SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

Jul 12th 2010
July 2010

Fans of Japanese pop culture will be descending on Sydney Town Hall on Saturday 7 August for the 2010 SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show.

A celebration of Japanese anime and manga, SMASH! is an open and affordable meeting point for the Australian anime fandom.

SMASH! will feature a number of events, including the popular cosplay competition in which fans dress up as characters from Japanese animation, comics and video games. In addition, SMASH! will, for the first time, play host to the Australian finals of the Bandai Action Kit Universal Cup.

"It's really like the World Cup of Japanese model-making," said Edward Zhang, the SMASH! Events Director. "SMASH! has partnered with Hobbyco and together we're hosting the Australian finals of the junior and senior division. The best part is that the winner of each division will receive a trip to Hong Kong to represent Australia and compete in the grand final!"

SMASH! will be featuring five exciting international guests this year, including:

· Japanese voice actress Yuko Miyamura, who has voiced characters in a multitude of anime and game titles, and is most famous for her role as Asuka in the highly popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.

· American voice actress Tiffany Grant, who has contributed her voice to the English versions of over 1000 anime TV episodes, original video animations and movies. She is the English voice of Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

· Writer, producer and director Matt Greenfield, who in addition to his prolific production work on anime and live action titles, served as Senior VP of ADVision/ADVFilms for over 15 years.

· Concept and freelance artist Shaun "Endling" Healey.

· Published comic artist Mikiko Ponczeck.

Tickets for SMASH! are on advance sale for $20 and will be available on the day for $25. Visit www.smash.org.au to buy your tickets and find out more information.

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