Tokyo in Pics


A photography blog about Tokyo, run by Australian photographer Rohan Gillett

AnimeJapan 2017

Another year and another AnimeJapan.  Even though I don’t know much about anime, I really enjoyed this event.  Just to go there, look and take pictures is always enjoyable.  To be honest, the taking pictures part is why I go as there are so many great things to shoot - stage events, models (both real and plastic), robots and cosplayers.  As always, it was held at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, which is Tokyo premier venue for this type of event and the halls were literally overflowing with people, many of them cosplayers who had come dressed as their favourite characters.

There were a few things that got my attention, one of which was Tachikoma.  I think it could be described as a toy?  While looking it up on the internet, I got the idea that it was inspired by something of the same name from the animation Ghost in the Shell, just minus the weapons of course.  The display booth had a pile of small ones on display as well as a much larger one on their stage which drew a big crowd.  It could move around, respond to commands and ask its own questions as well making a few reactions.  Kind of like those Aibo robot dogs Sony made a long time ago but much bigger and more advanced.

I enjoyed the Bandai area too, especially as they had a live mural painting going on of Space Battleship Yamato.  Godzilla was at AnimeJapan 2017, appearing at two booths.  As always I enjoy looking at the plastic models.  Most of them are of very sexy and scantily clad girls but they are very well made, with a lot of attention given to detail.  And of course, the real models are great too, all of them very friendly, very attractive and very accommodating when asked for photographs.

Lastly, if I had to judge on which booth was best I would probably my vote to Attack on Titan: Season Two.  It was big.  I’m not sure what the huge model was supposed to be, but it was very cool.

Anyway, AnimeJapan 2017 is now finished but it will be back again next year.  You can see its website here.