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Announcing International Cosplay Day Singapore!

20 Apr , 2012,
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Yes, you heard that right.

The Neo Tokyo Project is proud to be the organizers of International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS), in conjunction with Cosplay Chess 2012!

Supported by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies, partners and stake-holders in the local pop-culture scene, this celebration of cosplay and pop-culture will take place at Ngee Ann Polytechnic Convention Center on 26 August this year.

In addition to an artist’s alley, a cosplay competition, a cosplay runway where you can strut your stuff and Singapore’s second annual Cosplay Chess, we’ll also be featuring guest stars from internationally acclaimed web TV drama Cosplay:  The Series, who will be filming two exclusive episodes of the hit show at our con!

Don’t forget to check back with us for more updates and details, and be sure to look out for our official press release after May 1st!

Ani-Buzz: The Prince of Tennis

11 Feb , 2012,
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The (Classic) Prince of Tennis - Title card

We know our readers aren’t just big on comic-books, games and movies.

They’re anime and manga addicts too! That’s why in Ani-Buzz, we’re tracking down some of anime fandom’s cult classics by the greatest Japanese directors of all time.

We’ll also have a peek at hot titles each season, courtesy of the good folks at online anime portal Anibee.tv.

In our first installment, we’re gonna hit the hard courts with The Prince of Tennis, a classic sports story that’s making a comeback thanks to the hype surrounding it’s 2012 re-make.

Also called Tenipuri for short, The Prince of Tennis revolves around elementary schooler Ryoma Echizen’s journey to become a top tennis player, but before this young prodigy can make a mark in the Japanese tennis scene, he has to contend with resentful teammates and upperclassmen at Seishun Academy.

Giving new meaning to "you got served!"

Tenipuri’s about coming of age, friendship, rivalries and growth – staples in any sports story if you think about it, and the story’s pretty standard fare. It’s rife with the over-the-top action and exaggerated (sometimes absurd) moves that define the sports genre, but unlike it’s contemporaries at the time, it does boast a fair amount of research.

Tennis fans will appreciate the creator’s use of jargon like “western grip” and “spin”, and while the art style might seem a little dated, it’s hard to forget that Tenipuri’s characters, especially the namesake protagonist, had once set the hearts of fangirls pounding in its heyday.

It’s an enjoyable watch, thanks to the quality work of the Production I.G. team, and both the OP and ED sequences were pretty jazzy.

Personally, I didn’t fancy the snippets of recycled and redundant footage that dogged the episodes, and there were some minor discrepancies in the subtitling, but it’s nothing an average viewer might notice otherwise.

Princess Bride reference, or pure coincidence? You decide.

Ultimately, it’s an evergreen title, and you’d probably want to give this series a go if you’re a fan of the sport. It’s also something worth reminiscing if you grew up with anime in the early 2000s.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Check out The (Classic) Prince of Tennis, airing now on Anibee.tv. Check out the Prince of Tennis on Anibee.tv page and Anibee.tv on Facebook for more information. 

Anibee TV: What's abuzz in Anime land?

16 Jan , 2012,
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Recently, we interviewed Anibee Ambassador Hunt finalist Mika Matsuri and our chat got us wondering: what’s Anibee TV, and what’s all the buzz about? Well, let’s find out.

Anibee TV (or anibee for short) is literally Singapore’s first and only anime video portal. Since it’s inception in May 2011, it’s been streaming top-rated anime titles online,  as well as exclusive simulcasts straight from Japan.

Their latest line-up includes Dragon Crisis (2011), Dogs (2009), and one of my all-time favorites – Samurai 7 (2004), and it’s set to change with each new season (and we’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed for some of the Winter 2011 and Spring 2012 titles!).

Here’s a quick visual tour of the anibee site:

Anibee.tv - Landing page.

The series selection screen.

Here's us browsing the synopsis for Dogs.

We just had to select a video, and we were good to go.

Be sure to check out the Anibee TV site for more information about the company, subscription plans, and series release dates.

You can also follow their Facebook page here.

 

AFA11 Day 3: More Cosplay Hijinks

14 Nov , 2011,
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Day 3 of AFA11 was a bit of a rush.

We’d been shortlisted for the Singles Cosplay Challenge, scheduled for an interview at the Nico Nico Douga booth, and had a few early appointments to keep with our cosplay friends, so we didn’t get as many pictures on the ground as we’d liked.

One thing we did notice though was that there were more cosplayers out in force on Day 3, pulling off some really amazing mecha, armor and winged cosplay.

There were also groups from popular series like Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Sengoku Basara,  .hack, and even rare gems like a Konayuki from Katanagatari and a Skullman (who turned out to be cosplay judge Richfield) on the show floor.

While waiting backstage for the AFA Regionals and Singles, we got to chat with other competitors, and even had a photo op with legendary god of Anisong Ichiro Mizuki!

The competition itself was a really fun experience (you can watch the full video here, thanks to our friends from Operation PAniC) and in the short time we had left after the competition, we decided to pop by the NND booth (we missed our noontime slot) before hustling around the con venue taking what snaps we could.

Here are some photos from our Day 3 walkabout:

We’ll be posting a wrap-up piece later, and hopefully our first set of photos from our convention spy.

Until then, cheerio!

 

AFA11 Day 2: Cosplay, Cosplay, and more Cosplay

12 Nov , 2011,
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AFA Day 2’s always been a big day for cosplayers, and this year was no exception. When we arrived at Suntec City 9-ish, the place was already jam packed with peeps prepping their props and putting on their make-up in preparation for the con.

Of course, we suited up too – it was a great opportunity for us to show off our latest Lady Mechanika inspired Steampunk togs – and it wasn’t very long before we were scouring the venue, snapping photos on our iPhones as we went.

Our first stop was the Simply Toys booth, where our part-time warrior picked up a limited edition Kotobukiya Gambit statuette. It was a fitting acquisition, considering how Joey’s ‘Singapore’s Biggest Gambit Fangirl’. Giving this rare gem a miss simply would not do.

We dropped by the Artist Alley next, seeing as it was just around the corner, to say hi! to our friends Andy from Toysrevil and Mashi before we headed over to Atelier Royale and Moe Moe Kyun to check out what they had to offer, before starting today’s exploration proper.

Joey and I took plenty of pictures, and our convention spy Kah Wee, who was sneaking around doing his thing managed to get a whole ton more (we’ll be publishing Kah Wee’s pics in a couple days). There was loads of awesome – we saw Wild Tiger and Barnaby from Tiger & Bunny, a really epic Kiba from Garo, a pretty decent Shin Getter Robo, and a really kickass Chun Li, amongst others.

We also managed to meet celebrity cosplayers Kaname and Usagi, and to chat with Danny Choo, which was kinda awesome.

Here’s what we got from our roam-around (and it’s all shot on our steampunk iPhones. XD):

We were also pleasantly surprised to hear that we’d been picked as finalists for the Singles Cosplay Challenge, so we’ll be steampunking the con again tomorrow.

Do come introduce yourselves if you spot us!

Till tomorrow, peeps (and that’s only a couple more hours to go). Cheerio!

AFA11 Day 1: Cool Japan is Cool

11 Nov , 2011,
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We popped by AFA11 bright and early today to check out Day 1, and got a good look at the setup for tomorrow’s con.

We also sat in for the Cool Japan forum, and got an earful of some really neat pop culture knowledge and awesome storytelling techniques, courtesy of the guest speakers.

Here’s our photo story for the day.

Day 1 was pretty fun, even if there wasn’t a whole lot going on and the thoroughfares thoroughly packed by concert goers and Hatsune Miku fans.

It was a real shame we couldn’t secure an interview with the guests today, but there’s always tomorrow, when our convention spies and roving reporters are out in full force!

Don’t forget to check back here if you’re a cosplayer, because there’s a pretty damned good chance you’ll be featured in our AFA cosplay coverage piece tomorrow.

Crimson and Angelus will also be handing out CosCards, so look out for the dude with the glowing cane and top hat!

Here’s to a great con weekend! Cheerio! XD

London Comic Con MCM Expo

2 Nov , 2011,
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Wondering what the cosplay and convention culture in Europe’s like?

Thanks to our London-based correspondents (big props guys!), we’ve got an article and plenty of photos from London Comic Con MCM Expo, showing just how varied it is.


Our embedded convention spy Arvin Lim reports:

“In the nice, cool 15°C English weather, I rushed down to London Comic Con MCM Expo at EXCEL. It was also the day of the Euro Cosplay Championships 2011, and after a journey filled with treacherous tube changes (no thanks to subway works), we arrived at the con venue.

The Expo was held in a dedicated location, and unlike Singapore’s conventions where there are plenty of walk-ins and curious passers-by, the venue was filled almost exclusively with con-goers and cosplayers. It’s certainly one of the biggest cons in the UK and Europe, and contrary to popular belief, there were as many anime and manga characters as there were western pop culture icons (especially British ones!), with a significant gaming and steampunk presence too.

One of the key differences I noticed was the sheer size of the event. 3 convention halls were dedicated to queues alone.

After paying 10 GBP for a late entry ticket (after 11am), (early entrants pay 16 GBP to enter at 9am), we entered the show floor. It was huge, easily 3 times the size of Singapore’s AFA and it boasted at least twice the number of people. It sure felt like there was a bigger percentage of cosplayers here than back home. There was also a surprising lack of photographers with their chunky DSLRs.

There was a great variety of cosplay all around. It was quite the sight to see popular game characters such as Link and Zelda, as well as a Tauren Death Knight from World of Warcraft come alive. Also, with crafting materials and resources being so readily available, it was inevitable that we’d witness some really epic feats of engineering – we saw a movable Dalek (from Dr Who) made completely from metal, cosplayers such as a Jack Skellington (Nightmare before Christmas) on stilts, and Team Fortress cosplayers armed with a whole arsenal of weapons, as well as a really good Left 4 Dead boomer.

The stalls were pretty standard fare and sold the usual variety of character t-shirts, plushies, Figmas, Gunpla, costumes, comic books and the rest. Browsing the merchandise, I discovered that most branded Japanese goods were easily twice the price in Singapore. Gunpla, for example, was charged the same, but in pounds, no doubt due to the high import costs, though western pop culture products cost about the same as they would locally.

Surprisingly, metal replica props and weapons were not only legal, they were also cheap (going at 100 Pounds a pair). There were plenty of gems too (if you look hard enough) going at reasonable prices. I spotted doujin from Japan, very old anime VCDs (Gundam, Ghost in the Shell) and Final Fantasy Music Scores.

There were way more doujin booths at the convention too, and areas for a variety of famous artists, writers from comics, actors and actresses from pop culture series to meet and greet the fans. Other highlights included an entire section dedicated to modified vehicles such as a real Star Wars Landspeeder and a retrofitted DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, a robot fighting exhibit and a huge Syfy booth.

Naturally, what’s a convention like without the big video game companies? Many upcoming titles were available for fans to try out, such as the new Final Fantasy XIII-II, Ninja Gaiden 3, Soulcalibur V and Street Fighter X Tekken. There was even swag for the fans – the Darkness II booth for example was giving away a free t-shirts!

And of course there was Steampunk. 

The display was simply amazing. It featured a hunter (with his hunting trophies that included a werewolf head that could move its tongue and his guns), a gentleman selling potions for the visitors, posters of airships and other fantastic devices. While MCM Expo was by no means THE steampunk con in the UK,  this booth  really showcased the best in the genre.

Euro Cosplay Championships 2011 was also an eye opener, where the winners of various European cosplay events vied for the right to be called the best cosplayer in Europe on stage.

After an introductory video that featured the cosplayers singing, War-Machine kicked things off with a bang by re-enacting a scene from Iron Man 2. The competition format was a single entry, incorporating video playback, and cosplayers had 5 minutes on stage to wow the judges and the audience.  It was evident that choreography experience and stage presence was needed for the competition, and it was not a simple costume showcase.

The audience was very responsive and they were even encouraged to get in on the act, with a Nintendo 3DS being given to the most enthusiastic audience member.

The quality of the cosplay was exceptional – the participants were very into character and they used the stage pretty well (it did help that the stage had a catwalk). A major complaint was the overuse of strobe lights, which made it difficult to see the cosplayer and fine costume details.

Notable entries included Lilith (Trinity Blood) from France, who ended her performance with a costume transformation that displayed France’s Blue, White and Red, a Dawn of War Chaos hero from Lithuania bellowing at the top of his voice and the home team’s Skeksil Chamberlin from The Dark Crystal, who won the competition with a dazzling display of cosplay finery and showmanship.

It was certainly an entertaining weekend, and a salve for my missing AFA for 3 consecutive years.”


We’ve also got some pictures from the event, courtesy of photographer Shaun Ng:

EOY 2011: Tickets on sale now

1 Nov , 2011,
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EOY - Logo Art

If you’ve been following the hype surrounding End-of-Year Cosplay (EOY) 2011, then you’ll probably like this piece of news.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and they’re available from a variety of channels, so here’s the lowdown:

Ticket Prices

Pre-sale: $15 / Door: $17 (cash only)

* General admission to EOY event with non-guaranteed seating to stall and circle (lv 2) seats in non-VIP area.
* Complimentary 1 x soft drink for all ticket holders.
* Usage of baggage storage area.

VIP: $39
* VIP admission to EOY event with guaranteed seating in VIP front area.
* Usage of baggage storage area.
* Complimentary 1 x soft drink for all VIP holders.
* Complimentary 1 x buffet lunch reception at level 2 between 12 pm-3 pm.
* Guest appearance/interaction with Hitomi during VIP lunch reception.

Where to get ’em

Tickets are available via Gatecrash (online purchase), Singapore post offices, SAM machines, TicketCube and retail outlets Pan in the Box & Dark Royalties from 1 Nov 2011 to 16 Dec 2011.

a. TicketCube: Orchard Road, between Wisma & Ngee Ann City
b. Pan in the Box: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, The Central #02-51, (Clarke Quay MRT Exit E)
c. Dark Royalties: 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #03-06
There will be a small booking fee for tickets, except those purchased from Pan in the Box & Dark Royalties.

STGCC 2011 Cosplay Tribute Video

29 Aug , 2011,
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We collected a chunk of footage at STGCC this year, and after a grueling editorial process, we’ve finally pieced together a tribute video of the event that’s dedicated to all things cosplay.

I’d like to thank everyone who had a hand in making this, our first of hopefully many convention videos, a success.

This one’s for you, cosplay fans and cosplay friends. Enjoy!

International Cosplay Day & A Certain Magical Event

27 Aug , 2011,
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The 27th of August saw two events happening – the worldwide International Cosplay Day,  and A Certain Magical Event (A.C.M.E.) III at Suntec City Convention Hall.

To quote International Cosplay Day founder Jennifer Alice, “This 27th of August will be a day like no other. You will wake up. You will put on cosplay (you will hopefully shower before hand). And you will live without regulations. It WILL be bold. It WILL be daring. But know that out there in the world, others will be joining you on this epic endeavor.”

A casual check of the event fan page revealed that there were some 8,000 participants worldwide (though there were only a token number from Singapore), so this blogger decided to throw his hat in the ring, and tossed on a casual cosplay wig for the day to celebrate the occasion. XD

But while International Cosplay Day was a non-event, A.C.M.E. III proved different. The character goods and otaku merchandise fair saw hordes of anime and manga fans thronging to the foyer of Suntec City Convention Hall’s third level, outside Halls 320, 325 and 326, where highlights included Bushiroad and Touhou Hisoutensoku tournaments, as well as booths stocking a plethora of products and merchandise.

Here are some photos from the event:


We’ve also managed to set up an interview with Collateral Damage Studios, so look out for our article soon, when we delve into the doujin publishing scene!

Until then, cheerio!