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Of Swords and Samurais: UPAME Swordplay at SM City The Annex

upameswordplayUPAME or also known as the University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts, in partnership with Movie Punch and SM Cinemas, celebrated the launch/premier screening of the live-action adaptation of one of the most beloved anime shown in the Philippines: Rurouni Kenshin, or Samurai X with an event called Swordplay: Rurouni Kenshin Cosplay Competition.

The event was held on December 2, 2012 at the 4th floor of SM City The Annex, North Edsa, where it started at 12nn with a band Yui for President, singing the classic RK songs from the anime, and later with games such as a Pinoy Henyo variant featuring trivia from the anime, as well as a Quiz Bee and an RK Art Contest, as well as raffles.  The event also featured RK Toy displays and booth sponsors.

But the most anticipated highlight was the event’s cosplay competition which featured the RK Anime Category.  Jin Joson, a prominent Filipino cosplayer and a huge fan of the series herself who came cosplaying as the feared yet lovable battousai, was invited as one of the panel of judges for the event.

The winner of the RK Cosplay Category was Arnel Serioso, who cosplayed as a fresh-from-battle Shinsengumi captain Saito Hajime, who also had the opportunity to pose with Jin Joson, whom their costumes are adeptly matched.

MyFile 1The event ended at 5pm, but the fun was just starting with the much anticipated opening of the movie screening scheduled at 8pm.  Long lines already formed as early as 7pm, and the opening was graced with games hosted by HERO TV, who gave away toys and gift certificates from sponsors.  The lights dimmed at 8:30pm and show finally started.

Nothing feels more alive then a movie theater filled entirely of fans.  Nobody, or at least in our area, were talking unnecessarily and everyone reacted with cheers, gasps and even boos as both heroes and villains were finally shown on screen by actors who had so much to hurdle in terms of the fans’ standards and expectations.

Fortunately, there were very little disappointments in all aspects, and everyone left the theater with the promise of watching it again on its regular screening premier starting December 5.

Many thanks to UPAME for giving fans the opportunity to watch the advance screening of the much awaited Rurouni Kenshin movie and seeing our favorite characters in live-action.  More power to UPAME and we look forward for your upcoming 2013 event AME 1UP on February 23, 2013 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.