Let us take a look back for some conventions and events that made 2011 a big exclamation point in the cosplay community.
Personally, in terms of number of cosplay conventions and events held, this year has been the most successful.
With more or less 50 major and minor conventions held this year – from huge event gatherers to school-organized events, from malls, to online streaming, from toys only, to fusion of Korean culture- , only few made impact.
Here’s the list of notable cosplay events and conventions that happened in the year 2011:
The whole community waited for Otakuzine’s biggest anime and J-culture event last year, the Ozine Fest 2011. With a record breaking 370+ cosplayers participated in the cosplay competition, this event will surely one of the biggest and grandest this year, 2012.
Celebrating its 10th year, ToyCon 2011 was the the most anticipated gathering of toy distributors, gamers, pop memorabilia collectors and cosplay enthusiasts in the Philippines. One of the highlights of the event is the shooting of a Chinese movie, Cosplay Nation.
A cosplay event like none before. Organized by Cosplay Network Philippines, the event featured photography workshops, meet and greet with international cosplayers and celebrities and a cosplay ball.
It was the second Hero Face Off cosplay competition , organized by anime channel, Hero TV in partnership with Cosplay.ph and Anime Alliance Philippines. Grand winner in Face Off category, Jan Erick Torres, will go to Singapore this year to compete in the STGCC 2012.
Cosplay Mania XI
1-2 October | SMX Convention Center
The biggest cosplay convention in Philippines marked another milestone last year as they invited 4 international cosplayers from the Southeast Asia region – Clive Lee (Singapore), JiakiDarkness (Thailand), Pinky Lu Xun (Indonesia), and YukiGodBless (Thailand). Team MARCH Omega, Cosplay Mania ’11 Tournament of Champion Grand Winner brought pride to the country as they won the Regional Cosplay Championship in Singapore last year.
Alodia’s Fantasy is a fulfillment of Alodia’s dream world. It is the first online cosplay event in the country organized by Flippish.com featuring cosplay goddess, Alodia Goseingfiao. The show featured the best Filipino cosplayers picked in a pre-screening event.
The continuing saga of UP AME’s tradition of anime themed-fairs and on its 11th year, AME Monogatari, featured the world of Japanese folklore and mythology. The event featured Japanese folklore-inspired booths, cosplay competitions, on-the-spot drawing and Karaoke sing-off competitions, and performances from special guests.
An event that comes every five years and marked Toei Animations’ 25th year of establishment in the Philippines.The event featured toy exhibits, animation workshops, a Parade Float Competition, a Group Cosplay Competition, and an Anime Idol Karaoke Singing Competition.
An event that focuses on the true Pinoy Otaku identity. Organized by Slicknine Digital Media and Naruto Cosplayers of the Philippines, the event featured a dose of both Korean and Japanese pop culture in a Filipino perspective. It was also the first event with a cause as parts of the proceed will go to a peace project in Mindanao.
[To be continued]