Held over the 18th & 19th March weekend, J-Obession returns again this year at The Cathay with a full line up of popular Japanese culture showcase. From local bands playing favorite Japanese songs from famous bands and popular anime to an even bigger cosplay competition turn out compared to last year, POPCulture Online was down to check out all these sights and sounds.
Even on a Friday evening where the expected crowd was not as much compared to Saturday, the bands performing did not disappoint with tunes such as Sorairo Days by Nakagawa Shouko from the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann series.
Saturday was a full day of activities starting early in the afternoon with the Subarashi Cosplay Competition starting things off. Cosplayers both veterans and newcomers took turns to wow the audiences and impress the judges on stage for a top prize of a Sony 3D Bravia LCD TV.
Not forgetting the bands line up with a total of 8 performances to trill the audience with songs like the PLANiTb Acoustica Mix version of Utada Hikaru's Beautiful World from the recent Evangelion movie series and also 4th Avenue Cafe by L'Arc en Ciel.
And on a special note, one band even had its lead singer and keyboardist cosplay while performing on stage which really added value to the idea of popular Japanese culture. I definitely enjoyed myself at this year's J-Obession and look forward to next year's one.