For the first time since 2019, Tokyo was in a place to host Tokyo Comic Con again this yr. The occasion happened over three days, November 25th-27th, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba (just outdoors of Tokyo). Tokyo Comic Con had been suspended because of COVID-19 for the past two years, opting for online-only content material, and this 12 months it was lastly able to host an in-person occasion once again. Tokyo Comic Con started in 2016, and was capable of develop for 3 years earlier than the pandemic stopped it in its tracks. This year, the occasion was smaller than it had been in 2019, although hopefully, it’s going to construct back as much as something greater and better than ever in the coming years. With big-name movie star guests, a stage, plenty of distributors, and actual movie prop displays, there was nonetheless tons to see and do at Tokyo Comic Con 2022.
Japan has a lot of anime occasions over the course of the 12 months, focusing on anime, manga, doujinshi, cosplay, and extra. Comic Con is the only occasion of its sort that has a heavier give consideration to Western media, which makes it a really important occasion for fans of flicks, TV, and comic books. Its main draw is purchasing, with heaps and tons of merchandise that’s exhausting to get in Japan out there for sale, and the possibility to meet Western celebrities.
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Celebrity guests have always been an enormous part of Comic Con around the world, and Tokyo Comic Con is no completely different. Each yr, the event hosts actors and actresses from some of the biggest present films and TV, and even used to host Stan Lee every year earlier than his dying. 2022 was no totally different, with a number of big-name celebrities from Star Wars, Marvel, and Stranger Things in attendance.
Tokyo Comic Con 2022 hosted Karen Gillan (Marvel, Doctor Who), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things), Jamie Campbell Bower (Stranger Things), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars), Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars), James McAvoy (X-Men, His Dark Materials), and Andy Serkis (Marvel, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings). Unfortunately, Jeremy Renner (Marvel) had to cancel his appearance last-minute.
Each of the celebrity visitors was available for autographs and photos, all of which were offered via advanced tickets. The lowest costs were just shy of $200 USD, and the most costly was round $350 USD. For many fans in Japan, although, that is their only likelihood to meet these actors, so the queues have been always lengthy, and the tickets sold out despite their high price ticket.
Of course, there have been lots of chances to cosplay at Tokyo Comic Con 2022! Following the standard etiquette for cosplaying in Japan, all cosplayers purchased a separate cosplay ticket and have been requested to alter at the venue, which offered changing rooms and luggage storage. Cosplayers received a special tag to wear around the event exhibiting that that they had paid the cosplay fee and followed the foundations of changing on the venue and not disrupting any public spaces.
There were plenty of nice cosplayers attending Comic Con, although less than there had been in past years. Again, hopefully it’s one thing that may come again within the coming years. Comic Con had several murals out there for cosplayers to take pictures in entrance of. There were also cosplay events on the main stage throughout the weekend the place cosplayers may show off their abilities. Many fans additionally cosplayed to fulfill their favourite superstar, carrying an outfit that matched the media the actor or actress was from.
The largest a half of Tokyo Comic Con was the distributors, and there were a lot. Both Japanese brands and international corporations had been selling plenty of shirts, figures, posters, toys, models, and extra. Prime 1 Studios, a Japanese firm famous for its figurines, had an enormous booth with figures costing 1000’s of dollars from anime, games, and films. Even for followers that would never afford to take them residence, they were displayed for photographs.
The primary themes of merchandise on the market across most distributors matched the celebrities that had been there, contemplating many fans can be there for those folks. That means Star Wars, Marvel, and Stranger Things were by far the most well-liked. There was additionally a sales space devoted to DC merchandise, and some for anime goods as properly. Comic Con also had a large Artist’s Alley this 12 months, with artists from Japan and abroad promoting their artwork, handicrafts, and cosplay books.
Finally, one space of Comic Con was dedicated to film prop shows. The majority were automobiles, with a number of the most famous being from the Batman films by Christopher Nolan. There have been additionally some autos from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Top Gun. There was also a smaller area with costumes from Top Gun, which were extraordinarily in style.
In addition to the film props, there were a number of vehicles themed after massive films, together with an attractive Black Panther: Wakanda Forever automobile and a humvee that you could climb inside. All of those automobiles drew big crowds of people for pictures, including cosplayers posing with them and excited youngsters especially.
While Tokyo Comic Con 2022 was not as huge as it was once, it was still a fantastic occasion. It is basically special for Tokyo to have an opportunity to celebrate not only nice anime and manga, but also Western media that’s in style in Japan as nicely. In May 2023, Osaka may also be hosting Comic Con as properly, so the event is only growing. Hopefully Tokyo Comic Con 2023 will see a return to what the occasion used to be, particularly as tickets for this year were sold out before the event even started!
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