29.7.14

FEATURED GROUP: MYNAME

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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25.7.14

Cosplay Life: Bashing , Rants and Bullying

Did cosplay headed the way it should be?  Was it better today than before?  Was mainstreaming a plus?  Today we see tons and tons of cosplay events week after week with cosplayers abounding conventions and even flooding Facebbok.  Indeed cosplay is now mainstream.

Just recently, I have read tons and tons of rants regarding cosplayers.  Rants about how the cosplayer look, or how he had a body odor or how he used to cosplay without even giving consideration for other priorities in life.  The rant wa so vulgar that by just reading it you would ask yourself the motive of why such a person would have this so much hate and rant for these people?  Was he or she offended?  Did that person experience something and this is a method of getting back?

Facebook had been more than just a social network.  Most of the time Facebook is also the shock absorver of individuals.  For some it is a diary of sorts, much like a blog in the olden days.  Some would post their heartaches, their frustrations and their hatred in Facebook and broadcast it to the world.  At some point I am also part of this bunch of people where Facebook had been an outlet of sorts but for me, it is more to share my life, in the hopes that other will learn from it.

Is it important in cosplay that you are perfect for a character?  Would it matter what your background is?  Would it matter if you are rich or poor or if you pay for a photographer or not?

Whatever we do in our cosplay life is our own responsibility and we should be ready for the consequences.  If we cosplay Sailormoon and we are fat then naturally there would be reactions.  If we underdo a character or overdo it then naturally there would be reactions.  The secret here is choose the right character and do the right mix to avoid any extreme reactions.  People like to react for it gains attention and people likes attention.

If you engage in an online battle specially in Facebook be ready to fight a personal battle.  The discussion never stops with the issue for when your detractors can no longer argue with you logically then they would be personal.  They would accuse you of everything even bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki or causing the great flood of Noah.

People will always judge you.  People will always talk about you behind your back.  Commonly these are people who in someway are envious of what you have or in the extreme end, you have done something bad to them.  Best way to fight it, is to ignore them for you are not living your life for them, however, if you have done something wrong then reconcile and make amends.

In cosplay nowadays everyone wants to get noticed.  Everyone wants to have the best costume.  There are those which will use their assets in anyway they can just to have what they like.  Some cosplay for fame and the attention that it gives them.

As a cosplayer my advice are:

  1. Do not give too much focus on people which do not like you.
  2. If you answer an issue, answer it once and stick to the issue.  
  3. Never argue if you have already explained, most of the time this would be futile and useless.
  4. Do not fuel bashers, ranters and bullies because if you do then you are an accessory to the evil they are doing.
  5. There is a good and bad rant.  Once in a while we need to let the steam out, however, do not dwell on it so much.
  6. If you know the person who bashes, rants or bully you then talk to them personally.
  7. If they would not stop then seek appropriate legal means to stop them.
  8. Spread love and peace
That's all I have to say.  The more you hate, the more the fire will burn and the more it will affect you.  Love and peace everyone!  And remember...



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24.7.14

COSPLAYER PROFILES: Leance Rogielle Erni

Leance as Judal
Leance Rogielle Erni is perhaps one of the new cosplayers which had already cosplayed a bunch of characters already.  I first met him during a cosplay event at Tanghalang Pasigueno where I am the host of the event as Master Pogi.  His fit and well shaped body enables him to cosplay not only make characters but also female characters and at some point she or I mean he is even thought to be a girl in some photos.

"I cosplay because it is fun.  I Feel like Im not myself when i wear my costumes. I feel different," says 15-year old Leance.  His name is rather confusing and at some point I want to ask where did his parents get that.  Anyway, cosplaying for fun and enjoyment is rather very rare nowadays since Cosplay is turning out to be seen as a jumpstart for those who want to enter showbiz of be famous.

So what or who inspired him to cosplay, "Actually Sir David is the one who inspired me," well who's that?  Anyway I never thought that someone would be inspired by me to cosplay since he had not also told me about this and I only knew it while I was writing his profile. 

One of the most memorable experiences perhaps which Leance would never forget and well I would not as well, is when he cosplayed Judal.  In that cosplay he turned out to be sexy that people thought he is indeed a female.  Well, that is also one of his best cosplay I guess.

He had already cosplayed characters like Zero ( Code Geass ), Luffy (One Piece), Jin ( Grand Chase), Black Rock Shooter, and Judal (Yu Yu Hakusho.  His cosplay is getting better and no doubt that he is ding that because one of his dreamsis to indeed become the representative of the Philippines to the World Cosplay Summit.  Good luck on that Leance!

Leance cosplayys as Jin from Grand Chase and Luffy from One Piece

Leance cosplays the popular character from Black Rock Shooter

That devilish look from a cosplayer like Leance

I remember one time when I gave him an unsolicited advice and told him that if he wanted to be an effective cosplayer he must choose a character which suits him the most and in which people would remember him for that cosplay.  I guess his Judal cosplay would be the realization of that.

In parting Leance would like to send out this message to all cosplayers:
Continue dreaming, Achive your Dreams
There you go with another Cosplayer Profile.  If you want to SUBMIT YOUR COSPLAYER PROFILE just VISIT THIS LINK.

Thanks for reading!

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22.7.14

Black Butler Movie Review: A live action that goes beyond the anime

Black Butler is yet another live action adaptation of an anime series which will be shown exclusively by SM Cinemas beginning July 23.  Ranne and I were lucky to have been invited to be part of the exclusive premier screening for this movie. The premier was held at the SM Megamall Director's Club CInema, and together with us are other Otakus like Rayan Posadas of Anime PH, Jilian of The Cosplay and Anime Cafe and the peepz at Anime Pilipinas.

Black Butler movie is a live action movie based on the manga and anime series Kuroshitsuji.  THe manga is written and illustrated by Yana Toboso and debuted on September 16, 2008 while the anime adaptation premiered in October 2008 with 24 episodes.  There were also a second and third season for the anime with the second season in 2012 with 12 episodes and the third one's first episode aired on June 10, 2014.

The movie adaptation of Black Butler run under the same premise and basic concept of Kuroshitsuji.  The main character, Kiyoharu Genpo / Shiori (Ciel Phantomhive in the anume) made a contract with the Sebastian (a demon) in exchange for helping her find out who killed her parents and exact revenge on them.  After accomplishing that mission her soul will be consumed by her butler, Sebastian.

Anime and Movie Adaptation First Impression

If you will be watching Black Butler live action you should consider it as something new and different and avoid comparing it with the anime.  There are some variations with the anime including the story about the main character.  In this movie "Ciel" was depicted as a female which returned as a female dressed as a boy.  The name had also been different, as well as the family from Phantomhive to Genpo.


The time setting of the movie was also different since it is set in 2020 Asia compared to the anime which is set in 19th century England.  Based on my research the main reason for changing the time frame and setting is because of the producer, Shinjo Matsuhashi having problems casting Japanese actors for the film.

I will not dwell so much in the anime and movie comparison since honestly I have not watched the anime and I would be too assuming to say that I know about it.

The True Connection Between the Anime and the Movie

Now, did I just tell above that I will not dwell so much on this?  However, just as I was about to conclude this article I found the answer to the question, "Why is the movie and anime different?" and here is the answer.
In the movie adaptation, "Black Butler" is set in the year 2020, this is a 130-years leap after the events of the manga and anime.  The movie brings in a brand new adventure of Sebastian returning to assist a descendant of the Phantomhive family.  Sebastian's new master is Kiyoharu,the young leader of the Genpo Group, whose real name is Shiori because she disguised herself as a man to protect her status as heir to their family's estate.  Bound together by an unbreakable master-servant loyalty, Shiori traded her sould for Sebastian's service.  Both of them carry out secret missions from the Queen.  When they are assigned to look into an ongoing serial murder case, Sebastian soon discovers a world that humans should never enter.  - SM Cinema.
So technically, the movie is independent of what is happening in the anime.  This also explains the background on the movie which says that the family adopted Genpo after they settled to the new place.


Movie Quality of Black Butler

Black Butler exceeds all my expectations for a movie.  In fact even if you hate or love anime, a fan or not or have even known the anime of Black Butler it does not matter.  This movie created something in its own.  It is like a brand new movie which you would watch at theaters and then come out fulfilled in terms of every single aspect of it.



The dialogue was superb, the acting of each character was magnificent, the fight scenes were surreal and the flow of the story was so smooth and engaging that you will not dare move your eyes out of the screen.  I ranked two movies of Mel Gibson, "Braveheart," and "The Patriot" as the best movie that I have ever watched however, after watching Black Butler they overtook them without even a single reconsideration.

Black Butler has strong moral message

The movie dwells much in human morality and the realism of the world.  It dwells with the basic reality of the 7 deadly sins of man, most specially greed and vanity.  People would do everything to achieve what is best for himself and this film shows just that.  It will begin by debunking the existence of God and yet in the end reminding everyone of the goodness of humanity and the relevance of God in this world.

Though Black Butler is a made-up movie, it dwells so much on what we fail to see in our everyday life.  "Humans are the real demons," as quoted in the movie is but a realization of what exist on this earth and can surely be applied to what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 which killed 295 people and the massacre of civilians including women and children in Gaza.

As you watch the movie you will have a lot of realizations and you will surely relate to the movie.  It shows the true emotions of a human being and the sarcasm of "demons."



Recommendation on Black Butler Movie

You should definitely watch this because failure to watch this will surely be something you will regret and I mean it.  This is probably the best anime live action I have ever watched and you will surely agree that it will also be among your top favorite.  For me it surpasses even Ruruoni Kenshin and Hunter X Hunter for sure.

Well we did enjoy the movie and here are some shots to remember this one a kind movie experience at SM Megamall Director's Club cinema.




I hope you also WATCH BLACK BUTLER AND SHARE WITH US YOUR FEEDBACK AND REVIEW.


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19.7.14

Cosplay Fashion Run, Not Your Usual Cosplay

Cosplay Fashion Run wants to give cosplayers and everyone a feel of a one of a kind event where a new experience will surely be created.  From P499, the organizers decided to give a general admission with a P149 pass to everyone.  This lowered pass excludes the singlet.

If you want to avail of the singlet and other special items then you should get the P499 pass.  P499, seems to be so much for a cosplay event and general reactions from cosplayers would definitely bee, “that’s too expensive.”  Most of us are accustomed to joining conventions situated in malls where there are general entrance fee ranging from P100 for general admission to as high as 1,500 pesos for VIP tickets.  You get to see booths, buy items, get to know cosplay celebrities and more.  Did you know however that a P499 registration fee for a fun run is in fact very affordable?  COSPLAY FASHION RUN 2014 is an attempt to diversify a cosplay event which is worth supporting and joining.



Cosplay Fashion Run organizers, Great Events said that the fee already includes a singlet plus some freebie items from sponsors of the event.  Attendees can also join the Amazing Cosplay Fashion Runway and Ultimate Cosplay Party to be conducted at the same day.

You will get a chance to party with DJ Superman and his custom EDM and dance to the rhythm of known Otaku bands.  Famous singer, model and international Wushu astist Janice Hung will also be there to present her newest single Cruel, also do a personal meet, and greet.

Listen to custom anime EDMs from DJ Superman, a former game master and now a businessman and is also known for his famous EDMs

Get to meet and know more about Janice Hung, a beauty with a heart.
This first ever cosplay fun run for the benefit of St. Leonards and Mary’s Foundation will be happening on August 23, 2014 at the Amoranto Stadium.  Families, high school and college students, call center agents, social media followers and running enthusiasts are also invited to attend.

Although cosplayers are highly welcome on this event, this is more than just an event for cosplayers since it is a fun run open to the general public.  Being in costume is highly encouraged however if you do not want to wear a costume just use the singlet for the event.

Another worth participating is the Cosplay Fashion Runway.  The organzers has yet to publish the mechanics for it but by just the sound of it seems to be very exciting.

Cosplay Fashion Run is co-presented by Naruto Cosplayers Philippines (NCPH) together with Anime Cosplay Colors PH as official group partner.  Media partners includes :  Hero TV, Inquirer.net, My Channel Now, Wheninmanila.com, Activshow, DZDD, DZME, RMN DZXL, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, Anime PH, The Cosplay and Anime Café, Filipino Cosplay Scene (FiCS) Magazine, Anime Forever and Forezine Digital Anime Magazine, JereraldUy.com, Otakuplay, Ranneveryday, That Hikikomori Guy, and The Products Blog.

If you are a company who wants to really be part of something new then this event will be something worth considering and supporting.

For more information you can check out the Cosplay Fashion Run Community Page at www.facebook.com/cfr2014 and follow the hashtag #CosplayFashionRun

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