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Aikon Idol Fest – Performers Line Up

Here are the official photos of the performers for this inaugural IDOL event!! We still don’t know the order of the line up or what songs they are going to perform but I guess you would have to buy a ticket to check it out? haha

Well if you still haven’t got your tickets don’t forget to get them from the special Comic Fiesta link for promo prices! Here is the link http://bit.ly/2kx8qyG Currently all the Upper Arena & VIP tickets have been sold out… so only the Normal (Lower Arena) tickets are left 🙂 So if you still want to get tickets… it’s now!!

Some advice for all the performers & would be performers:

  1. On becoming a star – it could happen to anyone, so why not you 🙂
  2. But it’s not going to be easy, it’s hard work & perseverance in your craft
  3. And even if you do become a star, it’s still hard work & perseverance in your craft
  4. Haters will always be there regardless if you’re a star or not.
  5. It’s never a bad thing to be courteous, polite & humble… even when you become a star!

“A life lived in fear, is a life half lived” – Baz Luhrmann, Strictly Ballroom.

So keep doing what you love and keep perspective of your priorities in life!

related article: Aikon Idol Fest – Debut event

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Aikon Idol Fest performer – REI

 

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Aikon Idol Fest performers – KR524 (Hime & Reina)

 

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Aikon Idol Fest performers – Project NA = Aslene, Helen, Jia Wen (Chan), Jiawen (Lee), Kelly, Jing Yee & Liling

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Aikon Idol Fest performer – Enginomai

 

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Aikon Idol Fest performers – SIGMA = Aya, Amira, Suzuya

 

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Aikon Idol Fest performers – Deltarhythm = Ristelle, Kanami, Cili Padi, No Name & Rina Hime

#AikonIdolFest #AikonEntertainment #KR524 #DeltaRhythm #ProjectNA
#Enginomai #Sigma #Rei


Aikon Idol Fest 2017 – Debut Event

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It’s already February & what we are looking forward to is the first ever IDOL Festival! No, it’s not Japanese Idol girl groups performing but rather our own home grown talented performers! I think having 5 teams performing can be given the right to be called = “Festival” 😀 haha.

As fellow event organisers, we are excited that a new entity has taken the initiative to create a genre specific platform where these IDOL hopefuls can show case their talent. Yes, some groups do perform at ACG events, that’s correct. However to truly harness & nurture the potential in our local talent, there should be more focus on & into the genre, not to mention the investment of time, money & resources. So right now The Captain is excited for the organisers Aikon Entertainment & is more than happy to support the up coming Aikon Idol Fest – 愛コン

15977801_1022675647837771_7487358923623541507_nGet your tickets soon because the Upper Arena category tickets are already SOLD OUT. You want to see Japanese Idols? Well if this event continues to do well by your support, you all may very well get to see the Japanese idols you want. So in the mean time lets invest our support in Malaysia’s Got IDOL Talent!!

*ALWAYS REMEMBER the group named Sea*A and their origin story*

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#AikonIdolFest #AikonEntertainment #KR524 #DeltaRhythm #ProjectNA
#Enginomai #Sigma #Rei

Aikon Idol Festival
25 February 2017
7pm – 10pm
The Gardens Theatre (TGT), Kuala Lumpur
Tickets from RM50 (Normal), RM65 (VIP)
https://www.facebook.com/events/574587829392725


Events List 2017

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A little promo for The Captain trying to clear collectibles – http://www.facebook.com/DadsStuffToGo

It was certainly a long but exciting 2016 and even before the year is over, much news of 2017 events were already popping up! The Ultraman Returns show was the first sign for us to consider putting up the 2017 events list early since it really runs till the turn of the new year! Then next “SIGN” involved Genting again!! Resorts World Genting got involve to host ESL One on the first weekend of the new year!! Oh wow! So here is a very early start of the 2017 Malaysia ACG / Pop Culture Events List!

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 [cosplayfun.my@gmail.com] if you would like your event to be listed or unlisted. We want to give the community something to look forward to!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the folks from all over the world for visiting & re-visiting our page. We wish you a very prosperous & blessed 2017 to you all!!

Lots of Geek Love!
– The Captain –

#MalaysiaACGEventsList2017 #EventsList2017 #CosplayEvents2017 #MalaysiaCosplay #PopCultureEvents #MalaysiaAnimeEvents #MalaysiaACGEvents #PopCultureFunMY #PopCultureFun

 

Radwimps 2017 Asia Live Tour – Singapore
4 June
7pm
Megabox Event Hall @Bigbox
https://www.facebook.com/events/1664600367176238

A.G.E. (Artistic Gaming Entertainment) Convention 2017
– Sibu Cosplay Matsuri –
9 – 11 June
Sibu Indoor Stadium, SARAWAK
https://www.facebook.com/events/240028346459075

MOEPA 2017
10 – 11 June
11am – 7pm
The Whiteways Arcade, PENANG
https://www.facebook.com/events/741912192638756/

C3 AFA Bangkok 2017
10 – 11 June
Royal Paragon Hall – Siam Paragon, Bangkok THAILAND
https://www.facebook.com/animefestivalasia
Site: http://www.animefestival.asia

UTAR (Sg Long) Bunkasai 2017
12 June
10am – 6pm
University Tunku Abdul Rahman (Sungai Long Campus)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657566497881442/

Tampines PowerUp 2017
18 June
Tampines Central CC Multipurpose Hall – SINGAPORE
https://www.facebook.com/events/916404171834695
https://www.facebook.com/tamppowerup17

FUNAN SG Mall Anime Matsuri (SINGAPORE) – Mall is closed for renovation till 2019
TBA June 2017
Funan Digital Life Mall, SG
https://www.facebook.com/FunanDigitalifeMall
http://funananimematsuri.com/

Penang Anime Matsuri 2017
1 – 2 July
Setia SPICE Convention Centre, PENANG
https://www.facebook.com/penanganimematsuri

Anime Saiko 2017
7 – 9 July
Xspace, AEON Tebrau City Mall, JOHOR BAHRU
https://www.facebook.com/events/1793439470971231

Bon Odori 2017 PENANG
15 July *pending confirmation* 
6pm – 11pm
Esplanade, PENANG
http://www.visitpenang.gov.my/portal3/

C2AGE (by HELP University) X-Treme 
15 – 16 July 2017
HELP University (HU), Subang 2, Subang Bestari
https://www.facebook.com/events/1497595780282339

Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone in Concert
15 – 16 July
Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/282661938838161/
http://www.ticketpro.com.my/jnp/concert/2083772-Harry-Potter-And-The-Philosophers-Stone-In-Concert-2017.html

Visual Arts Expo (VAX) 2017
22 – 23 July
Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC)
http://www.vax.asia
https://www.facebook.com/events/1537846169563237

Bon Odori 2017 (by Japan Club KL)
22 July 
4:30pm – 9:30pm
Kompleks Sukan Negara, Shah Alam, Seksyen 21
(formerly Matsushita Sports Complex)
http://www.jckl.org.my/content.php?module=menu&id=166
https://www.facebook.com/japanclubkl

Comic Art Festival 4
29 – 30 July 2017
Dewan Bunga Raya, Campbell Complex
https://www.facebook.com/events/708060736021840/

World Cosplay Summit FINALS 2017
29 July – 6 August
Aichi Arts Centre, NAGOYA, JAPAN
https://www.facebook.com/WorldCosplaySummit/

Jakarta Comic Con
July TBA

Plaza Sentosa – Cosplay Time! by JCos Club
TBA July
Plaza Sentosa,JOHOR BAHRU
LINK

VBG ANIME FIESTA 2017
TBA July
11:30am-5pm
Anime Merchandise Fair: TBA July
Concourse, Sungei Wang Plaza
LINK

Malaysia Cosplay Show by SG Cosplay Club
TBA July 2017
VENUE: 
LINK

Anime & Cosplay Expo 2017 (ACE)
TBA July
HELP College of Arts & Technology (CAT) Campus
LINK

Cosplay Corner 2017 
TBA August
10am – 6pm
KDU College Damansara Jaya Campus
Entrance Fee: RM10 per day
LINK

Taylor’s Bunkasai 2017
5 August
Taylor’s College (SS15 Campus), Subang Jaya
https://www.facebook.com/events/287424111691577

History Con 2017
4 – 6 August
MAEPS, Serdang
http://www.historyasia.com/shows/history-con-malaysia

C3 AFA Jakarta 2017
18 – 20 August
JIEXPO, Jakarta INDONESIA
https://www.facebook.com/animefestivalasia
Site: http://www.animefestival.asia

ANIMANGAKI (AMG) 2017 – Magic & Elements
19 – 20 August 
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, SPCC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1863197970614152/

AsiaPop Comic Con Manila 2017
25 – 27 August
SMX Convention Centre, PHILIPPINES
https://www.facebook.com/events/535928456794663

International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) – still on hiatus 2017
August 2017 TBA
Link: https://www.facebook.com/ICD.SG
http://www.icdsg.com

OTAFUSE 2017 – RPG Adventure
2 – 3 September
5 & 6 Flr, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
https://www.facebook.com/events/425628914495601

Comic Fiesta Mini 2017
9 – 10 September
Straits Quay Convention Centre, PENANG
https://www.facebook.com/events/1265909470172454/

Carmina In Nocté 2017
9 September
5:30pm – 11pm
Level 4, Jeffrey Cheah Hall, Sunway College
https://www.facebook.com/events/1342234529199322

Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2017
9 – 10 Sept
Level B2, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre (Hall E & F)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1841670842744171/

Chara Expo 2017
9 – 10 Sept
Suntec
https://www.facebook.com/charaexpo/
http://www.chara-expo.com/2017chara-expo

Game Plan #3 – Game Anime Expo (GAX) 2017
23 – 24 September
Berjaya Times Square, KL
https://www.facebook.com/events/639377662890258

Cospar 6 – 2017
TBA September
11am – 7pm
Penang Times Square
LINK

Wrestle Con VII 2017
TBA Sept
10am – 7pm
Chin Woo Stadium, KL
LINK

Bon Odori 2017 PUBLIKA
TBA September 
5pm – 10pm
The Square, Publika
LINK

Batman Day 2017 by Batcave Malaysia
TBA Sept
2pm – 8pm
Comic Corner, Damansara Jaya
LINK

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 by Japan Foundation KL
Klang Valley
TBA Sept
GSC Mid Valley, GSC 1Utama, GSC Pavilion KL, GSC NU Sentral
LINK

Penang
TBA Sept
GSC Gurney Plaza
LINK

Sarawak, Kuching
TBA Sept
GSC Cineplex, CityOne Megamall
LINK

Sabah, Kota Kinabalu
TBA Oct
GSC Suria Sabah
LINK

Cosfair 2017
TBA September
10am – 6pm
Elove Concept Mall
LINK

Carmina in Nocte 2017 (Cosplay Ball)
TBA Sept 
Sunway University College
LINK

Dattebayo Naruto Only 2017
TBA Oct
11am – 6pm
HELP College of Arts & Technology
LINK

CXM (Collection Exhibition Miri), SARAWAK
TBA October 2017
Bintang Megamall Shopping Complex, Miri
https://www.facebook.com/cxmiri/

Costime! at AEON Tebrau (JOHOR)
TBA Oct 2017
AEON Mall Tebrau City
LINK

GAME START 2017 (SINGAPORE)
14 – 15 October 
10.00am to 8.00pm
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 403 & 404
LINK
http://gamestart.asia

Distant Worlds: Singapore – Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary
21 Oct 2017
7:30pm
The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/700193393499528/

MGACE 2017
TBA October
Makespace, Quill City Mall
LINK

Game Plan 2017 – Game Anime Expo
TBA October
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College
LINK

RAGE (Radical Anime Games Expo) 2017
TBA October 
The Shore Shopping Gallery, MELAKA
LINK

Cosmart 2017
TBA October
Level 5, Sunway Putra Mall
LINK

吉隆坡漫畫週 Kl Comic Week 2017
TBA Nov
Sungei Wang Plaza, KL
LINK

Level Up KL 2017 by MDEC
A Gaming Industry Conferance
TBA November
Intercontinental Hotel, KL
http://www.levelupkl.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lvlupkualalumpur

JCos Cosplay Party 2017
November TBA
Plaza Sentosa, Taman Sentosa JOHOR BAHRU
LINK

J-Fest 2017
TBA November
9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Foyer Engineering UiTM Shah Alam
LINK

Manga Festival in Malaysia
TBA November
Kinokuniya Books, KLCC
LINK

Malaysia Ninty Gathering 2017
TBA November
10am – 9pm
LG Flr, Berjaya Times Square
LINK

JPOP Signature in KL 2017
TBA November
6:30pm
Zouk Club KL
Addmission: FREE upon Sign Up!
https://www.facebook.com/JPOPsignature/
http://jpopsig.com/

CRE.aRT Expo 2017
TBA November
Evolve Concept Mall
LINK

GUNPLA Expo 2017
Gunpla Builders World Championship Malaysia
TBA Nov
Atrium, DA MEN USJ
LINK

Malaysia Hobby Expo 2017
25 – 26 November 
10am – 10pm
Hall A, MAEPS Serdang
https://www.facebook.com/myhobbyexpo/

C3 AFA Singapore 2017
24 – 26 November
SUNTEC International Convention & Exhibition Centre SINGAPORE
https://www.facebook.com/animefestivalasia
Site: http://www.animefestival.asia

Cosplay Coswalk at World Chinese Book Fair 2017
TBA December
1 – 3pm
Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC)
LINK

Klang Parade Cosplay Party 2017
TBA December
Klang Parade
LINK

Otakyun! 2017
TBA December
Event Hall, Viva City Megamall – Kuching, SARAWAK
LINK

Big Bad Wolf Sale 2017
TBA December
Mines International Convention Centre (MIECC)
https://www.facebook.com/bbwbooks

HobbyCon XI 
9 – 10 December 2017
10am – 8pm
Venue
LINK

Comic Fiesta 2017
16 – 17 December
KL Convention Centre (KLCC)
https://www.facebook.com/events/193301444510007/

EOY Cosplay Festival 2017
TBA December
Marina Barrage, SINGAPORE
LINK

KL Sci-Fi Convention 2017
December TBA
VENUE
LINK

Kotakcon 2017 – A Malaysian Boardgames Convention
TBA December
Pubilka
LINK

===========PAST EVENTS==========

Ultraman Returns: Revenge of the Baltans
5 Nov 2016 – 2 January 2017
Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting
Tickets from RM58
https://www.facebook.com/events/545386048978540/

ESL One Genting 2017
6 – 8 January
Arena of Stars, Genting
https://www.facebook.com/events/159066887834792
https://www.facebook.com/events/1675330019457403/

Japanese Cultural Night 2017
19 Jan
6pm
MMU Cyberjaya
Tickets: RM7 member / RM10 non-member
https://www.facebook.com/events/1322340747839388/

Love Live! Pile – Live in KL
21 January 2016
HGH Hall
Concert time = 7:30pm
Concert Tickets = RM300, RM230, RM180
Meet & Greet time = 2pm – 4pm
Meet & Greet Tickets = RM100
https://www.facebook.com/imeasia/posts/1236853039708851

ACG Fiesta 2017 (Anime Comic Games Fiesta)
21 – 22 January
10am – 6pm
UTAR Sungai Long Campus
https://www.facebook.com/events/749107845191539/

COSFEST SEA 2017
17 – 20 February
SINGAPORE
https://www.facebook.com/COSFESTASIA
http://www.cosfestsea.com

Season4Otaku 2017
25 – 26 February
10am – 6pm
Makespace, Quill City Mall, KL
https://www.facebook.com/events/1794204614182249

Aikon Idol Festival
25 Feb 2017
7pm – 10pm
The Gardens Theatre, Kuala Lumpur
Tickets from RM25 (Early Bird)
https://www.facebook.com/events/574587829392725

UNMC Bunkasai 2017 (University of Nottingham Malaysia)
4 March
10am – 6pm
Venue: H1 Building
https://www.facebook.com/events/1952272568340255/

CTFKL Kampong Toyfair
5 March
8am – 3pm
Laman Santai – Istana Budaya KL
https://www.facebook.com/events/395322830831656/

Kurate Gakuen Cosplay Gathering
5 March 2017
From 1pm
*SCAPE Hub Quarters, SINGAPORE
https://www.facebook.com/animefestivalasia/photos/a.104576466021.104377.91683256

Penang Yosakoi Parade 2017
11 March
4pm – 10pm
Esplanade, Padang Kota Lama, PENANG
https://www.facebook.com/events/659680300878215/

Aoharu Matsuri 2017
18 – 19 Mar
10am – 6:30pm
International Medical University (IMU), Bukit Jalil Campus
https://www.facebook.com/events/613041138882062/

Spring Cosplay Festival (Cosplay Invasion) 2017
18 – 19 March
11am – 7pm
Hanjiang College Sport Stadium, PENANG
https://www.facebook.com/events/1728125737447552/

Anisong Fantasy Live SINGAPORE
18 Mar
6pm
Megabox Event Hall,Big Box, SINGAPORE
https://www.facebook.com/events/397394663984654/

AniBeats vol.2
18 March 2017
11pm
VLV, Clarke Quay, SINGAPORE
Tickets: S$25 / 35
http://anisongfantasy.com/anibeatsvol2/

Kuantan Coswalk
19 March
11am – 5:30pm
Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan (PAHANG)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1038873326239622/

Universal Cosplay Convention 2017 (UCC) – looks like not happening
TBA March – 
10am – 11pm
The Place @One City Sky Park
LINK

Animax Carnival Malaysia 2017
TBA March – via various PM replies, this is not happening. Don’t expect them make ‘Public Statement’!
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre

Festival of Animation & Games (FANG) 2017 – on HOLD
TBA March
ASWARA – Akademi Seni, Budaya dan Warisan
LINK

Geek Con Malaysia 2017 Hand Over HIATUS
TBA March
10am – 6pm
Venue
LINK

Collectors Toy Fair KL 4 (CTFKL) on HIATUS for 2017
TBA April 2017
10am – 6pm
Dewan Perdana Keramat Mall, KL

Super Heroes Comic Art Fair 2017
6 – 26 March
Sungei Wang Plaza, KL
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Superheroes-1804546679806696

Bangkok Comic Con 2017 – the info has suddenly gone missing
31 March – 2 April
Hall 100, BITEC Bangna
https://www.facebook.com/events/1828422094094093

Cosplay Festival by Cosplay Corner
1 – 2 April
Selayang Mall, KL
https://www.facebook.com/events/1056707761102161/

Tou*Hon – Touken Ranbu Cafe
1 April
11am – 9pm
Uhon Food Cabin, Kota Damansara
https://www.facebook.com/events/372408709812934

OMG – Otakus, Makers & Gamers (SABAH)
1 – 2 April
10am onwards
5th & 6th Exhibition Hall, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
https://www.facebook.com/borneoomg

Cosplay Party by Harvey Norman (SINGAPORE)
1 April 2017
Millenia Walk (Flagship Store)
https://www.facebook.com/HarveyNormanSGP/videos/vb.273682082702166/1552321764838185/?type=2&theater

AnimeXover
8 – 9 April 2017
10am – 6pm
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/animexover

Pekan Kartun 4: The Reborn 2017
8 – 9 April
Venue: Zoo Taiping & Night Safari, Taiping, PERAK
https://www.facebook.com/events/666156990230909

SEGi Carnival Cosplay Competition 2017
8 April
SEGi College, Kuching, SARAWAK
https://www.facebook.com/events/657438911129934/

Atria Comic Festival by VBG Animation Merchandise
8 – 23 April
Cosplay Gathering + Competition
15 – 16 April
Atria Shopping Gallery, Petaling Jaya
https://www.facebook.com/events/1376211675751306/

Malaysia Gundam Art Festival (MGAF) 2017
15 – 16 April
10am – 6pm
Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya
https://www.facebook.com/events/1846257535633394

Thailand Comic Con 2017
21 – 23 April
Royal Paragon Hall @Siam Paragon, BANGKOK
https://www.facebook.com/events/404184349926219/

Vocaloid Cafe 2017
23 April
11am – 6pm
KopicatCafe, SS15 Subang Jaya
https://www.facebook.com/events/205225979958533

Avenue K – Collectors Festival 2017
25 April – 10 May
Cosplay Competition – 7 May 2017 (2:30pm – 4:30pm)
Avenue K shopping mall
https://www.facebook.com/events/117915935423693

Japan Otaku Matsuri 2017 #jomhijab
29 – 30 April
Makespace, Quil City Mall The Summit USJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/224662871309338/

Dollfest Malaysia 2017
30 April
11:30am – 5pm
RUANG, Subang Jaya
https://www.facebook.com/events/569288809934579/

Creators Super Fest by AFA
29 – 30 April
Pullman Grand Ballroom, Jakarta, INDONESIA
https://www.facebook.com/creatorssuperfest

AMG-chan 2017 by Animangaki
6 – 7 May
Evolve Concept Mall, PJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/1721800957835666/

Doujin Market – DOUJINMA 2017 (SINGAPORE)
6 – 7 May
Suntec City, The Concourse (Lv 3)
https://www.facebook.com/doujima.sg
http://www.doujimasg.com/

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour
13 May 2017
KLCC Plenary Hall
https://www.facebook.com/events/315855628801862
TICKETS: http://www.ticketpro.com.my/jnp/family/disney/2011038-KINGDOM-HEARTS-Orchestra-World-Tour.html

Cosfest XVI -HOPE-
13 – 14 May 2017
D’Marquee, Downtown East, Pasir Ris
https://www.facebook.com/COSFESTASIA

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Fan Celebration – Malaysia
15 – 21 May 2017
Blue & Orange Atrium, Sunway Pyramid
https://www.facebook.com/events/296357764109864/

Onmyoji Only Event
20 May
11:30am – 5:30pm
Moe Space, Petaling Jaya
https://www.facebook.com/events/256255464818018/

Anime Carnival 2017
20 – 21 May
11am – 9pm
Setia Walk, Puchong
https://www.facebook.com/events/593230947552612/

Kelantan ACG Fiesta
19 – 20 May
Parkson Kota Bahru, KELANTAN
https://www.facebook.com/events/176253719559122

J-Obsession 2017 by Cathay DISCONTINUED
TBA May
The Cathay, SINGAPORE
https://www.facebook.com/JObsession2010/photos/a.1515072998766364.1073741835.1398535857086746/1779880912285570/?type=3&theater

Anifest 2017
TBA May – done in January
The Summit USJ, Subang
https://www.facebook.com/anifestmalaysia/

Super Japan Matsuri 2017 (SINGAPORE) – maybe a one-off event last year
TBA May 
Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay, Singapore
LINK


Japan Weekend 2016 – Press Conference

15123088_1311690218875660_8371289623152427206_oHere are the sights from the JAPAN WEEKEND PC.

_dsc6394-2The BIG GUNS are here & working together to make this event happen despite a bit of 11th hour stuff… which we all know is NOT their style. Who are the ‘big guns’? Who is ‘in da house’ today?? Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (PROMIC), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), MANGA Festival Executive Committee, Tourism Authority, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO). Now I feel like calling this team “the powers that be” that can green light any JPOP concert, Manga artist Appearance, mascot appearance etc. Very powerful, they are… so Yoda would say.

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Doing stuff in a rush or at the last minute is really not the trend fancied by the Japanese folks so I am stoked they went ahead and still did this event. We get an amazing MANGA artist meet & greet with current popular titles + publishers, we get a MANGA exhibition… we get a free J POP Signature artist concert!! DAMN!!

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A big thanks to SOZO too the same folks who brought us AFA – ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA. Looking forward to 2017.. hopefully it will happen at a better time!

Full album photos here on our FB page: Japan Weekend 2016 – PC

#JapanWeekend #JETRO #PROMIC #METI #JNTO #MANGAFestival #JPOPsignature #SOZO #ToyboxProjects #PopCultureFunMY #Japan


Dreams & Imagination: Final Fantasy Tribute Concert – Malaysia

Suddenly! Yea man that’s how i felt about it hearing the news of such a concert! Who is this organiser doing this kind of event? I’ve been a fan of video game music for a long time in which got me involved with every single production of Video Games Live! in Malaysia – 2010, 2012 & most recently 2016. But other than VGL, there hasn’t been any other acts who were directly involved in the works performed in video games. Yes, our skillful local talents have put on some great shows, but I am aiming higher will the ‘dreams & imagination’ of meeting the folks who have actually worked ON or IN the actual games that we loved so much. From what I remember here some video music hall of fame to have step foot in Malaysia for performances: Mr. Guinness Book of Records Video Games TOMMY TALLARICO aka Mr. Video Games Live, awarded nominated composer Mr. Jack Wall aka Mr. Mass Effect  1 & 2 or aka Mr. COD Black Ops 2 & 3, Mr. Norihiko Hibino aka Mr. Snake Eater from Metal Gear Solid 3 (MGS 2 – 4, Peace Walker, Portable Ops / Zone of Enders 1 & 2 / Bayonetta 1 & 2),  Ms. Eimear Noone aka Ms. Blizzard! (WoW, Starcraft 2 & Diablo 3) aka Ms. Zelda Conductor! Any other video game music celebrity I missed out? Please share with me 🙂

So the folks to thank for organising this event is is none other than the 2nd largest ACG event in Malaysia…. the folks from Animangaki! Trying a hand at something new AMG Chief decided to take a shot at the severe lack in the ACG scene, which is the music arena of Japanese Pop culture or rather pop culture in general aka video game music.

Final Fantasy is a beloved franchise with a heart warming back story of how a last ditch effort by a gaming company, which was schedule to shut down, decided to release their FINAL game ever… rightly titled their FINAL Fantasy. And because of it’s enormous success is now a colossal gaming company in the world! 29 years later to date… we are just a few hours away from the released of the latest chapter – FINAL FANTASY XV in which it’s lead game designer is none other than Malaysia’s proudest Mr. Wan Hazmer!

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Now back to the concert! Well if you were hoping for a full orchestra, I’m sorry but this is not the concert you were expecting. Being true to the game, Final Fantasy 1 was created in 1987 & gaming capacity back then was only 8-bits. That was the entire capacity of of what the home console could deliver! You wanna talk about polyphonic… I think poly is too many…maybe the max 4 sounds could be played at one time xD I am just guessing, CITATION needed here hehe. Anyways game music back then couldnt be fully realized or recreated as how the composers envisioned it… but now! It can & has and will continue to be represented. So to have Final Fantasy music presented on a single grand piano is a very unique acoustic experience in itself.

So who are these folks – Nathan is multi-talented artist hailing from the land down under Australia. He is a singer, song writer, composer, photographer who also has a passion for cosplay photography which he calls his Real Time Story Project in which he “stars his friends in a real time story”! Just in this phrase alone I can imagine him being a very warm-buddy stylish lyricist! Being a Aussie musician & a Sydney local… and graduating from Sydney Uni… I can imagine it being a dream come to be able to perform to a sold out crowd at the Sydney Opera house!! Nathan’s FB page has 360,000 likes & has his own website + merchandise. Check out the links below.

http://www.nathankct.com/

His special guest for this very first Malaysian Concert is this lovely Japanese lady name Joelle Strother! She is an American born Japanese singer who is best known for her work on Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. She provided vocals for several Final Fantasy tracks including “Plains of Eterniry”, “Starting Over”, “Ruined Hometown Hometown” and “Yuel’s Theme”.  If you’re a J-Rock fan you also might know her vocals on the Sound Horizon track Bravely Default! Huhu! She is gearing up for her big concert next year in her home town of Akita, Japan!

Follow her on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/joellevoice

Honestly, Bentley Auditorium is a very posh & high end location for a concert! Very nice! I have not been here in a long time but the last time I was… it was for a very nostalgic. Back in 2011, Bentley Auditorium was the venue for the return of the Malaysian made JROCK event – JROCK no Tamashii! Anyways, so this is a beautiful & apt venue for a rock concert or an up-close & personal Piano concerto!

There were 2 show, one at 3:30pm and the other at 8pm. I was fortunate to get an early look for the concert by attending the 3:30pm show. The concerts song list was very FF driven and Nathan actually divided them into Disc 1 – Disc 4 segments 😀 He also added his own flair to a piano concerto by having some fun & game stops like the “CHOICE MOMENTS” in the RPG haha Blue or Red Ball! On and off Joelle would come on stage in a radiant emerald green dress to provide the soulful vocals! All the world famous Final Fantasy themes were covered in this 2 hour concert! From the Prelude to Final Fantasy to Aerith’s Theme, Liberi Fatali, One Winged Angel… the first segment ended with Joelle serenating us with Suteki Da Ne (FFX).

The matinee was great but I heard the evening show was even better with a sold out crowd! I think it is a great effort by the folks behind Animangaki. A big thanks to you all who bought tickets, bought merchandise to support these artiste & the organisers. As I mentioned at the Iori Nomizu Voice Actor event, the fate of such future events weights on the success of this current one. This has so far been the motto of the Japanese organisers & ‘big boss’ whom I’ve met. I hope to see more exciting expansion from them in the future! Thank you for the invite & gambateh in 2017!!

#FinalFantasy #DreamsAndImagination #Nathankct #Joelle #JoelleVoice #JoellesingerJoelle #Malaysia #Jrock #JrocknoTamashii #TommyTallarico #JackWall #NorihikoHibino #EimearNoone


Manga Festival and JAPAN Weekend – MALAYSIA

Heard that there was a Manga Festival happening in KL & 4 artist will be down signing autographs…. WOW! Excited but couldn’t find much info about it then… but a couple of days ago I managed to tie them all together & figure out why things were the way they were lol 😀

Anyways I talk faster then I type… & can post faster then blog so to grab all that info about:

  1. Manga Festival in Malaysia 2016 – What’s happening? And where?
  2. Suddenly got J POP Signature concert? And it’s free?
  3. Why so sudden? Why so short notice?
  4. Why so last minute leh?
  5. Don’t wear Team Valor & Team Mystic shirts
  6. “Ada apa dengan JAPAN Weekend?”
  7. Overloaded event weekend!

The Official artwork & promo poster at Suria KLCC – Facebook Album

#JAPANWeekend #MangaFestival #MangaFestivalMalaysia #Malaysia #TheCaptain #CosplayFun #CosplayFunMalaysia #JPOPSignature #JapanTravelFair #Yokohama #Tottori #GegegeNoKitaro #DetectiveConan


Special Offer Japanese Artist audio CD Albums

UPDATED 5 October 2016 – Looks like the offer is still on … here’s what we’ve found at Speedy Video – Ikano Power Centre (IPC). #MikaNakashima #YoshidaBrothers #Piko

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Hey friends & fans,

18 August 2016 – Was going by the usual rounds last month & walked into Speedy Video and saw that they were having (still having checked yesterday) a special offer price for Japanese Artist audio CDs! I think the highlight offer was more for the K-POP stuff… but the part I was only interested in the Japanese CDs section which is really …. really …. really few. All these offer stuff is going for RM31.90! Not particularly amazing price but if you’re a fan of getting the original CD of your favourite band then – EVERYBODY SAY YEAH!! –

Normally these Japanese artist albums range from RM60.90 – RM90 which is way out of my average budget. Even if you buy directly from Japan online… you’ll still have to cough up numbers like this. So with this latest offer price, it is very much welcomed! I hunted down many of the Speedy Video outlets because I’m such a SCANDAL fan and I wanted to see what I could get. So far these were my prized find! The SCANDAL Osaka Jo Hall 2013 concert DVD is such a bonus! I didn’t know they even brought them in. Again – EVERYBODY SAY YEAH!! –

Here are some other nice finds that you all might like:

  • Eir Aoi – Aube (1 Utama & Leisure Mall)
  • Haku – Wonderland (1 Utama)
  • Kalafina – Consolation / The Best “Red” (1 Utama)
  • Scandal – Queen are Trumps (1 Utama & a few others) / Encore Show (only 1 at 1 Utama)
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (can’t remember which one) (Leisure Mall)
  • Ikamono-gakari – Baradon / Newtral / Hajimari no Uta / Members Best Selection (Leisure Mall)
  • Angela Aki – Blue (Mid Valley, Great Eastern Mall)
  • Yui (can’t remember which one) (Leisure Mall)

Happy hunting!

#Jpop #JRock #JapaneseMusic #SpeedyVideo #Scandalband #Scandal #EirAoi #Haku #Kalafina #KraryPamyuPamyu #Ikamonogakari #AngelaAki #Yui #QueensAreTrumps #EncoreShow #EverybodySayYeah #CosplayFunMY

@scandal_band @scandal_haruna @scandal_mami @scandal_tomomi @scandal_rina