Cosplay and fun, ani-one?

Cosplay and fun, ani-one?

It's time to dress up and join in the excitement at the Ani-Com and Games Fair

It's game on this Friday, when the 12th Ani-Com and Games Fair, Hong Kong's most anticipated otaku expo, throws open its doors. Other than long queues, crowds, cosplayers, figurines and products for sale - all standard fare at the event - organisers are laying on a feast of entertainment for fans.

On display will be Ultraman's robotic polar bear figure, first-place winner of a challenge to create a 'planet problem solver' in the 1st Hong Kong Figure Competition. Also on display will be runner-up Aaron Liu's alien-like Unmanned Rescue Vehicle and Ma Wing-sze's boldly colourful Regen-01.

Look out also for the winner of the second Hong Kong Supernova Original Comics Contest.

Meanwhile, a galaxy of anime stars from the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan will be present to sign mementos at the Master's Autographs session. Among them will be Japanese manga master Naoto Tsushima, mainland graphic author Xia Da and Taiwan's master animator Peter Hsieh Wen-ming.

Of course, no Ani-com fair would be complete without the artists. This year cross-media artist Craig Au Yeung Ying-chai will join fellow Hongkongers Chang Tze-hin aka Siu Hak, Ted Yeung Hok-tak, John Ho Tat-hung, Chi Hoi, Yeung Chi-hang, Leung Hui-man aka Rainbow Lee and Postgal to show off their creations. With them will be Taiwan's Yueh Tzun and Kid Jerry. Representing the mainland are Nie Jun, Lei Lei, Yan Cong, Hu Xiao-jiang, Gao Yu-lin, Tang Yan and Si Wei.

But the highlight, of course, will be the annual Cosplay Competition, which brings the fair to a climax. This year features new categories. Each individual category has a winner, and the overall winner will be crowned 'Supernova'. Cosfans are encouraged to suit up and, if your costume is good enough, organisers will let you in for free. Winners will be announced on the final day of the fair.

Bringing the beats this year will be Beyond drummer Yip Sai-wing, who will pair up with Japanese girlie pop rockers Scandal, cross-dressing girl group Fudanjuku and rock duo Puffy. Local bands get to do battle once again in Heartbeat, with last year's top acts, Castle and Wildchild, and 2008 winner Haze taking to the stage, too.

The finals of the 2010 Hong Kong Dance Power Competition will be held on August 1. The usual categories of jazz and hip hop will be joined by a new Freestyle Battle. Veteran choreographer Sunny Wong Kwok-wing, Korean actor/singer Popin Hyeon-joon, street-dance group Popcorn from Taiwan and Hong Kong's hip hop and R&B maestros Bro5 will all be on hand.

For more information, go to www.ani-com.hk

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