Right off the bat, we arrived just before the doors opened. As we are a media outlet, we do get special dispensation to enter through a separate door away from the crowd, but just so we can give you a more personal experience, we queued up with everyone else to get the feeling of waiting in line to enter heaven.
Uwahhhhh~! So many people lining up for AFA on Day 1, and on a working day to boot! This basically means that anime fans like anime so much that they used a day off just to come on the opening day, when they could have just come for the weekend! Now the picture above captures only roughly half the queue. That’s because the queue is so long in actuality that it’s logistically impossible to capture the whole crowd without a flying drone. And the best part? This is just the queue to go into the door, the queue for buying the tickets is much worse!
Issho ni shashin? You betcha you can!
Now not everyone puts an equal amount of effort into cosplaying. And that’s okay, because not everyone is equally into playing their chosen character to its full extent. We have many varieties of cosplayers and different types of characters on the floor. They can range from full cosplayers like the lovely Ibuki Mioda we have below…
The completely whacky and humorous types…
To those that put spins on their favourite characters, like the femnaru and femsasu cosplayers…
And there are even those who just want to have fun!
And like every hobby ever, there will be those who do their hobby so well that they become celebrities in their circle. This year, AFASG invited quite a few celebrity cosplayers to take part in the convention, with famous names like Kaname, Ying Tze and Enako. We got a few shots of Enako in her really well done Asuna costume, and that is something that will be elaborated on more on Day 2!
To outrageously adorable…
And inducing the sudden violent tendency in fans to simply smash the glass case and make off with all the figurines like we’re Lupin the Third!
In recent years, the popularity of Sword Art Online has skyrocketed to such an extent that even those who don’t normally watch anime have watched season 1 AND 2 of the anime, and can name more than 5 characters in the series. In fact, it has gotten so popular that it has its own booth in the convention called…
The World of Sword Art Online has such a long queue that we had to wait for 10-20 minutes just to enter the place and view the exhibits! And when we entered, we definitely weren’t disappointed with what we found. On one of the walls, they showed off many screenshots of key moments in the SAO series.
Off to the side, we got to try out the newest Sword Art Online PS4 game, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization. It features the player returning to Aincrad under mysterious circumstances, and trying to solve the mystery of why Aincrad exists once more. Whilst playing the game, we got to team up with our favourite characters like Asuna, Sillica, Lisbeth and more! If you own a PS4 and love Sword Art Online, be sure to check this entry out!
RAB (Real Akiba Boyz)
They later found fame when they started uploading their videos to Nico Nico Douga, many of which started to go viral. Even international fans started appearing because they perform in the medium that requires no words; dance. They eventually signed under Avex Entertainment, and this year, they have also appeared in AFASG16.
But that wasn’t the end of it! Member Keitan is not just a dancer, but a DJ as well. Sojourning from the main stage, Keitan held a mini informal DJ session for the fans of RAB and a small crowd gathered to rock out to some of the greatest anime hits in recent history.
Join us on day 2 as we run through the gates of heaven again!