Swordplay: A Rurouni Kenshin Cosplay Competition Coverage

Tobi-kun with a pretty Sojiro.

Tobi-kun with a pretty Sojiro.

Whoa! The Cosplay month of December starts off with a bang with Swordplay: A Rurouni Kenshin Cosplay Competition.  Held last December 2 at the third level of SM North Edsa, the venue was literally filled to capacity with cosplayers and the curious alike.  Sponsored by the University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts (UP AME), an org that has been at the forefront of Japanese popular culture in the Philippines since I was last there in the ’90s, the event was held to celebrate the screening of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film.  Considering the local screening was almost scrapped, I suppose a big event to just be grateful was fitting.

 

Swordplay Poster

Swordplay Event Poster

I got to watch the English version of the anime when I was a wee lad on Channel 23 and fell in love with it.  No surprise lots of Gen X-ers will be at each other throats to grab tickets to watch the movie, with tears in their eyes and nostalgia in their throats. So an event to bring all this craziness together is something one should definitely not miss.  And what, I dare ask, is missing?

ME? Oh why ME? I wasn’t even in the country then.  I was spreading fear and havoc in Hong Kong as I was cosplaying by my lonesome (please see an earlier post, Hong Kong Style Cosplay).  But I was still partly fortunate because our star Cosplay Correspondent Tobi-kun was there in the front lines to cover the event and even participate in it.  He swears he heard my screams of envy from way out in Hong Kong.  And he was right: I am envious.  He reports that the third floor of SM North Edsa was overflowing with people.  Various contests were happening all day, like fan art competitions, quiz shows and raffles.  Lots of great prizes were given away, which include exclusive tickets to the movie, collectibles and other free stuff from sponsors.

But of course, all that really matters to this site is the cosplay competition.  It’s great of UP AME to have two categories: one category for the Rurouni Kenshin themed cosplay and one category for everyone else who wants to cosplay.  That makes for a swell time as more people can have fun and join in the action.  And unlike other organizers who treat participants like yesterday’s newspaper, UP AME showed its appreciation to cosplayers by giving ALL of them free tickets to the movie, an act I find commendable.

Tobi-kun sure enjoyed himself and got to rub elbows with some really great cosplayers. Tobi-kun was quite popular with the crowd too, so make sure you “like” and comment on this post, okay? Why? Because we cannot afford to pay him yet (we cannot afford to pay anyone yet).  So your cheers will mean a lot to him.

Photos below courtesy of Tobi-kun and his friend Max.  Enjoy.

Tobi-kun with a rather convincing Sanosuke who won second place.

Tobi-kun with a rather convincing Sanosuke who won second place.

Rorouni Kenshin themed cosplayers.  Most of them anyway.

Rurouni Kenshin themed cosplayers. Most of them anyway.

 

I pity myself for thinking the Misao in the anime was cute when this lass is just beyond gorgeous..

I pity myself for thinking the Misao in the anime was cute when this lass is just beyond gorgeous.

One good turn...

One good turn…

First placer.

First placer: Saito.

One more shot.

One more shot of Saito.

Our photo man Max with a reportedly very uncomfortable person cosplaying Shishio.

Our photo man Max with a reportedly very uncomfortable person cosplaying Shishio.

Swordplay was a real treat.

Swordplay was a real treat.

Lady cosplayers are leagues better any given day.

Lady cosplayers are leagues better any given day.

Third placer in the open category.  Who is she cosplaying as? Sometime such are trivial matters.

Third placer in the open category. Who is she cosplaying as? Sometime such are trivial matters.

Tobi-kun and ... sometimes the identities are trivial matters.

Tobi-kun and … sometimes the identities are trivial matters. Tobi-kun claims she is Rinoa.

Tobi-kun has all the fun sometimes.

Tobi-kun gets to have all the fun. Here with Erza Scarlet.

 

Lots of cosplayers in attendance.

Lots of cosplayers in attendance.

First placer in the open category...

First placer in the open category…

...is this boy.

…is this boy.

Cosplay girls fight over Tobi-kun.  Well, not really.

Cosplay girls fight over Tobi-kun. Well, not really.

 

Kamen Rider

Kamen Rider

What? More pics?

What? More pics? Tobi with a Squall Leonheart.

Tobi-kun with Pain.  Says he's in pain too,

Tobi-kun with Pain. Says he’s in pain too.

More craziness to go around.

More craziness to go around.

Everyone got to have a great time.  That's what cosplaying is all about.

Everyone got to have a great time. That’s what cosplaying is all about.

That’s all the time we have left for not.  Many thanks to Tobi-kun, Max and Tobi-kuns new cosplay buddies.  Hope to catch you all in the next cosplay gig.

And for the readers, thanks for dropping by.

 

Author

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack took up AB English Studies, Major in Creative Writing at UP Diliman. Currently works for a medical transcription company. He is the Creative Director of The Cosplay Cafe: arkadymac.com, doing photography, writing, and reporting for the website. His line of photography specializes in cosplay event coverage, having covered 300 events in a span of 3 years. Loves cute and furry things.