THE world of impossible heroes and villains is coming alive again with Penang Anime Matsuri 2017 (PAM17) from July 1-2.
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 will hold an exclusive meet-and-greet session today 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.
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 – 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.
Tickets to the indoor exhibition halls and stage are priced at RM15 each per day and admission to the concert is RM118 per day.