Big Japanese Anime Expo in HK Draws Hordes of Cosplayers
The C3 Japanese Anime Expo was held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exposition Center in Wan Chai for three days on March 14-16.
Most of the exhibitors were Japanese companies. The booths were primarily exhibiting and selling figures and anime character merchandise, like the new Gundam Models at the Bandai booth. The show drew a huge crowd of anime fans. Kadokawa, which set up a product sales corner, released another announcement about making Comic Walker, the biggest comics website in Japan that launches on March 22nd, a multilingual site with English and Chinese content. Companies at many booths were taking determined action to enter the rest of the Asian market through anime.
A series of events were held on the big stage. Japanese voice actors like Hironobu Kageyama gathered on the 14th for "Ani-son Animating HK 2014 2nd" for a live Ani-son performance. There was also a special "Galactic Armored Fleet Majestic Prince" stage show. These were among the many performances by guests from Japan.
Tickets to see panel discussions like "Love Live! School Idol Project" reportedly sold out in minutes. There, seven members of the anime's school idol group, "μ’s" (pronounced "Muse")―Emi Nitta, Aya Uchida, Suzuko Mimori, Pile, Aina Kusuda, Yurika Kubo and Sora Tokui―appeared. The SKE48 Cafe & Shop also had a restaurant set up, where members of idol group SKE48 Haruka Futamura, Tsugumi Iwanaga and Yukiko Kinoshita visited, put on a special live show and sold merchandise.
Cosplayers who met certain criteria were granted free admission, and they were happy to take pictures for other attendees in the cosplay zone. The show ended on just as exciting a note as any anime show in Japan.