So nice to be down south yet again, barely 6 months since the last time I was here for a different event, which was similar in scale(same place even), but hardly relevant to my interests, though in retrospect, it was really my fault for having the wrong set of expectations to begin with, but I digress. That said, and being a pessimist, I was a little wary and didn't want to hope too much out of this event, though I can happily say now that it was nothing but unwarranted apprehension.
As you would have noticed from the OP image, I was lucky enough to have obtained a Media Pass, which I had initially thought I was turned down in favor of some other Malaysian aniblogger. Imagine my surprise when I got the confirmation e-mail just a few days before the event date, though the significance of obtaining this key item was to be made apparent later on.
What you don't see here is the excruciatingly long queue that stretches all the way from one end to the other, reminiscent of the time when I was here for the Singapore Toy Convention, though I had the luxury slithering my way into the line without anyone noticing like a certain solid snake then. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to do the same again this time around, though it was through legal means, made possible by that red tag. It was like being upgraded from coach to business class(I sort of already acquired the normal ticket through a different channel), not to mention being able to enter the vicinity ahead of time.
Corporate bigwigs officiating the event, as per formalities. What really kicked it off however, was the appearance of Ichirou Mizuki, who drove the fanboys nuts, with a preview of his concert later on the same night. Unlike the people around me, I could not appreciate this gentlemen, due to my relative disinterest in the genre of the shows he sings for, though I must admit seeing him in the flesh, belting out his tunes was quite an experience.
Among the regrets I had was not properly "attacking" this booth when I had the "pre-emptive strike", so to speak, as the lines were insane, with no signs of it actually getting shorter. Stocked within were the kind of goods that you would never find in the anime merchandise stores here in Malaysia, which is neck-deep in crap.
The organizers even brought in a number of coin guzzlers, including Street Fighter IV, though having not really touched an arcade machine ever since introduction of LAN shops, I gave this a miss, especially considering the fact people were already swarming in with their near infinite supply of loose change. Would have loved to try Actress Again though.
Sailor Scout cosplay that does not induce permanent retinal damage deserves a mention. Mars has been and still is my favorite.
Gundam Box Cosplayer set the bar for mecha cosplay pretty high, but I think this guy came close to nailing it. Paying full attention in Living Skills workshop sessions has finally paid off.
You could almost hear what Gramps was thinking at that moment; "Back in the day, mecha used to mean something. No flashy lights and slim designs. Just no-nonsense, big, mean walking metallic monstrosities."
You can imagine how giddy and excited I was when I stumbled upon this pair. Well, not really the pair in question; Just Ranka
And like a badly titled sitcom; Me, My Wife and My Brother In Law. Jokes on me though. I still can't smile properly.
If you're a regular of this blog, you'd know by now where my preferences lie. I like men looking like sexy ladyboys, which is why you would probably need a girl to pull The Hime off with best results. There were quite a number of Altos present during the event, but I preferred this one over the rest.
FAAAAAAAAABULOUS! I would have probably overlooked Sebastian had the cosplayer not brought Ciel along with her, though once I actually did notice, the butler stood out a lot more. Ciel looking kind of gloomy there.
So elusive was this Ilya cosplayer that me, Setsuna and C.I, had to run around the place like raging lolicons, narrowly missing her at various points, until we spotted her thanks to Panther's tip off. Worth the trouble though; I HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG'ed so hard I popped an artery.
You know, the real Konata would have bought a Sony Playstation Portable, not that worthless dual screen excuse for a paperweight.
Sure feels like Clonnad around here. Would have been awesome if TMA were promoting their stuff at AFA.
We interrupt this broadcast of win for some epic fail. Personally, I do not have a vendetta against Odex, but just thinking back of the shitstorm they stirred up makes them a prime target for ridicule.
The last time I was here, C.D.S' doujin fanart cost a bomb. They still do of course, but I went to have a look anyway to greet one of its members whom I spoke in mIRC.
This was the only thing I wanted, but I wouldn't have been able to afford it anyway. It was put on auction the next day, but apparently no one collected it. Should have placed a fake bid for the lulz.
Neither me nor Sets took any photos of figurines, since the stuff put on display weren't exactly the new stuff as he had anticipated, while I didn't really care about them to begin with.
Plamos were plenty, as you would expect, considering Bandai was in the house, with eager buyers clamoring the exhibitor's booths to take some of these babies home.
Hi double! I had no idea that he was still jailbait during the event, otherwise I would have made the moves on him. Speaking of bloggers, it was great to have finally met the whole lot of them, prior to and during the event. Special mention however, goes to Impz, who was a lot more delicious in real life that I could have ever imagined. I even got his namecard sdk;khfdlfqw#$@
This concludes Day 1's coverage post. Would love to write more, but I've a huge backlog of anime waiting for me, so there. Do look forward to the following day's post!