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Caution Hazardous Wife, Heisei Busaiku Salaryman, The Files of Young Kindaichi NEO, Memory Lost, and Acting Fighter on GEM this November

 

Make sure to enjoy the best of Asian television featuring a roller coaster of emotions this November on GEM.  Learn from the struggles of a newlywed housewife in the Japanese drama Caution, Hazardous Wife. See how salarymen cope with office politics in the Japanese workplace drama Heisei Busaiku Salaryman. Join genius detective Hajime Kindaichi as he tries to solve new cases in the murder mystery series The Files of Young Kindaichi NEO. Go head over heels with the fate of star-crossed lovers in the Chinese romantic drama Memory Lost. After all the drama, relax and root for your favorite K-pop idols as they take acting lessons with hilarious consequences in the Korean variety show Acting Fighter.

Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival (TMJAF) Workshops and Concert

 

Music and art lovers are in for a rare treat this November as The Japan Foundation, Manila presents the Tokyo-Manila Jazz & Arts Festival Workshops and Concert at UP-Diliman and UST.

Multi-awarded Filipino and Japan-based jazz singer Charito together with renowned Japanese jazz musicians are coming to Manila to conduct workshops and perform with workshop participants!

Upcoming Event: Kontrabida Ball

 

Have a wickedly unique experience this Friday the 13th where you’re actually expected to play the villain and enjoy an evening at the first-ever Kontrabida Ball at One Cafe and Events Place, One Corporate Center in Ortigas.

From the creative team behind Born To Make History: A Yuri on ICE Fan Gathering and internationally acclaimed cosplayer Liui Aquino comes an invitation to do your worst.  Kontrabida Ball 2017 will be a villains-themed Halloween cosplay-costume party, happening this October 2017, Friday The 13th, at the One Cafe and Events Place, One Corporate Center, Meralco Ave. cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas CBD, Pasig City. As an event for the anime and cosplay community for this wicked Halloween season, there will be food, drinks, DJs, and a line-up of featured guests from the cosplay and K-Pop community. Buy your tickets now at http://kontra.boxfiveph.com/

Upcoming Event: The Best of Anime-BoA 2017

 

Going strong on its 8th successful year, BoA, The Best of Anime, will once again treat Japanese pop culture fans and enthusiasts of anime, cosplay, and music to a spectacular event this coming September 9 ad 10 at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia.  With a well-known and greatly admired cast of special guests from international cosplay and music set to appear and perform in front of Filipino fans, the stage is about set for BoA 2017, perhaps the biggest anime-themed convention to date.

Upcoming Event: FANDOM FEST Cosplay Competition at MIBF

 

The Manila International Book Fair or MIBF has been one of the biggest and the longest running fairs in the country, with about 120,000 visitors over the five-day event.  This year the organizers will be holding its first-ever FANDOM FEST Cosplay Competition, making it one of the major highlights of the children’s section in the Book Fair. FANDOM FEST  will cater to the many western geek culture and fandoms in the country.  The event aims foster camaraderie among different fandoms and share their interests and knowledge with others. It will be held at the Stage Area, Function Room 1, on Sept. 16 for the Pinoy Cosplay, and Sept. 17 for the Western Cosplay.

Hottest Asian Dramas on GEM this September: My Lover’s Secret, Le Sacrifice, and Pretty Proofreader Deluxe

Get only the hottest and freshest shows this September as GEM continues to keep your heart racing with the best of Asian entertainment! Turn up the heat with Japanese drama My Lover’s Secret and Chinese period drama Le Sacrifice. Then cool down with the comedy special Pretty Proofreader Deluxe, which premieres same time as Japan!

My Lover’s Secret

Burdened with a dark family secret that he has been hiding for 11 years, law student Rei Okumori (Fukushi Sota) is unable to maintain relationships with anyone. But when he falls in love with a fellow law student, Sawa Tachibana (Kawaguchi Haruna), he finds happiness for the first time in over a decade. As the couple plans their marriage, a stranger threatens to reveal everything about his darkest secret. How far will Sawa go to accept Rei after his secret is exposed?

My Lover’s Secret premieres 7 September, every Wednesday and Thursday at 9pm, first and exclusively on GEM. 

Free Japanese Film Screenings during the 2nd ASEAN – Japan TV Festival

 

 

The Japan Foundation, Manila and The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines are pleased to announce Free Japanese Film Screenings at Cinema 5 of Trinoma Mall from September 7 to 10, 2017.  This event coincides with the 2nd ASEAN – Japan TV Festival 2017 (AJTVF2) to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN.

The Action Continues in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure this September on Animax

 

The Joestar family saga continues in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, which premieres on 8 September, from Wednesday to Friday at 10pm on Animax.

It’s 1987. Seventeen-year-old Jotaro Kujo is haunted by a ghost-like entity to which his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, explains that it is a special power known as “Stand”, that physically manifests its user’s spirit and can be controlled by its user at will. The revival of the Joestar family’s nemesis, Dio, triggers the awakening of Stands down the Joestar family line and puts Jotaro’s mother in danger. Jotaro, Joseph and their allies have only fifty days to locate and eliminate Dio in order to save Jotaro’s mother and prevent Dio’s ambitions of world domination. Will they be able to prevail?

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 Press Conference

 

Giving everyone a glimpse of the many exciting things in store for fans of pop culture this weekend, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 held its press conference at the C Lounge of Conrad Hotel at the Mall of Asia Complex.  Presented to the media were stunning American cosplayer Haiden Hazard, our very own outstanding cosplayer Jin Joson, exceptional visual artist Quiccs, American comic book writer, artist and teacher Carl Potts, revered Filipino comic book artist Whilce Portacio, and creative director and co-founder of tokidoki, Simone Legno.  All of them were thrilled to meet fans and enthusiasts from all over this weekend.

Cosplay at History Con 2017

 

We at arkadymac.com are grateful that History Con gave cosplay a bigger role this year as they have vowed to be bigger, better and bolder than ever.  In just two years, History Con has established itself as Manila’s biggest entertainment convention ever, and as conventions go, cosplay has become a colorful and fascinating part of the festivities.  History Con 217 has been very receptive and appreciative of cosplay, being very generous with prizes, privileges and benefits to attending cosplayers through all four days of the event.