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Cosfest X.2 @ Downtown East

In a chance phone call to an old friend, Takahan two weeks ago, I found out Cosfest X.2 was being held last weekend on 25 and 26 Feb.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Cosfest and there were many special programs lined up, including appearances by overseas cosplayers, well-known to the cosplay community.  Kudos to Stephanie and Takahan from the Singapore Cosplay Club for a job well done and growing Cosfest bigger and better each year over the last ten years.

Cosfest X.2 at Downtown East
Cosfest X.2 at Downtown East

It has been a while since I last attended any cosplay event. Cosfest was my induction into the world of cosplay. I have blogged about Cosfest in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but missed the event for the last two years.

With a new Canon 60D and a Nikon 1 J1, I was eager to test my gears. Hence on Sunday (26 Feb), I set off to Downtown East to attend the event.

The world of manga and anime has moved on a fair bit, following my two years hiatus. Nowadays, I can only recognise less than 10 percent of the characters being cosplayed. Please pardon my random captioning below as I do not know most of the characters:

Downtown East
Downtown East
Your hair must be shocking electric colour to play the violin well
Your hair must be shocking electric colour to play the violin well
Fairies and elves?
Fairies and elves?
Snap snap snap
Snap snap snap
Some fighting characters
Some fighting characters
Black spiderman
Black spiderman
Japanese schoolgirls with pink hair and pink uniform
Japanese schoolgirls with pink hair and pink uniform
Real-life Internet Troll!
Real-life Internet Troll!
Da Qiao and Xiao Qiao from Dynasty Warriors
Da Qiao and Xiao Qiao from Dynasty Warriors
Set of schooling characters
Set of schooling characters
Deejay characters
Deejay characters
Yellow and red characters
Yellow and red characters
A lot of work went into making this costume
A lot of work went into making this costume
Young man with cannon
Young man with cannon
Guan Yu from Three Kingdoms
Guan Yu from Three Kingdoms
I like it when I spot cosplayer taking photo of cosplayer
I like it when I spot cosplayer taking photo of cosplayer
Another picture of cosplayer taking a photo of cosplayer
Another picture of cosplayer taking a photo of cosplayer
L from Deathnote
L from Deathnote
Umbrella and fan cosplayers
Umbrella and fan cosplayers
Japanese school girls cosplay
Japanese school girls cosplay
Lady with long sword
Lady with long sword
This group I know. They are from Naruto!
This group I know. They are from Naruto!
Kawaii xiao mei mei cosplayers
Kawaii xiao mei mei cosplayers
A group with colourful wigs
A group with colourful wigs
The wig needs brushing
The wig needs brushing
Sleeping cosplayer
Sleeping cosplayer
"I believe I can fy...."
"I believe I can fy...."
Photographers were as many as cosplayers
Photographers were as many as cosplayers
Some femme fatale character
Some femme fatale character
Soldiers ambushing an old man
Soldiers ambushing an old man
Soldiers and SWAT team ambushing a suspicious hooded boy
Soldiers and SWAT team ambushing a suspicious hooded boy
Chest baring cosplay characters
Chest baring cosplay characters
These three are some radio deejay or music related characters?
These three are some radio deejay or music related characters?
Mozilla Firefox! Simply brilliant
Mozilla Firefox! Simply brilliant
Some space generals I presume
Some space generals I presume
Got fire and little chicks on the head one
Got fire and little chicks on the head one
White ghost lady with cross
White ghost lady with cross
Photographers everywhere
Photographers everywhere
Graffiti wall
Graffiti wall
This group is from One Piece
This group is from One Piece
More characters from One Piece
More characters from One Piece
Three demure ladies
Three demure ladies
Ayumi Hamasaki pop idol cosplay? Not too sure what these two are...
Ayumi Hamasaki pop idol cosplay? Not too sure what these two are...
Lots of people taking photo and watching the stage performances
Lots of people taking photo and watching the stage performances
Some artwork on exhibit
Some artwork on exhibitSome artwork on exhibit
Booth selling cosplay items
Booth selling cosplay items
Singing performance on stage
Singing performance on stage
Gundam spotted
Gundam spotted
Fan art booths
Fan art booths
Posing for the camera
Posing for the cameras
Digimon
Digimon
Some female warrior characters
Some female warrior characters
Violin playing character
Violin playing character
Angel and demon characters?
Angel and demon characters?
Nice colourful wigs
Nice colourful wigs
Cosplaying as babies?
Cosplaying as babies?
Girl with large guns
Girl with large guns
Group in Japanese robes
Group in Japanese robes
Painters cosplay?
Painters cosplay?
Two characters with funny ears
Two characters with funny ears
Their wigs and costume look really heavy
Their wigs and costume look really heavy
Characters from the Final Fantasy RPG game
Characters from the Final Fantasy RPG game
A larger group of Final Fantasy characters
A larger group of Final Fantasy characters
Cosplay photography is serious business
Cosplay photography is serious business
"I have an idea"
"I have an idea"

If you are interested to attend, whether as a spectator, a photographer or even as a cosplayer, there will still be another Cosfest in the later half of the year. Check out the official Singapore Cosplay Club website and forum for updates on other cosplay events happening in Singapore throughout the year. 🙂

Cosfest 2009 (VIII) – A Very Happy Event

A large group of cosplay friends
A large group of cosplay friends

Cosfest VIII took place over two days during the weekend of 11 and 12 July at Downtown East, Pasir Ris. Organised by the Singapore Cosplay Club, it is already 8 years in the running. For a background on the previous years events, you can read my entries on Cosfest 2007 and Cosfest 2008.

This year, I went with my friend, Kaili who has never been to Cosfest before. She enjoyed herself and was impressed by the efforts the cosplayers put into making the costumes.

While Kaili sat by the stage watching the cosplay competition, I wandered around constantly to take pictures of as many cosplayers as I can. As years go by, I find myself increasingly unable to keep up with the anime, manga or game characters cosplayed. Hence please pardon me if I name some of the characters below wrongly. 🙂

DMarque at Downtown East
D'Marque at Downtown East
Some urban street fighters
Some urban street fighters
Multiple sword playing
Multiple sword playing
Fanciful guitar playing cosplayer
Fanciful guitar playing cosplayer
Cute mini cosplayer
Cute mini cosplayer
Jumping up and down - getting excited as many people wanted to take photo with him
Getting excited as many people wanted to take photo with him
A character from Bleach
A character from Bleach
Familiar looking... but I cant place where I saw this character before
Familiar looking... but I can't place where I saw this character before
Girl in black is Misa in Deathnote, not sure about the other girl
Girl in black is Misa in Deathnote, not sure about the other girl
Stormtrooper with cutesy badges
Stormtrooper with cutesy badges
Lipstick mark on his left cheek
Lipstick mark on his left cheek
The Friend character in one of my favourite manga, 20th Century Boy
The "Friend" character in one of my favourite manga, 20th Century Boy
Another picture - it must be very hot under that mask
Another picture - it must be very hot under that mask
The bad guy in Texas Chainsaw massacre
The bad guy in Texas Chainsaw massacre or is he Jason from Friday the 13th?
Unknown character with weird weapon
Unknown character with weird weapon
The rabbit in Digimon
The rabbit in Digimon
Unknown character who looks like a cross between L in Deathnote and Naruto
Unknown character who looks like a cross between L in Deathnote and Naruto
Cute little girl with over-sized sailor uniform
Cute little girl with over-sized sailor uniform
Eye-patch girl
Eye-patch girl
L and Misa from Deathnote
L and Misa from Deathnote
Couple cosplayers
Couple cosplayers
Unknown characters, probably from a dark manga or anime
Unknown characters, probably from a dark manga or anime
Girl who likes eating celery
Girl who likes eating celery
I am 101% sure this cosplayer is a guy
I am 101% sure this cosplayer is a guy
I am 102% sure the cosplayer on the floor is a guy
I am 102% sure the cosplayer on the floor is a guy
Posing by the shutter
Posing by the shutter
Familiar looking character - especially the teddy bear, but again cant pinpoint
Familiar looking character - especially the teddy bear, but again can't pinpoint
It helps to be pretty - this girl in a simple sailor uniform was attracting hounds of photographers
It helps to be pretty - this girl in a simple sailor uniform was attracting hounds of photographers
It helps to look cuddly like a marshmallow too
It helps to look cuddly like a marshmallow too
Judging by the heavy neon colours, these characters should be from the manga, Jojo
Judging by the strong colours, these characters should be from the manga, Jojo
Naruto and Bleach
Naruto and Bleach
Some knights I suppose
Some knights I suppose
TV head
TV head
Nice hair
Nice hair
Scary nurses whom I thought look really cool
Scary nurses whom I thought look really cool
Heavily armoured character
Heavily armoured character
He has a girlfriend in cheong-sum
He has a girlfriend in cheong-sum
Easy cosplay with just wigs and fake ears
Easy cosplay with just wigs and fake ears
Another character from Bleach?
Another character from Bleach?
Naruto and his friend
Naruto and his friend
Characters from the manga, Detroit Metal City
Characters from the manga, Detroit Metal City
Cosplay couple
Cosplay couple
Presume these are not cosplayers, but gothic lolita fans
Presume these are not cosplayers, but gothic lolita fans
Fooling around with their fake guns
Fooling around with their fake guns
Trio of unknown characters with colourful hair
Trio of unknown characters with colourful hair
The doll collectors were there too
The doll collectors were there too
NEA cosplay representative, tasked to eliminate dengue mosquitoes
NEA cosplay representative, tasked to eliminate dengue mosquitoes
A character from Naruto doing a Master Wong Fei Hong pose
A character from Naruto doing a Master Wong Fei Hong pose
Digimon is ready to fight him
Digimon is ready to fight him
Resting cosplayers
Resting cosplayers
Fully asleep now
Fully asleep now
Gundam having his wings fixed
Gundam having his wings fixed
Always the centre of attraction
Always the centre of attraction
Posing with his two girlfriends
Posing with his two girlfriends
Relaxed cosplayer
Relaxed cosplayer
Multiple weapon display
Multiple weapon display
Another kid cosplayer and a beheaded Gundam
Another kid cosplayer and a beheaded Gundam
Furry costume
Furry costume
A guy who likes mushroom
A guy who likes mushroom
The shooters getting shot by the camera
The shooters getting shot by the camera
Photographers everywhere
Photographers everywhere
Unknown characters - not sure if they are cosplayers
Unknown characters - not sure if they are cosplayers
Young cosplay couple
Young cosplay couple
Gun wielding female cosplay character
Gun wielding female cosplay character
One of the many booths selling fan arts and other anime/manga inspired products
One of the many booths selling fan arts and other anime/manga inspired products
Graffiti wall which is put up at every Cosfest
Graffiti wall which is put up at every Cosfest
Booths selling costumes
Booths selling costumes
Toy guns
Toy guns
Hey look! Mediacorp star, Dawn Yeoh is on stage, cosplaying as Eva in Evangelion!
Hey look! Mediacorp star, Dawn Yeoh is on stage, cosplaying as Eva in Evangelion!
Digimon is all flustered and shy when seeing the cutesy Dawn Yeoh
Digimon is all flustered and shy when seeing the cutesy Dawn Yeoh
Dawn Yeoh giving out the prize for a Japanese songs singing competition
Dawn Yeoh giving out the prize for a Japanese songs singing competition
A cosplay group participating in the cosplay competition on stage
A cosplay group participating in the cosplay competition on stage
Another group, as characters in the game, Dynasty Warrior
Another group, as characters in the game, Dynasty Warrior
Gothic trio
Four person group
I know these two ladies, Raydance and Ivory Fox, cosplaying as characters in the manga, Air Gear
I know these two ladies, Raydance and Ivory Fox, cosplaying as characters in the manga, Air Gear
A kawaii group
A kawaii group
Masked couple
Masked couple
My friend, Shiyun and her partner
My friend, Shiyun and her partner
All the groups contesting in the group category
All the groups contesting in the group category
Packed audience
Packed audience
Group performing a skit
Group performing a skit
Another skit where a character had her cloth tore off
Another skit where a character had her cloth tore off
The individual category winner who won a trip for two to Japan
The individual category winner who won a trip for two to Japan
Leading the crowd to a dance inspired by the tune of YMCA
Leading the crowd to a dance inspired by the tune of YMCA
Another winner
Another winner
Group waiting anxiously for the results of the winning pair who will represent Singapore in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan
Group waiting anxiously for the results of the winning pair who will represent Singapore in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan
The eventual winners, the kawaii pair
The eventual winners, the kawaii pair
Mario leading the finale dance
Mario leading the finale dance
Everyone dancing
Everyone dancing
Finale where the the cosplayers present are invited on stage for a group shot
Finale where the the cosplayers present are invited on stage for a group shot

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