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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- It's Morphin Time: TAKII 22 Celebrates Shining Stars Of Powers Rangers & Asian Culture Lore....& MUCH MORE!!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: TAKII's official introduction of its 2 newest "Brand-New Debuts" (Robert Axelrod (Lord Zedd & Finster from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) & Cris Ryan (Chinese TV talent & fashion designer)), relaunch of this season's pre-registration process, & MORE!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=513


Team TAKII "Interaction" Coalition ~Paparazzi Press Room~
TAKII -- http://takii.pdnmz.com
TAKII: Interaction ~Paparazzi Press Room~ -- http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/paparazzi-press-room
TAKII Forum -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
press@takii.pdnmz.com


ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

ABOUT TAKII 22 ~IT'S MORPHIN TIME!~
Boldly going where no convention has gone before, 10 years strong -- with some special guests coming along (^_*). "The world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" does it again with a fresh new season known as TAKII 22 ~It's Morphin Time!~! Debuting in Philly, PA's The Rotunda on January 7th & 8th, 2017 (10:00am - 10:00pm EST both days), it will be the strongest testament to-date of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational's much-touted expansion (featuring top tier "Brand-New Debuts" Robert Axelrod (acclaimed actor & VA for Lord Zedd & Finster from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) & Cris Ryan (Chinese TV talent show personality & avant-garde fashion designer, among others). We've spent the last DECADE taking our flavor of Asian culture fandom to the streets (changing minds & touching hearts) & we can't wait to earn your seasonal support once more.

ABOUT THE TAKII WORLD TOUR
For our fusion festival fans, the TAKII World Tour has become a way for them to connect to The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational at a like-minded event that is closer to them, being able to trade infamous stories of TAKII lore with their passionate compatriots. For organizers of similar festivals & conventions, it's a chance for them to partner with the most dynamic force in this genre of Asian-themed entertainment & add that missing element of "the extreme" for their own attendees to enjoy. Touring since November 2006, the TAKII World Tour has universally rocked the foundation of Asian culture fandom & continues to do so all-throughout the year & many more to come!
TAKII 21 ~ANNIVERSARY~ IS HERE & IT'S FREE!!

Coming at you on May 14th & 15th, 2016 (10am - 10pm EST both days) from Philly, PA's The Rotunda (THE ENTIRE BUILDING), The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational (TAKII) 21 ~Anniversary~​ IS FREE TO ATTEND (in honor of our 10th anniversary)! Before you arrive, however, please be sure to download a copy of our Hardcore Handbook programming guide (http://takii.pdnmz.com/registration.html#hardcore_handbook) & don't forget to bring some extra coins for all of the swag we're gonna have on sale ^_^.

OH, & don't forget the TAKII 22 ~It's Morphin' Time!~ reveals we're going to make, including unmasking the identities of the Chinese TV talent show celebrity & cast member from the original Might Morphin' Power Rangers that we're gonna have come on down! The hype is DAMN REAL!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 10 Years In The Making: TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~ Is Comin' & It's FREE!!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: Details on how TAKII's celebrating its 10th anniversary all throughout 2016, new stops coming up on the TAKII World Tour, & MUCH MORE!!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=504


May 1st, 2016 -- Some said it couldn't be done. Others claimed that we "bit off more than we could chew". Well, folks, we're beating the odds again with yet another season of "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival", The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational! Coming at you on May 14th & 15th, 2016 from Philly, PA's The Rotunda (THE ENTIRE BUILDING), TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~ IS FREE TO ATTEND & is the ultimate gift to its fans by way of an intimate retrospective of the best (& worst) moments & memories of seasons-gone-by & a special insider's peek at what's in store for this incomparable phenom in the weeks, months, & years ahead. Featuring epic mash-ups of some classic TAKII festivities, a fresh slate of debuting guests & performers, & some TAKII World Tour insanity, TAKII 21 promises to be THE season NO ONE is going to want to miss!


HISTORIC ARCHIVES (http://takii.pdnmz.com/historic-archives)
Since 2016 marks TAKII's 10th year of existence, we're taking this time to not only revamp our classic "Historic Archives", but to also pay tribute to each & every season/stop on our World Tour EVER PRODUCED! The TAKII Family will also be given multiple chances to win some awesome swag as a reward for showing off their old school TAKII knowledge (something that will commence at TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~).

REGISTRATION (http://takii.pdnmz.com/registration)
THAT'S RIGHT, FOLKS -- TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~ is going all-in for its fans & will be offering FREE ENTRY for everyone! No matter if you only attend on Day 1, Day 2, or both, you will be gifted a FREE #1 CONTENDER'S PASS (http://takii.pdnmz.com/registration.html#contender_passes) & access to all of our premium festivities by default! Think of this as our way to say "thank you" for all of the support the TAKII Family has given us in over 10 years of existence (^_^). ....& since your Contender's Passes are FREE, that's all the more money you can spend on pre-regging for 1 of our Vendor Table Slots (http://takii.pdnmz.com/registration.html#vendor_table_slots)! If you've got $25.00 to spare & some swag/talents to show off, please consider purchasing a Table Slot (before our pre-reg deadline of May 13th, 2016) straight from our "Registration" section: http://takii.pdnmz.com/registration.html#deadlines_specials.

FESTIVITIES (http://takii.pdnmz.com/festivities)
With over 20+ different festivities to enjoy this season, TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~ exemplifies what it means to be an all-inclusive festival for people from all walks of life. This season's "Gaming Free Play" boasts a record 40+ games to be potentially played (not counting our treasure trove of retro games), while our "Cinemazement Lounge" offerings bring unto the TAKII fan dozens of screenings of titles from our TAKII Video Archive (including a montage of moments from TAKII ~Ichiban~ all the way to TAKII 20 ~Ichiban: Part 2~)!!

GUESTS & PERFORMERS (http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers)
Featuring Philly's 1st mobile maid café (The Mint Maid Café), our 1st-ever Nerdlesque troupe (Pleasant Nightmare Burlesque), & 2 "Charity Beneficiaries" ("DATTE" Awards Recipients & The Foundation) TAKII 21's "Guests & Performers" are guaranteed to tear the house down during our "Makenai: Fusion Charity Benefit Concert" & touch your hearts all throughout this very special weekend.

LOCALE & DIRECTIONS (http://takii.pdnmz.com/locale-directions)
Thanks to the permits that are allowing us to take over our venue's ENTIRE BUILDING, The Rotunda welcomes The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational for yet another season of hilarity as can only be experienced by attending TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~. Gina Renzi (Director of The Rotunda) has played a huge role in helping us establish & maintain an effective presence in the Greater Philadelphia region (& beyond) & no words can express how much TAKII & its fans appreciate her unconditional support.

RULES & REGULATIONS (http://takii.pdnmz.com/rules-regulations)
We're expecting to reach capacity this season, so we recommend everyone reading up on what our legal FYIs are. ^_^

INTERACTION (http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction)
Let not your heart be troubled by TAKII withdrawl before, during, or after TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~, minna-san. The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational provides a plethora of avenues of "Interaction" for anyone to choose from. Whether that be we find you at a hot-spot on the TAKII World Tour, or you become members of our Team TAKII Coalition, or you simply just help us pimp the good name of TAKII worldwide with our wallpapers & avatars, you'll always be able to find something to keep yourselves busy. Speaking of our World Tour, we'll be previewing the following stops LIVE at TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~: TAKII @ Liberty City Anime Con 2016 (we're taking over Times Square this summer, y'all!), Season 2 of Philly's Next Top Cosplayer (who will follow in the royal footsteps of our reigning champ, Koralene Cosplay?), SeraMyu Selects (our 1st-ever stage production of a Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon musical!), & KPOP-alypse-KON 2016 (the return of Philly's 1st-ever Korean pop culture convention!).


It's hard to think that in 10 years, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational has come all this way, thanks to all of you who have supported us through the years. While we might be looking ahead to the awesomeness that awaits us all at TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~, we can't help but to think of all the memories we all have made together that have no only changed minds, but hearts of people within & beyond the scope of Asian culture fandom. When you have kids running up to you, thanking & hugging you for giving them the courage to overcome their insecurities & display their talents for the TAKII world to see, it can put a knot in your throat & a tear of joy in your eye. From all of us Team TAKII Staffers to all of you TAKII fanatics, we say "kanpai (cheers)" -- onward & upward to many more years of fusion festival wonderment, starting with TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~ (which is FREE TO ATTEND) on May 14th & 15th, 2016!!!!


Team TAKII "Interaction" Coalition ~Paparazzi Press Room~
TAKII -- http://takii.pdnmz.com
TAKII: Interaction ~Paparazzi Press Room~ -- http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/paparazzi-press-room
TAKII Forum -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
press@takii.pdnmz.com


ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

ABOUT TAKII 21 ~ANNIVERSARY~
Boldly going where no convention has gone before, 10 years strong. "The world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" does it again with a fresh new season known as TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~! Debuting in Philly, PA's The Rotunda (THE ENTIRE BUILDING) on May 14th & 15th, 2016 (10:00am - 10:00pm EST both days), it will be the strongest testament to-date of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational's much-touted expansion. And with the help of our BRAND NEW Team TAKII Coalition sponsors, unique to this season will be special editions of our TAKII World Tour (highlighting each fusion festival aspect we will be enhancing). We've spent the last several years taking our flavor of Asian culture fandom to the streets (changing minds & touching hearts), waiting what seemed to be a lifetime for a momentous occasion such as this. TAKII 21 ~Anniversary~, "Make-Up!"

ABOUT THE TAKII WORLD TOUR
For our fusion festival fans, the TAKII World Tour has become a way for them to connect to The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational at a like-minded event that is closer to them, being able to trade infamous stories of TAKII lore with their passionate compatriots. For organizers of similar festivals & conventions, it's a chance for them to partner with the most dynamic force in this genre of Asian-themed entertainment & add that missing element of "the extreme" for their own attendees to enjoy. Touring since November 2006, the TAKII World Tour has universally rocked the foundation of Asian culture fandom & continues to do so all-throughout the year & many more to come!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brand New World: TAKII 18 Comes Alive THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: The release of this season's Hardcore Handbook scheduling guide, a sneak peek of KPOP-alypse-KON, & MORE!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=458
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- A New Queen Is Crowned: Koralene Cosplay Wins The TAKII World Tour's Reality Show, Philly's Next Top Cosplayer!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: Paying "Historic Archives" homage to Philadelphia's 1ST EVER reality show-based cosplay competition & a special message from reigning champ Koralene Cosplay!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=430


November 11th, 2014 -- "Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These are some of the most important qualities one must possess in order to be successful. But do you have what it takes to be the best in the world at what you do in a universe of costumed illusions? If so, put your skills that pay the bills to the test in Philly's Next Top Cosplayer!" And it was with those words that "the most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" embarked on a gritty journey to premier Philadelphia's 1ST-EVER reality show-based cosplay competition in a style & flair that was 2nd-to-none. The 1st season of PNTC began on October 1st, 2014 & featured a month's worth of daily video testimonials & weekly costumed challenges. Four brave souls in particular (Avery, Kojii, Koralene, & Sakura) subjected themselves to tasks such as "Slice Of Life: Philly", "Jigsaw", & "Judge's Choice", all with the help of their very-distinguished sensei (Dokudel, Anastasia Versace, Nero, Nikki, & special guests Cris Ryan & Stacy Rubel), putting their cosplayer skills to the ultimate test. Fans around the world would then vote (on the PNTC Forum, YouTube, Facebook, & texting) on whom they felt did the best job.

The competition came to a head during its Live Finale on October 25th, 2014 at TAKII HQ in Upper Darby, PA (broadcasted on USTREAM) & once the costumed dust had settled, we were able to crown Koralene our 1st Philly's Next Top Cosplayer champion! To the winner went the spoils, as she would go on to be awarded (handsomely) cosplay commission funds & the honor of repping the fusion festival at cons far & wide over the next several months, including headlining TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~! Due to the critical success of Philly's Next Top Cosplayer, a 2nd season was already being pre-planned (for sometime in 2015). BUUUUT before we search for a soul to follow in Koralene's royal footsteps, we invite you to visit this reality show's home at our "Historic Archives" (http://takii.pdnmz.com/historic-archives/takii-world-tour-archive/pntc) & read the following message from PNTC's reigning champ:

"Being in Philly's Next Top Cosplayer was an amazing experience. My 1st impression was that it was going to be something really fun & interesting to do. As the start date got closer, I was more nervous than anything. That was alleviated quickly because D-chan was so great & constantly talked to me about any concerns or worries that I had, which made me feel so much more at ease going through all of this as a person who has never competed in a cosplay contest before. As each of the "Challenges" were revealed, I got to work immediately with full support from friends & family, as well as the sensei.

My interactions were limited at 1st with the other contestants because I honestly didn't know if I was supposed to be talking to the competition! Eventually & happily, Sakura & I did start conversing, not just about PNTC, but life in general. I was really happy to have made another great friend through this experience. My time with my assigned sensei (Anastasia Versace) was very limited, much to my chagrin (thought she gave me great tips on makeup for "Challenge #1": Slice Of Life ~Philly~). However, D-chan came to the rescue (often) when my sensei was unavailable & made sure I was supported in the competition. Dokudel was also a sensei who was very fun & helpful. I got to spend some time with her at the Live Finale & I always looked forward to her feedback. The feedback from all the sensei was an immense aid to improve my performances in each "Challenge". Speaking of the "Challenges" as a whole, it was important to me to step up my game & push myself. Again, I had a lot of support from family & friends, who helped me come up with some great ideas! I definitely couldn't have done it without their help as actors & editors. In short, PNTC really pushed my creativity to the next level.

If anything can be said about this reality show, it's that TAKII has done something incredibly amazing & special for all of the cosplayers out there. I'll absolutely be supporting The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational in any way I can & plan to represent the title of Philly's Next Top Cosplayer in a manner that would do the organization proud, make other cosplayers aspire to follow in my footsteps, & get our fandom to fall in love with the art of cosplay all over again. Being involved in the competition made me feel great & excited & gave me the opportunity to reach out to people & make new friends in a style I previously thought was impossible. Winning Philly's Next Top Cosplayer has been a true highlight in my life & has served as a spring board for my creativity, encouraging me to push my cosplaying boundaries to the extreme.

I am so thankful for the friends I've made, the incredible prizes I've won, & the opportunity to be a part of something new & different. I honestly wish I could enter again next year, but I get to do the next best thing & be a sensei! So as I begin my reign as your cosplay standard bearer in the Philadelphia area, I leave you with this: "Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These are some of the most important qualities one must possess in order to be successful. But do you have what it takes to be the best in the world at what you do in a universe of costumed illusions? If so, put your skills that pay the bills to the test in Philly's Next Top Cosplayer!" xoxo, KORALENE COSPLAY"


Team TAKII PR Coalition
TAKII -- http://takii.pdnmz.com
TAKII: Paparazzi Press Room -- http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/paparazzi-press-room
TAKII Forum -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
press@takii.pdnmz.com


ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

ABOUT TAKII 18 ~BRAND NEW WORLD~
Boldly going where no convention has gone before. "The world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" does it again with a fresh new season known as TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~! Debuting in Philly, PA's The Rotunda on December 27th & 28th, 2014 (10:00am - 10:00pm both days), it will be the strongest testament to-date of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational's much-touted expansion. And with the help of our BRAND NEW venue partners, unique to this season will be special editions of our TAKII World Tour (highlighting each fusion festival aspect we will be enhancing). We've spent the last several years taking our flavor of Asian culture fandom to the streets (changing minds & touching hearts), waiting what seemed to be a lifetime for a momentous occasion such as this. TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~, "SIGN ME UP!"

ABOUT THE TAKII WORLD TOUR
For our fusion festival fans, the TAKII World Tour has become a way for them to connect to The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational at a like-minded event that is closer to them, being able to trade infamous stories of TAKII lore with their passionate compatriots. For organizers of similar festivals & conventions, it's a chance for them to partner with the most dynamic force in this genre of Asian-themed entertainment & add that missing element of "the extreme" for their own attendees to enjoy. Touring since November 2006, the TAKII World Tour has universally rocked the foundation of Asian culture fandom & continues to do so all-throughout the year & many more to come!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- "Classic" (Asian) Rock: Acclaimed Rock Harpist, Julia Mae Staley, Debuts @ TAKII & Makenai X-Posé Premiers This Saturday!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: Special bio highlighting TAKII 18's "Brand-New Debut" in Julia Mae Staley, info on how you can attend Makenai X-Posé, & MORE!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=364


August 13th, 2014 -- Julia Mae Staley (http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/brand-new-debuts.html#juliamae), Rock harpist & Alternative singer, began her study of music with the harp at age 4. Heralded for her striking musicality, Julia made her debut at the age of 12 on tour in Germany in conjunction with YOBC. Her 1st recording was at the age of 10 for "Music For The Soulstice: Millennium", a CD that benefited the Susan G. Koman Foundation. Julia Mae has been a soloist with the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra & numerous other instrumental groups, having played concerts in Germany, Austria, Baltimore, & Philadelphia. Miss Staley loves other cultures, but especially that of Japan, so it should come as no surprise that she'd perform at "the premier Asian fandom convention experience in the Greater Philadelphia area & beyond", TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~! Hajimemashite, Julia!

....but WAIIIIT, a person this talented must have more to their story, right? If you answered with "yes", then you'd be correct! So let's take a few more moments to learn more about the enigma that is Julia Mae Staley:

Julia Mae Staley worked closely with the Guild Hall School in London on a project to collectively compose works with disadvantaged, young Baltimore students. She has also given her time to other houses of academia nationwide as a musical theater pit performer. Miss Staley also taught piano & voice for 2 years at a local music studio, but not before graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the Peabody Conservatory Of Music in 2010, with an unofficial Composition minor. If you're looking to enjoy Julia Mae beyond the confines of TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~, she will be performing at the West Chester Harpfest this November 2014 as a special guest, live with 20 harps & an orchestra, followed by teaching early music as a guest at an Elizabethan Reenactor's Camp in the Spring of 2015. More activities & dates to be announced as the year rolls along, so be sure to show your support for Julia Mae Staley whenever & however you can!

At the conclusion of TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~, we polled you, our TAKII Family, to determine which kinds of festivities you enjoyed the most. And as a result of that feedback, we have created a new stop on our TAKII World Tour known as Makenai X-Posé (http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=350)! A blend of "Makenai: Fusion Charity Benefit Concert" & "X-Treme X-Posé" panels, Makenai X-Posé takes place on August 16th, 2014 (THIS SATURDAY, 6:00pm - 10:00pm EST) from 1 of TAKII's newest venue partners, Studio 34 (located at 4522 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143, which is 8-10 blocks from The Rotunda). Co-hosted by TAKII Founder, D-chan, & TAKII 17's hostess, Anastasia Oxnuttz, it promises to be a buffet of sights & sounds for all fans of Asian culture fandom, all for only a $10.00 at-door entry fee. Sharing with us their talents for the special premiere of Makenai X-Posé will be "Returning Legends" Lady Ai (J-Rock/J-Pop vocalist) & the Manly Battleships (convention panelists extraordinaire). The most important guests for the evening will be, of course, YOU, our fans! We look forward to creating even more legendary moments in Asian culture fandom with our World Tour's newest programming experience.

As we expand the brand that is The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational, we are always looking for people to donate their talents & become members of our Team TAKII Coalition (http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/team-takii-coalition)! Being an in-person &/or online volunteer member of the Team TAKII Coalition isn't an easy task, but it is one in which is absolutely vital to the continued success of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational. What started out as a 1-person organization has grown into a support staff in the dozens, with many others becoming more interested to serve all-year-round. In terms of Team TAKII hierarchy, there are only a few basic levels: coordinator (senior-level support that is responsible for all coalitions & is the final word on all decisions to be made), dedicated staff (junior-level support that works closely with coordinators to carry out the tasks of their respective coalitions on a consistently seasonal basis), & casual staff (beginner-level support that assists dedicated staff & their respective coalitions on an infrequently seasonal basis). Anyone interested in becoming more involved with "the premier Asian fandom convention experience in the Greater Philadelphia area & beyond" is encouraged to visit the official "Team TAKII Coalition" page & fill out our fool-proof application (http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/team-takii-coalition.html#coalitionapps).

If you thought what we've shared with you about TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~ up to this point was awesome, then you will ABSOLUTELY fall in love with what we plan on revealing in the days, weeks, & months ahead. Until then, see y'all this Saturday at our World Tour premier of Makenai X-Posé (^_*)!!


Team TAKII PR Coalition
TAKII -- http://takii.pdnmz.com
TAKII: Paparazzi Press Room -- http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/paparazzi-press-room
TAKII Forum -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
press@takii.pdnmz.com


ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

ABOUT TAKII 18 ~BRAND NEW WORLD~
Boldly going where no convention has gone before. "The world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" does it again with a fresh new season known as TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~! Debuting in Philly, PA's The Rotunda on December 27th & 28th, 2014 (10:00am - 10:00pm both days), it will be the strongest testament to-date of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational's much-touted expansion. And with the help of our BRAND NEW venue partners, unique to this season will be special editions of our TAKII World Tour (highlighting each fusion festival aspect we will be enhancing). We've spent the last several years taking our flavor of Asian culture fandom to the streets (changing minds & touching hearts), waiting what seemed to be a lifetime for a momentous occasion such as this. TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~, "SIGN ME UP!"

ABOUT THE TAKII WORLD TOUR
For our fusion festival fans, the TAKII World Tour has become a way for them to connect to The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational at a like-minded event that is closer to them, being able to trade infamous stories of TAKII lore with their passionate compatriots. For organizers of similar festivals & conventions, it's a chance for them to partner with the most dynamic force in this genre of Asian-themed entertainment & add that missing element of "the extreme" for their own attendees to enjoy. Touring since November 2006, the TAKII World Tour has universally rocked the foundation of Asian culture fandom & continues to do so all-throughout the year & many more to come!
The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational (takii.pdnmz.com) is EXPANDING & we want everyone to know we're ready to take on a "Brand New World" by making the following GROUNDBREAKING announcements:


{{ PR }} TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~ Announced!! -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=355

{{ PR }} Cosplay Battle Royale ~Super Bowl 2~ Approaches! -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=356

{{ PR }} Makenai X-Posé Shines Down In Philly On 8/16/14! -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=357

{{ PR }} TAKII Joins The Fun At J1-Con On 9/14/14! -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=358

{{ PR }} Cinemazement Returns w/a 2nd Installment 9/27/14! -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=359

{{ PR }} TAKII Premiers Philly's Next Top Cosplayer! -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=360

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ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

ABOUT TAKII 18 ~BRAND NEW WORLD~
Boldly going where no convention has gone before. "The world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" does it again with a fresh new season known as TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~! Debuting in Philly, PA's The Rotunda on December 27th & 28th, 2014 (10:00am - 10:00pm both days), it will be the strongest testament to-date of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational's much-touted expansion. And with the help of our BRAND NEW venue partners, unique to this season will be special editions of our TAKII World Tour (highlighting each fusion festival aspect we will be enhancing). We've spent the last several years taking our flavor of Asian culture fandom to the streets (changing minds & touching hearts), waiting what seemed to be a lifetime for a momentous occasion such as this. TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~, "SIGN ME UP!"

ABOUT THE TAKII WORLD TOUR
For our fusion festival fans, the TAKII World Tour has become a way for them to connect to The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational at a like-minded event that is closer to them, being able to trade infamous stories of TAKII lore with their passionate compatriots. For organizers of similar festivals & conventions, it's a chance for them to partner with the most dynamic force in this genre of Asian-themed entertainment & add that missing element of "the extreme" for their own attendees to enjoy. Touring since November 2006, the TAKII World Tour has universally rocked the foundation of Asian culture fandom & continues to do so all-throughout the year & many more to come!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- A Look Back: TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~ Breaks Ground & Records, PLUS Gets Immortalized In "Historic Archives"!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: Celebrating the most successful season in the history of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=137&t=327


June 30th, 2014 -- Upper Darby, PA -- By throwing together the most dynamic parts of Asian music, anime, gaming, & culture in ways unseen & paralleled, we have stood the test of time, now entering our long-awaited growth & expansion with the coming of TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~! Having taken place from Philly, PA's The Rotunda on June 14th & 15th, 2014 (10:00am - 11:00pm EST on both days), our celebratory 17th season became THE go-to destination for ANY Asian culture fan this particular spring/summer festival/convention season as we payed tribute to the most LEGENDARY & TIMELESS facets of this fandom we have had so much passion for. Boasting re-vamped "TAKII Coordinator Classix" & "TAKII Family Favorites" festivities, a formidable roster of "Returning Legend" & "Brand-New Debut" guests & performers, perfect partnerships, increased swag sponsorships, & expanded hours, this season was the fruit of everyone's shared sacrifices & support since our inception. We challenged our fusion festival family to "answer the call of that pounding J-Rock beat, throw on your best cosplay couture, grab that joystick, & claim your moment in the otaku-saturated sun only at TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~"....& it was enthusiastically accepted!

Despite the fact that public transportation wasn't cooperating on Day 1 (due to a partial SEPTA strike for its Region Rail System), by 11:00am (1 hour in), we already had crowds at the door & people lined up outside, waiting to get in! Screenings of rare anime titles, a panel done by Andy HG (on he finer points of import gaming), & a few intense rounds of "Last Otaku Standing" kept TAKII 17's attendees busy until it was time to begin the "TAKII 17 Show". As hosted by our "Brand-New Debut" & drag queen extraordinaire, Anastasia Oxnuttz, after 4 rounds of memorable (& "I wish I could forget that" moments), we crowned longtime TAKII Family member, Avery, our new "TAKII Show" Champion! Before we capped Day 1 off with our longest "Ota-Rave" in fusion festival history (via special guest DJ Adam Tuttle), the highlight of Day 1 (if not the entire weekend) was our "Makenai Concert", featuring performances by The Asterplace & Mr. Cake (a new Chinese Fusion band), Masato Itoh (an alum of the illustrious Video Game Orchestra & Ani-On Live), & a tribute to TAKII Founder, D-chan's late brother & father, Allen & John Christopher (who had passed away April 3rd & 12th, 2014 respectively). Everything came to an absolutely STOP once the video tribute for these beautiful souls played, with words shared LIVE by the surviving members of the Christopher Family (needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye in the house & many hugs were given). Based off of an absolutely spectacular 1st day, it was no surprise that Day 2 would end up being just as much of a success story, if not moreso (with performances by [Ai] & Love&Chocolate, "Cosplay Battle Royale ~Super Bowl~" played at Clark Park, "Gaming Tourneys" as facilitated by our Team TAKII volunteers, & so much more). TAKII 17 weekend would come to a close with "Lip Sync For Your Life" (hosted & roasted by none other than Anastasia Oxnuttz) & an additional dose of our infectious "Ota-Rave".

There are so many people we'd like to thank for making our collective dreams possible this particular weekend (from Team TAKII to all of our performers to The Rotunda to some special guests to our vendors to our panelists & everything in-between). TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~ couldn't have been as magical of a sold out weekend as it was without your support. As we sit here & type this "Historic Archives" recap (enriched with memories, multimedia, & MORE here: http://takii.pdnmz.com/historic-archives/takii-archive/takii17-densetsu), we are already missing our TAKII Family. We wish that we could wake up in the morning, be ready to open up The Rotunda, & then dance & sing our asses off in celebration of our wild fandom for yet another day. And looking from everyone's pics, videos, & experiences (much of which are chronicled here), it truly does wonders & touches us in a way that, as keen on words as we tend to be, makes us speechless. However, let's all take the lessons of love for each other, faith in ourselves, & a spirit of pure resolve into the future & continue to grow "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival", THE premier fandom festival/convention experience in the Greater Philadelphia region & beyond, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational. The best is yet to come & we can't wait to unveil TAKII 18 come December 2014!


Team TAKII PR Coalition
TAKII -- http://takii.pdnmz.com
TAKII: Paparazzi Press Room -- http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/paparazzi-press-room
TAKII Forum -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
press@takii.pdnmz.com


ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- The Time Has Come: TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~ Unveils Its Final Schedule & Guest/Performer Line-Up In Time For Its Father's Day Weekend Debut!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: Previewing TAKII 17's schedule, taking a closer look at this season's "Returning Legends" & "Brand New Debuts", paying tribute (in memoriam), & MORE!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=317


June 8th, 2014 -- Upper Darby, PA -- True to our tagline, "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" celebrates its 17th season in unique style & is honored to have the following "Brand New Debuts" joining us this Father's Day weekend:

MASATO ITOH (Video Game Orchestra/ANI-ON LIVE) (in his own words ^_^) I came to the US to study music at Berklee College Of Music. After graduating from college, I stayed in Boston & started performing with many Rock, Funk, R&B, & Fusion groups, bands, & projects. My musical talents have had me performing both domestically & internationally in places such as Italy, UK, China, Macau, Guam, & Japan. After joining the Video Game Orchestra (known best for their live concerts & work with the Final Fantasy franchise) in 2012, located in Boston, I expanded my horizons to perform at video game & anime conventions all over the USA. Most recently, I became 1 of the founding members of Ani-On Live (a Fusion group that plays anime music), keeping myself busier than ever before. (read more here: http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/brand-new-debuts.html#masato)

MR. CAKE (Chinese Fusion Band) Mr. Cake is a Chinese Fusion band from New York City. Close friends with The Asterplace, but with their own distinct sound, they have rocked out on the East Coast long enough & are ready to make their Philly debut specifically at TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~! With many collaborative efforts in the underground Asian Rock scene to their credit, words can't do justice to describe the kind of auditory fantasy you'll be taken on in a Mr. Cake live performance. There's an old saying that goes something like "if you don't stand for something, then you'll fall for anything". When it comes to these C-Fusion masterminds, however, they will "stand up for you" as you "fall in love" with their sound at The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational's celebratory 17th season! (read more here: http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/brand-new-debuts.html#mrcake)

ANASTASIA OXNUTTZ (TAKII Show Champion/Cosplayer/Drag Queen) The name on everyone’s mind, whether it be TAKII Family or those involved in the drag world, is Anastasia Oxnuttz. A Slavic Latina whose face shines with beauty & a lashing, bladed tongue. Being born in Russia was rather tough on Anastasia considering most of the doctors were simply bears on unicycles. She decided to move to New Jersey & begin her career in cosplay/drag....minus the unicycling bears. Her life is dedicated to showing her elegance, beauty, & quick wit by any means necessary. The upcoming hostess of TAKII has performed & competed within previous iterations of the "TAKII Show" under her regular persona, Volkie (Steve, Sarah Palin, the list goes on). Victory in that & "Cosplay Battle Royale" helped transform Volkie into the current queen everyone loves (to hate). (read more here: http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/brand-new-debuts.html#oxnuttz)

LOVE&CHOCOLATE (J-Pop Idol Group) In a time where music has become a result of machines & computers, the hand-crafted art of performance still lives in Love&Chocolate. Comprised of fantastic talents such as Maki, Reika, Pao, & the Rock-stylings of Lady[Ai], these ladies have become the energetic shock this age needs to remember why the arts of singing & dancing are able to captivate hearts & minds, regardless of language. Making their collective worldwide debut at TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~, this new J-Pop girl group on the scene will serve festival attendees an auditory & visual buffet that will satisfy all 5 senses in ways that have yet to be experienced by "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival". There's no need to wait until next Valentine's Day when you can have a lil Love&Chocolate this June 14th & 15th, 2014! (read more here: http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/brand-new-debuts.html#lovechoco)

Not to be outdone, our roster of "Returning Legends" includes an acclaimed Asian vocal musician (D-chan, http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/returning-legends.html#d-chan), a local J-Pop performer ([Ai], http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/returning-legends.html#ai), authentically supreme J-Rockers (The Asterplace, http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/returning-legends.html#theasterplace), a faithful tribute band (HadoukenChicken!, http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/returning-legends.html#hadoukenchicken), & expert panelists (the Manly Battleships, http://takii.pdnmz.com/guests-performers/returning-legends.html#battleships). "Debuts" & "Legends" alike will be lending their talents towards our "Makenai Concert", which has special significance this season....being performed in the loving memory of TAKII Founder, D-chan's late father & lil brother, John Allen Christopher (7/6/61 - 4/12/14) & Allen Dane Christopher (10/15/87 - 4/3/14). D-chan's mother, Marilyn Christopher, will be presenting an AMV in their honor at the conclusion of the "Makenai Concert" & will be accepting this season's "Project "DATTE"" Award on their behalf. Needless to say, there won't be a dry eye in the house.

Of course, your journey to TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~ wouldn't be complete without our Hardcore Handbook, available NOW (http://takii.pdnmz.com/registration.html#hardcore_handbook)! Everyone is encouraged to print out a copy of the Hardcore Handbook prior to their arrival, as Collectors Editions (for pre-reggers) & standard style versions of this guide would be available at-the-door in limited quantities. Speaking of registrants in general, this season ran out of pre-reg slots by the beginning of June 2014 & projections show our fusion festival, for the 1st time ever, SELLING OUT of #1 Contender's Passes at the door during TAKII 17 weekend! If you didn't pre-reg for a Pass over the last several months, you are suggested to come to The Rotunda as soon as possible to purchase one at the door (for only $15.00, which covers the entire weekend). Our official website & social media outlets will be updated in the event that we do (eventually) sell out (*crosses fingers* ^_^).

Thanks to YOUR support, YOUR energy, & YOUR love, TAKII 17 is on track to become the Greater Philadelphia region's most emotionally charged & successful festival/convention of the year! We'd like to say "you have no clue how it makes us feel" to say that, but you do. You know how HARD we have worked to get up to this point & all of the sacrifices that have been made. From our humble beginnings in the Gayborhood to Gina Renzi (Director of TAKII's venue) & The Rotunda taking a chance on a lil shindig calling itself "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" several years ago, to the group of staff known as Team TAKII that keeps this organization moving all year 'round, to so many others who have made this moment possible....DOMO ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU. Keep that TAKII fire burning, minna-san -- we are SO CLOSE to making festival/convention HISTORY once again. See you at The Rotunda this Father's Day weekend for the debut of TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~!!


Team TAKII PR Coalition
TAKII -- http://takii.pdnmz.com
TAKII: Paparazzi Press Room -- http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/paparazzi-press-room
TAKII Forum -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
press@takii.pdnmz.com


ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

ABOUT TAKII 17 ~DENSETSU~
By throwing together the most dynamic parts of Asian music, anime, gaming, & culture in ways unseen & paralleled, we have stood the test of time, now entering our long-awaited growth & expansion with the coming of TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~! Coming to you from Philly, PA's The Rotunda on June 14th & 15th, 2014 (10:00am - 11:00pm EST on both days), our celebratory 17th season becomes THE go-to destination for ANY Asian culture fan this spring/summer festival/convention season as we pay tribute to the most LEGENDARY & TIMELESS facets of this fandom we have so much passion for. Boasting re-vamped "TAKII Coordinator Classix" & "TAKII Family Favorites" festivities, a formidable roster of "Returning Legend" & "Brand-New Debut" guests & performers, perfect partnerships, increased swag sponsorships, & expanded hours, this season is the fruit of everyone's shared sacrifices & support since our inception. Answer the call of that pounding J-Rock beat, throw on your best cosplay couture, grab that joystick, & claim your moment in the otaku-saturated sun only at TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~! ((**This season is dedicated to the memories of the late John Allen Christopher (7/6/61 – 4/12/14) & Allen Dane Christopher (10/15/87 – 4/3/14). We love & miss you!!!!**))
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Past, Present, & Future: The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational Returns SUPER-SIZED For TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~ June 14th & 15th, 2014!
PRESS RELEASE FEATURES: Celebrating the success of TAKII 16 ~Cho-ho-ho-cobo~, announcing the debut of TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~, the premiere of Cinemazement, & MORE!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE URL: http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=295


Team TAKII PR Coalition
TAKII -- http://takii.pdnmz.com
TAKII: Paparazzi Press Room -- http://takii.pdnmz.com/interaction/paparazzi-press-room
TAKII Forum -- http://amen.pdnmz.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
press@takii.pdnmz.com


ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII)
Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis.

ABOUT TAKII 17 ~DENSETSU~
By throwing together the most dynamic parts of Asian music, anime, gaming, & culture in ways unseen & paralleled, we have stood the test of time, now entering our long-awaited growth & expansion with the coming of TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~! Coming to you from Philly, PA's The Rotunda on June 14th & 15th, 2014 (10:00am - 11:00pm EST on both days), our celebratory 17th season becomes THE go-to destination for ANY Asian culture fan this spring/summer festival/convention season as we pay tribute to the most LEGENDARY & TIMELESS facets of this fandom we have so much passion for. Boasting re-vamped "TAKII Coordinator Classix" & "TAKII Family Favorites" festivities, a formidable roster of "Returning Legend" & "Brand-New Debut" guests & performers, perfect partnerships, increased swag sponsorships, & expanded hours, this season is the fruit of everyone's shared sacrifices & support since our inception. Answer the call of that pounding J-Rock beat, throw on your best cosplay couture, grab that joystick, & claim your moment in the otaku-saturated sun only at TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~!