Anime events have one main purpose: to make otaku have a great time! To help everyone enjoy AnimeJapan 2017 (23-26 March 2017) we present to you the second part of our event guide. This time, we explore the main area and the various stages.
If you missed the first part of the event guide, here it is:
Event Guide for Enjoying AnimeJapan 2017, Part 1 / 4: Main Info and Tips
The main area is located in East Hall 1 to 8 and will be open during the duration of the convention from 10:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:30). It is the main area of AnimeJapan and holds exhibition booths, various stages, the food park, merchandise sales, 10 anime collaborators, a segment called ‘Cosplayer World’ and a lot more. Let us tell you more about the different attractions!
(The food park will be covered in a different article and the ‘Cosplayer World’ will be in Part 4 of the event guide!)
158 different companies will be at the venue, all of them displaying their newest devices or exhibits. The Winter 2017 anime will be represented, as well as past works that are popular, upcoming series, and anime movies. There will also be merchandise sold and performances on mini stages, so it is expected to be a heated convention with lots of interesting booths, so be prepared to wait in line!
It would be too much to introduce all 158 companies here, so please check out the official homepage if you want to know more!
☆ Company: http://www.anime-japan.jp/en/main/contents/
☆ Series: http://www.anime-japan.jp/en/main/works/
There are four different stages: ‘Red’, ‘Green’, ‘Blue’ and the ‘Open Stage’. Voice actors and the artists of theme songs will perform there, as well as directors and members of staff who will share stories from behind the scenes and secret facts! For the Red, Green, and Blue stages a special ticket will be needed to view the program. For the open stage you can just come and watch the program without a ticket.
The 26 different stages will cover series that have been popular for some time like Idolmaster Cinderella Girls and Yowamushi Pedal, and new series that people look forward to like Ero Manga Sensei, Fukumenkei Noise, and Seikai Suru Kado.
The content of the performances will be different depending on the time, so check out what will be presented on stage beforehand.
☆ Program of the Red, Green and Blue stages:
☆ Program of the Open stage:
The convention will have a lot of exclusive merchandise. They will sell traditional crafts and collaboration merchandise with popular series. You can make your own bracelet using kumihimo, which received a surge in popularity thanks to Kimi no Na wa or just buy normal anime t-shirts. You could also get one of the 30 different anime badges that were especially made for AnimeJapan or just experience and enjoy the atmosphere of the stalls. You can check the official homepage for all the available items!
There are some anime series that collaborate with companies from different industries. For example ‘Osomatsu-san x JRA’ or ‘Kimi no Na wa x Suntory’, ‘Love Life! Sunshine! x Numazu (Shizuoka)’, etc. are a few collaborations from 2016. 10 of the most popular collaborations will be exhibited this year. Looking back at those collaborations, people always wonder how they come to be. They usually think, ‘This collaboration made hearts throb!’ and ‘They planned this?!’ Thinking on the many industries that exist, people think that, ‘It would be great if this anime had a collaboration with that company.’ It’s exciting to guess what kind of collaborations they will come up with next!
☆ Top 10 Anime Collaborations of 2016
That’s all for Part 2 of the AnimeJapan 2017 event guide. In the next part we will introduce you to the ‘Business Area’.
Official homepage AnimeJapan2017