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It's almost the end of another year and the start of a new one. I'm not sure how many of you are reading this journal right now, or remember who I once was. I wonder if people ever had the thought "I wonder what happened to that guy who made swords?" Well on November the 22nd 2010 I formally announced that I quit sword making. For many people I assume that was the end of my journey on this website. It's almost 2014, so If you are interested, I thought I would tell you a little bit about what I have been up to these last few years.

Looking back in why I quit swordmaking in 2010 it was simple, I started studying architecture in 2009 and it consumed all my time. University life was fun, and the course was challenging, but by the start of 2012 and the final year of my undergraduate course I had concerns about my life after university. Everybody has concerns its normal, but I knew that I was probably not going to do my masters in Architecture and thus never become an architect.

Que people telling me "you can always go back to architecture!" I might, but more importantly I discovered something I really enjoyed doing. If you ever kept up seeing my latest deviations over the years, it was model making, and man that was my crack addiction. So its midway through 2012 and I graduate from university with a Second Class Upper Honors Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Now in my mind I was thinking "how am I ever gonna get a job".

Fast forwarding past all the depressed months of unemployment and trying to find a job in my chosen career path, I found a job that I knew I would enjoy doing. So now I have been working as an Apprentice Architectural Model Maker for almost over a year now! I moved to London to a neat and cozy house to share with random strangers in the middle of the year and embrace the London life! or not, Im still working on that. FYI living in London can be as expensive as living in New York.

So what does my job entail? well I work for an architectural model making firm, and we build models mainly for architects. Whats the best way to show off a several million dollar building project? make a model of it! watch as all the clients are a gasp in amazement, surrounding the model while furiously slapping money in your face. I liked model making in university and now I get paid to do it as a genuine job! What does the future bring? well I hope to soon finish my apprenticeship and become a fully qualified architectural model maker, but after that who knows.

Should you continue to follow my deviantart page? that's up for you to decide, the swordmaking hype train has long since reached the end of the line. I might get round to uploading photos of professionally made models that costs tens of thousands to make, depends if anybody is interested. To tell you the truth, telling my employer about my success on DeviantArt is one of the reasons why I got my job that I like now, so for that, thank you guys out there for everything. 

This is not a goodbye, this is a proclamation that I am still alive, and doing what I like in life.
Is anybody going this year? im thinking of going, the last time I went it was 2 years ago and seemed like the same things. I feel like going but I have no one to go with, anybody going to london on the 26th?

Anime Review: Shingeki no Kyojin

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 15, 2013, 6:48 PM




Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan by Wit Studio



Shingeki no Kyojin, also known as Attack on Titan started out as a Japanese Manga written by Hajime Isayama, and first published on September 9th 2009. The manga is still ongoing with over 10 volumes when eventually, a Japanese TV Anime Studio named Wit Studio, adapted Shingeki no Kyojin into a full fledged Anime TV Series which begain airing on April 6th 2013. I simultaneously stopped watching Anime and writing Anime/manga reviews roughly 3 years ago. In that 3 years there has not been a single anime worth watching, that was until I was bored on a sunday and decided to watch Shingeki no Kyojin because I heard good things about it. After watching every episode I could get hands on in one sitting I decided to write one last anime review


Plot/Story (:star::star::star::star::star-empty:)



The series follows the story of Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. After the outermost Wall is breached by Titans, including the 60-meter tall skinless Colossus Titan and the abnormally intelligent Armored Titan, and his mother dying in the resulting destruction, Eren vows revenge against the Titans and later enlists in the military, accompanied by Mikasa and Armin. Years later during his first battle against the Titans, Eren discovers that he has the ability to transform into a Titan at will. Seen as a threat to mankind by some, and as a ray of hope by others, Eren joins his companions in a desperate fight to protect what remains of their society while looking for answers to the mysteries surrounding the Titans, the Walls, and his own existence as well.

Whats fantastic about this plot is that we get so little information about the world the story is set in. The show is called attack on titan but do we know where the titans came from? is there purpose simply to exist to eat humans? all we know in this story is that the humans are engaged with a war on titans, but they are struggling to even survive. Every episode borders on complete and utter hopelessness, the characters in this show are soilders and while they may look cute and funny many will die horrible bloody deaths. I have not really seen alot of animes that truly grasp the horrors of war, the show does not shy away from the violence and dispair, no it embraces it!. It is refreshing to see an anime where the consequences of peoples actions aren't just black and white, that the hero doesn't always save the day and not all their friends make it back home in one piece.


Characters (:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty:)



Eren Yeager: Eren seems to suffer a problem called "main protagonist syndrome", this basically discribes him as a character who vows to protect everyone, yet needs plot induced power ups to save the day because he lacks the physical aplitude to get the job done. Oh yes he shouts alot, like all main characters and his greatest ability in the team is his incredible mental fortitude. His personality is very one dimensional and is far from being unique from any other action orientated anime. Oh yes he slowly does change but it takes an awfully long time for him to grow as a person considering he is in a war enviroment.

Mikasa Ackerman: Mikasa follows a simular problem with Eren in that her personality barely changes throughout the story. Her constant need to protect her brother Eren is respectfull but gets kinda bored after a few episodes. What she does have going for her is that her skills as a soldier makes her one of the deadliest characters in the show. She kills titans every episode while other characters can even barely kill one. Her personality therefore is the calm and collected expert killer, which is cool because those attributes arent ussually seen in the main female protagonist.

Armin Arlert: Armin starts off the show as your basic coward who constantly is in need of protection because he cannot even protect himself. However out of the three main characters he has the best character development and is one of the best rounded characters in the show. He realises his cowardice is his weakness, but he never lets that stop him, what he might lack in titan slaying skills like Mikasa he was instead born to be a military strategist. Armin has the intelligence and instinct to make batte plans, and so thats why I think he is more important then Mikasa.

Captain Levi: Levi is who Mikasa wishes she could be. He is introduced as the silent, easily agitated overpowered character that you know will only get to have a few proper fights to show off his skills in the entire story. He is seen as the greatest soldier in the entire army combining Eren's unwavering determination, Mikasa's expert titan slaying skills and Armin's intelligence and thinking. Most people see him as the unbeatable badass character, but what I love is his honest attitude when it comes to commands in battle. He respects the chain of command even when he is uncertain of the outcomes, his loyalty and trust makes him the perfect soldier.


Animation/Theme (:star::star::star::star::star:)



The animation of Shingeki no Kyojin is nothing less than amazing, proberbly some of the best animation I have ever seen in the past decade. Watching the anime almost feels like it is a really long movie, the production value of the animation is extremely high reaching a standard that all animes should aspire too. The anime is very fast paced and so the animation delivers on that with camera's viewing behind the characters as they soar in and out of the city landscapes in full detail. You will rarely see a flat screen from a scene, the colours are always vibrant and the lighting is excellent from day to night. I think the animation really captures the intensity of the scenes so well that it makes the whole experience extremely immersive.


Music/Sound (:star::star::star::star::star-empty:)



This anime suprisingly has a very good soundtrack, the music is always really fast pace when a fight scene starts heating up making your heart thump. Yet when the characters are in a tight jam and it looks like all is lost the music really helps bring home the feeling that all hope is truly lost. The music when combined with the quality of the animation makes the whole experience watching Shingeki No Kyojin very cinematic, the music needs to be blaring from speakers for you to really get that immersive experience. The music always suits the scene and long since the episode is over you will always remember the catchy sound track guarenteed.


Overall/Closing (:star::star::star::star::star-empty:)

This anime was legitimately impressive considering I was going in knowing absolutely nothing about it. I think the story is really interesting and since we know so little every episode has the potential to end on a cliffhanger making you crave the next episode. The main characters personalities seem to take a long time to grow and really experess themselves unlike Armin. All the secondary characters get so little screen time and considering how many of them they are it is difficult to have any emotional attachment when they do or do not die. However what makes this anime worth watching is easily the animation quality and sound track, do yourselves a favour and watch this anime on the largest TV you can find in a blacked out room and you will get an incredible cinematic experience. This anime has been talked alot about recently and all the hype was well justified, watch it now.





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Valar morghulis
So I am selling some stuff and came across my copy of Monster Hunter Illustrations Art Book from Capcom, which has been out of print for a long time, well in the UK and europe that is. To get a brand new one amazon says costs upwards of 300 to order it from japan. In America on amazon the book sells for $200 US Dollars for a brand new one. Anyway I am selling my copy on ebay, its in excellent condition hence the many photographs and what else can I say? this book is super goddamn rare click link below to view:

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18111561428…
:star: Ichigo Kurosaki: Tensa Zangetsu  www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - SOLD for 110
:star: Rukia Kuchiki: Sode no Shirayuki www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - SOLD for 100
:star: Kisuke Urahara: Benihime  www.deviantart.com/deviation/6… - SOLD for 100
:star: Gin Ichimaru: Shinso www.deviantart.com/deviation/6… - TRADED
:star: Byakuya Kuchiki: Senbonzakura www.deviantart.com/deviation/6… - SOLD for 90
:star: Sosuke Aizen: Kyoka Suigetsu chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 90
:star: Kaname Tosen: Suzumushi chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 80
:star: Toshiro Hitsugaya: Hyorinomaru chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 110
:star: Hollow Ichigo: White Tensa Zangetsu chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 120
:star: Grimmjaw Jeagerjaques: Pantera chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 100
:star: Ulquiorra Schiffer: Murcielago chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 100
:star: Neliel Tu: Gamuza chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 110
:star: Shinji Hirako: Sakanade  chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 110
:star: Rangiku Matsumoto: Haineko chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 100
:star: Coyote Starrk: Los Lobos chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 80
:star: Tia Harribel: Tiburon chioky.deviantart.com/art/Blea… - SOLD for 130
:star: Sephiroth: Masamune chioky.deviantart.com/art/Fina… - SOLD for 80


GRAND TOTAL: 1600+

Bleach swords made by Chioky by Kobra-Kan
UPDATE READ PLEASE

Okey so basically the sword did sell for 10 but then they were complications and the guy never could pick it up. I put it up again on Ebay, but then Ebay took it down because it was an offensive weapon. So I really need to get rid of this sword and so yeah I can only sell it to you guys.

So there are three options for you getting this sword:

Option 1 (Collection in Kent): Drive down to Rochester, Kent and give me anything over 10 for the sword, sword is in one piece

Option 2 (Mail anywhere in the UK): I cut the handle off the sword making the whole thing short enough to mail it anywhere in the UK, sword is in two pieces easy to reattach by the handle

Option 3 (Mail anywhere in World): I cut the sword right in half through the blade and can mail it anywhere in the world, sword is in two pieces, very difficult to reattach properly

If I can't get rid of the sword by the time I move out, I will have to chop of the sword in tiny little pieces and post it as a deviation for you all to see, if you are interested send me a note filling out these details to estimate a postage cost:

FULL NAME:
PHONE NUMBER:
HOUSE NAME/NUMBER:
STREET NAME:
TOWN/CITY NAME:
COUNTY/PROVINCE/STATE NAME:
POST CODE:
COUNTRY:


UPDATE READ PLEASE

Final Fantasy VII AC: Masamune by chioky Myself and Masamune by chioky Badass Poses with a Masamune by chioky

So long story short I am moving out of my old house and most of my stuff is going to be given away or thrown away, because I cannot bring everything. That means I most certainly cannot bring my 8 foot long Sephiroths Masamune Sword with me. So what to do with it? I could destroy it, but then maybe thats not such a good idea when I could get some money from it.

cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dl…


I feel old...


At Comic Con today, I went as Black Cat. This is a shitty picture and there will be better ones of my whole costume coming up but I just want to say something. Black Cat's costume has a fair amount of cleavage (conservative compared to many other female comic characters but a good amount as far as what I've ever shown). I guess I was not surprised to have a couple men ask to pose with me and then do some doofy "WHOA LOOK AT THOSE KNOCKERS" poses. I just make a really ugly face when I see they're doing it. One guy with the social graces of a lemur said to me "I was this close to wearing that same outfit. My breasts are large and supple and I think it would have been nice." Nope. Stop talking.

But aside from guys being doofy and awkward (but clearly not foul-intentioned), I did have my first truly skeezy experience at Comic Con today. And my first truly empowering moment as well.This group of men from some kind of Stan Lee fan club blah blah internet video channel blah blah asked to interview with them on camera about Comic Con. I said well okay, sure. Camera is rolling. The "host" is a middle aged, rotund dude. It's an all-male crew and lots of people (mostly guys) were beginning to crowd around. The following is the interview as burned in my mind. Keep in mind that I expected this to be about Comic Con in general.

Him: I'm here with…
Me: Mandy, aka Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat
Him: ..And she is HOT. Do you think I'm hot enough to pull that off?
Me: Uh, I'm not sure, I've never seen you in drag.
Him: I've got a great ass. Go on, spank me.
Me: (look at his large ass, popped up mere inches away from me then look into the camera like are you kidding me . No thanks. I may hurt you, I'm a lot stronger than I look.
Him: Aw come on!
Me: No, seriously. Stop.
Him: Damn, alright! Well let me ask you an important question then…what is your cup size?
Me: (big talk show smile) That is actually none of your fucking business.
Him: Oh! I think that means to say she's a C.
Me: I actually have no breasts at all, what you see is just all of the fat from my midsection pulled up to my chest and carefully held in place with this corset. It's really uncomfortable, I don't know why I do it.
Him: (to the male crowd) Aw, come on what do you guys think? C cup?
—a few males start to shout out cup sizes as I stand there looking at this guy like this has to be a fucking joke, then look at the crowd and see that no amount of witty banter or fiestiness will stop making this whole thing fucking dumb. It was clearly a ploy to single out cosplaying women to get them to talk sexual innuendos and flirt with this asshole and let him talk down to them simply because they were in costume and were attractive. Whether I'm in a skintight catsuit or not, I'm a fucking professional in everything I do and I don't need to play nice for this idiot.
Me: This is not an interview, this is degrading. I'm done. (I walk away)
Him: (clearly dumbfounded and surprised) ..Come on, it's all in good fun!
Me: Being degraded is fun? That was unprofessional and I hope that isn't your day job because you can't interview for shit, my man.

And the entire crew and the crowd were SILENT. NOTHING. SHOCK, HONEY. It felt like I was in a heated fog, full of rage and pride and I sashayed away feeling like the most badass motherfucker in the whole damn room, but kind of also on the verge of tears. A slow build of applause would have been appropriate, but from the looks on people's faces, they were just completely not expecting me to do what I just did- which was really nothing more than speaking up for myself. It wasn't something one should feel brave for doing but crazy for not doing when necessary.

It's because many people at these cons expect women cosplaying as vixens (or even just wearing particularly flattering costumes) to be open/ welcoming to crude male commentary and lecherous ogling, like our presence comes with subtitles that say "I represent your fantasy thus you may treat me like a fantasy and not a human in a costume". And maybe that will always be how the majority of people see us. But that does not mean we have to put up with shit that crosses the line, it does not mean we owe them a fantasy, it does not mean we dress up to have guys drooling over us and letting us know that we turn them on. It is not all about your dicks, gentlemen. So I encourage cosplaying women everywhere to be blunt and vocal with their rights, their personal boundaries, and their comfort level at conventions. I actually encourage girls to be brashly shameless about these things, to not be afraid to speak up if you feel uncomfortable and to let the person doing it know that they are crossing the line. Don't keep quiet because you're scared of what they might say or think- because if you say nothing they will continue to see what they're doing as OK.


Click HERE for the original source of the news

There is not usually alot of hot topic talks in the cosplay world, but this one really stands out. So if you read past the wall of text we basically have a story where a female cosplayer was objectified by a group of males in a comic con. Now if think you thought that was too simple of a summary well thats because this incident happening is nothing new. The type of women who get objectified by men come from all races, ethnicity and professions.

Now why do men objectify women? well thats simple because most men in the world have never had sexual objectification from another female. Because it is such a rare thing for men, they are inclined to believe "it is awesome" thus they believe women like being objectified. A cosplayer is no different, however this story is "hot" because there are two sides to view this story, a good and bad way.

The good side is we have a strong confident female who isn't afraid to voice out her concerns, she is considered a "hero" among the cosplay community and women alike. My opinion is that she just did what i'm sure every other girl was thinking in that situation, shes not Rosa Parks or anything. Now the bad side to this story is that some people think that "she was asking for it" by wearing a revealing costume.

Suddenly the whole cosplay community shakens, someone dare says that? some people believe that you should expect sexual harassment when cosplaying a promiscuous character. Now these "Interviews" at cosplay conventions have started to enter mainstream and are becoming more common. Sex sells and I can't help notice that interviewers lean towards a certain demographic of cosplayers.

Cosplay in general is entering mainstream media with the help of these interviews and the freighting thing is that cosplay is being defined as "attractive girls doing sexy cosplays" there are tons of media sites that their photo collection of cosplays only includes women who look sexy. The true meaning of cosplay is being lost, that a person has a freedom of becoming anyone they like. As time moves on I fear for a future where mainstream media ONLY focuses on sexy cosplayers.

Are you a cosplayer who has a story of sexual harassment?

We have reached the pinnacle of technology

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 5, 2012, 6:51 PM











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This TV show rivals Game of Thrones

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 24, 2012, 3:40 PM









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So I have a lovefilm account, it is like netflix I can rent movies but more precisely rent games. Video Games are expensive and I never pay more then £20 on any game, and I always try to purchase used copies. I already own a few games and have rented quite alot to play however I am now out of ideas what else I should play. Here is a list of what I have already played to save you suggesting them:

:star: Games that I have bought and own :star:

Metal Gear Solid 4 - I finally bought a PS3 just to play this game I have been waiting years for, and it was worth ever second

Red Dead Redemption - The reviews for this game were truly accurate, this truly is the ultimate wild west cowboy simulator

Dark Souls - I bought this game because it is like monster hunter, however it is a million times more difficult and frsutating

Dead Island - I played this game before on the pc with over 100 hours, I don't know why I bought it for the PS3 i'm an idiot

Grand Theft Auto 4 - While a great game in itself, It just isn't as exciting and fun as vice city on the PS2, Vice City HD please

Dynasty Warriors 7 - This is the BEST dynasty warriors experience to date, I have been a life long fan since dynasty warriors 2


:star: Games that I have rented and played :star:

The Uncharted Series - I played all three games, and they were great, but no replay value and so I would never buy them

Infamous - I played this game because it was like Prototype, well let me say prototype was a alot better in every way

Heavy Rain - This game has no replay value, however experiencing the story and characters was phenomenal, rent it

Asura's Wrath - I expected this would be Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann the game, man was I severely disappointed

Valkyrie Chronicles - Being a major fan of the fire emblem series, this game was fantastic, but it was pure frustration


:star: Games that I wont to buy but have no money for :star:

Warriors Orochi 3 - This game has 132 playable characters, F*CKING 132 goddamn awesome characters to play!!

Dragons Dogma - I want this game because it is like monster hunter and made by capcom, anything like monster hunter

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD - Jesus titty f*cking christ can capcom please release this game for the western world?!!


So which games should I rent to play, and which games are SO good I should purchase?
Goodbye Sun

The race to 1,000,000 views 300 TO GO

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 25, 2012, 2:37 PM




The time has finally arrived, after 5 years soon this DA account, once known for showcasing a whole assortment of handmade swords 3 years ago will reach 1,000,000 views. Almost every 100,000 pageviews announced were successfully captured, some have alluded me but this time the biggest landmark is quick over the horizon, 1,000,000 views. So this time I announce whoever successfully captures my 1,000,000 pageview landmark will win:

:star: 540 DA POINTS :star:

Thats more than half way to get you a shirt from the DA Shop and enough to get you a 3 month premium membership! However since I am given away so much points I have to implement 2 strict rules for submissions as follows:

.You MUST take a screenshot of the ENTIRE webpage
.You MUST upload the screenshot as a deviation


On further explanation if you feel uncomfortable of saving a screenshot of your entire webpage, then by all means crop out your tabs, bookmarks etc. Also if you don't want to upload the screenshot as a deviation you can upload it into your SCRAP deviations. The reason these rules exist is to ensure some assurance by making the screenshot readily available for everyone to check authentication.

Check back often to capture the 1,000,000 pageviews!





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Go see this cosplayer right NOW

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 10, 2012, 10:08 PM




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Unicorn Gundam cosplay by Clivelee Gundam 00 Raiser - 6 of 10 by Clivelee Strike Freedom Gundam - 5 of 5 by Clivelee Gundam Dynames - 1 of 4 by Clivelee Gundam Exia - 5 of 9 by Clivelee




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