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Sakura Gathering 2017: Every Fan’s Dream Get-Together

Detective Conan fans from all over the place gathered together to enjoy this whole day of fun and exciting activities. Of course, the games, the mysteries and the singing is back. What made this gathering so much better is that there are more fans who gathered this time, there are artists and shops who came and exhibited their work, and we got more time to be friends with each other.


What I love the most about this fandom is that everyone is just willing to be friends with everyone! I feel that we are more than just fans, we are a family. And thanks to everyone who has been doing their best, the event was indeed, successful.


Activities included the classic mystery-solving, where everyone battled their wits out to see who can outsmart the given case. There was also a flattering Karaoke contest where the participants get to sing their favorite Detective Conan song. Abigail was lucky and talented enough to win the title.


Soon, an intense battle of sack race determined which team is the most competitive. Despite the minor mishaps, it was all but a healthy competition and everyone managed to still walk away from the field with a smile on their face.


Who could forget how the cosplayers were able to strut their costumes during the cosplay competition? Nikita was undeniably the runaway winner (according to the audience) with her rendition of Vermouth from the Black Organization.


And of course, everyone experience the “hanami” feels with all the sakura petals and tea-drinking by the afternoon.


Prizes and freebies for this event is not your average joe. Sure, there were prizes such as posters, stickers and novelty items but some of the prizes given away this afternoon were movie tickets to the much anticipated Movie 21: The Crimson Love Letter. Another prize is a scholarship for Module 101 on Animation from SEACAT, our partner; and that’s not only for one fan, BUT TWO who are willing to take on animation to a whole new level. But one particular prize shocked everyone in a good way, and that is TWO tickets for Japan! It includes roundtrip airfare and lodging, and everyone was rooting for it.

People also enjoyed the displays of manga and toy collection of one of our members and biggest supporters, Laila.

In between the activities, everyone dropped by the artist’s booth to snag some cool souvenir from our exhibitor artists Flyhy Sky and China. I was also lucky enough to showcase some of my personal projects and DCPH Founder Ruffa also displayed original and official DCPH stickers.


Truly it was a day to be remembered. Although some slips happen like me losing my obi (I was so pissed that I cannot wear my yukata), everyone was still all smiles at the end of the event. We have been receiving good feedback and that’s how we are sure that we can continue to make events like these possible in the future.


And of course, after all the stressin’ and enjoyin’, everyone who stayed for the after-party was able to enjoy the pool!

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the fantastic event. Watch out for our mini-events like the Block Screening of Movie 21 at SM Megamall and more!