The traditional local end of year cosplay event was hugely overshadowed by AFA this year, to the extent that we weren’t even aware it was taking place today if not for a timely email from the organisers. They sent out an invite to all bloggers to go cover the event, and despite it being a huge distance away, I drove down with my trusty SLR for a day of fun and fugly.
The organisers, the Shiro Tsubasa Anime Club, are a group of anime fans, unlike the organisers of the AFA who are purely commercial, so the whole event follows a more relaxed, free-and-easy feel. In fact, I don’t see any difference from the 2006 event (I skipped the 2007). Generally there are litle booths, selling both doujin (clean no porno ones), dolfy wares, goth loli wares (original too, one ribbon costs like 70 bucks), and a whole load of cosplayers and photographers. There’s also the contest and some skits, which I didn’t really see except for one extreme army-sized Naruto cosplay group that served up some dancey-battle-choreographed performance worthy of being the best cosplay skit in the history of Singapore, and that’s saying a lot about the standards of such.
Unlike AFA, there was no kowtowing at all. Must be because the wretched Penang boys didn’t come down.
Enough blabbling, look at the pictures! I took out my flash only to realise my faulty rechargeable batteries got depleted after a day, and I went without a flash for a while without trekking off to a 7-11 to get expensive energiser cells. I brought only a 50 mm f1.4 prime, which gave me a few problems. I couldn’t zoom, and it’s a bit too long, so I could only get half body shots. For full body shots, I had to step at least 10 metres away, and stupid vulture photographers would swoop into the space in front of me and block off my view. Even if I was the one who originally asked for the picture. I gave up and stuck to half-body portraits, and now I have forgotten what the lower body of these cosplayers were like.
I must say the overall standard appears to be declinging, from the peak about 2 years ago. I attribute it to the increase in event number, such as this year’s AFA splitting the number of cosplayers into half, since most wouldn’t use the same costume twice for some weird reason. There were also a lot less goth loli chicks but the number of FYGs remain constant.
The Burst Angel group was alright, but for two major flaws. The first is Jo’s costume design brings the focus onto her tummy (which is flat in the show of course) but normal people have a slight tummy and that is very distracting, I chose a picture where it is obscured. The other flaw is Meg’s really flat chest, since Meg has giant knockers. Irony. But overall, quite nice.
Gundam Girl was a breath of fresh air, I quite liked her. Too bad she didn’t really pose well, this picture doesn’t do justice to her cuteness. The forced smile detracts from her natural one. I find it interesting though, that when guys do Gundam, they cover their heads, but girls hold the heads in their hands.
This is a blogger actually, who is a fan of Darkmirage. She calls him DM-sama, and thinks I am LianYL.
A pleasant Suigintou.
OOooooh. Blind though. I have a few pictures of him/her with kids, if you guys are interested.
MAY THE SPIRITS BE WITH YOU, or something. Bleach (Don actually) is a distant memory, like what, 6 years ago? Despite that, this guy did a great job.
The daring girl on the left, showed her butt off. Anyway, this is actually Houshin Engi cosplay, but there is an awesome Shengongbao cosplayer later.
Elf girl. Nice stick.
There were plenty of Dynasty Warrior cosplayers. I don’t get this game, it’s a stupid button masher that desecrates Chinese history and the beauty of the 3 Kingdoms story. Also, it displaced one of my favourite game series, the turn based strategy 3 Kingdoms. But most of the extravagently costumed cosplayers today were from the game, like Diao Chan here and whatshername and Gan Ning. Identification courtesy of Lian.
An out of focus Iori. It was funny when I took this picture cos he thought I wanted more and was doing more posing when I thought he was standing still so I was reviewing my pics. In the end I took one only, and he had this other classic Iori pose that the surrounding photogs crowded me out of. Pretty good guy.
Now, this is one of my favourite, and best cosplays of the day. Soul Eater’s Death the Kid done to perfection. Admittedly a simple costume, but sometimes this means less things can go wrong. If you notice, most of my top choices tend to be more simple costumes.
This picture makes him look fantastic, but in truth, he’s really tiny and short. For some reason.
I don’t know who this is…in fact I realise I’m so out of touch because I don’t recognise many characters and for those I do, I tend to have forgotten the names. There was this great one who was the skinny guy from Nabari no Ou who had powerful skill and was dying, but because I couldn’t remember his name, I didn’t take a photo.
Sun something from Dynasty Warriors. She’s quite pretty in real life, though I didn’t take a good picture here.
Once again, I don’t recognise her. But it’s quite nice and simple.
Q-chan from Gintama. I had a better photo but some idiot FYG walked out from behind her such that it looked like she was growing out of her shoulder. Note the owner of the local Maid Cafe, Ferlyn in the background.
Probably the best Yoh cosplayer I’ve ever seen. Dude has it done to perfection. I mean, the muscles, he looks like he actually has more than bones. Guy characters need muscles, see the Zack cosplayer later for reference. This guy looks like he can fight and win.
She was Ayanami Rei in another event, but this Anna is pretty good too. The costume is very simple yes, but the details are there, and accurate. Except maybe the hair, but it works for me.
I vote them the best pair of the day.
I don’t know this at all, but the effort put into the props deserves kudos.
Hei. I said, "Hey Hei" but he ignored me.
Gun-toting Miko, an otaku’s fantasy apparently.
One of the best goth loli dressed females, she had this really nice dress which I couldn’t capture the full glory of.
One of the contenders for best cosplay of the day, Chrona here wins hands-down in terms of looking like the character. I mean, look at her face! Extra points goes to hiding her down eyebrows and drawing in the sad brows of said character, and the very details Ragnarok. The wig is nice too.
Danny Choo set up a branch here in Singapore, and cloned himself here. The clone is named Gordonator.
Yuugi is holding the magical cylinders card, which is a trap card that can deal the attack rating of an enemy monster worth of HP damage straight to the enemy.
The costume’s great and all, but guy is just too skiny. Unless he’s trying to cosplay the Zack that just escaped the years of experimentation by Hojo, then that’s accurate. His build would be more suited to a character who’s a pretty boy, like say Kyouya from Haruhi.
His accompanying Aeris. Nice Basket.
Apparently another character from Dynasty Warriors, this costume is fantastic.
The cool Shino cosplayer was hanging around corners sneakily for some reason.
The picture doesn’t do her justice, but this Viletta cosplayer is really good.
The Any isn’t bad as well. She’s a tad conservative though, and has the tendency to hide her front with the cape.
I found this guy hilarious! Obviously Yoshimori from Kekkaishi, but he wasn’t ready when I asked for a photograph. He stood there dumbfounded, with his specs on, for a while before coming up with a really funny pose unintentionally. Seems like a nice guy on his first event.
The staple of events when Judith, this girl, comes back from Aussie. These are her cousins/nephews, and she dresses them up for her pleasure.
Now that’s an awesome Shengongbao cosplay from Hoshin Engi.
Ukyo from Ranma, she’s quite friendly and was talking throughout the photo-taking to no one in particular.
Ranma, and a kettle.
The latest in geek chic fashion? This girl is pretty.
I couldn’t figure out what uniform she was wearing, so I asked. She said something from Hitman Reborn, then Double pointed out that half the schools in Japan have this uniform. No wonder I found it familiar.
Zero’s gonna geass you.
Maid Guy tears his enemies apart. Surprising, I didn’t think anyone watched this show here. Good job man.
Some Toho chick. They had this group of about 5 girls from the game but since I don’t play it, I don’t really know much.
Again, I don’t know., But pretty nice.
Some people say this is the best in terms of the overall package, and I might be tempted to agree. Extravagantly elaborate and elegant costume, complete with realistic wig, a pretty face and some cool footwear. Pity I know not where she’s from.
Machao from Dynasty Warriors. Lian made him do proper kungfu poses and he broke his footwear doing so. He’s protecting the golf carts.
Anya using her handphone.
Well that’s all, i didn’t take that many pictures because it’s troublesome to process so many. I chose only the better cosplays, so what is shown here isn’t that representive of the overall standard. The pictures are soso, most of the time, I didn’t take time to clear the background, or choose a good angle, just snap and go. Pretty much all in manual mode with manual flash as well, resulting in a few misses.
The general consensus among event-goers was a pretty negative one though, possibly due to heightened expectations or just fatigue. With so many events yearly, the regular joes are probably feeling a bit bored. Such events are only truly fun for the cosplayers. Speaking of which, one cosplayer clearly having fun was Hoshi, the Yin Cosplayer from our interview, who did an Idolmaster I think, with her friends, along with a dance on stage. The cute girl powerfully unleashed her inner child well.
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