ICDS 2014 – Review
3 years ago, ICDS made its debut marking its first official celebration in the South East Asian region. ICDS stands for International Cosplay Day Singapore. This year the organizers the Neo Tokyo Project brought special guest Kamui aka Svetlana Quindt from Nuremberg, Germany & Dat-baka from Melbourne, Australia.
Finally after a long wait I am able to make the trip south to pay a visit to this exciting event. With its expansion, I really had to play catch up as well as plan my movements as the schedule was tight in this one day only event. I had only 1 chance to catch glimpse of the guests, stage activities, guest workshops, sponsor booths, doujins and also cosplayers. It was pretty hectic as this is my first event at Scape so had to learn where the lifts were & where the specified rooms were. ICDS 2014 covers 3 floors and the lay out is as follows.
The morning kicked off with the special guest preview. Meanwhile on the 5th flr, the official media interviews began.
Through out the day, visitors had the exclusive chance to try out the all new Heroes of the Storm by Blizzard (yet to be released).
Next was the work shops with Kamui presenting the Armour Making tutorials (oh yea!) and Dat-baka demonstrating the make-up tutorials for guys!
Anime Quiz Challenge sponsored by Anime Yorozuya saw anime fans take on other anime fans… include the kawaii maids from the local maid cafe!
The cosplay competition this year was not just your average coscom, ICDS played host for the Anime Festival Asia (AFA) Regional Cosplay Competition (ARCC) Singapore – which means this competition will determine who represents Singapore in the ARCC Finals which will take place in December in Singapore. This is quite the honour for any cosplay competition.
Later the stage action continues with the staple Cosplay Chess SG style!
All in all ICDS has come a long way in a just such a short time. In it’s third year it has expanded to using 3 floors of Scape. Who knows what new exciting things ICDS 2015 will bring! One thing is for sure, I’ll definitely be on the look out for who will be their international cosplay guest in 2015. Their impressive national list already looks like this in just 3 years: America 2, Philippines 1, Germany 1 and Australia 1. The event certainly lives up to its name – celebrating cosplay on an international scale.
Good job to the organizers – The Neo Tokyo Project. Thanks for having us. We look forward to next years ICDS.
You can find the full photo album of our FB page: Cosplay-Fun Malaysia!
More videos here on our You Tube channel.
BONUS: With a little spare time at the end I managed to squeeze in a short photo shoot with the DC Bombshells team of KA Cos, Kie, Sarah & Danielle.
Phew! All in a days work! The Captain signing off from ICDS 2014.
Scape was a venue built with the youth in mind. It is a place to host & encourage youth activities, gatherings & other such events. It has pockets of open spaces… often with a tinted glass area which makes it perfect for practicing dance choreography. During cosplay events the cosplayers will break in to small groups of 2 – 3… or those in the same theme team – then head out for those places for a photo shoots with their photographer friends.
In Scape, there are meeting rooms, dance studio, a recording studio, basketball court, skate park, futsal court – are among the facilities available at Scape. Despite its already impressive facilities, the most attractive feature of them all is it’s location. Scape is situated right smack in the middle of Orchard Road, just off Somerset Road. This is the shopping haven for other people.