Anime Festival Asia Malaysia 2012 editon

So much to talk about, so little time. Especially when you’ve selected your photos, edited them then by that time, it’s already late and you just had to go to bed. Thought to self; the things I do when I write a blog post such as Anime Festival Asia Malaysia.

Anime Festival Asia Malaysia

After much commitment from Malaysians heading down to Singapore yearly for the Anime Festival Asia convention, it has finally crossed our (and Indonesia’s) borders. Held in the old Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), where PC Fair used to be until there was too many complaints of stuffiness and disgusting BO stories, I couldn’t help but ask; why there?!

Busy ticketing counters

The ticket counters had long queues. Long enough that it worried the PWTC officers monitoring the situation. This was because there was some other AGM or something going on. Plus, PWTC is located next to a political party’s tower. So yeay. 😛

And like our Malaysian road signs – not knowing it’s there until it’s too late, I heard from goldfries that apparently, there was an exclusive counter opened if you were a Canon user. Well, thankfully I got my tickets the previous day. By the way, speaking of bad signages, PWTC should look at themselves too because I didn’t notice any sign saying where was hall 1 and 2. The only hall I saw from the parking lot was Dewan Tun Razak 1 & 2. How’s everyone suppose to know THAT is hall 1 and 2?! *facepalm* Don’t get me started of having to walk across a bridge to the place. *sweats*

Once inside the Anime Festival Asia Malaysia, we started patrolling the booths to see what goodies which interest us. We walked end to end within 15 minutes. It was very obvious which booth were real crowd pullers; maid cafe, butler cafe and KKNM (together with littleAkiba – friend of mine).

Ladies queuing to the butler cafe
Guys trump ladies with longer line to maid cafe
The queue goes around the KKNM booth

The other booths which were open (if I recall) were:

  • Danny Choo
  • GoodSmile company
  • Bushiroad
  • Macross Malaysia club
  • Online gaming
  • Sony Music
  • Canon
  • AFA shop
  • Event organizer
  • Malaysia Hatsune Miku party booth
  • Some other booths selling anime merchandise and cosplay items.

Danny Choo was not only hosting the festival shows but also promoting his Moekana Japanese language cards. And of course, he brought the lovely Mirai Suenaga with him to the Anime Festival Asia Malaysia edition.

Danny Choo figurine in his iconic storm trooper uniform
Mirai Suenaga figams
Mirai greeting people in her ride
Well, hello Mir…wait a minute…who are you?!

Hmm, I read quite a bit of chatter on Twitter about the Ultimate Madoka figure. Though I’m sure there’s a very good reason, please do tell me about it. However, I believe this was the model they were oogling.

Ultimate Madoka

When it got really crowded, making for little room to move *cough – PC Fair history* we mozied over to the next hall. This was where the stage activities were held along with the concert in the evening.

Ah memories

I must say though, using this hall for the concert was definitely a good move. It’s spacious just like AFA Singapore. 🙂

Making our way to the stage

The first show of Anime Festival Asia Malaysia Day 1 hosted by Danny Choo was with Tomohiko Ishii introducing the upcoming anime film; Re:Cyborg 009.

Tomohiko Ishii (left) and Danny Choo (right)

The Cyborg 009 production dates back to the 1960s for manga and the latest anime production was in 2001. I don’t recall watching the anime but I must say after watching the upcoming movie trailer, I’m going to hunt for the recent anime.

After Ishii-san’s segment, I noticed camera bearing guys moving to the front of the barricade. I pondered staying in my seat in the 3rd row then later standing on the chair, but I didn’t want to risk it. So I secured a seat in the front row.

Sitting beside me was a girl taking notes while her girl friend was snapping photos. They looked like journalist but my bet is they were real hardworking bloggers. 😛

Spiral Cats (SP Cats) cosplayers

The reason for this camera horde was because professional cosplayers were coming on stage at Anime Festival Asia Malaysia. Plus, both of them were Korean girls to boot.

The horde

Other than Danny Choo, he had a sweet lady co-host with him. Don’t remember her name.

Ohayou~

The SP Cats are a Korean group of cosplayers who are rather serious in the hobby. It takes them awhile to produce the gear and costumes. The pair who came down for AFA was the group leader; Tasha, and youngest member; Miyuko. Okay, I will shut up now and just post the pictars. 😛

Q&A with SP Cats – Tasha and Miyuko
Tasha and Miyuko
Kuroneko and Black Rock Shooter
Tasha was looking at me!
She was doing it again!
Sweet Miyuko
Miyuko in what I call the Hmph pose
Surprising how a small change in pose makes a difference
Classic innocent skirt holding post

By the way, here’s a picture of the crowd seated during the morning show.

Don’t think I’m in there

We had to leave Anime Festival Asia Malaysia earlier because of lunch plans. And I found out later I missed the opportunity to snap some artistes on stage because they came out to wish the crowd. Oh well.

My only plunder of this event was the latest SCANDAL album. Primary reason being I didn’t have enough cash on me. From another perspective, that sounds like a good thing.

SCANDAL japanese band album

Overall, Anime Festival Asia Malaysia was alright. I’m hoping to see more booths open next year and that time, I’ll make sure to bring more cash. Also to the organizer, please bring down more Japanese acts! 😀

And if you could, please give me a media pass next time. Pretty please. ROFL!

P.S.: When Joshua shared this photo, I couldn’t believe it. Oh em gee, I tell ya.

O_O #AFAMY #Cosplay

A photo posted by Joshua Ong (@joshuaongys) on

Come to think of it, this isn’t Sheryl Nome from Macross right? Or, is it?

My new toy has arrived

Let me start by saying I panicked for nothing today. I thought I’d be meeting a crowd for my Anime Festival Malaysia tickets, as reported on their Facebook page.

Source: facebook.com/animefestivalasia

But thankfully, there wasn’t a queue when I got there and I could walk up to the counter to buy them. *phew*

Coming back to my toy

When I got back from KL, I noticed a package had arrived. Curious as to whether my sister-in-law ordered something, I was happy to find it was for ME. LOL! I don’t get many packages you see.

It was the waterproof camera I ordered on Milk A Deal. It was only going for RM20 so I definitely had to have it. Plus, I could take it underwater! Though only for depths upto 3 meters. But that’s fine. It’s a waterproof camera! 😀

After taking it out from the courier’s package, it looked like a present where you prank someone by wrapping it with tons of newspaper. I almost felt that way until I saw the blue box inside.

My present

I really love the camera. And I especially like the bright yellow colour. I was pondering between this and the white version because I wondered which would be identifiable if the camera floated down to the surface on the beach.

I dub thee; Spongebob

And after much staring at the yellow, I couldn’t help but think; Spongebob. Which is why, my underwater camera is going to be called; Spongebob. LOL!

Oh. In addition, the instructions for the camera is very clear. That makes it a bonus buy!

Click on the image for larger version

The trinkets like the scrungie and bracelet you see was an additional gift which came with the package. Not sure why, but my guess is it’s because the merchant (Saccino) included it as an apology as they ran out of stock for the camera and they had to make customers (like me) wait to fulfil the order.

By the way, I do have to thank Saccino because I think they gave me free shipping for the wait in delivery. Kudos! 🙂

On another note, tomorrow is the start of Anime Festival Asia – Malaysia edition. AFA, here I cometh!

Booyah!