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Friday, April 28, 2017

Zepp concert halls to expand across Asia, backed by Cool Japan Fund

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Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) is pleased to announce a network of Zepp concert halls coming to cities across Asia, to be set up by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and group company Zepp Hall Network.

The Zepp concert halls will all feature stage machinery, lighting, and sound systems with specifications standardised for all Zepp venues across the globe, an advantage to tour promoters and touring artists alike. Funding for construction and management will be partially covered by the government's Cool Japan Fund.

Currently, Zepp Hall Network manages six venues across Japan:

New halls will be opening in Fukuoka in 2018 and Yokohama* in 2020.
*To be managed by Koei Tecmo Holdings.

Zepp expansion in Asia will blaze a trail for the Japanese music industry while creating touring opportunities for Japanese and international artists. Our hope is to bring people around the world together and provide the grounds for cultural exchange by building the infrastructure. 

New Zepp international concert halls at a glance


■  Overview

Located on Level 3 of the Big Box complex in Jurong East, the Mega Box Event Hall A has been remodeled to open as Zepp@BIGBOX Singapore and will be managed by Zepp @ Big Box Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between Zepp Hall Network and Singapore-based Big Box Investment Pte. Ltd. Easily accessible next to Jurong East Station, the venue is part of  BIG BOX a large complex offering a comprehensive retail experience complete with a hypermarket, restaurants and playground where visitors can shop for groceries, electronics, furniture, apparel, and much more.
■  Details
Zepp@BIGBOX Singapore
BIG BOX Singapore, Level 3, 1 Venture Avenue
3,500 m2
max. 2,333 (Total of 4,032 when combined with adjacent Event Hall B)
Grand Opening:
For a press release on Zepp@BIGBOX Singapore, see (Japanese only):


■  Site Overview
A Zepp hall will open in Kuala Lumpur near the city's most vibrant district downtown, Bukit Bintang City. Urban redevelopment in this area includes plans for a large complex including new offices, residential buildings, hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants, and other retail. Zepp Kuala Lumpur will be set up as part of the Entertainment Hub inside Bukit Bintang City Centre. The venue will be easily accessible by train or monorail from nearby Hang Tuah Station.

■  Details
Zepp Kuala Lumpur
No. 2 Jalan Hang Tuah 55100 Kuala Lumpur
6,800 m2
2,500 (standing)
End of 2020


■  Site Overview
Hsinchuang Futuhsin is a growing Taipei suburb with several upscale condominium towers and new government headquarters. The area is set to draw more visitors on completion of the Taiwan Film Institute and a shopping center with a youthful vibe, where the Zepp hall will occupy four floors. Just a 12-minute ride from Taipei Station on the Taoyuan Airport MRT and a 5-minute walk from Xinzhuang Fuduxin Station.

■ Details
Zepp New Taipei
Futuhsin, Hsinchuang District, New Taipei City
4,900 m2 (total floor space)
2,200 (standing)
April 2020
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Distant Worlds Celebrates 30 Years of FINAL FANTASY and its Music in Singapore

Image Source: Press Release (Photo credits: Avex Asia)

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY and its music
. Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY symphony concert world tour has announced its latest stop in Singapore for a new series of orchestral concerts: FINAL FANTASY 30th Anniversary – JIRITSUNobuo Uematsu, composer of the famous video game series FINAL FANTASY, will make a guest appearance at the Singapore concert, which is presented by Avex Asia. The one-night only concert will be held at the Star Theatre on 21 October 2017. 

The global multimedia concert phenomenon, featuring the music of FINAL FANTASY, combines exclusive HD video content from legendary game developers SQUARE ENIX, with a live symphony orchestra performance. Conducted by Grammy award-winning conductor Arnie Roth, fans can look forward to a diverse and constantly expanding repertoire of classic FINAL FANTASY music from throughout the thirty year history of the game series. 

Image Source: Press Release (Photo credits: Metropolitan Festival Orchesta)

The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Singapore’s only fully-independent professional symphony orchestra, will be playing the music from all across the FINAL FANTASY series, including FINAL FANTASY XV, with new arrangements especially for the 30th Anniversary series. More details will be shared closer to date. 

Image Source: Press Release (Photo credits: Avex Asia)

Distant Worlds has been a sold-out success in Singapore, seen by almost 10,000 audience members from its debut concerts in 2009 to its latest concert in 2016. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Distant Worlds concert series, and the special concert tour begins this July in Australia and continuing in North America, Europe, and Asia. To date, Singapore is the only stop announced for Southeast Asia.

For more information on Distant Worlds, please check out

 Tour Title
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY - Singapore 2017

 Details on Singapore Performance
Title: Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY Singapore 2017 – JIRITSU
Date: 21 October 2017
Venue: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre
Time: 7:30pm (2hrs 20mins including interval)
*Infants in arms, kids aged 4 and below are not allowed admission, ages 5 and above will require a ticket

 Distant Worlds Official Website
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Studios, startups stimulate success at Doujin Market 2017

Rachta Lin @ Doujin Market 2016

Creators who intend to make art a sustainable career need look no further than Doujin Market 2017

This year, the show will host over a dozen key players and startups who aim to pave the way towards a more robust creative scene through seminars, portfolio reviews and networking opportunities.

In its fifth iteration, Doujin Market will focus on preparing young creatives for the demands of the real world, equipping them with essential skills to survive in a competitive market where talent needs to constantly differentiate itself while capitalizing on the latest trends and disruptive technologies.

“Pop culture startups are uniquely placed to empower the local arts scene,” said Jason Koh, account director of Neo Tokyo Project and convention producer for Doujin Market. “They’ve blazed a trail other fans can follow and we’re certain that their success stories can inspire those hoping to transition from creating content as a hobby to making it a full time career.”

One such startup is Animeludium, an independent transmedia publisher that aims to enliven the digital and print space.

"We believe that developing a culture of exploration - one where creatives can innovate, polish and refine their work before putting it to market - is vital,” said Yee Cheng Xuan, director of Animeludium. “We want to give them a chance - whether they're artists, game designers, musicians or writers, and to help them excel."

Echoing his sentiment is Alwyn Liang, founder of InkInk Collectibles. The gallery is one of Doujin Market’s anchor patrons, and will be presenting an exhibition by four regional artists famous for their unique take on illustration and character design - Puppeteer Lee, Zeen Chin, Kael Ngu and Danial Kamarudin. These guest artists will also conduct seminars and a series of portfolio reviews at the show.

"There's a definite demand for quality, pop culture themed art. We're here to help artists raise the bar on their work, and to help them make it a sustainable career," he said.

With increasing synergies between art and video games, Doujin Market will also see independent studios Gazia Games and Kaiju Den making an appearance alongside GameStart Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention.

Doujin Market Collaboration with Gamestart 2016.  

“We have seen Doujin Market's growth and success since they started, and appreciate how they are helping to bring the artist community in Southeast Asia together,” said Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart Asia. “GameStart Asia also focuses on spotlighting the talent in our region, and we are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at Doujin Market this year.”

Gamestart Mascot Alyse 

The event will be launching a competition where artists are invited to recreate Alyse, GameStart’s mascot, in a brand-new ‘Cyberpunk’-inspired theme. Winning entries will receive prizes including a booth at the Doujin Market GameStart artist alley in October.

Portfolio reviews are back in force this year, with more than five opportunities for creators to impress industry insiders including Afterthought Studios, which pioneered this segment last year. Aspiring writers will also have the chance to have their manuscripts reviewed by BooksActually, an independent local bookstore and publisher known for innovating new ways to encourage a love of literature.

CDS booth at Doujin market 2016

Participants can also look forward to a networking party presented by Collateral Damage Studios and Artblovk Gallery, offering yet more opportunities for artists and stakeholders to rub shoulders and cement collaboration.

Doujin Market is supported by Noise Movement, a part of Noise Singapore’s efforts which supports organisers whose initiatives encourage arts creation and participation among youth.

Doujin Market 2017

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Japanese Rock Band, RADWIMPS adds Singapore to list of Asia tour stops!

After releasing their newest album, “Ningen Kaika” (Human Bloom), Japanese rock band, RADWIMPS had previously announced their Asian tour for 2017, visiting countries such as as South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan. Singapore marks the latest addition to the tour and the band will be performing at Megabox Event Hall @ Big Box on 4 June 2017.

RADWIMPS previously came to Singapore and performed to a full-house crowd of adoring fans. The band has sold millions of albums since their major debut in 2005 and has a reputation as one of the hardest live acts to score a ticket to among Japanese artistes. Your Name (Kimi no nawa) was RADWIMP’s eighth album and was also the soundtrack for the award winning anime movie of the same name, Your Name” (Kimi no na wa). The album hit number 1 on Japanese music charts, Oricon.

RADWIMPS will first begin their Japan tour, “Human Bloom Tour 2017” with 21 shows slated in 12 cities. This includes a two-day finale at the Nippon Budoukan, one of the largest concert venues in Tokyo, on the 9th and 10th of May. They will then kick-start their Asian tour in Singapore on 4 June 2017
3 members of RADWIMPS will come to Singapore; Yojiro Noda (Vocal / Guitar / Piano), Akira Kuwahara (Guitar), Yusuke Takeda (Bass). Drummer, Satoshi Yamaguchi unfortunately has halted activities since 2015 due to focal dystonia.
︎< RADWIMPS 2017 Asia Live Tour >

Date: 4th June (Sunday)
Venue: Megabox Event Hall @ Big Box
Ticket prices:
CAT 1: $118
CAT 2: $98

Date: 9th June (Friday), 10th June ( Saturday)

Date: 13th June  (Tuesday)
Venue: Macpherson Stadium
Date: 15th June  (Thursday)
Venue: Moonstar Studio  ( Studio 1)

Date: 17th June (Saturday), 18th June (Sunday)

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AFA & C3 Collaboration Expands Anime Festival Asia reach in Asia.

SOZO, organiser of Anime Festival Asia events and Sotsu Co.,Ltd, organiser of C3 events, have joined together to create “C3 AFA”. This new event aims to become the regional Cool Japan Event of Asia by developing a B2C event representing various Japanese contents such as anime, characters, comic, game, music, novel and more.

C3 Charaexpo 2016 (File photo)

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AFASG 2016 Akiba stage(File photo)

AFA 2008 (File photo)

The collaboration will bring new contents to consumers who are already familiar to both the
C3 and Anime Festival Asia  brands. SOZO, part of the Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)
Inc group has been organising Anime Festival Asia since 2008, bringing Japanese pop
culture content to South East Asia countries such as Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Sotsu Co.,Ltd is Japanese powerhouse managing animated products such as the famed
Mobile Suit Gundam series and producing animated and live-action programs.

Sotsu and SOZO will unveil the first installment of C3 AFA in June 2017 in Bangkok,
continuing with the other cities which they already have experienced track records in,
including Jakarta, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong between 2017 and 2018.

Event Dates & Venues: 

  • C3 AFA JAKARTA 2017
    DATE: Fri 18 – Sun 20 August 2017

  • C3 AFA BANGKOK 2017
    DATE: Sat 10 – Sun 11 June 2017

  • C3 AFA TOKYO 2017
    DATE: Sat 26 – Sun 27 August 2017

    DATE: Fri 24 – Sun 26 November 2017
  • C3 AFA HONG KONG 2018

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Creators take charge at Doujin Market 2017 - the biggest youth arts event in Singapore yet

Crowds gathering in front of a booth at Doujima 2016  File photo:

Hold your breaths as Doujin Market - Singapore’s definitive pop culture themed youth arts and illustration event - returns for its fifth iteration! 

This year's Doujinma banner Source: Neo Tokyo Project's Press Release 

Taking place at The Concourse, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre on 6th and 7th May, Doujin Market 2017 will spotlight creative circles from around the region including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan, each exhibiting an eclectic mix of original and derivative fan content.

This year's Floor Plan Source: Neo Tokyo Project's Press Release 

With three wings aptly named Imagination, Innovation and Inspiration, the convention will play home to some 200 creators - more than twice the number last year

                                       Last Year's Seminar talk by Daiyaku File photo: Neo Tokyo Project's Press Release 

The Inspiration wing will also feature seminars by key players in the anime, comic and game publishing sectors aimed at spurring arts entrepreneurship, fueling creativity and encouraging skills-based learning, as well as portfolio reviews and networking opportunities for youth artists aspiring to break into the industry. 

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            Jason Koh  File photo: 

“Many circles exhibiting at Doujima are already popular online and their work has global appeal,” said Jason Koh, account director of Neo Tokyo Project and convention producer for Doujin Market. 
“They’ve accomplished what many of their predecessors have failed to do - innovate new content and keep audiences engaged while developing their own IPs and creating full-time. We want to highlight their many successes this year.”

World Doujin Day Banner: Source: Neo Tokyo Project's Press Release

With the support of the community, this year’s Doujin Market will inaugurate World Doujin Day - an international celebration of self-publishing and creativity set to take place on the first Saturday of May each year. It is a chance for creators to connect with their peers, and share inspiration using the #worlddoujin hashtag on social media.

The movement will also mark the establishment of Singapore’s first ever Doujin Archive - a time capsule dedicated to chronicling the history of self-published original and derivative fan content by youth artists here. 

Participating circles will be encouraged to submit samples of their work to the Archive annually, and to create original pieces depicting their personal artistic journey. 

Works in the capsule will be exhibited at Doujin Market’s 10th Anniversary five years from now, as testament to the growth and sustainability of Singapore’s self-publishing scene. 

Source: Noise Singapore official Website

Source: NAC official Website

Doujin Market is supported by Noise Singapore, an initiative of the National Arts Council 
that encourages young people in Singapore to express, develop and showcase their creativity. 
It takes place on 6 and 7 May 2017, and doors open from 11 am to 7 pm daily. Admission to Doujin Market is FREE.
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

EOY 2016: The captured moments.[More official videos to come!]

Early turnout for visitors  wanting to get their hands on the Various Merchandises selling at the booths at EOY 2016.
With 2016 coming to a close, EOY 2016 returns to Marina Barrage 3 weeks ago on the 10th to 11th of December. It's was last event to be held in Singapore for the year 2016. Let's take a journey back with the captured memories at the event.

Doki Doki Hearts Cafe
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The Cake and Drinks set meals
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Cheki Photo 
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The Theme cafe Doki Doki hearts this year offers Cake + Potion set meals.  Red Velvet cake,Royal Chocolate,Oreo Cheesecake were paired with Health Potion(bubblegum+Lemon syrup+Sprite),Mana Potion (Bubblegum+Blueberry syrup+Sprite) Rejuvenation Potion(Blueberry+Raspberry+Lemon Sprite).
All set meals comes with services such as Feeding,Massage or Games like Bad Dog,Battle Game(as seen above),Crocodile, Donut Game & Whale Game. Cheki photo are also included.

Overseas Guest: Miko
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Miko during her performance on  Day 1
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Miko and her fans

EOY have always features Nico Nico  Odorites and this year is no exception, this time they invited Miko. Dancing to Popular Nico Nico Dance hits such as 夏恋花火, プラチナ-shin'in future Mix, 未来景イノセンス with the enthusiastic fans cheering her on both days of EOY 2016.

Overseas Guest: That
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That Holding his merchandise 
Another Overseas guest that EOY 2016 brought in this year is That known for his covers of anisongs you may find his Youtube channel here. During the 2 days of EOY 2016 he sang several ansiong covers including songs from 君の名は a recent theatrical anime hit.

Local Guests: A-Live,Natsurio Party, Lunaria Usagi 

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A-live in collaboration with Tokimeki JUMP

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Natsurio Party

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Usagi & her fellow CTRL.T

If you have been to Local Events these names: A-Live,Natsurio Party,Lunaria,Usagi should be familiar. Love Live Dance performance,Nico Nico Dance performance,Song and dance Cover of idols and idol groups as well as Anisong covers were showcase by these Singapore very own talents. 

Some of the Other Performers/Performances

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Deck 4B
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Tokimeki JUMP

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DJ Rainyrhy x Keirave

Many more Performances were on going on stage  throughout the 2 days of EOY 2016, ranging from Dance Performances to Anisong DJ. Love Live Dance groups were aplenty and the most popular Nico Nico Dance cover this year is defiantly 極楽浄土.


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Booth owner cosplaying as Emilia from Re-zero 

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Ice Berry's Booth

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Rachta Lin

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Otaku Tachi

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Ice cream UFO catcher at Happy Ice's booth
Doujin booths catering various Fandom and Commercial Booths Scattered the event ground. There were also food and beverage stalls to cater to the hunger and thirst of the event attendees. Early in the morning of Saturday people already turn out in numbers to buy their targeted merchandise. Luminos was also there with a popup studio.
Pokemon Video Game Singapore Open & Premier Challenge #4

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For the 1st time, The VGC Special Event Tournament was being held at EOY. Another first for the tournament is that it's the first major event in Asia to featured Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon which was just launch on the 18 of November 2014. Trainers battle it out to earn up to 130 Championships Points and other attractive prizes. 

Cosplayers on the ground 

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Ruby from Love Live Sunshine!
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Team Skull from Pokemon Sun & Moon
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Aqours from Love Live Sunshine 
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Mitsuha from Kimi no Na Wa
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Marisa from Touhou Project

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Female Trainer from Pokemon Sun & Moon

Of Course no ACG Event would be completed without the cosplayers. For more of the captured memories please proceed to the gallery below. Official Event Videos will be updated at a later date.

Official Videos 
By project.zenith

[More videos will be updated into the playlist]

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