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12 June 2011

CWHK31/2011 @ Hong Kong: short report

This is a backlog. The date of the actual event was in Feb 2011 .

After visiting AFA-X[2010], I considered going to CWHK(Comic World Hong Kong, the long established Otaku event in HK) since I have never ever been to CHWK.

I finally got to CWHK(CWHK31) during February this year. This is a short report of my experience.

(日本語版は、こちらへ。The Japanese version is available here.)

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[The venue, admission]
It's held in KITEC[Kowloon bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre] which is very close to the centre of HK. KITEC is not a pure convention centre but also a retail mall. Compared with Suntec City(< Singapore) or Tokyo Big Sight, KITEC is not that big a venue.


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At first, I had difficulties on how to gain admission. This is mainly because I can't understand(*1) Cantonese. If can speak Cantonese, it's very easy to get through.

(Please see detail in the official website.)


[Doujin booths]
The scene is very similar to most (medium sized) Doujin events.  But the price tag is very reasonably priced even for HK standard.

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[Cosplay]
This is main reason to visit CWHK. CWHK has no dedicated cosplay booths according to someone knowledgeable. All the cosplayers congregate at a proper place outside the main venue (but in the building) for photo-shoot. The security officers never chase them away.
To my surprise, all the food outlets welcome cosplayers for a lunch, or coffee breaks.(*2)


The habits of cosplayer(cosplaying) is very similar to what I saw in AFA-X(in Singapore, 2010, please read a report for detail). The only difference (which I feel) is the communication problem.
All the public announcements are all in Cantonese. In today's HK, most of young Kong-Kongerers are still not so good at using English.

I took some photos of HK local cosplayers. Here are some examples.
The sequence is in chronological sequence.
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1343sykhakkai1

#1
     Character Name (CN): SYK Hakkai[Blog]
Referenced Work: S.K.Y. 蓮咲伝(金蝉子)
Comment: At first sight, I feel why Chinese cosplay in HK ? But this is from a Japanese Otome(girls oriented) game.


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#2
     CN: Cherry
Referenced Work:  Vocaloid derivative
Comment: The costume and props is well made. This place (near a glass well in the centre of the building) is a popular photo shooting site.


1447kon1

#3
     CN: Surui[blog-JP, facebook] et al
Referenced Work: K-ON
Comment: All are so young. Surui-san(as Yui-chan in the center)  is very good at Japanese.


1456vocaloidduo

#4
     CN: Unknown(*10)
Referenced Work: Vocaloid derivative
Comment: Vocaloid is also very popular in HK.


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#5
     CN: Lesley
Referenced Work:  博麗 霊夢[Hakurei Reimu, from Touhou Project]
Comment: The costume is well-made, and her posing is very good.


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#6
     CN: Haya.[cure:112878(JP), Blog] et al
Referenced Work:  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei[from a DVD box art]
Comment: They are in Awase(team cosplaying) for "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni".
Although they are carrying an exclusive photographer, I can take some shot of maid-sans. Haya-san's (having light brown hair) posing skill is like a professional model.


1607cherry_cat4vocaloid

#7
     CN: Cherry Cat
Referenced Work: Vocaloid derivative
comment: Koi-iro version of Vocaloid is very popular in Japanese events. But she is the only cosplayer which in in this costume.


1622kazu

#8
     CN: Kazu
Referenced Work: Unknown(*10)
comment: I'm very impressed because she carries a backdrop for photo shooting. Taking own backdrop is not common in Japanese events.


1637karen4kon

#9
     CN: Unknown(*10)
Referenced Work:  秋山 澪(Akiyama Mio, from K-ON)
comment: The contrast to the orange wall is very good. Thanks.


1645ccsakura

#10
     CN: Unknown(*10)
Referenced Work:  [Kinomoto Sakura, from C.C. Sakura]
comment: C.C. Sakura is rather nostalgic work. But it's still popular in HK, too.


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#11
     CN: Rhomby[blog]
 Referenced Work:Hatsune Miku (from  EX: Producers)
comment: She is one of the best cosplayers I have seen in CWHK31. Both costume and props is very good. This kind of large props are not allowed in most Japanese events(except Wonder Festival).


1743vocaloids

#12
     CN: Unknown(*10)
Referenced Work:  Vocaloid derivative
comment: I took this photo on a corridor. This situation is hard to see in Japanese events because Japanese events usually have very strict regulations.
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[Note]
*1) The Chinese character is an ideogram. I can distinguish each one, and can know the rough meanings of each characters. But I can't say properly, and can't command properly.

*2) In most Japanese cosplay events, it's not recommended to go to food outlets with cosplaying.

*10) This means that I can get the contact info, and sent an email for verification. But I have no reply as of today.

P.S.
LamLam san(the maid-in-chief) of Cafe Matsuri shows up in the venue.

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