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Madman Anime Festival Returns to Perth This Weekend

posted on by Jon Hayward
The first of the major conventions for 2018 is this weekend with Madman Anime Festival (MadFest) returning to Perth on the 4th and 5th of March at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Special guests include Ray Chase, the voice of Noctis from FFXV.

Madman Anime Festival is a weekend convention celebrating anime, manga and Japanese culture.

The convention will be featuring a new Cowboy Bebop exhibition, special anime screenings, bringing the Attack on Titan exhibition and VR experience, the Perth heat of the Madman National Cosplay Championship and having a whole hall of traders including the Ichiban Kuji lottery draw.

Special guests will include Ray Chase, the English voice actor of Noctis from Final Fantasy XV, Japanese staff from Sword Art Online II and Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale including production members Gô Suzuki and Tomoya Nishiguchi and character designer Shingo Adachi.

Details

  • Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA.
  • When: Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of March 2018. Saturday from 10am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
  • Cost: Tickets start from $40 for a day or $60 for the weekend.
  • Website: http://www.animefestival.com.au/.

Guests

You can see the full list of guests here.

Ray Chase

Reasonably new on the voice acting scene, Ray's credits are no doubt impressive. Ray narrated over 128 audiobooks in 1.5 years and is the winner of the 2014 Voice Art Award for Best Audiobook Fantasy. He also won the People's Choice award for Best Male Vocal Performance in a Video Game in the 6th BTVA Awards (2016).

Most well known as the voice of Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV and it's accompanying film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. You will have heard in him One Punch Man as Puri Puri Prisoner and Dr Genus, Mob Psycho 100 as the voice of Tenga Onigawara, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day as Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki, Charlotte as Yuu Otosaka, Howzer as Howzer and this weekend you can catch him as Zash Caine in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry during the English dub premiere at the festival.

Ray's work also includes roles in many other video games including Alfonse, Roy and Gaius in Fire Emblem Heroes, Fernand in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Eve in NieR: Automata, Artorius Collbrande in Tales of Berseria, Duncan in D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, Evfra De Tershaav in Mass Effect: Andromeda and Mizuki Aihara in Akiba's Beat.

You can check out Ray's profile at animefestival.com.au. Ray will be available for autographs each day and will be heading up a panel "Voice Actor Insights with Ray Chase" on Saturday and Sunday at midday, details can be found here

Gô Suzuki

Having been in the industry since the late 90's, Gô's first major animation role was as an in-between animator on His and Her Circumstances. He then went onto do key animation on other series including Azumanga Daioh and Ninja Nonsense before making his directorial debut on D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~. Gô went on as chief animation director for D.C.II S.S. ~Da Capo II Second Season~ and among other series worked on Wagnaria!!3 (Working!!). Most recently Gô has worked on Sword Art Online II as an animation director and on Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale as the animation director and as an assistant character designer.

You can view Gô's' profile at animefestival.com.au

Shingo Adachi

Shingo Adachi has a long history in animation starting with work as a inbetween animator for Martian Successor Nadesico and now has character design credits on Wagnaria!! Rockman.EXE Beast+ and Galilei Donna. Character design and chief animation director on Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online II and Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale projects. And key animation credits on everything from Beelzebub to Zoids and everything inbetween (Love Hina, Durarara!!, Hand Maid May, Negima!, Shaman King, and Vividred Operation to name a few).

You can view Shingo's profile at animefestival.com.au

Tomoya Nishiguchi

Known for doing many amazing anime openings including Silver Spoon, Oreimo 2 and Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online II, Tomoya worked as a Chief Animation Director and Key Animator on Wagnaria!!3. He more recently has worked as an animation director on Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online II and was involved as a Animation Director, Key Animator and Prop Designer on Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale.

You can view Shingo's profile at animefestival.com.au

Cosplay Guests

Cosplay guests at this festival include local cosplayers Giorgia (MNCC 2012 Champion) and Kirilee (MNCC 2015 Champion) and international cosplayers Jin and Miguela> from the Philippines.

Exhibitions

Cowboy Bebop Exhibition

Exclusively at MadFest, a collection of incredible artwork, photo opportunities and more for fans of the 1998 anime Cowboy Bebop.

Your Name Exhibition

Featuring character profiles, background information, staff comments, stunning stills and a special photo spot.

Attack on Titan The Exhibition – Wall Australia

Unique insight into the internationally popular manga created by author and artist Hajime Isayama. Madman Anime Festival has carefully selected pieces from the original exhibition in order to showcase some of the best and most exciting parts of the world of Attack on Titan. Explore reproduced drawings from the original manga and see up close large scale scenes from the manga.

Attack On Titan VR: The Immersion Theatre

The stage is set for the battle for Trost District. The walls have fallen and mankind has been forced to retreat once more.

In order to recover estranged territory, humanity sets off on a mission to repair the gaps in the walls with the power of Eren transformed into a Titan.

Follow the viewpoints of the soldiers taking part in the operation, experience the exhibition of battle with the Titans.

- From MadFest Website.

A short 4 minute GearVR experience presented in Japanese. Please note this incurs an additional $10 cost.

The World of Sword Art Online

Exhibition of key scenes, large-scale artwork, photo zones and life-size standees from the Sword Art Online series and film.

Features

Madman National Cosplay Championship

In it's 10th year, the Perth preliminary round of MNCC will be run from 3:00pm on Sunday the 4th in the AnimeLab Arena. You can view this year's entrants on the new MNCC website here.

Shopping

Ichiban Kuji

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji merchandise range will again be available in Australia. MadFest will be running a dedicated stall where attendees can purchase a ticket for a particular set and exchange the ticket for the winning good displayed. Sets including Sword Art Online, Dragon Ball Memories and Fate / Grand Order: Kensetsu Ippaki. You can see the sets here.

Mai-Wish! Candy Store

The Mai-Wish! Candy Store will be stocking Japanese snacks including Kit-Kat, Meiji chocolate, Pocky, Ramune, Hello Panda and more.

Screenings

Attack on Titan: Roar of Awakening - Australian Premiere

Eren's battle against the Titans rages on! After fighting the Female Titan, he has no time to rest as a hoard approaches Wall Rose. A new war begins and as they face the threat to humanity, they begin to unearth terrifying secrets. What are the Titans really and where do they get their power—and who's really on their side? Featuring brand new never before seen scenes only in this movie.

The screening will run from 6:30pm on Saturday in the AnimeLab Theatre. You will need to obtain a ticket to watch the premiere, Madman VIP pass holders can get tickets for free while regular festival attendees will need to pay $15 for a ticket. Both can be obtained from the Madman Anime Festival ticket booth. More information can be found here.

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry - English Dub Australian Premiere

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is an original story based on 193 storyboard pages that Hiro Mashima, the original manga creator, drew for the new film and will bring us to the climax of the Fairy Tail series!

The screening will run from 4:30pm on Saturday in the AnimeLab Theatre, this screening is free and open to all MadFest attendees.

Final Details

You can find the schedule for Perth Madman Anime Festival here and further information on MadFest including the floor-map & ticket prices.

And finally you can visit MadFest's website or facebook page or twitter for further information.


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