International Guests, Cosplayers
Several of international and local cosplayers shared their stories with the CosplayMania 2017 audience. Veteran Filipino cosplayer Guy Singson said it’s passion and creativity that makes a champion stand above the rest. In his session, he talked about making more challenging costumes since his debut to cosplaying in 2007 as a Colonial Marine with a facehugger alien from the Alien franchise.
Meanwhile, Australia’s very own Knitemaya met fans with his own new favorite cosplay: Debi from My Hero Academia. He rose in popularity courtesy of his detailed crossplay, or cosplaying characters of a different gender. Moreover, his love for crossplay extends to his appreciation for compliments from fans. Additionally, his previous performance as Genos from One Punch Man deserves the praise as Saitama voice actor Makoto Furukawa said Knitemaya is the best fit for Genos in real life.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Hikarin held her Classroom for Cosplay during Day 2 where she centered on make-up techniques. The famed cosplayer demonstrated her skills and tips to a lucky fan that was called on the stage. Other amazing cosplay guests greeted their fans here in the Philippines as well, including Eki and Kong from South Korea, and Angie from Malaysia.
The Rundown, Post-Mortem
Folks at Cosplay.ph and CosplayMania have once again stunned fans, especially with an epic iteration of their famed cosplay convention. There’s nothing like CosplayMania when it comes to gathering cosplay and anime fans in the country.
Perhaps, the only real niggle for this year was an odd problem that didn’t occur in CosplayManias in the past. Interestingly, the organizers seemed to underestimate the crowd sizes and it resulted in unusually long lines in various areas. In fact, the choke points were primarily at the ticketing counter, so this can be addressed in the future.
Additionally, there was confusion for the lines for the special guests. In fact, many attendees had to wait an hour or more for their turn to interact with guests. Luckily, the organizers rectified the situation, making Day 2 a much more enjoyable experience. We hope future events will continue to improve event capacity and the continued training of the volunteer staff.