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Japan Walking Session 2014 – Odaiba (Gundam)

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When one go on a walking session over at Japan, one need to head over to Odaiba for a few reason despite the expensive train ticket in order to enter there.

Ya.. it cause around 500 yen and above, but hey, I had to go there twice for a few reason myself; Tokyo Big Sight for Comiket and Diver City for Tokyo Gundam Front.

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One of the entrance is though the famous Rainbow Bridge, and the monorail was pretty nice to sit on.

I mean; ‘Come On!’ Singapore trains transport sit are hard plastic but Japan’s is soft cushion seats?!

Not only did I enjoy the scenery during the ride, while standing up to take a few nice photos on train like a frantic tourist should.

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But it been so long since the last time I was here on 2008 August.

This time I going on a free time, so I can get to enjoy walking around, taking a few nice photos, plus watching the nice show at Diver City; The big Gundam Winter show… I will show them at the near end of this post.

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Ya.. many who know this building will know where I am…

While the front is the famous Aqua City, the back is the Diver City; both shopping center are pretty near to each other, and easily reached by foot.

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But as a frantic tourists, since the Gundam show is at around 5 – 6pm, of course I need to take a few nice photo shots of the place.

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She is in bad mood today… (Her face is very … dark…)

I will show much of the Aqua City at a later posts, but the important is about Gundam, right?

I did promised previously about them.

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At level 7 of Diver City, there is a Tokyo Gundam Front which is very hard to miss.

Why?

Well… firstly there is a gigantic picture of a Gundam, and it pretty easy to get to there.

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There are just to many pretty, cute, cool, expensive, cheap… blah blah blah and etc… Gundam on display from the entrance all the way to it interior.

Well, I’m not gonna going to talk much or even comment too much about those photo.. I mean .. there about a hundred plus photos here.

So just take the peek into them while scrolling down, just hope your computer not lagging on the loading of the photos. (=w= ||)

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(So many different Gundam on display.. I wish this was my room…)

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(Ok.. too many varieties….)

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(Photos is very very ok here, so many people can snap a few nice photos of them as a whole or individual as they like..)

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(Wait… are they shiny or real gold?!?)

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If you really like those nice Gundam, you may find them at their stores at the back, but do take note… the display is a “sample” and not for sale; so when you build your own Gunpla, it might not look the same as the “sample”

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There are a few exclusive Gunpla which you may only grab them here.

So it a good time to grab a few of your favorite here, plus a few of the Gunpla are actually cheaper than the one I find mostly in Singapore.

Problem would be how to bring them back to Singapore due to the box size though… (=x= |||)

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(A difference of Gundam Scale and Grade)

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(I don’t care if it’s a SKE 48 version or what, but it look so pretty in my Sparkly Eyes…)

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(They sure got a lot of different Gundam that are “Coming Soon” to the shelf..)

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(There is also a display of Gunpla done by different country Gunpla lovers.. I mean competitor.. Well.. I show 2 from Singapore.)

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I really like most of the display set which not only did they did a good job on their Gunpla, but a great job on the environment for the Gunpla to display in.

Really give a good feel to the Gunpla.

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A few Gunpla do not have their place.. but the detail on the Gunpla are not to be overlook, and their poses are pretty cool too.

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By far this is my favorite one, in which showing one Gunpla building snowman with a child.

I wonder what will it be to be playing snowball with a Gundam / Mobile suit… the first thing I would like to see is the size of their snowball… (=x= |||)

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(I like the underwater feel of this display..)

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(It’s like time frozen for this display.. I wonder what will the destruction will be like when the time start..)

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(Time really frozen here again…)

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(Wow.. Just wow… it really seem this mobile suit was just recovered from the sea recently..)

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(Destruction of building, ruins are a common sight in the Gundam world, but to build them for Gunpla.. is another thing..)

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(I think someone just move the Gundam to it left… or that it really move on it …)

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There are many nice clothes, bag and stuffs to grab with clean hands at the shops here over at Gundam Front.

Well the prices can be as high as a 8000 yen for one item, but there are cheaper alternative.

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(I pretty tempt to buy this game to play myself..)

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(Due to it limited Gunpla… but wasn’t able to get it..)

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(Hey.. it a Gunpla Hanger!! Those Spare part on the hanger? Ya.. You can really build one Gunpla out of them…)

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(The most cheapest alternative? .. .. Capsule!!!)

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(Ya.. if only you going to get one only… but there are collectors too…)

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There were more and more different Gunpla on display as you get near to the Gunpla shop.

Personally even I was to grab a lot of them myself.

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(Sold Out… (TwT||) )

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(You can leave your mark here…)

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(But of course that sitting on that and mark that kind of mark..)

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(My Sparkly Eyes can’t seem to switch off for unknown reason..)

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(And they sell tasty yummy Gundam Snack here…)

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(The master with his signature sunglass showing steps to build a Gunpla)

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(So many different Gundam… Even I’m tempted to grab them… but most of them are sold out..)

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As it near to sunset at around 4pm, of course it about time to head down to take a few nice photos of the big Gundam first before it turn dark.

Another reason was that I wanted to take a bite first at the ‘food court’ near that place.

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(The real size scale Gundam is simply too gigantic..)

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(There wasn’t even a big robot in sight back when I first visit in 2008..)

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There is a Gundam Cafe and a small Gunpla shop behind the big Gundam, so you can still enjoy some tasty meal while looking out at the back of the Gundam.

Or get some Gunpla or stuffs to keep.

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(It really seem ready to take down the bad guys who dare to threaten the safety of Tokyo..)

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(Since I visited this place during winter season, how am I going to miss it night Winter Light Up show?)

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(A moment of the nice scenery again that surround the big Gundam)

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(By far one of my favorite photos taken during Japan Walking Session)

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I find it really interesting that when the light on the Gundam turned off, Diver City also switch off most of the display light to make the Gundam Winter Light Up a nice show to watch and remember..

I had taken a few photos of them, and I did recorded them.. well.. here are the videos that you might want to watch instead of my talking..

But do forgive of the bad shaking.. It’s really was very cold and my clean hands were numb during the recording.

I recorded 2 different light up show, but I accidentally press the pause on the second show, so I got 2 different parts of the video.

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(Ok.. It’s really seem to me that it ready to launch…)

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Well, if you’re at Tokyo for some Walking session yourself, plus if you’re a fan of Gundam, best head over to Diver City at Odaiba.

Even if you don’t like them, the big Gundam is an attraction over there, so you can snap photos of yourself with the big robot to show off to your friends like what this post seem to be..

In any case, hope you enjoy the whole lot of photos I taken, and like and share this posts.

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

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Ok.. I’m sure many would like to take a peek into nice cosplayers during my walking session at AFA SG 2014, and to be honest, I did delayed it since I got a hard time choosing the best out of them.

Even I do need to use photoshop to brighten them up or they will be too dark to look into; even when I was using my D7000 Nikon DSLR Camera.

This time I will not be commenting much about them, but let take a look at those handsome and pretty cosplayers that I come across during the walking session.

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(There were many who like Idol anime characters from Love Live and other, and it seem that they are a popular choice among girls.)

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(I wonder if I can go on the same course as her…)

Of course there are a few cosplayers who cosplaying for company’s mascots. They look very lovely, and while many of them are pretty girls, there are cute mascots too.

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(Don’t be surprise to see this is a Vocaloid character called Mayu, I had went to Japan to learn about Exit Tunes and they are very popular, will be covering them in due times.)

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(Mako-chan of Toycoin is also around)

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(I wonder if she doing to sing a song too…)

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(Ok.. I had history of Depression and I don’t mind getting her number to know about Despair… She just too cute…)

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(In case you want to confirm her wig was pink… before photoshop) (>w< ||)

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(Wait a … Am I seeing double!?)

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(To be honest, I was a bit shocked as I mistook him as a statue at the Garo Booth)

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(I love a cute Mascot, and I do want to cuddle them up..)

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(But it just too shy for it.. and I need to coax it for a photo too..)

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(Hmm… I wonder what this blue raccoon mascot is..  but it’s sure is cute..)

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(Domo!! I taken a photo with it, and it just too cute not to take a photo with.)

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(Hmm… I didn’t know Nissin got their own mascot… that come with a dangerous and huge fork…)

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(Be very afraid… not because he’s the biggest titan… but his face look … weirdly scary…)

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(Even cosplayers can sing…)

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(… Or enjoying them as the audience)

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(I wonder prefer someone to cosplay as an idol and sing though..) (>w< |||)

There are many individual cosplayers who wander around at AFA SG 2014, so it isn’t hard to notice them; problem will be asking them for a photo shot..

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(I wonder if Shiroe is checking out AFA SG)

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(Please don’t cry.. it just a photo-taking..)

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(Er… I will just take a photo.. please don’t look so scary and as if you’re ready to kill…)

Well there are individual cosplayers posing for camera, many come as a group and they sure look cool together.

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(A whole group of cosplayers sure look good when they are posing together)

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(Hmm… I wonder if they’re blocking the pathway with their flag and say ‘You should not pass’ ; or they are just posing nicely)

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(This duo caught my attention; prove that cosplayers need to strong physically too in order to do many nice poses)

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(Or you can just sit on the floor and be done with it..)

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(I lovely this duo or Rin and Len pose)

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(But I wonder if someone at the back is cosplaying as Sadako Yamamura unintentionally.. or she is Sadako herself…)

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There are many pretty cosplayers at AFA SG 2014, too bad it was too crowd to take nice photos of them..

But either way, just a few more to go.

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(Hmm.. I not sure who’s this character, anyone care to enlighten me, and she look pretty too.)

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(Hmm… if only that white pillar is gone, it would be a nice photo..)

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(Too many pretty cosplayer to look at… I think I need to clean my eye again after this..)

Well.. there is the last of the photos that I’m happy to share with. There are a few more too, but my apologize as a few of them aren’t that good with reasons like too blur or I didn’t take a good shot of them.

Hopefully this year I will be taking photos of cosplayers, but till then, I will finish up many posts that I due since last Dec…

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.

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(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?”

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(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 !!!)

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(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 – Try-out / Hang-on / Experience-it (T.H.E.)

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When I mentioned about “Crowd and Queue” down at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014, most of them didn’t went to buy limited stocks of Anime products but aim to enjoy themselves with a few nice stuffs, that is showcased there.

And here, I will be talking and discussing on what most of those stuffs are,

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One of the interesting stuff to try out, is the Oculus Rift where you can experience what the Experience would feel like when you’re wearing the nerve gear equipment from Sword Art Online.

The only thing is that they are playing the same video clip in which you will encounter Asuna fighting a floor boss. In cases when you are hit by the floor boss, Asuna will then somehow be able KO that boss and come over to you after that after that.

While it is just a short video clip, you could somehow really feel how it will be to wear the nerve gear, and another good thing; at least this won’t be able to fry your brain in cases that your character dies in the video somehow.

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Another nice exhibition to try out are the training tools from Attack on Titan.

People can get to learn how the characters in Attack on Titan attend their flying training, and for the moment, their feet are floating above the ground, to simulate flight.

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There is nothing to worry since there are people to help get ready for the training and guide you along.

So far, I have been wondering how long do one need to train in order to move like how those high flyer in the Attack on Titan did.

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Well most of the booths do offer some interesting aspects, such as providing an interface to draw on, or maybe something nice to improve your art skills with.

Wacom introduced a nice tablet which also serve as a screen to draw unlike its previous normal Wacom tablet models.

Well the price isn’t inexpensive though, and the usage and experience gain during drawing of each isn’t easily replaceable.

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If you wish to go back to low tech version, there are of course paper and markers to draw on.

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… As well as a few graffiti walls which meant to be drawn on over at Nico Nico area.

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The amazing thing about those special walls…?

… 3 days later and many would have leave their marks on them… (0A0 !!)

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And it would seem that Good Smile Company isn’t losing out on drawing aspect… which they did the art… on a Nendoroid Face.

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The interesting thing is that for only SGD$1, you get a chance to have a blank Nendoroid Face drawn by you yourself, and give it a new face, and expression.

Over numerous times, I had walked past this booth to witness how each Nendoroid Face Artist are taking their time to focus on the expression for the face they would like to draw. Sure enough the crowd on the table never fail to amaze me.

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Hmm… I wonder if Good Smile Company is looking for someone to draw a few nice Face Expression for them…

I wish I could be able to attract them with mine though (=w= ||)

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A few booths of course give all the Walkers, Peekers, or Passer-bys (WPP) to ‘try it’ on their stuffs too.

An example would be the Gloczus, Inc. where they let all the WPPs to touch their phones and tablets, in order to try out the nice apps they are introducing; Hakuoki.

In the case you’re not aware of who Gloczus, Inc. are, it is a mobile application publisher in Japan.

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With the handsome male characters (ikeman) in the apps, it could be say that they are going to attract a few Fan girls to their circle.

Frankly speaking… all their characters really look very attractive… (♥ω♥*)

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Of course Sony PlayStation isn’t going to lose out on that aspect.

As previously mentioned in the sneak peek, the PlayStation is celebrating their 20th Anniversary, and thus of course they are letting many WPPs try out a few nice PS games; including the Retro classic games like old 2D street fighers.

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And they do give the WPPs to try out the new PS Vita and PS4 games like Gundam Breaker 2, Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd, BlazBlue and many more.

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Even I’m so tempt to touch those lovely controller myself,  even though I got a PS3 and PS Vita myself, my Imouto and I still discussing on getting the PS4.

Yes..

In my family, before getting something, there’s always a meeting and discussion and more debating… (actually is thinking up excuses to convince my Emperor Dad… )

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Cherry Credits isn’t going to lose out themselves as they introduce Puzzle Coin App Game for mobile users.

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There are technically more mobile users than PS Console users, and as this is a puzzle game, therefore from that alone, it would win the most vote here at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014.

The game itself is simple and fun to play and even I got tempted to try out the game myself; that is until you realize that you have to use real currency to play (=x= ||)

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What make Trading Card Game (TGC) so nostalgic to me?

Back when there no such thing as Smart Phones, and the only console game was Nintendo GameBoy, the best game trending then was known as the TCG.

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I got a total shock when Konami decided to introduce Yu-gi-oh back at the event; Yes, I was totally into Yu-gi-oh back in the days… (I’m still young, ok?)

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Well, the booth do offered WPPs to grab hold of a new cards deck, they also offered new players to learn how to play Yu-gi-oh too.

Another shocker to me was how much Yu-gi-oh had changed over the years, but at least it’s good to know that there are still yu-gi-oh TCG players around (=w= ||)

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Another TCG that is making its mark, is the Force of Will,  and it did manage to activate my Sparkly Eyes (+w+ !!)

Most probably is due to the cards design which look pretty awesome and cool too.

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The booth do offer Tables and Chairs (but no Ladder / Stairs) for players to challenge each other to a duel.

Hmm.. Maybe a few Yu-gi-oh characters from across the booth can try out this TCG too while they’re on it.

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Bushiroad have started a championship match at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014, and I was amazed at the turnout of people who participate.

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Each time I walk by the booth, I kept wondering to myself if the match was so heated up and cause the booth area to be so hot, or was it the crowds of WPPs watching the duel between each players.

Overall, this is possibly one good championship match.

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Another interesting thing to note is that by purchasing SGD$50 worth of Bushiroad Merchandise at their booth, you will be entitled a lucky chance at the Lottery Machine, or the Japan Lucky Wheel (=w= ||)

I wonder if many prefer the autograph redemption since it pretty much gone by far.

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Takara Tomy’s WIXOSS is also leaving their mark at this event since I pretty much like the Anime myself too.

But to be able to try out playing those lovely Bishoujo card in real life, sure is like a dream come true for many, since the tables there are pretty much packed.

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Collateral Damage Studios (C.D.S) is also getting their own TCG – “Pets x Love” ready too.

Compare to most, this game is fairly easy to play too, considering that it making use of the Rock-Paper-Scissor concept for the game.

The good thing of playing their TCG?

At the end of the 3 days at AFA, the top winner will get a Neko / Inu lovely Dakimakura home, and on top of that, they are Hugging-Ready. too.

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Want to experience what its like to be starring in the Anime?

Canon offered a few nice well-known Anime background for many WPPs and Cosplayers to take their lovely photos with it.

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There are many different themes available, so one can take their time to choose which background suit them, or to take one in all of them.

There’s also a free photo printing at the booths, so many can head over to them to print out their lovely photos too.

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It would seem that I almost miss out on their Canon Theatre booth where you are able to peek at a nice movie of concert, and I do pretty much want to name that my new Hiding Spot.

It’s nice, comfy and dark.. (‘∀’●)♡

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There are mascots appearing around the place, and a few which are stationed at their own booths.

And they do give many chances for WPPs to take photo with them. (So far I have taken one with him myself)

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There is even one mascot from Animax taking photo with Anime characters that are on display! Σ(ಠิωಠิ|||)

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Stage Events also give many people more chances to learn a few nice dance moves, as well as enjoying themselves. For Nico Nico area, there are occasional stage events that conduct mini live stages as well.

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And thus when their favorite Guest Artiste appeared in front of them, you can guess how many of them went wild and stretching their hands in hope of grabbing on to the Artiste.

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A few will take out their phones and camera to take a few nice shot of them for memories sake, or to tweet / share them on social media. (=w= ||)

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Need more interaction?

Well, autograph session is also a moment for fans to have handshakes with their favorite artiste as well as having them sign on their stuffs.

I wondered how many hands hasn’t been washed since Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014.

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There are also cases where you can interact, or even have a short conversation with the guests at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014.

Like what I previously tweet.. Danny choo don’t always appear at his booth area, so one would need to catch him and hold him very very VERY tightly (=w= ||)

Overall, the AFA SG 2014 events sure give its ticket a worthwhile experience, even though the price is just a bit on the pricey side compared to previous years…

Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014 Day 1/2/3 – Crowd and Queue

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Daiyaku and C.D.S also did appeared with many nice stuffs, and they did have a moment of ‘sold-out’ too.

Too bad I wasn’t able to grab hold of the cute little bird (=w= ||)

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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.

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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…

Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014 Day 0.5 – Sneak Peeking

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What is AFA SG 2014 Day 0.5?!

Previously, I had introduced a Day 0, which is also known as the day before the main event, and WHICH is also the last day to do one last minute preparation. Anime Festival Asia had it’s own Day 0.5 on Thursday, 4th December 2014, where the main stage is open and is screening something very interestingly nice.

And that is the screening of The Assorted Horizons: Theatrical Edition and a special appearance by the leader, Revo!

Yes. Yes. There is no Thursday Ticket available for purchase, as for entry wise, those who bought the Friday Stage Ticket can enjoy the main stage event using the same ticket.

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The screening is one of the reason why those who bought their tickets one day before the main event, could head over to the main stage to enjoy a nice screening of the The Assorted Horizons: Theatrical Edition.

I was in there for the earlier part of the show, in which I did enjoyed thoroughly, that is until, I was pestered over the phone for emergency issues. (TwT ||)

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Nevertheless, the screening is very entertaining as it wasn’t easy to have a chance to watch the Sound Horizon’s show in Singapore.

Well, another entertaining thing for me that I had noticed is, that there are also a few brave warriors who are cosplaying for AFA Day 0.5 too! (OAO !!)

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Well, there is another reason as to why I appeared on the Day 0.5 of AFA Singapore 2014; the Media Press Briefing / Conference.

Yes, they are introducing many interesting things that they will be releasing or showcasing at AFA Singapore 2014, like the PlayStation 4 ’20th Anniversary Edition’ and even guest appearance of my favourite singer, – ‘May’n’!!

I almost got a heart attack when she came in through the door in which I happened to stand very near to. (=o= ||)

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During the conference, there was a few highlights, such as the future planning for AFA 2015, a few partnerships and collaborations.

Which also meant that we can expect more from AFA for next year, plus they had invited a few very very important people (VVIP) down for the Media Conference like the President of Aniplex, Mr Koichiro Natsume and the Representative of Sony, Mr Hidetoshi Takigawa.

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Even the CEO of Sozo, and the one who’s leading the Anime Festival Asia, Mr Shawn Chin, showed up at the conference venue in person. (owo ||)

Before the unveiling of the ’20th Anniversary Edition’ PlayStation 4, they did and illustrated interesting and simple magic tricks to ‘transform’ the PS 1 all the way up to the PS 4. This acts signified how the Sony PlayStation Game Console evolved thoughout the years.

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There were also presentations about how Anime Festival Asia will be working in hand with Anime Japan and Bangkok Comic Con.

ReV-AMF will be covering the media conference in a separate post.

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Another interesting thing for the Anime Festival Anime Singapore 2014 is that it has undertaken an incredible upsize compared to last year! It now takes up the entire Level 4 halls of our Suntec Conventional Centre!

Of course, I did a sneak-in, into the exhibition hall to take a few peeks on how the exhibition is being set up.

Well, having a larger space for the exhibition, would also meant that there are more booths and events to cover!

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How mistaken I am, to assume that during Days 1, 2 and 3, there would be lesser ‘human traffic’, to prevent me from navigating around the area. In actual fact, it DID gave me an extremely hard time navigating my way around.

On the bright side, it had been shown that many attendees would want to enjoy their time at AFA SG 2014. Thus I’m not surprised that local Singaporeans came for the event, but even fans from other country like Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, came too.

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Another thing that I would like to mention would be, ReV-AMF will be covering most of the events which happened at the AFA 2014, in separate posts, especially a few special booths that caught the attention of my Sparkly Eyes during my walking session.

We will also cover a few nice interviews of the guests that appeared down for AFA Singapore 2014 too, though the booths at AFA exhibition area interest me just as much as well.

If I’ve given in to my temptation, I would love to grab many of those lovely items with my very clean hands.

As of the moment, please kindly wait for the posts to be ready. (>w< ||)

Volks at AFA Singapore 2014

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For the first time ever, the well-known seller of Dollfie Volks will be coming down to Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2014 to sell their lovely and beautiful Dollfie down at their own booth.

There are many different Dollfie for you to choose from, but prepared for the high prices since they aren’t cheap but the Dollfie are good to stare at.

If you’re a Dollfie Lovers, there are a few nice selections, but if you’re a first timer and wish to grab a lovely Dollfie for yourself, you may want to head over to the booth to adopt them back home.

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Volks will be bringing the following Dollfie;

  • Dollfie Dream Saber Alter 2nd Ver.
  • Dollfie Dream Saber (Fate/Extra Ver.)
  • Dollfie Dream Kos-Mos Ver.4
  • Dollfie Dream Sister M.O.M.O.
  • Dollfie Dream Miku Hatsune
  • Dollfie Dream Sakuya
  • Dollfie Dream Sakuya Mode:Crimson
  • Dollfie Dream Rise Kujikawa
  • Dollfie Dream Asuna
  • Mini Dollfie Dream Maria Ushiromiya

Those lovely Dollfie are very limited in stock, so each customers are restricted to only 1 doll type; meaning you may purchase 1 Miku and 1 Asuna Dollfie but not 2 Miku Dollfie.

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It’s only fair that it’s to give other people a chance to grab those lovely Dollfie with their clean hands.

Previously, I have talked to a Dollfie community in Singapore and was able to get some information on Dollfie and how to maintain them; basically is to treat them with care as if they’re your lovely baby.

Well, I don’t mind having one of them since they are so lovely, and I do want to grab the Miku Dollfie myself.

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If you’re not looking for Dollfie, have no worry!

Volks will also be bringing down Charagumin too.

What is Charagumin?

It’s basically Characters and Assembly; where you can get to experience of assembly the parts of a figurine together!

That mean you get to understand how a figurine is being built, as well as getting to enjoy the experience on assembling them.

Also they do have non-color version, which you can get to paint your Charagumin with the color you prefer!

It’s really that great!

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Volks will also be bringing in nice model kits, so if you’re a plane lover or wish to build Robots other than Gunpla, then Volks might have what you might be looking for.

Yes, Volks do have nice model kits and I personally like how detail they really are.

It’s wouldn’t be easy to build those model kits, but you’ll get to experience the moment of building them!

Also, I got nice insight from someone helping out with Volks that they will be bringing in a line-up of pretty figurines too.

So you can be on a look-out for them too.

With so many nice stuffs being on sale over at Volks Booth @ AFA SG 2014, don’t you feel the temptation to grab them with your clean hands?

Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014 TV Anime)

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フェイト/ステイナイトアンリミテッドブレイドワークス
Feito/sutei naito Anrimiteddo Bureido Wākusu
Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Original Series – “Fate/stay Night” by Type-Moon

Anime (Alternative Route / TV)
Directed by Takahiro Miura
Written by Kinoko Nasu
Music by Hideyuki Fukasawa
Studio – Ufotable
26 Episodes [Ongoing]

Song
1st Opening – “ideal white” by Mashiro Ayano
1st Ending – “Believe” by Kalafina

More Info
@Wikipedia | @Anime News Network

Homepage
@ufotable | @Type-Moon

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Story for Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is how Rin Tōsaka and Shiro Emiya work together closely with many odds against them, and always getting into more pinches than they asked for.

The starting is the same as the original Fate/stay Night, where Rin summons Archer as her servant and saved Shiro who was wounded by Lancer during their fight.

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Up to the part when their first fight against Illyasviel von Einzbern and Berserker, the story head into a different route known as “Unlimited Blade Works” and also the Noble Phantasm of Archer, the future version of Shiro himself, and telling of his personal goal in this Holy Grail War where he will be playing a bigger role that will affect the whole story in this route.

I had watched and followed many Fate series, and I took an instant liking to it when I peeked into the first Fate/stay Night anime, as well as the anime film version of the Unlimited Blade Works route.

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Of course I am very excited when they announced this anime series, as I have been a long time fan for Fate Series, and this time they are expanding the story of the Unlimited Blade Works route; with more actions, more conversation and more insight story as it is going to be a 26 episodes.

One notable thing was that there was an episode 0, which step into how Rin summons Archer, and during one of her investigation at her school encounter Lancer, and saving Shiro which signify the start of the Fate/stay Night story.

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Though the story having focus on Shiro, the anime also show the movements and actions of Rin, including how she investigate the death and murders done by other Masters / Servants, making her the heroine of the story route.

Both Rin and Shiro agree to team up earlier in the story before agreeing to settle among themselves due to the happening in the city, as well as to their close-by.

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The story is also how both of them seemingly powerless against the odds and even having their hopes got crush before them as they try ways to get back on bad guys.

The interesting about the 2014 version of Unlimited Blade Works is not just how the anime step into each of the story, but how they able to bring out battle actions of each servants and masters.

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I got quite the shock from the initial battle between each Servants like how the anime focuses on the parts when their weapons clash, their staring, and the impact of the damages they left behind, which show the awesomeness of each Servants, even Rin and Shiro get into the fight themselves.

The anime also expand the fighting of each Servants unlike the first Fate/stay Night or the anime film version, which I was simply stare with my jaw dropped as I continue to stare into the anime at the moment of the fight between each Servants.

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Another expansion would the conversation of each characters which show more insights and information, as well as their screening time.

I like how the anime took care of even the minor details like the Servants disappearing into the shadow, and even to the Masters’ command seals; when both Rin and Shiro use their first vague commands, instead of complete removal of one of the lines, they remain faintly to signify the usage.

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The route of Unlimited Blade Works is also quite dark due to the killing and death occurring in the city where some Servants kill innocents civillan to gain more power and to resupply their magic sources; Mana.

There is also unexpected appearance of some characters, as well as actions / decision by some Servants, which make me want to know how this anime will be showcasing the story route.

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Though the anime will be airing 26 episodes for 2 seasons, I will still look forward to each episodes of Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Ending – “Believe”

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Singers – Kalafina
Lyrics / Composer – Yuki Kajiura
Anime – Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014) (Ending)

More Info @Lyrics Nonsense

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As I have previously mentioned about the opening anime song “ideal white” for Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, the ending song “Believe” also make it mark to my list of favor song too.

The only problem that I will be facing is that there are simply too many nice Japanese anime song with the title “Believe”; one is from One Piece (sing by Folder 5), another from Gundam Seed (sing by Nami Tamaki) and last one that I know is for Tsubasa Chronicle (perform by Yuki Kajiura).

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I believe there are many other songs with the same title, yet this ending anime song “Believe” by Kalafina did earn it score and credits as Kalafina do sing the song very well in tone and harmony.

Another credits need to give would be the one whom not only come up with the nice lyrics, but compose the nice music instrumental for the song. How irony to know that the same person who one performed “Believe” for Anime series “Tsubasa Chronicle” decided to make another nice “Believe” for Anime series “Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works”.

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All I can only give is a good amount of applause for her and her nice music, which made me wonder how was she able to come up with another interesting piece of “Believe”.

As a whole, the interesting thing that got me listening very carefully to the song is how well each music instrumental and lyrics mix very well with each other, that my Listening Ears took an instant like for the song, even the starting music is also very smooth and nice to when Kalafina start singing.

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Kalafina girls sure sing very nicely for this song, since I personally like this type opera-similar-type of sing, and it really not easy to sing in tone and in harmony. And back to the ending anime, they really did mix in well with the song lyrics.

Showing the innocent young Shiro and Rin, the age when they do not know much or think for themselves, though both of them live differently. But when both of them are in high school, both have grown up and make friends as well as getting along with their own servants.

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On a personal note, I actually like how they draw out each nice background with the characters as the main focus, since it’s actually nice to listen to some nice song while looking at the pictures.

Even though the song is very short of the anime ending, however it did gotten me to like this song instantly that I need to find it full version to listen. So for now it would seem that I will need to listen more to “Believe” by Kalafina. (=w= ||)

Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Work Opening Song – “ideal white”

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Singer – Mashiro Ayano
Lyrics – megrock
Composers – Carlos K. / Toshi-F
Music Arrangement – Carlos K. (Ariola Japan)
Series – Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Work (2014 Series) (Opening)

More Info @Lyrics Nonsense

This is Mashiro Ayano’s first single album and yet she get to sing for one of my favor series of all time, Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Work.

But all I can say when I first listen to the anime opening, I was seemingly shocked; not only did she sing so well, but I actually fall in love with her voice and “ideal white” have get listed in my top favor anime song list, and I personally don’t mind listening to it non-stop myself.

Even as I give a lot of credits to Mashiro Ayano for her nice voice and singing for “ideal white”, I just have to give as much of credits to the one who come up with such nice music instrumental.

I personally like each of the beat and tone of the music, which not only bring out Mashiro Ayano singing, but ensuring each lyrics mix in well on each singing.

There are times when I got lost in thought listening to the song that I forgotten what I was suppose to do next, which got me realized how poisonous this nice music is to me that even my Listening Ears just can’t stop listen to it.

The lyrics actually also got my interests to the point that it gotten me wondering about how did megrock can think it up; not because how smooth Mashiro Ayano was able to sing it, but also how the music instrumental was able to mix in well to suit it.

Fate Stay Night can consider a dark story, due to the killing, death, and fighting, so I really like how the lyrics go, and I really find this song “ideal white” suit well for one of the series I like so much.

The opening anime also mix in very well with the lyrics and singing too, like how the singing go a bit on the dark part, the anime show about the dark side on Fate Stay Night, and I like the part about the servants fighting each other.

Really make me wonder just how powerful are they, and I will be looking forward each of the fights in the later episodes.

Well, it is also about timing for me to do some anime posts, though at the moment I would like to get in thought while listening to “ideal white”