Monday, July 25, 2011

Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!)

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

(more photos can be found in the facebook album + if you find a picture of yourself and would like the hi-res version, please send me an email)

Original anime/manga illustration sources: Angel Beats 1; Angel Beats 2; Kikki's Delivery Service; No-face of Spirited Away; Kagami and Tsukasa; Lady Phantomhive; Aqua of Kingdom Hearts


  1. Amazing coverage! Your photos are so awesome, and I especially love the full album on facebook, you always manage to capture such perfect moments! It looks so fun, I'll have to come to the next convention :D

  2. Amazing! I attended my first cosplay event about 3 months ago overseas and totally got into the vibe (as well as feeling rather underdressed!)

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  3. Umm that human tetris is the coolest thing I've ever seen!

  4. Things photos are incredible! This must have been such an interesting event to attend! Love how you've included the illustrations in with the photos! xx