Well, there’s a distinct lack of information about the meet and greet event itself, so let me fill you in based on what happened for the meet and greet of day one.
I have a VIP Pass. Where should I go to?
After entering Megatrade Hall, go to the furthermost corner to your right. There’s a walled off area behind the Ozine Host Club. The meet and greet is gonna be there. Start stalking the place before 2 PM.
What do I get out of this VIP Pass thing?
Forget what they said on the website, here’s what you’ll get:
1. Time wasted falling in line. I was probably the 25th in line, and it took an hour for my turn to come up.
2. An unsigned 4R picture of Miyuko. You choose from a set of pictures. Better ones will quickly run out, so make sure you’re early.
3. That golden moment when Miyuko looks at you, waves, and says hi. Straight to the heart, dear friends.
4. Your picture taken with her.
5. Your picture taken with her and her two cosplayer friends in her entourage. Now this depends whether her friends are cosplaying from the same series. For my case, it was Kirino and Saori both from Oreimo. Sunday’s probably will be Kotori and Honoka. No idea for Saturday.
And that’s it. At least for the first part where it’s just a picture taking thing. Later on I found out people were lining up again, because there’s a second part! And there was no freaking announcement about this! So the second round, with a new line altogether, is for the autograph signing and meet and greet thing. You get:
1. Remember that unsigned 4R picture? Go get it signed.
2. Cosplay cards of Miyuko and her two friends.
3. A handshake. A honest to goodness handshake. I swear I heard someone say he’s never gonna wash his hand.
So remember, there’s a second line!
How long should I allot for this meet and greet?
Dear sirs, it will take up your entire afternoon, given that there will be more people during the weekend. Bring foldable chairs.
How much time will I get to spend with Miyuko?
Thirty seconds for the pictorial, thirty seconds for the meet and greet. So a total of one minute.
So, thoughts on Miyuko?
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaym. Seriously, she’s intimidatingly pretty. That feel when you’re embarrassed to stare at her, only to realize you’re wasting your few expensive seconds.
She’s also quite friendly to the guests. And nice too. The guy in front of me, in panic, forgot to shake her hand. And her reaction was so damn cute, as though she was losing out, when he called the guy back. Respect.
Is it worth the 350 php (450 php including the hall tix)?
Honestly, no, but it’s a necessary evil I think. It’s not worth the amount, but heck, take my money.
Should I get a VIP Pass then?
No, stay away from MY Miyuko! Joking aside, yes, get your VIP Pass so that the event organizers will bring more big time international cosplayers in the future.
I don’t want to pay 350 php. What Miyuko thing can I get?
Ok, remember the two lines I mentioned? The picture taking line strictly checks your VIP passes. The meet and greet line (hint: handshake) did not check any VIP passes. So either it was a major oversight of the marshals, or the meet and greet is open to all. It might be worth trying or asking to see if they’ll allow non VIP pass holders in for the autograph and handshake thing.
What’s different in day two?
Well, it’s a different set of costumes, right? Also, they swapped the order of events. On day two they had the autograph signing and meet and greet event first. Then a break for Miyuko and her friends to get interviewed in the main stage. Then they go back to do the picture taking. That’s as far as I was able to know.
So what happened on day three?
Madness I tell you. Sheer madness. It was horrible. There were far too many people on the line, meaning that they sold way too many passes for what they could logically handle. I lined up at around 2 PM, and there were 6 layers of lines already! As of 6 PM, there were still 4 layers!
The worst part of it is that who knows what time they actually started. By 3:10 PM, the line has not moved a single inch, and I simply gave up. Yes sirs, the author of this blog post threw away 350 php. That’s called cutting your losses.
For the record, the spot I was in was at layer 2 of the line by 6 PM. My marker was that Kirito cosplayer (If you’re somehow reading this, yes I was the guy who asked you to be careful with your sword. No hard feelings. I just don’t want the handle close to my eyes.) Thank God I decided not to spend any more time on that line.
So yeah, this was kind of a downer ending for Miyuko’s meet and greet thing.