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In Death City....

... where you can start your mornings with a cup of coffee at the café...

Where your afternoons are spent relaxing with the holy sword, sipping a hot cup of tea with two lumps of sugar....

And your evenings lead to wild nights with sexy witches!






Yeah.

This was our con experience.

In Nan Desu Kan 2011 we got the chance to submerge ourselves into the world of Soul Eater.



We walked the streets of Death City --
Met to have coffee at Deathbucks with our fellow cast.
Saw the rising of the sun and moon from the gates of the cemetery --
And partied all night at Chupa♥Cabras!



The full Soul Eater experience was seven months in the making; crafted with the blood, sweat and tears of Shibusen students, who suffered several sleepless nights to achieve success!

It all started with the idea to enter the NDK atrium balcony contest...



This is a list of some of the props that were made/included in our design:


Sun and Moon: They were made into brilliantly lit lanterns and had the option of different colored bulbs -- though we never did end up using the red.


Chupa♥Cabras sign: We decided to go with English so more people could read it. The cabaret's name and heart symbol both light up, and are surrounded by lovely shiny lit bulbs. Measures 28" by 20"


Excalibur: From the tips of his toes, to the top of his massive hat, he measures 5'8". Originally, Excalibur was going to move. We put in every effort to make it so he would leisurely lift his "Deathbucks" cup of beverage of choice (at night he switched over to a clear martini glass with a speared olive!) -- to his non-existent mouth. We worked hard on this detail up until the very day of the con, in which we sadly had to abandon the idea. (We are still interested in seeing this idea through, even though the contest is over!)


Funfact: On Excalibur's café table sat a black iron Halloween lantern, lit day and night with a flickering battery powered candle! (Sadly no one could see this adorable detail.)


Deathbucks sign: 20 inches from top to bottom, this detailed interpretation of the Deathbucks symbol shines with reflective letters and embellished coffee cup and hanging star.


Death City sign: This is pure perfection! Let's make it in metal next! (Though you'd be surprised how heavy layers of foam board and glue can be!) The sign is double-sided so that it could be hung from either side of the balcony.


DWMA: Our design includes a silhouette of Death Weapon Meister Academy reaching nearly six feet in height; complete with accurate detail of the building, highlighted with silver -- and the warm glow of flickering flames.


Graffiti wall: Awesomely textured for a close look and feel -- and victimized by vandals! This wall bears the infamous tag of that fame-whore, Black*Star. (Under which some anonymous troll adds "is a lozer!" in sharpie!) Two ads are posted; one advertises a new Absinthe bar opening soon -- through the humorous depiction of Excalibur and a fairy doing a famous parody; and the other is of Deathbucks' new frozen coffee concoction -- a favorite of their new barista, Blair! Pum-Pumpkin Spice frappuccino, anyone??


Funfact: Absinthe advertisement can be seen here! [link]


Hook Cemetery tree: This was nearly an eight foot tall tree, and was over three feet wide at the base. It was made from tiers of cardboard and coated with a lovely bark texture, and complete with curly, gnarled roots and branches -- some of which hung off the balcony itself. Adorning the tree are Medusa inspired vector arrow leaves -- and pumpkin lanterns!


Funfact: Hook Cemetery was complete with gravestones, one of which bore Sid's name.


Stein wall: This textured wall was over eight feet tall, and given a Stein inspired design. Originally the window pane was to be made of a sheet of plastic -- but Hobby Lobby just would not restock!!! In desperation a clear shower curtain was used. >_< And oddly turned out to be the best choice, given how the wall was bent.


Clock: This is a real working clock measuring 3' 7" total - and elevated to about six feet for display -- embellished with glimmering stones, a gold star and fashioned Death City style~


B Block 8th District sign: This was made to be used in the evening with our Chupa♥Cabras sign. Another lovely touch to add to the realism of Death City.




Sadly...

There were MANY props and details we worked on and spent a lot of time gathering for this. We probably ended up using about half for the contest, due to how stressful and insanely busy everything was.

Our original atrium design included stars that dimly twinkled beneath the purple night sky backdrop, and the effect was GORGEOUS. I'm really sad that we got in so late to our hotel room, and EVERYTHING that could go wrong did.

Due to being an entire day behind schedule, and getting less than three hours of sleep each night, we regrettably had to go minimal in order keep our sanity and enjoy the convention, along with the world we were creating with our balcony and our Soul Eater events!



For more on this project, and the other events hosted by Death City Cosplay, check out my facebook.

Atrium Balcony: [link]

Deathbucks meetup: [link]

Chupa♥Cabras: [link]



Our cosplay group's website will be up soon, and I'll be including a link here so that you can check out all the pictures, blogs, upcoming events, recipes and awesomeness!



We would like to thank :iconkumonokuni: :iconour-everlasting: who spent so much time crafting hundreds of Deathbucks coffee sleeves by hand.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for our balcony in the contest! We know how busy con-time is, and that the voting box was a little tricky to find. Thank you!

To our Soul Eater friends, and wonderful cosplaying strangers who joined us in our events -- You guys made everything truly come to life, and nothing would have been so wonderful and fun without you there!

And thank you to everyone who took pictures of our balcony!! It's been so great stumbling across them online. We would like to credit :icon3yoyo333: for snapping this great shot of Hyura and I in our environment. [link]


:iconhyura: You put in so many hours working terrible jobs just to get us even a few dollars more to fund every detail. Your passion and ambition kept me going through the hard times. Thank you for everything. <3 I love you.


Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped make our dreams come true! This was our favorite NDK yet, and it wouldn't have been possible without your support!


- Death City Cosplay
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:iconsniper0092:
Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yes, I wanna go there.
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:icondeamonblade12:
Deamonblade12 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHERE IS THIS
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:icons0larclaw812:
s0larclaw812 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
So much love~
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:iconwhitequeen94:
WhiteQueen94 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
LOOOL **
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:iconflaylie:
flaylie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's sooo amazi-
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excalibur...
;-;

still love it tho
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:iconsecretagentkay42:
SecretAgentkay42 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thats. Just. EPIC! I wish I was there its sooo coolXD
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:iconsebtiemus:
sebtiemus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too... much.... dispcription ._.
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:iconink-fugi:
Ink-Fugi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.___. This is amazing. I just.. Woah.


Just woah.
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:iconprincessdeath8:
PrInCeSsDeAtH8 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could be here DX BTW, u have a good work.... d(^.^)b
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:iconkitty-chanmeow:
kitty-chanmeow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
OMG DX i wish i were there that looks epic
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Shada-Prime Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo holy s***, this is amazing!!! even Excaliber is awesome, and i hate hate HATE Excaliber. Exellent job!!!
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ED-Boy-wonder-1718 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D: AMAZING !!!!!!
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:iconangelthekid:
angelthekid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Writer
WOW SO COOL AND U DID THIS ALL UR SELVES AWESOME :D
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:iconfelix-black:
Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes. :D Thanks so much!
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:iconangelthekid:
angelthekid Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Writer
wow thats so cool i really want to be in a cosplay group there is none near me and no one really cosplays in my town -_-. But hey thats ny for ya
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just keep looking. You may have to work on continuing to introduce people you know/meet to cosplay. You'd be surprised who it'll catch on with. xD
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angelthekid Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Writer
ya thats true thanks! Your cosplays are AMAZING, ya i just started to cosplay so i have to work on mine cause i still have school and such that gets in the way. But I think once I start moving my lazy ass they will get better
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, every year you work on it, your cosplay skills will dramatically improve if you are serious about it and put in the effort and attention to detail.

Thanks again. ^^

Hope you find other cosplayers so you guys can have awesome times.
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angelthekid Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Writer
ya thanks
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lunestra-chan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
pum-pumpkin spice frappucino sounds delish right now
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:iconfelix-black:
Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I knooooooow.... *want*
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:iconvisicolors:
VisiColors Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Haha...I still love Kia's Boyf--the Excalibur. >w>;

And as I read along, I wondered where half of those props were--but hey, don't fret! It won, it was amazing, and you guys were spectacular. <3 The fact that there was even MORE amazing hidden away somewhere is..well, amazing!
I agree with everybody else here--this was seriously the best balcony I have ever seen in my short NDK history. Bravo, everybody who worked on this, bravo!
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
This NDK will always be a favorite of mine. It was great getting to meet both of you, and an honor to have you visit our ChupaCabras event!

Hopefully the next time we will have more resources and time available to set up properly and it will be even better!
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VisiColors Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It was an honor to be invited!
More resources? You guys did great this year! Don't even worry about that. I know you were pressed for time and trying to set everything up, but it all turned out beautiful. Don't fret.
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MewKokoa Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
....damnit. I ALMOST went to NDK. I was like, "Naw, it's gonna suck again."
...I suck. ;A; YOU GUYS DID GREAT. <33
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
And I had to pick the year everyone decided not to go!! xD

Thanks <3
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MewKokoa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I might be going next year! o: Do you guys still go?
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:iconfelix-black:
Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
We do. Unfortunately our plans for 2012 have already fallen through, because we have too much real life stuff to pay for as we all strike out on our own as adults. It'll be a rough year getting on our feet. We will still be going to NDK, though. Just, nothing fabulous planned. =/
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MewKokoa Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Aw I'm sorry. D:
Well, if I end up going, I'll let you know. :) Maybe we can chat.
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
We should do that!

I plan on doing Death the Kid, but I will be debuting my take on Mello from Death Note, so I'll probably be wearing various versions of him for a lot of the con. You will know me for the ever present bar of 90% dark chocolate~

Any plans yet for you?
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MewKokoa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Well I'm hoping to do younger Grell. I need to choose someone with fairly short hair, as I recently cut all of mine into a pixie cut. xD
I was actually mulling over the idea of a sort of GLaDOS humanoid. x3
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
GLaDOS humanoid sounds really interesting.

Hurray for having time to decide stuff and get things together.
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AugustFox Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fjkfsdjkvgjkdfgnjkdfbgjk I remember seeing this at NDK! :'D I was all liek "Ahmigosh"

This was amazing. <3 You guys did an amazing job!
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank so much!!
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PokeFox Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
When I first saw the pictures of this display, I knew, AUTOMATICALLY, that you were going to be the first place winners xD

It was very amazing and my little fangirl heart nearly stopped at first sight~

Very very AWESOME~
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
*HUG!!!*

You're too sweet! Thank you!! <3
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Hammiekia Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
My favorite part is Excalibur. C:

Jk, I love the whole thing. It was all wondrous.
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
It waaaaaaaas. <3
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WhiteLilac23 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student
That's so cool!
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otakuawsomeness Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student General Artist
THAT IS SO AWESOME XD :happybounce:
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Itsuxmasa Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That deserved 1st place it looked soooo cool at nite time. There must have been a lot of time, effort, and money that was spent on that.
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
There was. We were so tired that we didn't do the night scene Saturday night, because we also had to set up our ChupaCabra party, and we were drunk and worn out! xD

Thank you for the comment!
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Itsuxmasa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe at least you guys seemed to have fun. ^^
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DesmyBlack Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing! :wow: Really detailed and well built!
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angelic-swordien Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow so much hard work went into this. It looks amazing!
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LolitaPhantomhive Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thats epic!!!
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CassiniCloset Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no wonder first place, that is magically amazing! It’s almost like it jumped right out of the anime itself!
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Felix-BLACK Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
:hug: Thank you!
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CassiniCloset Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're very welcome! :hug:
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GNGTNT105 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: I applad ya! :D And Yes I did manage to go Into the Party on Saturady No Cosplaying Stranger there... Yes I was Cosplaying Amaimon probebly (MOST) of the time. I think the (blue Exorcist) Group I was with left... Kinda got Roudy... and I think i did say before... I would of passed out from the heat and dehydration... No offence, I didn't really want to drink anything from the party. :shrug: You may understand...


. . . Wait... How DID you Manage to get an Autitorium Balcaony?! :OMG: I Tried and that was back in May Or somewhere around that time of year...

I Ended Up On the other side of the Hotel, 8th floor faceing tward the other side of the hotel... I could see down and wishing I got one... but I did have a breath takeing veiw from up there :XD:

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