Fans go the extra mile to imitate favourite characters at anime party

REVELLERS at the Penang Anime Matsuri Summer Party 2015 Concert danced the night away to popular tunes from their favourite shows.

Waving glow sticks and bouncing around, they savoured every energetic remix spun by Japanese anime song (anisong) deejays.

The crowd, numbering several thousand, went into a frenzy when guest artistes emerged to serenade them with charming melodies.

And with cosplayers marching around fully kitted out as their favourite characters, an electric atmosphere prevailed throughout the event at the Esplanade in George Town.

Students Wilson Koay and Tay Choon Leong, both 16, who had to catch several buses to get there, said the fun made the journey worthwhile.

“It’s something different than what we've experienced before.

“We like anime, and this just brings the music to life,” enthused Koay during the event on Saturday.

Besides the stage show, there was also a Matsuri Experience Zone featuring stalls offering various games and activities, organised in collaboration with Yosakoi Penang.

Visitors old and young alike were game for challenges like scooping goldfish out of mini pools, popping balloons, ramune toss, watergun shooting and marble pachinko, in the hopes of winning prizes.

Others took the opportunity to dress up in traditional yukatas and have their photographs taken against a picturesque backdrop.

Those hungry were able to satiate their appetite at the food stalls, while cosplay fans were spoilt for choice with many collectibles and props on sale.

The following day, visitors were snapping up replica swords of their favourite anime characters.

Alor Setar childhood friends Edmund Chong and Oo Wei Hung, both 19, bought full-size sword replicas made of wood and plastic.

“It’s so hard to find them. We are glad we came,” Chong said.

Sword replica seller Lim Jia Xian said he sold nearly 1,000 swords at the two-day event.

Every sword for sale, he said, was based on an anime character’s weapon of choice.

Hot favourites included the Hyorinmaru sword of Toshiro and the Kurosaki Ichigo sword of Getsuga Tensuo, who are heroes in the anime Bleach.

Trader Daniel Teh, 45, from Bukit Mertajam walked up to Lim’s store and was surprised to find a wooden version of the Elucidator, a famed weapon in the anime movie Swordart Online.

“I want to display this sword in my office,” Teh said.

Earlier, some 5,000 youths turned up at an anime exhibition at the Dewan Sri Pinang.

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