Cosplay festival in Singapore draws 105,000 anime fans

Cosplayer Eiji Wong, who works as a photography assistant at a studio in Kuala Lumpur, at the Anime Festival Asia, which took place from Nov 30 to Dec 2 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Cosplayer Eiji Wong, who works as a photography assistant at a studio in Kuala Lumpur, at the Anime Festival Asia, which took place from Nov 30 to Dec 2 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. PHOTO: ADAM WAN BOK YEN
Cosplayer Eiji Wong, in the role of Arthur Pendragon, a character from mobile game Fate Grand Order.
Cosplayer Eiji Wong, in the role of Arthur Pendragon, a character from mobile game Fate Grand Order. PHOTO: COURTESY OF EIJI WONG
The crowd waiting to enter the Anime Festival Asia at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre on Dec 1.
The crowd waiting to enter the Anime Festival Asia at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre on Dec 1. PHOTO: C3AFASG 2018
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A home-grown festival celebrating cosplay, or costume play, has become a magnet for fans of anime, attracting more than 105,000 fans and participants this year.

Hours before the doors opened for Anime Festival Asia (AFA) at the Suntec convention centre two weeks ago, the buzz of excitement was palpable in the swelling crowd, with people in line craning their necks to admire those in costumes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2018, with the headline Cosplay festival in Singapore draws 105,000 anime fans. Subscribe