For the second weekend in a row, Melbourne will play host to a number of crazy cosplayers. That’s right, it’s Madman Anime Festival o’clock. 

Madman Anime Festival – or MadFest – celebrates all things anime, featuring cosplay competitions, screenings of your favourite shows and films, and more loot than you can carry.

Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, it’s right in the heart of the city, with public transport, accommodation, and – most importantly – food all in walking distance.

This your first time? Welcome! MadFest is a haven for all lovers of anime and popular culture. There’s something for everyone on the show floor. This year’s event will play host to a number of esteemed guests, including the beloved Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop! Bryce Papenbrook – who you’ll recognise as the voice of Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan – will be hanging out, as well as Kana Ueda, Atsuhiro Iwakami, and even the legendary Ladybeard!

There will be screenings of  Mary and the Witch’s Flower, No Game No Life: Zero, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure for you to enjoy, and some awesome exhibitions surrounding fan favourites Your Name and Attack on Titan that are worth going for alone. Another really interesting attraction is bound to be the AoT VR experience – but, be warned, it does cost a little extra (worth it – how often do you get to actually be a cadet!?).

That’s not to mention the tonne of photo opps you’re bound to have, and the tonne of stunning cosplay that is always on show at Madman’s festivals. The Madman National Cosplay Championship Finals will take place at 3pm on the Sunday, so everyone will be bringing their A-game to the show. And with a Cosplay Parade at the same time on the Saturday, it looks like you’re just going to have to go both days to really get the best possible experience.

Madman Anime Festival Melbourne takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 4 and 5. Tickets are available on the website or at the door. We’ll see you there.

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