AFA- Anime Fastival Asia, is the biggest anime event in the Southeast Asian region. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 happening all over the world, it means that there will be no physical event coming this year. However, there is some good news, as the event itself is moving online with AFA SINGAPORE 2020 ONLINE –
The event itself is happening from 5th and 6th December 2020 via Youtube as well as on animefestival.asia/online2020. It will be available free to view for everyone across Southeast Asia, and those who wish to chat and interact with the show to win special giveaways and prizes will have to register for an account for free on animefestival.asia/online2020. This year’s theme will be “Isekai Masquerade,” and here’s how they describe what it is:
Welcoming fans to a brand new dimension of Anime Festival Asia! The new key visual to reflect this concept features two versions of Seika — a magnificent artwork that is a special collaboration between Seika’s signature illustrator NOB-C, and for the first time ever popular illustrator LAM!
Over 40 Guests and Top Industry Brands will be appearing in the two-day event. This year will feature 22/7, Aimu Sora, Amy Sakaguchi, Anly, Artgerm, Asaka, ASCA, Ayaka Ohashi, BLUE ENCOUNT, Burnout Syndromes, COALAMODE., DISH//, Eir Aoi, EXiNA, FLOW, halca, JUNNA, KANAME☆, KISIDA KYODAN & THE AKEBOSI ROCKETS, KOEDA, Koji Saito, LiSA, Liyuu, Lozareena, May’n, Miki Saito, Moona Hoshinova, Nekota Ashu, ORESAMA, PELICAN FANCLUB, ReoNa, Rithe, Ryokuoushoku Shakai, Seven Billion Dots, Shogo Yano, SPYAIR, SUKIMASWITCH, the peggies, Tomori Kusunoki, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, yanaginagi, YOASOBI, Yui Ninomiya, and more!
Meanwhile, Animelo Summer Live — Japan’s biggest anisong concert, is joining forces with Anime Festival Asia this year as well. A Special Anisong Show with Anisama has been planned for AFA Singapore 2020 Online, with Asaka and Koji Sato. And not only that, but there will be special exclusive merchandise as well.
Meanwhile, Toshiyuki Toyonaga and Shogo Yano will be appearing in the event’s special Paradox Live feature. The two seiyuu will appear in a special segment, and there will be some Paradox Live merch in store as well!
And Cells At Work! fans also have a very big reason why they must watch AFA Singapore 2020 Online, This is because the online event will screen the “Cells at Work!” Special Screening Edition, a film set between the previous first season and the upcoming second season of the TV anime adaptation.
And it won’t be AFA without some cosplay, right? Well, several top cosplayers are coming to the event. They include Kaname, Nekota Ashu (Japan) and Rithe (Singapore). Kaname will be using the wonders of technology to show us around Singapore, while Ashu and Rithe will talk about similarities and differences of cosplay in Singapore and Indonesia.
And speaking of Cosplay, “Guess the Anime” returns to tickle everyone’s brains about their favourite anime, while a new competition “AFA Cosplay Singles: AFA Singapore Memories” is inviting all cosplayers to dig through their photo archives for their very best shots at previous AFA Singapore events! To join, register for free on animefestival.asia/online2020 for access to the chatroom for the live “Guess the Anime” segment, as well as the registration form for “AFA Cosplay Singles: AFA Singapore Memories”.
Winners of “Guess the Anime” will receive amazing prize hampers (shipping fees to be shouldered by the winners) while the winner of the “AFA Cosplay Singles: AFA Singapore Memories” will receive a prize hamper as well as $200 in cash (shipping fees to be shouldered by the winner)!
There will also be activities with the event’s sponsors, with Gold Sponsors 3Dsense Media School, AFASHOP.co, Kotobukiya, MUSE, Pokelabo, Royale Ergonomics, Singapore Tourism Board, The Collector Base, Typhoon Systems, as well as Silver / Bronze Sponsors Avermedia, HoriPro International, Japan National Tourism Organisation, EXSAM Live, and XP-Pen!
Now that is surely a great way to celebrate the region’s biggest anime event at home, huh?
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Source: Press Release