UnCon-Eventional Stories are event recaps more on the event itself than the experience.
Wonder what the event is like in the field? Check out, A Con-Eventional Story: Anime Fest 2019
Credits to the Comic Fiesta Official Facebook for the featured image, and the various images seen in this post.
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So, Anime Fest.
This event sure wrapped up quite fest. 🤔
The FAQ is this?
Anime Fest 2019 is an ACG event held on the 11th to 12th of August, over at the North Court of IOI Mall Puchong, site of a convenient AF LRT service that works for anyone.
Hosted by the folks from Comic Fiesta, some of you from a certain Historical City might be wondering why the name sounds so familiar.
Well, maybe this should jog your memory.
Ours too, because we were there during their debut in Melaka last year!
Children’s card games.
…what a fine time to spend at an event. o.e
No event announcement from this year so far has been this ‘from out of nowhere’ as Anime Fest 2019, at least, until July 23rd that is.
Now the date might scare some of you folks $-hitless, given that August 12th is technically a Monday.
But, it is one of those Mondays that turn into a Public Holiday because…Malaysia!
So Anime Fest has the honor of being that one event that’s running on a Monday, which is kind of neat.
What’s worth noting is that given how new this event’s name was, it’s kind of surprising to see it sprung into action already.
Even more so when you consider it was announced less than 2 weeks before event Day! D:
That’s followed by announcement spams for a guest/performer/activity each day since July 23rd. 🤔
Also, the kid on that poster…yeah…hands off plz. :monkaS:
Registration Open Season
If memory serves, I seem to recall that there was a cosplay contest last year at that event, despite being distracted by again, Children’s Card Games, on both days.
Announced on July 25th, registration for the Cosplay Contest was not the last activity folks could register for.
…also, is it just us, or does that cosplay contest photo look…familiar. 🤔🤔🤔
Ah it’s prolly nothing, not like they used this photo before or something. :big 🤔:
Announced on July 28th, the event welcomed folks to register for a Lucky Draw giveaway for various things on display.
From cosplayer merch, to toys and stuff.
Only condition being that, the pool needed at least 100 registrations before they would proceed.
That happened on August 1st, with an announcement post showing the same photo, but coloured, alongside times on when to be at the stage area or risk losing their winning Draws. 🤔
One of those instances you really don’t want to “Balik” or you get “Balik”-ed.
Of course, there’s some on-site only events to register for, such as the Table Flipping Contest.
Announced on August 5th, this segment of unleashing your inner frustrations awaits all who are looking to flip something off.
Not here dammit! Put that table back!
┬━┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)
Lineup Starts Here
As a Comic Fiesta backed event, there’s always that one attraction that always get people’s attention,
That being the Preview Sales of Early Bird Comic Fiesta tickets!
Announced on August 7th, these priced about the same as event day tickets for CF 2019 awaits ALL THE 60 bucks in cash people looking to getto them early.
It’s not a CF backed event without this stuff going around. 🤔
But what’s an event without guests to take both the stage, and booths?
Starring, many familiar Guest Cosplayers and performers, that have appeared at least once before in past events this year, it’s a chance to meet some of these folks you may have missed before.
With Guest Signing sessions across both days, from about as early as 11:30.
The schedule’s also pretty straightforward, with the event timings for them Lucky Draw segments and Flip Table Challenges a much for interesting thing to pay attention to. 👀
Mostly the former, because FREE STUFF.
If one’s Luck skill is OP enough. 🤔
The Good Goods
The Good Goods brings you ALL the best bits an event has to offer!
Please keep in mind this is only for the current iteration of this event, which may or may not repeat for future events.
Turn Down For Time
To answer the question, “Turn Down for What”, Anime Fest has found a way.
Basically during the event across both days, there was a large delay in between stage segments, ranging from 1 to 2 hours of background music playing as crowds roam around the area.
This is pretty neat actually, and it helps negate some of the issues you’d usually have at events.
For instance, it’s arguably less damaging to booths that have activities that involve talking, the kind of stuff that usually gets boned by speakers blasting music from stage performances and what not.
Considering the positioning of those damn speakers above various booths that involve certain activities that require a lot of communicating (ie, workshops etc), the downtime between activities help ensure that sound doesn’t get too much in the way of people wanting to communicate with the cosplay guests or their workshop participants.
As part of an…unexpected surprise that we did not saw coming, apparently there were stacks of free coupons for various restaurants handed out like candy during the event.
Over at the Coffytiam booth, the section that houses the guest cosplayer’s merch, you can find stacks of effing coupons you could literally just take.
Especially the MCD ones that give you a free Sundae!
…with the purchase of something on their menu.
Press F to TableFlip Respects
YEEEEEEEEEET. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
What can we say?
It’s a MONDAY EVENT, that kicks the Mundane out of your regular Mondays.
Truly, not the average event you’re dealing with anymore. ;D
The Bad Blehs
The Bad Blehs brings up some…bad stuff, about events, which need to be talked about since no event is without issues that can’t be fixed for the future.
and/or spies from other event organizers, you can learn a thing or two of what not to do at your event here. (As a guide, so that you’re not too busy repeating history.)
Please keep in mind these are only for the current iteration of this event, which may or may not repeat for future events.
For folks who attended the event, you may have noticed a consistent annoyance that kept getting in the way.
Especially the ones who were lining up for the Coffytiam booth’s meetup section.
…why, the F, did you guys put that section there, in the way of the mall’s walkway, in front of those MF-king normies.
On a long weekend event to boot too, which often draws crowds of those blokes to events like this if it’s near their vincinity.
Let’s take a look for a sec, with this terribly hand drawn top down view of the layout.
Left shows the actual layout of the event, middle’s the proposed plan, right is a ‘What if’ of the plan.
In hindsight, wouldn’t it have been better to relocate the Coffytiam booth to where the Stage was positioned?
And move the stage towards where the speakers at that part of the mall were positioned?
Also, keeping the Meet & Greet section inwards, away from getting in the public crowd’s way would arguably be more effective, since one thing I’ve noticed is that there is a LOT of spacing in those sections between the middle area booths.
Plenty of room for folks to both crowd for the stage, and line up for meeting the guests I’d argue.
Also keeping the attendees lined up within the carpet area ensures they don’t get in the way of Effing normies, whilst putting the Coffytiam Booth’s goods out in the open for crowds to observe would be effective at getting attention of passing folks.
All that is said, I can understand if it’s some mall mandated BS that forces the layout we encountered during the weekend.
Otherwise, it just seems…weird.
Now yes yes, I know, why should organizers give a F about normies who are too cheap to ever spend cents on events anyways?
What’s important is to do enough to make sure that the event does everything it can to not get in people’s way, since not everyone at the event that day is there for the event.
Especially normies who do their usual…ugh.
You know what we mean.
I don’t know about you, but the Lucky Draw segment for the event went…kind of awkward.
Even more so when you consider that…if you’re going to mention registering for it online at the event, why not also have the Coffytiam booth mention that as well?
It just seems weird since it’s possible that the Lucky Draw may have slipped people’s minds, or not be known at all.
People might’ve just known about the event but know nothing about the Lucky Draw event itself, especially one that involves online registration and stuff.
Just something to conisder the next time something like this is planned.
Haven’t we given this verdict before? 👀
Yes we have.
But in all seriousness though, AnimeFest is surprisingly well put together.
It’s just bloody coincidental that we also happen to mention, both the floor plan and this eerily similar point like a story we wrote before.
Outside of maybe giving a plug for the event’s Emcee, I genuinely cannot think up any other issues that need addressing.
Though, I should probably mention to you guys to stop blowing up your Event Pages please.
Only PopCon’s done that so far, and it just baffles us as to why would organizers think that a good event where nothing went wrong should be buried instead of preserved.
That said, maybe that’s the secret Captain, to not getting criticism.
Just do a small scale event so well, that nothing could possibly go wrong.
But that’s also a sin, since we can’t think up stuff on what needs improving. 🤔
Gonna be brutally honest here, kind of expecting another from out of nowhere announcement for next year’s Anime Fest.
Considering it’s like a CF Mini mini kind of setup, this small and steady event may appear again, likely around this time of year, if we had to take a guess and bet. (Don’t take the latter plz, that’s only for playing Dungeon Dice Monsters.)
That’s assuming this is all according to Comic Fiesta’s Cake-kaiku. 🤔
To sum this discount Comic Fiesta Mini but not really, it sure flew by too fest.
…and thankfully, as did this story.
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