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Japan Foundation Inaugurates Eigasai: Japanese Film Festival 2016

In line with the celebration of the 20th year of Japan Foundation, Manila, was the successful inauguration of Eigasai: The Japanese Film Festival 2016 at Shangri-la Plaza last July 7. For this year’s Eigasai, it features the works of renowned Japanese directors Masato Harada and Hiroshi Shoji.

Eigasai is the Japanese film festival hosted in the Philippines and presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila which is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

Japanese Director Masato Harada giving a short talk about what to expect for this year's Eigasai.

Japanese Director Masato Harada giving a short talk about what to expect for this year’s Eigasai.

The opening night were graced by the representatives of Embassy of Japan to the Philippines, Japan Foundation, Manila and director Masato Harada, which he shared a short talk about the films for this year’s Japanese film festival. Harada also gave a brief talk about his film, KAKEKOMI, which was the first film to present to formally start the Eigasai.

What’s more special with the Eigasai this year is its partnership with the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for the first time where two award-winning Japanese films will be featured in its Asian Section.

All the lined-up films are free to viewed by everyone. Free tickets for the festival including those at Shangri-la Cineplex will be available 30 minutes before the screening.  Since slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is advisable to come early.

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Free Japanese Films through EIGASAI Film Festival

Free Japanese Films EIGASAIAre you ready for free Japanese films?  If you are then you are in for a big treat as Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) and the Embassy of Japan launches one of the biggest EIGASAI or Japanese Film Festival this year, beginning on July 7 to celebrate JFM’s 20th Anniversary and the 60th year of Japan-Philippine friendship. Continue reading →

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Brief Overview of the World Cosplay Summit (WCS)

WCS_2014The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is tagged as the most prestigious gathering and competition among cosplayers in the world. It is set every year at the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) in Nagoya, Japan. Cosplayers who really wan to showcase their talent both in cosplay performance and craftsmanship are aiming for a shot to be an official representative to this event. Besides that however, little do we know that ordinary people can also attend and enjoy the annual WCS event.

WCS 2014 will be composed of 25 participating nations with 20 competing for the World Cosplay Championship. Observer nations include the Philippines, Hongkong, Vietnam, Taiwan and Portugal. Official countries participating in WCS 2014 are Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Each team can have 2 cosplayers coming to Japan.

The representative for this year for the Philippines is Sora No Katsuo from Davao. They won against 4 other finalists during the WCS Philippine Finals during the 13th Toys and Hobbies Collectible Convention at SM Megatrade Hall.

Official representatives from competing nations will get a chance to compete for the World Cosplay Championship.

“The WCS Championship is a competition that rewards both the ability to make costumes and perform on stage. There are two types of judges: celebrity judges, who mark the stage performances, and international judges, who mark the craftsmanship of the costume.

The celebrity judges each award 10 points for performance, 5 points for Faithfulness to story and characters, and 5 points for the costume impact on stage; 20 points in total. There are usually five celebrity judges, resulting in a total mark of 100 points.

The craftsmanship judges panel awards 100 points. This number is then multiplied by the number of celebrity judges, and then divided by 10 to make the score compatible with the marks of the celebrity judges. If there are five celebrity judges, this brings the total mark for craftsmanship to 50 points.”

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If you want to be an official representative, you have to win in the preliminaries that will be conducted in each country. Preliminaries in the Philippines are being facilitated by the official partner organization, Anime Alliance Philippines. The preliminaries usually starts September and culminates into the finals, usually held at the annual Toys and Collectibles Convention.

As an aspiring WCS representative you have to not only be good in cosplaying your character and having an outstanding performance on stage but also be a good crafter. You have to be the one that created your costume and you must impress the judges on this. Besides that, there will also be a question and answer portion where you have to represent yourself and prove that you are indeed a qualified representative for your country.

If you think that the finalists are the only once that can go to the WCS in Nagoya, Japan then read this. You can also join the World Cosplay Summit as a spectator or cosplayer. There are a number of ways to participate in the event. Find out how, and enjoy the world’s best cosplay festival!

In order to attend all you have to do is have all necessary documents including a valid passport and Japan VISA plus a ticket to the event. Here are some of the events which you can attend.

NAGOYA Anison Fes 2014 will be held on Friday, August 1st (Fri) at the Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall, 1 Chome 1-3 Tsurumai, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-0064. Event starts at 5:00pm and ticket price is at 6,800 yen.

If you want to watch the World Cosplay Championship on August 2, 2014 you can avail a ticket price from 1,500 to 2,800 yen depending on your seating.

  • 1F Seat: 2,800 yen with WCS original merchandise, 3 goods (Original hand towel, WCS 2014 pin badge, WCS 2014 Temporary Tatoo)
  • 2F Seat: 2,000 yen with WCS original merchandise, 2 goods (WCS 2014 pin badge, WCS 2014 Temporary Tatoo)
  • 3F Seat: 1,500 yen with WCS original merchandise, 1 good (WCS 2014 Temporary Tatoo).

 

Venue for this year’s World Cosplay Championship will be at the Aichi Arts Center Concert Hall from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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Whether you will go to the WCS as an official representative, a guest cosplayer or just someone who wants to see the event, I am sure that the experience will be very rewarding.

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Good luck to Team Sora No Katsuo in their journey to WCS 2014 at Nagoya, Japan. Check out the local website of WCS through Anime Alliance Philippines at wcsph.animealliance.asia.

For more info on the World Cosplay Summit please do visit www.worldcosplaysummit.jp/en/

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