One of the best conventions ever. I didn’t think it’d top my 2012 experience, but it did.
I accomplished everything I wanted to do, which was to meet some of the guests of honor at the convention and express my appreciation for their work and thank them in person. Looking back, I probably offended people with my broken impolite Japanese. I’m very sorry.
Thank you, Sakura-Con 2013, the wonderful staff of Aniplex, FUNimation, and ACP, and fellow fans of Sword Art Online and PSYCHO-PASS for making this con experience possible! みんな、お疲れ様でしたー！
It’s that time of the year again. Sakura-Con 2013 in Seattle, Washington, from March 29th through 31st.
I will be volunteering as Silica at the Aniplex booth in Exhibitors’ Hall at block 335, 234, 333, 232 and official Sword Art Online events and panels (except for the Saturday night concert) for all three days of the convention. As you may have guessed, Sword Art Online appears to be the main theme of Sakura-Con this year and an amazing team of SAO cosplayers (in collaboration with ACP) will be working the Aniplex booth. Please feel free to stop by, discuss the finer points of SAO, and take a photo with us!
During my downtime and press conferences, I will be cosplaying Shimotsuki Mika from PSYCHO-PASS with a giant can of Hyper Oats. Free potted cactus plant for the first Ginoza-san I find.
Why am I doing this oh god
Photos of the finished costume can be found here.
Cost of the costume are shown by part. Prices in parentheses are the costs if all of the raw materials had to be purchased instead of using leftovers or whatever is available in the house.
Official production art from Dengeki’s release of Sword Art Online anime news.
Magazine spread scan.
I color-sampled the character art from official website for actual colors.
Silica’s red blazer is a true red. Same color as gloves.
All yellow/gold parts appear to be the same color.
All dark gray/black parts appear to be the same color.
Hair bobbles and ribbons are different shades of red than the blazer and each other.
Numerous amateur Silica costumes were consulted for ideas.
Vocals: Haruna Luna
Reaching my hand up high, up high
Saying, “I’m certain, I’m certain”
I’ll make a wish once more
Vocals: Aoi Eir
Lyrics: Eir & Shigenaga Ryosuke
Composition: Shigenaga Ryosuke
Arrangement: Shimokawa Kayo & Shigenaga Ryosuke
My hidden feelings are crying out as I hold an absolute vow
Seeking nothing but a miracle, I wander in the everlasting darkness
If I stay here, I won’t ever be able to see the future again
Lyrics: Watanabe Sho
Composition: Watanabe Sho
I acknowledged my cowardly past
I was scared when I didn’t know what was going on
The me behind my back projects the reality into this moment
Vocals: Tomatsu Haruka
Lyrics: Furuya Shin
Composition: Minamida Kengo
Arrangement: Furukawa Takahiro
For how long have I not wanted to let go of the light flickering in my heart?
Even if I take the long way around, even if I stumble
It’s always, always shining here…