Cosplayers a big draw at three-day anime fest at Suntec City

SINGAPORE - Cosplayers brought their favourite anime characters to life, as they turned up in full force at the sixth edition of the Anime Festival Asia, clad in the most outlandish costumes imaginable.

Corpse brides, complete with dripping blood gamely posed for photographs as mercenaries from the popular Attack On Titan anime prowled the hallways in packs as they pointed their swords menacingly at excited fans.

About 85,000 people attended the three-day festival at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, which ended last Sunday.

Spread across four halls, which included an exhibition area and a stage area, the festival saw anime fans jostling to take pictures with cosplayers, buy collectibles and catch their favourite anime producers, directors and voice-over actors in the flesh.

Top draws were the I Love Anisong concert series, where 14 acts such as May'n, Milky Holmes, LiSA, and Singapore's own J-pop singer Valerie Tang performed anime and Japanese songs to a sell-out crowd. A showcase ono Saturday for the popular anime series Psycho-Pass saw a massive crowd gather at the main stage area to listen to the creator and scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi and director Naoyoshi Shiotani talk about the creative process behind the show.

Fans also flocked to the ever-popular maid and butler cafe, where 17 attractive maids and butlers from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, took their dining orders and chatted with them.

Nanyang Polytechnic student Lai Shao Yang custom-made a Hello Kitty flag online for $300 to accompany his infantry guard outfit, which he got from a shop in Toa Payoh.

The 18-year-old digital media student gave his third outing at the festival two thumbs up. "It's an interesting event, and I get to make friends with people who have the same interests as me. It's a good chance for me to dress up because there are not many places where you can wear outfits like these for three days." 

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