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SunnyCon Anime Expo Liverpool Blog

Since 2012 when SunnyCon had their first convention in Sunderland it has always been my favourite convention and each year just keeps getting better and better. SunnyCon has always been a massive success each year up in the North East, this is their first time hosting a SunnyCon event outside of Newcastle and the perfect place to host an event was over at Liverpool, which felt like a little gamble at first wondering if it would be a success for their first event at Liverpool Exhibition Centre I was amazed how well it did and the large space they had for the whole weekend.

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Quite a few people like myself loved SunnyCon from the very beginning met some amazing cosplayers, guests and friends I've made over the years; there were many people including myself would be in cosplay for that weekend where ever it comes to Gaming, Manga, Anime or Movies. Travelled down by train with a few friends and even did some sightseeing on the Friday when we arrived in Liverpool, got a great view of the whole city thanks to St Johns Beacon we got the lift to the very top of the beacon and seeing everything from Anglican Cathedral, Beetham West Tower to St George's Hall. We even visited one of The Beatles stores down by 31 Mathew Street and spotted both the John Lennon statue and Cilla Black statue.

The weather wasn't that warm as it was back in June in Newcastle it was the complete opposite and kept going on and off when it came to rain and worrying if certain cosplays, wigs or make up would be ruined from the rain. No, in fact, they did have changing rooms at the event, including bag storage if you travel far or close or don't want to walk all the way back to the hotel to get changed you could easily do that at the venue if you wanted to.

I was also surprised how many people said it was their first time at SunnyCon in general and for a first con as well, where most people would say something like MCM for an example. It's also nice to have a SunnyCon event down further down in the UK giving the southerners a chance to experience an amazing anime convention all in one weekend.

There was a Cosplay competition for both the non-competitive and for the Masters where you could win the grand prize of £500 for 1st, £250 for 2nd and £100 for 3rd all for the Masters and there were some amazing cosplays for the Masters and I was blown away how much detail and effort were put in them. Your cosplay guests and judges were both Bladeycakes and TheStarlightFairy who were judging the Masters for the Saturday. I always like to do a cosplay that no one else would think of doing or something you don't see at a convention very often at the end of the day or weekend it's not about the winning it's about being creative and inspiring other people to be creative when it comes to cosplaying. You would be surprised how many people would ask me for cosplay advice or tips in general, when working on a cosplay, if you got an idea of a cosplay you want to do and doesn't look complicated or something heavy to make don't be afraid in giving it a try.

I did cosplayed as Toan (Dark Cloud) which has been my favourite so far out of the cosplays I've done and cosplayed as Aikuro Mikisugi (Kill La Kill) for the Saturday after party which was held at the same venue. There have always been awesome guests at SunnyCon when it comes to voice actors from popular anime shows like FullMetal Alchemist, Pokémon and One Piece. I've met people like Chris Sabat, Quinton Flynn, Cristina Vee Veronica Taylor, Sonny Strait, Michael Tatum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Bryce Papenbrook, Fumiko Orikasa, Cherami Leigh, Catlin Glass, Brittney Karbowski and Erica Mendez. For SunnyCon's first guests they had for Liverpool were very good choices indeed where you had David Matranga, who voiced Todoroki from My Hero Academia, Bertholdt from Attack on Titan and Tomoya Okazaki from Clanned. And the other guest they had was Stephanie Young, who voiced Robin from One Piece, Olivier Armstrong from FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Lynchwood Sheriff from Borderlands 2. Got both my copy of My Hero Academia Movie and FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood signed by both of them and they did also have their own panels at SunnyCon where fans can ask them questions about their favourite characters and upcoming roles for future games and anime.

SunnyCon also had some amazing panels from Anime Room 101, Anime Quiz, Taiko Drumming, Traditional Japanese Music Experince, Japanese culture with Akemi Tanaka, My Hero Academia, Up From The Depths was a panel based Kaiju based on giant monsters from Godzilla to Gamera. Beanie Games had card game tournaments on Pokémon, Magic, Yu Gi Oh and Vanguard. The VRPodz were pretty impressive to see at a con especially at this event, these VRPodz are a 9D virtual reality experience, they have over 200 experiences to choose from and you can choose from various themes such as Adventure, horror, roller coasters and flight simulations, I tried to go on one of these and you can really feel the movement and vibration when going on one of these VRPodz I was amazed in what I saw.

A charity auction was held on the Sunday where all the proceeds went towards FOCUS Autism UK and raised over £554. I've always had the best moments and memories when it comes to SunnyCon every year, but I always look forward to next year's event and making me think what I want to cosplay next. I'll also look forward to their next event if they ever do consider attending Liverpool next year for their first time in a new area they did an amazing job from all the staff, volunteers, exhibitors and guests a job well done.

Here's a few photos that I took and from my friends over the weekend at Liverpool-

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10th Anniversary Blog- Batman: Arkham Asylum

We've been getting more and more superhero games each year from Lego title games to Insomniac Games version of Marvel Spider-Man; 10 years ago this month one game in particular took the world by storm and this was before Uncharted 2 was released a few months later, which won quite a few Game of the Year awards, especially on the PlayStation 3. Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of those games that changed the way we see single-player games with that third-person perspective when it comes to gameplay where later games that came along that line like Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor, Batman had the idea at first with a mix of stealth and action at the same time.

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Back around August this month during the year of 2009, a lot of people were pretty hyped about Arkham Asylum on either platforms released on both PS3 and Xbox 360 it did get a release on PC a few weeks later. The North America release was August 25th 2009 and UK/Europe was released on August 28th a few days after, which was right around the same time as the Bank Holiday for anyone in the UK. I didn't pick up the game on release, which I wasn't in a hurry, just yet, it wouldn't be until December I got around to buying the game at a good price of £20 being on offer at HMV.

I didn't know what to expect on Arkham Asylum after purchasing it only read the odd reviews in magazines and managed to avoid spoilers when it came to the main story. For a video game based on the comic book franchise I was easily impressed and amazed how great this game was, yet it reminded me of both Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns when it came to the dark torn setting. After both movies were released it really did feel like the Batman franchise was going in the right direction thanks to Tim Burton even the animated TV series was dark and gritty impressive at the same time.

I don't remember the animated series that much in the 90's having Kevin Conroy playing the role of Batman was a excellent choice same goes with Arleen Sorkin who would voice Harley Quinn. The biggest star of the show or game as you want to call it was Mark Hamill known for Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars franchise, Mark Hamill is very well known for voicing The Joker, which just sounds perfect for a psychopathic villain even hearing the voice right now you are thinking of Mark Hamill's version of The Joker.

For the main story takes place in Arkham Asylum just after you capture The Joker, he easily escapes and traps everyone, including Batman in Arkham Asylum and letting loose all of the criminals and villains that are loose in the Asylum. It's up to Batman to stop the villains and stop The Joker from plotting up something that will take over Gotham City.

With the gameplay having both stealth and action you did had the choice on how you wanted to play the game where certain sections of the game you could easily fight all enemies at once of carefully sneak around taking out enemies one by one. You also had gadgets and abilities as well like Detective Vision which helps you solve puzzles, see enemies through walls and footprints knowing which way certain characters or enemies have gone. Another gadget is the batarang which is a boomerang that can temporarily stun enemies or trigger remote devices. If you wanted to take a break from the main story there is a challenge where you can solve riddles where The Riddler would leave riddles around Arkham Asylum some are easy to find and a few were a challenge where you would need to think outside of the box on getting those riddle trophies. The memorable moments were the bosses where some of them just reminded me of Metal Gear Solid based on the boss fights and figuring a way to defeat the boss easily one of the memorable bosses would be against Scarecrow, where you'll throw in fear toxic and everything just feels messed up at the same time it's one of the most memorable moments in the game just like Metal Gear Solid it just reminded me of the AV TV as you start the boss fight your TV goes black thinking that the screen is broken nope just a trick to mess up your mind and having to plug the controller into port 2.

Ten years later I would admit that the graphics and visuals still hold up on both platforms, I had a lot of fun playing this game on Hard mode from what I can remember and trying to put the game down was no challenge the more further I went into the main story I was easily drawn by the atmosphere and wanting to know what will happen next to Batman. Arkham Asylum did get the remaster treatment along with Arkham City for both PS4 and Xbox One back in 2016. The reviews were positive all leading to a 9 and 10/10 from critics for both magazines and websites, after the success of the first game, a sequel was released in 2011 being Arkham City, a prequel being Arkham Origins in 2013 taking place five years before the events of Arkham Asylum and a third game released in 2015 being Arkham Knight.

I still need to play Arkham City at one point overall Arkham Asylum still holds up and I would recommend it if you haven't gotten the chance to play it yet, especially if you are a fan of the Batman franchise or a comic book fan.

Have any favourite moments in Arkham Asylum?

Let us know in the comments-

Manga Review- Witch Hat Atelier

I remember hearing about this manga series back in May when it was part of Free Comic Book Day unfortunately it wasn't available in my area, not long after I did spot a copy of the manga in my local book store which was Witch Hat Atelier. Volume 1 was released back in April and just recently volume 2 was just released this month, what is it that easily draws you into this series you may ask?

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With it being set in a fantasy world filled with magic, Kamome Shirahama might be well known for the rest of the world for her cover art for most comics for both DC and Marvel examples like Batgirl and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra; her very first manga series she just published and took Japan by storm last year being Witch Hat Atelier and voted one of the Top 10 manga of that year.

The story is set in a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: she wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch… until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem.

Even looking at the front cover looks stunning to look at, when you start reading the first volume you are easily drawn into the beautifully-illustrated drawings on the fantasy setting, it's character designs that are breath-taking to look at from the facial expressions to the clothing to the magic spells that Coco uses. Even volume 2 had the exact same feeling when it came to characters and continuing the story where it left off from the first volume. I was easily fascinated with how much detail was added in for each page and for the panels.

While waiting for a volume 3 release later this year and possibly volume 4 if we are lucky, I would love to see an anime adaptation of this one day depending on which studio gets to develop it first. It might have that Harry Potter and Little Witch Academia feeling if you put the two together Witch Hat Atelier has more of a serious tone and does it in a perfect way. Overall, I would highly the series out if you get the chance you would be very surprised how good the series gets in later chapters in both volumes 1 and 2 especially with the end of volume 2 leaving a good cliff-hanger right at the end.

North East Retro Gaming 2019 Blog

With it being my 7th year attending I've always enjoyed going to North East Retro Gaming (NERG) every year, the first time I've been was in 2013 which was their first one and I really enjoyed that weekend which had a ton of retro arcade machines and pinball machines which were all free to play. Past events there have been some classic arcade machines I use to play whenever I was away on holiday somewhere in Spain, always kept playing a lot of House of the Dead II or Crazy Taxi, but it was nice to play a few classics again just like being in an actual arcade and always having a great weekend at the same time.

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They also had some classic arcade machines as well, including Pac-Man, Popeye, Space Harrier, Galaga, Dig Dug, Tron, Outrun and Star Wars on the Atari. Another machine that made a return to NERG once again was the Fix It Felix JR based on the movie Wreck-It Ralph. It was nice to play it again, which is the only time I've ever gotten the chance to play the game is during NERG; it is a great experience to play the actual arcade game just like in the film and trying to beat the high-score which a few gamers were trying to beat over the weekend. Both The Simpsons Arcade and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were at NERG this year, which offered up to 4 player co-op on both machines.

The first thing I wanted to play when I first arrived at NERG and I knew it would be quite popular later through the weekend were both The Walking Dead and The Simpsons Party Pinball. The Simpsons Party Pinball was first released in 2003 by Data East Pinball, 100% of speech was by Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright and Hank Azaria, custom recorded for the game. Notable features included Upper Mini-Playfield flippers which had 5 flippers in total, Homer's head moves in the field with lamp inside, Itchy & Scratchy figures, Comic Book Guy figure, Bart figure, and a Television which was a 3-colour digital LED dot matrix display.

And the other pinball machine I wanted to talk about being The Walking Dead, this edition of this machine features additional features and enhancements to improve gameplay and make the table more engaging. The manufacturers have included a fantastic crossbow tool to launch the pinballs something that really ramps up the pinball element. There are extra targets to aim for, and additional zombie heads to blast and destroy. If you are a fan of the series you'll will love completing missions and advancing through levels as they battle the grisly un-dead. You also get additional exposed guts, which is what every zombie hunter really wants to see in a game in general making you going back to classic horror games like Resident Evil or any zombie film directed by George A. Romero.

Other pinball machines I've managed to play were Austin Powers, ACDC, Indiana Jones, Flash Gordon and Star Wars. You also had the chance to play consoles on their tables including the Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo NES, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, PlayStation Classic and many more, but instead they had one in the game in each console or multiple games on one cartridge but any games you bought from the event you can play them on their consoles plus also giving you an idea to see if the games play okay without any faults or multiple disc scratches. What I did like about the PlayStation Classic that it's easy to emulate more games for the mini console and one game that was added to the list and got to play at NERG was Pepsiman which was only released in Japan back in 1999 and can never be cheap to find at a good price for retro collectors; playing the game itself did feel like something from Temple Run before it was ever released which wouldn't be released until 2011 on mobile devices.

I was pleased that there were more cosplayers this time round for the Saturday it was still quite warm during the weekend, I always like to do a cosplay that no one else would think of doing or something you don't see at a convention very often or at a video game convention. I cosplayed as Sir Daniel Fortesque from MediEvil and I was surprised that I got quite a few photos taken from a few fans and gamers plus got the odd mentions on fan pages from Twitter pages. There was a cosplay competition for it as I've already mentioned there were quite a few who signed up and a prize for both adults and children; the prizes were provided by Be More Geek and for everyone else who did sign up and enter got a little runner up prize including myself was a NERG mug from any choice between 2013 - 2019. I did cosplay as Kanji from Persona 4 for the Sunday plus wanted to play a few other arcade games at NERG like Outrun however, when cosplaying as Sir Daniel Fortesque can't really sit down when wearing the full cosplay; not mention that I wanted to cosplay as Kanji again with it being the 11th anniversary since Persona 4 was first released back in 2008 for Japan and is still my all time favourite video game.

Plus, since the first NERG there are always dealers selling consoles and games as well at a good price and there were a few artist tables. I did buy a few games over the weekend, including Prince of Persia (Game Boy), Yakuza Dead Souls, Dark Chronicle, Final Fantasy Anthology and a Japanese copy of Final Fantasy XIII, which was really cheap to pick up for £7 and the little changes that were in the Japanese version were never released in the English version of the game including extra music it's the little details that made the Japanese version more perfect than the English version of the game. There was also a Charity Raffle on over the weekend, which the top prize was Nintendo Switch Bundle and the 2nd prize as a Mini SNES all the money went towards Bright Red: Fighting Blood Cancer for a brighter future. Flash House Brewing Co was back again with their mini bar and selling their NERG Pale Ale, which you can only buy at the event you might be lucky in finding in finding in North Shields if you are lucky. I did manage to pick up a few bottles for myself because it was popular through the weekend getting some Pale Ale at the event ran out pretty quickly on Saturday they managed to get a few kegs in for the Sunday and extra bottles.

After a fun and tiring weekend, I was completely tired out by the evening and a fantastic time. I will look forward to next year's event as soon as a date is announced for 2020.

Here are a few photos I took over the weekend-

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Anime Summer Line-Up 2019

With the hot warm weather kicking in Summer is right around the corner and the line-up for Anime lined up between April - June list of series was impressive a lot of people I know have enjoyed watching stuff like Carole & Tuesday, One Punch Man Season 2, Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 and The Rising of the Shield Hero being the most popular ones out of the list for most people and magazines saying they were highly recommend worth watching. A ton of new anime would have started by this week and next week here is a list of a few anime's worth checking out if you have the time between now and until the end of September.

Fire Force-

Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment's notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous "devil's footprints" and destroying his shoes in the process. Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?

Dr. Stone-

Several thousand years after a mysterious phenomenon that turns all of humanity to stone, the extraordinarily intelligent, science-driven boy, Senku Ishigami, awakens. Facing a world of stone and the total collapse of civilization, Senku makes up his mind to use science to rebuild the world. Starting with his super strong childhood friend Taiju Oki, who awakened at the same time, they will begin to rebuild civilization from nothing. Depicting two million years of scientific history from the Stone Age to present day, the unprecedented crafting adventure story is about to begin.

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?-

Masato thought he was part of a random survey, but when he gets involved in a secret government scheme, he winds up trapped in the game world. Even more surprising his mother's there, too!

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?-

A friend's cruel words which cut like a knife into the heart of Hibiki Sakura, a high school girl who loves to eat. Hibiki decided to go on a diet to be absolutely thin by summer vacation, but she cannot keep exercising right alone. That's when Hibiki found herself before a training gym! Upon joining the gym, Hibiki meets her beautiful and charismatic student council president Akemi Souryuuin and steps into the intense yet enjoyable world of weight-training.

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts-

The democratic nation of Patria was created on the continent of Patria. Because of economical disputes, the country split north and south, creating the Northern Union of Patria and the Southern Confederation of Patria and they waged a long civil war. With their numbers dwindling, the North decides to use forbidden technology in order to defeat the South. This technology turns humans into monster-like soldiers, giving them almost godlike powers. And with those powers, the long war came to an end and peace was restored. Incarnates. They were the heroes who saved the country and were regarded as gods. Time had passed, leaving the war behind. The people who had given up their human forms to become Incarnates were now feared by the masses due to their overwhelming power and were now called Beasts. The former captain of the Incarnate squad, Hank, was on a journey to find his former Incarnate comrades who had turned into Beasts and was hunting them down as the Beast Hunter. A young woman named Schaal was on a journey to find the person who killed her Incarnate father. She encounters Hank and decides to go on a journey with him to discover the truth behind her father's death. She eventually finds out that the battle is never truly over, and the existence of the man Hank is looking for who is apparently responsible for letting the Beasts loose into the world. Where does Hank's path lead him, as he bears the sins for killing his own comrades?

Cop Craft-

15 years ago, an unknown hyperspace gate opened over the Pacific. Beyond this gate lies Reto Semaani, a strange alternate world where fairies and demons live. San Teresa City, a city where over two million immigrants live from both worlds. As a result, there are the haves and the have-nots. Here is the world's newest "city of dreams." But in the shadow of the chaos, crime is rampant: drugs, prostitution, and weapon trafficking. The detectives who stand up to these heinous crimes are in the San Teresa City Police. When the detective Kei Matoba and the alternate-world knight Tirana, two individuals who differ in gender, personality, and even world of origin meet, an incident erupts. Two worlds. Two justices. From this, the curtain rises on a buddy police action story.

Given-

Ritsuka played guitar but has lost interest in the instrument. One day, he meets Mafuyu, who is holding a broken guitar. Ritsuka unwillingly starts teaching Mafuyu the guitar, but when he hears Mafuyu's voice, things suddenly begin to change for Ritsuka.

Joshikousei no Mudazukai-

Bored out of her skull, Tanaka decides to give her friends some rather quirky nicknames, but they aren’t going to take her unflattering descriptions lying down. Sakuchi (who got saddled with “Ota” due to her nerdy otaku tendencies) and Saginomiya (dubbed “Robo” thanks to her deadpan personality) decide to call Tanaka “Baka” and honestly? This should give you a pretty good idea of the shenanigans these three get up to. They’re at the height of their youth and they’re utterly ridiculous, eagerly and hilariously wasting away their days as high school girls!

BEM-

Three monsters, Bem, who looks like a gangster, Bero, who looks like a boy, and Bera, a witch, act as agents of justice, hoping that they will be allowed to become human. Several episodes involve them protecting a young boy. The style of animation is fairly distinctive, and the storylines not without interest.

Isekai Cheat Magician-

Nishimura Taichi and his friend Rin are transported into a fantasy world. While in their previous world, Taichi is a normal person who just has higher than average reflexes, both he and Rin gain high levels of physical and magical ability, and begin their new life as magicians.

Other Anime to check out during Summer-

  • DanMachi Season 2
  • Re:Stage! Dream Days
  • Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator
  • Maou-sama, Retry!
  • Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
  • Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
  • Vinland Saga
  • Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san Season 2
  • Granbelm
  • Machikado Mazoku
  • If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord
  • Tejina-Senpai
  • Sounan desu ka?
  • Kanata no Astra
  • Naka no Hito Genome
  • Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo
  • Kochoki: Wakaki Nobunaga
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear Season 5
  • Ensemble Stars!
  • Starmyu Season 3
  • Business Fish
  • Oshiri Tantei Season 3

Any anime that you'll be watching during Summer?

Let us know in the comments-

SunnyCon Anime Expo Blog 2019

With two-three weeks ago being one of the biggest weeks of the year when it comes to E3, there has always been a ton of stuff coming out every year and of course myself taking notes down when it comes to Press Conferences and typing them up on GameSpot based on my thoughts from what I've seen at E3 every year. This year's E3 wasn't the best it still had its good moments on game announcements, going back to the main blog of the topic, last weekend went to my favourite convention that only comes once a year, which is SunnyCon Anime Expo being held at St James Park.

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Since 2012 when SunnyCon had their first convention in Sunderland it has always been my favourite convention and each year just keeps getting better and better. Met some amazing cosplayers, guests and friends I've made over the years; there were many people including myself would be in cosplay for that weekend where ever it comes to Gaming, Manga, Anime or Movies and yes, it was a very warm weekend once again. I did feel sorry for those who did enter the Cosplay Masquerade this year to win the grand prize of £500 for 1st, £250 for 2nd and £100 for 3rd all for the Masters; there was also a prize £250 for 1st for the Rising Stars Competition ad all of them had trophies there were some amazing cosplays this year.

I always like to do a cosplay that no one else would think of doing or something you don't see at a convention very often. This year I wanted to cosplay as Sir Daniel Fortesque from MediEvil which has been on my cosplay list for a very long time now, my past cosplays I've done whenever it comes to Toan (Dark Cloud), Freya (Final Fantasy IX), Abe (Oddworld), Papyrus (Undertale) or even Prinny (Disgaea) it's not about the winning it's about being creative and inspiring other people to be creative when it comes to cosplaying. You would be surprised how many people would ask me for cosplay advice or tips in general, when working on a cosplay, if you got an idea of a cosplay you want to do and doesn't look complicated or something heavy to make don't be afraid in giving it a try.

I entered the Masters again for the Cosplay Masquerade and the cosplay alone took me at least 7 months in total in putting together just finding the right time to get it all done with work in the middle and blogging on GameSpot. This is one of the main reasons why I didn't blog as much over the past few months and not to mention Kingdom Hearts III as well. When it came to the day for the Saturday it was very warm when it came to weather and being indoors felt sorry for anyone else who was doing a large cosplay on that day, even I was dying from the heat with all that foam under me. Not to mention that bit of my cosplay was falling apart from one of my shoes to the handle from the shield, luckily there was a Cosplay Repair station that was available for anyone to use if their cosplay was falling apart, including glue and scissors; Luckily I had some Velcro tape on me so I managed to keep my cosplay together during the Cosplay competition and pre-judging as well. Soon it was over just had to take the cosplay off as it was too warm and dying from heatstroke.

The Friday I cosplayed as Mr Compress (My Hero Academia) and Professor Layton for the Sunday brought back a classic cosplay along with some puzzles just like last year I was amazed and surprised how many people at the convention were trying to solve each of my riddles. This really helped pass the time for many on the Sunday morning while people were waiting in line to get into the con. There was also fan-meets as well for those who wanted to get a large group photo of everyone in cosplay including My Hero Academia, Fire Emblem, Persona and Danganronpa.

There have always been awesome guests at SunnyCon when it comes to voice actors from popular anime shows like FullMetal Alchemist, Pokémon and One Piece. I've met people like Chris Sabat, Quinton Flynn, Cristina Vee Veronica Taylor, Sonny Strait, Michael Tatum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Bryce Papenbrook, Fumiko Orikasa, Cherami Leigh and Catlin Glass. This year's guests for SunnyCon were Brittney Karbowski, who voiced Black Star from Soul Eater, Pride from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Nanachi from Made in Abyss. And the other guest they had was Erica Mendez, who voiced Ryuko from Kill La Kill, Emma from The Promised Neverland and Gon from Hunter X Hunter 2011. Got both my copy of My Hero Academia Movie and FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood signed by both of them and they did also have their own panels at SunnyCon where fans can ask them questions about their favourite characters and upcoming roles for future games and anime. While I was waiting in line to get my copy of My Hero Academia Movie signed by Erica Mendez I was chatting to someone who was behind and she was shy and nervous in meeting the guest and wanted to give this special fan art to Erica and was very sweet to give saying " Erica, thanks for all you put in to bring so many unique characters to life. I hope this encourages you to keep doing your best! Ganbatte!" I did say to her, she'll love that if you give it to her and it made both their days when they met during signings.

SunnyCon also had some amazing panels from Anime Room 101, Taiko Drumming, Manga Inking workshop, Japanese Whisky Taster, Cards Against Humanity, Japanese Language Taster, Introduction to J-Horror and a Hentai Panel which was for 18+. There was also video game tournaments, including Tekken 7 and Super Smash Brothers and for card games including Yu Gi Oh, Magic, Pokémon and Dragonball Super all from Beanie Games. Both the fourth floor and second floor had stalls where you can buy artwork, merchandise, games and food. The Saturday party had two DJ's on stage, which were both SnoozyBlue and DJ LastKnight and as for the Sunday evening a great way to end the weekend was the SunnyCon Boat Party where cosplayers including myself would be partying on a boat having fun and SnoozyBlue as the DJ with some classic Anime openings and party music in the background. Not only that Brittney Karbowski was also on board and saying how much she enjoyed the weekend and how friendly everyone was. A big shout out once again to one of the British Sign Language interpreter who presented most panels and talks through the whole weekend, the only time I've seen people do that kind of stuff is either on TV or during a show at a shopping centre in general seeing one at a convention makes it more awesome.

A charity auction was held on the Sunday where all the proceeds went towards the North East Autism Society and a chibi anime pillow of Bucky from Winter Solider signed by Sebastian Stan went for £430, the last pair of Boat Tickets went for £100 and a signed Axel figure boxed signed by Quinton Flynn went for £75. There were also a few other good donations that went on the auction, including a few other pieces of hand drawn original art work, signed stuff of various guests and a random box filled will all sorts of goodies at the end of the auction and from other tables they have raised over £2000 over the weekend.

I've always had the best moments and memories when it comes to SunnyCon every year, but I always look forward to next year's event and making me think what I want to cosplay next.

Here's a few photos that I took and from my friends over the weekend-

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Movie Review- Toy Story 4

When it comes to GCI animated movies two companies come to my mind Pixar and Dreamworks; Pixar feels more memorable when it comes to films like Finding Nemo, Coco and Toy Story. The Toy Story franchise has been a big part of my childhood, I even remember seeing this at the cinema around the age of 6 plus even stayed in my seat through the entire film because it was that good and it was one of those films that no one was suspecting to be fully 3D animated. And the number of times my mother told me that story when she took me and sister to see the film back in the 90's everyone in that room were just stunned how amazing the film was. For Pixar first attempt it was considered to be a huge success worldwide in cinemas, for anyone who grew up in the 90's you could say that Toy Story has pretty much become one of our favourite childhood movies and thinking that our own toys could come to life if we weren't in our own bedrooms.

The trilogy alone stands out too well and with an ending that perfect Toy Story 3 was the perfect ending when it was released back in 2010, with Toy Story 4 now released this had me wondering could this be as memorable as the first three films? There's even been interviews from both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen states that the fourth film will have an even a sadder ending and mentioning that they couldn't even read their lines towards the last scene when it came to recording.

I didn't know what to expect in Toy Story 4 when it came to the story where Woody, Buzz and friends are enjoying their peaceful new life as Bonnie’s toys until a new ‘toy’ shows up. Created by Bonnie herself, the reluctant Forky feels that he doesn’t belong. It’s up to Woody and the gang to help Forky settle in and a road trip shows them that the world is a big place for a toy. I was also surprised by the casting choice as well, I did not know that Keanu Reeves was Duke Caboom at all until I saw the end credits, not only the returning cast make a return, including Annie Potts as Bo Peep and also you've got Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordon Peele, Christina Hendricks and Ally Maki added to the film. As I've already mentioned, I did like the story and the direction it was going, especially around Forky, there are plenty of easter eggs as from past Pixar films, including a Kingdom Hearts easter egg which I've noticed halfway through the film which a few fans will like when watching it.

Overall Toy Story 4 is a funny, charming and the CGI animation looks impressive as always when watching a Pixar film. The lighting and visual effects are highly well detailed and this is what I really liked about Toy Story 4 when I compare this to the first film just shows how far Pixar has come when it comes to animation. It might not be as perfect as the first three films when I compare this to Toy Story 3 both endings are both good on their own, I would highly recommend watching Toy Story 4 if you get the chance you'll likely find yourself speechless and making you feel that you were a child again for a 100 minute film.

5/5 (Five Star Rating)

E3 2019- Nintendo Direct

If you've missed my first, second and third part on E3 2019- Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2019- Bethesda & Ubisoft Press Conference and E3 2019- Square Enix Press Conference you can find it on the links. Last up for E3 2019 was Nintendo with another Nintendo Direct and their Treehouse Live Event that was held at E3. Just like the Square Enix Press Conference, Nintendo Direct did not disappoint and had plenty of games and surprises along the way; the first thing that was announced was that the Dragon Quest Hero will be a playable for Super Smash Bros Ultimate and will be getting a Summer release it'll also include the other heroes from past Dragon Quest games as well. Yoshiaki Koizumi and to replace the Reggie was Doug Bowser, who is the new president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, I did like the joke that Bowser from Mario was the president and getting confused with Doug Bowser this was a funny moment to see and watch from Nintendo Direct.

For a rail-shooter Sega really did know how to make a good Panzer Dragoon game, it even offered the original port of the first game that was released for the Sega Saturn. I was really surprised and happy that Panzer Dragoon was making a come back it might be a remake of the first game if I'm honest I'm happy about this because the original is hard to find at a very good price for the Sega Saturn unless you have the original Xbox you could play that version after you complete the main story for Panzer Dragoon Orta. This version will be true to the original, with improved graphics and controls, that suit modern gaming standards. On a far, lone planet, you encounter two dragons awaken from the ancient times. Armed with a deadly gun from the past, and the guidance of your armored blue dragon, you must fulfill your destiny and keep the Prototype Dragon from reaching the Tower or die trying. Panzer Dragon: Remake comes to Nintendo Switch this Winter.

More information was announced for the remake for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Nintendo Switch which also include a new amiibo, a release date for September 20th and a new mode added for called Dungeon Creator sounds like a great idea, allowing you to create your own dungeons and you can collect more pieces during Adventure and the more you collect and you manage to beat your own dungeon you'll be rewarded. If it has online for it the idea would sound better giving a challenge for the hardcore gamers and Zelda fans around the world. Nintendo had more information on Luigi's Mansion 3 with new gameplay mechanics and a new setting set in a hotel filled with ghosts which reminds me of both Mario Missing meets Hotel Transylvania with ghosts.

Dragon Quest XI will be getting a release for September 27th for the Nintendo Switch, this is one of the reasons why I wanted to wait for the Switch version more than picking the PS4 version mainly because I can play a good JRPG game on the go. Both Resident Evil 5 and 6 will make their way to the Nintendo Switch both being ports of the PS3 and Xbox 360 I'm pretty sure that both games won't be cheap to pick up on release after the whole backlash on Resident Evil 4 priced at £29.99 which has upset a few fans and gamers out there.

Fans have been asking for a new Animal Crossing for a long time now, don't get me wrong, I still love playing New Leaf now and then on my 3DS. I don't play it as much as I use to when it was released back in 2013, Animal Crossing: New Horizon you start fresh on a deserted island and enjoy a peaceful existence full of creativity, freedom, and charm as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be. Collect resources you can craft into everything from creature comforts to handy. I'm sure the waiting will be worth it when it's released on March 20th 2020, more gameplay footage was shown at the Treehouse event I would be very surprised that an Animal Crossing edition of the Switch got announced soon after. Also announced for the Nintendo Switch getting releases this year and next year were No More Heroes 3, Daemon x Machina, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Fire Emblem, Contra Anniversary Collection, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games, The Witcher 3, Ni No Kuni and Astral Chain.

This one caught many by surprise right towards the end of the Nintendo Direct that another new DLC character will be added to Super Smash Bros Ultimate which was Banjo-Kazooie. Back in 2002 Microsoft bought Rare and they developed games for their platforms for their Xbox consoles including Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Conker Live and Reloaded, Kameo, Rare Replay and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts which had mixed-reviews on release and fans were really hoping for a new game in the franchise making it perfect to the original games that were released on the Nintendo 64. When I saw the trailer and the news had me wondering what if Nintendo announced another mini console being the Nintendo 64 Mini which will likely happen since the PlayStation Mini has already happened if Banjo-Kazooie was on the list of that mini console along with a few other examples like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64 Nintendo would have another successful mini console and selling millions worldwide.

Saving the best for last a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was announced now in development and no release or other information was announced only a very short trailer. Overall Nintendo has never disappointed anyone when it comes to E3 each year and always leave a good surprise before and after the Nintendo Direct. E3 2019 might have been a mixed-bag for some it still offered plenty of variety for many gamers from RPG games to action-adventure games, dates have already been announced for next year June 9th - 11th 2020.

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E3 2019- Square Enix Press Conference

If you've missed my first and second part on E3 2019- Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2019- Bethesda & Ubisoft Press Conference you can find it on the links. With there being no Sony Press Conference this year at E3, the next Press Conference to come to the stage next was Square Enix and did they deliver? You bet, they did their past Press Conferences have been pretty good over the past few years, this one in particular got everyone hyped for one thing only.

A few days before E3 a surprise trailer that was revealed to a live audience during Final Fantasy VII - A Symphonic Reunion, the first concert dedicated entirely to Final Fantasy VII which even included a Worldwide release for March 3rd 2020. A demo was shown from the opening/tutorial including the first boss, which showed off gameplay mechanics on both Cloud and Barret, there are a few new things added in the Remake plays almost identical to the original if you compare this to the original game there is a massive difference. The biggest portion will be based on Midgar, which has expanded quite heavily maybe giving us the chance to explore the full city more in the Remake; the graphics and visuals look so impressive if you compare this to the tech demo that was shown at E3 2005 for the PS3 it just shows how far this remake has come and knowing how many fans have waited for this remake. Not only there will be more information on Final Fantasy VII Remake if you are attending either KupoCon: The Bigger Pom in New Jersey on June 29th and KupoCon: Pomex in London on September 21st.

For those who don't know what KupoCon is it's simply a Final Fantasy fan event, made by the fans of Final Fantasy. There are a number of small unofficial fan events that take place in the western world, KupoCon wanted to take it to the next level. They are aiming to produce a fan gathering of unique style and proportion. Their aim is to simply bring together a large number of fans and celebrate the series we love through various activities. KupoCon was only a 1 day event.

Another big trailer that was shown and mentioned at their Press Conference was Marvel's Avengers. This will be an epic action-adventure game that combines cinematic storytelling with single-player and co-operative gameplay. Developed by Crystal Dynamics in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal, Nixxes Software, and Crystal Northwest, Marvel’s Avengers will release simultaneously for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Stadia, and PC on May 15, 2020. They did mention that the game will not have a pay-to-win scenario or loot boxes which some fans were worrying and questioning about this thought, not only that a good choice of voice casting was pretty good including Nolan North as Iron Man,Troy Baker as The Hulk, Travis Willingham as Thor, Laura Bailey as Black Widow and Jeff Schine as Captain America.

More surprises came DLC content for Kingdom Hearts III being released this Winter, Romancing Saga 3 getting a release outside of Japan and The Last Remnant Remastered got a Switch release this week while the PS4 version will be released later this year, I missed out on picking up the original version back in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and not owning that console while the PS3 version got cancelled. Dragon Quest XI will be released later this year for the Nintendo Switch, more content is coming to Final Fantasy XIV Online and also a Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered getting a release for Nintendo Switch, PS4, iOS and Android releasing sometime in 2019.

Plenty of Final Fantasy fans have been asking for this remaster for a while, especially since other Final Fantasy games like VII, IX, X and XII got the remastered treatment on PS4, Switch and Xbox One. This marks the 20th Anniversary of its original release with a new visual refresh and brings the game’s beloved story, don't get wrong, I love Final Fantasy VIII when it was first released even the opening is one of my all time favourite openings to a video game hearing Liberi Fatali is too perfect to hear in a video game especially for a Final Fantasy game. Now all we need is a remastered version of Final Fantasy IV and VI for the Nintendo Switch if you've played the DS version of Final Fantasy IV that is the kind of graphics I want to see if they were released for the Nintendo Switch.

Overall Square Enix did an impressive but the real star of the show for E3 would have to be the Final Fantasy VII Remake which really stands out the test of time making me more curious what else will be added before the worldwide release.

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E3 2019- Bethesda & Ubisoft Press Conference

If you've missed my first part on E3 2019- Microsoft Press Conference you can find it on that link. Continuing where I last left off, next was Bethesda with their Press Conference and I would say it wasn't a bad Press Conference what did catch my eye was Shinji Mikami's new game from Tango Gameworks on a new title Ghostwire: Tokyo, a new action-adventure game where very little knowledge on what this game could be and could it be another jump-scare horror like The Evil Within? In fact the game is set in Tokyo and that's all we know at the moment very curious in the future when more information is mentioned on Ghostwire Tokyo.

Ikumi Nakamura was one of the main highlights of the Press Conference and the memes going around online just like Keanu Reeves at Microsoft Press Conference both already the stars of this year's E3. DLC content was announced for both Fallout 76 and Rage, a new title was announced by the team behind the Dishonored franchise called Deathloop not much was else mentioned expect a trailer. Doom Eternal got a release for November 22nd, a new Elder Scrolls game being released on the Nintendo Switch with it being a mobile port The Elder Scrolls: Blades which will be free-to-play and will be cross-play with both the Switch and mobile if you have been playing the game on your mobile phone. Elder Scrolls VI wasn't mentioned along with Starfield Todd Howard mentioned that they are working very hard on developing both games I'm sure the wait will be worth it once they are finished in the future. Overall, I'm not that fussed on Bethesda's Press Conference each year at E3 it still has its moments here and there.

Next up was Ubisoft with their Press Conference starting off, the show was a symphony orchestra on the Assassin's Creed franchise and will be going around the world later this year across various countries. For the first time ever, relive the saga of Assassin’s Creed through an immersive symphonic experience! This exciting multimedia concert combines cutting edge technology, special effects and stunning HD footage on giant screens from over a decade of Assassin’s Creed. This concert features a live 80-piece orchestra and choir, as well as reimagined iconic tracks from composers such as Jesper Kyd, Lorne Balfe, Brian Tyler, Austin Wintory, Sarah Schachner, Winifred Phillips, Elitsa Alexandrova, Chris Tilton, Ryan Amon and The Flight.

Watch Dogs London has been floating around online a while back and other people calling it Watch Dogs 3, a first look on a in London post-Brexit world known as Watch Dogs Legion where you'll be able to play as different citizens living their lives in the city of London and allowing you to recruit members to your team to fighting back in this London post-Brexit world which makes sense if you think about it because no one in the UK don't even have a clue on what the outcome will be in the future. I can see why Ubisoft went with this idea in the first place, I did like some of the gameplay footage that was shown, including the option in playing as an assassin, which is in fact an old lady, I can easily see Monty Python jokes being added when they started getting development ideas around it. Not only gameplay footage and information was shown a release was confirmed for March 6th 2020.

As always, another Just Dance game will be released later this year released on all platforms, including the Nintendo Wii which is still going even after 10 years since the first game was released, you'll still get the odd few gamers picking it up for the Wii especially if you are one of those gamers that just use it for Wii Fit. I've recently been watching this series for the past few months now over on Netflix It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia when I heard the theme music playing in the back, I did wonder what's going on and is that who I think it is. Rob Mcellhenney came on stage, which I'm not even if this will be a game or not from the looks of it, sounds like it got some inspirational ideas from the South Park games and borrowing a few ideas from their TV show as well; Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet will be produced for Apple TV+ this series is set in "a video game development studio and will explore the intricacies of the human condition through hilarious and innovative ways.

DLC content was announced for The Division 2 including a movie in the works being released for Netflix, For Honor is getting more new content Shadows of The Hitokiri and Adventure Time characters coming to Brawllhalla. Few more Tom Clancy games were announced from Ghost Recon Breakpoint, a mobile game called Elite Squad, which will have various characters from the Tom Clancy franchise working together as a team including Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Quarantine. Ubisoft announced a new programme called Uplay+ which will be a new gaming service pay $14.99 per month and you'll be able to play over 100 new and old games from Ubisoft including Prince of Persia, Beyond Good & Evil, Rayman Origins and many more.

Yves Guillemot came on stage and everyone was wondering if he's working with Shigeru Miyamoto again on a new title for the Nintendo Switch? Nope, we got something completely different developed by the same team that made Assassin's Creed Odyssey this new title premiered called Gods & Monsters, an epic journey through the fantastical world of Greek mythology with a release date for February 25th 2020. Nothing else was mentioned from when watching the trailer it did feel like a Legend of Zelda styled game with the coloured graphics and visuals and could well be that case especially if you are going to be fighting against Greek mythology monsters.

It did feel like Ubisoft's Press Conference was a little disappointing, I still enjoy watching Ubisoft's Press Conference each year.

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