22nd June, Kuala Lumpur – With respectable day jobs, many of the cosplayers who turned up at HELP International School (HIS) for C2AGE (Cosplay, Comics, Anime and Games Exhibition) 2015, came dressed to kill literally and were definitely not disappointed with the flamboyant, extravagant, colourful and often intricate costumes of signature Japanese anime characters and American comics.
With babies in their arms, ninja swords, machetes, knives, umbrellas and even the full regalia of military costumes, including the 501st Legion of Star Wars, the 3,000 or more cosplayers were treated to a whole array of games competitions, Art Competition, food competition and even a Cosplay Competition to celebrate nine years of C2AGE with HELP University.
The brainchild of HMC Foundation lecturer, Murali Rajaretnam and two HELP Foundation students in 2007, C2AGE has since grown in popularity and today has a wide following both locally and internationally, judging from the annual attendance at C2AGE, which had its largest audience in 2014, the eight year, with over 6,000 participants, held at HELP College of Arts and Technology, Fraser Business Park, KL.
Previous International guest cosplayers have included Alodia and her sister, Ashley Gosiengfiao, Ayase, Clive Lee, Kaoru, Keith and Reika Arikawa and this year, King from Taiwan, Saffron from Hong Kong and Kisakiurumi from Japan attended the event, much to the excitement of their fans.
Indeed, as Dhanesh Balakrishnan, Dean of the Faculty of University Foundation Studies said, in his speech at the launch of C2AGE in HIS,
“C2AGE has grown from being teacher centred to a student centred event and the main reason; the growing independence of Foundation students in organizing the event. Indeed, the students have grown from strength to strength and the exposure to such events will further build their soft skills in communication, leadership and teamwork, important towards ensuring their employability in the future,” said Dhanesh, who believes C2AGE to be a signature event for the Foundation programme at HELP University.
This time, HIS was chosen as the venue, to provide cosplayers with a comfortable venue to display their costumes and also mingle with fellow cosplayers in a carnival-like atmosphere, with the landscaped grounds as a backdrop for photography and playing dress up for professional cosplayers.
During the press conference, King from Taiwan shared that in total, she had spent 12 years as a cosplayer and her character was “Dojin Mangga”, a popular school character that her fans could identify with as it represented friendship and romance, every senior student’s dream, while attending High School.
As for Ashley Gosiengfiao from the Philippines, it was her second time and she confessed that singing was her first passion and she enjoyed coming to Malaysia as her fans were also enthusiastic and excited to be with her during the two day event at HIS.
Saffron from Hong Kong, said as her first time in Malaysia, she was totally happy with the whole event and her cosplay costume was based on a game character, which she had stitched herself, based on her own design. During the day, she carried on an office job and enjoyed cosplaying as a hobby.
Kisakiurumi, from Japan, dressed in blue, said she truly enjoyed the experience that cosplaying gave her and her character and costume, which incidentally she had designed and stitched herself was based on ‘Umi’- a character from Lovelife, based on Japanese anime.
Stanley Lee Yew Chern and Ahmad Shahadan, both volunteers for the second time and members of the organizing team 2015, had the time of their lives, not only as organizers working with a team but in Stanley’s case, taking part as well.
Stanley explained that he thoroughly enjoyed acting out the fantasy of being ‘Kakashi’, a ninja warrior in Japanese anime and as a child, he used to read comics online and was exposed to cosplay early.
Ahmad, on the other hand, enjoyed the many games such as Pay Day 2, ‘First Person Shooting Game (FPS), Resident Evil, Titanfall, Plant v Zombie and Garden Warfare.
Indeed, both Stanley and Ahmad, united by their commitment to C2AGE said they had gained a tremendously from the event, both in terms of leadership and teamwork.
Working with a team, Ahmad said the games competitions received tremendous response from ardent gamers, who turned up in droves to participate and be a part of the whole event.
Apart from the cosplayers and game competitions, a whole floor was the scene of excitement as serious cosplayers were seen displaying their merchandise for sale, many of which had been handmade and individually designed. Ranging from pencil-cases, key chains, clothing, costumes and knick-knacks, there was a steady stream of customers and also on hand was guest artist, Gary Sheldon, with his many life-like sketches of DC Comic Characters such as Spiderman, Batman, and Captain America, fast disappearing as fans lined up to purchase his colorful sketches.
For further information with regards to this media announcement, please contact Dharshini Ganeson, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, HELP University (0122872686) at 03- 2094 2000 or email: dharsh.g@help,edu.my