2017 saw me attend another AnimeJapan at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. Even though I don’t know much about anime, I enjoyed it. To go there, look, and take pictures was always fun. Honestly, the taking pictures part is the main reason why I go. There were many great things to shoot – stage events, models (both real and plastic), and robots. The halls overflowed with people. Many of them were cosplayers who had come dressed as their favorite characters.
A few things got my attention, one of which was Tachikoma. While looking it up on the internet, I found out it came from the anime Ghost in the Shell, minus the weapons, of course. It could move around, respond to commands, ask questions, and make a few reactions. I got the feeling it was an oversized Aibo robot dog that Sony made a long time ago. But this was much bigger and more advanced. I kicked myself when I got home as I found I didn’t have a picture of it. Years later, I’m still kicking myself for that mistake.
I enjoyed the Bandai area too. They had a live mural painting of Space Battleship Yamato. Godzilla was also at two booths. And there were some great-looking plastic models. Most were very sexy and scantily clad girls. Everything was well done, with a lot of attention given to detail.
And of course, the real models were great too. They were very friendly, beautiful, and accommodating with photographs. They had a great work ethic, which I admired.
If I had to judge the best booth? I would have voted for Attack on Titan: Season Two. It was big. At the time, I didn’t know anything about its massive model, but it looked cool. I later found out it chased and ate humans!
AnimeJapan 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight was a good event. It would also be one of the last events I shot with my Pentax K-3. And for those of you that have visited this event, please let us know what you thought of it!
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