Gallery Spotlight – Ai-Kon 2016 and Vancouver Galleries

Some of you know we have galleries here on Shadowedblade for my photography – mostly cosplay, although some from my various trips and vacations. For a long time, our gallery suffered from some coding problems that made some of the icons look a little awkward, and my wife (who is also my web designer and editor) has always wanted to revamp them to make them look and run just a little better.

Well, that day has come and we have some sleek, fancy new galleries for all of our pictures. To accompany the unveiling of the new gallery earlier this year, she also uploaded my Ai-Kon 2016 pictures and did some more of the Vancouver trip pictures. So today I’d like to point out a few of my favourites from among those two galleries and point you in their direction!

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Ai-Kon 2016 Post-Show Feedback

It’s time to bid farewell to another Ai-Kon. This was Ai-Kon’s 15th anniversary… an impressive feat for a convention in such a small city. But what is more impressive is that Ai-Kon has grown so much. Looking from last year to this year, it almost seems as though the size of the convention centre may have been the only thing previously holding it back. This year’s event showed almost explosive growth… but has it grown too quickly?

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The Blade’s Edge – July 2016 Update

These months are just flying by… it’s so hard to believe it’s already July. Canada day has come and gone, and we’re moving steadily through our JRPG craziness. Last month, we talked about E3, previewed a few of the spring shows I’d been watching, and started the Spring anime reviews as series started to wrap things up. The first three were The Lost Village, Asterisk War’s second season, and Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World. We also unveiled two more entries in the Shadow’s Sixty! We’re in the home stretch now, with only 3 more lists to go as we have counted down to 19 now. We should be wrapping this up over the next two months, as we unveil the top 18 games of all time in my eyes!

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Muses: Highlights and Lowlights of E3

As E3 begins to wind down, it is time to take a moment to think about the best and worst moments of this year’s gaming media bonanza. Obviously, I’m not there in person, so coverage is based off of a combination of live streams, articles, and videos from other sources.

So I wanted to take some time here today to talk about some of what I saw following coverage of E3. We’re going to talk surprises, the best and worst, and where the companies hit their highs and lows. I also wanted to touch base about the Sony E3 Experience as this was its first year visiting Winnipeg.

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The Blade’s Edge – March Update

February is over and done with! We’re one step closer to Winter being gone here in Winterpeg… but before that, let’s take a look back at February. February featured a rare treat for me. It’s not often I get the chance to review a game that was as good as Trails of Cold Steel was… and it was a real pleasure to sing its praises. While there was a very brief sour moment to the ending, the game was overall spectacular and deserved every word I’ve said about it and more. I also finally got the Fall anime reviews completed – sorry about the delay – and my semi-annual anime wrap-up Shadow’s Six covering Summer and Fall.

We also attended Winterfest this past weekend, although due to circumstances beyond our control, did not get to spend as much time as we’d hoped so feedback and pictures will sadly be limited. It is for this reason that I’ll be combining my gallery update post with my Winterfest post-show this year.

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