Anime Festival Asia - Malaysia Edition (AFA MY)

♫ Bump Of Chicken - ゼロ (Zero)

Yesterday was the second and final day of Anime Festival Asia  Malaysia (AFAMY), so my friend and I went to check it out. The event was held at PWTC, so it was easily accessible by public transport, albeit a little further away from the beaten track. We got there around 1 p.m., so the ticket booths were practically empty.

Festival ticket only; RM 15.
We decided to just get the Festival ticket, since we were just there to take a look around and compare it to previous AFAs. It's a good thing we did, because we weren't really interested in the Stage events, and there was no timetable listed on the brochure.

We thought the event was in one of the halls in the main building, but it turned out to be the ones on the opposite, across the river (after seeing the PWTC guards trying to shoo away cosplayers).


It was hot and stuffy, even with the air-conditioning, because of the confined space and mass of people around.

First thing we saw when we entered the hall was Danny Choo's Culture Japan booth, complete with Mirai itasha. Talk about a sweet ride. ;)


Moekana cards on the dash!
Is it just me or is something wrong with the picture here? Look, Mirai-chan Touch'n'Go cards, an iPad with the Miraiclock app... and a Stormtrooper with Danny Choo's head?!

Now that's just creepy.

Dollfies
The Good Smile Company booth
This Ultimate Madoka was pretty awesome. I mean, look at those wings! 

There was a huge crowd lining up for the Moe Moe Kyun maid cafe and Atelier Royale butler cafe.


The Bandai booth was disappointingly small. :( Spotted a few nice figurines though.


Most of the good stuff like AFA shirts were already sold out at the AFA Shop, but the Moekana cards were back in stock. :D They were sold out the day before.

AFA Shop at one corner of the hall.
In a bizarre turn of events, this even showed up in AFA.

Diablo III: Collector's Edition box set
WANT. SO BAD. asdfghjkfghjkl

Of course, what's AFA without some cosplayers, right? :D

Tadakatsu Honda from Sengoku Basara
Sice from Final Fantasy Type-0
Alois and Ciel from Kuroshitsuji
No idea which anime/manga/game this is from, but they're pretty good. :)
Assassins from AC.
I should know this, but I don't. Anyway, kitsune fight!
You get a stamp like this on the way out of the event halls, in case you need to go back in to recover your lost katana, buy some Moekana booster packs or snap more cosplayers.

To be honest, I think that AFA MY has a lot of improve upon. The event itself was okay, but the venue was a bit too small and dimly lit. That being said, there were a lot of empty spaces in the event hall. Also, I expected a lot of more booths from more anime/game companies. I'm not sure if the brochure I got was faulty or what, but there was no listing of events and stage shows for both days, and neither were there sign boards with the scheduled show times, so it was pretty confusing.

Last but not least, (and this is just my personal opinion)...


...which is why I did not take any photos of Miku cosplayers, because there were too damn many and they annoy the hell out of me.

You can also check out my experience of AFA 2011 in Singapore here!

10 comments

Nicole Sim said...

Haha! Damn vocaloids, scare the he,ll of me! At least you can recognise the cosplayers from e which , I couldn't at all...otaku paradise!

Mary said...

PWTC always stuffy one whenever I go there for any kind of fair. Little less than pasar malam hihi

LauraLeia said...

Nicole: Too many Mikus in cosplay events! Srsly, it's kinda annoying. ^^" Anyway, to each their own, right? Yup, otaku paradise, in a way. :D

Mary: You're right! I think they should think of some internal upgrades, lol. It's a pretty old place. >_<

Nancy said...

Waah I'm so jealous! I love Anime cons and festivals! i haven't been one in a while sadly. I really want to go to Comi-Con (I mean I live in California, I should be able to go!). Eeeek! D3 collector's edition! *drool*
I wanted one so badly, but they were sold out at my local game shops T_T

LauraLeia said...

Nancy: I still think anime cons in Malaysia have a lot of improve on! >_< I was drooling at the box the guy was holding. Thank goodness I wasn't the only one who went up to request a photo of it, haha!

NaNa said...

Wow those cosplayers look pretty cool ! ^_^

Love from the NaNa girls xoxo

CookieCat said...

Oh very cool event ^.^like Japan´d Day I visited some weeks ago :3 the guy in the third last picture on the left is from Inu Boku SS ^-^ I watched it some months ago :)

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

wow that's lots of dollies! :D i will go crazy if i were anime fanatic

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Joey said...

I'm not into cosplay or anime, but I'd like to go to an event like this just to have a look.

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

wow i love the car! :)

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