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Old pics from AnimeJapan 2017

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. 

Ultraman at AnimeJapan 2017
One of the later versions of Ultraman.

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.

Robot figurine
Japanese models at AnimeJapan 2017

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.


man painting Space Battleship Yamato mural
Space Battleship Yamato mural.
Japanese girl elf cosplayer

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.

Titan from Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan model.

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!

Photographers taking pictures of Attack on Titan cosplayers
More of the Attack on Titan team.
big Godzilla model
The King of Monsters, Godzilla.

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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