Since the world is still in the middle of a pandemic, and face-to-face conventions are not quite possible at this moment, anime enthusiasts everywhere are more than ever eager to go to an anime convention to mingle. Cosplay.ph gave Filipino fans just that, with their second virtual convention, FanFes Online 2021.
Held last May 29-May 30, 2021, FanFes Online 2021 is a two-day virtual gathering for anime fans in the Philippines. Even the threat of the not-so-ideal internet connection did not daunt fans in attending this virtual session.
The event started with a Freedom Hall on Discord, where anime fans recounted their various convention experiences and interacted with each other in lieu of having face-to-face interactions. Enthusiasts were allowed to let loose and let their freak flags fly. The hosts also joined the fray by mentioning interesting stuff that they picked up when there were still physical conventions, such as the “hole in the restroom wall in MOA” incident.
Of course, no self-respecting convention would be complete without fun and games, and of course, FanFes delivered on that front. Shadow Play, a game where contestants guess the characters based on their silhouette, returns with a twist. Before contestants get to guess, though, they’re expected to answer a number-related anime question.
Online Boys’ Love (BL) manga subscription service futekiya Editor-in-Chief Emma Hanashiro briefly introduced the service to the audience. She also gave a few manga recommendations to those who are looking to dip their toes into the world of BL.
You can watch the futekiya Sponsor Segment below:
On the music-related side of things, cosplayer Tsukino Aoi showed her new music video cover, “Mune no Kodou,” and recounted her quarantine experience. It had been quite a trying experience for her, from losing her job to heartbreak, but she mentioned that she became closer to her family looking at the bright side.
An anime convention isn’t quite an anime convention if there’s no cosplay involved. But with the pandemic, cosplayers aren’t quite able to strut their stuff on a big runway. FanFes offered Cosplay Remote Runway, an alternative where cosplayers could show off their gear while in the comfort of their homes. As part of getting to know these cosplayers better, the guest judges had to ask the cosplayers questions to test their passion for their craft and anime. One of the questions even involved analyzing multiple characters from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, with the question “What do you think is the core value of the Jojo Family?”
Make way for the Canada-based retired mahou shoujo (magical girl) Filipino-English VTtuber, Lyrica! Her Q&A session might be brief, but that didn’t stop her chaotic vibes. On her reason for becoming a VTuber, she mentioned that just like everyone, she fell into the Hololive and Nijisanji VTuber hell. During this section, she was very insistent that she was still seiso (pure).
Speaking of magical girls, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha largely inspired her appearance and name. When asked what the best thing about being a VTuber was, she mischievously answered that she could scratch her butt while streaming. On a more serious note, she said that she’s freer to be herself while streaming as a VTuber and that her most memorable experience was raising Php 100,000 with her fans as a donation for the victims of Typhoon Gomi. She gave several pieces of advice to aspiring VTubers that tackled self-care, consistency in streaming, and not needing an extravagant model to get started on one’s VTuber career. She ended her segment with a panicked question of how to end her segment.
Day 2 of FanFes Online 2021 started with Anime Mob Mentality, a game heavily derived from Family Feud. A survey was sent out to a random mob, and contestants had to guess as many as possible while trying to answer the highest percentage from the mob. Of course, the results were chaotic, given the fun-loving nature of the mob, and lots of laughter was had when the poll ended with trollish results.
Online manga subscription service Manga Planet’s Gladys Angala introduced the service to the audience and revealed that the service would also be releasing the inter-galactic basketball manga BUZZER BEATER, a work of Takehiko Inoue of Slam Dunk and Vagabond fame. Fans of Inoue-sensei have an interview to look forward to, which will be posted on the Manga Planet Blog soon.
You can watch the Manga Planet Sponsor Segment below:
Music fans also witnessed a dance performance from the dance group Night Shifters and of course, since the convention is held in the Philippines, karaoke is involved. Participants in Cosplay Karaoke Online got to belt out their favorite tunes while decked in their favorite characters’ kits.
Multilingual Vtuber Kaheru made a brief appearance answering questions such as why she found living in trash cans appealing. As self-proclaimed garbage, she claimed that’s where she belonged, and even her attire was based on a garbage bag. Her uniqueness as a VTuber comes from the fact that she has a wide repertoire of voices that she can act with and that she finds it interesting when people can’t tell that it was her voicing certain characters in her video. She said that she could never forget her 16-hour stream when she reached 100,000 subscribers on the topic of good memories.
At the end of the event, Cph’s cover music video of “Hero too” from My Hero Academia was played, a lovely tribute to all frontliners during the pandemic.
All in all, FanFes Online 2021 was a brief but fun romp for anime fans in the Philippines. Here’s to hoping for more fun events with additional content from Cosplay.ph in the future.
If you missed the event, you can watch the FanFes Online 2021 Highlight Reel below!
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