With "Returning Legends", TAKII fans are given more of a reason to rejoice when some of their favorite musicians, industry professionals, & celebs from past seasons of TAKII come back for yet another round of celebratory excellence! It's no secret that "star power" seems to be a heavily-respected component to many other like-minded events & conventions, compelling con-goers to attend just because their favorite personality will be "there". When it comes to TAKII, however, that energy works in reverse & reciprocal order, with guests & performers desiring to attend additional seasons of our festival just as much as our frenzied fans want to see them there once more! Thanks to the following "Returning Legends" for TAKII 22 ~It's Morphin Time!~, we'll be able to celebrate this iconic season in true "extreme" style unlike any other festival/con around:
D-chan is a Japanese-mixed male & professional Japanese/Korean vocal musician born on the 1st day of spring, March 20th, 1985. He has been singing since he was a lil boy, with his 1st recording being when he was in kindergarten at Manoa Elementary School in Havertown, PA, singing "10 Little Indians" ^_^. Since then, D-chan has moved on to become a major member of all the top vocal groups his academic career had to offer, which he has also been successful in as an adult. Among other milestones in his young vocal career, D-chan sang on the opening day of The Kimmel Center Of The Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA, won various district & region-wide vocal festivals, & aided his vocal groups to gain top honors in vocal adjudications up & down the East Coast. He is also the 1 of the youngest-entering members ever of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus & their auditioned group, Brotherly Love (both of which he had been a member of from 2003 - 2012). D-chan also has various singles & 2 demo albums ("Watashi Wa...." & "Ai no Chikara") to his credit, all of which are available for purchase at PDNMZ Shoppe X-Perience. As of 2013, D-chan will have performed multiple times on NBC's "10 Show @ 11am" (as a part of Brotherly Love) in Philadelphia, PA, at T-Mode 2008 in Arlington, VA, the GALA 2008 Festival in Miami, FL, & many other venues & events in multiple capacities, including the innovatively-extreme TAKII World Tour.
Further underscoring his commitment to causes greater than his own self interest, D-chan announced at the conclusion of TAKII 14 ~New Year's Evolution~ on December 29th, 2012 that he would be running for Upper Darby School Board to the cheers & adoration of TAKII fans in attendance & worldwide (in a bid to become Upper Darby, PA's youngest & 1st openly gay School Board member on a platform that includes LGBT youth tolerance & anti-bullying). After putting his political aspirations on hold, in 2015, D-chan would go on to become a twice-credentialed Certified Recovery Specialist (working with youth & families living with addiction-related challenges, in honor of his late brother (Allen) & father (John) that he had lost, within a week of each other, the year before). Making a lasting influential impression on people around the world, D-chan's emotive 22nd season guest performance at TAKII is sure to touch you: mind, body, & soul.
A young cosplay aficionado in her own right, Dokudel made her 1st waves at TAKII in TAKII 2 ~Rebirth~'s "Asian Karaoke Idol Show", where she took 2nd place. Since then, she has been a dedicated TAKII dealer & has become the fusion festival's cosplay coordinator. To say the least, TAKII 22 faithful are very glad to have Dokudel aboard (fresh off of her trip to China) as our guest judge & MC for "Cosplay Battle Royale"!
The name on everyone’s mind, assuming you haven't lost your mind to begin with, is Trish Tilapia. A Slavic Latina whose face shines with beauty & a lashing, bladed tongue. Being born in Russia was rather tough on Trish considering most of the doctors were simply bears on unicycles. She decided to move to New Jersey (once upon a time) & begin her career in cosplay/drag....minus the unicycling bears. Her life is dedicated to showing her elegance, sexiness, & quick wit by any means necessary. The upcoming hostess of TAKII 22 ~It's Morphin Time!~ & 1/2 of of the duo known as OVERIT! 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 Trish into the current queen everyone loves (to hate).
Officially christened at Otakon 2012, the Manly Battleships is a fun-loving group of guys & gals that swashbuckles their way up & down the east coast convention circuit. A mixture of veteran panelists, seasoned con attendees, & rough-&-ready programmers, the Fleet splits its time between performing amazing feats of panelistic genius & partying it up with other people on the convention scene. Ever mindful of their powerful abilities, the Fleet covers everything from the seriously academic, to the fun game show, to the downright absurd. A perfect fit for The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational indeed!
"We are always looking for way to take our fusion festival to the next level & the Manly Battleships was the perfect group to bring on-board" says D-chan. "For many seasons we have had home-grown panelists take to our stage in their own quest for TAKII infamy. Now we kick things up a notch by inviting the professional hijinx of these panelists extraordinaire BACK for some more joy (& pain) in the spirit of otaku brother/sisterhood." TAKII 22 can't come soon enough as we welcome, once more, the Manly Battleships into the loving, passionate, glomping arms of the TAKII Family!
"The Mint Maid (formerly The Mint Chokoreto Meido) Café is Philadelphia's 1st mobile & traveling maid café. Established in 2014, our 1st events were small meet-ups & promotional outings. As time went on, we flourished into traveling to many larger festivals & conventions, with TAKII 22 ~It's Morphin Time!~ being our latest stop! And seeing as how this fusion festival was the home of the Greater Philadelphia area's 1st full-scale "anime con" maid café in 2013 (at TAKII 16 ~Cho-ho-ho-cobo~), The Mint Maid Café promises to enhance an already legendary lineage. We celebrate all walks of Asian culture fandom & we're ready to welcome you with open arms to an authentic maid café experience that is sure to be 2nd to none!"