The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is a very busy person of late. He’s been on a European tour lately going to Germany, UK, Portugal, Spain, France and Belgium. While he was in the area, he went past Paris to take a look at the “Evangelion and Japanese Swords” exhibition which is taking place at the Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris.
The exhibition showcases different Japanese swords inspired by the world of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The Prime Minister had the following to say about the event.
“Anime is very popular in France. Utilizing Japan’s strengths will help the growing of the economy. A collaboration between a modern anime and a traditional swordsmanship is one of the new ways to promote ‘Cool Japan’ to the world.”
A couple of days ago on April 4th saw an awesome new exhibition hit the Ueno Royal Museum. The latest exhibition will be featuring Attack on Titan, the hit series from Hajime Isayama. The event is part of the Winter 2014 line-up for the museum and there’s also a site that’s been launched for the occasion.
The museum has various buildings, all of which will be employed in the use of the exhibit which will be using original art from Isayama. He had the following to say: “So many programs are underway! The people who really want to feel sick, and those who want to get excited, Please have a good time!”
Easily one of the most awaited tv anime sequels in Japan at the moment is Oreimo, which is short for, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. To get people ready for it, the Tokyo Anime Centre in the UDX building located in Akihabara is holding an exclusive exhibition which will focus on the second and final season of the light novel adaptation made popular by writer, Tsukasa Fushimi.
There will be loads of Oreimo goodies on display from anime scene panels, posters and loads of other cute stuff featuring the girls from the show. The event will run until May 12 so if you’re in town, run along to it and don’t miss out.
*all of the photos were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu with TAC’s permission
A new Trading Card Game, or TCG for short, was recently launched in Japan called “Precious Memories: Hatsune Miku”. So to commemorate this, the Tokyo Anime Centre located in the UDX Building in Akihabara held an exhibition dedicated to the blue haired Vocaloid and her other Vocaloid friends.
Called the “Hatsune Miku Illustration and Art Exhibition”, the event took place from March 9 through to April 7 where there were illustrations by well known artists, a life sized statue of Hatsune as well as stationary and clothing goods. The TCG, “Precious Memories” was released by Movic and Ensky and includes popular characters from animes, such as Hidamari Sketch, Squid Girl, K-ON!, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Girls und Panzer andYuruyuri. The TCG was released on March 9th, the first day of the exhibition.
Two of the largest anime, manga and just generally Otaku goodness stores in Akihabara would have to be Gamers and Animate. They both have multi level stores which are a must visit for anyone visiting Akihabara and it just so happens that now they’re both running a similar exhibition in their respective stores.
The exhibition entitled the “First Operation Museum” is for one of the most successful animes for Winter 2013, that anime being Vividred Operation. Both stores are running their exhibitions from March 22nd to April 7th with the contents being basically the same and consisting of anime scene panels, posters, assorted character goods and magazine cover illustrations.
*all of the photos were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu with the stores’ permission
Located in the UDX building in downtown Akihabara, the Tokyo Anime Centre has one goal: to bring Japanese anime to the rest of the world. This facility is a permanent fixture and has seen host to many special occasions and exhibitions especially the one being hosted now.
The Newtype x Machiasobi Anime Award Daikanshasai or Great Thanksgiving Festival is used to showcase anime titles which were introduced during the last anime event from September 22nd to October 8th which took place at Tokushima-city. One of the more popular anime magazines in Japan, Newtype, presented the winners of the “Newtype Anime Award 2012” who were selected by fans and readers of the publication through a voting process.
Great gallery pics can be seen below, thanks to Crunchyroll.