30.9.14

Cosplay Mania 2014 Evolution: Your Ultimate Event Guide


This weekend will be one of the most anticipated weekends in the cosplay and Otaku community as it will be Cosplay Mania 2014: Evolution. The event will be held at SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex on October 4-5, 2014 and will feature cosplay competition, lots of cosplay guests and fun activities.

Here is what you have to expect at COSPLAY MANIA 2014: EVOLUTION...

Ticketing.  Cosplay mania 2014 will have 4 types of tickets: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Note that latinum Meet-and-Greet ticket is limited to one (1) Meet-and-Greet session. Each guest will have their own ticket and are of limited quantity. The Platinum Meet-and-Greet is separate from the General Tickets (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and you would need to purchase a General Ticket to enter the hall.  For more information regarding Cosplay Mania tickets you can visit this link.
Tickets are exclusively distributed by SM Tickets and you can buy yours at your nearest SM Cinema branch nationwide and also online at http://www.smtickets.com/.

CosplayMania 2014 Event Map.  If you will be going to the event better check out the map below so that you will easily find the shop you are looking for.  This year they will be having more than 90 exhibitors.
Cosplay Mania 2014 Events.  If the exhibitors are jam packed then be sure that the events are also full packed.  Plan your visit to the event so that you can get the most of it.  Below are the details of events that will be happening on October 4-5.
Cosplay Mania 2014 Meet and Greet and Guests.  There are lots of guests and also music in store for everyone.  Below are just some of the featured guests as well as the schedule of the meet and greet activities.  For those who have Gold and Titanium ticket they can experience an Anison concert like no other in the Philippines.   For those who have Bronze and Silver tickets you can upgrade your tickets for only P250 to experience Anison Concert.

Cosplay Mania 2014 Tournament of Champions (TORCH) World Class.   One of the highlights of teh event each year is the Torch Championship.  Nine teams will compete this year to buy for the right to represent the Philippines in the Asian Regional Cosplay Championships in AFA - ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA.
Whether you are going solo, with a friend or with a group and whether you are joining a competition or not Cosplay Mania 2014 is a must see event.  So see you on October 4 and 5, 2014.

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25.9.14

Movie Review Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (not yet)

Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X): The Legend Ends seems to be the last of the trilogy for the live action stint of the anime, Rurouni Kenshin but I think it will not be the last.  I am sure that those who are avid fans of the anime knows that there is still one enemy left that could be considered for another installment of the movie.

Anyway, let us proceed to my movie review of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.  The movie start by showing where Kenshin was picked up by his master and how he had that innate character of helping people in misery.  Later on his master wants Kenshin to find out what he lacks and that is the only solution to finally defeating Shishio Makoto.  The training and intense battle between his master and Kenshin was something that would make you glued to the screen.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, is a movie which compiles the epic battles in the anime series.  Although the story of Shishio based on Season 2, Episode 28-62 of the anime series is a bit different from the anime, it is still a class of its own.

Kenshin also battles Aoshi in this movie until one of them is no longer able to move.  The method of Kenshin's fighting is not only by the sword but by the heart.  The effect of the battle on Aoshi will be felt as you watch the movie till the end.


If there is one thing proven in this movie, it will be the fact that the strongest in this series is not Kenshin Himura but the villain, Shishio.  Watch the epic battle in the end as Shishio and Kenshin face each other and I dare you to tell me that I am mistaken in my observation.

Effects, soundtrack, moves, characterization and plot was a total collaboration for this movie.  It is in fact the best movie among all of the three and an epic conclusion if indeed it would be the last, however again I think it would not be the last.

Why would there be a Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Part 4?



If I am the writer and producer of the movie would I just do the live action until Season 2 of Rurouni Kenshin?  Who here remembers Reisui, the main enemy of Kenshin during Season 3?  There is very little reference, online photos and mention for Season 3 of the anime series.  Was it because it was the victim of an epic season 2?


One question though, Do you want to see Rurouni Kenshin: Tales of the Meiji in live action as well?

For now, don't miss Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends on theaters nationwide.  We did enjoyed watching it and thanks to Animax Philippines.

Photo with the Rurouni Kenshin cosplayers, courtesy of Sir Arnold Lareza

The great food we have from Animax Philippines

Photo with the Rurouni Kenshin cosplayers, courtesy of Ferrari Lacson

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13.9.14

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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22.8.14

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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20.8.14

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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