SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

Things to do, Expos and conventions
Attendees at SMASH (Photograph: Kris Ezergailis)
Photograph: Kris Ezergailis
Gundam at SMASH (Photograph: Herman Zeng)
Photograph: Herman Zeng
SMASH cosplay (Photograph: Supplied)
Photograph: Supplied
SMASH markets stalls (Kwun Wah Chan)
Kwun Wah Chan
SMASH attendees (Photograph: Chris Kuan)
Photograph: Chris KuanOlivia Johanssen (right) and friend in cosplay

Time Out says

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 industry pros who’ll be talking shop and answering audience questions. Meet prolific singers and voice actors like Minori Chihara, well-known cosplayers like Taiwanese star King, and the creators behind your favourite animations and anime stories, such as producer Tamura Junichiro and director Mizushima Seiji.

After you’ve watched an anime screening, seen gamers battle it out and faced your stage fright in a karaoke competition, there’s more creative genius to explore. Head to one of the panels or workshops and learn more about Japanese culture, harajuku fashion and gaming, then get creative making origami, doing cosplay life drawing or whipping up your own stories in the fan fiction corner. In between activities, peruse the many stalls in the anime and manga exhibitors hall.

The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a cosplay competition. You can rock your outfit in the background or show off your stuff on the Cosplay Catwalk. If you want to take it to the next level, enter into the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) and your costume could score you a trip to Japan as Australia’s representative in the WCS finals.  


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