Updates: The pop-up store has ended on the 21st of March 2023.
To celebrate Final Fantasy 35th anniversary, a pop-up store is opened at PARCO Shibuya in Tokyo. Open for a limited time in the franchise’s home country of Japan, the pop-up store has a variety of new Final Fantasy products and merchandise up for sale, most of which can only be purchased in the physical Parco pop-up shop or online store.
We visited the pop-up store while we are in Japan. The store is right opposite Nintendo Tokyo store. For those in Japan this is the place on Google Map
With much anticipation, AFA 2022 is finally back in physical form at Suntec Convention after 3 years of hiatus (last held in 2019). While we still enjoy the online AFA Station TV show nothing beats jostling in a crowd full of enthusiastic Anime, Comics and Games (ACG) fans looking for merchandise to add to your collection. Here are some details on the upcoming event happening from 25th Nov to 27 Nov 2022.
There will be a brand-new J-Dance Asia competition, with the Finals taking place on November 26 at the festival grounds’ Akiba Stage.
In front of the audience, groups of 2 to 10 people will have the chance to showcase their choreography set to a Japanese music track.
Reputable dancers from Singapore and Japan will serve as judges and perform in a unique dance display.
The J-Dance Asia contestants have a chance to earn cash prizes worth up to S$1,000.
On 11 November 2022, registration will open at https://bit.ly/AFASG22JDance.
At AFASG22, the Cosplay Singles showcase competition will return.
Cosplayers can use this opportunity to display their outfits on a local stage and compete for prizes.
Some key highlights of exhibitors include Anime Metaverse,Bandai, Bushiroad, Conan, Genshin Impact, Good Smile Company, Hakken!, Kotobukiya, Nissin, Valiant Force and more. There will be exclusive merchandise available for purchase.
Over at Creator Hub, you will get to see and buy work by some of the talented artists including:
Self-taught illustrator Rachta Lin, whose travels and experiences influences her creations;
Sarah Thursday, who creates illustrations inspired by dark alternative subcultures with a deeply personal twist; and
Digital artist Raiko, who paints characters from games and anime usually in a semi-realistic style.
Meet and Greet
While you can’t meet you anime waifu or husbando in real life, you can definitely meet a cosplayer counterpart! Sessions will be available with celebrity cosplayers Hakken, Charess and Ely.
AFA-verse – Gamified AFA
Visitors will for the first time get a game-like experience as soon as they enter the festival grounds.
In order to open virtual easter eggs and gain AFA Hero XP and AFA Coins, visitors will receive a specially made NFC-capable band.
Additionally, they can create their own Seika AFA-tar, get exclusive skins from AFA-Pitstops, or use AFA-Coins to buy limited-edition accessories.