Standing by the hill-side gazing over the Cool Culture of Otakuism!

Welcome to AFA15!

It’s been a full week after the chaos that is Anime Festival Asia 2015, finally my trimming and processing of the event photos are at its end, with them taking two full nights to fully upload to my Flickr profile…

First observation: AFA15 is seemingly tight on budget this year, the lack of promotional items around the event halls are prevalent, the spaces between booths are wider (Meaning less exhibitors), and the lack of the awesomeness of the likes of NicoNico Choukaigi similar to last year’s… 

The invited guests this year are rather random too, with the likes of Japanese comedians (Will expand on that on later post…) and more cosplayer guests than usual. Invited seiyuu guests are fewer than two digits, unlike the whopping 17 seiyuu guests last year…

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Perhaps the AFA officials are expanding and/or experimenting with subjects other than the usual ACG stuff while gauging the interests of its attendees? 

Weak knees and blisters aside, here are what I’ve managed to document into my lens over the course of my trip, despite enduring physical and mental pain all over my body. XDc


As usual, throng of early birds gathered in front of the main arch and gate to the exhibition halls, in bid to rush for limited items offered. The queue goes from one end of the floor to the other, and continues to the floor below via stairs, especially during Day 2!

Introduced earlier this year, members of subscription service AFA World enjoy a special privileged queue AKA priority lane that allows them to get access to the halls much earlier… The same lane is also reserved for those with disabilities.

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While the ticketing booth is quite empty during the eve of the event, it’s fully invaded by eager comrades during all three days. Such is the popularity of this particular convention in the region.

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Releasing the flood gate!

The priority lane gets to taste first blood some 3o minutes earlier than the rest of the early birds, making them the pioneer of them Zerg rushers… :P

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Before we head into the highlights like displays, figures and cosplayers in subsequent posts, let’s have a look at the various exhibitor booths around the halls, in alphabetical order…

1st Place

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Animax

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Aniplex

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Aniplus HD

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Bandai

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Bushiroad

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Canon

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Cheerz

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Coscom

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Culture Japan

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Daisuki

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Good Smile Company

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Ichiban Kuji (Banpresto)

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Kadokawa

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Kotobukiya

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Moshi Moshi Nippon

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Love Live! Muse

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NHK

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Otaku Tachi

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Pony Canyon

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SG Card Mart

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Tokyo Institute of Art & Design

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Toy Coin

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Wargaming.net

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Random Commercial Booths

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Food and Beverage Stalls

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Of course this is but a fraction of all the booths on site…

Coming up next post would be the variety of displays on all these booths…

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