Concerts, cosplayers, celebs and more at the Philippines’ largest cosplay convention
Metro Manila – Cosplay Mania exceeded its reputation as one of the Philippines’ biggest pop culture events last September 30 and October 1, at the SMX Convention Center. Event creators Cosplay.ph brought in 14 international cosplayers, talents, and professionals—including the director behind the anime phenomenon Yuri!!! on ICE—to headline the festivities, along with cosplay competitions offering PHP250,000 in prizes total. Fans visiting the convention’s different Experience Zones were treated to dozens of exclusive sub-events that catered to a wide variety of interests, including video games, board games, and even photography.
A Successful Event
Since 2008, Cosplay.ph has continuously upped the ante in creating a world-class cosplay convention for Pinoys, and Cosplay Mania has grown to be one of their most anticipated annual events. Many of the country’s top cosplayers save their performances for the convention, while pop culture fans of all kinds flock to Cosplay Mania for the unforgettable experiences the event has to offer. This year, Cosplay Mania took over an entire floor of the SMX Convention Center for its largest outing yet, attracting roughly 40,000 attendees across two fun-filled days.
Fans at Cosplay Mania 2017 got to meet some of the people and talents behind their favorite anime series, including Sayo Yamamoto, director of the pop culture phenomenon Yuri!!! on ICE. Yamamoto was joined by series producer Fuuko Noda in an exclusive closed-door fan panel and meet-and-greet session. Veteran voice actors Wataru Hatano (Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia) and Koutaro Nishiyama (Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!, Jewelpet: Magical Change) shared a wealth of stories about their work in the anime industry, as well as the fandoms behind their respective shows.
Cosplay.ph also flew in several international cosplay celebrities for Cosplay Mania 2017. Kong and Eki of South Korea, Siutao of Hong Kong, Angie of Malaysia, Knitemaya of Australia, and Hikarin of Canada all showcased their craft onstage, and engaged fans through interviews and meet-and-greet sessions.
Energizing Activities & Special Merchandises
Live entertainment kept the convention halls brimming with energy, with J-Pop dance cover crew Seishun Kakumei and electronic duo The Jarhead Syndrome electrifying the audience. Cosplay Mania 2017 also featured the debut of Cosplay.ph’s JAM (Japanese Anime Music) Concert series, which featured four of the most popular performers behind some of anime’s best-loved music. J-Pop stars Konomi Suzuki (No Game No Life), Shiena Nishizawa (The Asterisk War), ELISA (ef — a tale of memories), and world-famous Vocaloid utaite (cover singer) kradness all took to the JAM stage to deliver show-stopping performances.
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The convention floor itself was busy with a multitude of events happening at Cosplay Mania’s seven Experience Zones, which were designed to provide something for pop culture fans of all kinds— including those who don’t cosplay. At the Gaming Zone, attendees got to try out all the hottest video, card, and board games in the market—and even caught kradness playing a few arcade games himself. The Collectibles Zone was a hobbyist’s dream, chock-full of toys and merchandise for all their favorite fandoms. Visitors were able to score limited-edition items, including the extremely rare AFA x Frame Arms Girl Baselard kit, of which there are only 1,000 pieces worldwide. Convention-exclusive merchandise from Assassination Classroom, One Punch Man, Black Butler, One Piece, and Hatsune Miku was also up for grabs.
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Up-and-coming artists, game developers, and costumers got to display their crafts at the Fan Fair Zone, while the Lifestyle Zone—which included the participation of the Japanese embassy—gave attendees a taste of life in Japan.
The Blockbuster Zone, where Cosplay Mania’s major sponsors hosted their booths, was an event in itself, with a wide variety of activities for con-goers. Canon’s booth, for example, featured a free photo booth with celebrity cosplayer Jin Joson, with a handful of lucky attendees given the opportunity to rent out some of the camera brand’s flagship models. At Ragnarok Online’s booth, fans were treated to free play sessions of the popular MMORPG. Visitors at the Ludus booth were able to demo the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, while Gundam fans got to check out some of the hottest kits at Bandai’s Gundam Carnival.
Those taking a break from all the fun could recharge at the Meals Zone before heading to the Special Performance Zone, where all the major events and cosplay competitions were held. This year, Cosplay.ph gave out a total of PHP250,000 pesos in prizes to the winners of the event’s three cosplay contests: the Cosplay Solo Showdown, the Cosplay Mania Cup, and the Ultimate Cosplay Championship.
To round everything off, fans were treated to exclusive screenings of Hatsune Miku Japan Expo, Frame Arms Girl, and Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu, courtesy of Cosplay Mania 2017’s sponsors.
Over the course of nine years, Cosplay Mania has built a reputation for being the largest and most extravagant cosplay convention in the Philippines. Cosplay Mania 2017 set an even higher bar for the event, and looks to grow even more in the years to come.
About Cosplay Mania
Cosplay Mania is the Philippines’ premiere cosplay convention, bringing in 36,000 excited pop culture fans to the SMX Convention Center in 2016. Cosplay Mania 2017 broke that record with an estimated attendance of 40,000 enjoying the world-class festivities that only Cosplay.ph can bring them.