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KL Sci-Fi Convention 2017 Returns!

The KL Sci-Fi Convention is back and it’s earlier than expected. It is happening this weekend and is being hosted at an even bigger event called the National Innovation and Creative Economy Expo (NICE) 2017.

NICE Expo is the largest science, technology & innovation showcase in Malaysia. The NICE Expo will be held at Technology Park Malaysia and this is not the only place where the action is taking place. The MIMOS auditroium, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Pusat Sains Negara (just reopened) and also Planetarium Negara, which was the venue of last years KL Sci-Fi Convention.

This year we’re involved in organising the cosplay competition and we decided to introduce the cosplay runway format since we got a very nice looking stage huhu ^^

For those interested please register here! – https://goo.gl/forms/kp2e60cRfqlsJFG82

RM2,500 worth of cash and prizes to be won!

First 30 selected entries will receive a mystery gift + food + drink and token. Entrance to event, KL Sci-Fi Convention 2017 is free!!

KL Sci-Fi Convention – Cosplay Runway Competition
Sunday, 15 October 2017
2:30pm – Attendance Check In
3:00pm – Pre-judging
4:00pm – Cosplay Runway

https://www.facebook.com/events/1557845500925567

Cosplay Guest for the event are…. IMG-20171009-WA0013

And….

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Angie & Bao Bao will also be judging the Cosplay Runway Competition!

#Angie #BaoBao #KLSciFiCon #KLSciFi #KLSciFi2017

 

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Miku Expo Malaysia 2017 – SOLD OUT in 60 minutes

To be honest I was quite sure this concert was going to be SOLD OUT! The only question was how soon! haha And more concerned if the local fans here in the very fortunate host country… did they managed to get some tickets for themselves :/

What I actually expected this morning was to wake up & login in to the http://www.myticket.asia and read that the site had crashed from the amount of people trying to get in xD haha a big “ERROR 521 – Server Down” sign haha But then again it was already announced there were only 6,500 tickets available…. but then again it’s Miku… people from Europe might even be trying to get some tickets!!

Exact details are not yet known…. sometimes this doesn’t mean that the all tickets are sold out, X amount of physical tickets are still available for a later date…. block booking amount of tickets for corporate folks, or even X amount allocated for upcoming contests for the sponsors + partners!

Anyhow there will be many fans disappointed that they couldn’t get tickets… but I congratulate the organisers Astro for a job well done. Why? Well because this is the first time in a very long time that a Japanese artiste concert has been professionally organised & SOLD OUT!!

So at the end of the day, it’s a WIN for MALAYSIA… something very scarce these days. It’s a win for MALAYSIA fans as probably more Japanese concerts will be hosted here in our own country! We have a pretty big land for an Asian country and our currency is weak compared to the giants of Asia. So to all the organisers, artiste, celebrities… come and host your event here!! Haha

#MikuExpoMY #MikuExpo #MikuPa #HatsuneMiku #MikuExpo2017 #Malaysia #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain #Vocaloids #CryptonFutureMedia #AstroMalaysia #AstroMY #AxiataArena #BukitJalil

Lots of Love from
– The Captain –


New Store in Cheras – Visit

PCF Logo Final B (300 dpi)Originally taken from:
https://popculturefunmy.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/new-store-in-cheras-visit/

Here are the photos of whats there at the all new HOBBY SMAG VIVA HOME … formerly know as Sun@Mag Viva Home Mall.

Lotsa goodies here for fans of old & new… and western too haha

(Shot with my Nikon V1 (10mm – 30mm Nikkor lens)

From the stills you can see Banpresto, Crane King, DXF, Good Smile Company Nendoroids, Max Factory Figma, Bushiroad, Dragoborne, Eaglemoss, Neca, Disney Infinity, Amiibo, SQ, Hot Wheels etc.

Titles: One Piece, Naruto, Boruto, One Piece, LOVE LIVE!, Vocaloids, Vanguard, Buddy Fight, Yokai Watch, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Ultraman, Gears of War 2, Street Fighter IV, etc 100% original licensed stuff! Lots of stuff already & more to come.

Surely validates a visit for the collectors 😀 I saw that most of these stuff goes for RM125 at places like Toys R Us but here they start from as low as RM80 for the Banpresto / Crane King, DXF, SQ.

Transportation: LRT available… Miharja station with a shaded walk way all the way into the mall. Basement Parking is RM2 for the first 3 hours. Subsequent hour RM1.

So come and check out Hobby SMAG, LG Floor (below Super 7 entrance), Viva Home Mall!

Full photo album here: Hobby SMAG – New Store Sighting

Btw, if you’re already there… and you need some groceries you should stop by the Super 7 store. I was told it is opened by the brother of the famous 24 hour NSK hypermarket. Expect the same good low prices… bulk purchases and extensive non-halal section.

 

#CosplayFunMY #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #SUNMAG #VIVAHome #VIVAHomeMall #PopCulture


Miku Expo in Malaysia 2017 – Press Launch

A month ago, Comic Fiesta dropped the Earthbound Papas bomb on us and the fans went nuts. Then a MikuPa page was made for Miku Expo in Malaysia 2017… on the same date of 16 December 2017 with no additional information till this date – the date of the press launch!!

It was a busy weekend & week but I managed to get my Magical Mirai Yokohama 2013 ready… and I am all set! So excited! 

I already had a few questions on my mind and upon arriving at TGV 1 Utama… a few were already answered. The Q & A session with the media was good as fellow Geek writers The Hyped Geek, started of with the mother of all questions – WHY WAS THIS DATE CHOSEN FOR MIKUEXPOMY? One of the most spicy Q&A sessions at a press conference I have ever attended 😀 On another note… come one the organisers are pros & corporate giants… the questions we’rent spicy enough to say it was spicy!! haha

Anyhow, here are the sights and info gathered, followed by the official press release!

On stage was the 3 most important people of the day! Mr. Kimitaka Nishio, CEO Office Manager of Crypton Future Media, Mr. Henry Tan COO of Astro Holdings Berhad and Mr. Ng Yubin, from the eGG Network, in which I believe with be a driving & promoting force for the pre-concert activities and promotions.

So Nishio-san started off by introducing Hatsune Miku everyone.

Followed by Mr. Henry Tan & Mr. Ng.

Next the opening acts were unveiled, which were chosen by the folks at Astro. They are YouTube Sensation Ms. Chaleeda Gilbert featuring Thai Rapper Dandee and the hottest star in Malaysia Mr. Zizan Razak aka. Abang Long Fadil!

Chaleeda Gilbert, of Thai and British descent, the first international act to be signed to Rocketfuel Entertainment, Malaysia’s #1 Indie Music label. Zizan is no stranger to the average Malaysian. Accomplished comedian, actor, singer, rapper, host, TV personality and a favourite in the hearts of Malaysians.


He will be singing a duet with Miku… for the concert and we’re speculating it’s gonna be a malay song or maybe it would be Zizan’s own single “Chentaku” produced with SonaOne… that will feature Miku!! Who knows at this point 😀 haha

Tickets are priced as follows. The tickets go on sale Sunday, 8 October 2017 at 10am on http://www.myticket.asia

Details on what other pre-concert activities will be announce as time progresses.

Check out our full photo album on Facebook here!

So there you have it:
Hatsune Miku Live in Malaysia 2017
16 December
Axiata Arena , Bukit Jalil (formerly Bukit Jalil Indoor Stadium)
https://www.facebook.com/mikuexpo2017mys/

I wanted to end with this joke! For all the friends & fans out there who call Miku their WAIFU, take a good look at Nishio-san, because he could be the closest you get to a LEGIT ‘uncle’ in this sense xD haha I had a great time.

Thanks to Astro and Crypton Future Media for having us and for making Miku’s concert in Malaysia a reality! – The Captain –

#MikuExpoMY #MikuPa #HatsuneMiku #MikuExpo2017 #Malaysia #CosplayFunMY #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #Astro #AstroMY #AstroMalaysia #CryptonFutureMedia #HenryTan #KimitakaNishio

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Here is the official press release:

MAKE A DATE WITH HATSUNE MIKU ON 16 DEC!

FIRST EVER VIRTUAL SINGER LIVE CONCERT IN MALAYSIA BY ASTRO & CRYPTON FUTURE MEDIA

KUALA LUMPUR, – Fans of global sensation Hatsune Miku can now meet their virtual idol “live in person”! Astro in partnership with Crypton Future Media, INC is bringing the highly anticipated, Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 – to Malaysia (#MikuExpoMY). This first of its kind concert performance is for one night only on 16 December at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil.

The teal-haired 16-year-old cyber celebrity from Japan has over 2.5 million fans globally and 80,000 loyalists in Malaysia. Hatsune Miku has collaborated with Pharrell Williams, supported Lady Gaga on her ArtRave tour and has a repertoire of hundreds of thousands of songs in multiple languages.

Henry Tan, Astro Chief Operating Officer said, “Astro is excited to bring the first ever Hatsune Miku live concert to Malaysia. This ground-breaking concert is the only performance in Southeast Asia this year, so be sure not to miss this sensational experience. As the voice of the future, Hatsune Miku brings forth a new and novel experience where her songs and performances are crowd sourced from millions of fans globally.

The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 in Malaysia, has already caught the interest of many fans since it was announced at the Hatsune Miku event “Magical Mirai 2017” on 31st August 2017, coinciding with her 10th anniversary celebration in Japan. On concert day, fans can expect official merchandise booths, cosplayers, and other fun activities at the venue before Hatsune Miku takes the centre stage.”

Hatsune Miku is a unique content that has a strong following internationally as she transcends culture, language and borders.

Kimitaka Nishio, CEO Office Manager at Crypton Future Media, said “Three years ago, Hatsune Miku Expo kicked off in South-East Asia with a historic live performance and exhibition in Jakarta that set the foundations of this fan-centred event celebrating collaborative creativity.

This year, after 48 performances in 7 countries around the world, we are happy to be back in the region for Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 in Malaysia. We know Hatsune Miku already has a strong fanbase in the country, but we also hope to introduce her and the culture around her to many more people in the area.”

YouTube sensation, Chaleeda Gilbert and Malaysian superstar, Zizan Razak will open the concert for Hatsune Miku.

The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017, will be held at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil on 16th December 2017 at 8PM. Ticket Prices are RM169, RM269, RM339 and RM439 (excluding ticket fee and GST). Ticket sales will commence on Sunday, 8 October at 10AM online through www.myticket.asia. Get the latest news via mikuexpo.com and fb.com/mikuexpo2017mys.

 

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2017 IN MALAYSIA TICKET PRICING

Category Ticket Prices (RM)*exclude ticket fee & GST
VIP Rockzone (Free Standing) RM 439
Rockzone (Free Standing) RM 339
Category 1 (Free Seating) RM 269
Category 2 (Free Seating) RM 169

Tickets can be purchased from: www.myticket.asia (starting Sunday, 8 October at 10AM)

10 Fun Facts about Hatsune Miku

 

  1. Hatsune Miku was released on 31 August 2007 and her voice was sampled from Japanese voice actress, Saki Fujita.
  2. Miku’s name comes from putting together the words: First(Hatsu), Sound(Ne), and Future (Miku).
  3. Hatsune Miku isn’t a digital persona for a real singer. She’s actually a synthesised character, called a Vocaloid. Not only is her image on stage generated by computer, but her singing voice is totally synthesised, too.
  4. As her voice can be synthesised, Hatsune Miku sings in multiple languages and has hundreds of thousands of songs available to date!
  5. None of the songs that Hatsune Miku sings and performs actually come straight from Crypton Future Media. Instead, creating her songs is a widespread fan effort, with devotees around the world using her program to write and orchestrate songs for her.
  6. Miku’s outfit design is partly based on a very popular synthesiser keyboard. The colours, and some of the motifs on her clothes are inspired by that instrument.
  7. For a “vocaloid-opera” performance called “The End”, famous Louis Vuitton designer, Marc Jacobs has created a dress specifically for Hatsune Miku.
  8. Hatsune Miku has worked with the biggest acts in the world, from opening for Lady Gaga, to appearing in Pharrell’s music video and singing alongside Japanese artists like Bump of Chicken and Namie Amuro.
  9. Hatsune Miku made television history when she was the very first virtual singer to appear on a major U.S. late night talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman on Oct. 7, 2014, as the musical guest.
  10. There are other characters similar to Hatsune Miku from Crypton Future Media such as Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, KAITO and MEIKO. However, Hatsune Miku remains the most popular in the market and became the world’s first virtual idol.

Little Harajuku x CosplayFunMY

Get free shipping in Malaysia by using the code “COSFUN” when shopping at www.littleharajuku.my

 

It’s exciting news for us to formally announce that Little Harajuku is collaborating with us! You will get free shipping through out Malaysia is you use the code “COSFUN” when you purchase stuff from their online store – www.littleharajuku.my Yes, FREE SHIPPING TO SABAH & SARAWAK too my friends!! HUHU!! BUY NOW xD haha Currently, it’s an ongoing promotion… how long it will last I don’t know. 

As you may know Little Harajuku is an actual physical cosplay store selling not only cosplay costumes but also Seifuku (sailor fuku) Uniforms, Meido outfits, yukatas and lolita dresses. All this stuff is ready and in stock, not your order from taobao agent store. So when you walk in, you can pick something off the rack & try it on…. see how it looks, test the size etc. 

Their main store is on the 5th Floor of Berjaya Times Square, KL (Lot 05-31 & 33). Here are the photos from our visit: Little Harajuku – Visit. For more variety & size selection, it’s best to head here. Our first trip to check this place out ended in a 2.5 hour shopping spree xD

*UPDATED* – Their new mini store is located in Sunway Velocity mall on the 4th Flr. It’s fairly small but definitely a good mall to position themselves at.
Here the video my walk through the Berjaya Times Square Outlet!


UnBoxing – The Kamen Rider Wizard DX

Hey everybody, I was grateful to be given the opportunity to unbox the official Kamen Rider Wizard’s DX Wizard Driver and the DX Sword Gun.

Just some quick info, this is the 23 rendition of Kamen Rider, I think. Wizard comes in after Fourze ends. As the name suggests, Kamen Rider Wizard uses magic to summon his powers. It may look like the Dr. Strange movie took a page out of this series but fact is that the magical world of Dr. Strange started way back in 1963 and was presented to us as such through the creative vision of Mr. Steve Ditko and Mr. Stan Lee.

Returning to the topic, Kamen Rider Wizard uses special power rings to engage the element form he wants – Flame (red), Water (blue), Land (yellow), Hurricane (green). These same rings also engage the munitions of choice for his Sword Gun. The next set of rings are those of which he will use for a special move to go along with that element.

For example: if he has chosen to be the Hurricane (green) element form, then chooses to use the Kick Strike ring move – he will then perform a Hurricane Kick Strike = which looks like a down striking kick but he also spins like a drill while descending! What’s Kamen Rider without a power flying kick move! Haha

For the full photo album of the DX Wizard Driver set & the DX Wizard Sword Gun, click here.

Here are the video of the unboxing. Hope you like them.

The Kamen Rider Wizard Driver aka. DX Wizard Driver set retails for RM499.90

Comes with 3 rings – Flame (red), Water (blue) and Kick Strike!

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The Kamen Rider Wizard Sword Gun aka. DX Wizard SwordGun set retails for RM299.90

Comes with 2 rings – Land (yellow), Hurricane (green).

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Do let us know what you think of it. And what you all would want to see more off. Thanks for reading.

#KamenRider #KamenRiderWizard #Bandai #LittTakSdnBhd #LittTak #DXWizardDriver #DXWizardSwordGun #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #CosplayFUNMY #Unboxing #DrStrange #StanLee #SteveDitko


Game Start Asia 2017 – Preview

3 Reasons I am Grateful:

  1. I am so grateful that these regional events are held just across the causeway in Singapore which conveniently accessible with many transport options, included the most cost effective one – Express Coach.
  2. These events are organised by corporate professionals, event organisers and industry leaders in a country that is know to be the choice regional hub for many corporate giants! That’s some pretty high standards to hold up for organiser, venue provider and promoter.
  3. These events go to greater lengths to accommodate the media. The favour and facilities provided are so apparent that I feel the contrast is almost obscene.

And this is only my experience with Malaysia & Singapore events! Who knows what other convention wisdom is out there in countries like Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, Canada, America… and even San Diego etc. 😀

Here’s the official press release for whats coming up! All the good stuff!

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Game Start Returns Bigger and Better with AR, esports, tabletop gaming and inaugural SEA Summit business conference

  • Sporting a dark urban Cyberpunk theme, GameStart 2017 presents the ultimate in gaming content on expanded event grounds
  • Top esports tournament, South East Asia Major, returns with mega line-up of fighting games, international pro players and a prize pool of over USD 50,000
  • GameStart organisers to host the 2nd IMGA SEA awards and inaugural SEA Summit conference, expanding the convention to four days
  • New Areas: GameStart Tabletop Area & Cyberpunk themed Café
  • Viral AR game ‘HADO’ will be playable at GameStart 2017
  • Fan favourites: Doujin Market, GameStart Indie Award, Founders Base, Game On! Cosplay Runway
  • Partnerships with Taipei Game Show, BEKRAF Game Prime, Evolve Perth and C3 AFA to welcome more regional gaming content and participants into home-grown convention
  • The Secretlab Chair Race, a hit at the 2016 convention, returns for GameStart 2017

 

seam-2017-mix-banner-1200X500Singapore, 25 August 2017 – GameStart 2017 (#GameStart2017), Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention, returns for its 4th edition on 14 & 15 October 2017 with a Cyberpunk theme and more consumer-friendly and industry-centric content. Organiser Eliphant partners the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) for the second edition of its SEA awards and will organise the inaugural SEA Summit business conference on 12 and 13 October. Gamers and industry players can look forward to annual favourites returning as well as new and exciting content, including showcases of upcoming blockbuster games, esports, indie games, retro gaming, and cosplay.

New additions include a large GameStart Tabletop area to play, discover, and compete on new and well-loved tabletop and arcade-style games. Key exhibitors include Wizards of the Coast, who will bring popular card game Magic: The Gathering, to the event for the first time, and Grey Ogre Games, with more details to be revealed closer to date.  More information on the GameStart Tabletop activities can be found at www.gamestart.asia/tabletop.

This year, the region’s most popular conventions will join forces at GameStart, showcasing a selection of choice content from across Asia. In addition to partnerships with Taipei Game Show (Taiwan) and BEKRAF Game Prime (Indonesia), C3 AFA (C3 Anime Festival Asia) – Southeast Asia’s biggest Japanese popular culture event platform – comes in as a co-marketing and content partner, looking to bring killer Japanese content to the event.  Visitors can also look forward to enjoying indie gaming content from Taiwan and Indonesia.

 

More Popular Culture and AR treats for visitors

Returning to GameStart 2017 in response to popular demand is Doujin Market, Singapore’s largest community curated youth arts and illustration fair. In partnership with Neo Tokyo Project, Singapore’s first dedicated pop-culture marketing collective, Doujin Market is back for a second year with almost double the number of artist tables from last year.

During the convention, visitors can also look forward to meeting and appreciating the craft and stunning game cosplay from Astro Kerrie and Yasemin Arslan, invited cosplay guests from Australia. Astro Kerrie is sponsored by pop culture partner event, Evolve Perth, who will also be co-sponsoring the cash prize of GameStart’s Game On! Cosplay Runway.

On the AR front, organisers announced that NexRealm will bring the world’s first augmented reality techno sports, HADO, to the convention. HADO is the first esports based on wearable devices and AR technology using head mount displays and motion sensors. Just like real-life sports, players are free from cables and will not be restricted to being in front of a screen. Visitors will get the chance to try the “Player VS Player” matches at GameStart 2017.

 
Indies and Start-ups to return to Founders Base

Another popular favourite is Founders Base, GameStart’s special indie area. Offering subsidized booths to individuals, start-ups and small companies that create or work with games, visitors can try a wide array of games made in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

Limited booths are still available on a first come first served basis, and interested applicants can find out more at gamestart.asia/exhibit-with-us.

 
Fighting for Top Gaming Honours

South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2017, Southeast Asia’s largest fighting game tournament, will see top players storm the halls as its biggest ever edition will be held in GameStart 2017. The line-up includes the Asia Regional Finals for Capcom Pro Tour 2017 (Street Fighter V), Asia Regionals for Tekken World Tour 2017 (Tekken 7), and the first Asia Championship for Windjammers (highly popular retro game that has been re-released for PS4). The total prize pool is more than US$50,000 between the three events. In addition to the three big tournaments, Guilty Gear XRD 2, Gundam Versus and BlazBlue Central Fiction will be held. More games will be announced in the coming weeks.


Discover and Recognise the best mobile and Indie Games right here

GameStart 2017 will host the second edition of IMGA SEA, with the awards ceremony held on 13 October. The competition is open to mobile game developers, studios and publishers based in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The inaugural IMGA SEA competition last year saw nearly 300 games submitted from eight countries, with 11 developers awarded.

For indie game lovers, the GameStart Indie Award will be right up their alley. Visitors can vote for their favourite indie game showcased at GameStart 2017, and the winning game developer will win a sponsored trip to exhibit in Taipei Game Show 2018 in January 2018.


Top Industry Players Take the Pulse on the Games Business in the region

The SEA SUMMIT is a new B2B conference for the Southeast Asian game industry players, to be held in Singapore. Jointly organized by IMGA and Eliphant, the summit aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and collaboration opportunities among companies based in Southeast Asia, and those looking to enter the region. This conference will highlight the games business in Southeast Asia.  Conference themes include esports while attendees can look forward to topics on game trends and development, business and marketing. The full speaker and topic list will be announced closer to date.

Interested attendees can register at www.theseasummit.com for updates. Pre-registration is required to attend the conference. While pre-registration is free, tickets are limited and priority will be given to games industry professionals.


Celebrating the Best Talent, Content and More in Gaming

With a star-studded line-up of game titles, tournaments, awards and talent, GameStart 2017 will be held in Singapore at Suntec Convention Centre. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia returns as a key exhibitor, Lenovo will be the Official Gaming PC, while MyRepublic returns as the Official Fibre Broadband Partner. Early bird tickets and official merchandise are available for sale at ticketing.gamestart.asia.

“The gaming industry in Southeast Asia has grown exponentially since the inaugural GameStart in 2014. Esports is dominating online viewership and media globally, and developers in Singapore and the region are pushing out highly polished and engaging games. Tabletop gaming has a very passionate community, and I’m very happy to welcome them to GameStart this year. As always, GameStart aims to be where all gamers and all-things-gaming can come together and have fun and I’m excited to present this year’s edition,” said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart Asia.

More updates and information on GameStart 2017 are available on www.gamestart.asia, and www.facebook.com/GameStart.Asia.


GameStart 2017 
 – Key Dates

Thursday 12 & Friday 13 October SEA SUMMIT Business Conference
Friday 13 October IMGA SEA Ceremony
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October GameStart 2017

#GameStart #GameStartAsia #GS2017 #GameStart2017 #PlayStation #PlayStation