It’s an announcement of SUPERHERO proportions!! Just days after I wrote a short piece about the 3 events, that I go to Singapore to get a professionally organised event experience that is well themed and immersive – GameStart 2018 Announcement – and now comes this major announcement!
The two organisers of South East Asia’s PREMIERE Anime event and Gaming event are joining forces!!
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – it’s called “Avengers Assemble”!
In the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU) – Come together! – “Unite the League!”
In the DC TV Universe – it’s call “Team Up”.
In the official press release below – Anime Festival Asia organisers, SOZO and GameStart Asia organisers, Eliphant will move into a ALL-NEW strategic alliance, partnership and a spiffy new office in Paya Lebar iPark in Singapore.
Can you imagine what they now can achieve with their “powers combined”? (*Captain Planet reference* haha) The regions Best of Japanese Pop Culture + The Best of Gaming beefing up each others events… into new / newer territories? #OHMY
We can’t stop imagining so we’ll just leave it be till official announcements are released! Till then this is the official press release! -The Captain-
SINGAPORE, 1 MARCH 2018: The producers of Anime Festival Asia and GameStart Asia team up to further develop ACG (Anime, Cosplay, Gaming) contents in SE Asia.
Organisers expect new expansion of events in Asia together
Singapore, 28 February 2017 – SOZO, organiser of Southeast Asia’s largest Japanese pop culture event Anime Festival Asia (AFA), and Eliphant, organiser of Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention GameStart, have announced that both entities will form a strategic alliance to further strengthen existing events, and to create and develop new events in Asia.
The SOZO and Eliphant alliance aims to be the first step to roll out an integrated support system to further strengthen the community. By leveraging their strengths as IP innovators and event trailblazers, SOZO and Eliphant hope to provide new and inspiring ways for fans to enjoy their hobbies in gaming, animation and beyond.
With the support of SOZO, who has already established their presence in Indonesia, 2018 will mark the very first regional expansion of GameStart as they launch their very first: GameStart Indonesia. AFA will continue hosting its key events in both Indonesia and Singapore and hope to introduce more gaming content as part of their content offerings.
“Southeast Asia emerges as one of the fastest growing markets for gaming and content, we recognised that both AFA and GameStart audiences have diverse interests in both gaming and anime. With our partnership, we hope to work closely to bring even more exhilarating content and holistic experiences to both fanbases across the regions,” said Shawn Chin, Managing Director of SOZO and founder of Anime Festival Asia.
“We are extremely excited to be able to bring our event to various regions, with the support of our partners. We are determined to support the regional gaming industry, especially in esports and game development. We are positive that our partnership will provide more events and enable us to bring awesome content to both gamers and anime fans, ” said Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart Asia and CEO of Eliphant Pte Ltd.
As of 1st March 2018, both SOZO and Eliphant have moved to a new office premise together to further strengthen their alliance. Organisers expect an exciting year ahead and look forward to announcing more about 2018 calendar of events in the upcoming weeks.
About AFA – Anime Festival Asia (animefestival.asia)
AFA is a specialised business unit of SOZO. Started in 2008, AFA is the largest and most followed J-pop culture event in Southeast Asia. AFA has become a household name to J-Pop Culture lovers in the Southeast Asia region and is the leading and most effective content delivery platform, centring around allthings Japanese Pop Culture. In 2017, AFA partnered SOTSU to create C3AFA and has brought the event to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
C3AFA 2017 Visitor Tracking:
Hong Kong: 200,000
About SOZO (sozo.sg)
Tapping on Japan’s diverse wealth of entertainment content, SOZO has positioned itself to be the ‘bridge’, connecting Japan to South East Asia – by showcasing quality concerts, engaging retail experiences and creating meaningful online engagement to audiences and businesses across South East Asia.
Established in 2009, SOZO entertainment platforms include Anime Festival Asia, I Love Anisong, Japan Music Festival, and Anisong Fantasy Live. Previous projects by SOZO includes solo concerts for J-Pop artistes such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, May’n, SCANDAL, LiSA, and RADWIMPS, as well as festivals including Funan Anime Matsuri, Penang Anime Matsuri, and Creators Super Fest Jakarta.
SOZO is a Sony Music Japan group company.
About GameStart Asia (gamestart.asia)
GameStart is Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention and Eliphant’s flagship event. Organised by industry veterans who are themselves gamers, GameStart seeks to bring the latest and greatest games across all genres and platforms – from PC, console and mobile to VR and tabletop – to audiences in Asia. GameStart Asia welcomed over 24,000 visitors from Singapore and the region in 2017.
About Eliphant (eliphant.co)
Eliphant is the organiser of GameStart Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention, and since inception in 2014, has expanded its scope and operations to include its esports and live production arm, BEast of the East, SEA Major, one of the largest fighting game tournaments in Asia, and talent management agency VERSUS Talent.The company continues to play an active role in growing and supporting the gaming industry across multiple genres, including game development, knowledge-sharing, marketing, esports,
community building and event management.
Eliphant is the official organiser for the Capcom Pro Tour in Asia Pacific.
#Eliphant #Sozo #GameStartAsia #AFA #AFASG #AnimeFestivalAsia #C3AFA #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #CosplayFunMY #SonyMusicJapan #SOTSU #Singapore #Indonesia #Malaysia #Thailand
Malaysian’s largest Anime Comics & Games event RETURNS to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in 2017!! This was among the many worthy headlines for CF2017. However, what I would want like to write about is that Kore Yamazaki sensei (creator The Ancient Magus’ Bride) made an appearance at Comic Fiesta 2017 courtesy of ANIPLUS Asia!!
So firstly, it is a very special (and rare) treat to have the chance to meet a manga creator on your own home country! Our first real opportunity came in 2016 when the Manga Festival (CoFesta) suddenly was announced & Malaysia fans got to the chance to meet / greet / autograph from Ryoko Kui, Kosuke Fujishima, Rino Mizuho and Naoshi Komi. But that was a one-and-done thing as no news of a repeat 2017 event or it’s linked event JPOP Signature which was a part of a bigger event called JAPAN WEEKEND.
I’ve been in the local ACG scene for about 12 years now & it’s already nothing of a surprise with the number of one-and-done events, fake event organisers or events just plainly disappearing off the list the following year. I don’t about the average fan but The Captain is pretty used to it and the words of wisdom are “enjoy it while you can, don’t wait for next year as you don’t know what will happen next year!!”. Case and point is ANIMAX Carnival Malaysia 2017! 😀
So fans of Kore Yamazaki who came for the meet & greet session, WELL DONE because you braved the crowd & the comfort of simply NOT GOING TO CF… to come down to KLCC meet her!! Who knows when you might have this chance again! This video is a salute to you all.
A big thanks to ANIPLUS Asia for bringing her, at no cost to us fans, here in Malaysia!! Here are some other happenings at the ANIPLUS Asia booth at Comic Fiesta 2017!
Facebook Album: Kore Yamazaki at the ANIPLUS Asia Booth Comic Fiesta 2017
We at Cosplay Fun Malaysia are glad that Kore Yamazaki sensei came & looking for more great stuff from ANIPLUS Asia in this new year of 2018!!
Watch the simulcast of Ancient Magus’ Bride on ANIPLUS every Sunday 03:00 [02:00 ID/TH], encores Sunday 23:00 [22:00 ID/TH].
#KoreYamazaki #ANIPLUSAsia #ANIPLUS #TheCaptain #CosplayFunMY #CosplayFunMalaysia #ComicFiesta2017 #CF2017 #TheAncientMagusBride #AncientMagusBride #Malaysia #Manga #Mangaka
BONUS: Here is the official Interview footage with Kore Yamazaki!! Upload recently!!
About Kore Yamazaki
Kore Yamazaki is a Japanese Manga artist who lives in Hokkaido prefecture. After she debuted in 2013 as Manga artist, she began serializing “The Ancient Magus’ Bride” in 2015. It became a best-selling title, selling over 4 million copies in Japan as of August 2017.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride has since been translated into over 14 languages and has been well-received by readers worldwide, even making it onto The New York Times’ best seller lists.
About The Ancient Magus’ Bride
“A story to know the beauty of the world”
Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the
The man is a “magus”, a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice–and his bride!
About ANIPLUS Asia
Anime anytime anywhere and much more – ANIPLUS Asia is the ultimate platform for people to connect through anime and youth pop culture.
The network with the most anime simulcasts in South East Asia, ANIPLUS Asia brings to teens and young adults the latest and hottest anime series simulcasting along Japan networks every week throughout the year. Since ANIPLUS Asia’s launch, it has offered anime fans numerous popular and award-winning series such as Attack on Titan, Bungo Stray Dogs, KanColle the Movie, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Psycho-Pass the Movie, Knights of Sidonia, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, etc.
Hey everybody, it’s The Captain here. Just like last year, the 2018 events has started rolling out since October 2017! So here you go, this is the EVENTS LIST 2018 by us at Cosplay-Fun Malaysia. Don’t forget to check out the POP Watch Events List 2018 here!
You can BOOKMARK this page, as we will not be changing the URL this year. Please come back to visit as the list will be updated from time to time. Please support & ‘LIKE’ our FB page to get more frequent updates and interesting reads.
As usual the events listed in GREY are NOT YET CONFIRMED or TO BE ANNOUNCED but we are hoping they will have them again this year 🙂 Do feel free to contact us [email@example.com] if you would like your event to be listed or unlisted. We want to give the community something to look forward to!
We added a version on Facebook too on our sister site Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia. This list however, only includes events that have been announced in full as in it the event has a name, date, venue and a FB link to direct the fan enquiries to!
Here is the link: Cosplay-FUN Malaysia events list on FACEBOOK
A BIG THANK YOU to all the folks from all over the world for visiting & re-visiting our page. Holler out to the top 12 Visiting countries:
9. Great Britain
11. Hong Kong
We wish you all a very prosperous & blessed 2018 to you all!!
Lots of Geek Love!
– The Captain –
#MalaysiaACGEventsList2018 #EventsList2018 #CosplayEvents2018 #MalaysiaCosplay #PopCultureEvents #MalaysiaAnimeEvents #MalaysiaACGEvents #PopCultureFunMY #PopCultureFun #TheCaptain #AnimeEvents
Cosplay Festival 2 (Selayang Mall)
10 – 11 March
Selayang Mall, Batu Caves
Animuzic Night 2018
7pm – 1030pm
Skyark Event Spaces, KL
Penang Yosakoi Parade 2018
4pm – 11pm
Coswalk Convention SAIKO 2018 (C2S)
17 – 18 March
Straits Quay, PENANG
Sakura Matsuri: Anime Garden
17 – 18 March
Gardens by the Bay,, SINGAPORE
Dataran Pahlawan Anime Fest 2018
24 – 25 March
Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
Spring’s Subcultures 2017 (SABAH)
24 – 25 March
Dewan Foo Chow, Kota Kinabalu
24 – 25 March
SMX Convention Centre, SM Mall of Asia
CTFKL 4 (Collectors Toy Fair KL)
Menara TM Convention Centre, KL
Crtl+Alt Gaming 2018
31 March – 1 April
Jeffrey Cheah Hall, Sunway College
Amazarashi x Aimer Asia Tour 2018
MIYAVI “DAY 2” World Tour Singapore 2018
11am – 5:30pm
Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan (PAHANG)
Aoharu Matsuri 2018
10am – 6:30pm
International Medical University (IMU), Bukit Jalil Campus
TAGCC (Toys Anime Games Comic Con) 2018
7 – 8 April
Mid Valley Exhibition Centre
HaruFest 2018 by GACC 2.0 (MELAKA)
10am – 7pm
Exam Hall, Multimedia University Melaka Campus
Dollfest Malaysia 2018
11:30am – 5pm
RUANG, Subang Jaya
JL Fest 2018
28 – 29 April
SJKC Lai Meng, Bukit Jalil
Thailand Comic Con 2018
27 – 29 April
Royal Paragon Hall @Siam Paragon, BANGKOK
OMG – Otakus, Makers & Gamers (SABAH) 2018
Exhibition Hall, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
Pekan Kartun 2018
Venue: Ipoh? Taiping?
SEGi Carnival Cosplay Competition 2018
SEGi College, Kuching, SARAWAK
Creators Super Fest by AFA
Pullman Grand Ballroom, Jakarta, INDONESIA
AMG-chan 2018 by Animangaki
Evolve Concept Mall, PJ
Season4Otaku 2018 – Summer Party
5 – 6 May
10:30am – 6pm
Grand Pacific event hall, Evolve Concept Mall, PJ
Star Wars Run SINGAPORE 2018
F1 Pit Building
D’Marquee, Downtown East, Pasir Ris
Anime Carnival 2018
11am – 9pm
Setia Walk, Puchong
Kelantan ACG Fiesta 2018
Parkson Kota Bahru, KELANTAN
23 – 24 June
USCI University (KL Campus)
Japan Otaku Matsuri 2018
30 June – 1 July
Summit USJ, Subang Jaya
Cosplay Junction 2018
30 June – 1 July
Asia Comic Con Malaysia 2018
13 – 15 July
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
UTAR (Sg Long) Bunkasai 2018
10am – 6pm
University Tunku Abdul Rahman (Sungai Long Campus)
11am – 7pm
The Whiteways Arcade, PENANG
Tampines PowerUp 2018
Tampines Central CC Multipurpose Hall – SINGAPORE
Natsu Bunkasai 2018
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar PERAK
Japan Expo Malaysia 2018
27 – 29 July
Fahrenheit 88 & Pavilion KL
AsiaPop Comicon Manila 2018
27 – 29 July
SMX Convention Centre, Manila PHILIPPINES
Penang Anime Matsuri 2018
Setia SPICE Convention Centre, PENANG
Cosplay Commuter 2018
1pm – 8pm
Evolve Concept Mall LRT Station
HMM: Secret Garden
1pm – 8pm
Anime Saiko 2018
Xspace, AEON Tebrau City Mall, JOHOR BAHRU
JCos Cosplay Gathering 2018
12pm – 5pm
Plaza Pelangi, JOHOR BAHRU
World Cosplay Summit – Malaysia Qualifier 2018
Bon Odori 2018 PENANG
6pm – 11pm
Queensbay Mall, PENANG
HELP University (HU), Subang 2, Subang Bestari
Hotshotz Asia 2018 (eSports Festival Main Event)
10am – 8pm
KDU Glenmarie Campus
Bon Odori 2018 (by Japan Club KL)
4:30pm – 9:30pm
Kompleks Sukan Negara, Shah Alam, Seksyen 21
(formerly Matsushita Sports Complex)
Comic Art Festival KL (CAFKL) 5
TBA July 2018
Dewan Bunga Raya, Campbell Complex
World Cosplay Summit FINALS 2018
Aichi Arts Centre, NAGOYA, JAPAN
History Con MALAYSIA 2018
Taylor’s Bunkasai 2018
Taylor’s College (SS15 Campus), Subang Jaya
Nowadays Anime Festival 2018
Quill City Mall, KL
OtaFair (OtaFuse Mini Event) 2018
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
Selangor Cyber Games 2018
ANIMANGAKI (AMG) 2018
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, SPCC
CosManiac (SABAH) 2018
Palm Square, Centre Point (Kota Kinabalu)
TBA August 2018
Summit USJ, Subang Jaya
Ani Carnival 2018
Han Jian College
AsiaPop Comic Con Manila 2018
SMX Convention Centre, PHILIPPINES
5 & 6 Flr, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
Comic Fiesta Mini 2018
Straits Quay Convention Centre, PENANG
Carmina In Nocté 2018
5:30pm – 11pm
Level 4, Jeffrey Cheah Hall, Sunway College
Bon Odori 2018 PUBLIKA
5pm – 10pm
The Square, Publika
Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2018
8 – 9 Sept
TBA Marina Bay Sands
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 by Japan Foundation KL
Klang Valley, PENANG, Kuching, SARAWAK, Kota Kinabalu, SABAH
Doll Furiimarket by DollFest MY
RUANG, Subang Jaya
Level 1, Metropoint Complex, Kajang (SELANGOR)
Game Plan #4 – Game Anime Expo (GAX) 2018
Berjaya Times Square, KL
Japan x Malaysia Friendship Concert 2018
Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach
Cosplay Circle 2018
10am – 6pm
Sony Store @The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Anime & Cosplay Event (ACE) 2018
HELP College of Arts & Technology (CAT)
6 – 7 October 2017
Taylor’s University – Lakeside Campus
Ballare – Suit Up & Dance
7 Oct 2017
Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya
KL Sci-Fi Convention 2018
Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil
Game Square 2018
KDU Glenmarie Campus
Evolve Concept Mall, PJ
Otaku Makers Gamers IV (OMG) 2018
Exhibition Hall 5 & 6
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall (SABAH)
KL Comic Week Mini 2018
Midsummer Night Cafe, Taman OUG, KL
Radical Anime Games Expo (RAGE) 2018
10am – 6pm
Ballroom, The Pines Hotel (MELAKA)
Japan Manga Otaku Exhibition (JMOE) by TARUC
TBA October 2018
Tunku Abdul Rahman Uni College, KL
MyTOWN Shopping Centre, KL
Indonesia Comic Con 2018
Jakarta Convention Centre, INDONESIA
Level Up KL 2018
Venue: Connexion Conference & Event Centre, Bangsar South, KL
CXM (Cosplay Exhibition Miri), SARAWAK 2018
Venue: Bintang Megamall, Miri
OHARA Cosplay Competition by Citta Mall 2018
1 – 5pm
CITTA Mall, Petaling Jaya
Western Assemble 2018
KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH), KL
Comic Play at Publika 2018
UniKL Cosplay Day 2018
9am – 5pm
Universiti Kuala Lumpur
Festival of Animation & Games (FANG) 2018
Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan Malaysia (ASWARA)
9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Foyer Engineering, UiTM Shah Alam
Empire City, Damansara KL
Malaysia Hobby Expo 2018
10am – 10pm
Hall A, MAEPS Serdang
East Coast Collectors Toy Fair (KUANTAN) 2018
8am – 7pm
Caribbean Room, Bukit Gambang Resort City KUANTAN
Gunpla Expo 2018 Malaysia
Gunpla Builders World Cup
10am – 9pm
MyTown Shopping Centre, KL
Anime Saiko 2nd
TBA December 2018
Forest City, JOHOR BAHRU
City One Convention Centre, City One Megamall
Cosplay Party 4.0 by Klang Parade 2018
1pm – 5pm
Klang Parade, KLANG
Big Bad Wolf Sale 2018
Mines International Convention Centre (MIECC)
TBA December 2018
10am – 8pm
Likas Sports Complex
EOY Cosplay Festival 2018
Marina Barrage, SINGAPORE
UMS Japanese Cultural Night Bon Odori 2018
Padang Kawad, UMS
Comic Fiesta 2018
KL Convention Centre (KLCC)
The Whiteaways Arcade
Marvel Fan Assemble Day by Cosfest Asia
Madame Tussauds, SINGAPORE
Malaysia Cyber Games 2018
13 – 14 January
Dewan Tun Hussein Onn, PWTC KL
Level 4, Summit USJ, Subang Jaya
Japan Expo Thailand 2018
26 – 28 January
Central World, Bangkok
Miyamoto Saki 2nd KL Fan Meet 2018
Isetan The Japan Store KL
Anime Majime Cosplay Gathering 2018
11am – 7pm
Level 1, Era Square Terminal 2 (SEREMBAN)
Pokemon Run Carnival Carnival SINGAPORE 2018
2pm – 8pm
Marina Barrage, SINGAPORE
MPH, Multimedia University (MMU) Cyberjaya
24th Harajuku Fashion Walk 2018 (SINGAPORE)
4 – 530pm
Merlion Park, SINGAPORE
C3 AFA Hong Kong 2018
9 – 11 Feb
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Kartun dan Hobi (KEDAH)
1 – 5 March
Ruang Legar, Star Parade (Alor Setar)
VBG Japanese Animation Merchandise Fair
2 – 11 March 2018
Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya
UNMC Bunkasai 2018
11am – 6pm
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) Semenyih
Here are some basic photos from the brand new Jalan Jalan Japan KL located in 1 Shamelin Mall, Cheras. There was some debate which outlet is bigger so I had to go and check it out.
For more detail, check out the video so it is easier to get the idea of the layout.
More photos here: FB Album Jalan Jalan Japan KL – Visit
Size wise, the Subang (One City Sky Park) has a large floor space, more variety per item genre and more quantity for each item genre.
However, JJJKL has the newer stuff or rather more current stuff based on just toy section. The fear of missing out on the unknown might get you thinking you must go both outlets but I think you shouldn’t fear of losing out. How would they decide which stock to send to which outlet? I’m not sure, I just know if one place is sell out more stuff than the other, that’s where I would send the new stock hehe
So I am doing my part to buy more stuff xD So that they might replenish sooner?? haha I hope so.
This outlet is a lot more ogranised than Subang. Must have learnt a lot since it’s opening hehe so it makes shopping pretty swift.
On a down side, I didn’t like the price discrepancy with some of what i bought.
Example: some toys I bought, WERE IN A BOX… it was in a box but it doesn’t mean its unopenend or that it’s in good condition or MINT in box or Brand New in Box.so friends, doesn’t it’s in a box means its MIB! Also if there is the same figure in a plastic bag, then there is another in a box (more expensive), you may want to consider your options & the possiblity
Example: The other example was, I bought an opened figure of Azunyan (in plastic bag) in Subang for RM15 and to get Mio in JJJKL, same series, same size… it was RM30. Please la don’t whack whatever price you want. Other series the figures are same price for the entire figures in the set. Please decide what you with your pricing.
#JJJ #SerbuJJJ #Jargagiler #TheCaptan #Malaysia #CosplayFUNMY #PoPCultureFunMY
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Here are the photos of whats there at the all new HOBBY SMAG VIVA HOME … formerly know as Sun@Mag Viva Home Mall.
Lotsa goodies here for fans of old & new… and western too haha
(Shot with my Nikon V1 (10mm – 30mm Nikkor lens)
From the stills you can see Banpresto, Crane King, DXF, Good Smile Company Nendoroids, Max Factory Figma, Bushiroad, Dragoborne, Eaglemoss, Neca, Disney Infinity, Amiibo, SQ, Hot Wheels etc.
Titles: One Piece, Naruto, Boruto, One Piece, LOVE LIVE!, Vocaloids, Vanguard, Buddy Fight, Yokai Watch, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Ultraman, Gears of War 2, Street Fighter IV, etc 100% original licensed stuff! Lots of stuff already & more to come.
Surely validates a visit for the collectors 😀 I saw that most of these stuff goes for RM125 at places like Toys R Us but here they start from as low as RM80 for the Banpresto / Crane King, DXF, SQ.
Transportation: LRT available… Miharja station with a shaded walk way all the way into the mall. Basement Parking is RM2 for the first 3 hours. Subsequent hour RM1.
So come and check out Hobby SMAG, LG Floor (below Super 7 entrance), Viva Home Mall!
Full photo album here: Hobby SMAG – New Store Sighting
Btw, if you’re already there… and you need some groceries you should stop by the Super 7 store. I was told it is opened by the brother of the famous 24 hour NSK hypermarket. Expect the same good low prices… bulk purchases and extensive non-halal section.
A month ago, Comic Fiesta dropped the Earthbound Papas bomb on us and the fans went nuts. Then a MikuPa page was made for Miku Expo in Malaysia 2017… on the same date of 16 December 2017 with no additional information till this date – the date of the press launch!!
I already had a few questions on my mind and upon arriving at TGV 1 Utama… a few were already answered. The Q & A session with the media was good as fellow Geek writers The Hyped Geek, started of with the mother of all questions – WHY WAS THIS DATE CHOSEN FOR MIKUEXPOMY? One of the most spicy Q&A sessions at a press conference I have ever attended 😀 On another note… come one the organisers are pros & corporate giants… the questions we’rent spicy enough to say it was spicy!! haha
Anyhow, here are the sights and info gathered, followed by the official press release!
On stage was the 3 most important people of the day! Mr. Kimitaka Nishio, CEO Office Manager of Crypton Future Media, Mr. Henry Tan COO of Astro Holdings Berhad and Mr. Ng Yubin, from the eGG Network, in which I believe with be a driving & promoting force for the pre-concert activities and promotions.
So Nishio-san started off by introducing Hatsune Miku everyone.
Followed by Mr. Henry Tan & Mr. Ng.
Next the opening acts were unveiled, which were chosen by the folks at Astro. They are YouTube Sensation Ms. Chaleeda Gilbert featuring Thai Rapper Dandee and the hottest star in Malaysia Mr. Zizan Razak aka. Abang Long Fadil!
Chaleeda Gilbert, of Thai and British descent, the first international act to be signed to Rocketfuel Entertainment, Malaysia’s #1 Indie Music label. Zizan is no stranger to the average Malaysian. Accomplished comedian, actor, singer, rapper, host, TV personality and a favourite in the hearts of Malaysians.
He will be singing a duet with Miku… for the concert and we’re speculating it’s gonna be a malay song or maybe it would be Zizan’s own single “Chentaku” produced with SonaOne… that will feature Miku!! Who knows at this point 😀 haha
Tickets are priced as follows. The tickets go on sale Sunday, 8 October 2017 at 10am on http://www.myticket.asia
Details on what other pre-concert activities will be announce as time progresses.
Check out our full photo album on Facebook here!
So there you have it:
Hatsune Miku Live in Malaysia 2017
Axiata Arena , Bukit Jalil (formerly Bukit Jalil Indoor Stadium)
I wanted to end with this joke! For all the friends & fans out there who call Miku their WAIFU, take a good look at Nishio-san, because he could be the closest you get to a LEGIT ‘uncle’ in this sense xD haha I had a great time.
Thanks to Astro and Crypton Future Media for having us and for making Miku’s concert in Malaysia a reality! – The Captain –
#MikuExpoMY #MikuPa #HatsuneMiku #MikuExpo2017 #Malaysia #CosplayFunMY #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #Astro #AstroMY #AstroMalaysia #CryptonFutureMedia #HenryTan #KimitakaNishio
Here is the official press release:
MAKE A DATE WITH HATSUNE MIKU ON 16 DEC!
FIRST EVER VIRTUAL SINGER LIVE CONCERT IN MALAYSIA BY ASTRO & CRYPTON FUTURE MEDIA
KUALA LUMPUR, – Fans of global sensation Hatsune Miku can now meet their virtual idol “live in person”! Astro in partnership with Crypton Future Media, INC is bringing the highly anticipated, Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 – to Malaysia (#MikuExpoMY). This first of its kind concert performance is for one night only on 16 December at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil.
The teal-haired 16-year-old cyber celebrity from Japan has over 2.5 million fans globally and 80,000 loyalists in Malaysia. Hatsune Miku has collaborated with Pharrell Williams, supported Lady Gaga on her ArtRave tour and has a repertoire of hundreds of thousands of songs in multiple languages.
Henry Tan, Astro Chief Operating Officer said, “Astro is excited to bring the first ever Hatsune Miku live concert to Malaysia. This ground-breaking concert is the only performance in Southeast Asia this year, so be sure not to miss this sensational experience. As the voice of the future, Hatsune Miku brings forth a new and novel experience where her songs and performances are crowd sourced from millions of fans globally.
The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 in Malaysia, has already caught the interest of many fans since it was announced at the Hatsune Miku event “Magical Mirai 2017” on 31st August 2017, coinciding with her 10th anniversary celebration in Japan. On concert day, fans can expect official merchandise booths, cosplayers, and other fun activities at the venue before Hatsune Miku takes the centre stage.”
Hatsune Miku is a unique content that has a strong following internationally as she transcends culture, language and borders.
Kimitaka Nishio, CEO Office Manager at Crypton Future Media, said “Three years ago, Hatsune Miku Expo kicked off in South-East Asia with a historic live performance and exhibition in Jakarta that set the foundations of this fan-centred event celebrating collaborative creativity.
This year, after 48 performances in 7 countries around the world, we are happy to be back in the region for Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 in Malaysia. We know Hatsune Miku already has a strong fanbase in the country, but we also hope to introduce her and the culture around her to many more people in the area.”
YouTube sensation, Chaleeda Gilbert and Malaysian superstar, Zizan Razak will open the concert for Hatsune Miku.
The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017, will be held at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil on 16th December 2017 at 8PM. Ticket Prices are RM169, RM269, RM339 and RM439 (excluding ticket fee and GST). Ticket sales will commence on Sunday, 8 October at 10AM online through www.myticket.asia. Get the latest news via mikuexpo.com and fb.com/mikuexpo2017mys.
HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2017 IN MALAYSIA TICKET PRICING
|Category||Ticket Prices (RM)*exclude ticket fee & GST|
|VIP Rockzone (Free Standing)||RM 439|
|Rockzone (Free Standing)||RM 339|
|Category 1 (Free Seating)||RM 269|
|Category 2 (Free Seating)||RM 169|
Tickets can be purchased from: www.myticket.asia (starting Sunday, 8 October at 10AM)
10 Fun Facts about Hatsune Miku
- Hatsune Miku was released on 31 August 2007 and her voice was sampled from Japanese voice actress, Saki Fujita.
- Miku’s name comes from putting together the words: First(Hatsu), Sound(Ne), and Future (Miku).
- Hatsune Miku isn’t a digital persona for a real singer. She’s actually a synthesised character, called a Vocaloid. Not only is her image on stage generated by computer, but her singing voice is totally synthesised, too.
- As her voice can be synthesised, Hatsune Miku sings in multiple languages and has hundreds of thousands of songs available to date!
- None of the songs that Hatsune Miku sings and performs actually come straight from Crypton Future Media. Instead, creating her songs is a widespread fan effort, with devotees around the world using her program to write and orchestrate songs for her.
- Miku’s outfit design is partly based on a very popular synthesiser keyboard. The colours, and some of the motifs on her clothes are inspired by that instrument.
- For a “vocaloid-opera” performance called “The End”, famous Louis Vuitton designer, Marc Jacobs has created a dress specifically for Hatsune Miku.
- Hatsune Miku has worked with the biggest acts in the world, from opening for Lady Gaga, to appearing in Pharrell’s music video and singing alongside Japanese artists like Bump of Chicken and Namie Amuro.
- Hatsune Miku made television history when she was the very first virtual singer to appear on a major U.S. late night talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman on Oct. 7, 2014, as the musical guest.
- There are other characters similar to Hatsune Miku from Crypton Future Media such as Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, KAITO and MEIKO. However, Hatsune Miku remains the most popular in the market and became the world’s first virtual idol.
It’s exciting news for us to formally announce that Little Harajuku is collaborating with us! You will get free shipping through out Malaysia is you use the code “COSFUN” when you purchase stuff from their online store – www.littleharajuku.my Yes, FREE SHIPPING TO SABAH & SARAWAK too my friends!! HUHU!! BUY NOW xD haha Currently, it’s an ongoing promotion… how long it will last I don’t know.