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Monday, September 26, 2011

AFA11 Press Conference!

So I just got back from the AFA Press Conference, and boy, are the highlights exciting this year or what? I can't wait for November to come already~~

The press conference was held at the AKB48 Cafe which I've talked about previously. I haven't actually visited the place yet, so this is the first time I've gone in. It does have a pretty nice atmosphere inside, full of AKB48 posters as you would expect. But this post isn't about AKB48 - lets move on to AFA11!

The conference opened up with the "Cool Japan Forum", which is a business platform where those in the industry can mingle and do their networking. This year, highly regarded character designers, producers, and script writers will be here to give a series of talks as well as to share their experiences with visitors.

Personally, I'm not too sure if they are targeting the right market segment. The Cool Japan Forum seems to be more of the industrialist kind of thing, rather than the otaku and casual anime fan. Still, if you are interested in attending the forum and getting an insight view of how your anime are made, feel free to buy the tickets, which go at $85 a pop. Famous names would include producer Atsuhiro Iwakami (Kara no Kyoukai, Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka, Fate/Zero), character designer Masayoshi Tanaka (Toradora!, AnoHana, Hitman REBORN!) and voice actress Chiwa Saitou (Akemi Homura, Hitagi Senjougahara).

We immediately jumped right into the heat of things with the focus on Akiba Town. Once again, AFA will be offering exclusive anime merchandise from some of Japan's biggest names (Aniplex, Nitro+, Bushiroad, Bandai, etc).

The Moe Moe Kyun maid cafe and the Atelier Royale butler cafe of last year will be back again, this time with a new cast of maids and butlers. They will be apparently adopting a "Wonderland" theme this year, so look forward to lots of Alice in Wonderland stuff. ^^

AFA will also be screen various anime and anime movies. Some names would include "Full Metal Alchemist: The Star of Milos", "Naruto Shippuden - The Blood Prison" and "Gundam Unicorn Episode 4". Not to mention 3 of the biggest anime to hit us this year - "Puella Magi Madoka Magica", "Ani Hi Nita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi ha mada Shiranai", and my personal favorite, "Fate/Zero".

My inner Typemoon fanboy now compels me to insert a F/Z trailer for the win.

Now, to the more exciting stuff - the I LOVE ANISONG CONERTS!!

Day 1:

This is an artist who needs no introduction. She's the one and only Hatsune Miku. Sure, you might be thinking, "Yeah, she appear here before, no biggie. Just fillers anyway", but that's where you are WRONG!

We will be having a full two hour Miku-licious (Leeku-licious?) concert featuring the virtual diva in all her 3D holographic glory. Yup, you read that right - 3D holograms. No more crappy and jerky images projected onto a screen - holograms are the way to go!

What can I say? Ready your leek lightsticks.

Day 2:

On Day 2, we have FLOW, Ichiro Mizuki, LiSA and Sea*A. Out of the four, I'm most excited about LiSA, after her brilliant role as the singing voice of Yui from the hit anime Angel Beats. Aniki is always a joy to watch, and we have "Jibun wo~~~" to round out the day.

Because LiSA is love.

Day 3:

There's only one name you need to remember for Day 3. Are you ready for it? It's none other than....


Oh sure, Kanako Itou, May'n and Milk Holmes will be there. But KALAFINAAAA!!!!!!


So um, the artist line up for the 3 days can be easily remembered by the following acronym, thought up by Notokawaiiyonoto. Day 1 is just Miku, so no acronym for that. Day 2 is FIL (Flow, Ichiro, Lisa). Day 3 is KKnM( Kalafina, Kanako, may'N, Milky holmes).


The price for all of these? A hell lot. Please consult your wallets and bank accounts.

3 Day VIP Ticket: $368

1 Day VIP Ticket: $148

Standing Concert Tickets: $48.

1 Day Festival Ticket: $8

1 Day Festival + Stage Ticket: $18.

Tickets can be bought at SiSTIC come Saturday, the 1st of October.

And oh, LiSA appeared at the conference too. She's so cute. LiSA is <3

Do visit the official AFA website here, for all the latest news and updates. ^^


Gin said...


the forgotten artist said...


Gin said...

Lol, Retsuya-san.

Stifler said...

Ahahaha. Same. I'm going for all 3 days. That means I won't have any money to buy any figurines or crap.