The Launch of C2AGE 2017 at Subang 2, Centre, Hiroyuki, Datuk Dr Chan, Datin Chan Low Kam Yoke, Dhanesh, extreme left international cosplayers, Pugoffka-sama and Stella Chuu, Edy, Henry Lim, Executive VP, HELP U, Jon Tham, local Malaysian artist, and extreme right, members of the 501st Legion Malaysia Garrison, below from left, international cosplayer Lexiikat, centre, Murali in costume as Deadshot and Kaotsun.
The event known as C2AGE at HELP University’s Subang 2 campus attracted international cosplayers as well as local participants to dress up in colourful and flamboyant costumes of Japanese anime and American comic characters.
The 10th anniversary celebration of C2AGE X-treme 2017 was initially an idea by two HELP foundation students and a lecturer in 2007. Today, the event has snowballed into an internationally known cosplay, animation, comics and games event.
HELP University Vice-Chancellor and President, Datuk Dr Paul Chan said, “C2AGE is a platform for people to gain insight into Japanese subculture, and subsequently learn to appreciate it.”
Japanese Embassy counsellor Hiroyuki Orikasa, who was also present, said it was amazing to see this success story unfold since 2007 when they started with only a couple of young students.
Among the international cosplayers present was Stella Chuu from New York who is well-known for her brilliant costumes. She conducted workshops on prop and armour making related to her cosplay. Another C2AGE special guest was Ukrainian Pugoffka-sama, who dressed as Maleficent, a character from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”.
Stella said this was her first time in Malaysia and she was happy to attend an Asian cosplay exhibition as there were hardly any support or promotion for such an event in Asia before.
At the exhibition, visitors were treated to an impressive Lego display by Synergy Lego Users Group, as well as a showcased collection of Hot Wheels models by D’Mara. There was also Macross Malaysia who was in charge of the Cosplay Café at the event.
There were more than 80 booths in the main hall selling artworks, action figurines, toys, comics and anime merchandise.
Another highlight of the event was when members of the fundraising and volunteer organisation, 501st Legion Malaysia Garrison, put on a show parading as Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Director Krennic and Stormtroopers.
The world-famous Indonesian photographer Edy Hardjo of Hrjoe Photography also garnered massive fanfare by displaying his works which feature popular action figures like Superman and Batman in funny and unusual poses.
C2AGE has come a long way from having only 20 cosplayers and 80 participants in 2007 to having an online fanbase of 12,000 today.
HELP University lecturer and C2AGE founder R. Murali Rajaratenam said what started as a class project has progressed into a full blown international event. The whole event was organiaed by a committee of around 30 HELP University students from across all courses with the help of 70 volunteers.
Murali himself enjoys the idea of cosplaying and came dressed as Deadshot from Suicide Squad.
HELP University’s Faculty of University Foundation Studies Dean, Dhanesh Balakrishnan said, “Sometimes Foundation students come across as shy and introverted, C2AGE helps in transforming them to be confident and creative.”