Gigantic Niconico Festival Niconico Chokaigi 2015 Booth Photo Report

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IA Project booth attendant with Pepper

Japan’s biggest streaming video site, Niconico, held gigantic fan event Niconico Chokaigi 2015 on April 25th and 26th at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

The event aims to bring Niconico’s unique culture into the real world, and includes popular subjects such as amateur singing, dancing, art, and performance, video games, anime, Vocaloid, cosplay, technology, sumo wrestling, pro wrestling, the Self Defense Forces, go and shogi, robotics, cooking, politics, and more.

This year’s 2-day event saw a total of over 150,000 attendees, with 7.94 million viewers watching the event’s livestream online. Niconico’s unique live comment system fused the real world with online life in real time.

One of the most prevalent themes at this year’s event was virtual reality, with a number of VR booths set up around the convention area. Large numbers of people lined up to experience virtual Hatsune Miku live performances, harem games, and other VR entertainment. Other booths included user-created VR headsets for trying experiences such as sleeping alongside 2D characters, robot action sequences accompanied by a vibrating chair, 360-degree horror movies, several dating sims, and a VR roller coaster.

The event’s video game area allowed attendees to try new games and interact with their developers. Meanwhile, a ranked sumo tournament included 250 professional sumo wrestlers, and multiple pro wrestling events featured appearances from mascots and professional wrestlers. The music stage was active throughout the entire weekend, with event attendees able to try performing, dancing, and singing along with iconic Niconico songs such as “Tell Your World”, and proved to be the most popular section of the entire event.

More Niconico events are planned for this year, including a touring event coming to multiple localities throughout Japan, as well as the Niconico Cho Party 2015.

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Niconico Chokaigi 2015

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VR horror experience

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“Love Live!” cover group Love Baka

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Taiwan booth

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NTT超未来研究所

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OCN-Mobile booth attendants

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OCN-Mobile booth attendants

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SANYO booth attendants

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Galboa booth attendants

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The Vocaloid areas of the event were popular, including the Vocaloid Planetarium.

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Dance area

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A dinosaur fossil exhibit included Asia’s biggest carnivore, the Tarbosaurus.

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Magic: The Gathering booth

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“Ita-G Festa in Niconico Chokaigi 2015”

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GUMI itasha

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An actual Patriot missile system was on display at the Japan Self-Defense Force/GSDF booth.

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The robot area included the AV-98 Ingram from Patlabor.

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Visitors to the shogi booth could compete against a computer.

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Vocaloid keyboard

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A VR battle experience with the Matsuko robot.

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Blackjack area

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Cho-Blackjack

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Takaratomy

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KENDAMA XROSS “KDX”

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hangame booth attendants

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Bandai booth attendants

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Monchhichi

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Logres of Swords and Sorcery

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Logres of Swords and Sorcery booth

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超キャラメイクサロン

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超キャラメイクサロン

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The cosplay area included countless cosplayers, as well as stage events.

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The Japanese Poop Society’s booth included decorated toilets.

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Hatsune Miku VR concert

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Softbank’s emotion-sensing robot, Pepper, made an appearance, performing at stage shows and destroying all challengers at games.

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A modified version of Pepper, nicknamed Peppai-chan. It reacted when its chest was poked.

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A silver chariot made by some DIY Niconico users.

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A light-up costume. The smartphone-controlled skirt and sword were capable of 7 different colors.

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The Momo Ita Balloon Studio booth was packed with character balloons.

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The anime area featured unique experiences based on “Yowamushi Pedal”, “Shirobako”, “Assassination Classroom”, “Is the Order a Rabbit?”, “Golgo 13”, and “The Idolmaster”.

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One activity at the VR corner was catching girls falling from the sky. It utilized external equipment to enhance the sense of realism.

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Sumo ring

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Lots of artists performed at the music area.

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Picasso exhibit

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Sengokuenbu .booth attendants

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Mansei booth attendants

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Niconico Chokaigi 2015

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Niconico Chokaigi 2015

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Event hall

Link:
Niconico Chokaigi
http://www.chokaigi.jp/2015/abroadEnglish.html

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