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Japan’s #1 cosplayer REIKA returns to SMASH! 2015

Sydney, NSW, April 9, 2015 -- With cosplay on the rise as a creative hobby for the young and old, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show continues to attract thousands of cosplayers every year. Due to strong demands, SMASH! is delighted to reveal that Japan’s #1 cosplayer, REIKA ARIKAWA, will be returning to SMASH! for a second time.

REIKA (麗華) is Japan’s top-ranking cosplayer and is well-renowned for her elaborate hand-made costumes and accurate portrayal of male characters.

Reika’s most popular cosplays include Jinguji Ren (Uta no Prince-sama LOVE 1000%), Levi (Shingeki no Kyojin), and Hijikata Toshiro (Gintama).

Amongst the many international conventions that Reika attends every year, Reika has chosen to be part of SMASH! again after a successful debut appearance at last year’s convention.

In SMASH! 2014, Reika hosted a hair and makeup panel, and joined various SMASH! activities including karaoke, Cosplay Catwalk and Sydney’s only authentic Maid Cafe.

President Andrew Qiu believes Reika’s return to SMASH! reflects the “strong demand and enthusiasm” for authentic cosplay talent in Australia.

“On behalf of SMASH!, we are ecstatic to welcome Reika back to SMASH! where she belongs,” Qiu said.

“Fans unanimously want to see Reika again, and it is no doubt that Reika wants to revisit SMASH! as well. Not only does Reika love the cosplay atmosphere at SMASH!, but she also loves the energetic vibe that attendees bring to the event.”

Australian fans will have the opportunity to meet Reika at the convention, and purchase official merchandise as well.

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is a two-day Japanese pop-culture convention on August 8th and 9th at Rosehill Gardens. More information about SMASH! 2015 will be published over the next few months. For general information, visit www.smash.org.au.

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SMASH! is Sydney’s premier Japanese pop-culture convention where the worlds of anime, manga, music, and cosplay collide. Creating a unique realm of fun, excitement, and a bit of magic, SMASH! is an event not to be missed. Since 2007, SMASH! has been a driving force in Australia’s anime and manga community, attracting thousands of like-minded visitors every year. With a focus on bringing the best of Japanese pop-culture to Australia’s shores, SMASH! strives to bring you high calibre guests, exciting activities, and unique experiences like you have never seen before.