SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show) is a convention dedicated to the celebration of Japanese Pop Culture bringing artists, directors, musicians and fans alike together. Highlights included the spectacular array of cosplay creations; checking out the stalls (selling badges, posters, figurines, figma, graphic tablets, coloured contact lenses, plastic guns, cat ears, keychains, manga, anime, illustrations, video games... the list goes on); the Maid Cafe (where we were called 'my masters' by our butler and won the maid cafe prize!); Cosplay photobooth; Q&A with LittleKuriboh (Martin Billany, the creator of Yu-Gi-Yo: the Abrdiged Series); and of course the Cosplay competition.
Arigatou gozaimasu Ellen (Kagami) and Ondine (Tsukasa) who let me tag along and who explained the intricacies of Japanese conventions, cosplay and culture v^_^v
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