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AFA 09 Videos

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 Asia 09

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.

Eneloop Dog

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 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.

One of those days when Miyazaki does not win an award

Ponyo, Sky Crawlers Passed Over at Venice Film Fest – Anime News Network

Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro creator/ director Hayao Miyazaki failed to win any major award at the Venice Film Festival last week. His latest film “Ponyo” features a goldfish who wants to be human. Catchy. I haven’t seen it yet but it looks interesting. Is it just me or does Ponyo look a bit creepy?

Ponyo Trailer 1

You’re Under Arrest – Full Throttle

One of my favorite anime TV shows is finally on air. It’s the story of two traffic police women as they arrest traffic offenders on the streets of Tokyo. If the pilot is of any indication on how the rest of the season is going to play out and I will be very excited. If only we had those here, I’d be very happy.

Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles

I know it’s been out for quite a while now and it was only recently that I had the opportunity to watch it. And I must say that it was worth the wait. Based on one of the most beloved anime of all time, Macross , Mospeada and Southern Cross was merged together by Harmony Gold in the United States to bring about Robotech.

I remember Robotech in the 80s. It was shown every afternoon and I must admit I didn’t start watching it until 1988. Now with digitally remastered versions on DVD they finally make a worthy sequel in the form of The Shadow Chronicles.

The animation is impressive for an American production. The 3D animations of the mecha blends well with the 2D animation of the characters. Even if the cast is not as big as we would’ve expected (after all this waiting you’d think they’d cram everyone in there), it stands on it’s own. It borrows some plot lines from Jack Mckinney’s Robotech book “The End of the Circle”. The sad thing about the series is that this is no direct to DVD movie. This is a TV series pilot at best.

I don’t want to spoil the movie for people reading this. But if you have the entire Robotech collection DVD and is a big fan of the series, go ahead and buy it. But if not and you’re just looking for something to pass the time just rent it and hopefully the next movie will come out soon.

Appleseed: Ex Machina

The sequel to the popular anime movie of 2004 is about to be released in Japan this fall.

Masamune Shirow’s post-apocalyptic future (apart from Ghost in the Shell and Dominion Tank Police) will once again be in full 3D animation and all the main characters will be back. 

I was pretty satisfied with the first movie which is a mix of the first and second book of the manga. The story kept moving forward. 

They’re keeping the same director from the first movie to do this new version and visually it looks stunning.

If the story follows the manga, it should tackle the growing difference of bioroids as well as Olympus’ global presence. I just hope they make it a little more funnier. Just like in the manga. Ghost in the Shell is already too serious, we need something to make us laugh.

Here’s the trailer.

"You’re under arrest!"

One of my favorite anime is coming back to the small screen with a new season.

According to the Anime News Network, a new season of “You’re Under Arrest” is in the works since 2001 for the animated series and 2002 for the live action version.

For those of you who don’t know, the series is about two Tokyo female traffic cops and their department. It’s filed with car chases and motocycle chases and an engaging storyline that could have only been possible on television.

It’s no Ghost in Shell (actually IMHO, Ghost in the Shell is an entirely different genre, totally nothing that deep).

There is great character development and plotline. There’s romance, drama, comedy and all sorts of situations that these traffic cops get into. It’s more of a comedy than your usual cop drama. I’m going to look forward to this next chapter in this engaging series.

Here’s the trailer to the movie.

Add a little "Paprika" to your life

Just recently I saw Satoshi Kon’s latest work “Paprika”. It’s only now that it’s making it’s North American limited release in select cities. I must admit I was very surprised by the film. Anyone who has seen Frederico Fellini’s 8 1/2 would understand what I’m talking about. The trailer posted on the Apple website calls American animators “still in the sandbox while their Japanese counterparts are pushing the limits of the medium”.

I must admit that they’re right.

This film emphasizes that fact. I wouldn’t want to spoil your viewing pleasure of this work of art so what I will do is describe the feeling while watching the moving.

Yes, we all know the words breathtaking and amazing as words to describe the film. The film has surprises in store in every turn of the plot. There’s always something new to see each time you watch it. If you’re a filmmaker you’ll understand what I mean when I say I can really relate to one of the characters.

I admire people who push the limits of the medium. Cartoons are not just for kids the same way comic books are read by people of all ages. I’d push this for an Oscar nomination but I doubt it if it’ll win. If it does, I’d be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s the trailer

New Ghost in the Shell movie to be released in November

New Ghost in the Shell movie to be released in November in Japan. Other regions to follow. Not considered a direct sequel to the 1995 hit movie.

Just by glancing over the storyline of this new movie, it seems to be a continuation from the first movie or second movie both of which were directed by Mamoru Oshii. This movie will initally be available to Japanese fans as a pay per view exclusive with the DVD release to follow shortly after.

The movie is produced by the same team that brought to us the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex assures us that this will be some ride.

At least the story attempts to focus on someone else other than Motoko as Section 9 is now led by Togusa.

Tachikomas have not yet been announced to appear in the movie as of this posting.

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