Time: 11am - 7pm
SMASH! SYDNEY MANGA AND ANIME SHOW, Australia’s premier Japanese pop culture convention, is back for another enormous year this August 19 – 20 at Rosehill Gardens.
Revelling in all the colour and festival of Japanese pop-culture, Australia’s #1 anime convention is the ultimate celebration of cosplay, animation, fashion, gaming and entertainment cultures.
“For fans of Japanese pop culture, SMASH! is one of the greatest experiences of the year,” says Andrew Qiu, President at SMASH! “SMASH! offers something for fans of all ages to love, and hopefully expand their knowledge of Japan’s unique culture. ”
Set to be their most massive year yet, SMASH! will be bringing the biggest names in Japanese pop culture to Sydney, including cosplay superstars Baozi and Hana, voice actors Shizuka Itoh, Daisuke Sakaguchi and Shiori Mikami, manga illustrator Asami Hagiwara, illustrator Redjuice, gaming CEO Hiroaki Yura, character designer Yusuke Kozaki, and Japanese DJs Yui Kanan and Teddyloid.
The stellar list of guests joins a packed program of panels, workshops, cosplay competitions, gaming tournaments, the Gundam Builders World Cup, a Maid Cafe and plenty more.
Flaunt the costume you’ve been perfecting for months at SMASH!’s huge range of cosplay events. Strut your stuff in the stress-free, non-competitive Cosplay Catwalk, smash it out against your favourite characters in the captivating Cosplay Battle Royale, or put it all on the line and compete for the chance to represent Australia in the World Cosplay Summit Competition in Nagoya. Cosplay devotees will also have the chance to meet world renowned cosplay couple Baozi and Hana who are famous for their stunningly gender-fluid portrayals of male and female pairings from a variety of manga and anime series.
Take a break from the bustle and spend some quality time with the team of maids and butlers at the SMASH! Maid Cafe, modelled after popular host clubs in Japan. From personalised table service and mini-games to a special idol dance performance, the Maid Cafe accurately replicates the uniquely Japanese phenomenon.
Fancy yourself a Gundam fanatic? Build the ultimate model to compete against 12 other countries for the prestigious Gundam Builders World Cup.
Who said the fun had to end? Filled with live music, performances, cosplay and gaming, SMASH! After Hours keeps the good times rolling after day events wrap up. Settle in with friends and your video game of choice, or party the night away with live sets from DJ Teddyloid and his energetic vocaloid remixes, joined onstage by DJ Yui Kanan and her unique blend of banging EDM with cosplay culture.