Anime Festival Asia
|Anime Festival Asia (AFA)|
|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)|
|Attendance||82,000 in 2011|
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.
AFA is of note for having one of the largest attendance figures for anime conventions outside of Japan, with 82,000 attendees in 2011.
|November 22–23, 2008||Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
|45,000+||Kunio Okawara, Kōji Morimoto, May'n, Ichirou Mizuki|
|November 21–22, 2009||Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
|Hatsune Miku, Ichirou Mizuki, May'n, Shoko Nakagawa, Yoshiki Fukuyama, KANAME ☆, Danny Choo|
|November 12–14, 2010||Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
|Aira, Alodia Gosiengfiao, KANAME ☆, Kana Hanazawa, Angela, Ichirou Mizuki, JAM Project, May'n, Scandal|
|November 11–13, 2011||Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
|82,000||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, 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
|7!!, bless4, Ichiro Mizuki, LiSA, Angela, Kotoko, Sea☆A, Stereopony, Danny Choo, Kaname☆, Akatsuki Tsubasa|
|November 9–11, 2012||Singapore Expo MAX Pavilion
|85,000+ est.||FLOW, fripSide, May'n, Sea☆A, Sphere, T.M. Revolution, Shinichiro Watanabe, Go Nakanishi, KANAME☆, Singi, Danny Choo, Daisuke Kishio, Fumiaki Nishihara, Kenji Kamiyama, Hachioji-P, Akatsuki Tsukasa, Judy, Hiko, Mikoto, Reika|
|September 6–8, 2013||Jakarta Convention Center
|November 8–10, 2013||Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
|Danny Choo, Ryōhei Kimura, Ryōta Ōsaka, Nana Mizuki, May'n, T.M. Revolution, Lisa, Eir Aoi, Angela, Elisa. |
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.
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.
Held the first ever "Regional Cosplay Championship" where cosplayers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines competed in teams of 2 against each other.
Held on November 12–14.
A butler cafe called "Atelier Royale" was featured.
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.
Confirmed date of the event: November 11 to November 13.
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.
Chiwa Saitō, Gō Nakanishi, Danny Choo, KANAME☆ and USAGI are special guests for the event.
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.
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.
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.
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- Anime Festival Malaysia
- Anime Festival Indonesia
- I LOVE ANISONG, AFA 2012
- Featured Anime, AFA 2012