Kyan!me 2010 Impressions & Photo Spam
Kyan!me was held at the Spring, Kuching from 8th of June to 13th of June with the major events being held only on the 11th to 13th. It was the “first major anime, manga and Japanese culture expo” in Kuching.
Okay, enough with the formalities, I’ll go one with how well the event was conducted and my impressions towards it.
WARNING! A huge photospam (gallery) is ahead of you! Make sure you have the bandwidth for this. ^^;
I didn’t manage to take a photo of all the award receivers near the end though due to the fact that my camera died around that time. I had to resort to my camera phone (which was the only alternative left at that point). :P
Since this event was a “first”, my expectations weren’t high at all but some “promises” were not kept. It was said by one of the committees that the event area of Kyan!me will spread to other areas of the ground floor but sadly it did not happen. Well, it did have an extra area in front of the escalator nearby for side-events… maybe that’s what they meant but I doubt it.
I don’t know how well all the events went but I do know some were done pretty chaotically and most of the time has bad time management. Late starts and late ends.
One good example is the Anime Race. I luckily did not enter as it does seem pretty annoying to do until the condition to “collect all the stamps” changed into “collect the most stamps”. It wasn’t technically possible to collect all the stamps within the period of 1 hour with these kind of conditions;
- One shop at a time which being you can only go to the shop that is stated in your clue. You’ll get the next clue from that shop after you solve a simple quiz and search for stuff.
- Only one team can enter a shop at a time (this was kinda relaxed after around 30 minutes into the race due to crowding the shops).
The most noticeable event happens to be any of the cosplay events which ended up being the major factor for this event. From what is observable, Kyan!me, in the end, relied quite heavily with the cosplay events (performances, skits, bands, etc). It isn’t such a bad thing but it show that the other events weren’t planned well enough since participation seem to be rather low (DDR had to be postponed to the next day for example).
As stated before, cosplay is the major part of this event which it technically shouldn’t be, not in its entirety,but that’s how it went. Cosplay ranged from decent to quite good (but due to them being experienced cosplayers which you may have seen in previous events before). Nonetheless, I was quite pleased with the performances done (I attribute that to the cosplayers’ efforts though instead of Kyan!me itself).
This was their first time so the committee and MCs of the event was… fairly lacking. Wrong names are sometimes called out (during cosplay performances) and time management (the most critical one). It is quite easily seen if you have been to other events similar to this. However, being their first time, it can be excused (I can’t say I can do better!). Thus, it is hoped that they will continue their efforts the next year and improve on their lack of experience some more.
A few booths were opened as can be seen through the large photospam and the painting/sand-art booth was the most popular while the Japanese’s club (forgot actual name) booth was visually second with their free to try Yukatas. ^^
Overall, the event was so-so. It wasn’t anything amazing but it did make me feel like going there for 3 days (but mostly due to the cosplay…). I had my fun but that was very heavily attributed to me wanting to take some photos and videos. XD
If you want to see the videos I’ve taken, here is my newly created Youtube channel with some of the cosplay performances captured on a digicam!
That’s all for now~ ^^