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Happy Father's Day! To my favorite fictional dad, Minato, as well as to my real dad and all your awesome fathers out there!

Much of what hits me right in the feels when it comes to Naruto comes from the family bonds, especially Naruto's family. Even though Naruto never got to grow up with his parents, Minato and Kushina's love transcended their deaths and they became the two suns Naruto needed to suppress the darkness inside him.

I sniffled through just about every appearance Minato and Kushina made, especially the chapters revealing the truth about the day Naruto was born. That's why playing Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 and watching the Naruto Shippuden: Road to Ninja movie was like a beating to my heart, hahah.

So here's a photo from a cosplay shoot we did of Naruto's family, creating family photos that could have been if they were able to stay together </3 It was fun and sweet and a little painful. We didn't know what to do with our feelingsssss

:iconmoonlightflight: Kat — Kushina Uzumaki
:iconrafstering: Raf — young Naruto
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin — Minato Namikaze
:camera: photo by Erving

More progress updates and cosplay photos (and regular updates of random junk) on my Facebook page if you're interested!
:facebook: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity

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You and I are flesh and blood. I'm always going to be there for you, even if it's only as an obstacle for you to overcome. Even if you do hate me. That's what big brothers are for.


:target: our Itachi and Sasuke tribute video :pointr: [link]



Last week, I was able to do an Uchiha brothers shoot with a special little guy.

The inspiration for this photo was the cover illustration for Chapter 388 :pointr: [link]
It's a simple image, but Itachi's gentle look at Sasuke makes me wonder how long he has had to hide his feelings behind a smile — all the while knowing that dark days are ahead for his beloved little brother.

The more recent Naruto manga chapters have been totally clawing at my insides every week, and I'm lucky to be around people who feel the same so we've been cosplaying Naruto characters a lot lately. One of our outlets for our FEELINGS is doing cosplay shoots in which we all try not to cry, hahah.


I will be sharing more from this shoot in time! We kind of have a lot of material. I hope you guys would like to see more of Itachi and Sasuke!

More progress updates and cosplay photos on my Facebook page if you're interested!
:facebook: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity


:iconbehindinfinity: Jin — Uchiha Itachi
:iconrafstering: Raf — Uchiha Sasuke
:camera: photo by Kat Langomez ~neko-panigiri
:bulletwhite: post-processing by me *behindinfinity
:bulletblack: special thanks to Sammy ~flamable77

Costumes based on Naruto manga chapter 402 flashbacks :pointr: [link]

Other recent Naruto cosplay:
Sasuke's Picture DiaryLeave comments to keep me company?
I am about to spend the next 6 hours or so sewing and painting to finish up costumes and then packing for an adventure. I will soon after leave for the trip and it's going to take a while to get to where I'm going to it'd be great if you leave comments to keep me company on the way there! I'll be reading and replying as much as possible! :D
Team Sasuke at Ozine Fest Day 3
So here are pictures from our day out last Sunday! Some are from my phone, others are from Facebook friends (Thanks, Jannibee and Benelyn!) and people who have sent me snapshots over Twitter!
Let's start with a group shot! Our theme was Sasuke and his teachers (and his flirt of an alternate universe self from Road to Ninja)
12 year-old pre-Shippuden Sasuke Jin :iconbehindinfinity:
older Swagsuke/Charasuke from the Road to Ninja movie Miguel :iconmerkymerx:
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Here's something pretty simple for now — a portrait as Minato Namikaze, the person behind the title of Yondaime or Fourth Hokage.

The mystery of his character was one of the things that greatly intrigued me when I started getting into Naruto way back. I'm glad that much has been revealed about him now. I particularly liked when they showed how he and Kushina/Naruto's mom met, and the tragic story of that day in Konoha that changed so many lives forever. (Naruto Shippuuden episodes 246 to 249, if you want to check it out.)

So yeah, I guess I wanted a simple portrait depicting Minato before all that: A quiet, kind guy who used to just stand in the background but learned to be strong by finding the person he wanted to protect no matter what.

:iconbehindinfinity: Minato Namikaze cosplay by Jin
:camera: photo by ~Happy-Hario
:snowflake: special thanks to aliceandrabbitshop.com for my contact lenses (I'm using Crystal Max in blue)

I also used this image for a sort of "Yondaime Says" series of photos I want to do with some issues I wanted to address about cosplay :pointr: [link] (on Tumblr: [link])

Guh, drowning in Naruto feels nowadays. We've got a couple of shoots lined up that are a bit more elaborate than this! I hope you guys are somewhat updated in the manga, because one of the shoots is kiiiiind of a spoiler! A little preview :pointr: [link]

Other places you can find me!
:facebook: I update here regularly :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/

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"Usuratonkachi, look at what we're having without you"


Hahaha! This turned out a lot less serious than the title might lead you to think :lol:

A lot of you have come to know me because of my Naruto cosplay, but I wanted to change things up and give one of my other favorite characters another try. I attended the 3rd day of Ozine Fest '13 with my friends while dressed as young Sasuke. While I really like the designs of his newer costumes, I think my build is more suited for 12 year-old Sasuke from before Shippuden, hahah!

For a LOT more pictures from that day, along with a look at my teachers and other characters, you may check out my journal post:
Sasuke's Picture DiaryLeave comments to keep me company?
I am about to spend the next 6 hours or so sewing and painting to finish up costumes and then packing for an adventure. I will soon after leave for the trip and it's going to take a while to get to where I'm going to it'd be great if you leave comments to keep me company on the way there! I'll be reading and replying as much as possible! :D
Team Sasuke at Ozine Fest Day 3
So here are pictures from our day out last Sunday! Some are from my phone, others are from Facebook friends (Thanks, Jannibee and Benelyn!) and people who have sent me snapshots over Twitter!
Let's start with a group shot! Our theme was Sasuke and his teachers (and his flirt of an alternate universe self from Road to Ninja)
12 year-old pre-Shippuden Sasuke Jin :iconbehindinfinity:
older Swagsuke/Charasuke from the Road to Ninja movie Miguel :iconmerkymerx:
Hata


It feels great to be doing Naruto cosplay again (especially since I've been very updated with the manga lately) and I look forward to doing more proper shoots!

For now I must excuse myself as I will be sewing and painting to finish up costumes before leaving for a trip this evening. If you want to leave a comment, please do as I'd like to pass my travel time later reading stuff from you guys! :D

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"Your big brother's here to protect you, no matter what happens."
— from Chapter 502


This is actually one of the frames from...


:target: our Itachi and Sasuke tribute video :pointr: [link]

Because this is how we deal with our manga feelings. SHINRA TENSEI TO THE KOKORO


Last week, I was able to do an Uchiha brothers shoot with a special little guy.

One of the relationships in Naruto that really digs at my heart with a spoon is the brotherly bond between Itachi and Sasuke. We wanted to do a shoot that explores what they might have been like before the incident — those happier days we barely got to see in the manga and anime.

:iconbehindinfinity: Jin — Uchiha Itachi
:iconrafstering: Raf — Uchiha Sasuke
:camera: photo by Kat Langomez ~neko-panigiri
:bulletwhite: post-processing by me *behindinfinity
:bulletblack: special thanks to Sammy ~flamable77

Costumes based on Naruto manga chapter 402 flashbacks :pointr: [link]

More progress updates and cosplay photos on my Facebook page if you're interested!
:facebook: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity


Other recent Naruto cosplay:
Sasuke's Picture DiaryLeave comments to keep me company?
I am about to spend the next 6 hours or so sewing and painting to finish up costumes and then packing for an adventure. I will soon after leave for the trip and it's going to take a while to get to where I'm going to it'd be great if you leave comments to keep me company on the way there! I'll be reading and replying as much as possible! :D
Team Sasuke at Ozine Fest Day 3
So here are pictures from our day out last Sunday! Some are from my phone, others are from Facebook friends (Thanks, Jannibee and Benelyn!) and people who have sent me snapshots over Twitter!
Let's start with a group shot! Our theme was Sasuke and his teachers (and his flirt of an alternate universe self from Road to Ninja)
12 year-old pre-Shippuden Sasuke Jin :iconbehindinfinity:
older Swagsuke/Charasuke from the Road to Ninja movie Miguel :iconmerkymerx:
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:iconbehindinfinity: Uzumaki Naruto by Jin *behindinfinity
:camera: photographed by ~Happy-Hario


The latest Naruto manga chapters are bringing me so many feelings I don't know what to do with, so I figured it would be a good time to get a decent portrait of my updated Naruto cosplay. The changes aren't too drastic from my previous look: I got a new wig and styled it, wore a different set of contacts (I'm using these), I altered the headband a little, and taught myself a few new things with makeup. I also purposely messed up the sleeves because his jacket got torn up during the Shinobi War.

I've been working more on being more expressive with my face for photo shoots. I finally got the confidence to try that smirk that Naruto does when, no matter how terrible the situation is looking, you know his heart is soaring and he's ready to give it all he's got. Those moments give me chills when I'm reading the manga, and I hope to achieve even a fraction of the way Naruto's eyes pierce right through a person's heart.

The pose was inspired by a couple of panels from Chapter 631 and 632:
:pointr: images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__c…
:pointr: images.wikia.com/naruto/images…

I have my friend Marko ~Happy-Hario to thank for the awesome capture. I told him what kind of lighting I had in mind and he immediately figured out how to do it! This was taken outside one evening, in our favorite field. We didn't have light stands with us so the lighting equipment was held up in place by more of our friends. They're the best! :lol: Thank you Sammy ~flamable77, Dom ~Weakman, Cat ~catherinejannelle and Mel!


More of our Naruto cosplay:
(These first 2 are spoilers if you haven't read up to 615)




Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson

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SPOILER WARNING! GET OUT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ CHAPTER 614


(Mostly for people who only watch the anime! May it not be said I didn't warn you)

"Hinata-sama is... willing to die for you, Naruto...
So keep in mind... that your life... is not your own... anymore
Now, it also... includes... mine."


Previous photo sequence:

(Click the thumbnail to view)

Next photo sequence:


Cosplayers:
:iconweakman: Dom as Hyuga Neji
:iconjaroukasama: Yuu as Hyuga Hinata
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin as Uzumaki Naruto
(Bloody makeup on everyone, and photo processing also by me)

Photographers/assstants:
:iconhuzafan: Erving
:iconhappy-hario: Marko

The composition is based on this artwork [link] by bbirdd on Pixiv. Just like the manga chapter, it's called "To You".
(Thanks for finding her, ~munette!)

Though our take on it probably happened a few minutes after this, as the seal has disappeared; which means that Neji had already gone to a place they can no longer reach. Unless they are Kabutochimaru

I wish I knew the artist's page so we could properly credit them. Please inform me if you know the source!

As for my sentiments toward this scene and this shoot, I've poured most of it out on my previous post :pointr: [link]

GAH this shoot is made of PAIN. I process these photos with such a heavy heart, because as with my other friends cosplaying for this shoot, Neji's death hit me in a big way. I am grateful for the emotional reactions on my previous submission, though I do apologize for making you guys feel so sad! Perhaps after all the serious photos have been posted, perhaps I can share some things about the shoot that might make you laugh.


Other places you can find me:
:facebook: I update here regularly :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
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SPOILERS, SO MANY SPOILERS


(Mostly for people who only watch the anime! May it not be said I didn't warn you)

If you would like some background on this photo series, read on. Here's a summary of what happened in that manga chapter:

Uchiha Obito executes Mokuton: Sashiki no Jutsu (Wood Release: Cutting Technique) using the Ten-Tailed Beast, and rains down massive wooden spikes onto the Konoha ninja. The Hyugas are fighting hard to defend against the barrage of deadly projectiles, but the Ten-Tails pinpoints an attack towards a fallen Naruto. It is too fast for anyone to catch with their barrier techniques, so Hinata jumps in front of Naruto to use her body as a shield. However, someone else intercepts to take the fatal blows.

Naruto stares in disbelief over the realization that the genius of the Hyuga clan gave up his life to save him. With his final breaths, Neji speaks to Naruto.

"Hinata-sama is... willing to die for you, Naruto...
So keep in mind... that your life... is not your own... anymore
Now, it also... includes... mine."


Next in this photo series:



I've mentioned before that the Naruto series has had a great impact on my being more understanding towards others. When Neji was first introduced, I hated him with a passion. I felt like there was no way I would ever grow to like this character. But as the story progressed and I learned more of how he came to be the way he was, I understood. And when eventually he allowed Naruto's words to change him, it made me feel that there is hope for people to redeem themselves if someone exerts enough effort to get through to them. Even if it is a person they used to look down upon. Everybody deserves a little understanding. I proved myself wrong and Neji became one of my favorites.

Upon reading this chapter in the manga, I felt like I had lost an old friend who taught me valuable lessons.

MY KOKORO IS BROKORO

Cosplayers:
:iconweakman: Dom as Hyuga Neji
:iconjaroukasama: Yuu as Hyuga Hinata
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin as Uzumaki Naruto
(Bloody makeup on everyone, and photo processing also by me)

Photographers/assstants:
:iconhuzafan: Erving
:iconhappy-hario: Marko
:iconz3llll: z3LL

Thank you also to these wonderful people for the company!
:iconangelace9: :iconflamable77: :iconballistashark: :iconlunaru:

The three of us cosplaying for this shoot had a great attachment to Neji, so we wanted to do this shoot to say goodbye to an old friend. This is also the first time we've attempted something so emotional, so it was definitely a break from the norm. There was still a lot of laughing behind the scenes, though.

More pictures from this shoot to come! THE PAIN IS FAR FROM OVER

Other recent Naruto photos:


Other places you can find me!
:facebook: I update here regularly :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/

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Cosplay not completed yet but I'm happy with how it's turning out. Art is a BANG!!
Deidara is reading Naruto manga for Akatsuki research, obviously

As an artist who loves Naruto, how could I not cosplay Deidara? Hahahah

I'm still missing a lot of stuff so don't take this too seriously :lol: I basically just threw the coat and wig over my pajamas so I didn't bother with his black nail polish and stuff! I almost didn't want to mess around with eyeliner but I did, and I'm glad I spontaneously figured out how to do his eye shape on my eyelids. I couldn't get it right before.

When I first put this on Facebook, a lot of people didn't recognize me. I don't usually get to pull out my evil grin and crazy eyes, so this is a lot of fun!

My Akatsuki coat was a present from :iconpandari: *pandari when I attended Fanime 2008! After so long, finally progress on this cosplay! (My previous wig attempts were not successful) I'm sorry it took so long, Pandari! Even if it takes ages, I don't let go of promises!

My base wig was from Lilie's Cosplay Shop. It's excellent! I'm not done cutting and styling yet but I'm very satisfied with how it's looking so far. I'm grateful that one of my dream wig projects is making good progress!

I'm using the Jewel Grey lenses from Alice and Rabbit's Shop here but I think I'll switch to CosPlus Grey, which is part of my latest lens review:
New Cosplay Contact Lens Review! (Image-heavy!)Alice and Rabbit's Shop has a new set of lenses and it's about time I replaced some of my older ones so I'll be talking about this new set! This series is called Cosplay Plus Lens.
:bulletblue: Store link: CosPlus Lenses on A&R Shop
The Cosplay Plus lens is a larger variant of Alice and Rabbit Shop's popular Cosplay Lens series.
You may read my review of the Cosplay Lens series HERE
Let's take a look at one of my favorites from the Cosplay Plus set, which I'll now refer to as CosPlus. Here's a look at CosPlus Grey:
The pattern is very similar to the original Cosplay Lens, however they differ greatly in diameter.
Cosplay Lenses 14.2 mm
CosPlus Lenses 14.8 mm
0.6 mm might not seem like a lot, but for something tiny like a contact lens, the dif


Next on my to-do list (for which ~merkymerx will be helping me a lot):
:bulletred: eye scope
:bulletred: hand mouths
:bulletred: plaited cover of ponytail base
:bulletred: cute little explosive clay friends, LOL

Just thought I'd share some costume progress with you guys since it feels like a while since my last update! Deidara is quite different from my usual cosplays, and I've always liked his character and design so I am very excited about completing this! I also need to help my Akatsuki partner get himself together, hahah.

Sorry I'm unable to post here as much as I want to! But if you want more regular updates from me, I post almost daily on my Facebook page:
:facebook: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity

Thanks for looking!
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Edit: Added the first frame that I didn't get to include before

SPOILER WARNING! GET OUT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ CHAPTER 615

(Also applies if you only watch the anime!)

Previous photos in this series:



Best viewed if you've read the manga until Chapter 615! This might be confusing if you're not familiar with the context.

To give a little background (if you don't mind spoilers):

Neji sacrificed his life to shield Naruto and Hinata from the Ten-Tailed Beast's rain of wooden spikes. Masashi Kishimoto makes this very painful by using the headline: "The battlefield... becomes Neji's grave" WHY JUST WHY

As Naruto mourns the loss of his friend, Obito takes the opportunity to taunt him.

"I definitely won't let you kill my comrades!" ...Was that what you were muttering? Now, look around you. AND TRY UTTERING THOSE WORDS AGAIN!

The realization of this moment should hit you like a ton of bricks
As your comrade's corpse gradually loses its warmth
THE FINALITY OF DEATH!
Let me ask you, Naruto. What's left in this reality for you?


Naruto is about to crack, but Hinata breaks through his despair and reminds him why everyone is still fighting, and what Neji gave his life for.

(The last frame is just my interpretation of what might be a transition to Bijuu Mode because I am physically incapable of bursting into a glowy being of light)

Comments are most welcome because I need to do something about THESE FEELS


Cosplayers:
:iconweakman: Dom as Hyuga Neji
:iconjaroukasama: Yuu as Hyuga Hinata
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin as Uzumaki Naruto
(Bloody makeup on everyone, and photo processing also by me)

Photographers/assstants:
:iconhuzafan: Erving
:iconhappy-hario: Marko
:iconz3llll: z3LL

Thank you also to these wonderful people for the company!
:iconangelace9: :iconflamable77: :iconballistashark: :iconlunaru:

Fire stock image from :iconayelie-stock: ~Ayelie-stock [link]

Oh and I get asked this a lot so: My contact lenses are Crystal Max Blue from aliceandrabbitshop.com
The three of us cosplaying for this shoot had a great attachment to Neji, so we wanted to do this shoot to say goodbye to an old friend. This is also the first time we've attempted something so emotional, so it was definitely a break from the norm.

I'm debating whether to share the goofy stuff that happened behind this shoot, if only to cheer up those of you who had such sad and emotional reactions towards this set. I just don't know if it would ruin your perception of the photos. hahah.

As for my complete sentiments toward this scene and this shoot, I've poured most of it out on my previous post :pointr: [link]

In response to everyone who had violent reactions upon reading those chapters about Neji's death — I too am heartbroken that one of the Konoha 11 has been taken. I did not expect Neji to be the first of them we'd have to say goodbye to. I had hoped that he would be one of those who would survive and have a happy ending, after all he's been through. My only consolation is that in those final moments he seemed peaceful, and that he seemed to finally understand his father's decision.

That's it for now. We will have a (somewhat) happier shoot coming up!


Other places you can find me!
:facebook: I update here regularly :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/

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