New “Full Metal Panic” anime in the works

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Fujimi Shobo has announced that Shoji Gatoh and Shikidouji’s light novel series “Full Metal Panic” is getting a new anime adaptation soon. No more details announced.

The announcement has been made during the stage event at today’s Fantasia Bunko Festival.

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“Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie” English trailer streamed

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The English-dubbed trailer of the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie” is now streaming on Funimation Youtube channel. (Video not available in the Philippines)

The movie will run in theaters in North America on November 10, 11, and 16. The film opened in Japan last June 20.

SYNOPSIS
Set in a futuristic Japan after the end of a brutal world war, science has advanced by leaps and bounds giving humanity the choice to prolong life and reduce suffering with the use of sophisticated cybernetics. With all of humanity linked into one system of minds and personalities known as ghosts, the biggest threat to civilization is the cyber terrorists capable of hijacking people’s bodies and memories.

When a ghost-infecting virus known as Fire-Starter begins spreading through the system resulting in the assassination of the Japanese Prime Minister, Major Motoko Kusanagi and her elite team of special operatives are called in to track down its source. As they delve deeper and deeper into their investigation, they uncover traces of government corruption and a shadowy broker that bears an all-too-familiar face.

When your target can be anywhere and look like anyone, the only choice you have is to trust your ghost, and hope you aren’t infected too.

ESGS 2015: Five reasons why you should check out

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One of the most anticipated biggest gaming convention in the Philippines returns this year and we are giving five reasonson why you should attend this year’s eSports and Gaming Summit (ESGS 2015)

Indie games gets a spotlight

Everyone is invited to check out around 30 independent games made by various aspiring indie developers at the Indie Arena. The area is sponsored by the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines, PLDT.

Brawfest debuts

Brawfest is a newly introduced competitive gaming tournament from seven gaming communities. The event wide tournament comprises of 14 famous console fighting games and everyone is welcome to participate in any of the titles. Registration starts by 10:00 AM on a first-come first-serve basis.  

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The much awaited COD: BLACK OPS III Competition

Sony PlayStation is proud to announce the much awaited Call of Duty: Black Ops III Competition at the event. ESGS 2015 attendees can have a first hand experience to the game and  get a chance to win prizes from Sony Playstation at the same time.

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There is a cosplay contest

In cooperation with Anime Alliance Philippines, ESGS brings you the best in gaming-cosplay. Join the competition, and who knows, you might become one of the winners who could bring home a cash prize and a special gaming wall scroll straight from the Tokyo Game Show 2015.

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Lots of exhibitors

ESGS 2015 won’t be complete without the exhibitors. Together with ESGS, each exhibitors features their own activities, and even raffles so participation is a must!ESGS 2015 Exhibitors

ESGS 2015 will take place this October 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center Function Room 1 to 4.

ESGS 2015 is organized by Gariath Concepts, the organizers behind successful gaming events such as Pinoy Gaming Festival: Summer Event, Pinoy Gaming Festival (Main) and the recently launched brand (co-organized with Mineski Events Team), E-Sports Tour (EST) among others. The event is co-presented by PLDT Home and GameX. 

“Cool Japan Festival 2015” set this November

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On November 7-8, Japanese multi-national company HalloHallo Inc., will be holding its grand festival event at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.

According to their official website, “Cool Japan Festival” is a two-day event which aims to further promote cultural and economic exchange and friendship between the Philippines and Japan.

The event will highlight the first appearance of the renowned idol group AKB48 Team 8 in the Philippines and Japanese drum performance by drumming group from Japan, “Tokoro Taiko.

International cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao will be performing a cosplay show with the up and coming Japanese idol group, Akishibu Project. There is also a live show from Filipino girl quintet unit “Kawaii5” as they promote NHK’s television drama “Amachan,” which already airing in the Philippines.

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Attendees can have an opportunity to be up close with Japanese culture as the event will have various booth and displays such as ‘The Real Sushi Nigiri Experience Show.”

There will be also a “drawing aquarium” for kids and Team Lab Camera for adults. At Team Lab Camera, visitors stand in front of a camera that automatically detects their presence, takes a photo then automatically alters the image.

The event will also recreate the street food stalls or “yatai” like those seen in Japanese local festivals.

Moreover, as preview of the planned “Cool Japan Mall,” Japan specialty store Cool Japan Shop will also be selling and displaying merchandise unique to the Japanese market.

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“Hello Kitty” will also make a special appearance at the event.

Hallo Hallo, Inc. is a Japanese owned e-commerce-focused business which offers various online services to make the lives of Filipinos easier. It was founded in 2012 by Japanese businessman Yasunari Okada.

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“Shingeki no Kyojin” season 2 trailer leaked

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A video footage was leaked online revealing on what to expect on the second season of highly popular anime series “Shingeki no Kyojin”.

The leaked video continues the last scene from the first season where Hanji Zoe discovered that there was a titan trapped inside the wall surrounding the city. Zoe confronts Pastor Nick if he has any knowledge but Pastor Nick won’t tell and said that he would rather die than reveal anything.

“Attack on Titan” season 2 is scheduled to release next year.

E-Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) 2015

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One of the biggest and most anticipated e-sport competition and gaming convention returns this year.

The second E-Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) 2015 is happening this coming October 24-25, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center Function Rooms 1 to 4, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

With a success of the last year’s convention, this year’s ESGS will be bigger and better as it will feature gaming titles from various game companies to the public. There will also be booths from local game publishers to showcase their latest and upcoming games as well.

With e-sports solidifying its presence locally, ESGS will also host official game tournaments to several e-sport and gaming organizations. The event will also be introducing a new brand competition called “Brawlfest.” It comprises of different fighting game titles which will be announced soon.

Apart from the mainstream games, ESGS will also feature an Indie Area showcasing various independent games from local and possibly, international developers.

Entrance ticket is Php185 each and it is already available in all SM Ticket outlets nationwiade. ESGS is orgaznized by Gariath Concepts in partnership with other organizers.

Meet and greet with Ladybeard at Cosplay Mania ’15

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He may look intimidating with his muscular physique and striking stare but the multi-talented wrestler/cosplayer/heavy metal rock star Ladybeard was not afraid to show off his kawaii side during the Meet and Greet held at the Meeting Room 2 in the SMX Convention Hall, Pasay City.

The Meet and Greet was divided into two sessions.  We were able to arrive just in time for the 2nd session at 4:30PM. There was already a line forming in front of the Meet and Greet room 30 minutes before the doors were opened.

Official Ladybeard merchandise were made available at the booth and only the official merchandise will be allowed for autograph signing. Some of the merchandise were a fan with Ladybeard as Sailor Moon, a hologram Ladybeard in Wonderland poster,  2-shots of Polaroid pictures, and a manga where Ladybeard himself was the protagonist.

Fans cheered in delight when Ladybeard revealed himself on-stage wearing his famous Chun Li (Street Fighter) costume. He was very sweet and always showed appreciation towards his fans through hugs or by complimenting on their looks. He was also very energetic when answering their questions, some of which were as follows:

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Ladybeard in his Chunli costume during the Meet and Greet session

  • How long does it take for you to grow your beard after shaving?
    First and foremost, if you want to grow a beard, you never shave. Shaving is not an option. But I trim my beard when it gets too long in about 4 weeks.
  • What was your most memorable wrestling experience?
    There was a time that I was one-on-one with this Japanese wrestler from the same wrestling company I am currently under. He was known as the Headbutt guy. During our one-on-one I got hit so hard by his headbutt that I actually saw stars. It felt a lot like that I was hit by a bus.
  • How do you take care of your hair?
    I bathe daily in a mixture of mashed avocados and milk that is constantly stirred by my servant rats– I use shampoo and conditioner.
  • If you were to be a part of a movie, what movie genre would you like to do?
    I’d like to do an action movie. I’d also like to do a romantic comedy type of movie. A RomAcCom movie.
  • Why did you decide to cosplay like a girl?
    Because it’s fun! The first time I wore a dress was when I was 14. I borrowed my sister’s school dress and went to a costume party. Everyone thought that it was hilarious. It feels awesome to wear a dress. It gives a lot of freedom of movement, which is a huge advantage especially when I am fighting in the ring.
  • What made you decide to shift from wrestling to cosplay?
    We thought it would be funny to wrestle while wearing a dress. But what really got me into cosplay was when someone suggested that I wear a Sailor Moon costume in celebration of the anime’s anniversary.
  • Which anime character do you enjoy cosplaying as?
    I really love cosplaying as Chun Li!
  • Do you know the Australian band “The Beards”?
    *starts to sing the chorus of “If your Dad Doesn’t Have a Beard Then You Got Two Moms”* Yes! I know them! They are one of the famous bands in Australia and in fact I went to college with 3 of them.
  • What is your signature wrestling move?
    It’s called Women’s Liberation. I can’t really demonstrate right now but it’s a combination of a jump spin kick. It’s similar to the move called Choco Paradise.

In between questions, he would share a tidbit about his life. One of which was when he revealed that this was not his first time in the Philippines. For some time, Ladybeard also stayed in Cebu. Though he admits that he had forgotten all of his Cebuano as it had been many years ago.

He shared another trivia about him when one of the fans referred to him as “Ladybeard-sempai”. His manager, Naoko Tachibana, couldn’t help but be curious as to why we refer to him as such. Ladybeard acted as an impromptu translator  and translated her message to the fans. He explained to the audience that in other parts of the world, he is called using the honorific “-chan” (probably in reference to his own personal description of being a 5-year-old Japanese girl trapped in the body of an Australian man). It is only in the US and the Philippines where he is referred using the honorific “-sempai”.

Photo session and autograph signing followed after the Q&A. Ladybeard greeted and hugged each fan that came on stage while his manager took the pictures.  After the autograph signing, he gathered all the fans onstage for a group picture.

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Ladybeard during the concert

Even though I’ve been to a Meet and Greet event before, I still have very little knowledge of the rules the should be followed for events like this. The Meet and Greet House Rules was posted on the official website but it was simply not enough. Though there were efforts to remind the rules during the session, I suggest that in every Meet and Greet, the organizers can hand out a flyer with information about the guest and the house rules to prepare the audience for what is ahead. These can be distributed upon claiming of stubs, packaged together with purchased merchandise and/or upon entry in the Meet and Greet area.

Overall, the organizers did their best to make the Meet and Greet experience memorable and enjoyable for both the guests and the fans. I can’t wait to find out who makes it to their guest list next year!

Hana and Baozi photo session at Cosplay Mania ’15 will be limited

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Cosplay Mania ’15 organizers Cosplay.ph has issued an important announcement regarding the upcoming Meet and Greet session with Chinese cosplayers Hana and Baozi.

According to their official Facebook page, Hana and Baozi will only be able to provide a limited number of photo ops during their Meet and Greet session due to health reason. The two cosplayers will try their best to accommodate as many people.

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