C3 Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2018 – A Decade of Japanese Popular Culture

C3 Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2018 (#C3AFASG18) returns 30 November to 2 December 2018 at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organisers, SOZO, shared a preview of the 10-year anniversary exclusive line-up of activities, contents and guests today.

Local and overseas fans of Japanese popular culture can immerse themselves in a weekend of heart-pumping, non-stop premium content and entertainment across two levels of Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. The #C3AFASG18 festival line-up will cross both online and physical platforms, including Singapore-exclusive activities such as a celebrity red carpet event, and an online star-studded charity auction. The festival grounds will host both new activities and mainstay favourites – from anime showcases, special guests, a stellar lineup for the I Love Anisong Concerts, and the World Cosplay Summit Singapore Preliminaries.

Bringing the latest and hottest anime titles yearly, fans can look forward to a series of exclusive premieres.Organisers announced that the festival will screen the Asian premiere of the first episode of the highly-anticipated Mob Psycho 100 II, ahead of its official debut in January 2019.

The star-studded festival grounds will welcome special guests including voice actors Rika Abe and Erii Yamazaki (who voice Hresvelgr and the Materia Sisters respectively from Frame Arms Girl), Minami Tanaka (who voices Mary Saotome from Kakegurui XX), Haruka Terui (who voices Sarah from Gundam Build Divers), Atsushi Abe (who voices Toma Kamijo from A Certain Magical Index III), Ai Furihata and Shuka Saito (who voice Ruby Kurosawa and You Watanabe from Love Live! Sunshine!!), Ai Kayano (who voices Alice from Sword Art Online Alicization), Mimori Suzuko and Momoyo Koyama (who voice Hikari Kagura and Karen Aijo from Revue Starlight) and Sumire Morohoshi (who voices Emma from The Promised Neverland).

Other guests include Eri Sasaki, a rising anisong singer who wrote, created and arranged the music for the song “Fuyubiyori”, the ending theme to the popular anime, Laid-Back Camp, and nob-c, the lead character designer for The Price of Smiles – a project celebrating Tatsunoko Production’s 55th Anniversary, that will air in January 2019.

Highlights of exhibition booths include Fate Grand Order, a free-to-play role-playing game developed by the FGO Project, consisting of DELiGHTWORKS, Aniplex, and Notes, based on the immensely popular Fate franchise by TYPE-MOON. Fans can also look forward to giveaways and photo-taking opportunities with the Gudako mascot.

A myriad of exclusive merchandise including a T-shirt capsule collection from Pop Team Epic, a Hatsune Miku Nendoroid exclusive from Good Smile Company, Honkai Impact exclusives from miHoYo, and merchandise from MUSE await fans and collectors.

Organisers revealed the line-up of international celebrity cosplay guests at the festival. They include Angie (Malaysia), Baozi & Hana (China), Hakken (Malaysia), Kaname☆ (Japan), Siutao (Hong Kong) and Ying Tze (Malaysia). Also announced today was a new addition – HedY (Taiwan).
On 2 December 2018, four competing teams – Rithe & Kai, Melanie Joanne & Gearchi, Knife & Saiko, and Disco Dandy & Jesmond, will battle for the chance to represent Singapore in the Grand Finals taking place in Japan, Nagoya from 27 July to 4 Aug 2019.

Prior to #C3AFASG18 event days, VIP and General Admission I Love Anisong tickets can be purchased through the APACTix website at https://animefestival.asia/singapore18/tickets.

During event days, tickets can be bought on site at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre’s 3rd floor concourse for the “EXHIBITION ONLY” and “EXHIBITION + STAGE” tickets. Tickets for the “I LOVE ANISONG” (EXHIBITION + STAGE + CONCERT) can be purchased outside Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre’s Hall 404 on the 4th floor.

For more information on the festival, please check out www.c3afa.com/sg18 and www.facebook.com/animefestivalasia.

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