Ozine Fest 2015: Individual Cosplay Competition Highlights

The third and last of Ozine Fest 2015 highlighted the ever anticipated Individual Cosplay Competition.

Only ninety-one cosplayers participated in the contest compared to the previous Ozine events where it went as high as more than 100. The highest was more than 300.

animePH project picked the funniest, the most interesting, the most daring, the most awkward and awesome performances and cosplayers, we have ever seen at the competition.

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New date for STARMARIE Asian Tour 2015 in Manila announced

The official Facebook page for Japanese idol group STARMARIE has announced the new date for their STARMARIE ASIA TOUR 2015 FANTASTIC in MANILA and the Tokyo Cosplay Battle.

The new date is June 7 (Sunday), still at Movie Star Cafe, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. Tickets are priced at Php200 each.

The group’s  first concert was supposedly scheduled last May 2 but the date was also the day of the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight.

Starmarie Facebook page

“Love Live! The School Idol Movie” premieres in the Philippines on October

The official website for the Love Live! School Idol Project anime has announced that the upcoming movie is set to release in theaters outside of Japan starting August 2015.

Love Live! The School Idol Movie will premiere in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, United States, Australia New Zealand, Malaysia, , Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, and The Philippines.

According to the website, the movie will premiere on October 1, subject to change, in the Philippines. The distribution will be handled by Odex Pte. Ltd, a Singapore-based company that licenses and releases anime for local and regional Southeast Asian consumption.

Movie will premiere on June 13 in Japan.

VIVA-PSICOM “Fairy Tail” and “Attack on Titan” event launch dated

During Ozine Fest 2015, VIVA-PSICOM has announced the date of release of the “tagalized” manga series Fairy Tail and Attack on Titan.

According to the tarpaulin ad, the event launch is set on June 6-7 at SM Megatrade Halls.

Earlier, VIVA-PSICOM announced that the translated manga series will be released every month starting June 2015, and the suggested retail price is Php195 per volume. It will be distributed exclusively by National Bookstore.

Ozine Fest 2015 adjust prices for the Meet and Greet for the first day

With three guests available only, the organizer of the Ozine Fest 2015 adjusted the Meet and Greet prices for the first day only. The three guests available were Angie, Ying Tze and Tuna.

Here were the meet and greet prices for the first day only.

The organizers are already discussing the adjustments for the rest of Ozine Fest 2015 as Misa and Shiraga arrives tomorrow.

DMYO, Tsubasa and Luffy will not come to Ozine Fest 2015

In a press conference held today at SM Megatrade Hall Function Room B, Dennis Uy, one of the organizers of Ozine Fest 2015, announces that famous illustration Shirahane Nao (a.k.a. DMYO) and Hong Kong cosplayer Tsubasa won’t be coming to the three-day event.

DMYO will not attend due to the same issues as photographer Shiro Ang.

Tsubasa, in his latest Facebook, said that he was denied boarding from Malaysia. According to Uy, Tsubasa’s passport will expire less than six months from the time of exit. With Tsubasa not coming, so does his partner Luffy.

Despite her earlier visa problem, Taiwanese cosplayer Misa will be available for the meet and greet on the second day with another cosplayer Shiraga. Their flight will arrive early morning.

With that, five out of the nine guests are available for the meet and greet until Sunday. The organizers are already discussing the next steps regarding the meet and greet sessions for Day 2 and 3.

Foreign guests reveal cosplay plans for Ozine Fest 2015

Some of the international guest cosplayers of Ozine Fest 2015 has revealed in their social networking sites their cosplay plans for the three-day event.

Taiwan MISA
World Cosplay profile
Facebook page

Hong Kong TSUBASA
World Cosplay profile
Facebook page

South Korea TUNA
World cosplay profile
Facebook page

Malaysia YING TZE
World Cosplay profile
Facebook page

Malaysia’s ANGIE, Taiwan’s SHIRAGA and Hong Kong’s LUFFY have yet to reveal their plans for the event. Meet and Greet session swill take place at Functions Room A and B at SM Megatrade Halls in Mandaluyong City.

Ozine Fest 2015 will be held on April 24, 25 and 26 at Megatrade Hall 1, 2, 3, Function Room 1 and 2, SM Megamall.

animePHproject is a media partner of the event.

FIRST LOOK: Ozine Fest 2015 Floor layout during ingress

We had an opportunity to see the actual floor layout of Ozine Fest 2015 during the ingress yesterday. It was almost the same with the layout released by Play@park but there were little changes made since Shiro Ang’s visit to the event was cancelled.

Dressing booths and package counters were still not visible during the photos were taken. We may check again this morning as they continue to setup the remaining booths.

Ozine Fest 2015, as per the organizers will start at 10AM sharp.

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Floor layout during the ingress

Shiro Ang misses Ozine Fest 2015 due flight and programme scheduling matters

Famous Singaporean photographer Shiro Ang will be missing out Ozine Fest 2015 as he cancels his visit to the Philippines due “flight and programme scheduling matters.”

He is supposed to have a photography workshop and exhibit at Megatrade Hall 3.

In an interview with Dennis Uy, one of the organizers of Ozine Fest 2015, he admitted that there have been problems with Ang’s flight and program schedules.

animephproject is one of the media partners of Ozine Fest 2015. 

“Death Note” TV Drama announced

It was announced that  Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s original supernatural suspense manga “DEATH NOTE” will be getting TV drama adaptation starting in July.

The drama will also feature an original story not featured in the anime or movies. It will also cast the character N or Near which would be the first time for the character to appear in its live-action adaptation.

More details including its staff and cast members, will be announced at a later date.

TokyoHive

ABS-CBN reveals “Upcoming Animazing Series,” Includes Free! and Yowamushi Pedal

Sports anime series Free!-Iwatobi Swim Club and Yowamushi Pedal may air on ABS-CBN coming soon.

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The said series are listed on ABS-CBN’s upcoming “Animazing” series for 2015 on network’s market portal, ABS-CBN 36o.

Free!-Iwatobi Swim Club premiered in 2013 while Yowamushi Pedal air the year after in Japan.

ABS-CBN 360

Selector WIXOSS gets anime movie

During the an event at Chiba Prefecture in Japan, a staff from the series has announced an animated film adaptation for “Selector WIXOSS.

More details will be announced soon.

Selector WIXOSS Twitter

Tamashii Convention 2015 Event Recap

Last month, Nihon Kenkyuu Kai, De La Salle University’s Japanese Studies organization was very successful in holding its 3rd installment of Tamashii Convention after a three-year break from the Philippine event scene. TamaCon 2015 was held at Function Hall 1, Meeting 2 and 3 at SMX Manila.

This one-day anime event featured a lot of activities such as the fashion show organized by Kawaii Philippines, J-pop Idol competition, Japanese Culture Talk and the Cosplay Competition.

There were also band performance from Strange Orange, Veralia, Hoshi to Sora, and Dimension Line. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Inertia band took over Asterysk* slot.

Apart from the different contests and band performances, Tama Con 2015 had its own popup cafe named, The Cake & Coffee Club Cafe  located at Meeting Room 3 and various Matsuri Booths, which made it a unique event.

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animeph project came in the afternoon as some of the activities were already done, but it didn’t stopped us from enjoying the event.

The numbers of people who attended was a surprise since SMX was implementing the “No Ticket, No Entry” rule in the venue.

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According to the organizers, more than 2,000 people attended the event, more than what they expected. There were times that crowd inside the Function Hall were jam-packed especially in front of the stage. The lobby was also crowded with cosplayers and people who wants to take some photos.

As a result, the SMX management and security has resorted to crowd controlling and requested the organizers to temporarily stop selling tickets for the walk-ins. Furthermore, the security was very strict as there were two parallel event being held at SMX on that date.

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There were also an incident of theft as one of the concessionaires had lost a bag and cellphone which resulted to bag and body search at the end of the event.

In the end, Tamashii Convention 2015 was a total success.  The organizers and hosts were able to keep the schedule time. There was a baggage booth for all cosplayers attending. Tamashii Con has set the bars for other anime events specially to the seasoned ones to have a better management for its patrons.

Kudos to Nihon Kenkyuu Kai, the organizers of TamaCon for maintaining its level of professionalism. The organizers were well-prepared since the planning of TamaCon 2015. We will not be surprise if next year’s TamaCon can be leveled with major Japan-culture events in the country.

animeph project would like to thank again Nihon Kenkyuu Kai for once again inviting us as one of Tamashii Convention’s media partners.

Viva-PSICOM to release Fairy Tail and Attack on Titans manga translated in Filipino

Viva-PSICOM Publishing will be announcing that they will be releasing Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail and Hajime Isayama Attack on Titan manga locally and it is translated in Filipino.

The translated manga series will be released every month starting June 2015, and the suggested retail price is Php195 per volume.

More details will be announced at Ozine Fest 2015.

Last February 17, Viva-PSICOM had posted on their Facebook page that they were in need of English to Filipino and Japanese to Filipino translators.

Ozine Fest 2015 will not implement “No Ticket, No Cosplay” rule

The organizers will not implement the “No Ticket, No Cosplay” rule in the upcoming Ozine Fest 2015 according to their meeting with the sponsors, booth concessionaires and the press at the Megatrade Function Room A last Friday.

However, the organizers and the Megatrade Management reiterate that they will still be enforcing stricter “house rules” for the attendees, cosplayers and photographers of the event.

SECURITY RULES

  • Cosplayers will be not allowed to use the public restrooms for dressing up makeup, body paint, etc. The organizers will be providing dressing booths located at the Megatrade hall 3.
  • There will be a designated package counters for registered cosplayers only. Cosplayers, competing and non-competing must register to avail the services of the package counters. Any unattended bags will be brought to the Megatrade office.
  • Cosplayers and photographers will be prohibited to loiter or hang-out at the Mega Fashion Hall. SM Management will be designating security personnel at the areas concern.
  • Cosplayers with bulky costumes such mecha are only allowed to wear their costumes inside the venue. The cosplayer will be not allowed to wear the whole costume outside.
  • Photography is still allowed, however, “pop-up studios” and mini-studios are prohibited, parking area included.

TICKETS

  • The organizer will open the event at exactly 10 AM.
  • Purchase of ticket will be done at the event itself. There is no online selling. Entrance ticket is worth Php200 per day.
  • The organizers has setup three ticket booths at Megatrade Hall 1 and 3. For those who availed the meet-and-greet passes, you can claim it at Hall 2.
  • Attendees can purchase tickets in advance for the next two days.
  • The ticket price for the meet-and-greet ranges from Php900 for half of the guests and Php1,700 for all the guests. According to the organizers, the meet-and-greet slots are almost full. There will be an onsite selling of meet-and-greet tickets but limited only.
  • Meet-and-greet tickets does not entitle a holder for a free entrance of the event. You will still need to purchase an entrance ticket.
  • In case of overcrowding, the organizers will have to stop selling tickets.

animephproject is a media partner of Ozine Fest 2015. Ozine Fest 2015 will take place on April 24, 25, 26 at Megatrade Halls 1, 2, 3, Function Room A and B, SM Megamall.