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.
One thing I realized is that I would have to get used to lining up over the weekend. And I do mean lines.
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.
Inside, the Bandai booth will greet you along with the Takashimaya booth as well as a line of various gashapons.
Gundam standing guard
Hello Kitty Gashapons
There was of course, Danny Choo’s booth as well as the Tokyo Figure Show courtesy of the Good Smile Company. Thank you for bringing it to Singapore!
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
Witchblade with Kaname
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.