Hollywood Actor Nicholas Hoult, aka X-Men’s Beast, Headlines AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

“What a Lovely Day” and a “Beastly” good time it is for movie and pop fans around the region as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) confirmed Hollywood actor Nicholas Hoult as the latest celebrity headliner to hit the stage of the biggest pop culture convention slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Hoult, who made his acting debut with the 1996 Canadian-British film Intimate Relations, is best known for playing mutant scientist Beast in X-Men: First Class and  X-Men: Days of Future Past, War Boy Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road, protagonist Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer, and R in Warm Bodies.

In the past, Hoult  starred in the independent, science fiction drama Young Ones opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and directed by Jake Paltrow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also starred opposite Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man to rave reviews.

Hoult’s most recent movie appearances were in Drake Doremus’ film Equals, a futuristic drama also starring Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the British independent production Kill Your Friends, based on a novel by John Niven.

 He has recently finished shooting writer/director Danny Strong’s directorial debut Rebel in the Rye, in which he plays a young J.D. Salinger; and he will also be seen in the film Sand Castle for director Fernando Coimbra, in which he portrays an American soldier on a mission to help a village at the end of the war in Iraq.

For the fans of Hoult, APCC Manila is offering Autograph, Photograph and Meet & Greet session tickets with the actor, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets.

 APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila  and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

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Cosplay Mania 2016: First wave of Guest Reveals!

Cosplay Mania is the Philippine’s premiere event for cosplay and cosplaying enthusiasts — with more than 25,000 attendees for last year’s two-day event. This year, Cosplay Mania celebrates over fifteen years of Philippine cosplaysince the hobby’s humble local beginnings in 2000.

The First Wave of Cosplay Mania 2016 guests are here! LIKE, SHARE and TAG your friends who have been waiting for this incredible news! Meet and Greet (M&G) Tickets announcements to follow so stay tuned.

What do you think of the First Wave of guests? Who do you think we’ll announce next?

Cosplay Mania 2016 will be on October 1-2, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center Manila next to SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

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About Cosplay.PH
Cosplay.ph is the leading Cosplay website and online community in the Philippines. With primary business in Makati
City, Philippines, we engage in various aspects of Cosplay such as organizing, managing and implementing Cosplay
events such as conventions, contests, parades, and workshops.

O-kun Fiesta 2

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After the success of their first ever event held last year with thousands of Japanese enthusiasts gathered and magazine supporters and readers, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine brings O-kun Fiesta 2, with the Japanese lantern festival as its theme.This year they  have even more tutorials, panel discussions, magazine signings and contests that will be happening in the two (2) day event that will be held on June 4-5, 2016 at Function Room 3 (not 1) of the SMX Convention Center.

Last chance of summer fun is at O-kun Fiesta! Otaku Asia’s annual event is back with more to offer. Now held on two exciting days, the event is something to look forward to before school starts.

O-kun Fiesta 2, is Otaku Asia’s way to reach out to their readers and give back for the support with a fun, informative and interactive fiesta of activities. Ticket price is at P150 sold on site and on Eventbrite (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/ticketing/ ). PSICOM Publishing Inc. is holding a pre-selling offer for only P120 at their office until May 30.

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O-kun Fiesta 2’s program includes a series of lectures, demonstrations and tutorials that are related to being an Otaku. The event features a cosplay competition in the unique form of Cosplay Parade (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/blog-post/be-part-of-the-cosplay-parade/) also announced is their Toy Photography Contest (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/blog-post/point-shoot-win-the-toyphotography-contest/) in partnership with Hubbyte Toy Store and with special participation of internationally aclaimed toy photographer, Kixkillradio.

While off-stage, guests can participate in the magazine signing, tanzaku wall and event photobooth set up by Moonstruck Creatives.

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Also get your magazines signed at O-kun Fiesta 2!

Otaku Asia is firstly an annual magazine that has interviews, features and articles of the local cosplay and otaku scene in the metro.

In our O-kun Fiesta Special Issue, we feature all our guests, Ivyree Rosario of Little Things PH, Sheng Gonzales of Kixkillradio and Romeo Encisa Jr. of Moonstruck Creatives. Of course we will not forget to include our partners, Pixitato Artworks and Cosplay Medics PH. Inside are articles and posters of gender based cosplay groups, Bishounen Society and Tonari no Tsuns. This issue will have a 35-page student planner with pages for semestral schedules or anime streaming schedules!

Our event schedule: http://goo.gl/CsWF22

Our guests: http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/guests-and-lecturers/

Contests: http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/contests/

Ticketing: https://goo.gl/SBcdj5

See you at the event!

About O-kun Fiesta

O-kun is the doughnut-shaped fruit “O” on the logo of Otaku Asia, while Fiesta is because of our Filipino culture of celebration and festivities. Otaku Asia celebrates Japanese sub-culture appreciation with a touch of Filipino traits .

About Otaku Asia

Started as Otaku Asia Anime Magazine in 2013, Otaku Asia has transformed itself to be Philippine’s otaku lifestyle magazine. Based in Quezon City, the OA team has published several 96-page issues with various sections for cosplay, art, food, music, games, lifestyle, communities, tutorials and Japanese pop culture.

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

 

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

World-class Japanese music series unveils summer lineup for Anime Expo’s 25th Event

Santa Ana, CA – (May 19, 2016) Anime Expo, produced by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), will present the U.S.’s first Anisong World Matsuri event on July 2 and 3. Created by six leading Japanese entertainment companies including Lantis Co., Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., AMUSE Inc., BANDAI VISUAL CO. LTD., BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative Inc., and Anime Consortium Japan Inc., the music and entertainment event adds yet another layer to North America’s largest anime event.

“We’re very happy to collaborate with valued Japanese industry partners to create a memorable event,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of SPJA. “We are hopeful that this will create an Anisong experience unlike any other. Anime Expo’s growth has allowed us to bring new elements of entertainment to our attendees.”

Anime Expo Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience multiple concerts and events featuring a variety of performers and special guests. This is the first event of its kind in North America and Anime Expo is proud to produce this in collaboration with Japan. Anisong World Matsuri is a series of events and music concerts featuring:

~Love Live! Sunshine!! Event: Nice to Meet You, We are Aqours!!~

  •  Guest: Aqours (Anju Inami as Chika Takami, Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi, Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura, Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa, Kanako Takatsuki (as Hanamaru Kunikida, Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa)
  • Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall
  • Date: July 2, 2016

~ONE PUNCH MATSURI at AX~

  • o Guests: § Makoto Furukawa as Saitama § Director Shingo Natsume § …and more
  • o Performance by § JAM Project
  • o Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall
  • o Date: July 2, 2016

Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Super Live~

Performances by:

  • Eir Aoi § JAM Project
  • Luna Haruna
  • Minami
  • Sphere
  • T.M. Revolution
  • Yoko Ishida
  • DJ Kazu

Location: Microsoft Theater

Date: July 2, 2016

Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Band Battle~

o Peformances by:

  • FLOW
  • OLDCODEX

o Location: The NOVO by Microsoft

o Date: July 3, 2016

Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/

For more information about attending, please visit http://www.animeexpo.org/registration-help/.

For more information about Anisong World Matsuri, please visit http://www.daisuki.net/awm2016/

New visual and trailer for “Owarimonogatari” released

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The official website for Owarimonogatari anime has released the latest promotional video and key visual for the upcoming Fall anime

Hiroshi Kamiya and Kaori Mizuhashi will return to reprise their roles as Koyomi Araragi and Ougi Oshino. Marina Inoue joins the cast to voice the new character Sodachi-Oikura.

The series will premiere on October 3.

Noragami Aragoto premieres on October 2

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The October 2015 issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Magazine has announced that the upcoming anime sequel, Noragami Aragoto will air on October 2, 2015 in Japan.

First season premiered last year.

SYNOPSIS
In the second season of Noragami the main focus is on Bishamon, god of combat. She has many shinki due to her being unable to abandon spirits attacked by Ayakashi. She has a large group of shinki with her as leader, causing her trouble as she sometimes cannot tend to all of them properly, especially when one of them gets sick or is in pain. She has a strong hate for Yato, as a dark past binds the two of them. How will the horrifying events dated hundreds of years ago in combination with current evil happenings affect Yato and Yukine?

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“Terra Formars” anime sequel announced

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This year’s 38th issue of Weekly Young Jump magazine has revealed that Terra Formars is getting an anime sequel. More details will be announced on magazine’s next issue.

The series is based on the manga with the same name written by Yu Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana. It was adapted into an anime TV series and OVA in 2014. A live-action film is scheduled to premiere next year.

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“Attack on Titan” Live Action Movie Part 1- Movie Review

NOTICE: If you are an avid fan of AoT franchise and hasn’t watch the movie yet, I please advise you to not read this article for it will contain spoilers.

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Here is my take on the live action movie. Let’s all be open minded about this. Initially everyone thinks that once an anime or manga will be having a movie adaptation, we think they’ll follow the follow of the manga or anime, but it’s not always like that.

The live-action “Attack on Titan” (Shingeki No Kyojin) movie has a different approach. Still getting some scenes at the anime and manga, they didn’t change it entirely but they made their own story.


At the beginning of the movie, it started as what the anime and manga introduced. Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.

Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. As seen in the movie Armin (Kanata Hongo) was helping the family business then his father said that Eren (Haruma Miura) lost his job again. Concerned he decided to look for Eren, on his way a kid called out to him saying his invention is broken, he promised to fix it and return it to the kid. He went and look for Mikasa (Kiko Mizuhara), he found him and they went and looked for Eren. They found him on top of a disarmed bomb. Eren looking over at the walls imagining what could be outside those walls.

Eren, forcing Mikasa and Armin to join him and check out the wall. Secretly hiding from the watchers, they made it over the fence. Eren noticed that Mikasa is feeling cold so he gave his red scarf and put it around her. After a few minutes of staring at the wall up close, they were caught by the Stationary Troops. Eren and Armin tried to fight back and soon was discovered by Mr. Shouda-san. Shouda-san (Pierre Taki) was laughing that he also did what Eren did along with his mother during those times. Suddenly there was an earthquake-like, then they soon discovered that it was a Titan. Eren didn’t believe it that after a 100 years, they showed themselves again. The Titan, as stated in the anime and manga, is the Colossal Titan. He rammed his feet to make a wall so that the smaller Titans can get in.

Eren, Mikasa, and Armin run for their life. Armin split up with the group to look for his family while Mikasa and Eren kept on running until they reached a shelter. They saw a mother and baby sitting on the ground crying, Eren immediately went get the the mother but the mother dropped the baby and Mikasa took charge to get the baby. Eren was pushed by the current of the people going inside the shelter leaving Mikasa and the baby outside while the Titan was there looking at them. Eren screaming to let him out to save Mikasa but was too late. He went out and saw the place, full of debris and scattered bodies and blood everywhere.

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After two years, Eren and Armin joined the Scouting Legion. Kubal (Jun Kunimura) congratulated the current legion and that they’ll be having their first task. Hange also known as Hans (Satomi Ishihara) for short, explained what they’ll do. They where tasked to go and reclaim explosives at their hometown. Being said at dusk they’ll leave.

People that joined the Legion said there final goodbyes to the people they love. Showing first was Shasha aka “Potato Girl” (Nanami Sakuraba), as seen in the movie, she was sold off by her parents. Next was Jean (Takahiro Miura) talking to his drunk dad to regain pride once again for their family. Sannagi (Satoru Matsuo) said goodbye to his little siblings. As Armin and Eren passed by each and everyone of them, they know there are no one waiting for them at home.

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On the eve, they set out immediately for they know that Titans are asleep at night. They need to arrive at the designated by dawn. During the journey, the carriage stopped for they notice something in the field. The scouting legion went down and search the ground. While searching the grounds, Shasha’s tummy grumbled really loud so Armin gave her a potato and gave her another potato just in case she is still hungry. Eren, Jean and Hiana (Ayame Misaki) was the last group to go into the abandoned building. Hiana claiming that she heard a baby’s cry, without hesitation she went while Eren followed behind. Seeing at the end that the baby they heard was actually a Titan baby. It cried and basically they caught the attention of the Titans residing the area.

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Shikishima (Hiroki Hasegawa) and Mikasa came to the aid and help them defeat the titans. Many were injured during the fight. Armin and Eren saw Mikasa. They were shocked and didn’t expect that she was still alive. While others are attending the injured, Jean and Eren had a fist fight. Eren breaking Jean’s jaw caught Shikishima’s attention and called Eren to have a talked. Eren asked about Mikasa while Shikisima said “then fly”. Eren then found where Mikasa is, playing the broken piano. Mikasa showed that she was bitten by the titan. Shikishima purposely interrupted by throwing Eren an apple. Shikisima biting the apple offered it to Mikasa. Eren seeing the scene fleed.

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While the others are putting the explosives in the carriage, Eren was in a corner thinking and Hiana came by to ask about him and Eren. While their chatting, you can hear Fukushi (Shu Watanabe) and Lil (Rina Takeda) in the background doing their thing. Hiana is seducing Eren, saying if he is fine having a relationship with a single mother. Eren then saw an eye looking straight at them, he froze and it was a titan.

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Finding about that titans has arrived at their location. They all went out and protected one another. Kubal seeing the titans ordered everyone to protect the explosives at all costs. Seeing at the background, there is someone behind him. The scouting legion gets their ODMG in the carriage and went high in the buildings to put on the gear and proceed with their mission. Eren running decided to take cover at a bolder seeing Shasha there as well. Right beside them was Lil, Fukushi and Souda. Lil desperately asked Shouda to help Fukushi, but he can’t do anything more. Lil vowed to herself to take revenge and kill all the titans. Hans from above sees that the carriage with the explosives are being taken away by a thief, she screamed and told them to take back the carriage, lucky Lil was there, she lit the explosives and went to the driver’s seat. A fist fight happened, then she rammed the carriage to the ankles of one of the titans.

Eren at the top of a building saw the scene that they are surrounded by titans, right beside him was Jean. Saying that its the end for them, Eren seeing that Shikishima was there looking at him, decided to fly and attack the titans, and so he did. Unfortunately, his leg was bitten by the titan. Mikasa, saw Eren but she has to choose for there is a titan behind her, she decided to kill the titan. On the grounds, Hans, Armin and the others saw that Jean was in trouble, so Armin gave an idea to save Jean. They tried to take the attention of the titans, successfully they caught one’s attention. Killed it and Jean was saved. Mikasa joining the group saw that they are cornered by the titans, she then decides to make a path for them to leave. Unfortunately, Mikasa’s ODMG run out of gas and so she fell on the ground. Armin was caught by a fat titan, this titan isn’t affected by Sannagi’s axe and Jean’s ODMG. Eren saw that Armin was caught and he got up and ran to the titan, getting Armin’s hand replacing him inside the titan’s mouth. He was swallowed in while cutting his arm.

Eren seeing that Hiana dead inside the titan’s stomach shouted, and that triggered something in him. The fat titan roaming around found Mikasa, she is ready to fight even if her ODMG ran out of gas then suddenly something isn’t right. A titan appeared inside the fat titan. He fought the other titans around the area. Souda seeing the fighting skills of this titan said “it’s him” then eventually the other titans decided to leave after he made a roar.

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The titan that appeared approached Mikasa and took her but eventually dropped her. Souda shouting to immediately attack the nape of the titan for someone is inside. Mikasa then gets the blade of the ODMG and sliced the nape, there came out Eren. Everyone was shocked while Shikishima looking down at them.


As I said in the beginning of this article, the movie has a different approach than the anime and manga. Instead of Eren and Mikasa are siblings, in the movie, it shows that they are a couple. Armin showing that he wants to be an inventor once the chaos is finally over.

It shows some parts of the movie the reality we have now. Like for one; Fukushi and Lil having sex in the side while Hiana knowingly she’s a single mother seducing Eren. Kubal leaving them, the scouting legion, as bait so they can escape without being noticed.

Eren being displayed as a slacker  who is tired of living behind the colossal walls from the titans, instead of an aggressive kid with some sociopathic tendencies who vows for revenge for the lost of his mother. It’s not necessarily horrible since they’re still represented as unlikely heroes, but Eren’s arc is basically just trying to win back his girl and living up to that image, it makes him look lousier. What makes this character originally interesting is the fact that he is a traumatized kid who is too full of himself, which eventually crosses the line of his humanity and morality.

But the movie’s approach is rather standard in comparison from the manga and anime. While it still wonderfully realizes the most grotesque moments, the characters are watered down with less interesting background.

You actually don’t know what genre this movie is, is it, suspense, horror or adventure?

What I felt at the end of this movie is really confusing because, the ending was really a cliff hanger. There are moments that are touching like when Armin gave Shasha his potatoes which he has in his vest, the look Shasha gave to Armin when their talking infront of the fire place, Hans having the desire to catch a live titan to dissect and experiment, Eren giving his scarf to Mikasa, and Shikishima feeding Mikasa his apple. There’s a love triangle going on with Eren, Mikasa, and Shikishima? This I got to see on the 2nd part of the film. Seeing Armin being caught by the titan and Eren inside the titan’s mouth, now that was really part of the anime and manga.

The producers of this film still get parts of the anime and manga for this film. They didn’t entirely made it as their own. They have their own story which is still connected to the franchise.

There is nothing to hate about this movie. Live actions are always not terrible. They want to make a new approach with this franchise. They have the creator with them during the production of this movie, so the producers are asking the insights of the creator itself. And he approves of it. The possible reason I think you’ll hate the movie is because you’ll expect so much from it since the manga and anime is really good. Don’t expect too much on the film.

Watch the trailer if you are having doubts, if it caught your interest, then watch the movie.

(photos in this article are all taken from google.com)

Internet TV provider iflix starts playing anime titles

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Southeast Asia internet TV provider iflix has started streaming anime contents on their service according to their August-issue newsletter.

Upon checking, 20 anime titles such Kantai Collection, Saekano, Idolmaster and many more are initially available onsite which are all provided by ANIPLUS.

While all titles retain their Japanese audio, English subtitles are not yet available as of writing. According to their official Facebook page, the iflix Tech team are already working to fix the issue.

Spin-off manga “Attack on Titan: Junior High” gets anime adaptation

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The official website for the series has announced that Saki Nakagawa’s spin-off manga, “Attack on Titan: Junior High” is getting an anime adaptation. The series will premiere this coming October.

The spin-off manga is a based on Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga.

SYNOPSIS
The school comedy story is set in a junior high school and centers on the original manga’s characters such as Eren and Mikasa as they battle with Titans. The spinoff incorporates gags while using Attack on Titan’s story and notable scenes as its basis.

Joe Inoue, Uchusentai Noiz returns to perform at the Best of Anime 2015

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Primetrade Asia, Inc., the organizers of the upcoming Best of Anime 2015, has announced its initial guests for its annual Japanese-culture event.

According to its official Facebook page, the organizers have invited once again popular Japanese artist Joe Inoue and visual kei band Uchusentai Noiz to perform at The Best of Anime 2015 stage.

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Aside from Japanese artists, the organizers has also invited Sara – Tousa Bao from Singapore, Hane*Ann and Hyko both from Taiwan as guest cosplayers of the event.

The Best of Anime 2015 will take place on September 19-20, 2015 at SMX Convention Center Manila.

animephproject.com is a media of the Best of Anime 2015

Animax Carnival Philippines 2015 Event Recap

Visitors are given a glimpse of the Japanese culture as this year’s Animax Carnival was filled with booths, on-stage activities and entertainment that cater to the Japanophile crowd.

Animax Carnival Philippines 2015 took place last May 30-31, 2015 at Hall 4 of SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

BOOTHS AND ACTIVITIES

The first thing visitors notice upon entering is the magnificent cherry blossom tree and torii gate in the middle of the hall in Yoyogi Park. Cosplayers and non-cosplayers alike gathered here to have their pictures taken. Oo-kun also made a surprise appearance at the tree and guests had a fun time posing with the Animax mascot.

Behind the cherry blossom tree was the Carnival Games booth were guests can try their skills (and luck) at four traditional Japanese games:  Kendama, Daruma-otoshi, Wanage, and Shateki.

In Kendama, players are given a kendama, a wooden Japanese toy comprised of a ball tied to a hammer-looking stick. Each player must successfully place the wooden ball into the 3 hollowed out “cups” and finally into the “spike” without touching or placing the ball by hand. People from the Goenkendama shop were glad to assist the players and show them the techniques on how to successfully complete the game. It’s fairly easy to master and get addicting once you are able to get the ball into the cup for the first time.

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The next booth, Daruma-otoshi, proved to be the crowd favorite as this game had the longest line among four. Players are given two daruma stacks that look like mini-totem poles and a small stick hammer. The objective of the game is to hit all the stacks without causing the daruma at the top to fall. The game looks deceptively simple but it can take a lot of focus to make sure the next hit doesn’t cause the daruma to fall over.

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Beside the Daruma-otoshi is the Wanage or Ring-toss game. Here, players are given 3 tries to throw a ring around Oo-kun and Mirukun. Guests also got a chance to prove their sharpshooting skills by shooting down the targets at the Shateki booth. Those who weren’t up for games enjoyed taking selfies with the Fairy Tail gang in the Fairy Tail booth.

The Embassy of Japan also made an appearance in the Animax Carnival with the Origami and Katakana booths. At the Origami booth, guests who succeeded in creating paper cranes by following the posted instructions were given a prize. Their origami creations were used to decorate the cherry blossom tree in the middle of the park.

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People also crowded by the Katakana booth where representatives from the embassy themselves showed guests how their names are spelled in Japanese katakana form. They also gave away magazines and brochures containing information for those who are planning to fly to Japan.

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Guests also enjoyed the mini-games and freebies at the Sponsors Area found at the left side of the hall. People were able to try out playing console games at the Sony booth. Artists showed off their drawing skills using the Bamboo tablet at the Wacom booth. The crowd also loved taking pictures at the photo booth courtesy of Ana Airlines.

FEATURING “OO-KUN”

Those who were able to complete at least 5 activities in their Activity Passport which were given upon entry were able to redeem exclusive Animax merchandise at the Redemption booth. Some of the most sought prizes were Oo-kun T-shirts, waterbottles, notepads, and balloons.

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Those who were unable to complete their Activity Passport still had a chance to purchase their own Animax merchandise at the Merchandise booth. Everything  from cellphone charms to bedroom slippers had a splash of “Oo-kun” blue. Cosplay and Japanese merchandise were also sold at the merchant stalls found at the right side of the Main Stage Area.

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All that walking around can make you hungry, and Animax made sure the Japanese experience doesn’t stop even when it comes to food. Some of the Japanese specialties at the Food Area were ramen, taiyaki, takoyaki, beef gyudon, and tonkatsu. Visitors also got to taste the special ensaymada from the Diamond Hotel.

STAGE ACTIVITIES

The audience had fun participating in exciting Japanese inspired games throughout the day on stage.

In the Marshmallow Relay, players need to retrieve a marshmallow from the cup located in the other side using chopsticks and feed it to the next player. Only when the next player has completely finished eating their marshmallow will they be able to move on.

Players literally “face off” in the Biscuit Game where teams of two carefully slide a biscuit from their forehead to their mouth by making expressions on their face and then drink their softdrink. The first duo to complete the game wins.

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You don’t need to be an expert Kendama player to participate in the Unicorn Race. Players must complete a series of movements while balancing a kendama on their forehead. In the final round, players jousted their kendama against each other.

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ANIME SHOWING

The audience had a glimpse of the new episodes of Fairy Tail (New Season) and Parasyte ~the Maxim~, movie rerun of Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge, Fairy Tail ~The Phoenix Priestess~ and snippets from upcoming anime titles were shown in between activities.

See separate article for the Individual and Group Cosplay Competition soon

GUEST PERFORMANCES

Finalists, both locally and internationally, from the recently concluded the first Asia’s Got Talent filled the Animax Carnival Philippines stage with pure talent.

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From the local side, we’ve got dance troupe, the Junior New System, performing a flawless Voltes V-inspired dance number on the first day while on day 2 internationally-recognized cosplayer and artist Alodia Gosiengfiao had a song and dance number from her album “Kawaii Girl.”

Though there were no anisong artist invited this year, these international guests still set the “Japan culture” theme of the Carnival. Gonzo also known as the “Tambourine Monster” took the Carnival stage with his unique costume and “God Hands” tambourine playing.

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Last but not the least, the dance group TriqStar entranced the audience with their spellbinding combo of robot dancing, traditional Kabuki and contemporary Hiphop dance.

Of course, Animax Carnival would not be complete without a special dance performance by their cute raccoon mascot Oo-kun!

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IN THE END

ANIMAX Philippines in their press release promised a bigger and fun-filled Carnival this year and in the end, they succeeded.

The two-year hiatus paid off with a bigger venue, lots of Japan-themed activities and bigger international guests. Though unlike its Malaysian counterpart which they invited famous anisong artists and big sponsors from Japan, the Philippine Carnival was still able to spotlight on the Japan-culture theme with guests from Asia’s Got Talent. The carnival didn’t just focused on anime but with the theme.

This year’s carnival also took advantage of the minimal stage activities which makes the attendees more active with the activities and games off the stage. It also opened more doors to possible program variation aside from the overused cosplay competition.

The passport system was a good move for the organizers to let the attendees on their feet to enjoy all of the booths. It also helped to minimize loitering inside and outside the venue which is a common issue especially for the passing public

If you are a toy enthusiast, nothing much was expected in the event as there were only few booths, but you can be assured that they were official Japanese merchandise.

In the end, ANIMAX Carnival Philippines 2015 is one of the best Japan-culture events this Summer.

Thanks again to ANIMAX Philippines for inviting us in the event. See you again next year. This article is a collaboration with @nekomimi26