The C3 Anime Festival Asia (AFA) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this 12 months with unique occasions and merchandise.
The home-grown anime pageant, which began in 2008 and is now considered the most important pageant of its type within the area, will probably be held from Nov 30 to Dec 2.
In its first 12 months, the annual event – organised by Sozo, a Japanese popular culture occasions advertising and marketing company – took up two halls on the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. It attracted 25,000 folks.
It has since expanded to take up six halls of the centre. Sozo founder Shawn Chin expects round 100,000 attendees this 12 months.
The I Love Anisong concert, held as a part of the pageant and that includes artists whose tracks are utilized in well-liked anime titles, is anticipated to promote some eight,000 tickets. In 2008, it offered solely 200.
BOOK IT / C3 ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA SINGAPORE 2018
WHEN: Nov 30 to Dec 2
WHERE: Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre
ADMISSION: Prices begin from $15 for a one-day exhibition-only ticket and go as much as $428 for an exhibition, day stage and concert VIP ticket for all three days
INFO: Go to www.c3afa.com/sg18 or www.fb.com/animefestivalasia
On the pageant’s progress, Mr Chin, 45, who stop a job in promoting 10 years in the past to begin Sozo, stated: “Anime is becoming more mainstream.”
He added: “Gardens by the Bay asked us to curate content for a cosplay event earlier this year. For anime and cosplay to get that sort of mainstream recognition, it felt like a milestone.”
This 12 months, there will probably be particular anniversary merchandise, in addition to merchandise introduced in from abroad distributors like Bandai, one of many largest anime enterprises in Japan.
Celebrity cosplayers, artists from the Anisong live shows and voice actors are anticipated to look at a red-carpet event.
The pageant may even display screen the Asian premiere of the primary episode of well-liked anime Mob Psycho 100’s second season, forward of its official debut in January.
Fate Grand Order, a preferred role-playing game, will probably be one of many highlights on the exhibition cubicles this 12 months. Some of the game’s voice actors like Kawasumi Ayako may even make appearances.
For the primary time, the pageant will host the World Cosplay Summit Singapore preliminaries, which is able to see 4 groups battle for a spot to characterize Singapore on the finals held subsequent 12 months in Nagoya, Japan.
Mr Ismail Zainal, 25, a logistics govt, likes the truth that the fest is extra than simply about anime. He stated: “There are Japanese and local stakeholders excited to share the latest developments in film technology and IT as well as fans who showcase their artworks.”