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Attack on Titan (Shingeki No Kyojin) Live Action is A Must See

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) was invited by AMUSE Philippines and Pioneer Films to the premiere night of Attack on Titan Live Action at SM Megamall Cinema 2.  Amuse Team Philippines is an unofficial street team for Amuse Inc. in Japan that is committed in aiming to spread information about Amuse artists and develop strong promotion here in the Philippines and abroad.

AMUSE Philippines

AMUSE Philippines

Attack-On-Titan-Live-Action-Part-1 (4)Despite some negative reviews and some heated arguments about the changes in the Attack on Titan (Shingeki No Kyojin) Live Action, it still remains to be a must see for both fans and the general public.  Some would say they change Eren and Mikasa, they removed Levi and it is totally different.

We would say yes, it is indeed different and you should regard this movie as one totally separate from the anime.  So why did Eren’s character change?  We found out that it was Attack on Titan creator, Hajime Isayama’s idea.

“Please change Eren’s character,” Isayama pleaded of the writers. “He’s not that sympathetic as a shōnen manga hero. …I want him to be an ordinary youngster who gets paralyzed with fear when he sees a titan.” – according to an article published at iDigitalTimes.

Meanwhile, the removal of Levi was mainly because he is a non-Japanese character.    Here is an excerpt from the same news article.

So in regards to Levi’s character being excluded from the Attack on Titan live-action movie, according to Machiyama, the Japanese setting made the inclusion of the katakana “vu” in one’s name stick out too much, as no Japanese name would normally include that character.

And since this version of the story will take place in Japan and take on a more Japanese tone the producers didn’t want to cast Japanese actors in Caucasian roles. It was easier to just omit the character than to change Levi’s name all together.

Despite these issues which had circulated online for quite sometime the premiere of SNK Live Action was full packed and in fact some of the audience are already standing.

If you are not convinced with why this movie should be a must watch and what to expect from Attack on Titan Live Action, here is a movie review from OtakuPlay – http://www.otakucosplayph.com/2015/08/attack-on-titan-live-action-movie-review.html

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CSM Publishing partners with NCPH for Ma-i

CSM Publishing partners with Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) for the promotion if its newest comics entitled “MA-I.”  Ma-i is an emerging manga series that is uniquely Pinoy from its drawings, to its characters and its story line.  It is something that both hopes to inspire an interest among fans of various comics genre.

Ma-i is classified under the Shounen (young boys), Action, Fantasy, Comedy genre with its primary target audience being boys from 13-19 years old.  It also aims to capture girls, as well as younger and older comic book readers.

MA-I: An emerging manga series that is uniquely Pinoy

Adventure stories in comics form used to occupy a secure niche in Pinoy literature. But for decades now, Filipino comic readers have been more fascinated with foreign publications rather than indigenous ones, and our original Pinoy comics have been relegated to the background.

Ma-o Chapter 1: Si Lakan

Ma-i Chapter 1: Si Lakan

Written in a uniquely Pinoy manga style, MA-I aims to recapture the interest of today’s generation and to reintroduce Filipino youth to the richness of our own culture and history while promoting positive values using Filipino mythology and legends—which puts the material on a par with mainstream comics series that feature Western or Japanese culture.

About MA-I

MA-I is about a fictional world called MA-I, where harmony among the land and its mystical creatures had been marred by a dark being named Ka’lila, and a young boy named Lakan, together with his friends, must take on the quest to defeat this darkness which is larger than themselves.

The initial release has five books (chapters) entitled “Si Lakan,” “Palaboy,” “Si Malakas at Si Maganda,” “Ang Alitaptap,” and “Aman at Makaka,” focusing on the main characters in the series and their initial forays into the epic struggle between good and evil. Each book also features a trivia page about the Filipino culture and items (such as crafts and weapons) common during the Philippine pre-colonial era.

Each book contains more than 50 pages and will be sold for less than P100. The whole series is planned to have 60 books when completed.

Cosplaying for Mai

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) will officially be providing cosplayers for Ma-i.  The cosplayers will initially appear on the book launch at the 36th Manila International Book Fair during  “Araw ng MA-I” on September 20, 2:30pm.

Characters that will play Ma-i characters includes David D’Angelo as Kallila, Benjie Kasi as Aman, Helen Cleodara D’Angelo as Luta, David D’Angelo Jr. as Lakan, Ferrari Lacson as Apo Guinoo, Aroon Orduna as Makaka and Fatima Jongco as Tiktik.

Book Launch

MA-I will be officially launched at the 36th Manila International Book Fair on September 17, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia. There will be an “Araw ng MA-I” on September 20, 2:30pm, at CSM Booth Nos. 1-5 and cosplayers will make an appearance! Avail of the special book promo presented by CSM Publishing. MA-I is published under Kawangis Komiks, an imprint of CSM Publishing.

About the authors:

Arya Chelabian grew up learning valuable lessons from local folklore and novels as well as Eastern (manga) and Western comics. He is a graduate of Industrial Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology where he spent his vacant time at the fire exit with friends, playing Hunter and Legend of the Five Rings, and sharing stories written by both famous and unknown authors. His love for values found in the Bible and the beauty of the Filipino ethnic culture drove him to write this story. He believes that stories can influence the next generation with important life lessons the way stories of old have influenced him. He is an engineer by profession.

Faye Villanueva has been creating stories and drawing since she was a toddler. Her influences are classic and Christian novels, Japanese and Western comics. She attended intensive story writing workshops (mostly for film) during her college and working years (as a Communications graduate and practitioner). For the past decade, she has contributed her designs and illustrations to various published books in the Philippines. She now desires to bridge the gap between otakus (manga and anime fans) and God. Follow her at Instagram @spatialchild.

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Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (CAGE) at the AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) 2015

AsiaPOP Comicon (APCC) Manila 2015 is definitely an event which everyone would be looking forward to.  With promising line up of guests including Jason Momoa. the famous Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones” – which is also the Aquaman in the upcoming DC Comics films, “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League”; and VampyBit Me,  known for her daring and cool cosplay that made her a global cosplay phenomenon.  However what we are really looking forward to besides all of that is the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (CAGE).

APCC Manila, together with event partner Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The CAGE) – the world’s biggest and first–of-its-kind cosplay competition – is now accepting entries from cosplayers around the world to battle on an international level and be the next global Cosplay star.

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“With this competition, APCC Manila expects to attract the best cosplay talents, not only in the region, but around the world. The CAGE will also have a Kids category to provide the younger audience with a chance to unleash their creativity and imagination,” Magnus explained.

Judging the cosplayers is a specially handpicked panel of judges that include international prop and costume maker Bill Doran, cosplay superstar Alodia Gosiengfiao, Philippines’ own cosplay photographer extraordinaire Jay Tablante, traveling artist and global cosplay phenomenon VampyBit Me, and actress/model Allison Harvard of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12 and America’s Next Top Model: All Stars.

Participants will also experience an all-star entertainment treat with actress/model/host LeeAnna Vamp, or the “Ghoul Of Your Dreams,” joining the roster of cosplay stars who will definitely spice up the event. Vamp is the host of “I Love Nerd Girls” and “Fiends Forever.”

Then there’s more for the cosplay aficionados with the special appearances of internationally-acclaimed cosplayers Monika Lee and Riki ‘Riddle’ Lecotey. The two are well-loved “characters” in the costume and anime-loving world, both of whom starred in SyFy channel, Heroes of Cosplay.

The CAGE aims to promote the spirit and craftsmanship of cosplay through costume and prop-making workshops as well as provide a platform for cosplay enthusiasts and fans to compete on an international level. The grand champion of the Open category will receive a record-breaking payout of USD$10,000 cash along with the opportunity to compete in the next edition of The CAGE at APCC Abu Dhabi.

Who can join Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (CAGE)?

According to the website there re no restriction so far if you need to be from any genre as long as you are cosplaying a character that had already been published.  So they say it is open to anyone aged from 5 to 90 years old can participate!

What are the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (CAGE) categories?

  • Kids Category (aged 5-12 years old)
  • Open Category (aged 13 – 90 years old)

What are the prizes for the winners of the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (CAGE)?

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  • Grand Champion shall receive USD10,000 (inclusive of tax applicable, if any) in cash, automatic entry to The CAGE Abu Dhabi in December 2015 with air fare and accommodation provided and one (01) V-pass for APCC Manila 2016 (worth USD250).
  • First Runner-up will receive USD5,000 (inclusive of tax applicable, if any) in cash and one (01) V-pass for APCC Manila 2016 (worth USD250).
  • Second Runner-up will receive USD1,000 (inclusive of tax applicable, if any) in cash and one (01) V-pass to APCC Manila 2016 (worth USD250).

KIDS CATEGORY

  • Best in Show Winner will receive USD5,000 in cash (inclusive of tax applicable, if any) and two (02) three-day pass to APCC Manila 2016 (worth USD44).
  • Fans’ Favourite Winner will receive USD2,000 in cash (inclusive of tax applicable, if any) and two (02) three-day pass to APCC Manila 2016 (worth USD44).
  • Best Re-enactment Winner will receive USD1,000 in cash (inclusive of tax applicable, if any) and two (02) three-day pass to APCC Manila 2016 (worth USD44).

All winners will be entitled to an exclusive photoshoot with renowned photographer, Jay Tablante. Timing of shoot schedule allocated is final and cannot be changed.

How can you join the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (CAGE)?

For interested participants, visit www.cosplayauthority.com/application and like www.facebook.com/cosplayauthority and follow on Twitter @CageCosplay to find out more about the competition.

Are you now interested to attend AsiaPOP Comicon 2015?  If you are and want to know more please check out this article from our affiliate site, “What you need to know about AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015“.

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TOYCON 2015 Grand Launch

TOYCON 2015 launched on May 30 at the country’s premier entertainment and lifestyle destination, Resorts World Manila (RWM) for the third year in a row. The kick off also featured the hottest toy collections, superhero cosplayers, exhibits, and some premium toys for sale during the event at the Plaza in Newport Mall. Fans also had a sneak peek of the recent Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California; the latest trailers for Antman, Jurassic World, and Terminator: Genisys; plus the World Cosplay Summit National Capital Region finals.

TOYCON Philippines 2015: The Country’s biggest pop-culture event celebrates its 14th Year  with Battlefields of Play

Those of us who grew up in the pre-social media era or even the pre-electronic gaming age remember a time when “Play” was associated with the outdoors. We fondly remember halcyon days of setting up toy soldiers in the hilly terrain of our own backyard or lining up our Star Wars action figures to go into battle with our He-Man toys in the wonderland of our childhood bedroom.

Figures on display

Figures on display

Those were the days, when our imagination knew no limits and the fantasy characters of comics, cartoons and movies were our genuine playmates; ready to defend and protect us, by the Power of Greyskull or by the all-encompassing Force, forging into battle with the evil hordes of Cobra, the Legion of Doom or armies of Decepticons.

We never knew it, but our childhood was fraught with glory in our Battlefields of Play. And this is what we celebrate once again, as a clarion call sounds to dust off our toys and wage war once again with glee and joy in our hearts.

The Philippine TOYCON, Asia’s biggest and longest running convention for toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything and everything related to hobbies and collections is now on its 14th year of thrilling fans and aficionados alike. It is, simply put, the biggest pop culture event in the country.

ToyCon 2015 Grand Launch about to start

ToyCon 2015 Grand Launch about to start

This year’s TOYCON highlights the World of DC Comics with its colourful characters upholding justice with a grand exhibit from Pacific Licensing. Also get a chance to own cool licensed DC Hoodies from the Authority Hoodie.

Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service launches in the Philippines, as IFLIX explodes into the pop-culture landscape of the country during the Philippine ToyCon, with unlimited access to its line-up of the most awesome and iconic movies and TV series. With trial memberships now open, everyone is free to explore and enjoy the vast range of content on iflix.com.

World of DC Comics coming to ToyCon 2015!

World of DC Comics coming to ToyCon 2015!

Walt Disney Pictures brings in the wonder of Star Wars with its new line of merchandise from the original film saga and the new Star Wars Rebels series. And also, get into the world of micro heroes with Marvel’s Antman interactive exhibit.

Also catch future and fantasy fever as Universal Pictures Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World with an eye-popping display of the movie’s cinematic artwork and line of collectors’ toys.

The TOYCON also gives you its biggest battlefield of toys with exhibits from the local toy clubs:

Pinoy Lego users Group exhibit, Planet Krypton, Funko Funatic Philippines, the Coca-Cola Collectibles exhibit, One Sixth Republic and Pinoy Sixth Scale collectors exhibit and the awesome Toycon Gallery exhibit area which showcases the best of the local toy group community.

Some collectibles and toys on sale during the event

Some collectibles and toys on sale during the event

The TOYCON also features the biggest in Cosplay with the TOYCON’s own Cosplay Universe unleashing a barrage of individual and group cosplayers led by the cosplay goddess, Alodia Gosiengfiao. Also catch the Star Wars 501st Philippine Outpost parade its new troopers and droids from a galaxy far, far away.

Revel in opening night festivities with a series of ToyCon Pop Quiz competitions and get your fill of local and foreign comic book artists in the Artist Alley set up by Flipgeeks and Komikon.

And off course, TOYCON would not be complete without the biggest dealer floor of all pop culture merchandise in terms of apparel, collectibles and memorabilia, graphic novels and comics, cosplay paraphernalia, and toys, toys, TOYS!

Toys, toys, TOYS!

Toys, toys, TOYS!

Toys, toys, TOYS!

So let loose the child in you once again by getting ready for war in new battlefields of play!

The Philippine TOYCON 2015 will then be held on June 19-21, 2015 at the SM Megatrade Halls 1, 2 and 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

This is co-presented by Collectibles Unlimited, IFLIX, and World of DC. It’s sponsored by MaxiCollector, Authority Hoodie, Pacific Licensing, Toy Empire, Walt Disney Studios, Toy Kingdom, Warner Brother Pictures, Warner TV and Toonami.

Also supported by Great Toys Online, Bruder Toys, the Gaming Library, OISHI, PLDT Home DSL and PLDT Home Telpad, Sphero, Big Boys Toy store, Transfer It, Lynelle House of Fashion, Kramer Toy Warden.com, Universal Pictures and Pioneer Films.

Here’s a video from the event:

EDIT: Deremoe.com said that Team Kanor and Team Pink Tilapia are selected as the winning pairs for the NCR Qualifiers of the World Cosplay Summit Philippines.

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Join Starmarie Presents TOKYO COSPLAY BATTLE on June 7

Have you heard about the  “STARMARIE PRESENTS TOKYO COSPLAY BATTLE” on June 7, 2015?  If not yet then you are in for a new event that is relatively quite unique than others since it is being organized by one of Japan’s popular idols, Starmarie.  The event will be on June 7, 2015 at Movie Stars Cafe, Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia.  Admission fee is 200 pesos.

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Prepare your coolest costume and join this epic cosplay battle.  Starmarie will give away 100 special gift on a first-come, first-serve basis to those who will join the cosplay extravaganza.

Starmarie Presents Tokyo Cosplay Battle will not only be a cosplay competition but it will incorporate the STARMARIE ASIA TOUR 2015 FANTASTIC in MANILA.  Gates open at 10:30AM and the official event starts 11:00AM.

Cosplay Battle participants will be given 2 minutes to perform and judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy and Craftsmanship – 40%
  • Showmanship – 40%
  • Audience Impact – 20%

Starmarie-Tokyo-Cosplay-Battle-webFor those who want to register for the Cosplay Battle just send the following details as a MESSAGE on STARMARIE FB page at https://www.facebook.com/starmariejapan:

  • FIRST NAME / LAST NAME
  • NICK NAME
  • AGE
  • CITY
  • EMAIL
  • CHARACTER CHOSEN
  • SHORT PRESENTATION OF THE SKIT
  • COSPLAY PHOTO

So what are you waiting for, join Starmarie Tokyo Cosplay Battle now!  For more information you can visit the official event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/823943817685418

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is an official media partner for this event.

 

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Toycon 2015 Grand Launch at Resorts World Manila

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is one of the official media partners for the Toycon 2015 Epic Launch and media/press conference this Saturday, May 30, 2015 at The Plaza, 2F of Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila. Event gate opens from 12nn onwards, Program starts at 2pm and the media and press con starts at 4:00 Pm. The event is open to the public and Entrance is FREE!

What should you expect from the event?  First and foremost get to see a teaser of our 14th Philippine Toycon 2015 event.  This time it would not only be a single-day event but a 2-DAY event on May 30-31.  ToyCon organizers brings the whole toys, comics, anime, cosplay, hobbyist community for two days in Resorts World Manila. Featured at the launch event is a series of panel talks about how to be a toy and comic collector, understanding the hobby, the adventure in toy hunting, and also learning about the latest pop culture news around the movie and comics universe.

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Enjoy the toys and collectibles exhibit provided by the best toy collectors of Manila featuring different toy lines based on our movie partners for the year – Terminator Genisys, Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, AntMan, Fantastic Four and many more. The toys and collectibles exhibit will run from May 30-31, 2015 at The Plaza, 2F of Newport Mall.

Start your treasure hunt by shopping for awesome deals with Toycon exhibitors and official toy distributors. They will sell the latest and hottest toy items and also bargain collectibles this May 30-31.  Also we invite you to join the World Cosplay Summit Philippines NCR qualifiers competition at 6pm. The winning NCR qualifier will advance to the grand finals of the World Cosplay Summit Philippines this June 6, Grand winners will fly to Nagoya, Japan to represent our country for the World Cosplay Summit Japan 2015.

The ToyCon Epic Launch is in line with this years biggest and longest event of its kind in Asia, the 14th Philippine Toycon 2015 happening this coming June 19-21, 2015.  This event is organized by The Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective Inc. Anime Alliance and supported by Resorts World Manila, Pacific Licensing, World of DC Comics, MaxiCollector, iFlix, Authority Hoodie and Hero TV.

Event Details in Review:

Event:  Philippine Toycon 2015 EPIC Launch
Date:  May 30-31 , 2015
Venue:  The Plaza, 2F of Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila 12nn-7pm
Main event:  ToyCon 2015 on June 19-21, 2015 in Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall
website: www.toyconph.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/toyconph
Twitter: www.twitter.com/officialtoycon

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Vote for Otaku Choice Awards 2015

Otaku Choice Awards(OCA)-2015Otaku Choice Awards (OCA) 2015 voting is now officially open.  OCA 2015 consists of 14 categories including general non-trophy categories which serves to determine the most popular anime, anime character, Japanese band, movie and others from among the 5 top nominees given by the community.

OCA 2015 award categories this year includes male and female cosplayer, event, online media, online game, console game, phoyography and Otaku organization.  Besides the usual categories Otaku Icon Awards will also be conferred to people and organization who helped the community during the year.

Otaku Choice Awards (OCA) is on its third year so we hope that you will support this first and only awards from the community for the community.  You can VOTE THROUGH THIS LINK.  We will be giving SPECIAL RAFFLE PRIZES to those who will be randomly selected from the voters.

Don’t forget to share and spread this so that more people will participate.  We will announce the date and venue of the Awards Event soon.

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Animax Carnival 2015

One of the most prestiguous anime and cosplay event in Asia is returning to the Philippines, Animax Carnival 2015.  The event will be at Hall 4, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Pasay City on May 30-31.  Animax Carnival will let you experience not only cosplay but playing Japanese traditional games under a full bloom Sakura Tree.  Isn’t that exciting?

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There are lots of things to look forward to at Animax Carnival 2015 including screenings of the latest anime movies and series plus Cosplay Icon and model, Alodia Gosiengfiao will also be present at the event and will have a performance.

I’ll be there on both days and I’ve also prepared a special performance so make sure to drop by!

We will also be seeing individual cosplayers who will compete for the prize of P10,000 – P8,000 – P5,000 plus Animax freebies and goodie bags.  Individual competitors are selected from those who had passed their registration form and requirements last May 22, 2015.  Cosplayers will be from the following Anime titles:

  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Fairy Tail
  • Bleach
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • Parasyte -the maxim-
  • VALVRAVE The Liberator
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Space Dandy
  • The World God Only Knows Mushibugyo
  • Wizard Barristers

Meanwhile, there will also be a group cosplay competition.  Winner of the group cosplay will win P20K, P16K, and P12K respectively plus Animax freebies and goodie bags.  Group cosplays are chosen from any title broadcast on ANIMAX.

What to expect?  Well, here are some highlights of Animax Carnival 2015:

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You can get your tickets at any SM Tickets outlets and at www.smtickets.com .  For more info please read this official Press Release.

Are you going to the event?  What are you looking forward to?  Share us your plans and thoughts on this event.

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Nominate Candidates for Otaku Choice Awards (OCA) 2015

NOMINATION EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015.

For the third year, Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is launching OTAKU CHOICE AWARDS (OCA). OCA 2015 will cover various anime categories, events, hosts, sponsors, cosplayers and more. The awards is also opening category suggestions from everyone. Continue reading →

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