Win 2 tickets to see Utada Hikaru in London
Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Monday 1st February 2010
Competitions have returned to Cosplay Island in style. On Friday 12th February (that's next week), the amazing Japanese music artsist Utada Hikaru is playing at the O2 Academy Islington in London. The show is completely sold out but Cosplay Island has two tickets to give away to one lucky winner.
These tickets have been going for over £100 each on eBay and it's not surprising as Utada is one of the biggest artists in Japan and rarely tours even back home. Personally she's my favourite Japanese artist so this promises to be a fantastic concert.
UK competition law dictates we need to ask you some sort of question if you want to win, so all you have to do to win these tickets is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: "What is the name of the song Utada Hikaru recorded for the film Casshern"
The closing date is this Thursday night at midnight UK time. One winner will be picked at random from the correct entries. That way we can mail the tickets out on Friday to make sure they get to you in time for the concert. Obviously only enter if you are able to get to London next Friday and attend.
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Grand Cosplay Ball Valentine's Prom announced!
Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Thursday 28th January 2010
Upcoming event news! Many of you attended The Grand International Cosplay Ball last year and thoroughly enjoyed this unique event on the cosplay calendar, now happening annually in November. Well you will be pleased to hear that the organisers will be staging a Valentine's Prom, giving you all another chance to break out those formal cosplays!
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Anime events this January and February!
Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Wednesday 6th January 2010
Well the party season is now behind us along with a great year of events. With more conventions then ever before, anime fans were definitely spoiled for choice and it was encouraging to see such a varied calendar throughout the year. Hopefully 2010 will turn out to be event better!
Included below is a quick run down of all the events you might be interested in throughout January and February.
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Anime events this December!
Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Monday 14th December 2009
If you thought the Grand International Cosplay Ball was the last anime event of the year, and December was a quiet period for anime events, then worry not! You don't have to spend this festive period just spending all your cash on presents and partying with work colleagues you don't like. There are two party events happening this month - WOTA London and the Bristol Cosplay Night.
WOTA London takes place on Friday 18th December and will feature a mixture of J-Pop and anime themes, or anything else otaku related. Held at Juno nightclub in Shorditch, London and running from 9pm to 3am, it is a great chance for anime fans in London to party, or anyone wanting to make the journey. Cosplay is not essential but I'm sure most of you reading will be anyway!
The Bristol Cosplay Night will be running for the seventh time on New Years Eve. What better way to ring in 2010 then dancing to a range of anime themes with a host of cosplayers? Held once again in its regular venue of the Cavern Club in The Crown pub, Bristol, the cosplay night will be held from 8pm to 3am so just as well we will all have the New Year weekend to recover! It is worth noting that you will get a discount if you show up in cosplay, which I am sure you all will!
So the 2009 anime calendar ends with two big parties. Lots of cosplay events have already been confirmed for 2010 and it looks set to be a great year!
News provided by Animetion
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Documentary featuring UK cosplayers
Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Tuesday 8th December 2009
I don't normally post cosplay related updates but this came in at 1 in the morning and all the more sensible members of the CI team are asleep so here we go.
NHK's TV documentary show "imagine-nation" is broadcasting a 30 minute episode about Cosplay in London. The show apparently includes interviews from cosplayers taken at London MCM Expo including Emily Bastian (Orihime), El Angeles (Rosiael), Ling Duong and Lilith Borgia in their Axis Powers Hetalia costumes who take part in a special behind-the-scenes feature on the London cosplay scene. On top of which they interviewed a bunch of other cosplayers so keep an eye out for people you know.
You can watch this in the UK on channel "NHK World" if you have Sky Digital (Channel 516) or Freesat (Channel 209) or watch a streaming feed on their website. It's going to be first shown tonight, Tuesday at 23:30. And then repeated on Wednesday at 3:30, 7:30, 11:30, 15:30 and 19:30. So with 7 showings you've got very little excuse not to check it out.
We're going to try and get a recording of this ourselves and if some nefarious individual naughtily puts it up on YouTube we'll let you all know. Not that we approve of that sort of thing of course.
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A Time To Look Back
Article by N J (Tak) posted Thursday 26th November 2009
Well it's a been a while since the big summer convention, Aya Revolution 09. Hope you all had an awesome time, and it was great that so many of you dropped by our Cosplay HQ room. Aya should hopefully be back in 2011 and we can't wait.
Of course I imagine right now most of you are hard at work on last minute fixes for costumes you'll be wearing at this weekend's Grand Cosplay Ball. There's also a special event running on the Saturday at TokyoToys (as you can see from our new banner ads) including a signing session by Yaya Han and Giorgia Vecchini. We will of course be at both events bringing you the best coverage.
Speaking of coverage, now that we're nearing the end of the year, why not read back and remember some of the fantastic events held over the last 12 months in our articles section.
And if that wasn't enough we've also got the Cosplay Island video shown at the opening of the Aya masquerade, looking back on a recent history of UK cosplay.
Take a look!
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