The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-06-26T04:28:57Z Japanese voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi to attend SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T04:28:57Z japanese-voice-actor-daisuke-sakaguchi-to-attend-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, May 2nd, 2017 — Sydney’s #1 anime convention, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is highly acclaimed for bringing prolific guests to the Australian pop-culture scene. Following the guest announcement of international cosplayers BAOZI and HANA, SMASH! is delighted to reveal the second guest for SMASH! 2017: Japanese voice actor DAISUKE SAKAGUCHI. With a career that spans over twenty years, Daisuke Sakaguchi is a Japanese voice actor who has worked on numerous titles across the anime, dubbing, and gaming industry. Sakaguchi is best known for his roles as Shinpachi Shimura (Gintama), Leonardo Watch (Blood Blockade Battlefront), Satoshi Fukube (Hyouka), Youhei Sunohara (Clannad), and Uso Ewin (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam). Besides his voice-acting work in anime, Sakaguchi has worked in the video gaming industry as well. Some of his recent titles include Gnome (Tales of Symphonia), Yuki Mishima (Persona 5), and Tatsu (Xenoblade Chronicles X). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says there is a “significant demand” to bring Japanese voice talent to the convention every year. “It is a great honour to have Mr Sakaguchi as one of our special guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Australian fans are always eager to learn about the Japanese animation industry. This is a great chance for fans to learn more about Sakaguchi’s journey, and his experiences as a voice actor in the industry.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Daisuke Sakaguchi at the convention and attend exclusive Q&A panels. SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS*** SMASH! welcomes cosplay duo Baozi and Hana to SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T04:11:26Z smash-welcomes-cosplay-duo-baozi-and-hana-to-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, April 18th, 2017 — For fans of geek and costuming, cosplay fever is returning to SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show to a whole new level. Introducing not one - but two guests - SMASH! is delighted to announce that the international cosplay duo, BAOZI and HANA, will be attending SMASH! 2017 as official guests.  BAOZI and HANA is China’s most active cosplay duo who are renowned for their portrayal of male and female characters from a variety of Japanese manga and anime series. Since their formation in 2011, both Baozi and Hana are widely recognised for their talent in costuming and makeup skills. Some of their most popular cosplays include Katsuki Yuuri and Victor Nikiforov (Yuri!!! on Ice), Rin Okumura and Yukiko Okumura (Ao No Exorcist), and Tetsuya Kuroko and Taiga Kagami (Kuroko no Basket). With more than 232,000 followers on Facebook and 148,000 followers on Instagram, the cosplay duo has an international fanbase that spans from Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil. Over the last ten years, SMASH! has had a notable reputation of bringing high profile cosplayers to Australia, including Reika, Kaname and Yuegene. Baozi and Hana’s appearance at SMASH! 2017 is expected to attract hundreds of fans to Q&As, signings, and cosplay tutorials. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says SMASH! “strives to deliver fans’ expectations” by bringing international talent to the convention every year.  “We are absolutely delighted to have Baozi and Hana as our first guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Baozi and Hana are some of the world’s best cosplayers in the cosplay community. This is a great chance for fans to meet them in person and learn valuable cosplay skills.” SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS*** VOCALOID DJ HACHIOJI P AND NEKONATION’S DJ CATALYSTIC TO PERFORM AT SMASH!’S 10th ANNIVERSARY EVENT 2016-07-25T10:27:52Z vocaloid-dj-hachioji-p-and-nekonation-s-dj-catalystic-to-perform-at-smash-s-10th-anniversary-event Sydney, NSW, July 25th, 2016 — In celebration of its tenth birthday, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is pleased to announce that Vocaloid DJ HACHIOJI P will be performing at SMASH!’s 10th anniversary event alongside local star, DJ CATALYSTIC. For one night only on August 20th (7:00pm - 10:30pm), both Hachioji P and DJ Catalystic will participate in the evening’s festivities, spinning the decks in recognition of SMASH!'s ten years. Crowned as the ‘Prince of Vocaloid’, Hachioji P is an internationally recognised Vocaloid artist. With a view count of over 8 million, his most famous works include ‘Sweet Devil’ and ‘Electric Love’ which were collaborations done with MMD (Miku Miku Dance) and producer Wakamura P. DJ Catalystic is one of Western Australia’s local DJs who has played a major role in shaping the Japanese music scene within Australia. In 2011, DJ Catalystic pioneered the NekoNation events in Perth (WA) before taking his music to other Australian capital cities. Over the last few years, SMASH! has hosted unique concert events including Vocaloid Night Party (2013) and the SMASH! X I LOVE ANISONG concert (2015). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes this year’s anniversary night event will be “a special night to remember”. “For many Australian fans of Japanese pop-culture, fans have been attending SMASH! almost every year since its debut in 2007,” Qiu said. “This special anniversary event is the perfect opportunity for fans to get together, and reflect on SMASH!’s incredible journey as a convention. It has been ten wonderful years of SMASH!, and we cannot wait to usher in the new decade.” In addition to live performances by Hachioji P and DJ Catalystic, fans will have the chance to participate in other special events and activities such as cosplay, gaming, and performances. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2016 is a two-day convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 20th and 21st. For more information about SMASH!’s special anniversary night event, visit https://smash.org.au/anniversary. SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator E: pr@smash.org.au COSPLAYER GOLDY TO ATTEND SYDNEY’S #1 ANIME CONVENTION 2016-06-27T09:00:07Z cosplayer-goldy-to-attend-sydney-s-1-anime-convention Sydney, NSW, June 27th, 2016 —Get ready for more cosplay action at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show! Taking cosplay fever to a whole new dimension, SMASH! is thrilled to announce that the highly renowned mecha cosplayer, TAKAHIRO (GOLDY) SAKAI, will be a special guest at SMASH! 2016. With over ten years experience in constructing mecha costumes and armour accessories, GOLDY has become one of the world's greatest craftsmen. Inspired by mecha characters from Japanese pop-culture such as Gundam and Evangelion, Goldy has been attracting fans around the world including superstar cosplayers Kaname☆ and Reika. Amongst the thousands of cosplayers that attend SMASH! in vibrant costumes every year, SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes “mecha cosplay is an incredibly rare yet highly respected genre”. “Believe it or not, Gundam has played a significant role in Japanese pop-culture for over thirty years now,” Qiu said. “Coming all the way from Japan, we cannot think of a better guest than Goldy to share his knowledge and skills with mecha cosplayers. Goldy’s attendance affirms the idea that the art of cosplay promotes diversity, and intercultural exchange at conventions like SMASH!.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Goldy at the convention, and attend unique demonstration workshops. Cosplayer Goldy will join previously announced guests: Japanese voice actor Hideo Ishikawa (Naruto), Japanese voice actress Ai Nonaka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and cosplayer Yuegene Fay. SMASH! 2016 is a pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 20th and 21st. Featuring a line-up of cosplay, gaming, and anime events, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is an event not to be missed. For more information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS***   SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator E: pr@smash.org.au COSPLAYER YUEGENE FAY TO ATTEND SMASH!’s 10th ANNIVERSARY EVENT 2016-06-15T10:01:59Z cosplayer-yuegene-fay-to-attend-smash-s-10th-anniversary-event Sydney, NSW, June 14th, 2016 —For fans of geek and pop-culture, cosplay fever is returning to SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show in spectacular style. SMASH! is delighted to announce that the internationally recognised cosplayer, YUEGENE FAY, will be coming to celebrate SMASH!’s 10th anniversary event on August 20th and 21st. YUEGENE FAY is Thailand’s top-ranking cosplayer who is well-renowned for her accurate ‘cross-play’ portrayal of characters from the multi-verse realms of manga, anime, gaming and music. Amongst her anime and gaming cosplays, Yuegene Fay is best known for cosplays such as Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan), Rin Matsuoka (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club), and Mikoto Suoh (K). Yuegene Fay’s attendance comes after having international cosplay guests REIKA and KANAME⭐ at SMASH! 2015. The popular cosplay duo attracted thousands of fans to Q&As, tutorials and signings. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes Yuegene’s attendance reflects fans’ “enthusiasm for authentic cosplay talent” at pop-culture conventions like SMASH!. “With a profound status in the cosplay scene, Yuegene Fay is without a doubt a fitting guest choice for SMASH! 2016,” Qiu said. “Regardless of gender and skills, cosplay has the power to unite like-minded fans. It offers them the opportunity to dress up and express their passion for pop-culture in the unique form of cosplay.” Yuegene Fay will join previously announced guests: Japanese voice actor Hideo Ishikawa (Naruto) and Japanese voice actress Ai Nonaka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica). SMASH! 2016 is a two-day pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 20th and 21st. Featuring a line-up of cosplay, gaming and anime events, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is an event not to be missed. For more information, visit www.smash.org.au.  ***ENDS***     SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator E: pr@smash.org.au PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA VOICE ACTRESS AI NONAKA TO ATTEND SMASH! 2016 2016-06-06T10:22:21Z puella-magi-madoka-magica-voice-actress-ai-nonaka-to-attend-smash-2016 Sydney, NSW, June 6th, 2016 — Sydney’s #1 Japanese pop-culture convention, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, continues to surprise fans by expanding its spectacular guest list. Following the guest announcement of Naruto voice actor Hideo Ishikawa, SMASH! is ecstatic to reveal the second official guest for SMASH! 2016: Japanese voice actress AI NONAKA. AI NONAKA is a prolific Japanese voice actress and singer who is best known for her roles as Kyouko Sakura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Noramyako (Doraemon), and Mansherry (One Piece). Some of Nonaka’s recent anime roles include Tirami (Amagi Brilliant Park), Ichijou (Paniponi Dash to Kafuka in Gofu Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), and Imae Megumi (WataMote). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes the attendance of a second voice actor at SMASH! 2016 demonstrates the “growing community of passionate manga and anime fans” within Australia. “Year after year, voice-acting guests are a huge hit amongst SMASH! attendees,” Qiu said. “With Australian fans well-informed of Japan’s latest animation releases, there is a significant demand to bring Japanese voice talent from Japan. In doing so, SMASH! is the perfect platform for fans to meet the actors behind the characters they love, and share their love for pop-culture in a unique way.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Miss Nonaka at the convention, and attend a special Q&A panel. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2016 is a two-day convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 20th and 21st. For more information, visit www.smash.org.au.  ***ENDS***     SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator E: pr@smash.org.au SMASH! ANNOUNCES NARUTO VOICE ACTOR HIDEO ISHIKAWA AS FIRST GUEST FOR SMASH! 2016 2016-05-30T09:50:09Z smash-announces-naruto-voice-actor-hideo-ishikawa-as-first-guest-for-smash-2016 Sydney, NSW, May 30th, 2016 — The wait is finally over! Bringing back the best and biggest convention year yet, SMASH! Sydney Anime and Manga Show is delighted to announce the first guest for SMASH! 2016: Japanese voice actor HIDEO ISHIKAWA. With a career that spans over twenty years, Hideo Ishikawa is a Japanese voice actor who has worked on numerous titles across the anime and gaming industry. Hideo Ishikawa is best known for his roles as Itachi Uchiha (Naruto), Jushiro Ukitake (Bleach), Kiccho Fukuda (Slam Dunk), and Full Body (One Piece).  This will be the second Naruto voice actor to attend SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show. Fellow Japanese voice actor Noriaki Sugiyama — best known for his role as Sasuke Uchiha — previously attended SMASH! 2015 as a special guest. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes Ishikawa’s guest attendance “reflects SMASH!’s ongoing commitment to bringing the best of Japanese pop-culture to Australia”. “This is our 10th anniversary year and what better way to kick off the guest line-up than with Mr Hideo Ishikawa himself,” Qiu said.  “Naruto is one of Japan’s successful franchises with millions of fans around the world, including Australia. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Ishikawa’s Naruto journey, and his experiences as a voice actor in the animation industry.” SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2016 is a two-day convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 20th and 21st.  For more information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS***     SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator E: pr@smash.org.au Naruto voice-actor Noriaki Sugiyama as special guest for SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015 2015-06-08T08:43:14Z naruto-voice-actor-noriaki-sugiyama-as-special-guest-for-smash-sydney-manga-and-anime-show-2015 Sydney, NSW, May 6, 2015 -- Sydney’s #1 anime convention, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is highly acclaimed for bringing prolific guests to the Australian pop-culture scene. In conjunction with SMASH!, The Japan Foundation, Sydney would like to present voice-actor NORIAKI SUGIYAMA as the third guest for SMASH! 2015.  Japanese voice-actor Noriaki Sugiyama is best known for his roles as Uryū Ishida (Bleach), Shirō Emiya (Fate/Stay Night) and England (Axis Powers Hetalia). His most notable role is none other than Sasuke Uchiha, also known as the antagonist from Japan’s successful anime series, Naruto.  This cultural collaboration between JPF Sydney and SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show marks the third consecutive year for both organisations.  Japan Foundation, Sydney’s Jessica Chow believes Sugiyama’s appearance at SMASH! 2015 shows that “high-profile talents from the industry recognise the growing community of manga and anime fans within Australia”.   “We are proud to be sponsoring Mr Sugiyama at this year’s SMASH! convention,” Chow said.  “SMASH! is committed to Japan’s unique pop-culture of manga and anime, and bringing its passionate fans together which ties in perfectly with The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s mission of ‘Bringing Japan to You’. We are excited to see what SMASH! will bring to the convention this year.”  SMASH! President Andrew Qiu could not be more “ecstatic” about the partnership and affirms the importance of having JPF Sydney on board.  “We would like to thank The Japan Foundation, Sydney for making this opportunity possible by bringing Mr Sugiyama to SMASH! 2015,” Qiu said.  “JPF Sydney’s ongoing support for SMASH! highlights the strong demand to bring the best of Japanese pop-culture to Australia.  Naruto is one of Japan’s commercially successful series to date. This is a real treat for many Australian anime fans as they will get the chance to learn more about the voice-acting industry, and Mr Sugiyama's Naruto journey.”  Fans will have the opportunity to meet Noriaki Sugiyama at the convention, and attend an exclusive Q&A panel.  *SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015 is a two-day convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 8th and 9th. Featuring a line-up of cosplay, gaming and anime events, SMASH! 2015 is a Japanese pop-culture convention not to be missed.For more info about SMASH! 2015, visitwww.smash.org.au. For more info about JPF Sydney, visitwww.jpf.org.au.   – ENDS –   SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show E: pr@smash.org.au Cosplayer KANAME☆ joins REIKA for SMASH! 2015 2015-06-08T08:36:57Z cosplayer-kaname-joins-reika-for-smash-2015 Sydney, NSW, April 27, 2015 -- Watch out Japanese pop-culture fans, cosplay fever just got even bigger for SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015. Following the announcement of REIKA’s return, we are pleased to announce that cosplayer KANAME☆ will be the second guest for SMASH! 2015. Japanese cosplayer KANAME☆ is one of the world's prominent cosplayers for cosplaying characters at a high level of quality and realism.   Since his debut at Comiket (2007), KANAME☆ has cosplayed a variety of anime and gaming characters. However, it was his portrayal as Final Fantasy VII Advent Children’s Cloud Strife that catapulted him to worldwide fame. Other notable cosplays include Kurosaki Ichigo from Bleach, Mokuro Rokudo from Katekyo Hitman REBORN!, and more recently, Eren Jaeger from the popular anime series, Attack on Titan.  KANAME☆ is also best known for his collaboration with fellow cosplayer and SMASH! guest REIKA. Over the years, they have attended anime conventions together and worked on various duo photoshoots including Attack on Titan and Hozuki No Reitetsu. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says the attendance of two international celebrity-cosplayers is a “major milestone” for SMASH!. “We are over the moon to have cosplayer Kaname☆joining Reika at this year’s SMASH! event,” Qiu said.  “Cosplay is a major feature at SMASH! with thousands of fans turning up in spectacular costumes every year. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to learn more about the pop-culture industry, and cosplay-making skills from Reika and Kaname☆.” SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2015 is a two-day Japanese pop-culture convention on August 8th and 9th at Rosehill Gardens. Tickets are now available from $35 - $55. For more information, visit www.smash.org.au. – ENDS – Japan’s #1 cosplayer REIKA returns to SMASH! 2015 2015-04-09T10:51:36Z 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. -- END -- ABOUT SMASH! SYDNEY MANGA AND ANIME SHOW: 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.