No Ticket No Entry Policy inside SMX: Battle for Supremacy

They say to get ahead of business you must know the exact time when to distinguish yourself from your competitor and strike the distinction which will make you popular with your target customers.  Is this the logic behind the sudden announcement of a different policy in Cosplaymania after Best of Anime management issued an announcement earlier.
Best of Anime 2014 organizers PrimeTrade Asia decided to implement a "No Ticket-No Entry Policy" at the SMX Convention Center for their event this September 20-21.  This means that only those with tickets from Digitech Manila Conference and Expo, Best of Anime or Manila International Book Fair; you can go in and out of SMX.  However, for sure cosplayers who would be loitering inside SMX without BOA tickets will surely face the wrath of the known SMX guards and watch out for Ms. Minchin as well.
Four days after we learned of this from Deremoe, another article was published on the site, "Cosplay Mania: Non-Ticket Holders Are Allowed Inside SMX."  This article seems to be a direct reply to the policy of BOA and an answer to the distress of some people in the community.
Moreover according to Deremoe, Cosplaymania had issued a statement via Facebook and information about the following:
Take note that we have added a ticket booth right next to Side Entrance (designated as the non-ticket holder entrance) in order to allow the speedy purchase of tickets upon entry. Non-ticket holders will be allowed entry into SMX, but must still abide by the Cosplay Mania Code of Conduct.
Deremoe further elaborated that,
They are also giving Non-Ticket Holders Dressing Rooms and Baggage Services for Cosplayers to change and store their belognings, with a minimum fee of 50 Pesos per day. However, Gold and Titainum holders will be able to use them for free as part of the package.
In business we have something called hostile competition and advertising, by the way I look at it this is one of them.  It is a direct message which seems to say that "hey, we cater to everyone and we are taking care of you better."
There is nothing wrong with this since everything is allowable in business and advertising, however this will add to the already controversial issue and discussion.  Although, Cosplaymania does not directly compare their event policy with BOA it can be deduced that they are very different from each other.
Deremoe's byline could have been different in order to avoid further conflict, however, due to the law of SEO and popularity, they must have choose to go more controversial to lure on more viewers, commentaries and discussion on their site about the issue.
It is just sad to see things like this where people from the community have to bash one another or result to comparing each other and worst of all call some "pulubi", "whining cheapstake cossers" or "elitist."  Events like these should have been a means to foster friendship within the community and even improve the passion and hobby we all have.
Could this be a result of cosplay being in the mainstream? Everyone wants to cosplay and everyone who cosplay seems to be in and cool, thus more and more people want to be part of it and as a result "crab mentality" comes in.
Cosplaymania and Best of Anime are both great events.  In fact, these two events should not be viewed as competing events.  What I see in BOA is an event which promotes the culture and love for Japanese anime and not more on cosplay.  I hope to see more anime free screenings, voice actors, learning about anime, anime related cosplay, anime booths, manga reading and more.  This for me is the highlight of Best of Anime.
Cosplaymania on the other hand is really about cosplay.  It is still the biggest and annually awaited cosplay event by every cosplayers.  Though for sure some of us hope that ticket prices could be better and greater things would come, this event would remain to be an icon in the Philippine popular culture scene.
In the end, as part of the community we should learn that:
  • Organizers need to be respected since they spend time, effort, money and more for every event that they make.
  • Respect each other in the community so that we can all work harmoniously.
  • Be a catalyst to promote better harmony and provide a positive outlook so that people from the community will instill the positive spirit of friendship.
  • Avoid name calling and respect your fellow members of the community.
  • Do unto others what you like others to do unto you.
  • To keep events from happening we need to support events specially good events which really worth our support.
Update: 9/17/2014 - I am not someone who bashes people but if you would comment be sure to make it something which would benefit others.  Try to think first and not just comment like you are a spoiled brat.  This is one example of something we should avoid and thanks to Xian Tolentino for this screen cap.

We have our freedom to speak, and we can make a stand on our opinion, but at the end of the day it should be nothing personal but an opinion made so that things would be better.  

Thanks for reading and continue to spread goodness in the community.

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Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X): Kyoto Inferno Movie Review: Action packed cliffhanger

I finally got a chance to watch the Rurouni Kenshin" Kyoto Inferno after a struggle to really see the movie and continue my review of the film.  My first review of Rurouni Kenshin was December 2012 and rated the film 96.25% on my other blog, "The Delano Observer."  Thanks to Animax Philippines for inviting Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) to be one of the media partners for the block screening.  As for the movie, this time I believe the second installment of the targeted trilogy was way better and more action packed.

Shishio's character was really brilliant, captivating and shocking.  You can see how cunning he is and how he want more than just revenge.  The actor, Tatsuya Fujiwara who played Makoto Shishio was perfect for the character.  Added to the perfection was Ryunosuke Kamiki's rendition of the character Seta Sōjiro.  The brilliant performance of these two main antagonists is what made the movie an eye freezing experience from start to finish.

Makoto Shishio

Seia Sojiro live action and anime

Ryunosuke Kamiki as Seta Sojiro

Sanosuke Sagara portrayed by Munetaka Aoki, added the much needed humor to the otherwise very serious and action-centered film.  His wits, love for action and "stupidity" will surely make you laugh while watching the film.  Of course let us not forget Yōsuke Eguchi who portrays Saitō Hajime.  Saito for me is an anti-hero in the Rurouni Kenshin series since though he is fighting alongside Kenshin, he also wants deep in his heart to put Battousai behind bars and deliver justice.

The story centered around how Kenshin Himura was drawn back into fight because of his eagerness and empathy to stop the terror being spread by Shishio throughout Kyoto.  The cries, the destruction and the horror being done was just too much for Kenshin.  Inspire of Kaoru's request for him not to be involed, he  disobeyed her and enter into the war.

Kenshin was caught off guard as his most beloved sword was cut into half in his battle with Sojiro and he had to find a replacement for his sword only to find out that it's father is already dead.  Desparation will engulf our hero as he tries to save a child, Japan and the person he cared for the most, Kaoru.

Added to the already very rich story and plot is the hunger of Auoshi Shinomoru to seek revenge from Kenshin to what had happened to his team during the fall of the Shogunate.  He is unwilling to change his course and clouded by this revenge that he had done the worst thing in front of the person who idolized him the most, Misao.

Yōsuke Eguchi as Saitō Hajime
 Yūsuke Iseya as Shinomori Aoshi
Ryosuke Miura as Sawagejō Chō

I might already said some spoilers but the spoilers above will definitely bring you to seek more about Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.  Let me tell you that this movie will freeze your sight on the screen from start to finish and will smile in the end seeing the person who took Kenshin from where he fell.

I would give Rurouni Kensin Kyoto Inferno a rating of 9/10.  Not that I have questions about it but there are still somethings that could have been done better.  I hope the Ten Swordsman will be more involved in the next movie, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.  Plus, correct me if I am wrong, there is a giant among the ten swordsman right?  Then, what about the Gattling Gun?  Was the first movie depiction of what happened in the anime wrong thus is being corrected this time?

What are you waiting for?  Watch Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno now, it is still showing in cinemas.

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Cosplay invades Pampanga once again

The long wait is over as Cosplay returns to SM City Pampanga.  It had been months since cosplay events had been held in Pampanga and now on August 23, 2014 at the SM City Pampanga Cyberzone, cosplay is back - COSPLAY INVASION!

The event is entitled "Cosplay Invasion" and will be a regular cosplay competition.  Cosplayers are invited to participate and meet new friends and ramp their character.

The competition will award P2,500 in cash plus certificate to the winner of each of the 4 categories:
  • Best Male
  • Best Female
  • Best Mecha/Armor
  • Best Anime 
For more information and update please visit the Cosplay Invasion Facebook page.

See you in SM Pampanga on August 23 at 4:00 PM.

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FEATURED FILM: Shin Ohkubo Monogatari

Shin Ohkubo Monogatari which means Shin Ohkubo Story is the debut film of MYNAME in Japan.  The film is produced by United Entertainment Inc. and premiered November 16, 2013.  The story focuses on the tribulations a singing group undergoes before becoming real stars.

In this film, MYNAME uses their real name.  The story is set in the Korean town of Shin Ohkubo in Japan which had been the sight of some racial discrimination recently.  Just last April anti-Korean protesters carried derogatory remarks such as “Go back to Korea!” and labeling Koreans in Japan “cockroaches.”  Despite of this, there are more Japanese that do not mind about Koreans living among them and in fact supported them.

Here is a brief synopsis of Shin Ohkubo Monogatari from Asian Wiki:
Set in the Korean Town area of Shin-Okubo, Tokyo. ChaeJin wants to work in the entertainment field, but he currently works as a tour guide. InSoo also works as a as guide, but isn't content with his job either. InSoo doesn't know exactly what he wants to do. Meanwhile, Gunwoo and JunQ are members of an upstart Korean band named "NOBODYS," but their group fails to make their debut in South Korea. To find a way out, they travel to Japan. SeYong is a talented performer and member of "NOBODYS". He also travels to Japan to get his back treated. 
Utako works for an entertainment company. She knows of Gunwoo and JunQ through a friend and hopes to have them debut as a K-Pop group from Shin-Okubo. She proposes her idea to her company president, but the president doesn't seem very fond of her proposal. By chance, Kotoko meets InSoo, ChaeJin, Gunwoo, JunQ and SeYong. She sees that the boys have some potential and agrees to allow them make their debut in Japan if they join together as a group. Problems though arise as InSoo's yakuza father forbids him from doing so and SeYong is told to focus on receiving treatment for his backache. Yet, Utako is busy making plans for the group's debut. She names the group "MYNAME".

I will definitely be watching this one since it is something worth knowing.  Though the film is more about the trials a singing group faces, the lessons here can be well applied to most of life's situation.  So I hope you do watch Shin Ohkubo Monogatari as well.

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I am sure you are wondering why we are featuring MYNAME in this blog but the thing is this group is I guess one of the very few which also renders Japanese rendition of their songs and even create solely Japanese songs.

MYNAME (Korean: 마이네임; Japanese: マイネーム) is a boy band from South Korea under H@ Media.  The members includes GunWoo, InSoo, SeYong, JunQ, and ChaeJin and was created by Hwanhee, a Fly to the Sky member.  Their first single was "Message" released in 2011.

This band is reputable for their very creative and in some way tragic videos specially "Hello and Goodbye" and "Baby I'm Sorry."  The music video of MYNAME is something which will definitely be a plus for fans.  

The exciting thing as well is the fact that whenever MYNAME renders a Japanese version of their song they also attune it to the culture and the style.  Here are some videos for you to watch and in the end tell us what you think.

MESSAGE (Japanese ver.)

HELLO AND GOODBYE 9Japanese ver.)

SHIRAYUKI (No Korean version)

Now who would not love someone that can do this?  They are totally awesome.  Check out MYNAME's performance at Osaka for "Baby I'm Sorry (Japanese ver)."

So what can you say about MYNAME?

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