Archive | September, 2010

From The Bizarre Ashes: Pokemon Fan Video

21 Sep

Hello loyal club members,

At the behest of the club president I am here to inform you of a video that has made it’s way on to youtube recently. Now while I am quite sure this is just a fan made trailer and no movie will be made (similar to the Legend of Zelda trailer that aired on April Fools Day a few years back), it still is a good topic of discussion.

Now I will be the first to admit when I watched this my initial reaction was something along the lines of “Oh my God, what is this piece of garbage?” and “Are you kidding me?” Just the normal what kind of stupidity is this kind of thinking. But once I stopped and analyzed it a bit, I realized that it had an interesting albeit extremely strange premise. The idea of these underground pokemon battles is such a far cry from the original cartoon it seems ridiculous. The trailer itself was extremely well made (even to the point that some people thought the trailer was legitimate). However this concept is not without problems. While it may escape the usual problems attributed to live-action movies it probably won’t. I doubt I have to remind any of you about some previous live-action movies that turned out horribly (which were so bad that even people, like me, who don’t know much about movies know about how bad they were. These include Dragonball Evolution, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and the recently released The Last Airbender). Would this one have turned out like the others? I can’t say. It looked decent enough. There were some issues; I might need to watch it again myself but the pokemon themselves seemed poorly done (to be fair I don’t know how hard it is to make it; even going under the assumption that it mas either physically made which I find unlikely or was done with computer graphics).

That’s my take on this. What do you think? Feel free to tell me if I am spot on or a mile away.

So until next time; rising up from the bizarre ashes,

Your loyal club secretary


Seth Tobias Zeltzer


From The Bizarre Ashes: Club Schedule

20 Sep

Hello all,

First thing is that I decided to name these posts, the name of choice came from my username.

While not much has been established I can let you in on some events that may possibly arise over the course of the semester. I know details are a bit sketchy but things like date, time and location aren’t even really being thought about now. So expect updates and/or other posts on this.

1) A club member wishes to have a workshop based on the art of cosplaying. I can definitely tell you this much: if you think cosplaying is interesting you should try it. I am new to it (only cosplayed at Otakon 2010) and I don’t think I have ever had so much fun. I think that people could take a lot away from this workshop (this needs to be discussed with said club member as I would love for this to happen.)

2) A Halloween party: this is really unknown especially since we might end up having to merge with SUBO’s (Student Building’s) party, while I think we would be in charge of the costume part it is suboptimal since normal Halloween costumes and cosplaying are two completely separate entities.

3) A holiday party: since this is so far away there is really nothing I can say about this as I really know nothing about it (I doubt anyone does). I would still expect this to occur in some form.

4) A “cosplay cafe”: this event (at least from my experience from the one this spring; there should be an earlier post covering it here) is somewhat deceptively named. There really wasn’t much cosplay. It was really a karaoke party. This is another event that I would be very surprised not to see materialize; if not a separate entity then at least shoe-horned into another party.

That about wraps up the possible events (simply put I can’t think of any other events). Remember there are clubs meetings every Tuesday during common hours (about 12:15 PM-2:15PM) in the Student Building on the fourth floor.

Another reminder, as NYAF is just over 2 weeks away, don’t forget to pre-register before the event (it makes everything so much easier). I believe that you can discuss this with any of the executive members (although you should seek me out first as it is my job to act as the liaison between the members and the president, vice-president and treasurer; and I guess the head of cleaning and the head of party to a lesser extent). I think that if you have the money for NYAF, that the club will handle getting the badge for you, I am not entirely sure and I think this might be addressed at the next club meeting on September 21st 2010 during common hours.

Lastly if you have any ideas please feel free to run them past me, if they are at least decent I will probably talk to the others about it.

So until next time; rising up from the bizarre ashes,

Your loyal club secretary


Seth Tobias Zeltzer

New York Anime Festival

10 Sep

Hello my Otaku Army,

That time of year is quickly approaching where the streets and subways of New York City will be inundated with Otaku from all over the Northeast. If you couldn’t tell by the title of this post I am talking about NYAF. There are many things to point out, but as I am quite biased about many things anime/manga related I don’t think it would be fair to make a list here; as it might as well be blank as I am going more to be there in cosplay rather than for a certain event(s). So if you are indeed interested you can find out everything you need to know by clicking this link:

At the behest of certain others this post maybe edited with specific events/guest but this post is (at least initially) meant to inform you of the event. Like I said I don’t care about things that make them scream “OH MY GOD!” and I just don’t feel I can do it justice.

So if you are going to attend make sure you preregister  so you can quickly pick up your badge. If you attend keep an eye out for me; I am going as Phoenix Wright.

Until next time.

Your faithful secretary,


Seth Tobias Zeltzer

Otakon 2010

1 Sep

Hello everyone! Hope you enjoy my first post.

For those of you who don’t know (I know that there were a few posts from Otakon 2009 however it didn’t really explain it), Otakon is a yearly convention that takes place in Baltimore, Maryland around the end of July to the beginning of August that is held over three days (this year’s was held from Friday, July 30-Sunday, August 1). Otakon is also the largest convention on the East coast (I am not entirely sure if this number is accurate but I remember reading that Otakon 2010 had something like 25,000 people attending).

There are a plethora of activities for all groups of people:

  • There are cosplayers for all different series whether it be from Animes, Mangas, Video Games, Movies, TV, comics, etc. There are also many, many photo shoots for a large number of series (some series have multiple photo shoots over the three days). There are some great spots for good photos: an indoor fountain, an outdoor fountain, an outdoor terrace, a nearby bay (I don’t actually know if people took pics there). I believe there are also competitions for the best cosplays.
  • For those of you who enjoy art and/or merchandise from your favorite series there are two areas in the con called the dealer’s room and artist alley where you can purchase art (artist alley); clothes, accessories, fake weapons, video games, anime, manga, doujinshi (dealers room).
  • There is a HUGE room dedicated to video games. The appropriately named Game Room has games of every genre, for many systems and even ran tournaments for some games. Many popular games were Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Street Fighter (I believe there were a few different versions of the series), Soul Calibur, Tekken, shooting games, DDR and there were tables set up where people would congregate to play Trading Cards Games like Magic: The Gather and Yu-Gi-Oh.
  • There are a large number of auditoriums that were used for panels; screenings and other special events (at night some of these are 18+ and require you to prove your age and get a special wristband.)
  • There appears to be some sort of night life in the area during Otakon (I do not know anything at all about this; only hearsay from a friend).
  • There are many guests that show up (generally they will probably be a part of panels).
  • There is a special event called the Masquerade. It is a competition where your average John and Jane Does can enroll and enter and perform a cosplay skit. Each skit is a hit/miss reaction and while I enjoyed a majority of it however some of my friends did not. One issue with this Masquerade (as opposed to those at other cons; such as the one at New York Anime Festival) is that they do not screen the entries so even the horrible ones (and there were some abysmal ones) make it in.

Everyone who went in our group had a different experience (even though some of it might overlap). I can only speak of my experience (if anyone who attended would like to share your experience please feel free to share in the comments.) Bear in mind this was my first con (and my first cosplay as well), but I can definitely say it was one of the best times of my life (barring one or two things) and as soon as I got back I decided to attend next year’s Otakon. My experience was filled with walking around a LOT (expect to get some blisters); cosplaying (I attended all three days of Otakon as Phoenix Wright of the Ace Attorney series) which includes both photo shoots and people asking me to pose for pictures (many more people asked than what I expected; and taking photos (the vast majority of which was from the Phoenix Wright photo shoots and the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure photo shoot.)

There was one main issue with my Otakon experience

  • On the second day (Saturday, July 31) at approximately 2:00 P.M. I (along with the many other Phoenix Wright cosplayers) were beginning the second photo shoot (we got a group shot in) when the fire alarm rang and we were instructed to evacuate the building. They evacuated the entire building of all attendants, guests and merchants while the fire marshal was called to make sure everything was safe. And it was. Someone had pulled the fire alarm as a prank (not funny in the least if you ask me). So the streets of Baltimore were flooded with Otaku, even slowing down traffic. The crowds were so thick you couldn’t even walk on the sidewalk. Absolutely horrible. Many people were out for blood (I wouldn’t want to have been the ass who pulled the alarm).

Here are us as a group.

This should be an adequate description of Otakon. I hope I didn’t miss much. Until next time (which should be very soon).


Seth Tobias Zeltzer

Club Secretary