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One-Punch Man Series Marathon and Naruto Movie Marathon as Animax Winds up 2016

 

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It really is the season to be merry as our friends at Animax bring 2016 to a close with an amazing selection of anime series from action, romance, and comedy, making it a delightful December for anime lovers everywhere!

One Punch Man Marathon
Relive the excitement of One Punch Man with a full marathon of the series this yearend! Don’t miss the heroic exploits of superhero Saitama as he power-punches his way through hordes of monsters and villains, destroying each of them with a single punch!
The One Punch Man Marathon airs on 17 & 18 December, Saturday & Sunday at 9:00 pm.

Mission Terminator Cosplay Challenge by NCPH

 

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Cosplay action hits northern Manila as Mission Terminator Cosplay Challenge took place over the weekend at SM Valenzuela.  Organized by Naruto Cosplayers of he Philippines, the event sought to promote  upcoming American action spy film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as well as currently showing science fiction action film Terminator Genisys.

Misaki Con 2015

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For the fourth straight year, Misaki Con has brought fun and excitement to the cosplay community as this year’s edition electrified the recently opened SM Center Angono Mall just last weekend.  Those in the local cosplay scene know and love Ashley Misaki, a bright and talented young lady who has taken the local cosplay scene to new heights, winning award after award with her striking costumes and fierce performances.  Those who have loved and supported Ashley have since organized Misaki Con, a unique  event  meant to celebrate cosplaying as a hobby and to foster togetherness within the community.  Our friends at Cosmic Bytes Cosplay Shop are the major sponsors of the event, and arkadymac.com is proud to be its official media partner.

Misaki Cyber Con 2014

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It was all about having a simple, wholesome, and engaging cosplay experience at last weekend’s Misaki Cyber Con 2014.  Held at SM Taytay last Sunday, August 31, renowned chibi cosplayer Ashley Misaki with his family and friends brought excitement to their fans and supporters with the next installment to a series of events three years in the making.  eThose in the local cosplay scene know and love Ashley Misaki, a bright and talented young lady who has taken the local cosplay scene to new heights, winning award after award with her amazing costumes and fierce performances.  Those who have loved and supported Ashley have since organized Misaki Con, a unique  event  meant to celebrate cosplaying as a hobby and to foster togetherness within the community.  It was free and open to the public, and all they had to do was have fun.  Also, arkadymac.com was the official media partner for this event, and we are bringing you the highlights right here.

 

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Celebrity cosplayer Liui Aquino graced the event with a special appearance.  Having had much acclaim for his recent Hiccup of How to Train Your Dragon 2 cosplay, he has become even more known to the public and wanted to thank his fans at his special meet and greet session within CyberCon. Set for early afternoon last August 31, 2014, the event had fans coming in as early as mall opening just to make sure they get the chance to meet their idol.  Everyone was ecstatic when they heard about it only the day before, so they eagerly awaited Liui’s appearance.  He then came out from the back stage cosplaying as Koushi “Suga” Sugawara of Haikyuu!! to the cheers of the audience.  He then addressed the crowd and thanked them for coming and extending their support.

 

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Then came the meet-and-greet proper at the side of the venue where a really long line of fans almost immediately appeared in front of the table set up for the event.  Fans eagerly awaited their turn as Liui graciously signed autographs on tarps, posters, magazines, had selfies, and had his photos taken with his fans.  Cosplayers look up to Liui, which was probably why their support for him was the warmest of all.  They of course did not pass up the opportunity to share a short chat with him, exchange cos cards, take selfies, and do signature poses with him in front of the camera.otwithstanding the long line and huge turnout of the meet and greet, Liui was able to accommodate everyone, and after giving away more prizes with Cosmic Bytes, it was time for him to leave, but not without the applause and appreciation of the crowd.  It was a fun and memorable encounter with everyone, with Liui the most grateful one of all.

 

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By afternoon the cosplayers had gathered and they participated in the Cosplay parade around the mall as they showed off their unique cosplays to curious mall patrons and visitors.

 

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Hosting the event were Fatima Jongco and Kei who made a great and witty team bringing the action to the audience.  They facilitated lots of games and raffles for everyone who attended this free admission event, with prizes courtesy of our friends at Cosmic Bytes.

 

 

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Providing the entertainment and excitement to the crowd were dance groups Raindrop and Borealis, who all had high-energy performances in amazing dance sets that delighted the audience.

 

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Misaki Con is particularly special because it attracts the most number of chibi cosplayers from all over than any other cosplay event or convention.  As a chibi cosplayer herself, Ashley has been admired by other children who truly enjoy cosplaying, as well as by parents who have long been impressed by Ashley’s exceptional  talent as a cosplayer and competitor.

 

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The highlight of the event was the individual cosplay competition where more than a hundred cosplayers vied for many wonderful prizes in many different categories.  The participants wowed the crowd with their stunning costumes and exciting performances.

 

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Serving as judges of this event were internationally-renowned cosplayer VM Hernandez, skilled crafter and cosplayer Krizdel Ingreso, cosplayer Shane and Xtian Mack, Creative Director of arkadymac.com with yet another blurry photo of himself.  They had the hardest time picking out the best from the many contestants who gave their all in their performances.  Even as we commend everyone’s wonderful efforts, in the end the choices had been made.  The Best Crossplayer went to Derrick Padilla.  Best Chibi went to Louise Rielle as Elsa of Frozen, with lots of support from herloving mom.  The Best Female award went to TanTin Meneses as Lenneth Valkyrie of Valkyrie Profile.  Best Male went to Jayson Tabuzo, and Best Mecha went to Rb Cheng.

 

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Of course Ashley was there in her adorable Annie of League of Legends cosplay to greet his fans, have pictures with them, and share in the fun and excitement everyone was having.

 

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With the number of attendees and participants in the hundreds, Misaki Cyber Con 2014 was a great success, thanks to the amazing team of organizers, friends and supporters who took on the challenge to make Misaki Con the spectacle that it is.  We congratulate them for a job truly well done.  Special thanks to Cosmic Bytes for being the main sponsor of this event as well.

 

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Keileen: Looks Could Kill

 

 

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From how one would at look at her when she portrays her fierce characters, one wouldn’t think she was a timid girl who only started cosplaying a year ago.  Yet Keileen has come into her own, becoming a recognized cosplayer who simply loves the thrill of being the character she portrays.  We of course had to invite her to be arkadymac.com’s latest Cosplay Model.  Presenting Keileen in her first online feature, photography by Xtian Mack, post-processing by our guest editor, Ecko.

 

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For our feature,she cosplays Sasuko, the genderbent vesion of Naruto’s Sasuke Uchiha.  ” I love portraying fierce characters, those who look harmless but are actually very strong,” she shares.  “I love the way they look innocent and are underestimated, but in the end they are stronger and fiercer than anyone could imagine.  Characters like  Erza, Lucy, and Dokuro Chrome are ones I aspire for.  I admire Dokuro Chrome the most as she had a very sad past but I love how she kept up with it with a smiling face.”

 

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She recounts cosplaying Misa Amane from Death Note at her first event when she started just last year.  “I guess most girls start out with Misa,” she says with a smile.  She got into cosplay when her professor gave her the suggestion since she liked anime so much and thought she resembled a character from one of them.  At the time she was really very shy, but cosplaying has given her more self-confidence as she went on, going to as many events as she possibly can.  “When I cosplay I feel like I’m in the world of anime itself, and it makes me so happy.”

 

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“I cosplay to express my love for anime,” she explains as her reason why she continues with the hobby.  “I get to dress up and look like the characters I have come to love and admire, and at events when people recognize my character,  I feel extremely happy.”

 

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Keileen tells us cosplay opened up a lot of new doors for her.  “I made a lot of friends through cosplaying.  I get to experience new things like being independent, learning to travel on my own, and being  sociable, as I’m more used to staying in a corner in the past.”

 

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Outside of cosplaying, Keileen tells us she’s still much of a kid and likes to play games a lot.  “I love war games and RPG games,” she admits.  “I enjoy drawing too, mostly anime characters since I enjoy watching series and anime of every kind of genre imaginable.”

 

We of course gave her the chance to say a few words to those who have supported her.  “Thank you to my professor who gave me the idea of cosplaying.   Thank you to my parents who let me cosplay.  Thank you to my family who cheer for me.  Thank you to my classmates who support me. I want to thank everyone since they all have become a part of my life.”

 

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As of now, she’s busy with her studies but whenever she gets the chance, count on her to be at events being surrounded by people admiring her great portrayals.  And how long does she intend to cosplay?  “Until I have kids to cosplay with,” she laughs.  “I don’t know. I don’t think I’ll stop.”

 

We hope that you can all continue to support Keileen, and  you can all be sure that we’ll be more than happy to feature her here again at arkadymac.com.

 

 

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Obito X Rin Photoshoot

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Real-life couple Kaloy and Doll pose for our cameras for this feature on this edition of arkadymac.com.  They’ve only recently become lovers although they have long since enjoyed cosplaying at events, something they really like having in common.

 

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For this feature, Kaloy cosplays Obito Uchiha while Doll takes on the role of Rin Nohara from the anime manga and series Naruto.  The romance between the two characters is implied in the story line but they have had a strained and complicated relationship that affects the Naruto universe.  Here we present “what might have been” scenes through this couple cosplay.

 

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We shot these on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon at the ever-dependable Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.  It was quite difficult to do shoots as there are many people around so we just had to improvise and make do with what we had.  I’m glad I had the assistance of truly reliable friends from Pitik Photography: Shin, Xander, Mike, Portgas, and Knots, who despite a long and tiring day before were still at it doing shoots at the park.

 

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We went all around the park for suitable locations, recounting the craziness of the things that happened the previous night after covering the 1st MyPhone Youth Tech Congress  event at SM mall of Asia.  Well, Kaloy and Doll had quite some fun, spending time together in cosplay, and with other park visitors taking pics of them and with them throughout the afternoon.

 

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It was an enjoyable day for us with these shots as the fruit of our labors.  Hope you enjoy them.

 

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Thank you for dropping by and do visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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Ati-atihan Cosplay Coverage Revisited

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Had a great time the first time I cosplayed and did a coverage of the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan last year, with my brother Bryan taking photos.  The streets were colorful, noisy and alive, and I can just walk around in my ANBU cosplay without feeling out of place.  Had people take pictures with me, had fun dancing around to the maddeningly festive beat of the drums, and had a great time seeing people just being friendly with each other.

 

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For this special occasion, I customized one of my masks into a special black tribal ANBU Ati-atihan version.  As for the rest of my costume, it was the first time I used it so the fitting and the design … wasn’t quite there yet but it was enough to at least have some people recognize me as an ANBU.  Had fun as people took pictures of me and with me.  It was an exhilarating experience, one I doubt I’ll ever forget.

 

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Sadly, even though I had vowed to come back this year, I wasn’t able to do so because of many things.  Hopefully I can go back next year so I can feel the excitement again.  Will need to go now, but I hope you’ll take some time to look at my brother’s photos.

 

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Festive and happy faces all around

 

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Misaki Con 2014

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For the third straight year, Misaki Con has brought fun and excitement to the cosplay community as this year’s edition came early to SM Taytay just this weekend.  Those in the local cosplay scene know and love Ashley Misaki, a bright and talented young lady who has taken the local cosplay scene to new heights, winning award after award with her striking costumes and fierce performances.  Those who have loved and supported Ashley have since organized Misaki Con, a unique  event  meant to celebrate cosplaying as a hobby and to foster togetherness within the community.

 

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Renowned cosplayer Liui Aquino graced the event as a special host and had a meet and greet and autograph signing session.  Celebrity Ann Mateo was also there to give a special performance, and she also had fun with the participants in the games.  Of course, Ashley was on hand to help host the show as well and give out prizes.  Miss Tiffany Sy, Fatima Jongco and Kei were there doing a great job at hosting as well.  There was lots of games and raffles for everyone who attended, with booths as well as lots of giveaways and prizes to those who attended this free event.

 

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Misaki Con is particularly special because it attracts the most number of chibi cosplayers from all over than any other cosplay event or convention.  As a chibi cosplayer herself, Ashley has been admired by other children who truly enjoy cosplaying, as well as by parents who have long been impressed by Ashley’s exceptional  talent as a cosplayer and competitor.

 

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The highlight of the event was the individual cosplay competition where more than a hundred cosplayers vied for many wonderful prizes in many different categories.  The participants wowed the crowd with their stunning costumes and exciting performances.

 

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Winners for the various categories are:
Best Male: Don Jhoemar as Nero from Devil May Cry
Best Female: Lanie Ayo as Sorceress from DragoNest
Best Mecha: RB Cheng as Geno Breaker from Zoids
Best Crossplayer: July Mary as Ren Hakuryu from Magi: Labyrinth of Magic
Best Chibi: Mark Haiji as Iron Man
Best Game Cosplayer: Wiljander Custodio as Shock Blade Zed from League of Legends

 

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With the number of attendees and participants in the hundreds, Misaki Con 2014 was a great success, thanks to the amazing team of organizers, friends and supporters who took on the challenge to make Misaki Con the annual spectacle that it is.  We congratulate them for a job truly well done.  Special thanks to Cosmic Bytes for their participation and assistance at this event as well.

 

Thank you for visiting, and please drop by again for many great features at arkadymac.com, serving the hottest cosplay events in town.

 

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Invitational Otaku Urule Photoshoot 12 (IOP12)

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The staff of arkadymac.com had a great time covering IOP 12,  or Invitational Otaku Urule Photoshoot 12, the latest in a series of photoshoots for cosplayers and photographers alike.  Organized by Otaku Urule, a student-based organization which promotes Japanese pop culture in the country, quite a number of cosplayers and photographers gathered at the scenic Chinese Garden in historic Rizal Park, all excited at the prospects of another great time being with each other.

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The latest edition of IOP 12 stays true to all others that have come before it:  an event where cosplayers and photographers work together and have a great time. Otaku URule has always maintained that the goal of these activities is  to reinvent the system of cosplay networking in the country where all participants have closer ties and as they maintain old friendships and foster new ones.  As they have always reminded the hundreds of participants in the past, the only things you have to remember are to have fun, meet friends, respect one another and enjoy.

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The theme for IOP12 was Loli Invasion.   The event officially started in the morning, with the registration as well as announcements and reminders from the Otaku Urule staff.  As always, cosplayers took the opportunity to don their chosen attire in homage to the characters they have come to  love and admire.  Everyone  was everywhere, having pictorials all over the garden with all its interesting places and sights to see.

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The event ended at sundown with final group pictures and words of gratitude from the organizers for the support and enthusiastic participation of all who came that day.

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Our heartfelt thanks to Otaku Urule for yet another successful affair and making it all possible.  Do visit their Facebook pages for more information about them and their upcoming events.

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Mao-chan: Behind the Mask

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arkadymac.com covers all sorts of cosplay conventions and events, and we met Mao-chan at one as a Kakashi gender bend, attracting a lot of attention.  We had a few snaps of her and in hindsight, we should have taken more.  We invited her for a photoshoot for a feature, but fate has a funny way of surprising us and Mao-chan became a member of the arkadymac.com family as a sessionist photographer and editor.  We finally got to have that photoshoot, and somehow everything  went full circle.  Featuring our own Cosplay Model Mao-chan at arkadymac.com.

 

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For today’s feature, Mao-chan chose her Kakashi gender bend Maid version.  She says she’s fond of masked characters like Kakashi of Naruto.  She also likes cosplaying male characters and school girls. She’s proud of the fact that she comes up with her own costumes.

 

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Mao-chan tells us she got into cosplay because it is a way for her to express herself.  It is also through cosplay that she got to meet people with the same passion as her. She admits that she found herself having real fun and was enjoying herself, and that cosplaying helped boost her self-confidence.

 

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Even though Mao-chan has been cosplaying for several years already, she admits that cosplay is still very challenging for her because she often creates costumes out of casual clothing.  She also thinks of ways to put a twist to each of them. She does say that every effort is very worth it when she sees the final outcome and people become fond of it appreciate her cosplays.

 

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Mao-chan doesn’t get to attend as many cosplay events as much as she would want to, but when she does go, she makes sure she has a blast.  She gets excited when people ask to take pictures of her. She likes to gender bend male characters like Kakashi , so when a cosplayer of the same character (the original or costripped ones) asks for a picture or for fan service or just simply asks to be their friend, she feels very grateful and intensely excited.

 

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Mao-chan has had a blast cosplaying, and she would like to thank her Onii-chan for always supporting her, making her experience the fun of cosplaying and accepting her as a family member of arkadymac.com. She would also like to thank Akai-kun for accompanying her to events, supporting her and sharing energy whenever she feels tired from long cosplay conventions.  She’s also grateful to her beloved father who has always been proud of his cosplayer daughter.

 

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When asked how long she intends to cosplay, she says she wants to continue cosplaying for as long as she can and for as long as she would be able to find time for it.  To all our readers, she’d like to share her thoughts.  “Cosplaying would be very challenging at first but when you put your heart into it, you will be able to succeed. If you encounter a problem, always remember that there will always be ways for you to fix it. Lastly, trust yourself, don’t mind the opinion of other people when you cosplay. Just have fun and enjoy!”

 

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We at arkadymac.com have always been glad that we’ve got to meet amazing people like Mao-chan through cosplaying.  She’s proof that cosplay can bring people together, and it can be the start of even more wonderful friendships.

 

 

 

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