Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014 Day 1/2/3 – Signage

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(Nope, not that type of signing..)

Signage is very important on the road, acting as direction for people to get to their destination, or warning to inform other of danger.

While those are known as road sign or warning sign, we can’t deny the fact that not much people seem to be bother with those all-so-important signage that appeared down at AFA SG 2014.

And here I will be showing a few interesting signs and boards that play a big part.

But before we go about presenting of photo of events happening at AFA SG 2014, I’m sure many are aware that there are times when it’s ‘OK’ to take photo, and times when they’re not.

AFA SG 2014 Signage 1
(Photo ‘OK’ to be taken!)

No Photo basically mean that you’re not allow to take photos, but many have been use to whether it’s okay to take a photo; that you can / allow taking photo.

It’s basically short and easy to understand that even when I’m in Japan and asking a few people in Japan whether it’s fine to take photo of them; instead of “May I take a photo of you?”, I would simply just ask “Photo, Ok des?”

AFA SG 2014 Signage 2
(Yes.. I know it’s very sad that there are some events which you’re not allow to take a photo)

I’m not acting cute to end with the des, but even I not sure why I would end with that; probably I following Anime / Manga example too much.

But in anyway, it’s always polite to ask if photos are permitted to be taken first. But if there is a ‘No Photo’ sign, just kindly don’t take any photo.

Well, I’m sure those signboards would love to be seen by many passers-by.

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(Instead of displaying their booth name, a few booths display what they had in sale / stock)

Well many booths have names on them, a few booths like Star Child made good use of them to display what they are selling, and displaying of their events.

It’s really easy to see what are on sale at their booth, with the sample picture and their prices.

A few other booths did the same ways like Culture Japan, Volks and other more.

Really a good way to let passers-by to know what is still in stock.

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(Good Smile Company Expression Challenge was a hit with many people wishing to draw a nice face expression on their Nendoroid face, all for a dollar!)

Those are a good use of displaying their goods / stocks, and giving passers-by at the events the information they required.

Normally a shop signage would display their booth name, to let one know the shop / booth he or she is visiting.

However it’s also common to see many being display as normal signboard with information or instruction on what their booths are instead of the names.

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(This signboard was pass to the last person of the line at Culture Japan; this guy waiting for the next ‘last’ person to pass that to him/her)

Another common signboard that appeared at AFA SG 2014 is the “End of Line / Queue” sign board.

These signboards are very useful when the queue start to get longer especially when someone wishes to join the queue.

Though it’s common in Singapore for people to join the queue without knowing what the line is for, but the “End of Line” sign also show what the queue is for.

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(A very simple sign to let passers-by know what the queuing line is for, as well as knowing where is the end of the queue)

So when one join the queue at the end; they would know which is the queue they required to line up, or knowing what is the line they queuing for.

To be honest, there were many many different type of queue at the events, so it really kind of a problem to navigate around the place, since it really easy to get lost.

Even the crowds aren’t helping (>w< ||)

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(When they do not have enough manpower to ask for help, Asuna is up to help)

Another interesting thing that I come across is how those sign give the type of information that you’re looking for; example is like when you do not understand why Aniplex was temporary closed during the AFA event.

Well, while Mr. ‘Kirito’ is busy having his autograph for his fans, his wife, Asuna, is outside helping to keep order on the crowd.

I’m more preferred to get her autograph myself though. (=w= |||)

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(Little Miku is also assisting at the Aniplex booth; I really wonder how they able get her help too…)

Another funny thing that tend to happen (including myself) is that when queuing up to enter a few booth like Aniplex where there is an entrance and exit; the exit become the entrance.

It might be that many wish to cut the queue, or some just aren’t sure where the entrance are, the sign board that show where is the entrance and exit, do help a lot.

At least, passers-by are aware where they’re heading.

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(Rin and Archer are ready to take any Masters and Servants, but at the moment they are also ready to pose for photo-taking)

The common thing that many people tend to take note is how cute, cool and nice all those figurines and model kits at AFA are.

The displaying of figurines is common that many photographers tend to take photo of them.

But what many didn’t seem to take note is the ‘name card’ to show what is the figurines’ name, or what series it from.

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(Is it just me, or do those Gundam seem to look real enough to move?)

I know there many who wish to take photo of those figurines / model kits alone without their name, but those name cards is to indicate them so that new fans can learn about them.

There are many new otaku in the world, and funny thing is that they do not know much about a few anime, as they tend to watch their favorite one.

Me?

Of course I do watch my favorites too, but I do watch most other to see their story, plot and art.

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(Many of my favourite Nendoroid and figurines are sold out… (TAT ||) )

While most of the figurines and model kits on display are also sold on booths nearby, many of them are pretty much sold out earlier as they are at a lower price than most store in Singapore.

The Miku Nendoroid series are pretty much cheaper and cute, which is why they sold out fast.

And they do have the sold out sign to indicate that.

Those ‘Sold Out’ can be seen in most booths like Volks, Good Smile, and even Culture Japan; well at least you get to know which items was the fast selling one.

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(Displaying of information of arts are pretty common signage too; like who did the art, the size of the art and where to purchase them)

Which is why first day of AFA, many tend to always be in a rush for people to buy stuffs as soon as they possibly can.

Also another thing to note is that most of the stuffs are mostly pre-order at AFA, but those aren’t really exclusive item; just that you get to see what or how the item will be like when you going purchase it.

The information on the sign is clearly stated on the side of the art, so interested fans will get to know where to purchase them; a pretty nice way of advertising while displaying those nice arts.

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(The information on the board are detailed and easy to read; but I wonder how many take their time to read them…)

When it comes to information, as I mentioned not many Otakus are aware of anime series or sequel.

Take Gundam for example; there are many different series and sequel, and while many would like the newer version, they might not be sure about the origin.

So those information on the board are pretty important to tell the fans and new Otakus about the series they.

Plus even if they are new to the new series, they can learn about them and possibly like it too.

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(There was a moment of taking a photo with Domo, and the funny thing was that I wasn’t sure how long the session was – 11 am to not sure when)

That including letting people knowing what event is happening at the booths too.

A few sign boards of information do help a lot for me during the walking session, like when I can take a photo with Domo, or when is the autograph of a few artistes.

But frankly speaking, many people tend not to take much notice of those lovely sign other than walking pass, or just stare at them for a while and forget about them the next moment.

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(Ok… maybe a Signage need some Signing of Autograph by Artistes here…)

But that doesn’t mean that there is no one taking photo of them.

A few signage that were taken photo of are probably a few nice display of Artiste or Anime with information on them; which tend to be more like posters.

I’m sure many people would like to tear those lovely pictures and bring it back home; that would be very priceless.

Problem would be where they will be displaying them at home; even I don’t have much spare at my hiding spot myself.

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(Many might like the AFA display showing at Suntec City big screen, but do you know that is known as Digital Signage?)

But what I might try to display a few would be a Ditial Signage, like using my phone or even the monitor screen.

Problem about using them is electricity bills will go up high, but when showing nice animation or photos, why not?

The only notable digital signage is the one that AFA is advertising at the Suntec City big screen – well, that is a lot of screen to be such a big Signage Screen.. (OAO !!!)

AFA SG 2014 Signage 17
(Knowing where is the Exit do help, but I need to know where is the entrance…)

If there aren’t any signage at the events, it would easy to get lost, or not knowing what are the in and out at the event; just prove that they are very common, and very useful.

There are just so many different Signs to look out at AFA SG 2014; I wondered what kind of signage I will get to see this year 2015 though..

Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014 Day 1/2/3 – Food and Beverage

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(There are so many various of Nissin Cup Noodles, I only prefer the creamy chicken)

Having eaten many tasty foods in Japan, I still remember the moment of tasty food at AFA SG 2014 where I eaten 3 days straight of cup noodles…

Please don’t take that as a pity where I can only managed to eat cup noodles, but it turned out that Nissin was having a booth with their lovely mascot going around to advertise too.

I still remember the funny and amazing moment when I was looking at their soccer advertise video when one Samurai showing many people off his skills and until the end did it show it was advertising for Nissin when there no sight of any cup noodles…

AFA SG 2014 F&B 1

(Not sure they’re queuing to get one cup each, or just watching the interesting video of a samurai showing off his football skills)

This time they show (repeatedly non-stop) a short video about the same Samurai taking on football skills showdown with 3 Ninja.

Well.. I can only mentioned that many was so awe with their skills that there are time when I noticed many people take their time to watch the video, and making me wonder if they are queuing up to get a cup noodles themselves or just simply watching the interesting video.

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I personally prefer Mr. Nissin Mascot standing guard at their booth with his dangerous (and did I mentioned big?) fork and ensuring the queuing order.

The funny thing I noticed (by chance when I went pass the back of the Nissin booth) was that due to the demand of the Nissin cup noodles, the staffs are wasting no time to boil as much water as possible.

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(Hmm… so 3 packet of cup noodles got discount ar?)

Well, considering the it SGD 2 for one cup, the least was that it’s cheaper than any meal, plus many people doesn’t want to get out of the hall just to find food (and maybe at higher price)

That is also my reason as to why I ate 3 days straight of Nissin cup noodles, and thanks to that, I forced myself to eat other stuffs other than noodles since I got addicted to it easily.

But is Nissin the only food that selling at AFA SG 2014?

Nope, it’s just that not many want to waste more money on food since they can use their money to grab hold of other nice anime merchandises.

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(Seriously.. I was really shocked and amazed that the arrow was pointing to the sign when I took this photo)

As previously AFA have introduce their new mascot character, Seika, they also have a nice booth named after her; Seika Cafe.

Selling some tasty (and very small serving of) foods, there are of course many who prefer the cheaper Nissin cup noodles, but that doesn’t mean there are no one purchasing those expensive food.

Ok, ok..

SGD 8 for one curry rice that doesn’t fill my stomach is bit of crazy, which I can just buy 4 Nissin cup noodles at the same price.

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(Ya… I know they’re expensive… but they do look very appetizing)

For those who don’t like to eat instant noodles, they can go to the food courts or restaurants at Suntec City to eat.

But despite the price, there are few who purchase those tasty foods to try out or just simply to eat.

I got no idea how tasty they are, since I prefer to spend my money on getting other stuffs, but they do kind of look nice and tasty.

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My honest opinion would be just buy one cheap up-sized Mchicken meal at the nearby McDonald if possible, at the very least that is fulfilling.

Or I can just bring along a Bento ~!

As for drink, I did notice there is also a small booth selling very expensive and precious mineral water.

So far I bring my own water bottle to AFA SG 2014 for all days, and when I run out of water, just head down to the supermarket ‘Giant’ and get one cheap and big bottle of Pokka green tea for the nearly same price.

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(Water are very precious… so they are very expensive…)

Well, if you’re too thirsty to move and so happen to be the mineral water booth, just sacrifice that money and drink that precious water then just suffering the thirst…

That’s the reason why I mentioned that mineral water are expensive and yet very precious; at least you may (or not) remember to try bring or buy your own next time.

Food and Beverage is our daily necessity where we would normally eat 1-3 meals daily. And good thing is that they did have a corner where food and drink are selling and serve; at the very least many people at AFA SG 2014 are sitting down and enjoying their tasty meals.

AFA 2014 Interview – Kitamura Eri (KITAERI)

Its being a long time, since I made a post here. Unfortunately, I did not have time to post my monthly releases for music this month as I went on an overseas trip to Japan. I will start posting the February releases soon, before the start of Feb. ^_^”

For now, as you guys probably heard or something, we had acquired a media pass for AFA 2014. Due to my working schedules, I can hardly find time to write for the interviews that we had done in AFA 2014 with fellow media friends. Well, I personally went through the whole interview recording, and translate it from scratch as well, so it took some more time needed. Haha.

Well, this is one of the interview that I was suppose to post last week, but took some time to tie up the backend part.

I will thus work on going through the rest of the interviews that I have on my hands, namely LiSA, Aoi Eir, GARNiDELiA and fripSide. Hope to finish them soon!

So hereby, I shall present you the interview with Kitamura Eri-san! K.I.T.A.E.R.I. yay!

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(NoteQuestions asked are from the media as a group, not just ReV-AMF)

Kitamura-san, is this your first time in Singapore? Have you gotten used to it?

KitaEri: This is the first time that I came to Singapore. After arriving in Singapore, I was constantly involved in stage rehearsals, and thus brings about a tight schedule.

Therefore I could not do much sightseeing. I still do not quite know about Singapore’s ambience. Speaking of whether I am used to it, I would say no, but I have gotten a first feel of things.

Kitamuura-san, You say you are a huge fan of anime. Which are your favourite series?

KitaEri: I really like a lot of anime, and thus I can’t choose. It is quite hard for me to rank them. In terms of genres, I like fantasy, horror, even violence. For anime, I would look at the genre, the characters and the stories.

As my preference for them does change, it would thus be hard for me to rank them. In short, I like different types of anime.

Of all the characters that you had done voice acting for, which do you think represents yourself the most?

KitaEri: For appearance-wise…, none at all. The characters that I had voiced are mostly cute, beautiful or cool. As I am acting to be like them, it would be difficult to gauge, thus I can’t choose.

Eri Kitamura Profile photo

(Profile Photo from Star Child site)

You are both a seiyuu and an artiste (singer), which profession do you like more?

KitaEri: I can’t choose either of them, as I like both of them. As a seiyuu, I can act in a character that differs from mine and I can enjoy the story of the anime.

As an artiste, I can do and challenge the things I like, such as performing and singing, and that is fun to me. The enjoyment for both professions is different and that is why I am unable to choose which one I like more.

Why do you want to be a seiyuu or singer?

KitaEri: Ever since when I was a child, I like anime, games and manga. My mom likes the profession of a seiyuu. When I was young, I already knew quite well about this profession.

And thus, I’m keen to join the industry in which captivated me with the anime, games and manga that I like when I was young, and being able to do creative things in this line.

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(Anime – Knights of Sidonia)

When watching Knights of Sidonia, what is the thing you like best about it, and what leaves you with the deepest impression.

KitaEri: There are a lot of parts. In general, I quite like robots and sci-fi animation. In this series, the activation scenes and the scene in which the hero launches in the Tsugumori, are done in a stunningly beautiful manner and looks really cool.

I also performed the ending theme, titled Show , for this anime. I wrote the lyrics and made the song, based on my imagination of this anime. Also the scenes in Knights of Sidonia left a deep impression on me, and therefore I like it.

Kitamura-san has recently just launched her own fashion line, Ghost Chest. What are some of the challenges faced?

KitaEri: When I am performing as an artiste, there are situations during my live performances, where I felt like to wearing some type of costumes, in which designs are not readily available in the markets.

And that is where my dream of creating and designing out my own costumes came about. The gothic style that I like, and will thus imagine that it would be nice to be wearing it during my work or as casual.

Based on this image, I’ll design the clothes and that is what Ghost Chest is.

Ghost + Chest

Kitamura-san, you are quite good at sketches and drawings, is there any sketches that you are proud of?

KitaEri: None. Its more like a hobby and interest. There are more talented people around, such as the mangaka-senseis that I like.

Even among the seiyuus, there are many who drew better illustrations than me.

It stimulates me in the way I think my drawings aren’t quite there yet. I don’t think I have any drawings or sketches that are well drawn.

As a seiyuu, you had voiced both male and female characters. Is there any difference in voicing them?

KitaEri: It’s hard to explain. When I’m acting out the roles of both male and female characters, even when voicing out the same line, the loudness, the pitch and other aspects are different.

During my visits to the family restaurants and cafes, I will do human observations. Like “Ah, so that’s how males shout, gets angry, etc.”, “Oh, that’s how girls laugh”.

From there, I will think of how the difference between both genders, and incorporate into my voice acting.

Kitamura-san, do you have any favourite actor or seiyuu?

KitaEri: Though I can’t choose.. (Media: Again?) Yes, again. ~Laughters in the room~. I can’t decide on who ranks first, as voices differs between everyone. It’s the same as acting.

For example, in the series, Cross Ange, in which I’m working with Mizuki Nana-san, I think that her voice is incredibly powerful. Even with a similar powerful voice, male seiyuus, will exhibit a different tone and coolness.

There’s quite a lot of seiyuus, which I hope I can learn from and incorporate their techniques into my voice acting, and thus I could not choose. (in regards to the question)

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(AnimeCross Ange | Nana Mizuki voiced for Ange while Eri Kitamura voiced for Salia)

How do you usually prepare for your concerts?

KitaEri: In all, I will first listen to my songs numerous times. I’ll use the mirror in my house and do a mock rehearsal. I’ll also imagine meeting everyone, speaking to them, holding the mike and doing the live performance.

Through imaginations… I’ll do some rehearsals… and come the actual event… I’ll forget everything! It will become something totally different from what I rehearse.

But in short, I’ll listen to my own songs in the setlist before the day of the performance.

Based on your previous answer, would you say that you are a good improviser?

KitaEri: The reactions that I had imagined during the day before my performance and the actual live performance, as expected differs greatly. 

As it is something that I can experience only at that time, I would really like to show to the crowd how I really felt then. When I want to express how I really feel, in a blink of an eye, it’s already time for the ending song. When I think about it, I’m unsure if improvisation is one of my abilities.

In comparison, I feel more that the crowd is pulling me into the mood of the performance, rather than the other way around, since I think that everyone is also quite good at improvisation too. ~laughs~

Do you have any artiste or singer that you like to collaborate with?

KitaEri: The music genres that I like are Metal and Rock. As an seiyuu, the characters that I voiced are those with cute voices, those with high keys… But when I’m singing, my key is actually quite low. It might possibly be that a male’s key is more comfortable for my singing.

Of course, I have quite a few female artistes that I like. But I do not have the confidence to sing their types of key. Therefore I have no such person that I would like to collaborate with.

Eri Kitamura @ AFA SG 2014

Since you like the Metal genre, do you have any favourite metal genre bands?

KitaEri: Though I can’t choose whose the first on my list… ~Laughs~. I do listen to several Metal genre bands with female vocals frequently. Of which I liked Nightwish, Delain and Arch Enemy.

I do listen to both major and minor artistes of the genre. Those that I listen to most frequently are an artiste named Ann-san and Within Temptation. For the rest…. it’s top secret.

Kitamura-san, What are your thoughts on Singapore?

KitaEri: For Singapore, what I’m most interested to know would be, ‘Among the works that I have done, which character from which work that is most popular here.’

As this is the first time I’m in Singapore to meet with fans of I Love Anisong, and thought ‘What if I can meet with those who knew KitaEri’. As it is before my live performance, I’m quite interested to find out how do they feel about me. This is what makes me curious the most this time.

I’m thinking it would be really good if I can get people to be interested about. ~laughs~

Is there any advise you want to give to people who wants to be an actor and seiyuu?

KitaEri: I would also like some!~ ~laughs~ This is quite difficult as it depends on timing, chance and opportunity. Although equipped with skills and talent, it would mostly depend on fate.

For me, I feel that I have stumbled upon a chance, and feels that it is a fateful encounter. It is quite tough to explain, so in all, please work hard and do your best!

I’ll also work hard not to disappear. ~Laughters~

-End of Interview-