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We Have Moved!

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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

Thank you

Forty Thousand and Counting

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Forty thousand people.

I think it’s safe to say that that is a pretty good estimate on number of fans of anime, comics and video games here. In fact, it’s even safe to say that Comic Fiesta is a good measuring stick for anyone interested to learn the size and scope of the anime community here in Malaysia.

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Let’s put things in perspective, just to show you what I mean. In 2002, the very first Comic Fiesta was held in the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. It had about four artist booths and approximately 500 visitors. With every iteration of CF, the crowd grew bigger thus the venues used had to grow bigger as well. Fast forward ten years later, Comic Fiesta 2013 occupied the entire ground floor of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and served a crowd of about 40,000 people.

500 and 40,000 visitors. The crowd grew about by 80 times over the past 11 years. From the statistics kindly provided to us by SAYS Youth Society (formerly known as the Comic Fiesta Organizing Committee), CF has been steadily growing at a rate of about 50% annually.

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It’s an amazing growth, for an non-profit event, powered 100% by unpaid volunteers, scavenging funds from ticket and booth sales as well as various sponsorship deals and packages. For a long time CF remained to be one of the most successful independent, home-made events, cobbled together by nothing more than a group of friends who pooled together their resources and talents.

Like many other passionate ACG fans, I was among those who has served in the CF committee for a while. It has been fun, for the most part. The rest of it is a lot of planning and meeting and ground work. Everything was done to deliver the best experience to the visitors.

A lot of the work behind-the-scenes, however, remains unseen by the fans. The year spent driving to meet clients. The long monthly meetings. The book-keeping. The tedious recruitments. The various agreements and contracts signed. The papercuts, the sleepless nights, the anxiety, the panic attacks. These and so many more, happening in places where you can’t see them.

All that work, and not a single cent goes into their pockets.

The problem is that these volunteers are often students or individuals committed to a full-time day job and CF is a part-time, passion project. Only a few individuals are privileged enough to be able to work on CF full-time. Thus comes the occasional errors, and miscommunications. Which, if you think about it, is forgivable.

Unfortunately, a lot of fans don’t see that. Many of them have a very simplistic view on how CF is run every year. There’s a common idea that resonates with the fans.

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I paid tickets for this event, so I expect it to be flawless.
Any mistakes is simply unprofesional and inexcusable.

Every year, CF is plagued with a variety problems. The biggest problems often involve crowd management. This is largely affected by the size of the hall, the floorplan and layout of the booths, positioning of the stage, and queue management.

Every year, the ticketing counters strive to run as efficiently as possible, to ensure the queue doesn’t stagnate.
Every year, the volunteers try their best to direct the crowd and manage the queue to avoid confusions.
Every year, the committees attempt to recruit as much help and provide as much training as possible to the volunteers.

Even then, the same problems keep repeating themselves, and I would like to say that it’s not entirely the committees fault. Anime Shrine learned that CF received over 300 applications for volunteers (also known as Felynes), but among the 300 applicants, only about 100 of them showed up during CF. This team of 100 young men and women were distributed over 12,000 square meters of exhibition space, to attend to the needs of about 40,000 energetic visitors.

Think about that for a moment. 40,000 visitors, and about 50 committee members, and 100 volunteers. To be able to deliver a flawless event without getting paid a single cent would be like asking for a miracle.

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Needless to say, there’s always room for Comic Fiesta to continue to improve every year. There’s a demand for better facilities, more open slots for artist booths, more interesting VIPs, etc. but every single one of those demands costs money that CF does not necessarily have at its disposal.

Being an independent, volunteer-organized event, Comic Fiesta continues to bootstrap itself and optimise its expenditures and efforts with every passing year. We wish the SAYS and the CF committee all the best and continue to be the symbol of ACG culture in Malaysia in the years to come.

Comic Fiesta 2013, Bigger and Much More Mature

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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…)

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Culture Japan Convention 2013: Over 7k Visitors!

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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.
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Culture Japan Con: Interview with Asakawa Yuu

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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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Danny Choo announces earnings and expansion of Culture Japan

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TOKYO (JUNE 26th 2013) – Danny Choo, Producer of the worldwide TV series “Culture Japan,” announced that earnings for the fiscal year 2012 for startup Culture Japan amounted to 50 million yen (half a million USD) and that most of it was generated through merchandise sales and collaborations with the Culture Japan mascot character Mirai Suenaga.

Mirai Suenaga has recently become a mascot character for the international book store Kinokuniya, the Low Cost Carrier Air Asia and the Japanese convenience store LAWSON.

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Culture Japan is expanding its business by relocating to larger offices in Tokyo this Summer and will be hiring 4 incremental full time staff.

The available positions for immediate hire are Marketing Manager, Video Producer, Events & Retail Manager and a Graphic Designer. Job descriptions for all these positions and application method are posted on the Culture Japan website.

New members will be working with Culture Japan clients in the anime industry which include Konami, Production IG, King Records, Good Smile Company, Bushiroad, Kadokawa, Ascii Media Works, Yuzu Soft, SEGA, Sony Computer Science and more.

All these positions are full time and based in Tokyo. Culture Japan will sponsor any visa requirements.
For more information, visit the Culture Japan Website here

Culture Japan X Good Smile Company Brings You MoeKanji!

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Danny Choo announces collaboration with Japanese hobby maker Good Smile Company to release Japanese kanji learning flash cards.

TOKYO (MAY 5th 2012) – Danny Choo, Producer of the worldwide TV series “Culture Japan,” today announced his collaboration with Japanese hobby maker Good Smile Company to release “ illustrated cards to help individuals learn first grade Japanese Kanji which include the “On” and “Kun” readings written in hiragana.

The Moekanji cards feature the mascots of Culture Japan which include “Mirai Suenaga” and characters of the TV show and website “Culture Japan” and are illustrated by the Japanese illustrator Ikkyuu.
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Anime Shrine in Japan Day 2 – Akihabara


Day 2 in Japan, and if Comiket is considered the Mecca of Japanese animation culture, then Akihabara would be it's Medina. Since it will be Comike tomorrow, we limited our visit quite a bit as we will come here again after new year (more…)

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Anime Shrine in Japan – Day 1


So we are spending our end of the year in Japan this year in conjunction with Comiket! For starters, we will be posting some pictures from our first day here (more…)

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Would KickStarter Works With Everyone?


Well that was the question that we asked three anime industry people during the last Anime Festival Asia 2012 at Singapore. This was in regards to the earlier news of Masaki Yuasa's decision to use crowdfunding, in this case KickStarter to fund his upcoming movie, Kick Heart. This was something quite new in the anime industry, and we were quite curious to heart other people's view about it, especially ones that are involved in the industry. And we have the perfect opportunity during AFA, as we asked this question to Shinichiro Watanabe, Kamiyama Kenji cialis generic as well as Tomohiko Ishii. So what was their answer? Read on (more…)

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