With half of 2017 already over, many video game conventions have come and gone but the good news is more are on the way. Australia has already seen the likes of Oz Comic-Con, Supanova, PAX, EB Games Expo and Arcanacon. Coming up in July is the Adelaide only Anime and Video convention, AVCon. Running from the 21st-23rd of July, AVCon showcases the best in Japanese Anime and the latest video games along with special guests and events. You can watch special screenings of Anime direct from Japan, play table top and platform games in dedicated areas and even have a coffee at the Maid’s Cafe. The unveiling of the theme took place earlier in the year featuring the mascots at the Winter Festival launch party.
The special guests invited to this year’s event include voice actors Steve Downes, Jen Taylor and Quinton Flynn as well as Internet Personality and Game Developer Chris Pope. The most notable voices from the guests include Master Chief and Cortana from Halo, voiced by Downes and Taylor respectively, as well as Raiden from Metal Gear, voiced by Flynn. Each guest will host their own panel in the main event hall over the two days with a combined all guest panel on the Sunday dubbed ‘With Great Voices Comes Great Responsibility.’ Meeting these guests and picking their brains could be a great opportunity for future hopeful voice actors or even just a chance to meet the voices behind some of your favorite characters.
Events taking place within the convention include the Cosplay competition, Animated Music Video competition and the after dark Quiz Night. The cosplay competition is the biggest is South Australia and consists of the parade, competition judging and awards ceremony where Adelaide’s finest will fight for the best costume role play. The Madman national cosplay competition will also take place at AVCon where the winners will go on to the finals in Melbourne later in the year. The winners of the national competition this year will win an all expenses paid trip to Japan worth approximately $5,000. The categories for this year’s competition consist of the following:
|Best Female Character||Best Male Character||Best Amateur Cosplayer|
|Best Experienced Cosplayer||Best Skit Performance||Best Cosplay Group|
Other attractions of the event feature the Maid’s cafe, a Japanese inspired cafe where the waitresses dressed as Maid’s with their own bubbly personas provide entertainment for patrons with dancing and performances. This style of cafe is very popular in Japan and is a very different experience to dining. Table top games will be running for most of the day across all three days for those wanting to try their hand at some table top gaming. The artist alley will also be showcasing some local artists on the exhibition floor for the opportunity to purchase some wonderful artwork.
AVCon runs over the whole weekend from the opening ceremony on the afternoon of Friday the 21st, through to the closing ceremony on Sunday night the 23rd of July. Tickets are still available here, find out more information at the AVCon website.