The Kyan!me convention ended yesterday, and it was indeed bigger and even better with cosplayers (Costume Players) and Japanese culture coming alive and roaming at Plaza Merdeka Kuching.

Before I proceed on further, I’d like to foremost apologize over my lack of knowledge about the Japanese culture and following because I am one of the many whom only got to know more about anime, cosplayers and figurines through Kyan!me. – If I am not mistaken, I knew about it some two years ago, when Kimberly, the president of the Kyan!me asked Sarawak Bloggers to be the official partner.

Not sure what character this was, but he borrowed "Capt America's" shield.
Not sure what character this was, but he borrowed “Capt America’s” shield.

Well, I have since seen the event grow, and it has got better and bigger this time around, but sadly, the 2013 Kyan!me Convention 2013 would be the last of its kind.

Anyway, let’s not worry about that and focus on what was going on at the convention which was held from Friday to Sunday last weekend.

Merchandise booths filled Plaza Merdeka for the event. Bet they earned quite a bit.
Merchandise booths filled Plaza Merdeka for the event. Bet they earned quite a bit.

Just like most events in Kuching, the Kyan!me convention had booths selling merchandise, and snacks.

The distinctive booths were the ones offering services and Japanese playing cards because they were highly related to the event, while the Sony booth which was used as the games station was lively with competitions going in. I am not sure if the DOTA (a type of game) competition wan on-going at the Sony booth, but it was really happening there!

Sony booth was one of the most visited.
Sony booth was one of the most visited.

Shouts and screams were evident from the games booth so my best guest was that the competition was held there, and participants were trying their skills for the elusive RM4,000 cash prize. So, who says playing games doesn’t pay again?

Elsewhere, well known anime characters was seen moving around the mall, and despite me not being able to identify most of them, it was indeed nice to see that more people had decided to join in to dress up as ‘cosplays’ this year.

Posing workshop by Tessie from Singapore
Posing workshop by Tessie from Singapore

On stage the “Posing workshop” saw participants being taught by Tessie Tan whom was in full anime costume. As I was not far from the stage area, I caught a line or two of how to pose when a photograph was taken.

It was quite interesting to also know also that Tessie came all the way from Singapore for the event, and that she is a teacher by profession. It made me wonder of the subject she thought in school, but I had this inkling that it probably would be highly unrelated to what she was demonstrating on stage.

Anyway, the cosplayers really made the whole event come to life as they were eager to impress the huge amount of photo friendly crowd, particularly with their ‘signature posses’.

I was keenly impressed with how they tried at their best to oblige for a photo with those interested as I bet many had little time to even seat down to rest. This was passion at work. Seriously!

Playing a male character despite the dress-like costume.
Playing a male character despite the dress-like costume.

Also stumbled into a guy dressed up as a girl (or so I thought), but he quickly corrected me by saying that he was portraying a male character. I humbly apologized to him and explained that I wasn’t really an avid follower of anime and the Japanese culture. He was gracious enough to accept my apology and later on agreed to pose for my camera.

Target practice with the Nerf guns.
Target practice with the Nerf guns.

Moving down to the lower level of Plaza Merdeka, revealed that there was two major things going on. One was the Nerf-gun thingy, while another was more car related, known to me as Dash-YangKuro (pardon my spelling) or as Kyan!me puts it ‘Tamiya booth’.

Dash-Yangkuro aka Tamiya cars. All time favourite for me.
Dash-Yangkuro aka Tamiya cars. All time favourite for me.

The later appeals to me more as I was such a huge fan of such cars when I was about 15, that I had spent a lot of my savings just modifying and decorating it. I never knew it was part the anime world until today. – Hep, novice Japanese bro coming through!

As time passed, the event came to its closing ceremony and like a bad dream come true, Miss Kimberly confirmed that this was going to be the last Kyan!me Convention.

Ms Kimberly, the key person behind it all.
Ms Kimberly, the key person behind it all.

While I felt it was a little sad the event would end, it was indeed amazing to see what they have achieved after three years.

To the organizers of the Kyan!me, omedetōgozaimasu for a job well done and arigatō for making Kuching happening for the past three years!

Written by Cyril Dason