Anime Festival Asia 2009 – Part 1

November 23rd, 2009 Leave a Comment

It’d been a very busy and stressful week for me. However, that didn’t stop me from visiting this year’s Anime Festival Asia a.k.a. AFA09. It was my first experience with this event. I bought a pair of tickets to the I Love Anisong Concert too. So, my wife and I set out early in the morning and we arrived at the event hall around 12pm. Actually, it was only a 35-minute travel. ;)

The registration queue was very long but with the concert pass, we were able to skip the queue and headed straight to the entrance.

Since Bandai was the largest exhibitor, we went straight to their booths. My wife was fascinated seeing the Hello Kitty gashapon. She seems to adore the Hello Kitty products. So, the machine kept her busy for a couple of hours. She was trying her luck in getting her desired color from those machines. As for me, I walked around the area to check out other Bandai’s booths.

Gashapon (ガシャポン) a.k.a “capsule toy”, is a a word form by two sounds: “gasha” is the sound when one turns the crank on a toy vending machine, and “pon” is the sound of the toy capsule dropping into the receptacle. It’s used to describe the machines and any toy obtained from them.

She particularly likes this machine. Do you see the word “LUCKY!”? Yeah, it depends on you luck and she has always been fortunate! :) I thank God for that!

They also had Dragon Ball Z Gashapon! In fact, there are many gashapon machines but I only snapped a few photos and moved on.

Next, we had Battle Spirits trading cards showcase. It was something new to me. In fact, I wasn’t into any trading cards since Magic the Gathering. It’s amazing to see that many people go goo-goo-ga-ga over these cards.

This was Bandai’s activity area, a place for card collectors to play among their friends or for assembling Gundam model kits.

I also took a peek at the Bandai’s Kids Land. Here, you can find various toy-look-alike cooking tools. I saw some dumpling and sushi making toys too!

Next, I went to the Bandai’s Dreams & Creations section. Here, you’d find many Gundam model kits, various trading figures and other interesting toys. I didn’t take many photos of Gundam because I had taken a lot during Gundam Fiesta 2009. They are mostly similar with a few new items.

This is one of the big Gundam model used for photography.

These are some of the new Gundam model kits.

I find this… er… terrain?… or whatever it is called, nicely set up. Don’t you agree with me?

These are the smaller figures. They are called trading figures if I’m not wrong.

I find the pirate ship particularly cute. I don’t know what Anime it belongs to, but it’s cute!

These are Dragon Ball Z figures.

Beside those, Bandai also has some other interesting toys.

Doreamon!! It does bring back lots of fond memories. I grew up with Doreamon!

Here are some other interesting toys.

Bandai claimed,

“Unazukin is a special friend who is always ready to listen to you and give advice. She loves to hear your stories and for you to share your thoughts with her. She is very wise and knowledgeable and loves nothing more than for you to ask her questions. What will be her reply? A simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. or something more definite?”

These are the Kinto Marionette mini doll bottle figures. They are batteries operated. The dolls can dance and move actually. They are simply KAWAII!!!

I find these toys pretty interesting. For those drink can opening, pea squeezing, or bubble-wrap popping freaks, these are specially made for you. You can simply squeeze the pea every minute with エダマメ, or open a can with 缶ビール, or popping the bubble-wrap with プチプチ!

The last Bandai item that I visited was Harumika. These toys let little girls or teens unleash their fashion design talent to create their own Project Runway.

That’s all for my experience with Bandai’s booths.

Official Anime Festival Asia 2009 website

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