The third edition of CharaExpo promises to wow fans – with an exciting line-up of stars and artistes – following last year’s record 19,573 attendees across both days! With this year being Bushiroad’s 10th Anniversary, the event hopes to exceed everyone’s expectation through hosting tournaments as well as bringing in favoured Anime content.
Being held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 9th and 10th September, this year’s CharaExpo will consist of three main components – The Trading Card Game Arena, the Exhibition Area and the Main Stage.
As usual, Bushiroad hosted a mini press conference in [email protected] to promote their showcase event in the region! Guests Aimi and Aina Aiba were in town – together with CEO Takaaki Kidani – to front the event.
CEO Takaaki Kidani had this to say on what’s new at this year’s event:
“To commemorate our 10th anniversary, this year we are introducing our first ever online animation course by ParentheXis at the expo, where budding anime artists can be certified in Japanese Animation. This will be the third CharaExpo in Singapore, and we want to bring the essence of Japanese sub-cultures to fans in Asia; to give them the opportunity to meet and interact with the content creators behind their favourite animes and manga.”
Below is an excerpt of interview questions held by the emcee for Aimi and Aina Aiba:
Q1) Is this your first time visiting Singapore?
Aina: This is my first working trip to Singapore. However, I have previously visited Singapore for as a holiday. As such, I have visited several tourist attractions such as the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands and a few others!
Q2) How are you feeling about guesting your 1st CharaExpo?
Aina: This is my first time in Singapore and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a huge show! It’s because of my work in Cardfight!! Vanguard and Kemono Friends that I can connect with my fans around the world and not only in Japan – through our mutual love of card games, songs and the cute animals!
I’m very touched and excited to have this opportunity to participate in this year’s Charaexpo and at the same time, I’m really excited about the content that CharaExpo is bringing to Singapore! I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!
Aimi: “Hello, Everyone! Nice to meet you!! I’m Aimi! voice actress~ Yeaaaaahh!” (in English)
Emcee: “Her English is perfect! Don’t you think so too?”
Aimi: I’ve been to more countries recently, that’s probably the reason why my English is improving!
Also, in Japan, a mobile rhythm game – Girls Band Party – has been recently released. I really hope that everyone can play it too!
Q1) Any places that you are looking forward to visiting?
Aimi: Even though I have been to Singapore for about 3-4 times, I’ve always been too busy. Hopefully, I would be able to visit Singapore Flyer this time!
Q2) Please introduce the three featured Anime at CharaExpo!
Aimi: In Cardfight!! Vanguard, we feel that we have been growing together with our characters as we have been in this series for a long time. Now, both our characters – Tokoha Anjou and Am – have become more matured as card fighters, as well as being more independent. They have also become better rivals and are fighting for their friendships.
Furthermore, there will be many new characters coming up in the Anime, so, please do tune in!
Note: Aina Aiba voices Tokoha Anjou whereas Aimi voices Am.
Aimi: For Future Card Buddyfight, I really like the Chibi Panda as it’s really cute! As you watch the series, you can learn how the buddies actually grow together, so please do make sure you catch it as well.
Aimi: In BanG Dream!, I’m voicing as Kasumi Toyama – the guitar vocalist of Poppin’Party. It’s an Anime series where the girls in school meet each other through a band. This is a very touching story about friendship and since young, the girls have many trials to overcome. I hope that everyone would like this Anime!
Aina: In Kemono Friends, I’m voicing as Iwatobi Penguin. All the characters are really pretty & cute. Despite it being a cute Anime, you can also learn various things about animals from the Anime.
Here is something that not everyone might know about Kemono Friends: the director, Tatsuki, told me that the series was actually inspired by the Singapore Zoo and is very deeply related to Singapore.
So be sure that you will watch it! Furthermore, the songs are cute-ish. Hopefully, everyone will “Rawr” together with me.
Aimi & Aina Aiba Signing Event
Aina Aiba voices Minato Yukina – a second-year student at Haneoka Girls’ High School – and is a vocalist of Roselia in BanG Dream!.
Aina san is also known for her roles in: Cardfight!! Vanguard G NEXT (Tokoha Anjou) and Kemono Friends (Rockhopper Penguin)!
Official Twitter: @aibaaiai
Aimi voices Kasumi Toyama – the the guitar vocalist of Poppin’Party in BanG Dream! Prior to BanG Dream!, Aimi has also voiced several characters, with the most notable ones being Kazumi Tokiwa in Detective Opera Milky Holmes and Suiko Tatsunagi in Cardfight!! Vanguard.
Her first single – Tenshi no CLOVER – was used as the opening for Lotte no Omocha!. It was released on 3rd May, 2011. To date, she has released 5 singles and an album titled “Love”.
Official Twitter: @aimi_sound
Both Aimi-san & Aina-san were here to promote CharaExpo 2017, as well as to sign postcards for their fans!
Some highlights of the event will be the Bushiroad Championship Series 2017 Autumn Circuit where winners of the Cardfight!! Vanguard and Future Card Buddyfight tournaments will represent Singapore at the World Finals in Tokyo next year!
Bushiroad’s new fantasy trading card game – Dragoborne -Rise to Supremacy- – will host an Asian Championship at the event, with a special guest appearance by the game’s ambassador, Women’s Atomweight World Champion, Angela Lee!
The Cos Stage Competition returns this year as well, with the grand prize being an all-expenses paid trip to the Cosplay Collection Night at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2017! Registration will only be opened till June 30, so please hurry up and participate now!
The following overseas and local exhibitors will be participating this year at CharaExpo! And more to be announced!
The following overseas and local exhibitors will be participating this year at CharaExpo, with more to be announced!
- Bushiroad/TBS/Visual Arts/KEY/COSPA/Front Wing/Dentsu/ADK/Kadokawa/Good Smile Company/SONY/IMMG/HARUKAZE/OSAKA Broadcasting Centre/HOBBY STATION/La Tendo/OTAKU TACHI/Toy Coin/Shogakukan/ParentheXis
-Cardfight Vanguard G: NEXT
-Future Card Buddyfight
-Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume
CERTIFICATION IN JAPANESE ANIMATION (FUNDAMENTALS)
ParentheXis, a mobile learning networking service, will launch their first ever online animation course at CharaExpo 2017. This certification will be offered by ParentheXis Academy (ParentheXis’s Education Partner) with content developed by the Japanese animation school of ASO College Group.
For more details, please write to May (Marketing Manager, ParentheXis) at [email protected]
-Emi Nitta (Returning for her 2nd Live!)
-Bang Dream!’s Poppin’ Party (Aimi, Sae Otsuka, Rimi Nishimoto, Ayasa Ito)
(*It’s a pity that Ayaka Ohashi, character voice actress for Saaya Yamabuki, won’t be attending this year CharaExpo.)
-Haruka Kudou and Aimi (Rummy Labyrinth from Cardfight!! Vanguard G)
-Yui (Hong Kong)
-JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER
*Please note that there will not be any live wrestling this year.
-Angela Lee – Women’s Atomweight World Champion, will be the official image person for Dragoborne Asia Championship!
Card Game Tournaments
-Bushiroad Championship Series 2017 Autumn Circuit
- Cardfight!! Vanguard
- Future Card Buddyfight
*Winners of the Cardfight!! Vanguard and Future Card Buddyfight tournaments will receive a paid invitation to compete in the World Finals, taking place in Tokyo, Japan early next year.
-Dragoborne -Rise to Supremacy- Asian Championship
Cos Stage competition
A grand prize of an all-expenses paid invitation to the Cosplay Collection Night at the Tokyo Game Show in September.
Registration Period: NOW till 30th June, 2017 (Friday) 23:59
More information at: https://chara-expo.com/cos-stage
Grab your tickets to CharaExpo 2017 today!
Tickets are priced at S$6 (early bird) and are available at any SONY or TOG (Toy or Game) stores as well as selected hobby stores.
You can also purchase tickets online via Peatix: http://charaexpo-2017.peatix.com/
S$8 (at the door) @ CharaExpo 2017 Ticket Sales Counter (outside Suntec Convention Hall 404-406 on 9 & 10 September
*Children 12 years old and under enter for free.
About CharaExpo 2017
CharaExpo 2017 is a Japanese manga, anime, games and cosplay event that will be held on 9 and 10 September 2017 in Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Halls 404-406. CharaExpo 2017 aims to shine the spotlight on the people and team behind the scenes of these Japanese-related content. The event will feature prominent producers, manga artists, illustrators, cosplayers and more. Fans can look forward to meeting these special guests and learn more about their passion and work. Major Japanese anime, manga and game companies will also be participating in the event to showcase and offer event-exclusive exhibits and merchandise. For more information, visit http://www.chara-expo.com/.
Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for developing Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Weiss Schwarz, Dragoborne -Rise to Supremacy- and other card games, promotional items, smartphone applications around the world. For more information about CharaExpo 2017, please contact Bushiroad Inc. at [email protected]
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