The Madman Anime Festival hit Brisbane for the first time on Saturday and Sunday (10-11 June). Here’s a recap of the event for those anime fans out there who couldn’t make it.
Madfest Brisbane 2017 took place at the Southbank Convention Centre. It hosted several special guests, including international cosplay celebrities, performers and voice actors. The highlights were undoubtedly USA voice actress Cherami Leigh, most famous for her roles as Asuna in the English dub of Sword Art Online and Lucy in the English dub of Fairy Tail, and Japanese voice actress Yuko Miyamura, the voice of Asuka from Evangelion.
Performances and screenings entertained fans throughout the event. The Australian premier of the Dragon Ball Super English dub took place on Saturday morning, cosplay competitions and parades were held on both days,
and convention-goers were treated to various musical acts, including the video game stylings of DJ Sheep.
Art exhibitions gave fans the chance to take a close-up look at the creativity and talent behind some of their favourite series. Collections included manga art, storyboarding, backgrounds, concept art, key anime art and more. Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online and Tokyo Ghoul all had their own space.
There were plenty of photo ops at the event, with Canon providing several themed photo booths and free photographs for cosplayers and other convention guests. Other booths were dotted around the event, including One Punch Man and Love Live Sunshine themed areas. Anime and car enthusiasts were invited to bring their anime-themed vehicles to the event, where they were on display throughout the weekend, and of course, there was an array of talented artists selling their wares in the creators’ zone.
The fun didn’t stop once the show floor was closed. In the evening Madman hosted premier screenings. On Saturday fans enjoyed the Australian premiere of the English dub of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale, and on Sunday it was the Australian premiere of Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic. There was also an official after-party on Saturday held at the Netherworld Bar.
Overall the event was significantly smaller than a convention like Supanova, but a must-attend for all anime fans out there, and we hope to see it in Brisbane again next year.