AFAMY 2012 Event Report

AFA MY 2012

Date: 9-10 June 2012
Time: 9am to late.
Venue: PWTC Tun Razak Halls 1 and 2.

The first ACG (Anime, Comics, Games) con I attended since I wrapped up Daicon back in 2009. Yes, it’s been a while. Wasn’t hoping much for this frankly, but it turned out way better than I expected.

Cosplayers are seriously annoying

One of the reasons I never bother to go to a cons locally nowadays is the dominance of cosplayers and AFAMY was not spared of this tragic fate too. Cosplayers here have some sort of perverted sense of entitlement when it comes to pathways which results in a lot of traffic flow issues. Did not help either that the main event hall was the smaller of the two halls AFAMY used. Why can’t we all learn that apartheid policies are not all that bad if it’s for the good of everyone? There’s a good reason why Comiket has a dedicated cosplay square.

So basically, the event itself was not really anything to shout about except for telling people to NOT FUCKING TAKE PHOTOS IN THE MIDDLE OF A 2-MAN WIDE PATHWAY BLOCKING EVERYONE ELSE FROM MOVING. It really was a giant test of your patience and ability to line up too.

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“Buying tickets, sir? Here, have a line.”

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“Just got out of the ticket line, sir? Here, have another line.”

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“Meido cafe, sir? Please proceed to the end of the line at the other end of the hall.”

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“Concert, sir? That will be another line, sir.”

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“End of the line is all the way there, sir.”

On the bright side, it does make for a great test for my eventual visit to Comiket. Having a smartphone with you really helps a lot with the boredom!

Oh and there was also GSC’s Ultimate Madoka on display, which was pretty much the only thing worthwhile seeing in the entire hall for me.

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I was almost tempted to preorder after seeing it in the flesh PVC. Almost.

Estia kasa misti vidi ato

But the real attraction of the entire thing was the concerts anyways, and goddamnit, the organizers fucking blew me away with how well handled it was. Relatively speaking that is.

I mean, a proper stage set in a properly sized hall with a real sound system and actual stage lighting system. I can see they really knew where their money was best spent on to provide maximum returns.

Day 1′s lineup was Kurosaki Maon, Aimi and Kalafina. Maon was quite decent and performed mostly her Index songs, Kimi to Taiyou ga Shinda hi and SCARS (Hellsing IX). Also brought along a trope of dancers to spice things up too. Pretty much her recent stuff from Butterfly Effect, which was being sold at the event for RM 145 (dohohoho).

Aimi, being her first ever live performance, did not really do too well, but she put up a very good fight. She covered almost her entire discography plus two covers: Yozuca*’s Sakurairo No Kisetsu and Bouken Desho Desho Hare Hare Yukai (groan). Decent enough I guess.

The main highlight was of course Kalafina, with the following setlist:

1. Magia
2. Lacrimosa
3. kimi ga hikari ni kaete iku.
4. sprinter
5. destination unknown
6. ongaku
7. to the beginning.

Quite a conservative tracklist imho. Wished for Hikari no Senritsu, but guess you can’t have it all. No encores too, unfortunately :(

It was great finally getting to see them live, even if it was a rather short one (almost 1 hour I think). Their emcee parts were quite fun as they talked about walking around KL and had “mee goreng” and “wonton”. At one point, Keiko (or was it Hikaru?) asked the audience what are the best Malaysian desserts and some troll shouted “beehoon” or something. In the end the crowd settled for “cendol”. Hopefully they got a taste of that before they left. Oh, and apparently Keiko loves Rider while Wakana likes Kiritsugu and Hikaru likes Saber.

Also thanks to Sony Music Malaysia, I actually managed to get Kalafina’s autograph!

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Also I made Keiko laugh when I got my autograph! Fuck yeah!

Wow, I seriously did not expect to get it after losing in the ticket ballot (got Maon’s and KOTOKO’s instead). Now I feel like buying more Sony singles locally (  ̄ ▽  ̄ )ノ Dohohohoho~

Bringing the house down

Day 2′s line up consisted of SEA☆A (笑), KOTOKO and FLOW. Honestly I wanted to skip this day, but I decided against it due to KOTOKO. I mean, this is the artist that led me down the path of loneliness anison with songs such as Shooting Star, Second Flight, Re-Sublimity and agony. How could I miss her? And boy, was I proven so right.

M1 Face of Fact
M2 碧羅の天に誘えど
M3 Shooting Star
M4 ハヤテのごとく
M5 being
M6 Light My Fire
M7 →unfinished→
M8 Re-sublimity

The set list was a really good mix of her old and new stuff, with mostly all of them great songs. Starting it off with Face of Fact really raised the tension up, then when she moved to Shooting Star the crowd really went wild, since it’s probably her most familiar song amongst fans here. The real climax was Light my Fire and at the time of writing, I still don’t have much of a voice thanks to shouting out loud with her. I was extremely happy when she capped it off with Re-sublimity since I thought she would be choosing a more ‘mainstream’ song from the Shana titles or something, but yeah, I got to hear it live! Surprisingly, her singing was extremely good too. I’m definitely going to find another chance to attend her proper live one day.

If KOTOKO brought the house down that night, FLOW’s performance would be the demolition team blowing it up in to smithereens. They actually brought in proper musical instruments (since they ARE a band and all) and oh wow, I truly got a taste of how lives are done. I can’t really recall their setlist since I was too busy killing myself otagei’ing, but they pretty much did all their famous anison from Code Geass, Eureka 7 and Naruto, even throwing in their cover of 1/3 Junjou no Kanjou in to the show.

The member introduction was pretty dang awesome too, especially their guitarist Take, who not only wore some bling LED sunglasses and got the entire hall to dance with him too. All in all, FLOW’s performance almost killed me as it was almost 2 hours long plus they even came back out for an encore performance. Great guys, seriously. Made my VIP tickets worth a lot more than their while.

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Maon and Kotoko’s autographs GET!

All in all, I had a great time at both concerts. That RM 308 (USD 100) was well worth spent just for those. Hopefully the event was a success from a financial standpoint, so that Malaysians would get another AFA here too. And frankly, we need more events like this here instead of cosplay circlejerks that aren’t even worth going even with free entrances. If the AFA people are reading this, let it be known you’ve at least got my money in your bag the next time it happens. Cheers!

+ Awesome concerts well worth more than the prices paid for it.
+ Ground crew people actually polite and helpful in a professional manner. (Seriously!)
+ Ultimate Madoka.
+ Accomplished pretty much everything I wanted from the event.

- Cosplayers. Cosplayers. Cosplayers.
- Lack of crowd control in the hall.
- Lack of really interesting stuff to see otherwise.

tl;dr AFAMY was great for the concerts. Event itself, not much. Still, a very good effort for an inaugural event.

P.S. Only thing I bought from the event itself that wasn’t concert related.

AFA MY 2012

Not bad for RM 25

29 Comments

  1. Setsuna-san Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    you forgot to mention the mad scramble for Kalafina discs after the concert wwww

  2. Fate T. Harlaown Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    Your Kalafina setlist is missing Ongaku. I think you said in your tweet you didn’t recognize it? It’s from their first album Seventh Heaven.

    I actually wanted to ask if you were going and maybe get to say hi since I’ve been following your blog for some time, was in line for Maon’s autograph as well lol. Were you near the front of the line?

  3. Benigmatica Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Welcome back, Kurogane!

  4. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    Thanks for pointing out ongaku was missing, that was a big oops there. Had to reconstruct it from my tweets that night ha ha. Luckily KOTOKO posted her setlist right after the concert.

    I was in the Maon line but quite at the back.

  5. Hayate Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    MADOKA IS FLOATING!!!!!!

    lol, seeing the list of performers really did make it worthy for the ticket
    too bad i cant go

  6. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Hope to see you this year at Singapore AFA in November.

    PS: Did you go for the “Culture Japan Night” Malaysia at KL?

  7. Captain Bright Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    Amongst the sea of flesh and fabric, I still couldn’t find you? I must learn your silent assassin skills.

    Nevertheless, I’d have to say the event was kinda average to me. In the normal P.W.T.C. area near the ticketing booth, it felt really strange, since there were three to four concurrent events happening at the same time, for different purposes. Felt it was really strange at how people looked at each other.

    The cosplayers. The COSPLAYERS. THE BLOODY COSPLAYERS. EVERYWHERE!!!! It was a hell to wade through many people without interfering something.

    My main purpose of attending wasn’t the concerts(no money…), but for the industry panels. It was certainly interesting to listen to I.G.’s producers talking about their portfolio for this year and about their job(but I don’t like the sentiment Ishikawa was trying to make his way out about Guilty Crown). However, during the I.G. montage clip, I feel like an old man, when people weren’t cheering for the old stuff like Jin-Roh, G.I.T.S. and instead loved the Clamp shows , Prince of Tennis and loud applause for Guilty Crown. What a bunch of wankers.

    But importantly, it’s nice to see old faces like the guys from the Macross Booth, the many photographers and bloggers(except you) and last but not least, old friends. T’was a good old time hang out and it feels so good.

    T.L;D.R.: Good first try, could be improved, nice and memorable gathering.

    P.S.: Oh yeah, third-world mindset was strong in the crowd. I brought in local produce like apples and bananas, and ate them in the hall. What did I do after that? Toss them into the proper prepared bins. For the rest of the crowd? Litterbugs. I hope the organisers understand the situation and don’t mistake all of us as such.

  8. Miki Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    I was at great hope that you’d have FLOW’s set list here, but it seems that everyone had too much fun to even remember it!

    And I totally second your view (or +1). I didn’t even felt like taking any cosplayers’ pictures because I felt the need to not block people while everyone is getting in my way! But at least compared to last year’s Comic Fiesta, at least this still had movements.

    Of course, the concert was the best! Couldn’t agree more. If they didn’t put the concert to be bundled with festival + stage, it’ll be best haha :D

    All in all, great review from you!

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 11, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    Ah, I couldn’t really do FLOW’s setlist anyways because I didn’t recognise half the songs they did that night. I think they were alternating between the anison stuff and their normal hits the whole night.

    Pretty much for their concert I just decided to go along with whatever they did and enjoy it fully.

  10. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 12:27 am

    There was a subqueue queue in the concert hall? At least the VIP queue wasn’t the standing queue. Speaking of which the concert wasn’t as packed as I thought it would be. There was quite a lot of standing space left. Yes, the concerts were worth the RM spent.

    The other upside was blowing away cash on nekomimi-paws… -nyo. Nyo. nyo. The good thing about having a job.

    It’s not all the cosplayers’ fault that they block the traffic. It takes two to tango. They should have a dedicated zone for the photographers to do the photography. That would have made crowds more managable.

    The merchandise range wasn’t too good. Miku + Madoka + One piece – was expecting more. IMHO, the figure sales wasn’t too good judging by the markdowns by the end of the second day. Suspect that the price put many people off given that most of the attendees don’t have the purchasing power.I would have spent more if there were more variety.

    The other thing would have been nice is if they did clearly indicate what panels were on at what time.

    Other than these issues, it was a good experience but shin must crossplay!

  11. welsper84 Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 1:16 am

    As expected of FLOW lol. Last year’s AFA 11, they too demolished the concert hall along with LiSA lol

  12. Oblivion Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 1:21 am

    First time posting after lurking for so long on your blog, but I have to mention, Aimi performed a cover for Hare Hare Yukai not Bouken Desho Desho

  13. Fabrice Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Wow looking at the Madoka figure, she seems huge, makes me think twice now whether to order her since I dont have that much room, however she is so SO tempting!

    Cosplayer oh what a tale, I share your frustation. They were a big bother at AFA in Singapore and what annoys me is that they think they can just plunk themselves in the middle of the place blocking the way and think its okay and have the right to do so.
    If only there were security of personel to put law and order and help smooth the traffic they caused. Dont get me wrong I love cosplayers some of them are awesome but its just the way they do it and the matter on how they block the path.

    Man I am so jealous of the concerts. Its Money worth spending. I for a fact would just go and watch FLOW, they sure know how to rock the place and surely if I were to go to the whole concert of just them I would die of exhaustion!

    Im looking very much forward to AFA in Singapore and im sure its going to be a blast, curious on the anisong line up though but we will see!

  14. ffh2303 Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Hey Kurogane,how the hell did you manage to get Kalafina’s autograph?

  15. Ayare Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Hey hey!
    FLOW really DEMOLISHED the concert hall, dudeeeeee!!!!
    I was there and I was screaming and jumping the whole time, because I knew every single one of the songs they did. As of now, I have no voice to speak with. LOL.
    Thought I might share their setlist here, though I don’t remember the order they were in (and I might be missing a few tracks as well LOL)

    FLOW setlist (NOT IN ORDER)
    1) Hey!
    2) Colors
    3) 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou
    4) Re:member
    5) Go!
    6) Days
    7) Garden
    8) Sign

  16. gandalf8 Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    If I remember right Ayare, they also sang Arigatou. And if I kept count correctly, they sang a total of 11 songs that night for about an hour and a half, from about 9:30 p.m. to exactly 11 p.m. So, anyone remember what are the other songs?

    My arms still feel stiff right now from all the light-stick waving and fist pumping that night. Even though I was nearly deaf at the end as I sat in the front row very near the center , I still think it was worth every sen I spent for those two nights. I also got autographed posters from Kalafina and KOTOKO, besides a signed After Eden CD, so all in this AFAMY left me feeling very satisfied at the end (and this was my first anime con too).

    As an aside, could anyone post the complete setlist of Maon Kurosaki’s performance? And if possible in the performed order?

  17. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    @Fabrice – If I remember the approximate size correctly, it’s about 10″ high (including the bow) – it took up half the height of their display cabinet.

  18. Black Cat Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    On the side note, for the standing group, did you people notice Kotoko was sitting at the last line of the VIP seat, which is just in front of the DJ booth during FLOW performance?

  19. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Kalafina’s autograph was thanks to Sony Music Malaysia. If you bought her album, After Eden there, you could get it signed by Kalafina. It was… a surprisingly great deal.

    As for Maon’s, I don’t remember some of the songs she sang, but the order was something like Index, Index, HOTD, album-only, Hellsing IX and Index again? More a fan of her ALTIMA stuff :P

    @Black Cat: Yes I did. I was there. LOL

  20. Ayare Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Gandalf8, i think i missed out Black and White. They did say there were singing their premier song as well.

  21. Ayare Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    Did they sing World End? I thinks so but I’m not sure O_O

  22. Fate T. Harlaown Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Maon’s setlist:

    1.一匹の蝶が羽ばたく瞬間 (opening instrumental from Butterfly Effect)
    2.Magic∞world (Index)
    3.Answer (Butterfly Effect)
    4.Emergence! (Butterfly Effect)
    5.dance number(インスト新曲)
    6.SCARS (Hellsing)
    7.君と太陽が死んだ日 (HOTD)
    8.夢幻-a true love tale- (Hakuouki)
    9.VANISHING POINT (Butterfly Effect)
    10.メモリーズ・ラスト (Index)

    Was praying for motsu and SAT to appear and sing I’ll Believe but yeah that wasn’t going to happen.

  23. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    motsu appearing for this would make this double-legendary.

    But yeah, I seriously wouldn’t mind that happening. I think I might just faint.

  24. gandalf8 Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    Thanks for the list, Fate T. Harlaown. I confess that I wasn’t a very big fan of her prior to AFAMY, as I might be one of the few anime fans who hasn’t yet watched Index II, Hellsing or HOTD, so I wasn’t familiar with any of her songs. But now I’ve watched her perform live, I’ve now found another favourite artist to follow, and you can bet that I’ll be anticipating and listening to all her new releases.

  25. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    June 12, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    So this was a near Shana-fest. Interesting.

    Need Miyukichi-nyu. Answering questions in English-nyu. Doing mekara biimu-nyu.

  26. cryspower Said,

    June 13, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    couldnt make it to the Sunday’s concert but enjoyed the Saturday’s version. got Maon’s signature, i was pretty much at the front of the queue, think was even the 3rd person out of the ballot box. the results weren’t in order for the “A” seats, so much that Shawn initially thought i didnt win, until i told him to move to the 1st row in the results page.
    so yeah, it was pretty disorganized overall.
    anyway, i enjoyed the concert a lot. Maon moved the crowd to their feet, Aimi got some much needed big stage time and Kalafina ended it with a blast. also got concert T-shirts, CDs(even the RM145 Butterfly Effect) and Moekana.

  27. cryspower Said,

    June 13, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    yah, loved the mc parts as well. all 3 had theirs, Aimi probably had the longest because she didnt perform many songs.
    Wakana was the one who said ‘amai desa-to ga daisuki desu’ and asked . a lot ppl shouted, some ABC, ice kacang. i shouted cendol, i’m glad at the end every1 agreed with me :D although Kalafina couldnt hear it properly , lol.
    at one point, many ppl thought Maon was off, and shouted encore early . Maon misunderstood, thought you all liked it so much and wanted her to sing Kimi to Taiyou ga Shinda hi one more time ,lol .

    haha, all in all , it was fun, hope it wont be the last we see of them in Malaysia

  28. ReaD005 Said,

    June 14, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    if only i know that VIP ticket is sold early….

  29. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    June 14, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    Oh yes, did anyone see the loli dressed as Ushio on the first day and as a nekotenshi on the 2nd?

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