Fans of e-sports, music and anime came together at the inaugural Asia Game Festival, which took place over the weekend (9 and 10 June) at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Celebrity cosplayers such as Aza Miyuko and Onnies graced the festival, taking part in a meet-and-greet session with visitors. The two-day festival also featured anime music concerts from the likes of BACK-ON and bless4, and had several stalls selling anime merchandise and toys.
Come 9 and 10 June, fans of e-sports, anime and music will come together for the first-ever Asia Game Festival (AGF), taking place at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Organised by Magika in partnership with the Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and CPL Digital Entertainment, the inaugural AGF aims to give gamers an all-encompassing experience. The inaugural CPL (Cyberathlete Professional League) Championship for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will be taking place at the AGF.
Despite its exciting sounding title, “Free! -Take Your Marks-” is more of an epilogue to the “Free!” anime series about the members of the Iwatobi Swim Club. Unlike most anime films that come out after the series has ended, “Free! -Take Your Marks-” doesn’t give its characters a new antagonist or challenge to face. The movie tells four interconnected tales, divided into “episodes”, showing the “Free!” characters moving on to college, the next level of high school, going on vacation, capped off with one last swimming competition to end the film.
The Japanese never fail to impress us with their artistic and quirky creations, such as these beautiful and life-like portraits, an unbelievably smooth and shiny ball made of aluminium foil, or even these creepy “snowmen”. In the tweet, @mina_naya posted some of her amazing creations, which are inspired by the characters from “Kantai Collection” and “Magical Girl Madoka Magica”. For the skeptics who don’t believe these are really flat images, @mina_naya had provided photos of the same illustrations at a different angle.
Anime compilation films offer a chance for creators to refine and retell the original stories that were so popular. In some cases, they even allow for an expanded retelling of the original story or they provide an alternate ending to shake things up a bit.
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is a Japanese 2D animated fantasy film that’s based on a novel called “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart. The movie follows the adventures of Mary, an ordinary girl who discovers a magical flower which can turn her into an extremely powerful witch for limited periods of time. “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi with additional screenplay credits for Riko Sakaguchi.
“Ajin: Demi-Human” is a Japanese science-fiction action thriller that’s based on the anime and manga franchise of the same name. The film sees the rise of the Ajin, superhumans who have special abilities and can come back to life after being killed.
“The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars” is a Japanese science-fiction action anime in Japanese. It is the first film in “The Irregular at Magic High School” light novel/manga/anime franchise. “The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars” is directed by Risako Yoshida and written by Tsutomu Sato.
Eiichiro Oda, the creator of “One Piece”, revealed that the popular manga will be made into a live-action TV drama series overseas. The upcoming TV drama will be a joint project between Oda and Shueisha, which publishes the Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine. In a handwritten message screened during the announcement, Oda wrote, “There may be people who are sceptical of this, but please give us your support.
"Crayon Shin-chan: Invasion!! Alien Shiriri (クレヨンしんちゃん 襲来!!宇宙人シリリ)" is a Japanese 2D animated adventure comedy in Japanese that's the 25th instalment in the "Crayon Shin-chan" franchise. Crayon Shin-chan is also known as 蠟筆小新, or La bi Xiao xin, in Chinese.
“In This Corner of the World” is a 2D animated wartime drama in Japanese. “In This Corner of the World is directed and written by Sunao Katabuchi, with additional writing credits for Chie Uratani. It features the voice talents of Non (Urano Suzu), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Hojo Shusaku), Mayumi Shintani (Hojo San), Shigeru Ushiyama (Hojo Entaro), Minor Omi (Kuromura Keiko), and Natsuki Inaba (Kuromura Harumi).
A live-action adaptation of the iconic manga comic (also filmed as a seminal 1988 anime) has been in Hollywood development hell for decades with many huge names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Keanu Reeves, and Christopher Nolan all linked with the project at various stages. 1982-1990 – Katsuhiro Otomo launches his original manga. Set in Neo-Tokyo, 2019 after the nuclear apocalypse, it tells the epic story of youngsters Kaneda, Tetsuo against the backdrop of gang violence, psychic kids and motorbike chases.
“Death Note: Light Up the New World” is a fantasy action film that’s based on the manga and anime series, “Death Note”. It’s the fourth in the “Death Note” film franchise and takes place 10 years after the events of “Death Note 2: The Last Name”. It stars Masahiro Higashide (Tsukuru Mishima), Sosuke Ikematsu (Ryuzaki), Masaki Suda (Yuki Shien), Erika Toda (Misa Amane), Nakamura Shido II (voice of Ryuk), Miyuki Sawashiro (voice of Arma), with cameos by Kenichi Matsuyama (L) and Tatsuya Fujiwara (Light Yagami/Kira).
It shows how both characters learn to cope with the switches, even though they cannot remember each other’s name after the switch. It features the voice talents of Ryunosuke Kamiki (Taki Tachibana), Mone Kamishiraishi (Mitsuha Miyamizu), Masami Nagasawa (Miki Okudera), Etsuko Ichihara (Hitoha Miyamizu). It concentrates on two characters and their ordinary lives - if they can’t achieve their goals, the world would not suffer for it.
“Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Great Assault on the Dreaming World!” is an animated comedy adventure film, which is the 24th in the “Crayon Shin-chan” franchise. In the movie, Shin-chan and friends explore the dream world to save their town from nightmares. It features the voice talents of Akiko Yajima (Shinnosuke Nohara), Taeko Kawata (Saki Nubatama), Miki Narahashi (Misae Nohara), Keiji Fujiwara (Hiroshi Nohara), Satomi Korogi (Himawari Nohara), Mari Mashiba (Toru Kazama, Shiro), Tamao Hayashi (Nene Sakurada), Teiyu Ichiryusai (Masao Satou), Chie Sato (Bo-chan), Ken Yasuda (Yumehiko Nubatama), and Michiko Kichise (Sayuri Nubatama).
“One Piece Film Gold” is a 2D animated action adventure and the thirteenth film in the “One Piece” film franchise. It sees the Straw Hat Pirates going up against the world’s richest man, Gild Tesoro. It features the voice talents of Mayumi Tanaka (Monkey D. Luffy), Kazuya Nakai (Roronoa Zoro), Akemi Okamura (Nami), Kappei Yamaguchi (Usopp), Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji), Ikue Otani (Tony Tony Chopper), Yuriko Yamaguchi (Nico Robin), Kazuki Yao (Franky), Yuichi Nagashima (Brook), and Kazuhiro Yamaji (Gild Tesoro).
Kenji Shinoda, Japan’s Ambassador to Singapore, commenced the event with a speech highlighting the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan. “I am delighted to be part of this CharaExpo in this special time for both of our nations – the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan, better known as SJ50. Last year, we joyfully celebrated SG50 but this year, we celebrate SJ50,” said the ambassador.
The writer of 2009 anime ‘Dragonball Z Evolution’ has come out and written a heartfelt apology to fans for how awful it was. Screenwriter Ben Ramsey was tasked with adaptation the beloved anime into a live-action movie, but spectacularly failed when the film was loathed by pretty much the entire Dragonball Z community and graces IMDb with an embarrassing score of 2.7 out of 10. Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life.