Make no mistake about it, MadFest Brisbane went off with a bang!
I was fortunate enough this past weekend to attend the latest Madman Anime Festival in Brisbane and if I had to sum up the experience in one word: AWESOME!
The vibe and atmosphere of the festival was like no other; fans old and new came together to show their love for anime. It was insane the amount of fans that turned up for the Brisbane event. Before door opened the line was out the door and fans were eagerly awaiting to go in and experience what was going to be an epic anime filled weekend.
Idol mania was strong in Brisbane. The ‘Love Live’ cosplayers were in full force and with performances from local dance groups ‘A-muse’ and ‘Aquaria’ as well as the ‘Aquors Cheering Party’ with the special screening of ‘Love Live Sunshine’ it was the perfect excuse for fans to whip out their glow sticks and embrace the idol goodness.
The Expo hall was in my opinion the best out of the three MadFest events I have attended. Nearly every stall had access to EFTPOS facilities which made it easy for fans to spend to their hearts content (Yes, even I went a little overboard because of this!). I was extremely impressed with the variety of vendors with their anime collectables and the affordability of the products. Unlike Melbourne and Perth buying stuff in Brisbane was a lot easier and more friendlier on the wallet.
We had some of the same exhibits and displays that appeared at both Melbourne and Perth MadFest; such as the ‘Tokyo Ghoul exhibit’, ‘Sword Art Online exhibit’, ‘One Punch Man experience’ and ‘Mai-Wish: Maid and Butler cafe’, however fans in Brisbane were the first ones in the country to see the unbelievable ‘Attack on Titan’ exhibit which was without question one of the most amazing experiences as an anime fan to experience. I could have spent hours just staring at all the wonderful drawings and art from the series.
We had the ‘Itasha Vehicle display’ in Brisbane which was super cool to see the cars all decked out in anime. This was one thing I wished I could have seen in Perth but I was glad that we got the opportunity here in Brisbane. I really hope that this becomes an feature in all MadFest because it is awesome seeing these cars.
Without question the guests that attended were the most engaging and interactive guests to come to a MadFest event. Fan favourite voice actress Cherami Leigh (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail, Sailor Moon) was interacting and meeting all her fans. It was really refreshing to see a guest get really involved and just having an absolute blast. She has probably set the standard for guests very high because she was just happy to go and spend the time with the fans. Yuko Miyamuru (Neon Genesis Evangelion) made her return to MadFest (she previously attended the first event back in Melbourne) and was just as wonderful as she was at the first event. She had a wonderful Voice acting workshop and panel where she even did a live read of Asuna from Evangelion. The Cosplay guest were just as amazing as well, with the likes of Ying Tze, Katyuska Moonfox, Orochi X and Pinky Lu Xun the cosplay fans were extremely lucky to get to meet their idols.
Fans were also lucky to get to be the first in the country to see in Premiere screenings of ‘Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale’ *English dub* and ‘Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic’ which made lots of anime fans extremely happy. Like Perth and Melbourne there is nothing better than sitting with a big group of anime fans watching a new film. MadFest fan were also the first in the world to exclusively see the brand new episode of ‘CONfessionals’ which was extremely funny and brilliant.
Now I have attended all three MadFest and I can say without any bias or influence that this was probably one of my favourite MadFest events to attend. The volunteers were so nice and helpful and the vendors were kind and willing to give you a great deal on merchandise. I actually struggle to find any fault with this event because everything ran according to whatever script the staff at Madman were running on. It is clear that as each event happens the festival itself gets better and better. What I loved was the fans itself that attended. Everyone was there to have fun and being extremely supportive of each other and the cosplayers were off the charts. If this is the standard that it is currently at now, I have no doubt that the event will become an Australia wide event.
5/5 for me. Thank you Madman for putting on such a stellar event, and we cannot wait to see what will happen this year in Melbourne!