FOR veteran cosplayer Yugana Senshi Uon, being at this year’s Star Supa Comic meant more than attending another anime, comic and gaming (AGC) event.
Yugana dressed up as none other than Star Supa Comic mascot and fictional character Lady Shiori, which she described as an honour.
“It’s been my dream to play a mascot and bring it to life, especially a character I truly love.
“I was also involved with the idea and concept of Lady Shiori and Ryo, the other mascot for Star Supa Comic, and their back stories.
“I wanted them to be portrayed as heroes but with more values of humanity in them. They symbolise light in darkness and inspire people to not give up easily and learn from their weaknesses,” she said.
Yugana also praised Star Supa Comic for being well-organised.
“I loved to be part of the event because Star Supa Comic has strong principles in line with what the local AGC community wants,” she added.
The mascots were designed by Tan Yau Lim aka Kazeoyuurin from Claz’room College.
Leon Noel, who cosplayed as Ryo, expressed similar excitement about the event.“The costume took me two weeks to complete and the character relates well to my personality. Ryo is mischievous and likes cats, just like me,” he said.
Lady Shiori and Ryo debuted at Star Supa Comic #002 at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Organiser i.Star Events Sdn Bhd director Jason Yap said putting together the second Star Supa Comic in less than eight months was a testament to the love and support of the AGC community.
“When we organised Star Supa Comic in December 2018, we were nervous about the reaction from AGC fans.
“Thankfully we garnered tremendous support from the community and they loved the show, which paved the way for our second one.
“We have also been recognised by the International Otaku Expo Association (IOEA) in Japan, a body that provides support and guidance to ACG events,” said Yap, adding that this year’s event attracted between 20,000 and 30,000 visitors.
He added that the event provided another platform to the AGC community to mingle with like-minded fans.
“This is something they are passionate about and for some, they can be themselves here by cosplaying as their favourite characters. The community is definitely growing.”
AGC fans thronged the venue to check out the various booths which featured anime merchandise, cosplay props and e-sport competitions.
Some of the cosplayers dressed as their favourite anime, game and movie characters such as Spider-Man, Naruto, Overwatch game’s Genji and Hanzo, Sailormoon as well as Saber from the Fate Grand Order anime.
Local group Starlight Sugar kick-started the opening ceremony with a string of electrifying performances, followed by the Supa Star Runway which featured competing cosplayers, and Supa Star Masterclass on voice acting for animation, hands-on props and story development.
Guests Coscat Props from Taiwan, Ola Aphrodite from Indonesia, Yuegene Fay and Thames Malerose from Thailand were among some of the well-known cosplayers greeting fans at the event.
Visitor Faiqah Najihah Fuad, 23, waiting with her friends for an autograph from Yuegene, billed Star Supa Comic as a great event.
“We have been fans of Yuegene for the past two years and we are finally getting to meet him,” she said.
At the Black Shark booth, visitors indulged in playing Mobile Legends and other games with the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phones.
Digital marketing agency Intelligent Earnings Sdn Bhd’s marketing manager Wai Kiat Hong said the company gave away Black Shark 2 phones to winners of the Mobile Legends cosplayer photography competition and Facebook share and tag competition.
“Avid gamers should also check out the newly launched Black Shark 2 Glory Blue limited edition phones, which are available through various online shopping platforms.
“The specifications are similar to Black Shark 2, which aim to provide unparalleled gaming experiences to users,” he said.
Merchandise booth Cos Dreamers Japan manager Tatsuhito Suzuki said his second outing at Star Supa Comic was better than the first.
“We sell a wide range of products from wigs and make-up imported from Japan, as well as merchandise and clothes as our target market is cosplayers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Tarmizi Mohamad Fozi was crowned champion of the Tekken 7 fighting game competition, followed by Zarif Aiman Aris and Muhd Aliff Mazreen Aris in second and third places respectively.
Ng Suk Sian topped the Street Fighter V game competition while Quah Ban Chuan and Mohamad Syafiq Jaffery took the second and third spots respectively.
In Mobile Legends, Team Todak defeated 5 Red Army to win the champion’s spot, while Geek Fam took the second runner-up spot.
Team Todak won six Black Shark 2 phones, headphones, an Anda Seat gaming chair, 5,800 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang diamond top-ups and RM7,000 in cash.
In the Star Supa Comic Runway cosplay competition, Lim May Lee grabbed the champion’s spot as Caitlyn from League of Legends, while Lim Kien Leong took the first runner-up spot as Warrior of Light from Final Fantasy Dissidia, followed by Goh Liang Ming as Isaac Clarke from Dead Space 2.