Indonesia’s biggest Japanese pop culture event is this weekend! C3 AFA Jakarta 2018 is happening at the Indonesia Convention and Exhibition (ICE) from 31st August to 2nd September 2018! You simply can’t afford to miss this!
This year’s line-up is the biggest ever — featuring seven amazing I Love Anisong artistes, three VTubers making their event debuts, a whole slew of never-before-seen anime contents, exclusive merchandise available only at the event, star cosplayers galore, and gaming competitions that put your skills to the test!
If you think there’s a lot going on, then you’re right! But we at WOW Japan will be happy to lend a hand, by counting down to our top five reasons for getting off our butts and making our way to the biggest event for fans of Japanese anime, cosplay, gaming, and anisong!
#1: A Never Before Seen I Love Anisong Line-Up!
This year’s I Love Anisong line-up is simply out of this world! Day 1 features a full-length concert by the one-and-only EGOIST! Comprised of producer ryo and vocalist chelly, EGOIST was formed for the TV anime “Guilty Crown”; the duo has gone beyond the show, and are also renowned for their songs for “Psycho Pass” and “Fate Apocrypha”! One of the most popular anisong artists in Indonesia, check out this musical and technological marvel only at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
On Day 2, prepare to rock out to not one, not two — but six absolutely amazing performers taking over the I Love Anisong stage! Making her succesful return to the anisong scene after a short hiatus, Ami Wajima is finally in Jakarta for her revenge gig! Best known for her song “Eien Loop” from “Kuromukuro”, be sure to welcome this hard-rocking young performer!
Drawing from their deep musical history and out-of-the-box style, BAND-MAID is a hard-rocking live act and a certified viral hit online! They recently collaborated with “YU GI OH VRAINS”, and will be providing the song “glory” as the official ending theme. Experience their unique fusion of image and music for yourself on Day 2 of C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
Konomi Suzuki debuted with the song “CHOIR JAIL” (lyrics produced by Aki Hata), when she was just 15 years old. She subsequently made four consecutive appearances at the biggest anime-song festival in Japan, “Animelo Summer Live”. Konomi will be onstage on Day 2 at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018 not just as an anisong artist, but also as a voice actor — promoting her latest title, “Lost Song“. Don’t miss it!
The alluring and talented Mashiro Ayano made her debut with the opening theme song “Ideal White”, of the television anime “Fate/stay night”. After a succesful nationwide tour in Japan, she has set her sights on the rest of Asia — with performances in Singapore and now Indonesia!
Megumi Nakajima made her debut as a voice actor and a singer with the TV animation “Macross Frontier”, where her song “Seikan Hikou”, which went No.5 on Japan’s Oricon single chart. Celebrating her 10th year in the business, she recently released a double A-side single “Shiranai Kimochi/Bitter Sweet Harmony”! If you loved Ranka Lee in Macross Frontier, you cannot miss her performance on the second night of I Love Anisong!
TRUE is an anisong writer, composer, and radio personality, active in various parts of entertainment. She is best known for singing the opening theme of the critically acclaimed “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-blooded Orphans”. Her latest anime collaboration is with the hit anime “Violet Evergarden”, where she provided the theme song “Sincerely”. Hear her powerful and soulful voice only on Saturday night at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
I Love Anisong Artiste Goods
C3 AFA Jakarta 2018 is also a rare opportunity for local fans to get their hands on exclusive artiste merchandise — most of which have been flown in especially from Japan! Get your hands on EGOIST t-shirts and tote bags, Ami Wajima or Mashiro Ayano towels, limited-edition BAND-MAID CDs, and so much more!
Indonesian fans no longer have to purchase second-hand goods from online auctions at insane prices! You can grab everything you want first hand from the artistes themselves! You can even wear them to I Love Anisong, and showy your support for your favourite artistes! For more information, check out the official C3 AFA Jakarta FB page!
#2: Not Just One But Three VTubers Making Their Event Debut!
Virtual Youtubers are all the rage in Japan, and now the craze is set to take over the rest of the world. C3 AFA Jakarta is honoured to have not just one but three Vtubers making their international event debut: the most famous Vtuber in the world Kizuna AI, Indonesia’s very first Vtuber Maya Putri, and the bilingual beauty Siro!
Kizuna AI is Japan’s most popular virtual YouTuber — if not the world, with over two million subscribers. She usually posts videos talking about random subjects, as well a footage of all the video games she plays. She has recently embarked on a musical career with the release of her first single “Hello, Morning”. Do not miss her first ever Asia event appearance only at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018! Follow her on Twitter for more of her online shenanigans!
Maya Putri is a Virtual YouTuber aiming to become Indonesia’s national songstress. Maya’s iconic costume is based on traditional Indonesian fabric (batik), which is intended represent the rich Indonesian culture to all viewers worldwide. Maya will deliver live cover-songs and Q & A sessions with visitors. Join her on Twitter and become one of her first loyal followers!
Siro is an up-and-coming Vtuber who has been gaining popularity because of her unique voice — which can veer from calm and soothing to cold and menacing. She is best known for a series of covers of famous Vocaloid tracks, as well as her interesting and intriguing comment videos done in both Japanese and English. Chat with her on Twitter and learn more about her unique quirks!
Virtual Youtubers are yet another way Japanese technology is being used to bring laughter and joy to many people all over the world! A melding of technology and creativity, expect more amazing things from these up and coming personalities who prove that the lack of a physical body is not an obstacle to success!
#3: Special Talk Shows and Anime Premiers Direct from Japan!
Check out special appearances by musical guests such as singer Eri Sasaki, violinist Ayasa, and singer-voice actress Sora Tokui! Come meet some of your favourite cast members and directors from such titles as “Gundam Build Divers“, “Lost Song“, and “Release the Spyce”! Feast your eyes on some exclusive anime premiers such as “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures Golden Wind“, “K SEVEN STORIES Episode1“, and “Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple“! And so much more!
Personal Appearances by Your Favourite Japanese Celebrities!
Eri Sasaki is a popular singer-songwriter whose tracks evoke a sense of warmth and nostalgia. Her most popular track is undoubtedly “Furu Biyori” from the wonderfully relaxing anime “Laid-back Camp”. Come see her perform her much-beloved songs at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
After becoming a viral sensation for her violin covers of both pop songs and anisong tracks, Ayasa has become one of the most popular artistes from Japan. She collaborated with a number of popular Japanese artistes, as well as performed all over the world. Let’s all welcome her on her first visit to Jakarta!
Popular voice actor Sora Tokui needs no lengthy introduction! Best known for her roles in “Tantei Opera Milky Holmes” and “Love Live!”, she is also a popular manga artist on her own right! Get to know the multi-talented artiste up close and personal during her closed-door Meet & Greet event, exclusively at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
Cast Members and Directors Appearances from the Latest Anime!
“Gundam Build Divers” is the sequel to the highly popular series “Gundam Build Fighters”, which centres on a group of intrepid kids who build Gundam models and battle each other in virtual battlefields. Voice actor Jun Kasama plays the role of “Kyoya Kujo”, the Leader of “Team Avalon” and the highest-ranked Gunpla Diver!
Popular anisong artiste Konomi Suzuki is featured in her first seiyuu role as the voice of “Rin” in “Lost Song“. Rin has the ability to sing Spirit Songs, legendary songs that can manipulate the four elements of the world and bring about miracles. Let’s listen to her talk about her exciting adventures as Rin!
“RELEASE THE SPYCE” is one of the featured anime titles at C3AFA Jakarta! This brand new title will air from October 2018, and fans in Indonesia can get to watch the first 2 episodes before anyone else in Asia! New voice actress Yukari Anzai — who voices the main character Momo Minamoto, will also join us on the stage!
Exclusive South East Asia Season Premiers and Free Film Screenings!
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind
Check out the South East Asia Premier of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind” (Vento Aureo) at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018! “Golden Wind” takes place after “Diamond is Unbreakable”, and follows the story of Giorno Giovanna and his dream to rise within the Italian mafia to become a “Gang-Star”! Indonesian fans get to see the first episode before everyone else in South East Asia!
K SEVEN STORIES Episode1 「 RB ~BLAZE~」
Made popular due to their stellar cast and beautiful art, the project K series will be releasing a new six-part anime film project. K SEVEN STORIES Episode1 「 RB ~BLAZE~」 is their first installment! Are you rooting for Scepter 4 or HOMRA? Check out the twin screenings at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple
“Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple” will be screening at C3AFA Jakarta 2018 on our Day Stage! The movie follows the events from the anime series. Join ability users from the Armed Detective Agency and the Port Mafia into uncovering the truth of a mysterious mist.
#4: Celebrity Cosplayers and Exclusive Merchandise
Get ready to go crazy at the C3 AFA Jakarta exhibition halls with loads of popular star cosplayers and exclusive anime merchandise! Go all out with special cosplayer merchandise such as posters, postcard sets, and photo books! Bring home some meme-tastic “Pop Team Epic” merchandise, amazing “Sword Art Online” goods, and so much more!
Get Up Close and Personal with your Favourite Cosplayers!
Popular Thai cosplayer Thames Malerose will send hearts aflutter as with his popular cosplays from “Onmyouji” and “Touken Ranbu”. A multi-talented cosplayer, Thames Malerose is also an artist, model, designer, composer and actor. He is also part of the Thailand rock band, Malerose! Follow him on Facebook, and come meet him at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
Clarissa Punipun wears many hats as a cosplayer, gamer and performer. She regularly posts musical covers of her favourite anime and game songs on piano, drums and even the cello. She is currently the cosplay ambassador for Kurate Gakuen in Japan and the brand ambassador for Asus Republic of Gamers. Check out her lovely live performance on the C3 AFA Jakarta stage, and make sure to follow her on Facebook as well!
Aza Miyuko is one of the representative cosplayers of South Korea! She is extremely popular, with a huge following globally. Her most popular cosplays are from League of Legend and OverWatch, and she has been asked by major game developers to be the official character cosplayer of some of their best titles! Meet the lovely Aza Miyuko at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018, and check out her activities on her Facebook page
Multi-talented cosplayer Ola Aphrodite has been a model since she was 5. Her interest in singing gotten her a spot as part of the idol group Shojo Complex in 2016. She has since graduated to pursue a solo career. Ola Aphrodite has been cosplaying since 2013. Check out Ola as she combines her cosplay, singing, and dancing chops at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018! You can also check out her Facebook fanpage!
Talented Hong Kong cosplayer, Luffy has gained much fame due to her portrayals of Honoka from the series, “Love Live! School Idol Project”. She is also a talent dancer and performer. She is part of the group V-Project which does dance covers in cosplay. This will be her first time in Indonesia so let’s give her a warm welcome at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018! Follow her on Facebook too!
Baozi and Hana
The handsome duo, Baozi and Hana are huge celebrities in the cosplay community. They have travelled around the world as celebrity cosplay guests. Baozi is the prop master of the two and Hana is a wizard with makeup. The duo have recently launched a cosmetic line, Flower Knows. Get your hands on their special make-up workshop tickets today! Follow them on Facebook as well to keep up with the happening duo!
Exclusive Merchandise Only Available at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018!
Pop Team Epic
If you haven’t encountered the precocious Pipimi and Popuko from “Pop Team Epic“, the you haven’t been spending enough time on the internet! Bringing their famous tongue-in-cheek humour to C3 AFA Jakarta 2018, check out their line of original goods that are sure to get big laughs from peeps in the know!
Sword Art Online
If you’ve ever fancied yourself as an overpowered, undefeated MMO character, then these “Sword Art Online” items are a must buy! Featuring all your favourite waifus from the popular series (and its five millions iterations), there is definitely something to strike your fancy!
Ladies, don’t feel left out! A whole slew of official merchandise from popular rhythm game “Idolish7” will be at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018 to claim your hearts (and your wallets!). Here’s your chance to pepper your ita-bag with new items such as can badges, key chains, and a whole lot more!
With all these amazing goods and you have on, and personal one on one experiences with some of the best cosplayers on the planet, it’sno wonder fans are making a beeline for C3 AFA Jakarta 2018! Make sure you don’t get left out! You can check out the complete schedule on the C3 AFA Jakarta 2018 official website!
#5: An All-New Gaming Experience at AFA Play
Last but not least, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is with some major tournaments at AFA Play — powered by GameStart! GameStart is one of the biggest gaming events in the region, holding multiple events in countries and territories such as Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and their flagship event in Singapore!
Pit your mettle against fellow fight game enthusiasts at various titles such as “Dragon Ball FighterZ“, “Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2“, “BlazBlue Cross Tag“, and “Tekken 7“! These hectic head-to-head competitions are brought to you especially by GameStart!
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Play as any of the major characters from the Dragonball franchise, in this popular game “Dragon Ball FighterZ” by Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment! This open tournament is offering a free trip for the winner to attend a “Dragonball FighterZ World Tour SAGA” event of their choice, anywhere in the world! Register here today!
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 tournament
Prove your mettle as the best player in Indonesia at AFAPlay’s exclusive “Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 tournament“! “Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2” is the 16th iteration of Arc System Works’ flagship Guilty Gear series! Featuring flashy animation and tongue-in-cheek references to other major franchises, it remains a fan favourite to this day! Register here today!
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle
Pick your pair of fighters and prove they are the ultimate team as AFAPlay hosts an exclusive “BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle” tournament. “BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle” is another popular title from Arc System Works, which has spawned a number of highly popular collaborations with other titles such as “RWBY”. Register here today!
Claw your way to victory at AFAPlay’s exclusive “Tekken 7” tournament! Developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment this ninth installment in the Tekken series is the first to make use of the Unreal Engine. The war between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation continues to ravage the world, and it’s your turn to make a stand! Register here today!
That’s it for our (admittedly massive) list of things we’re looking forward to at C3 AFA Jakarta 2018! Tickets to all these amazing contents are still available — but hurry, as the door to early bird discounts is closing quickly. Make sure you check out the ticketing website Loket right now!
See you all there this weekend!