Cosplay Mania: Cosplayers, Voice Actors, and more, OH MY!Cosplay Mania, one of the biggest and most popular cosplay conventions in the Philippines, celebrated its tenth anniversary from September 28 to 29, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center. We had the pleasure of visiting for the first time this year! Organizers Cosplay.ph prepared a jam-packed schedule that included idol performances, voice actor meet and greets, anisong DJ sets, concerts, cosplay competitions and much more. Cosplay.ph also invited J-Pop artists AiRI, Megumi Nakajima, fhána, stage actors Hiroki Ino and Kousuke Asuma, and voice actors Chiharu Sawashiro and Shunsuke Takeuchi as guests, much to the delight of fans. Filled with fan-driven passion and industry muscle, talented artists and official vendors like Good Smile Company, Banpresto, and Gunpla lined the exhibition hall. Although a cosplay-centric event, Cosplay Mania encompasses the visual, aural, physical, and mental experience of being a fan and consumer of Japanese popular culture. In one day, an attendee could watch a Yoshinoya gyudon eating contest, jam out with anisong DJ SunaP and DJ29MEAT, and swoon to Chiharu Sawashiro and Shunsuke Takeuchi’s dulcite tones. All that wouldn’t include the other festivities happening throughout the venue.
According to staff, newcomers and returnees alike should plan ahead of time since there is so much going on at any given moment.
Attendees warm up for an exciting day at Cosplay Mania with a special edition of radio taiso exercises.