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A few weeks ago, I traveled to NJ/NY to see the premiere of the new Tiger & Bunny movie "The Rising" with some friends. It of course, turned into a cosplay event for us, hahah. Not surprising at all Here's my recap from the weekend! (The movie was AMAZINGLY AWESOME)
Friday night, gryfeathr and baronvonblitz came to pick me up to head to barnabunbun(TehChibi)'s place so we could all leave there together Saturday morning for the NYC premiere for the Tiger & Bunny: The Rising movie. We got there at about 10, and ate some pizza and pie (to celebrate Pi Day). Then we watched Tiger & Bunny: The Live (the stage show) as a sort of "pre-game" for the premiere the next day. Most of us hadn't seen it, and it was really precious and fun and the actors/actresses were all wonderful. The T&B feels were kicking in already! Then we finally went to bed at around 2:30 or so.
We woke up at about 7 on Saturday morning, at which point tangledin-blue joined us, and we all started getting into costume and finished small last-minute things.
Behind the scenes is serious business... except when Kotestu's involved.
TehChibi's husband made us all a big breakfast with eggs, bacon, waffles, and muffins-- yum! Shortly after 9 o'clock we departed for NYC. We drove to the train a little ways away-- the blasting of great anime music balanced out the fact that we all were jammed into the car, hahah. It was "selfie time" as we waited for the train.
Ivan is hiding in the.... foreground?
We rode the train and then transferred to the ferry, and finally made it into Manhattan. Unfortunately the subway line we needed to take to the theater was closed, and we were pressed for time!! We scurried our butts to a different line, ran to make the next train, ran from the subway to the theater, and managed to make it JUST in time for the movie at noon. I'm so glad we didn't miss the beginning of it.
The movie was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! Of course, I won't spoil anything here, but man, top-notch animation, subtle character expressions that conveyed so much, wonderful character development... There were lots of laughs and lots of trying to hold back tears. The audience was great! We all were "awww"ing and laughing together. It was a great experience to not only enjoy the movie, but to do so in a room with my best T&B friends AND a bunch of other dedicated fans! I can't wait to watch the movie again!
We made our way out of the theater, luckily grabbing/asking for the posters we missed on the way in because we were late. Outside, some lovely fellow fans asked for our picture, which was really nice! One of which was psychedelicpaprika, who was a super sweetie and I'm happy to have gotten to meet in person!
Post-movie photo op time! Thank you Psychedelicpaprika for taking a pic with us!
We then went to St. Alps Teahouse for a light lunch, where we planned to meet up with bluucircles and wisecraxx. (Both had tickets for a later showing of the movie, but still wanted to hang out with us that day!) They both arrived and we all had bubble/milk tea/other specialty drinks and various appetizers. (A banana smoothie and vegetable dumplings for me! Also, let's pretend I DIDN'T slice my finger on the door lock in the bathroom)
teatime at St. Alps Teahouse!
After hanging there for a little bit, we headed to Washington Square Park a short distance away for a little photoshoot. Apparently, that area is where Kotetsu's neighborhood is based on, so it's was extra cool that we got to take pictures there!
Of course, we can't get through a photoshoot without a ton of shenanigans. Hopefully much of it was captured on TehChibi's video camera, hahah.
Ginyu Force pose! I... don't even know.
It was really fun, and I'm also grateful Gryfeathr took photos of us! Since she's leaving to teach in Japan for a year, these will be the last photos from one of my favorite photog friends I'll have for a while! I'm glad we had great memories of our derptastic selves to remember back on while she's away!
I'm pretty sure this was right after Gryfeathr said "love each other a little more" to tell us to get closer to one another, but erm... lol
We made our way
(slowly) out of the park to head to dinner, but we kept getting distracted by dogs and street performers. When there's cute dogs around, it's hard to control ourselves.
I don't know who was happier. Us, who got to pet this cute Frenchie; Or the dog, who got three simultaneous belly rubs.
Dinner plans at Yaki Niku West! Although it was new for many of us, TehChibi loves the place, and it didn't disappoint! I've never really gone to a restaurant where you cook your own meat, so that was a fun new experience for me. Japanese food surrounded by friends, what more can I ask for?? (I had miso, short rib, bibimbap, and mango ice cream for my meal!) It was a very good time, and hopefully we all will get to eat there together again!
After dinner, we wandered a bit, first to the Asian food market, and then to Pan-Ya. BaronVonBlitz and I got little macarons! By this point, the NJ group needed to head back, so we said our goodbyes and parted ways with Wisecraxx and Bluucircles. Then we made our rather arduous journey back, which seemed to take forever because of all the waiting between transfers. It was also pretty fricking cold, especially with the wind! D: But overall, it was a great weather day for March after a long winter! The weather warmed up to about 60, which was great since a lot of us where in costumes that are meant for summertime... >.<
Anyway, we got back to TehChibi's place and soon after, Gryfeathr and BaronVonBlitz headed out. I decided to stay the night since I had no plans for Sunday. After saying goodbye, we were all pretty much spent for the night and basically went straight to bed, hahah.
We leisurely woke up Sunday morning and just hung around for a few hours. Then TehChibi, straylight-02 and I went to get crepes at the nearby mall. My banana dulce de leche crepe was GREAT and their savory ones looks really good too! After crepes we wandered around a few stores and eventually headed back to the apartment. Soon after they drove me to the train station so I could make my way back home. Parting is such sweet sorrow!
I had a really wonderful weekend!! I am so happy to get to experience the new movie with friends who are so dedicated to Tiger & Bunny. This series is seriously one of my top favorite EVER. The characters are all so wonderful, I love all of them, want to cheer them all on, want to see them support each other. The storylines are always so thrilling and engaging, because hell, who doesn't love a good fight with a bunch of super heroes-- but what makes the show so special are the characters. And the production team BEHIND the characters, are the true heroes. For instance, the underlining theme of the movie is basically "Just being yourself is okay. Be the best YOU you can be", and I really love that message. I don't know where I'm going with this anymore, but yeah, I'm super happy to have friends who love and appreciate this series as much as I do.
Tiger & Bunny, Over and Out.
Here are some selfies for the road: