Anime Festival Asia 2009

Japanese Cosplayer Kaname Speaks Out on Regional Cosplay Championship 2009

Renowned Japanese cosplayer Kaname, one of the judges at the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championship 2009, candidly shares his thoughts on the event. Apparently, his favorite costumes and performance came from Filipina cosplayers Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao.

The sisters’ interpretation of a fight scene from the anime Witchblade impressed Kaname so much that he gave them perfect scores across the board. In fact, their portrayal led him to discover the anime itself.

Now Kaname, an international anime market influencer, is suddenly a Witchblade fan — all thanks to Alodia and Ashley. Witness the power of cosplay as media consumer evangelism.

Alodia Cosplays Danny Choo’s Blog Mascot

Alodia Gosiengfiao cosplays Mirai Suenaga.

Alodia Gosiengfiao cosplays Mirai Suenaga.

Top otaku blogger Danny Choo signed autographs at the international launch of Otacool: Worldwide Otaku Rooms during the recently concluded Anime Festival Asia 2009. Also signing autographs was renowned Filipina cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao, who was dressed up as Danny’s blog mascot Mirai Suenaga.

A blogger-cosplayer cosplaying the mascot of another blogger-cosplayer’s blog. How meta.

(Photo via Kusakabe Misao.)