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Tokyo Ghoul’s Second Season to Premiere on January 8

It has been confirmed that the second season for Tokyo Ghoul’s anime adaptation series will premiere on January 8, 2015 on Tokyo MX. The first season was aired in Japan from July to September this year with a total of 12 episodes. The manga also concluded in September after its three-year run on Weekly Young Jump magazine. The story revolves around Ken Kaneki, an ordinary college student whose life turns upside down after receiving an organ transplant from a ghoul named Rize Kamishiro. Kaneki becomes a half-human/half-ghoul who must deal with his new life against other ghouls, humans, and ghoul investigators.

Sui Ishida, the creator of Tokyo Ghoul series, published a sequel just a month after the original story ended. Tokyo Ghoul: re began its serialization in October 2014. The series introduces a new set of characters. Another spin-off prequel story entitled Tokyo Ghoul: Jack is currently ongoing. It centers around the story of Kishou Arima, a Special Class Ghoul Investigator known as the CCG’s Reaper. The manga is published digitally by Shueisha in Jump Live magazine.

This year’s 52nd issue of Shueisha’s Young Jump announced the news ©Young Jump

In case you haven’t seen the promotional video yet for the second season, you might want to check this out!

Now who’s excited for the new season of Tokyo Ghoul? 

Source: otakomu.jp

Tokyo Ghoul’s Official Website: marv.jp/special/tokyoghoul

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Two New Otome Games from OKKO and Arithmetic!

Ready to make your hearts flutter? Then try the newest otome games from OKKO and Arithmetic! The English versions of these dating sims were released just this October and are currently available for Android users. (The iPhone version should be out soon!) And what’s even better is that these games are actually for FREE!

Royal Midnight Kiss ~Love with a Prince in Disguise~ (OKKO)

Description:

One day, you are suddenly asked to become the temporary interpreter of a foreign prince visiting Japan.
Between Japan and your prince’s homeland, how far will this love full of troubles lead you ?!

You can get the Android version here. (My invitation code: DfKGzV)

Once Upon a Fairy Love Tale – Fairy Tail Prince (Arithmetic)

Main Story: (Description taken from englishotomegames.net)

“It’s close to the due date of your tasks at the office, and you’re starting to nod off. Suddenly, a white rabbit appears in front of you, takes an important document and runs away with it!

Of course, you run after the rabbit to retreive the document, but as you leave your office, you fall into a deep hole in the ground…

You seem to have woken up…in a castle? You’re regarded as the queen of the fairy tale world, and have been proposed to by seven princes?! In all this confusion, you’re going to have to choose one prince to become your partner and also to become the king of the fairy tale world…”

Download the Android version here. (My invitation code: 3PCHrJ)

(You may check my OTOME GAMES page to see more!)

Otaku Alert: Pave Way for Cosplay Rumble Zone!

Several fans and anime/manga enthusiasts gathered today, August 23, for an event hosted by iCOZPLAY Philippines held at SM Center Las Piñas. The registration for the contest participants began at around 11 am and the program started at 2 o’clock. The entrance fee was only P30, and those who bought gadgets at the said mall from August 1-23 could enter the venue for free as long as they could present a proof of purchase. 

I arrived at the mall at around past two in the afternoon since it was my last-minute decision to attend the event. There was also a heavy downpour before I went out but fortunately, it already stopped while I was on my way to the mall. When I got there, the show was already starting and there was like a runway show of teenage models. There were also raffle draws and those who were lucky enough to be selected from the audience got to take home some collectible items from one of the sponsors, Wakfu. They also gave brand new mobile phones from MyPhone and gift certificates worth P1,500 up to P5,000 from spa and derma clinics. Sounds great, huh? Unfortunately, I guess I really am unlucky when it comes to raffle draws that my name wasn’t called even once. But that was just fine for me. What I really wanted to win was the other lottery presented by Nash Leeho, a designer who also creates cosplay outfits, including some of those which were used during the event. He randomly selected two people from the crowd and the winners were awarded with free cosplay wardrobes worth P3,000 each which will also be personally designed and created by Nash Leeho himself. That was what I was hoping to win, but luck was really not on my side today. *sigh* 

This is the only souvenir I got from today's event. I managed to catch this poster when the MC threw it on our side.

This is the only souvenir I got from today’s event. I managed to catch this poster when the MC threw it on our side.

A big thanks to that mom who gave me this coupon. She was the actual winner from the raffle draw but out of nowhere, she just suddenly gave it to me. Now I have something to give to my mom. Teehee.

A big thanks to that mom who gave me this coupon. She was the actual winner from the raffle draw but out of nowhere, she just suddenly gave it to me. Now I have something to give to my mother. Teehee.

The show started with the Group Category and there were only three participants in the said division. After that, there was a short performance by IEM’s RainDrop which was immediately followed by the continuation of the contest. This time, it was the Chibi category, and that was probably the cutest set of cosplayers that I’ve ever seen so far. There were more than 10 kawaii girls and boys who graced the stage wearing their awesome costumes. They totally nailed it and they were in character throughout the whole competition. The audience particularly cheered for the kid who imitated Gaara, and she was actually my favorite from the group. The way she presented herself was very professional and when she partly transformed as Shukaku (Ichibi or One-Tail), the crowd erupted in cheers and admiration for her perfect portrayal of Gaara. And yes, she is a girl! I was also even surprised when I found out. I instantly became her fan and we took a photo together after her performance. (She was also behind me until the end of the show, and you guys don’t know how much I fangirled because of that. Lol.) Other children represented several characters from various animated films, games, tokusatsu and manga such as Bleach, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), Kamen Rider Den-O, Dragon Ball, Monsters Inc., etc. 

The children line up for a group photo op after their individual presentation on stage

The children line up for a group photo op after their individual presentation on stage

For the Individual Category, there were more than 20 contestants who went on stage to show off their outfits. Others danced while some of them displayed their martial arts/fighting skills just like the characters they were portraying. They also entertained the audience with their antics and funny background music and dance steps. The judges also asked some of the contestants regarding their costumes and the characters they chose to represent. 

While waiting for the results of the competition, IEM’s RainDrop and Star Power Entertainment’s S.P.E. Dolls and Models entertained the audience with their dance performances and runway show. The cosplayers of Lupin III also went on stage to promote the upcoming screening of the anime’s live-action film adaptation in September in local cinemas. And before the event concluded, the hosts finally announced the winners of each categories, starting with the group division. The winners were: 

Group Category:

  • Runner-up: The father and daughter tandem who cosplayed Loki from the Avengers/Thor

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  • Champion: Team LOL (League of Legends) 

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Chibi Category: 

  • Runner-up: Sasha Brown of Shingeki no Kyojin
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    This mini-version of Sasha Brown is ready to crush the Titans!

  • Champion: Ashley, the girl who cosplayed Gaara (Hooray! I knew she would win! Fangirl mode)
Sabaku no Gaara!

Sabaku no Gaara!

Individual Category: 

  • Runner-up: Predator
The Predator wins against the Alien

The Predator wins against the Alien

  • Champion: Christian Umali a.k.a War Machine
War Machine

War Machine

The prizes were as follows: 

Individual Category Champion (P5,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
1st Runner Up – (P2,500.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
Chibi Category Champion (P3,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
1st Runner Up – (P1,500.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
Group Category Champion (P6,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
1st Runner Up – (P2,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)

A special prize was also given to Cosplayer #10. She was granted a scholarship for a three-month modelling lesson sponsored by Star Power Entertainment.

The cosplay event ended at around 6:30 and all the winners from each category were gathered together for a photo op. It was indeed a blast! Kudos to all the sponsors and staff behind the success of this Cosplay Rumble Zone event and congratulations once again to the winners of the competitions. Thumbs up also to all the participants who took part in today’s event. 

iCOZPLAY Philippines will be hosting another event this coming October 18 and 19 at Makati City. Dubbed as Toku Con, there will also be cosplay competitions, toy collectibles gallery, otaku goods and display during the event that will definitely delight the fans! To know more about the event, check this page

A Dream Come True: My Fateful Encounter with the Cast & Director of Rurouni Kenshin

WARNING: This is a long post. Read at your own risk. 😛

The moment that I had been waiting for has finally come. I got up at 5:30 am and traveled all the way from Las Piñas to Makati City where the presscon will be held. It took me two hours to get to Glorietta and when the mall finally opened at 10, I immediately looked for the Activity Center while my friend waited in line to buy a movie ticket to get a pass for the event. I went to the left side of the venue close to the stage and I just watched the dancers rehearsed for the program. The authentic costumes used in the film were also displayed next to the stage together with some posters and photos taken during the filming. However, a few minutes after that, the guards requested the fans to leave the area since they were still in the process of organizing the place. Therefore, I ended up positioning myself at the center, right in front of the stage though it was a bit farther than my first station. I also managed to be friends with the other fans around me (who, by the way, are also members of Rurouni Kenshin Pinas, an RK group on Facebook).

I ended up in this position.

I ended up here.

The costumes and photos were displayed next to the stage.

The costumes and photos were displayed next to the stage.

Let me just rant a bit. The guards who were dispatched in my area were really upsetting. As early as 1:30 pm, we already asked them if we wouldn’t be driven away later when the program starts. AND THEY TOLD US THAT WE WERE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN OUR POSTS FOR THE EVENT. And much to our dismay and annoyance, later that day, at around 3 or 4 o’clock, they started shooing us away. To make my rant short, we ended up arguing with the guards and we really fought for our right to remain in our position. LOL. They were so disorganized and unsystematic. Before 6 o’clock struck, some performers signaled the beginning of the event with a dance performance infused with traditional Japanese martial arts/swordsmanship. The same cosplayers who graced the red carpet yesterday at Megamall also went on stage. The host of the show, Ms. Sam Oh, stirred the crowd as the screen showed the arrival of Takeru Satoh, Aoki Munetaka and director Keishi Otomo. An estimate of 6,000 fans roared in excitement as Sam Oh called the guests one by one to come up on stage. And believe me, Takeru Satoh looks much more handsome in person than on TV. I couldn’t actually take a clear shot of them since my friends were so agitated they kept on bumping me. (Hence the blurry pictures). They first greeted the crowd before the press started asking questions about the movie and the stars.

Keishi Otomo, Takeru Satoh and Aoki Munetaka answer the questions from the press

Keishi Otomo, Takeru Satoh and Aoki Munetaka answer the questions from the press

Aoki was just like Sanosuke in real life. He was so exuberant and his antics made him the crowd’s favorite. Both he and Takeru displayed their knowledge of a few Tagalog words such as “Magandang gabi”, “Maraming salamat” and our all-time favorite expression, “Mahal ko kayo”. I also give Aoki-san an A+ for his efforts to answer all the questions in English. He pumped his fists in the air as he encouraged the fans to chant “Sano! Sano!”. Takeru, on the other hand, stood afterwards and sent a flying kiss to the crowd, making us squeal in delight.

When asked whether they sustained some injuries during the filming, Aoki, who played the character of Kenshin’s best friend, Sanosuke, said that he lost a tooth. “But I don’t mind, because I’m Sanosuke!“, he added to reassure the fans. Takeru, however, said that he suffered from several injuries that he cannot point out one in particular. He was also asked if he knows someone who is similar to Himura Kenshin in real life, and he said he doesn’t know one. And Aoki, being the animated guy he was, raised his hand and answered, “I know, I know!” and pointed to Takeru, “…him”. Another person from the press asked the trio about their opinion if the Hollywood decides to do an American remake of Rurouni Kenshin, and obviously, we rebuffed in unison. Takeru exclaimed that his response is probably similar to that of the fans’, while director Otomo dared and challenged the Hollywood to take their chance. Aoki also surprised the fans when he described himself as “ASTIG”, which he learned from his Filipino friend. I would say that Aoki totally hyped and owned the stage that night.

Five lucky fans were also given the chance to be with them on stage as the three presented them the signed RK posters while shaking hands with the winners. Aoki also gave a hug to each of them, which made the other fans (including me) sigh in envy. Aww. :3 Afterwards, they gave their final message and expressed their deep gratitude to the Filipinos for the warm reception. Takeru hopes that “this will pave way for other Japanese films to be shown in the Philippines” and Aoki also asked the fans to watch and enjoy the sequel, because who knows, they might return to the country if Kyoto Inferno will become a box-office hit here. (And I’m really crossing my fingers for that to happen.)

"Thank you very much. It's my first time to come to the Philippines. I'm glad I came. I'm now in love with the Philippines." -Takeru Satoh

“Thank you very much. It’s my first time to come to the Philippines. I’m glad I came. I’m now in love with the Philippines.” -Takeru Satoh

The press conference lasted for about an hour, but the experience I had during this event will last forever. I didn’t expect that this day would happen when I could already see and hear Takeru Satoh LIVE. He is one of my favorite Japanese artists, and Aoki Munetaka has now been included in my bias list. It’s too unfortunate that I couldn’t catch a glimpse of Takei Emi’s beauty, but other fans around me confirmed how simple yet elegant she was during the red carpet event. Until now, I still have some regrets since I couldn’t make it last August 6, especially when many fan accounts testify that the Wednesday event was way better than the presscon (in terms of interaction with the artists). Many people got their autographs and others even shook hands with Emi, Takeru, Aoki and director-san. I thought I wouldn’t be able to see them in Megamall because I didn’t win any tickets/invites from Warner Bros PH and SM Cinema. (I guess I’m not just really lucky when it comes to raffle draw and promos) *weeps miserably* So I ended up filing a leave of absence from my company on Thursday. Turns out that the red carpet premiere was more fun than the presscon. Fans around me even dubbed Glorietta as “Ayala Inferno”, due to the guards’ exaggerated stringency and disorganized system.

Nevertheless, this experience is totally unforgettable. Until now, I’m still reminiscing every detail of the event. I hope that the four of them will return to Manila soon. And can I just ask for more? Can they bring the other artists with them? Like Tatsuya Fujiwara (Makoto Shishio), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Seta Soujiro) and many more? 😀 Rurouni-Kenshin-Kyoto-Fire-poster

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno will be shown in the Philippines on August 20, and the third film will be screened on the 24th of September. Let’s all watch these movies and make them a blockbuster hit! 頑張ってください!

Cast and Director Attend the Asian Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin in the Philippines

Fans of the popular anime/manga of the 90s called Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X) were delighted upon the news of the sequel of the live-action film adaptation of the said anime. The first movie was released in 2012 and it garnered rave reviews from both critics and fans. Much to the delight of everyone, a two-part sequel was confirmed to take place. The second movie, named “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” was released in Japan on August 1, 2014, while the third part will be shown on September 13 and is entitled “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends”.

The Asian premiere of Kyoto Inferno was held in the Philippines on August 6, Wednesday at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. The red carpet event began at around 6 pm. The Filipino cosplayers first walked the runway as thousands of fans cheered loudly when the stars of the film showed up at the venue. Takeru Satoh, Aoki Munetaka and Emi Takei who reprised their roles as Himura Kenshin, Sagara Sanosuke and Kamiya Kaoru respectively, walked the red carpet with their director, Keishi Otomo. Unexpectedly, the guests took their time to sign autographs for the fans who gathered to see their favorite stars. They greeted the crowd in Tagalog as they were welcomed with a loud cheer and applause from the audience. They also answered a few questions on stage before the advanced screening started.

From left: Director Keishi Otomo, Takeru Satoh, Takei Emi and Aoki Munetaka at the Red Carpet Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Credit to Warner Bros Pictures PH)

The following day, the four of them were also appointed as “Cultural Friendship Ambassadors” to the Philippines wherein they were presented with the jeepney decorated with a Rurouni Kenshin art. Afterwards, they headed to a press conference event held in Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. Takei Emi, however, couldn’t make it to the event since she had to leave the country in the afternoon due to other schedules.

The stars and director of Rurouni Kenshin posed with the RK-themed jeepney on Thursday, Aug.7 at Makati City. (Credit to Warner Bros Pictures PH)

The stars and director of Rurouni Kenshin posed with the RK-themed jeepney on Thursday, Aug.7 at Makati City. (Credit to Warner Bros Pictures PH)

To read my personal account of the press conference event, click here.