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att.JAPAN Issue 34, May 2007

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007 was held at TOKYO BIG SIGHT from March 22nd through the 25th and with the number of visitors this year exceeding 100,000 for the first time in its six year history, the proceedings ended on a positive high. Anime enthusiasts, or "otaku" as they are sometimes known in Japanese, visited the largest animation event on the planet from nations around the world as TOKYO BIG SIGHT was turned into something of a sacred locale for anime fans in the area at the time.

March 22nd and the 23rd were "Business days" when only anime-industry visitors were permitted entry to view the booths and exhibitions put on by 270 anime-related companies and organizations from Japan and overseas.

March 24th and 25th on the other hand were both "Open to the public days" - an opportunity eagerly anticipated as many were seen waiting in line in front of the venue doors from early morning on both the Saturday and the Sunday - particularly so on the final day (25th), when, in spite of the bad weather, the venue was filled to capacity with an atmosphere to match.

The first sight visitors had upon entering was one of large character shaped balloons - "Pikachu" included - floating in the air above the main entrance. Fliers, leaflets and the like were handed out to one and all entering by exhibitors hoping to attract the visitors to their own corner of the event - some of which offered figurines and anime goods for sale.

Various types were seen at the fair - from those so young as to need pushchairs to elderly folk. Some were with family members while others were more romantically involved - some just with friends. Interestingly a number of the older visitors were seen enjoying the boisterous and oftentimes colorful displays. French, Asian tongues and the global lingua franca of English were heard throughout the event hall but those speaking non-Japanese languages from closest to home were to be found at the Chinese and Korean run booths. Displaying products relatively unknown in Japan, these exhibitors were often at the center of much attention.

A special exhibition titled "Robot & Anima-tion EXPO" took place on each of the four days and introduced the history of robots and robot anime by way of robot anime films where they have long since been seen coexisting with human beings. The films presented at the exhibition portrayed the respective creators' yearning for these robots to reach their full potential, while, on stage, miniature robots performed back-flips and a horizontal bar routine to the delight of the attending audience members.

"Tokyo Ani-Son Festival" also took place on the 24th and saw some famous anime singers pumping out 22 anime theme songs - from the oldies to more recent hit songs.

Another event forming a part of the whole was (the) "Asia-Pacific International Anime Conference" which took place from the 23rd through the 25th. Anime-related schools and production experts from 8 countries around the Asia Pacific region got together to report on the anime industry in their respective nations and to discuss the future of anime from the viewpoint of culture and industry.

Nippon Engineering CollegeThe thing that interested visitors the most may have been the booths run by anime education institutions. These groups are not actually professional creators and the kind of exhibits they would put on were of interest to many. At the Katayanagi Institute booth - the agency running the Tokyo University of Technology and Nippon Engineering College, their amateur creators exhibited some pieces as excellent in form as those found in the booths of the professional companies. Some of the students hosted events at the booth and all are now set on their path to contributing to and improving the Japanese anime industry in the future.

The "The 6th Tokyo Anime Award," ceremony was aimed at discovering the latest and best young, new talent and to therefore support anime-related businesses in the years ahead. In this year's ceremony, the best of the 457 Nomination Entries were shown with "The girl who leapt through time" selected as "Animation of the Year", while in the Open Entries' the "Grand Prize" winner was "Flutter" - a film by Canadian creator Howie Shia. 63 of the 217 works in the Open Entries were submitted from 16 foreign countries including Sweden, Ukraine, The Czech Republic, Ghana, South Africa, Mexico and Korea - an indication of just how international this competition has become. So, if interested in creating anime films, why not apply to have your own piece seen at the next Anime Award and the 2008 winner could be you!

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