CharaExpo 2017 sees record turnout over two days of Anime, Cosplay and Trading Card Games

CharaExpo 2017 sees record turnout over two days of Anime, Cosplay and Trading Card Games
PINPOINT PR - Sep 18, 2017 10:33 SGT
CharaExpo 2017 concluded successfully with a record turnout of 19,247 guests across Southeast Asia. The two-day event held on 9 and 10 September at Suntec Convention Centre was attended by anime enthusiasts, cosplayers and fans of trading card games.
Headlined by some of the biggest names in anime, this year’s expo also saw the debut of many up-and-coming bands that have not been featured at CharaExpo previously. These artists include MYTH & ROID, a contemporary creative unit, which is the brainchild of producer, Tom-H@ck; Roselia, an all-girl band from popular multi-media project BanG Dream! and the Singapore Night Safari-inspired hit animation series, KEMONO FRIENDS.

                                             (The cast of Milky Holmes on stage for their concert)
For the first time ever, CharaExpo offered budding artists a chance to build on their manga portfolio by learning from the best illustrators in the industry. Fans were given the opportunity to try out an animation course in Japanese Manga at the expo before choosing to sign up for Certification in Japanese Manga and Animation, a course developed by Aso College Group and awarded by Parenthexis Academy. The course will be taught and graded by industry veterans, allowing potential students to learn essential manga hand-drawing techniques and even letting them create their own anime characters by the end of the session.
The CosStage finalists strutted their stuff for guest judges Ely, Hakken, Yui and Knitemaya, in hopes of taking home the top prize; an all-expenses paid trip to the TOKYO GAME SHOW 2017 Cosplay Collection Night in Japan. Cosplayer Rithe emerged the overall winner, giving her the chance to show-off her best cosplay and favourite costumes in Japan later this month.

                                               (CosStage finalists with Guest Cosplay Judges)
“We are extremely grateful to the thousands of fans who attended CharaExpo this year. The outstanding turnout marked a milestone in our 10th anniversary celebrations. Each year, we aim to bring the most exclusive and latest anime content into Southeast Asia. This includes giving fans the opportunity to meet their favourite Japanese stars. We are heartened by the support of the fans and attendance has been steadily increasing each year. The positive feedback is highly encouraging for us, especially since we are planning to expand into other ventures such as mobile apps and games”, said Takaaki Kidani, CEO and President of Bushiroad International Pte Ltd.
CharaExpo 2017 was celebrated in conjunction with Bushiroad’s 10th Anniversary, where delighted fans were given the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise from Bushiroad that has never been sold outside of Japan prior to the expo.

                            (Fans queue at the Bushiroad Festival booth for exclusive merchandise)
Bushiroad also introduced their new high fantasy trading card game, Dragoborne – Rise to Supremacy, where Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, the brand ambassador for the game, made a guest appearance to do an autograph and meet-and-greet session with fans.
About CharaExpo 2017
CharaExpo2017 is a Japanese manga, anime, games and cosplay event that will be held on 9 and 10 September 2017 in Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Halls 404-406. CharaExpo2017 aims to shine the spotlight on the people and team behind the scenes of these Japanese-related content. The event will feature prominent producers, manga artists, illustrators, cosplayers and more. Fans can look forward to meeting these special guests and learn more about their passion and work. Major Japanese anime, manga and game companies will also be participating in the event to showcase and offer event-exclusive exhibits and merchandise. For more information, visit
About Bushiroad
Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for developing Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Weiss Schwarz, Dragoborne -Rise to Supremacy- and other card games, promotional items, smartphone applications around the world. For more information about CharaExpo2017, please contact Bushiroad Inc. at
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