Second day happenings (Wilson Ver)19 November, 2010 by Kazesuki
Welcome back to AFAX Day 2! Since Chad was up all night making things happen, it was left to me to cover the second day of AFAX. Lots of events happening at the Main Stage Area, like the Regional Cosplay Championships 2010 happening later in the afternoon. I was rather worried about the 3rd level space still being taken up by the Biomedical Conference but it seemed that they have cleared the space to allow for many epic cosplayer photos to come alive!
After much pushing pixels with the Day 1 photos into the morning, I dragged myself out of bed early to catch the screening of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie. That’s Yoshimi at the start of the screening. Really excited and lucky to catch this screening before the dvd/blu-ray release. This is a must watch! The movie was about 2 hours+ long.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series had an interesting plot. This movie isn’t an OVA, but a continuation of the story that twists your mind with more paranormal phenomenon around the SOS Brigade.
My butt continued to warm the seat for another 3+ hours for the cosplay championships. They started with the introduction of the judges namely Kaname, aira, Alodia, Clyde(?) Clive and a representative from Canon or one of the other company sponsors.
Couldn’t get any shots of the other two judges Alodia and Chive (Gundam armor guy who won last year, remember?). Representatives from the nearby countries came to join in the fun! First team was Malaysia.
The audience were taken aback when he spoke into the mic. Extra points for him for the great costume, he managed to pull off as a female character! This group had a costume change in between the scene, an attempt to impersonate Erza with her Equip change magic. Lots of fighting action.
The team from Thailand is next! They are cosplaying from the game Monster Hunter. That armor looks really awesome!
Fighting a raid boss. Costume change is the in thing now eh?! Last year was more of lighted up LEDs and bling blings!
The sexy girls from the Philippines did a fight scene from the Xenosaga series. KOS-MOS vs evil KOS-MOS!
This duo really hit each other with their swords! OUCHIE! Some of the scenes were taken over by what was happening in the video. Kinda shifted the attention from them to the screens
Team Singapore is next with an adaptation from a manga not released on anime yet. So I have no idea of the name of the manga >.<
Alodia and Chive went up the stage to talk about whatever they could talk about. Even when they were out of topics, they tried to talk about something around Alodia dancing and all that. Just to make some time for the championship’s point scoring.
In the meantime, an budding and overzealous photographer know thinks he can defy the law of physics of being “invisible”, stood in front of the seated audience and started snapping away. Where have the manners gone too? It’s like a jungle out there trying to get a good shot by being the one with the tallest view + longest tele lens + fighting for space. Now this? tsk tsk.
Group shot of everyone. This was my first cosplay championship at AFA. I gave it a miss for the previous two AFAs due to the draw of toys and cosplayers in the other hall. What I see from the contestants is that they are driven by passion and their love for their anime characters.
After 6 hours of sitting, I was losing the sensation of my butt. So decided to move outside to take some photos of the cosplayers.
Went back to the main stage area to catch some aira action at the Kaname + aira panel discussion
Time passed rather quickly when good things are in the works. That’s all for the coverage of the Stage events of Day 2!
Next up would be the Anisong concert! SCANDAL!
Just walking along taking a few photos here and there. Looking for that special something. Or perhaps wandering around appreciating the life around me.