Monday, October 26, 2015

Angel Mariel Meets Kaname (Finally!)

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The 2015 Cosplay Mania was quite a memorable one to me. The only reason is... it's because I was able to get a Meet-and-Greet ticket to see Kaname!

My tickets for Cosplay Mania 2015
Ever since 2012, I was thrilled when it was announced that he would be one of the guests. But no... meet and greet tickets got sold out quickly. 

Then came 2013, I got disappointed because I was on queue at SM Tickets, waiting for the allotted time for the tickets to be available. But lo and behold! It's all sold out even BEFORE  the announced time. What sorcery was that huh? Anyway, my sadness was replaced with happiness when during the competition part of the event, I was at the barricades of the judges table and saw him in near range. I even reached out my hand and he also stretched out his... for a handshake. However, the distance between two hands was just too much, and they never met. (T_T) I still remember Kaname looking at me as he smiled and did a 'peace' sign twice. (^_^)v

I didn't get a handshake but I did get this photo shot
For the year 2014, well... I don't think I even had a glance of him. (T_T)

Now... 2015! Wheee~ By some kind of chance, I got a ticket! Honestly, I thought it would all be sold out again. But yay! I guess my prayers were heard. On the day itself, October 4, 2015, I went to the venue very early. Yeah, I was THAT excited. And I happily bought a photo card print for the autograph session.


On the photo: Kaname as Velnar from Chain Chronicles

In Meeting Room 1, a few moments before the session, the hosts Nadia and Vic Kumiko told us to call Kaname... and to scream "Pikachu" because he likes that Pokemon. The moment the door opened.. *gasp*... I held my breath and my eyes went big! I couldn't believe it's him and he was so near! 


Kaname greeting us at the start of the session
Kaname got on the platform and greeted us! He even asked us what our favorite L'Arc~en~Ciel song is. Well, I only know one song. It's from my favorite anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Yep... and it's what the audience told him: Ready, Steady, Go! Yaaaaaay!!!!!!

First was the autograph session. We were allowed to talk to him. When it was my turn, in my starstruck moment, I was only able to say, "Hi, Kaname-san, watashi wa Marieru desu!" (Hi Kaname! I am Mariel). "Ah! Marieru~!", was his gleeful reply! Up until now, I can't forget his happy voice and Japanese accent when he greeted me... or the stroke of his right hand when he wrote my name in Katakana characters! 

 
This photo was taken moments before my turn in the autograph session.


...and Kaname wrote my name in Katakana... with a HEART! askfaskdlsaks!!!!
And then, he looked into my eyes and reached out his right hand for a... handshake! *Gasp* I suddenly flashed back into 2013, in the barricades, when our stretching hands couldn't reach. But I pulled myself in the present moment, and happily received the handshake. Finally! The two hands touched. I was left with a smiling face and kilig (shivers down the spine) to the bones!

After that was the photo session. Fans calmly waited for their turn. Almost all of us opted for a selfie, me included. It was Kaname, himself, who offered his hand for the selfie shots! Tell you what, his angle is amazing! 


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After two hours of it, the session ended... but not without us having a group photo with Kaname. It's in his phone. Yay! And we heard him say, "I love you"... and all of us screamed in kilig! Hihihi~

Kaname thanked us all for coming in his meet-and-greet session

Just when I thought that it was my only time with Kaname, well think again. After strolling around in the event. My sister and friends, and me were sitting near the CosShoppe Satellite Booth. We found out that Kaname would be there by 6PM to sell his merchandise. And of course, we all ran to get the stub! I got the Uchiwa fan this time. 

Okay okay... we entered the booth and got another chance to see him up close. To my surprise my sister talked to him... in Japanese! Woah~~ she was able to maintain composure with Kaname around.


Lil sis asking Kaname about his favorite Filipino food. His answer: Beef Soup (Nilaga daw!)
It was my turn after my sister. Kaname gave me the Uchiwa fan and ugh... I don't remember if I talked to him. Hahaha~ But good news is, he agreed to have his photo taken in my phone. It's feels surreal... seeing him look at my camera...


Kaname-san looking at you!

Ah~ That pretty much sums up one of my best moments of the year. Having a photo of him was one of my dreams, too. After my photo op with Alodia, I silently wished for Kaname. I didn't expect that it would come true months later. Life is good! Overall, my Cosplay Mania 2015 was Kaname-stalking day! Teehee~

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cosplay Mania 2015

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Cosplay Mania 2015 was held at SMX Convention Center on the 3rd and 4th of October 2015. The event featured big names in cosplay and Japanese music. As usual, I was only able to go on the second day, Sunday.

Unfortunately, guys. I wasn't able to do much coverage this time because... I managed to grab a meet-and-greet ticket for Kaname! My slot was at 11AM and the session started my day. I couldn't pull myself together after that. Heehee~

Kaname as Lavi Bookman of D.Gray-man
Kaname signs for a fan
 Yep, I also had my chance for an autograph and a photo op, but I will tell you more about it in a separate post. I got a lot of things to say to you, guys! (^_^)

Even though I was on a high after meeting my cosplay idol, I did my best to look around and see what the event had to offer. First, was the event stage...

The hosts of Cosplay Mania 2015

Everybody literally flocked to the Pikachu booth.

I saw Loverin Tamburin and her band, too.

Sorry for the blurry picture, guys. But I was so happy to see Jesuke Jes wave at us. (^_^)
This year, the booth section was so vast, man! Toys, T-shirts, mugs, keychains, and a whole lot of anime stuff were there... Where's money when you need it?


Pile's official merchandise

Who likes Keybies? I do... I got the Ezio one.
Magic: The Gathering had a demo session in their booth. Last year, I tried the iPad app. Now, I was very lucky to have someone actually teach me how to play it. It's more fun to battle with someone, I agree on that. And... I got a free deck, too! It's the red one this time.


The latest edition of Magic

The Magic booth where everybody is free to play
Hey~ Kaname was not the only cosplayer I took photos of. Here are my shots of a few cosplayers I saw at the event... 

Cyclops and Spiderman

as Tifa from Final Fantasy



Edward Kenway from Assassin's Creed 4




as Junko Enoshima from Dangan Ropa

Cosplayer Lionel as Ken of Streetfighter


Yay! A cosplayer of Edward Elric! FMA is my favorite anime, ever!



Sailormoon and Sailor Jupiter cosplayers

as Yuudachi Kai Ni from Kancolle

Saber cosplayers

as Tamahome and Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi


as Hestia





as Yuna of Final Fantasy

as Ahri from League of Legends







And my favorite cosplayer of the day is... 


Kaname cosplaying Lavi Bookman

...Kaname as Lavi Bookman form D.Gray-man. Character portrayal and costume accuracy: perfect! 'Nuff said. Hihihi

Woah woah~ I didn't expect that the 2015 Cosplay Mania would be my most memorable to date! It just gets better and better every year. Wheee~ I got a lot of stuff, too. 


My Cosplay Mania haul

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