The Japanese pop culture craze has well and truly arrived in Australia. And for those who know their Pokemon from their Digimon, their Dragon Ball GT from their Dragon Ball Z, the Smash! Anime Festival has become the event on the convention calendar.
Across August 20 and 21, enthusiasts and aficionados from around the nation will gather at the Rosehill Gardens in Sydney to take part in this Japanese-themed pop culture extravaganza.
Running in Australia since 2006, Smash! has established itself as one of the country’s leading promoters of Japanese pop culture. In bringing the biggest and best names in the anime and gaming industries to our shores, Smash! has allowed local audiences to gain an insider’s point of view. This desire for closer contact with their heroes should come as no surprise, with non-Japanese audiences becoming more and more interested in the cultural origins of their favourite shows, comics, and video games.
Smash! 2016 looks to keep up this tradition with the inclusion of special guests Yuegere Fay and Takahiro Sakai, two of Japan’s most famous cosplay artists, and renowned voice-over artists Hideo Ishikawa and Ai Nonaka. Audiences will even have the opportunity to meet and speak with Nonaka at a special Q&A event.
This year the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, a milestone anniversary concert will take place on the Saturday featuring live music, special performances and cosplay events. But all the fan-favourite events will still be there, with guest panels, exhibitions, screenings, workshops and cosplay competitions sure to be as popular as ever.
Get your tickets early to secure your place, available now at www.smash.org.au. Chris Prindiville