SMASH – Sydney Manga and Anime Show – is back and it didn’t disappoint attendees: old and new. Many things to cover for a weekend involving the Maid Café, musical performers, gaming hubs – card, PC and console based – discussion panels and the all important aspect for any convention: cosplay. Especially, crowning Australia’s newest representatives for the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) at Nagoya, next year.
For a low-key, non-cosplaying attendee, I am both overwhelmed and amazed at the cosplayers who put more effort into their costumes and props. You don’t have to be an Otaku to appreciate the rising subculture of Japanese pop culture. There were a few comic book characters that showed up that breaks the norm of anime, gaming and manga. Well, it is east meets west in the hub bub of it all, which is after all an exception either way.
As with all good things, the team behind SMASH look towards on focusing for the future ahead. SMASH has exceeded expectations with over sixteen thousand attendees at Rosehill Gardens this year alone. According to Susan Ma – Public Relations for SMASH – they aim to be not just the #1 Japanese pop-culture convention in Sydney or Australia. “We want to be a Japanese pop-culture convention that will be recognised on an international scale as well, along the likes of Anime Expo and Anime Festival Asia.
As each year goes by, SMASH! continues to grow significantly in many ways. Whether it is the increase in attendees and/or the variety of events and activities that we host across the weekend, we need a venue that will cater SMASH!’s growth and needs, and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre will certainly fulfil that. [And] Also, many fans strongly preferred the original Convention Centre — we’re sure that our recent announcement about our move to ICC will make many fans happy.” Ma announced.
As the old chapter closes, another opens next year. Sydney will wait until 2018 for more anime shenanigans for its homecoming at the refurbished convention center at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.
A sample of shots from SMASH 2017
For more cosplayer shots and highlights, click to our official Facebook album.