Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Best of Anime 2012: Cosplayers Galore

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The cosplayers of the Best of Anime 2012 filled the room with much excitement! The costumes ranged from the simple school girl uniform to the complicated mecha. By the way, this event was held in SMX Convention Center on Sept. 15-16, 2012. I attended Day Two (Sept. 16) as I had another appointment with Belle de Jour on the 15th. Well, an active lifestyle does good! 

Back to the topic... the Best of Anime 2012 had a lot of booths and activities for everybody! Read my previous post here. This blog entry is specially dedicated to the cosplayers. There were a lot who attended. Some I know personally, and others I saw for the first time. The popularity of cosplay really went up this year!

As promised, here are the photos I took that drained the battery of my camera:


Cosplayer Mayden Ong





Cosplayer David Shen D'Angelo as Mr. Pogi

Cosplayer Reeve Castillo as Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji.




Cosplayer Ralph Patrick Villaluz






Cosplayer Zhykrys Sevastra as Bulma from Dragon Ball.












Cosplayer Serreniethy Fionah as Gundam Girl Aegis from Gundam Seed.



Cosplayer Ira Orduna 


Cosplayer Rb Cheng as Burning Gundam.


Cosplayer Gaby Ortega as Marguerite of One Piece




Here are a couple of photos I had with some cosplayers:



***Drum Roll*** My favorite cosplayer of the day is...

Cosplayer Ken Lim as Law of Tekken.

...Ken Lim as Marshall Law of Tekken. He proves that you don't have to be in a mecha armor to portray a great cosplay. His facial expression, action pose, and his costume, albeit simple, is very detailed and accurate. 

These cosplayers completed my day! Ah! But what is an otaku event without cosplay eh? I'm proud to say that this year's Best of Anime was well attended by anime and cosplay fans. It was a surefire success!


Best of Anime 2012: Booths and Toys

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When I attended this year's Best of Anime event, I couldn't help but to compare it with last year's Best of Anime 2011. I remember that the place wasn't so much crowded and it was very spacious to walk around... even dance around. But for the year 2012, I saw a huge difference! There were more booths, more surprises, more people, and more cosplayers! It marked a huge price increase too, the one day ticket price was from PhP 120 last year to PhP190 this year! 

For this post, I will be covering some of the event booths and toy exhibit. I only have one battery in my camera and I already had a lot of cosplayers photos (read more here). Since I participated in some of the booths, I didn't have the time to see what was happening on stage.


The Best of Anime stage. 
My first booth stop was the Gundam Philippines Model Kits Caravan for my round of Gundam building and detailing! Come to think of it, this is my second Gundam for 2012. I guess I am not as active as before. Anyway, have made a separate blog entry for setting up my Best of Anime Gundam
Participants put all their efforts in their Gundam.
And look! Here is the Gundam that I set up. Isn't it cute? It took me an hour to finish it. Read more by clicking this link: http://myangelmariel.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-chouhou-gundam.html


Cute Gundam. :)
After that exhausting Gundam activity, I strolled around the booths, explored the products, and bought some merchandise. I can only share a few of these kiosks. Like I said earlier, I didn't have much battery for my camera. :(

As a member of Naruto Cosplayers PH, I was very happy to see these booths: 


Wishing booth by NCPH.

Another booth by NCPH. :)
The following booths sold fashion, otaku, and cosplay accessories:


Sugarfree and Blue


Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass also had a wellness booth. The salespersons were so kind! I drink the honey-flavored wheatgrass so I decided to try out the ready-to-drink variant in can. I was so happy when I saw Ashley Gosiengfiao's Photo Souvenir in their booth. I asked for it and they gave me one!  Yay!


The kind salespersons in the Wheatgrass booth.

The photo of Ashley that I asked for. :)
There were also academic booths. iAcademy had drawing tables and The Japan Foundation booth offered free manga reading to everybody! 
iAcademy's booth.

The Japan Foundation's booth. 

The sponsors' booths were present too. I only had photos of the Hero TV and the Psicom booth.


Hero TV booth.

Psicom sold otaku magazines.

When I go to anime events, I just buy the ticket and stroll around the venue. I rarely get tempted to buy the otaku stuff, considering how I am surrounded by it. However, when I saw that Azalea's Onlineshop had a booth, I immediately ran and drooled over at all The Hunger Games merchandise! I love The Hunger Games! And yup! I couldn't resist to buy some merchandise as well. 


The goodies.

I bought the Mockingjay pin and the Hunger Games lanyard.
Okay, so that was much of the event booths that I visited. So now, let me share the awesome toy exhibit in the event. Here are some of the photos:









Best of Anime 2012 had so much to offer for everybody! These booths and activities alone were enough for me be elated. But it doesn't stop there. It won't be complete without cosplay! Watch out for my post about it! (Update: My BoA 2012 Cosplay post is now up. Read here)


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