Despite heavy monsoon rains , thousands of anime fans and cosplayers still flocked SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 3 to witness Ozine’s reboot event Otaku Expo 2013 last August 17 and 18.
THE USUAL STUFF
The event was the continuation of the previous Otaku Expo that was interrupted by the robbery incident last January. The Otaku Expo like the previous Ozine event had the usual “trademarked” activities – the Karaoke Contest, Art Contest, Battle of the Bands, Toy Auction and the Individual Cosplay Competition.
There were also merchandise booths, Team Oniichan’s toy displays, Ozine’s Maid cafe and Host club, Bandai’s Gundam building booth, Friendster’s gaming booth and various food stalls. It was like “Ozine Fest” in a smaller venue.
The Ozine staff once again invited the three Korean cosplayers, Doll, Aza Miyuko and Yannbyul, collectively known as D.A.Y in the event and this time to promote their D.A.Y. photobook.
The Ozine staff seemed to be prepared when it come with Otaku Expo’s crowd control as there were more security guards roaming at the Hall 3 and they also hired bouncers for D.A.Y. security detail. Everyone was organized as far as day one is concerned.
I also observed that the Megamall security had setup the open spaces in front of Hall 3 for the cosplayers to stay and where people can take photos with. These should prevent cosplayers and photographers from staying along the passageways and bother nearby establishments unfortunately, it didn’t go well in day 2.
Afternoon came on the second day and the crowd reached its peak. It may not be the ‘Rampage’-like crowd but it was definitely an overwhelming number of people who came at venue.
I was hoping that the organizers were able to book a bigger hall for the event but they got Megatrade Hall 3 which is smallest hall in terms of area.
Well next year, we will be bidding goodbye to Megatrade as the next Ozine Fest will be held in SMX.
Odd enough that only 67 cosplayers participated in the event. Usually an Ozine organized event would have more than 100 participants in their cosplay competition.
Moving forward, chibi cosplayers ruled the Otaku Expo individual cosplay competition as Ashley Misaki and Bolen Lareza won first place and third place, respectively. Ashley performed as Garo black while Bolen wore a Nightmare armor from Soul Calibur V.
Other winners were Mark Anthony Vivas (2nd placer), Christian Espinosa (Best Male), Jasmin Belza (Best Female) and Wilfredo Gruet Jr. (Ozine’s Pick).
IN THE END
I commend the hosts for their good hosting. They had done their jobs very well in entertaining the audience.
The karaoke contest was okay as more ‘better’ singers participated. Naosuke Tominaga with a half-Japanese descent won the day 1’s contest by singing the opening theme song of Dragonball Z. Chala Head Chala.
A lot of very good bands also participated in the Battle of Bands competition.
Despite the usual Ozine crowd in and out of Megatrade Hall 3 and the long line beside the Aza Miyuko photobooth ,in the end, there had been a lot of improvements since the last Otaku Expo and that is good for the rising population of Otaku Expo attendees.
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