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Panama’s Cosplayers, those who don the attire of their comic book heroes to enact their roles, are waiting with excited anticipation for the convention that celebrates their lifestyle at Bakkufest 2, on Saturday, December 21 from 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Oxford School on Transístmica. To the delight of the subculture’s practitioners, this event’s Facebook page has recently announced the itinerary for the action-packed day of fun.
The day begins with a Retro Karaoke Open Mic while the inscriptions begin for the various categories of Cosplay and drawing contests.
At 1 p.m. round one of the Galactic Challenge begins the ´´rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock´´ game invented by Sam Kass and Karen Bryla that was popularized on the television show ´´Big Bang Theory.´´ (The rules for this version of ´´rock, paper, scissors´´ can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock)
At 1:30 p.m. the 1½ hour-long, free-style Drawing Contest begins which will be held at the same time as a Dance Competition which takes place on a separate stage. Though most prizes will be announced during the day of the event, the drawing contest winner will take home a 10 DVD set of the complete Mazinger Z animated series, a classic of Japanese anime.
At 2 p.m. there will be a Mini Quiz followed by the second round of the Galactic Challenge. After this the public will be treated to the first session of the event’s main draw, the Juvenile Cosplay Category.
After the winner of the first round of Cosplay is announced the next category of ´´Normal´´ (non-juvenile) Cosplayers will compete at 3 p.m. This will be followed by the so-called ´´Cospobre´´ (´´poor´´ Costume) category, comprised of the less-elaborately outfitted contestants.
At 4:30 p.m. the Drawing Contest winner will be announced followed by an exhibition round of Cosplayers parading on a fashion runway.
A highly-anticipated performance by the popular Panamanian J-pop (Japanese pop) band Noir Lotus is scheduled. They are slated to take the stage at 5 p.m. with their rock-and-roll antics.
Finally the event will begin to close down at 6:30 p.m. when the final round of the Galactic Challenge will take place, followed by the announcement of the winners of the ´´Normal´´ Cosplay and ´´Cospobre´´ Categories.