Mention cosplay a few years ago and you either get blank stares or people giving the look of disapproval. But mention cosplay today and you will get a more approval response. And it is definitely not surprising to have the Anime, Comics & Gaming Club (ACG) from Dunman High Senior High (DHSH) organizing a cosplay event that hopes to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Foundation.
Called the Japanese Arts Fiesta and held at *SCAPE on a Saturday afternoon, POPCulture Online was down to check out the event plus all the action from the stage area.
To start things off was the band performance which included familiar faces from other events such as Resonance who also closed the segment. Many popular songs were sung like "Don't Say Lazy" from the K-On series, SCANDAL's Shunkan Sentimental and God Knows by Hirano Aya from the Haruhi anime series.
Next up was the cosplay competition with the top prize of a digital camera at stake. From popular anime series like Bleach and Katekyō Hitman Reborn! to familiar game series like Super Mario, it was nice to a mix of cosplay charaters taking part.
And no japanese sub-culture/cosplay related event (or it seems to be these days) would be complete without a karaoke competition. And you could tell the audience really loved the performance as popular songs such as The Brilliant Green's Ash Like Snow from the Gundam 00 series and Shoko Nakagawa's Sorairo Days from the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann series.