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Anime Festival Asia Brings The Festival Experience Online With “AFA STATION”

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[Updated info 30/08/2020, Official Facebook post embed updated 05/09/2020]




From the same team behind “
Anime Festival Asia” comes “AFA STATION Festival Online Week” --  with three exciting days of pop culture contents direct from Japan.  AFA STATION Festival Online Week will kick off with a free merchandise and promotion event titled “Akiba Town Online” on 30th August - Sunday, followed by “AFA STATION Festival Online Weekend” on 5th & 6th September - Saturday & Sunday. Get access to all contents via afastation.com -- tickets are now available region-wide! Early Bird Tickets are priced at just S$9, while Regular Tickets are priced at S$12; Early Bird ticketing ends on 23:59 on 30th August.




Appearing at AFA STATION is voice actress Sora Tokui, who is also known as a manga artist for “Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan”. Some of her main roles include Nero Yuzurizaki from “Detective Opera Milky Holmes”, Nico Yazawa from “Love Live!”, and Maya from “Is the Order a Rabbit?”. Look forward to seeing her very soon!
 
At AFA STATION, catch popular voice actor Chiaki Kobayashi, who has played Hiroto Kuga in "Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE", Makoto Edamura  in "GREAT PRETENDER", and Louis James Moriarty in "Moriarty the Patriot". Don’t miss out on his appearance!




One of AFA STATION’s biggest supporters is miHoYo, whose bestselling smartphone game “Honkai Impact 3rd” achieved China App Store Rank #1 in August 2018, and they are now promoting their latest open-world action RPG title “Genshin Impact”, set to be released on 28th September 2020.

Royale Ergonomics is the Official Chair Sponsor of AFA STATION! Royale Ergonomics was launched in Singapore with the goal of becoming the manufacturer of the best gaming chairs in the world. Stay tuned as you can win an AFA-themed gaming chair courtesy of Royale!

Making waves at AFA STATION is MUSE Communication SG! MUSE SG runs the YouTube channel Muse Asia -- which streams licensed anime to more than 1,000,000 Subscribers, as well as “Hakken!” -- an e-commerce platform that sells official merchandise at affordable prices. 

A first in Southeast Asia, DEX (Dream Express) brings you “Gundam Run” as a part of Gundam’s 40th Year Anniversary! Finishers of the “Gundam Run” will receive medals especially designed by Kunio Okawara, the father of GUNDAM. 
 
Bringing fine collectables and highly sought-after kits to AFA STATION’s line-up is Kotobukiya -- a Japanese toy producer, specialising in figurine and model kits of popular Anime and Hollywood titles! Kotobukiya products can be purchased at AFASHOP.co!






Lucky ticket holders also get the chance to win over 600+ items with a total value of $10,000! Prizes include Kimetsu no Yaiba collectables, EVA2020 x final True Wireless Bluetooth earphones, AFA-themed gaming chairs from our sponsor Royale Ergonomics, and more! 

Stay updated on more announcements via social media at 
facebook.com/animefestivalasia,  instagram.com/animefestivalasia, and twitter.com/animefestasia.

The organisers would like to invite companies and businesses interested in joining AFA STATION and other upcoming initiatives planned by SOZO, please email us at [email protected] to discuss future collaborations or possible partnerships.

Date and Timing:
30th August 2020 (Saturday): Starts at 14:00 GMT +8 (SGT)
5th September 2020 (Saturday) Starts at 14:00 GMT +8 (SGT)
6th September 2020 (Saturday) Starts at 14:00 GMT +8 (SGT)

Official Link: afastation.com
Official Hashtag: #AFASTATION

[Original post-11/08/2020]

 Anime Festival Asia is the biggest Japanese pop culture event in the region, with more than 30 events across nine major cities delivered over the last eleven years, welcoming more than 1.8M visitors, 1060 exhibitors, and 425 performers in total.  With the current situation in Singapore and the region, large scale physical events are not possible.  Moving forward, a new AFA digital platform has been created by the team - “AFA STATION Festival Online.


AFA STATION is a new concept that aims to bring the unique Anime Festival Asia experience online!  “AFA STATION is a fully-curated “Festival Online” hosted on a dedicated platform employing various functionalities from video streaming, interactive content scheduling and community functions -- combining everything you love about Anime Festival Asia, covering genres such as anime, games, music, lifestyle, culture, cosplay, and more! AFA STATION will stream exclusively curated appearances and performances, feature its own e-commerce marketplace, host online community discussions, and will even let you chat with fellow attendees - all in one place!  

“The current situation with COVID-19 has impacted us greatly, hindering our company to hold any events. In order for our company to survive in this new normal, we’ve had to pivot ourselves to innovate in these current times. AFA STATION will not replace the physical AFA we all know and love, nor is it a replacement for C3 AFA Singapore.  But with AFA Station, we are pushing the envelope as to what can be done to bring the festival experience our customers have come to love us for online.  

We seek the help of everyone to support our latest initiative, and hope that this will at least help us survive to a time where we can come back, bigger and stronger than ever before.  We hope this platform will be able to help us reach our objectives of bringing the latest and best contents from Japan to South East Asia. Our team will strive to bring you the best festival experience from the comfort of your home. - SOZO’s managing director Shawn Chin.
The first AFA STATION will have 3 key days - 29th August 2020 (Saturday) and 5th & 6th September 2020 (Saturday & Sunday) via https://afastation.com/.  More details of the streaming times will be announced later.


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