Awesome Festival Aftermath!

Malaysian anime fans were treated to one of the biggest events to celebrate J-culture ever earlier this month. With a bevy of activities such as the hottest guests in entertainment, gaming and cosplay from all over Asia, it was no wonder that the event was a smash hit. Those 2 magical days will forever be etched into the minds of all - as the first ever Anime Festival Asia Malaysia!

The event received a whopping 41,000 visitors from all over the country (and we're sure from beyond too!), who all came to see the latest in anime merchandise, visit the maid café, see their favourite musical acts and of course, to witness the cosplay!

The main attraction to the cosplay scene at the event was undoubtedly, the AFA Regional Cosplay Championship Malaysian Preliminary round! The competition was tight and the judges had a hard time selecting a winner, but in the end Amy Wong Fong Ee and her partner, Tan Pei Jian emerged victorious with their rendition of Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji! The cosplay events were graced by a host of special guests, including AFA Ambassador Kaname, and Korean guests, Miyuko and Tasha!

Let's not forget about the musical acts! Hot Japanese acts were there in full force, with FLOW, Kalafina, KOTOKO, Aimi, and Maon Kurosaki! Locally bred girl group, SeaA, was also there to spice things up even more, giving the audience a truly diverse performance that was still undeniably anime-laden!

The anime convention scene continues to grow in this region, with AFA leading the charge. What lies in store next for us? Whatever it is, it's bound to be awesome!

- Q

Information & Pictures courtesy of Anime Festival Asia Malaysia 2012!

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