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.
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.