For the third year in a row Overload was held at the Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront. It has become well established, and has developed a core crew of dedicated volunteers who now have the experience from several years of running Overload, which ensured that everything went smoothly. The three International Special Guests for Overload 2018 were;
Seiji Mizushima, Anime Director, best known for his outstanding work on ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’, ‘Gundam 00’, ‘Expelled from Paradise’ and ‘Beatless’.
Hiromi Igarashi, Voice Actress from Hokkaido who has played characters in many Anime and Games for instance as Aoi Hyoudou in ‘Maid Sama!’ and Anzu Futaba in ‘THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS’, and
KANAME☆ The big-league Cosplay Star from Chiba, Japan.
The weather for Overload 2018 was excellent. There were more than 110 Artist Tables and, as usual, there was plenty of very high quality work on show. The Cosplay Open Stage, Cosplayers circulating in the melee of keen fans and visitors, and the presence of two Cosplay photo booths, one featuring a ‘Human Transmutation Circle’, kept the cameras clicking all day. The ‘Madfest” Madman Anime Festival held in Melbourne was moved to September 16th 2018, an earlier than usual date, and the 10th Annual Madman National Cosplay Championship Finals were held there. Overload 2018, being held on the 29th September, wasn’t able to host the preliminary round for the 2018 MNCC, so the Preliminary Round for the 2019 11th Annual Madman National Cosplay Championship was held instead. The winners were ‘Team Duct Tape’. The Karaoke competition was sponsored by Sony, Graphic Novel Cafe and Luxury Karaoke Bar, and there was a Japan Candy Box Giveaway.