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Nov 13

BackTrackLog: AnimeJapan 2014

Hello there! Welcome back to my blog :) It has almost been one year since my first Japan blog post so it is time that I start to wrap things up. My first BackTrackLog dates back to 22 March this year at Tokyo Big Sight. Being the Otaku as usual I tried to attend as many as possible anime/manga/cosplay events, sadly without a proper schedule I missed out on a lot. So the last event I attended was AnimeJapan 2014 which is the second biggest otaku event after Comiket. Before 2014 this convention was split up in two smaller organisations, but starting this year both Tokyo International Anime Fair and the Anime Contents Expo joined forces to rival the epicness of Comiket. Lucky me found out about this two months before the event started and got a 1-day ticket (2-day convention) with access to some limited access sub-events.

Is it a robot or is someone in there?…

I found a fellow otaku at Nissan who wanted to join me for the ride. It was his first time going to such convention, so it was an all new experience for both of us.

Compared to Comiket which is dominated by self-written/produced novels/manga/goods, AnimeJapan is as commercial as it can get. All stalls are from commercial companies that produce or are related to the anime/manga business. This does not mean that you can only buy and see stuff, but there are also employment agencies, voice acting recruiters, business ventures etc etc. It’s always serious buzinez in Tokyo Big Sight.

Looking for a job?…

Anyways, we are here for anime goodies not for a job. What else is different at AnimeJapan? Money has to roll during this convention, so they also have some live performance acts from idol groups, voice actors and producers. These sub-events have limited access and the only way to get in is to get lucky during your ticket lottery. Using an online lottery system, each ticket can get access to 3 different sub-events. Praying to the RNG goddess might net you a entry ticket to idol group, otherwise you’re stuck watching a tiny screen outside.

Doesn’t seem too interesting…

While I didn’t really mind not going to these performances, my colleague did say it was awesome. I could hear those guys screaming across the whole convention hall when their idol went on stage :? But apart from these events, it was just another otaku day which means plenty of cosplay, goodie hunting and strolling around. I can’t remember too much of it, but pictures tell a lot more. So enjoy :)

You can’t avoid it, it is always busy. From start to finish, you won’t get any room…

If interested, you could even try out cosplay! Too embarrassed XD…

Original scripts with autographs for sale, prepare to fork over some moneyz…

There were some treasure hunts going on during the event. You had to collect a bunch of hiragana’s to solve a puzzle. Well, I couldn’t :P…

Yes, virtual reality is coming.. Lets hope we won’t get stuck like Sword Art Online

This somehow reminds me of Tokyo Auto Salon…

If you wanted to take a break from all the pushing and shopping, you could sit down and “enjoy” some idolgroups :)

  This is how most booths look like, big screen showing stuff they made…

  The endless lines in the morning, gone in the evening :) You could have imagined the mass crawling along the pylons…

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Its time for cosplay pics! Viewer discretion is advised :P I present you the top 5 of AnimeJapan 2014

Number 5: My buddy with Sahz from FFXIII, that guy was awesome…

Number 4: The BEAST, includes a few girls and EVA-02…

Number 3: Shy poster girl XD

Number 2: Move out of the mo#?!king way for the King! Looks a bit like the Pringles guy

Number 1: Sinnooonnnnnnnn

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I’m keeping the BackTrackLog posts pretty short and with more pictures than normal. This way I can finish this up quicker :) I hope you look forward to the rest of this series!

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Enjoy the rest of the photos here or just below.

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