Anime Festival Asia

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Anime Festival Asia (AFA)
Status Active
Venue Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (2008-2011, 2013-)
Singapore Expo MAX Pavilion (2012)
Location(s) Singapore (main convention)
Country Singapore (main convention)
Inaugurated 2008
Attendance 82,000 in 2011
Website
http://www.animefestival.asia

Anime Festival Asia (AFA) is a series of anime conventions held in the Southeast Asian region, with a core annual convention held in Singapore. The main convention is traditionally held over a weekend in mid-November. It was held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre for the years 2008-2011, but was moved to the Singapore Expo MAX Pavilion in 2012 due to renovation works at Suntec Convention Centre during that time. Satellite conventions were also held in the year 2012, at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Alongside the main conventions, AFA also holds periodic business conferences focusing on the anime and manga industry. The first of these was Animation Asia Conference, held in 2009.[1]

AFA is of note for having one of the largest attendance figures for anime conventions outside of Japan, with 82,000 attendees in 2011.[2]

The continued organisation of AFA is managed by Sozo[3] in-partnership with Zepp Entertainment & Dentsu.[4]

History[edit]

Dates Location Attendance Guests
November 22–23, 2008 Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Singapore
45,000+ Kunio Okawara, Kōji Morimoto, May'n,[5] Ichirou Mizuki
November 21–22, 2009 Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Singapore
Hatsune Miku, Ichirou Mizuki, May'n, Shoko Nakagawa, Yoshiki Fukuyama,[6] KANAME ☆,[7] Danny Choo
November 12–14, 2010 Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Singapore
Aira, Alodia Gosiengfiao, KANAME ☆, Kana Hanazawa, Angela, Ichirou Mizuki, JAM Project, May'n, Scandal
November 11–13, 2011 Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Singapore
82,000[2] Danny Choo, Hatsune Miku, Ichirou Mizuki, Flow, LiSA, Sea☆A, May'n, Angela, Kalafina, Kanako Itō, Chiwa Saitō, Gō Nakanishi, KANAME☆, Suzuko Mimori, Sora Tokui, Mikoi Sasaki, Izumi Kitta,[8] USAGI
June 9–10, 2012 Putra World Trade Centre
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kalafina, Maon Kurosaki, Aimi, Flow, Kotoko, Sea☆A, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Tomohiko Ishii, Danny Choo, Kaname☆, Tasha, Miyuko
September 1–2, 2012 Jakarta International Expo
Jakarta, Indonesia
7!!, bless4, Ichiro Mizuki, LiSA, Angela, Kotoko, Sea☆A, Stereopony, Danny Choo, Kaname☆, Akatsuki Tsubasa
November 9–11, 2012 Singapore Expo MAX Pavilion
Singapore
85,000+ est.[2] FLOW, fripSide, May'n, Sea☆A, Sphere, T.M. Revolution, Shinichiro Watanabe, Go Nakanishi, KANAME☆, Singi, Danny Choo,[9] Daisuke Kishio, Fumiaki Nishihara, Kenji Kamiyama, Hachioji-P, Akatsuki Tsukasa, Judy, Hiko, Mikoto, Reika[10]
September 6–8, 2013 Jakarta Convention Center
Jakarta, Indonesia
November 8–10, 2013 Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Singapore
Danny Choo, Ryōhei Kimura, Ryōta Ōsaka, Nana Mizuki, May'n, T.M. Revolution, Lisa, Eir Aoi, Angela, Elisa, Gen Urobuchi, Koji Yamamoto, Shinichiro Kashiwada, Tomohiko Ito, Yui Ishikawa, Tetsurō Araki, Kyoji Asano, George Wada, Tetsuya Nakatake[11]
August 15–17, 2014 Jakarta Convention Center
Jakarta, Indonesia
Egoist, Eir Noi, Garnidelia, Hachioji-P, DJ Kazu, Luna Haruna, T.M. Revolution[12]
December 5–7, 2014 Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Singapore

2008[edit]

First held at Suntec Convention Hall, Singapore. Managed to invite Kōji Morimoto, Animation Director of Studio 4°C and Kunio Okawara, mechanical designer of Gundam for the industry talk. Ichirou Mizuki and May'n (her first overseas concert) were also present at the event.

2009[edit]

Managed to invite Danny Choo and KANAME ☆ to the event.

Created the maid cafe called "Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe."

Notable singers were Shoko Nakagawa who sang a duet with Ichrou Mizuki on Day 1 of the event and Yoshiki Fukuyama who sang a duet with May'n on Day 2 of the event. Hatsune Miku made her first "live" solo appearance overseas.[13]

Held the first ever "Regional Cosplay Championship" where cosplayers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines competed in teams of 2 against each other.[14]

Invited 4 K-On! voice actors to the event and performed a first-ever live dubbing of certain scenes.

2010[edit]

Held on November 12–14.

Aira and Alodia Gosiengfiao as well as KANAME ☆ were invited as cosplay judges.

Voice actors Kana Hanazawa and Milky Holmes were invited to the events.

A butler cafe called "Atelier Royale" was featured.

Invited singers included AKB48, Angela, Ichirou Mizuki, JAM Project. May'n and Scandal.

Movies Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: Awakening of the Trailblazer and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya were screened before their DVD or Blu-ray releases.

2011[edit]

Confirmed date of the event: November 11 to November 13.[15]

Invited singers include Ichirou Mizuki, Flow, LiSA, and Sea☆A on Day 2 of AFA.[16] May'n, Angela, Kalafina, Kanako Itō and Milky Holmes on Day 3.[17]

Hatsune Miku had her very own Live Party concert on Day 1 of the event, the first such concert to be featured in the region outside of Japan.[18]

Chiwa Saitō, Gō Nakanishi, Danny Choo, KANAME☆ and USAGI are special guests for the event.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 4 will be shown on the same day as Japan.[19]

2012[edit]

Separated into 3 event with the first event held at Malaysia[20] in June, the second event held at Indonesia in September[21] and the third event held at Singapore in November.

Danny Choo hosted the three events.

All 3 events also have maid cafe and butler cafe.

The event in Malaysia was held at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur from 9 June to 10 June 2012.

Invited singer for the Malaysia event include Kalafina, Maon Kurosaki, and Aimi performed on Day 1 while Flow, Kotoko, and Sea☆A performed on Day 2.

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Tomohiko Ishii from Production I.G, Danny Choo, KANAME☆, and Tasha with Miyuko from Korea were special guests for the event.

The second event was in Indonesia from 1 September to 2 September 2012 and the venue was Jakarta International Expo. Invited singer for the Indonesia event include Ichirou Mizuki, bless4, 7!!, and LiSA performed on Day 1 while Angela, Stereopony, Kotoko, and Sea☆A performed on Day 2.

Singapore still became the final event of 2012 which was from 9 November to 11 November 2012 and the venue was in Singapore Expo.

Fumiaki Nishihara, Go Nakanishi, Kenji Kamiyama, Shinichiro Watanabe and Hachioji-P were special guests for the event.[10]

Daisuke Kishio and Sphere were the invited voice actors for the event.

KANAME☆, Akatsuki Tsukasa, Judy, Hiko, Mikoto and Reika were the invited cosplayers while Clive and Richfield were the invited judge for the cosplay competition. Team Shikon from Japan and Lunar Asterisk from Indonesia provided a special cosplay performance during the event.

Invited singer include T.M.Revolution was on Day 1 of AFA. BABYMETAL, FLOW, fripSide, Lisa and m.o.v.e was on Day 2 of AFA. May'n, Minami Kuribayashi, Sea☆A and Sphere was on Day 3 of AFA.[22]

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, Fairy Tail: The Phoenix Priestess and Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie screened at the event.[23]

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