Gathering of the Detectives: First Fan Gathering of Detective Conan PH


If you have been an avid anime fan, I’m sure you’ve heard of Detective Conan, one of the longest running series of manga and anime created by Gosho Aoyama. The manga was first read on 1994, and two years after that, the anime was launched. From 1996 to this year, fans watching have long waited to see if Conan will be able to reclaim his body as Shinichi Kudo, after being drugged by the Black Organization. The long stretch of the story have mysteriously kept the fans glued to the series. I have personally been a fan since 2007, but I have been watching it long before that. Detective Conan has that unique charm to drag but be still very relevant. Fans just laugh away the fact that within the anime, technology had been evolving, but the age of the characters seemed frozen.

Here comes the conception of the Detective Conan Philippines to have an event: it started with a survey, asking likers of the page if they’d be willing to share and celebrate the love for the series. Shortly, it was set on October 8th in Warehouse Eight, Makati City, with RSVP only 250 pesos (about 5$). It was meant to be a small gathering, limited only to 50 people in ticketing . Preparations of the page administrators, sponsors and volunteers loomed towards the date, while everyone else waited with much anticipation.

As soon as it was announced, I already had my eyes on cosplaying Sonoko Suzuki. I intentionally bleached my hair for weeks (since lace wigs are next to impossible to acquire) and I had to remake my vest (sordid saga on tumblr). I was also one of the people who heed the call for volunteers in its ingress and egress (there’s nothing I wouldn’t do in the name of fandom *lol*).

It happens today!
Fellow cosplayers as our favorite characters
Movie Pop Quiz Top Three
Team Yellow with our puzzle

The day finally came, and I have treasured every waking moment of it. The venue was fantastic (by now, I am so used to travelling from North to South), had room for all 47 guest and admins, and as cozy as it can get. Fellow cosplayers graced the event. The activities were also fun, which made me wish I had reviewed more (blame memory gap), and tickled the mystery solver in everyone of us. The sing-along, the filmshowing, the pop quiz, the fan art, the jigsaw puzzle, the clue hunting, the code-breaking and the raffle! EVERYTHING! I actually wished the time was longer. I am a freakin’ social butterfly and I would have loved the chance to know everyone by name, because it is the best thing to do in gatherings like this. Or maybe… Time just flies by faster when you are having fun. The food was quite unexpected, but I liked that cake because I am a sweets monster.

The winning fan art ©Jenghis Gochangco
My friend Angelie, cosplaying as the Queen Sonoko as well! ©Ma Angelie Maglana

I personally loved how I was reunited with a friend, Angelie, for the first time in a long time. Cosplaying with my friend China as Makoto was spazzing in disguise (we extremely love SonokoXMakoto). I also met a lot of wonderful people, which is quite refreshing for me, because we are all in the same boat that day.

The fan art winner Jenghis, with me and China.

No one left empty-handed as there were prizes more than enough for everyone. Fan artists received special gifts and badges, winners of the games took home posters, figurines, comics and watches… and the standees were even raffled out. The event ended with hopes to see each other on the next event. I personally would like to congratulate all the administrators: Ruffa, Lei (who is a fellow educator by profession), Jec and thanks to the sponsor J-Line Comics, who publishes Detective Conan manga locally. It was a job well done, and everyone will definitely look forward to the next one.

© Detective Conan Philippines
Selfie with the page owner and admin, Ruffa
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