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Monday, March 12, 2018

Sakura Matsuri-Anime Garden 2018:What to Expect

This coming weekend on the 17-18th of March Anime Festival Asia and Gardens by the Bay brings you the 1st ever Sakura Matsuri-Anime Garden 2018While the inaugural Sakura Matsuri  returns this year, its the first time that Japanese Pop-culture activities are part of the programme! With Free Anisong concerts, Yes Free anisong concerts and Celebrity Cosplayers appearances us certainly worth checking out! Let dive deeper to find out what is installed for use this weekend!

  • Free Anisong Concert 

May'n, Mika Kobayashi, Luna Haruna, Mashiro Ayano and GARNiDELiA will be performing at Supertree Grove over the 2 nights.

  • Saturday(17 Mar,7pm - 8.45pm): May'n, Mika Kobayashi 

  • Sunday(18 Mar 7pm - 9.45pm): Luna Haruna, Mashiro Ayano, GARNiDELiA

  • Celebrity Cosplayers Appearance/Meet and Greet 

Angie (Malaysia), Ely (Taiwan), SAIDA (Korea) & Thames Malerose (Thailand) joins us at 
Sakura Matsuri-Anime Garden 2018. Do note that while the stage appearance at the Supertree Grove is free, You will need to purchase a Flower dome entry ticket for the meet and greet. 

  • Supertree Grove Stage: 17 Mar: 5pm - 6.45pm, 18 Mar, 5pm - 5.30pm
  • Cosplayer Meet & Greet @ Flower Dome: 2pm and 3pm *You will need a Ticket to enter Flower Dome for this Ticket prices are as follows: 
Singapore Resident Rate - One ConservatoryAdult: $12Senior Citizen (≥60 years old): $8Child (3-12 years old): $8 
Singapore Resident Rate - Two ConservatoriesAdult: $20Senior Citizen (≥60 years old): $15Child (3-12 years old): $12
SINGAPORE RESIDENTS' EXCLUSIVEEnjoy 10% off Singapore Resident admission rates to One Conservatory or Two Conservatories when you purchase your tickets online. 
PASSION, SAFRA, NTUC & HOME TEAM NS CARD PROMOTIONEnjoy 10% off Singapore Resident admission rates to One / Two Conservatories when you present the following membership cards at the ticketing counters.Eligible cards: PAssion card (Black PAssion, Platinum PAssion, PAssion ez-link cards or temp cards), SAFRA card, NTUC card (NTUC Plus!, NTUC U, UPlus! Visa, NTUC Plus Visa payment cards or temp pass only), Home Team NS card  
Non Resident/Standard Rate - Two ConservatoriesAdult/Senior: $28Child (3-12 years old): $15

  •  a.M.A.Z.E. in Wonderland

Adventure through a.M.A.Z.E. in Wonderland. Meet Alice and friends who will guide you on your journey through this anime-inspired Alice in Wonderland 
  • Supertree Grove(17 and 18 March 2018): 5pm - 11pm.

  • Pikachu Appearance(17th march only) & Pokemon Game booth 

Everyone's Favourite Yellow Electric mouse will be Joining the fun too! Do note that Pikachu will be only appearing on the 17th of March!
  • Parade & Dance (17th March Only): 1.30pm, 2.30pm 
  • Meet & Greet(17th March Only): 2pm, 3.30pm, 6pm
  • Pokemon Game Booths and stand to win Pokemon-themed prizes (17 & 18 Mar 2018): 3pm - 11pm 
  • Kimi no Nawa(Your Name) Movie Screening(17th march only)

"Your Name" will be screening at Sakura Matsuri: Anime Garden. Bring your picnic mats and watch one of the biggest movie titles under the stars with us.

  • (17 March only): 9pm.
  • Cosplay Parade and Competition(18th march only) 

Join in the fun While you are at it! Both the Cosplay Parade and Competition will be happening on the 18th of march. Of course you are welcome to cosplay on the 17th as well!

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  • How to get there

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Saturday, March 03, 2018

The producers of Anime Festival Asia and GameStart Asia team up to further develop ACG (Anime, Cosplay, Gaming) contents in SE Asia - Organisers expect new expansion of events in Asia together

Logos of Sozo and Eliphant (Source: Respective website)

SOZO, organiser of Southeast Asia’s largest Japanese pop culture event Anime Festival Asia (AFA), and Eliphant, organiser of Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention
GameStart, have announced that both entities will form a strategic alliance to further strengthen existing events, and to create and develop new events in Asia.
The SOZO and Eliphant alliance aims to be the first step to roll out an integrated support system to further strengthen the community. By leveraging their strengths as IP innovators and event trailblazers, SOZO and Eliphant hope to provide new and inspiring ways for fans to enjoy their hobbies in gaming, animation and beyond.

Gamestart Indonesia  dates to be confirm at a later date(Source: AFA Facebook)

With the support of SOZO, who has already established their presence in Indonesia, 2018 will mark the very first regional expansion of GameStart as they launch their very first: GameStart Indonesia. AFA will continue hosting its key events in both Indonesia and Singapore and hope to introduce more gaming content as part of their content offerings.

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“Southeast Asia emerges as one of the fastest growing markets for gaming and content, we recognised that both AFA and GameStart audiences have diverse interests in both gaming and anime. With our partnership,we hope to work closely to bring even more exhilarating content and holistic experiences to both fanbases across the regions,” -Shawn Chin, Managing Director of SOZO and founder of Anime Festival Asia.

Elicia Lee ( photo)
“We are extremely excited to be able to bring our event to various regions, with the support of our partners. We are determined to support the regional gaming industry, especially in esports and game development. We are positive that our partnership will provide more events and enable us to bring awesome content to both gamers and anime fans”  -Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart Asia and CEO of Eliphant Pte Ltd.

As of 1st March 2018, both SOZO and Eliphant have moved to a new office premise together to further strengthen their alliance. Organisers expect an exciting year ahead and look forward to announcing moreabout 2018 calendar of events in the upcoming weeks.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

EOY2017 : The capture Memories

Odorites Lilia & Wata performing on stage 
EOY J-Culture Festival returned to Marina Barrage for its 2017 edition on the 9th and 10th of December 2017.  Let's travel back in time to take a look at the captured moments on both of the days.

J-Music Performances 

Lilia & Wata Japanese Odorites Guest Artistes 
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Odorites or Nico Nico Dancers have been a main stay of  EOY J-Culture Festival this year is no different besides the returning of Wata who was here for EOY 2013, her friend Lilia tagged along this time, the bubbly and cheerful duo certainly hype out the event grounds on both days of the event.

Local Dance & Idol Groups Guest Artistes

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Tokimei Jump
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Natsuiro Party
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Besides Japanese artistes local groups like Tokimei JumpNatsuiro Party,  Mechapen & Nyaneko were invited as well. After all no local events but be completed without our very own talents.

Other Performances

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Singers, dancers, Cosplay Group performances from Various Idol Anime Series. There is certainly no lag of variety here. For 2 days there were non-stop performances on stage catering to every event goers preferred genre. 

Artist Alley 

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This year's EOY Artist Alley was held in collaboration with Doujima with a total of 86 Both selling various merchandises and fan arts there is out to be something for everyone. 


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No Pop culture event would be completed without the attendance of Cosplayers. here are just some cpatured during the events. For more photos of Cosplayers and other captured memories, head down to the gallery below.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

C3AFASG17: The captured memories

Crowds getting ready to enter the exhibition hall when the doors open on Friday
C3 Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2017 returns to its home ground after touring Jakarta, BangkokTokyo. On it's 9th year Anime Festival Asia as been the biggest Japanese pop culture event of the year never it fails to attract crowds. This Year its the first time SOZO teams up with SOTSU hence the have added C3 into their name. Let's take a look back at the capture moments!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

C3 AFASG 2017: What to expect & Snapshots from the media conference

(Source: Anime Festival Asia Facebook )

We are less then a week away from C3 AFASG 2017!  AFA is returning to Singapore after touring Jakarta, Bangkok, Tokyo. Here is what is to be expected next week on the 24-26 December at the Suntec Convention Center.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Gamestart 2017: The Captured Memories.

Alyse ,Gamestart official Mascot cosplay by Sharlene 

The 2017 Edition of GameStart (GameStart 2017) happened last weekend on the 14th and 15th of October 2017 at Suntec Convention Halls 401,402 and 403. With this year's bigger floor space and new additions, let's take a look back at the captured memories!

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Gamestart 2017/SEA Summit 2017:What to expect & Sneak Peeks from the Media conference.

Elicia Lee,Founder of Gamestart Asia(Source: GameStart Asia 2017 Press Release)

On Wednesday 4th October 2017,Social Influencers were gathering at Pixel Building, home to Pixel Studios an  by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and managed by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). At the Cozy Venue, we were given an sneak peek into this year's edition of GameStart happening on the 14th to 15th October 2017 at Suntec Convention Center.
Separately, this year SEA SUMMIT a new B2B conference jointly organized by GameStart will be happening at Pixel Building on the 12th to 13th of October 2017 as well. Do note that Pre-registration is strictly required (P.S: The spaces are limited,at the time of writing the Pre-registration maybe already closed.)for SEA SUMMIT.     
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Japan’s Top Entertainment Industry Players bring the Best Popular Culture Content and Curated Experiences to Singapore at C3 Anime Festival Asia

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  • C3 Anime Festival Asia: Home-grown festival collaborates with Sotsu to extend regional reach, 5 cities announced for 2017/2018
  • 10th instalment of the festival in Singapore, since 2008
  • First batch of I Love Anisong artistes sees Anisong legends return with the latest trending stars of the Anime music world
  • Public sales of Single Day and General Admission tickets to begin on 28 September

 C3 Anime Festival Asia (C3 AFA), formerly known as Anime Festival Asia, returns to Singapore with an upgraded experience of the latest content and announcements, performances and more. Held over 24 – 26 November at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the three-day extravaganza is the highlight of the region’s top Japanese Popular Culture and anime festival.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

STGCC 2017:The captured memories

Singapore Toy Games & Comic Convention 2017 was it's biggest ever. Into it's 10th year,lets take a look at the captured moments at Halls C,D & F of the Sands Expo & Convention over the weekend from the 9th to the 10th of September 2017.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

STGCC 2017: What to Expect and Media Preview Captures

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STGCC is marking its 10th Anniversary milestone this year! Here is what to expect for the event that is happening this weekend at the Sands Expo & Convention Center!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

GameStart Returns Bigger and Better with AR, esports, tabletop gaming and inaugural SEA Summit business conference

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GameStart 2017 (#GameStart2017), Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention, returns for its 4th edition on 14 & 15 October 2017 with a Cyberpunk theme and more consumer-friendly and industry-centric content. Organiser Eliphant partners the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) for the second edition of its SEA awards and will organise the inaugural SEA Summit business conference on 12 and 13 October. Gamers and industry players can look forward to annual favourites returning as well as new and exciting content, including showcases of upcoming blockbuster games, esports, indie games, retro gaming, and cosplay.

New additions include a large GameStart Tabletop area to play, discover, and compete on new and well-loved tabletop and arcade-style games. Key exhibitors include Wizards of the Coast, who will bring popular card game Magic: The Gathering, to the event for the first time, and Grey Ogre Games, with more details to be revealed closer to date.  More information on the GameStart Tabletop activities can be found at

This year, the region’s most popular conventions will join forces at GameStart, showcasing a selection of choice content from across Asia. In addition to partnerships with Taipei Game Show (Taiwan) and BEKRAF Game Prime (Indonesia), C3 AFA (C3 Anime Festival Asia) - Southeast Asia’s biggest Japanese popular culture event platform - comes in as a co-marketing and content partner, looking to bring killer Japanese content to the event.  Visitors can also look forward to enjoying indie gaming content from Taiwan and Indonesia. 
  • More Popular Culture and AR treats for visitors
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Returning to GameStart 2017 in response to popular demand is Doujin Market, Singapore's largest community curated youth arts and illustration fair. In partnership with Neo Tokyo Project, Singapore's first dedicated pop-culture marketing collective, Doujin Market is back for a second year with almost double the number of artist tables from last year.

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During the convention, visitors can also look forward to meeting and appreciating the craft and stunning game cosplay from Astro Kerrie and Yasemin Arslan, invited cosplay guests from Australia. Astro Kerrie is sponsored by pop culture partner event, Evolve Perth, who will also be co-sponsoring the cash prize of GameStart’s Game On! Cosplay Runway.

On the AR front, organisers announced that NexRealm will bring the world’s first augmented reality techno sports, HADO, to the convention. HADO is the first esports based on wearable devices and AR technology using head mount displays and motion sensors. Just like real-life sports, players are free from cables and will not be restricted to being in front of a screen. Visitors will get the chance to try the “Player VS Player” matches at GameStart 2017.

  • Indies and Start-ups to return to Founders Base
Another popular favourite is Founders Base, GameStart’s special indie area. Offering subsidized booths to individuals, start-ups and small companies that create or work with games, visitors can try a wide array of games made in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

Limited booths are still available on a first come first served basis, and interested applicants can find out more at

  • Fighting for Top Gaming Honours
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South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2017, Southeast Asia's largest fighting game tournament, will see top players storm the halls as its biggest ever edition will be held in GameStart 2017. The line-up includes the Asia Regional Finals for Capcom Pro Tour 2017 (Street Fighter V), Asia Regionals for Tekken World Tour 2017 (Tekken 7), and the first Asia Championship for Windjammers (highly popular retro game that has been re-released for PS4). The total prize pool is more than US$50,000 between the three events. In addition to the three big tournaments, Guilty Gear XRD 2, Gundam Versus and BlazBlue Central Fiction will be held. More games will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Discover and Recognise the best mobile and Indie Games right here

GameStart 2017 will host the second edition of IMGA SEA, with the awards ceremony held on 13 October. The competition is open to mobile game developers, studios and publishers based in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The inaugural IMGA SEA competition last year saw nearly 300 games submitted from eight countries, with 11 developers awarded. 

For indie game lovers, the GameStart Indie Award will be right up their alley. Visitors can vote for their favourite indie game showcased at GameStart 2017, and the winning game developer will win a sponsored trip to exhibit in Taipei Game Show 2018 in January 2018.

  • Top Industry Players Take the Pulse on the Games Business in the region

The SEA SUMMIT is a new B2B conference for the Southeast Asian game industry players, to be held in Singapore. Jointly organized by IMGA and Eliphant, the summit aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and collaboration opportunities among companies based in Southeast Asia, and those looking to enter the region. This conference will highlight the games business in Southeast Asia.  Conference themes include esports while attendees can look forward to topics on game trends and development, business and marketing. The full speaker and topic list will be announced closer to date.

Interested attendees can register at for updates. Pre-registration is required to attend the conference. While pre-registration is free, tickets are limited and priority will be given to games industry professionals.

  • Celebrating the Best Talent, Content and More in Gaming

With a star-studded line-up of game titles, tournaments, awards and talent, GameStart 2017 will be held in Singapore at Suntec Convention Centre. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia returns as a key exhibitor, Lenovo will be the Official Gaming PC, while MyRepublic returns as the Official Fibre Broadband Partner. Early bird tickets and official merchandise are available for sale at

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“The gaming industry in Southeast Asia has grown exponentially since the inaugural GameStart in 2014. Esports is dominating online viewership and media globally, and developers in Singapore and the region are pushing out highly polished and engaging games. Tabletop gaming has a very passionate community, and I’m very happy to welcome them to GameStart this year. As always, GameStart aims to be where all gamers and all-things-gaming can come together and have fun and I’m excited to present this year’s edition,” said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart Asia.

More updates and information on GameStart 2017 are available on, and

  • Sporting a dark urban Cyberpunk theme, GameStart 2017 presents the ultimate in gaming content on expanded event grounds
  • Top esports tournament, South East Asia Major, returns with mega line-up of fighting games, international pro players and a prize pool of over USD 50,000
  • GameStart organisers to host the 2nd IMGA SEA awards and inaugural SEA Summit conference, expanding the convention to four days
  • New Areas: GameStart Tabletop Area & Cyberpunk themed Café 
  • Viral AR game ‘HADO’ will be playable at GameStart 2017
  • Fan favourites: Doujin Market, GameStart Indie Award, Founders Base, Game On! Cosplay Runway
  • Partnerships with Taipei Game Show, BEKRAF Game Prime, Evolve Perth and C3 AFA to welcome more regional gaming content and participants into home-grown convention
  • The Secretlab Chair Race, a hit at the 2016 convention, returns for GameStart 2017

  • Where and When?

    Suntec Convention Halls 401-403

GameStart 2017  – Key Dates

  1. Thursday 12 & Friday 13 October-SEA SUMMIT Business Conference
  2. Friday 13 October-IMGA SEA Ceremony
  3. Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October-GameStart 2017
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