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SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2013

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Sydney's leading Japanese popular culture convention
SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is returning again in 2013, set to take place at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour on August 10.

Now in its seventh year, Sydney's leading Japanese popular culture convention is gearing up for its biggest year yet, promising another packed day of cosplay, workshops, games and guest panels.

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show
Credit: Kris Ezergailis

SMASH! is delighted to announce Haruko Momoi as the first confirmed guest for SMASH! 2013. Ms Momoi is a Japanese voice-actress who has provided voices to many notable roles in Steins;Gate (Feiris Nyannyan), The Soul Taker (Komugi Nakahara), Final Fantasy: Unlimited (Ai Hayakawa) and Tales of the Abyss (Anise Tatlin). Ms Momoi is also a well-known pop idol (singer and songwriter), releasing more than ten albums in Japan and performing at over fifteen conventions across the US and Europe.

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show
Credit: Kris Ezergailis

Newly-elected SMASH! President Ray Elinon said the SMASH! team were delighted to welcome Ms Haruko Momoi as a guest at this year's convention. "In the past we have had special Japanese guests, from director Shinichi Watanabe to voice-actors such as Miki Shin-ichiro and Sakura Tange," Elinon said.

"SMASH! is a Japanese popular culture convention that is for everyone - not just manga and anime fans. This year we hope to bring something different to the table and Miss Momoi is the perfect guest to commence our guest list for SMASH! 2013."

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

The primary focus of this event is to allow fans to meet and interact with other like-minded people, show off their own creative talents, buy anime and manga related goods and celebrate their fandom in a social environment. SMASH! encourages all forms of anime fandom through a variety of activities such as cosplay, panels, games, and other special popular culture events.

SMASH! 2012 saw record crowds of more than 6,200 people attending the event. Amongst the crowd were avid cosplayers, manga and anime fans, and special Japanese voice-acting guests such as Yuko Miyamura (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Miki Shin-ichiro (Bleach, Initial D, Gundam 00) and Sakura Tange (Cardcaptor Sakura).

More information about SMASH! 2013 will be published over the next few months as the convention draws closer. For further details about this great event visit the website.
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Why? Explore the world of manga and anime
When: August 10, 2013
Where: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
Cost: Ticket prices not available at time of writing
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