Another event has just passed for Team Onii-chan and yet, unlike the previous ones, the Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special display will always hold a special distinction for various reasons. Not only was it the largest collection of figures ever gathered for an event but it was also the first time that Team Onii-chan was front and center in terms of participation for a convention. For such a young group to handle a project of such grand scale was indeed a daunting task but if there was ever a crew that was prepared for it, it was ours. From the planning stages to the ingress and to the event proper itself, everyone helped out in bringing this dream to life. Never have we imagined that a figure-centered convention would ever be promoted this way and we’re very lucky to have played a big part in it.
If there was anything that our Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special display showed, it was that the team could now handle bigger responsibilities from its previous experiences at other events. With each display event that the team handles, not only does the bonds of its members grow, but it also learns more of the different things that are needed to be done for a successful showing. I’m very happy with the end result of our showing here as we not only had a mega display, but we coupled that with other activities such as the highly successful buy and sell booth and the anticipated auctions.
The selling table was definitely one of the highlights of the event as a lot of our members got to sell their figures for good prices. We were also able to gather team funds from it which will be used for future activities such as buying of display materials or even a planned group outing in the future. Managing the booth was a tough task, but thankfully, our members were also up to task with accounting for all of the transactions that happened in both days.
Of course, the main highlight of the event was the anime figure display, which in my opinion, is the greatest one ever assembled in all my years of going to anime conventions. The collection gathered here was simply gargantuan with around 18 tables used. Even with all of those tables, they were barely able to contain all of them with some even being crammed just to fit everything. However, we still managed to arrange them in an orderly and presentable manner. This is just the start of how we plan on doing our displays from now on. We expect ourselves to push the boundaries even more with our future showings.
Overall, the Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special was a hugely successful event as it proved that a figure-centered convention is not only for the collector crowd but it also draws the attention of the entire otaku spectrum. Being co-presenters of this event, we’re very humbled and grateful that Otakuzine management gave us the chance to have a big part in it. Team Onii-chan will not be what it is today without the support of not only its members but also its partners in helping to promote the figure-collecting hobby. More than just being a group of friends among each other, we want to be open in working with other groups as we believe that it will make for a much healthier otaku community here in the Philippines. I want to thank all of our members who have worked extremely hard to bring this dream to reality. Even as we move on to greater things in the future, our team will always remain grounded and accepting of both praise and criticism as we believe that they will help us in cultivating a more collaborative culture which we constantly strive to have.