With much to look forward to at Anime Festival Asia 2012, we offer you a brief glimpse at what’s not to miss at the AFA Main Stage this year!
Starting at 12:20pm, the stage events promise to give audiences a special treat for the duration of AFA! Catch Amuse Inc.’s BABYMETAL, FLOW and Perfume showcase, as well as a sneak preview of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie. King Records’ special presentation for this season’s hit anime K featuring a discussion with K’s producer Go Nakanishi. Day 1’s program also features guest appearances by anisong artistes fripSide, m.o.v.e. and LiSA, and HoriPro’s showcase featuring May’n, Sea☆A and seiyuu Daisuke Kisho, known for his portrayal of Vampire Knight’s Kaname Kuran and Final Fantasy XIII-2 protagonist Noel Kreiss. The man behind Cowboy Bebop and Macross Plus, Shinichiro Watanabe, will be sharing his insight with fans, and producers BONES’ Masahiko Minami and Bandai Visual’s Motoki Mukaichi will also be taking the stage to share their experiences making Eureka Seven AO a reality. Many talented costumers will be showcasing their works at the AFA Cosplay Singles Competition, and fans of Naruto wouldn’t want to miss the special screening of the ninth Naruto movie “Road to Ninja”, happening right after the competition.
“Eden of the East” director Kenji Kamiyama opens the stage on Sunday at noon to give audiences an insight into his creative experiences, and Lis Ani! editor-in-chief Fumiaki Nishihara is set to introduce visitors to the magazine and its workings. Catch Aimi, seiyuu of Suiko of Ultra Rare from Cardfight!! Vanguard at the Bushiroad Stage, and anisong artistes May’n, Minami Kuribayashi, Sea☆A when they make their special guest appearances before the night’s concert at Max Pavilion Concert Hall. Joining them is four-member seiyuu idol group Sphere for a Q&A and exclusive live dubbing session, after which AFA welcomes back host Danny Choo to the stage to share with us what he’s been up since we last saw him at AFA 2011. The AFA Regional Cosplay Championship competition will also be happening at AFA’s Main Stage, and you’ll get to see the best teams from Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as they duke it out for the title! Not to miss after the competition is a special screening of Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix, a movie feature based on the hit series Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima.
To enjoy this thrilling line-up, visitors should purchase a Festival + Stage Access ticket for each of the days. They can be purchased at the AFA Shop at *SCAPE or at the event venue itself at $20 per day.