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Filtering by Tag: The World Ends With You

Lollipop Lollipop oh Lolli Lolli Lolli

Michael MacWolff

Excuse the dumb name but that's what my brain does.
I have fantastic news, we got photos back from SMZeldaRules and my private TWEWY shoot with Headphone Studios! They came out so well I'm so excited, and we all need more TWEWY in our lives. Now presented with minimal commentary:

This might be the most badass I've ever looked in Kariya

This might be the most badass I've ever looked in Kariya

This one is hands down my favorite solo shot. The lighting is so cool and for once I don't look super goofy with the lollipop in my mouth XD

This one is hands down my favorite solo shot. The lighting is so cool and for once I don't look super goofy with the lollipop in my mouth XD


Headphone Studios was such a pleasure to work with, she gave great direction and the photos speak for themselves! I definitely hope I have the opportunity to work with her in the future. And of course the wonderful SMZeldaRules always brings her A game and I'm so glad we got to do this together since we don't get a chance to cosplay together very often! 

Colossal 2018

Michael MacWolff

So, I had a short weekend at Colossal so this'll be a pretty short post, BUT I had tons of fun and wanted to share some photos!


Drove down in most of Mordred so I could stomp around as my favorite heroic spirit. 

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This cosplay is super simple but I absolutely love it. I'm gonna have to replace the boots at some point since the leather is already cracking a bit but I did get them at the thrift store so that's just how it goes. I also am so happy with how my sword came out that I want to just carry it around all the time lol. I'm contemplating making the red base outfit so I have another excuse to use it (since I'm not brave enough to make that weirdly-shaped armor they wear).
I hung out with my boy Lululii most of the morning since they were doing casual Astolfo... which is really the whole reason I even made Mordred in the first place. MY ASTOLFO WAS SO EFFING CUTE, and we becamse selfie royalty together.


Also, by some miracle there was a fate photoshoot that morning so we hung out there for a while. I didn't get many photos but the highlights were this beautiful shot with all of the sabers.


Who then claimed the throne...


And the pair of Iskandars who were adorable.


After the shoot I changed into TWEWY for a private shoot with SMZeldaRules. We've been planning to do the reaper duo for a long time so it was great to finally do it! We had a lovely shoot with HeadphoneStudio but we don't have the photos back from that just yet. We do, however, have some photos we took ourselves that came out AWESOME!


And yes, we had two Shos! The one in the first photo is HeckinSleepy, and I don't have the info for the Sho in the second photo (but I'll link to it if he has a cosplay page), and all of these photos were taken by Raptorius13.


Saturday morning was Fire Emblem day, as I always have to have at least one, right? I busted out my favorite wolf laguz and got to hang out with my Nailah, LadyAerithFair. We haven't seen each other since the last time we did Volug & Nailah, which was 6 years ago! We also magically found a Sanaki, who turned out to be VanguardWingal!  I had a feeling I'd know who it was because I make it my business to get to know any Tellius cosplayer I come across lol.


We took some lovely photos out in the savanna grass which I will share with you all when i get them.

And that was my Colossal! I had a wedding to go to Saturday afternoon so I left right after we finished with photos.

That's all for this week! Now that Colossal is over, I have some new commissions and a new cosplay I' working on for Matsuri (which thankfully isn't for a while yet).

'Sup Players

Michael MacWolff

That's right, it's Thursday again and I thought it made the most sense to throwback to the reaper who greets you on this blog every visit, Koki 'Lollipop' Kariya.

The World Ends With You is definitely a game that's made a huge impact on my life and anyone whose played it has probably had a similar experience. I actually first heard about this game at MBLGTACC, which is the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally (and everyone else in the alphabet soup) College Conference at a panel about LGBT representation in video games. In that panel I heard about Joshua, who was pinned as being an openly gay character. Since it was one of the few games addressed in the panel that was actually on a system I owned, I decided to buy it the next time I was at GameStop.

Boy am I glad I did. Besides the amazing storytelling, the wonderful characters, the awesome art direction and music, and the interesting game mechanics, I thought the viewpoints expressed by the characters and the lessons about life and human interaction were really intriguing and spoke to me as a person. I could definitely relate to the loner attitude of Neku and his blossoming into a fully-realized kid (it reminded me a bit of Cloud from FF7). I loved the unique personalities in the cast and the heart-wrenching moments (SPOILER ALERT: I definitely cried when Rhyme was erased by the shark noise). This game was so impactful that I even got a pair of reaper wings permanently affixed on my body.


So it didn't take long to decide I wanted to cosplay from this game, and while I loved pretty much every character in the game, there was an obvious choice for me: the lollipop-loving, under-motivated harrier reaper that can kick some serious butt. And to top it off, he's a ginger so my thoughts at the start were that I wouldn't need a wig. Which, while not a terrible idea, I'm very glad I did get a real wig for him.

Definitely a rad reaper but my hair is not nearly as fiery as the real thing.

Definitely a rad reaper but my hair is not nearly as fiery as the real thing.

I debuted my Kariya costume at Ohayocon 2011, but it wasn't until Colossalcon later that year that I really got into the groove with this character. Much like Edgeworth, I associate Kariya with a lot of great friendships that I still maintain today, and Colossalcon 2011 is where a lot of those started. Shout out to Kaishun, Genki, Droguza, Daruchai, Legendarie, Rightfulkinginigo, Andrew, and all the other wonderful TWEWY cosplayers that have made being the sassiest reaper around so much fun.

Rightfulkinginigo is the greatest partner a guy could ask for!

Rightfulkinginigo is the greatest partner a guy could ask for!

Another lovely part about Kariya is it's pretty much normal clothing so it's super comfortable. Ok, the wings sometimes make it hard to get through doors, but the rest of the outfit I can wear all day and not have any cramps, bruises, or blisters (unlike some of my more elaborate costumes).

Apparently I'm the only one who like suckers... BJ is not impressed.

Apparently I'm the only one who like suckers... BJ is not impressed.

The best part about this awesome group of folks is the ridiculous fun I have when I'm with them. We're not afraid of shipping (which there are lots of great pairs in this game), and we pretty much just goof around which leads to some fantastic candid shots.

TWEWY dance par-tay!

TWEWY dance par-tay!

I don't even know...

I don't even know...

Some time soon I'd love to get the whole gang back together, and we have high ambitions to do a full reaper cast, which would be awesome. Really, I wish there were more TWEWY in my life because the game, the fandom, and the cosplayers are all wonderful.

Keep it real, players. And don't work too hard.
With much love & til next time,