I was seriously crying inside when looking at the photos send over to me by our partner, AOIHIKARI.COM, whom attended the festival.
Unlike the other AFAs, IDs’ ticket is outside, creating a festival like atmosphere even before even entering the event hall. By looking at the pictures, it looks like as if AFAID is enough to fill the whole of Jakarta International EXPO.
Early reports indicates that, on the first day, the hall was flooded to the brim with visitors. Several accounts from exhibitors even mentioned how they were caught unprepared by the responds.
It’s no wonder that such an event will appear, after all, Jakarta is the capital of the world’s second largest democracy; it’s also the first time such a big anime related convention with participation from Japanese companies and artist, is organised for Jakarta.
AFA ID saw the participation of Japanese artist to the likes of LiSA, Ichiro Mizuki, 7!!, KOTOKO, Bless4, SEA*A, Angela, and Stereopony, as well as the special guest, Danny Choo, cosplayer Kaname, Akatsuki Tsukasa and more over the 2 days.
To add on, the boss of Good Smile Company also attended the festival; bringing along with him a number of unreleased figurines.
Other then GSC, the other popular booths includes Danny Choo’s Culture Japan booth Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe, Atelier Royale Butler cafe and Bushiroad’s Cardfight Vanguard.
In the Indonesia Regional Cosplay Competition; Daikon Sky, cosplaying characters from .Hack//G.U won and will be representing Indonesia for November’s ARCC12 at AFA12, Singapore. They also took home Rp.10,000,000 and 2 round trip tickets to Japan.
Currently the number of attendees have not been released by the organizers, but we can tell from the over packed hall that it’s a resounding success!
And AFA12 to be held at the Singapore EXPO Hall 7 and 8 from the 9th to 11th of November will be an even bigger success!
With a bigger hall and a stunning “I LOVE ANISONG” line up! So, be sure not to miss it!!
Anime Festival Asia: Indonesia
Location: Jakarta International EXPO, Jakarta
Date: 1st and 2nd September 2012
Anime Festival Asia 12
Location: Singapore EXPO Hall 7 and 8, Singapore
Date: 9th to 11th November 2012