15 Nov '11, 1am

An estimated 85,000 people attended this year's Anime Festival Asia, a 20% increase from last year #afa

An estimated 85,000 people attended this year's Anime Festival Asia, a 20% increase from last year #afa

Saber, 26 (from far left), Reia, 22, Ryuko, 23, and Rui Yujin, 20, dressed as the 3-D virtual performers Vocaloid. -- ST PHOTOS: TERRENCE LIM An estimated 85,000 people attended the fourth Anime Festival Asia, held over the weekend at Suntec City. This was an almost 20 per cent increase from last year's event, which drew about 71,000. The price of admission also went up slightly this year, with a one-day festival ticket at $18, compared to $15 last year. The annual event showcases the best of Japanese pop culture. Highlights this year included the traditional regional cosplay championship and performances by anisong, or anime song, artists such as rising star LiSA. The concerts alone saw 8,000 attendees. Well-known pop-culture personalities such as blogger Danny Choo, renowned character designer Masayoshi Tanaka and voice actress Chiwa Saitou were also present.

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