Archive for November, 2009
All shot with a Kodak Zi6. I really need better gear for this. Actually I do. I didn’t think I needed it. Obviously I do.
Moe Cafe line at AFA 09
Mamoru Hosoda signing at AFA 09
Witchblade on stage AFA 09
Will add more as I edit them.
Anime Festival Mascot
It’s the closest thing we could get to an international festival and it was satisfying. Even before the doors opened, anime fans from all over Singapore descended on the Suntec Convention Center for Anime Festival 09. While I still had to pick up my tickets from Sistic, there were lots of cosplayers spilling out of the MRT and to the festival. Upon reaching the convention center it was really crowded. One it was a Saturday but then there were also events taking place adding to the crowd.
This is just the line to buy tickets
It would take almost half an hour to buy the day tickets but the entrance itself was just a breeze. You just had to make sure that this wasn’t the line to the Singtel event.
Gundam standing guard
Hello Kitty Gashapons
Tokyo Figure Show in Japan
There was of course the Eneloop Dog from Sanyo who is major sponsor of the festival.
Cosplayers and their friends!
Register your cosplay character and get in for free!
Look at all those cosplayers on this side!
Don’t forget the other side
Lots of Domo kun!
And the line really starts here
But the main event was of course the Regional Cosplay Championships where countries from all over South East Asia competed to be the Grand Champion. I was of course rooting for Witchblade. But still, congratulations to everyone and to the winner!
Witchblade on stage
Everyone on stage
I’ll bring a longer lens and a tripod next time.
Finalists on stage with Shoko Nakagawa and Ichirou Mizuki
Cosplay make-up session
I sat through the cosplay make-up session to get a good seat for…
Danny Choo, the Tokyo Dance Trooper… in SINGAPORE!!! (Part 1)
Danny Choo, the Tokyo Dance Trooper… in SINGAPORE! (Part 2)
Thank you klik.tv for the great videos you produced.
Here Danny Choo talked about his site and his passion and it’s simple beginnings to now one of the most influential blogs on Japanese culture in English.
Danny Choo @ AFA 09
Rather serious look from Danny Choo
Then I had to get souvenirs of course!
Too bad I missed out on the signing of the Otacool book ; ; but I’ll try next time.
As night came upon Singapore, the stage was set for the “I Love Anisong” concert!
AFA 09 Stage
AFA 09 Balloons
I didn’t watch the first night which featured Shoko Nakagawa, Ichirou Mizuki and the virtual idol, Hatsune Miku. I instead went to the Yoshiki Fukuyama and May’n concert which was the following night.
It’s forbidden to take pictures but Danny Choo can and has a complete coverage here.
It was really fun and exciting. Especially when they got to the end where May’n and Yoshiki Fukuyama had a duet of Diamond Crevasse from Macross Frontier (Sugoi!) and Dynamite Explosion from Macross 7.
After two hours, the concert ended and along with it the end of AFA 09. A lot of lessons learned and also a lot of memories to bring home. But it was well worth it.
Tired AFA staff
Yoshiki Fukuyama signing autographs
There was a raffle to determine who will be able to get an autograph with the performers but sadly I didn’t win the one for May’n. I was however able to take photos of Yoshiki Fukuyama signing stuff and posing for pictures.
I know I missed a lot such as the Witchblade sisters coming to day 2 dressed as the Sunegai sisters. I was too busy shopping in Orchard Road. I promise, no shopping next year. I will try to do better.
But now enough of AFA 09. We all have AFA 10 to look forward to and hopefully everyone from this year will return, get a bigger venue (please please! the other event is just crowding the AFA too much ;)) And maybe Alodia and Ashley will return next year and finally win the championship.
Aftermath of AFA 09
I need to rest my tired legs. As for the video, I’m uploading them to youtube as we speak and will be writing another post about it.
My family was strolling down Ginza last weekend and wondered why there was such a long line and they decided to line up themselves. At the end of the line was this bakery that was selling these freshly baked goodies.
According to Wikipedia, the “Baum Kuchen” or King of Cakes, is a kind of layered cakes from Europe. It is traditionally sold in rings. To create the effect, a layer of cake is poured on a core that is baking. Once a layer has been created, another is made on top of it thus creating the ring effect.
They brought it home to me and we opened it.
These pictures don’t even do justice on how it tastes like.
Note how the rings are made.
I also like the card it comes with when you open it.