2011’s been a year ripe with cosplay events, and what better way to cap the year off, then with End-of-Year Cosplay (EOY) 2011?
Into its 13th year, this annual, mostly fan-driven event’s taking place this coming Saturday (17th December) at Republic Polytechnic, and it’s been dubbed “A Day of Celebration”.
What can visitors expect at this soiree?
1. Much ado about Meido
With this years maid-y inclinations, it’s little wonder that the special guest for EOY 2011 is Japanese artiste Hitomi, from the @home maid cafe in Tokyo. The singer and dancer is one half of J-pop group Team Junjou, and will be putting on several numbers at the event.
She’ll also be taking part in a mini talk-show segment, interacting with the VIPs, and posing for pictures with visitors dressed for the theme.
2. Stage Performances
Music, song, dance, and drama, and on stage, no less. Close to 30 groups will be taking to the EOY stage this year, to wow the crowd with a plethora of solo and group performances throughout the day.
There’s also a lolita fashion showcase, and a cosplay runway (cosplayers on the show floor are encouraged to participate) tucked into the itinerary, so be sure you don’t give it a miss!
3. Booths & Fringe Activities
The venue’s gonna be lined with some 28 booths, showcasing doujin, cosplay and fashion related merchandise, hobby groups, exhibitors and sponsors.
For one, if you’ve got a penchant for blogging and don’t mind hobnobbing with the media, Anibee.tv is on the prowl for an ambassador, so do check out their booth. Also, our friends from Fightsaber are gonna be there, so prepare yourselves for an impromptu performance or three on the show floor and finally, if you’re a Collateral Damage Studios fan, they’ll be there as well, with some of their latest offerings.
Of course, our team of convention spies will also be roving about the show floor, taking pictures and videos of cosplayers in their “native habitat”.
So if you’re a cosplayer, and you’re approached by someone bearing a Neo Tokyo Project tag (or clad in liberal amounts of steampunk gear), be sure to say hi and pose for the cameras!
We’ll see you at EOY 2011, yeah?
Until then, cheerio!
EOY 2011 takes place this Saturday (17th December 2011). Check out the official website for ticketing information and details.