AFA 2008: Day 1

Tired as hell. After this I’m so gonna need a good day or two to rest.

So today marks the opening of AFA 2008 and wow, it was so crowded with people. Not to sound conceited, but thank god for the press pass. It was so packed that the lines at 1 hour before the opening was nearly stretching the entire floor outside the convention hall.

The opening ceremony started off simple without much fanfare. Today was pretty much a retail day though, since there wasn’t much on the stage apart from Kunio Okawara’s talk and the concert later. Had some Power Rangers and Tamagotchi events too, but they weren’t to my taste haha.

I also attended the industry seminar, first half only, and it was quite an enlightening one about the animation industry and the business opportunities in Asia for it. Sadly enough, they didn’t seem to take a liking to the online business model though…

Finally, the concert by Ichirou Mizuki. Sad to say, I haven’t heard a single song that he sang in the concert, but hell it was still a fun experience, as well as an eye-opening one since this is the first time I’ve heard an anison singer up close and love.

He really heated up the crowd and the diehard fans were sure having a big blast today. I’ll probably be as crazy as them tomorrow to when May’N sings. I’ll probably lose my voice tomorrow too. Haha.

P.S. Went to ate Tony Roma’s pork ribs. It costed me a bomb, but damn, they were good.

P.S. 2: I’d like to upload some pics but access is limited here. I hope to do that when I return back home.

11 Comments

  1. seaotter Said,

    November 22, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    hey kuro, is what i heard is true?
    that Ichiro ‘Aniki’ Mizuki is confirmed for next year, and bringing along JAM project?

  2. primeparadigm Said,

    November 22, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    Great concert! I’m one of those fans who lost their voice today. Aniki said something along the lines of brining his band over for his next concert (at least that’s what the translator said), whether that means he’s singing without prerecorded karaoke tracks the next time or brining over his Jam Project mates is not verey clear.

  3. Kurogane@Away Said,

    November 22, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

    No. But if they do, I’ll bet Singapore will explode in a wave of boiling hotblood from all the SG otakus.

    What he really said was that if he gets the chance again to perform in Singapore, he’ll get his whole band here. Keyword here being “if”. I’d personally be happy if JAM Project makes a stop in this region. I would love to see them perform live and on full strength. Aniki was awesome today, but singing over prerecorded tracks kinda took out some of the spirit out of it.

    A real concert must definitely include a full backing band playing live.

  4. Zyl Said,

    November 23, 2008 @ 12:04 am

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your first day. I was there too and will there again for Day Two. Probably will wear my Lunamaria t-shirt too. :)

  5. rain Said,

    November 23, 2008 @ 12:05 am

    Was around and sapuing the figures in the morning and afternoon. As for Mr. Ani King, MazinGAR Z was performed great! Do hope we can meet up though, I’ll be around there about 11 till the afternoon.

  6. Lehq Said,

    November 23, 2008 @ 8:45 am

    yeah, but the thing is,there were kinda too much Gundam.
    Not a Gundam hater, but really, they need to balance it abit.
    They neglected alot of equally famous and popular anime

    Overall, I wont say it sucks, but I wont say it rocks either. Good attempt for a first con though :)

  7. DrmChsr0 Said,

    November 23, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

    KURO.

    WE HAVE TO MEET. SOMETIME.

    Probably next year. :(

  8. Li Shan Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 8:09 am

    Hey!

    Here’s the link to the pic my friend and I took with you before the May’n concert. Thanks again for putting up with our fangirlism.

    http://lishan1988.livejournal.com/15903.html

  9. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    Saw you at the escalator going up to the event. Manage to get your tel. no.

    I had to wait at 7.15 am at there and it is worth the wait.

    Envy you that you do not need to qeuu up like us so early in the morning.

  10. ninghua Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 11:43 am

    Tony Roma. How on earth could they have opened a branch in Malaysia when they can’t sell their flagship dish: pork ribs?

  11. Lehq Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

    The May’n concert made the convention worth attending. :D
    (didn’t go for the Ichirou one though)

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