L’oreal Setting Spray: Your outdoor shoot companion

Koe no Katachi (A silent voice) is a manga about a boy trying to straighten his past mistakes and a deaf girl who was affected by it. It was a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. It’s movie premiered in Japan last 2016 and is set to be shown to other places on 2017.

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Luckily, Philippines was included in the list of countries where Koe No Katachi movie will be shown. In accordance to it, my cosplay friend Clarence organized a photoshoot with us as Koe no Katachi casts.

Since Koe no Katachi is somewhat a slice of life story, the shoot must be done if not at a school, at least outdoors. Bonifacio Global City is a perfect spot for this shoot so we all agreed to have the photoshoot there.

Lighting assistants during our Koe no Katachi shoot at Bonifacio Global City

Outdoor shoots differ so much with indoor or event shoots mainly when it comes to the temperature of the surroudnings. More often than not, outdoor shoots last the whole day. This is where the challenge comes in. Cosplay requires a different level of makeup compared to the usual or daily application. Also, wearing layers of costumes, a wig cap (sometimes two) and a wig make it even harder to maintain the freshbess of the makeup. That’s why setting spray is a must when it comes to prolonging your cosplay makeup for an outdoor shoot.

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L’oreal just announced a 50% off sale on their products recently and it included their setting spray. Another cosplay friend, Donna, quickly grabbed the opportunity to purchase the most talked-about holy grail in makeup and it gave us a chance to try it too during or Koe no Katachi shoot.

Upon application of L’oreal setting spray

We’ve done several cosplay photoshoots outdoors but it’s our first time to use setting spray. The weather is a bit humid that day, hence, I can say we were able to test the power of L’oreal setting spray during this shoot.

It is very easy to use. I wasn’t able to do the T and X direction of spraying though because I was afraid it might flood my face if I press the spray longer. One pump is not so overwhelming as I thought so I pressed some more until my face is wet enough to lock the makeup in place. After drying, both Donna and I felt as if our makeup was “cemented” on our face. By “cemented” we mean, we can really feel that there’s a layer protecting our makeup.

Outdoor shoot ongoing. Koe no Katachi group with photographer Paulo Rico

The shoot lasted for roughly 5hours and when we were changing clothes, we all noticed that there is something in our makeup that looked different to when we were ending our cosplays before. Ours that time still looked as if we can still have another round of photoshoot.

Considering the sweat due to the weather and our costumes, we were all convinced that the setting spray did the trick that day.We even wore out makeup on the way home. That was how presentable our makeup turned out.

Shoot done. Bathroom selfie before changing to #humanmode. L’oreal seeting spray worked its wonders during the 5hour outdoor shoot.

This product feedback is specifically based on cosplay photoshoots done outdoors. Other results may come up depending on the situation.

All in all, I would really recommend this product to cosplayers whether or not they’ll be doing an outdoor shoot or even just on conventions. It does its job well and if you’re lucky enough to get one on sale, then good for you. However, for the regular price of PHP500, it is still a good catch but not to the extent that it becomes a cosplay must-buy. I suggest you complete your cosplay priorities first and save for this later on.

That’s all! Thank you for reading. If you have tried this product too, I would love to know your feedback as well. Or if you have questions regarding my L’oreal setting spray experience, just leave it on the comment and I’ll try my best to answer.

‘Til next review!

[COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT] December 2016: Aii En as Yuno Gasai

Anime: Mirai Nikki
Genre: Action, psychological thriller, romance (cr: Wikepedia)
Character: Yuno Gasai
Cosplayer: Aii En
Photographer: Ron dela Cruz of Royal Wonderland

This section on my blog has been consistently on my previous and recent planners since I’m-not-already-sure-when and it’s just now that I finally had the courage to start on it. Thanks to Ron dela Cruz and Aii En’s Mirai Nikki project.

I’ve been a follower of Royal Wonderland since Royal Pinya days and I am well aware that he never fails to bring out the best in each cosplayer’s photographs. What made me decide to feature Aii En in my first Cosplay Spotlight, is that the output of their project showed both the cosplayers’ and the photographer’s passion into bringing Mirai Nikki to life.

Far from what I envisioned before as my first Cosplay Spotlight which was more on mecha or at least a character from an online game, a girl in her plain white undies landed first on my Cosplay Spotlight feature. And I have no regrets.

Partnered with Genesis Miranda, Aii En bravely posed on camera wearing but a pair of white underwear (and that signature pink wig of course!) to transform into the suicidal, psychotic yandere Yuno Gasai. Plus Yuno’s signature accessory — a murder weapon; a knife in this case. This is based on episode 14 where Yuno, head over heels in love, kidnapped her beloved Yukki~ to protect him, according to her, but she just actually wants to keep him for herself. Death shivers in this extreme “clingyness”.

Teaser……….

Posted by Royal Wonderland on Sunday, October 23, 2016

 

This photo, captioned “Teaser………” was the first of the set that I saw and indeed, many were teased, including me. I thought it really looks like a live action still shot of the anime. Minus the vignette that is. But Aii’s mix of blank and creepy expression is so Yuno, I had to stare at the photo long enough to look for the difference. Genesis effortlessly delivered the Yukitero vibe too. Hence, making the photo a clear-cut human world version of the episode.

Seeing that teaser shot, I just couldn’t wait for the rest. I stayed tuned as one by one, Ron uploaded his masterpiece.

 

In this photo, again, Aii was able to deliver that Yuno vibe effortlessly. Basically so as on the following ones. I believe that is what  happens when you cosplay a character you really love. A character you know too well, you can easily become her. Unless, you’re an actor, then that’s a different story.

 

“Gasai Yuno from Mirai Nikki is absolutely one of my favorite characters. From the moment I watched the series, I fell in love with her,” Aii En shared. Indeed, this pink-haired, love-drunk, “death-defier” girl is a one of the bunch of unique characters to ever exist in anime world. Which makes her interesting all the more.

 

While Yuno is different in her own way, there’s no denying that somehow most girls would relate to her at certain areas especially when it concerns the person she loves. I asked Aii why she chose to cosplay Yuno Gasai and her answer is one of that of a fangirl who relates to a character in a personal level minus the psycho thingy of course, or is it not, Aii? Haha. Kidding aside, the Yuno cosplayer said that she adores Yuno’s sweet character towards Yukiteru, however, once her beloved “Yuki” is threatened by anyone, she changes into a completely different person, a “dark, psychopathic, violent character,” according to Aii. She also mentioned that somehow she feels yandere-like as well (again, minus the killing and violence) at certain situations. Any more yandere fella out there? 🙂

 

Another favorite shot of mine is this one. This scene has so much similarity with that in the anime. I am not that sure with the food though and why Ron picked that dish to use in post-processing. Yes, the food is edited. If it not for the gravity defying food on the spoon, I would assume they had a nice lunch during the shoot if this is their kind of props. If I were Yukiteru though, I would feel tortured with all those veggies. But still, the live action feel is there.

 

“I trust and admire the owner’s passion and dedication towards his work,”  shared Aii on her collaboration with Royal Wonderland. Ron’s story-telling through pictures and his way of enhancing the already present on point aura of the cosplayers made him Aii En’s personal choice to work with in this project. And their photos show that she made the right choice.

Aii and Genesis’ perfect interpretation of their characters plus Ron’s talent in photography produced such great output that I can still say I have no regrets choosing Aii En in this blog feature’s debut. Above all, if one is truly passionate about one thing, it will standout no matter how grand or simple the project may be.

For more photos, click here.

Credits to:

Royal Wonderland for the photos

Copyright for Mirai Nikki

Be featured next! Comment below if you want your cosplays to be featured or knows someone you want. *u*

Cosplay Carnival 2016 Review

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My first cosplay for 2016 isn’t much that enjoyable mainly because of the location. Wondering where? SM Megamall. Wondering no more? I understand. But I enjoyed being with my friends then. It’s the cosplaying that felt boring since cosplaying at Megamall now feels like being watched all the time and by being watched, I mean the disturbing kind of watched since yeah we cosplay to enjoy and be recognized of course.

Cosplay Carnival 2016 photo by Abegail Layosa
So my interrupted excitement to cosplay intensified as my friends invited me to attend Cosplay Carnival 2016. We used to cosplay as a group before when we were still starting but as we gain experience, we tried cosplaying other characters may it be on a group or solo. This time, I have no original plans of attending and Clarence and Donna both have made their respective plans already so I thought of a character whom I loved that is easy to cosplay.

 

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Photo credits:
Left – Ron Dela Cruz of Royal Wonderland; https://www.facebook.com/royalwonderland2014/
Right – Shokugeki No Soma Anime

Actually I needed not to think much. With my brown clip-on type wig, a lab coat and brown school shoes, I decided on cosplaying another Shokugeki no Soma character. A 74th Generation Tōtsuki Academy Alumnus and a former resident of the Polar Star Dormitory, the Spice Expert, Jun Shiomi.

With the help of Kenneth and his mom, we completed the costume. A borrowed round eyeglasses from my bestfriend, Clarence, aided the Jun in me see clearly.

We went on the 2nd day of the event after lunch. February 21, 2016. Location this time is SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia. I already did my makeup on the way so I finished dressing up at around 1pm. Kenneth and I went inside the hall to start roaming around while Clarence prep on being Mio Akiyama.

And on this part only will the review start. Haha.

 

12234914_10205820820426728_1005507864977054771_nTicket: 4/5 for  200php

Pricing is okay. It’s my first time to attend Cosplay Carnival but I’ve attended other conventions at SMX before and 200php is the usual price for the tix so…okay. Also, since it’s my first time, I expected less so as not to be disappointed that much as to where my money goes. So overall, the ticket price is justifiable.

Additional comment, I like to finally have to get hold on a decent cosplay event ticket since lately, con tickets come from cheap entry passes to random stamps or invisible stamps that glow on LED lights which I find still boring since I keep tickets as remembrance.

Location: 5/5 for SMX Convention – MOA, Pasay City

Honestly, I can say that I’ve had a great experience on this convention because of the venue, exactly the same reason as to why I felt bored on the previous con. Could it be that I’ve been cosplaying at Megamall for so long that I missed the kind of freedom and freshness that the welcoming hall of SMX presents? Maybe. Too bad that it has become a privilege than a right. Well… still thanks to SMX for not robbing us of that.

Cosplay Carnival occupied Function Hall 4. With other ongoing events on the other halls, upstairs and below, I appreciate how nice and accommodating the staff still are. Most of them, though looking tired already still welcomes inquiry with politeness.

The space is big enough for cosplayers not to squeez in each other while roaming around. Shops are neatly placed in the middle and some are lined on the sides. Food station is very easy to spot too which is great.

Facilities:

Bathroom – 3/5

I’m not sure if the assigned bathroom for cosplayers are really on the basement parking lot but as I was putting on my contact lens on the CR on the Ground Floor, we were told that cosplayers are to do their preppin’ on the basement. The staff though was still so kind to let us finish at least what we’ve been doing at the moment like putting on a wig or in my case, my contact lenses before finally giving a last call telling us to transfer to the CR below.

The guard on the elevator has a welcoming aura as well as we ask him for directions.

We’ve reached the basement and just followed the first group of cosplayers in front of us. We cannot see the CR yet but I’m sweating already since the place is so cramped with cars and all and of course, no aircon. When we finally spotted it, there were already cosplayers doing their own businesses even outside the bathroom. A line was formed in front of a closed door with the “FEMALE” word on it. I asked the utility in-charged if there’re cubicles inside to which she answered, “Isa lang po.” So I decided to do my makeup and wear my wig outside just like the others.

It was good thing I’m already wearing Jun’s shirt and jogging pants. Fortunately for me but for those whose costumes are more complicated, I hope there’d be at least a changing room enough to fit 2-3 persons at a time.

Function Hall – 5/5

I’m not really sure if Cosplay Carnival 2016 was held at Function Hall 4 alone or Halls 4 and 5. Nevertheless, the entire event was well-held at SMX’s function hall. I also loved that a reasonably spaced area was provided for cosplayers to have a shoot or even rest just outside the hall. Shops and attractions were properly placed inside where cosplayers and congoers can roam around with ease.

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For rent Lockers – 5/5

Not all event organizers consider this that’s why I am really amazed that for rent lockers were provided during the Cosplay Carnival 2016. Cosplayers bring a lot of stuff especially bags which after dressing up won’t look good paired in our costume. Though we’re used to bringing them even if in costume (since we don’t have a choice but to), secured lockers really are a great help for us.

12801173_10205820827626908_1968763017511258676_nBonus: indoor Cherry Blossom tree 

I just fell inlove with this decor. I mean, one reason that I want to go to Japan is to witness the beauty of cherry blossoms with my own eyes. Seeing something similar suffices for now. It has also become a great photo op spot for most of the congoers.

 

12803052_10205820826786887_426251291421829534_nProgram: Overall 5/5

I won’t elaborate in this part since I was mostly roaming around or outside taking photos. I am rating the Cosplay Carnival 2016 a perfect score because I found their hosts quirky enough not to sound irritating or trying hard. The cosplay contest also was very organized seeing the contestants gathered in one area where people can have photo ops with them while waiting for the contest to start. Karaoke Contest was also enjoyable because of the surprise songs. I regret not being able to join Yoshinoya’s contest though. Huhu. Nest time I’ll try not be shy and just join any contest. 🙂

 

That’s it! Thank you for reading. 🙂

Event Review: Fantasy Quest 4: An August Wayfaring *will add photos soon*

Fernwood Gardens, Quezon City — a place of fantasy feel as it is, was turned even more dream-like as cosplayers from here and abroad gather to showcase their picturesque costumes as well as appreciate other’s.

Fantasy Quest 4, hashtagged as #FQ4, Day 2. October 25, 2015 was my first time to attend Fantasy Quest. Thanks to a blog post that I stumbled upon one time. Getting inspired by the photos I saw, I encouraged my friends to attend also. Honestly, we are the type of cosplayers who simply let our hair down at conventions and do not take them competitively. Hence, we found the 400php too expensive for us back then. But then, seeing the awesome photos taken from the event, and the non-mainstreamness of it we decided to give it a try. And just as we leave Fernwood Gardens at the end of the event, we were fulfilled that we did.

I went as Goth Annie from League of Legends by the way. Carrying Tibbers with me all the time, I failed to capture enough photos for this review. But would still share about them.

So in bullet form again, let the Fantasy Quest 4: An August Wayfaring Review commence.

  • Location – Fernwood Gardens is located at a subdivision within Quezon City. Accessibility-wise, I’ll give it a 7/10. Like I mentioned above, the event is not as mainstream as mall conventions for it is held at a garden venue. Therefore, majority of the first-timers (just like us) are clueless about how to get there. Fortunately, Fernwood Gardens is in Waze so we didn’t have a hard time deciding what transportation service to take. For me, hiring a taxi is the best way to get there.
  • Ticket price – We purchased the regular ticket amounting to 400php, as mentioned. And if you’re used to mall conventions, you’ll find this somehow costly. Considering the ease of access to the place, you would probably go “Ang layo na nga, ang mahal pa.” so it’s a bargain to take if you’re a first time attendee. But then again, what made us decide to attend is the distinct high quality images that we see online from the previous Fantasy Quest events. So it would greatly help to reasearch first if you’re in doubt. Still, I would rate the ticket price 8/10 considering some factors which will be discussed further on. By the way, there is a VIP ticket that costed 1200php which included meet and greet with famous international cosplay guests. I didn’t purchase that one so I can not comment. 🙂
  • Staff – 9/10 because even though a few were not —or maybe none and I’m just that shy—, almost all of the staff were approachable. This is the first thing that I look for in event organization and majority of #FQ4 were that. I also liked their uniform, I want one actually. Hehe. I also appreciate this cute Medic guy that roams around with medicines and first aid kit. This is the only event that I saw such and it’s a plus with a plus and a plus. With the weather, head-hugging wig and wig cap and the bulky armors, it surely is a must to have a medic nearby.
  • Facilities – 9/10.
    *Photoshoot venues – There is no contesting with the photoshoot venues. If I could, I would love my photos taken in all Gardens, day to night. I love the lights. The lights are majestic. I love the small areas where specific scenes can be created. I love the waterfalls, the fish-feeding ducks. I love the somewhat crumpled but still grand red carpet effect to the stage.
    *Comfort room – What made me give a 9 is the comfort room facility. Two is okay but since it is expected that most of the attendees will wear regal costumes, I think each cosplayer will really take a long time preparing. I’m not sure how but it would be great if a little bit more could be provided for us.
    *Baggage Counter – Still, I would also like to highlight a key facility that made our entire Fantasy Quest experience comfortable — Baggage Counter!!! This feature is very underrated in an event but it truly help cosplayers a lot in enjoying the event and Fantasy Quest 4 did not overlook it. They even provided an entire room for it. It accommodates all of our stuff that we can roam around as our characters per se without having to worry about our inappropriate backpacks I wanna cry. 🙂
    *Resting area – sadly, there is no resting area. One of the reasons why I rated the Ticket Price 8/10 because there is not much area for us to sit down after roaming aorund for a long time which for me, should at least be provided even in bits in some parts of the venue since Fernwood Gardens is a really huge photoshoot location.
  • Programme – 8/10. Actually I wasn’t able to follow the program proper. Maybe because the organizers probably have considered that photoshoots would be held most of the time hence, they did not put much emphasis on it? I’m not really sure. If it isn’t too much to ask though, program bulletins can be posted at some area where cosplayers who aren’t having a photoshoot can check for upcoming activities. The speakers helped a lot but it made the center stage feel far since we cannot see the emcee. I suggest they put the center stage at an area where newcomers can immediately see it so that they’ll know where to go after dressing up. On the brighter side, I could not just end this post without mentioning the Grand Ball. It intensified the fantasy in Fantasy Quest. Seeing cute partners dance along the solemn music, I really felt like I was in a different world and I am not even exaggerating! I loved how the once playful crowd of cosplayers turned into lovely dancing couples. The venue complements the scene. That moment was perfect. It was the best part of Fantasy Quest for me.
  • Perks – I dont even know how to summarize this part. The experience itself, being able to be part of such an amzaing event, I will forever be proud of those things. Also, the high quality photos that was taken of my Goth Annie cosplay. Such output was far beyond my expectations. I never thought my cosplay could look that great in photos. It’s all because of the perfect venue and very talented photographers. The experience itself is something that I’ll always be looking back in my cosplay life. And let me just include the Grand Ball in this part as well for this indeed is one of my most memorable cosplay experience to date. Lastly, I would like to thank the generosity of Geolica Contact Lenses for sponsoring the free contact lens for the attendees! Not all may have gotten one but I did, so thanks Geolica! It’s not everyday that you get free lenses, how much more Geolica brand! This is one of the leading contact lens brand in the country and it’s an honor to own one. I got one in blue for free! Thanks again, Geolica!

Phew! That’s one lengthy post!
If you got to this part, thanks for keeping up with me and my #FQ4 feels. If you haven’t attended Fantasy Quest before, I hope this post have given you reasons to try it out next time. And oh, did I mention that Fantasy Quest 5 is being propsed to be held at Fernwood Gardens Tagaytay? First-timer or not, that’s another thing to look forward too!

See you!

Princess Hiatus

I’ve paused for a long time in blogging and is just recovering now. Sadly, it seems that I have to take a rest on something else just when I decided to start blogging again. This time, I am on cosplay hiatus. T^T I’ve cancelled two consecutive cosplans already and is about to cancel another one more. This makes me very sad, really. But I do not feel confident about my body type as of now — which is the main reason why I would want to stop for a while.

I was never slim. I never reached that point in a girl’s ife. I’ve always been the chubby one in our group, the size large, the one who cannot risk renting costumes online because majority are for slim girls. And the one time I did, I looked like a banana leave-wrapped rice cake. But it never bothered me then. Just as long as I can cosplay with my friends, being the largest among the group is not that big of a matter.

Until the time came that we are to cosplay separately. My confidence somehow dropped low. Moreso, I gained more weight since I started working maybe because I can finally afford to buy my favorite food this time. Haha.

Going back, I cancelled my long ago planned cosplays mainly because of my figure. Sad as it may seem but for me it serves as a challenge for myself. It may be contradicting to other people’s opinion because we all know that cosplay requires no size frame nor gender nor race just as long as you enjoy the craft responsibly.

I hope anybody who reads this could grasp my point that I am not stopping cosplay because I hate my body. I am stopping cosplay because I am challenging myself to be the better me. Because in all honesty, I really gained a lot of weight since day 1 of my cosplay and I would want to at least bring back that figure to be able to wear my past costumes.

I will surely miss cosplaying. The people I cosplay with and the preparations we do every upcoming convention day.

I can only wish that in a few months or so, I will look back at this post and tell myself that this moment that I decided to take a rest is the right decision to improve myself. I am hoping that starting from this day, from this post, my motivation to lose weight will never fade until I can use my old costumes again.

Before I end this post, just a short message to chubby girls like me out there:

Our body type will never ever define our beauty. Some are blessed with small waist, thigh gaps and colar bones while we are blessed with this lovely curves and there is nothing wrong with both. Let us look at the similarity rather than the difference because slim or chubby, we are all blessed. That is a fact that is too often missed out. It is on how we appreciate this blessing that counts.

Personally , I just want to challenge myself that’s why I am doing this. Besides, I will never be slim at all though because that is not the body type that I am born with. I just want to live healthier and bring back my favorite cosplays just as before.

Ja!

Shop Review: Tofu Crunch Shop

Usually I would browse through a certain cosplay market group in Facebook but not actually grab whatever’s being sold even though that’s what I need because I fear of being scammed. It was my first time buying contact lenses online, lucky enough, I have stumbled upon Tofu Crunch Shop’s advertisement on Facebook.

tofu crunch shop

I believe that Tofu Crunch Shop has two owners but since our transaction is purely online, I wasn’t sure if I was able to talk to both of them or just one, nevertheless, the treatment that I got is very satisfying. I asked so many questions, some of those I may have asked repeatedly but they still answered me informatively and politely.

I once shared a photoshoot experience with one of the owners that’s why I trusted them and with the help of other reviews and proof of legitimacy, I finally decided to try buying from this shop.

Another main reason that made me decide to buy from them is that they have a catalog of when worn contact lens — with the owners themselves personally modelling it— which is a very big help to buyers especially those who are not that familiar with the different effects/styles of different lens brands — in this case, just like me.

[Contact lens when worn catalog link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.218584361685796.1073741870.200757560135143&type=3

Proof of legitimacy link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.203640379846861.1073741857.200757560135143&type=3 ]

I needed a vibrant blue lens for my Aoi Asahina (Danganronpa) cosplay and found just what I wanted on their said Facebook album. I canvassed for the price and immediately got a response. I shared the information to my friends and they got interested as well that they asked me to order for them. I canvassed for the price of multiple orders and got a discount!  So I asked more of my friends if they want to tag along with the purchase, luckily, more affirmed. Due to constant change on number of orders, my canvassing became very frequent but I never found a hint of annoyance from them. As the number of items I order increase, the price kept getting lower as well which is very nice!

Came payday, my friends and I finally agreed on officially ordering from Tofu Crunch Shop. I placed my final order then. Again, their politeness and professionalism was very evident. I even sent last minute request (regarding my shipping address) and they assured me of it.

The next day, I was at work when my sister texted me that a package was received for me. Yay! Our contact lenses finally arrived! When I got home, I checked the items and they were exactly what I ordered. I informed TFS about it and thanked them, they thanked me in return.

Overall: 10/10 would recommend Tofu Crunch Shop to my friends. Friendly service, smooth transaction, trustworthy owners, well-kept items, reasonable price.

Probably will post with photos when we’ve used the lenses already. ^_^

No Ticket, No Cosplay Policy: Pro’s and Con’s

Few days ago, my Facebook newsfeed was invaded by rants and different opinions of cosplayers and congoers alike regarding the newly-made policy of Tagcom organizers which hinders non-ticket holders to cosplay on the event mentioned. Being a regular congoer, I always include the ticket fee on my budget along with the cosplay expenses (if I were to cosplay) so the news isn’t much of a big deal to me. Though actually bothered by how the usual cosplay crowd will become of this new rule, I scrolled past the posts back then.

Then came Tagcom. I went on the second day with my friends, still expecting to have fun during the convention — the very thing we’ve always looked forward to every con. Personally, I can say that I enjoyed the event. Of course, because I was with my friends! But the huge difference from the previous convention that I attended at Megamall is foreseeable and based from what I’ve observed, “No Ticket, No Cosplay” Policy has its Pro’s and Con’s and this time I cannot just ignore it because I’ve experienced it myself and now I’m writing them down:

Pro’s

photo from cutcaster.com

  • The previously feared rude security guards were actually not that rude at cosplayers that day, well at least from what I’ve witnessed. Probably because this time they had an idea that those cosplayers were actually mall customers as well. And I just want to point out that the security guards that approached us and reminded us of the rules were actually very calm and respectful that time. Hallelujah!
  • We usually receive an uneasy stare and unwelcoming approach from the janitress at the area where we always do our makeup but not on that day. I am not sure why but maybe because there were not much cosplayers who attended that’s why they weren’t that stressed or something. Still, thanks to that personnel who courteously asked us to put our trash on the designated trash bins. Faith in SM CR’s restored!
  • Space. SPAAAACEEE! Both along the hallways and inside the convention hall, I can spread my arms sideward and spin if only I wanted to look silly or hit my head on the railings upon the process. But seriously, it looked cleaner too. It is easier to browse on different stores without feeling energy drained after squeezing into a number of walking anime characters and fans. I personally liked this Pro part of the rule, because the cleanliness, non-chaotic aura of the environment somehow helped in creating a relaxing mood.
  • Despite the negative opinions circling on social media regarding this event, I appreciate those cosplayers who still took time and effort on cosplaying that day. I even fangirled more than I expected to. Clearly, it shows that if  love of the character is what really drives you into cosplaying, you’ll go miles to achieve it. Yes, even if it meant a hundred peso addition to your cosplay expenses.
  • Somehow, it felt nostalgic. Like, when we were watching the cosplay competition. Back when I was still new to attending conventions, the program is really what I look forward to. This time, I really had the chance to watch all the contestants perform because there is a decent space for the audience to stay.

Con’s

photo from dreamstime.com

  • While the guards became somehow respectful to cosplayers, I observed that the marshals were a bit OC whenever they see cosplayers outside the halls. I can attest to this because my group experienced this first hand. We were in front of Megatadehall 2 and were simply handing out each other’s tickets thinking it was required for us to be able to enter 2 when a marshall scolded us telling us to keep walking to 1. We were supposed to go inside Megatradehall 2 that’s why we stopped there! Never wanting to cause any commotion, we just proceeded to hall 1. Wew. 
  • UGLY TICKET. UGLY STAMP. Not sure if they got short on budget or probably anticipated a small crowd that’s why they didn’t put much effort on the ticket. But why “ADMIT ONE” tickets?! Just why? Is that what we get for following the rules? Ito na yun? Plus the handwritten raffle stub. 🙁 Substandard service. Now would you still want me to talk about the stamp? Ugh. Okay next…
  • Poor implementation of the “No Ticket, No Cosplay” Policy. Just liked what I’ve mentioned on bullet 1 under Pro’s, me and my friends thought that it requires having a ticket upon entering Hall 2. And since we actually do have our tickets, we were ready to show it to whoever wants to check it before allowing us to enter but apparently, no one is checking it so, we just entered anyway. Half of the hall was filled with cosplayers, congoers and photographers while half of it was closed. We roamed around the hall, fangirled and took pictures until another marshal approached us asking for our tickets/stamps. We showed him our ugly stamps and then he walked away. Our neighbor that time on the other hand, surprised us as he removed his wig, took off his jacket (which was part of his costume then) and placed them on his bag, disappointed. Seemingly, he didn’t have a stamp for he didn’t purchase the ever precious ticket but still cosplayed. I just overheard their conversation that he wasn’t treated that way on day 1. That made me wonder. Why didn’t just they designate a marshal on the entrance so that non-ticket holders couldn’t enter in the first place? It became unfair because there’s no concrete way of telling that those who were cosplaying inside actually bought their ticket. It just became a game of luck. Random selection of who to humiliate.

If my memory serves me right, that would be all for now. A lot of opinions might arise when this article reaches people, well, actually I want to hear more from my fellow cosplayers and if I am privileged enough, from the organizer’s side as well. Again, this is based on my observations from what happened on Tagcom Day 2. Your experience might be different thus your opinions might be dissimilar from mine as well and I respect that. Let’s just hear each other out with an open mind that understands.

 

Noragami

This is not an anime review for I haven’t watched the anime yet. I am just too excited to cosplay one of the characters in this anime that’s why I m sharing it here hoping to hear some of your comments regarding it. I will be cosplaying Bishamon as my friend assigned me to. She already watched the anime that’s why she has the upperhand in choosing who will cosplay who. But don’t worry I will still watch Noragami before cosplaying it with them. 🙂
Noragami

photo from: http://www.fanpop.com/

Toycon 2014 Day 3

It’s 1:44am and I just woke up. My body clock’s been ruined since I discovered blogging and cosplay, really. So I took my laptop and checked my Facebook. Ah, friend requests again. It made me glad. I knew they were the people that we (with my cosplaymates) met last Sunday, June 22, at Toycon 2014. That’s when I decided to write this.

Probably the biggest and longest running toy convention in the Philippines in my opinion, for I have never been to any other yet. I’m not a toy collector myself or shall I say, I was not. I was fascinated by the countless amount of stalls, each having their own set of collections with one goal: to entertain the con-goers and satisfy their liking in toys. There’s just a lot! It’s too crowded that road signs and traffic enforcers would be of much help, But it’s all worth it. Squeezing through the crowd just to see your favorite anime character’s figma, because you just can’t afford it yet, is such a wonderful feeling. Though I just realized, I didn’t see a Levi figure. Noooooooo~ but honestly speaking, I got inspired to collect toys now because of Toycon. I will have to study really hard to find the best job to support this hobby. Inspiration kicks in. Hooray!

Also, it’s my first time to attend this convention in cosplay too. And I can say I really enjoyed cosplaying that day. The people are very appreciative of our group cosplay of Bakemonogatari. I played Senjougahara Hitagi by the way. It was tiring but the amount of people who took our photos took the pain away. Actually my feet was burning painful even before we took a break at ate but I really enjoyed walking around and seeing other cosplayers so I endured the pain.

Photo by Marvin Tayong http://worldcosplay.net/member/MarvinTayong

Photo by Marvin Tayong http://worldcosplay.net/member/MarvinTayong

Overall. Toycon 2014 was a success, in my opinion. At first, we were really hesitant to attend a convention that will be held in SM Megamall because of previous experiences but this event is far different from before. The ticketing is very organized, the Toycon staff were very nice and accommodating, cosplayers are free to have photo-ops in a large area which is really what we need — not some barricaded corners where only a few can fit. The rude guards of before were out of sight as well, I hope this kind of management stays the same not only for Toycon but for other cosplay events to come.

I would love to attend this event every year from now on. Sugoi!

Three cosplays in one day and more awesome things

It was almost a week ago when I woke up by the sound of my iPod’s alarm. I wasn’t even sure if I actually slept because of the excitement because surprisingly, I got up immediately which I rarely do. But that time, I did. At 2 in the morning, we can say it’s excitement, yes.

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“Wake up, superstar!” Hahaha!

Thanks to my father I didn’t travel alone that time. We waited for my cosplaymates and parted ways as Jenny and his brother arrived. I gave my father a goodbye kiss on the cheek as he wished me luck and commanded me to take good care of myself. I thank the Lord for such supportive parents.

I, Jenny and his brother Arcel met the whole team at a train station around 4 and together we traveled to Tagaytay. The vehicle was too crowded with 12 people in it and a bunch of cosplay props and armors but the ride was worthwhile. As most of the girls were having a nap, the boys were all revved up for joke exchanges and story-telling.

We reached the destination, The Velvet View, with the sun shining brightly already. No time was wasted for we immediately dressed up after we had breakfast.

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[L-R] Chii, Micah, Me, Marvin, Misaki, Jenny
[Behind] Sir Mack, Arcel

It was a show for GMA News TV and we were there as supporting characters. Kris Bernal and Mike Tan were the main ones. The story was about two cosplayers who fell in love with each other. Hence, our participation as their co-cosplayers.

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Kris Bernal and Mike Tan doing the cheesy “Put me down or I’ll slap you” scene

Since it was a life story, we had to make it look like it happened on different days and so we were asked to bring two set of costumes. I dressed up as Saeko Busujima of Highschool of the Dead first, followed by Levy McGarden of Fairytail which was originally Jenny’s. But suddenly we were ask to change for one last time, good thing I brought a spare costume and Riko Aida of Kuroko no Basuke was my last costume.

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Photos not in order sorry.. I purposedly wanted to make the back-to-back effect on these photos but my Levy looked better facing that way so I flipped Saeko instead but still yeah… haha.

My cosplaymates brought their own costumes as well and there were moments when we exchanged costumes. It was all fun and anime. I can never forget that day. Though tiring, it was worth it. I was really amazed by my cosplaymates’ acting skills. Though only on the background, they really gave their best. I can still remember the all-out fight scenes done by Sir Mack, Dennis and Chii. They were really great. We also did a short introduction of our character’s wherein I sucked big time. I never thought saying such short line in front of a camera would be that hard. I mumbled my words and said the wrong character. I almost fainted due to shame. Good thing these amazing people kept doing their thing and it inspired me so I just shoo-ed the shame away and enjoyed while praying for my part not to be included in the final output. T^T

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With my fellow cosplayers 🙂

The production theme of the show were very accommodating and hardworking as well which made the experience even more enjoyable. We all went home tired but happy. With all the memories, I would love to do this again with them. 🙂

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Sir Mack as Kakashi on the go to his assigned spot while we wait for ours.