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ABUNAI 2007

06 October 2007

It's Abunai, right now! The yearly anime-, manga- and general Japanese culture-festival in Enschede (AKA, the edge of the freaking world) has started and if everything goes right, I'm walking there right now in my awesome Team Rocket costume.

Does this strike you as odd? As chance would have it, this year it's as if suddenly everyone remembered how they always wanted to dress up as their favourite Pok,mon character, because there's a whole bunch coming. We've got -,videmment- multiple Rockets running around, but there's also a professor Oak coming, and probably an Ash somewhere trying to hide from all the baddies around. Mind you, this wasn't a group effort or anything; the cosplays were all decided upon without knowledge of each other's plans. We'll try to sneak in a group picture though, so hold tight.

As for the specifics: I'm dressing up as Herman, whom some of you might know is a Team Rocket recruit I used to write about years ago. Small stories with a humorous tone I posted on the internet along with other people writing their tales. We called it roleplaying but it was just novel-writing, really. Anyway, I used to have whole advertising campaigns trying to spread awareness about Herman; running around on Utrecht Central with a videocamera getting people to say 'I Read Herman'. Needless to say, I really liked the fellow, so it's a treat to finally dress up as him and step into that insane personage for real.

I always loved dressing up anyway. I never really indulged in it anymore for some years, but I plan to reinvest in taking up different roles with a variety of costumes. It's great. I already have great ideas on what to do next year. Too bad there are only a handful of conventions each year. Ah well, I'll just have to create my own opportunities. I'll see you all Wednesday after Abunai!

Roderick.