*Squees* I had no idea that covering HERO TV’s “Hataw Hanep Hero 2″ would reap such wonderful rewards. Last Saturday, no exceptions, was the most fun I’ve ever had, EVER.
Around 3:30PM, we then proceeded to World Trade Center for the Hero TV event. E-Games, Level-Up and other gaming outfits will be there so originally, the thought was to cover their gaming tournaments and then try our hands out at dubbing. I had little expectations about the rest of the event though–after going to utterly superficial and fake anime events like Animax’s, I was terribly disillusioned about pinoy anime events. It seemed more about the channel than about the actual anime fanservice and it left a horrible aftertaste.
But stepping into Hero TV’s anime bash was much like stepping into a gathering of real otakus. The cosplay wasn’t limited to Dragonball or Slamdunk or even the ephemeral SailorMoon; Dante from Devil May Cry walked around with his sword, Ichigo in bankai form was also in attendance, Inuyasha was around the vicinity while Kikyo wandered around with an unidentifiable Host Club member (Tamaki maybe?), Yuna and Cloud were inseparable while Naruto characters were everywhere. We also saw the goddess Belldandy while Kagome and Read or Die female leads form a clique. There were really a lot of cosplayers and I wasn’t able to pay a whole lot of attention because I was too busy playing E-Games’ newest release, “Audition”.
Oh my good Lord! I would like to take this opportunity and rave that, “E-Games’ Audition totally kicks ass!!!” It’s way better than O2Jam and the controls are much easier. It’s also a lot of fun because in reality, I totally can’t even dance to save my life! I’m definitely playing Audition again!
Okay, I digress, this is not a gaming post, moving back now to the main topic, anime.
After playing Audition for like an hour, Michiko and I entered a world of bliss when we took the time to listen to the awesome J-pop bands present in the event. I squealed like a rabid fangirl (although I admit I already am) when Houkiboushi started playing, it was so good I originally thought it was being played from the album. I also had a minor seizure when the same band played Sakura Kiss.
Okay, now here are the highlights. Aside from the “dubbing” we did (Michiko and I), we also got the chance to meet a guy who did manga scanlations. OMFG!!!! His anime list is impressive and he gave us his calling card but the real good news is that his main outlet is here in Makati Cinema Square. UWAA!!!!! He has Kareshi Kanojo No Kijou mangas 1-18 and he’s still continuing his manga scanlations. *squeals in joy*
Now, the best part. Getting a go at dubbing. There, I met the voice of Temari from Naruto and I also got to meet Cholo whom I later on found out was the director of Hero TV. He looked so young, I never would have thought! Michiko and I decided to dub “Mirmo de Pon” and much to our surprise, it was an easy yet extremely exhilarating experience. We had no paper scripts to look at but we were made the view the spot we’re suppose to dub and imitate the professional dubbers. For two avid readers and prolific writers, it was quite a piece of cake. One we feel we’ll never get tired of having. ^_^Apparently, the best has yet to come when Cholo commented we were really good and had potential–he got our numbers and told us that he’ll try to squeeze Michiko and I in a real-deal honest to goodness dubbing session. *falls over and passes out from happiness*
Lastly, here’s our official dubbing debut– “Michiko and Arashijo do Mirmo!” Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpHdaZ5omho