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Bakugo Katsuki Cosplay Tutorial (Part 1) — 06/15/2018

Bakugo Katsuki Cosplay Tutorial (Part 1)

Some of you may know about my cosplay making hobby, and for this most recent convention I decided I’d make both my own cosplay and my friend’s. I already posted part of my friend’s cosplay a while back, and this is just part one of the rest of the costume. I wasn’t able to finish making it before going to the con, since I had a limited amount of time to do it, but by the con at the end of July, I’ll have it done. Along with another one for myself, which I may do a video on as well, as per request from someone on instagram.

As you can see from the title, this cosplay is of Bakugo, from My Hero Academia. This cosplay is very complex for my level of experience, so it’s natural it would take me longer to make.

What I did complete so far was:

  • shirt
  • pants
  • boots
  • belt + straps
  • wig
  • wings
  • mask
  • sleeves
  • gauntlets

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There’s still this much to go:

  • neck accessory
  • gloves
  • pouches
  • kneepads

So, this post will cover the tutorials for the things I’ve finished, and part two will be everything else I have yet to make.

Now for each piece. Just keep in mind that this is a very time-consuming cosplay. If you’re looking to cosplay a hero costume from My Hero Academia, but are on a time limit, do not do this one. Todoroki is much simpler, though more expensive due to a material I used for the back plate, which I will explain in a tutorial I’ll write up next week most likely.

Shirt

  • black v-neck t-shirt
  • orange t-shirt
  • sewing machine
  • orange thread
  • scissors
  • pins
  • pen/marker
  • ruler

Start by cutting off the sleeves of the t-shirt, and make sure they look even. It’s easiest to cut just above the hem line to make the cut even.

Measure along the collar from the shoulder to the hip of the shirt at a diagonal. This is how long you’ll need to cut the orange strips of the other t-shirt. I made the strips 2″ thick, and when I sewed them on, I curled them a bit to make them look smoother, so this is a good thickness if you plan to do that as well.

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I started by sewing the side without the two circles, this is the one that starts on the left side of the shirt. I lined the strip up with the collar, and matched the other end to the hem line by the hip. You’ll cut the little bit hanging off at a diagonal, so don’t worry if it looks strange at first. Place pins along the strip at roughly 2 or 3″ intervals, just enough to keep it straight while you’re sewing.

I used a zig-zag stitch for this piece, and made sure the thread I used matched the orange of the shirt as best it could. Start by sewing onto the shoulder, then along the collar, and then the rest of the length of the shirt. When you reach the end, trim the end at a diagonal and sew that to the hem.

On the other side of the strip, I folded it a bit to take away from the cut edge’s jaggedness, though this isn’t necessary. The other side should go easier than the first, since it’s a straight shot down.

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Repeat this for the other strip, though this one should have two holes cut out from it. I made my holes about an inch in diameter, but I just found something that was about the size I needed and traced it. Cut these out before you sew it on to the shirt. And add a circumference of stitches to each one, to make it look like it belongs on the shirt.

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This piece was fairly simple once I figured it out, but my rusty sewing knowledge made it a day-long process of trial and error. Don’t get frustrated if you screw up, a seam-ripper will be your best friend to redo stitches.

Pants

  • We found athletic pants at a salvation army that were slightly baggy and worked well

Boots

  • Black lace-up boots that go to either mid-calf or knee, preferably to the knee, but we just found mid-calf ones
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Thin & thick paintbrushes
  • Masking tape
  • A steady hand

Place masking tape along the leather portion of the boot near the sole, so you don’t accidentally paint a part that doesn’t need paint.

Mix equal parts Mod Podge and paint in a cup, and use a thicker brush to coat the soles of each boot. You’ll likely need 3 or 4 coats to fully cover the black fully, so be patient with it.

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Take the tape off and section off a part on the toe and on the heel, the boots I had already had a raised part on these areas, so it was easy, but you may need to make this yourself if your boots don’t have this. This part also will need several coats, more like 4 for this one.

Next is to paint each of the eyelets on the boots. I used the smallest brush I could find, and unlaced each boot to have an easier time with coverage. Each one might need two coats if you don’t have a lot of paint on the brush each time.

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The boots are super simple as long as you’re patient with them. They took me about 2 hours to paint, between waiting for the paint to dry and doing another coat. That seems like a lot, but every other piece took longer than this. Cosplay is time consuming.

Belt + Straps

  • A fabric belt, though you could also find a leather one and modify it in a different way I did
  • Green felt
  • Sewing machine
  • Black thread
  • Ruler
  • Pins

Initially I tried dyeing the belt a darker green than what it was, but either the dye didn’t like the fabric or it was too dark an original color, so this didn’t work. I plan on taking the felt and sewing over the belt to make everything match, and I’ll show pictures of that in the second part when I finish it.

For the straps, I used 3 pieces of green felt. I cut each one in half the long way, and rolled them up, and pinned them in 3 places. I took a ruler and marked each inch along the length of each one, and then sewed in a line stitch along each mark. The black thread gave it a lined effect.

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To attach, I sewed two to each other, and then the third one straight up. The third one would be sewn to the belt. The other two wrap around the thigh. Measure to fit the thigh of who’s wearing it, and sew it, cutting off any excess. They should be easy to slip in and out of. If they look too loose, pin them to the pants at the back of each knee. It won’t effect mobility, but will make them look more accurate.

Wig

  • My friend found a character-specific wig on Amazon, though a long-ish light blond one would work as well
  • Got2be freezing hairspray (this is like less than $5 for a bottle and it works wonders for spikes)
  • Bobby pins
  • Comb (remember, if you plan to comb a wig, NEVER use this comb on your own hair, and a thinner comb will work better for this part)
  • Scissors (ones meant for hair are best)
  • Hair dryer
  • PATIENCE

I never wanted to spike a wig, but now I have. I’d say I wasn’t super stoked about how it turned out at first, since I made the spikes too sharp, when Bakugo’s hair is somewhat fluffy and full, but after a while, they fell in a way I like more.

Start by sectioning the spikes and pinning with bobby pins. This is quite time consuming but important so you don’t take too much at once. Combing through will ensure you get all pieces into the spikes.

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Spray a bit of the hairspray on each spike until it’s tacky, then hit it with a hair dryer on the low temp setting. To keep the spikes together, I just put some pressure on the tips while it was drying.

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I also trimmed each spike so it wasn’t as long, but depending on the length of your wig, you might not need this.

Wings

  • Orange craft foam
  • Black craft foam
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Hair clips (these didn’t work that well but as of now I don’t know how else to attach them)

This was equally the easiest and most challenging piece. Easy, because it was just drawing a design on foam and cutting it and gluing two pieces together, but it’s a nightmare to keep them on the wig. Some people have recommended I sew them onto the wig, but I haven’t attempted that yet, so I can’t say for sure if it works.

You’ll basically just need to reference a photo of the actual wings, and do a free hand version on the orange foam. You’ll have to do a similar but smaller drawing on the black piece, which should be visible if you press into the foam hard enough.

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This one is just a matter of doing, and measuring to make sure the black and orange fit together well. Glue the two pieces together, and find a way to attach them and you’re set. The hair clips I used would fall out frequently, so I want to work more on making these stay put. I love how they look, and they just add a nice touch. But in the end they aren’t 100% necessary.

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Mask

  • Snazaroo black face paint (online it’s about $8, I found it at a craft store for $6 at one point as well)
  • Small concealer brush (the elf brand is only $1 for a brush, and it works just fine)
  • In the future I’ll try either setting powder or setting spray since it melted and smudged throughout the day

This is a simple look at an image and paint it on, since I decided against a fabric mask. The biggest issue is preventing it from sweating off or smudging, and I’ve heard setting spray/powder can take care of this issue, but I haven’t purchased any yet.

Sleeves

  • Athletic compression sleeves (I think my friend found them online for less than $15)
  • Scraps from the orange t-shirt
  • Orange thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

After making the shirt, there should be a good amount of fabric left from the orange shirt. Some of this can be used to add orange bands to the sleeves.

The sleeves I had left the elastic band fairly visible, so I just measured this and made the orange fabric the same width. If not, I’d think an inch or an inch and a half would work.

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I pinned this on, sewed down the point where the ends of the orange strip met, and then sewed down each side using a zig-zag stitch. It’s a bit awkward to run through the machine, but it isn’t too thick like I thought it’d be.

Gauntlets

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  • I did this in a separate tutorial, here.
  • These are definitely not the sturdiest, and likely need to be fixed after each use, but they work for a budget cosplayer who’ll only wear them a couple times

I hope this tutorial was helpful, and that some people are able to use it! If you use this tutorial at all to make pieces, please tag me in your pictures so I can see what you’ve done! Either use my Twitter, which is @letstalkanime1, or instagram, which is @aniblogplay. I have pictures on both locations of my friend wearing this cosplay if you’re interested! I have links at the bottom of my site as well.

I’m still working on fully returning to the blogging scene, but I at least posted twice this week! I’ll likely have a new post for Pride Month next week, and another one the week after that. I can’t promise two posts a week still, since I just have so many projects going on at once, but I’ll sure try.

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[OWLS Blog Tour: “Pride”] Breaking the Boundaries of Society: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime — 06/12/2018

[OWLS Blog Tour: “Pride”] Breaking the Boundaries of Society: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

Welcome to another OWLS tour post of mine, but this one is special!! This post marks one year of OWLS posts for me! It’s been a great year, and I’ve been able to participate in every tour so far, fortunately.

This is a very special month as well, one that I wasn’t able to fully appreciate last year. June is deemed “pride month” for the recognition of the LGBT+ community and spreading positivity surrounding it. Last year, I wasn’t well-versed in this topic, but I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve been proudly celebrating as I can. I’ll be writing more on the topic this month, at least two posts are what I have planned.

Our topic this month is “pride,”

In honor of “Pride Month,” we will be discussing the word, “Pride” and its meaning. We will be exploring pop culture characters’ most satisfying and joyful achievements or skills that they possessed and whether or not these qualities could be seen as a positive or negative aspect in their personal lives and/or society.

I really love this topic, and it allows me to talk about one of my favorite anime, and one I’ve been itching to write an OWLS post on!

This post will be on Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, or Snow White with the Red Hair. I’ve mentioned this anime before, but I’ve never written a whole post on it. I really love this anime, mostly for the two main characters, who will be my focus.

Context

As I know this anime isn’t overly popular, but not unknown either, I’ll give a brief explanation before diving in. I won’t be spoiling major pieces of the anime in this post, this will give basic beginning details.

Shirayuki lived with her grandparents in the kingdom of Tanbarun working as an herbalist alongside them in their shop. Due to her bright red hair, the prince, Raj, attempts to make her his concubine, but she flees directly after the encounter. She ends up in the kingdom, Clarines, where she meets Zen, Kiki, and Mitsuhide in the forest. They appeared to only be travelers in the forest, but it was soon revealed that Zen is the second prince of Clarines, and Kiki and Mitsuhide are his bodyguards. Shirayuki is invited to live in Clarines to train to become a court herbalist for the castle.

Shirayuki’s Pride

The way Shirayuki carries herself is very certain, and mature. She knows her goals, and she is always willing to put in the work to reach that goal no matter what. She loves her work as an herbalist, and is always willing to grow. Though, this sense of determined pride can become troublesome for her if she’s overdoes it. She has a tendency to continue working even if she’s hungry or tired.

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Those living and working in the castle see this determination, and respect Shirayuki highly. The other herbalists look up to her, and are very supportive of her work and her growth. They watch as she continues to work and grow consistently, and are impressed with her constant motivation. She carries so much pride in her work that it shows to the others around her and she inspired them as well.

Zen’s Pride

As I established, Zen is a prince, but he doesn’t initially seem like one. He enjoys adventuring in the forest and sneaking around outside castle grounds when he gets the chance. He doesn’t seem like the typical princely-type character at all, and I think that’s what make him an interesting and likeable character.

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He begrudgingly attends to his princely duties, and he sticks out like a sore thumb among the other royals. He doesn’t have a lot of the close-minded ideals, and he doesn’t like sticking to traditions.

Zen’s pride in his individualism, and looking closer at the real world instead of the walls of his lush castle, is what actually makes him the perfect prince. He’s genuinely caring, and he seeks knowledge of events that he would otherwise be unaware of. He’s accepting of people no matter their social status, and just wants to see other people happy.

Their Pride in Each Other

This shouldn’t come as a shock to those who haven’t watched this anime that these two characters are love interests, and they eventually engage in a romantic relationship. While most of the points don’t necessarily need to be in the sense of romance, it helps to explain that aspect a bit as well.

Zen was born a prince, and Shirayuki was born a commoner, living in an inn and tending to customers. They’re nowhere near the same social standing. Those living in the castle have mixed opinions on their friendship, and this ends up causing a lot of rumors and trouble to spread around the castle. It’s a common trope in these fairy tail-esque stories that there’s a love between a royal and a commoner, but the way this one does it is one of the best I’ve seen.

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Even when they were only friends, it was risky for them to be acquainted with each other. And even with knowing that fact, they both agreed to remain friends and ignore what the people of the castle had to say about it. When their relationship developed, with the risk of more discrimination and hurdles to get through, they were aware of it and continued doing what they could to live in a way where they could be together.

Zen’s brother, the first prince Izana, has been one of their biggest discriminators. He’s never approved of their relationship, even in the beginning, and always attempted to break them apart. When Zen told Izana about his relationship with her becoming romantic, Izana didn’t take it well at all. He told Zen he was being stupid, and that this won’t get him anywhere, since her social standing is lower. Izana is stuck in the notion that wealth and status is more important than love in a relationship. He wants Zen to marry someone on the list of nobles, even if he doesn’t like her, but Zen remains solid in his decision to marry someone whom he loves.

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Shirayuki knows as well that her relationship with the prince has a chance of failing because of this gap, but she’s willing to try to make it work. She improved her herbalist skills until she was able to land a spot in the court herbalist workplace, so she could live inside the castle walls to see him more often. She knows she can’t bring any honor to Zen’s family if they get married, and they both know they’ll likely be shamed if they decide this as well.

Their determination to see each other and build their relationship further despite what others say is what makes them a great focus for this month’s topic.

Relating to Real Life

“Pride Month” was created as a way to celebrate the individuals who show pride in themselves. Those participating in it are aware that society has a tendency to look down on them, and they know the risks involved with being open with themselves. The LGBT+ community unites together during this month to show that we aren’t scared to be ourselves, even in the face of the ridiculing and violence.

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I identify with this community. And it’s come to my attention recently that even some of the people in the community won’t accept me.

I’m in a weird gray area to some people. I want to be a part of the community, and I am, and even if some people don’t think I am, I don’t care. I’ve been open about it on my blog, and online, and I haven’t had any direct criticism. I surround myself with people I care about, and who care about me. I’ve met some awesome people who either are a part of the community too, or are accepting of it, and that’s what’s kept me proud of myself.

I identify as asexual, and though I’m still working everything out, I have become very comfortable with this label. I gave it to myself in August of last year, and I’ve been slowly working on coming out to more people, even though it’s scary. Some people just don’t understand it. That’s okay, as long as they respect me and don’t say things like “you’re sad” or “oh, you say that now,” I’ve heard those coming out of the mouths of people I’m close to in my real life. They strike me hard. If the people who aren’t in the community say these things, I don’t need it in the community too.

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Have you seen this flag before?? It’s my flag!!

Pride Month is supposed to be about positivity! Everyone who falls into any sexuality or gender that is one of those many letters belongs.

Yes, I chose to talk about a straight pairing for this month, I’m aware. Why was that? I thought about doing something different, but this one struck me.

What Shirayuki and Zen deal with is in a sense similar to the modern-day LGBT+ community. The negativity about relationships, the denial to allow a family member to marry the one they love, the standing out among “normal” relationships. In the time period that this anime takes place in, people were treated horribly for not marrying in their class. Same can be said for “not marrying the right gender” now. They have a small amount of people who do accept them: a couple of guards and Zen’s personal bodyguards, Kiki and Mitsuhide; and for present day: some of those in the community and allies. It’s not a perfect comparison at all, but just the fact that discrimination against people being with the person they love is not a new concept is what makes it work.

People have been facing criticism and violence for who they are for all of humanity’s existence. This Pride Month, I ask that you help make it seem less overbearing for anyone who identifies in the community. And, to just be nice to everybody, regardless of their partner’s gender, whether they have a partner, whether they want one, whether they identify as this or that gender, whether they like this or that thing, I can go on.

Be nice to everyone!! And thank you for reading my post.


Long time no see to my followers, haha. I’ve been absorbed in talking to online friends for the past couple weeks and it’s so hard to pull away. I also had a con at the beginning of the month, and cosplays to make before that, so I just haven’t had time.

Happy Pride Month to everyone, and I hope to write something else for you all soon! I’ll be busy next week with a tumblr project, but I’ll try to get something out this week or next week!! I’m just busy with things, I haven’t totally abandoned this, I promise!

Make sure you check out the stops before and after me as well!

Before: Mel from Mel in Anime Land

After: Mistress of Yaoi from The Yaoi Playground

 

Let’s Talk Anime Podcast: Episode 2 — 05/20/2018

Let’s Talk Anime Podcast: Episode 2

My first “review” on my podcast, on Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. It’s both a halfway through the season review and a comparison piece with this anime and two other romance anime I’ve watched!

Much shorter than the other two episodes I’ve done for this podcast, not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.

Like before, I’d love if you gave it a listen and left any comments on this post so I can easily look at them!

https://anchor.fm/lets-talk-anime/episodes/Episode-2-Wotakoi–Other-Romance-Anime-e1gm36

My Thoughts On: Persona 5 The Animation (Ep 1-6) — 05/19/2018

My Thoughts On: Persona 5 The Animation (Ep 1-6)

Before I get into this, I want to explain that I’ve never played the game, so this is going based solely on how it does as a standalone anime.

In beginning to watch this, the very first thing I thought of was how beautiful the main character is. Weird place to start, I know, but that was my very first impression. He has plain features: messy black hair, gray eyes, glasses, but somehow in the way he shows expression he comes off as adorable to me.

That’s over with, so I’ll move onto more reasonable topics. It was a weirdly big reason to get me to watch this, haha.

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[OWLS Blog Tour: “Movement”] Maybe There is an “I” in Team: Bungou Stray Dogs — 05/15/2018

[OWLS Blog Tour: “Movement”] Maybe There is an “I” in Team: Bungou Stray Dogs

It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve written an OWLS post. April seemed never ending to me!

Something exciting: I’m nearing my one year anniversary with OWLS! I joined this group near the end of May last year, and I wrote my first OWLS post on June 22nd. It feels like I only joined this group yesterday, but as they say, time flies when you’re having fun.

If you aren’t aware, this post is a part of a blog tour OWLS has every month with a different topic. We are a group of loving anime fans who want to spread positivity for all people through pop culture and anime! We are non-discriminant against anyone regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, etc.

I was quite excited when I saw what this month’s prompt was, and it happened to tie right into the show I was invested in during sign ups. I was about halfway through my watch of it at the time, and I just finished it Saturday night! Luckily, the second season was perfect for this.

This month’s prompt is:

We join movements, organizations, and systems that align with our own personal values and beliefs. Sometimes we join these groups because they believe in doing good and making positive changes in society. However, these movements can turn sour when a dictator arises or behind the good intentions, there’s a hidden agenda of oppression. It is in these groups that individuals start to shape their identities by questioning their values and beliefs or conforming to the system. This month, we will be examining “real and/or fictitious” movements, organizations, or systems in anime and other pop culture mediums, and the positive and negative effects they have on individuals and society.

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Bakugou’s Gauntlets Tutorial — 05/11/2018

Bakugou’s Gauntlets Tutorial

Anime: My Hero Academia

Character: Bakugou Katsuki

Series: My Hero Academia

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Supplies:

  • newspaper
  • papier mache glue (I used flour and water mixed and boiled)
  • paintbrushes
  • balloons
  • duct tape
  • cardboard
  • craft foam (I used white and painted it)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • acrylics: dark green, silver, white
  • Glossy & Matte Mod Podge (I use this for every prop I make)
  • hot glue (lots of it)
  • Patience!!

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Let’s Talk Anime Podcast: Episode 1 — 05/07/2018

Let’s Talk Anime Podcast: Episode 1

I thought I’d be back from hiatus last week, but apparently I needed more time to get back in the swing of things. I managed to finish editing this episode of my podcast though, and after many cuts of sniffles and coughs and awkward pauses, it’s ready to share with you all!

https://anchor.fm/lets-talk-anime/episodes/Episode-1-Top-10-Anime-e1dg5a

Support my podcast by favoriting it, listening to it, and giving me comments on this post so I know what you think! I work hard to edit it and prepare it for everyone, and keeping both a blog and a podcast is hard work, along with everything else I do!

Also, you don’t have to listen only on Anchor! My podcast is available on multiple platforms: Apple podcast, Google podcast, Pocket cast, etc.

Thanks everyone who’s been supporting me and being patient in my absence!

My Reasons Why — 05/01/2018

My Reasons Why

Thursday morning, I got a notification that I was nominated for this tag! And it was perfect timing. Since Wednesday, I’d felt pretty stressed out and like complete garbage. Monday, I finally handed in my ten page paper for English, so I’m feeling better now. When I reach the end of a semester now, I fall into a depression, so it’s harder than normal for me to eat, get out of bed, take a shower, do homework, and pretty much everything else I do in my life. Deadlines give me stress, and I don’t do much about it to get rid of that lingering feeling.

But that’s over now! I wrote most of this during that time to relieve myself of stress, but wasn’t able to post it until now.

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I’m Branching Out! (My New Podcast) — 04/21/2018

I’m Branching Out! (My New Podcast)

Hello! If you read my post from yesterday or have been following my Twitter, you’ll already know I decided to start with making a podcast. Other bloggers have also started podcasts, and it sounded fun, so I figured I’d give it a go too! I’m posting it on Anchor, but I believe if I did it right, it should also be on Google Play and other podcast platforms soon.

My first episode is just a little explanation of my anime beginnings and how I began blogging, so I hope you don’t find it too boring. It’s also a bit longer than I figured, it’s about 40 minutes long. I hope most episodes will be a bit shorter than this.

You can listen to it here!

https://anchor.fm/lets-talk-anime/episodes/Episode-0-e1c138