Anime invasion: a month of thrilling events to check out in KL


The 'Attack On Titan: The Final Exhibition' is set to open at the Fahrenheit88 mall in Kuala Lumpur on April 25. Photo: Handout

The National Anime Day buzz, first celebrated in Tokyo in 1975 and observed by anime fans worldwide on April 15, might just be catching on with Malaysian fans in a big way.

This month, Kuala Lumpur is poised to be swept up in a wave of anime excitement, captivating local enthusiasts with a plethora of activities from exhibitions to collaborative "cafes".

TITANIC TAKEOVER

Among the highly anticipated events is the expansive dystopian world of Attack On Titan: The Final, an officially licensed exhibition slated to open at the Fahrenheit88 mall in Kuala Lumpur on April 25.

The exhibition, running until July 21, will present manga artist Hajime Isayama's drafts and sketches from his globally acclaimed anime. The dark fantasy series follows humans uniting to combat giant man-eating creatures called Titans in a dystopian future.

Showcasing over 180 artworks spanning a decade, including unreleased pieces, the Attack On Titan: The Final exhibition offers a comprehensive view of Hajime's creative journey.

Upon entering the exhibition space, visitors face a choice between two paths – “Are you from inside the Wall or beyond it?” – each leading to a distinct route, providing an immersive glimpse into life within the Attack On Titan universe. Additionally, attendees can experience an interactive battle sequence within the Great Titan Theatre, featuring a blend of 2D animation and real 3D props.

Don't miss the opportunity to capture moments with the life-size Titan props in the Attack On Titan’s World Reconstructed Dioramas, creating memorable photo opportunities amidst the iconic imagery of the series.

The exhibition, organised by Trendic and Ace Media Network (AMN) in Malaysia, has previously toured Asian cities, including a stop at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore in early 2022.

In early 2021, Malaysian fans were stirred when a local Bahasa Malaysia comic adaptation of Attack On Titan was censored, depicting Titans in underwear and bodysuits.

This led to social media uproar, with fans expressing discontent over the unnecessary censorship, given the minimal nudity in the original Japanese artwork. Memes featuring Titans in traditional Malaysian attire further fuelled discussions. Despite this controversy, Attack On Titan maintains a robust following in Malaysia.

TAKE HOME AN ANIME TREASURE

From April 9 to May 2, serious anime collectors can find valuable artworks at the Japan Anime Exhibition held at Seibu, The Exchange, TRX in Kuala Lumpur.

The exhibition will showcase an array of animation cells, replica manuscripts and illustrations from popular manga series like One Piece, Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, among others. Additionally, various merchandise will be available for purchase, ranging from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure posters to Studio Ghibli calendars.

Rare key animation frames from early drafts of anime filmmakers/creators and manga artists (Hayao Miyazaki to Osamu Tezuka) will also be on sale, alongside other collectibles like Books Cut Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion mechas.

From anime cafe to photo zone and merchandise store, the three main 'Jujutsu Kaisen Experience' areas at Pavilion Bukit Jalil in KL will lead fans into the fantastical world of 'Jujutsu Kaisen', reliving unforgettable scenes from the anime. Photo: Handout From anime cafe to photo zone and merchandise store, the three main 'Jujutsu Kaisen Experience' areas at Pavilion Bukit Jalil in KL will lead fans into the fantastical world of 'Jujutsu Kaisen', reliving unforgettable scenes from the anime. Photo: Handout

FEEDING THE FANBASE

For hungry anime fans and foodies who enjoy battling cursed spirits, a Jujutsu Kaisen-themed cafe will debut at Pavilion Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur on April 27, offering a two-month anime-meets-culinary experience.

Patrons can indulge in Japanese fusion meals, beverages, and desserts inspired by beloved characters such as Satoru Gojo, Suguru Geto, and Mahito.

Each menu item includes a complimentary gift, encouraging guests to try dishes associated with their favourite characters and collect their merchandise.

HOMEGROWN FLAVOUR

For anime enthusiasts keen on exploring fashion and costumes, Anime Fest+ 2024 is the recommended destination. Returning to Tropicana Gardens Mall in Petaling Jaya on April 26 for a three-day extravaganza, the event promises an immersive experience.

Attendees can look forward to artists, cosplayers, and doujin booths, where creative "otakus" unite for a weekend of stage performances and various animation, comics, and gaming activities.

Additionally, exclusive merchandise and collectibles will be available for purchase, making it a local anime event not to be missed.

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