I mentioned last week that I went to Anime Boston(4/6-4/9) and I had a great time, I got sick but I had a great time. But one of the best parts was that me and my sister’s AMV (Anime Music Video) won Best Comedy. Now since I shamelessly self-promote I wanted to post it here but since it has nothing to with Hunchback I decided to show it to the  characters of the Hunchback and asked them what they thought.

The Video

 

Their Reactions

Quaismodo –  It lacked soul and depth but I liked, will you be my friend now?
Esmeralda –  They look like princes who ride white horses, I loved it
Frollo– Such an empty hollow video that turns my eyes from god (Maybe if I join a Boy band she’ll love me)
Phoebus – I found my purpose, I going to join a  Boy Band
Gringoire – I suppose it was amusing but I could write a much more amusing song and edit a better AMV.
Clopin –  That would provide the perfect distraction for pick-pocketing
Fleur de Lys –  I really didn’t care for it.
Jehan–  I love it, can you loan me 5 bucks?

Man, there is no pleasing some people.

Anime- Ouran High School Host Club
Song – Pop song by Jon Lajoie [Explicit]
Edited by the Warlike Swans (Me and my Sister)

 

Today is very special since it’s Anime Boston and I’m attending. So I though I would showcase a Fan-Art that fit. So it’s another Kingdom Hearts/Hunchback piece. Art was made by Carro-chan. It’s very well done. Clopin is rendered well in an anime style. I love the bright colors and Clopin pinching Sora’s cheek ^^

KH2 Hunchback of Notre Dame by Carro_chan

KH2 Hunchback of Notre Dame by Carro_chan

I’ve been on a Princess Tutu kick of late (it’s a wonderful anime by the way) and thought why not post a Princess Tutu Notre Dame de Paris AMV (Anime Music Video). It’s to La Monture and it uses the original French Cast with Julie Zenatti.

In 2010, I saw the first few episodes of an anime called Blessings of the Campanella (Shukufuku no Campanella). I confess, I watch it mainly because of the word “Campanella” which can mean either a Free Standing Bell Tower like the Tower of Piza or Little Bell. So  I was surpise by the Hunchback of Notre Dame reference which many people have overlooked. (Looked though the comments no one mentioned it)

Meet Agnes Boulange.

Agnes Boulange from Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Agnes Boulange from Shukufuku no Campanella

 

Agnes is a street performer who performs more or less in front of a Cathedral that looks identical to Notre Dame de Paris.

Agnes Boulange from Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Agnes Boulange from Shukufuku no Campanella

Notre Dame de Paris depicted in Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Notre Dame de Paris depicted in Shukufuku no Campanella

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a street performer Agnes makes automatic puppets (automata) dance.  She even has a special puppet that can speak and takes money (Djali’s counterpart). This puppet is called Tango and it’s one of the few automata puppets that can speak (spoiler; there are like two).

Agnes with her dancing automata puppets Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Agnes with her dancing automata puppets Shukufuku no Campanella

Agnes and Tango Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Agnes and Tango Shukufuku no Campanella

Tango, Agnes' speaking automata puppet Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Tango, Agnes' speaking automata puppet Shukufuku no Campanella

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the sake clarification. Hunchback’s leading lady, Esmerlada, is a street performer who dances for the people outside of Notre Dame de Paris but for those who don’t know her birth name is Agnes. So to have a woman named Agnes performing infront of a building that is clearly Notre Dame de Paris is a clear reference to Victor Hugo’s book. The special peforming “animal” is  just a special bonus. Plus like goats, cats are associated with witches,  but I think it’s just meant to be a cute animal in the anime.

Agnes Boulange from Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Agnes Boulange from Shukufuku no Campanella

Esmeralda Illustration Image picture

19th century Illustration of Esmeralda

 

 

 

 

 

I also want to mention that within the context of the anime, the world is a Fantasy which takes place in a city called Ert’Aria and the characters’ name do not follow a cultural scheme. One’s name is English in origins, another Italian. Agnes is the french one.

The anime itself is not very good. It’s a Fantasy-Harem (one male and several females) but if you’re curious or just want to see the reference for yourself you can watch the first episode on youtube with Japanese subtitles. Watch Here

Oddly, it is not available on DVD (at least in the States) however if you’re interested in either the audio CDs or the video game.

 

Agnes performing with Tango and the dancing automata puppets Shukufuku no Campanella picture image

Agnes performing with Tango and the dancing automata puppets

So it’s Friday and it’s right before Halloween and what’s more Halloween than Costumes? Candy but Costumes are more fun. Here are some Cosplayers of Esmeralda.

Vampirate777 as Esmeralda Disney Version costume Cosplay picture image

Vampirate777 as Esmeralda Disney Version

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Alex Kami as Esmeralda Disney Version costume Cosplay picture image

Alex Kami as Esmeralda Disney Version

Alex Kami as Esmeralda Disney Version cosplay costume picture image

Alex Kami as Esmeralda Disney Version

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Mikan-takaumi as Esmeralda in the Red Dress Disney Version costume Cosplay picture image

Mikan-takaumi as Esmeralda in the Red Dress Disney Version

Mikan-takaumi as Esmeralda in the Red Dress Disney Version costume Cosplay picture image

Mikan-takaumi as Esmeralda in the Red Dress Disney Version

Mikan-takaumias Esmeralda in the Red Dress Disney Version costume Cosplay picture image

Mikan-takaumi as Esmeralda in the Red Dress Disney Version

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artsylittlgerbilgrl as Esmeralda from Notre Dame de Paris Italian version costume cosplay picture image

Artsylittlgerbilgrl as Esmeralda from Notre Dame de Paris Italian version

Artsylittlgerbilgrl as Esmeralda from Notre Dame de Paris Italian version cosplay costume picture image

Artsylittlgerbilgrl as Esmeralda from Notre Dame de Paris Italian version

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Now something my readers may not know; I’ve actually have been cosplaying (off and on) since 2002. In 2010, I started making an Esmeralda’s green dress from Notre Dame de Paris for Anime Boston following the French Design. Let’s just say it ended in failure and I never finished it. I may revisit remaking it someday but for now enjoy these pictures of the costume pieces and  the pretty fabric. (Please note, I took these pictures very quickly just for this post, this way my cosplay efforts wouldn’t have been in vain)

Notre Dame de Paris Esmeralda Fabric costume cosplay picture image

Notre Dame de Paris Esmeralda Fabric

Notre Dame de Paris Esmeralda Fabric costume cosplay picture image

Notre Dame de Paris Esmeralda Fabric

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