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.

Penang Anime Matsuri 2016 Magical Summer

Penang Anime Matsuri happen once again. As always my excitement was at the max once they announce the artist line up. The list of artist attending is really superb. For this year the artist line up we get LiSA, GARNiDELiA, motsu x DJ KAYA and DJ YURiA. Other than the artist there is also the usual guest cosplayer those are always eye candy.

the crowd ouside of the event hall

This year there is some nice improvement and it makes the overall experience is much better. Half of the booth is now at another location and the main event hall is less crowded. During autograph session the top floor is still crowded but much more manageable compare to last year. Other than that i think overall event still pretty much like last year where the stage event is hosted by a single person only. Having a single host for me is the weakest point of the whole event. The main problem is that the host need to take care of the translation himself at the same time hosting which it is obvious that he cant manage this 2 task well. When the host start to left out here and there during the conversation with the guest the massage that the guest wanted to tell the audience will be disappear just like that. He really needs a partner i think that would greatly improve the interection between guest and audience and not host and guest only it would be great if his partner is a local train up someone local and also has some local flavor in it. There is a few time the host lack of interest in the subject during the workshop session and try to divert the topic to something else.

Although there is worry about raining during the outdoor concert time that worst case scenario did not happen for both day yay… LiSA’s acoustic performance is really awesome. Had fun during the dj yuria segment lots of my favourite song were played. GARNiDELiA glow in the dark appearance was a surprise that i really glad to be so fortuned to witness. Motsu and DJ KAYA’s performance was a really good way to end the event. Having chance to finally listen to kurosaki maon’s song in a live environment once again half my dream comes true. Praying hard for her to make an appearance in malaysia once more. Since it was Motsu’s birthday the crowd sings happy birthday after the final song.

That’s all for this year Penang Anime Matsuri see you next year.