Almost everyone will have surely heard of the word “anime.” Named after the English word for “animation,” anime is a style of Japanese cartoon, typically with characters having brightly colored hair, extravagant costumes, and large eyes. Anime shows have taken the world by storm for over a century (2018 is the 101st anniversary of the birth of anime), and even those who don’t consider themselves as fans have at least heard of famous titles like Bleach, Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Death Note, Pokémon, Dragon Ball, and Sailor Moon.
Anime is not only kept alive on our television screens. Movies, shorts, and ever-expanding series have inspired the trend of cosplay – a practice of dressing up as your favorite anime, manga, or video game character and going to a convention to nerd out with other fans to buy merchandise and perhaps meet a writer or voice actor. If you consider yourself a fan of anime, there is a good chance you have already been to a convention or two. So how about going to one in the country that started it all? Don’t miss AnimeJapan in March 2018!
— AnimeJapan 2018 (@animejapan_aj) October 2, 2017
Whether you’re a proud otaku who swears by their favorite show or you’re a fan of just the one anime, AnimeJapan is worth a visit. It has everything that should be available at a convention: special exhibitions, rare goods and merchandise, special collaborations between large businesses and anime companies, and stage appearances and performances by big names in the industry.
Best of all, the event is exceptionally cosplay-friendly. With your cosplaying ticket, you have access to luggage storage service and changing rooms so that you can get into your costume once you’ve arrived at the venue, meaning you won’t have to ride the train in your getup.
AnimeJapan will take place on the 24th and 25th of March 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days. If you are interested in entering the anime industry, there will also be a business area on the 22nd and 23rd. You can register for the business side on AnimeJapan’s website as well.
AnimeJapan aims to connect those who create, spread, and enjoy anime. With fantastic merchandise, a chance to see some of the hottest trends in the industry and to geek out with fellow fans, it’s a must-try for otakus!
Admission is free for children below 12 years old, and it’s 2,200 yen for everyone else if you buy the tickets on the day of the event. Advance tickets, which you can buy from the event website, are 1,800 yen. If you are planning to cosplay and make use of the aforementioned on-site facilities, it costs an extra 1,000 yen.
So if you consider yourself a massive fan of anime and can’t wait to attend a Tokyo convention, purchase your tickets and get pumped for March 2018! Anime continues to be celebrated by newer generations, and stories move the hearts and inspire the imaginations of millions of people worldwide. Get in the thick of the action this spring just in time for cherry blossom season!