The 2014 Sydney Manga and Anime Show on This Weekend
posted on by Jon Hayward
The Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2014 (SMASH 2014) will be held for the first time over two days at Rosehill Gardens in Rosehill, Western Sydney. SMASH will be hosting special guests, co-founder of Studio BONES, Toshihiro Kawamoto and Japanese voice actor Kotono Mitsuishi alongside the Australian Nationals of the Gunpla Builders World Cup and the Australian Preliminaries of the World Cosplay Summit. This is alongside their traders hall, art events, ball-jointed dolls, Gunpla, card games, cosplay and more.
- Where: Rosehill Gardens, James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142.
- When: Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of August 2014.
- Cost: Advanced (pre-purchased) tickets are from $30 for Saturday. $25 for Sunday and $50 for the weekend. On the Door prices are all $5 more.
- Website: http://www.smash.org.au.
© Kotono Mitsuishi
A talented voice-actor, Kotono Mitsuishi started her career in 1988 with a role on the OAV Ace o Nerae! 2, but it was Kotono's role as Usagi Tsukino in Sailor Moon that saw her popularity rise. Since then Kotono has voiced Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion (including the recent films), Cathy Taymor in Kaleido Star, Mink in Dragon Half, Murrue Ramius in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Kagura Soma in Fruits Basket and most recently Rinko Iori in Gundam Build Fighters.
Kotono has also reprised her role as Usagi in the Sailor Moon remake, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is the principal sponsor of SMASH and has created the opportunity for Masakazu Morita to attend SMASH as a guest.
If you would like further information on Kotono Mitsuishi you can view SMASH's write-up here.
If you would like a signature from Kotono Mitsuishi she will be signing from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in the JPF signing area. Mitsuishi will be holding a panels on Saturday from 11:00am on the Main Stage and a Mini Panel at 4:00pm in the Hanabee Panels Room. On Sunday the Kotono Mitsuishi Panel will be held at 11:00am on the Main Stage.
Photo © Toshihiro Kawamoto
Being a character designer, animation director and co-founder of Studio BONES, Toshihiro Kawamoto has worked on some incredible titles. Kawamoto is best known for his work as the lead character designer and animation director on Cowboy Bebop. He started as a in-between artist on series including Mobile Suit Gundam, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and Dirty Pair. After his work on Arion in 1986 he went on to work on more Sunrise projects as a key animator, including Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ which lead to Kawamoto creating the character designs for Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Golden Boy and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team.
In 1998 Toshihiro Kawamoto founded Studio Bones with fellow Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ōsaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto. One of Studio BONES earliest works being collaborating with Sunrise on Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door and Kawamoto went on to serve as key animation director for Sword of the Stranger, Escaflowne: The Movie, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Eureka Seven. He has since supplied character designs for Wolf's Rain, Gosick, Tenkai Knights and most recently Noragami.
If you would like further information on Toshihiro Kawamoto you can view SMASH's writeup here.
Toshihiro Kawamoto will be hosting a panel at 12:00pm on Saturday on the Art Stage and at 12:30pm on Sunday on the Art Stage. If you are seeking a signature from Toshihiro Kawamoto he will be signing from 2:30pm on his signing table in JR Fleming on Saturday and Sunday.
If you would like to visit the guests for a signature you will need to obtain a token from the required booths, only a limited number will be made available for each day and the token is only valid for that day. You can find further information on the conditions of signing and where to obtain the tokens here.
HighlightsWhile SMASH now has two days to pack everything in, there's still a lot on (you can view a full list of events here). Here's a couple of our highlights.
- 10:00am - Cosplay in Today's Media. Hanabee Panels Room.
- 11:00am - The Wind Rises Screening. Animelab.com Theatre.
- 1:00pm - Charity Auction. Main Stage.
- 2:00pm - Madman Cosplay Competition. Main Stage.
- 3:00pm - Fan Translation Panel. Hanabee Panels Room.
- 1:00pm - World Cosplay Summit. Main Theatre.
- 1:00pm - Aldnoah.Zero. Animelab.com Theatre.
- 3:00pm - Gamma.Con Trivia. Art Stage.
The Maid Cafe will be running throughout the weekend, you can find more details here. The Gunpla Builders World Cup will also be at SMASH alongside Hobbyco Gundam Workshops, you can find further information on the cup here and on the workshops here.
- Saturday 1:00pm - Hanabee Panel - Hanabee Panels Room.
- Sunday 12:00pm - Madman Panel - Hanabee Panels Room.