Sunday, September 20, 2015

Les Miserables to Perform in Manila this 2016 - Tickets on Sale this September


DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? SINGING THE SONG OF ANGRY MEN?

The well-acclaimed musical is coming to Manila this March 2016! It has been confirmed that Les Miserables will be performing in Manila at The Theater- Solaire Resort and Casino.

Tickets will be on sale this September 29. 2015 in TicketWorld outlets and its official website. For those who want to get the best seats, the VIP tickets are sold at 7,000php with a special discount for those who will be purchasing via their VISA Cards. For more information, visit TicketWorld or like Concertus Manila's Facebook page.

Attending Cosplay Mania 2015

Cosplay Mania 2015 Schedule of Activities

Everyone get ready-- for the biggest cosplay event of the year will be happening in less than a few weeks away! Same as last year, I will be attending Cosplay Mania 2015 held for two days in the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Get ready for an event filled with cosplay, games, freebies, and excited all in one epic weekend!

Organized by Cosplay.ph, Cosplay Mania will have event highlights such as the Cosplay Meet and Greet (featuring international cosplayers and personalities like LADYBEARD, Baozi and Hana, Kaname, etc.), JAM Concert (with PILE to perform for the first time), and the annual Cosplay Tournament of Champions where the grand winner will be the country's representative in the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championship

Stay tuned for my coverage of this epic two-day event! See you in Cosplay Mania 2015! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Touken Ranbu Musical to have First Theater Runs this October!

Touken Ranbu musical

From popular browser game to the musical theater stage-- Touken Ranbu saniwas are in for a treat as the sword boys browser game becomes an upcoming musical with first theater runs starting late October 2015! So far, only the play dates are posted as well as the venue to where the musical will take place. The tickets are sold at 7,800 JPY according to the musical's official website.

As a Touken Ranbu player and a musical fan, this a double treat! Can't wait for the cast and more information about this production very soon!

Touken Ranbu is a popular browser game created by DMM and Nitroplus. The player claims the role of a saniwa who calls these swords to fight and defeat the evil forces set in an ancient Japanese world. It is considered to be the gender counterpart of another popular DMM browser game, Kantai Collection.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Kantai Collection - Summer 2015 Event Starts This Month

shimakaze and yukikaze

Teitokus get ready! Kantai Collection (the popular DMM.com Japanese online browser game) will be having its Summer 2015 event this month (starting at August 10, 2015). Based on the basic info gathered from Kancolle's official twitterthis event will be in a span of 20 days and set on the Solomon Waters.

For the convenience of players who will take part of this event, this is a LARGE SCALE OPERATION. So get those carriers and bauxite ready!

[caption id="attachment_1718" align="alignnone" width="300"]I feel that this is obligatory for this event. I feel that this is appropriate for the event.[/caption]

More updates to come as the days progress. Be sure to gather enough resources and may RNG-sama be ever in your favor.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Epo-ditorial Special - When the Hobby Flame Dies Out (On Cosplay Events Expectations and Disappointments)

Disclaimer: The comments and opinions that are mentioned and summarized in this blog are from a personal perspective  and some people who attended a recent cosplay event here in my city. This post is not to bash on any person or organization that has something to do with a particular event in question. For clarifications, the comment section is open. Hoping that this blog post will help people in any way-- from organizers, cosplayers, to event participants alike.

[caption id="attachment_1711" align="alignnone" width="400"]The Dashcon Ballpit--- because everyone deserves an extra hour! The Dashcon Ballpit--- because everyone deserves an extra hour![/caption]

Ever had the feeling of being scammed before? I guess all of us did-- from the items that we buy, the services that we avail, and so on. When you're a con-goer or a cosplayer participating in a particular cosplay event and it didn't meet your expectations, of course you will feel that you've been had.

It's really sad that you have put all your efforts to participate and attend the said event but went home disappointed, angry, and frustrated. Just who wouldn't be? You see people going around and following certain rules and mechanics but in the end, they don't make any sense. You stood up to ask for clarifications, but fell on deaf ears. There are people who deserve the recognition but due to the topsy-turvyness of everything, even they became victims themselves (the cosplayers).

When you are given responsibility to control the stage, use every initiative to at least make an effort to keep the event going! It is understandable that it's not an easy task but the participants and audience are expecting to attend a lively and worthwhile event. If the MC (Master of Ceremonies) isn't really giving much energy, then the event is a fail from the beginning. But I still give a thumbs up for those individuals who make sure to keep the event on its feet rather than giving the floor to someone who can't even make an effort to connect to the partner MC's conversation while the program is ongoing. But still, there's always a first time for everyone I guess.

There's a reason to why some people do not wish to participate in cosplay events now. It was different back then-- competition was not in the minds of people and people didn't aim to topple others because of selfish things like fame, recognition, and the related. If only organizers should pay more attention to what is more important (other than growing their morale and keeping their mutual connections on top of their "organized" competitions), then people would definitely come back.



To cosplay organizers, please be open-minded enough and stick to the rules and mechanics implemented for the particular contests because it's very frustrating to everyone that some people won because they are mutual to some particular parties. Well, I know these people in question are not fully at fault here-- but it pains me to know that some reputations and connections of people have been distorted already due to these obvious biases.

If you remain clean to what you guys are doing, then definitely no further issues would escalate and more people would come back to your events next year (if ever you plan to organize again).

To the participants, if you feel that the competition is just not in a fair game from the start, keep going. Why? Because only true diamonds shine more than the fake ones. If you like to back out from joining, that's fine. Whatever the decision you make, it's yours and yours alone.

To conclude this Epo-ditorial, it was the first time in so many years that I was frustrated of the outcome of a particular event. I hope that with all the things that I have mentioned here would be helpful not only to cosplay enthusiasts and regular convention goers but also to cosplay organizers. Remember that you have not come this far without the enthusiasm these parties have made to make your event epic-- so please give them what they deserve the most!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Epo-ditorial - Limits (Part 1 - All's fair in Love and... ?)

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In this month's Epo-ditorial, I will be discussing a very broad topic that ordinary human beings sometimes forget-- and that is limits. Limits. Limitations. You get the the point.

Before I proceed, I would like to remind everyone that some of my statements can hurt real bad-- but please bear in mind that I'm not pertaining to certain people in my connections and I'm sharing my thoughts in a neutral perspective or my current view on the present situation of our society.

This Epo-ditorial will be divided into parts. I will do my best in my willpower to finish all the parts. I understand that a lot of people don't like to read long paragraphs of thoughts so I decided to separate them into series for easy quick reading.

The Definition of "Limitation"



To simply define limitation (in relation to this here article), imagine it like a wall or a barrier between two people (or groups of people) or a marker to indicate that this is how far you should go. One wrong move and you're out (though the situation still depends though).

Sometimes when someone's at their limit, they just keep quiet. Some however, can't take their steam out by just shutting their mouths off. They explode, they give the cold shoulder to the people who made them like a boiling teapot, and cut off their connections completely with them.

Limitation on Relationships



When a relationship doesn't seem to go well, let go. Period. No but's. No excuses. Let go.

I am not saying we can't give second chances to people, but this would really depend on the damage of the said relationship. Reality check: before you even had the nerve or even think about having a girlfriend or a boyfriend, you were living a contented life by yourself. So saying and ranting stuff that "you can't live without a relationship", "you can't live without him", "You can't live without her", "My is life is now crap ever since he/she left", grow up.

Love happens when it happens at a time and day that you do not expect. Or maybe-- you just want to have a relationship for other intentions. IYKWIM*

What really bugs me is that some people still seek the attention of their former lovers regardless if they have already called their relationship off. Bugging them and watching his/her every move on social media. For what reason? Because you think you guys will be together again? This is no mere soap opera that you (the so called "main character" of the story) get the scenario that you want in the end. If the person doesn't love you anymore, then leave.

If the person appeared to be an asshole in the end, of course you have every right to leave that bastard. You deserve a better life and stop clinging to people who just give you false hope. Wake up! Because that's not how the world works-- that's not how love works. Aside from this, it's absolutely rude that you have to stalk the new better half too. You know that if you go too far, they might press charges on you-- who knows. We'll never know.

"Fishing"

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his has been alarming on social media lately and I really need to get this out-- it's even sadder because it's women who are doing this dirty kind of a trend.

It's sad to say that there are some women that  though (regardless if they have a f*cked up relationship or not), are fishing for men's attention. Whether they are in ways like simple selfies, status posts, tweets, or whatever that would be-- they will do almost anything to get the guys into their side and manipulate them to get the things that they want.  White Knights? Fapboys? That depends.

If you're a guy reading this, please don't be fooled by the majestic feathers of a peacock. I am not saying that all women around do this but just at least be self-aware of the people whom you are interacting with (especially online). Besides, why would you waste your time over individuals who just want you for your fanboy hormones and not because of who you are? Your choice.

Conclusion



As mentioned earlier, everyone has their own respective limitations on certain things. It's either you have to ride with it, rant about it, or distance from it.

I hope that this discussion has helped people in any way. I know it's lengthy but enough to voice out things that a lot of people are also experiencing at present. I know it's not possible in getting these people out of our borders but at least you know the right things that you must do. To these people, all I can say are two simple words: Good luck.

Onward to my next Epo-ditorial...soon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Touken Ranbu - Tsurumaru Kunikaga Nendoroid Announced! More TR Merchandise to Release Soon

[caption id="attachment_1696" align="alignnone" width="226"]The prototype of the Tsurumaru Kunikaga Nendoroid. Photo from Kahotan's Blog -- http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/ The prototype of the Tsurumaru Kunikaga Nendoroid. Photo from Kahotan's Blog -- http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/[/caption]

I can hear people's wallets crying from here (laughs)

Just yesterday (June 22, 2015) it was officially announced that Tsurumaru Kunikaga from the DMM and Nitroplus Japanese browser game Touken Ranbu will have his own Nendoroid version. It's not for certain yet when the pre-orders will start but hopefully it will be this year or before the holiday season is in the corner.

[caption id="attachment_1697" align="alignnone" width="227"]pikachunendo Shokudaikiri Mitsutada Nendo Sketch. Photo from Kahotan's Blog -- http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/[/caption]

Aside from this (surprising) announcement, Pikachu Shokudaikiri Mitsutada is also confirmed to have a Nendoroid. Details for his release is still not confirmed yet as of this time.

1/8 scale figures of the following Tourabu Toudans are also in the works: Mikazuki "Jiji" Munechika, Kashuu Kiyomitsu, and Yamatonokami Yasusada.

More information about the releases in this batch can be found on Kahotan's English blog.

Indeed, our wallets are also facing Saniwa Hell, too. Choose your husbandos wisely!