Hey there Rearguards!
Chara Expo 2017 will happen again, this time on 9-10 September at Suntec City, Convention & Exhibition Centre. If the date seems familiar to you, that’s because Chara Expo is (unfortunately) clashing with Singapore Toys, Games and Comics Convention (STGCC), which is happening on the same dates. Just to let you guys know, ZaCaptain and I will be attending Chara Expo while Leon will be going for STGCC.
There was a press conference held today to announce more details about the event, and Leon and I attended to see what’s in store for us this year.
This year’s partners are about the same as last year, and just about the companies you’d expect in a convention. I’m more interested in what TBS has to bring to us for this year.
There will also be tournaments held this year, with Dragoborne making its debut this year with its first tournament. What caught us (or rather myself) off guard was that Angela Lee is chosen as the image person for Dragoborne Asia Championship this year.
There will also be a cosplay competition this year, with up and coming cosplayers from Hong Kong, Australia and Malaysia being special guests for this section. Ely from Taiwan will also make an appearance at Chara Expo, so mark the dates on your calendars if you wanna catch her!
If you’re a fan of NJPW, I got some good news and bad news. The bad news is that there will not be live matches happening this year. The good news is that it’s not for naught as Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask will be coming as special guests!
Special guest appearance will include the following:
Tokui Sora (Nanana Paruko, Buddyfight), Kitta Izumi (Tokura Misaki, Cardfight!! Vanguard), Sasaki Mikoi (Okazaki Kumi, Cardfight!! Vanguard G), Ozaki Yuka (Serval, Kemono Friends) and Morishima Shuuta (Omori Baku, Buddyfight).
Poppin’ Party (comprised of Aimi, Itou Ayasa, Otsuka Sae, Nishimoto Rimi & Ohashi Ayaka) will be making their first appearance in Singapore at Chara Expo. Unfortunately, Ohashi Ayaka will not be able to make it.
Appearing in Singapore for the first time as well is Rummy Labyrinth (Yumizuki Luna CV Kudo Haruka & Chouno Am CV Aimi).
Making a return for the second time for her live concert is Nitta Emi. Apart from the smell of sweat and the heat from the audience, I really enjoyed her live last year, so this is a welcome surprise for me. But no, I’m not going for the live as I no longer have energy to spare.
Of course, Chara Expo’s press conference wouldn’t have been complete without special guest appearances, and this time we have (the usual) Kidani Takaaki, Aimi and Aiba Aina (Anjou Tokoha, Cardfight!! Vanguard G Next). Aimi’s back for the second time for Chara Expo and Aina has been to Singapore a few times, though this is her first time here as a special guest. To summarise, they’re really excited about the event and hopes to see lots of people and having fun together—blah blah blah you know the typical.
We were invited for a private interview with Aimi and Aina, but due to time constraints we were asked to submit our questions in instead. We will do a follow up once we’ve gotten the responses, but that is all we have for you for now.
See you guys at Chara Expo!