Malaysia’s 2nd largest ACG event is back and this year marks the 10th ANIMANGAKI! What started out as a first time event for the Sun-U Anime Club (SUAC) on 27 – 28 June 2009, has now become a staple August month convention event that’s drawing 18,500+ people over 2 days (2017).
The first 4 years were tough, as the SUAC club kept changing presidents each year as the students graduate. And then from the 5th year on they made the jump from Sunway College hall to Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre!
Of the top 3 colleges (with ACG events) in the first decade of the millennium, only Animangaki remains consistent (without skipping a year) and thriving with their Sunway Anime Club roots in tact.
So I salute you guys! Keep up the good work team!! -The Captain-
Here are some of the highlights for this years event!!
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
AniManGaki 2018 Theme: Role Playing Game (RPG)
Marks our 10th year in the scene, and is expected to be our biggest one yet. It will be held at the SUNWAY PYRAMID CONVENTION CENTER on 18th-19th August 2018. New expansions to the event include an LED screen on our stage and additional play space (Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall LG2 Central Avenue). We are projecting 20,000 attendees and 100,000+ foot traffic from Malaysia and its neighboring countries in 2018.
1) Cosplay Competition Sponsored by Warlord, Armaggeddon & TokyoNinki
An abbreviation of ’costume’ and ‘play’, cosplay is an increasingly popular hobby worldwide. Fans usually attend the vent in their own tailored costumes and role-play as their favourite character. One of our anchor activity as participants perform sketches on stage and make their best impersonation of the cosplayed character. Winning team of this competition will compete against other Malaysian cosplay champions at the annual Cosplay Invitational.
2) AniManGaki Idol Sponsored by Warlord & SonicGear
Another popular anchor activity in which contestants show off their singing skills and compete in front of a judge panel and live audience. The longest of its kind in Malaysian ACG events, also jumpstarted the career of many local ACG singers. This year, we will be doing a Battle Royale in which previous winners of AniManGaki Idol from years 2010-2017 will return to stage and compete for the ultimate AniManGaki Idol Champion title.
3) Art Competition Sponsored by Artisul
Pre-event activity in which participants submit their artworks online. Winning entries will be featured at our gallery area on event days. Champion wins a drawing tablet, and will have their artwork featured on the back page of AMG 2018 event booklet.
4) Doodle 4 AniManGaki Contest Sponsored by Sakura
For those who love to doodle, attendees may pick up a canvas from the Sakura booth and enter the contest for free. Winning entries may win up to RM1000 worth of Sakura products!
Think of it as a mini fun fair, consisting of game booths. Attendees get to test their skills and try their luck at winning some prizes, by playing games like archery, shooting cans, and ball toss.
6) The Trading Card Game of Thrones
Organized by Yokozuna Card Game, attendees may participate in four special tournaments; Pokemon, Vanguard, Battle Spirits, or Weiß Schwarz.
Celebrating 15 years of Lawak Kampus by local cartoonist, Keith. Exhibition will be located at LG2 Central Avenue, Sunway Pyramid Mall.
8) Collectibles Display Hall
A collaborative work made possible by the Hobbies and Collectibles Community Malaysia, attendees can marvel at the large collection of figurines or action figures, learn from exhibitors about maintenance works or tips on starting their own collection, and even join a community that interests them.
9) Special Interest Panels/Workshop
A platform for collaborators to showcase their works and the opportunity to create awareness or educate the attendees on their company/products/services.
10) Doujin Alley (Artist Tables)
Artists set up booths to display their works, sell handmade crafts to attendees, and fulfil commission requests. We will have 120 artist tables at AniManGaki 2018.
11) Stage & Band Performance
Stage line-up includes Tokimeki JUMP (Singapore), Hayashiforest, Harmonia ACG, Nandemo ii, Mystical Mirage, The Crestfall Band, and 02 Pro.
12) Video Game Arena
A collaborative work made possible by Infinite Carnage Malaysia and Malaysian Touhou Brigade, participants compete live in several featured tournaments (i.e., games like Tekken and Street Fighter) to win prizes and earn the championship title of the year!
13) Exhibitor Booths
With over 60 booths, exhibitors consist of studios (gaming or animation), products/services, education institutions, merchandise sellers, and more.
▪ Donna Bruke feat. Ganime Jazz(Singer/Musician) Official Page: https://www.donnaburke.com/ – She is an Australian singer and voice actress based in Tokyo, Japan. Her works include titles like Metal Gear Solid, Tokyo Ghoul, God Eater, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles to name a few. – Ganime Jazz was formed in 2016, combined the free beauty of hazz with songs form the game and anime world.
▪ Serg Loki Mirage (Cosplayer) Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/serglokicosplay/ – Hail from Russia, Serg has been highly notable for his portrait of several characters specifically for Thranduil from the Lord of the Ring Universe and Loki from Marvel’s Thor. He has won many cosplay competitions.
▪ Moriyama Daisuke (Manga Artist) Official Page: https://twitter.com/dai_greyhound – A veteran comic artist from Japan. Best known for his work, Chrono Crusade series which was adapted into a 24-episode anime series by animation studio, Gonzo.
▪ Chinnie (Cosplayer) Official Page: http://www.facebook.com/chinnie.cosplay – Chinnie is a Malaysian cosplayer who’s highly praised for her ability to portray characters realistically and her hard works in numerous cosplay projects.
▪ Yugana Senshi Uon (Cosplayer) Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/yuganasenshi Presented by ColourVUE – Best known for her portrayals of scary characters, Yugana is no stranger to the cosplay community, this Malaysian cosplayer has been both a judge and guests at many events, local and abroad.
▪ #kendylife (Cartoonist) Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/kendylife Presented by Sakura – Born at Kota Kinabalu and raised in Sipitang, the Sino-Kadazan’s childhood interest in art matured into a love of comic by his early twenties. He started outputting his keen observation skills and humour to use as a cartoonist and created #kendylife.
• Rachelhofs (Illustrator) Official Page: Instagram.com/rachelhofs Presented by Pilot Pen – Rachel is a talented artist from Sabah, currently living in Kuala Lumpur. She specialises in visual development and illustration for animated films. Her drawings are heavily influenced by sights she sees in her surroundings, like street wear fashion & movies, which she then translates into her current drawing style.
“What is this?” The buzzing question on every fans mind since our announcement of the event back in February this year! Scam… another Comic Con-Job… it looks like a Western Convention but is it yet another ‘comic’ event full of Japanese anime stuff? Who are the organisers? who are these people?
So many questions and next to no answers what so ever.
Anyways, the fans & folks are generally very nice as long as you don’t take their money (very obvious by the results of the recent general elections). Then FB sponsored ads of calling for vendors of the Malaysia chapter started popping up… then local exhibitors & vendors really started to get weary.
So I joined forces with some ‘PRO’ people to do some Jessica Jones sleuth work and this is what we gathered. As this is what we think we can share => The organisers originate from Thailand. And over there they have been in this industry for a couple of years already. So their new brand / event will be called Asia Comic Con.
Thailand will debut in June and Malaysia will debut in July. The Malaysia chapter will be managed by a local advertising agency – iHub Advertising. We received endorsement by some reputable folks so ‘PRO’ folks were satisfied to proceed to get a booth at the event.
One fail safe that would protect our hopes and dreams was the fact that the Asia Comic Con would FIRST debut in the homeland of Thailand a month before our in Malaysia. So far Thailand’s version of the page was doing a great job in announcing and the guest was getting better and better by the day. One of the strongest factors was the announcement of I Love Anisong (an Anime Festival Asia brand), was to hold their concert nights there. If you’ve not heard of Anime Festival Asia – AFA is by far, South East Asia’s ultimate Japanese Pop Culture experience. Began in Singapore in 2008, has now expanded to 6 other countries.
Then later I spotted the Gyu Creative logos on certain promo material. So that is another strong vote of confidence. Who are Gyu Creative? They are the folks from Thailand who brought us Japan Expo Thailand & Japan Expo Malaysia! Nuff said!!
Anyways, if all this was still not enough I had to send my British Intelligence operative… Mr. Bond… James Bond …. or rather it was because he was already going to be there that I sent him xD hahaha Oh yea, and no his name was not James Bond or Simon Le Bon but John… John Gullidge! 😀
When Asia Comic Con Thailand announce their Hollywood guest, Ms. Nymeria Sand from Game of Thrones or as The Resistance Pilot Jess Testor aka Jessika Pava aka [Blue Three] from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and my favourite, she is one half of the Daughters of the Dragon – Colleen Wing from the Netflix Marvel Universe (NMU) Marvel’s Iron Fist and The Defenders…the beautiful and talented actor on the rise – Ms. Jessica Henwick!! I didn’t know if I should celebrate or cry. But to save my heart from hurt I have to keep my expectations low. More on Jessica later!
What to expect at Asia Comic Con Malaysia?
1:1 scale Galore! Batman: Dark Knight Tumbler, Batman Ninja, Batpod, Predator Throne and Magneto Chair!
Former Chemistry Teacher turn drug cook, might be there!
IDOL GROUPs Siam Dream and SWEAT16!
Nobuo Yamada (NoB-san) who is famous for the Saint Seiya anime series and Super Sentai series and Chie Nakamaru (mao-san) who is famous for Doraemon song.
In 1998 he formed P.A.F. (stands for Patent Applied For, named after the PAFguitar pickups) with X Japan guitarist Pata. In about one years time they released: two albums, one mini album, one live album and two singles.
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.
Travels of A Captain
Most of you may know that I only travel abroad to 2 events and only events in Singapore. Reasons being:
a) Because I can’t get this kind of event experience (immersive) here in Malaysia.
b) Because I can’t get this kind of event experience – professionally organised & run.
c) Because of financial constraints (coz I have to pay for all my own expenses).
And what events in Singapore might you ask? Singapore, Toys, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC), GameStart Asia and occasionally Anime Festival Asia. It’s very straight forward:
a) STGCC – The current & international comic (not manga) artist guest.
b) GameStart – VIDEO GAMES… the betas, demos, simulators, VR
c) AFA – the one stop Japan Pop Culture Experience.
Fan, Friend, Follower
Now I have been following GameStart since it’s debut in 2014 and there fore it is one of the events that really close to my heart because of it’s content, the organising team and the fact that you grow together with it.
And with that, it brings me great excitement to announce that South East Asia’s PREMIERE Gaming event is back and is extending it’s reach to Indonesia too! GAMER FANS in INDONESIA… HOLLER!! It’s gonna be fun guys. I am so excited for you all!
Last year GameStart started adding an event theme which made evident in their logo style. Last years theme was ‘Cyber Punk’… which I wondered if it had anything to do with the LONG AWAITED movie sequel release – BLADE RUNNER 2049? Apparently its just coincidental hehe Can you all guest what’s this year theme?
============ Official Press Release ============
SINGAPORE: Eliphant, the organiser of Singapore’s largest gaming convention, GameStart Asia, is pleased to announce the date and venue for the 5th edition of the event, which welcomed 24,000 gamers and esports enthusiasts in 2017.
Visitors can look forward to a weekend of fun and games across multiple platforms, from PC to mobile, console and tabletop, which saw big success and positive feedback. Esports, cosplay and Founders Base, which provides discounted booths for startups, artists and indie developers to showcase their products, will continue to be a staple of the event.
SEA Major, the top fighting game tournament in Southeast Asia, will also return to GameStart, with a game line up that includes Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, and more titles will be announced in the coming months at www.beastapac.com
We are also very excited to announce that GameStart will be expanding beyond Singapore shores, and plan to bring the GameStart experience to gamers in Indonesia later this year. More details will be announced in the coming weeks on our official channels.
KUALA LUMPUR, 20th February 2018 – As the all the Lunar Celebrations….visitations and feasting is starting to subside. I just caught wind that a legit “Comic Con” is gonna make it’s debut in Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre to be exact, 13 – 15 July 2018. (http://www.asiacomiccon.com/)
Not to be confused with ComicCon Asia (https://comiccon.asia/), the Manila SUPER event that Stan ‘The Man’ Lee is headlining, Asia Comic seems to be hailing from Thailand… which in the past has a been another source for pop culture fans to rejoice – *WINK Thank you* Japan Expo Malaysia 2017 and *WINK Thank You* Japan Expo Thailand 2018 (which featured AKB48… fans went nuts). Despite Thailand having 2 existing ‘Comic Cons’ – Thailand Comic Con and Bangkok Comic Con, only the former has managed to survive since it’s debut in 2014 . Bangkok Comic Con ran from 2015 and stopped at 2016. In 2018… Bangkok Comic Con returns with a twist… they are joining forces with Thailand Comic Con for a mega event on 21 – 23 April!
IRONICALLY Part 2
So despite these 2 existing Comic Cons hailing from Thailand, this Asia Comic Con that’s being held in Bangkok and in KL is NOT organised by the initial two folks haha I mean that’s from what I can gather anyway. Anyone know more?
Which brings me to my first question? So who are these guys? And then my second question – how can I help them? The latter is kinda impossible since I don’t have the answer to the first question haha
Anyhow from what it reads, the event is promising a “WORLD CLASS Comic Con” experience. For my expectations? I am expecting quite a bit!! Haha I am expecting (hoping rather) that missing element that even Singapore’s STGCC doesn’t have – Hollywood Star power guest! This elusive element is really what I think makes a legit “Comic Con”… especially if you are referring to San Diego Comic-Con aka Comic-Con International…. the longest running comic convention in the world.
Can’t Hardly Wait
With the event just 5 months away, I SO looking forward to the guest announcements in the days to come! Fellow friends and fans will be holding on to the dream of a legit Comic Con in Malaysia, REJOICE… and again I say rejoice! And to the organisers, whoever you are – THANK YOU!!
– The Captain –
Dear Asia Comic Con organiers – if you’re reading this please reach out to us. We would love to hear from you 🙂 We are fans, we are excited & we want to help. Thank you! 😀 = email@example.com
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!
Managed to catch Kawamori-san in his free time!
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] 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!!
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For a limited time – the DC Superheroes Cafe (Malaysia) will be having their movie tie in menu!! Come check it out before it’s too late #JoinTheLeagueMY #JusticeLeagueMY #DCComics #TheCaptain
MAN OF STEEL RM 38
Glorious thick juicy beef patty with melted cheese and special homemade sauce topped off with golden deep friend onion rings, gherkin pickles, tomato slices and green coral. All sandwiched between the a supreme brioche bun and served together with a generous serving of friends and cheese sauce.
MAN OF STEEL: The burger pate looked small but it was a solid piece of meat!
FIT FOR A KING RM 37
Specially prepared golden deep fried dory fish filler sandwiched between 2 wholesome panini bread slices, homemade salsa and tartar sauce combo with green coral, sliced tomatoes and cucumber for that amazing crunch, served with fries and sides of cheese sauce and chili sauce.
AMAZONIAN POWER WRAP RM 33
Juicy chicken ballotine with turkey ham, celery and carrot sticks layered with smoked barbeque sauce on top of mash potatoes and sauteed vegetables, served with nanchos and cheese sauce.
AMAZONIAN POWER WRAP: It called to me because it was a Cordon Bleu look alike with the aroma of BBQ sauce!
THE DARK KNIGHT RM 33
Specially made charcoal pizza base for this amazingly made Hawaiian pizza with smoked duck breast, sliced black olives, diced onions, cheery tomatoes, pineapple cubes, green capsicums sandwiched between mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.
THE DARK KNIGHT: It looks more like the Bat-signal but the mix aroma of the toppings, garnishing & cheese will definitely ‘summon’ your saliva!
CYBORG FUSILINI RM 32
Delicious bite sized fusilli pasta with diced sausages, cheery tomatoes, black olives, mixed capsicums, broccoli, cauliflower with special spicy homemade aglio olio powder.
SCARLET SPEEDSTER RM 28
Amazingly made durian cheese cake sandwiched between homemade pancake mix and delightful vanilla ice cream topped with crushed almond nuts, mixed fruit cocktail, M&M’s and finished off with a sprinkle of chocolate powder.
Set comes with choice of 1 Ice Lemon Mint tea OR 1 Ice Lychee
The Iced Mint Tea… fit for an Atlantean!!
This is the WONDERFUL Iced Lychee…. so refreshing despite being in chilly Genting!