Otaku

Virtual idol: Miku Hatsune

Hong Kong otaku are in for a rare treat as the most famous Japanese virtual idol Miku Hatsune's live concert in Sapporo, Japan, will be shown via satellite link in two local cinemas.

Sunday, 14 August, 2011, 12:00am

Pure magic

With cosplay, it's all about the taking part and not so much the winning. Wong Siu-lun impressed judges at Hong Kong's Ani-Com & Games fair with her Lineage II-inspired character, but having spent about HK$5,000 on her elaborate homage to the role-playing game, was just HK$1,000 ahead after pocketing the top prize.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cosplay final truly character-building

The stakes were not exactly high at one of Hong Kong's biggest cosplay competitions yesterday, with only HK$6,000 in prize money.

But for those taking part - in what is essentially a 21st century fancy dress competition in which people transform themselves into their favourite anime, manga or video-game character - there is much more to this than money.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Otaku paradise

Anime fandom reaches its peak every summer in Hong Kong, and it's easy to see why. Around this time each year, hundreds of thousands descend on Wan Chai for the biggest animation, comic and game-related exhibition in the city.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Goodbye Kitty

The Japanese cultural phenomenon of kawaii - 'cuteness' - has become ubiquitous all over Asia, spearheaded by Sanrio's now iconic Hello Kitty merchandising. In Japan, kawaii has been absorbed into the country's mainstream culture and used as a framework for artistic expression by artists such as Takashi Murakami, whose 'Superflat' style draws on anime and manga.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

An evening with Danny Choo

While local otaku enjoyed the numerous events and stalls of the C3 Expo, Otaku Zone was able to spend an evening with otaku royalty Danny Choo, who was in town for the weekend.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A little bit of cosplay boosts creativity

In the recent article 'In costume' (Young Post, February 23), John Millen talks about cosplay. Cosplay is becoming more popular in Hong Kong, particularly among teenagers.

Games and comic festivals are held here every year. Teenagers love anime, and they dress up as their favourite characters in cosplay.

7 May 2010 - 12:00am

In costume

Cosplay is a phenomenon in Japan. It is gaining popularity in Hong Kong and is starting to get a foothold in America and Britain. Let's choose a character and dress up!

Dressing up

Nina is a member of a cosplay club at her school here in Hong Kong. Her English e-pal Polly has never heard of cosplay so Nina tries to explain what it is in an e-mail.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation

Hong Kong Museum of Art

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

The art of compromise

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation is the biggest museum exhibition this year - and potentially the most problematic.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

Q&A: Lucien Pellat-Finet

Have you always wanted to be a designer?

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Manga-style

Love it or hate it, dressing up as cartoon characters, or cosplay, is gaining popularity in Hong Kong.

Sheena Lo Pui-cheung, a Year Three creative media student at City University of Hong Kong, is among those who love it.

15 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Downturn or not, pop art sells. Just ask a fourth-generation nerd

Art based on popular culture sells, and there is arguably no greater proof of this today than the prolific Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

According to the 46-year-old Tokyo-based artist, the gloomy economic scenario will not affect international demand for contemporary art.

14 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Game on for show participants

11 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Messenger of death gives 24-hour notice

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit Drama

Manga-inspired Japanese movies are continuing to hit the screen this winter, and Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, based on a popular manga series and starring Japanese teen idols, is likely to bring a little warmth to the holiday season.

26 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

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