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Review: Kingdom Hearts III Vol. 1

As the one chosen by the Keyblade, Sora travels once again with his friends Donald and Goofy to reclaim his lost power. The first stop – Olympus!

Enter the world of Kingdom Hearts wit the manga based on the game, Kingdom Hearts III Vol. 1

Story: Shiro Amano
Original Concept: Tetsuya Nomura
Translation: Alethea and Athena Nibley
Lettering: Lys Blakeslee

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Yen Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Don’t Be Petrified and save with the VIZ Dr. Stone Sale

If you haven’t read Dr. Stone, you’re missing out. The manga from VIZ Media is on sale with the VIZ Dr. Stone Sale!

One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he’s not alone!

You can save on 14 volumes of the series. Normally $6.99, you can get each manga volume for $4.99, a savings of 29%.

The sale runs until January 17.

Dr. Stone Vol. 1

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The Attack on Titan Humble Manga Bundle Has Launched

Just in time for the final season of the hit anime, Kodansha USA and Humble Bundle have teamed up to launch the Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle! Right now, fans can get over $750 worth of the original Attack on Titan digital manga, its spinoff series, light novels, guides, and even audiobooks, for only $20. It’s a perfect jumping on point for new fans of the franchise or those that only know the anime, as well as a great opportunity for existing fans to build-up their Attack on Titan library!

Read ’em anywhere: The manga, light novels, and guides featured in the Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle are all available digitally in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices!

Support charity: Not only will you be immersing yourself in the action-packed world of Attack on Titan but you’ll also be donating to great causes! Choose where the money goes — among Kodansha Comics and the preselected charities, the ACLU and Doctors Without Borders — or choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund.

Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle

Below are the different tiers for the Attack on Titan Final Season Humble Manga Bundle and what fans can expect to receive:

Pay $1 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 1 – 4
Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1

Pay $5 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 5 – 10
Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 2 – 3
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 2 – 3
Spoof on Titan Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Light Novel)

Pay $10 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 11 – 16
Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 4 – 6
Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City (Light Novel) Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Vol. 1

Pay $15 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 17 – 21
Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 7 – 11
Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 4 – 5
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Vol. 2
Spoof on Titan Vol. 2
Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound (Light Novel) Vol. 1
Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol. 1

Pay $20 or more to get:
Attack on Titan Vol. 22 – 26
Attack on Titan Anthology
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 12 – 17
Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City Vol. 1 & 2 (Audiobook)
Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City (Light Novel) Vol. 2
Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol. 2

And available digitally for the first time ever as part of the $20 tier:
Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition
Attack on Titan: Anime Guide

It’s a VIZ Holiday Sale!

Keep on celebrating on the holidays with the VIZ Holiday Sale currently on comiXology.

You can save on 30 releases such as Assassination Classroom, Death Note, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Samurai 8, Haikyu!!, Dorohedoro, Blue Flag, Ouran High School Host Club, That Blue Sky Feeling, and Prince Freya.

You have until January 10 to save.


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Kodansha USA Kicks-off 2021 with Largest Digital Manga Sale of the Year!

To celebrate the New Year, Kodansha USA is discounting most of their digital manga library up to 50% off at participating digital retailers BookwalkercomiXologyGoogle PlayKindle, Nook, and izneo, during the New Year, New Manga sale. That’s right, more than 3000 select volumes will be on sale starting now through January 18th.
 
Fans can take advantage of this line-wide sale to stock-up and read beyond the anime for series like Attack on Titan (now in its final season), Fire Force, Gleipnir, Drifting Dragons, Wave, Listen to Me! & more. Not only that but fans can also pick-up hit debuts from 2020 including Don’t Toy With Me Miss NagatoroWith a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, A Sign of AffectionThe Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon! and so much more.

Kodansha Sale

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Say Goodbye to 2020 with the Kodansha Sale

End 2020 and start 2021 with some manga from Kodansha. The “Kodansha Goodbye 2020 Sale!” is going on now on comiXology.

You can save on 193 releases from Kodansha. Normally $10.99, you can save 45% and get volumes of manga for $5.99. You can also save 50% on manga that is normally $7.99, now just $3.99.

There’s something for everyone in this sale!

Now’s your chance to dive in and enjoy some manga from Kodansha, the sale ends on January 4, 2021!

Ave of the Diamond Vol. 1

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Christmas time and Holiday Cheer with cosplayer Brielle Arts

Far away and deep inside Western Europe, there is a workshop that works all hours of the night to bring these fantasy amour characters to life. No, it’s not made by elves but by a persistent young woman who has cosplay blood flowing through her veins. She’s young and talented and she is here to do Raven Steel’s Holiday interview. Please show your love and your Christmas cheer to my next guest with us today, Ms. Brielle Arts.

Raven: Welcome Brielle Arts to sanctuary of solitude. What happens here, stays here unless you open the door. 

Brielle: Thank you Raven Steel for having me do this interview. I happy to do this!

Raven: The honor of interviewing BrielleArts, is all mine. You do have my plate of cookies and milk, right?

As you may not know before I begin all of my interview questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career. I hope you’ll take these words to heart whenever the world becomes too much to bear and you need that little push to get you back on track. So here goes, You cannot sit and wait for inspiration to come to you. You have to get up and go after it with a heavy club”.  Kinda of like a Polish Christmas tradition.

I think we can all agree,  I have been a good reporter this year. Would you be so kind and tell me all about you?

Brielle: Well, I was born and raised in Poland.  I dream about moving to another country someday just to try something different. Nevertheless, Poland is a wonderful country, and I’m not sure if I would ever leave it.

Raven: Your color eyes and hair?  

Brielle: Hmm difficult question, I’m not sure what color my eyes have, sometimes they seem grayer, sometimes bluer, sometimes they fall into shades of green

Now about my hair color, that’s an even more difficult question because I change my hair color so often. I currently have my hair color as ginger.

Raven: How tall are you? 

Brielle:  I’m 162 cm tall, but always say I’m 165 cm, I don’t know why (5 feet 4 inches).

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Brielle: Do computer programming languages also count?  I’m joking. I speak and write in Polish, English, a little German, Spanish, and I also know a little Russian. I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese, but unfortunately, I can’t find time for it.

Raven: What does Brielle Arts love seeing during this Holiday Season? 

Brielle: The two things I love during the Holiday Season are these. Because of the little child inside me,  I like  everything that is lit, sparkles, and plays beautiful melodies, for example glowing music boxes playing “Let it snow” or “Jingle Bells”, or the lights on Christmas trees. I love Christmas trees.

The other thing I love during the Holiday Season is watching all the Holiday movies and cartoons like Mr. Grinch. That green creature is my favorite Christmas character. In Poland, we also have a “Common Tradition” of watching “Home Alone” with Macaulay Culkin as Kevin. Maybe it is funny but many people in Poland cannot imagine Christmas without seeing that movie.

Raven: What sort of music do you love to listen to? 

Brielle: I really like to listen to metal and rock music, unless you ask about Christmas then I like to listen to metal remixes of Christmas songs and carols.

Raven: What makes you nerdy or geeky?

Brielle: I’m just a nerd who plays games, reads books, watches movies, wears cosplays and goes to conventions, and buys a lot of unnecessary figurines, keyrings, mugs, and other pretty things related to pop culture.

Raven: Are you a social butterfly or a quiet mouse?

Brielle: It depends. Sometimes I go for the entire day without saying a word, but most often I say a lot of things when I’m feeling great and with good company. I can say that I’m a mutant mouse with butterfly wings or something like this.

Raven: What got you into Cosplaying?

Brielle: Since I was a child, I liked sewing and doing various handicrafts, I also liked some costumes and I really liked dressing up, Carnival and costume parties at school were my favorite events of the year. And one time, when I was attending my first convention ever in my life.  I said, “Hey, maybe I’ll dress up as some character?” The costume then, but it turned out to be quite expensive, so I decided to make one myself.  I still do some cosplays that I’ve developed in my workshop.

Raven: A workshop. I must see this workshop of yours.

I’ve noticed many of your cosplays are Props and makeup. What characters give you the biggest satisfaction in creating a cosplay?.

Brielle: I think that the characters who have some interesting makeup or large armor give me the greatest satisfaction. Even though prop/amour characters are very uncomfortable to wear at a convention or doing a photoshoot.

Raven: Are you attracted to these characters or something else?

Brielle: Most often I just like their designs, but I try to choose characters with a certain personality that suits me. I like to bond and feel with the character. I like becoming the character, and it’s not just about the appearance, but about being connected with the character, or something more.

Raven: Is there a Christmas gift you got that made you cry with JOY? 

Brielle: There was such a situation, it might sound strange but I cried with joy when I just got a new backpack. When I was in elementary school, my family didn’t have much money, so I didn’t have any great stuff and my backpack was a tragedy. The backpack was old, worn out, holes were sewn 100 different ways. It was just disgusting, and the kids at school were laughing at me and this backpack. I remember that then I got a brand new backpack for Christmas, it was the best gift, I was so happy that I started to cry. It sounds funny to me now, but I was really excited back then.

Raven: How did you create your cosplayer name, Brielle Arts Cosplay?  

Brielle: My name is Gabriela, I have friends from outside my country who transformed my name into Gabrielle because it is easier for them to remember and pronounce it, and over time they’ve shortened my name, and now it’s just “Brielle”. I like it, so it became my nickname, but unfortunately, many people in my country have a big problem with pronouncing my nickname, so probably in the future, I will change it to a more accessible one for both Polish and foreign fans.

Raven: Has your cosplaying experience provided an opportunity to get more commission work?

Brielle: Yes, before the pandemic I had a lot of commissions, but now that the conventions are not organized, people don’t buy costumes and unfortunately, I don’t have many orders.

Raven: Hired to give gifts to little children, what cosplayer outfit would you wear for that event? 

Brielle: I think I would choose Vi cosplay from league of legends. She has large, mechanical gloves that children always love. So I think they would be delighted to receive a gift from such big hands.

Raven: How do you feel cosplaying Dark, Bloody, or Gothic interest you doing them or just the cute and sexy ones?

Brielle: My favorite types of cosplaying are strong, armored, brave, dangerous characters. I don’t like cute and sexy cosplays, although sometimes  I like various character designs that allow me to do this type of cosplay. I feel much more comfortable doing Bloody/Gory types of characters.

Raven: Is cosplaying in your country very popular? Is it widely accepted? Are fellow cosplayers help each other?

Brielle: Cosplay in Poland is quite popular. Cosplays are being created by many people of all ages. I think since cosplay is becoming widely accepted. Even though there are a few individuals who think cosplay is a kind of “childish stupidity”, it has become more and more popular.

Raven: Booo to those who think its a Childish or Stupid! 

Brielle: Do cosplayers help each other? Yes, very often, there are whole groups that rely on helping each other. Whenever you have a cosplay problem, there will always be another cosplayer willing to help.

Raven: What is the #1 Christmas song you would sing all day long?

Brielle: “Rockin ‘Around the Christmas Tree” but more rock version.

Raven: I’ve noticed on one of your videos, you play with fire? Tell us more. 

Brielle: Honestly, about playing with fire, I don’t do it professionally, I am a total amateur. But the fire has always intrigued and relaxed me, and playing with fire is just something that allows me to chill out and forget about problems.

Raven: Well, I would still invite you to my campfire anytime. It would be very entertaining.

Who should control the types of media a cosplayer be allowed, fan request, or you? 

Brielle: I believe that everyone should decide for themselves. Of course, some fan requests are important, but the final decision should still be up to the cosplayer. Everyone should be comfortable with what they do, regardless of the opinions of others.

Raven: Have you ever experienced any unusual requests (Bet it was Feet)? 

Brielle: I think that every cosplayer girl had some “unusual” request. Quite often I have some strange requests. Several times I was asked to take pictures of my feet, I was asked for pictures in my underwear, for pictures with someone’s name or some fan sign, but the strangest request I got was to send someone my used panties. The person who asked about it was willing to pay a lot of money for these panties. Of course, I declined the person’s request.  It was too strange and too awkward for me to comply.

Raven: Would they be interested in my used boxer shorts? I have no shame in my game.

Raven: If you could give back your fans a Christmas gift, what would it be?

Brielle: I know what I would like to give each of my fans, I would like to give a package containing a handmade Christmas ornament, candy cane, and some sweets, my photos, and a card with handwritten Christmas greetings.

Raven: You have the look at times in your cosplay as a torched soul and other times the look of being cute and cuddly.  Which do you prefer doing?

Brielle: I rarely look cute and cuddly in cosplay. I feel much better when I look badass. I think that cute costumes do not suit me, sometimes I wear such cosplay, I look in the mirror and I have the impression that I look like a complete freak, like some alien. It’s not “me” then. I look best and feel best in costumes that aren’t cute. I prefer IT when people see me saying, “OMG! so amazing, or That’s So Hot”. Then, “Awwww! what a cute little piece of the rainbow”.

Raven: How easy/hard to find a good photographer in Poland?

Brielle: I think finding in Poland a good photographer, who would specialize in cosplay photography is quite simple. In Poland, we have a lot of talented photographers who can create truly magical photos.

To be honest, finding a photographer is easy, but sometimes you have to be patient because it often turns out that this photographer has a full graphic and you have to wait a long time to arrange a photoshoot, or to receive processed photos after photoshoot… Often it also happens that a perfect photographer lives on the other side of the country and you have to travel several hours with a heavy suit to take beautiful photos.

Raven: Pack a lunch and don’t talk to strangers. They may ask for your underwear. 

Is your cat a part of your props in your photo shoots?

Brielle: My kitty is very curious and is always interested in all props during photoshoots in the studio. Sometimes she can be a little bit annoying, but at least she doesn’t destroy my props.

Raven: What places, in your country, have you taken your photos?

Brielle: Hmm. I’ve taken pictures in various places, but mostly in a photo studio. However, I sometimes do an outdoor photoshoot. For example, Vi’s cosplay was photographed in an abandoned warehouse in a river port, Cerys in the ruins of a castle, an elf costume in the forest, and Leona in some park. Whenever I have the opportunity, I choose photos outdoors, because it is a much more interesting experience for me.

Raven: Breaking down your bedroom door, a hoard of Killer Elves is going to attack you. 

What weapon, in your room, would Brielle Arts pick up to defend herself with? 

Brielle: Haha, that’s a good question, I have to think about it … I think a slipper would be a good weapon … It works great for spiders, so maybe it will work on elves too, who knows.

Raven: How do the people of your country celebrate Christmas?  

Brielle: I noticed that people in Poland celebrate Christmas in different ways, it all depends on the region. A large number of Poles are Catholics and all groups celebrate Christmas “like Catholics”, I mean with pagans traditions, which were stolen by the Catholic Church. So, the Christmas tree is decorated and the Christmas carols are sung.

On December 24, when the first star appears in the sky, we sit down to the Christmas Eve supper which consists of 6-16 dishes depending on the region, We share the wafer and make Christmas wishes. The dishes also depend on the region, but there must be fish practically everywhere, as “tradition” dictates preferably carp.

Of course, this is not a real tradition, a relic of the past that has its origins in the times of socialism and the Polish People’s Republic (PRL), because there was almost any fish in the stores, and carp was cheap, so they were told it was a tradition and so far Poles they think it’s a traditional Catholic Christmas fish. I hate Carp because it is disgusting and I have salmon or trout on Christmas Eve.

There are other dishes as well, for example, Dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms, Cabbage with peas, borscht with dumplings, poppy seed noodles, kutia, prune and bean soup. After the Christmas Eve supper, people open presents lying under the Christmas tree, and after that go to church for Midnight Mass. On December 25, on the 1st day of Christmas, there is usually a dinner made of leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner and people spending time with families, and the season for “caroling” begins, children wear different costumes, visit homes, sing carols and collect money. On December 26, the 2nd day of Christmas passes like the 1st day.

Raven: What sort of Polish Christmas traditions do you celebrate? 

Brielle: I think almost all that I talked about before. I always decorate a Christmas tree, make presents for my family, Presents lie under the tree and wait for the end of Christmas Eve supper. We always share the wafer and make wishes. At Christmas Eve supper we have traditional dishes, for example, dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms, dried plum and bean soup, fish, of course, different from this gutted carp. I always spend Christmas with my family. I think that’s all, Christmas is a very important time for everyone and I hope that despite the pandemic that decided to make our life difficult this year, everyone will manage to have a wonderful Christmas.

Raven: What do you miss the most about cosplaying since the Pandemic? 

Brielle: I think I miss conventions the most. The opportunity to go out in cosplay, take pictures with people, meet my friend’s cosplayers, for the convention afterparty, for cosplay competitions in a classic form, not online. I miss everything related to conventions, I miss my favorite Polish convent “Pyrkon”, I miss it when someone shouts “soon it will be dark” and everyone shouts “shut up” this is a “pyrkon” tradition, I miss singing in the evening “Pyrkon’s Song”. I miss this atmosphere of the convention, that people, despite being tired and sore after a whole day of cosplaying, are still happy and find the power to put on an uncomfortable costume the next day and go to the convention. This year was devastated by the pandemic, but let’s hope that in 2021 I will turn out much better.

Raven: If Raven Steel was a naughty interview all year long, what would you give him?

Brielle: According to Polish tradition, and probably not only Polish, but naughty people also get a twig, which they then beat in the ass. So I think if you are naughty you should also get a whipping twig…

Raven: Sweet. I’m long overdue.

Any sort of advice for aspiring cosplay/prop makers out there? The most important question to ask, Can I get a Hug?

Brielle: Awww of course you can. As for advice for aspiring cosplayers: don’t give up, not everything has to be perfect in the beginning, everyone started and made things that they laugh at when they look at it now. Also, don’t worry about hate, most of the haters have never done any cosplay, so their opinion is worthless. Just have fun with it, cosplay is all about fun.

Raven: Brielle. You will be visited by three Spirits tonight. Expect the first spirit to appear at the stroke of midnight. And tell them, Raven says, “Hello”! That’s all the time that we have. Thank you Brielle for allowing me to do this interview with you.  On behalf of the staff and I, we wish you a Merry Christmas a blessed New Year.  

Brielle: Thank you Raven for having me, I do appreciate it. If you should ever visit us, our twigs will be strong and waiting for your arrival to welcome you! And please vote for me. I am in the Redbull’s  cosplayOn competition. I am one of the finalists. Please click on the link below for a chance to vote for me and make my dream come true.

Konkurs CosplayON: Mamy 12 finalistów!
CosplayON: 12 finalistów drugiej edycji konkursu

Please Like. Please Share. And Above all, please Love this Holiday Season.

This has been a Raven Steel exclusive.

Open an Early Holiday Present with Cosplayer Tenshi Meirou

Forget leaving a plate full of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk for Good ‘Ol Saint Nick. Instead, why not give this exclusive interview from Raven Steel to keep Santa warm all through the night. My next cosplayer guest comes from a lovely country from Hungary. She’s lived there all of her life with her and her husband and has made some of the most beautiful cosplay wear ever seen. She is tall and a full-figured gal, but truly believes body-types should never stop from anyone to create a character he/she loves to portray. So please give your best Holiday Cheer to this wonderfully talented and beautifully alluring cosplayer, Mrs. Tenshi Meirou.

Raven: Welcome Tenshi Meirou. It is a pleasure to finally meet you. Please come sit by the roaring fire and enjoy my Christmas oasis. 

Tenshi: I am so happy and honored to be here doing this interview with you, Raven.

Raven: Your interview is best interpreted as me having a PS5 and the New Xbox series X under my Christmas tree with a year off from work with pay That’s how I’m so excited for this interview.

Tenshi: Thank you!

Raven: As you may not know before I begin all of my interview questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career. I hope you’ll take these words to heart whenever the world becomes too much to bear and you need that little push to get you back on track. So here goes, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great!” So carry a big bow and have lots of quivers.

Now with that being said, please Tenshi, tell me about yourself.

Tenshi: Welcome dear readers, I’m Meirou Tenshi from Hungary. I’ve been cosplaying together with my husband since 2012.

Raven: What does Tenshi Meirou want for this year’s Christmas? 

Tenshi: I just wish 2021 to be better for everyone than in 2020. <3

Raven: Your color eyes and hair? 

Tenshi: I have blue eyes and light brown hair. I like naturality, never dyed my hair.

Raven: How tall are you? 

Tenshi: I’m 176 cm. Is it tall?

Raven: Do you have a special talent that no one knows about?

Tenshi: If overthinking would be a sport I would be no1, haha!

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Tenshi: I can only speak English other than my mother tongue, but some years ago I started learning Japanese. Sadly it was too hard, but I can translate little parts from the manga if I need it. I’m a real shoujo manga lover.

Raven: For the record, what sort of Christmas gift do the women of Hungary want? 

Tenshi: If she likes you, anything. If she feels you care about her, she’s already happy. (Chocolate of course. :P) But maybe some flowers are something special!

Raven: What does Tenshi Meirou love seeing during this Holiday Season? 

Tenshi: I’m always waiting for some snow as Christmas is coming, but the lights on the streets make me feel the warmth of the holidays.

We live in a small town, in the center you can hear Christmas songs played from the castle.

Raven: What sort of music do you love to listen to? 

Tenshi: I’m nostalgic about music, my favorite songs are still from my high school or earlier years, mainly rock or punk-rock.

But if I need to say one “band” it would be Owl City. It’s something special.

Raven: Is there a deep-dark secret you have been holding all these years and now are ready to confess (Just me being funny)?

Tenshi: Well, If I must confess, I like to help others, do things what they like. But if I say “I will make some sweet for you” I’m lying… I make it for myself. Sweets are life. I just love you enough to give from it. :D

Raven: Is there a candy or dessert you crave during this Holiday season?

Tenshi: We always make “méteres kalács”! I don’t know if it’s a well-known dessert or not, but we always make it around Christmas.

Raven: What sort of places would you show Raven Steel to have a good time or good eats?

Tenshi: I actually would show you my hometown. It’s sweet, calm, our little castle is beautiful and my parents have a restaurant here with some local specialties like goulash in a bread bowl. For one day, everyone would love it.

Raven: What makes you nerdy or geeky or just a beautiful gypsy?

Tenshi: I love a lot of games, anime, and mangas. It’s just hard to make everything that I love!

Raven: Are you a social butterfly or a quiet mouse?

Tenshi: I’m really quiet in person and on the internet, too. I like to hear others more than to talk. Of course not now! :)

Raven: Is there a celebrity star you would be happy to kiss under the mistletoe?

Tenshi: My husband is the biggest star in my life. :D  

Raven: Is there an anime/manga character best describes your personality? 

Tenshi: It’s a really hard question because people are way more complex. But maybe Susukihotaru from Otome Youkai Zakuro.

She’s quiet and nervous with new people or new situations like me but kind to anyone.

What makes her unique is that she has an ability: if she touches someone she can feel that person’s feelings (or even memories from items). I felt it close to me as I’m always interested in what’s in others’ head and/or heart.

Raven: What got you into Cosplaying?

Tenshi: In 2008 I was at an anime convention in Budapest with my friends and saw cosplay for the first time. I told my boyfriend/now husband, Kumori, that I loved it and he said we could try it anytime.

Later in 2012, we went to another con together, me as Tsunade from Naruto and him as Luffy from One Piece. We loved the feeling and continued this creative hobby.

Raven: What is the #1 Christmas song you would sing all day long?

Tenshi: “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…”

Raven: I’ve noticed many of your cosplays are Anime/Manga characters. Are you attracted to doing them? 

Tenshi: Yes, I’m really in love with Japanese culture and mythology. Japanese stories also make a lot of women characters with a shy, quiet, and kind personality, what is my most loved.

Raven: What character(s) give you the biggest satisfaction in creating a cosplay?

Tenshi: It was surely Ubume from Onmyoji. It was my hardest dress that I ever made but sadly I still need to take a good photoshoot with her.

Raven: To surprise Raven Steel this Christmas, what Hungarian gift would you offer?

Tenshi: We have some really interesting sweets with cottage cheese! (Diabetes, anyone? :D) We also have a special bonbon “szaloncukor” which is traditionally hung upon the Christmas tree (or put under it). We love to eat, haha!

Raven: Being you are a full-figured woman do you feel it is a blessing or a curse when cosplaying? 

Tenshi: To be honest, it’s good and bad at the same time. Of course, I like to feel “sexy” or “good looking” but I don’t like to oversexualize a younger girl character.

The problem is that sometimes my favorites are far from my body type – like Nezuko from Kimetsu no Yaiba. Of course, I made her this year as I wanted, it’s just “not perfect” to my liking. Still love it, I’m just a big critic of my work. I also drop some plans because I realize it wouldn’t look good on me.

Raven: Breaking down your bedroom door, a hoard of Killer Elves is going to attack you. Raven: What weapon, in your room, would Tenshi Meirou pick up to defend herself with? 

Tenshi: Our cats! They are real devils with the speed of lightning.

Raven: How did you create your cosplayer name, Tenshi Meirou?  

Tenshi: In my high school years,  I suffered from depression, I was mostly alone at home as my parents worked so much. I already had Kumori as my boyfriend and I started to write stories about us in different situations and worlds. So I named the angel character Meirou Tenshi, which means “clear angel” and the demon character Kumori, which means “shadow or cloudy”.

As we lived far from each other I wrote about their love cursed by God so they needed to fight for their happiness again and again (quite like Nanatsu no Taizai’s story about Elizabeth and Meliodas. I guess that’s why I love cosplaying Elizabeth.)

Now we use their names as nicknames online. Oh, local thing: Here in Hungary, we write names like in Japan: Family name first.

Raven: Is there a Christmas gift you were completely surprised by? 

Tenshi: When Kumori gave me the Dragon Age Inquisition game! I waited for it to be released, but he was super fast, I was so happy. Still one of my favorite games.

Raven: How do you feel cosplaying Dark, Bloody, or Gothic interest you doing them or just the cute and sexy ones?

Tenshi: My main interest is “cute” or “elegant”. My sexy ones are mostly because it looks good on me or Kumori suggests it, or maybe for a cosplay group.

I also really love gothic dresses, but don’t know too much character for it. Not long ago my Banshee (from Iratus game) was finally a darker photoshoot, and I was pleased about it. Next year we plan to make an Alice, Madness Returns shoot with the girls.

Raven: What was the most embarrassing gift you got on Christmas Day? 

Tenshi: Years ago I got the same book from my mom and my cousins… it was awkward. 

Raven: Is cosplaying in your country very popular? Is it widely accepted? Are fellow cosplayers help each other?

Tenshi: This year has made the Hungarian cosplay community quiet. Some people favored more to go to conventions than to be in cosplay. For me, this year was much more active, because I made smaller projects and I didn’t need to make a bigger one to conventions.

So I feel it is less popular than earlier, but the small groups/friends have stayed together, especially my friends. I can’t say anything about the community, I feel like it’s the same as anywhere else: some people are supportive, some are toxic. But I’m happy that if I tell anyone that I sew costumes, they like it.

Raven: What sort of places in Hungary have you done a photo-shoot?

Tenshi: Sometimes we went out to a forest or once behind the castle, but I’m nervous in cosplay outside as people start to stare and also harder to work with the lights. So we prefer our little home studio or normal photo studios in Budapest. Sometimes we travel here if we find a perfect place.

Raven: Are there any places in the world you would do a photo shoot in?

Tenshi: Sadly, we haven’t traveled anywhere, but Japan is a must-have photoshoot.  I wish to take pictures in beautiful gardens, torii gates, and temples. I’m in love with kimonos and kimono-like dresses.

Raven: On Tenshi Meirou Christmas Special, who would be your celebrity guests?

Tenshi: Tsuda Kenjiro! He’s my ultimate favorite seiyuu. I always recognize him, he has a unique voice.

Raven: How do the people of your country celebrate Christmas?  

Tenshi: Here, Santa Claus arrives on the 6th of December and leaves chocolate at your window. On the 24th, close family members come together and “little Jesus” leaves his gifts to the little ones under the tree.

As an adult, I will spend the 24th with just Kumori (as my dear granny left this year) and visit my parents on the 25th. Nothing special, just spend some time together.

Raven: Is it true that Clinging to your drinking glasses is rude in public? 

Tenshi: Never heard about it, we do it anywhere with stronger alcohol (I’m not a big drinker by the way). :)

Raven: Are the characters you portray reflect your personality or do the personality of the characters you want to become?

Tenshi: I think my most loved characters have a little from me and somewhat I want to be. There are so many situations in which I wish to know how I would behave. I can just hope that if I will need it, I could be brave and confident. What I’m not! :D

Raven: From Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol, what ghost would be interesting to meet?

Tenshi: The 3rd for sure. It’s always interesting to see the future and to know if I want it to be different.

Raven: Was there ever a cosplay outfit that your fans loved but hated to wear? 

Tenshi: Lilithmon from Digimon. It was a lot of work and after we went to a con I just realized that “oh god, my whole chest is seen!”

I started to feel so uncomfortable that I wore a scarf on myself closely all the time. People loved it as it was really popular here when we were kids, and I learned that not everything is good in person what is good in a pictures. :D

Raven: If possible to give back all the appreciation from your fans, what sort of gift would you give them? 

Tenshi: If I could do anything, I would invite them to a drink and talk, get to know anyone at least a little.

Raven: Knowing Raven Steel was naughty all year long, what would you give him?

Tenshi: Santa would give you birch for sure! But I would give you some fancy chocolate. :D

Raven: How supportive has your friends, family, and/or loved one has been to you?

Tenshi: My parents always said that I should do what I want and love. (Still they never really understand why I’m cosplaying but never said to finish it, I already worked that time).

My current friends are cosplayers or anime fans, too, so they are super supportive. And of course, Kumori is my other half, always here to help and take photos of me. (These pictures were all made by him. <3)

Raven: Any sort of advice for aspiring cosplayers/prop makers out there? 

Tenshi: Just start cosplaying! Buy or order from someone, start with a wardrobe cosplay, or even try hand sewing if you feel the power!

But I surely advise everyone to try to make something from their own, at least once. It’s a different feeling to wear your hand’s work, and don’t be ashamed to try!

Raven: The most important question to ask, Can I get a Hug?

Tenshi: Everyone deserves a hug (just ask it kindly)! <3

Raven: How do you say in your language, “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Tenshi: In the Hungarian version this was said:„ Talán ünnepet nem is vehetsz boltban, mert az ünnep inkább benned, legbelül van. ” 

Tenshi: Means: “Maybe you couldn’t buy the holidays in a store, because it’s rather deep in your heart”.

Tenshi: Thank you for your time Raven and everyone who read this much! Stay safe and celebrate with your loved ones! 

Raven: Tenshi, it was an honor to meet you and know a little more about the women of Hungarian. They’re certainly a special kind of European women and is a blessing to have in this world. A Merry Christmas to you and your family and a wonderful 2021 New Year.

Please Like. Please Share. And above all, please Love this Holiday Season.

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Cosplayer Mila Alexia Jaeger Gets Into the Holiday Spirit

For this coming Christmas, I’ve found a wonderful gift we can all share. Thank you all and welcome back Holiday shoppers as Raven Steel brings some Tidings of Joy to all this week with another cosplay interview. This Holiday stocking stuffer comes from Eastern Europe with Mila Alexia Jaeger who brings her cosplay wear artistry via her Instagram and her Facebook pages. She’s been cosplaying for years gaining both experience and fanship. And next year, Mila will be coming out with a very sexy 2021 calendar to brighten your wall all year long. So without further adieu, please show some Christmas Love to my next interview guest, Ms. Mila Alexia Jaeger.

Raven: Oh, baby it’s cold outside. Welcome, Mila to my Holiday interview! Thank you so much.

Mila: Thank you Raven Steel. It is a pleasure to be here doing this interview with you. This is such a nice Holiday surprise.

Raven: Believe me when I say, you’re like one of the Top 3 things on my Christmas list.

As you may not know before starting all of my festive Holiday questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career. I hope you’ll take these words to heart whenever the world becomes too much to bear and you need that little push to get you back on track. So here goes, “Nothing is Impossible. The word itself says, I’m Possible”. Mila, your Polar Express awaits.

Let’s get this Christmas party into high gear. Would you be so kind and tell our readers all about yourself? 

Mila: Hello, my name is Mila Alexia. I am a cosplay loving girl and living in Vienna, Austria.

Raven: How tall are you? 

Mila: Waifu sized :)

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages?

Mila: I do speak and write German as my mother’s tongue, and English is fine for me too. I learned a bit of Japanese a few years ago but forgot most of it again ^^°

Raven: Does Mila Jaeger workout/exercise or does it come naturally? 

Mila: I’m really lazy when it comes to workout or sports :) but I try to eat healthily and like to be outside talking walks in nature.

Raven: What does Mila love seeing during this Holiday Season? 

Mila: Snow hopefully, and I love to see all the Christmas lights and decorations.

Raven: What sort of music do you love to listen to? 

Mila: Very different things actually, but I like the new KDA songs at the moment

Raven: Is there a Christmas gift you got that made you cry with JOY?

Mila: Always the cute presents from my Darling <3.

Raven: What sort of places in Austria would you show Me to have a good time or good eats?

Mila: There are a lot of nice places and restaurants in Austria and depending on what time of the year you visit I would recommend different stuff.

But if you are into sweets I always would show you the Hotel Sacher and their delicious and famous chocolate cake there.

Raven: What makes you nerdy or geeky?

Mila: I guess the fact that I’m cosplaying haha, and of course because I like to game a lot and watch anime.

Raven: Is there an anime/manga character best describes your personality?

Mila: I think a mix of Zero Two, Rin Tohsaka, and Raphtalia Hihi :)

Raven: What got you into Cosplaying?

Mila: I wanted to do a cosplay already a few years before I did. When I saw some pics of really cool Asian cosplayers online but it took a while until I found out there are such things as conventions and that it’s a thing in Europe too haha.

Then I tried to do my first cosplay after visiting a few conventions :). And most important I love doing it since I met my Darling back then <3

Raven: How do you feel cosplaying Dark, Bloody, or Gothic interest you doing them or just the cute and sexy ones?

Mila: I love the cute and sexy chars but also doing quite badass or dark ones, I don’t think about it, if I love the character or design I just do it.

Raven: Have you ever re-gifted a gift to a friend/family member? If so, what?

Mila: Yes, I did, when I got something that I had no use for but I did know someone else who really would love it. It was a lipstick in a color I don’t like.

Raven: How is the cosplay atmosphere in Austria? Is it widely accepted? Do people LOVE or HATE it.

Mila: It is not like in Japan where a lot of people know about cosplay and conventions, most people are amazed when they see cosplayers on the street.

Or when you tell them about it, and they ask if it’s like for a movie or show or anything, haha. Most of them are very interested and like what they see. And the younger people and gamers always love to see the characters they know from games or series.

Raven: What sort of places have you done a photo shoot?

Mila: Really a lot of various places. Inside studios, at home, on castle ruins or broken buildings. In nature like mountains or at a lake, on the beach, or even at an abandoned mining location, we always try to find fitting spots anywhere to match the character I will do :)

Raven: Are there any places in the world you would love to do a photoshoot in?

Mila: Anywhere with my Darling <3

Raven: Have you ever done or will do any Lewd, Spicy, or Fan Only photos/videos?

Mila: I think I always have done a bit of sexy stuff ;) Not sure if I will do more spicy or Fan only stuff yet.

Raven: Should women take part in this side of cosplaying? 

Mila: If they want to why not? But First of all, Its nothing you need to do for cosplay. It’s nothing women should do just because it’s trending or “everyone does it” or just for easy money.

It’s something that will be forever on the internet, visible for everyone, and cosplayers should be aware of that and feel 100% comfortable with that fact before doing NSFW/fan only content or they will regret it later. But if you are aware of that then sure, anyone can do it if they like it.

Raven: Is it for profit or for artistry for doing Lewds/Spicy media? 

Mila: Can be both, I think you see the difference in the photos/video if it is artistic or for-profit

Raven: Who should control the types of media a cosplayer be allowed, the fans requesting or you?

Mila: You should always only do what you like to and feel good with :)

Raven: Have you ever experience any unusual requests (Bet it was Feet)? 

Mila: Yes and yes :D

Raven: What sort of surprise gift would Raven Steel find under his Christmas tree this year from Mila Alexia Jaeger?

Mila: Maybe a Mila Alexia Calendar 2021 Hihi :)

Raven: How have your fans treated Mila Alexia Jaeger overall? 

Mila: My fans are kind and respectful and I’m happy to have a great community like this <3.

Raven: What do you miss the most about conventions since the Pandemic?

Mila: Just miss being there and meet my friends and have a good time together so much. And also the chance to get to know new people there and meet fans.

Raven: Was there ever a cosplay that your fans loved but hated to wear? 

Mila: That would be my Bayonetta cosplay, everybody loved it but it was uncomfortable and I just never liked wearing it too much, even if I put a lot of work in it^^°

Raven: I’ve noticed, you are coming out with a 2021 Calendar. Will your photos make us forget 2020? 

Mila: I choose my best pics for it so yes I hope so ;) And that people are happy with it.

Raven: What cosplay character would you love being for the rest of your life? 

Mila: Definitely Zero Two <3

Raven: How supportive has your friends, family, and/or loved one has been to you?

Mila: My family likes what I do and the fact that I do a lot of stuff myself like crafting and sewing. But I can’t wish for anything better than to have my love at my side, always there for his waifu, helping with my cosplays, and caring for me when I’m down because something didn’t work as planned <3

Raven: Is there a candy or dessert you crave during this Holiday season?

Mila: Just waiting for the self-made Christmas cookies from my mother and grandmother, it’s always the best in the holiday season.

Raven: What sort of surprise gift would Raven Steel find under his Christmas tree this year from Mila Alexia Jaeger?

Mila: Maybe a Mila Alexia Calendar 2021 Hihi :)

Raven: Well everyone, that is all the time that we have as Mila and I are going to build a snowman. But before we go, I wanted to give a Yule-log thank you for having Mila Alex Jaeger join me on this Holiday interview. 

Mila: Raven, you just keep doing what you do. Thank you so much for having me on this interview. I found it both fun and weird at the same time.

Raven: I aim to please. If I could as you one more question and ask where can readers get lots more of Mila artistry and that new 2021 calendar?

Mila: Of course, here are my sites: 

Instagram
Facebook – Mila Alexia Jaeger – Home
The calendar on Ko-fi

Please Like. Please Share. And above all, please Love this Holiday Season.

This has been a Raven Steel exclusive.

Kodansha USA Partners with INKR Comics Streaming Service

Kodansha USA Inkr

Kodansha USA has expanded its partnership with INKR Comics to increase its existing library of fan-favorite manga to over 400 volumes. This week marks the debut of such popular series as Attack on Titan, To Your Eternity, A Silent Voice, Your Lie in April, and more. Also joining the INKR streaming are a number of anime-inspiring manga series like Fire Force, FAIRY TAIL, and The Seven Deadly Sins.

Kodansha USA is among the highest-profile publishers to be a part of the INKR Comics app launch on October 15, 2020, and has continued to add titles to the budding manga, webtoons, manhua, and comics streaming service. Fans who want to try the new platform can download the app for iOS and Android, here. Once in the app, users can read select chapters of manga for free, and even sample the INKR EXTRA streaming service with a 30-day free trial. At the end of the trial, fans pay only $4.99 a month to continue using the service.

INKR offers readers universal access to comics from around the world, including Japanese manga from Kodansha USA and Tokyopop, Korean webtoons from Mr. Blue and Toons Family, Chinese manhua from Weibo and FanFan, and American comics from publishers such as Image, an unparalleled catalog of diverse works available to read on one app.

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