SMASH!: the Bits and Pieces

There is so much more to SMASH! than Cosplay and more Cosplay. There was the unique Maid Cafe’, Gunpla Builders World Cup, Mario Kart Tournament,  panels and of course every nerd’s delight, nerdy shopping!

Cosplay 22
Floor 4

Maid Cafe’

Unique to SMASH! was the Maid Cafe’, and let’s make this crystal clear, a family friendly Maid Cafe’! It was perfectly located to capture the stunning views of Darling Harbour while a courteous Maid or Butler serves you. There is the option to go all out and have high tea or simply order from the menu selection.

Maid Cafe

Panel: Shin-ichiro Miki

Fullmetal_Alchemist_BrotherhoodI attended the panel for the Japanese voice actor Shin-ichiro Miki who is evidentially a very big deal in the Anime world. If you don’t know his name, you may have at least heard of some of his work on Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach.

What made these panels unique was the use of a translator, even though it should be unsurprising as they are Japanese voice actors. What made it interesting was that the Japanese speakers in the audience would react first, followed by the delayed reaction from the rest of the audience when we finally heard the translation.

Shin-ichiro answered questions from the audience but the highlight was watching him perform a live dub. It involves playing the original scene with the pre-recorded voice overs, followed by a replay where he performs his role live.  A highlight was an emotional scene from Fullmetal Alchemist, where Roy Mustang visits the grave of Maes Hughes, mainly because of the reaction from the fan girls and boys.


Ball Jointed Dolls

At SMASH! I was also introduced to Ball Jointed Dolls (BJD), these dolls are handmade and are able to be articulated into poses courtesy of the ‘joints’ consisting of a ball and socket.

These dolls are also customisable which is pretty much limited by the owner’s imagination, the more ‘obvious’ modifications include different wigs, eyes and clothing but there are owners who may take it even further by giving their doll a facial or even modifying their body!

BJD Ball Jointed Dolls


Now for a bit of nostalgia, they had a Mario Kart 64 Tournament! Unfortunately I could not register in time before the cut off. It was probably for the best anyway, I grew up playing the less technologically advanced 2D Super Nintendo version!

Nintendo 64 Mario Kart Tournament

There was also a free play section provided by Sydney Gamers League which included some of my favourite games Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.


Convention Floor

The convention floor is the mish-mash of Anime related goodies ranging from super kawaii (cute) to downright scary fashion and accessories, Manga, art, toys and more!

Electric Alice
Paper Craft
Floor 2
Floor 3
Floor 5
Floor 6
Floor 7
JPF Photobooth

If any of this has peaked your interest, lock in August 10, 2013 for next year's SMASH!

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