C3 Charaexpo 2016 [Artiste Interviews for Tokui Sora/徳井 青空, Angie and Ying Tze]

C3 Charaexpo took place last weekend on 9 and 10 July, at Hall 7 of the Singapore EXPO.

We were very fortunate to be able to secure interviews with 3 Guest Artistes of the event; namely Ms. Sora Tokui (JP), Ms. Angie (Malaysia) and Ms. Yingtze (Malaysia).

We present to you below, the contents of our interviews with all 3 Artistes!

First up, Ms. Sora Tokui; whose last visit to Singapore recently was at the Kinokuniya Singapore main store on 17 May, 2016 to promote C3 Charaexpo as well.

A Japanese voice actress, singer and manga artist with the common VA nickname of “Soramaru”, she is the yellow component of singer group Milky Holmes, a member of the singer group of 9 main voice actresses for Love Live!, as well as
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Question: Welcome Back to Singapore, Soramaru-san! You’ve been to Singapore quite a few times! What do you like the most about Singapore so far?
A: Singapore is a really beautiful country, very green, and the environment is very warm, that’s what I like about it the most!

Question: That’s great to hear! What can you tell us about your latest single, Waku Doki Shooter?
A: It’s the Ending Theme Song for the newest series, “Future Card Buddyfight Triple”! I feel that it is cooler (More Hip!) than the previous 2 songs!

Question: For Paruko Nanana from Future Card Buddyfight, what do you like about her the most?
A: I feel that it is very exciting to play that  role!

Question: How did Miyamura Yuuko, the voice actress for Asuka inspire you to become a voice actress?
A: I went to her event previously as a fan. I met and spoke to her, telling her that I wanted to become a voice actress. Ms. Yuuko told me to go forth, that’s how I decided to become a voice actress!

Question: For Milky Holmes, what has kept the 4 of you together since 2010?
A: It’s actually quite simple! We like to eat similar kinds of food, so that bonds us together!

Question: Which live performance attire did you like the most?
A: For me, it would be the gym attire for Milky Holmes, as it’s much easier to dance in that attire!

Question: As a seiyuu, what are the most unforgettable moments that  you’ve experienced?
A: Because a voice actress is what I wanted to be, the most unforgettable moment was when I heard my own voice broadcasted on television for the very first time!

Question: What would be your favourite character to voice?
A: Definitely it would be to voice Nero (譲崎 ネロ) from Milky Holmes, as I’ve voiced her for a very long time; I feel very strongly about her and am the most attached to her.

Question: Any advice for new budding voice actresses-to-be?
A: I think it’s very important to take the first step towards your dream, such as taking part in your first audition!

Question: If you weren’t a voice actress or singer, what occupation would you have wanted to be the most?
A: Definitely to be a manga artist!

Question: For your drawings’ character design, what are you inspired by?
A: I am inspired by the images that I’ve consolidated; then I begin to put them out!

Question: What country would you like to visit next?
A: I would like to visit the European continent; more specifically France! As I have heard  that there are many anime fans in France! I also want to have a photo shoot in Europe!

Along the way, Ms. Sora Tokui also shared some interesting trivia with us.
She told us that for Love Live, she finds Maki to be the best character that Nico shares a good relationship with, and she likes the song Niko puri Joshi dou (にこぷり♥女子道) the most.
She finds it the most fun when she’s doing a live show on stage.
Before each performance, she eats a proper meal to prepare for it.
She prefers group performances to a solo performance, as she finds it more comfortable, secure and much less lonely!

Also, in her spare time, she really loves to have a nap! That’s also her secret stress relief tool!
She shares that she finds it surprising to be invited to Singapore, that she didn’t know people knew about her outside of Japan!
To end off, she aims to be an even better seiyuu and manga artist, that’s her important goal for the next few years!

Her ending message for Singapore fans is: From her autograph session earlier in the day, many local fans conversed in Japanese with her, she was very surprised and rather touched by their efforts and wishes to thank them!

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Next up, a combined interview with the duo guest cosplayers from Malaysia!

Angie is a cosplayer and illustrator, who started cosplaying in 2008

Yingtze has started cosplaying since 2007, learning sewing and drafting from her aunt, before she started to create the costume masterpieces that she is known for today.
Along the way, both cosplayers have gained expertise in sewing, doing cosplay makeup; and other essential cosplay skills!

Question: Hello Angie! Can you tell us more about your D.Va costume from Overwatch, how are you making it?
A: Hello! For the D.Va costume, I am getting the body suit base from Taobao, but I am making the headgear, armor and neck piece; I hope to be able to finish it by next week. I will be using the costume for a photoshoot!

Question: What’s your favourite type of photographer or photography styles, and why?
Angie: I would like a photographer that’s easy to work with, can shoot me very nicely, to have many ideas during the photoshoot. During a photoshoot, I can become very tired, so I hope the photographer can have many ideas to guide me. I will often find photographers based on the style that they shoot with.
Ying Tze: For me, I want a photographer that can capture my costume in detail, because I’ve spent so much effort to make the costume details. Of course, it must also be a mutual want-to-shoot feeling, for both of us to want to work on the same projects together.

Question: Ying Tze, care to share with us your secret to remembering so many different fans’ names and faces?
(Angie) “I want to know as well! -Laughs-
Ying Tze: There are many fans that always come to meet me, or tag me in their social media, I see them a lot! There’s even a fan that makes chocolate cupcakes for me, which are very nice to eat!

Question: Angie, What’s one of the most interesting gifts you’ve received from your fans this year?
A: I’ve received many interesting gifts! There are many artwork gifts for me, such as drawings of my face, characters that I’ve cosplayed, it’s nice to collect!

Question: What cosplay skills are you looking forward to improving in the near future?
Angie: Props crafting! Especially for armors and weapons, I don’t trust Taobao quality for those.
Ying Tze: Wig-cutting!

Question: Ying Tze, can you tell us about your Chun Li Bishoujo costume that you’re wearing today, what were the hardest parts of making it?
A: For the props, I commissioned my classmate Joe to help out! I made the rest of the costume myself, the hardest parts were the shiny gold pieces, as they had to be drawn to match the shape and size of the original costume design! I took about 2 days to finish this costume.

Question: Angie, are there any overseas cosplay studios that you are interested in photoshooting at, and why?
A: There’s quite a lot of cosplay studios I’m interested in! But there’s one exceptional one in Shanghai, it’s a mansion, like a wedding studio, with a lot of themes! There’s also the studio that recently opened in Bangkok!

Question: Angie, for your recent Gazelle photoshoot, can you tell us how the photoshoot came to be with the 4 tigers?

Photo by Waynn Images

Photo by Waynn Images

A: The 4 tigers actually know each other! I often shoot with a studio known as Cupcats, I am friends with the boss and lady boss, who happen to photoshoot quite a few number of muscular male models as well!
While I was photoshooting at the studio, there was an idea to create this shoot; although there were quite a few delays before we managed to get everyone together because the studio owner wanted to find really buff models, it dragged from March to May!
Initially I expected only 2 male models, but I got 4!

Question: Finally, Ying Tze can you tell us more about your recent Grand Legend Ramayana production? How did you get involved and what were the most memorable moments?
A: I was invited as a guest, purely to promote the Grand Legend Ramayana series, by re:ON comics, an Indonesian comic company! The story is based on real legends!
They are the first in Indonesia to invite cosplay guests; we flew in 3 days earlier to rehearse!
I had lots of fun rehearsing with guests from other countries such as Liui and Orochi, they are all very good performers! I’m very proud to be part of this production!
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And  this is it for the interview segment of the C3 Chara Expo 2016! We look forward to further interviews for the next year as well, thanks for inviting us to the event!

C3 Charaexpo [Exhibition Content]

C3 CharaExpo 2016 is organised by Bushiroad Inc, in partnership with ASATSU-DK INC., SOTSU CO., LTD. and Amuse Entertainment Singapore Pte Ltd; to bring new content for fans of Japanese manga, anime, games and cosplay in the region!

C3 CharaExpo 2016 happened last weekend at Singapore Expo Hall 7.
Two of the most highly anticipated activities for C3 CharaExpo2016 were the full-length concerts on July 9 and 10 by Suzuko Mimori and Emi Nitta, as well as the pro-wrestling performances by the stars of New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)!

The event turnout was very good, both inside and outside the hall; frequent flow of traffic.

The event turnout was very good, both inside and outside the hall; frequent flow of traffic.

Card gaming tournaments took place throughout the day.

Card gaming tournaments took place throughout the day.

A HUGE segment of the hall space was segmented specially for card players, who were a prime target of the event.

A HUGE segment of the hall space was segmented specially for card players, who were a prime target of the event.

Huge turnout for the Bushiroad card tournaments.

Huge turnout for the Bushiroad card tournaments.

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Early in the morning, the NJPW ring was a venue where talkshows were held. Later in the day, the crowds would begin to fill the seats for exciting performances.

Early in the morning, the NJPW ring was a venue where talkshows were held. Later in the day, the crowds would begin to fill the seats for exciting performances.

Card Captor Sakura's 20th anniversary. Special CLAMP illustration, with a figurine to be created by Good Smile in the future.

Card Captor Sakura’s 20th anniversary. Special CLAMP illustration, with a figurine to be created by Good Smile in the future.

The C3 Chara Expo organiser's exhibitor booth offered the largest variety of merchandise; and also brought the largest crowds of fans on both days!

The C3 Chara Expo organiser’s exhibitor booth offered the largest variety of merchandise; and also brought the largest crowds of fans on both days!

Spotted at Sony Booth: The main characters of Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna, decked out in traditional costumes of Singapore!

Spotted at Sony Booth: The main characters of Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna, decked out in traditional costumes of Singapore!

Large touchscreen version of the Love Live mobile game format, for fans and visitors to try out.

Large touchscreen version of the Love Live mobile game format, for fans and visitors to try out.

A long line of fans queuing up to try the love Live mobile game.

A long line of fans queuing up to try the love Live mobile game.

Friendly booth owner, one of the card game booths lining a full row.

Friendly booth owner, one of the card game booths lining a full row.

Card game enthusiasts deeply focused on the merchandise being offered.

Card game enthusiasts deeply focused on the merchandise being offered.

Animax's booth hosting a promotion for convention goers.

Animax’s booth hosting a promotion for convention goers.

Very interesting shooting game: Sushi Police booth.

Very interesting shooting game: Sushi Police booth.

More card gaming booths.

More card gaming booths.

All the way from Japan, the COSPA Booth which offers a large variety of interesting anime T-shirts and other gifts for fans!

All the way from Japan, the COSPA Booth which offers a large variety of interesting anime T-shirts and other gifts for fans!

MY Cartoon booth, with a bunch of pretty enthusiastic promoters

MY Cartoon booth, with a bunch of pretty enthusiastic promoters

Special booth merchandise! Can you spot whose CDs these belong to?

Special booth merchandise! Can you spot whose CDs these belong to?

The WakuWaku Japan booth hosting a series of trivia True/False questions for interested fans.

The WakuWaku Japan booth hosting a series of trivia True/False questions for interested fans.

The Bandai Namco gaming sector constantly attracted gaming fans to try out their latest games

The Bandai Namco gaming sector constantly attracted gaming fans to try out their latest games

Huge booth display setup.

Huge booth display setup.

The Ichiban Kuji, which brought throngs of fans that queued around the booth through the large number of series and attractive kuji merchandise being offered.

The Ichiban Kuji, which brought throngs of fans that queued around the booth through the large number of series and attractive kuji merchandise being offered.

Special booth merchandise! Can you spot whose CDs these belong to?

Special booth merchandise! Can you spot whose CDs these belong to?

Macross Figurines Display

Macross Figurines Display

Macross Figurines On Display.

Macross Figurines On Display.

Throngs of fans lining up for the photo session with the Cosplay Artistes, Angie and Ying Tze.

Throngs of fans lining up for the photo session with the Cosplay Artistes, Angie and Ying Tze.

One of many dedicated C3 CharaExpo staff on duty, guiding the public and fans.

One of many dedicated C3 CharaExpo staff on duty, guiding the public and fans.

One of the many interesting Cosplays around the venue.

One of the many interesting Cosplays around the venue

We’ll be updating this post with even more exciting content as it comes, so do stay tuned!