Malaysian’s largest Anime Comics & Games event RETURNS to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in 2017!! This was among the many worthy headlines for CF2017. However, what I would want like to write about is that Kore Yamazaki sensei (creator The Ancient Magus’ Bride) made an appearance at Comic Fiesta 2017 courtesy of ANIPLUS Asia!!
So firstly, it is a very special (and rare) treat to have the chance to meet a manga creator on your own home country! Our first real opportunity came in 2016 when the Manga Festival (CoFesta) suddenly was announced & Malaysia fans got to the chance to meet / greet / autograph from Ryoko Kui, Kosuke Fujishima, Rino Mizuho and Naoshi Komi. But that was a one-and-done thing as no news of a repeat 2017 event or it’s linked event JPOP Signature which was a part of a bigger event called JAPAN WEEKEND.
I’ve been in the local ACG scene for about 12 years now & it’s already nothing of a surprise with the number of one-and-done events, fake event organisers or events just plainly disappearing off the list the following year. I don’t about the average fan but The Captain is pretty used to it and the words of wisdom are “enjoy it while you can, don’t wait for next year as you don’t know what will happen next year!!”. Case and point is ANIMAX Carnival Malaysia 2017! 😀
So fans of Kore Yamazaki who came for the meet & greet session, WELL DONE because you braved the crowd & the comfort of simply NOT GOING TO CF… to come down to KLCC meet her!! Who knows when you might have this chance again! This video is a salute to you all.
A big thanks to ANIPLUS Asia for bringing her, at no cost to us fans, here in Malaysia!! Here are some other happenings at the ANIPLUS Asia booth at Comic Fiesta 2017!
Facebook Album: Kore Yamazaki at the ANIPLUS Asia Booth Comic Fiesta 2017
We at Cosplay Fun Malaysia are glad that Kore Yamazaki sensei came & looking for more great stuff from ANIPLUS Asia in this new year of 2018!!
Watch the simulcast of Ancient Magus’ Bride on ANIPLUS every Sunday 03:00 [02:00 ID/TH], encores Sunday 23:00 [22:00 ID/TH].
#KoreYamazaki #ANIPLUSAsia #ANIPLUS #TheCaptain #CosplayFunMY #CosplayFunMalaysia #ComicFiesta2017 #CF2017 #TheAncientMagusBride #AncientMagusBride #Malaysia #Manga #Mangaka
BONUS: Here is the official Interview footage with Kore Yamazaki!! Upload recently!!
About Kore Yamazaki
Kore Yamazaki is a Japanese Manga artist who lives in Hokkaido prefecture. After she debuted in 2013 as Manga artist, she began serializing “The Ancient Magus’ Bride” in 2015. It became a best-selling title, selling over 4 million copies in Japan as of August 2017.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride has since been translated into over 14 languages and has been well-received by readers worldwide, even making it onto The New York Times’ best seller lists.
About The Ancient Magus’ Bride
“A story to know the beauty of the world”
Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the
The man is a “magus”, a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice–and his bride!
About ANIPLUS Asia
Anime anytime anywhere and much more – ANIPLUS Asia is the ultimate platform for people to connect through anime and youth pop culture.
The network with the most anime simulcasts in South East Asia, ANIPLUS Asia brings to teens and young adults the latest and hottest anime series simulcasting along Japan networks every week throughout the year. Since ANIPLUS Asia’s launch, it has offered anime fans numerous popular and award-winning series such as Attack on Titan, Bungo Stray Dogs, KanColle the Movie, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Psycho-Pass the Movie, Knights of Sidonia, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, etc.
The local mobile gaming scene just took another step forward with the unveiling of Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd. to the public. In short, yes… they will be introducing more games to the Malaysia market… but the more significant portion of their contribution will be their new proprietary integrated e-pay system called UMU Wallet.
Their first game is an straight forwardly called Tembak Ikan! It’s like the 4 player arcade fishing game except instead of throwing a fishing line… you’re just shooting the many varieties of sea creatures with a ‘canon’. It’s like Galaga under the sea! haha
It’s simple and quite addictive. Each shot uses up credits so shoot when it counts. When you start of you have 2 types of guns a ‘canon’ like machine gun that shoot s quite rapidly and the electricity focus gun that can track targets but is less powerful. I’d call it the Ghostbusters gun haha since it was introduced way back in 1984 😀
Anyways, look out for it. It’s available now on Android (Google PLAY) & iOS (App Store).
Full Photo album here: Great Wall iGame Malaysia – Launch
#GreatWalliGame #TembakIkan #UMUwallet #ARCPLAY #Galaga #Gamer4Life #Malaysia #MobileGaming
Here is the official press release:
8th November 2017, Kuala Lumpur – Today Malaysia’s latest mobile gaming company, Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd. (GWi) was officially launched adding a new viable contender in the local gaming industry. Established on September 21st 2016, GWi was created to partake primarily in mobile games and devices platform providing innovative content to Malaysia and beyond. The launch today also saw the introduction of UMU Wallet, a proprietary platform created by GWi that will allow players and business builders to effectively communicate and transact.
GWi’s core business activity covers two key areas: mobile gaming and multimedia technology and development. The ability and opportunity to provide creative and innovative solutions is supported through partnerships with world top game manufacturers. By leveraging on the strengths and capability of these manufacturers couple with their local and regional know-hows and experience, GWi is able to offer products that is both relevant and needed by the markets.
“The inception of GWi was spurred by the Malaysian governments’s ambition to become he regional leader in the gaming market and its export of gaming content capabilities.We are proud to be part of this digital revolution in providing the best product for global use and enjoyment,” commented Dato’ Sri Wong Ing Soon, Founder of Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd.
Currently operating in Malaysia, GWi is planning to extend its regional footprint across ASEAN and Middle-East countries. In addition to establishing partnerships with the best game manufacturers globally, GWi’ market development strategy will also include a solid licensing and agent programmer, which will see the active participation of numerous parties including payment gateway operators, sales agents, web developers and even telecommunication companies especially through its UMU Wallet platform.
“What the UMU Wallet offers is truly an integrated gaming solution.From the diversity of its unique games to cutting-edge payment mechanism, the platform created ease of use and communication between all parties involved. The innovative convenience sets it apart from other products in the market and we are proud to be working with ARC PLAY Ltd. Co. from Taiwan to bring it to Malaysia,” explained Dato’ Joseph Foo, Director of Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd.
With the UMU Wallet, players are able to reload credits, play games and P2P transfer credits; offering a complete, seamless and safe gaming experience.
The introduction of GWi and UMU Wallet today also included the unveiling of the company’s first mobile game Tembak Ikan. Created in partnership with ARC PLAY Ltd. Co. it is a re imagined point-and-shoot ocean adventure set within several interactive game rooms such as Gold Dragon, Anglerfish, Sarcosuchus and Kraken.
Here are some basic photos from the brand new Jalan Jalan Japan KL located in 1 Shamelin Mall, Cheras. There was some debate which outlet is bigger so I had to go and check it out.
For more detail, check out the video so it is easier to get the idea of the layout.
More photos here: FB Album Jalan Jalan Japan KL – Visit
Size wise, the Subang (One City Sky Park) has a large floor space, more variety per item genre and more quantity for each item genre.
However, JJJKL has the newer stuff or rather more current stuff based on just toy section. The fear of missing out on the unknown might get you thinking you must go both outlets but I think you shouldn’t fear of losing out. How would they decide which stock to send to which outlet? I’m not sure, I just know if one place is sell out more stuff than the other, that’s where I would send the new stock hehe
So I am doing my part to buy more stuff xD So that they might replenish sooner?? haha I hope so.
This outlet is a lot more ogranised than Subang. Must have learnt a lot since it’s opening hehe so it makes shopping pretty swift.
On a down side, I didn’t like the price discrepancy with some of what i bought.
Example: some toys I bought, WERE IN A BOX… it was in a box but it doesn’t mean its unopenend or that it’s in good condition or MINT in box or Brand New in Box.so friends, doesn’t it’s in a box means its MIB! Also if there is the same figure in a plastic bag, then there is another in a box (more expensive), you may want to consider your options & the possiblity
Example: The other example was, I bought an opened figure of Azunyan (in plastic bag) in Subang for RM15 and to get Mio in JJJKL, same series, same size… it was RM30. Please la don’t whack whatever price you want. Other series the figures are same price for the entire figures in the set. Please decide what you with your pricing.
#JJJ #SerbuJJJ #Jargagiler #TheCaptan #Malaysia #CosplayFUNMY #PoPCultureFunMY
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
Cosplay Guest for the event are….
Angie & Bao Bao will also be judging the Cosplay Runway Competition!
#Angie #BaoBao #KLSciFiCon #KLSciFi #KLSciFi2017
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 –
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!!
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
Axiata Arena , Bukit Jalil (formerly Bukit Jalil Indoor Stadium)
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
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
- Hatsune Miku was released on 31 August 2007 and her voice was sampled from Japanese voice actress, Saki Fujita.
- Miku’s name comes from putting together the words: First(Hatsu), Sound(Ne), and Future (Miku).
- 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.
- As her voice can be synthesised, Hatsune Miku sings in multiple languages and has hundreds of thousands of songs available to date!
- 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.
- 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.
- For a “vocaloid-opera” performance called “The End”, famous Louis Vuitton designer, Marc Jacobs has created a dress specifically for Hatsune Miku.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.