News SMASH 2013 on This Saturday in Sydney
SMASH is a single day anime convention that will be held on Saturday the 10th of July at the Sydney Convention Center in Darling Harbour, Sydney. SMASH brings a mix of traders, gaming, gunpla, karaoke, maids and music to fans of all ages. Tickets will be available at the door for $35.
And of course if fans don't want to stop at SMASH, Vocaloid Night 2013 will be held from 7pm in the Pontoon Bar in Darling Harbour, tickets cost $50 at the door. Vocaloid DJ's Hachioju P and kz(livetune) will be performing as part of the night. You can find further information at http://www.vocaloidnight2013.net.au/.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is the principal sponsor of SMASH and has created the opportunity for Masakazu Morita to attend SMASH as a guest.
Masakazu Morita will be signing from 10:30am to 11:30am and 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the JPF signing room. He will also be hosting a panel where he will be live-dubbing some of his roles and answering questions from 12:00pm on the Main Stage.
Haruko Momoi will holding a concert from 11:00am on the Main Stage and will be signing from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the JPF signing room.
Originally a key animator that worked on Armitage III, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Steamboy, Hidenori Matsubara went onto create character designs for Sakura Wars, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo and Oh My Goddess!. He later became the animation director and character designer on Ah! My Goddess and has since become the animation director for the Rebuild of Evangelion series. SMASH have confirmed that Hidenori Matsubara will be conducting an art panel during this year's event.
If you would like further information on Hidenori Matsubara you can view SMASH's writeup here.
If you would like a signature from Hidenori Matsubara he will be signing from 10:00am to 11:00am and 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the JPF signing room. And Matsubara will also be holding a Q & A and a art demonstration from 12:00pm on the Art Stage.
Nanatsuiro Drops. The band has since released a number of covers from Ghibli films, Dragon Ball Z and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The band consists of main vocalist and songwriter Aya, pianist AKIHIRO and support musicians guitarist Fujio Ryo and Fire and Kohta Igarashi on drums. You can view their profile on the SMASH website.
If you would like to see the guests for a photo or a signature, you can find further information here.
HighlightsSMASH tends to pack in a years worth of anime events into a single day, you will miss things you want to see but here's a couple of our highlights.
- 9:00am & 3:00pm - Hobbyco Beginner's Gundam Workshop. Hobbyco Booth.
- 12:00pm - Swords and Guns (Cosplay) Panel. Siren Visual Theatre.
- 2:00pm - Paradox BJD Face-Up Workshop. BJD/Crafts Room.
- 3:00pm - Madman Cosplay Competition. Main Theatre.
The Maid Cafe will be running from 10am to 5:30pm in the Bayside Gallery, you can can view the menu, terms and conditions and the process for entering the Maid Cafe here. The Gunpla Builders World Cup will also be at SMASH alongside Hobbyco Gundam Workshops, you can find further information here.
Hanabee will be announcing their new titles during the Hanabee Industry Panel in the Hanabee Panel Room at 1pm. Madman Entertainment will be holding their industry panel at 2pm in the Madman Screening Room.