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AFA 2012

My first repeat visit to the “main” AFA since the inaugural one back in 2008. This year also marks a turning point for the event too as it expands to the region, with the addition of AFAMY (event report here) and AFA Indonesia, while the main event moves to a new venue, Singapore Expo, as well.

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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.

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Happy Singles Acknowledgement Day

Happy SAD!

God, is it that time of the year again?!

I am going to run of out synonyms in about 4 more years. Sigh.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2011

Happy Chinese New Year 2011

Will rabbit ears come back in vogue this year?

Happy Chinese New Year of the Rabbit to all my readers!
May this year be a happy and prosperous one to all!

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Animelo 2009 Blu-Ray

Thanks to danie, I managed to watch the Animelo 2009 Blu-Ray. Thank god I got myself a 1080p monitor. Things look fucking awesome on it.

*ahem* So anyways, thanks to time limitations, we only watched the important parts, namely Nana, Hocchan, Minorin, some other interesting ones and of course, most of the duets. The quality of last year’s duets really stood out quite a bit and I find myself actually tempted to buy the Blu-Ray now as well, if not for the fact I actually don’t have enough money for both sets (at like 15k yen for both, ha ha).

Day 1 started off with angela + Ishikawa Chiaki’s duet of Cruel Angel Thesis, and that performance is probably already worth the 7000 yen. Itou Kanako’s choice of dress was… eclectic so to say, but of course not was frightening awe-inspiring as ALIPro’s outfit, hurr. Only watched Halko’s Wonder momo-i and she’s endearing as usual, especially during the duet of My Pace Daioh with manzo. Hocchan probably stole the first day with her performances, especially YAHHO! and the duet of Happy Material with Minorin was pretty LOL ahaha. Minorin was nice but pretty standard performances. Kuribayashi Minami performing Namida no Riyuu from School Days was rather unexpected of her, since it’s a rather obscure (so to say) song.

Day 2 started with Hell duet of Nana + Aya of CHU-LU-CHU-LU-PA-YA-PA Discotheque and Mon-STAR. It was rather LOL seeing Nana own Aya at her own song. Sakakibara Yui’s performance of Soshite Boku wa… was really eye-catching because of her costume and accompaniment dance performance. Managed to squeeze in Yousei Teikoku’s Tamakui and oh god that was fucking awesome. Even better was Fairy Yui’s MC and she was totally in her character. It was actually quite endearing to see her pull it off with a serious face. Really admire her for that.

Moving on, Kenji Ohtsuki & Zetsubou-shoujotachi (Aipon, Sawashiro Miyuki, Shintani Ryoko and Kobayashi Yuu) really was pretty awesome especially since Kobayashi Yu was jumping around like crazy as if she just took a whole bottle of Ecstasy pills. And seeing Miyuki Sawashiro shouting her lungs out was pretty funny sight too. Faylan’s mind as judgment was truly a show-stealer with the countdown and all, not to mention her outfit as well, followed by another Makkun duet(the other was Miracle Upper WL with May’n) of Tamashii no Refrain. Pretty good stuff.

DANZEN! Futari wa Precure duet by Yukari Tamura + Ryoko Shintani was pretty good shit too, although ironically both of them aren’t in the series. Would’ve been more awesome if it was a Galaxy Angel song, but that’s just me I guess. Finally the Nana Mizuki mini-concert kicked up with m.o.v.e’s motsu doing Gimmick Game with her followed by Suara + Nana epic duet of Shin’ai. Rounding up Day 2 was Etsuraku no Camelia and awesome performance of Orchestral Fantasia. A very LOL thing happened at the end of the concert when everyone showed up for encore + thanks to the fans where Fairy Yui bit her tongue when asking people to come for her own live and made everyone on stage stumble. Also Ohmi Tomoe did a very spot-on imitation of Aya Hirano that left everyone laughing.

While 08′s Animelo wasn’t as impressive, 09 definitely was and man, do I wish I had the money to go for one of these. Now let’s just wait for the “public release” on the usual places, eh. *coughcough*.

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Happy Chinese New Year/Singles Appreciation Day/Valentine’s Day

Okay, that was a rather looooooooong post title.

Chinese New Year

First off, to all my Chinese diaspora readers, I wish you a Happy Chinese New Year 2010! May this year bring about continued prosperity and happiness to everyone!

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Merry Christmas!

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Wishing a Merry Christmas to all my readers celebrating it today!

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Animelo 2009 Day 2 Song List

If you’d thought last night’s Happy Material duet was disappointing surprising, guess what happened today….

1 『DISCOTHEQUE』~『MonStAR』/水樹奈々+平野綾 (Nana Mizuki + Hirano Aya)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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8 『霊喰い (Tamakui)』/妖精帝國 (Yousei Teikoku)
9 『last Moment』/妖精帝國 (Yousei Teikoku)

Woot! Yousei Teikoku~! And Tamakui performed live!

23 『魂のルフラン (Tamashii no Refrain)』/飛蘭+奥井雅美 (Faylan + Masami Okui)

Weird choice for a duet, but this sounds interesting.

27 『DANZEN!ふたりはプリキュア (ver.Max Heart)』/田村ゆかり+新谷良子 (Tamura Yukari + Shintani Ryoko)

Woah! Shintani Ryoko + Yukarin duet!

… and the main highlight:

40 『Gimmick Game』/水樹奈々+ m.o.v.e
41 『深愛』/水樹奈々+Suara
42 『悦楽カメリア』/水樹奈々
43 『Orchestral Fantasia』/水樹奈々

Awesome song choices by Nana this year and I can’t wait to hear the duet between her and Suara of Shin’ai. I daresay that would be a real awesome combo. Also Etsuraku Camelia and Orchestral Fantasia combo really hit me, because those are two of my favourite Nana songs from ULTIMATE DIAMOND and GREAT ACTIVITY respectively.

Anyways, full song list for Day 2 can be found here: http://pc.animelo.jp/rebridge/whatsnew/?p=090823_set

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Animelo 2009 Day 1 FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

1曲目 残酷な天使のテーゼ 石川智晶 angela

HOLY SHIT WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN.

8曲目:マイペース大王/桃井はるこ+manzo

Oh lol Momoi singing this song in a duet?

16曲目:みっくみくにしてあげる♪【してやんよ】/初音ミク
17曲目:ブラック★ロックシューター/初音ミク

I really want to know how did ‘Miku’ appear on stage. But BLACK ROCK SHOOTER? Holy shit, it’s a bloody official now.

24曲目:ハッピー☆マテリアル/堀江由衣+茅原実里 みのりんキタ━━━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━━━ !!!!

Hocchan + Minorin duet but HAPPY MATERIAL?

ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀< )ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA
ヽ( >∀<)ノ AHAHA AHAHA AHAHAHAHA

Oh dear now I can’t wait for the DVD/BD.

P.S. No, I did not go for Animelo 09 in person. Just getting second hand reports from 2ch and friends who are there :P

P.P.S Official song list for Day 1 has been uploaded: http://pc.animelo.jp/rebridge/whatsnew/?p=090822_set
WTF so fast! But FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF I WANT TO WATCH THE CRUEL ANGEL THESIS DUET.

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Chihara Minori@Music Japan

Yay, DaiCon gets coverage on NHK’s Music Japan! Also probably the first-ever Malaysian ‘otaku’ event to be given coverage on Japanese national TV too!

And I’m very much impressed with Minorin’s stamina. Her performance of Paradise Lost in the show doesn’t lose any sparkle despite the fact she travelled over 5000 miles and performed a concert the weekend before. Respect +25.

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