So what are these "anime and hobby conventions," and why do people go to such events?
Well, people have their own, various reasons, but one thing's for sure: we go there to dress up and just plain have fun. :P
And what do we mean by "dress up?"
YES, it's called "cosplay." The term "cosplay" has definitions which people debate on and have evolved overtime, but simply put, it's short for "costume play:" wherein a person dresses up as a fictional character from television, films, books, and comic books and ACTS OUT the character. YOU ARE THE CHARACTER. It sounds pretty freaky to the layman, but as we keep on saying amongst ourselves: one may never know the joys of cosplay until he or she tries it... because it's worth trying at least once in your life. ~.^
BUT this entry isn't solely about cosplay. It's about an event called "The Philippine Cosplay Convention," running in its fifth year and was held on March 3, 2012 in Robinson's Place Manila Midtown Atrium. Yes, I know this is a super late post. xD
So we've been teased with this poster weeks before the event:
|The event teaser poster taken from Cosplay.ph.|
What's cool about PCC is that their IS NO ENTRANCE FEE. This was actually the first time I've attended PCC, but my chaps here seem to have attended for a while now:
|Yes, that's 2 girls dressing up as 2 guys... with a hawt schoolgirl teehee|
A couple of friends decided to dress up as characters from Kuroshitsuji, also known as "Black Butler" in its English dub. Ayn was Ciel Phantomhive, while Stacy was Grell Sutcliff. Caroline was simply dressed up as a hot schoolgirl (she will deny the "hot" part, but don't believe her xD). I... well, you will see. :P
Since entrance was free, the place was simply packed. However, since the mall was basically open to costumed people especially when they needed refreshment and had to go on food and bathroom breaks, the crowd remained manageable and there was still enough space to breathe. Another plus for this event and the venue. :D
|Taken from the 4th floor ^^|
Now... let's take a look at some of the cool cosplays we've encountered at the convention:
|A ZOIDS MECHA! One complicated costume|
|Marky, one adorable, talented cosplayer, dressed up as Bon Clay from One Piece|
This is also the place where your childhood comes to life.
|SHAIDER! Galaxy police|
Also, we meet more cosplay friends and acquaintances, like these guys from the famous Tuxedo Team:
|The girls were joining the festivities at the venue|
I also think that one of the fun parts of being in costume is when you go out and eat and do some of the stuff you do normally... but as the character you're cosplaying. xD Here, Grell is picking on Ciel in the absence of Ciel's butler, Sebastian :P :
|Grell!!! BEhAVE! :P|
And as for me, well... the usual. :P I'm still on my way of reaching my ideal weight since I gained a LOT, so in the meantime, I've been dressing up as a pirate lass. ^^; For this event, I specifically went as a gypsy pirate princess.
Because every little girl wants to be a princess
|Who goes there??? >:3|
The venue also had booths that sold toys and other cosplay-related goodies. :D It is, after all, a cosplay compendium event. ^^ Of course, I HAD TO take a photo of THIS:
At the end of the day, we had tired feet, but were all smiles. :) 10,000,000 photos later (well not really, but all of us were trigger happy as much as we can with our cameras
while distracted by so many stuff), we remembered to take a group shot photo of ourselves. xD
|With Celeste who came as an ordinary h00man hehe|
People who are keen to judge may be inclined to think that we'ere too old for such things, and should just stick to what one calls "reality." We try not to let those kinds of people bust our bubble, since we still try our best to live our lives and all other responsibilities that come with it. :) Cosplay events add more rays of sunshine into our lives, and we relish every minute of it, in spite of what other people may think. ^^;;;
As I said, being in costume and attending such events is worth a try... even at least once in your lifetime.