Thank god I did not have to queue up for the festival. MEDIA pass is totally awesome.
First, I would like to qualify my words by stating that there is absolutely no malice against cosplayers, figurine lovers and anime merchandise lovers. However, I think that there will be enough anime blogs out there ready to post all the cosplayers, figurines and gundam pictures that you ever want. For me, I believe that those things would always be around in every single anime convention. Sure, there might be cosplayers doing different characters, but I do not see the point. They will be there every anime convention. They won’t run away.
However, there are things in the AFA08 that are more unique in an anime convention. These are the things that I will be reporting on, and I hope that you take some time tomorrow to check it out. In order to hook you, I praised ODEX in this post. Check out why.
ODEX: Booth E01 – E06
Yes, the well hated group in Singapore has a corner for all its merchandise. You can troll them all you want, but the truth is that they have been making an absolute good job for local anime during the past 6 months. It is probably true that Singaporeans easily flame the living lights out of ODEX when it screwed up with the PR. They did, it was terrible and I have no qualms joining in the furore one year ago.
However, we are often quiet when it does well in things. The display posters of Skip Beat, Casshern Sins and Toradora is evidence that anime companies can keep pace with the “fansubbers” and provide content that is of decent quality. ODEX has actually done something seemingly impossible, from the continual denial that it’s possible by American anime companies. I am not saying that they have suddenly become angels all of a sudden. Their PR campaign is completely off Do pay them a visit, and of course the DOMO compels you to visit them. Of course, stay tuned to OKTO and watch the series. I know I am.
Animax’s LAMB: Booth D03
Of course, our very own Animax Asia is going to release their first anime in the form of Lamb. Check out the website about the story. I was quite bought into the idea since one of the themes in the anime was about environment conservationism, an issue that would be of growing importance when resources on Earth become limited. Sorry, I have been reading too much of “Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman.
Anyway, go to the booth to look at the story board of the first few chapters. It’s definitely interesting to see how anime is built up through storyboard. Also, I must admit that I found the song by Click Five (or was it the Simple plan) to be totally off for a series I expect to be bittersweet. I am hoping that it will not be a stinker because it is one of the few special things for Animax. I have not seen any actual animation for the series though, but the animation is in safe hands. Hopefully, it will do well. Let’s hope for the best.
Hexa Project: BOOTH F02
I bet many of you will be scratching your head, and wondered if there is actually such a booth. Let me assure you that there is, and it is in fact one of the key attractions for me. Hexa Project is a non profit organization that is established in 2005. The lady above is in fact the director for their latest project, and they are toughing it out as an independent company. It’s really a pity that I spoke little Japanese because I was really hoping to know more about the company in general. There is a translator at the booth though, so you can ask her for questions.
Nonetheless, they really have very cute merchandise (I still don’t know if they are for sale too, so you could ask that for me). They also offer a CD for some of their animation clips. It’s really interesting, and I urge you to take some time to take a look. It’s worth spending 10 minutes away from whatever you are doing in the conference to pay them a visit, ask some questions and learn a bit about the independent industry players.
Tomorrow, I will continue my coverage of the atypical AFA report 2.