Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Special Thanks to Bonkurasu for the wonderful news.

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Today, several anime blogger groups attended a special news conference at Dentsu Singapore. They made several welcome announcements.

Anime Festival Asia 2008, otherwise known as AFA08, will be taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2008 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Halls 403 and 404 from 10.00 am to 9.00pm.

Ticketing charges for the entrance fee would be SGD$5 for a single day pass, and SGD$8 for both days.



Section 1: Anime LIVE

Without anime, there wouldn’t be merchandise to follow. Hence this is where it’ll all start from! Animax heads the Anime LIVE section, and will be screening D.Gray-man, Shakugan no Shana, Code Geass, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Skip Beat and Domo-kun. There’s more coming up, but no confirmation as to what other titles will be brought in as well.

Section 2: Akiba Town

Figurine manufacturing companies such as Bandai, Alter, Good Smile Company, Kotobukiya, Kaiyodo, Organic, Medicom, Revoltech, Figma will showcase all their past and future figurines at their respective booths. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse at exclusive to-be-released figurines that were never displayed anywhere else outside of Japan.

There’s a possibility that the mentioned companies might bring in event-only releases for sale, ready to put a large hole for all you figurine and collectible buyers!

Section 3: BANDAI : Planet Mech

Gunpla, or Gundam model kits, will be featured at the event, and more! Submissions from the BAKAC (Singapore’s Annual Bandai Action Kits Universal Cup) 2008 will be there too. Other kits, toys and collectibles will be there as well.

Section 4: Cosplay

Cosplayers can rejoice, since this time, there’s FREE ENTRY FOR COSPLAYERS TO THE EVENT. The details are as follow over here.
Another perk now is that, there’s a changing area for male and female cosplayers within the event, so do come prepared!


Kunio Okawara

He’s often said to be THE mechanical designer of most of the Gundam series, Braves series, and many more. He will be judging the BAKUC Finals and giving talks about the industry.

No details on whether any autograph sessions would be allocated for Kunio-sensei.


She’ll be performing a minimum of 7 songs during her mini concert at the 2nd day of the event, on the 23rd of November. Exact timing details were not available during the time of this post. VIP tickets and areas allocated for the concert would be sold too, but no further details as to how or when are we able to buy such tickets at this point of time.

There will be an autograph session too, details will be updated soon.

The mini concert is within the event itself, so basically so long as you paid for the entrance pass (or entered free as a cosplayer), you are able to watch it."

i'm getting really excited, and having doubts about where's i'm going to squeeze out some cash to fund this rare-in-singapore festival, especially with all the big name companies participating. especially the recently announced Shana Figma. maybe an early release in SG? hehe.

future is looking for otakus in singapore!


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