Yeah I was actually invited, surprise surprise! Call it a privilege, luck, or maybe even fate, I’m glad to be back as press for another year (and not just for the free food).
So yeah, free food- I mean preamble aside, here are the highlights of the Press Conference that celebrates one of the premier anime festivals in the region.
This year’s AFA takes place on the 21st to 22nd of November, 2009, at the Suntec Con and Exhibit halls 403-404. Whilst it takes place over the same 2 day duration, there’s a LOT more to come for both the industry expert, average joe and anime fan alike.
First off, and what I think serves as this year’s highlight event, is the I ♥ anisong event, which brings together four of the biggest names in Anisong. They are:
They will be performing over an extended 2-day period, although at this point in time it’s not known if there’ll be repeated performances.
All I do know is that I’m definitely excited to hear Yoshiki Fukuyama perform live. FIRE BOMBER YEAAH.
Shokotan’s probably going to perform Sora-Iro Days (Sky-Colored Days) if the event video was any indication, ohoho.
Secondly, there is the AAC (Animation Asia Conference) that aims to promote regional IP by following a simple system of Creation -> Management -> Engagement. There’s even a model for it- IP 360. I’d show scans but you know, less is more.
Thirdly, there’s Bandai’s show, comprising of stuff like the 30th Gundam Anniversary Celebration, BAKUC, Cook Joy and more.
Fourthly, Danny Choo will be there to speak on Consumer-Generated Media and promote his Mirai Gaia platform. If you ask me, if you’re into web 2.0 or design and particularly like user-created content stuff (I loved LittleBigPlanet’s premise, by the way), attendance here would be great.
He’ll also be hosting the Bandai X Danny Choo X AFA 2009 World Gunpla Competition. Which…probably has to do with Gunpla, so look forward to that! I can’t even build stick figures.
Fourthly, the AFA 2009 Regional Cosplay Championships are another thing to look forward too. Whilst not something on the level of the WCC, it’s definitely a step in the right direction to propel and promote cosplay on a regional scale.
Finally, there’s AFA 2009’s Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe which aims to emulate the environment of Maid Cafes in Japan. Never been in one myself, so I may just give this a shot. After all, everyone wants to be called “Master” at least once, even if in a foreign language.
Well, that’s all from me, more details to come in the not-so-far-off future!
p.s. if you didn’t catch it before, you know where I live now.