Beginning first in the late 1950s with the publication of comics for young people and then the production of animated comics in the 1960s, an intimate relationship between Manga and Anime has evolved such that today over 60% of the animated cartoons produced are based on Manga. This ‘collaboration’ has seen the Manga and Animation industry produce some of the best creations for TV and film, and has also brought about a kind of media cross-fertilisation which has spawned a unique brand of music, games, character-based products and even magazines.
ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA (AFA)
One of the biggest Anime-related event ever held in Singapore. The festival line-up included live performances by famous Japanese artistes and guest appearances, gaming and cosplay competitions, lectures, exhibitions and an industry seminar, toy fairs, launches, etc. This festival is scheduled to be an annual event to cater to the growing popularity of Japanese anime and manga in Singapore.
SINGAPORE COSPLAY CLUB (SCC)
The Singapore Cosplay Club organises the biggest cosplay event held every July in Singapore. The winner of the cosplay contest gets to participate in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan. SCC is an active and growing community that conducts cosplay workshops etc. for its members regularly.
WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT
All year round, many events are organized in Japan to celebrate the dynamism and vibrancy of the Anime and Managa culture. But none has reached the height of mass appeal as the World Cosplay Summit which allows Cosplayers to play a leading role in introducing Japanese Manga and Animation to people around the world. In recent years, this event has proven so popular that it was listed as one of the events in the “Visit Japan Campaign”in 2007.
KYOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA MUSEUM
Developed to collect, preserve and exhibit Manga and Anime materials, the Kyoto International Manga Museum is a joint co-operation between the city of Kyoto and Kyoto Seika University. It is open throughout the year for research and studies on Manga culture and to Manga enthusiasts to browse its vast Manga books and material collection.
Manga, a term used worldwide to refer to Japanese comics, and Anime, Japan-produced animation, is as distinct from Disney as Hollywood is different from Bollywood. Their unique entertainment value has captured not only both the young and old, it has also drawn waves of Japanese to contribute and feed this growing industry. In fact, their appeal has transcended national borders, languages and religious differences worldwide, and has won them fans who lap up every one of their