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You may have noticed that we did not update much anymore on this site. This is because we are moving to a new url, and was doing a test run on the new url instead.

We felt that the new URL will help reflect Anime Shrine better. If you’re looking for AFA 2014 coverage, as well as anime news in general, do visit our new site at Anime.Shrine.Moe

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Comic Fiesta 2013, Bigger and Much More Mature


The 2013 edition of Comic Fiesta came and went, and certainly it did not dissapoint, at least in the eyes of Japanese Culture fans in Malaysia. This two day celebration of Manga, Anime and Cosplay is certainly the largest ever, with over 40 thousand fans in attendance. It’s a nice bump from the 25 thousand visitors last year and firmly stamped Comic Fiesta as THE premiere ACG event in Malaysia. (more…)

[AFA2013] 15 Minutes with Gen Urobuchi


Popular novelist and screenwriter Gen Urobuchi, who has written dozens of visual novels for Nitroplus, as well as writing spin-off novels for various popular titles from other publishers such as Shogakukan and Type-Moon. Recently, he has also served as screenwriter for original TV anime such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho Pass.

Anime Shrine had the great pleasure of interviewing Mr. Urobuchi during his guest appearance at AFA2013 under the Psycho Pass special feature and he was kind enough to entertain some questions we had for him.


[AFA2013] Shingeki no Kyojin – Q&A with Mikasa’s voice actress Ishikawa Yui


One of the featured anime of Anime Festival Asia 2013 that was recently held in Singapore was Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). One of the special guests was Ishikawa Yui, the voice actress behind Mikasa Ackerman. Anime Shrine had the unique opportunity to attend an exclusive press-only Q&A session with her.


[AFA2013] Shingeki no Kyojin – Q&A with the Production Team


As part of the Shingeki no Kyojin special feature, AFA 2013 also hosted the key individuals behind the production of the Shingeki TV anime. We get down and dirty with the President of WIT Studio (a subsidiary of Production I.G.) George Wada, Araki Tetsuro (Director), Asano Kyoji (Character Designer), and Nakatake Tetsuya (Animation Producer). The gentlemen were kind enough to entertain all sorts of interesting questions from us.

Team Shingeki (from the left): Wada, Araki, Asano, and Nakatake

1. When you were first assigned to direct Shingeki, were you expecting it to be a massive hit?
Director: The original manga by Isayama Hajime was already a big hit then, we did expect a large amount of viewers, but we didn’t expect the number of sales for DVD and Blu-Ray to be so high, so it caught us by surprise. It makes us happy.


[AFA2013] Sword Art Online Q&A with Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada and Director Tomohiko Ito


Anime Shrine had a chance to interview the men behind the popular anime Sword Art Online. Present at AFA 2013 as special guests were producer Shinichiro Kashiwada and director Tomohiko Ito. They answered some very interesting questions about SAO while they were there.

Team Sword Art Online: Kashiwada-san (Producer) and Tomohiko-san (Director)

1. With the popularity of SAO, are there any plans for a movie and/or second season?
Director: Producer-san, please answer this!

Producer: We’re still deciding whether or not to go with it. We weren’t even sure if it’s THAT successful but if overall sales looks good, then yes, we might consider it. But don’t take my word for it!
Director: Wow, that’s very optimistic.


[AFA 2013] Daisuki to Provide Free and Legal Anime Streaming to Anime Fans Worldwide.


During AFA, we had the pleasure of speaking to Daisuki Inc., represented by the Director of Public Relations, Ms. Eri Maruyama. Daisuki Inc. was participating in AFA 2013 to promote an interesting new way for anime fans outside Japan to watch anime.

Daisuki Inc. PR Director, Ms. Maruyama Eri

Daisuki is an anime streaming website based in Japan. It features anime content in the original Japanese audio paired with subtitles mostly in English, but some titles have subs offered in various other languages such as Chinese, German, and French. Its shareholders include publishing companies such as Aniplex, as well as various anime studios such as Toei and Sunrise. These companies joined hands and together they founded Daisuki.

This means that unlike other anime streaming websites, Daisuki offered legal anime streaming to fans outside Japan, for free. Anime streaming has been around for a long time outside Japan, mostly based in America and Europe, but many of them stream unlicensed anime content, making them susceptible to copyright violations.

“The Japanese companies recently noticed that anime is very popular overseas. Piracy has been going on for years and years. Fans just purely want to watch anime, immediately. So they have been watching fansubs – who have been doing a lot of good work and contributed a lot to that popularity. Problem is, it’s also illegal and doesn’t directly contribute any revenue to the industry,” says Maruyama.


Anime Festival Asia 2013 – 85,000 visitors, The Biggest So Far!


We were in Singapore recently to attend Anime Festival Asia (AFA), one of the biggest anime events of 2013!

AFA is the brainchild of Singapore-based events company Sozo Pte. Ltd., and its journey began way back in 2008. In the five years of its growth, AFA, along with its other supporting projects including AFA Channel, J-Live, I ? Anisong as well its Maid and Butlet cafes, have been steadily growing in size and expanding its reach across the Southeast Asian region.

AFA 2013, recently held in Suntec Convention Centre, attracted over 85,000 visitors throughout its 3-day run. The event was spread across two halls – a convention hall, which housed all the exhibits, vendors and sponsors and the stage hall, where all the guest appearances, cosplay competitions and the concerts take place.



Culture Japan Convention 2013: Over 7k Visitors!

TOKYO (August 27th 2013) – Danny Choo, Producer of the worldwide TV series “Culture Japan,” announced that Culture Japan’s first ever conference “Culture Japan Con” (CJC) was attended by 6000 unique attendees and a turnstile attendance of 7500.

Culture Japan Con took place on the island of Penang in Malaysia on August 17th – 18th and was jointly organized together with Penang Global Tourism.


Culture Japan Con: Interview with Asakawa Yuu


GEORGETOWN, PENANG – We met with japanese voice actress Asakawa Yuu recently at Danny Choo’s Culture Japan Con that was held at Straits Quay Convention Centre here. She attended the event as one of the guests of honor and we were lucky to spend some time to chat with her.

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