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Unread 07-10-2007, 06:15 PM   #76
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Bad swordfights?

See "Pirates of the Carribean".
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Unread 07-12-2007, 04:18 AM   #77
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I'm not really tired of any skits and I think it's unfair that the people that work hard on there skits should get it to bad just because some one hundreds of miles away did the same one, but I am tired of kingdom hearts a bit though.
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Unread 07-12-2007, 06:35 AM   #78
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Yeah, I'm a little tired of the fan service skits myself...

But I always remember, Those people volunteer their time to entertain us, they don't have to do it but they have a blast doing it and its fun to watch them no matter what they do, so I can't blame them...
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Unread 07-12-2007, 07:47 AM   #79
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I don't even attend the masquerades any longer but back when I did overdone skits weren't really so much a problem as skits that didn't make any sense. Just because your group of friends thinks this skit is the funniest thing ever doesn't mean anyone else is going to enjoy it. But usually these inside jokes incorporated old overdone fandom jokes and in the process became stale. I don't need to see Rufus Shinra being confused for Seifer, or another SephirothxCloud yaoi fanservice skit ... yes, I'm beating up on FFVII here just because it's what I see the most overdone.

I think the worst skit I've seen was a few years ago when some Naruto cosplayer went on stage calling out some character's name over and over again and then said character appeared the the other was all, 'Let's go.' and they walked off and it made no sense and was a waste of time.

I've seen some awesome cosplay skits but lately it seems like they're becoming a bit of a thing of the past. Animazement 2004 there was this amazing Angel Sanctuary skit and the following year the guy who's now a friend of mine did the best reenactment of Wolfwood's death scene. Not a single person said a word through the entire thing. Both of those were award winning and with good cause. But lately what I've been seeing winning at some cons makes me have to ask, 'why?' It's almost like 75% of the participants just want to make fangirls scream or act stupid or just rehash the same thing over and over again.

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Unread 07-12-2007, 10:15 AM   #80
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For all the complaints about 'musical' skits, there aren't truly that many that make an attempt to be good with it; either by re-working the lyrics or, (in the case of the "Gay Bar" skit, which I saw on Youtube and it was pretty good), really working on choreography. Most of the time, it's just people dancing around to music; nothing indicative of a musical.

A true "Musical" skit, in the vein of musical theatre, would have it's own selfcontained story, while incorperating either one song or a short medley to drive the plot forward. I don't think I've seen a skit that's done that in any good way for a while.,
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Unread 07-12-2007, 10:55 AM   #81
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I just finished attending AnimeNEXT and there were three Hare Hare Yukai dance skits. Yes, I think the theme for '07 is certainly that dance.

As for overdone skits, at the Otakon 2005 masquerade I remember the majority of it being ninja skits with two Naruto characters fighting the other. About three of them were like this, and there were several Inuysha ones too (one of them won, but at least that one was decent). I have also many skits doing the 'Thriller' dance but it didn't go with the skit. The only time I saw it made sense was when use Archelon did it for a resident evil skit. I saw it done with Naruto and just had a 'whut' look on my face.

It's like DizzyLizzy said, you can take something overdone but make it creative, if need be. Originality is more appreciated, in most forms, you know? Dance skits can be done well, but you have to practice to make it look sharp. Musical skits can be funny if the lyrics are changed or are well applied.

A big no-no is in-jokes. If only you get the jokes, how will everyone else? I hope I don't sound too cyncical ^^;
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Unread 07-12-2007, 12:29 PM   #82
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I'd have to say.... when internet fads, memes (whatever) are overused.

Example of such? The whole Sparta thing spawned from 300. I could count at least 5 or 6 skits in the Anime Expo 2007 masquerade that had that "This... is... *insert Sparta replacement here*!!". The 300/Pirates vs. Ninjas spoof/skit in between the main event and judging was acceptable, seeing that is was a proper spoof.

Maybe I just get tired of overdone one-liners, but why would such a common line be neccessary in a skit?
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Unread 07-13-2007, 02:34 PM   #83
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Dance offs and 2 Kingdom Hearts characters making out..usually sora/riku.
it gets annoying, really.
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Unread 07-15-2007, 03:11 PM   #84
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Dance offs and 2 Kingdom Hearts characters making out..usually sora/riku.
it gets annoying, really.
I think with the Dance Offs, they're annoying if the dancing is just the same thing in a row. If there was like, you know, different breakdancing or some cool shit like that, it wouldn't be too bad.
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Unread 07-20-2007, 04:12 PM   #85
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I don't think any skit can really be overdone if there is a beginning, middle and end to it (I'm really tired of masquerades that just END abruptly with no collsure), and effort and PRACTICE are put into it.
If you come up with a skit saturday morning, practice it once to no times and put it to whatever music is on your ipod at the time of course it will fail.

And.. well, play up to your crowd. At a convention I once went to, these two boys (dresses as Shuichi and Yuki from Gravitation) just walked on stage with the theme music in the back and kissed..... and I was almost immediately defened by girlish screams.... granted, I was a little unimpressed...but knowing your audience payed off for them. I think they won viewers choice award for that......

I'm planning to do a Avenue Q skit, except instead of using the lyrics I'm going to use a karaoke track and put my own words/choreography to it. I know it's a bit off track but do you think that this would fall into the same category of "overdone"?
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Unread 07-20-2007, 04:58 PM   #86
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And.. well, play up to your crowd. At a convention I once went to, these two boys (dresses as Shuichi and Yuki from Gravitation) just walked on stage with the theme music in the back and kissed..... and I was almost immediately defened by girlish screams.... granted, I was a little unimpressed...but knowing your audience payed off for them. I think they won viewers choice award for that......
That kiss sounds more like pandering if all they did was kiss. There has to be more too it, one would think. I mean, yes the kiss is a definate way to have stage pressence, but a kiss alone just seems like cheap pandering. It's a fine line that I've walked many a time with my own walk-ons with Kim.

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I'm planning to do a Avenue Q skit, except instead of using the lyrics I'm going to use a karaoke track and put my own words/choreography to it. I know it's a bit off track but do you think that this would fall into the same category of "overdone"?
I honestly don't think so, since the "overdone" Avenue Q skits are often lip synced and not very well rehearsed. If you, as you said, put thought and planning into it as well as a genuine desire to entertain and not simply serve your desire to be seen, then I personally think it would work.

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Unread 07-20-2007, 09:30 PM   #87
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I'm planning to do a Avenue Q skit, except instead of using the lyrics I'm going to use a karaoke track and put my own words/choreography to it. I know it's a bit off track but do you think that this would fall into the same category of "overdone"?
Ah, Avenue Q... I think that would be okay if you didn't do 'If You Were Gay' or 'Internet is for Porn.' Cause those are the only ones I see around anymore.

(and btw - your cosplays are awesome. xD)
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Unread 07-21-2007, 09:55 PM   #88
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It's not "If you were gay" or "the internet is for porn". I've actually never seen the one I'm doing be preformed in a masquerade before (kind of why I liked it), though now I think I may look it up on youtube....

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Unread 07-23-2007, 11:01 AM   #89
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I'm relatively sure someone mentioned this, but I want to say it anyways. It's not the inclusion of shonen-ai/yaoi/fanservice that bugs me (as I am a huge yaoi fan); rather, it's the careless way people handle it. Skits like the Yuki/Shuichi one are just annoying. Incorporating fanservice into the skit is fine with me, but basing the skit solely around pleasing the audience is aggravating. PWP works in fanfiction; onstage, not so much.

Also, the biggest problem I have with most skits is the blocking. I participate in theatre a lot, and frankly, people need to research basic things like blocking before performing a skit. Staring at a character's back is not interesting. Address the audience and angle your body towards them. It's not that hard! But seriously, when Sora and Riku are confronting each other, I want to see their expressions and feel involved.

On the note of Kingdom Hearts (and this goes for Naruto, too), it's not the series that gets annoying. It's the overdone themes, such as Sora/Riku, Axel/Roxas, etc. fanservice. Sitting through a random dance-off is quite boring, too. You'd think with the plethora of fanfiction out there that people could be more creative, but I guess not. :/
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Unread 07-23-2007, 02:39 PM   #90
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It's not "If you were gay" or "the internet is for porn". I've actually never seen the one I'm doing be preformed in a masquerade before (kind of why I liked it), though now I think I may look it up on youtube....

Thanks Megzy-chan!
Ahhhhh. Then I think that would work out awesomely!

and no problem. <333

judging by your title/under-your-username-thing, were you the Sasuke in the Naruto/Sasuke skit of 'Promiscuous' at Anime North 07? I didn't go, but I saw it on youtube and LOVED it. xD;
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