Pressing Buttons

After purchasing a superb amount of buttons from dealers Cotton Tail and Pb’-factory, Batsu was finally able to start and finish a few projects.  The first one I completed was from Dressmaking for Super Dollfie Vol.2, the pattern called Parallel for MSD.  Once the butler’s costume for her faithful servant is complete, no one should be mistaking this for a maid’s outfit – though rest assured, that still provides no excuse for doing so now.

Her face is admittedly a little off.  As I’ve been experimenting with various blushing and painting techniques and haven’t been using a sealer, her make-up smears/disappears on occasion.  After her most recent blushing, I erased her eye shading and haven’t yet reapplied it.  However, looking at the progress thus far, her next face may be a keeper.

After Miyu tried on her new dress, she decided to have a tea party with Teddy.

About the Anime Guide

Looking at page hits… practically no one reads it.  As it is a waste of my time to translate the TV schedule when barely a soul makes use of it, I think I should invest my efforts elsewhere…  such as, in watching more anime!

Oh the other hand, if you actually do/did read it, let me know.  There is at least one former employer of mine who does something similar now, albeit much simpler and far less organized, imho.  Perhaps I’ll have a change of heart.

This season I’ll be watching more of FMABrotherhood, Valkyria Chronicles, and the new Wolf and Spice.  Last season Pandora Hearts started off all fine and well, but got annoyingly trite halfway through – so much that not even their snazzy duds could save them.  Eden of the East befell a similar fate, somehow failing to generate enough substance or intrigue to create momentum within the narrative.  Of course, in a couple years I’ll probably be watching it again, wondering if I gave up too soon.  I’ll fill in the gaps of “lack of a better season” with the original Gundam series to commemorate the 30th anniversary 1:1 scale model built in Odabai.  Pics to follow soon.

Oh, yes – so to recap, the Anime Guide section has been cancelled, in order for me to watch more anime.

i-dollatry 26

My goodness, was it three weeks ago already?  For those who may not know, Batsu is a freelance translator.  I like it, really; but on occasion I get sucked into the void for days (weeks?) at a time, a mere shadow of my former self, soiled and sullen before the luminescent screen.  Then the project is complete, the deadline is met, and I have a couple weeks off.  Hooray!

Ah, yes, so the weeks have passed since I visited i-doll 26. I-doll is one of the few recurring doll events in Japan – along with Doll Show (Tokyo only), Dolls Party (Volks sponsored/only), and the recent Dolls in Wonderland (held by second hand shop Mandarake).  At at most of these events you can find many dolls and doll related items – apparel, accessories, foods, furnishings, hand-made articles, and so on from the many independent and professional dealers.  They are packed tightly into rows upon rows and sometimes spread across many floors of the convention hall.

On this particular day, I was on a mission to find buttons.  As I usually go in trying to pitch a story, negotiate an interview, or traipse the boundaries of trust just to snap a photo, the scene was quite refreshing.  I didn’t many get many good photos, but walked away with a world of buttons.  Good friend Shikaku was also in attendance and all googly-eyed over pretty much everything; it seems I even missed dealers I was looking for.  But never matter – did I mention I purchased a world of buttons?

There were of course many cute dolls in various cute dresses.  The majority of these being sold by girls decked in lolita-style fashions.  However, the newest accessory for these eternally young maidens would seem to be their own children.  I think this was the first time I’ve ever seen such a frilly dress paired with a baby harness; not one, indeed the vast majority seemed to sport this new look.  One table had a living doll dressed like the models for sale – though she was a bit older, maybe 2.

My purchases, aside from the buttons, included a summer SD dress, a doll-sized whiskey rocks, a tiny rabbit for a tiny Alice, and some hangers for my daughter’s increasing wardrobe.  I also managed to meet an artist who had an exhibition at Angel Dolls last year – but she somewhat incomprehensibly (?) refused to acknowledge that I was familiar with her work until Shikaku intervened and therefore receives no further mention.

We finished the day at Pinafore, which was great despite, or perhaps due to, the presence of numerous customers from my former maiden days.  I took great relish in drinking beer in front of them (a big no-no!), but felt a bit awkward at first, admittedly.  Even after such a short stint, going to a maid cafe will never be the same.

The photos: