Here’s a 5th Anniversary tribute to the 45 of us who made cosplay history in Malaysia for becoming the First Ever Cosplay Contingent to take part in a large scale parade!! Why was this not posted earlier? Well mainly because it was a bitter sweet experience. Very bitter in the beginning but as time went by… only the sweetness remains. The full story of the events have not been told till now. I have kept much of it to myself for so long and this year marks the 5th Anniversary of the historical feat that till this day, has not been done again. And so I wanted to commemorate it by sharing the challenges i faced for this historical event to take place. 5 years later, it was worth it. Get ready for a LONG read.
Lots of Love,
5 years ago in February… 45 of us made cosplay history in Malaysia by being the first (and only to date) cosplay contingent to take part in the Hari Wilayah (Federal Territory Day) celebration parade. On a size scale & festivity level this celebration parade this was only second to our Merdeka Day (Independence Day) celebration parade! It was televised live on RTM (TV1) as we marched on the historical landmark Dataran Merdeka (Independence Avenue) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Our Prime Minister was in attendance looking on as we marched past the VIP stand, presenting the team salute.
It was such an amazing opportunity & it was such an amazing once – in – a – lifetime experience! However, the road getting to that point was a huge challenge. One that has not been shared before. Also here are some photo footage that has not been shared till now.
It all started when I got a call from an event organizer whom I previously work with 2 years back. So they said, this year’s Sambutan Hari Wilayah (2012) was very close to the Chinese New Year, so because of this many communities / contingents who usually take part…. are unable to this year. “Would you like to take part in the parade & put together a contingent of cosplayers?”. My reply, “WHAT? Woah!”. To qualify, or more like look presentable in a large scale parade like this, there is a minimum number of people that each contingent should have. Since all participating teams are under manned, the minimum number of members of each contingent was reduced.
So, I was offered a spot in the 2nd largest national-pride-sake parade if I could pull together a minimum of 40 participants in my contingent. Considering the time I had in hand, which was maybe about less than 3 weeks to the date, the decision weighted heavy on me. To commit or not to commit? To take this project on or not? There was nothing to loose if I didn’t take it…. no one would know about this opportunity. But in my heart I felt that maybe since this opportunity came to me, so I should just take the challenge on. Nothing to loose but sooooo much to gain for the community if it was successful! “Optimistic doubts” of thinking that maybe, I should skip this year… & that I can do it next year. On the other side of my mind, what if there is no ‘next year opportunity’? (Wisdom from my late granny) Can I live with that? And so the conclusion was to go for it!
The ‘go for it’ actually only meant that I would be the initiator of this project, because I couldn’t make this event a success all by myself. This event requires numbers; minimum forty (40) to be exact… there is no way I can conjure that up on my own. This project is a wonderful opportunity for the community and, if done successfully, will be a wonderful achievement for the local community!! So make or break – it will be decided by the community. I just needed to make the call… & arrange all the logistics… the community (numbers) will have the answer on whether this event happens or not.
Little did I know that that was not the only thing I needed! I didn’t know what crap load of back lash I was going to get… not from the general public but from within the community itself. The very folks I want to do this for, want to burn me at the stake.
It all started with this newbie cosplayer who kept demanding to know every single detail about the ins & outs of the event – how I got the contact, who is the organiser, what do they do etc. and wanted the info straight away replied to her public post on FB. If I didn’t reply in her desired time frame, she will repost and accuse me of ignoring her questions. This is the beginning of the phrase ‘Cosplay Polis’… she goes on to attack the legitimacy of the event, accuse me of using cosplayers, embezzling of money etc. Then she continues to go further by calling up Dewan Bandaraya KL to check. Wow, so much free time!
Woman please! Firstly, if you are interested to join then just join. If you are not, then its ok, no one is forcing anyone to join. Why do you demand immediate attention & all answers to your questions when you are not interested to join in the first place? Sufficient information has already been posted for cosplayers to deliberate if they want to join the parade or not.
Secondly, you don’t organise events or even volunteer at events… why must you know everything about the ins & outs. This is the offer I got & this is the offer – as is. Cosplayers are NOT STUPID, they can read, and they can understand… if they want to join, here is the details. What is it that you are not satisfied about?
It was not the end, soon after a crossplaying senpai joins in the “Inquisition”… demanding for details. Dude, you also don’t organise event nor volunteer at events but want to make this kind of demands.
Now the newbie cosplayers bf, a famous botak photographer (now ex-bf) also gets into the picture. But his comments are even worst because in his rant he is saying stuff like I have already cheated all the cosplayers with a fake event, when the event date hasn’t even come to pass yet. Then he goes a step further by not just attacking the event, now even attacks me as a person… using words like liar, cheating cosplayers… then even attack my cosplay at events -__- Oh man. All the word-vomit from the bf… but I have a feeling it’s not all his words. The newbie cosplayer is ‘cosplaying’ as the VICTIM & pouring it all out to the bf to react & so she will not be deemed in an unfavourable light. Because if she actually did it herself… the most she would say in response to the ‘ugly’ comments would probably be “my FB account was hacked!” haha – Friends, please don’t be used by others to publicly voice their dissatisfaction – You are absorbing their bad vibes & karma into your own life ☹ There is already enough negative stuff all around us in daily life… you don’t need this! –
Now the most shocking part that hurts the most is that – we are all friends. This newbie cosplayer, the famous botak photographer bf and the crossplaying senpai, we were all knew each other well enough to yam cha. They could have PMed & asked to know about this or that, but they didn’t. They all wanted to make a public scene on social media… in a comment on the event page, in the cosplayfun FB group. This newbie cosplayer, is not just an average cosplayer – she really cosplays well & has very nice costumes because she makes them herself. I’ve helped sai kang her group photo shoot in Genting & manage some logistics. I have even invited the senpai crossplayer & her to hear their counsel on community events… then suddenly this. Wow! I never imagined such a HORROR since joining the community in 2006.
I was totally caught off guard & so damaged by this occurrence but I still needed to pull this event together! Now I only had 3 weeks to put the team together, in the midst of all this unnecessary crap. Now, as this truly a one of a kind + HISTORICAL event actually came to pass, there hasn’t been any apology or reconciliation. I get FB blocked by the newbie cosplayer & the crossplaying senpai. When I cross path with the newbie cosplayer, she pretends that she forgot who I was haha Why come to KL from Johor just to assassinate people? If I went to Johor to study and then later open a shop… the last thing I want to do is to anger the local folks -__-
Despite all this, what keeps me together and still believing Sambutan Hari Wilayah 2012 was worth all this effort is all of you! The special 45 of you who took a chance to take part in a ‘first time ever’ event, with an unknown guy in charge and for an event that could probably be ‘too good to be true’. This historical event could NOT have taken place without you all. It was all up to the call off the community and the community answered. 45 of us marched as the first time ever Cosplay Contingent at a state parade! We got the apt tee shirt for it and we got 3rd Prize place under the “Kontingen Beruniform” category!! Huhu Buffet makan for us all xD
5 years down the road the beautiful things are surely still very apparent and resonate louder than than the crap I went thru. I can’t say for everyone but I personally formed a close bond with you all. I wouldn’t trade 49* of you for the well wishes of the haters.
As I look back at all the existing footage from folks like Leena (videos), Nao (blog + photos), Sky (Blog + photos), AaronKee.com (photos), Alan Chin (photos), Whe96668 (videos), it really lifts my spirits again. Also as I revisit this footage, I remember the size & scale of this event that took place. I can see all your faces & your emotions as we share & enjoy this experience together 😀 All this encouraged me to also share my previously unpublished photos & videos. I’m a guy who likes to keep this stuff to myself because it is very special to me. Also after all the backlash I got from this… kept me from full enjoying our moments until now.
In this 5 years, I’ve seen many wonderful things happen in all your lives! Students graduating and joining the work force, cosplay competitors become competition winners, then become competition judges and then national champions to represent Malaysia; cosplayers become guest cosplayers, cosplay emcees, e-sport personality; cosplayers become famous singing artist, cosplayers join ACG bands, shy guy take on a Talk Panel at a convention, some of you get your dreams come true by either working, studying, staying in the beloved land of the rising sun – JAPAN!! Very very inspiring! Despite the enthusiasm, I also want to remember those who are no longer with us. I’m glad we had shared something special & even historical together. It may not have been so main stream with celebrity glamour but it’s uniqueness & comradely was like no other!
For some of you, I only got to meet you guys for the first time on rehearsal day and then others… I only met you for the first time on parade day!! That just blows my mind. Like minded folks with the same passion, united in purpose… can do great things! This is awesome stuff!
*49?? – There is still one other amazing thing that happened on event day. I was organising this event and focused everything on trying to meet the contingent quota and I was leading this contingent… that I forgot to consider if I had enough sai kang help if miscellaneous things happen. My fiancé (now wife) was already there running thru the schedule with me but it was not enough. Then suddenly Sky and Yuan with Narukids appear out of nowhere… at the right time on parade day. They couldn’t commit to the parade because they had things on but they came when they could. I will never forget what Sky said when I asked “Heyyy omg great to see u guys! What you all doing here” – she said innocently & truthfully – “We came to see and see if you needed help”. Those words really touched my heart because it was a total opposite of newbie cosplayer and the others. I truly need help and they sanggup to help in any way they can. So it ended up they looked after our bags which were placed on the side walk in front on Masjid Negara! These are Malaysia’s (first ever) representatives to the World Cosplay Summit Finals. They also represented Malaysia at the famous Tokyo Game Show and have took home many more 1st Place prizes thru the years! And they came to look after our bags… I was really touched… and am still touched till this day.
This is a very long post, but that’s because it’s one very close to my heart. We achieved something very special together! We were all very much united, harmonious and MUHIBAH! I believe we were a great example of what Malaysians can achieve when united and a great representation of the word COMMUNITY!! And so here is to the 49 of you, commemorating the 5th Anniversary of what was the historical-first-time-ever… one & only Cosplay Contingent for Sambutan Hari Wilayah – Federal Territory Day 2012!
- The Captain
- Yuki Sac
- Mohd Khairie
- Josiah Goh
- Leena Al-Zawawi
- Sophia Al-Zawawi
- Adam Al-Zawawi
- Zhang Zhang
- Joee Joe
- Minxz chan
- Miika Kyonez
- Ex-Soldier Jackie
- Vincent Loke
- Lullaby Hew
- Nekochi kazuchama
- Vinc Kyuuketsuki
- Nao Itazura
- Itazura Shio
- Siti Kidding
- Aaron Tan
- Shiki Arep
- Akira Koh
- Asyraf Noor Azizi
- Iqbal Noor Azizi
- Ace Rei
- Ejul Young Bae
- Erik Arep
- Shadow Inverse
- Lone Wolf Tomy
- Lowies Chew
- Mohd Amiruddin
- Leon Ken
- Erik Isaac
- Lydia Lockheart
- Ck Takoyaki
- Riez Forester
- Shingo Misaki
- Jerry Lee
- Ahmad Nazirun Mubin
- Brookbam Amri
- Wai Hong
- Itou Makoto Shinji
- Muhammad Azizi
- Charity Yang – coordinator ❤
- Sky Goldfish Fara – sai kang ❤
- Yuan Cuttlefish Cross – sai kang ❤
- Narukids Deadfish – sai kang ❤
Lots of Love and -salute-
Full Album of Photos here (previously published till now) : Hari Wilayah 2012 – The Journey
Check out all the previously unpublished Hari Wilayah 2012 video playllist at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cosplayfunmy
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Here is the new spiffy event list for 2013. Please come back to this page to check as the list will be updated from time to time & the link might change 🙂
As usual the events listed in GREY are NOT YET CONFIRMED or NOT YET ANNOUNCED but we are hoping they will have them again this year 🙂 Do feel free to contact us if u would like your event to be listed or unlisted. We want to give the community something to look forward too 🙂 Thanks
Danny Choo’s Culture Japan Night, PENANG
Date: Saturday 5th January
Venue: St. Jo’s at Gurney Paragon (mall)
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/556064684423662/
Penang Yokasoi Parade
Date: 19th January 2013
Venue: Padang Esplanade, (Parade starts from Beach Street to Esplanade)
Attractions: Street Dance, Floats, Music, FOOD, Cosplay, Gadgets, Travel, Games, Health
Sambutan Hari Wilayah – Cosplay Competition
Date: 16 February 2013
Venue: Dataran Merdeka
Prizes: 1st RM1,000 / 2nd RM500 / 3rd RM300
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/152650711559320/
Presented by DBKL & Zi Communications
Star Trek: The Exhibition
Date: 13 December 2012 till 31st March 2013
Venue: Pusat Sains Negara, Bukit Kiara (National Science Centre)
Monday – Thursday: 9.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: 9.00a.m – 5.00 p.m
Event Page link: Click here
Outpost Review: Click here
Ticket price: Adults RM 20, Age 3-17: RM 10, Students (18+): RM 10
PARKING IS FREE
Big Bad Wolf Aftermath Sale: The Last Hunt (further discounts)
28th Feb – 4th March 2013
Mines International Convention Centre, Seri Kembangan
UNMC Bunkasai 2013 (University of Nottingham Malaysia)
Date: 2 March 2013
Time: 9am – 6pm
Venue: Block F1, UNMC Campus
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/125204590986189/
ANIMAX Carnival Malaysia 2013 (special guest MAY’N)
16th & 17th March
Time: 10am – 10pm
Venue: Sunway Pyramid Blue Concourse
Admission: Free (Day 1 bring Astro Bill & Day 2 Everyone)
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/334880766616950
SCANDAL Live in SINGAPORE 2013
16th & 17th March
Time: 16th Mac – 7pm & 17th Mac – 3pm
Venue: *Scape Warehouse
Ticket prices: VIP S$168 & Normal S$118
Cosplay Invasion II by LGCC (PENANG)
23 – 24 March 2013
11am – 7pm
Penang Times Square, GF Concourse
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467212273343921
Cosplay Competition by Popular Book Store
Date: March 2013
Radical Anime Games Expo (MELAKA)
Pay Teck Primary School Hall, MELAKA
IPC Movie Fiesta 2013
11 – 28 April 2013
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
(Cosplay Competition Sunday, 28th April 2013)
FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/434929719933129/
NAMIE AMURO Asia Tour 2013
Fri, 26 April
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: Standard – S$288, S$248, S$218, S$168
Tickets: Restricted View – S$248, S$168, S$138
Link to Sistic: goo.gl/KNo4r
Cosplay Carnival at Skudai Parade (by JCOS Club)
27 & 28 April 2013
Skudai Parade, JOHOR
Sawachi Nijikai 2013 (by Sawachi Entertainment)
Saturday, 11 May
10:00 until 19:00
Pearl Point Hotel @ Pearl International Hotel
Tickets: RM20 early bird & RM30 At door.
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/431992060216573/
Uni Sains Malaysia (USM) Anime Fest (PENANG)
11 May 2013
11am – 5pm
Main Campus, USM
Comics are Cool! by BORDERS
11 – 12 May 2013
BORDERS, The Curve
Cure Festival SINGAPORE
18 May 2013
12pm – 7pm
DBS Marina Regatta, Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay
MOEPA workshop III by LGCC (PENANG)
25th & 26th May 2013
Penang Times Square, 1st Floor Concourse
FUNAN IT Mall Anime Matsuri (SINGAPORE)
27 May – 2 June 2013
11am – 8pm
Funan Digital Life Mall, Level 1
More info: https://www.facebook.com/animefestivalasia
Nozomi Anime Fair – Cosplay Competition
1 June 2013
Leisure Mall, Cheras (Kuala Lumpur)
World of Gaming and Comics- WGC (Penang) hosted by LGCC
8th – 9th June 2013
D’Piazza Mall, Penang (Concourse)
C2AGE SLAM! (by HELP College)
Date: 8th & 9th June 2013
Venue: HELP Campus – College of Arts & Technology
JCC UTAR Cosplay Event 2013
20 June at 19:30
UTAR in Kampar, Perak
Date: 22 June 2013
Time: 12pm – 7pm
Venue: NUS UTown Town Plaza
KYANiME Pre-Event (Kuching, SARAWAK)
Date: 29 & 30 June 2013
Venue: Plaza Merdeka Kuching, Sarawak
37th Bon Odori, Klang Valley.
Date: 6 July 2013
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Venue: Matsuhita Sports Complex, Shah Alam.
Cosfest XII (SINGAPORE)
6 & 7 July 2013
D’Marquee, Downtown East
HaKU Live in Kuala Lumpur
7 July 2013
The Venue, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
VBG ANIME FIESTA 2013 – Cosplay Competition
14 July 2013
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo Street Level 6
12pm – 3pm
37th Bon Odori, PENANG
Date: 20 July 2013
Time: 6 – 11pm
Venue: Esplanade (Padang Kota Lama), Penang
Malaysia’s Teen Carnival 2013
20 & 21 July
KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)
What is LARP? – Live Action Role-Play
28th July (Sunday)
12pm – 5pm
Malaysia ANICOM Cosplay Competition
Venue: T-HOP 6th Floor, Sungei Wang
World Cosplay Summit Championship Finals (JAPAN)
3rd August 2013
Comic Fiesta Mini (PENANG)
3 & 4 August 2013
11am – 8pm
Gurney Paragon, Penang
KYANiME MAIN Event (Kuching, SARAWAK)
Date: 16 & 18 August 2013
Venue: Plaza Merdeka Kuching, Sarawak
Culture Japan Convention (PENANG)
17 – 18 August 2013
Straits Quay Convention Centre
ANIMANGAKI 2013 (5th Anniversary)
Date: 24 & 25 August
Bon Odori Summer Fest 2013 by Japan Foundation KL
Date: 24 August 2013
Publlika, The Square
Time: 4:30pm – 9:30pm
International Cosplay Day Singapore 2013..the theme of Science & Magic!
Date: 25 August 2013
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Venue: *SCAPE: The Warehouse
JROCK No Tamashi 4
7 September 2013
Club 99, Conlay Club, 26 & 28 Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur
SAISHO の Anime Mania Fiesta !!!
1 Sept 2013
Terminal 1, Seremban
11am – 6pm
Anime Festival Asia ID (AFAID) Indonesia 2013
Date: 6 – 8 September
Venue: Jakarta Convention Centre
Cosplayers Gathering 2 by JCAG
13 – 15 September 2013
10am – 10pm
Plaza Pelangi, JOHOR BAHRU
Cosplay GO! by PMCG
14 & 15 September
Komplex Metro Pudu, KL
The Japanese Film Festival 2013 by Japan Foundation KL
12 – 17 Sept 2013 – Klang Valley
19 – 22 Sept 2013 – Penang
26 – 29 Sept 2013 – Kuching
3 – 6 Oct 2013 – Sabah
ONLY AT selected Golden Screens Cinemas
CPF Cosplay Competition 2013
22 & 29 Sept
1pm – 5pm
6th Flr, Hong Kong Station
1st Prize – RM 1,000 cash + RM 500 cash vouchers
2nd Prize – RM 700 cash + RM 300 cash vouchers
3rd Prize – RM 300 cash + RM 200 cash vouchers
Consolation Prize x2 – RM 200 cash vouchers
ComiFest 2013 (SINGAPORE)
4 – 6 October at 10am – 7pm
ITE College Central
ANIGCON 2013 (SABAH) POSTPONED TO 2014
Date: 5 & 6 October 2013
Venue: G Flr, Suria Sabah, Kota Kinabalu
Time: 10am – 9pm
CosMart by Comic Fiesta
19 – 20 October 2013
Parkamaya, 3rd Flr Fahrenheit 88
Taiping Animation Fair
Date: October 2013
Venue: Raintown Plaza (Panorama Hotel)
Image link (English version):
Facebook Page link:
Nights of Fright – Cosplay Competition (by Animangaki)
31 Oct 2013
8:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Sunway Lagoon Nights of Frights
Anime Festival Asia (Singapore) 2013
Date: 8 – 10 November
Venue: SUNTEC International Convention & Exhibition Centre
JCOS Cosplay Party (Johor)
16 – 17 Nov 2013
Plaza Sentosa, Johor Bahru
1pm – 5:30pm
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/506678312759806/ (Chinese only)
http://party.jcosclub.com/#!home.html (English version)
Japan Festival MMXIII (Penang)
18 – 22 Nov 2013
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
World Chinese Book Fair Cosplay Competition
Venue : The Mines Exhibition Centre Stage
Japanese Autumn Festival (ShichiGoSan), PENANG
Date: November 2013
Venue: New Atrium Gurney Plaza, PENANG
The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale
Date: 6 – 15 December 2013
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: MIECC The Mines
Cosfest Christmas w Yuegene Fay
28 & 29 Dec 2013
1pm – 7pm
Kuala Lumpur, 23 May 2013 – 35 children from 2 orphanages – Rumah Shalom Puchong & Rumah K.I.D.S. Subang Jaya were the special guest for the holiday season launch of the Masked Rider Decade & Kamen Rider Double show at Sungei Wang Plaza. The children had the privilege to be the first to see the show & also meet & greet the two characters.
Rumah Shalom Puchong & Rumah K.I.D.S. Subang Jaya are welfare homes that not only care for orphans but also the abandoned, abused & neglected children. Both homes provide therapy & community services with the aim to enable a disadvantaged child to have a better future.
The children will also be presented with goddy bags containing Masked Rider Decade & Kamen Rider Double merchandise & chocolates by Ms. Alicia Yuen – Chairman of Council of Sungei Wang Plaza Management Corporation, Mr. Tang FK – Complex Manager of Sungei Wang Plaza & Mr. James Lim – Director of Litt Tak Sdn. Bhd. After the goody bags presentation & group photography on stage, everyone was treated to lunch at Mc Donalds.
“Not all children come from happy families, especially the ones who have been abused & abandoned by their own families. Hence, we have specially invited the 2 homes to join in the fun & excitement by being the first to experience the Masked Rider Decade & Kamen Rider Double show at the mall. This will truly be an unforgettable experience for them during the school holidays. This is part of our corporate social responsibility in providing happiness to the underprivileged,” said KK Lim, Senior Manager Marketing Communications Dept. Sungei Wang Plaza.
As part of the Masked Rider Decade & Kamen Rider Double school holiday promotion at the mall, a host of activities have been lined up for kids & families:
A) Masked Rider Decade & Kamen Rider Double Meet & Greet Sessions
Come watch the Masked Rider Decade & Kamen Rider Double in action as they make their special appearances on stage to Meet & Greet with the fans. Snap individual photos with these superheroes for FREE as they pose in action! Catch them on:
Dates: 24 – 26 May 2013 & 31 May – 2 June 2013
Time: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm.
B) Masked Rider Merchandise Fair
Shop for cool merchandises & collectibles such as DX Decade Driver, Final Form Rider figures, DX Double Driver, DX Prism Bicker, Revolgarry Vehicle & other Masked Rider universal soft figures. The Masked Rider Merchandise Fair is on everyday from 23 May – 2 June 2013.
For further information, please contact Mr. KK Lim, or Ms Joanne Lee of the Marketing Dept Sungei Wang Plaza Management at 03-2142 6636.
The talented Mika Nakashima will release her new single Aikotoba(愛詞) on May 22nd 2013. This song is written by Japanese legendary female artist Miyuki Nakajima (中島美雪).
Who is Miyuki Nakajima? (Wikipedia in English & Chinese)
If you didn’t know who Mika Nakashima is after I mentioned the next 2 facts, most of your would have already seen her before. She played the title role of Nana Osaki in the live-action movie Nana which is based on the shojo manga written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa, serialized in Cookie published by Shueisha.
If that had already WOWed you then the next fact will be MORE WOW. Mika has appeared in not 1 but 2 the Hollywood movies: Resident Evil: Afterlife & Resident Evil: Retribution. She plays the mysterious “Pop Girl” that captured our attention is the opening scene of Resident Evil: Afterlife. Then she reappears as the hybrid mutation. I don’t know about you but I enjoyed it when she reprised her role as “Pop Girl” in Resident Evil:Retribution. If you missed it then check out the pics below to see if it jogs your memory 🙂
Her new single, Aikotoba(愛詞), will be the ending theme of the new animation series “Spaceship Battle Yamato 2199” starting from April 2013 when the series continues. (http://yamato2199.net/)
A few facts & stats on Mika Nakashima:
« She has 7 albums, 2 EPs & 2 compilation albums to her name.
« She has released 34 CD singles to date.
« Nana movie song “Glamorous Sky,” was written by the manga’s author, Ai Yazawa, and composed by L’Arc-en-Ciel vocalist Hyde.
« Her single “Cry No More” was the ending theme of the anime Blood+.
« “Hitoiro” (One Color) was the theme song to Nana 2 movie was which also written by Yazawa, while the music is composed by Glay’s leader, Takuro, who was also the author of the coupling song, “Eyes for the Moon”.
The following is a short message from the 2 ladies with same initials & surname:
<Message from Miyuki Nakajima (中島美雪)>
When I wrote the address and name on the finished musical score, I realized that the both surname “Nakajima(中島)” using the same Chinese character, so changed to initial, but it was also same “MN”, the full name of Chinese character was all same except one letter, and furthermore we are same same zodiac Pisces!
What a wonderful coincidence, I’m very happy to work with her!
We have to be careful to distinguish who is who like “Southern Nakashima” and “Northern Nakajima”when we work together, or the staff might get confused as we have the same surname!
<Message from Mika Nakashima(中島美嘉)>
Honestly, I thought she never accept my offer.
But if there are any slight possibility, she is the one who really wish to work with.
She wrote such a wonderful song in such a high speed for me…what a nifty and cool person!
Perhaps I am the one who is the best person who has been healed by this song, I guess.
Source: Sony Music Malaysia. Written by The Captain.
by The Captain @Cosplay-Fun Malaysia 2012.
Courtesy of Sony Music Malaysia
SCANDAL is an ALL-GIRL Rock band from Japan. I first caught them live in 2010 at the Anime Festival Asia – I Love ANISONG Concert. They really ROCKED the stage & the crowd though I do believe they have a little PUNK-Rock style within. Now when I say they rock, it is due to the point where they are a 4 piece band that is very tight & all 4 musicians try to sing parts during the songs.
SCANDAL SHOW is a compilation album consisting of hit songs & also popular B-sides. I found this out a bit later after I got which is good if you’re a new SCANDAL fan. I noticed that they like to release a lot of E.P.s & singles in the Japanese music industry. And I also heard that CD albums are really expensive compared to the price selection we have here in Malaysia.
Now this album, priced at RM59.90, comes with a DVD of SCANDAL’s travels during their first ever tour outside of Japan, which took place in 2011. They went to Taiwan, Hong Kong & ended in Singapore. It runs for about 30mins but I think it is a MUST-GET for all SCANDAL fans because it is a behind-the-scene kind of video, in which you can get to see their real personalities apart from their stage rocking presence.
The other disc is the SCANDAL SHOW audio tracks & here is a brief review of it.
1. HARUKAZE lyrics by SCANDAL & Noriyasu Isshiki
HARUKAZE is the 12th major single (15th overall). It is also the 15th opening theme for the anime Bleach. It is best recognized by its beautiful guitar intro harmonies. This hit track shows a lot of maturity for a all-girl rock band with a flare for belting out punk like attitude as they rock the stage. It starts slow & quickly picks up the pace from the 1st verse to the pre-chorus… then it takes-off at the chorus. Tomomi’s vocal fits in lovely to back up Haruna in the second part of the 1st verse & when all get involved in the chorus the song is lifted to heavenly places with angelic harmony of voices. Then to change the feel around Tomomi takes the 2nd verse & later backed by Haruna. HARUKAZE is truly a beautiful song. The music arrangement & pace keeps building to a crescendo that doesn’t lose its musical momentum despite returning the intro. I think this song should be the SCANDAL theme in their 2nd Wave. It has all the great elements of a Western ‘Alternative” hit in the glorious days of the mid 90s. I do believe it’s the most beautiful way to beginning a concert.
2.少女S (Shōjo S)lyrics by TOMOMI
This track is famously known as the tenth opening theme for the anime BLEACH. Put your PUNK attitude on!! It’s SHOJO ! or in English = Girl S!
3. DOLL lyrics by TOMOMI
Punk style style girl power song! 😀 Not a surprise when the song title is DOLL. Everyone sings on this one.
4. BEAUTeen!! Lyrics by TOMOMI & Kyon
I do feel some ‘bubble-gum’ pop style in this song. But the melodic fast pace chorus is set to send the crowds of fans into a chanting frenzy. The 2nd verse reminds me of the signature style of No Doubt which made me a fan of theirs in the first place.
5. 太陽とキミが描くSTORY (Taiyō to Kimi ga Egaku Story) – ‘The Story Drawn by You and the Sun’. lyrics by TOMOMI, Hidenori Tanaka
This song has some great movements & transitions. I like how the solo comes in as a sort of prelude to the end that keeps the
6. LOVE SURVIVE
7. PRIDE lyrics by TOMOMI & Hidenori Tanaka
Pride is the second ending theme for the anime Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
8. スイッチ (Switch) lyrics by TOMOMI, Yuichi Tajika
9. 瞬間センチメンタル (Shunkan Sentimental) lyrics by Scandal, Natsumi Kobayashi
More commonly known as the end song for Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (4th Ending theme). The song starts of with another strong a memorable guitar riff which becomes the hook for this song. Then the first line of the chorus brings in another hook but this time it is the vocals pulling of a catchy hook with the back-up that continues to lift the song, definitely fitting of the end theme of a anime theme because it starts strong & slowly hooks you with the hook.
10. ハルカ (Haruka) lyrics by HARUNA & Hidenori Tanaka
This is my most favourite song from this album. It really caught my interest in both the mood & music feel in which it communicates. They say music is a universal language & I agree! I also believe it transcends language too. Anyways, this is song had a hook which locked in to my subconscious & it also brought to remembrance the ‘melancholy sweet love’ theme. That’s the best I can describe it with words. You have to listen to it to know what I’m trying to get at. This song was used as the theme song for the animated film Tofu Kozō.
11. スキャンダルなんかブッ飛ばせ (Scandal Nanka Buttobase)
12. EVERYBODY SAY YEAH!
This is one of the fan favourite songs that has even become an anthem phrase for the fans. Usually K-pop group have what they call ‘fan-chants’ but with SCANDAL Fans aka Scandalous, this gets them psyched up before the concert as I found out at the recent SCANDAL Special Live in Malaysia concert 1 Dec 2012. It’s almost compulsory for the fans to reply when you chant “Everybody Say Yeah?”, they will all reply “YEA!”. Now that makes a bonafied anthem phrase!
13. カゲロウ (Kagerō) lyrics by TOMOMI & Masterworks
14. SAKURAグッバイ (Sakura Goodbye) lyrics by Tomomi & Masterworks
This is the track most know as the song to commemorate Mami and Tomomi’s high school graduation. I can just imagine this song being apart of the K-ON repertoire… or even role-play… to say if I was a musician when I was in school, I would written a song like this. This uplifting track just oozes their youth that wishes a sort of ‘last kiss goodbye’ to that fun filled period of our lives we called High School – “HELLO GOODBYE!
15. SCANDAL BABY
This track is very typical of the Punk element that the girls bring on aboard. Heavier power chords are used to form the foundation of the song & Mami’s guitar brings the raw & aggressive tone to the hook. All & all it’s part of the charm & talent that is SCANDAL.
16. SCANDALのテーマ (Scandal no Theme)
This is their THEME!! It reminds me so much of Suede’s ‘Introducing the Band’. Not that it sounds similar but more for the purpose that your band has an introduction song or theme song. “We love music”, “We love singing” – that’s all true to the core for these girls. In just 1:36mins, this song gives a preview of what character SCANDAL have in their music – Bubble Gum Pop, Punk, Rock. Watch out for this one live.
The ANIMAX Carnival is back & we at Cosplay-FUN are glad to announce it. This year marks the 2nd outing for such a fun event. We are hoping that this will be a staple on our calender.
Here are the official press release:
Animax Carnival is returning to Malaysia for the second time after last year’s overwhelming response and a successful turnout of approximately 6,000 over two days. This year, the event will be making a bigger and better return but this time at Sunway Pyramid’s Blue Concourse happening from 16 to 17 March.
ANIMAX Fairy Tail Cosplay Competition
One of the key highlights for this year’s Carnival is definitely the Cosplay Competition’s on Sunday, 17 March. Taking a slightly different spin this year, the Cosplay Competition will be based on one of the all-time favourite anime titles, Fairy Tail, which Animax will be airing its latest Season 3 and also maiden movie in March as well.
Registration Period: Ongoing till 20 February
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/334880766616950/
1st – Sony tablet, Sony NEX-C3D and RM$1,500 shopping vouchers, Total value = RM$6,000
2nd – Sony Cybershot TX100V camera, Walkman MP3 W262 and RM$900 shopping vouchers, Total value = RM$3,000
3rd – Sony Cybershot W570 camera, Walkman MP3 W262 and RM$300 shopping vouchers, Total value = RM$1,500
Special Guest – MAY’N will make an appearance on Saturday, 16 March at 1pm & she will also be performing for us!! Come to see her in the flesh & hear her sing the famous anime songs which have made her an Anime Icon. Which songs? Well you’ll have to come by to find out 🙂
HOW TO GET IN on DAY 1 [Sat, 16 March from 10am – 6pm]
- Visitors to bring along a January/February/March Astro bill which entitles admission for up to 4 persons.
- Even cosplayers who want to gain access into carnival need to bring your Astro bill as in point 1 above.
- First 500 Astro Pack subscribers will receive a special gift.[6pm onwards – open to the public.]