Goodness gracious, ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA is coming to Malaysia for the first time ever and it’ll be happening on the 9-10 June at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)!! If you’re really into Anime and the related stuff (Figurines, Soundtracks, Manga & etc), i’m sure you heard of this event before and believe me, it’s BIG. At least from the pictures/videos I’ve seen in the past few events in Singapore, i can judge that it’s big!
Anime Festival Asia (AFA) is an anime convention that was first introduced in 2008 at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore.
History of ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA (AFA)
First held at Suntec Convention Hall, Singapore. Managed to invite Kōji Morimoto, Animation Director of Studio 4°C and Kunio Okawara, mechanical designer of Gundam for the industry talk. Ichirou Mizuki and May’n (her first overseas concert) were also present at the event.
Managed to invite Danny Choo and KANAME ☆ to the event.
Created the maid cafe called “Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe.”
Notable singers were Shoko Nakagawa who sang a duet with Ichrou Mizuki on Day 1 of the event and Yoshiki Fukuyama who sang a duet with May’n on Day 2 of the event. Hatsune Miku made her first “live” solo appearance overseas.
Held the first ever “Regional Cosplay Championship” where cosplayers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippine competed in teams of 2 against each other.
Invited 4 K-On! voice actors to the event and performed a first-ever live dubbing of certain scenes.
Held on November 12–14.
Aira and Alodia Gosiengfiao as well as KANAME ☆ were invited as cosplay judges.
Voice actresses Kana Hanazawa and Milky Holmes were invited to the events.
A butler cafe “Atelier Royale” was featured.
Invited singers included AKB48, Angela, Ichirou Mizuki, JAM Project. May’n and Scandal.
Movies Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: Awakening of the Trailblazer and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya were screened before their DVD or Blu-ray releases.
Confirmed date of the event: November 11 to November 13.
Invited singers include Ichirou Mizuki, Flow, LiSA, and Sea☆A on Day 2 of AFA. May’n, Angela, Kalafina, Kanako Itō and Milky Holmes on Day 3.
Hatsune Miku had her very own Live Party concert on Day 1 of the event, the first such concert to be featured in the region outside of Japan.
Chiwa Saitō, Gō Nakanishi, Danny Choo , KANAME☆ and USAGI are special guests for the event.
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 4 will be shown on the same day as Japan.
Through the source of this event (Dannychoo.com), the post mentioned that more information of the event will be announced soon. I must admit that as years go by with less time to spend on Manga/Animes, I’m not as HARDCORE already, but I’m still highly interested in what will be happening in the event itself. Hopefully there will be different stuffs compared to Comic Fiesta. =D