Attended the Tokyo International Anime Fair held at Tokyo Big Sight last Thursday. The first two days were open to business and exhibitors only so there wasn’t much of a crowd and we could browse the booths in relative comfort, thanks to my talented friend Kunrong who knew some friends in high places.
(ab0ve) The Ghibli Studio booth, they were still exhibiting Ponyo stuff and no new works were announced. There’s going to be an exhibition on a Disney concept artist Mary Blair (curated by Ghibli staff, I think) held at the MOT in summer this year, the same venue used for the Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibition (2008) and Kazuo Oga Background Art Exhibition (2007).
(Above) Production I.G booth. Upcoming films include Musashi : The Dream of the Last Samurai and Hottarake no Shima (girl in Japanese school uniform above), a full CG feature.
(above) The hugely popular Usavich, a gang of whimsy rabbit miscreants created by Kanaban Graphics.
(above) Kamikaze Douga, a relatively new studio that specializes in anime opening sequences, game cut scenes, and recently, a music video for Japanese pop star Namie Amuro. Kamikaze Douga was behind the energetic opening sequence for Sunrise/Nissin’s Freedom Project.
Did anyone else visit the Anime fair this year/previous years ?11