I was beyond excited going into Madfest yet again. Last year the first Madfest in Perth was pretty fun and I was hoping it would be the same for this year. And I’m going to tell you the truth, it really was! My friends and I made the choice of staying at Adina Apartments which is literally across from the Convention and Exhibition centre where Madfest was being held. You don’t have to walk across a road or anything it’s just a small walk directly across. This made things so much easier. It was fun seeing so many different things this year and seeing the same people I hung out with last year. If you’ve read my previous post on the topic last year, I had met some really cool volunteers and this year they were volunteering again so we met up and got some pictures and it was the best. It kind of seems like an entire blur. I know a lot of photographers who went and discussed how the cosplays weren’t as extreme or it wasn’t as packed as Supanova. Whether that’s true or not didn’t seem to matter so much to me, because both days I was there for the complete day, which is quite rare for me actually, and I did the same the previous year. It was literally to the point where at the end of the day they sell all of the Pocky for $1, and people are being ushered out of the centre while I managed to stay a little longer with the volunteers.
This year the main cosplay stars were Jin and Miguel, which was so amazing because I’ve been a fan of theirs since I first discovered what cosplay was. I didn’t think I’d ever have the chance to meet them and I was so stunned when I did. It was amazing. They did Final Fantasy cosplays the first day and Devil Man Cry Baby cosplays the next, both equally as amazing. They truly make you believe in the characters they’re portraying.
That is no joke because, in their photographs, you literally cannot believe that these characters have been brought to life and yet it feels exactly how you think it would.And then seeing it in person is a whole other level. Ray Chase was the voice actor star of the event. He was genuinely such a cool guy. My lovely partner and I met last year at the Fairy Tail Dragon Cry Japanese screening (shout out to Trace from Yobe Cosplay for setting that up) and we got to see the English Dub premiere at Madfest which was quite amazing. And meeting Ray Chase who plays the villain in that was pretty great too. It was hilarious how he did say at the premiere that the villain had a “heart of gold” and then he realised he probably should’ve watched it first.
Now if we circle back around to cosplay, the lovely Knitemaya was at Madfest Perth last year as a cosplay star, and he came back again this year which really is a testament to Madfest especially the Perth convention. It made me and a lot of others feel kind of special in a way because he genuinely enjoyed it enough to come back. His cosplays were amazing as always, in his High School Noctis and then Victor from Yuri on Ice. That boy knows how to do makeup, I can tell you that much. Anyway, continuing on cosplay, myself and my partner were dressed as Shuvi/Shwi Dola and Riku Dola from No Game No Life Zero. Which was a lot of fun, and we hope to catch you guys at the next con in our cosplays! I did change out of mine and into my Mavis Vermilion cosplay for the Fairy Tail screening, which was a lot of fun.
I’m a little sad that this time around I didn’t vlog anything. I’m not sure where I’m going to go with my Youtube channel at all. Whether I continue it or use a different platform or create videos here. I feel like Youtube has become somewhat toxic in a way but that’s a whole other thing to talk about. Last year filming was so much fun, and I am quite sad that I didn’t do the same. So next year 100% no matter what, I will be filming, and I hope you guys will all make an appearance!
Thank you so much Madman for bringing this Anime Festival back to Perth. It’s truly an experience, and it is one of my favourite conventions in Perth. And thank you to everyone who came along!