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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fancy Frontier 28: The capture moments

The crowd inside the event hall.
Fancy Frontier 28 is the first Taiwanese event that I attended, on both days, unfortunately( i myself was caught in the rain while queueing up one the first day, the queue was snaking trough the park at the event venue. That being said kudos to the event organizers and staff I was able to enter the hall within 45 mins),it had been raining. That, however, did not douse the mood of the event. Local media are reporting a total turnout of 70 thousand people for both days of the event.



  
    
    


It's always interesting to attend event overseas to see the differences. Among the attendees were many from Hong Kong and Japan as well, Fancy Frontier is after all compared to Comiket of Japan.
Overall my first experience of the event had been a very pleasant one. Capture moments to follow after the break:





A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on


A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on





 
     
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Final Fantasy Fans Rejoice!!: Distant Worlds Returns to Singapore after 7 Years

Photo from Media Release;© Kyle Mistry
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY symphony concert world tour returns to Singapore after seven years. The global multimedia concert phenomenon, featuring the music of FINAL FANTASY, will hold a one-night-only performance at the Star Theatre on 3 December 2016.






Presented by Avex Asia, Distant Worlds showcases the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and is conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth. With exclusive HD video content from legendary game developers SQUARE ENIX, the multimedia experience combines stirring screen images to match the soaring emotions of a symphony orchestra. The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Singapore’s only fully-independent professional symphony orchestra, will perform music from the world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series.



After three sold-out concerts during its debut in Singapore in 2009, Distant Worlds returns to South-east Asia with fresh arrangements of music from throughout the 25+ years of the FINAL FANTASY catalogue. Songs making a South-east Asian premiere include (confirmed to date):


  • FINAL FANTASY VII: JENOVA COMPLETE
  • FINAL FANTASY VII: Cosmo Canyon
  • FINAL FANTASY VIII: Balamb GARDEN ~ Ami
  • FINAL FANTASY IX: Roses of May
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV: Torn From The Heavens






The Singapore concert follows the recent screening of the “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” movie in Singapore. The highly anticipated worldwide release of FINAL FANTASY XV, the role-playing video game 10 years in the making, is also slated to be released in 2016. Music plays an integral role in today’s games, enhancing the players’ overall experience.  While still a growing market, video game soundtracks are sold in major outlets and include a variety of genres such as rock, hip-hop, electronica, classical compositions, and songs performed by popular artists. The FINAL FANTASY soundtracks, which are original compositions, have grown so popular that TIME magazine named series composer Nobuo Uematsu a notable “Innovator” in its “Time 100:  the Next Wave Music” feature.



Tickets for the Singapore concert will be available via all Sistic platforms starting 26 August 2016. To purchase tickets online, please check out www.sistic.com.sg/events/final1216. For more information on Distant Worlds, please check out www.ffdistantworlds.com.





Tour Title

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY - Singapore 2016



Details on Singapore Performance

December 3, 7.30pm (Doors open from 6.30pm) – The Star Theatre – On Sale August 26.

SISTIC: www.sistic.com.sg/events/final1216

Ticket Prices: $55 - $215



■ Distant Worlds Official Website

http://www.ffdistantworlds.com/  




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Saturday, July 23, 2016

[Developing] STGCC 2016:What to expect




This year's STGCC  is fast approaching, happening on the 10th to 11th of September 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center. Do note that this year the convention ground have been moved down to Level B2 at halls E & F instead of the usual level 1 halls. The move is likely that these halls are bigger. The organizers have recently released the 2nd wave of pop culture personalities who are coming down as guests. Here is what is to be expected !



  •  STGCC CHAMPIONSHIPS OF COSPLAY  
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 File photo:The Champion of last year's competition walking away with a trip to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
       



After a successful launch of STGCC's Championship of Cosplay last year(Previously, the competition were of a different format.), the segment is making its return this year. Aiming to unite the like-minded cosplayers of Australia, Austria, China, France, India, Indonesia, Singapore and the United States, Champions of each country will be winning a trip to  win a trip to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2017 and the opportunity to pit themselves against other top-notch competitors.

The Prizes in detail:

First Place
2x VIP Tickets for C2E2 2017 (held in Chicago, USA)
1x economy return trip from Singapore to Chicago for C2E2 2017, sponsored by XM Studios
1x economy return trip from Singapore to Chicago for C2E2 2017 for the Grand Champion’s companion
Hotel for two nights in Chicago for C2E2 2017
S$1,000 cash, sponsored by XM Studios
Automatic entry into the Crown Championships of Cosplay finals at C2E2 2017
Grand Champion medal

Second Place
2x VIP Package for STGCC 2017
S$500 cash
Second Place medal

Third Place
2x 2-Day Tickets for STGCC 2017
S$100 cash
Third Place medal

Genres that are accepted includes:

Comic Books – Examples include: Superman, Spider-Man, Poison Ivy, Dr. Doom,Rogue, etc.

Movies & Television – Examples include: Darth Vader, The Doctor, Rick Grimes,The Terminator, Daenerys Targaryen, Hit-Girl, etc.

Video Games – Examples include: Master Chief, Sarah Kerrigan, Booker DeWitt,Lara Croft, Link,Samus Aran, etc.

Anime & Manga - Ichigo Kurosaki, Mikasa Ackermanm, Sheryl Nome, Captain
Harlock, Eva-01, etc.

Fantasy – Examples include: Witches, Princesses, Zombies, Pirates, Vampires,
Steampunk, etc.



The judging criteria are as follow:


The competition will be judged upon a skill-based category system that divides competitors into the following four segments:

Needlework – Cosplay constructed primarily through sewing, stitching, embroidery, etc.

Armour – Cosplay constructed primarily by molding and shaping its outer layers using acrylic, EVA foam, worbla, wonderflex, cardboard, etc.

FX – Cosplay that primarily features animatronics, optical effects, mechanical effects, special effects makeup, prosthetics, etc.

Larger Than Life – Cosplay that encloses the maker and extends their limbs by at least one-foot in length.


Interested? Click here to find out more!(Submission will close on the 26th of Aug 2016) 


  • Kids Cosplay Parade    
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    File photo: Last year's participants receiving their goodie bags. Cute ain't they?
Another Segment that will be returning this year is the Kids cosplay parade. Both handmade & off the shelves costumes are allowed. Parents who want to dress their kids up for the parade can find out more here!


    • Akiba POP Stage
    This year's line up.  Touhou fans must be jumping with joy for the DJ and singer section 

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    File photo: Massive crowd enjoying last year STGCC DJ night.
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    File Photo: Rie Yunohara performing last year.


    DJ nights and idol appearances have always been the staple at STGCC since its inclusion. This year besides returning favorite like Rie Yunohara. STGCC manage to invite Nomico & Masayoshi Minoshima(Alstroemeria Records) the dynamic duo behind the Touhou hit song Bad Apple! It's their first time in the South East Asian region. Another pairing for the Singer and DJ pairing should be of no stranger to the Touhou/Kantai community as well they are Sae Tsukiyama and Tracy(Amatres Records).
    Other idol and idol units including: Rio Hirragi, Road of Alice and Guild stars.

             










    • EDP X DJ NIGHT @ STGCC - RYU☆ & KORS K EXCLUSIVE SET


    For those who play Rythm games especially the ones from Bemani Series often, I am very sure you know who is Ryu☆ and kors k. This year with Exitunes dance production STGCC DJ night is gonna bring the duo down for the first time. in Singapore.  









    • STGCC Cosplay Stars








    • Pop Culture Personalities Lineup


               COSPLAY GUEST






    COMIC, MANGA & ART GUESTS
     TOY GUESTS
    ENTERTAIMENT  GUEST
     CREATOR GUESTS


    • Merchandises 
    [Developing story.....]




    • Ticketing





    VALUED AT S$300 AND PRICED AT S$120, THE VIP PACKAGE CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING SWEET DEALS:
    • 1x VIP Badge for 10 – 11 September 2016
    • 1x STGCC VIP-exclusive t-shirt
    • 1x STGCC x tokidoki lanyard
    • 1x STGCC x JPK Captain Tigris Jackson Pin
    • 1x Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 STGCC Variant Comic
    • 1x 30% discount voucher for a geek-curated mystery box, by Nerd Block
    • 1x Ink&Clog T-Minus art book, published by Mighty Jaxx
    • 1x The Secret Code, Is It For Real? book, by Game of Life Academy
    • 1x Star Wars mini towel, distributed by Simply Toys
    • 1x S$5 Simply Toys Zakka voucher*
    • 1x S$50 discount voucher for XM Studios' pre-order products
    • 1x Candylicious Set of 4 Notebooks (available in donut, jelly bears, snowcakes or soda pop)
    • 1x Candylicious carrier bag
    • 3x Fast Passes for the Walk of Fame Express Lane
    • 30 minutes priority entry into the convention hall**
    • Front row seating for stage sessions
    • Marina Bay Sands casino valet coupon for 10 - 11 September 2016
    * Terms & Conditions apply.
    ** Please note that priority entry into the convention hall does not include priority queue and purchase of
        the Hot Toys exclusive collectibles.
    Items are subject to change and entirely at the discretion of the Organizer.

    >> Click Here to buy tickets online!

    or you may opt to get your tickets at the following location: 

    ACTION CITY
    • 313 @ Somerset, #04-04A
    • Bugis Junction, #03-23
    • Marina Square, #03-213/214
    • VivoCity, #02-38
    • Takashimaya, #B1-02A
    • Johor Bahru City Square, Level 4, #MK4-01/02
    Superheroes Galaxy
    • Plaza Singapura, #B1-30
     Toys "R" Us
    • City Square Mall, #B2-07/17
    • Forum The Shopping Mall, #03-03/25
    • Paragon Shopping Centre, #06-12/18
    • Tampines Mall, #03-17A
    • The Centrepoint, #03-09
    • United Square, #02-10/15
    • VivoCity, #02-183







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    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    Charaexpo 2016:The captured memories

    Kazuchika Okada(NJPW Wrestler), Kenji Shinoda(Japan’s Ambassador to Singapore) ,Suzuko Mimori(Singer/Voice actress) during C3 Chara Expo 2016 Opening Ceremony,along with the Charaexpo committee and organizers.

    After an successful inaugural year last year, Charaexpo returns to Singapore Expo on the weekends of 9th and 10th July 2016. With a Strong lineup of guest, it attracted scores of Japanese-pop Culture enthusiasts to the event ground. 


    • Opening ceremony and SJ 50

           Kazuchika Okada(NJPW Wrestler), Kenji Shinoda(Japan’s Ambassador to Singapore),Suzuko Mimori(Singer/Voice actress) holding the SJ50 plaque.

    C3 Charaexpo this year coincide with the SJ50 milestone. It's one of the many events that celebrate the Diplomatic Relations ties between Singapore and Japan for the past 50 years. 

    Fans Flocked to the Bushiroad booth to get their Merchandise as soon as the doors opened on Saturday. 



    • Exhibitors and Booths 
    Love Live! Sunshine standees 

    Bandai Namco's Idolm@ster booth.

    TBS Television booth.

    Aniplex booth.  

    Besides Bushiroad's core focus on their card games series, there are several major names exhibitors each with their own strong following.






    • Cosplay 


                           
    Sabbie who came in 2nd  for the Cos-stage Competition.


                      

     Ichigo Hoshimiya|CN: akihoshigen 




    Cosplayers were also aplenty in the event ground. The Cos☆Stage Competition this year was won by Lawliet, while Sabbie clinched 2nd and  MasaHiiro Pei was 3rd. This year cosplay guests were Yingtze and Angie, there were also the Judges for  Cos☆Stage along with Nakane Monya of Starmarie.

    • New Japan Pro Wrestling


    NJPW match

    Last but certainly not the least and unique to Charaexpo are the New Japan Pro-Wrestling matches.
    Judging by the crowd it draws, its certainly one of the main draw for the event.  Should you feel that you can't get enough of the action there will be a WRESTLING WORLD 2016 tour on the 15th of November 2016 at the MBS


    Head down below for more memories captured and tweets of the entertainment stage from Charaexpo official twitter  or the guest official twitter (as no photography was allowed at the entertainment stage except from the guest themselves or official photographers)        





























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    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    DJ Party 2016,The captured Memories.




    DJ party 2016 is part of the many events of SG Street Festival. Into its 15th Year, SG Street Festival is to showcase the talents of local youths, with DJ party 2016 focusing on Japanese Pop culture.



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    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    C3 Charaexpo 2016:What to expect

    File Photo: guest Cosplayers roaming during Charaexpo 2015


    Charaexpo will be returning this year on the 9th to 10th of June this year as C3 Charaexpo 2016 at Singapore Expo Hall 7. Let's see what is to be expected for this year's Edition.

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    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    FAM2016SG:The Captured moments.


    Funan Anime Matsuri 2016 is the Final installation of FAM before Funan shutters its doors end of this month for a 3 year redevelopment of the mall. As one of the mall's most iconic event, the last FAM will sure remains in the memories of many for years to come. Let's revisit those Memories!
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    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    FAM 2016:What to expect


    File photo: FAM 2015

    The fourth and last Funan Anime Matsuri will be the grandest yet, with the largest number of celebrity cosplayers and artistes and new attractions. The week
    long festival from 6 to 12 June 2016 will create history as the biggest free-admission cosplay event in Singapore with the highest number of celebrity cosplayer appearances.
    New content such as an anime-themed escape room, a Japanese horror house and Japanese fashion show will unite fans who adore all-things-Japanese.


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    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Doujima 2016:The captured Memories.



    Neo Tokyo Project's Doujin Market (Doujima) 2016, Singapore's largest celebration of popculture inspired art, illustration and self-publishing, drew to a resounding close last weekend.

    Taking place on 7th and 8th May, the two-day event at Suntec City saw some 13,000 fans of anime, comics and manga, as well as trade and industry visitors, up from 8,000 at *SCAPE the year before. It also played host to some 100 artists and creators from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and USA, and included myriad activities to engage, excite and inspire youth artists such as seminars, networking opportunities and Singapore's first Visual Novel Hub.


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    Saturday, May 07, 2016

    Doujima 2016: Periodic Live feed.




    Watch the space below for Periodic Live updates coming from the event ground.



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