After months of waiting, Anime Festival Asia Malaysia (AFAMY) was officially confirmed yesterday. And while AFAMY might be just a satellite event of the original Anime Festival Asia in Singapore, they have lined up a lot of exciting goodies for anime fans in Malaysia and at a very affordable price! More after the jump

(L-R) Shawn Chin (Exec Director, Sozo), Abe Foong (Director, Mochiro), Gaku Shinoda (V-Pres, Dentsu), Representative from Federal Hotel and Lowyat Group


With Malaysians making up the largest regional visitor for Anime Festival Asia (with 10% of the total 80k visitors), it’s no wonder that Sozo, the mind behind AFA was keen to bring in AFA to Malaysia. And indeed, AFAMY will itself be a yardstick to see whether or not an AFA satellite evemt can succeed. And for this Sozo, with the help of Dentsu and Mochiron Sdn Bhd are keen to make this event similar, but in the same time different from what visitors usually see in AFA.

With a modest target of 40k visitors in the three day event starting on the 8th of June 2012, AFAMY will showcase Japan anisong (anime songs), famous names from the animation industry, cosplayers and also quite a lot more. They will also be able to purchase exclusive merchandises, attend movie screenings, fun filled activities, maid and butler cafes, and a whole lot more

And how much you have to pay to experience all this? For as low as RM15 a day. Not bad for an event of this scale. Mr Shawn Chin, Festival Director and also the Executive Director of Sozo has stated that if the reception for the event is good, AFAMY will be a yearly event, and it’s hard for us to see it any other way really.


Also announced at the event was the participation of the Low Yat Group as one of the sponsors for the event. Naming the famous Low Yat Plaza as Malaysia’s own Akihabara, Mr Shawn also revealed that the tickets for the event will be sold at Low Yat Plaza, meaning fans don’t have to worry about the first day online ticketing blues that usually plague tickets sales.


So what does the fans can look forward to at the event?
How about guests that includes names such as Ishikawa Mitsuhisa, the boss of Production IG. Yes folks! The studio behind titles such as GITS and Guilty Crown is coming down! And he is bringing with him some news. Also coming is renowned cosplayer Kaname. Famous around Japan and a staple at AFA, he will be judging the Regional Cosplay Competition Preliminary round here. And what’s an event is without a host? Thus we have Mr Danny Choo, famous Japanese celebrity and a local son (technically) who will be hosting the event!


For the event area, visitors can visit places such as the Good Smile Racing Team special corner! GSR, who is also in Malaysia for the Super GT 3rd round race in Sepang at the same weekend will be bringing in a lot of their stuffs there. And who knows, you might even bump into their race queens!


Still not convinced? Then you can also attend the “Anisong Genki” concert, featuring artist such as Flow, Sea☆A, Kotoko, Maon Kurosaki and Kalafina right here in Malaysia for two straight days! With a starting price of RM88, it’s sure to be selling like hot cakes. So get ready for it!

For more information about the event, you can visit the official AFAMY website, or check out our AFAMY special page section, which also includes guides on going to PWTC. We will be meeting you guys there!