AFA sure knew how to play again with my emotion. Excitement, Happy, Nervous, Tired you name it. I just cant believe how quick it just went by. Now im left in a state where my physically exhausted, seriously I havent walked so much and quite surprising given that in terms of the quality of the main hall I thought last year edged it. In any case that didnt stop me from going round and round for like a million time. I made sure too arrive as early as I could for the first day but given that im dealing with the singaporean mindset of “Kiasu”, there was already a pile up of folks at the entrance by 7:30am! Im surprise there wasn’t a case of human crush when the door opened and everyone scrambling to get through the small doors. Booths such as Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online and Danny Choo’s Culture Japan were first hit casualties I was told.
Anyway As I made my way through the hall, I realised how difference compared to the previous year. There were of course more merch booths, but Good Smile Company, COSPA and Nico Nico Douga for example really downsized. There were a few Music related booths such as Horipro and Amuse which featured various J-pop artists and related to some of the ANISONG performers like FLOW, Babymetal, May’n and M.O.V.E who each did a autograph session. There were less cosplayers, maybe im blind but in all honesty I didnt really see as many as last year.
The stage activites were fun but again not as fun as last year the reason because AFA11 for example had guests such as ANIPLEX and the staff from the anime AnoHana who gave us exclusive behind the scenes of the famous series but also gaveaway signed goodies! Cool Japan forum was really missed too..The one activity I looked forward the most was definitely the Live dubbing session featuring SPHERE which consist of Aki Toyosaki and Tomatsu Haruka.. God like seiyuu. It was great too see them live actually showing how its done and trust me its not a walk in the park!
Finally the ANISONG concert. I only attended the Sunday one because I could only afford one night and SPHERE topped my list of priority. Lets say they were amazing, when they played Loading Sky.. I went nuts.. seeing them sing in front of you was incredible and Aki-chan is simply adorable! I heard from other comrades that Saturday was crazy and probably the best of them all, I wished I could have attended :/ Anyway all though I might have been disappointed here and there, AFA12 was still incredible the strongest line-up definitely but less on stage. I enjoyed myself, spent most of the time with comrade Radient Dreamer, was great catching up as well as all the others who I saw again and met for the first time.
Thats all guys, thank you AFA for bringing us the event this year and hope it will be back next year! This is what I mean by Kiasu. Danny Choo’s Culture Booth filled with Mirai and gang. Pokemon makes it first appearance at AFA! Anyone saw the Madoka movie yet? The various madoka goodies on display. Homura-chan itasha on display too. The main area where you enter the booth. Large anime banners on display. Folks waiting in line to have the maid experience. AFA shop so ever present. Panasonic joins in the fun with their promotion for their new headphones. A bunch of GSC goodies. Sword Art Online joins the fun and was immediately hit with a wave of crowds. Fan arts on sale. Artist t-shirts on sale. The new movie 009 Cyborg with their own booth. Wave figures on display. Anime bags. Can also be used as a protective wall! May’n performing at the HoriPro booth. Cosplay on sight. Lis ani magazine who covers everything music behind anime series. Hang out with Rurouni Kenshin, check the new movie! The many dolfie on display. Danny and Yoshimi ever so present MC’ing on the Stage area. Presentation of Anisong artists. Had time to hang out with Asuna. Cosplayers outside the festival hall. Hang out with Babymetal too, Fox sign! Fell in love with GSC’s Wooser! Kirito suprisingly an immortal object! Sailor moon still alive!
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