This year, the annual Visual Arts Expo(VAX) makes a return as one of the premier anime and Japanese pop culture exhibition in Malaysia. VAX is bigger and better than before this time located at Shah Alam Convention Centre for the weekend and we have the scoops and highlights for you.
Starting off from the vendor booths, we have plenty of miniatures on display from the official Malaysian Lego Club. Towards the center of the event space, there are many local artists commissioning their art to their customers while the usual toy and poster merchandises are sold to the masses. Fans can enjoy a wide variety of products from animes such as Naruto, One Piece, Fairy Tail, and much more.
Fans of the Kill La Kill anime series are also treated to a special exhibition of Studio Trigger's concept art and sketches whereby onlookers can place their comments or words of encouragement on the side of the sketches. There are also a few local and indie game developers showcasing their latest products.
The main event for Visual Arts Expo will always be their special guest panels, and this year, they had a star-studded cast. Starting off from local panelists talking about tabletop gaming and Gundam Fandom, the day progressed excitingly to their first international guest AiRI, known for her music in works such as Keijo, Tari Tari, and Gundam Build Fighters. Audiences were given the opportunity to ask her questions and boy, did they give her a flurry of questions ranging from her work to her favorite food.
The next big guest was for most, the highlight of the afternoon, as Kazuya Masumoto, the managing director of Studio Trigger which has works you most likely already know such as Kill la Kill, Gurren Lagann and more recently Little Witch Academia. During his presentation, he showcased how scenes in Kill la Kill are made and highlights how each scene is painstakingly made layer after layer. He was also given a bombardment of fan questions ranging from design choices on key works to concept details on characters from Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia.
All in all, it was a great day at Visual Arts Expo 2017, with plenty of cosplayers gathering and all the best from the anime and Japanese pop culture converging in one location. For those of you who are interested in these events, do keep a lookout online for more on these type of events. For those of you who missed VAX2017 this year, check out some of the pictures we took throughout the event on our Facebook page.