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We had a group photo that could probably be the Iwatobi Swim Club yearbook picture, and I wanted to take it a step further by adding what their closest supporters might scribble on to cheer for them. Can you tell who wrote what? ;p

Did you notice Rei's new watch?
Nagisa got it for him
To remind him of the yellow Speedo


Final episode today! BRB drowning in feelings
IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS PERFECT. IT WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED IT TO BE AND MORE. I AM HAPPY. I AM FREE.

In an attempt to fill the pool-sized void this series is leaving behind, I will soon post a photo journal of outtakes from this cosplay shoot. Please watch out for it!

:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka "They Made Me Do It" Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto "Guess Where My Other Hand Is" Tachibana
:iconcatherinejannelle: Cat - Nagisa "Totally The Pimp Of This Club" Hazuki
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei "Uncomfortable" Ryugazaki
:camera: photo by ~Huzafan

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!

Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…

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:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
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Yesterday a tranquil night made me realize
It'd be useless to pick up fallen petals
Because it'd never bloom again
It's tiny but already dead on my palms
Our time stopped long ago

Just once,
just once,
If I could have my wish come true
I'd be born again and again
And go see you on those days

Goodbye, my sweetheart, it's over
We have to leave without turning back

— excerpts from "Just Be Friends"

:rose: Animated version of this photo on my Tumblr :pointr: [link]

Agh, this song </3 The lyrics are translated so they aren't exactly perfect at times but the thought behind them, coupled with the images on the video (especially the flashbacks) tears at my chest guts. Watch it here (w/english lyrics) :pointr: [link]

There's a sequel to the song after several years, and it's got great lyrics too. The song is called Answer (アンサー) :pointr: [link]

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:bulletred: About Just Be Friends:
Personally, I was initially drawn to the song because of the art style in the video, and then I liked the catchy, seemingly upbeat melody of it. Later on I noticed the lyrics and I was like, OUCH. Right in the kokoro heartstrings.

Nonetheless it is a great song with heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics, and I encourage you give it a listen if you haven't. It spawned a lot of covers, a lot of which I also enjoyed. One of my favorites is this male version by Rapbit and Zebra :pointr: [link]

:bulletred: Flower wreath tutorial:
We made the flower wreaths ourselves, trying our best to make it as accurate to the original illustrations. I took progress shots of my process. You may see my photoblog about it here:
Vocaloid JBF Flower Wreath + Ciel lenses, etc.
Jin's Flower Wreath Process
Sometime last May, Kat ~moonlightflight and I cosplayed our favorite Vocaloid song, "Just Be Friends".
Their outfits seem simple at a glance, but that actually makes things more complicated sometimes. Hahah. Despite Luka's dress looking like something you could probably find in a mall, Charmie ~yaoiangel14 made the dress from scratch exactly as it looked in the artwork, just for Kat ~moonlightflight. Kat and I also did our best  with the part of their outfits that had the most amount of detail (which also happens to be our favorite parts) — the flower wreaths. I have some pictures of the progress of my wreath, so I thought I'd share them. This probably isn't the best method of going about this, but this is how I did mine and I found it pretty easy. (I wish I could have taken more photos or a video, but to be honest


:iconmoonlightflight: Kat — Megurine Luka
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin — Luka's ex-boyfriend (haha)

:camera: photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
:bulletwhite: cleanup/editing by me *behindinfinity

:snowflake: Kat's dress sewn by Charmie ~yaoiangel14


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When we were little, Makoto had two pet goldfish. They were given to him by an old fisherman whom he befriended.

One summer, Makoto lost this friend due to a big storm that sank the fisherman’s boat. Some time after, Makoto found his goldfish lifeless in their bowl despite his best efforts.

This probably hit him harder than it would others because of his role as an eldest brother, and as someone who is used to taking care of other people — myself included.

We’re in high school now, but he still makes time to put out flowers for the grave he made for his goldfish.

Makoto smiles for everyone and is always ready to lend a hand, but-

Even though he wouldn’t ask for it, I’m certain he needs someone to support him too sometimes.

I’m sorry, Makoto.

I’m not good with words, but I hope I can make you understand that you don’t have to handle everything alone.


Aah, right in the feel bads. I got a little carried away with the description due to reading High Speed!, the light novel prequel to Free!

:bulletblue: There's an additional frame for this photo series in my Tumblr post :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/post…

For these pictures, we touch on the darker and sadder side of our beloved swimming anime. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there actually is more to it than the fanservice (and even that was handled in a humorous, sometimes almost satirical way). Apart from the great humor and beautiful animation, this anime had an unexpected amount of heart; something that my friends and I really came to love about it. We started watching because we thought we'd just laugh over the gratuitous fanservice, but we ended up having our hearts stolen by these endearing characters, and the strong messages on friendship which made us appreciate our own bonds more.

Sorry for stirring up sad emoceans! To make up for it, here is my journal post with our photo outtakes from this shoot:
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!When my friends and I first heard of "that swimming anime" called Free!, this is pretty much what we expected:
Not that there's anything wrong with that hahah, but all we were expecting was to be able to laugh at how exploitable and full of fanservice this show could be because swimming would require everyone to be half-naked. Although it started out that way, the more episodes we watched, the more we realized...
We were wrong. So wrong.
What we got was a heartwarming coming-of-age story with endearing characters and interesting dynamics. It spoke of friendship and learning your self-worth and figuring out what drives you forward.
I'd write more about how I feel about it but it would take up too much time and space over here, so here are a couple of posts that have already done the job well:
1. A detailed literary analysis and trope driven deconstruction of H


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:camera: photo by Kat ~neko-panigiri, lighting direction by Erving ~Huzafan

Free! cosplay photos:


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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I knew it at the bottom of my heart
The hardest choice would be the best
:rose:


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:bulletred: About Just Be Friends:
Personally, I was initially drawn to the song because of the art style in the video, and then I liked the catchy, seemingly upbeat melody of it. Later on I noticed the lyrics and I was like, OUCH. Right in the kokoro heartstrings. Watch it here (w/english lyrics) :pointr: [link] </3

Nonetheless it is a great song with heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics, and I encourage you give it a listen if you haven't. It spawned a lot of covers, a lot of which I also enjoyed. One of my favorites is this male version by Rapbit and Zebra :pointr: [link]

:bulletred: Flower wreath tutorial:
We made the flower wreaths ourselves, trying our best to make it as accurate to the original illustrations. I took progress shots of my process. You may see my photoblog about it here:
Vocaloid JBF Flower Wreath + Ciel lenses, etc.
Jin's Flower Wreath Process
Sometime last May, Kat ~moonlightflight and I cosplayed our favorite Vocaloid song, "Just Be Friends".
Their outfits seem simple at a glance, but that actually makes things more complicated sometimes. Hahah. Despite Luka's dress looking like something you could probably find in a mall, Charmie ~yaoiangel14 made the dress from scratch exactly as it looked in the artwork, just for Kat ~moonlightflight. Kat and I also did our best  with the part of their outfits that had the most amount of detail (which also happens to be our favorite parts) — the flower wreaths. I have some pictures of the progress of my wreath, so I thought I'd share them. This probably isn't the best method of going about this, but this is how I did mine and I found it pretty easy. (I wish I could have taken more photos or a video, but to be honest


:iconmoonlightflight: Kat — Megurine Luka
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin — Luka's ex-boyfriend (haha)

:camera: photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
:bulletwhite: cleanup/editing by me *behindinfinity

:snowflake: Kat's dress sewn by Charmie ~yaoiangel14


Follow:
:facebook: I update here regularly :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays
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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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:iconbutterflyplz::iconsaysplz: THIS IS NOT BEAUTIFUL!!! THERE IS NO BEAUTIFUL WAY TO EAT THIS! WHY DID YOU GIVE IT TO ME? I ALREADY SAID I DIDN'T WANT ANY!

:iconpengyplz::iconsaysplz: Rei-chan... I had no idea you were so bad at this. So that's why you never get ice cream with us. I just wanted to see what it feels like to have someone to eat split-and-share popsicles with. Is that what having a boyfriend is like? Like what Haru-chan and Mako-chan have!

:iconpectoral-fins::iconsaysplz: Haru, are you not looking at me because Rin said real men shouldn't make eye contact when eating food that are shaped like... these? If you're afraid Nagisa and Rei will think we're, y'know. That ship has sailed.

:icondolphinplz::iconthinksplz: This popsicle is pool-colored. But it doesn't taste like a pool.


HAHAH okay I got carried away with the imagined dialogue again. But sometimes these lines just pop into my head when I look at our pictures and I can't help writing them down :laughing:

Haru and Makoto are often shown eating these blue Ramune-flavored popsicles, so we thought it would be nice to have them in our shoot. We imagined Nagisa trying to share some with Rei, and in our minds this is how it would have gone. Frozen treats on sticks are not beautiful enough for Rei.

It is worth noting that the top photo didn't need much acting and the popsicle was messily melting on our Rei for real, and he was (fabulously) trying to keep it from dripping everywhere while our Nagisa watched him from the side with judgment.


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei Ryugazaki
:camera: photographed by Erving ~Huzafan

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!

Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…

Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays (I do live-tweets as I watch each week's new episode of Free!)
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson

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series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:camera: photo by Kat ~neko-panigiri

I realize I don't usually do simple close-up portraits, but I enjoyed the clarity of this shot. It shows the layered styling I did on the wig, and how I lined my eyes to get them closer to Haru's eye shape. I also tried my best to capture Haru's facial expression. Or lack of it.

Someone usually asks, so: The lenses I'm using here are Ocean Blue Cosplay Lenses from Alice & Rabbit's Shop

For our usual antics (and pictures where you can actually see the outfits), here is my journal post with our photo outtakes from this shoot!:
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!When my friends and I first heard of "that swimming anime" called Free!, this is pretty much what we expected:
Not that there's anything wrong with that hahah, but all we were expecting was to be able to laugh at how exploitable and full of fanservice this show could be because swimming would require everyone to be half-naked. Although it started out that way, the more episodes we watched, the more we realized...
We were wrong. So wrong.
What we got was a heartwarming coming-of-age story with endearing characters and interesting dynamics. It spoke of friendship and learning your self-worth and figuring out what drives you forward.
I'd write more about how I feel about it but it would take up too much time and space over here, so here are a couple of posts that have already done the job well:
1. A detailed literary analysis and trope driven deconstruction of H


Free! cosplay photos:



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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Fatethatconnectedus
Becomesundoneanddisappearsintoeverydaylife
Goodbye,mylovedone...Thisistheend
Nowwelookgoonwithoutlookingback :rose:


:bulletred: About the cosplay:
Last weekend was VOCA★FUSION, and since some friends and I were invited to be guests/hosts, Kat ~moonlightflight and I thought to do a cosplay based on our favorite Vocaloid song, Just Be Friends.

We made the flower wreaths ourselves, trying our best to make it as accurate to the original illustrations. I took progress shots of my process. You may see my process here:
Vocaloid JBF Flower Wreath + Ciel lenses, etc.Jin's Flower Wreath ProcessSometime last May, Kat :devmoonlightflight: and I cosplayed our favorite Vocaloid song, "Just Be Friends".

Their outfits seem simple at a glance, but that actually makes things more complicated sometimes. Hahah. Despite Luka's dress looking like something you could probably find in a mall, Charmie :devyaoiangel14: made the dress from scratch exactly as it looked in the artwork, just for Kat :devmoonlightflight:. Kat and I also did our best  with the part of their outfits that had the most amount of detail (which also happens to be our favorite parts) — the flower wreaths.

I have some pictures of the progress


:bulletred: About Just Be Friends:
Personally, I was initially drawn to the song because of the art style in the video, and then I liked the catchy, seemingly upbeat melody of it. Later on I noticed the lyrics and I was like, OUCH. Right in the feels :pointr: [link] </3

Nonetheless it is a great song with heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics, and I encourage you give it a listen if you haven't. It spawned a lot of covers, a lot of which I also enjoyed. One of my favorites is this male version by Rapbit and Zebra :pointr: [link]

:bulletred: About the photo:
Going back to the photo It looks like it was shot in a studio but this is actually just taken during the event! Erving always works his photography and lighting magic for us. :D And as somber as Kat and I look in this photo, that's about how crazy happy and out-of-character we were that day when we weren't posing for pictures. :lol:

:iconmoonlightflight: Kat Megurine Luka
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin Luka's ex-boyfriend (haha)

:camera: photo by Erving Go
:bulletwhite: cleanup/editing by me *behindinfinity

:snowflake: wreaths made by me *behindinfinity and Kat ~moonlightflight
:snowflake: Kat's dress sewn by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
:snowflake: my outfit was put together by me and Kat
:snowflake: wigs styled by me

:bulletred: A little extra fluff:
It was a nice little vacation to just be able to hang out with friends, and also with Singaporean guests :iconjesuke: and :iconviospace: last Sunday. Chilling out at Vocaloid Manor was the best, hahah! We even got a really sweet package and letter from friends in Indonesia. :heart: I'll write more about the event later on. I owe you guys a blog post as always! But I've got some projects to finish first right now!

Until then, you may check out my Facebook page for little updates :facebook: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity :) I've got some posts about VOCA★FUSION there too!

You can also tweet me if you wish! :twitter: @skybluedays
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:iconbutterflyplz::iconsaysplz: HARUKA-SENPAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIII
:iconpectoral-fins::iconsaysplz: Haru I swear to god if you do this again-
:icondolphinplz::iconsaysplz: NOBODY UNDERSTANDS THE LOVE BETWEEN ME AND WATER-CHAN (H2OTP)
:iconpengyplz::iconsaysplz: WAIT FOR ME, I'LL GET HIM WITH MY SHOTA WILES


Okay so the dialogue above isn't actually an accurate representation of what the anime is like most of the time :laughing: I started watching it out of curiosity about all the buzz about that new swimming anime. I thought it would be mostly fanservice for the ladies, but at least with great animation and maybe it started out that way but I'm happy it has turned into something more than that! It gets unexpectedly emotional and full of heart. Wonderful slice-of-life kind of series with just the right amount of humor and kokoro-grasping.

I'm glad I got my bromodachis I'm not sorry to watch it and that they wanted to cosplay it too! More pictures coming up! Some of the sillier ones that don't quite fit in here, I'll just put on my Facebook page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf… so feel free to follow me there too!


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei Ryugazaki
:camera: photographed by Erving ~Huzafan and Kat ~neko-panigiri

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!

Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…


Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays (I do live-tweets as I watch each week's new episode of Free!)
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson

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I imagine Gou during one of their after-school convenience store visits, huddling the swim club boys together for a team photo as part of her usual documentation and also to "accidentally" send to her brother. Maybe she's also telling them, "Aim high! If you show everyone how great you are, maybe they'll even get you to endorse sports drinks one day!" Makoto humors her, Nagisa thinks it's a great idea and barely stops his excited frolicking for the photo, Rei is already practicing his signature pose, and Haruka is having none of it. Just another day with the Iwatobi Swim Club.

:icondolphinplz::iconpectoral-fins::iconpengyplz::iconbutterflyplz:
Best swim club everrrrrr who let that butterfly in the water


This is also a slice of life for us, as part of the reason we went to the convenience store is that we had been shooting all day and realized we haven't stopped for refreshments yet. After we got this photo, Miguel chugged down his bottle of Gatorade before I could even open mine. :lol:

Free! cosplay photos:

More to come, and others are on my FB page :pointr: www.facebook.com/Jin.behindinf…


series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:iconcatherinejannelle: Cat - Nagisa Hazuki
:iconweakman: Dom - Rei Ryugazaki
:camera: photographed by Erving ~Huzafan

:star: Iwatobi shirts by our friends at Den Den Style!


Other places you can find me!
:facebook: Facebook :pointr: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity (I update here regularly!)
:twitter: Tweet me! :pointr: twitter.com/skybluedays (I do live-tweets as I watch each week's new episode of Free!)
:bulletblue: Art blog! :pointr: jinjoson.com
:bulletblue: Tumblr :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/
:bulletblue: Instagram: @jinjoson

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