Over the weekend, I went for my annual "pilgrimage" to the Anime Festival Asia (a.k.a. AFA) 2011 held in Suntec City Convention Centre, Singapore. This year I was accompanied by Rhea and Huei Ling. :)
Disclaimer: This is going to be a picture-heavy post, so please be patient while all the pictures load. Click on the images for a larger view. :)
The event's opening ceremony was on 11.11.11, but we went on the second day (12.11.11, Saturday) because that was when all the festival and stage events really started.
We managed to arrive at Suntec City around 8 a.m., and already there was a long line of people queuing up for tickets. The event hall only opened at 9 a.m., so we were well prepared with breakfast while waiting in line for tickets as well as entry into the festival hall.
|My breakfast of coffee + bacon and egg sandwich. :)|
|Ticket/Admission bracelet for festival + stage halls (S$18)|
|Queue waiting to enter the festival hall.|
|The One Piece cosplayers were really enthusiastic, lol|
|Nice and simple with cute Mirai-chan|
|HAHAHAHA Random person in a ski mask walked by while I was snapping a photo!|
|Nico Nico Douga|
|No long queue outside - yet.|
|Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe|
|Front row seats! Well, almost.|
|The man himself - Danny Choo|
Danny-san also invited vividblaze on-stage to perform the theme song to Culture Japan Season 2. It was a great performance, which was 7 minutes song! (I know 'cause I recorded the whole thing, lol) The song is "Sukirai", and it's the opening theme for Culture Japan S2 as well as the upcoming Mirai Millennium anime.
|Moekana is too cute~ >.< And vividblaze's performance was great!|
|No recording for the Fate/Zero showcase. T_T|
|Urgh, messy hair. >_<|
|Rules and regulations; the cafe's menu; no photography allowed inside. T__T|
|No butler pics, but food pics are allowed.|
|The photos from my photoset.|
Every AFA I've attended would not be complete without the Bandai booth, which is a heaven for Gundam-lovers. There were loads of Gundam models ("Gunpla") for sale, and some were limited editions exclusive to AFA.
|Stacks and stacks of Gundam models|
|Damn, should have bought one (or two).|
|This one was really awesome.|
There were also quite a few figmas and nendoroids on display too, but I didn't take pics of all of them.
|Puella Magi Madoka Magica|
|Off duty cosplayers; the Animax booth; convenient mirror to self-cam :P|
|My photo with Baby Beel (aka Beelzebub IV). XD|
There were also many other attractions and fun areas in the festival hall, including...
|Weiß Schwarz and Cardfight! Vanguard corner|
|Cool Japan pavilion|
|I have no idea, lol|
|Elizabeth Middleford from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)|
|Kagamine Rin and Len (Vocaloid twins)|
|Random creepy bloodstained guy O_o|
|Nurarihyon no Mago|
|Ash and Misty from Pokemon! So nostalgic ♥|
|No idea where they're from, but amazing costumes!|
|Shiva Sisters from Final Fantasy XIII. Such intricate costumes/props!|
|Madoka Magica (left) and Assassin's Creed (right)|
Like wtf are they doing together?! Both of them are from completely different worlds! LOL
|Don't know what character this is supposed to be, but that costume is seriously amazing!|
|Final Fantasy Type-0|
|Elves (from Lineage?)|
|This Ao no Exorcist group seems to be missing its main character...|
Well, this is the end of my super long Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2011 post! Hope you all enjoyed the pictures! ^^
We left the convention center around 3.30 p.m., and returned home by bus on the day itself at 7. It was an exhausting but really fun and satisfying end to our short Singapore trip. Hopefully we'll still be able (and have the time) to attend next year's AFA. :)