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Kento Yamazaki to Star in “Kiss that Kills” Same Time as Japan on GEM

Japanese Actor Kento Yamazaki to Star in the Highly-Anticipated Drama Series “Kiss that Kills” Same Time as Japan on GEM, Exclusive Contest Offers Subscribers the Chance to Meet Kento in Hong Kong

The Japanese king of romantic films, Kento Yamazaki, will star in the highly-anticipated drama series, “Kiss that Kills”, which premieres same time as Japan on January 7, 2018 at 9:00pm (8:00pm JKT/BKK).

Kento Yamazaki plays the role of Otaro, the most sought-after host at a nightclub whose only passion is fearless pursuit of money and power. When Otaro is kissed by a mysterious woman, he dies but quickly comes back to life. What is the true identity of this mysterious woman? Can Otaro unravel the mystery behind the deadly kiss and the time loop?

GEM Presents the Best New Asian Shows this December


The holidays will be happy indeed as our friends from GEM give us gifts of the best new Asian shows this December.  Cheer for a team of underdog players in the sports drama Baseball Brainiacs.  Join a group of university students as they make their dreams come true in the relationship drama Sea Side Blue.  Attend the reunion of two estranged friends in the mystery special Miman City 2017.  Test your general knowledge in the game show Burning Questions! SP1.  Finally, end the year with sightseeing and delectable dishes in the cooking travel show MOCO’S Kitchen In Kyoto, and start the next year right with life lessons from We’re Millennials. Got a problem? Special.

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.

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.

Animax Bloggers’ Night: Hanami!


Our good friends at Animax got to hold a special evening for us bloggers to keep us updated on the new and exciting things the leading anime cable channel has in store for their audience for the next couple of weeks.  The were fun games, lots of nice food and great updates regarding the amazing lineup of current and upcoming shows on Animax.

Action-filled May on Animax with My Hero Academia and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure


A whole lot of action and adventure, blended with fantasy and mystery are in store for anime fans everywhere as Animax airs the hottest anime series this month of May with My Hero Academia, Alice and Zuroku, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and
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My Hero Academia (All New Episodes)

Animax Kicks Off 2016 with Express-from-Japan and Blockbuster Series



Great news to our readers who are always on the lookout for great new series as well as new episodes from their favorite anime.  The festive season may just be over, but fans in Asia can continue to rejoice at the spectacular line-up on Animax! The first 24-hour anime channel in Asia is serving up a fresh crop of anime including express-from-Japan series GRIMGAR, ASHES AND ILLUSIONS, and blockbuster series Assassination Classroom and The File of Young Kindaichi R.

Beyond the Cutest Dreams: The Kawaii PH Book Launch


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Kawaii has become more than just about cute things.  It has become more than just a passing fancy or a fashion fad.  Kawaii has become a way of life for individuals who have sought to express themselves in an outlook and style all their own, with frills, pastels, ribbons, teddy bears and rainbows, all exuding that positive, happy vibe that they wish to impart to others.  Beyond the Cutest Dreams: The Kawaii PH Book Launch got to celebrate this admirable Kawaii lifestyle in an event that showcased the bright, friendly and colorful world that Kawaii has opened for everyone from all over the world.

Cosplayers’ Love Story in GMA’s Wagas TV Show Episode



arkadymac.com takes you behind the scenes of a Wagas TV show episode on GMA News TV 11.  It’s scheduled to air on Saturday, March 8 at 7pm.  Entitled “Choi and Charlene Elegado: The Cosplayers’ Love Story,” this episode features Kapuso stars Kris Bernal and Mike Tan playing the lead roles of cosplayers who were fated to fall in love through a mutual hobby, while my friends and I were invited to fill up the other roles of cosplayers for their story.




Thanks to a friend, I was in invited to be one of the talents for the taping of this episode several weeks ago.  It was a gig of sorts, and quite a sudden one: invited today, tape tomorrow, that kind of thing that I barely had time to react.  I gathered up my costumes and props and prayed I could get some sleep in before the 4 am call time.  I and eight other cosplayers were whisked away in a van for several hours to an exclusive subdivision in Tagaytay.




The place was quite a sight: pretty houses sparsely scattered amid greenery and pine trees, a scene that would make one think they were in another country.  The crisp, cold air that Tagaytay is known for was truly pleasant too, especially if you’re wearing layers and layers of costumes.  Well, not quite so for the girls who wore cloth costumes though: just a gentle breeze was enough to get most of those in our group shivering.




Shooting started promptly early that morning.  We got to experience what it was like behind the scenes of these TV programs, how much work and effort people put in even the smallest scenes.  The cast and crew were real professionals who knew what they were doing and guided us along.  They were courteous and helpful as we did our small parts for the program.  Most of our time was spent waiting for the next scenes we were supposed to be in and no one ever imagined that that would be tiring as well.  To fill the time in between takes, I and my photo partner Reiku took the chance to have a photoshoot with the cosplayers all around that amazing, idyllic place.




We had the opportunity to work with Kris Bernal, the lead female for the episode.  I admit not knowing who she was as I haven’t watched TV in a very long time, but she is the real deal.  She is a quick study, eager to learn, a pro who takes her job seriously.  I admire her bright and humble personality, taking the time and effort to talk to us, ask us about cosplaying, and taking pictures with us when we had the opportunity.  Mike Tan, the male lead, was a great actor who loves keeping things light and fun around the set.  He says he cosplayed quite a bit before and was quite familiar with the characters we cosplayed, taking time off to chat with us in between takes.




All throughout the day we did silly fight scenes, fumbled with the few lines we had, and pretended to be busy while the cameras were rolling.  It was really tiring but at the same time exciting and enjoyable.






For our efforts, were fed properly, escorted back to Manila, and were given a considerable talent fee.  Not bad at all.  For us it was an experience we won’t soon forget.  Many thanks to the folks I was with that day:  Marvin and his mom, Abe Gail, Reiku, Dennis, Misaki, Chii, Micah, Jenny and Arcel.  Many thanks to the stars and the great crew of Wagas for having us over and doing a splendid job. We eagerly await seeing the episode on TV.




Thank you for visiting, and please drop by again soon for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.








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Cosplay Documentary Taping



arkadymac.com is honored being given the opportunity to cover the making of an upcoming documentary on cosplaying in  the Philippines.  Although most details cannot be divulged yet at the time of this post, Director Maila Gumila has told us that it aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of cosplaying as a performance art, as a hobby, an as a cultural phenomenon.




Xtian Mack, Creative Director of arkadymac.com, was invited to an interview about his insights into the year’s worth of experience of cosplaying, covering events, blogging, and photography.  He even agreed to be interviewed without his mask for this one, since he thinks it’ll be found out sooner or later anyway.  His loyal fans (all two of them) are definitely excited to see him without the mask.  So that’s certainly something to look forward to.  And while there, Xtian Mack was granted the privilege of covering the filming and take some behind-the-scenes photos for the website.




Also invited were several other cosplayers from diverse backgrounds and whose characters represented different genres.  Several of them were also interviewed about their experiences in cosplaying and how they’ve come to love it.  All of them had video clips taken of in their cosplays and showing off their best moves.




While the airing of the documentary hasn’t been announced to us yet, Director Maila Gumila   assures us that it will be a serious, in-depth and meaningful program about the reality of cosplaying in the Philippines that shares the experiences of real cosplayers who share this passion.  Ma’am Maila has been truly generous with us on the set and I have come to admire her intensity, passion and sincere interest in bringing the truth about cosplaying to a wider audience.






We would like to thank Director Maila Gumila and the rest of her professional, skilled and courteous ataff and Ma’am Bessie for inviting us.  I am personally very excited to see this one and look forward to sharing this documentary with everyone the moment it comes out.




Please tune in again for another cosplay feature here at arkadymac.com.  Thank you very much for dropping by.










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