Visual Arts eXpo 2017

Year three for one of the most unique experience event here in malaysia. Its a rare scene here in malaysia where you can freely talk about the stuff of your interest to a broad audience share your interest debate the shit out of topics that usually only happen behind the internet. You can meet people from the anime industry ask them question, get people from the industry to review your portfolio, cosplay crossplay sing linkin park song since it is this years thing now basically most or anything that you can think about expressing yourself you can do it here.

I am glad that VAX actually feels the same like last years in most way and making some minor improvement. For me getting a consistent event is better than doing drastical changes for improvement sake. The price is the same the perk you get is the same the feel of the event is also more or less the same everything just close to what i want. Which is money well spend for me already and i am glad to spend more.

Like the first year this year i manage to spend my time listening to some interesting SIP(special interest panel). Lots of talented people that is willing to share their experience on subject that may get your interest. It’s really cool to see local and singapore stage performers share out interesting tidbits from their personal experience. There is also one panel did by cosplayer and event organiser which i find it very cool and interesting that they really cares about the community not just self interest. The final SIP that i was lucky to sit down and listen to is about seichi junrei for Lord of the ring a trip to new zealand. Eventhough i cant think of any question to properly interact with the host of any of the panel i still do enjoy listen to them and know more about stuff that closely related to my hobby.

Stage event itself is still awesome as always the chemistry between both host is really good. For one thing the audience is actually much more closer to the stage compare to previous years. You can now really get up close and experience it yourself. Being able to see studio trigger’s mr. kazuya masumoto giving out talks about how a short kill la kill clip being produce what’s the step by step process and how much human resource needed to achieve it is mindblowing just like an episode of kill la kill itself. Studio Mappa on the other hand bringing 2 of their staff over to the event. They share about the process of character and other detail creation for the anime Yuri on Ice. Most of the accessories and stage item is really based of real life example with the director wanted to emphasize on the lewdness of those item more.

Cosplay Cure is one of the returning guest from last year. This time we not only get a cat walk show during the event we also get another awesome skits performance during closing ceremony. I was really impress by the cosplayer where they really show that they are in the character when in stage. When there is a stage error during naruto boruto skits the action of boruto cosplayer telling the event organisor they use the wrong track perfectly shown that once they are on stage they are now that character they cosplaying and not themself which is wow. A little something that local cosplayer could actually learn themself. Cosplay that character be in that character and now you if you are going to appear on stage is more entertaining to see that character than to see the a pretty face on stage that do no represent the character than he/she cosplaying.

Kaoru from Harmonia ACG and AiRI from japan perform on the closing ceremony for VAX. Barely known any of the nostalgia anisong perform by kaoru luckily near the end just like USAGI from PAM she performed nandemo nai ya and also god knows wow i am a happy man. Also barely known AiRI that comes for japan. Only know her for the taritari opening theme. Had lots of fun seeing her performance well never thought of in one day we will get a Visual Novel song artist to come over before this. Thanks VAX for making events great again.

One of the perk of getting gold pass is at near the end of day two where the closing ceremony there is a special confined area for people that has a gold pass which i think is a really good concept. Just like usual i am standing at the last row my usual spot where i can do movement more freely and let other people that never experience it get in front. I was poked by 2 random people which is behind the confined area asking me to move a way so that they can see better. I don’t mind moving away actually since i already is at the behind but dude its not my fault for every bad thing happen to you please do not be salty for the unfair treatment happen to you next time please spend more if you want to have the best experience with your girl being salty does not help. Other people like me also wanted to experience the great event and willing to fork out more hard earn money to enjoy myself and get most out of my spending. Well being me I keep all this to myself and just move out in the end.. why now doing stuff that i wanted to do also being wrong i really do not know.

Penang Anime Matsuri 2017 Summer Wonderland

It is now the third year for this lovely event in Penang. By now Penang Anime Matsuri has becoming one of my favourite events in Malaysia. Penang Anime Matsuri(PAM) has been consistently bringing improvement to the working formula. PAM is not without its flaws and i will get to it in detail later.

Ticketing increase yet again for this year it is up from RM180 to RM220 for 2 days pass with a sign poster as perk. That poster is what they give out to every concert ticket holder last year. Single day people gets no perk this year. All this is minus the default stuff that comes automatically when buying the ticket. Such a reducing in returns we gain a better environment that is up for debate. The event location has been switch from DEWAN SRI PINANG & ESPLANADE PARK to Penang Spice Arena. PAM this year is fully indoor event now compare to last time where the concert will be held at outdoor. For me to be able to party at outdoor feels more summer party. I know having a concert outdoor has too many uncertainty to make it work nicely. Still an indoor is definitely welcoming because gone are the days where we waiting under rain.

The amount of booth available has been reduce back to year 1 range with everything cramps into one big area. This year event hall is separated into 4 part. Doujin booth, high profile sponsor booth, food booth and finally stage takes up a good amount of the event hall. There is only 1 row for doujin booth and the rest is all larger booth. High profile sponsor booth is covering most ground in the event hall. Finally a single row is designated for food and chairs for event goer to enjoy their food.

Another person take up the role as MC hosting stage event this year. Why cant there be 2 MC a lot of the problem happen during stage event doesn’t even need to happen at all. Can’t comment on the interaction between attendee and guest artist wasn’t at stage during any of the workshop stage event due to the stage is rather pack and close to exit where everyone will move over there. Not a well plan exit heck even the event floor plan doesn’t show the exit.

pam2017 floor plan

So i am gonna nitpick on other things. There is this one moment where one of the guest being not comfortable speaking english and ask whether can speak in chinese or not the MC suddenly let out a NO in fierce tone. Yeah she might be joking at that moment but that respond really give a bad taste in my mouth. She did a ok job in translating but still not a great MC to be honest. Yes her japanese is great since she is a japanese but the problem is i felt that she did not do enough homework and the fun factor is gone. To be fair the last Male MC crack stuff targeted to Anime Festival Asia goers at least the fun factor is there when he is the MC this year its not there. Well since this is a local event demanding more of a local blood in the event shouldn’t be too much right.

Anisong artist that is here this year is May’n, nano, Kradness, DJ Kazu and KZ(livetune). It is Penang Anime Matsuri first time getting live band performance. Both May’n and nano comes together with thier own band. Being able to listen to live band song performance is satisfying. May’n really shine so bright. Nano also very entertaining wow after attending her concert i find that i can really enjoy male-ish jrock songs of her. Almost forget to mention USAGI the concert stage warmer for day 2. Well she is there. Cute and full of enthusiasm not a bad start for day 2 concert i like that she sing kimi no nawa – nandemo nai ya

That’s it for now. Will be back later the month with another blog post for the other one of my favorite events in malaysia.