This huge Japanese pop-culture convention returns to Sydney
Whether you’re mad for cosplay, a gaming wizard or in love with the artistry of anime and manga, the return of SMASH! is sure to excite Japanese pop-culture fans. The weekend program includes panel discussions, film screenings, music and dance performances, art demonstrations and creative workshops.
They’ve invited a host of international industry stars who’ll be talking shop and answering audience questions. See the faces behind your favourite characters at meet-and-greets with prolific voice actor Spike Spencer – who’s dubbed everything from Pokémon to Peter Rabbit – and Japanese voice actors Ryotaro Okiayu and Tsubasa Yonaga, who bring to life masculine leading men and fresh-faced shounen characters. Animation director Takahiro Omori and video game director Taro Yoko will impart insights on production, while cosplayer Mon makes her first appearance at the convention.
After you’ve seen a short anime screening and watched gamers battle it out, there’s more creative genius to explore. Peruse 300 artist stalls, then get creative yourself making origami, adding to the graffiti wall or belting out some crackers on the karaoke stage.
The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a cosplay competition. You can rock your outfit in the background or show off your stuff on stage in the Cosplay Masquerade. Your costume could score you a trip to Japan as Australia’s representative in the World Cosplay Summit finals.