a lot of attention. The very first song that got me interested in the group was “Genie”, which sports a sailor concept and is part of one of their most successful albums, Run Devil Run.
Sophie, Igo TLLC
to be continued…
What color CD to scratch designs into??
Wait! It’s Anime Club… that means onigiri (Japanese rice balls)!!! Forget the CDs.
Hanging out at the laptops while eating onigiri and snacking on some Japanese candy.
Second round for onigiri! It’s been decided unanimously that sushi rice is better than jasmine rice when making onigiri.
Done eating and using the laptops? Then it’s time for table tennis!
Overall a fun night at Mission Library!
Teen QR SCANvenger hunt clue!
So before school ended last school year, Igo library had an Anime Art Competition that occurred concomitantly with the Annual Igo Anime Festival. The winner was actually yours truly , (by the way, I’d like to thank my parents for giving birth to me, my art teachers for building my hubris through flattery, and the public education system for supplying said art teachers) and my artwork is attached here:
I hadn’t drawn this specifically for the purpose of entering the contest, it was just on hand when I saw the advertisement, and I thought, what the heck.
I thought it was a small competition with only a couple of entries at first, but wow was the competition fierce. There were 48 entries from nine different high schools across San Antonio. The other contestants were truly talented; it must have been a hard decision for the judges.
Here are a couple of the many other entries:
This artist is phenomenal. He entered several drawings, but I have a penchant for this one in particular. It’s very dark and edgy, with an almost macabre feel. I love the contrast between dark and light, I think adding color would actually lessen the wow factor of this piece.
This next artist is actually a part of IGO Otaku:
And a couple more,
Yep. Young people these days are so talented, especially on topics they are passionate about.
The prize was a wonderful and well appreciated surprise too.
The bundle of goodies was stacked neatly in a pile, with twine wrapping it in place.
It had a DVD of Cardcaptors Sakura on the bottom, then a manga, a Barnes and Nobles gift card, a box of pocky, and a small hand made bag.
That’s enough incentive to compete next year.
Melanie, 15 Igo TLLC
So to kick off the end of summer, one of our members Marie went to the largest anime conventions in San Antonio. SAN JAPAN!
It’s located near the famous Riverwalk, with over 11,700 attendees. That’s over 9000!. Well, for those who have never attended a comic conventions, quoting Marie, “It was two buildings of pure happiness. Everyone was open and weren’t shy to express their love for anime.” Many con-goers go were in cosplay, impersonating their favorite characters. Not just anime, even characters like Batman or Doctor Who; pretty much just fandom heaven.
Arriving downtown, cosplayers filed down the sidewalks and infiltrated the lives of the normal pedestrians. They streamed towards the hotel, convention center, and the mall next to the convention center. It was like the invasion of the anime nerds.
Inside the convention, the atmosphere buzzed with excitement. People snapped pictures of all the cosplayers; Marie had cosplayed as Soifon from Bleach on Friday and Tenten from Naruto on Saturday, and people hounded her for photos. She was quite ebullient.
First thing to do is to get your pass in the convention center. Which can and is cheaper to be ordered online.
Leaving the entrance room, Marie immediately entered the lounge; a large hall filled with cosplayers lounging. A small stand selling pastries and baked goodies stood in the middle of the activity. couches and small tables littered the area near the floor to ceiling windows.
In front of this lounge is the craft room (totally different from the dealer room which we will explain next). The craft room held handmade items from different anime lovers and artists. Every seller had their own stall, like a stall you might see lining the streets during a festival in Japan. Artists hung their own pictures up for sale on the walls of their stall. Some artists took commissions. Other non-artist sellers sold little handmade dolls, key-chains, and jewelry. This is also the place to go if you are looking for autographs or just to meet celebrated voice actors-the dubbed ones. Examples include Scott Freeman, Jerry Jewell, Scott McNeil, and Karen Strassman. Marie visited Johnny Yong Bosch’s (the guy who voiced Ichigo and Lelouch) panel, where she heard him tell stories and answer questions.
Leaving the craft room, Marie wandered through many halls, eventually arriving at the dealer room. The dealer room also hosts an assortment of sellers and their stalls overflowing with anime products. The only difference between this room and the craft room is that the dealer room sells factory made products such as t-shirts, bags, and certain manga. You can’t buy this stuff at Wal-mart folks. For example, Marie bought:
-Blue Exorcist t-shirt
-Black Butler t-shirt
-Ouran High School Host Club t-shirt
-San Japan t-shirt
-Bleach captain key-chain
-Naruto cross body backpack
-Ouran High School Host Club wall scroll
-3 boxes of Pocky
In front of the dealer room, a professional photographer shot photographs of anyone willing to pay the amount to immortalize that glorious day. Even if you didn’t want to take out your wallet, they’d still take the picture, you just wouldn’t receive it.
Marie continued through her voyage exploring the various panels until the masquerade ball at eight, where a guard made sure all dancers were in black tie attire. There, Marie ended the Friday by dancing the night away.
San Japan was actually three days long, and Saturday was similar to Friday. Many events still occured, but Marie had a penchant for the cosplay chess that she participated in. Two chess players picked a cosplayer for every chess piece. They sat upon a stage and played normal chess, but at the foot of the stage a not so normal game of chess was happening concurrently. A giant chess board occupied by cosplayers instead of chess pieces mimicked the smaller chess board on stage. All the cosplayers had to stay in character. When a piece was taken, they must battle it out, using actions their character might have used.
Marie was a rook on the loosing team. She only moved twice.
She’ll try better next year.
Written by Marie and Melanie
Teens of the IGO library
Chairmen of the IGO Otaku club ( published on August 28, 2013; revised on September 4, 2013)