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Play games, Japanese fashions, Anime, Manga, & Cosplay
This is going to be a huge event with heaps to do for many varied interests. This is the 5th year this event has been staged. The Animaga team will bring world-class anime and manga, games, Japanese fashion and pop culture together through a range of interactive events.
It will be held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, 2018, from 10 am to 6 pm. The venue is the Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton.
- Cosplay Competition 2018
Animaga's Cosplay Competition is now open for registration. In this event, you dress up as your favourite pop culture character and compete with your peers!
- Maid Cafe "Okaerinasaimase Goshujin-sama, Ojou-sama, Hime-sama"! The maids and butlers of the cafe are here to serve you. You are the masters, ladies and princesses of the house. The Animaga Maid Cafe will be returning again this year! You can enjoy the long-standing Animaga tradition, coming all the way from the traditional Maid Cafes of Akihabara, Japan.
Animaga Maid Cafe wants each customer to be comfortable in this environment. You can relax over a cuppa, be served by charming maids and butlers, enjoy a kawaii dance performance or play a game or two and be entertained by your loyal staff. You can take a break from the excitement of the Animaga Convention and relax at the Animaga Maid Cafe.
- Do's and Don'ts While you are in the Maid Cafe there are some rules you need to follow:
Touching maids and butlers is strictly forbidden
No photos or videos to be taken in the cafe
A $5 entry fee applies per person
There is a time limit of 45 minutes per session
The Animaga code of conduct will apply to the Animaga Maid Cafe. Harassment will not be tolerated
- Animaga Arcade The Animaga Arcade, previously known as the Animaga Video Games Area, returns. This year, it is bigger and better than ever! There will be the usual console lineup, as well as high-spec computers available. You will be able to play a variety of games on these. The familiar console fighting games will also be available for everyone, so you can fight it out on the battlefield!
CS:GO is arguably Australia's most popular esports with over 300,000 active players per week. The iconic IEM Sydney event is held annually in front of an 8,000 plus audience!
League of Legends - Team 5 vs 5 This is one of the best-known games in the world, with over 100 million active players! In this region, there are the Oceanic Professional League with teams such as the Essendon Bombers, and the Adelaide Football Crows competing.
There will be heats before this event and to find out all about these and more, go to this link.
- Gunpla Competition
The rules for this competition are here.
Your model will be judged out of 9 points. There will be three categories: how well you built it; how well you painted it; and how creative your work is.
ITASHA literally means a "painful car"! it is a Japanese term for an otaku fad of individuals decorating the bodies of their cars with fictional characters of anime, manga, or video games.
The reasoning behind the name is that it would be very embarrassing to drive around in a car like this. However, Itasha drivers in Japan and indeed, all over the world, are not embarrassed to share their passion.
- Arts and Crafts
There will be a Drawing Area, where you can have plenty of fun with DIY activities. All the materials will be provided and workshops are completely free of charge. There will be volunteers there to help you and you get to take your masterpieces home!
The Exhibit Area will have a large selection of anime, comics and gaming (ACG) related goods! You will see thousands of unique items including anime DVDs, manga, figures and models, cosplay goods, games and more! If you're looking for the most exclusive and latest goods, the Exhibit Area is the place for it.
A few of the guests appearing at this show are:
Megumi Ogata, Japanese Actress - she is a talented voice actor and singer. She has starred in films such as Neon Genesis Evangelion; Yu-Gi-Oh!; Danganronpa series; Sailor Moon; Cardcaptor Sakura series and many more!
Yuki Kaneko, Japanese Actress - she is known for her roles in A Silent Voice: The Movie, THE iDOLM@STER; Cinderella Girls series; Tamako Market and more.
Mayu, Japanese Cosplayer - she is best known for her unworldly cosplays as Sengoku BASARA's Date Masamune; Touken Ranbu's Kousetsu Samonji; Ookurikara, Fate/Grand Order's Arjuna, and more! She will be showcasing her cosplay talents to the Melbourne audience.