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What to Expect: Cosplay Mania 2017

Cosplay Mania is a yearly event centered on anime, gaming, toys, and Japanese pop culture, organized by Cosplay.PH in cooperation with SM Malls, where their events are always held.

As the event’s name suggests, cosplay is encouraged and competitions are a mainstay. The people behind Cosplay Mania also bring in local and foreign guests famous in the worlds of cosplay, J-pop music, voice acting, and anime production. Cosplay Mania 2017 seems as promising and fun-filled as previous years, considering the guests and events lined up!

The Guestlist!

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A Malaysian cosplayer and member of AFA Cosplay Star, she is famous for her interpretations of Hatsune Miku and and Honoka Kosaka of Love Live!


A South Korean cosplayer and member of Team CSL (Cosplay Stage Laboratory), Eki has competed in the World Cosplay Summit. She’s famous for her cosplay of Ahri and Katarina from League of Legends, Hestia from DanMachi, and Jolyne Kujo from Jojo’s Bizaare Adventure.


An Anisong Artiste, ELISA is famous for singing the theme songs for animes such as Hayate the Combat Butler, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Valvrave the Liberator, and An Irregular at Magic High School.

Fuuka Noda

A producer of MAPPA, who is credited with Yuri!!! on Ice and Punchline.


A Canadian cosplayer known for her interpretation of Mikaela from Owari no Seraph, Sugawara Koushi of Haikyuu and Osamu Dazai of Bungo Stray Dogs.


An Australian cosplayer known for his cosplays as Joker from Persona 5, Witch Mercy from Overwatch, and Youko from Onmyoji.


A South Korean cosplayer who participated in World Cosplay Summit years ago, Kong is known best for cosplaying Ashe and Amumu from League of Legends, Forest Law from Tekken, Terry Bogard from The King of Fighters.

Konomi Suzuki

The first prize winner of All Japan-Anisong 2011, she has sung various anime theme songs.

Koutaro Nishiyama

Nishiyama’s major voice acting roles include Atsushi Kinugawa in Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!, Sakutaro Kirara in Jewelpet: Magical Change, Kazuhito Narita from Haikyuu!!, Yoshiharu Hisomu in Kiznaiver, and Kanata Shinkai from the mobile game Ensemble Stars!


A Japanese singer, DJ, and designer with fans from all over the world, you can check out his YouTube channel here!

Sayo Yamamoto

A storyboard artist who rose up and became one of the few female anime directors, Ms. Yamamoto gained some notoriety for her work in Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. She is also the brains behind the popular anime Yuri!!! on Ice and directed the opening of Persona 5.

Shiena Nishizawa

A winner of the Grand Prix in the first FlyingDog Audition, Shiena has sung songs for Kantai Collection, The Asterisk War and Aria the Avvenire. Her fourth single “Kikan” was also the theme song for KanColle: The Movie.


The Hong Kong cosplayer is known for her depictions of characters from Kantai Collection.

Wataru Hatano

A Japanese voice actor known for his role as Gajeel Redfox from Fairy Tail, Hitoshi Shinsou from My Hero Academia, Ryūhō Danchiku for Yowamushi Pedal New Generation, Reo Mibuchi for Kuroko’s Basketball, and Georgi Popovich from Yuri!!! on Ice.

Events Line-up!

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JAM Concerts (Japanese Anime Music) are scheduled for both days of Cosplay Mania 2017, and you can refer to the posted schedule above for more information! Look forward as well, to a special screening of an excerpt from the HATSUNE MIKU 2016 Japan Tour will also show, featuring the virtual singer herself.

Cosplay Solo Showdown is an open competition to find the best cosplayers for the Agility Class, Hybrid Class, and Assault Class. The best among these divisions will then fight for the Cosplay Mania Cup 2017. For more details about the competition, click hereUltimate Cosplay Championship is a combination of a group cosplay contest and a talent competition with an emphasis on teamwork and creativity. More details about the championship, can be found here.

The Cosplay Mania Cup is a multi-event tournament series where the winners of several contests will match up once again on Sunday, October 1, 2017. PHP 100,000 worth of cash and prizes will be up for grabs. Want to know more? Check the details here.

Meet and Greet!

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This is your chance to be up close and personal with the Cosplay Mania 2017 guests. Remember to read the guidelines and keep in mind that there may be limited slots for most guests!

Where to Go!

Experience Zones a.k.a. the designated areas of merchandise, performances, and everything else that you might need. The event will surely be crowded, so memorizing this might come in handy!

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  • Fan Fair Zone: Burgeoning artists, game developers and cosplay costumers can display their talent and wares in this exciting marketplace.
  • Lifestyle Zone: Whether it’s fashion, cosplay accessories or animation, everything that suits your J-culture lifestyle can be found here.
  • Blockbuster Zone: Here, all of the big sponsors have their impressive, interactive displays.
  • Gaming Zone: All the hottest video games, collectible card games and board games are featured here. Plus, displays for gadgets and electronics will be ready for attendees to demo.
  • Collectibles Zone: Find hot figures, toys, plushies and all sorts of amazing merchandise here, waiting for you to take them home.
  • Meals Zone: From Japanese to more traditional cuisine, come and find affordable and delicious food and beverages here.
  • Special Performance Zone: This is the grandest stage for our premier contests like Cosplay Solo Showdown, Cosplay Team Battle, Cosplay Mania Cup, Cosplay: Tournament of Champions and much more! Plus, we’ll also have the JAM concert in this area where your favorite Anisong singers will perform.

I hope I didn’t forget anything, but this is a pretty comprehensive guide on what will happen this weekend.

How to Get Tickets?

You may purchase tickets for Cosplay Mania 2017 via SM Tickets Online or at SM Ticket outlets; prices for each of the days are as follow:

Days Prices
VIP Day 1 P1,999
VIP Day 2 P1,999
Gold Day 1 P799
Gold Day 2 P799
Silver Day 1 P399
Silver Day 2 P399

Be Advised: Ticket sales for Cosplay Mania 2017 close on September 28, 2017. Hurry and get yours now!

Hope to see you on September 30 and October 1, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center for the event! Don’t be shy and come say hi if you see me! Alternatively, follow our coverage via Twitter: @girlsgotgamemag

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Karen Ang
A bifemme of varied interests. A dweeb who loves cosplaying, video games, and board games. Avid fan or Victoriana and period costumes. Burlesque performer for Burlesque PH. Currently learning how to become a proper domme and catching up on anime culture.

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