Misaki Con 2015: More events coming this year

animephproject.com traveled east of the municipality of Angono to check out the first Misaki Con this year. The event was held last Sunday, January 25 at the new SM Center Angono.

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We only stayed at the venue for a few minutes but it was gold. We got an opportunity to talk to Erald Hernandez, father of famous chibi cosplayer Ashley Misaki and one of the pioneers of the event.

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Misaki Con 2015 was held for the first time at SM Center Angono, instead of the usual SM City Taytay.

Mr. Hernandez told us that SM Center Angono was opened last year (specifically November 2014) and the SM Management asked them to organize a cosplay event for promotions.

Mr. Hernandez also told us that aside from SM Angono, there will be another Misaki Con event to be held at SM Taytay this April 2015 and maybe at the new SM San Mateo around this year.

Thank you Mr. Hernandez.

Otaku Expo 2015 Highlights: Starting things right

Start the year right and this is what the organizers of the “unfortunate” Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special 2014 did at Otaku Expo 2015 last weekend.

Otaku Expo 2015 took place last January 24-25 at Megatrade Hall 2 and 3, SM Megamall Bldg B in Mandaluyong City.

Here are some highlights of the event.

SINGERS AND BANDS IN FOCUS. Otaku Expo has allotted most of its time to Karaoke Contest and Battle of the Bands. This is aside from the usual activities such as merchandise booths, anime card game tournaments, cosplay competitions, Ozine Maid Cafe, artists gallery, and tarpauline auction.

The program also includes the return of the Gundam Caravan and the eating contest but instead of the usual hotdogs and ramen, there were donuts and pizzas. One of the contestants at the donut eating contest ate a whole donut in less than 5 seconds. Yours truly participated in the donut eating contest unfortunately, didn’t win.

STRICT SECURITY AND FREE HALLS. The event venue opened early than usual. The free or Cosplayers’ hall, Megatrade Hall 2 also opened to accommodate people buying tickets. There were barricades to guide people at the ticket booths and several security people were deployed.

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With a hall serving as both holding area for cosplayers and photographers, they were prohibited to loiter or stay along hallways and areas around the Mega Fashion Hall. SM Security urged them to stay inside Hall 2.

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At around 5PM of the second day, SM Management and the organizers opened Hall 1 to accommodate more attendees making it two free hall against one hall for the event.

STILL CROWDED BUT CONTROLLED. There were fewer people attended Otaku Expo 2015 compared to last year’s Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special event but still the venue was jam-packed.

Because it is free, Megatrade Hall 2 was filled with attendees, photographers, cosplayers and the so-called “Team Labas” and “Eyeball Clan” who don’t have luxury to go inside the event itself. One complain that reached us was that the halls were warm.

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The crowd peaked during the afternoon of Day 2 thankfully, the SM Security were well-prepared this time as  guards  were visible in strategic place around the venue to keep the crowd moving.

FEW PARTICIPANTS IN COSPLAY CONTESTS. There were only twenty-seven (27) participants in the individual competition. Three winners were picked and they were given certificates and gifts from sponsors.

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The judges for the competition were respected cosplayers Mika Mikachu and Marko Villaluz. The two MARCH members were also invited to hold a Cosplay Make Up 101 Seminar at the event.

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This was not case for the group cosplay contest as there were no group joined the competition.

MUCH AWAITED ANNOUNCEMENT. It was announced that the most anticipated anime convention this year is going back to SM Megamall Megatrade Halls. Ozine Fest 2015 will be held on April 24, 25 and 27 in all Halls and Function Rooms of SM Megatrade.

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IN THE END

The organizers have learned a hard lesson from the last event and with that, changes were made. While the main content of the event was the same, the organizers focused on how to organize the crowd in and out the venue. Several measures were made and deemed successful

While there were still issues with the treatment of the security guards and janitors, in the end, many people enjoyed and very satisfied with Otaku Expo 2015.  The next challenge for the organizers is to continue the same level of expectations for their next event, Ozine Fest 2015.

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animephproject.com would like to thank the organizers of Otaku Expo 2015 for an opportunity to cover the event. We will see you in Ozine Fest 2015

STARMARIE’s First Solo Concert in the Philippines Detailed

Takuya Matsumoto, representative director at EA Ltd. and one of managers of Japanese idol group STARMARIE has announced details for their upcoming first solo concert in Manila.

Details were also posted at the Facebook event page hosted by STARMARIE Philippines group.

The STARMARIE Asia Tour ~Fantastic~ in the Philippines will take place on May 2 at Movie Stars Cafe, Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City. Concert will start at 12:30PM.

The Japanese idol group will be performing 17 songs, 3 encore and 1 double encore songs. Tickets are worth Php500 each.

For more details, you can check out the official STARMARIE Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/starmariejapan.

Starmarie Philippines, Facebook Event via Otaku Events

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka? gets second season

The March issue of Megami Magazine will be announcing that Koi’s 4-panel comedy manga series Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? is getting a second season.

Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that cafe. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino, a tough and soldier-esque girl named Rize, a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo, and the ordinary but dignified Sharo.

Manga ‘Taboo-Tattoo’ gets anime adaptation

The wraparound jacket of the 9th volume of  Taboo-Tattoo manga has announced that it will getting an anime adaptation.

The series follows a martial arts trained middle schooler named Seigi. After saving a homeless man one day from some thugs, he is given a mysterious tattoo by him. This mysterious tattoo is a secret weapon that grants him unique powers. Afterwards, he is caught in a conflict when a young woman named Ijii is sent to retrieve the tattoo. The story tells of Seigi’s involvement with Ijii as well as the events that changes his life forever.

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Ozine Fest returns to SM Megatrade Halls

One year after holding their events at the SMX Convention Center, Otakuzine Anime Magazine is returning to SM Megatrade Halls to hold their premiere anime event, Ozine Fest 2015.

The tarp at Otaku Expo 2015 has announced that Ozine Fest 2015 will take place on April 24, 25 and 26. Special guests are also announced.

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SPECIAL GUESTS

Returning as guests are cosplayers Ying Tze (Malaysia), Misa (Taiwan), Luffy and Tsubasa. The organizer has also invited Tuna from Korea, Angie from Malaysia and Shiraga from Taiwan to the event. Illustrator from Japan DMYO is also coming to Ozine Fest 2015 as one of the event’s guests.

Otakuzine Anime Magazine General Manager Dennis Uy has told us that Korean cosplayer Aza Miyuko will not attend Ozine Fest 2015 due to other commitments, however, she may come this August in time for another Ozine event.

BACK TO MEGATRADE HALL

Uy also told us that all halls and meeting room of Megatrade Halls are going to use. Hall 1 will have the main stage while Hall 2 is set for the merchandise booths. Megatrade Hall 3 will feature a mini-stage for activities. Meeting Rooms are set for the meet and greets.

TICKETS

The organizers has decided to raise the prices of the tickets due to rising cost of operating event. Final ticket prices will be announced on a later date.

Aside from the regular tickets, there is also a “bundled” ticket which include entrance, meet and greet/photo session with all the cosplayer guests and freebies from sponsors.

The organizers is also considering tying up with SM Tickets for the distribution of the tickets. Tickets may become available in February.

SECURITY

Uy has told us that they are also talk with people who will help them with the security. So expect more marshals will be deployed during the three-day event.

More information about Ozine Fest 2015 to be announced on a later date.

Manga Denpa Kyoushi gets TV Anime Adaptation

Shounen Sunday official site has announced that Takeshi Azuma’s “Denpa Kyoshi” (He is an ultimate  teacher) comedy manga is getting an anime adaptation to premiere in Spring 2015.

Kagami Junichirou was known as a physics genius when he was a teenager, and he was even published in “Nature.” However, after college, he suddenly lost all interest in science. As a NEET, he’s devoted himself to his anime blog and nerdy collecting habits. He claims he has a serious illness called “I can’t do anything I don’t want to do.” Desperate to get him to do something with his life, his little sister manages to get him a job teaching physics at his old high school. He’s certainly an unconventional teacher, but he becomes fairly popular with the students. After helping a girl who’s being ruthlessly bullied, Kagami finds that he actually likes teaching. Will he continue his career as a weird teacher? Will he go back into physics? Or will he end up back where he started?

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“Ghost in the Shell: Arise” TV anime announced for April 2015

The official website for Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Project has announced that a TV anime adaptation based on the Ghost in the Shell Arise OVAs is schedule to release in Spring 2015. More details to be announced soon.

Furthermore, the first teaser trailer and key visual for the new Ghost in the Shell movie has been released. The movie will open early this summer in Japan.

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http://kokaku-a.jp/arise/index.php

Starmarie holds first solo concert in Manila

Japanese idol group STARMARIE has recently announced their first solo concert in the Philippines.

Nozomi Kishita, Shino Takamori, Matsuzaki Hiroka, Nakane Motoko, and Watanabe Kaede are scheduled to perform at the Movie Stars Cafe at Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on May 2, 2015.

The concert is part of Starmarie’s Asia One Man Tour 2015 that will start on March until June 2015.

Starmarie already performed in Manila in 2013 and 2014.

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GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS 2014: THE NOMINEES

Manila, Philippines, January 2, 2015The Golden Ticket Awards 2014 nominees are now in, and the winners for each categories will be announced soon! Witness as we select the best event that happened this side of 2014.

The People’s Choice category will also allow supporters to vote online to help pick which event is the fan favorite from the community. To cast your vote, go to: http://bit.ly/gtapeopleschoice

The Golden Ticket Awards 2014 is an award giving body comprised of various bloggers, otakus, and geek a like to provide you the best event experience for the communities. Up to eight categories are in store for the committee to select based on their performance and its organizer’s fulfilled expectations to its target fan base.

BEST OVERALL EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 9/20/2014
eSports& Gaming Summit Gariath Concepts 11/15/2014
Toycon 2014 Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective 6/20/2014
WORST OVERALL EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
AGCF Hanabi Festival 2014 Anime Gaming Cultural Festival 11/29/2014
Ozine Fest 2014 Ozine 4/25/2014
Pinoy Gaming Festival 2014 Philippine eSports Organization 10/25/2014
BEST OTAKU EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 9/20/2014
Philippine Cosplay Convention 2014 Cosplay.ph 3/8/2014
Cosplay Mania 2014 Cosplay.ph 10/4/2014
BEST COMMUNITY EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Talking Apples Maid and Butler Pop-Up Cafe Talking Apples Manila 9/6/2014
Kawaii in Manila 2 Kawaii Philippines 11/23/2014
SuiCon2014 SuiCon Philippines 7/5/2014
ACGP Bunkasai at NAPAW Anime Corner Group Pilipinas 9/7/2014
BEST OTAKU CONCERT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
BoA Summer Live 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 5/1/2014
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 9/20/2014
Cosplay Mania 2014 Jam Concert Cosplay.ph 10/4/2014
BEST GAMING EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
eSports& Gaming Summit Gariath Concepts 11/15/2014
Mineski Pro Gamers League Season 6 Finals Mineski International 11/29/2014
Level Up! Guild Congress Level Up! Games 11/16/2014
BEST POP CULTURE EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Komikon X Komikon Inc. 11/15/2014
Nexcon Cosplay.ph 5/31/2014
ToyCon 2014 Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective 6/20/2014
PEOPLE’s CHOICE
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Holdings 9/20/2014
Cosplay Mania 2014 Cosplay.ph 10/4/2014
eSports& Gaming Summit Gariath Concepts 11/15/2014
Toycon 2014 Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective 6/20/2014

ABOUT THE GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS COMMITTEE:

The Golden Ticket Awards Committee is composed of eight (8) entities based in the Republic of the Philippines, namely Anime websites Deremoe and AnimePH Project, Cosplay websites Otakista and The Cosplay Cafe, gaming sites Back2Gaming and The Reimaru Files, technology website TechPorn.ph and events directory Otaku Events (on Facebook).

Kindly share this information to your friends or to those people that are interested to see this gaming event. Thank you very much and we hope to see you all.

If you would like more information about this topic, please email us at rayan@animephproject.com

TOYCON 2015 will still take place at SM Megatrade

The official Facebook page for the Philippine Toys and Hobbies Collectibles has revealed that the country’s biggest pop culture event, TOYCON 2015 will take place at Megatrade Halls, SM Megamall this June 19-20-21, 2015.

The organizer are also negotiating to use additional areas outside Megatrade Halls.

More information will be revealed soon.

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