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FRI’s eye: Over 130,000 total visitors! Japan's largest animation event "Anime Japan 2016”
Combining two major anime events, “Anime Japan” is Japan’s largest annually-held animation event that started in 2014. “Anime Japan 2016” (Anime Japan’s 3rd event) has been held for two days from March 26th to March 27th at Tokyo Big site. This is a report of what we saw at “Anime Japan 2016.”
There were also red, blue, and green color-specific stages and an open stage at the event (4 in total), which had many interesting things going on. Especially this time, “Touken Ranbu,” an online-game that’s been causing a number of peculiar social phenomena such as “Touken Women,” had a special staging of its upcoming anime series, “Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru -” (to be released in October, 2016), and “Touken Ranbu (provisional)” (to be released in 2017).
Besides these, there has also been a talk show with the voice actors and actresses for “Macross Delta” that first aired in April, as well as those involved in the previous works of the series. At the talk show, the voice actors and actresses went through memorable scenes from the anime with the fans, making us feel the popularity and history of the long-loved anime series.
As for anime-related events, there were no doubt cosplayers on-site. “Cosplayers’ World” is special in that it features official background sets from several anime series. For this year, cosplayers were allowed to take pictures in front of the background with the futon from “Osomatsu-san” where 6 of the kids were asleep in, as well as the armed detective’s office from “Bungo Stray Dogs,” and an official key visual background from “Sword Art Online.” In the afternoon, there was set up a temporary cosplay area outside the event area which soon got overwhelmed with cosplayers and photographers. Ranging from popular characters cosplayed by beautiful men and women, there were also eccentric cosplays such as yesteryear’s transforming heroes, monsters, and half-monster men. Pretty much all the participants seemed to have had a fun time being their favorite characters.
Anime Japan 2016 has so many highlights that even a fan used to Japanese anime events will struggle to look around the hall swiftly. Surely, then, it will be even more difficult for foreign visitors? Which is why we have the Anime Japan Special Guided Tour for International Visitors (by CoFesta Ambassadors) just for our international guests. In this tour, an ambassador from CoFesta, who distribute Japanese anime and games as an NPO Corporation Visual Industry Promotion Organization, will take you around the hall and tell you about the event structure, special booths, and photo spots. One tour takes roughly 40 minutes, which is more than enough time to take it all in. On top of this, since the guide is an ambassador who speaks foreign languages and knows Japanese anime culture, they値l be able to answer any questions you may have. The great thing about this is it痴 free to join - just check in at the information counter before the tour scheduled start time.