STGCC and GGXP to bring the best pop culture and gaming experience to you

STGCC 2017 – Credits: STGCC

It is time of the year again for Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC),  one of the largest pop culture event in Singapore. Held at the Sands Expo from 8-9 September 2018, this year’s event will be filled with activities ranging from LEGO speed building challenge, to Cosplay Runway and many more! Co-located with STGCC is the Good Game Experience Show dedicated for gamers.

STGCC 2017 – Credits: STGCC
STGCC 2017 – Credits: STGCC
Credits: STGCC

This year, STGCC will be bringing an out-of-this-world LEGO experience to visitors. For Voltron: Defender of the Universe fans, five interactive Voltron-themed lion figurines that can transform into robotic lions will be unveiled at STGCC’s LEGO zone. You can also build your very own LEGO Voltron figures. And if you are the competitive type, join the Speed Building Challenge, where a full-size Voltron model must be assembled with LEGO bricks within a specified time limit.

STGCC 2017 – Credits: STGCC

Meanwhile, Harry Potter fans will be thrilled to know that there will be a LEGO campus of the famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at STGCC. Want to take a piece of the magical world back home? The newly release Harry Potter Hogwart Castle LEGO set with over 6,000 bricks is available for sale at STGCC in limited quantity. Other Harry Potter merchandises will also be available at the show.

GGXP 2017 – Credits: STGCC

For gamers, the Good Game Experience (GGXP) show which is co-located with STGCC is an entire floor just for gamers. The World Electronic Sports Game (WESG) supported by Alisports (Alibaba Group’s sports branch)​ and local esports initiative Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) will be holding the Singapore qualifier at GGXP this year. See Gaming Athletes battling out in games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Dota 2, Starcraft II ​and Vainglory​. Lend your support to your favourite local esports teams at WESG stage arena as the battle to represent Singapore in the finals.

GGXP 2017 – Credits: STGCC

Of course, for the first time this year GameTrader.SG is partnering with STGCC and GGXP to bring a unique game trading experience to gamers. Unlike other shows where you simply selling your games at a low price to game shop, the GameTrader.SG’s event aims to help you sell your game directly to gamers at the show. While we do not buy back your game, you can simply drop off your game at our booth and potentially sell them at a much higher price. Buyers can view the catalogue of games available (more information here) and purchase them from our booth. If we manage to help you sell your game, you will receive your money at the end of the day! It’s that simple.

More information

We are also organising multiple ‘Meet and Trade’ sessions. Come down with your console game and trade on spot with other gamers according to the schedule which is available here.

So remember to bring your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox and Nintendo switch games to the show! Other game consoles are also welcomed.


As usual, we will be doing the media coverage for the event on the actual day and bring the event to you via our blog. Also do visit our booth at the GGXP show booth GA2! See you on the 8th and 9th of September!

Step into Japan through Japan Park

Japan Park 2018

The inaugural Japan Park 2018 is happening now at Suntec Convention Center Hall 403 and 404 from 4th of August to 5th of August. The tagline of the event is “Play, Get and Taste a selection from 47 Prefectures”. Be sure to come with an empty stomach so that you can eat your fill at the event itself. You can also buy a piece of ‘Japan’ back home in form of a tatami at The Tatami Shop.

Event Map

The entrance fee is SGD15 for a day and SGD25 for two days. The area itself isn’t that big that would warrant a two full day visits. However, if there are performances at the main stage that you wish to catch on both day, the two day pass will be suitable for you. There are other special package ticket which comes with either a special Keisuke Ramen or a VIP ticket for Poppin’Party, a popular girl band in Japan. More information at this link.

6 Zones of Japan Park

6 Zones of Japan Park

There are a total of 6 zones in Japan Park. The Omakase stage is where you will catch a list of performance ranging from traditional Japanese Dance to Celebrity Cosplayer talk show. Check out the time table below to make sure you don’t miss the performance that you are interested in.

Omakase Stage Time Table

KUNI-KEN Shamisen Live

If you have kids and wish to burn some of their endless energy, sign them up for the sports challenge at the Kids Sport zone. The challenge involves a few physical tests which will last about 20 minutes. The booth is hosted by the Albirex Niigata Singapore FC  which is a satellite of Albirex Niigata of Japan. The Singapore team has been playing in the S.League since 2004.

Kids Sports Zone

CharaExpo Mini

CharaExpo Mini

Unlike the last CharaExpo, this mini edition is definitely not comparable to the full scale CharaExpo of last year. The area is much smaller than the previous year. However, for fans of  BanG Dream!, this year CharaExpo will not disappoint you. Members from Poppin’Party will be performing live at the Omakase stage on the last day of Japan Park.

Poppin’Party

There was also a Yukata talk show on the first day where all the fans get to meet the members of Poppin’Party.

Giant posters for you to take picture

Other than BanG! Dream, Love Live is also another franchise that is promoted at this year CharaExpo Mini. There is a booth dedicated to Love Live where a big screen version of the popular Love Live School Idol Festival is available for you to try.

You can also get merchandises at the Bushiroad booth located in CharaExpo Mini. Some items are already sold out on Day 1. So make sure to get them quickly if you have decided on what to buy.

Bushiroad Booth

Experience Japan

Japan Park

There are a few unique Japan experience you can get to try out at Japan park. Koka city is known as the city of Ninja in Japan. Try your hands at shooting some ninja shuriken at a target. It is definitely not as simple as you think.

Koka Ninja

Matsuri game is another popular activity enjoyed by many in Japan during any Matsuri (festival). There are however only two games available at the Maturi Game booth.

Matsuri

For the tea lovers, you can get an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony experience . There are limited time slot so you may wish to register earlier with the staff.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Food at WA-Shiok Gourmet Festa

WA-Shiok
Gourmet Festa

The WA-ShiokGourmet Festa is where you will find some of the best Japanese restaurants that are available in Singapore. With 18 stores including Keisuke Ramen, Ginza Lion and Menya Sakura, you will be able to enjoy all the different food together at the same time.

The event uses a cashless token system. Your wristband is how you will pay. Do note that the credits inside are non-refundable, so top-up them gradually and not at a single go.


Japan Park is definitely an event for Japanese lover. The event itself covers a broad base of Japanese Culture. However, the breadth comes at the expense of depth. It doesn’t feel like a Matsuri to me, nor does it feels like an Anime/Manga event. Nonetheless, Japan Park is a good to visit for the weekend for all the Japanese lovers out there.

Details

Japan Park Singapore 2018

Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Halls 403-404

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018

Websitehttp://jpsg.asia

FacebookJapanParkSG

Instagram@JapanParkSG

Rimi Nishimoto’s (voice of Ushigome Rimi in BanG Dream!) Interview

Are you a fan of BanG Dream!? If so, you must not miss the upcoming Japan Park Singapore (JPSG) 2018 held on the 4th and 5th of August. The popular Poppin’Party band is performing live at JPSG! All the band members will be here in Singapore except drummer Ayaka Ohashi.

Before we finally get to enjoy their music live in Singapore, we manage to get an exclusive interview with Rimi Nishimoto who voiced Ushigome Rimi, the bassist of Poppin’Party.

Nishimoto Rimi provides the voice of Rimi Ushigome. ©BanG Dream! Project ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved

[GameTrader.SG (GT)] How has becoming a Seiyuu changed your life?

[Rimi] My life has completely changed because before becoming a voice actress, I was very a shy and simple girl from the rural part of Japan. Now, I perform in front of people as an actress and musician, I give energy to the people with my performance. I am still trying to become a great artist that can really inspire people.

[GT] Could you share with us how did you started with Voice Acting? Were you scouted or you applied for the role?

[Rimi] I started when I auditioned for a new group in an animated series called Milky Homes. I actually wasn’t selected but they remembered me playing the guitar during the audition. When they were putting together BanG Dream!, they contacted me to be part of the show.

[GT] We love BanG Dream! What do you enjoy about being part of BanG Dream providing the voice of Ushigome Rimi?

[Rimi] My character Ushigoma Rimi is a very girly and feminine character. She’s very adorable and I really enjoy playing her as she’s very cute. Rimi loves eating chocolate in the anime, which is very similar to me, as I love chocolates!

[GT] We also heard that you are into games! What are the recent game titles that you have played and enjoyed?

[Rimi] Nintendo Switch’s Splatoon 2! I am constantly playing that.

©BanG Dream! Project ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved

[GT] Who were you inspired by or what anime inspired you to be one?

[Rimi] I love Angel Beats, which inspired me to be a voice actress. As for who’s my inspiration as a voice actress, I do not have anyone in mind.

[GT] Lastly, any upcoming development for BanG Dream! or Poppin’Party that you would like to share with us?

[Rimi] On 11th of July, Poppin’Party will release our 10th single called Double Rainbow, along with a new song, 最高 (さあいこう)!. Also, Poppin’Party will be performing in a ticketed event in Shanghai on 21st of July called “ビリビリマクロリンク” at the Mercedes Benz Arena.

(C) JPSG2018

Catch the live performance of Poppin’Party at this year’s Japan Park Singapore 2018.

Read more about the event at our previous post.

Details

Japan Park Singapore 2018

Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Halls 403-404

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018

Websitehttp://jpsg.asia

Facebook: JapanParkSG

Instagram: @JapanParkSG