May 20, 2015

Anime in Taiwan

We don’t often think about Taiwan when we talk Otaku lingo. With Japan as the Mecca of Anime , every other land is outshone and not quite that prioritised for merchandise scooping. I went to Taiwan last June for a personal trip and was pleasantly reminded of Animanga’s prevalence and acceptance in Taiwan. Don’t mind my embarrassingly late revelations, it was after all, only my second trip in Taipei.




May 16, 2015

How to make a Bow & Arrow

Would you believe it if I told you I made this bow out of plastic and for less than SGD$10? I’ve been crafting and hoarding for long enough to own most of the materials used and that cut my spending down massively. But even if you were to purchase everything from scratch, I doubt this project would blow your budget either =)


Here is a short tutorial to share with you how to make a wooden bow for cheap!


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To see more photographs of my Mononoke Hime photo-shoot, click here.


May 11, 2015

Gundam Dock @ Takashimaya Singapore

All Gundam fans in Singapore and Southeast Asia rejoice! Japan’s most iconic Mecha series is coming to Singapore!


Event Name: Gundam Docks at Singapore
Venue: Takashimaya Square, B2 and Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Date: 4th Jun - 28th Jun 2015 (10am - 930pm daily)
Admission: free




“ Bandai Namco Asia, one of the leading toy maker and arcade, mobile and home video game publishers in Japan, and Takashimaya Department Store, presents an iconic exhibition in celebration of 35TH anniversary of GUNDAM model kit  and in conjunction with Singapores Golden Jubilee the Gundam Docks at Singapore. One of the largest such exhibition outside Japan, the approximately 4,000sqm showcase will include over 200 models of the phenomenal Gundam series the first anime based on space war and machines that sparked off the genre of robotic anime. From 4 to 28 June, the exhibition will be held at Takashimaya Square, B2 and Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.


Choose your side in the war of robots

The experience begins as two 6 metres tall gigantic robots looms above you at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. Witness the fight between Earth Federation vs Principality of Zeon as the RX-78-2 Gundam, the largest Gundam to be showcased outside Japan, come face to face with Char’s Zaku at the heart of Singapore’s Orchard Road.

The Gundam and Zaku are arounad 6 metres each, at a scale of 1:3, and weighs two tonnes each. Accompanied by daily light and sound shows held in the evenings, this is an activity you cannot miss as the war drama comes to life before your eyes.


Gundam Merchandise and Activities to thrill fans and J-pop lovers alike

For collectors, shoppers and anyone who wants to learn more about Gundam or bring home a piece of this extra-ordinary exhibition, they can head down to Takashimaya Square, B2. With over 10 booths selling Gundam merchandises included exclusive editions.Four Weeks of History, Excitement and Pure Legend

Said Mr. Takayoshi Oyama, Bandai Namco Singapore ’s Hobby Dept Manager,., “Gundam Docks in Singapore will be Asia’s largest Gundam exhibition and showcase. Singapore was selected to host the show as it is a strategic market for us and a gateway for South-east Asia. In partnership with one of Asia’s best shopping malls, we look forward to delivering a spectacular experience for fans, families, and friends in Singapore, as well as from the region.”

Admission for the exhibition is free, and the exhibition will open from 10am to 9.30pm daily.



May 9, 2015

Voice Actor Noriaki Sugiyama & Cosplayer KANAME☆to guest @ SMASH!

SMASH! has announced 2 more international guests for their event this year! They are namely high profile Voice Actor Noriaki Sugiyama and Cosplayer Kaname!


Date: 8th & 9th August 2015
Venue: Rosehill Gardens (Sydney, Australia)



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In conjunction with The Japan Foundation, Sydney, SMASH! has invited high-profile voice actor Noriaki Sugiyama to grace the event this year. Noriaki Sugiyama is a Japanese voice actor who is best known for his roles as Uryu Ishida (BLEACH) , Shiro Emiya (Fate/Stay Night), England (Axis Power Hetalia) and WIlliam.T.Spears (Black Butler). Hacing worked int he industry for over a decade now, Sugiyama has also voiced many characters for Video Games and television shows such as Sengoku Basara 3, Suel Savior, ATelier Ayesha and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle.



Aside from his work as a voice actor, Sugiyama proves he is more than just a voice-actor. Sugiyama has released his own single entitled ‘Fragment” and a mini album “ On The Way”. His character image CD as England from the popular series Hetalia debuted 2nd place on the Oricon Singles Chart.

May 4, 2015

Kuroko no Basked Path in Shinjuku

A friend of mine who currently resides in japan recently uploaded these photograph on Facebook. Apparently, the popular Sports Manga turned Anime “Kuroko no Basuke” is having a promotional spread in Shinjuku, Tokyo.





The campaign it seems, is to promote the upcoming battle between Seiren and Rakuzan Koko! The ultimate battle for the title of the Winter Cup between Seiren that our beloved Kuroko is in and Rakuzan, the Captain of Kiseki no Jidai (Generation of Miracles) Akashi is in.


The photos were all taken by my dear friend Nikki and she has graciously allowed me to post them! I may not be the biggest KnB fan around , but I even I feel excited just looking at these photographs! Imagine how cool it would be to suddenly walked into a tunnel full of Kuroko no Basuke poster spreads while going for your train.


Anyway, enjoy guys!


DBS MARINA REGATTA 2015 (Dat-Baka & Tessie as Cosplay Guest)

For a third consecutive year, fans can look forward to a colourful and vibrant display of cosplay at the DBS Marina Regatta. The DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup, organised by Neo Tokyo Project, will feature celebrity cosplayers such as Dat-Baka and Tessie as well as see more than 100 cosplayers showcase their craft.


Event Name: DBS Marina Regatta
Date: 30 & 31 May, 6th ,  7th , 13th & 14th June
Admission : Free
Web Site: 



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Leading up to the DBS Marina Regatta, the bank has also commissioned local illustration team DatWorks to create a short manga – “Dragonboat of Miracles”. The sports-themed manga celebrates the teamwork, passion and zeal of athletes as they paddle towards a common goal. Pages of the manga will be released, with the conclusion to be revealed at the regatta.


Key highlights of the DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup include:


- Cosplay competition with cosplay celebrities Dat-Baka and Tessie as guest judges. More than SGD 2,000 of cash prizes to be won (6 June only)



- Conclusion to online manga “Dragonboat of Miracles”. Dat-Baka and Tessie will play the lead characters, bringing the manga to life at the DBS Marina Regatta (6 June)





- Dat-Baka and Tessie fan meet-and-greet sessions (6-7 June)





- Epic performances for Star Wars fans by Fightsaber, Singapore's only Lucasfilm-recognised lightsaber choreography stunt troupe (31 May, 6-7 June)





- Kawaii dance routines and refreshing ice cream served up by popular meido performers from Pika Pika Meido Café (31 May, 6-7 June)


Pika Pika Meido Cafe


Singapore’s biggest water sports festival, the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 will be held in conjunction with the 28th SEA Games, and will offer new experiences such as Paddle for Good, an urban beach with pop-up cafes as well as popular events such as the food festival and cosplay performances.


Cosplayers taking part in this year’s regatta can enjoy the comfort of a fully air-conditioned rest area, complimentary beverages and take part in a survey where they stand to win up to SGD 400 to help create their dream cosplay costume.


To register and for more information on the DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup, please visit


(The above text has been provided by the organiser in the form of a Press Release)

Apr 29, 2015

Mononoke Hime - Ashitaka Photoshoot

After having heard the name and it’s iconic theme song for near a decade, I finally watched Hayao Miyazaki’s Mononoke Hime around 2 years back. I’ve been a big fan ever since and went through the usual ritual of rewatching it way too many times. I would even go as far as claiming it to be my favourite Studio Ghibli movie.

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Ashitaka : Kaika/ Elpheal
Photos: Nik
Assistance by: Sara

Other than the impeccable storyline and superb characters, I was especially smitten by Ashitaka, who happens to be the lead by the way. I’ve always thought it was weird why the movie was named “Mononoke Hime” instead of “Ashitaka’s adventure” when Ashitaka himself played such a  pivotal role in the movie.

Ashitaka is a prince of the Inishi tribe.  He was cursed by a Boar God-turned-monster when he tried to protect his village from it. He had to leave the tribe after that and went on a long journey to seek the truth and find a possible cure for his curse that will very soon, kill him. Ashitaka is the typical, silent and strong tribal boy. I like to think his added responsibility as the last prince of his tribe also gave him additional maturity and reliability.  A man of few words who always strive to do the right things for nothing in return.

Did I mention how hot he was? haha.

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Apr 15, 2015

MOTD: Japan’s Cosplay studio (HACOSTADIUM)

MOTD: Musing Of The Day

'”Musing of the Day’” is a new section in TheCosplayChronicles where we to share interesting Anime, Manga, Cosplay and Pop-Culture related stuffs from the internet. If you have something cool to share, feel free to either email me at elpheal[a] or post on TCC’s Facebook page! Remember to leave your name & website so I can credit you as the one who suggested it =) !


I shared this picture on facebook with much infatuation , let me talk more about this place here. This amazingly accurate set up of the popular Anime “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun” is part of a Cosplay Photography studio that anyone can use  at a price.




Hacostadium is a Photo Studio with branches in Osaka, Tokyo and Kawasaki. They have 2 branches in Osaka, 2 branches in Tokyo and 1 in Kawasaki. The operating hours are roughly from 11am - 8pm but differs according to branch.


Official Website:
Location: Tokyo , Osaka & Kawasaki
Entrance: 1600 yen - 4800 yen ( Fee is dependent on date , time and branch)
Opening Hours: Roughly 11am - 8pm but dependent on branch.


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