[Intermission] Take me there…into the Mirage of Blaze!~炎の蜃気楼~

October 11, 2008 at 5:11 am (BL, cosplay(コスプレ), otaku word)

 The first thing I have to say is this doesn’t count cosplay at all. However, some cosplayers might cosplay not only anime characters, but ones from TV soap opera(like 相棒), or merely entertainers(like 羞恥心) in Japan. If you happen to live in USA, would you see any Jack Bauer cosplayers?^^ Anyway, some cosplayers might avoid such 王道[oudou] or mainstream, and do such a minor series. If it doesn’t seem to look like cosplaying, and you’re not sure what they are meant to be, ask them what they are cosplaying so they will answer for you. When double and I attended the cosplay event a while ago, we spotted a group of Toki wo kakeru shoujo. There were surely Makoto, Chiaki, Kousuke, and even the girl who is in love with Kouske. Double didn’t recognize them until I pointed out. But this is not that uncommon here.

 On the next day we cosplayed together, I had one more photoshooting. This time, I got double to be a photographer. ありがとう~^^ He brought his brand-new camera though I am not familiar with that kind of thing, and he obviously made it far better than the last time in which we had a Suzumiya Haruhi photoshooting with windbell in April.

Ougi Takaya
Ougi Takaya
Naoe Nobutsuna
Naoe Nobutsuna

 If you know this series 炎の蜃気楼[Mirage of Blaze], you might be the same age as me or elder a bit because this is a very old shoujo manga. Technically this is based on the original novel which is quite long, and its anime was aired though it was too short. The story follows a delinquent schoolboy and a gentleman who watches over him. The two are actually the reincarnated though the schoolboy doesn’t remember anything about his past life. The gentleman reveals himself as his servant, and tells there is the living dead of Shingen Takeda[武田信玄] somewhere in this present world. Their job is to find out the spirit and destroy it. But…

 Although it sounds like a typical shoujo manga’s plot, I got hooked because the stroyline is so deep and sometimes very sad (Yes, I am an otomen^^).

 As I have said, this is an old series. So if you hear this, stop to look and feel nostalgy, you might be around the same age as me (mid 20’s or early 30’s?). Such a bait shall be called おっさんホイホイ[ossan hoihoi]. おっさん[ossan] means a middle-aged man though it’s kind of a slang. ホイホイ[hoihoi] means…えーこんなの何て言うの!?okay, it’s like tempting ossan with a nice bait. Needless to say, ossan can be replaced by cockroaches… ゴキブリホイホイ[gokiburi hoihoi] is a trap to capture cockroaches. They get to the bait, and get sticked to it so they can’t get out. Same goes to ossan. If they see the very first Gundam series or hear the theme song(燃え上がれ~燃え上がれ~燃え上がれ~ガンダム~機動戦士ガンダム~♪) or something like that, they would get into their own universe and recall their youthful days…and never come back to 3D.

 Umm? But Mirage of Blaze is almost for women…so can I say like おばさん[obasan or middle-aged woman]ホイホイ? To my suprise, I found some dubbed video of this anime on Youtube…so does that mean this was aired overseas? Does that mean this is more famous than I thought?

 Anyway, I got a general person to cosplay again. The man who acted Naoe is not a cosplayer, nor an otaku. This series doesn’t count cosplay, so I thought it’s better to get more people than alone. Having said that, he made a nice Naoe though it was his first cosplay. And of course, I really appreciate double’s job as well.

のうまくさまんだ ぼだなん ばいしらまんだや そわか 彼の者を封ぜよ!

 I am not Kagetora!  / You don’t remember anything…


Why did you release me from the mirror?

You and I were supposed to die together at the bottom of the lake…but I couldn’t let that happen…

 I don’t really know…my friend, I love you.



 You can see more pictures here.



  1. mochie said,

    Ah cosplay pictures look awesome!! Sometimes I feel like I am one of the obaasan hoi hoi because everytime I watch or see Saint Seiya, I feel nostalgic and get taken back to the time when I first watched the series and then how later they did a remake (even though I’m not that old but I’m always surprised that not a lot of kids here have seen it).

    Actually there are cosplayers here who cosplay people from movies and celebrities. USA has a lot of JPOP and Visual Kei cosplayers. I think for Australia it is more movies ( ALOT of Star Wars cosplayers), especially with the Batman The Dark Knight movie out this year, there were so many people who cosplayed as the Joker.

  2. Neohybrid_kai said,

    Ah, I first heard the word hoi hoi from Hoi hoi-san, a manga about chibi robot to kill cocroaches, and later I found that hoi hoi means a trap.

    By the way, have you watched Kuroshitsuji? how about try cosplaying as Sebastian? 😄

  3. bangin said,

    mochie: Haha, don’t mention it. Saint Seiya is truly an ossan hoihoi to me because I grew up with it.

    Here, sometimes I come across Harry Potter cosplayers or Spider Man cosplayers. Even those characters from Disney anime! You can buy the full outfit of Alice.^^

    Neohybrid_kai: I know who Sebastian is, but his hairstyle is quite difficult to copy! I still want to be a butler and say お帰りなさいませ、お嬢様^^

  4. Mirage Blaze Cosplay | Furu Anime Panikku said,

    […] and his friend are the cosplayers, this is only a teaser, with the main focus of this photo shoot located at his blog. For those of you who have yet to visit his blog, he’s quite an active cosplayer, with his […]

  5. LianYL said,

    Why are the pics from a Sony DSLR blur? Must be double’s fault.

  6. bangin said,

    I have edited all the photos before I uploaded, so I guess that’s why some of them got blurred??

  7. double said,

    Yea, it’s my fault. Some of the areas we shot in the park had rather poor lighting due to the shade. thus requiring longer exposure times. I did not expect this, so I didn’t bring along a tripod.

    Lesson learned: Always bring a tripod to a photo shoot.

  8. bangin said,

    Oh yeah? We shouldn’t be seen, so I had to take you guys to such a lonely area…But this is plenty of me. Tripod? What’s that?

    BTW, you haven’t upload “that.” ^^

  9. goodyfun said,

    Going down, the second, third, and fifth photos are my favorites. I swear, they look like promotional shots from a TV drama! And by the way, 子犬, who is a fan of 炎の蜃気楼, would love these pictures. 🙂

    I have so many ホイホイ things that I can’t count them all on both of my hands! For me, the best thing about ホイホイ is that with the nostalgia, happy memories pop up that are also associated. I might even remember a moment in time I had forgotten, just from hearing a song. ^^

  10. bangin said,

    Oh~I am really happy you commented here.^^ I LOVE 炎の蜃気楼! Though this is a very old series, but I have seen this anime was uploaded on Youtube with German subtitles. Thank you very much!!

    This is absolutely a ホイホイ to me. Even if I become 40, this will exist inside me.^^

  11. Teko-chi said,

    Mirage of Blaze!! 😀 I thought I was the only otaku in the world who likes this. :>
    I watched it when I was 11….I thought It was BL. XD;;

  12. bangin said,

    I thoght I was the only cosplayer in the world. :> But I am happy to hear you like this series, too. I really like it! Not that BL, but a bit. 😄

  13. Irene said,

    LOL at choubuku pic. 😄

    • bangin said,

      Yeah, choubuku!! Let’s do it!

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