The writer with cosplayer Aza Miyuko.
Looking like a living doll – or sexy maid, depending on what you like – it's easy to see why South Korean costume player Aza Miyuko has fans everywhere.
One doesn't get to rub shoulders with South Korean costume player Aza Miyuko every day. So when she retuned to Malaysia in June – two years after her visit for the 2012 Anime Festival Asia Malaysia – it was a real thrill. About 600 fans turned up at the mall in One City SkyPark, Subang Jaya, Selangor to meet and greet the cosplayer, who was in town for a fan session organised by Malaysia Cosplay Toshokhan.
Miyuko, whose real name is Kang Yun Jin, arrived dressed as Sonoda Umi, a 16-year-old high school student who's fronts the pop band Lily White from the multimedia anime series Love Live!, about a group of schoolgirls who become pop idols to save their school from shutting down. Looking like a living doll – or a sexy maid, depending on how you see it – it's easy to see why Miyuko has fans all over the world.
In a lucky draw, one fan at the meet-and-greet won his chance to take a selfie with Miyuko. Meanwhile, everyone else who bought her photo books, AZA001 and AZA002, or any of her three posters were allowed to get her autograph and take photos of her. Despite the long line of fans, some in costumes themselves, Miyuko signed and posed for every one of them without losing her smile.
At dinner that evening, at the Charlie Chaplin café, other fans had the opportunity to mingle with Miyuko. So we took the moment to ask the pint-sized starlet a few questions.