Every year, the Tokyo International Anime Fair gathers the different organizations and companies behind many of Japan’s anime and manga titles. Considered one of the largest anime trade fairs in the world, it is usually held for four days, in the latter part of March, in Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. The first two days are reserved for industry people and the press, then it opens to the public on the third and fourth day (typically on a weekend).
We got to go last year and being curious as to how it was going to turn out this year I searched online for news on the 2011 fair, which was slated for March 24 to 27. With the earthquake and tsunami that recently devastated parts of Japan however, it wasn’t surprising that they cancelled this year’s fair. For those who were planning to attend the fair for the first time this year, here are some anime fair photos–though they are from the 2010 exhibition, I hope it gives you an idea on what goes on inside this anime heaven of an event.
Fans of all ages (from kids excited to see Chibi Maruko-chan to grown ups drooling over the displays) get a chance to find out new things being planned for their favorite anime series, buy some spanking new merchandise, gape at the awesome sight of some life-sized anime characters up close, and just bask in the fun, crazy, and wonderful world of anime. (All photos were taken by the hubby)
Aside from cosplayers and anime mascots walking the grounds of the exhibition hall, you can also check out booths geared toward anime fans who are seriously considering a career in animation, like the Tokyo and Osaka Animation Colleges booth. (It will make more sense though if you can understand Japanese.)
You can also drool over some anime collectibles and merchandise. Most are not for sale (like the Gundam units) but there are some you can play with right there (like the Bakugan toys). There are also a lot of girls handing out flyers, bags, balloons and other little knickknacks.