At long last, Micah here with the Cafe’s little post-con report of Cosplay Mania 2014!
It was fun, it was tiring, it was huge, we had severe crowd control issues with the booth next to us, and we saw so many awesome cosplayers who even bought their keybies!
Not every day you get to help Pikachu pick out keybies!
I was even able to take a few pictures of cosplayers outside the venue. It baffles me how amazingly crafted some of them were, from hardcore armor to the biggest props I’ve ever seen. Read on for a peek at the ins and outs of the biggest cosplay event of the year!
It always starts with ingress
Ingress is always a doozy. Over 750 keybies need unpacking, arranging, re-arranging–so much arranging. It’s the ultimate memory game, single-player, and it gets more challenging every new keybie release.
The left image is my before shot, although I was 90% done at this point. Though my mom and our helper quickly got all the keybies out onto the stands, making sure each character was next to their keybie-mates was the challenge.
Once we’re done, everything’s tucked in nice and cozy for the next day.
We got so many awesome cosplayers with their keybies, I think it must be a record :O Not surprising, since Cosmania is the biggest cosplay event of the year.
All these lovely cosplayers get 20% off their keybie lookalikes (For those who aren’t familiar, cosplayers who buy their keybie lookalike get 20% off their keybie at every event we go to), and, with their permission, their photos posted on our Facebook album. Feel free to tag yourself or your friends!
This particular cosplayer caught my eye–I have never seen a cuter pout.
I don’t explore outside the venue of any event often, unless I was going to use a bathroom that was only outside the event, but I got to see seriously impressive cosplays–as well as ones that just made me smile. That BaRapunzel, for example.
All these shots were taken from the side since I was just literally passing through instead of actively taking pics, but I wanted to share!
Spotted a Cat
Kudos to my buddy Cat (the caffeinated kitty who wrote Cafe Talk: Know Your Types of Coffee!) for braving the rain, the distance, and the big-ness of MoA to make it to her first cosplay event and help out at the Cafe’s booth! Good thing you weren’t alone, Cat!
Thanks so much to everyone who shared their keybie hauls on Instagram! We check the #keybiecustomers hashtag (and peeked at #keybie) and it’s awesome to see your collections!
We’re currently restocking some designs that sold out, but we’re also bringing in new keybie goodies that we’re really excited about–so stay tuned! > w <)/
Thank you all so much again, see you at our next event!!
Last weekend was a doozy, but in a great way! Even though Typhoon Mario threw a wrench into our ingress plans the day before, we managed pretty well Saturday morning to begin Best of Anime. I was really sleepy though. Just not a morning person D:
Sunday was much busier–I manned the booth by my lonesome while mum went and battled fate for close parking. The struggle was real, but she won! Dad would’ve been proud.
Still, SMX was nice and cold, the area we were in was spacious, and thanks to the screens at the back where the cosplayers can sit and hang out, we got to see some of the performances whenever the crowd thinned enough 😀
Last Saturday, September 6, we were able to join Kawaii in Manila 2 as exhibitors. As you may have read before, this event is the brainchild of Kawaii Philippines–with ice cream, cotton candy, contests, a funky photo booth courtesy of Instax, adorable school girl uniforms and loads of fun activities that made last Saturday a day to remember.
Things were pretty busy at our booth, so I wasn’t able to take as many photos as I would have liked, but I was able to catch a few in between bathroom breaks to share our own Kawaii In Manila experience with!
The biggest, pioneering kawaii event in Manila is happening this Saturday, September 6–and it’s chock-full of fun events and activities for anyone and everyone who appreciates all things cute!
Here we list 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss this event, and 5 reasons why you should come on over and celebrate the kawaii lifestyle with like-minded kawaii lovers through art, music, fashion, workshops, cute goodies and delicious treats!
We’ve got our events lined up for the rest of the year–and this August, we’ll see you all at Otaku Expo Reload 2014, Megatrade Hall at SM Megamall!
Floor plan: Where’s the Keybie Cafe?
Follow the marching red lines from the entrance for dotty-eyed cuteness! We’re at table E3, facing the stage!
Pre-order Your Favorite Characters!
If you’ve experienced the woes of having your favorite keybie character run out before you could buy them, make sure you never miss out again by reserving your orders ahead!
Just indicate the day you intend to pick up your order in our form and we’ll hold your items for you to pick up, easy as pie.
Please note though: We need at least two weeks to process a custom order! We also can’t accommodate every custom order because of time constraints, so orders will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
The ultimate kawaii experience in the Philippines is now bigger and better! Ready your colorful, fully decorated kawaii outfit and your cute sparkling personality as Kawaii in Manila 2, the first kawaii convention in the Philippines, is coming this September 2014!
Kawaii in Manila is a day-long affair dedicated to promoting the interest and appreciation for the kawaii culture through various kawaii-related programs and activities. It’s an event that aims to unite people who share a common interest in Japanese culture, animation, fashion, and everything in between! Let’s all show how wonderful a kawaii world can be! ~(˘▾˘~) More —