This video shows the skit performance in sequence of their placing.
/Firstly, a big round of applause for all the contestants. All of them are now winners and true heroes to their nation's Cosplayers. I know us Singaporeans were definitely very excited over AyaTenshi's and Raistlin's win at 2nd place.
Video by TVFRANCEJAPONwebTV
Video by TVFRANCEJAPONwebTV
I'm amazed at the quality of their costumes and how well it looked on stage! While I can tell that is not Raistlin's voice (KY XD?), I still find it amazing to hear non native Japanese speakers try so hard to dub in Japanese. If you think it's easy, go try it yourself !
I also love the little surprises they embedded into their performance such as the LED harp that reacts to being plucked, the sudden appearance of AyaTenshi's weapon, Raistlin's transform-able Mecha, and the flying feathers. It's really the little surprises that blows the audience away =). Their hardwork were evident on stage and I'm so happy they got the credit they deserved!
Thank you to the both of them for placing tiny Singapore on the pedestal and thank you for the hard work! Otsukare!!!
There is a lot of flake going around with regards to the winning of Japan.
I was told, this is the raw score by the judges, as you can see, Japan was only placed fifth. But as audience voting also played a portion in the final score, the 500 voters voted Japan up.
To be honest, I kinda sympathize with Team Japan. I'm sure in their own rights, they have also pumped in a lot of effort for the competition. But sadly, all everyone's gonna remember now is the cry of foul play. And I can't help being reminded of my own win at AFARCC2010 where I'm SURE many people don't agree we deserve. But I say don't hate on the people, hate on the system!
Personally I really really enjoyed Team Japan's performance. I'm not a Hakuouki Fan but there's something hauntingly beautiful and romantic about the series that despite my lack of interest in the story, still find attractive. And I think the 2 cosplayers really embodied that aura into their cosplay and skit.
While the premature falling of the backdrop was a bummer, it didn't deviate my attention too much. The Slow-Mo segment should be left to the comedians but the rest of the swordplay really wowed me. Swordplay is something much like Ballet; it takes years of hard work to master the basics and make everything looks steady and smooth. I've seen many failed swordplay performance (which is really more like 'swinging the sword around') and this have me taking my hat off. I know it's hard to make your entire body movement demonstrates the stealth of a professional because I have tried and fail myself . Henceforth to that, I say good job to Team Japan too.
But that said, I think the organising committee of WCS should probably change the Judging Rubrics. While including Audience votes into the final score makes the competition all the more exciting, it can easily cry foul play. I think a separate " Audience's Favourite" Award would be better. What do you think? Vote and comment below!