To cap off our weekend, we went to the Animax Carnival at the SMX Convention Center. Animax is the first channel in Asia dedicated to broadcasting anime 24/7. The network is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
It was our first time to attend an Animax event and it was an enjoyable experience especially for Little TP. He went there with a goal in mind, to meet OO-Kun, Animax’s mascot. We got there around 3PM because we need to buy a few things first from the mall across the venue. Ticket price was PHP 200 per person. I asked if kids have discounts but the lady selling the tickets told me that we still have to pay full price and mumbled something about kids below 3 years old can get in for free.
We’re glad that it’s on the ground floor because all of us are already tired of walking around the mall. The people at the entrance gave us IDs that has the Carnival Game Checklist on one side and Activity Passport on the other. We see a lot of people carrying around OO-Kun balloons and Little TP wants to get his hands on one too. You need to participate on the activities to get Animax prizes and freebies like the balloon. The convention hall had 3 main attractions, 4 if you’ll include the entertainment area. There is the Yoyogi Park where you will see an activity area for traditional Japanese games. Booths for Kendama, Daruma-Otoshi, Wanage and Shateki are lined-up for the participants to explore. A pretty sakura tree and torii add a nice touch to brighten the area.
Then there’s Akihabara where you’ll see the Sony booth and other tech and gaming activities. We didn’t get to spend time on this area because we pretty much chased OO-Kun around because of Little TP. They also have an area for food and fashion which they called Harajuku. Basically this is the area where you can buy clothes, wigs, toys and other accessories. Food and refreshments are also available. There’s also a big booth dedicated to OO-Kun merchandise.
We were there for just a little over two hours because Little TP is tired and hungry and he’s asking us to carry him around. The performances were scheduled toward the evening so we didn’t get to see it. Guests include tambourine artist Gonzo (Day 1) and Japanese dance group and Asia’s Got Talent finalist Triqstar (Day 2). Popular cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao was a judge for the cosplay competition and performed on stage as well.
Size-wise, the venue is a bit crowded but it’s okay. Little TP and I both lost our IDs, somehow it fell off from the lace. Overall, we didn’t have trouble moving around but I hope next time, they’ll improve how they organize the queues for the booths and prize redemption areas.
Little TP attended his first convention when he was a 9-month old baby, he was dressed as chibi Lelouch. Next was when he was barely 2 years old. His costume that time was Archer from Fate/Stay Night. I also wrote an article about tips for taking your toddler to an anime or cosplay convention.
He attended a couple more conventions after that, which I haven’t blogged about. He cosplayed as Kirito from Sword Art Online and the most recent one was as Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon 2. I guess what changed now is that, since he’s getting bigger, his interests are starting to manifest somewhat strongly. We cannot just drag him along to an activity that he doesn’t want to participate in. We could influence our son on what to be interested in, but at a young age, he’s an independent and strong-willed child who knows how to think for himself. Good thing though is he’s also interested in the things that we like without us shoving it down his throat. Lol. That makes it a lot easier for us to take him to events such as the Animax Carnival. He shows interests in Japanese toys too as I often see him watching Tomica reviews, Anpanman and Re-ment toys on YouTube. Maybe I’ll ask him to review a toy or something in the near future.