I am not a good video games player. The amount of game that I manage to complete is really low because of my lack of skill and patient. Even though I myself not really a good gamer I still like gaming and wanted to know more about games. So with that reason watching playthrough, review and everything else from youtube satisfied my curiosity about gaming stuff. Naturally i will try and search for interesting videos to watch. That was the time where Gamecenter CX is available in youtube and it has been in my recommendation for quite awhile. The first episode Gamecenter CX that i watch is Game Center CX in USA special. This is something that i never taste before and i like it.
The best thing about Gamecenter CX is Arino Kacho, All of the it’s AD, Cameraman Abe, Kibe sensei and the producer which comes out regularly to tell time. This show becomes alive because of them. From the show i can see that all the staff member was having fun while doing stuff that they enjoy doing.
Each Gamecenter CX episode have it’s own charm from the main segment Arino’s Challenge, Tamage to those mini one season segment like moshi moshi daisakusen. I enjoy most of the segment in Gamecenter CX. There is one that i don’t really enjoy that would be Shogeki eizo Max. Inoko max AD/D just kinda dull compare to others. I still like Inoko Max tho. Just the segment not really suit my taste. The segment I enjoy the most would be TAMAGE. I would go as far as checking out some dagashiya when I was in Japan last autumn. It was a really good nostalgic trip that I don’t mind doing it again if I hve the chance to visit Japan again.
Was really happy when see the news about this event surface in the internet. Since this is an event back by Sozo, people behind AFA. It is the closest thing to Anime Festival Asia we as a Malaysian can get after 2012.I am really hunger for more Anisong performance after tasting it once during AFAMY2012. When the Penang Anime Matsuri ticket is open for sales it din’t take me too long to make a purchase. I was so happy that i can actually afford to be a vip this time.
Since it’s been awhile since my last trip to Penang I feel pretty excited for it. Booked my flight and hotel the next day so everything is set and I am ready to go PARTY. This is the second trip I plan and go all alone. The last one i do that is AFASG2012. That trip was not really well prepare but thanks to my maplestory friends i was able to find a good accomodation and have some good time finally meet up with friends that never meet in real life before. That was a pretty good trip. The last exciment before Penang Anime Matsuri start is the announcement of signature poster for the artist of my choice. I am so lucky to be able to get Mika Kobayashi autograph poster. Too bad that there is no autograph session no chance to meet the artist of our choice in person. That is really sad.
Arrive Penang the night before event start. Felt lucky manage to grab a bus to georgetown the moment i step out of airport. Without thinking much I jump into the bus and moving to Hotel. When the bus reach Komtar i just jump right off since my instinct tell me that the distant between there and my hotel quite near already. Come to think of it myself brave for walking in the middle of the night with just phone gps and not much idea on how to reach my destination. You really need some braveness in order to travel alone.
My journey to PAM was working out really fine all thanks to a friend of mine that i know during AFAMY2012 that was staying in Penang. With him and his trusty bike we travel around hotel and the event location without much of a trouble. Was able to really enjoy the event without worry about anything much. Was really surprice that penang local government take a important roll on supporting the event. All thanks to a great back support the event even at a low turnout rate still manage to be succesful and second round was announce possible. Let’s hope next year can have a second round.
This is my third AFA related event. The first two being AFAKL2012 and AFASG2012. After that do not have the money and also chance to be in another event. Now for some minor event story. Arrive at the event location just abit earlier that starting time. Manage to get a good location while queuing up for the opening. Getting in the hall first thing to do is to grab stuff from AFA booth. I manage to buy 1 Aldnoah Zero t-shirt, some light stick, shigure x yuudachi phone strap, and AFA logo Kingsblade.
After spending all the money of puchasing stuff at AFA booth the rest of the time was spend on walking around the event hall looking around. There is 4 main part for this event. The ground hall is where AFA booth and some larger sponsor booth located. The doujin booth that located behind on those large booth. At the second floor there is also some large sponsor booth together with a performance hall where there is constant schedule of special guest and anime movie showing. The final location is the outdoor event area where the concert and also matsuri stuff located.
Manage to watch that 3D saint seiya movie. Then saw the interview with all 4 Anisong guest. They are Hichioji P, DJ TEKINA//SOMETHING, Yanaginagi and Mika Kobayashi. After that I spend my time wandering around. Now i am gonna talk about main meat of this trip which is the outdoor concert at the night. My first outdoor concert. The environment is really good for a concert cool breeze from the sea is really a nice fine day for concert. Not much detail on the concert itself because that’s something one need to be there and enjoy by yourself. Overall the RM128 ticket is really worth it for even if it’s only for the concert it self.
This event is born to satisfying organizer own self-indulgent.In short event organizer wanna syok sendiri. The top man in the organizing team was really fond with mecha anime. So naturally they had to invite those one of the top studio in making mecha anime. Studio Gainax and Studio Satelight was invited to come to Malaysia. VAX is certainly not create for fans. Main focus is not to servicing fans it is just the by product. Self satisfied come first. It’s so important I can’t help myself to repeat this again. Self satisfied comes all above any other thing.
K now that we get that part away I am going to talk my own experience about the event. Day 1 is really good for those attendee that really wanna get up close with their favorite person that they wanna meet. The restriction is lower so much more can be done day one. Day 2 on there other hand is much more restrictive. Since the amount of attendance increase a lot more compare to day 1 mainly because of cute kawaii deathly ladybeard. All the good things in day 1 gone. No this no that cannot this cannot that. As a person that go without a single friend i can only facepalm and just live on and move on. At least i get to call myself the unconditional supporter for being one of the first gold ticket purchaser getting no.1 in the gold ticket claiming list. Let’s just hope if this event get to be continue all this minor stuff will improve the next time.
For the good stuff. Meeting those content creator from japan up close is really good yo. Time to blame my awkward personality because of it i did not get the full enjoyment that i suppose to get. Overall it’s still a very good event. Meeting with Aimee B was my very first time get to shake hand with an artist taking picture have a short chat it was really something special. Truth to be told I did not do my homework well. The only song by Aimee B that i familiar with is the ending song for panty & stocking. Went there when the autograph session start and it was quite empty. Without thinking much pull out my wallet and purchase her album. No regret all because she is awesome. Then it’s arima sensei’s turn. This time there is some limited edition postcard for purchase. For Backon turn it’s kinda lacking mainly because lacking of Backon stuff to be purchase during the autograph session. We need to get an official VAX t-shirt only to be able to get in this time. End up letting them sign my gold pass.
Was prepare my self to ask question when it is Shoji Kawamori’s appearance. Too bad there is no QnA session during his appearance. So now I will never knew why Akino with bless4 no longer sing the opening theme for the latest Aquarion series Aquarion Logos. After the hour long presentation there comes the autograph session for Shoji Kawamori. At day 1 i already bought Aquarion Evol and AKB0048 T-shirt because according to the lovely lady at the booth one need to have RM100 purchase in order to qualified for the autograph session. After thought about it for one night the first thing i do day 2 is to buy one of the art book from the booth in order to get it sign as it is much more memorable doing that. The lovely lady at the booth told me that the autograph session for shoji kawamori has been postpone to the 5 pm. That cause a bit inconvenience for those that had to come early for this. Anyway since i will be there for the whole day just thanks for the information and back to walking around. During the autograph session i kinda expecting that the RM100 rule was no longer there. I was hanging out for quite sometime around satelight booth. One of the question i notice is are those merchandise cost too much for us. Based on that i come to conclusion that most probably any amount also will get the autograph chance. When i reach the autograph location there is quite a lot people queuing up already. There goes the extra perk that i hope i will get. One should never aim for extra perk and be satisfied with whatever the top feed us or forever being unsatisfied.
Thanks to VAX i get the chance to taste Macross Frontier Sayonara no tsubasa. Which got my interest of following macross series the combination of song and mecha instant sold me. I had lots of fun watching it and now i am a fans of ranka lee & sheryl nome. That open ranka scene is quite nice when everyone chant open ranka the same time haha.
Meat of the event for me is the mini concert at the end of day 2. It’s nice to see Shaun Lopez get up the stage hosting the show. Ever since i started to be frequent goer for local event Shaun and Dante always seems to be the MC. Yeah so when i din see both of them at stage i felt that something is off. Too much them being together makes the other combination chemistry kinda off.
There is one interesting stuff that i don’t really see in other event and that is the interest panel. I went in a few of them and the most interesting panel is the panel that talks about event around the world. That panel is host by those guy from Helios E. It is quite interesting and i get to know more about events that i never heard before. Other than that there is also one that talk about fashion. That’s a topic that i never thought i will be interested in and that end up to be quite an interesting subject to itself. This panel thingy is relaxing little something that I kinda hope more will be available in the future.