The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - THE PLANNER -

G et set for a riot of colour, cul­ture and out­ra­geous cos­tumes when this huge anime con­ven­tion, one of the big­gest in Aus­tralia, hits Sydney. Get your fix of Ja­panese pop cul­ture, with all its quirks, through an­i­ma­tion, gam­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and in­sanely cre­ative cos­play. This year of­fers the chance to meet two of the trend’s megas­tars, Baozi and Hana, to see their in­cred­i­ble manga and anime por­tray­als up close or to test your own out­fit in the Cos­play Cat­walk or more in­ten­sive Cos­play Bat­tle Royale. Il­lus­tra­tor Asami Hagi­wara, gam­ing CEO Hiroaki Yura and char­ac­ter de­signer Yusuke Kozaki and voice ac­tors will also share their knowl­edge through pan­els and work­shops. There will also be after-hours events hap­pen­ing Satur­day night with DJs, per­for­mances and gam­ing. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, Rose­hill Gar­dens, James Ruse Dr, Rose­hill; to­day 9am-6pm/7pm10pm, to­mor­row 9am-5pm, tick­ets $40-$75,

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