SMASH! 2012 Round Up

SMASH! 2012 was huge. Upon entering the main exhibitor floor it was immediately apparent that, compared to last year, numbers were well and truly up. Perhaps because of the fantastic line up of stars or perhaps because the state of anime fandom in Australia is on the rise. Either way, we had a ball at SMASH! and look forward to 2013.

Follow on after the jump to check out a few photos from throughout the day (click to enlarge) and don't forget to check out our coverage of the Madman panel, the Hanabee panel and our interview with the lovely Sakura Tange!

The first 2 JFF films have been announced and I will be returning as an official reviewer!

The grand prize winner at this years SMASH! Gunpla Cup

Ken bombs out in the Madman Jan Ken Pon challenge

Madman's Sly Jan Ken Pon's so hard that his hand disintegrates

Great cosplay of Shiemi from Blue Exorcist

Kisame Hoshigaki from Naruto readies for battle

Ulquiorra Cifer from Bleach

The Gunpla workshop was flat out all day and was a hit with kids, and big kids alike.

Hanabee present their inaugural convention panel

Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune from Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings.
These guys looked great!

The Madman booth was at least 3 deep all day.
I didn't even manage to get in there myself!

Crow from Bakuman

Although I can't confirm the exact character, I think this is Mitsuko Souma from Battle Royale

The Japan Foundation poto boot was a stroke of genius and was flat out all day long!
A big thanks to Ken for taking care of camera duties throughout the day.


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