I was on a trip in Tokyo last month and had the opportunity to attend AnimeJapan 2015 – the largest international anime event in Japan. Held on March 21-22, the event comes with over 130 exhibitors and it attracted more than 120,000 visitors. Now let’s take a look at the photos that I took at this year’s event.
Event is held at Tokyo Big Sight (same as last year) at Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay.
A huge board at the entrance filled with all the characters from various anime/manga series. How many of them can you recognize?
Queue for the entrance at 10am – it’s as crowded as the year before ><
Waited for about an hour before I could get into the venue – Now that I think of it, I should have brought my PS Vita along ><
Normal ticket price is 2,000 yen per person.
Finally got into the halls after 1 hour of queuing ><
There are two main halls for the event – this is the east hall where TOHO Animation, TOEI, TV Tokyo, Bandai & Kodansha booths are located at.
All the Crayon Shinchan goodies. I remember I used to watch Crayon Shinchan when I was about 5 years old – back in the days I would watch the anime on rented VHS cassette tapes and they are all Cantonese dubbed ^^;
Gundam & Zaku on traditional Japanese folding screens. Looks pretty artistic.
These Zaku-shaped daruma look kinda cute! *Daruma is a Japanese toy doll which is often regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese.
Gotta love this retro-looking Optimus Prime statue. Reminded me of my childhood where I grew up playing with all kinds of toys and I remember owning a few of those retro Transformer toys. For nostalgical reasons I still prefer the retro design over the design in those Michael Bay movies ^^;
Very coolish figurines that reminds me of the Geara Zulu and Zaku from the Gundam series.
Booth for Touken Ranbu – a popular online web browser game developed by DMM and Nitroplus , where the players have to the collect all the famous-historical-swords-which-appears-as-2D-hot-guys. Any of you are playing this?
Nice Itasha from the Gatchaman series. Vroom!
Booth promoting the latest Detective conan movies, speaking of which – I’m very curious to know how many people have died in this anime series ><
ore monogatari – anime adaption coming soon this April.
Board featuring Funasshi – an unofficial mascot representing Funabashi, Chiba prefecture. I have seen the mascot appearing on certain Japanese variety TV shows and it never fails to give me some good laughs.
As you can see the event hall is so fully packed with people ><
And here’s a shrine of lots of Nendoroids by Good Smile Company – Gotta Catch’em All?
At the Toei Animation booth – seems like the Mazinger Robot Girls anime will be back this year.
Folks trying out the latest VR stuffs by Warner Bros.
Dat cockroach from Terraformers ><
Bandai booth is packed with folks watching at the trailers for the gundam series.
One Punch Man and more Ghost in the Shell animation coming soon later this year.
That mecha from Aquarion Evol looks awesome – forgot the name though.
Kantai Collection cosplay photoshoot – where the big ships are posing together with smaller ships.
Hm, I must say that these girls have some beary nice looking eyes.
Love the sakura decorations at the Aniplex booth.
Showgirls promoting some Sony headphones. Speaking of headphones, I’m currently using Sony’s PS4 Gold wireless headset – the stereo sound quality is only decent at best and its “simulated surround sound” is poo. I really do need to get myself a new pair of headset ><
Heading outside of the venue for some quick cosplay photoshoot. I didn’t take a lot of pictures here as it was crowded & photographers need to queue up for photoshooting ><
Photographers in queues to shoot some cosplay photos. I didn’t bother to queue up as some of the lines are really long ><
But I did managed to grab a photo of this manly Mario ^^;
By the way, if you enjoy reading this post then you should go ahead and read my photo report on last year’s AnimeJapan (2014) if you haven’t already. I’ll be posting up photos from the rest of my Japan trip soon. Also feel free to check out my previous posts on places to visit in Japan: