THE world of impossible heroes and villains is coming alive again with Penang Anime Matsuri 2017 (PAM17).
For the third time in Penang, anime fans will converge and pay homage to the sub-culture of cosplay (short for costume play) and their adoration for Japanese comics and animated movies.
Touted as the largest anime convention in Malaysia, the two-day event is happening this weekend at Setia SPICE Convention Centre.
SOZO Pte Ltd managing director Shawn Chin said Japan’s top cosplayer Enako would make an appearance. She will hold an exclusive meet and greet session tomorrow at 3.30pm.
“For RM50, fans can meet Enako who is a professional cosplayer, voice actress and singer. Fans will also receive an exclusive postcard set of five photos with a chance to have one of them signed by her,” he said at a press conference in Komtar yesterday.
Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Japan’s consul-general to Penang Kiyoshi Itoi.
Chin said even Pikachu, the yellow creature from Pokemon, will be around to pose for pictures with fans at the Canon booth.
“The person wearing the Pikachu costume is a professional trained in Japan,” he added.
PAM17 will also see the appearances of Japanese artistes DJ Kazu, kradness, kz (livetune), May’n and nano.
“Other celebrity cosplayers include Angie and Ying Tze from Malaysia, and Baozi and Hana from China will conduct a workshop to help amateur cosplayers with their craft,” he said.
Other events in PAM17 include latte art by Japanese artist Yuichi Ito, an appearance by illustrator Chong Fei Giap, screening of anime movies such as those by HoneyWorks and a booth of arcade games for fans to play at no charge.
Anime fans can also shop for their favourite anime merchandise at the event. A cosplay competition will be held with cash prizes to be won.
The event is organised by SOZO, which also runs the annual Anime Festival Asia since 2008, and Penang Global Tourism with the support of the Penang Government and the Japanese consulate-general.
Tickets to the indoor exhibition halls and stage cost RM15 each per day. For entry to the concert as well, it is RM118 per day.
Details, visit http://pamsummer.asia.