To be honest, the standards for AFA (or any cosplay/anime events in Singapore) is dropping with every passing year. I remember being so blown away at my first cosplay/anime events in 2005, where you can actually see the effort cosplayers put into their outfits and poses. These days, however, participants dress up as their favourite characters but I don’t feel their heart nor pride.
The issue these days is that most people think of cosplaying as just dressing up. Personally, I believe it’s being one with your character, so one should bring out the uniqueness of their characters instead of posing half-heartedly. Also, the same popular cosplays repeat themselves every year, with the likes of Hatsune Miku and friends gathering a bigger family each time. I have enough of Vocaloids walking past me, tyvm. However, the most crucial problem is still the space constraint. With a growing number of visitors flooding in, it’s hard to even walk around, let alone find spaces for cosplayers to pose and re-enact hilarious anime scenes.
The only 2 cosplays that left an impression on me today:
Event schedule for AFA 2011 is up. Click on the picture to access the AFA page with more details.
Naturally, these events are limited to local events only, as much as I’ll like to fly over to Comiket just to see how it’s like. Also, being interested in these events doesn’t naturally mean that I would be able to attend.
I haven’t been to a single “A.C.M.E III: A Certain Magical Event III” event yet, but looks like things are going to be different this year…
I’m not a Touhou, doujin nor card games fan, but OMG!!! Suara is coming down!!! She is best known for her songs in the anime Utawarerumono, Asatte no Houkou and Tears to Tiara, and in some visual novels by Leaf. As much as I love “Kimi ga Tame (キミガタメ)” from Utawarerumono, my personal favourite is still “Seiza (星座)” from the game “Kusari (鎖 -クサリ-)”.
Suara – 星座
Suara – キミガタメ
As long as the ticket price does not go above SGD50, I’ll probably make a trip down to see her live. But first, I need to finish watching the “Suara LIVE 2010 ～歌始め～” DVD I bought last year. And I hope she won’t mind green lightsticks (even though I would prefer blue lightsticks for her songs) since I have an abundant supply of them…
… or as the attendees know it, EOY 2010: Creativity. Fun.
Friendship. Special Service.
You know it’s pretty sad when the most awsm thing I saw at EOY 2010 is a rabbit tail attached to someone’s butt. Nothing of interest in the programs, no superb cosplayers, and instead, I get numerous male cross-dressers including one of my favourite (gasp!) Hinagiku!!!! Now that is a memory I need to erase from my eyes and brain and every cell in my body.
Seriously, EOY was tons better when it was traditionally held at Expo and organized by STAC. Ah~ I miss the good old times.