I cosplayed Kirito GGO Version at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2017 and I had originally planned to make the lightsaber handle by hand out of PVC Pipe but I ran out of time. The pipes were too hard to fit together and so I decided to 3D print the entire thing instead. Overall it took me just 2 hours to finish, and I tried to make it as close to the actual size as possible given the amount of information I found on Google image search.
If you don’t have a 3D printer, don’t worry! You can use 3D Hubs (https://www.3dhubs.com/) to find a 3D printing service. For me it costed around AU$31 with the 20% student discount.
I hope you enjoy this model I have provided, and I hope to do more 3D models for cosplay in the future for you to print and enjoy.
Warning – This article contains relatively minor spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk.
The over-arching plot in Assassination Classroom is basically, a very powerful and dangerous creature appears out of nowhere and becomes the teacher of class 3-E, the lowest performing class at Kunugigaoka Junior High School. So now the students of 3-E, aka the “End Class” are assigned with the task of killing their own teacher, and thus claim a bounty of 10 billion yen. The plot is quite interesting, as well as the well-developed characters that are supporting it however, there is another aspect of Assassination Classroom I wish to talk about in this article, and that is the apparent message being conveyed to us as viewers. As we see the class grow, develop and overcome challenges, we get a glimpse of the topics related to teachers, students and education that provokes some thought in how we think about teaching and learning.
Warning – This article contains spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk.
Assassination Classroom is about a loveable yellow humanoid tentacle creature who threatens to destroy the Earth in 1 year but he also decides to become a teacher of the E class at Kunugigaoka Middle School and thus the Assassination Classroom was born. Over the course of the story we see quite a few skills used by many different assassins, and are often adopted by Shiota Nagisa, the adorable blue-haired “trap” main character. It certainly is fun to watch how these skills are applied in the story and combined with his training in assassination he is able to topple very strong foes which makes for action packed scenes. I wonder, do these tactics actually work in real life? If they do, how will they fare? Here are the two skills that caught my attention.
I can go on to criticize anime all I want however, there are real world problems that have led to what I see as a decline of quality over the recent years. It’s not everyday you would stop and think about everything that goes into making, marketing and distributing Anime or ask yourself “why” Anime isn’t as great as it is meant to be. The reality is that the Industry is hitting speed bump after speed bump, and the question is, “How will the Anime Industry continue to thrive?”
It’s easy to have a look at a shiny new Anime and when you have a look at the title and the plot description, it isn’t exactly appealing at all. The art looks decent enough so sure enough you give it a watch, and after watching it for 5 episodes or less, you drop it to your backlog where all the Anime you never finish go to perish. The show may have an amazing cast of characters with lovely design and outfits however, the story they are in is neither interesting nor captivating enough to have you go the distance.
These days it’s not only the character personalities that may be bland and archetypical, the character’s appearance and their name can also be a product of poor design choices. We see a lot of characters not only acting the same through the use of those cardboard cutout personalities, they also look similar if not the same as well. Just under a different name that probably isn’t a good match either, it could be anything that is carelessly slapped on without any relation or link to the character.
Read Part 1 here
Anime has somewhat stagnated in recent times and there are very few series that shine like diamonds in the rough that are worth giving attention to. Most of different mixes of ideas and cheap concepts combined with the same old character archetypes just doesn’t leave a great impression on me anymore. As time goes on, It gets harder to disagree with generalisations from the veterans of the industry. Hideaki Anno (the creator of Evangelion) says that “Anime is dying” and also there’s Miyazaki Hayao‘s notion that “Anime was a mistake”. Do these opinions really hold water to the situation now?