My very first anime convention, and it was the incredibly awesome Anime Festival Asia in Singapore. While many people chose to focus on the merchandise, I decided to focus on the participants of the con – the cosplayers. SIXTY crazy photos ahead! With Singapore being the next most proliferate anime hub, the cosplayers have quite the reputation to hold up, and it doesn’t disappoint.
I would have posted earlier, but being sick kinda delayed it a little. Oh, the above photo wasn’t taken by me, as I didn’t bring my DSLR with me on my trip, that and I also couldn’t get that close to the lovely Gwendolyn.
So I arrived on late Friday, and basically my first breakfast before going to AFA was my absolute favorite breakfast delicacy in Singapore – Roti Prata. Delicious start to my visit!
On the way to Suntec. Decided not to go through the City Hall to Suntec underpass because my friend wanted to have a smoke. It was a nice day for a walk anyway. The weather is nice this time of year – much cooler than summer. It’s like Vancouver’s summer weather!
Inside Suntec. The convention hub is also a mall! Not too much has changed in here since my last visit, compared to the rest of Singapore. (more photos in the near future).
My AFA ticket. It’s rather unfortunate that my Sunday ticket is still firmly attached to the stub. I got pretty sick near the end of Day 1, and basically was wrestling with the idea of whether to attend Day 2. I regret not going, but at the same time, it probably would have destroyed the rest of my vacation here.
My lunch. Swenson’s baked chicken on rice. I haven’t had Swenson’s in over 4 years! Singapore’s chicken has a very different texture to it, one that I can’t say I really like. The meat is stringy and dry – even with all this sauce.
Into the fray I go. Fortunately, thanks to Zh3us’ organizing, I was able to obtain tickets without needing to line up for hours. I arrived late, and the line-up was still insane! When you walk in the door, you’re greeted by this large (or should I say small) Gundam.
No idea who they are, but frankly, I don’t care. THIS is how cosplay works. Not like most of that North American crap.
A Beyond-Perfect-Grade Gundam. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen something as cool as this at that kind of scale.
I’m speechless at how cool this looks. BADASS!
After finally seeing a Cintiq for the first time in person, I’ve decided to buy less anime figures, sell more anime figures, and save up for a Cintiq.
Absolutely amazing work. I enjoy these kinds of paintings more than the typical anime fan art nowadays. I especially love it when they introduce a more asian/anime influenced edge into this kind of work. It’s what I hope to accomplish in the future.
Suigintou cosplayer. She’s absolutely adorable! And I’m not just talking about the outfit! A very friendly, and timid demeanor from the brief 15 seconds of interaction I had with her.
This is what the convention is all about – jacked up prices for large volumes of anime merchandise, and a lot of rare ones too!
Not a cosplayer, but her job is obvious. Decided to cover her face out of respect.
K-On! Not much else I can say about this photo other than “NICE GUITAR!”
I kinda know who the girl on the left is (Bleach?) But the rest escape me. I’m guessing they’re just loligoth.
Same deal. Who are they cosplaying as? Doesn’t matter. I’m sure any girl would love to wear a flowing princessy dress for a day while people snap pictures of her like a celebrity/model.
Can’t say for sure, but I think this guy is a very famous artist. (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time?). Autograph signing had just closed when I got there.
I absolutely cannot wait to see this movie! Production I.G. FTW!
Stickers to prove your worth.
Absolutely awesome Black Rock Shooter cosplayer. The eye thing is a very nice touch. What I find interesting is that you can have ANYONE simply carry a samurai sword, and it will look like cosplay. Wear loligoth, carry a katana = cosplay. Wear a school uniform, carry a katana = cosplay. Wear street clothes, carry a katana = cosplay.
kero kero kero kero. Super adorable.
More Gundam goodness. Now this is a Gundam worth getting!
At the Danny Ch- er I mean Good Smile booth, with the ultra cute Xenoglossia Nendoroid Petits! I don’t recall seeing anyone post photos of these cuties.
WIN. There’s no other words required.
Obligatory photo. ^_^ I chose not to post my shots of Black Rock Shooter and World is Mine. Everyone’s posted it already.
This looks so cool.
These were all available for sale! I bought the smallest one.
This guy was awesome. He had a voodoo doll Miku with him too. He was nice enough to pose with me of him decapitating my head. Too gruesome to show that! 😛
After reading Rule 2, I lost interest. This is what Singapore is like, my friends! (please laugh. I’m just teasing.)
I do find the rules humorous though, especially rule 4.
awesome awesome Eneloop dog. This made my day. Seeing a Miku taking a photo with it also made my day (and yes, I did take a photo with her, and the dog, seperately).
No idea who she’s cosplaying as, but whatever. Cute smile.
Awesome KH cosplayer. Those weapons are hand-made! I asked what it was made out of and what was involved. It was very technical. I was lost at “composite”.
Terrible fanart is terrible. I like how well it’s rendered, but the entire thing looks… dead. There’s just something incredibly lacking about it – the facial expressions, the poses, the composition, how stiff everyone looks, the complete lack of dynamic movement, it’s just all wrong. Being a huge fan of Valkyria Chronicles, I found this image insulting.
Hardcore card players playing anime card games. It’s like an anime version of Magic the Gathering!
Miku buying Miku merchandise. This is where you’d find artists like puppychun.
Actually very good cosplay. I’m not a Bleach or Naruto fan, but again, THIS is how cosplay is done right.
Yes, this is how good fanart looks. Stylized in your own way, but in ways that add to the original concept, not take away. While the general style is “generic”, it’s done well, and works well with the character.
Again, two more cosplayers with absolutely amazing handiwork. It’s like these two are the opposite of the first two princess and prince duo.
More epic cosplayers.
So many people! But this isn’t even a lot!
Yaoi FTW! I do not support that message.
Yuri FTW. This I do support.
Breaktime – a “local” drink – Bandung. It’s a rose syrup milk drink. It tastes deliciously sweet with a fragrant rose scent. This definitely tops my previous favorite – Orange Qoo.
I believe she’s one of the AFA Cosplay Contest finalists. Quite amazing work.
This Naruto cosplayer is not a Narutard.
Double Post for deserved kawaii-ness.
There’s something about a group of cosplaying girls sitting around chatting. Bonus points for them being frilly loligoth cosplayers. You’ll notice they’r still segregated between the “anime hair color” group and the “natural hair color group”.
There were better poses from her, but oh well.
This guy was a great cosplayer. Very friendly, totally open, and very patient. He held that pose for a good 30 seconds while someone with a DSLR snapped away silently.
Then he took a picture with me like we’ve always been good friends. XD
Ulala variant color. VERY HOT. I love retrocool style clothes.
YES. It really should have been a girl character! HAWT.
Who is the girl on the right cosplaying as? She’s very pretty.
MOAR PEOPLE!!! Check out the giant sword on the left.
Ran into her back in the con. She’s very cute.
Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere. When I first saw her wandering, I was floored. I wasn’t camera ready as she went through a door and vanished. I wasn’t satisfied leaving without a shot of her. I ran into her again (friend pointed her out). Unfortunately, this photo doesn’t do her justice anyway. I also saw ONE girl dressed as Konata (height was accurate too) but wasn’t camera ready at the time she went passed and disappeared around a corner.
Quite sad that this was the only pic I got of Danny Choo as he was mobbed and rushing away. I shouted “DANNY!” he looked over, and said “Hey!” That blurry thing in front of him is his hand as he waved. If I’m not mistaken, that’s Alodia. It’s blurry, but you can see her Witchblade makeup still on.
At the end of it all, after looking through all my photos, I feel it’s time I bought a new point and shoot camera. Most of the photos I got were blurry under this low light condition. There are cameras nowadays with face tracking, smile tracking, and anti-motion blur processing. I want to get a point and shoot that I can take out for quick shots and not have to worry about missing amoment.
AFA 09 was a lot of fun, and I really wish I was able to attend Day 2. I’ll definitely try to attend again. I’ll at least be attending my local anime con – Anime Evolution, though my friend tells me that I’ll be disappointed after having been exposed to AFA.
I’ve still got more to experience here, and I’ve already taken quite a number of photos of Singapore – the next most proliferating anime hub on the internetz. So stay tuned to check out what Singapore is like!
Thanks for checking out the photos!