Ozine Fest: Day 1 and 2
So I’ve spent two days at this year’s Ozine Fest and I’m happy I took the time to visit another convention. I may not be the ideal demographic for this particular event, but from what I could see, the crowd was having a good time. The lines alone this morning was enough to tell me how popular Ozine Fest is.
I was there around 6PM Yesterday, in time to see the first half of the KPop dance challenge. The audience was pretty excited about that one (not a big fan so don’t ask me to name any of the songs) and it looked like a lot of the groups dancing had a following.
I spent most of my first visit looking at the toy displays, though. Since I can’t afford to collect all the lines I really want too, the SHFiguarts, Figma, Play Arts, Gunpla, and Anime Statues displays really made me drool.
Both days also featured the Gundam Model Contests. I initially thought that the contest was judged on speed, but that’s my mistake. Apparently, the entries are judged on the quality of the work and the detailing of the marker work. Honestly, I don’t envy the judges job, since examining 30+ entries a day for the better cut work, cleaner paneling, etc. The models used seem to be the 1/144 scale so they are relativly tiny. Competitors are given about an hour to finish the identical snap built kits.
I was there for the start of the second day’s contenst and it looks like this particular event is very popular. They ran out of kits by 11 am and the line was pretty long for people waiting for a spot at the building tables.
There are also booths at the event. The maid cafe and the host club are basically the same thing, fan service, just gender specific; the former is a cafe where guests are served by girls in French maid outfits, while the later is a club where girls are entertained by cute guys. I don’t pretend to know how these came about (look it up on wikipedia if your interested), or why they’re so popular with the otaku crowd, (all right, I’ll cop to having a slight French Maid thing), but they’re certainly a novelty for the dilettante.
Of course, the line for the maid cafe was much longer than the host club’s.
There were a few other things going on as well. There’s a small photo backdrop, a “Horror Booth”, Art Contests (and artists doing commisions on the spot), food booths, something that I’ll assume is the “festival booth, and of course the vendors, who included Wasabi Toy Store and 2 Rats, convention regulars.
Of course there’s always the cosplay to keep you busy when you’re bored.
Anyone who has enough geek blood in him to parade around in full armor in the middle of a mall has got my respect. Also, girls in school girl outfits and kneesocks are full of win. I couldn’t stick around for the competition, but there were some doozies this year. I drafted someone to help me get their photographs.
So it’s been a tiring 26 hours, but I had a lot of fun. Here’s hoping the next convention is as great. If you didn’t get a chance to go, there’s still tomorrow (Sunday, April 10, 2011) to get to Megamall. The event starts at 10am (you’ll probably be in line till 10:30, though) at the Megatrade Hall and it’s Php 100.00 per ticket. Tomorrow is the Individual Cosplay Contenst, so stay after lunch so that you get to see that.
Once you get out, maybe you can help me figure these out:
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