HOLY SHIT. My hand could not stop shaking when i took this pic.
The following post might contain some RAGE and unsavoury words. Viewer discretion is advised. Though more often than not humans have no discretion.
The ticketing experience during day one is one that I recall with much disdain and RAGE. The line was at an ungodly length by the time I reached the Suntec Convention Centre at 8am. To make matters worse I was directed into the normal pass lines (FAIL TRAIN) by the OH SO HELPFUL staff that conveniently told me to wait in line and bear with it. Thankfully Panther called me to inform me of the separate ticketing line and my agony was cut short by at least an hour or so and with the help of the comrades of Team Blue who let me into the line together with them ahead of a few hundred raving otakus I was able to rush the KKnM booth and get some FABULOUS loot. There was also this poor chap who dropped his Canon DSLR on the floor in the ticketing queue when his camera strap broke (OUCH). Most people seemed indifferent to this tragedy but those well versed with the prices of cameras cringed at the loss.
Shopping at AFA08 is definitely one of the craziest moments of my life. The discounts for figures on day 1 were large but on the second day the sellers threw caution to the wind and reduced the prices of goods like it was a bloody fire sale. In total I got myself 3 figures, which I will review at a later date. Another booth that had GREAT SUCCESS siphoning my money was the KKnM booth that had an inhumanly long line for both days of the event. I bought quite a substantial amount of goods from them. Pictures of the loot will follow. TOTAL SHOPPING BILL: 217SGD
Yeah, those are MY CDs that i carried together with me throughout the entire event. I also dub the cosplayer in this photo the BEST RANKA I'VE ever seen.
With May'N in town the theme of cosplayers generally shifted towards Macross Frontier. I recall seeing 3 different Rankas, 3 Sheryls, 2 Alto-Himes, 1 Michael, 1 Loli Klan, 1 Macron Klan, and 1 Ozma. Mechas were also represented with the inclusion of a Gundam Exia and a Vincent KMF from Code Geass (Which the emcee kept pronouncing as Code Geese). The quality of cosplayers in this event is leaps and bounds ahead of most Malaysian cosplayers in my humble opinion. However there were also EPIC FAILS sprinkled throughout the event. This included, ManShana, TMA Tomoyo, lots of Narutards, Bleachtards, and some other sameshit. The cosplay competition started off with lots of WIN including my childhood hero Ultraman but as it progressed it soon turned into AFA08 the Musical which understandably left me less than amused except for the pair of Abel Nightroad and Esther who shared some tender moments on stage. That was awesome.
Booths in general
Didn't really bother visiting most of the booths except the CDS booth where I bought a few Strike Witches scroll posters. There was also this booth with some interesting looking dolls that included some Rozen Maiden lookalikes. There was also a XEDO booth which made it an automatic EPIC FAIL but the fact that they are licensing some of this season's anime such as Toradora! and Casshern Sins makes me RAGE harder. I was also rather upset at the fact that there was a mad ZERG RUSH KEKEKEKEKE at the figurine display booth. The fools actually rocked the shelf hard enough for a few of the figurines inside to topple over and there were also plenty of low anglers who obviously have never seen some figurine ass and would most likely be ronery for life as well.
Didn't go for the Ichirou Mizuki concert on the first night but I did manage to catch a short performance by him on the second day. I can vouch for his undisputed level of GARness. He is the master of the crowd and he managed to whip the group into frenzy with songs from Mazinger Z and Captain Harlock.The May'N concert, which I bought the Diamond VIP pass for, will be remembered by me forever. Her moves were intoxicating, her voice angelic, and her presence on stage is undeniable. I fell in love instantly and for a few glorious moments I thought I saw SHERYL NOME on the stage!!! My mind was totally reduced to a mush of fanboyism after she sang Diamond Crevasse. Manly tears flowed freely down my cheek, it was just intense hearing her sing it and I am not ashamed to say that she definitely touched my heart. When she started singing Iteza gogo Kyuji don't be late I went completely nuts. Jumping, shouting, screaming at the top of my lungs and cheering like a madman. It was truly a glimpse of heaven. I also noted that she was a petanko that immediately set her moe levels to â in my opinion.
Now after the concerts things rapidly headed south. We were informed that NO PHOTOS were allowed, NO OTHER MATERIAL for her to be signed was allowed and all we will be getting is a pre-signed piece. I RAGED LIKE A MILLION SUNS. I traveled all the way here, paid for the Diamond VIP ticket, which cost me an arm so to speak (I have no income), and after all, the trouble I went through that is all I get? I WAS OBVIOUSLY NOT AMUSED. So I and a few other ticket holders decided to try our luck to get her to sign our CDs. e-jump was first up and he passed her his CD and a marker pen for her to sign it with. May'N being the generous person she is wanted to sign it for him but was DENIED by her manager who rejected his attempt.
Our later attempts were also moot and in the end EVERYTHING OF VALUE WAS LOST. I might sound rather harsh and demanding given how great the concert was and I do not deny that, but the signature session felt like a kop out and it left an acidic taste in my mouth. Understandably she might be tired after the concert and understandably that there might be cultural differences that I have no idea about but I just feel cheated to put it plainly. Shit happening right after I fell in love with May'N really does dampen the day somewhat. But still, her moves and her singing during the concert have been seared into my mind permanently. I might really be in love. LOL. Well, at least until someone brings Nakajima Megumi around.
With all that said I guess I'll still be back for another round next year if I could manage it. It was a really fun event.
P.S. After some rummaging around the internet and reading some opinions and ideas on the white board signature it turns out that the signature on a white board is a prized item but the idea of it was lost due to cultural differences. DAMN. SO I guess you can say my RAGE was somewhat unwarranted. Well at least now that the issue is settled I can reduce my RAGE levels.
P.P.S. apparently there are videos of the concert on youtube.
P.P.P.S.Â I still BAWW every time I hear Diamond Crevasse.
P.P.P.P.S. Apparently May'N enjoyed her stay in Singapore and singing at the AFA08.