July 23, 2015

MTV Reveals The First Wave - MTV World Stage Malaysia 2015

KUALA LUMPUR/ SINGAPORE, 22 JULY 2015 – MTV has revealed its first wave of performers today with Korea’s favorite K-pop idol female group, Apink and hottest Japanese band, SEKAI NO OWARI to perform for the first time at MTV World Stage Malaysia, which is set to take place at Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon on Saturday, 12 September 2015. Recorded live for global telecast, the one-night only outdoor event is one of the biggest Southeast Asia music nights of the year, which brings multi-genre talents onto a single stage. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

“This is our first performance on MTV World Stage. Thank you MTV for inviting us. We are excited about meeting our fans out there and seeing other artists too. We will always try to better ourselves and bring you good music!” – Apink

“We are thrilled to take part in the MTV World Stage. Our sounds are unique and we look forward to meeting our fans in Malaysia and are excited to see the reaction from the rest of the audience. So come join us at MTV World Stage Malaysia… it’s going to be a spectacular show in Kuala Lumpur!” – SEKAI NO OWARI

SEKAI NO OWARI means ‘end of the world’. Armed with an unusual name matching their unique sounds which leave a lasting impression both visually and musically, SEKAI NO OWARI is currently one of the most popular and skilled creative groups in Japan. Comprised of four members: sound producer, lead guitarist and band leader, Nakajin; lead vocal and concept maker, Fukase; stage producer and pianist, Saori; and DJ LOVE, the clown masked DJ in charge of sounds choice and comedic talk, SEKAI NO OWARI is ready to take their originality to music fans in Southeast Asia for the first time.

Apink is currently one of the most idolized K-pop girl groups formed by A Cube Entertainment in 2011. Known for their sweet and innocent image and street style that has captivated fans around the world, the award-winning group consists of Park Cho-rong, Yoon Bo Mi, Jeong Eun-ji, Son Na Eun, Kim Nam Joo, Oh Ha Young.

Apink made a comeback with the recent release of their second album in three years, “Pink MEMORY” and title track “Remember” on 16 July. Within a day, they topped all the major Korean music charts, including MelOn, the biggest music streaming site in Korea, positioning them well to be one of the hottest this summer.

MTV World Stage Malaysia 2015 is presented by Sunway and supported by Tourism Malaysia. In Malaysia, it is ignited by Xpax, brought to you by Brickfields Asia College, Watsons Malaysia and supported by local broadcast partner, Astro. The show will premiere on MTV in Asia on Saturday, 26 September at 1.30pm (TH/WIB), 2.30pm (PH/SG) and 3.30pm (MY), Saturday, 10 October at 9pm (JP) and Sunday, 11 October at 12am (KR).

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Apink


Apink started in 2011 with Son Na Eun, who was featured in Beast’s “Soom”, “Beautiful” and “Niga Jeil Joha” music videos in late 2010. Park Cho-rong, who appeared at the end of Beast’s “Shock” Japanese music video, joined next, as the group’s leader. This led to the addition of Oh Ha Young and Jeong Eun-ji, where the latter was introduced through a video of her singing a rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s “Love You I Do”. The final two members, Yoon Bo Mi and Kim Nam Joo, were introduced through the group’s reality show, Apink News.

The group has since gone on to release five Korean extended plays and one studio album. In April 2011, Apink released their first extended play (EP), “Seven Springs of Apink”, and performed a song from it, “Mollayo”, on Mnet’s M! Countdown. In the same year, they also released their first digital single, “It Girl” and a second EP, “Snow Pink”. Their rise was quickly recognized when they were awarded the “Best New Female Artist” at the 13th Mnet Asian Music Award and the “Idol Music Rookie Award” at the 19th Republic of Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards in the same year.

Over the last four years, the group has fast-tracked their success. In 2012, they released their first album, “Une Annee” and two digital singles, “April 19” and “Bubibu”. Their third EP was released in 2013, “Secret Garden” in 2014, they released their fourth digital single, “Good Morning Baby” and two EPs, “Pink Blossom” and “Pink Luv”, where the latter was released in November 2014 and was #1 on Gaon’s weekly album chart. In the same year, Apink released their first Japanese-language single, “NoNoNo” in October 2014.

The group has also performed live and on TV shows, including some members appearing on TV drama series.

The girl group popularity is clearly acknowledged well in the industry. With more than 20 music awards and more than 25 music program awards under the belt, their accolades have included “Best Newcomer Artist” at the 26th Golden Disk Awards, “Newcomer Award” at the 21st Seoul Music Awards, “Hot Performance Award” at the 3rd Gaon Chart K-pop Awards and the “Top 10” at the SBS Music Awards last year.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Apink_2011
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Official.Apink2011
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/officialapink
Website: http://www.a-cube.co.kr/

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SEKAI NO OWARI


The hottest Japanese band started at a live music venue called club EARTH, which they created and managed on their own. They all lived there together creating music and discussing the future of the group. They even tore down the old walls to put up soundproof walls around the venue. Today, their passion and deep connection to each other has led to their status as one of the premier music acts in Japan.

Evolving at an incredible speed, most recently, they worked with Dan the Automator, an American hip hop producer (producer of Gorillaz’s debut album), and released the soundtrack, “ANTI-HERO”, the theme song for the highly-anticipated Japanese live-action movie, “Attack on Titan” last week. The movie will be released around the world in August (Part 1) and September (Part 2). “Attack on Titan” originated from the manga series, which has sold over 40 million copies in Japan since 2009.

SEKAI NO OWARI released their newest album, “Tree” in January 2015, which peaked at #1 on the Japan (Oricon) albums chart, which was also certified 2x Platinum sales in Japan after a month of its release. On 18-19 July, they performed a sold-out two-day show, “Twilight City” to about 140,000 fans at the Nissan Stadium, Japan’s largest venue.

Their originality and unique ideas are portrayed through “Tokyo Fantasy”, a concept that is of a large-scale fantasy, making attending the band’s live performances feel like a theme park, transporting fans to a completely different reality. This concept has been lauded all around the Japanese music industry.

In 2014, they held a major live music event which featured the popular American act OWL CITY as a special guest. Concurrently, SEKAI NO OWARI was featured in OWL CITY’s worldwide release “TOKYO”. They have also worked with renowned Dutch DJ/ Producer Nicky Romero on the release of their English single, “Dragon Night”.

In 2013, they released “RPG,” which has reached more than 73 million views on YouTube. In the same year, they performed their first outdoor live event, “Fire and Forest Carnival” to 60,000 fans over a 3-day period. Over the past four years, they have been consistently recognized in the Japanese music industry.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPageSEKAINOOWARI
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fromsekaowa
Instagram: https://instagram.com/fukase_sekainoowari/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sekainoowari
Website: http://sekainoowari.jp/en


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January 2, 2015

Teh Tarik in FINAL FANTASY XV

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Oh no, I missed the segment of Square Enix's FFXV presentation by Hashimoto Shinji & Wan Hazmer. Fret not, I got you covered.

HASHIMOTO & WAN

You might not know who they are but I will tell you so. Hashimoto Shinji is the Executive Producer of FINAL FANTASY XIII and the latest instalment of FINAL FANTASY series. He has been in the game industry for more than 30 years and join Square Co., Ltd. (currently Square Enix Co. Ltd.) in 1995 (I am only 1 years old at the time). His credits goes on with the list that looks like this – Producer of FINAL FANTASY VIII, Producer of FINAL FANTASY IX, Executive Producer of KINGDOM HEARTS series, Co-Producer of FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN, Producer of FRONT MISSION EVOLVED, and Producer of FINAL FANTASY XV.

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Meanwhile, Wan Hazmer is the Lead Designer of FINAL FANTASY XV and he's a game developer in Kuala Lumpur before he moved to work with Square Enix Co. Ltd. in 2010. Well, that is our Malaysian pride. Look at that durian, it speaks for itself.

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Fantasy Continues

The 25 years adventure of FINAL FANTASY saga was shown in a video presentation. The evolution of FF franchise sure wows the crowd, or at least I am the one that cannot hold my jaw up while viewing it. The timeline of FINAL FANTASY was briefed by Hashimoto himself in speech. From the console we first know to the handheld console, FINAL FANTASY team continues to produce their quality work without losing the roots of it.

FINAL FANTASY XV

The game is no where near complete but a lot of teases are shown to us. FINAL FANTASY XV goes around with 4 characters going on a journey of a road trip-like style. The city that Wan showed us "Lestallum" was inspired by Cuba. He even gave us a first look on THE ART OF LESTALLUM. What else to say, it is incredibly beautiful as we all expected. A video demo of the still developing city of Lestallum even showed to us in a dog's third-person perspective. Lestallum is a fusion of Cuba and the futuristic timeline of FINAL FANTASY to my interpretation with the support of Wan's explanation.

Art of Lestallum
Compilation of the pieces into one for your pleasure

Wan also mentioned he has to input some Malaysian culture to it and voila, we have Teh Tarik in FINAL FANTASY XV. Not only that, satay and roti canai are included. Small thing in the world of FINAL FANTASY VX but those thing takes effort and individuality to produce. These are some of the few Wan could input into a game that is known to every corner of the world. He added these are the only high quality roti canai you can find in a game. I cannot deny that.

FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD

I will not get into this too much. The title of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD already suggested that it is a better version of the previous FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0. In case you did not know, TYPE-0 is a new kind of gameplay where it spinoff the original franchise. Also, Wan Hazmer is the game designer of this game title. When I say a better version, I do not mean it is just a better graphic with the help of today's technology but it has a lot of other improvement in gameplay. For example, the camera angle of third-person is improved the way enemies are not blocked with your character. Besides that, the individual abilities of the characters are tuned to a better gameplay experience.



FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD will be available on 17th March 2015 while FINAL FANTASY XV is coming soon with not actual date being announced. Although we are no where near the completion of FINAL FANTASY XV, we still can have a trial version when you pre-order FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD. Find more about it on http://finalfantasytype0.com/

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As you can see, the "Now in Development" just slaps right in our faces for the anticipation of FINAL FANTASY XV but Wan spread another good news - Square Enix is hiring now! Not one but a lot of position that tied to the development of FINAL FANTASY XV. Some positions do not need experience but some do, most of them only need the qualification of secondary graduate or above. You can see how Square Enix cares for the skills instead of other whatnot.

This wraps up most of the important things you need to know from Square Enix presentation in Comic Fiesta 2014. You can read more about my take on Comic Fiesta 2014 DAY 1 (http://goo.gl/gL76ME) & DAY 2 (to be updated) here.
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December 30, 2014

Comic Fiesta 2014 - Day 1


Aprilfy.com is bringing you another year of Comic Fiesta coverages.

Sardin-fied!

On the fine day of 27th December, I arrived at the venue of Comic Fiesta 2014 at about 11-ish AM and the crowd is spectacular as usual. The queue to enter was better in my opinion. Disclaimer, I did not attend Comic Fiesta 2013 personally while I called out a representative to cover last year. The good side ends after I enter the venue. Hell man, the halls were filled with human. It is literally I am suffering from human tsunami. The number of attendees are ridiculously a lot to a certain condition you cannot move well for several minutes. From what I observed, day 1 has more visitors than cosplayers.

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Despite that, I found a number of awesome cosers. This includes how they do their makeup and create their own props. My regards and salute to their efforts. I am picky one, so I do not spray and paint with my DSLR.

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League of Queues


You can pretty much spot queues everywhere. From the front hall till the end of it and there are 5 halls in total. Well screw the crowd complain let me get through the other more interesting part. We have League of Legends (LoL), Pokemon Tournament, Street Fighter Tournament, Magic beginner workshop and few guests Comic Fiesta has invite upon. I literally roam too much as a lone ranger around the 5 halls and the ballroom over at the upper floor. Exhausted and I decided to stuck myself around the LoL area and enjoy the game that I pretty much has not much idea about it but I played it few years ago.

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LEFT Team TCH, RIGHT Team KLH


Well, I am not going to talk much about LoL as I do not fancy so well but I have a results of the The League Circuit Winter Season winners from Garena's page and they are

Champion: Team TCH
1st runner up: Team IGL
2nd runner up: Team IGC
3rd runner up: Team KLH

Congratulation to the winner and other participating teams.

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The Varieties

I am quite happy with the different of cosplays being displayed in CF2014. Unlike 2 years ago, the amount of Hatsune is too damn high. With that being said, words are getting lesser and (not that many) more photos of cosplayers are going to poof up!

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One special mention to this cosplayer. From head to toe to props, the details of Monkey King cosplay are so superb and close to fine. This totally brought out the character of it to reality. I wonder how long he took to put this up.

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The Misses

As a lone ranger, it is totally impossible to cover all the special events and I totally missed most of it. I missed the opportunity to get close-up of the guest cosplayers like Liui, Mon, Aza and King. That is not all, even I missed our pride of this industry - Danny Choo also. Although I missed him, the booth of him Culture Japan are making big bucks as this is easily the most visited booth on day 1. The queues was crazy, nuff said.

The problem to solve my problem is to invite more to join Team Aprilfy! Well, Comic Fiesta 2015 is a year away but we can do some preparation. I am officially inviting few photographers/videographers to join me in the annual event or any big events. Please contact me through my Facebook/Twitter (find it at the end of this post) or even you may email to 23April1994@gmail.com along with some of your work.

Last but not least...

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...say hi to an awesome cosplayer friend, Marcus from Singapore.

Day 2 post will be updated soon! You may find more photos I have taken at CF2014 below.


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