Lovers of anime and cosplay will be thrilled to hear that Anime Festival Asia is back again! One of the most wildly anticipated showcases of Japanese pop culture – and rightly so because where else in Singapore can you find such a large conglomerate of Japanese music, fashion, entertainment and anime? Read on for what you can’t miss at this massive celebration of all things cool, chic and…kawaii!
The annual Regional Cosplay Championship traditionally draws hordes of anime-obsessed cosplayers decked to the nines. If you love a spectacle, troop on down to gawk at top cosplay teams competing, performing and ultimately judged by distinguished judges, one of which this year will be internationally renowned cosplayer KANAME☆.
If you’re a fan of J-pop, it’ll be sweet music to your ears to know that some of Japan’s hottest bands will be performing this year at the Anime Fest’s I Love Anisong concert. Spanning two days, participating performers include wildly popular May’n and Ichirou Mizuki, plus rising stars JAM Project, Scandal and Angela. Stand a chance to WIN tickets to I Love Anisong!
Intrigued by the maid café concept? This year, the wildly popular maids return with an all-new school theme to entertain and pamper like only the Japanese can do to perfection. Also, girls get to join in the fun this time with the introduction of Singapore’s first-ever butlers’ café - Atelier Royale Café! If you like being treated like a princess, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss this.
Anime buffs wouldn’t be disappointed by the festival’s blockbuster offerings this year, which features the sequel movie of the hit series Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer and The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi.
In the mood for a shopping spree? Akiba Town awaits, with over 30 exhibitors including Bandai and Cospa, featuring the Kadokawa World Tour and Evangelion Store. Be the first in Southeast Asia to witness exclusive merchandise! For the tech-savvy, don’t miss the Cool Japan Experience zone which showcases the latest Japanese innovations and technology.