Comic Fiesta 2008 Day 1

“So how was CF this year?”… is a question I probably will be asked a lot for the next few days.

Okay just came back from Day 1. Notes:

  • Hall’s awesome, but the lighting fucking sucks for photography. Bloody hell. Not to mention I was using a compact so it was literally HELL to get good, nicely exposed shots.
  • Odin’s Sphere group was awesome for the effort.
  • Alfred, the hamsap MC was back. Man, I thought he retired last year. Anyways, always good to have him back. He’s a real joker and crowd-entertainer.
  • Cosplayers this year are much more varied, though considering this is Day 1, I shouldn’t say that out first. I almost nearly never saw a Naruto cosplay this year! Kinda broke it because my friend stumbled in to his friend who was doing Naruto.
  • Doujin booth layouts are starting to look like Comiket….
  • Met good ol’ Darkshaunz again. A reader of mine from Penang also came down today too.
  • I actually had more fun in CF today than the whole of AFA 2008. Yes, it’s probably because of homeground advantage + Alfred’s hillarious antics.
  • Some things never change though. Like Malaysian time and Mr. Technical Problem. Guess it’ll always be a staple of Comic Fiesta, haha.
  • Group cosplay competition this year was sad. Really sad. Didn’t feel like any of the the four groups joining had put in any effort behind their… ‘skits’. Well, the sound system also wrecked whatever recordings they used so it was like kinda double whammy for them too. Let’s just hope the solo competition will see better participants.

Pictures after the jump. This are the few choice shots I chose out of the ones I took today.

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I hereby christen this image “Beauties and the Beast.” The Nemesis was really good.

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Of course I took a two shot of the beauties too. They were really one of the cuter ones there today.

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The Odin’s Sphere group. Can’t say I can give them a full “A” for likeness, but it’s definitely “A++” sheer effort.

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Yeah, that’s Kon. In a frilly dress. Too awesome to ignore it.

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Yes I know I probably have to shop the red eye out. That’s one of the cosplayer judges.

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This is actually the Gwendolyn from the Odin’s Sphere group. This shot turned out like this because I set the wrong white balance. I do like the end result though. Of course there’s a proper photo of her too, but I’m lazy to post it up now.

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Sheryl and Ranka. Yes I owe you this photo, Miss Sheryl.

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Not Marisa, in case you were thinking of that. Some original character cosplay. Maybe she just wanted to celebrate a late Halloween, LOLOLOLOL.

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Cute cosplayer, fail photo. If she shows up tomorrow, I’m taking a better picture.

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Chii and Freya double team cosplay. Both of them were a bit too tall to “feel” as Chii/Freya, but not bad nonetheless.

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Last but not least…

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Ah, almost forgot. DANNY CHOO WAS AT COMIC FIESTA 2008!!!!

Well, looking forward to Day 2 which will be in…. 4 hours. Oh god I need sleep.


  1. Diablo III Said,

    December 21, 2008 @ 5:47 am

    1st day was full of cosplay alreadys saw 4 byakuya and wow the galaxy singer
    most people dont belive that Danny Choo was coming since he dint mention on his blog early at and dint notice Hiiragi kagami figma on his pocket
    hey kurogane, do you offen visit his website?

  2. Logeres Said,

    December 21, 2008 @ 7:18 am

    Trying to trick us, Kurogane? :P
    As Danny stated in his new blog entry, the young man in the picture isn’t him, but an apparent member of the (to date) nonexistent fanclub of Danny Choo. Kind of a letdown, though – it would’ve been awesome if Danny had visited the Comic Fiesta.^^

  3. Darkshaunz Said,

    December 21, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

    By the way Kuro, out of the 10 pushups I did on the stage,

    5 were dedicated to Kurogane’s Anime Blog.

    Always good to meet an old friend.

    Keep in touch,

  4. Lehq Said,

    December 21, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

    That wasn’t him. He’ still in Japan after all, and yeah, it was actually someone “cosplaying” as him. Heck, if it’s really him, he’ll bring his trooper suit.

  5. Rae Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    “Cute cosplayer, fail photo. If she shows up tomorrow, I’m taking a better picture.”
    =P im not going on the 2nd day.. hehe in penang. and ahh… bad piccy.. oh well x_x zzz

  6. Setsukyie Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 12:47 am

    Woah, there are some pretty good cosplayers there..
    Especially the Danny Choo one, LOL xD

    Too bad I’m stuck on the other side of Malaysia..>_

  7. Eien Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 1:42 am

    lol damn, do post your collection of shots later.

    Gwendolyn is HAWT.

  8. eksuterru-kun Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 2:00 am

    hehe i wonder if u were tricking us or you really thought it was danny choo.
    yea i actually thought it was him initially. that’s some good human cosplay alright.

    there was a lot of cosplay talents and it was a great experience CF ’08.

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 2:59 am

    @Diablo III: No, I’m not a regular reader there. Occasional links yes.

    @Darkshaunz: Damn I’m touched now. *sniff* *sniff*.

    @Rae: Still loved the outfit though. Still don’t know which series it’s from lol.

  10. plueonigiri Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 3:41 am

    hi! thanks for taking photos of me and my cousin :D i absolutely love the pic that you showed to yuhi – the one that you took of us again on the second day (both of us, back to back). i would really appreciate it if i could get the photos you took of us.

    thank you so much!

  11. Panther Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

    Gwen, Chii and Freya were all cute to me. Nice effort on the Odin Sphere cosplay too, two events now back-to-back with Odin Sphere cosplayers in them (EoY here being the first).

  12. Tommy Said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    Someone is so obsess to even dress lke Danny Choo.

  13. phossil Said,

    December 23, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

    Really cool pictures and coverage…
    As for the guy cosplaying Danny… He really looks like him so I guess he would be a good imitator.. haha..

  14. Kazeki Said,

    December 23, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

    Hey I was the Mercedes cosplayer from the Odin Sphere group =)
    Thanks for taking the group photo of us!

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  16. FieryAeon Said,

    December 24, 2008 @ 11:00 am

    Honestly, 2008 being my first year attending CF means that I can’t really comment on whether it is better or not. Still I was rather impressed overall though I can see a lot of improvements needed.

    On the lighting issues, ask any photographer and they would agree. I was at the press area trying to take pictures. Honestly, the stage? No good. Too elevated. Made it difficult to get eye level shots, and I had my friend complaining that shots from lower angles made her look fat. The large subwoofers on the stage didn’t help, effectively blocking off many angles and since we weren’t allowed to block the judges, we had to take separate shots and share them among ourselves later.

    Booths, no good either. Everyone from the doujin booths were complaining that the sponsors’ booth were in the way and they couldn’t see anything. Large projector screens should have been setup to counter this issue, but there wasn’t any.

    That’s most of it in a (large) nutshell.

  17. Rae Said,

    December 25, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

    Kuro >Hehe thanks ^_^. my cosplay was Rabi~En~Rose, from Di gi Charat *Without the dice on my head*

  18. karlijn Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    ooh nice <33

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