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International Cosplay Day Singapore 2014 sees record number of firsts


Singapore – More than 5,000 fans of anime, manga, gaming and cosplay congregated at
SCAPE yesterday to celebrate International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS), as Neo Tokyo
Project transformed the youth center into a one-day pop-culture playground.

The event also saw the launch of the E.P.I.C. lifestyle card, Singapore’s first dedicated discount
card for pop-culture lovers.

Occupying three levels of SCAPE, the convention featured an eclectic mix of artistes, cosplayers
and performers hailing from Singapore and around the region, with content in three distinct ‘quest
hubs’ including a cosplay competition, a concert, and a dedicated artist’s showcase on both
Levels 4 and 5 that featured some 40 local illustration groups.

Additionally, visitors could complete an interactive scavenger hunt called ConQuest to receive a
free E.P.I.C. card at the convention.

“ICDS celebrates opportunities; it celebrates pop-culture’s potential for self-empowerment”, said
Mr. Jason Koh, account director of Neo Tokyo Project. “We are committed to becoming the stage
for young people who love anime, manga, games and cosplay to demonstrate their talents, a
valuable platform for cultural exchange, and a testament to pop-culture’s positive influences.”

As part of this thrust, ICDS hosted the Singapore Preliminary for the Anime Festival Asia
Regional Cosplay Championship (ARCC), the most prestigious cosplay competition in South-East
Asia. The winners of the Judges’ Choice award at ICDS were also invited to participate as
Singapore’s representatives at this competition, giving them a chance to debut on the global

The convention was graced by Kamui – widely hailed as the cosplay ‘queen of armor’ and one of
the top ten influencers in the world of pop-culture. This visit marked her first convention
appearance in Asia, and many fans were wowed by her panel on costume making and the artistry
of her craft.

Other guests-of-honor included Dat-Baka – a Vietnamese-Australian cosplayer who inspires fans
with his devotion to health and fitness and the critically-acclaimed photographer Jay Tablante,
who infuses his passion for comic books into the stunning images he creates.

For the first time, ICDS also witnessed Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess played by the
audience. Performers on stage choreographed elaborate fight sequences on the spot, with the
victory of each battle determined entirely by visitors to the convention.

Gamers were in for a treat as Asiasoft presented the first playable public showcase of Heroes of
the Storm, a team brawler featuring characters from more than 20 years of Blizzard games. Fans
of Kamui also got a chance to interact with her during signing sessions at Asiasoft’s booth.

More information about the event can be found at http://www.icdsg.com


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