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Interview with Reika: Full Interview

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Having international cosplayers visit our country is always a delight. Who wouldn't be excited to meet someone who is passionate about the craft from another country and learn how they prepare for their own cosplays. One of the cosplayers known in the international scene is Reika.

Character: Ren Jinguuji
Anime: Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%
Cosplayer: Reika
From Reika's Official Facebook Page
The image above is one of her recent and most loved cosplays, Ren Jinguuji from Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%.

The first time Reika was here in the Philippines was last September 29-30 2012 for Cosplay Mania 2012. I wasn't able to meet her then but after a few months, I was able to meet and interview her. Reika was the special guest in AME 1UP at the World Trade Center last February 23, 2013. Here's the full transcript of my interview with her.

On being back here in the country:
What were you looking forward the most upon coming back here in Manila?
I’m looking forward to meeting the people here and of course the food too. 
A few weeks ago, you asked your followers what costume should you bring to your visit in the Philippines, what costume/s did you bring? 
Everyone here is passionate about fashion and cosplay. I brought here one of my favorite costumes. 
On cosplaying and followers:
How do you choose a character to cosplay?
I cosplay the characters that I like the most.
Do you have any anime/manga that you were fond of in your younger years?
Rather than anime, I like games when I was much younger like Final Fantasy. I was able to cosplay a lot of the characters from the games that I played when I was younger.
Whenever you post photos of your recent cosplays especially male characters, some followers would comment ‘handsome’, what’s your reaction to that?
I’m actually embarrassed. I get really embarrassed whenever someone tells me that I look 'cool' or 'handsome'.
Any weird encounter/comment from a follower?
One fan asked me if I would want a ring as a present. He asked me for my ring size. He was like “Do you want to get married? I’ll give a ring to you.” 
Did he send one though?
No, he didn't send any.
What character/s did you cosplay made the most impact to you?
I really have deep memories of cosplaying Barnaby from TIGER & BUNNY because I really like his character. Cosplaying this character really made an impact to me.
Character: Barnaby Brooks Jr.
Cosplayer: Reika
From Reika's World Cosplay Account
On attending conventions abroad:
How do you feel whenever you are invited to go out of Japan for cosplay conventions?
Of course I get excited about being invited but because I’m a cosplayer from Japan, I kind of represent Japanese cosplayers so I always think that “I have to do my best” or “I have to present myself properly” every time I go abroad. 
Are you excited to meet your fans here in the Philippines?
I’m excited but a little nervous too - every time.
What do you think of conventions here in the philippines?
I’ve seen a little of the event this morning when I came in, and it feels like a Japanese festival so I think its really fun.
When Reika has free time:
What do you usually do whenever you're not cosplaying or attending conventions? In your free time?
I’m always asleep.
Do you sleep in the whole day?
Sleep. Watch Anime. Sleep. Watch Anime. 
 You don't leave your bed?
I don’t actually leave my bed. Haha!
Reika's message to her fans:
"I'm very happy I was able to come back to the Philippines again this time. This is my 2nd time being here... and it's really a fun place to be. It's only been a day and a half but I've already eaten a lot of delicious food. I plan on coming again, so I hope I can see you all again!" 
There you have it! My interview with Reika. She's so nice and approchable and super cute too~ If you'd like to share your own experience with meeting Reika, feel free to comment on this post. 

Here's the link to the video of the interview itself:

For more updates on Reika's cosplays and events, you can check out:

Twitter: @reika2011
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