Went for a one-week trip to Japan recently and attended AnimeJapan 2014, the world’s largest ACG event packed with anime, manga, games, cosplay, merchandises and more.
For the past few years, I have attended several ACG events in the Asian region and this is by far the *largest* event I ever attended – with more than 110,000 visitors!!! @.@
All photos in this post are taken by me over the two days at AnimeJapan (Most photos are from Day One). Note that this post contains more than 300 photos, so I suggest you go grab yourself a cup of tea/coffee and do something else while waiting for this page to load ^^;
^Taking the Yurikamome train (connecting Shimbashi-Toyosu) to Odaiba’s Tokyo Big Sight.
Other attractions near Tokyo Big Sight includes Diver City Tokyo with the 1/1 scale Gundam, Aqua City, Venusfort, Toyota’s Megaweb Car Showroom & a huge ferris wheel at Palette Town.
I’ll be writing a few other separate posts of my recent trip in Tokyo soon- still have 1800+ photos in my camera waiting for me to be organized! @.@
At the entrance of Tokyo Big Sight.
Just a bit of info on AnimeJapan 2014 – it was created with the merging of the Tokyo International Anime Fair with Anime Contents Expo.
AnimeJapan is considered as the largest ACG event as it is organized and attended by many big Japanese animation and publishing companies: Production IG, Bandai Visual, Animate, Animax, Nippon Animation, TV Tokyo, Tezuka Productions, Sunrise and the list just goes on.
There was so much people on Day One – I have to wait for more than 40 minutes in line just to get in @.@
^Finally got in after waiting in line for 40 minutes outside the venue – inside the halls are also jam-packed with people ^^;
And there are TWO exhibition halls right next to each other, along with 3 different stages. There’s just so much stuffs to explore.
Not really a fan of detective conan but I did enjoy watching some of the movies. Detective Conan Movie 18: The Sniper from Another Dimension coming soon on 19th April.
^Booth promoting Dragonball Kai, the revised version of Dragon Ball Z. Have actually watched one episode last week during my stay in a hotel in Tokyo and it looks like they have improved the animation of the series.
For some reason, I find this statue of Son Goku looks kinda weird – maybe it’s because of the eyes and hair.
^Didn’t know there was a Zeonic Toyota booth until I went into the halls. Here is A CHAR on stage trying to promote some goodies.
^Have seen online photos of this Char’s Custom Toyota Auris before and never really thought of owning one until I saw it in person ^^;
^and the staffs are kind enough to let me get into the car. Thanks Zeonic Toyota! ^o^
^Zeonic Toyota Show girl playing with Char’s balls…I mean Char’s Custom GOLF balls! XD
^The three Zeonic Toyota girls promoting the custom goodies. Have uploaded this photo onto a Facebook page without watermarks a few days ago and it seems like the photo was *hijacked* by tons of other people ^^;
^and yes – Full Frontal is getting his very own Toyota Auris and it will be displayed in Shinjuku from 10th May till 31th May.
^Found a Haman Karn cosplayer there as well ^^
^Bandai Visual’s booth at AnimeJapan. Tons of folks are here to look at the gunpla on display.
^The Gundam series has been around for a long time and it’s really one of the most important IP (intellectual Property) of Bandai Group.
Ishikawa Shukuo, CEO of Namco Bandai Holdings, has recently announced at a press conference that for the year ending at March 2014, total global revenue from the Gundam series alone is close to 40 billion Yen, while the group’s total revenue is 485 billion yen. So you can tell how big the gundam business really is ^^;
^The main animation production for Gundam’s 35th Anniversary – Gundam Unicorn’s final Episode 7, Gundam Reconguista in G and Gundam The Origin.
Lots of folks at the Bandai booth looking at Gundam Unicorn Episode 7 trailer. Coming soon in 17th May:
^The trailer of Gundam Reconguista in G – when I was standing there watching the trailer, I heard lots of Japanese folks around me complaining about the looks of the mecha & characters ^^;
and here’s the trailer video from youtube:
^Gundam The Origin trailer showing up here too. I have the complete manga collection and seriously can’t wait to see this…in spring 2015! O_o
^This HGUC 1/144 Neo Zeong is huge! Make sure you have enough space for display if you’re thinking of getting one ^^;
^There’s another corner at the Bandai visual booth for Gundam Build Fighters.
^If you have been watching Gundam Build Fighters then you should be able to name all of theese Gunplas ^^
^MG Turn-X coming in June this year.
^ and here’s Bandai’s new RG 1/144 Exia on display. Recently heard that Char’s custom Z’Gok is next for the RG lineup.
^HGBF 1/144 Crossbone Gundam Maoh releasing on 12th April.
^Booth of Tezuka Productions – founded by the “Godfather of Anime” Osamu Tezuka who made titles like Astroboy & BlackJack.
^”Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled From Paradise” anime movie coming later this year on November. Looks interesting!
^There seems to be a business seminar by Zeonic Toyota on Char Aznable’s Toyota Auris. One of the reasons of why folks from Zeonic Toyota made the Char Custom Toyota Auris is because they believed that Char Aznable fans have huge spending power ^^;
^Now here’s an interesting gallery which shows how anime is made. In a true nutshell tradition, these are the basic steps that anime production companies follows when producing for an anime series:
Planning -> Scripting -> Design (Character, mecha, weapon designs & so on)-> Story board/direction,Key Animation-> Composite, Backgrounds-> Painting-> Audio work -> Editing -> Broadcasting, Merchandising…
So yeah, anime production is not cheap as it can cost $90,000 USD to make just one TV episode and companies are not making money through anime at all – instead they made money through licensing and merchandising.
^Interestingly how anime productions are still ended up in video tapes for broadcasting in today’s world of digitized entertainment.
^All the blu-ray disc for Gundam Unicorn!
^2D girls with real oppai which you can grab a hold of ^^
^This is a robot that plays Shogi (a Japanese type of chess game) which uses that red camera to see & analyses each of the player’s moves. It will then move its’ chess pieces accordingly using its robotic arms.
^Lamborghini Itasha! Do want.
^Yeah, even Mazingers have been given the moe treatment by Toei Animations. Watched the first episode of “Super Robot Girls Z” and me thinks it’s overloaded with much cuteness! ^o^/
^Nice Shimakaze figure by Good Smile Company. Anyone here plays Kantai Collection?
^Another highlight of the event – the 1/1scale Patlabor!
^Was given this tote bag with a couple of leaflets inside.
^Any Patlabor fans should know that “The Next Generation -Patlabor-” films will be released soon.
^Lining up to take photos of the Patlabor from the truck.
In Japan, even some prefectual government has their own anime mascot character. Very cool.
^ Found a Nitroplus staff dressing up as Super Sonico and…
^…a 1/1 scale Super Sonico ^^;
^Break any of these rules and you’ll face a severe punishment from Super Sonico’s manager-san ^^;
^Here an anime called “True Tours”, which was made by PA Works as an effort to promote tourism in Japan.
^Salaryman-san prefers the guy on his left.
^1/1 scale Saber Lily from Fate Stay Night series.
^Psycho Pass season 2 in the making.
^Ghost in the Shell!
^Kadokawa’s booth looks amazing!
^Booth for smartphone-based social game Girlfriend (Beta). With this game you will not be lonely anymore ^^;
^All the 2D girls from Girlfriend Beta! Which one will you choose?
^This guy sure looks happy with all these girls ^^;
^and let’s not forget about the ladies! Here is all the boys from social game Boyfriend beta.
^Cosplayers are busy posing for many cameramen ^^;
Banana-kun looks so surprised meeting everyone.
^Onigiri (Japanese rice ball) + Samurai = THIS
Ladies, which one will you choose?
^Ultraman has never looked so similar to Ironman before ^^;
Some Japanese wrist support system are just way better than the others.
Just realized it took me a few hours more than what I expected to organize, upload photos & finish writing up this post @.@
Will be posting up more photos of my trip in areas around Tokyo soon – Odaiba, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Nakano, Shibamata, Asakusa & more. Now I need to get back to work ^^;