Anime biz sings the praises of shows

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Apr 16, 2016

Anime biz sings the praises of shows

by Roland Kelts

The first time I attended AnimeJapan, the industry's annual spring showcase in Odaiba, Tokyo, it was called the Tokyo International Anime Fair. Members of the public couldn't enter during the first two days, amateur cosplay (costume play) was prohibited, and while there were some ...

AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Mar 27, 2015

AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture

by Roland Kelts

For most in Japan, April marks the start of the new working year. But for the anime and manga industries, it all begins in March. Last weekend, the second annual AnimeJapan trade fair overtook Tokyo Big Sight, with more than 120,000 total attendees (a spike ...

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Apr 11, 2014

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

by Roland Kelts

AnimeJapan 2014, the rebranded and reunified annual industry trade show, exceeded organizers' expectations last month, hosting 110,000 producers, publishers, journalists, cosplayers and public visitors. What a relief. Since 2010, the anime industry's political divisions meant two separate shows: one in Chiba called the Anime Contents ...