Early this morning the Viewster team met up with German cosplayer and model, Himezawa, for an action packed day of AnimeJapan 2015. Meeting up in the Shinbashi area of Tokyo, we all took a few cabs over to Big Sight, Tokyo’s International Convention Hall, that I’m sure all of you instantly recognised as it’s in a ton of anime.
Skipping the lines was a huge plus thanks to our Press and Business passes, but as you can imagine, the lines were wrapped around the block. We took advantage of our head start by heading straight down to the exhibition halls and got to work!
The exhibition seriously packed to the brim with eager anime fans that had been waiting for hours just to get inside to catch the latest anime news, releases, exclusive merchandise, and hear talks from celebrities, voice actors, and singers. In fact, it took over 14 minutes to walk from one side of a room to another (video coming soon).
There were tons of free stuff, pictures being taken all over the place, and, of course, tons of anime! Himezawa was a big hit as everyone wanted a picture with her dressed as Lilith Asami from Trinity Seven. The cosplay turnout was spectacular and there were huge queues just to take pictures of some of the cosplayers! Once outside of the cosplay entrance, it was a free-for-all for photos, lines into the entrance, and even just to stay with your friends. Photographers were swarmed around each and every cosplayer who decided to start posing.
Overall, AnimeJapan is the perfect place for anime lovers to get their fix in the heart of the anime world. You get a perfect picture of what’s coming up next, you get to see (and buy) stuff you can’t get on eBay or in Akihabara, plus any picture you take is gold! – however, not much of the signage or exhibits have any English (go figure, right?!) so brush up on your Japanese. The exhibitions and setup were amazingly easy to navigate and observe, however the crowds surge hard around noon – so get there early or plan on hanging out until they close at 5pm. Anyways, thanks for joining us!
And here’s the video!