2013 Year In Review: Big Things Come in Droves

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We are hopeful that 2014 will not only be a great, but also a banner year for anime events in the country (FreedomStrike Group photo)

2013 may be best remembered for being the most eventful and the most controversial year that I had experienced. Sure we had the Zamboanga Crisis, Napoles and the Pork Barrel Scam, Calamities, Natural (like the Bohol Earthquake and Supertyphoon Yolanda [Haiyan]) and Man-made (the Saga at the Senate featuring Senator Miriam Santiago and Johnny Enrile), Beauties (like Ara Arida. Megan Young and Bea Santiago) and Brainless (the return of Battle of the Brainless on Philippine TV).

We witnessed how Philippine Television has evolved for the past 60 years (and celebrate it with style), then the slew of happenings that happen during Election season (the campaign, the mudslinging, and the Election Coverage innovations and etc). Deaths, from Bella Flores and Pepe Pimentel, Eddie Romero and Danny Zialcita, to Paul Walker, Nelson Mandela and Cory Monteith.  The Affordable Health Care Act (or Obamacare) had a rough time sailing past bipartisan lines, A US government shutdown, A Movie that will enter the annals of film history as the biggest bomb this year (The Lone Ranger). All that happened this year.

On tech, Blackberry almost succumbed, while Apple revamped its OS to a design similar to its fierce rival Android. Windows Phone slowly gained momentum, as opposed to Nokia ending up from top of its game to its devices unit being a part of tech giant Microsoft. “Selfie”, “Regram”, “Foodporn” “OOTD” “QOTD” and other Instagram hashtags became social bywords. Al Jazeera America and Fusion debuted, while the BBC and TV5’s news operations moved to new sites. Brian Griffin was killed off, only to be resurrected after two weeks. Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams made stunning TV Comebacks, as Breaking Bad and Dexter said  goodbyes, alongside a slew of cancelled programs

All of it, made 2013 the most memorable year I have ever witnessed.

And the Philippine Anime Community also shone bright in 2013.

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The Destruction of Real Anime Journalism

 

So these people won. These people who advocate tabloid journalism and nonsense reporting won. They won by kicking me out, and that, my friends, meant that good guys really finish last.

I have been putting it off for the past few days just to let off some steam, but I can’t hold it any longer. For these people who don’t know anything about journalism is going to triumph over real journalism, journalism with hard nosed inquisitorial skills, depth of coverage, and even skillful mastery of the words with a flair for objectivity and integrity.

Again, I reiterate my stand., Anime Journalism is what I do, not tabloid journalism. I’m doing what I think is right, and some “hao shiao” bloggers are now making their way to events, creating “real event reports” without even making sure their facts are straight. I am not one in buying that kind of journalism. No, no.

 

I started with a clear concept in my mind, and that is to report Anime events the way Walter Lippmann, Eric Sevareid, Walter Cronkite, Edward Murrow and other great journalistic heavies of the past. I’m sure, if these people read the stories of these guys, they would have turned in their graves for mocking the sacred job of journalism.

I was even being forced to shut up by these guys, but shutting me up will warrant in their violating my constitutional right to free speech and expression. Were these guys learned on the constitution or are they just effing up?

Now, I find myself alone, fighting this fight against these imbeciles who don’t really know how journalism is done, and for me, I stand trod on viewpoints that vindicated me and my passion to report just only the facts and facts alone. I am a correspondent, trained by the best people who I respected much and gave me valuable views, at the same time teaching me to stand on my ground. My education taught me to be steadfast on my beliefs, and for sticking what I know is right. In the end, while people are laughing at me, kicking me on the ground and also criticizing not only my work but on my personality as well, I will have the gall to say, “You don’t belong here, This is what separates the men from the boys” to these “fake anime journalists” who don’t even have an iota of credibility and respectability to boot, and get so much attention for being the “most liked page on Facebook or most followed on twitter or their articles are trending”. Number of followers does not make it credible, period.

And, one more thing, If I would have to do it the hard way, then yes, I’m glad to oblige, but in the end, I am going to be right.

 

For now, this post really sums up what I feel, and if people get offended by this, I am saying my apologies in advance. but nothing will ever stop me in this crusade, even if it counts as BS to some, or a rant for others, but as what my Professor, David Nye said “You serve best by doing that which you love most

 

Knightkira Special Patrol still airs every Tuesday Nights. and Sui Generis is now on its preproduction stages.

 

Headin’Out!

The Essence of Being A Writer and a Journalist

Writers are a superstitious bunch when they always write just about…. everything.

I read that Road Dahl has a writing style that is completely his, He only has one choice of pencil and one choice of yellow pad when he writes his famed children’s novels. Yes, he writes his story in long hand and also he painstakingly erases everything that he knows will not fit well to the story. One one instance, one of his books that was 30+ pages long had to go 200+ of papers just thrown away!

I also heard of some other writers having their own superstitious beliefs when they write, or they type. I also happen to be on that bunch too, I write using a long ruled yellow pad, of certain quality, and I also write using black ink. My creative juices also go in the wee hours of the night, which is not unusual for some writers as well. That’s why during my college years, whenever I have the chance. I write my novels and try to immerse myself. Sometimes, when inspiration is there, I go two-three pages, but when the well is dry, I write sometimes half a page long.

But I always think myself first as a writer, second as a journalist. I write because I really want to speak on what I believe in, I write because there are so many things that come into my head and I needed a medium to let it all out. I write because, hey, I love to write.

I write novels, and yes, my first ever novel was written 9 years ago, during the time I was still in high school. I also write short stories and also some fiction features that would tickle the imagination of teenagers. The topics of all my stories center around on two main themes: Extreme sports and Friendship. That is one thing I want to share it to you, my never-ending passion to write about how teenagers become scuba divers, or skydivers, or ice-divers. They are in the age where they are not scared of exploring the world beneath them, and for me, these extreme sports personify these traits of teenagers. When they are in deep trouble with themselves, they count on their friends to be there and to help each other while at the same time they explore about themselves. That for me, is how I want to tell you as a writer.

Would you believe that during my elementary school days, I hated to write? Yes, I hated to write because I always grow tired of writing long sentences and phrases. My teachers noticed it, and my mom quickly intervened, She enrolled me to a “Writing workshop” which will eventually “cure” that trait. Little did I know that workshop was a Journalism workshop, and things started from there, for me as a Journalist.

 

I was a campus journalist all throughout, from elementary, to high school, all the way to college. I am proud to be a part of the greatest teams who chronicled history, and that was the reason why I chose to stick to this career path, with so much interest. I felt more inspired to be on the heels of history, reporting and telling you what is happening. I will write about the event in the most objective way possible.

And now, I apply what I have learned to ZEN Otaku Honbu, itself an institution in anime journalism. I know that doing this job that we grew to love has its own sacrifices. Before, I used to go into events with my friends, and just hanging around. Now, I sacrifice my time and my effort to know more about the event, Interview people and write the story in as little as 12 hours after I go home or we get scooped by some “bloggers” and “writers” who act as “journos”.  To tell you the truth, it hurts to me to be outscooped, more so that in this age of social media, blogging and the internet, anyone can become a journalist and become a writer. To me, nothing beats good old inquisitorial journalism and hard nosed reporting. People will try to emulate you, and that’s good, but when they become copycats, or more, they became too much over their head over a few likes on Facebook, or retweets on Twitter, or even being discussed on their own blog, that, my folks, is a different story (and a different editorial to boot)

 

Writers are here because they have a job to do, They have the job to tell you what they think of their world. Journalists have a job to do as well, and that is to tell you what is happening in this world. And I am proud to be both, to tell you about my world and what’s happening in this world.

 

And that’s the way it is, Headin’ Out! 

Groundbreaking

 

 

Later is going to be Hero Face Off 2013, surely it’s going to be the biggest cosplay event in the country, and it’s also groundbreaking.

Why groundbreaking? Well, its going to be the first ever official World Cosplay Summit national qualifiers. and no less than Ed Hoff, the communications head of World Cosplay Summit (yes, the one in Japan) is going to grace the event, possibly as one of the judges of the WCS Philippines finals but of course, overseeing the big event organized by Anime Alliance Philippines.

We had a really nice chat with Mr. Hoff, who is a Japanophile from Canada. He has lived in Japan for the past 15 years and it seems that his knowledge of Cosplay was really way beyond what we knew. He became at home to our culture and to our food, and to me, it was a good sign that great things are sure to come.

 

We do also expect some ABS-CBN Executives to be there in the event as well, led by Narrowcast Head Antonio “March” Ventosa, who has to grace the event (hopefully) as the in-charge of Creative Programs, which owns Hero TV. Also expected to be gracing the event are some channel heads of CPI Channels, of course, led by concurrent Balls and Hero honcho Marjorie “Jojo” Estacio.  And of course, personalities would also be there to

Meanwhile, Today at Toycon, I bumped into former TV5 President Ray Espinosa, who made a quick tour inside the venue. Looking dapper as the just-appointed associate director of First Pacific,  he went inside the function halls to check into the life-sized figures and busts. Maey Bautista and Mike Nacua of GMA Network, meanwhile. cosplayed as Kirito and Asuna of Sword Art Online for a shoot for GMA News TV’s Day Off. I wonder, surely, is SAO the only anime we have?

 

Toycon Day 2  has became an affair with everyone, from Executives to celebrities, to just ordinary folk who would want to search for that long lost toy, to be with their friends who share the same interests, or even to be in the character of their choosing.

Day 3, meanwhile, will be groundbreaking. with WCS Philippines, Radyo Pirata, and Social Media, what can be more “groundbreaking” than this?

 

Headin’ Out!

Greatness

n.b. This post was first seen on my Tumblr Account, Reposting here as my first Anime Editorial

 

This weekend will be centered on Greatness

Tomorrow will be the start of the 12th installment of the country’s biggest Toys convention ever, the 12th Philippine Toycon. This event is not just great for being the pioneer, but it is also great for being the primus inter pares of all pop culture events. Everything is going to be great, with the booths, exhibitors and the eventgoers all lining up to buy stuff, to witness cosplayers and to be with their friends.

On Sunday, another great event will happen during the event, and it will be the first ever official World Cosplay Summit final qualifiers to be held here in the Philippines. 20 Cosplayers will slug it out for the right to become our country’s representative to the World Cosplay Summit as an observer. And that is greatness personified.

Our country will now be entering the cosplay stage. These cosplayers have came all the way from provinces as far as Davao and Legazpi, or went to great bounds as those who braved 127 kilometers from Manila to join the Subic Qualifiers. All of them have one dream, to show to the world what Filipino Cosplayers are made of.

Toycon has been the place where some first time anime fans would experience life as a fan. It could probably their first event after being a home, just watching their favorite anime series or following their favorite fandom. I myself had that same kind of experience in 2006, which was my first Toycon outing. Seven years later. I always come back to rekindle that spirit, although always in a different capacity. Before I was just a simple anime fan who wanted to become part of the subculture. Now I am an anime journalist who report on the latest anime news and cover events. I could say that Toycon was the event that helped me evolve through everything. I will never forget Toycon 2007, where I was with the WTF Cosplay Team. I will never also forget Toycon 2009, which challenged my personal life. Toycon never ceases to surprise me, and I could say that I am thankful for this event because it became part of my life.

 

Again, Greatness will be in store again for Toycon 2013, with Hero Face Off and the World Cosplay Summit Philippines qualifiers. Like any other events, Toycon always writes its own history, and it will write again another great chapter in the history of Philippine Pop Culture.

Why Write Editorials?

 

“Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since the other side is mostly not listening, than with telling the guys on your side how they ought to sound when they’re arguing.”  – Adam Gopnik 

Hello, I’m Kira, You may remember me as the person who owns a blog called The Notebook on ZEN Otaku Honbu, of which I am a Managing Editor there (I cover the Anime Events beat). I also write a second blog, called The Notebook:Reloaded, and yes, I also have a Tumblr account where I post, and re-blog everything I fancy. I also happen to tweet on Twitter under the handle @knightkira and also does a program Tuesday nights at 10 called “Knightkira Special Patrol” on Radyo Pirata. , which is produced by my production company, Freedom Strike Productions.

And I also happen to be a graduate of Mass Communications at the Lyceum of The Philippines University, a school founded by the former Philippine President Jose P. Laurel.

Now, you might be wondering, Why on earth did I create again a third blog?
Well, it’s easy. I want to Editorialize.

I want to write commentaries, editorials and viewpoints that are solely my views and views alone. This is my space where I can vent all out on all things happening in my world to which I live, be it about Anime, the Media, the Society we live in and Politics. I know, I was going to use my “Reloaded” blog for that, but because I was simply too tardy to write again another update, it just got stuck for months without even writing one. And now, I have created this blog solely for the purpose of writing Editorials, Commentaries and Viewpoints, without any editorial control.

In short: I own all what I am going to write here and I am fully responsible for what am I going to say.
Of course, there will be tirades, criticisms, frustrations and all related things that I always wanted to do. And yes, there will be things like that,. but I always remembered how Don Hewitt competed against NBC in the fifties, doing things that would be the most absurd thing to do, and yes, he went on to become the most successful news producer of his time. He was highly competitive, he almost instructed Dan Rather to sock the jaw of Abraham Zapruder to get the controversial film which he shot and remains to be the only moving evidence of JFK’s assassination (Zapruder didn’t get socked by Rather, Hewitt called and said that he should not do that, and Zapruder sold the film for $600,000 to Life Magazine).

That’s how I compete, and that’s how I get angry when  the competition gets the job first than ours.
Today, people tend to become journalists because in this age, there are outlets, like blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and any other means. Practically everyone can be a journalist. But I always tend to be more traditionalist, meaning to say that if I would like to be a journalist, I had to train and learn the tips and tricks and everything, and it includes writing better leads, composing arresting headlines, and learning the ethics and values of mass media, things I always follow on my heart.

I admit that anyone can be a journalist, even non-journos can even become one in a flick of a switch. But not everyone can write classy editorials, and that’s what I’m out to do.

I admit that everyone can now write leads in their stories just to look like a report.  But not everyone can write leads as classy as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the top journalistic guns in this world, and I myself can heave a sigh of relief because no one has yet to be like them.
So, I still have to answer that question on my title: Why Write Editorials?

My answer to that: It’s because it’s the most rational thing to do in this age.
My Editorials will come out maybe two times per week, or I will try to make it as more frequent as possible, but sometimes there are writer’s blocks that comes along the way, so do forgive me.

And yes, all my editorials (i.e., Everything I write in this blog, knightkiraeditorials.wordpress.com) do not reflect the position of ZEN Otaku Honbu and its editorial team, Radyo Pirata and its management, and  my current employers. They do, however, reflect the opinions and the stand of Freedom Strike Productions and its management.

And that’s the way it is, Headin’ Out!