MANIFEST: MELBOURNE ANIME FESTIVAL XII
The second time I attended Manifest (Melbourne Anime Festival) in 2011, I decided to debut my Cyber Angel prototype outfit. Two years in the making, this outfit was designed and built in Australia. Inspired by various Japanese Anime and themes of Cyber, Sci-Fi, Goth, Mechs, Angels and the Female Goddess Archetype; the Cyber Angel character will continue to evolve including the efforts by many businesses who have devoted many hours bringing this creation to life.
This was the first time the Cyber Angel prototype was brought out into the public. The outfit takes over an hour to assemble and put on and the weights around 18 kilograms. There is ten metres of LED strip lighting used on the wings and inside the clear tubing. The longest amount of time I can wear the whole suit with the wings is 2 hours, if there is limited movement. A performance dance usually will last for a maximum of 5 minutes.
Note: After 14 years the MAFI committe decided to discontinue the running of MANIFEST - Melbourne Anime Festival. From its humble beginnings as a venue for anime fans to gather, Manifest continued to grow in popularity due to popular demand. The last Manifest was held in 2013, with a decision in 2014 to close its doors. Increased competition from larger sci-fi, gaming and pop-culture conventions; along with decreased attendance has been the primary cause of Manifest's demise.