Know what helps to make Anime Festival Asia Singapore one of the most successful event of all time?
It’s the crowd that ‘appeared’ for the events which got me pondering non-stop ,on just where and when did they all come from.
Let’s not count the traffic on the 3rd level, where many people would gather around the Ticket counter in order to grab hold of their entrance ticket just to step into the large halls on the 4th level.
Even though I’ve already expected it, I’m still pretty shocked at the amazing turnout for Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014. (Even when I came down and arrived at 8 on the first day’s morning, to take a few nice photos of the event.)
Many people had already started queuing up early in the morning, hoping to rush into the exhibition hall and grab a few nice Anime stuffs with their ‘clean hands’.
From what I have known, a few early folks took the first train, bus or even drive down here just to get in the queue early, however there are also a few who even tried to camp overnight in order to be first in the line.
Well, I did know of someone who did that on Day 0.5 though.
A few who didn’t want to stay in the packed hall, would gather around Level 3, which created another heavy cluster of human traffic.
To be honest, the human traffic created a lot of problem for me as it wasn’t easy to maneuver pass them, and at times, my path was blocked for reasons unbeknownst to me.
One simple reason being, due to the nice space and backgrounds that was set up by the organizers, many cosplayers tend to gather around level 3 while many photographers are crowding around them to take nice photos of them.
It’s really good to know that many who does cosplays, are appearing down at the AFA SG event.
Queuing up in Singapore is pretty famous, and popular in Singapore. Such as the queues to buy stuff *cough* Hello Kitty *cough*, and getting freebies.
Though at times there are many who aren’t sure of what the queue is for, but would still go and queue up for the sake of queuing.
But what I can give my thumbs up, is that people would queue up nicely and wait in a patient manner, while at the same time hoping to grab hold of what they want to buy.
I was pretty shocked to see a few merchandises sold out within the first few hours, especially the expensive dolls that were, for the first time, that Volks and Culture Japan had brought to Singapore.
Another type of queue is where people would like to try out something nice like the Sword Art Online ‘Oculus Rift’ where you can experience what the character, Kirito, feels like when he is in the midst of a boss fight, with his ally, Asuna, helping out.
It would seem that there are a few who were very happy after they managed to grab hold of what they want after the long queue.
The limited stock items tend to be sold out fairly quickly, even before I can even blink my Sparkly Eyes.
The good thing, for the less fortunate who are unable to grab those limited stocks, is that many of those booths still offer other Anime stuffs to grab.
There is always a ‘1-way only road’ and this photo pretty much nailed the description, since the path is both too crowded and at the same time, there just happened to where it hosts a queue.
Looks like there are many people would like to grab the Anime accessories with their clean hands
The final and last famous queue down at Anime Festival Asia Singapore always tend to be the autograph sessions of the special guests and artistes, especially those at the Horipro, StarChild and AFA booths.
Even when I was queuing up for it, I was very amazed at the long queue when I check out the back to peek.
Based on the crowd’s reactions, I would have guessed that angela, LiSA and May’n had a huge number of fans who are gathered at their area, but the other guests also got have a fair number of crowd down.
And when they are about to do a little performance for the fans, the crowd would just go high, ranging from many who ‘draws out’ their Light Stick Swords, to photo taking with their handy phones or high-tech cameras.
And to a few, there are always those who would dance with the song themselves.
Well, I don’t hate them for taking up so much space, but instead, I’m giving them my thumbs up for being able to dance and move along with the music in front of the masses.
While most other booths are packed with people, the same goes for booths located in the Creators Hub, which contains mostly Doujin Circle, or people who are selling a few cheap and nice anime merchandise.
Too bad I wasn’t able to grab hold of the cute little bird (=w= ||)
Well, many people choose to crowd around the stage area or booths, whereas, there are a fair portion who sit down to enjoy watching TV.
Or more likely watching people sitting down and singing a few nice Anisong.
Well many of them are trying not to sit down at places in which blocks the route, for the other users, which is the upside, however, there are those who want to enjoy themselves and appreciate that nice moment of watching the TV near the Nissin Cup Noodles booth, that in turn created more congestion in the traffic.
Or, there are those who wish to enjoy a nice cup of Nissin noodles, which even Yuuki and Nagakun, myself enjoyed very much.
I have to admit though, this year around, they (AFA) sure brought in a nice cheaper meal which many really like; I was amazed at the staff, for having to boil massive around of water to meet the demands.
As a whole, for the AFA SG event, we are able to get a lot of turn out pretty much show how many people would like to enjoy themselves at the event that it can create a massive amount of crowds and queues.
Sure makes me wonder if I can survive the Comiket at Japan if I barely manage to survive this amount of crowds and queues…