AnimeJapan 2024: The ultimate fan experience!

AnimeJapan 2024 was a whirlwind of excitement and inspiration. Fans converged on Tokyo Big Sight to reaffirm their love for this wondrous world. This year’s event was a testament to anime’s growing appeal and cultural significance. I went for the photos!

What was AnimeJapan 2024?

The event showcased the creativity and innovation within the anime industry. There was an array of genres, art styles, and storytelling techniques. Fans saw shonen action, love romance, and science fiction. Of course, there was much more. Classics like One Piece and Dragonball were there, too. Everyone got something to enjoy.

Sand Land tank
The Disney Plus Sand Land tank.

AnimeJapan 2024 was a platform for creators to connect with their audience. Panels with directors, artists, and voice actors offered insight into the creative process. It gave fans a deeper appreciation for the art form.

Dragon Ball Goku cosplayer
Dragon Ball Goku cosplayer.
God's Blessing on This Wonderful World 2 Megumin model
God's Blessing on This Wonderful World 2's Megumin.

Artists showcased their work through exhibitions. Cosplay fostered a sense of community. The event was a melting pot of creativity. Fans and creators came together to celebrate their passion for anime.

Everything fueled the global expansion of anime fandom. There were merchandise, streaming services, and licensing opportunities. And the fans lapped it up! Anime is king in Japan.

What did I do at AnimeJapan 2024?

Cosplay is a big part of AnimeJapan. It offers spaces for people can dress up as their favorite anime and manga characters. They can do it inside or outside.

I spent most of my time with them. They were great people. They posed for the cameras for hours and hours. Most of them were girls. There were more guys among them than in previous years. Everyone was fun, engaged in conversation, and receptive to requests. They were very patient with photographers.

Thunderbolt Fantasy Wā̀n Jūn Pò
Thunderbolt Fantasy's Wā̀n Jūn Pò.

And the outfits? They were amazing. Some cosplayers had outfits I didn’t know. There were princess warriors, a sprinkling of schoolgirls, maids, and some elves. Even Bobba Fett made an appearance, but I couldn’t get his photo. Anyway, everyone was very cool. I wonder how much time goes into making their outfits.

AnimeJapan only happens once a year at Tokyo Big Sight. It is an excellent place to contact and photograph some great cosplayers.

AnimeJapan photographer tips

  • The event started at 9 am. Every year I have been, it has begun at that time. If you go there to photograph the cosplayers, don’t go then because not many will be there. Most of them will come at around 11 am.
  • Don’t worry about language. All you need to do is join the lines and smile a lot. Most speak a little English, but even if they don’t, they will pose for you happily. Thank them when you finish.
  • Make sure you don’t make my mistake! I didn’t know the cosplay parade would be back in 2024. It was on the last day. Always check schedules so you don’t miss something interesting. That’s my biggest failing as a photographer.
Kaiju No. Eight models
Kaiju No. Eight models.

Where is Anime Japan held?

What photo gear did I use for this event?

  • Camera body: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • Flash: Godox V860II

Wrapping up

AnimeJapan 2024 was a resounding success. The huge crowds reaffirmed the enduring appeal and cultural significance of anime. The indoor displays and outdoor cosplay area gave fans multiple areas to enjoy the art form. It was a great day everyone enjoyed.

For me, it was a chance for photography, especially cosplay. I love this type of event but don’t get to them often enough. Hopefully, more chances will present themselves this year. Please leave questions and comments below.

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