AnimeJapan 2016 Photo Report

AnimeJapan 2016
「AnimeJapan 2016」

AnimeJapan 2016, one of Japan’s biggest anime events, was held at Tokyo Big Sight on March 25th through 27th, attracting a record-high 135,000 attendees.

The event, whose official English slogan is “Here is everything about anime”, started in 2014. It includes exhibitions from anime-related companies, limited edition merchandise for sale, stage events with anime voice actors, and a cosplay area, among other attractions.

One of the highlights of AnimeJapan is the wide array of exclusive merchandise and advance sales available for purchase. This year included a cross-promotion that saw traditional Japanese craftwork companies teaming up with anime series for products such as “Naruto” iga-yaki pottery, “Touken Ranbu” tamamushi-nuri lacquerware, and “Osomatsu-san” kyo-yuzen dyed fabric.

Visitors to Sony’s booth were able to try out the upcoming PlayStation VR, due out in October. The booth attracted numerous attendees who wanted an advance look at some of the VR headset’s playable games, including Cyber Danganronpa VR, Sega feat. Hatsune Miku Project VR Tech Demo, Aquarion Evol, The Deep (working title), and Playroom VR.

The Aniplex-run “Megumi Kato Project” booth utilized Sony’s latest technological advancements to bring “Saekano” character Megumi Kato to life. A Megumi-themed version of the “Mezamashi Manager” interactive personal assistant app running on a 4K Android TV gave visitors a chance to talk to a lifelike depiction of the anime character.

The app features HD artwork drawn by “Saekano” illustrator Kurehito Misaki, as well as dialogue written by series creator Fumiaki Maruto and recorded by Kiyono Yasuno, the original voice of Megumi Kato. Using the latest voice synthesis technology, the app can realistically converse with users in a wide array of situations, change emotions, and call users by name, resulting in a true-to-life virtual Megumi.

Other featured booths at AnimeJapan 2016 included the always-popular “Love Live!”, upcoming anime series such as “Macross Delta”, “My Hero Academia”, and “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable”, and top-selling games including “Fate/Grand Order”. The most popular booths and merchandise among female fans were “Osomatsu-san” and “Touken Ranbu”.

Following the success of AnimeJapan 2016, the event has already been confirmed for a 2017 return.

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Megumi Kato Project booth

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Megumi Kato can address users by name, wake them up in the morning, and perform other useful tasks.

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Megumi Kato life-sized figure

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PlayStation VR will be released this October.

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Dark Magician Girl made an appearance at the booth for upcoming film “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions”, releasing April 23rd.

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Yoko from “Gurren Lagann”

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Upcoming series “Macross Delta”

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VF-31 Siegfried statue

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“Naruto” x Iga-Yaki

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“The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls” x Gifu Umbrellas

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“Touken Ranbu” x Tamamushi-Nuri

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Nebuta x “Love Live!”

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Gundam teamed up with Toyota for the Char’s Custom Auris II.

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“The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls” dress created by a top fashion designer

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“Bakuon!!” anime series booth

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Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2016 booth

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“To Love-Ru Darkness 2nd” Momo life-sized figure

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Popular cosplayer Nekomu Otogi dressed as mascot Doronjo from photo magazine Gekkan Doronjo.

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A figure of Shimazu Toyohisa from “Drifters”, currently being developed as an anime series

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Nyanko-sensei from “Natsume’s Book of Friends”, which is getting a 5th season this year

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Josuke Higashikata from upcoming anime series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable”

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Katsuki Bakugo from upcoming anime series “My Hero Academia”

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The “Osomatsu-san” booth was popular with women.

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“Osomatsu-san” x Kyo-Yuzen

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“Bungo Stray Dogs” x Hacosta Armed Detective Agency Photo Set

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Sony HD Audio booth

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Aniplex Smile Lab

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Megumi Kato Project booth attendee

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Megumi Kato 1/7th scale figure

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Saber/Artoria Pendragon figure

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“Fate/Grand Order” booth

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Link:
AnimeJapan 2016
https://www.anime-japan.jp/en/

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