AFA08 Press Conference and Preview

Ohayo! Singapore!!!

Ohayo! Singapore!!!

A day before the grand event that is Anime Festival Asia 08, I was invited to the press conference where we got a sneak preview of the convention. We had a chance to see the 5 guests that have travelled all the way from Japan to make a special appearance at AFA08.

This entrance is pretty obvious...

This entrance is pretty obvious...

So, I arrived at Suntec City pretty early, at around 2.00 pm. The place was extremely quiet. Definitely a stark contrast to what it will be like tomorrow.

Hard at work.

Hard at work.

Many people were there still preparing things for tomorrow and setting up lots of stuff. These people are the ‘backroom’ boys that hardly get any credit. You’ll see many of them in the following picutres. Hats off to you guys who make such a great event possible.

Pon paradise!

Pon paradise!

Bobbin' Bandai.

Bobbin Bandai

Goodies galore.

Goodies galore.

Watashii wa GUNDAM! (00)

Watashii wa GUNDAM! (00)

Enough of the quotes. These are just a couple of the things that first greet you when you first set foot into convention halls 403/404. For those of you who have not been to many conventions like me, you’d be equally overwhelmed by the scale of things. (Not really.)

Before looking at the other Gundams, models, goodies and whatnot, let’s take a look at the press conference itself and what happened.

img_3231

The main stage is where the press conference was held. This will be the same location in which May’n and Aniki – Ichirou Mizuki will be holding their respective concerts.

Yay! I'm part of the press.

Yay! I'm part of the press.

First, Shawn (or Sean), explained in details the upcoming events and various aspects of AFA08.

In the first half of his speech, he mentioned the various Zones of AFA08:

Akiba Town
Cosplay Mania
Acade Showdown
Blockbuster Anime

… and a couple of other stuff including:

Exclusives! I'll take 5 please.

Exclusives! I

– Stars and Special Guests

Everyone's here and accounted for.

Everyone's present and accounted for!

After his speech, each of the special guests was invited on stage to answer one question each. Here’s a short video of their entry (among other things):

Once that was over, being Actar, managed to have a quick meet up with each of the special guests and got a picture + autograph! Here’s where speaking Japanese can really come in handy. :) All their autographs can be seen in detail at the end of the post.

May’n

Sheryl Nome in disguise.

Sheryl Nome in disguise.

May’n’s most well known as the singing voice of Sheryl Nome in the Anime series Macross Frontier. Having finished Macross Frontier recently, I could appreciate her songs and was exceedingly excited to meet her. She’s Japan’s latest pop diva sensation. It’s indeed hard to believe that she’s the same age as me, as she’s so mature. Yay. May’n kawaii.

Ichirou Mizuki

Aniki~ Z!

Aniki~ Z!

He’s the big brother of many Anime fans. One of the most famous and respected Japanese singers of all time, he has sung the theme songs for classics like Mazinger Z, Captain Harlock and Kamen Rider. What an enthusiastic character he was. Warm and friendly, he did a ‘Z’ sign with his hand when taking pictures. Awesome fellow.

Koji Morimoto

Wise looking indeed.

Wise looking indeed.

Someone I’m not exactly familiar with, he’s the director and founder of Japanese Animation Studo, Studio 4(degrees)C. At AFA08, he’ll be speaking about his latest work, ‘Genius Party Beyond’. He drew a very kawaii picture with some Japanese text. Translators anyone?

Kunio Okawara

untitled2

The Master behind Gundam, he is one of the or THE Mechanical Designer for Gundam. His designs on the original Mobile Suit Gundam caused a boom in the Japan model kit and popularity of Gundam. He continues to work for Sunrise on Gundam Seed Destiny and Gundam 00. What an awesome guy! He is indeed integral to the evolution of all Japanese Mecha. When he autographed my book, he even drew a profile of a Gundam head! Splendid!

– WHAT TO EXPECT

Here are some of the stuff that were being prepared for the grand event tomorrow. I can’t wait!

Cosplay!

Alto (Female Ver.) X Sheryl, OMG!

Alto (Female Ver.) X Sheryl, OMG!

Two girls were there today cosplaying as Sheryl and Alto from Macross Frontier. Cosplayers from famous Anime like Code Geass will be there tomorrow!

Figure and Model Displays!

Oooh! Shiny.

Oooh! Shiny.

img_3242

img_3245

img_3254

img_3422

img_34231

img_3255

img_3435

Prize winning Gundams.

Prize winning Gundams.

img_3444

img_3442

Here’s the main figure display for Alter, Kotobukiya, GSC and everything else. Some figures are shown above. Many of the shelves were still empty. Yet, there were still too many things to show you. I wonder how I’m going to upload everything… Can’t wait to see the completed display tomorrow!

Anime Blockbuster!

img_3234

img_3403

Boards and TVs featuring previews of various Anime. Skip Beat and Geass were my top faves. Some of the TVs were not up yet. ^^;

Arcade Showdown!

One can spend hours here...

One can spend hours here...

Tons of games here that I don’t have a list of right now…

Stores and Tons of Stuff/Goodies/Loot/Figures to Buy!!!

'Mountain' would be the appropriate word.

Fate > Nanoha

Fate > Nanoha

I'm getting 10 of each.

I'm getting 10 of each.

These are just samples of the many pictures that I have. The artist alley has some fine art of Nanoha. Reserved my set already.

Miyuki not included.

Miyuki not included.

At the end of the Press Conference, I headed home, after picking up Figma Miyuki, to blog everything immediately. Needless to say, I’ll be going to the convention both days. This press pass allows one to attend both concerts as VIP members and is your access pass at the same time. Great little pass. :)

Here are the 4 autographs from the special guests! Translations anyone?

May'n.

May'n.

Even her signature is Kawaii. <3

img_3477

Aniki~ Z!

Koji Morimoto.

Koji Morimoto.

Kunio Okawara.

Kunio Okawara.

Again, Morimoto-san and Okawara-san were nice enough to sketch something special for me. :)

img_3480

If you are going to AFA08, I’d be glad to meet you there. Come over and say ‘hi’! I most likely will be wearing an orange shirt. I’ll also don my Press Pass and the universal Haruhi Armband.

See you there!

20 Responses to AFA08 Press Conference and Preview

  1. ASWOMEI WISH I WAS THERE!!!
    There was so many aswome things and that was just pitures and i have never seen so many little gacha machines the most ive seen in 1 place is 8 !
    But that looked amazing i cant w8 until anime is finally apreciated here

  2. Kippei says:

    OMG~~~~~~ May’n!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. AK says:

    You charming, sneaky feller! Invited to the press conference, and even nabbed seekrit autographs (which the other peeps have to pay for to get) for free! I’ve got a lot of respect for you friend. Hope to see you there tomorrow!

  4. AK says:

    Forgot to add, your link is already on my blog. Would be deeply appreciated if you could reciprocate the favour.

  5. actar says:

    Done! Thanks for adding me. :)

  6. Tueac says:

    Saw you there… wow looks like you have it good there! But you should stay on to watch the Rehearsal…

  7. Ubiquitial says:

    Amazing! you Met the founder of Studio 4C?!?! Wow!

  8. Ubiquitial says:

    And I really dislike the pose that Siesta figure was in. dispicable.

  9. Tengu says:

    Awsome review, thanks for sharing~ And MAY’N! It’s amazing you got the chance to meet her and get her photo/&autograph. ^o^ She’s so cute.

  10. aksuperdance says:

    I was there too will be there for day 2

  11. Leefe says:

    Media pass h4x!

    Let’s exchange links.

  12. actar says:

    Sure, what might your site be?

  13. tj han says:

    Oh you’re actar! Saw you at DC’s workshop.

  14. actar says:

    Missed my chance to talk to you though! Hard to match a person’s face to a blog! :)

  15. tj han says:

    I thought you were the one with the laptop in front of me, a macbook, but apparently not now that your pics are up.

    Welcome to our humble SG anime bloggers community I guess. If you need to map a face, it’s pretty hard cos everyone has the same hair, wears the same clothes, has specs and about the same features. It took me even a couple of times to recognise Darkmirage.

  16. Mycstea says:

    Why hello there! Thanks for buying our artwork =)

  17. actar says:

    Glad to have bought them. Awesome stuff!

  18. actar says:

    Added your blog/site to my blogroll.

    Really wonder what is the correct manners for adding blogrolls. How do you get one to add your blog to their links while remembering to do the same…

  19. animemaniac96 says:

    HEY!! i was at afa08 and i saw u!! but i did’nt know who you were then so i did’nt go up and say hi.^^” btw when i saw ur media tag, i thought that mediacorp was with you so my frens and i were like…I DUN WANNA BE ON TV so we kinda avoided anyone with the media tag. lol

  20. pdq1 says:

    hi i’ve added your site to my blogroll hope to see some comments on my wordpress soon ^^

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: