Hello everyone, this is Signum here and today I hope I’m not that late in reporting in for one of the most anticipated event of the year, AFA ID 2012. As most of you know (you SHOULD know), AFA stands for Anime Festival Asia and it was held for the first time ever in Indonesia (my home country) this year. I was excited, as much as the otaku next to me to know that our country will finally be the home of one of the biggest Japanese culture event of the year.
AFA consists of various Japanese Cultures, for example we have lots of Anisong Singer and Band like Bless 4 and Stereopony, famous cosplayers like KANAME and Akatsuki Tsubasa, Culture Japan’s Danny Choo is always there and last but not least, we have GSC’s booth (with Aki Takanori, the president himself on the site!), where our money gathered and our souls went.
This blog will be talking mainly about the AFA ID itself, as I
forgotdidn’t take that much photos from our own booth. Yeah, sue me. No worries though that area will be covered by Bakanki and J-Strife. It will be about the event itself in general so don’t expect much of our own booth in this writing but please, I hope you’ll enjoy this blog as usual.
Anki’s Report@figure.fm: http://www.figure.fm/post/en/42703/Figmania+Booth+on+AFA+ID+2012.html
The queue for the ticket, clearly that I am glad that I don’t have to buy one since I own the exhibitor pass.
I should have fun, I did have MY fun but I dont think many will share the same opinion as myself. The event was held on Jakarta International EXPO, it’s one of the biggest venue in Jakarta, BUT why they had to put the event itself on only 2 halls surprised me, and the halls weren’t the biggest in the complex itself. From the information that I’ve received, it’s only a quarter of the size of AFA SG’s venue which is stunning remembering Jakarta and Singapore is roughly the same. I blame the Event Organizer for this mishap since they probably underestimated the amount of Japanese Culture fans at Indonesia.
I have my own complaints about the stands, some are completely irrelevant to the AFA’s spirit like Gatsby and Indosat (local multimedia service provider) and it’s on par or bigger than some of the best stands like GSC’s and Culture Japan’s. Then again, they’re the sponsors and without their help I don’t think this event would happen. Bandai also didn’t make it to Jakarta and taken over by the local stores instead. The floor also isn’t finished well, there’re no sufficient carpet to cover the whole venue. The list goes on but I have to probably forgive them remembering that this is the first event held by a new Event Organizer.
But let’s stop the grieving now (I hope) and move on to the event itself. I’ve waited for this for a long time now, but what I’ve anticipated the most is the GSC and Culture Japan’s booth, they will have lots of coverage compared to the other booths.
This is the map for the event, Figmania located on the left hand side of the map, across Bandai’s booth. We have quite huge space in front of us and it’s a fortune to us since we need the space to breathe and live. Our space is a little but cozy 3×3 meter booth with 6 chairs and 3 tables (Thanks to Mr. Randy
ChooAldjurnawan for most of them) and lots of Acrylic boxes by J-Strife and Divinelight, Mr Wikan Prabowo (C-mon) also helped with his astonishing display of Touhou Figma and… Bathroom display. I also have to thanked everyone who helped in this event, without you guys, this isn’t possible!
This is how our booth look, taken on day 1 when the banners are all complete. We do encounter a little bit of problem when the banners aren’t done on time by the printing service, but in the end we manage to display all the banners in the morning just before the grand opening. We have 3 X-Banners and A large horizontal banner, all of the banners consist of probably our favorite figmas, the pictures from previous exhibition and photo contest. Again, I have to apologize for the lack of our own booth photos since I don’t have that much time with all my friends around, well, you catch the drift :).
Let’s get to the main event which is GSC and CJ booth, let’s start with GSC. GSC had a nice nifty booth, not too small but even when it’s not the biggest, it’s still the most enticing booth for me from the various booth to choose from. They had previews of the upcoming Racing Miku 2012 and Miku Dayo from nendoroid line. They also brought in with them a full set of vocaloid nendoroid on yen price, which is good since the shipping is what makes me want to kill myself.
There’re lots of figures from GSC booth, both new and old figures. Some old figures like Vocaloid nendoroids and some new figures like the prototype of Racing Miku 2012 as stated before and Miku Kimono Nendoroid! They also opened a pre-order request which they will send the goodies right in front of your doorstep later on. Wipe your drool man 🙂 Although most of it are dominated by Nendos and not figma, but boy have I ever this glad attending an event before? Nope.
There’re no limited item sold specially for AFA ID 2012, but as you can see, there’s a sale of the unreleased Vocaloid strap. It scheduled to release in about a month from now on but you can get them on the event.
Let’s move on to CJ booth, it’s quite cramped, I’d must say. The space is probably too small to handle since it’s always loaded with people at rush hour (So as our booth 😀). It has few previews of new Mirai Millenium characters and lots of moekana cards. There’s also the famous Mirai itasha that the pictures have been shared a lot lately.
Few custom Mirais are there, actually they’re not really custom, just a plain head swap. But I dig the Makise one a lot, she looks pretty on seifuku. Mirai Dollfie and Danny Choo Trooper was also there.
The following photos are the photos from the booths that I’ve shot, I’m sorry that they aren’t much of coverage since I don’t really have this luxury called time (and space):
There’s a time when we were preparing the stand a day before the event held, Aki Takanori, the boss of GSC come visit us at the stand. He was (probably) impressed with our presentation. He even take few pictures with us and introduce us with his staffs before he left.
After Aki Shachou we also manage to get our photos taken with Danny Choo. It’s my first time meeting him in person and he’s even kinder in person than what I was looking at in the internet. It was a pleasure meeting with you, but it’s a pity that I can’t talk much since the crowd is overwhelming.
Then before we packed our booth, Go Suzuki-San from Good Smile Sales Dept, you might want to take a guess why he’s there 😀
Oh, Hard Gay also comes and take a shot with us, surely he isn’t Razor Ramon the real HG but I’d say he manage to impersonate the said superstar until 90 percent-ish.
After all the failures and mishap that this AFA has done, I still think it’s a pretty good event considering it’s the first time they held it here. Even when there’re some people that didn’t agree with me. The venue size and massive crowd has always been the main problems. I didn’t foresee this human flood coming so I didn’t prepare anything like extra fan electric fan. Food and drink was also a problem when you have no convenient store nearby but luckily we found a convenient store conveniently located about 200ish meter from the entrance. Oh and we found Yoshinoya near there too, I am glad I can chow down on these!
I think that’s all for the report, I hope you enjoyed your read and please support AFA ID 2013. We still have some more members that are afraid or too shy to get to know us personally, please, we’re not scary, we love ponies and rainbows too! We will wait for your visit, so until then, See ya! 😀